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!)
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.
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.
SEOUL is another pseudo-Asian font, but this time it’s modeled after Korean rather than the usual Chinese or Japanese script. The basic design is contemporary, rather than brush-like.
SEOUL CAPS recreates the uniform weight and width of the Korean letters and borrows or approximates a number of actual forms.
The companion font, SEOUL STACKING, can be used to intersperse stacked pairs of letters (as in the sample block) for a more authentically “Korean” look. To get a stacked pair, you simply type the upper letter in upper case, then the lower letter in lower case. Obviously this is for special effects and not continuous reading. The Read Me file contains instructions for using this unusual font.
SKIDZ was inspired by a sticker in which the letters where superimposed over a tire tread pattern. I’ve created my own tread pattern, subtracting letters based on Max Kaufmann’s classic font Balloon. When you type, the letters align to form an entire tire mark with white letters. The brackets and underscore can be used to create natural-shaped ends and patterned space between words.
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.
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. Read more…
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.
SUNSET is another special effects font, simulating letters sinking into water and making rippled reflections. The basic letterforms are based on an unreleased condensed version of my Bride of the Monster font. It pushes legibility but could be very effective in the right context.
Alfred Hitchock’s The Birds (1963) is one of my favorite films. This font was inspired by its opening titles which were designed by James S. Pollak. Each name appears in a serifless roman font, then is broken up and reassembled by the images of birds flapping past.
The letterforms are my own variation on Optima with certain letters altered to match the film’s. The bird shapes are based on my own photos of swarming crows on Thanksgiving 2004. The result doesn’t match the individual film titles, but suggests the entire sequence of breaking letters and passing birds.
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.
The TRUDEAU fonts are based on the wrought iron architectural lettering at nearby Albany Law School. The arch and lettering (at left) were designed as a small part of a major campus renovation in the late 1960s, designed by the architect Robert Louis Trudeau, founder of Trudeau/Architects. Formerly called “Law School,” the font and its new rail-less companion have been named to reflect their original designer.
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.