WINNER! 2002 Type Director's Club Type Design Competition
Shortly after the release of the original Keester as Chank Font of the Month in September 2001, Chank Army alumni and Font Club member Pat Broderick sent a scan of the Good Time Manual (pictured, right). Besides being a useful guide to San Francisco fern bars circa 1972, the cover features what is perhaps the first appearance of Jim Parkinson's Keester lettering as well as his groovy cartoon work.
Parkinson was quick to acknowledge that this book was indeed the first appearance of Keester. "Wow! That's it. In fact, I scanned that cover and just started drawing on screen. I've always wanted to make a font from that lettering and you gave me the perfect opportunity," he said in an email to Chank. "On the other hand, it's kind of creepy to realize that embarrassing examples of early work are still floating around out there." Embarassing?! Hardly. More like a sign o' the times.
Because everybody knows two Keesters are better than one, Parkinson added that when he was working on the first Keester he knew he had to create a black version. In February 2002, Keester Black was released as the Chank Font of the Month.
Parkinson designed the Rolling Stone logo way back when, and he's done scores of other high-profile nameplates since. In addition to his logo work, Mr. Parkinson also makes fonts. He created the Keester family -- a lighthearted, heavyweight display font with a bit of cheekiness to it -- for exclusive release through Chank.com.
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$69.00 Created by Jim Parkinson
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