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I wanted to take a classical garalde, flatten the serifs, and open the apertures a bit to create a more contemporary, 'Egyptian' style text face, almost like if Galliard and Clarendon had a child. This is what I came up with:

Right now I have just a few glyphs, but before I keep going, I wanted to check with those whose opinions I value so highly: Typophiles. Do you think think it's worth pursuing?



Greater Albion Typefounders has just released the Spillsbury family on Myfonts.com.

Spillsbury was inspired by some examples of 1920s signwriting (principally seen on the side of some vintage vans-good thing they were in a photograph and not on the move!).

Spillsbury draws inspiration from these sources to provide a unique combination of legibility and flair, which echoes the charm of advertising and publicity material from the halcyon days of the 1920s.

A basic range of four display faces os offered - Regular, Plain (not all that plain really!), Shaded and Shadowed.

Help with Hieroglyphs - A Question Needing Sage Advice.


Hello All,

I have a complex font issue with Egyptian hieroglyphs and figured someone here could shed light on the matter, or refer me on to someone else with wisdom in this area.

The issue: Egyptian hieroglyphs can be written either right-to-left or left-to-right. When they are written rtl, the font glyphs face right. When they are written ltr, they face left. This is very important. Unfortunately, the Unicode (5.2) block for Egyptian Hieroglyphs (U+13000..U+1342E) doesn't specify direction. For this reason, I cannot simply create a font with a double set of glyphs, or even two fonts (one for rtl and one for ltr). The two font solution would be fine, if not for the fact directionality would be completely lost for those using a different Egyptian font (say Aegyptus).

Slab Serif/Egyptian Typeface with a Twist

Hi! I've been searching for about an hour to find this typeface, and with no luck. It comes very close to typefaces like Adelle, but not quite right. The serif on the C, G, and S are circular instead of slabbed, which throws the trail off. The best example of it that I found is off of the Awesome Blackpool Web Design site. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance :]

Calypso E and Vinkel by Typolar


The Northern European Type Collaboration Typolar has started. Find us at www.typolar.com. Founded by type designers Saku Heinänen, Jarno Lukkarila and Teemu Ollikainen, Typolar operates from Helsinki and London.

Typolar builds on the Nordic tradition of sturdy functionalism. For us it means fresh ideas and practical results. Working closely with publishing industries has made our typefaces naturally suitable for editorial work. However, many have found them highly useful in branding and identities as well. And that’s how we like it.

(x) Very extended retro slab serif - (similar to) Hellenic Wide {Lex}

I've seen this nice light extended slab serif typeface on 50s-60s signage, parking garages, schools, libraries, and old wood type block printing, but could never identify it! It's not Adore, Memphis, Serifa, Egyptienne, Beton... but it kind of resembles an extended Stymie, especially with the pointy bottom of the "N". I used to admire it daily on my way to the A Train in Bed-Stuy on a school on Malcolm X Blvd.

thanks all,


A type style with slab serifs circa mid-to-late-19th century, a low Contrast design of uniform stroke. So-named for the fashion for Egyptian art and artefacts in Europe when Egyptian types were designed and used. Major Egyptian examples: Memphis and Serifa. Also applied to sans serif types of the same era.