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Mardi Gras font?
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Our firm is working on an id for a restaurant/nightclub with a New Orleans + Mardi Gras theme. While doing research, we were curious about any fonts that may have that feel or be of that location (authentic?). In other words, are there any fonts more specific to New Orleans and/or the French Quarter? Would something French be appropriate? Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

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Addison

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Mo Funky Fresh?

Seriously, anything else you can tell us about the club? Does it want to seem old and grand or new and hip? What’s the demo of the guests?

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Thanks for the help, everyone—this is the kind of stuff I was looking for. The Storm stuff went over really well, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that! Tiffany, I dig Vendome, too, but he didn’t go for it.

Stuart, does Jill Bell have a website with samples?

Tom, are you serious? It says “typography” and not “topography?”

Thanks again,
Addison

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Beautiful Jill Bellness here.

She’s a delightful person to boot. I’m sure she’s great to work with.

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>Tom, are you serious? It says “typography” and not “topography?”

Yep.

That’s got to be a typo. I think I’ll email them—wouldn’t that be cool if it is typography!

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>Tom, are you serious? It says “typography” and not “topography?”

Yep.

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Modern typography in the French Quarter is about as easy as finding type consistency in Times Square. If you want the nostalgic French Quarter look, I’d recommend something hand-lettered with lots of swashes. Ancienne and the Copeland’s restaurant (http://www.copelands.net/copelands/copeland.asp) are nice suggestions. Think Herb Lubalin’s serif logotypes with a little less structure. Regardless, those are good suggestions up top. As for logos, here’s the usual fare for the city: Fleur de Lis, crescent, and Mardi Gras masks

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You can also visit Jill’s site at: http://www.jillbell.com

Stuart :D

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The interior is the older French Quarter baroque/rococo style with a funky twist—ornate furniture, rich textures, and deep colors (at least that’s what I’m told). I’m offering help to the designer working on this, and I think he’s wanting to incorporate a mask or some other ornamental elements with the type. I feel like he’s going for something more sophisticated…

As far as I know, the client hasn’t offered any demographics.

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I’ve been in love with Baroque Text lately. When I think of funky-ornate, rich, and old, I think Baroque Text.

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I like it! It may be too ornate for the designer working on it, but I’ve passed it on anyway. Thanks for taking an interest.

-Addison

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i dunno about classy, but ravie always makes me think of mardi gras.

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maybe something a little more subtle like Vend

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y’know there is a popular New Orleans style restaurant out there called Copelands you should check out. I think they do a great job of design and branding.

Don’t get sucked into using really over the top display fonts to wrap your brand around. I’ve seen too many Mexican restaurants that use Fajita as their headline …

I think a nice Jill Bell hand lettering job would be called for. Send her an e-mail …

My 2

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Try the New Orleans State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport. At
http://neworleanswebsites.com/cat/ar/mu/mu.html it says they
have “a large relief map, 49 feet in circumference, [that]
depicts Louisiana’s typography”

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I’d turn to Storm for Funk Baroquiness.
These italics don’t mess around.

Serapion II
http://www.stormtype.com/serap.html

Slightly more regular: Regent II
http://www.stormtype.com/rege.html

Ancienne
http://www.stormtype.com/ancienne.html