Four featured fonts from JTD - Garvis Pro, Essones, Gastromond, and Cresta

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Fontspring: Underlined Newsletter | August 31, 2017

JTD - Classic Styles With Modern Refinement

JTD Poster

Today in our bonus edition of Underlined, we’d like to reintroduce you to a Philadelphia-based type designer, James Todd. James only has four retail font families on the market, but each one is an excellent example of the genre it typifies.

Garvis Pro Poster
Garvis Pro Sample Text

Garvis Pro was released a few years ago, and had the distinction of being one of our best sellers. It’s a serif that draws inspiration from turn of the century forms and still holds up in modern designs. It reads well in large and small print, making it ideal for both book cover design as well as inside text.

Essonnes Poster
JTD Sample Text

Essonnes functions in a similar way. It’s a modern take on the didone style and its elegance stands out as a large display and still holds up beautifully in longer paragraphs. James emphasizes this by providing text and display weights, adjusting contrast and overall feel.

Gastromond Poster
Gastromond Sample Text

Gastromond, like many fat typefaces, exudes a “I'm here to have fun” vibe. Not many attempt to pull a display face out of this type classification, but James makes it look easy. We find the italics particularly delightful, and downright eye-candy when you turn on the swashes.

Cresta Poster
Cresta Sample Text

For all of you sans addicts, there’s Cresta. Unlike James’ other fonts, this one was built without a reference or style he was trying to modernize. Instead, he created the workhorse sans he needed. The result is a 12 font family, which gives you enough options to pick from without overwhelming you. With clean lines and a high x-height, you can put it just about anywhere you want and it’ll look perfect.

Cresta Poster

He is not prolific. He does not rush. But he is good. Really, really good. Take a look and come back when you are ready. You don’t buy a James Todd font on impulse. Instead you wait until you need the quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail to perfect the design you worked so hard to make sparkle.

Grab any of these font families for a great price!

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