Batman, Samurai

Batman, Samurai

Illustration of an alternate reality Batman; dressed as a traditional Samurai warrior. With the popularity of Shogun streaming now, I wanted to revisit an earlier version of this treatment with a bit more natural media feel to the piece.  Follow along here and our...

May 21

May 21

It was 36 years ago today, that I walked across the stage, what is now Miller Theater, and received my diploma as a member of the first graduation class of The University of the Arts. I had entered the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and during my time in Philly,...

Alien Day 24

Alien Day 24

LV-426 | AcheronHappyAlien DayAlien day is a nod to LV-426, the planet where the crew of the Nostromo first encounter the alien Xenomorph.XenomorphWhat most refer to as simply the alien, is a endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species created by the late Swiss artist...

John McClane

John McClane

Illustration/portrait of the great Bruce Willis in a key scene as John McClane in John McTiernan's 1988 action classic, "Die Hard"; arguably the film that turned this actor into a household name. Follow along here and our socials below for the upcoming release...

Eccentric Iterations

Eccentric Iterations

Iterating one of the latest projects on the drawing board. A font derived from the posters of the early 20th Century - Eccentric Display. Also resurrected an alternate typeface specimen sheet for this post. Follow along here and our socials below for the upcoming...

Eccentric

Eccentric

Eccentric Display is a decorative display font based on typography from the Parisian posters of the early 20th Century. It will be a limited character set dedicated to display uses with a solid upper case set and an inline lower case alternative. Follow along here and...

Dark Superman

Dark Superman

As we wait for James Gunn's version of Superman, I chose to revisit the classic Christopher Reeve from Superman III. But turning his Evil Superman into the classic Dark Superman. I have enjoyed Mr. Gunn's previous superhero films and am hopeful for this upcoming...

Ballpoint Sans Flat

Ballpoint Sans Flat

An update to the Ballpoint Font Family with an additional San Serif Flat style of letterform that continues to expand this ever-growing family. We want to ensure the family can support all design uses from display work through typeset with this extensive family. The...

Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry

Yesterday, I posted about one of AppleTV's great newer series, "Lessons in Chemistry". I had some initial ideas for alternative posters for the show, but went with my first sketch to share in that post. And I totally skipped the great opportunities to include a...

Elizabeth Zott

Elizabeth Zott

One of the best news shows from 2023 is "Lessons in Chemistry" on AppleTV. Brie Larson portrays a brilliant chemist and her life as a chemist in a world controlled by men - America in the 1950s. It is a wonderful cast, led by my personal favorite Brie Larson.Here is...

Ballpoint Label

Ballpoint Label

Most every member of GEN-X remembers the label makers from their youth. As the result of this simple memory we began a simple experiment to extend one of our established fonts, Ballpoint Regular, to reflect the sensibilities of those crudely stampled letters. It will...

Mono versus Regular

Mono versus Regular

I was listening to the Design Better Podcast with Jonathan Hoefler yesterday while I worked on this new font and he mentioned some things about uniqueness to some typefaces that made me rethink some of the options for this new font. I had been working through the...

Font Display

Font Display

Creating new fonts is only half the work. The other part is sharing and showing them off. That is the function that the blog performs for us…as a playground and workshop to test and share things in progress.  We have discovered a few code solutions that will allow us...

Lydia alpha

Lydia alpha

A test of our new display font-in-progress, Lydia. Lydia is a sans serif display font derived from a sign painter's sample sheet from the early 20th Century and we are projecting a release date towards the end of March, 2024…if all goes as planned.Our Social...

Galadriel, redux

Galadriel, redux

Late nights and early mornings are some of the times when I get to simply create. Illustration and portraits are some of my favorites right now and this is the latest piece. A portrait of Cate Blanchett in her iconic role, portraying the royal elf Galadriel, from...

Progress and process

Progress and process

As we continued progress of expanding the existing character set within our new sans serif font, Lydia, we thought we would share an example of some of the process used in the creation of our newest font. As you can see from the above image, the font is based on a...

Lydia

Lydia

Beginning the work on a sans serif display font entitled Lydia. Lydia is based on the use of a flat chisel brush to create a small library of basic strokes, when combined create the letterforms. The original source provides for a limited upper case character set. The...

Captain B. Willard

Captain B. Willard

Portrait of Martin Sheen as Captain Benjamin Willard from Francis Ford Coppola classic film, "Apocalypse Now". This is one of the most celebrated films from my childhood from a crop of directors like Coppola, Spielberg, Lucas, Altman, et. al. There was a lot to lament...