JIM DANDY is my interpretation of a font that originated in the 1850’s as Gothic Shade from the Dickinson Type Foundry. It boldly suggests a political broadside, a circus poster, or a Western sign. Later this font would be known as Tombstone and Jim Crow as it was subsequently issued by other foundries in other formats. Jeff Levine jogged my memory with a scan of this gem from a 1970s dry-transfer catalog; thanks, Jeff. The Regular font is equivalent to the original. I’ve also created component fonts for the shading, shadows, and other elements that can be used separately or… continued
The set of four HANDBILL fonts were inspired by a double set of vintage rubber stamps (Thanks, Jeff!) The set is identified only as “Signprinter” from the TT.S.T Co.” and resembles Beton Bold Condensed) (Thanks, Bill!) The Rough font gives the impression of a drier stamp pad than the dark Regular. The 3-D font can be used alone or layered with the coordinated Fill font, which could also be used alone. As there are no lowercase letterforms, I’ve included an alternate impression or placement of each cap. Each font includes uppercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
BLOOPER and BLOOP SCRIPT were created to have the look of letters formed by puddles of shiny liquid. The general form of each was inspired by a classic font. Blooper takes after Cooper Black (Oswald Cooper, 1921), Bloop Script after Brush Script * (Robert E. Smith, 1942). I also made a solid version of each (without highlights) for use in layering and with effects filters. BLOOPER 2.0 now contains upper and lowercase letters, plus numbers, punctuation, and international characters. BLOOP SCRIPT includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. More information: Although I probably could have just faked… continued
BLOCKED is my reconstruction of a “lost” Letraset font. The original, called “Block Up,” was designed by Sally Ann Grover and was issued in 1974 by Letraset. Block Up is one of countless fonts that didn’t make the technological transition from transfer letters to digital. My digital version was constructed point by point, not autotraced, so it’s very clean. I’ve used all the available characters (except the 4) and rounded it out with more punctuation and international characters. I’m especially fond of my @. The Regular above; that’s what the original looked like. I’ve also created a series of four… continued
WIREFRAME was inspired by the “lost” Letraset font BOMBERE, designed by Carla Bombere. Like BLOCKED, Bombere apparently did not make the transition from dry-transfer (rub-down) letters into digital type. Rather than draw this font directly from Bombere, I started again, studying what made it work. I used the basic letterforms of the classic Franklin Gothic, refashioning the G, the 1, and some others. But Franklin Gothic would still make a good companion font. This font uses the principle of the Necker cube, creating a neat visual ambiguity. “A drawing of a wire cube…which spontaneously reverses in depth…was first described by…L…. continued
LEVEL is a set of 5 fonts designed to look like overlapping planes in space. The regular font is shown above and creates letters that appear to be resting on a black shelf. Use < to create the left angle before words, > to create the right angle, and underscore between words instead of a space. Includes lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. .