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"The Vault of Horror" comic book cover

Freaky, Frightening, Fantastic Font Friday (special Halloween edition)

A fun look at “scary” typography in the pop-culture occult over the last 125 years or so: Ouija boards, comic books, TV shows, and movies. Original article is here. SPOOKY, KOOKY TYPOGRAPHY By Angela Riechers There’s serious occult, and then there’s pop-culture occult. Pop occult is both scary and approachable, fun spiced with danger and excitement. And from […]

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The National Gallery of Art is sitting on a goldmine of 21,000 paints, varnishes, pigments and primers

A great article about a museum collection of the pigments in artists’ paint tubes, preserved for posterity (more pix at the link). From Atlas Obscura.  One of the lesser known collections at the National Gallery of Art lies behind an unmarked door in the employees-only section, where conservators have amassed an unrivaled hoard of 21,000 paints, […]

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PANTONE purple Prince Love Symbol no 2 square

Pantone announces new purple shade in honor of Prince

In collaboration with the singer’s estate, the company announced the release of a new purple hue, called Love Symbol #2, in honor of his signature color. The new hue has been dubbed Love Symbol #2, after the singer’s logo and custom-made Yamaha purple piano. Throughout Prince’s career, he became indelibly associated with the color, from […]

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Feline Fabric Font Friday

Feline Fabric Font Friday

This charming fabric of acrobatic kitties was created by designer Elena Naylor and is available by the yard at Spoonflower, a great print-on-demand fabric company. Spoonflower has a wide range of fabrics available, from chiffon to heavy cotton twill to lycra (full list below). I reference them in my post How to Make a Tea Cozy […]

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Dinara Kaska red pastry

Pastries Like You’ve Never Seen Before by Dinara Kasko

From Design Milk‘s weekly blog. Design Milk showcases architecture, art, home, interiors, and more. 06.30.17  Posted by Pinch Food Design Ukraine pastry chef Dinara Kasko breaks the mold with her artistic approach to baking cakes. Using 3D printing technology she not only creates never before seen cake forms, but she then delights you with pastry surprises when […]

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Notebook with hand drawn "Observer" text

‘Fringe’ Font Friday

The TV show ‘Fringe’ aired between 2008 and 2013 on the Fox Network. The series follows members of the fictional Fringe Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses fringe science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly […]

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Decorative initial E

1595 Font Friday

From the Public Domain Review. See also my post 1510 Font Friday. Hoefnagel’s Guide to Constructing the Letters (ca. 1595) Joris Hoefnagel (1542 – 1600) was a pivotal figure in the history of Dutch art, playing an important role both in the latter stages of the Flemish illumination tradition and the birth of the new […]

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Decorative initials A and B

1510 Font Friday

From the Public Domain Review. See also my post 1595 Font Friday.  16th-Century Pattern Book for Scribes (ca. 1510) This scribal pattern book—dated to around 1510 from Swabia, Germany—was made by Gregorius Bock and is addressed to his cousin Heinrich Lercher Wyss, who was the official scribe of the duchy of Württemberg, most likely put […]

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The letters A and B

Funny Font Friday 2

From the Public Domain Review. See also my post Funny Font Friday 1, some silly movies and their fonts. The Funny Alphabet (ca.1850) Funny alphabet; ca.1850; McLoughlin Bro’s publishers, New York. A delightful little alphabet book in which the letters are made up from acrobatically contorted bodies, and the accompanying text from often equally contorted […]

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