Stylish and graceful, the Chevre fonts are my digital interpretation of roman and italic fonts designed by Mortimer Leach for use by Chevrolet in print ads about 1957–1960. Leach borrowed aspects of Bodoni, Century Schoolbook, and Century Expanded to make his new creation and documented its development in his 1960 book “Letter Design in the Graphic Arts.” The beautiful italics, including a condensed version, seem to have found greater use at the time, particularly in magazine ads. I chose not to make condensed italics as Leach did, but did make bold versions to round out the set. Thanks, John, for… continued
Flying Circus is a playful, slab-serif font that can suggest Americana, the West, the carnival or circus. It was inspired by a “lost” analog font and has a full lowercase unlike many similar fonts. Originally designed by Czech designer Jan Solpera, it was published in 1971 by Berthold Fototypes as Circo, later carried by Lettergraphics as Cirque. (Thanks, Florian, for the information!)
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
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.
Tech Elite is a square sans-serif monospaced font, a stylish alternative to Courier or other typewriter-style fonts. Tech Elite was inspired by one of the styles offered on the classic, collectible Hermes 3000 Swiss-made typewriter. This is completely redrawn; I did not want it to have the uneven texture of vintage typing. I’ve expanded its usefulness with Bold, Oblique and Bold Oblique variations. A friend of mine had a similar typewriter in high school and it was so cool. You see, kids, back in the typewriter days, you were basically stuck with one size and one font, so a document… continued
Blacktop has been tweaked, expanded and reissued in celebration of National Woodtype Day on March 15. The uppercase and numbers were originally inspired by a woodtype font variously known as Gothic Bold, Jubilee, or Skidoo Caps, and completely redrawn for clean edges. The lowercase is my own invention, following the example of certain fonts (Hobo, Publicity Gothic, Broadway) in which the descenders do not go below the baseline.
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. The set includes Big Caps and Alternate variations, more closely resembling the original forms but somewhat less contemporary in feel.
WEXLEY is my digital interpretation of a rather forgotten analog font set called Wexford, very much in the geometric Bauhaus tradition. The original was designed by Richard A Schlatter and released by VGC in 1972. (Thanks, Bill, for the research.) Working from period sources, I’ve made my versions of four weights, expanding the character set and including a couple alternate characters. The Inline is an invention in the 70s spirit. If you like this general style, check out the Bowfin Guide to “Bauhaus” fonts.
WALDORF TEXT is my digital revival of a classic “lost” font of the same name. An elegant blackletter font with details that spell luxury. Waldorf Text was produced by Barnhart Brothers and Spindler Type Foundry in 1914. When American Type Founders acquired BBB&S, they continued to produce it, including it in their 1934 and 1941 catalogs. And then it was gone, never making the transition from type to film or digital. (Thanks, Bill, for all your help!) I’ve completely redrawn the font, maintaining the graceful lines while expanding the font and making other slight changes for modern use. There are… continued
The VIRILE fonts are adapted from a pair of analog Art Nouveau fonts. The name isn’t so good but that’s what it was. You can use the fonts separately or use the Solid as a fill for the Open. Each font includes caps, lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.