-Special Effects-

BEAD CHAIN and MARQUEE are a pair of fonts that are made up of dots. BEAD CHAIN suggests a string of pearls while MARQUEE offers your name in lights. Inspired by a book jacket from the 1920s or 30s, I’ve used the stately letterforms of Gill Sans as my guide, although most letters had to be reshaped to fit the beads. Version 1.5 includes an expanded character set, improved spacing and kerning.

In LAB RAT, each letter is a simple maze.  Each letter connects to the next to make any word (or numeric expression) into a more complicated, though still left-to-right, labyrinth. (The starting point was the square-shouldered forms of the old Apple system font Chicago.) It must be seen large to be fully appreciated. The demo version contains enough to give you the idea of how nicely it works. The full version contains the complete alphabet, numbers, and punctuation. .

IXAT is designed to give a feeling of speed and motion.  The basic letter shapes are patterned after Herb Lubalin’s 1971 classic Avant Garde, from which I’ve subtracted white streaks and added black streaks. There are four Ixat fonts (with and without the black streaks, and with alternates of each letter) that can be used individually or layered together and colored as above. Each of the four foreground colors is set in a different font. The full version of each font contains 2 versions of each capital (including Lubalin’s original Q) plus numbers, punctuation, and international characters. .

HYMN is an attempt to merge two areas of my work: the fonts and my monoprint portraits (below).  For some time, I’ve been interested in the downward-turned pose seen in the font for its quiet expressiveness.  In the font, individual portraits are merged with letters patterned after Gill Sans Ultra.  Check out my other art work!

The GAUDI fonts are named for the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). His visionary buildings in Barcelona are strangely biomorphic, all curves and intricate surfaces, often covered with broken-plate and -tile mosaics.  Gaudí didn’t invent that folk-art form (called “trencadís” in Catalan and “pique assiette” or “picassiette” in French) but his use of it on walls, benches, sculpture, and even rooftops makes a simple craft sublime.  Another wonderful example of this artform is the Maison Picassiette in Chartres by Raymond Isidore (1900-1964), though it was unknown to me when I made these fonts. For my font, I’ve made rough-shaped… continued

A few keystrokes, and a crowd appears.  FLASH MOB combines hundreds of human silhouettes with letterforms inspired by OCR-A, the machine-readable font from 1960. Includes a few useful extras in the { } and ~ positions as well as a zebra crosswalk in the underscore position. Includes upper- and lowercase, numbers, punctuation and international characters. Due to technical limitations, capital letters do not have accent marks. .

CELESTIAL ALPHABET was inspired by ancient writings which saw Hebrew letters in the stars. This is related to the Kabbalah and other mystical texts which sought to find structure and meaning in the alphabet and place its origin in heaven itself. An interesting source is An Alphabetic Labyrinth: The Letters in History and Imagination by Johanna Drucker. In there you’ll find everything you ever wanted to know about the history of writing, including its meaning and purposes. I have used the ancient style to create this Roman alphabet with many alternate characters, numbers, punctuation, and international characters. The graphic above… continued

APERTURE is a special effects font, creating text that is intentionally difficult to read. It could be used to create puzzles and optical illusions or give a futuristic, sci-fi feel to your text. It plays with positive and negative space, presenting the spaces between letters as shapes. There’s also a solid font that is somewhat easier to read; the fonts can be used together or separately. To create bits of enclosed text, start and end each phrase with a parenthesis or bracket; there are 4 shapes to choose from.  Instead of a space, type an underscore to create a continuous… continued

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