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Font Friday: Insolente

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s the stylish scrawl of Insolente

Handwriting fonts can be difficult to get right sometimes. Too often you can find yourself in the realms of cheesy marker-pen style scripts, with shapes that repeat too often to appear natural and an unrealistic flow. Parisienne design house La Goupil have been featured here before a couple of times but for good reason, as they always manage to get the organic look spot on without seeming forced. Their latest typeface Insolente is a perfect example of a successful handwriting font – heavily stylised, full of character, but still perfectly readable and more usable than it may at first appear. Some subtle OpenType ligatures stop things looking too regular, and the associated set of alternates allow for some neat flourishes on the start and end of lines.

Inspiration this week comes in equal parts from wishful thinking about sunnier days, and Sofia Coppola’s understated study on being somewhere else

Regular and alternate versions of Insolente are available to buy from La Goupil’s MyFonts store, along with more examples of the font in use.


Fonts: Insolente (La Goupil)
Photo: Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand (own collection)

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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

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Font Friday: Papercute

Font Friday is a series of posts showcasing new or interesting fonts that have caught my eye this week. This week it’s “Papercute”, a hand-drawn font inspired by paper cutting, with plenty of hipster appeal

Papercute is far removed from last week’s Trend Slab. Where that font was clean and precise, the hand-styled Papercute is irregular and slightly wonky with lots of charm. La Goupil are the Parisienne design house behind Papercute, and are also behind the “Paris” font used on these orders of service from last year. The font doesn’t need OpenType software to get the best out of it, with slight variations available simply by switching between upper and lower case. It also has a handy set of ornaments to complete the picture.

I put together a quick sample showing Papercute in use, with thanks to winsome indie-types Belle & Sebastian for the words:

Papercute is available to buy for just $7, with the ornaments priced the same.

More samples of Papercute in use are available on the La Goupil MyFonts store


Fonts: Papercute, Papercute Ornaments
Photo: Joanna Star Stock on Deviantart