When Patricia Lillie was growing up, she thought the coolest thing in the world would be finding her own name listed in a library catalog. The fantasy came true in 1986 when her first children’s book was published. Five more followed.
ITC Tickle History
The thrill of seeing her work on library shelves hasn’t abated, but today, Lillie is just as likely to see one of her typefaces on the cover of a book. She has created several display faces and image fonts. “My first typeface designs were based on lettering I’d done while working for a library, doing graphics work for the children’s section,” she explains. “I currently do a lot of web design, but type is my favorite thing.”
ITC Tickle is Lillie's first ITC typeface release. “I was playing around with a Sharpie marker one day and liked the way the letters looked,” she recalls. “I started redoing the letters from scratch in Fontographer to see what developed, and liked those letters too.”
ITC Tickle is a bi-form font (with both cap and lowercase letters of the same size) that clearly breaks a typographic rule or two. The result is a friendly, offbeat display face that’s guaranteed to add a giggle to your work.