Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Font of the Week #18: Buena Park

Hello again! I hope everyone had a really great Memorial Day and has a good week ahead. This week's font feature is Buena Park.

Buena Park

   Named after a Southern California town in north Orange County, “Buena Park” was inspired by the hand lettered logo of a popular tourist attraction in that area. I adapted the letter designs—of which there were only 5 to start with—into a form that was workable as a full typeface.

   Buena Park has some really interesting features to it that make it a unique design. At first glance it seems to be a typeface in the Clarendon tradition with heavy bracketed serifs and a distinctly late 19th Century feel to it.

   Since the original five hand lettered glyphs conatined no ‘e’, I added and e with an angled crossbar which give the typeface some extra flair. Also, a number of the letterforms end with a small flourish like the c, e, and s

   The font has the lower contrast between the thick and thin strokes, typical of a Clarendon style face. This makes Buena Park function well at a range of point sizes, although its primary intent is for use as a display face.

   The curved crossbar on the H and the angled serifs on some of the capital letters, give the typeface a warm old fashioned feeling that makes it welcoming and comfortable. It has that “Barbershop Quartet” charm to it that makes it perfect for many applications.

   This was one of my earlier fonts that was part of the original JAW Fonts library on MyFonts.com. Designed in 2001, Buena Park was a lot of fun to work on and I think that definitely comes through in the design.
   Over the years, Buena Park had proved to be a popular seller for Jukebox. It was used in 2009 and 2010 for all the month names in Disneyland’s and Walt Disney World’s official wall calendars sold at the theme parks. 

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