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Niche is a unique font with roots in mid-century modern. “Futuristic” with a geometric bent-wire style, Niche finds its place in special projects. Niche was inspired by an example in a book from 1954, “made with a ballpoint pen.” I’ve added lowercase, reimagined the numbers and given it all a crisp, Moderne finish.

The TRUDEAU fonts are based on the wrought iron architectural lettering at Albany Law School. The arch and lettering (at left) were designed as a small part of a major campus renovation in the late 1960s, designed by the architect Robert Louis Trudeau, founder of Trudeau/Architects.  Formerly called “Law School,” the font and its new rail-less companion have been named to reflect their original designer. Another of my Albany-inspired fonts is PHARMACY. The regular Trudeau font preserves the look of letters held between top and bottom rails.  The font includes several pairs of brackets which cap the ends and create a… continued

STELLA DALLAS was inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the film of the same name (1937, directed by King Vidor, art directed by Richard Day).  The dramatic wedge shapes and some letterforms are reminiscent of calligraphic fonts like Koch Antigua. Working from the film, I’ve regularized and rounded out the font, including small caps weighted to harmonize with the large caps.  The set includes 3 fonts: Regular, Outline and Fill. Each font includes large and small caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.   .

SHAZI was inspired by the beautiful anthropomorphic calligraphy by the Iranian artist of the same name.  The Freer Gallery in Washington, DC has a beautiful silver pen case (left) encircled by an inscription of human- and animal-headed letters, signed and dated 1210-11 A.D. Another example in the connected Sackler Gallery has similar letterfoms, but only humans. For my adaptation, I started with my own warped version of the classic Art Nouveau font Japanet, then added the squarish faces.  I’ve used only lowercase letters because they best resembled the standing figures of the original. The complete version of Shazi contains all… continued

SEOUL is another pseudo-Asian font, but this time it’s modeled after Korean rather than the usual Chinese or Japanese script.  The basic design is contemporary, rather than brush-like. SEOUL CAPS recreates the uniform weight and width of the Korean letters and borrows or approximates a number of actual forms. The companion font, SEOUL STACKING, can be used to intersperse stacked pairs of letters (as in the sample block) for a more authentically “Korean” look.  To get a stacked pair, you simply type the upper letter in upper case, then the lower letter in lower case. Obviously this is for special… continued

Although it may at first look simply broken or blotchy, PROFILER is actually hiding faces.  All letterforms are capitals, but in the uppercase position the faces are positive (“black”) and in the lowercase, negative (“white”). Use BIG for short phrases.  Mix cases, especially with repeated letters.  It makes great drop caps and handsome initials.  Pair it with Antique Olive Bold Condensed or similar. Includes two versions of each cap, including international. Limited punctuation, no numbers. PROFILER is available for $5. Try out the demo; if you like it, send me $5 for the complete TrueType or Type 1 font for… continued

LEVEL is a set of 5 fonts designed to look like overlapping planes in space. The regular font is shown above and creates letters that appear to be resting on a black shelf. Use < to create the left angle before words, > to create the right angle, and underscore between words instead of a space. Includes lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. .

In LAB RAT, each letter is a simple maze.  Each letter connects to the next to make any word (or numeric expression) into a more complicated, though still left-to-right, labyrinth. (The starting point was the square-shouldered forms of the old Apple system font Chicago.) It must be seen large to be fully appreciated. The demo version contains enough to give you the idea of how nicely it works. The full version contains the complete alphabet, numbers, and punctuation. .

KOCH QUADRAT is based on the work of the great type designer Rudolf Koch (1876-1934). Among his many remarkable and long-lived font designs are Kabel (also called Cable, Geometric 231, and Boulder), Koch Antiqua (Eve, Locarno, and Lilith), Neuland (100 other names and variants, including my Bride), Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch, and many others.  Koch was a calligrapher, a pious man, a teacher, and a war veteran.  Koch Quadrat is derived from his demonstration of constructing each Roman capital.  Using simple geometric elements, Koch developed a set of seven diagrams (appearing in the center of the animation on this page) combining… continued

IXAT is designed to give a feeling of speed and motion.  The basic letter shapes are patterned after Herb Lubalin’s 1971 classic Avant Garde, from which I’ve subtracted white streaks and added black streaks. There are four Ixat fonts (with and without the black streaks, and with alternates of each letter) that can be used individually or layered together and colored as above. Each of the four foreground colors is set in a different font. The full version of each font contains 2 versions of each capital (including Lubalin’s original Q) plus numbers, punctuation, and international characters. .

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