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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)

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Font Friday: Harper

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s “Harper”, a sketchy hand-drawn slab serif with a lot of charm.

After the precision curves of last week’s Reina, I figured we needed to loosen up a bit… and Harper is nothing if not loose! Although that’s not to say Harper lacks in structure, with a nice sense of balance and warmth at the heart of the quirky hand-sketched characters. The font isn’t exactly packed with features compared to some, but it’s still easy to see a wide range of applications for Harper’s friendly face.

I put together a samples showing the font in use, with a little help from Watson Steel Pen, and of course the now customary musical accompaniment

Harper is the latest font from the pen of Jennifer DeAngelis Gunn from the Design 23 studio, and if you’re looking for some hand-sketched details you could do worse than spend a bit of time rooting through her other fonts!

More samples of Harper in use are available on the Design 23 MyFonts store


Fonts: Harper, VTG Watson Steel Pen