Our First Typeface is Here—Ink & Blotts

Finally we release a font! Inspired by my current reading of Harry Potter and the infamous store Flourish and Blotts, I have named the typeface Ink & Blotts. It was a typeface-related side project that lead me into creating this first font of ours.

Download the font for $10. Click here.

If you used a little too much ink on a sheet of paper, it would flow out in a similar way to how this typeface bulges around the edges. It is a handmade font, and it is supposed to look like a handmade font.

Ink & Blotts font, shown in its colors.

Presenting the font in its colors, within a blob of spilled ink.

Genesis of the font

It all started a little spontaneously. I had just made a new word for my side project Wrds, and I thought it was so nice that before I knew it I had made an entire set of letters. Inspiration grabbed me for a while, and it happened quite quickly to be honest. The hard work comes after the typeface is imported to the computer.

Ink & Blotts typeface in it's infancy

Ink & Blotts typeface in it’s infancy. The original word was “Spring” which you can see in the background.

Glyphs

Somewhere along the path I decided I would go all the way and create a finished font, so I looked for a program, and found Glyphs to be the most attractive program in every way. Here came the point of no return. I like to finish what I start.

I did not spend too much time researching alternatives—though a little, of course—but instead spent that time learning the program. As usual I was instantly frustrated with it, since it didn’t act exactly like Photoshop and Illustrator, but very soon I was into it, and I now love it. It simplifies so many steps if the process.

Glyphs all the way!

The Ink & Blotts typeface in action. Here writing a J.R.R. Tolkien poem.

“All That is Gold Does Not Glitter”. A poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, written with the Ink & Blotts typeface.

Ink & Blotts, Typeface & Font

The typeface has 233 glyphs, which means it contains the Basic Latin and Western European typesets. You can see all the characters included, and test drive the font here.

I decided to release it as part of Wrds, and sell it here, under really simple licensing terms.

All in all, it has been a good experience, and I am happy with the result. More fonts will come in the future, as I go down that road once again—I have heard that this particular road goes ever on and on.

A J.R.R. Tolkien song written with the Ink & Blotts font.

A line from one of the songs by J.R.R. Tolkien. The graphic is made exclusively by letters and symbols from the Ink & Blotts font.

The Ink & Blotts typeface with a shine, making in look like the ink has still not dried.

The Ink & Blotts typeface with a shine, making in look like the ink has still not dried.

If you are looking for a new, handmade custom font for your brand, I am happy to help with that as well.

This one was written by Benjamin Antoni

Soon reaching 10 years experience developing for the web, and have been doing various forms of graphic design since he discovered a copy of Photoshop in his brother's room a long long time ago. Mail him if you want work done.

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