Pirate looking typography.. arrr matee..

misslaloki's picture

hi. i am designing a board game that has to do with pirates.. and that time period... does anyone have any type suggestions?

thanks!

Si_Daniels's picture

Yes, apparently Dave Nalle's fonts were used in the material/logo for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Of Myfonts other piratey fonts - http://www.myfonts.com/browse/keyword/pirate/ I like "Dead Mans Chest"

Jan Sandvik's picture

"Yes, apparently Dave Nalle’s fonts were used in the material/logo for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies."

Oh... that's where I have seen it... Not a good idea using them in a board game about pirates then.

paul d hunt's picture

perhaps you can license Rapscallion for your purposes.
Of if you want to give the kids classy, instead of cute, you might try Incognito, which was inspired by lettering on maps.

Norbert Florendo's picture

Oddly enough, about a year ago, I was doing some informal researching into "Pirate" looking typefaces and scripts for a children's poster mock-up. David Nalle's site does have several candidates besides Captain Kidd (he has a great web page on the inspiration and development of the face).

You can also find many "historic" styled faces available at The Walden Font Co.. By mixing a titling face and "handwritten" lines here and there, you can emulate an "old treasure map" look. Look at their "Divers Handes" collection for scripts.

FYI- you might contact them direct since they seem to be working on a new "Nautical Themes" collection. Maybe you can be one of the first users and be truly unique with your project.

Did you see Type Oasis Pirate & Fonts yet?

timd's picture

http://moorstation.org/typoasis/pirates/index.htm

{edit Sorry I didn't see Norbert had already posted this link}
Tim

misslaloki's picture

thanks!

Si_Daniels's picture

>Oh… that’s where I have seen it… Not a good idea using them in a board game about pirates then.

Quick mockup for the new Disney/Pixar/Apple promo for the movie...

dezcom's picture

LOL!!! Love it Si!

ChrisL

noftus's picture

LOL i love it.

Everyone just looked at me because I LOLed so loud.

mwebert's picture

Seems like a perfect use of the gorgeous Olduvai.

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Nick Shinn's picture

Terranova-- seen in the Critique section -- a work in progress but pretty far along, and the designer might let you to take it for a spin.
For really baaad pirates, FF Merlin.

Sebastian Nagel's picture

"Terranova — seen in the Critique section — a work in progress but pretty far along, and the designer might let you to take it for a spin."

:) I was just thinking "could Terra Nova be a pirate font?", and i came to the conclusion: it could. I just don't know yet whether it's applicable already in professional use, but I'll put an update there the next minutes, so you can have a look at it.
Possible problems: No bold, no italic, maybe too filigree, and never been used in productive systems yet.
Possible pros: made from a map of america from 1561 (spaniard), has titling capitals, lots of special characters (astrological, astronomical, roman numbers, ligatures, etc.).
If you want to use it, I could produce a version with merged contours and send it to you for a try.

Sebilar

Btw: Has MVB Sirenne been proposed already?
http://www.mvbfonts.com/html/fonts/sirenne/pk_sirenne_text.htm

dezcom's picture

Sebilar's Terra Nova is quite a treat. Glad someone linked it here on this thread!

ChrisL

Joe Pemberton's picture

Si, I love the Disney/Pixar/Apple dig. Perfect!

Bald Condensed's picture

MvB Gryphius, designed by Otto Trace, 2003? Hehe, nice one. :^)

pattyfab's picture

Opsmarckt

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/t26/opsmarckt/

I'm sure this is too late... didn't notice this thread first go-round

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