Dec 29, 2009


Custom type for HGTV.

Over the past six years I've slowly been working on a new font design I call "Nincompoop." When ever I get a project that comes in and the style of my type works with it, I'll create new letter forms and re-use existing characters to create my art and expand my alphabet for the font at the same time.

Such was the case with this project for Scripps Network and HGTV.

Custom type for HGTV.

Prior to the dawn of OSX I use to design fonts more often. I use to work at a design firm locally where I was responsible for designing five fonts all of which are still available through Of course my former employer owns these, but you can check each one out via the links below.

- Beat Street
- Frazzle
- Hunky Dory (Orig. name: "Scorn" AD changed it. Lame.)
- Lollygag
- Squidly (Orig. name: "Biomorphic" AD changed it. Lame.)

Over the years I've spotted my type in various places. Some usages last a few seconds, some are amusing, and others are just laughable.

When I designed the fonts above Postscript ruled the roost. But since then the Open Type format has brought a new standard for all future fonts and rightly so.

Custom type for HGTV.

I simply don't have the time to learn a whole new software application like Font Lab Studio so I'd rather focus on the creation of the letter forms and just hire out the production end. For that I'm willing to split the profits for any font developer wanting to team up. So if you know how to produce a font or know someone who does please introduce me to them.

"Nincompoop" sample.

Since Open Type allows for a lot of customization I'd create multiple variations on letterforms, ding bats, characters etc. in the final form of "Nincompoop."

But for right now I just have an Ai file I copy/paste from to create what I need.

Blend it!


girl*in*gear studio said...

Every so often I see this font around... next time I will try and snap a photo if I see it out. Nice work as usual, Von.

chank said...

hi Von! Sherwin Schwartzrock sent me. I can help. I make new OpenType fonts daily. You can see some at Maybe we can start work on your font in January... -chank

Pablo Impallari said...

I will love to help, but you are better off -for sure- in Chank hands!! His is a master in his field.

By the way, I have created my first serious font, The Lobster Font, featuring 49 ligatures and 33 final forms alternates.
You can grab it from

Your tutorials have been very helpful in learning how to draw vectors!
Thanks you, a lot, for sharing your knowledge!!!

Vonster said...


That looks great man! Good job.

If I don't hear back from Chank I'll contact you.


Joan M. Mas said...

I'll check these out. I love the casual, retro feel of these typefaces. Certainly consistent with your illustration work.

Ian Hands said...

Hello, your Nincompoop is lovely : what do you think of mine?

Vonster said...

Ian I like yours better.