Announcing Engine Nine, a new typeface from Delve Fonts

The Power of the Engine

Victorian revivals and inspirations often seize on the period’s tendency toward florid decoration. However, the times were also the final surge of the industrial revolution, a time that witnessed the ultimate development in steam, diesel and oil: engines of all kinds. Engine Nine captures the nitty-gritty of a hard-boned indomitable age, boundless in its faith in the technologies of iron and steel, tempered by half-remembered neo-classical details such as the verticality of neo-gothic windows, and finely detailed finials. It’s all here in the brute strength of the verticals, the blackness of the tight setting, the contrasting delicacy of the terminal serifs.

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Steven Skaggs designed Engine Nine as a typeface to be tinkered with. Convert it to outlines, pull the verticals and horizontals, pack it tight, and a headline becomes a logotype. Engine Nine can pump like a line of pistons, turn like a turbine, or use it with discretion as a drop cap with a contrasting neoclassical like Century and you get an immediate boost of horsepower. Anyway you drive it, Engine Nine produces a riveting experience for the viewer.

Steven Skaggs studied calligraphy and typography under Hermann Zapf. His calligraphic artworks are in the collections of the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach Germany, the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry in Miami, and the Akademie der Künst, Berlin. He has been active giving workshops and teaching throughout the United States as well as Canada, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Steven Skaggs lives in Louisville, Kentucky where he is Professor of Design at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville.

Delve Fonts is a full-service type foundry in Alameda, CA offering new, original typefaces and type design services including: Custom Type Design, Foreign Language Fonts, fonts for Games, Apps, and Mobile Devices.

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