The Anatomy of a User Guide

A User Guide (available for preview prior to purchasing a license and included in your download) is the best way to preview everything that's included in a typeface. From OpenType features, swashes, alternates, language support, technical details and more, the User Guide dives into the complete details of what you can expect to find, along with ideas and examples of how to use various features of the fonts. more

Lettering Guides

Printable lettering guides! Print these out to put underneath a sheet of paper for letter practice or projects, or use the gray line guides for lettering directly onto the paper. I've included lined sheets, grids and dot grid guides. more

Type Anatomy

Having a set vocabulary of terms makes it easier to discuss type and lettering. Otherwise, the conversation can get kinda confusing. For example, “You know, that little curly thingy that sits on the top right part of the lowercase g?” Um... what? Let's replace that with, “the ear of the g.” Much better—now we're talking! more

Typography Resources

Links to articles and videos about: How-to, Font Management, Selecting & Pairing Type, History of Type, Classification, Anatomy, Identification, Education, Conferences, Literature, Online Resources, Who to Follow more

Type Design Resources

Links to articles and videos about: How-To, Software, OpenType, Rendering, Education, Conferences & Workshops, Meet-ups, Famous in Type, Forums, Services more

Lettering Resources

Links to articles and videos about: How-To, Professionals, Software, Supplies, Education, Workshops, Conferences, Literature, Videos & Interviews more

Accessing swashes, alternates, ornaments and special characters

This is the question I get asked the most — how do I find the swashes in the fonts shown in the promotional images? Some of my fonts, particularly script fonts, may offer dozens of versions of the same letter, such as the letter y, but there's only one letter y on your keyboard... so where are these super fancy swashy letters located and how do you get them into your design? Here are some answers for you! more

How to Use Frames

Frames are a sets of highly customizable elements offering a multitude of approaches to creating frames of any width, height, and style. Frames can be created with simple keystrokes can be created with simple keystrokes or through direct selection from the Type Tester, a glyphs palette or a utility (more info). Use them for corner elements, borders, or to make an actual frame. Frames are available in the Adorn Collection, Adorn Smooth Collection, Boucherie and Charcuterie. more

Interview with Font Bundles

This Q&A answers some of my most frequently asked questions. I reveal the origin of my interest in fonts, the challenges of font creation, how long it takes to create a font, the creative uses of my fonts, PUA encoding and its importance, and advice for font designers. Want to know how I spend my spare time? Then, read on! more

Besotted: All About Calligraphy Pt.1

Besotted offers a wealth of creative resources and inspiration on their website including interviews with designers like myself. In part one of this interview, I reveal why I became interested in lettering, my favorite supplies, and my inspirations. more

The Power of Words

I realized in high school drama class, how powerful language really is and how powerful what we say is to others. I taught a Brush Lettering course series for Creative Live; this article includes my video explaining and demonstrating the expressiveness of brush lettering. more

Democratizing Fonts with PUA Encoding

Who buys fonts and why? In this lively discussion, Thomas Jockin and I discuss how the casual user audience has affected the font industry. Die-cutting machines, marketplaces like Etsy, and the wedding industry all contribute to the growing interest in custom fonts. Educating casual users on Private Use Area (PUA) encoding and OpenType also allows casual users to use advanced features that were previously only available in professional level software. more

The Future of Type

I received an invitation from The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) along with panelists Jessica Hische, Ellen Lupton, Nick Sherman, to come together for a webcast discussing the latest issues in the world of type. This article reveals the the top ten insights for “The Future of Type.” more