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[Poster by Ludwig von Hohlwein, ca. 1910, for Sudana Schokoladen]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
https://luc.devroye.org
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An Ethiopic font archive: A1-Desta, A1-Kidan, A1-Qelem, A1-Tesfa, A2-Desta, A2-Kidan, A2-Qelem, A2-Tesfa, Addis-One, Addis-Two, AddisProOne, AddisProTwo, Ethiopia-Jiret-Set-I, Ethiopia-Jiret-Set-II, Ethiopia-Jiret, GF-Zemen-Primary, GF-Zemen-Secondary, GF-Zemen-Unicode, GF-Zemen2K-Ahadu, GF-Zemen2K-Kileitu, GF-Zemen2K-Selestu, GS-GeezMahtemUnicode, Ge'ez-1-Normal, Ge'ez-1-Numbers-Normal, Ge'ez-2-Normal, Ge'ez-3-Normal, Geez-Unicode, GeezA, GeezB, GeezDemo, GeezNet, GeezSindeA, GeezSindeB, GeezTypeNet, VG-Geez-Numbers, VG2-Agazian-Black, VG2-Main, VG2-Title, VG2000-Agazian-Black, VG2000-Main, Visual-Geez-Unicode-Agazian, Visual-Geez-Unicode, efonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A12N

Mailing list for Africanization. Issues about African fonts are discussed here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ABB

Designers of the Open Font Library Ethiopian font Macro Ge'ez (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abbas Alamnehe
[Senamirmir Projects]

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Aberra Molla
[Ethiopic.com]

[More]  ⦿

ACIS Consulting

Creators and vendors of an Ethiopic text family, HahuLite: "HahuLite is a program that runs on an IBM PC (or compatibles) that has Windows 95. This program enables you to write in Tigrigna and other languages that use the Geez alphabet, directly from your PC keyboard without any changes or additions to your existing Windows programs!" ACIS Consulting is based in Toronto. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adinkra Symbols

Symbology from the Asante people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Waiting to be made into a font! Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrien Midzic
[Fatnobrain]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

African Drum Rhythms
[Lennart Hallström]

Free Djembe truetype font for Djembe drum music notation. By Lennart Hallström from Stockholm. [Google] [More]  ⦿

African Languages

A list of links for African languages south of the Sahara. [Google] [More]  ⦿

African theme fonts
[Manfred Klein]

African theme fonts include AfricEggs, Africaans, Africain, AfricanAngelsAndSpirits, AfricanArtifacts, AfricanQueens, AfriquArtes, AfroDesigns, Afrobats, ArteAfrique, BlackLiving, BlackSplinters, MotherAfrica, Africanissima (2005), AfricanissimaInvers (2005), AfroParts, AfricQuattro, AfriqueDrawings (2005), AfricanSymbols (2005), MotherAfricaArchetypo (2005), Artefacts Two (2006), AfricArtes (2006), BlacKLinoleum (2006), TribalDesigns (2006), Africaans (2006), African Ghosts (2006), Masks03 (2006), africaArt (2006), AfricanissimaOSix (2006). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Afrikan Alphabets
[Saki Mafundikwa]

Saki Mafundikwa (Harare, Zimbabwe) gives a synposis of his book Afrikan Alphabets, the story of writing in Afrika (Mark Batty Publ., 2003). He covers all south of the Sahara, and divides things as follows:
A. Liberia and Sierra Leone:
a. The Vai syllabary---212 characters 1883
b. The Mende syllabary---195 characters 1921
c. The Loma syllabary---185 characters 1930
d. The Kpelle syllabary---88 characters 1930
e. The Bassa 'Vah' alphabet---30 characters, 5 diacritics 1920
f. The Gola alphabet---30 characters 1930

B. Guinea, Senegal and Mali,
a. The Mandingo alphabet---25 characters, 8 diacritics 1950
b. Bambara "Ma-sa-ba" script 1930
c. The Wolof alphabet---25 characters, 7 diacritics 1960
d. The Fula (Dita) alphabet---39 characters 1958
e. The Fula (Ba) alphabet
f. The Gerze script

C. Cote d'Ivoire
a. The Bete syllabary---401 characters 1956
b. The Guro script

D. Cameroon and Nigeria
a. The Bamum syllabary---80 characters 1895
b. The Bagam or Eghap syllabary---100 plus characters 1917
c. The Ibibio-Efik alphabet---34 characters 1930
d. The Yoruba holy alphabet
e. Nsibidi
f. A syllabary found among the Djuka of Suriname

[Google] [More]  ⦿

AfroBreak
[Afronsu Afronsu]

Crazy Sao Paulo-based Brazilian designer (b. 1986) of the grunge typeface Antropofagia (2010). Born in 1986. He also made Afronsu (2011), Estaktu (2012, influenced by Sao Paulo's graffiti or pixacao), and Abstract Rua (2012). Aka afronsu Afronsu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Afronsu Afronsu
[AfroBreak]

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Afro-Roman

A roman font with diacritics for many African languages. As always, very expensive at Linguist's Software. [Google] [More]  ⦿

AKOFAType
[Kwesi A. Amuti]

Located in Powder Springs, GA, AKOFAType has published the following dingbats with symbology from Ghana: Adinkra Calabash, Adinkra FineFine, Adinkra WantaWanta (2007). The designer is Kwesi A. Amuti (b. East Lansing, MI, 1974). He is working on Steady Rockin (a display face) and Fat Head. In 2013, he published Ehmbeecee, a typeface with frames. In 2014, he made the elliptical sans typeface Cabeza Grossa and the snowflake typeface Flurry.

Creative Market link. Typedia link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alan M. Stanier

Alan M. Stanier from Essex University (UK) has created the following metafonts: ams1, cherokee, cypriote, dancers (the "Dancing Men" code of Conan Doyle), estrangelo (ancient Syriac language), georgian, goblin, iching, itgeorgian, ogham (found on ancient Irish and pictish carvings), osmanian (twentieth-century font used in Somalia), roughogham, shavian, southarabian (for various languages circa 1500BC), ugaritic (ancient cuneiform alphabet). More direct access. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alan Wood's Unicode Resources

Great Unicode jump page. Has a page showing all fonts that support the various Unicode ranges. Check, for example, his Shavian Unicode sub-page. Unicode font utilities. Some font downloads, including the Unicode font MPH Damase (2005, Mark Williamson). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Bielovich

Graphic designer at Gorilla Creative Media in sunny Durban, South Africa. Creator of the decorative typeface Cleopatra (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Claro

Luanda, Angola-based designer of the connect-the-dots typeface Joao Marinho (2013), the techno typeface Jotanis (2013), the modular typeface MX (2013), and the hexagonal industrial display typeface AKJ (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandre Marc

French youngster (b. 1994) who created the simple hand-drawn typeface Newjosh (2012) and the grungy typeface Smoky Cloud (2012). He also made the African look caps typeface Tribalistik Tatwu (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allen R. Walden

Type designer. Not to be confused with "Walden Font", a commercial foundry run by Oliver Weiss. Dafont link. Full list of his work: African (1993; see also here and here for this jungle font), Amelia, Asimov, Beveled, CalculatorItalic, Checkbook (MICR-like font), CrystalItalic, FinalFrontier, FinalFrontierOldStyle, FinalFrontierShipside, Goethe, Japan, Jurassic, Lansbury (1993), Neon Lights, NewYorker, OliviaBrush, StencilExport, Terminator (techno).

Lansbury is a free art nouveau typeface that mimics the font used in the TV series Murder She Wrote. The actual font used for the title of that series was URW's Art Gothic (specimen). Fletcher Gothic (1992, Casady&Greene) is another free version of it. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy Dietrich

American designer, b. 1967, California. Married to Ken Russell, who runs Atlantic Fonts in Camden, ME.

At Atlantic Fonts, she designed the hand-printed faces Kinglet (2012, curly), Honey Bee (2011), Once (2010) and Clue (2010).

In 2013, Amy published the playful poster typefaces Trail Map (2013) and Merci. Farmstand (2013) is a hand-printed typeface that is accompanied by the dingbat font Farmstand Goodies. Wheat (2013) is a stylish rough-edged script face. Eeeek (2013) is a Halloween dingbat typeface. Solstice (2013) is hand-printed.

Typefaces from 2014: Reading (bouncy typeface), Lion (an African-themed typeface), Suntea (a children's book script), Fini (cartoon font), Fini Things (girly dingbats), Catbird (whimsical).

Old URL under the name Amy Dietrich Russell. Klingspor link. %Z https://www.myfonts.com/person/Amy_Dietrich_Russell [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Andrej von Walter

Cape Town, South Africa-based graphic designer who was also born in Cape Town and grew up in Namibia, Creator of the multiline typeface Reading Together (2014), which pays attention to blind people. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham (Multilingual Technical Officer, Accessibility and Evaluation Unit, Vicnet, State Library of Victoria, Australia) is developing fonts for Dinka, a language of South Sudan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart is a Corona-based American digital photographer (b. 1988), who runs a small free font archive. Another archive of his. Dafont link. Another URL. Yet another URL. And still another one. And another one. And one more. His later fonts refer to SickCapital.Com.

His own fonts include Snowinter (2014, sans), Rebel Pixy (2014, tattoo script), Pride of the Young (2014, hipster style), Scribblet (2014), Tall & Slim (2014, a great tall-legged poster typeface), Tribal Threat (2014), Boldenstein (2014), Fireflies (2014), Rio Frescata (2014, curly), Alpaca Scarlett (2014), Alpaca Solidify (2014), Vanity Script (2014: a vampire script), SC Gretchin and Timmy (2013), Fun In The Jungle (2013), Pixelic War (2013), A Glitch In Time (2013), Giraffe And Co (2013, an African-themed typeface), Chameleon Dreams (2013: a fantastic wacky party typeface), Angelic Serif (2012), Angelic Peace (2012), Pyrite Script (2012), Pyrite Crypt (2012), Body Piercing And Chains (2012), Love til Killed (2012), Hollywood Capital (2012), Donaldo Regrecka (2012), Deadly Black Chain (2012), Dirt2 Copperbolt (2012, grungy copperplate), Truskey (2011, grunge), Sick Capital Kingston (2011), Full Moon On (2011), Grafitik Riot (2011, graffiti face), Electric Panda (2011), Last Draft (2011, grunge typewriter), CaliforniabyDirt2 (2010), JusticebyDirt2 (2010), SC Gum Kids (2010), SC Tinas Baby Shower (2010), Little Ryan (2010, handwriting), Sick Capital Vice (2010), Star Avenue (2009), Cute Tattoo (2009), DuerTWO (2009), Dirt2Stickler (2009), Ithornët (2009, grungy blackletter), NoXWay (2009, graffiti grunge), Skulls and Splatters (2009), Hacjiuza (2009, hand-drawn blackletter; +Dirty), Popstar Autograph (2009, comic book style script), The Quickest Shift (2009, curly script), DuerTwoo (2009, bloody horror font), Malgecito (2009, grunge), Ithornët (2009, grungy medieval pirate font), Little Bliss (2009), Loyal Fame (2009, curly script), Angelic War (2009, grunge), Soulstalker (2009, grungy blackletter), Kings of Pacifica (2009, ransom note font), GanixApec (2009), GoodPeace (2009), KatyBerry (2009), OffTheDrugs (2009), ThinFranq (2009), WILDAFRICA (2009, African-theme multiline face), St. Andrew (2009, a spray type font), Hawaii Lover (2009, grunge calligraphic script), Aristotle Punk (2009, grunge), Juicy Hunt (2009, grunge), Dead Hardy (2009, Victorian), Kate Perry (2009, fifties script), Kate Berry (2009, fifties script), Vloderstone (2009, hairline slab serif), Good Peace, Off The Drugs, Thin Franq (2009, hairline), Ganix Apec (2009, sans), Jailbox1 (2009, grunge), Blast Beat (2008), Ghosttown-BC (2008, Western style), Dead Secretary (2008, grunge), DIRT2-DEATH (2008, grunge), Robot Head (2008), Alpaca 54 (2007, grunge), Hawaii Killer (2007, Coca Cola grunge), Splinter2 (2007, grunge based on Franklin Gothic), Everyday Ghost (2007, grunge), Plague Death (2006, grunge), SEXtalk69 (2007), Screamz1 (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anton Scholtz
[Design Africa]

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Antonio J. Morata

Antonio J. Morata (Almeria, Spain, b. 1968) is a FontStructor (aka elmoyenique) who used FontStruct to make several modular faces starting in 2010. The typeface names start with z. We list them alphabetically:

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arial everywhere

Arial on a 100 billion bank note in Zimbabwe, 2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ASE

Outfit that created ESU, a font with Yoruba characters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ato Yigezu Bisrat

Born and died in Addis Ababa, 1926-1979. Educator (at Addis Ababa University), author, and calligrapher, who was frequently called upon by Emperor Haile Selassie for calligraphy and lettering. His Gothic Goffer (blackletter-style) characters were extended into a font by Abbas Alamnehe (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Attila Zigó
[Bumbayo Font Fabrik]

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Bambara

The Bambara "Ma-sa-ba" syllabary was devised by Woyo Couloubayi in the Kaarta region of Mali in 1930 and has a total of 123 characters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bamum

From Cameroon: this script had originally 466 pictographic and ideographic symbols and was devised by sultan Ibrahim Njoya king of the Bamoun. These are interesting characters, and should be fun to design in a font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bassa font

Free font Bassa by the Bassa Vah Association, 1998, at Varnie Karmo's home page. Bassa is used in Liberia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bassa (Kwa)

Bassa font which used to be at Dr. Berlin's archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baynham Goredema

Creator of the pattern typeface Haus Ethnik Dingbats (2014). Haus Ethnic is a collection of dingbats inspired by various ethnic patterns from Zimbabwe and modifications thereof. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Yang

In 2009, Benjamin Yang (SIL) published Vai Slant Unicode, a Unicode extension of SIL's Vai font (for the language used in Liberia). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bisharat

African font links. Unicode tables for African fonts. Great jump page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brana

Free Ethiopic software that includes the Ethiopic fonts Brana I and Brana II. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brett T. Johnson
[Simeon out West Foundry]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bright Ackon-Goode

Graphic designer in Cape Coast, Ghana, who created a typographic poster in 2012 called Felman Ayariga. He is associated with Bagsart Designs, and with the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bumbayo Font Fabrik
[Attila Zigó]

Hungarian foundry with commercial and free fonts, est. 2005 by Attila Zigó. On Deviantart, they claim to be from Rwanda. They specialize in grunge type--some of the fonts are quite gorgeous indeed. Has a fontmaking service.

  • Free typefaces: Zubajda (2014, grungy), Dioszeghiensis (2014, grungy blackletter), Mahrpedig Sans, Kinizsi Frakturetta (2012, blackletter), Ed Gein Gwilty and Ed Gein Ynnocent (2008), Miguel Sangotisch (2010, blackletter), Kopanyica Strasse (2010, grunge), Third Man (2010, grunge), Pahuenga Cass (2010, grunge), McKoy (2010, grunge), Eordeoghlakat (2010, grunge mechanical face), Santa Gravita (2010, grunge), Fibyngerowa (2010, grunge), Pahuenga Cass (2009, grunge), Liszthius-Alkimista (2008, a lovely 3d-look grunge face), Rueckwarzsalto (2008, grunge), Szorakatenusz (2008), Grymmoire (2008, grungy blackletter), Hrawolam (2008, children's hand), Certto Headline (2008, 3d outline grunge), Kopanyica Strasse (2008), Pokoljaro (2008, medieval look, rough outlines), Fibyngerowa (2008, splatter grunge), Conrad Veidt (2007), Baron Kuffner (2007, grunge inspired by B-movie posters), Karloff (2007), Deutschische (2006, blackletter), Egyptientto2 (2005, slab serif), Bumbayo (2006), Gepetto (2005), Gipsiero (2006, grunge), Lugosi (2005), Matejino (2005), Matejo (2005), McKoy (2005), Tuce (2005), 3rd Man (2007, grunge), Kyselak (2007), Latabár (2007, grunge).
  • Commercial: Der Erlkoenig (2007), Otranto (2007), Schkorycza (2006), Dajcsise (2005), Engelfeuer (2005), Gomulka (2005), Haniltom Gothic (2005), Perfuct (2005, a great irregular printed typeface), Osiris Records (2007, grunge), Thelema (2007, medieval hand).

Klingspor link. Dafont link. Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bureau Bunk
[Jan Bunk]

Dutch foundry located in Rotterdam. It is run, so MyFonts says, by Jan Bunk (b. 1968, Monrovia, Liberia) from Monrovia, Liberia. He made Foot Print (2011). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Castle Type
[Jason Castle]

Designs by Jason Castle from San Rafael, CA, who graduated from Dominican University of California. He does custom font design and sells commercial faces through MyFonts and FontShop. Blog. These include:

  • A: AfrikaBorders, Afrika Motifs, Agency Open (M. F. Benton, 1934, revival Jason Castle), Agency Gothic Inline, Ampersands, Azbuka (2005, a heavy slab serif).
  • B: Brasileiro (2007, an art deco face).
  • Carisma (2007, a clean geometric sans), Carlos (art deco inspired by Elektra), Castle Fleurons, Chinoise (2008, based on hand lettering that is reminiscent of a style of ancient Chinese square-cut ideograms), Cloister Black, Copperplate Script.
  • D: Deko Initials (1993, discontinued in 2007; based on NADA0 drawn in 1972 by Marcia Loeb), Dionisio (2008, didone).
  • E: Eden (Bold, Light; originally designed by Robert H. Middleton in 1934).
  • F: Fat Freddie, Futura CT and Futura CT Inline (2007, based on Futura ND, but discontinued after only a few weeks).
  • G: Goudy Lombardy (Lombardic), GoudyStout, Goudy Text, Goudy Trajan (1994-2010, free; +alternates).
  • H: Handsome (2002, nice finger dingbats, aka fists).
  • J: Jensen Arabique (left field art deco, based on work of Gustav Jensen, 1933).
  • K: Koloss (art deco).
  • L: Latin CT (2008,, 6 styles), Latin Wide, Laureat, Lise Informal (2008, hand-printed), Lombardy.
  • M: Maximilian CS (Rudolf Koch, 1917), Metropolis Bold and Shaded (based on the 1932 Stempel cut as designed by W. Schwerdtner), Minotaur (2008, an original monoline design based on an Oscan votive inscription from the second century BC; looks like simulated Greek).
  • N: Norberto (2009, an all-caps Bodoni; +Stencil).
  • O: Ogun (2008, inspired by an Egyptian-style Russian block alphabet and useful for athletic lettering; formerly named Azbuka).
  • P: Plantain (2002, a digital version of Plantin Adweight, a 1913 typeface by F. H. Pierpont), Plantain Stencil (2009), Progreso (2010, a condensed, unicase, serif gothic type design inspired by the hand-lettering on Russian posters from the 1920s).
  • R: Radiant, Radiant Extra Condensed CT (both Radiants are revivals of Roger Middleton's typeface by that name, 1940), Ransahoff (2002, ultra condensed didone), Rudolf (1992, based on Rudolf Koch's German expressionist work such as Neuland).
  • S: Samira (2008, art nouveau style), Shango (1993, based on Schneidler Initials by F.H.E. Schneidler (1936), and including a digital version of Schneidler Cyrillic (1992); extended in 2007 to Shango Gothic and in 2008 to a 3-d shadow version, Shango Chiseled, and in 2009 to Shango Sans), Sculptura (2005, an all caps typeface based on Diethelm's Sculptura from 1957), Sencia (2008, based on Spanish art deco stock certificate lettering from 1941), Sonrisa (2009, art deco family---Sonrisa Thin is free), Standard CT (a neo-grotesque family).
  • Tambor (Light, Black, Inline, Adornado) (1992) (note: Jason claims that it was remotely based on Rudolf, which in turn was based on calligraphy of Rudolf Koch), Trio (an art deco sansserif), Trooper Roman (discontinued).
  • V: Vincenzo (2008, a slabby didone), Warrior (2009, a 3d font based on Ogun; +Shaded).
  • X: Xavier (art deco family based on Ashley Crawford by Ashley Havinden, 1930, revival by Jason Castle in 1992).
  • Z: Zagora, Zamenhof (2011: an all caps poster face with constructivist ancestry, named after the inventor of Esperanto), Zuboni Stencil (2009, Latin and Cyrillic, constructivist).

Klingspor link. Behance link.

View Jason Castle's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles Allen

Type designer of the photolettering era (1960s) who created the chiseled 3d typeface Sculpture. Nick Curtis's Haut Relief (2007) is based on this typeface. The African-themed Djibouti of Nick Curtis (2007) is based on West's African Queen, also a 1960s font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CheapProfonts
[Roger S. Nelsson]

Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.

Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look typeface inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.

In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style typeface based on a font by Levente Halmos.

Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).

Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).

Dafont. Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link.

Catalog of Nelsson's bestselling typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Chris Houston
[Retype]

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Chris MacGregor
[PenUltimate Type Foundry]

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Chris MacGregor

Union Type Supply used to be run by Chris MacGregor in Houston, TX, who was (is?) a web communications specialist at Halliburton. He also used to run Penultimate Type in Seabrook, TX. He founded About with Don Synstelien.

His typefaces: Zehrgut (grunge face), Orti (by Jean-Jacques Tachdjian---a filled-in display face), Utile (high-contrast serif font designed by Matthew Chiavelli, Jeff Gillen, Chris MacGregor and Jean-Jacques Tachdjian), Afrobats, Bridgework, Citore, Emulate, Emulate Bold, Epaulet (1994), Tagged, Boxonoxo, Burner, Datapad, Empanel, Emulate, Esboki, Esdeki, Estuki, GleeClub, HiroItalic, HiroOutline, HiroSharp, Hiro, IttoBlock, IttoRound, JaySetch (named after Jay Setchell, who was Chris MacGregor's boss at Imagination Plus, The Woodlands, TX), LeslieSmith, Manitu, Metolurgy, MittenHollowHollow, MittenLeftLeft, MittenRightRight (1996), PepClub, Planet100, PlanetFiveHundred, PlanetSevenHundred, PlanetThreeHundred, ReverberateBold, Reverberate, Tagged, Tshtars, Unite, UtileCaustic. Some typefaces in this list were published by [T-26] (such as Epaulet, Emulate, Mitten, Tagged).

On-line gallery. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christine Voigts

Namibian-German designer of Linotype Dropink (1999), an adorable font in which letters are written with a scratchy inky fountain pen. One of my favorites in its genre.

Fontshop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Bong

Tunis, Tunisia-based designer of the (vector format?) alphabet Ruban (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

C.J. Camilo-Images

Graphic designer in Pretoria, South Africa, who created the multilined grunge typeface Star Line in 2014. Camilo-Images is originally from Angola. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cornell University Africana Library

African writing systems. Charts with hand-drawn glyphs. Covers Amharic (Ethiopia), Ethiopic writing system, Mende (Sierra Leone), Meroitic (hieroglyphic-style writing, Meroe people of Sudan), Egyptian writing system, Nsibidi (Ejagham people of Nigeria), Oromo, Vai (West Africa). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Custor Computing PLC

Creators of the Ethiopic fonts Visual Geez Unicode Agazian and Visual Geez Unicode. Downloadable here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daisy Gandazha

Student at ZIVA, a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. In 2001, she designed an angry letter font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dale Halvorsen

Designer of Mugabe, "dingbats for an oppressive regime" (quotes by Sean O'Toole. This typeface was reviewed in the magazine National Typographika 2 (i-jusi magazine volume 17). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Johnson

Designer at the Open Font Library of Triad Postnaya (2013, an old Church Slavonic typeface and its Latin simulation twin), Stanislav Caps (2013), Pacaya (2013, a medium-weight sans), Jura (2011, in the style of Eurostile), Didact Gothic (2010, a simple and readable sans i in the form most often used in elementary classrooms), Judson (2010, designed for African literacy), Megrim (2010, a monoline drawing table sans), Aguardiente (2010, heavy sans), Deka (2010, a monospace font designed for very small display sizes), Rahel (2009, Hebrew), Sacco-Vanzetti (2009, sans), Travelogue (2008), Grana Padano (2010), Pfennig (2010, an extensive humanist sans family) and Jura (2009, sans family with support for Burmese, Cyrillic and Greek).

Johnson explains: Jura is a family of sans-serif fonts in the Eurostile vein. It was originally inspired by some work I was doing for the FreeFont project in designing a Kayah Li range for FreeMono. (Kayah Li is a language used by a minority people group in Burma. Because the Burmese government suppresses the teaching of minority scripts, the Kayah Li script is taught only in schools in refugee camps in Thailand.) I wanted to create a Roman alphabet using the same kinds of strokes and curves as the Kayah Li glyphs, and thus Jura was born.

Triod Postnaja (2010) attempts to mimic the typefaces used to publish Old Church Slavonic service books prior to the 20th century. It also provides a range of Latin letters in the same style.

He contributed to the GNU Freefont project. In particular, he created by hand a Cherokee range specially for FreeFont to be "in line with the classic Cherokee typefaces used in 19th century printing", but also to fit well with ranges previously in FreeFont. Then he made Unified Canadian Syllabics in Sans, and a Cherokee and Kayah Li in Mono. And never to be outdone by himself, then he did UCAS Extended and Osmanya. His GNU Freefont ranges:

  • Armenian (serif) (U+0530-U+058F)
  • Cherokee (U+13A0-U+13FF)
  • Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics (U+1400-U+167F)
  • UCAS Extended (U+18B0-U+18F5)
  • Kayah Li (U+A900-U+A92F)
  • Tifinagh (U+2D30-U+2D7F)
  • Vai (U+A500-U+A62B)
  • Latin Extended-D (Mayanist letters) (U+A720-U+A7FF)
  • Osmanya (U+10480-U+104a7)

Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Kernest link. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Kahn

Under the name NKO Computers, Daniel Kahn made Kankan (2009), which is based on Michael Everson's Conakry font. This is a font supporting the N'ko script of West Africa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darien Valentine
[Fixedsys]

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Dave West

Type designer of the photolettering era (1960s) whose work is slowly but surely being digitally revived by Nick Curtis, and by Photo-Lettering, the House Industries subsidiary that bought the PhotoLettering Inc type collection. FontShop link. His typefaces:

  • The slightly psychedelic typeface West Banjo. Nick Curtis's Fiddle Sticks (2007) is based on this typeface.
  • Elephant Gothic, a fat deco face. Remade by Nick Curtis as Elephunky NF (2011).
  • Nick Curtis believes that Stymie Black Flair may also be due to him, and he based his Tutti Paffuti NF (2007) on the latter face.
  • African Queen was revived by Curtis as Djibouti NF (2007), a minimalist tribal African alphabet.
  • Nickelodeon. Revived by Curtis as Lily Hilo NF (2008).
  • Barnum Block (Western face), done in 1960 at PhotoLettering Inc. This became Cg BarnumBlock at Compugraphics. The Compugraphics collection is now sold by Monotype. See also PL Barnum Block.
  • Behemoth (1960, PhotoLettering): a slab serif. This too became a Compugraphics face, Cg Behemoth Semi Condensed. See also PL Behemoth Semi Condensed.
  • Futura Casual inspired Nick Curtis to draw Occidental Tourist NF (2010).
  • Walnetto Casual (Photolettering) is another psychedelic face. For a digitization, see Nick Curtis's Jackalope NF (2010). West Barnum Ultra, designed by Dave West and digitized by Ben Kiel&Adam Cruz at House Industries in 2011, was film no. 5494 in the original Photo-Lettering archive.
  • West Thud.
  • West Kerpow, a comic book typeface.
  • West Italiano. A didone.
  • West Emperor Script. A connected didone script.
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DejaVu Fonts
[Stepan Roh]

The DejaVu fonts form an open source font family based on the Bitstream Vera Fonts. Free download. Its purpose is to provide a wider range of characters (see Current status page for more information) while maintaining the original look and feel through the process of collaborative development. Included are DejaVuSans-Bold, DejaVuSans-BoldOblique, DejaVuSans-Oblique, DejaVuSans, DejaVuSansCondensed-Bold, DejaVuSansCondensed-BoldOblique, DejaVuSansCondensed-Oblique, DejaVuSansCondensed, DejaVuSansMono-Bold, DejaVuSansMono-BoldOb, DejaVuSansMono-Oblique, DejaVuSansMono-Roman, DejaVuSerif-Bold, DejaVuSerif-BoldOblique, DejaVuSerif-Oblique, DejaVuSerif-Roman, DejaVuSerifCondensed-Bold, DejaVuSerifCondensed-BoldOblique, DejaVuSerifCondensed-Oblique, DejaVuSerifCondensed.

Authors and contributors comprise Adrian Schroeter, Ben Laenen, Dafydd Harries, Danilo Segan (Cyrillic), David Jez, David Lawrence Ramsey, Denis Jacquerye, Dwayne Bailey, James Cloos, James Crippen, Keenan Pepper, Mashrab Kuvatov, Misu Moldovan (Romanian), Ognyan Kulev, Ondrej Koala Vacha, Peter Cernák, Sander Vesik, Stepán Roh (project manager; Polish), Tavmjong Bah, Valentin Stoykov, and Vasek Stodulka. The idea is to eventually cover most of unicode. Currently, this is covered: Latin (+supplement, extended A and part of extended B), IPA, Greek, Coptic, Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, N'ko, Tifinagh, Lao, Canadian aboriginal syllabics, Ogham, Arabic, math symbols, arrows, Braille, chess, and many dingbats.

Alternate download site. Wiki page with download information.

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Denis Moyogo Jacquerye

Denis Moyogo Jacquerye is the Belgian co-leader of the DejaVu font project (free fonts based on Bitstream Vera), the default GUI for fonts on several Linux OS distributions. He is working on extending various Open Source fonts to support African orthographies in Latin script. He is collaborating with a network of experts in African languages localization as part of the Pan Africa localization Network (ANLoc). Denis, with a Bs.C in Computer Science and a minor in Linguistics from McGill University, has experience in the Language Technology industry, Open Source software, Font Engineering and Unicode software support for African language. Denis currently lives in Brussels.

He designed the open license font family Molengo (2010, sans), which is part of the Google open font directory. He also participated in the GNU Freefont project, where he added new glyphs and corrected existing ones in the Latin Extended-B (U+0180-U+024F) and IPA Extensions (U+0250-U+02AF) ranges.

Speaker at ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg on African fonts.

Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denis Roegel
[LaTeX Navigator]

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DEPOTzNET

Organized font archive. Many subcategories including Party fonts, Holiday fonts, Balloons, Halloween, Christmas, screen fonts, phonetic fonts, African, Balinese, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Croata-glagolitic, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Malayan, Nepali, Nko, runes, Tamil, Vietnamese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Deryk Hopley

Student at ZIVA, a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. In 2001, she designed an artsy initial caps font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Africa
[Anton Scholtz]

Design Africa is an outfit run by Anton Scholtz and Merle from Musgrave, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Their commercial fonts have Latin letters but an African look: Umkhonto, Ubuvila, Amanzi, Assegai, Bongo, Doorn Display, Doorn Body, Zebra, Utshani, Tabwa, Amabhokisi, Baobab, Siyabonga, Inja. When you visit them, do not forget to look at their great ethnic patterns. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diane Collier
[Kigali Designs]

[More]  ⦿

Die Weberei
[Felix Holland]

Architect, web designer and hobby typographer Felix Holland runs Die Weberei in Kampala, Uganda. His first font is this sans (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diego Mier y Terán

Diego holds a Masters from the KABK in Den Haag, 2004. His thesis project was entitled Tuhun. A typographic exploration of the Mixtec language. He made the stencil typeface Nairobi Quality, the text typeface Tuhun (2006), the text typeface Viko (2004), and a font for the Mixtec language of Oaxaca, Mexico. Currently living in Mexico and working with his wife, Kythzia Barrera, in their studio called Frutas y Verduras. He teaches at the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City. Mainly interested in typography, graphic design and organic agriculture. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, where he explained the challenges posed by native languages in Mexico. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dixie's Delights
[Michelle Dixon]

This used to be a wonderful page, but Michelle Dixon seems to have retired from the font making business. There used to be five shareware dingbats fonts: African Ornaments One, Cave Painting Dingbats One, Mayan Dingbats, Pre-Columbian Ornaments One, and Printers' Ornaments One (Mac PS), plus about 45 other original fonts (not shareware). In her wonderful collection, the following of Michelle Dixon's creations stand out: Arrighi Copybook, ItalianMosaicOrnaments, Beautiful, LondonHouse, Love Letter Typewriter, Gaudy Medium, Rusty Nail-Medium (the last four are all old typewriter fonts), and the display fonts Isla Bella (art nouveau), La Negrita, Arty Nouveau, Victorian, Art Nouveau Fonts, Bad Dog-Black, Berlin, Caslon Frenzy, Dixon's Vixens Caps, AntiqueMonoTW, DangerousTypoWriter, Elegant Nouveau Initial Caps, Fruitbasket, Matador, Manhattan, Modern Scribe, Ovid, Spillage, Tacos, Tolstoy, Typewriter, Love Letter, Basketcase, ChiliPepperDingbats, Postage Stamps, Garish Monde, Taco Modern, and Beautiful Ink. All fonts are between 5 and 30 dollars a piece, but often there are four fonts per face. In August 98, the absolutely gorgeous calligraphic font Beautiful Ink became available as a 10USD shareware font in Windows TrueType. Many designs are by Blake Haber, who is Michelle Dixon's husband. Located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Dafont link. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diyann Selman

Student at ZIVA, a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. In 2001, she designed a font in which the letters are inspired by African icons. [Google] [More]  ⦿

D-Net Communications (or: DNC)

Hommersaak, Norway-based foundry interested in African and technical typefaces. The fonts are sold through MyFonts. Their collection: Christmas (dings), Elektronika (dings), TechTools (dings), ABCKids, Gates (dings), Transistors (dings), Ariya (Yoruba based on Arial), Igba (Yoruba based on Times New Roman), Eagle (Nigerian), Eredo (Edo). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Duchet Chanford

Ghana-based creator of Duchet Chanford (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Wannin
[Quartet Systems]

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EthiO Systems

Commercial Ethiopic software and fonts: handwriting fonts such as WashRa (1995), Ethiopia (1996), Wookianos (1997), YebSe (2000). Plus a free Sabaean Script font. Based in Houston. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethiolist

Vendors of AddisWord and AddisPro for Ethiopic. With this software comes the Ethiopic font AddisWord. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethiopic Fonts

Fidel's site with links to Ethiopic fonts. Includes four BDF screen fonts for X11. Covers Amharic, Ge'ez, Tegrinya. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethiopic Unicode Fonts

List of Ethiopic Unicode fonts, compiled by David McCreedy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethiopic.com
[Aberra Molla]

Free Ethiopic truetype font, Geezedit Amharic P by Aberra Molla. Also has many links related to Ethiopic typesetting. [Google] [More]  ⦿

EthioSoft

Ethiopic commercial software. Includes the EthioSoft font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

EthioSys

Ethiopian script typography. Fonts: WashRa, Ethiopia, Wookianos, WebSe. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethiowalia.com

Free Ethiopic font AMH3. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Extended Ethiopian

Four free Ethiopian truetype fonts: EthiopicElementsNormal, EthiopicN1846Normal, EthiopicRareNormal, EthiopicVariantsNormal. Alternate site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fatnobrain
[Adrien Midzic]

Fatnobrain is Adrien Midzic's design studio in Paris. Born in 1982, he designed these typefaces or type families: Fine (lineal), Blokus (free pixel font, 2009), Cimen (strong sans, designed for Smacl Entraide), Mesquine (lineal), Blitz, Cucha, Stencil Reverse, Huit (2009, a gorgeous didone headline face), Stenha (stencil).

Fonts made in 2010: The ETH family (art deco sans).

Custom typefaces by Midzic: Aquitaine (2013, for Région Aquitaine), Nilka (2013, for his personal identity), No End (2013, a fat didone), Ethon Serif (2013, a perked up serif typeface for Penguin Books), Kasai Est (2011, for the Congo-based Kasai Est Magazine), Festival De Film Documentaire (2011), Nevenka (2011, condensed sans).

In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak codesigned the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days. Still in 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the very humanist sans family Saya FY and Saya Semisans FY.

At Velvetyne, he published the free sans typeface Lack (2014).

Dafont link. Klingspor link. Behance link. Another Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

fc fonts for African languages
[Jörg Knappen]

Jörg Knappen's fc fonts for African languages. In metafont. The following languages are supported: Akan, Bamileke, Basa (Kru), Bemba, Ciokwe, Dinka, Dholuo (Luo), Efik, Ewe-Fon, Fulani (Fulful), G\~a, Gbaya, Hausa, Igbo, Kanuri, Kikuyu, Kikongo, Kpelle, Krio, Luba, Mandekan (Bambara), Mende, More, Ngala, Nyanja, Oromo, Rundi, Kinya Rwanda, Sango, Serer, Shona, Somali, Songhai, Sotho (two different writing systems), Suaheli, Tiv, Yao, Yoruba, Xhosa and Zulu. Plus Maltese and Sami. Jörg Knappen works at the University of Mainz in Germany. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Feedel web site: Ethiopian font

Fekade S. Mesfin's page on the shareware font "feedel" and other stuff about Ethiopian fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Felix Holland
[Die Weberei]

[More]  ⦿

Fidel (other site)

Fidel's Ethiopic fonts, in BDF and truetype formats. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fixedsys
[Darien Valentine]

Free truetype fonts: Tai Le Valentinum (for the Tai Le script used in China, Burma and Laos), Valentine Arabic, the faux pixel font Sounds of Apathy, and the unicode faux pixel font Fixedsys Excelsior 2.0 (2007). The latter covers Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Armenian, Tamil, Hylian, N'Ko, Ethiopic, blackletter, Dehong Dai, Pahawh Hmong, Thaan, Arabic, Thai, Ogham, runic, and IPA. All fonts made by Darien Valentine in 2004. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ge'ez -- Amharic

Ge'ez is the ancient language in which the scriptures of the Ethiopic Orthodox Church are written. Amharic is the majority language spoken in modern Ethiopia: it descended from Ge'ez, but is quite different. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ge'ez Free Zemen

The free GF Zemen truetype fonts (gfzemen1.ttf and gfzemen2.ttf) are encoded in the "Ethiopian ASCII" system developed by EthiO Systems. "gfzemenu.ttf" is a Unicode encoded font for Ethiopic. Yonas Fissehi told me that he created a BDF font for X-Windows that was the precursor to gfzemen. He believes that GFZemen's credit should go to Yitna Firdyiwek of "Goha Tibeb"---Biruk Asrat ported the files. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GeezEdit 1.1

According to some sources, Mike Murray is selling stolen goods, in this case GeezEdit 1.1 (20 USD). Here is the blurb: " This is a stolen product. Cnet should be ashamed for being used by such a stupid thief. Mike Murray is in possession of numerous illegal fonts reverse engeneered from a free GeezEdit Amharic P font. Very ugly characters have been concocted out of smaller pieces and thrown into three arbitrary and imaginary typefaces.". [Google] [More]  ⦿

GeezFont

Dead link. Before its death, it had commercial Ethiopic software, free trial download. Has some Ge'ez fonts: GeezBausi, GeezAddis, GeezBasic, GeezLong, GeezThin, GeezDirib. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GeezSoft

Free truetype font for Ethiopic: GeezTypeNet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Georg Kerpert

Graphic designer in Johannesburg, who created the rounded sans typeface Acacia (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Ryan

American designer, b. Rockville Centre, NY, 1950. George Ryan held senior positions at Linotype and Bitstream since 1979, where he has been involved in the production of over 2500 fonts. In 2004, Ryan joined Agfa Monotype. Creator of these typefaces:

  • The amazingly beautiful text font Kennedy GD.
  • Other Galapagos fonts: McLemore (2002), Geis (2002), Jorge (2002), Culpepper (2002, an extension and interpretation of Rudolf Koch's Neuland, 1923), the elegant formal script font Tiamaria (2002, connected script), the fat art nouveau font Robusto (2002, based on letters found in a book about Oswald Cooper), Prop Ten (2002).
  • The hand-printed comic book style typeface ITC Kristen (1995).
  • The legible Nikki New Roman GD (1996).
  • The handwriting font MohawcsNote GD.
  • The Bitstream font Oz Handicraft (1991). This was created by George Ryan in 1990 from a showing of Oswald Cooper's hand lettering found in The Book of Oz Cooper, published in 1949 by the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago).
  • Migrate GD (now ITC Migrate).
  • ITC Eborg.
  • The fine dingbat font Web-O-Mints GD.
  • The clean sans serif Wyle GD.
  • Established in 2003 by George Ryan in Arlington, MA, Bilt Fonts (Aruban Font Foundry) sells revivals and original designs through MyFonts. Typefaces include Pietin, Geo Sans, Netto, Rescue, Jingle, Geo Tablet, Lottsa Lotta, Big Stuff, Rainman, Depth Charge, Sansand, Bulla Bulla, Kappa Nappa, Kappa Sappa, Sarabella (2004, calligraphic), Marcus Texus (fun informal), Marcus Displaeus, and Spio Beo.
  • Semaphore (Bitstream, with Dave Robbins).
  • In 2007, at Monotype, he made Givens Antiqua, named after Robert Givens, the co-founder and first president of Monotype Imaging---it is a soft and elegant serif family in 16 styles.
  • In 2012, he published the comic book felt tip marker typeface Koorkin (Monotype).
  • In 2013, he worked on an Ethiopic typeface at Monotype.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

View George Ryan's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gikuyu

Gikuyu is a commercial font package prepared by Match Fonts with appropriate diacritics fir the Gikuyu language. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Glavy Fonts
[Jason Glavy]

Jason Glavy, who lives in Yokohama, runs Glavy Fonts. He has created some free fonts: JGLepcha (2001, a West-African language font), JG Chantabouli and JG Sasettha (cleaned up and extended unicode vesions of Sasettha and Chantabouli fonts created by John Durdin), JGAksaraBali, JGBasicLao, JGChamVer2, JGChamCambodia, JGChamVN, JGChantabouliLao, JGHurufJawaSanskrit, JGLaoOldArial, JGLaoOldface, JGLaoTimes, JGSoyombo (Tibetan), WL-LatinIPATimes. He used to have a bunch of Japanese fonts on his web site, including his Jindaimoji series. He also created three fonts for Makassarese/Buginese. At some point, he was associated with Saronix Japan. His Hmong page had JGCwjmemFinalVersion, JGCwjmemSecondVersion, JGCwjmemThirdVersion, JGNaadaasFinalVersion, JGNaadaasSecondVersion, JGNaadaasThirdVersion, JGPahawhFinalVersion, JGPahawhSecondVersion, JGPahawhSourceVersion, JGPahawhThirdVersion, JGPuajTxwm, all made in 2002: of these, the Pahawh series is original, while Cwjmem and Naadaas are improvements of other fonts. West African fonts designed by him: JGBassaVahHandwriting, JGBassaVahPrint, JGBete, JGKpelleA, JGKpelleB, JGNKo, JGVaiA, JGVaiB, JGVaiC. These fonts are well researched, and are based on drawings and findings by Dalby, Dr. Welmer, and Jensen. Some of Glavy's fonts for other languages: JGBasicLao, JGChamCambodia (1998), JGChamVN (1998), JGChantabouliLao, JGHurufJawaSanskrit (2001), JGLaoOldArial, JGLaoOldface, JGLaoTimes, JG Lepcha (2001), JGSoyomb (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

GNU Freefont (or: Free UCS Outline Fonts)
[Steve White]

The GNU Freefont is continuously being updated to become a large useful Unicode monster. GNU FreeFont is a free family of scalable outline fonts, suitable for general use on computers and for desktop publishing. It is Unicode-encoded for compatability with all modern operating systems. There are serif, Sans and Mono subfamilies. Also called the "Free UCS Outline Fonts", this project is part of the larger Free Software Foundation. Scans: FreeMono, FreeMonoBold, FreeMonoBoldOblique, FreeMonoOblique, FreeSans, FreeSansBold, FreeSansBoldOblique, FreeSansOblique, FreeSerif, FreeSerifBold, FreeSerifBoldItalic, FreeSerifItalic. The original head honcho was Primoz Peterlin, the coordinator at the Institute of Biophysics of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2008, Steve White took over. Participants and credits, as of the end of 2010, with Unicode range responsibilities:

  • URW++ Design&Development GmbH. URW++ donated a set of 35 core PostScript Type 1 fonts to the Ghostscript project.
    • Basic Latin (U+0041-U+007A)
    • Latin-1 Supplement (U+00C0-U+00FF)
    • Latin Extended-A (U+0100-U+017F)
    • Spacing Modifier Letters (U+02B0-U+02FF)
    • Mathematical Operators (U+2200-U+22FF)
    • Block Elements (U+2580-U+259F)
    • Dingbats (U+2700-U+27BF)
  • Yannis Haralambous and John Plaice. Yannis Haralambous and John Plaice are the authors of Omega typesetting system, which is an extension of TeX. Its first release, aims primarily at improving TeX's multilingual abilities. In Omega all characters and pointers into data-structures are 16-bit wide, instead of 8-bit, thereby eliminating many of the trivial limitations of TeX. Omega also allows multiple input and output character sets, and uses programmable filters to translate from one encoding to another, to perform contextual analysis, etc. Internally, Omega uses the universal 16-bit Unicode standard character set, based on ISO-10646. These improvements not only make it a lot easier for TeX users to cope with multiple or complex languages, like Arabic, Indic, Khmer, Chinese, Japanese or Korean, in one document, but will also form the basis for future developments in other areas, such as native color support and hypertext features. ... Fonts for UT1 (omlgc family) and UT2 (omah family) are under development: these fonts are in PostScript format and visually close to Times and Helvetica font families.
    • Latin Extended-B (U+0180-U+024F)
    • IPA Extensions (U+0250-U+02AF)
    • Greek (U+0370-U+03FF)
    • Armenian (U+0530-U+058F)
    • Hebrew (U+0590-U+05FF)
    • Arabic (U+0600-U+06FF)
    • Currency Symbols (U+20A0-U+20CF)
    • Arabic Presentation Forms-A (U+FB50-U+FDFF)
    • Arabic Presentation Forms-B (U+FE70-U+FEFF)
  • Yannis Haralambous and Wellcome Institute. In 1994, The Wellcome Library The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England, commissioned Mr. Haralambous to produce a Sinhalese font for them. We have received 03/09 official notice from Robert Kiley, Head of e-Strategy for the Wellcome Library, that Yannis' font could be included in GNU FreeFont under its GNU license: Sinhala (U+0D80-U+0DFF).
  • Young U. Ryu at the University of Texas at Dallas is the author of Txfonts, a set of mathematical symbols designed to accompany text typeset in Times or its variants. In the documentation, Young adresses the design of mathematical symbols: "The Adobe Times fonts are thicker than the CM fonts. Designing math fonts for Times based on the rule thickness of Times =,, +, /, <, etc. would result in too thick math symbols, in my opinion. In the TX fonts, these glyphs are thinner than those of original Times fonts. That is, the rule thickness of these glyphs is around 85% of that of the Times fonts, but still thicker than that of the CM fonts." Ranges: Arrows (U+2190-U+21FF), Mathematical Symbols (U+2200-U+22FF).
  • Valek Filippov added Cyrillic glyphs and composite Latin Extended A to the whole set of the abovementioned URW set of 35 PostScript core fonts, Ranges: Latin Extended-A (U+0100-U+017F), Cyrillic (U+0400-U+04FF).
  • Wadalab Kanji Comittee. Between April 1990 and March 1992, Wadalab Kanji Comittee put together a series of scalable font files with Japanese scripts, in four forms: Sai Micho, Chu Mincho, Cho Kaku and Saimaru. The font files were written in custom file format, while tools for conversion into Metafont and PostScript Type 1 were also supplied. The Wadalab Kanji Comittee has later been dismissed, and the resulting files can be now found on the FTP server of the Depertment of Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo: Hiragana (U+3040-U+309F), Katakana (U+30A0-U+30FF). Note that some time around 2009, the hiragana and katakana ranges were deleted.
  • Angelo Haritsis has compiled a set of Greek type 1 fonts. The glyphs from this source has been used to compose Greek glyphs in FreeSans and FreeMono. Greek (U+0370-U+03FF).
  • Yannis Haralambous and Virach Sornlertlamvanich. In 1999, Yannis Haralambous and Virach Sornlertlamvanich made a set of glyphs covering the Thai national standard Nf3, in both upright and slanted shape. Range: Thai (U+0E00-U+0E7F).
  • Shaheed Haque has developed a basic set of basic Bengali glyphs (without ligatures), using ISO10646 encoding. Range: Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF).
  • Sam Stepanyan created a set of Armenian sans serif glyphs visually compatible with Helvetica or Arial. Range: Armenian (U+0530-U+058F).
  • Mohamed Ishan has started a Thaana Unicode Project. Range: Thaana (U+0780-U+07BF).
  • Sushant Kumar Dash has created a font in his mother tongue, Oriya: Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F). But Freefont has dropped Oriya because of the absence of font features neccessary for display of text in Oriya.
  • Harsh Kumar has started BharatBhasha for these ranges:
    • Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F)
    • Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF)
    • Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F)
    • Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF)
  • Prasad A. Chodavarapu created Tikkana, a Telugu font family: Telugu (U+0C00-U+0C7F). It was originally included in GNU Freefont, but supoort for Telugu was later dropped altogether from the GNU Freefont project.
  • Frans Velthuis and Anshuman Pandey. In 1991, Frans Velthuis from the Groningen University, The Netherlands, released a Devanagari font as Metafont source, available under the terms of GNU GPL. Later, Anshuman Pandey from Washington University in Seattle, took over the maintenance of font. Fonts can be found on CTAN. This font was converted the font to Type 1 format using Peter Szabo's TeXtrace and removed some redundant control points with PfaEdit. Range: Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F).
  • Hardip Singh Pannu. In 1991, Hardip Singh Pannu has created a free Gurmukhi TrueType font, available as regular, bold, oblique and bold oblique form. Range: Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F).
  • Jeroen Hellingman (The Netherlands) created a set of Malayalam metafonts in 1994, and a set of Oriya metafonts in 1996. Malayalam fonts were created as uniform stroke only, while Oriya metafonts exist in both uniform and modulated stroke. From private communication: "It is my intention to release the fonts under GPL, but not all copies around have this notice on them." Metafonts can be found here and here. Ranges: Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F), Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F). Oriya was subsequently dropped from the Freefont project.
  • Thomas Ridgeway, then at the Humanities And Arts Computing Center, Washington University, Seattle, USA, (now defunct), created a Tamil metafont in 1990. Anshuman Pandey from the same university took over the maintenance of font. Fonts can be found at CTAN and cover Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF).
  • Berhanu Beyene, Prof. Dr. Manfred Kudlek, Olaf Kummer, and Jochen Metzinger from the Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science, University of Hamburg, prepared a set of Ethiopic metafonts. They also maintain the home page on the Ethiopic font project. Someone converted the fonts to Type 1 format using TeXtrace, and removed some redundant control points with PfaEdit. Range: Ethiopic (U+1200-U+137F).
  • Maxim Iorsh. In 2002, Maxim Iorsh started the Culmus project, aiming at providing Hebrew-speaking Linux and Unix community with a basic collection of Hebrew fonts for X Windows. The fonts are visually compatible with URW++ Century Schoolbook L, URW++ Nimbus Sans L and URW++ Nimbus Mono L families, respectively. Range: Hebrew (U+0590-U+05FF).
  • Vyacheslav Dikonov made a Braille unicode font that could be merged with the UCS fonts to fill the 2800-28FF range completely (uniform scaling is possible to adapt it to any cell size). He also contributed a free Syriac font, whose glyphs (about half of them) are borrowed from the free Carlo Ator font. Vyacheslav also filled in a few missing spots in the U+2000-U+27FF area, e.g., the box drawing section, sets of subscript and superscript digits and capital Roman numbers. Ranges: Syriac (U+0700-U+074A), Box Drawing (U+2500-U+257F), Braille (U+2800-U+28FF).
  • Panayotis Katsaloulis helped fixing Greek accents in the Greek Extended area: (U+1F00-U+1FFF).
  • M.S. Sridhar. M/S Cyberscape Multimedia Limited, Mumbai, developers of Akruti Software for Indian Languages (http://www.akruti.com/), have released a set of TTF fonts for nine Indian scripts (Devanagari, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, and Gurumukhi) under the GNU General Public License (GPL). You can download the fonts from the Free Software Foundation of India WWW site. Their original contributions to Freefont were
    • Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F)
    • Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF)
    • Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F)
    • Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF)
    • Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F)
    • Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF)
    • Telugu (U+0C00-U+0C7F)
    • Kannada (U+0C80-U+0CFF)
    • Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F)
    Oriya, Kannada and Telugu were dropped from the GNU Freefont project.
  • DMS Electronics, The Sri Lanka Tipitaka Project, and Noah Levitt. Noah Levitt found out that the Sinhalese fonts available on the site metta.lk are released under GNU GPL. These glyphs were later replaced by those from the LKLUG font. Finally the range was completely replaced by glyphs from the sinh TeX font, with much help and advice from Harshula Jayasuriya. Range: Sinhala (U+0D80-U+0DFF).
  • Daniel Shurovich Chirkov. Dan Chirkov updated the FreeSerif font with the missing Cyrillic glyphs needed for conformance to Unicode 3.2. The effort is part of the Slavjanskij package for Mac OS X. range: Cyrillic (U+0400-U+04FF).
  • Abbas Izad. Responsible for Arabic (U+0600-U+06FF), Arabic Presentation Forms-A, (U+FB50-U+FDFF), Arabic Presentation Forms-B (U+FE70-U+FEFF).
  • Denis Jacquerye added new glyphs and corrected existing ones in the Latin Extended-B (U+0180-U+024F) and IPA Extensions (U+0250-U+02AF) ranges.
  • K.H. Hussain and R. Chitrajan. Rachana in Malayalam means to write, to create. Rachana Akshara Vedi, a team of socially committed information technology professionals and philologists, has applied developments in computer technology and desktop publishing to resurrect the Malayalam language from the disorder, fragmentation and degeneration it had suffered since the attempt to adapt the Malayalam script for using with a regular mechanical typewriter, which took place in 1967-69. K.H. Hussein at the Kerala Forest Research Institute has released "Rachana Normal" fonts with approximately 900 glyphs required to typeset traditional Malayalam. R. Chitrajan apparently encoded the glyphs in the OpenType table. In 2008, the Malayalam ranges in FreeSerif were updated under the advise and supervision of Hiran Venugopalan of Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, to reflect the revised edition Rachana_04. Range: Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F).
  • Solaiman Karim filled in Bengali (U+0980-U+09FF). Solaiman Karim has developed several OpenType Bangla fonts and released them under GNU GPL.
  • Sonali Sonania and Monika Shah covered Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F) and Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF). Glyphs were drawn by Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd., #101, Mahalakshmi Mansion 21st Main 22nd "A" Cross Banashankari 2nd stage Banglore 560070, India. Converted to OTF by IndicTrans Team, Powai, Mumbai, lead by Prof. Jitendra Shah. Maintained by Monika Shah and Sonali Sonania of janabhaaratii Team, C-DAC, Mumbai. This font is released under GPL by Dr. Alka Irani and Prof Jitendra Shah, janabhaaratii Team, C-DAC, Mumabi. janabhaaratii is localisation project at C-DAC Mumbai (formerly National Centre for Software Technology); funded by TDIL, Govt. of India.
  • Pravin Satpute, Bageshri Salvi, Rahul Bhalerao and Sandeep Shedmake added these Indic language cranges:
    • Devanagari (U+0900-U+097F)
    • Gujarati (U+0A80-U+0AFF)
    • Oriya (U+0B00-U+0B7F)
    • Malayalam (U+0D00-U+0D7F)
    • Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF)
    In December 2005 the team at www.gnowledge.org released a set of two Unicode pan-Indic fonts: "Samyak" and "Samyak Sans". "Samyak" font belongs to serif style and is an original work of the team; "Samyak Sans" font belongs to sans serif style and is actually a compilation of already released Indic fonts (Gargi, Padma, Mukti, Utkal, Akruti and ThendralUni). Both fonts are based on Unicode standard. You can download the font files separately. Note that Oriya was dropped from the Freefont project.
  • Kulbir Singh Thind added Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F). Dr. Kulbir Singh Thind designed a set of Gurmukhi Unicode fonts, AnmolUni and AnmolUni-Bold, which are available under the terms of GNU license from the Punjabu Computing Resource Center.
  • Gia Shervashidze added Georgian (U+10A0-U+10FF). Starting in mid-1990s, Gia Shervashidze designed many Unicode-compliant Georgian fonts: Times New Roman Georgian, Arial Georgian, Courier New Georgian.
  • Daniel Johnson. Created by hand a Cherokee range specially for FreeFont to be "in line with the classic Cherokee typefaces used in 19th century printing", but also to fit well with ranges previously in FreeFont. Then he made Unified Canadian Syllabics in Sans, and a Cherokee and Kayah Li in Mono! And never to be outdone by himself, then did UCAS Extended and Osmanya.... What next?
    • Armenian (serif) (U+0530-U+058F)
    • Cherokee (U+13A0-U+13FF)
    • Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics (U+1400-U+167F)
    • UCAS Extended (U+18B0-U+18F5)
    • Kayah Li (U+A900-U+A92F)
    • Tifinagh (U+2D30-U+2D7F)
    • Vai (U+A500-U+A62B)
    • Latin Extended-D (Mayanist letters) (U+A720-U+A7FF)
    • Osmanya (U+10480-U+104a7)
  • George Douros, the creator of several fonts focusing on ancient scripts and symbols. Many of the glyphs are created by making outlines from scanned images of ancient sources.
    • Aegean: Phoenecian (U+10900-U+1091F).
    • Analecta: Gothic (U+10330-U+1034F)
    • Musical: Byzantine (U+1D000-U+1D0FF)&Western (U+1D100-U+1D1DF)
    • Unicode: many miscellaneous symbols, miscellaneous technical, supplemental symbols, and mathematical alphanumeric symbols (U+1D400-U+1D7FF), Mah Jong (U+1F000-U+1F02B), and the outline of the domino (U+1F030-U+1F093).
  • Steve White filled in a lot of missing characters, got some font features working, left fingerprints almost everywhere, and is responsible for these blocks: Glagolitic (U+2C00-U+2C5F), Coptic (U+2C80-U+2CFF).
  • Pavel Skrylev is responsible for Cyrillic Extended-A (U+2DEO-U+2DFF) as well as many of the additions to Cyrillic Extended-B (U+A640-U+A65F).
  • Mark Williamson made the MPH 2 Damase font, from which these ranges were taken:
    • Hanunóo (U+1720-U+173F)
    • Buginese (U+1A00-U+1A1F)
    • Tai Le (U+1950-U+197F)
    • Ugaritic (U+10380-U+1039F)
    • Old Persian (U+103A0-U+103DF)
  • Primoz Peterlin filled in missing glyphs here and there (e.g., Latin Extended-B and IPA Extensions ranges in the FreeMono family), and created the following UCS blocks:
    • Latin Extended-B (U+0180-U+024F)
    • IPA Extensions (U+0250-U+02AF)
    • Arrows (U+2190-U+21FF)
    • Box Drawing (U+2500-U+257F)
    • Block Elements (U+2580-U+259F)
    • Geometrical Shapes (U+25A0-U+25FF)
  • Jacob Poon submitted a very thorough survey of glyph problems and other suggestions.
  • Alexey Kryukov made the TemporaLCGUni fonts, based on the URW++ fonts, from which at one point FreeSerif Cyrillic, and some of the Greek, was drawn. He also provided valuable direction about Cyrillic and Greek typesetting.
  • The Sinhala font project has taken the glyphs from Yannis Haralambous' Sinhala font, to produce a Unicode TrueType font, LKLUG. These glyphs were for a while included in FreeFont: Sinhala (U+0D80-U+0DFF).

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GohaTibebZemen

A free Ethiopic font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graphite Fonts

This site has a number of free truetype fonts, such as SILDoulos PigLatinDemo (2000, Summer Institute of Linguistics), NeoAssyrianRAI (2001, a Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform font by Karljuergen G. Feuerherm), DoulosSIL (2002, a big Unicode-compliant font), PadaukSuper (2003, Burmese font), Code2000 (2003, James Kass's huge unicode font; the version here is called Code2000 Tamil Graphite) Koli Nko Manden (1999, by the Fakoli Corporation for the West African language N'Ko). [Google] [More]  ⦿

HacenType
[Muhammad Hacen]

Run by Mohamed Hacen (b. 1978, Mauritania), a graphics and type specialist. Unless otherwise indicated, all fonts were made in 2006 by Mohamed Hacen. Free Latin fonts: HacenCAPSpice33, HacenCAPSpice65, HacenPixer (by Jen Aimon). Free Arabic fonts: HacenBeirutHeading, HacenBeirutLight, HacenBeirut, HacenCAPSpice33, HacenCAPSpice65, HacenCasablancaHeavy, HacenCasablancaLight, HacenCasablanca, HacenDalalSt, HacenDalalText, HacenDalal, HacenEgypt, HacenFreehand, HacenLebanon, HacenLinerPrint-outLight, HacenLinerPrint-out, HacenLinerScreenBd, HacenLinerScreen, HacenLinerXL, HacenLinerXXL, HacenNewspaper, HacenPixer, HacenPromoterLt, HacenPromoterMd, HacenPromoter, HacenSahafa, HacenSamraLt, HacenSamra, HacenTypographerBold, HacenTypographerBook, HacenTypographerHeavy, HacenTypographer. Hacen Tehran (2006) is here. Hacen Liner is at Open Font Library. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Happyloverstown
[Jonathan Calugi]

Very talented Pistoia, Italy-based designer (b. 1982). Behance link. Dafont link. His typefaces:

A follower of Calugi writes: Jonathan is a young illustrator hailing from Pistoia, Italy. It's nearly impossible to not recognize his signature style: what at first appears to be a child-like doodling, a closer look will reveal a world of intricate, carefully crafted patterns and eccentric geometric forms. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hayley Rogers

Student at ZIVA, a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. In 2001, she designed an alphabet inspired by rock paintings, with letters in the forms of humans. Her alphabet is featured in "Language Culture Type" (John D. Berry ed., Graphis, 2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Holland Fonts
[Max Kisman]

Max Kisman (b. 1953, Doetinchem) is a Dutch freelance graphic designer who graduated in 1977 in graphic design, typography, illustration and animation at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 1986, he co-founded TYP/Typografisch Papier, and taught graphic design and typography at various colleges in the Netherlands in the years following that. He is principal of MKDSGN, his studio in Mill Valley, California, and founded Holland Fonts, a foundry for his typeface designs in 2002. Max teaches graphic design, typography and typeface design in San Francisco. He currently lives in Mill Valley, CA.

His early typefaces: ExtendedMaxMixOne (1991), Rosetta, Jacque (1991, FontFont), Fudoni (1991), the experimental font Linear Konstruct (FUSE 2).

He wrote a coffeetable book on typography in the streets of Paris, but no book store in Paris seems to have it, and I have looked! He is editor of Tribe.

In 2002, he started Holland Fonts. His fonts there: Bebedot Blonde (2002), Bebedot Black, Bfrika (2002, an interesting African lettering font), Cattlebrand (2002), Chip 96 (2002), Chip 02 (2002), Circuit Closed (2002), Circuit Open, Interlace Single (2002), Interlace Double, Mundenge Rock (2002), Nevermind (2003, a cut-out style reminiscent of Saul Bass's movie titling types), Pacific Sans (2003), Pacific Serif (2003), Pacific Standard L, Pacific Standard B, Pacific Classic L (2002, artsy, stylish), Pacific Classic B, Quickstep Regular (2002, an angular font), Quickstep Bold, Quickstep Sans R, Quickstep Sans B, Submarine (2003, an octagonal font family), Traveller Regular (2002), Traveller Bold, Tribe Mono (2003, a tech font), Zwartvet (2002, a Van Doesburg/ De Stijl type font).

Four free ransom note fonts made in 2003: Dutch Doubles, Frisco Remix, We Love Your Font, MaxMix One. At Union Fonts, he (re-)published Bebedot, BFRIKA, Cattlebrand, Chip01, Chip02, Pacific, Quickstep, Submarine and Traveller in 2003, and Mata Hari (Indic simulation typeface in weights called Exotique, Hollandaise and Parisienne) and Xbats (2004, Christmas dingbats) in 2004.

Speaker at ATypI 2004 in Prague.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

His bestselling fonts at MyFonts. Pic. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

House of Lime
[Merethe Liljedahl]

Free original dingbats, alphadings and fonts, mostly from scanned art by Merethe Liljedahl (House of Lime) in Landskrona, Sweden.

The font list: Abstract, Africa, African Design, African Eggs, AfricanPattern, AlphaRemember, AlphaSausage, AlphaThin, AmishQuilts, AngelsFairies, Angelsaroundtheworld, AngloText, Animal, AnimalDesign, AntiqueStuff, AntiqueStuffII, AroundSports, Aroundthehouse, ArtDecoMotif, ArtNouveauBild, ArtNouveauBlume, ArtNouveauFlowers, ArtNouveauFramesandBorders, ArtNouveauInitials (2001), ArtNouveauInitialsA, ArtNouveauInitialsB, ArtNouveauInitialsC, AsianArt, AsianArtII, BOO, BabyTime, BackToSchool (2000, pencil-themed face), Bagsandstuff, BagsandstuffII, Balloons, Baseball, Big Lou (2003, art deco), BirdStencilDesign, BirdStencilDesignII, Birdies, Bzzy (2004, alphadings), Books, Butterflies, Buttons (2006), Calender, CamelotCaps (2000), CarstensOwls, Cats, CelticElements, CelticElementsII, CelticMotif, Celtics, Cherub, CheshireInitials (2001), Chiseled (2006), ChristmasTime, ChristmasWreath, ChubbyDotty, ChubbyTrail, Cornerflair (2002), CrayolaKiddyFont, Curly Fleur Caps, DBLCeltic, DBLCorners, DBLFacesfromthepast, DBLFlowerDelight, DBLMedievalDesign, DancerInTheDark, DancerInTheDarkII, DancerInTheDarkIII, DecorativeOrnamental, Decorette, Decorina (2001), DesignMotif, DesignerCorners, DesignerCorners, DesignerDing, DesignerDividers, DesignerFrames, DesignerFramesTwo, DesignerMix, DesignerMixII, DesignerMixed, DesignerMotifs, DesignerMotifsThree, DesignerMotifsTwo, DesignerPlus, DesignerStuff, Dividers, DividersTwo, DoggyBag, DogsandCats, Dolphins, Dot Trail (2002), DoverChineseMotifDesign, DoverFloral, DoverFloralandDesignII, DoverJapaneseDesign, Dragons, Durbin Initials (2009), EasterBunny, EasterHoppy, EasterTime, EatingOut, Egypt, ElectionTime (2000), Elegance, EvelynsHeart, EvsDragons, ExtraOrnamentalNo2, FaceofaLady, Faces2Faces, FacesOfTheCentury, Faith, Fans, Fashion, FashionLadies, FleurCornerCaps (2000), FloralDesign, FloralStencilDesign, FloridVictorianOrnament, FlowerandFairyAlphabet, Folklore, FolkloreII, Fontanesi, Framed, Frames, FramesAndBorders, FramesAndBordersII, FramesAndBordersIII, FramesandBackgrounds, FramesandHeaders, Fromthegarden, Fruityandveggie, Furballs, GailsUnicorn, GardenTime, Geisha, Genzsch Initials, GermanCaps, GothicCornerCaps, GothicFlourish, GrafikText, GuinevereCaps, HalloweenKiddyFont, Hats, HatsII, HatsIII, HatsIV, HatsV, HeartsofLime, Heraldics, Horses, Houses, HousesII, Howling, Iconettes, Inmygarden, Inyourgarden, Itsserved, Jars, JustFrames, KarensKitties, KeyasTurtles, KiddyDing, KiddyFlakey (2002), KiddyFrames, KiddyHalloween, KiddyToys, KidsAlphabet, KittytheCat, Ladiesofthe20s, Leaves, LimeBlossomCaps (1999), LimeGloryCaps (2000), LisasDragons, LittleHeroes, LizsGibsonGirls, LovePoision, Maskes, MedievalAlphabet (2000), MedievalMotif, MedievalMotifTwo, MexicanMotif, MirrorImage, MosaicCaps (2000), Motif, Mousie (2000, alphadings), MoyrasParrots, Music For Your Ears (2006), MutansII, Mutants, Mythical, NavyBlues (2000, white on black buttons), OldFashionedIllus, OldFloralIllustration, OldFolksShuffle (2000), Onthefarm, OrientalDesign, OrientalIcons, OrientalIconsII, OrientalIconsIII, OrientalIconsIV, OrientalView, OrnamentalCorners, OrnamentalDecoration, OrnamentalDecorationII, OrnamentalElements, OrnamentalElementsII, OrnamentalFramesI, OrnamentalInitialsA, OrnamentalInitialsB, OrnamentalInitialsC, OrnamentalInitialsD, OrnamentalInitialsE, OrnamentalInitialsF, OrnamentalInitialsG, OrnamentalInitialsH, OrnamentalInitialsI, OrnamentalInitialsJ, OrnamentalInitialsK, OrnamentalInitialsL, OrnamentalInitialsM, OrnamentalInitialsN, OrnamentalInitialsO, OrnamentalInitialsP, OrnamentalInitialsQ, OrnamentalInitialsR, OrnamentalInitialsS, OrnamentalInitialsT, OrnamentalInitialsU, OrnamentalInitialsV, OrnamentalInitialsW, OrnamentalInitialsX, OrnamentalInitialsY, OrnamentalInitialsZ, OutOfAfrica (2000), Paisley, Paisley Caps, PaisleyII, Party (2004, Mexican simulation face), Pentagon (2003, Western face), PhilliBoo, PokemonKiddyDing, Retro Elite (2003, art deco), RibbonCaps, Rose, Rosegarden, Scary, Scary House, Scrapper's Arrows, ScrappersCorner, ScrappersElements, ScrappersElementsII, ScrappersElementsIII, ScrappersElementsIV, ScrappersElementsV, ScrappersKeys, ScrappersStencil, ScrappingDoodles, Scream, Sealife, September11, Shaking Salsa, Ships, SimplyFriends, Skeleton, Smelly, SomeoneSpecial, Spiders (2001), SplatterCaps, Spooky, Sporty (2004), Spring (2003, Victorian ornamental typeface), Square Frame (2006), Stamped Flowers, Starlite, Stars, Stencil, StripesCaps (2000), SugarFootStrut, Sun and Moon, Sunflowers, Sunny Days (2004), SunshineKiddyFont, Tattoo, TheGoddess, ThePerfectMan, ThemeCorners, TiffanyCorners, TiffanyCornersII, TiffanyCornersIII, Tiles, Tools, TraditionalFloralDesign, TraditionalFloralDesignII, TraditionalFloralDesignIII, Trapeze (2004), TreasuryofDesign, Treesandleaves, Tulips, TylersPokemon (2000), UncasWomen, Valentine, VictorianWindow, Wedding, Wildflower, WildflowerII, WildflowerIII, WildflowerIV, YesterdaysBeauty, YourSign, Yummi, Zodiac.

Designer Menues (commercial dings, 2001). In 2006, these commercial dings: Scrapping Corners, Scrappers Fills. Direct access to the dingbats. Direct access to fonts.

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Isay Solomonovich Slutsker

Russian type designer (b. Orel, Russia, 1924, d. 2002). He lost both legs in World War II, but persevered and graduated in 1949 from the Moscow Printing Institute. He started working at the Type Design Department of VNIIPoligraphmash (National Printing Research Institute). From 1991 he worked for ParaType, Moscow. Isay Slutsker worked for major Soviet publishers, Khudozhestvennaya Literatura and Prosveshcheniye, designing and illustrating general fiction literature and textbooks. Slutsker designed many typefaces for a number of scripts and writing systems. Among his Cyrillic and Latin designs are Baltica (1951-2, a spin-off of Candida-Antiqua by Jakob Erbar; in co-operation with Vera Chiminova; Paratype did a revival in 1998); Bruskovaya Gazetnaya ('Slab-serif newstype', 1949; in co-operation with Alexandra Korobkova); Mysl (1986, a makeover of the typeface originally created by Vera Chiminova in 1966); PT Caslon (1962 and 1992, a version of the ATF Caslon; assisted by Tatiana Lyskova and Manvel Shmavonyan; also called Caslon 540); ITC Franklin Gothic Cyrillic (1993; assisted by Tatiana Lyskova); PT BT Humanist 531 Cyrillic (1988, based on the Bitstream version of Syntax, by Hans Eduard Meier; assisted by Manvel Shmavonyan); PT BT Geometric Slabserif 712 (1999, based on the Bitstream version of Monotype Rockwell; assisted by Manvel Shmavonyan); MyslNarrowC (1992-1996, at Intermicro, together with Svetlana Ermolaeva and Emma Zfcharova). Slutsker's Greek typefaces are Obyknovennaya Novaya ('New Standard', 1950s); Rublenaya Slutskera ('Slutsker Sans'; 1960s); Chronos (1980s). Isay Slutsker created several typefaces for Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati and Kannada. He designed two Amharic and one Hangul typeface, Inmin. Slutsker's Humanist 531 Cyrillic was among the winners of Kyrillitsa'99 and won an award at Bukvaraz 2001.

Russian bio. FontShop link. Klingspor link.

View some of Isay Slutsker's digital typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ivona Stankova

What a way to start a beautiful day---ogling the African-themed Cyrillic font Afrikita (2012) made by Sofia, Bulgaria-based Ivona Stankova. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Albuquerque

Illustrator and web designer in Parede, Portugal, who made Afrika (2010)---the ornamental caps alphabet, not the continent. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jan Bunk
[Bureau Bunk]

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Jason Castle
[Castle Type]

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Jason Glavy
[Glavy Fonts]

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Jason Muriithi Kiama

Jason was born in Loresho Grove, Kenya, in 1997. He created the free constructivist typeface Booyakasha in 2013. This squarish typeface is based on the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title. Finger Maniac (2013) was made with FontStruct.

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Jayan Ratna

Graphic Designer from New Zealand, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He created the commercial typeface Techno Type (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jérémie Hornus

Frenchman Jérémie Hornus studied typography at Le Scriptorium de Toulouse, France and the University of Reading, where he graduated in 2006. He worked at Dalton Maag, where he designed Tornac (which became a retail typeface in 2013 at Dalton Maag), a connected script face, and was involved in brand identity for clients such as Burberry, Toyota, HP, Nokia, Danish Industries, Dubai Metro, Manchester Metrolink, and the city of Southampton.

Currently located in Paris, he set up his own commercial foundry in 2013. He also started publishing some of his typefaces at the French type coop Fontyou in 2013. His typefaces:

  • Kefa (2006), a Latin/Ethiopic family with slab serif origins and a futuristic twist. Kefa is an Apple system font. In 2013, he published Kefa II Pro.
  • Schoiffer Sans. A soft slightly flared sans inspired by Enschedé's Roman No6, also known as the Scheffers or Quentell types.
  • Together, Jérémie Hornus and Franck Montfermé designed the feminine italic typeface Maryleen FY (2013, Fontyou).
  • The connected script typeface Tornac (retail typeface from 2013 at Dalton Maag).
  • Beaurencourt FY (2013). A vintage 19th century connected secretary's hand script codfesigned with Gia Tran.
  • Booster FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak and Luis Gomes). Luis Gomes, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the rounded sans typeface family Booster Next FY in 2014.
  • Gauthier FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak). A transitional typeface family. In 2014, Jeremie Hornus and Julien Priez codesigned the hairline typeface Gauthier Display FY.
  • Lean-O FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak and Benjamin Lieb). A slab serif with leaning asymmetrical brackets. Has a hairline weight. See also LeanO Sans in 2014.
  • Marianina FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak). A contemporary condensed 24-style headline sans family with simple strokes. Characterized by kinks in the ascenders.
  • The slender display typeface Sérafine FY (2013) was codesigned by Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.
  • Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).
  • At the end of 2013, Jason Vandenberg and Jérémie Hornus codesigned the groovy poster typeface Jack FY.
  • In 2013, he collaborated with Alisa Nowak and Fabien Gailleul at FontYou on the design of the astrological simulation typeface Astral FY. The same group of three collaborated in 2014 on Naive Gothic FY.
  • In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak codesigned the creamy script Vanilla FY. With Midzic and Nowak, Hornus codesigned the very humanist sans typeface family Saya FY (2013) and Saya Semisans FY.
  • Joao Costa codesigned the thin lachrymal typeface Zitrone FY in 2014 at FontYou with Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.
  • In 2014, Monica Munguia, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus codesigned the blackletter typeface Blackmoon FY.
  • In 2014, Matthieu Meyer, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus codesigned the wedge serif typeface Ennio FY at FontYou.
  • The punchy poster typeface Kraaken FY (2014) was designed by the FontYou team of Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier, Valentine Proust, Julien Priez, Gia Tran, Jérémie Hornus, and Alisa Nowak.
  • In 2014, Joachim Vu, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the classical copperplate script typeface Vicomte FY.
  • Wes FY (2014). A sans family modeled after Futura.
  • Hansom FY (2014) and Hansom Slab FY (2014, Gia Tran, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak). An organic sans and slab with very large bowls.
  • In 2014, Julien Priez, Hugo Dumont, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned Rowton Sans FY, a sans family patterned after Gill Sans in six weights, from Hairline to Bold---named after Arthur Eric Rowton Gill, it has the Gillian lower case g but italic lowercase is a bit too far afield for my own taste, especially the squezed g.

Klingspor link. Old URL. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Levine
[Jeff Levine: Alf R. Becker fonts]

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Jeff Levine: Alf R. Becker fonts
[Jeff Levine]

Jeff Levine created a number of typefaces that were based on alphabets created by the late Alf R. Becker for Signs of the Times Magazine during the period of the 1930s through the 1950s. These incude Film Noir JNL (2010, counterless geometric art deco style), Hexide JNL (2011, a fat hexagonal design), Kanona JNL (2010), Karaoke JNL (2010), Mocombo JNL (2010, African look), Nightspot JNL (2011, an art deco headline face), Patriotica JNL (2011, a stars and stripes face), Police JNL (2010, caps only 3d shadow typeface after a design by Alf R. Becker), Roadblock JNL (2011), Tradewinds JNL (2010, African look), Udsed Cars (2010, comic book style caps). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Kinon
[OCD: Original Champions of Design]

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Jesse Andrew Tilley

Aussie designer (b. Melbourne) of the weird typeface Extreme Leet (2007). Why? He also made Scratchnessism (2007), Sound Board (2008), Lions Den and Starring (2008, kid's hands), Casual Script (2008, another child's handwriting font), and Guava Juice (2008). Alternate URL. In 2008, he went commercial and started selling his types at MyFonts. See also here. The faces there include the African theme/chiseled look font Rockband (2008), the 3d hand-printed typeface Tusk (2008), the 3-d outline family Alabaster (2009), the fat counterless typeface Overdrive (2010), the pixel typeface Milko (2011), and the hand-printed outline typeface Blubber (2008).

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jesse M. Ragan

Originally from North Carolina (b. 1979), Jesse Ragan studied type design at Rhode Island School of Design. After college, Jesse designed typefaces at Hoefler&Frere-Jones, where he had a hand in Gotham, Archer, and several other families. Since 2005, he has worked independently in Brooklyn, developing typefaces and lettering for a variety of clients. His work can be found at Font Bureau, House Industries, and Darden Studio. He also teaches typeface design at Pratt Institute and Cooper Union. He won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for Gotham, co-designed with Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones.

His typefaces:

  • Afri Sans (2011). A custom typeface for the Museum for African Art in Manhattan.
  • Athenian Extended (2011). By Matteo Bologna and Jesse Ragan. This "playfully peculiar face" (their words) was custom designed for Typography 32, the annual of the Type Directors Club. A revival of the 19th century classic Athenian.
  • Cedar. An angular typeface designed during his studies at RISD.
  • Epiphany (2001). A hookish face.
  • Export (2012). A vernacular typeface based on signage seen in New York's Chinatown.
  • Hoefler & Frere-Jones, 2001-2005. Assistance with the production of several typefaces at HFJ: As a full-time typeface designer for Hoefler & Frere-Jones from 2001 to 2005, I designed a full type family for Smirnoff Vodka (art directed by J. Walter Thompson and H&FJ). Working closely with Tobias Frere-Jones and Jonathan Hoefler on a number of other typefaces, I designed bits and pieces such as hairline weights, Italics, and news grades. These include Mercury, Chronicle, Hoefler Titling, Sentinel, Surveyor (unreleased), Gotham, and Archer (a type family done for Martha Stewart Living and designed with Hoefler and Frere-Jones).
  • Omnes (2006). A monowidth rounded sans designed by Joshua Darden. Ragan assisted in the production and design process.
  • Ruzicka Collection. Digital versions of the alphabets shown in Rudolf Ruzicka's 1968 portfolio Studies in Type Design.
  • Showcard Stunt (2008). Lower case of a comic book/signage typeface originally drawn by Ken Barber, House Industries. Inspiration from Dom Casual (1950s, Peter Dombrezian).
  • Smirnoff (2003). A custom typeface commissioned by J. Walter Thompson for Smirnoff.
  • The Bruins (2006). An athletic lettering typeface commissioned by Reebok for The Boston Bruins in 2007-2008.
  • USA Today Condensed (2012). He writes: I designed this headline typeface for the dramatic relaunch of USA TODAY, which was overseen by Wolff Olins. The condensed style complements the paper's proprietary version of Futura, but without resorting to the familiar elliptical shapes of Futura Condensed.
  • V Magazine (2011). A condensed high-contrast fashion mag headline typeface done for V Magazine.
  • Carlstedt Script (2013, with Ben Kiel: a custom signage typeface for Aldo Shoes based on the handwriting of Swedish illustrator Cecilia Carlstedt). Cortado Script (2014) was designed by Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel. It too was inspired by Cecilia Carlstedt's hand-painted lettering and is quite close to Carlstedt Script.

Interview. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jimmy Yap

Singapore-based creator of Afrikano (2013), an African tribal art typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joanne Taylor

Aka Jos Joy, as Joanne Ford Taylor, and as joiaco. South African illustrator in Knysna, b. 1953. Designer in 2009 of Qarmic Sans, Qirkus Qaps (almost Tuscan), Qranklestein, Qlippitek, Qixstix, QutnTorn Caps, and the hand-printed fonts Qirlycues and Qokijo.

In 2011, she created Qokipops, Qik Edges (2011, dingbats and borders), Qut+Torn (papercut face), Qrypton (2011, sci-fi), Qumbazonki (2011, African look face), Qwagga (2011, another African face), Qixbox (2011, hand-printed 3d face), Qongasushi (2011, poster face), Qarkitech, and Qlinickle.

Typefaces from 2012 include Qarolina, Qreepy, Qrackerjax, Qubism, Qoncrete, Qrubby, Questoz, Quinky (brush face), Qumberland Slab, Qinkgo, Qrayola, Qudos, Qubism (inspired by Picasso), Qimiko, Qhorah, Qratchee (scratchy typeface).

In 2013, she designed Qrankenstein, Qaxton, Quota (a heavy titling face), Qlub Jozi (art deco), Qlarendon (a 7-style Clarendon family), Qarmic Sans Pro, Qanoodle (handwriting), Qorkeri (art deco), Qlaire (clean sans), Qwinkwell, Quota (fat poster face), Qarross, Qontreaux, Qut+Paste (paper cut font), Qlub Jozi (multilined art deco), Qwacko, Qizulu (African-themed font), Qokeynote.

Typefaces from 2014: Qarrotface, QikiconsRealEstate, QrackStreet, Quiglet (a very rounded sans), Quota-Bold, Qutntorn, Qwinkwell, Quikhand, Qirlycues.

Devian Tart link. Behance link. Graphic River link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jochen Schuss

German designer of the display faces Linotype Paint It and Paint It Black (2002, part of TakeType 4), ITC Vino Bianco (1998), ITC OutOfTheFridge (1996), ITC Whiskey (1999), ITC Kokoa (1996, inspired by lettering in Ghana), ITC Aspirin (2000), and the sans serif family Linotype Textra (2002, with Jörg Herz), ITC Schuss Hand, ITC Schuss Hand Bold. With Bob Alonso, he designed the brush typeface ITC Outback.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Joey Green

Graphic designer in London who created the alchemic typeface Afromosia in 2013. It was inspired by West African wooden masks. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Hudson
[Tiro TypeWorks]

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John Vargas Beltrán

Colombian type and graphic designer (b. 1974), who graduated from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (1997). Co-founder of ADG Colombia (Colombian Association of Graphic Designers). He was studying for a Postgraduate degree in Type Design at UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aries) in Argentina. He currently lives in Argentina.

Designer of the minimalist rounded display typeface Conectiva (1998), the informal signage script Salsa (2011, inspired by the old LP album covers from the 1970s), the retro comic book typeface Boogaloo (2010, free at Google Web Fonts), and the early 20th century-look face Cambalache (2008-2011). Creator with Nicolás Silva Schwarzenberg of the free upright italic sans typeface Convergence (2011, Google Web Fonts).

In 2012, Macondo---which was started in 1997---was published at Google Web Fonts, together with Macondo Swash Caps. John writes about this art nouveau pair: The forms are inspired by some illustrations created for a tarot card game, itself inspired by the work of Colombian literature Nobel prize winning author, Gabriel García Márquez, Cien Años de Soledad. Macondo won an award in the display type category at Tipos Latinos 2012.

Still in 2012, he published Germania One at Google Web Fonts---an angular typeface that is a hybrid between blackletter and sans serif, and looks like the signage on many German pubs. Cygnus (2012) is a futuristic typeface. Dulcinea Serif (2012) is an uncial typeface. Cabriolet (2012) is the standard Detroit car emblem type used on cars in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2013, John Vargas Beltran created the fifties automobile or diner script Cabriolet V8.

In 2014, he returned to African themes, perhaps jarred by the death of Nelson Mandela. His first typeface of the year is Kalimba (named after an African percussion instrument), which comes in several textured styles called Masai, Kingombo and Nenyanga. Guadalupana (2014) is based on bronze ecclesiastical letters found in the the Virgin Guadalupe basilica in Mexico, designed in 1976 by Pedro Ramirez Vazquez. Tequendama is a squarish inline typeface that is rooted in pre-Columbian pre-hispanic Muisca tribal art.

MyFonts link. MyFonts foundry link. Behance link. Klingspor link. Google Plus link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Joi Joi

Joi Joi used iFontMaker to create Fontlajoy (2011), Font La Roy (2011), a leopard-skin hand-printed face. Glorious (2011) is a flowery face. Other faces: Fantasy Font (2011), Fancy Free (2011), Pep Rally (2011).

Creations from 2012: Headline3, Headline2, Fontisize. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Calugi
[Happyloverstown]

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Jörg Knappen
[fc fonts for African languages]

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Kanjamadi

Free Nko fonts here. Downloads not functional. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karo Akpokiere

Graphic designer from Lagos, Nigeria. He created the vector format alphabet BitSyringe (2012): BitSyringe is a collection of letters inspired by drill bits, medical syringes and geometry.

Behance link. Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelly Mehok

Pittsburgh, PA-based designer of the display typeface African Dance (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kigali Designs
[Diane Collier]

From the blurb at TypeCon 2009: Diane Collier has over 20 years experience in type design and development specializing in complex scripts, with technical expertise in font hinting and OpenType development. Collier started her professional career in 1988 as a type designer for Compugraphic Corp. in Massachusetts, where she worked with many of today's top designers and developers. Collier started Kigali Designs in 1998 and has established a reputation in the industry for providing high quality work, while developing long term relationships with companies like Microsoft, Ascender, Monotype Imaging and others. She has written several font development specifications and created training videos for Microsoft. In addition, Collier provides training in many of the industry's type development tools for companies and individuals. When not on the computer, Collier teaches pottery and drawing at a local art school. She made a font by Arthur Baker into an 8-set family in 1994, called Kigali, an African-look family in memory of the victims of the 1994 Ruanda genocide. Kigali Designs will also do custom font work from their office in Massachusetts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kokekoko

Creator of the African-style hand-printed Kokekoko (2009). Dafont link. Kokekoko (Puño) is an illustrator based in Paris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Korhina Galia

Manila, The Philippines-based designer of the modular African-themed typeface Waka Waka (2014, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kwesi A. Amuti
[AKOFAType]

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Lars Harmsen
[Volcano Type (MAGMA)]

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LaTeX Navigator
[Denis Roegel]

General links on typography and fonts, compiled by Denis Roegel (with earlier contributions by Karl Tombre who is no longer involved). Very, very useful. This page contains, among other things:

  • METAFONT for Beginners (Geoffrey Tobin)
  • The METAFONT book (TeX source) (Donald E. Knuth)
  • How to Create Your Own Symbols in METAFONT and for use in LaTeX Documents (Richard Lin)
  • Milieu -- METAFONT and Linux: A Personal Computing Milieu (Thomas Dunbar)
  • Simple drawings with METAFONT (Zdenek Wagner)
  • Some METAFONT Techniques (article from TUGboat, 10 pages) (Yannis Haralambous)
  • List of all available Metafont fonts
  • Liam Quin's Metafont Guide (last version)
  • MetaFog: Converting METAFONT Shapes to Contours (Richard J. Kinch)
  • METAFONT source
  • Design of a new font family (slides) (Gerd Neugebauer) (1996)
  • PERL Module for reading .tfm files (Jan Pazdziora) (1997)
  • fig2mf (UNIX manual) (Anthony Starks)
  • bm2font (Friedhelm Sowa)
  • Essay on math symbols by Paul Taylor
  • drgen genealogical symbol font by Denis Roegel, 1996
  • Chess fonts
  • The Marvosym Font Package (Martin Vogels)
  • Eurosymbol, another font for the euro symbol
  • Lots of stuff on virtual fonts
  • P. Damian Cugley's Malvern (Greek) font
  • Yannis Haralambous's Omega project
  • DC and EC fonts by Joerg Knappen
  • Technical notes on Postscript fonts, and Postscript fonts in TEX
  • Computer Modern type 1 fonts
  • Articles on computer typography by Sebastian Rahtz, Aarno Hohti&Okko Kanerva, Richard J. Kinch, Basil K. Malyshev, Hirotsugu Kakugawa, Karl Berry, Victor Eijkhout, Vincent Zoonekynd, Tom Scavo, David Wright, Erik-Jan Vens, and Nelson H. F. Beebe.
  • Articles on mathematical symbol fonts
  • Links to essential pages for Cyrillic, Japanese, Berber, Khmer, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Indic, Syriac, Hebrew, Hieroglyphic, Tibetan, Mongolian, African fc
At FontStruct, he created Sixer (a pixel face) and Smallish (bold unicase). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laval Chabon

Québec City-based creator (b. 1952) of the octagonal font Vegesignes (2009, FontStruct). This font also appeared in 2010 at Open Font Library. It consists of almost 7,615 glyphs.As of 2014, 188 languages care covered, inclufing Afrikaans, Arabic, Archaic Greek Letters, Armenian, Baltic, Basic Cyrillic, Basic Greek, Basic Latin, Bengali, Catalan, Central European, Cherokee, Devanagari, Dutch, Euro, Farsi, Georgian, Gujarati, Hanunó'o, Hebrew, Igbo Onwu, IPA, Kannada, Kazakh, Lao, Malayalam, Myanmar, New Tai Lue, N'Ko, Ogham, Oriya, Pashto, Pinyin, Polytonic Greek, Romanian, Runic, Sindhi, Syriac, Tai Le, Tai Tham (Lanna), Telugu, Thaana, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Uighur, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Urdu, Vietnamese, Western European.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Aka Leaurend-Lavie-Hyppere (Laval) Chabon and as Joseph Rosaire Laval Frandey Leaurend Lavie Hyper Chabom. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leandro Lisboa

Visual designer in Amsterdam. Designer of the elliptical typeface Yon (2010), a typeface designed during a course at Politecnico in Milan where he studied under Gio Fuga. Leandro is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Other typefaces:

  • Imigongo (2012). An African-look face.
  • Nyanza (2012), for a brand for a refined collection of ethnic jewelry produced in Rwanda.
  • Iolanda (2012). A signage script.
  • Laguna and Laguna Italic (2012, a pair of sans faces in the final project for his graduation at IUAV University of Venice).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Learn Yoruba

The YorubaOK font (1998) by James Kass. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lennart Hallström
[African Drum Rhythms]

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Liron Lavi Turkenich

Israeli type designer who graduated from the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2013. Liron's graduation typeface, Makeda, is the first typeface that covers Latin, Hebrew and Amharic (Ethiopic) in a purposeful sense, i.e., not as three parts of one of the well-known full Unicode fonts. Liron writes: The three scripts were designed simultaneously in order to allow mutual influences. The design efforts were put into harmonising the scripts into one coherent family, while preserving their basic traditional structure. Makeda is named after an Ethiopian Queen also known as the Queen of Sheba. [Google] [More]  ⦿

LiveGe'ez

Daniel Yacob's fantastic page with a near-complete listing of all available Ethiopic fonts, and with explanations about Ethiopic in HTML pages. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lorna A. Priest

Manager of the Abyssinica font project at SIL. Under an Open Font License, Abyssinica SIL (2006) is for Ethiopic script (for the languages of Ethiopia and Eritrea). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mandinka.org

Gambian site run by Jouni Jaakkola out of Banjul. It has three free truetype fonts for writing Mandinka, all made by the Summer Institute of Linguistics in 1994: GamBiaSILSophiaLBold, GamBiaSILSophiaL, GamBiaSILSophiaLItalic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manfred Klein
[Manfred Klein's Fonteria]

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Manfred Klein
[African theme fonts]

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Manfred Klein's Fonteria
[Manfred Klein]

Frankfurt-based designer (b. 1932) whose creative output is so large that he deserves a separate web page. His URL at Moorstation from 2000-2007. New page on him by Florian Rochler. Font squirrel link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Marie Flaherty
[SymbolMinded]

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Martin Mirucah

Kenyan student of Saki Mafundikwa at ZIVA in Harare, who designed the primitive lettering font Mistari. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Rotte

Graphic designer in Brisbane who created the purely geometric typeface Tritalics and the free dot matrix typeface Circursive in 2012. Born in Tanzania, Martin has lived in Laos, is half Dutch and has an Irish passport.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Masha Barsukova

During her studies in Moscow, Marsha Barsukova designed Monstro (2013, monster dingbats) and Makaka (2013, an African-themed typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Max Kisman
[Holland Fonts]

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Mende

The Mende script from Sierra Leone was devised around 1920 by Kisimi Kamala and is purely phonetic and has 195 characters. The Mende people belong to the Mande group of languages which includes Bambara. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mercè SV

Catalan creator of the free textured caps typeface Diamonds Are Forever (2013) and the spotted typeface Happy Cow (2013).

In 2014, she designed Safari Zebra, Bones Roses, and Snake (a textured typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Merethe Liljedahl
[House of Lime]

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Michelle Dixon
[Dixie's Delights]

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Mickey Rossi
[SUBFLUX experiment]

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Mina Arko

Slovenian designer (Ljubljana, b. 1983) of the futuristic monoline sans family Nouvelle during the design workshop TipoBrda in 2008. It was perfected and started selling at MyFonts in 2011. In 2009, she created Afrikana [Behance link], an alphabet with a decidedly African theme.

During TipoBrda 2010 in Ljubljana, she created the didone numbering typeface Kampula.

In 2014, she cooperated with Gaja Meznaric Osole on the commercial casual hand-printed script Jadran, which was created as an homage to a cult children's magazine named Ciciban.

MyFonts page. MyFonts foundry page. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Monotype

Ethiopic fonts by Monotype: Monotype Ge'ez, Monotype Ge'ez Book. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype

Monotype sells fonts for the following languages: Amharic, Aksara Kaganga, Arabic, Armenian, Balinese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Coptic, Devanagari (Hindi/Marathi/Nepali), Farsi, Georgian, Glagolitic, Gujerathi, Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Hebrew, Japanese, Javanese, Jawi, Kannada, Korean, Laotian, Lontarak, Malayalam, Old Bulgarian, Oriya, Pushto, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Surat Pustaha, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Muhammad Hacen
[HacenType]

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Mwape Ndilila

Graphic designer in Lusaka, Zambia. He used ruler and compass to design the geometric typeface Rota (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: African album

An album on African-themed typefaces at MyFonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: African style typefaces

Find a list of typefaces with an African theme. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: African typefaces

African-themed typefaces at MyFonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Namib Rubber Stamps

Namibian handwriting font service, based in Windhoek. It has a small archive of fonts. One free font: Address Symbols. [Google] [More]  ⦿

N'Ko

N'ko (or Nko) is a West-African alphabet created in 1949 by Souleyman Kante. Its alphabet and rules are shown on this page. It is mainly used by speakers of Malinke, Bambara, Dioula and their dialects, especially in Guinea, Mali and Ivory Coast. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nko contacts

Main jump site for the West African language Nko. It has Nko fonts for download by these groups:

  • Fakoli.net: Koli Nko Manden.
  • Kanjamadi (run by N'karamo Baba Mohamed Diané): Mamudu Bamba, A-Manding-BATEkA-GUINE-ms, Karifala-Berete, Mading, Solomana-Kante, MandenUnicode.
  • Jason Glavy : JG Nko.
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Noto

A large free font family released under the Apache license at Google Web Fonts. URL with details. The fonts are property of Monotype, with the exception of Noto Khmer and Noto Lao, which belong to Danh Hong.

Noto Sans and Noto Serif cover Afar, Abkhazian, Afrikaans, Asturian, Avaric, Aymara, Azerbaijani-AZERBAIJAN, Bashkir, Bambara, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Bislama, Bini, Breton, Bosnian, Buriat, Catalan, Chechen, Chamorro, Mari (Russia), Corsican, Czech, Church Slavic, Chuvash, Welsh, Danish, German, Modern Greek (1453-), English, Esperanto, Spanish, Estonian, Basque, Finnish, Fijian, Faroese, French, Fulah, Friulian, Western Frisian, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Galician, Guarani, Manx, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hiri Motu, Croatian, Hungarian, Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association), Igbo, Indonesian, Interlingue, Inupiaq, Ido, Icelandic, Italian, Kara-Kalpak, Kikuyu, Kazakh, Kalaallisut, Kurdish-ARMENIA, Kumyk, Komi, Cornish, Kirghiz, Latin, Luxembourgish, Lezghian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Latvian, Malagasy, Marshallese, Maori, Macedonian, mo, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Low German, Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Norwegian, South Ndebele, Pedi, Nyanja, Occitan (post 1500), Oromo, Ossetian, Polish, Portuguese, Romansh, Romanian, Russian, Yakut, Scots, Northern Sami, Selkup, sh, Shuswap, Slovak, Slovenian, Samoan, Southern Sami, Lule Sami, Inari Sami, Skolt Sami, Somali, Albanian, Serbian, Swati, Southern Sotho, Swedish, Swahili (macrolanguage), Tajik, Turkmen, Tagalog, Tswana, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Turkish, Tsonga, Tatar, Twi, Tuvinian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Venda, Vietnamese, Volapük, Votic, Walloon, wen, Wolof, Xhosa, Yapese, Yoruba, Zulu, Akan, Aragonese, ber-dz, Crimean Tatar, Kashubian, Ewe, Fanti, Filipino, Upper Sorbian, Haitian, Herero, Javanese, Kabyle, Kuanyama, Kanuri, Kurdish-TURKEY, Kwambi, Ganda, Limburgan, Mongolian-MONGOLIA, Malay (macrolanguage), Nauru, Ndonga, Navajo, pap-an, Papiamento-ARUBA, Quechua, Rundi, Kinyarwanda, Sardinian, Sango, Shona, Sundanese, Tahitian, Zhuang.

Non-Latin scrips include Noto Armenian, Noto Georgian, Noto Carian, Noto Greek, Noto Devanagari, Noto Ethiopic, Noto Glagolitic, Noto Hebrew, Noto Sans Imperial Aramaic, Noto Sans Lisu, Noto Sans Lycian, Noto Sans Lydian, Noto Sans Old South Arabian, Noto Sans Osmanya, Noto Sans Phoenician, Noto Sans Shavian, Noto Sans Tamil, Noto Sans Thai, Noto Serif Thai, Noto Sans Kannada, Noto Sana Telugu, Noto Sans Malayalam, Noto Sans Cherokee, noto Sans Bengali.

Other typefaces in the package include Arima, Cousine, and Tinos. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nsibidi

From Nigeria and Cameroon: this script was invented by the Ejagham people of southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon. The ideographs represent life among the Ejagham. Today, nsibidi is still widely used by Cuban blacks and called anaforuana and used by such secret societies as the Abakua. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCD: Original Champions of Design
[Jennifer Kinon]

Branding and desighn agency in New York City. Subpage for the free labyrinthine typeface Free (2013) that won an award at TDC 2014. Free was codesigned by Matt Kay, Jennifer Kinon and Bobby C. Martin.

Times Premier (for The New York Times) is a masthead blackletter done by Jennifer Kinon, Bobby C. Martin Jr, Matt Kay, Jonathan Lee and Michael McCaughley based on lettering by Matthew Carter.

For the Museum of African Art, Jesse Ragan created the Afri Sans typeface family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Okeowo Adeniyi

Nigerian designer of 3d (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

OmniTech

Outfit that is supposed to sell some Ethiopic fonts but I can't find them. Based in Addis Ababa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ozza Okuonghae

Ozza Okuonghae (b. Jos, Nigeria) grew up in Wales and studied graphic design in Leicester, UK. Invert (2014) is a typeface created by Ozza for a university project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pascoal Mbundi

A student of Saki Mafundikwa at ZIVA in Harare, who designed the beautiful human form alphading font Kukumbila Kunyata. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Patrick Andries

Quebec-based computer scientist who has been involved in the multilingual and Unicode world. He was one of the authors of a proposal adding Tifinagh to Unicode. He is currently working with people in France and Niger on the development of OpenType fonts to support Tuareg. He is also involved in other African scripts such as Moroccan and Sahelian Arabic and a recent script from the Congo (Mandombe). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paul Ndunguru

Student at ZIVA, a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. In 2001, he designed the experimental alphabet Amandungu. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PenUltimate Type Foundry
[Chris MacGregor]

Foundry in League City, TX, started in 1993 by its head designer, Chris MacGregor. Fonts available through [T-26], Prototype and Image Club. About 40 dollars per face. Interesting display faces include Citore, Zehrgut, LeslieSmith and Manitu. Also check the dingbats Afrobats and Nerybats. It is unclear if Chris designed all of these fonts. I wish they would indicate who made what. Anyway, the list of typefaces: Afrobats, Nerybats, Tagged, Citore, Emulate, Emulate Bold, Bridgework, Epaulet, Utile Inky, Utile Inky Italic, Utile, Utile Italic, Utile Coastic Italic, Utile Caustic, Leslie Smith, Zehrgut, Neohead, Itto Round, Empanel, Empanel Bold, Arrgoculture, Itto Block, Linkletter, Fleming Tall, Fleming Short, Delfinola, Attune, Fleming multiple master, Manitu, Monte Family, Pep Club, Stans. Here he says in 2009: I have over forty commercial typefaces available for sale through various type re-sellers around the world and my average yearly income off the typefaces is $115, even though I regularly see my typefaces in use on the web, on TV in print and in video games. I used to think that one day I'd have a nice supplemental income from my typefaces but the reality of the situation is that people like you don't value the effort that goes into making a typeface. I haven't designed a new typeface in eight years now and I have no desire to do so. Why should I when you're going to be a big bitching twat you greedy self-centered tantrum throwing teenager? Fuck the foundries? You and others who haven't paid for the typefaces you use have been fucking the foundries for years. Fuck the foundries? Fuck you. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pipian

Designer of Nekogo Hand (2005), which looks either like an artificial language or an African tribal script. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Plagiarists of Ethiopic

Very interesting reading: Aberra Molla of Ethiopian Computers&Software graphically proves plagiarism cases against Ato Yitna Firdyiwek (Modified ModEth to GohaTibeb), and fights the style of Ethiopic practiced by Daniel Yacob, who is also known as Mr. Daniel Mulholland, Ato Fekade Mesfin - Feedel Software, Los Angeles, California, Ato Abass Alamnehe, and Ato Daniel Admasse. He states that the font AmharQ listed at LiveGeez is an illegal (renamed) copy of his GeèzEdit Amharic P font (they took that font and changed the name to AmharQ and passed it on to Dr. Berlin). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Playground Atelier

Lisbon-based studio. For an African project, it created the African symbol typeface Afroglyphics (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Power Ge'ez

Creators in 1998 of the Ethiopic fonts Ge'ez-1-Normal, Ge'ez-1-Numbers-Normal, Ge'ez-2-Normal, Ge'ez-3-Normal. Downloadable here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Qondile Dlamini

Mbabane, Swaziland-based designer of Topotype (2013), an experimental typeface influenced by the shapes of coastlines. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Quartet Systems
[Eric Wannin]

Eric Wannin's French commercial foundry with PC and Mac fonts for all European languages, most Indic languages, Cyrillic, Vietnamese, Amharic, Inuit, Slavonic, Greek, Tibetan, Thai, Lao, Khmer, Burmese, Cri. Hieroglyphic fonts too. Free font family: EuroQuartet. These fonts have one glyph only, the Euro symbol. It has some bar code fonts too.

Multilingual fonts. They cover Braille, East European languages, Turkish, Baltic, Cyrillic, Icelandic and Greek. According to the Google] [More]  ⦿

Retype
[Chris Houston]

Chris Houston (Retype) is the creator of Proletarian (1997, at Chank), Red Shirt (1997, futuristic) and MDMAbeta (1997). Old URL in South Africa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robbie de Villiers
[Wilton Foundry]

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Roger S. Nelsson
[CheapProfonts]

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Ryan Rodrigues

Student at ZIVA, a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. In 2001, he designed a font in which letters are inspired by birds. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sabaean

Sabaean Script font (free by EthioSys): Ethiopian script, PS and TTF. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saki Mafundikwa
[Afrikan Alphabets]

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Sarah Schumacher

American graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010. She created the typefaces Rhodora and Eskesta for her graduation project: Rhodora and Eskesta were designed together as a harmonious family. Rhodora was inspired by the work of Joseph Blumenthal in the 1930s and the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Rhodora). Eskesta, named after a traditional shoulder dance, follows Rhodora's lead, with a slender calligraphic style from 17th-century Ethiopia. Rhodora and Eskesta are serious and sober, but sympathetic. Created for magazines and newspapers, with support for Amharic and European languages, Rhodora and Eskesta speak clearly in print. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Senamirmir

A free Unicode Ethiopic font called Jiret. More Ethiopic fonts, all by EthiO Systems Company (1994-1995). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Senamirmir Projects
[Abbas Alamnehe]

Thirteen free Unicode 3.0-compliant Ethiopian fonts by Abbas Alamnehe: EthiopiaJiret, EthiopiaJiretSlant, EthiopicFantuwua, EthiopicHiwua, EthiopicTint, EthiopicWashRaBold, EthiopicWashRaBoldSlant, EthiopicWashRaSemiBold, EthiopicWashRaSemiBoldSlant, EthiopicWookianos, EthiopicYebse, EthiopicYigezuBisratGoffer, Sabaean. There are subpages on Ethiopian typographic history.

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Seonil Yun

Seonil Yun designed Zaghawa Beria (2007, SIL), a free font for Central african writingi, in cooperation with SIL International and the Mission Protestante Franco-Suisse au Tchad. It is built around a sampling of the markings on livestock (especially camels) within the Zaghawa Beria language region of western Sudan and eastern Chad. It is an idea that has its origins in the work of a Sudanese schoolteacher, who developed the first version of this over 25 years ago. The script has since been better adapted to the Zaghawa Beria language by Siddik Adam Issa, and he has found a great enthusiasm by the people for what he has put together. Seonil obtained a Masters degree in type design at KABK in Den Haag in 2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shannah Adams

Student at ZIVA, a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. In 2001, she designed a font with letters made up of lizards. [Google] [More]  ⦿

SIL Cameroon

Free fonts for Cameroonian languages by SIL: CamCamSILDoulosL, CamCamSILDoulosLBold, CamCamSILDoulosLItalic, Cam2Cam2SILManuscriptL, Cam2Cam2SILManuscriptLBold, CamCamSILSophiaL, CamCamSILSophiaLBold, CamCamSILSophiaLItalic, SassoonSansSILCAM. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

SIL International (or: Summer Institute of Linguistics)

Located in Dallas, TX, est. 1934. Founded over 70 years ago, SIL International is a faith-based organization that studies, documents, and assists in developing the world's lesser-known languages. SIL's staff shares a Christian commitment to service, academic excellence, and professional engagement through literacy, linguistics, translation, and other academic disciplines. SIL makes its services available to all without regard to religious belief, political ideology, gender, race, or ethnic background. Fonts in Cyberspace is an archive of many multilingual fonts. SIL Fonts, free to all, and professionally put together include the following:

  • Charis SIL Font: A serif, proportionally-spaced font optimized for readability in long printed documents
  • Doulos SIL Font: A Unicode font with a comprehensive set of characters needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system (including IPA), whether for phonetic or orthographic needs.
  • Gentium: Supports a wide range of Latin-based alphabets and includes glyphs that correspond to all the Latin ranges of Unicode. Gentium Plus supports a wide range of Latin, Greek and Cyrillic characters. It was developed between 2003 and 2014 by J. Victor Gaultney (main designer), Annie Olsen, Iska Routamaa, an Becca Hirsbrunner.
  • Lateef: An extended Arabic script font for OpenType and AAT systems. See also here.
  • Nastaliq Navees: Font package for Nastaliq style of calligraphy
  • Scheherazade: An extended Arabic script font for OpenType and AAT systems. Contributors include Jonathan Kew and Bob Hallissy.
  • SIL Apparatus Fonts: Symbols used for Biblical text apparatus
  • SIL Dai Banna Fonts: Xishuangbanna Dai (New Tai Lue) fonts for Windows and Macintosh
  • SIL Encore Fonts: Library of phonetic characters and linguistic symbols. This package includes SIL Doulos (similar to Times), SIL Sophia (similar to Univers), SIL Manuscript (monospace, like Prestige), and SIL Charis (enlarged x-height). Included is Sophia Nubian (2008), which is based on an old Nubian text.
  • SIL Encore IPA Fonts: Phonetic fonts
  • SIL Font Cache Extender: This Macintosh extension increases the MacOS font cache size. It is useful when working with large fonts, such as SIL Greek, SIL Hebrew, or any GX font.
  • SIL Greek Font System (Galatia): Greek font package for Windows and Macintosh. See also here.
  • SIL Greek Unicode Font (Galatia SIL): Greek Unicode OpenType fonts
  • SIL Hebrew Font System (Ezra): Hebrew font package for Windows and Macintosh
  • SIL Hebrew Unicode Font (Ezra SIL): Hebrew Unicode OpenType fonts for Windows
  • SIL Tai Dam Fonts: Tai Dam fonts for Windows and Macintosh
  • Tai Heritage Pro (2009), designed to reflect the traditional hand-written style of the Tai Viet script.
  • SIL Unicode IPA Font beta: Released as Doulos SIL with a more extensive character inventory.
  • SIL Vai Fonts: The SIL Vai Fonts are regular and bold versions of the African Vai script used in Liberia
  • . In 2009, Benjamin Yang (SIL) published the free Vai Slant Unicode.
  • SIL Xishuang Banna Fonts: Xishuangbanna Dai (New Tai Lue) fonts for Windows and Macintosh
  • SIL Yi Font: Unicode-based Yi font for Windows
  • Unicode BMP Fallback SIL font (2008). Intended for debugging, this font contains a glyph for every character in the Basic Multilingual plane (including Private Use Area) of Unicode 5.1, each glyph consisting of a box enclosing the four hex digits identifying the Unicode scalar value.

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Simeon out West Foundry
[Brett T. Johnson]

Brett T. Johnson's outfit in Englewood, CO, sells fonts based on ideas from Byzantine, Ge'ez and old slavonic scripts, to name a few. Brett Johnson was born in Loveland, CO, in 1972. The creations: Simeon's Handwritten Blackletter (2008), Pseudo-Hellenic (2008, a Greek and Latin didone pair), Tiblisi (2008, a Georgian simulation face), Pentopolis (2008, based on an ancient Coptic script), Svati Sava (2008, a Serb-look font), Muscovite Manuscript (2005), Pravoslavnie (2005), Alexandria (2005), Alaskaya (2006), Svati Nikolai (2005), Thebes (2005), Suzdal (2005), Kniga Molitva (2005), Vladimir (2005), Scetis (2005), Adis Ababa (2008). Colonial Press (+Italic) (2008) is based on work by William Caslon I (1692-1766). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Somali

East Afrikan script developed by Isman Yusuf son of the Somali Sultan Yusuf Ali around 1930. Today the script has been replaced by Arabic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sophia Oduol

Lesotho-based typographer. At Typography Day 2012 she speaks on Innovative applications of Typography - Ancient African Typographic Symbols in Contemporary Publication Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Spark-Ceresa

Type designer who created Mecanorma Zambesi, an ornate African-looking biline face. To be bought from URW. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stepan Roh
[DejaVu Fonts]

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Steve Cloutier

Quebec-based designer (b. 1971) in 2010 of the outline face Elégante and of the grunge faces Apocalypse Regular, Arbre, Autodestruction, Papineau (hand-printed), de Lorimier, Gardien d'herbe, Elusion (organic), Cataclysme (grunge), Wolfred Nelson (rubber stamp caps), Chénier (grunge), Crack and Bold, Fleur de Lys (dingbats that are useful pour mon pays), Manuscrit, Ancien (grungy inline face), Confusion, Patriote 1837 Regular, Arbre (hand-printed) and Cloutier Script (hand-printed).

Typefaces created in 2011: Sioux Caps (ornamental caps: a scanbat face), Flower Cap (floriated caps), Damned (a grungy horror movie typeface), Sketch Me (a sketched face).

Typefaces from 2012: Dill Francis, I Hate Futur, Fabrics (stitch font), Stucco, Children, Hacking Trashed, Flower (floriated caps), Arbre, Patriotes 1837, Damned Deluxe, Trashed Light (grunge), Leather (ornamental caps), Punk Rock Show, Crack And Bold, Ana Eve (grunge), British Museum 1490 (ornamental caps), Nature Font (grungy caps), Chenier (grunge), Mosaique (a textured typeface), Motor Pieces (commercial), Mixtec Codice (Maya, Aztec or Inca dingbats), Parkinson (grungy outlines), Ludger Duvernay, Monster, Sponge, Napoleon (a nice fat poster face), Negative Film, Nelson Old Newspaper, Fuck Autority (sic), Rene Levesque (hand-printed), First Nation (an Indian scanbat face), Pustule, Emilie (hand-printed caps), Papineau (hand-printed), Sixties, Dali, Midnight (brush face), Fairy Tale (ornamental caps), Tiger Balloon (African-themed), Rafael (fat poster face), Sacred Place (heavy poster family), Pistache Regular (unicase Plakat font), Morning Stress, Hippie Gypsy (ornamental caps), FBI Old Report (old typewriter face), Mitsouskos, Ten O Clock (a multiline hand-printed face), Strawbwrry, Jewels, CF Night of the Damned, CF One Two Trees (tree-themed), Hagadou (bejeweled letters), CF Punk Forever (white on black grunge), CF Anabelle (curly script), CF Samurai Bob, CF Marie-Eve, CF Christmas Shit, CF Pinceau (fat brush face), CF Deco 1492, CF Cracked Stone, CF Metropolis Serif, CF Punky, CF Snowball (snow-capped glyphs), CF Tuques, CF Revolution, CF Fashion, CF Tissus, CF Christmas Letters, CF Diamond (diamond-studded letters), CF Stencil Orama, CF Dallas Stars (stars and stripes face), CF Old Photograph Credit Font, CF Christmas Letters.

Typefaces from 2013: CF National Stitches, CF Spaceship, Historia (sans caps), CF WireFrame, CF NaVia, CF Sortilege, CF Spirality, CF Charlie, CF Fredo Style, CF Little Monsters (alphadings), CF Tissus, CF I Love Montreal (fat finger face), CF Jungle, CF Paris (art deco caps), CF Marie Eve Cartoons, CF Circuit Electrique, CF Jack Story, CF Punk Attitude, CF Billabong, CF I Want To Believe Comp (grunge), CF Zombie Party (crayon or lipstick font), CF Life Is Beautiful (paint font), CF Gothika (grungy blackletter), CF Manifesto (painted letters), CF Rise of Nations, CF The Lost Batallion, CF Armageddon, CF Electronic Board, CF Old Typography (letterpress font), CF Modern 165, CF Hockey Players (dingbats published on the day the Montreal Canadians were humiliated, 6-1, by the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup playoffs), CF Nelson Old Caracters (sic), Peru Adventure, CF Montreal High School (athletic lettering), Urban Life (textured font), CF Same Old Story (grunge), CF Plants And Flowers, CF Cant Change The World (clean, hand-printed), CF Jeanne Mance, CF Jeans Collection (textured), CF Alien Abduction, CF Rebelle (brush font), CF Jungle Adventure, CF Never Trust A Hippy, CF Anarchy (ransom note font), CF Life Is A Dream (grunge), CF Farwest, CF Typocraft, CF Politicians Killers (blood drip face), CF Technomania, CF Technorama, CF I Love Ugly Fonts, CF Ribbon, CF Tree Of Life, CF Revenge, CF Back to School, CF Nut And Bolts, CF Final Conflict (brush script), CF Nostalgia (brush face), CF Industrial Fabrics (textured face), CF Font Shading, CF Rock Age, CF Nouvelle France (antiqued alphabet), CF My Bloody Valentine, CF Ceinture Flechee (multilined typeface), CF Disappointed, CF Atlantide, CF Bucherons (texture face), CF Simon Marchessault (hand-printed), CF Haunted House (brush face), Gray Texture, CF Space Cowboy (textured typeface), CF Louis Cyr.

Typefaces from 2014: CF Goliath, CF Alone on Earth, Stencil o Rama, Bad News (textured face), CF Xerography, CF Milk, CF Springtime, CF Crayons, CF Dwarf, CF Asshole Politicians, CF Old Milwaukee (spurred typeface), CF Paris Old Style (grungy Peignotian typeface), Creature of Darkness (textured typeface), Quebec Stamp (grungy stencil), Schizophrenia (neurotic typeface), La Belle Helene, CF William Wallace, CF Dots 521, CF LCD 521, CF America, CF Left Behind, CF Jacques Cartier, CF My Best Friend, Flowers of Destiny.

Fontspace link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steve White
[GNU Freefont (or: Free UCS Outline Fonts)]

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Studio for Transcultural Design-Creative Solutions

Foundry in Vienna that makes gorgeous commercial fonts for African languages. These pictograms are so nice that I will list each of them. The complete font set retails for about 1000 USD.

  • Akelouke1: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Bete: symbols from Cote d'Ivoire, 1956.
  • Mezzouliet: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Indalag: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Adinkra: modern symbols from Ghana.
  • Meroitic: Egyptian hieroglyphs.
  • Celto-Iberic: Spanish and North-African runes.
  • Canary: runes from the Canary Islands.
  • Bamum: pictograms from Liberia, 1890 and 1894.
  • Loma: Liberian script, 1930.
  • Vai: Liberian script, 1894. The Vai script was devised by Momulu Duwalu Bukele in about 1833 (Near Cape Mount, Liberia).
  • Nsibidi: a complex Nigerian system of pictograms and ideograms, known as Nsibidi (or Nsiberi) has been used traditionally in the cross river area of Nigeria, especially among the Ekoi, Igbo and Ibibio.
  • Nubian: Ethiopian script.
  • Amharic: Another Ethiopian script.
  • Ibo Geneva Style: Geneva with proper diacritics for Ibo.
  • Nigerian Times.
  • Pan African Arial Style.
  • Orisha Arial Style.
  • Djuka: A pictogram language from Suriname, 1910.
  • Voodoo (Veve): A particularly elegant set of pictograms found in Haiti.
  • Abakuá: Pictograms from Cuba, 1980.
  • Cabbal: Pictograms from Tobago, 1990.
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SUBFLUX experiment
[Mickey Rossi]

Mickey Rossi graduated in 1986 from the Philadelphia College of the Arts. He then worked in Maryland and Virginia, such as at AOL in Dulles, VA, and is a creative director in Atlanta, GA since2004.

He offers these free typefaces under the Subflux label: Alpha Male Modern (1997), AthleticSupporter, BallparkWeiner (connected fifties script), BarBenderBold, BobbiTheHippie, BongoFraktur (in Koch's Neuland style), CargoCrate (stencil), CollegeBoy (athletic lettering), FlandersRideItalic, FlandersRide, Fleetwilly, FlyTrapExtended, Hair Brush, HighlightsCondensed, Helga Broad, Hilda Broad, JimThorpeHigh (octagonal / mechanical), LevelFourteenDruid (medieval), LifestyleCondensed (avant garde), NotANumber, On That Shark (angular), RetroSuperSkinny (Peignotian), SatansMinions, Scrawlly, Scritchy Eye, Zerengetti (African look), ZiggyStandard. Rossi calls himself also "Loveless".

Dafont link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

SymbolMinded
[Marie Flaherty]

SymbolMinded is Marie Flaherty's foundry in Scituate, MA. Her first typeface is Adinkra Symbols (2012), which is a set of 100 symbols from Ghana named after King Adinkra.

Hobo Symbols Mod and Hobo Symbols Chalk (2012) are hobo symbol fonts. She writes: During the period of the Great American Depression hobos created a system of symbols to communicate and assist fellow travelers. These symbols would mark a home, farm, fence or other structure to indicate what to expect in the area. They would tip off travelers on how to find food, stay safe and what to avoid and more. In some areas of the USA, these symbols are still visible and have also become part of the American popular culture. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Terra Stitch

Russian designer of some great illustrations and lettering for Cafe Bar Afrika in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TeX and Africa

Article by Jörg Knappen (Universität Mainz) on fonts for African languages, published in Cahiers GUTenberg, 1991. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thaddeus Ted Szumilas
[Thaddeus Typographic Center]

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Thaddeus Typographic Center
[Thaddeus Ted Szumilas]

Thaddeus "Ted" Szumilas was born in Poland in 1951. In 1966 he emigrated to the United States where he attended Haaren H.S. and Parsons School of Design, majoring in Graphic Design. Practical experiences at Lubalin, Smith&Carnase Design Studio and with John Pistilli at Sudler&Hennessey ad agency prepared him for the real world of typographic design. He did book jackets, packaging, corporate identity, entertainment and TV. Here is one of his early typefaces. Thaddeus has been teaching the curriculum of basic and advanced typography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, from 1998-2008. Designer of the swashbuckler / medieval script family Ovidius Script (2001, FontHaus; in Light, Demi and Bold weights; also known as TS Ovidius), Sans Original, On The Line (2008, great calligraphic grunge), Singles Bar (2008, display sans), Wind Factor (more calligraphic grunge), Agitas Gallery (2008, blackletter), Big New Sign (2008), Breslau City (2008), Daily Fix (2008), Deltona (2008), Nigerian King (2008, avant garde face), Stigmal (2008, African theme), Amerigraf (2009), Election (2009, medieval with a rough outline), Gillateg (2009, grungy outline), Wackoface (grungy like Treefrog), Taliography (2009, another script with a rough outline).

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

The Ethiopian News Headline Tools

Ethiopian truetype and BDF fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Ethiopic Unicode Resource Page

Everything about Unicode-compliant fonts for Ethiopic scripts. The fonts listed and recommended are:

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Tiro TypeWorks
[John Hudson]

John Hudson and Wm. Ross Mills, the co-founders of Tiro Typeworks, design wonderful top-of-the-line fonts in Vancouver. From the TIRO web page: TIRO TYPEWORKS is an independent digital type foundry developing&marketing high quality typeface families for PC and Mac platforms. Our commitment is to continuing the independent tradition of typography, as it has existed for more than five hundred years, free from the influence of fashion and novelty. Tiro is increasingly involved in font technologies, and are avid advertisers for OpenType and work often with Microsoft and Linotype on projects. Interview in 2008 by Hiba Studio. Tiro's typefaces:

  • Academia (1997, by Mills).
  • The titling and display typeface Aeneas based on classical Roman capitals. This incomplete typeface was created by John Hudson based on glyphs drawn by an Austrian designer.
  • 1530 Garamond (one of the most beautiful and faithful revivals of Claude's creations), by Mills.
  • Manticore (John Hudson's own absolutely magnificent brainchild).
  • Plantagenet (by Mills).
  • Sylfaen was designed for Microsoft in 1998 by John Hudson and Wm. Ross Mills of Tiro Typeworks, and Geraldine Wade of Monotype Typography. Sylfaen is a Welsh word meaning "foundation"; an apt name since the font stemmed from research into the typographic requirements of many different scripts and languages. Sylfaen supports the WGL4.0 character set, for Pan-European language coverage. In addition to Latin, Greek and Cyrillic letterforms, the font contains the characters necessary for support of the Armenian and Georgian languages. [Download site, see also here].
  • Hudson also does corporate identity work, such as HeidelbergGothicOsF (done for Heidelberger based on NewsGothic). Other clients included Microsoft, IBM and Apple.
  • In 2001, Mills developed Pigiarniq (Download site), a multiscript typeface for native American languages. This project was commissioned by the government of Nunavut, a new Canadian territory. Note: please visit the page on James Evans' type cutting methods: it was this missionary who developed the Cree writing system which was later adapted for use with Inuktitut.
  • Winner with Mamoun Sakkal and Paul Nelson at the TDC2 2003 competition for Arabictype.
  • In 2003, he is publishing unicode-compliant fonts called SBL Greek, SBL Hebrew and SBL Latin, at the Society for Biblical Literature.
  • In 2004, winner of an award at TDC2 2004 with Nyala, an Ethiopic text face, which has a nice Latin component as well.
  • Hudson and Mills have, to date, designed and built fonts for the Arabic, Cherokee, Cyrillic, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, Inuktitut (Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics), extended Latin, and Ogham scripts. These include, for example, Adobe Hebrew (2000-2008).
  • Constantia (2004, a beautiful OpenType family made for Microsoft's ClearType project).
  • Helvetica Linotype (2004), for which he received a TypeArt '05 award for the Cyrillic component.
  • Vodafone Hindi (2007, with Tim Holloway and Fiona Ross) won an award at TDC2 2008.
  • Gabriola (2008) is a script font by Hudson done for Microsoft---it is included in some Windows packages---see, e.g., here. It has many swashes and special ligatures, but it is not connected.
  • Athena Ruby (2012), a winner at the TDC 2013 competition. Client: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection, Washington DC.
  • Brill (2012, with Alice Savoie). Also a winner at the TDC 2013 competition. Client: Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Slabo 27px and Slabo 13px (2013) are free Google Web Fonts. Optimized to be used at 27px and 13px, resectively, these fonts were created for use in online advertising.
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Tom Barden

Tom Barden created the geometric but also playful typeface Evolution (2009). He also made Africa Type (2010) and the octagonal athletic lettering typeface There It Is (2009). Visually Interesting (2009) is a type experiment. Unity (2011) is a heavy octagonal poster face. He is also working on Airport Icons (2011). He is based in London and is a graphic designer and photographer. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TransRoman

Commercial Mac and PC fonts from Linguist's Software. These are useful for most European languages, as well as for these African languages: Acholi, Afrikaans, Anyi, Ashanti, Bantu (Zulu, Xosa), Bobangi, Buluba-Lulua, Chikaranga, Fulani-Adamawa, Ga, Kanuri, Kongo, Lu-Ganda, Masai, Mashona (Chiswina), Mole, Namaquah-Hottentot, Nyika, Shuna, Swahili, Tebele, Temne, Umbundu, Wolof, Yao, Yoruba, and Zulu-Kafir. And also for these native American languages: Caddoan, Chippewa (Ojibway and Otchipwe), Choctaw, Cree, Dakota (Sioux), Eskimo, Hupa, Iroquoian, Kalispel, Kwakiutl, Maidu, Muskokee (Creek), Navaho, Osage, Tsimshian, Zuñi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Twi

Twi is an African language spoken in the southern two-thirds of Ghana. It is written by a common script developed by the Bureau of Ghana Languages. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typesetting African Languages

Wonderful essay, TeX-oriented, by Conrad Taylor on the typography of African languages. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Udegbunam Tbjay

Lagos, Nigeria-based creator of the free hand-printed typefaces Dance with me Tata (2014), John Snow (2014), Black Biscuit (2014), Beautiful Aria (2014), Long Assignment (2014), Written Lies (2014), My Lekpa Girlfriend (2014), Calabar Firewood (2014), Bad Axe (2014), Pidgin Dance (2014), Elegant Agege (2013: calligraphy meets art deco), Sassy Blogger (2013), Boogieweewee (2013), Bee Your Shelf (2013), Skinny Navigator (2013), Chop Chicken Beef (2013), Abeg Pretty Linda Cute (2013), Aboki Dreadlock Jam Suya (2013), Wetin Caro Want (2013) and Ktochi (2013), and the display typeface Hapuyalikethatbiko (2013).

Additional typefaces from 2014 include Midnight Hymn, and Lagos Traffic.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Umbreon 126

Tamagotchi, or Umbreon 126, made several fonts with the aid of FontStruct in 2012 and 2013. These include pixel faces (FS Rebellion, FS Rept, FS Comic Mono, FS Flower Shop, FS 126 Serif), but also truly large workhorse typefaces. For example, FS 126 Sans (a pixel sans face) has 4871 characters and covers Nko, Lisu, Armenian, Tai Le, Ogham, Thaana, Georgian, Coptic, Kayah Li, Tifinagh, Samaritan, and Lao. The 3114 glyph pixel typeface FS Semioriginal covers Hiragana, Katakana, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Bopomofo, Georgian, Greek, and Cyrillic. The 2000+ glyph pixel typeface FS Unoriginal covers Hiragana, Katakana, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Bopomofo and Tifinagh. Other typefaces include FS Fat Piano, FS Typ Stencil (piano key face), FS Frakletter (blackletter) and FS Stupid Me (white on black typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unicode Afrique

Unicode issues for African languages. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unicode Ge'ez

Help page for Eritrean computer users. Has the font GFZemenUnicode (1997, based on the GohaTibeb HP LasterJet fonts, converted and adapted by Biruk Asrat), a Unicode-compliant font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Hamburg

Berhanu Beyene, Prof. Dr. Manfred Kudlek, Olaf Kummer, and Jochen Metzinger from the Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science, University of Hamburg, prepared a set of Ethiopic metafonts. See also here. The fonts are released under GNU GPL. They participate as the Ethiopic experts in the Free Software Foundation project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

VADA Software Talen I-L

Free fonts for Ibo, Inuit, Japanese, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Kanuri, Khmer, Kikongo, Kikuyu, Kinya Rwardan, Hangul, Kpelle, Krio, Kru, Laotian, Latvian, Luba, Luo, Maltese, Oriya, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Pali, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Hindi, African languages such as Mandinka, Mende, More, Ngala. Plus Navajo, Oromo, Ogham, Phoenician. [Google] [More]  ⦿

VADA Software Talen M-Q

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Vai

The Vai syllabary (Liberia) was devised by Momolu Duwalu Bukele in 1830 near Cape Mount in Liberia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valereyes

FontStructor who made the African-themed typeface Changos4 (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victor Kudakwashe Bagu
[Victorius Graphics]

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Victor Kudakwashe Bagu

Designer of the free constructivist Cyrillic simulation grunge font VKB KonQa (2006), about which he writes that My typeface was influenced by Communism, Land Politiks, War and Grunge in Afrika. Victor Bagu (b. 1982) lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Alternate URL. He operates under the label Victorius Graphics. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victorius Graphics
[Victor Kudakwashe Bagu]

Harare, Zimbabwe-based designer (b. 1982) of KonQa (2006), a grunge Cyrillic simulation face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Volcano Type (MAGMA)
[Lars Harmsen]

Magma Brand Design in Karlsruhe, Germany evolved in 2004 into Volcano Type. Magma is headed by Lars Harmsen (b. Hannover, 1964) and Ulrich Weiss. Lars Harmsen spent the first four years of his life in Chicago. He then moved to Geneva with his parents for eight years, and then moved to Karlsruhe. He completed his schooling at the French section at the European School. He first studied history and Germanics in Freiburg before beginning to study design at Basel, Boston, Saarbrücken and Pforzheim. He got his degree in graphic design, and in 1996 he founded MAGMA [Büro für Gestaltung] together with Ulrich Weiß. He is the co-founder of STARSHOT GmbH, a design company for sports products, now based in Munich. MAGMA created Type Foundry Volcano-Type.de and the internet forum Slanted.de. In the meantime, Slanted.de has become the most active German typography forum. Volcano Type offers commercial and some free typefaces: DigiBo (Boris Kahl), Objects (free ransom typeface by the house), MonoPoint and DoublePoint (monospace dot matrix families by the house), Amiga Normal and Rounded (pixel faces by Boris Kahl), Screeny, Pixel and C64 Style (pixel faces by Boris Kahl), Fette Pixel (pixel typeface by Florian Gärtner), Teckbo (digital typeface by Boris Kahl, who writes: Retro-Avant-Garde for Club-Flyer-Honks and Plastic-Pussy-Chicks), Psycho (grunge by Boris Kahl), Wald Ast (tree branch look by Sandra Augstein), Wald Blatt (tree leaf look by Tanja Rastätter), Rollerblind (a pair of dot matrix faces by Boris Kahl), Chaucer (uncial by Boris Kahl), Glossy (dot matrix typeface by Sandra Hofacker), Brüll (a funny frog dingbat typeface by Andre Rösler), Pax (a free peace symbol typeface by Heidrun Weißschädel and Alexander Kassel), Mud (free typeface by Boris Kahl). And these display faces by Florian Gärtner: Republic, Tacora. And finally the Fone 1 through 3 grunge faces by Florian Gärtner. The typefaces of Lars Harmsen (or codesigned by him) at Volcano:

  • African look faces: Masai
  • Athletic lettering: Sports (grungy, with Kahl), Sports Skinny.
  • Blackletter: Fraktape Duct, Fraktape Sticky, Fraktendon (=Fraktur+Clarendon, codesigned with Kahl), Trigot (2010, modular, semi-blackletter by Michael Hubner), Black Sirkka, Frakturbo, SAR-Lupe
  • Diabolo
  • Dingbats: Genocide (free). Mr. J. Smith Eye, Mr. J. Smith Head, Mr. J. Smith Mouth, Mr. J. Smith Nose, and Mr. J. Smith Wanted are experimental dingbat faces by Nikolaii Renger, based on an idea of Lars Harmsen, and digitized by Ulrich Weiss and Boris Kahl. These won an award at the 2005 FUSE competition.
  • Experimental: Sewed (2009, stitched letters), Cross Fourty, Cross Sixty, Cross Ten, Cross Thirty, Cross Twenty, Cross Ultra
  • Grunge: Basalt, Magneta, Punta Negra, Mrs. Tape Tape
  • Hand-drawn: B-Scratch (2009, Harmsen and Egger's take on sketched letters), Amebo, Diabolo, Keycaps, Kulli (curly), Oboni, Wawe, Tape One Bold, Tapemate Outline, Tapemate Regular, Tape One Bold
  • LED style: Digibeck (Boris Kahl, 2000: a DVD player font), Strichcode (a family codesigned with Kahl).
  • Kitchen tile faces: Bus, Bus PI, both done with Boris Kahl.
  • Oriental simulation: Japanese
  • Patriot family, done with Boris Kahl: Saddam, Commander Robot, Fidel, Slobbodan, Osama, George.
  • Ransom note face: Kriminal
  • Sans families: Copy (2009).

Behance link. Klingspor link. Volcano Type link. MAGMA Brand Design link.

Their bestsellers at MyFonts. View Volcano's complete typeface library. See also here. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

W. Negga

Located in Croydon, UK. Designers of these Ethiopic fonts in 2002: A1-Desta, A1-Kidan, A1-Qelem, A1-Tesfa, A2-Desta, A2-Kidan, A2-Qelem, A2-Tesfa. Downloadable here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wazéma system

A free Amharic (Ethiopian) writing system for Windows that includes six free Amharic fonts by Welé Negga: A1Desta, A1Tesfa, A2Desta, A2Tesfa, A4Desta, A5Desta. All in truetype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

William Caslon III

British typefounder in London, 1754-1833. Son of William Caslon II, grandson of William Caslon I. He co-owned the Chiswell Street family firm from the death of his father in 1778 until 1792, when he sold his share in the foundry to his mother and his sister-in-law, the widow of his brother Henry. In the same year he purchased the Salisbury Square foundry of Joseph Jackson (apprentice to his grandfather and rival to his father), who had recently died, and called the foundry Caslon&Son. In 1807, this business was passed on to his son William Caslon IV who in turn sold up in 1819 to Blake, Garnett&Co. (later Stephenson Blake). Author of A specimen of printing types (1785, Galabin and Baker, London) and A specimen of cast ornaments (1795, C. Whittingham, London).

Images from A specimen of printing types (1785): a crown, Double Pica Greek, English Arabic, English Italic, Five Line Pica Ships, Long Primer Roman No 1, Pica Black No. 2, Pica Coptic, Pica Ethiopic, Two Line Double Pica, Two Line Great Primer, Two Line Long Primer. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Wilton Foundry
[Robbie de Villiers]

The Wilton Foundry, which started out in Wilton, CT, but is now in Chattanooga, TN), was founded in 2003 by Robbie de Villiers. It published Cielo (2012, a san family with some contrast), Marcus (2012, a roman type family in the Trajan style), Typetonic (2011, techno), Skript (2011, a stencilish script), Vallassina (2011, like a child's hand), Bellezza (2010), Pagina (2010, humanist sans), Rijk (2010, calligraphic), Saycheez (2009), Chamber (2009, serif face), Ciseaux (2009), Terzo (2009, calligraphic), Werk (2009, 12-style sans family), Velouté (2008, script), Diario (2009, blackboard script), Carnegie Classic (2009, calligraphic), Ziro (2008, almost a comic book font), Suzie Q (2007, hand-printed), Brasserie (2007, connected script), Chateau (2007, calligraphic script), Pointe (2007, a blackboard script), Atto Sans (2007), Santa Cruz (2007, a serifed headline face), Marzipan (2007, a whimsical script), Spark (2007), Fete (2006, formal script), Flax (2006), Portfolio (2005), Cyan (2006, a compact serif typeface reminiscent of Trajan), Ceres (2009, related to Cyan), Cyan Sans (2006), Petronella (2006, medieval script), Pezzo (2006, calligraphic script), Canette (2006, calligraphic script), Vecta Serif (2005), Vecta (2005, sans family; also published in 2006 as Vecta DT (DTP Types)), Cinnamon (2005, children's handwriting), Cilantro (2005, fun handwriting, and its niece Hanna (2008)), Misspink (2005, stone-age simplicity), Brown Fox (2005, script), Celsius (2005, felt tip face), Plumage (2007, formal high contrast calligraphy), Plato (2005, faded roman caps), Diplomat (2006, calligraphic), Duet (2004, calligraphic; also published in 2006 as Duet DT (DTP Types)), Spark (2005), Anno Rex (2005), Hampton, SCelsius, Gluestick, Duet Bold (2005, calligraphic), Duet-Flourishes (2004), Duet2Deux, Duet-Regular (2005), Nobodi Bodoni (2005), About Face (2004, script), Benjamin (2003, a geometric sans), Paella (2005), Boondoggle (2005, curly face), Monotonose (2004), Password (2004), LoosieGoosie (2004), Pippin (2005, transitional serif), Carnegie (2004, calligraphic), LatextBold (2003), ModusBoldItalic (2003), Nantucket (2004), Nicolas (2005), Oslo (2005, a legible sans family), Sepia (faded look), Belair.

Chatype is a geometric slab serif typeface family designed in 2012 for the city of Chattanooga, TN, by Robbie de Villiers and Jeremy Dooley.

Unio (2012) is a rounded slab family designed to be sturdy and legible.

Creative Market link. Klingspor link.

View Robbie de Villiers' typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

XenoType Technologies

Commercial outfit with language kits (including fonts) for these languages: Burmese, Cherokee, Inuktitut, Kannada, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara, Malayalam, Sinhala, Telugu, Tibetan, Bassa, Cambodian, Ethiopic, Laotian, Saurashtra, Sylheti, Tai Le, Tamil, Assyrian (Syriac), Burmese, Georgian, Khmer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

xorg

Free font depository with many BDF bitmap files. In addition, Adobe's Utopia, Bitstream's Charter, the Lucida fonts, and IBM Courier. Also, GohaTibebZemen (for Ethiopic) and several Syriac fonts from the Syriac Computing Institute. Japanese mirror. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yoruba Fonts

Shareware Yoruba language fonts developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Yoruba program by Antonia Schleicher. Truetype for Mac and PC. 20USD for the full font, free for lower case letts only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ZIVA

The Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts is a typography and graphic design school in Harare, Zimbabwe, led by Saki Mafundikwa. Alternate URL. Creative Pro page. [Google] [More]  ⦿