Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s “Portsmouth”, a sturdy semi-serif rich in historical character.

This isn’t the first time Portsmouth has graced these pages, with a supporting role in the logo design for Monty’s Vintage Shop a few months ago. But with some very distinctive variations and handy alternate styles, it seemed right to highlight the font in its own right.

The uppercase-only characters mean Portsmouth isn’t really intended for large expanses of text, but it’s great for injecting a quick dose of vintage flavour into a project. Although limited in character range compared to some typefaces, Portsmouth benefits from being another layered system. The combination of shadows, hatching, regular and fully-loaded version make this a font that loves a bit of colour, and is perfect for logos or signage.

I put together a suitably vintaged sample showing the font in use, with inspiration this week from the walls of The Double R Diner

More samples of Portsmouth in use are available on the Open Window MyFonts store


Fonts: Portsmouth (Open Window fonts)