One of the reasons we've combined August and September DT&G issues is the
time it takes to prepare our Autumn Fonts Spectacular.
__ This is no simple task. It's not like a lot of sites
that just throw the fonts up there. Each font has to be obtained, then tested and
sampled. All the samples have to be processed for both the PDF edition (Pict files)
and the WEB edition (GIF files.) So, by August 22nd, we knew we couldn't make it
for a timely August issue -- suddenly the September issue doubled. We'll continue
in October with all the fonts that couldn't make it into the September issue. Hope
you like the Autumn 2000 Fonts Spectacular.
__ While preparing this issue, we ran across John Singer's
fonts. There were so many we decided to spin John off into his own article. It's
also included here this month.
Back to School with Trendy 60's Font Bell Bottom
LORVAD fonts (formerly Printers Devil) have been around for quite a while. This one
has been a favorite shareware font since 1991, and for fall 2000, it's about time
to see some real camp in the font world. Everyone's so serious these days, we thought
Bell Bottom would introduce some fun into the mix.
__ BellBottom is a display font evocative of '60's poster
art. It's not recommended for body text unless you really want to get campy! Use
it at 24 points or larger -- and once you hit 40 pts or larger it offers some real
opportunity in terms of modeling. (We used it in our header graphic above.)
__ This shareware version contains upper & lower
case, numbers and a few special characters. It's not kerned at all but for the low
shareware fee of $10, you can't go wrong. LORVAD Fonts is in Easton Maryland, USA.
Try it out, and be sure to read the documentation included.
Rah, rah, rah
What Autumn would be complete without grid-iron, pom-pom girls, and letterman sweatshirts?
Edward Leach's Athletic Font is great for the 'college sweatshirt look'. The letters
are very bold with fat square serifs. It looks best in larger point sizes, would
be especially useful for tee shirt printers. This font is ALL CAPS only, with a
few other characters. He asks ten bucks shareware to help his develop more fonts...
Edward tells us he also creates Type 1 or TrueType fonts of YOUR handwriting. Be
sure and read the docs provided, and get in touch with Ed Greensboro, Maryland, USA.
Writing on the walls...
When I was back in Kindergarten I used my favorite crayons to decorate the walls
in my schoolroom. Of course they knew who did it -- little Freddie Showker was the
only one who wrote in mirror-writing! Hey: it read just fine to me! Imagine the look
on my parents' faces when the principal told them they had to pay to repaint the
So, this year I'm passing along some great script fonts to decorate your rooms...
The perfect lettering for kiddies ...
Kiddie Korner by George Pytlik is a light and playful Postscript font developed by
George because of his involvement with the Children's program at his church. He designed
materials and wanted a font that looked like young children's handwriting. The alphabet
was based on sample letters from the kids and developed using Illustrator 88 with
Altsys' Art Importer 2.0 software. This version includes only the full alphabet and
__ Mac users will get the documentation with samples
in a HyperCard stack -- sorry, there's no Windows version unless you can convert
it to Windows yourself. George hails from Sumas, Washington, USA.
Print... don't write
Temple of the Dog Truetype from font coders Chris Bowman and Jason Thorpe was actually
inspired by the handwriting on the Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, and Mother Love
Bone album covers. We thought it was perfect for lettering those back-to-school handouts.
Jason says: "If you like this font… send some money! Or a post card -- or some
of your favorite fonts!"
These guys do their work out in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Famous Texas hero handwriting
more sophisticated, Texas Hero by Brian Wilson of Three Islands Press took a totally
different approach to script -- fashioned after the handwritten letters of Thomas
Jefferson Rusk and other Texas heroes from about 150 years or so ago. I think you'll
like this font, complete with upper-case flourishes and a little hand-done unevenness
overall. Not too fancy, and not too plain. This shareware offering has a single weight
with upper and lower cases, numerals, punctuation, even some diacriticals. Users
who pay the $10 shareware fee will receive a copy of Texas Hero™ with a much-expanded
character set -- in fact, more than 40 extra alternate characters, ligatures, and
common words. Be sure to read the documentation. Brian is from Rockland, Maine,
Hope you enjoy these fonts... they're available for download now in the new Publishers'
Warehouse digs at http://www.graphic-design.com/PubWarehouse/
You'll have to sign in and get the address where to download them.
All of John's fonts are Shareware -- if you like and use any of them,
you must send $5 (each) to John. Each font has a "ReadMe" file enclosed
which give you more detail and instructions on registering. Please contact John at:
__ All John Singer's
fonts are copyrighted 1992 - 2000 by John Singer. He retains all rights to these
and other fonts he has created. NONE of Singer's fonts may be sold or altered without
his express written permission -- the fonts are NOT public domain. You must read
the "Read Me" files included with each of John's fonts.
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