MILKY WAY was inspired by an Art Deco alphabet seen in late 1930s Speedball lettering books by Ross F. George. A “future past” look, like the 1939 Worlds Fair and Tomorrowland. Originally, George directed that the distinctive white dots were to be made by spattering white ink with a toothbrush. The degree of detail in the Regular version of this font means it should be used fairly big, and that it’s a big file. At Jeff Levine’s insistence, I’ve added a second font without the stars but retaining the rings. Both fonts include caps and lowercase, plus numbers, punctuation, and… continued
MELODY MAKER lets you set type that looks like musical notation! The complete font includes some clefs, notes, and more to create musical headlines, captions, and logos. In addition to the font as shown above, there are also Notes Only and Staff Only version so you can mix colors, set the text on a curve, or make up your own staff! Includes upper and lower case, numbers, punctuation, international characters, some alternate letters, and musical characters.
LONDON BITMAP is a recreation of the classic Apple font London, originally designed by the great Susan Kare. (She also designed the wonderful icons at right, so familiar to us old appleheads.) The city-named fonts (Chicago, etc.) were a big improvement over previous computer typography, although they may now seem a bit quaint. Most have made the transition to scaleable fonts, such as my own L.A. fonts; now you can again enjoy London’s contrast between “Old English” style and bitmap texture. While I was at it, I also made a Harlequin, Cross-stitch and Shaded version; the initials at left show… continued
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. For my interpretation, I have adapted the basic letterforms to better resemble tubular neon lettering. The ends of characters are all rounded, and there are more open loops. The highlights give it a glassy or metallic shine and a bit… continued
JOGGLE was inspired by a book jacket that I once saw, half remembered, and couldn’t find again. The illustration was a colorful 50s, jazz-style composition, and the hand-drawn, outlined letters joined up. Couldn’t find it again; hope I did it justice. The letters link up as you type. There are end caps, blank spaces, and flourishes to finish up names and headings, and two of each letter so you have a little more variety. A second font (the pink part of the illustration above) provides a loose fill that be placed behind the outlines for another effect. Includes 2 of… continued
HUMERUS is a spooky/funny font with letters formed of loosely arranged bones, more in the spirit of a Halloween party than real horror. Think of “funny bone”, “rib tickling” and “numbskulls,” all appropriate to the inspiration for this font, the opening credit sequence of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, directed by Charles Barton, art directed by Hilyard M. Brown and Bernard Herzbrun, with animated sequences by the great Walter Lantz, who may have had a hand in the credits as well. The Regular font has the bone shapes defined by calligraphic outlines; there’s also a Solid font that can… continued
HARDLINE is an Op art font with a groovy, 60s/70s vibe, all geometric forms composed of parallel lines. It was inspired by the 3-letter logo at right, from an envelope my friend Dan gave me. (USU has apparently changed their logo.) This font is really fun when it’s used big and kerned so tightly that the letters overlap, creating cool moiré patterns as in the animation above. I’ve included a number of alternate letterforms in the lowercase positions for greater flexibility. Includes uppercase and alternates, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.
The GARDEN fonts began with a sans serif, then sprouted and grew! Inspired in part by the early Walt Whitman cover at left. Plant motifs were adapted from a variety of historic sources* and incorporated into bold, wide grotesque letters in three degrees of vegetation: Full, Two-Thirds, and One-Third. Set also includes Empty (without sprouts) for cross-pollination. (Shown in descending lines above.) Each font includes capitals, punctuation, numbers, and international characters. PATTERN SOURCES Pattern Design: An Introduction to the study of formal ornament, Archibald H. Christie Palm from a woven silk fabric. Italian, 13th century. Berlin, p117 Pattern from a… continued
FORTUNA DOT was suggested by Bruce Baryla, a revival of a “lost” Photo-Lettering Inc. font. The original was called Futura® Dot and it followed the general shapes of Paul Renner’s classic Futura® in a heavy weight. I’ve approximated the regular dot structure and based the forms of missing characters on the Renner. The spaces within each letter make them sort of transparent and nice for layering and reversing. In 3 weights. Each font includes uppercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. * Futura® is a registered trademark of Fundicion Tipografica Neufville S.A. The name is used here for reference only; my… continued
The FLORENT fonts are bursting with beautiful, floral detail. The four fonts are designed to be used separately or layered together in different colors and combinations. Florent A (green in the animation at right) is bare branches or vines. Florent B (yellow) has white flowers on the branches. Florent C (blue) is the flowers alone, perfect for use alone or as a “fill” with B or D. Florent D (red) has the branches full of light and dark flowers. Florent was inspired by an analog font called “Garland” in Dan X. Solo’s 100 Ornamental Alphabets. I’ve completely redrawn the font,… continued