Mr Chumley font designed with a sharpie marker pen
Mr Chumley font came to me while labeling freezer bags. Yup, freezer bags—is that weird?
I bought a pack of sharpie permanent marker pens for labelling freezer bags. Yea I do that. I know it’s not very rock’n’roll, but there it is.
Don’t mix your Tikka with your Stroganoff
Nothing worse that thinking you’re getting Chicken Tikka when you’re getting beef stroganoff. Not that I have anything against Stroganoff, that’s a tasty meal.
Sharpie to the rescue
I’d pull out the Sharpie each week to write on the bags. Looking at those scribbles got me to thinking. I could use this pen for creating a typeface. It gave me the idea of creating Mr Chumley.
Strange how ideas can come from anywhere, they can creep up on you in the most mundane situations.
When an idea strikes you’ve goto act
So that’s what I did, I grabbed a pile of paper and the Sharpie marker and sketched out the letter forms. Doodling at first, and discounting the idea of a script font.
A style emerged—a bold style. I dumped the idea of serifs as the pen was too bold.
Experiment’s are part of the fun
Restricting pen strokes to a fat pen mark made me work harder. I decided to draw outlines and fill them in with the pen.
It also lead to a lot of experiments. Things didn’t always work out as expected—but that’s part of the fun.
Introducing Mr Chumley font
Handmade with computers
The initial Mr Chumley font was 100% handmade but I did create more versions on the computer. I wanted to create a few variations and layers. I’d never done a layered font before so I was really keen on the idea.
I finished Mr Chumley in illustrator and copied into glyphs app. Job done.
Now for a name
The name comes from a sketch from Harry Enfield’s TV series featuring a Mr Cholmondley-Warner and Mr Grayson. How to explain that to you? Over to YouTube. Genius.
Mr Chumley font
Mr Chumley has a bold fresh, childlike but friendly personality. It will bring an element of fun into your design work. With its casual, hand-lettered look adding that quirky touch.
Ideal for headlines at 16 points or higher. Mr Chumley would look great on
- Book jacket designs
It’s ideal for anything where you want to grab the viewers attention. Designed to be readable and legible.
Mr Chumley is my first layered font. It comes with two font layers to add shadow and hatches. Meaning you can create your own combinations from the other 4 main font styles. It much easier to add different colours.
Get it now for £10
You can buy the full Mr. Chumley family including the 6 styles, regular, rough, grunge, halftone, shadow and hatches for £10.
It includes around 229 glyphs including Letters, Numbers, Punctuation, Separators and symbols. It has support for Western European, Central European and South Eastern European characters.
The font format is .OTF.Get Mr Chumley
or buy with USDGet Mr Chumley $15
Mr Chumley language support
According to fontbook on my mac that means it supports the following languages:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Asu, Basque, Bemba, Bena, Bosnian, Catalan, Chiga, Colognian, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Gusii, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Jola-Fonyi, Kabuverdianu, Kalenjin, Kinyarwanda, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luo, Luyia, Machame, Makhuwa-Meetto, Makonde, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Morisyen, North Ndebele, Northern Sami, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nyankole, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Rombo, Rundi, Rwa, Samburu, Sango, Sangu, Sena, Shambala, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Soga, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Swiss German, Taita, Teso, Turkish, Vunjo, Welsh, Zulu
That is all.