Fontophile Files: Edition #8

Today I thought I’d post something a little different for Font Friday.  I love old school typography where each letter was drawn by hand without computer aid (can you imagine?).  Most vintage alphabets are really detailed and make great monograms.  The downside is that many aren’t digitized so they aren’t suited to main text on an invitation for example, but for embellished capitals or as pretty decoration they are something special.  This is one of my favorites:

I scanned it from an old book of copyright-free typographic images (yay for intellectual property law!) and vectorized it to use in our work.  I love the arrows each letter makes with all the flourishes. We will be releasing an invitation suite next week called Eros that uses this script as a monogram across the top which we can personalize for each client. And yes, like all of our new suites, this one will qualify for the free color promotion if you are the first to place an order for it.  Woo hoo for freebies!

There are many, many other old school alphabets that can be used for monograms that I will start to share intermittently in my Font Friday posts. They are just too pretty to keep all to myself!

To see more font love, visit the blogs of some of our friends: Allison at Allison Owen Design, Jen from Blush Printables, Sophia and Andre at Brancoprata, Steph from Bubblerock, Catherine from Design Editor, Laurel at Go Against the Grain, Jenny from Hank + Hunt, Allie at Honey Bee Invites, Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted, Jenna and Elizabeth from Little Bit Heart, Lauren at Palm Papers, Kerry from Super Swoon and Wendy at WesWen Design. Or find us on Twitter: #fontfriday.

xox, A

6 Comments
  • Lauren Elise
    June 3, 2011

    Wow, this is lovely! I am envisioning so much with those arrows. It could be a super fun theme to run throughout a wedding :)
    I can’t wait to see more of these vintage alphabets Alexandra!

  • Kerry {Super Swoon}
    June 3, 2011

    So beautiful!! I’ve been meaning to do this also to some books I have but I’m too lazy ;)

  • Laurel G
    June 6, 2011

    wow how cool is this!? These would be great for monograms!

  • Stephanie Moss
    June 12, 2011

    Hey there,

    You might like these as well. I am a designer who also loves typography! I found this out of print book with fonts created from floorplans The Architect who created these was named Johann Steingruber and think its pretty awesome. Thought you might like it too :)

    Here is a link: http://www.allposters.com/IMAGES/AWI/AP202.jpg

    • Alexandra
      June 12, 2011

      This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! I am in love with those letters, the architectural look is so stunning.

  • Mama - Patric
    June 15, 2011

    Hey A & C,
    I just got caught up on May and June blogs. What fun you are having creating amazing new works of art. Leaving Berkeley is a blessing and a huge transition for both of you. You two are awesome.

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