The ARTISTAMP fonts were derived from scans of a vintage set of rubber stamps I had long admired. Four fonts altogether: “wet” and “medium”, each both aligned and somewhat jumbled as in the animations above.
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.
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.
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.
The set of four HANDBILL fonts were inspired by a double set of vintage rubber stamps (Thanks, Jeff!) The set is identified only as “Signprinter” from the TT.S.T Co.” and resembles Beton Bold Condensed) (Thanks, Bill!)
The Rough font gives the impression of a drier stamp pad than the dark Regular. The 3-D font can be used alone or layered with the coordinated Fill font, which could also be used alone. As there are no lowercase letterforms, I’ve included an alternate impression or placement of each cap.
INSTITUTE STAMPS is a pair of monospaced rubber-stamp style font that emphasize the primitive nature of the medium, suggesting a telegram or oher early machine print.
Working with a set of cheap, imported toy stamps, I deliberately printed them to include variation and accident. The Bold font has dark inky letters, the Regular is lighter and drier looking. These can be used separately or mIXed, depending on your taste.
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.
The Regular and Jumbled versions of STAMP ACT were made from scans of cheap commercial rubber stamps. The awkward design of the letters suggests a vintage packing crate. A big font company sells something called Rubber Stamp but this, and my other rubber stamp fonts which can be found on this site, are more like real stamping. The jumbled version has randomized placement.