JOEBOB Graphics brings
us the designs of JoeBob. He’s a Dutch illustrator, painter and, as you’ll see, a devotee of subliminal advertising.
“Stop using Times New Roman in children’s books!” he demands. We couldn’t agree more (but please don’t tell Ascender and Monotype we said that).
JoeBob’s suggestion is to use his BrunoBook instead, a casual but confident hand with serifs that are, to say the least, assertive. His other designs are all handwriting-based, notably the debonair DearJoe series and the rather obsessive BillieBarred. And how does JoeBob feel when he sees his fonts in use? “Almost like tagging the town without leaving the door!”
JOEBOB fonts are 40% off for 4 weeks! (except Dear Joe)
Jeff Levine fonts come,
naturally enough, from Jeff Levine himself – a Miami designer who’s been in love with letters since childhood.
Much more recently he was encouraged to develop a collection for retail.
We imagine the wide Brogado sitting comfortably outside a wild-west saloon, and Doowop adorning a poster for 1950s culture. All you hipsters who want to bring back the sixties had better check out Groovy Happening.
And remember the Blue Parrot nightclub from Casablanca? Jeff does. He’s recreated the lettering from its sign, and made the Blue Parrot font available for all.
Jeff Levine fonts are 50% off for 4 weeks!
is a group of designers from Brescia, Italy – Gabriele Rigamonti, Carla Scorda and Vittorio Turla.
One can well imagine their fonts used on the furnture and clothing that the studio also produces. Cat-lovers get an entire font: Gattofont is 62 different cat silhouettes!
Stereotype is a wide techno design.
And Pied De Poule (with associated ornaments font) is a monoline design, each letter created as if with a single thread.
Studiocharlie fonts are 40% off for 4 weeks!
are the work of Brooklyn designer Charles Wilkin.
Back in 1994 he started to reinterpret his hand-done illustrations as digital typography. His type designs show a diversity from the cute, hand-drawn style all the way to experimental manipulations with digital forms.
Our favorite in the first category has to be Superchunk –we’d say its letters and pics were ideal for punk rock posters, but that’s not quite right unless punk got funnier while we were away...
Velvet Velour is our fave in the second category: it’s pop, it’s manga ... is it squeezed from a toothpaste tube?
Prototype Fonts fonts are 40% off for 4 weeks!
is the outlet for the experimental type designs of Paulo W from Brazil.
Further consigning to history the days when Caslon Antique was your only option, Dovtrina Christam Concani 1622 makes a fine new addition to the range of evocative, antiqued book fonts.
His other fonts, such as ExperiTypo4 and the remarkably metallic Inox, are based on distorting and roughing up more modern sources.
Intellecta Design fonts are 50% off for 4 weeks!
is a graphic design studio in Oakville, Ontario, its type design the responsibility of Boris Mahovac.
The three fun typefaces are: Kalendar, based on geometric lettering in a calendar designed by Croatian architect Ivica Kis;
Borek, a funky geometric font with some features of very high-legibility lettering;
and Fat Trace, a definitely NON-geometric rough, naive design, with an outlined version.
Alphabet Design fonts are 40% off for 4 weeks!
a design studio from New York, has come up with a super-cute font of hair-styles. Haircult is a fun font full of hair-styles from the fifties and sixties by Catherine Mouttet.
Twenty-eight styles, in left and right silhouettes: use upper-case to look right, lower-case to look left.
Hijinx fonts are 40% off for 4 weeks!
Rimmer Type Foundry
is the label of Canadian type designer Jim Rimmer. He’s that rarity, a master of both the traditional and the modern methods of making type.
For his Pie Tree Press in Vancouver,
Jim cut the metal punches the old way for his type designs –Albertan (text family), Alexander Quill
(jaunty, bold, Germanic), Fellowship (fine calligraphy) and Lancelot (delicate savagery!) – later refashioning them from Bzier curves on his Macintosh computer.
Other highlights are: Cadmus, based on similar Greek inscriptions as Lithos, to which it’ll make a refreshing alternative; Poster Paint,
a quirky cartoony font; and Credo, an honest-to-goodness humanist sans-serif.
The huge Dokument sans-serif family is due soon.
Rimmer fonts are 20% off until April 30!
Lars Törnqvist Typografi
offers an unusual collection of very well-crafted type designs from Swedish linguist and designer Lars Törnqvist.
The most useful is Emedan, essentially an unassuming, rounded, all-caps sans-serif. But in this font it is surrounded by a
selection of borders in order to make clear signage: try it out for prices, room signs, number labels, road signs.
Karolinus Fraktur is a distinguished blackletter from early 1700s Sweden.
Also notable are the charming “Tant” series of embroidery designs – Tant Lilian, Tant Gertrud, Tant Ulla, Tant Britta –bitmap fonts our great-grandmothers would know and love!
Lars Törnqvist fonts are 40% off for 4 weeks!
specializes in the creation of dingbat and display typefaces. We particularly like Isoglyphics, a set of icons that represent the opposite of what icons usually do.
Here we have the imperfect, the broken, the crashed
– in short, modern life as train wreck. Perhaps they should be called unicons or anti-icons... Also of note are the messed-up, robotic Somatica and the “civil war between sans and serif” (in Michael’s words) that is Formasi.
Michael Browers fonts are 50% off for 4 weeks!
brings us two designs from New Zealander Joseph Churchward.
Although the slab-serif genre can appear rather industrial, Churchward’s Conserif CW has some friendly features:
bulging serifs on the ‘E’ and ‘F’ entice one in, and a nice rounded ‘a’ is always appealing.
We think it would be suitable for signage where you don’t want to look too authoritarian, maybe even titles for comic strips.
Design CW is an altogether more geometric exercise, but with many funky variations. We particularly like the No End style.
BluHead is digitizing Mr Churchward’s entire library, and we are advised to look out for new fonts on a monthly basis.
BluHead fonts are 40% off for 4 weeks!
is a collection of fonts for scholars and students of the ancient near East.
Aramaic 450 lets you write in the ancient Imperial Aramaic alphabet, current during the 6th to 4th centuries BC in the Persian Empire.
Nabataean 50 is for the Nabataean language, used in what is now Jordan during the period of the Roman Empire.
The fonts are designed by David Yoon in Woodside, New York.
Archaica fonts are 33% off for 4 weeks!
Ali Almasri is a young designer (b. 1986) from Jordan who is offering two fonts, Relaxic and Graphiro.
Both geometric designs with strongly repetitive elements, they could enhance modern architecture or interior design, rather as Arabic script shapes are sometimes adapted to surrounding styles.
Ali Almasri fonts are 50% off until April 30!
is the studio of multi-talented Swiss designer Jean-Benot Lvy, who trained under some great names of Swiss typography.
He has long had a deep fascination with the expressive power of the human hand, something more cross-cultural, more ancient, than verbal language.
This extended project has resulted, after “15 years of incubation and 7 years of creation”, in H-AND-S, a symbol typeface containing almost 200 handsigns of this global language – the first time that so many have been unified in a single graphic style.
An international team collaborated in the project.
Empty and Full versions depict hands using their dexterity to make themselves signs, and hands manipulating objects.
AND fonts are 35% off for 4 weeks!