Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Font of the Week #49: Giggle Script

   Hello again! Welcome back for another Font of the Week. Who doesn't love to share a laugh with a friend? This week's font, Giggle Script, was named for just that and the whimsical design that seem to inspire a sense of humor.

Giggle Script

   This unusual script font was based on just a few letters found in a hand-drawn logotype from the 1960s. If I remember correctly the original two words were "Christmas Greetings" so those are the only letters I had to work with to build an entire typeface. I love challenges like this were I get to really stretch my type design muscles!

   What grabbed me about this design is the unique combination of script and blackletter elements. It seems to combine some old time calligraphic strokes with the more modern look of a 1960s script typeface. I love designs that can marry two different visual aspects like this!

   The small x-height and large skinny capital letters give the typeface a whimsical look. When combined with the modulated baseline this makes the font look like it's laughing, hence the name Giggle Script. Most of the letters are upright but a few are slanted to the left which is the opposite of the natural right-leaning slant of most script faces. Notabley the lowercase h and r. This adds to the childlike feeling of the font and makes sure it doesn't take itself too seriously.

   I had a great deal of fun working on this design which was completed in 2007. Giggle Script is part of the Jukebox library, and is available at in OpenType format.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Font of the Week #48: Gibson Girl

Hello again! It's great to have you back here. Now it's time for another Font of the Week and this time we will take a look at my font called "Gibson Girl".

Gibson Girl

   Gibson Girl is part of the Jukebox library and was designed in spring of 2009. Based on a hand-drawn alphabet in a "how-to" book on hand lettering, Gibson Girl reminded me of the 1890s style script fonts often seen on advertisements and signage from that period.

   The name seemed the perfect fit for the font. Charles Gibson was an illustrator popular during the Gilded Age whose stylized drawings of young women became all the rage…they were the supermodels of their day and the "Gibson Girl" became the ideal of young female beauty at that time.

Typical "Gibson Girls"

   Although a script font, Gibson Girl has a very stylized design that makes it perfect for many applications that need to make a heavy, bold statement. The high contrast between the thick and thin strokes gives the font character and a sense of movement while at the same time seemingly solid and confident. Much like the Gibson Girl herself who was bold and self-confident yet feminine and graceful. It is a design that is clearly drawn rather than "written".


   With its large x-height and bottom heavy letterforms, Gibson Girl is warm and approachable and carries no hint of aloofness or pomp. 

   The font contains a full character set that supports all Latin-based and Eastern European languages and is available from Jukebox in OpenType format. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jukebox Fonts now at!!

   Hello fellow type lovers! After several months of preparation and negotiations, I have some exciting news to share with you...

   A selection of 40 hand-selected typefaces from the Jukebox collection are now available through! After 12 years of exclusivity through Veer, I am excited that some of these wonderful fonts I created have returned to where I got my start with JAW Fonts way back in 2001.

   I feel this offers an exciting new opportunity for Jukebox to reach a larger audience, as is one of the most popular font retail websites on the internet. 

   The 40 fonts chosen to offered through MyFonts, were carefully selected to best represent the strongest work in the Jukebox library that provides the most versatility for designers and type-lovers alike!

   We have already seen some great response to this campaign, so I invite you to come and join the fun! Below is just a sample of some of the fonts available...