P22 Nudgewink Pro font family
P22 Nudgewink Pro - 2018 — A reboot of the 2009 all caps font from Robby Woodard
P22 Nudgewink is a funky font family with humorous retro 1960s attitude and crazy bouncy baseline now in four weights (That is one louder!) 

Each character in the Pro fonts has four different variations accessible with any OpenType friendly application. The "P22 Randomizer" feature makes sure that variations of each letter keep the look of hand lettering with slight variations of up to four versions of the same letter appearing automatically. Along with stylistic alternates, Pro versions include automatic fractions, ligatures, superiors, inferiors, ordinals and a whole bunch of groovy graphic dingbats. 

With all these options at your disposal, dynamic handcrafted effects can be achieved with just a little bit of goofing around. 

So check it out, load it up and turn it on!

Robby Woodard’s own words about his P22 Nudgewink Pro:

When I first started playing with the idea I could possibly be a type designer, I was totally aware that it was a really deep pool I was diving into. Not wanting to make any stupid mistakes I was painfully focused on keeping everything measured and symmetrical and super controlled. I maybe came up with some interesting ideas here and there but after all the work involved in building a font, I had to stand back and admit that my first attempts were pretty danged boring. For the next few projects, I decided to play with a bit of whimsy and I was much happier with the results.

With Nudgewink, I decided to go all out whimsical and see where it went. With a bouncy baseline and three different stroke weights that would rotate randomly around the glyph skeleton. The results reminded me of the hand made lettering on rock albums of the early 60s. To further that look, I played around with more Opentype alternates where the strokes randomly fell in different positions and included over and under effects where ever possible. With four different versions of each glyph, I wimped out and decided to keep the font all caps only and It was still a crazy amount of work.

I knew it had a limited application but I loved its attitude. It was fun to set and experiment with and I was thrilled when P22 picked it up for distribution. A few years later, I saw Nudgewink was being used (uncredited and unlicensed) for the titles of a couple major animated motion pictures. I was a little bit rankled but a little bit flattered too. Rather than getting ugly and litigious, I decided to dive back into Nudgewink and finish up the full lower case with figures and extended Latin, all of it with four alternate options for every glyph across the board plus a new light weight.

It was a big undertaking but this new version is finally complete. I never could have finished without the generous support of P22. Thanks guys!

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