gothic typefaces


Gothic and Old English Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography).

Gothic — or black-letter script — was a principal model for printer’s types when printing was first invented. This impressive collection features 100 complete and royalty-free alphabets of Old English and Gothic typefaces: Blackstone, Dolbey, Germania, Caxton Initials, Munich Fraktur, and 95 more — with many lowercases, numerals, and punctuation marks.

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Happy Birthday Frederic Goudy!!  

March 8, 1865-May 11, 1947.

Mr. Goudy was a self taught typographer and printer.  During his career he developed over 100 typefaces.  His most famous being Copperplate Gothic and Goudy Old Style.

From our stacks: The Alphabet. Fifteen interpretative designs drawn and arranged with explanatory text and illustrations by Frederic W. Goudy. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1918.


Marx Design was asked to create a promotional gift pack for StrangeLove, a new organic energy elixir. The brief was to create something strange yet lovely, in the hope that bar and café owners would display it at point-of-sale.

Moving away from traditional energy drink marketing (think starbursts and garish colours), StrangeLove adopted the approach that: “Most energy drinks make you look like you’ve been kissing your cousin under the bleachers at the Parramatta Speedway. They scream premium but relentlessly hum Bon Jovi songs under their breath. Our packaging philosophy is simple – make something that people want to show their friends”.

Buoyed by this fresh approach, we wanted the design to feel eclectic and intriguing, like something you would find in an old encyclopedia or Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The design is a combination of strange and love – when the two subjects are brought together visually the design reflects this.

The imagery and illustration is quite dark and the copywriting is very funny. The whole design is a series of contrasting opposites, for example, a harsh nearly gothic typeface and then a friendly sans serif; an accident skull and a beautiful French actress.

The StrangeLove gift pack consisted of one bottle of StrangeLove ginger beer, one bottle opener complete with love heart and rat, metal straws, a cocktail straw, promotional cards about the product and a deck of illustrated playing cards illustrated by Colombian collage artist Randy Mora. The result is indeed strange but lovely.

Rihanna Named Contributing Creative Director At Stance

Rihanna is stepping into the socks business with Stance. Named contributing creative director as part of a three-year deal, the pop singer is designing socks and leading campaigns for the San Clemente, Calif.-based company. She’s also becoming one of Stance’s brand ambassadors, joining celebrities like artist Langley Fox Hemingway and former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson as the so-called “Punks and Poets.” While her first full collection for Stance won’t hit stores until fall, Rihanna is releasing two styles that she designed on the company’s Web site today. Numbered like a limited edition from one to 1,500, the crew socks come in men’s and women’s sizing at a retail price of $30. There are 1,000 of the over-the-knee style, which sells for $26. Both made of combed cotton, the designs feature sublimated prints in red, white and black of newsprint typography and vintage movie art. 

Rihanna put a personal stamp on the product by emblazoning the phrase “Bad Gal” all over the designs, which hints to her Instagram account with 22.5 million followers. She also printed her surname Fenty in a Gothic typeface on the back of the crew socks. The singer snapped up the first in the series of crew socks.

“I’ve had a great relationship with Stance for a long time and I am happy to be working with them on such a fun and creative project,” said Rihanna, whose relationship with the brand dates back to 2012, when the company custom-made socks for her cover photo shoot with Complex magazine.

The fashion gig is the latest endeavor piled onto the packed resume of the multitasking media maven, who already holds the lofty titles of global brand ambassador and women’s creative director at Puma. When not topping the music charts with tunes such as “Umbrella,” “SOS” and “B—h Better Have My Money,” the Barbados-born singer has designed for fast-fashion retailer River Island and modeled for fashion and beauty labels including MAC, Balmain and, lately, Dior. She also catapulted Guo Pei into the global spotlight after donning the Chinese designer’s golden gown with a dramatic fur-trimmed cape at this year’s Met Gala. Stance doesn’t worry about getting lost in the mix, though instead, it aims to ride the momentum to the next level. Introduced in 2012, two years after the men’s business, its women’s division makes up between 20 and 25 percent of total sales. It’s the fastest-growing group at the company, which also makes kids’ socks and plans to expand into men’s underwear this fall. For instance, Rihanna’s fall collection slated to arrive in stores in September includes a thigh-high style, a first for Stance.

“She creatively pushes the boundaries in everything she does,” said Candy Harris, senior vice president of Stance’s women’s division. “It’s nice to work with out-of-the box ideas for our brand.” Stance plans to make a strong digital ad play for Rihanna’s fall collection, which will retail from $18 to $28. Rihanna served as creative director of the fall campaign. The company usually sells its wares at retailers such as Colette, American Rag Cie, Nordstrom and, but it has yet to finalize the list of retailers that will carry Rihanna’s 18 styles for fall. Her holiday collection is due in November. There are very few women in fashion whose personal style can go from street to couture in a blink,” Harris said. “She does it with such credibility and authenticity. It makes her an original.” “This is a seminal moment for the sock category,” says Harris. “[Rihanna] is a fashion pioneer and we are excited that she has made Stance her next canvas … Together, Rihanna and Stance have the ability to take an accessory you’ve never thought about and transform it into one you can’t live without.” The print uses a Galliano-inspired newsprint paired with a Barbara Kruger-inspired red-box typography, with a name that’s a rough play on words of the Ann Lansbury classic TV series. Named “Murder Rih Wrote,” the print comes in an over-the-knee style sock and a crew-style for both men and women. We had no idea that Rihanna connected so much with Jessica Fletcher, but we’re harboring some warm-fuzzy fantasies of a five-year-old Rihanna getting cozy on the couch on a Sunday evening and flipping on CBS to this theme song. Harris said to us that Rihanna was super-involved in the process from beginning to end: “She was incredibly hands-on from the initial mood boards and inception of the collection to the design process and ultimate the final campaign shoot.” You’ll also be able to prove that you’re a bigger fan than your fellow Navys; the limited-edition socks come numbered from 1 to 1,500. We’re here to give out a “like” for whoever gets the equivalent of “first”.