Don Piano is an unusual font that combines the look of two 20th-century technologies—punch cards and typewriters. Its dark shapes and lighter strokes give an interesting syncopation to the words, almost musical. Available in Regular, with proportional spacing, and Monospaced. Don Piano was inspired by a sketch in a lettering book from 1954 with this caption: “The authors were at a loss to give this alphabet a name except that it is different. It was made with a ball-point pen.” The name comes from this famous talking cat video that always makes me smile.
Maze Monograms lets you produce your custom monograms (or short bits of text) in a distinctive maze style. With influences like QR codes, crossword puzzles, and Kufic calligraphy, Maze Monograms make a bold graphic statement first, then become more legible as you look. Your custom Maze Monogram will be a unique design and a message. Get into it!
INTERMITTENT was inspired by some of the titles for the movie “West Side Story,” designed by the legendary Saul Bass. Bass’ titles take several different turns; this style was used for the title and intermission cards. Composed of slightly irregular parallel lines that suggest a bold, wide sans serif, Intermittent is like a sketch of a font, bold and wide but with a gentle sparkle. This font can be condensed, expanded, layered, and negatively spaced to great effect. This font can be condensed, expanded, layered, and negatively spaced to great effect.
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.And it comes in three finishes: Solid, Stencil, and Stressed, the latter most resembling the original.
The Fast Lane fonts were inspired by roadway and parking lot markings, reflecting both the stencil style and the stretched form that looks normal when viewed at an angle. The Icons fonts includes symbols and arrows to accompany the letters and numbers. The regular fonts could be used to make printable stencils; I’ve also created Rough versions with a pavement texture for other applications.
LINX is a pair of fonts designed to look like letters formed with chain. A companion to my Bead Chain font, this one is looser and feels more like it’s been arranged by hand. One version is solid, the other has highlights for a more three-dimensional look.
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
HORSE SENSE is a fun font with all the letters made out of horse shoes. The shoe sizes vary, some are whole and some are cut and “welded” together, as in the original sign that inspired it. And there are many alternates for extra fun. Here’s the original sign, seen in a shop in Cave Creek, AZ.
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. The set includes the companion font Splunge Dry without the splatters. The name will be known to Monty Python fans; it means “it’s a great idea but possibly not.”