Simply Splendid

I recently happened across a few random issues of the “London Mystery Magazine” (later “London Mystery Selection”). Interestingly, these covers seem to be a mixture of UK and US editions of the same title.

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Apart from being a jolly good read, I have a certain admiration for the rather splendidly designed covers. These issues are from the 1950sand 1960s, so they were perhaps a little ‘old fashioned’ even at the time.  That said, they are now, and I suspect were when published, undeniably eye-catching.

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That said, they are now, and I suspect were when published, undeniably eye-catching. To me, they demonstrate that good design can easily supplant today’s glossy photographic covers and perhaps they demonstrate that being a little ‘out of time’ can actually make a piece of design more eye-catching.

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Just a thought!

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Seen in Action…

Here are a couple of fresh sightings ‘in the wild’.  Seen in the July edition of the Morgan Owners Guild Magazine, a heading typeset in Thurbrooke.

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Showcasing Bettendorff Reverso

We’re currently offering our Bettendorff family of two ‘Cartouche’ typefaces at a 35% discount on Myfonts and Fontspring.  Here’s  sampling of Bettendorff Reverso in Action. Our Mexborough Regular typeface is also used in these images. 4 5 6

 

Showcasing Bettendorff Regular

We’re currently offering our Bettendorff family of two ‘Cartouche’ typefaces at a 35% discount on Myfonts and Fontspring.  Here’s  sampling of Bettendorff Regular in Action. Our Mexborough Regular typeface is also used in these images.

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Joyfully Stylish

Here’s a small selection of re-imagined period artwork, stylish images which are ideal to show of out flamboyant (and suitably flamboyantly named, we think) Wellingborough typeface family.

We have taken something of a couture theme with this selection of artwork today, whether it be the House of Elliott’s (remember that, anyone?) summer day collection, a glove manufacturer, or the seaside …

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Something We Always Enjoy…

We always enjoy the process of trying out and testing and refining our new typefaces prior to release. While this has a very serious purpose, great fun is had re-imagining vintage advertising, resetting text from old novels, making up imaginary products and nonsense posters and so forth.  In that spirit, here’s a selection of test pieces displaying the ‘Imperial Granum’ family.

In this particular family we’ve tried to keep a little of the hand-drawn feel of the original advertising specimen that inspired the design, while making a typeface regular enough for consistent heading and display use.  The result seems, to us, somewhat timeless, combining elements that would make it at home in different eras-everything from the Victorian era to the present day.  Enjoy…

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Introducing Amici… Or Chocolate, Steam and Spitfires!

Regular readers might remember our ‘Big Friendly Roman’ project.  Here are a few test pieces from the first typeface completed in this family.  Amici is intended to be friendly and open, relaxed and easy to read.

We’ve given the test pieces a 1950s/60s flavour but we feel this typeface (Amici Regular) is as applicable in modern design as in any period inspired work.  It emphasises legibility and clarity, and is ideal for headings and banners.  Meanwhile join us in some magazine cover nostalgia, a boyhood hero’s philosophy and a hypothetical chocolate bar!

 

 

 

 

Showcasing Paragon

We thought we’d do something a little different for our next showcase.  Accordingly, here’s a re-imagining of  three 1950’s pulp magazine covers, all employing members of the Paragon family as a central design element.  We hope you enjoy these designs full of vibrant exuberance from the somewhat less inhibited recent past.  Paragon is currently being offered at a 35% discount on Myfonts.