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HORSE SENSE is a fun font with all the letters made out of horse shoes. The shoe sizes vary, some are whole and some are cut and “welded” together, as in the original sign that inspired it. And there are many alternates for extra fun. Here’s the original sign, seen in a shop in Cave Creek, AZ.

SPLUNGE is the font to use when you want to make a splash. It was inspired by the classic font Franklin Gothic, but each letter has been redrawn, then rounded, splashed and splattered. Depending on your choice of color, it could go from playful to rebellious to horrific. The set includes the companion font Splunge Dry without the splatters. The name will be known to Monty Python fans; it means “it’s a great idea but possibly not.”

Set of 4 fonts that lets you create custom 2- and 3-letter monograms in a mosaic tile design. There’s a choice of black tile on white or white tile on black, and a variety of optional frames. Also works for “A&B” style monograms.

These fonts were inspired by the classic mosaic tile signs of the New York City subway system, dating to the early 20th century. I’ve tried to maintain the somewhat quaint letterforms while regularizing them for contemporary use. There are 3 fonts (White, Black and Solid) that can be used independently or layered in different colors for endless variation.

HANGOVER SQUARE is a set of 3 fonts with an early-1960s style. They were inspired by the handlettered titles of the 1964 mad-ventriloquist thriller Devil Doll, set in London as it was beginning to swing. The Regular font is a smooth sans serif with offbeat details. Hangover Square Stones has the same distinctive letterforms, with a rocky edge suggestive of horror or decay. Hangover Square Sticks is a condensed version, composed of rough vertical lines with a hand-drawn feel. Each font lends itself to all-caps or mixed-case usage.

WOODWIND was inspired by the opening titles of the classic 1939 film Gone With The Wind, directed by Victor Fleming, production designed by William Cameron Menzies, art direction by Lyle R. Wheeler. As you can see from the frame at left, the title appears on screen very large, a word at a time, blowing from right to left. WOODWIND is an ornate 19th-century style font that can suggest the Old South as well as Western Saloon or Circus Wagon. For flexible use, I’ve created a Regular font plus West and East “moving” fonts. Includes caps, lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international… continued

TRICOT was inspired by the 2007 US holiday stamps, designed by Nancy Stahl (left). I liked them so much that I designed my Christmas cards to match (at right) and developed the Tricot font for the greeting inside. A knitted design has much in common with a bitmap image, but the pairs of oval stitches combine to suggest the warm and fuzzy feeling of a handmade sweater. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. No accent marks on uppercase. Plus knit-style patterns using special keys (below).

SAFETY PIN was inspired by the cover of the June 1946 Ladies Home Journal. Click on the O at left to see the whole word. From the mildewy examples I found, it appears their logotype was different for each issue in those days. I started with J-O-U-R-N-A-L and imagined safety pins bent and twised to form the other characters. May be the first font that appeals to both crafters and punks. The Regular version of the font has white highlights like Ringpin; the Solid version does not so you can create your own effects and shadows.

RINGPIN was inspired by the style of body piercing. Not my own style, but interesting to observe. In designing this font, I was rather limited to geometric components, and drew each with a crisp highlight. Most letters take the lowercase form, sometimes with alternates. The letters did not want to align neatly, so they assume a variegated arrangment. Includes 1-3 versions of each letter, plus numbers, punctuation, international characters, and many fanciful extras.

Obviously, RICECAKES was designed to look like grains of rice arranged to form letters. It was my very first font design, planned for an event at Albany’s Rice Gallery, but was not completed in time. The letterforms are patterned after the classic Franklin Gothic, although I did alter the 1 (not gothic enough!) Use it big, reverse it, color it to suggest flower petals, overlap it. Now there’s a second font with white grains on black. Each font includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. Another one of Dennis’ Font Play creations

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