Clarendon Text is a contemporary remake of the truly classic slab serif typeface with a distinctively clear and legible visibility. It is a widely usable text type suited equally well to advertising, books, publications, and a wide range of corporate literature where large amounts of reading matter call for distinction and style without sacrificing readability.
The objective of this font was to try and find out how far back in the designer’s life this obsession with letters began. The challenge was to draw, from memory only, two sets of caps that recall older Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies lettering. The experiment was a success, which means that the designer’s got it bad since he was, like, four!
Quanta is the stencil to beat all stencils!
It is the loud bullhorn, the boot camp superior, the final word, the tight team spirit, the rubber stamp that takes a chunk out of the paper. Its letters are big and strong, and its impact is unavoidable.
This is the rounded, softer version of Canada Type’s popular Press Gothic. Originally done in 2011 for a global publisher, this font has already seen plenty of magazine and book cover action, perhaps even more than the sharp condensed face that spawned it.
Introduced by Filmotype in the early to mid-1950s, Filmotype Homer was created in response to customer demand for a wider brush script expanding on Filmotype’s popular sign painter sho-card lettering styles used in the late 1940s through the 1950s. With its bold unique brush lettered forms and larger x-height, Filmotype Homer is easily readable at smaller sizes while retaining is classic pinstripe speed shop look.
Originally offered by Filmotype in the early 1950s, Filmotype Lakeside was among its earliest informal style brush script typefaces inspired by sign painter classic brush script styles.
Re-introducing the classic mid-1500s Garamond forms for the twenty-first century is never an easy task. But Hans van Maanen makes a fine attempt at just that by remodeling the traditional shapes through a modern lens with stunning results.
Fido is the official font of dog owners everywhere. Woof!
At the height of the Roman Empire’s reign of power, a bunch of guys wearing baxas, olive branch headgear and lined saffron togas told a bunch of guys wearing carbatinas, no headgear and cheapo coarse togas to go and hammer the proud history of the Empire onto every worthy slab of rock, obelisk and wall out there. This resulted in countless rocky manifestations of ancient clipart, interesting stories and weird messages becoming national tourist attractions and museum dressing all over the world to this very day, which is some 2000 years later.
The idea for Lipstick came from a snippy little note Patrick Griffin’s better half left for him one night. The note was tacked to the bedroom door. “COUCH TONIGHT!” it exclaimed in red lipstick on a paper towel. All because the hockey game was on at the same time as American Idol. Sheesh. But since all is fair in love and hockey, and since Patrick was used to such cruel treatment, he shrugged his shoulders and let his mind wander about the concept of using lipstick as a writing tool, and pondering the possibilities of a lipstick font.
Introduced by Filmotype in the early 1950s, Filmotype Leader was inspired by speedy sho-card bold lettering styles prominently featured in automotive advertising and editorial designs of the late 1940s and early 1950s to express speed and urgency.
This is the rounded, softer version of Canada Type’s popular Wagner Grotesk. Originally done in 2011 for a global publisher, this font has already seen plenty of magazine and book cover action, perhaps even more than the sharp condensed face that spawned it.
Based on a specimen of an obscure and uncredited old face called Kitterland, Hamlet is one of those curiosities hardly ever noticed in the world of modern fonts, the kind that infuses a variety of historic Blackletter and calligraphy traits in an otherwise Roman alphabet. Such typefaces, what few of them exist, are almost always classified by typophiles as traditional decorative Roman alphabets. We beg to differ. We think such hybrids are fascinating enough to deserve a classification of their own. And we think today’s aspiring letterers and type designers would benefit from paying special attention to this kind of hybrid alphabet, not only because it has much more hand than machine in it, but also because it is a prime example of how to succeed in mixing different lettering techniques into one self-contained and distinctly functional alphabet.
Hydrogen is a clean geometric unicase family that expresses the mechanics, expansive technologies and conflicted ethics of the rapidly changing 21st century. By popular demand, it is the round and streamlined counterpart of Oxygen. Coupled with the right measure of Oxygen, Hydrogen becomes water, the ace of elements — rhythmic, dynamic, ever-flowing, and understood by everyone.
Introduced by Filmotype in 1955, Filmotype Keynote was inspired by bold advertisers handlettering styles made popular in the late 1930s through the early 1940s.
Outcast puts the whole grunge font problem to rest by eliminating repetition. Here we have eight variations on each character (4 all cap fonts), so there is no more need to use the same character twice in any display setting. You have the main interchangeable fonts, then you have Outcast Pro — an amalgamation of all four fonts, synched together in one file and programmed with a contextual alternates feature that randomizes setting on the fly.
Informa is a comprehensive sans serif text family based on traditional lettering in contrast, proportion, rhythm and stroke. In particular its proportions were based on a 1978 award-winning flare-serif film type called Signa, by Swiss design trio Team 77.
It’s 1984 and everything has sideburns. Shoulder-padded “dress for success” is in, with power suits for women, black and white layers for men, neon brights for the youngsters. Maggie’s “enemy within” and “no society” speeches preface the arrival of shopping malls and corporate status symbols. The economy is a philosophy and accountants carry ambiguous but very sophisticated-sounding titles. Thousands of words and expressions are reduced to initials or monosyllabic sounds. Synthesizers are very refined and the music is very catchy. The Macintosh and MTV are making waves. Brands are lifestyles. “Yuppy,” Yummy," “Bobo,” “Dinky” and “Woopie” are standard consumer categories in advertising lingo. The Volkswagen identity, only 5 years old now, is all the rage in design. VAG Rundschrift, by all appearances a rounded and slightly condensed Futura, is everywhere. Tube design is king.
Introduced by Lettering Inc in the mid 1940s, this majestic handwritten advertisers script was originally developed by the talented bullpen of Chicago based Lettering Inc. Originally designed as display handlettering for department store catalogs and automobile advertising, Feather Script (known internally as Flamingo or the 3000 series in its catalogs) became the most popular of all Lettering Inc typefaces requested by its customers.
The Common Comic volume is the fifth in Canada Type’s ever-growing series of comic book fonts,
which really is the expression of Patrick Griffin’s continued obsession with the genre. Common Comic
joins Collector Comic, Captain Comic, Caper Comic, and Classic Comic, all popular fonts in their own right.
It’s a very happy day when we stumble upon beautiful alphabets that were never digitized. It is even a happier day when the beautiful alphabet finds its way to us through friends and people who like our work. Some two months ago, the forms of this gorgeous font were pointed to us by a friend who saw it in an old Dover Publications specimen book showcasing historical alphabets. It was there under the name Vanessa, with nothing else to go by. We looked and researched for further information but found nothing else. So this gem comes to you like a coal that winked its way out of the ashes because it wanted to shine again.
Sailor is the digital rendition of a film type that was popular in the early- to late-1970s. The type was called West Futura Casual at Photo-Lettering by David West.
Broken is a grunge font with two interchangeable sets of uppercase. Its forms are in the Egyptian style of the early- to mid-nineteenth century, and the totality of its setting gives off the impression of a most unfortunate letterpress situation, with badly cut punches, uncontrolled ink spread, and metal shards and slivers strewn all about.
Canada Type’s second set of dingbats.
We brake for cool fonts!
Jazz Gothic is a digitization and expansion of an early 1970s film type from Franklin Photolettering called Pinto Flare.
This type became an instant titling classic with jazz and soul album designers; then it caught on wildly with film and television designers. Blue Note and Motown would not have been the same without this face.