whippin piccadilly font design

Whippin Piccadilly font hand drawn with alternatives

Whippin Piccadilly font my latest typeface creation that I’ve literally just finished. Inspired yet again by hand drawn lettering.

Instagram made me do it

I’ve been doing a lot more lettering lately. Mainly to fill the void on Instagram and because it’s something I love to do.

I’ve only started to use my instagram account in the last few months. I joined years ago but never used it. Like dude, where have you been?. I know, it was the last thing on my mind. I love it now.

Brushes all the way

My hand lettering is created with a brush pen or watercolour brush. So it’s quite loose and very rough around the edges. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I don’t care—I like it.

I’m not really into that tight style.

So that gave me the idea for Whippin Piccadilly. It’s not a traditional cursive font, 99% of the letters and not joined up.

Looks joined up

It’s got the aesthetics of a cursive font, it looks like handwriting.

I guess you can say it’s a big experiment. I’ve made every character sit independently from each other. With hardly any attempt at making them join to the next.

The uppercase works really well, I think I prefer using it in all caps more than sentence case—that’s a first.

Whippin Piccadilly font

Take a look at Whippin Piccadilly in action.

whippin Piccadilly font

Whippin Piccadilly looks good mixing caps

whippin Piccadilly


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Crazy words

whippin Piccadilly text

David Bowie Poster

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Hello whippin Piccadilly

whippin Piccadilly simon stratford

Wild at hart

handmade font

Doves lyrics poster

whippin Piccadilly glyphs

Whippin Picadilly uppercase characters

whippin Piccadilly lowercase

Whippin Picadilly lowercase characters

Whippin Piccadilly numbers

Numbers and other characters

Whippin Piccadilly glyphs


Whippin Piccadilly contextual alternatives

I’ve added real cursive letters that do join up, but only a small handful. If you turn on contextual alternatives you will notice letter combinations will be replaced with alternative glyphs. Some are joined up, some are just different.

Four alternatives

Now, apart from the odd cursive letter combo I’ve also added 4 alternatives for every letter.

This makes Whippin Piccadilly look much more random. Some letters are rotated one way, some the other. Some are fatter, some are thinner. It looks like a real oddball—I love that.

You will need to enable contextual alternatives in your application. Also, you can access any of the letters in photoshop by using the glyphs panel in photoshop.

Fun and playful

The result of all the different characters is that Whippin Piccadilly has a happy go lucky personality. It looks funky and playful. I love the randomness of the letters it throws out. The alternatives give it a quirky and sometimes mismatched appearance, but that’s part of the charm.

It’s ideal for book covers, posters, and packaging.

Whippin Piccadilly font includes;

  • One weight regular
  • Standard Ligatures
  • Upper and lowercase
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation & Symbols
  • Western European characters
  • Central European characters
  • South Eastern European characters
  • OTF & TTF included

In total, it includes over 500 glyphs.

Buy Whippin Piccadilly for £10

Full commercial license, with over 500 glyphs including uppercase, lowercase, numbers, punctuation and symbols.

Get Whippin Piccadilly

or buy with USD

Get Whippin Piccadilly $12

Try Whippin Piccadilly Free version

It has a limited character set. It’s for non-commercial work only. It contains no contextual alternatives.

Download Whippin Piccadilly

Please note: Although Whippin Piccadilly is free, it can not be distributed by individuals, bulletin board systems, FTP sites, WWW sites, etc., without prior permission. In the words of Jules (Pulp Fiction), “I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to distribute my font.”

The font name

Any Gomez fans will know where I got the name from. For everyone else its a UK band called, yup Gomez. Check them out cus they are awesome. Whippin Piccadilly was a song they wrote about a day out in Manchester. Not Piccadilly Circus in London. Piccadilly Train station in Manchester.

That is all.

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