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TEXTONA has a unique mix of large and small, stacking letters in a sleek geometric style. Using the Discretionary Ligatures feature of Opentype, composed pairs of stacking letters are automatically substituted, creating a rich and engaging texture as in the example above. Full details for using this unique pair of fonts are given in a separate file. An earlier version of this font was released as Seoul; Hangul, the fascinating and beautiful Korean alphabet, was one of my inspirations.

LAB RAT is a special-effects font designed to create custom working mazes. Print them big so you can traces the paths through each letter and word! The basic letterforms were inspired by the classic Mac system font, Chicago, designed by Susan Kare. Version 1.5 has an improved character set and some technical issues resolved.

DILEMMA is a bold oblique sansserif font with a dynamic inline that twists in and around each letter. The Regular font has black letters and white lines; a pair of companion fonts each have half of each letter. Set your type in each font and layer them in different colors to get the red, white, and blue effect above. DILEMMA was inspired by Sears’ 1984–94 logo. Version 1.5 includes an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning.

IXAT is a pair of bold sanserif fonts that look like they are in motion or affected by glitches. IXAT MINUS has white streaks removed from the letters as in the top 3 lines above; IXAT PLUS (bottom 3 lines above) adds black streaks for even more of a good thing. All caps, but there are 2 of each letter for a more random feel, and the two fonts can be intermixed. Version 1.5 has an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning.

SWEET BAY is a family of plant-based fonts: the letters are made completely of leaves for a fresh, natural feel. The Regular and Outline fonts have all the leaves and can be used together or separately. Component fonts A and B each have half the solid leaves and can be layered together in different colors to create richer and deeper effects. All caps, but two versions of each letter for a more hand-lettered look.

TESSERA is a big bold sans serif that looks like broken-plate mosaic. Separate Tile, Grout, and Deep Grout fonts make realistic mosaic effects easy, and there’s a companion Fill font that can be layered behind the Grout fonts in a contrasting color or a colorful photo. You can type ^^^ in any of the fonts to make a continuous matching pattern. If you need a matching font without the mosaic effect, please check out my Wood Shed font. If you want a more formal mosaic style—serif, square tiles, please check out my Subway Mosaic font.

ALL NIGHT is a geometric sans serif with a twist: the characters are all bordered by a line of little dots giving them an eye-catching “glow.” ALL NIGHT was inspired by an example in a 1950s guide to hand lettering and a shop sign in Turkey.

WET INK is a playful font that looks like you spilled a shiny liquid and the droplets formed letters. There’s a solid version without highlights; layer it behind the first in a different color for more effects.

LABELOUS looks like embossed tape labels, a low-tech classic. But unlike other such fonts, Labelous is narrower and includes upper and lowercase, full punctuation, and international characters. There are two versions of the font, one with black letters and the other with black tape and white letters. For the look of continuous tape, just type an underscore for blank tape between letters.

SUBTEXT is designed to obscure your words, make them less legible, less straightforward, less obvious. Suppose you’re a spy, a lawyer, or an offbeat poet. The basic letterforms are bold sans serif with a serif letter subtracted from each. As you type, a second, seemingly random character also appears. The earlier version of this font did not have lowercase; version 1.5 has an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning.

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