Our Bonning, Bonnington, BonaVia and Bonaventure typeface families were designed with a 1920′s display Roman feel, and deliberately designed to complement each other in use. Here are two pieces of design work, both of which employ all four of these families, along with simple geometric borders and solid colours to (we think) a charming effect.
Our Thurbrooke Family has now launched on Myfonts and on Fontspring.
Thurbrooke is an early 20th century inspired display family, offering two sizes of Roman capitals. Five typefaces are offered in the Thurbrooke family. The Regular face is shaded in horizontally engraved lines and suggests something of vintage advertising captions. A reversed ‘Reverso’ face, transposing black and white space is offered, as is a ‘Black’ face with solid letterforms. The remaining two faces are a bit more specialised. Thurbrooke ‘Banner’ is the latest in our popular line of masthead or cartouche faces-very impressive for banner headings. Thurbrooke Initials is a set of initial capitals, which blend in perfectly with Thurbrooke Reverso, or which also make splendid drop capitals. Why not explore some (or all) of the elements of the Thurbrooke family today, and introduce some early 20th century inspired colour to your work?
An associate of ours recently saw the first episode of the BBC One’s new period drama, ‘The Paradise’, Bill Gallagher’s adaptation of the much-loved classic French novel by Emile Zola which has been relocated to a British setting, and thought that something looked rather familiar.
A few moment’s thought told them what it was-the titles and credits (and indeed the shop signage) for the programme are all set in a typeface called ‘Bolton’-one of our designer Paul Lloyd’s earlier typeface designs. Bolton, in its present form, predates the establishment of Greater Albion Typefounders and is available in a freeware form, with a limited typeface, here.
Here’s Bolton in action, as seen on television, with due acknowledgement to the BBC:
Meanwhile, we find ourselves thinking….if Bolton is good enough for the BBC perhaps we should talk to Paul about refining it and completing the character set…’Bolton Comercial may not be that long in coming…
Merrivale is now released on Myfonts. Merrivale is an ideal example of the benefits of keeping ones eyes open- it was inspired by the gilt-finished raised lettering on a late Victorian shopsign in Melbourne, Australia. The family of seven faces include upper and lower case forms, small capitals, all capital forms, and flamboyant display forms. Extensive Opentype features are incorporated. All faces are offered in incised forms inspired by the original lettering as well as in solid black filled forms. Thsee typefaces are wonderful for signage where either a period air or a dignified but legible feel are required. They also lend themselves to other display uses such as posters, book covers and so forth and are ideal for the title lines of certificates.