Mario Arturo has designed a stylish little brush script called Doris Day. Yes, Doris Day has her own font, just like Harry J. Helvetica and Dominic Casual.
Named for the patron saint of romantic romps, Doris Day arrives loaded with thoroughly modern charm.
The capital letters are based on forms from The ABC of Lettering by artist J.I. Biegeleisen, a volume first published in 1940 and a standard reference work for brush letterers, according to PC World, which links to the free download. Lowercase characters were inspired by ads of the period and vintage lettering books.
Think of Doris Day as the winsome target of Black Jack, the font of Mad Men on the prowl, but don’t underestimate her ability to tease. The verticals in the uppercase forms rise and curl like lazy smoke trails, retaining a hint of wild brushstroke. Meanwhile the lowercase characters sit demurely at a low x-height waiting to waltz into the spotlight. The overall effect of high and low is playful and naughty at the same time, particularly if one types: “Hello from Hernando’s Hideaway. Missing you, darling.” Be bold and choose 48 points and above for legibility.
Doris Day has all its letters, but — typical of free fonts — limited punctuation marks and numerals. Oh Doris, you give us your love and withhold it, all at the same time.