New Banners for Whitehaven

Whitehaven was one of the earliest of Greater Albion’s typeface families, and is an Art Deco inspired family of nine all capitals typefaces.  We’ve just updated the banner artwork for the family on Myfonts and I thought it worth posting the new banners – one for each typeface in the family – here.

We’re often asked how Greater Albion’s typeface’s name are arrived at.  Really I can only summarise it as ‘free association’, and ‘Whitehaven’ is a good example of that.  At the time of working on the family I was re-watching the ITV ‘Poirot’ series, or at least it’s earlier episodes, which were set in the 1930’s and often featured distinguished examples of Art Deco architecture. These included Poirot’s own block of flats, called “Whitehaven Mansions” in accordance with the Poirot novels.  In reality, the building used was “Florin Court” in Smithfield, London.

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Flinscher Family Launched on Myfonts

Couldn’t resist that alliterative title!

The Flinscher family contains twenty display typefaces, in weights that vary from light to black, and widths that extend from condensed to expanded. The family’s design inspiration traces its roots to the early portion of the twentieth century.  In essence, it is a calligraphic script typeface family with blackletter influences. The letter forms are decorative and distinctive, yet clear and easy to read, and in use set up a regular rhythm that leads the eye from character to character.  The Flinscher typefaces are well suited to design work that needs to combine formality with fun.  Just the thing for a certificate or a book cover!

Why not experiment with it today?

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Showcasing the Clementhorpe Family

We thought it was time to revisit one of our earlier designs, with some new specimen pieces and a few old favourites re-presented.

Clementhorpe is inspired by the lettering on an early 20th century enamel advertisement-for chocolate. From the dozen or so hand drawn letters found in that source Greater Albion Typefounders have constructed a family of Roman faces for display and text work, with bold weights, an italic form as well as condensed, small capital and title forms, all preserving the fun of their inspiration.

Incidentally, one member of the Clementhorpe family is offered free of charge at Myfonts.

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Just Released

Our four latest typeface families have now released on Fontspring and on Myfonts.  Here are a few more sample images displaying Landsdowne Commerical,Wellmere Sans, Friendly Shaded Sans and Trivette.  We know these four projects have taken a while to come to fruition, but we think they are worth the wait.

‘Landsdowne Commercial’ is a development of one of our designer’s earlier public domain releases, ‘Landsdowne’.  All glyphs have been completely redrawn and refined.  An extensive range of stylistic alternates and ligatures have been added, as well as a completely new bold face and several forms of numerals.  Landsdowne commercial is ideal for period-inspired design work, such as posters and book covers as well for clear elegant communications.

Wellmere Sans is humanist a ‘sans serif’ typeface combining distinctive character with easy legibility. The emphasis here is on elegant simplicity and clarity. No alternate forms, no ligatures, just good simple design and elegance giving clarity and ease of communication.  Ideal for timeless presentation of information, signs, posters, computer displays and so forth.

‘Friendly Shaded Sans’ is just what the name says. It’s a chubby and cheerful Sans Serif typeface that is ideal for poster work, headings and informal design generally.

Trivette is an ‘All Capitals’ calligraphic display face, where all upright strokes are rendered as curves and where everything approaching the vertical are rendered in threes.  That’s probably as clear as mud, but the results combine charm and legibility with a decorative period air.  Recommended for poster work where a sense of dignified fun is important.

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Progress, At Last…

It has been a quiet week on this site this week, which as usual denotes a busy week elsewhere drawing attention away from Greater Albion.  None the less, after several weeks there is some progress to report on one of our ongoing projects.  Landsdowne Commercial regular is nearing completion, and here’s a very small sampling of it in its current form.

Landsdowne-Commercial3As with all of our typefaces which have the word ‘Commericial’ in their name, this is an refined and enhanced rerelease of one of my earlier freeware typefaces.  A lot has changed and developed, including an extensive character set, a wide range of ligatures, as well as stylistic alternates and small capitals, but at it’s heart this remains the earlier Landsdowne design.  More previews soon…

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Something Old is (going to be) New Again

Some readers may be aware of my earlier freeware type designs, which predate the time of Greater Albion Typefounders.  from time to time Greater Albion has revived one of these designs, usually with all the glyphs re-drawn to a higher standard of precision and with much more extensive character sets.  Recently I received a request to undertake just such a revival of ‘Landsdowne’ a display serif typeface with uniform stroke width and small rounded serifs, characterised by the mixture of a relatively low ‘x’ height and relatively tall ascenders.

As described above, this revival will need quite a lot of work – we’re re-drawing all the characters (progress to date shown below) and we’re adding a great deal to the character set.  We also have thoughts regarding alternate forms, ligatures and so forth.

Watch this space, as they say…

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