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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. There are 3 fonts (White, Black and Solid) that can be used independently or layered in different colors for endless variation.

HANGOVER SQUARE is a set of 3 fonts with an early-1960s style. They were inspired by the handlettered titles of the 1964 mad-ventriloquist thriller Devil Doll, set in London as it was beginning to swing. The Regular font is a smooth sans serif with offbeat details. Hangover Square Stones has the same distinctive letterforms, with a rocky edge suggestive of horror or decay. Hangover Square Sticks is a condensed version, composed of rough vertical lines with a hand-drawn feel. Each font lends itself to all-caps or mixed-case usage.

WOODWIND was inspired by the opening titles of the classic 1939 film Gone With The Wind, directed by Victor Fleming, production designed by William Cameron Menzies, art direction by Lyle R. Wheeler. As you can see from the frame at left, the title appears on screen very large, a word at a time, blowing from right to left. WOODWIND is an ornate 19th-century style font that can suggest the Old South as well as Western Saloon or Circus Wagon. For flexible use, I’ve created a Regular font plus West and East “moving” fonts. Includes caps, lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international… continued

TRICOT was inspired by the 2007 US holiday stamps, designed by Nancy Stahl (left). I liked them so much that I designed my Christmas cards to match (at right) and developed the Tricot font for the greeting inside. A knitted design has much in common with a bitmap image, but the pairs of oval stitches combine to suggest the warm and fuzzy feeling of a handmade sweater. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. No accent marks on uppercase. Plus knit-style patterns using special keys (below).

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. I started with J-O-U-R-N-A-L and imagined safety pins bent and twised to form the other characters. May be the first font that appeals to both crafters and punks. The Regular version of the font has white highlights like Ringpin; the Solid version does not so you can create your own effects and shadows.

RINGPIN was inspired by the style of body piercing. Not my own style, but interesting to observe. In designing this font, I was rather limited to geometric components, and drew each with a crisp highlight. Most letters take the lowercase form, sometimes with alternates. The letters did not want to align neatly, so they assume a variegated arrangment. Includes 1-3 versions of each letter, plus numbers, punctuation, international characters, and many fanciful extras.

Obviously, RICECAKES was designed to look like grains of rice arranged to form letters. It was my very first font design, planned for an event at Albany’s Rice Gallery, but was not completed in time. The letterforms are patterned after the classic Franklin Gothic, although I did alter the 1 (not gothic enough!) Use it big, reverse it, color it to suggest flower petals, overlap it. Now there’s a second font with white grains on black. Each font includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. Another one of Dennis’ Font Play creations

PUB SMOOTH was inspired by the classic font Publicity Gothic, which was “based on the sturdy woodcut display faces of the late 19th century.” Remarkable for its fat, friendly letterforms and bumpy outline. Adobe sells a fine version and if that’s what you want, buy it from them, as I did. In using Publicity Gothic, I realized that the bumpy outlines didn’t work well on-screen and at smaller sizes in print. So I completely redrew the font with smooth clean edges and corners. I’ve tried to remain faithful to the spirit of the original design. Just for fun, the set… continued

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. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, international characters, and a few flourishes for the beginnings and ends of words.

PALIMPSEST is an experimental font combining the letterforms of a traditional blackletter font with the texture of a Benday or halftone dot screen. Modern + Medieval. Pop + Parchment. At first glance it appears somewhat blurred or faded but is very cleanly rendered from vector drawings for smooth edges at any size. (Bigger is better.) Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. PALIMPSEST comes in four weights: Light, Regular, Dark, and Black, which can be mixed and matched for interesting effects. The graphics above show only the Regular weight; at left are all four for comparison.  

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