see also WPA Gothic Deco by Stewf, and WPA Gothic Hebrew by JH34, and Alternate Gothic by JH34, and buzzcola by BUZZCOLA
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The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) was the largest agency of FDR's "New Deal", employing millions of people. Over 2,000 posters were produced by the W.P.A. to raise awareness and support the arts.
I have a lot of admiration for these posters and a style of sign painters' lettering (sometimes called “gas-pipe”) that was common in the U.S. during the 1930s-'40s. WPA Gothic gets much of its inspiration from this poster in particular. This FontStruction stays true to the sample’s simple letterforms, but the FontStruct grid does present a few limitations. For more refined typefaces in this style check out Futura Display, FF Moderne Gothics, Refrigerator, and MVB Solano Gothic by some of my favorite type designers, two of which (Van Bronkhorst and Parkinson) are East Bay natives.
WPA Gothic has a few alternate glyphs hanging out in the Extended Latin slots with more to come.
To get a look at the typeface outside the confines of the FontStruct sampler, here's a sample poster.
May 25, 2008: Released a variation with low-waisted "deco" caps.
I love this font. Too bad that support for most extra latin characters is missing. Besides that, it's perfect. :)
Thanks, galo. Diacritics are on the way. Check again later this week.
Very pro font, i like it!
Gorgeous typeface! Would you mind if i try to add cyrillic alphabet?
Please do, Anton. You certainly would do a better job than I. All I ask is that you name it WPA Gothic Cyrillic.
Thanks, Stewf! I’ll name it as you wish :)
I like this one lot. Thank you Stewf.
Diacritics added. Western language support complete.
Great work, Stewfer! Until now I was only familiar with the results of another New Deal program, the Farm Security Administration (FSA). I love this font and the posters that inspired it! Thanks for all of the links, too!
I like WPA Gothic with those alternates
Just amazing...10 points! (artwork too...it has that WPA "feeling" and its so...funny!)
I´m working on a type from a poster of Jerome Roth (1936 WPA) too...
Heads of State used WPA Gothic on a book cover. Yay.
And customized it for the new Brokelyn.com?
Congratulations Stewf. That's great to see. Is this "State By State" cover for the paperback edition? I own the hard cover version which sports a different design.
Yes, it's the new paperback edition.
Congratulations on the use of your font, WPA Gothic, on the cover of "State by State." This is a wonderful achievement and adds additional legitimacy to fonts created here at Fontstruct; as well as the typographers who continue to passionately and arduously strive to make something significant from these simple little bricks. Salute.
Congratulations Stewf - how satisfying to see one's work in print :)
Love that cover, but isn't that a violation of your CC license? I only because I've avoided using FontStruct faces with similar licenses in the past and if I'm mistaken and can use them I'd love to know.
You're right, Spencer! I forgot I selected Non-commercial on this one. It would have been nice for the designers to contact me first.
Hi stewf - I am a pro musician with a graphic design background. I love this font, the guy I use for design proposed using your font, and it was the only thing close to what I wanted. Now that I understand a little more of the history that informs it, I know we couldn't have chosen a more perfect font!
I guess Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licenses still mean very little for many "graphic Designers"...
Well at least the client thanks you for it :)
Nice Font by the way!
More WPA Gothic in use.
@Stewf: In honor of these cool new editions of “WPA Gothic Gone Wild” (found in the wild, that is), I have made a 2.0-enabled clone to demonstrate some useful qualities of composite bricks. Let me know what you think : )
Probably my favorite WPA Gothic use so far: No Coast Craft-o-rama poster by Aesthetic Apparatus
Beautifully crafted Stewf... I plan on using this on one of my class assignment if you don't mind.
Sure, djunglist. Go ahead. And share what you've done here in this thread!
Hi. Beautiful font. How may I contact you about using this font?
Hi there. A message here on Fontstruct will work fine. Or contact me via the form at StephenColes.org.
Beautiful font! Thank you!
Another use, for San Francisco tea shop Boba Guys.
- Loosened overall spacing by 50%. This is better for most uses and helps compensate for the lack of kerning.
- Somehow I missed the sharp corner on the uppercase ‘L’. This is now fixed to a more appropriate rounded corner. Reduced the length of the horizontal stroke.
- Lengthened terminals on ‘C’.
- Rounded corners on upper and lowercase ‘Z’s. They are still crappy.
- Lowercase ‘r’ glyphs are now more narrow with less right side bearing.
- Brought in the side bearings of other glyphs.
Every word creates a continuous line that runs over the top and bottom of letters, looping at their connections. An ingenious and winning interpretation of the “Connected Script” competition.
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