A new branch of the popular Vine Monograms® family, Nouveau Vine Monograms® bring the beautiful, organic curves of Art Nouveau to any custom monogram. While inspired by classic designs of the Art Nouveau period, these initials are all new and available in several styles—Solid, Outline, Inline, and Engraved—that can be mixed and matched for more effects. A choice of optional frames completes the look.
VINEYARD is a pair of fonts with a rich, woody character. Featuring notes of bark and an earthy finish, Vineyard can be served at most any occasion. The Solid fonts can be used separately or, in a contrasting color, as a fill for the Regulars. Vineyard was inspired by two early 20th-century analog fonts from American Type Founders, Virile and Erratic Outline. I’ve married the two designs, expanding and refining them. At one time I offered my version of Virile; it has since been revised, and expanded, and renamed to become Vineyard.
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.
Extremadura is a bold geometric font. Straight lines and minimal curves give it a distinctive style. Extremadura was inspired by an example of vintage Art Deco lettering called Aragón; there are many fonts with that name so I picked a different region of Spain.
TRENTE NEUF is a fun and fancy font with Art Deco roots. Inspired by examples of hand-lettering from 1939, I strove to maintain the practiced casualness of classic pen and brush work. The fashionable letterforms were a big draw; I’ve included multiples as Opentype stylistic alternates.
WOOD SHED is a bold sans serif inspired by examples of hand lettering from the 1940s, familiar with just enough unusual letterforms to make it distinctive. I’ve created 2 companion fonts with texture: a bold woodgrain and scratchy dry brush. Either can be used alone or layered with the solid font to create additional color effects.
BLACK IRIS is a bold blackletter font with rounded strokes for a unique texture. The lowercase follows conventional letterforms, but I’ve designed the uppercase to be more legible to modern eyes. And it works great in ALL CAPS.
Don Piano is an unusual font that combines the look of two 20th-century technologies—punch cards and typewriters. Its dark shapes and lighter strokes give an interesting syncopation to the words, almost musical. Available in Regular, with proportional spacing, and Monospaced. Don Piano was inspired by a sketch in a lettering book from 1954 with this caption: “The authors were at a loss to give this alphabet a name except that it is different. It was made with a ball-point pen.” The name comes from this famous talking cat video that always makes me smile.
BANKROLL was inspired by fonts used for 19th-century banknotes, stock certificates, and the like. Completely reimagined and redrawn, BANKROLL combines the Victorian mix of solid construction and decoration that people like about steampunk. In four varieties: Solid, Shaded, Outline and Engraved. If you want this look in an easy-to-use monogram format, check out Tablet Monograms.