MAGIC CARPET is a calligraphic font with a lively, brush-like style, even vaguely exotic. It was inspired by the hand-painted titles (below) of the film Lust for Life (1956), a biography of Vincent Van Gogh, directed by Vincente Minnelli, art directed by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peter and Preston Ames. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
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.
LAPIS LAZULI is a set of 3 calligraphic fonts. Inspired by a simple, elegant font called “Papyrus” in one of Dan X. Solo’s great font books, but unrelated to the familiar ITC font of the same name. Any additional information would be appreciated. In completely redrawing the font, I’ve regularized and expanded it and added 2 more weights, Demi and Bold. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
LA Marker and LA Crayon are big friendly handwriting fonts. They were inspired by the Apple Classic bitmap font “Los Angeles” which disappeared with the transition to TrueType fonts. Marker has a smooth edge, Crayon is rougher, suggestive of the original bitmap jagged edge. Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.
KAELA was one of my early fonts and was “retired” a while back. After a couple requests and a major sighting, I’m bringing it back. Expanded character set, slightly heavier weight for better appearance on screen, and a few other improvements. Originally derived from the handwriting of one of my students. KAELA as seen in use in the opening credits of My Name is Earl, an NBC comedy starring Jason Lee. Includes upper- and lowercase, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.
JJ STENCIL was inspired by the work of the great American Pop artist Jasper Johns. Perhaps best known for his flag and target series, Johns has also used the “found” look of stencils in many drawings and paintings, including “0-9” at left. My fonts were not made directly from Johns’ work, but from scans of my own similar stencil scratchings. There are four complete fonts, each with a different treatment of the letters. The fonts are designed to be mixed or layered or both. JJ STENCIL 3.0 now includes upper and lowercase. I finally found an appropriate lowercase stencil and… continued
Jest was inspired by a “lost” analog font, Jet, available in the 70s as dry-transfer lettering. Jet was bold and gestural as if painted with a brush, with a white inline. I completely redrew the original and created a solid version. Now, inspired by other signpainters’ tricks, I’ve expanded the set to include Outline, Dotted, TwoTone, and Shadow varieties, all of which can be layered in different colors.
The IMITATION fonts were originally inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the film Imitation of Life, (1959, directed by Douglas Sirk, art-directed by Richard H. Riedel.) In response to requests. I married my lowercase IMITATION ONE to script caps inspired by ImageLine’s “Dance of the Brush” (which in turn appears to be have been inspired by the work of Charles Bluemlein) to produce IMITATION TWO. And now comes IMITATION THREE, with altogether new caps inspired by the titles of another Lana Turner/Universal soap opera Madame X (1966, directed by David Lowell Richm art directed by Alexander Golitzen and George C…. continued
HONEYMOON is a retro, backhand script with a hand-written feel. It was inspired by the classic logo of the Holiday Inn hotel chain. Uniform weight, almost completely linking. Italicized it becomes a vertical script. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
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.