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Agata graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, where she studied graphics and paintings. Presently, she is a graphic designer in Graz, Austria. She created colourful arts and crafts style typefaces in 2012. Behance link. [Google]
Designer of Nouveau (1992), a font based on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow at the turn of the century. [Google]
Scottish type designer, b. 1935. He studied architecture and graphic design in London and founded Marshall Arts. In 1980, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA. Creator of Ingram BT (2004, Bitstream), a typeface with Arts and Crafts features. [Google]
Graphic designer and typographer in Ferndale, MI. She did some type posters (e.g., on the Arts and Crafts Movement), and some calligraphic work. She also designed some experimental typefaces. [Google]
[Gustav & Brun (was: Jagjavi)]
Designer of the free arts-and-crafts font Seminole (2015). [Google]
Brooklyn, NY-based creator of the very friendly rounded arts and crafts typeface Thistle Display (2014), which was inspired by the lettering of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald. [Google]
Art nouveau faces by Nick Curtis
Art nouveau revivals by Nick Curtis include the following free faces.
- Bala Cynwyd NF (2001, 2007) is an Arts&Crafts style poster typeface inspired by lettering of Dard Hunter.
- MadisonSquareIncised, MadisonSquareNF (2001, 2007).
- MunchausenNF (2003, 2007). Based on a poster for an exhibition by Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel (1911). This is inbetween art deco and art nouveau.
- RivannaNF (2002, arts and crafts style): Rivanna NF revives Max Joseph Gradl's Gradl Zierschriften, an art nouveau typeface from 1903. Rivanna NF Pro was done in 2010 by CheapProFonts.
- Runy-Tunes, RunyTunesRevisited (1999, 2001, 2007).
- SmorgasbordNF (2003, 2007). Based on this poster by André C. de Takacs (1912).
- TobaccoRoadNF (2002, 2007). This is based on a poster for an art exhibition, designed by Eva Volkel in 1912. It is typical of style of the Austrian Secession school---combining medieval forms with late art nouveau styles.
- ValleyGrrrlNF (2003, 2007). ValleyGrrrlNF (Nick Curtis) is based on Johann Cissarz's poster lettering in Erste Hoehenluft Radfahr-Bahn (1897).
There are also commercial art nouveau faces:
- Abbey Road NF. After Joseph W. Phinney's Abbey Old Stytle (1901).
- Aint Baroque NF (2009). An art nouveau/psychedelic-style variation on Milton Glaser's Baby Teeth Baroque from 1968.
- Deukalion NF (2006). A fun art nouveau headline face.
- Elefantasia NF (2012) is based on Elefanta, a font by the Karl Brendler & Söhne foundry in Vienna.
- Foxcroft and Foxcroft Shaded (2005). An art nouveau family based on Vassar (1887, Farmer, Little&Co).
- Graphic Stylin NF (2006). A script stencil typeface with an art nouveau feel.
- Half Full NF (2011). A bold weight of Glass Antiqua (Franz Paul Glass, 1912, Genzsch&Heyse).
- Hupp Antiqua NF (2006). A gorgeous display typeface pair first done in 1909 by Otto Hupp for Klingspor. This one has a Basque A.
- Inglenook Corner NF (2005). Based on the lettering of Laurence Schall, as presented in Lewis F. Day's 1910 classic, Alphabets Old and New.
- Jugendstil Borders NF (2011).
- Millrich Moravian NF (2010). A revival of Bohemian (1918, a jugendstil typeface by Miller&Richard). Millrich Olivian NF (2014) revives Olivian.
- One Good Urn NF (2005). Based on the art nouveau lettering of J. M. Bergling in Art Alphabets and Lettering (1914).
- Petrushka NF (2012): based on the art nouveau typeface Petrarka (1900, Schelter & Giesecke).
- Rough Cut NF (2006). A grunged up version of the art nouveau typeface Daphne.
- Schweimann Moderne NF (2014).
During her studies in Bucharest, Romania, Artemisa Pascu created the display typeface Xenology (2015, almost an arts-and-crafts typeface) and Constellation (2015). [Google]
Arts and Crafts Computer Fonts
This outfit seems to have disappeared. It had four commercial fonts, ca. 2000: Syracuse, Arts and Crafts, Greene&Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright. The last one is like Eaglefeather. [Google]
Arts and Crafts Fonts
Dead link removed. it was an upstart commercial outfit that sold "Handcraft", "Arts&Crafts", and the gorgeous fat-lettered Vienna Komputer Schrift, ca. 1999. Willow can be obtained from Esselte. All fonts are artsy, and come with collections of great borders and geometric patterns. [Google]
[Todd M. Hallock]
Based in Perry, OK, Bannigan Artworks was founded in 1998 by Todd Hallock (b. 1969). His fonts include Arts&CraftsGS (2001, inspired by decorative lettering by Glaswegian illustrator Jessie Marion King (1876-1949) and by the Scottish style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). This font was published by Jack Yan), Renaissance Caps (2005, floriated), Celtic Knots-BA (2002), Celtic BA (2003), Celtic Ornaments BA (2008), Christianity BA (2004, Christian symbols), and the futuristic font Hallock.
Home page on Celtic Art. Agfa/Monotype sells Hallock, Celtic-BA and Celtic Knots.
At MyFonts, we find the Keltic caps typeface Medieval Caps BA (2006), Left Hand BA (2007) and Art Nouveau 2 BA (2007). Archibald BA (2009) is inspired by the art nouveau lettering of Archibald Knox (1864-1933), a designer for Liberty&Co. from the Isle of Man. In 2014, he created Arts and Crafts Sans BA. In 2015, Todd published Circle BA.
View Todd Hallock's typefaces. [Google]
French designer of these free faces that can be downloaded at Dafont:
- Stencil category: Game Plan (2011), Karen Stencil (2011), Fine Stencil (2011), Stencil Gothic (2011).
- Constructivist: Konstructiv (2011).
- Handprinted or marker fonts: Andi (2014), Dker Finepoint (2011), Dker Feltpen (2011), Dker Poster (2011).
- Grunge: Aerial Demented (2011).
- Shadow face: Oh Jay (2011).
- 3d face: Bleuck (2011).
- Geometric experimental faces: Rondie (2011), Again (2011), Kawai Desu (2011), Modular Tkno (2011), Modern Plate (2012).
- Upright connected script: Bellefine (2011).
- 3D Simulation face: Bonus (2011).
- Tuscan: De Flandre (2012).
- Experimental: Comic Tragedy (2013), Scan Me (2011), Jizz Mass (2011, a gooey play on snow cover at Xmas...).
- Ransom note faces: Weird Cuts (2012).
- Arts and Crafts: Home Square (2012).
- Other: Flea Market (2013).
German graphical artist, painter and printmaker, 1872-1943. He studied at the Düsseldorf and Berlin Art Academies. From 1892 Bernhard Pankok had a studio of his own in Munich. There he freelanced as an artist, graphic artist and illustrator for the journals "Pan" and "Jugend". Greatly impressed by the British Arts and Crafts movement, Bernhard Pankok joined Hermann Obrist, Richard Riemerschmid, and Bruno Paul in founding the Munich Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk. Afterwards, he also designed furniture, stage sets, interiors and buildings, and painted portraits. An example of lettering: modern German capitals. [Google]
Toronto-based designer of the Arts & Crafts scrapbooking style typeface Crafty Font (2013) and of the wood type Bauer Bodoni-inspired slab serif Bodoni Block Font (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Bonnie Clas has completed her B.F.A. and M.F.A. at Savannah College of Art and Design as a major in Graphic Design with a minor in Drawing. She has been developing her career by taking positions as a designer, illustrator, and letterer for SpotCo, Rodrigo Corral Design, and Hsu+Associates in Manhattan. She lives in New York City. Creator of TWD Sans (2011, semi-blackletter), Mecano Neue (2011), Kule Script (calligraphic, for a clothing brand), Kule Slab (2011, didone), Lady Chatterly (curly fashion mag face), Lacie (curly typeface for Latin and Cyrillic), Methodenstreit (2011, arts and crafts face), Habana (2011, Lost Type), Feverish (2011, experimental), Burlesque (art deco). She also did the lettering for tens of projects. [Google]
His beautiful font Kashmir (an arts and crafts style font) was created in 1992 as a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Brian was a software designer at Northwestern's Institute of Learning Sciences. His address is listed in the text file as Box 46 CT, Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME 04011. Download link. [Google]
In the late 19th century, Dr. Carl Hrachowina (1845-1896) taught at the Arts and Crafts School in Vienna. Among his students were Franz von Matsch and Gustav Klimt. He selected and published a series of study aids. Author of Initialen, Alphabete und Randleisten verschiedener Kunstepochen (1897, Carl Graeser, Vienna), and of Vorlagen für das Kunstgewerbe 1. Band. Künstliches Alphabet von J. Th. de Bry (1886, Carl Graeser, Vienna). Example of his lettering. [Google]
Codesigner with David Siegel in 1999 of an arts and crafts font called Eaglefeather (P22). It was made for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which owns various manuscripts of the beautiful lettering of this American artist and designer, 1867-1959.
P22 Eaglefeather Pro is a large extension released in 2012. [Google]
During her studies at FADU / UBA (Buenos Aires), Catalina Juarros created the interlocking wide arts-and-crafts typeface Glasgow (2014). [Google]
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Lettering artist and architect in Glasgow (b. Glasgow, 1868, d. London, 1928). He was a designer in the Arts and Crafts movement and also the main exponent of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom. Typefaces based on his lettering include ITC Rennie Mackintosh (by Phill Grimshaw), ITC Rennie Mackintosh Ornaments (also by Phill Grimshaw), and Willow (by Tony Forster). Check the Glasgow School of Art, ITC and U&LC.
The CRMFontCo headed by George R. Grant specialises in typefaces based upon the letterforms of Mackintosh. They published multiple styles of these fonts: Rennie Mackintosh (1993, the original by George R. Grant), Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow (2007, with lowercase letters added), and Rennie Mackintosh Artlover (1995: art deco dingbats by George Grant and Joanna McKnight). Later additions include The Classic Charles Rennie Mackintosh Font, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Artlover Font, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Stems Font, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow Font, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Renaissance Font, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Hillhouse Font, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Moonlight Font, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Scotland St. Font, and The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Venezia Font<.
Poster by Ryan Irven (2010). See also the free font Nouveau (1992) by Alan Cairns. CRM company link.
View Charles Rennie Mackintosh's typefaces. [Google]
Charles Robert Ashbee
British type designer, b. Isleworth, 1863, d. Kent, 1942. He made Endeavour Type (1901) and Prayer Book Type (1903). Part of the Arts and Crafts movement, [quoting Wikipedia] he was the son of businessman and erotic bibliophile Henry Spencer Ashbee. His Jewish mother developed suffragette views, and his well-educated sisters were progressive as well. Ashbee went to Wellington College and read history at King's College, Cambridge from 1883 to 1886, and studied under the architect George Frederick Bodley.
Ashbee was involved in book production and literary work. He set up the Essex House Press after Morris's Kelmscott Press closed in 1897. Between 1898 and 1910 the Essex House Press produced more than seventy books. Ashbee designed two typefaces for the Essex House Press, Endevour (1901) and Prayer Book (1903), both of which are based on William Morris's Golden Type.
Quoting wikipedia again: Despite his father's amateur career as an enthusiastically heterosexual pornographer, Ashbee was gay. He came of age in a time when homosexuality was illegal and "the love that dare not speak its name". He is thought to have been a member of the Order of Chaeronea, a secret society founded in 1897 by George Ives for the cultivation of a homosexual ethos. To cover his homosexuality, he married Janet Forbes, daughter of a wealthy London stockbroker. CRA, as he was known, had admitted his sexual orientation to his future wife shortly after he proposed. They wed in 1898 and, after 13 years of rocky marriage (including a serious affair on the part of Janet), had children: Mary, Helen, Prue and Felicity.
Klingspor link. Wikipedia link. [Google]
Co-designer with Richard Kegler of several fonts at P22 type foundry, which she joined in 2000. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BA in Communication Design.
- P22 Art Nouveau Bistro, P22 Art Nouveau Cafe, P22 Art Nouveau Extras (ornaments), all made in 2001-2002.
- P22 Dearest Script, P22 Dearest Swash: calligraphic in the style of medieval scribes, and a winner of an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002.
- P22 FLLW Exhibition, P22 FLLW Terracotta, both done in 2000: these are based on alphabets by Frank Lloyd Wright published in 1931 and in 1896-1897 (in his book The House Beautiful), respectively.
- Gothic Gothic (2001): a blackletter done with James Grieshaber.
- P22 Mucha (2001): an art nouveau font inspired by Alfons Mucha, ca. 1900.
- P22 Pan Am (1999, with Richard Kegler). Created for the centennial of the Pan-American exposition of 1901, held in Buffalo, NY.
- P22 Salon (2001): more art nouveau.
- P22 Victorian Gothic (2000, with Richard Kegler and Amy Greenan). Based on a type style called Atlanta, similar to Copperplate.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini
Born in Firenze in 1969. Cofounder with Francesco Canovaro and Debora Manetti of the Italian design firm in Firenze called Studio Kmzero. He codesigned some typefaces there such as Arsenale White (2009). Targa Monospace (2002) is a sans inspired by Italian vehicle registration plates. It has an handmade version (Targa Hand) that can be used for comic book lettering.
The handwriting of Lord Byron led Pancini to develop the brush script typeface Byron (2013, Zetafonts).
MyFonts credits him with the rounded avant garde sans family Antipasto (2007), but elswhere we read that this typeface is made by Matteo di Iorio, so there is some confusion.
In 2014, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro codesigned Amazing Grotesk (+Ultra). He also designed the calm bold geometric rounded sans typeface Cocogoose (2014) and the stylish deco font Offensive Behaviour. Cocogoose Letterpress is free.
In 2015, Pancini published his masterpiece, Coco Gothic, named after Coco Chanel. This Latin / Greek / Cyrillic typeface family features a small x-height and sligghtly rounded corners to make the avant garde and geometric sans typefaces in vogue in the 1970s come alive again, ready for 21st century fashion magazines. It comes with substyles that recreate many moods, including art nouveau (Cocotte), Italian propaganda style and Italian deco (Cocosignum), hipster style (Cocobike), Arts and Crafts, or Bauhaus (Cocomat). Coco Gothic was initially developed as a corporate font for Lucca Comics & Games Festival 2013. The rounded geometric sans family Cocomat (by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Deborah Manetti and Francesco Canovaro) was inspired by the style of the twenties and the visions of italian futurists like Fortunato Depero, Giacomo Balla and Antonio Sant'Elia.
Still in 2015, Cosimo and Zetafonts published the connected creamy baseball script Bulletto, the grungy handvetica Neue, and the calligraphic wedding typeface Hello Script. In 2015, at Zetafonts, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Bruno La Versa codesigned Cocobiker (2015) to celebrate the hipster and bike cultures. Cocobiker (for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) is part of the successful Coco Gothic typeface family.
Dafont link for some of his free fonts. Klingspor link. [Google]
Cristina Matayoshi Kian
Lima, Peru-based designer of the arts-and-crafts typeface Rem (2013), which is possibly named after Rennie Mackintosh. [Google]
[George R. Grant]
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Font Company is located in Glasgow, Scotland. It specialises in typefaces based upon the letterforms of Scotland's artist, architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In 1993, designer George R. Grant (b. Scotland, 1957) had the idea to create the Charles Rennie Mackintosh font, which became an interantional hit. George employed the talents of Glasgow designer Joanna McKnight to help with the artwork for the CRM Artlover font (art deco dingbats), which was launched in 1995. Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow (2006) is like the original font, but includes four styles and lowercase letters as well. See also Rennie Mackintosh Renaissance (2006). Additions in 2009 include Rennie Mackintosh Allan Glens, Rennie Mackintosh Stems, Rennie Mackintosh Hillhouse, Rennie Mackintosh Moonlight, Rennie Mackintosh Scotland St, Rennie Mackintosh Stems and Rennie Mackintosh Venezia. CRM American Horror was launched in 2011---it was Spider Man 2, which was emulated by the branding of the the new Fox TV series American Horror Story.
View the typefaces designed by CRM Font Co. [Google]
Illustrator in Oakland, CA. Designer of a great arts and crafts poster for Monarch Designs in 2014. Behance link,/a>. [Google]
Dan X. Solo
Christchurch, New Zealand-based creator of Cupertino (2011, a geometric sans headline face), Rathe (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts) and Native (2011, an arts and crafts face, sold by Ten Dollar Fonts).
In 2012, Daniel McQueen founded Ten Dollar Fonts. [Google]
Daniela de los Rios
During her graphic design studies at PUCP in Callao, Peru, Daniela de los Rios created the arts and crafts typeface Navaro (2014). [Google]
Danielle Gravelle (Milford, MI) designed an arts and crafts logo for Vienna Café in 2012. [Google]
William Joseph Dard Hunter was born in 1883 in Steubenville, OH, and died in 1966 in Chillicothe, OH. One of the most influential graphic designers to come out of the American Arts and Crafts movement around 1900-1910. The typeface "Dard Hunter" by James Grieshaber at P22, complete with Arts and Crafts Ornaments, is based on his designs. Bala Cynwyd NF (2008) and Nickley NF (1997, an arts and crafts font) by Nick Curtis are other digital revivals of his lettering.
The Mountain House Press Types were designed and cut by Dard Hunter between 1912 and 1915, and by Dard Hunter Jr. (b. 1917) in 1937-39, for the private use of their Mountain House Press.
A Specimen of Type (Dard Hunter Jr., 1940, Paper Museum Press, Cambridge, MA) is a small booklet shows a roman type started in 1936 by Dard Hunter Jr. under the guidance of Professor Otto F. Ege. Apologies for the poor quality of the digital pics, which were taken under challenging conditions in the dungeon of a gothic library.
A third generation has emerged as well, as Dard Hunter III is an active printer and book designer in modern times.
Klingspor link. [Google]
From Portland, OR, Dave Fabik's free truetype fonts. Includes fonts such as Slipstream, Willow (1995, Rennie Mackintosh style lettering), DungeonBlocksFilled (1995), GrekoDeco (1992, based on El Greco Adornado by Fundicion Richard Gans), SableBrush, RoughBrush, Zoom, Quainte, DeRoos Caps (Lombardic).
Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
David Fernando Espinosa Martínez
David Fleming Nalle
[Scriptorium (Ragnarok Press, Fontcraft)]
During his graphic design studies in Lyon, France, David Lafourcade created the constructivist typeface Rus 35 (2014), the Trajan typeface Oedipe Antique (2014) and the Fraktur typeface Dornach (2014).
In 2015, he made the crazy arts-and-craftsy typeface Whaye, the geometric script typefacve Fibule (which has starter, middle and end glyphs), and the hacker typeface Gaio.
Typefaces from 2016: Aldgate (inspired by London transport signs), Dragonfly, Rallonge (a circle-based typeface designed to be stretched). [Google]
During his studies in Grand Rapids, MI, David Shankin created the arts and crafts typeface A Baby's Finger (2014), which is isnspired by the Glasgow School of Art. [Google]
Educated at Stanford (M.Sc. in digital typography in 1985 under the supervision of Donald Knuth and Charles Bigelow) and before that at the University of Colorado at Boulder (undergraduate math degree in algorithms under Hal Gabow). Type designer. Creator of these architecturally-inspired type families:
His page has discussions on typography in general, and handwriting and architectural fonts in particular.
- Eaglefeather (1999, P22). David Siegel made Eaglefeather for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which owns various manuscripts of the beautiful lettering of this American artist and designer, 1867-1959. P22 Eaglefeather Pro is a large extension released in 2012. Codesigned with Carol Toriumi-Lawrence.
- Tekton (1988, Adobe). Tekton was released by Adobe in 1989. Ideal for architectural writing, an OpenType family, called Tekton Pro, was released in 2000. Adobe lists Jim Wasco as a co-designer. The glyphs are based on the hand-lettering of Seattle-based architect and author Francis D.K. Ching.
- Graphite (1991, FontBureau). Graphite (FontBureau, 1991) is a drafting letter based on the hand of San Francisco draftsman Anthony Celis LaRosa.
- He worked with Hermann Zapf, trying to get Knuth's METAFONT program to produce beautiful typefaces. He worked again with Zapf on Zapfino.
He heads Studio Verso, a site-design consultancy in San Francisco.
Author of The Euler project at Stanford Stanford, CA (1985, Stanford University, Department of Computer Science).
CV at FontBureau. Interview. FontShop link. Klingspor link. MyFonts link. [Google]
Born in 1989, Dominic Vielnascher studies at NDU (New Design University) St. Pölten, Austria. His typefaces in 2011 include Naraganda (a beautiful low x-height arts and crafts family), an unnamed modular face, and Fraktur (blackletter).
Images of Naraganda: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, viii. [Google]
Graphic designer in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria, b. 1989, who graduated in 2012 from the New Design University in St. Pölten. His thesis work was the sans typeface family Fahrplan (2012). He is located in Judenburg, Austria, and operates as Dwiedoml.
In 2012, he created the layered font family Fudge. He also created the rounded sans typeface Dega (2012), as well as Pixelstuff (2012).
In 2013, he created the layered sans family Furunkel. This arts-and-crafts typeface is characterized by the possibility of having different top, middle and bottom thirds of the capital letters.
Later in 2013, he set up the commercial typefoundry Dominik Krotscheck in Judenburg, Austria. His commercial typefaces include the layered system Furunkel (2013) and Floz (2014, a gaspipe sans). Free typefaces include Keel (2013) and Firty (2013).
Typefaces from 2014: Schnipsl (a stackable paper cut-out typeface family), Clarke, Flounder (a condensed all-caps sans serif font), Flounder Pro.
Typefaces from 2015: Rhea (condensed all caps sans serif fonts), Unfug Wiggly, Unfug Box (a nice fat hand-crafted poster typeface).
Behance link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google]
A mysterious free typeface created in 1997 in the style of the Glasgow School of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Unknown designer. [Google]
Born in Uruguay in 1872, he died in the UK in 1944. A medical doctor, he taught all his life at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London and at the Royal College of Art in London. From 1910 until 1930, he designed fonts for the Cranach-Presse in Weimar, which was owned by Count Harry Kessler.
In 1916, he makes a typeface for the London Underground (helped by Eric Gill). Johnston's London Transport type is reworked by Colin Banks in his New Johnston (1979). His fonts show a strong influence by Eric Gill: Hamlet-Type (1912-27, designed for a Shakespeare edition, Cranach Press, 1929), Imprint-Antiqua (with Gerard Meynell and J. H. Mason, 1913; +Imprint Shadow; digital forms exist at Monotype [Imprint MT], URW [Imprint URW, preferred over the MT version by some of my correspondents], SoftMaker [I771], and Bitstream [Dutch 766]), Johnston Sans Serif (1916).
A version of the London Underground typeface (1997) was digitized by P22 foundry. In 2007, P22 extended that typeface to a 21-style multilingual collection called P22 Underground Pro. At ITC, Dave Farey and Richard Dawson recreated a Johnston sans serif family with 3 weights, aptly called ITC Johnston. Nick Curtis created Underground NF in 1999. Many other designers aped Johnston's Underground as well. Hamlet, the almost-blackletter script, was revived by Manfred Klein and Petra Heidorn as HamletOrNot. In 2012, Greg Fleming published Railway Sans as a free open source font at OFL. It is based upon Johnston's original drawings and work started by Justin Howes just before his death.
Edward Johnston is a book published by Priscilla Johnston (London, 1959). Author of Writing&illuminating,&lettering (1917, J. Hogg, London; original done in 1906). Writing Illuminating Lettering at Amazon.
Scans of some lettering by him: illuminations (1917), modernized half uncial (1906), Calligraphy by Johnston. Digital fonts based on alphabets from the 1906 book include Edward's Uncial 1904 (2011, David Kettlewell).
Links: Linotype, FontShop, Klingspor link. [Google]
Elsa Z. Mersayeva
Belgium-based Elsa Mersayeva is unique. She writes about herself: I'm all about typography, matryochkas, Paris, pirates, funny people, urban culture, Bukowski, red nails&messy hair, gangsters' bandanas, huge golden earings and unicorns. Her Chambéry typeface (2011) has elements of the Arts&Crafts movement. Sailor (2011) is an ornamental caps face. [Google]
Erik lives in Zwolle, The Netherlands, and was born in 1964. He designed the splendid free hand-crafted typefaces Eryx Rennie Macintosh (2015, Scottish arts and crafts typeface), Eryx Freeform (2015) and Eryx Cartoon (2015). Dafont link. [Google]
Ethan Paul Dunham
Exuberance: Typefaces by Matt Jalbert
Typefaces for the Mac and PC designed by Matt Jalbert from Albany, CA: a shareware Ludlow Dingbats (leaf motifs), Arts and Crafts Dingbats, and the gorgeous text faces Artcraft Light and Artcraft Light Italic (40 USD). See also here. [Google]
Katowice, Poland-based designer of the art deco / arts and crafts typeface atlantis (2016). [Google]
Mons, Belgium-based creator (b. 1985) of the free hand-drawn didone typeface BodoFlo (2013), ABlockyFont (2014, iFontMaker font), and of Hipsterish Pro (2015; buy it here; despite the name, the typeface is closest to the arts-and-crafts style of 1895), Marker Pen (2015), Feltipen Pro (2015), Thin Font (2014), Tape Type (2015, iFontMaker), and Large Font (2014).
Aka Hello I'm Flo. Jellycube link. Dafont link. Behance link. [Google]
Designer in Sao Paulo. Creator of the arts and crafts typeface I Want To Be A Ballerina for Capricho Magazine. [Google]
[Ethan Paul Dunham]
FontHead Design (Wilmington, DE) sells cool fonts designed by Ethan Dunham (b. 1972, Glens Falls, NY). A partial list: Mother Goose (2008), Allise, GoodDogCool, Fontheads (dingbats), Randisious, Greyhound (1997, an arts and crafts face), Rochester, Samurai, AsimovSans, Gurnsey20, Scrawl, BadDog, Holstein, SlackScript, Bessie, SloppyJoe (gone?), Blearex, HandSkriptOne, SmithPremier, BlueMoon, HolyCow, SororityHack, Bonkers, HotCoffeeFont, SpillMilk, BraveWorld, Isepik, Sputnik, Brolga, TekStencil, Carnation, Mekanek (1995), Teknobe (1995), Merlin, Toucan Grunge (gone?), Tycho, TypewriterOldstyle, MotherGoose, Croissant, Democratika (now Americratika--I think Emigre forced FontHead to change the name), Noel (1996-1997, Lombardic all caps face, with an open version added), LillaFunk (gone?), Margo Gothic (gone?), Toddler (gone?), NoelBlack, WashMe, Diesel, Orion, Gritzpop, Pesto, BattleStation, CircusDog, Dandelion, DraftHand, Flowerpot, Navel, ShoeString, Stiltskin, ZipSonik. Plus JohnDoe, and old typewriter font. Free fonts: Font Heads (dings), Smith Premier, Vladimir, Tycho, Typewriter Oldstyle, ScareCrow, Millennia, SpillMilk, GoodDog, Holstein, Red Five. All formats, Mac and PC. In the comic font series, look for Stan Lee (now Comic Talk), FH Excelsior (now Titlex), Grimmy (now Flim Flam), and Kirby (now Grit).
Fonts created in 1999: AppleSeed, Caterpillar, Chinchilla, ChinchillaBlack, ChinchillaDots, CrowBeak, CrowBeakLight, CyberMonkey, DanceParty, DingleHopper, FourScore, FourScoreTitling, Hopscotch, HopscotchPlain, Ladybug, Leaflet-Regular, LeafletBold, LeafletLight, ReadOut, ReadOutSuper, Smoothie, Swizzle, TwoByFour, VeryMerry. Made in 2001: ButterFinger, ButterFingerSerif, CatScratch, Catnip, FighterPilot, FrenchRoast, Handheld, HandheldItalic, HandheldRaised, HandheldRaisedItalic, HandheldRound, HandheldRoundItalic, Kingdom, OldGlory, Quadric, QuadricSlant. MyFonts page.
In 2006, several dingbats fonts were added, such as the ClickBits Arrow series and the ClickBits Icon series.
In 2008, he created InfoBits Things and InfoBits Symbols, Abigail, Assembler, Click Clack, Drawzing (children's font), El Franco (grunge), Good Dog New (hand-printed), Helion (futuristic), Lead Paint (brush), Schema (architectural lettering), Skizzers (hand-printed), Tachyon (2008, techno, futuristic). Free font download. This place has Allise, Americratika, AppleSeed, AsimovSans, Asterix-Blink-Italic, Asterix-Blink, Asterix-Italic, Asterix-Light-Italic, Asterix-Light, Asterix, BadDog, BattleStation, Beckett, Bessie, BlackBeard, Blearex, BlueMoon, Bonkers, BraveWorld, Brolga, BrownCow, Carnation, CatScratch, Caterpillar, Chinchilla, ChinchillaBlack, ChinchillaDots, CircusDog, CornDog (2004), Croissant, CrowBeak, CrowBeakLight, CyberMonkey, DanceParty, Dandelion, Dannette-Outline, Dannette, DayDream, Democratika, Diesel, DingleHopper, DoomsDay, DraftHand, Flowerpot, Font-Heads, FourScore, FourScoreTitling, FunkyWestern, Goliath, GoodDog-Bones, GoodDog-Cool, GoodKitty, Greyhound, Grimmy, Gritzpop, GritzpopGrunge, Gurnsey20, HandskriptOne, Holstein-Bold, Holstein, HolyCow, Hopscotch, HopscotchPlain, HotCoffeeFont, HotTamale, Isepik, JohnDoe, JollyJack, Keener, Klondike-Bold, Klondike, Ladybug, Leaflet-Regular, LeafletBold, LeafletLight, LillaFunk, LogJam-Inline, LogJam, MargoGothic, MarvelScript, MatrixDot-Condensed, MatrixDot, Mekanek, Merlin, Millennia, Mondo-Loose, MotherGoose, Navel, Network, Noel, NoelBlack, Oatmeal, Orion, Pesto, Randisious, ReadOut, ReadOutSuper, RedFive, Rochester, Samurai, Scarecrow, Scrawl, ShoeString, ShoeStringRound, SlackScript, SloppyJoe, SmithPremier, Smock, Smoothie, SororityHack, SpaceCowboy, SpillMilk, Sputnikk, StanLee-Bold, StanLee-BoldItalic, StanLee-Regular, Stiltskin, Submarine, Swizzle, TekStencil, Teknobe, Torcho, ToucanGrunge, TwoByFour, Tycho, Typewriter2, TypewriterOldstyle, VeryMerry, Vladimir, WashMe, Watertown-Alternate, Watertown-Black, Watertown-Bold, Watertown, ZipSonik-Italic, ZipSonik, ZipSonikSketch-Italic, ZipSonikSketch.
Font Squirrel carries ElliotSix (simple handwriting), GoodDog (children's hand) and Millennia (squarish). In fact, in 2009-2010, Ethan Dunham became a very active web font persona, offering a commercial web font service, Fontspring, and a free font service, Fontsquirrel.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Fontscape: Arts and Crafts
Fontscape lists digital Arts and Cratfs movement fonts:
- From P22: P22 arts and Crafts (+Tall, +Hunter), P22 Morris (Troy, Golden), P22 Vale (+King's Fount).
- From ITC: Willow, ITC Golden Type.
- From Bannigan Artworks: Arts and Crafts GS.
- From JY&A Fonts: JY Arts and Crafts.
- From Nick Curtis: Lance Corporal NF.
Fontscape lists digital Viennese Secession style fonts:
- From Flashfonts: Love (Solid, Open, Stoned)---these are more psychedelic, really.
- From Adobe / Letterperfect: Kolo.
- From JM Fonts: Poster (Solid, Inline).
- From ITC: Willow, ITC Stoclet.
Francisco López Bustamante
Graphic designer in Guadalajara, Mexico, who works at Memela Studio. Behance link. His typefaces include the seductive multiline beauty, Miami Deco Type (2011), the Italian Western face El Solitario (2011), and the arts and crafts typeface Poiret (2011). Later in 2011, he promises the fashion mag typeface Marais Serif, and made the alchemic typeface Arcan.
I am a bit confused, as most of these typefaces also show up in the portfolio of Pancho Lopez, also of Guadalajara. And to top it off, the Behance link now mentions that the designer is Frank Gutierrez fro Monterrey. [Google]
Frank Lloyd Wright
American architect, artist and designer, b. Richland Center, WI, 1867, d. Phoenix, AZ, 1959. He was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. His lettering inspired many to create typefaces based on them. The Frank Lloyd Wright museum is near the University of Chicago. He lived in Oak Park, IL, two blocks away from Luc Devroye's daughter. A partial list of fonts realted to FLW:
- David Siegel made P22 Eaglefeather (1994-1999) for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which owns various manuscripts with his beautiful lettering. P22 made a few typefaces based on his hand.
- Christina Torre (P22) created P22 FLLW Exhibition and P22 FLLW Terracotta in 2000, based on alphabets by Frank Lloyd Wright published in 1931 and in 1896-1897 (in his book The House Beautiful), respectively.
- Paul Hunt made the P22 FLWW Midway font family in 2006, comprising Midway One, Two and Ornaments. This set is based on the lettering found on the Midway Gardens working drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright---tall-legged and casual.
- There are several free fonts. For example, swiftw5 created the typeface Hendrikus Wijdeveld (2010), based on a Hendrikus Wijdeveld poster entitled Architecture Exhibition / Frank Lloyd Wright from 1931.
- Funky Lloyd Wright (2002) by Kristian Walker (Eurekaville) is an experimental font based on Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas.
View Frank Lloyd Wright fonts. [Google]
Austrian art nouveau era painter, 1880-1932, who took the Czech citizenship in 1919. His Viennese Secession poster for the Kaiserjubiläums Möbel Ausstellung (a furniture exhibition during the Kaiser's Jubilee) inspired David Kerkhoff to design Fiebiger Eins (2013) and Fiebiger Zwei (2013). Fiebiger has many traits of the arts & crafts movement. Biography at the University of Magdeburg. [Google]
Free Arts&Crafts Fonts
[John M. Murphy]
Among the fonts in this small art nouveau style and arts and crafts archive, compiled by John M. Murphy in 2003, we find
- By Anke Arnold: Fortunaschwein.
- By David Fabik: Willow (1995).
- By Steven J. Lundeen: Spanky's Bungalow (1997).
- By David Nalle (Scriptorium): Adresack (1996), Chelsea Studio (1997), Semiramis (1997).
- By Nick Curtis: Avignon (1999), Bala Cynwyd (2001, inspired by Dard Hunter), HobbyHorse (2000), Hut Sut Ralston (2001), Kelmscott Roman (2000, after a William Morris alphabet), Nickelodeon (1999: a silent movie font), Nickley (1997), Our Gang (1999), Runy Tunes Revisited, Grasshopper (2001), Rivanna (2002, art nouveau), Payzant Pen (2001, similar to Speedball), RaggMoppRegular (2000), Runy Tunes (1999; +Revisited, 2001), Shangri-La (2002), SouciSans (1999), Speedball No2 SW (2001), Speedball No3 (2001), Tanglewood Tales (2000).
- By David Siegel: Eaglefeather.
- By Sam Wang: Sarah Caps, EddaCaps (1993, pure art nouveau).
- Other fonts: Davys, Dyer, Eccentrical, Art Noveau Intitials (2001, House of Lime).
George R. Grant
CEO of Ni Hao Cybertek (or NH Cybertek) in China. Fontstructor known as gothman who made the arts and crafts-look typeface Cybertek (2012). [Google]
Greater Albion Typefounders (or: GATF)
[Paul James Lloyd]
Paul J. Lloyd's typefoundry in Western Australia, est. 2008. Lloyd (b. UK) made over 100 free truetype fonts before that. He writes: What we will offer is new designs, replete with Edwardian Fun, Victorian distinction, or any other piece of elegance we can manage.
Edwardian creations from 2008-2010: Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Adantine, Goldbarre, Brosse, Crewekerne, Crewekerne Magna and Crewekerne Magister (arts and crafts face), Larchmont, Brissard, Brossard (slab serif), Bonavia, Bonavia Blanc, Clementhorpe, Veneribe, Chiara Script, Howlett, Svengali Roman, Bonning and Bonnington (1920's style families with ideas from University Roman), Absinette (2009, art nouveau), Bamberforth, Tumbletype, Vertrina, Bromwich, Great Bromwich, Fleete, Helenium. Chipping emulates the Edwardian 1920s. In 2012, he added the Bolton Commercial family (late Edwardian, early art nouveau).
Art deco faces: Oakland (2011, multiline typeface gleaned from a 1930s French car ad), Zenia (2010, trilined), Plebe (Plebia, 2008: a grotesk emulating the 1930s), Whitehaven (2008, an extensive art deco family with several shadow weights), Merry Fleurons (2008, Christmas ornament dingbats), Braxia (2008), Keynsia (fifties style art deco family with Peignot influences).
Other faces: Haymer is a large sans family made in 2010. Clunic (2008) is a blackletter face. Tectura (2008) is a handwriting font. Eldridge is a slab serif family. Aliqua (2009), Chipperly (2009) and Syondola (2008, Tuscan) are Wild West families. Terazza Tilings (2009) and Valentine's Fleurons (2009) are dingbat faces. Additions in 2009 include Lowndes (soft blackletter), Christmas Fleurons, Merry Snowmen, Cherritt (described as a Victorian era Courier), DoodleBirds, Halloween Fleurons, ButtonFaces, Sabio (neither slab nor sans), Daub (brush graffiti font), Sabinard (a modern swash face), Cullions (futuristic blackletter), Coronard (blackletter / roman hybrid), Easter Fleurons, Chapter Initials, Paveline (19th century calligraphic script), Mellin Sans and Open, Gildersleeve (evoking the 1920s Arts and Crafts movement), Stannard (a 1920's advertising inspired small caps face), Slattery (a horizontally shaded fun face), Slatterine (2009, more retro futurism), Spillsbury (2010, Victorian family), Cirflex (2010, geometric display typeface based on arcs of circles), Oxonia (2010, a classic roman family) and Vectis (classic Roman elegance, another small caps face).
Creations in 2010: Windevere, Albion's White Christmas, Paragon (a great didone display family with a wood type feel), Compton (slab serif family), Mexborough, Morover (Schwabacher family), Anavio (a classical roman family), Corvone (3d-effect font), Granville (Victorian), Corton (Victorian), Wellingborough (Victorian), Worthing (Victorian), Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Bonaventure (art nouveau), Federal Streamliner (1950s feel techno face), Deva (classical roman), Crucis Ornaments (crosses), Bronzino (a roman with Arts and Crafts roots), Bertoni (2010, a didone family), Pardon Me Boy (train dingbats), Woodruff (Open Face fonts with a wood type look), Jonquin (based on a WWI poster; +Incised), Luscombe (1920s display family; +Parva), Movella (futuristic from the 1950s), Magdalena Sans (2010: a clear monoline sans), Endymion (2010: Tuscan), Paget (a Tuscan experimental all caps face), Portello (Victorian).
Typefaces made in 2011: Admiral (art nouveau), Tuscaloosa (Tuscan face), Eccles (bombastic Victorian), Wolverhampton (pre-Victorian), Doncaster (Victorian family), Metropole (art nouveau family), Corsham (stone engraved lettering family), Leibix (casual), Albia Nova (an elegant futuristic organic face), Flapper (art nouveau face), Bertolessi (curly Victorian), Tulk's Victorian Banner (all caps banner face), Fitzgerald (Victorian all caps face), Cleveden (Victorian headline family), Spargo (an extensive set of early 20th century-look engraved faces for official documents and securities), Bettendorf (2011, based on a 1900s masthead typeface), Wolvercote (2011, similar to Bettendorf), Pittsburgh (2011, a Western-style engraved face), Chubbly (2011), Portmeirion No. 6 (2011, a Victorian / circus design), Bronzetti (2011; images: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi), Sophie J (hanprinted), Dem Bones (2011, glyphs made from bones), Stout (2011), Birmingham New Street (a Victorian family inspired by the hand lettered title on a 19th century railway map), Beckinslade (ornamental blackletter).
Production in 2012: Alfere Sans Stripes, Albion's Americana (Western stars and stripes face), Tudor Perpendicular (blackletter), Amici (rounded headline face), Amie (rounded sans), Wolverton Text (Edwardian family), Vinea (10-style display family), Par Avion (retro futuristic), AstroBats (retro sci-fi dingbats), Beeching (+Shadowed), Gondolieri (didone meets Tuscan), Penrose Slabserif (an Escher-like trompe l'oeuil 3d face), Haldane (art nouveau, Arabic look), Solidarius (chubby, fat felt-tip pen font), Bluebottle (angular display face), Merrivale (Victorian), Future Runes (runic simulation), Coliseo, Alfrere Sans (inspired by a 1950s television caption style), Tectura II (Lloyd's answer to Comic Sans), Secombe (Edwardian caps family), Milligan, London Court (Tudor-era caps family).
Typefaces from 2013: Speedblur, Belhampton (Edwardian), Merry Baubles (Christmas tree dings), Merry Bauble Letters (Christmas alphadings), Wroxeter (blackletter), Thurbrooke (+Banner, +Initials, +Black, +Reverso, all based on 19th century banner headings and engraved lettering), Bourne (a rounded type system), Henrician (a set of eight Tudor style display faces), Belle Jardin (art deco marquee face), Lavery (Edwardian), Baldione (a stylized didone), Chequers (a vintage poster face), Turvy Topsy (fat finger face), Merrivaux (faux medieval), Blout (German expressionist typeface), Easter Egg Letters, Isometrica (a banner typeface family), Valentine's Letters, Imperial Granum (roman titling face), Brollo (chunky display face).
Typefaces from 2014: Albions Very Old Masthead, Albions Engraved Black, Albions Old Masthead, Albions Incised Masthead, Albions Black Holly, Zanderley (pure Victoriana, +Initials), Landsdowne Commercial, Friendly Shaded Sans, Trivette, Wellmere Sans, Uncia Black, Henry VII, Greene and Rollins (layered Victorian typeface), Barollo, Alfrine, Alfrere Banner (+Incised), Lugano, Lanvier (1930s-style caps typeface family), Bonlivet (a hyper-decorative capitals alphabet from the late Victoian or early art nouveau era), Ames Text (a didone family with rounded brackets), Ames Roman (related to didones but with wedge serifs), Ames Weathered, Ames Shadow, Ames Shaded, Amersham (vintage signage family, 2013-2014).
Typefaces from 2015: Netherland Perpendicular (Victorian blackletter), Ledbury (Victorian), Ambergate (Edwardian poster face), Empyrean (futuristic, yet curvy), Flinscher (1920s script), Signwriter Standard, Display Hatched, Albions Marker No.1 (a charming outlined marker pen typeface inspired by Bembo and Caslon), Joyvrie, Kinver (Victorian), Nationale (Victorian), Doges Banner, Doges Darker (Victorian), Doges Delight (Victorian), Doges Venezia (Victorian).
Typefaces from 2016: SpeedSwash (blackletterish), Stridere (blackletterish), SpeedSketch.
Type announcements. Behance link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Hellofont link.
View all typefaces by Paul Lloyd. Images of Paul Lloyd's best-selling typefaces. Greater Albion Typefounders: typeface collection. View Paul lloyd's Victorian typefaces. [Google]
Gustav & Brun (was: Jagjavi)
Andreas Gustavsson is a Swedish designer, b. 1979, located in Nyköping. At MyFonts, starting in 2013, the name Andreas Brunelius started to appear as the designer of most of the typefaces. It is possible that Andreas Brunelius = Andreas Gustavsson. Gustavsson's typefaces were first published under the foundry name Jagjavi, but in 2014, that name changed to Gustav & Brun.
Creator of the simple hand-printed typeface Kohicle 25 (2009). See also his waxy letter studies from 2010.
At his commercial foundry, he published Pushups (2012, hand-printed 3d face), Itchy Handwriting (2012), Docklan (2012, textured face), Herbarium (2012, plants dingbats) and Old Earthy (2012, a hand-drawn font inspired by the mid 19th-century art movement with William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood).
Typefaces from 2013: Sweeper, Paper Cuts, Nanu and Nanu Simple Ornaments (hand-drawn poster font), Macro (fat headline or poster face), Macro Print (the eroded version of Macro), Karl and Karl Black (blackboard bold typeface family).
Typefaces from 2014: Caitiff (a fun poster typeface), Expedition One (bichromatic geometric solid typeface), Sweeper Slanted (brush typeface).
Home page. Behance link. Another home page. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google]
Gustave F. Schroeder
Punchcutter, b. 1861 (Berlin), who made many typefaces. He worked at the Central Type Foundry and then ATF in the late 1800s, and was living in St. Louis, MO, in 1891 and in Mill Valley, CA in 1892. His typefaces straddle the Victorian, arts and crafts and art nouveau eras.
His typefaces include:
- Victorian style typefaces at Central Type foundry, done early in his career: Apollo (1888), Atlanta (1885, based on a design of Andreas V. Haight), Harper (1882, curly), Hogarth (1883), Jeffderson (1890), Jupiter (1888), Lafayette (1885), Morning Glory (1884), Scribner (1883), Victoria (1886, with Nicholas J. Werner), Victoria Italic (1891), Washington (1886). Apollo was revived by Nick Curtis in 2014 as Gloriosus NF.
- At Marder, Luse and Co: French Old Style Extended.
- At Pacific States: Aldus Italic (before 1891), Sierra (before (1897).
- Arts and crafts typefaces at Central Type Foundry: Eccentric (1881, available in digital form at Monotype (Agfa), Solotype, and Adobe.
- Art nouveau typefaces done at Central Type Foundry: Art Gothic (1885), Multiform No. 1 through No. 4 (1892).
- Othello (1886, Central Type Foundry). A black condensed rounded typeface that became very successful thanks to its revival (copy?) by Morris Fuller Benton. Digital versions include Bathysphere (2013, by Seymour Caprice) and Nick Curtis's Iago NF (2011).
- For Barnhart Bros and Spindler: Era (1891) and Era Condensed No. 5 (1891). These typefaces were done with Nicholas J. Werner. Pastel was originally called Era.
- For ATF: Empire Initials (ca. 1898), McCullagh No. 2 (1897, a remarkable art deco typeface twenty years ahead of its time). Patent application for McCullagh.
- Geometric (+Italic, Condensed, Antique). Done in 1881 at Central Type Foundry. The Condensed and Antique are from 1883. For a digital version, see HWT Geometric (2013) by Hamilton Wood Type / James Grieshaber.
- DeVinne (1890-1896, Central Type Foundry). This design was sold to Stephenson Blake. Digital versions available at Bitstream and Wooden Type Fonts. Bitstream writes about its version: This revival of the Bruce Foundry's No. 11 is typical of the nineteenth century types derived from the work of Didot and Bodoni; the typeface remains popular with lawyers and government printers. In fact, Theodore Low De Vinne opposed this kind of design as hard to print and read; he had Century designed to replace it.
- Other typefaces at Central Type Foundry: Cushing Old Style (1890), Erebus (1889), Hades (1889), Johnston Gothic (1892, with Nicholas J. Werner), Laclede (1897), Novelty Script (ca. 1891), Old Style Bold (1886), Old Style Script (1887), Quaint Roman (1890 or 1895), Royal Script (1887), Typewriter (1884), University (1889). Mac McGrew on Royal Script: Royal Script originated with the Central Type Foundry branch of ATF in St. Louis in 1893. It is much like the later Typo Script, but wider. In spite of that similarity, it appeared in ATF specimen books as late as 1968. In the 24- and 30-point sizes there are normal and small versions of lowercase, caps being the same. Early specimens designated these large and small sizes as No.1 and No.2 respectively, later specimens as No. 551 and No. 552. Hansen's Newton Script is the same design.
- The angled serif font family Romana (1892). Digital versions by Linotype, Elsner & Flake (called EF Romana) and Bitstream. Bitstream puts this didone design in the proper context: The French interest in the revival of suitably edited Oldstyle romans as an alternative to a world of Modern typefaces started in 1846 when Louis Perrin cut the Lyons capitals. About 1860, as Phemister was cutting the Miller & Richard Old Style in Edinburgh, Theophile Beaudoire turned the idea of the Lyons capitals into a complete Oldstyle typeface, with similar overwhelming success; it was generally known as Elzevir in France and Roemisch, Romanisch, Romaans or Romana in Germany, Holland and Switzerland. In 1892, Gustav Schroeder, at the Central Division of ATF, expanded the series, adding a boldface under the name DeVinne. It was promptly copied, initially in Europe by Ludwig & Mayer, and spread rapidly throughout the US and Europe, becoming the best known member of the series. ATF made popular an ornamental form under the name De Vinne Ornamental.
- Patent applications: unnamed face for BBS (1891), another unnamed face (1893), an unnamed art nouveau face and another unnamed serif face (1893, for VJA Rey).
FontShop link. Google patent link. Klingspor link.
Typefaces by him at MyFonts. [Google]
Hanoded is the foundry (est. 2010) of Dutch designer and photographer David Kerkhoff, b. Epe, 1969. In its first year, Hanoded was a free font outfit specializing in handwriting and hand-printed faces. Its creations could be seen at Dafont [although Sam Yuli at dafont offers largely the same typefaces], Abstract Fonts and Fontspace. Fontspring link. Klingspor link.
In 2011, he went partially commercial via MyFonts. His typefaces became more diversified and are quite stunning at times:
- A: Abelia (2015), Abysmal Gaze (2011. scratchy face), Aderyn (2012: a poster family), Aeronic (2015, based on a 1937 Japanese poster for Nikke Coat by Japanese print artist Gihachiro Okuyama (1907-1981)), Aint Nothing Fancy (2010). All Over Again (2010), All Over Again All Caps (2010), Allez Hop (2011), Americain (2012, constructivist), American Grunge (2015), Amoebica (2014), Andorra Script (2014), Antisocial Behavior (2010), Antidote (2016, 3d and hand-crafted), Artful Dodger (2012, a grungy Clarendon), AshesToAshes (2010), Ashtanga (2013, curly caps), Astromonkey (2016), Au Revoir (2012).
- B: Badehaus (2015, an art npuveau typeface modeled after the lettering on the Thermal Badehaus in Bad Neuenahr, Germany), BadPaintjob (2010), Balagan (2010), Bandolina (2014), Baznat (2010), BehindDirtyBlinds (2010), DK Bergelmir (2014), Black Bamboo (2014), Black Mark (2012, a heavy brush face), Blauhaus (2015, a rounded organic monoline Bauhaus), Bloemgracht (2014, Dutch deco), Bombay Blue (2014, hand-crafted poster font), Boris Brush (2016), Bottle Shop Faded (2010), Bratislava (2015), Breakfast Burrito (2015), Brooklyner (2013: an art deco caps typeface based on the typeface used for The Brooklynite, a magazine from the 1920's), Bullet in your Head (2010), Bungehuis (2015, Dutch deco after the lettering on a building in Amsterdam, 1931), Business As Usual (2011, scratchy), Buttered Toast (2015), Butterfly Ball (2014).
- C: Canned Whale (2012, outlined and hand-printed), Carambola (art deco sans), Carbonara (2011, grungy typewriter), Carte Blanche (2012, a gorgeous arched / sketched caps face), Castanea (2012, a painter's font), Celluloid Bliss (2010), Charons Obol (2011, scary brush face), Cheat Sheet (2013, handwritten), Checkout (2015, a basic supermarket script), Chunky Chicken (2013), DK Clair de Lune (2012, an exquisite curly poster font), Clochard (funky quirky lettering), Codswallop (2011, fat hand-printed), DK Coliseu (2014, art deco), DK Cool Crayon, Corner Shop Chique (2010), Cosmo Stitch (2015), Couldnt be bothered (2010), Courant (2011, grungy blackletter), Crayon Crumble (2011, chalk face), DK Crayonista (2012), Criss Cross (2011), Cubissimo (2013, a cubist geometric font inspired by a 1929 poster advertising a museum exhibition), Cul de Sac (2010, 3d outline face, hand-printed and sketched).
- D: Deco Pimp (2011), Die Bruecke (2013, a woodblock printing emulation typeface named after the Die Brücke movement), DK Allez Hop (2011). Don Quixote (2011. nice grunge calligraphic hand), DK Dortmunder Ecke (2015, inspired by cubism), Double Quick (2014), Douceur (2014, a blackboard bold / tattoo script), Downward Fall (2014, a rough brush), Dragonblood (2015), Drawing Blood (2010), Dreadnought (2014, brush face).
- E: Early Morning Coffee (2012), Ersatz Quality (2010).
- F: Face Your Fears (2011), Face Your Fears II (2015), FairNSquare (2010), Fallout Font (2010), Fantastique (2012, a 3d hand-printed caps face), Fat Little Piggy (2010), Father Frost (2012), Fiebiger Eins (2013, an art nouveau / arts & crafts typeface after a 1908 poster by Franz Fiebiger), Fiebiger Zwei (2013), Fledermaus (2012: Fledermaus ("bat") was a cabaret theater from Vienna. The original Jugendstil decor was designed by Josef Hoffman and several posters, advertising performances, were designed by other members of the Vienna Workshop. The Fledermaus font was based on a 1907 poster by Bertold Löffler.; the missing glyphs were created by Kerkhoff), DK Formosa (2012).
- G: Galangal (a phenomenal poster typeface that plays on thick and thin, in the style of Horst Caps), Gerards Gold (2010, script face), GerardsGold (2010). Ghost Reverie (2010, a scratchy family), Grafiker (2013, a brush typeface loosely based on the work of designers Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) and Jean Carlu (1900-1997)), Gulag Decay (2010).
- H: Hanoded Hand (2010), Hanoded-Heavy (2010), Harimau (2012, a rounded children's book font), Harimau Dua (2015), Harrumph (2011, a fat poster lettering family), Hasty Tasty (2011), HaraldRunicDEMO (2010), Heckel (2013, a German expressionist hand-drawn typeface based on the handwriting of Erich Heckel (1883-1970), a founding member of Die Brücke, a group of German expressionist), Hedgehog Hans (2012, comic book typeface), Hex (2012), Hieratic Numerals (2010), High Tea (2012), DK Himmelblau (2012, art nouveau font based on a poster from 1902 made by the Künstlerbund Hagen), Hobgoblin (2014), Hofstad (2014, after an art deco typeface used by poster designer John Lavies), Hokitika (2014, art deco), Huggin and Muninn (2012, script face), Hummus Chips Salat (2010), Hyggelig (2015).
- I: Inky Fingers (2013, a fat finger font), Innuendo (2015), Interstellar Erosion (2010), DK Insomniac (2015), Ishtar (2012: spooky brush font).
- J: Jalebi (2015), Jambo (2014, bouncy and funky), Joe Schmoe (2011, hand-printed), John Brown (2016), Jubileum (2013), Just Before Liposuction (2010).
- K: Kaikoura (2014, art deco), Katzenjammer (2015), Kempoka (2014, brush script), Kerberos Fang (2011), Keswick (2013, a lipstick font created using a 6B pencil), Fat Kitty Kat (2013), DK Koerier (2014, a 3d outlined typeface), Kokomo (2012, 3d and outlined), Kolkata Hotelroom (2010), Komsomol (2014: was modeled on several Soviet propaganda posters and anmed after the youth division of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Komsomol, or Kommunisticheskii Soyuz Molodyozhi), Koshatnik (2011, all caps brush face), Kubikajiri (2011, an India ink brush face), DK Kundalini (2013, curly), Kunstschau (2012: a beautiful poster font that was modeled on a stamp, designed by Austrian artist Bertold Löffler, for the Kunstschau 1908 exhibition in Vienna), Kurkuma (2013, a wonderful poster caps face), Kusukusu (2011, hand-printed), Kwark (2013: a 3d poster font).
- L: Lampion (2012, a condensed unicase hand-drawn face), Leakage (2010, ink splash face), Lemon Yellow Sun (2014), Lille Snemand (2015), DK Limoen (2012, shadow outline face), Liquid Embrace (2015, a brush font), Lokomotiv (2012, an art deco caps typeface based on poster for the 1930 Geneva Motor Show), DK Louise (2012, art deco, cubist: based on the art of Louise Marie (lou) Loeber, a Dutch painter).
- M: Maduki (2013), Majolica (2014, art deco), DK Mama Bear (2012), Mandolin (2014), Mango Smoothie (2015), Mary Ate a Little Lamb (2010), Mayonaise (2011), Meshuggeneh (2013---crazy fool on Yiddish; a twisted 3d typeface), Midnight Hour (2011), Moi Non Plus (2011), DK Monsieur Le Chat (2012, curly face---can't wait for Madame La Chatte...), Moonlight Shadow (2010, a nice scribbly pair of fonts), Mosca (2013), Mothman (2011, a spooky scratchy face), Mr Stickman (2015, funny dingbats).
- N: Nakata (2012, a great notebook style script), Nanuk (2013, an outlined 3d typeface), Neues Bauen (2011), New Beginnings (2016), Nightbird (2011, blood drip face), Northumbria (2012: modeled on original 7th and 8th century monastic gospel books from Northern England), Notaris (2015, a bouncy typeface), DK Nutnik (2012, a mural paint font), Nyctophobia (2010, brush face).
- O: Obrigado (2012, rounded art deco face), Oei (2010), Oomph (2010), Okiku (2014, a scratchy poster typeface), Oranjerie (2013, poster typeface), Otago (2014: a classic all caps art deco typeface), DK Oyuki's Ghost (2013, scratchy scary typeface made with a steel pen and Chinese Ink---the name comes from a painting by Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795), which depicts his mistress who died young. Maruyama Okyo claimed she haunted him in his sleep).
- P: Palembang (2015, a Dutch art deco typeface), Pandanus (2014), Pardesi (2013, a fat marker pen font), Paviljoen (2014: Dutch art deco), Pawn Shop Pretty (2010), Petit Four (2015), Petit Oiseau (2013), Pimpernel (2012), Pinda (2011), P.I. (2011, grungy typewriter), Pingo (2012, display face), Pinkus (2013, a caps-only poster font), Pisang (2013, an all caps poster font), Plakkaat (2011), Poison Ivy (2014, scratchy hand), Pondicherry (2014, a hand-sketched 3d typeface), Porcupine Pickle (2011), Prince Frog (2015, a cartoon / children's book font), ProjectX (2010), ProjectY (2010), ProjectZ (2010), Promedanenmischung (2010), Psycho Killer (2013), Pumpkin Soup (2013: a poster typeface), Pundak (2014, all caps 3d outlined typeface), DK Pusekatt (2013).
- Q: DK Qilin (2014: a great inky font), Quatrain (a hand-drawn didone), Quid Pro Quo (2011, scratchy calligraphic), Quilted Butterfly (2010), QuoVadisQuasimodo (2010).
- R: Rabbit on the Moon (2011, children's typeface), Rainforest (2010). Rat Infested Mailbox (2010), Retch (2013, frightening scratchy script), Rosy Lee (2016), Rotorua (2014, art deco), Ruby Red (2015, brush style), Rum Doodle (2013), Rumpelstiltskin (2011, comic book family), Runic Series [Gunfjaun Runic (2010), Modraniht Runic (2010), Leakage (2010), Hyrrokkin Runic (2010), Harald Runic (2010). Gunnar Runic (2010), Nidhogg Runic (2010), Skraeling Runic (2010), Sleipnir Runic (2010), Tjelvar Runic (2010), Yggdrasil Runic (2010), Graip Runic (2010), Fenrir Runic (2010), Beowulf Runic (2010)], Rusty Cage (2011).
- S: Same Same but Different (2010), DK Samhain (2012, brush face), Sammy Boy (2011, fat poster face), Satsuma (2013, a poster face), Saturday Sunday Monday (2010), Scribbler (2015), Scurvy Dog (2011, scratchy hand), Secret Diary (2013: hand-printed), Semarang (2015, an art deco sans), Sensory Overload (brushed typeface), Shaken Not Stirred (2015), Sheepman (2012), Shesek (2011, a fat finger face), Single Malta (2010), Sirius B (2013, poster font), Sketchy Smiley (2010, smilies), Sketchy Smiley II (2012), Skratch (2010, broken glass face), Sleepy Time (2013, hand-printed), Sleight of Hand (2010), Slipstream Sweetheart (2010), Snemand (2013, a poster titling typeface), Snippity Snap (2015, paper cut typeface), Sobriquet (2012: a wonderful antique poster face), Souplesse (2013), Spandau (art deco), Spiderlegs (2011, SquareOne (2010), SquareOneGrunge (2010), Squint (2013, squarish), Statendam (2014, caps only Dutch art deco influenced by interbellum ads for the Holland America Line), Suco de Laranja (2012), SundayMonday (2010), Sweet Steeffie (2010). Syphon Spritz (2010, a great curly script; a Pro version appeared in 2010 at CheapProFonts).
- T: That Little Piggy (2010), Technojunk (2014, 3d squarish hand-drawn typeface), Thievery (2012, curly script), This Little Piggy (2010), Tobu (2014), Trashtype (2011, grungy), Tripping on Acid (2010), Trollslayer (2011, brush face), Twelve Weeks Pregnant (2010), Tzeva Tari (2010, grunge Hebrew).
- U: Ugh (2010), Umbilical Noose (2014, a rough brush), Uncle Oscar (2016, a crayon font).
- V: Ventana (2013, created using Chinese ink and a bamboo pen), Vermilion (2013, hand-printed poster face), DK Viareggio (2012, an art deco font Viareggio is based on the handlettering found on a 1931 poster, advertising the carnival of Viareggio), Vienna Workshop (2012, an art nouveau typeface based on some of the artwork produced by Vienna Workshop artists, in particular that of Koloman Moser), Visum (2014), Vox Populi (2012, medieval).
- W: Warpspeed (2010), Wayang (2013, influenced by Indonesian puppets), Weekend Warrior (2010), Welt Schmerz (2012, a post-art nouveau typeface based on a 1910 poster from Austria), WetDream (2010), Whatnot (2013), Whynot (2014), Wild Bunch (2015: Western font), WindshieldMassacre, With A Twist (2011).
- Y: Yellow Balloon (2013, a fat poster face), Yuli (2014).
- Z: Zeebonk (2013, a tattoo font), Zonnig (2011).
Small design studio in Oxfordshire, UK, run by Jon Hicks, who created the free arts and crafts typeface Hill House, based on the handwriting of Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). He writes: The Hill House is a building originally designed for the publisher Walter Blackie, and is now in the care of The National Trust for Scotland. Now that the copyright on his handwriting style is in the public domain, this typeface is seen everywhere in Glasgow, from jewellers to chip shops!
Fontsquirrel link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
[Small Cap Graphics]
Commercial fonts with free demos. This company in San Francisco was set up in 2013 by Guilhem Greco (France). The typefaces from 2013 include Strong Glasgow (arts and crafts typeface), Deadmobil (a grungy version of the Mobil logo font), Midnight Moon, Google Spies, Tarantino (grungy wood type), Bronx Bystreets (grunge), Hidden Archives, Stallions, Hidden Archives (grunge), Broken Detroit (grunge), Motor (2013, a lovely scratchy grunge face), New Motor (2013), Twisted Stallions (scratchy typeface), Stallions, Dust Overhaul and Grunge Overlords.
Typefaces from 2014: Primetime, Polar Vortex (grungy, 3d, beveled), Crushed, Flexsteel (techno), Diamond Dust, Delicacy, Primetime (sans).
Typefaces from 2015: Above (thin sans), Quartzo, Diamond Dust (an eroded script), Stargazer, Neoteric (geometric sans).
Dafont link. Fontspace link. Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
Design company in Brazil run by Paulo W (b. 1970) from Recife. Paulo W is a gaúcho (Brazilian southerner), with interests in multiple areas, including poetry (he has published the digital opus Magical Book), graphic design and, most recently, type design.
Dafont link. MyFonts. MyFonts link. Abstract Fonts link. YWFT link. Behance link. Blog. Home page. Fonthaus. Monotype. Eshops. Facebook. Flickr. Klingspor link. Wordpress. Devian tart. T26. Linkedin. Identifont. Linotype. ITC. Faces.co. His typefaces:
- Free fonts: Inductive Resonance (2014: connected script), Retrodings (+Two, 2014), Living In The Past (outlined Tuscan face), Rough Ornaments Free (2014), CornPop Three (borders), Too Good To Be True (2013, retro script), Blanchard Inland (2013), Living Together (2013), Arresto (2013, brush script), Hertziano (2013, non-connected fat script), Japanese Tourist (2013), Nouveau Never Dies Free (2013), The Beat Goes On (2012, fifties script), Stencix (2012), Figgins Brute Trash (grunge), Fontaniolo Beveled (2011, ornamental caps), Czech Gotika (2011), Random Dingbats (2011), Victorian Free Ornaments (2011), Rustic (2011), Armorial (2011), Woman Silhouettes (2011), The Nile Song (2010, hieroglyphics), Smith Typewriter (2009), Sign Flags (2010, semaphore dingbats), Senectus Morbus (2010), MesoAmerica (2010, Indian symbols), ClassicSketches (2010, dingbats), Columns (2010, dingbats of Greek and Roman columns), EasyCuneiform (2010), EasyLombardicTwo (2010), EasyOpenFace (2010, blackboard bold style), Egidia (2010), Significante (2010, dingbats with, e.g., gender symbols), WhiteDominoes (2010, domino pieces), Easy Heraldics (2010), Intellecta Heraldics (2010), Heraldic Devices (2011), KidingsFree (2010, dingbats), RoughTuscan (2010), The French (2009, Fleur de Lys dings), AprendizCaligrafico (2010), Volitiva (2006, Trajan caps and chancery lower case, all based on work by Ludovico Vicentino Arrighi), Gaivota (2006), KurrentKupferstichThin (2006), PaulKlein (2010), PaulKleinTwo (2010), PortuguesArcaicoLectura (2005), ReproxScript (2009, based on Jerry Mullen's Repro Script from 1953-1954), RickGearyHomage (2007, scanbats), WestBalaio (2006, ornamental caps), Corto Maltese (2006, scanbats), Renaissance Coiffure (2006), Renaissance Ornaments (2007), Renaissance Shoes (2012, free), TTF Tattoef (2006, tattoo-inspired dingbats), ExperiTypo5 (2006), Lower Metal (2006), Geometric Serif PW (2006), Geometric (2006), Geometric Petras PW (2006), War II Warplanes (2005), Carbono (2005), Times New Vespasian (2005), BoldBold (2005), Vengeance (2005), Doppleganger (2005), Chancelaresca (2005), Cursivo Saxonio (2005), Gotische Minuskel 1269 (2005: a Kanzlei Schrift after Dekan Hermann zu Soest, 1269) and Guto Lacaz (2005, dingbats).
- Richard Gans revival project: Gans Tipo Adorno, Gans Lath Modern, Gans Titular Adornada (2006), Gans Ibarra (2006), Gans Antigua (2006), Gans Antigua Manuscrito (2006), Gans Radio Lumina (2006), Gans Fulgor (2006), Gans Carmem Adornada (2006), Gans Italiana (2006, extensive Italian-style slab serif family), Gans Titania (2007), Gans Titania Adornada (2007), Gans Titular (2007), Gans Gotico Globo (2007: 9 styles by Iza W), Gans Royality (2007: 3 styles by Iza W), Gans Headpieces (2008), Gans Rasgos Escritura (2010: filets---followed in 2011 by Rasgos Escritura Nuevos), Gan Esquinazos (2010, frames), Gans Blasones (2010, shields), Gans Neoclassic Fleurons (2008), Gans Classical Fleurons, Gans Ding.
- Wood-inspired faces: Dead Wood Rustic (2007), Taranatiritza (5 wood type styles, after William Hamilton Page), Majestade (2007, by Iza W---two Tuscan style faces), Decorative Tuscanian (2007), Concave Tuscan (2010, wood type), Palermo (2007, by Iza W---Tuscan style family), Teatro (2009, Tuscan), Bruce Double Pica (2009, Tuscan; the Beveled weight is free), Antique Extended (2010, slab serif wood type), Dark Wood (2009, gothic), Dark Wood Beveled (2011).
- Charles Bluemlein's script revivals: Bluelmin Kisaburo (2013), Bluelmin Ralph (2012), Bluelmin Ronald (2012), Bluelmin Sandsfort (2012) and Bluelmin Benedict (2012). (2012).
- Blackletter: Salterio (2012, +Trash, +Three, +Gradient, +Shadow, +Shadow Two), Leothric (2011, bastarda), Bruce 532 Blackletter (2011, after George Bruce), Schneider Buch Deutsch (2007, +Trash, +Shadow, +Shadow Two), Schneidler halb fette Deutsch (2009, +Beveled), Schneidler Zierbuchstaben, Hostetler Fette Ultfraktur Ornamental (2007, blackletter caps), Gothic 16 CG (2007), Gothic 16 CG Decorative (2007, blackletter caps), Schneidler Grobe Gotisch (2008, Iza W, T-26), Allerlei Zierat (2008, ornament fonts based on a 1902 catalog of Schelter & Giesecke), Allerlei Zierat Capitals (2007), Psalter Gotisch (2009, a blackletter after the Benjamin Krebs blackletter face by the same name, ca. 1890), Münster-Gotische (2009, a blackletter family after a 1896 typeface by the same created by Schelter&Giesecke), Koberger N24 Schwabacher (2007), Student's Alphabet (2007, blackletter), Like Gutemberg Caps (2007), Nürnberg Schwabacher, Gotische Frame (2007: four framed blackletter styles by Iza W), Gotische (2007: ten ornate blackletter styles by Iza W), Gothic Garbage, Gothic Shadow, Gothic Trashed, Gothic Flourish (2009), Gotica Moderna (octagonal, blackletter), AltDeutsch (2007, four severe blackletter fonts by Iza W), Fin Fraktur, Gotische Bouffard, Heimat RGS, Gothic Handtooled Bastarda (2006), HostetlerFetteUltfrakturOrnamental (2007, blackletter caps), Gothic Handtooled Bastarda (2006).
- Historical revivals: Pantographia (2010: a digitization, as is, of several alphabets from Edmund Fry's Pantographia, 1799), Caslon2000, Caslon B, Delamotte Large Relief (2010), Figgins Brute (2007: 8 heavy Egyptian styles by Iza W based on Figgins' 1817 specimen book), Erased Figgins Brute (2007), Gras Vibert (2007, a didone family; followed by Gras Vibert Two in 2009).
- Erotic or human alphabets: American Way of Life (2011), Roman Silhouettes (2011), Silvestre Weygel (2007, named after Martin Weygel'a erotic alphabet from 1560, which in turn was based on Peter Flötner's 1534 alphabet), Gravure (caps typeface made of human silhouettes), Innocence (2007, dingbats of girls).
- Medieval chancery hand: Portugues Arcaico (2005, three medieval handwriting styles), Kurrent Kupfertisch (2006, a medieval hand done with Fernanda Salmona), Dovtrina Christam 1622 (authentic old manuscript face), Catania (2007, exquisite medieval caps in 3 styles by Iza W).
- Typewriter faces: Remix Typewriter (2012), Smith Trash (2012), Neo Bulletin (2010, +Trash), Remington PW (old typewriter face), Olivetti Linea (old typewriter face), Erased Typewriter 2 (2007: 4 styles by Paulo W), RIP Typewriter (2009), Shadow Typewriter (2007), Underwood Typewriter (by Iza W).
- Calligraphic: Broken Kiss (2015), Derniere Script (2015), Bradstone Parker Script (after Zaner's penmanship), Jan van den Velde Script (2011, based on the penmanship of Jan van den Velde as illustrated in vna den Velde's 1605 book Spieghel der schrijfkonste; developed jointly by Paulo and Iza W), Penabico (2010, with Iza W); Penabico is a free interpretation of the copperplate script styles to be found in the Universal Penman, London, 1741, by George Bickham---it contains over 1500 calligraphic glyphs and 250 ornaments. Samples of Penabico: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix), Easy Calig, Intellecta Mixed Script (2008), Spencerian Constancia (2008), Calligraphia Latina Soft4 (2010, quilled ornaments), Intellecta Script commercial (2009), Spencerian By Product (2009), Spencerian Palmer Penmanship Pro (2010), Indenture English Penman (2010), Calligraphia Latina (2008-2010, in weights called Soft2, Dense, 3, Soft4, Mixed, Square Edition).
- Victorian, Edwardian: Engel (2007, by Iza W in 15 styles that have a 1870s look), Compendium (Victorian), Costado (2009, a Victorian / Western face).
- Ornamental caps: Campi (2009), Doppel Mittel Lapidar Azure (2012), Musirte Antiqua (2012), The House of Usher (2012), Peterlon (2012), Dolphus Mieg Alphabet (2011, +Two), Dolphus Mieg Monograms (2011), Human Nature (2011), English Arabesque Revival 1900 (2011), Imprenta Royal Nonpareil (2011), XVI Century Shaw Woodcuts (2011), Ichweis Caps (2011), Cherubim Caps (2011), Rara Beleza (2011), Gothic 1880 Revival (2011), Angelicaps (2010), Unnamed Caps Two (2010), VertiCaps (2010) Rebimboca Caps (2010), Rebimboca Beveled (2012, free), Rebimboca Gradient (2012, free), Rebimboca Trash (2012, free), Rebimboca Outlined (2012, free), Republica Presente (2010), Speedball Metropolitan Caps (2010, after a design by Ross F. George), Nice Initials (2010), Morphelic (2010), DurerGotischCapitals (2010), Egmontian (2007, ornamental caps family), Saducismus Triumphatus (ornamental caps), Vogus (Victorian caps), Victorian Ornamental Capitals (2009) and Frompac 1889 Arabesque (2007) [both are classical arabesques published in Ludwig Petzendorfer's Schriften-Atlas. Eine Sammlung der wichtigsten Schreib- und Druckschriften aus alter und neuer Zeit nebst Initialen, Monogrammen, Mappen, Landeskarten und heraldischen Motiven fur die praktischen Zwecke des Kunstgewerbes, 1889], Lettrines Petin (+Ornée), Numa Initials (2006), Gradl Initialen, Vampirevich (2009, ornamental caps), Paulus Franck 1602 (2006, ornate caps), Geodec (2006, baroque caps), HostetlerFetteUltfrakturOrnamental (2007, blackletter caps), Cadels (2007, ornate caps by Iza W), Manuscript XIV Century (2007, by Iza W--four Lombardic caps), Merona (2007, by Iza W--ten Lombardic caps fonts), Selena (2007, by Iza W---ornate Victorian caps), Leyenda (great Victorian era ornamental caps), Mixed Capital Style (2007, caps), Lenda (2008, capitals), Kidnaped at Old Times (2008, ornamental caps, ransom note style), Mortised Capitals, Is Not ABrazilian Font (hand-printed blackboard bold caps), Robur The Conqueror (2009, ornamental caps), Georgia Capitals (2009), Decadence avec Elegance (exaggerated ornamental caps).
- The American Advertise series: American Advertise No. 9 (2008), American Advertise No. 17 (2007, 19th century caps), American Advertise 018 and 019 (2008), American Advertise Square Series (2007), American Advertise 003 (2012), American Advertise 004 (2010), American Advertise 005 (2010), American Advertise 006 (2010, alphadings), American Advertise 007 (2010, ornamental caps).
- Ornaments, fleurons: Transportation Dings *2015), Cornucopia of Dingbats Eight (2015), Animals Old Cuts Two (2015), Unpublished Ornaments Two (2013), Classix (2012), Cornucopia of Dingbats (2012-2014, +Two, +Three, +Four, +Five, +Six, +Seven), Cornucopia of Ornaments (2013; +Two, +Three, +Four, +Five, +Six, 2014), Cornucopia Caligrafica (2012), Vintage Hands (2012), Human Silhouettes (2012; +Free, 2013; +Two, 2013; +Human Silhouettes Three, 2013; +Four, 2013; +Five, 2014; +Six, 2014; +Seven, 2014; +Eight, 2014; +Nine, 2015), Easy Fleurons (2012), Floreale Two (2012), Neoclassic Fleurons Free (2011), Calligraphic Frames Soft (2011, +Two), Jugendstil Flowers Free (2011), Easy Ornaments (2011), Blasons (2011), Blasons Free (2012), Armorial (2011), Monograms Soft (2010, with Iza W), Easy Tiles (2010), Free Tiles (2010), Rough Fleurons Two (2010), Vegetable Breath (2010), Corn Pop Plus (2010), Mortised Fleurons (2010), Mortised Ornaments (2011), Mortised Ornaments Free Two (2013), Golden Times (2010), Stahlhelme und Kronen (2010), Rough Fleurons (2006), Nouveau Never Dies (2009, ornaments), GeodecBruceOrnamented6 (2006, after a sample from the Bruce Type Foundry), Grave Ornamental (2006), BlackOrnaments (2008), Hera Hedelix (2009, ornamental tiles), Mortised Ornaments (2009), Soft Fleurons (2007), Half Flower (2007), Frames 1 (2007, by Iza W), Flower Essences, Micro Fleurons (2009), Naturella (2009, leaf and grape dingbats by Iza W), Black Fleurons (2010), Easy Fleurons Two (2011), Intellecta Borders (2008, by Iza W), Intellecta Style (2007, borders).
- Fonts made before 2007: Brute Aldine (2007, Western family), Bad Situation (2007, after a design by Freeman Delamotte from 1864), Benjamin Franklin (2007), Geodec Petras Enhanced (2006), Deutsche Poster (2006), FatFontGrotesk (2006), Orchis (2006, an art deco family by Iza W), Fantis (2006), Frompac (2006, with Iza W), Geodec Fog (2006), Intellecta Modern (2006), Intellecta Modern 2 (2006), Intellecta Romana Humanistica (2006), Advantage (2006, together with Iza W), Biza (2006, together with Iza W), Elegancy (2006, together with Iza W), Estiliza (2006, a sans family together with Iza W), Experitypo 4, Stairway to Heaven, Copperplate PW, Dings PW, Roger Dean, Gliphs PW, Luxeuil, Watchtower Bible 1965, Gabinete Portugues (11 fonts), Elara (2009), Xilografuras (dingbats), Beta, Alta, Paleolitica Nacional, Shakespeare Studs, Copperplate collection (5 fonts), Wine, Ampersamp, James Poem, Leal Conselheiro, Haeckel Enygma, Iza B, Of, Lementa (2006, ornate family), Pirates (dingbats), Wire Clip (2009), Divina Proportione (2009, dingbats), Tharagaverung (2007), Correo (2009, a nice manly bold face), Titivilus (2007, Roman lettering), Pirates De Luxe (2007, dingbats), Geodec Minuskel (2006), Geodec Spyral (2006), Copperplate Decorative (2006), Feosa (2006), Francesco Decorative (2006, Iza W), Geodec Petras Enhanced (2006), Ibarra Flourished (2006), Intellecta Decorative 017 (2006), Intellecta Decorative 018 (2006), Intellecta Slab Bold (2006), Kansas Decorative (2006), Pingente (2006), Sixties Living (2006), Caractere Doublet (2007), DeutschePosterSteinschrift (2007; by Iza W), GP Casual Script (2007), Colonia Portuguesa (2007), Contouration (2007), Deco Experiment 3 (2007), Floresco (2007), Flower Jars (2007, by Iza W---a very nice idea), Frutisis (2007), Intellecta Monograms (2007: 19 monogram fonts by Paulo W), Intellecta Monograms Random Sample (2012-2013: several typefaces), Peloponeso (2007, by Iza W), Porcupine (2007, by Iza W), Southern Flight (2007, by Iza W---condensed), TTF TTTOEF 4 (2007, by Iza W---dingbats), GeodecBruceFlourished, HostetlerNormande, Victorian Ultra Parphernalia (2007), Angels (2007), Angels Free (2013), Mondrongo (2007), Oorlog (2007).
- Fonts in 2008: Das Riese (3d engraved caps, +Shadow), Economica (sans, T26), Antiqua Double 12, Bad Baltimore (+Beveled, +Typewriter), Calligraphia Latina (2008-2009, in weights called Soft2, Dense, 3, Mixed, Square Edition, Free), Fry's Alphabet, Grissom (bug dingbats, by Iza W), Latinish (by Iza W), Lettering Deco (by Iza W), Litho Romana Inland, Quadratta Serif (a slab serif by Fernando Diaz), TTF TATTOEF 7 (by Iza W).
- Fonts made in 2009: Eingraviert (engraved; scans: i, ii, iii), Eingraviert Beveled (2011), Greko Roman Oldstyle, Ortodoxa do oriente, Sans Square, Speedball (by Iza W, Victorian style), Speedball Western Letters (after Ross F. George's lettering), Elara (2009), Intellecta Roman Tall, Force Brute & Ignorance, Sunamy Caps, Starret, The Pilgrim (alphadings), Renaisperian (alphadings), Real Caps Two, Mateus Bold (4 bold styles), Intellecta Crafts (arts and crafts family), Bruce 1490, Bradley Dingies (five dingbat faces, after William H. Bradley), Allerlei Zierat Renaissance, Grave Plus, the grungy Monkey series (Victorian Monkey, Monkey Poesy, Monkey Messed Gutenberg Caps, Monkey Was Here, Monkey Insinuation, Monkey In The Middle Ages), Montezuma (dingbats), Grotesque and Arabesque, Calhambeque (old car dingbats), Eiger (2009, a 3d sketched headline face).
- Faces made in 2010: Polen, Pencraft (capitals were inspired in Swagger Capitals, an original design from Carl Stephen Junge, at Barnhart Brothers & Spindler; lowercase based Pencraft Specials, an ornamental variation of the Pencraft Oldstyle series, as displayed in the BBS catalog from 1922), Salamemingoe (children's hand), BarberPoles, Beware the neighbors (scary), BlackInitialText, CaligrafiaDivina, CornPop, CowboyHippie Pro, Grotesca3-D, Nardis, Senzacuore, Speedball Metropolitan Poster (2010, after a design by Ross F. George), TagWood, Tosca, TypographyTribute, Zooland, Bubbleboddy-Fat, bubbleboddylight-Light, Pretoria Gross (a Victorian family done with Iza W), Wood Font Five (wood plank font), Wood Font Four, Herr Foch (art nouveau), Rebimboca, Octagon French (a 3d beveled typeface due to George Nesbitt, 1838), Picuxuxo (retro futuristic, comic book style), Large Old English Riband, Ornamental Riband, Kidings (Dutch dingbats), Hostil (originally done in 2007: a headline family; followed by Hostil Shadow Two (free, 2012) and Hostil Gradient (free, 2012)), Grotesca, Heptagon French, Antiquariaat (condensed), Cortinado, Sanoxio (3d headline face), Violentia (grunge), Swirlies (spiral dings).
- Faces from 2011: Dia de los Muertos (fantastic skeletal masks), Inland Becker, Rasgos Escritura Nuevos, Jaggard (2007, a renaissance penmanship caps typeface modeled after Joachim Romann's Queen (1954-1956, Stempel)), Jaggard Two, Naive Ornaments Black, Augustus (+Beveled: roman letters), Sayonara (oriental simulation face; the Beveled style is free), Trash Barusa (inline ornamental face), Free Ribbons, Black Ornaments Three, Calligraphia Latina Soft 5, Heraldic Devices Premium, Ornate Blackboards, Benjamin Franklin Beveled, Baltimore Typewriter Beveled, Bernardo Beveled, Van den Velde Script (a free interpretation of the work of the famous master penman Jan van den Velde, found in the Spieghel der schrijfkonste, in den welcken ghesien worden veelderhande gheschrifften met hare fondementen ende onderrichtinghe (Haarlen, 1605)), Indenture English Penmanship, Penmanship Birds and Ornaments (2012), Beware The Neighboors Shadow (texture face), White Free (shadow face), Delamotte Large Relief Beveled.
- Typefaces made in 2012: Porosa, Presto, Derradeira (signage script), About Sweet Memories (brush script), Intellecta Ribbons, Irrelevante (beveled caps), Laus Sus Chris (Christian dingbats), Unpublished Ornaments, Heavy Squared Writing (brush face), Mezcla Titan, Sweet About (retro script), Publicité, Hard to read monograms, Free Medieval, Doctor Polidori (initial caps), Mixed Silhouettes (One through Five), Glosilla Castellana Cursiva (inline type family), Sayonax (a textured version of the oriental simulation typeface Sayonara), Wood Stevens (free), Rockabilly (fifties script), Interdite Script (heavy calligraphic face), Prismatica (free), Cristalid (free prismatic face), Zed Leppelin (free), Neo Bulletin Outline (free), Neo Bulletin College (2012), Victorian Free Ornaments (+Two), Spanish Army Shields (+Two), Varius Multiplex, Stephens Heavy Titling.
- Typefaces from 2013: Face of Yesterday (calligraphic script), Ribbon in the sky, Dreamer (a flowing upright semi-connected script), Vorname (blackletter), Barocque Capitals, Close To You (a rabbit-eared script), Wappen (heraldic shields), Eletroz (hand-printed), Morcrepito (blackletter), Metropolitan Poster Black, Animal Silhouettes, Intellecta Pointers and Hands, The Loyalist (script), Vonnegut (a left-leaning script), Perhaps Love (left-leaning script), So Lonely (script), Exposition (upright script), Plaster of Paris (connected script), Volstead (connected script), Versitia (connected script), Porongo (heavy brush script), Fat Fantasy, Das Krieg (soldier dingbats), Corn Pop Two (ornamental corners), Corn Pop Four, Corn Pop Five, Astrodings, Vulnavia Sans (comic book face), Capitular Heraldica, Mirella Initials Ornamntals (a swashy calligraphic script; with Iza W), Carpete (retro script), Free Writer, Round Hand, Exclusivite (fifties script), Hertz Oscillations (fat retro script), Heavy Rock (fifties script), Raindrops (retro script), Ralph Walker (ronde), Exiles (retro signage script), Mr. Richmond Caps (art nouveau alphadings), Berengard Caps Two.
- Typefaces from 2014: Prester John, Animals Old Cuts, Take a Pebble, Corn Pop Five (borders), Kidnapped at German Lands (ransom note font), Kidnapped at German Lands 2, Kidnapped at German Lands 3, Kidnapped at German Lands 4 (finished in 2016).
- Typefaces from 2015: Rogeer (script), Chart Moss, Eliensee, Speedball Ragged, State Bridge, Derniere Script, Grissom Four (dingbats of critters), Das Modern, Zona Pro (a sans family).
- Typefaces from 2016: Phantasinian (blackletter), Loosing Memory (blackletter), Laandbrau (blackletter), Lord Radcliff.
[Jack Yan and Associates]
Jack Yan and Associates
Jack Yan (b. 1972, Hong-Kong) now lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where he founded Jack Yan and Associates (JY&A) in 1987, the first kiwi digital typefoundry. He designed over 100 typefaces, which mostly share calligraphic roots---his lower case f is like a signature Yan glyph. In 2013, he turned to politics and is running to become mayor of wellington.
He designed the extensive family Aetna, digitized based upon 16th century work by Francesco Griffo and Giovanni Antonio Tagliente. It is Yan's version of Bembo.
His other font families include Decennie Express Pro (2011, a sans companion for JY Décennie), Decennie JY Titling, Integrity JY (2002), Pinnacle JY (1995-1996, +Bold), Rebeca JY (1993), Tranquility (1994-1995) and Yan Series 333 (1987-1993). JY Koliba (by Jure Stojan, 2001) is a sans serif typeface family based on Slovenian architects' lettering of the 1940s. Other typefaces include Dandy JY (2012: Originally created for a theatre project at Massey University, Dandy is reminiscent of Pablo Ferro's hand-lettering), Comic Pro JY (1999, by Antonio Gonzalez de Santiago for Jack Yan), Novalis JY (2008, an anthroposophic family), Boum-Boum (2002) and Alia JY (2008-2009, an aldine serif family).
JY Pressly (2012, a serif family) was originally designed for Lucire, and destined for web and print use.
Arts and Crafts alphabet by JY&A.
Personal and political web site. Interview.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Bangkok-based graphic designer (b. 1979) who founded Design Reform Council in 2005, and is senior designer at YWFT. He made Fetti (2009), a type experiment in 3d based on polyhedra. Spikes (2009) is a modern, wild and abstract handset. Buffer (2010) is a highly contrasted slab display face. Soaka (2010) is more grungy, but remains slabby. YWFT Gavin (2010) began as a hand-drawn exploration of George Bruce's Seven-Line Pica. YWFT Wonderland (2011) is a smorgasbord of various hand-drawn styles. Pello (2011) is an arts and crafts typeface with Mexican influences.
Typefaces from 2013: YWFT Swell (a rounded vector EPS font), YWFT Riet (Bauhaus or architectural style letters in vector format, You Work For Them).
Home page. You Work For Them link. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
James Cromar Watt
Scottish architect, 1862-1940. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement. Examples of his alphabets include Modern Roman Capitals. [Google]
Danish graphic designer in Lyngby. He made the following typefaces:
Behance link. Creative Market link. Hellofont link. [Google]
Monterrey, Mexico-based designer (b. 1989) of the arts and crafts style display typeface Metropolis (2012).
Cargo Collective link. [Google]
Jessie Marion King
Scottish book designer, talented illustrator, and artist in abroad sense (b. New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, 1875-d. Kirkcudbright, 1949). In Kirkcudbright, Scotland, she founded Green Gate Close, a center for women artists. Often, her illustrations included hand lettering. A children's book Art Nouveau style illustration from 1898 gave Richard Every the inspiration to make ITC Greengate from 1996 until its release in 2002. She left behind a collection of beautiful illustrations and floral borders. [Google]
Joanna R. McKnight
Born in Scotland in 1975, Joanna helped George R. Grant with the artwork of the Rennie Mackintosh Artlover font (1995, CRMFontCo). [Google]
John M. Murphy
[Free Arts&Crafts Fonts]
La Belle Epoque
A survey article on La Belle Epoque, with historical data, but also lists of digital fonts that represent the various movements. On the history and nomenclature, they write: Influenced by Arts and Crafts, which tried to tear down the boundaries between fine art, design, printing, architecture and goods manufactory, Art Nouveau in Paris and Glasgow, Jugendstil in Munich, Modernisme in Catalunya, the Wiener Sezession in, Vienna ... rejected neoclassicism, embraced aestheticism and stuck two fingers up at industrialisation. It is fundamentally Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau that we have to blame for both theme pubs and flower children. They continue: In terms of graphic design, La Belle Epoque kicked off in 1891 when the Post Impressionist Toulouse Lautrec made Moulin Rouge and Europe went crazy for posters. Constructivists might call it "The Curve Rejecting The Straight Line." [...] "The Age of the Poster." [...] About a zillion things fed into the Belle Epoque, but some key components were: Arts and Crafts, the Pre-Raphealites, Post-Impressionism, Arabesque, Symbolism, Chromolithography, and Ukiyo-e. [Google]
During her studies in Tijuana, Mexico, Lily Bueno created the arts and crafts typeface Lirobu (2013). [Google]
During her studies at FADU / UBA, Luciana Seljak created the excellent arts and crafts hairline typeface Etager (2013). [Google]
Luis Vicente Hernandez
Luis Vicente Hernandez (Dos Decadatres, or DDCT) is a Spanish designer in Madrid who created the free pixelish typeface Houndstooth in 2007 for Neo2, a Spanish magazine. His typefaces include Anchor Deco (2009), Caponata (2009, elegant display face), Maxima (2009), Aguadulce (2009), Super League Font (2010), Minima, Absurda, Houndstooth, Unga Unga (primitive counterless comic book face), Perruna, DDCT Abstrusa (2009), Black Diamonz (2009), Bouncing Wisdom (2010, a face in the style of Rennie Mackintosh), Boaz (2010, a display headline face), Farewell (2011), Averis (2011, an art deco display face).
In 2012, he created the tall piano key typeface Buho.
Typefaces from 2013 include OOG.
HypeForType link. Behance link. [Google]
Art director and illustrato in Milan, who created the arts and crafts display typeface Pesto (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
[Wood Type Revival]
[Exuberance: Typefaces by Matt Jalbert]
P22, which sells Parrish Roman, Parrish Hand and Parrish Extras (dingbats), writes this about the Phildalphia-born artist Maxfield Parrish: Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), whose career spanned nearly ninety years, holds a unique place in American art and culture. He was enormously accomplished and successful in both fine art and commercial endeavors. Parrish's hand-drawn letters were a significant part of his works, which bridged the familiar with a startling otherworldliness. P22 has created the Parrish font set in cooperation with the National Museum of American Illustration. See also here. Character made a font called MaxfieldParrish140 in 2007 and writes this: From an incomplete (no "N") hand-drawn alphabet by Maxfield Parrish. See figure 140 of "Letters&Lettering" by Frank Chouteau Brown, 1921. This is a different source than the P22 Parrish font family. Examples of Parrish's lettering: Modern American letters, Modern American capitals. Maxfield died in 1966 in Plainfield, NH. [Google]
Michael Stickley graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and developed a focus on early 20th century art, architecture, and design, which grew into an interest in typography and type design. He works as a graphic designer in the print, interactive, and broadcast fields. Long Beach, CA-based designer of the Arts&Crafts / Goudy-inspired P22 Stickley Text Pro (2009, P22). P22 published Stickley Optical Font family in 2013.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Founded by William Miller in Edinburgh in 1809. The company became Miller&Richard in 1838, and closed in 1952, when the designs became the property of Stephenson Blake. They are best known for innovative type design, including hits such as the Miller&Richard Oldstyle (and its boldface, nowadays called Old Style or Century Oldstyle), and Antique Old Style, or Bookman. Specimen book from 1884. In 1974, Bloomfield Books (Owston Ferry Lincs) published a facsimile of Miller&Richards Typefounders Catalogue for 1873. Scans: Cuban, Grange, Ludgate, Teutonic, Tudor Black.
From the 1912 catalog: Grotesque No4, Grotesque No4 Italic, Grotesque No7, Grotesque No7.
Scans: Grotesque Capiutals, Old Style Antique No. 7, Old Style Italic, Sans Serif No. 7.
They also created Le Naudin.
Nick Curtis offers a few digitizations: his Millrich Moravian NF (2010) revives Bohemian (1918, a jugendstil face). Millrich Grange NF (2015) revives Grange. Millrich Reading NF (2010, Victorian) revives a 1918 Miller&Richard typeface (by the same name, I presume). Millrich Olivian NF (2014) revives Olivian. Habana Sweets NF (2012) is a Victorian typeface modeled on Cuban (1873).
Canada Type too started digitizing some families: King Tut (2011, Kevin Allan King) is a restoration and expansion of the original Egyptian Expanded (1850).
Wood Type Revival Matt Braun) revived the arts and crafts typeface teutonic (1909) as WTR Roycroft (2015). [Google]
MyFonts: Arts and Crafts
Top Arts and Crafts fonts at MyFonts. View the full list of Arts and Crafts faces. See also here and here. [Google]
[Nick Curtis: Serif faces]
[Art nouveau faces by Nick Curtis]
[Nick Curtis: Fat faces]
[Nick Curtis: Victorian faces]
Nick Curtis: Fat faces
Nick Curtis was making and reviving fat faces long before they became the hot trend ca. 2006. Goudy Stout is the prototypical forefather of all of them. Among the free faces in this list:
The commercial fat faces include the following: [Google]
- Altamonte NF. Based on this poster from 1896 for the Italian confection company Talmone. A commercial version appeared in 2011.
- ArbuckleFat, ArbuckleInlineNF, ArbuckleRemix. This was meant to improve on ITC Beesknees. In 2008 it was extended to the commercial typeface Arbuckle Remix.
- Ashkelon NF (2011). A heavy poster typeface based on Samson (1940, Robert Hunter Middleton).
- Aunt Bertha NF (2000). Based on a circus poster from 1880.
- Conga Line NF, CongaLineRevised (1999, 2007). Based on Joan Trochut Blanchard's SuperVeloz.
- DingDongDaddyoNF. This is Nick's version of Goudy Stout.
- Elephunky NF (2011) is an amalgam of two typefaces from the Flower Power era, Dave West's Elephant Gothic and Wayne Stettler's Neil Bold.
- Fat Freddy NF (2011). Based on an uncredited typeface from Photo-Lettering Inc. named Palisade Graphic.
- FattySnaxNF. Based on this poster by Eric Christian Matthews (1920).
- FlatironCapital, FlatironNF.
- GramophoneNF, GramophoneShadedNF. Based on this poster by Achille Luciano Mauzan (1927).
- Guinness Extra Stout NF (1999). Based on a Carlyle-Oring script from 1938. See this poster.
- Indochine NF (2003, 2007). Based on this poster by Joseph-Henri Ponchin (1931).
- KerfuffleNF (2000, 2007). Based on this poster by Chris Van Der Hoef (1920).
- Phunky Ella NF (2011). Based on Implode in Schriftatlas: Alphabete von A bis Z.
- RaggMoppNF (2000). In the Arts and Crafts style.
- Sid The Kid NF (1999, 2007). This ultra fat art deco typeface is based on Independant, which was designed by G. Collette and J. Dufour in 1930 in Belgium.
- Slugfest NF (2001, commercial version in 2008) is patterned after Snail (2001, Maniackers).
- TaraBulbousCapital, TaraBulbousNF (1999, 2007). TaraBulbous NF (the free typeface dates back to 1999; the commercial version is from 2008) is a fat-lettered font based on Carlyle-Oring lettering from 1938. See also here.
- Telenovela NF (2011). This is based on Novel Gothic (1929, ATF, Morris Fuller Benton and Charles H. Becker).
- Unicorn, UnicornHeavy (2000). A revival if Salut or Einhorn (1931, Heinrich Johannes Maehler for Klingspor).
- WoodenNickelBlack, WoodenNickelNF. This is a revival of Bernhard Antique Bold Condensed, fattened up.
Nick Curtis: Serif faces
It is rare that Nick Curtis makes serif faces, as he specializes in type. Nevertheless, we find a few of them in his collection. These are free: ChanticleerRomanNF-Bold, ChanticleerRomanNF, Fairfax Station NF (2002, based on Caslon Open), Happy Campers NF (2002), Indubitably NF, Kelmscott Roman NF-Bold, Kelmscott Roman NF (2000, in the style of William Morris). Among his commercial serif faces, these stand out:
- Argentina NF (2009). Based on the elegant titling typeface Sterling (1917-1919, ATF).
- Decimosexto NF (2006). This family includes Spanish Roman letters and Griffo-style italics, both hand-drawn by Francisco Lucas in Madrid in 1577.
- Droobie NF (2014). After Drew (1910, Inland Type Foundry).
- Ingvaeonic-Oldestyle (2007). Based on Viking Oldstyle, from the 1909 H.C. Hansen Type Foundry catalog, due to John F. Cummings.
- John Alden NF (2010). A quaint serif typeface for a cold winter night, based on an 1884 ATF original.
- Kifisia Antigua NF (2005). An antiqued (slightly rough outline) interpretation of El Greco Antique, a 1930s typeface by Richard Gans.
- McKenna Handletter NF (2002): based on a 1923 text family by Elizabeth Colwell for ATF.
- Mercantile Display NF (2008). Based on Engravers Roman (1912, ATF).
- Numancia NF (2011). A faithful copy of Numantina (Carl Winkow, 1940s, Fundición Tipográfica Nacional).
- Cooper's Packard was first handlettered for use in ads for the Packard Motor Company, and later converted to metal by BB&S. A digital version of this was done by Nick Curtis in 2008 under the name Packard Patrician NF.
- Ragged Write NF (2006). Based on ATF's Hearst, ca. 1904. According to Goudy, Inland Type Foundry pirated this typeface from him. In any case, Rough Write has a large x-height and sufficient roughness to make this a lively text titling face.
- Rowan Oak NF (2007). Based on Richmond Oldstyle (1920s, Blackfriars Type Foundry of London).
- Tedlo Rowan NF (2014). Based on DeVinne Roman (1898, Frederic Goudy).
Nick Curtis: Victorian faces
It is difficult to precisely define a Victorian typeface. They range from the ridiculously ornate faces from 1850-1870 to awkwardly balanced display faces and the pre-art nouveau trends. Nick Curtis's revivals in this genre are listed below.
- Alto Rey NF (2014). A revival of a Victorian typeface issued by the Palmer and Rey Type Foundry of San Francisco in 1884.
- AnagramShadowNF. A free font. Commercial version in 2008. Anagram Shadow NF is based on handlettering from a 1928 poster for a steamship line by renowned British artist Austin Cooper.
- Angler NF (2014).
- Beantown Bounce NF (2007) revives Century, an ornamental display typeface from the 1898 catalog of the Boston Type Foundry.
- Brownwood NF (2011). The inspiration for this semi-Victorian semi-art nouveau typeface came from a 1906 travel poster, promoting the Hotel Braunwald, located in the Swiss Alps.
- Cinnci Card Ornaments NF (2014) is a collection of design elements used in logotypes and calling cards from the Victorian era.
- Cleveland Litho NF (2007), a curly Victorian face, appeared in the 1898 specimen book of the Cleveland Type Foundry, under the name of Litho, while Yum Yum NF (1898) appeared in Cleveland's 1893 specimen book as Mikado.
- DoctorJekyllNF. A free font.
- Durham Abbey NF (2005). Based on a Victorian era font called Romanesque, which can be found in the Dan X. Solo collection.
- Dury Lane (2007) is based on a Victorian era release by Blake Type Foundry called Blackfriars.
- FancyPantsNF. A free font.
- Federlyn NF (2010) and Federlyn Initials NF (2011). Based on the Edwardian-era Artcraft by Robert Wiebking.
- Filibuster NF (2007). This curly über-Victorian typeface is based on Congress, an ornamental typeface found in H. C. Hansen Type Foundry's catalog of 1909.
- GingerPeachyNF. A free font.
- Great Sage NF (2010). That ugly duckling Victorian typeface Karnac (1888, ATF) [not to be confused with the Egyptian typeface Karnak by R.H. Middleton] led Nick Curtis to Great Sage NF.
- Habana Sweets NF (2012). Based on Cuban (1873, Richard & Miller).
- HardlyWorthit. A free font.
- HornswoggledNF. A free font.
- HutSutRalstonNF (2001). A free font.
- LabyrinthCapital, Labyrinth (1999, 2007). A free font family based on this poster.
- Londonderry Air NF (2002-2004) is based on Canterbury Old Style RR, a 1930s lettering typeface from the ATF catalogue.
- MarchMadnessNF (2003). A free font. Inspired by lettering from a 1920s Italian poster by legendary postermeister Marcello Dudovich.
- MetropolisNF. A free font. Based on this movie poster from 1927 by Hungarian Josef Bottlik.
- Millrich Reading NF (2010). A Victorian typeface that revives a 1918 Miller&Richard face. Millrich Olivian NF (2014) revives Olivian.
- Nickelodeon NF (1999). A free font. This is sometimes compared with silent movie fonts.
- Nickley Normal (1997). A free font based on arts and crafts lettering by William Joseph Dard Hunter.
- Oaken Bucket NF (2009).
- Oh You Klid NF (2009). Based on a Victorian typeface by Central Type Foundry called Euclid (1880s).
- Palmer Oxonian NF (2011). Based on Oxford (Palmer&Rey, 1884).
- PasticheCapital, Pastiche. A free font.
- PayzantPenNF (2001). A free font, with a commercial version in 2010. Payzant Pen NF is based on Frank H. Atkinson's A Show at Sho-Cards: Comprehensive, Complete, Concise, published in 1918, executed with the then-state-of-the-art Payzant Reservoir Pen.
- Plus de Vagues NF (2006). Based on a curly semi-Victorian alphabet by Stephenson Blake called Recherché.
- Putney Junction NF (2007). Based on a BBS typeface called Design, ca. 1900.
- RhumbaScriptNF. A free font. Based on Tango Italic (1922, Ernst Deutsch), it is often compared with silent movie fonts.
- Shady Lady NF (2005). An ornamental shaded caps typeface called Umbra in the 1907 Barnhart Brothers&Spindler type specimen catalog.
- ShangriLaNF, ShangriLaNFSmallCaps (2002). A free font family. The commercial version was done in 2008. Based on a Victorian alphabet from the 1922 chapbook Modern Show Card Writing, by Joseph Bertram Jowitt.
- Sil Vous Plait NF (2009). A Victorian text typeface based on a 1917 font by Morris Fuller Benton called Invitation.
- SouciSans (1999). A free font. Based on a type design by Sam Welo shown in Lettering Modern and Foreign (1930).
- Speedball No1, Speedball No2 SW (2001), Speedball No3 (2001). SpeedballNo1NF-Bold, SpeedballNo1NF, SpeedballNo2NF-Bold, SpeedballNo2NF, SpeedballNo2SW, SpeedballNo3, SpeedballNo3NF-Bold, SpeedballNo3NF. This series is based in part on alphabets by Samuel Welo.
- Storybook Initials NF (2014).
- Streamers NF (2005). A Victorian-era typeface called Fillet revived.
- Tanglewood Tales (2000). A free font.
- Vidalia Sunshine NF (2007). An extension of the 1888 all caps typeface Ornamented No. 5 from MacKellar, Smiths&Jordan.
- Vintage Panels NF (2011): Victorian panels.
- VlaanderenChiseledNF, VlaanderenRoundNF, VlaanderenSquareNF. A free font family. These are based on an untitled work by Dutch designer André Vlaanderen from 1928. These are ugly ducklings because they mix various inconsistent styles without much thought.
P22 Type Foundry
Richard Kegler's fun Buffalo-based foundry, which he founded in 1995 together with his wife, Carima El-Behairy. Currently, on staff, we find type designers James Grieshaber and Christina Torre. In 2004, it acquired Lanston Type. P22 has some great unusual, often artsy, fonts.
The fonts are: Industrial Design (an industrial look font based on letters drawn by Joseph Sinel in the 1920s---this font is free!), LTC Jefferson Gothic Obliquie (2005, free), Sinel (free), P22Snowflakes (2003, free), Acropolis Now (1995, a Greek simulation typeface done with Michael Want), P22 Albers (1995; based on alphabets of Josef Albers made between 1920 and 1933 in the Bauhaus mold), Arts and Crafts (based on lettering of Dard Hunter, early 1900s, as it appeared in Roycroft books), Ambient, Aries (2004, based on Goudy's Aries), Arts and Crafts ornaments, Atomica, Bagaglio, Bauhaus (Bauhaus fonts based on the lettering of Herbert Bayer), Bifur (2004, Richard Kegler, after the 1929 original by Cassandre), Blackout, Cage (based on handwriting and sketches of the American experimental composer John Cage), P22 Casual Script (2011, Richard Kegler, a digitization of letters by sign painter B. Boley, shown in Sign of the Times Magazine), Cezanne (Paul Cezanne's handwriting, and some imagery; made for the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Child's Play, Child's Play Animals, Child's Play Blocks, Constructivist (Soviet style lettering emulating the work of Rodchenko and Popova), Constructivist extras, Czech Modernist (based on the design work of Czech artist Vojtech Preissig in the 20s and 30s), Daddy-o (Daddy-o Beatsville was done in 1998 with Peter Reiling), Daddy-o junkie, Da Vinci, Destijl (1995, after the Dutch DeStijl movement, 1917-1931, with Piet Mondrian inspired dingbats; weights include Extras, P22 Monet Impressionist (1999), Regular and Tall), Dinosaur, Eaglefeather, Escher (based on the lettering and artwork of M.C. Escher), FLLWExhibition, FLLW Terracotta, Folk Art (based on the work of German settlers in Pennsylvania), Il futurismo (after Italian Futurism, 1908-1943), Woodtype (two Tuscan fonts and two dingbats, 2004), P22 Woodcut (1996, Richard Kegler: based on the lettering carved out in wood by German expressionists such as Heckel and Kirchner), , Garamouche (2004, +P22 Garamouche Ornaments; all codesigned with James Grieshaber), GD&T, Hieroglyphic, P22 Infestia (1995), Insectile, Kane, Kells (1996, a totally Celtic family, based on the Book of Kells, 9th century; the P22 Kells Round was designed with David Setlik), Koch Signs (astrological, Christian, medieval and runic iconography from Rudolf Koch's The Book of Signs), P22 Koch Nueland (2000), Larkin (2005, Richard Kegler, 1900-style semi-blackletter), London Underground (Edward Johnston's 1916 typeface, produced in an exclusive arrangement with the London Transport Museum; digitized by Kegler in 1997, and extended to 21 styles in 2007 by him as P22 Underground Pro, which includes Cyrillic and Greek and hairline weights), Pan-Am, Parrish, Platten (Richard Kegler; revised in 2008 by Colin Kahn as P22 Platten Neu; based on lettering found in German fountain pen practice books from the 1920s), Preissig, Prehistoric Pals, Petroglyphs, Rodin / Michelangelo, Stanyan Eros (2003, Richard Kegler), Stanyan Autumn (2004, based on a casual hand lettering text created by Anthony Goldschmidt for the deluxe 1969 edition of the book "...and autumn came" by Rod McKuen; typeface by Richard Kegler), Vienna, Vienna Round, Vincent (based on the work of Vincent Van Gogh), Way out West. Now also Art Nouveau Bistro, Art Nouveau Cafe and the beautiful ornamental font Art Nouveau Extras (all three by Christina Torre, 2001), the handwriting family Hopper (Edward, Josephine, Sketches, based on the handwriting styles of quintessential American artist Edward Hopper and his wife, Josephine Nivison Hopper, and was produced in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art), Basala (by Hajime Kawakami), Cusp (by James Grieshaber), P22 Dearest (calligraphic, by Christina Torre), Dwiggins (by Richard Kegler), Dyrynk Roman and Italic (2004, Richard Kegler, after work by Czech book artist Karel Dyrynk), Gothic Gothic (by James Grieshaber), La Danse (by Gábor Kóthay;), Mucha (by Christina Torre), Preissig Lino (by Richard Kegler), P22Typewriter (2001, Richard Kegler, a distressed typewriter font), the William Morris set (Morris Troy, Morris Golden, Morris Ornaments, based up the type used by William Morris in his Kelmscott Press; 2002), Art Deco Extras (2002, Richard Kegler, James Grieshaber and Carima El Behairy), Art Deco Display, the Benjamin Franklin revival font Franklin's Caslon (2006), Dada (2006) and the Art Nouveau font Salon (bu Christina Torre).
In 2006, Kegler added Declaration, a font set consisting of a script (after the 1776 declaration of independence), a blackletter, and 56 signatures. Many of the fonts were designed or co-designed by Richard Kegler. International House of Fonts subpage. Lanston subpage (offerings as of 2005: Bodoni Bold, Deepdene, Flash, Fleurons Granjon, Fleurons Garamont, Garamont, Goudy Thirty, Jacobean Initials, Pabst, Spire).
Bio and photo.
In-house fonts made in 2008 include Circled Caps, the Yule family (Regular, Klein Regular, Light Flurries, Heavy, Klein heavy, Heavy Snow, Inline; all have Neuland influences). Kegler / P22 created a 25-set P22 Civilité family in 2009 based on a 1908 publication from Enshedé, the 1978 English translation by Harry Carter, and a 1926 specimen also from Enshedé.
P22 Declaration (Script, Signatures, Blackletter, 2009) is based on the lettering used in the 1776 Declaration of Independence.
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, Richard spoke about Vojtech Preissig. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin, where he presented Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century about which he writes: This film has the dual aim of documenting the almost-lost skill of creating metal fonts and of capturing the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). P22 type foundry commissioned Mr. Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font in 2008. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he showed Making Faces.
Typefaces from 2014: LTC Archive Ornaments (Richard Kegler and Miranda Roth).
View Richard Kegler's typefaces. View the IHOF / P22 typeface library. [Google]
Buenos Aires-based graphic designer and typographer, aka Alfieri. Flickr link. Behance link. He designed Playful (2010), a geometric font that was inspired by 3d toys for children. Odyssea 652 (2010) and Odyssea 632 (2011-2012, Thinkdust) are also geometric in nature. This poster showcases his lettering. With Mariano Farias, he formed Plenty. At HypeForType, Plenty published the arts and crafts typeface Odyssea (2011).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Paul James Lloyd
[Greater Albion Typefounders (or: GATF)]
During his studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Pete Russo (aka Voodo Bownz) created the arts-and-crafts typeface Bownz (2013). He writes: "Bownz" is a decorative sans-serif typeface that borrows elements from mystical voodoo symbols known as veve's as well as the distinct style of artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
He also made NYC Marble Cemetery Type (2013), based on letters found at the entrance of that cemetery.
San Francisco poster artist (b. 1968), whose hand-lettered alphabets are in the art nouveau tradition. His alphabets are being digitized by Scriptorium. Fonts there include NevinsHand, Nevins Avant and Exotique (the latter font looks like lettering of Alphonse Mucha). [Google]
Type designer who runs Philip Kelly Digital Design in the UK. He worked for Letraset from 1959-1994 as a type designer. His type design work there included Arabic and Hebrew letterforms. From 1994 until 1997, he designed typefaces at Signus, and became an independent designer in 1997. His typefaces:
- Codesigner with Mike Daines of the well-known University Roman (1972, Letraset), which is now offered in a myriad of digital libraries, such as Scangraphic, where it is called University SH.
- Gillies Gothic Extra Bold Shaded (1982).
- Cortez (1977). An exaggerated flashy copperplate.
- Pump EF (1980). This family has rounded simple letterforms including a triline style.
- Croissant (1978, ITC or Elsner+Flake). Rounded and almost an oriental simulation face. See Croissant SH at Scangraphic).
- The often copied Algerian (1988). See, e.g., Algerian SB.
- Emporium (Letraset). A circus font.
- Spritzer (1987, Letraset). A shadowed face.
- Impress (1983, Letraset).
- Sendai (2010). A gracious copperplate-influenced 6-weight sans family.
- Fantail (2012). An arts and crafts style all caps typeface inspired by an RO monogram used during a Roy Orbison concert at the now defunct Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles.
- Elan Greek and Elan Cyrillic to match ITC Elan (1985, Albert Boton).
- Elegant hand-drawn numeral typefaces based on calligraphic samples by illustrator Sarah Jane Coleman (2009).
- The italics for IR Modena (IR stands for Inland Revenue).
- Calligraphic typefaces done for Mandalay in 2009.
- Sendai (2001-2010).
- Shiosai and Shiosai Calm (2015). Wavy display typefaces.
Linotype link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Portfolio. Testiminial of Kelly's days at Letraset. [Google]
Successful British designer, 1950-1998, who lived in Manchester. Obituary in Serif, the magazine. List of typefaces:
- Arriba (1993) and Arriba-Arriba (1993) are Mexican simulation faces.
- ITC Banco (1997, +Light). Based on Roger Excoffon's Banco (1952).
- Bendigo (1993).
- ITC Braganza (1995).
- ITC Choc Light (1997). Based on Roger Excoffon's famous brush typeface Choc (1955).
- Gravura (1995).
- ITC Grimshaw Hand (1995).
- Hazel (1992).
- One of his best families and in its kind one of the best anywhere is the ITC Kallos family (1996), which has high ascenders, and an aristocratic yet calligraphic feel, 1996.
- ITC Kendo (1997), ITC Kendo Initials.
- ITC Klepto (1996).
- Locomotive (Letraset). This was copied as OPTI LenLen by Castcraft.
- ITC Mistral Light (1997).
- ITC Noovo Light (1997).
- ITC Obelisk Medium (1996).
- Oberon (1986-1994, Letraset).
- Pristina (1994).
- The calligraphic ITC Regallia (1998) was one of his last faces before he died.
- ITC Rennie Mackintosh (1996): based on the handwriting and drawings of Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- Shaman (a great Jurassic Park type font, 1994).
- ITC Samuel.
- ITC Stained Glass (1997).
- ITC Stoclet (1998).
- The wedding invitation font Striptease (1995).
- ITC Tempus (1995, +Sans and Sans Italic).
- Latin flavors should check Zaragoza (1995).
- Zennor (1995): a brush face.
Klingspor link. FontShop link.
View Phill Grimshaw's typefaces. [Google]
Plenty is the combined creative talent of Argentinian designers Pablo Alfieri and Mariano Farias. Their client list includes Chevrolet, Motorola, Coca Cola, Fox, and MTV. At HypeForType, they published the arts and crafts face Odyssea (2011). [Google]
Among the fonts in this small art nouveau archive, David Siegel's Eaglefeather, Chelsea Studio, Dyer, Esmount, Semiramis, Eccentrical, Willow (Dave Fabik, 1995), Adresack, Spanky's Bungalow, and Edda Caps. [Google]
Richard Beatty (Colorado) made beautiful fonts, often revivals and interpretations of old typefaces and calligraphic designs, around 1990-1993 under the name "Richard Beatty Designs". In all, he created over 500 designs, but most were only for private or corporate use. Typefaces:
- Baxter New Style (1988), Baxter Old Style (1988)
- Beatty Victoriana (1991): a set of five Victorian era fonts---Wanted, Spiral, Recherché, Hermosa and Childs (1985). Hermosa and Childs are nearly art nouveau. Childs is a revival of an 1892 typeface by Hermann Ihlenburg. Puzzling note: the Linotype catalogue says that Kismet was designed in 1879 by John F. Cumming. When you look at Spiral by Richard Beatty, you find a close copy of Kismet; Beatty says it's an "edited version of Kismet", but he holds the copyright. Is this another case of legal cloning?
- Benjamin (2002, BeattyType): from sketches by Ed Benguiat.
- BernardsHand (beautiful medieval hand)
- Borders (1990, some designed by R. Mitchell and R. Beatty)
- Calligraph Initials (1997): a Lombardic face.
- Desdemona (1994, +Black): art nouveau
- Duchy, Duchy Initials (2002): A blackletter typeface based on a sketch by Ed Benguiat of Benton's Dutch Initials.
- Elizabeth (1994, BeattyType): An all caps almost uncial face.
- Fanny Mitchell, Fanny Mitchell Initials
- Goudy faces [Goudy is his favorite type designer]: Goudy Claremont (1993: based on Scripps College Old Style), Goudy Italian, Goudy Mediaeval Beatty, Goudy Saks (1990: based on a typeface designed in 1934 by Goudy for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York), Kennerley Old Style (1986, after Goudy's 1911 design)
- Jensen Eusebius, Jensen Eusebius New Style (1989)
- Mediaeval Calligraphy
- Ornaments (based on 1928 figures drawn by E. Adler)
- Overdressed (2002): based on a sketch by Edward Benguiat for his Phototype Company.
- Prairie Poster (Plain, Fancy): arts and crafts face.
- Quillsong (calligraphic)
- ReneLouis (1992)
- Rolls Royce Designer
- Velda (2005, connected hand): the handwriting of Velda Burgess Will, classmate of the designer.
- White Tie, White Tie Relaxed (2005): roman lettering.
Richard de Ruijter
Dutch graphic designer at Hagenaar Reclame who lives in Hardinxveld, The Netherlands. He created the arts and crafts typeface Brazil (2011). His Tikal typeface (2012, inspired by the Inca culture) can be bought at Ten Dollar Fonts.
Behance link. [Google]
South African designer of ITC Greengate (2002), an arts and crafts (almost art nouveau) font in the mould of Eaglefeather.
He writes: Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) began her professional career as a book designer and illustrator, but over time her creativity found its outlet in many forms, including posters, jewelry, ceramics, wallpaper, fabrics, murals, interior design and costumes. After eventually settling in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, she founded Green Gate Close, a center for women artists. Although her style is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau artist, Aubrey Beardsley, King's aesthetic was an offshoot of the "Glasgow Style," a Scottish hybrid of the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau. Often, her illustrations included hand lettering. It was just this kind of lettering that gave Richard Every his inspiration for ITC Greengate. When he saw some children's book illustrations that King created in 1898, he knew on the spot he had to complete the hand lettering as a typographic font.
FontShop link. [Google]
[P22 Type Foundry]
During his studies in Cheltenham, UK, Sam edwards designed an exquisite ornamental caps alphabet called Lovely Letterforms (2013), which was inspired by the Victorian and Arts & Crafts styles. [Google]
Scriptorium (Ragnarok Press, Fontcraft)
[David Fleming Nalle]
Dave Nalle was born in Beirut in 1959, but lives and works in Texas. He is currently in Manor, TX. From his wiki page: Dave Nalle is a political writer, game author and font designer who was active in the early history of the development of the internet. He is Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group that promotes libertarianism within the Republican Party and is Senior Politics Editor at Blogcritics online magazine and is the CEO of Scriptorium Fonts. A creative and prolific designer, he has made hundreds of beautiful (often historic) fonts. His outfit, Scriptorium (based near Austin, TX, est. 1989), also does custom font and logo design. At some points, Scriptorium was also known as Ragnarok Press and Fontcraft. It specializes in artsy and ancient faces. Some subset of the fonts is made by Michael Scarpitti. Free font demos.
Images of his best selling fonts. Special subpages:
Some selected fonts: Finchley (psychedelic), Captain Kidd (2012, an original font design based on the title lettering from the classic pirate movie starring Charles Laughton), Aerobrush (2011), Fondry Ornament (2009), Atkinson Egyptian (2008, after the lettering of Frank Atkinson), Verne (2008), Goldwork (almost blackletter), BigBlok (2010), LetterpressGothic (2010), Plymouth (2010, in the style of Cooper Bold), Broadley (2008, an architecturally inspired script based on lettering by British architect and designer C.F.A. Voysey), Locksley (2004, medieval lettering), Tuscarora (curly lettering), Fiorenza (Renaissance calligraphy), Hesperides (old colonial calligraphic script), Angelus (beautifully printed monospaced script), Esperanza (1996, connected medieval handwriting), Ithuriel (2002), Alleghieri (2002), Hamilton (2002), Spiral Initials, Zothique (great font, based on hand lettering from a map of Clark Ashton Smith's fantasy world of Zothique), Reynard (semi-Celtic), Daresiel (elegant script), Caliph (1992, Arabic simulation), Bassackwards, Rosalinde (1999, handwriting), Arakne (2000, connected handwriting), Falconis (by Michael Scarpitti), Asrafel (semi-Celtic), Swithin (2004), Tyrfing (Art Nouveau/Fraktur, 1999), Waldeck (2008, blackletter), Woburn Initials, Stampwork, Draughtwork, Roughwork (a codex font derived from Nalle's own True Golden which is based on a=n earlier typeface by arts and crafts master William Morris), Melusine (gothic calligraphy), Corbei (uncial), Niederwald (hand lettering), Gjallarhorn (great uncial), Gaiseric (early medieval uncial), Taranis (1987, an uncial first drawn as a font for the cover of the old Ysgarth roleplaying system), De Bellis (roman era, by Michael Scarpitti), Engravers Gothic, Monimental Initials, Sanhedrin (Enemy of the State font), Vespasiano (roman capitals, by Michael Scarpitti), Bilitis, Hendrix (2002), Collins OE (old English), Samedi, Praitor, Evadare (1993, based on a character set which was hand calligraphed by Rudolf Koch), Koch Fantasie (1993), Black Cow (1998). Zothique, Ruritania, Mariner (2004, based on hand lettering originally done by Willy Pogany), Trinculo (a swinging cursive font), Texas Star (2002), Octavian (antique demi-serif font), Ruffian (antique type font), Ascelon (thin sans serif font), Munich (title lettering from Munchner Jugend magazine), Necromantic (bizarre bold titling font), Titania (romantic decorative lettering font), Oberon (bold romantic font), Knotwork, Guede (1993), Pullman, Purcell (Victorian circus poster style font), Allegheny, Carmilla, Malagua (1999-2013), Ardenwood, Platthand, Buccaneer, Cochin Archaic (2010), Boswell (1994), Guilford (based on lettering by artist and calligrapher Eric Sloane), Death Ray (2012, constructivist), Alecto (futuristic), Candlemas (2003), Bridgeport (2003, based on lettering by artist and calligrapher Eric Sloane), Medieval Tiles (2003), Linthicum (2003), Draughtwork (2003), Yngling (Fraktur, 2003), Rheingold (elaborate Fraktur: Music Hall Text elsewhere; see also Teuton Text, Cincinnati Type Foundry, 1877), Kidd (2003), Belgravia (2004), Peck Shields (2004), Albrecht Durer Gothic (2004), Orpheus (2004), InduXtrial (2004, a grunge face), Yoshitoshi (2003), Veronique (2004), Veneto (2006), Vidilex (1993, monospaced), Abelarde (2006), John Speed (1993), Furbelow (2006), Estoril (2006), Tangle, Aventine (sans), Texas Star (2002), Groningen (Bauhaus design), Nevins Hand, Scrapple (2011, Victorian, ornamental), Leodegar (2011, based on samples of 7th century Frankish hand lettering), Candlemass (2012).
- Three free fonts: Onuava (a mini-serifed hybrid fixed-width font), Divona (sans), Sirona (based on Lombardic calligraphy).
- Lombardic: Aneirin, Benevento (8th century Lombardic), Cymbeline, Fabliaux, Formidable, Locksley.
- Decorative initials such as the 20th century sign lettering initials set Pencraft Initials (2009), Holly Initials (2010, based on Real PenWork (1880s, Knowles and Maxim), Vyones (2010), Vergennes (2001), Cascade (2009), Bergling (2010; based on initials by John M. Bergling).
- Wild West fonts: Academy, Alcalde, Atkinson Boomtown (2009, after the lettering of Frank Atkinson), Atkinson Eccentric (2009), BigIron, Cibola, Del Norte, Lachesis, Perdido, Plowright, Primer, Riudoso, Niederwald, San Lorenzo (2011, with a Mexican and Tuscan look), Stonehouse, Manquo, Rochambeau, Purcell, Vaquero.
- Arabic simulation fonts: Samaritan is based on the poster lettering of Alphons Mucha from his poster for the play La Samaritan. Serendib and Waziri are based on the hand lettering of René Bull from his edition of the Arabian Nights. Caliph (1993) is derived from Ernst Schneidler's classic Legende font, with variant characters based on his original lettering. Also: Samarkand, Satampra, Jerash, Samarkand, Isfahan.
- Celtic fonts: the fonts include Constance, Durrow (1993, traditional rendering of Insular Minuscule calligraphy), Malvern, Glendower (based on the most common lettering in the Book of Kells), Knotwork (caps based on Celtic knots), Alba Text (modernized text font based on Celtic uncial lettering), Lindisfarne (based on a square uncial style), Stonecross (1997, derived from Celtic cross and gravestone inscriptions), Celtic Spirals (dingbats), Celtic Borders font (lets you combine key strokes to form decorative borders; many frames and borders are original Celtic designs by Arts&Crafts period artists like Evelyn Paul and Louis Rhead), Spiral Initials, Brigida (based on Rudolph Koch's interpretation of a squared uncial), Macteris Uncial, Coverack (heavy non-traditional uncial), Dahaut (modernized uncial), Dunsany, Glendower, Morgow (1999, spiral uncial), Teyrnon (elaborate spurred uncial), Padstow (heavy uncial), Vafthrudnir (2011, uncial), Sualtim and Columba (decorative initials based on characters found in the Book of Kells), Albemarle (2001).
- Oriental simulation fonts: Yoshitoshi (2003, based on the 1900-style writing by Yoshi Toshi.
- Gothic fonts, including Alt Gothic, Koch Gothic, Barnabas (2011), Sternhagen (2014), Montgisard (2010, roman capitals with blackletter lower case), Serenissima, Gelderland, Alcuin, Monumental, Goldwork, Waldeck, Roncesvalles, Montressor (2010, ornamental blackletter capitals), T4C Beaulieux (1998, a free copy here), Bastarda (2011), Burgundian, Cadeaulx, Collins Old English, Courtrai, Descant, Ereshkigal, Faustus, Franconian (1993, a Schwabacher), Froissart (2000), Ghost Gothic, Katisha, Koch Gothic, Ligeia, Magdeburg, Magdelena, Melusine, Pyle Gothic, Rheingold, Sanctum, Stuttgart Gothic (2010), Textura, Theodoric, Yngling (2002).
- German expressionist: Dromon.
- Renaissance fonts: Monumental Gothic, Caswallon (a Caslon family), humanist cursive (Palmieri, Castiglione and Hanes Italic), quirky Italian cursives (Fiorenza and Alleghieri), a Roman style hand-lettered font (Rudolfo and Rudolfo Swash), a Trajan-style Roman lettering (Hadrianus), a classic flourished cursive (Trinculo) and a set of floral intials from the Quattrocento (Fraticelli).
- Modern poster fonts: Ascelon, Bilitis, Cosmic Dude, Dromon, Ducatus Rough, Eglantine, Ekberg, Fortinbras, Hamilton, Jambon, Oblivion, Posada (2008, based on the poster lettering of Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada), Squiffy, Suspicion, Magnin (2003).
- Mapmaker fonts: building elements are available in Basilica; Ortelius is a map dingbat font; Queensland (based on lettering by artist and calligrapher Eric Sloane), is bold, hand-drawn and reminiscent of medieval writing on maps. There are also Brandywine, Daresiel, Hesperides, Longhorne, Windlass (1996), and Cityscape. Orford (2008) is based on samples of hand lettering from a 1693 manuscript collected by Lewis Day in his classic book on historical paleography, Alphabets Old and New.
- Calligraphic fonts: Albemarle (2001), Azariel, Moncrief (2011, based on the calligraphy of J.M. Bergling), Pavane, Rasael (2009), Abdiel (2005), Roncesvalles, Gazardiel (2003, connected script), Spoonbill (2003, arts and crafts), Macteris (Roman uncial font), Antioch Uncial (Roman uncial font), Burgundian (Classic black letter font), Franconian (993, a classic black letter font), Castiglione (Attractive Renaissance lettering), Cicero (Roman Rustica font), Formidable (1993, very bold late medieval / Lombardic style), Collins Old English (Classic Old English style gothic), Corbei Uncial (Roman uncial font), Cymbeline (late medieval lettering), Durrow (Standard insular minuscule uncial font), Theodoric (Classic black letter font), Gazardiel, Ghost Gothic (Unusual gothic font), Glendower (Uncial font based on Book of Kells), Gloriana (Interesting hand lettering style), Folkard (from the hand-lettering of Charles Folkard), Offenbach Chancery, Ranegund Merovingian Courthand, Benevento (8th century Lombardic), Hesperides.
- Art deco faces: Lyceum (2014), Borealis (2009), Criterion (2011), Illuminata, Madding (2009, a bold poster font that grew out of Aventine), Alexandrine (2009), art Deco Stencil (2009, based on samples of Art Deco stencil lettering by Pedro Lemos), Falmouth.
- Art nouveau faces: Acadian, Agravain (2009), Amphitryon (2009), Ariosto, Asphodel, Averoigne, Beaumains (2011, based on J.M. Bergling's lettering), Beauvoir, Belgravia (based on J.M. Bergling), Bernhardt (based upon the lettering of the Czech art-nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha), Bentham, Berenicia, Boetia (2003, based on J.M. Bergling's lettering), Bruges, Bucephalus (1993), Burd Ellen (2009), Butterfield, Curetana, Damariscotta, Elsene (2011, based on lettering by early 20th century illustrator Clara Elsene Peck), Elysian, Exotique, Flaubert, Gaheris, Ganelon, Gehenna, Goodfellow, Harbinger, Jugendstil Kunsthand (2003), Lysander, Maginot (1993; after Peter Schnorr, 1898), Munich (after the Munchner Jugend magazine), Norumbega, Odeon, Ormandine (2010), Pantagruel, Phaeton, Reggio, Rochmbeau, Rockne (2009), Rudolfo, Setebos, Sprite, Summerisle, Sylphide (2005), Undine, Valentin (2008), Vambrace (2010), Walhal.
- Modern poster fonts: Field Day (2003), Ascelon, Bilitis, Cosmic Dude, Dromon, Ducatus Rough, Eglantine, Ekberg, Fortinbras, Hamilton, Jambon, Oblivion, Squiffy.
- Constructivist fonts: Krasny Mir (2009), Vrubel, Structura (1997).
- Futuristic fonts: Alecto, Angelus, Circuit, Culdrose, Gearhead, Ironclaw, Parika, Sanhedrin, Semiramis (1997), Slither, Structuro, Yazata, Adastra (dings).
- Borders and ornaments. These include New Arets and Crafts Borders (20912, based on The Calendar of Golden Thoughts (Barse and Hopkins Publ, 1911).
- Boneyard fonts: Undertaker (2014), Antrobus (2010), Sepultura (2002), Halloweenies, Dementia, Boneyard, Skull and Bones, Malagua (1999-2013), Paleos (2002, from titling of B movies in the cave girl genre), Carmilla, Abaddon, Black Cow (1998), Valdemar, Cuede, Ligeia, Mayhem, Mephisto, Golgotha, Sanguinary, Ironworks, Moravia, Gehenna, Nosegrind (2005, graffiti), Corpus, Ghostly.
- School fonts: Schoolhand (2010).
- Arts and Crafts movement (late Victorian period, 19th century), based on work and lettering by Walter Crane, William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Elbert Hubbard. The Arts&Crafts movement was enormously influential on the works of designers, artists and architects of the 20th century, and inspired the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Fonts include William Morris' Kelmscott (based on Morris' Troy type), and True Golden, fonts from the Glasgow branch of the movement like Chelsea Studio (1997), which is based on Charles Rennie Mackintosh's lettering, fonts from the Roycrofters of New York like Semiramis and Ganelon, fonts based on Walter Crane's work such as Crane Gothic, Pencraft Initials (2009) and Walter Crane, and even fonts from the California Arts&Crafts period of the early 1900s like Coloma. Other typefaces: Jesse M. King (refreshed in 2015, and based on hand lettering from a frontispiece design by Glasgow-based Jessie King who was known for her lavish book covers), Aylward, Palmyra (based on work by the Roycrofters, a design community founded by Elbert Hubbard), Aylward (2010, Victorian), Hyacinth Initials, Spoonbill, Adresack (1996), Brandywine, Changeling (2009, based on lettering by fairy artist Fanny Railton), Goddard, and Advertising Gothic (2003), Valentin, Gaheris, Agravain (2009). Delaguerra (2001-2009) is based on a lettering style originating in the California Arts&Crafts period commonly associated with Mission Style. It is still in common usage in signage at historical sites in California.
- Victorian: Beaumarchais, Berenicia, Bilibin, Brandywine, Brigidis, Curetana, Durendal, Elphinstone, Flaubert, Folkard, Gjallarhorn, Gloriana, Hermia, Ironclaw, Magnus.
- Typewriter: Fontcraft Courier.
- Anthroposophic: Ekberg (2002, based on a sample of poster lettering by Samuel Welo).
- Medieval fonts of Scriptorium, critiqued by Marc Smith, page 65: Batwynge is based on lettre gffe by Geofroy Tory (1529), and not on an illuminated manuscript of the tenth century as claimed by Scriptorium.
Fonts from 2013: Doge (a Venetian font based on a J.M. Bergling revival), Original Django (after the titling font in Quentin Tarantino's movie Django Unchained).
Fonts from 2014: Highball, Carillon (based on a typeface by Samuel Welo), Edifice (based on lettering by J.M. Bergling).
Fonts from 2015: Gods of mars (an inline sci-fi typeface), Rykov (based on a 1930s Ukrainian constructivist style; Latin and Cyrillic), Vie Moderne (French art deco), Dahlgren.
Fonts from 2016: Rounders (art deco).
Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Dafont link.
View David Nalle's typefaces. [Google]
[Vintage Type Co]
Lisbon-based designer of Horror (2012, an arts and crafts typeface) and Bella (2012, experimental). [Google]
Small Cap Graphics
Holly Goldsmith has a BA in Art from Brooklyn College. She worked first at (Mergenthaler) Linotype, then at Photo Lettering and World Typeface Center before moving to Los Angeles. In LA, she worked at Xerox's type design department for a few years before starting her own company, Small Cap Graphics, where she is engaged in both graphic design and custom type design, with clients such as Agfa Monotype, ITC, DsgnHaus, Disney Corporation and Margo Chase Design.
She designed Novella (1996, DsgnHaus: an Arts and Crafts font), ITC Bodoni Six (1994, with Jim Parkinson, Sumner Stone, Janice Fishman), ITC Bodoni Twelve (1994, with Sumner Stone, Jim Parkinson and Janice Fishman), ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two (1994, with Sumner Stone, Jim Parkinson, Janice Fishman), Bossa Nova MvB (at MvB Design), MVB Peccadillo (2002, with Alan Dague-Greene), Havergal (1994, Agfa), and ITC Vintage (1996, with Ilene Strizver).
At Bitstream, she designed Melanie, Liorah (2000, connected script), Hank, Missy, Ryan BT (2000, jungle font), Raven, Raven Evermore.
Linotype link. FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View Holly Goldsmith's typefaces. [Google]
[Dan X. Solo]
Dover Press sold Oakland's Dan X. Solo's digitizations. Dan Solo (b. 1928, d. 2012) has collected over 13,000 sets of metal fonts, starting when he was 9 years old and growing up in Oakland, CA. Finally, in 2002, he stopped doing that and began converting all of his fonts to computer type. Solotype, his company, was established in Alameda, CA. He printed 30 books on fonts (with Dover), including The Solotype catalog of 4,147 display typefaces, and created hundreds of fonts. In 2007, Dan Solo retired from the font business. He died in 2012.
Robert Trogman writes: I know Dan X. Solo personally. He ran a typographic studio in Berkeley for over 30 years. He had a large collection of film fonts, including some of my own. He created thousands of fonts and is now retired and is an avocational prestigitator. Copyrights have run out on most of his fonts. He also protected himself by creating pseudonyms on the questionable font names. Stuart Sandler confirms that many of the fonts in Solo's Dover books are in fact from the Filmotype collection, which Stuart is digitizing right now.
Gene Gable writes: Dan Solo of Solotype in Berkeley was experimenting with photo type as early as 1945 and started doing optical special effects in the early '60s. And a number of the larger display-type shops developed their own techniques. But in terms of opening up new markets for display type (and giving designers more control over type setting), Visual Graphics and Letraset lead the way. These companies were proud of, and promoted, the fact that that their products could be used by non-typesetters with little training.
Bio. He wrote about himself: Dan X. Solo The Solotype Archive was begun in 1942 when I was 14. I was a kid printer for several years before that. At 16, after a quick three months of training, I dropped out of school and went to work full time as a radio actor and announcer in San Francisco. (Easy to get jobs in those days, due to the war-induced manpower shortage.) In 1949 and 1950, I created a magic show which played West Coast theatres with some success. After that, back to broadcasting. By 1962, I was completely burned out on radio, so I decided to see if I could make a living with my collection of antique types, which numbered about a thousand fonts at that time. In 1962, I sent out 4,000 catalogs showing the type to ad agencies all over the U.S. The timing was perfect (no thanks to me) because there was developing at that time a renewed interest in the old types. Business took off immediately. The Solotype collection was one of four commercial collections at the time, but I seemed to have been more aggressive in marketing than the other chaps. (Well, Morgan Press certainly knew how to market.) Two years into the business, I began to collect alphabets on paper for conversion to photo lettering, which was just becoming mainstream in the type business. We closed the shop for a month every year and went on a type hunt, mostly in Europe where there didn't seem to be much competition among collectors. Other typographers couldn't understand how we could do this, but I believe it made people appreciate the resource we offered even more. Over the years, the collection became quite large. When I closed Solotype a couple of years ago, I got rid of about half the archive (because the fonts were dull, or already digitized, or for a variety of other reasons) leaving me with about 6,000 fonts on paper or film. In 1974, I began to supply Dover Publications with mechanicals for books of 100 alphabets on a particular theme. I did 30 of these books over the years, and 30 more of printers' ornaments, borders, and so forth. Sometime in the 1990s, Dover asked me to digitize books of 24 fonts each, to be sold with a disk in the back. I did 12 of these. The Dover relationship came to an end when Hayward Cirker, the owner and my special friend, died and the company was sold to another publisher. Dover felt that they had covered the type field thoroughly. Now in my old age, my wife and I have a mindreading act that is great fun and good for the ego. Even so, when not traveling, I digitize type for relaxation and enjoyment, but have made no effort to sell it. Until now.
Solo's wood type/Western/ headline/ Victorian collection includes Acantha, Bindweed, Dime Museum (2004, a French Clarendon revived by ATF uin 1933 under the name P.T. Barnum), Egyptian Oldstyle, Excelsis, Extravaganza, Rigney, Assay, Baraboo Banner, Beijing, Brevet (after a Victorian typeface from 1887 by Ernst Lauschke), Brussels, Cathedral, Cleopatra, Cognac, Crossroads, Dainty Lady, Dangerfield, Diablo, Dutch Treat, Grecian, Lord Mayor, Malibu, Minnesota, Moulin Rouge, Penny Arcade (1992, a Victorian face after an 1890 oroginal called Mural by Boston Type Foundry), Trixie, Valerie, Valjean, and Zorro. Alaska is based on an 1890 design of Marder, Luse and co. Arcade imitates an 1888 design of Barnhart Brothers&Spindler. Bamboo (oriental simulation face) is based on a 1889 creation of Barnhart Brothers&Spindler. Behrens Antiqua and Behrens schrift are revival of early 20th century faces by Peter Behrens. Eccentric is a digitization of a 1898 arts and crafts typeface by Kingsley/ATF. Hansard is a revival of a display type published in 1887 by MacKellar, Smiths,&Jordan. Pekin is a digitization of a face, first designed by Ernst Lauschke in 1888 and issued by Barnhart Bros.&Spindler foundry in Chicago under the name Dormer, and revived by them in 1923 under the name Pekin. Charles Henry Beeler made a condensed sans serif issued by Mackellar, Smiths&Jordan foundry in 1887: it was digitally revived as Roundhead. Monument is a revival of a 1893 typeface by the Boston Type Foundry, but was also cast at the Central Type Foundry. Vienna Light is a delicate early 1900s type originally created by the German foundry of Schelter&Gieseke. Other designs: Bareback, Campaign (ca. 1970), Cigar Label (1997), Estienne, Farringdon (a western face), Goodfellow (digitization of wood type from 1895 found at Hamilton and probably due to W.H. Page), Harlem Text (blackletter), Houdini (ca. 1992), Memorial, Quadrille 2 (a simplified Tuscan face), Sparticus, Vanities (a Victorian type), Whirligig.
In 2005, MyFonts added Seminary (after a Victorian font from 1885 by Bruce Type Foundry), Margie (formal script based on Marggraff Bold Script by the Dresden foundry vormalig Brüder Butter, 1920s), Fancy Dan, Bamberg (2005, after a condensed wood type from ca. 1850), Fat Face No. 20, French Ionic (quite ugly--based on an 1870 Clarendon derivative by the Cincinnati Type Foundry), Hearst Italic (based on a 1904 typeface by Carl Schraubstadter of the Inland Type Foundry), Hearst Roman (based on a typeface from the Inland Type Foundry allegedly stolen from a hand lettering job done by Goudy, acccording to Goudy himself), Tally Text (early photolettering type of the comic book style), Welcome 1 (based on Van Loey-Nouri's art nouveau typeface from 1900). A list of some digitized fonts:
- Art Deco: Advertisers Gothic Light, Alex, Beverly Hills, Boul Mich, Capone Light, Chic (after Morris Fuller Benton's Chic, 1927), Clyde, Eagle Bold, Eagle Narrow, Eden Bold, Eden Light, French Flash, Gallia, Graybar Book, Grock, Matra, Modernique (art deco), Parasol, Parisian, Phoenix American, Plaza Suite, Publicity Gothic, Salut, Stymie Obelisk, Zeppelin.
- Victorian: Anglo, Arboret, Campanile, Chorus Girl, Fancy Celtic, Ferdinand, Floral Latin, Glorietta, Grant Antique, Gutenberg, Hogarth, Jagged, Katherine Bold, Lafayette, Meisteringer, Olympian, Phidian, Ringlet (1998, a Victorian typeface after an 1882 original by Hermann Ihlenburg), Romanesque, Rubens, Stereopticon, Templar, Wedlock, Zinco.
- Script/Cursive: Amapola, Artists Script, Carpenters Script, Certificate Script, Commercial Script, Conway (an architectural script), Elegance, Engrossing Script, Figaro, Flare, Gloria Script, Hanover, Helvetica Cursive, Holly, Kunsteler Bold, Liberty, Manuscript, Orion Script, Pantagraph Script (+No2, +No3), Park Avenue, Romany Script, Trafton Script, Typo Upright, University Script, Virginia Antique.
- Art Nouveau: Ambrosia, Argus, Artistik, Auriol, Baldur, Bocklin, Cabaret (2003, as in Murder She Wrote), Carmen, Childs, Edda Black, Excelsior, Francomia, Giraldon, Harrington, Isadora, Metropolitan, Murillo, Oceana, Odessa, Orbit Antique, Palmetto (2005; an art nouveau typeface based on a 1887 typeface called Palm from the A.D. Farmer Foundry), Siegfried, Skjald, Spartana, Titania.
- Gothic/Medieval: Academy Text, American Uncial, Antique Black, Becker Bold, Bradley, Castlemar, Celebration Text Fancy, Church Text, Engravers Old English, Frederick Text, Freehand, Hingham Text, Initials-Bradley and Caxton, Kanzlei Light, Lautenbach, Lautenbach Fancy Caps, Libra, Morris Black, Nicholini Broadpen, Rhapsodie Swash Caps, Scottford Uncial, Solemnis, Washington Text, Wedding Text.
- Celtic: Anglo Text, Camden Text, Chappel Text, Cimbrian, Colchester Black, Durer Gothic, Durwent, Fenwick, Genzsch Initials, Gloucester Initials, Gutenberg Gothic, Hansa Gothic, Harrowgate, Kaiser Gothic, Kings Cross, Konisburg, Malvern, Medici Text, Middlesex, Progressive Text, Tudor Text, Warwick, Westminster Gothic, Yonkers.
- Special-Effects Display Fonts: Azteca Condensed, Buddha (oriental simulation face, after a Schelter&Giesecke type), Burst, Campaign (1970), Chinatown (oriental simulation), Cigar Label (1997-2002), Colonial Dame, Contract Banner (2004, a take on Mezzotint from 1880), Direction, Fillet, Filmstar (1999), Firebug, Headhunter, Hollywood Lights, Igloo Solid, Import, Lariat, Needlepoint, Old Glory, Protest, Rustic, Scimitar (Arabic simulation face), Scoreboard, Skyline, Starburst, Sundown Shadow, Tableau, Tonight, Xerxes.
- Other: Acantha, Assay, Baraboo Banner, Beijing, Bindweed, Brevet (after a Victorian original by Ernst Laushke, 1887), Brussels, Cathedral, Cleopatra, Cognac, Crossroads, Dainty Lady, Dangerfield, Diablo, Dime Museum, Dutch Treat, Egyptian Oldstyle, Excelsis, Extravaganza, Grecian, Lord Mayor, Malibu, Minnesota, Moulin Rouge, Penny Arcade, Rigney, Trixie, Valerie, Zorro.
Images of selected typefaces: Agency Gothic, Alpha Midnight, Alpha Twilight, Anita Lightface (1977), Art Deco Display Alphabets, Ashley Crawford, Ashley Inline, Astur, Bamberg, Banco, Beans, Blackline, Bobo Bold, Braggadocio, Broadway Engraved, Busorama Bold, Busorama Light, Bust, Charger, Checkmate, Colonel Hoople, Corral, Dudley P Narrow, Dynamo, Earth 9a futuristic / prismatic typeface revived by nick Curtis in 2015 as Terranova NF), Eclipse, Empire, Ewie, Fat Cat, Fatso, Festival, Futura Black, Futura Inline, Gillies Gothic Bold, Greeting Monotone, Grooviest Gothic, Hess Neobold, Hotline, Huxley Vertical, Inkwell Black, Joanna Solotype, Joyce Black, Koloss, Lampoon, Mania, Mania Contour A, Mania Contour B, Margit, Mindy Highlight, Modernistic, Monograms Stencil, Mossman, Neon, Neuland (+Inline), Phosphor, Piccadilly, Pickfair, Polly, Prismania P, Quote, Rhythm Bold, Shady Deal, Sheet Steel, Sinaloa.
The Solotype Catalog is a file with information on Dan Solo's typefaces, annotated with remarks about name equivalences and digitizations. The original file was due to Thibaudeau, but typophiles on alt.binaries.fonts have added to it in 2010. PDF version. Excel version. Text version. See also here.
View Dan Solo's typefaces. Another page on Solotype. Dan Solo's typefaces listed in decreasing order of popularity. View Dan Solo's typefaces. View Dan Solo's typefaces. [Google]
Douglas Peters (Symbiotic Design, Sioux Falls, SD) created the free hand-printed typeface Milton Serif Bled (2013). Behance link.
His other free fonts, mostly made with FontStruct, can be downloaded at Font Journal: Struck, Pursuede, Base, Broadbill, Uset, Struckshur, Wester Breeze, Kindegraf, State (athletic lettering), Goforit, Get Even, 70sStyle Overlap 3D, Tonder, Base 10, Scurry.
Typefaces from 2014 include Cebrosys, Pursuite, Mothership (arts and crafts style), Smush, 70s Style Overlap 3D Extended, Avenura, Sketchy. Particulated, Exsample Trimmed Reverse.
Font Journal is a font archive site run by him. Behance link for his company, Symbiotic Design. FontStruct link. [Google]
Thomas Damien Renaudin
Parisian art director. He did some nice custom work for Peugeot, and says this about his arts and crafts typeface Prairie (2012): Frank Lloyd Wright is recognized as one of the best American architects. In the beginning of the 20th century, Wright conducted his first experimentations, drawing the lines of a style characterized by the predominance of horizontal lines and a large use of geometric patterns : the Prairie Style. These rules were the guidelines for this typeface. Prairie is a decorative, yet legible typeface. It is not a typeface designed for body copy, but it can be used for headlines when looking for a geometric, surprising, retro yet futuristic style.
Behance link. [Google]
Todd M. Hallock
British designer (d. 2008) at Letraset of the calligraphic nuptial style typeface Tiranti Solid (1993-1995). He also made Willow (1990, Letraset, a font based on lettering of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, now offered by both ITC and Linotype). Quoting from Timothy Donaldson's announcement of his death: He was well-known for his commercial lettering and type-design, which he continued to practice until the last. He also influenced many through the mid-period of his career, when he was a lecturer at Bolton College of Art (now a part of the university). Possibly the most well-known amongst the influenced was Phill Grimshaw.
FontShop link. [Google]
The Type Department was founded in 2010 by Jürgen Huber (Berlin, b. 1967) and Malte Herok. In 2011 Martin Wenzel joined as a friend of the Type Department. Much of the work is typographic and centers on logo, retail and custom type design. Jürgen Huber, who studied at Folkwang Academy in Essen and is now a professor of typography at FHTW in Berlin, a city he moved to in 1997, designed FF Plus Sans (2003, a sans family), FF Ginger (2002, includes Ginger-Icons, and FF Ginger Flamboyant, 2014), FF Angst (1997, grunge) and Hothouse (which netted him a Bukvaraz 2001 award). His typeface Scheck (Meta Design, made for Sport Scheck GmbH) won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.
Jürgen Huber originally designed Crocodile Brokenscript (2013, blackletter) for a small brewery in München where it is used alongside with its sanserif counterpart.
FontShop link. Most of Huber's typefaces are published vi FontShop / FontFont due to his spell as type director at Meta Design.
Typefaces from 2014 by Huber include TD Lemon Sans, TD Lemon Sans Rounded (released in 2015), TD Lemon Serif (a low contrast very readable text typeface; +Unicase; see also here), TD Hothouse---that font was started in 2001 as a corporate typeface for the Glasgow School of Art, and took inspiration in the arts and crafts lettering of Charles R. Mackintosh. [Google]
[David Fernando Espinosa Martínez]
Type Sailor is David Espinosa (born in 1986) who lives in Bogotá. He graduated from the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano as graphic designer and advertiser.
He designed these typefaces:
- In 2014: Internerd, Old Providence New Roots (a poster typeface codesigned with Mateo Rivano), Santander (a great didone family).
- In 2013: Vercingetorix (monoline informal sans), Persifal (calligraphic typeface), Ygraine, Urania, Zephiroth (a semi-connected script), X-Classified (very grungy typewriter typeface), Salme (Treefrog-style script), Joyeux, Fugitiva (an ornamental Western saloon or circus font), Tomsk.
- In 2012: Pelida, Valpuesta, Walkiria (an informal blackletter), Quattro (a techno family), Olimpia, Luisa, Merlot (like caps in the style of William Morris), Bizancia (Arab simulation face), Imelda, Epifanía, Nero d'Avola (a great calligraphic script), Round, Avanti (calligraphic), Street Dork (stencil face).
- In 2011: Daniela (hairline sans), Glamourousse (sans), Caro (pixel), Carolina (sans), Kermesse (an octagonal font).
- In 2010: Davidcito (handwriting) and Hug Femmes (sans).
He says that his inspiration comes from the female form, which always has been associated with classic typography.
Dafont link. Iphoneruler link. FontM link. Facebook link. Issuu link. Behance link. [Google]
James Grieshaber earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Based first in Rochester, NY, and now in Chicago, IL, Grieshaber ran Typeco, a typographic services and solutions company established in 2002. James Grieshaber (b. Detroit, 1967) most recently was on staff of P22 Type Foundry, where he designed many type families and helped establish International House of Fonts. He has been honoured with an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic (2004, blend of blackletter and English style), and by TypeArt'05 (for Operina Cyrillic). Designer and Co-editor of the Indie Fonts book series, Grieshaber now teaches typography at RIT and runs Typeco. MyFonts sells his fonts now. YouWorkForThem sells the Super Duty family (stencil), Glyphic Neue, the Trapper families, Chunk Feeder, Gothic Gothic and Cusp. Identifont page. FontShop link. Behance link. Details on some of his faces:
- Gothic Gothic (2001), an extended blackletter codesigned with Christina Torre. In 2004, he received an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic type design.
- The Glyphic Neue display family was inspired by the Op Art style of lettering in the United States that ran rampant in many photo type houses in the 1960's and 1970's---I like to call it the "piano key style".
- Chunkfeeder (2002) is a beautiful monospaced octagonal OCR-like family.
- Cypher (2003, an LED/LCD family) has 24 weights. Of these, Cypher7 is free.
- Duty (2002) is a sans typeface codesigned at T26 with Lee Fasciani.
- The stencil family Super Duty (2004) has 8 variations. There are also techno variant called Superduty Condensed, Superduty Regular, Superduty Narrow and Superduty Text.
- Cusp (2001-2005): a techno display family with 18 weights, including an LED style, art deco styles and Cusp De Stijl.
- Trapper (2004) is an 8-weight exaggerated ink trap font family which comes in Trapper Round and Trapper Sharp versions.
- Zaftig (2008, Typeco) is a super-fat face.
- P22 Operina (2003, in Romano, Corsivo and Fiore versions) is based on Vicentino Ludovico degli Arrighi's calligraphy used in his 1522 instructional lettering book La Operina da Imparare di scrivere littera Cancellarescha. This book contains what is considered to be the earliest printed examples of Chancery Cursive. P22 Operina won an award at TypeArt 05. Operina Pro contains over 1200 glyphs. In 2010, Paulo Heitlinger compared P22 Operina favorably to another digital chancery font, Poetica (by Robert Slimbach, Adobe), which, according to him [and I agree], lacks vigor and dynamism.
- P22 Posada (2003, with Richard Kegler): based on lettering of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913) that was used for some of his posters and broadsides.
- P22 Arts and Crafts Tall (1995, art nouveau), P22 Arts and Crafts Hunter (1995). Both based on alphabets by Dard Hunter, 1908-1910.
- P22 Art Deco Chic (2002), based on the Art Deco hand lettering of Samuel Welo, ca. 1930. P22 Art Deco Display (2002) is a Broadway style face.
- Churchy (2002).
- He offered (offers?) a handwriting font service for 100 USD. Free trial typeface Reenie Beanie (2002). Signature font service for 50 USD. Reenie Beanie (2002) is now offered (as a joke, I assume) as part of the Google open font directory (for free web fonts).
- P22 Garamouche (2004, with Richard Kegler). Comes with Garamouche Ornaments (2004).
- Segoe Print (2006, Monotype Imaging). [Isn't this Googlee's competition?] This is an informally hand-printed typeface co-designed with Brian Allen, Carl Crossgrove, James Grieshaber and Karl Leuthold at Ascender.
- P22 Cezanne Pro (2006). Has over 1,200 glyphs.
- P22 Yule (2005; Heavy, Inline): a stone chisel family with a hint of Neuland.
- P22 Numismatic (2005): originally offered by the Devinne Press, and based on ornaments and letters used by 15th and 16th century engravers of seals and coins; however it looks very much like Otto Hupp's Numismatisch (1900, Genzsch&Heyse).
- Black Ops One (2011) is a military stencil face, available at the Google Font Directory.
- Short Stack (2011) is Grieshaber's free contribution to the Comic Sans genre. It was published by Sorkin Type and can be downloaded from Dafont.
- Atomic Age (2011) is a free font at Google Font Directory. It was inspired by 1950s era connected scripts seen on nameplates of American cars.
- Supermercado One (2011, Google Font Directory) is a low contrast semi geometric typeface inspired by naive industrial letters. More a signage typeface than a web font.
- Typeco Grecian (2012, FontStruct) is loosely based on a Wells & Webb Grecian style woodtype circa 1846.
- Typeco De Stijl (2012, FontStruct) is based on Van Doesburg's De Stijl magazine's name plate in 1923. Typeco Topaz Serif Tall (2012, FontStruct) is a pixel typeface. Typeco New Wave (2012, FontStruct) is an op art party font.
- Metamorphous (2012, Sorkin Type) borrows its arches from Gothic cathedrals---it was inspired by Jonathan Barnbrook and by the free font Morpheus.
- HWT Geometric (2013, Hamilton Wood Type Foundry) is a squarish wood type family: Geometric began its life as a metal typeface from the Central Type Foundry, circa 1884. Soon after, this design was officially licensed to Morgans & Wilcox and was shown in their 1890 catalog in Regular, Light and Condensed Light variations. After acquiring Morgans & Wilcox, Hamilton Manufacturing offered Geometric Light Face Condensed as their own No 3020 and the Geometric Light Face as No 3021. HWT Geometric has been expanded digitally to include a Regular Condensed version.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Ray Larabie (b. 1970, Ottawa, Canada) ran Typodermic in Mississauga, ON, which opened in the Fall of 2001. In 2006, it moved to Vancouver, BC, and in 2009 it moved on to Nagoya, Japan. Dafont page. Ray Larabie has been making fonts since 1996, but those early fonts were freeware. His pre 2001 fonts are grouped under the label Larabie Fonts. In 2001, he set up Typodermic. Latest additions.
The Typodermic fonts:
- 2015: Canada 150 (a custom font for the Canadian government; see here, here, this coverage regarding the Inuktitut part of the font, and this reaction by the curmudgeons in Toronto who complain that Ray did this work for free), Autoradiographic (sans family), Built Titling (for compact headlines), Chickweed Titling (cartoon titling font), Cardigan Titling (flared headline face), Bench Grinder Titling, Kleptocracy Titling, Palamecia Titling (rounded black comic book typeface), Quasix Titling, Galderglynn Titling (all caps sans family from hairline to black), Mixolydian Titling, Stormfaze (a sci-fi font started in 1996 and finished in 2015), NK57 Monospace (a 60-style programmer typeface), Gargle, Athabasca (a sans family designed for the rugged Canadian oil patch).
- 2014: Mesmerize (a large free sans family), Kingsbridge (a large slab serif family with sharp points on the A, M, N, V and W), Manbow (a layered geometric art deco display font which includes solid, clear, stripe, polka-dot and screen patterns), Breamcatcher (all caps art deco font inspired by the piano sheet music for With Every Breath I Take which was featured in the Bing Crosby/Kitty Carlisle musical comedy film, Here is my Heart), Kilsonburg (Dutch deco based on an old Vogue magazine cover), Uchiyama (poster typeface), Goldsaber (art deco design), Vexler Slip (unicase), Rakesly, Dacquoise, Pretender, Rimouski (a rounded geometric font family), Nulshock (techno), Recharge (techno/industrial font), Interrogator Stencil, Strange Alphabets (arts and cratfs font), Angerpoise Lampshade (free).
- 2013: Numbers With Rings, Shookup (funky cartoon font), Pastrami on Rye (cutout comic book style), Chickweed, Built (a condensed headline sans), Fluctuation (a softly rounded elliptical sans family), Astrochemistry (sci-fi, techno with rounded edges), Snasm (sci-fi).
- 2012: Zolasixx (inspired by the video game Zaxxon), Ampacity (neon font), Chromakey (a space deco headline font inspired by box art classic video games including Matrix Marauders and Magical Chase), Disassembler (1980s style bitmap font), Zerbydoo (a dot matrix family), Superego (a geometric-techno font inspired by the cabinet graphics for the 1981 Stargate arcade game), Rukyltronic (a set of dot matrix typefaces), Nerdropol (pixel family), Gulkave (rounded pixel font), Cyclopentane, Palamecia (a fat finger poster face), Gameness (a 1990 retro industrial deco font), Camulogen (headline face), Color Basic (a pixel typeface inspired the by TRS-80 Color Computer), Triac Seventy One (a funky face), Acroyear (retro all-caps headline font), Troll Bait, Strenuous (unicase), Permanence (a retro=futuristic font based on Alvin Toffler's cover of Future Shok, 1970), Clockpunk (octagonal and quaint), Battlemaze (trekkie face), Mixolydian (industrial sans).
- 2011: Ugocranis (a brutalist typeface), Clipwave, Wheaton (MICR-inspired), Mango Scribble, TRS Million (dot matrix face), Ugogranis (constructivist), Gomoku (paper cut face), From The Internet.
- 2010: Cranberry Gin (2010, octagonal), Restore (all caps, geometric sans), From The Stars (an elliptical techno family done with Chikako Larabie), Thrusters (space age face), Dream Orphanage, Kengwin (rounded slab serif), Gleaming The Cube (Greek simulation face), Vectipede (a slab serif family), Great Escape (an elliptical sans family), Subrocs (connected script), Hackensack (with Chikako Larabie), Polarband (bilined stackable headline face), Naked Power, Special Forces (a great macho slab serif headline face---watch for awards to roll in), Warugaki (handpainted), Warmer, Honfleur (art deco; with Chikako Larabi), Voivode (a headline typeface done with Chikako Larabie), Hachimitsu (Asian look face, done with Chikako Larabie), Kadeworth (rounded retro look sans, done with Chikako Larabie), Gnuolane Jump (2010, with Chikako Larabie), Markerfield (brush), Board of Directors (Bank Gothic style family, done with Chikako Larabie), GGX88 (a Swiss sans family), Body Goat, Reversal, Gord (techno), Computechnodigitronic (LED, LCD geek-look font), Bench Grinder, Inklea (a bubbly face), Skygirls (retro brush script), Gloss (a paint brush typeface based on Champion, 1957, G.G. Lange).
- 2010: Galderglynn Esquire.
- 2009: Maqui (an industrial headline sans family), Zingende (art deco family: caps only), Misadventures, Gaz (large retro sans family), Meloriac (heavy display sans), Acrylic Brush, Enamel Brush (a digitization of Catalina, 1955, Emil J. Klumpp), DDT (neutral sans), Thump (fat, casual), Desperate Glamour, Pricedown (an update of his free 1990s font, patterned after the lettering on The Price Is Right show), Mitigate (monoline and slabbed; has some typewriter styles), Catwing, Walken (slab serif stencil), Silicone (soft rounded sans family), Movatif (sans), Gunplay (a stencil family inspired by the poster for the 1972 Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw film The Getaway), Fragile Bombers (octagonal), Forgotten Futurist (techno sans, 19 styles), Bullpen (slab serif), Coolvetica, Duality, Good Times, Strenuous, Shlop (paint-drip style), Dirty Baker's Dozen (stencil), Junequil (VAG Rounded style), Owned (graffiti), Domyouji, Threefourtysixbvarrel (stencil), Enacti, Uniwars (futuristic, 16 styles).
- 2008: Madawaska (a rugged slab serif), Ebenezer (grunge), Gnuolane Stencil, Raincoat, Report School (avant garde sans), Jesaya, Carouselambra (art nouveau), Debusen (rounded), Barge (military font), Renju (2008, potato or rubber stamp print face), Otoboke (handlettered), Hit (informal hand), R6 D8 (futuristic sans family), Rexlia (an octagonal machinistic family), Hybrea (a display sans with TV screen rounding), Sweater School, Tussilago (2008, a neutral sans family), Presicav (extended sans), Hover Unit, Addlethorpe (grunge), Scheme (rounded sans), Usurp (bouncy poster lettering), Negotiate (technical sans family), Divulge, Sewn, Gnoulane (condensed sans), Moja, Teeshirt (old typewriter face), Pound (art deco marries grunge), Graveblade (heavy metal font), Synthemesc (psychedelic anti-Starbucks font), Chysotile (white on black grunge), Cardigan (sans), Gurkner (balloon style), Reagan (grunge).
- 2007: Tight (a copy of Dean Morris's 1976 Letraset chrome font Quicksilver), Headlight, Meloche (a 3-style grotesk), Octin Spraypaint (grunge stencil), Octin Vintage (grunge), Bouffant (script), Octin Prison (stencil), Octin Sports (octagonal), Octin College (octagonal, for sports jerseys), Octin Stencil (free octagonal font family), Burnaby Stencil (stencil), Superclarendon, Conceal, Ohitashi, Stud (grunge), Bristles (grunge), Skirt, Cotton (grunge), Kelvingrove (a bit of copperplate gothic, rounded and shaved), Augustine, Containment, Snowa, Veriox, Scrubby, Transmute, Sheaff, Injekuta (techno), Rinse (grunge), Polyflec, Domyouji (square sans), Winthorpe (old style), Cutiful (script), Flyswim (grunge), Dirtstorm (spray-painted stencil), Shnixgun (grunge), Neuzon (grunge), Oxeran (old typewriter), PRINTF (grunge all caps monospaced), Akazan (sans), Nyxali (a metal tag face), Meloriac (an extra bold Futura inspired face), Nesobrite (25 styles of Bank Gothic lookalikes), Meloriac (headline sans), Walnut (graffiti face), Gnuolane (a narrow sans), Edifact (a damaged computer font), Darkheart, Stampoo (squarish), Raymond (rough script), Hayate (oriental look), Telephoto. The entire Octin series is free at DaFont.
- 2006: Octynaz (grunge), Paltime (ornamented), Jolie Ecriture Desard (children's hand), Mango (comic book face), Desard (child's hand), Bulltoad, Lerku (eroded serif), Charbroiled (also eroded), Ceroxa (eroded stencil), Nagomi (a chiseled-look Asian font based on calligraphy of Chikako Suzuki from Nagoya), Whiterock, Yellande, Chilopod (a futuristic typeface inspired by the logo from the 1980s videogame, Atari Centipede), Order, Goldburg (based on a typeface by George Bowditch, 1957), Laserjerks (2006, brutalist), Milibus (futuristic), Bonobo (serifed), Ohitashi, Sarasori (TV-tube shaped typeface in the style of Oban), Structia (an octagonal family), Betaphid (octagonal), Gendouki (futuristic stencil), Slugger (athletic lettering), Marianas (a gorgeous art deco face), Lineavec (octagonal), Corzinair (serif family), Buxotic (a great caps face), Cinecav X (for closed caption TV and DVD), Salsbury (comic book face), Lonsdale (loosely based on a font called Parkway Script, which was designed by Emil Hirt in 1964), Alepholon (futuristic), Kwokwi, Mikadan (a tribute to Stephenson Blake's Verona from 1948, which was in turn based on William Dana Orcutt's Humanistic from 1904), Marion (a beautiful transitional family), Quasix (hookish), Skraype (grunge stencil), Bleeker (casual lettering), Linefeed (monospaced line printer font), Draculon (a casual typeface inspired by the letterforms of William Orcutt's humanist font from 1904 which was in turn based on an Italian manuscript from 1485), Mahavishnu (a mix between 1970s psychedelics and art nouveau), Doradani (a corporate identity sans family), Korotaki (futuristic).
- 2005: Kadonk (a Halloween face), Report (a VAG-Rounded style face), Croteau (a poster face), Heroid (ook face), Barrista (informal script), Wyvern (sans serif), Wubble (like puddles of water), Caryn (casual script), Folder (a rigid sans family), Venacti (a futuristic family), Xenara (a keyboard lettering family), Emory (a destructionist sans family), Ligurino (neat sans&serif family), Biondi (update of Copperplate Gothic; followed in 2010 by Biondi Sans; these copperplate style faces are in the style of AT Sackers), Byington (Trajan column lettering), Sayso Chic, Expressway (28 weights, a highway signage family), Algol (pixel type), Meposa (fat display face), Tandelle (condensed), Vigo, Maychurch, Mecheria, Vactic (dot matrix), Zosma, Topstitch, Windpower, Llandru, Soap (a creative extension of Cooper Black, with dingbats), Kleptocracy (1999-2005), Owned, Rimouski (sans), Burnstown Dam (2005, a wooden plank font), Sinzano (sans with opentype ligatures galore; compare, e.g., House Ed Interlock), Zamora.
- 2004: Affluent, Threefortysixbarrel (stencil face), Tank, Telidon (dot matrix face), Funboy, Neuropol X, Neuropol Nova, Mufferaw (comic book face), Larabiefont, Zekton (techno), Strenuous 3D, Silentina (advertised as "a silent movie font"), Amienne (brush script), Fenwick Outline (free), Betsy Flanagan (1998, a keyboard face), Boopee (children's handwriting), Pirulen (in the general Bank Gothic style), Zalderdash.
- 2003: Zupiter, Blue Highway.
- Before 2002: the dot matrix family Telidon, Telidon Ink, the architectural font Jillican (octagonal), Snowgoose, Bomr, Pakenham, Neuropol, Nasalization, Fenwick, Kleptocracy DLX, Sui Generis, Dirty Bakers Dozen (faded stencil), Minya Nouvelle, Asterisp, Chinese Rocks, Jillsville (great artsy Courier), Ulian, Wevli (including Wevli Dingbats), Sappy Mugs (funny mugshots), Sofachrome (1999, inspired by Pontiac car emblems), Eden Mills (1999).
MyFonts interview. Fontspace link.
Catalog of the Typodermic library in decreasing order of popularity. Extensive (large page warning) Typodermic catalog. [Google]
Moldovan creator of these free fonts:
- Berry Rotunda (2016).
- Excalibur Nouveau (2015). Pure art nouveau.
- Dyer Arts and Crafts (2015).
- Behrens Antiqua Initialen (2015, after Peter Behrens, 1907). A revival font.
- Morris Jenson Initialen (2015). Contains many of William Morris's art nouveau initial letters done for Kelmscott Press. A revival font.
- Feinsliebchen Barock (2015). Also known as Kanzlei Initialen, an excessively ornate set of blackletter initials.
- Maximilian Antiqua Initialen (2015). An initial caps version of Rudolf Koch's Maximilian Antiqua.
Vintage Type Co
Graphic designer from Summerside and/or Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, who was located first in Edmonton, Alberta, and then in Moncton, NB. He runs SRC Designs and founded Vintage Type Co in 2015 (not to be confused with Susan Townsend's Vintage Type, a company set up in the 1990s). Creator of the free sans titling typeface family Municipal (2013) and of the hand-printed typeface Fruit Sale (2013).
In 2014, he created Shifty Sailor (spurred), Hofmann (psychedelic typeface), Kalopsia Slab (a condensed slab serif family with an arts-and-crafts flair). One weight is free---the others can be bought here. He also created free User Interface Icons in 2014.
Typefaces from 2015: Jackal Display, Anaheim Gothic, Alehouse (vintage connected script), Dorchester Display (vintage Victorian typeface), Huxley (brush script), Drone Ranger, Authentico (vintage poster typeface in eight styles), Firefly (free poster font), Highbinder (an eroded vintage typeface), Adventurous Script (watercolor brush), Nomad Icon Font, Arctic Express (hand-crafted capitals).
Typefaces from 2016: Navy Queen (a nice free font influenced by vintage nautical posters).
Vintage Type Co. Dafont link. Behance link. Another Behance link. Creative Market link. Home page. [Google]
Walter Crane (1845-1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. Wikipedia states that He, along with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, are considered the strongest contributors to the child's nursery motif that the genre of English children's illustrated literature would exhibit in its developmental stages in the latter 19th century. His work featured some of the more colorful and detailed beginnings of the child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterize many nursery rhymes and children's stories for decades to come. Born in Liverpool, he was part of the Arts and Crafts movement. He produced paintings, illustrations, children's books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts.
His lettering was at the basis of Crane Titling (2006, Nick Curtis), Crane Gothic (David Nalle, Scriptorium) and Walter Crane (2009, David Nalle, Scriptorium). Example alphabets drawn by him with a quill pen include Modern Gothic Capitals and this set.
In 2012, Dick Pape created a digital alphabet called LFD Penwork 160 that is based on Crane's (utterly unattractive) modern gothic capitals.
In 2013, Michael Bolen designed BU Scarecrow based on Crane's alphabets. [Google]
British type designer, architect and designer (b. Walthamstow in East London, 1834, d. 1896). Defender of the medieval form, he set up Kelmscott Press in 1891, and was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris was an artist, poet, writer and designer himself, but he is probably best remembered for his fabric designs and his book designs for Kelmscott Press, such as The Kelmscott Chaucer (1896). All his punches and matrices and some types are now with Cambridge University Press.
William Morris's typefaces:
- Kelmscott Golden or Golden Type (1889-1890): a bolder re-design of the classical Jenson face, done while he ran Kelmscott Press. The punches were cut by E.P. Prince. It was based on Nicolas Jenson but darkened. ATF's copy of this was called Nicolas Jenson, just before 1900. Morris used it in many of the books in the Kelmscott Press. Ancient Roman was Keystone Type Foundry's adaptation in 1904 of the Golden type [Mac McGrew deems it comparable to Jenson Oldstyle]. Digital versions include GoldenType (Elsner and Flake), GoldenType ITC (ITC), Kelmscott Roman (Nick Curtis), Kelmscott (Scriptorium), True Golden (Scriptorium), URW GoldenType (URW), URW GoldenTypeITC (ITC).
- Troy (1891-1892): blackletter. Called Morris Gotisch, it was published by Berthold in 1903. Multiple digital versions exist: P22 Morris Troy (2001, Richard Kegler), Joyeuse (1992, Scriptorium: a variation), Morris Gothic and Morris Initials (Tom Wallace), Troy3Roman (Chet Gottfried), MorrisBlack (Dan Solo), Satanick (Marty Snyder), an unnamed revival by Eliana Ferreira (2010), Kelmscott (Scriptorium), Morris Gotisch (Gerhard Helzel), MorrisBlackLetter (Scriptorium), MorrisRoman (Dieter Steffmann), Troycer (Torbjörn Olsson).
- Chaucer (1892): an enlargement [in the sense of point size only!] of Troy. Wetzig mentions the date 1897. For a digital version, se Alter Littera Chaucer (2012).
- Morris Romanized Black. Mac McGrew: Morris Romanized Black is an adaptation of the Troy and Chaucer types designed by William Morris for his Kelmscott Press. This adaptation first appeared under the name Tell Text about 1895, and was renamed in 1925. Troy and Chaucer were two sizes of one style, approximately 18- and 12- point respectively. William Morris had previously designed a roman type which became popular commercially as Jenson Oldstyle (q.v.); of this design he says, "After a while I felt that I must have a Gothic [in the sense of Blackletter or Old English] as well as a Roman, and herein the task I set myself was to redeem the Gothic character from the charge of unreadableness. ... Keeping my end steadily in view, I designed a blackletter type which I think I may claim to be as readable as a Roman one, and to say the truth, I prefer it to the Roman." Compare Satanick. For digital versions, refer to the digital interpretations of Troy.
- Jenson Oldstyle, Morris Jensonian, Morris Old Style. Well, not really---Mac McGrew explains: Jenson Oldstyle, though a comparatively crude typeface in itself, did, much to start the late nineteenth-century move toward better types and typography. Designed by J. W. Phinney of the Dickinson Type Foundry (ATF) and cut by John F. Cumming in 1893, it was based on the Golden Type of William Morris for the Kelmscott Press in 1890; that in turn was based on the 1470-76 types of Nicolas Jenson. Morris had established standards for fine printing, in spite of the fact that he did not design really fine types. Serifs in, particular are clumsy, but the Jenson types quickly became popular. BB&S introduced Mazarin in 1895-96, as "a revival of the Golden type, redesigned by our artist." But it was a poor copy, and was replaced by Morris Jensonian. Inland's Kelmscott, shown in 1897, was acquired by BB&S and renamed Morris Jensonian in 1912; Keystone had Ancient Roman (q. v.); Crescent Type Foundry had Morris Old Style. Hansen had Hansen Old Style (q. v.); and other founders had several other faces, all nearly like Jenson. It is hard to realize that Jenson was inspired by the same historic type as the later and more refined Centaur, Cloister, and Eusebius. ATF spelled the name "Jensen" in some early specimens, and added "No. 2" to the series, the latter presumably when it was adapted to standard alignment or when minor changes were made in the design. Jenson Italic was introduced at the same time as the roman. ATF advertised Phinney's Jenson Heavyface in 1899 as "new and novel-should have been here long ago." Jenson Condensed and Bold Condensed were introduced in 1901.
- Morris Initials: illuminated capitals in the Kelmscott edition of Chaucer's works at the Kelmscott Press. Digital versions: Morris Inits (George Williams), Chaucerian Initials (Scriptorium), Morris Initials (Scriptorium), Morrisinits (Dieter Steffmann). The Morris Jenson Initialen font by Typograf (2015) is somehow different.
Self portrait, 1856 and picture, age 53.
William S. Peterson writes on Morris.
FontShop link. MyFonts link. Bio by Nicholas Fabian.
Reference books include Typophile Chapbook: The Kelmscott Press, 1891 to 1898 (William Morris), and The Cambridge University Press Collection of Private Press Types, Kelmscott, Ashendene, Eragny, Cranach (Thomas Balston, 1951; inscribed by Adrian Wilson to Bob&Jane Grabhorn). William Morris himself wrote The Art and Craft of Printing (1895, Kelmscott Press) in which he explains his aims in founding the Kelmscott Press. Ebook version of the latter book.
View typefaces by William Morris, and historical descendants. [Google]
Wood Type Revival
Matt Braun and Matt Griffin (Pittsburgh, PA) are interested in digitizing some old letterpress wood types from original specimen. Matt Griffin is one of the founders of the design firm Bearded. He also teaches letterpress printing to young designers at Carnegie Mellon University. Matt Braun is a senior designer at Bearded and letterpress printer. They first operated Rare Letterpress Wood Type as a kickstarter. After some time, they started the foundry Wood Type Revival. Their typefaces:
- Gothic Open Shaded (2015). Gothic Open Shaded was first seen in George Nesbitt's First Premium Wood Types, Cut by Machinery (1838). This cut of Gothic Open Shaded most closely matches a design first cut by Young & Morgans between 1876 and 1880. Once Morgans & Wilcox was acquired by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. (1897), they listed the face as No. 3238.
- French Clarendon Ornamented (2015). The Western typeface French Clarendon Ornamented first appeared in print in the catalogs of the type manufacturer Young & Morgans (which was later purchased by Morgans & Wilcox Mfg Co) between 1876 and 1880. M&W was purchased by Hamilton Mfg Co in 1897. Hamilton offered this typeface under the name No 3026.
- WTR Roycroft (2015). The arts and crafts typeface Roycroft was originally created by Miller & Richard under the name Teutonic and is shown in their 1909 catalog. It is a hand-carved typeface.
- Concave Tuscan (2015). Concave Tuscan was first shown as wood type under the name Gothic Tuscan by William H. Page in James Conner's Sons Typographic Messenger (1866). Almost all the major manufacturers of the 19th century offered a version of Gothic Tuscan.
- Fatboy (2015). Fatboy is derived from Antique Extended. It was first seen in print as wood type in 1838 in George Nesbitt's First Premium Wood Types Cut by Machinery.
Creative Market link. [Google]
Woodside Graphics (was: Arroyo-Style California, or: Rustic Spirit)
This graphic design firm in Westlake, Oregon makes original fonts. Through MyFonts.com, they are selling
- Presidio (2001). Presidio is a stylized version of the hand-lettered calligraphy typical of the Mission era of early California.
- Craftsman (2001). The Craftsman font is a faithful reproduction of the logo, or Title typeface used for Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Magazine, the foremost journal of the American Arts & Crafts Movement during its publication years of 1901-1916.
- G+G (1996). The only authentic digitized version of the unique handlettering of Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene.
- Syracuse (1999). The explanation for this arts & crafts typeface: In Syracuse you will find hints of Dard Hunter's work at the Roycrofters in East Aurora, New York, a little of the Art Nouveau style of 1900 Vienna, even a touch of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's design ideas in Glasgow, Scotland. The font was named for the city in New York where Gustav Stickley produced his Craftsman furniture.
- Mission Art (2001). Mission Art contains 26 design elements from many of the California missions.
- Stickley Decorations (1997). Stickley Decorations contains 26 classic images from Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Magazine.
- Batchelder Ruff (2000). Batchelder Ruff is a battered version of the typeface used for titling in the catalogs and advertising of the Batchelder Tile Company in Pasadena, California in the 1920s.
- Greene Designs (1997). This font consists of 26 design elements derived and adapated from various architectural works of Charles and Henry Greene who created hundreds of designs for houses, furniture and decorative arts in their own unique interpretation of the Arts & Crafts style in the early years of the 20th Century, mostly in Pasadena, California.
- Batchelder Elements (2000). Batchelder Elements contains 26 images from legendary Pasadena tilemaker Ernest Batchelder's design books of the 1920s.
Other designs include Wild Wood, Prairie, and handmade notecards drawn from early designs featured in Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Magazine, published between 1901 and 1916. [Google]