Chifa is a set of fonts combining the trapezoid of Inca architecture with wedge-shaped strokes. Chifa Base has the wide side at the base and Chifa Tope has the weight at the top, making them well-suited for arranging text in a circle. Chifa Combo combines both styles in a single, easy-to-use font; if you TyPe LiKe ThIs—that is, alternating caps and lowercase—the letters automatically fit together. In Peru, I saw several examples of lettering that used the trapezoid, such as this monument in Cusco seen below that also incorporates a trapezoidal aperture like those at Machu Picchu and elsewhere. “Chifa”… continued
BIRDWHISTLE is a handwriting font with an artistic flair. Inspired by notes from the artist Willie Marlowe, Birdwhistle is like its namesake: pretty, playful, distinctive and a little unpredictable. Birdwhistle mixes upper- and lowercase in a creative way, and includes alternate characters for an even more spontaneous look. Willie is a dear friend, longtime colleague, and marvelous artist with an international reputation; please check out her paintings. Using 25 years of her notes and letters to me, I made Birdwhistle, striving to keep some of the whimsy and spontaneity of the original. Here is a sample of her handwriting.
Golden Spike is a unique font that combines the bold serifs of a Western woodtype with dramatic wedge shapes for an exotic texture. Golden Spike was inspired by this tiny image of unknown origin, sent to me by Vista Bill. Also available in “Deep,” a three-dimensional version.
The Gilded Age is a set of ornate fonts with decorative details reminiscent of that period, the late 19th century in the US. Tricked out with “mustachio” serifs, spurs, and inlines, the Gilded Age captures the flashy ornamentation the name suggests. The set includes upper- and lowercase, with and without the engraved lines, and a large and small caps version including extra fancy large caps. Gilded Age was inspired by the titles of the film “Casque d’Or” (1952, directed by Jacques Becker). The film is set in La Belle Époque, the French equivalent of the Gilded Age.
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.
SPREZZATURA is a fun, casual font with the whimsy of a love note and the boldness of a protest sign. Sprezzatura looks like brush and ink lettering because that’s how it started. The OpenType font also makes use stylistic alternates and ligatures for a totally hand-lettered effect. Available with and without the spatters.
Bezel is an Art Deco font with a contemporary twist. Bezel starts with geometric forms but adds modern proportions and a sleek curve for a fresh feel. The set Bevel was inspired by this TV ad for Las Vegas and then expanded to include 4 decorative variations: Black, White, Diamond, and Shimmer.
SAGEBRUSH is a decorative font with a Western flavor, its distinctive dots and curves and suggesting silver conchos, sheriffs’ badges, cowhides and spurs. In reality, it was inspired by the logo of the legendary NYC punk club CBGB OMFUG. When you learn that CBGB stood for “country, bluegrass, blues,” it’s easier to see what they were going for with this design, so far from punk typography.
ARTISAN BREAD is a set of three fonts with the feel of earnest, informal hand-craftsmanship. Each combines an “organic” texture with a whimsical approach to letter shapes and case. Available in 3 weights, Thin, Thick and Regular.
AFFICHE is a set of fonts that resemble hand-painted signs, somewhat casual but with a distinctive and professional style. The direct inspiration for AFFICHE is the hand-lettered titles of François Truffaut’s classic 1959 New Wave film “Les Quatre Cents Coups” (The 400 Blows). I love the squarish shape of the Q and O and the slight incline. There is no lower case; use small caps as they did in the film. These fonts contain an extended character set to accommodate most all the languages of Europe that use the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets. Available in Regular, Light and 3-D.