-Special Effects-

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.

BUCKET is a bold and bouncy geometric sans serif, familiar with just enough flair to catch the eye. And then there’s a second font, BUCKET SPATTER, where the letters each have a strong dot texture on the right side, as if sprayed or spattered. The fonts can be used separately or layered together in contrasting colors. The spacing of the Spatter font can adjusted so the letters overlap and remain legible. These fonts were inspired by early 20-century showcard lettering in which ink spatter, shading on rough paper, and other techniques were used to add texture and dimension.

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.

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.

Maze Monograms lets you produce your custom monograms (or short bits of text) in a distinctive maze style. With influences like QR codes, crossword puzzles, and Kufic calligraphy, Maze Monograms make a bold graphic statement first, then become more legible as you look. Your custom Maze Monogram will be a unique design and a message. Get into it!

Enter your email address to receive updates about new and featured fonts!

Close