The new year opens with changes here — new name, new work. Look for big changes in the website as soon as we can break away from work to talk about work. Circular? Never.


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Ciao Bella Script and Ornaments

If blooms are a harbinger of warm weather, then Ciao Bella’s arrival means Spring must be right around the corner.

Ciao’s a funky, hand-drawn copperplate script with a bouquet of ornament fonts that’s bound to delight. Ciao Bella’s expansive range of alternate opening and closing forms, word-connecting ribbons, and swash characters create a genuinely hand-lettered look. Bursting with over 2,000 characters, the Ciao script mates broad linguistic support with expressive possibilities galore in an easy-to-use OpenType software experience.

What’s truly innovative about the ornaments is that they arrive in pairs which can be set in multiple colors without stacking, layering, or aligning. They simply work in any application that supports kerning — even most word processors and websites.

Stop and smell the flowers at MyFonts and Fonts.com, where they’re available at a special introductory discount — and where they’re climbing the New Bestsellers list.

FontShop Best of 2015 Typefacts Best of 2015

More love for Filmotype Wand this week as Typefacts has tapped it as one of their Best Fonts of 2015. Aww, shucks.

FontShop Best of 2015 FontShop Best of 2015

We’re honored to have our Filmotype Wand included in FontShop’s list of the best typefaces of 2015. Every face on the list is a winner. Go see for yourself.



Winooski from Oddsorts

Looks like the Easter Bunny left us something under the, umm… Arbor Day Tree. In time for Earth Day. Yeah, that sounds about right.

A little goofy, a little nerdy, Winooski mixes loose pen-drawn gestures with legible forms to deliver a playful workhorse. It’s packed with goodies like small caps, ligatures, case-sensitive alternates, and our usual broad linguistic support. It also sports extras like two styles of catchwords that can be fired up by flanking the desired word with either asterisks or underscores and discretionary ligatures for pricing. There are even easter eggs in the OpenType features for the scavenger hunters among us.

Track Winooski down at Fonts.com and MyFonts.

Bradley Wayside and Bradley Chicopee

It’s been years in the works, and we’re thrilled to finally announce the launch of Oddsorts, our new type imprint. Oddsorts débuts with Bradley Wayside and Bradley Chicopee, a great way to begin 2015.

The fonts were inspired by the masterful art nouveau lettering of Will H. Bradley, whose posters for Ault & Wiborg printing inks and Victor Bicycles continue to draw collectors after more than a century. Begun in 2000 as a wedding gift for the designer’s wife and used privately for years, they’re finally available to the public.

The Bradleys are available from MyFonts and Fonts.com.

True North from Cultivated Mind

One of 2014’s welcome surprises was the public response to True North, another collaboration with our friends over at Cultivated Mind. In fact, the forty-two-member family took up residence on MyFonts’ bestseller list for much of the year.

We shouldn’t be surprised, though. With its mix of nostalgic styles — all-caps fonts, a monoline Script, Labels, Extras, and even a free set of banners — True North’s a useful toolkit for creating layouts that evoke the great outdoors and rugged lifestyles. The Script is sophisticated (of course): equipped with a wealth of ligatures and alternates, it automatically creates the feel of hand-lettering when used in OpenType environments.

Filmotype Font Revivals

We’re headed back to the 1950s with the Font Bros to revive the Filmotype catalogue! Funky brush scripts, tipsy poster lettering, sprightly fat-faces — there’s something for everyone. Our contributions faithfully restore the original designs while supercharging them with new weights, widths, and goodies like old-style figures, alternate characters, and full OpenType functionality. See ’em all at MyFonts and FontShop.


Three years after developing HealthRx’s new visual identity, we’re excited to unveil a new website to showcase our friends’ ever-expanding product line. The site was developed in tandem with software interfaces for their web-based health care and research applications.  Click the image above for a peek or here to pay HealthRx a visit yourself.

Walters Art Museum logo system

Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum enlisted us to provide typographic consultation and custom lettering as for their new identity — and to expand their logotype concept into a comprehensive branding system that includes their own typefaces, Walters Gothic andWalters Italic in a growing range of weights.  (Click image for a view of the logo system.)

UMUC Online Class Banners

One hat Chuck wears is that of full professor at University of Maryland University College where he teaches in the Communication, Arts, and Humanities program. These are a few of the banner images he developed as part of his online classroom. They appear in Kristin Cullen’s Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals.

“Hi” to visiting students — now get to work… ;-)   (Hover over image to pause.)