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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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Dwiggins hand-drawing letters

Forgotten Font Friday

A lovely type-related article from Atlas Obscura, chroniclers of the strange and wonderful. The Lost Typefaces of W.A. Dwiggins The pioneering designer created dozens of fonts, only a few of which are still around today. By CARA GIAIMO for Atlas Obscura (more…)

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Faery Font poem 3

Faëry Font Friday

Ok, so this is a total cheat. Today’s Font Friday is “font” as in “fountain”: in this case, a font created and guarded by faeries. I came across the poem when I was looking for font-related words that start with “f,” and I thought it was interesting. (more…)

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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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Flora Fauna Faces Font Friday

From the Public Domain Review This 17th-century alphabet seems to show grotesque vegetation, animals and even humans in its forms, reminiscent of DeepDream imaging. An Alphabet of Organic Type (ca.1650)   A series of stunning prints – titled Libellus Novus Elementorum Latinorum – designed by the Polish goldsmith Jan Christian Bierpfaff (1600-ca.1690) and engraved by […]

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Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

by Christopher Jobson from Wikipedia Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The […]

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"Far, Far Away" text from 1977 poster

Far, Far Away Font Friday

From Yves Peters at on December 14, 2015 (revised December 20, 2015): An exhaustive article on the various versions of the fonts for the “iconic opening [text] crawl” and posters for each Star Wars movie! To say a whole lot of people are getting a whole lot of excited about Star Wars: The Force […]

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