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Type of a fantastic nature brings a number of characteristics, taken from
history and culture, together in exaggerated forms. First, type styles that
derive from archaic and medieval forms convey the historical sense of ritual
that is often a context for fantasy-based imagery or stories—for example,
styles associated with stone-cut capitals, or blackletter or textura forms
used in manuscript illumination and scrolls. Added to these forms, exagger-
ated details, such as cross-strokes that extend past stems, oversized serifs,
extended legs or tails, or runic or glyphic ornamentation, augment the
fantastic qualities of such faces and help them transcend mere historical
reference. Hybrid faces that mix script and sans-serif details may appear
runic or symbolic, alluding to scrolls for incantation or lost languages.
Illustrative inclusions, such as star- or diamondlike shapes, added to charac-
ters or replacing cross-strokes or marks such as tittles, bring a similarly
runic, fantastic quality. Furthermore, some organic serifs or script forms
feature highly modulated strokes and unusual junctures that lend a sense
of fairytale woodland magic. Bizarre structures in seemingly classical type
styles, or highly stylized construction overall, convey the sense of things
that are not of this world.
All things magical, mystical, occult, and fictional combine in the
fantastic—elves and monsters, magicians and seers, pixies, aliens, and
robots. Typefaces and color that embody fantasy borrow from all
these genres in literature, film, and art.
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Brand Engine
Eric Read, art director
Deborah Smith Read, designer
Sausalito [CA] USA
Fantasy
Concepts
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ITC Korigan
TM
Light
Sans Serif | Moderate
Contrast | Medium Weight |
Uncial Structure |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Darwin Normal
Serif | Medium Weight |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Linotype Gotharda
TM
Sans Serif | Bold Weight |
Condensed |
Blackletter Details |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Interrobang Serif
Serif–Sans Serif Hybrid |
Pronounced Contrast |
Condensed | Medium Weight|
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Quiver
Graphic Sans Serif | Extended |
Bold Weight |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Merlin
TM
Graphic | Erratic Weight and
Contrast | Glyphic Detail |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Concepts Fantasy
Gargoyle Black
Textura–Sans Serif Hybrid |
Bold Weight | Condensed |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Beluga
TM
LT Regular
Serif | Gothic Details |
Heavier Medium Weight |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Calligraphica Regular
Archaic–Serif Hybrid | Inline |
Pronounced Contrast |
P22 Type Foundry
www.p22.com
p22@p22.com
800.P22.5080
Tarragon
TM
Serif | Medium Weight |
Brush Detail | Condensed |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Linotype Besque
TM
Graphic | Stroke Distortion |
Pronounced Contrast |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Blue Island
TM
Serif | Lighter Medium
Weight | Moderate Contrast |
Stylized Joints |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Frances Uncial
Serif | Medium Weight |
Unicase | Erratic Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Eremaeus
Serif | Light Weight |
Moderate Contrast | Uncial
and Glyphic Details |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
Grace
TM
Serif | Light Weight |
Noticeably Condensed | Script
and Blackletter Details |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Moonstone
Stylized Serif | Condensed |
Medium Weight | Pinched
Bowls and Flared Shoulders |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
El Diablo Regular
Stylized Sans Serif |
Lighter Medium Weight |
Glyphic Details |
Garage Fonts Type Foundry
www.garagefonts.com
info@garagefonts.com
800.681.9375
Romic
TM
Medium
Serif | Bold Weight |
Noticeable Modulation |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
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Concepts Fantasy
Linotype Sangue
TM
Gothic Script | Pronounced
Contrast | Upright Posture |
Ultra Condensed Lowercase |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Yolanda Princess
Graphic Sans Serif |
Medium Weight | Decorative
Inclusions |
Device
www.devicefonts.co.uk
rianhughes@aol.com
44 (0) 7979.602.272
Visigoth
TM
Serif | Black Weight |
Pronounced Contrast | Brush
Detail | Slight Italic Posture |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Semper
TM
Roman
Serif | Medium Weight |
Moderate Contrast | Sharp
Terminals |
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
ITC Woodland
TM
Medium
Sans Serif | Medium Weight |
Cursive Influence | Modulation
Linotype Library GmbH
www.linotype.com
info@linotype.com
+49 (0) 6172 484.418
Bad Angel Sinner
Graphic | Medium Weight |
T.26 Digital Type Foundry
www.t26.com
info@t26.com
888.T26.FONT
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