Monday, June 1, 2015

SteamCourt, an unforgettable steampunk typeface.









Think smart. Think regal. Think SteamCourt, a new font designed specifically for the card game SteamCourt.

A bit of background if you will:

In early 2014, some friends from my college days banded together to form their own game company. Their first launch? A current Kickstarter they named SteamCourt.

I love Kickstarter. It’s a fantastic platform, a great way for individuals to introduce the public to their visions. I’ve started a couple of them myself--both including fonts designed specifically for the projects. The first is Chatype, a font created exclusively for the city of Chattanooga. The second: Cabrito, a font developed as part of the children’s typeface book, The Clothes Letters Wear. It’s wonderful to work with so many others who come alongside to help you vision become reality.

Naturally, hearing of my friends’ project, I contacted them about adding a new face to their venture as well. I gave them carte blanche. They wanted steampunk. It was a great challenge, the result of which is now SteamCourt, an unforgettable display typeface that draws from the mix of Victorian regals, metallic and brass engineering, cogs, clocks and blackletter typography. It evokes a time of skillfully forged metalwork and an era of intrigue and excitement, filled with audacious feats of engineering and innovation and the perilous journeys of the airship.

While influenced by the era of blackletter, SteamCourt is an unmistakeable departure from the style of two centuries past, yet it still shines in its given display roles with a distinct regal twist. The serifs are asymmetrical, yet the characters are all specially and delicately balanced. It’s an eye-catching alternative to blackletter with modern steampunk touches.

The game’s signature typeface has sizeable language support on top of 90 alternate characters as well. In addition to a generous number contextual alternates, SteamCourt features stylistic alternates that allow for buyers to customize its visual appearance for their preferences, helping to make it a superior option for packaging, branding and enormous typesetting logotypes as well as shorter textual content.

Check out the game, but grab the font, too, to be a part of that crib created as a companion for the new game in court. It’ll be the ace up your sleeve for many rounds of design ahead.




Monday, May 18, 2015

Introducing the hand-drawn, weathered texture of Le Havre Hand.












Le Havre. It’s a family with no lack of characters diverse, yet none are as deep or tested in their appearance as the weathered, hand-drawn texture of Le Havre Hand.

Tall and lean, the well-aged face carries with it the stories of a thousand miles. Starting with a sans as its origin, this handwritten font’s layered structure has been shaped through time and trial, ultimately capturing the simple beauty of a wise, experienced character.

This layer-based font family includes style variations and new layering solutions. Le Havre Hand includes 21 font files. It also includes an outline, crosshatched versions and five inline variations, several extruded variants including a unique wireframe options. There are two extruded fonts and two drop shadow fonts. For users that have Opentype programs, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Publisher and Quark, each font also comes with an established set of art deco alternatives.

Le Havre Hand’s alternate characters come together to exhibit a clear sensitivity to the art deco style. Use them on their own or increase your options by using them with any of the other members of the Le Havre family.

Take time to look deep into the soul of Le Havre Hand. It’s often the tested, weathered hand that is most reliable to guide you to success.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Introducing Solitas: The pure, clean lines of a highly legible sans.









You request perfection--that ideal equilibrium of compact dimensions and geometric underpinnings that leaves you with pure, clean lines of a highly legible sans. We give you Solitas, a 7-weight sans-serif from Jeremy Dooley. Made of 42 fonts, from the slender thin to the powerful bold and their matching italics, this typeface family features typographic options including ligatures, fractions, alternate unicase, upright italics, and titling caps. Coupled with its pure design and style, this makes Solitas a successful workhorse typeface. The result of simplification and reduction, Solitas is well-suited for the headlines and shorter texts of promotions, packaging, editorials and branding, both in print and on your website. That’s it. It’s that clean, that simple, and possibly that perfect for your next layout. Get it today.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The luxurious Aviano redefines its classic lines for the contemporary elegance of Aviano Silk.











A premier product from insigne, the powerful Aviano redefines its classic lines for the contemporary elegance of Aviano Silk. As part of insigne’s annual tradition in adding to the Aviano family, this modern development of a timeless font was selected the clear leader in a poll of insigne design’s social media followers.

Silk refers to the smooth, flowing feel created by the font’s negative space, allowing for easy progress as the reader moves over the text. This sophisticated merge of stencil and centerline provides you with a typeface particularly suited to high-end luxury applications and branding. In addition, the extended characters give you more options for formality and a heightened sense of wealth and power in your project.

Due to the modifications required for the new look, the Silk family is unable to work as an overlay for Aviano, though it purposely pairs with Aviano nicely. Use any of the 12 Aviano families with Silk to build a refined, integrated product that can style even the most ordinary page.





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Look, folks!

Look, folks! From what may just be the vernacular sign capital of the world, Chattanooga, Tennessee, it’s a brand new hyperfamily from insigne! Look includes three different related fonts, with three weights each. That’s over 70 fonts!


















Imagine: you turn onto a stretch of open country road. On the distressed, red background of an old barn wall, a large block of crisp white letters shout out: “See Rock City.” You soon realize this barn is not alone in competing for the passing eye. Far from it, ladies and gentlemen. This is just one of the many pieces of historic, hand-painted advertisements dotting the great Southern United States. Yes, these are the pieces of true Americana--the barns, the roadside signs, the machinery, the soda fountains, and more--that now inspire this splendid new set of three font families.


This new, easily readable type from insigne digs deep to capture the very heart and passion of this splendid country’s lettering of the post-war era. Look’s compact frame quickly draws the audience to your headline, logo, subheading, or pull quote, working well in those compact spots of text without overpowering your content. You’ll easily put the feeling of those days gone by into every piece with the natural beauty and simple usefulness of the Look hyperfamily.


Each of the individual sub-families incorporates a variety of font weights with distressed attributes. Think Woodtype. Jeans. Antiques, folks. That deep, ingrained texture--that quality that will stand the test of time.


And Look is flexible, too. Take, for example, Look Script. This powerhouse of a font offers thinner weights to give your work an easy-going, down-to-earth design. But bring in those heavier weights, and you’ll have a muscular, assertive font that will go the whole nine rounds.


Combine any of the Look families with Ornaments to really give your layouts a zing. Build an extraordinary design as well with Look's swashes and alternates. To activate any of these alternates, just click on Swash, Stylistic or Titling Alternates in any OpenType-savvy application, or choose from the Glyph Palette. Explore hundreds of included extras to find that “cherry on top” for your one-of-a-kind project.


There are over 70 fonts to choose from, including subfamily sans, serif, script and ornament fonts! You can’t go wrong. To get the most bang for your buck, order the whole Look family now!

Note on SHADOWS: Increase depth and make your designs pop! Add shadows to any of the Look fonts by duplicating the text content layer in place and switching it to its corresponding shadow. Color and offset to taste. Look shadows are offset automatically. In Illustrator, you may need to turn on Em Box Top for proper shadow alignment.

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