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The three SANITARY fonts were inspired by an old (1920s? 30s?) package, pictured here. Rather a Deco text font, mostly sans with a few residual serifs. I made the Regular directly from the sample above, then rounded out the family with the bolder and wider Demi and Bold Caps. I’ve loosened the spacing somewhat and kerned accordingly. Each font includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

RUDLAND HAND is a calligraphic font, inspired by the work of the British artist and designer Peter Rudland. As explained in his book From Scribble to Script (John De Graff, 1956) Rudland was an advocate of this style of script–italic hand–as a way to improve one’s handwriting. So although it may seem like ornamental calligraphy, Rudland intended that ordinary people would develop this beautiful, flowing, pen lettering. You could use the font as a resource for practicing your own script or, if your handwriting is as hopeless as mine, a convenient substitute. I’ve created two fonts, one with the fancier… continued

QUEER THEORY is my attempt to make a monospaced font with a less predictable feel. I was thinking about fonts like Envision, Democratica and Rotis Semi Serif, with their hybrid letterforms and irregular application of serifs. The basic letterforms of Queer Theory were derived from the invisible classic Courier, fusing upper and lowercase in a way that suggests an uncial. Unlike your average Courier though, this font has very square–not rounded–slab serifs. Includes single case letters, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

PUB SMOOTH was inspired by the classic font Publicity Gothic, which was “based on the sturdy woodcut display faces of the late 19th century.” Remarkable for its fat, friendly letterforms and bumpy outline. Adobe sells a fine version and if that’s what you want, buy it from them, as I did. In using Publicity Gothic, I realized that the bumpy outlines didn’t work well on-screen and at smaller sizes in print. So I completely redrew the font with smooth clean edges and corners. I’ve tried to remain faithful to the spirit of the original design. Just for fun, the set… continued

POIGNANT is an elegant titling font that combines aspected of a Didone (“modern”) with calligraphic flourishes. Inspired by the hand-lettered titles of certain Twentieth Century Fox films such as All About Eve (1950), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), and Niagara (1953)–all art-directed by Lyle Wheeler, perhaps a clue to the original hand. And if you really like film titles too, check out this site. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

Plumber’s Gothic is my digital interpretation of the font formerly used by 3M to brand its products. According to their excellent corporate history, the “boxy, serifed…decidedly industrial” logo and font were designed by Gerald Stahl & Associates in 1960 and used throughout their product line until the late 1970s. “Unfortunately ‘plumber’s gothic’ no longer accurately reflected the image of the more sophisticated, higher-tech company that 3M had become.” (Thanks, John, for getting me started on this!) Includes upper- and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

The three OBLIQUE TEXT fonts were inspired in part by the font OBLIQ, designed by Ellipsis, 1984, and issued by Letraset. I have taken some liberties with the letterforms, regularizing them somewhat and sharpening corners. My font friend Janet Wilson got me interested in this font when she sent me photocopies of unused rub-down lettering sheets of the Light and Medium; the Bold is my own invention. Each font includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and accented characters.

NATIONAL ARCHIVE was inspired by the familiar look of the Declaration of independence. Every school child learns that it was written by Thomas Jefferson, who was actually only one of several who composed the document that began the United States of America. Unknown to most people is the name of Timothy Matlack, the person who most likely took pen and ink to parchment and created the unforgettable visual symbol of our independence. For the complete text and history, please check the National Archives & Records Administration site. The Declaration itself is always worth a fresh read, a timely reminder of… continued

The MANUCRYPT fonts were inspired by an unusual example of “Olde English” (blackletter) typing. Preserving the original texture, these fonts have a look that’s much more “Haunted House” than “Wedding Announcement.” There are Regular (“Proportional”, the red screen above) and Monospace (“Fixed Width”, blue screen) fonts depending on your mood. Once upon a time, kids, there was the typewriter. It was like a keyboard and printer without a computer in between! That was where the typist came in, striking the keys and printing simulaneously. But you were stuck with one style and size per machine, usually Courier and always of… continued

LAUGHTRACK is a set of 3 fonts in a quirky, cartoon style that says “funny”. Inspired by the work of Jerry Robinson, whose “True Classroom Flubs and Fluffs” was a highlight of the Sunday News comics section when I was a kid. Robinson also did a panel called “Still Life” in a similar humorous drawing and lettering style. Although he’s better known for his work in superhero comics, the “funnies” interest me more. His papers are archived at Syracuse University. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

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