YANKEE GRAVE is rustic and quirky, with potential effects ranging from historic to horrific. YANKEE GRAVE was inspired by the engraved inscriptions on a number of gravestones in northern Connecticut, circa 1700. The carver used a mix of upper- and lowercase forms; each letter in my fonts has at least two forms as shown for a more hand-carved look. And there are other old-time goodies to give your work 300-year-old style. The Regular font has smooth outlines, the Rough has extra texture.
BACKDROP is a pair of fonts with dimension. The graceful caps of the Regular font lean back. The Shadow font suggests 3-dimensional letters. Use them separately or layered together in different colors or patterns. Inspired by a pair of analog fonts, Erebus and Hades, from the 1892 Central & Boston Type Catalog.
BREEZEBLOCK is a bold cursive font with the feel of hand-painted sign lettering. The Regular font has sharp corners; the Rounded and Brush varieties offer softer corners and edges. BREEZEBLOCK was inspired by film trailer lettering of the 1930s.
EDGEWOOD is a bold and fancy woodtype style font. It has unique concave styling and more spurs than a rodeo. EDGEWOOD was inspired by 19th-century examples with some characters revised for modern reading. The set of 4 fonts includes Regular, Outline, Shadow, and Ultra varieties (rows 1-4) that can be mixed and layered to capture the ornate design sensibility of the period, with full lowercase and character set throughout.
NICHE has the playful and decorative geometry of mid-century modern design. Used sparingly, these letters give add a dash of retro-future style. Inspired by a caps-only design in Ben & Ed C. Hunt’s 100 Alphabets from 1954. Version 1.5 has an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning.
BOSTON LINE and PHILADELPHIA LINE fonts each have an unusual sanserif design, quirky letterforms, and rounded mechanical strokes that suggest template lettering or machine-readable fonts. Boston is lowercase only, Philadelphia is a bit more conventional including upper and lowercase. These were inspired by 2 different 19th-century educators’ attempts to make a raised-letter alphabet for the blind. Eventually, the dot grid of Braille would prove easier to use, but Samuel Gridley Howe’s legacy lives on at Boston’s Perkins School, as does Julius Friedlander’s at Philadelphia’s Overbrook School. Version 1.5 has an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning. In the… continued
MONEY TREE is a bold and graceful font that mixes formality with forward motion. Inspired by “Currency,” an early 20th-century type by A. D. Farmer foundry, I’ve slightly modernized and expanded the letterforms, and created Outline and Hilite varieties.
Pheather is a fun font that suggests graceful feathers or plant fronds. Energetically inclined, Pheather elegantly balances frilly strokes with solid end caps. Pheather was inspired by en example of 19th-century calligraphy. In making this available for modern use, I’ve redrawn, regularized, and expanded the original design.
LIBRARY MONOGRAMS gives your custom monogram the warm, cozy feeling of old leather-bound books with gold-stamped titles and marbled endpapers. Inspired by lettering by the architect Robert Louis Trudeau, each monogram is neatly contained within its own cartouche, with Black or White letters, and finished with your choice of endpieces. There are even some alternate letterforms for more fun. Trudeau’s original lettering for the Albany Law School campus is reminiscent of the style called “Collegiate Gothic,” drawing upon forms from history for their beauty and gravity.