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New font: dearJoe 7

The dearJoe series of fonts came to life around the year 1999, when I created dearJoe 1, which was a first (and half-assed) attempt to convert my own handwriting into a working font. Being able to type in my own hand had always been a childhood fantasy, and even though I only partly understood the software, a working font was generated and I decided to put it on the internet for people to use in their own personal projects.
Which they did: at this moment the dearJoe 1 font has been downloaded millions of times and can be found on Vietnamese riksjas, Tasmanian gyms and chocolate stores on 5th Avenue for instance.
The font is not something I am particularly proud of, but it started me of in building what’s now the JOEBOB graphics foundry.
Inbetween creating other fonts, the dearJoe series has become a theme I revisit every once in a while, trying to create an update on how my handwriting has evolved, along with my abilities in creating fonts that mimic actual handwriting. In the last decade or so I started implementing ligatures and alternate characters, which helped a lot in coming to a result that can almost pass for actual handwriting.

The 2019 dearJoe 7 font is the latest addition to this font family.
All characters were scanned from handwritten notes, cherrypicking the characters and letter-combinations I liked best. They were written with a Lamy M66 B pen and only minor adjustments were made to the original scans, leaving most little flaws and rough edges as they were for a convincing ball-point on paper result.
The font comes with over 150 ligatures, making sure the font has a variated and credible overall look and feel and you can buy your own copy here: dearJoe 7

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Tim Hortons

For Canadian company Tim Hortons we created a custom typeface, based upon our Quintus font. They wanted us to give the font a greasy, brushy feel, thus mimicking the writing of a wax pen on glass coffee pots. The original typeface was expanded with alternate characters, drop caps and several symbols.

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New font: CAPUT

Sometimes restrictions can be fun! Creating a typeface consisting of only capitals and giving it the appearance of a handwritten font, was both challenging and rewarding. Written with a soft pencil, the resulting structure fits in with the quirky and raw look of the typeface. It’s very suitable for headlines, posters and packaging design. Check it out yourself

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New font! ‘blackHand’

Finally the time has come to publish our new ‘BlackHand’ font. It is a bold and upright handwritten font featuring 150 ligatures, which make for a credible handwritten look and feel. The ligatures will appear quasi random without the user having to search for the right alternate character in a list of glyphs.
As you will notice, the font does well in both headers (it even has an ‘instant logo’ quality) and in plain text.
The font finds it’s origin in handwritten notes which were done without paying attention to aesthetics. The regular characters and the ligatures were handpicked to form an organic and natural, very readable result.
The original writing was done with an Edding© 1340 brushpen, giving the font frivolous thick/ thin strokes. We hope you enjoy using the font as much as we did creating it. You can check it out, give it a test run and even buy your own copy here: blackHand