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The five PROJECT fonts were inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the film Project Moon Base (1953). Tucker brought them to my attention with a couple of very clean stills. I only knew the film from a grainy tape of when they lampooned it on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It’s my favorite kind of scifi: laughably dated, fake, and earnest. (Also used in Crash of Moons.) I’ve made a set of five fonts–Light, Medium, Bold, Bold Inline, and 3000 (the 3-D style)–for a variety of uses. Out of the Moon Base context, it can have a very diferent feel, almost… continued

POIGNANT is an elegant titling font that combines aspected of a Didone (“modern”) with calligraphic flourishes. Inspired by the hand-lettered titles of certain Twentieth Century Fox films such as All About Eve (1950), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), and Niagara (1953)–all art-directed by Lyle Wheeler, perhaps a clue to the original hand. And if you really like film titles too, check out this site. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

Plumber’s Gothic is my digital interpretation of the font formerly used by 3M to brand its products. According to their excellent corporate history, the “boxy, serifed…decidedly industrial” logo and font were designed by Gerald Stahl & Associates in 1960 and used throughout their product line until the late 1970s. “Unfortunately ‘plumber’s gothic’ no longer accurately reflected the image of the more sophisticated, higher-tech company that 3M had become.” (Thanks, John, for getting me started on this!) Includes upper- and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

The characters of PENSTRIPE and PENCILSTRIPE are each composed of bands of 5 parallel lines, suggesting a sketch, weaving, or even a musical staff. Looks great layered in contrasting colors. In three weights and two textures (smooth Pen and rougher Pencil) which are best seen at larger point sizes. These fonts were inspired by the 1940’s pajama ad shown here. Includes uppercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

PEARLIE is a script font designed to look like a string of graduated pearls. This is the kind of font I wanted a couple years ago for a Debutante Ball; now I’m ready! The basic letter forms were inspired by those of Monotype Script. Links without kerning; looks especially good reversed or with 3-D effects. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, international characters, and a few flourishes for the beginnings and ends of words.

VICARAGE, RECTORY and PARSONAGE are separate but related decorative fonts, each with a romantic, historical feel and inspired by hand-lettered film titles. Each could also be used to suggest Olde Worlde gentility, holiday festivity, or spirituality. Each font is all caps with many alternate forms for more variety and looks great as LARGE and SMALL CAPS. VICARAGE, the boldest of the three, was inspired by the trailer of the film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), art directed by Anton Grot. RECTORY, suggestive of pen calligraphy, was inspired by the opening credits of Going My Way (1944), art… continued

PALIMPSEST is an experimental font combining the letterforms of a traditional blackletter font with the texture of a Benday or halftone dot screen. Modern + Medieval. Pop + Parchment. At first glance it appears somewhat blurred or faded but is very cleanly rendered from vector drawings for smooth edges at any size. (Bigger is better.) Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. PALIMPSEST comes in four weights: Light, Regular, Dark, and Black, which can be mixed and matched for interesting effects. The graphics above show only the Regular weight; at left are all four for comparison.  

ONION was inspired by an unidentified font included in Art Deco Initials, selected and arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton [Dover, 1991; “selected from rare periodicals (mostly European), type catalogs and printed ephemera ofthe 20s and 30s.”] Completely redrawn, the onion-like cross-section is simplified, the shapes regularized, and the character set expanded. Lends itself to overlapping, suggests the Op Art paintings of Bridget Riley and others. Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

OKLAHOMA was inspired by the opening titles of the classic film of the same name (1955, directed by Fred Zinnemann, art direction by Joseph C. Wright.) A fancy wood type that sings, a nice compliment to the early 1900s setting of the story. If only they’d had this font when they designed the DVD! As the still frame at left suggests, Oklahoma was filmed widescreen–simultaneously in two incompatible formats. But they still had to condense some of the titles to fit them onscreen. Includes caps, lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. A strange sighting: a Japanese sweatshirt as seen on… continued

OHMIGOSH is a series of 12 fonts inspired by the style of classic comic strip lettering. There are 3 widths–1, 2, 3–each with Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic. The direct inspiration for #3 was the strip Gil Thorp, from the days it was drawn by Frank McLaughlin (a classic frame at left). For a fresh perspective on the state of comic strip art, check out the blog Comic Curmudgeon! It’s given me a reason to laugh at the “funnies” again. Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

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