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This font has now been updated. This a replacement for the recalled previous version. It now has 164 characters.

This font was inspired by the lousy writing on hand written signs at many watermelon stands in the Midwest (USA), hence the name. ITC Kristen was also a food related lousy font designed after lousy scribbles on restaurant menu boards. As with ITC Kristen and Walt Disney's handwriting which was later digitalized...along with a couple dozen other fonts of this era. Watermelon Stand is of extremely terrible graphic design...and designed that way on purpose giving it a more typical and less "rehearsed" mimic of a more average "common folks" handwritten styling.

Everything of good (or at least tolerable) penmanship is absent here. Even parents and teachers with some of Earth's worst bad writing skills would not dare use this font to teach kids how to write. Almost everything of good graphic design is gone too. The letters are more uneven than even most lousy handwriting both in font and "at the scene" written form. In addition, the only major descender of the lowercase is the "y" character. Why? [you decide!]

Usually even with people who mix caps with their lowercase letters (officially called uni-case or uncial letters, depending on the actual forms of the letters),
at least the "j" and "p" are also descender characters, not here buddy. Practically all techniques of good type design went out the window with this font. Hey, what's wrong with that? Many celebrities have writing actually worst than this font and commonly with writing that's barely legible. This is the Watermelon Stand font and about as close to chicken-scratch as a font can get and still be totally readable.

The caps in Watermelon Stand were patterned somewhat by the Walt Disney handwriting which was used from the beginnings of that company and even today, many years after his death. The numbers and about half of the lowercase was created directly by my SWMCA operation, while the rest using the personal writing of the late Kelly Sheckells, who will be sorely missed (went to Heaven 2012) as a guide.

I decided NOT to use all of Kelly's writing but only part of it as a guide for the lowercase due to the fact that the death was considered recent at the time of design and I had concerns regarding identity theft and plagiarism of her written works. While she certainly needed great help with penmanship, she was an excellent writer of poetry and other things as well as one of the best cooks in Missouri including at Arrowhead Stadium...where she actually cooked for the players of the Kansas City Chiefs along with their rivals (including the most scorned rival of all the Oakland Raiders when they were in town) and in her final years of life an organizer with ACORN and a excellent worker with the 2010 Census. It's very lonely without Kelly, whom I also lived with a couple of years and cherished right up to her death and even more now.

Now you see why they have calligraphy books and graphic design courses and schools! Imagine if all fonts where like this one! Can you imagine if the text in the newspaper or even on your cellphone's screen and the car's dashboard were like this? At least there IS a public service aspect.

(Seriously, I'M FOR REAL ON THIS ONE!)

This font can be a GREAT argument to why penmanship SHOULD be brought back to the elementary classroom. Compare it to your kids' writing. If their's is worse demand that the local school board work towards improving it by adding "writing skills" to the curriculum, and if it's better insist that you don't want your child's writing to NEVER, EVER get to the level of THIS FONT!

HINT: Hurry up before SWMCA decides to create a cursive version for the Watermelon Stand font!

Don't worry neat writing fanatics, we're fine with Watermelon Stand. There are no immediate plans for a font named "Watermelon Seed and Rind".

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Watermelon Stand I sample text
Watermelon Stand I (Version 2.0) WatermelonStand-.otfView Font Info 164 characters — View All

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  • sonofrageandlove avatar
    this is great!
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Description

Inspired by the messy handwritten signs at roadside watermelon stands.

Copyright

Copyright 2013 by SWMCA Catalogs. (before incorporation) All Rights Reserved.

License

freeware as-is NOTICE:noticable problem with spacing and/or kerning with this release. Scheduled for correction.

Designer

SWMCA Catalogs
http://swmca-catalogs.tk

Version

Version 2.0

Vendor

Digitalized by myscriptfont.com for SWMCA.