Mason serif(1992)

Mason has quickly become a much used and copied font. Based on drawings made in Barnbrook's sketchbooks over a number of years with added inspiration from 19th century russian letterforms, greek architecture and renaissance bibles. It has been used all over the world by companies such as the BBC and Walt Disney to give an ecclesiastical feeling to their graphics.

Mason has a controversial history. It was originally called Manson, named after the serial killer Charles Manson, but subsequently changed by the distributors Emigre after complaints. The original name was chosen to express extreme opposite emotions love and hate, beauty and ugliness. It sounds elegant and echoes words like mason, mansion and manse, but is actually related to a violent incident. It was an attempt to make the font contemporary rather than part of a 'golden past'.