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.And it comes in three finishes: Solid, Stencil, and Stressed, the latter most resembling the original.
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.
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. If you like Ouija®, you should visit the Museum of Talking Boards. Font includes only the characters that appeared on the original board, shown at left.
RUDE GOTH began with a set of “Old English” stencils. I used a natural sponge to print them and get an authentic texture. Goth, but also for perfect for a Halloween, pirate, or rough historic feel. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
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. More of a good thing: A stencil font for an exotic shipping crate feel! Don’t use this font to create your own “Trader Joe’s” merchandise as that would certainly be trademark infringement. We finally got a TJ’s here in Albany. One of the things I love… continued
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. For fun, I’ve included a few alternate characters in the lowercase positions and created a Solid font without the horizontal lines, and two… continued
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! Each font includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. Oak-tag is the stiff paper that stencils and manila… continued
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. JJ STENCIL 3.0 now includes upper and lowercase. I finally found an appropriate lowercase stencil and… continued
The BRIDE OF THE MONSTER fonts were first inspired by the trailer of the classic film Bride of Frankenstein (1935). The handlettered titles strongly resemble Rudolph Koch’s NEULAND, which contains only caps. (The legendary Neuland was originally handcarved in the 1920s by Koch and remains popular under a variety of names.) My first attempts at the lowercase were made using black paper cutouts. For design reference, I also looked at other Koch fonts like Koch Antigua (also called Locarno or Eve) and, especially, Kabel. My lowercase is “married” to Koch’s original creation, hence the name. This font is dedicated to… continued
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. CHOW FUN was introduced in 2001. CHOW FUN 1.5 is an Opentype font with an expanded character set, improved spacing and kerning.