CHELT PRESS was made from scans of my own hand-carved rubber stamps, carved way back in the 80’s to simulate Morris Fuller Benton’s classic Cheltenham Bold. Looks just like stamping but also suggests crude letterpress. Four fonts in all: light and dark, aligned and variegated. Mix and match for a totally random, hand-printed look. CHELT PRESS v2.0 is extensively reworked and extended. Better spacing and expanded character set. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.  

CHEAPSKATE is based on my first rubber-stamp alphabet. I purchased it in a toystore in the 70s and threw out the packaging. I used these A LOT. Love the slight shadow effect and the awkward letterforms. The outline font is the way the stamps look, the fill font can be separately or underlapped to fill in the letters with another color or percentage. This updated version has improved letterforms and greatly expanded character set, including 2 of each letter, plus lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

The CHASER fonts are designed to look like those on electronic signboards, using a 9 x 13 “LED” grid for each character. Unlike the similar fonts, mine use weighted dots to imply movement, as if the text were scrolling to the left or to the right. Each complete font includes uppercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. Accented letters are each included in two variations: 13 lines high with shorter letters, and 15 lines high which extend above the regular characters

The set of four CHARTER STAMP fonts were inspired by two sets of vintage rubber stamps (Thanks, Jeff!) Each set is a wooden-boxed treasure. One is labeled “Fulton Chart & Sign Marker” which makes it related to my popular ARTISTAMP series. I’ve married the two sets of stamps (One is narrow, Two is wide) and each has a Regular and Rough variety for an authentic rubber-stamp feel. Each font includes upper- and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

CATTLE ANNIE is my unauthorized digital interpretation of the analog font “Les Catalanes.” According to ABZ: More alphabets and other signs by Rothenstein and Gooding, it was designed n 1952 by Enric Crous-Vidal (1908-1987) but was never produced. Other Crous-Vidal fonts include Paris, Flash, and Ilerda from Fundición Tipográfica Bauer. The original source (with an incomplete character set) says Crous-Vidal’s Paris show was “the graphic hit of the ’52 season” and refers to Les Catalanes as “this flamboyant character of Mediterranean inspiration.” You may imagine hooves, horns, heels, hats and moustaches in its distinctive features. Many such wood-type fonts have… continued

CARBON COPY is a dot-matrix take on Courier, the invisible classic with roots in typewriter style. Could be used to suggest the effect of screen display or of blurry old carbon paper. Includes 3 weights, plus one font with a full background of dots. Each font includes upper and lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

CAPTAIN HOWDY was inspired by the font often seen on classic Ouija® boards. Yet another woodtype, “circus,” or “Western” font. Cleanly redrawn using my 70s-vintage wooden Ouija® board as a model. I never cared much for playing with it, I just liked the way it looks! Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

CANTABILE is an elegant font with some postmodern touches such as deleted serifs, exaggerated swashes, and ball terminals. Its musical appearance led to its name that means “singingly.” Available in 3 weights. Version 4.0 uses Opentype features to make the alternate characters and ligatures easier to use, as well as an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning.    

BUBBLE GUM ROCK is based on a kind of graffiti lettering that kids do. Each letter is a big fat outline that underlaps the one to its left. My friend Kate Lee helped me remember it. To Create The Underlapping Effect, Type Your Sentences Like This Because The Caps Are Designed As Initial Letters And The Lowercase To Follow.This is a set of two fonts that work together. The Outline font contains pseudo brush-drawn outlines; the Fill font is the solid part that goes inside. In a program that allows layering, set the same bit of text in each of… continued

BRUCE MIKITA is my digital version of an analog font of the same name. It has a rustic, hand-crafted feel and suggests East Asian calligraphy. The highlight is a distinctive feature; I’ve also made an un-highlighted version, which Dan X. Solo identifies as “Lantern.” At long last, its origin has been revealed to me by Herman: “Since you ask, there is no Bruce Mikita. The type you digitized was issued by George Bruce’s Son & Co’s New-York Type-Foundry. It was patented 12 Feb 1867. It was called by them Ornamented no. 1048. When Phoenix typefounders got some mats they invented… continued

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