SHOEMAKER is designed to look like top-stitched letters, great for a fun, friendly, hand-crafted look. The basic letterforms were inspired by the classic Windsor fonts, favored by Woody Allen (most all his films’ title-cards) and Timberland (logotype). I’ve reduced it to a carefully “stitched” outline. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. For more fun, I’ve included top-stiched versions of some Harold’s Pips (below, with key locations in red).
SALMAGUNDI is a quirky font, a tasty melange of various typestyles, tossed together for homemade flavor. SALMAGUNDI was inspired by the sign on the left, on the bus line between Oakland and Berkeley. After staring at it every day, intrigued by the earnest signmaker’s combination of various fonts and his own imagination, I had to get a picture of it and later expand it to a full font. The Regular is very clean. I’ve also made Chewy and Crispy varieties for those who like some texture. I should have named this after a Mexican dish, but they’d all been used… continued
Playful, beachy ROAD JESTER was inspired by the logo of Trader Joe’s, the offbeat grocery chain. My challenge was to carry the somewhat naive, hand-lettered style throughout the alphabet, numbers and punctuation. Then after going to Bilbao and seeing all the wonderful Basque-style typography, I added an alternate A and I for extra flavor. More of a good thing: A stencil font for an exotic shipping crate feel! Don’t use this font to create your own “Trader Joe’s” merchandise as that would certainly be trademark infringement. We finally got a TJ’s here in Albany. One of the things I love… continued
MARKERMAN is yet another comic-book style font. Can be bolded or italicized effectively. Includes 5 useful cartoon symbols, gleaned from Mort Walker’s Lexicon of Comicana and ABC Etcetera: The Life & Times of the Roman Alphabet by A. & N. Humez. From left to right of the bottom row above: the squean (which might float around a drunken character’s head), the grawlix (a substitute for swearing), the jarn (ditto), a phosphene (for a character who’s “seeing stars”), and the quimp (another swear.) Have @#$%* fun! Version 4.0 includes an expanded character set with more punctuation, caps, numbers, punctuation, and international… continued
LAUGHTRACK is a set of 3 fonts in a quirky, cartoon style that says “funny”. Inspired by the work of Jerry Robinson, whose “True Classroom Flubs and Fluffs” was a highlight of the Sunday News comics section when I was a kid. Robinson also did a panel called “Still Life” in a similar humorous drawing and lettering style. Although he’s better known for his work in superhero comics, the “funnies” interest me more. His papers are archived at Syracuse University. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
JOGGLE was inspired by a book jacket that I once saw, half remembered, and couldn’t find again. The illustration was a colorful 50s, jazz-style composition, and the hand-drawn, outlined letters joined up. Couldn’t find it again; hope I did it justice. The letters link up as you type. There are end caps, blank spaces, and flourishes to finish up names and headings, and two of each letter so you have a little more variety. A second font (the pink part of the illustration above) provides a loose fill that be placed behind the outlines for another effect. Includes 2 of… continued
HUMERUS is a spooky/funny font with letters formed of loosely arranged bones, more in the spirit of a Halloween party than real horror. Think of “funny bone”, “rib tickling” and “numbskulls,” all appropriate to the inspiration for this font, the opening credit sequence of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, directed by Charles Barton, art directed by Hilyard M. Brown and Bernard Herzbrun, with animated sequences by the great Walter Lantz, who may have had a hand in the credits as well. The Regular font has the bone shapes defined by calligraphic outlines; there’s also a Solid font that can… continued
GREG’S HAND was developed in collaboration with artist GREG SMITH. Greg did the original lettering in Illustrator and then I made the font, adding and adjusting as needed. Looks like it was written with a Sharpie. Includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
Playful and offbeat GENERATION B has a late 50s-early 60s vibe that goes from beatnik coffeehouse to rustic beach shack and beyond. It’s basically an all-caps font, with big and small versions of each letter plus some alternates. With a little tweaking, you can create the look of quirky hand-lettering. Inspired by the animated opening titles of the classic live-action Disney film, The Parent Trap (1961), designed by T. Hee, Bill Justice and Xavier Atencio With its irregular alignment, letter shapes and pairs, this kind of lettering could be seen as a descendant of folk sign-painting (see also Bensfolk), of… continued
FISH OUT OF WATER is the perfect comedy font, inspired by the opening titles of Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959, art direction by Ted Haworth). Loose-shaped large and small caps suggest unpredictable fun. In 3 weights for greater flexibility. The FISH OUT OF WATER fonts include large and small caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.