ALSACE-LORRAINE is an experiment. My idea was to combine aspects of a vertical French script and a German fraktur. For the most part, the top is the German and the bottom is the French. A font “mash-up” before that word was coined.
AUTEUR was inspired by the work of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), the French writer, filmmaker, and artist. At left, he can be seen handwriting the opening titles of his fantastic film Beauty and the Beast (1946) on a blackboard. He also made many drawings and paintings, often including a variation of this expressive, whimsical script.
In researching this font, I looked at hundreds of pages of his drawings and letters. There was a range of clarity and character-formation; I’ve patterned this after his more deliberate lettering rather than that of his correspondence; the latter was useful for numbers and other characters. I redrew each character with the rough texture of pen, brush, or even chalk lines.
Baselina is a stylish, squarish font that hugs the baseline, suggestive of Art Deco and neon signs. In four weights: Light, Regular, Bold and Extra Bold. Inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the Fleischer brothers’ animated film “Mr. Bug Goes to Town” (1941)
BLOOPER and BLOOP SCRIPT were created to have the look of letters formed by puddles of shiny liquid. The general form of each was inspired by a classic font. Blooper takes after Cooper Black (Oswald Cooper, 1921), Bloop Script after Brush Script * (Robert E. Smith, 1942).
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.
DIRECTORS SCRIPT was inspired by the sort of dramatic hand-drawn script used in 1940s film credits. As seen in classics like Crossfire, Laura, and Gilda, a very sloped cursive (about 45 degrees) is paired with a heavy roman. To approximate the style at left (from Crossfire), you could use Directors Script paired with my National Debt, Impact or similar. Add a drop shadow, and voilà.
This one has the most contrast in stroke weight and some crazy swashes. It was inspired by a sample of hand-lettering called simply “Modern Brush Script” in Alphabets: Ancient & Modern, compiled by J. B. Russell and published in 1945 by Padell Book Co.
ESPANGLÉS was inspired by the logo of the great, ubiquitous Spanish department store, El Corte Inglés. A fun, bold, and stylish script. (What is it with these department store logos? I love them all: Harrods, Marshall Field, Neiman-Marcus…)
ESQUIVEL is a sleek near-script inspired by an older Esquire magazine logo. Working from this December 1968 issue (with Lauren Hutton on the cover) I had only the title and one short heading inside to work from. The title evokes the original source, but pays homage to Juan García Esquivel, the Mexican emigré “multi-threat talent: quirky composer, eccentric arranger, enchanting performer, dashing showman” according to the liner notes (by Irwin Chusid) of Esquivel’s 1995 greatest-hits CD Cabaret Mañana.
FAMOUS LABEL is another vertical script with the retro-posh feel of a department store logo.
Inspired by a style of pen lettering illustrated in Alphabets: Ancient & Modern, compiled by J. B. Russell and published in 1945 by Padell Book Co. A number of letters were altered to make a more consistent and complete font.
FASHION SCRIPTS are fraternal twins. The letterforms of each were inspired by an example of 1940s department store lettering. FASHION BRUSH has a rough, art brush texture; FASHION MARKER has the smooth line of a Sharpie®.
HONEYMOON is a retro, backhand script with a hand-written feel. It was inspired by the classic logo of the Holiday Inn hotel chain. Uniform weight, almost completely linking. Italicized it becomes a vertical script.
The IMITATION fonts were originally inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the film Imitation of Life, (1959, directed by Douglas Sirk, art-directed by Richard H. Riedel.)
In response to requests. I married my lowercase IMITATION ONE to script caps inspired by ImageLine’s “Dance of the Brush” (which in turn appears to be have been inspired by the work of Charles Bluemlein) to produce IMITATION TWO.
And now with a big to Idolize! (In the \ position.)
KAFFEEHAUS NEON was inspired by the classic script font KAUFMANN®, which was designed by Max Kaufmann in 1936 and remains popular. That font is widely available under its trademarked name or as Coffee, Diner, Diana, and many others. My version is completely redrawn and differs significantly from the original.
NATIONAL ARCHIVE was inspired by the familiar look of the Declaration of independence. Every school child learns that it was written by Thomas Jefferson, who was actually only one of several who composed the document that began the United States of America.
NEW ENGLAND was inspired by the handlettered titles of the film The Devil and Daniel Webster(1941). I fell in love with this handsome script; it’s not too fancy, too stylized, or too contrasty, problems I find with too many script fonts
PEARLIE is a script font designed to look like a string of graduated pearls. This is the kind of font I wanted a couple years ago for a Debutante Ball; now I’m ready! The basic letter forms were inspired by those of Monotype Script. Links without kerning; looks especially good reversed or with 3-D effects.
QUINCE is a brush script with a different attitude. The basic letterforms were inspired by Murray Hill (Emil J. Klumpp, 1956). I’ve completely redrawn the letterforms with a rough “art brush” to produce an expressive, painterly line, rather than a pen line. Could be crayon, lipstick, of graffiti. More “Bratz®” than “Barbie®”.