Menu Search
Jump to the content X X
SmashingConf London Avatar

We use ad-blockers as well, you know. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. our upcoming SmashingConf London, dedicated to all things web performance.

Letterhead Fonts: Typography Eye Candy

The other day, while I was sorting out and organizing my bookmarks, I ran across this site called Letterhead Fonts1. I had completely forgotten about this site and the moment I saw it, I knew I had to feature them here on Design Informer. If you like typography, then this showcase is definitely for you. [Links checked March/03/2017]

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Background Link

I contacted Chuck, the founder of Letterhead Font and asked him if I could feature the designs from his website and he graciously accepted.

Here is what Chuck had to say about Letterhead Fonts. Link

Letterhead Fonts began in October 1999 with 4 fonts.

As a sign painter who had come from a hand-lettering background, I couldn’t find the fonts I wanted – so I made them myself. Others also appreciated these styles and the website grew.

I’ve always preferred the older letters from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, so that is what I focused on most. Other artists joined me later. Today, Letterhead Fonts has 18 regular contributors (including myself) and over 300 fonts (I have removed several over the years). All of these artists are professionals in the sign and graphics industries, which gives them a unique perspective
and insight as to the balance of the letters.

The purpose of Letterhead Fonts remains the same as it was 10 years ago– to make unique, high quality fonts that serve a purpose. If it isn’t something that we would use ourselves or if it already exists, we won’t do it.

Letterhead Fonts only offers Postscript OpenType fonts. We stopped offering the horrible format of TrueType in 2007. Postscript is the only format that ensures the letters look exactly the way the original artist drew them. TrueType on the other hand, adds new points to the letters– thereby changing the shape of the letters. It’s like painting a masterpiece and then having someone Xerox it 50 times. Very frustrating.

Because we make all of our own fonts and sell them directly from our site, we can provide good customer service to our users. If anyone has a problem, we can fix the issue right away for them (or help them install the fonts or provide other technical assistance). We have our own server and a very advanced account system that keeps track of the customer’s purchases. When we release a new version of a particular font, it is automatically updated in everyone’s account so they can download it again.

Though this method of being both the creators and exclusive distributors is more work, I prefer this way of doing business over selling through a third party. Besides, who wants to give away 30-50% of their sales to someone else?

Showcase of Letterhead Font Designs Link

Here are just some of the designs that were created from Letterhead Fonts.

Please do not copy or post these images anywhere. Special permission was granted by Letterhead Fonts to Design Informer to use these designs.

Design Inspiration

Young American

Mark Whyte




Tommy Guns

Hard Luck Society





Career Club

Holiday Fest


Say Anything

TC Signs

Gold Hunt

Cowboy Poetry

Johnny Verado

To see more of the Letterhead Font designs, please make sure you visit their gallery5.

Well, thanks for viewing the Letterhead Font showcase. Do you like this vintage style typography? By the way, which one of the designs did you really like and why? Please let me know in the comments below.

One last thing, please bump and stumble this article so the rest of the design community can see these amazing designs. Thank you so much.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

Former editor in chief of Designinformer.

  1. 1

    Much appreciated Tom.

  2. 2

    Yes, they are very nice and the people over at Letterhead Fonts did an excellent job. :)

  3. 3

    Definitely check out their websites. These are just some of the excellent designs that they have and there are a lot more in their gallery.

  4. 4

    Yes, the typography in these designs are beautiful. A lot of customization in each design. I really like the old typographic style that are in these designs, reminds me of the hand-made signs from back in the day.

  5. 5

    Really great Typo stuff in this post… definitely sharing this :)

    • 6

      Thanks Edgar. I appreciate your willingness to share this post. ;)

      • 7

        Browsing in google I saw my logo “Design Inspiration” being used for something I did not approve! but now reading over the post, I am ok with the use of it. I am honored to have my logo as an example.

  6. 8

    Pretty Impressive!! .All the font designs listed here are beautiful and they really take you back in time, especially Young American, Tommy Guns and Say Anything.

    • 9

      Yes, they definitely take us back in time. The style is very unique and I actually really like it. It’s very different from the usual designs of today.

  7. 10

    Cool! I’ve had Design Informer called different things before, but never a museum. That’s kinda neat! Thanks for the compliments Josh.

  8. 11

    You are very welcome Marco. So glad you enjoyed it.

  9. 12

    They are indeed, excellent! Thanks! Keep it up with Smashing Share. You are doing a great job. :D

  10. 13

    Great Post Jad.

    All of them looks great. Awesome Collection…

    • 14

      Great? Thanks for the compliments Atul. I appreciate it. Really though, all the credit to this post should go to Chuck and the artists over at Letterhead Fonts.

  11. 15

    Very Nice selection! my fav is the Muddys Smokehouse one. Thanx!

  12. 17

    amazing typography examples for inspirations.

    • 18

      I agree! Definitely a great source of inspiration and it will definitely give any designer a good jolt of creativity.

  13. 19

    Awesome typography inspirations. Great collections. Their website takes you back in time…

    • 20

      It’s great to know that you liked it and were inspired by it. That’s the purpose of me collecting these; that hopefully, it will be a source of inspiration to designers that read the blog. :)

  14. 21

    Don Rogers @creativelydone

    January 19, 2010 12:58 pm

    Some really nice work in the post Jad. I love to see great typography work. We have used a few Letterhead Fonts in some vinyl graphic wraps I designed last summer for sign business.

    • 22

      Cool! You’ve actually used them? Glad you liked the post. It’s even better to hear that from someone who has actually worked with Letterhead Fonts.

  15. 23

    Awesome post, thanks so much for the list!

  16. 25

    Great collection of typography. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jad. :)

  17. 27

    Absolutely amazing fonts and designs. Thanks for sharing this treasure ;-). Bookmarked!

  18. 29

    No problem, Konstantin. Just wanted to give everyone some inspiration, that’s all. :D

  19. 30

    I agree with you. Out of all the designs showcased, that is by far my favorite. :)

  20. 31

    Yeah, this post will definitely kick-start your creativity on an uninspiring Tuesday morning. Thanks for the comments Shawn.

  21. 32

    No problem, I’m sure you aren’t the only one who couldn’t decide. These designs are fantastic. :D

  22. 33

    Vintage typography is actually something that I really enjoy as well. The reason for this is because these typographic creations are meticulously hand-crafted and take so much time to design. It takes some serious skill to be able to design some of these.

  23. 34

    Thanks Nikhil. I’m just grateful that Letterhead Fonts allowed me to feature their work here on Design Informer.

  24. 35

    I love typography as well. :D

  25. 36

    Thanks Melody. I always make sure to check the terms and conditions on a website before using their artwork. Saves me from that copyright stuff and legal mumbo-jumbo. :)

  26. 37

    It sure is nice to know that this post has brought inspiration to many people, including you. Keep up the good work on your daily designs.

  27. 38

    Great collection (again) :-D Favorite: Tommy Guns Salon!

  28. 39

    These are seriously cool, would love to design in this style. Probably suitable for surf too? Matt.

  29. 40

    I have followed & used LHF fonts for about 9 years now. the quality is great. The “Design Inspiration” logo you have featured on the main Typography Eyecandy is my business logo that I spent 6 months designing. You can check out my other designs at:
    I serve as a graphic designer for print shops & logo design. There is a lot of talk about “retro” type here. Yes, there is a good amount of retro styles but I believe that decorative fonts don’t all belong in that category. Especially the script styles, I use these fonts daily in my work & my portfolio shows how I use each style.


↑ Back to top