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Avant Garde typefaces
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:
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:
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).
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] ⦿
Prague-based designer of 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. [Google] [More] ⦿
Adult Human Male
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.
Affolter und Gschwind AG
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 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.
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: 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.
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] ⦿
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 (Brookly, New York) created the avant-garde family Courtney Crawford (2012).
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] ⦿
Marquette, MI-based creator of the thin avant-garde sans typeface Fondant (2012).
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] ⦿
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.
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).
Andres Moreno Walter
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: 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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Canadian designer of the artsy avant garde caps display typeface Vienna Extended (1989, Letraset).
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 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.
Typefaces from 2014: AT Diagona, AT Golovkin (stencil typeface named after middleweight boxer Gennady GGG Golovkin), AT Arachis (stencil), AT Tugan (fat rounded sans), AT Yertegi, Giveaway, 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.
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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] ⦿
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.
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.
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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 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. King (2013) is an alchemic EPS forrmat typeface family.
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.
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.
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
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] ⦿
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).
Typeface classification according to "British Standards 2961:1967" (or BS 2961), British Standards Institution, London, 1967.
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] ⦿
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
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:
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).
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.
CAT Design Wolgast
Wolgast-based type designer Peter Wiegel (b. 1955) runs CAT Design Wolgast. Designer of these free fonts:
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)).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
Designer in Pleasantville, NY. She created the geometric monoline avant-garde typeface Lemoncake (2012).
Type designer from Modena, Italy, b. 1969. Designer of these fonts:
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.
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
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] ⦿
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.
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.
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.
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] ⦿
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.
David A. Occhino
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 M. Debus
David Occhino Design (was: Treehouse Graphic Design)
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:
Born in 1986, David Rudnick is a graphic designer in the UK. He created quite a number of typefaces ca. 2013. These include:
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
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] ⦿
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).
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.
Favorite fonts as listed by designers, with votes tallied:
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.
Dick Pape: February 2013
In February 2013, Dick Pape published a number of typefaces grouped together here. Local download page. The typefaces:
Dick Pape: Initials
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).
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.
Art director in Athens, Greece. Creator of the hairline avant garde typeface Mythont (2013).
As posted on abf by Diogene:
Douglas F. Olena
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.
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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Dave Trooper (New Jersey) was associated with the photo type foundry VGC. Almost 40 years later, he set up his own digotal typefoundry, DTrooper Foundry, which publishes digital versions of his typefaces. Creator of these typefaces:
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] ⦿
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.
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:
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.
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<.a> (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.
Madrid-based designer of the avant-garde sans caps typeface En Serio (2012).
Emily Moore (Rochester, NY) created an experimental shadow caps typeface called Houdin (2012), based on Avenir.
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] ⦿
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.
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] ⦿
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.
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).
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).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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).
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.
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.
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] ⦿
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 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!
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 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.
FontArte (was: Magdart Fonts)
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:
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).
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.
Fountain--A Friendly Type Foundry
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, 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).
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] ⦿
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)
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] ⦿
G3 Typefaces (or: TechFonts LatAm)
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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 2013, that number decreased to three, GT Walsheim, GT Haptik and GT Pressura. GT Pressura was designed in 2013 by Moiré and Dominik Huber.
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] ⦿
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). FontShop link. Linotype link. Klingspor link.
Parisian designer. Behance link.
Graphic designer in Valencia. Creator of Fairfont, an avant garde style typeface codesigned with Alicia Raya, Cristina Bonora and Dailos Pérez.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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.
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] ⦿
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.
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).
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] ⦿
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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 M. Harris
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:
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] ⦿
Jeff Levine: Additional typefaces
This is a list of fonts by Jeff Levine not categorized anywhere else on my pages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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] ⦿
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).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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] ⦿
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
Graphic design student in Monterrey, Mexico.
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).
Japanese graphic designer in Barcelona, where he studied at Eina. His typefaces:
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.
KLIM (or: Klim Type Foundry)
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:
Koelooptiemanna Productions (was: KosteX)
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).
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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.
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] ⦿
Underfundig is her studio in Norway.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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).
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).
Graphic designer and illustrator (b. Southampton, UK, 1993) who studied graphic design at University College Falmouth.
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.
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] ⦿
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).
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] ⦿
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 2014: Tranquila (grungy), Blackbook 3rd (graffiti brush face), Bobby Corwin, Outlier (sci-fi face).
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] ⦿
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
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.
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:
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 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).
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:
Mr. Black Fonts
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).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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.
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.
Nick Curtis: Commercial avant garde faces
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.
Nick Curtis: Commercial faces
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'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.
Nick Curtis: Typefaces from 2014
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).
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] ⦿
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.
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).
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.
Open Source Publishing (or: OSP)
Free software project based in Belgium and run by four people (and I quote from their web page):
Papanapa is a Sao Paulo-based multidisciplinary design studio founded by Gustavo Garcia. Designer of these typefaces:
The main digital type foundry from Russia. It also develops and distributes font oriented and localization software. 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.
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.
Type designers include Vladimir Yefimov, Tagir Safayev, Lyubov Kuznetsova, Manvel Schmavonyan and Alexander Tarbeev.
The history of the foundry as told by MyFonts: 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 one rather small group which belonged to a state research institute, Polygraphmash. It had the most complete and in fact the only one collection of Cyrillic typefaces. The collection included revivals of Cyrillic typefaces developed by Berthold and Lehmann type foundries established at the end of 19th century in St. Petersburg and artworks of 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 established two companies: ParaType Inc. in California and ParaType, Ltd. in Russia that inherited typefaces and font software from ParaGraph. Both companies are directed by Emil Yakupov, former head of the font department of ParaGraph. The main directions of ParaType design are: i) new original typefaces for the Russian design and publishing community; ii) revivals of historical Russian typefaces; iii) Cyrillic extensions of the best of Latin typefaces. They continue with 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.
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] ⦿
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:
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.
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. Behance link. Old URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Petty Wage Fonts
Pilo Bold Me GBG
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)
Free original designs, often with a science fiction feel, by Neale Davidson (b. 1971). Does some custom font work. Adventure.
Neale Davidson's typefaces:
Portland, OR-based company. Its timeline:
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.
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)
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.
Q-BO is the foundry of Carlos Matteoli, a type designer, b. 1980, from Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
Graphic designer in Veauche, Loire, France.
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] ⦿
Rémi Lagast lives in Le Soler, France. As a student, he created the modular purely octagonal typeface Aurora (2014) and the free avant garde typeface Gasalt (2014). Asgalt (2014) is a free sci-fi typeface. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Red Rooster Typefoundry
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:
Alphabetic catalog of the Red Rooster typeface library [large web page warning]. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Reserves (or: AE Type)
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.
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] ⦿
London-based freelance graphic designer who studied graphic design at Worcester University.
In 2013, he created the modular display typeface Marilyn.
RNS Fonts (was: Impacto Laser, or: SuperFlexia)
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. Commecial fonts include RNS Pictographica (dingbats), which includes RNS Pictographica Cocina.
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.
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:
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.
R-Type (or: 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 calligraphy [it deservedly won an award at TDC2 2009], 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 serif family), Forma Solid (T26).
In 2013, Rui published Aria Text (a rational 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: Signo (a dynamic sans serif with reverse contrast, designed for editorial and branding).
Runes & Fonts (was: My Handwritings)
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: 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), Constrocktion (multilined typeface).
Sans serif classification
David Rault classifies sans designs following a slight modification of Lewis Blackwell's list in Typography of the 20th Century:
Several groups are generally distinguished:
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.
Type classification at typografie.info. By Ralf Hermann. Interesting to get used to the German terminology, so here we go:
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.
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] ⦿
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.).
French graphic and type designer who makes mainly typefaces for companies. His oeuvre:
Serge Cortesi's Studio Cortesi also has typefaces by Christophe Badani and Stéphane Gabrielli.
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).
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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Alex Tomlinson (Skyhaven) is an illustrator and graphic designer in Portsmouth, UK, b. 1992. He started creating free fonts in 2010.
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: Whirly Birdie, The Ramble, Lazy Summer, Red Moon Rising (alchemic font), The Perfect Wave, Realistik (upright script), Brinetext Pattern (textured typeface).
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):
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] ⦿
Graphic design student in Monterrey, Mexico.
In 2012, she created the hairline avant-garde typeface Sencilla Light.
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] ⦿
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
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.
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".
Subtype (was: Typisc or Suprb)
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] ⦿
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.
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 typeface (Hermes Grotesk) of the Lange type foundry (St.-Petersburg), an adaptation of Hermes Grotesk, of the Woellmer type foundry (Berlin, middle of the 19th century). 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.
In 2012, he designed these typefaces: Kinghorn 205 (Egyptian), Kinghorn 105, Kamerik105, 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 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).
Vit "Tasuki" Brunner (Czechia) recommends the 14 best free fonts. Summarizing his recommendations:
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 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:
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
Thaddeus Ted Szumilas
Thaddeus Typographic Center
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 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).
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
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.
The Typehead Chronicles of 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] ⦿
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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).
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.
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: 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). [Google] [More] ⦿
Tobias Benjamin Köhler
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:
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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:
Uusimaa Type Foundry Incorporated
Type designer in Zagreb, Croatia, b. 1996, Zagreb. Creator of the avant garde caps typeface Mauve (2012).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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).
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 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.
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 psthumously released.
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).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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:
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).
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] ⦿
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.
WSI: Weatherly Systems Inc
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:
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.
www.uncia.de (was: uncifonts)
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿