Henparty: A New Font on the Block

Alison Morris -- December 1st, 2009

While I don’t know that I qualify as a bona fide "font junkie," it is true that I’ve got a thing for typography. I’m considerably irked by book covers or ads that sport poorly chosen type, and am considerably warmed by sightings of good type, well-chosen and carefully placed.

For the past year or so I’ve been charmed by frequent sightings of Henparty, a playful font family of two created by Tart Workshop (a collaboration by artist/illustrator Crystal Kluge and type designer Stuart Sandler). It includes Henparty Sans and Henparty Serif and warrants a mention here because recent book sightings have shown that a number of designers are also under its spell.

Henparty plays a prominent role in the design for Tanja Askani’s new picture book A Friend Like You (Scholastic, December 2009). It’s the font used throughout the book in bold, oversized type, and it’s also featured on the book’s cover.

Henparty also appears as the title font on two galleys I just received: Things I Know About Love by Kate Le Vann (Egmont, June 2010) and Sunshine Picklelime by Pamela Ellen Ferguson (Random House, June 2010).


Have you spotted Henparty in other places? The fact that I’ve seen three sightings in such close pub date proximity makes me suspect that there will be more. Please report them here if you see them!

In the meantime I’ll be drooling over a newer Tart Workshop creation, Nelly Script

and falling for everything printed with Milk Script from Sudtipos and…

loving Slim Pickens from Alison Argento. (To name just a few!)

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