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The GAUDI fonts are named for the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). His visionary buildings in Barcelona are strangely biomorphic, all curves and intricate surfaces, often covered with broken-plate and -tile mosaics.  Gaudí didn’t invent that folk-art form (called “trencadís” in Catalan and “pique assiette” or “picassiette” in French) but his use of it on walls, benches, sculpture, and even rooftops makes a simple craft sublime.  Another wonderful example of this artform is the Maison Picassiette in Chartres by Raymond Isidore (1900-1964), though it was unknown to me when I made these fonts. For my font, I’ve made rough-shaped… continued

A few keystrokes, and a crowd appears.  FLASH MOB combines hundreds of human silhouettes with letterforms inspired by OCR-A, the machine-readable font from 1960. Includes a few useful extras in the { } and ~ positions as well as a zebra crosswalk in the underscore position. Includes upper- and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. Due to technical limitations, capital letters do not have accent marks. .

CELESTIAL ALPHABET was inspired by ancient writings which saw Hebrew letters in the stars. This is related to the Kabbalah and other mystical texts which sought to find structure and meaning in the alphabet and place its origin in heaven itself. An interesting source is An Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination by Johanna Drucker. In there you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about the history of writing, including its meaning and purposes. I have used the ancient style to create this Roman alphabet with many alternate characters, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. The graphic above… continued

APERTURE is a special effects font, creating text that is intentionally difficult to read. It could be used to create puzzles and optical illusions or give a futuristic, sci-fi feel to your text. It plays with positive and negative space, presenting the spaces between letters as shapes. There’s also a solid font that is somewhat easier to read; the fonts can be used together or separately. To create bits of enclosed text, start and end each phrase with a parenthesis or bracket; there are 4 shapes to choose from.  Instead of a space, type an underscore to create a continuous… continued

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