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Introducing Cabrito, incorporating the latest research on typographic legibility for children.

After my son was born, I found myself reading him a lot of books. A LOT of books.

Some were good, some were great, but I found myself wanting to develop something using my skills and interests to make something that only I could make. In short, I realized my son needed to be indoctrinated--I mean, introduced into the wonderfully wild world of fonts.




So, I set about to make a board book to teach about typography, called “The Clothes Letters Wear.” You can learn more about the book here, and pledge to receive a copy on Kickstarter. I’ve made the captivating illustrations bright and colorful, and the use of different letter forms makes for a fascinating read to delight ages young and young at heart.

And, as an added bonus, this children’s book has a custom designed font. I’m always looking for an excuse to design a new font, and this book created the perfect alibi.

Drum roll, please.

I now give you . . . Cabrito (“little goat” en Espanol). This new serif typeface incorporates the latest …

A Dad's Labor of Love

Hello Friends,
I hope you're having an awesome day. Thanks again for your loyalty to insigne fonts. I truly could not do it without you.
As a typeface designer, I occasionally get the itch to do something different. So here it is. I thought you might find it interesting.

It’s a board book for young children, designed to teach the little ones all about the fonts that surround them. This book is designed to be something you and your child will treasure for many years and bring the alphabet to life for your little one.




It's a kickstarter, so I can’t do this without you. The design’s ready to go, and we’re just about to start production. I now need your help to get The Clothes Letters Wear produced and into your child’s hands (and like my son Will, in your child’s mouth, too). This book is designed for you and your child to treasure for many years. We’d like you to join us in making all this possible.
Pledge to produce The Clothes Letters Wear


Introducing Torcao

Torcao is one of the sporks of the font universe, a useful and functional outlier. Half square, half circle, this uncommon squircle of a family with its asymmetry of curved and angular shapes drives through headlines and body copy with forward velocity. The robust, technical appearance is light-hearted and inviting, and its organic nature plays off of its one-of-a-kind kinks and hybrid forms.


Torcao is not merely an experimental font, though. The figures have been crafted and refined into a functional, hard-working typeface that lends itself to many sizes and environments. The font family features a tall x-height and light modulation, which give the typography its unique color highly effective in headlines but still quite legible in longer text.




This family contains a comprehensive range of nine weights--slender to black--and features condensed and extender selections for a complete set of forty-eight fonts. The font has been decked out for experienced typographers, together with swas…

Top Tips for using Chromatic Typefaces or Layered Fonts

Using Layered or Chromatic Type Have you seen those fancy new layered type styles that all the cool kids are using? Ever wonder how to use them most efficiently? Layered type is great when you want to set headlines in a application that screams for attention. It's fantastic when you want a retro or vintage feel or just want to add some depth and dimension to your work.

A Bit of History If you will forgive the pun, layered type is a multifaceted contemporary trend in type design. Layered type finds it's origins in woodtype, which came to the fore in the mid 1800s. Another implementation came in the time of Letraset. In the present day, we stack layers of type in a digital program and output the results, but in the past there was great deal of trial and error and less versatility. Some of the challenges of designing layered type, such as registration, are now mostly the domain of the designer of the layered type family.

Tips On How To Use Layered Type We will only go into the …

Introducing Le Havre Layers

With this charming new layered typeface, the possibilities are as endless as your vision behind them. Accomplish the effect you searching for by layering these exceptional fonts and altering opacity and color for a unique custom appearance that yells "hello there!"



Play around a bit with the potential of Le Havre Layers. Build effects which include realistic 3D appearances reminiscent of the storefronts of old and adding centerlines, dotted centerlines, and shadow variations. Inspired by the affable appearance of vintage signage from the 1930s to the 1960s, Le Havre Layers spacing is altered from Le Havre Titling's to accommodate shadows and other options properly. With its generous width it sends a message of refinement and grace. The geometric and art deco curves are a beautiful addition to your work.




Mix an' match it together with the other members of the Le Havre Hyperfamily. There are many amazing design solutions for you to discover. See what you could build w…

Take a look at Quatie, an offshoot of early conceptual work on Chatype. A slab serif with plenty of brawn.

Originally a conceptual approach from the Chatype project of Jeremy Dooley and Robbie de Villiers, Quatie has been restructured to add a new industrial element to Insigne’s offerings. Like the Official Font of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Quatie definitely carries a contemporary, hipster feel. Quatie similarly draws much of its inspiration from the industrial brawn of the railroad and the unique characteristics of Cherokee letterforms, giving it an atypical form not usually found in an industrial slab.








While the Quatie concept was originally set aside for the more technological look of Chatype’s final image, Jeremy revived this face from its dormant state and refined it for its commercial release in 2013. This bracketed slab with its slightly rounded, soft edges adds a warm, retro, industrial element to Insigne’s offerings. The resulting quirky, “hipster” vibe of Quatie lends its voice to give an unparalleled edge to your designs.
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Introducing Enocenta, a script for the wild and untamed heart.

Enocenta is fully featured script face. Like a wild, untamed beauty in the moonlight, Enocenta’s flowing calligraphy dances across the page. This contemporary typeface is not slavishly devoted to convention, and instead it defies it repeatedly. The face has bit more character than most high contrast script faces and attracts your readers eye.

This spicy and flavorful collaboration between Jeremy Dooley and Cecilia Marina Pezoa. Enocenta is a five weight script typeface that offers a variety of options for you to design beautiful things. Enocenta is friendly and warm, and it's hairline weight is simple and clean while its bold is strong and draws attention.

Enocenta’s contemporary appearance is right home on the web or wherever your canvas may be, whether that is packaging, magazines and invitations. It's also a fantastic choice for branding and can be quickly converted into a distinctive logo when applying its options to customize the look and feel so the brand is unique.

Enoc…