In the course of work as a prop designer for games, movies and TV, I often need fonts that accurately replicate the look of older, non-digital printing technologies.
When I can't find them, I make them myself.
Over the years, I have amassed a considerable collection of these homemade vintage fonts, and recently internet visitors have asked to purchase some of them. I am now making them available online under the name E-phemera Fonts through the website myfonts.com and through Font Brothers at www.fontbros.com
A collection of my fonts was recently featured in the compendium Indie Fonts 3, published by Rockport. The book is available in stores and online at Amazon. It's full of wonderful fonts by a wide variety of designers, in whose company I am most proud to be seen.
My fonts have also been mentioned in the January-February issue of The Atlantic, in a column by Virginia Postrel entitled "Playing to Type."
Recently, a Glendale College student named Grant McKaskle interviewed me for a midterm project in a typography class he was taking. Inspired by the excellent Gary Hustwit documentary film Helvetica, he produced a short interview video, and he's graciously permitted me to post it here. Click below to watch it.
E-phemera fonts are meant to revive type from years gone by in a way which captures the feeling of pre-digital printing technology. "Ephemera" is a term used to describe all manner of printed items which were not intended to last very long: pamphlets, circulars, dance cards, tickets, and the like. E-phemera fonts are inspired by this old printed and hand-lettered material, and are usually designed a little rough and a little irregular, in deliberate defiance of the crisp perfection and merciless uniformity of modern digital fonts. Multiple letterforms and ligatures are provided, when possible and practical. As a user of fonts myself, I believe in keeping prices low and license terms generous. Although I love computers and wouldn't do without them, I also wish to remember and celebrate the days when every letter was an individual piece of metal or wood, and not just a collection of BCP data.
Print, they say, is dead. Long live print!
I am always adding more fonts to this collection.
For a lot more fonts and digital prop documents right now, visit my other site.