GAMERA was inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the English-language version of certain Gamera films. The font is emphatic and primitive with a rough organic edge, rather like its giant mutated namesake. Gamera was Daiei Studio’s answer to Toho Studio’s Godzilla. At the start of the series, the giant mutated turtle was a grave threat, but then became “friend to all children.” To me, all these such monster movies are just awful, but with the MST3K treatment they become good for a few laughs. Of course the atrocious dubbing and other attempts to sell the films in the West may… continued

FONT SHUI was inspired by a style of hand-lettering illustrated in “Alphabets: Ancient & Modern,” compiled by J. B. Russell (Padell, 1946). It was referred to as “Modern Oriental Alphabet” there and no designer was named. The font blends the appearance of the most ancient Chinese characters with a sleek Art Deco style. Coincidentally, after completing Font Shui, I found the book cover at left. The design is by Aleksandr Rodchenko for the eponymous The Chinese Girl Sume-Cheng, from 1929. The Cyrillic letters easily adapt to the same style! Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

FLORES first appeared in 2001, inspired by this florist’s sign in Valencia, Spain. I started with the 6 given letters and made up the others. With a happy 70s deco feel, the 7-petalled flowers are negative spaces which appear as the background or paper color. Now, thanks to a discussion on Typophile, I have seen more original letters, as in “Sachet Discret” and “Fleurdon” (below) and added them to the font. I was also happy to see that Flores (with my original C and H) appeared in this CBS News segment about typography. Includes caps, alternates in the lowercase positions,… continued

Like my Rebus Font, these images were culled from the parts of a long lost game. 15 stylish images ranging from the gag prize broken eyeglasses to the grand prize trip to Paris. Not recommended for commercial use as the owner of the images, if any, is unknown.

These 16 mysterious dingbats were culled from a small text called Ecce Orienti or Rites and Ceremonies of the Essenes. Published in 1894, this appears to be a ritual manual of a defunct, quasi-Masonic order. The symbols were integrated in the heavily contracted text to make it nearly unreadable to an outsider.

ECHO was inspired by a psychedelic-era poster in which the letters were given a similar vibrating feel. The basic letterforms are similar to Helvetica, which would go nicely with this. Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

DIRTY FINGER is a deceptively simple font, based on my own hand printing. It was begun by inking a Plexiglas plate, then drawing the letters backwards into the ink with my finger and a rag, the same way I draw my monoprints. Then I scanned, reversed, and flipped it to make what you see here.  

COMET was inspired by the (former) logo of Country Music Television. Clicking past this cable channel, I was attracted to its logo and set out to make a font that would allow you to type anything with that back-and-forth-within-blocks look. There are really two fonts: Negative with white letters, and Positive with black letters, each with black outlines. In both fonts the uppercase letters are turned to the left, and the lowercase to the right, So YoU hAvE tO tYpE lIkE tHiS tO gEt tHe RiGhT eFeEcT. The fonts can be used separately, or layered together. Now includes numbers and… continued

CINDERELLA was inspired by a font in one of the great Dan X. Solo 100 font books. The lowercase g first caught my eye; it’s ultra-condensed which can be very useful. The font has been retired for a number of years now. I had reason to use it recently and thought it was time to dust it off and round it out. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

CHOW FUN is a faux-Asian, faux-stencil font. The stencil gaps give this round, wide-set alphabet a little sparkle. It was inspired by a sample of hand lettering identified as “Crooks’ Stencil Designed Alphabet” in Alphabets: Ancient & Modern, compiled by J. B. Russell and published in 1945 by Padell Book Co. CHOW FUN was introduced in 2001. CHOW FUN 1.5 is an Opentype font with an expanded character set, improved spacing and kerning.

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