Scriptorium Update #126 - Hesperides Font

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Making the Captain Kidd Font

New Fonts Available Online

Spring Specials

Will Low Borders

New Renaissance Fonts & Art Collection

FontClub Info

Hesperides is based on samples of Colonial period calligraphy. Rather than being entirely based on any one sample, some common characteristics have been emphasized to give it a more coherent and distinctive look, with the accentuated single-looped strokes on many of the characters suggesting a fully flourished style, but not going quite as far as a font like Platthand or John Speed. The ultimate effect is really striking, in the tradition of our Queensland and Allegheny fonts, but even more distinctive. The full font includes alternate versions of many of the key characters designed to reduce loop interference and add variety
To try out Hesperides for free, just follow the links from our main page at

The saga of the development of the Captain Kidd font continues. The second article carries on to the challenges of developing a more extensive character set from 8 good character samples and a number of very hard to work with and indistinct screen captures.
You can find both installments of the article article at

We've just added another slew of single fonts to our online ordering system. This time the goal was to make the Display Fonts section as complete as possible. The result is the addition of 22 more fonts, some of which are fairly obscure To get to the Display Fonts section just go to
The added fonts include:
Acadian - Lovely ornate Victorian font
Adamantine - Very dramatic heavy weight title font
Asphodel - Ornate Art Nouveau font
Atkinson Eccentric - Interesting Art Nouveau sign lettering font
Averoigne - Attractive Victorian capitals
Bad Acid - Classic psychedelic lettering font
Chambord - Attractive Victorian titling font
Circuit - Decorative font with electrical circuit patterns
Dunsany - Fantastical and dramatic lettering
Engrossing - Classic early 17th century script style
Iphegenia - Very nice classic script font
Joyeuse - Attractive Arts & Crafts titling font
Manegrim - Heavy Germanic uncial
Mayhem - Rough and demented font
Mazarin - Attractive Victorian titling font
Praitor - Unusual Roman lettering font
Primer - Reminiscent of embroidered lettering
Rousseau - Very nice Arts & Crafts font
Slither - Modern stylized title font
Tenebris - Attractive titling script
Terpsichore - Appealing script style
Vasilisa - Type in the style of Russian calligraphy
This brings the selection of single fonts on the ordering site to a pretty impressive level. Every single font isn't there yet, but we're getting much closer.

We've also put a new selection of products on special discount for the Spring season. They include some really good deals on popular items. For example, we've got the phenomenal Arthur Rackham CD reduced, plus the Celtic Fantasy package for those who have the first Celtic package and want to get the new one as well, and even an extra special deal on the Horror Fonts and Art collection because it's so very non-seasonal. There are more than a dozen sale items all together. You can find out what's on special by going to

We're working on a special new package of borders based on the designs of Will H. Low. This package isn't ready yet, but you can see some nice samples of his works from his illustrated edition of Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' on a page at
Look for this package to be ready for release in a few weeks. If it goes well we may even include a font based on his lettering.

We're slowly filling in the gaps in our chronologically based historical fonts collection, and this time we have a key entry which many have been anticipating.
The Renaissance saw the development of new lettering styles which combined rediscovered Roman period calligraphy with the needs of a very active literary community for efficient, readable scripts. The result was the move away from medieval gothic lettering to the humanistic forms which are the ancestors of modern handwriting.
Our Renaissance fonts collection features 10 fonts based on lettering styles of the period, from humanistic and Italian cursives to formal Roman styles. It also includes a set of Renaissance decorative initials, and as a bonus a collection of Renaissance frames and borders by Evelyn Paul. Alltogether this makes it just what you need to create documents with a Renaissance look.
The Renaissance package is available at a reduced price for a limited time. To check it out and see samples of the fonts and the frames and borders, go to

A lot of people seem to like the idea of getting the full versions of all our new featured fonts as they're released. You can join the Font Club too, and get new fonts every two weeks, plus a bonus font for joining. You can get all the info at
We're also offering a special package deal. If you order the new release of our complete fonts CD you can get a one year Font Club membership thrown in for only $20 more. That's a holiday treat that's hard to pass up. Just go to

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