Posts tagged with traditional


Another 2020 started-and-published font that came from getting into the feel of the 1930 watching Hercule Poirot.

This font is tall with wide open counters and the 8x8 has severely limited ascenders and descenders as a consequence. It is available in regular, semi bold and bold weights as well as a proportionally-optimized FZX version.

This typeface works well for titles, prose, and lists where a 1930s feel is desired.


This is a much more recent attempt to take a hand flowing form and make it look far more elegant and precise… a lot more as if it was written by a Scribe. (The font I previously called Scribe is now called Parchment as it’s far too haphazard for such a name).

This font is a 2020 creation and works surprisingly well in titles, prose and indeed lists. It would work very well for a historical text adventure and should shine on old CRT displays or emulators with CRT effects.

Bold, condensed and smaller lowercase were added later and then some inspiration hit from two further variations - an ‘Eire’ Irish inspired version and a ‘Hylean’ one taking cues from a Legend of Zelda Manga.


Artist II is the art program that got me hooked on creating fonts with its built-in font editor. I picked it up in a bundle with a mouse and interface from Datel in the 80s and could barely put it down. Artist II came with a few fonts - a bold font, a futuristic font, and most interestingly a Blackletter/Old English font that amazed me for so many years to come.

In 2019 I thought I’d try designing a blackletter, specifically the Textura style. I intentionally avoided looking at the “Old English” one from The Artist II to avoid similarities and I’m glad I did. While that font had narrow non-bold lower-case mine takes on a thicker more stand-out style. Both fonts struggle to get the necessary curves and flourishes in the capitals but with only 8x8 pixels your options are limited. It took quite some time and along the way I tried an alternative style which resulted in Scribe.

This font works pretty well for normal runs of text and prose but avoid using capital letters next to each other as the density can turn it into something quite incomprehensible.


Uncial is a style of lettering used between the 4th to 8th century by Latin and Greek scribes. As you can imagine this 2006 BASIN production had its work cut out (and a typo meant it was called Unical).

It has an old hand feel to it but not in the soft geometric way that many a Zenobi text adventure has. It’s more angular with small capitals taking the place of the odd lower case.

While the text is quite readable and works great for titles the small-caps lower-case can make large runs of text difficult to scan even if individual letters are easy to identify.