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Font Friday: Bonbon

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s Bonbon, the latest swash-heavy script from the Fenotype foundry

Emil Bertell’s Fenotype font foundry is something of a star player when it comes to script fonts. The loops and swirls of the distinctive Mishka are to be found scattered around this and many other websites, and his vintage-inspired, brush-style scripts are rarely out of the best-seller lists.

Bonbon is the latest in what could almost be seen as a series of refinements on a theme, rather than distinct type families. It takes some of the wilder flourishes of many of Bertell’s fonts (hello again Mishka and Mercury) and tames them into a practical, legible display script with lots of scope for use. This isn’t of course to say that Bonbon is in any way diminished from its more overtly decorative siblings. With over 800 characters and variations available through OpenType-aware software like Photoshop and Illustrator, three weights of text, a decent ‘small caps’ selection and a set of useful ornaments, the Bonbon family is a useful addition to anyone’s font folder.

I’ve put together an example of the font in use below, and anyone from the UK who spent their formative years shouting in exasperation at the TV will know exactly what the inspiration this week was

More samples of Bonbon in use are available on the Fenotype MyFonts store, and there’s an introductory 30% discount if you’re quick!


Fonts: Bonbon (Fenotype)

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Font Friday: Savu

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s Savu, from the hand of Finnish design studio Hiekka Graphics

Sometimes you can have enough of swirls and swoops and twiddly, fancy bits in a typeface… OK, I’m fooling no-one – I can’t get enough of them. But nevertheless, sometimes you just need something simple. Step forward Savu, the latest from Ossi Gustafsson’s Hiekka Graphics. Savu is an exceptionally well-balanced hand-lettered font, with the consistency and order of a conventional sans serif but retaining just enough personality to give a warmth to the lettering. The font is available in four styles (regular, bold, condensed and condensed bold) and its simplicity means it can be combined with ribbons, badges or overlaid on photos without looking over fussy. Expect to see this one a lot in the future on food packaging, menus, adverts and websites!

I’ve put together a quick example of the font in use below, with today’s soundtrack Desperately Seeking some classic 80’s pop

More samples of Savu in use are available on the Hiekka Graphics MyFonts store, and best of all you can pick up the condensed version of the font absolutely free!


Fonts: Savu (Hiekka Graphics)

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Font Friday: Sheldon

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s Sheldon, the latest from the prolific PintassilgoPrints

A new release from the Brazilian type foundry PintassilgoPrints is always cause for celebration. Over the past few years they’ve managed to amass a consistent collection of hand-drawn typefaces with a distinctively latin twist and an effortless grasp of late-50s/early-60s print and motion typography.

Sheldon is the latest addition to the collection, and like their previous releases is a deceptively clever font, with automatic substitutions of alternative characters in OpenType software to ensure a suitably hand-finished look. Available in three weights and a heavily stylised picture font, Sheldon is extremely readable and would be great for poster and print design. Equally the font would look good at larger sizes online, although being uppercase-only would be less suited to large blocks of text.

The designers suggest Sheldon is strongly influenced by Polish poster design, but to my mind it also gives more than a slight nod to the iconic Saul Bass. Either way, the end result is all Pintassilgo.

A couple of examples of the font in use are below, and I thought we ought to go a little bit old-school today with the audio inspiration

More samples of Sheldon in use are available on the PintassilgoPrints MyFonts store, with the font currently at a special introductory price.


Fonts: Sheldon (PintassilgoPrints )

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Font Friday: Magesta Script and Wausau

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week we’re getting a little distressed with Magesta Script and Wausau.

Few type designers manage to get their letters as authentically worn and weathered as Ryan Martinson at Yellow Design Studio. From the layered grunge of Anodyne to the super-handy extras supplied with Veneer, Ryan’s warm, vintagey fonts bridge the gap between letterpress, screen-printing and digital effortlessly.

Magesta Script and Wausau have been around for a few years now, but for some reason had passed under my radar. Having had a good old play with them this week, I thought I ought to put that right!

Magesta Script comes as a set of four retro script fonts that attempt to capture the warm, authentic qualities of letterpress printing, with each weight using different levels of ink coverage. There’s also a “mix” version, which automatically swaps in different weights as you type, the resulting texture and slight misalignment giving the font realism and warmth.

In contrast Wausau is a sturdier drop-shadowed serif, taking a lead from vintage wood-type blocks. There is only one weight available for Wausau but different levels of weathering are available by switching between upper and lower-case characters, and the font keeps an eye out for double characters (e.g ‘OO’ or ‘EE’) to ensure realistic variations between letters.

As ever, this is best illustrated by example, with soundtrack this week provided by the almighty Dave

More samples of these two in use are available in the YouWorkForThem store, and if you hurry you can pick these two up at the bargain price of $9 each!


Fonts: Wausau (Yellow Design Studio), Magesta Script (Yellow Design Studio)

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Font Friday: Portsmouth

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)