FLORES is my digital creation of a “flower power” style font from the late 60s or early 70s. I started this in 2001, inspired by a florist’s sign in Valencia, Spain. I had only the letters F L O R E S and made up the rest; later I was given examples FLEURDON and SACHET DISCRET and expanded the font accordingly. But I still have not tracked down the original font or its name. Version 1.5 has an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning.    

Like my Rebus Font, these images were culled from the parts of a long lost game. 15 stylish images ranging from the gag prize broken eyeglasses to the grand prize trip to Paris. Not recommended for commercial use as the owner of the images, if any, is unknown.

These 16 mysterious dingbats were culled from a small text called Ecce Orienti or Rites and Ceremonies of the Essenes. Published in 1894, this appears to be a ritual manual of a defunct, quasi-Masonic order. The symbols were integrated in the heavily contracted text to make it nearly unreadable to an outsider.

ECHO was inspired by a psychedelic-era poster in which the letters were given a similar vibrating feel. The basic letterforms are similar to Helvetica, which would go nicely with this. Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

DIRTY FINGER is a deceptively simple font, based on my own hand printing. It was begun by inking a Plexiglas plate, then drawing the letters backwards into the ink with my finger and a rag, the same way I draw my monoprints. Then I scanned, reversed, and flipped it to make what you see here.  

COMET was inspired by the (former) logo of Country Music Television. Clicking past this cable channel, I was attracted to its logo and set out to make a font that would allow you to type anything with that back-and-forth-within-blocks look. There are really two fonts: Negative with white letters, and Positive with black letters, each with black outlines. In both fonts the uppercase letters are turned to the left, and the lowercase to the right, So YoU hAvE tO tYpE lIkE tHiS tO gEt tHe RiGhT eFeEcT. The fonts can be used separately, or layered together. Now includes numbers and… continued

CINDERELLA was inspired by a font in one of the great Dan X. Solo 100 font books. The lowercase g first caught my eye; it’s ultra-condensed which can be very useful. The font has been retired for a number of years now. I had reason to use it recently and thought it was time to dust it off and round it out. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

CARTEL was inspired by the logo of OPEC, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Rigorously geometric to the point of near illegibility, Cartel could add an exotic touch in a futuristic or retro context. Includes lowercase (including long and short ascenders and descenders), numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

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!

CARD CHARACTERS, as the name suggests, was derived from the characters on standard Bicycle playing cards. Starting with the K, Q, J, A and numbers 1-10, I completed the set, maintaining the somewhat clunky monospace slab-serif look of the original. Includes uppercase, numbers, punctuation, international characters, a 1-stroke 10, and the four card suit symbols. And because Mark Taylor suggested it, there’s a second font with half-width numbers, so you can compose numbers 11-99 to match the letters.

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