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Trails End began as a bold slab-serif font. To that, I’ve added a rough edge and grainy texture producing a unique rustic style. Trails End suggests crude letterpress printing on rough paper, a weathered sign, or a well-worn T-shirt.

Flying Circus is a playful, slab-serif font that can suggest Americana, the West, the carnival or circus. It was inspired by a “lost” analog font and has a full lowercase unlike many similar fonts. Originally designed by Czech designer Jan Solpera, it was published in 1971 by Berthold Fototypes as Circo, later carried by Lettergraphics as Cirque. (Thanks, Florian, for the information!)

Mr Kite began with a 19th-century woodtype font variously known as Jubilee and Gothic Bold. The heavy weight at the top gives it an offbeat character. My original version of that is called Blacktop, rounded out with lowercase. For this variation, I added a distressed texture that suggests a weathered sign or a well-worn T-shirt. Some may say this font has a groovy vibe, given the letterforms. I think this reaction is related to the familiar appropriation of Victoriana and Art Nouveau in the 1960s and 70s. Elements of those styles became so entwined with “mod” pop culture that it’s… continued

Golden Spike is a unique font that combines the bold serifs of a Western woodtype with dramatic wedge shapes for an exotic texture. Golden Spike was inspired by this tiny image of unknown origin, sent to me by Vista Bill. Also available in “Deep,” a three-dimensional version.

One of my popular early fonts is Captain Howdy, inspired by the lettering on a Ouija board, a rather jolly woodtype font with curved serifs and engraved highlights. Now there’s a whole new font, CAPTAIN HOOK, that marries the classic caps to an all-new lowercase. Because sometimes you just need lowercase.

SAGEBRUSH is a decorative font with a Western flavor, its distinctive dots and curves and suggesting silver conchos, sheriffs’ badges, cowhides and spurs. In reality, it was inspired by the logo of the legendary NYC punk club CBGB OMFUG. When you learn that CBGB stood for “country, bluegrass, blues,” it’s easier to see what they were going for with this design, so far from punk typography.

A unique font to make custom 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-letter monograms in a Western woodtype style with optional stars and stripes decorations.

Blacktop has been tweaked, expanded and reissued in celebration of National Woodtype Day on March 15. The uppercase and numbers were originally inspired by a woodtype font variously known as Gothic Bold, Jubilee, or Skidoo Caps, and completely redrawn for clean edges. The lowercase is my own invention, following the example of certain fonts (Hobo, Publicity Gothic, Broadway) in which the descenders do not go below the baseline.

WOODWIND was inspired by the opening titles of the classic 1939 film Gone With The Wind, directed by Victor Fleming, production designed by William Cameron Menzies, art direction by Lyle R. Wheeler. As you can see from the frame at left, the title appears on screen very large, a word at a time, blowing from right to left. WOODWIND is an ornate 19th-century style font that can suggest the Old South as well as Western Saloon or Circus Wagon. For flexible use, I’ve created a Regular font plus West and East “moving” fonts. Includes caps, lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international… continued

WESTERN AVENUE is a pair of fun fonts with triangular “latin” serifs and spurs. The bouncy irregularity befits their inspiration: the unsigned 1950s album cover at left. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. OpenType features include stylistic alternates and discretionary ligatures for a more random, hand-lettered feel. An earlier caps-only version in this style was called Western Egg.

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