Traftoon is a set of three fonts that look like neat, slightly sloped hand lettering done with a brush and ink. Casual but not child-like, with full upper and lowercase, Traftoon offers an attractive and flexible alternative to many similar fonts such as Balloon and Comic Sans. Traftoon was inspired by Howard Trafton’s Cartoon Light and Cartoon Bold of 1936. My friend Vista Bill got me started on this. Cartoon Bold exists in digital form under various names. The Light had not been previously digitized and neither included lowercase originally. In creating these, I maintained the quirks of the originals… continued
True Confession is a delicate and lively font that suggests Art Deco metalwork. Inspired by the hand-lettered main title of the 1937 film of the same name starring Carole Lombard, art directed by Hans Dreir and Robert Usher. Want this look in a handy monogram font? Check out my Art Deco Monograms.
INTERMITTENT was inspired by some of the titles for the movie “West Side Story,” designed by the legendary Saul Bass. Bass’ titles take several different turns; this style was used for the title and intermission cards. Composed of slightly irregular parallel lines that suggest a bold, wide sans serif, Intermittent is like a sketch of a font, bold and wide but with a gentle sparkle. This font can be condensed, expanded, layered, and negatively spaced to great effect. This font can be condensed, expanded, layered, and negatively spaced to great effect.
STAGE LEFT was inspired by the iconic poster for the movie version of “West Side Story.” Designed by Joe Caroff—not Saul Bass as is often stated—the poster suggests a gritty but playful urban energy. It’s basically large and small caps but I’ve designed it so the big T, L, and F interlock with other small letters.And it comes in three finishes: Solid, Stencil, and Stressed, the latter most resembling the original.
The Stone Proof fonts are weathered and worn, suggesting primitive typeset, rough paper, and aged surfaces. The set includes Regular, 3-D, and a special Fill font to work with the 3-D. Its cousin, Handbill, has the jumbled style of rubber stamps, if you prefer that. A stone proof is a simple proof made without a press, using a mallet and composing stone. Thanks, Vista Bill, for the name suggestion!
McKinley is a series of fonts with the bold but graceful style of hand-painted signs, inspired by the titles of several early silent films, including The Great Train Robbery, The Kleptomaniac, and others directed by Edwin S. Porter for Edison Studios. Available in Narrow, Regular, and Wide, with a separate Swash Caps font.
Bootstrap has a rough-hewn Western feel, like letters were made by an old-time blacksmith. The letterforms are bold and simple, with spurs and a rough texture. Bootstrap’s roots are in my Tapeworm font, reimagined for a new old look.
Old New England is a bold and stylish script font with a speckled texture reminiscent of a well-worn T-shirt or salvaged sign, comfortably worn. It’s a companion to New England, the lighter and smoother original.
SCHNAPPS is a lively calligraphic font that captures a jolly German character. Could be used to suggest anything from Oktoberfest to Christmas to Old World craftsmanship. More legible and decorative than many other blackletter fonts. SCHNAPPS was inspired by the hand-lettered credits of Carol Reed’s “Night Train to Munich” of 1940, art directed by Alex Vetchinsky.
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.