Adantine Revisted…


Adantine offers the opportunity to bring Victorian Elegance and Character to modern design work. It is inspired by the hand-lettered captions often seen on old sepia-toned postcards, but also distilles some of its spirit from 19th century advertising cuts. Adantine is offered in regular and text faces, as well as all and small Capitals forms with purpose made swashed capitals, and in a decorative embossed form. It can be used to set small amounts of text, as well as for headings and display purposes. Adantine offers the chance to bring steam-age elegance to present day design projects.
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New Releases 2 – Merrivale

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.

An Interesting Example…

Regular readers here will be familiar with our occasional posts highlighting the wonderful collection of ephemera at Vintage Me Oh My!  One of their latest posts is a wonderful selection of vintage custom printed envelopes for business mail, well worth a look here!  Meanwhile, here’s one example:

Pittsburgh Launches

Pittsburgh, the latest in our 1920s inspired ‘Industrial’ typefaces has just launched.  You can try it out on Myfonts and Fontspring.  Meanwhile, here are a couple of examples of Pittsburgh in use.



Two New Releases Dispatched!

We’ve just dispatched our two newest completed releases to our resellers so they should appear in the next week or so.  The two releases in question are Chubbly and Pittsburgh.  Here are a few words about, and samples of, of each of them.


The Chubbly family started life as an alphabet for an illustrated children’s book.  These big, chubby and friendly letterforms are easy to read and have a sense of fun about them.  They’re ideal where simple eye-catching geometric letterforms are required, for posters, signs and advertising with a sense of fun.  The family consists of six faces: Regular, Bold, Italic, Italic Bold, Outline and Outline 2.  Somehow Chubbly seems to lend itself particularly to advertising confectionary…


Pittsburgh is the latest (as at August 2011) in a range of inter-war American inspired commercial faces, and takes its place alongside the popular Bettendorff and the Spargo family.  These shaded stab-serif capitals speak of the heyday of heavy manufacture and engineering and bring a gritty feel of the 20s and 30s to any project. Why not indulge in a little heavy engineering today?

Not Quite The Butcher, The Baker & The Candlestick Maker…

Beatties Building, Victoria Street, Wolverhampton

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Here’s a preview of another future release, though this one’s a little way off yet.  Also in the pipeline are Doncaster which we expect our resellers to have available any day now as well as Ecclesham and Bettendorf which we’ve already previewed on here-admittedly the latter only in a very preliminary way.

This particular project is currently known internally as ‘Wolverhampton‘ though it remains to be seen whether this ends up as the final name or not:

The idea behind the name lies in the origin of these letterforms-they were spotted in a turn of the last century enamelled advertising sign, offering the services of a tradesman in these trades.  Smaller lettering in the margin of the sign also indicated that it hailed from an enamel works in Wolverhampton. Maybe we’ll come up with a better name before this is finished, but on the other hand our designer comes from the vicinity of that English Midlands town, so maybe the name will stick…