-Art Nouveau + Curvy-

A new branch of the popular Vine Monograms® family, Nouveau Vine Monograms® bring the beautiful, organic curves of Art Nouveau to any custom monogram. While inspired by classic designs of the Art Nouveau period, these initials are all new and available in several styles—Solid, Outline, Inline, and Engraved—that can be mixed and matched for more effects. A choice of optional frames completes the look.

VINEYARD is a pair of fonts with a rich, woody character. Featuring notes of bark and an earthy finish, Vineyard can be served at most any occasion. The Solid fonts can be used separately or, in a contrasting color, as a fill for the Regulars. Vineyard was inspired by two early 20th-century analog fonts from American Type Founders, Virile and Erratic Outline. I’ve married the two designs, expanding and refining them. At one time I offered my version of Virile; it has since been revised, and expanded, and renamed to become Vineyard.

Fancy and flouncy, bold and bouncy, Plush Monograms are the choice for a unique monogram  style. With roots in Art Nouveau, Plush Monograms are all curves, in six styles that you can choose to use alone or mix and match. And Plush Monograms lets you create monograms—even words—of any length.

Tidal Wave is part “tribal”, part “groovy”, and part “Art Nouveau,” although its roots predate all those design labels. Tidal Wave has an exciting look that transcends time and geography. It was inspired by this page of lettering from J. M. Bergling’s 1923 Art “Alphabets & Lettering”. The “Grecian” label must have something to do with the squarish spirals.

BOGO is a friendly and graceful font with an Art Nouveau feel. It was inspired by the light variant of Morris Fuller Benton’s classic Hobo that appeared in 1915 and seems not to have digitized. I completely redrew the typeface from historic examples, maintaining its curvy lines and descender-free lowercase. BOGO has a lightness and elegance that is sometimes lacking in Hobo and its many imitators.

CARMEN MONOGRAMS is a set of three fonts for creating 2- and 3-letter monograms with black or white backgrounds in this curvy Art Nouveau style called “Carmen” or “Edelgotisch.” One font makes monograms with white backgrounds of 2 or 3 letters; 2 other fonts are for the black background monograms. You can also choose to put a border your monogram.

The sixth in my series of monograms fonts, ENTWINED MONOGRAMS is designed to make 2-letter monograms this unique decorative style. Inspired by an example of c. 1903 lettering by J. G. Schelter & Giesecke, Leipzig, as reproduced in Treasury of Authentic Art Nouveau Alphabets (Dover, 1984). Characteristic of art of that period, the letters are fanciful and biomorphic. Each monogram is composed of a wide letter and a tall letter. The wide letters often take the lowercase form and the tall letters, the uppercase, helping to avoid excessive collision. There is an optional frame and two choices for each letter… continued

THALEIA is bold and curvy, suggestive of the 1920s or th 1970s. This is my digital interpretation of the analog font known as Thalia and by other names. It was commissioned for a client in 2002. Back in the day, the client had used this font for their logo and other stuff, but when they tried to update their materials, they discovered the font was not available in digital form at the time. Version 1.5 includes an expanded character set, improved spacing and kerning.

ROBERTA is a digital interpretation of Bob Trogman’s delightful Art Nouveau analog original. This classic font suggests elegance and fun, exoticism and friendliness. Bob’s story: “I originally hand cut this font in 1962. It is based on a Belgian restaurant sign. I named it after my daughter Roberta. Many Mexican food companies used this font, but they didn’t know it was from Europe. Dan Solo was going to digitize it for me, but he retired from the font business last year. Just give me credit for the design and it is all yours to do what you want.” And you… continued

CARMEN CAPS is my digital interpretation of an Art Nouveau font of the same name, as illustrated in the Dan X. Solo books. The swirly backgrounds have great detail; use big as drop caps!

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