A New Craftsman Font for the 21st Century is Released
November 23, 2010
A new craftsman font has been added to the David Occhino typeface collection.
Those who enjoy the works of the American Craftsman movement will appreciate Craftsmen, an original and exclusive Arts & Crafts typeface designed for the 21st Century.
"A handcrafted elegance and tranquility were the main goals of this design," states typographer David Occhino, who created the design. "The craftsman movement began in Britain in the late 19th Century as a cultural and artistic revolt against the automation of the Industrial Revolution," explained Occhino. "The American Craftsman movement began afterwards, and the works of architects Greene and Greene in California and the work of Gustav Stickley and were influenced by the movement."
Designed for large and small display text use, the Craftsmen font is suitable for variety of styles. "It can convey the comfort of the Bungalow style, or you can place it in a stately Art Deco layout and it works great," suggests Occhino. "Craftsmen's finely crafted typography adds a calming touch of Harvey Ellis or Frank Lloyd Wright serenity to a layout."
Craftsmen Ornaments, a companion arts and crafts font, is available separately. Occhino states "When the two designs are used together, you get true American Craftsman design synergy."
A single-user, non-commercial license for all nine styles of this new craftsman font can be purchased for $30 (USD) from the David Occhino Design FontShop. Additional information and samples can be viewed on the Craftsmen font page of the David Occhino Design website.
Craftsmen Ornaments is an Arts and Crafts font.
Occhino Releases New Ornamental Arts and Crafts Font
"This font is a treasure chest of Arts and Crafts imagery," stated artist David Occhino. Occhino created the over 100 different ornamental designs found in the software. "You'll find dozens of trees, leaves, symbols, icons, logos as well as a large number of Arts and Crafts styled bullets and text ornaments. It celebrates the simple beauty of nature."
Craftsmen Ornaments is a companion font to the Craftsmen typeface, a full-featured text typeface also released today.
Occhino is enthusiastic about his creation. "I can't wait to see what artists do with this arts and crafts font. We tried it out in the studio after I was done with it, and in a matter of minutes we created some really hot-looking logos, wordmarks, background designs, borders and wood inlay tutorial which you can see on our website."
Designers can buy a single-user, non-commercial license for Craftsmen Ornaments from the David Occhino Design FontShop for $25 (USD). Commercial licenses are also available.
Free Wood Inlay Photoshop Tutorial
Wood Inlay Photoshop Tutorial Provides Tips for Designers
The step-by-step tutorial features two recent font releases, Craftsmen and Craftsmen Ornaments by artist David Occhino. However, use of these fonts is not required and artists are encouraged to use their own designs.
Graphic artists with intermediate experience in Adobe Photoshop can use the wood inlay tutorial to create images which simulate the look of a handmade wood inlay design.
Cinema 3.0: A Classic Hollywood Typeface is Updated
October 13, 2010
David Occhino Design has released an upgrade to its popular Cinema font, a 1940s art deco design from Hollywood's Golden Age.
Many improvements and enhancements have been applied to Cinema 3.0. The character set now features over 200 glyphs including international characters, extended punctuation and other typographic and symbols. The typeface has also been improved with the refinement of the small caps design.
"Cinema was one of my first art deco display faces," remarked David Occhino, the designer of both the original version as well as the update. "I wanted this new version to be more useful, so I refined the look of the glyphs so that it works really well in longer headlines."
Users of previous versions of Cinema are encouraged to upgrade, and upgrade prices have been kept to a minimum. "We're offering a free upgrade to those who recently purchased Cinema," explained Occhino, "and those who have used Cinema for years will pay $15 or less for an upgrade." Previous users have been contacted with upgrade options.
A single-user, non-commercial license for the Cinema font can be purchased for $30 from the David Occhino Design FontShop. The typeface includes four styles, Regular, Medium, Bold and Outline. Additional information and samples can be viewed on the Cinema font page of the David Occhino Design website.
The Paris Connections movie poster.
Jackie Collins 'Paris Connections' DVD Released in the UK
David Occhino Design worked closely with New York Times bestselling novelist Jackie Collins and the executive producers at Amber Entertainment -- Ileen Maisel (The Golden Compass, Dangerous Liaisons) and Mark Ordesky (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Lawrence Elman (Team Qatar) -- to create original artwork to promote Jackie Collins: Paris Connections, Amber's first movie.
Artist David Occhino created the Paris Connections movie promotional artwork for the marketing of the film, including the background artwork, distinctive Jackie Collins wordmark and film titles. "Paris Connections has been a collaboration I am proud to be a part of, " said Collins, "and I'm so excited to have artwork by David Occhino that so fittingly represents this project."
"It was a pleasure to work with Jackie Collins and the producers at Amber Entertainment," Occhino said. "We created two different design approaches for Paris Connections. The first was a very romantic image with the Eiffel Tower and fountains and the lead characters in a dance pose; the second is an edgier, more modern design which, ultimately, worked better for the folks at Dunhumby, the UK marketing team."
Occhino will be working with Amber Entertainment in the creation of artwork for upcoming film projects. Jackie Collins: Paris Connections is being distributed in the UK by retail giant Tesco as part of an agreement with Amber Entertainment. Tesco Online and retail shops will sell the film for an exclusive period of three months. After this time period, other options may become available. In the meantime, Jackie Collins fans in the United States will need to wait to enjoy her latest film project.
Pan-Pacific is a new Art Deco font.
Pan-Pacific: An Art Deco Font Rises from the Ashes
Those who lived in the Los Angeles area will fondly remember the majestic structure near Beverly Hills. Designed and built in 1935, this Southern California landmark was perhaps the finest example of Streamline Moderne architecture. The four soaring aircraft-fin towers at its entrance were a unique architectural element which greatly influenced art deco design.
The grand, elegant structure hosted many cultural events including concerts, sporting events and presidential campaigns. But the fortunes of the building took a turn for the worse in 1972, when the larger Los Angeles Convention Center was built: the Pan-Pacific Auditorium was closed shortly thereafter. Sadly, after years of neglect, the historic landmark was damaged by several fires in the 1980s and was completely destroyed by an intense blaze in 1989.
"The loss of that historic landmark made me sad," remembers Occhino, who was teaching in California the year of the final fire. "It was a joy to be able to bring back to life the lettering that once graced the entrance to that lovely, old building."
Art deco design enthusiasts will appreciate Occhino's efforts. The Pan-Pacific typeface is an authentic, classy design featuring four elegant styles. "The Antique version is my favorite," noted Occhino. "Pan-Pacific Antique features distressed edges which simulate an elegant, hand-lettered look that looks great in art deco layouts."
A single-user, non-commercial license for the Pan-Pacific font can be purchased for $30 from the David Occhino Design FontShop. Occhino has also designed a limited-edition poster to commemorate the development of the typeface.
Space font by David Occhino.
Space Font: The '1970s Future' Redesigned for the 21st Century
May 14, 2010
David Occhino Design has released its new Space font, a futuristic design with a nod to the past. This classic space-themed look of the 1970s and 1980s has been updated with 21st century enhancements.
This bold, interplanetary space font has a modern appearance evoking a vision of the future in a adventurous, sleek manner.
Designers who add the Space font to their collection will appreciate its six styles which offer a variety of design possibilities. Unique feature includes razor-edged crossbars, squarish edges and minimalist design elements.
Explore the possibilities of Space, a space font that's truly out of this world.
Emblem is a sleek car font design.
Emblem Typeface is the First Release for 2009
January 15, 2010
Emblem is a typeface designed to evoke a sense of engineered quality and cutting edge technology. Talon-like serifs, precision-cut angles and sleek bold lines convey bold, futuristic elegance. Not surprisingly, this car font enjoys the company of fast electric automobiles and futuristic space vehicles.
Designers who add Emblem to their collection will enjoy sixteen turbocharged styles that offer hundreds (over 600) of alternate uppercase and lowercase letters. Each of the font's four main styles (Regular, Bold, Serif and Serif Bold) come in four alternate styles ranging from traditional interpretations of letters to highly stylized, ultra-modern glyphs.
A single-user, non-commercial license for the Emblem typeface can be purchased for $30 from the David Occhino Design FontShop.