BOGO is a friendly and graceful font with an Art Nouveau feel. It was inspired by the light variant of Morris Fuller Benton’s classic Hobo that appeared in 1915 and seems not to have digitized. I completely redrew the typeface from historic examples, maintaining its curvy lines and descender-free lowercase. BOGO has a lightness and elegance that is sometimes lacking in Hobo and its many imitators.
BRUCE MIKITA is my digital version of an analog font of the same name. It has a rustic, hand-crafted feel and suggests East Asian calligraphy. The highlight is a distinctive feature; I’ve also made an un-highlighted version, which Dan X. Solo identifies as “Lantern.”
BUBBLE GUM ROCK is based on a kind of graffiti lettering that kids do. Each letter is a big fat outline that underlaps the one to its left. My friend Kate Lee helped me remember it.
To Create The Underlapping Effect, Type Your Sentences Like This Because The Caps Are Designed As Initial Letters And The Lowercase To Follow.This is a set of two fonts that work together. The Outline font contains pseudo brush-drawn outlines; the Fill font is the solid part that goes inside. In a program that allows layering, set the same bit of text in each of the two fonts, and position the Fill behind the Outline, and assign another color or percentage.
Business Casual is a lively, legible script font that can be both professional and informal. It was inspired by the “lost” analog font Delight (or Delite), produced by Formatt in the 1970s. I’ve kept the basic letterforms, but went for a more uniform stroke with rounded ends, like a felt-tip.
CANTABILE began as a “modern,” Bodoni, or Didot style. I removed serifs and added balls along the lines of a sort of upright, swash italic. I was thinking Postmodern, but it’s more fun than that, vaguely musical. Hence the name, which has four syllables and is an Italian musical term for “singingly.”
CAPTAIN HOWDY was inspired by the font often seen on classic Ouija® boards. Yet another woodtype, “circus,” or “Western” font. Cleanly redrawn using my 70s-vintage wooden Ouija® board as a model. I never cared much for playing with it, I just liked the way it looks!
One of my popular early fonts is Captain Howdy, inspired by the lettering on a Ouija board, a rather jolly woodtype font with curved serifs and engraved highlights. Now there’s a whole new font, CAPTAIN HOOK, that marries the classic caps to an all-new lowercase. Because sometimes you just need lowercase.
CARBON COPY is a dot-matrix take on Courier, the invisible classic with roots in typewriter style. Could be used to suggest the effect of screen display or of blurry old carbon paper. Includes 3 weights, plus one font with a full background of dots.
CATTLE ANNIE is my unauthorized digital interpretation of the analog font “Les Catalanes.” According to ABZ: More alphabets and other signs by Rothenstein and Gooding, it was designed n 1952 by Enric Crous-Vidal (1908-1987) but was never produced. Other Crous-Vidal fonts include Paris, Flash, and Ilerda from Fundición Tipográfica Bauer.
The set of four CHARTER STAMP fonts were inspired by two sets of vintage rubber stamps (Thanks, Jeff!) Each set is a wooden-boxed treasure. One is labeled “Fulton Chart & Sign Marker” which makes it related to my popular ARTISTAMP series. I’ve married the two sets of stamps (One is narrow, Two is wide) and each has a Regular and Rough variety for an authentic rubber-stamp feel.
The CHASER fonts are designed to look like those on electronic signboards, using a 9 x 13 “LED” grid for each character. Unlike the similar fonts, mine use weighted dots to imply movement, as if the text were scrolling to the left or to the right.
CHEAPSKATE is based on my first rubber-stamp alphabet. I purchased it in a toystore in the 70s and threw out the packaging. I used these A LOT. Love the slight shadow effect and the awkward letterforms. The outline font is the way the stamps look, the fill font can be separately or underlapped to fill in the letters with another color or percentage.
CHELT PRESS was made from scans of my own hand-carved rubber stamps, carved way back in the 80′s to simulate Morris Fuller Benton’s classic Cheltenham Bold. Looks just like stamping but also suggests crude letterpress. Four fonts in all: light and dark, aligned and variegated. Mix and match for a totally random, hand-printed look.
CHINESE GOTHIC is an experiment, another font mashup. What would happen if you crossed a pseudo “Chinese” font with a blackletter? Although they have very different origins, they have a comparable form; both are calligraphic, fragmented, and high contrast. I used Monotype Old English as a guide and drew and arranged three-point “brushstokes” in the manner of Wonton and many other such fonts.
COLUMBIA STAMP was suggested by my correspondent Marsha, who sent me scans and lots of encouragement. It’s based on her set of vintage rubber stamps and has a smoother edge and straighter alignment than my other stamp fonts.
COMFY has the bold but friendly look of cutout letters. Inspired by an example of “Pinselschrift” (brush lettering) by Wilhelm Dechert*. Has the feel of a handlettered version of a 20th-century geometric font like Paul Renner’s Futura* or Rudolf Koch’s Kabel.
The CRAZY HAROLD font set was inspired by a single analog font as reproduced in Paul E. Kennedy’s “Modern Display Alphabets” (Dover, 1974).
Of course the name appealed to me, as well as the tacky retro-festive style. (I welcome any additional information about this font that anyone might pass along to me.) Anyway, my font set is completely redrawn with clean edges and rounded points. I’ve incorporated alternate letterforms into separate fonts, and made condensed versions too.