CHOW FUN is a faux-Asian, faux-stencil font. The stencil gaps give this round, wide-set alphabet a little sparkle. It was inspired by a sample of hand lettering identified as “Crooks’ Stencil Designed Alphabet” in “Alphabets: Ancient & Modern,” compiled by J. B. Russell and published in 1945 by Padell Book Co.
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.
JJ STENCIL was inspired by the work of the great American Pop artist Jasper Johns. Perhaps best known for his flag and target series, Johns has also used the “found” look of stencils in many drawings and paintings, including “0-9″ at left.
My fonts were not made directly from Johns’ work, but from scans of my own similar stencil scratchings. There are four complete fonts, each with a different treatment of the letters. The fonts are designed to be mixed or layered or both.
OAKTAG is a set of 6 unique stencil fonts, inspired by the one-character logo of England’s Channel Four. Originally called “Stencil Four”. For the regular font, I applied the same constructed style to all the characters, using a bold, condensed version of the classic font Clarendon as a reference. Channel Four has updated their logo to a 3-D style (left); now I’ve added 4 fonts to the set (and improved the appearance of the original two fonts). Mix, match and layer them!
The 4 RÉPUBLIQUE fonts were inspired by the lettering on this style of Paris Metro sign, designed by the architect Adolphe Dervaux and first installed in 1924. This design coexists with the more famous Art Nouveau “Metropolitain” signs, designed by Hector Guimard in 1900 and made of sinuous wrought iron. The “Candelabra Dervaux” uses simpler Art Deco letterforms, cut out of red metal, and illuminated from the back. The double row of stencil-style supports resembles train tracks.
Playful, beachy ROAD JESTER was inspired by the logo of Trader Joe’s, the offbeat grocery chain. My challenge was to carry the somewhat naive, hand-lettered style throughout the alphabet, numbers and punctuation. Then after going to Bilbao and seeing all the wonderful Basque-style typography, I added an alternate A and I for extra flavor.
SIDESHOW is my second Ouija® board font! (The other is Captain Howdy)
This one was adapted from an older, stencil-printed Ouija® board. The printing was fairly crude, so I kept the texture (unlike Captain Howdy which is very smooth.) What really appealed to me is how similar the stencil gaps and the spaces between the letters were, the letters seem to break into pieces.
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…