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WPA Gothic

 
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WPA Gothic
  • Currently 7.48776
7.5Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.5%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.5%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 50 votes
Last edit: 15.10.2013
Category: Sans Serif
1611 downloads1611%20downloads161135 comments35%20comments35206 glyphs206%20glyphs206A favorite of 64 usersA%20favorite%20of%2064%20users64This font is a free download, but some use is prohibited without contacting me first. Please abide by the license! Thanks.

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.This%20font%20is%20a%20free%20download%2C%20but%20some%20use%20is%20prohibited%20without%20contacting%20me%20first.%20Please%20abide%20by%20the%20license%21%20Thanks.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cp%3EThe%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FWorks_Progress_Administration%22%3EWorks%20Progress%20Administration%3C%2Fa%3E%20%28W.P.A.%29%20was%20the%20largest%20agency%20of%20FDR%27s%20%26quot%3BNew%20Deal%26quot%3B%2C%20employing%20millions%20of%20people.%20Over%202%2C000%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fmemory.loc.gov%2Fammem%2Fwpaposters%2Fwpahome.html%22%3Eposters%3C%2Fa%3E%20were%20produced%20by%20the%20W.P.A.%20to%20raise%20awareness%20and%20support%20the%20arts.%3C%2Fp%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cp%3EI%20have%20a%20lot%20of%20admiration%20for%20these%20posters%20and%20a%20style%20of%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fsearch%2F%3Fq%3Dsignpaintersgothic%26amp%3Bw%3Dall%22%3Esign%20painters%27%20lettering%3C%2Fa%3E%20%28sometimes%20called%20%E2%80%9C%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fpinterest.com%2Fstewf%2Flettering-gas-pipe%2F%22%3Egas-pipe%3C%2Fa%3E%E2%80%9D%29%20that%20was%20common%20in%20the%20U.S.%20during%20the%201930s-%2740s.%20WPA%20Gothic%20gets%20much%20of%20its%20inspiration%20from%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.loc.gov%2Fpictures%2Fresource%2Fcph.3f05175%2F%3Fco%3Dwpapos%22%3Ethis%20poster%3C%2Fa%3E%20in%20particular.%20This%20FontStruction%20stays%20true%20to%20the%20sample%E2%80%99s%20simple%20letterforms%2C%20but%20the%20FontStruct%20grid%20does%20present%20a%20few%20limitations.%20For%20more%20refined%20typefaces%20in%20this%20style%20check%20out%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fontshop.com%2Fsearch%2F%3Fq%3Dfutura%2Bdisplay%26affid%3D99346%22%3EFutura%20Display%3C%2Fa%3E%2C%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fontshop.com%2Ffonts%2Fdownloads%2Ffontfont%2Fff_moderne_gothics%2F%3Faffid%3D99346%22%3EFF%20Moderne%20Gothics%3C%2Fa%3E%2C%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fontshop.com%2Ffonts%2Fdownloads%2Fmark_simonson_studio%2Frefrigerator_deluxe_family_ot%2Fmix%3Faffid%3D99346%22%3ERefrigerator%3C%2Fa%3E%2C%20and%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fontshop.com%2Ffonts%2Fdownloads%2Fmvb_fonts%2Fmvb_solano_gothic_retro_family_pack_ot%2Fot_ps%3Faffid%3D99346%22%3EMVB%20Solano%20Gothic%3C%2Fa%3E%20by%20some%20of%20my%20favorite%20type%20designers%2C%20two%20of%20which%20%28Van%20Bronkhorst%20and%20Parkinson%29%20are%20East%20Bay%20natives.%3C%2Fp%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cp%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2F14740%22%3EWPA%20Gothic%3C%2Fa%3E%20has%20a%20few%20alternate%20glyphs%20hanging%20out%20in%20the%20Extended%20Latin%20slots%20with%20more%20to%20come.%3C%2Fp%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cp%3ETo%20get%20a%20look%20at%20the%20typeface%20outside%20the%20confines%20of%20the%20FontStruct%20sampler%2C%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fstewf%2F2485428971%2F%22%3Ehere%27s%20a%20sample%20poster%3C%2Fa%3E.%3C%2Fp%3E%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3EMay%2025%2C%202008%3A%3C%2Fstrong%3E%20Released%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2F53157%22%3Ea%20variation%3C%2Fa%3E%20with%20low-waisted%20%22deco%22%20caps.%3C%2Fp%3E

Morricone

 
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Morricone
  • Currently 7.00167
7.0Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.0%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.0%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 30 votes
Last edit: 23.06.2009
Category: Display
276 downloads276%20downloads27617 comments17%20comments1749 glyphs49%20glyphs49A favorite of 4 usersA%20favorite%20of%204%20users4Named for the composer of music for Sergio Leone's "Spaghetti Westerns".

Steeper diagonals achieved by setting vertical scaling to 2. Alternate A, V, and W with overshooting apexes. Alt S without serifs. Figures on the way.

Still needs work, especially on the K and Z. Suggestions welcome.
Here's a showing.Named%20for%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.imdb.com%2Fname%2Fnm0001553%2Fbio%22%3Ethe%20composer%3C%2Fa%3E%20of%20music%20for%20Sergio%20Leone%27s%20%22Spaghetti%20Westerns%22.%0D%0A%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%0D%0ASteeper%20diagonals%20achieved%20by%20setting%20vertical%20scaling%20to%202.%20Alternate%20A%2C%20V%2C%20and%20W%20with%20overshooting%20apexes.%20Alt%20S%20without%20serifs.%20Figures%20on%20the%20way.%0D%0A%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%0D%0AStill%20needs%20work%2C%20especially%20on%20the%20K%20and%20Z.%20Suggestions%20welcome.%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%0D%0A%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fstewf%2F2430774438%2F%22%3EHere%27s%20a%20showing.%3C%2Fa%3E

Pebble

 
 
Pebble
  • Currently 7.13415
7.1Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.1%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.1%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 12 votes
Last edit: 23.06.2009
Tags: Rounded
Category: Display
54 downloads54%20downloads542 comments2%20comments226 glyphs26%20glyphs26AKA ladybug AKA basicaAKA%20ladybug%20AKA%20basica

Varsity

 
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Varsity
  • Currently 7.31271
7.3Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.3%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.3%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 48 votes
Last edit: 23.06.2009
Category: Display
791 downloads791%20downloads7916 comments6%20comments692 glyphs92%20glyphs92A favorite of 2 usersA%20favorite%20of%202%20users2An athletic slab for jerseys, letterman jackets, giant hillside letters, ball caps, or launching your own line of trendy teen apparel.

All caps. Some (generally wider) alternates in the lowercase slots. Figures on the way.

Other, more refined fonts in this style include Princetown and Yearbook.An%20athletic%20slab%20for%20jerseys%2C%20letterman%20jackets%2C%20giant%20hillside%20letters%2C%20ball%20caps%2C%20or%20launching%20your%20own%20line%20of%20trendy%20teen%20apparel.%0D%0A%0D%0AAll%20caps.%20Some%20%28generally%20wider%29%20alternates%20in%20the%20lowercase%20slots.%20Figures%20on%20the%20way.%0D%0A%0D%0AOther%2C%20more%20refined%20fonts%20in%20this%20style%20include%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fontshop.com%2Ffonts%2Fsingles%2Fitc%2Fprincetown_std_plain%2F%22%3EPrincetown%3C%2Fa%3E%20and%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fontshop.com%2Ffonts%2Fdownloads%2Fcreative_alliance%2Fyearbook%2F%22%3EYearbook%3C%2Fa%3E.

Eerostyle

 
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Eerostyle
  • Currently 6.73409
6.7Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E6.7%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E6.7%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 45 votes
Last edit: 23.06.2009
Category: Sans Serif
903 downloads903%20downloads90314 comments14%20comments1478 glyphs78%20glyphs78A favorite of 17 usersA%20favorite%20of%2017%20users17Derived from the rounded rectangle of mid-century furniture and architectural design, a pioneer of which was Eero Saarinen.

See a specimen.Derived%20from%20the%20rounded%20rectangle%20of%20mid-century%20furniture%20and%20architectural%20design%2C%20a%20pioneer%20of%20which%20was%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fgroups%2F82616059%40N00%2F%22%3EEero%20Saarinen%3C%2Fa%3E.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fstewf%2F2400944543%2F%22%3ESee%20a%20specimen.%3C%2Fa%3E

WPA Gothic Deco

 
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WPA Gothic Deco
  • Currently 7.4076
7.4Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.4%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.4%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 36 votes
Last edit: 23.06.2009
Category: Display
713 downloads713%20downloads7133 comments3%20comments3121 glyphs121%20glyphs121A favorite of 26 usersA%20favorite%20of%2026%20users26Caps from WPA Gothic in a low-waisted "deco" style.Caps%20from%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2Fwpa_gothic%22%3EWPA%20Gothic%3C%2Fa%3E%20in%20a%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Ftags%2Flowwaistedletters%2F%22%3Elow-waisted%3C%2Fa%3E%20%22deco%22%20style.

Leaflet Stem

 
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Leaflet Stem
  • Currently 7.08973
7.1Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.1%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.0%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 20 votes
Last edit: 22.06.2009
Category: Display
741 downloads741%20downloads7413 comments3%20comments338 glyphs38%20glyphs38A favorite of 22 usersA%20favorite%20of%2022%20users22With thanks to simple-deux for the idea of a vertical gap.


See the entire Leaflet Family.With%20thanks%20to%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2Fsimple_deux_1%22%3Esimple-deux%3C%2Fa%3E%20for%20the%20idea%20of%20a%20vertical%20gap.%0D%0A%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Fgallery%2F2%2Fall%2Fhighest_rated%2F0%2Fleaflet%22%3ESee%20the%20entire%20Leaflet%20Family.%3C%2Fa%3E

Leaflet

 
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Leaflet
  • Currently 6.49585
6.5Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E6.5%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E6.4%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 24 votes
Last edit: 16.06.2009
Category: Display
567 downloads567%20downloads56738 glyphs38%20glyphs38A favorite of 1 userA%20favorite%20of%201%20user1A tender little geometric thing, inspired in equal parts by nature and the Bauhaus. Lowercase only for now.

A variation that reveals the bricks is also available.


Now more variations. See the Leaflet Family.A%20tender%20little%20geometric%20thing%2C%20inspired%20in%20equal%20parts%20by%20nature%20and%20the%20Bauhaus.%20Lowercase%20only%20for%20now.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2Fleaflet_gap%22%3EA%20variation%3C%2Fa%3E%20that%20reveals%20the%20bricks%20is%20also%20available.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%0D%0ANow%20more%20variations.%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Fgallery%2F2%2Fall%2Fhighest_rated%2F0%2Fleaflet%22%3ESee%20the%20Leaflet%20Family.%3C%2Fa%3E

MinimalBloc Gap

 
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MinimalBloc Gap
  • Currently 6.84395
6.8Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E6.8%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E6.8%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 47 votes
Cloned from MinimalBlocCloned from MinimalBloc
Last edit: 16.06.2009
Tags: Simple, 3x2
Category: Display
900 downloads900%20downloads9003 comments3%20comments379 glyphs79%20glyphs79A favorite of 2 usersA%20favorite%20of%202%20users2Cloned from Pierre's MinimalBloc to better emulate his charming wooden original.Cloned%20from%20Pierre%27s%20MinimalBloc%20to%20better%20emulate%20his%20charming%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.super-script.com%2Ftypo-minimal.html%22%3Ewooden%20original%3C%2Fa%3E.

Leaflet Gap

 
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Leaflet Gap
  • Currently 7.68677
7.7Balanced%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22weighted_value%22%3E7.7%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EAverage%20Rating%3A%20%3Cb%20class%3D%22rating_value%22%3E7.7%3C%2Fb%3E%3Cbr%2F%3EClick%20for%20more%20information%20about%20this%20rating. 100 votes
Last edit: 15.06.2009
Category: Display
2524 downloads2524%20downloads252417 comments17%20comments1738 glyphs38%20glyphs38A favorite of 110 usersA%20favorite%20of%20110%20users110Much like MinimalBloc, Leaflet works better when the modular pieces are revealed.

See the entire Leaflet Family.Much%20like%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2Fminimalblocgap%22%3EMinimalBloc%3C%2Fa%3E%2C%20%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Ffontstructions%2Fshow%2Fleaflet%22%3ELeaflet%3C%2Fa%3E%20works%20better%20when%20the%20modular%20pieces%20are%20revealed.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Cbr%20%2F%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ffontstruct.fontshop.com%2Fgallery%2F2%2Fall%2Fhighest_rated%2F0%2Fleaflet%22%3ESee%20the%20entire%20Leaflet%20Family.%3C%2Fa%3E

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