Rock’n’roll. Typography. Two subjects that many believe shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath. We beg to differ.

Rock That Font celebrates the union of rock’n’roll and typography, both old and new.

Join us, as we share our journey of discovery and dig a little deeper into the origin of particular fonts used on some of our favorite album covers.


Shawn Michael O'Keefe Shawn Michael O’Keefe has played in various Austin bands that you’ve likely never heard of. He worked for 14 years as a producer for the SXSW Interactive Festival, but now he is some kind of consultant. When given the chance, he loves racing his bicycle around the block.

Eric Hurtgen Eric Hurtgen is an artist and designer who lives in the humid south. (For the typographically curious, Eric also designed Rock That Font’s “Oh, Mercy!” font.)

Les Jacobs Les Jacobs sometimes DJs, occasionally writes, sparingly designs, obsessively reads, and frequently wanders. He runs a music blog called –=(] buhbOmp [)=– and spends most of his free time listening to music, loafing in parks and drifting in and out of bookstores. Born in the Caribbean, but raised in Texas, he now lives in Sunnyside, Queens and loves it. A lot.

Guest Contributors

Every so often we feature a special Guest Contributor, so keep your eyes open for a few other participants as well. Recent Guest Contributors have included Geoff Peveto, David Shaw and Linda Park.

Have what it takes to be a Guest Contributor? You are invited to share your favorite record and album cover typography with the Rock That Font community.