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Avant Garde typefaces

[Headline set in ITC Avant Garde Gothic (1970-1977, Herb Lubalin, Tom Carnase and Edward Benguiat)]


100 Beste Schriften aller Zeiten

German FontShop-sponsored site listing the hundred best fonts of all times, compiled by a jury in 2007. There is a lot of good information about each of the fonts mentioned. PDF file compiled by the jury: Stephen Coles, Jan Middendorp, Veronika Elsner, Roger Black, Ralf Herrmann, Claudia Guminski (FontShop) and Bernard Schmidt-Friderichs. Visualization of the list. The list:
  • (1) Helvetica
  • Garamond
  • Frutiger
  • Bodoni
  • Futura
  • Times
  • Akzidenz Grotesk
  • Officina
  • Gill Sans
  • Univers
  • (11) Optima
  • Franklin Gothic
  • Bembo
  • Interstate
  • Thesis
  • Rockwell
  • Walbaum
  • Meta
  • Trinité
  • DIN
  • (21) Matrix
  • OCR A und B
  • Avant Garde
  • Lucida
  • Sabon
  • Zapfino
  • Letter Gothic
  • Stone
  • Arnhem
  • Minion
  • (31) Myriad
  • Rotis
  • Eurostile
  • Scala
  • Syntax
  • Joanna
  • Fleischmann
  • Palatino
  • Baskerville
  • Fedra
  • (41) Gotham
  • Lexicon
  • Hands
  • Metro
  • Didot
  • Formata
  • Caslon
  • Cooper Black
  • Peignot
  • Bell Gothic
  • (51) Antique Olive
  • Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch
  • Info
  • Dax
  • Proforma
  • Today Sans
  • Prokyon
  • Trade Gothic
  • Swift
  • Copperplate Gothic
  • (61) Blur
  • Base
  • Bell Centennial
  • News Gothic
  • Avenir
  • Bernhard Modern
  • Amplitude
  • Trixie
  • Quadraat
  • Neutraface
  • (71) Nobel
  • Industria, Insignia, Arcadia
  • Bickham Script
  • Bank Gothic
  • Corporate ASE
  • Fago
  • Trajan
  • Kabel
  • House Gothic 23
  • Kosmik
  • (81) Caecilia
  • Mrs Eaves
  • Corpid
  • Miller
  • Souvenir
  • Instant Types
  • Clarendon
  • Triplex
  • Benguiat
  • Zapf Renaissance
  • (91) Filosofia
  • Chalet
  • Quay Sans
  • Cézanne
  • Reporter
  • Legacy
  • Agenda
  • Bello
  • Dalliance
  • Mistral
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[Ben Archer]

Educational and reference site run by Ben Archer, a designer, educator and type enthusiast located in England (who was in Auckland, New Zealnd, before that). Glossary. Timeline. Type categories. Paul Shaw's list of the 100 most significant typefaces of all times were recategorized by Archer:

  • Religious/Devotional: Gutenbergs B-42 type, Gebetbuch type, Wolfgang Hoppyl's Textura, Breitkopf Fraktur, Ehrhard Ratdolt's Rotunda, Hammer Uncial, Zapf Chancery, Peter Jessenschrift, Cancellaresca Bastarda, Poetica.
  • Book Publishing&General Purpose Text Setting: Nicolas Jenson's roman, Francesco Griffo's italic, Claude Garamond's roman, Firmin Didot's roman, Cheltenham family, Aldus Manutius' roman, William Caslon's roman, Pierre-Simon Fournier's italic, Ludovico Arrighi da Vicenza's italic, Johann Michael Fleischmann's roman, ATF Garamond, Giambattista Bodoni's roman, Nicolas Kis' roman, Minion multiple master, Unger Fraktur, John Baskerville's roman, Lucida, Optima, Bauer Bodoni, Adobe Garamond, Scotch Roman, Romanée, ITC Stone family, Trinité, ITC Garamond, Sabon, ITC Novarese, Bitstream Charter, Joanna, Marconi, PMN Caecilia, Souvenir, Apollo, Melior, ITC Flora, Digi-Grotesk Series S.
  • Business/Corporate: Akzidenz Grotesk, Helvetica, Univers, Syntax, Courier, Meta, Rotis, Thesis, Antique Olive.
  • Newspaper Publishing: Times Roman, Bell, Clarendon, Century Old Style, Ionic, Imprint.
  • Advertising and Display: Futura, Robert Thorne's fat typeface roman, Vincent Figgins' antique roman (Egyptian), Memphis, Fette Fraktur, Avant-Garde Gothic, Deutschschrift, Peignot, Erbar, Stadia/Insignia, Penumbra, Compacta, Bodoni 26, WTC Our Bodoni.
  • Prestige and Private Press: Romain du Roi, Golden Type, Johnston's Railway Sans, Doves Type, Walker.
  • Signage: William Caslon IV's sans serif, Trajan.
  • Historical Script: Snell Roundhand, Robert Granjon's civilité, Excelsior Script.
  • Experimental/expressive: Mistral, Beowolf, Dead History, Behrensschrift, Eckmannschrift, Neuland, Element, Remedy, Template Gothic.
  • Onscreen/multimedia: Chicago, Oakland, OCR-A, Base Nine and Base Twelve, Evans and Epps Alphabet.
  • Telephone Directory publishing: Bell Gothic.

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About Letters
[Darim Kim]

Floridian American graphic designer and painter Darim Kim (DK), who runs About Letters, made the geometric sans faces Nemade (2011) and avant-garde face Quadranta (2010). She also made My Fair Cody (2010).

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

Adam Pócs

Talented designer in Budapest, who first studied mathematics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and then typography at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. His typeface Cirque (2010) is a unicase modular geometric beauty, desiged with mathematical precision. He explains: My main profile is creating CD covers, posters, designing books, sometimes with the aid of several programming techniques. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adam Svejda

Prague-based designer of the straight-edged typeface Fabrikon (2015), the avant-garde sans typeface Counter (2013), Wladiwostok (2013, constructivist), Alma (2013, a wavy typeface), Illumination (2013, an alchemic typeface), Ambush (2013, an alchemic typeface) and Play Font (2013). He studied in Pilsen. Behance link. Another Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adien Gunarta
[Fontastic Indonesia]

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Adrian Michael Kleinbergen

Canadian designer of the bold avant garde typeface Sage Heavy (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Talbot
[Talbot Type]

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Adult Human Male
[Alex Hy]

Adult Human Male is the typefoundry of Malaysian designer Alex Hy, who is located in Berlin or Ireland. His Twitter account says that he is New York, Paris and Coolock. His Dafont account calls him Irish. Whatever. Alex has two aspects, a commercial one, expressed in his commercial foundry Adult Human Male, and a free one via his Squack site on Dafont.

The commercial Alex created the grunge stencil typeface Butterworth (2011), the hand-drawn Teksi (2011), the monoline squarish family Ebdus (2011), Valis (2011, futuristic), and the thin avant garde monoline typeface New Slang (2011). Gordito (2011) is a graffiti style bubble font that says Smurf.

In 2012, Alex published the poster caps typeface Areaman, Stink Lines (multilined typeface) and Penang (art deco signage typeface seen on Penang by the creator). Straights Light is a beautiful pair of bilined all caps faces. Dale Kids is a children's book typeface. Hokkien (2012) is an art deco typeface with Chinese influences. Mister Mustard is a chubby rounded art deco typeface. Barkley (2012) is a textured caps typeface with a chalk board feel. Liner Notes (2012) is a bilined hand-drawn typeface. Bartleby (2012) is a hand-drawn all caps display font.

The free font foundry Squack has the hand-printed faces Barker Allcaps (2012), Scrapist (2012, sketched), Billy Boy (2011, 3d), Quito Chicken (2011, 3d), Fred Wild West (2011, a grungy western face), Coolock Black (2011), Zapftig (2011), Ringworm (2011), Suicide Draft (2011), National Granite (2011, a 3d stone chisel face), Whiskey Fingers (2010), Wank Hands (2010) and Middle Man (2010), and the irregular faces Zapftig (2011), Shock Corridor, Pollo Asado, Middle Woman, Ghost Words, Late Puberty, Parrannoyed (2010, ransom note face), the hairline typeface Rexic (2011), Black Grapes (2012), Chump (2012, hand-printed capitals), Areman OT (2012), and the grungy Skidmarks (2012).

Typefaces from 2013: Salas (a chunky cartoon face), Rabid (a crayon font), Strokin (a great brush face---part charcoal part paint strokes), Bevel Hands, Bunk (a layered beveled type system absed on a monoline fat rounded sans, Bunk Base 2), Spengler (inline face), Vastra (Bauhaus style, organic), Swingers (curly and cartoonish), Chump Change, Treves Sans (crayon face).

We read that the fonts are designed by EircomTest. Aka Squack, MiddleMan and Alex H.

Dafont link. Creative Market link. Twitter link.

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Affolter und Gschwind AG
[Werner Affolter]

Werner Affolter ran a phototype and printing company in Basel, Switzerland, called Affolter und Gschwind AG, Fotosatz&Reprotechnik. In 1981, Affolter published an extensive catalog entitled Letterama that showed over one thousand alphabets. Few of those were original, so I suspect he acted as a vendor of sorts, but at least a couple seemed original, or were claimed to be original or exclusive: Guigoz, Moby Dick. Moby Dick was revived in 2014 by Nick Curtis as Call Me Ishmael NF.

Some examples of the types shown, in alphabetical order: Antique Wood MP363 (art nouveau), Antique Wood MP 364 (oriental simulation face) [the Antique Wood series is quite extensive, and is just numbered], B+T Classic (roman), Bernhard Fett, Beton Fine Line (typewriter), Burko (avant garde family), fonts starting with G, Gaston Fett (a squarish gothic typeface also called Gipsy), Gaston Halbfett (also called Grassy), Gemini Computer, Germanic Sans (more avant garde and Lubalin-style glyphs), Hollandse Mediaeval, Hollywood (a 3d decorative family), typefaces starting with K, Lineamarca (slabby), Linear (avant garde, geometric monoline), Melen (experimental, geometric), Meola Bookman swash (decorative), Metro (art nouveau, after the Metroploitaine font), Moraine (squarish), the Old Foundry sub-collection [another mysterious numbered collection; examples include some uncials, and some more art nouveau faces, some Victorian ornamental faces (F260 through F262), more art nouveau (MP418 through MP420) and blackletter faces (MP421)], Pierrot (psychedelic, groovy), Phydian (one of many Western style ornamental faces0, Ronda, Roulette, Roulette Schattiert (=Rajah) (more Western fare), Ruby (shaded caps), Runic Small (condensed), Rustic (wood log look), typefaces starting with S, Spengler Gothik, St. Clair (ornamental), Zither (calligraphic script). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aga Silva

Aga Silva is an ex-architect/urban designer, who now lives in Krakow, Poland. Creator of the Glitter family (kaleidoscopic, star-shaped, and possibly of use as snow fonts), Stars Promo (2012), Ivy Tiles (2012), Lillius (2012, floral and froggy dingbats), Maya Tiles (2012), Ballpen (2012, hand-printed), Mickey Script (2012), and Nillie's Love Letters (2012).

In 2011, Aga designed Grand Duchess (script face), Rosette110621 (kaleidoscopic dingbats), Brasserie (connected script), Marker Script, Skarpa LT (an avant-garde hairline face), Skarpa Regular, Skarpa Bold, Auld Magick (blackletter), Two Am, and Fantasy Dingbats.

Typefaces from 2013: Monmica (an upright copperplate script), Skarpa 2.0, Trufla (English round hand, copperplate script), Trufla Words (calligraphic), Calissa (copperplate script), Calissa Words.

Typefaces from 2014: Mavblis, Lavenda (a connected copperplate script), Roicamonta (connected script).

Typefaces from 2015: Lavenda (calligraphic script).

Aka Mme. Ping, her work can also be found at Fontspace, Creative Market, and Dafont. Behance link. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ahmad Shawki

Egyptian designer of the avant-garde Arabic font Slavian (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ai Photographics

Photographer in Philadelphia, PA. Creator of the display sans typeface Duma Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alaa Alsaraji

During her studies in London, Alaa Alsaraji created the hairline avant-garde typeface Vienna (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alberto Cerezo Narvaez

Architect, designer and photographer in San Fernando, Spain. In 2013, he designed the pair of avant garde typefaces ACN 2 and ACN 1.

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Alejandro Cabrera

Designer in La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain. He created Ciclo (2011), a monoline arc-and-straight-edge typeface. Seoul (2011) is a geometric avant-garde family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Grecian

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Alex Haigh

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Alex Haigh

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Alex Hy
[Adult Human Male]

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Alex Parinova

Vilnius, Lithuania-based designer of a stylish avant-garde sans typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Tomlinson

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Alexander McCracken

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Alexander Sizenko

Russian creator of the free chess font Chess 7 (2008), the free pixel fonts LED Stadion 7 (2013), Dash Dot Square 7 (2013), Enhanced Dot Digital 7 (2013), Small Dot Digital 7 (2013), Modern Dot Digital 7 (2013), Square Dot Digital 7 (2013), Bold Dot Digital 7 (2013), Serif Dot Digital 7 (2013), Serif LED Board 7 (2013), Modern LED Board 7 (2013), Half Bold Pixel 7 (2013), Dash Pixel 7 (2013), Serif Pixel 7 (2013), Power Pixel 7 (2013), Enhanced LED Board 7 (2013), Thin Pixel 7 (2013), Smallest Pixel 7 (2013), Modern LCD 7 (2013), Advanced LED Board 7 (2012), Digital 7 (2008, LED face), Post Pixel 7 (2013), Triple Dot Digital 7 (2013), Dash Dot Square 7 (2013), Enhanced Dot Digital 7 (2013), Dash Digital 7 (2013), Light Pixel 7 (2013), High Pixel 7 (2013), Mini Pixel 7 (2012), Long Pixel 7 (2013), LED Counter 7 (2013), Digital Counter 7 (2013), LED Digital 7 (2013), LED Board 7 (2013), Light LED Board 7 (2013), Advanced LED Board 7 (2013), Printed Circuit Board 7 (2013), Brick LED 7 (2013), Rounded LED Board 7 (2013), Pixel Dingbats 7 (2013), Square Wood 7 (2013), Small Bold Pixel 7 (2013), Rounded Pixel 7 (2013), Line Pixel 7 (2013), Bold LED Board (2013), Narrow Rectangle 7 (2013), Dot Digital 7 (2013, +Advanced), Square Metal 7 (2012), Stencil Pixel 7, Computer Pixel 7 (2012), Small Pixel 7 (2012), LED Counter Plus 7 (2013), LED 7 Display (2012, +Light), Neon Pixel 7 (2012), Old Pixel 7 (2012), Square Stone 7 (2012), Square Pixel 7 (2012), Pixel Font 7 (2012, +Outline), Pixel LCD7 (2012), Advanced Pixel 7 (2012), Ice Pixel 7 (2012), Void Pixel 7 (2012), Dash Dot LCD 7 (2012), Dash Dot Square 7 (2013), Enhanced Dot Digital 7 (2013), Double Pixel 7 (2012), Advanced Pixel 7, Advanced Dot Digital 7 (2013), ZX Spectrum 7 (2012), Bubble Pixel 7, Cyrillic Pixel 7, Basic Square 7 (2013), Basic Sans Serif 7 (2013), Effective Way 7 (2013), Arrow 7 (2013), Abricos 7 (2013), Computer 7 (2013), Disco 7 (2013), Software Tester 7 (2013), Elegant Line 7 (2013), Soft Lines 7 (2013), Effective Way 7 (2013), and the free LED display font Digital-7 (2008).

Typefaces from 2014: Game Font 7, Square Sans Serif 7, High Sans Serif 7, Smooth Line 7, Bright Line 7, Double Line 7, Rounded Line 7, Rounded Sans Serif 7, Android 7, Arial Narrow 7, Bold Sans Serif 7, Light Sans Serif 7 (avant-garde sans), Modern Sans Serif 7, Software Kit 7 (dingbats), Advanced Sans Serif 7m Strong Line 7.

Typefaces from 2015: Roman Font VII, Game Sans Serif 7, Soft Sans Serif 7.

Fontspace link. See also here. Dafont link. Aka Chess 7 and as Style 7. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra Szantai

During her graphic design studies at MOME university, Alexandra szantai (Pilisszentivan, Hungary) created an untitled display typeface by blending Manhattan ITC (1970) and Avant Garde (1970). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexey Malkov

Graphic designer from Kiev, Ukraine. He created the geometric typeface Midnight (2010), which was inspired by Herb Lubalin. Switch Connect (2011) is a high contrast art deco face. Lighter (2011) is a techno typeface that cries speed. Times New Fuck (2011) is a Peignotian sans with stiletto terminals on some glyphs. Blamed Neverland (2011) is a connect-the-dots avant-garde display face. Vampire (2011) is a gothic octagonal face. Geometria (2011) is a minimalist straight-edged face. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Graf

Alexis Graf (Brookly, New York) created the avant-garde family Courtney Crawford (2012).

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Alfred Mahlau

German (?) designer who made the avant garde typeface Mahlau in 1926, which was in the Elsner&Flake and Scangraphic collections. The Elsner&Flake typeface dates from 1986. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alien Typefaces
[Nicholas Fabian]

Six futuristic typefaces by Canadian Nicholas Fabian, yours if you can decode his encrypted messages. Try them out! One is called FModernMedium (avant-garde style, 1993). Fabian died in April 2006. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Allison Supron

Marquette, MI-based creator of the thin avant-garde sans typeface Fondant (2012).

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Alvaro Thomáz Oliveira

Ipatinga, Minas Gerais-based (or Santa Barbara-based) designer of these typefaces in 2011: Gogating Book (a Helvetica-like face), Mytupi, Pirates Writers, Chapenettoer 8 Thin, a large x-height and large-bowl minimalist sans face. This was followed by the bold caps sans typeface Laranja Pro and Laranjha Pro Fraco, Aovel Cool (geometric monoline sans), Aovel Sans Rounded, Aovel Sans Light, Aovel Neo (based on Avant Garde), Yagora (humanistic sans), Salika, Sheep Sans (2011), Mariana Family, Extrememame, Timo Roman, AvantFox (based on Avant Garde), Brasil (based on ITC Lubalin), Hasteristico (monoline geometric typeface based on Avant Garde), Amiju Book, DMF Arreia Black (fatted up Helvetica), DMF Cantell, DMF Handwriter, DMF Handatme, BDP Sergipe, BDP Fox, BDP Clien, BDP Up, and BDP Gelly.

Typefaces made in 2012: Flex Display (a free thin sans), Meva (geometric sans), Duase Light (a thin rounded avant-garde geometric sans), Tenue Sans (a distinguished sans---tuxedo required), Cridigo Sans, Cogga (a display sans face), Homizio (a free 6-style geometric sans family), Aliquam, Regencie, Blouding (from blood samples?), Quinfo (avant garde family), Frugal Sans, Agnele Modern (a didone titling face), Salutino, Bondoluo (geometric avant-garde sans, +Light, +Display), Duase (rounded monoline sans).

Typefaces from 2013: Panjo (humanist titling sans inspired by Eric Gill), Grieff (a DIN-like sans), Burne (a geometric all caps sans with elements of Futura and Avant Garde), Suicca (hairline sans), Datidi (custom slab face).

Typefaces from 2014: Homizio Nova (sans), Amper.

Home page. Fontspace link, where he is known as authimie. Another Fontspace link. About me page. Behance link. Another Behance link. About Me link. Dafont link. Aka Alvaro Ovelha. Creative Market link. . [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Mocci

For the Australian wine brand Swoon, Amanda Mocci drew the hairline avant-garde typeface Swoon in 2010. Amanda is a graphic designer in Montreal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amondo Szegi
[FONTana Typestudio]

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Ampersand Creative

Ampersand Creative (Liverpool, UK) created the hairline avant-garde sans typeface Duality (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

André Gürtler

Born in 1936 in Basel, Switzerland's André managed the design office at Deberny&Peignot in the late fifties and early sixties. He taught production letter design at the Künstgewerberschule in Basel from 1965 onwards. He started Team 77 with Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind in order to make a correct grotesk improving over past grotesks, including Helvetica.

Gürtler's typefaces:

  • Basilia (1978, Haassche Schriftgiesserei). This didone typeface family is available from URW and Linotype who has the date 2004 for its latest digital version.
  • The slab serif Egyptian 505 (1966, VGC). First Prize in the 1966 VGC National Type Face Design Competition, developed in cooperation with his students. This became Egyptian 505 at Bitstream and Linotype.
  • Media (1976, Bobst Graphic, with Chr. Mengelt and Erich Gschwind).
  • Signa (1978, Bobst Graphic).
  • LinoLetter (1978). A slab serif codesigned with Reinhard Haus. The digital version at Linotype is dated 1992. Adobe also sells this typeface.
  • ITC Avant Garde Gothic (1971-1977). With Edward Benguiat, Tom Carnase, Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind. ITC Avant Garde Gothic is a font family based on the logo font used in the Avant Garde magazine. Herb Lubalin designed the logo and its companion headline typeface. Lubalin and Tom Carnase, a partner in Lubalin's design firm, worked together to make a full typeface. The condensed fonts were drawn by Ed Benguiat in 1974, and the obliques were designed by André Gürtler, Erich Gschwind and Christian Mengelt in 1977.
  • Alpin Gothic (Compugraphic).
  • Cyrillic Gothic (Compugraphic).
  • Haas Unica (1980, Haas). Hrant Papazian writes: Unica is amazing. The only grot I like - although some people don't think it's a grot - which would explain my attraction! It avoids both the sterility of Univers and the... well, idiocy, of Helvetica. [...] art of it is Gurtler's mystique. Another is the amazing "rationalization" exercise Team 77 carried out in making it (elaborated just as amazingly in a small publication I have a copy of). I guess the main reason I can cling to is that it's not "naive". Most old grots (like Akzidenz) are like backwards villagers to me, and new grots (like FF Bau) are urbanites pretending to be villagers. In comparison, Unica is like an urbanite who has had to move in with his villager in-laws, but has decided to make the best of it. On the other hand, I suspect this is exactly why some people think Unica is not in fact a grot - it's a geo in grot's clothing. Stephen Coles writes: Scangraphics Digital Type Collection (which included Haas Unica) was purchased by Elsner + Flake in 2003, to which they added font-specific Euro and @ symbols in 2004. The revamped typeface was set to be sold by Scangraphic and its distributors, but Linotype is currently preventing the release, citing trademark violations. Although similarities to other typefaces often occur between foundries, it is rare that one finds typefaces that have been shelved indefinitely due to such resemblances. In truth, the real problem lies within a dispute over who owns the name Haas Unica, rather than any resemblance infringment. Haas Unica is commercially unavailable thanks to Linotype and Scangraphic. Linotype especially stands to lose a lot of Helvetica money if it ever appears. Michael Hernan digitized Unica Deux in 2006. PDF of Unica. The Ministry of Type calls it the ultimate archetypal sans serif face.

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Andreas Dauerer

Graphic designer in Berlin. His typefaces include Asgard Grotesk (2012), Evil Neue (2012, sans), Jjang (2012), Ladro (2012), Schicke (2012, geometric sans), Tano (2012), Sherman Mono (2012), Tsukunft (2012, experimental), Arsene (2012), Decodorant (2012), Kirky (2012), Nordfrost (2012), Sedadda (2012), Sloth (2012, an avant garde sans), Svangard (2012), Yueah Mono (2012), and Kamek (2012, a great feather pen rendering of a Venetian renaissance typeface).

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Andreas Pihlström
[Subtype (was: Typisc or Suprb)]

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Andres Moreno Walter
[Nima Visual]

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Andrew Galarza
[Chance Type Co (was: Krayon Ink, and before that, Jedi Serpent Fonts)]

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Andrew McCluskey

Independent game developer Andrew McCluskey (Nalgames, Dundee, Scotland, b. 1991) designed the free LED-inspired Kinglify (2011), Digital Display (2012), and Princelify (2011). Manly Man (2011), Metal Arhyrthmetic (2011) and Ace Futurism (2011) are semi-octagonal. Consider Me Vexed (2011) and Pixel Flag (2011) are pixel faces.

In 2012, he made She Curls in the Mist, Xero's Karma, Pastcorps (army stencil), Gnome Splinters, Fought Knight, Vermin Vibes (futuristic), Vermin Vibes 1989 (pixel face), Vermin Vibes 2, Vermin Vibes 3 (2014), Vermin Vibes Diet, Vermin Vibes Redux, Dubbing Star (futuristic), Sorrier Statements, Particulator (an octagonal paper fold typeface), Coder's Crux (a pixel typeface created for programmers, FontStruct), Triggering Fanfares (octagonal), Alt West, Notalot25 (pixel face), Notalot35 (pixel face), Lord Juusai (inspired by the logo for Lord Tensai from WWE), Zephyr Jubilee (an alien language simulation typeface), Bevel Fifteen, Xero's Theorem (sci-fi), Dubbing Step and Here Be Dubstep (FontStruct), Italic Bricks, Gang Wolfik (angular, +Blade), Ruaturecu, Quous Inno, Electramaniacal, Xodohtro-Nu (a black octagonal typeface), Distortion of the Brain, Berate the elementary (techno face), Not sure if weird or just regular, Opulent Fiend, Rawhide Raw 2012 (techno, inspired by the WWE Raw logo of 2012), Particulator II (octagonal), The Missing Link (trekkie), Thunderstrukk, Understrukk, Ganf Wolfik Blade (a pointy Blade style font).

Typefaces made in 2013: Call of Ops Duty, Spinebiting, Laceration, Casual Hardcore, Zany Races, Vermin Vibes 2 Nightclub, Exoskeleton, Perspire, Piston Pressure (sans), Particulator III, Liberty City Ransom (grunge), Zdyk Leo, Variety Killer (grunge), Savantism, Vermin Vision, Zdyk Sagittarius (a circle-based experimental font), Milestone One (a gaspipe sans), Comfortably Fucked, Noasarck (+Sporadico, +Quattro), Future Time Splitters, Heart Breaking Bad, Jan Hand, Erhank, Exoskeleton, The Rave Is In Your Pants, Minecraft Evenings (inspired by the Minecraft logo), FoughtKnight Victory (a video game font), Piescese, Comic Spans, Cauterise, Dead Font Walking (rough-edged poster font), Cutthroat Clawmarks, Eride (grunge), Effervescent Superbeings, Front Page News, Kill The Noise (brush script), Distort You A Lesson (grungy), Vermin Vibes 2 Black, Vermin Vibes 2 White, Vermin Vibes 2 Soft, Dubstep Cadence, Relapse Into Madness, Kings of Kings Lynn (dadaist), Smorgasbord, Scream When You'Re Ready, I Phone You Phone, Respire, Perspire, Vermin Vibes Slant, Vermin Vibes Dystopia, Sharp, Cursivertex, Rick Lobster (stencil face), Cursivertex, Vermin Vibes Dystopia (cyberpunk), Wabbit Sans, Calligraphy Aquiver, Agra Axera (knife-edged sci-fi face), The Keepsake Days, See You At The Movies, Xero's Proof, Vermin Vibes Out Of Ink (textured), Melancholic Roadeo, Wickermanor (a stiletto typeface), Lord Juusai Rises, Vermin Vibes Ex, Vermin Vibes Roundhouse, Just in the Firestorm, Stuntcroft (modular), Ghetto Magnetic (grunge), QA Reports (fat finger typeface), Y-Andermo (stiletto style), Dragon Slapper.

Typefaces from 2014: Zany Races, Big Quicksand, Modern Caveman, Alpha Sapphire (a Pokemon typeface), Omega Ruby (a Pokemon typeface), Schweiz, Beta (FontStruct), Jawbreaker (FontStruct), Tomorrow Wind, Embezzler, Royal, Final Gambit (grungy athletic lettering), NAL Hand, Fingbanger, Dont Waste That Napkin (squarish font), Bold Testament, Cisgender, NonchalantLove, Grelsey Kammar (sic), Valiant (stencil), Anger Management, Italipixel, Ultramarine, Nero (sci-fi font), Bamboozler, Seriffic, High Jinks, Iregula (sic), LNR Phonetic Alphabet, Primary School, Playtime (3d face), Electromagnetic Lungs, Node to Nowhere, Alienated (trekkie font), Questrian, Scars, Da Se Nei (art deco), Dance Floor (dot matrix face), Edge Cutting, Lord Juusai reigns, Superpower Synonym (fat brush), Fought Knight Die (techno), The Thrill of the Kill, Lay of the Land, Deavantgar (art deco), Confidel, Fight Night, Comeback of the Damned, Vermin Vibes Corrupto, Chandstate, Scars, Bustin Jieber (pixel typeface), A Dash of Salt, Come Rain or Fall, Xsotik, Sanseriffic (avant-garde sans), Cassius Garrod, Effortless Tattoo, Coder's Crux 2, Radaro, Overdrive Sunset (brush face), Dead CRT, Fatality's Edge, Tolerant, Coder's Crux 2 (dot matrix), Consider Me Vexed (pixel face), Diamante, Pixel Flag, Aardvark CWM Type, Enter The Grid, Vermin Vibes 2 EDM XTC, Byron, See You at the Movies 2, And Then It Ends, God Hates Westboro, Writing Without Ink, Zdyk Aquarius, Curvert, Superdie, Rocky Road, Animal Silence (constructivist), Gnaw Hard, 19th Century Renegade, Trip Trap, Freudian Slit, Digital Dismay (LED face), Zdyk Pisces (circle-based typeface), Zdyk Scorpio, Guilty Treasure (techno), Wolfganger (inspired by Wolfgang Gartner), Xero's Retreat, Sitdown (octagonal), Stencylette, No More Justice (blackletter), Masterblast (sci-fi), Kesha (sci-fi), Primal Dream, Grandma's Television, Keyboard Warrior, Foughtknight, Blissful Thinking, Positive Reinforcement, The End of Days.

Typefaces from 2015: Front Page Neue, Vermin Vibes Mert, Rock Elegance, Stripes.

Dafont link. Most of his faces were made using FontStruct, where he is known as NAL or Notalot. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angela Wong

Graphic designer in Ontario, who created Arch Type (2011, a geometric avant-garde face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angus Macpherson

British designer who works as a designer at Church of London. Creator of commercial typefaces at The Type Foundry, such as Nord Express (art deco; based on the Nord Express train poster) and Grande Fete (hairline avant garde caps face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anissa Carrington

Wurzburg, Germany-based creator of Kabana (2014), an avant garde sans typeface custom designed for a soccer world championship afterparty. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ann Camp

Author of Pen Lettering (1958), an interesting penmanship book. The construction of an alphabet as presented by Ian Taylor on his blog, based on Ann Camp's book, is fascinating. It all starts with a square, and within it, an inscribed circle and an oblong rectangle of area equal to the circle. All letters relate, as Ann Camp shows, to that basic structure. Ann's all caps skeleton alphabet obtained in this manner predates Avant Garde and Herb Lubalin by almost twenty years! [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ann Zemlyankina

Graphic designer and food stylist in Moscow. Creator of an avant-garde Latin / Cyrillic typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Ilich

Novi Sad, Serbia-based designer of an untitled Latin / Cyrillic avant garde typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Nangia

Creator of the hairline avant garde font Visart (2013). It was developed during her studies in Budapest. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Carlucci

Graphic designer from Massepaqua, NY, who proposed the avant-garde font Codegraphik in 2002. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antje Driemeyer
[Driemeyer Design]

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Antony De Meester

Canadian designer of the artsy avant garde caps display typeface Vienna Extended (1989, Letraset).

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

Antony Walton

Londoner who created the oriental simulation typeface Japanish (2010). He also got interested in the Russian avant garde period, and made a constructivist family called Potemkin (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Architaraz Type
[Zhalgas Kassymkulov]

Architaraz Type is located in Shanghai, China, and Taraz, Kazakhstan. Its type designer, Zhalgas Kassymkulov, was born in 1986 in Kazakhstan. His initial type designs were all done with the help of FontStruct. In 2013, he went commercial as Architaraz Type.

He made a gridded modular typeface called Targeted (2011). Sliced (2011) is a counterless stencil face. Discostructed (sic) (2011) is a texture face. Mono Dot (2011) is a thin dot matrix face. Mono Hor (2011) is a horizontally striped version of it, Mono Ver (2011) a vertically striped version, and Mono Bold (2011) a bold version. Promo (2011) is purely geometric. Semiz (2011) and Semiz Light (experimental) are partly art deco. Audio (2011) is based on the logo of audiojelly. Arro (2011) has letters with arrowed terminals. Hexa (2011) is hexagonal. Happi (2011) is a fat finger face. Semiz Black (2011) is a free fat pixel face.

Creations from 2012: Pearls of Margar, Korgan, Phunni, Carbo, Carbo ii, Lenta, Phunni, Jambul, Extraterrestrial (sci-fi), Rap My Hip-Hop, Armada 1991 (monospaced), Venus (white on black), Garage Garbage (bold avant-garde design), WHAQ, Extra Fontestrial, Algae, A Tasbaqa, Salem (rounded bold typeface), Thaiana Jones, Salem (fat rounded face), Audio 2012, Balapan, Dalmat, Bonn (an art nouveau army stencil face), Mgla, Teris (white on black), Degoratix (curly), Barney Stencil (a fantastic brushy stencil), Lentalicious, Blackway Str, Schengbers (a great piano key stencil family), Tramcar Typo, Mgia, Brushure (a fat curvy display face), Extralien, Serrific Terif, Missinger, Tolkyn, Murt, Twisture, Soliture, Threedure, Antillic, Garage Garbage, Arro, Happi, Schengbergs Hi.

Typefaces from 2013: AT Dombra (psychedelic typeface after Motter Ombra), AT Hoppy (fat letters), AT Liniya (blackboard bold), AT Karagai, Hed Kandi (techno face), AT Traffa Stencil, AT Schema, Naation, AT Nayman, AT Roughin, AT Rooktura Stencil, AT Duba, AT Archistency, AT Liena, AT Bombarda (fat stencil face), AT Sulfur ii, AT Mad Pilot, AT Tasbaqa, Vaia Con Dios, Betaport, Mooltyashka, AT Stincel (a lively stencil font), Millio, Tamshy, Offelia, Jalgas (retro script: a winner in the FontStruct Connected Script Competition), Laffa (connected stencil script), Dlinalys, Diagona, Kitara (psychedelic), Archtitalic, Bonn (bony stencil), Teka 1, Teka 2, Unknownim, Khara (ultra-heavy slab face), Shlab (slab serif), Unknownim (slab serif), Archtalic, Argyn, Linea Runde, Mechatraps (+Plain), Eliksir, Drilliant, Katamaran (art deco), Lagman, Neurojet (experimental), Jazzure (bullet hole display face), Diagon, Aroth, Pharaoh's Delight (piano key / art deco typeface), Cocomi, AT Burshak, AT Sulfur, AT Taspa, AT Affina.

Commercial typefaces done in 2013: William Shakespears, AT Archistency (piano key stencil face) AT Bombarda (piano key stencil face), AT Audio, AT Argyn.

Typefaces from 2014: AT Sudoku (each letter is actually a sudoku puzzle!), AT Tactica (tic tac toe voard), AT Sudoku+, AT Pixtensans, AT Ayna, AT Kerey, AT Giveaway, AT Lagman, AT Asotika, AT Tugan, AT Yertegi, AT Nudgera, AT Diagona, AT Golovkin (stencil typeface named after middleweight boxer Gennady GGG Golovkin), AT Arachis (stencil), AT Tugan (fat rounded sans), AT Baktera, AT Jumpa Jumpa (stencil), AT Nudgera, AT Digitta, AT Archaus, AT Ladya (ball terminal stencil), AT Yin Yang, At Keste, AT Yazyk (rounded stencil), AT Sulfurian (techno stecil), AT Fasten Your Seatbelts (diagonally cut stencil), AT Buckle Up (like AT Fasten Your Seatbelts), AT Droppix, AT Knitka (knitting font), AT Sagat, AT Wild Archid (african theme font), AT Steglo.

Typefaces from 2015: AT Giveaway 4, AT Sherit, AT Ribborn.

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Ariel Di Lisio

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Artur Frankowski
[FontArte (was: Magdart Fonts)]

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Augusta Lindquist

Australian designer of the thin geometric avant-garde style monoline sans Cumulus (2010), which was part of her Masters project. Behance link. Home page. Augusta lives in Adelaide. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Avant Garde

John Berry muses about the quintessential seventies font, Avant Garde (Herb Lubalin) and the downfall of multiple master technology. Alex White explains its development, and how sublime it is when used as intended---all caps with lots of ligatures, crossing legs, and so forth. It was created for the cover of Avant Garde Magazine by Herb Lubalin and his group. This racy magazine (Jan 1968-mid 1971) was edited by Ralph Ginzburg (Eros). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Avant Garde; die synthetische Schrift

Article about Lubalin's Avant Garde (in German). A true product of the sixties, it draws severe criticism from today's designers. Ed Benguiat: The only thing that looks in Avant Garde is the word Avantgarde. Tony di Spigna: The most abused font in the world.

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From the wiki: Avant-garde means "advance guard" or "vanguard". The adjective form is used in English, to refer to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics. Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The notion of the existence of the avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct from postmodernism. Many artists have aligned themselves with the avant-garde movement and still continue to do so, tracing a history from Dada through the Situationists to postmodern artists such as the Language poets around 1981.

Thus, avant-garde encompasses almost all innovative art that introduces discontinuities. Art movements that can be called avant-garde include constructivism, cubism, De Stijl, impressionism, pop art, and vorticism. Typographically speaking, many styles could or should be called avant-garde, but in my own pages, I prefer to use that term specifically for the typefaces that use the minimalist and geometric forms that can be seen in Lubalin's ITC Avant Garde, and its predecessors and followers.

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Barry Stock
[Stock Graphics]

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Bart van der Leck

Born in 1876 in Utrecht, died in 1958 in Blaricum. Bart van der Leck was a Dutch painter and designer. With Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondriaan he founded the De Stijl (abstract, geometric) art movement. In 1930, he was commissioned by Jo de Leeuw, owner of the prestigious Dutch department store Metz&Co. to design interiors, window packaging, branding and advertising. For these print materials van der Leck developed a rectilinear geometrically constructed alphabet. In 1941, he designed a typeface based on this alphabet for the avant-garde magazine Flax. One digital version of this typeface exists: Architype van der Leck (1994, by David Quay and Freda Sack of The Foundry). The wiki page writes: The typeface is geometrically constructed, and based upon an earlier stencil lettering alphabet van der Leck designed in the early 1930s for use in branding and advertising Jo de Leeuw's presigious Dutch department stores Metz&Co. The typeface shares structural similarities with Theo Van Doesburg's 1919 geometric alphabet, and anticipates later typographic explorations of geometric reductionism of Wim Crouwel's 1967 New Alphabet and early digital faces like Zuzana Licko's faces Lo-Res and Emperor 8.

One of his alphabets was creatively used by Marc ter Horst in Restaurant Walem.

In 2012, for an exhibition in Paris, Chloe Marchand designed a special van der Leck style poster. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Before & After

Great recommendations on how to choose a typeface for text at Before&After magazine: Character widths should be similar. For example, Futura or Avant Garde are bad. Medium height-to-width ratio, so no compressed types. Medium x-height. Small variations in stroke weight: out with the didones. No mirrors. Pick typefaces in which letters are sufficiently different. Avoid large counters. Avoid quirkiness. Their favorite text faces: Adobe Caslon (11/12.75pt), Adobe Garamond (11.5/12.75pt), ITC Stone Serif (9.5/12.75pt), Janson Text 55 Roman (10.5/12.75pt, Linotype). PDF file. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Archer

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Ben Green

Ashford, UK-based creator of the avant garde sans family Alvar Benjamin (2011), and a dada paper cut-out typeface (2012). Behance link. Another Behance link [this one goes to a Londoner, who made the dada face---they are possibly different Ben Greens]. He graduated in 2007 from The University of Kent at Canterbury. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Mecke-Burford
[M-B Creative]

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Ben Wood

Student at Brighton University, Hastings, UK. He created the thin avant-garde type family Quantis (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Crooke

During his studies in Cardiff, Wales, Benjamin Crooke created the avant garde typeface Bar Sanctuary (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Weymann

Aka Jonathon the Dog, Benjamin Weymann is located in Kassel, Germany. Behance link. Yay (2011) is a thin elegant geometric avant-garde (or vogue) face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Berserker Studio
[Christopher Mooij]

Berserker Studio is Christopher Mooij's graphic design studio in Monterrey, Mexico. He created La Revolucion and Green in 2009. He designed the hairline geometric faces This is her type (2010) and BRSRKR (2010), and the experimental geometric faces Bibo (2010), Nova (2010) and Balla (2010). At the end of 2010, he started work on a big avant garde sans family called República Sans. Raw (2011) is a modular experimental face. Behance link. Cargo Collective link. Another Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Tanawat Sakdawisarak]

Beta is the company of Tanawat Sakdawisarak, a graduate of the Faculty of Visual Communication Arts and Graphic Design at Assumption University in Bangkok. It sells fonts and EPS format typefaces through YWFT, all more or less alchemic in nature.

In 2009, Tanawat designed several Latin and Thai typefaces such as Bedhead Sweet (avant-garde face) and Bedhead Sway (paper-fold face).

In 2012, he and Praire Kongpairin codesigned the alchemic hieroglyph-inspired typeface Saita (available at Ten Dollar Fonts). Still in 2012, he created YWFT Roland (an EPS format ornamental caps face), Baltic and Whiskey in a related style. YWFT Dogma (2012) is an EPS caps typeface based on the same design principles.

In 2013, he published the EPS vector set YWFT Pipe and writes: It's not a flatbed truck, it's a series of tubes, and this totally tubular Pipe will carry you down the water slide to bubble town before you can say "pop art." A little touch of Nintendo, some extra olive juice, and a green Jell-o chaser make for this bubbling EPS vector handset, containing two different styles: flat and glossy/reflection. In 2015, a regular font family was published. King (2013) is an alchemic EPS forrmat typeface family.

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Beyra Moreno

Graphic designer in Monterrey, Mexico. She created a couple of typefaces in 2012, including Bimore (avant-garde). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bjorn Capens

Bjorn Capens (possibly from Beveren and/or Antwerpen, Belgium) made these typefaces at Fontasia International in the mid 1990s: Blake (an avant-garde typeface after the comic strip album Blake and Mortimer), Suske en Wiske, Karolingisch, and Unciaal. The original link disappeared. Alternate URL. Blake is at Dafont.

A sad comment: In 2014, the Blake font was claimed by a certain Rebecka Danielle and posted on Fontspace. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bo Berndal

Swedish designer born in 1924 in Stockholm. He says of himself: Compositor, Linotype operator, teacher of typography. Type designer in a small matrix factory 1950-51. Calligrapher, book designer, author, lecturer and trade mark specialist. Now retired, but does type design as a hobby and to special orders for museums, ad agencies, companies and even to private persons. Prolific typographer who created beauties such as Boberia LL (1994), a fantastic didone text family with an antique bouquet. Most of his work is available from Linotype and/or Agfa/Monotype.

Images of his best-selling typefaces.

His fonts include Boberia LL (1994, a fantastic didone text family with an antique bouquet), the Grafilone LL family (1994, an avant-garde family that is almost illegible), Cartesius (2006, a beautiful 5-style family done at T4 in a mix of garalde and Venetian fashions), Byngve (2004, Linotype, in the style of 15th century Italy), Linotype Dala Text (2002, Fraktur, with ornaments and borders), Ornabo dingbats. Art Gallery, Belltrap (1995), Benedict (uncial), Beowulf (uncial), Boscribe (2005), Bosis, Botobe (2011, an informal script), Brigida, Buccardi (1998, Agfa), Caballero Script (2011, inspired by Spanish handwriting from 15th and 16th century), Carl Beck Script (1992, calligraphic), Esseltube, Euclides, Exlibris (1998), Frisans (2005, Monotype), Gertrud (2006, T4, based on 16th century calligraphy), Geometra (2011, T4), Gianpoggio (1992), Golota (1998, Agfa), Grantofte (1995), Hagalind (2011, a calligraphic connected script), Jerrywi (1994), Johabu (Fraktur), Lebensjoy (1994), Läckö, Linotype Dala Borders, Linotype Dala Pict (2002, beautiful dings!), Linotype Hieroglyphes One and Two (2002), Logoform, Magellan, Maricava, Moorbacka, Naniara (1998), Nordik, Olaus Bandus (medieval script), Olaus Magnus, Palekin (1994), Pelegotic (2006, an art deco inspired but minimalist sans), Pelican, PocketType (1994), Picadyll (2011, art deco), Promemoria, Ringlingje, Sabellicus (1997), Space Kid (runes), Swingbill, Trotzkopf (1998), Unotype (1997, mono), Vadstenakursive (1989, blackletter typeface with almost Lombardic-looking capitals), Viger Spa (runes).

In 2003, these faces were published in the Linotype Taketype 5 collection: Berndal LT Std Bold, Berndal LT Std BoldItalic, Berndal LT Std Italic, Berndal LT Std Regular, Berndal LT Std SC, Siseriff LT Std Black, Siseriff LT Std Bold, Siseriff LT Std BoldItalic, Siseriff LT Std Italic, Siseriff LT Std Light, Siseriff LT Std LightItalic, Siseriff LT Std Regular, Siseriff LT Std Semibold, Siseriff LT Std SemiboldItalic.

Pelle Anderson interviews Bo Berndal. Bitstream write-up. Agfa/Monotype write-up. Author of Typiskt typografiskt (Fisher and co, 1990). MyFonts page. Linotype page. MyFonts interview. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

BombHaus Digital Foundry
[David M. Debus]

This used to be a foundry until some time in 2001 (old URL gone). It had nice free fonts such as AtomicBomb, BombCindy, BombCircuit, BombDaja, BombRazor, BombSchnakendoodle, BreastBomb, CherryCoke, CherryNeptune, FireBomb, HydrogenBomb, MailBomb (old typewriter), NeutronBomb, ObcessedBomb, StinkBomb, BombGrunge, BombNew, CherryBomb, and the beautiful avant-garde fonts Ticking Bomb and Time Bomb. Seems like most fonts were by David M. Debus (Venice Beach, CA) but Kristine M. Laca (now Kristine Debus) was also mentioned on the web page. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brass Fonts
[Guido Schneider]

Cologne-based group of type designers, founded in 1996: Guido Schneider, Hartmut Schaarschmidt, Martin Bauermeister, René Tillmann, Rolf Zaremba. There are many original free fonts here: Amnesia (René Tillmann; now also sold by URW), Anorexia (G. Schneider, 1996), Battery, Battery Seriph, Battery Leak (Tuschemann, 1996), Matula (G. Schneider, 1997), Nobody (G. Schneider), Paul D (Guido Schneider, 1996), Sanctus, SubZero (Guido Schneider, 1996), SynkopSemi, Veto, Visitor (R. Zaremba, 1996), BiaBia (very avant-garde, G. Schneider, 1996), Corpa Gothic (sold by URW++), Cuba (G. Schneider, 1997), Hone (Piano Dog, 1996), Saw, SoloSans (G. Schneider, 1996), Souper, Styptic, Fluxgold (slabserif, G. Schneider 1999), Rotwang (G. Schneider 1998), Styptic (Tuschemann, 1995), Stoneman (Tuschemann, 1998), Jaruselsky (1997, G. Schneider). Well, that is, these fonts have just the basic alphabet and all numbers 3 and 6 have been removed. The full versions are ultra-expensive, at about 110DM per weight (typically, 4 weights per font). More fonts: Temptice (dingbat by A. Groborsch/G. Schneider 98/99, 80DM), Tara (G. Schneider, 1998, 240DM), Corpa Serif (G. Schneider 1998), Fiona Serif, Slab and Script family (2003, G. Schneider). URW markets these fonts: BF Anorexia, BF Corpa Gothic, BF Corpa Serif, BF Cuba, BF Fluxgold, BF Invicta, BF Jaruselsky, BF Matula, BF Nobody, BF Paul'D, BF Rotwang, BF Solo Sans, BF Stoneman, BF Stypic, BF SubZero, BF Tara.

Custom fonts by Schneider: Girato (Giraffentoast), Fiona (MDR - Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk), Sion Script (Sion Brauerei), Supralux (Super RTL). He is working on Veltro Pro (a script) and Breite Kanzlei (blackletter).

MyFonts sells BF Anorexia (a grunge typeface by Schneider), BF Corpa Gothic (a DIN-like family done in 1997 by Schneider), BF Corpa Serif (1997, a slab serif family by Schneider), BF Cuba (a pixel typeface by Schneider), Fiona Script (2006, connected), Fiona Serif, BF Fiona Slab (2006, Guido Schneider), BF Fluxgold (1998, Schneider), BF Invicta (2006, a roman inscriptional family by Schneider), BF Jaruselsky (1997, Guido Schneider), BF Matula (1996, an organic typeface by Guido Schneider), BF Nobody (1995, a roman typeface by Schneider with pointy experimental serifs), BF Paul D (a grunge blackletter typeface by Schneider), BF Rotwang (1997, a roman typeface by Schneider0, BF Solo Sans (1995, Schneider's grotesk family), BF Stoneman (1997, a decorative poster typeface by Schneider), BF Styptic (a grunge paperclip typeface by Schneider), BF Sub Zero (experimental, by Schneider), BF Tara (1999, a humanist sans family by Schneider), BF Girando Pro (a garalde made by Guido Schneider in 2010).

Klingspor link.

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Bree McMahon

Graphic artist in Racine, WI. Her Nouveau Font (2013) is a school project---its name suggests art nouveau, but it is actually an avant-garde font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

British Standards for Type Classification

Typeface classification according to "British Standards 2961:1967" (or BS 2961), British Standards Institution, London, 1967.

  • Humanist: Centaur, Jenson, Verona, Kennerley.
  • Garalde: Stempel Garamond, Garamond, Caslon Old Face, Granjon, Sabon, Bembo.
  • Transitional: New Baskerville, Baskerville, Caslon, Fournier, Perpetua.
  • Didone: Bodoni, Bauer Bodoni, Torino, Walbaum.
  • Mechanistic: Clarendon, Memphis, Rockwell, Lubalin.
  • Lineal
    • Lineal Grotesque: Franklin Gothic Demi-Bold, Franklin Gothic, News Gothic, Alternate Gothic.
    • Lineal Neo-Grotesque: Helvetica Light, Akzidenz Grotesk, Folio, Helvetica, Univers.
    • Lineal Geometric: Avant Garde Medium, Avant Garde, Futura, Eurostile, Erbar.
    • Lineal Humanist: Gill Sans, Goudy Sans, Optima.
  • Incised: Albertus, Latin, Friz Quadrata.
  • Script: Brush Script, Mistral, Park Avenue, Zapf Chancery.
  • Manual: Neuland, Broadway, OCR-A, Pritchard.
  • Black Letter: Fette Fraktur, Old English, Goudy Text, Wilhelm Klingspor-Schrift.
  • Non-Latin.
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Britta Siegmund

Graphic designer in Hanover, Germany, who studied at FHH in Hanover. Behance link. Another Behance link. She is experimenting with letters, and designed letters by dissolving ink in water (Tinten in Wasser), such as in the Sepia alphabet (2009). Connected (2009) is another experimental alphabet. There is also the avant-garde Sepia family (2009). Fency (2009) uses fences to populate the glyphs. High Five (2010) is a monoline geometric hairline sans. Poster. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Aedys Camargo

Brazilian designer of the Avant Garde-inspired Ultravioleta (2008). I am unsure if this Dafont designer of Huggies (2012, an uncial typeface made with FontStruct) is the same Bruno Camargo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Büro für Gestaltung Janssen
[Daniel Janssen]

Büro für Gestaltung Janssen, or Janssen Design, is located in Hamburg. It is involved in print, screen, animation, corporate and type design, and was founded in 2002 by Sylvia and Daniel Janssen. Together, they designed these typefaces:

  • Bias Regular (2008, T-26). An experimental pixel-based face.
  • Gretel (2005, Fountain), a cross-stitch pattern font.
  • Loop (2005, T-26).
  • Kaa, a multilined hypnotizing face. This and some other faces are also available at T-26.
  • Engel (2003, At T-26). See also here.
  • Vitus (2003, Fountain: Vitus is a bold typeface with occasional delicate strokes. It'a based on a typeface found on one of the million mark notes released during the inflation in the 1920's). See also here.
  • Emily, a connected script font, with some borders. Designed in 2003 with Sylvia Janssen, it is similar to Monte Carlo Script NF (2002, Nick Curtis), and both are based on a font called Medicis by Deberny and Peignot, ca. 1920.
  • AF Nitro, a techno/LED collection of faces.
  • Diavolo, a fifties diner face.
  • Unovis, a minimalist squarish typeface with hard to distinguish u, n and v lower case characters.
  • Sektor, a sans face.
  • Sonar, a display sans.
  • Masina, a simple geometric sans.
  • Cash (no idea what this looks like).
  • Initialen, a 21st century initial caps face.
  • EF Gigant, a 96-weight techno family (Elsner and Flake, 2006).
  • Emily: a conected upright script available from T26.
  • Atlantik: six sets of line elements, sold by Veer and Fountain. The Atlantik typeface is a result of a poster design made for the Habour Museum Hamburg.
  • Diago (2008, T-26): a striped op art sans.
  • Oceane (2009, T-26). An avant-garde face.
  • Karl (2010, T26). A script face.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. T26 link.

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[Paul Veres]

Calligraphics is Paul Veres' outfit in Berkeley, CA. Paul Veres was born in 1944 in Budapest, and started out as a calligrapher and graphic designer. He is the creator of Caterina (1999-2004, Psy/Ops; a calligraphic sans used in some places by movie director Francis Ford Coppola), and of Linotype Banjoman Roman (1996, an avant-garde font) and Linotype Aperto at Linotype (1995-1996: a lapidary typeface).

Fonts at Calligraphics: Caterina (1998), Aperto (1995, a stressed sans family), Harmonica (2005, script), DemiTasse (2001), Gargoyle (2001, a rounded informal script) and Espresso (2001).

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Carlos Matteoli

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Carlos Winkow

Carlos Winkow is a version of his original name, Carl Winckow. He designed the brush script typeface Reporter (1938, the Wagner foundry, a brush typeface with many alternates for the glyphs), Gong (1945, Johannes Wagner, a chalk script face; Jaspert mentions the date 1951), Alcazar (FT Nacional, 1944, an inline 3d titling font), Electra (FT Nacional, an almost avant-garde sans family, which includes the ultra thin Estrecha Fina weight), Iberica (FT Nacional, 1942, an open shaded inclined 3d lineale), Nacional (1941, Nacional: a calligraphic roman in old medieval Spanish style with Clasico Nacional 1 and Clasico Nacional Negro weights; see Madrid RR by Red Rooster for a digital version), Cursiva Rusinal (FT Nacional: this is identical to Reporter except in the alternates). Roller (1997, Pat Hickson, ITF) is based on Iberica.

Comments on some digital versions: Romeo (Font Bureau) takes some cues from Electra and says that it is a spectacular art deco sanserif with an unusually fine condensed series. A standard non-chalk version of Gong was done by J. Wagner in 1967, and was published as Jowa Script (Jowa Schreibschrift), which in turn provided inspiration for Iova Nova (2007, Profonts). Lucia Walter revived Winkow's 1931 text typeface Elzeviriano Ibarra in 2011. Winkow's Numantina (1940) was revived by Nick Curtis as Numancia NF (2011). Steve Jackaman's Casablanca URW (1997) is based on Electra.

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Cassandra Marie Boler

Indianapolis-based designer of the avant-garde typeface Ooops (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

CAT Design Wolgast
[Peter Wiegel]

Wolgast-based type designer Peter Wiegel (b. 1955) runs CAT Design Wolgast. Designer of these free fonts:

  • In 2014: BernerBasisschrift1, BernerBasisschrift2 (school script), Berolina, Fette Mikado (psychedelic style oriental look), Germanica, Gloria, HentimpsCirclet (blackletter), Hofstaetten (blackletter), Kleinsemmering, KuenstlerGotisch (blackletter), LacledeCAT (psychedelic), NeptunCAT, Neue Zier Schrift (a mischievous curly script), Reclame, Rueck-Italic, Rueck, RueckLeft, RueckLicht, RundschriftCAT (hairline ronde), Teutonic, VerzierteFavorite, VictoriaCAT, AdmiralCAT (a retro script), Dynamo (poster font), Des Malers Fraktur, Kanzleyrath (blackletter), Ober-Tuerkheim (art nouveau), PopplFrakturCAT (blackletter), Rundkursiv, Modeschrift (fifties script), Biedermeier Kursiv, Ehmcke Federfraktur (after a 1935 font by F.H. Ehmcke), Wernicke Schwabacher (after an original by Emmi Wernicke), Gotische Missalschrift, Hand Textur (after a 1935 font by F.H. Ehmcke), Renata (after a 1914 bastarda by Bauersche Giesserei), Rundgotisch Rauh (possibly after a Schelter & Giesecke design from 1903), Offenbacher Schwabacher (after Kurt Wanschura's bastarda from 1900), Incopins Clusters (multilined typeface), BadGong, Bernardo Moda (Bold, Semibold: modeled after Lucian Bernhard's Bernhard fashion), CAT-Hohenzollern (after a 1902 art nouveau font by Bauersche), CATNorth, CATNorthLicht, CATNorthShadow, CAT Zentenaer Fraktur UNZ1 (a blackletter after a 1937 original by F.H.E. Schneidler), Coggers-Tariqa, EirikRaude, Fabrik (a geometric sans), Grobe Deutschmeister (German expressionist face), Harry Piel (or Piehl--a tattoo font), Kanalisirung, Klaber-Fraktur, Peter Obscure, Rumburak (a fat retro script), Flottflott (retro script), Indira K, Regent UNZ (a Schwabacher), Postamt, TGL 0-1451 Engschrift (a DIN-like font).
  • In 2013: Spartakus (+Round), Cut Me Out (white on black sans), 5by9 (dot matrix face), Tartlers End (high-contrast ball terminal face), Alpha 54 (rounded flared script face), Chunk Five Ex (slab serif; he writes: With permission of Meredith Mandel, the original author of the ASCII-Font Chunk Five, I have extended Chunk Five Ex to a full featured unicode font with all figures used in Latin and Cyrillic writing), Simple Print (simple sans), Fette Bauersche Antiqua (a didone fat face), Manuskript Gothisch (after Manuskript Gotisch (1899, Bauersche), which was modeled after Wolfgang Hopyl's 1514 Textura), Quast (hairy font).
  • Still in 2013, he published a number of school scripts, including Neue Rudelskopf, Deutsche Normalschrift, Imrans School, Rastenburg (German school font), and Bienchen.
  • In 2012: Hardman (connected fifties script), Immermann (a quaint slab serif), Quast (grunge), Fundamental Brigade (sans family), DiffiKult (a bilined face), Men Nefer (a Memphis lookalike), Fette Unz Fraktur (like Fette Fraktur), Mutter Krause (for the reconstruction of the 1929 silent movie "Mutter Krausens Fahrt ins Glück", where it is used for intertitles, that where missing. The font is redrawn from the original intertitles), Youbilee (a font with laurels).
  • In 2010: Alfabilder (dingbats), Gondrin (athletic lettering with a 3d effect), HelvetiaVerbundene (making Helverica into a school script?), Proletarsk (a grotesk face), Vis-à-vis (great idea--a double-storied serif face), ApolloASM (Victorian), BertholdrMainzerFraktur, Doergon-Regular (license plate font), DoergonBackshift, DoergonShift, Eureka (Victorian, ornamental face), GoeschenFraktur (1880-style Fraktur used in Sammlung Göschen books), Makushka, MakushkaKontura, MakushkaQuadriga, MakushkaSecunda, Moderne3DSchwabacher, ModerneGekippteSchwabacher, StrassburgFraktur, TGL0-16 (same as DIN 16), TGL0-17 (same as DIN 17), TGL0-17Alt, Tank (emblems of gas companies), EricaType-Bold, EricaType-BoldItalic, EricaType-Italic, EricaType-Regular (typewriter), ErikaOrmig, Fibel Vienna (2012, a high-legged sans), GreifswalderTengwar-Regular, GreifswalerDeutscheSchrift (German Schreibschrift), Midroba-Regular (a strong mechanical octagonal face), MidrobaSchatten, MMX2010 (futuristic), Präsent60, Rotunda Pommerania (blackletter), TengwarOptime, TengwarOptimeDiagon, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe.
  • In 2009: 18thCenturyInitials, 18thCenturyKurrent-Regular, 18thCenturyKurrentAlternates, German writing from the 18th century), CentreClaws, CentreClawsBeam1, CentreClawsSlant, Cöntgen Kanzley Regular (blackletter), Cöntgen Kanzley Aufrecht (2009), ElficCaslin, H1N1, Loxembourg1910Shadow (an art nouveau-influenced stencil face), Luxembourg1910, VarietScala (an art deco sans family), Varietee, VarieteeArtist, VarieteeCabaret, VarieteeCascadeur, VarieteeCasino, VarieteeCirque, VarieteeColege, VarieteeConferencier, VarieteeFolies, VarieteeIkarier, VarieteeJongleur, VarieteeMirage, VarieteeRevue, VarieteeTheatre, KochFetteDeutscheSchrift (blackletter), MoradoFelt-Regular (upright connected script), MoradoMarker (2009), MoradoNib, PreussischeVI9 (DIN-like family), PreussischeVI9Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten-Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten, SchatternvonPreussischeVI9, Stage (art deco), Ring Matrix (dot matrix), Nathan, Amptmann Script (2009, upright connected script), Cat Shop, Blankenburg (blackletter), Murrx (arched face), Schwaben Alt (1988, bastarda), Vrango, 14LED (Regular, Phattt-Heavy, Rised-Black), 24LED (+Bright, +Grid, +Modul), DIN1451fetteBreitschrift1936-Regular, FibelNord (basic sans family with an architectural twist), FibelSued (family), PaneuropaBankette, PaneuropaCrashbarrier-Black, PaneuropaFreeway, PaneuropaHighway, PaneuropaRoad, PaneuropaStreet, PaneuropaWrongWay, Quirkus (family), RingMatrix (dot matrix family), RingMatrix3D, RingMatrixTwo, DiscipuliBritannica (connected script), GruenewaldVA-Regular (connected school script), Rudelskopfdeutsch-Aufrecht, WiegelLatein (connected school script), WiegelLateinMedium (2009), Morado, Moebius Bicolor (art deco), Elbaris (sans), ElbarisOutline, Nomitais (multiline face), RostockKaligraph, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WiegelKurrent (traditional German school script), WiegelKurrentMedium, XAyax, XAyaxOutline (2009), Kaufhalle (squarish), Quimbie (art deco), CasaSans-Regular, Elb-Tunnel, MeyneTextur (blackletter), Yiggivoo, TGL 31034-1 (futuristic sans), Beroga (a simple organic sans).
  • Before 2009: Xayax, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3 (2006, a severe sans), Utusi Star (1989, very condensed all-caps face), Avocado (2006, script face), CbeNormal (2006, script face), Leipzig Fraktur (+Bold) (2006), Berlin Email (2006, a condensed sans family, followed in 2009 by Berlin Email Serif), MaassslicerItalic (2006, a futuristic typeface made for Rudolf Maass + Partner GmbH), Powerweld (a gorgeous avant-garde typeface made for OPTI Pumpen und Technik GmbH), WolgastScript (2005), WolgastTwo (2006, connected script), WolgastTwoBold, ZeichenDreihundert-Regular, ZeichenHundert-Regular, ZeichenVierhundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundert-Regular (2006, traffic dingbats), Djerba simplified (Arabic font, Computer and Technologie, Hamburg, 1995; it can be downloaded here), Titus FrakturBaltic (1998), TITUS FrakturEast Normal (1998), and TITUS FrakturWest Normal (1998) [which used to be downloadable here; these fonts were retired and the Titus name dropped; most of the glyphs made it to Schwaben Alt].

Dafont link. One more URL. Fontspace link. Yet another URL. Font Squirrel link. Fontsy link.

The list of his truetype and opentype faces as of 2011: 18thCenturyInitials, 18thCenturyKurrentStart, 18thCenturyKurrentText, Alfabilder, AlteDIN1451Mittelschrift, AlteDIN1451Mittelschriftgepraegt, AmptmannScript, ApolloASM, Avocado, Barnroof, BerlinEmail, BerlinEmail2, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifShadow, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, Beroga, Beroga, BerogaFettig-Bold, BerogaFettig-Bold, BertholdMainzerFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, BertholdMainzerFrakturUNZ1A, BertholdrMainzerFraktur, Blankenburg-Regular, BlankenburgUNZ1A-Italic, BlankenburgUNZ1A, CasaSans-Regular, CasaSans, CasaSansFettig-Bold, CatShop, CentreClaws, CentreClawsBeam1, CentreClawsSlant, ChunkFiveEx, CntgenKanzley-Regular, CntgenKanzleyAufrecht, DIN1451fetteBreitschrift1936-Regular, DiscipuliBritannica, DiscipuliBritannicaBold, Doergon-Regular, DoergonBackshift, DoergonShift, DoergonWave-Regular, Elb-Tunnel, Elb-TunnelSchatten, Elbaris, ElbarisOutline, ElficCaslin, EricaType-Bold, EricaType-BoldItalic, EricaType-Italic, EricaType-Regular, ErikaOrmig, Eureka, FibelNord-Bold, FibelNord-BoldItalic, FibelNord-Italic, FibelNord, FibelNordKontur, FibelSued-Bold, FibelSued-BoldItalic, FibelSued-Italic, FibelSued, FibelSuedKontur, GoeschenFraktur, GoeschenFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, GoeschenFrakturUNZ1A, Gondrin, GreifswalderTengwar-Regular, GreifswalerDeutscheSchrift, GruenewaldVA-Regular, GruenewaldVA1.Klasse, GruenewaldVA3.Klasse, H1N1, HelvetiaVerbundene, KochFetteDeutscheSchrift, KochFetteDeutscheSchriftUNZ1A-Italic, KochFetteDeutscheSchriftUNZ1A, LeipzigFrakturBold, LeipzigFrakturHeavy-ExtraBold, LeipzigFrakturLF-Bold, LeipzigFrakturLF-Normal, LeipzigFrakturNormal, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-Bold, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-BoldItalic, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A, Luxembourg1910, Luxembourg1910Contur, Luxembourg1910Ombre, MMX2010-Regular, Maassslicer3D, Maassslicer3D, MaassslicerItalic, MaassslicerItalic, Makushka, MakushkaKontura, MakushkaQuadriga, MakushkaSecunda, MeyneTextur, MeyneTexturUNZ1A-Italic, MeyneTexturUNZ1A, Midroba-Regular, MidrobaSchatten, Moderne3DSchwabacher, ModerneFetteSchwabacher, ModerneFetteSchwabacherUNZ1A-Italic, ModerneFetteSchwabacherUNZ1A, ModerneGekippteSchwabacher, MoradoFelt-Regular, MoradoMarker, MoradoNib, MoradoSharp-Regular, Murrx, Nathan-CondensedRegular, Nathan-ExpandedRegular, Nathan-Semi-expandedRegular, Nathan, NathanAlternates-CondensedRegular, NathanAlternates-ExpandedRegular, NathanAlternates-Semi-expandedRegular, NathanAlternates, Nomitais, Nomitais, Numikki, Numukki-Italic, Numukki-Italic, Numukki, Powerweld, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, PreussischeVI9, PreussischeVI9Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten-Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten, Proletarsk, Prsent60, Quimbie, Quimbie3D, QuimbieShaddow, QuimbieUH, Quirkus-Bold, Quirkus-BoldItalic, Quirkus-Italic, Quirkus, QuirkusOut, QuirkusUpsideDown, RostockKaligraph, RotundaPommerania, RotundaPommeraniaUNZ1A-Italic, RotundaPommeraniaUNZ1A, Rudelskopfdeutsch-Aufrecht, SchatternvonPreussischeVI9, Schulfibel-Nord-Linie-2, SchwabenAlt-Bold, SchwabenAltUNZ1A-Italic, SchwabenAltUNZ1A, Stage, StrassburgFraktur-Regular, TGL0-16, TGL0-17, TGL0-17Alt, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-2, TGL31034-2, Tank, TengwarOptime, TengwarOptimeDiagon, TitilliumMaps29L-1wt, TitilliumMaps29L-400wt, TitilliumMaps29L-800wt, TitilliumMaps29L-999wt, TitilliumText22L-1wt, TitilliumText22L-250wt, TitilliumText22L-400wt, TitilliumText22L-600wt, TitilliumText22L-800wt, TitilliumText22L-999wt, TitilliumTitle20, UtusiStar-Bold, UtusiStar, VarietScala, Varietee, VarieteeArtist, VarieteeCabaret, VarieteeCascadeur, VarieteeCasino, VarieteeCirque, VarieteeColege, VarieteeConferencier, VarieteeFolies, VarieteeIkarier, VarieteeJongleur, VarieteeMirage, VarieteeRevue, VarieteeTheatre, Via-A-Vis, Vrng, Waschkueche, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WiegelKurrent, WiegelKurrent, WiegelKurrentMedium, WiegelKurrentMedium, WiegelLatein, WiegelLateinMedium, WolgastScript, WolgastScript, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwoBold, WolgastTwoBold, XAyax, XAyax, XAyaxOutline, XAyaxOutline, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D, YiggivooUnicode3D, ZeichenDreihundert-Regular, ZeichenDreihundertAlt, ZeichenHundert-Regular, ZeichenHundertAlt, ZeichenVierhundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundertAlt, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe, kaufhalle, kaufhalle, kaufhalleblech, kaufhalleblech, moebius.

His type 1 fonts as of 2011: Avocado, BerlinEmail, BerlinEmail2, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifShadow, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, Beroga, BerogaFettig-Bold, CasaSans, Elb-Tunnel, Elb-TunnelSchatten, Maassslicer3D, MaassslicerItalic, Numukki-Italic, Numukki, Powerweld, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, Quimbie, QuimbieUH, RostockKaligraph, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-2, UtusiStar-Bold, UtusiStar, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WolgastScript, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwoBold, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe, kaufhalle, kaufhalleblech.

A list of typefaces in alphabetical order, with descriptive comments provided by Reynir Heidberg Stefansson from Iceland: 18th Century Kurrent (Kurrent-style handwriting, Wiegel-coded), Alfabilder (Alphabetic picture font for the German alphabet), Amptmann Script (Partly-connected, upright writing, used on Prussian Railways pattern drawings), ApolloASM (Jugendstil, vaguely resembling an ornate Bocklin), Avocado (Handwriting, broad-nib pen-style), Berlin Email (Narrow sans-serif, based on emailled signage; Wiegel-coded), Berlin Email Serif (Narrow serif, based on emailled signage; Wiegel-coded), Beroga (All-minuscule, rounded marker-style sans-serif with ca. 8° slope), Berthold Mainzer Fraktur (Fraktur in Wiegel (Regular only) and UNZ1(A) coding), Blankenburg (Semicondensed Tannenberg in Wiegel (Regular only) and UNZ1(A) coding), Casa Sans (Squarish, broad-nib pen-style block writing), CatShop (Serif, soft of an acid-washed didone), cbe Normal (Sans-serif, narrow, somewhat cuneiform), Centre Claws (Sans-serif, Art Deco display, a bit like Broadway), Cöntgen Kanzlei (Cöntgen Kanzley) (Fraktur-based calligraphy by Heinrich Hugo Cöntgen, Wiegel coding), DiffiKult (Sans-serif, display, no horizontal lines), DIN 1451 fette Breitschrift 1936 (The now-withdrawn Wide version of DIN 1451 traffic font), Discipuli Britannica (UK school handwriting), Doergon (Slab-serif, narrow-ish, all majuscule), Elabris (Elbaris) (Sans-serif, caps/smallcaps, shades of DIN1451 Engschrift), Elb-Tunnel (Sans-serif, based on signage in the old Elbe tunnel in Hamburg), Elbic Caslon (Elfic Caslon, Elfic Caslin) (a Caslon for the Queen Galadriel), Erika Type (Erica Type) (Slab-serif, typewriter, comes from Wiegel's old Erika typewriter), Eureka (Serif, caps/smallcaps, Art Deco/Jugendstil), Fibel Nord (Sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Süd (Fibel Sued) (Sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Vienna (Sans-serif, based on Austrian school primer), Fundamental Brigade (Sans-serif, geometric, some UNZ1 ligatures), Göschen Fraktur (Goeschen Fraktur) (Fraktur with a biblical feel, Wiegel (Rg only) and UNZ1 coding), Gondrini (Gondrin) (Sans-serif, geometric, display, shaded outlines, cookie-cutter), Greifswalder Deutsche Schrift (Handwriting, based on Rudolf Koch's Offenbacher Kurrent, Wiegel coding), Greifswalder Tengwar (Tengwar handwriting in Offenbach style), Gruenewald VA (Latin-style schoolhand, Wiegel coding), H1N1 (Heavy display typeface made of parallel wavetrains), Hardman (Heavy, wide, squarish logotype with connecting letters), Helvetia Verbundene (Swiss handwriting), Immermann (Display, resembles a seriffed Radio/Rundfunk, UNZ1 coding), Kaufhalle (Display, recreation of HO Kaufhalle logotype), Koch Fette Deutsche Schrift (Very plain fraktur, Wiegel (Rg only) and UNZ1 coding), Leipzig Fraktur (Fraktur for bread text, Wiegel coding), Leipzig Fraktur UNZ1A (Fraktur for bread text), Luxembourg 1910 (Sans-serif, Jugendstil display typeface from old spice drawers), Maass Slicer (Maassslicer) (Sans-serif, oblique display face, orig. logotype), Makushka (Sort-of an Elabris with minuscules, looks overlayable), Men Nefer (Slab-serif, geometric, UNZ1 coding), Midroba (Spur-serif, display, all-majuscule, heavy, octal), MMX2010 (Sans-serif, display, caps/smallcaps, TV game machine feel), Moderne Schwabacher (Heavily reworked, Wiegel coding), Moderne Fette Schwabacher UNZ1A (Heavily reworked, Wiegel coding), Möbius (moebius) (Sans-serif, display, bicolour (u/c = non-spacing fills, l/c = spacing outlines)), Morado (Connected handwriting with nib or marker pen), Murrx (Heavy display typeface made from ellipsoids on NE-SW axis), Mutter Krause (Serif, slanting, Jugendstil-feel.), Nathan (Slab-serif, hand-drawn.), Nomatais (Nomitais) (Elabris with multiple levels of outlines), Numukki (Conlang, knotted-line, good for separators and scenebreaks), Powerweld (Sans-serif, Bauhaus style, all-minuscule), Präsent 60 (PI font with various East German logos), Preussische IV 44 (PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3) (Repro of Prussian Railways pattern type IV 44 version 3), Preussische VI 9 (Repro of Prussian Railways pattern type VI 9 version 2), Proletarsk (Sans-serif, monoline, doubled-up questionmark), Quast (Brush type, all-majuscule, very rough outline), Quimbie (Sans-serif, all-majuscule, resembles Amelia), Quirkus (Sans-serif), Ring Matrix (LED matrix with ring LEDs, solid LEDs and ring LEDs with shadow), Rostock Kaligraph (Very round calligraphy, resembles rotunda), Rotunda Pommerania (Rotunda style, Wiegel-code (Regular only) or UNZ1-coded), Rudelskopf deutsch (Sans-serif, based on Kurrent-style letterforms), Schwaben Alt (Schwabacher in Wiegel- (Rg only) or UNZ1-coding.), Stage (Sans-serif, narrow, Art Deco, fleeting taste of Broadway), Strassburg Fraktur (Handwritten fraktur, ornate majuscules, Wiegel-coding), Tank (PI font with (gas/petrol) tank station logos), TengwarOptime (Optima for Tengwar), TGL 0-16/0-17 (East German versions of DIN 16 and DIN 17 blueprint types), TGL 31034-1, TGL 31034-2 (East German versions of DIN 6776 / DIN EN ISO 3098 blueprint types), Utusi Star (Sans-serif, slight resemblance with Rundfunk), Varieté (Sans-serif, all-majuscule or caps/smallcaps), Vis-A-Vis (Serif, all-majuscule, split in middle), Volk Redis (Kurrent handwriting, anno 1930-1941), Vrångö (LED matrix type like Ring Matrix), Waschküche (Serif, resembles Antykwa Torunska), Wiegel Kurrent (Kurrent-style handwriting), Wiegel Latein (Latin-style handwriting), Wolgast Script (Sloppy-looking handwriting with a broad-nib pen), Wolgast Two (Latin/Cyrillic handwriting), XAyax (Serif, Jugendstil, narrow, all-majuscule), Yiggivoo Unicode (Sans-serif, wide, tall x, board game packaging feel), Youbilee (PI font with various jubilee laurels), Verkehrszeichen (Zeichen) (PI fonts with traffic signs (in layers)), Verkehrszeichen alt (Zeichen Alt) (PI fonts with old traffic signs (in layers)).

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Cenz Qobbal

Malaysian designer (b. 1984) based in Petaling Jaya.

Creator of these typefaces in 2012: Afro, Stitches (stitch font), Pop Jazz, Galah Panjang, Bunga Cengkih, Senandung Malam (Victorian all caps family), Kunang Kunang, Raja Drama (hairline avant garde sans), Piring Hitam (Peignotian sans), Dayang Senandung (hairline caps), Kaberet (a squarish outlined typeface), Kata Bidalan (hairline sans), Halusinasi (hallucination), Pak Pandir, Primadona, Mohsuri, Badang (a strong sans), Si LuNcai (monoline geometric sans), Kata Bidalon (a hairline avant garde sans), ContenG (grungy), Chempaka, Retak Seribu, Batik Indo (a textured typeface),Berus Rambut Kuda, Usang (sketched face), Songket (textured caps), Ugly Hand Writing, Dedaun (floriated), The Garden (ornamental caps), Seni Pop (a textured typeface), Modern Kerawang (ornamental caps), Cakar Ayam (scratchy hand), Sticky Notes, and Kerawang (ornamental caps).

Typefaces from 2013: Selari (bilined), Haru Biru (bilined).

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Chance Type Co (was: Krayon Ink, and before that, Jedi Serpent Fonts)
[Andrew Galarza]

Chance Type Co evolved out of Krayon Ink (ex- Jedi Serpent). It has commercial fonts by American designer Andrew Galarza who lives in Miami, who started making type in 2001. These used to be shareware when the place was called Jedi Serpent Fonts.

Galarza's early typefaces: Jeannette (2002), Display Swash, KY and an Urge, 65 Swash, Melfina, Redheads in Transit (beautiful handwriting), Butterfly Collection (dingbats), 5 Am Summer, Transit One, Superchalmers, Like Wind in The Summer, Delithium, Fane Serane, 5am Andrew (2005, handwriting), 5am Chance No 01, 5am Transit (handwriting), 5am Gender, Grey (2005), Melfina (2002, inspired by Emigre's Council), 5 AM Chance No. 1 (which used to be called Vespers), Vespers (2001, based on lettering for a Bjork album), NewTimesRomanHyper and CourierStrange (reworked Monotype fonts: the latter one has letters in brackets), 90Days, Blistel, Cancer, Freeware, Futura, Lode, Love-Quickie, Image Times, Stylus (modified Monotype font), Jenice, Element, Prozac Child, Codeca, Ginger, Ginger2, Boredom, Awitched, Mastillo, Mastillo2, PaperChase2blockedinside (reworked BadFilms by Ray Larabie), Screwupsuprock, Arialbullets39mmwideclear and Arialbullets4VerbRicochet (reworked Monotype Arial-Plain: letters in and on balls), Dots, VanishingBoy (modified Ray Larabie font; the best in the series I think), 1979 (fantastic avant-garde font), Agent 508 (equally great display font), Aloin, Bionic, Backspace, ChemicalTest, Click, Codeca, Dragon, Eggman, Feelings, Flowery Text, Gallows, Gigayoda, Impression, Lavero, Lorent Roman, LoveJoy, Melody Metrics, Never, Noose, Numbers (hacker font), Opagan, Opus-sc, Panama, Poison Pill, Potheads, Rainy, RoamJapan, Room, Butterfly, Thinker, Veronica, Western Flick, Reterik, MisbehaviorTake23, Thinker, Paperchase2blockedinside, Children's Television Workshop (letters based on the Sesame Street TV show, 2002), KY and Urge, 65 Swash, Redheads in Transit, and I Love My Momma.

On my last visit, there were just a few shareware fonts left (in OpenType format): 5AMButtercup, 5AMButterflyCollection, 5AMDelithium, 5AMLikeWindInTheSummer, 5AMSuperchalmersItalic, 5AMSuperchalmers.

MyFonts sells some of his fonts: 5 AM Buttercup (Andrew Galarza), Grey (Andrew Galarza), 5 AM Gender (Andrew Galarza), 5 AM Chance No 01 (Andrew Galarza), 5 AM Andrew (Andrew Galarza), 5 AM Transit (Andrew Galarza), 5 AM Summer (Andrew Galarza), Melfina (Andrew Galarza), Childrens Television Workshop (Andrew Galarza), Vespers (Andrew Galarza).

Jedi Serpent evolved into 510 ink and then Krayon Ink. In 2005, Krayon Ink was renamed Chance Type Co. Home page. Old MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charlie Beadle

UK-based designer who created a Herb Lubalin poster in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlie Boyden

During his studies in in Suffolk, Ipswich, UK-based Charlie Boyden created an untitled avant garde typeface (2014). Also in 2014, he created the Bauhaus-inspired typeface Circles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charlie Middleton

During his studies in the UK, Charlie Middleton created the avant-garde sans typeface family Deko (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Californian designer (b. 1993) with a great motto: No I won't design something just for you. If I make it, it has to be publicly available. Dafont link.

Creator of Liquid Crystal (2012, the ultimate LCD typeface family), Linkin Park, Unbound Pro (2012, a free industrial stencil typeface), Adele, a monoline avant garde sans headline face, modeled after the cover of the CD album Adele 21 by singer and song writer Adele. Couture Bold (2012, free font) is a solid thick sans all caps typeface based on the Chanel logo.

Open Font Library link. Home page. Devian tart link. Aka styrofoamballs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CHK Design
[Christian Kösters]

Fonts by Christian Kösters: RemoveOverlap, Retrospecta (avant-garde family), UnzialisSans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Chew

CT-born creator of Serious (2013), an avant garde sans typeface, during his studies at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, where he is in the class of 2014.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Kösters
[CHK Design]

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Christie Liberatore

American graphic designer from Baltimore, MD, who studied in SVA;'s Masters program in Rome in 2012. Roman signage inspired her in the creation of four alphabets in 2012: Sermoneta (Victorian), Giolitti (Victorian), Credito Italiano (Victorian), and Deccio (avant-garde).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christine Carforo

Designer in Pleasantville, NY. She created the geometric monoline avant-garde typeface Lemoncake (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Mooij
[Berserker Studio]

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Avant-garde font in hairline weight by URW, 1994. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clara Rodriguez

A graduate of Universidad ORT, Clara Rodriguez (Montevideo, Uruguay) created the avant-garde typeface Regatta (2013) and the squarish sci-fi typeface Caliza (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clarissa Harteveld

Cape Town, South Africa-based graphic designer and illustrator. She created an untitled high-contrast avant-garde typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudio Piccinini

Type designer from Modena, Italy, b. 1969. Designer of these fonts:

  • Memory (1993): will be on the Fontomas CD for the Kids Organization Woldvision Germany later in 2002.
  • Ottomat (1994, Emigre), an avant-gardish font family.
  • Neoritmo (1996), a gorgeous semi-experimental font family completed in 2002 for Psy-Ops [read about its development here].
  • Reality (1996), Exegetic (1997), Fear Unknown (1997), Inexpressed (1997): all at Thirstype.
  • Ideal (1999), unreleased.
  • Ogilve (2001, Thirstype).
  • Squatront (2002, Thirstype): to be released soon.
He started Thoughtype, a site for critiques and type talk. Bio at Emigre. Speaker at ATypI in Rome in 2002. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Clotilde Olyff

Belgian designer (b. 1962) who lives in Brussels where she taught (teaches?) at the École supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre and at the École supérieure de l'image. Her fonts were published by 2Rebels in Montreal, and by FontHaus in the USA. Her fonts are experimental and geometric in nature.

Some creations: Billes (1995), Boulbar (1995), Boules (1996), BubbleBath (1996), Craaac (1996) Caaarc (1996), Design, Douff, Graphic, Handex (1995; an alphading based on fists), Inbetween (1996), Lines (1994), Lolo (1992, funny figurines), Minimex (1996), Modern (1996), Perles (1995), StencilFull (1997), StencilFullBraille (1997).

She is most famous for her avant-garde geometric fonts Alpha Bloc (1994) and Alpha Geometrique (1994) published by Font Bureau. Alpha Geometrique Compact, for example, is a Bauhaus style stencil face.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

View Clotilde Olyff's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


This 20s-30s movement, with lettering and alphabets done by people such as Wladyslaw Strzeminski, Josef Albers, Kurt Schwitters, Jan Tschichold or Herbert Bayer has no decorations, and uses horizontal and vertical edges and arcs of circles make up the shapes. Fonts in this style include ITC Avant Garde, Avenir, Futura, Industria, Insignia, ITC Kabel and some stencil designs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cool Fonts Online
[Todd Dever]

Cool Fonts in Long Beach, CA, was created in 1995 by Todd Dever (b. 1962, USA). It offers Todd Dever's funky and sometimes grungy font creations. Very incomplete trial version fonts are downloadable for inspection. List of fonts: Block Dog (1996), Black Dog (2009, 3d-hand-drawn), Jean Splice (1999), Freak, Smash (old typewriter), Overexposed, RingOfFire, Zapped, Z-Rex, BlackDog, Poozer (2006), Truncheon (2006), Yaroslav (avant-garde), Twiddlybitz (pixel font), Tritto (handwriting), Skribler, KillerAnts, Goombah, Bokonon. Full versions sold at Philsfonts and MyFonts sells BlackDog, Bokonon, Cowboy Burt, Freak, Goombah, Jean Splice, Killer Ants, Newt Juice, Okra Cubo, Overexposed, Poozer, Ring O Fire, Skribler, Smash, Snoofer, Tritto, Truncheon, Twiddlybitz, Yaroslav, Z-Rex, Zapped. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Corey Holms

Graduate from Cal Arts (1996), who runs CoreyHolms.Com in Fullerton, near Los Angeles. MyFonts link. MyFonts foundry link. Designer of NE10 (2010, a stencil / neon tube typeface), Area (2008, Umbrella Type, an art deco nightclub face; hints of Avant Garde), Mode (2007, experimental modular type, Umbrella), Babbage (2005, Umbrella Type, a capricious typewriter font), Sange (2002, a dot matrix blackletter font), Brea and Brea Light (2004, a dot matrix blackletter family at Umbrella Type), Mince and Mince Shadow (2004, Umbrella Type), DecadesOS (2002, for Decades Inc), Air-Port (1999), Attractor (2001, based on Alexei Tylevich's NoGlow), Granule (2009, fat rounded sans), Cartridge (2001), Claes (2001, based on a Wim Crouwel design), Consume (1996), Den (1998, for the Digital Entertainment Network), Digital (1997, for "The Apartment"), Empire (1995), Fascia (2002), Hobart (2001, a kitchen tile font), Pea (2005, Veer: letters made up of springs), Phia (another kitchen tile font), Progress (2001, for Progress City), Rasputin, RMX, Savante (1999), Sears (2000), Stencil, Thirty, Untitled and WebType (2000). Many of these fonts are futuristic, experimental, logo-inspired or minimalist.

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

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.

Dafont link for some of his free fonts. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Craig Cummings

UK-based designer in 2008-2009 of the free fonts ABC (using arcs of circles), UNC (2008, gorgeous multiline headline face), Getting Blocky (geometric, abstract), London 2012 (based on the font of the Olympic Games), Fox Font (extremely simple monoline sans), Artree (2008, hairline geometric monoline sans), myfoxhandwritenItalic (2008, sic), Moraz (2008, experimental titling font), WeWant (2008, hand-printed), Kylie Baker (2009, soft techno avant garde face), My Handwriting, Contempory (2008, elegant avant-garde sans), Alta (2008, hand-printed geometric sans experiment), GettingBlocky (2008, experimental), MyFox (2008, simp0le sans), and Everyone (aka London2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cris Garcia de Vinuesa

Mexico City-based designer. Creator of Abraxha (2011), a monoline avant garde display face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daisuke Yajima

Japanese designer. Together with Hiroaki Nagai, he won an award at TDC55 for an experimental typeface called Utsuba Moon Avant Garde (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dan Jones
[Nice Type]

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Daniel Augusto Ferreira e Santos

Brazilian graphic designer (b. 1982) who lives in Belo Horizonte. He created the monoline avant-garde typeface Amorino (2011) during a study project at the University of the State of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Janssen
[Büro für Gestaltung Janssen]

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Danilo Alves

Designer in Sao Paulo. In 2011, Danilo created an unnamed avant-garde sans face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Danny Guerra

Pasto, Colombia-based designer of an untitled avant garde typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darim Kim
[About Letters]

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David A. Occhino
[David Occhino Design (was: Treehouse Graphic Design)]

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David Gasi

Designer in Leeds, UK. Behance link. In 2010, he created Uniblock Ultra (fat and counterless), Neo Georgia (based on Georgia), Neo Calibri (based on Calibri) and Emira (an avant-garde face). In 2011, on commission for Ben Bowser, he created the geometric "coded message" family Theory (2011). Digital Delay (2011) is an angular face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Laidlaw

Edinburgh, Scotland-based graphic designer, illustrator, writer, artist and photographer. Designer of the avant garde typeface famly Sketchbook Bold (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David M. Debus
[BombHaus Digital Foundry]

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David Occhino Design (was: Treehouse Graphic Design)
[David A. Occhino]

Treehouse Graphic Design was David Occhino's font outlet. It is now called David Occhino Design. The Treehouse collection specialized in Startrek, futuristic, Disney and Indiana Jones style fonts, but has widened lately. Most fonts are commercial, but there are a few free ones:

  • Exclusive Designs: Tangaroa (2009, tiki font), TradeWind, Nautilus, Graviton, Voyager, Cinema, Firefly, Forest, Emblem.
  • Signage faces: Craftsmen (2010), Craftsmen Ornaments (2010).
  • Movie Fonts: Safari (1996, based on the famous Indiana Jones movie logo created by Mike Salisbury and David Willardson; version 2 in 2011), Venture, Astro, Galax-E, Time Travel, Iron Hero, Knight, Blade, Aeronaut (1997, avant-garde).
  • Art Deco Fonts: Aeronaut (1997; Aeronaut 2.0 in 2011), Cinema, Pan-Pacific (2010: based on the classic 1940s lettering style that was used for the signage for the famous Pan-Pacific Auditorium).
  • Theme Park Fonts: Kingdom (1996, blackletter), Mansion, Encounter, World.
  • Sci-Fi Fonts: Astro SE, Basestar, Blade, Encounter, Galax-E, Graviton, Nautilus, Time Travel, Voyager.
  • Halloween Fonts: Hocus Pocus, Nautilus, Mansion 3.0 (1996-2009), MansionCryptBats (2009, free).
  • Education Fonts: School.
  • Free Fonts: Aurebesh, Forbidden Eye, Tangaroa Glyphs (Hawaiian petroglyphs, 2009), World Symbols, Big Thunder Dingbats (2009: Western dingbats).
  • Western fonts: Big Thunder (2009).
  • Fonts I can no longer find: Aurebesh, DNealianArrows, DNealianGuides, DNealianRegular, Starspeeder, StarspeederUpright, Pyramid's Venture, Victorian Mansion.

Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Rault
[Sans serif classification]

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David Rudnick

Born in 1986, David Rudnick is a graphic designer in the UK. He created quite a number of typefaces ca. 2013. These include:

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David Trooper
[DTrooper Foundry]

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Daylight Fonts
[Shin Oka]

Japanese foundry with excellent web pages on early 20-th century type design. They created various revival fonts in 2009, all connected in some way to Tom Carnase, including

  • Bentley (201)=0). This is the same as Avant Garde Gothic.
  • Bernhard Neo DF (2010).
  • Caslon223 DF (after ITC/LSC Caslon 223 by Tom Carnase). Other Caslons include Caslon Headlione DF (2010) and Caslon Swash DF (2010).
  • Didot DF (2008).
  • Garamond DF (2010).
  • Grouch DF (after ITC Grouch by Tom Carnase and Ronne Bonder)
  • Lubalin Graph DF (after ITC Luabalin graph by Herb Lubalin, Ed Benguiat, Joe Sundwall, and Tony DiSpigna)
  • Busorama DF (after ITC Busorama by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase)
  • L&C Hairline DF (after L&C Hairline by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase)
Additionally, they identified the fonts on many covers and albums from the 1960s and 1970s. Further revivals of photolettering era fonts:
  • Baby Teeth (2009): after the art deco typeface of Milton Glaser, 1968, PhotoLettering.
  • CBS Didot (2009): after the original by Freeman Craw, 1970s.
  • Indigo (2009): after a font by Albert Hollenstein, 1970s.
  • Pacella Collegiate (2009): after Vincent Pacella's typeface at PhotoLettering.
  • Penny Bee (2009): a Peignot lookalike.
  • Tiffany Heavy With Swash (2011). A swashy Didot display face. This type was used by Quentin Tarantino's movie Jackie Brown in 1997. Tiffany Heavy (Ed Benguiat, Photolettering) is basically identical to Benguiat Caslon Swash (1960s) and to Foxy Brown (1974). Similar faces include LSC Book with Swash by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase (ca. 1970).
  • Wexford (2009): after the typeface of Richard A. Schlatter, VGC, 1972.
They are working on Permanent Massiv (after a 1962 Ludwig&Mayer font by Karlgeorg Hoefer---comparable to Impact or Compacta in its massiveness and masculinity), Michel, Didoni, Tiffany, Ginger Snap, Patriot, Motter Ombra, Pistilli Roman, Benguiat Caslon, and Via Face Don. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Mathias Doblhammer]

Mathias Doblhammer (DeeAit) is a graphic designer and illustrator from Vienna, His typefaces include Benchmark (2007), Fashion Victim (2009, hairline avant-garde face), Bowler (2008, rounded and ultra-fat), and Lazy Fox (2009, connected octagonal experiment). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denis Masharov

Born in Moscow in 1973, he emigrated to Israel in 1990 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Bezalel Jerusalem Academy of Arts, 1996. A professional designer since 1996, he designs type and is involved in typographic projects.

At Google Font Directory, we can download his Latin/Cyrillic poster font Ruslan (or Rusland) Display (2011), the freehand lettering typeface Marck Script (2011, based on the hand of Marck Fogel), and the angular Kelly Slab (2011).

Bolster (2011) is a unicase fat Western face.

Forum (2011) is a classical roman face.

Ruslan Display (2011) was co-designed with Vladimir Rabdu, this decorative typeface is in the poluustav style dating from the 16th century.

In 2011, he set up the Denis Masharov foundry at MyFonts.

Free fonts published at Google Web Fonts in 2012: Ledger (Ledger was likened to Zapf's Melior by Nick Shinn, but Masharov says that it is closer to Swift), Glass Antiqua. This is a revival of the 1913 typeface Glass Antiqua by Genzsch & Heyse (original by Franz Paul Glass, 1912). Poiret (2012, free at Google Web fonts) is a Latin / Cyrillic geometric grotesque that combines art deco with avant garde.

Bolster (2012) is a great Italian wood type face.

Tenor Sans (2012) is a Peignotian typeface (free at Google Web Fonts).

Klingspor link. Behance link. Fontsquirrel link. Google Plus link. Fontspace link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dennis Ludlow

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Avant-garde typography links. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Designers talk: favorite fonts

Favorite fonts as listed by designers, with votes tallied:

  • 4 votes: Helvetica Neue
  • 2 votes: Clarendon, Eurostyle, Futura, Optima
  • 1 vote: Avenir, Avant Garde, Bliss, Bryant, Chevin, Da Plume, Egyptienne, DIN Engschrift, Frutiger, FS Clerkenwell, FS Albert, Gill Sans, Haas Unica, Haettenschweiler, Humanist, Interface, Interstate, ITC Garamond, Klavika, Miller, Mister Giacco, Mostra, Officina Serif, Requiem, Sabon, Sansa, VAG, Whitney
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Device Fonts
[Rian Hughes]

Rian Hughes studied at the LCP in London before working for an advertising agency, i-D magazine, and a series of record sleeve design companies. Under the name Device he now provides design and illustration for the advertising, entertainment, publishing, and media industries. He works from Richmond, UK, as a comic book artist, letterer and typefounder---his foundry is called Device. He creates mostly display type. List of fonts. Interview. Review by Yves Peters. Monotype Imaging page. Interview by Die Gestalten. Various (overlapping) font listings, still unorganized.

  • Dingbats: Pic_Format, Mastertext Symbols, MacDings, RiansDingbats, Autofont.
  • FontFont fonts: Identification (1993), Revolver, Rian's Dingbats, LustaOneSixtySans, Knobcheese, CrashBangWallop, and Outlander.
  • [T-26] fonts: English Grotesque (1998), Data90 (2003; a free FontStruct typeface that is virtually identical to Data90 is Bitrate by Kummaeno (2010)), Flak Heavy (2003, stencil), Flak (2003, stencil), Freeman (2003), Klaxon (2003, kitchen tile font), Cordite, Substation (2003), September (2003), West Way (2003), Egret (2003), Paralucent Complete (2003), Paralucent Condensed, Paralucent Stencil (2003), Mercano Empire (2003), Iconics (2003), Cantaloupe (2003), Gravel (2003), Acton (blocky screen font, 2002), Ainsdale, Amorpheus, Anytime Now (alarm dingbats), Bingo, Blackcurrant (Blackcurrant Cameo (1997) is free), Bordello, Elektron, Haulage (U-Haul lettering, 2002), WexfordOakley, Telecast, Terrazzo, Transit, Untitled, Scrotnig, Skylab (2002), Silesia (1993), SlackCasual, Ritafurey, Reasonist-Medium, Regulator, GameOver, Novak, Quagmire, PicFormat, Jakita Wide (2000, techno font), Metropol-Noir, Motorcity, Mastertext, Mystique (2002), MacDings, Lusta, Laydeez, Sinclair, Paralucent (sans serif), Judgement, Bullroller, Zinger (a fifties font), Citrus (2002), Popgod (2003), Range (2000, a futuristic font), Hounslow, Jemima, Griffin, GranTurismo, Gargoyle, Foonky, DoomPlatoon, Darkside ("remixed" by FontStructor Kummaeno in his Ubangi (2011)), Cyberdelic, Contour, and the very original Stadia Outline family (Stadia is a kitchen tile font).
  • List of all fonts by Rian Hughes, as of 2004: Acton, Ainsdale, Amorpheus, Anytime Now, Bingo, Blackcurrant, Bordello, Bull Roller, Chascarillo, Contour, Cottingley (1992), FF CrashBangWallop, Cyberdelic, Darkside, Data90, Doom Platoon (1996), Elektron, English Grotesque, Flak, Foonky, Freeman, Game Over, Gargoyle, Gran Turismo, Griffin, Haulage, Hounslow, Iconics, FF Identification, Jakita, Jemima, Judgement, FF Knobcheese, Laydeez Nite, Lusta (big family), Mac Dings, Mastertext, Men Swear, Metropol Noir, Motorcity, Mystique, Novak, FF Outlander, Paralucent, Pic Format, Platinum, Quagmire, Range, Reasonist, Register (A and B), Regulator, FF Revolver, FF Rian's Dingbats, Ritafurey, Scrotnig, September, Silesia, Sinclair, Skylab, Slack Casual, Space Cadet, Stadia, Substation, Telecast, Terrazzo, Transmat, Untitled One, Vertex, Westway, Wexford Oakley, Why Two Kay, Zinger.
  • At Veer, in 2005, these Device fonts were published: Gentry, Gridlocker, Valise Montreal, Custard, Box Office (moviemaking letters), Sparrowhawk, Monitor, Moonstone, Miserichordia, Yolanda (a great playful medieval text typeface in three styles: Duchess, Princess, Countess), Gusto, Dauphine, Rogue, Ritafurey, Dynasty, Radiogram, Xenotype, Roadkill (grunge), Payload (stencil family comprising Regular, Outline, Spraycan, Narrow, Narrow Outline, Wide, Wide Outline), Catseye, Electrasonic, Absinthe (psychedelic style), Straker, and Chantal (brush).
  • In 2006, Veer added these: Profumo, Ironbridge, Cheapside, Battery Park (grunge), Forge, Shenzhen Industrial, Hawksmoor (grunge), Coldharbour Gothic, Wormwood Gothic (grunge), Chase (grunge), Diecast, Roadkill Heavy, Tinderbox (fuzzy blackletter), Dazzle (multiline face), Nightclubber (art deco), Klickclack (2005, comic book or cartoon caper typeface), Vanilla (art deco), Wear it's at (grunge), Diecast, Drexler, Box Office (movie icon font).
  • Fonts from 2007: DF Conselheiro (2007, grunge), DF Glitterati (2007), Indy Italic (script), DF Apocrypha (2006, rough outline), DF Quartertone (2007), DF Lagos (2007, rough stencil), DF Pulp Action, DF Reliquary #17 (2006, grunge didone), DF Dukane (2007, octagonal grunge), DF Strand (2007, striped stencil), DF Rocketship from Infinity (2006, futuristic), DF Appointment with Danger (2006), DF Las Perdidas (2006, grunge stencil), DF Kelly Twenty (2007, grunge stencil), DF Heretic, DF Roadkill, DF Ironbridge, DF Forge, DF Shenzhen Industrial, DF Hawksmoor, DF Cheapside, DF Battery Park, DF Saintbride, DF Profumo, DF Coldharbour Gothic, DF Wormwood Gothic, DF Tinderbox, DF Flickclack, DF Vanilla (multiline art deco face), DF Chase, DF Nighclubber (art deco jazz club face), DF Diecast, DF Dazzla, DF Zond Diktat (grunge), DF Yellow Perforated, DF Mulgrave (grunge), DF Ministry B, DF Ministry A (with a hairline weight), DF Gridlocker, DF Gentry, DF Valise Montréal (grunge), DF Custard, DF Box Office, DF Roadkill, DF Payload Wide, DF Payload Narrow, DF Catseye Narrow, DF Catseye, DF Yolanda, DF Xenotype, DF Telstar, DF Straker, DF Sparrowhawk, DF Rogue Serif, DF Rogue Sans Extended, DF Rogue Sans Condensed, DF Rogue Sans, DF Ritafurey B, DF Ritafurey A, DF Radiogram, DF Pitshanger, DF Payload (stencil), DF Outlander Nova, DF Moonstone, DF Monitor, DF Miserichordia, DF Interceptor, DF Gusto, DF Glitterati, DF Galicia (2004), DF Galaxie, DF Electrasonic, DF Dynasty B, DF Dynasty A, DF Drexler, DF Dauphine, DF Chantal, DF Absinthe, DF Register Wide B, DF Register Wide A, DF Register B, DF Register A, DF Quagmire B, DF Cordoba (2007, grunge), Mellotron (2004, stencil), Seabright Monument (2007), Charger (2007, grunge).
  • T-26 releases in 2007: Klickclack, Hawksmoor (grunge), Heretic, Ironbridge (old letter simulation), Battery Park (grunge), Chase (grunge), Cheapside (grunge), Dazzle (multiline art deco), Diecast (grunge), and Forge (grunge).
  • T-26 releases in 2008: Automoto (fat multiline deco face), Straker (organic). Also from 2008: Mission Sinister (grunge), Gonzalez (grunge).
  • FontBros release in 2009: Filmotype Modern. Other Filmotype series fonts include Filmotype Miner (2012), Filmotype Manchester (2012), Filmotype Meredith (2012), Filmotype Marlette (2012), Filmotype Mansfield (2012), Filmotype Power (2012) and Filmotype Major (2012: this is based on a typeface used as the titling font for the popular children's book by Dr. Seuss entitled One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960). Other 2009 fonts: Degradation (grunge).
  • Creations in 2010: Pod (2010, fat round stencil), Korolev (2010, a 20-style monoline sans family based on communist propaganda from 1937), DF Agent of the Uncanny (2010, brush face), DF Destination Unknown (2010, Kafkaesque brush), DF Maraschino Black (a sleek, sophisticated high-contrast swash capital font).
  • Creations in 2011: DF Capitol Skyline, DF Capitol Skyline Underline and DF Capitol Skyline Capitals (a multi-weight all-caps pair that epitomizes Streamline Moderne), DF Korolev (a 20-weight sans serif family based on lettering by an anonymous Soviet graphic designer who did the propaganda displays at the Communist Red Square parade in 1937. Named in honor of Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, or Korolev, considered to be the father of practical astronomics).
  • Typefaces from 2012: Ember (informal script), Kane (based on the Batman logo), Glimmer Glossy, Glimmer Mate, Galleria (avant-garde caps), Clique (flared sans).
  • Typefaces from 2013: Filmotype Melon (after a 1959 original, this is an offbeat Googie era doo-wop typeface), Filmotype Melody (similar to Melon), Filmotype Mellow (also similar to Melon), Raw (worn wood type), Cadogan (a rhythmic connected script), Whiphand (brush face), Steed (heavy codensed masculine sans inspired by the titles of the Avengers TV show), State Stencil (Clean and Rough: in the style of Futura Black), Korolev Military Stencil (named after Sergei Korolev, father of Soviet astronautics, and based on signs from the Red Army parade of 1932), Armstrong (a 1950s automobile font).
  • Other: Customised Foonky Starred, Altoona, DfAncestorITC, DfAttitudesPlain, HotRod (2002).

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Dick Pape
[Dick Pape: February 2013]

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Dick Pape
[Dick Pape: Initials]

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Dick Pape: February 2013
[Dick Pape]

In February 2013, Dick Pape published a number of typefaces grouped together here. Local download page. The typefaces:

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Dick Pape: Initials
[Dick Pape]

Dick Pape revived hundreds of initial caps typefaces. Some came from collections. The unclassified ones include these fonts from 2009 (unless date specially mentioned): Antique Alphabet, Avante Light (2010, avant garde caps), Babylon Initials (2009), Bird Drawings Alphabet (2008), Boast Feder Bold (2010, horizontally-striped caps), Boast Plain Bold (2010), BoldCameo (2009), Clea Initials (2010, nudes), Command (2010), Dover Old Fashion Alphabet (2010, silhouettes), Fancy Nouveau (2010, art nouveau caps), Floral Initials (2010), Flotner Anthropomorphic (2010), Flower Panels Outline (2010), Flower Panels (2010), Flower Vines (2010), Flowery Alphabet (2010), Framed Alphabet (2010), Frankfurt Stempel-Series 52 (2011), Frankfurt Stempel-Series 55 (2011), Garden Nouveau Initials (2010: great art nouveau initials), Genteliza Hand (2011), Gothic Metal Initials (2008), Goudy Initials (2008), Haas'sche 1925 (2010), Humanistic Alphabet 107 (2011, uncial), Humanistic Alphabet 109 Swash (2011), Humanistic Alphabet 110 (2011), In Bloom Alpha (2010), Iniciales Greco (2010, after Richard Gans, 1922), Initialen Feder Grotesk (2010, after Jakob Erbar's 1908-1910 typeface at Ludwig & Mayer), Lichte Jonisch (2008), Light Me Up (2010), Madeleine (2010), Nelma (2011), New Music (2010), Rankin-Initialen (2010: Celtic), Rosart Initials (2010), Sacon Initials (2010: birds, beasts and flowers by Jacques Sacon, Lyon, 1519), Schmale Jonisch (2008), Schriftgiesserei Series 56 (2013: after D. Stempel, 1915), Victorine Embellished (2010).

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Diego Consalter

Florianopolis, brazil-based designer of the thin monoline avant garde typeface Aba (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diego Maldonado

A disciple of Tony de Marco, this Brazilian designer has worked on digital magazines in Brazil such as Elle (fashion), Audi Magazine (lifestyle) and Trip (lifestyle). Codesigner with Tony de Marco of the rounded avant garde typeface Garoa (2011, Just in Type). The free font Garoa Hacker Clube Bold was published at OFL in 2013. They write: Inspired by the 70s design, specially on Herb Lubalin's work, the typeface Garoa is a rounded mechanical display font without optical compensations, ideal for large bodies.

In 2013, he created the informal children's book typeface Sapeca, a script full of ligatures and alternates.

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Dimitris Anastasiadis

Art director in Athens, Greece. Creator of the hairline avant garde typeface Mythont (2013).

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Diogene's monospace list

As posted on abf by Diogene:

  • Arial Monospaced (Monotype)
  • Base Monospace (Emigre)
  • Bitstream Typewriter (Bitstream)
  • Cash Monospace (Elsner&Flake)
  • Courier 10 Pitch (Bitstream)
  • courier 12 Pitch (Monotype)
  • Courier Line Drawn (Monotype)
  • FF Airport (FontFont)
  • FF Burokrat (FontFont)
  • FF Elementa (FontFont)
  • FF Letter Gothic / FF Letter Gothic Italic (FontFont)
  • FF TheSans Mono (FontFont)
  • ITC Avant Garde Monospace (ITC)
  • Letter Gothic (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Letter Gothic 12 Pitch (Bitstream)
  • Matricia (Type-ø-Tones)
  • Monanti (Elsner&Flake)
  • Monkey Mono (Nick Shinn)
  • Monospace 821 (Bitstreams' version of Helvetica Monospaced) Bitstream
  • OCR A (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • OCR B (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Old Typewriter (Apply Design)
  • Orator (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Orator (Bitstream)
  • Prestige 12 Pitch (Bitstream)
  • Prestige Elite (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Sjablony (TakeType)
  • Typewriter (Monotype)
Others have suggested to add Cinncinatus and Angelus, both by Scriptorium. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Douglas F. Olena

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Driemeyer Design
[Antje Driemeyer]

Typefoundry in München run by independent designer Antje Driemeyer, a graduate from the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design in 2004. Antje specializes in type design, corporate design and editorial design.

Creator of Halvan (2012) and Henny (2012, hand-printed).

In 2013, Antje designed the remarkable rounded blueprint sans family Herrmann, which comes in ten styles. Near the end of 2013, she published the avant garde architectural sans family Bauhans. Hanami (2015) is a set of kaleidoscopic ornaments. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

DTrooper Foundry
[David Trooper]

Dave Trooper (New Jersey) was associated with the photo type foundry VGC. Almost 40 years later, he set up his own digital typefoundry, DTrooper Foundry, which publishes digital versions of his typefaces. Creator of these typefaces:

  • Trooper Roman (1974, VGC), a didone display face. [Klingspor puts the date at 1976] TypeShop made TS Toledo based on this idea, especially Toledo TS-XBold. Another digital clone is Talon (BuyFonts). Infinitype / Softmaker have a set called Toledo. And Nikita Vsesvetsky extended it cyrillically to Troover (SoftUnion, 1994). Dave's own digital font Trooper Roman Bold Display was finished in 2013. The typeface is characterized by the left-leaning "o".
  • Trooper Grotesque (2010). This too is based on his own VGC font from the 1970s.
  • Trooper Jazzerini (2011). An elegant geometric avant-garde typeface with weights from hairline to bold.

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Dusan Jelesijevic

Serbian graphic designer located in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia. Cofounder in 2009 with Slobodan Jelesijevic, his father, of the Serbian foundry Tour de Force. Creator of these typefaces:

  • Dusan Script (2009, Ascender: a monoline informal hand-printed script).
  • Artvod (2009, slabby and octagonal at the same time).
  • Qiltray (2009, handwriting for long texts).
  • Punkerro Crust (2009, delicious scratchy type).
  • Rough the Type (2009, blackboard style).
  • Shuma (2009, handwriting).
  • Dolina Script (2010).
  • Econs (2010, ecology dingbats).
  • Sensor (2010, an ink-trap monoline face).
  • Enforcer (2010, an elliptical headline sans).
  • Epruveta (2009).
  • Passage (2010, a great art deco family, including Initials and Borders).
  • Amanet (2011). A flared display face.
  • Osmacka azbukovica (2011). A Cyrillic font made by his kids in school.
  • The clean-cut semi-humanist sans family Centim (2011).
  • The Egyptian faces Saxophone Soprano and Saxophone Baritone.
  • Debelly (2011), one of the best faces to come out of Tour de Force. They say about this elegant fat poster face: Debelly is catchy fat typeface, with lovely geometric shapes. Inspired with contrast strokes, with square joins, Debelly gives an impression of retro style combined with contemporary trends. It is designed specially for packaging, posters, logotypes or headlines, even it can be pretty handfull in smaller sizes. Contains 375 glyphs.
  • Epitet (2011). A simple monoline family built around elegant elliptical shapes.
  • Refren (2012): A monoline script face.
  • Equator (2012): An avant-garde caps headline family.
  • Brisko Sans (2013). A straightforward sans family. Extended to Brisko Display (2012).
  • A day before Serbia was crushed by the Belgian soccer team, Dusan published the organic sans typeface Publio (2013).
  • Kamenica (2013). A display sans.
  • Nervatica (2013). A children's book font.
  • Lasta (2013) is an informal serif typeface advertized as poetic.
  • Selektor (2013). A geometrical almost techno sans family. This was followed by Selektor Slab (2013).
  • Bartender (2013). A copperplate typeface.
  • Lumier (2013). An all caps geometric sans family inspired by art deco posters from the interwar period. Followed by Lumier Texture.
  • Scholle (2014). A bouncy two-style inline family with cartoonish elements.
  • Hedon and Hedon Display (2014). A hedonistic sans that exhibits the sort of contrast one finds in inscriptional types.
  • Lumberjack (2014). A bouncy fat cartoon typeface. Not to be confused with Thiago Bellotti's Lumberjack (2013, Mushroom Type), it was renamed 24 hours after its first appearance to Lumberjacky.
  • Trampoline (2014). A funky typeface.
  • Dondolare (2014). A primitive hand-drawn typeface.
  • Balcon (2014) and Balcon Round (2014, a condensed rounded sans).
  • Scripton (2015). An urban wall brush type.

Behance link. MyFonts link. His most popular typefaces showcased. Fontspring link. Klingspor link. View Dusan Jelesijevic's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

E. Victor-C

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Edgar Flores Diaz

Art director in Chicago, who created the avant-garde typeface Caracas Sans Serif in 2013. He studied in 2012 at University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has a BFA from Florida International University, Miami, FL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edik Ghabuzyan

Head of the Department of Creating and Keeping Armenian fonts of the National Book Chamber in Yerevan, Armenia. Edik Ghabuzyan has been creating Armenian computer fonts since about 1988---a total of about 300 digital fonts. In 1997, one of his fonts won the Best Font prize in HiArt Armenian Fonts competition. In 2005, his Vernatun and ArmTimesST fonts were awarded the main prizes and the Titghosagir the first prize in Mashtots-1600 Electronic Fonts competition. In 2006, several of his fonts won the main prizes in Armenian Schoolbook Fonts competition. He has designed Armenian letters in Unicode and later Latin, Cyrillic and Greek letters, preserving a uniform style /across the spectrum. Today, Edik Ghabuzyan works at the National Book Chamber of Armenia as the head of the section of Saving and Creating Armenian Fonts. He won several awards at Granshan 2008, and organized both Granshan 2008 and 2009.

He created (free) Armenian extensions of Microsoft's Tahoma, GHEA Tahoma (Regular, Bold), in 1996. His winning entries in Granshan 2009 include Aragast (for Cyrillic), Asparez, Parmani, Notgrir, and Diana.

He also designed Mariam, GHEA Tigran (2008, awarded the Grand price in the Granshan 2008 International Type Design competition), GHEA Koryun (2011), GHEA Gohar (2009), GHEA Aspet (2011), GHEA Lilit (2012, a nice text family), GHEA Narek (2012, a sans family with built-in contrasts), GHEA Dvin (2014), GHEA Tatevik Display (art deco), GHEA Kamar (geometric avant garde sans), GHEA Katil (a plump display typeface realted to the modern fat faces), GHEA Narek Serif. Most of his fonts cover Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Armenian.

GHEA Narek Display won an award at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014.

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Eduardo Garza

Monterrey, Nexico-based type and graphic designer. Creator of Prepa Liceo (2009), a display sans based on a combination of Helvetica, Avant Garde and Avenir. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Benguiat

Born in New York in 1927, Ed grew up in Brooklyn. He was once a very prominent jazz percussionist playing in several big bands with Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, among others. He has created a large number of typefaces between 1970 and 1995. About his career, he once said: I'm really a musician, a jazz percussionist. One day I went to the musician's union to pay dues and I saw all these old people who were playing bar mitzvahs and Greek weddings. It occurred to me that one day that's going to be me, so I decided to become an illustrator. He designed more than 400 faces for PhotoLettering. He played a critical role in establishing The International Typeface Corporation (or ITC) in the late '60s and early '70s. Founded in 1971 by designers Herb Lubalin, Aaron Burns, and Ed Ronthaler, ITC was formed to market type to the industry. Lubalin and Burns contacted Benguiat, whose first ITC project was working on Souvenir. Ed became a partner with Lubalin in the development of U&lc, ITC's famous magazine, and the creation of new typefaces such as Tiffany, Benguiat, Benguiat Gothic, Korinna, Panache, Modern No. 216, Bookman, Caslon No. 225, Barcelona, Avant Garde Condensed, and many more. With Herb Lubalin, Ed eventually became vice-president of ITC until its sale to Esselte Ltd.

Ed is a popular keynote speaker at major type meetings, including, e.g., at TypeCon 2011, where he entertained the crowd with quotes such as I do not think of type as something that should be readable. It should be beautiful. Screw readable. His typefaces---those from PhotoLettering excepted:

  • ITC Avant Garde Gothic (1971-1977, with Andre Gurtler, Tom Carnase, Christian Mengelt, and Erich Gschwind).
  • ITC Modern No. 216 (text family). The Softmaker versions are called M791 Modern and Montpellier.
  • Modern No. 20, after the Stephenson Blake original from 1905. [Image by Kristen Cleghorn]
  • ITC Barcelona (1981).
  • ITC Bauhaus (1974-1975). ITC Bauhaus was codesigned with Victor Caruso. The Softmaker versions are called R790 Sans and Dessau. The Infinitype ersion is Dessau. The Bitstream version is Geometric 752.
  • ITC Benguiat (1977) and ITC Benguiat Gothic (1977-1979). Comic book style faces called Benjamin and Benjamin Gothic on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD (2002). Softmaker also has fonts called B693 Roman and B691 Sans that are identical.
  • Benguiat Roman (1960s).
  • PL Bernhardt (Photo-Lettering, 1970), modeled after a 1930-1931 design by Lucian Bernhard.
  • ITC Bookman (1975). See B791 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD (2002).
  • Calendar (1960s).
  • ITC Caslon 224 (1983). In 1960, he added Benguiat Caslon Swash, and in 1970, Caslon 223 followed. See C790 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD (2002), and Caslon CP (2012, Claude Pelletier).
  • ITC Century Handtooled (1993).
  • ITC Cheltenham Handtooled (1993).
  • ITC Edwardian Script (1994).
  • ITC Garamond Handtooled.
  • ITC Korinna (1974): after a 1904 typeface called Korinna by Berthold. Michael Brady thinks it is a very very close to the Berthold original.
  • Laurent (1960s).
  • Lubalin Graph (1974, ITC). By Herb Lubalin, Ed Benguiat, Joe Sundwall, and Tony DiSpigna.
  • ITC Panache Book (1987).
  • Scorpio (1960s).
  • ITC Souvenir (1977). Kent Lew: Benguiat revived Benton's Souvenir for ITC in the '70s and that was well-received for a while. On the other hand, look what happened after that. Souvenir in the ATF 1923 catalog looks really nice, IMO. Souvenir in the '70s seems cliché now. Souvenir these days would be downright dorky. Souvenir was done by Benguiat in 1967 at PhotoLettering. Morris Fuller Benton's original model was from 1914. It was described by Simon Loxley as follows: Souvenir is a typeface that is intractably rooted in style to a particular era, although one a half-century after its creation. It is a quintessential late 1960s and 1970s typeface, informal, with full rounded character shapes and rounded serifs, a laid-back Cheltenham. The Bitstream version of ITC Souvenir was called Sovran.
  • ITC Tiffany (1974), a fashion mag typeface family. Adobe says that it is a blend of Ronaldson, released in 1884 by the MacKellar Smiths&Jordan foundry, and Caxton, released in 1904 by American Type Founders.
  • PL Torino (1960, Photo-Lettering), a blackboard bold didone-inspired typeface.
  • In 2004, House Industries released five faces based on the lettering of Ed Benguiat: Ed Interlock (1400 ligatures---based on Ed's Interlock, Photolettering, 1960s), Ed Roman (animated bounce), Ed Script, Ed Gothic and Bengbats.
  • He did logotypes for many companies, including Esquire, New York Times, Playboy, Reader's Digesn, Sports Illustrated, Look, Estée Lauder, AT&T, A&E, Planet of the Apes, Super Fly.
  • Lesser known Photolettering faces include Benguiat Bounce, Benguiat Boutique, Benguiat Bravado, Benguiat Brush, Benguiat Buffalo (+Ornaments), Benguiat Century, Benguiat Cinema, Benguiat Congressional, Benguiat Cooper Black, Benguiat Cracle, Benguiat Crisp, Benguiat Debbie, Benguiat Montage, Benguiat Roman. Scorpio, Laurent and Charisma, all done in the 1960s, are psychedlic types.

Links: Linotype, CV by Elisa Halperin. Daylight Fonts link (in Japanese). Catalog by Daylight, part I, part II.

Pics harvested from the web: Portrait With Ilene Strivzer at ATypI 1999. One more with Strivzer. With Jill Bell at ATypI 1999. In action. At TypeCon 2011 with Matthew Carter and Alejandro Paul. At the same meeting with Carole Wahler and with Roger Black.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

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Eesha Azam

Karachi, Pakistan-based designer of the avant-garde typeface Crescent (2014), which is a hybrid of ITC Avant Garde and ITC Anna. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Alex Grecian]

Elemeno is a foundry in Topeka, Kansas, where one can buy fonts made by graphic designer Alex Grecian (b. Hospital, 1969), who markets his fonts through MyFonts.

Partial list of typefaces: Aldersgate, Betabet (2002, a scratchy sketched typeface), Bindle, Black Bull (2005), Boller, Borealis, Bungalow, Cadence, Camryn, Cerulean, Dragon Drop, Plummet (2006), Handwriting fonts Boller, Benchley (2004), Chalk, Parmesan Serif, Trade Dress, Chockablock (comic book face), Broadway, Classical Drop Caps (2002), Classical Engraved (2002), Chocolate Shop (2005, display face), Christy Marie (curly face), Circus Peanut, Zero Tolerance Block, Zero Tolerance College, Zero Tolerance Serif, Kryptonite, Zap Bats, Extreme Junction, Grecian Empire, Helvetian Times, Platypus (2002), Saint Vitus, Saturday Night, Vibraphone, Xanthippe, Christy Marie (2002, crazy curly font), Zero Tolerance, Kings in Disguise, Peaches, Betabet (2004), Minuitia, Natural Dark, Wittgenstein, Drop Down, Erector Dysfunction, Flaster Platypus, Gorey, High Water, Hypewriter, Iteration Grap, Jejune Bebug, La Brea Typist, Macon Tracks, Merkin, Nicodemus, Orbiculate, Parker (2004), Parmesan Serif, Pillow talk, Reading Railroad, Rejoinder, Rock Bottom, Ross (2004: an avant-garde geometric monoline regualr face), Ross Round (2004), Rubric Cuped, Salutation, Saturday Night, Trade Dress, Structure, Salutatorian, Spiroglyph, Tattersall, Tenpenny Dreadful, Times Kangaroo Down, Trivet, Wendigo, Whiffle (2004), Woodcutter (2005), Woollcott, Wordplay, Writers Block, Zap Bats.

View Alex Gecian's typefaces.

Klingspor link.

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Elias Torres

Madrid-based designer of the avant-garde sans caps typeface En Serio (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily K. Moore

Emily Moore (Rochester, NY) created an experimental shadow caps typeface called Houdin (2012), based on Avenir.

During a type design class of Kris Holmes, Emily Moore (Rochester, NY) designed Sanscery (2013), a calligraphic sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Ryan

During her studies, Emily Ryan (Geelong, Australia) created the avant-garde typeface Wanderlust (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emraan Mayow

Graduate of Birmingham Metropolitan College. Birmingham, UK-based designer of Kronen (a free monospaced typeface family), Bolde (2013), a sans titling face. The octagonal typeface Ontwerp (2013) was a school project at Birmingham Metropolitan College. Emraan also designed the hairline sans caps typeface Ava (2013, avant-garde) and Sanotra (2013, an alchemic typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Stevens

American [T-26] designer of BakerScript (2000), Slappy, Miscreant, Tree-Boxelder, Tree-MonkeyPuzzle, Tree-Persimmon, Goitre. Also designed the avant-garde ITC Kumquat in 1998, as well as ITC Pious Henry and ITC Tapioca. Designer of the hand-printed font ITC Lintball in 1999.

Linotype link. Fontshop link. Klingspor link.

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Erich Gschwind

Designer based in Basel of ITC Avant Garde Gothic Book Oblique, one of many Oblique weights made by Gschwind in 1977 for ITC. Forms Team 77 with André Gürtler and Christian Mengelt. At Autologic, those three designers published Media (1976) and Signa (1978). Linotype link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of helena_pixelated, squaresans_more_latin, structesk, vintee3, Avantesk (Avant Garde simulation), VINTEe3. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Essqué Productions
[Stephen M. Knouse]

Stephen Knouse (Essqué Productions) is the Alaskan designer in Wasilla (b. 1976) of several free fonts. These include the display typeface Petal Glyph (2007), Avante Go (2008, avant-garde) and Avante Return (2008, avant-garde). He also created the free comic book fonts Happy Sans (2009) and Happy Serif (2008), Diagano (2012, monoline avant-garde sans), the trekkie typeface Dark Future (2011), and Neon 80s (2010, a rounded sans in the style of VAG Round but more so a faux neon font).

Spyced (2012) evokes Arabian nights, lava lamps, and Indian mystery. In 2014, Stephen designed Geo Grid 9 (a kitchen tile font) and Tall & Lean.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Devian tart link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Esteve Padilla

London-based graphic designer who made the custom avant-garde typeface Nowadays (2009). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evan Scott Sharfe

Cincinnati, OH-based creator of the thin avant-garde sans typeface Zephyr (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[E. Victor-C]

EVCCo is the foundry of Canadian type designer E Victor-C. He created West Warp (2010), Evcial (2000, monoline geometric avant garde sans) and Chapeau (2010, experimental). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Design and corporate identity studio in Lisbon. Creators of the elegant sans headline typeface Caixa Alta (2013), the stencil typeface Caffein (2011), Beedrones (2011, hexagonal), Ink (2012, a heavy brush face), Ecotour Portugal (2012, brush face), Lusofonia (2012, a decomposable typeface), Arte No Feminino (2012, a mosaic typeface), Ponte Romana (2012, a thin avant-garde wine label typeface).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Frank Béla]

Frank Béla (b. 1978, Orosháza, Hungary) is a graphic design student at Krea Art School in Budapest who uses the pseudonym Fabergraph. Home page. Blog. In 2010, he started out commercially as Faberfonts. Dafont link. Behance link. Klingspor link.

He created the ink trap font Portrait Of A Lady (2009), FR Irisz (2009, didone family), Pontifex (2009), the hand-printed Munkácsy 1120 (2009), the unicase Reka Sans (2009), the thick-thin Azur (2009), the simple sans Babyface (2009), the medieval sorcery font Elmulas (2009), the Valentine;s Day font Sapet (2009), the avant garde sans family Hopper Sans (2009) and the ultra-fat typeface Rendezvous (2009). Callimachos (2009) is a fun triple-lined hand-printed headline typeface (with a Cyrillic version added in). Azur Title Font (2009) is a hairline slabbed typewriter type. Pasta Simpla (2009, followed by FR Pasta Mono in 2010) is another experimental jewel. Hobbista (2009) mixes symbols and glyphs. FR Rama Nous (2009) is a free modular font. In 2009, he also made Arrow, Enamel Paint Type, Belonging (Roman caps).

Commercial fonts made in 2010: FR Unalom, FR Sniccer (stencil), FR Ceruza, FR Minta (a dingbat typeface to make labyrinthine patterns; +Two), FR Tabula (beveled face), FR Smaragdina, FR Mintry One and Two (pattern fonts), and a custom alphabet for Esquire Russia, FR Hopper (monoline sans family).

Activity in 2011: A didone-inspired typeface called MFA Dagi that was was commissioned for a catalog of an exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest, Hungary). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fat Factory
[Mico Samardzija]

Designer in Zagreb, Croatia. Creator of the avant garde hipster typeface Non Bell (2014) and the monoline sans typeface Alex (2014). Over at Dafont, one can download Non Belle (2014), which is identical to Non Bell. However, inside the font we find the name Justine Lazo. Alex in DR ExtremEdit (2014) is a modular typeface.

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Federico Galvani

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Felix Beckheuer
[Felix Beckheuer]

Felix Beckheuer set up his own typefoundry in Germany in 2013. His typefaces include the geometric headline typeface Pavo (2013), which was inspired by Lubalin's Avant Garde. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Felix Beckheuer
[Felix Beckheuer]

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Felix Braden

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Fernando Loza

During his graphic design studies at CRGS, Universidad de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico, Fernando Loza created the beautiful hairline geometric avant-garde sans typeface Gum (2013). Karaiza (2013) is a hybrid font based on Bodoni and Courier New. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fiona Finn Tao

Singaporean photographer and graphic designer who graduated from Temasek Design School. Her typefaces Goldrush (2011) and Villains (2011) both have an avant-garde look. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Felix Braden]

Floodfonts has freeware fonts by Felix Braden (b. Koblenz, Germany, 1974, an ex-student at the Trier College of Design). In 2000 he founded the free-font site Floodfonts with Peter Hoffmann. After working for five years as an art director for Gaga-Design, Koblenz, he decided to set up his own graphic design studio in Cologne. He now lives in Cologne working as a freelance designer and as a art director for MWK Cologne.

His free fonts at Floodfonts include Polaris (2011), Floodicons (2003), Hydrophilia (2003. He writes: Hydrophilia family was created in 2003 by Felix Braden as a further development of Moby and comes with two fonts: The gothic typeface (liquid) is a revised version of the pixel font (iced). Hydrophilia liquid got a lot of letterforms with a diagonal axis, which reminded me of the technical fonts used on early liquid crystal displays.), Squid (2002, free), SquidCaps (2002), Ninetwist (2002), Catherine (2002), Moby (2002, a Bauhaus style corporate and headline font for the Cologne based design bureau Glashaus), Babelfish (2002), Blendfontsexperiment (2001), Incpot (1997), Hammerhead (2001: an angular constructivist typeface---free), HammerheadBlack (2001), HammerheadBold (2001), HammerheadMedium (2001), Multikultur (1997, Fraktur font), MultikulturExtraBold (2001), Orchidee (2001), Sadness (2001), Wuestling (1997).

Peter Hoffmann designed Alita (2001) and Lacuna (2001).

Commercial fonts at Fountain: Grimoire, Sadness (2001).

In 2004, he cofounded Timetwist with Pia Kolle, where you can download Rabbits (2004, Kolle), Pirates Stoertebecker (2004, Braden at Floodfonts, a ransom note face), Pirates Drake (2004, Braden at Floodfonts), PiratesBlackbeard (2004, Braden at Floodfonts), PiratesBonney (2004, Braden at Floodfonts), Bigfish (2009, a Western billboard face).

At Ductype, Braden published Timetwisteight (2005, a pixel face).

At URW++, he published the Supernormale family (part techno, part pixel) in 2006.

At Volcano, he made the rounded display face Bikini (2010).

At Fountain, he published the geometric monoline sans typeface Capri Pro (2011, related to both Futura and Avant Garde).

The Orchidee project started in 1999 led to a fantastic free font. Felix: Orchidee was created as a part of the business stationary of the restaurant Orchidee located in the luxory hotel Quellenhof in Aachen, Germany. After the founding of the restaurant the hotel manager realized that there earlier was a bordello in the city with the same name, so he wanted to change the name. At the time when our agency had to presentate the logotype the name was not appointed so I created the font. The restaurant was specialized on crosscultural european-asian cuisine. Because of that I wanted to mix up some elements of traditional asian typography with european typography. The letters are designed in freehand by the repetition of just a few basic elements. To create the rough outline I used xerox-copier because I wanted to have some chaotic elements to give the font a handmade touch.

Other free fonts: Coraline (2012), Sonar Script (2013), Rollmops (2013).

At FontShop, he published FF Scuba (2012), as an offline companion to Verdana.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Behance link. Fontsquirrel link. Personal page. Another Behance link. Fountain Type link. Home page of Felix Braden. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fonderia Reggiani

Italian foundry in Milan, which published a bulletin in the 1930s entitled Tipografia (in which we find contributions of Edoardo Persico and the typographer Guido Modiano). They published the avant-garde font Triennale in 1933, a typeface that set the tone for the institutionalized graphics imposed by the Italian fascists. Some of the posters of that eraare here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FONTana Typestudio
[Amondo Szegi]

FONTana is a font design studio in Szeged, Hungary, started in 1999. Free and commercial typefaces (39USD/piece) by Gabor Kóthay (La Danse, Luxury, Sehrgut (Fraktur), Faximile (1999), L&R (1999), Monsoon (1999)), and Amondó Szegi (Telegdi family, which is based on the worn typefaces used by Abbot Nicolaus Telegdi at the Vienna Jesuit press in the 16th Century; Velorex (1999)). Very beautiful web page, and fantastic fonts in all respects!

Free faces: Zodiac (2000), Cards (Gyula Zsigri, 2001), Maldoror, Domino (Gabor Kóthay), Count, Csenge (a Hungarian rune font by Csaba Dávid), Qwerty (Gabor Kóthay, 2000), Y2K (Gabor Kóthay, 2000).

Early commercial fonts: Woodini (caps), Sleeping Beauty (caps), Zimbalo (1999, Amondó Szegi), Pacalsone (1999, Amondó Szegi), Paradox (1999, Amondó Szegi), Construct (2001, Amondó Szegi), Binario (2000, Amondó Szegi), Bikewrench (2001, Amondó Szegi), Cabin (2001, Gábor Kóthay).

At T-26, in 2001, Amondó Szegi published the commercial faces MuseFace (art nouveau), Glosso (2003), Xodus (2001, Regular, Italic, Forgotten), Kozma-Ornaments, all showing old Slavonic and/or Armenian influences in Latin letters. In 2000, he made Alian Ornaments (floral ornaments) for T-26.

At T-26, Gábor Kóthay published Adagietto (2000), Minerva (2000), Archetype (2000). At PsyOps, Gábor Kóthay published the formal script Anglia (2001), Berill (2001), and Plexo (2001).

Amondó Szegi's faces at T-26: Nexodus (2008, medieval style), Zenthes (2008), Alien Ornaments, Glosso, Iskola (a medieval typeface done with Silas Dilworth), Kozma (great ornaments), Melico, Melico Ornaments (2004, another great set), Xodus.

At P22, Szegi designed the curly typeface Mantra (2005). Amondó Szegi's Telegdi family is since 2001 available from P22.

At The Type Trust, he created the playful Gepetto (2006).

Typefaces from 2013: Ma (avant-garde, constructivist, done as an hommage to Lajos Kassak), Overdose, Sorry (kitchen tile typeface), Atett (hommage to Lajos Kassak), Street Soul, Samizdat, Velorex (brush script), Zsir (fat octagonal face), Kedves (hipster font).

Typefaces from 2014: Iseum, Pix Gotisch.

Among their custom corporate identity jobs, the Losonczi Hair Salon work (2012) is quite outstanding.

Dubstep (2012) is an experimental triangulated grid-based typeface.

In 2013, Glosso Novum (2013, Fontana Type Foundry), a remastering of Glosso (2003), was published. Nexodus (2013) is a reworking of his 2001 typeface Xodus, with new ornaments and zodiac signs, and more weights. Xodus (2001, Regular, Italic, Forgotten) revives work by Miklós Kis Misztótfalusi (Nicholas Kis), who was one of the first designers of Armenian type: He prepared his first set of exotic types before September 1685 for the Armenian printing house in Amsterdam. It was the knowledgeable mayor of Amsterdam who requested that those types be founded. These types were used to print the mayor's (Nicolaes Witsen) work entitled Noord en Oost Tartarye. Misztótfalusi's name appears in the colophon of the book. Later, in 1687, he found Georgian types, which were, in many respects, similar to the Armenian set. Since there was no printing house in Georgia, he designed the types on the basis of some manuscripts. Unfortunately, as legend has it, the types never reached the Georgian court, which had commissioned Misztótfalusi to design them. They were either lost or stolen somewhere in Sweden. However, a sample sheet survived and was found in 1980 in Amsterdam. It may seem to make no sense to re-Latinise the types of Misztótfalus, who himself was a great master in founding Latin types, and for whom Armenian types meant the first step in a new direction.

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FontArte (was: Magdart Fonts)
[Artur Frankowski]

FontArte (est. 2004; ex: Magdart Fonts) is Artur Frankowski's foundry in Warsaw, launched in cooperation with Magdalena Frankowska. Frankowski is a Polish designer (b. 1965, Zamosciu) of a character in the September 11 charity font done for FontAid II. He currently teaches typography at the Technical University of Warsaw. In 2004 he finished his PhD thesis on legibility of type on cartographic maps. He has published type and visual communication-related articles in design&print magazines. Through FontArte he wants to preserve Polish typographic heritage, specially Polish Avantgarde and introduce new directions in Polish type design culture. He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Type on maps and at ATypI 2007 in Brighton on Designing a regional typeface. Co-creator with Henryk Sakwerda in 2006 of Silesiana 2006 (see also here), a great calligraphic font whose development was supported by the Silesian Government. MyFonts link. Author of several typefaces:

  • From the Magdart era: MF Ala i As, MF Norma 1 i 2, MF Trond, MF Multi Putli, MF Plazma, MF Towarowy, MF FCR, MF Proteza, MF Strzeminski.
  • FA Berlewi (2006): a stencil typeface based on poster lettering from 1924 by Henryk Berlewi. Together with Magdalena Frankowska, he wrote a book called Berlewi (2010). Henryk Berlewi was a Polish pioneer of typography and design.
  • FA Cindy (2002): shoe dingbats by Magdalena Frankowska.
  • FA Desiconz (2005): dingbats by Magdalena Frankowska.
  • FA Dropsy (2000)
  • Grotesk Polski FA (1996-2006): inspired by the first Polish typeface design - Antykwa Poltawskiego. Has sans weights, and one stencil style.
  • FA Domestic Godess (2005): domestic dingbats by Magdalena Frankowska.
  • FA Julian (2003): avant garde ransom face, based on Wladyslaw Strzeminski's lettering in the 1930 publication "Z Ponad".
  • FA Karaker: medieval script based on a scan.
  • FA Komunikat (2004): almost unreadable, an experiment in minimalism, inspired by Wladyslaw Strzeminski (1932).
  • FA Modernista (2004): grungy sans based on Baccarat, an early 20th century typeface by the Polish foundry Jan Id'zkowski.
  • FA Norma (2000): destructionist.
  • Ozdoby Gardowskiego (2004): ornaments based designs by Ludwik Gardowski (1923).
  • FA Praesens (2004): great avant garde display face.
  • FA Prototyp (2007): minimalist unicase.
  • FA Relief (2006): pixelish.
  • FA Supersam (2003): dot matrix style.
  • FA Szczuka (2000): avant garde poster display typeface based on pixel type.
  • FA Zero One (2007): experimental pixel style type family.
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Fontastic Indonesia
[Adien Gunarta]

Fontastic Indonesia is Adien Gunarta, an Indonesian FontStructor (b. 1995) in Probolinggo, East Java, who is studying at Airlangga University, Surabaya, class of 2014. Adien Gunarta's typefaces are brimming with Indonesian cultural heritage symbols and shaps.

Adien Gunarta made the pixel typeface Benci Malaysia (2010), the hand-printed Nyonya Gendut (2010), the squarish typeface Hutan (2010) and the irrgularly sized Madura Regular (2010). He also made the texture / knitting typeface Batik (2010), FoOleD bY GaYUs (2010), Probolinggo (2010, organic), Smasasinema (2010, display face), the texture typeface Serangkaian Pattern (2010), Indo-Malay Confrontation (2010, pixelish), Koruptor and the Bitches (2010, gothic), Qurban Feast (2010), and the curly native pattern typeface Mlungker (2010).

In 2011, he made Kabupaten (a sketch font), Social Monster, Buka Pusa Bersama, Ceria Lebaran, Pajarakan Studs, Batik Gangster, Maharani (hand-printed), Lovely Eunike Hans (hand-printed), the texture typeface Kawung Textile, Wildan Izzur Gunarta, Genius Jempolan Royal (scanbats), Pray For Japan, Quantum of Bali, X-Code from East (Javanese script), Hangeul (Korean simulation face), Halidians Blockserif, Moanday Earn Bored, the paper cut typeface Malingsia, Awesome Java, Mesin Hitung (an LCD face), Eenvoudige Batik (stitching face), Antique Paleoindonesia (patterned face), Kebencian (scratchy face), Kemasyuran Jawa (a display face with an Indonesian look), Probolinggo Sans, Londo Chino, Urban (paper cut face), Bikang Struck, Chana Remedy, Indonesian Woman (pixel dings), People Diverse (pixel dings), DBA Muslim (pixel dings), Turk and Nusa (ball terminal face), Jakarta Recycle (paper fold octagonal face), Halida Sans (a swirly version of Ubuntu), Buka Puasa Bersama (Arabic simulation face), Social Monster (grunge), Ceria Lebaran Normal (lava lamp typeface), Dukungan, Dukungan, Sanjaya Epoch, and Jakarta Sunken (angular face).

In 2012, he created Halidians Blockserif, Penakut, Agoestoesan, Siti Maesaroh (Arabic simulation face), Turk and Nusa, Rest in Phuket (Thai simulation typeface), Chana Remedy, Bunaken Underwater, New Madura, Moro Seneng, Endutt Normal, Antibalon, Hayyu Kaget, Damai Kpk Polri, Damai Pelajar, Jangan Bersedih (hand-printed), Ikan Besar, Senyum (hand-printed), Catatan Perjalanan (fat finger face), Wizzta, and Quick Argani.

Typefaces from 2013: Emilio 19 (athletic lettering font), Bangkit, Faishal Bakeries, Soerjaputera (avant-garde), Soerjaputera Doea (art deco), Sang Fatchurrohmah (lava lamp face), Aceh Darusalam (Arabic simulation face), Revolusi Timur Tengah (Arabic simulation face), Nurkholis (Arabic simulation), Kopleng (alchemic), Menjelajah Halmahera (a ronde font), Jakarta Highends, Smasasinema, Sanjaya Epoch, Mlungker, Dukungan, Thohir Ke Badreah (all caps sans face), Serangkaian Pattern, Endutt (fat finger face), Boutiques of Merauke (a curly typeface), Balinese Family, Zamrud & Khatulistiwa (curly font), Awesome South Korea (great oriental-look font), Freeport Go Away (poster font), Senang Banyol, Don Aquarel, Jawadwipa Adisastra, Si Kancil (fat finger font), Wortellina, Don Butique (hand-printed), Did You See That, Bimasakti.

Typefaces from 2014: Prabowo, Larasukma (an abstract shape font), Tafakur (Arabic simulation typeface), Syawal Khidmat (Arabic simulation face), Kurnia (curly script), Kota Surabaya (dingbats of buildings), Hutan Lestari, Kobarapi (spurred typeface), Mukadimah (Arabic simulation, based on ae Cortoba by Arabeyes), Huruf Maranti (upright connected script), Emilio 20 (athletic lettering).

Fontspace link. Home page at Fontastic Indonesia. Devian Tart link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Behance link. ATHL [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Svetoslav Simov]

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic. Picture. Behance link. Dafont link. Typegoodness link. YWFT link.

  • Typefaces from 2008: Cubic (3d face), Clou (cloud-like letters), Colo (double-lined and geometric), Snail, Blou (very thick and counterless letters).
  • Typefaces from 2009: United Sans (sans family), Uni Sans (another (the same?) sans family), Kare (psychedelic), File (fat face), Zag (7-style monoline sans with tear drop terminals; it include Zag Drps and Zag Deco), Clou (cloudy letters), Facet (Black and Ultra: paper fold faces), Noveu (psychedelic, art nouveau), Pastel (brush face), Rolka (round ultra-fat and curly lettering), Val (rounded fat), Kvant (severe and octagonal), Duplex (fat techno), Avatar (ultra fat black), Dovde (bubbly, co-designed by Maria Karkova), LOT (fat art deco), MOD (ultra-fat), Oval (rounded sans), Quad (octagonal outline), Portal Strips and Portal Black (hyper-experimental geometric faces), Prisma (more ultra-fat experimentation) and Wigan (Wigan Thin and Bold of this paperclip typeface appeared in 2014).
  • Creations in 2010: Hero (free sans family), Null (ultra fat, free), Aston (a modern high-contrast rounded display face), DAN (free piano key font; Dan Pro is not free though), Solomon (headline sans family) [Images of Solomon: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii], Dox (ultra fat geometric poster face), Sudoku (a geometric display family with several biline and triline styles, done with Fontan2), VAL Stencil (a stencil in which repeating letters makes them tilt the other way; free), Code (2010, a fantastic monoline sans family; images: i, ii, iii, iv, v), Dekar (techno), Clipdings Web, Clipdings Travel, Clipdings Graphic Arts, Babydings, Artdings, Reader (Light, Bold: avant garde sans), SAF2010 (comic book/signage: well, Jan Erasms, the designer in 2006 of Menyaka for FIFA WC 2010 is not happy, calling SAF a blatant imitation), Age Free (free fat organic face), GOTA (a free fat finger sans face).
  • Typefaces from 2011: Gabriel Sans (grotesk family), La Boheme (signage face), Qero Mite (an organic monoline sans), Code Pro (caps only clean sans headline family), Solomon Sans (a headline monoline sans family).
  • Typefaces made in 2012: Nexa (a geometric sans in 16 styles), Nexa, Rex (free octagonal family for Latin and Cyrillic), Hagin (free), Intro (26-style superfamily) and Intro Inline (free Futura-style family for Latin and Cyrillic). Intro Condensed was created in 2014.
  • Typefaces from 2013: Nexa Slab, Nexa Slab XBold, Nexa Slab Bold, Nexa Slab Book, Nexa Slab Light. [Recognize the typeface by the a and the g (an 8 with a small piece missing).
  • Typefaces from 2014: Nexa Rust (a weathered letterpress emulation family of 83 typefaces by Radomir Tinkov, Ani Petrova, Svetoslav Simov and Vasil Stanev).
  • Typefaces from 2015: The roundish tightly set broad-ranged sans typeface family Panton.

View Fontfabric's typefaces.

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Fountain--A Friendly Type Foundry
[Peter Bruhn]

Fountain is a Swedish foundry in Malmö, founded in 1994 by Peter Bruhn (1969-2014). In 2008, its designers include Rui Abreu, Lee Basford, Lars Bergquist, Felix Braden, Lotta Bruhn, Peter Bruhn, Lucas Brusquini, Matthew Chiavelli, Stefan Claudius, Thomas Crolla, Jay David, Stefan Hattenbach, Peter Hoffman, Nina Hons, Sylvia&Daniel Janssen, Randy Jones, Gábor Kóthay, Martin Lexelius, Ricardo Santos, Góran Sóderstróm, Simon Schmidt, and Dirk Uhlenbrock.

Some offerings over the years: the avant-garde Anarko (nice!), the curly Pizzicato (also nice), Pussy, Udo, Barbera, Gas, the gorgeous bottle dingbats Mini (by Peter Bruhn), Kundera, the free downloads Animals, Doggystyle, Egg, Egg Cameo, Fat Ultra, Kundera, Maceo, Mothafucka, Pavement, Pavement-Kana and Sevenet. All of the aforementioned faces have mostly been designed by Peter Bruhn. They also do custom work. Other fonts: Jinchi1, Hebrew, Greek. Recent fonts by Simon Schmidt include CloseCall, CloseGridder, Ogra and Schlager. Martin Fredrikson Core made the fat display typeface Filt (based on Antique Olive, it now has a Greek weight as well), Borgstrand, FTN Sauerkrauto [see also Sauerkrauto Pro (2000)], and Malmo Sans. Matthew A. Chiavelli made Ultura (1996).

Peter Hoffmann created Alita.

Lars Bergquist published Paracelus (a modern version of Schwabacher), Baskerville 1757 (2002), Montrachet, Monteverdi, and Waldstein (a Scotch typeface). Steve Payne designed COMA. Felix Braden made Sadness and Grimoire. Lee Basford created Nuephoric.

Peter Bruhn made the commercial fonts Mayo, Ketchupa, Mustardo and the free fonts Partisan, Jinichi, Lipo-D, Dopil, Deuzhood, Azteak (initial caps) and Anticca. Lotta Bruhn designed Lucifer. Stefan Caludius made Dekoria (2003), a Tuscan titling face.

At Veer, you can buy the sans family Stalemate> (2004), which was originally an OEM family designed for but not used by a German IT company, and Gretel (by Sylvia&Daniel Janssen), Scrixel 8 and 16 (pixel families by Thomas Crolla).

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Fran Board
[Frans Font (was: Siren Fonts)]

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Franco Grignani

Designer at Nebiolo (b. 1908, Pavia, d. 1999, Milan). He was part of a team (with Giancarlo Illiprandi, Bruno Munari, Ilio Negri, Till Neuburg, Luigi Oriani and Pino Tovaglia) that designed the lineale family Forma from 1966-1970 under the direction of Aldo Novarese.

Sergio Polano writes: Alone master, the Italian visual designer, painter and photographer Franco Grignani, born in Pieve Porto Morone (Pavia) in 1908, trained as architect at the Polytechnic School of Turin (1929-1933); after being part as painter of the late, second futurism, his artistic research came across the European abstract avantgarde movements, and developed a strong interested in the perception psichology of form, that results from the Fifties in his dinamic kind of OpArt, years before it: the mastering of perception rules is expressed by his visual experiments on virtual movement, optical illusion, subperceptions, distortions, moirés, dilatations, flous and so on, applied, with no breaks, from painting to graphic design, through pictures, images, patterns, signs and words. From the Thirties he works in the field of graphic design, collaborating ia with Borletti, Breda Nardi, Cremona Nuova, Dompé, Domus, Mondadori, Montecatini, Spi, Triennale; his artistic direction for Alfieri&Lacroix printing firm is particularly interesting, as it shows an exceptional integration of words (wrtitten by himself) and images. Very well known, his trademark for Lambswool is a paradigmatic example of his approach to sign design. For 26 years he has been art director of Pubblicità in Italia, a magazine devoted to Italian advertising and visual design. He wrote many essays on design and arts, and lectured in Europe and USA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frank Béla

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Frank Hainze
[MicroLogic Software]

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Frank Marciuliano
[Marciuliano Design]

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Franko Rosas

Graphic designer in San Diego and Tijuana, who created the block faces Powinaky, Liber and SqL in 2010. Baika (2010) is a thin avant-garde face. On Behance though, he mentions Barcelona as his home base. Finalist in the 17th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival's Poster Competition. Besides some custom typefaces, he also designed experimental faces such as Liber13 (high-contrast squarish poster face) and Lisa The Lush. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frans Font (was: Siren Fonts)
[Fran Board]

Frans Font (or: Siren Fonts) is a foundry, est. in 2009 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, by British designer Fran Board. Their fonts include Rounded Two (2009), Manic (2009, grunge), Rooky Hand (2009, irregular hand), and Mesh Stitch (2009, a stitching font). All are free for personal use and pay fonts for commercial use. In an earlier life at Dafont, one could download the hand-printed 3d font Decade 3d (2008), the stitching typeface Mesh Stitch (2009), the thin sans faceRound (2009), RoundNormal (2009, an avant garde face), Bloc Regular (2009, pixel face), Pixel Regular (2009), Zuben (2009, classy sans), Manic (2009, an angular face), Rounded Two (2009) and the squarish Blablabla (2009, FontStruct). Another URL. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Frederico Ferreira

Based in Oporto, Portugal, Frederico Ferreira is a graphic design student at IPCA-EST. He created an avant-garde slab serif typewriter typeface called Stab (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Froso Leventi

Froso Leventi (Limassol, Cyprus) created the thin avant-garde caps typeface Long Cherry (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

G3 Typefaces (or: TechFonts LatAm)
[Yun Gonzalez]

Yun Gonzalez (b. 1990; aka GrooveThree Typefaces and as G3 Typefaces and as TechFussion) is the designer in Bogota, Colombia, of the free techno faces Elegan Tech (2010), Ponderatta (2010), Inspyratta (2010), Ynnovatta (2010) and Curvature XD (2010).

In 2011, he made Anklada (an avant-garde sans), Groove Next (sans) and Revo (sans).

In 2012, he designed Revofit by Drakoheart (+Solid, 2014), Bookietastic, Stylatta, RevoPop, Straightforward, Bogotana (an informal sans family), Drakoheart Leiend, Konztante (a clean sans), Digicity, Typomoderno (squarish and modular), and V-Zel.

Typefaces from 2013, the year in which G3 became commercial: Drakalligro (+Sans, +Slab display types), Drakoheart Revofit (+Sans, +Serif).

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Gabriela Pineda

Graphic designer in Monterrey, Mexico. Creator of the elegant avant-garde sans typeface Sundance (2013, with Teresa Martinez). This was a school project at the Universidad de Monterrey. [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Dobrogeanu
[Something Design]

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George Pizzuci

American designer of the free hand-printed typeface Anarchy Sans (2011) and of the thin geometric Keenton (2011, Open Font Library). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Georgia Cowley

Georgia Cowley (Washington, DC) created the avant garde style typeface Avatura (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gergely Bogányi

Graphic designer in Budakeszi, Budapest, Hungary, who cofounded Typogravity Studio with Tamas Ilsinszki. Creator of the extreme contrast display typeface Slash Pro (2011), and the multiline prismatic typeface Grand Avant Garde (2011).

In 2012, he designed Lineo Serif (thin geometric face).

In 2013, he created a fantastic set of graph-based experimental capitals called Regenerative. Georabic (2013) is a calligraphic Arabic simulation font completely based on the principles of Arabic font design, i.e., with beginning, medial and end forms for each letter. He writes: Georabic Typface is my diploma work at Hungarian University of Fine Arts / Graphic Design Department. During my Erasmus studies in Istanbul I had the chance to learn a bit of Arabic language and typography and I realized that the logic of Arabic writing could be used for a calligraphic Latin typeface too. I started with calligraphy to find the right way to create the glyphs and the connections. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gert Wiescher
[Wiescher Design]

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Gianfranco il Cane Bisceglia

Graphic designer in Milan, Italy. Creator of the avant garde typeface Atype (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulio Battelli

Graduate of Quasar Design University who is based in Rome, Italy. Giulio Battelli's Kenya (2014) is a light all caps typeface created during his studies as a hybrid situated between Avenir Next Ultra Condensed (Adrian Frutiger) and Adobe Caslon Pro. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulio Grigollo

Based in Verona, Italy, this graphic designer and art director created the typeface Swan (2009) and the avant garde typeface Architecta (2009, Happycentro). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Greg Ponchak

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Grilli Type

Grilli Type is Noël Leu and Thierry Blancpain, graduates of the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. Grilli Type is an independent Swiss type foundry, founded in 2009, and located in Zürich. They offer a range of display and text typefaces, based either on historical sources or with an experimental background.

In 2010, their catalog had four type families: GT Walsheim, GT Haptik, GT Skeletor (monoline grotesk) and GT Lena (avant garde sans).

In 2013, that number decreased to three, GT Walsheim, GT Haptik and GT Pressura. GT Pressura was designed in 2013 by Moiré and Dominik Huber.

In 2014, they added GT Sectra and GT Eesti. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guido Schneider
[Brass Fonts]

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Guille Monge

Costa Rican designer based in San Jose. Creator of the avant-garde / futuristic typeface Asteroids (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guillermo Rodriguez

Mendoza, Argentina-based designer of these typefaces, ca. 2014: Etc, Janis, Espacios (squarish), Minime (rounded sans), Neo Avant (rounded geometric sans), Rono (monoline and rounded), Terra (also rounded). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gustavo Garcia

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Gustavs Andrejs Grinbergs

Born in Riga, Latvia, in 1943, he has mainly cooperated (since 1990) with Tilde in the font development of East-European languages, and has created the AG fonts collection for Cyrillic. He specializes in Cyrillic and East-european extensions of prominent typefaces (such as the ones in the Bitstream collection). At Linotype, he did Linotype Gneisenauette, Linotype Brewery, Linotype Rowena, and Stencil Moonlight (2003), which won an award at the Linotype International Type Design Contest 2003. He published the AG Fonts collection, mostly between 1992 and 1994. In the AG fonts collection, we find the following families (non-exhaustive list): AGAalen, AGBengaly, AGCenturion, AGCrown, AGFriQUer, AGGalleon, AGGloria, AGLettericaCOMpr, AGMelanie, AGNewHandbook, AGOpus, AGPalatial, AGPresquire, AGReverence, AGZeppelin. MyFonts sells these fonts by him: Baltic Ornaments (1999), Linotype Brewery, Brunch Pro (1996, straight-serifed), Constellation Pro (2009, an avant garde sans family with very thin hairline weights), Exquisite Pro (1998), Linotype Gneisenauette, Kette Pro (2009), Rigaer Tango Pro (2009, a connected script family with high contrast), Robusta Pro (2002, large sans family), Linotype Rowena, Scintilla Pro (2001, delicate text family), Stencil Moonlight (2003), Tourandot Pro (1999), Waldorf Pro (2003, didone), Am Beauty (2011, an art deco family that includes Am Beauty Stencil).

In 2015, Grinbergs published Brewery No. 2 Pro at Linotype. It is based on his submission in 1997 to the Second Linotype Design Contest, and was inspired by early 20th century German type. The Black weght is expressionist.

FontShop link. Linotype link. Klingspor link.

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Hadrien Degay Delpeuch

Parisian designer. Behance link.

Creator of various typefaces such as Neeo (2012, avant-garde), E-Pure (2012, geometric), Pixa (2012, hexagonal), Recompose (2012), TypEra (2012), and an unnamed alchemic typeface (2012).

In 2013, Hadrian published the experimental typefaces Texta and Beyond Font and the display sans Modular. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Haizea Najera

Graphic designer in Valencia. Creator of Fairfont, an avant garde style typeface codesigned with Alicia Raya, Cristina Bonora and Dailos Pérez.

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Han Na Jung

Designer in Chicago. Behance link. In 2011, she created a beautiful poster entitled Avenir, using Frutiger's 1988 typeface Avenir. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hans-Rudolf Lutz

Swiss typographer (b. Zürich, 1939, d. 1998). He had his own studio, Lutz Verlag, in Zürich. He published books such as "Typoundso" and "Ausbildung in typografischer Gestaltung". He taught at the schools of design in Zürich and Luzern for over thirty years, and founded the typography department in Luzern in 1968. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Federico Galvani]

Happycentro is a creative studio based in Verona, Italy. Members include Federico Galvani, Giuliano Garonzi, Roberto Solieri, Giulio Grigollo, Andrea Manzati, and Federico Padovani. Behance link. They made various experimental types. Federico Galvani and Sebastiano Boni drew the caps typeface ProtoType by hand. Giulio Grigollo made the avant garde typeface Architecta (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Harley Scotland

Designer in Adelaide, Australia, who created the avant garde typeface Round Map in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Harris Design
[James M. Harris]

James M. Harris' Colorado Springs, CO-based foundry sells five fonts designed by himself, SignPix (1, 2, 3, 4), Earth Font One (1993), PictographOne (1996), and Strasbourg (blackletter) through Fonthaus and Agfa/Monotype. It specializes in tourist and road signs. Harris Design will turn your logo into a (TTF or type 1) font. List of fonts.

Jim Harris made the old shareware fonts Bellerose (1992, an avant-garde face: poster by Benbouzid Fatim-Zohra), Mazama, Premium Thin, RhyoliteVertical (1990) and Andesite (1991) which can be found on many archives. He also made Harris Modern Extended.

Old home page. Creative Market link. Dafont link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Open Source Publishing (or: OSP)]

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Herb Lubalin
[Lubalin Graph]

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Herb Lubalin

Born in New York in 1918, Herbert Frederick Lubalin died there in 1981. Founding editor and art director of U&lc from 1973-1981. Co-founder of ITC in 1970. Professor at the Cooper Union in New York from 1976-1981.

His fonts: Pistilli Roman (VGC, see here), L&C Hairline (ca. 1966, VGC, with Tom Carnase), ITC Avant Garde Gothic (with Tom Carnase, Gschwind, Gürtler and Mengelt, 1970-77; see Avignon on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002), ITC Busorama (1970), Ronda (1970), ITC Lubalin Graph (1974; see Square Serif on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002; poster by Pablo Monachese), ITC Serif Gothic (with Tony DiSpigna, 1974; see Serenade Two on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002). His companies: Herb Lubalin Inc (1964-1969), Lubalin, Smith&Carnase Inc (from 1975 onwards).

In 1985, Gertrude Snyder and Alan Peckolick published Herb Lubalin. Art Director, Graphic Designer and Typographer (New York). Retrospective at ITC.

Revivals: Receding Hairline NF (2014, Nick Curtis) revives L&C Hairline. Pudgy Puss (2007, Nick Curtis) is an ultra-fat modern digital display type based on Fat Face (Herb Lubalin, Tom Carnase).

Linotype link. Klingspor link. FontShop link.

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Hilde Ottesen

Gjøvik, Norway-based designer of the gothic arc-themed typeface Kalligrafi (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hiroaki Nagai

Japanese designer. Nagai and Daisuke Yajima won an award at TDC55 for an experimental typeface called Utsuba Moon Avant Garde (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Horacio Lorente

Graphic designer from Córdoba, Argentina. Currently working as a freelance designer, involved in print design and art direction. Designer of the trendy sans display typeface Aeropuerto (2009) and of the minimal thin-lined avant-garde Sur (2009). Behance link. MyFonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hurme Design
[Toni Hurme]

Toni Hurme (Hurme Design, Helsinki) started publishing fonts in 2013. His first series, numbered 1 through 4, is Hurme Geometric Sans, a geometric sans family of large x-height and simple avant-garde structures. Each series has 14 styles and true small caps.

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[Alex Haigh]

British foundry started in 2009 in Sheffield, but now located in London. Their fonts include Nanami (2013, avant-garde sans), Miyagi (2008, a paperclip / neon sign typeface that revives Letraset's Yagi Link Double, a 1970s typeface of Robert Trogman for Facsimile Fonts) and Taku (2008, Taku stencil), BAQ Outline, BAQ Rounded (like VAG Rounded), Hiruko (geometric sans family, free at Dafont), Hiruko Pro (2013), Ebisu (2010), Sukato (very fat), Aiko, Kata (2009, grandissimo grunge). It seems that this foundry grew out of Alex Haigh's Thinkdust in Nottingham, UK. They have some exclusive typefaces by Si Scott (the curly typeface Hunter, 2009), Alex Trochut (Neo Deco, 2009), HelloHikimori (Lace, 2009), Luke Lucas (Lukano, 2009), and Jon Burgerman (the hand-drawn fun type Burgerman, 2009).

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Iakov Georgievich Chernikhov

A Russian architect and artist, Iakov Chernikhov was born in 1889 in Pavlograd, Yekaterinenskav Gubernia, Ukraine (now Dnepropetrovskay Oblast). He died in 1951 in Moscow. He studied at the Odessa Art School, a branch of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. In 1914, having graduated from the Art School, he moved to St. Petersburg and entered the Academy of Arts. In 1916 Chernikhov transferred from the painting faculty to the architecture department and graduated in 1925. He became a successful architect, and taught at the Leningrad Institute of Transportation Engineers (after 1933 LIIZhT) in the school of architecture (1928-45), at the Industrial Academy (NKTP) in the course for factory and plant construction (1930-32), at the Stalin Transportation Academy (NKPC) (1930-32), and at the Institute of Engineers of Water Transportation (1929-31). He published Fundamentals of Modern Architecture (1929-1930), Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms (1931), and Architectural Fantasies. 101 Compositions (1933). These classics are all about architectural fantasies. The last work of Iakov Chernikhov, which remained uncompleted, was the book An Analysis of the Construction of Classical Typeface (written in 1945-1951). It was published in 1958, seven years after his death. Iakov Chernikhov used for construction of the types some principles taken from the theory of architectural forms having much in common with the type forms that obey the same regularities. Some of his work looks like the early attempts at regularization by Duerer and Tory, or as found in the Romain du Roi. Wiki page. Scans: I, II, III, IV. Image of his Cyrillic Trajan (1945-1951). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Spanish art student (in 2013). FontStructor who created these typefaces in 2013: Beauvoir, Lancaster, Figaro, Abel, Cawdor (octagonal), Dilior (a didone), Harmond (blackletter), Antelopes, Godiva (blackletter), Autumn, Sasanida, Help I Need Somebody (circle-based geometric sans), Goodbye Fontstruct, Fairy Tale Vanishing, Slanton, Kyrie, Eat Me, De Stijl, Chiara, Hecate, Stancyl (piano key), Ionica, Winty's Gothica, Vintage America, El Greco, Fairy Tale, Ozawa, Donibo Display, Decade (blackletter), Donibo, Weirdy Moves (+Party), Bliss (crayon font), Ibsen (a dark copperplate style inspired by an Ikea logo), Avenzo, Avenzo Mad Serif, The Code of Honour (constructivist), Yago, Vienna Cafe Big (art nouveau), Castillian (Textura, +SmallCaps), Lumpy, Origami (3d face), Baldur2 (a lava lamp typeface), Trinity (Victorian), Patterns For Everyone, Evangelion, Scriptura, Maverick, Giralda, Freak Fraktur, Vienna Cafe (art nouveau), Sportiva (Small Caps, Deco1, Deco2 [blackboard bold], Sans, Alternates 1, Alternates 2, Alternates 3, Regular), Carmina, Hieronimus (a pixelish typeface inspired by Bauhaus: +Slab, +Stencil).

Typefaces from 2014: Bronzino, Hagia, Decodrops, Kobe Slab, Enoe (blackletter), Adagio, Nemesis (thin avant garde sans), Shalott (geometric sans), Origami, Kobe Regular, Kobe Stencil, Giovanni (textura blackletter), Decan, Thoreau (blackboard bold), Blue Requiem, Funky Business, Red Requiem, Dreamcatcher, Drastic, Retropix, Vanity Strong, Dotchild, Reya (blackletter). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Idiot Copenhagen
[Kasper Ledet]

Kasper Ledet made a great handlettered avant garde poster that reads I love the smell of Napalm in the morning (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Isaiah Garcia

FontStructor who made these fonts in 2012: fs Small Stroke, fsToo Close (graffiti style), fs Losing Shape, fs Cursive Rounded, fs Bold Truth, fs Blocky, fs Nice And Tall, fs Drop It Hard, fs Under Line, fs Bas Drop Collection, fs Bold Strike, fs Curvy, Fat Glyph (oil slick simulation or bubblegum face), fs Bass Dropping, fs Stretchy, fs Systematic, Simply Bolded, Only A Pixel, Cal Culator (LED face), fs Modern, Solid Shade (3d shadow face), Kinda looks like SEGA, Fuse Defont, Simply Round, FS Compact (3d typeface), Smallpox Not Smallpox, Yuno, Tech Timee, Boxie [and its remake, FS Boxier], The Average Font, One Digit, Speedie (oblique retro techno font), de Fizzy, Another 3d Paper Font, Super Mario Bros 3 NES, Lets get together.

Typefaces from 2013: fs Glom Sans, fs 10th (+Scripture, +Vert), FS Round Rebirth (a macaroni font), More Curves, FS Recent, FS Oblique, FS Recent Cursive, FS Mod, FS Rapidly, Circles Filtered, FS Bezier Pixel, FS Fatline (piano key face), FS Reprint (a piano key typeface in the style of Wim Crouwel), FS Try Again, FSZen, FS Thicken, FS Lean Clean, FS Idea (avant-garde), FS Semi Circle, FS Big Moment, FS Oblique, FS Curvature, FS Fragile, FS Hurry, FS Smooth Joke.

Typefaces from 2014: FS Geometrik, FS Broadcast, Experimental WIP, MS MicroIsh, FS Punchline.

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Ismael Castillo

Mexican designer of Britney Femme Fatale (2011, avant garde). [Google] [More]  ⦿


The iTunes script collection has 25 free fonts that Apple gives away. View. List: Academy Engraved, Algerian Condensed, Arriba Arriba, Avant Garde Mono, Banco, Blackmoor, Bodoni SvtyTwo, Braganza, BraganzaSC, Cabaret, Hazel, Jazz, Jenson Old Style, Mona Lisa Solid, Portago, Princetown, Santa Fe, Savoye, Shatter, Souvenir Mono, Synchro, Temble, Type Embellishmnt One, University Roman Bold, Ziggy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivan Y.R. Zhao

Graphic designer in Toronto, who created the avant garde typeface Roundtancle Sans (2014) and of Kolour (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jack Jennings

Brooklyn, NY-based designer, who created several typefaces, such as Pixineo (2013, an avant-garde sans codesigned with with Marija Radisavljevic for a Boston-based startup), Marx (an ink-trap serif typeface), Valence Grotesque (a school project typeface at RISD), HJ Round (2011, a dot matrix typeface), Neruda Modern (2011, RISD: a fat didone), and Saecularis (an angular text face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jakob Kanior

Berlin-based designer (b. 1974, Bydgoszcz, Poland) of the great avant garde font Droelma (or: Skylounge, 2000), and the dingbat font Seppuku, both free at Typotek. Jakob calls hiimself "Droelma, da King". [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Arboghast
[Sentinel Type]

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James K Graphics

Design student in the UK, who created a multicolored avant garde typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James M. Harris
[Harris Design]

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James Montalbano
[Terminal Design]

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Jan van Krimpen

Major Dutch typographer and type designer, b. Gouda, 1892, d. Haarlem, 1958. He studied at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag (1908-1912) and joined Enschedé in 1925. He had a major influence on the next generation of type designers. His typefaces include:

  • Cancellaresca Bastarda (1934-1935, Enschedé). 100 Types writes: Cancellaresca Bastarda is a graceful narrow italic with long descenders and ascenders, and a large array of character variations and swashes. The uppercase and lowercase alone ran to 167 characters including ligatures, anticipating large-family calligraphic fonts such as Poetica Chancery by at least 50 years. Jan van Krimpen's types have been called 'austerely beautiful' but are little known outside of his native Holland. The Enschedé Foundry for whom he worked in the mid 20th century still rigidly controls his types, and none of these have been cross licensed, redistributed or pirated. As a result, Cancellaresca Bastarda is one of the rarest typefaces.
  • Haarlemmer. Now digitized as DTL Haarlemmer and DTL Haarlemmer Sans (1998). Frank E. Blokland published it at Monotype in 1998. This is a prototype example of a design that is totally destroyed by one glyph, the lower case g in the italics.
  • Lutetia (Enschedé, 1924). This was revived as Lutetia Nova Book in 2014 by Ralph M. Unger, and as Lutetia Open by ARTypes in 2007. For her type revival project at KABK, Barbara Bigosinska picked Lutetia (2013) and writes: Lutetia was designed as a commission from Enschedé by Jan van Krimpen. The drawings of the typeface were ready in the middle of 1924 and first cut and cast in 16 point size in the Enschedé Type Foundry. For the first time the typeface was used in the book dedicated to the exhibition that took place in Paris in 1925. Therefore the name Lutetia refers to the Roman name of Paris. Essay by Doyald Young on Van Krimpen and his Lutetia.
  • Open Roman Capitals (or: Open Kapitalen, revived in 2006 by Ari Rafaeli; see also Open Capitals by ARTypes, 2007).
  • Romanée (Enschedé).
  • Romulus (Enschedé, 1931 for the Capitals and 1936 for the Open version; Romulus Kapitalen and Romulus Open were revived in 2006 by Ari Rafaeli; see also Romulus Capitals and Romulus Open in 2007 by ARTypes). Now digitized as DTL Romulus (2002).
  • Curwen Initials, done in 1925 for The Curwen Press at Plaistow, London. Digitized by ARTypes as Curwen Initials (2008, Ari Rafaeli).
  • Spectrum (Monotype, 1952--a very beautiful modern type family, legible, and flexible in all situations; part of the Linotype library). MyFonts writes: Spectrum is based on a design by Jan van Krimpen, who worked on his typeface from 1941 to 1943 for use in a Bible of the Spectrum publishing house in Utrecht. The bible project was later cancelled but the typeface was so beautifully formed and universal that the Monotype Corporation in London completed it.
  • Van Dijck.
Bitstream page. Van Krimpen had a difficult character. Lines&Splines wrote this: Alastair Johnston, from an issue of Ampersand, once posed the question, "Do you have to be an asshole to be a good type designer?" Gerard Unger replied to the effect that even to this day, people will look over their shoulders before discussing Van Krimpen. One can almost imagine Van Krimpen waving one of his sharp serifs over his head like a stick, flailing against the difficulties of his everyday relations, his nostrils flared as they were in every portrait taken of him. MyFonts page. CV at Linotype. FontShop link. Some of his work and correspondence can be found at the University of Amsterdam.

Klingspor link.

A list of typefaces based on Jan Van Krimpen's work:

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Jan-Christian Bruun

Danish graphic designer in Lyngby. He made the following typefaces:

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Jaroslav Andel

Czech art historian and author of Avant-Garde Page Design 1900-1950 (Delano Greenidge Editions, 2002). This book presents a comprehensive visual lexicon of early 20th-century page design. Illustrations include designs by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Lázló Moholy-Nagy, El Lissitzky, and Jan Tschichold. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jasco Jasco

Designer in Curitiba, Brazil, who created Minimo Stella (2014, an avant garde caps typeface) and Deco Avenue (2014, art deco typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Huebsch
[Petty Wage Fonts]

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Jeff Levine
[Jeff Levine: Additional typefaces]

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Jeff Levine: Additional typefaces
[Jeff Levine]

This is a list of fonts by Jeff Levine not categorized anywhere else on my pages.

  • A: Adelanto JNL (2009), Adhesive Letters JNL (2011), Aisle Seats JNL (2006, based on letters cut by the Redikut Letter Company of Hawthorne, CA), Album Cover JNL (2008), Alleway JNL (2012, a condensed sans), Allograph JNL (2007), Alphacal JNL (2008, outlined, and like Juneway JNL, based on water-applied decals once made by the Duro Decal Company (now Duro Art Industries) of Chicago), Alton JNL (2010: a bold display sans), Amateur Printer JNL (2007, grunge), Ampersorts JNL (2011: ampersands), And So Forth JNL (2011), Anecdote JNL (2009), Arcaro JNL (2013, a calligraphic typeface based on the movie credits of the ABC TV series Naked City, 1958-1963, starring detective Frank Arcaro), Arch Creek JNL (2010, an all caps revival of Beton), Ardball (2006), Arte Critique JNL (2009), Artist Colony JNL (2009), Arts District JNL (2014), Art Student JNL (2010), Astrospy JNL (2008: techno), Awkward Gothic JNL (2008), Axelby JNL (2013).
  • B: Backpage Article JNL (2010), Bal Harbour JNL (2008), Balcony Seats JNL (2007, narrow retro sans), Barricade (2011, a great shadowed caps face), Bayview JNL (2008, based on Inland Type Foundry's Studley), Best Bet JNL (2014, a slab serif redesign of Beton), Bike Decals JNL (2008), Billing and Shipping JNL (2010), Bingo Player JNL (2010), Birch Beer JNL (2008), Bloktor Mosaik JNL (2007), Blue Parrot (2006), Bluesman JNL (2014: based on the lettering of the the blues album "I'm Jimmy Reed" released on the legendary Vee-Jay label out of Chicago), Bonehead JNL (2013, bones), Box Lunch JNL, Brazil Nut JNL (2015), Broadcast JNL (2015), Broadletter JNL (2009), Brogado (2006), Brushmark JNL (2011), Bum Steer JNL (2015), Burger Joint (2006), Burger Royale JNL (2007), Business Helpers JNL (2014).
  • C: Calendar Blocks JNL (2009), Calling Card JNL (2010), Callouts JNL (2011, in Circle and Square styles; white letters on black background), Canby (2006, a squarish caps face), Candle Wax JNL (2014, based on the movie poster for Bell, Book and Candle starring James Stewart), Cast And Crew JNL (2015, condensed monoline), Cast Shadow JNL (2010), Casual Lunch JNL (2009), Casual Friday JNL (2008, roman lettering), Casual Tune JNL (2015), Catch Words JNL (2009), Channel Tuning JNL (1999), Channel Surfing JNL (2010), Charlies Bar BQ JNL (2008, heavy slab serif), Charmer JNL (2014), Chive Turkey JNL (2007), Ciribiribin JNL (2014), Classification JNL (2015), Classroom JNL (2009), Cling Vinyl JNL (2009), Coal Train (2004), Coldfield JNL (2008), Commentary JNL (2010, almost typewriter type---easy on the eye), Concierge JNL (2014), Corkboard JNL (2010: a rounded all caps family), Cornfield JNL (2008), Crown Heights JNL (2007, slab serif caps), Cyberglass (2010, techno), Cybrox JNL (2012, grunge).
  • D: Dance Hall JNL (2011), Dangits JNL (2009), Decal (2006), Deco Of Tomorrow JNL (2014), Deconstructed JNL (2012), Decorative Panels JNL (2009), Deerfield JNL (2006, Bank Gothic style), Desk Jockey JNL (2008), Deskplate JNL (2011), Detention JNL (2007, hand-printed), Diamond Jim (2010), Diamondwood JNL (2015, rhombic), Disclaimer JNL (2010, condensed thin headline face), Display Inline JNL (2009), Displayced (2006, LED font), Display Roman JNL (2014), Do It Yourself JNL (2008), Doo Wop Initials JNL (2007), Doowop (2006), Dormitory Decals JNL (2009), Double Take JNL (2008), Duonor JNL (2010).
  • E: Edessa JNL (2009: chiseled stone look, faux Greek), Editorial Comment JNL (2009, grotesk caps-only headline face), Edits and Credits JNL (2008), Elsinor (2006), Endless Journey JNL (2009), Ensemble Inline JNL (2014), Entitled JNL (2007, squarish as in Bank Gothic), Evening Edition JNL (2009), Expressions (smilies).
  • F: Factual JNL (2010,headline face), Fairgrounds (2006), Farragut JNL (2008, hairline geometric), Fastenating JNL (2012, paper clip font), Feltboard JNL (2008), Fence Post JNL (2012), Festival Nights (fancy letters), File Folder JNL (2010, Bank Gothic style family), Film Crew JNL (2009), Fincastle JNL (2011, all caps sans titling face), Flagstaff JNL (2010), Flatbush Beanery (2006), Flipboard JNL (2011), Flivver (2006, a slab-serif display font), Floor Tiles JNL (2009), Florida (2006, retro), Food Vendor JNL (2011), Fordham JNL (2011, all caps slab serif), Frankly Plain JNL and Franky Ornate JNL (2010, all caps faces after Franklin Gothic), French Serif Moderne JNL (2009), Freunlaven JNL (2006, psychedelic), Fun and Games (2011, a casual retro typeface redrawn from the lettering found on the cover of a 1935 Speedball Lettering Pen book).
  • G: Gene Condensed JNL (2014), Generic Gothic JNL (2013: an interpretation of Franklin Gothic Condensed), Genesee JNL (2010), Gift Wrap JNL (2014), Gilbert JNL (2011, after Eric Gill's sans), Greenwich Village JNL (2014), Groovy 3D Caps JNL, Groovy Happening JNL (2005, psychedelic, in the style of Action Is), Groovy Summer (2006, a casual sans), Guadalajara JNL (2014, a Mexican party font), GummedAlphabet JNL (2011), Gummed Letters JNL (2010).
  • H: Halavah Twist JNL (2007; see also its extension Zydeco JNL in 2009), Hallandale (2006), Halliday JNL (2013: an outlined typeface based on Beton Open Condensed), Handmade Dropshadow JNL (2010), Handmade Gothic JNL (2011, inspired by lettering samples in a 1941 Speedball Lettering Pen instructional booklet), Handmade Roman JNL (2011), Hand Stamped JNL (2006, rubber stamp look), Hanford (2010, a sans headline family), Hash and Beans JNL (2007), Hectonoid JL (2008), Highbrow Cafetorium JNL (2009), Home Room JNL (2009), Horse Puckey JNL (2008), Hoxie JNL (2008).
  • I-J: Impressionable JNL (2012, based on a rubber stamp set), Industriality JNL (2015), Informational Gothic (2013: The Wood-Regan Instruments Company (Wrico) of New Jersey manufactured for decades a line of lettering kits called the Wrico Sign Maker. With only special ink pens, plastic templates and a template guide anyone could letter clean, clear signs, posters and notices. This typefaces is based on one of those kits), Initial Seals JNL (2012), Inkpad Letters JNL (2011), Inline Lettering JNL (2011, inspired by the opening title of a classic 1940s horror film, The Invisible Man's Revenge), Interoffice Memo (2011), Intrigue JNL (2014, based on the hand-lettered movie titles from one of the William Powell / Myrna Loy Thin Man series of films), Jalpoy (2014), Jive Jump (2006), Jobseeker JNL (2011: hand-printed), Juneway (2006, modeled after a set of water-applied decals made by the Duro Decal Company of Chicago).
  • K-L: Katydid JNL (2015, a connect-the-dots typeface), Key Largo JNL (2011, all caps slab serif), Lakeland JNL (2013), Kiddie Blokz JNL (2010), Lamp Post JNL (2012, an interpretation of Post Old Style, ca. 1901), Lasting Impression JNL (2008), Lecture Hall JNL (2012), Lefferts (2006, squarish display face), Les Folies JNL (2009, Victorian), Liebestraum JNL (2014, a decorative caps font), Linem Up (2010), Lobby Card JNL (2010), Longbranch Initials (2006, for decorative monograms), Longacre JNL (2013, fat rounded sans), Loose Leaf JNL (2010), Love Notes JNL (2011: alphadings), Luminum JNL (2007).
  • M: Made in Japan (2014), Mailbox Letters JNL (2008), Mainline JNL (2014), Margate JNL (2013, based on water-applied decals manufactured in 1962 by the American Decalcomania Company for Goodyear), Marking Device JNL (2014), Maryland JNL (2014), Matchbook JNL (2014: based on lettering on a matchbook from the Carrousel Restaurant in Miami Beach), Mayville JNL (2009), McCadden JNL (2013, inspired by the hand-lettered credits for the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show [1950-1958]), Meal Ticket JNL (2008, squarish), Merchandiser JNL (2010), Merchandising JNL (2014, brush signage script), Millport (2006, squarish display face), Misdirection JNL (2009), Mixed Messages JNL (2007, ransom note), Mocombo JNL (2010, an African look typeface that is a slightly modified version of one of the numerous alphabets created by the late Alf R. Becker for Signs of the Times Magazine during the period of the 1930s through the 1950s), Model Railroad JNL (2015), Moderator JNL (2013), Modern Appliances JNL (2014), Monoline Rounded JNL (2014), Monthly Meeting JNL (2013), Monthly Newsletter JNL (2011), Morningside Heights JNL (2015), Morningstar JNL (2012, named after Jeff's friend, Estella Dawn Roberts of Stella Roberts Fonts), Movieland JNL (2008), Movie Night JNL (2011), Musical Arrangements JNL (2014).
  • N: Naroid Initials JNL (2010, one of the most ultra-compressed sets of initials available in digital type), Narrow Minded JNL (2014), National Spirit JNL (2009), Newark JNL (2014: a strong slab serif), Newsbreak JNL (2008), Newshawk JNL (2007, a condensed sans), Newsprint JNL (2011), Newsreel Caps JNL (2014), Newsworthy JNL (2011: a condensed headline sans), Nightcap JNL (2011), Nighthawk JNL (2009, a retro headline sans), Nondescript JNL (2012), Nouveau Roundcorner JNL (2015), Nouveau Yorke JNL (2015), Now Playing JNL (2010).
  • O: Oblogram JNL (2008, techno), Occidental Tourist JNL (2009), Odditype JNL (2006, computer simulation), Off The Wall JNL (2008).
  • P-Q: Park Slope JNL (2014), Parfum de Paris JNL (2014), Paint Store JNL (2006), Parkitechture (2006), Part and Parcel JNL (2009), Partial Eclipse JNL (2012), Patriotica JNL (2011, American flag face), Pavement JNL (2010, based on the extra-condensed lettering used on roadway information signs as revised by the U.S. Government in 2000), Pendraw Roman (2006), Penmanshift JNL (2006, ronde style), Performer JNL (2014, re-drawn from condensed hand lettering found on a piece of vintage sheet music), Personal Note JNL (2011), Picz JNL (2009), Pillow Puff JNL (2008, fluffy and cloud-like lettering), Pistol Twelve JNL (2008), Pitkin JNL (2006, a hand-lettered sans), Plastic Display JNL (2010, sketched from photo examples in an old sales promotion sheet for the Movitex Do-It-Yourself Plastic Sign Kit by Pryor Marking Products of Chicago), Plastic Template JNL (2011), Pleasantville JNL (2012, a condensed slab serif), Pocket Initials JNL (2008), Podunk JNL (2007), Popstix JNL (2013), Pop Tune JNL (2014), Popularity JNL (2014, after Radiant), Postal JNL (2009, white on black, as on stamps), Poster Inline JNL (2014), Poster Plain JNL (2012), Prehysteric JNL (2010), Presentation JNL (2011, a slabby family), Pricing Labels JNL (2010), Printed Letters (2006, made from stamped impressions made by a 1940s childrens sign making set), Printing Set JNL (2006, based on a rubber stamp alphabet), Printing Sorts JNL (2009), Prismatiq JNL (2009, shadow face), Promotional Copy JNL (2012), Proofreader JNL (2011, a rounded slab serif face), Prospect Heights JNL (2015), Public Notice JNL (2009), Public Transportation JNL (2008), Public Utility JNL (2012), Public Works JNL (2007: emulates the hand-cut lettering silk screened onto metal), Publication JNL (2010, a revival of DeVinne, 1890), Quick Response JNL (2015, based on QR codes), Quorfid JNL (2010).
  • R: Raccoon Coat JNL (2014), Record Jacket JNL, Recreation JNL (2013, outlined shadow face), Rendering (2011, architectural draftman's lettering), Reprint JNL (2013), Restaurant And Lounge JNL (2015, hand-crafted), Retail Merchant (2006), Retro Resort JNL (2011), Reverberation JNL (2011, horizontally striped face), Reverse Calendar Blocks JNL (2011), Rockaway JNL (2006, titling sans), Roma Initial Caps JNL (2009), Rough Print JNL (2012, rubber stamp lettering), Roundpoint Pen JNL (2011, based on instructional lettering found in an old Speedball Pen textbook), Roughshod (2006), Rural Route JNL (2010), Rustic Inn JNL (2014).
  • S: Salad Bar JNL (2013), Sales Pitch JNL (2014), Sales Slip JNL (2013), Same Old English JNL (2010, blackletter), Sandcastle JNL (2011), Sans Poster Bold + 3D, Savings And Loan JNL (2014), Sea Cruise JNL (2015), Scoreboard JNL (2014: dot matrix typeface), Screentext JNL (2010, pixel), Second Impression JNL (2008), Sennetarium JNL (2008, after lettering in a Charlie Chaplin movie), Sentzoff Coupon (2006, stitched), Sew What JNL (2010, stitching face), Shareholder JNL (2015), Shelf Numbers JNL (2008), Shicken Zoop JNL (2008, Hebrew), Shipping Carton JNL (2012), Sign and Poster JNL (2009, die-cut letters), Shopkeeper JNL (2010, after a a vintage rubber stamp sign and chart printing set), Simplicity JNL (2014), Simply Grotesk JNL (2012, Peignotian), Sleuth JNL (2013, after the trailer for the 1936 movie After The Thin Man), Snack Shop JNL (2007, the retro diner look in a bold outline face), Snorkel JNL (2014), Socialite JNL (2009), Solid Serif JNL (2014), Songbook JNL (2014), Song Plugger JNL (2014), Southwest Serenade JNL (2015), SplintersJL (2004), Sport Shaded JNL (2009), Spring Fashion JNL (2010), Spur Handlettered JNL (2008), Squarity JNL (2008), Stamp of Approval JNL (2007), Stamped Metal JNL (2012, beveled), Starlight Sans, Stellator JNL (2006, a high-tech modular font), Stonecut JNL (2014), Store Tags JNL (2011), Streeter JNL (2013, based on Beton Bold Condensed), Sunlight JNL, Supporting Cast JNL (2011), Swing Band JNL (2013: inspired by the title lettering from "Hi-De-Ho", a 1930s all-black cast film starring legendary bandleader Cab Calloway).
  • T: Tallahassee Chassis JNL (2007, modeled from a toy rubber stamp set imported from Japan), Tall And Narrow JNL (2015), Tamiami JNL (2009, Victorian, known as "Cuba"), Tea Bag JNL (2013), Tea Time JNL (2014), Technerd JNL (2011, a thin technical/mechanical face), Technopen JNL (2013: a rounded techno sans from a 1929 instructional booklet for the Esterbrook Drawlet Pens), Terrace JNL (2015), Terror JNL, That Stuff JNL (2009), Theater Lights JNL (2014), Theatrics JNL (2009, 3d face), Thin Mint JNL (2011), Three Day Pass JNL (2009), Tiler JNL (2012, a gridded face), Title Block Sans JNL (2011, an avant-garde titling face), Too Much Information JNL (2007), Top Billing JNL (2008, dot matrix), Toucan Tango JNL (2007, multiline face), Tough Guy (2006, shaded titling face), Tough Stuff JNL (2008), Toyprint JNL (2009, grunge), Trade Journal JNL (2010), Trade Printer JNL (2007, Victorian-era sans emulation), Transactive JNL (2007, dot matrix), Tribal Council JNL (2011, jungle lettering), Trilium JNL (2010, triline face), Tropicano JNL (2013, a wavy typeface), Tunesmith JNL (2014, Victorian), Twelve Oaks (2006), Two Cents Plain JNL (2012), Two Reeler JNL (2006; see also its follow-up typeface Positive Vibe JNL, 2007, both modeled after title cards of an early Charlie Chaplin movie), Type Catalog (2011, bilined all caps face), Typesetter JNL (2011), Type Vendor JNL (2012), Typewriter Sans JNL (2015), Type Wronger JNL (2013, old typewriter typeface).
  • U-V: Unpretentious JNL (2014), Urmeba JNL (2012, named after amoebas and codesigned with Ray Larabie; a barf font), Used Cars (2012), Utica JNL (2010, squarish all caps face), Vehicle JNL (2010, a condensed block font as for car plates), Vendor JNL (2010, Victorian era ribbon face), Vertical Roundpoint JNL (2011, found in a 1941 edition of the Speedball Lettering Pen instruction book and re-drawn digitally by Jeff Levine), Vintage Designs JNL (2009, dingbat which has some fists), Vododeo JNL (2014).
  • W: Wavely (2010), Weeneez JNL (2011, wiener-shaped glyhs), Welcome Home JNL (2009), Werble JNL (2010), Whoosh JNL (2007), Willoughby JNL (2006, based on 1950s toothpaste lettering), Window Sign JNL (2013), Wine Cellar JNL (2014), Winery JNL (2012: a soft-serifed caps face), Wire Mesh JNL (2009), Work Force JNL (2011), Wynwood JNL (2009).
  • X-Y: Yard Sale JNL (2013), Yargo JNL (2009, hand-printed), Yayazout JNL (2008, fun titling face), Yorso Square JNL (2007).
  • Z: Zera JNL (2007, intersecting rings), Zodor JNL (2010), Zoning Department JNL (2012), Zydeco JNL (2009).
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Jeffery Keedy

Born in 1957 in Battle Creek, USA, he teaches typography and design at the California Institute of the Arts since 1985. He is best known for Keedy Sans (1989, Emigre). Other fonts by him include HardTimes (1990), NeoTheo (1989), Jot, LushUs (part of FUSE 4, see also here), SkelterBold, and Zanzibaralt.

FontShop link.

Author of Emigre: Graphic Design into the Digital Realm (1993, Rudy Vanderlans, Zuzana Licko, Mary E. Gray, Jeffery Keedy). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jen Lea

Illustrator and art director in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Designer of the hairline avant-garde caps display typeface EO (2012-2013), which is inspired by and named after biologist E.O. Wilson.

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Jennifer DeAngelis

Born in New Jersey in 1985, Jennifer DeAngelis Gunn still lives in New Jersey, where she runs the graphic and web design company Jennifer DeAngelis Design (est. 2008), which is also listed on MyFonts. DP Fonts (est. 2010) sells fonts created by Jennifer and her New York college friend, Amanda Pastenkos.

Jennifer designed the intricate wool strand-themed font Strands (2010) and the children's hand Right Height (2010). Majordomo (2010) is a pretty hand-drawn didone.

The first DP Fonts font on MyFonts is the dingbat typeface Wintery Mix (2010). In 2011, Jennifer published the hand-printed 3d outline typeface Marquee, Mermaid NY (mermaid dingbats), Donald (hand-printed outline face), Bluebird (2011, a connected italic script), Quail (2011, grunge), REST BORT (2011, a hand-drawn blackboard bold family), White Rabbit (2011, a gorgeous hand-printed swashy caps face), Monocle86 (avant-garde), the grungy Snatch n Sniff, and the warped zebra typeface WEALD.

Creations from 2012: the white on black tiled typeface Inthabox, the art deco typeface Esther.

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Jeroen Kant

Jeroen Kant (b. 1996) is from Herten, The Netherlands. As a FontStructor called ITellYa, he made the pixel typeface Yourself Regular (2010), the chalk simulation typeface Angry Chalk (2011), the avant garde typeface Epic Fusion (2011), and the experimental family Problems (2010). Aka Jeronimo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jerry Hodge

Graphic design student in Kansas City, MO. Creator of a monoline geometric avant garde sans called Eight One (2012, a free font originally created for a musician's logo) and of the pixel typeface Sample (2012).

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Jim Wasco

Type designer who worked at Adobe from 1989-2002 and for Monotype from 2003 until today. His typefaces in chronological order:

  • 1974 to 1989: As a freelance, he assisted Jim Parkinson in the Cochin, and Kennerley revivals, an old Perspective metal type design, and Rolling Stone alphabet additional weights Elephant, Italics and Condensed, done in pen and ink. For several ad agencies, he designed the Franzia winery logo, and many other logos for packaging and advertisementsi and was mainly a lettering a logo artist.
  • 1985: He produced font designs for DHL Express and SFO International Airport at Primo Angeli Inc.
  • 1986 to 1989: He produced various font families like Garamond, Goudy, Eras, American Typewriter, Futura and Stymie at SlideTek using a B-Spline vector graphic system.
  • 1989 to 2002: He produced fonts at Adobe Systems in Redwood City, CA. There, he designed Tekton Bold, Mythos (1993: a mythical figure caps face done together with Min Wang), Tekton GX (with David Siegel), Waters Titling word ligatures. He designed and produced the Romaji Latin characters of Heisei Maru Gothic W4 and W8, Adobe Sans and Adobe Serif. He did font production work on ITC Garamond, ITC Cheltenham, Albertus, Castellar. He helped expand Adobe Originals to Pro character sets in Jenson Pro, Minion Pro, Kepler, Sanvito Pro, Cronos, and Calcite Pro. He played an important role in the production of Multiple Master fonts.
  • 2003 to present: He produced fonts at Monotype Imaging:
    • For Microsoft, he designed the family of five weights of Segoe based on Segoe Regular.
    • He directed design production and programmed OpenType features for Segoe Script and Segoe Print.
    • He designed Wasco Sans a font for the gaming and flight simulator groups at Microsoft.
    • He designed AT&T Sphere Gothic Sans fonts.
    • He designed a new slab serif family for Gatorade.
    • He directed a new design for General Electric called GE Sans.
    • He designed and directed production of various non-Latin scripts for Monotype for Armenian, Ethiopic, Khmer, Thai, Arabic, Hebrew and African language scripts including Tifinagh, N'Ko and Bamum.
    • He designed the original geometric sans font family Harmonia Sans (2011), which is a blend of contemporary geometric sans serif lettershapes and classic calligraphic proportions. Jim Wasco was aided by George Ryan in the production of the typeface family. He said: I wanted to create a simple and legible typeface by pulling the best aspects of classic geometric sans designs, such as Futura and ITC Avant Garde Gothic.
    • He directed a language expansion project for Edward Johnston's London Transport fonts, adding Cyrillic and Greek.
    • He designed a script typeface based on Ed Benguiat's calligraphy for the ITC logo in 1970 called Elegy (2010-2011). Elegy has 1546 glyphs, and was awarded at TDC2 2011.
    • He designed nine new weights for the Neue Aachen font family (2012) expanding it to 18 fonts including Italic.
    • He designed swash caps and directed Morris Freestyle.
    • He designed ITC Avant Garde Pro ligatures for the new OpenType version.
    • He designed Baskerville Cyrillic and Greek for E reader fonts (2012).

Linotype link. Linotype interview. FontShop link. Pic. His talk at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona was entitled OpenType features for Script Typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jimmy Duus

Jimmy Duus (Copenhagen, Denmark) created the avant garde typeface family Espanoles and the sans typeface Summer Sans in 2014. Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Grafton

Mellieha, Malta-based designer (b. 1983) of Futura Hand (2010). Finally a Comic Sans replacement, perhaps? With iFontMaker, he made these fonts: BestMarker, Crazy, Gillhand, JonnyBravo, JonnyBravoLight, Party, Typewriter Hand. In 2014, he created Party hand and Avenir Condensed Hand. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Bernard Pace

Jonathan Bernard Pace (Paola, Malta) created the stylish avant-garde / art deco all caps typeface 20s Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joschko Hammermann

A graduate of FH Potzdam, Germany, Joschko Hammermann (now in München) created the squarish sans typeface Joham (2010, 26plus). In 2014, he created the avant garde sans typeface Joham Journal. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Josef Maria Auchentaller

Austrian artist (b. 1865, Vienna) who studied at the Vienna Academy, and became a Professor in Munich. Member of the Secession from 1898. He died in Grado, Italy, in 1949. A travel poster by Josef Maria Auchentaller in 1906 led Tom Wallace to design the avant garde / art nouveau all caps typeface Auchentaller ca. 2007.

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Juan Manuel Escobar Bernal

Mexican designer of Neon Lights (2013), En Mi Cuadra Nada Cuadra (2013), Mundonick (2010, unicase), Partofme (2012), Moonstone (2011), Princess And The Frog (2011), When the goes sun scene (2011, avant garde), Jessie Normal (2011, grunge face), Grachi (2011, bouncy spiky face, modeled on Fontdiner.com), Anahi (2011, art nouveau), Grachi 2 (2011), Tangled (2011, tattoo face), Femme 2 (2011), and Carly (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juliana Demarque

While studying design at SENAC in Brazil in 2009, Juliana Demarque designed the avant-garde typeface Sfera Light. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juliana Duque

Colombian graphic designer. Behance link. She created the thin avant-garde typeface Amapola (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julie Bowers Lineberry

Ex-North Carolinian designer who has a BFA in graphic design from Columbia college Chicago, and lives in Chicago. Behance link. Creator of Aimiee (2011, an avant-garde face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julien Protière

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Jussi Jokinen

Visual information designer, consultant and teacher who lives and works at Tampere, Finland. He has an MA in media from Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences. He specializes in designing complex visual systems, like newspapers, magazines and web sites. He made the avant garde geometric sans typeface Alvar (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaiser Zhar Khan
[True Type Fonts]

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Karina Nuñez

Graphic design student in Monterrey, Mexico.

In 2012, she created a thin avant-garde caps typeface called Sendak. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karl Nayeri
[Prime Graphics (was: PolyType)]

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Kasper Ledet
[Idiot Copenhagen]

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Kate Brankin

Type designer from Batavia, IL. She designed Mia Mano (2010, handwriting), and the simplistic monoline avant-garde geometric typeface Tumbly (2011).

Typefaces from 2012: Mano Danielli (children's hand), Hard Shadow, Hercule (a curly hand-printed typeface that was inspired by the moustache of Hercule Poirot), Something Fishy (dingbats).

In 2014, she published the dingbat typeface Tea and Crumpets and the handwriting typeface Altra Mano.

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Kate Thrower

Designer from San Marcos, TXZ, who drew a cute typographic character Little Miss Avenir (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kathy McCord

Creator of Genny (1970), an avant-garde typeface from the photo type era. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelly Media

Crooked font vendor in Germany who has a few cheap CDs with renamed commercial fonts. Run by Hans Fremuth, who founded Kelly Data GmbH in 1994 (since 1999 Kelly Data AG). Kelly Data AG went bankrupt in 2002. Ulrich Stiehl has evidence that Fremuth is based in München. On the Kelly Media or Kelly Data web sites, one can find cheap font CDs under names such as Profi-Schriften Business Schriften (679 truetype fonts), Firle Fonts, and Profi-TYPO (2000 fonts). Stiehl discovered a connection between Hans Fremuth and Charles Biddle, who set up Bay Animation, an Annapolis, MD, outfit of equal questionable taste. Font names used by both Kelly Data and Bay Animation include Alps (Hevetica), Amaretto (Bitstream Amerigo), Amethyst (Garamond No. 3), Antiqua 101 (Antique Olive), Attila (ITC Avant Garde), Bangla (ITC Benguiat), Bid Roman (Melior), Bliss (Janson), Block (ITC Machine), Centime (Century Old Style), Chelsey (ITC Cheltenham), Chisel (Copperplate Gothic), Clayton (Caxton), Clean (Orator), Congo (Trump Medieval), Cupid (Cooper Black), Schroeder (Schneidler), Tech (Arquitectura), and Vogel (VAG Rounded). Stiehl's PDF file shows without a shadow of a doubt that Biddle copied several fonts, giving examples of Bid Roman (a copy of Zapf Elliptical).

Owner info: Hetzner Online AG, Stuttgarter Strasse 1, 91710, Gunzenhausen, DE, +49 9831610061, +49 9831610062, info@hetzner.de. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenneth Pilo
[Pilo Bold Me GBG]

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Kentaro Terajima

Japanese graphic designer in Barcelona, where he studied at Eina. His typefaces:

  • In 2010 he created the large x-height roman faces 06RM and 12RM so that Latin text could be set in small sizes alongside Japanese text (and in particular, with the Japanese font Ryumin M-KL).
  • He recreated the 1930s German newspaper art deco styles in his elegant typeface Tageszeitung (2010).
  • He is involved in an information typography project for the Barcelona metro.
  • Alps (2011). A bilined display typeface inspired by the lettering of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake.
  • Abend (2012). An art deco grotesk inspired by German news headlines from the 1930s.
  • 156 (2011). A clean sans typeface inspired by the shapes of numbers in the streets of Sao Paulo.
  • Colophon (2011). An avant-garde typeface based on the movie The War of Roses (1989).

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[Douglas F. Olena]

Douglas Olena's company, Keystrokes, is located in Birmingham, AL. Great faces by Doug Olena (b. 1953) include Adastra (Herbert Thannhaeuser, 1928, revival 1995), Ampersands (1995), Arwen (1995), Blocks (1995, a very black geometric face), Elegant (1995, art deco), DecoBats, Hindenburg (1995), Informal Black (1995), Marquis (1995, like Broadway), Maximilian (Rudolf Koch, 1917, revival 1995), Metropolis and Metropolis Shaded (1928, after Willy Schwerdtner), Minimal (1995, a very thin avant garde font), FFD Neuland (Rudolf Koch, 1922, revival 1995), Newton Inline (Rudolf Koch, 1928, revival 1995), Poetry (1995), Questions (1995), Searsucker (1995, another Broadway style font; see Agfa), FFD Sphinx (Deberny&Peignot, 1925, revival 1995), Stalk (1995), Tube (1995), and the classy MontBlanc Regular and MontBlanc Engraved. Fox and Arwen are freeware. His fonts at Agfa/Monotype: Adastra, Ampersands, Arwen, Blocks, Elegant Inline, Elegant Open Face, FFD Neuland, FFD Neuland Inline, FFD Sphinx, FFD Sphinx Inline, Hindenburg, Informal Black Condensed, Informal Black, Marquis, Maximilian, Metropolis ShadedCS, Minimal, Newton Inline, Poetry, Poetry Inline, Questions, Searsucker, Searsucker Bold, Searsucker Outline, Stalk, Tube. His CV reveals that he has a Masters in Philosophy! many of his fonts have been absorbed into the Monotype collection ithout further mention of Olena or Keystrokes.

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Khaled Abdelaziz
[Khillo Graphics]

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Khillo Graphics
[Khaled Abdelaziz]

Khillo is Khaled Abdelaziz, a Sétif, Algeria-based illustrator and designer, b. 1986. He created Architek (2010) and Burger (a free avant-garde typeface).

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Collo, Skikda, Algeria-based designer (b. 1995) of the techno typeface Accedent (2013) and the artsy textured typeface KH Tempery (2013).

In 2014, he created KH Erza Script (upright connected script), KH Faygt (circus font), KH Faygt SP, Masiode (avant-garde typeface family), KH Idonx (alchemic typeface) and KH Cosan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kimberley Tsui

Chicago-based creator of the avant-garde typeface Ainsley Deco (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kimi Kaste

Boone, NC-based Kimi Kaste created the hipster avant-garde typeface Just My Type in 2015, taking inspiration from ITC Willow. [Google] [More]  ⦿

KLIM (or: Klim Type Foundry)
[Kris Sowersby]

KLIM is a type and graphic design studio run by Wellington, NZ-based designer Kris Sowersby, now affiliated with Village. Interview. Behance link.Klingspor link. Views on engineered geometry. His creations:

  • Feijoa (2007, a serif family for text, Village).
  • National (2007, a sans serif family, Village). This type family won an award at TDC2 2008. Duncan Forbes: National is slightly mannered, which becomes more apparent in the heavier weights yet it still remains simple, subtle and serious. [...] It has a human charm that gives such warmth and learned beauty to text.
  • FF Meta Serif (2007, Serif counterpart of FF Meta, with Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz).
  • Galaxie Copernicus (2009) is a large x-height serif family done at Village in cooperation with Chester Jenkins. It was inspired (from very far) by Plantin's types.
  • Domaine Text and Display, in 48 styles (2013). Wedge serif on a didone skeleton.
  • Founders Grotesk (2010). Roughly based on Miller&Richard Grotesque (No. 4, No. 7, No. 3), from a 1912 Miller&Richard specimen book. The proportions are just right---I will place my bets on this one for several best of 2010 award lists. The Condensed and X-Condensed are from 2011, and Founders Grotesk Text was published in 2013. ">Founders Grotesk Mono followed in 2014.
  • Metric (2011). A sans family with hints of art deco in the heavier weights. It is paired with Calibre (2011). Sowersby writes: Metric&Calibre are a pair of typefaces that share a fundamental geometry yet differ in the finish of key letterforms. Metric is a geometric humanist, sired by West Berlin street signs. Calibre is a geometric neo-grotesque, inspired by the rationality of Aldo Novarese's seldom seen Recta. They were conceived as a pair but function independently of each other. In a clever twist, Metric offers vertical stroke endings and Calibre horizontal ones in a selected number of glyphs.
  • Tiempos Text and Tiempos Headline (2010). Named for Times New Roman, this type has influences from the egyptian Galaxie Copernicus, which is based on Plantin, as well as from Times New Roman.
  • FF Unit Slab (2007, with Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz).
  • Newzald (2007), an economical text serif based on rough lettering found in New Zealand. Review of Newzald at Typographica.
Custom Unfinished
  • The blackletter pixel font Pixel Fraktur (2002).
  • The pixel script font Nobody came to class (2003).
  • Pixel uncial (2003).
  • Luca Titling (2003, an ancient roman titling typeface based on inscriptions from 1590).
  • Mono, Mono Pre (2003).
  • Kilbernie Sans (2003), Kilbirnie Serif (2004).
  • Klim Sans (2004).
  • A Slabb (2004, a slab serif), Slabb (nice slab version of Klim Sans).
  • Karv (2005, alternative for Trajan), Karv Sans.
  • National Condensed and National Compressed (2007).
  • Aperture (2007), a sans for small sizes.
  • Valencia (2007), a warm didone.
  • Salamanca (2005).
  • Sevilo (2005).
  • Zinc (2005).
  • Elegantia (2005, based on Polyphilus).
  • Karbon, Karbon Serif (2006: raves from the typophiles!). Karbon is an open, geometric sans serif with a contemporary spartan finish. It is an exploration of Paul Renner's reductionist Futura concept channelled through the proportions of Eric Gill's eponymous sans, with a slight nod towards Jan Tschichold's Uhertype sans-serif. Includes seven weights in roman and italic.
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Koelooptiemanna Productions (was: KosteX)
[Roel Koster]

Dutchman Roel Koster made the royalty-free KosteXSchool (or: SchoolKX) font for kids' letter tracing. It is in fact an Avant-Garde style font. Direct access. See also here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kohato Design

This site offers highly original artsy avant garde creations: Peace, Waterdrop, Miyabi, KJohato Bit 15, Planet to Planet. Its web site too is simply gorgeous. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kris Sowersby
[KLIM (or: Klim Type Foundry)]

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Leila Gabard

Graphic designer and photographer in Buenos Aires, who created the avant garde typeface PeiPaKoa in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lera Bazankova

Graphic designer in Moscow, who created the multilined Latin typeface Guitar (2014), which uses Avant Garde Gothic's skeleton. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Levi Bunyan

Designer from Aberdeen, Scotland, whose studio is called Aekido.

He created Relic (2011, an abstract geometric caps face), UniStenc (2011, stencil face), Wonderland (a simplistic sans headline face), Body (2011, monoline geometric typeface with some stenciled letters), and Diamond Sans (2011, caps only).

In 2012, he designed Blackjack Gothic, and Body Shop (a thin stencil typeface for The Body Shop).

In 2013, he published Oznacheniya (inspired by Bulgarian signage), Pipeline (a gaspipe caps only typeface), Modular, and Black Grape (a monospaced sans typeface).

Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lorena Fernandez Gomes

Graphic designer in Vigo (Galicia) who made the avant-garde geometric face Lorilight (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lubalin Graph
[Herb Lubalin]

From the ITC site: ITC Lubalin Graph is based on the ITC Avant Garde Gothic typeface. The design of ITC Lubalin Graph stemmed from a need for a flexible Egyptian alphabet that was suitable for the phototypesetting technology of the 1970s. The original roman typefaces were designed by Herb Lubalin and drawn by Antonio DiSpigna and Joe Sundwall. The oblique versions were designed by Herb Lubalin and drawn by Ed Benguiat. The condensed versions were developed in 1992 by Helga Jörgensen and Sigrid Engelman.

There are versions of this idiosyncratic slab serif typeface by ITC and Adobe. In 2013, Svetoslav Simov created a lookalike extension of Lubalin Graph called Nexa Slab. In the same style, we also find Kettering 105 (2012) and Kettering 205 by Adrian Talbot.

Posters of Lubalin Graph include a set by Benjamin Schmidt (Columbus, OH) in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lucky Halim

Indonesian artist and student. Creator of the modular typeface Xonar (2011), which was based on ITC Avant Garde Demi. No downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luis Mello

Sao Paulo-based designer who studied at FAAD. He created the avant-garde sans Estrondo Sans (2011) and the geometric texture typeface Conj Nacional (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Magdalena Torres

Chilean designer (b. 1989) who created the beautiful Avant-Garde style geometric sans typeface Caprichosa WIP (2007) as well as Magdalena_Handwritting (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Magnus Holder Bjørk

Norwegian designer of the avant garde sans family Daco (2004) sold by Luth. He was also commissioned to make Aenigma, a techno face. Identifont says: Magnus Holder Bjørk is a freshly educated designer now working in Trondheim, Norway. While at a design school in Australia he started developing an Art Deco font family, and with the helping hand of FontShop Norway his Daco font family was prepared for sale. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manasee Savarkar

During his studies at Eastern Michigan University, Manasee Savarkar (Farmington Hills, MI) created the avant-garde caps typeface Manasee (2013) and the wide techno typeface Auto Showroom (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuel Birnbacher

Student at Bauhaus University Weimar who created some avant-garde type posters. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuel Ramos

Based in Valencia, Spain-based and born in Madrid in 1969, Manuel Ramos is the creator of these free and commercial typefaces in 2012: Astralia (oblique monoline sans), Datura (upright unconnected script), Humana (fat finger face), Fantastica (hairline), Cristal, Vernissage (display face), Humate (thin script), Graff, Retorica (an elegant wide techno face), Arsone (graffiti font), Future, Artesana, Subatomic, Aura (caps only), Radiance (thin face), Romantica, Alameda (an Arabic simulation typeface that conjures up Granada), Abstracta (textured techno face), Understand (an elegant lachrymal typeface), Metropolis (a stiletto typeface), Aritmetica (angular), Regard (hairline display face), Artistica (art deco), Iniciatica (bilined), Isabel (bilined caps-only face), Regard (hairline), Glubgraff (graffiti), Graffont (graffiti font), Extraterrestrial, Expresiva, Rotorica (spiky), Passion (a hairline avant-garde typeface), Infinita (hairline avant-garde sans), Cosmonautica (fashion mag typeface with just capitals; also called Eternal), New World (thin octagonal), Modes (condensed and straight-edged), Lavande, Modesta (thin octagonal) and Garbage.

Typefaces from 2013: Transient, Evaow, Stella, Oval, Koda, Amaral (a technical pencil font), Astralasia.

Typefaces from 2014: Radiance (avant garde), Alameda (Arabic simulation face), Datura (hand-printed), Valerie, Akasic, Destiny, Ensure (a casual sans), Exacta, Oldskool.

Typefaces from 2015: Pleiadian, Positive Thinking, Lovelica, Dawn (sketched), Picasa (sketched painter's font), Abstracta, Future, Akasic.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Behance link. Old URL.

View Manuel Ramos's commercial typefaces. Newer Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Marciuliano Design
[Frank Marciuliano]

Fonts made by New Yorker Frank Marciuliano: at Linotype, Abstract, Automat (1997), Bordeaux, Breeze (nice), Charleston, Constitution, Isilda (1997), Labyrinth, Mediterraneo (1997), Lindy (very avant-garde). At ITC, ITC Jaft (1996), ITC Jambalaya (1996, party time!), and ITC Schizoid (1997). Finally, from Frank directly: Burst, CurlyWurly, GellyBelly, Display, Goo-Goots, Isilda Italic, Stiletto, JellyBelly and Sprockets.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

View Frank Marciuliano's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Marcus Eriksson

Swedish graphic, type and logo designer, and photographer, born and raised in Skelleftea in Northern Sweden, but now located in Vancouver. His typefaces include SD Stencil, Bolsrf (ultra fat), Street Typeface (squarish), Swedisc (avant garde sans), Crispy (hairline octagonal), SubStreet (sturdy sans headline face), Miru (experimental), Subscript (upright connected script), and Bulky (ultra fat). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maria Georgiou

Architect and designer in Thessaloniki, Greece. Creator of Techand (2015), an uppercase avant-garde Greek typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maria Hammerstrøm

Graphic designer in Oslo, b. 1987. Creator of the avant garde sans family Universe (2009).

In 2013, she published the geometric custom typeface Huxley and created the identity typeface for Kunsthall Oslo.

Underfundig is her studio in Norway.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariana Pariani

Argentinian type designer in Buenos Aires. Her major interest are typography, identity programs and book design. Award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010 for her avant garde typeface Club Universo (2008, done with Eduardo Tunni, originally for the identity of a club). Behance link. Dondo (2011) is a flared typeface that won an award in the display type category at Tipos Latinos 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marija Radisavljevic

Graduate of ECAL (Ecole Catonale d'Art de Lausanne) in 2012 and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2011. With Jack Jennings, she codesigned the avant-garde typeface Pixineo in 2013 for a Boston-based start-up company. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marten Fischer

Swedish creator of Pilo Regular (2007, at Pilo Bold Me GBG; with Kenneth Pilo, Ray Larabie and Goran Soderstrom). Kenneth Pilo writes: Kenneth Pilo had never designed a typeface and this particular project was long overdue. In collaboration with Marten Fischer, Ray Larabie of Typodermic, and Goran Soderstrom of Pangea Design, the font Pilo Regular was born in 2007. Pilo Regular is a bold, single weight OpenType typeface featuring subtle inline detailing and a solid sporting aesthetic. It feels both hard and soft, decorative and stoic, vintage and modern. The typeface is inspired by the logo for Bold (community for swedish advertising business), which was designed by Bjorn Hoglund, CP+B Europe. Pilo Regular is a multilined typeface that takes a bit from YagiBold, the CNN face. Pilo Thin (2008) is a hairline avant garde sans designed by the same group, Larabie excepted. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maryina Madworld

Santiago, Chile-based designer of the thin avant-garde caps typeface Malice (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mathias Doblhammer

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Matias Romero

Matias Romero was born Eduardo Alves da Silva in the city of Santos. He is a Brazilian nature photographer and multimedia artist, b. 1965. Currently, he is based in Sao Thomé das Letras, MG.

Typefaces made in 2014: Cassiopea, Ignoto, Minguarana (a display sans).

Typefaces from 2013: Neroli, Jailed Celts, Demodée (art deco).

Typefaces made in 2012: Endora (gothic), Nix, Sampa Midnight (a spurred typeface), Olho de Peixe, Peixes e subpeixes, Rita Mouse.

Creations from 2011: Gotham Lullaby (2011, a blackletter tattoo face), Lizard (2011), Glix (2011), Linea (2011, a squarish face), ClassIndicativa (2011), Atomium (2011), Maquina Pneumatica (2011), Futurafrica (2011), Amorphica (2011).

Typefaces made before 2011: Vieira (2010), Hobo Signs (2010), Knights Who Say Ni (2010), Antibios (2010, slab serif), Oleo (2010, wedge serif face), Jet Black Night (2009), King Pineapple (2009), Glove (2009, avant garde sans), Quanta (2009), Arcoverde (2009, display face), Wax (2009), Crazy Circles (2005, hand-printed) and Xylogravura (2009, inspired by crude woodcut typography printing practiced in northeastern Brazil).

Home page. Fontspace link. Creative allies link. Flickr pages. Devian tart link. Morguefile link. Multimedia stock page. Twitter page. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matjaz Tozon

Graphic designer in Ljubljana, Slovenia, who created the hairline avant-garde typeface Tozonsky in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Grey

Graphic designer and illustrator (b. Southampton, UK, 1993) who studied graphic design at University College Falmouth.

He created the dingbat face Social Networking Icons (2011) and the counterless geometric typeface Grobsidian (2011).

Other typefaces: Debunk (2012, a grunge family), Kranx (2012), Bloq (2012), Beehive (2012), Echo Gothic (like Avant Garde), Hanson, Interlocked, Pixter (dot matrix face), Scrawlster (hand-printed), Tubular Type, Unnamed.

He set up the Matt Grey typefoundry in 2011 in Southampton.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Behance link.

Catalog of his typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Matteo Di Iorio

Treviso, Italy-based designer (b. 1989, Forlimpopoli, Italy) of the monoline avant garde sans typeface Antipasto (2007, Zeta Fonts).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Max Burchartz

German Photographer, 1887-1961. In 1924, he proposed the introduction of one alphabet (no more upper case and lower case). That idea was picked up by other avant-garde type designer, and was developed at Bauhaus by Herbert Bayer, and by Joost Schmidt, Kurt Schwitters, Jan Tschichold and at the end of the 30s by Peignot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

M-B Creative
[Ben Mecke-Burford]

M-B Creative is a British typefoundry in Presteigne, Pows, est. 2013 by Ben Mecke-Burford, who has created many stunning art deco and other typeface families.

Typefaces made in 2013 include MB Noir (an art deco sans), the experimental minimalist MB Negative Space, the piano key typeface MB Sixtythree, the gorgeous art deco/avant garde titling typeface MB Deco, and the circle-based monoline typeface MB Geometrixa.

In 2014, he published MB Vintage (sic: an art deco sans family), MB Empire (a sans that goes back to Gill Sans), MB Narrow (a compressed sans family), MB Edwardsson (handwriting font) and MB Picture House (an all caps art deco typeface family).

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

Mehmet Abaci
[Studio Typo]

[More]  ⦿

Melanie Coggio

During her studies, Melanie Coggio (Sydney, Australia) created Grooove (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meskhi Toolbox
[Slava Meskhi]

Order any of 31 Georgian TrueType fonts by Slava Meskhi. Commercial fonts: Sanet (1999), downloadable here; the famous Georgian script font "Zaza" (ARGO SHEUDAREBELIA), the Georgian twin of Latin "Arial" - "Arial Georgian"; Arachveulebrivi Thin; Eka (script); "Avaza" and "Avaza Mtavruli", the Georgian versions of AvantGarde made in 1997. Download 8 free Georgian fonts: Aracveilebrivi Thin, Amiran, Avaza, Avaza Mtavruli, Eka, Peikari, Phatima, Zaza. There are also the Georgian truetype fonts Ia and Margo. Eka is also here. This (dead) site has Aladini, Amiran, ArachveulebriviThin, Avaza, AvazaMtavruli, Babuka, BabukaMtavruli, Barnaba, Beka, Bolnisi, BolnisiMtavruli, BrushScriptGeorgian, Calligraphy, Constitution, Daviti, Eka, EkaHor, Elguja, Fido, Ia, Imedi, Lali, Liziko, Margo, Migdebuli, Muqara, Naniko, PataraNino, Peikari, Phatima, Phunji, PhunjiMtavruli, Saba, Sanet, Shalva, Tamaz, Tamta, Tinano. Zaza is also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Caine

Assistant of the typographer and master printer François Da Ros, specializing in printing with metal founder's type. Part-time teacher at the Ecole Estienne in Paris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Jarboe
[Reserves (or: AE Type)]

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Michael Muranaka

San Salvador-based designer (b. 1985) of the thin slab typeface Espacio (2011), the monoline extended sans typeface Añejo (2011), the playful Antelope (2011), the razor blade-themed Font Interrupted (2011), the sci-fi typeface Cerebro (2011), the headline sans Jenkins (2011), the stencil typeface Mura Knockout (2011), which can be downloaded from Dafont.

He also made Diminuto (2011, monoline slabby face), Wednesday (2011, gridded), Diamante (2011, elliptical architectural sans face), 50 Blizzards (2011, stencil face), Kiona (2011, headline caps face), the geometric logotype New Drop Era (2011), the angular typeface A Brand New Day Midnight (2011), Catman (2011), Lowery (2011), and the tattoo font Slayer Dragon (2011). Naomis Citadel (2011) is a font comissioned by author Rick Austinson for his upcoming Consecution Books series. Ocho Siete (2011) and La Quince de Mayra (2011) are hairline sans faces. Ciudad Nueva Caps (2011) is a geometric avant garde caps face. Home page. Mariko Chan (2011) is a soft rounded and friendly monoline display sans. Alto Voltaje (2011) is also a monoline typeface but its sharp corners make it much more threatening.

Typefaces from 2012: Bad Handwriting, Sessions, Gorila (sic) (techno sans), Daiichi (hairline elliptical sans), Elite Hacker Corroded, Impalinger (hand-printed).

In 2013, he made Dolce Vita (avant garde sans), Blackbook Two, Giorgio (organic sans), Blackbook One (graffiti face), Tokyo Pop Star.

Typefaces from 2014: Tranquila (grungy), Blackbook 3rd (graffiti brush face), Bobby Corwin, Outlier (sci-fi face).

Typefaces from 2015: Sylphie, Mnml Fnt (experimental stroke removal font), Espacio Novo (thin slab serif).

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

Michelle Chandra

Based in Pematangsiantar, Indonesia, and/or Singapore, Michelle designed the Angku display typeface during her graphic design studies in 2013. In 2014, she made the avant garde sans typeface De Arch. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mick Sylvestre
[Sylvestre Studios]

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Mickey Rossi
[SUBFLUX experiment]

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Mico Samardzija
[Fat Factory]

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MicroLogic Software
[Frank Hainze]

Frank Hainze (Emeryville, CA) used to sell typefaces such as Adorable, Artisan, Celebrity, Crescent, Duchess, Elegance, Formal, Heather, Imperial, ImperialBold, ImperialBoldItalic, ImperialItalic, Legend, MajesticBold, MasonBook, MasonBookOblique, MasonDemi, MasonDemiOblique, Opera, Salsa, Samurai, Victorian (blackletter, 1994), Wedding.

No longer in business. The fonts are still out there, however. For example, check Samurai here.

Ulrich Stiehl documents all forged fonts on the PrintMaster CD and reports that the quality is remarkably good. Examples: Advantage = ITC Avant Garde Gothic, Architect = Adobe Tekton, Editor = ITC American Typewriter, Enchanted = ITC Korinna, Fantasy = ITC Tiffany, Gallery = ITC Galliard, Geneva = Linotype Helvetica, Gourmand = ITC Garamond, Imperial = ITC New Baskerville, Manuscript = Linotype Palatino, Mason = ITC Lubalin Graph, Mirage = ITC Benguiat, Optimum = Linotype Optima, Tiempo = Monotype Times. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miguel Angel Padriñán Alba
[Mr. Black Fonts]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Miguel Angel Sanser

Graphic designer in Madrid, Spain, who created the avant garde sans typeface Rematle2015 in 2014 to celebrate the Champions Cup final in 2014 between Atletico and Real Madrid. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mijan Patterson

Student at Queensland College of Art, 2011-2013. Brisbane-based designer of the striking avant-garde all-capitals typeface Krach (2013), which includes an elegant hairline weight.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike Charness
[WSI: Weatherly Systems Inc]

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Milton Glaser

Born in New York in 1929, Milton Glaser is an important American graphic designer who founded Push Pin Studios in New York where he worked with Seymour Chwast. He left in 1970 and founded Milton Glaser Inc in New York in 1974. He taught classes at SVA, where according to Michael Samuel he said to his students: There are three responses to a piece of design - yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. His typefaces:

Musings about life (dead link). Linotype link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mindofone Fonts

Dallas, TX-based creator of the free art deco stencil typeface Glas Deco (2012), which is based on a specimen found in Hoffmanns Schriftatlas: Das Schriftschaffen der Gegenwart in Alphabeten und Anwendungen, Stuttgart 1930. Another download site. View the original.

Creator of Mexico 86 (2011), a bilined headline typeface that was modeled after the Mexico 1986 World Cup logo font, which in turn was based on Avant Garde Extra Light. Free download at abfonts.

Creator of Twin Mo 1 (2012, bilined).

In 2013, he/she created Hadley Numerals (based on the numbers originally generated by Gunter Gerhard Lange for his Derby typeface), and Hadley Stencil (based on the letters originally generated by Gret Mengelt-Mergenthaler and Walter Ballmer for their Swiss typeface TEXPO). Free download.

North Dallas Forty (2012, free) is based on the custom letters in the original 1979 movie posters and marketing materials for the film North Dallas Forty.

In 2011-2012, Dick Pape created a number of free fonts based on designs pointed out to him by Mindofone, and he calls them his Mindofone collection, 86 files strong. They include French Alphabets (FA) and French Advertising Alphabets (FAA). The French Advertising Alphabets were designed by M. Moullet in Brussels in 1946.

The FAA series: FAA3DLettresEnRelief, FAAAllongees, FAAAllongeesBold, FAAAntiqueAllongee, FAAAntiqueGrasse, FAAAntiques, FAAAntiquesGrasses, FAABaroque3DInitiales, FAABlockLettresEnRelief, FAACameoHollow, FAACaracteresdeFantaisie, FAAChevauchantes, FAACubiques, FAAEcossaises, FAAEcritureGrasseEmoussee, FAAEgyptienneGrasse, FAAEgyptiennesEmoussees, FAAFantaisie, FAAFantaisieBlaireau, FAAFantaisieHardi, FAAFantaisieHaut, FAAFantasio, FAAFloralGothiqueInitiales, FAAFrenchMecane, FAAItalianHeavySlab, FAALettresAuCrayonItalic, FAALiberty, FAANormandes, FAANormandesAllongees, FAAOmbreeEnRelief, FAAOnciale, FAAOrientales, FAAPochoir, FAARomainClassique, FAARomainTypographique, FAScenesPaysannes, FAASerifEgyptienne, FAAVetteFantasieAntieke.

The FA series consists first of all of digitizations that are from a booklet by signpainter Roumond entitled 32 Alphabets Modernes, published in Paris by A. Charayron and Léon Duran, some time in the 1930s. Pape's 32 fonts are FAModerne0369, FAModerne0562a, FAModerne0562b, FAModerne0946aBold, FAModerne0946bBold, FAModerne1367a, FAModerne1367b, FAModerne2021a, FAModerne2021b, FAModerne2491a, FAModerne2491b, FAModerne2491c, FAModerne2491d, FAModerne4441, FAModerne5204, FAModerne5204a, FAModerne5204b, FAModerne5204c, FAModerne6183a, FAModerne6183b, FAModerne6518a, FAModerne6518b, FAModerne6518c, FAModerne6518d, FAModerne7287a, FAModerne7287b, FAModerne7666, FAModerne7798, FAModerne9002a, FAModerne9002b, FAModerne9321a, FAModerne9321b.

The other fonts in the FA series are FAAntique2748, FAAntiqueShaded, FACondensedGothic, FACondensedReversedGothic, FAGillSignWritersGuide, FAGothicInitials, FAHerrickSignWriters, FAJeuSubstantoBold, FAPutti, FARoundSans4901, FAThin3394, FATransportReversed4858, FAUltraLight, FAVineInitials, FAWildFlowers.

Further typefaces by Dick Pape: Cathedral (2011, a sketched expressionist face, based on Martin Wait), ColorLinesFont (2010, based on work by Anton Gridz), ColorOutLinesFont, FuroreMexicoCameo, FuroreMexicoNormal, FuroreMexicoPlain, FuroreMexicoWide. The Furore series was made in 2011 based on Furore No. 11 The Mexico Issue (Piet Schreuders, Amsterdam, 1978).

Dick Pape font download page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mirco Kirsch

Hamburg, Germany-based designer of No Fancy name Font (2015), an all cpas avant garde typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype's copies of fonts

Mark Simonson explains Monotype's cheap substitutes for not only Helvetica, but all the other proprietary fonts Adobe has included with PostScript. These were created at the request of Microsoft for inclusion with its PostScript clone, TrueImage, and also included with Windows and Microsoft Office. A quick list:

  • Monotype Book Antiqua (+Italic) is a copy of Palatino (+Italic), unauthorized by Herman Zapf, Palatino's creator.
  • Monotype Corsiva is a poor substitute for ITC Zapf Chancery.
  • Monotype Sorts is intended to replace Zapf Dingbats.
  • Twentieth Century is Monotype's version of Futura. Now, Monotype Century Gothic is Twentieth Century, redrawn to match the weight and proportions of ITC Avant Garde Gothic.
  • Bookman Oldstyle is the original Bookman (late 19th century, ATF) redrawn to match the weight and proportions of ITC Bookman, including its cursive italic.
  • Century Schoolbook is simply the earlier design upon which New Century Schoolbook (1980, Matthew Carter, Linotype) is based, which both Monotype and Linotype licensed from American Type Founders. The two are virtually indistinguishable except for the extra weights offered in the Linotype version.
  • Monotype's Arial is a poor subsitute of Helvetica with exactly the same proportions, metrics and weight. Mark Simonson takes Arial apart.
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Morten Iveland
[The Infamous Foundry]

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Mr. Black Fonts
[Miguel Angel Padriñán Alba]

Mexico City-based graphic designer. Creator of Pixa Square (2014: a dot matrix typeface family that includes some arcade game dingbats as well), Domino (2014: digitization of a typeface by Sabino Gainza), Norma Script (2014, avant-garde sans), Norma Cursiva (2014), Macmillan (2014, sans), El Corondel (2014, signage script), Taller (2014, done with Manuel Flores), Mr. Pascal (2014: LED or kitchen style typeface for numbers on watches), Britannia Capital (2014: a calligraphic copperplate typeface), Alfaomega (2014, avant-garde sans), Alfaomega Cursiva (2014, school script font), Espiral (2013, a Victorian school project font at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas UNA).

Behance link. Newer Behance link. Old Wordpress link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mr. Dogo

Parisian-Chinese graphic designer who created Megève (2013), Apollo (2012, a monoline avant-garde typeface), Comma (2012, a geometric typeface), FoldFont (2011), Croxxtypo (2011, octagonal), and CrossTypo (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Avant Garde

MyFonts selection of Avant Garde style typefaces. View some commercial avant garde typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nadeen Tawfik

Cairo-based designer of the school project typeface Majoram Arabic (2013, avant-garde and circle-based), Extremity (2013, squarish), Speech Bubble (2013, modular), Neo Kufic (2013, squarish Arabic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nasanbileg Enkhbold

Graphic designer in Sydney, Australia. Creator of the avant-garde typeface Black Quartz (2011) and the stylish Masuyo (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natalia Cruz

Graphic designer in Sao Paulo. She took some glass windows on Av. Paulista there to design a monoline geometric avant-garde sans face in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natalia Grosner

Toronto-based freelance graphic designer who moved to New York City. Creator of the multiline typeface Neon (2007), the hairline avant garde typefaces Gisele (2014) and Daria (2014), and the display typeface Electro Font (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neale Davidson
[Pixel Sagas (was: Protoform Project, and Fontshack)]

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Ned Bunnel

Designer in 1983 of ITC AvantGarde Mono and ITC Souvenir Mono. Note: The geometric sans family ITC Avant Garde Gothic was designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase and based on Lubalin's logo for Avant Garde Magazine. Ed Benguiat designed the condensed fonts for ITC. Souvenir was originally drawn by Morris Fuller Benton in 1914 as a single weight for the American Type Founders company. It was revived in 1967 by Photo-Lettering and optimized for phototypesetting equipment. ITC was formed in 1971 and, with the help of Photo-Lettering, introduced ITC Souvenir as one of its first typeface families. ITC Souvenir was designed by Ed Benguiat and comes in four weights, each with a matching italic. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Ariel Di Lisio]

Negro is a design site where some commercial fonts can be found, all designed by Ariel Di Lisio who lives in Buenos Aires. Marzo (2008) is a hairline vogue typeface commissioned by the Argentinian mag Atypica, and Donuts (2008) is a layer of round upon a layer of round. Paz Font is a stylish night club or fashion magazine family---stunning. Lynda (2008) is an octagonal/mechanical face. Lunes (2007), Day (2007), Friday (2007) and Nigga (2007) are an ultra-fat art deco faces with an experimental edge. Love (2007) is a mini-serifed geometric beauty. Santino (2008) tries to bring waves into a simple sans face. Normal (2008) is gorgeous, geometric and galant. Mate (2008) is a geometric all caps typeface for magazine headlines. Caracas (2008), Soko (2009), and Stola (2008) have more geometric fantasies. Pink (2008) is experimental. Cascabel (2009) is a kitchen tile typeface digitized by Alejandro Paul at Sudtipos. James Font (2009) is a bullet hole-themed face. Inlove (2009, Sudtipos) is a Lubalin-style poster face designed by Di Lisio and digitized by Alejandro Paul. Typefaces shown in 2010, mostly experimental / geometric / art deco: Destiny, Drimpy, Hongki, Mobile, Moonglow, Normal, Vincent.

In 2011, Ariel published the futurismo face Saturna at Sudtipos [and I do not understand HypeForType's claim that it is an exclusve HypeForType font]. Their offices are in Buenos Aires and Caracas.

Typefaces from 2012 include Uma (with Alejandro Paul at Sudtipos: a gorgeous two-weight monoline sans family).

In 2013, he created the stencil typeface Anima for a housing project in Punta Chica, San Fernando, Argentina.

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

Nelson Cardoso

Creative director in Sao Paulo, who designed Revolução (2013), a counterless and subversive typeface, Sampacity (2013), and octagonal typeface, and Paulista (2013), an avant-garde caps typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neo Font
[Yi Min]

NeoFont is a Korean typefoundry. Among its designs, we find Neo (2013, avant-garde Latin face) by Yi Min (Hays, KS). There are, of course, tens of Hangul (Korean) fonts as well. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Alexander McCracken]

Neutura was formed in 2003 by Alexander McCracken, who is located in San Francisco. His typefaces have a large geometric component: Aperture (slab serif family), Autobahn, Belfast (octagonal black-bowled headline face), Children (paperclip face), Circle (avant garde style), Deuce (ultrafat), Deuce Round (fat and counterless), Estrella (2011, a high-contrast fat vogue didone titling face), Frank (fat and counterless), Frank Stencil, Interpol (texture face), Magnum (2006, for Neo2 magazine: free), Neutrino (ultra-fat futuristic beauty, 2006), Neutura (clean geometric sans family), Orange (geometric hairline sans), Orange Round, Rabbit, Register (architectural sans), Royale (fat decorative didone), Saber (octagonal), Sarcophagus (very original blackletter), Spade (fat and counterless), Syrup (paperclip font), Vendella (2011), Wafer (ultrafat). At T-26, he published Children (2006, a paperclip font), Deuce and Sarcophagus.

Behance link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nice Type
[Dan Jones]

Nice Type (London) is Dan Jones's foundry. Dan Jones created the geometric monoline sans typeface Air (2011), which has a bit of the openness and flair of Avant Garde. Johann (2012) is a squarish monoline sans family.

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Nicholas Fabian
[Alien Typefaces]

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Nick Curtis

Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997, and lives since 1997 in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. From ca. 1990 onwards, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. In 2013, he stopped making fonts, and donated his collection of rare books and type material to the University of Virginia. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool.

Near the end of 2012, he posted this comment on his web site: Fifteen years ago, I embarked on a wonderful voyage of discovery, when I created my very first font with Fontographer 3.15. My maiden voyages were, frankly, rather clunky and amateurish, but I have been told that they showed promise. Well, sure enough, thanks to the diligent (and patient) efforts of Ilene Strizver, I polished up my craft enough to sell my humble efforts---first as a sideline business and, since 2006, as my full-time job. In total, I have produced over eleven hundred fonts---almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which I conservatively estimate have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide. Unfortunately, this past year has brought a series of unanticipated setbacks, culminating in the loss of my wife's beautiful mind and soul to the scourge of alcoholism. In an effort to generate extra income to cover the expenses for her long-term care, I have proposed a number of, I believe, innovative ways to revamp the online font business; unfortunately, those efforts have fallen flat, primarily due to the professional font community's abject fear of crossing the $165 million Elephant in the Room. I even offered a special discount rate of 75% off retail price for full-time students of Typohile Forum. To date, there have been zero takers. Hell: even the webfont kit of one of my own fonts which I purchased from myfonts.com turned out to be an empty folder. Talk about a run of bad luck. Which leaves my with you, dear readers. If you or someone you know has had fun or made a buck from my humble efforts throughout the years, please donate whatever you can---even a lousy dollar would help---to help me out. I would greatly appreciate it.

Home page. Dafont link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link.

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Nick Curtis
[Nick Curtis: Free avant garde faces]

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Nick Curtis
[Nick Curtis: Commercial avant garde faces]

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Nick Curtis
[Nick Curtis: Commercial faces]

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Nick Curtis
[Nick Curtis: Typefaces from 2014]

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Nick Curtis: Commercial avant garde faces
[Nick Curtis]

Nick Curtis made many retro faces, including typefaces that followed in the path of art deco and degenerated into the avant garde style, of which Herb Lubalin's Avant Garde is the main representative. Here is a list.

  • ChicaGogo NF (2010) is a monoline geometric family inspired by an alphabet in Alphabete: ein Schriftaltas von A bis Z.
  • Hess Gothic Round NF (2008) is a rounded family inspired by Twentieth Century (Sol Hess) and Avant Garde (1970, Herb Lubalin).
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Nick Curtis: Commercial faces
[Nick Curtis]

Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997. Since 1997, he is in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. Since the 1990s, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool. Home page. His free fonts are listed elsewhere.

On MyFonts, he says this about himself: Nick's Fonts is a modest little foundry dedicated to the preservation of our rich typographic heritage. Most of the foundry's designs are based on authentic historical sources, gleaned from the massive collections of the Library of Congress. If you are looking for a font that captures the essence of the Wild West, the Gay Nineties or the Jazz Age, look here first: if it is not in the catalog, it will be soon. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nick Curtis: Free avant garde faces
[Nick Curtis]

Nick Curtis's passion for retro faces took him to the fads and fashions of the times, such as the semi-geometric look of avant garde. His free faces in this category are listed below.

  • Arizona Airways NF (2003, 2007). Based on this advertising poster (1947).
  • BittersweetCapital, BittersweetCapitalBold, BittersweetCapitalOutline, BittersweetNF, BittersweetRevised (1999, 2007). Based on this 1933 movie poster by Hans Flato.
  • CameoAppearanceNF (2000, 2007).
  • Chi Town NF (1999, 2007, commercial version 2008) is a heavy art deco creation that is based on a 1931 poster for the film The Man from Chicago.
  • CopaseticNF-Bold, CopaseticNF (1999, 2007). The Pro version at CheapProFonts followed in 2009.
  • DubbaDubbaNF (1999, 2007). Based on this logo.
  • GrenadierNF (2000, 2007). Grenadier NF (Nick Curtis) is based on Samuel Welo's Modernistic.
  • JunebugStompNF-ExtraBold, JunebugStompNF (2003, 2007). Based on a 1925 poster for the chanteuse Arlette Montal, signed simply Bouchard.
  • LakeWobegonNF (2002, 2007). Based on this poster made in 1938 by Glaesser.
  • Perisphere (2000).
  • SnappyServiceNF (2000). Nick: In the olden days B.C. (before cholesterol), there was a barbeque stand in East Dallas called Snappy Service BBQ. The cook called his sauce ``rich,'' which really meant that it was swimming with grease. Mmmmm-good! Anyhow, times, tastes and LDL levels change: the BBQ joint isn't there anymore, but its sign lettering lives on.
  • ValleyGrrrlNF (2003, 2007). ValleyGrrrlNF (Nick Curtis) is based on Johann Cissarz's poster lettering in Erste Hoehenluft Radfahr-Bahn (1897).
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Nick Curtis: Typefaces from 2014
[Nick Curtis]

Typefaces made by Nick Curtis in 2014:

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Nick Dean

Creator of the multiline typeface Confessions (2009) and the thin avant-garde sans typeface Confusion Girl (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nima Visual
[Andres Moreno Walter]

Andres Moreno Walter (Nimo Visual, Bogota, Colombia) created the free monoline avant-garde geometric sans typeface Time Burner (2012), the thin modular typeface Trench (2013), the counterless Diskopia (2013), the display typeface Breve SC (2014), and the sci-fi typefaces Moonhouse (2013), Breve SC (2014), and Krunch (2014).

Fontspace link. Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nimio Insight

Design studio in Toledo, Spain, who created the hipster typefaces Anfora (2014, Greek simulation) and Prenzlauer (2013). In 2014, Nimio created a decorative set of numerals called Numerologia (2014) and the custom avant-garde sans typeface Geome. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nina Gregier

Polish graphic designer who is based in Krakow. Nina is exploring geometric concepts such as in her Alfabetczi White (2012), Teleport (2011, monoline hexagonal), in her Stripes typeface (2010), in Do Not Cut (2011), in CLN 3000 ID (2011), in the multiline typeface Pink Twist Alphabet (2011), in the hand-printed poster typeface Bambi Letters (2011), and in Garaz (2011). Ksavery (2011) is an architectural typeface designed for the logo of the Krakow School of Art and Fashion Design's blog.

In 2012, she created the alchemic typeface Keep Going.

Fruits of the Forest (2013) is an alchemic typeface family. Classic Geometry (2013) also uses geometric patterns.

In 2014, she created the geometric display typeface Baltazar, the multilined typeface Wake Up, and the avant-garde Proste Wnetrze (for the interior design studio by that name).

Home page. Home page. Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nippa Downey

Nippa Downey (DJ Nippa) is the creator in 2008 at FontStruct of these faces: NCD Paperclip (2008), NCD Paperclip Closed, the NCD Black Square family (2008, he writes: The Black Square of Kazimir Malevich is one of the most famous creations of Russian art in the last century. The first Black Square was painted in 1915 to become the turning point in the development of Russian avant-garde.), Snake, Snake Rebel, Mooch Rounded II and Mooch Squared II.

Additions in 2009: The NCD Dot Matrix family (many styles), NCD Grand Theft Autostruct (based on the logo for the Playstation/Xbox computer game "Grand Theft Auto"), NCD Dorky Corners Sans, NCD Amphibian (+Stencil), NCD Blagger (+Stencil), NCD Gigantica2, NCD Gigantica, NCD Brick Stacker, NCD Amoeba family (dot matrix), NCD Deejayon (nice), NCD Blagger (+Stencil), NCD Phusion Bold (octagonaal), NCD PS Magazine (+2) (octagonal), NCD Fabrica 50 (vertical stripes), NCD Scansion, NCD Octangle 20, NCD Neopolicia Harlequin, NCD Reinforcia (piano key, stencilized), NCD White Picket Fence, NCD Autonium Small Caps (not free...).

In 2010, he created the NCD Chromica family (athletic lettering faces) and NCD Bezica 10 (elliptical), NCD Nu Arc Stencil Linked, NCD Nu Arc Linked Stencil, NCD Edding 5.0 (brush), NCD Patchwork (texture face), NCD Embroidery (+Comp Size), NCD Snippa Sharp (2011), NCD Nufraktura Gothic (2009), NCD Autonium Small Caps.

Typefaces from 2012: NCD Black Square, NCD Black Square II.

Typefaces from 2013: NCD Neopolicia (+Drop Serif, +Harlequin, +Jump Drop), NCD Grand Theft Autostruct (based on the logo for the Playstation/Xbox computer game "Grand Theft Auto"), NCD Isometrica Horizontal 1 (3d block face), NCD Mooch Squared, NCD Mooch Rounded II.

In 2014, his striped octagonal art deco typeface NCD Deconium SC Black Serif Inlines won an award at the FontStruct Inline Font Competition. Other typefaces from 2014 include NCD Reinforcia and NCD Dottica Serif 60.

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

Noémie Belasic

Paris-based designer of New Wave Font (2015, thin avant-garde sans). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nolen Strals
[Post Typography]

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Oksana Sergienko

Graphic designer and typographer in Moscow. She screated the avant garde and ultra thin sans typeface Hair (2009, Paratype). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Omar Olague

Design student in Monterrey, Mexico, who created the avant-garde monoline typefaces Olague Light (2012) and Olague Bold (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Open Source Publishing (or: OSP)

Free software project based in Belgium and run by four people (and I quote from their web page):

  • Harrisson: Graphic designer and typographer, based in Liege and Brussels. Started to use as much Open Source software as possible on his Macintosh, as part of a research project The Tomorrow Book at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.
  • Pierre Huyghebaert: Exploring for eighteen years several practices around graphic design, he currently drives his own studio Speculoos. Interested to use free sofware to re-learn to work in others way and collaboratively on cartography, type design, web interface, schematic illustration, teaching and book design.
  • Nicolas Malevé: Systems- and software developer from Brussels with a long interest in the politics and practice of software. Uses Linux since 1998 and makes publishing- and distribution systems for collaborative work.
  • Femke Snelting: Graphic designer and artist based in Brussels. Most of her current work is for the web. Recently switched to Linux after using Apple Macintosh for more than ten years.
Alternate URL. They also describe interesting autotrace software included in Inkscape and UNIX batch tools for good autotracing of images. Designers of free fonts:
  • Alfphabet (2009). Based on the Belgian road signage system in use from 1945 until 1975. It came from Minneapolis to Brussels with 3M.
  • Broodthaers.
  • Cimatics (2009). Totally experimental. This font was designed in July 2009, for the graphic identity of Cimatics A\V Platform. It gathers glyphs from FreeSerif, FreeSerifItalic, DejaVuSans, DejaVuSerif, the OSP_frog mascot, the Cimatics two piece heart, a baronchon_palm_tree from Open Clip Art Library and private use dingbats drawn for Cimatics (Cimatics_scare_eye, white_pentagon).
  • Crickx. A digital reinterpretation of a set of adhesive letters.
  • Distilled Spirit and Whisky Jazz. In September 2009, Harrisson and Jean Baptiste Parre from LPDME remixed URW Gothic (Avant Garde) and published the free fonts Distilled Spirit and Whisky Jazz.
  • DLF. DLF stands for Dingbats Liberation Fest.
  • Libertinage. In August 2008, Harrisson designed 26 variations on Philipp H. Poll's 2006 font Libertine, and called the new family Libertinage. It covers Greek, Latin and Cyrillic.
  • Limousine. This font was made for a poster to support nine people accused of "criminal association for the purposes of terrorist activity". They were arrested the 11th of November 2008, in France. They and others are the victims of a witch-hunt where the word "terrorism" was applied to any idea or practice which challenges the status quo. An international movement is emerging in their support. For the poster, we re-mixed an open font, the Free Sans from Free UCS Outline Fonts.
  • Logisoso. Logisoso is a reinterpretation of the Delhaize logo lettering.
  • NotCourierSans. NotCourierSans is a reinterpretation of Nimbus Mono and was designed in Wroclaw at the occasion of Linux Graphics Meeting (LGM 2008). We took Nimbus as the base of the design. We proceeded to remove the serifs with raw cuts. We did not soften the edges. We are not here to be polite.
  • OSP-DIN (2009). The first cut of OSP-DIN was drawn for the festival Cinema du réel.
  • Polsku Regula (2010). Polsku Regula is inspired by polish signage, street signs and shop windows lettering.
  • Reglo (2011) was used for the new identity of Radio Panik.
  • Sans Guilt (2011). The three Sans Guilt fonts have been produced during "Read The Fucking Manual", an OSP workshop at Deparment 21 (Royal College of Art), using Gimp, Fonzie and Fontforge. They are different versions of Gill Sans based on three different sources. Sans Guilt MB: based on a rasterized pdf made with the Monotype Gill Sans delivered with Mac OSX. Sans Guilt DB: Based on early sketches by Eric Gill Sans Guilt LB: Based on lead type from Royal College of Arts letterpress workshop.
  • Univers Else (2010-2012). A geometric sans, about which they write: Univers Else is an experiment, a first attempt to escape the post ’80 era of geometrical purity that is so typical of Postscript vector based font drawing. The shapes of Univers Else were obtained from scanning printed textpages that were optically composed by cheap phototypesetting machines in the sixties and seventies. Some of Univers Else beautiful features are: round angles, floating baselines, erratic kerning. More precisely in this case, George Maciunas of the Fluxus group used an IBM composer (probably a Selectric typewriter) for most of his own work, and as a former designer, for all Fluxus work. In the 1988 book Fluxus Codex, kindly given to Pierre Huyghebaert by Sylvie Eyberg, the body text is typeset in a charmingly rounded and dancing Univers that seems to smile playfully at its dry swiss creator. Different scans were assembled by Grégoire Vigneron following different grids. These huge bitmaps were processed with appropriate potrace settings by the Fonzie software* through a .ufo font format as a working format, and an OpenType as output. Some testing and fine-tuning was done by Pierre Marchand, Delphine Platteeuw and Pierre Huyghebaert in FontForge and the font was ready, in a finished state enough to typeset the book. The oblique versions was simply slanted on the fly.
  • VJ12 (2009).
  • W Droge. In 2008, they ran a workshop in Wroclaw, Poland, to design a font in a day with the free tools Inkscape, Gimp and FontForge---called W Droge. It was based on Polish traffic signs. Cooperation with Dave Crossland, Alexandre Prokoudine and Nicolas Spalinger.
  • Le Patin Helvète (2011) is a slab typeface derived from Nimbus L. It covers Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew: Patin Helvete is a attempt to turn the slick propergol purity of the modernist lines back to the coal dirt of the iron horse by going backward in time and space through little pieces of rail. Designed by Harrisson, Ludi Loiseau and Sebastien Sanfilippo.
  • Mill (2012) is an architectural style typeface that has been created for engraving building instructions into the wood of a bench.
  • Sans Guilt Wafer (2012) is described by OSP as follows: Gill Sans eats a Gaufrette.
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[Gustavo Garcia]

Papanapa is a Sao Paulo-based multidisciplinary design studio founded by Gustavo Garcia. Designer of these typefaces:

  • 2004: Almaga, Sketch Book, Tokiorama (oriental simulation).
  • 2005: Chubby Round, Chubby Square, Classic 1952, Ishtencil Popular, Round Balcony.
  • 2006: Bonfim (paper-fold face), Com Las Manos.
  • 2007: Bad Tattoo Artist, Brocos Tortos, Electro Punk, Molecula Toxica, Roundin.
  • 2008: Flat Pipe, a typeface that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2008 in the experimental type category.
  • 2012: PeKu is a free alchemic display typeface inspired by the Mayan fabric patterns. It was developed especially for the tenth edition of PechaKucha in Brazil. Gigla is an avant garde typeface. George is a hand-drawn poster face. Hot Kiss is an informal sans. Divinitus is a mini-slabbed typeface family.

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The main digital type foundry in Russia. ParaType was established as a font department of ParaGraph International in 1989 in Moscow, Russia. At that time in the Soviet Union, all typeface development was concentrated in a state research institute, Polygraphmash. It had the most complete collection of Cyrillic typefaces, which included revivals of Cyrillic typefaces developed by the Berthold and Lehmann type foundries established at the end of 19th century in St. Petersburg, and artwork from Vadim Lazurski, Galina Bannikova, Nikolay Kudryashov and other masters of type and graphic design of Soviet time. ParaType became the first privately-owned type foundry in many years. A license agreement with Polygraphmash allows ParaType to manufacture and distribute their typefaces. Most of Polygraphmash staff designers soon moved to ParaType. In the beginning of 1998, ParaType was separated from the parent company and inherited typefaces and font software from ParaGraph. The company was directed by Emil Yakupov until February 2014. After Yakupov's death, Irina Petrova took over the reins.

Products include FastFont, a simple TrueType builder, ParaNoise, a builder for PostScript fonts with random contours, FontLab, a universal font editor and ScanFont, a font editor with scanning module. Random, customized fonts. Multilingual fonts including, Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic, Greek, Georgian and Hebrew fonts for Macintosh and Windows.

Catalog. Designers. Alternate URL.

Famous typefaces by Paratype include Academy, Pragmatica, Newton, Courier, Futura, Petersburg, Jakob, Kuenstler 480, ITC Studio Script, ITC Zapf Chancery, Amore CTT (2004, Fridman), Karolla, Inform, Hafiz (Arabic), Kolheti (Georgian), Benzion (Hebrew).

The PT Sans, PT Serif and PT Mono families (2009-2012) are free. PT stands for Public Type. Another download site. PT Sans, for example, consists of PTSans-Bold, PTSans-BoldItalic, PTSans-Caption, PTSans-CaptionBold, PTSans-Italic, PTSans-Narrow, PTSans-NarrowBold, PTSans-Regular.

Other free ParaType fonts include Courier Cyrillic, Pushkin (2005, handwriting font), and a complete font set for Cyrillic.

Type designers include Vladimir Yefimov, Tagir Safayev, Lyubov Kuznetsova, Manvel Schmavonyan and Alexander Tarbeev. They give this description of the 370+ library: The Russian constructivist and avant garde movements of the early 20th century inspired many ParaType typefaces, including Rodchenko, Quadrat Grotesk, Ariergard, Unovis, Tauern, Dublon and Stroganov. The ParaType library also includes many excellent book and newspaper typefaces such as Octava, Lazurski, Bannikova, Neva or Petersburg. On the other hand, if you need a pretty typeface to knock your clients dead, meet the ParaType girls: Tatiana, Betina, Hortensia, Irina, Liana, Nataliscript, Nina, Olga and Vesna (also check Zhikharev who is not a girl but still very pretty). ParaType also excels in adding Cyrillic characters to existing Latin typefaces -- if your company is ever going to do business with Eastern Europe, you should make them part of your corporate identity! ParaType created CE and Cyrillic versions of popular typefaces licensed from other foundries, including Bell Gothic, Caslon, English 157, Futura, Original Garamond, Gothic 725, Humanist 531, Kis, Raleigh, and Zapf Elliptical 711.

Finally, ParaType offers a handwriting font service out of its office in Saratoga, CA: 120 dollars a shot.

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Paul Veres

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Paul Willocks

British logotype and type designer (b. 1979) who created the avant garde typeface Evolution (2007-2008). In 2010, Paul made the modular kitchen tile typeface Consume Or Die, the octagonal typeface Wipeout, and the geometric arc-based MSD10. See also here. The copyright notice says that the font is codesigned by Matt Schoch. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paulo Heitlinger

Portuguese author of Tipografia: origens, formas e uso das letras (2006, Paulo Heitlinger, Lisbon) and Alfabetos, Caligrafia e Tipografia (2010, Lisbon). Born in Lisbon, he studied nuclear physics in Germany. He lectured on communication design at the Universidade do Algarve. His pages (in Portuguese) are quite complete, with a great glossary, a beautiful section on the history of type, a mag called Cadernos de Tipografia, links to type design in the world in general, and in Brazil, Spain and Portugal in particular, and more general information on type. Font-making how to. Useful timeline of 16th century writing manuals. An absolute must. He has also created or revived a number of typefaces, which can be bought on-line.

An incomplete list of his typefaces:

  • Sinalética: A sober serif typeface for excellent legibility.
  • CantoneirosRegular (2008), Cantoneiros-Thin (2008): art deco / avant-garde.
  • Transito (2008): the famous 1930s stencil face of Jan Tschichold at Lettergieterij Amsterdam, with reinvented forms for f, g and y. [Note: the pic on the right-hand-side is Transito, as grabbed from Heitlinger's page---the grammatical error is not mine.]
  • Sturmblond-Medium (2008): Revival of simple lettering of Herbert Bayer.
  • Bayer Condensed: Revival of simple lettering of Herbert Bayer.
  • Imperatorum (2008)
  • Ratdoldt (2008): a blackletter typeface made from scans, and attributed to Erhard Ratdolt.
  • Valentim (2008): a blackletter typeface made from scans of the book Vita Christi. Named after Valentim Fernandes, a printer active in Lisbon, ca. 1480-1519.
  • Incunabulo Normalizado (2008): a blackletter typeface made from scans of the book Vita Christi.
  • Uhertype-Medium (2007): Revival of another Bauhaus era typeface, by Joost Schmidt.
  • Arkitekto: A Bauhaus style piano key font based on an image found in a book of Kurt Weidemann.
  • His Spanish collection includes Bastarda de Francisco Lucas, a versão espanhola da Cancelleresca italiana do século XVI. Um ponto alto da Caligrafia del Siglo de Oro.
  • Redondilla de Francisco Lucas, a penmanship font based on Arte de Escribir (1577).
  • Gótica Rotunda Gans.
  • Juan Bravo, based on azulejos (tiles).
  • Segovia, a titling font.
  • Centauro, a decorative font.
  • Kurrsiva, inspired by scripts from the 1960s.
  • Deco de Avila, an avant-garde face.Bertrand (2008): an art deco typeface patterened after the shop sign of Livraria Bertrand in Chiado, Lisbon.
  • Rotunda:
  • Visigotica: based on the calligraphic writings of the 10th and 11th centuries. This font has many alternates. Based on scans of a text of the 10th century called Actas de Concilio de Caledonia de 451. Styles: Imperatorum, Isidoro.
  • Typefaces based on the calligraphic work of Francisco Lucas, 1570: Bastarda de Lucas Italic (2009), Bastarda de Lucas (2009), Redondilla de Lucas (2009).
  • Uncialis (2009): a Lombardian type based on a 16th century model of Giralde de Prado.
  • Escolar Portugal (Fino, Forte) and Escolar Brasil are school fonts of the "upright connected script" style that were made in 2008. For more on didactic fonts, read the booklet Caderno de Tipografia e Design Nr. 14 (March 2009).
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Paulo Rangel

Aka Skomii. Austrian creator of the hand-printed typefaces Simallos (2012), Scriptia Happy (2012) and Danï Donne (2012), of the sans typeface Aster (2012), of the avant-garde hairline caps typeface Veron (2012, +Extra), and of the counterless typeface Chronodue (2012).

Typefaces from 2013: Rhino Luz, Erasaur, Always Together, Aspergit (avant-garde sans family), Science Fair, Our First Kiss (upright monoline connected script), Marchesa, Marte (hairline avant-garde font), New Spirit (2013), Max And The Dust, Essence Sans (avant-garde sans), Moondance, Dalmais (Peignotian fashion mag face), Mers (circular arc font), Camieis (squarish face), Cliche 21 (avant-garde hairline sans), Old Cave (brush face), Aspargo (hand-printed), The Rainmaker (outlined 3d face), Skandar.

Typefaces from 2014: Oxymorons, I Never Learn, Realize My Passion, Stark (geometric sans), Pistara (thin avant garde sans), Maloire, Arenq (bilined).

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Pedro Azedo

Graphic designer in Alcanena, Portugal, who created the free bilined caps typeface Kanji (2015), which was inspired by kanji. He also made the free avant garde sans display typeface family Azedo (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pedro Cramer

Creator of the avant-garde typeface Poker Face (2013) while studying at the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pedro Cruz

Pedro Cruz (PCZ Design) is an art director in Porto, Portugal. He made the avant garde techno typeface click-ec (2011) for a client. Zentzua (2013) is an octagonal custom typeface. Polis (2014) is a hairline sans typeface made for the short film Polis. Behance link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pete McCracken
[Plazm Fonts]

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Peter Bruhn
[Fountain--A Friendly Type Foundry]

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Peter Höglund

Designer of the avant-garde commercial sans family Jantzen (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Wiegel
[CAT Design Wolgast]

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Petty Wage Fonts
[Jason Huebsch]

Jason Huebsch (b. 1979) lives in Alaska. At Devian Tart, he designed Eatrocks (1999, avant-garde), Whatever (1999, handwriting), Dick Lucas (handwriting). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pilo Bold Me GBG
[Kenneth Pilo]

Swedish design group. Their typefaces include Pilo Regular (2007) and Pilo Thin (2008). Kenneth Pilo writes: Kenneth Pilo had never designed a typeface and this particular project was long overdue. In collaboration with Marten Fischer, Ray Larabie of Typodermic, and Goran Soderstrom of Pangea Design, the font Pilo Regular was born in 2007. Pilo Regular is a bold, single weight OpenType typeface featuring subtle inline detailing and a solid sporting aesthetic. It feels both hard and soft, decorative and stoic, vintage and modern. The typeface is inspired by the logo for Bold (community for swedish advertising business), which was designed by Bjorn Hoglund, CP+B Europe. Pilo Regular is a multilined typeface that takes a bit from YagiBold, the CNN face. Pilo Thin (2008) is a hairline avant garde sans designed by the same group, Larabie excepted. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pixel Sagas (was: Protoform Project, and Fontshack)
[Neale Davidson]

Free original designs, often with a science fiction feel, by Neale Davidson (b. 1971). Does some custom font work. Adventure.

Neale Davidson's typefaces:

  • 4E Dings (based on those used in WotC's 4E Dungeons and Dragons game).
  • AdventureNormal (1998), AdventureSubtitlesNormal, Alpha Mutation (2012, based on the title logo to the 2011 version of "Gammaworld"), Algol (2013, based on the logo for R Talsorian's "Mekton Zero" role-playing game), Alternity, Amuro (2013, +Condensed: an ocragonal typeface), Anayanka (2013, Cyrillic simulation font), Ancient Thorass (2013), Angel Arms (2012, a shothole font), Anglo Celestial (2014, connect-the-dots typeface), Anglorunic (2011), AngloYsgarth (2014), Angolmois (2013, based on the Hasbro 'Dark Energon' exclusive toy line), Armorhide (2013, sci-fi face), Arneson (2013), Artifact (2011; became Ravenwood), Aurebesh (2013, based on the WEG version of Star Wars Imperial Writing).
  • Bantorain (2013, spurred), Barazhad (2014, flourished, runic typeface based on the demonic and occult and necrotic languages from Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons game), BattleBeasts (2000), Bayformance (2014), Beastformer (2011, based on the long-ago logo of Hasbro's "Battle Beasts"), Bayformance (2014), Beast Wars (2011, based on the logo of the show of the same name), Betazed (2013, for Star Trek betazoids), Bidan (2013, constructivist), Bienvenu (2011, pixel face), Blitzwing (2013, octagonal family), Blofeld (2013, a distressed font based on the title logo of Exile's cult-classic "Evil Genius"), Bloomingworth (2013), Braddington (2013, art deco), Britannian (2014, runes), Broadmoor (2012, art deco).
  • Callie Mae (2013: a rounded organic sans), Cardosan (2013, runic script), Carlton (2012), Celestial, Chapleau (2012, art deco), Chinyen (2005, oriental simulation), Clark (2013), Classic Robot (2011), Coburn (2013: miltary stencil), Colony Wars (replaced by Gallonigher), Comic Book, Constitution Class Hull, Convoy (2011, based on the logo for "Armada" and "Robots in Disguise"), Counterfire (2014, stencil), Crichton (2013, an avant-garde font based on the title logo from the "Farscape" television series), 2015 Cruiser (2013, based on the police-car lettering used in the move "Back to the Future II"), Crystal Deco (2008, based on the logo for much of the merchandising for "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull"), CuniformEnglishNormal, Cyberfall (2013, octagonal / mechanical typeface based on the logo of the console game "Fall of Cybertron"), Cybertron Generations (dingbats, now replaced by Transdings), Cybertron Metals, Cybertron OpCode (2014), Coulson (2014, stencil), Cyberverse (2011, futuristic), Cyrodiil (2014).
  • Daedra (2012: based on the Elder Scrolls series of games), Dai Atlas (2013, based on the original Transformers logo from Hasbro), DalelandsNormal (a Celtic typeface based on the lettering used in early TSR Dungeons and Dragons products), Datacron (2013: based on the Fall of Cybertron toyline), Davek (2014, based on the dwarven and "under-mountain" runic scripts found in Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons fourth edition role-playing game), Decahedron (2012), Destronic Graffiti (2013), Dethek Stone (2011, runes), DiamondFantasyNormal, Dinobots (based on the Dinobots logo from Hasbro's Beast Machines line), Dodecahedron (2012), Downlink (2013, techno), Dragonmaster, Droid (2015), Dunkin and Dunkin Sans (2012, based on the rounded fat letters of the Dunkin Donuts logo), Dovahkiin (2013), dPoly (2013, polyhedra and game dingbats), Duodecahedron (2012), Dwemer (2013), Dynotherm (2013, a heavy octagonal face).
  • Eladrin (2011, based on the third edition version of the Elven font used in Dungeons and Dragons), Electrorocket (2012, art deco), Elminster, Emotion Engine (2012, based on the Playstation 2 logo from Sony), Empanada (2013), Emulator (based on the old Nintendo game font), Energon (2011), Equestria (2012: based on the My Little Pony Line), Erte (2013), Espruar (2011, based on the Elvish script found within TSR's "2nd Edition: Dungeons and Dragons" Forgotten Realms Elvish script), Eurocorp (2012, based on the logo and menus within the classic "Syndicate Wars" game from Bullfrog Entertainment), Exodite Distressed (2013, a custom design for LPJ's "Neo-Exodus" Pathfinder campaign world), Explorien (2014), Eyvindr (2014, rune simulation font).
  • Falmer (2013), Fhokki (2014), Flipbash (2012, an octagonal typeface that is based on the logo of Hasbro's Bot Shots), Flynn (2011, futuristic stencil face), Fontana (2011, techno-futuristic), Fractyl (2013, used for the Predacons' speaking bubbles in the BotCon "Ground Zero" comic in 1997), Furmanite (2011).
  • Gaiking (2012: Based on the logo of Mattel's Giant Robot toyline, Shogun Warriors), Galaxy Force (2011, based on Hasbro's Transformers: Cybertron logo), Gallonigher (was Colony Wars), Gamedings, Gargish (2013), Gargoyles, Garriott (2013, runic), Geddes (2011, art deco sans related to Futura), Gemcut (2013), Generation Two, GIColton (2014), GiediAncientAutobot (2014), GiediDecepticonGraffiti, GiediGoldenDisk, GiediMaximal, GiediPredacon, Gin Rai (2011, based on the logo of Hasbro's latter-era "Generation One" Transformers series), Gold Box (2012, a pixel typeface based on the in-game lettering from the classic SSI "Gold Box" game collection, featuring Dungeons and Dragons: Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, and so on), Gosub (2011, a pixel typeface similar to the on-screen lettering of the Timex Sinclair), Gotham Nights (2011, based on the lettering used in "Batman: The Animated Series"), Green Martian (2013), Gutcruncher (2011, based on the logo from the famous Blood Bowl game), Graalen (2013: an alien-glyph typeface based on the Andorian writing found in Last Unicorn Games' Among the Clans supplement for their Star Trek: Roleplaying Game).
  • Harker (2013), Harpers (runes), Hauser (octagonal, futuristic; Former "Action Force", based on the logo of GI Joe), Hellpoint (2013, based on some of the plate markings founds in IDW's "Transformers" comic series), Hetfield (2013: a spurred typeface), Hexahedron (2012: dice), Hexahedron Rounded (2013), Hyperspace (2012, thin monoline octagonal, based on the original Atari vector font from Battlezone, and on Asteroids).
  • Imaki (2011, futuristic; was Cybertron Metals; based on the logo of the Japanese Beast Wars Metals series), Indiana (2012, from the titling for the Indiana Jones movies and comics), Instruction (2012, monospaced and monoline caps typeface for engineering applications), Interceptor (2014, sci-fi), Invaders (2012, based on posters for the 1960s movie), Iokharik (2014, a Mandarin-stylized runic typeface based on the language described in Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons), Iori (2013, octagonal stencil family).
  • Jedi (2012: Star Wars logo font), JediHollowNormal, JediSolidNormal, Jefferies (former Constitution Class Hull, based on the original Star Trek Enterprise lettering), Jhiaxus (2011, based on the logo of "Transformers: Generation Two"), Joystick (2011, based on the lettering used from Sears' Tele-Games cartridges), Jumpman (2012, based on the logo of the original Donkey Kong game from Nintendo).
  • Kanno (a geometric sans formerly called Sharon Apple), Kargi (2014), Kentaurus (2013, Greek simulation typeface; he writes: This 'microgramma-like' font is based on the "Kentaurus" writing found within Franz Joseph's "Star Trek: Technical Manual"), Ketchum (2011, a comic book typeface based on the logo of the popular Pokemon franchise), Kehdrai (2014), Kreon (2011, a round techno typeface based on the logo of Hasbro's Kre-O line).
  • LaBoeuf (2011, techno: based on Indiana Jones subtitles), Laser Rod (2011, based on the Transformers line), Lassiter (2012, a spurred Western typeface), Lorre (art deco).
  • Mage Script (2013), Majel (2013, an avant-garde typeface), Majoram (2012, a hairline avant garde typeface), Majoram Serif (2012), Manga (2011, oriental simulation), Mara's Eye (2013, based on the lettering used on Disneyland's Indiana Jones "Forbidden Eye" ride), Marston (2013, on the title logos of numerous Spaghetti westerns), Masterforce, MasterforceHollow, MasterforceSolid, MaximalBeasts, Maximus, Mechalock (2013, based on the "Combiners" subline logo from Hasbro's "Robots in Disguise" Transformers series), Mech Tech (2013, based on Hasbro's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon's" toys' "Mech Tech" logo), Medabots (based on the Hasbro toy line), Megatron (2011, based on the logo of the live-action Transformers movies), Microgramma Extended (later replaced by Probert), Minerva (2012: based on the logos used for Shout's releases of Transformers: Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory), Mission GT-R (2013, based on Takara's "Transformers: GT-R"), Mode X (2012, based on lettering from classic "Mode X" games of the early 1990s), Modern Cybertronic (2013: an alien-dings font based on Jim Sorenson's "Ancient Autobot" script), Modern Destronic (2013: based on Jim Sorensen's "Ancient Decepticon" script), Modern Iaconic (2014: based on the 'runic' letting found in Transformers: Legacy), Mons Olympia (2014, sci-fi), Montalban (2011, based on the title credits of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Moria (runes), Morse Tech, MysticEtchingsNormal.
  • Nakadai (2011, a unicase techno font based on Hasbro's Transformers: Prime figures), Neo Gen (2011, based on the logo for the SD Gundam series of games), Neostar (2012, sci-fi), Neverwinter (2011, based on the logo of the popular "Neverwinter Nights" computer game from Bioware) (see also here), Night Warrior, Nippon Tech (faux oriental), Nite Club (2011, dot matrix), Nyctographic (2014).
  • Octohedron (2012), Okuda (formerly Okudagrams; based on the LCARS characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation), Omnicron, Ophidian, Optic (2011), Optimus (2011, based on the original Transformers logo from Hasbro), Orion (2012, a techno-style font based on the "Robots in Disguise" logo from Hasbro's 2012 Transformers toyline), Overseer (2011).
  • Pacmania (2013), Palisoc (2013), Pcap Terminal (2014, sci-fi face), Phoenixians (2012: based on the logo of Centuri's Phoenix arcade game), Pixel Cowboy (2015), Pixel Musketeer (2013, based on Sony's Wild Arms and Wild Arms 2 games for the Playstation), Pixel Azure Bonds (2015), Pixel Combat (2015), Pixel NES (2013: based on screen fonts of Colecovision, Timex Sinclar, Nintendo, SimTech's ModeX VGA, Tandy Color), Planewalker (formerly called Magic Cards. Based on the text used in older Magic: The Gathering cards), PlanewalkerDings (2014), Plavsky (2013), Pokemon, Politik (2014, constructivist), Powerpuff (based on the logo of "The Powerpuff Girls" from Cartoon Network), PredaconBeasts, Probert (replaces Microgramma Extended), Protoculture (2012, based on the franchise logo of Robotech).
  • Qijomi (2013), Quintanar (2011), Quantum (2013: based on the title credits of the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace").
  • Rapier Zero (2013), Ravenwood (2011), Razorclaw (2013: based on the logo of the Beast Hunters Transformers line), Reanaarian (2014), Reconstruct (2013), Red World (2014), Regen (2012: a science-fiction font based on the logo used on the cover of the Transformers: Regeneration One comics), Rellanic (2014), Renegade (2013, techno stencil, based on FASA's "Renegade Legions" gaming line), Resavy (2012, a Broadway style art deco beauty), Rio Oro (2012, a Far West Tuscan marquee font), Robot Masters (now called Takara), Roddenberry (2011, based on the StarTrek logo), Roughknight (formerly Materia Arms. Based on the Wild Arms 5 video game logo---it simulates wood type and is Western in concept), RubCaps (2013), RunicEnglishNormal.
  • SandsofFireNormal, Schnaubelt (2011, rounded technical caps face), Semphari (2014), SharpAvienne (2014), Sierra Madre (2012: an avant-garde typeface based on the Sierra Madre casino's logo from Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money), Silverball Oblique (2012, LED font), Simple Runes, Sinescript (2013), SkeksisNormal, Skir, Sorenson (2013, a stencil typeface), StarburstPips (2014), StarcraftNormal, Starfleet (2004), Stark (2012: based on the title logo of the Iron Man and Iron Man 2 movies), Steamcog Caps (2013), Steampuff (2012), Steamwreck (2012), Steiner (2014), Sternbach (2011), Straczynski (2011, based on the opening credits for the classic television series "Babylon 5"), Strongarm (2014, based on the title logo of Hasbro's Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015) line), Suchet (2013: a nice art deco typeface inspired by the material of BBC Production's legendary "Poirot" series starring David Suchet), Symtext (2012, a faux 5x5 bitmap font based on the lettering used in early VGA games, such as Syndicate).
  • Taibaijan (faux Arabic), Takara (former Robot Masters; based on the "Robot Masters" logo from Takara's Transformers), Tandysoft (2011, based on the old typeface of the MC-10 computer), Tellarite (2013: based on the canonical glyphs of the "Tellarite" language from Paramount's Star Trek franchise), Tetrahedron (2012), Thorass (runes), Thundara (the old name was Thundercats), Tirolese (2013, an alien glyph font), Tonopah (2012, western font), Toril (2011), Transdings (replaces Cybertron Generations: based on Transformers logos from Hasbro), Transformers, TransformersHollowNormal, TransformersSolidNormal, Transmaidens, Transmetals (based on Hasbro Inc's, "Beast Wars: Transmetals" logo), Trek Arrowheads (2013), Trek Arrowcaps (2013), Tsa Script (2011, based on logos used within TSR's classic "Dragon Magazine"), Turok (2011, based on the logo of the "Turok" video game), Turtles (2011, based on the popular classic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" logo), Twobit (2013, LCD font)
  • Vector Sigma (2011, based on the secondary "Beast Machines" logo), Vecna (2014), Videopac (2013, a stencil typeface based on a Philips gamme from the 1970s), Virtucorp (2014), Visionaries, Visitor Script (2013), Volkoff (2013, a Russian style tencil face).
  • Warlords (2011, based on the logo of the game series), Whitestone (2014, octagonal), Whittle (2013, octagonal), Winslett (2012, Far West face), Wreckers (2013, octagonal).
  • XBall (2013, loosely based on several title logos from Electronic Arts's (EA's) sports gaming titles).
  • YsgarthEnglishNormal (2011, almost blackletter).
  • Zarathos (2012, based on the titles for the Ghost Rider movie series), Zebulon (2013, sci-fi typeface based on the title logo of TSR's classic "Star Frontiers" game series), Zentran (2013, based on the Zentraedi glyphs found in Harmony Gold's "Robotech" franchise).
  • Typefaces from 2014: Rebellion, Politik (squarish).
  • Typefaces from 2015: dPoly Block Dice, dPoly Imperial, dPoly Steampips (steampunk genre), Pixel Gosub, Pixel Symtext, Strongarm (circled glyphs), Chromia, Pixel Countdown, Pixel Tactical, Pixel Azure Bonds, Pixel Combat, Pixel Cowboy, IDroid.

Dafont link. See also here and here, here, and here. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Devian Tart link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Plazm Fonts
[Pete McCracken]

Portland, OR-based company. Its timeline:

  • Plazm magazine started as a free zine in 1991. The founding partners were Pete McCracken, Joshua Berger and Niko Courtelis.
  • Plazm Fonts was founded in 1993 by Pete McCracken and Joshua Berger. McCracken lead the effort to create the foundry and is the director and sole type designer there.
  • Plazm incorporated into Plazm Media, Inc. in 1995.
  • McCracken buys all of the assets of the type design portion of the company in 2006.
  • In 2010, the branding and type design business that was Plazmfonts become the Portland Type Co. Plazm continues as a design company not involved in type design, led by creative director Joshua Berger.
The typefaces, by designer:
  • Marcus Burlile: Stelefont (1993), Widows (1994), Flytrap (1995), GhostTown (1995), Ablefont (1993, of Harry Potter fame), Anvil (1993), Autumnull (1995), Colony (1993), Pilgrim (1993), Reckon (1996), Sillbat (1994), Spiderust (1995), Thistlem (1995), Kitsch (1993), COLONIST.
  • Andrew D. Taylor: Avenatha (1995).
  • Robert James Foley Jr: Blitso-funk (1995).
  • Angus R. Shamal: CensorSans (1994), CensorSerif (1994), Credit (1995), Epilogue.pfa (1995), Humain-Graphica (1995), Humain-Synthetica (1995), Platrica (1994), Roscent (1995).
  • Ermin Mededovic: Centrifuga (1996), Board (1995).
  • Marty Bee: Cibola (1995), ThreeRivers (1994), WetandWilde (1994).
  • Don Synstelien: Derision (1995), NudE (1995), SlickDog (1995).
  • Dave Henderleiter: DizzySpell (1995).
  • Opulux Fonts (Dave Henderlieter): DoeMan (1995), DogboySplitHome (1995), Pulsitallia (1995).
  • Pete McCracken: Erosive (1993), Facsimiled (1994), INKy-black (1994), Mtvpe (1997), NeoDeko (1993), Petescript (1992: based on Pete's handwriting, this font was used on Aerosmith's album Big Ones), PresidentNixon (1994), Altered (1993).
  • Jim Marcus: EscalidoGothico (1994), EscalidoStreak (1994).
  • Stephen Farrell: Flexure (1993).
  • Christian Kusters: Hadrian (1996), Retrospecta (1994), Unzialis (1994), Hybrid (1996), Interface One (1996).
  • Garland Lyn: Milk (1994).
  • Paul Bissex: Pscruf (1995), Rufnu (1994).
  • Robert Selby: Selbezi (1994), NewHamburger (1993).
  • Charles Wilkin: Velvet (1995).
  • Roland Hess: Capitalis Pirata.
  • Riq Mosqueda: Codesigner of Mtvpe (1997)
  • Elliott Peter Earls: Subluxation (1994).
  • Scott Yoshinaga: Grunge (1994).
  • Travis A. Waage: Belch (1994).
  • Pablo A. Medina: Vitrina, Cuba.
Other fonts: CarPlatesCarPlates, NorthBergen, PHatFont, Pilgrim, RocketScience-1, Twiggy, Victory (2002-2004, an Avenir-Futura style geometric sans family custom made for Nike. The typographers at Typographicom are blasting this face. Marc Oxborrow writes: "It seems that the less original the work, the more overblown and pretentious the description.").

Write-up at Fontnews. Fonts also sold by Mindcandy.

Bio of McCracken by ATypI: Pete McCracken is a type designer, designer, artist, musician and educator in Portland Oregon. He owns and runs Plazm Media with business partner Josh Berger. Current projects include 20+ custom typefaces for Nike, the recently published book "XXX The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design", and an extensive branding project for Pierce Brosnan. He also owns and runs Crack Press producing music and custom artwork using silkscreen and letterpress. Current projects include a 43 color commissioned screen print of the Last Supper; Heavy Grass, a metal bluegrass band; and a cd of various compositions called Crack Tracks. He also teaches in the design programme at PNCA.

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

Post Typography
[Nolen Strals]

Originally conceived in 2001 as an avant-garde anti-design movement by Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, Post Typography specializes in graphic design, conceptual typography, and custom lettering/illustration with additional forays into art, apparel, music, curatorial work, design theory, and vandalism. In 2007, Strals and Willen incorporated Post Typography as a full time design studio. Their type and lettering subpage describes some custom typographic work. Noteworthy are Conjoined Font (2006), Negative Font (2006) and Pattern Font (2003, octagonal). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Prime Graphics (was: PolyType)
[Karl Nayeri]

Sports glyphs, dingbats, ornaments, by Karl Nayeri, made in 1993 at PolyType, now Prime Graphics. His fonts: Polytype-Optix, PolytypeAllure, PolytypeAnimals, PolytypeArrowtek, PolytypeArtdeco, PolytypeBirds, PolytypeBusIcon, PolytypeCorners, PolytypeCorners, PolytypeFruits, PolytypeHolidays, PolytypeImages, Polytype Leisure (2004), PolytypeOptyx, PolytypeOrnaments, PolytypePatterns, PolytypeVegetables. MyFonts sells these faces by Nayeri: Achiva, Arius, Aviana, Balboa, Betique, Bohemian, Boracho, Bristol, Exvoto, Fouras, Fulton, Janus, Kaptiva, Montique, Polyma, Polytype Animals, Polytype Images, Polytype Birds, Polytype Ornaments, Polytype Sports, Polytype Fruits, Polytype Arrowtek, Polytype Leisure, Polytype Business Icons, Polytype Vegetables, Polytype Allure, Polytype Holidays, Polytype Art Deco, Polytype Optyx, Polytype Corners, Polytype Artimus I Frames, Polytype Artimus II Frames, Polytype Brutus I Frames, Polytype Brutus II Frames, Polytype Dumas I Frames, Polytype Dumas II Frames, Polytype Medoc I Frames, Polytype Medoc II Frames, Polytype Numa Frames, Polytype Patterns, Shiraz, Signum, Sombrero, Soraya (2004, avant garde), Vasco, Vitalique, Wichita, Woko, Xerxes, Yakima, Zealous. For a period of time I authorized to distribution of my library to Interntional Type Fonders, but now his fonts can be bought from MyFonts.

The typophiles raised a argument about Soraya (2004), which seemed very close to Cirkulus (Michael Neugebauer, Letraset).

Klingspor link.

Images of some of Nayeri's typefaces. Catalog. The Prime Graphics typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Carlos Matteoli]

Q-BO is the foundry of Carlos Matteoli, a type designer, b. 1980, from Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

Old URL. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Home page. Behance link. Klingspor link. His typefaces, both free and commercial:

  • Djs Symbols (2011). A scanbat font of famous disc jockeys.
  • Q-Bo (2011) is a fat typeface in which each glyph occupies a perfect square.
  • 2Lines (2011) is a squarish bilined caps face.
  • Equ (2011).
  • Ovnis (2011, a flying saucer dingbat face).
  • Voker (2011, +Rounded: a techno family) and Basica (2011; +Basica 2.0, 2012; +Basica Cartoon, 2014), Teio (2011), Sistema (2011), Ameba (2011) and Abix (2011) are techno faces.
  • Bim (2011) is an outlined techno face. It was followed in 2012 by Bim Eroded.
  • Hexa (2011) is an experimental hexagonal face.
  • Cable (2011) is an experimental face.
  • Crakos (2011) is slightly grungy.
  • Kram (2011, +Espaciada) is a rounded techno / sci-fi / stencil face.
  • Spac3 (2011, a sci-fi all caps face), Spac3 Halftone (2012), Spac3 Destroyed (2011), Spac3 Neon (2011), and Spac3 Tech (2011, a tech stencil face).
  • Digital (2011), Digital Cognitive (2011) and Digital Tech (2011): semi-pixelized.
  • Bim (2011).
  • Djs Symbols (2012). A scanbat of disc jockeys.
  • Plig (2012) and Plig Nova (2012). An avant garde family.
  • Capital (2012). A squarish all caps typeface.
  • Zuber (2012), Zuber Stone (2012, a heavy chiseled textured typeface), Zuber Tech (2015), and Zuber Future (2012, a fat counterless octagonal typeface).
  • Orena (2012). A squarish caps-only typeface.
  • Complex (2012). A block-serifed all caps typeface.
  • Plig Nova (2012).
  • Amirox (2012). A fat counterless typeface.
  • Basica Industrial (2012). An industrial grunge face.
  • Zian (2012). A fat rounded sans.
  • Complex Bruja (2012).
  • Voker Baxer (2012).
  • Oxin (2012), Oxin Army (2013, stencil), Oxin War (2013), Oxin Brush (2013).
  • Moiser (2013), Moiser Techno (2013, counterless), and Heavy Moiser (2013). A purely geometric sans.
  • Argentina (2013). A copperplate style caps face, possibly created after a national soccer team lettering style.
  • Rixon (2013). A mechanical octagonal typeface.
  • Gtek (2013). A sci-fi face. Followed by Gtek Broken (2014), Gtek Technology (2014), Gtek Nova (2014), Gtek Cavern (2015), and Gtek Minimal.
  • Xenik (2014).
  • Fiker (2014, squarish sci-fi face) and Fiker Futura (2014).
  • Oki (2014). A blocky outlined typeface.
  • Spac3 Selenium (2014).
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[Julien Protière]

Graphic designer in Veauche, Loire, France.

Dafont link.

Creator of the free typefaces Aqualib (2012), Rastalib (2012), Erolib (2012, white on black), Ginolib (2012), Qréalib (2012, monoline avant-garde unicase sans), Airlib (2012, grunge), Angelib (2012, fat finger face), and Tramlib (2012, grungy). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachael Park

Graphic designer in New York City who made a straight-edged but rounded typeface called Cato (2013) and the avant-garde typeface family Bagel (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ramon Lo

Production designer in New York. He created two monoline sans typefaces called Prototype (2012). The first one has a geometric avant-garde look. The second set falls in the rounded squarish category.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ray Larabie

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Rémi Lagast

Creator of the free hand-crafted typeface Vulvcane (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Red Rooster Typefoundry
[Steve Jackaman]

Red Rooster is a Cedars, PA-based foundry run by Steve Jackaman (b. 1954, Greenwich, London). Steve started out at London's Face Photosetting. Red Rooster was founded in Philadelphia in 1990 and has about 500 fonts, mostly complete text families in the classical mould, revivals of Ludlow and other foundries, and revivals of fonts by Canadian designer Les Usherwood from the phototypesetting era. Families of fonts:

  • Alexon (1993, by Les Usherwood), Alghera, Alphabet Soup (2007, a delicatessen signage typeface based on an 80s font he did while at Typographic House in Boston), Alys (calligraphic), Appleyard (1992, A. Pat Hickson), Aquarius (2007, based on a VGC font by that name), Argus (1992, Les Usherwood and Paul Hickson)
  • Badger, Bannock Brae Gothic, Banque Gothique, Bassuto, Beckenham (1992, Les Usherwood and Paul Hickson), Bellini (an Egyptian family), BlockGothic (1996, Steve Jackaman at the Rabbit Reproductions Typefoundry), Bodoni Black Condensed (after R.H. Middleton, 1930), Bodoni Campanile (after R.H. Middleton, 1930), Byron
  • Cameo, Canterbury, Canterbury OldStyle, Canterbury Sans (a tall-ascender sans family based on the 1920-1926 design by Morris Fuller Benton for ATF), Casablanca (1997, avant-garde typeface based on Carlos Winkow's Electra), Caslon Extra Condensed (based on a Ludlow face), TCCentury (1996, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman at the Rabbit Reproductions Typefoundry), Century New Style, Chamfer Gothic (after a condensed Ludlow typeface, ca. 1898), Chase, Chelsea (1993, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman), Claremont, Coliseum (1992, A. Pat Hickson and Julie Hopwood), Commander (1994, Steve Jackaman), Consort (1994, Steve Jackaman), ConranScript, Creighton (2009, a sans family), Coronet (after a 1937 typeface by R.H. Middleton).
  • Dominus, Dundee (1993, A. Pat Hickson), Dungeon
  • El Paso (2011, a Western/Mexican simulaton typeface based on El Paso from the Face Photosetting collection), Elston, Equestrienne, Erasmus, EuropaGrotesque, Extension
  • Faust (1993: based on a 1958 typeface by Albert Kapr), Flexion Pro (2007, by Hal Taylor and John Langdon), Florentine Cursive (after a 1956 script by R.H. Middleton), ForumTitling, Frenchy
  • Garamond RR Light (after a 1929 typeface by R.H. Middleton), Gargoyle RR (Based on an Adrian Williams design, circa 1976 and Brook Type in 1903 designed by Lucien Pissarro for his private press, Eragny Press), GilmoreFahrenheit, GilmoreSansExtBolExtCondTitl, Gothic Extension, Gothic Medium Condensed (after a 1939 Ludlow typeface), GoudyY38, Grand Canyon (2002, a condensed slab serif family based on wood type). GroveScript
  • Hancock, Hauser Script (after a 1934 Ludlow font by Georg Hauser), Helium (1994, a mini slab serif face), Hess Old Style (1993, a revival of the garalde typeface Hess Old Style by Sol Hess for Lanston, 1920-1923), Honduras
  • Inverness, Iron Maiden RR
  • Jardine, Javelin, Jolly Roger (2003, a digitization of a 1970 font by Phil Martin), Jubilee
  • Keyboard, Kingsley, Kingsrow
  • Leighton, Lesmore, Los Alamos (2007, a condensed sans companion of Grand Canyon)
  • Madrid (based on Nacional, a 1941 typeface by Carlos Winkow), Maximo, Mechanic Gothic DST, Megaphone, Motorcross (2008, after an art deco font from 1930 by Ludwig&Mayer)
  • NewJohnston
  • PallMall, Phoenix Pro (2011), Phosphate (based on Phosphor by J. Erbar, 1922-1930; contains a nice Inline; Phosphate Pro Solid and Inline was done with Ashley Muir in 2010), Pipeline, Poor Richard, Portobello (loosely based on Aldo Novarese's Pontecorvo)
  • Quest
  • Radiant RR (after a 1938 typeface by R.H. Middleton), Railroad Gothic (an American caps-only grotesque based on a Ludlow original, ca. 1900), Raleigh, RRRaleighGothic, Razor Bill (based on the original typeface from Face, London, circa 1972), Ribbit, RivoliInitials
  • Rocklidge Pro (2011, with Ashley Muir). Based on Jana (Richard D. Juenger, VGC, 1965).
  • Roman Tyres (1997).
  • SaintLouis, Salzburg, Schiller Antiqua (based on Nacional's Hispalis), Schindler, Secret Service Typewriter (2002, based on a 1905 proof of an early Remington typewriter font from the Keystone Type Foundry), Shinn, Shortwave Gothic, Silverado, Sinclair, Sphinx (1992, Steve Jackaman, based on a 1925 design by Deberny&Peignot), Stanhope, Stirling, Superba, Sycamore
  • TCAdminister (1994, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman), Tempo, Thingbat, TitanicCondensed, Triple Condensed Gothic
  • Ultraduck, Ultra Modern RR (after a 1928 art deco typeface by Douglas McMurtrie).
  • Venezuela (2000, Mexican simulation face, based on Albert Auspurg's Vesta from 1926, created by Pat Hickson), Veronese
  • Waverly, Willard Sniffin Script (2007, based on Willard Sniffin's 1930s ATF brush script called Keynote)
  • Yeoman Gothic
  • Xctasy Sans (2002, an avant-garde family influenced by the the 1960s typeface Design Fineline)
FontShop link. MyFonts link.

Text listing of their typefaces. Alphabetic catalog of the Red Rooster typeface library [large web page warning]. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Reserves (or: AE Type)
[Michael Jarboe]

Reserves (and, since 2012, AE Type) is a commercial foundry offering mostly techno faces. It is located in Carlsbad and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA, and run by Michael Jarboe. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and now lives and works in San Diego.

The earliest typefaces: Base (stencil), Evac (octagonal), Claes (a heavy blacked out display typeface named after Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg), Raider, Error (LED simulation face), Reserves03 (2009), Output II (2009), Scape (octagonal stencil), Void, Vacant (2009, monoline stencil), Debacle (2009), Scam (2009; a fun geometric experiment), Immortality, Asecs, Analog SE, Scheme (pixel face).

Typefaces made in 2010: Idiom (2010, a piano key family inspired by P22 Albers), Vector RG (2010, an octagonal typeface inspired by the 1979 Atari Asteroids video game UI screen font), Sevigne (2010, monoline geometric avant-garde sans that looks a bit like a stencil), Velvet (2010, a heavy rounded block retro typeface inspired by the typeset album covers of the protopunk rock band The Velvet Underground), Monocle (2010, monospaced and monoline geometric sans).

Typefaces made in 2011: Scape (2011, rounded monoline stencil family), Velvet (2011), Defense (2011, octagonal slabbed stencil), Offense (2011, strong octagonal mechanical family), Vanitas Bold (2011, Peignotian fashion mag typeface rooted in didones).

In 2012, Mike published Enamel (a condensed sans family---the inline version of Sorren), Sorren (a condensed sans influenced by neo-grotesque designs, and dada in style), Sorren Ex, Vanitas Stencil and Memoire (a charming fashion mag monoline hairline stencil).

Typefaces from 2013: A large Neue Haas Grotesk / Helvetica-style sans family called Acronym, from Hairline to Extra Black and Outline.

Typefaces from 2014: Reload (octagonal), Reload Stencil (military stencil). Relaod Alt was added in 2015.

Klingspor link. Behance link. Flickr site. Behance link. MyFonts link.

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Rhys Tomlinson

Rhys Tomlinson (Studio Push, UK) is based in Newcastle, UK. He created the Peignotian avant-garde typeface Kirstie McCrystal (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rian Hughes
[Device Fonts]

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Richard Krt

Richard Krt (Brisbane, Australia) created the this circle-themed sans typeface Circa (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richard Redfern

München-based designer of the monospaced thin avant garde typeface ABC2 (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rick Poynor

London-based founding editor of Eye in 1990. Author of Typographica (2001, Princeton Architectural Press), described by the editor as follows: The magazine Typographica--brainchild of founder, editor, designer, and renowned typographer Herbert Spencer--had a brief life, a total of 32 issues published over nineteen years. But its influence stretched--and stretches--far beyond its modest distribution and print runs of the time. Indeed, for many graphic designers, Typographica is something of an obsession, to be collected if and when found, savored, and poured over for designs and techniques not seen since. Remarkably, Spencer never intended to turn a profit, so no expenses were spared in the making of the magazine. Different papers, letterpress, tip-ins, and more were all employed in the presentation of an eclectic range of subject matter: Braille, locomotive lettering, sex and typography, typewriter faces, street lettering, matches, and avant-garde poetry all found their way into the magazine. Rick Poynor, founding editor of Eye, recreates the excitement of Typographica in this carefully researched, accessibly written, and beautifully illustrated book that pays tribute to the man and the magazine that changed the course of graphic design.

Author of Typography Now: the Next Wave (1991), and frequent invited speaker at meetings. His other books include The Graphic Edge, Design Without Boundaries, and Obey the Giant. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about the crossroads of civilizations. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ricky Richards

London-based freelance graphic designer who studied graphic design at Worcester University.

In 2011, he created the Rubix Cube Typeface, Suave (2011, an avant garde fashion mag family with art deco elements), Marble Display Font (2011, a geometric experiment).

In 2013, he created the modular display typeface Marilyn.

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RNS Fonts (was: Impacto Laser, or: SuperFlexia)
[Yorlmar Campos]

RNS Fonts (and before that, Impacto Laser, and before that, SuperFlexia) is a type and design group in Caracas, Venezuela headed by J. Campos, Felix Molina and Yorlmar Campos (b. 1976). Yorlmar, who is an architect, designed RNS Underwood (2010, Western face), RNS Bobo Dylan (2007, art deco headline), RNS Baruta Black (2004, fat display typeface based on the Letraset Frankfurter font from 1974), RNS Round Stencil (2011), RNS Cochinilla (2011, avant garde), RNS Camelia (2009), RNS-TNT (2003, counterless and octagonal), and RNS Serial (2003, fat octagonal sports T-shirt font).

All early fonts are free. In 2014, Yorlmar went commercial and started marketing RNS Fonts on the MyFonts site. Commercial fonts include RNS Pictographica (dingbats), which includes RNS Pictographica Cocina.

In 2015, he made the poster font RNS Ahumada (+Ornaments), the gorgeous ultra fat fonnt RNS Obesa Fat, and RNS Weather Icons (free).

Alternate URL. Another URL. Creative Market link. Old URL called SuperFlexia. Dafont link. Home page. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Robby Woodard
[WoodardWorks Type Design (was: Robby Woodard Design and Illustration)]

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Robert A. Paauwe

Rotterdam-based interaction designer. Student at the Delft University of Technology who is researching designer-oriented programming languages and paradigms. Creator of the free avant garde monoline typeface Thesis (2012). In 2014, he designed the glass krak typeface Polygon.

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Robert Harling

Born in Highbury, north London in 1910, Robert was brought up by an aunt after the early deaths of his parents, and went to school in Brighton and London. He then studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. He first worked as a designer for the Daily Mail and was simultaneously an adviser on typography for London Transport and for the Sheffield-based foundry Stephenson Blake&Co, designing their literature and three popular display typefaces:

  • Playbill (1938) is a Western saloon face. Digital versions exist at Softmaker (as Prescott), URW++ (as Playbill), Elsner&Flake, and Bitstream (as Circus 721).
  • Chisel (1939) is an engravers typeface done at Stephenson Blake. Compare Bavo (Enschede). Digital versions exist at URW++, Elsner&Flake, and SoftMaker (where it is called Carlisle).
  • Tea Chest (1939) is an elegant stencil face, revived in 1999 at Apply Interactive by Sigred Claessens and Günther Flake. See also East India Company NF by Nick Curtis in 2011.

While still in his twenties, Robert co-founded and became editor of Typography, a journal of contemporary lettering and print, published by his friend and ally James Shand at the Shenval Press. When it first appeared in 1936, the journal broke new ground in its coverage of the European avant garde---including the first serious article on Jan Tschichold's work to be published in Britain. In 1951, he designed Keyboard (at Stephenson&Blake; Schnelle mentions 1949).

Typographic adviser to London Transport, and director of one of London's leading advertising agencies. With James Shand, he was the founder of the Shenval Press in Hertford. He published the quarterly magazine Typography. After WWII, he published Alphabet&Image. He was also the typographic adviser and architecture correspondent for the Sunday Times.

He lived in Godstore, Surrey, and died in 2008.

Linotype link. FontShop link.

Obituary by Fiona MacCarthy in The Guardian. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Robert Tepper

Graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He created Helvetica Style Avant Garde (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rodrigo Bessa

Brazilian creator in 2008 of an Avant Garde style font RavenGarde for TIM Festival 2008. He works at Tátil Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roel Koster
[Koelooptiemanna Productions (was: KosteX)]

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Roland Hüse
[Runes & Fonts (was: My Handwritings)]

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Ronlee Ben-Gal

Graphic design student in Greensboro, NC. She created a hairline avant garde custom face in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

R-Type (or: Rui Abreu)
[Rui Abreu]

R-Type was founded by Rui Abreu in 2008. Rui graduated from FBAUP (Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto) in 2003. He has been working as an interactive media designer in different design agencies, and he has been designing typefaces. Based in Porto, he created Tirana (2006, sans family at T26), Catacumba (2007, a gorgeous bold didone titling face, T26; in 2009 at Fountain/PsyOps), Cifra (2006, a lovely ten weight sans family, T26), Nomada (2007, a monoline slab serif), Salto Alto (2006, avant garde sans family, with octagonal influences), Foral (2008, monoline slab serif; published by Fountain in 2010), and Forma (2006, stencil family, T26).

In 2008, he published Orbe (Fountain), an exotic all-caps blackletter inspired by Portuguese and Lombardic calligraphy [it deservedly won an award at TDC2 2009; Orbe Pro at MyFonts], Gesta (2008, sans family), Gesta Condensed (2012), Gesta Semi Condensed (2012), Gira Sans (2012, a grotesque family), Foral Pro (2011, an elliptical slab serif), Catacumba (2011, a high-contrast ball terminal wedge serif family), Aria Pro (2011, a delicate high-contrast transitional serif family), Forma Solid (T26).

In 2013, Rui published Aria Text (a rational (transitional) toned-down version of Aria that comes in three sets of optical sizes, G1, G2, and G3), the geometric sans family Azo Sans and Azo Sans Uber, a geometric sans with a humanistic element. Grafolita Script (2013) is a connected typeface family that borrows ideas from signage scripts.

Typefaces from 2014: Litania (medieval-style typeface with roman capitals, Lombardic capitals, and Carolingian minuscules; nice fists accompany the type), Signo (a dynamic sans serif with reverse contrast, designed for editorial and branding).

Typefaces from 2015: Usual (a neutral sans with large x-height).

MyFonts interview in August 2013. MyFonts page. T-26 page. Old home page. Klingspor link. Fountain Type link.

View Rui Abreu's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ruben Mac-Lean

Graphic designer in Oslo. Ruben created the avant garde family Cocaine (2010), which is based on Panda by Alexis Marcou. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rui Abreu
[R-Type (or: Rui Abreu)]

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Runes & Fonts (was: My Handwritings)
[Roland Hüse]

Hungarian type designer Roland Hüse (b. 1980) sells his fonts through My Handwritings (Kazincbarcika, Hungary), which was renamed Runes&Fonts. His first font is Zuider Postduif (2012, an informal type family). Florida Shark (2012) is a free Death Metal or tattoo version of one of his commercial fonts. Tamiami (2012) is a headline typeface. Granny's Handwriting (2012), Script Demolition (2012), Sharon Lipschutz's Handwriting (2012), Isa Por Es Homou (2012) and Kinga's Handwriting (2012) are hand-printed typefaces. Napping Cat (2012) and Cubic Sub (2012) are angularly designed, while Mgla (2012) is round and plump. Greek Stone (2012) is a squarish Greek simulation face. On The Road (2012) is a textured typeface. Whirly Wood (2012), Hargita (2012, inspired by ancient Hungarian runes), Dreamcatcher (2012) and Bee Ridge Vantage (2012: see also Bee Ridge) are grunge typefaces. Individigital (2012, +Black, +Thin) is a techno set of typefaces.

Typefaces from 2013: November Sky (art deco sans), Windy Wood, Cool Weekdays, Yellow Peas Light (clean thin monoline sans), Back To The Future 4, Yellow Peas Demo (hairline sans), Yellow Peas Bold, Pagan Winter (bilined), Beer Money (brush face), Poor Weekdays (+Serif), Hun Legion (inspired by ancient Hungarian runes), Freehand Roman, Esthajnal (inspired by ancient Hungarian runes), Buffalo Chicken (a connected script), Telihold.

Typefaces from 2014: Sunny Winter (thin script), Sunny Merry Christmas (dingbats), Fox in the snow (connected hand), Dersu Uzala Brush (Asian brush), Good Karma (connected script), Stitch Warrior, Chickpeas, Jaspers Handwriting, Margarita in August, Wheatland, Slim Extreme (a gorgeous geometric hairline sans), Sparkler (a clean geometric sans), Factory Worker, Brushido (Japanese simulation font), Mojito in June, Mesa Grande, Altering The Future, Black Olives (thin calligraphic script), Hangyaboly (comic book font), Fecske (Peignotian sans), Windy Rain, Rainy Wind (calligraphic script), Comic Roman, Wizard of the Moon, Urban Stone (grunge version of Urban Tour), Urban Tour (avant garde sans), Wacky Sushi (hiragana emulation)Constrocktion (multilined typeface).

Typefaces from 2015: have A Great Day (2015, rough brush script), Sorsod Borsod, City Birds (script), Loonaria, Texas Grunge (brush script), Solaria (minimalist techno), Biloxi Script, Chicken Fried Steak, Texas Grunge (brush face), Sharky Spot.

Fontspace link. Dafont link. Creative Market link, Old URL. Home page. Another Fontspace link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Russell Bean
[Type Associates]

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Ryan Atkinson

South African graphic designer who lives in Johannesburg. His typefaces include Atcurve (2008, avant-garde). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sans serif classification
[David Rault]

David Rault classifies sans designs following a slight modification of Lewis Blackwell's list in Typography of the 20th Century:

  • Grotesque, the first sans serif, from the early 19th century to the 1920's: Akzidenz Grotesk, Franklin Gothic
  • Humanistic : Gill Sans, Johnston
  • Geometrical: Futura, Avant-Garde, Kabel
  • Modern : Helvetica, Univers, Folio
  • Contemporary : FF Meta, Fedra Sans, Hybrea, FF Cocon
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Sans serif classification

Several groups are generally distinguished:

  • Grotesque or Grotesk: These are the early sans-serif designs, but also include the 20th century work horses, Helvetica and Univers. Among the earlier ones, we list Akzidenz Grotesk, Bureau Grot, Grotesque, Franklin Gothic and Royal Gothic. The latter faces are sometimes classified as Gothic (two-story lowercase g, angled strokes on C and S).
  • Humanist sans such as Johnston, Gill Sans, Frutiger and its copy, Myriad. These faces are alive with variations in width and calligraphic influences. Some appreciate them for beauty, others for legibility.
  • Geometric sans: These typefaces are pregnant with geometric shapes, and are in some (most) cases less legible. On the other hand, they are more effective on posters and headlines. The main families in this category include Renner's Futura, and Lubalin's ITC Avant Garde. Other styles include Gotham, Spartan and Century Gothic.
  • Neo-grotesque, transitional or realist: These are modern sans faces, often rather dull with little variation in line widths and lacking any extravagant features. Arial, Standard and Bell Centennial are in this group.
  • Square Gothic, in the style of Bank Gothic: low contrast faces with straight lines and curved or rounded corners. Macho look.
In the DIN 16518 German classification, all sans faces are globbed together under the name Gruppe VI: Serifenlose Linear-Antiqua. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Schriftklassifikation nach DIN 16 518

Type classification (in German) according to the DIN 16 518 system invented in 1964. Pages by Bernhard Schnelle. I will use his German nomenclature, and quote his examples of each style.

  • I. Venezianische Renaissance-Antiqua: Amalthea, Ascot, Berkeley Old Style, Centaur, Concorde, Deepdene, Eusebius, Goudy Italian, Guardi, Horley Old Style, Jersey, Lutetia, Menhart-Antiqua, Normandy, Seneca, Schneidler-Mediaeval, Trajanus, Verona, Weidemann, Worcester Round.
  • II. Französische Renaissance-Antiqua [garalde types]: Aeterna, Aldus-Buchschrift, Bembo, Berling, Charter, Comenius-Antiqua, Garamond, Granjon, Leipziger Antiqua, Meridien, Michelangelo, Octavian, Palatino, Perpetua, Plantin, Sabon-Antiqua, Trump-Mediaeval, Van Dijck, Vendome, Weiß-Antiqua.
  • III. Barock-Antiqua [transitional types]: Baskerville, Bernhard Modern, Bookman, Caledonia, Caslon, Century, Century Schoolbook, Cheltenham, Cochin, Diotima, Ehrhardt, Imprimatur, Janson, Life, Nicolas Cochin, Poppl-Antiqua, Raleigh, Schoolbook, Scotch, Tiffany, Times.
  • IV. Klassizistische Antiqua [modern or didone types]: Bauer Bodoni, Bodoni-Antiqua, Linotype Centennial, Corvinus, De Vinne, Linotype Didot, Ellington, Falstaff, Fat Face, Fenice, Madison-Antiqua (Amts-Antiqua), Normande, Tiemann-Antiqua, Torino, Walbaum-Antiqua.
  • V. Serifenbetonte Linear-Antiqua [slab serif]: Aachen, Clarendon, Memphis, Old Towne, Pro Arte Schadow-Antiqua, Serifa, Volta.
  • VI. Serifenlose Linear-Antiqua [sans]: Akzidenz-Grotesk, Antique Olive, Avant Garde Gothic, Cosmos, Delta, Erbar-Grotesk, Eurostile, Folio, Franklin Gothic, Frutiger, Futura, Gill, Helvetica, Univers.
  • VII. Antiqua-Varianten: Abbot Old Style, Amelia, Americana, Arnold Böcklin, Banco, Calypso, Churchward, Cooper Black, Dynamo, Eckmann, Glaser Stencil, Hobo, Lasso, Mexico Olympic, Plastica, Profil, Souvenir, Stop, Superstar, Tintoretto, Traffic, Washington, Windsor, Zipper.
  • VIII. Schreibschriften [scripts]: Arkona, Amazone, Bison, Boulevard, Brush Script, Caprice, Charme, Choc, Diskus, Englische Schreibschrift, Künstler-Schreibschrift, Lithographia, Mistral, Reiner Script, Rondo, Signal, Swing, Vivaldi.
  • IX. Handschriftliche Antiqua: American Uncial, Antikva Margaret, Arcade, Codex, Delphin Dom Casual, Hadfield, Klang, Koch-Antiqua, Libra, Lydian, Ondine, Poetica, Post-Antiqua, Prima, Ritmo, Solemnis, Studio, Time Script.
  • X. Gebrochene [Fraktur, blackletter], subdivided into Xa Gotisch, Xb Rundgotisch, Xc Schwabacher, Xd Fraktur, Xe Fraktur-Varianten.
  • XI. Fremde Schriften [foreign types]: all non-Latin typefaces.
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Type classification at typografie.info. By Ralf Hermann. Interesting to get used to the German terminology, so here we go:

  • Venezianische Renaissance-Antiqua (ca. 1470): Venetians such as Berkeley Old Style, Centaur, Deepdene, Horley Old Style, Kennerley Old Style, Trajanus, Schneidler-Mediaeval, Seneca.
  • Französische Renaissance-Antiqua (ca. 1540, humanistic): Garamond, Aldus-Buchschrift, Bembo, Berling, Diethelm-Antiqua, Goudy, Palatino, Sabon-Antiqua, Trump-Mediäval, Weiss-Antiqua.
  • Barock-Antiqua (1750, transitional): Baskerville, Caslon, Imprimatur, Janson-Antiqua, Poppl-Antiqua, Tiffany, Times-Antiqua.
  • Klassizistische Antiqua (1800, didone, modern): Bodoni-Antiqua, Didot, Madison-Antiqua, Torino, Walbaum-Antiqua.
  • Serifenbetonte Linear-Antiqua (1850, slab serif) Egyptienne: American Typewriter, Beton, City, Lubalin Graph, Memphis, Rockwell, Serifa, Stymie.
  • Serifenbetonte Linear-Antiqua Clarendon: Clarendon, Impressum, Melior, Volta.
  • Serifenbetonte Linear-Antiqua Italienne: Figaro, Hidalgo, Memory, Old Towne, Pro Arte.
  • Serifenlose Linear-Antiqua (1850, sans): Akzidenz-Grotesk, Avant Garde Gothic, Avenir, Berthold Imago, Franklin Gothic, Frutiger, Futura, Folio, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Kabel, Meta, Neuzeit-Grotesk, Rotis Sans, Stone Sans, Syntax, Univers.
  • Antiqua-Varianten: Arnold Böcklin, Blur, Eckmann, Exocet, Mambo Bold, Moonbase Alpha, Revue.
  • Schreibschriften: Ariston, Ballantines, Berthold-Script, Commercial Script, Diskus, Englische Schreibschrift, Künstlerschreibschrift, Lithographia, Mistral, Slogan.
  • Handschriftliche Antiqua: Arkona, Delphin, Dom Casual, Express, Impuls, Justlefthand, Poppl-College, Post-Antiqua, Vivaldi.
  • Gebrochene Schriften (blackletter): Gotisch (Fette Gotisch, Wilhelm-Klingspor-Gotisch), Rundgotisch (Tannenberg, Wallau, Weiss-Rundgotisch), Schwabacher (Alte Schwabacher, Renata), Fraktur (Fette Fraktur, Neue Fraktur, Unger-Fraktur, Walbaum-Fraktur, Zentenar-Fraktur), Fraktur-Varianten (Breda-Gotisch, Breite Kanzlei, Rhapsodie).
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Scott Calo

FontStructor, aka truth14ful, who made these pixelish faces in 2010: Ball Point, Symbol Sans, Balance sans, Tetris, Math, Marquee, Spacewave, Math, Evening (a stencil based on the EVE logo). In 2011, he made the flared serif faces Sophistry Serif Compact and Sophistry Serif Modular, the pixel faces fs Gaux 7px Bold (2011), fs Gaux 9px, fs Gaux 7px, and fs Gaux 5px Bold, as well as the avant-garde style Plato Sans, fs Salted Library (2011, a headline font based on the old Union Pacific logo) and Lindenmayer Dingbats (based on IFS fractals---looks like a Sierpinski triangle). FS Greener Grass V2 (2011) is a grotesque headline typeface that imitates FS Greener Grass by Agent Demonic Ladybug. fs Pincoya (2011) and its renamed version, fs Pink Oil (2011) imitate Pincoya Black (Daniel Hernandez). fs Schultasche (2011) is a grotesque face. fs Hudson (2011) is a fat display typeface named after Walter Hudson, one of the heaviest people who ever lived. fsCentury Humanist (2011) is a condensed sans. fs Kaputt (2011) is a pixel face.

Typefaces from 2012: fs Off The Chain, fs Halo, fs Liberty, Sukai Tsuri (tall condensed face), fs Lesen (perfectly square white on black typeface), fs Washington One, fs Schultasche, fs Savant garde (pixel face), fs Mechanuscript (Trajan caps; +Celtic), fs Gaux (+Ambigram, +9px: pixel faces), fs Hard Times (high contrast didone face), Avica, fs Torvalds, fs Titanium, fs Neuron, fs Inception, fs OffTheChain.

Typefaces from 2013: Dragon Slayer FS.

Typefaces from 2014: Turnin Two, Down with Jezebel FS, FET Title 2014, fs Messenger, Klein Bottle, Amohat New, ECDb.

One of my favorites in this collection is fs Hällvetyka 2011), a tall display typeface for posters and murals. [Google] [More]  ⦿

scribblez grafixs

Studio in London. Behance link. They made the (rejected) avant-garde CD cover face Kadija Kamara (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sebastian Mechelk

Berlin-based graphic designer and digital artist who made the avant garde typefaces Helenistic Thin (2009), Amaso (2009, thickj outline face) and Logarde Thin (2009, free). Kernest link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sentinel Type
[James Arboghast]

James Arboghast (b. Melbourne, Australia, 1963) runs Sentinel Type, which he started in 2003 out of Collingwood, Victoria. He is now in Kew East, Victoria. He is a freelance advertising creative. His first commercial typeface was Ganymede (2003), which was later extended to Ganymede 3D (2005). He also made BigNoodleTitling-Oblique (2003) and BigNoodleTitling (2003) [for these, you are asked to send a cheque to Maurice Dorisio in Victoria, Australia], Citizen Kern (2003, free), Maus (2003, free octagonal block-shadow face), Rhodaelian (2004), Primex (2003, a gaspipe family), Sten (2004, a heavy mechanical stencil family that includes Sten Cyrillic), Adam Gorry (2004, a traditional inline all caps family; also a starred style called Lights), Midnight Kernboy (2004), DeLouisville (2004, Western Tuscan billboard face), Jellybrush (2005), Euphonia (2003), Verzierte Schwabacher (2005, Typoasis, with Petra Heidorn, based on a blackletter font by that name from the Carl Kloberg foundry in 1891; also called Schwabach Deko), Sibyl (2005, an inline Schwabacher, Blue Vinyl), Bug Blatter Mega Grotesk (2007), Amity (2007, a unicase type design in the spirit of Bayer Universal), Soft Serve (2005, comic book or ice cream cone ad typeface designed by Haley Fiege and James Arboghast), Pykes Peak and Pyke's Peak Zero (2008, avant garde), Jabberwub (2008, chewing gum type) and Big Noodle Titling (2008).

Arboghast is his professional name (as he states: I write ads and I create professional pseudonyms for artists and brand names for a living, among other things.).

His free faces are at TypOasis and Dafont. Abstract Fonts link. Klingspor link.

View the typefaces made by James Arboghast. View the Sentinel typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Serge Cortesi

French graphic and type designer who makes mainly typefaces for companies. His oeuvre:

  • Freisz (1990).
  • In 2002, he was awarded the Trophée d'Or by Agfa Monotype for his typeface Carrefour.
  • With Sylvie Chokroun he designed the new Gaz de France typeface, called Dolcevita, for the studio Plan Créatif. It is organic with a big O.
  • Shiseido, an avant-garde typeface done with Adrian Frutiger. A hint of Peignot perhaps.
  • Scripte Bonne Maman, which every Frenchman recognizes from the jars of "confiture".
  • CMI, or Cockerill Maintenance et Ingénierie, an organic industrial typeface.
  • Luxerine.
  • Ticker Restaurant.
  • Accor (a hotel chain).
  • Gamm Vert.
  • Petit Bateau, grunge.
  • Citroën (2008): corporate sans typeface. See also here.
Except for Shiseido, I don't care too much for this organic way of making fonts. It's as if France, through Cortesi, is looking for an identity other than sans, the property of the Germans and the Swiss, and serif, owned by the Dutch and the anglosaxons.

Serge Cortesi's Studio Cortesi also has typefaces by Christophe Badani and Stéphane Gabrielli.

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Sergio Martins

Portuguese designer of the display typeface Cabra (2014), which is named after its source of inspiration, the Coimbra University tower. In 2015, he made the circle-based avant-garde typeface Undique. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Serse Rodriguez

Serse Rodriguez (Barcelona) created the avant garde all-caps sans typeface Basico Typo (2014), Tangram Typo (2009) and the thin geometric beauty Panama Jack (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Dennis Ludlow]

Free fonts by Dennis Ludlow (Sharkshock Productions, Raleigh, NC), such as Hot Pizza (2001), Hawaiian Punk, Royal Acidbath, Little Caesar, Subway, Holiday India, Mobsters, Dallas Cowboys (Western look, 2004), Dark Crystal, Queen of camelot (2015), Green Eggs and Spam (2015), Ludlow Strong Ale (2015, German beer label font), Space Angel (2014), Electrox, Cowboys, Dolphins, Viking Stencil, Lexust (2002), Padaloma (2002), Fujita Ray (2002), Willy Wonka, Hursheys, Grinched, Honda, Busch Gardenz, Holiday India (2000), Simpsons, Blockbusted, IHOP, Chicken Fool A, Playtoy, Cowboys (2001), Dreamscar (2001, has a Cyrillic version), Mr. Goodbaur, Dr. Peppers, Oreos, Air Millhouse, Fruitopia, Raiders, TGI Friday, Jolly-Raunchy, Mouser, Pirate-Keg, Fujita Ray (2015), Modeccio (2015, art deco), Wendyville (2015, Western), Vonique 64 (2015, avant-garde style), Your Royal Majesty (2015, a unique blackletter-inspired vampire script), Hackney Block (2015). There is also a medium-sized categorized archive, with subsections such as cartoon fonts and movie fonts.

On August 28, 2001, Dennis announced that he would stop producing fonts, forever.

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Shin Oka
[Daylight Fonts]

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Sigbjørn Sørensen

Norwegian graphic designer with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design) from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Based in Tromso and then in Oslo, Sigbjørn Sørensen created these typefaces: Bris (2013, avant-garde), Organs (2013, an organic typeface that was inspired by Dali's paintings), Old Days (2012, a hairline runic simulation typeface).

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[Greg Ponchak]

Greg Ponchak (SINDSINDSIND) is a graphic designer in North Royalton (Cleveland), OH. His company was called SINDSINDSIND, but in 2013, Thinkdust was publishing his typefaces as well.

He created the minimalist high-contrast Qag (2009, Mostar Design Company), Muneris (2010, squarish), some experimental typefaces, the minimalist geometric sans typeface Monolite (2013), Berque (2010, a minimalist rounded sans typeface with hints of DIN), Kolg Gothic (2011), Jirue (2011, high-contrast didone), Kajf (2011, piano key face), NERC (2011, avant-garde), ARGN (2011, a rounded monospaced stencil family), FOSU (2010, hairline avant-garde sans, at HypeForType), Kosumi (2014, experimental), Roxic (high contrast art deco typeface), Shine Pro (2014, a neutral sans), and Squoosh Gothic (2014, a headline sans).

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Sinisa Wolf
[Sinisa Wolf GraphicumMMI]

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Sinisa Wolf GraphicumMMI
[Sinisa Wolf]

Swedish logotype, type and graphical studio, which shows two typefaces, probably made by themselves: GrMMI#1 (a bold sans based on Industria) and GrMMI#2 (an avant-garde sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Alex Tomlinson]

Alex Tomlinson (Skyhaven) is an illustrator and graphic designer in Portsmouth, UK, b. 1992. He started creating free fonts in 2010.

Designer in 2010 of the experimental fonts Drugs, Obesity and Prodigium OS.

In 2012, he designed the hand-printed typefaces Scrappy Le Doot, On Kayak, The Low Down, Lunar Oatmeal, Datamost, Retro Supermarket, Konata, Luna Graph, Clark Summit, Real Toyz, Nocturne, The Snails, StPauls, Arking (graffiti style), Conspiracy, Skeluna, Lava Lamp, Summertime Lovin (outlined signage typeface), and Nonsense. Wub Machine and Spikes (2012) are playful typefaces. Penn Avenue and The Enemy Gene are fattish poster fonts. Get The Fuck Up (2012) and Des Pot (2012) are outlined comic book typefaces, while Nammy Sans is a comic book typeface designed for balloons. Centipede (2012) is a squiggly typeface. Mega Sans and Ursa Cape (2012) are outlined shadowed typefaces. Ursa Minor (2012) is a sci-fi typeface. Retro Gamer is a horizontally-striped geometric typeface. Raditad (2012) is a horizontally-striped sketch face. Iron Furnaces (2012) is ultra-condensed. Nite Owl (2012) is an avant-garde typeface. Red Fish (2012) is a grunge typeface based on napkin writing. Ded End (2012) is a grungy typewriter typeface. In Metro Caves is a grungy textured typeface. Super Rad (2012) is a geometric sans typeface.

Further typefaces from 2012 include Red Snapper, Metro Skies, Belle West, The Moon, Fisher, Alisky, Enjoy The Alien, Whisperings, The Real World, Swift Death, Tall Trees, Windsor Hand, Distort Me, Split The Atom, Ursa Drop, Klondike7, Belle West, Nammy Sans, Pixel This, Summertime Lovin (comic book lettering), Spikes, Monday Morning, Where My Keys, Firefly Navigator, Coconut Point, Clarks Summit Panic (blood drip typeface), First Impressions (hand-printed), Ocean City Park (hand-printed), Limit Break, Space Game, Sky Metropolis (hand-printed), California Rad (poster face), Yellowjackets (hand-printed), Organic Fear (scary typeface), Frenzy (ornamental caps), Green Surf, Sky Fanci, Killin It, Fix You (outlined face), Punkin Pie (3d outline font), Alligator Sky (hand-printed), Freaking Strange (grunge), Oh God Why (sketched face), In The Know (condensed and hand-printed), Kamikaze (brush face), Wintered Debts, Overhead (alchemic), Wintermint, Festivala, Freaking Strange, Whale Watching, Everything's Fine, Goodnight Freak, Twilight Ozone, Distort Me, Snow Fox, Bouncing on the walls, Sleeping on a cloud, Sketchbook Nasty, On the edge, Outta Da Box, Bold Universe, Splendid Stencil, First Impressions, Strange Rituals (an avant-garde geometric sans), Regular Font (hand-printed outline and shadow font), Shanty Hand, Strawberry Avalanche, Take Warning (blood drip face), Playtitle, Hairliner, Over Atlantic City (tall hand-drawn poster font), Skyliner (tall poster font), Retroland, Owl Creek (a campground font), Insanity, Lake Script, Lakeshore Drive (poster font), Gorilla Comix, Bamboo Brisk, Scranton Fancy, Ruby Glow, Happy Dreams Med Mono, Lost in the sound (chalk font), Ice Cream Sandwich, Art Center, Shark Fighter, Minds Alike, Supersonic Love, Brushie Brushie, Rainy Day (thin poster font), Maggie Moo (comic book font), Kinda Messy, Midsummer Circus, Ocean Coastlines, Hillside Vista, Fox Connection, Cheap Frames, Problems, Rustik (grungy), Tribal Type, Songbird, Angry Mob, New Visions, Parachutes, Loud and Clear (scratchy typeface), From The Woods.

Typefaces designed in 2013: Brinetext Black (a poster font), The Grand Staircase, Windsor, Spacecraft, Nevermore, Paper Airplanes, Whipped Scream, Paper Airplanes, Sing Out, Bright and Beautiful, Into The Vortex, Embxz, Awkward, Summer Jams (outlined face), Sombody (sic) to Love, Tekno Trance, Spinning Around, Up with the Birds, Campground, Linemaster (outline face).

Typefaces from 2014: Supersonik, Whirly Birdie, The Ramble, Lazy Summer, Red Moon Rising (alchemic font), The Perfect Wave, Realistik (upright script), Brinetext Pattern (textured typeface).

Typefaces from 2015: Roundmarker, Dragon Night, Wednesday Lettering Practice, Sinister Black (heavy brush), February 11 2015, February 10 2015.

Devian Tart link. Behance link. Dafont link. Another Dafont link. Fontspace link. Aka Skyhaven. Dafont link Behance link. Creative Market link. Old URL for Skyhave Fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Slava Meskhi
[Meskhi Toolbox]

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Sol Hess

American typographer and type designer, b. 1886, Philadelphia, d. -1953. He was a man with class and style, who influenced many through his work. He managed the Lanston library from early in the 20th century (he joined Lanston in 1902) until the second World War. He created many of its typefaces himself, and commissioned many from Frederic W. Goudy. His typefaces (LTC stands for Lanston Type Company):

  • Alternate Gothic Modernized.
  • LTC Artscript (Lanston Monotype, 1940; digital version in 2005 at P22/Lanston).
  • In 1928, he created the now famous Broadway Engraved. P22 writes: LTC Broadway was originally designed by Morris Benton. Sol Hess added a lower case in 1929 and also drew Broadway Engraved for Lanston Monotype. That font is now available in digital format from LTC/P22.
  • Bodoni 26: a unicase interpretation of Bodoni by Hess at Lanston, designed by Giampa; digital version at P22/Lanston in 2005.
  • Bodoni No. 175 (remastered in 2006 by Paul Hunt).
  • LTC Bodoni Bold.
  • Bruce Old Style No. 31: a transitional font at Lanston Monotype in 1909. Now a Bitstream face. Based on Bruce Old Style No. 20 from Bruce Foundry (1869).
  • Linotype states that Soll is responsible for a version of Cochin Bold (1921): Georges Peignot designed Cochin based on copper engravings of the 18th century and Charles Malin cut the typeface in 1912 for the Paris foundry Deberny&Peignot. The font is named after the French engraver Charles Nicolas Cochin (1715-1790) although its style had little to do with that of the copper artist's. The font displays a curious mix of style elements and could be placed as a part of the typographical Neorenaissance movement. Cochin is especially large and wide and was very popular at the beginning of the 20th century. Note: Cochin is now sold by Linotype, Adobe, Monotype, URW++ and Bistream (as Engravers' Oldstyle 205).
  • English Caslon no 37.
  • Flash, Goudy Bible.
  • Goudy Bold Swash.
  • LTC Goudy Heavyface (1925, with Frederic Goudy at Kingsley/ATF, now available at Bitstream). It was done as Monotype's reply to the popular Cooper Black, similar to other Cooper Black reactions such as Ludlow Black and Pabst Extra Bold.
  • Hadriano Stone-Cut.
  • Hess, Hess Bold (1910, garalde at Lanston), Hess Monoblack (a great display poster typeface that looks like a hand-drawn version of Nicolas Cochin---see P22/Lanston for a digital version called LTC Hess Monoblack done by Paul Hunt in 2005), Hess Old Style (1920-1923, a garalde at Lanston; revived by Steve Jackaman in 1993 as Hess Old Style RR), Hess Neobold (1933, display at Lanston).
  • Italian Old Style Wide.
  • Janson.
  • LTC Jefferson Gothic: an adaptation of News Gothic Extra Condensed drawn by Sol Hess in 1916; digital version at P22/Lanston in 2005.
  • Kennerley Open Caps.
  • Laurentian.
  • New Bookman.
  • Onyx Italic.
  • Pendrawn.
  • Postblack Italic.
  • Post-Stout Italic.
  • Poster.
  • Slimline.
  • Spire (1937): a condensed didone, see the digital LTC Spire in the Lanston collection. Spire has been digitized/revived by Ann Pomeroy under the same name for FontHaus and then Group Type. LTC Obelysk Grotesk was designed by the Lanston Drawing Office in the late 1980s. This typeface is a reconstruction of Spire. The skeleton of Spire Roman stands with the serifs removed. Like Spire, this font has no lower case, but does offer alternate cap styles in some of the lower case positions.
  • Squareface (now available digitally as LTC Squareface from LTC/P22).
  • Stationers Gothic.
  • Stylescript.
  • Stymie.
  • Tourist Gothic (Lanston, 1909; now available digitally as LTC Tourist Gothic from LTC/P22).
  • Twentieth Century was designed by Hess between 1936 and 1947 as a monoline version of Paul Renner's Futura. The main version is sold by Monotype as Twentieth Century MT. The digital typefoundry Lanston, or LTC, sells LTC Twentieth Century. Hess Gothic Round NF (2008, Nick Curtis) is based on Twentieth Century. The design was reinterpreted by Herb Lubalin as Avant Garde in the 1970s. Curtis' version softens the harsh geometry of the original designs with rounded line endings. Revivals and derivations of Twentieth Century Poster include Renard Moderne NF (2010, Nick Curtis).
  • Ward.

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Something Design
[George Dobrogeanu]

Ploiesti, Romania-based designer of Winchester Condensed (2014), Picnic Caps (2014) and Grocery Rounded (2014).

In 2015, he designed the beautiful watercolor brush typeface Toscana and the hyper-curly script La Provence, as well as the thin avant garde fashion sans typeface Eva. Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Bulgarian illustrator and digital artist in Varna who made the jazz room typeface Comans (2010, aka Komans). Other typefaces include Road (2010, constructivist), Soryanna (2010, rounded geometric avant garde monoline sans), and Debat (2010, constructivist), Abula (2010, a modular techno face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefania Arredondo

Graphic design student in Monterrey, Mexico.

In 2012, she created the hairline avant-garde typeface Sencilla Light.

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Stefano Buffoni

Creative designer from Milan, who co-founded Typojungle, now defunct. His typefaces include Nero (2010, avant-garde), Minimo (2010, hairline geometric sans), Boulevard (2009, fat stencil face), Studio 45 (almost a paperclip face), Nu Classic (ornamental caps, 2008), Rocket (2009, techno) and Metropolitain (2009, a display didone of high contrast). Behance link. Twitter link. Another URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stelios Constantinides

Designer who used FontStruct to make Bouldo (2010, dotted face), TNR Bold (2009), Balltype (2009), Octastruct (2009), Weejie (2009), Times Neue Roman (2009, called the illegitimate child of Times New Roman and Helvetica Neue (Condensed)), Elion (2009, dor matrix pixel script), Tweed (2009, squarish), Akia (2009, experimental slab serif), Tesla (2009, dotted font based on Superpois), Pressure (2009, severe octagonal family; +Compressed, +Extended), Simplest (2009), Agora, Agora3D and Agora Dots (2009), Simplest (2009), Billboard (2009), Avant (2009), Imprinted (2009, dotted lines), Pivot Fill (2009), Pivot (2009), Handgloves Neue (2009), Paperclipped (2009), Handgloves (2009), Heart (2009), Foldstruct Pix (2009), Foldstruct (2009), Lino (2009), Linea (2009), Eurotype (2009), Stack (2009), Bloc Stripe (2009), Bloc (2009), Stencileaf (2009), Paul Was Here (2009), Sweetness (2009), Squidlike (2009), Rokice (2009), Current (2008), Theory (2008), Apatype (2008), Dot Script (2008), Dotize (2008), Poiis (2008), Poiis Wide (2008), Wired (2008, white on black), Bloct (2008, pixel shadow font), Construct (2008, like Bloct with a crane effect), Mazal (a great rectangular white on black idea), Keyal (Indic simulation with multilines), Squarial (pixelish), Classico, Unireal, Yoko (simple stencil), Splice (squarish condensed), Goodmorning Tokyo (labyrinth-like glyphs), Poii (pixel face), Gogic, Giant, Wikial (diner script simulation), Futoni (squarish letters). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephen M. Knouse
[Essqué Productions]

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Steve Bird
[Uusimaa Type Foundry Incorporated]

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Steve Jackaman
[Red Rooster Typefoundry]

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Stock Graphics
[Barry Stock]

Barry Stock (Hollywood, FL) at Stock Graphics made HotRodSCLF10baby, Monstroula and the gorgeous avant-garde font Opticon (1997, +Opticon Loose, 2013). He also created Amity (2014, textured typeface), East Ganglia (2013, grunge), Pandemic (2013, grunge), Drugged Individualist (2013, a halftone-textured typeface), Code Border (2013), Saturday Morning Hand (2013), Urban Forestry (2013), Shrimp Fried Rice (2013, oriental simulation face), Batman's Trip (2013, encased caps), Kathedral, Brainchild Graphique and Brainchild Standard.

Pandemic comes with the following chilling story: On Vozrozhdeniya Island in the Aral Sea, the strongest recipes of smallpox were tested. Suddenly I was informed that there were mysterious cases of mortalities in Aralsk. A research ship of the Aral fleet came to within 15 km of the island (it was forbidden to come any closer than 40 km). The lab technician of this ship took samples of plankton twice a day from the top deck. The smallpox formulation---400 gr. of which was exploded on the island---"got her" and she became infected. After returning home to Aralsk, she infected several people including children. All of them died. I suspected the reason for this and called the Chief of General Staff of Ministry of Defense and requested to forbid the stop of the Alma-Ata Moscow train in Aralsk. As a result, the epidemic around the country was prevented. I called Andropov, who at that time was Chief of KGB, and informed him of the exclusive recipe of smallpox obtained on Vozrazhdenie Island.

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Studio Typo
[Mehmet Abaci]

Mehmet Abaci (b. 1978) is based in Istanbul. In 2014, he established Studio Typo, where one can buy his typefaces. Limited forms of the fonts can be downloaded fpr free from the Dafont site.

Creator of the elegantly plump rounded sans typeface Vinyl Cuts (2013), Samatya (2013, a unicase piano key typeface), Boldie (2013), Laundry Day (2013, alphadings), and the wood log typeface Timbers (2013).

Typefaces from 2014: Smush, Slim Fir (athletic lettering), Typonome, Typo Slab, Neons, E-Square (sci-fi typeface), Screamer, Typoline (piano key typeface), Omniblack (flared display face), Papillons (flared caps), Typoster (a great fat geometric slab serif typeface family accompanied by an equally great shadowed outline style), Typo Comica (a family drawn to compete with Comic Sans), Tipo Press, Manyeto (calligraphic), Quatroline (prismatic typeface), Wardoom, Cabold Comic, Digiform, Akaju (oily fat typeface with lighting effects), Almira, Bonebastic, Comic White Rabbit, Sinema (a bit of retro movie art deco), Sober, Cali Brush, Tiny Plate, College Player, Smart Kid, Barbed, Wideroy, Angella (+outline: a poster family), Megi Sans.

Typefaces from 2015: Typo Grotesk, The Matic, Typografix (avant garde sans), Move X (techno family), Savaro Stencil (in the geometric style that is characteristic of Futura Black), MindBlue (sans), A Space.

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Collage artist in San Francisco who made the avant garde monospaced sans typeface Ambiguous in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

SUBFLUX experiment
[Mickey Rossi]

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

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

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Subtype (was: Typisc or Suprb)
[Andreas Pihlström]

Swedish commercial foundry, est. 2006, earlier called Suprb or Typisc. Commercial fonts: NTMY (2009, ultra-black), Alasca (2008), Quick16 (2008: pure geometry), ASCA (2008, "the cousin of OCR"), Myld (2008, avant garde ideas), Wyld (2010, hairline version of Myld), DIRR (2007, an unreadable extra black concoction), ASCA and ASCA-D (2007, rounded octagonal), LIW (techno, in bold and regular versions), Wyld (2007, Avant Garde to the extreme), Quick16 (2008, experimental), Alkasca (2008), Building (2006), Asphalt (2007, avant garde). Free fonts: Quart (2008, kitchen tile style), SWEM (2007, experimental), Cloud (2006, hairline font with connected letters, by Andreas Pihlström). Alternate URL. YWFT link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sumedh Sonare

Creator of Avanti Devanagari (2013), a Devanagari typeface influenced by ITC Avant Garde. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susan Lee

Susan Lee (Bethesda, MD) is a graphic designer. In 2010, she created the avant garde typeface Modania. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sutrisna Khaidir

Art director and designer in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, who made some nice typographic posters in 2010. Another link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Svenja Muenster

During her studies in Trier, Germany, Svenja Muenster created the thin avant garde typeface White Venice (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Svetlana B

Graphic designer in Sao Paulo. Behance link. Creator of the hairline avant-garde sans Iuvi (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Svetoslav Simov

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Sylvestre Studios
[Mick Sylvestre]

New Westminster, BC-based foundry of Mick Sylvestre (b. Regina, Saskatchewan, 1968), who designed the gothic families Cardinal (2005) and Scriptura (2005). He also created Hashi (2006, techno), Voussoir (2006, heavy display face), Caricatura (2005, hand-printed), Dingums (2005, dingbats), Diva Pop (2006, avant garde), Cannabis (2005), Glam Rock (2005), Vlad (2005, condensed and sectarian), Bramare (2006), Pepperjack (2006, blocky with round holes), Colby Script (2006, brush), Mickster (2006, comic book lettering), Nine Volt (2007, grunge), Savasato (2007, art nouveau look) and Quadra (2005, black blocky face).

Additions in 2009: the handwriting faces Caramella, Fantillo, Shaelynn, Manta, Seussian, and the LED-meets-art deco font Katzenklo.

Klingspor link.

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T. Jeffery

Creator of the avant-garde hairline sans typeface Party at Gatsby's (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tagir Safayev

Tagir Safayev is a Russian type and graphic designer. He created more than one hundred fonts, among which ITC Stenberg (1997, Cyrillic simulation face), which was originally called Rodchenko (a stencil font). Tagir Safayev is also active in book design and advertising. From 1991 until 2003 he worked as a type developer for ParaType. In 1995 he received the Rodchenko Award of the Society of Designers of Russia for Rodchenko typeface [look for Rodchenko here (italic version) and here, or for the ParaType family (1996-2002)]. He is a member of the Moscow Artists Union and of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), and a co-founder of the Type Designers Association, Moscow. He won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for Serp'n'Molot (2001, meaning hammer and sickle; forms inspired by lettering of Sergey Chekhonin (1878-1936)). Professor of the National Design Institute of the Designers Union of Russia. Teacher at the Higher Academic School of Graphic Design in Moscow. Currently staff designer at ParaType in Moscow. Faces: Bloc (ParaGraph, 1997, based on Hermann Hoffmann's Bloc from 1908), Black Grotesk (1997, based on Gasetny Chorny ("Newspaper Black"), of the O.I. Lehmann foundry, St.Petersburg, 1874, and Kompakte Grotesk (Haas)), PT Courier (1990, ParaGraph), PT Courier Monotonic Greek (1990), PT Courier Polytonic Greek (1990), PT DIN Condensed (1997), Birch (1995, handwriting, ParaGraph), PT FreeSet (1991-2000, based on the Frutiger typeface family), LEF Grotesque (1999), PT Epsilon (1995, handprinting), Etienne (Kremlin Pro (2010, Paratype), PT Hermes (1993; Based on Placard MT Condensed typeface (Hermes Grotesk by Wilhelm Woellmer, 1911) of the Lange type foundry (St.-Petersburg), an adaptation of Hermes Grotesk, of the Woellmer type foundry (Berlin, 1911). This sans serif with its old-fashion stability looks well in advertising and display typography), Bitstream Humanist Cyrillic 521 (1999), PT Plain Script (1995, comic book lettering), PT Irina (1995, caps-only comic book face), ITC Kabel Cyrillic (1993, after the Original Kabel, 1976, Vic Caruso), Frutiger (1992, after the 1976 original), Meta+ Cyrillic (2000), Mirra (1999), ITC New Baskerville Cyrillic (1993, ParaGraph), ITC Banco (2000: the Cyrillic version of the font by Phill Grimshaw, 1997, which in turn was based on Roger Excoffon's Banco at Fonderie Olive in 1952), Bank Gothic (1997: a Cyrillic version of the 1930-1933 original by Morris Fuller Benton at ATF), ITC Officina Sans Cyrillic (1995), PT Proun (1993, a Cyrillic version of Choose One/Ten), PT Rodchenko (1996), ITC Stenberg (1997), ITC Stenberg Inline (1997), Swift Cyrillic (2002), PT Yanus (1999, originally created as a corporate identity for Aeroflot), PT Unovis (2001, inspired by the Russian avant garde of the 1920s), this unfinished Cyrillic version of Trajan (1994-1996), and Serp n'Molot (2001). At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about the various Cyrillic adaptations of Cheltenham done in the last century, prior to his own Cyrillic extension for NYTimes Cheltenham, done in 2008.

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Talbot Type
[Adrian Talbot]

Adrian Talbot (b. 1964, Worthing, Sussex, England) heads the type foundry Talbot Type in London. He made the Bauhaus-style Bremner family in 2000 for the visual identity of Mute Records.

In 2012, he designed these typefaces: Kinghorn 205 (Egyptian), Kinghorn 105, Kamerik105 (+Kamerik 105 Cyrillic, 2014), Kamerik205 (an avant garde type family with many weights, including a hairline), Karben, KarbenMono (a mono-width sans family in the style of DIN), Karben 205 Mono, Karben 205, Karben 105, Karben 105 Mono, Kessel105, Kessel205 (a geometric sans family influenced by Futura), Kettering105, Kettering205 (a slabby almost typewriter typeface influenced by Lubalin and similar avant garde styles), Kiruna (a legible and very open sans family), Kursk105, Kursk205 (constructivist), Kaleko 105 and 205 (Gill Sans-style sans families with large x-heights).

Typefaces from 2013: Kilburn (a gothic sans serif), Kroppen Round (a geometric stencil), Kampen (square-spaced family), Kaleko 205 Round, Kaleko 105 Round.

Typefaces from 2014: Kelso (an outline font with outlines that consist of a single continuous line), Klef (a geometric sans influenced by Avant Garde), Kenwyn (a playful bullet-holed Egyptian; +Stencil), Korbin (a semi-geometric grotesque family), Kandel 105 and 205 (geometric, tri-line, display and headline font).

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Tanawat Sakdawisarak

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Tasuki's blog
[Vit Brunner]

Vit "Tasuki" Brunner (Czechia) recommends the 14 best free fonts. Summarizing his recommendations:

  • Antykwa Torunska is an original typeface created by Polish type designer Zygfried Gardzielewski in 1960. It was digitized by Janusz Marian Nowacki. The font contains many diacritical marks, math symbols, and comes in many weights.
  • Typo Latin Serif is a slab serif (Egyptian) typeface with an extremely large x-height. It was created by Manfred Klein.
  • The DejaVu fonts are extensions of the free Bitstream Vera typefaces.
  • Palatino (Hermann Zapf) is gorgeous, period. Palladio L is a free Palatino clone created by URW in cooperation with Hermann Zapf. Download it in URW fonts pack (together with 79 other fonts).
  • Gentium, a typeface for many languages by Victor Gaultney. Extensive unicode support.
  • Optima by Hermann Zapf. A free version: MgOpen Cosmetica.
  • Bembo is a nostalgic antiqua created by Francesco Griffo in 1496. Cardo (David Perry) is based on Bembo.
  • Vollkorn is an old style numerals typeface created by Friedrich Althausen.
  • Computer Modern is a didone typeface created by Don Knuth.
  • Avant Garde (Herb Lubalin) can be downloaded in the URW font pack where it is known as URW Gothic L.
  • Goudy Bookletter 1911 is a revival of Frederic Goudy's Kennerley Old Style by Barry Schwartz.
  • Helvetica by Max Miedinger. Magenta Ltd has a free version in its MgOpen pack: MgOpen Moderna.
  • Geo Sans Light (Manfred Klein) is based on Futura, a geometric typeface created by Paul Renner in 1926.
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Teresa Martinez

Graphic designer in Monterrey, Mexico. Creator of the elegant avant-garde sans typeface Sundance (2013, with Gabriela Pineda). This was a school project at the Universidad de Monterrey. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Terminal Design
[James Montalbano]

Terminal Design is the company of James Montalbano in Brooklyn, New York, est. 1990. He was the President of the Type Directors Club, 2002-2003. He teaches type design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Feature on him by John Berry. James designed these fonts:

  • Alfon (2003, serif). Montalbano calls it a muscular text typeface. It has chamfered corners and cupped serifs.
  • Badinage. A connected retro script.
  • Cappella (2013) is a direct result of the work done on the Fordham Chapel custom font commission. A one weight, all caps design based on wood carved lettering from a Fordham University chapel honoring fallen alumni.
  • The legible sans serif family ClearviewOne, designed for highway signs, and used for US highway signs starting in 2002. The highway sign font family is called ClearviewHwy), and is further explored here. ClearviewHwy is used for highways in the USA starting in 2004 (see the discussion here). The OpenType version of ClearviewOne is called ClearviewText (2007). ClearviewADA (2007) is a family of Clearview fonts that conform to the letterform specifications for signage outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act legislation. Free download.
  • Corporate fonts for Condé Nast Publications, Warner Music, The American Medical Association, the U.S. National Park Service, Vanity Fair, Brides, Gourmet, Mademoiselle, Sassy, Details, Glamour, Jane, Self and Book.
  • Consul (Text, Caption, Deck, Display): a 48-style text family. Optically sized, it emerged from a Gustave Mayeur design done by Montalbano for Mens Vogue. Consul has a hint of didone, but the brackets are rounded and the stems gently flared. In Montalbano's palette, this is one of the beauties.
  • Enclave (2007): A sixteen font slab serif family.
  • In an earlier life as part of Fonthaus, ca. 1994-1995, I believe that Montalbano designed fonts like DidotDisplayAntiqueTdi, DidotDisplayRegularTdi, ProgressivePsychoOneTdi (through Six) and SenzaTDI (many weights).
  • Fervent (2013). A sans version of Badinage.
  • The well-balanced and interesting sans-serif family Giacomo (2002). Includes Cyrillics.
  • Insouciant (2011). An upright connected script family.
  • At ITC: The strange experimental typeface ITC Orbon (1995-1996), ITC Freddo (1996), a thirties style sign font, and ITC Nora (1997).
  • Kinney (2011). A type family for tables and information design. James's self-proclaimed attempt at creating a neutral serif.
  • Latin 512: An 80-style didone family with triangular or wedge serifs typical of the Latin style. There are Expanded, Regular, Condensed and Compressed sub-families.
  • Moraine (2009): a serif family with a wide generous feel. Stems are flexed and tapered and serifs are cupped.
  • Now Playing (2007): A digital revival of the naïve plastic lettering that was used on the marquee of the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
  • Rawlinson (2003, a serif family, which includes a Condensed sub-family). NPS Rawlinson Roadway is an old style serif typeface currently used for the United States National Park Service's road signs. It was created to replace Clarendon and uses James Montalbano's wife's last name. There is also Rawlinson 2.0 Condensed.
  • Shenandoah: display type based on the wood letters at Shenandoah National park.
  • Social (2012). A rounded sans family for on-line use.
  • Tangent (2007): A geometric sans in sixteen styles.
  • Trilon (2009, +Condensed, Condensed, Expanded): sans face. Montalbano calls it a 21st century gothic.
  • 718 (2010): a clean 24-style sans family influenced by as many typefaces as there are immigrants in Brooklyn. Named after the non-Manhattan area code.
  • VF Sans and VF Sans Condensed (2011), an avant-garde family with 32 styles. James explains its release: Back in the late 90s I designed a family of sans serif fonts for Vanity Fair magazine. I based them on various sans serif designs from the 1930s with nothing particular in mind. They have been compared to Intertype's Vogue, and I do see the connection, but it wasn't my intention of doing a Vogue revival. They have been kept out of circulation these last many years at Vanity Fair's request, but it appears that during the last few years Vanity Fair has lost interest in them. They no longer grace the front cover of the magazine, and they appear with less and less frequency inside the publication. I've also noticed several pirated uses of them as they have popped up on some book jacket designs. So with Vanity Fair's permission I felt it time to set them free.
  • The Yo series (2010) consists of 200 didone styles. It is subdivided into Yo Andy, Yo Frankie, Yo Lucy, Yo Sophie and Yo Zelda. This didone family has two axes (weight, extension) with 100 regular members finished in 2010 and 100 italics added in 2014. They reach in alphabetical order from condensed (Andy) to extended (Zelda).

Klingspor link. FontShop link. Linotype link. Behance link.

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HellasArial (1992, Pouliadis Associates Corporation), HellasTimes (1992, Pouliadis Associates Corporation), Avant Greek (1992, Magenta Ltd). [Google] [More]  ⦿

TeX Gyre Project

The TeX Gyre Project was started in 2006 as the brainchild of Hans Hagen (NTG). It is described in The New Font Project (Hans Hagen (NTG), Jerzy Ludwichowski (GUST) and Volker RW Schaa (DANTE e.V.), presented at BachoTeX2, 2006). From the project, which is being implemented by GUST's e-foundry guys, Boguslaw Jacko Jackowski and Janusz M. Nowacki aka Ulan: All of the Ghostscript font families will eventually become gyrefied as the result of the project. Gyrefication, also called LM-ization, was first applied to the Computer Modern Fonts and their various generalizations with the result known as the Latin Modern (LM) Fonts. The Gyre fonts each have 1200 glyphs that cover basically all European scripts (including Latin, Cyrillic and Greek), and have Vietnamese characters added by Han The Thanh, and Cyrillic glyphs by Valek Filippov. Available in Type 1 and OpenType, they come under a very liberal license (free, modifiable, unlimited use, and a request to rename altered fonts). The TeX Gyre fonts are

  • Adventor: family of four sansserif fonts, based on the URW Gothic L family, which in turn was basecd on TC Avant Garde Gothic, designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase in 1970.
  • Bonum (2006), based on the URW Bookman L family: TeXGyreBonum-Bold, TeXGyreBonum-BoldItalic, TeXGyreBonum-Italic, TeXGyreBonum-Regular.
  • Cursor: based on URW Nimbus Mono L, which itself mimics Bud Kettler's Courier.
  • Heros (2007): based on the URW Nimbus Sans L family, but heavily extended---eight faces of 1200 glyphs each. With the release of Heros, their QuasiSwiss fonts becomes obsolete. This is, in fact, the Gyre version of Miedinger's Helvetica. .
  • Pagella (2006), based on the URW Palladio L family (and thus, indirectly, Zapf's Palatino): TeXGyrePagella-Bold, TeXGyrePagella-BoldItalic, TeXGyrePagella-Italic, TeXGyrePagella-Regular. In 2013, we find Tex Gyre Pagella Math in opentype format, by Boguslaw Jackowski, Piotr Strzelczyk and Piotr Pianowski. Greek symbols were taken from the Math Pazo font by Diego Puga. The calligraphic alphabet was taken from the Odstemplik font. The Fraktur is based on Euler. The sans part is DejaVu Sans, and the monospaced alphabet is taken from Latin Modern Mono Light Condensed.
  • Termes (2006), based on the Nimbus Roman No9 L family (and thus, by transitivity, Stanley Morison's Times-Roman): TeXGyreTermes-Bold, TeXGyreTermes-BoldItalic, TeXGyreTermes-Italic, TeXGyreTermes-Regular. In 2013, we find Tex Gyre Termes Math in opentype format, by Boguslaw Jackowski, Piotr Strzelczyk and Piotr Pianowski. The Fraktur part is based on Peter Wiegel's Leipziger Fraktur. The sans serif part uses TeX Gyre Heros. The monospaced part is based on teX Gyre Cursor.
  • Schola (2006, based on the URW Century Schoolbook L family, designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1919: TeXGyreSchola-Bold, TeXGyreSchola-BoldItalic, TeXGyreSchola-Italic, TeXGyreSchola-Regular.
  • Chorus (2007): derived from handwritten letterforms of the Italian Renaissance as used by Hermann Zapf in ITC Zapf Chancery (1979). TeX Gyre Chorus is based on the URW Chancery L Medium Italic font, but heavily extended. The Vietnamese and Cyrillic characters were added by Han The Thanh and Valek Filippov, respectively.
Articles: The New Font Project (BachoTeX 2006 article by Hans Hagen (NTG), Jerzy Ludwichowski (GUST) and Volker RW Schaa (DANTE e.V.), TeX Gyre Project (2006) by Bogusaw Jackowski, Janusz M. Nowacki and Jerzy Ludwichowski, and TeX Gyre Project II (2007) by the same three authors.

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Thaddeus Ted Szumilas
[Thaddeus Typographic Center]

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Thaddeus Typographic Center
[Thaddeus Ted Szumilas]

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

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The Foundry

London-based foundry created by David Quay and Freda Sack in 1989. Fonts available here: Architype Renner, Architype Vanderleck, Architype Van Doesburg, Architype Bill, Architype Tschichold (very thin avant-garde font), Architype Bayer, Architype Renner Bold, Architype Albers, Architype Bayer-Type, Architype Ballmer, Architype Schwitters, Architype Aubette, Architype, Architype van der Leck (1993-1994, based on a 1941 De Stijl alphabet designed by Bart van der Leck for the avant-garde magazine Flax), Foundry Sans, Foundry Old Style, Foundry Wilson, Foundry Journal, Foundry Gridnik, Foundry Form Sans, Foundry Form Serif, Foundry Monoline (2000), Foundry Sterling (2002, sans serif), Foundry Context (sans family), Foundry Dit Dat (pixel family), Foundry Fabriek, Foundry Flek, Foundry New Johnston, Foundry Origin, Foundry Wilson, Foundry Wilson Expert. Architype New Alphabet 1 through 3 by The Foundry are also based on Crouwel's New Alphabet (a free version of this is New Alphabet (2008, Matt McInerney)). The Foundry also made Architype Stedelijk (1997, LED-like) and Architype Fodor based on Crouwel's work. Foundry Architype Van Doesburg (1996) is based on a 1919 alphabet by Van Doesburg obtained by dividing a square into 25 equal smaller squares. Michael Barbosa started work on Metroplis (1995) for Metroplisboa, the Lisbon subway, while he was working at Wolff Olins. That custom font project was finished by David Quay and Freda Sack. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Infamous Foundry
[Morten Iveland]

Morten Iveland (The Infamous Foundry) is a Bodo, Oslo-based graphic designer. Creator of the bold rounded faces Bolda Display (2008) and Hugo (2008-2009, counterless and obese).

In 2010, he started work on an avant-garde extravaganza to honor Herb Lubalin, simply called Herbie. It was published in 2012.

Creator of Fancy Antique Display (2012), an uppercase art deco partially multilined display font inspired by French decorative alphabets from the 1940s. RPM45 (2012) is a free condensed sans display face.

In 2014, he published the geometric sans typeface Illumini.

Cargocollective link. Another Cargocollective link. Behance link. Infamous Foundry link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

The Typehead Chronicles of Thomas Christensen
[Thomas Christensen]

Information and specimen of all historically important typefaces: Akzidenz Grotesk, Aldus, Antique Olive, Avant Garde, Avenir, Baskerville, Bell, Bembo, Bodoni, Bulmer, Caslon, Centaur, Century Old Style, Cheltenham, Dante, Frutiger, Galliard, Garamond, Gill Sans, Goudy Old Style, Granjon, Helvetica, Janson (Kis), Minion, Mrs. Eaves, Optima, Palatino, Perpetua, Sabon, Syntax, Times New Roman, Today, Trump Medieval, Univers, Walbaum. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Alex Haigh]

Graphic and identity design company founded by Alex Haigh in 2005 who was located in Sheffield, UK, but moved to Nottingham. Its web page is drowning in Flash---avoid the main page but go the blog or MyFonts instead. They are selling Taku (2009, bold squarish, with a stencil style added), Aiko (2008, a gorgeous fat techno family), Sukato (2008, another ultrafat beauty) and BAQ Rounded (2008, ultra-fat closed counter face; also at T-26). BAQ Roundded led to the ultra-round fat family Yuki (2010; +YukiLined, a stencil version). Hiruko (2008, eight styles) is a rounded sans family in the style of VAG Round. See also Hiruko Pro (2013). A robust geometric outgrowth of this is Ebisu (2010). Hiruko Stencil (2012) is a further extension.

In 2009, some of their fonts, such as Miyagi (paperclip type) seem to survive at HypeForType. YouWorkForThem carries BAQ, Hiruko, Miyagi, Amaya (2009, grunge), Gen (2009, ink spill grunge), Taku and Yume (2009, ultra fat retro).

Additions in 2010: Rika (a strong condensed sans), Saki Medium (a headline sans that builds on Ebisu), Sho Medium (an elegant expanded sans, also for headlines), Toshiko (techno face), Vow (extra thin, avant garde), Lippy (a lipstick brush face; see also Lippy Sans, 2012).

Typefaces from 2012: York Handwriting (a poster face), Headlined (a grungy bold grotesk in the style of Veneer), Electro (a paperclip typeface), Soto, Mr Chalk (done with Dawn Lewandowski), Letro (a modern slab done with Dawn Lewandowski), Vow Neue, Sobek (alchemic), Patisserie.

Typefaces from 2013: Gongo (rounded monoline all caps sans), Headlined Solid, Nanami (2013, avant-garde sans in 18 styles), Nanami Rounded, Crop (a rounded stencil family).

Typefaces from 2014 include Primiterus (a hipster style typeface by Maciej Swierczek), Toggle, Rustick (hand-drawn poster family), Nanami Handmade.

In 2015, Alex Haigh published the avant-garde typeface family Nanami Pro, an extension of Nanami and Nanami Rounded.


I finally understood the name Thinkdust. Upon blowing up the characters, one notices that all the glyphs are sprinkled with dust---see, e.g., Kono, Yumo, Yuko, Yoko, Soto, Roka, Mikagi (paperclip face), Hiroko, and BAQ Metal.

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Third Entertainment
[Tsuyoshi Nagae]

Third Entertainment (Tsuyoshi Nagae) designed Picolon (2003, a futuristic face), HoneyAlphabet (handwriting typeface done with Masayuki Sato at Maniackers Design), Afternoon (avant-garde, not free), Water Fresh (liquid letters: Latin and kana), Pony (handprinting), Dacks, Third Extended (2004), Pony Katakana (2005), Pony Hiragana, Pony Bold, Mitsubato (2005), Funny katakana and regular (2005), Home Party (2004, clean handprinting), Dachs (2004), Third Extended Bold&Light (2004). Most fonts are free. With Masayuki Sato at Maniackers Design, he created the MinnanoUta family (AL, HR, KT) in 2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas Christensen
[The Typehead Chronicles of Thomas Christensen]

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Thomas John Hayes

Thomas John Hayes is a designer, illustrator and photographer living and working in Brroklyn, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communication design from Parsons the New School for Design.

Marcy (2013).

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Thomas Vree

Dutch type designer, b. 1967, Amsterdam, who now works in Dundas Valley, Ontario, Canada, in pre-press and the print trade. He has had wonderous encounters with other type designers. He made 47 digital typefaces. As far as I can tell, no sales, and no downloads. Behance link. A partial list:

  • Amazon (1996). Most letters are didone, but some serifs are Bodoniesque.
  • Amsterdam: A compendium of experimental typefaces done starting in 1988. He writes: My initial forays into type consisted of hacking Letraset, distorting it on photocopiers, playing around with it on stat cameras, then adding to that with tech pens, etc. Then in early 88 I started drawing type on the computer. I was doing fanzines, gig posters, logos, tape covers, etc. and I knew instinctively that I wanted to use typefaces other than the ones I had at my disposal. My choices at the time were very limited, and nothing I had access to accurately conveyed the look I thought would be appropriate for say an experimental electronic combo. So I started drawing my own typefaces.
  • Bass Bin (1997). A first hint of grunge.
  • Boloni (1996). A Bodoni face.
  • Cosmodrome (1992).
  • Cryptonym (1995). A mishmash of fonts reconstructed to give something magical.
  • Dirigible (1993). A slightly convex display face.
  • Dread (1991). In the style of Kisman's Fudoni and Makela's Dead History.
  • Engravers Initials 2 and 3 (2011). These are Victorian über-ornamental semi-blackletter faces based on designs found in Dan X. Solo's Gothic and Old English Alphabets from Dover Publications.
  • Faith. Thomas writes: Back in 94, 95 Paul Sych of Faith asked me to do the production work on a typeface package he was going to release through Thirstype. I created the analphabetic, accented characters, set up the kerning tables, and in some cases, created variants (italic, bold, outline, etc.) One of the faces was Wit, which was inspired by the experimental typography of Kurt Schwitters. The set of faces Thomas did included Wit, Fix Plain Mix, Fix Sin Mix, Fix Ram Hog Mix, and USeh.
  • Freddy. A digital version of an art nouveau typeface that Morgan Press had been using in the 1960s [those psych faces were mostly inspited by art nouveau].
  • Gyrosol (1997).
  • Jarkko. Based on old sign painter lettering.
  • Lucas: a sans family.
  • Lucifah: comic book lettering.
  • Mau Gothic: a bold weight of W.A. Dwiggins's Gothic, on commission for Bruce Mau Design.
  • Nephilim (1996).
  • Penetralia (1990). An ultra-condensed face.
  • Percolator. An organic face.
  • Poser (1995): A comic book face.
  • Puffage (2010): a typeface made up of pot leaf elements.
  • Ray Gun: a type done for a Ray Gun flyer.
  • Reklame. With hints of Avant Garde.
  • Snug Industries Font (a logotype done with Tony Elston).
  • SubRosa (1992). A squarish condensed face.
  • Thornaments. A set of symmetric ornamental symbols.
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Tiago Pereira

Graphic designer and typographer in Curitiba, Brazil. Creator of the beautiful unicase avant garde typeface Repo Type (2010), the Barnbrookish typeface Vicctoria (2010), and the Peignotian typeface RBSC (2010). Behance link. Another Behance link. He is credited with the free chisel font Nosewritten (2009, a Greekish typeface created without using any hands; see Unique Types).

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Tiago Silva

Graphic designer in Curitiba, Brazil. He created the compass and ruler face Curitiba (2011). Before that, he designed Repo (2011), an avant garde monoline sans face. That typeface will soon be available for free download.

In 2012, he created a free icon set called 24 Things.

In 2013, he added the sans typeface Franzina Condensed Hairline.

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Time Peace

FontStructor who made the horizontally-striped typeface Strobes (2012), Simplicity (2012), Smashel (2012), Extora (2012, textured face), Dead Stirrup (2012), Checker (2012), Slice (2012), and Tesla (2012, based on the logo of the electrical company Tesla).

In 2013, we find Hearty (Valenttine's Day font), Anubis (retro futurism), Tockice (connect-the-dots), Swirl, Teeny Dots (dot matrix face), Specs (arrowed letters), Atlas Regul (art deco marquee face), Smash (dot matrix face), Steam (steam punk, mechanical), Apricot (dot matrix), Peach, Koverkav (tall connected script), Zastava (art deco), Syncopation (avant garde), Centrivid, Time Script, Grey Sans (a textured sans), Seriphagy, Mona, Lightheart (a Broadway style art deco face), Lower (tall ascenders), 2Time, DotoMagy (dot matrix face), Finolin, Remaster (horizontal stripes), Whimsy, Procol (vertical striping), Ceremonio (vertical striping), Island, and Quindle. In March 2013, he published Circles and wrote I finally nailed a perfect circle, which many consider the holy grail over at FontStruct. That is to say, the imperfections in the circle are only visible at large point sizes---quite an achievement.

Typefaces from 2014: Cybertron, Puzzler, Just Peachy (blackboard bold), Bubble Pop, Pointy (arrowed face), Gypsy Train (bilined, frilly), Mad Hatter (card font), Origami, Pointers (hexagonal), Angled (deco), Owlarium, Blossum (floral), Jarvis (wooden plank font), Cocktail Bar, Circuit Breaker, Every Good Boy, Circus Comes to Towne (sic) (circus font), Fruit Stripes (art deco, striped).

Typefaces from 2015: Cogsworth (connect-the-dots), Neomorph (techno). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tobias Benjamin Köhler
[www.uncia.de (was: uncifonts)]

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Tobias Holzmann

German-born design student in Strasbourg, France. Creator of the thin avant-garde typeface Early Sans Serif (2011) and of the paperclip typeface Trombone (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Todd Dever
[Cool Fonts Online]

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Tom Carnase

Type designer Thomas Paul Carnase was born in The Bronx, New York City in 1939. He graduated from New York City Community College in 1959. Carnase started making fonts in the photolettering era, and lived through the transition to digital. In the 1960s, he opens the studio Bonder & Carnase Inc. From 1969 until 1979, he is vice-president and partner of the agency Lubalin, Smith, Carnase Inc. In 1979, he founds the Carnase Computer Typography studio. In 1980, Carnase becomes co-founder and president of the World Typeface Center Inc., an independent type design agency. He manages the in-house magazine Ligature published by the World Typeface Center from 1982 to 1987. Besides type design, Carnase has designed graphics for packaging, exhibitions, corporate identities and logos for numerous clients, including ABC, CBS, Coca-Cola, CondéNast Publications, Doubleday Publishing and NBC. He has held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, the Pratt Institute in New York, the Herron School of Art in Indiana, the Parson's School of Design in New York, the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio, the University of Monterrey in Mexico, and the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, among others. His fonts include:

  • Fonts at WTC: WTC Carnase Text, WTC Favrile (1985), WTC Goudy (sold by URW++), WTC Our Bodoni (with Massimo Vignelli), WTC Our Futura, WTC 145. Clones of Favrile abound: OPTI Favrile (Castcraft), Fascinate (NovelFonts), Francois (Serials).
  • At LSC (LSC stands for Lubalin Smith Carnase Inc, an agency he co-ran in the 70s), he created a number of typefaces such as LSC Book, LSC Condensed and LSC Caslon No. 223.
  • ITC Busorama, a geometric titling typeface that started with an ad for a bus company. Busorama, despite its innate ugliness, has been copied tens of times. Nick Curtis managed to turn it into an art deco typeface in 1999 with his Ritzy Normal.
  • With Herb Lubalin, he designed L&C Hairline (ca. 1966, VGC) and L&C Stymie Hairline (1973, VGC).
  • At ITC: ITC Manhattan (1970), ITC Avant Garde Gothic (with Herb Lubalin and Ed Benguiat, 1970), ITC Bolt Bold (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Gorilla (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Grizzly (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Grouch (with Ronne Bonder, 1970: this didone headline typeface was mimicked and extended in 2011 by Tomi Haaparanta as Grumpy Black), ITC Machine (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Pioneer (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Ronda (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Tom's Roman (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Fat Face Western, ITC Pioneer No. 2, ITC Honda, ITC Didi (a high contrast didone revived in 2013 by Jason Anthony Walcott as Domani CP), ITC Bernase Roman, and Milano (with Ronne Bonder).
  • L'Eggs, ca. 1969. A custom font for a line of hosiery to be called L'eggs by designer Roger Ferriter and Tom Carnase.
Author of Type: the best in digital classic text fonts (1995, Graphis, with Baruch Gorkin), about which Hrant Papazian writes: I just went through the Carnase/Gorkin book - I'd forgotten how lousy it is---please don't buy it.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

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Tom Tor

Tom Tor Studios has offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Designer in Los Angeles (b. 1985) of the themed display faces Tom Tor (2008, geometric sans), Pavadee (2008, free upright script), Khmer (2008, Khmer simulation face), Fugue (2008), Kampuchea (2008). He also made the pixel typeface Silom (2008). Tom Tor (b. 1975) lives in Angles. He writes: Formally trained in Communication Design and type designer, Tom Tor is visual rather the verbal. This is especially evident in Tor's Landmine Awareness poster design. Stark but symbolic images are used as the sole means of conveying the malicious cruelty brought on by leftover landmines. His work is strongly inspired by the Avant Garde art movements of Europe.

He was commissioned in 2009 to design S-21, a modernist face (in his own words). Sisamouth was designed in 2009.

In 2013, he designed the Latin typeface Chams and the geometric sans typeface Enso.

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Toni Hurme
[Hurme Design]

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Tony Geddes

Tony Geddes designed Flamenco Inline (Letraset and ITC, 1979) and Spotlight (Letraset and ITC, 1989). In 1968, he created the avant-garde typeface Capone. He was the co-chair with Dave Farey of Panache in London. He also made an athletic lettering typeface which was at the basis of Sis Boom Bah NF (2007, Nick Curtis). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

True Type Fonts
[Kaiser Zhar Khan]

Font archive run by Kaiser Zhar Khan (b. 1980) out of Chile. Aka Zanatilja. Kaiser also made a free African look face, downloadable from Dafont: sOuTh Afirkas 2100 (2009).

In 2012, he made Stickerman Bad Times, Rock X Start TFB, Aespiro TFB, Perspectivo TFB (3d face), Desgarvuda (textured face), Estancofida TFB (textured face), LEDisplay TFB, Restroom Signs TFB, Chinese Cally TFB, Discontinuo, Suast Ornad TFB (a textured face), Scoolar TFB (3d face), Katakana TFB, Hiragana TFB, Dragons TFB, Arrows TFB, Old Retro Keys TFB, Pycuaf, Pycuafodi, Dragon Ball TFB, Escaned (texture face), Chess TFB, Seagram TFB, Army Weapons TFB, Stamp Seal TFB, Logos TFB, Scripto TFB, Another Ornaments TFB, Vintage Auto Cars TFB, Simple (a monoline sans), Travesia TFB (information design dings), Music TFB (dingbats), Xmas Cartoon, Wings of Wind TFB, Mickey M TFB, Pincel Handwrite, Jigsaw Pieces TFB, Valentines Day TFB (heart dingbats), Proportional TFB (squarish sans), Stars TFB, Working Signs TFB, Signs Language TFB, Ornaments Labels and Frames, Snowflakes TFB, Christmas Nativity TFB, Chinese Zodiac TFB, Zodiac TFB, Only Skulls, Calendar Note TFB, Sports TFB (sports silhouettes), Old Retro Labels TFB, 11 Vator TFB, Xmas TFB (Christmas dings), Trees TFB, Clothing Logos TFB, Dirty Sweb, Can Dog TFB, Ornaments, Finger Print, Kitty Kats TFB, Batman Logo Evolution TFB, Light TFB (avant garde sans), Digital Display TFB (LED face), Skullx (dingbats), Tribal Tattoo (dingbats), Klingon, The Meme Font (dingbats), Rongorongo (a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island), Strangferfixcs, Hotel Transilvania and Frankenwine.

Typefaces made in 2013: Pudahuel Sans, Variada TFB (simple circle-and-arc-based sans), Estorea TFB, New LED Board TFB, Rayada TFB (textured face), New Barcode Font TFB, Estrellas TFB (stars), Estrellass (sic) TFB, Spirits Dots Drinks, Mero Ornad TFB (fishnet textured), Toolz TFB, New Stencil TFB, Logocarsbats TFB, Caritons TFB (smilies), Illustrations TFB (scanbats), Edgebat TFB (knives), Crossbats TFB (crosses), Abstrec TFB (organic sans), Frames TFB, BitxMap Font TFB, Austera Simple TFB, Traffic Signs TFB, Extranger Sol TFB, Rifle Bats TFB, New X Digital TFB (LED typeface family), Dasgastada TFB, El Alambre TFB, Punk Not Dead TFB, Triangled TFB, Noxtrey Auf TFB, Cross LED TFB (+Bold), Cursi Extra TFB, Hearts Shapes TFB, Ornamentsss TFB, Eggfaces TFB, Orniste TFB, Shadded TFB (sic) (shadow face), Spoghetti Western (sic) (Italian Far West face), Groovy Font (shaded), Fireguns TFB (dingbats), Only Revolver TFB (dingbats), Aeg Flyon Now (condensed sans), Espinuda TFB, T1 Logoso TFB, Social Logos TFB, Hearts and Flowers for valentines, Astrology Astrological TFB, Ornametss TFB, Astrology TFB, Old Ornaments, Old Foundry Prints TFB, Old seals TFB, English Two Line TFB (pearly alphabet from 1796), Amame TFB (dot matrix face), Fontesda TFB (sketched face), Flowers Dots Bats TFB, Queen Destroy TFB, Bicycle TFB (dingbats), Stone Army, Ancient Weapons TFB, Numismatic Bats TFB, Elizabethan Initials TFB, Anome Ibul, Big Daddy LED, Mavole Sinpo TFB (spurred), Dowted Remix TFB (dot matrix face), QR Font TFB, Another Barcode, Display Free TFB (LED face), Cadabra Debilex, Initials TFB, Music Logos TFB, Toxic Waste TFB, Ornad Dentro TFB, Logos and Logos TFB, Amore Mio, Hearts Shapes TFB, Another X Display TFB (dot matrix), Pro Display TFB (dot matrix), Juino Net, Quiwo Luse TFB, Aliencons Two, Cargante TFB, News Board TFB, Aliencons TFB, Barcode TFB, Birthday Balon TFB, Birds TFB (silhouettes), Le Fish (fish silhouettes), Motos TFB, Love You Too TFB (Valentine's day font), LED LCD 123, Noteame (fat sans), Badopus TFB (monoline script), Estrellado TFB, Love You TFB (Valentine's Day font), Cubs LED TFB (LED / dot matrix typeface), Text Inside TFB (textured face), Kuwa Ronmcie Q (circle-based face), Zebra TFB, Distrogrunge TFB, Carillas TFB (smilies).

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Tsuyoshi Nagae
[Third Entertainment]

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Type Associates
[Russell Bean]

Russell Bean (Type Associates of Pyrmont, Australia, est. 1993) is an Australian type designer (b. Parkes, NSW, 1947). He worked in many ad agencies and later in the studios of the local photolettering houses, redrawing typefaces for filmfont setting as well as hand-composing headlines using photo-mechanical devices.

In the early seventies, he designed a five-weight Ac=vant-Gardish family named Virginia (now also digitized).

He then worked for the Los Angeles studio of Lettergraphics International in charge of lettering, logo design and converting type designs to film fonts. It was at this time (1973) that the Washington Family was completed. Upon his return to Australia that year, he teamed up with a long time colleague to form a design and art group in Sydney.

Russell has been responsible for the creation of many Australian icons, including the Qantas logo. Russell Bean has served on the executive committees of The Australian Type Directors' Club and Australian Graphic Design Association.

Typefaces available from MyFonts include Bougainville (1994-2005, a condensed sans family), Fremantle (1994), Beanwood Script (1997, a calligraphic script codesigned with David Wood), Craigie Halpen, Eumundi Sans [also available in the Agfa Creative Alliance], Eumundi Serif, Linear, Melissa, Rhodamine Blue, Sanguine (2004, handwriting), Semaphone (brush writing), Washington (1973, art deco family--really nice geometric letterforms with at least one hairline weight), and Xaltier.

He designed ITC Christoph's Quill (2004), Billabong (2006, 1950s handlettering), Charleston Caps (2007, art deco) and the comic book lettering typeface Rhapsodie (2006).

In 2007, he added the Threepoints East, North and West sans faces.

About the Avant-Garde-style geometric sans family Virginia (2008), Bean writes: she was the most popular headline typeface around, at least in my home town in the year of her release circa 1970. That was the year my five-weight design won the inaugural (and only) Lettergraphics International Alphabet design competition and shut out 5000 competitors. Alas, Lettergraphics ceased to trade from its LA studios after the mid-80s and Virginia's two-inch film fonts were left to collect dust on the cutting room floor.

The Koomerang family and Karmel (flare-legged retro display) were added in 2008.

In 2009, Bean created Comp Sans 226, Argyle Rough, Empirical (12-style DIN-like sans family), Dotmap (pixel family) and Macquarie Heavy.

In 2010, he made the poster signage typeface Hangtime.

In 2013, he published the hand-printed typeface famiy Progeny.

He is associated with Keith Morris in the typefoundry Bean & Morris.

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Type Design International (or: TDI)

MyFonts lists this company as the owner of one typeface, Washington. That avant garde typeface is sold by URW++ as Washington D. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Ray Larabie]

Ray Larabie (b. 1970) 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: 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 humanistic 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ugur Genc

Graphic (1975, Istanbul) who studied at Mimar Sinan University. Behance link. He created the avant-garde typeface Just Letters (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Uusimaa Type Foundry Incorporated
[Steve Bird]

Experimental fonts developed by Steve (Stephen) Bird (aka Stehvelo), a Brit who has lived over 30 years near Helsinki. Direct download. The fonts:

  • Spyroclassic (2007): geometric text font. Its partner is Spyrogeometric (2007, avant-garde style).
  • Pixel faces: S64.
  • Display faces: Newsiren (2007), Spike (2007), Sfilth (2007), Santiako (2007, ultra-geometric sans), siren4 (2000), Splekta (2012, grotesk).
  • Scanbats: Stampere
  • Unicase: Bayer (2002, aka Sbayer), Chic (2002, aka Sheek).
  • Paperclip faces: Kaapeli (2002), Scable
  • Stencil faces: Sblock
  • Disturbing the *** fonts: Stratford (2007, an angular typeface designed on the basis the 2012 Olympics logo typeface by Gareth Hague), Snevil (2007, a sans based on Neville Brody's work for FACE: upper case and lower case letters of the same size).
  • Nice text faces: Smerkan (2007, his best face), Snidane (2007).
  • Rubber stamp fonts: Stamp
  • Experimental: Strzeminski (2007, a decorative futuristic font with two baselines, after a 1932 original by Jan Strzeminski).
  • Other: Slimbits (2014), Schalk (2012, chalky), Splekta (2012, grotesk sans), Pyoro (2002, a geometrical sans), Pyoroblur-Bold (2007), SBHandRegular (2007), Shrbitov (2012, based on letters seen on a memorial in Prague).
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Val Kalinic

Type designer in Zagreb, Croatia, b. 1996, Zagreb. Creator of the avant garde caps typeface Mauve (2012).

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Valdeir Souza

Aka Valdeir Junior and Junior Souza. Brazilian creator of the hexagonal faces Cubic (2011) and CubicRefit (2013) and the squarish typeface Tower (2013). In 2014, he created the avant garde sans typeface Poets. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victoria Salsas Dejuan

Vicky Salsas was born in Barcxelona in 1989, and obtained a Masters in fashion design from the London College of fashion, as wiell as a degree from EINA in Barcelona. In 2011, she designed the avant garde typeface Borwicks. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Viktor Hammarberg

Karlskrona, Sweden-based designer of the rune simulation typeface Fort Wendy (2014), The Medic (2014), Coco Puff (2014), Maniac (2014: avant garde), Agony (2014: hairline circle-based experimental typeface), Acne (2014), and the hairline sans typeface Galacticastle (2014).

Dafont link. Aka Viktor Hamburger. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Viktor Kharyk

Ukrainian designer, b. Kiev, 1957. Graduate of the Senior College for Print and Design in Kiev in 1982. Viktor became art director at Sphera in Kiev. Main type designer at Düsseldorf-based company Unique GmbH since 1998. He designs Armenian, Greek, Georgian, Devanagari, Hebrew, Cyrillic and Arabic fonts. His work:

  • At Elsner and Flake, he published EF Bilibin (2004, uncial), EF Abetka (2004), EF Gandalf (2004, uncial), Bilbo (2004-2008, an uncial family), Kiev EF (2002), Lanzug EF (2002, letters as zippers), Rose Deco EF (2001), EF Elf (2002, imitating Tolkien's writing), EF Deco Uni (2001-2004), EF Deco Akt Light (2001-2004), EF Fairy Tale (2003-2008, caps face), EF Varbure (2004, an experimental family), Rose Garden EF (2001, initial caps ornamented with roses; the text is uncial), and Viktors Raven EF (a spectacular caps font with letters made out of a raven).
  • At MasterFont: Abetka MF (1999, with Alexeev), Kiev MF (1976-2003), and Netta MF (1999, text family). These fonts have Latin and Hebrew components.
  • At Paratype, he published Uni Opt (2007, Op Art letters based on free brush technique similar to experimental lettering of the early decades of the 20th century; for instance to Graficheskaya Azbuka (Graphic ABC) by Peter Miturich and works by Victor Vasareli), Joker (1978, a subtractive font---since 2000, also in Cyrillic, Latin, Hebrew, Greek, Georgian, Armenian and Arabic), Blooming Meadow (2007, flowery ornaments), Bogdan Rejestrowy and Bogdan Siczowy (2006, based on Ukrainian Skoropis (fast handwriting) of the 16th and 17th centuries, and named after Ukrainian Getman Bogdan Khmelnitsky. The character set contains Cyrillic, Old Slavonic, Glagolitic, Latin and Greek alphabets), Lidia (2006, a lined engraving typeface based on a 1967 font by Iraida Chepil for Polygraphmash).
  • At 2D Typo: Florentin 2D (2011, angular family), New Hotinok 2D (2010, with Henadij Zarechnijuk).
  • Other work: Simeon 2D (2011, 2D Typo), some fonts at Face Typesetting (1970s), Getto (1970s), White Raven (2002), Handwritten Poluustav Ioan Cyrillic (1999-2001), Letopis (1983), New Zelek (1980s), UniAkt (2001, based on Unifont, an erotic caps face, done with Natalia Makievska).
  • Free fonts at Google Web Fonts, published via Cyreal: Iceberg (2012, octagonal).
  • Cyrillizations by Viktor Kharyk: Data 70 (1976; original from 1970 by R. Newman), ITC American Typewriter, Bullion Shadow (1984; of the shadow font Bullion Shadow (1978; original from 1970 by Face Photosetting), Calypso (1984; of Excoffon's 1958 original), Lazybones (1980s; of a 1972 Letraset font with the same name), Glagolitic (1983, Elvira Slysh, digitized in 2003), Augustea (1947, Allessandro Butti), Stencil (after a 1938 typeface by R.H. Middleton called Stencil), Columna (1980s; after Max Caflisch's original from 1955), Sistina (1951, Hermann Zapf), Weiss Kapitale (1935, Emil Rudolf Weiss), Vivaldi (1965, Friedrich Peter), ITC Tiffany (1974, Ed Benguiat, digitized in 1995), ITC Bookman Herb Lubalin (1974, digitized in 1980s), Berthold Cyrillic Helvetica Cyrillic (1980), Churchward Galaxy (1970s, J. Churchward, digitized in 1980s), Olive Bold Condensed (1980s, original of Roger Excoffon in 1962-1966), Motter Ombra (1980, original by O. Motter in 1975), Sinaloa (1981, original by Odermatt and Tissi in 1972), Serif Gothic (1990, original by Herb Lubalin and Tony DiSpigna in 1974), Dynamo (1980s, original of K. Sommer in 1930), EF Gimli and EF Gloin (2004-2010, mediaeval faces done at Elsner&Flake together with Marina Belotserkovskaja).

At TypeArt 01, he won first prize with Varbur Grotesque (1999-2001, with Natalia Makeyeva), third prize with Joker (1970-2000), and honorable mention with Abetka. At TypeArt 05, he received awards for UniOpt (2002, Kafkaeqsue Op Art display style) and Blooming Meadow (dingbats). In 2009, his 2006 digitization of Anatoly Shchukin's 1968 typeface Ladoga (+Text, +Display, +Ladoga Armenian) won an award at Paratype K2009.

At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki he spoke about Ukrainian fonts. At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, his talk is entitled Old Slavic alphabets and new fonts. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke (well, was supposed to speak) on Old Roman Styles and Cyrillic. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, where he explains the development and multilingual extensions of Ladoga.

MyFonts page. Victor's friends: a Ukrainian/Russian news blog. FontShop link. Author of Non-Latin Fonts Cyrillic and Other (2004, Düsseldorf).

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Venezuelan designer of these retail typefaces in 2014: Itzal, Itzal Simple (avant-garde sans family), Travel Icon Font, Silver, Gallium, Viruta, Auvin (art deco), Couloir. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vit Brunner
[Tasuki's blog]

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Vivian Hunag

Vivian Hunag (Rosemead, CA) created the avant-garde sans typeface Eureka in 2014 during her studies at LACHSA. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vladimir Vendiktorich Yefimov

Vladimir Yefimov (b. Moscow, 1949, d. Moscow, 2012) was the art director and a co-founder of ParaType, Ltd., Moscow (since 1992; before that, starting in 1988, it was called ParaGraph, and he had been staff designer there since its inception). He lectured on type design at the Stroganov Higher School of Arts and Crafts, Moscow (1995-96) and the Higher Academical School of Graphic Design, Moscow (1997-98). He worked at the type department of NPO Polygraphmas (1973-1991). He is the designer of many Cyrillic typefaces, and several Indian, Greek, and Hebrew typefaces, and author on typography and type design.

His faces include Bitstream Kis Cyrillic, AdverGothic (1989, after Advertisers Gothic by Robert Wiebking from 1917), Futuris, Futura PT (1991, 22 styles in all, after Renner's famous 1927 design), Compact (1991, ParaGraph, based on Anons by Gennady Baryshnikov), Decor (1989, after a typeface by Gennady Baryshnikov), Zhikharev (1989, after a 1953 original by Igor Zhikharev), Arthur (1994, TypeMarket, based on Agfa Marigold by Arthur Baker, 1989), Fraktura (1987, a Latin Fraktur typeface based on Justus E. Walbaum's Walbaum Fraktur), PT Didona (1992), PT ITC True Grit (1997, a Cyrillic version of Michael Stacey's ITC True Grit from 1995), PT Octava (2000, earlier (1996) called Scriptura Russica, a family commissioned by the Russian Bible Society and based on Lectura, 1969, by Dick Dooijes and Stone Print, 1991, by Sumner Stone. Octava won the Grand Prix of the Golden Biennale in 1996), Standard Poster (1992, based on a design from 1986 at Polygraphmash, inspired in turn by the fat didone style of the Ossip Lehmann type foundry (St.Petersburg)), Mason Sans Cyrillic (2002, Paratype, extending the Mason Sans family of Barnbrook at Emigre (1992)), Petersburg (1992), PT Compact (1991), PT ITC Fat Face (1993, with the help of Gennady Baryshnikov), PT ITC Zapf Chancery (1993, with the help of Gennady Baryshnikov), PT ITC Flora (1993, with help from Emma Zakharova, an extension of Unger's 1989 font ITC Flora), PT Pragmatica (1989, with Alexander Tarbeev and later Isabella Chaeva), the Cyrillic version of ITC Avant Garde Gothic (Paratype, 1993), the Cyrillic version of ITC Charter (1999, called PT ITC Charter) and the Cyrillic version of Barnbrook's Mason. He oversaw the development of the PT Sans and PT Serif superfamilies in 2010-2011. PT Serif was codesigned with Olga Umpeleva and Alexandra Korolkova.

In 2012, Isabella Chaeva and Vladimir Yefimov created a Cyrillic version of Roundhand BT (1966, Matthew Carter) for ParaType. The typeface was posthumously released. Yefimov Serif (2014) is a contemporary serif face, with low contrast, squarish shapes of round glyphs and emphasized business-like nature. It is one of the last original faces by Vladimir Yefimov. The typeface was completed by Maria Selezeneva and released by ParaType in 2014.

Adam Twardoch's announcement of his death: Today, the co-founder of ParaType, prolific type designer and teacher Vladimir Yefimov has died in Moscow. Both his original typefaces and his masterful Cyrillic extensions of existing Latin faces were truly impressive. He even attempted multi-script extensions such as that of ITC Avant Garde. Among my favorite text faces (or actually, serif screen faces) is Vladimir's Octava. Matthew Carter praised Vladimir's Cyrillic version of ITC Charter, which I think is one of the finest Cyrillic alphabets ever designed. I was also very fond of Vladimir's Cyrillic extension of Kis, which John Hudson described as "one of his favourite Cyrillic text types as well as a remarkable exercise in historic imagination." Vladimir often collaborated with other designers, many of them were his former students. One of the last projects that he participated in was the monumental PT Sans and PT Serif project. But he was not only dedicated, skillful and artistically refined---but also kind, generous, modest, warm and funny. I first met him in 1998 at the ATypI Lyon conference, and greatly enjoyed all the subsequent occasions that I could spend some time with him. It's been a great pleasure and a true privilege knowing him (a bit).

Brief CV. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about the origin and history of Cyrillic letters. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about designing Latin/Cyrillic fonts.

Obituary by Maxim Zhukov.

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German designer (b. 1987) in 2007 of Avant Garde Black (kitchen tile style, no downloads) and Cow.Cow (2007, ultra-black wood style Egyptian). The guts of the font have the font name Cowboys and the designer name of Dennis Ludlow, so this may be derived in some way, I guess. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wagner Alves

Graphic designer in Criciuma and Florianopolis, Brazil, b. 1989. Creator of the monoline avant garde sans typeface Caos Light (2010), the handrprinted Mierda (2011), and the minimalist organic typeface Nawger Sans (2011). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Walter Cyliax

Avant garde era type designer, who created the poster stencil typeface Europa (1928). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wenii Z

Tijuana, Mexico-based designer of the avant-garde typeface Weniis (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Werner Affolter
[Affolter und Gschwind AG]

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Wesley M. Pastrana
[Weslo Fonts]

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Wesley Sharp

During his studies in Savannah, GA, Wesley Sharp created the thin avant-garde Aphrodite Sans typeface (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Weslo Fonts
[Wesley M. Pastrana]

Weslo Fonts is the foundry of Wesley M. Pastrana, a San Juan, Puerto Rico-based graphic designer (b. 1989).

He designed the didone family Malibu (2010), the sans family Dark Moon, the avant garde typeface Demon Breeze (2010, renamed Devil Breeze), the unicase sans family Wet Dreamz (2010), and the display typeface Illegal Curves nd Orgasmo (octagonal), Galactik (sci-fi) and Rewind in 2010. In 2014, he published Avant Retro (art deco) and Olim Futura.

Several fonts can be downloaded here. Fontspace link. Dafont link (under the name Illegal Curves). Home page. Klingspor link. Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Wiescher Design
[Gert Wiescher]

Gert Wiescher was born in Braunsbach am Kocher, Germany, in 1944. Based in München, Gerd Wiescher designed many classy and classic Bodoni families, as well as New Yorker Type (1985). All of his typefaces are carefully fine-tuned and balanced. Wiescher founded first Munich Type and then Wiescher Design and Autographis. He is known as a hard, fast and prolific worker. His exquisite faces can be bought at MyFonts. Catalog of his bestselling typefaces. Interview in 2008. Wikipedia page. List of faces:

  • Scripts: Triana (2014, a thin monoline penmanship script), Floral Script (2014, copperplate style script), Sherlock Script (2014: this comes with Sherlock Stuff (fingerprints) and Sherlock Stuff Dots (ink stains)), Felicita (2013, a swashy copperplate script), Vividangelo (2013, after the handwriting of a real person), Dreamline (2013, connected monoline cursive wedding scripts in A, B and C styles), Fiorentina (2012, a renaissance style script with 650 characters), Excelsia Pro (2012), Delicia Pro (2012, a fat bruishy signage script), Nono (2011, formal swashy calligraphic family), Dyane (2011), Penn (2011), Lettera (2011, hand-drawn formal face), Tosca (2010, a high-contrast calligraphic typeface with 730 glyphs), Grandcafe (2010), Loulou (2010, curly and of extreme contrast), Schoolblock (2010, hand-printed school font), Grandezza (2010, calligraphic family; +Xtra), Sixtra (2010, a curly didone script), English Script (2010, classic Spencerian calligraphic script), Savage Initials (2009), Morning News (2009), Revolte (2009, a brush script for demonstration signs), Estelle (2009), Scriptofino (2008, 4 calligraphic styles to give Zapfino a run for its money), Exprima (2008), Daiquiri (2008), Lisa Bella, Lisa Fiore and Lisa Piu (2008, connected and calligraphic), Tati (2008), Movie Script (2007), Cake Script (2007), Eddy (2007, grungy calligraphy), Pointino (2007), Bohemio (2007, a great oriental-brush script), Artegio (2007, two calligraphic scripts), Xylo (2006, in the tradition of the 18th-century English calligrapher George Bickham and the 19th-century American calligrapher Platt Rogers Spencer), Tamara (2005, art-deco script based on some initials for Semplicita made in the 1930s by the Nebiolo foundry), Tecon, Ellida (2005, inspired by the elaborate scripts of 18th-century English calligrapher George Bickham, with additional influences from 19th-century American calligrapher Platt Rogers Spencer), Eloise (2009, a high-contrast version of Ellida), Nadine Script (2005, an elegant script inspired by a set of initials the French designer and artist Bernard Naudin drew for Deberny&Peignot in the 1920s), Royal Classic (2005, unbelievable script based on a design that has initially been comissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria for in-house-use), DesignerScript, Filzer Script (1995, handwriting), Futuramano-Condensed-Bold, Futuramano-Condensed, Futuramano-Plain, Futuramano-Thin, Giambattista, Scriptissimo-Plain, Scriptissimo-Forte, Scriptissimo-Swirls, Squickt (1989), Konstantin A, B and C (2005), Konstantin Forte (2005), MyScript, GrocersScript, Swanson (2006). Scriptissimo (2004) has versions named Start, Middle and End, tweaked for their position in the word, and there are plenty of ligatures. Check also Bodoni Classic Chancery (2007) and Bodonian Script (2012).
  • Sans: Nota (2015, technical and cold), Dylan Condensed (2014), Dylan Copperplate (2014), Supra (2013, grotesk: Supra Thin is free. See also Supra Condensed (2013), Supra Mezzo (2013, between regular and condensed), Supra Extended (2013) and Supra Classic (2014)), Supra Demiserif (2013, slab serif derived from Supra), Dylan (geometric sans), Franklin Gothic Raw (2013, like Franklin Gothic but with raw, not rough, outlines, only visible at very large sizes), Blitz (2012, a flared family), Blitz Condensed (2012), Contra Sans (2011, which led to Contra Slab, Contra Condensed and Contra Flare), Vedo (2011, a Bauhaus style family that include a hairline weight), Germania (2011, a useful and beautiful monoline sans family), Geometa (2011, +Rounded, +Rounded Deco, +Deco: all based initially on Renner's Futura), Geometra Rounded (2011, a rounded family based on Futura and "much less boring than DIN"), Bombelli (2010, ultra-wide architect's hand), Bluenote Demi (2010, a grungy Franklin Gothic Condensed), Perfect Sketch (2010, sketched grotesque), Unita (2009), Antea (2009), Eterna (2009, sans with a swing), Pura (2008, an uncomplicated grotesk family), Purissima (2010, a decorated extension of Pura; +Bold), Copperplate Gothic Hand (2009, after a 1901 design by Goudy), Copperplate Alt (2011), Copperplate Wide (2011), FranklinGothicHandDemi (+Shadow), Franklin GothicHandCond (2009), Franklin Gothic Condensed Shadow Hand (2010), and Franklin Gothic Hand Light (2009, a hand-drawn version of Franklin Gothic), Papas (2005, sturdy, slightly curly), Julienne (2005, a condensed sans family), Cassandra (1996, an art deco style after Adolphe Mouron Cassandre), Cassandra Plus (2012), Ela Sans (2005, a large family), Mondial-Bold (2004), Mondial-Demi, Mondial-Light, Mondial-Medium, Mondial-Normal, Mondial-XBold, Monem-Bold, Monem-Medium, Monem-Normal, Monem-Roman.
  • Serif: Imperia (2011, a Trajan column caps face), Monogramma (2012, a Trajan family for monograms), Imperium (2005, a precursor of Imperia with a Relief shadow style included), Hard Times (2011), Fat Times (2011, retraced Times), Elegia (2011, slightly Victorian family), Breathless (2010, a spiky family, inspired by nouvelle vague movie posters), Bodoni Classic 1, Bodoni Classic 2, Bodoni Classic 3, BodoniClassic-Condensed, BodoniClassic-Handdrawn, BodoniClassic-Swashes, BodoniClassic-Text, Bodoni Classic Deco, Bodoni Classic Swirls (2009), Bodoni Classic Pro (2011), Bodoni Classic Inline (2012), Bodoni Classic Fleurs (2014, ornamental caps), Bodoni Comedia (2010, one of my favorites: a funny "live one day at a time" curly Bodoni cocktail), Bodoni Classic Swing (2010), Bodoni Classic Free Style (2010, curly), Bodoni Classic Ultra (2010), La Bodoni Plain (+Italic, 2008), Take Five (2005, a jazzy take on Bodoni Classic), DonnaBodoniAa, DonnaBodoniBe, and DonnaBodoniCe (three scripts named after Bodoni's wife, Margharita dell'Aglio, who published his complete works, the Manuale Tipografico, in 1818, five years after his death), Edito, Robusta. A great series, some of which were originally published at Fontshop, see, e.g., FFBodoniClassic (1994). MyFonts: When the first of Wiescher’s Bodoni Classic fonts came out in the 1993, there was nothing like it. Up to then, virtually all Bodoni revivals had been given clear-cut forms and square serifs. But Bodoni’s originals from the late 1800s were never as straight and simplistic as is often assumed: they had rounded serifs and slightly concave feet. Wiescher digitized a wide range of Bodoni letterforms, including a wonderful script-like family called Chancery and a nice series of Initials. Having accomplished his mission twelve years later, he began making personal additions to the family, such as the more decorative Bodoni Classic Swashes. Recently a useful little family was added to the clan: LaBodoni is sturdier and less optically delicate than most Bodonis, and therefore more usable as a text face. Wiescher made Metra Serif (2009), Principe (2008) and Paillas (2009). Prince (2009) is a curlified didone.
  • Romain du roi: In 2008, Wiescher designed the two-style Royal Romain, which is based on the Romain du Roi of Philippe Grandjean, which was completed in 1745 after Grandjean's death by Grandjean's successor Jean Alexandre and Louis Luce. Wiescher: The Romain du Roi was for the exclusive use of the Louis XIV. It was never sold or given to any other king or government. The king of Sweden tried to scrounge a set, but the king refused. This font is the basic design for such famous fonts as the Fournier and Bodoni. Just so the Romain du Roi doesn't get lost in the digital turmoil I set out to redesign it in 2004 and finished now in early 2008. I did a lot of research in France's National Library. A good excuse to visit Paris is always welcome!!!
  • Engravers: iDylan Copperplate (2014), Cavaliere (2010), Guilloche A (2009), Guilloche B (2013, op-art borders), CopperplateClassic-Plain, CopperplateClassic-Round, CopperplateClassic-Sans, Copperplate Classic Light Floral (2009), Cimiez-Bold, Cimiez-Roman (2004), Ela-Demiserif, Ela-Sans (2004), Eleganza (2008).
  • Blackletter/Fraktur: Renais (2011, renaissance initials), Flipflop (2011), Fraktura and Fraktura Plus (2008), Royal Bavarian (2004, based on a typeface commissioned by King Ludwig 1st of Bavaria about 1834), Royal Blossom (2009), Royal Bavarian Fancy (2004), Bold Bavarian (2010, a heavy version of Royal Bavarian), Monkeytails (2008), Fat Fritz (2006, rounded endings), Ayres Royal (2005, blackletter typeface based on drawings of London's calligrapher John Ayres, ca. 1700; to be used with RoyalBavarian; followed in 2010 by BoldAyres).
  • Slab serif: Egyptia (2010), Egyptia Rounded (2010).
  • Typewriter: Lettera (2014), Lectra (2011), QuickType-Bold, QuickType-Plain, QuickType-Sans.
  • Decorative: Franklin Gothic Raw Semi Serif (2015), Frank Woods (2013, letterpress simulation based on Franklin Gothic Heavy), Ohio Bold (2012, a rough headline type in the tradition of Louis Oppenheim's Lo-Type from 1913), Viking Initials (2012), Cannonball (2012, a psychedelic typeface derived from a jazz record-sleeve for Cannonball Adderley), Byblos (2011, derived from the logo of St. Tropez's famous Hotel Byblos), Blockprint (2013, early 1900 German expressionist grunge face, renamed Bannertype after 24 hours), Ferrus (2010, inspired by Cassandre's Acier Noir, 1936), Petite Fleur (2009, flowery embellishments and the capitals of his redesigned Royal Romain, which in turn is based on the famous romain du roi), Glass Light (2012, a decoirative art nouveau type family based on Glass Light by Franz Paul Glass, 1912), Penstroxx (2009, 5 fonts that are based on the powerful, expressive Traits de plume (penstrokes) designed in Paris around 1930 by Alfred Latour), Liquoia A, B and C (2008, decorative scripts), Modernista (2008, an art nouveau headline face, based on an 1898 sample by Peter Schnorr), Ornata A, B, C, D, E, F and G (2008-2009: ornaments), Fleuraloha (2008), Floralissimo (2008: flowery ornaments), Frank Flowers (2011), Scrolls A (2010, penman's dingbats), Bacterio (2007), Alpha Bravo, Alpha Charlie, Alpha Echo (2006), Barracuda, Cacao (2005, fifties style), Cassandre Initials (2004, Elsner&Flake, after the 1927 original by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre), Contype, Fleurie (2005), Fleurons Two (2006), Fleurons Three (2006), Fleurons Four (2006), Fleurons Initials (2007), Fleurons Six (2008), Fleuron Labels (2008), HebrewLatino, Julius, Lunix (2006), MyHands, NewYorkerType (1985; extended in 2011 to NewYorker Plus; after Rea Irvin's well-known typeface for The NewYorker), Venice Initials (2006, after a 15th century find, but Wiescher added about half of the caps), Ventoux, Vivian (2005), Woody.
  • Pixel and/or futuristic: Nexstar (2013: this octagonal typeface is also useful or athletic lettering), Alpha Fox (2007), Alpha Juliet (2010), Alpha Papa (2010), Alpha Square (2010), Alpha Jazz (2010), Alpha Papa (2010, LED meets stencil).
  • Stencil faces: Dripps (2010, handpainted, perhaps brutalist), Red Tape Plus (2014).
  • Comic book fonts or brush fonts: Caboom (2014).
  • Dingbats: Wayside Ornaments (2012), XX Century Ornaments (2012), Thistle Borders (2012), Greenaway Mignonettes (2012, after Kate Greenaway (1846-1901), author and illustrator of childrens books), Collins Florets (2012), Flourishes A (2010), Jingle Doodles (2010).
  • Commissioned and special typefaces include a version of the logotype for the Munich's newspaper Abendzeitung, a Cyrillic version of Bodoni Classic for Vogue Moscow, a special Bodoni Classic for Ringier Publishers in Zurich, and Red Tape, a typeface that is on permanent exhibition at the German National Library in Leipzig.

Author of many books, including Zeitschriften & Broschüren (Systhema-Verlag, München, 1990), Schriftdesign (Systhema-Verlag, München, 1991), and Blitzkurs Typografie (Systhema-Verlag, München, 1992).

The following text was excerpted from his wikipedia page: At 14 years of age, Wiescher went to Paris to study fine art. He financed his stay by doing portraits on the Place du Tertre on Montmartre. In the sixties Wiescher studied graphic design at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. (Since November 2001, Berlin University of the Arts.) He financed his studies by sidewalk painting and drawing portraits. While doing sidewalk paintings, he met the typeface designer Erik Spiekermann, who inspired his love of this branch of design. After two years he quit his studies, and went to Barcelona where he worked at the offices of Harnden & Bombelli, for whom he designed the OECD-Pavilion of the 1970 Osaka World Expo. In 1972 he moved on to Johannesburg working as an art director at Grey and Young advertising . In 1975, he returned to Germany, working first for DFS+R-Dorland, and then for the "Herrwerth & Partner" ad agency. At Herrworth, he was involved in introducing IKEA into the German market. In 1977 he became a creative partner in the Lauenstein & Partner ad agency, creating mainly campaigns for large German retail chains. In 1982 he started his own design office, creating work for editors (Markt & Technik, Systhema and Langen-Müller-Herbig), computer companies (House of Computers, FileNet) and he worked for Apple Computers designing their publications (Apple-Age and Apple-LIVE).

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William Christie

During his studies at Adam Smith College, Leven, UK-based William Christie designed the thin avant-garde sans typeface Linear (2013), Shock (2013, experimental), and the heavy titling typeface Ten Commandments (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Japanese designer of the free hairline avant garde typeface Ginkgo Cut (2012), and of the monospaced pixel typeface Quadrats (2012, 8px bitmap format only).

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WoodardWorks Type Design (was: Robby Woodard Design and Illustration)
[Robby Woodard]

Robby Woodard is the Fresno, CA-based designer of fonts at Garagefonts such as Clarice (2004, a lapidary semi-sans with 16 weights), Arbuckle (2001-2003, fat comic book style; see Black, Bright: bubblegum typefaces), Clairmont (2002, a huge sans serif family), Dixon (2001, a monoline sans family with a hairline weight), Elkhorn, Fargon (2002, avant-garde family), P22 Hedonic (2003, a delicate slab serif family), Montclaire (2003, an interesting way of adding serifs to a sans serif font) and Bancroft (2000). At the L'ab [dead link], he designed the avant garde family Ashby (2001). He is working on Wiggins (2004) and Laconic (2007, a severe-looking futuristic sans). Alternate URL. Other fonts: Inyo (a high contrast slab serif), Joachim (Basque style), Kritter (mythological dings), Veggieburger (cartoon caption font with hints of Tekton), Nudgewink (2010, P22, a bouncy comic book face), Clarice (2001-2009, a lapidary (flared serif) family, Garagefonts). FontShop link. Myfonts link. Laconic and Veggieburger are free at Fontsquirrel. Fontspace link. Klingspor link. Kernest link.

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WSI: Weatherly Systems Inc
[Mike Charness]

Mike Charness's Huntsville, AL-based foundry used to offer a huge number of handwriting fonts, and thousands of other fonts at rock bottom prices, in all font formats. It stopped selling fonts to end users or licensing fonts for redistribution in 2003, but continues OEM work.

Lists of font names:

  • Robert Long discussed the fonts, and mentioned in some cases the original fonts they were modeled after (read: copied, tweaked and renamed).
  • A partial list found in internet archives and corrected by Character is here. A list annotated by Robert Long and kindly sent to me by Richard George, is here.
  • Michael Yanega published a list of the WSI Hand names and their equivalences on the ClickArt Handwritten Fonts CD.
  • Ulrich Stiehl provides a further list and explanations: Anastasia is Anna, Avian is Avant Garde, Basset is Baskerville, Bastian is Buster, Boston is Bodoni, Bulletin is Flyer, Aladdin is Legende, Palisade is Palatino, and so forth.

WSI had barcode fonts, MICR fonts (such as CheckNums-MICR), some foreign language fonts, and many dingbats. The full collection could at one point be downloaded here. The handwriting font collection (known as WSI Hand) was downloadable from here, here and here. Apparently, these whandwriting fonts ere obtained by first selling a handwriting font service, and then selling a CD with the created fonts.

WSI is no longer selling fonts and has this ironic line: WSI's fonts are not freeware, but are commercial software protected by copyright. Now, how did WSI start up its business? I quote from this archived page: We don't sell directly to end users, but rather provide fonts to software publishers who sell our fonts under their own labels. Current and past licensees include PowerUp, Spinnaker, SoftKey, Wayzata, Canon, Fuji, Epson, Serif, Borland, Novell, Maxis, Cosmi, Xoom, Dynamix/Sierra Online, Synergistic Software, Expert Software, IMSI, Parsons Technology, MySoftware, Abstract Software, Dunlop Corp., Case Inc., GraphicCorp, CAI, Creative Wonders, The Learning Company, Current Inc., Pierian Springs Software, Lookout World, Palladium Interactive, Philips Publishing, AIG, Asymetrix, Media Graphics, Knowledge Adventure, WIZ Technology, Paper Direct, Sanctuary Woods Multimedia, GST/GSP, Baudville, Zedcor, and many others.

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www.uncia.de (was: uncifonts)
[Tobias Benjamin Köhler]

Tobias Benjamin Köhler at the Technical University of Dresden created the (free) Eurofurence family by combining Kabel and Malvern (a metafont by P. Damian Cugley), the monospace screen-lookalike font Monofur (with Greek and Cyrillic thrown in as well), the avant-garde sans serif Unifur, the Pagebox font, and BahnhofsFutura (2002) (a modification of Paul Renner's Futura as used in West-German railway stations from 1950-1980: Deutsche Bundesbahn). The page offered Malvern as well, but all the fonts seem to have gone now.

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Yannick Heimendinger

During his studies, Yannick Heimendinger (Colomiers, France) created two typefaces that are derived from Avant Garde Gothic (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yasmin Osman

Cairo-based designer of the avant-garde Latin / Arabic sans typeface Arual (2013) and of the Arabic typeface Kutting Edge (2013). She also made a series of icons called Slurp (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yavuz Selim Can

Istanbul-based graphic designer. Behance link. Another Behance link. Creator of a number of typefaces, including this one (2010) and the avant-garde sans typeface Gnostic (2011). Flickr link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yi Min
[Neo Font]

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Yorlmar Campos
[RNS Fonts (was: Impacto Laser, or: SuperFlexia)]

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Yun Gonzalez
[G3 Typefaces (or: TechFonts LatAm)]

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Yuri Ferrari

Graphic designer in Lecco, Italy. In 2010, he designed Nervo Ottico 1, a (free) sans typeface that was inspired by Herb Lubalin's Avant Garde. It was part of Yuri's type design course project at Politecnico di Milano, done under the guidance of Andrea Braccaloni. Nervo Ottico 2 was made by co-sdtudent Roberta Donatini. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zhalgas Kassymkulov
[Architaraz Type]

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Zoltan Zeman

Graphic designer in Eger, Hungary who created the slab serif version of Arial called S-Arial (2014) for a school project. Other typefaces include Guriga (2014, an outlined display typeface), Plutonium (2014, an avant-garde sans family) and Terembura (2014, a wedge-serifed typeface). All his fonts are free. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿