SAFETY PIN was inspired by the cover of the June 1946 Ladies Home Journal. Click on the O at left to see the whole word. From the mildewy examples I found, it appears their logotype was different for each issue in those days.
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.
SALMAGUNDI is a quirky font, a tasty melange of various typestyles, tossed together for homemade flavor.
SALMAGUNDI was inspired by the sign on the left, on the bus line between Oakland and Berkeley. After staring at it every day, intrigued by the earnest signmaker’s combination of various fonts and his own imagination, I had to get a picture of it and later expand it to a full font.
The three SANITARY fonts were inspired by an old (1920s? 30s?) package, pictured here. Rather a Deco text font, mostly sans with a few residual serifs. I made the Regular directly from the sample above, then rounded out the family with the bolder and wider Demi and Bold Caps. I’ve loosened the spacing somewhat and kerned accordingly.
SCARLET RIBBONS is a fancy, friendly script, inspired by a Speedball lettering book from the 30s by Ross F. George. The original was called simply Vertical Script and needed a lot of work. As seen in the Script Font Identification Guide!
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. Read more…
SEAFARE is a jolly 19th-century style font. It’s bold and decorative with a hint of sea waves was inspired by the hand-lettered titles of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1949 costume drama Under Capricorn, art directed by Thomas N. Morahan. Available in solid, outline and beaded varieties which can be layered as in the image on this page.
SHOEMAKER is designed to look like top-stitched letters, great for a fun, friendly, hand-crafted look. The basic letterforms were inspired by the classic Windsor fonts, favored by Woody Allen (most all his films’ title-cards) and Timberland (logotype). I’ve reduced it to a carefully “stitched” outline.
SIDESHOW is my second Ouija® board font! (The other is Captain Howdy)
This one was adapted from an older, stencil-printed Ouija® board. The printing was fairly crude, so I kept the texture (unlike Captain Howdy which is very smooth.) What really appealed to me is how similar the stencil gaps and the spaces between the letters were, the letters seem to break into pieces.
The SILVERLINER fonts were inspired by the opening titles of (and trailer for) Strangers on a Train, a 1951 Warner Bros film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, art directed by Ted Haworth. The fonts–Regular, Oblique, Wide and Wide Oblique–suggest the sleek style of rail travel of the period.
Sleek and stylish, with contemporary curves, SIRENA was inspired by the hand-lettered opening titles of the film I Married a Witch (1942, art directed by Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegté, starring iconic screen siren Veronica Lake.
SMELVETICA was made from scans of rubber stamps I carved a long, long time ago. They were based on Helvetica and once included caps and everything. But they’ve disappeared and all I’m left with is the lowercase and in a degraded state.
SOLEMNITY is my digital interpretation of SOLEMNIS, an analog font by Günter Gerhard Lange, 1952. I was unable to find a digital version of this distinctive font, and was eager to work with it. So I drew this one afresh. The name is intended to suggest the original without infringing on any trademarks.
The SONNET fonts were inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnets as published by Thomas Thorpe, 1609, just 400 years ago. Working from a facsimile edition, I selected the clearest examples of each character while preserving the overall texture of the original printing. A good alternative to the overused Caslon Antique.
The graceful italics appear only occasionally in the Sonnets, usually to embellish a proper name. To complete the Italic and Swash Caps fonts, I studied a facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, published by Edward Blount and William & Isaac Jaggard, 1623. Complete set includes 5 fonts: Regular, with lining figures; OsF, with authentic old-style figures; Small Caps, Italic and Swash Caps.
SPLUNGE is the font to use when you want to make a splash. It was inspired by the classic font Franklin Gothic, but each letter has been redrawn, then rounded, splashed and splattered. Depending on your choice of color, it could go from playful to rebellious to horrific.
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.
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. Read more…
STUPID COW is a rustic font that looks hand painted. It suggests weak sign-painting skills rather than ignorance, as backward letters do. In the right context, the drips might suggest horror, but this a basically a fun font with an urge to communicate, albeit crudely.
These fonts were inspired by the classic mosaic tile signs of the New York City subway system, dating to the early 20th century. I’ve tried to maintain the somewhat quaint letterforms while regularizing them for contemporary use.