Holiday Typography, part 3 of 3

Happy Holidays

Part 3 of 3

Here’s the last entry in a three part series about creating holiday type. Last time we talked about elegant simplicity.

Informal Beauty

Script type seems to go well with the holidays. Above is Thirsty Script paired with Clarendon. The script provides a personal touch to the type while still retaining some subtle formal elements. I’ve added some subtle stripes to create a nod to candy canes. Clarendon is a blocky serif that provides a nice contrast to the beautiful curves in Thirsty.

One thing you’ll notice is that I modified some of the finials (ends of the strokes) in the letters H, l, d and s. I wanted to soften the blunt endings and so I added a curve that ends in a point. Again, this creates a nice contrast with the blocky elements of Clarendon as well as the thicker strokes present in Thirsty Script.

There are a lot of script typefaces to choose from. Thirsty is a new typeface, designed in 2012 by Ryan Martinson. I found it on It has a number of excellent features: alternate letterforms, multilingual characters, ligatures, and some beautiful shadows, which I’ve also used.

Clarendon has been around since the 1800s in various forms. I’ve used Clarendon LT Std, which is available from Adobe.

Below is a progression of the design. Happy Holidays!


holidaysAbove: Thirsty Script


HolidaysAbove: Thirsty Script with Shadow


HolidaysAbove: Thirsty Script with Shadows and Stripes


HappyAbove: Clarendon LT Std Bold


Happy HolidaysAbove: Thirsty Script with Clarendon


Happy Holidays

Above: Final typography before modifying the finials


Happy Holidays

Above: Final typography

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