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August 18, 2004


I got my regular newsletter from Scriptorium, who are busily begging people to link to them. I realised I'd never blogged about them. We love Scriptorium, who have several hundred fonts based on historical lettering. If I'm trying to produce a piece of art-with-lettering in a specific historical style, Scriptorium is the first place I go to get ideas. This year's <plokta.con> badges were done using various weights of their Captain Kidd font, and the Middle Plokta cover of Plokta used their Brandywine font.

They have free web fonts, free trial versions of many of their fonts, and the full fonts are cheap enough that it's realistic to buy them for use in fanzines and other homebrew projects. As well as the display fonts, they also have several lovely text fonts based on historical fonts; I particularly like the Morris lettering True Golden. They have some more exciting monospaced fonts than you see elsewhere, and they have fonts with wild collections of alternate characters.

As well as fonts, they sell collections of out-of-copyright images by famous designers, often linking artwork, tiled backgrounds, frames and fonts by a single designer. They also have a really neat set of fonts for designing antique maps.

Posted by Alison at August 18, 2004 09:50 AM


oh yeah, I love Scriptorium! thanks for reminding me!

Posted by: Anita Rowland at August 18, 2004 10:15 PM

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