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The Prince of Fonts

Art book designed to showcase hundreds of fonts created by Ray Larabie, type designer.

Project Type: Art Book, Website

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Designed by KJ Parish : kjparish.com

For the Love of Type

“The Prince of Fonts” is an art book containing 100 pages of typography experiments and real-world design examples using type families created by Ray Larabie. Larabie is a prolific type designer (originally from Ontario, Canada but now hailing from Nagoya Japan) who crafted hundreds of fonts since the mid-1990′s, many of which he released for free. As a result, Ray’s fonts can be seen at nearly every turn.

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

Who is Ray Larabie?

This project originated with a simple question…”who is this guy?” Spruce Interactive Lead Designer KJ Parish discovered that a number of accumulated type families now taking residence on her machine were all made by the same mysterious fellow, so she sought to discover both who Larabie was and to what limits she could push the wild and wacky type creations he’s crafted, both as freeware and commercial fonts released under Larabie’s Typodermic label.

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

Hundreds of Fonts at Play

The book details which type families were used in which spreads and also includes an in-depth interview with Larabie.

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

Prince of Fonts Book Spread

“The Prince of Fonts” was written and created by Matt D. and Kristina J. Parish.

The ‘Prince of Fonts’ Website

In addition to the book, a website was developed which would invite users and fans of Larabie crafted fonts to share their work or photos of fonts-in-use in the world. The site is equipped with a user-generated gallery as well as links to buy the book online.

The Prince of Fonts Website Home

The Prince of Fonts Website Gallery

The Prince of Fonts Website - Buy the Book

Talk to Us

Wise men have said, "All good things must come to an end", and so it was with Spruce. We began our first project in 2006, and completed our last in Fall 2013. It's been a wonderful experience, but now it's time to begin the next adventure.

Though...we wouldn't want to leave you hanging, now would we? Here are our top recommendations for world-class branding, design, and web development:

  • Kristina (KJ) Parish and Beam Collective:
    KJ provided the artistic vision that allowed Spruce to succeed, and we still think she's the greatest designer in the entire world. She's started a new collective with some talented developers, and is covering much the same territory as Spruce--design and development all under one roof, with a caliber of service and professionalism seldom seen in this business or any other. If you like what you see on the Spruce site, then definitely get in touch with KJ at kj@beamcollective.com
  • Permanent Art & Design
    Permanent is a nationally recognized design & branding firm out of Minneapolis, MN. They've been a long term collaborator and strategic partner over the past couple years, and we'd recommend them for medium to large sized businesses/organizations who are serious about putting their best foot forward. In addition to design, Permanent offers strategy and marketing services, plus in-house and networked developers. For more information contact Joseph Belk joseph@permanentadg.com
  • Nate Thompson
    A freelancer, Nate reminds us of ourselves back in the day. Smart, communicative, and skilled, Nate is our recommendation for small to medium sized businesses/organizations who have sites built on Wordpress or other open source content management solutions. With a background in both design and development, he's a one-stop shop for most web-related tasks. You can get in touch at nate.a.thompson@gmail.com
  • Kevin DeBernardi
    Designer turned developer, Kevin is embarking on a freelance web career after working as the in-house designer at the Museum of the City of New York. He's adept at translating his design ideas into custom PHP code, and is constantly expanding his technical palette. Kevin's a good choice for projects that don't quite fit into the Wordpress mold, and that would benefit from a consistency of presence and vision from design through execution. Kevin can be reached at kevin@analoglifestyle.com