Valet is inspired by an uncredited early 1970s all-cap film type called Expression. A very funky lowercase was added and a small caps style was made. The character sets of both styles were also expanded to include support for Central and Eastern European languages, as well as Baltic, Celtic, Esperanto, Maltese and Turkish.
Designed by Canada Type principal Patrick Griffin, P22 Counter is a very geometric font based on parallel strokes. The Cursive and Swash Alts styles were based on the idea for an uncredited film face called Whitley, published by a little known English typesetting house in the early 1970s. Line & Hack are extrapolations of the above.
Siren Script takes its cue from BB&S's Stationers Semiscript (metal, 1899) and its countless imitations/inspirations from throughout the 20th century, particularly a variety of uncredited film faces from the 1960s.
Initially designed in the early-to-mid 1950s, Filmotype Quiet was among the first of its Novelty font designs.
Remastered and expanded from the original source, Filmotype Quiet includes a full international character compliment, automatic fractionals, ordinals, and a suite of period appropriate alternate forms in dynamic OpenType format.
Initially offered in the late 1960s, Filmotype Escort was released nearly 15 years after the introduction of Filmotype Giant at the request of Filmotype customers unable to oblique the Filmotype Giant font on their Filmotype machines.
We didn't make this font because we thought the letters were pretty. We didn't make this font to look cool. In fact we're ashamed we made this font, and we wish we never had to make it. We hate this font because it tells us that a part of our past was stolen.
Tomato is the digitization and quite elaborate expansion of an early 1970s Franklin Photolettering film type called Viola Flare. This typeface is an obvious child of funk, the audio-visual revolution that swept America and put an end to the art nouveau period we now associate with the hippy era.
Happy is what happy does, as they say.
Philip Bouwsma’s Symposium Pro is a wide Carolingian script that can be set simply or with a wide range of flourishes. It takes its inspiration from the scriptoria of the twelfth century, particularly in Spain, where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived harmoniously in a brilliant culture for two centuries. As manuscripts were translated and copied to meet the Western demand for classical texts, calligraphic elements from Arabic and Hebrew spread throughout Europe, sparking a proliferation of new styles that brought the simple book hand to a higher level. Symposium Pro spans a broad range of time and space, from the court of Charlemagne to the Arabian nights and Renaissance Florence.
Salome is a revival, normalization and elaborate expansion of a 1972 film face called Cantini. The original film type, released by a tiny independent outfit called Letter Graphics, looked like it was hand drawn with little consideration for consistency in essential lettering flow measurements, like angles, stroke widths, and vertical metrics. All these issues have been resolved in this digital version, and the original character set, including the whole lot of alternates, was entirely redrawn and expanded to include even more alternates and many useful ligatures, as well as extended support for Latin-based languages.
One of the earliest fonts published by Canada Type was Tiger Script, Phil Rutter’s digitization of Jaguar, Georg Trump’s 1967 wild calligraphic brush face. In 2010, when the font was revisited for an update, it was shown that it too light for applications under 24 pt, and too irregular for applications over 64 pt.