Playful and offbeat GENERATION B has a late 50s-early 60s vibe that goes from beatnik coffeehouse to rustic beach shack and beyond. It’s basically an all-caps font, with big and small versions of each letter plus some alternates, easily giving you the look of quirky hand-lettering. Inspired by the animated opening titles of the classic live-action Disney film, The Parent Trap (1961), designed by T. Hee, Bill Justice and Xavier Atencio. With its irregular alignment, letter shapes and pairs, this kind of lettering could be seen as a descendant of naïve sign painting or of the deliberate nonconformity of Beat… continued
The GAUMONT fonts are elegant sans serif fonts in the Art Deco style. These were inspired by the hand-lettered titles of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 The 39 Steps, a Gaumont-British Picture. I’ve taken a few liberties, regularizing the characters but preserving the quirkier letterforms and rounding out the font in the same spirit. In Regular, Italic, and Light varieties. Version 1.5 has the alternate characters accessed as Stylistic Alternates, an expanded character set, and improved spacing and kerning.
The GARDEN fonts began with a sans serif, then sprouted and grew! Inspired in part by the early Walt Whitman cover at left. Plant motifs were adapted from a variety of historic sources* and incorporated into bold, wide grotesque letters in three degrees of vegetation: Full, Two-Thirds, and One-Third. Set also includes Empty (without sprouts) for cross-pollination. (Shown in descending lines above.) Each font includes capitals, punctuation, numbers, and international characters. PATTERN SOURCES Pattern Design: An Introduction to the study of formal ornament, Archibald H. Christie Palm from a woven silk fabric. Italian, 13th century. Berlin, p117 Pattern from a… continued
GALATHEA is my digital interpretation of a classic analog font of the same name, a beautiful and graceful italic font, apparently without a matching roman. The original design was published by Schelter & Giesecke of Leipzig around the turn of the 20th century. This would pair well with a Garamond. I first digitized this back in 2000, working from a vintage catalog example and Dan X. Solo’s books. Version 1.5 has an expanded and improved character set, spacing, and kerning.
GAINSBOROUGH is a bold geometric font in a high Art Deco style. I was attracted to the extreme distortion in some of the letters, emblematic of the style, and preserved that in my design. Gainsborough was inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the 1938 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Lady Vanishes, “A Gainsborough Picture,” produced by a sister company of Gaumont-British, namesake of Gaumont. Version 1.5 includes an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning.
FRANK THE ARCHITECT was inspired the hand lettering in Frank Ching’s classic book Architectural Graphics (1975) that influenced so many draftspeople. In these fonts I’ve tried to evoke the idiosyncrasies of Ching’s beautiful original, including the texture. Version 1.5 combines the separate regular and alternate fonts into single fonts that use the stylistic alternates function of Opentype. Version 1.5 also features and expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning. More information I started this font years ago, then set it aside, releasing only the Markerman variant. Then I really needed a convincing “architect’s hand” font for a design project… continued
FORTUNA DOT gives your words the effect of being written with tiny lights or beads. This revival of a “lost” analog font was suggested by Bruce Baryla, the bold geometric letterforms were inspired by Paul Renner’s classic Futura®*. The open structure of the font makes it ideal for layering and laser-cutting, available in three weights. Version 1.5 includes an expanded character set, improved spacing and kerning. *Futura® is a registered trademark of Fundicion Tipografica Neufville S.A. The name is used here for reference only; my font was completely redrawn from analog sources. This is NOT a Futura® font.
The FLORENT fonts are bursting with beautiful, floral detail. The four fonts are designed to be used separately or layered together in different colors and combinations. Florent A (green in the animation at right) is bare branches or vines. Florent B (yellow) has white flowers on the branches. Florent C (blue) is the flowers alone, perfect for use alone or as a “fill” with B or D. Florent D (red) has the branches full of light and dark flowers. Florent was inspired by an analog font called “Garland” in Dan X. Solo’s 100 Ornamental Alphabets. I’ve completely redrawn the font,… continued
FISH OUT OF WATER is the perfect comedy font, inspired by the opening titles of Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959, art direction by Ted Haworth). Loose-shaped large and small caps suggest unpredictable fun. In 3 weights for greater flexibility. The FISH OUT OF WATER fonts include large and small caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.
FASHION SCRIPTS are fraternal twins. The letterforms of each were inspired by an example of 1940s department store lettering. FASHION BRUSH has a rough, art brush texture; FASHION MARKER has the smooth line of a Sharpie®. The inspiration was this example of wood type formerly used by Thalheimers department stores. From examples in the collection of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. According to their information, “The type follows handlettering styles of the 1940s and is unique compared to 20th-century script typefaces in metal.” My Pen Script Monograms were also inspired by this wood type. Each font includes upper and lowercase,… continued