Trendy Brush fonts

Fonts with shapes and textures that simulate varieties of brush lettering sometimes include alternates, ligatures, swashes and spatters that enhance the illusion. Because paint or ink isn’t one flat color, watercolor texture or radial gradient completes the look. Here, examples of square, round, and pointed brushes: Rusty Cola Pen ~ Billy Ohio ~ Brillig Earth […]

Steampunk Graphics

The Steampunk community, those enjoying role-playing fantasy set in a bygone era, is still popular. This graphic displays a few of the antique styles that might appear on 19th-century calling-cards, business cards, invitations, announcements, advertisements, and personal correspondence. Steampunk lit focuses on early technological, scientific and industrial advances – including time travel, of course! –  so […]

Trendy titling

Pictured, three books from the library, different authors and publishers, dated 2014-2015. They all display large, messy brush scripts on the cover. So is this a titling trend? Handmade-looking scripts are in vogue at the moment. See Eccentric Pen-and-ink and Rough Brush. Sometimes a trendy type is irresistible to a graphic designer, but not necessarily […]

Birthday Invitation

A photograph showing through a type element’s counter (enclosed negative space) is an unexpected frame for it. A banner calls attention to the title. Display font is “Tuesday Night” by PintassilgoPrints. The icons create a frame for the whole and convey an impression of the event at a glance! Placing the subtext in a separate […]

Typography – Eccentric pen & ink

Professional fonts that simulate hand-inked script from a metal-nib fountain pen are wildly popular today (example  left, Juliette). These fonts include alternative glyphs and ligatures to avoid repetition, plus optional swashes and flourishes. Many  have feminine names to reflect their girlish adorableness. (I purchase fonts from An uneven baseline and letters that tilt in […]

Typography – Rough brush

Thick brush script is always popular, but it varies. Smooth, refined, and creamy brush script is everywhere (food labels, sports teams), but rough brush is trendy at the moment: brush lettering that appears to be hand-drawn. (See my post on eccentric hand-inked script.) Naturally, this lends itself to irregular and eccentric letterforms. Those may communicate […]