I spent a good part of my childhood trying to better my handwriting to no avail as even my name is practically indecipherable when scribbling it off in a hurry. That said I appreciate beautiful script and hand-written letters, so it was with great delight I learned my friend Brian Willson is an expert of old penmanship who makes fonts based on historical documents.
The advantage of having Brian’s “hand-written” fonts has given me the ability to dress up event posters and promotional materials. They are also perfect for personalizing invitations, save-the-dates and envelopes.
I thought it would be fun to share some of Brian’s personality here since he was a creative force behind this blog and my website.
Brian created “American Scribe” after famous scribe Timothy Matlack, engrosser of the Declaration of Independence. A Texan at heart, a lot of his early fonts were based on notable Texans from the early- to mid-1800s. His favorite among those he has designed is “Lamar Pen,” from the writings of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar the 2nd president of the Republic of Texas.
In all Brian has created approximately 20 fonts, which have appeared in such places as: Dave Matthews Band CD cover art, Cheerios website, Discover Card ad, membership card for the alumni association of the University of Texas, and a current UPS ad campaign.
The license fee for each old handwriting font is $39 (a one time license fee), a pretty affordable way to create a unique identity.
To know Brian Willson is to know Texas (and Texas Longhorns football!).
While I was trying to figure out how to add a photo for my road trip post Brian got a good chuckle remembering his experience with Cadillac Ranch.
From Brian “I was actually in the big ol’ house of the guy (Stanley Marsh 3) who planted those cars out front. Some friends and I even carried Stanley’s entry in the Tri-State Fair Parade that year (three giant primary-colored letters that spelled “ART” — except we also spelled “RAT” and “TAR” occasionally). What a weird dude. As I recall his house had a monkey room and a grand piano that Van Cliburn had scratched his name into. His huge back green field had enormous billiard balls in it.”