TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Fri Oct 28 14:26:52 EDT 2016
FONT RECOGNITION VIA FONT MOOSE
Design community headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia. Creators of the commercial calligraphic typeface Feathergraphy (2013) [not to be confused with a font by the same name published much earlier by Mans Greback], Tzanah (2016; identical to a font by Dorian Grey), and Secret Society Font Family (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Italian and other writing masters of the 16th century include
Dead link. Seventeen Swedish calligraphers: Kerstin Anckers, Susan Duvnäs, Karl-Erik Forsberg, Mona Gordon, Ludvig Grandin, Marie Anikó Györi, Lennart Hansson, Helene Henningson, Annika Larsson, Florian Kynman, Gun Larson, Lars Olof Laurentii, Erik Lindegren, Annika Rücker, Cecilia Skogh, Ylva Östberg Skarp, Marianne Pettersson Soold. [Google] [More] ⦿
1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera
In 2010, he went commercial as 2D Typo. The first typeface at 2D typo was the modular pixelish Pressure Drop 2D (2010). This was followed by Ornamental Deco 2D (2010, art deco ornaments), Rally Symbols 2D (2010), Mascaron2D (2010, by Iryna Korchuk), Depot Trapharet 2d (2010, a stencil based on the tram lettering in Lviv), Ascetic 2D (2005-2010), Hutsulyandiya (2010, extraordinary ornaments by Iryna Korchuk), Simeon (2010, calligraphic), Cranked Pipe 2D (2011), Tripyllia 2D (2011, ornaments of the neolithic Trypillya culture), and Ukrainian Barokko (2010, a calligraphic typeface by Genadij Zarechnjuk), Historism Border (2011, border ornaments), Moreske 2D (2012, ornaments), Geomanticus (2012, modular squarish sans).
Typefaces from 2013: Bandelwerk (borders), Digital Stitch, Modern Wave (ornaments based on Alphonse Mucha), Hopferian (Roman caps after engravings by Daniel Hopfer (1470-1536)---typeface completed with help of Mariya Sokil), Simple Ribbon (art nouveau dingbats).
In 2014, Dmitry Rastvortsev, Lukyan Turetsky, and Henadij Zarechnjuk cooperated on the design of the free Latin / Cyrillic handwriting typeface Kobzar KS, which is based on the handwriting of Taras Shnvchenko, a famous Ukrainian poet, artist and philosopher.
Typefaces from 2015: Finetitle (ornaments for headers), Gothic Herbarium (a floriated ornamental font based on the Gothic Revival ornaments developed by Augustus Pugin (1812-1852)), Old Depot (rough stencil), Francesca (decorative caps).
Typefaces from 2016: Dubster (which he describes as a technocratic modular font).
Designer for ITF, most of whose fonts were published by Red Rooster. List (all ITF/Red Rooster unless otherwise specified):
Turkish type designer in Izmir (b. 1964) who sells through MyFonts. Ahmet graduated from Hacettepe University in 1989. He founded the commercial typefoundry Aatype.
In 2011, Ahmet created the art deco chic family Turquoise, the techno sans family Altuna Sans, the semi-hand-printed Shirin, and the organic and elliptical monoline sans family Deria Sans. Sterk (2011) is a legible and open masculine sans family. Glode (2011) is a masculine geometric sans family. Calligra (2011) is an elegant almost calligraphic flared sans. Ephesus (+Shadow) is a caps-only titling sans family. Tillom (2011) is an elegant decorative face. Ondule (2011) is a horizontally-striped texture face. Brounde (2011) is a rounded monoline slab family. Eggy (2011) is a monoline sans display typeface with slightly shaky outlines. Uno (2011) is an organic display face. The display sans Veberk (2011) has contrast and style.
Typefaces made in 2012: Halis Grotesque, Uneven (a bold poster typeface family), Ferforje (curly all caps face), Daphne (a hand-drawn all caps poster family), Mancho (a stylish caps only sans family), Cillop (elliptical sans), Typonil (elliptical sans), Omar (squarish poster font), Gulyesa Script (a beautiful informally hand-printed poster typeface), Smyrna (hand-printed poster face).
Typefaces from 2013: Minik (a great hand-drawn typeface with tall ascenders and descenders), Festivo Letters (a popular hand-made layered font system with 19 fonts numbered No1 through No19; see also Festivo LC, 2014, which has new sketches, shadows and ornaments), Halis Rounded, Troia (a flexible sans family).
Typefaces from 2015: Racon (weathered type, perhaps letterpress emulation), Masif (heavy brush script renamed Pitos after 24 hours, most likely after a complaint from Monotype who markets a Steve Matteson font called Massif---Ahmet should have ignored that request as Monotype itself ignored Jean Joveneaux, who created another font called Massif in 1957, decades before Matteson's font), Deepika (swashy script), Tropen.
Born in 1945 in Kayseri, Turkey, Abdullah Tasci entered the Fine Arts Academy in 1967 and graduated from the Graphic Department in 1972. In 1982 he became Assistant Professor at Mimar Sinan University, and retired in 2000. In retirement, he designed font families such as Tasci Kursiv (2000, calligraphic), Tasci Kufi, Tasci Calligraphy and Nokta. Kufiz (2000, Latin) was influenced by the engravings of the Ottoman art and Rumi ornamentations. Tasci Kufi (2009) is constructivist. In 2010, he created the Tasci Sans, Serif and Tasci Condensed families. Tascinorm was published in 2014.
Studio in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Creators of the Arabic simulation typeface Alkhalam (2015), the calligraphic Cobully Script (2016), Aventurine Script (2016), the hand-crafted Skyfall (2016, marker pen style), Gondez (2016) and Asaina (2016), and the brush script typeface Sikula (2016). Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
This outfit used to sell and give away fonts made by Stirling H. Alexander until it closed in 1996. Based in Orinda, California, they also were into custom handwriting and custom calligraphic fonts. Free typefaces included Lingbats and Ling Print Brush. Alexander made a dozen fonts in all. Acutetype morphed into a porn site and then another site since 1996, but Stirling H. Alexander has nothing to do with that. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jakarta, Indonesia-based designer of these local language fonts in 2014-2015: Prayara (for Kawi), Godhong (for Javanese), Kamo (for Javanese), Ngrawit, Palataran (for Balinese), Liwet (for Sundanese), Lontara and Lontaraq (for Buginese), Wijaya (for Kawi), Mulawarman (for Pallava), Pustaha (for Batak), Lilitan (for Balinese), Aturra (for Javanese), Wulang (for Javanese; based on the 19th century calligraphic handwriting of Serat Jayalengkara Wulang), Tantular (a humanist sans for Latin, Balinese, Batak, Bugis, and Kawi).
Aerotype is a foundry in Camarillo, CA (formerly in Glendale, CA). It sells the typefaces of Stephen Miggas. Many types were designed around 1998, and most were rejuvenated and updated in 2005. A list of Aerotype's typefaces typefaces:
Adam Fathony (AF Studio, Bandung, Indonesia) created the vintage typeface Grandesa (2014), the signage typeface Magnifika (2014) and the Victorian typeface Marema (2014).
In 2015, he published the connected swashy script typeface Octavia Script, the brush scripts Carbonera and Shallom, the hand-lettered Vanilla Daisy Script and Mightype, the watercolor script Hollycakes, and the connected Brayden Script (and Sans).
Typefaces from 2016: Drustic Daily, Karlberg Script, Ecosmith Script, Halosense Script (calligraphic), Lunar Cone (connected layered script), Clarkson Script, Salvador Script, Salvador Serif, Salvador Condensed, La Venice Script (retro signage lettering). Behance link. Dafont link. [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.
Typefaces from 2015: Skarpa Round, Nistiver (calligraphic script), Lavenda (calligraphic script).
Typefaces from 2016: Hinzatis (calligraphic script), Roicamonta Basic (connected calligraphic script), Monmica Fancy, Bisalir (heavy script), Piambis (thick signage script), Piambis Round, Piambis Sharp.
Agathe M. Joyce
Cataleya Butcher (aka Agathe M. Joyce) is a Mauritius-based designer, b. 1983. She created the calligraphic script typefaces Ornament of Archaeological (2016), Fontaine de Diamant (2016), Atelier du Machiniste (2016), Heart Romance (2016), Sanctuaire du Machiniste (2016), Midnight Legend (2016), Valentina de Queensland (2016), Seduction of Cristabelle (2016) and Alexandra Orléans (2016), the signage scripts Rocking Season (2016) and Acceleration Reaction (2016), the rough typeface Road of Deal (2016), the plump typeface Docteur Tacotac (2016), and the vampire script Castle Octopus (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
The Sackers family (Monotype, and before that Agfa) contains a gorgeous tall-legged open style, Sackers Open Antique Roman. There are also Sackers Roman, Sackers Gothic (sans), Sackers Square Gothic, Sackers English Script, Sackers Classic Roman and Sackers Italian Script subfamilies. As a whole, this is an elegant but curious collection. There are few clues as to its origins, which may be a bit louche because we can easily recognize Engravers Gothic in the Sackers Gothic, for example. All typefaces look like they originate in the 19th century, and started probably out as engraved (copperplate) lettering. Monotype has these families: Sackers English Script, Sackers Gothic Light, Sackers Gothic Medium, Sackers Heavy Gothic, Sackers Heavy Roman, Sackers Italian Script, Sackers Light Classic Roman, Sackers Light Roman, Sackers Open Antique Roman, Sackers Solid Antique Roman, Sackers Square Gothic. Any information is welcome. [Google] [More] ⦿
Denpasar, Indonesia-based designer of these typefaces in 2016: Magical Script, Mauret Script (calligraphic), Rosgart (a signature font), Plore (experimental sans), Murtics (a signature font), Infister (minimalist modernist sans), Beafust, Astter (calligraphic script), Humos (connected school script), Hullist (connected handwriting), Happy Tum, Little Bite (children's book font), Millace (calligraphic script), Grafter (connected signage font), Elgard (brush script), Flotus (calligraphic), Pitter (fat finger font), Scripter (formal calligraphic style), Muffet (connected monoline script), Waltus Script (calligraphic and connected), Feruci, Evertype, Breital Script, Castellia, Enough Script, Rollfunk, Hottuf, Staiger (script), Fintype, Themost Script (calligraphic), Fuster Script.
In 2015, he made the brush script typefaces Mauvet Rios, Reusk (a great informal calligraphic typeface), Mostter (calligraphic script), Foldeck (a rounded monoline sans), Quickfox, Serffost, Hurgey, Gothup, Gullick, Wilfur Script and Barkless, the hairline script font Catties, the fine hand-drawn poster font Monofor, the hand-crafted connected script fonts Wellone, Anter Script, Cindelia, Ruffest and Perston, the handpainted Emillyne, Herlock, Forsa, the calligraphic font Herfume (loaded with alternates), the hand-crafted font family Latype (Brush, Hand, Script, Serif, Condensed, Sans, Extras), the brush typefaces Nufertum (a great medieval travel log script), Nufertum Sans, Northline, Stokebridge, Fouyers Script, Heiger Script and Wayback, and of the handwriting font Allegate. He also designed Bubble Tea, Whalerig, Klasdot, Hello June, Retro Board, London Train, Rope&Bag, Strip Box, Yellow Jelly, Wide West, Funky Disco, Fat Burger, Sweet Lollipop, Dance Club, Crazy Type, Avicelyns (a connected script), Blackyard (a monoline connected script), Nanoline Icons which contains 2061 icons divided into 30+ categories: symbol, weather, building, financial & shopping, user, emoticon, hand gesture, medicine, body parts, image, audio, video, music, charts, map, security, document, furniture, kitchen, drink, fruit, food, chat, email, tools, text, communication, business, time, science, laundry, zodiac, kids, energy, animal, clouds, transportation).
Pakistani calligrapher who developed the calligraphic Urdu script Noori Nastaliq in the 1970s. It was sold by (Agfa) Monotype but since 2009, copyright and trademark of the font has returned to Tariq Jamil Mirza / Ahmed Mirza Jamil. He has been awarded with TAMGHA-I-IMTIAZ by the government of Pakistan in 1982. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at MvB Design of these fonts: AcmeAnimals (1993), AcmeDinosaurs (1993), AcmeExpressions (1993), AcmeGreenGarden (1994), AcmeSportsGames (1993), AcmeWhatever (1995), AuntMildred (1995), MVB Fantabular and MVB Fantabular Sans (2002, a monospaced typewriter family), the HotsyTotsy family (1995-1996, with Mark van Bronkhorst), MVB Pedestria Pict (2002, dingbats), MVB Pedestria (2002, sans family), MVB Grenadine One and Two (2003, sans families).
Born in 1960 in Niigata, Japan. Studied at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. He also studied calligraphy at the London College of Printing. He became a freelance designer in 1997. Akira Kobayashi, who was based in Tokyo prior to his move to the Franfurt area, is an accomplished type designer who has created numerous typefaces for Sha-Ken, Dainippon Screen (where he made the kanji font Hiragino Mincho), TypeBank (from 1993-1997), ITC and Linotype, where he is Type Director since 2001. Interview. His numerous awards include the Type Directors Club awards in 1998 (ITC Woodland), 1999 (the art deco styled ITC Silvermoon, and ITC Japanese Garden), and 2000 (FF Clifford), the 1999 Kyrillitsa award for ITC Japanese Garden, the 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest by Linotype Library (for the informal and quirky 4-style Linotype Conrad (1999): Linotype states that Kobayashi took his inspiration from a print typeface of the 15th century created by two German printers named Konrad Sweynheim and Arnold Pannartz), and the 5th Morisawa International Typeface Competition (in which he received an Honourable Mention for his typeface Socia Oldstyle). CV at bukvaraz. Interview in 2006. His typefaces:
Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Rounded sans in Japan.
Graphic designer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, who created the script typefaces Destiny Script (2016), Gladysta Script (2016), Shirley (2016), Hollyn Script (2016), Bralyn Script (2016), Saldina (2016), Angelonia (2015), Overture (2015) and Daviya (2015), the hand-printed Forsaken (2016), and the connected calligraphic Lucita Script (2015).
Alan Blackman graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in the late 1950s. He was a letterform instructor at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Californian calligrapher and lettering artist Alan Blackman's Galahad (Adobe, 1995) is an elagant rough-edged decorativer typeface. Letters to himself.
In 2012, he published the smilie alphading typeface Say Cheese at Linotype.
Prolific type designer, b. London, 1951. Alan started working in 1970 for Graphic Systems as a lettering artist. In 1975, he joined Letraset as the Senior Type Designer and Studio Manager where he was responsible for all the artwork produced by the Letraset studio. During his tenure at Letraset, he designed over 40 popular typefaces, including Bramley, Candice, Bickley Script and Belwe. Most of these typefaces also showed up in the Scangraphic collection. Together with type director Colin Brignall, Alan contributed to the success of Letraset. All the original typographic artwork produced at Letraset was produced by hand cutting the fonts in Rubylith, a highly-skilled technique known as stencil cutting. Alan was responsible for training the entire Letraset studio in this art. Most of the original Letraset artwork has now been archived at St. Brides Printing Library, London. Today, Alan works independently, specializing in all facets of corporate identity including type design, typography, packaging, and development of logos and symbols.
Albert J. Kim
Type designer for PhotoLettering Inc in the photo type era. His type designs include Akimbo 2, Akimbo 3, Brush Bold, Brush Animated Condensed, Brush Expanded 7, Brush Upright 9, Brush Upright Condensed 8, Brush Upright X Condensed 8, Brush Upright X Condensed 10, Caslon Schoolbook, Caslon Schoolbook 7, Caslon Schoolbook Italic 4, Cartoon Medium, Classic Script, Flamingo 2, Flamingo 5, Flight, Frolic Bodoni, Frolic Medium, Knockout, Marionette, Nolan Roman, Rodeo, Rodeo Script, Rumba 7. Vagabond Condensed. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic and type designer, and calligrapher, in Madrid. In 2012, he published Publia Text, a wedge serif newspaper text and headlines typeface during his postgraduate type design studies at the European Institute of Design in Madrid. Publia Text was published by Comando Cran.
Calligraphy and typography teacher in Veracruz, Mexico. Creator of Carabali, Mercedes (sans), the top or bottom half-only alphabet font Mocha (2004), Cartel Extendida and Border, mentioned here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer who lives in Buenos Aires and who teaches graphic design and typography at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has worked as an art director in prestigious Argentina-based studios, handling high-profile corporate brands such as Arcor, Marta Harff, Morph, SC Johnson, Danone, and Movicom. He runs Estudio Paul. Professor at Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad de Buenos Aires. Co-creator, with Apostrophe at Apostrophic Laboratory, of Usenet (2000), FontCop I through IV (2000) and the pixel font family Cayetano. Published the dot matrix font Stardust with T-26 in 2000. Designed the gorgeous font Elektora in 2000. He developed with Michael Lynch a 17-font Tennis set of grid-based pixel fonts. At Typeworx, he published Reflex (2002), a commercial 6-style unicase font family. Another web site by Alejandro. Cofounder of DAS, a design studio in Buenos Aires.
Cofounder of Sudtipos (2003), where he does custom work and creates new typefaces.
Still at Sudtipos, he digitized the beautiful handwriting/calligraphic typefaces by Angel Koziupa called Alma (2005), Murga, Habano and Tiza, which together with his script typeface Argenta (2004), Oxida (2005), the medieval script typeface Mama Script (2004, designed with Alfredo Graziani), Divina (2004, with Alfredo Graziani), and the sans family Kautiva (2004) can be bought via Umbrella Type at Veer.
Herencia (2004, a handwriting typeface done with Diego Giaccone), Grover (2004, slab serif), Milk Script (2004, with Alfredo Graziani), Mama Script (2004, with Alfredo Graziani), Politica (2004, a techno typeface with a very thin Thin weight) are at Sudtipos.
The Bluemlein Scripts (2004-2005, Umbrella and Veer) are based on the calligraphic renderings of Charles Bluemlein, shown in a 1943 ink catalog: Miss Le Gatees, Mr Rafkin, Mr Keningbeck, Mr Lackboughs, Lady Dawn, Mrs Von Eckley, Mr Sheppards, Mr Dafoe, Mr Canfields, Mr Stalwart, Mr Sandsfort, Mr Leopolde, Mr DeHaviland, Mr Blaketon, Miss Stanfort, Miss Packgope, Miss Fajardose, Mrs Saint-Delafield, Mrs Blackfort, Mr Sopkin, Mr Sheffield, Miss Lankfort, Herr Von Muellerhoff, Dr Sugiyama, Dr Carbfred. (Note: Soft Horizon's Lainie Day (1993) is an earlier free font in the style of Lady Dawn and Mr Lackboughs). In 2011, that series was made available at Google Web Fonts.
Sudestada (2005, Sudtipos) is a handwriting script developed with Diego Giaccone. Cuisine (2005, Umbrella Type) is an informal bold script. Mousse Script (2005, Sudtipos) is based on Glenmoy, a 1932 Stephenson Blake typeface. Suave Script (2005) is a 4am jazz bar script. Ministry (2005) is related in style but less funky, Chocolate (2005) is for sales ads, and Cenizas (2005, with Angel Koziupa) is straight from an old manuscript.
Whomp (2006, Umbrella) was based on a partial sign-painting font by Alf Becker (1930s), and so was Buffet Script (2006, Sudtipos). Affair (2006, Umbrella) is swashy and calligraphic, while Candy Script (2007) and its italic version Sugar Pie (2011) are based on Argentina's market lettering. Galgo Script (2007) is a brush calligraphic font based on a design of Angel Koziupa.
Burgues Script (2007) is an ornate calligraphic script based on the lettering of calligraphy teacher Louis Madarasz (1859-1910) (PDF; award at TDC2 2008). Burgues Script, Adios Script (2008: it won an award at TDC2 2009), Feel Script and Sugar Pie all won awards at Tipos Latinos 2008.
Sinfonieta (2006) and Buffet Script are fifties style connected scripts. Feel Script (2007) is based on lettering that calligrapher and logo designer Rand Holub created in 1950 and that was subsequently captured in Intertype's typeface Monterey (1958). Some letterforms were redrawn from vintage American magazine ads (some by Holub himself), Cuisine (2008, food advertising script), Pronto (2008, comic book style, by Alejandro Paul and Angel Koziupa), Grover (2004, rounded sans family), Grover Slab (2004). Burgues Script, Adios Script, Feel Script and Sugar Pie all won awards at Tipos Latinos 2008. Calgary Script (2008, Umbrella) is a pure signpainting job.
Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City.
The year 2010 starts off with a bang, five awards at Tipos Latinos 2010: a grand prize for Brownstone Sans, and four standard awards, for Semilla, Kewl Script (for food packaging and store windows), Calgary Script, and for Business Penmanship.
Typefaces from 2010 include the baseball lettering typeface Fan Script and the tattoo script face Piel Script (piel=skin), which was influenced by Burgues Script and more remotely by showcard lettering by B. Boley (1930s, Sign of the Times Magazine). Piel Script won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012.
He added one retro connected signage font to the Filmotype collection in 2012, called Filmotype Kitten (original from 1955). Filmotype Zephyr (2012) is an italic roman formal script. Filmotype Yukon (2012) is inspired by the classic Palmer style of penmanship.
Storefront (2012) is a swashy signage typeface based on an incompletete alphabet by Alf Becker.
His signage script typeface Hipster Script won an award in the TDC 2012 competition and at Tipos Latinos 2012.
Typefaces from 2013: Rolling Pen (a connected script that recalls the business penmanship genre), Bellissima Script (based on a copperplate calligraphic alphabet from Bellezas de la Caligrafía by Ramón Stirling, 1844).
In 2014, he helped Panco Sassano, a lettering artist and illustrator from Mar del Plata, who designed the wide connected semi-calligraphic handwriting typeface Horizontes Script (Horizontes subsequently won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016). Still in 2014, he published the fat packaging or signage script Bowling Script.
In 2015, Alejandro Paul, Yani Arabena and Guille Vizzari combined forces in the signage script typeface Quotes (Script+Caps) (2015, Sudtipos).
Merengue Script (2015, with Panco Sassone) is a fun creamy script, ideal for pastry shops, tea rooms or supermarkets.
Graphic designer and illustrator from Barcelona who works in London. Behance link.
Creator of Excritura (2013, a calligraphic script influenced by the work of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi), Die Modularität (2012), De Palo (2011), Scriptura (2011, a calligraphic connected script), Variable (2010), this triangle/circle based modular type, of GoodBye (experimental type based on Barcelona's night lights), and of a geometric custom-designed typeface for the Aroy Restaurant in Barcelona.
Moscow-based artist who created Savoiardi (2016, connected monoline script), Savoiardi Sans (2016), Savoiardi Display (2016), Zimbra (2016, a zebra stripe font), Signal (2016), the Vincent Van Gogh-inspired Absinth (2016), the Russian fairy tale font Anchor (2016), the hand-crafted Swan (2016), the weathered Cliché Font (2016), the constructed extraterrestrial font Structure (2016), the geometric solid typeface Forma (2016), the semi-calligraphic Absinthe (2016) and Glasgow (2016), the calligraphic oriental brush typeface Yakudza (2016), and the brush typefaces Augenblick (2016) and Barbada (2016). Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pavlodar, Kazakhstan-based designer (b. 1987) of the medieval calligraphic typeface Square Capitals (2014, Latin and Cyrillic), the uncial typeface Uncial (2015) and the Trajan typeface Capitalis Monumentalis (2015). In 2015, he designed the angular and angry straight-edged typeface KZ Kirpich, the tangram-inspired German expressionist typeface Tangramus, and the Latin / Cyrillic deco typeface Kvadrat.
Alexander Bobrov (Indian Summer Studio, Moscow) designed the vintage didone typeface family Dodo (Latin and Cyrillic) from 2008-2012. This beautiful typeface is partly based on Old Standard. His web site shows lots of calligraphic work, but also a few typefaces such as Photon Display (2014) and Trafareta (2015, stencil). [Google] [More] ⦿
Author of Decorative Alphabets and Initials and History and technique of lettering (1957, New York). Digital fonts based on his work include Swan Song (2006, Canada Type) and NesbittDecoCaps (2006, David Kettlewell). [Google] [More] ⦿
Saint Petersburg, Russia-based designer of Art Font (2016), Rustica (2015, calligraphic alphabet), Rust Cursiv (2015), Antiqua Cvadrato (2015), Capitalis Roman (2014, a calligraphic alphabet), Futurista (2015). In 2016, he designed the hand-drawn typeface Krita. [Google] [More] ⦿
Artist and illustrator in Kazakhstan. Specializing in decorative caps typefaces, he created Isometric (2015, 3d caps), Funny Cartoon (2015), Mechanical (2015), Headline Serif (2015), Funny Summer (2015), Cartoon Robot (2015), Cartoon Colorful Robot (2015), and Headline Bold Serif (2015). In 2016, he designed the vector format typeface Aweseome Script. [Google] [More] ⦿
Russian designer of typefaces who collaborates with Ivan Zeifert and specializes in revivals, cyrillizations and beautiful digitizations, some of them done with Anatole Gophmann. There have been complaints about her practice of borrowing fonts from type designers without asking. One typophile writes: I have cracked open fonts she claims as hers, Bolero, Bickham and others, she has copied and pasted glyphs, copyright data, added Cyrillic and changed the copyright string. As an example, Angelica is a copy of Alejandro Paul's Miss Fajardose. Alejandro has drawn the numerals in his font in 2004 to accompany the letters found in an old catalog of alphabets. There is no other source of the numerals, and Angelica has them. Michael Clark writes: I initiated a battle with the illustrious Alexandra "Bitch" from Russia who has renamed Pouty (FontBureau) and copyrighted [it as] Bolero. She and her partner Anatoly shithead. Available on Fonts101.com for anyone who wants it free. The ass's site, Jagdesh, is in Pakistan and we cannot touch him. 260+ viewings and 140+ downloads. Let's see that is 1400$ I will never see! Others have complained as well about her practice of taking and extending fonts without permission. Anyway, her "fonts" are:
Alias is a typefoundry and graphic design agency founded by David James and Gareth Hague, and is based in London. Their fonts can be bought through T-26, ITF and/or FontWorks UK. They also did substantial corporate type design work.
Partial font list: AES (1995, David James), August (1996, a fifties font by Gareth Hague), Caustic (2012, calligraphic script family), Elephant (1994-1995, Gareth Hague), Enabler (1995, David James), Factory, Granite (1995, Gareth Hague), Harbour (1998, Gareth Hague), Intimo (2000), Jackdaw (1997, Gareth Hague), Jude, Key, Klute (1997, Gareth Hague), Mantis (1996, Gareth Hague), Metropolitan (1996, Gareth Hague), Metsys, Sister (1995, Gareth Hague), Text (1995, Gareth Hague).
Corporate typefaces include Prada Candy (2012).
American type designer. Feast (2014) is a calligraphic typeface designed by Alissa Mazzenga and produced by Dathan Boardman at Great Lakes Lettering. In 2015, she and Dathan Boardman published the calligraphic hairline typeface Marguerite. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Chinese studio that made the Latin script typefaces Agile Script (2015), Belle Script (2015), Lovepen (2015, connected), Smooth handwriting (2015), Caligraphy (2015), Golf (2015), Fancy Signature (2015), Vina (2015, fashion mag headline sans) and Candy Sticks (2014). In 2015, they made Sickle Blade, Bigoo, Bubble (display type), Pipe (art deco), Shuimu (hand-printed typeface), Begade (display type), Guilloches (a textured wavy op-art decorative typeface), Pio, Graffito (a painted graffiti font), Dome (a thin techno sans), and Hemiyong (a script typeface).
Alphabet Soup (or: Michael Doret)
Michael Doret is a commercial hand lettering artist in Hollywood, CA, but born in New York in 1946. A graduate of The Cooper Union, he was interviewed by MyFonts in 2011. He worked at PhotoLettering as an assistant of Ed Benguiat. Klingspor link. Behance link. Veer writes: A graduate of the Cooper Union, Michael has run his own design studio for many years - first in New York City - and currently in Hollywood. An eight-time winner of the New York Art Directors Club Silver Award, Michael is a specialist in logos and letterforms. His unique typographic vision blends elements of lettering, illustration and graphic design. The inspiration for his work has come from such diverse sources as matchbook covers, theater marquees, enamel signs, early and mid-20th century packaging, and various other artifacts of this great land of ours. Although for much of his career he executed his work in traditional media, he now works almost exclusively in a digital format. In 2006, he set up his own foundry, Alphabet Soup.
St. Louis lettering artist Robert Leuschke (who grew up and lives in St. Charles, MO) has made some 250 calligraphic fonts for greeting cards, including many for Hallmark Cards, of which about 80 are commercially available: ITC Arid (1997), a flowing handwriting [see also here], ITC Chivalry (2003), Saliere (1997), Love (2003), SendFlowers (1988), Whisper (2003), RugeBoogie (2004, supercurly script), Ambiance (2004, an informal calligraphic design for Bitstream), and a handprinting font, Roelandt BT (2002, Bitstream). The IRC Chat Font (smilies) is free.
In 2003, he found an outlet for his work through P22 and published P22Corinthia, P22ImperialScript, P22OhLey [simulating Mexican writing], P22Petemoss and P22Ruthie.
He also made RUSerius (2007, curly handwriting), Alex Brush (2003), Cherish Font (2003), ChildrenPlay ROB (2003), Ephesis (1988), Inspiration (2003), JackieO (2003), Licorice (2003), OoohBabyROB (2004), TheNautiGal (2006), Gideon (2009, roman), Corinthia (2009, calligraphic), Puppies Play (2009), Monte Carlo (2011).
Muhammd Aby (Alqawoms, Aceh Besar, Indonesia) created the script typefaces Marabella (2016: brush script), Yolanda (2016: calligraphic), Bougainvillea (2016: calligraphic), Panthers (2015) and Breakout (2015, brushy).
German page advertising a CD with nice old writing samples (in tiff, not ttf!!!). Mostly decorated initials and Fraktur. R.G. Arens' Sütterlin font can be downloaded from this site, which is run by Susanne Ulmke in Arnsberg, Germany. [Google] [More] ⦿
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer of the upright connected script font Gangster Berdury Monoline Script (2016) and the calligraphic typefaces Auliyana (2016), Brillion Shella Script (2016), Misfadiella (2016), Martino Script (2016), and Israquella (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Amanye Tenceli: Tengwar Calligraphy
Tengwar calligraphic page by Måns Björkman from Sweden. Free fonts made by him include Sarati Eldamar (2005), Valmaric Eldamar (2006), Tengwar Scribe, Tirion Sarati (2002), Tengwar Parmaite. Plus many calligraphic notes. He explains: This page is dedicated to the beautiful writing systems that in Tolkien's works derived from the continent of Aman. They are often collectively called Tengwar, although strictly speaking this is wrong, Tengwar being the name of Feanor's writing system (Feanors Tengwar) but not of the Sarati, Rúmils script (the Tengwar of Rúmil). Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
French graphic and type designer who graduated from Ecole Estienne in 2005 with a thesis entitled La cancellaresca, L'âge d'or de la calligraphie italienne.. She also studied visual communications at Ecole Duperre in Paris. She has an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on her typeface Polydom, which covers Latin, Greek and Devanagari. Her other typefaces include Groe (2010), We Folk (2010, caps only), Operetta (a cancellaresca based on Tagliente's lettering), PSA (an iconographic and sans type system for Peugeot and Citroen), and Gustan. She lived in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2010, she joined Dalton Maag in South London as a type designer.
At Dalton Maag, she helped out with Nokia Bengali, which won an award at Granshan 2014.
American Greetings Corporation
In 1996, the American Greetings Corporation company issued a number of mostly script and blackletter fonts, whose names all start with CAC. These can now be found on many font archives. A partial list: CACCamelot, CACChampagne, CACFuturaCasual, CACFuturaCasualBold, CACFuturaCasualBoldItalic, CACFuturaCasualMedItalic, CACKrazyLegs, CACKrazyLegsBold, CACLaskoCondensed, CACLaskoEvenWeight, CACLeslie, CACLogoAlternate, CACMoose, CACNormHeavy, CACOneSeventy, CACPinafore, CACSaxonBold, CACShishoniBrush, CACValiant, Care-Bear-Family, ShishoniBrush. Founded in 1906 and based in Cleveland, American Greetings Corporation no longer develops or sells fonts.
Six of the CAC fonts were designed and produced by graphic designer and Vietnam veteran Courtney Kent Rhodes from Westlake, OH, who worked for AGC from 1988 until 2003.
Argentinian illustrator, calligrapher and graphic designer based in Buenos Aires. Creator of the part calligraphic part Lombardic text family Almendra (2011, free at Google Web Fonts). Almendra, which has been suggested by Ana for use in children's books, won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012 in the typeface family category. It was her graduation typeface at FADU-UBA. In 2012, Google Web Fonts published Almendra Display and Almendra Small Caps. Poster by Melisa Rivas.
Ruluko (2012, Google Web Fonts) is a free typeface created by Ana Sanfelippo, A. Díaz and M. Hernández. Google: Ruluko is a typeface designed to aid those learning to read. The shapes you see are related to the handwriting typically used at schools in Argentina. The concept is that those who have learned to read this handwriting style may recognise this type style more easily than other typefaces often used in this context. But as a warm and stylish sans serif text type, you may use Ruluko for any purpose. Ruluko won an award in the text category at Tipos Latinos 2012.
Yoshimi Regular won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.
In 2015, she and Iordanis Passas created the gorgeous Finos, which was inspired by Greek retro cinema (buy it here and check the free demo). Her second typeface of 2015 is the equally impressive deco script typeface family Magellan (in Deco and Script sub-styles). Marpesia (2015) is a connected calligraphic script typeface. Charming (2015) is a free spurred vintage tattoo typeface for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Adalberta (2015) is a great connected script typeface.
Typefaces from 2016: Sketchbook Script (+Pro), Old Harbour (vintage lettering collection consisting of Blue waves, Blue waves striped, Captain's pipe, Captain's pipe Sans, Sailor's tattoo, Sailor's tattoo Sans, Old Ship, Old Anchor, Old Lighthouse, Seashells, Starfish, Old Harbour dingbats), Juvenile.
Anapa, Russia-based designer of a curly connected Latin / Cyrillic script typeface and of the sketched Chalk Cyrillic in 2016.
Russian type designer, b. 1906, Moscow, d. 1994, Moscow. He was also a graphic artist. He designed type and was project manager at VNII Polygraphmash. His typeface oeuvre either as a designer or project manager:
Bogotá-based Colombian graphic design studio and type foundry Andinistas was founded in 1998 by Carlos Fabián Camargo Guerrero, Lennyn Salinas, Mariangeles Valero, Juan Carlos Valero, Jorge Alexander Camargo Guerrero, Rafael Rincón, and Jordi Teres. It was first located in Caracas, Venezuela, but moved in 2003 to Bogotá, Colombia. New names in its organization include Alexander Moreno. Many of its designers are Venezuelan.
Among their typefaces: Nikona, Magola (2008, puffy script), Angelita, Pepelepu, Zerotipo, Skuke, Retro, Radio Bemba, Pumarosa, Pr1, Oficia, Nativa, Mongol (free), Lirrot, Leroy (1999-2008, computer screen stripes), Leroy Dingbats (1998-2008), Hiroformica, Hibrida, Guerilla, Guerilla Outline, Gruada, Gancho Petare, Escuedra, Esbelta, DSNett, dia-D, Download, Denego, Cristal, Codiga, Codiga Icon, Codiga Destroy, Codiga Codec, Chacao Petare, Cazon Gothic, Boa, Biol, Ave-cedario, Anaira.
Cazon (2007, Camargo Guerrero) is a family of calligraphic origin consisting of 7 styles: Gris, Negra, Uno, Dos, Tres, Dingbats A and B and is based on the paintbrush letters found in the popular markets of La Guaira, Caracas. This family won an award in the experimental typeface category at Tipos Latinos 2008. Lirrot (2007) is a 6-style grunge handwriting typeface bordering on the psychotic, and comes with Lirrot Dingbats. It too won an award at Tipos Latinos 2008.
PP Lepu (1998-2008) is pixel grunge. Josefina (+Dingbats1) is a curly script also made in 2008. Navaja (2008) and Diad are collections of grunge fonts with grungy dingbats. Lucrecia 1 through 3 (2008) is a fat connected script family ranging from clean to splattered.
Telesforo (2008) radiates anger from its brushy grungy limbs. Telesforo Black won an award at Tiupos Latinos 2012. Ninja 1 and Ninja 2 (2008) are script fonts, and are accompanied by Ninja Dingbats (2008). Dsnet (2008) is a 6-style bare-bones rounded squarish family. Flaminia and Flaminia Dingbats (2008) are useful for food-related signage. Modelia (2008) is thick, informal, and looks like it was brushdrawn. Modelia won an award at Tipos Latinos 2010. Filomena (2008) is a brush family with a goth theme and an accompanying goth dingbats. Obdulia (2008) and Floro (2008) are extreme mural grunge fonts. Marimonda (2009) is grunge calligraphy.
Typefaces from 2012: Demetria (a hellish script), Ciclope (army stencil), Meteora (a sturdy weathered family), Kamuy (a grunge typeface, with dingbats, that links to Asian comic style lettering, and Japan in the Pacific War), Naturalia (an informal sans family).
In 2013, he made Gluten (a poster typeface family), Bengala Script (a distant relative of Mistral), Chef Script (a large signage script influenced by Ross F. George's Speedball lettering manual (1957)), Chef Script Dingbats (hilarious restaurant dings and fists), Sumergible Script.
Typefaces from 2014: Citronela (cartoon or Caribbean hotel signage font family), Bemol (a set of script fonts in craftsman style), Nemocon (creamy script), Acustica (a calligraphic Acustica Script, with didone Acustica Caps, and a decorative Acustica Dingbats), Cereal (+ Script (a vampire script), Skin and Dingbats).
Typefaces from 2016: Enjoy (Script, Caps).
During her graphic design studies in Barcelona, Andrea arques created the tattoo font Rocker Slab (2014) and Christmas Icons (2014). In 2015, she created the modular typeface Avelli, which was inspired by the calligraphy of Pedro de Madariaga, Joseph de Anduaga y Garimberti, and Torio de la Riva. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer and typographer in Ferndale, MI. She did some type posters (e.g., on the Arts and Crafts Movement), and some calligraphic work. She also designed some experimental typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
French type designer, b. 1955, who drew the calligraphic Le Griffe in 1973 (Letraset).
Spanish penman who produced two writing books between 1583 and 1612. A facsimile of these was printed by Mardersteig (Officina Bodoni) for The Pegasus Press in Paris in 1928, in a 32-page book edited by Henry Thomas and Stanley Morison: Andres Brun, Calligrapher of saragossa, Sme account of his Life and Work, with a Facsimile in Collotype of the Surviving Text and Plates of his two Writing Books, 1583-1612. [Google] [More] ⦿
A self-proclaimed beach calligrapher from Cape Town, South Africa, who developed an origial technique for carving in the sand. Home page. One of his works is entitled Futura On The Beach (2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
Argentinian lettering artist who worked for 35 years for McCann Erikson and has produced freelance works for other major agencies like Interbrand, Futurebrand, and others. Veer writes: The talented Angel Koziupa has been lettering, creating type and designing logos for the past 40 years. His handiwork is behind nearly every important packaging logotype in Argentina. He worked 35 years for McCann Erikson and has produced freelance works for other major agencies like Interbrand, Futurebrand, and others.
Koziupa designed a number of alphabets in cooperation with Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos, who created digital typefaces out of them.
His typefaces include Jugo Script (2014), Avellana Pro (2012), Bayoneta Pro (2012, an angular typeface), Machete Pro (2012, related to Bayoneta Pro), Aventura (2011), Coche (2011, a signage face), Aguafina Script (2009, free at Google Web Fonts and at OFL), Primavera (2008, a signage face), Angelus (2008), Felipe (2009), Amarinda (2004, Sudtipos), Argenta (2004), Biographer (2009, an upright almost connected script), Bravissima Script (2009), Bubblegum Sans Pro (2011), Cenizas (2008), Chocolate (2008, a market sign family in weights called Amargo, Caliente and Dulce), Condiment (free at Google Web Fonts), Cupcake (2010, a food signage face), Murga (2003), Tiza (2003), Galgo Script (2007, rough-edged calligraphic script), Kilo (2010, signage face), Koziupack (2008), Kozmetica Script (2011, a delicate wedding script or make-up brand script), HabanoST (2003), Argenta (2003), Malbeck (2003), Alma (2005), MobleySans (2003), Malambo, Oxida (2005), Inoxida (2009), Piedra (2010, grunge; free at Google Web Fonts), Pinguino (2005, condensed brush face), Platinus Script Pro (2012, a wedding font), Ricotta Script (2011, a true signage face), Romy (2007, graffiti script), Voyeur (2011), Almond Script (2007), Candombe (2007, a brushy script with an African theme---the Pro version is from 2013), Amorinda (2007), Cafelatte (2006, signage face), Matogrosso Script (2009), Uplink (2009, upright connected script), Aladin (2009, an art nouveau-meets-Arabic face; free at Google Web Fonts and at OFL), Delight Script (2011: a 1950s signage face, which won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012), Diplomatic (2009) and MobleySerif (2003) were created by Alejandro Paul based on his letters. They can be purchased as Umbrella Type at Veer. Also at Umbrella, Paul and Koziupa made the casual script typeface Brisa (2004; its grungified version is Viento, 2011), and the script typefaces Chocolate Caliente, Amargo and Dulce (2005), Felipe (2005), Cooked (2006, rough-edged), Chicle ST (2007, bubble gum wrapper type, free at Google Web Fonts), Lombriz (2005), Bakery Script (2006, for signs in stores), and the frizzy Cenizas (2005).
Bilined deco scripts such as Festival Script Pro (2013: a winner at Tipos Latinos 2014), Tanguera (2007), Aranjuez (2012), Bellas Artes (2007, doubly-lined script), Heraldica Script (2013), and Evergreen (2014, a leafy script).
For a project at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, Angelina Santos created a couple of pixelish typefaces in 2015. She also drew a calligraphic alphabet, Alpha a Zema (2015) and designed an iconographic typeface, AlphaBetumZ (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Scribe, calligrapher and teacher (1871, Mönchengladbach-1951, Prien). From 1896 until 1903, she studied at the Royal College of Art in London, and was a student of Edward Johnston in 1900. She taught at Weimar from 1908-1914 and collaborated with the Bremer Presse from 1918 on. She created the initials for "Dante" (Berlin: Rowolth 1930) and for "Augustinus" (München: Bremer Presse 1924). Jakob Erbar was one of her students. The Bremer Presse published Anna Simons Titel und Initialen für die Bremer Presse in 1926. The book blurb: A portfolio of titles and initials designed by Anna Simons for the Bremer Presse. Along with Graily Hewitt, Eric Gill, and Percy Smith, Simons was one of Edward Johnston's star pupils at the Royal College of Art in London, and she has inscribed this copy to him on the title-page in black ink. It was after studying with Johnston, whose Writing&Illuminating,&Lettering she translated into German, that Simons in 1918 went home to Germany to work at the Bremer Presse. During her time at the Presse, she would design many titles and initial sets for them, and in 1926 this portfolio was issued to showcase her work. Each sheet in the portfolio is headed by one of Simons' Bremer Presse title designs, including her titles for the Divine Comedy, Fichte's Reden an Die Seutsche Nation, Chansons d'Amour, Albii Tabulli Elegiae, and others. The titles are followed by the initials she cut for the work. [Google] [More] ⦿
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer of the vintage typeface Boston (2016), Last Light Calligraphy Script, the thin connected script typefaces Anastasia (2016, calligraphic), Grandymaa (2015) and Feminisme (2015). They also made Zerica Script (2016), Steady & Silky (2015), The Creeps (2015) and Vintageos Vain (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
French designer of the free font Autopia (2014) that can be downloaded from Open Font Library: This project was initiated during the Summer School of OSP in August 2013. The particularity of this fonts is in the process of developing its shape. The skeleton was generated through Autotrace Program (a program that converts bitmaps to vector graphics). Calligraphic forms were drawn with Python Fontforge's code. [Google] [More] ⦿
Padova-based calligrapher who produced some calligraphic alphabets, ca. 1604. See also his Book on lace with Sebastian Zanilla, also 1604. Examples: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII. [Google] [More] ⦿
Late fifteenth century Italian renaissance era calligrapher who was based in Florence, and who was famous for his florentine style of antiqua and cancellaresca. His alphabets inspired many typefaces, such as Petrarch (ATF), Sinibaldi (1926, Raffaello Bertieri) and Bologna (1946, Stephenson Blake). Digital typefaces based on his work include 1480 Humanistica (2010) by Klaus-Peter Schäffel. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the hand-crafted typefaces Archipelago (2015, a connected swashy script), Shintya (2015), Sambay (2015: a brush script), Silvia (2015), Matauro (2015, a watercolor brush), Almarhum (2015), Chocolava (2015, a fun creamy hand-crafted typeface), Itaki (2015, a rough brush font), Egocentric (2014), and the curly connected script typeface Esmeralda (2015). He also designed the copperplate calligraphic script typeface Cimochi (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Ipanema, Esse (brush script), Shaggie (script), Inkotsi (a rough sans serif). His company is called Incools Design Studio and is located in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka Aponjohn and FLStudio. Aceh, Indonesia-based designer of the fifties style connected calligraphic script typeface Guarddilla (2016), the calligraphic Callpedia Script (2016), Callpedia sans (2016), Elfa Brush (2016), and the handwriting font Feelter (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Xanthi-based designer of the Greek type1 font family Phaistos (2004, with Stratos Doumanis). He also created the "oinuit" system, a set of Lambda (Omega LaTeX) typesetting tools for the Inuktitut language which comes bundled with the type 1 family Inuit (2002). In 2007, he published the Philokalia package, which includes a free Philokalia OpenType font developed with Ioannis Gamvets. It was specially made to print the Philokalia books. The UM Typewriter font family (2008, for OpenType fonts) is a monospaced font family that was built from glyphs from the CB Greek fonts, the CyrTUG Cyrillic alphabet fonts ("LH"), and the standard Computer Modern font family. Epi-Olmec (2008) is an Aztec dingbat font. In support of the Open Font Library, he created the rune font Icelandic (2008: this font includes most "magical" staves that have been used in Iceland. Original drawings from the Museum of Sorcery&Witchcraft). He also made Asana Math (2007), which references Young Ryu (2000) and Claudio Beccari (1997-1999).
In 2016, Pablo Garcia Risueño, Apostolos Syropoulos and Natalia Verges launched the free package SVR Symbols. The glyphs of this font are ideograms that have been designed for use in Physics texts. Some symbols are standard and some are entirely new.
Still in 2016, he designed the calligraphic Greek font Frederika2016 as an attempt to digitize Hermann Zapf's Frederika font. The font is the Greek companion of Virtuosa by the same designer.
One of the most dynamic foundries from 2000 until 2003. The "Lab" was run by Apostrophe (Fredrick Nader) and was based in Toronto. The name Apostrophe comes from a Frank Zappa song. It has produced well over 1000 original free fonts, in all formats (type 1, truetype, and opentype, PC and Mac), and nearly all fonts have full character sets. Many have character sets for extended European languages and Cyrillic as well. It was for a few years the only active producer of multiple master fonts. Download site at Typoasis. Original URL, now being reworked. Highlights:
aRc (or: Azelea Rodgers Creations)
aRc was established in 2008 by Azelea Rodgers (b. 1974, The Philippines). It is located in Lathrop, CA.
A graduate from Skyline College, she created the alphabet tracing font Kerp (2008) for kids in pre-kindergarten. She also made Rosebud (2008, letters composed of thorny rose stems), Asvet Mono (2009, a playful stencil), Azelea (2009), Edil Script (2010), Laureen (2010, a calm calligraphic script), Alexy (2011, a ribbon script), and Lelet Script (2009).
Slovenian foundry which specializes in old typefaces found in old prints, books and samples. Typefaces are reproduced as they appeared in print. In order to preserve the original feel of typefaces, no additional characters were added to originals therefore most of fonts consist just of basic character set. Upper case letters, lower case letters, numerals and basic punctuation. It was set up in 2000 by Matevz Medja. Engraving style typefaces: Kludsky (2006), Garfield (2005), Copperplate Head (2005), Western Iron (2005), Cider (2005), French Shaded (2005), Tilt (2005). The blackletter typefaces: School Text (2005), Harlem Title (2005), Copperplate Text (2005), Black Title (2005), Chased Black (2005), Tinted (2005), Steeler (2005), Blackcap (2005). Calligraphic typefaces: Petite Script (2005), Autograph Script (2005), French Script (2005), Penman Script (2005), Magnolia Script (2005), Roundface Script (2005), Roundhand Script (2005). Other typefaces: American Shadow (2005), Lightface Extended (2005), Grotesque Shaded (2005), Gothic Ornate (2005), Antique Extra Condensed (2005), Antique Extended (2005), Ironlace (2005), Atlantique (2005), Mann (2005), Old Style Condensed (2005), Ribbon (2005), Salisbury Script (2005), Black Title Text (2005, blackletter), German Text (2005, blackletter), Archive Hands (2006, pointing fingers), Archive Woodchild (2006). Distressed typefaces: Archive Tale (2006), Archive Egipt Compressed (2006). In 2011, he published the Archive Garamond family, which is closer to the unpolished originals. The 2010 catalog has three parts:
Area Type (was: GType)
Brazilian designer of the Victorian typefaces Broser (2015), Romant (2015) and Moyers (2014). In 2015, he made the connected script typefaces Madelina Script, Smoothline (watercolor brush), Adediala and Adamenya, the poster typeface Wolder, the connected brush script Sannie, and the hand-lettered typefaces Alastrina and Quintessa.
Typefaces from 2016: Mallicot Script (calligraphic), Sifrand Script (brush), Chamelia Script, Moodnight Script, Flowerroom Script (curly script), Ismelda Script (calligraphic script), Charissa Script (brush script), Shartica Script, Morenthya Script, Aintzane (connected script).
Aridi Computer Graphics is known for its initial caps and ornamental typefaces and ornaments. In 2008, Dick Pape digitized these typefaces: AridiArabesqueDesignsI, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIIa, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIIb, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIa, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIb, AridiArabesqueDesignsIV, AridiArabesqueFrames, AridiArabesqueMasterpieces, AridiArabesqueMasterpiecesA, AridiArabesqueMasterpiecesB, AridiArabesqueOrnaments, AridiArabicCalligraphyArt, AridiArtNouveauA, AridiArtNouveauB, AridiBusinessGraphics, AridiCalligraphiaA, AridiCalligraphiaB, AridiCalligraphicaI, AridiCalligraphicaII, AridiCrests&Ribbons, AridiElaborateFrames, Aridi Fiesta 1 and 2, AridiInitials1Blister, AridiInitials1Gothic, AridiInitials1Nabel, AridiInitials1Regal, AridiInitials1Spring, AridiInitials1Wind, AridiInitials2Digital, AridiInitials2LubnaHollow, AridiInitials2NapoliHollow, AridiInitials2Romantic, AridiInitials2Royal, AridiInitials2Stone, AridiInitials3Cherubs, AridiInitials3Fantasia, AridiInitials3FantasiaBold, AridiInitials3Masselle, AridiInitials3Rosette, AridiInitials3RosetteRevers, AridiInitials3Victoriana, AridiInitials3Vincente, AridiInitials4Cinderella, AridiInitials4Federal, AridiInitials4Ginger, AridiInitials4Marquesa, AridiInitials4Renaissance, AridiInitials4Tuscani, AridiOldWorldFramesA, AridiOldWorldFramesB, AridiOldWorldFramesC, AridiOldWorldFramesD, AridiOldWorldFramesE, AridiOldWorldFramesF, AridiOldWorldFramesG, AridiOldWorldOrnamentsA, AridiOldWorldOrnamentsB, AridiOrnamentalDesigns, AridiOrnamentalFrames, AridiPrinterOrnamentsD, AridiPrinterOrnamentsSingle, AridiPrinterOrnamentshA, AridiPrinterOrnamentshB, AridiPrinterOrnamentshC, AridiPrinterOrnamentsvA, AridiPrinterOrnamentsvB, AridiRibbons&Banners. Download page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Måns Grebäck (Aring Typeface, Örebro, Sweden) is a prolific Swedish designer (b. Lindesberg, Sweden, 1990), who lives in Borlänge, Sweden. Måns Grebäck has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Dalarna (2012). In 2010, he went commercial, and started selling fonts through MyFonts. In 2011 he started Mawns Design. In 2013, that was renamed to Aring Typeface. In 2011 he already had over seven million downloads of his fonts, which were featured at websites such as Dafont and Myfonts. He also does custom type work. His typefaces, both free and commercial:
Extraordinary Hungarian design talent based in Budapest, 1986-2015. I can't find enough superlatives to describe his work or find appropriate ords to express my sadness when I learned of his death due to a bicycle accident on September 4, 2015. He was best known for his experimental type projects. He published the masterful Ogaki in 2009, the high contrast didone typeface Sensaway Pro (2010, Die Gestalten), the calligraphic Caligo (2013), the freestyle jazz high-contrast typeface Qalto (2012) and the fat counterless Dubwise Pro (2010) at Die Gestalten. Other typefaces include Milen Serif (2009, organic), Minimalstile (2008), Minimalca (2008, organic), Fade Away and Fancy Fence (2009, geometric blackletter), Muzikal (2010), Type #32 (2010).
Art and Fonts by Sean (aka The BlackBox)
Free fonts by Sean Moldenhauer of Michigan City, Indiana, a graduate of the Art institute of Chicago who apprenticed with Donna Karen. Sean has beautiful Japanese calligraphic prints (shodo style) as well as fonts based on carefully researched historical typefaces. Examples: JapaneseZenSampler1 (2001), TheTombwinterandspring1 (1997, "heavily inspired by the incised letters from the tomb of Henry III, Westminster Abbey, about 1272"), Thorns (1997), VampyresGarden (1997, initial caps inspired by a copy of the Romant de la Rose from the beginning of the 16th century), HoursintheRain (1997), SevenWavessighsSalome (1997, caps). Very nice gothic and medieval style creations. He showcases great Arab, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. [Google] [More] ⦿
Art and Sign Unlimited
Jerry Berg (Art and Sign Unlimited) created these signage typefaces in 2014: Zipper, Quick Script (calligraphic), Maverick, Poster Script, Longhorn, Empire (spurred, Victorian), Backfire, Cascadia, Casino (Victorian), Casino Fancy.
In 2015, he created Shop Casual, Hamilton Grand (flowing formal script), Muy Bueno (a regular monoline script font), Rough Draw, Gambit and Tradition. In 2015, he designed Ale House (a slab serif done with Lavonne West).
Typefaces from 2016: ASU Stingray Regular (a casual rhythmic hand), Dragonfly (Victorian octagonal style), California Script.
"Creator" of the calligraphic typeface Cygnet Round (1996). Cynet Round is a knock-off of Roundhand BT (Matthew carter, Bitstream), which in turn was inspired by penman Charles Snell. [Google] [More] ⦿
Arthur Baker Designs (or: Glyph Systems)
American calligrapher who worked for many foundries, and ran several studios. His fonts have calligraphic influences, of course. MyFonts page. Another MyFonts page. And still another MyFonts page. FontShop link. Some of his work, which is a bit scattered over many foundries:
Some explanations by Freddy Nader: The Baker Argentina and Danmark typefaces were variations on his Signet. Baker originally made Signet for Headliners International in the 1960s, where he worked full time. In 1972 he was approached by VGC and told that they would pay him royalties as well if he made the same typeface for them. Royalties were a relatively new thing back then - Tommy Thompson was the very first person to ever learn royalties in type (in 1944 for his Thompson Quill script for Photo Lettering Inc), and he wasn't a type designer per se, he was a calligrapher. Lured by the idea of royalties coming his way from two different directions for the same face, Baker did a Signet for VGC. When Bob Evans, owner of Headliners, found out, he threatened to sue VGC for trademark infringement (copyright for typefaces was unheard of at the time - every major photo type house had "similar" fonts, and whenever someone got exclusives made by outside designers under a royalty program, it was only a matter of weeks before they were knocked off and changed slightly by other type houses, big and small). So in order to avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit, VGC called their typeface Baker Signet, instead of just Signet, and went further by asking Arthur Baker to make a lighter version and a condensed version. The lighter version was called Baker Argentina, the condensed version was called Baker Danmark. The "Number One" prefix was added to both so that when the inevitable knockoffs happened, type buyers would know which type was made first. About Baker Sans, Freddy writes: The Baker Sans was a knockoff of Helvetica. It was a massive family of a lot of fonts, rendered very ugly by camera stretching and slanting. Eddie Bauer used it as their corporate typeface for a long time in order to avoid the expensive fees of licensing Helvetica. Tim Ryan ended up digitizing it for Arthur Baker in the mid 1990s for a lot of money. That digital version is now being sold by ITF under one of its many companies (either Arthur Baker Design, or Arthur Baker Designs, or maybe Maverick Designs).
Artimasa (Banda Aceh, Indonesia) designed the calligraphic typeface Prada in 2013.
In 2014, Artimasa added Aliva (connected signage script), Thander (heavy signage script), Sherina (thin script), Adelia (signage script), Advena, Authentica (vintage script), Brandall (connected script), Graceful (script), Felisha (a creamy script), Zelda (connected script), Bulgary Script (a swashy connected wedding script), Heyzilla (connected script), Nabila (signage script), Hipsteria (connected script), Zakia (script) and Baliho (signage script), and the free 60s signage or baseball script typeface Streetwear.
Typefaces from 2015: Balqis (calligraphic script), Debby (free brush script), Lettuce (calligraphic), Fadilla (connected calligraphic script), Steelheart (calligraphic script), Shaqila (signage script), Hamster Script (free), Cherrybelle (brush script), Hillwood (connected signage script), Snatchy Script, Harlott (a free connected brush script), Endless Sorrow (funky lettering), Atlantika, Oldways (free modular typeface), Winterfell (connected script), Fairy Tales, Foreplay, Bad Mood (vintage signage script), Delisa.
Designer of these typefaces in 2015: the calligraphic signage typeface Antero, the calligraphic typefaces Elastic, Braveheart, Midnight and Lettuce, and the creamy brush script typefaces Aqualita and Scylla. In 2016, he designed Worker, Asley Brush, Mallow Script, Arnetalia and Wholler (connected calligraphic typeface) [Google] [More] ⦿
Artsy Lady's Home Page
Betty Cook (b. 1952) is the "Artsy Lady", a New Jersey designer who created ALBabyNewYearAH, ALCinderella (calligraphic caps), ALConscienceAH, ALCrossStitchHearts, ALPlaceSettingsDings (2001), ALPlaceSettingsLetters, ALPrincessJasmine, ALPrincessSnowWhite, ALSnowmen, BabyGeniuses, BabyGeniuses2Normal, CruiseLine, Dreidl (2000, art nouveau), KittyKatLove, LeprechaunHats, Patriot, PilgrimHats, Polywog, Tramp, Untitled2. Mostly alphadings. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Dublin, Ireland. His typefaces in 2014 include Tipsy Script, Sketch Up, Woods Woods, Chiply Script, Exuber (a condensed didone), Coplex, Adelaide, Denise, Amalia (a condensed formal script), Paradise (a ronde script), Aberdeen (a vintage handmade typeface) and the extensive typeface family Vernon Sans.
In 2015, he created Broondy Serif (a didone typeface with wedge serifs), Volare (vintage family), Ellington, Adamina Script (a sturdy connected signage script). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Association for Insight Meditation (or: Aimwell)
On this site dedicated to Pali fonts, we find Bhikkhu Pesala's free fonts: Akkhara, Cankama (2009, blackletter), Carita (2006, all caps roman), Garava (2006), Guru (2008: made for Buddhist publications, it is a rather complete Latin, Greek and symbol font), Hattha (2007, felt marker face), Kabala (2009, after Kabel...), Lekhana (2008, in Zapf Chancery style), Mandala (2007, geometric sans), Odana (2006), Pali, Talapatta, Talapanna (2007), Veluvana (2006), Verajja (2006), Yolanda (2008, calligraphic). The Pali fonts all have over 1400 Latin characters with diacritics including those needed for Sanskrit and Pali transcriptions. They cover Latin, Vietnamese, chess symbols, and astrological signs, and are based on Zapf's Palatino. Bhikkhu Pesala is a Buddhist monk in London. [Google] [More] ⦿
Astigmatic One Eye
Astigmatic One Eye (AOE) has lots of nice original fonts by Brian J. Bonislawsky (b. 1973, Pittsburgh, PA). Many are free, others are not. AOE joined Font Brothers Inc in 2006. Brian Bonislawsky currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.
A partial list of the AOE fonts made in 2011: Engagement (2011, a free brush script at Google Web Fonts), Fascinate (2011, an art deco typeface at Google Web Fonts; +Inline), Original Surfer (2011, a free Google Web Font inspired by a vintage advertisement for the "California Cliffs Caravan Park"), Smokum (2011, a Western / Italian face), Yellowtail (2011, signage face), Redressed (2011), Special Elite (2011, free typewriter face), Aclonica (2011).
Typefaces from 2008 or before: Horseplay AOE (2008, Western style), Cake and Sodomy AOE (2008), Good Eatin AOE (2008), Paradiso AOE (2008, inspired by logotype of the Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas), Montelago AOE (2007, a script inspired by the logotype of the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas), Jack Chain AOE (2007), Henhouse (2007), Schnitzle (2007), Luxurian AOE (2007, inspired by the logo of the Luxor Hotel&Casino in Las Vegas), Digital Disco AOE (2007), Mighty Tuxedo AOE (2007), Makeshift AOE (2007), Clarity AOE (2007, slab serif headline), Red Pigtails AOE (2007), Run Tron 1983 (2002), Eyeliner AOE (2006, Tekton-like), Mother Hen (2007), Gloversville (2007, comic book style), Mighty Tuxedo AOE (2007, condensed sans), Quick Handle AOE (2007), Surfing Bird (2007), Hydrogen (2004), Hardliner (2004, fifties diner style), Big Ruckus (2004), SS Antique No. 5 (2004), Europa Twin (2003), EuroMachina (2003, techno), Lord Rat (2003), Love Anxiety (2003), BuzzSaw (2003), Skullbearer (2003, skull dingbats), Beatnick Blue (2002), Geisha Boy (2002), Mardi Party (2002), Midcrime (2002), Ocovilla (2002), Ruthless (2002), Saltie Doggie (2002), Whiskers (2002), Royal Gothic, Family, Eggit, Jericho, Wild Monkeys (2002), 5FingeredGothSW, AlienArgonautAOE, AlphaMackAOE, AmphibiPrint, AngiomaAOE, AntiChristSuperstar, AntiChristSuperstarSW, AstigmaSolid, BigLimboAOE, BigLimbodOutAOE, BoneRollAOE, BoneRollAOEBold, BoundAOE, BrailleAOE, BulletBallsAOE, ButterflyChromosome, ButterflyChromosomeAOE, ButtonButton, ButtonButtonAOE, CType, CTypeAOE, CelticLionAOE-Bold, CelticLionAOE-BoldItalic, CelticLionAOE-Italic, CelticLionAOE, CharailleAOE, ChickenScratch, ChickenScratchAOE, ClunkerAOE, ClunkerAOE-Bold, CropBats, CropBatsAOE, CropBatsIIAOE, DarkNightAOE, DeadGrit, DeliveryMatrixAOE, DetourAOE, DigitalDiscoAOE, DigitalDiscoAOEOblique, DingleBerries, DoggyPrintAOE, DraxLumaAOE, DungeonKeeperII, DungeonKeeperIIBold, DungeonKeeperIIItalic, EggItAOE, EggitAOE-Italic, EggitOutlineAOE, ElectricHermes, ElectricHermesAOE, ElectricHermesAOECharge, FearAOE, FilthAOE, FishyPrintAOEOne, FishyPrintOneAOE, FishyPrintTwoAOE, FutharkAOE, FutharkAOEInline, FutharkAOEInline, GateKeeperAOE, Ghoulish Fright AOE (2006), GlagoliticAOE (1999, grungy glagolitic), GorgonCocoonAOE, Gotik, GreyAlienSW, HAL9000AOE, HAL9000AOEBold, HAL9000AOEBoldItalic, HAL9000AOEItalic, HandageAOE, HandageAOEBold, HauntAOE, HybridLCDAOE, IDSupernovaSW, IslanderAOE, JokerWildAOE, KillMeCraig, KillMeCraigAOE, Kinderfeld, KittyPrint, KittyPrintAOE, Kornucopia, KornucopiaAOE, LinusFace, LinusFaceAOE, LinusPlayAOE, LinusPlaySW, Lochen, LovesickAOE, Manson, MasterPlan, Mervale Script (2012: a brushy script based on the 1940's Fawcett Publications Mary Marvel comic), Microbe, MooCowSW, MotherlodeLoadedAOE-Italic, MotherlodeLoadedAOE, MotherlodeStrippedAOE-Italic, MotherlodeStrippedAOE, MysterioSWTrial, NightmareAOE, OrnaMental, Pantera, PapaManoAOE, PenicillinAOE, PixelGantryAOE, PixelGantryAOEBold, PixelGantryAOEBoldItalic, PixelGantryAOEHeavy, PixelGantryAOEHeavyItalic, PixelGantryAOEItalic, PixelGantryHiliteAOE, PixelGantryHiliteAOEItalic, PoppyAOE, PoseidonAOE, Prick, QuiltedAOE, QuiltedAOEBlack, QuiltedTrial, RippleCrumb, RippleCrumbUltraCon, ROCKY, ROCKYAOE, RustedMachineSW, SSExpAntiqueAOE, Schizm, Schrill, SchrillAOE, SchrillAOEOblique, Scrawn, ScrawnAOE, ScrawnCyrAOE, ScrawnKOI8AOE, ScrewedAOE, ScrewedAOEOblique, ScrewedSW, SeaweedFireAOE, SenthAOE, ShampooSW, ShottyTransferTrial, SkinnerAOE, SlurCrumb, SpatCrumb, SpikeCrumbGeiger, SpikeCrumbSwizzle, SpikeCrumbSwollen, SteelcapRubbingTrial, StruckSW, StrutterAOE, SunspotsAOE, SurferComicTrial, TRANSHUMANALPHABET10, TRANSHUMANKATAKANA20, TannarinAOE, TannarinAOEOblique, TibetanBeefgardenAOE, TibetanBeefgardenAOE, TouristTrapAOE, TransponderAOE, TransponderGridAOE, UglyStickAOE, VanguardIIIAOE-Bold, VanguardIIIAOE-BoldOblique, VanguardIIIAOE-Oblique, VanguardIIIAOE, Ventilate, VentilateAOE, Y2KPopMuzikAOE, Y2KPopMuzikOutlineAOE, YoungItchAOE, ZeichensSW, ZenoPotionAOE, Zombie, BeatnikBlueAOE, BeatnikBlueFillAOE, GeishaBoyAOE, MardiPartyAOE, MindCrimeAOE, OcovillaAOE, PolynesianTouristAOE, RuthlessAOE, SaltyDoggieAOE, SpruceAOE, WhiskersAOE-Oblique, WhiskersAOE, WhiskersAltCapsAOE-Oblique, WhiskersAltCapsAOE (2002), Habitual, Automatic (techno), Bitrux, Filth, Cake&Sodomy, Gulag, Bad Comp, Detour, Alien Argonaut, Dark Night, GateKeeper (Halloween font), Gargamel Smurf, Invocation, Neuntotter, Geisha Boy, Saratoga Slim, Gobe, Stingwire, Lavatype, Tapehead, Islander, Clunker, Digelectric, Gargamel, Krulo-Tag, Krelesanta, SurferComic, Bound, Culture Vulture, Intruder, Cavalier, Anoxia, Synchrounous (IBM logo style lettering), Luna, Data Error, Lunokhod, Jericho. There are many techno and gothic fonts. Kill Me Craig is the first 26 death scene dingbat font (scenes by Craig Dowsett). KittyPrint takes the LinusFace font concept to more realistic cat head dingbats. Krelesanta (not free) is a funky font inspired by the band Kreamy Electric Santa. The free ButtonButton is useful for making buttons. Lovesick AOE is a scrawly, lovelorn typeface, i's dotted with hearts. Strutter AOE is based on the KISS logo. Senth AOR is a runic font. Charaille is one of the many dot matrix fonts. Cavalero is inspired by the logotype of the Chevy Cavalier.
In 2005, Bonislawsky and Sandler realeased 500 fonts, via Bitstream and MyFonts, under the label Breaking The Norm.
In 2006, Astigmatic published their typewriter collection, which includes Military Document, Bank Statement, State Evidence Small Caps, State Evidence, Urgent telegram, Library Report, Overdrawn Account, Customs Paperwork, Incoming Fax and Office Memorandum.
From the bio and various pieces of information, one is led to believe that Brian was born in Poland, and now lives in Miami, but that may be wrong.
In 2010, he placed a free font at the Google Directory, Syncopate. Along the same lines, we find the derived square serif typeface Stint Ultra Condensed (2011, Google Web Fonts) and Stint Ultra Expanded (2012).
In 2011, several other typefaces followed there, like Ultra (fat didone), Maiden Orange, Special Elite, Just Another Hand, Crushed, Luckiest Guy (comic book face), Aclonica, Redressed, Montezuma (a curly connected upright script), Devonshire (brush script), Fondamento (calligraphic lettering), Yellowatil (connected retro script), Righteous (free at Google Web Fonts: inspired by the all capitals letterforms from the deco posters of Hungarian artist Robert Berény for Modiano), Ribeye and Ribeye Marrow> (cartoon and/or tattoo style lettering---free at Google Web Fonts), Spicy Rice (2011, free festive display typeface at Google Web Fonts).
Contributions in 2012: Marcellus (2012, Trajan, flared roman), Eagle Lake (a free calligraphic font at Google Web Fonts), Uncial Antiqua, Jim Nightshade (2012, free at Google web fonts), Dynalight (2012, a retro script inspired by a vintage luggage tag for the Southern Pacific 4449 Daylight steam locomotive), Yesteryear (a retro script loosely based on the title screen from the 1942 film The Palm Beach Story), Parisienne (Google Web Fonts: casual connected script based on a 1960s ad for bras), Shojumaru (Google Web Fonts: an oriental simulation typeface inspired by a poster for the Marlon Brando movie Sayonara), Berkshire Swash (Google Web Fonts), Audiowide (Google Web Fonts), Romanesco (Google Web Fonts: a narrow calligraphic style), Galindo (Google Web Fonts), Oregano (Google Web Fonts: based on cartoon style lettering of calligrapher and logo designer Rand Holub. This style of hand lettering adorned many retro brochures and advertisements of the late 40's through the 1960's), Peralta (Google Web Fonts: an Egyptian comic book face), Eagle Lake (Google Web Fonts: calligraphic), McLaren (Google Web Fonts: comic book style alphabet), Freckle Face, Hanalei Fill, Hanalei [Polynesian bamboo or tiki lettering], Purple Purse, Margarine, Risque, Clicker Script [image], Stalemate [a gracious script, by Jim Lyles for AOE], Mouse Memoirs, Quintessential [Google Web Fonts: chancery hand], Bigelow Rules, Englebert [Google Web Fonts: from the title screen of the 1930's film titled Der blue Engel, starring Marlene Dietrich], Sacramento [Google Web Fonts: connected script].
Typefaces from 2013: Freckle Face (grunge), Grand Hotel, Purple Purse (Purple Purse draws its inspiration from a vintage Ivory Soap ad from the 1950's. Somewhat of a cross between Bodoni and Pixie, this font finds that it never truly takes itself seriously).
Stiggy & Sands is the American typefoundry of Brian Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles, est. 2013. Their first commercial typefaces, all jointly designed, are Luckiest Guy Pro (a fat comic book font based on vintage 1950s ads) and Marcellus Pro (a flared roman inscriptional typeface with both upper and lower case, originally published in 2012 by Astigmatic).
Typefaces from 2014: Franken Jr AOE Pro (inspired by the title screen from the 1966 Hanna Barbera cartoon Frankenstein Jr), Good Eatin Pro AOE (inspired by the title screen from the 1942 Warner Bros. cartoon Dog Tired), Ghostkid AOE Pro (comic letter style).
Typefaces from 2015: Shanks Antique 5 AOE (after the newspaper typeface Memorial (1865, Stevens, Shanks & Sons)), Reliquaire AOE (a somber blackletter typeface inspired by Memorial (1881, Boston Type Foundry)).
Typefaces from 2016: Mailuna Pro AOE (a gothic sans), Kentish AOE Pro (art deco). Reardon AOE (a digitization of a film typeface called Joyce Black by LetterGraphics), Berkmire AOE (1970s style robot-inspired techno font), Blackheath Pro AOE (this typeface started as a digitization of a film typeface called Roberts Square by LetterGraphics), Delaware Pro AOE (art deco), Rutland AOE (a futuristic font that is a digitization of a film typeface called Maccaro by LetterGraphics). In 2016, Brian J. Bonislawasky and Jim Lyles published the rugged octagonal mega typeface family Tradesman at Grype.
Astype.de is a German foundry started in 2003 by illustrator and type designer Andreas Seidel (b. 1975). He lives in Cottbus, Germany. Home page. See also here. In 2007, he and Ingo Preuss set up The German Type Foundry. The typefaces:
Spanish typefoundry, est. 2013. One of its founders, Santos Bregaña, writes: Of Croatian origin, Santos Bregaña is born by chance in the city of Pamplona in 1965 on the very day that Le Corbusier drowns in Cap Martin. After studying architecture in San Sebastian and Barcelona he launches the Laia Atelier in 1996 where he focuses on interior design, and on graphic and industrial design projects associated with the culinary culture and business. In 2008 he receives, along with co-creator Anne Ibañez Guridi, the Art Director's Club of New York Sphere Award for their body of work for the restaurant Mugaritz. He leads Tabula, a publishing house dedicated to the spread of culture and gastronomy, and is a speaker on public forums and seminars related to high cuisine. His porcelain designs and his O! Luna, Tabula, and Linneo collections have received international praise and are in many of the best restaurants and hotels in the world.
In 2013 Atelier Iaia published the calligraphic Iturzaeta-inspired typeface Lamia, a joint effort of Santos Bregaña, Julen Cano Linazasor and Maore Sagarzazu: The Lamia font is inspired by the work of the most famous calligrapher of the Basque Country, Jose Francisco de Iturzaeta Eizaguirre (Getaria, 1788-Madrid, 1853). His writing method was compulsory in Spanish schools since 1835. His "unpolished Spanish font" tried to be more effective than the more commercial English version by avoiding embellishments and excessive rear tearing. More akin with the liberal values imported by the French, his offerings sought uniformity, speed and efficiency to ensure that those in the less-favored echelons of society had an effective communication tool. From his "General collection of characters of European Letters" published in Madrid in 1833, we have chosen the "lower case pancilla reformed" represented in one of the prints. We have tried to reinterpret it by keeping its essence but also ensuring that it is viable for potential contemporary uses which, thanks to its good readability and effectiveness in longer texts, basically means as a decorative or display font. The upper case was generated using the lower case as a reference.
Waskonia (2013, Santos Bregaña) is inspired by Basq gravestones from the 8th century.
Earlier work of Santos Bregaña includes the Kai family (1999, with Mikel Enparantza) at Garagefonts.
Born and died in Addis Ababa, 1926-1979. Educator (at Addis Ababa University), author, and calligrapher, who was frequently called upon by Emperor Haile Selassie for calligraphy and lettering. His Gothic Goffer (blackletter-style) characters were extended into a font by Abbas Alamnehe (2006). [Google] [More] ⦿
Atypic Co (was: Argo Typo)
Jonathan Cuervo (Atypic Co, Mexico City, and before that, Argo Typo) designed these typefaces:
German foundry, est. 2009 by Julius Wiescher (b. 1991), who is the youngest son of famous type designer Gert Wiescher. His font Thin Pen (2009) is based on an ancestor of the German DIN-Schrift. The font was traced with a plastic template on transparent paper, scanned and worked over carefully to keep the handmade, authentic touch. Other fonts by him: DonJulio and Donna Julia (2008, Autographis, calligraphic script fonts made with Gert), Flatpen (2008, Autographis, with Gert), Norm Pen (2011, based on an ancestor of DIN Schrift), Bold Pen (2011, bold version of Norm Pen), Groucho (2011, a high-contrast flowing script), Authentic (2011, a connected copperplate script), Oldhand (2011, shaky handwriting), Holz Caps (2011, an irregular wood type simulation face), Poing (2011, a flowing calligraphic script), Cri Cri (2011, slab serif comic book face).
München-based foundry, est. 2008 by Gert Wiescher, whose main font foundry is Wiescher Design. Myfonts link. Specializing in handwritten scripts and rough fonts, they created Obsession A through F (2012, a penmanship typeface family), Pigalle Swing (2012), Amaro (2011, a signage script family; + Amaro Block, +Amaro Fleurie), Obsession (2011, a calligraphic family), Astara (2010), Golden Love (2010), Homer (2010, a comic character script), Moon Love (2010), Perfecto (2010), Nikita (2009, upright connected script), English Lazy Bird (2009), Script Hand (2009), Angel Eyes (2009), Cheap Thrill (2009), Viva Maria (2009), True Love (2009), WildThing (2009), Doria (2009), Verena (2009), Astria (2009), Chloe (2009), Bea (2009, brush), Xan (2009, rough Japanese-style script), Fat Sally (2009, comic book face), Wally (2009, calligraphic), Ysadora (2009, calligraphic), Zoe (2009, calligraphic), Joyosa (2009), Ulissia (2009, hand-drawn slab serif), Querida (2009), Riana (2008), Quiana (2008), Quirina (2008, calligraphic), Naomi (2009, calligraphic; based on his Nana), Don Julio (2008, calligraphic), Donna Julia (2008, calligraphic), Novita (2008, calligraphic), Novido (2008), Flatpen (2008, a rounded sans face), Kato (2008), Leona (2008, brush script), Tina (2008, fat brush), Maeva (2008, calligraphic script), Oona (2008, like Maeva), the brush script Paula (2008), the upright cursive typefaces Grazia (2008) and Greta (2008), the brush script Juliana (2008), the comic book style typefaces Carina (2008), Isara (2008), Kiki (2008), and Fanny (2008), and the calligraphic script typefaces Dalia (2008), Elisara (2008), Simona (2008), Helenia (2008), Annabella (2008), Brigitta (2008) and Constanza (2008). Gert writes about himself: I went to Paris when I was very young, just for the sake of art. That caused many a sleepless night to my beloved mother, but she accepted my decision. Once I met Salvador Dalí, but he did not take me very seriously. To this day I dont know why! After some years I decided to start a serious life. I got married and studied graphic design at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Making detours, once more to Paris, then to Barcelona, where I designed the OECD pavillion for the Osaka World Expo at the office of Harnden&Bombelli, I reached South Africa. Grey and Young advertising got to know me! I had to fiddle around with Agfa cameras and films, Epol dog-food, several kinds of toilet paper, unbelievable insurance companies and I-dont-know-what. Sometime on a holiday in Munich I stayed there. Someone made me an offer I did not want to refuse. DFS&R-Dorland bought me out of South African slavery! I now became an art-director for Paulaner, CMA, Phillip Morris, and Peugeot. Being a young adventurous man, I changed to the Herrwerth&Partner agency, which at that time was supposed to be the most creative outfit in town. Mister Herrwerth taught me to think simple. I was allowed to introduce IKEA into the German market. Afterwards I became Creative Partner with Lauenstein&Partner. That was OK, til someone discovered his love for horses! Thats when I rented my own office in 1982! Since then I design some typefaces per year, I guide a couple of nice young people (apprentices) along to designer stardom. I write a couple of books and newspaper articles about design, computers, food, drink and crime! As a graphic designer I have nothing but happy clients! I am open to every challenge! [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graduate of the School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology. East Billerica, MA-based designer of the calligraphically-inspired Plumeria (2015) and Plumeria Sans (2015). Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bob Alonso (b. Bronx, NY, 1946, d.2007), the founder of BA Graphics in 1994, was a prolific American type designer. He created Damage Control (1993, grunge), Mango Gothic (1991), Pimento (1998), Shooby (1992), Pink Mouse (1992, psychedelic), Tequila (1992, a bouncy play on Didot), Alex (1996, child's hand), Chicken Soup (1993), PC Gothic (2005), Rust Bucket (1994), ITC Aftershock (1996), ITC Outback (1997), ITC Serengetti (1996), ITC Ziggy (1997), Gusto Black (2003), Vinchenso (2003), Blog (2007, 1890's style display egyptian), Nine One One BA (2007, grunge). He also designed the clean handwriting typeface Zipty Do, Serendipity (2006), CEO Roman (2007), Paladium Gothic (2007, a sans), Snip Tuck (1994, a headline face), Rancho Grande (1995), Radiance Brush (1997, a casual brush script), and Sahara Bodoni (1996). 33 years of experience at NewYork's Photo Lettering, and specializing to some extentv in calligraphic script typefaces, but not exclusively so. BA Graphics was located in Chester, NY, and later in Toms River, NJ, and now sells its fonts through MyFonts. Many of its fonts published after Alonso's death in 2007 were completed by John Bomparte.
The complete list: ITC Aftershock, Alexandra Script (a formal script), Allure, Alons Antique, Alons Classic, Angular, Animated Gothic, Barnboard, Bedrock, Bodoni Roma (1993), Cabernet Sauvignon (2007, a take on Didot---I can't believe BA Graphics trademarked this name!), Cafe Aroma, California Sans, Calafragalistic (1992), Caslon Manuscript (1992), Champ Ultra (1995, Western billboard font), Chunky Monkey, Cookie Dough, Crackers, Crescent, Down Under, Elegante, Elephant Bells, Ellington Manor, Equate (1993), Extreme (chalk writing, 1996), Felicity Script, Flix, Freaky Friday Extreme, French Vanilla, Galactic, Geo (2000), Granny Smith, Gusto Black, Headline Gothic, High Intensity, Island Sans, Italian Didot, Kresson Black, Linear Gothic, Lorraine Script (2000; originally named Gonzales Jeanette and designed by Francisco Gonzales for Photo-Lettering in the early 70s. Jeanette was based on Brandywine. Similar fonts are Italian Script (Bitstream), Gaston, Candice, Julia Script and Benguiat Charisma), Mardi Gras, Mega (1993, a fat mini-spurred didone), Milano, Nightmare, ITC Outback, Pecos, Ravenwood, Red Dawg, Relaxed Fit, Richmond Hill, Road Gothic (1996), Robertson, Senegal, ITC Serengetti, Shazam, Sign Gothic Bold Condensed, Slam Dunk, Sleepy Hollow, Swank Gothic, Title Gothic Light, Torino Modern, Triumph Gothic, Vinchenso Regular, Wackado, Yakety Yak (1994), Zany, ITC Ziggy, Zipty Do, Queen of Hearts (1991, script), Steel Magnolias (1995, blackletter family), Steeplechase (1992, wild West saloon font), Waimea (1992, poster font), Black Rising (2006, a black military style face), Summer Nights (1993, script), Sugar Shack (1995, curly script), Beaches and Cream (1996, a sans turned into a connected script), Jr High (1994, sports lettering).
Alonso Flair with its flared pants (2008) and Squat (2011, a stunted black wood style face) were started by Alonso, but finished after his death by John Bomparte, who wrote this obituary: Throughout his career at the legendary Photo-Lettering, Inc. (one that spanned four decades), Bob created original typefaces and tailored type by modifying, revising and filling out families, fashioning pieces of type for hand-lettered jobs, as well as being involved with the updating of a number of well-known logotypes. Bob was blessed with natural teaching abilities; and those in social and professional circles who had the good fortune to know him considered him not just a type designer but a mentor and a friend. As one such person close to him put it, he was a "graphic technician... back when computers were not even in site for graphic arts, he would take on any intricate&complex graphic project that others would shy away from and come up with a solution that achieved a masterpiece. I'll always remember someone saying 'this can't be done' and Bob saying let me see it and a short time later, there it was --done&perfect. I would like to think that attitude rubbed off on me. Along with this gift for teaching and explaining the complex, Bob exhibited a level of professionalism that was unsurpassed. A number of years ago when the need came to make the transition from the traditional to digital way of creating fonts, he rose to the challenge admirably. Towards the last few years of Photo-Lettering, Bob played a vital role in the conversion to digital, of many of the typefaces within the collection, notably those fonts that carry the prefix PL. More recently, Bob Alonso released several fonts through ITC, Adobe and his independent foundry, BA Graphics. Bob was on the cutting edge of his best work, and in the circumstance of his untimely passing, left a measure of unfinished designs. However, the spirit of his typographic talents and his fine sense of humor lives on through the many much-loved, and popular fonts he has left us: fonts such as Cookie Dough, Equate, Elephant Bells and Pink Mouse, to name a few.
The final font listing at MyFonts: ITC Aftershock, Alex, Alexandra Script, Allure, Alons Antique, Alons Classic, Alonso Flair, Angular, Animated Gothic, Bad Boy, Barnboard, Bedrock, Bodoni Roma, Brawn, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cafe Aroma, Calafragalistic, California Sans, Cedar Key, CEO Roman, Champ Ultra, Chardonnay, Chicken Feet, Chicken Soup, Chunky Monkey, Clearmont, Coffee Black, Cookie Dough, Crescent, Deco Inline, Deep Rising (2006, constructivist), Down Under, Elegante, Elephant Bells, Ellington Manor, Equate, Extreme, Fashion Didot (1994), Felicity Script, Flix, Fraggle, Freaky Friday Extreme, French Vanilla, Galactic, Geo, Grandeur, Granny Smith, Gusto Black, Hatari, Headline Gothic, High Intensity, Island Sans, Italian Didot, Jr High, Ka Boink, Ker Pow, Key West, Klingon, Kresson Black, Linear Gothic, Lorraine Script, Malibu Heights, Manchester, Mardi Gras, Mega, Metro Gothic, Milano (2004, a didone face), Mission Hills, National Gothic, Nightmare, Oh Sweet Pea, ITC Out of the Fridge, ITC Outback, Paladium Gothic, PC Gothic, Pecos, Pink Mouse, Queen Of Hearts, Radiance Brush, Rancho Grande, Range Gothic, Ravenwood, Relaxed Fit, Road Gothic, Robertson, Rust Bucket, S&L Gothic, Sahara Bodoni, Senegal, Serendipity, ITC Serengetti, Shadow Gothic, Shangrala, Shazam, Shore Bodoni, Sign Gothic Bold Condensed, Slam Dunk, Sleepy Hollow, Sleezy, Snaggle, Snip Tuck, South Beach, Spice, Steel Magnolias, Steeplechase, Summer Nights, Swank Gothic, Tequila, Thats Amore, Title Gothic Light, Triple Condensed Gothic, Triumph Gothic, Vinchenso Regular, Wackado, Waimea, Wall Street Gothic, Wonka (1996, named after Willy Wonka), Yakety Yak, Zany, ITC Ziggy, Zipty Do.
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer (b. 1990) of these (mostly free) typefaces:
Type designer, letterer and calligrapher located in Willoughby Hills, OH. Ex-student at the University of Reading (2003) who designed Owyhee (2003). In 2008, he created Cora, a 6-style corporate-look sans with a large x-height.
In 2011, he did Katie's Font.
Foundry in Wichita, KS, founded in 1999 by Nathan Williams (b. Concordia, KS, 1973), formerly from the University of Kansas Art Museum Library. Its motto: The goal of the foundry is to provide uninterpreted revivals of type samples generated through disappearing printing methods, and create new fonts for dissemination in the type community. Order through MyFonts.Com or Union Fonts or Creative Market. FontShop link. Klingspor link.
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer of the calligraphic typefaces Stainless Doft (2016), Alva Romeo (2016), Kethy Violette (2016), Cittroen (2016), Escalade (2016), Holdenisty (2016) and Exquisite (2016), the scratchy Archiline (2016), the brush script Chevelle Brush (2016), and the hand-crafted typeface Mondix (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
American lettering artist, painter and social realist, b. Kovno, Lithuania, 1898, d. New York City, 1969. He is best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of lectures published as The Shape of Content. Author of Love and Joy about Letters (1963) and of The Alphabet of Creation: An Ancient Legend From the Zohar (1954, reprinted in 1972, Shocken Books, NY).
In 1995, Maurizio Osti reconstructed and redesigned Ben Shahn's Folk Alphabet, which was originally created as lettering in 1940, with the consent and approval of Bernarda Shahn, Shahn's second wife, and the Estate of Ben Shahn, under license from VAGA (New York). FF Folk (2003, Marizio Osti and Jane Patterson) is the only authorized and officially endorsed digital version of Shahn's well-known protest poster lettering. In the same style, we also have the fonts Bensfolk (2000) and Bensfolk Condensed (2000) by Harold Lohner.
Jean Evans's Hatmaker (1996, Agfa Creative Alliance and later ITC) consists of two all caps typefaces, one of which was inspired by Ben Shahn's hand-constructed alphabet.
Nick Curtis's Outgribe NF (2011) is a rough, raw typeface that is based on the lettering in Ben Shahn's iconic poster protesting the execution of Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in 1927. That same poster also inspired Daniel Pelavin in his Book Country (2010).
Charles Leroux created the Tuscan typeface Rendezvous GRP (2008) based on Ben Shahn's cover of Rendezvous with Destiny.
At Esos tipos de la UTEM, one can download Nahueltoro (2007), an exceptionally beautiful comic book style headline face by Santiago Toro, based on the credits of the movie El Chacal de Nahueltoro by Vicente and Antonio Larrea, and on Ben Shahn's lettering. [Google] [More] ⦿
Writing Master at the University of Siena, Italy, ca. 1544-1560. The only known surviving exemplars of his writing are twenty vellum leaves bound in a manuscript copybook, dated 4 February 1545, dedicated to Edward Raleigh, an Englishman (Signor Odoardo Ralyg Gentilhuomo). Handwriting instructions (by James Pickering) based on Cataneo's work. [Google] [More] ⦿
Limbach-Oberfrohna (Saxony)-based designer (b. 1987) of the calligraphic roman display typeface Chantelli Antiqua (2007) and the sans family Sansation (2008-2009) [poster of Sansation by Flavia Schreiber].
In 2013, he published the black titling sans typeface Majoris.
Munich, Germany-based designer of the classical antiqua typeface Equipe (2015)---think lively Didot. He also made a series of calligraphic alphabets in his Schriftfamilie project (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bhikkhu Pesala, an English Buddhist monk, is developing Unicode-compliant Pali fonts: Verajja (2005) is based on Bitstream's Vera. Also, now: Akkhara (a Gentium derivative), Garava (2006, text face), Carita (2006), Guru (2006, serifed), Kabala (2006, sans, modeled after Kabel), Odana (2006, calligraphic), Veluvana (2006, artsy lettering). [Google] [More] ⦿
Brazilian graphic designer and prolific creator of free typefaces, which often combine calligraphy and grunge.
Fonts from 2016: Bikinis, Chedelparedon (scartchy font), Dattermatter (connected script), Granada-Blues (connected script), Mistery-Curse (connected script), Walking-Stones (calligraphic), Moderata, Spring Time (calligraphic), Desert Queen, Marriage Moment (wedding script), Angel Tears Neue, Germanika (blackletter), Great Day, Sunday Morning, Texas Tango (weathered Western font), Stenciled, Casablanca Noir, Brasileirinha, Carioca, Asphaltic Grain, Asphaltic Scratch, Nova Stamp (grungy), Bananas (brush script), Enjoy, Reminiscent Drive, Bananas (signage script), Mandela Script, Altamonte (baseball script), Landscape, Landscape Land, Old Type, Sedex, Good News, IA Type, Satisfaction (heavy creamy signage script), Sebastiana (baseball script), Urgh Type (grunge), Texas Tango (spurred Western font), Factory (textured), Rio Glamour (sans), Like (Italian style Western font), Heaven Gate (connected script), Colt (Western font).
Fonts from 2014: BackStab (metal band blackletter font), Strongbox (concave Western font), Goiabada, Bonesoup, Blanc Chateau (tattoo script), Botas Sujas (grungy letterpress font), Bigbobs (cartoon face), Yukathin N Conte Smile, Sambahollyc, Cherry Jam, Cacha (grunge), Rubber Stamp, Yukafont (hand-printed), Cabriolet (brush script), Sweet Correction Roth (tattoo script).
Fonts from 2011: Tabu, Caribbean Tool (roman caps face), Pijamas (hand-printed 3d outline face), Nova Solid (Nova Regular and Bold are from 2014), Chocolate Dealer, Happy Family (dingbats), Save The Mini, Tosca Zero (grunge), Epidemia (grunge), Skt and Destroy (grunge), High on fire, Manabu, Masterplan, Thrashline (multiline), Triumph Rewind, The Dreamer, Why, Uranium Mafia, Blessed Day, Caribbean Tool (floral caps face), Lost Winner, Dove Love (curly valentine's Day font), Safe Iodine (texture face), Easy Trouble, ArgelFont, BUTECO (sketch font), DIAMONDDUST, Dropping, Ink In The Meat (tattoo font), NORMAL, POPCORN (a great grunge hand-drawn Futura Black), POPCORNSKETCHSKETCH (a sketched face), ROCKETAIR, ShitHappens-Cursive. Panhead (grunge Western face).
Fonts made in 2010: Thrashline, Dotled (a fuzzy texture face), Refurbished, PUNKBABE, CANDYINC, GreenPillow, DIRTYBAGBOLDTRIAL, LEDLIGHT, MAJORGUILTY, Network Vampires, NEWESTTRIAL (Western face), VATOS, Billy Argel Font (calligraphic), ACIDLABEL, BeyondSky-trial, HURTMOLD, TOSCAZERO, TABU (grunge), EASY TROUBLE, BOMBFONT (puffy letters), BILLYARGELFONT (calligraphic), Soap Store (grunge), ANGELTEARS (calligraphic), BUTOXQUEEN-trial, ELECTRICHANDS (cursive hand), FLOWERFLOW-trial, HAPPYFAMILY-TRIAL, HEARTQUAKE (grunge), MSKITOKILLA (grunge), NIGHTSTALKER-TRIAL (grunge), RAINFOREST (handwriting with rough edges), ROADMOVIE, ROSE TATTOO (an outlined hand-printed beauty), TWINPINES (brush), WANNABEME (sketched), WEDDINGNIGHTMAREStrial (calligraphic), BEERNOTE, GREENMIND (grunge), PORNFASHION, MASTERPLAN (grunge), SNIPERSHOT.
Fonts from 2009: COOLECTOR, BODYHUNTER-Bold (grunge), CLUBHAUS-Bold (ultra black, mechanical/octagonal), MAKEMEALPHA (grunge), NewGardenLight, TRIUMPHREWIND (grunge), Nachos and TV, Oxidisaster, Helloween, Lemon Day Semibold (a sketch font), Tosca Zero, Outlaw (Western face), Gangland (scratchy brushy face), B Side (vertical stencil).
Fonts from 2008: Plastic Pill (fat art deco face), Bedspread Assassin, A Bite (grunge), Dirty and Classic (grunge calligraphy), Gas Mask (grunge stencil), PANHEAD (grungy Western billboard font), My Turtle, Cubiculo Gallery (created for the Cubiculo Gallery in Sao Paulo), Ginga (grunge calligraphic--think award-winning grunge!!!), Wallrider, Black-Oak, TOY_SOLDIERS-Bold (grunge), Abite (grunge), ACIDLABEL, Bulldozer, Cheap Stealer, DONOTEXIST, HANGUP (3-d bouncy letters), HYERBA (Far West font), LAZYDAY (hand-printed outline caps face), LEDLIGHT, Mon Bijoux (ornamental), MANABU (futuristic), PEIXEFRITO, Positiv-A, Killed DJ (multiline grunge), Sniper (grunge), Black Oak (smudged face), ShAnKed,
Fonts from 2007: Olho de Boi (a great scratchy handwriting font inspired by the first Brazilian postage stamp which was released on August 1, 1843), Skull TS2 (skull dingbats), REBOARD, Hurtmold (rounded octagonal face), PDRPT (grunge), the Soma family (modern stencil), Caatinga (2006, artsy display face), Santos Dumont (handwriting: free at DaFont).
Bilt Fonts (or: Aruban Font Foundry)
Established in 2003 by George Ryan in Arlington, MA, Bilt Fonts (Aruban Font Foundry) sells revivals and original designs through MyFonts. Typefaces include Pietin, Geo Sans, Netto, Rescue, Jingle, Geo Tablet, Lottsa Lotta, Big Stuff, Rainman, Depth Charge, Sansand, Bulla Bulla, Kappa Nappa, Kappa Sappa, Sarabella (2004, calligraphic), Marcus Texus (fun informal), Marcus Displaeus, and Spio Beo. George Ryan held senior positions at Linotype and Bitstream since 1979, where he has been involved in the production of over 2500 fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Black Cats Media
Blambot Comics Fonts was founded in 1999 by graphic designer and illustrator, Nate Piekos, and is located in East Providence, RI. Blambot has a huge number of original free comics fonts and balloons by Nate Piekos (East Providence, RI, b. RI, 1975). Comic Lettering is an alternate URL, where you can also order logo designs, custom fonts, and custom lettering. Fontspace link. The fonts:
Dmitrii Mikitenko (Blessed Print, Chisinau, Moldova) created the connected brush script typefaces BetterFly (2015) and Miletta, and the calligraphic (wedding) scripts TheSecret and Flamingo in 2015.
BLKBK is a graphic design and visual communications studio in Winnipeg, Canada, specializing in type, lettering, brand identity, art direction, and design for print and web. BLKBK was formed in 2013 by Canadian designers Justin Graefer and Derek Campbell. Derek Campbell and Justin Graefer designed these hand-set typefaces in EPS format in 2014: Second Glance, Dead Stock, Mily Waves, Word Life, Drop Dead (dripping blood font), Space Jam, Midnight Disco, High Times, Bad Bones, Cru Jones, Age Old (vintage shadowed letters), All Caps and Good Times.
In 2015 they added the truetype fonts Good Thang, Extra Mile, Retro Grade (letterpress emulation), First Take (brush script), Wreck Effect, Hand Book, Real Talk (sturdy text typeface), Breathe Easy, Finger Paint, New Age, Mango Tango, Hight Tide (connected signage script), Silk Road (brush script), Pure Gold, Blast Off, Plain Jane (cleanly printed rounded sans), Wild Thing (brush script), Loose Joints, Rush, Honey Dip, After Hours, Rough Diamond, Star Dust, Jive Talk, Black Marble, Love Jones, Sure Shot, Feel Real, Second Chance, Dead Stiock, Tres Bien, Outer Limits, Night Fever, Yard Sale, Hot Cakes, Flavor Rich, Deep Impact, Major League, Street Beat, Cherry Funk, High Voltage, Casual Look, Danger Mode, Beat Box, Cold Crush, Rare Groove, Fresh Daily and Flash Back. These are mostly signage and brush script typefaces.
Typefaces from 2016: Mega Fresh, Sun Valley, Street Magic, Mega Fresh, Run Wild, Body Rock, Alpha Beta, Mass Appeal, Bad Habits, Cosmic Rays (brush script), Drive Thru, Lucky Turns (brush style), Just Wright, Earth Rich (brush script), Golden Plains, Time Warp, Good Vibes, City Work, Soft Rocks, Stay Rad, Mind Rush (brush), Third Rail, Heat Wave, Far Out (an inky brush typeface), Mystic Moods, Super Market, Hang Loose, Crown Heights (calligraphic), New Speak.
The early typefaces (before 2003): Grumble (1999, grunge), Hot Fudge (2003), Dia De Los Muertos BV (2003, Halloween-style dingbats), Delorita BV (2003), Dance Craze (2002), Redford (2002, black display font), CharmsBV (2002, dingbats), LearningCurve BV (for children), HornyDevils, Princess (girls stuff dings), TurnTable (2001), Vinyl Smooth (2001), StereoLab, 60sChic, Airwave, Cafe Noire, Lucky Charms, Punk Rock, Chains, Slasher, Blue Melody, Sugar Coma (1999, junk food dingbats), Metal on Metal, Hearts, Crushed Out Girl, Nuwave, Deco Cafe, Screen, Rock Star (dingbats), Gothic Ultra Trendy, Film Star, Mary Jane, Turning Japanese, Lushus, Rockabilly, (my favorite thick display letters) Moma Grape, Modular 2000, Cyber Phonic, Comic Zine (3d), Grrlz Stuff, Retro Bats, Terrible Nervz, Pop Up, Moonbow, Tropicana (Luau dingbats), Tiki Tooka, That 70's Ding, Karaoke Superstar, Pippi, Pocket Calculator, Kool Ding, Kool Ding 2, LittleTroubleGirl, Grumble, SeeingStars, AllStarBV, Awesome80sBV, HellcatsBV, HotRodGangBV, Stereolab, SweetHeartsBV, BumbleBeeBV, CandyStoreBV, CHAINSColorFill, ComicZine, CHAINS, EeronautsBV, Charms, Film-Star, JimmyDoodles, LooseCruseBold, LooseCruse, MODULAR, MonkeyWrench, OneTrickPony, PubertyStrike, PUNKROCKColorFill, PUNKROCK, Plexifont (see-through letters), SeeingStars, SooperDooper, TerribleNerves, Pandamonium BV, TrickorTreatBV, WebstarBV, Sonic Reverb (2003), Jacks (2003), Rodeo Girl BV (2003, handwriting), Jacks BV (2003, free), Majorette, Albedo, Retroclassics (two dingbat fonts), Westmore BV, KnockOut, Spellbound (2000), Speedway, Chocolate Mint Surprise, Pinky, Sparky, Glamorous, Bohemian Garden Party (1999), Fashionista (brush), Pink Martini, ValentinesBV, Macrame BV One (2002, single, double and triple-lined commercial font), Macrame Super Triline (2002), Redford BV (2002), Charms, Wedding Wishes (2002, dingbats), Bric A Brac BV (2002), Meringue BV (2002, handprinting), Retro Classics 3BV (2002, dingbats), Roller Baby BV (2003).
2004: Swan Song (calligraphic), Shimmer (connected cursive handwriting), Spin Cycle, Rock Star 2.0 (dings), Gros Marqueur (marker pen typeface).
2005: MyScars, My Bleeding Scars, Azuki (Japanese brush simulation), Taroca, Taroca Extras.
2006: BV Sans (2006), PrintClearly (2006, children's orthographics).
2007: Save Her (ecological dingbats), Confection (fancy script), Parsley Script, Pointed Brush.
2008: Synthetique (dot matrix), Lavender Script (calligraphic), Giant Head (ultra fat signage face), Synthetique (thin dot matrix), Print Clearly, Dashed and Bold (simple sans), Disko (comic book style).
2014-2015: Felt That (connected marker script).
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 (1991, sans), 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 (1993), 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 typefaces 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] ⦿
Creators in 2008 of a series of detailed free fonts: Eutemia (connected calligraphic script), Deborah Extra Ornaments, Prozac Buzz (grungy and neurotic), Phat Grunge Bold, Metal Macabre (scary), Kremlin-Advisor-Display-Kaps-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar-Extra-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar, KremlinAlexander-Bold, KremlinBolshevik-Bold, KremlinDuma-Bold, KremlinEmpire, KremlinGeorgianI3D, KremlinGrandDuke, KremlinKiev, KremlinOrthodoxChurch, KremlinStarets (all Cyrillic simulation typefaces), Deborah Fancy Dress (saloon font), Deborah (1880s style).
Full list, at the end of 2008: AngstRidden (angst-ridden handwriting, dated 2002 under the label Mahoney Fine Arts), Bolt-Cutter-Light, Bolt-Cutter-Nasty, Bolt-Cutter, CSAR-Italic, CSARVESTMENT (illuminated caps), Bloody Irish Bastard or Congeal (2001), Deborah (Western), DeborahCondensed, DeborahExtrasOrnaments, DeborahFancyDress, Dominatrix, EutemiaI-Italic, EutemiaII-BoldItalic, EutemiaIII-BoldItalic, EutemiaOrnaments, GeneticEngine, GideonPlexus, KREMLINMINISTRY-DemiBoldItalic, Kremlin-Advisor-Display-Kaps-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar-Extra-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar, Kremlin-Soviet-Italic, Kremlin-Tsaritsa-Italic, Kremlin, KremlinAdviser, KremlinAlexander-Bold, KremlinBolshevik-Bold, KremlinComrade, KremlinCzar, KremlinDuma-Bold, KremlinEmperor-Bold, KremlinEmpire, KremlinGeorgianI3D, KremlinGrandDuke, KremlinImperial, KremlinKiev, KremlinKommisar, KremlinKourier-II, KremlinKourierII-Bold, KremlinMenshevik-Bold, KremlinMenshevik-BoldItalic, KremlinMinister-Black, KremlinMinister-Bold, KremlinMinister, KremlinMinisterBlack3D-Bold, KremlinOrthodoxChurch, KremlinPravda-Italic, KremlinPravda, KremlinPremier, KremlinStarets, KremlinSynod, MarquisDeSade, MarquisDeSadeAlternates, MarquisDeSadeOrnaments, Kremlin Chairman, Metal-Macabre, NewSymbolFont, ODINS-SPEAR-HOLLOW (2002, runes), ODINS-SPEAR (runic), OurSacredRights-Bold, PhatGrunge-Bold, Precious, StarmanCrusader, TEK-HED-AGGRESIVE (the TEK (techno) series is from 2003), tEK-HED-ANGRY, TEK-HED-BOLIMIC, TEK-HED-LAZY, TekHedRegular, ThorsHammerCarved (2008, chiseled look), csar, csarparadedress. Fonts from 2009: Vlad tepes II (creepy).
Fonts from 2010: Sarcophagus.
Fonts from 2012: Baris Cerin (a bastardized Garamond caps face).
Fonts from 2013: Precious (connected formal script).
Aka Rachma BT. Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer of the connected calligraphic script typefaces Starheart (2015), Sitimerry (2015), Boboiboy NewYork (2015), Milagros (2015), Khanza (2015) and Laurence (2015), and Cute Baby Script (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Stand Book (connected script), Sepatik Script, Laurence Script, Yusniar Script, Feel Script, Hangout, Letter Girls, Starheart, Long Shine Script, Feedback Script (high-contrast calligraphic script).
Bonnie Clas has completed her B.F.A. and M.F.A. at Savannah College of Art and Design as a major in Graphic Design with a minor in Drawing. She has been developing her career by taking positions as a designer, illustrator, and letterer for SpotCo, Rodrigo Corral Design, and Hsu+Associates in Manhattan. She lives in New York City. Creator of TWD Sans (2011, semi-blackletter), Mecano Neue (2011), Kule Script (calligraphic, for a clothing brand), Kule Slab (2011, didone), Lady Chatterly (curly fashion mag face), Lacie (curly typeface for Latin and Cyrillic), Methodenstreit (2011, arts and crafts face), Habana (2011, Lost Type), Feverish (2011, experimental), Burlesque (art deco). She also did the lettering for tens of projects. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free package in 2011 maintained at the CTAN teX archive by Michael Sharpe from UCSD, who writes: The PostScript fonts in this package were derived from the STIX OpenType collection, with regular and bold weights of calligraphic, fraktur and double-struck (aka blackboard bold). The font names: BoondoxCalligraphic-Bold, BoondoxCalligraphic-Regular, BoondoxDoubleStruck-Bold, BoondoxDoubleStruck-Regular (blackboard bold style), BoondoxFraktur-Bold, BoondoxFraktur-Regular. Still in 2011, he published Dutch Calligraphic, a reworking of Elzevier's free math calligraphic font ESSTX13. Another CTAN download site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in 1975 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Kahl graduated in 2001 from the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim. Boris Kahl is Art Director of the German advertising agency MAGMA (Büro für Gestaltung) since 2001. He cofounded the German type and design weblog Slanted. His type designs are published at Volcano Type (Karlsruhe):
free fonts at Dafont include Filou Medium (2010, calligraphic).
Foundry with one freebie, Irene Frances Italic Caps. All fonts in type 1 and TrueType, Mac and PC. Commercial fonts: the great subdued calligraphic Turbayne Collection, the Morgan and Morgan Sticks display font, and the stylish Deco font Habana Moon stand out. Other fonts: AbeAbeAbeAbeAbe, Berngard, BoyBeaver Koloss, Granma, Granma Bones, Runninghand, ZigZagBoy, Randi. I guess all fonts are made by Ignacio Frances. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mexican graphic designer, b. 1986, who lives in Hermosillo. He created a number of typefaces, some of which are free. Also known as Fractal Eye.
The list of fonts, all made between 2006 and 2008: Tulip, Fragments of Eter (2007, upright connected paperclip script), Next Level (display sans), Ironbeauty, Esquizofrenia (grunge), Nü, Yellow Move (a great art deco sans), The King and Queen (2007, grunge medieval calligraphy), Foelia (dot matrix), Ank (2007, grungy sketch face), Nü Creactivo 2008 (spurred Western face), Further, One and Four, Quiñók (2007, experimental), Defekto (2007, gothic), Mondula (more calligraphic grunge).
Northern Californian illustrator and calligrapher. She designed ITC Cancione (1997), which includes some floral ornaments and tendril-like flourishes. Straight from the wineries in Napa Valley.
Brian A. Jaramillo
Brian J. Bonislawsky
Paris-based designer of the calligraphic typeface Victor Hugo (2013), New Man (2013, textured and stylish), Candylicious (2013), the vintage condensed typeface Orient Express (2013), and the wood log typeface Wonder of Yosemite (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
A foundry which made over 500 fonts, mostly in 1998-1999, and seemed to be located in Carlsbad, CA, where Gail Conwell edited their Bright Ideas Magazine at that time. Dafont link. Another URL. Font Squirrel link.
Typefaces in alphabetical order with a few additional fonts mentioned separately later: Abraham, Accumulation, Adderley, Aerosol, Akimbo, Alexander, Amadeus-Regular, Amadeus, Amadeuz, Anderson, Arkitex, Arthur, Ashley, Asphalt, Asphalt'Wicker', Avante, Aztecan, Backlit, Balcony, Banshee, Barbarian, Barnaby, Barney, Beanbag, Bender, Bicycle, Billie, BlackRose, Blanchard, Blazed, Blossom, Bodkin, Bogsley, Boingo, Bonham, Botica, Bradley, Braxton, Brittany, Brownie, Bubbly, Bullwinkle, Bumper, Bunker, Butterscotch, Cajalco, Camelot, Candles, CandlesChrome, Candy, Canterbury, Cappuccino, Capsule, Carbiner, Carousel, Carrington, Carson, Casanova, Catfish, Cathedral, Catnip, Cecily, Ceremony, Challenge, Chamberlain, Chance, Chantilly, Cheetah, Chilled, Chocolate, Chopstick, Chump, Conniption, Corrigan, Corrosion, Crawford, Cyborg, Daffodil, Dakota, Danferno, DantesInferno, Darcie, Daytona, Delineator, Dementia, Diamondhead, Donika, Donnah, Dribble, Einstein, Elizabeth, Energy, Espresso, EspressoBI, FabreseDemi, Fairytale, Fallbrooke, Fiancee, Fido, Fionah, Fontana, Fonture, Fortress, Framed, Frankie, Frazier, Freddy, Frederick, Frizbee, Funhouse, Futana, Gapetto, Gatsby, Gemini, Gershaw, Gobbledygook, Godfrey, Goliath, Gonzales, Gonzo, Gothica, Graphitti, Grasshopper, Grendel, Griffin, Groovy, Habibe, Hannah, Hansel, Haskel, Havisham, Hawthorne, Henderson, Hendrix, Higgins, Highland, Holmes, Horton, Humphry, Hutchinson, Incense, Independence, IndependencefromBrightIdeas, Interpret, Invisible, Jacinda, Jacoby, Jaddarack, Jagger, Jamboe, Jangazoo, Jeremy, Jigsaw, Jokester, Joplin, Joseph, Joshua, Jubilee, Junior, Kaboom, Kamden, Karissa, Katherine, Kaufman, Kayleigh, Kendra, Kennedy, Khaki, KhakiBold, KhakiBoldOblique, KhakiOblique, Khakiripp, Khakiwrink, Kilcher, Killian, Kincade, Kingdom, Kinison, Klinker, Komodo, Kramer, Kromeon, Kryski, Kurrajong, Kyanna, Labrador, Leallie, Leland, Licorice, Limousine, Lindsy, Liquitek, Lockleer, Lockwood, Londonderry, Loyalty, Machine, Maddox, Madman, Magazine, Magellan, Maggie, Magician, Majesty, Malachite, Malone, Mandolin, Margarita, Marilyn, Marley, Marmalade, Marquardt, Martin, Mascara, Masters, McMahon, Mckinsey, Mechanizm, Meddler, Michelle, Milano, Millenium, Moccasin, Mongrel, Monolyth, Monster, Montey, Montoya, Moonstar, Morgan, Morrison, Morteza, Moteefe, Muskrat, Mustard, Napkin, Neolite, Newlywed, Nirvana, Noodles, Nouveau, OldWood, Oliver, Omicron, Pajama, Palooza, Panache, Paperclip, Papercut, Parbuckle, Parkinson, Paschico, Patches, Patriot, Patton, Payton, Pebbles, Pegasus, Perkins, Phantom, Picante, Picasso, Pickles, Pigeon, Pinhead, Pirouette, Platinum, Poodle, Pugsly, Quantum, Quentin, Radford, Ragetta, Ramirez, Rampart, Ramsey, Rapunzel, Rathskeller, Ravage, Ravish, Razor, Rebecca, Recess, Rediculous, Reefrash, Remeus, Revenge, Rhackoon, Rhodes, Ricksha, Riesling, Rockafella, Rockford, Rockola, Romance, Romulus, Rookie, Rutger, Ruxton, SMCChicago, SMCHollywood, SMCMiami, SMCMonteCarlo, SMCPhoenix, Sabien, Sampson, Samurai, Sangrial, Sapphire, Sapporo, Sawyer, Scarab, Scarlet, Scirocco, Scorpio, Scratch, Scrubblack, Scrubbold, Scrubcle, Scrublight, Sebastian, Seymour, Shakah, Shardee, Sheela, Skatty, Sketcher, Skyline, Skywalker, Snoozie, Snowboard, Squared, Stacker, Starsky, Stencil, Stencilla, Stiltskin, Sublime, Sundance, Surkle, Surrender, Swashed, Swingreg., Tagger, Tamarin, Tamborine, Tanner, Tantrum, Tarzana, Taylor, Teriyaki, Thompson, Thrash, Thrust, Tiddwell, Trapeze, Trident, Trinket, TrujillietXtra, Tuolumne, Twinkle, Tybette, Urbana, Vargas, Ventolin, Ventura, Vitrono, Vulmere, Waynne, Weiland, Whitney, Windsong, Winslow, Winton, Wonton, Wookie, Zargon, Ziggie.
Additional fonts not in the list above: Andrew, Boogie, Fracas, Mandrel, Sinclair, Tuxedo, Varsity.
Belgian designer (b. 1978, Brussels, based in Brussels) of fonts at Garagefonts, including the swash/calligraphic handwriting font family Mockingbird (2000), which was published at Garagefonts in 2010.
Brigitte Schuster is a graphic designer, calligrapher and lettering artist who graduated in 2008 from Concordia University in Montreal (only one block away from Luc's house...). She wrote about herself: I am an independent Art Director (Graphic Design), Print Artist and Photographer practicing in Montreal, Canada. I am currently teaching typography and photography courses in the Graphic Design department of a college in Montreal. After attending a three-year graphic design program in Munich, Germany, I spent a few years working there both as an employee for print and web agencies, and as a freelancer. In 2005, I completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts, with a specialization in painting from the Italian Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, Italy. [...] I moved to Canada in 2005 where I continued working in and for the graphic design industry. In 2008 I completed the Graduate Certificate in Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice at Montreal's Concordia University. In my graphic design practice I ideally work in editorial design, also corporate branding, with a focus on typography. Over the last year or two, I developed a great interest in type, which I express in my calligraphy and lettering work and type design research. Graduate of the Masters program in type design at KABK, 2010. Author of Brush calligraphy with a tree branch (2009) and Book Designers from the Netherlands (2014). In 2013, she founded the imprint Brigitte Schuster Editeur. Presently, she lives and works in Bern, Switzerland.
Brody Neuenschwander was born in Houston, Texas in 1958. He studied art history at Princeton University and the Courtauld Institute, London, receiving his PhD in 1986. He studied calligraphy at Roehampton Institute under Ann Camp and then became assistant to Donald Jackson. Since 1988 he has worked as a free-lance calligrapher, first in Wales and now in Bruges, Belgium. Clients have included the U.S., UK, and Belgian governments, the BBC, Time-Life Books, and the Royal Mail. He has worked with director Peter Greenaway on several films, including "Prospero's Books" and "The Pillow Book." Brody is currently working to install trilingual signage in the Coptic quarter of Cairo. Brody got the Belle Lettere Award in 1997. John Berry's report of a presentation. His presentation at Sonoma State University. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, who created a few script typefaces in 2015, including Angelista, Free Your Mind, Victoria, Culinera, Shapely, Distro, Ulyana and Relaxing.
Typefaces from 2016: Kimberlay (calligraphic script), Free Your Mind (hand-crafted), Hysteria Sans, Hysteria (calligraphic script), Magenta, Ghisella (calligraphic script), Rosaline, Angelista, Axellaria, Smileheart (calligraphic script), Ambassador (formal connected script), Comely (flowing script), Fashionista (brush style), Prestige, Brightlight, Catherine (connected calligraphic script). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calderon Estudio Type Foundry
Felipe Calderón Arteaga is a graduate of the Academy of Professional Drawing in Cali, Colombia, who runs Calderon Design and Calderon Estudio Type Foundry. As an illustrator, calligrapher and graphic designer based in Cali, he won an award in the display type category at Tipos Latinos 2012 for Letrista Script (a signage script).
Typefaces from 2016: Pistacho (a hand-crafted font family for coffee shops), Ruth Script (a retro brush style signage script family influenced by signs in bars, billiard halls, motels and night clubs).
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).
Some typefaces have a calligraphic background: AstroCalligraphsOne, AstroCalligraphsTwo, CalliPsoGrafia, CalliPsoGrafiaItalic, CalliPsoGrafiaMedium, Callimundial, FatGrafCalliklein, PetitixThreeCallig-Bold, PetitixThreeCallig-Light, PetitixThreeCallig-Normal, RustiCalligraphia, ScribblesCalligraphique, ZeitGeisterbahn (2005, a nice curly face). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Julia has a calligraphy service in New York City. She also seems to have some calligraphic and other handwriting fonts, and makes custom handwriting type. Font names on her site: Iva, Ethan, Beverly, Zachary, Laura, Pearl, Keifer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Daniel Quinn's calligraphy shop in Firenze shows nice examples of these hands (names in Italian): Onciale, Maiuscola Insulare, Minuscola Insulare, Carolina, Gotico Antico, Textura Quadrata, Capitali Gotiche, Beneventana, Rotunda, Capitali Rotunda, Bastarda Cancelleresca, Batarde Français, Fraktur Tedesca, Capitali Bastarde, Cadel, Capitali Longobarde, Foundational. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry in Canada, est. 2004 by Rebecca Alaccari in Toronto, and run by her and Patrick Griffin. Interview with Rebecca. Her typefaces can be bought via MyFonts: Storyville (2015, a curly script), Centennial Script (2007, a revival of an 1874-1876 high-contrast calligraphic script by Hermann Ihlenburg), Valet (2006, superb art deco face), Freco (2006, an art deco typeface loosely based on designs and letters of Fré Cohen), Silk Script (2006, based on 1956 Helmut Matheis script called Primadonna), Dominion (2006, based on an early 1970s film type called Lampoon), Johnny (2006, an art nouveau poster typeface that revives the Harem/Margit typeface by Phil Martin, 1969), Guillotine (2007), Mayfair (2006, a calligraphic typeface based on Mayfair Cursive by Middleton, 1932), Happy Birthday (2006, script), Geronimo (2005, brush style poster font), Rostrum (2005, a revival and expansion of a type called Oleander, designed in 1938 by Julius Kirn for the Genzsch&Heyse foundry in Hamburg), Apricot (2005; based on A.R. Bosco's Romany for ATF, 1934, but a major extension with many ligatures), Heathen (2005), Cougar (2004, a digital version of Martin Wilke's 1968 handwriting typeface Konzept), Puma (2004, brush typeface based on Herbert Thannhaeuser's 1954 Kurier), Big Brush (brush), Diva (connected script), Odette (high ascender display typeface after the Morris Benton 1918 American classic, Announcement Roman), Crucifix (2004, a severe octagonal face), Fore (2004, a bullethole face), Formula, Gamer (2004), Formula (2004), Kofi, Platoon (2004, a stencil face), Verso (2004), Secret Scrypt (2004, a handwriting face), Bluebeard (2004, blackletter by Patrick Griffin), Bolero (2004), Janice (2004, psychedelic), Jimi (2004, also psychedelic), Scroll (2004), Dominique (2004, upright script), Moxie (2004, a fat display family which includes a stencil), StockA (2004), StockB (2004, a fat stencil face), Stalker (2004, a destructionist face), Scroll (2004), Jonah (2005, a hippie typeface based on an early 1970s film type from Franklin Photolettering called Urban). MyFonts page. Phil Rutter and Patrick Griffin made Coffee Script (2004), the digital version of R. Middleton's Wave design for the Ludlow foundry, circa 1962. Phil Rutter and Rebecca Alaccari designed Almanac (2004), a script typeface based on Imre Reiner's London Script (1957) (and Rebecca did a subsequent redigitization in 2007 that led to Reiner Hand), Tiger Script (2004, based on Georg Trump's wild brush script Jaguar done in 1967 for C. E. Weber), and Ali Baba (2004), an Arabic simulation typeface originally designed by Georg Trump as Palomba (1955, C.E. Weber foundry). Patrick Griffin made Leather (2005, after Imre Reiner's 1933 blackletter face), Secret Scrypt (2005), Skullbats (2005), Slang (2004, a blood scratch face), Bluebeard (2004), Expo (2004, an octagonal family), and Dancebats (2004). Simone Wilkie designed Boyscout (2004) after the handwriting of her son. Helmut Matheis' Contact (1963, flowing script/brush) was digitized by Rebecca in 2004 as Bruschetta. Rebecca also made Steiner Special (2007, a revival of Swing, a film type by Peter Steiner, 1974), Genesis (2007, a digitization and extension of Grayda, a 1939 calligraphic script of Frank H. Riley at ATF), Evolver (2006, futuristic family), Redwood (2007, a calligraphic script based on Willard T. Sniffin's Raleigh Cursive (1929, ATF)), Orotund (2005, after the 1970s typeface Eight Ball; this was extended again in 2006 in her art nouveau typeface Huckleberry, which is a revival of the 1973 typeface of Gustav Jaeger called Mark Twain), Pendulum (2005, a fantastic flowing script based on Nebiolo's Americana, 1945), Jojo (2005, a flower child typeface after Spring, by Bernard Jacquet), Mascara (2004), Gala (2004, after Neon (1935, Giulio da Milano at Nebiolo)) and Bella Donna (2004, after a script made by Alessandro Butti in 1948, called Rondine).
Typefaces made in 2005: Jazz Gothic (Patrick Griffin), Showboat, Hunter (a revival of Imre Reiner's brush script Mustang, 1956), Quanta (stencil), Quiller (a script typeface based on J.J. Sierke's 1964 typeface Privat), Rhino (revival of Mobil, a 1960 typeface by Helmut Matheis for Ludwig&Mayer), Dominique (donated to FontAid), Secret Scrypt (donated to FontAid), Jackpot (2005, Western typeface remotely based on Cooper Playbill which in turn is related to Cooper Black, but it also has hippy 1968 influences), Sincerely (handwriting typeface based on Karlgeorg Hoefer's 1968 Elegance), Fontella (a digitization of Novarese's calligraphic script Elite), Boondock (digitization of Imre Reiner's Bazaar from 1956), Gumball (digitization of Papageno, a 1958 bubblegum font by Richard Weber for Bauer), Runway, Gamer, Dominique (OpenType handwriting face), Sterling Script (2005, by Alaccari and Griffin: a 7-weight digitization and extension of Stephenson Blake's 1952 clean copperplate script Youthline Script), Vox (2007, a 24-style monoline sans family done with Patrick Griffin), Vox Round (2013, a softer version), Swan Song (2006: a calligraphic typeface based on the hand of Alexander Nesbitt. A later document states that it is based on work by British artist Rachel Yallop from 1986), Evolver (2006, a 4-style futuristic family), Ambassador Script (2007, an Alaccari-Griffin revival of the angle-reduced calligraphic script Juliet by Nebiolo, 1955).
In 2005, Philip Bouwsma joined Canada Type, and designed a great calligraphic blackletter-inspired family, Torquemada. He designed many other typefaces for Canada Type in subsequent years.
VIP (2007, Rebeca Alaccari) is a humanist sans serif uppercase (and figures) combined with a freshly redrawn revival of the classic VGC Constanze initials originally designed by Harry Brodjian in 1970, and even further back, the Constanze Initials by Joachim Romann (1954-1956, Stempel). Chopper (2007, by Rebecca Alaccari) is a revival of Venture (a 1972 typeface for VGC by Harry Villhardt). Walter (2007, Rebecca Alaccari) is a digitization of Heritage (1952, ATF, a calligraphic script by Walter H. McKay). Celebrity (2007, Rebecca Alaccari) revives and extends the retro/techno typeface Latus (Willy Wirtz, 1971). Sympathique (2008, Alaccari) is an ultra-thin and ultra-tall typeface in the mold of Bernhard Fashion and other era poster or film typefaces (they say that it is rooted in the film typefaces Hairstreak and Mossman). Mullen Hand (2008) is a revival of Repro Script (1953, Jerry Mullen, ATF).
Caoca Studio (or: Heroglyphs)
Bandung, Indonesia-based designer of these typefaces in 2016: Huckleberries, Mongli (a sharp-edged sans), Retros (inline), Andrade (brush style), Amecas (squarish), Queenata (signage script), Ranania (script), Paradise (calligraphic), Valery, The Mastiff, Little Edelweiss (curly informal typeface), Loverstruck, Calamandria, Pulsate (stencil), Peanut, Sedalia, Delaboean, Rhapsody (blackletter), Chiqarine (connected script), Berretti (a Broadway style art deco typeface), Cupello Sons (a geometric serif), Quella (brush script), Hello Alpha, Historia, Desmosedici. In 2014, during her studies in Bandung, Indonesia, Olivia Theresa created the frilly ornamental caps typeface Sambasa (2014), which was designed on a Georgia skeleton.
Kycka (2011) is a hand-printed slab serif family designed for children's books. Karty (2011, Eurotypo) is a blackboard bold pair of typefaces inspired by Baskerville. Marilyn (2011, Eurotypo) is an informal bouncy heavy sans face. Natalie (2011) is a condensed slab serif face.
In 2012, she published the connected script family Gilda, the informal cursive typefaces Zanya, Miss Seshat (Eurotypo) and Belha, the script typeface Lirio (Eurotypo), the hand-printed Pimpin, and the fat finger family Souffle.
Typefaces from 2013: Aleka (a vampire script in the style of Bombshell Pro), Mots (a light feminine script), Vernaccia, Eydis (connected script), Bonna (a successful calligraphic family), Rocha (funky cartoon style), Mussa (a curly children's book font), Onna (multiline script), Blondy (curly signage script), Gemma (connected script), Gemmadonati (another connected script), Lavinia (signage script), Ameglia (seductive upright flourished vernacular script).
Typefaces from 2014: Juliette, Urbis (curly script), Tansy (a charming connected script), Flamenca (connected script), Mde Sade (flowing wedding script), Nubila, Gardeny (script), Eroli (connected calligraphic script), Andria (script), Kumma (script), Tout, Tout Web Icons, Tout Restaurant Icons.
Typefaces from 2015: Parisi (calligraphic script), Scintillae Script, Santa Rita (signage script), Kira (brushy font), Amorino, Aprilis (signage script), Redbird (brush script), Muscari (connected script), Ambar (connected script with a roman caps set called Ambar Serif).
Typefaces from 2016: Redmoon Basic, Sond (brush script), Nuit (an informal typeface based on hand-printing), Wildly (brush type), Bloem (Script and Sans), Brun (brush typeface), Joias, Scriptum (brush script).
Padova-based graphic designer, teacher of advertising art at the Istituto Statale d'Arte Michele Fanoli in Cittadella Padova, Italy. Organiser of the international calligraphy award Belle Lettere (1997). The resulting publication Belle Lettere won the Fedrigoni Prize for graphic excellence. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about two fonts he created: The font Ritratti (1999) was extracted from an Aldina edition and traces the cursive writings drawn and inscribed by Griffo at Venice, so as to imitate the original handwritten text. The font was created for Carlo Mazzacurati and Marco Paolini's three films about the most important modern-day Venetian writers, Mario Rigoni Stern, Andrea Zanzotto, and Luigi Meneghello. The font AnnoMille was used in another Mazzacurati film, La lingua del Santo, and graphically reinterprets the light-hearted and fluid feel of medieval capital letters. These two fonts highlight the roughness and imprecision typical of ancient print and the heterogeneous nature of letters written loosely by hand. Home page. Biography. Logo. Pic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Carlos Fabián Camargo Guerrero
Venezuelan graphic and type designer (b. San Cristóbal, Estado Táchira, Venezuela, 1977). He studied Graphic Design between 1995 and 1998 in the Instituto Universitario de Tecnología Antonio José de Sucre (IUTAJS) Extensión Mérida, Venezuela. He runs the design studio Andinistas in Bogotá, Colombia, which he set up in 1998 with a few others. Creator of the beautiful typeface Cazon (1999-2007, a grunge script in 7 styles that includes Gris, Negra, Uno, Dos, Tres, Dingbats A and B) and of Escuadra (2003), Biologia (2003), Denedo (2003; the discussion by typophiles centers around how interesting this 3d font is experimentally---a bit like the type version of M.C. Escher's drawings, full of impossibilities), Modelia (2006), Nikona and Nikona Dual (2006, octagonal, with Rafael Rincón), Avecedario, Btamax (1999-2008, comic book style and grunge), Día D, Nativa, Codiga Icons (dingbats), Codiga (1999-2007, an 8-style octagonal family including Codiga Stencil and Codiga Dingbats), Codiga Pura (octagonal face), Pepelepu, Gancho petare, Guerrilla, and Hirofórmica (grunge). His calligraphic script family Panamericana (2007) comes in many grungy and experimental flavors: Blanca, Gris, Negra, Uno, Dos, Tres, Cuatro, Cinco, Seis and Dingbats. With María Angélica Estrada Cano, he designed the hand-drawn font families Makika (2007) and Lita (2007; in five styles---Gris, Negra, Humo, Molis, and Dingbats). His blog. In the area of combat-ready explosion-inspired letters and dingbats, check his eight-weight family Hiroformica (2007, Andinistas; for a free version, see DaFont). In 2007, he created the calligraphic grunge family Rosadelia, and the grunge lettering and crow dingbats family Gancho Petare. In 2008, he published Heleodora (beautiful scratchy hand), Magola (Negra, Supra Negra and Stencil), Navaja 1 through 4 (a collection of grunge fonts with grungy dingbats), Lucrecia 1 through 3 (a fat connected script family ranging from clean to splattered), Pomarosa (irregular hand) and Pomarosa Dingbats, Bochalema (+Dingbats, a comic book family), and Alcira 1 through 3 (nice scribbly grunge scripts).
Carmel Type (or: Just Lucky)
Drew Melton (Carmel Type and Just Lucky, Los Angeles, CA) is a graphic and type designer, letterer and occasional illustrator. He has worked for a wide range of clients including McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi and Penguin Books. Many of his typefaces are exquisite.
He created the vintage shadowed typeface Lastra (2014, improved in Lastra Display in 2015), Westward Numerals (2014), Steel Cut (2014, numerals), Chisel (2014, numerals), Show Stopper (2014, a signage typeface), Ballpoint Script (2014), Awning Display (2014), Brite Script (2014, Ten Dollar Fonts), Handsome Script (2014, a calligraphic copperplate script), the signage typeface Sideshow (2014) and the Tuscan typeface Magnifique (2013, +Inline, +Shadow).
Typefaces from 2015: Numerals (Book Club, Butcher Block, Chisel, Chisel Shadow, Chisel Fill, Elegante, Elegante Fancy, Yuma), Dolcetto (a stunning swashy calligraphic copperplate script for stately occasions), Lumber Co (an Italian Western wood style font family at The Designers Foundry; together with Jason Carne), Rubber Boots (a text typeface with considerable contrast), Stockpile (numerals), Luxus Gothic (blackletter), Yuma Numerals. In 2015, Jason Carne and Drew Melton codesigned the large condensed titling typeface family Skyward and wrote: Robust, towering, and geometrically refined, Skyward is a surefire classic cocktail of equal parts utility and elegance. Stuffed Crust, bold and loud, will be a hit too. Drew writes: Big and greasy never looked so good.
Typefaces from 2016: Boulangerie (a Tuscan typeface by Drew Melton), Motor City (By Drew Melton and Jason Carne; an industrial strength slab serif; the name Motor City was already taken by Casey Cole in 2012, so we'll wait and see if there will be a name change in the works).
Freelance lettering designer from Sussex, UK, b. 1965 Rustington, Sussex. In 1987, she graduated in typography and hand lettering at the Exeter College of Art and Design. Since 1987, Carol has worked as a freelance lettering designer, producing hand-drawn and digital lettering, calligraphy and type designs for hundreds of companies worldwide. She created these fonts:
German designer at URW++ of FontForum CSPaket, CSCourtHandD (medieval calligraphy based on the handwriting of monks in the 16th century), CSFuzzyLogD and CSTakahashiD (oriental simulation, a hommage to the Japanese Manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo and his character/figure Takashi from the Akira-Manga). Student in the Kunstschule Wandsbek in Hamburg. His fonts are sold under the name CS Fonts, and through URW++, and through MyFonts.com. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Casady&Greene, Inc. started out as two separate little companies, CasadyWare and Greene, Inc. CasadyWare, which was founded by Robin Casady in August 1984, began producing Fluent Fonts, which were bitmapped typefaces for the Macintosh. The 1984 set of fonts have copyright lines that mention Richard A. Ware. As soon as PostScript fonts appeared, CasadyWare got hold of the first version of Fontographer and produced the first downloadable PostScript fonts, even beating Adobe, the originators of PostScript, to the punch. These were marketed as Fluent Laser Fonts (FLF).
The FLF series includes Abilene (Western), Alexandria (1986, slab serif family), Black Knight (1991, blackletter), Bodoni FLF (1986), BodoniUltra (1986, a fat didone), Bonnard (art nouveau), ButtonHighlight, ButtonPlain, Calligraphy (1986), Campanile (a great didone face), Checkbox, Chicago FLF, Collegiate (1988, sports lettering), Coventry Script (calligraphic), Cutouts FLF (1992, cargo stencil), Desperado, Dorovar Carolus (1988, Carolingian), DryGulch, Epoque (art nouveau), FattiPatti, Fletcher Gothic (1992, art nouveau), Galileo (1987, didone), Gazelle (1988, calligraphic script), Gatsby (1986, pure art deco), Giotto, Gregorian (1986, English Gothic style blackletter), Harlequin FLF (1990), Highland Gothic (1992), Jott, Kasse (1992), Kells (modern round Gaelic font, 1988), KeyCaps, La Peruta, Meath (modern round Gaelic font, 1988), Michelle (1992, art deco, marquee face), Micro, MicroExtend FLF (1986, like Microgamma) , Monterey (1986, Peignotian), Moulin Rouge (1992, an art nouveau typeface by Richard A. Ware), Nouveau (1990, art nouveau), Paladin (1988, blackletter), Pendragon (1991), Phoenix Script FLF (1990), Prelude (1986, connected script), Regency Script (1986, calligraphic copperplate script), Right Bank (1986, art deco), Ritz (1986, art deco in the style of Broadway), Rocko (1992, rounded like VAG Round), SansSerif FLF (1986, a large geometric sans family), Sedona Script (1990, connected, calligraphic, semi-psychedelic), Slender Gold (1992, script), Vertigo (1992, condensed monoline sans), VertigoPlus, Zephyr Script (1986, brush script).
Many fonts were digitized by Richard Ware, and some were designed by Mike Wright. The contact was Terry Kunysz in Salinas, CA.
On July 3, 2003, Casady&Greene closed it doors permanently. However, one of its designers, Mike Wright, writes: I believe that all the fonts that were developed by the company are now in the public domain. Robin Casady and I are thinking of putting up a site with free downloads of all of the old C&G public domain fonts--mainly as a way of attracting Mac users to see iData 2.
Robin Casady in 2003: I founded Casady Company in 1984 to publish fonts for the new Macintosh. The name changed with incorporation to CasadyWare, Inc. Around this time I met Mike Greene who was looking for a software project to do after SpellsWell. I talked him into doing a program that became QuickDEX. Later CasadyWare, Inc. merged with Greene, Inc. and became Casady & Greene, Inc. Over the years, my role in management reduced as my interests in other areas developed. In the last ten years I have had no official management duties at C&G. About a year ago I removed myself from the Board of Directors.
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 typefaces 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 (2009, sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Sued (2009, 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)).
Graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who during her internship with Arzberger Stationers, created some caps typefaces in 2011; Flora (floriated), Suzy (oriental simulation), Caroline (calligraphic), Sassie (Victorian), and a blackletter face. [Google] [More] ⦿
Specializing in celebrity signature fonts, this Arcadia, CA-based foundry (est. 2008) is run by Jose Jimenez (b. Costa Mesa, CA, 1963). MyFonts link. It sells the following typefaces: Nursery Rhyme Initials (2004), Hire Me (2009), American Presidents (2008: a collection of all 44 U.S. Presidential signatures including Barack Obama), Signers of the Declaration of Independence (2008: a collection of all 56 signers of America's Declaration of Indepdendence).
In 2009, they added Tough Dude (childish handwriting), Western Americana (famous signatures), and Coulant Classique (calligraphic).
In 2010, he created a mix of calligraphy and brush in Classic Cool, as well as an ordinary hand-printed Wet Pussycat, and the all caps typefaces Snowflake Drop Caps, Crumpled Parchment (grunge), Mauro Poggi Ornamental Caps, and Flowery Drop Caps. Lil'Punk (2010) is a grungy hand-printed face. 20th Century German (2010), Maurice Dufrene Initials (2010, art nouveau) and Sassa Mixed (2010, inspired by Swiss art from 1939) are ornamental caps typefaces.
First Ladies (2011) consists of signatures of first ladies. Parisian Ornamentals (2011) is an ornamental shadow caps typeface modeled after an alleged 1810 design by J. Gillé [ahem, Gillé died in 1789...]. Other 2011 designs: Landscape Alphabet, Hollywood Stars (signatures), American Revolution (signatures), American Authors.
In 2012, he published Cartoon Characters Vol. 1, Medieval Times (illuminated caps), Pretzel Dough, Cats (alphadings), Bellflower (Victorian caps), Florid Renaissance (floriated caps), Victorian Ornamentals, Griffith Initials, Mother's Hand, Art Deco Flowery Initials (which are Victorian or art nouveau, and not really art deco in my view), Santerini Initials (inspired by Italian hand-etched designs dating back to 1839), 19th Century American Initials (art nouveau ornamental caps), Godfrey Sykes Initials (inspired by the decorations of Godfrey Sykes, whose work was greatly influenced by that of Raphael and Michelangelo), Alphabet of Death (a series of Northern-Renaissance-style woodcut letters based on the work of Hans Holbein the Younger), Lombardia Illuminata (Lombardic ornamental capitals), Straight Angles, Body Art (silhouettes), Italian Gothic (a full set of decorative initials inspired by 16th-century Italian calligrapher Giovanni Battista Palatino), Letters And Lace (ornamental caps), 26 Flowers (floriated drop caps), Brushwork (oriental brush face), Sfondo Fiorito (flourished caps).
Typefaces from 2013: English Monarchs (signatures of British monarchs), Kitchen Utensils (ornamental caps), Devilish, Papillon Woodcuts (a digital revival of an ornate alphabet by French engraver Jean-Michel Papillon dating back to 1760).
Typefaces from 2015: Kids at Play (ornamental caps).
Italian calligrapher who drew a few calligraphic and brush alphabets in 2013.
Marie-Louise Pépin's page on medieval resources and "enluminures". Has a Heraldic (uncial) truetype font for download. Medieval resources in Québec. Addresses and links. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lettering artist and typeface designer, who worked for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 26 years, retiring in 2002. He lived from 1938-2004, and created many calligraphic script letterforms and typefaces. Jill Bell writes: Scarcely a soul outside of the Hallmark lettering and typography department is aware of the large body of lovely, skilled typographic work you have done because the fonts are proprietary. And Bud was a quiet sort of guy. Bud had hoped to produce fonts of his own when he retired but unfortunately the grim reaper quickly arrived. Quite unfortunate for the type world. I know the Hallmark lettering and type department really misses having Bud's talents and knowledge available to them because they truly understood what he contributed and appreciated it." And Calvert Guthrie wrote: "Bud was enormously generous with his understanding of font design and I know no one who had a better grip on making script ligatures work. Bud was doing it elegantly back in the days we were setting up linking ligatures for film fonts on Linotype VIP. We only had 18 increments for spacing refinement and this was made even tougher by script's particularly small x-height. His caps and his card captions were outstanding. Many of the short cuts we still use these days here at Hallmark were first developed by Bud Braman. Some of his work appeared in Michael Clark's Scripsit last year .
Some of his typefaces at Hallmark include TwizotHmk (1999, with John Dawbarn), HogwartsWizard (2002, based on style by Connie Smiley, commissioned by Warner Brothers).
French engraver, penman and calligrapher, 1718-1789. Author of Notice historique sur les hommes célèbres de toutes les nations de l'Europe, qui depuis la renaissance des sciences et des arts, se sont distingués dans la configuration des caractères qui composent les diverses Ecritures, which appeared in J. H. P. Pouget, Dictionnaire des chiffres et de lettres ornées à l'usage de tous les artistes (Paris, 1767).
In 1796, Charles Paillasson wrote L'arte di scrivere: tratta dal Dizionario d'arti e mestieri dell' Enciclopedia metodica (Padova, Appresso Niccolo Bettinelli). The date, 1796, is a bit puzzling, but The Getty Research Institute writes: The text is a separate publication of the section on handwriting from an Italian edition of the Encyclopédie méthodique, originally published in Geneva by C.J. Panckoucke, 1783-1790. The 15 leaves are copies of those first published in: Encyclopédie, ou, Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Recueil des planches, v. 2. Paris, Chez Briasson, David, Le Breton, Durand, 1763. The engraved leaves consist of 2 leaves showing position of the hand and writing posture, and 13 writing samples, engraved by Pasquali. Local download. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calligrapher and painter, b. 1943, Birmingham, UK. He made several calligraphic fonts: Cantabria (first developed at Camberwell School of Art and loosely based on the work of poet and artist, David Jones), Daniel, Fiorentina, Helena, Penkridge, Ullswater (brush script), Umbria (classic calligraphy). Corporate/custom typefaces: RKO Century Warner, Guinness (Cranks Health Foods font redesign). Author of these books:
Charles Percival (or just Percy) Bluemlein (b. 1891) served in the 346th Infantry in World War I. In 1920, he married Mildred Vanderbilt and settled in Brooklyn, NY. He died in 1944 and is buried in the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. Famous for his scripts and penmanship, his best known book is Script and Manuscript Lettering (1947, Higgins Ink Co, Brooklyn). Earlier editions are from 1943 and 1944 and have Bertram Cholet and Dorothy Sara (1943 edition only) as co-authors.
Modern revivals of his scripts include
Charles S. Wilkin
Creator of Alphabet Gothique (2013), a calligraphic alphabet, during her studies at ECV in Lille, France. I wonder if she is also not Charlotte Cosmoa, who created an unnamed blackletter calligraphic alphabet in 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
Software and TeX specialist at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, who designed AuriocusKalligraphicus (2004), a calligraphic type 1 handwriting font. In 2006, these fonts were added: Lukas Svatba (originally called AmiciLogo for the group Amici Musicae Antiquae in September 2004, this was changed, after adding Czech and Slovak diacritics for the wedding of Lukas Palatinus and Ludmila Nyvltova in the Spring of 2005), Jana Skrivana. Alternate URL. From the readme file: Each font features oldstyle digits and (machine-generated) boldface and slanted versions. Lukas Svatba is provided in a variant with a long s with the same input convention as in fraktur.sty by Matthias Mühlich. [Google] [More] ⦿
Frenchman Christian Verchery has been making school fonts, with and without lines for elementary school education in France. Some reported to me that Christian Verchery died in 2000. His fonts include the Plum (PlumBAE, PlumBAL, PlumBDE, PlumBDL, PlumNAE, PlumNAL, plumNDE, plumNDL), Seyes (SeyesBDE, SeyesBDL, SeyesNDE, SeyesNDL) and Crayon (CrayonE, CrayonL) series, some with lines as for first graders.
Author (b. 1938) of Kalligraphie. Die Kunst des schönen Schreibens (1986-1989, with Christian Scheffler). In that book, she drew several alphabets, including an Antiqua Versalien, a Fraktur, a Humanistische Kursiv, a Schwabacher, and a Schwung Kursiv. She studied with Karlgeorg Hoefer at the Offenbacher Kunsthochschule. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oslo-based Norwegian who was born in Cheltenham, UK, in 1966. Haanes teaches calligraphy, lettering and typography, and is a freelance calligrapher, book designer and typographer. He designed many alphabets, which are mostly calligraphic, but he has also drawn some old Roman lettering and blackletter alphabets. His blog (in Norwegian) has interesting typographic threads, such as this educational comparison between Antiqua typefaces like Brioso, Adobe Jenson, Bembo, Adobe Garamond, ITC New Baskerville and Linotype Didot. This thread looks at sans typefaces. He designed a calligraphic alphabet specifically for Cappelen Damm in 2008, which was digitized by Sumner Stone as Litterat. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Curitiba, Brazil, who created the book type Capitolina in 2015 (under the guidance of Marconi Lima of the Typefolio foundry). He also did some noteworthy calligraphic work, including copperplate calligraphy.
Download the (free) Acorn handwriting font. Also, instructions on improving handwriting. JarFont, also free, is not a font but a simulation of the Christopher Jarman cursive handwriting as seen in the handwriting scheme for schools, see e.g., "The Development of Handwriting Skills" by Christopher Jarman now published by Stanley Thornes Ltd, Cheltenham, UK. Now four PC fonts made in 1998: Jarman, Jardotty, Jumper (by Christopher Jarman), Jarsphere.
French type designer (b. 1948) who was born in the South of France. He studied typography, calligraphy and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse. He received the Prix Charles Peignot in 1982. In 1992, the President of France invited him to design the inscriptions for the royal tombs in the Basilique Saint Denis in Paris. He published Calligraphie (Imprimerie Nationale, 1993). Author of Calligraphy (Wommelgem, Belgium, 1996) and Histoire de la calligraphie française (Albin Michel, 2006; examples here). In 2009, with the help of Atelier des Signes, he created a typeface for the signage at Chateau de Fontainebleau. Additional URL. In 2010, Mediavilla cofounded Media type Foundry with Sonia Da Rocha and Joel Vilas Boas in Paris.
Examples of calligraphic alphabets drawn by him and shown in his Histoire de la calligraphie française (2006): Bastarda, Cancellaresca, Carolingian, Cursive gothic 1410, Luxeuil, Roman Capitals, Roman cursive 1st century, Roman cursive 4th century, Rustica 1st century, Textura 14th century, Textura 15th century, , Tourneure 15th century, Uncial 4th century.
Quebec-based typographer and type designer (aka Diogene) who specializes mainly in revivals of obscure or old typefaces.
Belgian penman. Clément Perret published the first writing manual in the low countries: Exercitatio alphabetica nova et vtilissima, varjis expressa linguis et characteribus, raris ornamentis, umbris&recessibus, picture, architecturaeque, speciosa (1569, Antwerp---some sources mention Brussels though). [Google] [More] ⦿
Original typefaces designed by Rosemary Sassoon and Adrian Williams (b. Bridgwater, Somerset, 1950), an English advertising typographer and type designer. Located in Red Hill, Surrey, Club Type was founded in 1985 by Williams and Sassoon. Before that, Williams had been been converting many established metal designs for the new filmsetting devices in 1969, and continued with conversions into the digital era. This led to the production of custom made fonts for Renault, Marks&Spencer, Jaguar Cards and Foster's Lager among others. Wide font services. Sassoon worked on scripts with joined letters. She is most famous for her Sassoon Primary font family (primary school writing). Adrian Williams designed the following families: Admark (1990), Bulldog (1990, a grotesque family based on 1870 Figgins), Bulldog Slab (2009), Bulldog Hunter Std (2010, another slab version), Club Type (1998-2002: his inspiration was the lettering used for cartoon captions in the Mercurius Aulicus, England's first regular newspaper, from 1642 to 1647), Club Type Script Pro (quill pen script), Column (1992), Congress Sans (1992), Eurocrat (1991), Leamington, Mercurius (1989, a bouncy typeface inspired by the lettering used for cartoon captions in the Mercurius Aulicus, England's first regular newspaper, from 1642 to 1647), Monkton (1990), Poseidon (1991), Raleigh (1977, with Carl Dair and Robert Norton; see Softmaker's R651 Roman and Raleigh Serial, and Bitstream's Calligraphic 631), Rileyson (2010, humanist sans family; +Great, +Teen, +Parent), Seagull, Stratford [see Stratford SH, Scangraphic], Veronan and Worcester Rounded and Worchester.
Designer at URW++ of
COM4t (or: Communicate by Four Typeface; was: Font Factory Field)
COM4t (which was FFF or Font Factory Field) has some nice free fonts in all formats, by Hideki Katayama: COM4t Ascripta (2008, connected upright script), COM4t Ongac Script (2008, connected), COM4t Nuvu Regular (2008, upright script), COM4t Fine (2006), Melton (2005), EXCEEDMediumOblique (2002), EXCEEDMedium, EXCEEDNormalOblique, EXCEEDNormal, FamilianElderOblique, Elder (2003), FamilianElder, Familian (2001), FamilianOblique, Familian Son Oblique, Familian Son (2002), MaximumLine Speeder (2002), OLDNEW, Axis (2002, slab serif), OLDNEWSlider, QuillineScriptThin (2004, calligraphic handwriting), Spirequal Light (2003), COM4tSansMedium (2005). See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Contra Studio or Panton Labs (was: decavantona)
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer who first went under the name Leonardo Decavantona, and later Raban Panton. Creator of the watercolor brush typefaces Cinderella (2015) and Never Die (2015), the calligraphic script Letizia (2015), the connected Awesome Darling Script (2015) and Qeyla Script (2015), the angular typeface Bruce Lee (2015) and the hand-crafted Cagok Letter (2015: angular style) and Matthew Jason Kid's (2015). They also designed the brush script typeface Melbourne Night Sky (2016), Tong Brush (2015), Ashley Jarrow (2015) and Boboiboy Hand (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Goodies, Camsia Xcript, Murrano Script, Asmila Script, Blueberry, Geysha Script. Creative Market link for Contra Studio. Link for Raban Panton. Creative Market link for Panton Labs. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indonesian designer of Agustina (2016, a connected script), Joshan (2016), Mr. Night Script (2016), Luciana Script (2016), Biancca (2016, calligraphic script), Robert Brush (2016) and Bubble Kids (2016, a bubblegum font). Old Creative market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dutch letterer and calligrapher, 1568-1634 (or 1635). He published the calligraphic masterpiece Gramato graphices in Amsterdam in 1605. This book has several blackletter and chancery alphabets proposed by Boissens. Teaser web site by yours truly. [Google] [More] ⦿
Manuel Eduardo Corradine Mora was born in Bogotá in 1973. He graduated from the School of Graphic Design of the National University of Colombia in 1996, and became a graphic designer. He started by custom-designing fonts and by making typefaces for his own company, Casa Papelera El Cedro (The Cedar Papermaking House), for printing invitation cards. With other designers like Carlos Fabián Camargo, John Vargas and César Puertas he formed Tipográfico in 2007 to strengthen the type discipline in Colombia. Corradine Fonts is Manuel Corradine's own foundry in Bogotá, Colombia, founded in 2006. Today, he is one of Colombia's principal type designers. He also teaches at Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogota.
Fonts from 2007: Kidwriting (a family which includes Kidwriting Dingbats 1 and 2), Garabata (a fantastic handwriting face), Garabata Dingbats, Hexagona Digital, Quadrat (grunge), Quadrat Old (grunge), Quadrat Dirty (grunge), Quadrat Broken, Quadrat Ugly, Neogot (experimental, 8 styles).
Fonts from 2008: Mucura (handwriting), Prissa (handwriting), Salpicon (a script), Cuento Serif (a bouncy hand-printed family), Memoria (brush script), Charco, Happy Day (comic book family with Happy Day Dingbats), Espectro (a swinging script with swashes and a Dingbats style), Furia (handwriting), Candelaria (based on house signs in the La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogotá), Old Village (1600's style), Old Village Ornaments, Rapidda (a successful simulation of quick handwriting), Hueca (an outline children's script), Antigua (an old swashbuckler family), Colegial (a great-looking hand script), Pincel (a fantastic paint brush family with accompanying splatter dingbats), Trazo (Corradine's handwriting), Arcos (a techno family), Caveman (a primitive stone-look type family), Rumba (two styles; an elegant flowing brush script), Parche (graffiti family), Elegance Monoline (a greeting card script typeface that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2008), Abuelito (script).
Fonts from 2009: Helga (flowing script), Mussica (+Swash, +Antiqued, a delicate Victorian face), Guarapo (hand-printed), Toxic (futuristic stencil), Emotion (comic book face), Bloque 3D, Rock and Cola, Betco's Hand, Telefante (comic book family), Nancy's Hand (more comic book hand-printing), Alambre (multiline/paperclip), Sensual (calligraphic hand), Zape (in the style of Tekton), Antrax Tech (grunge), Masato (handwriting), Hu Kou (oriental simulation).
Fonts from 2012: Tecna (a techno family codesigned with Sergio Ramirez), Neuron (a fantastic 16-style rounded elliptical sans family created together with Sergio Ramirez), Bucanera Soft (blackletter), Bucanera Antiqued (grungy blackletter), Official (a simple monoline sans family), Almibar (a connected calligraphic Spencerian script), Eterea (a roman all-caps family), Eterea LC (the lower case set), Canciller (an italic roman, done with Sergio Ramirez), Quarzo (2012, a formal copperplate script done with Sergio Ramirez).
Typefaces from 2013: Neuron Angled (still with Sergio Ramirez), Alianza Slab (a great-looking slab family), Alianza Italic and Alianza Script (a packaging font), all made jointly by Manuel Eduardo Corradine and Sergio Ramirez.
Typefaces from 2014: Whisky (a large blackletter family with inlines and fills for layering co-designed with Sergio Ramirez; related to German expressionism, it won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016), Whisky Italics, Beauty Script (with Juan Sebastian Rincon), Emblema and Emblema Headline (tall-legged art deco sans family by Duvan Cardenas), Wild Pen (a 1200-glyph set of typefaces that can be used to simulate handwriting thanks to smart replacements in Opentype), Sinffonia (a thin informal typeface with oodles of choices for swashes).
Typefaces from 2016: Naugles (thick display face based on the Naugles logo), Scrans (a modern signage script), Bloque (heavy slab family), Bloque Italic.
Correspondence Ink was set up in 2007 by Brian Bonislawsky (b. 1973, Pittsburgh, PA) and Debi Sementelli (b. Erie, PA). Together, they created the formal calligraphic family Belluccia (2011). Belluccia Ornaments has plenty of wedding invitation dingbats to accompany the font. Belluccia Bold was published in 2014.
Typefaces from 2012: DomLovesMary (a wedding script family) is named in memory of Dominic and Mary Sementelli, Debi's in-laws.
In 2015, Brian Bonislawsky and Debi Sementelli codesigned Fratello Nick.
In 2013, Debi Sementelli started Debi Sementelli Type Foundry.
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. Cocogoose Letterpress is free.
In 2015, Pancini published his masterpiece, Coco Gothic, named after Coco Chanel. This Latin / Greek / Cyrillic typeface family features a small x-height and sligghtly rounded corners to make the avant garde and geometric sans typefaces in vogue in the 1970s come alive again, ready for 21st century fashion magazines. It comes with substyles that recreate many moods, including art nouveau (Cocotte), Italian propaganda style and Italian deco (Cocosignum), hipster style (Cocobike), Arts and Crafts, or Bauhaus (Cocomat). Coco Gothic was initially developed as a corporate font for Lucca Comics & Games Festival 2013. The rounded geometric sans family Cocomat (by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Deborah Manetti and Francesco Canovaro) was inspired by the style of the twenties and the visions of italian futurists like Fortunato Depero, Giacomo Balla and Antonio Sant'Elia.
Still in 2015, Cosimo and Zetafonts published the connected creamy baseball script Bulletto, the grungy handvetica Neue, and the calligraphic wedding typeface Hello Script. In 2015, at Zetafonts, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Bruno La Versa codesigned Cocobiker (2015) to celebrate the hipster and bike cultures. Cocobiker (for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) is part of the successful Coco Gothic typeface family.
Typefaces from 2016: Kitten (Fat, Swash, Swash Monoline, Slant, Bold: signage script family), Adlibitum (a blackletter typeface by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro), Morbodoni (a display didone by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro).
In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli, Giulia Ursenna Dorati and Andrea Gaspari codesigned the 1940s vintage brush script typeface Banana Yeti, which is based on an example by Ross George shown in George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual. The Zetafonts team extended the original design to six styles and multilingual coverage. The ExtraBold is free. Still in 2016, Pancini designed Calligraphunk, an experimental typeface that mimicks polyrythmic calligraphy, by alternating two sets of lowercase letters to emulate handwriting.
In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Matteo Chiti, Luca Chiti and Andrea Tartarelli codesogned the retro connected brush script font family Advertising Script, whioch is based on an example from Ross George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual.
Amazing Grotesk (2016) is based on a logo designed by Francesco Canovaro.
Counterpoint Type Studio
Established in 2013 by Hollywood, CA-based Jason Walcott (formerly operating as JAW Fonts and as Jukebox Type), b. 1971, Michigan, Counterpoint Type Studio started marketing fonts in that same year. The first batch included India Ink (2013), Raspberry Jam (a delightfully curly vampire script), Profiterole (a feminine pastry shop script), and Califunkia (pure psychedelia), and Domani CP (a faithful digital revival of an old photo-typositing typeface called ITC Didi. Originally designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnese, Domani brings to life a font that has been somewhat neglected by the digital era until now).
In 2014, he added Swashington.
Typefaces from 2016: Schmalfette CP. He writes: SchmalfetteCP is the result of another collaboration between designers Jason Walcott and Rob King. King suggested that Walcott revive this wonderful and somewhat forgotten sans serif typeface from the mid 1950s. Originally designed by Walter Haettenschweiler in 1954, Schmalfette Grotesk was used for many years in the German magazine Twen. The typeface was notoriously hard to acquire at the time and graphic designers in the USA often resorted to cutting letters from the Twen magazines and reusing them in their own designs. Later, when digital type came along several typefaces very similar were created that claimed to be digital revivals of Schmalfette Grotesk. However, they are actually only loosely based on the original. The proportions are different and in some cases a lower case was added. The original font was all caps. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Courtney Kent Rhodes
Crazy Diamond Design Historical Fonts
Wonderful 16-th century (commercial) fonts from this Manchester, UK-based foundry, including the Formal Text Hand package, Written Square Capitals (2005: roman inscriptional caps), Rustic Capitals (2005), Chancery Hand, Italic Hand, Bastard Secretary Hand, Secretary Hand, Hand of the Court of the Common Pleas, 17th Century Print, 17th Century Italic. Most fonts by Alex Moseley. For a fee, get the fonts used in the Harry Potter film, globally called Wizardings: The Wizard Hand, Black Cat Letter (blackletter), Parchment Print&Italic, Wizard Runes, Wizardings. [Google] [More] ⦿
Michael Gills is a British calligrapher and graphic and type designer. He founded Creative Goats in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. He worked first at Letraset (1988-1995) where he made typefaces such as Charlotte and Charlotte Sans, Elysium, Gilgamesh, Fling, Forkbeard, Frances Uncial, Isis, Katfish, Prague and Type Embellishments. He is currently an art director at The Folio Society: Book publishers, London. His fonts:
Crow Studio consists of Efe Gürsoy, Suat Tuna and Yasir Ekinci. During his studies at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, Efe Gürsoy created these typefaces:
Antonio Cerri (b. 1972, Catania, Italy) freelances in web, graphic and motion design from San Giovanni La Punta, Sicily. He created some typefaces in 2010, such as the futuristic CRR NTN (+Outline).
In 2011, he made Labyrinthus, a multilined all caps family: inspect each glyph and note that there is one point of entrance and one exit. Still in 2011, the decorative family Atlantide and the futuristic all caps typeface Silver Chisel appeared.
In 2012, he designed the techno family Steel.
Typefaces from 2013: Firebird (techno, automotive, speed font family).
In 2014, he made Luna Crescente, a layered multicolr 3d typeface.
Typefaces from 2016: Xandra (script), Xova (a 5-layer techno/logo font), Xova Rounded, Maria Script (heavy signage script).
Cruz Fonts was established in Oakland, NJ, in 2004 by Ray Cruz, who has been a designer of custom lettering and custom typefaces to major ad agencies, publishers and corporate clients in the New York City area for almost 30 years. He has created many display typefaces for Agfa/Monotype, Bitstream, Phil's Fonts and Garage Fonts. Presently Ray Cruz is working as Type Director at Y&R NY, and is an adjunct professor at FIT and Kean University teaching type design. Bio at Garagefonts.
The story of Cui Xianren gives hope. I am quoting the original report: A street beggar who draws beautiful calligraphy with a chalk held precariously between the only movable fingers of his handicapped hands has finally signed a contract with a font company to produce original fonts of Chinese characters. The 49-year-old Cui Xianren is a native of Huiqi Manchu Ethnic Town, Wangkui county, of northeast China's Heilongjiang province. His hands and typeface were severely burnt when a diesel barrel exploded during an accident in October 1993, leaving him with movement in only his index and ring fingers. Burdened with a family to feed, Cui was forced to beg on the streets. He would bend on a long sheet of plastic for several hours writing neat and beautiful Chinese characters with his injured fingers. Cui practiced for about ten years to master the feat following the accident. A microblogger posted a photo online of Cui begging and writing on the street of Qingdao city, in east China's Shandong province on October 9. The photo quickly became an Internet sensation, prompting Founder Font, a company under the Peking University Founder Group which specializes in the development of Chinese Fonts, to post a notice on its official microblog to locate the author. Staff from the company finally located Cui on a street in Qingdao on October 12. The two parties signed a working contract on Friday after Founder Font made clear the terms to Cui. Founder will cover the expenditure for Cui's artistic creations and provide him with 50,000 yuan in advance for his livelihood. Cui was asked to first work on a list of 1,000 Chinese characters and send the finished works to the company, which will then incorporate them into its font library after making necessary adjustments. Cui will exclusively enjoy any profit made from commercial development of the fonts within a 50-year time frame. Founder Font said Cui's chalk calligraphy, with its classic beauty, will have huge potential for the designing and advertisement market. Cui had related to the media that during his years practicing the art, he would choose traditional Chinese characters from a dictionary and transform different parts of the characters to make them look like a picture. Cui, who has only three years of primary education, has become the first grass-roots calligrapher to sign with Founder, the company said, adding they would name the fonts after Cui's given name, Xianren.
Cuong Truong Van
Author of Lessons in Engraver's Script (1914) and Ninety-five Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship (1914). Jones lived in Brockton, MA. The former book contains one full formal calligraphic alphabet by Jones himself. [Google] [More] ⦿
CybaPeeCreations (or: Typoasis)
CybaPee is the nom de plume of Petra Heidorn who lives in Hamburg. She has created may typefaces (listed below) and has cooperated with many on interesting projects. She is undoubtedly best known for her successful web site Typoasis, where one can download her own creations, and those of her many friends. Petra is also heavily involved in several attempts to revive blackletter fonts, in cooperation with Manfred Klein, Dieter Steffmann, Paul Lloyd and others. She organized several revivals of the typefaces of Rudolf Koch and Ernst Schneidler. She also managed the extensive web presence of Manfred Klein.
Her own creations:
Painter turned type designer in Baltimore. Creator of Velocipede Stencil (2011), an art deco typeface made for a bike shop in Baltimore. At Lost Type Coop, he published the humanist remaissance italic typeface Pigeon (2011) and the calligraphic script Cylburn (Lost Type): Cylburn is a semi-connected script, structurally based on Roundhand but written with a pointed brush and restrained tension that separate it from its traditional roots.
In 2014, he created the commercial signage typeface Globe Script, which was renamed Eubie Script (dedicated page). Eubie Script draws from the many lettering styles of Harry Knorr, an artist at Globe Poster for over 50 years.
In 2016, Dai Foldes and Laura Worthington designed the connected script typeface family Adorn Garland Smooth. Fairwater (2016), codesigned by Laura Worthington and Dai Foldes, has Script, Sans, and Serif subfamilies, as well as several sets of Ornaments. The Serif subfamily conjures up tattoo lettering, but also mathematical blackboard bold style and art deco. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Signpainter and letterer who worked for Hallmark in Kansas City and is now based in Denver, CO. In 2015, he was working on the signage typeface Krapp Jelveeto. In 2016, he published the soft rounded signage typeface Organic Cotton. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Dan X. Solo
Graphic designer in Brooklyn, NY. He designed interesting typographic identities such as for the Publican Brewing Company. His calligraphic book covers for texts by Gabriel Garcia Marquez are also remarkable. [Google] [More] ⦿
Daniel Rodríguez Valero received his PhD in Arts in 2006 from University of Barcelona, where he also got a Postgraduate in Digital Typography. He teaches Typographic Design and Digital Typography in the Arts Faculty (University of Barcelona) since 1999, and Graphic Design in Advertising studies (University of Alicante) since 2002. He teaches Digital Typography at the máster ibérico em design, Oporto (Portugal). He has created a new system for type design called Constructor in collaboration with Marc Antoni Malagarriga I Picas, a programmer. Constructor is a glyph editor based on calligraphic curves, which he presented at TypeTech, ATypI in Brighton in 2007.
He writes: Constructor is a new tool for type design, open source and cross-platform, based on a calligraphic heritage that provides new possibilities. It can be combined with production tools like Fontographer or FontLab, because its finality is to construct outlines extrapolating some instructions or parameters given by the user. It works with only one master and produces different letterforms that can be copied/pasted to a font editor. It will help to design quickly a complete family, so the benefits of this new system for type designers are tremendous. He claims to be inspired in part by Gerrit Noordzij's theory of type design as explained in The stroke of the pen. [Google] [More] ⦿
American penman. Author of Compendium of Practical and Ornamental Penmanship (New York, ca. 1883) and Ames' Guide to Self-Instruction in Practical and Artistic Penmanship (1884). Th latter book contains some explicit alphabets: Roman, Italic Roman, Gothic, German text, Old English, Church Text, Medieval, Egyptian, German Round Hand, Marking and Rustic (elaborate caps). One of the initial caps in that text led Robert Fauver to create the free font Dirty Ames (2006). Handdrawn portrait of Ames found in "Real Pen Work" (1881, Knowles and Maxim). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the calligraphic typefaces Wood Row (2016), Elephant Park (2016), Magnum (2016), Delightful (2016), Rasyhanda (2016), Commando (2016), Chameleon (2016), Bluebonnet (2016), Barbarella (2016), Lavender (2016) and Harmony (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Medan, Indonesia-based designer of Beautiful Friends (über-curly tall calligraphic script), Metalick (2016), Australian Script (2016, a swashy pirate map or penman script), Simplisicky Script (2016, a creamy connected script in outlined and filled versions), Von Halent (2016, thick brush font), Marie Bella (2016, an attractive watercolor brush font), Violina (2015, rounded sans), Alien (2015, textured typeface), the curly 950+-glyph script typeface Cymbidium Script (2016), Brazilian Script (2016), the hand-crafted Handwritten Sans (2016), Daslan Script (2016; ver curly), Old Story Bold (2016), the scary Blunt Brush (2016), the children's font Kid Type (2016), the cute curly calligraphic Wedding Font (2016) and Shyntia Bella (2016).
American designer at Letterhead Fonts of Grindle (blackletter), Squeezebox (Victorian) and United Cigar (more Victorian fare). In 2014, John Studden and Dave Parr codesigned the Victorian display typeface family LHF Blackstone. Dave Parr's other typefaces at LHF include LHF Tributary (2014, a calligraphic blackletter; followed by LHF Tributary Distressed in 2016), LHF Ascribe (2015), LHF Heller's Script (with John Studden: a retro script), LHF Heller's Casual (2014), LHF Aledo (2014: a Western typeface), LHF Big Bob (2013, a sign painter's casual), Castlerock, Cedar Creek, Sanborn Thin (Victorian), and Sheridan Script (fifties script).
David A. Hobbs
David A. Hobbs, Inc.&Tolley Studios
David Hobbs (b. Midland, MI, 1943) worked for and with William E. Tolley, a noted Engrosser, the son of A.B. Tolley, the White House Calligrapher for several presidents. He opened his own studio in 1976, and says that he "has done work for kings and presidents". David A. Hobbs, Inc.&Tolley Studios in Washington DC provides calligraphic lettering services. They have developed their own in-house fonts, like Engravers Script, Gothic, Readable Text, Cursive, Old English, Simplified Old English, Roman and Stump Script. He has developed Hobbsian Script (Based on Zanerian script), Hobbsian Stump Script, Hobbsian Old English, Hobbsian Roman Cap and Hobbsian Readable Text. [Google] [More] ⦿
David Engleby Foundry
Copenhagen-based creator of the four-style serif typeface Ingleby (2006-2008). In 2011, he added Engelberg (pixel face), OnO Display, ServusTextDisplay-Display, and ServusTextDisplayItalic-display (an angular text face). All of these typefaces were free.
In 2013, he set up the commercial David Engelby Foundry. The first typeface there was the text family Ingleby II. This was followed by OnO Display Pro (2013, a calligraphic typeface) and Onward (2013).
Ruth Pro (2014) is a magazine typeface family inspired by ITC Mendoza and Stone Serif.
In 2015, Engelby published the free three-style Copenhagen Grotesk, which was influenced by the rich history of German grotesques.
Typefaces from 2016: Leducation (a didone family combined with a touch of European decadence).
David Fernando Espinosa Martínez
David Fleming Nalle
Sao Paulo-based Brazilian Portuguese creator from Portigal, of Dora (2012, calligraphic caps). He also made a series of unnamed display typefaces in paperfold, ocragonal and gridded styles.
In 2013, he made Joy, a bespok typeface for Brazilian furniture maker Artesian.
Author of The Art of Calligraphy (Dorling Kindersley), Calligraphy: Inspiration, Innovation, Communication (Anaya), and The Calligrapher's Bible (A&C Black).
Born in the UK in 1949. He trained in the UK, worked for EMI Records and Saatchi&Saatchi and later moved to Southern California, wghere he started his own illustration studio, the David Westwood Studio for lettering (brush style, wood style). Designer of the lino-cut effect font Westwood (Letraset, 1991).
De Aesthetische Dienst
Graphic designer, sign painter and letterer Jeroen Koning (De Aesthetische Dienst, Amsterdam) started work on DTL VandenVelde in 2015. This typeface will be inspired by the work of the famous calligrapher Jan Van den Velde (1568-1623). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
De Amsterdamse Krulletter
In English, Amsterdam's curly letter. While doing a revival / interpretation of this style in his Krul typeface (2012), Ramiro Espinoza tells the story of this style, so I will reproduce excerpts:
Krul is a typographic interpretation of the lettering style created by Dutch letter painter Jan Willem Joseph Visser at the end of the 1940s, which decorated the traditional brown bars of Amsterdam. In the beginning, these letters were strongly associated with the pubs connected to the Amstel brewery, given that Visser was the company's official painter. As the years passed, the style became increasingly popular, and various business owners in Amsterdam and other Dutch and Belgian cities also commissioned its use. In the 1970s and 1980s, Leo Beukeboom, another talented letter painter, continued and expanded this lettering tradition while employed under the Heineken brand. Much of his work can still be found in the Jordaan and De Pijp neighborhoods in Amsterdam.
The Amsterdamse Krulletter, or Amsterdam's curly letter, is strongly inspired by the calligraphic works of the 17th century Dutch writing masters, of which Jan van den Velde was a central figure. However, distinct characteristics of this style, for example, its unusual and beautiful "g" originate from a model that was published by Johannes Heuvelman in 1659, which J. W. J. Visser referenced.
Typographic circles have somehow overlooked the Amsterdamse Krulletter and its heritage. The Dutch calligraphic hands preceded and influenced the formal English penmanship which has inspired numerous typefaces in the Copperplate style. In contrast, the models from van den Velde, Heuvelman, and Jean de la Chambre, among others, are a missing chapter in Dutch typographic history, and had never been turned into typefaces until now.
He continues about his own typeface Krul: Conscious of the cultural and identity issues that arise in reviving a unique style, and concerned about the speed with which the lettering style was disappearing, Ramiro Espinoza focused the project of designing Krul on digitally recreating the calligraphic complexity of these beautiful letters. Created through several years of research, Krul is not a direct digitization of the Amsterdamse Krulletter, but instead, an interpretation that incorporates numerous alternative characters absent in the original model, and improves upon details where necessary, resulting in an optimal performance on the printed page. The typeface is presented in Open Type format, with an abundance of intricate ligatures, fleurons, and swashes, which permit the creation of numerous calligraphic effects. The very high contrast and rhythm of the strokes in this typeface make it especially suited for media applications conveying a sense of elegance and sophistication. Designers of feminine magazines, advertisements, and corporate identities within the fragrance and fashion industries will find in this typeface to be an extremely useful and appropriate resource. The great Amsterdamse Krulletter is finally back, and we are proud to make it available to you. Krul can be purchased at ReType.
At ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, Ramiro explained his work on the Krulletter. Still in 2013, Rob Becker and Ramiro Espinoza coauthored Amsterdamse Krulletter. In 2015, they published The Curly Letter of Amsterdam (Uitgeverij Lecturis, Eindhoven and Amsterdam). [Google] [More] ⦿
Dead Image Design
Greg Jacobson is a print designer and poster artist in Los Angeles. He founded Dead Image Design and does custom font design (besides many other things). He made Millesime (2008), an old style typeface with weathered outlines. It can be downloaded at Chank's place. Other fonts (without downloads): DID Alexius Script (connected, calligraphic), DID Crunk Deco, DID The Skinny, Jascha Hand, Gadoosh (hand-printed), Marquee Slop, Garbanceras. [Google] [More] ⦿
Rhega Juliandy (Deadlock Studio, Bandung, Indonesia; b. 1991) designed the rhythmic brush script Nailika (2015), the calligraphic Sweet Holiday (2015), the flowing script typeface Vallerie (2015), the beautiful brush script typeface Nailika (2015), the curly display typeface Milady (2015), the free fat marker typeface March (2015), the wonderful connected brush script Allenois (2015), the logotype Voltus (2015), the thin calligraphic script Theodore (2015), the script typefaces Sweet Holiday (2015) and Rose (2015), and the script typeface Anke (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Humphrey (a sans headline family), Diamor (monoline packaging script), Mallena, Everlasting Script, Clockwise (brush script), Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Travel writer based in Cherry Hill, NJ. Designer (b. Augusta, ME, 1977) of the children's scribble font Urly Lurnin (2008), and of Smiley (2008, comic book face), and of the informal handwriting fonts Pickled Sans (2008), Slim Pickens (2008), Smokehouse (2008) and Gladly Mailed (2008).
Bender Script (2008) is a brush script developed from an incomplete script drawn by Charles Chas Bluemlein.
Glade (2015) is a formal calligraphic copperplate script in five widths.
Debi Sementelli Type Foundry
Debi Sementelli (b. 1973, Erie, PA) started out as a lettering artist for wedding services. She set up her own typefoundry in 2013 in Carrollton, TX. Before that, she cofounded Correspondence Ink (in 2007) with Brian Bonislawsky. Together, they created the formal calligraphic family Belluccia (2011). Belluccia Ornaments has plenty of wedding invitation dingbats to accompany the font. Belluccia Bold was published in 2014.
In 2012, they published DomLovesMary (a wedding script family), which is named in memory of Dominic and Mary Sementelli, Debi's in-laws.
Steve Deffeyes from Fairfax, CA, is the designer of free fonts such as Sabon Sans, Kells (uncial/Celtic), Gondola SD (2001, calligraphic), Ramsey SD (2001, uncial), MarkerSD (1999), Roman SD (1999), Loopy (2001-2009, Apostrophic Labs [dead link]), Futurex Arthur (2009). His Oblivion family (2003) is here, here and here. Here, we find the artificial language families Dwemeris (2004) and Oblivion (2003). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
DeMeyere Design Incorporated
Hong-Kong-based designer of Aerofoil (2007, calligraphic script), Ampersand (2005, hand-printed) and Cataclysmic (2005, handwriting). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. She used Fontifier to create a handwriting face, Skribble (2004). See also here. Alternate URL. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Derek Long (b. Wilmington, DE) made the high-contrast ball-terminal calligraphic typeface Long Script (2011) in his Advanced Typography class at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Now based in Washington, DC. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Russian foundry. Evgenij Dobrovinskii designed Faktor, Inessa Cyrillic (calligraphic handwriting) and Magister Cyrillic (book) there. Mac fonts. A. Kustov's Aksent (TypeMarket, 1993) was based on a design of Dobrovinskii. [Google] [More] ⦿
Argentinian graphic designer and recent docent in graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. He graduated in 1991 from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in graphic design. He worked at Arcor, and after a brief sabbatical in London at Interbrand Newell and Sorrell during 1999, he returned to Argentina, where from 2000 on, he is the Director of Design at Interbrand Avalos&Bourse. His fonts:
Dino dos Santos
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer of the script typefaces Befolk (2016), Wild Heart (2016), Kick Hornet (2016, brush style), The Beard (2016), Drama Queen Script (2016), Valiente Brush (2016), Beautiful Dreams (2016), Tropical (2016, in Brush Script, Brush, Brush Caps, Sans and Monoline styles), Rising Script (2016), Rising Brush (2016), Black Heat (2016), Be Grateful (2016), Sweetline (2016), Lightening Sript (2016), Humblle Rought (sic) (2015), Zailla Script (2016), Adorabelle Script (2016), The Luxury (2016), Harbour (2016, brush type), Nirmana (2015, brush type), Cecilia Script (2015), Stay High (2015, graffiti influence), Gracias Script (2015), Bowlist (2015), Miguella Script (2015), Islander Brush (2015), Zailla Script (2015), Funkiess (2015), Scarlet (2015), Amanda (2015, calligraphic), Natasya (2015, a creamy signage font), Violla Script (2015), Seulanga (2015), Cornish (2015), Butller (2015), Twice (2015), Evelyn (2015), Steelmond (2015), Humble (2015; also spelled Humblle with two l's), Swirlesque (2015) and Jeumpa (2015). Aka Dirty Line Type.
Typefaces from 2016 also include Mortuguais, Black Heat (Victorian), Sweetline and Neptern (a Saul Bass style font).
A calligraphic Arabic typeface with over 3000 glyphs, by Diwan Software. "Mishafi contains more than three thousand shapes, making it possible for the first time to compose proper Quranic calligraphy with all their shapes, markings and recitation symbols. It is also most suitable to compose traditional text of Hadith and commentary texts in respectable form. Both classic and modern Arabic poetry can be presented by it in clear and elegant formats." The typeface was designed by the acclaimed Iraqi calligrapher Hamid Al-Saadi (b. Baghdad, 1955), and won the Type Directors Club 2000 award. [Google] [More] ⦿
This used to be a wonderful page, but Michelle Dixon seems to have retired from the font making business. There used to be five shareware dingbats fonts: African Ornaments One, Cave Painting Dingbats One, Mayan Dingbats, Pre-Columbian Ornaments One, and Printers' Ornaments One (Mac PS), plus about 45 other original fonts (not shareware). In her wonderful collection, the following of Michelle Dixon's creations stand out: Arrighi Copybook, ItalianMosaicOrnaments, Beautiful, LondonHouse, Love Letter Typewriter, Gaudy Medium, Rusty Nail-Medium (the last four are all old typewriter fonts), and the display fonts Isla Bella (art nouveau), La Negrita, Arty Nouveau, Victorian, Art Nouveau Fonts, Bad Dog-Black, Berlin, Caslon Frenzy, Dixon's Vixens Caps, AntiqueMonoTW, DangerousTypoWriter, Elegant Nouveau Initial Caps, Fruitbasket, Matador, Manhattan, Modern Scribe, Ovid, Spillage, Tacos, Tolstoy, Typewriter, Love Letter, Basketcase, ChiliPepperDingbats, Postage Stamps, Garish Monde, Taco Modern, and Beautiful Ink. All fonts are between 5 and 30 dollars a piece, but often there are four fonts per face. In August 98, the absolutely gorgeous calligraphic font Beautiful Ink became available as a 10USD shareware font in Windows TrueType. Many designs are by Blake Haber, who is Michelle Dixon's husband. Located in Santa Barbara, CA.
Yus Wardi (Diyos) is the Indonesian designer of the script typefaces Eagle (2015) and Ashokaya (2015).
Typefaces from 2016 include Shafia (an über-curly script), Sielvie (calligraphic), Frizal (textured), Artika, Answer (an art nouveau style typeface), Nowela (script) and Hawana (handwriting font). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Perm, Russia-based designer of the retro signage fonts Beauford (2015) and California Dreaming (2015), the connected script typeface Jennifer's Flowers (2015) and the heavy calligraphic typeface Magnificent (2015).
Russian type designer who made the calligraphic greetings typeface Gala 72 (2012) and Congratulatory (2010: Latin and Cyrillic) and the curly psychedelic all-caps typeface Lemonchello (2011). More greetings typefaces were added in 2015: Congratulatory 2.0, Congratulatory Happy Birthday, Congrats 36, Congratulatory New Year And Christmas, Congratulatory Womens Day. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Dobi (was: Toxic Type)
Site of prolific designer Rob Dobi from Fairfield, CT, who made many freeware/shareware fonts. Some fonts are grungy, but many have a strong calligraphic influence (Killigraphy and Arthur for example). The list: Apocalypse1, Arthur, AssCrack, BallstotheWall, Blasphemy, Bubblegum Superstar (1998, more a brush font than a bubblegum font), Catch22, CrappyCrap, Cringe, CriticalMass, Depraved, DobiType, Doober, DroopyPoopy, Duchess, Dumbass, Entropy, Failure, FluxCapacitor, Geriatric, GreenAppleSplatters, Guillotine, HeavyRotation, HongKongFistFuck, HyperKinetic, Immoral, InKsolBitch, Incest, KaBlooie, Kemuri, KillgraphyBold, Killigraphy (1998), Misconstrued, Misfortune2, MisterSinister, Nicole, PessimisticLines, Piledriver, Plastered, Puke, Salvation, Snot, Splooge, Static, StoneCold, Suicide, TheDrips, Vein. Another site has additional fonts such as Pitty. Toxicomania, Ocular and Pileliner have disappeared.
London-based designer of a calligraphic alphabet called Hybrid (2012).
Designed the calligraphic font Aristocrat (1978, Letraset).
Doyald Young: Logotypes and Letterforms
Graphic designer, typographer, type designer, author, teacher and lecturer, born in 1926 in Holliday, TX. He died on February 28, 2011 due to complications following a recent heart operation. He attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Trade Technical Jr. College, and Art Center College of Design where he has taught for 27 years and holds the honorary title Inaugural Master of the School. Doyald drew characters, often of a calligraphic or handlettered nature. He was deeply influenced by his mentor, Hermann Zapf.
Steve Heller writes: When digital programs like Fontographer made it easy for anyone with a computer to create typefaces, many of them purposefully inelegant, he advocated a high level of craftsmanship that he believed had been lost. In so doing, Mr. Young challenged a new generation to reject so-called grunge design in favor of precision. When the American Institute of Graphic Arts awarded Young its 2009 Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Marian Bantjes wrote Taste. Practicality. Formality. Understated prestige. The combination of those qualities forms as perfect a descriptor of Young's work as any you are likely to find, both in the process and the result. Although he is widely known for his elegant curves and scripts, he has never been a showy designer---there is not a trace of ego in his work. The range of letterforms able to flow at any time from his hand is great, and there is no way to particularly define Young's mark unless you have seen the hand-drawn comp. That is where his work is unmistakable: perfect letterforms drawn in pencil at a surprisingly small size without so much as a mark of hesitation or awkwardness. The style varies but the fluidity and perfection do not.
Links and media: Scott Erickson's movie on Doyald Young. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Short obituary and video. Longer video about his life. Steven Heller's obituary in the New York Times. Obituary by Marian Bantjes for AIGA.
His typefaces include the extra bold condensed sports scripts fonts Home Run Sanscript (1999) and Home Run Script (1999, a connected bold retro signage script), Young Gallant (2010, a formal calligraphic script based on the alphabets his teacher, Leach, trained him on), ITC Eclat (1985, 1992, fat script face, which was used for titles by Comedy Central and the Queen Latifah movie Beauty Shop), Young Finesse (2003, an Optima-inspired thin headline typeface used in his book, Fonts&Logos), Young Finesse Italic (2006), Guts (1976, VGC), and Young Baroque (1984, 1992, Letraset; calligraphic Spencerian copperplate script; this is copied by Castcraft as OPTI Yen Script). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
DStudio, or Design Studio, is run by Nikolay Dubina, a prolific type designer. He is also a graphic designer, book designer and journalistic writer. He also runs the educational web site ProDTP. Their original Latin/Cyrillic fonts are of the highest quality, and include: Werewolf (2003), Werewolf NU (2003), DS Cosmo, DS Yermak, DS Eraser, DS Showbill, DS Poster Pen, DS Progress, DS Podd Cyr, DS Down Cyr, DS Comedy Cyr, DS Japan Cyr, DS Standart Cyr, DS Zombie Cyr, NewDeli, Stylo, Scrawl, the wonderful DS Nadejda, and DS OlymPix (2001, a pixel font), DPix8Pt (2003, pixel font), DS-Diploma-Bold, DS-Diploma, DSArmyCyr, DSBroadBrush, DS Brushess, DSComedyCyrBold, DSCyrillic, DSDiploma-Bold-Outline-DBL, DSDiplomaArt-Bold, DSDownCyr, DSEraserCyr, DS Initials (ornamental caps), DSJapanCyr--Normal, DSKolovrat, DSMechanicalBold, DSMotterHo, DSMotterStyle, DS Nova Black, DSPixelCyr, DSPoddCyrLight, DS Poster, DSPosterPen, DSProgress-SemiBold, DSRada, DSRussiaDemo, DSSharper, DS Sholom (Hebrew simulation), DSStain, DSStampCyr, DSStandartCyr, DSUstavHand, DSVTCoronaCyr, DSZombieCyr, InavelTetkaCyr, NadejdaBold, NewDeli (great display font!), Scrawl, SeedsCyr-Medium, Stylo-Bold.
Established in 1994, dstype used to offer free fonts but has gone commercial now. It is run by Dino dos Santos (b. 1971, Oporto) from Oporto, Portugal. He graduated in Graphic Design at ESAD, Matosinhos. He received a Masters degree in Multimedia Arts at FBAUP, Porto. MyFonts place. In 2006 he won the Creative Review Type Design Competition in the Revival/Extension Family. At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he spoke about Portuguese lettering since 1700. Interview in 2007. Pic. Klingspor link. Dino created these typefaces:
DTP Types Ltd was launched in 1989 by Malcolm Wooden (b. London, 1956) from Crawley, West Sussex, England. Wooden worked at Monotype for over 20 years just before that. Malcolm Wooden joined Dalton Maag early 2008 to work on font engineering and production. DTP Types does/did custom font work, and sells hundreds of retail fonts.
In the Headline Font Collection (50 fonts), we find reworked and extended designs (Apollo, New Bodoni (1996-2002), Camile, Engravers, and so forth), as well as fresh typefaces (Hellene handwriting, Finalia Condensed, Birac, Delargo Black, Delargo DT Rounded (comic book family), Dawn Calligraphy).
In the Elite Typeface Library, there are type 1 and truetype typefaces for Western and East-European languages. For example, Elisar DT (1996, see also elisar DT Infant) is a humanist sans family made by Malcolm and Lisa Wooden. Fuller Sans DT (1996) is a grotesk family by Malcolm Wooden. Greek and Cyrillic included. Other typefaces: Garamond 96, Pen Tip (Tekton-like).
Fonts distributed by ITF and MyFonts.com: Berstrom DT, Beverley Sans DT (2007, comic book style face), Birac DT, Century Schoolbook DT, Convex DT, Delargo DTInformal, Delargo DT Infant, Engravers DT (1990), Finalia DT Condensed, Garamond DT, Garamond Nine Six DT, Goudy Old Style DT, Graphicus DT (1992, a 24-style geometric sans family), Kabel DTCondensed, Leiden DT, Macarena DT, Modus DT (2007), New Bodoni DT (1992), Newhouse DT (1992, a large neo-grotesque family), Office Script DT (1994, copperplate script), Pelham DT (1992), Pen Tip DT, Pen Tip DT Infant, Pretorian DT (a revival of an old Edwardian font by P.M. Shanks done by Ron Carpenter and Malcolm Wooden in 1992; for a free version, see Vivian by Dieter Steffman), Solaire DT, Triest DT, Vigor DT (2000---a slab serif family).
Discussion: Something I don't get is that Vecta DT (2006) is based on Vecta (2005, Wilton Foundry)---same name, same sans family, what gives? Duet DT (2006, a calligraphic script) is by Robbie de Villiers of Wilton, based on his own Duet (2004). MyFonts page. The typophiles reserve harsh judgment: I recognize these designs by their original names. Slightly manipulating Times Roman, Optima, Icone, Franklin Gothic, Sabon, Tekton, does not make them new or original. Many of the designs are identical to the originals they're derived from (Carl Crossgrove), The DTP Types outfit sells the usual rip-off fonts under new and old names (e.g. Century Schoolbook DT, Engravers DT, Goudy Old Style DT, Kabel DT, etc.) (Uli Stiehl).
In 2008, DTP announced a new newspaper and magazine text family, Arbesco DT (PDF), based on a 1980s photolettering family (see also here), and a simple 24-style architectural sans family called Sentico Sans DT (elliptical). They also published the marker family Pen Tip DT Lefty in 2008.
In 2009, the calligraphic Trissino DT was published: it was named after Gian Giorgio Trissino (1478-1550) the Italian Renaissance humanist, poet, dramatist, diplomat and grammarian who was the first to explicitly distinguish I and J as seperate letter sounds.
Denis Serebryakov's Design studio in Minsk, Belarus creates logotypes and identity based on original lettering and own production fonts. Appetite (2011) is a black upright script family. It was followed by Appetite Contrast (2012) and the italic version, Appetite New (2012), the sketched version, Appetite Sketch (2013), and Appetite Rounded (2014). In 2016, it was updated to Appetite Pro.
Myster (2012) is a random font in which each glyph has three alternatives. General (2012) is an elegant casual sans family. Germes (2012) is a grotesk family with some contrast and with some reverse serifs added sparingly. Germes Sans (2012) is the sans version.
Statut (2012) is an elegant thin typeface that is based on calligraphic work by Belarusian artist Pavel Semchenko.
Oldsman No. 1 (2012) is a fashion mag typeface.
Typefaces from 2014: Bouquet (a fat brushy script, with Cyrillic).
Typefaces from 2015: Ultratype Beta.
Typefaces from 2016: Nature Product.
Earning Type Co
Indonesian designer of the connected calligraphic brushed typefaces Phobia Script (2016, upight and connected), Orlintia Script (2016), Mailinda Script (2016), Laluna Script (2016) and Breathers Script (2016). He also designed Thastsia Script (2016), Mallina Script (2016), Fajrina Script (2016), Titin Script (2016, a dry brush font), Lilypen Script (2016) and the calligraphic typefaces Profesi (2016) and Syirenata (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Ease Type (was: Arctic Co)
Medan, Indonesia-based designer of Dalia (2015, brush face), Marjei Display (2015, rough brush), Arum Display (2015, signage script), Victoria Script (2015, connected and calligraphic), Merry Light (2015, sans titling face), Rebli (2015, signage script), Worship (2015, brush script) and Kremlin Script (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Markinson (retro signage script), Colorado (retro sign painting style), Fresh From The Farm (a playful all caps sans), Le Paris (creamy lettering), The Airlines (script), Aventura, Maskoolin (a bold all caps titling typeface), Amerizana (heavy signage script), Scribble Script. Creative Market link. Newer Creative Market link. Behance link. Dribble link. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Eduilson Wessler Coán
The late Father Edward Catich was a talented and productive calligrapher who has published several fine books on the making of Roman inscriptions. He researched the Trajan inscriptions on the Trajan column in Rome, and is known for his clear and classy calligraphic "Petrarch Script". [Google] [More] ⦿
American type designer, designer, writer, b. 1906 or 1915. For some time he was assistant art director at Monotype and art director at Intertype. He made several phototype typefaces. His typefaces include:
Ricardo Victor Rousselot is a calligrapher and type designer born in Argentina in 1936. He was trained in the sixties in Chicago in the studio Ficho&Corley Inc., which was led by a disciple of Frederic Goudy and Oswald Cooper, Carl Corley. After that, he returned to Buenos Aires, and in 1975, he settled permanently in Barcelona, where he teaches at the University of Barcelona.
He sells his fonts nowadays through his foundry, Edy Type. For example, in 2010, Edy Type launched the lively connected handwriting font Despeinada, which, Ricardo says, tries to find the middle between Mistral and Zapfino. Chevronne (2010, not my favorite) is based on mediaeval / gothic forms but tries to be contemporary. Drumbeat (2011) is a calligraphic script face, and Bambola (2011) is a curly signage script.
Sells handwriting-fonts designed to exactly replicate many educational handwriting styles. In particular, they have these:
Judith Sutcliffe (Audubon, IA) is the Electric Typographer (est. 1986, Santa Barbara, CA). She has made absolutely exquisite highly original typefaces, which are sold by many foundries and vendors, including Will-Harris.
Her typefaces: Abelard (1988, mediaeval), LeonardoHand (Da Vinci's handwriting--greeeeaaaat), Lutahline (clean hand-printed family), ArabiaFelix, Petroglyph (nice dingbat series), AuntJudy, BlockParty, PetroglyphHawaii, ItalianAElectric, TaglienteInitials (another great calligraphic font), TommysType (letters on a clothesline), Kiilani, and Troubador (1988-1989, mediaeval) and Troubador Initials (1989). Atomic Type sells her fonts. Other fonts: Petroglyph Hawaii (1993), Daylilies, Greene, GreeneGreene, Insecta, Leaves, OldstyleChewed, Finfont, Flourish, Hawaii Set, Maskerade, Santa Barbara Electric (1989, a Lombardic / uncial face; + Barbara Svelte, + Barbara Plump), Schampel, Electric Stamps, Daly Hand, Kiilani, Mesopotamia (1992). Emodigi site. At Will-Harris House, we find these fonts by Judith Sutcliffe: Catastrophe, Tommy, Daly Hand and Daly Text (based on the casual calligraphy of Pacific Northwest artist George Daly), Finfont (fish), Daylilies, Leaves, Flourish (calligraphic family), Greene&Greene (architectral lettering), a Hawaiian set consisting of Kiilani, Hibiscus (alphadings), and RockArt dingbats, Insecta (dings), Oldstyle Chewed, Leonardo (neat handwriting of DaVinci simulated), Petroglyphs, Schampel (blackletter), Serpent, Maskerade (masks), Tagliente (nice old-fashioned lettering and caps).
Born in Ioshkar-oila in 1984, Elena Novoselova graduated from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2006. Currently, she designs type at Art Lebedev Studio, where she made ALS Dereza (2010, a grotesk comic book style typeface for children's books), ALS Mezzo (2009, a flared sans), ALS Heino (2008, a decorative typeface with two styles that was inspired by a piece of lettering in an old magazine), ALS Klementina (2011, a calligraphic cursive typeface based on brush pen handwriting), ALS Bingsley (2012, a wonderful transitional text face), and ALS Mirta (2007), a mild slab serif family that is easy on the eye.
Illustrator in Brisbane, Australia. Creator of the grungy calligraphic typeface Anatomy (2012), which is a Queensland University of Technology Type Design Project.
Dutch type designer and lettering artist in Gouda (b. 1964, Rotterdam) who made DTLDorian (1994) at the Dutch Type Library. The calligraphic expertise of van Slingerland shines in this great text typeface family. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Lettering artist from New York. ATF sales manager and director of typeface design. He created the often-copied calligraphic Murray Hill (now available as Murray Hill EF) in 1956. Versions of Murray Hill are in different places, including most shareware archives. Commercial versions at SoftMaker (Melville Pro), ICG and Bitstream, for example.
Mac MGrew: Murray Hill and Murray Hill Bold were designed by Emil Klumpp for ATF about 1956. They are smart, free flowing, modern scripts, nearly vertical, and letters are not connected. Their refreshing informality has made them popular for advertising as well as for stationery and announcements, while their nearly complete lack of kerns has made them durable, practical, and easy to set. The name, incidentally, is said to have come from a New York telephone exchange, before the days of all-numeric dialing, serving an area of the same name in which many large advertising agencies were located.
He also made the informal script font Catalina (1955) as well as many photolettering typefaces. Catalina was digitized as Enamel Brush by Ray Larabie in 2009. His life and work are discussed in the link.
Emil Karl Bertell
Emily Lime Design
Emily Conners (Emily Lime Design, Greenville, SC) has a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina. Based in Atlanta, GA, she specializes in capricious scripts. Her typefaces include:
MyFonts interview in June 2012, with this introductory paragraph: We've seen a few meteoric careers on MyFonts before, but the dazzling feats accomplished by the one-woman foundry called Emily Lime has left us seriously in awe. Based in Greenville, SC, this brand new font company managed to score one best-seller after another these past six months. The energetic Southern Belle in charge of the operation has made fonts in a range of styles, but capricious scripts are what she does best. Her peacefully named Bombshell Pro is at the top of our Hot New Fonts list as we speak. And while her alphabets are nonchalant and untamed, the underlying font technology is smart and nifty. Meet Emily Conners, a newcomer with a punch. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Plainville, Massachusetts-based Emily Spadoni (b. 1979), runs her own foundry, simply called Emily Spadoni. In 2014, she made these hand-printed typefaces: Drawing With Markers, Peanutbutter Smoothies (curly), What I Want For Christmas, Sweethearts Love Letters (curly script), Strawberry Whipped Cream, Silver Bellybutton Ring (cute curly script), Betty, Pink Ladies and Peanutbutter (a curly teatime script), Tall Tulips, Doodle Dings 1 Birds Cages.
Typefaces from 2015: Storybook, Fashionista Black, Sophia (brush script, free), Ke Aloha (Hawaiian vibe script), Fashionista (calligraphic connected script), Annabella Calligraphy Script (a great calligraphic curly wedding script typeface family), So Lovely, Velvet Berries (curly script), Butterfly Waltz Script (curly script), Secret Garden Script, Lettres Douches, Starstruck, Berrylicious, Portabello Script, Smoothie Shoppe, Sweet Peony, Margherite, Mirabella Script, Lilly Belle, Sweet Pea, Ballerina Script (curly script), Tippy Toes, Doodle Dings 2 Retro Flowers, Ralphie Brown (curly script), Because I Am Happy (hairline script), Give Me Some Sugar (a lovely boudoir-curly typeface), Dandelion Soup, Noteworthy (a connected signature script), Gardenia (+flower ornaments), Ke Aloha, Country Chic, Clementine, Daydreamer, Tickled Pink (very curly), Sugar Plums Script, Abigail Brush, Hello Sunshine Script, Ink Blossoms Script, Carried Away, and Beautiful Day.
Typefaces from 2016: Lemons Mangos Sunshine (a swashy feature-laden script), Smoothie Shoppe (free), Romantic Script, Clementine Script.
Turkish graphic and type designer, and calligrapher of both Latin and Arabic. He lived from 1913 until 1987. His calligraphy has led to some fine alphabets, including a blackletter and a flared Basque alphabet. Picture.
French calligraphy blog. It has some nice examples of 14th through 16th century writing.
On-line course notes by Andrew Zurcher based on Martin Billingsley's The pens excellencie or the secretaries delighte (1818). In particular he categorizes hands as follows (table borrowed from his pages):
ErlerSkibbeTönsmann is an agency for corporate, editorial and typeface design in Hamburg, Germany. Its main type designer is Henning Hartmut Skibbe, a German communications designer located in Potsdam and/or or Hamburg, b. 1979. He studied graphic design at the University of Applied Science Potsdam and was a typeface design student of Luc(as) de Groot. Skibbe's typefaces:
Outfit known for its formal script fonts (which all have "ES" in their names). A list of their typefaces: CenturionES (1998), CynthiaScriptES (1998), GrandPrixES (1998), Perplexity (2001), Augusta ES (1998), BeautifulCapsESSwashCapitals (1998), BeautifulES (1999), Cancellaresca-ES (1998), Helena Script-ES (1998), La-Jolla-ES (1998), Olde-European-ES (1998), Original-Script-ES (1998), Sorrento-Script-ES (1998), Splendid-ES (1998), Ville-de-Geneve-ES (1998), Wedding-Bliss-ES (1998), York-Script-ES (1998, calligraphic), Young-Love-ES (1998), Zenith-Script-ES (1998). Most (all?) of these are plain copies of other scripts: Augusta ES is Augusta Cancelaresca Schnurkl (1998, by Julius De Goede), Perplexity is Perpetua, Olde European is OPTI Venetian Script, Original Script is OPTI Original Script, Beautiful ES is Bickham Script, Sorrento Script is Agfa's Florentine AT Script, Ville de Geneve is AT Old Fashion Script (1992, Miles Inc), Wedding Bliss is Aristocrat LET Plain (1994, Letraset), York Script is Yorkshire (1990, Brendel Informatik), Young Love is Young Baroque LET Plain (1990), Zenith Script is Zither Script (1999, FontShop), and so forth.
Institute in Benalmadena, Spain (was: Santa Severa), where one can take 4-week courses at 1450 Euros a shot on the Etruscan alphabet, Trajan, Cuadrata and Rustic Roman Capital letters, and related subjects. They also organize lettering tours in Italy and guided tours in various musea. The teachers are Alberto Di Santo (Professor of the visual communication, Tor Vergata University, Rome; Professor of Graphic Design, Istituto Europeo di design, Rome; Professor of editorial design, La Sapienza University, Rome; Professor of Typography, C.F.P. Sinalunga, Siena) and Olcar Alcaide (b. 1952, Argentina, Professor of Graphic and Typography Design, University of Buenos Aires; Professor of Typography, University of Lanús, and Professor of Graphic Design, Marbella Design School, Spain). Type link jump page.
Eurotypo is also the foundry of Olcar Alcaide.
Typefaces from 2011 include Lila pro, Atenea (a humanist sans family), Agerola Script (a fat flowing signage face), Teja (signage face), Zalea (yet another signage face), and Nabu Pro (a connected signage script). Equalis (2011M, with Juan Lavalle) is a monoline slab typeface with a huge x-height and wide open counters. It was followed by Equalis Stencil (2011). Ravel (2011) is a fat signage script face. Atenea Egyptian (2011) is a solid slab serif family. Berta (2011) is a signage brush typeface with connected and unconnected versions. Optic Art (2011) is an ornamental typeface with building blocks that can be used for overlays. Creator of Eurotypo Bodoni Bold (2011).
Typefaces from 2012: Cubus (dingbats), Saxo Deco (art deco), Moliere (2012, an elegant didone family with outspoken ball terminals), Melon Script (a fat curvy signage script family), Riky (comic book family), Chipa (a signage and package design script), Heket (an expressive curly script), Lenga (a slab serif typeface family), Mikal (brush script). Duktus is a 1940s style script in the style of Donatello (1935, Wagner & Schmidt), Troubadour (1927, Wagner & Schmidt), Liberty Script (1927, Willard T. Sniffin), Trafton Script (1933, Howard Allen Trafton), and Coronet (1937, R.H. Middleton).
Typefaces from 2013: Dignus (influenced by Bank Gothic and Eurostile), Bague (old Dutch style with little contrast, in the style of Jan Van Krimpen), Lugo (a heavy signage or advertising script), Brittes (copperplate script), Talis (contrast-rich sans family), Fiesole (display family with an awkward back-curled lower case d), C Duflos (after a bâtarde coulée by Claude Duflos, a French engraver who was acitve around 1690).
Typefaces from 2014: Talks (creamy signage script), Fiume (calligraphic script), Predy, Daevon (copperplate script), Beily (letterpress style), Ritts (a heavy script-like display family), Ritts Cursive (in the style of the brush signage scripts descending from Robert E. Smith's Brush Script for ATF in 1942).
Based in Vladivostok, calligrapher Evgeny Tkhorzhevsky (Robot Smith, or ET Lettering Studio) created Braxton (2013, a brush script published by Fontfabric---one style is free), and Construct (2012, a constructivist experiment with geometric solids).
In 2014, he created the semi-connected vintage signage script (or marker script) typeface Suzee FY (Fontyou), the creamy script Kumiz FY (with Gia Tran, Fontyou), which is a renamed version of Maio FY (with Gia Tran, at FontYou).
In 2016, together with FontFabric, he designed the great free rough-edged script typeface Resphekt (Latin/Cyrillic).
Another alias is Robot Smith.
Russian designer of the elegant Latin / Cyrillic script typefaces Elza (2012, a revamping of Elzevir), and Cheldon (2010) and of a cyrillized version of Walbaum. Zotov lives in Krasnoyarsk. In 2014, he designed the signage / packaging font Label Food.
Experiment, The Twentieth International Conference, a calligraphic event, was held at Sonoma State University, July 29-August 5, 2000. Check the outlines of the talks, and sample some of the calligraphic beauties. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fabrika de typos
Fabrika de typos is a Brazilian fondry run by Marcio Hirosse (b. 1969) in Sao Paulo. He made Destroyer (2007, splatter grunge), Helena (2007), Boogaloo (2006), Casual (2006), Expedito (2006), Impresso (2006), Club (2006), Qualque Coisa (2006), Pig (2006), Boogaloo, Casual, Error (2006), Sherley XXX (2006), Thailandesa (2006, Thai simulation face), Expedito, Impresso, Club (2006, stencil), Ferrugem (2006, grunge), Qualque Coisa (2006), Saco de Pao (2006, grunge), Clean (2006, experimental), Poesie Noire (2006, a great multiline calligraphic face), Fuck You Las Vegas (2005), Serial Killer (2004, bloodied Arial), Tragedia (2004), Font Macabra (2004), Font Abuso (grunge), Font Cartaz (2004, stencil face), and Font Mexicana. He created Ballom (psychedelic), Anarchy, Macabra, Cartaz, Crash, Tragedia, Abuso, Estragou de novo (1999), Sucata Special, Brother Bear, Floppy Disk, Punk Dingbats (2004-2005, destructionist typefaces), Swiss AntiNormal (2005), Jooy (2007, grunge), Deusdeti (2007, double script), Deux ex Machina (2007, blackletter-inspired), Comunista (2007, constructivist), BONDAGE-DEMO-VERSION (2007), CASULO-DEMO (2007), D-E-S-T-R-O-Y-E-R-D-E-M-O-V-E-R-S-I-O-N (2007), GARTEN-VON-DORNEN-BLACK---DEMO-VERSION (2007), GARTEN-VON-DORNEN-DEMO-VERSION (2007), Load (2007, grunge), LYSSA-DEMO-VERSION (2007), MUMIA-DEMO-VERSION (2007), OFF-SET---DEMO-VERSION (2007, grunge), Pig (2006, rough stencil typeface), PLEASURES-DEMO-VERSION (2007), Querencia-Army-DEMO-VERSION (2007), TETARIA (2007), FDT Sodomy (2008, blackletter), FDT Carreto (2008), all freely downloadable.
Commercial typefaces: Circus de Terror, Rapariga (curly), Indiana, Hard Core, Iemanjai, Disorder, Joy, Deusdeti, Deux ex Machina, Comunista, Destroyer, Off Set, Pleasures Poesie Noire, Helena, Base, Clean, Casulo, Serial killer.
In 2015, he made FDT Wonderland.
fabulous farookhian free fonts
Three beautiful free handwriting fonts by Farookh Bulzara: the gorgeous handwriting font Panzer, as well as Kwikfont and AssBackwards. He also co-designed Ammonia with Chank Diesel in 1996. His site went pornographic some time in 2001, so I am linking back to Chank's place, which offers Panzer (free). [Google] [More] ⦿
Indonesian designer of Janesville Script (2016), Marcellina Script (2016, calligraphic), Granville Script (2016, calligraphic), Black Hawk (2016, connected script), Olivia Script (2016), Alexandria Script (2016), Nazhifa Script (2016) and Shameera Script (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Moscow and/or Latvia-based designer of the pleasingly rough brush typeface Bronks Script (2015) and of the hand-crafted typeface Marshmallow (2015). In 2016, she made the dry brush font Density (2016), the brush scripts Firecracker, Caricia, Pepper, Lady in Red (a fine brush script), Asparagus, Siberia (crayon style), Newport (amrker font), Emerald and Haiti, Ambrosia Script, the wide calligraphic font Lancaster, the curly watercolor brush script typeface Candyland, Fallen Angel, the Treefrog-style script Lemon, Penelopa, Cutout, and the creamy brush script Marmaris. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
FDI (was: Schriftgestaltung)
Georg Seifert (Schriftgestaltung) is a Bitterfeld-Wolfen and/or Jena, Germany-based designer, born in Halle in 1978. Photograph. He was a student at the Bauhaus University Weimar and runs Schriftgestaltung.de (Leipzig; now FDI or fonts dot info in Jena) with Ralf Hermann. He is best known for the font editor Glyphs, released in 2011. Seifert lives and works in Berlin.
Schriftgestaltung's fonts include Olive Green Mono and Rosa Stencil. All others are FDI fonts:
Feliciano Type Foundry
Mário Feliciano (b. 1969, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal) is the principal of Lisbon-based Feliciano Type Foundry, founded in 2001. For a while, he was associated with Enschedé. He began work as a graphic designer for Surf Portugal magazine in 1993. In 1994 he founded his own design studio in Lisbon, Secretonix. He has been heavily involved in type design since. In 2005, he joined the type coop Village. John Berry reviews Mario's oeuvre. His gorgeous creations include the following:
Fenotype, a Finnish typefoundry, has the original (often techno) designs of Emil Bertell (b. 1983, Helsinki) and his brother Erik Bertell and wife Kea Bertell. Emil has been studying graphic design at University of Art&Industrial Design in Helsinki since 2004. He designed most of his typefaces during 2001-2004, and works as a freelance illustrator. Behance link.
Typefaces made in 2002: Disco (prismatic), Lakmus, Valimo, FUTU, Test1, Foton Torpedo, Cheaptype, Personal Computer, Copycut, Unicode 0024, HKI Metro, HKI NightLife, Digital Kauno, Fenotravels (dingbats), Tivoli, Kosmonaut, 10124, JouluFonttiFenotype, Testi, 1laitos, 1120, 0629 (2002, a kitchen tile font), 0927, 0210, FTdingsprevi, Fenotypedings#lego3, Genotype, NeoPangaia, NeoPangaia 2, Nipponblocks, Pectopah, Personalcomputer, Pouttu, Samarin (2002, athletic lettering), Unicode0024, URALphat, URALthin, URAL, URAL3d (all Latin/Cyrillic fonts with incomplete punctuation though), Automania (multiline), Copycut, Halo, 222_2003, Tantor, Letters, Rikos, Lastu, ThreeTheHardWay, Bukkake, Halo. Emil's brother Erik designed Neon (paperclip face), Mama and Mama Round (paperclip typefaces). In private email, he calls himself Carl. The foundry evolved from 2theleft.
Fonts made in 2003: Military Dingbats, 08 02 03 Fenotype, Projectsfenotype, Rock-it.
Fonts made in 2004: Scandinavian Titan white, Scandinavian Titan, Acid Test 2, Acid Test (texture typefaces), 080203, Letters11, Linja, Projects, Rock it, Simpletype. Commercial typefaces: Sapluuna, Shortcut, Transeuro-Express, Omega-Uros, Fenotype Dings, Military Dingbats, Nippon Noodle. Typefaces made in 2004: Kolari, Kolari Light, FTfaces, Twisted Ontogenesis. Alternate URL.
In 2005: RoundAbout, Nihilist Philosophy, Boogie Monster, Chunky Hunk (Western), Diy Typeface (kitchen tile style), Futuretro (stencil-like), 3TheHardWayOverrun, Pedant Dilettante, FT Rosecube, FT Blockbuster, 3TheHardWayRMX, Adios Gringo (Western face), Helsingfurt (3d oil glow face), Cream Soda (liquid), Thashed Paper Bag, Big Medium.
In 2006: Rock It Deluxe (grunge), Cassette (dingbats), Kings Garden (Japanese trees as dingbats).
MyFonts link, opened in 2009, where one can buy 080203, 3 The Hard Way Overrun, 3 The Hard Way RMX, Adios Gringo, Depth Charge, FT Helsingfurt, FT Roundabout, FT Scandinavian Titan, FT Twisted Ontogenesis, Ice Cream Soda, Kings Garden, Kolari, Nihilist Philosophy, Old Note, Rock It, November Script, and Majestic Mishmash (ransom note caps), Digital Kauno (2002, upright script), 10.12, EB Vintage Future, Fenotype Dingbats, FT Forest, FT Funghis, FT Military Dingbats, FT Weapon of Choice, Motel Xenia, URAL, Valima.
Additions in 2010: Linguine (connected script), FT Telegraph (slab serif), FT Brush, FT Industry Machine, FT Giorgio, Killer Elephant (signage), FT Supervisor (retro), FT Dead Mans Diary (scribbly), FT Grandpa Script (grunge calligraphy), FT Stamper (angular lettering), FT Tantor (fat, rounded), FT Bronson (fat display typeface with mustache dings thrown in), FT Master of Poster (bi-level display typeface with many ligatures and interlocking letters), FT Hidden Forest (tree dingbats), FT Mammoth (grotesque headline face), Rikos (futuristic), Squarendon Extra Bold (2010, a Clarendon), FT Moonshine Script (a Treefrog style face), Billboard (a hand-printed rounded caps family), EB Bellissimo Display (rounded monoline sans), Malamondo (an all caps display typeface with a large number of interlocking ligatures), Linja (2002 and 2010, a rounded ultra condensed family), Punavuori (2002 and 2010: a monoline sans family), Signor (2010, a rounded all caps family), Mrs. Lolita (connected script), Funghi Mania (mushroom dingbats), Funghi Mania Script, Darlington (very open upright connected script family), Archipelago (+Caps: an upright connected script), Tower (pieces that enable one to modularly construct towers when stacked; created as a school assignment at the University of Industrial Art&Design Helsinki in 2006), Monster (just as Tower but for monsters), Verna (informal face with ball terminals), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna).
Typefaces from 2011: Pepita Script (an upright connected script with small lachrymal terminals), Pepito (its nonconnected version), Barber (upright script family), Banzai Bros (a fat caps-only signage face), Mishka (an upright connected script with tear drop terminals).
In 2012, he created Salamander Script, Taiga (connected upright script), Mercury Script (a set of upright connected script typefaces), Slim Tony (a bubblegum retro signage face) and Mercury Ornaments.
Typefaces from 2013: No. Seven (a successful brushy signage or baseball script), Alek and Alek Ornaments (an upright signage script), Voyage (a vintage script), Barracuda Script (brushy signage face), Bonbon (signage script), Bonbon Ornaments, Scaramouche (a playful connected script).
Typefaces from 2014: Larry (sturdy connected script), Silver (upright connected script), Powder Script, Peaches And Cream (creamy signage or baseball script), In and Out (a connected retro signage script), The Carpenter (a script family in the style of Mercury Script).
Typefaces from 2015: HMS Gilbert (a collection of 14 hand-crfated vintage types), Lager (a signage script family with adaptable swashes and other opentype goodies), Vanilla Shot, Journey (a smooth and elegant vintage script family of four weights and a matching ornament set, packed with alternate characters, and, in Bertell's style, perfect connections between glyphs), Tea Biscuit (signage script), Skipper, Skipper (connected script), Frost (a signage typeface that is just right, a sure award winner), Monday (sign apinting typeface).
Typefaces from 2016: Fragola (sign painting font), Syrup (sign painting font), Cosmopolitan (monoline connected script), Bluebell (copperplate calligraphic script), Inkston (vernacular brush script together with the standard hand-crafted sans and text styles), Beaujolais (brush script), Black Script (a heavy signage script), Beaujolais (an organic brush script), Cold Brew (signage script), Inkheart (tattoo style).
Aceh Besar, Indonesia-based designer, b. 1991. His typefaces from 2015 include of the connected script typefaces Marthana Script, Alleana Script and Love Moment. He also made the hand-crafted Kanover (also called Rockmasta?), Berrybold, the spurred typeface Jackland, the squarish typeface Flying Landing, Big Round (a clean brushed sans family), Six Only, Difer, Kuasque (brush font), Parakota, Ring Town, Brushers Hands, Dhiezar, Moon Fighter (slab serif), Koala Script, SnowBad, Tree Shoots, Rahmah, Malaka Brush, Always Pro (squarish), Brush Rock 17, Caribold, Funny, Longers (tall condensed sans), Ubet City (brush face), Srikhaya (hand-crafted), Big Round Outline, Big Round Normal, Big Round Black, Queeny (condensed sans), OnFrends (brush), Hamboe (hand-crafted).
Typefaces from 2016: Salita Script, Salita Sketch, Parakota (Halloween typeface), Rustic Script, Badegan Calligraphy, Sinyak Script, Badegan Script, Contento Script, Behind Script (calligraphic), Rumble, Elpida Thin (blackboard bold), Elpida Lean, Elpida Outline, Elpida Vintage, Elpida Light, Marisa Script, Husty Brush, Gradies Brush, Sunset Script, Insects, Insect Slab Serif, Little Stars Brush, Zackers, Rock Mella, Jackland Two (spurred), Turning & Curling (curly script), Drast Bold Script, Friends Da Vinci (copperplate calligraphic script), Dreams Liem, Sugar Vanila, Caribold, Arizona (+Shadow, +Outline).
Vatican calligrapher who created Lettera Cancellaresca Formata. This inspired Raffaelo Bertieri at Nebiolo to cast the typeface Ruano in 1926. The chancery typeface was finally digitized in 2013 by Leonardo Di Lena as Flanker Ruano. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator (b. 1972, Kerman, Iran) of some free typefaces, such as the Ugaritic typefaces Khosrau (2011), Kakoulookiam (2011) and Zarathustra (2011). His typeface Havlova Austral (2012) is based on the calligraphy of Czech-Australian photographer Sonia Havlova Makac. Mobitale (2012) is a large squarish type family. Finally, Prince of Persia (2012) is an Arabic simulation typeface based on the logo of a game by that name.
Scriptus (2012) is a modification of Scriptina (Apostrophic Labs). Fereydoun explains the three differences: a more careful spacing, 2816 kerning pairs (Scriptina True Type has none) and soft hooks instead of large descender and ascender closed laces.
Or Fer Cozzi. Buenos Aires-based designer who created the calligraphically-inspired typeface Kamchatka two days after Obama reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2014. Sincopa (2014) is an angular typeface family that has four sub-styles, Sarah, Nina, Billie and Ella. Nina Regular won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fernando Forero Foundry
Fernando Forero (b. 1978, Tunja) ran EisartGraphic.com together with Weronika Kwiatkowska, and moved from Bogota to Kalisz, Wielkopolska, Poland, where he started Fernando Forero Foundry. He is now located in Warsaw, where he works as a graphic and type designer and illustrator.
Designer of Ishia Antiqua (2013, a cursive hand), Urbania (2013, a dusty face), Ilex (2012, hand-printed), Baltan (2012, a calligraphic script), Old Stamps (2011, scanbats), Boys and Girls (2011, dingbats), Aliovha (2011, a monoline elliptical sans), Old Nyleshina or Old Nyleshna (2010, roughened calligraphy), Vexa (2010, grunge), Ornamentus (2010, an interesting modular ornamental face), Melonella (2010, a medieval script), Cioran (2010, aged letters), Ornalia (2010), Selbst (2010, hand-printed caps), Nugg (2010, grungy), Feeda (2010, a curly face), Intuitiva (2010, grungy), Czarnulka (2010, script), Khamus (an earthy calligraphic face) and Últimos Ritos (a hybridization between the forms of the Cyrillic and Roman characters), two typefaces that won awards at Tipos Latinos 2008. He also made the grungy Refaxed (2008) and Efficient Fax Font (2010), and the experimental Aleah (2010) and Ovhol (2010).
In 2014, Forero published the grungy letterpress emulation font family Asfalto.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Ampuero and Laredo, Spain-based designer (b. 1971) of the monoline sans typeface Depez (2011), Fabada (2011), and the free monoline geometric sans typeface La Chata (2011). La chatte, in French? Maybe not.
In 2011, he made the monoline organic sans typeface Lerótica (free at OFL).
In 2012, he created Nabatea (stone chisel typeface), V de Vacia (a grungy outline face), Sabática (organic), the straight-edged data style typeface Gabardina, the grotesk typeface A Bebedera, the shadow typeface B de Bonita, D Puntillas, and the deconstructed Qebrada.
In 2013, he designed Yacarena Ultra, H.H. Agallas, Nacimiento (a dymo label font), J Airplane Swash (a psychedelic typeface named after Jefferson Airplane), CA Garrutas (grunge), CA Gatintas (grunge), I Am Telefono (the largest phone dingbat and scanbat typeface on earth), Wach Op-Art (kaleidoscopic icons), K.O. Activista, I Am Hueca, X Template (stencil), H.H.Samuel (rounded sans), U2 Metalona (a beautiful white-on-black display face), M F Plexus Italic, J.M. Nexus Grotesque (an "thin inline' fat grotesque), Wachinanga, Tabaquera, Pabellona (grunge), El Pececito (video game font), the poster typeface Hobby of Night (OFL), H2O Shadow (outline version of Fabada), Zabatana Poster (a didone-inspired poster font), Oaxaquena Tall, Yacimiento (wood style wedge serif), and Rabanera.
Typefaces from 2014: Babalusa Cut, A Cuchillada, Sabandija (a plump round display typeface), F2 Tecnocratica, F1 Secuencia Quad (pixel face), La Pejina FFP (bilined), Tabaiba Wild, Gabachita (ultra-condensed rounded sans).
Typefaces from 2015: Tabarra Pro (Swiss style sans family for Latin, Cyrillic and Greek), A Sogra Ruth (ultra-condensed art deco), Gaban (an outline version of Tabardo), Tabardo (a heavy blocky font), Wacamoler Caps (a Tuscan typeface inspired opening credits of the Western movie Winchester '73 directed by Anthony Mann in 1950), Ubicada (condensed geometric sans), Rabiosa (neurotic font), Zacatecas (condensed shadowed sans), F3 Secuencia Round, La Babaca (a powerful black condensed sans in the style of Impact), Obcecada Serif, Obcecada Sans (condensed sans), Eacologica Round Slab (a nice commercial font with an incomplete set of numerals), Palim Script (curly), Vacaciones (signage face), de La Cruz.
Typefaces from 2016: Cienfuegos (connected retro script named after the Cuban her Camilo Cienfuegos), Gaitera Ball (round fat script), The Black Box (a retro banner font), Durum Kebab (shadow sans), Jolgoria In Town (script), Yerbaluisa (signage script), Escobeta One (brush script), Posteratus Rex, Bastardilla (a cursive font), Rotulona Hand, The Juke Box (retro juke box lettering), Angelique Rose (connected monoline script), Promenades, Bucanera (a swashbuckle font), Lucemita, Panama Road (a casual calligraphic font), Deslucida, Disoluta, Sucesion Slab, Tabarra Pro Round, Qebab Pro Shadow, Monserga (white on black), Indulta SemiSerif.
Ferry Hadriyan (Fey Design, Indramayu and/or Cirebon, Indonesia) designed these typefaces in 2015: Milkytwins Modern Wave, Fantasia (a charming curly upright script), King City (calligrapghic signage script), Chocolate Heart Script, Adefebia (calligraphic wedding script font), Sexy Shout, Awesome Display (signage script), Love Mile (curly brush-painted font), Shakila (a vampire script), Hard Brush Ghost, Telena Brush, Slow Motion Script, Heaven Sky, Candy Sugar, Chocolate Heart (curly script), and Hard Brush.
Typefaces from 2016: Atlantis Heart (brush font), Hometown (a 15-style vintage letterpress-style family, +Clean, +Rough), Apple Tree (dingbats), Strawberry, Wild Zova (a free brush script), Beauty Heart, Devil East, Sexy Shout, Hometown (signage script), Awesome, Hunter Heart (free vintage titling font), Voltury, Adefebia (script), Wowangle Brush Script, Nightamore (free brush script font), Honeymoon Midnight (calligraphic). Graphicriver link. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Filia Ika Syilviani
A new foundry in Cheltenham, UK, started by Michael Harvey and Andy Benedek in 2001. Their output was sold through Faces, but is now marketed via MyFonts. The fonts: Aesop (calligraphic writing), Tisdall Script, the spectacular Songlines, Fine Gothic (blackletter), Marceta (uncial), Braff, Balthasar, Mentor Roman, Mentor Italic. Also sold at Fonts.com. A type designer close to me said: The Mentor and Mentor Sans superfamilies were released last February by Monotype, and nobody even mentioned them. To me they look Michael Harvey's best ever masterpiece, and probably the best new superset to be released this millenium, but nobody's paying attention. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Firman Suci Ananda
Japanese foundry in Nagoya that offers these free and commercial Latin fonts made by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, who also runs Bagel & Co, Dharma Type, HolidayType and Prop-A-Ganda. Most of his work was done at Flat-It. His typefaces:
Romanian graphic designer (b. 1963, Timisoara) who lives in Cluj-Napoca, and graduated in 1992 from the University of Arts and Design in Cluj-Napoca. He teaches in the Design Department of the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca.
Creator of these typefaces:
Many specimen books were published by them. For their vignettes, see Spécimen de vignettes typographiques (Paris, Rue Visconti, 17, près le Palais des Beaux-Arts, faubourg Saint-Germain. ) and Vignettes typographiques: attributs mélanges armes, médales (Paris, 1886). Early work is shown in Les créations de la fonderie typographique Deberny et cie depuis 1878 (1889) and in Les nouvelles creations de la fonderie typographique Deberny&cie (1895). Fancy type is shown in Les caractères d'affiches. Extrait du Livret typographique (Paris, 1905). Older fleurons are in Nouvelle série des fleurons de la fonderie de Laurent et Deberny (ca. 1844). Other publications by them include Premières épreuves du Caractère Peignot dessiné par A. M. Cassandre (Paris: 1937).
References: Wikipedia. History of Peignot, by Georges Peignot's grandson Jean-Luc Froissart. Rochester Institute of Technology: History of Deberny et Peignot [dead link]. And finally, the book L'or, l'âme et les cendres du plomb. L'épopée des Peignot, 1815-1983 (2004, Jean-Luc Froissart: Paris: librairie Tekhnê). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Marcelo Dante (b. 1965) and Juliano Augusto founded the 45Jujubas studio in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. They offer these free fonts: Abrusquita (2010, calligraphic), Joana (2010, a Clarendon; +JoanaO, an outline version), Oferta (2010, a signage face). On their home page, we find illustrations, custom fonts, font posters and general graphic design. [Google] [More] ⦿
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designers of the script typefaces Luxurious Line (2015), Ramsteinz (2015: calligraphic), Gracias (2015, thick brush), Hello Listie (2015), Glytten (2015), Adelle Script (2015) and Loft Yian (2015), the display typeface Vardy (2015, film noir style), and the wonderful rough brush font The Mistie (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Hey Dory, Toretto, Honey Land (brushed calligraphic font family), Ravenclaw (Halloween font), Jaguar (dry brush), Champagne (an inky brush typeface), Sharktooth, Lovely Kenzie, Labyrinth (bilined), Cashy Allen (brush script), Joker (hand-crafted), Coralie (curly script), La Viola (free thick brush typeface), Captain America (octagonal and interlocking), Brightscales (curly script), Chicksar, Typefloss (a nice dry brush font), Lovelight, Alexandria (Greek simulation font), Brushello, Cherry Blossom (a children's font), Woodpecker (wood plank typeface), Cataleya (free). Behance link. Another Behance link. Aka Voryu. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial type 1 and type 3 fonts, converted from metafont by Basil K. Malyshev. The package includes Blackboard (BBM, doublestroke), Calligraphic Fonts (Calligra, Script, Vacal, La, twcal, suetterlin), Math Fonts (StMaryrd, Wasy, YHMath, RSFS), Astro Symbols (cmastro, astrosym, moonphase), Barcodes (barcodes, wlean, wlc*), Logical diagrams fonts (loggates, milstd), CMPica, Punk, CBGreek, Concrete fonts in ATM Compatible Type 1 font format (The Concrete Roman fonts were designed by D. Knuth), Concrete Math fonts designed by Ulrik Vieth, European Concrete fonts designed by Walter Schmidt, Malvern fonts in ATM Compatible Type 1 font format. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 type designer, b. 1965, Zamosciu. He taught typography at the Technical University of Warsaw and is professor of typography and design at the Faculty of Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2004 he finished his PhD thesis on legibility of type on cartographic maps. In 2013 he presented a habilitation thesis on street lettering as an inspiration for a graphic designer. In 2015 Artur graduated from the Expert Class Type Design (EcTd) at the Plantin Institute in Antwerp. 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. Author of Typespotting Warszawa and co-author (with Magdalena Frankowska) of a book about Henryk Berlewi, a pioneer of functional typography.
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. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on From Typespotting to Warsaw letters. MyFonts link. Author of several typefaces:
Indonesian designer of the calligraphic script typeface families Pod Vader (2016), Vermaline (2016), Lovestone (2016), Santos (2016), Santerios (2016), Soulmates (2016) and Lonely Alone (2016). Other typefaces include the antiqued Lockers (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka Gabriela Christine and as Miibeedrawing and as Fontdation Studio. Illustrator and designer in Bandung, Indonesia, who created these typefaces in 2016: Zombie Dust, It's Mine, Unreal, the display typeface Anomali, the hand-painted Zomblo and Oh Blazt, the fairy tale ornament-inspired Marguerite, the brush script font Quish, the calligraphic Awesome, the hand-painted Azra, Raquella (monoline connected script), Unreal, The Brownies (signage brush font), Jacinda (calligraphic), Aurella (calligraphic script), Antreas (rough brush), The Roxv, Alder Type (rounded sans), North High (art deco), Flamingo, Aberus, Djangart (artsy and oriental), Smoother, The Heater, Leath, Hadrea, The Beat, Rarodette, Sweeney, Pertiwi Script (crazy calligraphic).
Foundry in Serbia, est. 2011 by Dusko Joksimovic. Fontex created Brillian (2011), a large Latin/Cyrillic semi-connected script family, characterized by two gigantic b counters. Boos (2012) is a casual typeface family. AJSHA (2012) is an oriental simulation face, inspired by Japanese swords, or katana.
Fontforecast is a typefoundry in the Netherlands that was set up by Hanneke Classen in 2013. Hanneke designed Graduate Script (2013, a connected script), Graduate Ornaments (2013), Bachelor Script (2013), Tyfoon Script (2013) and Tyfoon Sans (2013).
Her greatest work to date is the 16-font Chameleon family (2013). It includes Chameleon Basic (a calligraphic script that can be used for layering), Chameleon Pen, and Chameleon Sketch. This combination of poster styles was also seen in Laura Worthington's Charcuterie a few months earlier, so a trend seems to be developing. Santa's Pen (2013) is derived from Chameleon.
Typefaces from 2015: Bambusa Pro (a great bamboo pen script collection), Mucho Sans (a 12-style geometric sans), Stylist Pro (a great dip pen connected calligraphic typeface), Salt & Spices Pro (a script family).
Typefaces from 2016: Bo Rock (hand-crafted sketched and slick pair of typefaces), Dragonflight Pro (brush script, +Sans), Salt + Spices Mono (the monoline version of Salt & Spices Pro), Kinfolk Pro (brush script accompanied by many ornamental fonts containing arrows and flowers).
Michel Bujardet (a Frenchman living in West Hollywood, CA) runs Matchfonts, and started Fontmenu.com in August 2001. Commercial fonts, and free demos in all formats.
A partial list of fonts:
Gábor Kóthay (Fontmunkások) is a Hungarian type designer (b. 1962) who lives in Szeged. Gábor Kóthay's fonts include:
Creator of Broken Depth (2015, a shadow font), Fuzzy (2015), Dark Place (2015, scary font), Whispers Calligraphy (2015), Vintage College Dept Worn (2015), Peacock (2015), the free hand-crafted typeface Old Sydney (2015) and the vintage typeface Old Bob Junior (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Daily, Matildas Grade School Hand (children's script), Dreams American Diner (retro script), Gasoline (grungy), Nice Love The Simple Font, Manual (a grungy dymo label font), Charming Normal (script). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ralf Hermann (Jena, Germany) is the designer of Agendia (2002), a free experimental Antiqua-Schrift (see also here), and Logotypia (2003, a typeface for logotype applications). Moderator of the typografie.info type forum (in German). Author of Index Schrift (2003). In 2004, he set up fonts.info to sell his fonts. Schriftgestaltung.de is a web site he runs with Georg Seifert. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Ukrainian font foundry run by Genadij (also spelled Henadij) Zarechnjuk (b. 1961) who lives in Lviv. Nice historically accurate free fonts made by him in the period 2000-2003: Abetka Kirnarskoho, Ancient Kyiv, Luchtein-Bold, Luchtein, LuchteinLight, NarbutClassic, NarbutNarrowContrast, NarbutWhirlSans-Serif, Narbut Abetka, Skoropys-XVII, SnarskyUstav, SnarskyjOldStyleNarrow, SnarskyjUstavNew, Traditional-Heavy, Yakutovych-Black. Chomenkivska (2007) is a semi-slab serif Cyrillic beauty.
In 2010, he created the art deco typeface New Hotinok 2D (2D Typo), together with Viktor Kharyk, as well as the nice calligraphic typeface Ukrainian Barokko 2D. Khomenkivska (done with Viktor Kharyk) is based on a 1965 design by Basil Khomenko (1912-1984). Baumans (2011, Google Web Fonts) is a geometric typeface for headlines. Its letterforms are inspired by Bauhaus typefaces and preconstructivist forms.
In 2014, Dmitry Rastvortsev, Lukyan Turetsky, and Henadij Zarechnjuk cooperated on the design of the free Latin / Cyrillic handwriting typeface Kobzar KS, which is based on the handwriting of Taras Shevchenko, a famous Ukrainian poet, artist and philosopher.
In 2016, Henadij Zarechnjuk and Viktor Kharyk designed Dnipro for Apostrof. The Cyrillic version of this font follows Ukrainian decorative traditions, initiaited by Georgy Narbut and Mark Kirnarsky in the 1920s and continued until the 1980s. The Latin part has an uncial character.
FontStage is a group of independent Latin American type designers who create original fonts for the web and print industry. It includes Manuel Lopez.
Publisher of several free fonts at Google Web Fonts in 2011: Fresca is an informal sans; and Viga (2011, Oscar Yañez) is a heavy angry macho sans. Designer of the free Google Web Font Chango (2011), about which he/she writes: Chango is a display typeface based on letters drawn by Mexican illustrator Ernesto "Chango" García Cabral. It's big and heavy, ideal for head-line body sizes with a humorous touch. Passion One (2011, Alejandro Lo Celso, Google Web Fonts is an Impact-like family. Felipa (2012) is a calligraphic typeface by Javier Alcaraz.
Vulgata (2013, Javier Alcaraz) is another typeface in their collection.
Hans Presto's site about Lettering, Comics, Handwriting, Vintage Steel pen nibs and Calligraphy. Based in Stockholm. It has a subpage about stencil fonts, and includes a small stencil font archive. [Google] [More] ⦿
Arabic Pagemaker. Includes four Arabic fonts plus a special calligraphy Arabic font supporting over 300 ligatures. Also available is Adobe Arabic PhotoShop. Also makes many Arabic and Persian fonts in PostScript, and does custom work. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based on research by Professor Horace H.S. Ip and Dr. Helena T.F. Wong at the Department of Computer Science of the City University of Hong Kong, two approaches are followed for the generation of Chinese (and other) calligraphic fonts. In the first approach, a truetype font's features are detected using fractals, and this permits generation of characters using calligraphic pens. In a second approach, a (physical) brush model is able to capture the physical effects of the writing process due to brush geometry, brush orientations and motions, ink absorption and depositing by the brush hairs. Resulting papers:
French type designer based in Toulouse, born in 1950, died in 1999. He is an early graduate of Scriptorium de Toulouse (1972). In his lifetime, he achieved a great deal of success, including the Morisawa Prize in 1990. From 1975 until 1997 he was also a freelance graphic designer. Brief CV. Read his article in Cahiers GUTenberg, Ligatures&calligraphie assistée par ordinateur (1995). Fontshop link. Frank Adebiaye wrote François Boltana et la naissance de la typographie numérique together with Suzanne Cardinal in 2012.
Francesco Mistico Canovaro
Francis John S. Villo
Francis Stephen Lestingi
Full name: Francisco Lucas Vezino De Sevilla. Spanish lettering master in the 16th century who wrote Arte de Escrevir (Madrid, 1571 [Paulo Heitlinger says that this is 1580, while others mention 1577]), in which he introduced the so-called Spanish Bastarda. Digitizations of his Griffo-style lettering in 1577 include:
Polish type designer who teaches graphic design at the Secondary Art School in Bydgoszcz. Second prize at the 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest by Linotype Library for the handwriting fonts Linotype Notec (1998) and JP2 (2008, based on the (shaky) handwriting of Pope John Paul II). Brda (2003, Linotype) is a fat display typeface that won an award at Linotype's Fourth International Type Design Contest---it was originally designed for the Powiat weekly. Waza (2008, Linotype) is a copperplate script revived from an etching by Wilhelm Hondius (Hondt), the Dutch court engraver for the Polish king, Ladislaus IV.
German type designer Frank K. Lüdicke designed Ramses, letters in the shape of hieroglyphs. He studied with Karlgeorg Hoefer (who would write with anything) and with Kurt Wolff (in Düsseldorf), and later learned Japanese calligraphic art. Ramses is now available from Elsner&Flake. At URW++, he designed the commercial dingbat font FunnyNature (1999) and the handwriting fonts Liaison (2015), FontForum Katie (2008) and Lüdickital (2002).
American architect, artist and designer, b. Richland Center, WI, 1867, d. Phoenix, AZ, 1959. He was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. His lettering inspired many to create typefaces based on them. The Frank Lloyd Wright museum is near the University of Chicago. He lived in Oak Park, IL, two blocks away from Luc Devroye's daughter. A partial list of fonts realted to FLW:
Fraterdeus Web Log
Aka Fred Afrikyan. Yerevan, Armenia-based architect, letterer and type designer who wrote The Art of Letter-Type by Fred Africkian. 120 Tables of Armenian decorative types (1984). See also here. Taboo (Canada Type) is a Latin typeface inspired by lettering from Africkian's book. Patrick Griffin of Canada Type writes: Virtually unknown in the West, Africkian was one of the most talented eastern block artists. Though mainly a calligrapher working with traditional tools, he embraced geometry on multiple occasions for the sake of drawing simple modern Armenian and Cyrillic alphabets. Though he normally tried to maintain in his work a certain homage to Mesrop Mashtots (5th century Armenian monk who invented the Armenian alphabet), his late 1970s experiments made use of so many modern elements that the results were hailed as "real art mingled with science." Examples of his lettering: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fredrick M. Nader
Type designer (b. Langen, Germany, 1918) who designed fonts at Klingspor such as Information breitfett (1958). At D. Stempel, he designed Present (1974, now an Adobe font). He also made Sallwey Script (1979) and Roundy (1992). These are all script typefaces with some calligraphic influences. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Author of The Mystic Art of Written Forms: An Illustrated Handbook for Lettering (Salzburg: Neugebauer Press, 1980), and Bibliophile, Buchgraphik, Schriftgraphik (Salzburg, Austria: Verlag Neugebauer Press, 1983).
Typefaces influenced by his style:
Designer, visual artist and calligrapher (b. 1933, Dresden, Germany) who moved to West Berlin in 1950, where he studied lettering design, painting, graphics, typography and calligraphy at the Academy of Visual Arts. He emigrated to Canada in 1957 with his wife, and started teaching in 1958 at the Vancouver School of Art, which later became the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, and this until 1998. He has many designs for postage stamps, coins and medals in Canada between 1980 and 1998. He is an all-round artist who is also famous for his contributions to calligraphy. His typefaces:
German scribe and calligrapher (b. Soborten, Czechoslovakia, 1923, d. Wiesbaden, 1982), and designer of several text families, such as Poppl-Fraktur (1986), Poppl-Antiqua, Poppl-College (1981), Poppl-Exquisit (1970), Poppl-Nero (1982, his last face), Poppl-Laudatio (1982; see the clones OPTI Peach (Castcraft) and Poem Lavish (Softmaker)), Poppl-Pontifex (1974), and Poppl-Residenz (1977, classic calligraphy). These typefaces can be bought at Berthold.
Revivals: His neo-gothic typeface Saladin was later digitized and expanded by Patrick Griffin as Lionheart (2006, Canada Type). Hip Hop NF (2007) is a bouncy retro typeface based on Friedrich Poppl's Dynamische Antiqua (1960, Stempel). Elfort (2009, Iza W, Intellecta Design) is a calligraphic revival of work by Poppl. Poppl Stretto (1969) was at the basis of a revival by Canada Type called Wonder Brush (2012, Kevin Allan King and Patrick Griffin).
Fritz Grögel (b. Wassertrüdingen, Germany, 1974) studied graphic design and typography at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. In his graduation work French Délice, he explored the history of French letterpainting. After several years of work as a corporate designer, he attended the TypeMedia master course of KABK The Hague where he researched the German letterpainting tradition. Together with Elena Albertoni, he founded the studio LetterinBerlin in 2011. The following year he conducted extensive research at Berlin's Kunstbibliothek on the history of German lettering which is the subject of his talk at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. That talk is based on the content of the book Karbid From lettering to type design (2013) by Verena Gerlach and Fritz Grögel published by Ypsilon Éditeurs and released on the occasion of the Amsterdam conference.
His project for the Masters in type design program at KABK in 2010 led to the signage family Hinterland (2010), and to Builderdyke (2010), a revival project with Paul van der Laan: a digital reinterpretation of Johann Michael Fleischmann's Mediaan Romein.
Other typefaces by him include Glupsisch (2010, is a round piano key typeface created with the help of Typecooker), Fritzskript (a flowing connected script that was done at the Ecole supérieure Estienne, Paris), and Estelita (a calligraphic hand that was inspired by the titles of a French art deco silent movie by Marcel L'Herbier called L'Inhumaine).
FTP archive of linguistic data and calligraphic Tibetan texts (tiff and gif formats). The new archive is hosted by Valeriy "Uwe" Ushakov in St Petersburg, Russia. Cooperation from Don Stilwell (Tibetan OCR Project). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer and art director in Tokyo. His Latin typefaces include Rail Line Alphabet Tokyo (2013, based on parts of the Tokyo subway map), and Cunard Proto (2013, a beautiful calligraphic typeface family). [Google] [More] ⦿
FYI Scripts: Calligraphic Fonts
Dead link. Ilene Strivzer introduced ITC's calligraphic fonts. This is not an article, but just advertising. The fonts: Riptide, Choc, Arid, Musclehead, Chiller, Ballerino, Humana Script, John Handy, Kick, Marguerita, Mistral, Braganza. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of the calligraphic typeface Dies Irae (2013).
Gabriel Martinez Meave
Rio de Janeiro-based creator of the calligraphic script typeface Scribae (2012).
French creator of a large number of free typefaces, starting in 2012.
Typefaces from 2016: Ginumber1.
Typefaces from 2015: Happy New Year 2016, School, Gaelle Star, Oeillet (connect-the-dots typeface), Gifont, Happy New Year.
Typefaces from 2014: GaelleAbc (iFontmaker), GaelleDEF (iFontmaker), Gaelle Majuscule, Gaelle Number (+1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7, +8, +9), Clock, Gaelle 001, Enjoy, Gael 427, Gaelle.
Typefaces from 2013: the hand-printed typefaces October, Ellega, Gaelling Pates, Gaelle Fine, Manuscrite, Gaelle 2002, Gaelle 307, Plaque, Gaelle 2000, Gaellefont 403, Gaelle 203, Gaelleings Letter, Ecriture, MJ Letter (outlined), MJ Letter2, Funny, AZ (outlined caps), April, Lettre Classique, Relier Les Points (connect-the-dots), Plume, Shiver For You, Galfont, Sur Un Trait, Frissons, I Love You Forever, Stop Please, Pinceau, Collage, I Love You Forever, Once Upon A Time, Japanese Letter, Shiver For You, Trouverlecode, Brush, Contour de Lettres, Dessin 123, Elegantegaelle, Fleche, Frissons, Highlight, Les Lettres d'Adam, Paille, Pointcarre, Pointgaelle (dot matrix), More Letters, Numero1, Cupidon, Saint Valentin (letters in hearts), Je suis doublée, Lettre Etoile, Les Dunes, Filament (multiline face), Ameno (calligraphic face), Petite Boule, Helveti (fat finger font), Ecolier (children's hand), Cfun, Miss, Vague, Happy New Year 2013, Highlight, Bubblefont.
In 2012, Gaelleing created Trait Lettre (vertical striping), Beautiful, I Love You, Once Upon A Time, It's Beautiful, Papoune, Tournicoti (super-curly face), Double, Versaille, Love, Lettre Gaelle (fat finger font), Chouchou, Boule Noel (alphadings with Christmas balls), Inclined Letter, Elganoel, Gaelleing and Gaelleing2. [Google] [More] ⦿
British calligrapher. Designer (with the help of Akira Kobayashi) of the OpenType calligraphic script Hamada (2007, Linotype). This typeface has multiple variants for all letters. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Montrealer who designed ITC Redonda (1998, an upright ronde script), Baylac (a psychedlic font fdirst done at at Agfa, and then at ITC) and the Comic Strip family. Planned are the calligraphic font Herald (for Font Bureau), the protest font Infamy, and Robin Hood. He created the following Agfa Creative Alliance fonts: Evita (1998, now an ITC font: an organic roundisch script), Baylac, Link, Lineale, Iona, Marnie and Toots (1997, based on calligraphy by Villu Toots). He designed the great calligraphic font Scrivener in 2000 (I guess the Herald project at Font Bureau must be dead then).
Geen Bitter (Den Haag, The Netherlands) consists of Thom Janssen (b. 1984, Maastricht), Jorn Henkes and Rogier van der Sluis. All three are graduates of the Graphic Design course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. The work of Geen Bitter has a strong typographical influence and covers designing typefaces, books, websites and identities, all with a typographic approach. Late in 2014, Geen Bitter disbanded.
In 2013, they published Gewone letters Gerrit's early models. The blurb: A couple of years back, while cleaning the letterpress workshop at the KABK in The Hague, we had an amazing find. A package that hasn't been opened for some time. We opened it and found eighteen printing plates in mint condition. The printing plates, we soon found out, were made by Gerrit Noordzij and date back to the late 1960s. They contain a brief lesson about writing with the broad nib and, once familiar with this basis, writing and drawing some different techniques. Since it seemed the plates are never published before, we decided to do so and made a book containing prints from the plates. Next to the plates we asked former students if they still had old work and sketches with comments by Gerrit Noordzij. The result is a collection of sketches and material, together with five writings about the plates, Gerrit Noordzij and his contribution to the field of type and typography. The text has contributions by Albert-Jan Pool, Frank E. Blokland, Aad van Dommelen, Huug Schipper, and Petr van Blokland. It was published in 2013 by Uitgeverij De Buitenkant, Amsterdam.
Their commercial typefaces:
Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based creator of the cursive retro script typeface Archimedes (2015) and the calligraphic typefaces Dealova Script (2015), Austtria Script (sic) (2015), Paullina (2015), Wonder She (2015), Bebby Script (2015), Bebby Washington (2015), Bonterra (2015), Wallpalace Script (2015), Cherry Blossom (2015) and Cattleya Script (2015). They also made Kansas Brush (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Damita, Holliston, Bostone (rough brush script), Salma (script), Karmela (a vintage font family that includes the money font Karmela Layer), Sparkle Brush, Charlotte (calligraphic script), Camica, Nobita Script, Magenta Script, Latosha Script, Callove Script, Malisia Script, Sarinah, Salamanta (a great calligraphic script), Lovelia Script, Leontin (connected script), Fanatic, Madona (connected calligraphic script), Armstrong. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Codesigner with Marcus Sterz at FaceType of a Victorian type family called Ivory (2009). They state that Ivory is inspired by a beautiful typeface used in an illustrated compendium about pomology from 1882. I did not know what Pomology is but the Urban Dictionary defines a pomosexual (for postmodernism sexual) as an individual who challenges assumptions about gender and sexuality. Now, a pomologist is a fruit tree specialist---that's another thing altogether. He created Aeronaut (2009, FaceType), a textura based on Kirchengotische Schrift, a font that can be found in a German font book from 1879 entitled Vorlegeblätter f&uunl;r Firmenschreiber. Weingut Script (+Ornaments, 2011) is a flourished type family. Mr. Moustache (2011) is a neatly hand-trimmed condensed type family, complete with various sets of ornaments and dingbats.
In 2014, he created the hand-lettered poster series Pinto.
In 2015, Georg published the Opentype-feature-laden 2600+-caharcter Mila Script Pro at FaceType.
A giant of German type design, b. Brettheim, 1896, d. München, 1985. Active with Berthold in Berlin from 1930-1935, and with C.E. Weber in Stuttgart from 1937 onwards. From 1934 until 1953, he succeeded Paul Renner as the Director of the Meisterschule für Deutschlands Buchdrucker in München. In 1982 he was awarded the TDC Medal. Ph. Luidl and G.G. Lange published "Hommage für Georg Trump" in 1981. Linotype link. FontShop link. His production:
UK engraver and penman, 1684-1769, who wrote the manual The Universal Penman (published in parts from 1733 to 1741, reprinted complete in 1743). The full title is The Universal Penman Or the Art of Writing Made Useful To the Gentleman and Scholar, as well As the Man of Business . . . Written With the friendly Assistance of several of the most Eminent Masters And Engraved by Geo. Bickham. That book also contains work by Bickham's collaborators, such as Joseph Champion, Wellington Clark, Nathaniel Dove, Gabriel Brooks, and William Leckey. Book cover. Other books by Bickham include Penmanship in its utmost Beauty and Extent (Overton & Hoole, London, 1731).
A free interpretation of the copperplate script styles of The Universal Penman can be seen in the monumental font Penabico (2010, Intellecta Design). Images: From The Universal Penman, Roundhand Script (ca. 1740), Greek Writing (1743).
Digital typefaces based on Bickham's scripts include 1739 Bickham (2010) and 1741 Bickham (2013) by Klaus-Peter Schäffel, Bickham Script (1997, Richard Lipton), Penabico (Intellecta Design), and interpretations such as Poem Script (Sudtipos). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Author/editor of The Penmans Magazine. Author of Natural Writing in all the Hands, with Variety of Ornament (1709) and Alphabets in All the Hands (1715).
In 1730, he wrote several pages for Bickham's Universal Penman. English writing masters including George Bickham, George Shelley and George Snell helped to propagate Round Hand's popularity, so that by the mid-18th century the Round Hand style had spread across Europe and crossed the Atlantic to North America. The typefaces Snell Roundhand and Kuenstler Script are based on this style of handwriting. The famous Shelley Script is named after him. Linotype's version, also called Shelley Script, was implemented by Matthew Carter in 1972 at Letraset and was split into Allegro, Andante and Volante styles. The Bitstream "copy" is called English 111.
George Williams's site (now defunct) site was a discovery! George Williams (b. 1959) wrote spline-generating code and then went on to produce several fonts with his software between 1987 and 1998:
George Williams writes: I have been slowly working to provide free unicode postscript fonts for the three major groupings of styles used by European (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic anyway) type designs: serif, sans-serif and typewriter (or Times, Helvetica and Courier). Monospace is my approximation to Courier. Close examination will reveal that it is a bad copy of courier. Caslon Roman (1992-2001) is a serif font (designed by William Caslon in 1734), it's not a bad copy of Times, it's a bad copy of something else. Caliban is a bad copy of Helvetica. If Microsoft can call their version of Helvetica Arial, then Caliban seems appropriate for mine. Yet another URL.
George Williams is best known as the inventor and creator of FontForge, the bigest and best free font editor today. It made him the darling of the Open Software community. Interview with OSP.
Gerard Huerta Design
Lettering artist, b. 1952, head of Gerard Huerta Design in Southport, CT. Lettering and logos of Huerta were used by Swiss Army Brands, MSG Network, CBS Records Masterworks, Waldenbooks, Spelling Entertainment, Nabisco, Calvin Klein's Eternity, Type Directors Club, the mastheads of Time, Money, People, The Atlantic Monthly, PC Magazine, Adweek, Us, Condé Nast's Traveler, Working Mother, WordPerfect, Scientific American Explorations and Architectural Digest, as well as corporate alphabets for Waldenbooks, Time-Life and Conde Nast. Designer and vice-president of New York's Type Directors Club. Based in Southport, CT.
He made many famous logos and created several logo-fonts. Huerta worked for some time at CBS Records. His type designs include a custom Franklin Gothic in the late 1970s as part of Walter Bernard's redesign of Time Magazine. [Google] [MyFonts] [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] ⦿
South African designer of Greyton Script (1991, Letraset), an inline calligraphic (engraved) typeface. At Berthold in 1972, he published Gesh Export 233 (stencil), Gesh Introduction and Gesh Ortega Roman 275. For revivals of Gesh Export, see OPTI Gilpin 5 (by Castcraft) and the free font Stencil Expert (1993, Allen R. Walden). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Gerrit Noordzij (b. 1931, Rotterdam) is a Dutch graphic designer, typeface designer, author, teacher, calligrapher, and design artist who made drawings, wood and copper engravings, and postage stamps. From 1960 until 1990 he taught writing and type design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. One of his many students there was Lucas de Groot. Noordzij has worked as graphic designer for various Dutch publishers. Since 1978 he has been the house designer for the publishing company Van Oorschot. His intellectual influence is matched by his physical heritage, in the form of two talented sons in the field of type design, Christoph and Peter Matthias. The Gerrit Noordzij Prize, a prize given to typographers and type designers for extraordinary contributions to the field, is named after him. He was also the first person to receive this prize in 1996. In 2013, Gerrit Noordzij reveived the TDC Medal at the ATypI in Amsterdam.
The influence he had on Dutch type design is based on a theoretical system he called The stroke of the pen, and his position as the main teacher of type design in the country for three decades. Books on his system include The stroke of the pen: fundamental aspects of western writing (1982), and De Streek: Theorie van het schrift (1985) (translated by Peter Enneson in 2005 at Hyphen Press in London: The Stroke: Theory of Writing). His point in his oeuvre is that letterforms are rooted in handwriting.
Other publications: Letterletter (Vancouver, Hartley&Marks Publishers, 2000), De Staart van de Kat (1988,GHM, Leersum), De Handen van de Zeven Zusters (with Willem Dijkhuis: Van Oorschot, Amsterdam, 2001), Das Kind und die Schrift (Typographische Gesellschaft, München, 1985).
In 2013, Geen Bitter (Thom Janssen, Jorn Henkes and Rogier van der Sluis) copublished Gewone letters Gerrit's early models at Uitgeverij De Buitenkant, Amsterdam. The text has contributions by Albert-Jan Pool, Frank E. Blokland, Aad van Dommelen, Huug Schipper, and Petr van Blokland. The blurb: A couple of years back, while cleaning the letterpress workshop at the KABK in The Hague, we had an amazing find. A package that hasn't been opened for some time. We opened it and found eighteen printing plates in mint condition. The printing plates, we soon found out, were made by Gerrit Noordzij and date back to the late 1960s. They contain a brief lesson about writing with the broad nib and, once familiar with this basis, writing and drawing some different techniques. Since it seemed the plates are never published before, we decided to do so and made a book containing prints from the plates. Next to the plates we asked former students if they still had old work and sketches with comments by Gerrit Noordzij. The result is a collection of sketches and material, together with five writings about the plates, Gerrit Noordzij and his contribution to the field of type and typography.
Scan of a 1974 postage stamp by Noordzij. Klingspor link. Letterror link. Flickr group with Noordzij photographs. Interview by Robin Kinross, 2001. The Enschedé Font Foundry link. Video from 2014 by TYPO Berlin. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Herman Syah (Get Studio, Banda Aceh, Indonesia) created the signage script typefaces Selphia (2015), Unique (2015) and Maulina (2015), the watercolor brush typeface The Sweet Blooms (2015), the brush typefaces Native Land (2015), Bougenville (2015) and Dreamers Brush (2015, free), and the calligraphic script typefaces Amberlight (2015) and Rambies (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Colatin (a very slanted script), Joyful Script, Twilight Script (rough brush script), Enchanted Brush, Remember Script, Fitalia Script (brush font).
FontYou was set up in Paris by Gregori Vincens in 2013. Gregori is the CEO, and Gia Tran is its type director.
Under the cover of Type Lovers and/or Fontyou in Paris, Gia Tran created the medieval typeface Court Hand (2012) and the blackletter typeface Gothic Fraktur (2012). He also did some great calligraphic pieces.
In 2013, together with Gregori Vincens, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, and Elvire Volk at FontYou, Gia Tran created the monoline geometric sans typeface Younion FY. Younion One FY is free at Dafont. With Franck Montfermé, he codesigned the ball terminal beauty Squirrel FY. The letters of this ultra-fat didone reveal audacious geometric smoothness at large sizes.
The EPS format display typeface Alice FY (2013) was codesigned by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust at Fontyou. It was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering. Sub-themes are Alice in Wonderland and playing cards. The EPS format frilly script typeface Lullaby FY (2013) was codesigned by Alisa Nowak, Micaela Neustadt, Gia Tran, Bertrand Reguron and Valentine Proust at Fontyou. It too was inspired by Adrien Genevard's lettering. Exquise FY (2013) is a fashion mag didone codesigned by Bertrand Reguron, Alisa Nowak, Valentine Proust, Elvire Volk and Gia Tran at Fontyou. Gia Tran and Jason Vandenberg created the decorative typeface Ella FY (2013, Fontyou). Gia Tran, Alisa Novak, Micaela Neustadt, Bertrand Reguron and Grégori Vincens codesigned the curvy stressed elliptical sans typeface Bruum FY (2013).
Beaurencourt FY (2013) is a 19th centery secretary's hand codesigned with Jeremie Hornus.
Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).
At Fontyou, Benjamin Lieb, Gia Tran and Julien Priez codesigned the hand-drawn typeface Brixton FY (2013). Not to be confused with two earlier typefaces called Brixton, one by Tom Chalky, and one by Luke Ferrand. Since two of the three Brixtons are commercial, I expect FontYou to change the name imminently.
In 2014, Gia Tran and Bertrand Reguron codesigned the zombie script Vidok FY (free at Dafont). Together, Elliott Amblard (France) and Gia Tran created the bold signage / retro baseball script typeface Paname FY at FontYou in 2014. Minuit FY (2014, by Jason Vandenberg and Gia Tran) is a beautiful angular angry calligraphic display typeface. The punchy poster typeface Kraaken FY (2014) was designed by the FontYou team of Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier, Valentine Proust, Julien Priez, Gia Tran, Jérémie Hornus, and Alisa Nowak.
Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran codesigned the retro signage script typeface Coco FY (2014).
Alice Resseguier and Gia Tran codesigned the girly script typeface Lola Lola FY (2014). This typeface was forcibly renamed Chelly FY a few days after its first appearance, possibly because there already was a typeface called Lola by Laura Messeguer.
Codesigner with illustrator Quentin Vijoux of the hand-printed typeface Léon FY (2014).
In 2014, he published the modular kitchen tile typeface Dorum FY with Julien Thébault.
Benjamin Lieb and Gia Tran codesigned the 4-style retro display family Belleville FY (2014).
Hansom Slab FY (2014, Gia Tran, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak).
Gilles Le Corre
Or Giovanni Antonio Tagliente. Calligrapher and writing master, born in Venice, 1468-1527. Author of Lo presente libro insegna la vera arte de lo excellente scrivere de diverse varie sorti de litere (1524). Sample images from that penmanship book, which includes scripts for Latin, Hebrew and Greek: i, ii, iii, iv. Also: Chancery, Florentine, Florentine bastarda, Lettera bollatica, Lettera imperiale. Sets of ornamental capitals: Italian gothic Initials and Italian Renaissance Capitals. Picture of Tagliente's title page of his book in 1531. PDF of his work by Toni Pecoraro. Digitizations:
Or Giovanni Battista Palatino. Giovanbattista Palatino, b. Rossano, Italy, d. ca. 1575, Naples. The calligrapher's calligrapher, was the most prolific designer in the first half of the sixteen century. Palatino designed 29 different scripts, and also designed, not only Latin but, German, Hebrew, Chaldee, Arabic, Greek, Egyptian, Syrian, Indian, Cyrillic and several other alphabets. In 1540 he published a writing instruction and lettering book entitled Libro nuovo d'imparare a scrivere. In 1566, he wrote Compendio dl Gran Volume.
Palatino is also the name of a famous typeface designed in 1948 by Hermann Zapf at Linotype. Akira Kobayashi, the Palatino typeface family was expanded. Linotype released the Palatino Nova in 2005 and Palatino Sans and Palatino Sans Informal in 2006 as a joint effort of Hermann Zapf and Akira Kobayashi. Copies or near-copies of Zapf's Palatino include Book Antiqua (by Monotype, distributed by Microsoft---this typeface did not have Zapf's blessing and may well have led Zapf to resign from ATypI), URW Palladio L (on which Zapf collaborated), TeX Gyre Pagella (free), Zapf Calligraphic 801 (by Bitstream, approved by Zapf), Zapf Renaissance Antiqua (by Scangraphic), Paltus (URW), Palladium (Compougraphic), Palm Strings (Corel), Parlament (Scangraphic), Patina (Alphatype), pal (GoScript), Palladio (by SoftMaker), palazzo (by SoftMaker), and FPL Neu (based on URW Palladio L).
Or Giraldo del Prado (b. ca. 1535, d. Almada, 1592). Paulo Heitlinger writes about him in Cadernos vol. 16, 2010. De Prado was a painter, and acted as the calligrapher of the Teodosio II, the duke of Bragança. His home was in Guimaraes, but from 1580 on he lived in Almada. Author of the writing manual Caderno manuscrito de Caligrafia (1560, Lisbon). He seems to have been the first calligraphy specialist in Portugal. Heitlinger used Prado's examples to make his Lomabardian typeface Uncialis in 2009. Scans: Geometrically formed letters, Chancery hand (1560-1561), Another chancery hand (same year), And another one, Gotica rotunda (1560-1561). [Google] [More] ⦿
GLC --- Gilles Le Corre
French painter born in Nantes in 1950, who lives in Talmont St Hilaire. His fonts include 2010 Cancellaresca Recens (inspired by a chancery type of Francisco Lucas from the late 16th century), 2009 Handymade (comic book style), 2009 Lollipop (chancery style), 2009 GLC Plantin, 2009 Primitive (2009, a rough-edged roman script), 2008 Script 2 (2008), GLC Ornaments One (2008) and 2008 Xmas Fantasy (2008: blackletter). In 2008, he started GLC -- Gilles Le Corre and became commercial. Creative Market link. He is best known for his historic revivals: