TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Tue Jun 18 22:59:02 EDT 2019
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The Canadian type scene
10four design group was founded in 2002 by Sue Lepard and Matt Heximer in Vancouver. Matt Heximer and Sue both graduated from The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1994. Matt has held senior design and freelance positions in several Vancouver design firms.
Designer of ElDiabloRegular, TechnoOrganic (1996), Swashbuckler-Script (1996), BitchinCamero (1996) at Garagefonts. He also created Halqemeylem Serif (1997) for the Stolo Nation, based on Majoor's Scala. The fonts at 10four design include Adanac (free, clean sans), Bitchin' Camaro (scratchy writing font), Devicq (based on the handwriting of actress Paula Devicq), Downsize, El Diablo (gothic), Lonely Cowboy, Lonely Cowpoke (2010), Mia Pets (dingbats), Swashbuckler, Techno Organic.
In 2007, Matt published the free icon typeface Adanac that contains 62 Canadiana symbols.
In 2014, Heximer created Sonovovitch, a unicase display typeface inspired by the Russian Constructivist movement and Soviet Cold War era propaganda. Although a faux Russian font, Sonovovitch has language support for the true Cyrillic alphabet.
In 2016, Matt published the angular Preissig-style Millwright and explains that it is inspired by spunky DIY attitude and Industrial era hardware---an exercise in rendering glyphs with a rudimentary, hand-cut flavour. Behance link. FontShop link. Creative Market link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Nick Shinn ran an interesting project in his 2009 class at Humber College in Toronto. In the 1950s, Toronto built a subway system [which is run by the TTC, the Toronto Transit Commission], with comprehensively modernist architecture. As part of the program, a geometric, all-caps typeface was designed (anonymously), for use in signage [read Joe Clark's article about the type and its history]. Nick Shinn's course began with digitizing the original drawings, to introduce the technicalities of font production in FontLab, and then proceeded with students producing their own designs for a matching lower case. The 27 students each produced a typeface. The results are here: Alex Plociennik, Andrea Luis, Andrew Clanahan, Andrew Hodge, Chris Bacchus, Cornelius Quiring, Craig Steffan, Daniel Marcus, Dan Mitchell, Danny Wu, Darren Ray, David Spindler, Gurchan Birdi, Jackie Saik, Joe Beausoleil, Katie Short, Mag Ciemiega, Michael Cirillo, Michael Lao, Michael Neto, Nick Seeger, Nik Firka, Orlena Chan, Piotr Dymura, Scott Krysa, Tiffany Delve, Todd Haskins. [Google] [More] ⦿
A list of links to good free clean legible fonts collected by someone in Edmonton. Well, with a few exceptions like Linotype's Helvetica Neue... Here is that list: Ambrosia Anivers, Asenine, Aurulent Sans, Babel Sans, Bastardus Sans, Bebas, Bitstream Vera Mono, Blue Highway, BPReplay, Cicle, Decker, Diavlo, District Thin, Dustismo, Engel Light, Enigmatic, Eurofurence, Eurofurence Light, Existence Light, Fertigo Pro, Florence Sans, Folks, Forgotten Futurist, FranKleinBook, Futura Light, Geosans Light, Gill Sans, Gnuolance, Graublau Web, Grutch Grotesk, Helvetica Neue Light, Helvetica Neue UltraLight, Howie's Funhouse, Josef Pro Light, Lacuna, Lane Narrow, London Between, Mammagamma, Mandinga, Mank Sans, Mean 26 Sans, M+ Light, Museo Sans, Myndraine, Myriad Pro, Myriad Pro Condensed, National First, Nevis, Nuvo OT, Pakenham, Perspective Sans, Petita Light, Phoenix Sans, Print Clearly, Puritan, Qlassiuk Medium, Sansumi, Santana, Schul Vokal, Secret Code, SF New Republic, SF Old Republic, Soul Papa, Steelfish (see also here), Steiner, Stentinga, Street, Tall Films, Tradition Sans, Trebuchet, Walkway, Weezer, Y2K Neophyte. [Google] [More] ⦿
3rd Wheel Creative Studio
76type (was: electric type foundry)
Free original fonts by Steve Palmer from Carleton University in Ottawa: Printer, Fabulous, Licorice, Electric Toaster, SaneSerif, Digitol and Crackpot. All in Windows TrueType format. Electric Type Foundry. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
A Case For Type Design Education
Aka Memesbruh03. Canadian designer (b. 2003) in 2016 of the bitmap typefaces Gamer, Tairo, Blocktopia, 3DVenture, Monobit, AerxFont, ManualPrint, Codina, Codi, Revolute, Janyk, Miamiwriting, Reduction. Typefaces from 2017 include 000webfont (pixel font), Instructions (pixel font), Savior and SkateC (a pixel font). In 2018, he made 2A03, Galactic, Classic, Bit Cell, Average Symbol, 3x5, Heytext, Light, Superstar, Manual Display, Neato, Cutouts, Hometown3, Smalle, Cube Cavern, NDS Bios (pixel), Pixelface, Aerx Tablets (pixel font). Typefaces from 2019: Fewriter, Exin, Pocet, Bub, Euxoi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate from the Emily Carr Institute (Vancouver) and the KABK in Den Haag in the Type and Media program (2009). Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Abi designed a modular type generator. At KABK, he created Arietta, a small family consisting of a simply constructed transitional roman and a bold roman, as well as multiple italic companions. He works as a graphic designer at Commercial Type in New York City. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creators and vendors of an Ethiopic text family, HahuLite: "HahuLite is a program that runs on an IBM PC (or compatibles) that has Windows 95. This program enables you to write in Tigrigna and other languages that use the Geez alphabet, directly from your PC keyboard without any changes or additions to your existing Windows programs!" ACIS Consulting is based in Toronto. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pages no longer found. Signature/logo font service (70 USD per font). Download a free Halloween font and some free music fonts (George's Music): bagpipe, tin whistle, tablature. Based in Prince George, British Columbia. The fonts Recorder and Whistle can be found here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based designer who runs Peekay Art Department, which serves as a multi-disciplinary studio which focuses on art direction, illustration and graphic design. Behance link. Creator of the slabby Western poster typeface Fontaine (2011) and the grotesque black caps typeface TTC (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Aioku Fonts (was: Kung-Fu fonts, or: Superfunk.com)
Free fonts for PC and Mac made by Mike Lecky from Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. Mike Lecky's (mostly grunge) fonts: ATeam, Brad (glaz krak face), Bruce, BuddySystem, Class_of_74 (pixel font), Desi, DickSoup, EverCrash (extra thin LED font), Font, Funboy, Fruitsalad (pixel face), Jobats, Leck, Jet_Plane, Kevin Seconds, Losers, Mike_s_BigDay, Misfit, Rusty, WatchBreaker, Mark, Decline of the Western Civilization, Roadkill, x5, Brody (geometric font by Guilherme Capile!), Mark (grunge), Lou (handwriting), Kevin (handwriting).
Ray Taylor (Acorda Design Integration Inc) created a new Inuktitut font specifically for the Nunavik region of Northern Québec: AiPaiNunavik (2001) represents a return to the traditional way of writing the AI-PAI-TAI column of syllables. Fully-compatible Macintosh and Windows TrueType fonts in regular, italic, bold and bold-italic are available. The fonts contain the full Eastern Arctic syllabary (Nunavut and Nunavik). A version that is fully Unicode 3.0 compatible is available too. There are also AiPaiNutaaq (Unicode 3.0, full eastern arctic syllabary and Greenlandic), AiPaiNuna (a.k.a. AiPaiNunavik 2.0, all of the improvements to AiPaiNutaaq with AiPaiNunavik 8 bit encoding) and AiNunavik (1995, Ray Taylor), a font based on an original design of F. Firard and S. Putulik. The site also carries plenty of utilities for these languages. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian type designer from Toronto 1922-1978, active in the phototype era between 1950 and 1985, who made these typefaces:
During her final year in the communication design program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Alanna Munro created the dot matrix typeface Pig (2012).
In 2016, at Lost Type, she designed the 8-weight sans typeface family Tofino, which is advertized as a west Coast Swiss. I hope that the name will stick, but surely, Greg Nicholls (designer of an earlier typeface called Tofino) and the foundry Tofino Type in Kelowna, BC, can't be too thrilled. Cargocollective link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Famous Canadian painter, 1920-2013. Official site.
In 2017, Patrick Griffin (Canada Type) published a collection of all caps sans typefaces called Colville. He explains: The Colville fonts began their existence in 2015 as a project-specific typeface, made to be used on a custom-made headstone commemorating Canadian artist Alex Colville (1920-2013) and his wife Rhoda Wright. For that purpose, some initial shapes were modelled after letters Colville himself had used on a Governor General gold medal he designed in the mid-1970s. From there started a year-long project that culminated in a set of four comprehensive fonts ranging in weight from Light to Bold, each containing over 750 glyphs to cover Pan European language support, stylistic alternates, five sets of figures, automatic fractions, and some ornaments rooted in Alex Colville's art. These fonts exhibit a strong art deco aesthetic that has always been a favourite of architects, metal casters, and sign makers. This is a very humanist geometry alternating from the precisely calculated to the curvy and lithe, subtle contrast, flat stroke stops, and airy proportions that make for a counterspace built for accommodation and comfort. [Google] [More] ⦿
Six futuristic typefaces by Canadian Nicholas Fabian, yours if you can decode his encrypted messages. Try them out! One is called FModernMedium (avant-garde style, 1993). Fabian died in April 2006. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Canadian graphic designer Allen Zuk designed these typefaces: Swing (was freely downloadable), Beat, the Kooky family (since 2004 a Bitstream font), Creep, Shadow, Krumple, Arson, Skritch, Schroder. Zuk used to run web pages/outfits called trashtype fonts and Financial Peril. These have disappeared. Home page (his original font pages are gone). Zuk used to work in Edmonton. In 2000, he moved to the UK where he worked as a freelance designer and copywriter until 2004. He currently lives in Toronto. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Toronto (and before that, Vancouver), Canada-based designer and photographer who created a few typefaces ca. 2015 such as the dot matrix Moonsafari and Belozoid, a contemporary sans-serif typeface designed for branding, signage, and editorial use. Dribble link. You Work For Them Link. [Google] [More] ⦿
From the web site: He started working with digital fonts back in the days of bitmap fonts, sometime in 1988. At that time the studio operated in Zagreb, (former) Yugoslavia, which later became the capital of independent Croatia, under the name PixelPrint. The name changed to Abeceda Dizajn in 1992 while establishing itself as a successful typographic studio that specialized in font localization and type consulting. Abeceda Dizajn studio was the official distributor and manufacturer for Bitstream Inc. for Croatia and Slovenia from 1995 until 1997, when it relocated to Canada. Today, Alphabet Design is again a Bitstream re-seller.
In 2005, Bitstream published Kloi, Borhand Tabitha, Duckling, as well as JechoTecho1 (the latter typeface was made by Evzen Jecho). Alphabet Design is donating all its proceeds of January 2005 to tsunami aid. In 2005, cartoonist Branimir Zlamalik created Smiles (dingbats) and Ulixa (comic book family). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Creator of the free information design typeface Fabrica (2011, Practice Foundry). He wanted to make Fabrica into the most legible typeface for mobile screens.
His Rytm typeface (2011, renamed Theatre I think) is an experiment: Rytm was built based on the height and width, letter spacing and kerning of Helvetica. Yes indeed, each Helvetica glyph was replaced by a correctly sized black rectangle.
Graphic designer and illustrator in Waterloo, Canada. Creator of Dress My Hair (2012, an ornamental alphabet for hairdressers) and Block Cut (2012, a modular octagonal typeface). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Or Andrea Cataro. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Andrea Rodriguez lived and worked in Toronto. During a summer course called Type@Paris (2015), Andrea Rodriguez designed the elegant didone typeface Luz. In 2017, she was a student at ESAD Penninghen in Paris.
André Design (or: AAID)
AAID stands for Andre & Associates Interpretation & Design. Typefoundry in Victoria, BC. André Drafting (2012) is based on the hand-drafting lettering of senior designer Andrew Farrell. It can be used in CAD drawings, concept sketches and more. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Andrew Dick was born in 1983 in Victoria, B.C. Canada, and is a selftaught artist who currently lives in Fukui, Japan. He is inspired by DADA, surrealism, the Cobra movement and naive art. He uses colored crayons and pens, paint, black ink, stamps, collages etc for his simple shapes, lines and new interpretations of old masters. His oeuvre includes several interesting sets of cats and critters done in 2007. [Google] [More] ⦿
About his rounded informal sans typeface Coreopsis (2012), he says: Coreopsis is a family of fonts that combines mathematical precision with a hand-drawn feel.
In 2012, he designed the painted typewriter font Stonecrop.
Bitfield (2013) is a pixel simulation font.
Canadian graphic and type designer who lives in Vancouver.
Quillon (2012) is a typeface with minimal glyphs that draws inspiration from simplistic sword design.
Unclear whether Andrew Leto is Canadian or Australian. In any case, he designed the organic sans typeface Penguin Sans (2013).
Andrew Vucko is a Canadian design director and animator. He runs an independent studio and builds content for studios, agencies, networks and brands. He has built relationships with local and international clients such as Google, Nike, BMW, YouTube, HP, Mitsubishi, Coca Cola, and Uber while being showcased in publications such as Applied Arts, One Show Annual, and Communication Arts. He is currently based in Toronto, Canada and freelances full time. Designer of the animated monospaced typeface Boomerang (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Angst Free Fonts
Chris Dunfield's free fonts from 1990-1992. Mac PS, MacTT and Win TT. Includes AngstBlackLetter, AngstChartz1, AngstCircus2, AngstDingbatsOne3, AngstForce4, AngstGonzo5, AngstKidz6, AngstKink7, AngstMagicMush11, AngstMindless10, AngstPimp12, AngstProgge13. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based designer of the Ciya display typeface family in 2012 during a class of Rod Cavazos.
Canadian designer of the artsy avant garde caps display typeface Vienna Extended (1989, Letraset).
Aon Celtic Art
Cari Buziak (Calgary, Canada) is the author of Calligraphy Magic---How to Create Lettering, Knotwork, Coloring and More (North Light, 2011).
She also created the beautiful freeware Celtic font family Aon Cari (1998, a modern pseudo-Gaelic uncial).
Upstart foundry with one font family for now, the geometrically inspired Toolego (all formats). Newer fonts: FightThis, Tralfamadore (fantastic font!), WitchesBrew-1999. Alternate site. Apostrophe (Fredrick Nader from Toronto) is also a major custom font maker in Canada. His latest creations are for the 2003 Toronto Blues Festival, Trombone and King Gothic [not for public distribution]. In 2003, Apostrophic Instances morphed into Apostrophic Labs. [Google] [More] ⦿
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:
Graphic designer in Toronto. He made a logotype for the Italian restaurant Pranzo in 2012.
At Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Ashley Murray designed the modular display font Targ (2016), which is inspired by the popular arcade bar and live music venue, The House of Targ, in Ottawa. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in 1994 of Avanti and Kashi, Hindi/Marathi/Sanskrit fonts for the Mac. Aklujkar worked then at the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He sold the fonts on a diskette, which also included the Roman fonts "Ganga" and "Sindhu" which can be used for transliteration of most literary languages of South Asia. [Google] [More] ⦿
August T. Horvath
Torontonian creator of FF KlunderScript (Roman, Bold, Kreatures) and FF Ottofont (Fontshop, 2001).
Baron Art Co
Lianne Tokey (Baron Art Co, Canada) created the hand-crafted typeface Minnow (2015) and Mandala Symbols (2016: a hand-crafted alphabet and accompanying set of kaleidoscopic ornaments). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Paul Morrow's Baybayin fonts (for old Philippine languages) in truetype and type 1 forms: Tagalog Stylized (a modern composite of many samples from the past), Tagalog Doctrina 1593 (based on the type typeface used in one of the very first books printed in the Philippines, the Doctrina Christiana of 1593), Bisaya Hervas (based on a type typeface that appeared in 1787 in an Italian work by Lorenzo Hervás y Pandura, Saggio prattico delle lingue con prolegomeni e una raccolta di Orazioni Domincale in più di trecento lingue e dialetti), Bikol Mintz (modelled after the cover art on the 1985 New Day Publishers edition of the Bikol-English Dictionary by Malcolm Warren Mintz&José Del Rosario Britanico), and Baybayin Lopez (2002), based on the typeface that Francisco Lopez used in the Ilokano Doctrina Christiana (1621). Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
BC Government dingbat fonts for environmental things: BCMELP Cor Symbols, BCMELP EPD Symbols, BCMELP Fisheries Symbols, BCMELP Trim Symbols, BCMELP Wildlife Symbols, BCMELP Water Symbols, Forestry Inventory Font 25. All in truetype. For related links, check the ARC/INFO Symbology at BC Environment. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ben Tour (b. 1977) is a Canadian artist. Ben Tour (1, 2 and 3) are scanbat fonts created in 2009 by Dick Pape, who writes: Canadian-born artist Ben Tour (b. 1977) channels a dark, often haunting sense of humanism in his work. His observations deftly inform his paintings, enabling him to capture the essence of a character, and then distort that view any way he desires. Frenetic lines, swaths of color, and intimate angles all convey a sense that Tour may not only be drawing inspiration from the lives of strangers he observes, but manifesting his own personal experiences as well. The emotional content in each portrait is palpable as this perceived notion of creation and catharsis is paired well with the immediate voyeuristic allure of his characters. Tour has exhibited in galleries from Los Angeles to Miami, Hamburg to New York.
British illustrator who got a Masters degree in 2004 from the University of Huddersfield. Now, located in Toronto, he created some nice hand-lettered chalk mural pieces such as one called Metcalf Interns--it has the names of all 2001-2011 Metcalf interns.
Winnipeg-based designer of a set of 23 Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati, Marathi and Sindhi-Devnagari truetype fonts (20 USD for the set). See also here. The Bhagwan has a Bachelor of Engineering degree (1952) from the University of Poona, India, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (1965) from Bombay University. [Google] [More] ⦿
Black Dahlia Press
Black Fox Foundry
Ivan Kostynyk (Black Fox Foundry) is a graphic designer, aka Ivan K or Ivan Kay, who lives in Toronto, and studied graphic design at Ontario College of Art and Design, or OCAD. His type designs are both free and icommercial, can be found at Practice Foundry and Ten Dollar Fonts. He also created a few commercial typefaces.
Creator of Egypt 22 (2011, a free heavy slab serif, which includes smilies), Lloyd Serif (2010), a refined piano key typeface. It covers Latin, Ukrainian and Russian, and was inspired by Bill Loyd and by the Ogaki typeface.
In 2012, he created a geometric sans based on Futura for Chun+Ivan Design, called Anchor2. Pontus is a free geometric sans typeface available from Practice Foundry. In 2014, he published the oriental simulation typeface Takoshi (Ten Dollar Fonts: Takoshi is a finely crafted modern interpretation of 15-17th century Cyrillic writings. Takoshi also features influence from Japanese/Chinese calligraphic writing. Takoshi has a balanced contrast of thick and thin and sharp triangular shapes).
Chun+Ivan Design is located in Toronto and is run by Chun Hu, Ivan Kostynyk and Philip Wu.
Black Lab Type
Canadian designer of BLT Portage (2019: a reverse stress Western font), BLT Gerhard (2019, a Victorian headline typeface) and BLT Norfolk (2019, a vintage-inspired font based on the styles found on packaging from the early 1900's). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Born in Edmonton in 1971. Calgary-based employee of Veer who holds a BCom degree from the University of Calgary. In 1991-1992, he designed these commercial fonts for Image Club Graphics: Digital (digital readout font), Pacifica (squarish all-caps display face). Monotype Imaging, which sells the font, does not even know who made it, so how can they be expected to pay royalties to the designer? [Google] [More] ⦿
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 shaded 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 Stock, 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: Handy Man, Red Velvet, Mighty River, Mega Fresh, Sun Valley, Street Magic, Run Wild, Body Rock, Alpha Beta (rounded sans), 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.
Typefaces from 2017, including some free fonts: After-Hours, Black-Marble, Breathe-Easy, Cosmic-Rays, Diamond-Creek, Just-Wright, Mighty-River, Street-Magic, Third-Rail, Wild-Thing, Super Natural, Special Touch, Master Works, Peak Times, Flash Back, Lucky Turns, Raw Selvedge, Play Time, Extra Mile (thick brush), Daily Grind, Furious Styles, Stay Fresh, Touch Base, Painted Paradise, Casual Delight.
Typefaces from 2018: Ultra Fresh (brush script), Special Request, Beyond Infinity, Human Nature (script), New Rules, Box Office, Pure Seduction, Seaside Grove, Heavy Trip, Stay Fresh, Shine Bright, Sweet Nothings, Real World, Mind Rush, Easy Going, Future Shock, Hot Cakes, Good Vibes, Crown Heights, Cold Crush, Hand Book, Fresh Daily, Bad Habits.
Typefaces from 2019: Jungle Jam, Hot Spot, Live Source, World Rhythm, Deluxe Edition.
Blue Jay Font Studio
The Blue Jay Font Studio specializes in alphadings and dingbats. Its fonts include BJFAngels, BJFBallerina-BJFBallerina, BJFBeaconofLight, BJFChristmasWreath, BJFDingFonts, BJFDragons, BJFFingerprint, BJFHollyBells, BJFHunnybee, BJFKatnMouse, BJFMermaid, BJFMerman, BJFSnowbird, BJFThread, BJFXmasAngelsAH, BJFXmasPuppy, Smilin_John. Just that last font name tipped me off. I had a very friendly correspondent once from Toronto, John Hill, and he used that nickname. And the Blue Jays play in Toronto, so I will bet my shorts that the designer is in fact John Hill. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer of Seagull (at Ingrama, 1978; with Adrian Williams---now available at Bitstream), Springfield (1973; see Simpson at Softmaker), Elefont, and Roman Script (1979; see Rochester at Softmaker).
Canadian computer scientist who used to be at Queen's University in Kingston. In 2006, he published the TeX support files for URW's free family URW Classico (2006), which itself is a free clone of Zapf's Optima. In 2009, he created figbas package for TeX, which contains three Postscript Type 1 mini-fonts cmrj, cmssj, plrj (and associated map file and metric files) with just five "ligatures" for the combinations 2+, 4+, 5+, 6+, and 9+ used in figured-bass notation in baroque music. The fonts are intended for use with Computer Modern (cmr), Computer Modern Sans (cmss), and Palatino/Palladio (pplr), respectively. The PostScript names are FiguredBassComputerModern, FiguredBassComputerModernSans, and FiguredBassPalatino.
Three free Vietnamese truetype fonts from the Trichlor Group, called the VISCII fonts: U-Hoai 1.1 (by Cuong Bui), VI Chi Toan and VI Chi Toan Hoa (the latter two by Tuan-Loc Nguyen). [Google] [More] ⦿
Bona Fide Craft
Branding design studio in Queretaro, Mexico, and also co-located in Canada. His typefaces include De Valencia (2018), Fabat (2018), Xochi (2018: a pixel typeface) and Riviera (2018). Typefaces from 2019 include the futuristic Silba. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brenden C. Roemich
Director of the Type Club of Toronto, and printer and conservator at Massey College, University of Toronto, Brian is one of the type personalities of Canada. He currently teaches at Humber College in Toronto. [Google] [More] ⦿
New Foundland-born type designer of the hand-printed typeface Soupbone (+dingbats), who directed commercials at Tricky Pictures, Chicago. He returned to Canada in 2000 to form Global Mechanic with filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming.
By The Font (or: BTF)
By The Font is a Canadian typeface and clip-art design and vanity press operation, run by Pastor Alex and Kelly Klages. The name was chosen in reflection of the Lutheran faith of its founders. Free fonts include some FontStruct fonts made in 2009 (BTF Struct (a pipelineish font), BTF 7x5 (a 7x5 dot matrix font), and BTF Bitter (a font which looks vaguely like the old 8-bit screen fonts)), and LutheranPics (2007: a Lutheran-themed font of pictures, hand-drawn by Kelly Klages). [Google] [More] ⦿
Caffeen Fonts (was: Chlorine)
Canadian archive where you can download 19 fonts by Regina's Jesse Wilson: Chlorinez, Chlorix, Chlorinov, Chlorinut, Chlorinar, Chlorinap, Chloriin, Chloreal, Chlorinej, Chlorinuh, Chlorenuf, Chlod, Chlub, Hyper3, JesseScript, Morevil, Circle6, Caffeen, Star Five. Mac and Windows. Plus Math Donuts, Hawaiiah, Clawless, Alcohol Licks, Ostro 868, Megapixel, Fack, Courier Now, Disco2000, Jim Teacher, Edcom, Kitchener, Alterna. Some of his fonts are also available in sIFR format.
Cajjmere Wray is the Toronto-based designer of Deeegruvy, Deeeluvly, and GoodbyeHorses, posted in May 2000 on abf. His (truetype) fonts consist of artsy handwritten and often curly letters. Fun to play with. [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).
Canadian designer of the squarish typeface Jet Set (2011), which is based in part on the font used in the Jet Set Radio game. He also made the pixel family Mecha (2012, FontStruct). Fontspace link. FontStruct link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Renowned Canadian type and graphic designer (b. Welland, Ontario, 1912, d. 1967 from a heart attack on a flight between New York and Toronto). He ran the Eveleigh-Dair Studio from 1947-1951 in Montreal with partner Henry Eveleigh. He worked mainly as a freelance designer, was department store art director and even typographic director for the National Film Board of Canada (1945). Dair lectured on typography at the Ontario College of Art between 1959 and 1962, and taught for a couple of years at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts. In 1956 and 1957 he received an RSC fellowship to study type design and manufacture in the Netherlands. During this period he had the opportunity to study metal type and hand-punching at Enschedé Foundry in Haarlem, where he created a silent film called Gravers and Files documenting one of the last great punchcutters, P. H. Rädisch. There is a beautiful modern version of the movie with voiceover by Matthew Carter.
He created Canada's first roman typeface, Cartier (1967, MonoLino Typesetting Company Limited) for Canada's centennial. Cartier was unfinished when he died. Rod McDonald finished it, to become a working and much larger typeface family called Cartier Book in 2000. Cartier has a sequel: Raleigh (Ingrama, 1977), co-designed by Robert Norton, David Anderson and Adrian Williams is sold by Bitstream, Adobe, Linotype, Paratype, and URW++. It is characterized by a bloated belly N. Raleigh was produced in 1977 by Robert Norton, and was based on Carl Dair's Cartier typeface. It was renamed Raleigh after Dair's death. Adrian Williams added three weights for a display series, and Robert Norton designed the text version. Several typefaces were influenced by Cartier. These include Ludwig Ubele's award-winning FF Tundra (2011). For a full revival, including both a facsimile and an interpretation, see Nick Shinn's Dair (2017).
Author of Design with Type (1952, revised and expanded in 1967 and republished by the University of Toronto Press (First Edition) in 2000). He also wrote several wonderful short treatises on various topics in type design. John Berry discusses Dair's seven different kinds of contrast, size, weight, form, structure, texture, color and direction.
Chank Fonts (or: Chank Store, or: Chank Diesel))
Born in Edmonton in 1969, Chank works out of the north-east corner of Minneapolis. Chank Diesel is a famous and prolific designer, type designer, busy-body and mentor. His Chank Foundry in Minnesota was started in 1992. Free fonts sub-page. Chank Diesel is Charles Andermack in the NY Times and Charles R. Anderson, b. Edmonton, 1970, elsewhere. Chank Fonts was run with Heidi Olmack ("El Mack de los Toros"). Earlier notices in his typefaces refer to CAKE Publications (2401 University Ave. NE, Mpls, MN 55418), Chank Foo, Schmopyright, and Exploding (PO Box 90100, San Diego, CA 92169). Bio by Susan Froyd. See also here or here or here or here. Handwriting font service for 95USD. 95 USD Go font Yourself font service based on filling out a form. Piece on Chank in the MinnPost.
Chank became a popular and colorful figure who said this about himself: I like to drink a lot, and would like to think I'm known for it. Several of my fonts were inspired by booze, and I like to encourage other people to drink more, too. My best font is called Liquorstore.
A partial list of his typefaces:
At Ascender: the mostly hand-printed typefaces Birthday Girl, Bleacher, Bobby Zee, Chauncy Decaf, Churros, Collateral Damage, Couchlover, Easterbuns, Loopy Fiesta, Mister Marker, Mister Twiggy, Prickly, Snowballs, Space Toaster, Tipsy, Twigdancer, Younger Than Me (2009, grunge).
Chank also has a bunch of free fonts such as Yellabelly (handwriting), Fridley, Airboy, SundayLuck, Shadowboxer, Portastat, Fridayluck, Twenty Six Snake Rumba, and Blinkers.
Shareware barcode font set made in 1999 by Daniel Lajeunesse at Chaos Microsystems in Gloucester, Ontario: EAN-13, EAN-13B, EAN-13B-Half-Height, EAN-13-Half-Height, Interleaved-2of5, Interleaved-2of5-NT, UPC-A, UPC-A-Half-Height, UPC-E, UPC-E-Half-Height. The company may not longer exist: Daniel Lajeunesse now is Executive Vice-President&CTO, Storm Internet Services, CDS/Prometheus. The fonts are also here and here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the Fingerprint (experimental) typeface (2010) for an anti-war poster. She grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is a 2010 graduate in graphic design at the Ontario College of Art&Design, Toronto. [Google] [More] ⦿
Charles R. Anderson
Chelsea Muchantef is a New Media and Web Designer living in Vancouver, BC. She specializes in website design, brand identity, and print media such as business cards, fliers, banners, and posters. She graduated from British Columbia's Institute of Technology.
Creator of the hand-printed chicken scratch scribbles typeface Horror Scribbles (2012), Girly (2012, hand-printed) and School Work (2015, hand-crafted).
Chinese chess font
Graduate of the Master of Design program (MDes) at NSCAD University, 2010, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was born and still lives. Typographer and enthusiastic supporter of open source projects. He says: I conduct experimental research designed to support or refute typographic conventions in accordance with objective measures of human performance and empirical data. Useful subpage on type literature. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chris Hunt's great handscribbled splatter font Collateral Damage (1998) is distributed by Chank, and was done with Andrea McKay. It was inspired by the gonzo art of Ralph Steadman. See also here. He is based in Yellowknife. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based designer of a custom bilined caps typeface for the redesign of the identity of the Gardiner Museum in 2013. This typeface is based on Engravers Gothic. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), class of 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of Humber College in Toronto. Burlington, Ontario-based designer (b. 1994) of the (free) blackletter / tattoo typeface Leteske (2013).
Canadian designer, b. 1988, who created the angular typeface Rocket Frog (2012), which was done with the technical help of FontPanda.
American typeface designer at IBM, b. 1929, d. 2011 in Toronto of Alzheimer's. He was employed for 31 years by IBM, from 1945 until 1976, in I.B.M.'s Production Engineering Department at Poughkeepsie where he designed type. Prestige Elite (1953) has his name on it [although some sources say that Howard Kettler designed it]. Prestige Elite was digitally revived by many, including as Prestige and Prestige Two by SoftMaker, and as FixedPitch 800 by Bitstream.
Graphic artist and illustrator from Caledon, Ontario, who is now based in Kitchener, Ontario. He created the experimental typeface Gundam (2010), which is based on scrap plastic pieces that came from a gundam model. In 2016, he designed the sans typeface Stalwart Gothic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based typesetting company. Designers included A. Crawford and Allan R. Fleming. We cite: Cooper&Beatty, Limited was founded in 1921 by E. Cooper, L. Beatty and J.L. Pepper using the name Trade Composition Company. When Pepper left in 1926 the company was renamed to Cooper&Beatty. Until the Second World War it was essentially a trade typesetting company. In 1950 W.E. "Jack" Trevett acquired the company. Trevett shifted the focus to graphic design, for which Cooper&Beatty became known as one of the leading companies in the field. In 1986 the company was sold to Jannock Corporation and although greatly reduced in size today, continues to operate under the name of Cooper&Beatty Services Ltd. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian or French company. Designer(s) of the hand-drawn typefaces Caramellist (2016, brush script), Delikassy (2016), Fat Foot (2016), Caffe Bistro (2016), Jørn (2016), Old Tavern Serif (2016), Nancy (2016), Suppa Medium (2015), Hers (2015), Slabby Joe (2014), Kampon (2014), Hands Down 3 (2014), Big Tracy (2014, bilined), and Sugar Free (2014, a script). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies in Toronto, Crystal Wiesner designed the typeface Qweckle (2013).
Cindy Kinash is an apparel graphic designer from Canada. She started the Cultivated Mind foundry in 2012, and made a reputation as a script font designer. She published the hand-printed poster typefaces Amour (2012), Happy Cloud (2012), Have a nice day (2012, +Ornaments), Gionni (2012), Dreamy Hand (2012), Taluhla (2012) and Hello I Like You (2012). Requiem (2012) is grungy.
Typefaces from 2014: Westcoast Letters, the curly typeface Veronia (2014, with Callie Hegstrom), Local Market (with Charles Gibbons), True North (with Charles Gibbons: a set of letterpress emulation and poster typefaces in all caps; +Extras), Ciao Bella (with Charles Gibbons: a hand-drawn copperplate script emulation with four lovely hand-drawn sets of floral ornaments), La Chic (sic) (a poster font family on a didone body, with several sets of frilly frames), Pacific Northwest Letters, Pacifc Northwest Labels, Azaelia (hand-painted; comes with a dingbat font that has handmade frames, page dividers, ribbons and fancy flourishes).
Typefaces from 2015: Mulberry Script, Glamour Brush, True North Textures (letterpress emulation; with Charles Gibbons), Wanderlust (watercolor brush script), Wanderlust Collection (including Wanderlust Letters Pro, Decorative, Boho, Chic, Shine, Gold, Caps, and Ornaments).
Typefaces from 2017: Northwoods (hand-crafted sans).
Corporate identity person who also created some typefaces: Dahlquist Axe Titling Capitals, Dezynamotiv (art deco display face), Dockside, and this display face (2004). He runs Dahlquist Axe Studio in Victoria, BC. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at the Open Font Library of Triad Postnaya (2013, an old Church Slavonic typeface and its Latin simulation twin), Stanislav Caps (2013), Pacaya (2013, a medium-weight sans), Jura (2011, in the style of Eurostile), Didact Gothic (2010, a simple and readable sans i in the form most often used in elementary classrooms), Judson (2010, designed for African literacy), Megrim (2010, a monoline drawing table sans), Aguardiente (2010, heavy sans), Deka (2010, a monospace font designed for very small display sizes), Rahel (2009, Hebrew), Sacco-Vanzetti (2009, sans), Travelogue (2008), Grana Padano (2010), Pfennig (2010, an extensive humanist sans family) and Jura (2009, sans family with support for Burmese, Cyrillic and Greek).
Johnson explains: Jura is a family of sans-serif fonts in the Eurostile vein. It was originally inspired by some work I was doing for the FreeFont project in designing a Kayah Li range for FreeMono. (Kayah Li is a language used by a minority people group in Burma. Because the Burmese government suppresses the teaching of minority scripts, the Kayah Li script is taught only in schools in refugee camps in Thailand.) I wanted to create a Roman alphabet using the same kinds of strokes and curves as the Kayah Li glyphs, and thus Jura was born.
Triod Postnaja (2010) attempts to mimic the typefaces used to publish Old Church Slavonic service books prior to the 20th century. It also provides a range of Latin letters in the same style.
He contributed to the GNU Freefont project. In particular, he created by hand a Cherokee range specially for FreeFont to be "in line with the classic Cherokee typefaces used in 19th century printing", but also to fit well with ranges previously in FreeFont. Then he made Unified Canadian Syllabics in Sans, and a Cherokee and Kayah Li in Mono. And never to be outdone by himself, then he did UCAS Extended and Osmanya. His GNU Freefont ranges:
Canadian artist who studied at Ryerson University in Toronto. Designer of Kirkita (2005; coauthored with Kirk Dyer, it is also here), Skratchy the Spook (2004), Skratchy v1 (2006, with Jacob Kobold) and Skratchy v2 (2004; also with Jacob Kobold). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Darren M. Boudreau
Refreshing fonts created by Canadian Darren Rigby using High-Logic. The fonts come in truetype format (in 2000): Bayern (fraktur font), Beltane (2002), Brasspounder (2004), Con Jitters (2002, handwriting), Enigmatic, EnigmaticUnicodeRegular, Fitzgerald, GangueOuais (2002), HindsightUnicode (2001, with all European languages, Cyrillic, Armenian, and IPA), HindsightSmallCaps, HindsightRegular, HindsightMonospaceRegular, IntruderAlert, QuicktypeRegular, ThinDime, TorturerUpright, SilverDollar, DontWalkRun, History-Repeating (1999-2000), HistoryHappens, HistoryRepeatingH, HistoryHappens, HistoryRepeatingV, Lemon, Norse-Code (runes), OneEighty, TorturerBound, TorturerCrushed, Daybreaker, Yerevan, Seebreaze, Jareth, Tin Birdhouse, Tin Doghouse, Three-Sixty, Three-Sixty Condensed, Levity (2001, Western font), Gravity, River Avenue, Water Street, Warer Street Detour (unicase), Meridiana, Torquemada, Torquemada Starved, Torquemada Starved Unicode, Radian (2002), All Hooked Up (2002), Brasspounder (2004), Quilljoy (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the art deco multiline typeface Beacon Hill (2009, FontStruct). The font is called "Beacon Hill" because it's inspired by the totem pole carvings at Beacon Hill park in Victoria, BC, Canada. If you turn the word on its side, it looks reminiscent of a totem pole. Dave Aquino is located in Vancouver. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto, Canada-based designer of Raleigh Regular (1977, Ingrama), a typeface that takes after Carl Dair's Cartier. That typeface was copied (without Anderson's knowledge) and expanded (without italics, though) to a full set of weights by Adrian Williams (ca. 1978), who licensed it to Linotype. Today, Raleigh is sold by Bitstream. Anderson was associated with Toronto's Typsettra, which in 1977 began the design of original typefaces for Berthold, Letraset and ITC. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Czech designer (b. Brno) who graduated in Informatics at the Masaryk University in Brno in 2005, spent a term at the Denmark's Designskole in Copenhagen in 2004 and graduated with distinction from the MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading in 2007, where he wrote a thesis on his typefaces called Skolar and Surat. Skolar won an award at Paratype K2009. It was designed with scholarly and multilingual publications in mind. See, e.g., Skolar Devanagari.
From 2004 to 2007, he ran his own design studio DAVI, with projects in graphic, web and interface design. Back in Brno, he worked with Tiro Typeworks (Canada) as an associate designer. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about multi-script typography.
His typefaces include
Canadian type designer Cabianca holds masters degrees from The University of Reading, Cranbrook Academy of Art (2001) and Princeton University. Creator of the Scala Sans-like typeface Quotidian Sans (2002) and of Stupidity (2001). As a graduate student at Reading in 2003-2004, he designed Cardea (2003-2004), which was released by Emigre in 2014. Cardea is a masculine angular text typeface with high blood pressure. Emigre writes that he created a typeface that sparkles on the page, with high contrast, luster and crisp edges. The result is a type with a muscular or sculptural feel much like the work of artists Arne Quinze or Mark di Suvero.
Ontario-based graphic and web designer. Behance link.
Font Shop font outlet man in Toronto. Used to be at 401 Wellington St W, Toronto, Ont M5V 1E8 Canada, and is very knowledgeable about fonts in general---Toronto is very lucky! He runs Swipe Books there. He will do custom font design work.
Now, David was the man in Toronto. Let me just replay this sweet testimony of Nick Shinn which explains how he got into type design: I too had a John Bull set. And played with Letraset. But there are many things "I started to become interested in" that didn't end up as my career(s). With type, I would say in retrospect that an accumulation of influences and circumstances made me an art director and subsequently a type designer. Had I been a better art director, I would no doubt have worked at an agency doing broadcast ads rather than B2B type-heavy print, directed commercials, and eventually become a movie director like Ridley Scott. Rather than a serial accumulation of prods in this direction, there may well have been a turning point when two or more influences coincided. I can certainly attribute my career as a (successful) type designer to one person. In the mid 1980s I gave up on type design, having had a couple of typefaces published a lot of work and precious little remuneration. Then in 1993 David Michaelides, the manager of the FontShop store in Toronto, organized a type event with Carter and Brody speaking; he then suggested I present some type concept ideas to FontFont, which I did, and they published Fontesque, which became very popular. Had it not been, I would probably not have pursued type design any further. A lot of turning points, serendipity, personal inspiration, opportunities opened up by new technology, and so on. [Google] [More] ⦿
There are several studios in the world called Deep Blue. This one is located in Ankara, Turkey, and offers professional vector format font services. At Graphic River, one can buy some of Deep Blue's fonts. These include Vicasso (2012), Equilibrium (2013). On Behance, we read that the designer is the Torbit Mine, Columbia, Canada-based Kevin Portman. Elsewhere, the designer of Vicasso is identified as Ramzi Abdulbari (Dammam, Saudi Arabia). [Google] [More] ⦿
Great fonts for astrology, hieroglyphics, alchemy and the occult, by Toronto's Jan and Denise Koehler, mostly designed between 1993 and 1995. They moved to Litomerice and then Teplice, the Czech Republic, recently. MyFonts sells the fantastic Meso Americano dingbats, Hypnotica, AlchemySymbols (two fonts), BlackMagick, Border Twins (2010), CastlesShields, Curly Jane (2010), Cubista Geometrica (2010: op art), DaggersAlphabet, Dendera (ancient Egyptian Zodiac symbols), Dragons, Eggnog (2010), Fontazia Floradot (2012), Fontazia Papilio (2009), Fontazia Pop62 (2011, dingbats of flowers), Fontazia AquaFlorium (2010, fishtank dingbats), Fontazia Mazzo (2010, vases), Fontazia Stiletto (2011), Fontazia Y3K (2009, aliens), the Hieroglyph family (dingbats, really), Jolly Jester (2010, curly hand), MagiWriting, Meandros (2010, a paperclip design inspired by the Greek Key, or Fret, motif), Phaistos, Pocket Wrench (2010, octagonal), Polka Dot Wrench (2010), PowersofMarduk, Praha Deco (2010, inspired by the Prague art deco movement), the RongoRongo family (Easter Island script), SkeletonAlphabet, Sublimina, Superchunk, WhiteMagick, Yenda (2010, bold and angular).
List of font packages: Aglab, Alchemy Symbols, American Sign Alphabet, Ancient Writings Vol. 1, Ancient Writings Vol. 2, Angelica, The Astrologer Bundle, Astrologer, Aztec Day Signs, Black Magick, Braille Alphabet, Castles&Shields, Celestial Writing, Celtic Astrologer, Certar, Chinese Zodiac, Coptic Alphabet, Daggers Alphabet, Dendera, Dinosauria, Dragons, Egyptian Deities, Enochian Writing, Egypt. Hieroglyphics Vol 1, Egypt. Hieroglyphics Vol 2, Egypt. Hieroglyphics Vol 3, Egypt. Hieroglyphics Vol 4, Futhark, Greco, Hebrew Basic, Hypnotica, Magi Writing, Magick&Mystic, Malachim Writing, Masonic Writing, Maya Day Names, Maya Month Glyphs, Meso Americano, Meso Deko, Morse Code, Old Persian Cuneiform, Passing the River, Phaistos, Pike's Alphabets, Powers of Marduk, Sanskrit Writing, Semaphore Code, Signals&Signs, Skeleton Alphabet, Sublimina, Tengwanda Gothic, Tengwanda Namarie, Theban Alphabet, The Egyptologist, Tolkien Scripts, WhiteMagick, Skeleton Alphabet, Hebrew Basic, Sanskrit Writing. Note: I cannot find an entry for Jan Koehler at MyFonts, where all Deniart fonts are said to have been made by Denise Koehler. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer of the (free) shadow circus fonts Black Angel (2011), the art nouveau typeface Freshwater Classic (2011), Candle 3D (2011, +Black), and Topsquare (2011). He created the oriental simulation typeface Stick Rice (2011) and the display typeface Melted (2011).
In 2012, he created the shadow typeface ShowLetters, Pullstar (fat signage script family), Pullstar Holinight (2012), Tracker (hand-printed), Medley Script, Rose Heart, Spear Mint, Brick Wall (a texture face), Crispy, Crisp, Armand Chief (connected script), Mystic Arm, Back of Times, Back of Shadow, Fairland (blackletter), Armand Cocktail, and Thorn Heart.
Partner of Jan Koehler in Deniart Systems, which operated from 1993-2009 in Toronto, and then in Litomerice (Czech Republic). Her typefaces include: Skeleton Alphabet, Sanskrit Writing, White Magick Symbols, Theban Alphabet, Tolkien Tengwanda Namarie, Tolkien Tengwanda Gothic, Sublimina, Semaphore, RongoRongo (a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island), Powers Of Marduk, Phaistos Disk Glyphs, Passing The River, Old Persian Cuneiform (1995), Morse Code, Meso Deko, Maya Month Glyphs, Maya Day Names, Masonic Writing, Malachim Writing, Magi Writing, Hypnotica, Egyptian Hieroglyphics Basic, Egyptian Hieroglyphics - The Egyptologist, Hebrew Basic, Greco (Greek face), Futhark, Enochian Writing, Egyptian Hieroglyphics - Deities, Medieval Dragons, Dinosauria, Egyptian Hieroglyphics - Dendera, Daggers Alphabet, Coptic Alphabet, Chinese Zodiac Symbols, Tolkien Certar, Celtic Astrologer Symbols, Celestial Writing, Castles&Shields, Braille Alpha, Black Magick, Aztec Day Signs, Astrologer Symbols, Angelica, American Sign Alphabet, Alchemy Symbols, Tolkien Aglab, Fontazia AquaFlorium (2010, fish tank dingbats), Snow Crystals (2010, followed by Snow Crystals 2 in 2012), Star Crystals (2010, more snow-like structures but having 8 instead of 6 axes of symmetry), Karika Swirls (2010), Karika Hearts (2010), Karika Encore (2011), Fontazia Chateaux (2011), Fontazia Chateaux Deux (2011), Fontazia Insomnia (2011), 21 Emmerson (2011), 4 Point Greek Fret (2011: labyrinthine), 4 Point Florals (2011), 4 Point Deco (2011), Mykonos (2011, labyrinthine), Harmonics (2011, a zig-zag face), Fontazia Motyl (2011, butterfly dings), Holiday Penguins NF (2011, Christmas dingbats), Fontazia Christmas Tree (2011), Eggs Galoe (2012, Easter egg font), Border Glyphs (2012, hieroglyphic), Fontazia Christmas Baubes (2012), Fontazia Christmas Tree 2 (2013), Karika Hypnotica (2014, hypnotic or kaleidoscopic glyphs), Symcaps Vario X1, Symcaps Vario X2, Symcaps Vario X3 (2016, op-art design). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer in British Columbia who created the fashion mag high-contrast typeface Kursive (2013).
Digital Graphic Labs
Brenden C. Roemich's Winnipeg-based foundry. They sold fonts at 10 to 20 USD a shot, but made them free starting in 2003, when they quit the font foundry business. The entire collection, mostly dated 1998: ALSScript (knock-off of Shelley Script Andante by Matthew Carter), Aberration, AngleterreBook, Aramis, AramisItalic, ChanceryCursive, Dichotomy, Eddie, EnterSansmanBold (heavy serious sans), EnterSansmanBoldItalic, FLWScript, Fanzine (ransom note face), GlassHouses, Gunmetal, ILSScript, Incite, KellsUncialBold, KellsUncialBold, LDSScriptItalic, MICREncoding, Misbehavin', NinePin, NobilityCasual, Overmuch (fat rounded), PinchDrunk, Protestant, PunchDrunk, RamseyFoundationalBold, RocketPropelled, SNCScriptItalic (a knock-off of Nuptial Script), ShagadelicBold (psychedelic), Spirit, StaticAgeFineTuning, StaticAgeHorizontalHold (textured like a bad TV signal), Symbolix, TempsNouveau, TitleWave, TypeWrong-Smudged-Bold, VinylTile, VulgarDisplay, Whimzee, WhizKid, alsscripttrial, bitwise (LED face), holyunion, overmuchtrial.
Two custom designs for newspapers, Ink Bodoni and Ink Nulek, can be purchased here for 35 and 22 dollars respectively. Digital-Ink is located in Toronto. Makers of the InkFontDingbats font, 1996. [Google] [More] ⦿
As posted on abf by Diogene:
Founding partner and creative director of Toronto-based Concrete Design Communications Inc. She has lectured at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the design department of York University. [Google] [More] ⦿
Located in Toronto, Don Black deals in metal type, printing equipment, matrices, used type, and so forth. Alternate URL. His pages have many metal specimen, especially from Ludlow and Monotype. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer and typographer in Toronto. In 2009, she created the experimental geometric typeface Kolo (This typeface design was inspired by tin can pull tabs. Thank you chicken of the sea.), the cool Newmar (Newmar was designed to compliment the symbol above. Influences: paperclips, Julie Newmar 1966&a gold belt. This typeface has two ascender lines&three descender lines.), and the curly display face Gallnut (gallnut---a round gall produced on the leaves and shoots of various species of the oak tree.). Home page. About Newmar, she writes: Newmar was designed to compliment the symbol above. Influences: paperclips, Julie Newmar 1966&a gold belt. This typeface has two ascender lines&three descender lines.
Designer of a mathematical symbol metafont called dbnsymb. Bar-Natan is Professor at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto, and has included a Canadian flag symbol as well. He also has a free script that one can use to make xfig drawings into a metafont. [Google] [More] ⦿
"D-Type Font Engine consists of an ultra-fast grayscale rasterizer capable of generating beautiful antialiased type on screen or any other raster device." It works with TrueType, type 1, OpenType and type 3 fonts. For Windows, Mac and Unix. A demo (DType V3.2) is available. Located in Toronto, Ontario. [Google] [More] ⦿
Coauthor with Jürgen Siebert and Erik Spiekermann of The FontBook, published by FontShop International in 1998, with additions and updates in the following years. Robert Stacey situates Cleary in the history of Canadian design [because Cleary lived and died in Toronto], when he talks about the 1980s: Typographic design integrity continues to be defended, meanwhile, against trendiness and clutter by such private-press and fine-printing luminaries as Coach House Printing's Stan Bevington, Hemlock Press's David Clausen, Giampa Textware Corp.'s Gerald Giampa, Imprimerie Dromadaire's Glenn Goluska, Dreadnaught Design's Robert MacDonald, Canadian Art's John Ormsby, Aliquando Press's Will Rueter, and the late Ed Cleary, of the venerable Cooper&Beatty Typographers and the more recent Font Shop. As their work serves to remind us, the "democratization" of type and print through desktop publishing software and hardware, and the attendant access of thousands of typefaces, increases rather than decreases the need for taste, discernment and restraint to be brought to bear on the management of textual and visual materials. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Vancouver who specializes in corporate identities. His typefaces include:
Eightface (was Dave Kellam.com)
Eightface had free truetype fonts by Dave Kellam who was a student at Queen's University. He currently lives in England. David's fonts were mostly made in 1998: Cof, Plastic Tomato (thick round letters), dawgbox (grunge), Stay Clear (sloppy paint-- nice !), Pigment 08 (artsy), Dimestore Hooker (great eroded font), Niner, After Shok, and Eau de Toilet. Plus Discount Inferno (double vision font), Millionair, Nineteen 77, Adlock, Grade, Issac. Dave Kellam was born in Brockville, Ontario in 1981. He joined Fontmonster, where he (re)published Stay Clear, Adlock, DawgBox, DimestoreHooker, DiscountInferno, and PlasticTomato.
Editor of The Scope, an alternative magazine in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Creator of Full Dece Sans (2011, comic book style), Scootch over Sans (2011), Middle Cove Beach Rocks (2011, a stone emalation face) and Half Cut Gothic (2011).
Fonthill, Ontario-based student-designer (at Niagara College) of the free deco typeface Athene (2015), the squarish modular typeface Metro (2015), the free rounded sans Arciform, the free geometric sans Alcubierre (2015), the great free slab serif typeface Arctic (2015), and the free geometric sans typeface Ikaros (2015). Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sylvie Peladeau's company in Ottawa creates custom fonts, primarily logo, handwriting and signature fonts for corporations to integrate with mail merge campaigns, office automation, fax software, and web pages. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the Art Institute of Vancouver, Esmeralda Mejia (b. El Salvador, 1996) designed the textured caps typeface Frida (2018), the slimy typeface Monstrocity (2017) and the decoirative caps typeface Pipes (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Publisher of Indic fonts, who set up Ethno fonts. He studied mechanical engineering at University of Sri Lanka in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1978) and chemical engineering at the University of Toronto (1981). He settled in Canada, and obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto in 2005. He had a lifelong interest in mathematical modeling and type design. Vijayakumar died in 2017.
Some of his Tamil fonts could be found at R. Padmakumar's archive. In 2017, after his death, Vijayakumar's family granted me permission to place the collection on my site for free download. There are sometimes multiple versions of the same font, with minor changes. All of these are included too. The list:
His fonts were developed on Commodore 64, on which one could not make the long N (Moonu suzhi N) as a single character and the result was a non-symmetric placement of the pulli (the dot). Vijayakumar continued that style in his fonts so he could easily recognize his work anywhere. That asymmetric pulli also led to the demise of his typefaces. A link has been set up to raise funds for the Vijayakumar scholarship at the University of Toronto to honour his memory.
Originally from Quebec where he was art director at Ubisoft, Etienne Poulin is a graphic designer and art director in Vancouver, Canada. He created a thin pixelish typeface called Pixel & Cie (2013).
EVCCo is the foundry of Canadian type designer E Victor-C. He created West Warp (2010), Evcial (2000, monoline geometric avant garde sans) and Chapeau (2010, experimental). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Formerly Image Club Graphics. Was Adobe Studios until late 1998. Calgary-based foundry and font vendor. Free fonts Pacifica Condensed and Mini Pics Digidings. In February 2003, Eyewire was acquired by Agfa/Monotype: big fish eats small fish. [Google] [More] ⦿
Faith is a Torontonian outfit headed by designer and type designer Paul Sych, who has published fonts with FontShop and Thirstype. Designer of the experimental typefaces FF Dig, FF Dog and FF Hip (1991, FontFont). Thirstype fonts: Wit (1995), USeh (1994), Fix, Toy. FUSE 6 font: Box (1992, FontShop, pixel style).
In 2014, he hooked up with Canada Type, also in Toronto, and published the heavy rounded sans (custom) typeface MiO (2014), the hand-drawn Centrum (2014).
FatFonts is a graphical technique conceived and developed in 2012 by Miguel Nacenta (a lecturer in human-computer interaction at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, Scotland), Uta Hinrichs (originally from Lübeck in Germany, she is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary in Canada), and Sheelagh Carpendale (a computer science professor at the University of Calgary).
Numerals in vector fonts developed by the team have a thickness that is proportional to their value. Numerals can also be nested. The (free) fonts were converted to opentype by Richard Wheeler (a PhD student at The Sir William Dunn School of Pathology of Oxford). Uta Hinrichs designed Gracilia, Cubica, and Rotunda. She co-designed Miguta with Miguel Nacenta. Finally, Richard Wheeler himself created the LED typeface 7Segments. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Explorer 1.5 beta
Font Explorer is a freeware 32-bit font manager for Windows 95/98/NT. Version 1.5 is a complete rewrite, with a completely new interface. By UBC's Arash Ramin. His outfit is called Digitalroom.net. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Forestry (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada) is yet another venture of Jeremy Vessey, this time in cooperation with his companion, Stephanie Arsenault. I assume that it too is actually based in Montreal. Established in 2017, their initial fonts include Tuesday Night (a free signature script), Mr. Quincy, Harvester (script), Fischer (rounded industrial octagonal sans), Henrik (a free letterpress emulation typeface), Quartz Grotesque, Cymbria (free weathered sans), Waves (a great caps only skyline font) and Seaport (brush script).
Typefaces from 2018: Monique Script, Maveryk.
Joanna Briggs' nice original fonts such as Leger Light (1998), and the handwriting font Menrath Antiqua (1998). Commercial fonts: Cancon (Canadian flag in the a and o!), Medwin Sans and Regular, Acoustic, Krovelblad, Accacciatura, Airport Carpet. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Marin Darmonkow is the designer at Fonteam International of Refugee (2002), K-Taj (2002), Jaxon (2002), Inahurry (2002), Fontone (2002). He used to be located in St. Johns, New Foundland. Alternate URL. List of fonts at the site: Aga, Bordy, Clichet (stencil), Darmonkow, Dotmap, Fontone, GiaMagdalena, Grozen, Inahurry, Jaxon, Kitaj, Liveon, Moden A, Newold, Orthodox, Orthodox 2 (cyrillic simulation typefaces), Ossie 02, Pechat, Refugee, Repenton (gothic), Squaremap (pixel face), Sunny Samuel, Tutiin, Valerie ZD, Vetren Sans (elegant high contrast sans family), Vlast. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fonts For Flash
Toronto-based "Fonts For Flash" (est. April 2002, run by Walter Apai) offers low cost pixel fonts and allows type designers to sell their fonts through the site. Randy caldwell is the name mentioned by dafont.
Free crippled demos: FFF Freedom, FFF Reaction, FFF Compact, FFF Agent, FFF Extras. MyFonts site. See also here. In 2003, Fonts For Flash and TRUTH in Design developed the notion of Superpixel fonts, which are pixel fonts with quarter pixels added to certain blank pixels so that the results show well in Flash. An example is Halogen (2003).
Dafont has some free fonts, and mentions the name Randy Caldwell.
The list of fonts: Abstract, FFFAccess, FFFAccessExtended, FFFAgentCondensed, FFFAgentTrial, FFFAlaska, FFFAlaskaCondensed, FFFAlaskaCondensed, FFFAlaskaCondensed, FFFAntigua, FFFAntiguaBold, FFFAntiguaBoldExtended, FFFAntiguaExtended, FFFAquarius, FFFAquariusBold, FFFAquariusBoldCondensed, FFFAquariusCondensed, FFFAtlantis, FFFAtlantis, FFFAtlantis, FFFAtlantisBold, FFFAtlantisBoldCondensed, FFFAtlantisCondensed, FFFAtlantisTrial, FFFAtlantisTrial, FFFAvantiBoldCondensed, FFFBusiness, FFFBusinessBold, FFFBusinessBoldExtended, FFFBusinessExtended, FFFBytecode, FFFBytecodeExtended, FFFCalypso, FFFCalypsoExtended, FFFCompact, FFFCorporate, FFFCorporateBold, FFFCorporateBoldExtended, FFFCorporateExtended, FFFCorporateRounded, FFFCorporateRoundedBold, FFFCorporateRoundedBoldExtended, FFFCorporateRoundedExtended, FFFCosmos, FFFCosmosCondensed, FFFDaylight, FFFDaylightBold, FFFDaylightBoldExtended, FFFDaylightExtended, FFFDirect, FFFDirectCondensed, FFFDiscotheque, FFFDreamer, FFFDreamerBold, FFFDreamerBoldExtended, FFFDreamerExtended, FFFEnchanted, FFFEnterprise, FFFEnterpriseBold, FFFEnterpriseBoldExtended, FFFEnterpriseExtended, FFFEstudioExtended, FFFExecutive, FFFExecutiveBold, FFFExecutiveBoldExtended, FFFExecutiveExtended, FFFExecutiveTrial, FFFExpresso, FFFExpressoBold, FFFExpressoBoldExtended, FFFExpressoExtended, FFFExtras, FFFExtras2, FFFFamily, FFFFamilyExtended, FFFForward, FFFFreedom, FFFFreedomTrial, FFFFuego, FFFFuegoBold, FFFFuegoBoldExtended, FFFFuegoExtended, FFFGalaxy, FFFGalaxy, FFFGalaxyBold, FFFGalaxyBoldExtended, FFFGalaxyExtended, FFFGalaxyExtended, FFFGalaxyExtraBold, FFFGalaxyExtraBoldExtended, FFFGames, FFFGamesBold, FFFGamesBoldExtended, FFFGamesExtended, FFFGamesThin, FFFGamesThinBold, FFFGamesThinBoldExtended, FFFGamesThinExtended, FFFGardencity, FFFGardencityBold, FFFGardencityBoldExtended, FFFGardencityExtended, FFFGlorious, FFFGloriousBold, FFFGloriousBoldExtended, FFFGloriousExtended, FFFHarmony, FFFHarmony, FFFHarmony, FFFIdea, FFFIdeaCondensed, FFFIntelligent, FFFIntelligentCondensed, FFFIntelligentThin, FFFIntelligentThinCondensed, FFFInterface01, FFFInterface01b, FFFInterface02, FFFInterface02b, FFFInterface03, FFFInterface03b, FFFInterface04, FFFInterface04b, FFFInterface05, FFFInterface05b, FFFInterface06, FFFInterface06b, FFFInterface07, FFFInterface07b, FFFInterface08, FFFInterface08b, FFFLighthouse, FFFLighthouseExtended, FFFMagazine, FFFMagazineBold, FFFMagazineBoldExtended, FFFMagazineExtended, FFFMajestica, FFFMajesticaBold, FFFMajesticaBoldExtended, FFFMajesticaExtended, FFFManagerBold, FFFMetropolis, FFFMetropolisExtended, FFFMinitower, FFFMinitowerBold, FFFMinitowerBoldExtended, FFFMinitowerExtended, FFFMinute, FFFMinuteBold, FFFMinuteBoldExtended, FFFMinuteExtended, FFFModulas, FFFModulasBold, FFFModulasBoldExtended, FFFModulasExtended, FFFMono01, FFFMono01BoldExtended, FFFMono01Extended, FFFNadador, FFFNadadorBold, FFFNadadorBoldCondensed, FFFNadadorBoldTight, FFFNadadorCondensed, FFFNadadorTight, FFFNeostandard, FFFNeostandardBold, FFFNeostandardBoldExtended, FFFNeostandardExtended, FFFNeostandardTrial, FFFPhantom01, FFFPhantom01, FFFPhantom02, FFFPlaneta, FFFPlanetaBold, FFFPlanetaBoldExtended, FFFPlanetaExtended, FFFProfessional, FFFProfessional, FFFProfessional, FFFProfessionalBold, FFFProfessionalBold, FFFProfessionalBoldExtended, FFFProfessionalBoldExtended, FFFProfessionalExtended, FFFProtege, FFFProtegeBold, FFFProtegeBoldExtended, FFFProtegeExtended, FFFReaction, FFFReactionBold, FFFReactionBoldCondensed, FFFReactionBoldExtended, FFFReactionCondensed, FFFReactionCondensed, FFFReactionCondensed, FFFReactionExtended, FFFReactionTrial, FFFRegates, FFFRegatesBold, FFFRegatesBoldCondensed, FFFRegatesCondensed, FFFRegency, FFFRegencyBold, FFFRegencyBoldExtended, FFFRegencyExtended, FFFResolution, FFFResolutionCondensed, FFFSailor, FFFSailor, FFFSilver, FFFSilverExtended, FFFSimplicity, FFFSimplicityExtended, FFFSpacedust, FFFStar, FFFStar, FFFStar, FFFStarBold, FFFStarBoldCondensed, FFFStarCondensed, FFFStrawberry, FFFTimeline01, FFFTimeline02, FFFTraditional, FFFTraditionalExtended, FFFUrban, FFFUrbanBold, FFFUrbanBoldExtended, FFFUrbanExtended, FFFViewpoint, FFFViewpointBold, FFFViewpointBoldExtended, FFFViewpointExtended, FFFZerofactor, FFFZerofactorBold, FFFZerofactorBoldExtended, FFFZerofactorExtended, Lemoine, LemoineExtended, Orgill, OutlinePixel, OutlinePixelExtended, Pixpat10, Pixpat20, RaxelGreek, RaxelGreekBoldBold.
X-server format font archive (PCF, BDF formats) with these fonts: Artsie (by Chris MacGowan, Pinhead (also by Chris), Caps, Bigcaps, Smallcaps, Vga (by Larry Varney), Outcast, Shine, Bright and Zaber (the last four fonts by "The Bishop"). [Google] [More] ⦿
Martin Hosken's free Perl module for TrueType font hacking. Supports reading, processing and writing of the following tables: LTSH, OS/2, PCLT, cmap, cvt, fpgm, glyf, hdmx, head, hhea, hmtx, kern, loca, maxp, name, post, prep, vhea, vmtx and the reading and writing of all other table types. In short, you can do almost anything with a standard TrueType font with this module. Alternate site. Another site. Now also support for the OpenType tables: GSUB, GDEF and GPOS and also a bunch of AAT tables. The module now also supports XML output and a buggy XML input. Man pages. On-line manual. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sao Luis, Brazil (and before that, Vancouver, Canada)-based creator of Flaot Stencil (2013, a modular stencil face), Obvious (2013, a hairline geometric experimental typeface) and Hideseek (2013, a straight-edged experimental typeface).
In 2014, he created the ultra-fat typeface Dreew.
Fredrick M. Nader
Canadian designer of the didone typeface Frisco (2002, with Alejandro Paul) at Typeworx in Toronto, a company which he co-founded. He is also the well-known type designer "Apostrophe" at Apostrophic Lab [dead link] in Toronto, where he created hundreds of full font families. He was the main industrial custom type designer in Toronto. Interview: Who is Apostrophe?. MyFonts admits that Nader's current whereabouts are unknown. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Aka Fred Peter. We find the name Friedrich Peter at Monotype and most other foundries. 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:
J.F.Y. Daniel Gauthier (GautFonts) was born in Montreal in 1964, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. His fonts from 2005 and before include BarrelOfMonkeys, ChainFontOpen, ChangChang, ChangChangWoodcut, DirtyDarren, FireStarter, GriffinDucks, Jenna Myles, LollipopLettering, Lymphnodes, PooCorny, PooSmooth, Quake3ArenaBats (scanbats), SapphireSativa (2005), ZappaBats, Judas Priest (2004), Caviar Rancid (2004), BackPage (2003), BatFont (2003), MagicCatalog (2003), Samdan (2003), The One Ring (2003), The 3 Stooges (2003), Yahoo Font (2003), BikerBones, CBGBFont, Cortesia, DryGulchBlack, DryGulchOpen, FlyLegs, Frank, MissingLink, PotLand, Punk, SheCreature, SweetLeaf, ThaiPedicure, TypoNegative, VectorBlack, VoodooDollLetters, VoodooDolls, VoodooDollsPinned, ZappaBats, Griffin (2002), GriffinBold (2002), HeadHunter (2002), Montezuma (2002), MontezumaAncient (2002), MrBubbleFont (2002), PhoenixOne (2002), PhoenixTwo (2002), Spliffs (2002), SteelTown (2002), TattooLettering Black (2002), TattooLettering Open (2002), VladDraculBats (2002), Beatnik Hayseed (2002), ChangChang (2002, oriental lookalike), Crumb (2002), GearBox (2002), Happening (2002), LogFont (2002), Piranha (2002), Sardines (2002), Tilt-A-Whirl (2002), ChineseWatchShop (2002), DickVanDyke (2002), Göt (2002), KamikazeBats (2002), Springfield Tablets, AlphabetFridgeMagnets, Beethoven, BeethovenRough, BeethovenRougher, Bicycle (outlined), BicycleFancy, BoobToob, Burris (Old West font), BurrisGhostTown, BurrisShootOut, CBGB (pearly letters), Chain Font Black, CheapSign, ChickenFarm, CornFed, CrappyDan, CrappyDanLowercase, DimWitGauche, DimWitRight, Eastwood, FantasticFont, Fear, FearlessVampireKillers, FeltCrappyDan, FrootStand, GassyGaut, GauFontExposition (trilined), Gauts, GautsMotelLowerLeft, GautsMotelLowerRight, GautsMotelUpperLeft, GautsMotelUpperRight, Gearbox (geary alphading face), Göt (blackletter), HoaryGaut, Houdini, IncantationOne, IncantationTwo, IrwinAllen, JackOLantern, Jagged, JoeJack, KathleenLowercase, KathleenUppercase, KentuckyFriedFont, KentuckyFriedChickenFont (2004, signage), LeadType, LeadTypeBoldInked, MadScience, Moscoso (morphed Western titling font, psychedelic), OogieBoogie, OrganDonorGuts, OrganDonorSkin, PinkCandyPopcornFont, PooCorny, PooSmooth, Potland (marihuana alphadings), Punk, RapaNuiLetters, RapaNuiMoaiBats, RapaNuiMoaiFont, RedStar (2004, pretty handwriting based on the pen of Linda Cappel), RedStarBold, RockFont (Flintsones font?), Sasquatch, Sea Creature, Shaman, ShermlockMadstyle, ShermlockSolid, Shock, ShockThick, SpookyMagic, StagTickets, StartlingFont, TattooParlour (2004, scanbats), ToOsamaLoveGeorge, TypewriterKeys, Vector, WebPress, WebPressBold, Weird, WereWolf, ZootAllures. He has some comic book fonts, some dingbats, and several fonts around the theme of magic.
Gennaro Palmieri is a 3d mechanical designer who lives in Canada. He created some hand-printed and fat finger typefaces in 2013 such as Gennaro Palmieri HP Pencil (crayon font), Gennaro Palmieri Niagara 3D, Gennaro Palmieri Hectic 3D, Gennaro Palmieri Formal 3D, Gennaro Palmieri Thorny 3D, Gennaro Palmieri Draftsman 3D, Gennaro Palmieri Cursive 3D, Gennaro Palmieri Dots 3D, Gennaro Palmieri Bold Black, Gennaro Palmieri Formal, Gennaro Palmieri Thorny, GennaroPalmieri Cursive, GennaroPalmieri Hectic, GennaroPalmieri, GennaroPalmieri Dots 2012, Olivia Palmieri, Anthoiny Palmieri, and Pal Gen. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based George W.L. Gu worked in a publishing house in Shanghai for eight years as assistant editor and graphic designer. In 1991, he received his Masters degree from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo where he wrote a thesis on digital typography. After graduation, he worked in the design center of Sharp for four years as the head of the font team and subsequently as an adviser. Since 1988, George has been developing and designing CJK Multiple Master display typefaces. In 1998, he single-handedly completed a set of JIS X 0208-1990 MMT, which contains 25,420 Kanji and Kana symbols. He lives in Toronto since 1993.
Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Hanzi: The Past, Present, and Future.
In his Hong Kong talk, Gu basically summarizes the history of CJK font design. Here are the main points:
George Mok (P.O. Box 1918, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5J 2P3) will make a free TrueType signature font. Just send him your signature or picture on a sample sheet. Full functional fonts for 30 dollars. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto, Canada-based designer of the LED font Conceptual (2016, for Latin and Hebrew), Sports Icon Set (2016), Fastfood Icons (2015), and the Hebrew display typeface BaShalom (in peace). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Globe and Mail
Canada's main newspaper, The Globe and Mail, was redesigned on April 23, 2007. It features a new font family, consisting of Globe and Mail Sans, Globe and Mail News, and Globe and Mail Text subfamilies, all designed by Nick Shinn. Thanks to the new type, the width of the paper was decreased to 12 inches, matching the Wall Street Journal. The redesign is good, with strong sectioning by well-designed separators. Sample. See also the piece by News Designer. The Globe and Mail News font replaces the old serif headline font, and introduces a semi-serif with the ascenders of the b, d and l slightly bent near the top. Its "l" has a tail for readability I suppose. Personally, I would have stuck with a solid serif headline face---classy and timeless.
Chapter two, October 1, 2010--another redesign, this time catastrophic by any standard. Text content is reduced, pictures are bigger and flashier (and all in color), sports scores, sudoku puzzles, and just about any piece of information is smaller (to the point that sudokus, for example, are almost impossible to do with no scratch space left), and large one-page ads without information are taking over. Nick Shinn's Globe Sans is not bad, but the Globe promises a reduction in its use of serif typefaces for text, and that is another major blunder. This is very sad, indeed, because just about all other newspapers in the country, some French ones excepted, are in the hands of a right-wing group and provide predictable biased content. [Google] [More] ⦿
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada-based designer (b. South Korea) of the free hand-crafted display typeface Playertip (2016), which was developed during his studies at British Columbia Institue of Technology. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Government of Nunavut's web site has these free Inuktitut fonts: EmiInuktitutMedMedium, EmiInuktitutRegular, Naamajut (2000), Nunacom, NunacomU, Pigiarniq-Bold, PigiarniqHeavy, Pigiarniq-Italic, PigiarniqLight, Pigiarniq, ProSyl, ProSylBold, TunngavikBold, Tunngavik. [Google] [More] ⦿
An empirical study of two stylus-based text entry techniques, Graffiti and Unistrokes, by York University (Toronto) researchers Steven J. Castellucci and I. Scott MacKenzie. Itvwas published in 2008 in Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto, Ontario-based designer of the polygonal sports franchise typeface Arc Sculler (2018), which was published on Black Thursday, the day Ontario elected its first Trumpian premier, Doug Ford. Arc Sculler was made for the Toronto Argonauts and references 19-th century wood types. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calgary-based designer (aka splorp) who created typefaces at Image Club Graphics, Adobe Studios, EyeWire, and Getty Images, while maintaining the storefronts of some of these places. He designed East Bloc Open (a Cyrillic simulation font), Mini Pics Classic (Image Club), Mini Pics Snowflakes (1997, ICG), Narrowband Prime, Schmutz Cleaned (ICG, 1996), Badloc (plus Bevel, Compression), Boca Raton (and Solid), Carver, Broadband, East Bloc Closed, Mini Pics ASL Alphabet, Mini Pics International, New Geneva Nine (and Nine Point), Schmutz Clogged, Schmutz Corroded, and Mini Pics Directional (AA, DA, RA, RT, SA, ST). He was also a type marketer at ICG, Adobe Studios, EyeWire, Getty Images, and most recently, Veer. He is a founding member of Veer. Alternate URL. Splorp.com is his blog. He describes hiw own life path as follows:
Glenn Wooden and Harry Hahne explain about Greek and Hebrew under MS Windows. Their recommendation in 2000: Both WinGreek and Silver Fonts are good choices for Greek, but Silver Fonts offers higher quality output and greater ease of editing. These two sets also provide economical Hebrew fonts, although editing is easier with Silver Fonts. BibleScript provides a more polished Hebrew text with cantillations, easy Roman transliteration of Hebrew and Greek, and a wide range of Hebrew typefaces. The public domain fonts from Scholars Press are a good choice for displaying biblical and classical texts which use the TLG and Michigan-Claremont text encoding schemes or for those on a limited budget. [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based designer of Mercer (1994, developed for Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto), A Font Called Frank (1994, with Bruce Mau; developed for Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall), Franky Greg (1993, developed for Pleasure Dome Film Collective), Jusslur (1993, with Bruce Mau; developed for Rem Koolhaas/OMAs Jussieu Library), Blackdome (1992, developed for Pleasure Dome Film Collective). [Google] [More] ⦿
Jason Vandenberg (Greyscale Type, Toronto) created the 8-style Grey Sans family in 2013. Gia Tran and Jason Vandenberg created the decorative typeface Ella FY (2013, Fontyou). The slender display typeface Sérafine FY (2013) was co-designed by Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak. At the end of 2013, Jason Vandenberg and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the groovy poster typeface Jack FY.
In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak co-designed the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days.
Minuit FY (2014, by Jason Vandenberg and Gia Tran) is a beautiful angular angry calligraphic display typeface. Still in 2014, he published the Peignotian fashion mag typeface families Bodoni Sans, Bodoni Sans Display, and Bodoni Sans Text.
Typefaces from 2015: Abrade (a 12-style geometric sans with medium x-height and perfect rhythm covering Hairline to Ultra).
Typefaces from 2017: Colby (a workhorse hand-drawn sans family).
Typefaces from 2018: Stash (signage script).
Typefaces from 2019: Marsden (114 styles: a bold, no-nonsense Grotesque. It was designed for display, branding, advertising, packaging or anywhere a strong voice is needed. Marsden is built on a geometric foundation, with just enough warmth to keep the style confident and lively).
From the Government of Canada: "The suite of GSC ArcInfo Symbolsets consists of line, marker (point), shade (area) and text symbols appearing on geological maps produced by the Cartographics Services Section since 1995." The following truetype fonts are included: GSC1, GSC10, GSC2, GSC3, GSC4, GSC5, GSC6, GSC7, GSC8, GSC9, Inuktitut-Sri-Regular, Nunacom, OldSyl. The last two fonts are Inultitut fonts by Krista Thompson, Nortext Multimedia (1997-1998). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Gustavo Hernandez now works as a graphic designer in Toronto. During his studies at OCAD University in Toronto, he created the typeface Bacatá (2012), which is named after the original name for Bogotá. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brazilian graphic and web designer who now lives in Toronto. Before that, he was a professor of graphic design at the Catholic University of Campinas in Brazil.
Halq'emiylem Font Downloads
Four free truetype fonts for Halq'emiylem, a Salishan language spoken by First Nations people living in the Fraser Valley (Canada). Designed by Brian Thom. HalqemeylemSans is based on Martin Majoor's ScalaSans, and HalqemeylemSerif on his Scala. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Vancouver. Creator of a poster typeface called J Dilla (2012) and of the art deco typeface Blk Dahlia (2012). She created a nice multiline logo for the hair, make-up and wardrobe stylist Gigi Nijjar. [Google] [More] ⦿
Helen Gabara lived and worked in Toronto. She studied Communication Arts but earlier on, she developed an interest in typography and customized calligraphy projects. PF Rafskript and PF Signskript (2007, Parachute) are two of her typefaces. She no longer works for Parachute. [Google] [More] ⦿
Howard M. Berlin
Hustle Supply Co
Jeremy Vessey (Hustle Supply Co, Charlottetown and/or Cornwall, PEI, Canada) created these commercial typefaces in 2014: Parlour (a grungy vintage typeface), Native (quaint style), Instapress (letterpress emulation).
In 2015, he designed the vintage typeface Arbour, the free octagonal caps-only typeface Cast Iron, the hand-crafted Yosemite, Wayfarer, American Tradition, Growler Script, Yonder and Longshore. He also made the old whisky label-inspired Höchstadt, and the brush typeface Sitka, which will have to be renamed once Microsoft's lawyers hear about the name, which coincides with MS Sitka (2013, Matthew Carter et al).
Typefaces from 2016: Bonfire, Belfast (brush style), Buffalo, Gibson Script (vintage label font), Hochstadt (a whiskey-inspired sans serif), The Great Outdoors, Summer Hearts, Oatmeal Stout (a vintage beer label font, with Rough, Hatched and Aged substyles that can be mixed and matched), Whiskey (letterpress emulation), Greenstone, Hochstadt Rounded, Hochstadt Serif, Pathways, Restless Youth, Cast Iron, Yorkshire (brush script), Hustle Script (retro connected script done with the help of Scott Byrne).
Typefaces from 2017: Boathouse (brush script), The National (condensed sans, in 12 styles, including aged, weathered versions), Renegade (dry brush), North Port (dry brush), Rustico (a free dry brush font), Gastro Pub (a 3d layered typeface family), Harper Script, The Brewers Collection, Everyday Script and Sans, Genuine Sans and Script (by Jeremy Vessey and Stephanie Arsenault).
Typefaces from 2018: Holtzberg (a free letterpress emulation font), Purveyor (vintage all caps), Rothmans (a heavy monoline script), Bolder (an OpenType SVG font), JV Signature (an opentype SVG font for signatures), Köhler (a condensed textured typeface family), Restless (brush script), Secret Society, Berringer, Portrait (signature script), the Artisan collection (letterpress set: Heinberg, Holtzman, Trade Supply, Barley Script).
Typefaces from 2019: Portraot Script (a signature script family), Heather Oliver (a signage script), Haroldson (condensed sans), Youthful (dry brush script).
IB Type (was: Ian Brignell Lettering Design)
Toronto-based logo and type specialist. He designed Bell Slim [image] for Bell Canada's 2008 web site and identity. It seems that he also did some logo lettering for Belgian beer brewers such as Leffe and Hoegaarden. Retail typefaces include Brignell Slab (2008), Brignell Sunday (2006), Brignell Big (2011), Brignell Square.
Image Club Graphics
Image Club Graphics was founded by Greg Kolodziejzyk from Calgary, Alberta, in 1985. ICG sold fonts at about 30 dollars per typeface around 1992 and became successful as a font distributor and direct marketer and software developer. They issued new catalogs regularly. The most recent edition of the CD (called Letterpress 7.0) cost $1500 for 890 fonts. They also had a wide variety of artwork. The ITC on Display CDROM cost 3000 dollars for 375 display fonts.
Greg writes: In 1994 I sold Image Club to Adobe Systems of Mountain View, California. At that time, Image Club was distributing over 10 million software catalogs to it's customers world wide. With sales topping $20 million in 1996, Image Club is very well known in the industry as a successful direct marketer and software developer. [...] The company still operates in Calgary, but has been purchased back from Adobe by the manager who I had hired years ago who changed the name to Eyewire. In 1998, Eyewire was sold to Getty Corporation for a whopping $30 million.
The ICG site said at one point that Image Club no longer exists. As a company, it ceased to be sometime between our purchase by Aldus in 1994 and our rebranding as Adobe Studios in 1998.
Until recently, the Image Club Typeface Library and Image Club clip art products were available at EyeWire. Eyewire then became Veer. The ICG library can now be bought at MyFonts. List of available ICG fonts. Martin Kotulla states that ICG copied fonts in an aggressive manner, and finds it ironic that this pirate was bought by Adobe. Greg Kolodziejzyk's reply: You should add that all fonts "aggressively copied" by this "pirate" were licensed from the foundries who owned the copyrights to those fonts. I can't tell you how many 100's of thousands of dollars we paid over the years to foundries as licensing fees. This statement is false.
Krista Thompson (Nortext Multimedia) designed the Inuktitut font Nunacom (1998). She also designed OldSyl, a free truetype font for PC and Mac (Western, i.e., Canadian style, not Greenland style). Alternate URL. One more URL. See also at the Nunavut Government site. [Google] [More] ⦿
At the government of Nunavut's site, about ten free Inuktitut truetype fonts: Naulak (Saali Peter, 1996), NaulakBold (Saali Peter, 1996), Nunacom (Krista Thompson, Nortext Multimedia, 1998), ProSyl (Saali Peter, 1996), ProSylBold (Saali Peter, 1996), QalluSylNormal (Datarctic Information Systems, Iqaluit, NWT, 1992), TunngavikBold (Nunanet Worldwide, 1997), Tunngavik (Nunanet Worldwide, 1997). [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based graphic designer who created the fashion mag typeface Sibilant (2012): Sibilant is a display typeface designed primarily for fashion editorials. The initial basis of the concept was to eliminate parts of the letterforms while still having the typeface recognizable. The typeface is very light and airy, yet the combination of high stoke contrast and elegant curves gives this typeface a whispery, edgy, hissing quality reminiscing of snakes. Hence the name Sibilant. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Taiwan, Iris Wu obtained a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2010. She now lives in Toronto. She created an unnamed fluid typeface in 2012. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian lettering artist wh runs the design studio Hoffmann Angelic Design together with his wife, graphic designer Andrea Hoffmann. Ivan created the vernacular script typeface Sashay Script in 2018. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Swiss type designer at Fontnest who designed these fonts: Crux (a gothic bitmap font), Keytype, Frankental (LED simulation), Padsans (dot matrix), Padtype (dot matrix), Multitool (a dingbat font with firemen's tools), Hexagonipus (a kitchen tile font based on lettering on Spitfires), Code. Cofounder of Home Clothing in Switzerland and Canada. [Google] [More] ⦿
A British immigrant in Canada (1801-1846) who developed the syllabic writing systems for Ojibwa, and then Cree (with initials, syllables and finals making up the alphabet). In 1840, he started the Rossville Mission Press and had to use rather primitive methods of printing. An excerpt from Roderick Cave's The Private Press (1983, R.R. Bowker Co., New York): A Wesleyan Methodist missionary, the Rev. James Evans, had been at work among the Ojibway Indians in Canada since 1822 and had published a Speller and Interpreter in English and Ojibway in New York. Evans, however, like many missionaries, found the roman alphabet less than ideal to represent the sounds of speech in native tongues and eventually (by 1840) perfected a system of 36 syllables he believed would meet all the needs of the Canadian Indian languages. Evans reported that those in his mission at Norway House could read and write it with ease and fluency. At first he copied out his syllabics by hand on pieces of birchbark. These proved so popular that he realized he must resort to printing. But there was a difficulty, quite apart from the lack of type for his syllabary: the Hudsons Bay Company, which controlled all transport, was not in favor of making the Indians literate and refused to bring in a press. Being a man of much determination, Evans built his own primitive press on the model of the fur presses used at the trading posts. He also overcame the problem of providing type, for which he used musket balls and the linings of tea chests melted down. With some coarse paper and with ink contrived of soot and oil, in 1841 Evans printed 100 copies of a 16-page booklet containing the syllabary and some Bible texts and hymns translated into Cree. This effort was enough to overcome the skepticism of the church authorities about the value of his syllabary. They had a regular font of the type cut in England, and the Hudsons Bay Company withdrew its opposition. With the new type and a small handpress shipped in via Hudsons Bay, Evans and his successors at the mission continued work under rather easier circumstances. Image of his syllabery. [Google] [More] ⦿
James Redekop is a University of Waterloo-based designer of some free math fonts: MVDecorations, MVMathA, MVMathB, MVMathC, MVRoman (this is Times New Roman), MVSansSerif (Verdana, really), MVTypewriter (Courier New in fact). Made in 2003, some of these fonts have references to HK Software. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ottawa-based student at Algonquin College in 2013. During 2013, he created his first typeface, the warm and tall serif typeface Randy.
Toronto-based creator of the slab serif typeface Leda (2012): Leda is inspired by pre-historic Egyptian glyphs and modern slab serifs typefaces. It features slightly slanted stems, abrupt unbracketed serifs, modest thick and thin stroke contrasts and a diagonal contrast axis, which give calligraphic and informal character to the text. Although it does not imitate any particularmodel, one could immediately tell that Leda is of the Egyptienne slab serif genre. [...] The typeface Leda is the product of an intensive semester-long study at York University under the tutelage of Sandra Gabriele. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer of Janice Hand (2012, +Bold, +Ink).
Author of Alphabetum Romanum (Greenboathouse Press, Vernon, BC, 2010). This book has an alphabet of Felice feliciano, ca. 1460, asc redrawn by Dewinetz. There is a forword by Paul F. Gehl of Chicago's Newberry Library. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jay Rutherford (b. Sarnia, Canada, 1950) studied graphic design in Kingston and Halifax. He opened his own design studio in the early 1980s in Nova Scotia and taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 1992, he worked at Meta Design in Berlin on FF Meta and FF Transit. In 1993, he became Professor of Visual Communications at the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany until 2003. In 2004, he taught at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bolzano, Italy, but returned to Weimar after that.
In 1988, Jay Rutherford digitized Egmont Inline (after Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos's 1933 font), but did not publish it. He designed an OEM for his university called Unisyn, which is based on Syntax (with changes to the a, e and g in the italic versions, and a few other minor modifications).
His projects include DDIA (Digital Design Image Archive: DDIA is putting high-quality, keyword-searchable images on a secure website for teachers and researchers in design), about which he spoke at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon (PDF of Jay's presentation). Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer and illustrator in Calgary, Canada. In 1997, she created the display typeface Bad Cabbage at Image Club Graphics. Bad Cabbage Primal is a fun stick figure font. Klingspor link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Teacher at the Edmonton Digital Arts College in Edmonton, Alberta, who created the techno family Powers (2011), the squarish monoline family Mia Condensed (2011, free) and the triangularly serifed family Anne Wilson (2011).
In 2015, he created Augustus (2015), a rounded textured typeface inspired by his dachshund Augustus, and Luis, a counterless display face inspired by his chihuahua, Luis. Yus (2015) is a rough hand-crafted typeface, Uncle Jer (2015) is hand-printed and designed to compete with Comic Sans, while Mia (2015) and Zord (2015) are tall thin titling fonts.
Typefaces from 2016: Westerish (Tuscan style).
J.F.Y. Daniel Gauthier
During her studies at Humber Colleg in Toronto, Jillian Kaimo designed Simula Sans (2018), which was influenced by Brandon Grotesque, Montserrat and Skelettschriften by Eric-Jean Müller. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ottawa-based designer of Semi-Formal (2013).
Jim Rimmer (b. Vancouver, 1934, d. 2010) was one of the great contemporary type designers whose creations had a lot of flair, individuality, and charm. Based in New Westminster (near Vancouver, BC), Jim Rimmer was also an illustrator. Obituary in the Globe and Mail, dated April 27, 2010.
He designed Albertan (Albertan No.977, Albertan No.978 Bold) and Cloister (2000; a roman type family originally done by Morris Fuller Benton) in the Lanston collection. He also designed typefaces like Juliana Oldstyle (1984), Nephi Mediaeval (1986), Kaatskill (1988; a 1929 typeface by Goudy, revived and optimized for Lanston in type one format; the Kaatskill Italic was done by Rimmer based on Goudy's Deepdene), RTF Isabelle (Roman and Italic; 2006. A pair of delicate serif typefaces based on typefaces by Elizabeth Friedlander) and Fellowship (1986).
ATypI link. Jim began work as a letterpress compositor in 1950. He entered the field of graphic design in 1963, working as a designer lettering artist and illustrator, and freelanced in this capacity from 1972 to 1999 in the same capacity. In 1960, he began collecting letterpress printing and typefounding equipment, and operated a private press and foundry (Pie Tree Press&Type Foundry). FontShop link.
His metal typefaces at Pie Tree Press include:
In 1970, Jim made his first film type, Totemic. This sturdy text type was revived in 2015 by Canada Type as Totemic, and contains as an extra a et of stackable totems.
Jim has designed and produced a collection of digital types, and over the past 20 years has designed and cut six metal types. He recently completed a Monotype Large Comp type named Hannibal Oldstyle, is currently cutting 14 point matrices for Cartier Roman, and is making drawings for the cutting of a 14 point Western and Eastern Cree. Samples and discussion of his Cree typeface.
Jim in action in 2003. According to Gerald Giampa from Lanston, Jim is the most talented type designer alive in 2003. About his typefaces, I quote McGrew: Fellowship was designed and cut by Jim Rimmer in Vancouver in 1986, and cast by him for private use. He says, "The design is the result of the feeling of joviality and 'fellowship' I experienced at the meeting (American Typecasting Fellowship in Washington, D.C.). The design was not so much drawn as it was written. The letters were written quickly in a calligraphic manner with an edged pencil and then enlarged and inked to make a dry transfer sheet. As in my two previous designs (see Juliana Oldstyle and Nephi Mediaeval), Fellowship was cut not in steel, but in type metal, and then electroplated to make castable matrices." Juliana Oldstyle was designed and cut in 1984, as a private type. He says, "It represents my first attempt at cutting a metal type. I drew my letters completely freehand, hoping to capture a punchcut look. My artwork was then reduced and made into a dry transfer sheet, which I rubbed onto type-high typemetal blanks. I then cut the letters and electroformed copper matrices." Nephi Mediaeval was designed and cut in 1986, for private use. He says it "was inspired by the Subiaco type of the Ashendene Press and by its inspiration, the type of Sweynheym and Pannartz. My design breaks away from those types slightly in form and is softer in general feeling. In time I will cut other sizes."
In 2012, Rimmer Type Foundry was acquired by Canada Type. The press release: Canada Type, a font development studio based in Toronto, has acquired the Rimmer Type Foundry (RTF) from P22 Type Foundry, Inc. The RTF library contains the complete body of work of Canadian design icon Jim Rimmer (1934-2010), who was an enormous influence on Canadian type design and private press printing, and the subject of Richard Kegler's documentary, Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century. The RTF library contains many popular font families, such as Albertan, Amethyst, Credo, Dokument and Stern, as well as quite a few analog designs that were never produced in digital. Now that Rimmer's work has been repatriated, it will be remastered and expanded by Canada Type, then re-released to the public, starting in the fall of 2012. Jim's analog work will also be produced digitally and available to the public alongside his remastered and expanded work. Once Jim's designs are re-released, part of their sales will be donated to fund the Canada Type Scholarship, an award given annually to design students in Canada. This will be done in coordination with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), the national professional association that awarded Jim Rimmer with the prestigious GDC Fellowship in 2007.
Jim Rimmer digitized Elizabeth (+Italic). From 2006 until 2012, the Rimmer Type Foundry collection was offered by P22. It included:
Jim Rimmer passed away early on January 8, 2010. His friend Richard Kegler (P22) wrote this obituary the next day: Jim was a multi-talented type designer, graphic artist, bookbinder, printer, letterer, technician and a most generous teacher. He was never glory-seeking and turned down most speaking engagements offered to him, not out of vanity or indifference, but rather thinking that he was not worthy of being given a spotlight. Jim offered free typecasting instruction to anyone who asked and came to visit him in his studio in New Westminster BC. He took as much time as needed and was generous to a fault. Anyone who took him up on this open invitation can attest to the intense and elegant chaos of his studio and work habits. I was fortunate enough to know Jim but for only a few years. What started as a business arrangement grew into a mutual respect and ongoing correspondence that I can only describe as life changing for me. His kindness and generosity were exceptional and his diplomacy even when given the opportunity to speak ill of anyone else was measured and kind. Jim's dedication to the craft of type design and related arts was beyond most if not all contemporaries. After his "retirement" from his professional life as a graphic artist and illustrator, he tirelessly worked on type designs for book projects where all aspects of his skills were applied. His book "Leaves from the Pie Tree" (I encouraged him to change the title from his original plan to call it "Droppings from the Pie Tree"...a truly self-effacing Jim Rimmerism) is the best single tome that summarizes his life and work. He designed the book¹s typeface in Ikarus (as he had with the 200+ other type design he created), cut the matrices and cast the type, wrote the text using an autobiographical introduction and continued to explain the process he used to cut pantographic matrices for his metal typefaces. The multi-colored lino cut illustrations, book design, individual tipped in sheets and attention to press work and binding would be impressive for one specialist to complete on each component. The fact that Jim did all of this himself is awe inspiring. A trade edition of this book has been printed by Gaspereau press but does not hint at the grandeur of the beautiful book that is Pie Tree. Jim's follow up of his edition of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer (set in his Hannibal Oldstyle font designed for and fitted onto on a monotype composition caster) was recently completed and is equally if not more imposing as a fine press book, but with a sympathetic humor and humanity that would knock the stuffing of any other fine press attempt at the same material. Almost two years ago I visited Jim for a week and filmed footage for a documentary on his cutting of the Stern typeface. For various reasons the finishing of the film has been delayed. I truly regret that Jim could not see the finished version. With the film and his Pie Tree book, Jim generously conveys information on making metal type that has otherwise been largely lost and previously limited to a now defunct protective guild system. It was his wish that the information and craft be kept alive. Jim's last email to me was in classic Jim form hinting at his tireless dedication to his work: details of a new type family for a new book. He was one of the great ones. He will be missed.
Sumner Stone: Jim's insights into Goudy's typefaces in particular, and his devotion to doing everything in his own shop made me think he was perhaps Fred's reincarnation, but it took me awhile to realize this due to the self-deprecating personality you so accurately describe. His passing is truly a great loss to our craft.
Rod McDonald: I would like to relate a telephone conversation I had with Jim last month because I believe it shows his incredible spirit, and wonderful sense of humor. My wife and I visited Jim in November and were delighted to hear that his doctors had pronounced him cancer free. He looked good, just a little tired, but that was to be expected after his recent radiation treatment. Of course he was also anxious to get back to work. Less than two weeks later I received an email from him informing me that they had discovered that the cancer had spread to his lungs and, not only was it inoperable, he now only had six months to live. This sudden turn of affairs was devastating for me and I called him, hoping I think, to hear that it wasn't as bad as it sounded. He said it was bad and apparently nothing could be done. However he felt he would outlive the six months and in fact we even talked of getting together in the fall. The conversation then turned to his latest type family and when I gently asked him how long he thought it it would take to complete he simply said "I've got lots of time, after all I'm only going to be dying during the last fifteen minutes". I knew Jim for thirty-five years and will miss him more than his work, and that's saying a great deal.
In 2012, Canada Type, which had purchased Rimmer's designs started publishing some of Jim's lesser known designs. These include Cotillion Pro (2012, a very graceful typeface with high ascenders), Fellowship (2013, calligraphic), Poster Paint (2012, a take on Goudy Stout), Zigarre Script and Zigarre Rough (2012, brush scripts that were actually drawn with a marker), and Alexander Quill (2012, a calligraphic monastic typeface).
In 2013, Canada Type remastered several of Rimmer's typefaces, including in particular Isabelle Pro: Isabelle is the closest thing to a metal type revival Jim Rimmer ever did. The original metal typeface was designed and cut in late 1930s Germany, but its propspects were cut short by the arrival of the war. This was one of Jim's favourite typefaces, most likely because of the refined art deco elements that reminded him of his youthful enthusiasm about everything press-related, and the face's intricately thought balance between calligraphy and typography. Not to mention one of the most beautiful italics ever made. Lancelot Pro (2013) is a calligraphic all caps typeface based on Rimmer's digital original from 1999.
Pictures: Jim Rimmer casts 48pt ATypI keepsake (by John Hudson), Remembering Jim Rimmer (Facebook group), In his studio, a picture taken by the Globe and Mail. Another pic. Making Faces (trailer) (movie by Richard Kegler).
JMA Marketing Group
Foundry located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. It is run by Sandy Cerovich (b. 1954, Ontario). The blurb there: Sandy Cerovich entered the world of graphic design in the mid 1980s. His first type designs were for the Atari ST computer platform and were published by the now defunct Safari Fonts. He worked closely with several font designers converting their creations between various formats. With the demise of the Atari ST computer line, he left font design behind, concentrating on designing and producing print media and web sites. His first release in over 15 years, JoAnne Display began life as an assortment of characters for use in a print ad in 1992. JoAnne Display has been tweaked and reworked, on and off, for 16 years.. JoAnne Display (2008) is an elegant open titling face. Alexandar (2008) is an austere almost-slab serif family. Dasieve (2008) is a simple 8-style sans family with huge counters. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Joan Sarah Touzet developed the font Cherokee between 1993 and 1998 at Yale University. Cherokee is a free font that covers the native language of the Tsalagi (Cherokee) Indians of North America. Touzet is now at the University of Toronto. Thomas Phinney does not like it: It's utter junk in both design and execution. Bizarrely irregular stroke weights, sidebearings chosen by rolling dice, extrema often ignored in point placement, non-Euclidean geometry of curves. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in 2009 of Qarmic Sans, Qirkus Qaps (almost Tuscan), Qranklestein, Qlippitek, Qixstix, QutnTorn Caps, and the hand-printed fonts Qirlycues and Qokijo.
In 2011, she created Qokipops, Qik Edges (2011, dingbats and borders), Qut+Torn (papercut face), Qrypton (2011, sci-fi), Qumbazonki (2011, African look face), Qwagga (2011, another African face), Qixbox (2011, hand-printed 3d face), Qongasushi (2011, poster face), Qarkitech, and Qlinickle.
Typefaces from 2012 include Qarolina, Qreepy, Qrackerjax, Qubism, Qoncrete, Qrubby, Questoz, Quinky (brush face), Qumberland Slab, Qinkgo, Qrayola, Qudos, Qubism (inspired by Picasso), Qimiko, Qhorah, Qratchee (scratchy typeface).
In 2013, she designed Qrankenstein, Qaxton, Quota (a heavy titling face), Qlub Jozi (art deco), Qlarendon (a 7-style Clarendon family), Qarmic Sans Pro, Qanoodle (handwriting), Qorker (art deco, after The New Yorker?), Qlaire (clean sans), Qwinkwell, Quota (fat poster face), Qarross, Qontreaux, Qut+Paste (paper cut font), Qwacko, Qizulu (African-themed font), Qokeynote.
Typefaces from 2014: Qlunky Brush, Qarrotface, QikiconsRealEstate, QrackStreet, Quiglet (a very rounded sans), Quota-Bold, Qutntorn, Qwinkwell, Quikhand (chalk / blackboard typeface), Qirlycues.
Typefaces from 2015: African Elegance, Embroidery Running Stitch, Embroidery Chainstitch, Embroidery Backstitch, Leaderbord.
Typefaces from 2016: Scrabblish (scrabble font).
Typefaces from 2017: Qanterberry, Geeky Periodic Table Font.
Joe Clark's essays on typography. Typoblog: his old blog on type. Newest URL for his type blog. Author of the must-read book Building Accessible Websites (2002). At ATypI 2003 in Vancouver, he spoke about typography for online captioning. ATypI writes: Toronto journalist, author (Building accessible websites, New Riders, 2003), and accessibility consultant Joe Clark has followed typography as long as he.s followed accessibility for people with disabilities: over 20 years. He is director of the Open&Closed Project, a public-private-academic partnership in research and standardisation in captioning, audio description, subtitling, dubbing, and related fields in audiovisual accessibility. At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about Type in the Toronto Subway. [Google] [More] ⦿
Joe Clark: Type in the Toronto subway
Joe Clark tells us about the typeface used in the Toronto subway: The Toronto subway has a typeface all its own. You can compare it to a few other fonts, but no other typeface is exactly the same. And, for 50 years, pretty much the only place you found it was on permanent, virtually indestructible wall signage. The typeface, in its original form, is a geometric sansserif in upper case only, with ten numerals, ampersand, period, and apostrophe, and an arrow (though a few other arrows are found on period signage). The typeface is often misidentified at Gill Sans, a typeface that will later become important in TTC typographic history. Even highly expert designers have misidentified the typeface as Gill. Vaguely comparable typefaces are Verlag, Bernhard Gothic, Metro, Neutraface, and Eagle. [...] By all accounts, no one alive today knows who designed the Toronto subway typeface. The original drawings (TTC 1960) do not credit an artist. (Since the drawings are dated 1960.12.12, they were drawn after the first installation of letters on a subway wall. That makes the absence of credit even more surprising; it may mean the designer had already been forgotten six years after the subway opened.) The subway typeface does not have a name, although the TTC claims (2007a) it is known internally as the Station font. That name has not taken root with transit fans outside the TTC. No stable name for the typeface in common use apart from "the TTC font." [Google] [More] ⦿
Joe Nicholson is an honors graduate of Humber College's Package Design and Development Program in Rexdale, Ontario, Canada. In 1985, after working in several studio environments, he launched his own company, Design Fortress near Toronto, which specialized in packaging graphics, corporate identity programs, logotypes and typeface design. Nicholson's Prosper typeface family (monoline) was produced to incorporate both "open" and "closed" designs in light, book, medium, bold and black weights, with both condensed and italic complements. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based designer of Abtechia, the large Retardo (also called Spaz-1) and Mermaid grungy families (free downloads). All fonts dated between 1996 and 1998. Alternate URL. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vernon, BC-based creator of Sandy (2012, hand-printed), Simply Delicious (2012, hand-printed) and Viande Funée (2012, hand-drawn).
Oakville, Canada-based creator (b. 1986) of the following free fonts in 2014: Tech Noir, Cyberfunk, Loomis Sans, A Quiet Sleep (brush script). In 2015, he made Fresh Marker, Rustico and the grungy textured typeface Downer (the feel bad font). In 2017, he designed the hipster typeface Acrnm. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
John Thai ("Thaipografik") is located in Toronto, where he practices design and typography. Behance link. His fonts from 2009: Farsity (athletic numbering face), FortyFive (counterless, octagonal). [Google] [More] ⦿
Winnipeg, Canada-based designer of Perrin OT (2004), a recreation of the fonts found in the Oeuvres de Descartes series published by J. Vrin in the 1970s. As Ren&eacite; Ponot quote: The Editions des Cendres book was set in the typeface Perrin (fig. 10), thanks to the understanding and benevolence of the Imprimerie Nationale of France, to which it belongs. Used there for the first time, Perrin was recreated from the authentic Augustaux in 1987 by the Atelier National de Création Typographique, under the direction of Ladislas Mandel and José Mendoza. It was digitized in 1995 by designer Franck Jalleau of the Imprimerie. That Perrin OT, after discussion with Hrant Papazian, morphed into and was renamed Marquet (2005), a delicate text family. He also created Adrichom (2005). [Google] [More] ⦿
FontStructor who made DB Brick VANOC in 2010. He writes about this gridded face: This font is based off BD Brick. It was used by VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Committee) as a secondary typeface in the 2010 Winter Olympics. [Google] [More] ⦿
Winnipeg, Manitoba-based designer of the industrial strength display typeface Gemstar (2017). In 2018, he designed the octagonal stencil typeface Keys Stencil, and the free decorative number font Tyndall. [Google] [More] ⦿
Well-known Canadian penman (1879-1970) who studied under Edward C. Mills. He graduated from the Zanerian College of Penmanship in 1910, and became involved in teaching penmanship in high schools. Author of The Bailey Method of Penmanship, which was used in high schools throughout Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan for over 40 years. One of the founding members of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting. He significantly influenced the education of handwriting in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century. [Google] [More] ⦿
Juliana Tchakarova attended OCAD University in Toronto, and received a Bachelor's degree in Design with a specialization in Graphic Design. In 2014, she created Renoir (2014, a typeface in hommage of painters like Renoir). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Architecture student in Vancouver. He used FontStruct in 2009 to make Infinite Suite, a set of lowercase alphabets based on elements of an architectural floor plan. Each letter is a "room," equips with partition, stair, table, window, or a bed. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Winnipeg, Justin Ladia's first entrance into the world of type design was Euckhov (2011---the name is an amalgamation of Euclid and Anton Chekhov), an absolutely stunning typeface designed on an explicit grid. He writes: Euckhov was inspired by old marquee signage from classic American cities like Chicago, and by a Chekhovian attitude towards the idea of the machine. I originally intended to make a no-frills, sturdy and structured three-dimensional typeface until I found that I enjoyed the geometry of the construction lines I used to make the letters better than whatever it was I was attempting.
Justowriter was an autmatic composing machine that looked like an electric typewriter. Its typefaces included Text Type, Bold Face Type, Bold Face Italic Type, Galvin Type, Secretarial Type, Rogers Type, Documentary Type and Modern Type. Rogers Type was specifically designed for the Justowriter by Bruce Rogers. Manual.
Justowriter was produced and sold by Toronto-based Commercial Controls Corporation. That same company also sold the Flexowriter. The Flexowriter consisted of two units, the Automatic Perforator which recorded typewritten material in the form of perforations in a strip of tape, and the Automatic Typewriter which "read" the perforated tape, thus producing individually typed letters in quantity. Both units were all-electric and easy to operate. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the Inuktitut font called Inuktitut-Sri (1996). Resident of St. Bruno, Quebec, he also made the Tamil fonts Valai-Sri (1997), Mylai-Sri (1996), Sri-TSC (1998), TSC-Sri (2001), Adhawin-Tamil. Some of these fonts are here and here. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at York University in Toronto, Kadi Koroma created Requiem (2013), a display typeface based on didone elements. Serendipity (2014) is a free caps-only teardrop typeface. In 2015, she created a free vector format native Indian symbolism font, Ohitika (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her graphic design studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Kaitlyn Haddlesey created the serifed typeface Oliver (2013), which is a hybrid on a didone body. Imogen (2014) is along the same lines. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vancouver-born co-designer, with Apostrophe at Apostrophic Laboratory, of the Enemy of the State titling font (Metrolox; has 567 glyphs for most Latin, Cyrillic, Turkish and Greek languages), and of Wellbutrin. Karen lives in Bruges now. In 2001, she made Jagz with Apostrophe. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Toronto, who made several hand-printed and brush typefaces in 2012, including a typeface family called Bonfire. She also made the ornamental caps typeface Architecture Type (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kate Fearnall is a Communications Designer with a strong foundation in the realm of Fine Arts. She has studied at Nova Scotia's College of Art & Design. During her studies at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, she created the pixelish typeface Plot (2013).
Winnipeg-born designer, who is a Lecturer in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki she spoke on Children and typography. [Google] [More] ⦿
Communication designer who has lived and worked in Vancouver, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The free oriental simulation font Jululu (2015, Maximage) was developed during a workshop by the team of Katie Kwan, Didier Quarroz, Jacob Chen, Doris Zhou, and Tony Tang. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kaytee Davis (Nanaimo, British Columbia) designed an untitled dot matrix typeface in 2013. In 2014, she made the leafy typeface Overgrown.
Canadian creator (b. Regina, SK) of the free typefaces Subway Novella (2011, grunge), Death From Above (2011, grunge), My Girl is Retro (2011, grunge), Eclipse (2011, shadow face), Chemical Reaction (2011, grunge), Shotgun Wedding (2011, grunge), Smoke in the Woods (2011, grunge), Indie Press (2011, texture face), Fat Cat (2011), Bluprint (2011), Square Flo (2011), Serial Publication (2011, grunge), Criminology (2011, textured face), Yoghurt (2011, curly script), Crashed Out (2011, textured face), Scribble Box (2011, sketched), Demento (2011), Verbal Diarrhea (2011), Ol' Cowboy (2011, grunge), Urban Jungle (2011, grungy caps-only face), Overcast Skies (2011, grunge), Good Morning Afternoon (2011) and Seedy Motel (2011). He also made the hand-printed Western Swagger (2011), the grungy mural typeface family Media Blackout (2011), the white on black typeface All Ages (2011), In The Garden (2011), Past Due (2011, didone grunge), and the drippy Rainy Day Vandal (2011).
Typefaces made in 2012: This Line-Up (grungy), None Shall Pass (grungy stencil), Black Asylum (horror movie grunge), Jonze (rubber stamp grunge), Main Event (grunge), Pewter, Black Asylum (grunge), Transit Diplay (noisy), Muddy Tractor, Load up on guns (grunge), Tragic Vision (grunge), Closure, Rocky Shore (grunge), Kraft Nine, Hooverville (copperplate/engraved typeface), Misery Loves Company, All Ages (grunge), By The Throat (scribbly, fat), Faded Memory, Varsity Playbook, Headliner No. 45 (a heavy poster face), Dro (another poster face), The Biz (grunge), Scorched Earth, Gunslinger (grungy wood type), Friday Night Lights (athletic lettering), Noises in the Attic (grunge), Jonze and Jonzing (grungy poster typeface in the style of Veneer).
Typefaces from 2017: Type Xero (grungy and texrtured).
Canadian graphic designer who offers on her site the free font Slayer (1999) which has as its copyright string Slayer the buffy font based on Herculanum. I know that Graham Meade made a font called Byffy the vampire slayer and got into tons of legal problems with FOX. I have no idea who made this particular font on Cullen's site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Keith Chi-Hang Tam
Keith Tam Typography
Keith Tam is a graphic designer and type designer born in Hong kong who has lived and worked in the UK and in Vancouver, Canada. He received his MA in Typeface Design at the Department of Typography&Graphic Communication at the University of Reading in 2002. Presently, he teaches art the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2005, along with Michail Semoglou, Keith co-founded Type Initiative, a type foundry and design collective. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His fonts include Arrival (2005: a font developed during his graduate studies at Reading for reading signs from afar or while driving) and DGSans. Arrival can be bought at Incubator / Village.
He started a discussion on why people pick certain typefaces:
Main organizer of ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong.
Kejak Fonts (was: Cheops)
Alexander S (aka Scott Dieznyik) made (mostly grunge) fonts in Mississauga, Ontario, and ran Kejak (formerly Cheops) Fonts, ca. 1997: his creations included Aadavalus, Honeybomb, This-Emulation, Keoki (not bad!), Lava-Lava (my favorite), ThisEmulation, Eroded2020, Circuit Scraping, Demun Lotion, Equilibrium, DustMites (a wonderful connected script based on Adobe's Sho Roman), Reticulan, Typewise, Bitwise Beta, Chemical Gus, Mechoba and BitwiseAlpha. Alexander is no longer making fonts. All his sites have disappeared.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ketlin moved to Canada in 2008. She studied at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. She is working as a freelancer in Montreal. In 2013, she designed the modular fashion mag typeface ABC. In 2015, she designed Skinny Pete and Hairy Gary. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kevin Allan King is from Toronto. He designed type for Canada Type from 2010 until 2017. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Reading's MATD program.
In 2010, he co-designed Robur and Wagner Grotesk, Slinger (an art nouveau face) and Sol Pro (a 20-style monoline sans family based on the classic Sol design by Marty Goldstein and C.B. Smith, published by VGC in 1973) with Patrick Griffin at Canada Type.
Still with Griffin at Canada Type, he revived a psychedelic / art nouveau typeface called Fortunata (1971, Karlo Wagner) and called it Spadina (2010). He also has a Facebook group on type crimes called TCI: Typographic Crime Investigators. Wagner Grotesk is the elaborate digital version of Edel Grotesque Bold Condensed (also known as Lessing, Reichgrotesk, and Wotan Bold Condensed) a 1914 typeface by Johannes Wagner, which was later adopted by pretty much every European type foundry, exported into the Americas, and used on war propaganda posters on either side of the Atlantic.
In 2011, he and Patrick Griffin published the refined Orpheus Pro family, which was based on the elegant Orpheus by Walter Tiemann (1926-1928, Klingspor), and its Italic which was called Euphorion (Walter Tiemann, 1936). Their enthusiastic description: The Orpheus Pro fonts started out as a straightforward revival of Tiemann's Orpheus and Euphorion. It was as simple as a work brief can be. But did we ever get carried away, and what should have been finished in a few weeks ended up consuming the best part of a year, countless jugs of coffee, and the merciless scrutiny of too many pairs of eyeballs. The great roman caps just screamed for plenty of extensions, alternates, swashes, ligatures, fusions from different times, and of course small caps. The roman lowercase wanted additional alternates and even a few ligatures. The italic needed to get the same treatment for its lowercase that Tiemann envisioned for the uppercase. So the lowercase went overboard plenty alternates and swashes and ligatures. Even the italic uppercase was augmented by maybe too many extra letters. Orpheus Pro has been a real ride. Images of Orpheus: i, ii, iii, iv, v.
In 2011, Griffin and King co-designed Walter Script, a calligraphic script that revives Troubadour (1926, Wagner&Schmidt).
Still in 2011, King and Griffin completed work on an exceptionally beautiful revival, Ratio Modern (the original by F.W. Kleukens is from 1923). This is a didone family with a refined humanist trait. Images of Ratio Modern: i, ii, ii, iv, v, vi, vii.
Still in 2011, he and Patrick Griffin created the 18-style sans family Recta, a considerable extension of Novarese's Recta. And they also completed Kumlien Pro, a revival and expansion of a beautiful transitional typeface designed in 1943 by Akke Kumlien. King Tut (2011) is a restoration and expansion of the original Egyptian Expanded, a single bold typeface cut in 1850 by Miller&Richard. Libertine (done with Patrick Griffin) is an angular calligraphic script inspired by the work of Dutchman Martin Meijer (1930s): This is the rebel yell, the adrenaline of scripts.
Paganini (with Patrick Griffin) is another jewel in Canada Type's drawers: Designed in 1928 by Alessandro Butti under the direction of Raffaello Bertieri for the Nebiolo foundry, Paganini defies standard categorization. While it definitely is a classic foundry text typeface with obvious roots in the oldstyle of the Italian renaissance, its contrast reveals a clear underlying modern influence. i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii.
The year 2012 starts out with a bang. King and Patrick Griffin published Wonder Brush (partly based on a signage brush script called Poppl Stretto (1969) by Friedrich Poppl), Wagner Script (a revival of Troubadour (1926, Wagner&Schmidt)), Spade (a super-heavy slab face, done with Patrick Griffin; based on Farmer and Little's Antique No2 from 1867), and Louis (a faithful digital rendition and expansion of a design called Fanfare, originally drawn by Louis Oppenheim in 1927, and redrawn in 1993 by Rod McDonald as Stylus). King Wood (2012) is an octagonal flared wood type family with a set of dingbats, King Wood Extras. Monte Cristo (2012) is a grand type family with five styles and 1630 characters with many swashes and ways of connecting the calligraphic glyphs---it is the ultimate wedding font. The last joint project of King and Griffin in 2012 was Pipa, a pseudo-psychedelic groovy bellydancing font: Originally made for a health food store chain we cannot name, Pipa is the embodiment of organic display typography.
In 2013, Kevin Allan King and Patrick Griffin revived Georg Trump's transitional typeface Mauritius (1967, Weber).
In 2014, they designed the psychedelic typeface Jingo: This is the digital makeover and major expansion of a one-of-a-kind melting pot experiment done by VGC and released under the name Mardi Gras in the early 1960s. It is an unexpected jambalaya of Art Nouveau, Tuscan, wedge serifs, curlycues, ball endings, wood type spurs and swashes, geometry and ornamental elements that on the surface seem to be completely unrelated.
His graduatiuon type at MATD in 2018 was Mazina, a multi-script typeface system developed for complex literary texts. It supports Arabic, Latin, and several Canadian aboriginal scripts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Kevin was born in 1979 in Winnipeg MB but grew up on the east coat of Canada in Fredericton NB. In 1998 he attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax NS, eventually earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and the 2001 Xerox Canada digital arts scholarship. After Relocating to his current home of St John's NL Kevin has been re-energized toward art making and recently received a grant to develop an art exhibition through the Newfoundland Labrador Arts Council. Creator of Skretchy (2011).
Kingdom of Awesome
Toronto and New York-based Canadian graphic designer and art director, who graduated from Otis College of Art and Design. On Dafont, she claims to be from or in Singapore. Designer of these display typefaces:
Old URL for Kingdom of awesome. Photos of her designs at Flickr. Behance link. Fontspace link. Fontsy link. Web Font Directory link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Google Plus link. Newest Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
The font Kip_ReMT (or Kip_Resp) by Kip Panesar (from Calgary, Alberta) was made in 1998. It has some symbols for mathematics, but looks like a strange smorgasbord of glyphs taken from Times, Symbol, and a few other fonts. It has smilies, but no delta and no epsilon, strange. [Google] [More] ⦿
Torontonian designer of some interesting caps in which opposite counter are filled by competing graphical elements: K, S. While studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, she created the connect-the-dots geometric typeface Interfuse (2013).
Aka Ratticsassin. Toronto-based designer of the brush typeface Bear Hugs (2016) and the weathered typeface Campkid (2016). Home page. Behance link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chris Harvey's site on native languages in North America (for now, mainly Canada). He includes several free Unicode-compliant creations (Aboriginal Sans Unicode, Aboriginal Serif Unicode). The following are covered: Dakelh, Cherokee, Cree syllabics, Ojibway (Ojibwe, Ojibwa) syllabics, Naskapi syllabics, Dene or Athabaskan/Athapaskan (Chipewyan, Slavey) syllabics, Blackfoot syllabics, and roman orthographies of Canadian (and some US) native languages. Of particular interest are his pages on syllabics. I quote some passages: "Syllabics became very popular first among the Cree people, then spread to other Algonquian languages such as Ojibway, Naskapi, and Blackfoot. Heading north and east, Syllabics were adopted by some of the Dene languages, and Inuktitut. The writing system was transferred from parent to child despite the attempts of the Canadian residential school system to obliterate Native languages. The system was so popular, that it has been reported that the Cree once had a near 100% literacy rate. [...] These days, Inuktitut, Cree, Naskapi, Oji-Cree, are the languages most often written in Syllabics (although Roman orthographies for these languages are also available). The others have generally switched to Roman writing systems, however some dialects, communities, or individual speakers still prefer syllabics." The list:
Lanston Type Co
The Lanston Type Co was based in PEI, Canada, moved in 2002 to Vancouver, and moved later that year to Espoo, Finland. In 2004, Lanston was sold to P22. It has classic and wonderful offerings such as Albertan, Bodoni, Caslon, Deepdene (Frederic Goudy, 1929-1934; see D690 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, or URW Deepdene, or Barry Schwartz's Linden Hill (a free font)), Goudy Oldstyle, Jacobean Initials, Kennerly, Kaatskill, Water Garden and Jefferson Gothic. Owned by Gerald Giampa (b. 1950, d. Vancouver, 2009), who wrote me this: Frederic Goudy worked for us for 29 years. We manufactured Monotype casters and keyboards. The English sister company sold casters to England and the Commonwealth and we sold to the Americas and wherever else practical. Tolbert Lanston, our founder, was the inventor of Monotype. We still sell matrices and were punching them until several years ago. Soon we expect to have the equipment moved and operational once again. We are placing it into America's largest printing museum which is in Andover close to Boston. However there is a possibility that it will end up in Hull Québec. Our previous type director was Jim Rimmer of Vancouver, noted type designer. He designs, cuts and cast type in lead. Our typeface Albertan was designed by Jim and is very successful. John Hudson and Ross Mills of Tiro were directly inspired by our facilities in Vancouver. I encouraged them towards type design. The beautiful Bodoni 26 (unicase) can be bought at FontShop. Atlantic 35 (1909-1935) is a modern family first used by the Atlantic Monthly in 1909.
The fonts: Albertan No. 977, Albertan Bold No. 978, Albertan Title No. 980,&Inline No. 979, Bodoni No. 175, Bodoni Bold No. 2175, Bodoni 26 (a Lanston unicase based on an interpretation by Sol Hess), No. 175, Caslon Old Style No. 337, Caslon Bold No's 637,&537, Deepdene No. 315, Figures Square No. 132, Flash No. 373, Fleurons C, Fleurons Granjon Folio, Fleurons Folio One, Forum No. 274, Francis No. 982, Garamont No. 248, Globe Gothic No's 240,&239,&230, Goudy Initials No. 296, Goudy Old Style No. 394, Goudy Thirty No. 392, Goudy Village (#2) No. 410, Hadriano Stone-Cut No. 409, Hadriano Title No. 309, Jacobean Initials, Jefferson Gothic No. 227, Jenson Old Style No. 508, Kaatskill No. 976, Kaufmann (Lanston Swing Bold) No. 217, Kennerley Old Style No. 268, Metropolitan No. 369, Obelisk No. 2577, Pabst Old Style No. 45, Pabst Old Style Open, Spire No. 377, 20th Century No. 605, Vine Leaves C, Vine Leaves Folio One, Vine Leaves Folio Two, Water Garden Ornaments. P22 writes this about Lanston: In the late 1800s, Tolbert Lanston licensed his technology to an English sister company and became a major international force. Lanston grew rapidly with America's pre-eminent type designer, Frederic Goudy, holding the position of art director from 1920-1947. The Philadelphia-based Lanston Monotype eventually parted ways with its English counterpart. English Monotype became simply known as Monotype from that time forth. Lanston was acquired by American Type Founders in 1969. After a series of other owners, the company found its way to master printer Gerald Giampa, who moved it to Prince Edward Island in 1988. During its time of transition, Lanston continued supplying the American market for monotype casters until January 21, 2000, when the hot-metal component of Lanston was tragically destroyed by a tidal wave. Giampa was one of the earliest developers of PostScript fonts. After the loss, he focused on digitization to an even greater extent. Under his stewardship, Lanston's classic typefaces were digitized in a style that was true to the sources, which are the brass and lead patterns from which the metal type was made. The past few years have seen Giampa and Lanston travel from Canada to Finland, and back again. Now, Lanston has completed another journey back to the United States to come under the care of a new steward: P22. Giampa is answering the call of the sea. He has traded his type founder's hat for that of a ship's captain to sail the northern Pacific coast. During his shore leaves, Giampa will act as typographic consultant to Lanston-P22. The P22 Lanston collection (2005-2006) was designed wih the help of people such as Paul Hunt and Colin Kahn. It includes these typefaces:
Graphic design bureau for the deaf, located in Alberta, Canada, and run by Joachim Lapiak, who created the wonderful sign language font Lapiak ASL (2007). He obtained a Bachelors in Design from the University of Alberta.
Well over 500 original designs by Ray Larabie formerly from from Port Credit/Mississauga, Ontario, but now in Nagoya, Japan. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. Another URL. Another URL. Fontsy link.
Ray Larabie's fonts were originally free. The site was discontinued in the summer of 2001. Ray Larabie started a second life in his new commercial foundry, Typodermic, which opened in the Autumn of 2001.
The following fonts are free: Blue Highway (1996-2011, based on American road signs, +Linocut), Strenuous, Shlop (2001, blood drip font), Tofu, Electoral Blue, Embargo, Lunaurora, MarqueeMoon, President Gas (nice stencil font), Motorcade, Overload, Baltar (2010), Dignity of Labour (1999), DirtyBakersDozen (1998, military stencil), Mufferaw (2000), Kimberley (2002), Typodermic, Mexcellent (2000, a great triline and 3D face), Minya (old typewriter font), PulseState, Quinquefoliate, Yadou, Para-Aminobenzoic, Hydrogen Whiskey, Metal Lord (an Iron Maiden font made in 1996), Golden Girdle, DazzleShips, Kredit, Minisystem, Boron, RiotAct, GlazKrak (1996), SoRunDown (1997; visions of Detroit in 2010), YellowPills, Fake Receipt, Tinsnips, Lucky Ape, Bailey's Car, Icicle Country, Home Sweet Home, Let's Eat, Giant Tigers, RoboKoz, Snidely, Xtra-Flexi-Disc, Fluoride Beings, Field Day Filter, Bramalea Beauty (1998), Braeside Lumberboy (stencil font), Oliver's Barney, Rothwell, Fragile Bombers, Yawnovision, Superheterodyne, Massive Retaliation, Instant Tunes, Neurochrome, Xenowort, Balcony Angels, Neuropol Deluxe, Quadaptor, Deftone Stylus, Lady Starlight, LetterSet, Map of You, First Blind, Larabiefont (monospaced, 1999), Monofonto (monospaced, 1999), Orange kid, Thiamine (1999), Green Fuzz, Gunplay (stencil font), Mail Ray Stuff, Walshes Outline, Mississauga, Union city blue, Carbon Phyber (1999-2009), Carbon Block, Plain Cred, First Blind, Walshes, Credit river, Dendritic Voltage, Neuropolitical, Poke, Port Credit, Lesser Concern, Kustom Kar, Mold Papa, Kleptocracy, Blue Highway D, Hots, Coolvetica, Holy Smokes, Chinese Rocks, sudbury Basin, Lilliput steps, Hurontario, Participants, Adriator (1999-2014), Airmole (2000), Airmole Antique (2000), Ethnocentric, Biting My Nails, Biting Outline, Dyspepsia, Vanilla Whale, Libel Suit, Effloresce, BeatMyGuest, DreamOrphans, EffloresceAntique, EnnobledPet, Euphorigenic, EyeRhyme, GotNoHeart, Hamma Mamma Jamma (1998), Octoville, PlainCred1978, Plasmatic, RadiosinMotionHard, Densmore (a modern stencil font), RadiosinMotion (a morse font), Sexsmith, ShouldveKnown, ShouldveKnownShaded, 20thCenturyFontItalic, Counterscraps, Cretino, Crystal Radio Kit, Duality, Echelon (1999, + Italic), Effloresce, Fabian, KenyanCoffee, MinyaNouvelle, OliversBarney, Oil Crisis (2002, car dingbats), SybilGreen (2000), Tork (2000), Degrassi (2001-2014: graffiti fonts), Vibrocentric, Rafika (stencil font), Berylium, Pakenham, Steelfish (see also here and here; Steelfish Rounded followed in 2019), Bullpen, Almonte Woodgrain, Sandoval, Sappy Mugs (2002, mugshots), Colourbars, Unispace, Urkelian (1998), Subpear, Stasmic, StreetCred (1998), Zekton Dots, Vademecum, Vectroid (2000), Zeroes One (1999).
The early commercial fonts at Typodermic included Amienne (2004, brush script), Asterisp (named Aplha through Iota, asterisks, 2000), Bomr (2002), Jillican, Tank (2004, an octagonal face), Telidon Ink and Wyvern. Rare Larabie fonts. Mass download. Direct access to some fonts. Noteworthy is that Neuropol is the font in the official logo of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Roxio's new Easy Media Creator 7 includes 36 updated Ray Larabie freeware fonts with expanded character sets, kerning, Euro symbol and installable embedding: Arnprior, Baveuse, Berylium, Berylium Bold Italic, Blue Highway (based on the US highway series E font), Blue Highway Condensed, Blue Highway D Type, Blue Highway Bold, Blue Highway Linocut, Burnstown Dam, Carbon Block, Credit Valley (+ B, I,&BI), Earwig Factory, Hurry Up, Kredit, Krystoid, Minya Nouvelle (+ B, I,&BI), Neuropol, Planet Benson 2, Pupcat (unicase), Stereofidelic, Sybil Green (2000, girlish font), Teen (+ B, I, BI, Light, and Light Italic)), Velvenda Cooler, Velvenda MegablackWaker.
Fonts made in 2004-2005: Stentiga (free), Boopee, Zalderdash, First Blind 2, Fenwick Outline, Amienne, Induction, Huxtable, Good Times, Euphorigenic, Neuropolitical, Effloresce, Squealer, Axaxax, Coolvetica, Cretino, Heroid (comic book).
Laura Keung (b. 1989) is [in her own words] a half Bolivian-half Chinese hybrid, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and currently  living in Toronto, attending OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design). Creator of the closed counter geometric typeface Dark Deco (2009).
Young French graphic designer who graduated in 2006 from Ecole Estienne. She lives temporarily in Vancouver. Typefaces by her include Personal (handwriting) and Funambule (experimental). Her thesis at Estienne was entitled Baskerville: rupture ou continuité? [Google] [More] ⦿
20-font archive with the Howard M. Berlin Hebrew fonts AinYiddisheFontCursiv, AinYiddisheFontModern, AinYiddisheFontTraditional (1997) (see also here), and TorahSofer. Also Boomerang (Harold Lohner), DIVCHEM, Dahrlin (WSI), Fifties (WSI), GothicHijinx and GothicHijinxRough from Omega, Hirosh (AARRGGHH), MendelSiddurBold, ParishMedium (LMNo Designs, Steven Shepard), SymbolMW-Normal (MWSoft), and WarnSymbols5. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer of the hand-printed typefaces Georgina's Hand and Celine's Hand (2011).
Lee Wai Kei
Canadian type designer who specializes in type for watches. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Reading's MATD program. For his graduation, he designed Matic, a multi-script type family that finds its inspiration in the typography of vintage wrist watches. The family is made up of two styles: Matic A uses wide, boxy letterforms with a low contrast and tall x-height. Matic B tones down both the width and the boxiness of its sans-serif partner, but only marginally. Both styles include a set of upright optical weights for extra small settings as well as accompanying italics.
Graphic designer in Toronto.
Late director of design for VANOC, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Committee. In December 2009, some hackers on alt.binaries.fonts extracted fonts from PDSFs at the Vancouver Olympics web site, and came up with a rounded signage font called Cryptozoo, designed in 2009, whose Notice reads Concept and design by Leo Obstbaum, VANOC Brand&Creative Services. Additional character data and technical production by Canada Type. Copyright 2007 VANOC Brand&Creative Services. So it appears that Canada Type was also involved in its design and production. Other fonts extracted by the same people include [the comments in italics are from the hacker team]:
The Vancouver 2010 official site writes:
The most famous Canadian type designer (1932-1983). Usherwood studied at the Beckenham School of Art, and practiced as a lettering artist in the commercial art field for 15 years. Typesettra was created in 1968, and had more than four type designers in the early eighties. In 1977, Typsettra began designing original typefaces for Berthold, Letraset and ITC. Usherwood's typefaces:
Calgary-based designer of Naranja (2005), an experimental typeface built up of quarter circles and L-brackets. Its dingbats are inspired by Clockwork Orange. Faces made with FontStruct in 2008: Robot Builder (Solid, Shaded and Open: squarish typefaces), Polygonal Lasso (Far West type: 938 glyphs for Latin, Latin Extended A & B, Greek, Cyrillic, and Katakana), Marshmallow Script (based on Einhorn, Eclat, Deftone Stylus, and Magneto, all connected diner scripts), Crazy Eights (deck of cards), Ficus Stencil (+Compressed, +Condensed, +Extended, +Regular, +Zebra, +StencilOpen), Big Fat (+Vibrate, +Solid, +Shaded), Negatron (Regular, Solid and Fill), Tuscan Radar, Nuclear Depot Americum (495 glyphs consisting of stars), Nuclear Depot (Radioum, Neptunium, Plutonium, Uranium: a futuristic family that covers Cyrillic), Am I see are you pee see, eh? (a font that combines MICR with UPC-A). The links: big_fat_shaded, crazy_eights, ficus_stencil_compressed, ficus_stencil_condensed, marshmallow_script, negatron_fill, negatron_regular, negatron_solid, serpent_like_bold, tuscan_radar.
2009 creations: Haemophobe (pixel), Star Wreck, Mouthcaster (a bilined typeface based on the lettering on the front of the 1978 edition of the Scoutmaster's Handbook), Pasta (white on black), Medical Station Alpha (techno), Disco Stud (Chrome, Solid, Chrome Oblique, Solid Oblique), Affix, Infix (experimental and minimalist), Pinball Blizzard, Tears in Rain (a simplistic textura), Five Minute Hair Colour (slab serif), Seg Sixteen (LED face), Trajedy (pixel), Nobody 8 Italic (pixel), Home Sweet Home (a cross-stitch font), Wotan, Tiki Deaky, Writetyper, Chromatose (shadow family), Chocobot (an octagonal family containing Dark, Stacked (multilined), Milk, White), Big Fat (Shaded, Vibrate, Solid).
2010 creations: Fungal Sharp, Fungal Rounded (described by himself as a unicase stovepipe sans), Elliptical Lasso (Western ornamental caps), Astral Projection (a dot matrix typeface that updates Astra, a Letraset font designed by François Robert and Natacha Falda in 1973), Brick-block tops (3d effect), Knots, Spacerock (an extensive arc-based geometric family), Telephone (counterless), Pixular, StarWreck the Next Generation, Hockey Club, Brick-Block Tops, Bubblemania, Ziabelle Remix (outline, 3d, shaded), Hextone, Falcone (robotic face), but I didn't Trap the Deputy (Egyptian), Dinosaur Gothic.
Typefaces from 2013: Portafina, Portofino.
Typefaces from 2014: Hanz and Franz, McRasky (a MICR font), Apricpt, Classic Spacerock, Five Minute Hair Colour.
Creator of the handwriting typeface Prime Minister of Canada (2008). It is not said which Prime Minister's hand this is---I would guess that its writer is at about grade three level, and thus it can only be Steven Harper's hand. Upon closer scrutiny, I discovered that the font was made by Ray Larabie in 1998, so Liam is a fake. But then again, so is Steven Harper. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer of Snowflake Icons (2017), Christmas Icons (2017), Christmas Trees (2017), Quoth (2017, textured typeface), Thyme (2017), Whitewood (2017, a rustic brush), Willow (2017: same as Whitewood), Nature Rules (2017), and Hello Deer (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Communicatoion designer in Toronto. For a course at OCADU, she created the Kusaidia typeface in 2013. This organic sans was designed to promote maternal health in Tanzania---Kusiadia means Help. [Google] [More] ⦿
An assignment given by Hersh Jacob at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario led to a number of pages on the main type designers such as Bodoni, Garamond, Goudy, Baskerville, and Dwiggins. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at York University in Toronto, Lucas Young created an ornamental caps typeface called Alphabeta (2013). He created a Si-Scott style typeface in 2013 which is not available to the public---see however various posters on his site in that same style.
Lucie Lacava (b. Italy) is a design consultant based in Montreal. Her company Lacava Design Inc. founded in 1992 has developed an international expertise in editorial design and visual identity, recognized for its architectural approach to design and streamlined use of custom typography. Her most prestigious awards include the Society for News Design "Best of Show" and "World's Best Designed Newspaper". Lacava has lectured internationally on the topics of newspaper design and typography. She has served as a judge for news and design organizations and has been published in critical books on the topic of newspaper design. Lacava is past president of the Society for News Design (2001). As Lacava Design Inc, she has her finger in almost every newspaper design contract in Canada, and has designed a large number of newspapers all over the world. In 2003, she redesigned La Presse in Montreal (and at that occasion, she created the italic typeface Montreal). In 2008, she did El Espectador in Colombia, and The National. In 2009, the redesign of the Atlanta Journal-Consitution was hers. She is best known for the designs of Le Devoir and The Baltimore Sun. Wikipedia link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jesse Wilson, aka Luke Cyca (Regina, Canada), made these free fonts, which at some point could be found at sites called Pland.net, caffeen fonts, jesserific.com and LukeZone (all expired): caffeen, Chlod, Chloreal, Chlorenuf, Chloriin, Chlorinuh, Chlorinej, Chlorinap, Chlorinar, Chlorinut, Chlorinov, Chlorinez, Chlorix, Chlub, Circle-Six, Courier-Now, edcom, Jessescript, Jim-teacher, Math-Donuts, morevil, ScissorCuts, ScissorCuts2, Star-5-Five, Disco-2000. Mac and Windows. Site also known as caffeen fonts, or jesserific.com. [Google] [More] ⦿
Luke William Turvey
Canadian designer of the hand-printed block letter font Sunday Morning Garage Sale (2008), the comic book typeface Mumbley Joe (2008), the signpainter typeface The Bubbler (2008) and the brush typeface Underpaid Sign Painter (2008). Creator of Best Kind (2014), a hand-drawn poster typeface. In 2016, she added the hand-crafted typefaces Mayor Town, I Don't Want To Grow Up, Can You Dig It, Dirty Joe, Dear Diary, Birthday Party, Outlined, Roll Up (curly letters). Devian Tart link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ottawa-based designer of the Berber fonts Tifinagh Typewriter (2014), aarrawki (2014, for the magazine Armat), Chalk Font (2014) and Square Font (2014). One can download all his Tifinagh fonts, which were designed between 2011 and 2014, here: Amazigh-Motifs1, TifinaghAmghsdaTunnt-Cur, TifinaghAmghsdas-Regular, TifinaghAmnaFont, TifinaghKabaw-Amna, TifinaghKabaw-Brga, TifinaghKabaw-Hatamalbroni, TifinaghKabaw-Hosamalhjaj, TifinaghKabaw-Jomasda, TifinaghKabaw-Mnad, TifinaghKabaw-RmdanDamja, TifinaghKabaw-SaidSifaw, TifinaghKabaw-Tanes, TifinaghKabaw-Teddus, TifinaghTawaltAarawki-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAghanim-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAmaynu-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAmckan-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAmzruy-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAnndh-Regular, TifinaghTawaltArmat-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAsdad-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAsma-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAtrar-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAzuwar-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAzwil-Regular, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-Bold, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-ExtBd, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-SemBd, TifinaghTawaltAzzgrar-SmBdIt, TifinaghTawaltCool-Italic, TifinaghTawaltCool-Regular, TifinaghTawaltImkni-Italic, TifinaghTawaltImkni-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTajddigt-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTajkurt-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTakerdat-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTallunt, TifinaghTawaltTamrrayt-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTarrawt-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTassiwet-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTighmar-Regular, TifinaghTawaltTighmert-Reg, TifinaghTawaltTunnet-Regular, TifinaghTawaltawrm-Bold, TifinaghTawaltawrm-ExtraBold, TifinaghTawaltawrm-Normal, TifinaghTawaltawrm-SemiBold, TifinaghTawaltimcm-Regular, TifinaghTwaltAghezzif-Regular, TifnaghTawaltAmattay-Bold, TifnaghTawaltAmattay-Italic.
Type designer in Etobicoke, Ontario (b. 1991, London, Ontario).
In 2012, Madison created the condensed typeface Hermina.
Swedish graphic, type and logo designer, and photographer, born and raised in Skelleftea in Northern Sweden, but now located in Vancouver. His typefaces include SD Stencil, Bolsrf (ultra fat), Street Typeface (squarish), Swedisc (avant garde sans), Crispy (hairline octagonal), SubStreet (sturdy sans headline face), Miru (experimental), Subscript (upright connected script), and Bulky (ultra fat). [Google] [More] ⦿
Ontario-based Canadian designer (b. 1955) of the hand-printed semi-calligraphic typeface Lindsay (1979, Letraset), which was at one point available from Linotype, Elsner&Flake and URW++. She also made Gato and Canada, both unpublished. Pic. MyFonts: Lindsay Holton has an atypical background as a type designer. She apprenticed many years ago with the legendary Les Usherwood in Toronto as a lowly proofreader after completing a literature degree at the University of Toronto and Edinburgh. Studying type and contour at extreme close range is like pursuing a map with a microscope; all is visible yet strangely mysterious. It was and continues to be an enchanting world. She began to doodle and designed Lindsay, her first face, in 1979, and licensed it to the now defunct dry transfer company, Letraset of England, in 1980 while writing her first book, Economic Sex, under pen-name, in Spain. Now an award-winning mid-career artist and author living in Canada, Lindsay has designed and produced over two hundred and fifty signature Canadian fine furniture pieces for many of Canada's cultural elite, written three books of social realism The Gilded Beaver won Best of 1999 from the Hamilton Arts Council written and directed one experimental documentary about hunting, created over five hundred original works of fine art, many in both public and private collections. Today, she pursues what pleases her most. Type is never very far from her thoughts. To wit, her typefaces Gato and Canada await their grand moment; watch for them, you're gonna love Canada.
Canadian designer of the hand-crafted typefaces Salmon Spirit (2017: indigenous North American style), Lime Time (2017), Cream of Oatmeal (2017), Blueberry Jam Script (2017) and Farm House (2017). Graphicriver link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bowen Island, BC-based very talented graphic artist, who specializes in custom type and ornaments. Her typographic work:
She teaches typography through Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, BC. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin.
Born in 1982 in Canada, this illustrator has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (English Literature and Visual Arts) from the University of British Columbia. With John Roshell, she created the comic book lettering fonts Marian Churchland and Marian Churchland Journal (2009, Comicraft). FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Mark Orion (aka Hyrax) (b. 1985) in Ontario, Canada. At Devian Tart, he designed the handwriting font CanControl. See also here. He also made the FON format bitmap fonts 6p Killer (2001) and Chip (2001). [Google] [More] ⦿
Mark Poon (Mississauga, Ontario) created the font Circuit (2012).
Martin P. Pfeiffer
Vancouver-based creator of a nice Q capital in 2013.
British Columbia and/or Winnipeg-based computer scientist who obtained his PhD from Waterloo. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba, in the Computational Geometry Laboratory of the Department of Computer Science. He developed these fonts:
Toronto, Canada-based graduate of Seneca College. Designer of the mini-serifed typeface Sycamore (2019) and the squarish typeface Produk (2019: nspired by electronic music and science fiction). [Google] [More] ⦿
Mitch Hopkins is based in Vancouver, BC. In 2017, during their studies at Hochschule Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany, Mitch Hopkins and Max Littledale designed the donationware blackletter typeface Oettinger. [Google] [More] ⦿
Marek Cerajewski's Windsor, Ontario-based outfit selling barcode fonts and solutions. Also a calligraphy/signature service. This was Cerajewski Computer Consulting, where prices started at 40 dollars per font. Freebies include eight Morse code fonts, and one Braille font (MC Braille). PC, TT and type 1. High quality Morse code fonts: International Morse Codes MC morse_International_1890, MC morse_Baudot_5_Unit, MC morse_VanDuuren_7_Unit; MC morse_US_Navy_Bugle_1920; American or Railway Morse Code font MC morse_Am_or_Railway_1844, Vail morse code font MC morse_Vail_Code_1837; Double Translation Morse Code font MC morse_Double_Trans_1835; Rock Telegraph of the US Vietnam POW's font MC morse_Vietnam_POWs_1965. Barcode packages (not free): Code 11, Code 128, Code 2 of 5 industrial, Code 2 of 5 interleaved, Code 2 of 5 standard, Code 3 of 9, Code 93, Code Codabar, Code EAN, Code MSI, Code Plessey, Code Postnet and FIM Marks, Code 4 State. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pixel foundry run by Santa Cruz, CA-based (was: Calgary, Alberta-based) designer Tyler Young. He writes about his Mean tangerine foundry: Mean Tangerine began in 2003, when founder Tyler Young recognized a need for fonts that would hold their shape in small sizes on screen. Running an online motocross/supercross magazine at the time, he found himself wanting all the selection of traditional PostScript type but within the pixel font world. Without many options, Young began designing his own fonts by hand, translating his designs into published fonts. Mean Tangerine was named for one of his favorite childhood songs by the Beatles, "Savoy Truffle"
His typefaces include the kitchen tile pixel typeface Trixie&Blinker (2004, pixel versions of kitchen tile letters), the pixel typeface Slim (2006, very readable!), the pixel typeface Minus (2005), the dot matrix family Soda (2005), the pixel typeface Consist, the pixel typeface Tex Standard 7 (2007), the script pixel typeface Katie (2005), the futuristic display typefaces Flipper (2004), Atom (2003), Nuetron (2003, "inspired by Andreas Lindholm's industrial work"), the pixel typefaces Fredman (2004), Checker (2004), Belleville (2004), Errata Properus (2003), Dorothy (2003), Dope (2004, pixel font), Khaki (2004, pixel family), Commence (2004, pixel family), Biceps (2004, pixel family) and Rolos ( (2002-2003), Shale Modern (2003, pixel face), Arc Classic, Astromo 2017, Chip Classic, Chip Modern, Astromo 2018, Biceps, Bri++LeModern, Celophane Classic, Chain, Chain Unicase, Chaos, Clarus, Clarus even, Clarus Hi, Clarus Lo, Cursor, Disclosure, Dope Classic, Dope Short, Dorothy, Electron Classic, Gumdrop Bubble (2002-2003), Ice Classic, Montessa, Money Narrow, Resolution, Roma, Roma Mini, Screen Sans, Screen serif, Sheriff's Girl Tight, Troy, and Raster (2004).
He also runs Tyler Young Creative, an impossible site that does not display at all on my browser. Behance link. Their 142-font library can be had for 100 dollars. Elsewhere, we read that he is located in Santa Cruz, CA. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer of Vector Flower Alphabet (2016), an all caps font in Adobe Illustrator format, as well as Blue Emojis (2016).
Merrill Liu attends OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. She also attended the Nanjing University of Art in Nanjing, China.
Creator of the display typeface Caged Bird (2012).
bobistheowl (lower case b) is the Ontario-based designer of the dingbat fonts HaydenPanettiereBats (2007, about 30 headshots of Hayden Panettiere) and LaetitiaBats1 and 2 (2007, based on images of Corsican supermodel Laetitia Casta). He also digitized the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (copyright Pamela Colman Smith for The Rider Company, 1909) in 2007 as Gypsy-Tarot-Major-Arcana, Gypsy-Tarot-Minor-Arcana, Gypsy-Tarot-Minor-Arcana-Inverted. Other fonts: Through the Looking Glass (2007, based on images dating from 1871 by Sir John Tenniel for the first Edition of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There), Alice in Wonderland (2007, based on Sir John Tenniel's 1865 illustrations of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland), Apoux (2007, a digitization of the naughty all-caps collection of letters by Joseph Apoux, ca. 1880, called Alphabet Pornographique), KleinKarpets (2007, a snake skin-based geometric pattern font dedicated to Manfred Klein), AmyBats 1 though 4 (2008, Amy Winehouse scanbats), JessicasSoftballFont (2008, softball scanbats), GrimNatwickBettyBoop (2008, a Betty Boop dingbat font), Obey (2009---a huge family of scanbats), SINSofBOBCO (2008, a one glyph font made for Bob Dobbs), Woodland Creatures (2008, forest animals), Princess Madeleine of Sweden (2008). In 2010, he added FixCystNeon, a typeface that emulates Terminal, the 1981 IBM systems font.
In 2012, he made MockingJay XL (a single glyph dingbat face), Outstanding (a Victorian caps set that looks like a rounded version of Ernst Voelker's Vineta (1973)), and Beauty Marks (an erotic silhouette scanbat font).
In 2016, he finally published Cabbagetown, which he started in 2014. Cabbagetown is based on Light Shade (1874, Richard Smith). It later appeared in Dan X. Solo's The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces on page 17 as Night Shade. The first known digital version of this typeface was Nigel SadeSH (1993, Soft Horizons). Other versions include Shadowed Serif (1994, James Fordyce), Cameo Antique (2009, by Character), and Outstanding (2012, Bobistheowl).
Born in 1980, this Victoria, BC-based designer created the piano key typeface Mr. B. Dull (2010), which was specifically created for posters. He explains its development at his studio, called Mr Blonde. Ninjo (2011) is another piano key face. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Michael Mavian, a graphic designer in Toronto, created Freedom Gothic (2012), a retro sans face.
Michael Tension (b. 1973) run Tension Type in Victoria, BC. He went commercial in 2012.
Creator of the grunge typeface Caslame (2008), the old typewriter typeface My Underwood (2008), the handwriting typeface Prophecy Script (2008), the hand-printed 2Dumb (2009), 3Dumb (2009) and Chinese Ruler (2008), and the dymo white on black label typeface Impact Label (2008). In 2009, he made Sans I Am (sans), Fuck Beans (hand-printed; +Bold, +Italic), Key Tab Metal (outline) and the western typeface Heffer.
Fonts from 2011: J.P. Kasperville (hand-printed).
Fonts made in 2012: Deadspace.
Fonts from 2015: Overspray (stencil).
Fonts from 2017: Neutrina (hexagonal sci-ffont), She Said (comic book style, created for a transmedia project called Amplify Her, a motion picture and graphic novel), Note to Selfie.
Typefaces from 2018: Nuetrina (round octagonal).
Nova Scotian who works at GrammaTech in Ithaca, NY. Mike McDougall (ex-University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. student) created a random type 3 font called Tekla (1994) as an undergraduate student at McGill University, under the supervision of Luc Devroye. He used several handwritten samples as parents to create random offspring. A companion article entitled Random Fonts for the Simulation of Handwriting has appeared in "Electronic Publishing" in 1995. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Military Aircraft Fonts
Airplane photographer August T. Horvath is from Windsor, Canada, and lives in the United States, where he works as an antitrust and false-advertising lawyer in New York City. Around 2001, August T. Horvath published his Military Aircraft Fonts series: RAF_45D_851ATH, RAF_45D_841ATH, RAF_PW_ATH, RAF_WW2_841ATH, RAF_WW2_641ATH, RAF_WW2_851ATH, RCAF_60O_ATH, RCAF_60SQO_ATH, RCN_8O_ATH. These truetype fonts have letters taken from RAF, RCN and RCAF airplanes, but they are limited in two respects---all fonts have the name "New", and all glyphs are hidden in the Private Use Area, and thus not easily accessible to the amateur user. They were free, but all sites that had them disappeared.
MINE San Francisco
MINE is the studio of Christopher Simmons, a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based designer, writer, design advocate and educator. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which, Just Design, focuses on design for social change. In 2015, he created a custom corporate headline sans typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer. The casual film noir Firefly (2010, Canada Type) was designed by Miranda Hopper for Patrick Griffin's type design class of 2010 at Humber College in Toronto. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Tina E.J. Raparanta (Miss Tiina, Miss Tiina Fonts, or MTF) owns MissTiina.com. Mostly, her fonts are free. Tina is of mixed Finnish and French origins and lives in Ontario.
Designer of the ornamental dingbats typeface Miss Tiina (2007), as well as MTFBase (2009), MTFBaseOutline (2009), MTFUnderYourSkin (2009, curly), MTFBaseDashLeafy (2007), MTFBaseOutline (2007), MTFChunkie (2007), MTFRever (2007), MTFScribblie (2007), MTF_CHUNKIEDOODLE (2007), Mtf_sketchie (2007, childish handwriting), MTF Doodle (2008, dingbats) and MTF Heart Doodle (2008, dingbats).
Commercial handwriting fonts, for a small fee: Megan, XOXO Vo2, XOXO Vo1, Christopher, Hunnie, Sweetie, Frozen Solid, Base, Girlie, Lexi, Oopsie Daisie, Chunkie Doodle (dingbats), Quirkie, Chunkie, Funk Fusion (dingbats), Cutie Patootie, Scribblie, Dreamie, Messy.
With repetitions, the fonts at Fontspace are: MTF-Chunkie-Doodle, MTF-Funk-Fusion, MTF-Girlie, MTFBase, MTFBaseLeafy, MTFBaseOutline, MTFBecki, MTFCaMaura, MTFChubb, MTFChunkie, MTFCindy, MTFColleenCursive, MTFColleenPrint, MTFCoolKid, MTFCupcake, MTFCutiePatootie, MTFDearSanta, MTFDonna, MTFDoodle, MTFDoodlewhats, MTFDreamie, MTFElegance, MTFEpic, MTFEvasHand, MTFFlowerDoodles, MTFFlowrites, MTFFrozenSolid, MTFGavin, MTFGridie, MTFHeartDoodle, MTFHelloAgain, MTFHooRah, MTFHootyCoo, MTFHunnie, MTFIttyBittyBaby, MTFJanaG (2012), MTFJotted, MTFJude, MTFJumpin'Jack, MTFKatrina, MTFKim, MTFKrystyna, MTFLexi, MTFLoli'sHandwriting, MTFLynds, MTFMagicalMarilyn, MTFMegan, MTFMelissa, MTFMemory, MTFMessy, MTFMikayla, MTFMikaylaPrint, MTFNotebook, MTFOliveYou, MTFOopsie, MTFOopsieDaisie, MTFPeachCobbler, MTFPlaytime, MTFPorkChop, MTFQueenOfSketchyland, MTFRever, MTFRhesa, MTFSaxy, MTFScribblie, MTFSkinnyJeans, MTFStampinRachel, MTFSweetCheeks, MTFSweetDings, MTFSweetHalloweenDings, MTFSweetNatureDings, MTFSweetSkyDings, MTFSweetie, MTFTamarasHusband, MTFToast, MTFUnderYourSkin, MTFVecbatVo1, MTFWhacko, MTFWhimsy, MTFWildflower, MTFWulan, MTFXOXOVo.1, MTFXOXOVo.2, MTFakhn, MTFdrgnldy, MTFiheartSketches.
Typefaces from 2018: MTF 100 Dings, MTF100, MTF183, MTF30Something, MTFBeMine, MTFBirthdayBash, MTFBirthdayBashDoodles.
Mitch Hopkins is based in Burnaby, BC where he is participating in the IDEA progra, at Capilano University. In 2017, during their studies at Hochschule Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany, Mitch Hopkins and Max Littledale designed the donationware blackletter typeface Oettinger. [Google] [More] ⦿
Michael Nÿkamp (MKN Design, Grand Rapids, MI) is a designer and illustrator born and raised in Ontario Canada. He won an award in 2014 at the Communication Arts 4th Typography Competition: 2014 for the Dutch Mafia font (a tattoo font) and icon set (2013). Michael writes: The Dutch Mafia font and icon set was born from my experiences growing up in a Dutch immigrant family in a predominately Dutch community in Ontario, Canada. The letterforms and symbols recall the unique traditions and images of my childhood, including delft pottery, Sinterklaas, oliebollen, wooden shoes, and mini windmills sitting out on front lawns as garden ornaments. He also made a set of bicycle icons (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
After completing an undergraduate degree at York University for Urban Studies and Communication, Monica Fontana began pursuing a Masters at the University of Toronto in Landscape Architecture. While there, she experienced a shift in perspective which led her to begin studying graphic design at Seneca College. At Seneca College, she designed the paper-fold typeface Paper (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Original fonts (Mac truetype only), typically scribbly handwriting by Canadian Michael Piercey, aka Monkey Mike: Krackle (2002), WeKickYourAss (2002), Kesone (2002), Bullfighter (2002), Grangband (2002), Molly Pangular (2002), Motone (2002), Pencillio (2002), (2002), Thirsty (2002), Saladbar (2002), Benew (2001), Fivestyle, (2001), KesoneOutline, (2001), Kowloon (2001), Dixel (2001), MollyParker (2001), Sandra Oh (2002, originally free), Althea (2001), Paolo, Schuble, Sranda, Nervous, Aire, Giraffe, King Tubby, Smooth Peanut Butter, Kickyourassspanktacular (2001), Dogbone (2001), Superthirsty (2001), Mena (2001). Nixon (2001) is a dirty scanned font. Part of the Chank Army, where you can buy Nube (2002). Some PC versions here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Barcode specialist in Markham, Ontario. They sell custom barcode fonts, and make your signature into a type 1 font (70 USD). They also sell the Monterey Barcode Creator which supports Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, Code 39 Extended, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-13, EAN-8 and POSTNET. At Dafont, pick up the free barcode font MRVCode39extMA. [Google] [More] ⦿
Extraordinarily talented type and graphic designer in New York City. Before that, he was in Jerusalem, where he studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He also did one exchange student term at OCAD in Toronto. His work is geared toward the fashion industry and fashion publications in general. Behance link. He created these typefaces:
Narani Kannan is a very gifted student at Ontario College of Art&Design in Toronto, pursuing a BDes in Graphic Design. She dabbles in typography and type design and created the organic sans typeface Pebble in 2008. Beautiful type posters. Home page. He created Victoria (2009, a delicate display typeface that was inspired by the Victorian elements and ornamental designs). [Google] [More] ⦿
Toronto-based freelance graphic designer who moved to New York City. Creator of the multiline typeface Neon (2007), the hairline avant garde typefaces Gisele (2014) and Daria (2014), and the display typeface Electro Font (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Takamatsu, Kagawa-ken, Japan, in 1984, Natsuko is a Canadian-educated graphic designer who publishes most of her typefaces at Okaycat.
She created the high school handwriting fonts Geisha Holiday (2008) and Exchange Student (2008, Okaycat), and the dingbat fonts Little Japan (2008, exquisite Japanese dingbats) and Trees of Africa (2008, Okaycat). Hand Cursive and Stitch Cursive (2009) are upright connected scripts. Ribbon Cursive (2009) was developed from Mercator's Italic Hand. 3D Blocky (2009) is a hand-drawn 3-D font done with Luke William Turvey at Okaycat. Art of Japanese Calligraphy (2009, Okaycat) is a kanji font with calligraphic glyphs developed in cooperation with calligrapher Shigeru Nomura. With Luke William Turvey, she did Rustic Stamp (2009, grungy).
List of fonts as of the end of 2009: 3D Blocky, Art Of Japanese Calligraphy, Brush Writing OC, Courier Coco, Exchange Student, Geisha Holiday, Grunge Decay, Hand Cursive, Hand Writing OC, Japanese Brush Master, Japoneh, Little Japan (2008, dingbats), Porto, Ribbon Cursive, Rustic Stamp, Stitch Cursive, Trees Of Africa.
Fonts made in 2010: Flower Sketch (dingbats; see Flower Sketch Neue in 2014), The Inlines, The Inlines No Inlines, Kanji OC (a Latin font with a brushed Kanji character in place of each letter), Super Hand, Country Charm (dingbats), Rocktopus, Asian Scroll (kanji face).
Fonts from 2011: Okay Marker, Script Love (connected script), Muju (Asian brush script), Joopica (a grungy casual typeface done with Luke William Turvey), Okay Berry (connected script), Orchids (flower dingbats), Seashells (dingbats), Sumi (2011, a beautifully raw brush face), Mushrooms (2011), Azsitra (2011, handwriting), Right Hand (2011).
Fonts made in 2012: Ferns (dingbats), Arco Web (hand-printed, with Luke William Turvey), Oracle Bone (based on ancient Chinese glyphs), Arco Dot (think "Dalmatian"), Azola (hand-lettered caps), Azsion (a sketch font), Flowertype (a pair of floriated typefaces), Azoe (hand-drawn all caps poster face), Christmas Cards (greetings and ornaments).
Fonts from 2013: Swallowtail Butterflies, Flows, Flows Stencil, Komela (a curvy thin poster font), Arco Star (done with Luke William Turvey), Star Cursive, Cosmos Cursive, 3D Cocoro, Cocoro (a sketched handlettered display typeface done with Luke William Turvey), Anika (curly, scratchy hand-printed typeface), Birds (hairline drawings of birds), Azebra (textured script), 3D Cursive.
Typefaces from 2014: Macchiato, Maple Lane Cursive, Forest Cursive (connected script), Azola (an elegant connected letter cursive script), Cat Talk (outlined font), Maple Lane, Maple Street (with Luke William Turvey), Shaqa (inline), Hiew (ball terminal-laden display typeface).
Typefaces from 2017: Easy Hand.
Graduate of the Communication Design program at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, 2012. Creator of the high-contrast artsy headline typeface called Yaletown (2012).
Manotick, Ontario-based designer of a calligraphic brush script (2007). He used my own Wahei (peace symbol dingbat face) in a sliding puzzle that will be carried by peace organizations worldwide. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of York University, who is working as a graphic designer in Toronto. Creator of experimental typefaces such as Slinkyy (2014, prismatic), Workshop (2014, multilined) and Pigment (2014, hairline). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nortel Networks has its own custom designed sans typeface family dated 1999, which can be downloaded for free from their site: NortelNetworksPrimary, NortelNetworksPrimaryBold, NortelNetworksPrimaryBold-Italic, NortelNetworksPrimarySB, NortelNetworksPrimarySB-Italic, NortelNetworksPrimaryXB, NortelNetworksPrimaryBlack, NortelNetworksPrimaryLight. For serif family, they use Adobe Garamond.
Jason Gilliland (Nowheresburg, Edmonton, Alberta) created the sharp-edged display typeface Marvis in 2015. It was followed in 2016 by NWB Marvis Display Pro (free demo).
Typefaces from 2017: NWB Ultra Violent (an 8 weight geometric sans-serif display typeface inspired by the poster type of A Clockwork Orange. It's design combines the aesthetics of Futura and the complex ligature structures of Avant Garde and other type designs of Herb Lubalin; free demo). Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oban Design Studios
Chester, England and Toronto, Canada-based designer of the free copperplate sans typeface High Life (2017), the hand-crated typeface Simpler Times (2017), the German expressionist typeface Bedtime Story (2017), and the free beatnik font Lost Childhood (2017).
In 2018, he published McJinnon Brush (a dry brush typeface).
Ottawa, Canada-based designer of the free textured typeface Khepri (2017), which was inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics. He also designed Voyager (2017), the textured typeface Embers (2017), the 22-style art deco sans Dianna (2017), and the letterpress emulation typeface family Barry (2017).
Takamatsu, Japan-based design division of The LOLO, a content creation company, which was established in 2006. Luke William Turvey (b. London, Ontario, 1978) who lives in Japan started out with street murals but is doing digital work now. His early fonts include Giacinta Ornate (2008, a lovely bastarda), Parabrite (2008, techno), Stefani EHYO Sans Rounded (2008, a clean geometric sans), Antikka (2008, art deco), Calisso (2008, experimental), LOLO Dingcats (2008), Clementine (2008: artsy serif), Okaytext (2008, a fashionable geometric sans in the style of Bernhard Fashion), Okay Cursive (2008, an upright connected script), Okay Crayon (2008), Okay Paint (2008), Japanese Brush Master (2008), Tag Banger (2008, graffiti font), Bapalopa (2008, more graffiti), Hive Mind (2008, nuts and bolts look), Trees of Africa (2008, dings), 3D Fantablock Beveled (2008), Shababa (2008, shadow font), LOLO Animals (2008), LOLO City (2008, inner city dingbat face), LOLO Cursive (2008, curly handwriting), Japoneh (2008, a great oriental-look drippy paintbrush font).
In 2009, Okaycat published Arco Crayon (blackboard writing, but also a lipstick font), 3D Blocky (with Natsuko Hayashida), Carbon Neutral, Hand Writing OC, Okay Cotton, Hand Cursive, Stitch Cursive, Antique Dubplate, Porto (rough calligraphic), Brush Writing OC, Nouveau Rock (engraved), Shababa, 3D Techno, Stefani EHYO (4-style geocratic sans), Japanese calligraphy poster. With Natsuko Hayashida, he did Rustic Stamp (grungy).
Fonts from 2010: Uncertainty (grunge), CASU Aerospatiale (an etched 3d font family), Geodot (a dot matrix face), Zampichi (a video game font family), Country Charm (Natsuko Hayashida: a dingbat face), The Inlines No Inlines (Natsuko Hayashida: a black rounded minimalist sans), CC Angular (Turvey: an octagonal typeface that comes with an outlined and shaded style), Pentastic (hand-printed), Candy Cursive (a monoline connected script).
Typefaces made in 2011: Okay-A (this font lets one make 3D letters that look to be fastened down with screws), Teselka (a 3d outlined shadow face), Joopica (a casual typeface created together with Natsuko Hayashida).
Typefaces made in 2012: Meksa (techno).
In 2013, he created Pixapp Inter (a pixel face).
Digital artist from Nova Scotia, Canada (b. 1978). Designer of the artificial language pixel font Galactic Mini (2006) and the handwriting font OhdeeSee (2007). Alternate URL. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Open City Design
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island-based designer of the free rounded retro typeface Narwhal (2018), the expressionist blackletter typeface Krautrock (2018), the free blackletter typeface Scotland (2018) and the free hand-crafted typeface Soviet League (2018).
Free typefaces from 2019: Campaign, Revolucion (constructivist), Oligarchy, Contraband (a free monoline script), Viking, Myrkvior, Vintage74, Art Nuvo. Dribble link. Open City Design link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Open source fonts
Based in Ontario, Kevin fights to keep the Open Source sites free of "closed source fonts". These are fonts that, though free, can not be modified if one follows its creator's wishes. He gives as an example the Open Font Library, where one can find Ray Larabie's fonts. As a result of this discussion on Typophile, the Larabie fonts will be removed from Ubuntu, another Open Source site for Linux supporters. [Google] [More] ⦿
Our House Graphics
Russell McGorman (b. 1954) runs Our House Graphics. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, he is a designer and illustrator in Toronto (Richmond Hill), Ontario. He also is a signage design coordinator at Metrolinx in Toronto, and an expert on wayfinding typography.
He created the free dot matrix typeface Campcraft (2010). The retail version of Campcraft has improved tracking and kerning, a few more glyphs and one (yes, just one) open type feature. It is available in four weights that can be combined to form a multi-layer (chromatic) font.
Silex Black (2011) is a pointy octagonal face, characterized by McGorman as Silex Black is a solid, hard-edged, masculine display font suitable for [...] wrestlers or mixed martial arts fighters. Silex Stencil was designed in 2010.
Kush Fat and Kush Shade (2011) are plump packaging typefaces described by McGorman in this way: Kush is what happens when you let your fonts sit around watching cartoons and eating cake and ice-cream all day---when their vectors are freed from constraints and allowed to follow their bliss. Kush has filled its insides to just the other side of contentment and comes to you on a sugar high with a head full of Loony Tunes. And... it's two ply!
Typefaces made in 2012: Silex Black (mechanical and octagonal), Silex Stencil, After 5 (an an upright, slab serif, display typeface with an Art Moderne attitude), Reo (a fourties truck grill style typeface), Tynne (wedge serif family), Metro Bots (on the theme of city skies), Reo (a retro car grille-inspired typeface).
In 2014, he published the retro stencil typeface 8th Avenue.
Out of Step Font Company
Out of Step Font Company (est. 2013) is run by Canadian-born Toronto-based Dan Steinbok (b. 1978). It specializes in hand-drawn fonts. Creator in 2013 of Wll Writr Scrpt (sic) (graffiti font), Sailor Beware, Hello Sailor (tattoo font), Held x Fast (tattoo font), Giants (a sharpie font, done as a tribute to Mike Giant), I Refuse To Sink, Sailor's Fat Tattoo Script, Tattoo Thinline, Sailor Scrawl (tattoo font), Sailor Scrawl Fancy, Sailor Scrawl Black, Fancy Tattoo Script, Sailor's Delight, Morgante (experimental typeface inspired by the work of Angelica Baini and Marco Oggian), Team Fury (spurred typeface), Lightning Cruz, House Paint Slab (shaded face), Street Robot Slab, Second Base Line, Annihilate (a straight-edged typeface made with FontStruct), Street Math, Skramline, West Coast Geometric (inspired by the West Coast graffiti work of Mike Giant), Slash Geometric, Tall Boy West, Tall Boy West Hi, Tall Boy 3D. This latter series is based on cholo style and/or Mike Giant's style of West Coast graffiti. All fonts were made using FontStruct.
Typefaces from 2014: Batter Up, Fortitude, Cvlt Rvne Regular (Norwegian rune simulation typeface), Toni Regular (hipster font), Nuvio Demo, Congruency Demo, Turnonacular Demo, Giants-Regular, Held-x-Fast-Regular (tattoo font), Salto, House-Paint-Shadow-Regular (3d shadow face), Sailor-Stitch-Regular, Munich (ultra-condensed), Cleptograph, Raw Denim Audacity, Creatif, Nue Gothic (Nue Gothic Round followed in 2019), Simpleton Gothic, Street Robot Inline, Shipmates, Team Captain (octagonal and spurred), House Paint Shadow (a flat square house paint graffiti font with a floating shadow).
Typefaces from 2015: Playful Script, Sebastien Slab.
Typefaces from 2016: Sailor Stitch (pixel tattoo font), Bristle Brush Script, Elegrand Gothic, Mister Brightstride (brush script), Ruben Gothic, Creatif Regular (hipster style).
Typefaces from 2017: Brewmaster Gothic, Thick Brush, Botsmatic (pixelish), Annihilator, Sebastien Slab.
Typefaces from 2018: Batter Up, Walkthru, Strike Back, Backtrack (a cracked stone font).
Typefaces from 2019: Bridal Shower Monoline script, Team Athletics, Sebastien Slab Round, Team MVP (octagonal, spurred), Brewmaster Gothic Round, Humbley Script.
Type designer at Canada Type. Wikipedia tells us that Patrick Griffin had been locked away in a mental institution by Carter and Barbara, after he walked in on his mother performing oral sex on Jackie Gleason. He had a nervous breakdown and was sent to a mental hospital, where he came to the conclusion that Gleason was evil because he was fat, leading him to hate fat people. However, that is a different Patrick Griffin. The real Patrick Griffin, a graduate of York University, lives and works in Toronto, where he founded Canada Type and made it the most successful Canadian typefoundry. His work is summarized in this 2009 interview by MyFonts. It includes lots of custom work for banks, TV stations, and companies/groups like New York Times, Pixar, Jacquin's, University of Toronto, and the Montreal Airport. His retail fonts include the following.
Prince George, BC-based free-lance designer of Kaiser (2003, a fun distant display relative of Bodoni and Dalliance), Steampunk Metron (2002), a hookish font, the soft boulder sans serif font Epoch (2003), Coquitlam Gothic (2003), and Abbotsford (2003). At Union Fonts, he created Epoch (2003) and Cosmorton (2002). [Google] [More] ⦿
Pazo math fonts
Diego Puga from the University of Toronto offers a set of five math fonts (type 1) suitable for typesetting math in combination with the Palatino family of text fonts. Developed in 2000. The LaTeX macro package mathpazo.sty defines the Palatino family as the default roman font and uses the virtual mathpazo fonts, built around the Pazo Math family, for typesetting math in a style that suits Palatino. Puga explains: The mathpazo package builds on Walter Schmidt's mathpple package and has many similarities with it. The main difference is that mathpazo uses the purposefully designed Pazo Math font family instead of slanted versions of some of the Euler fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Basel in 1940, Peter Bartl taught typography, graphic design, photography and computer graphics at the University of Alberta. He retired in British Columbia, where he and Jane Merks run PB+J Press. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at Volcano Type in Karlsruhe of the extensive Western font family Gringo (2005-2006): GringoDingbats, GringoTuscan LightNarrow, GringoTuscan Light, GringoTuscan LightWide, GringoTuscan MediumNarrow, GringoTuscan Medium, GringoTuscan MediumWide, GringoTuscan BoldNarrow, GringoTuscan Bold, GringoTuscan BoldWide, GringoSans LightNarrow, GringoSans Light, GringoSans LightWide, GringoSans MediumNarrow, GringoSans Medium, GringoSans MediumWide, GringoSans BoldNarrow, GringoSans Bold, GringoSans BoldWide, GringoSlab LightNarrow, GringoSlab Light, GringoSlab LightWide, GringoSlab MediumNarrow, GringoSlab Medium, GringoSlab MediumWide, GringoSlab BoldNarrow, GringoSlab Bold, GringoSlab BoldWide. Discussion.
Brugger studied at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel Schweiz, the Hochschule für Gestaltung Pforzheim and at the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design in Halifax, Canada. He teaches typography at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart.
Peter Enneson is an Art Dirctor and Graphic Designer living and working in Toronto. His work has been awarded in design competitons sponsored by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Art Directors Club of Toronto, and others. Recently, his Typographical exploration of Genesis was selected for inclusion in Type Culture, a Canadian competition. Peter Enneson is preparing a translation of Gerrit Noordzij's De streek: theorie van het schrift, and a book based on his ATypI 2003 presentation on Henk Krijger's work. He holds a Masters of Philosophy degree in Aesthetics. His writings include a piece on Henk Krijger's 1972 painting The survivors, and a reply to Peter Burnhill's Type spaces in Typography Papers 4, 2000.
In 2014, in collaboration with Patrick Griffin of Canada Type, he published a meticulous revival of Henk Krijger's Raffia Initials (1952, Lettergieterij Amsterdam, where it is known as Raffia Initialen) that is based on photcopies and digtal images of the master drawings. Raffia Initialen was distributed in North America by Amsterdam Continental Types and Graphic Equipment Inc. in electrotype format, and later through VGC on strips of typositor film. Currently licensing rights are owned by the Linotype Corporation. The master drawings were located in 2001 by longtime Lettergieterij Amsterdam employee Henk Gianotten, and are now part of the Special Collections division of the Univeriteitsbibliotheek of the University of Amsterdam. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer/illustrator in Hamilton, Ontario. Co-creator of Maddy McGee, P.I. (maddymcgeepi.com) and Perfume & Primer Caps. Designer the commercial comic book typeface family Trinh Type Sans (2012).
Peter von Zezschwitz
Designer at Canada Type of Coffee Script (2004, with Patrick Griffin), the digital version of R. Middleton's Wave design for the Ludlow foundry, circa 1962. [Patrick Griffin revived Coffee Script in 2010 as Middleton Brush.] Phil Rutter and Rebecca Alaccari designed Almanac (2004), a script typeface based on Imre Reiner's London Script (1957) (in 2007, superseded by Reiner Hand, a new digitization by Rebecca Alaccari), Tiger Script (2004, based on Georg Trump's wild brush script Jaguar done in 1967 for C. E. Weber; done with Rebecca Alaccari), and Ali Baba (2004), an Arabic simulation typeface originally designed by Georg Trump as Palomba (1955, C.E. Weber foundry). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Matthew is an American digital artist, b. 1990, who resides in North Carolina. Under the aliases ZapatoDelFuego and Phoenix-Pyre Designs, he has created some free fonts such as Phoenix Grunge (2006). Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pinyin fonts for Windows
Pinyin TT fonts by Daqing (David) Chu of Calgary. "Pinyin is a phonetic system used in Chinese to help people to pronounce Chinese (Mandarin). It has been widely used in the People's Republic of China since 1958. Many none-speaking-Chinese people also find out that this is a very good phonetic system for them to learn Chinese." [Google] [More] ⦿
Plan Nine Design
Peter Rempel (b. 1958) is a Winnipeg-based calligrapher. Nice graphic about classical roman types. He designed some exquisite shareware fonts: PR Uncial Creepy (2010), PR Agamemnon Bold (2008), PR-Uncial (2003), PR-UncialAltCapsExtended, PR-UncialAlternateCapitals (1998), Demo-ofGabrielCondensed, Demo-ofGabrielRegular, Demo-version:Gabrielextended, PR-CelticNarrow (1998), Magickal Signs, PR Runes (2000), PR Rune Stones (2000), Pi Rho Runestones (1998), PR Astrological (1998), PR Compass Rose (2007), PR Viking (2007; +Alternates) and Pirho Herakles (1998, an Etruscan-style or Greek simulation font). In preparation: PR Alchemyst, PR Snaggly, PR Monk's Holiday.
He writes about himself: educated in music composition and visual design. In his family home, there were many wall plaques with German Bible verses, rendered in a variety of gothic and fraktur lettering styles. In the 1980s he discovered the art of calligraphy, first through the speedball lettering textbook, and later by joining the calligraphers Guild of Manitoba. He has studied a variety of lettering styles, but his strongest interest is in the letter styles of the Middle Ages, starting with the German Fraktur styles he knew from childhood, and extending back, into uncials, runic shapes, and the Classical Roman Letter. The Chancery cursive, or Italic hand, which to many people is synonymous with calligraphy, never held much interest for him. He released his first shareware fonts in 1996.
In 2010, he went partially commercial. His first pay font is PR Pointers (2010, an arrows font).
In 2011, he designed the commercial typefaces PR Mapping and PR Stars.
In 2012, he published PR Arco (arcs for framing curved lines of text, in a style common on Victorian posters and almanac covers) and PR Hydra (a Greek simulation font).
Typefaces from 2013 include PR Snowflakes 01, PR Bramble Wood 1 and 2, PR Valendoodle 01 (Valentine's Day ornaments), PR Swirlies (in series numbered 01 through 13), PR Swirlies Frames, PR HallowDoodles (Halloween dingbats), PR Nouveau Ornaments (art nouveau), PR Viking (a rune simulation face), PR Foxtail 01, PR Foxtail 02, PR Scrolls 03, 04 and 05 (2014), PR Sprucewood (2014), PR Swells One (2014), PR Xmas Doodles (2014), PR Hearts Take Wing 01, PR Mysticon 01 (star dingbats), PR Pointers 01 (arrows), PR Valknut (Norse god symbolism), PR Scrolls, PR Uncial (1998), PR Dim Sum (brush face), PR Columban (a Celtic uncial, named after Irish monk Columbanus), PR Columbian.
Their manifesto: Practice Foundry is an independent type foundry and a collective space for showcasing the work of amateur type designers in Vancouver. Our goal is to create a stronger typographic presence in Canada. Typefaces include Fabrica (2011, Vince Lo), Egypt 22 (Ivan Kostynyk), Mimic Roman (2009, Will Longaphie), Collator (2011, Alvin Kwan) and Rytm (2011, Alvin Kwan: renamed Theatre). They operate on a "pay what you want" basis. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer and web developer in Sudbury, Ontario, b. 1991, who graduated in 2012 from Cambrian College. Preston Racette is the go-to branding expert of Sudbury, Ontario. He creates, plans, and manages branding strategies for a wide range of organizations. He has received many awards for his design work.
This pixel and bitmap font site is the home of the Proggy programmer's fonts (Proggy Clean, Proggy Square, Proggy Small, and Proggy Tiny, all made in 2004 by the website owner, Tristan Grimmer) as well as a number of contributed programming fonts (Crisp (2003, by Chris Pine), Speedy (by Walter Reel), CodingFontTobi1 (by Tobias Werner), PixelCarnageMonoTT (2004, by Roman J. Lewis, aka "The Wolf"), and Opti and Opti Small (by Nicolas Botti)). It is also the home of two other proportional bitmap fonts for use on web pages (Webby Caps and Webby Small). Several people have contributed to these fonts: Karl Landström to Proggy Clean, Christian Winkler to the Proggy fonts, and Simon Renstrom to Proggy Clean. Another URL where one can download ProggyCleanTT, ProggyCleanTTSZ, ProggyCleanTTSZBP, ProggySmallTT, ProggySquareTT, ProggySquareTTSZ, ProggyTinyTT, ProggyTinyTTSZ.
Designer of readable FON-type bitmap fonts fixed width for printing code: Proggy Clean, Proggy Square. He also made Webby Webby Small and Webby Caps, proportionally spaced pixel fonts.
Born in Edmonton in 1957, David Vereschagin set up Quadrat Communications in Toronto (Quadrat Communications, 18 Grenville Street, Suite 1501, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 3B3). A graphic designer by profession, he has made a number of carefully crafted font families such as Spike, Ratcaps (free keycaps sample font available), MyAuntCelia, Farquharson, Clear Prairie Ornaments (1992), Clear Prairie Dawn. A free copy of Farquhason is here.
At MyFonts, one can buy Clear Prairie Dawn (Optima-like), Clear Prairie Ornaments, Farquharson (like wood type), My Aunt Celia, Ratcaps, Ratkeys, Spike, Toronto Subway (2004: based on the (art deco sans) lettering originally used for station identification and signage in the Toronto subway system, which first opened to the public in 1954. Developed from rubbings of the lettering on station walls and photographs of painted signage.) In 2008, he designed the cool constructivist poster family Kubrick, about the same time as Iconian Fonts' Kubrick family---I hope that they can settle the naming fight amicably. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
R9 Type Design
R9 Type+Design is a type foundry in Toronto, Canada, established in 2016 by Tana Kosiyabong and Sir Angus of Gastown (the French Bulldog). Designers of the rounded monoline typeface families Alio Pro (2017) and Alio Text (2017).
Typefaces from 2018: Augmento (a large sans family).
Typefaces from 2019: Cubio Mono (hexagonal).
Illustrator in Toronto. She drew many alphabets, mostly for children's prints. These are not fonts---they are only sold as prints.
Canadian creator of the free rugged sans typeface Tremblant (2017), the hand-crafted brush sans typeface Westfalia (2017), the brush font Wither (2017), and Daybreak (2017). Rambler Creative also made the free fonts Kilowatt, Old Growth and Terrain. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Charlottetown, PEI-based designer of the thin calligraphic connected typefaces Sometimes Maybe (2016) and Honeybell Script (2016), and the grungy script Silverfields (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
German type designer, b. 1985 Schwäbisch hall, who studied visual communication at HS Pforzheim, and at NSCAD University in Halifax, Canada. Codesigner with Lars Harmsen at Volcano Type of the sketched letter font B-Scratch One and B-Scratch Two (2009). Cypheral (2010, Volcano) is an LED style face. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer of Kabella (2017), a free revival of Geschriebene Initialen zur Grotesk (late 1920s, Rudolf Koch for Gebr. Klingspor). Kabella was a student project by Justin Penner at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. [Google] [More] ⦿
Remote Inc (or: StayPretty)
Staypretty is a type collection that is part of the Toronto-based commercial type collective called Remote Inc, est. 2003 by Mark Herd. MyFonts link. With one exception, the typefaces are designed by Mark Herd (b. 1972, Toronto), include Tanya (far out experimental), Wellesley (a bouncy display face), Taraville (handprinting), Jean (rectangular lettering), StayPretty and Don Mills.
These fonts can be bought at MyFonts: SP Isis (minimalist font), SP Jean (a Bank Gothic exaggeration), SP Reka (more minimalism), SP Don Mills, SP Tanya (experimental), SP Taraville (2002; its dingbats are by Tara Rose Guild). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Torontonian creator of a beautiful and thought-provoking Marilyn Monroe typographic poster (2012), based on Mistral (1953): The red lips act as both an iconic representation of Monroe and her sensuality as well as denoting murder. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Kingsville, Canada, to American parents, Richard Isbell moved to the States with his family when he was three years old, settling in Detroit, Michigan. Between 1936 and 1943 he took special art classes for gifted students at Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1943 he joined the US Marines. He served in Australia, and later the South Pacific. In 1945, upon discharge, he returned to Detroit and worked for General Motors in the graphic illustration department. He joined New Center Studios in 1947 as a lettering and design artist. Owned by Art Greenwald, an ex-lettering artist, New Center Studios was to be his home for nine years. In 1955, he saw the first use of his alphabets for Mercury and Pontiac cars. Together with a group from New Center Studios, he formed Art Group Studios in 1956. He spent four years there, designing for automotive clients. In 1960, he became graphic director at Headliners International, designing various Oldsmobile advertisements. He continued to design for the automotive industry, becoming a member of the General Motors design staff in 1965 and designing the Chevrolet signature. Between 1976 and 1988 he taught lettering and design at the Center for Creative Studies, as well as at the School of Art and Design, Detroit. Isbell died in 2009 in Detroit.
Isbell did typefaces for both ATF and ITC:
Author of The Elements of Typographic Style (1992), by many considered as the best book in typography ever written. Revisions were done in 1996, 2004, 2005 and 2008 [review, web, lecture]. Interview with Delve Withrington. He is also a prize-winning poet.
Other books by him include A Short History of the Printed Word (1999, with Warren Chappell).
Biography, from which I quote: Robert Bringhurst was born in Los Angeles in October 16, 1946 and spent his years growing up in the border provinces and states between Western Canada and the United States. He acquired a BA from Indiana University in 1973 and an MFA from the creative writing program at UBC in 1975, where he later taught. Bringhurst collaborated with West Coast artist Bill Reid on a book of Raven Myths, and Bringhurst later wrote a book about Reid's sculpture. Bringhurst is known not only as a poet but also in the fields of typography, linguistics, art history and Native studies. He received the Macmillan Prize for Poetry in 1975 and currently resides in Vancouver. He has some memorable type quotes, such as this one: By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately, and well. That is one of the ends for which they exist.
Discussions of The Elements of Typographic Style: The typophiles [John Savard: Sounds like The Elements of Typographic Style is the masterwork it was acknowledged to be, but one that has to be taken with a grain of salt. It is a rich mine of information, but it does not set the bounds for all that can be done in typography], Sam Potts [ETS's position on typography after all isn't so different from saying the best movies were made in the 40s in Hollywood and so we, today, should be making black and white movies to uphold the tradition. Imagine a filmmaking manual that argued for this.], Mark Simonson, Maurce Meilleur.
In 2016, he published Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface: This book provides a detailed and sumptuously illustrated history of the evolution of all members of the Palatino tribe: foundry Palatino, Linotype Palatino, Michelangelo, Sistina, Aldus, Heraklit, Phidias, American Palatino, Enge Aldus, Linofilm Palatino, Zapf Renaissance, PostScript Palatino, Palatino Nova, Aldus Nova, and Palatino Sans. It includes new specimens of the foundry and Linotype faces printed by hand directly from the metal, as well as hundreds of color illustrations documenting the artistry and care expended in creating these components of our typographic heritage.
Toronto-based designer of AJ Fosik Script (2016), a colored decorative caps typeface based on A.J. Fosik's work [AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon]. [Google] [More] ⦿
Robot Johnny (was: Robotic Attack Fonts)
Original shareware fonts designed by Johnny Martz of Kitchener, Ontario. Font list: Baloney (1998--a pretty rough brush face), Big-Fish-Ensemble (great handprinting), BottledFart, Brushcut, CandySniper (nice!), Canker-Sore, Confusebox, FruityDrinkCarbonated, Girls are Weird (1997), Glue, Groopa-Seven, Horse, Johnny Font (his handwriting), Junior Stinky, Kathleenie Font, Maple Serum, Meet John Henry, Monkey Chunks, Science Project, Smegalomania, Stencilcase, True Stories, Turkey-Sandwich, Uggly-Monospaced. Planned fonts: Cheesequake, Chicken Salad, Chump, Dentally Challenged, Dorkus, Electrickery (great techno font!!!), Grapejuice, Hitchcock, Dear Scabby, Sidney (Disney font), Underbelly (kitchen tile font).
Born outside Pince Albert, Saskatchewan, Rod McDonald is perhaps the greatest Canadian type designer ever. First based in Toronto and later in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, he designed the great Cartier Book family in 2000 based on the work of Carl Dair, who had started Cartier in the sixties, but died in 1968 with his Cartier unfinished. He won an award at the TDC2 2003 competition for his text family Laurentian---a typeface commissioned by Macleans magazine as part of a design project to refresh the 96-year-old publication. McDonald began as a lettering artist in the 1960s, and was a freelance type designer for most of his life, contributing custom creations to Mclean's Magazine, General Motors and Toronto Life magazine. He runs Smashing Type, and Rod McDonald Typographic Design, and he used to run Stylus Lettering&Typography Inc, 131 Bogert St, North York, ON. He was professor of typography at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON, and also taught at NSCAD University in Halifax.
The Stylus fonts included Bodoni Open Condensed (Rod McDonald, 1993), Fanfare Recu (Louis Oppenheim, 1927, revival by Rod McDonald, 1993; reworked in 2012 by Canada Type as Louis), Goudy Globe Gothic (revival by Rod McDonald, 1993), Loyalist Condensed (Rod McDonald, 1993), Regency Gothic (Rod McDonald, 1992). He designed ITC Handel Gothic at ITC. In 2004, he designed Smart Sans, a bold, compressed, sans serif design in three weights, suited for setting headlines and display copy) as a tribute to the late Sam Smart, a Canadian type designer (d. 1998) who helped establish the first Type Directors Club in Toronto.
In 2007, he became a Design Fellow for Monotype Imaging where he creates new and revived typefaces.
In 2006, he created Slate (an 18-style sans family) and Egyptian Slate (in 2008), both at Monotype. Slate was used in the Blackberry. In 2011, Slate was reissued and given a second life, but now as Gibson, with the help of Patrick Griffin and Kevin King at Canada Type. The Gibson typeface family sells for less than one style of Monotype's Slate. For other digital brothers of Egyptian Slate, we refer to Rockwell, Stafford Serial (Softmaker), Rambault (Softmaker), Roctus (URW), Slate (Bitstream) and Geometric Slabserif 712 (Bitstream).
Rod McDonald created the 14-style Classic Grotesque (2011, Linotype) which is based on the older German grotesks, Ideal Grotesk and Venus (1907), and is related to the Monotype Grotesques, ca. 1926 that gave rise to Arial. In 2016, Monotype published the vastly expanded 54-style Classic Grotesque. Metronews Canada tells the story of Classic Grotesque. At a TDC meeting in New York, Patrick Griffin said: One thing he's not saying, because this guy doesn't like to toot his own horn: it's the biggest thing to ever be released by a Canadian. It's the largest and the longest, just in terms of how much time it took. It's the biggest thing to ever come out of Canada in terms of type design.
In 2013, Rod McDonald launched Goluska, named to honor the late Canadian typographer Glenn Goluska, whose letterpress collection was acquired by Gaspereau Press in 2012.
Author of A Glossary of Typographic Terms (2013).
Keynote speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal. Youtube video of that talk entitled "Type Night In Canada".
Frenchman Romain Leclerc, who is now based in Vancouver, redesigned Roger Excoffon's Mistral (1953), replacing curved strokes by straight edges. The typeface is called Rafale (2013).
Ronald B. Ogawa
Rook Supply (was: Designer Toolbox, or: Rook Design Supply)
Vancouver and/or Montreal, Canada-based designer of the brush script fonts Twin Oaks (2016), Wellaway (2016), Bold Vision (2016) and Mount Baker (2016, dry brush), the rough brush typefaces Outshine (2016), Postmark (2016) and Sunrise Waves (2016), Sunfast (2016), and the weathered stamp typeface Tofino (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: Pure Heart (dry brush, SVG), Freshly Squeezed (brush), Something Fresh (brush), Explorers (Palestone, Mystic, Blatchford), Westmount (geometric sans), Lakeshore (brush), Woodcrafter Sans, Bushfire (slab serif), Kicking Horse (weather wood emulation font), Treadstone (weathered octagonal typeface), Forever Young (heavy brush), Revelstoke (a vintage all caps sans family).
Typefaces from 2018: Parkson, Silva (an SVG dry brush script), Tremblay (an all caps weathered SVG font), Outback (an inky brush font), Always Thankful (SVG brush), Beforth (SVG brush), Timber Wolf (SVG brush), Stranger Times (SVG brush), Take Charge (watercolor SVG font), Hunters (SVG Opentype brush font), Lion and Hare (condensed grotesque), Sanhurst (block sans serif), Belmont, Almonte (Opentype SVG brush font).
Typefaces from 2019: Rexton (all caps sans), Total Rage (an SVG brush font), Born Strong (octagonal), South Island (dry brush), Outbacker (brush font), Port Blair (script). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graduate of YSDN (York University/Sheridan College) who is based in Toronto. In 2015, she published the Perso-Arabic typeface Zariyah. In 2017, she designed Endangered Animal Alphabet. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sam Sirlin is the author of textib, a Tibetan package for TEX. He also converted Don Stilwell's Gaka font into a metafont. He created gtib, another Tibetan font. On this page, you'll also find Leonardo Gribaudo's BOD, another Tibetan font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian type designer (d. 1998) who helped establish the first Type Directors Club in Toronto. As a tribute, Rod McDonald designed Smart Sans (2004, Agfa Monotype, a bold, compressed, sans serif design in three weights, suited for setting headlines and display copy). [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at the School of Architecture, University of waterloo, Canada, Sam Vickars (based in Toronto and London, UK) designed the 3d display typefaces Nostalgia and Vaudeville 3D (2013). In 2014, he created Bearings Sans (free download).
Canadian type designer best known for her work at Hoefler&Frere-Jones type foundry (where she is a senior designer) on such typefaces as Gotham. Ex-student at the University of Reading (MA, 2003) who designed Motet (2003), a text family including a sans and an italic. In 2005, she joined Hoefler&Frere-Jones in their typeface development department. Since joining Hoefler & Co. she has contributed to the design of a wide range of both bespoke and retail typefaces---the latter including Verlag, Chronicle, Sentinel, Gotham, Tungsten, Ringside and Quarto---and has taught typeface design at the Yale School of Art, New York's School of Visual Arts, and together with Sumner Stone was a founding instructor of The Cooper Union's Type at Cooper Condensed Program.
She is working on a superfamily, and has written an in-depth study of the evolution of the sans serif lowercase in the types of the nineteenth century. She has taught type design at Yale School of Art, the Book Arts Institute at Wells College, and New York's School of Visual Arts and the Cooper Type Certificate Program.
Science Technology Centre Font Page
Free TrueType chess font ChessDW. And CU-SYMBOL is another dingbat font with Canadian symbols, chess figurines, icons and Carleton University symbols. All developed by Douglas Wong. Alternate site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Scooter Graphics (Fonts by Marty Pfeiffer)
Public domain fonts designed by Marty Pfeiffer (Vancouver) include some gorgeous fonts such as the experimental font Simga or Moris Script. The full list includes Epsy Serif, Epps Evans, Nu Sans, Epsy Sans-Tight, Midnight, Pfeiffer Tall, Jubal Sans, Virtue (based on Apple's Chicago and Charcoal fonts), Especial Kay, Marty Bold, Moris Script, Nu Casual, Calypso Boy (1996, after Excoffon's Calypso, 1958), Electrode, Freak, Ground Slither, Scooter Boy, Simga, Nu Sans Monospaced, Lower, Nu Serif. Also commercial fonts such as the cash-register lookalike font Receipt 1.0.
Scott Beaty is a Toronto-based writer and graphic designer. Creator of Wolfkitten Grotesk (2013), which was inspired by the roughhewn letterforms found on constructivist poster art of the early 20th century.. [Google] [More] ⦿
Scott Byrne Design is located in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He sells these typefaces: Badger (2015), Chatter Hat (2015, vintage poster typeface).
Earlier, over at FontStruct under the alias Zarvon, he made the octagonal typefaces Raven Sans, Raven Bold and Raven Slab, the slab typeface Berthald (inspired by Berthold City), the pixel typeface Sciptal Pixel, the squarish typeface Quizzical Pitch (2011), the constructivist Ascention (+Pixel), Neoletter (2011, tattoo face), and the round squarish typeface The Great Mutato, all done in 2011.
Joe Clark (Toronto) is developing special fonts for captioning and subtitling for TV and film. Joe's motto is Watching TV is bad enough. Reading TV shouldn't be worse. Two interesting sub-pages: Here he explains the difference between captioning and subtitling. Captions are basically for the deaf, and are manually turned on. They not only describe what is said or heard but also mention or show things about the intonation, style, language, or nature of the voices or sounds. Subtitling is mostly used to translate. It is generally automatically turned on, and shown at the bottom of the screen. On this page, Joe lists the main issues with captioning and subtitling and lists the many problems with popular subtitling typefaces such as Bitstream's Tiresias or Monotype's Arial. Speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sean Arnett Type Foundry (was: corduroy)
The Sean Arnett Type Foundry used to be called "Corduroy". This Canadian foundry sells about 175 fonts at 55 dollars a piece. The list: ALCHEMEY, AMSTERDAM, ANALOG, APRICOT, ARISTOTLE, BADLY DRAWN BOY, BALI EYES, BARREL OF A GUN, BARREL OF A GUN 2, BI - POLAR BEAR, BLITZKRIEG BOP, BROKEN, BUDDY HOLLY, BULLET, BULLETPROOF, BUTTERFLY, CAKE, CATERPILLAR, CHEMISTRY, CLEOPATRA, CLOSE TO ME, CONTINENTAL, CONTINENTAL EXTENDED, CONTINENTAL EXTENDED WIDE, CONTINENTAL OUTLINE, CONTINENTAL OUTLINE CLEAR, DEVOTION, DIESEL, DR. NO, EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPHICS, ELVIS, ELVIS PRESLEY, ELVIS PRESLEY BOLD, ELVIS PRESLEY OUTLINE, ELVIS PRESLEY OUTLINE ZEBRA, EMBRACE, ESCTASY, EUROPA, EVEL KENIEVEL, EVEL KENIEVEL BROKEN, FANTA, FLAMENCO, FLAVOUR FLAV, FRANK SINATRA, FREESTATE BOLD OUTLINE, FREESTATE CHROME, FREESTATE OUTLINE, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, FUTURAMA, GASOLINE, GAS PANIC, GINGER, GIRAFFE, GIRAFFE OUTLINE, GIRAFFE OUTLINE BOLD, GIRAFFE SHADOW, GOLDFISH, GUS GUS, GYPSEY KINGS, HAPPINESS, HASH PIPE, HEPBURN, HEPBURN BOLD, HEPBURN BOLD OUTLINE, HEPBURN OUTLINE, HOWDY, INSIGHT, INSIGHT BOLD, INSIGHT HIGHLIGHT, INSIGHT OUTLINE, INSIGHT THIN, INSTRUCTIONS, IRONWORK, IRONWORK BORDER, JESUS SAVES, JO JO'S JACKET, JOHNNY CASH, KEE WEE, KEE WEE BOLD, KEE WEE OUTLINE, KEE WEE OUTLINE OUTLINED, KEE WEE SMOOTH, KEE WEE SMOOTH OUTLINED, KISS ME KISS ME KISS ME, KUBRICK, LED ZEPPELIN, LEONARDO DA VINCI, LEONARDO DA VINCI SYMBOLS, LICORICE, LOU REED, LUSH, MARLON BRANDO, MARTINI, MATADOR, MEGATRON, MEMENTO, MEMPHIS, METRO, METRO BLOCK, MOLECULE, MONET, MONET SYMBOLS, MOONLIGHT DRIVE, MUTATIONS, NEIL FINN, NERO, NICO, OASIS, ODELAY!, ONES AND ZEROS, ORBIT, PARIS, PEIGNOT, PENGUIN, PETROGLYPHS AFRICAN, PEZ, PIXEL BUBBLE BUBBLE, PIXEL CONDENSED HV, PIXEL CONDENSED, PIXEL CURVED EXTENDED, PIXEL CURVED HV, PIXEL SPACE INVADERS, PIXEL SQUARE, PIXEL SQUARE EXTENDED, PIXEL SQUARE HV, PIXEL SQUASHED, PIXEL TECHNO, POPSICKLE, POSTCRYPT, QUICKDRAW, RAMONES, RAYGUN, RAYGUN OUTLINE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, REVOLVER, RUN LOLA RUN, SAUL BASS, SCRABBLE, SEAHORSE, SEAWEED, SIGNAL ONE, SIGNAL TWO, SPIDERWEB, SPUTNIK, STEPHEN MALKMUS, STEREOPHONICS, STYLOROUGE, STRAWBERRY FIELDS, SUPERGRASS, SUPERMAN, SWANSONG, SWEETHEART, TAHITIAN MOON, TELEVISION, TROPICALIA, TECHINCOLOR©, THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE OYSTER (DO NOT FEED), THE STROKES, TIGER THE LION, TURNTABLE, USELINK, VELOCITY, VENICE, VERTIGO, VESPA, VESPERTINE, VINCENT SYMBOLS, VINCENT VAN GOGH, VIOLATION, WATER AND A SEAT, WILLIE NELSON, WOODY, WOWEE ZOWEE. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sebastian Kosch (b. 1989, Germany) studied Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. He designed the open license garalde font family Crimson Text (2010), which is part of the Google open font directory. This was followed by Crimson (2011) and Crimson Bold (2011). Free downloads at OFL, CTAN and Aldus Leaf. See also Crimson Pro, co-designed by Sebastian Kosch and Jacques le Bailly. The Crimson fonts were corrected in 2016 by Michael Sharpe and are available as Cochineal. Michael writes: These remarkable fonts are inspired by the famous oldstyle fonts in the garalde family (Garamond, Bembo) but, in the end, look more similar to Minion, though with smaller x-height and less plain in detail..
Sebastian's motto: free as in both "free beer" and "freedom."
A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art+Design in Vancouver in 2011, Selina Lim designed Eclipse (2011), a layered display typeface designed with music in mind, inspired by a found type on the poster of Sweet Talk NYC, based on a free typeface called Bath. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer, type designer and illustrator in North Vancouver, whose early fonts could be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal.
At Alphabets Inc, check Coupage, Mager, Mira, Pattern, General and Sharp. SP Cutouts (dingbats) won an award at the 1999 Type Directors Club. SP Situations is a fun dingbat font. Other fonts from 2011-2012 include SP Celtic, SP Leopolis and SP Greece (pixelish).
In 2011, he joined the FontStruct crowd, and published the pixelized family Ruthenoreum A1 through A5, and Ruthenorum B1, and Greece A1.
FontStructions from 2012 include Serge Pichii Veles A, B, C, D, E and G.
In 2013, he created a set of four typefaces under the name SP Halloween Dingbats.
Graphic designer and photographer in Toronto. Creator of Collier Roman (2012), a typeface in the style of University Roman.
Shauna Mae Hartsook (previously Luedtke) is a graphic designer and art director working in Calgary, Canada. At Type@Paris 2016, Shauna Hartsook designed the warm text typeface Meringue for use in signage and packaging related to food. At Fairgoods, she published Sans Français (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Paul Gershon Vandenbrink's pages. He proposes a revised version of the Shavian alphabet, by adding a set of auxiliary vowel markers. Glottal stops are taken care of by a proposed vowel capitalization. No new fonts (yet), but there is a biography of George Bernard Shaw, and a history of the Shavian alphabet. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nick Shinn (b. London, 1952) is an art director and type designer. He teaches at York University in Toronto, and is a founding member of the Type Club of Toronto. He writes regularly for Graphic Exchange magazine, and has contributed to Applied Arts, Marketing, Design, and Druk. He founded Shinn Type in 1999, and made fifteen type families. Interview by Jan Middendorp, in which he describes himself as a contrarian. Pic by Isaias Loaiza. Pic by Chris Lozos at Typo SF in San Francisco in 2012. Custom typefaces have been produced for newspapers such as The Birmingham News (Alabama), The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Express (London), The Daily Mail (London), The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The Montreal Gazette, and The St. Petersburg Times (Florida). Custom fonts, with exclusive rights, have been created for corporations such as Thomson Nelson, Enbridge, Rogers Communications Inc., and Martha Stewart Living. Nick organizes type evenings in Toronto all year long.
He is the designer of Fontesque (a wild family of curly glyphs), the monospaced font Monkey Mono, Artefact (1999), Beaufort (a sharply serifed family; in 2008, he published a 10-style extension called Beaufort Pro), Bodoni Egyptian (1999), Alphaville (2000, techno typeface with straight mono-width strokes), Brown, Brown Gothic, Duffy Script (2008, in 4 styles: an interpretation of the lettering of contemporary illustrator Amanda Duffy, aka Losergirl), Handsome (1999, cursive handwriting family, since 2005 available in OpenType), Merlin, Oneleigh (1999, masterful!!), Paradigm (1995, updated in 2008, inspired by 15th century letterforms), Shinn, Walburn (1996) [note: Walburn and Brown were originally commissioned for the 2000 redesign of the Globe and Mail. Walburn is an adaptation of a didone typeface by Erich Walbaum, c.1800], Worldwide (1999).
In 2001, he designed the Richler font in honour of the memory of Mordecai Richler. The Richler font was only available to the Giller Prize, Random House and the Richler family until its public release in May 2013 at MyFonts, where Richler (+Cyrillic, +Greek) is advertised as a 21st century antiqua book face.
In 2002, he published Goodchild (a Jenson revival; see also Goodchild Pro (2017). Goodchild is a Venetian with clean (not antiqued!) outlines and a larger-than-Jensonian x-height. It comes in 4 styles and is targeted at sophisticated academic typography) and the liquid lettering family Morphica, exclusively at Veer.
In 2003, he released the absolutely gorgeous "modern" sans Eunoia (which has a unicase weight), and the quirky sans family Preface (2003; Preface Thin is a hairline weight; Preface Light is free at FontShop). In 2003, he also published the mmonowidth unicase family Panoptica (2003), which includes styles called Regular, Sans, Egyptian, Doesburg and Octagonal, to name a few.
In 2005, he created Nicholas, a serif family, which is the headline version of Goodchild.
Additions in 2006 include Softmachine (VAG Rounded/comic book style family). Sexy type from Toronto is an article by Erin Kobayashi about Shinn's work published in the Toronto Star on April 15, 2007. Nick Shinn designed the type for the redesign of The Globe and Mail in April 2007: Globe and Mail Text [look at the f], Globe and Mail Sans (or GM Sans), Globe and Mail News (or GM News).
In 2008, these typefaces went retail. One typeface is called Pratt, named after David Pratt, the design director at The Globe and Mail who commissioned the typeface for his redesign of the paper. The companion typeface will be called Pratt Sans.
Additions in 2008: Figgins Sans (4 styles), Scotch Modern (a 5 style didone family that revives the typeface used in New York State Cabinet of Natural History), Scotch Micro. Paul Shaw writes: Scotch Roman, beloved by D.B. Updike and W.A. Dwiggins, was a standard in the typographic repertoire of pre-World War II printers but fell out of favor after the war, supplanted by Bodoni. Nick Shinn of Shinntype has made a bid to resurrect this oft-maligned typeface with Scotch Modern. Scotch Modern is not a revival of the familiar Scotch Roman of Linotype and Monotype, but of a more modern design attributed to George Bruce, the great 19th-century New York punchcutter. Shinn used a sample of the typeface from the New York State Cabinet of Natural History's 23rd Annual Report for the Year 1869 (printed in 1873) as a model. He drew it by eye, aided by a sharp loupe: no photographic enlargements, no scans, no tracing. The ends of the strokes are slightly rounded, to capture the effect of metal type being impressed into soft paper. Shinn contends that the 19th-century Scotch types were "eminently readable" and a factor in the rise of modern literacy. His rendition, an OpenType font, aims for readability in all situations with display, regular, and microtype versions. The display roman includes a unicase font-a nod to Bradbury Thompson's Alphabet 26 experiment-and the italic has elegant swash caps. Scotch Roman has never been a typeface for those seeking eternal beauty or anyone desperate for typographic kicks. Dwiggins gave it a 10 for legibility (where 10 was "reasonable human perfection") but only 4 for grace and 0 for novelty. Shinn's Scotch Modern, with its many OpenType extras, scores well on all three counts. It's a typeface for those who prefer a mature single malt: simple at first, but more complex as it is savored. Photograph. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, his talk was entitled Scotch Modern. Several catalogs have been published by Shinntype. Particularly noteworthy is The Modern Suite (2008, Nick Shinn, Coach House Press, Toronto), which showcases Figgins Sans and Scotch Modern. Sample of some Scotch Modern dingbats.
Production in 2010: Sensibility (a humanist sans superfamily), Sense (a modernist sans superfamily), Bodoni Egyptian Pro (a monoline slab Bodoni experiment---the Pro version of a 1999 family by him). More images of sense and Sensibility: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii.
In 2011, he created Checker, an all caps 3d black and white-tiled typeface, and Parity (a roman unicase pair).
Pratt Nova (2014) is a 17-style large x-height typeface family that attempts to achieve visual and semantic opulence, equipping the typographer with a comprehensive array of harmonized fonts, all rigorously drawn, superbly fitted iterations of a single, profoundly original design. Neology (2014) is a 15-style sans family subdivieded into Deco, Grotesque and plain sans subfamilies.
Brown Pro (2016) is a classic grotesque, distinguished by its semi-condensed proportions and slight flaring of the edges and some ink traps.
Figgins Standard (2016) is a take on the low-contrast original sans typefaces designed in the 1830s in industrial London.
Gambado (2016). This is a collection of shaken typefaces with bouncing letters. Particular fonts include Gambado Sans and Gambado Scotch.
Dair (2017) is a revival of Canada's first home-grown typeface, Cartier, which was completed by Carl Dair in 1967 and named after 16th century explorer Jacques Cartier, who mapped the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 1530s. Dair 67 and Dair 67 Italic are facsimiles of the original fonts. Dair and Dair Italic are fully-featured 21st century fonts.
In 2018, Nick Shinn published Phiz, a diverse suite of 27 decorative fonts based on Figgins Sans Extra Bold.
Boxley (2016). A superelliptical sans typeface family.
Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal.
Silvio is the Toronto-based designer of ITC Napoleone Slab (2001) and the Greek simulation font family ITC Medea (2003). He also published FF Hydra (2002), an extensive family. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1993, and is currently working at Crescent Design Consultants in Toronto. There is a slight question as to whether ITC Medea was based on the source code of UnciTronica (Manfred Klein, AI, 1994). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Barely five days after the catastrophe of November 6, 2016, Simon Dunford (London, Ontario) published the scanbat typeface Trump (2016). In December 2016, he published Dawson Grotesque. In 2017, he designed the art deco typeface Mouron (free, caps only; named after A.M. Cassandre, whose real name was Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron), Dylan Gothic and the Tuscan wood type emulation typeface Poblano. Dafont link. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Codesigner with Kemie Guaida in 1998 of Soli (Pixilate Designs, Sweden), a typeface that is based on an architect's handwriting. That typeface can now be bought at MyFonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Soon is a Canadian commercial typefoundry set up by Robbie Fairley in Toronto. Designers of the monoline geometric sans typeface Nord du Canada North Grotesque (2015), abbreviated to CNG. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Ontario. Bruce Mau Design asked Spencer to help with a new identity for Unilever in 2011-2012. It included the development of DIN Unilever, and of a fat roundish Unilever Illustrative Type. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tikkana is a truetype font designed by Sri T. Desikachary, who is based in Winnipeg, Canada. Changes were made by Prasad Chodavarapu and Sri Ramana Juvvadi. See also here, here and here, where one can download the Tikkana fonts (truetype and type 1) for Telugu. These fonts are free under the GNU license. Prasad A. Chodavarapu also explains how to install the fonts for X-Windows/UNIX users. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
St. Rachan Typeworks
Free fonts by Jim Strachan (Canada): Bibliotheque, Cigarstore, D'Italia (nice stencil font), Mumblypegs (1999), Medieval Scribish (1999, Lombardic), Stampede (1999). Several medieval fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer from Kitchener (b. 1984) now located in Washington, DC, and before that, in Reston, VA. He created the irregular handwriting font Stefan Handwrite (2006) and an untitled art nouveau typeface in 2014. In 2016, he created Tuscan.
During his studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada, Stephan Garneau created the dot matrix typeface Bogart (2014), which is named after Humphrey Bogart. [Google] [More] ⦿
Steve Michael Palmer
Canadian graduate (b. Ottawa) from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010. He grew up in Halifax. Interested through his wife in the Mayan culture, Steve designed the typeface Yukatek at Reading. His motivation: A modern text typeface for books, with custom features for Mayan languages.
In 2011, Steve joined the Adobe Type Team.
Winnipeg, Canada-based designer of these typefaces in or just before 2003: Techno-Industrial (1998), Totaly (2003, neon sign font), Bit Map, Positronic (2003), Aiden (2003, fridge door letters), Forever (2003). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Headline and revival type by this Toronto-based company (Stylus), run by Rod McDonald. Fonts include Bodoni Open Condensed (Rod McDonald, 1993), Fanfare Recu (Louis Oppenheim, 1927, revival by Rod McDonald, 1993; Canada Type made Louis in 2012), Goudy Globe Gothic (revival by Rod McDonald, 1993), Loyalist Condensed (Rod McDonald, 1993), Regency Gothic (Rod McDonald, 1992). [Google] [More] ⦿
New Westminster, BC-based foundry of Mick Sylvestre (b. Regina, Saskatchewan, 1968), who designed the gothic families Cardinal (2005) and Scriptura (2005). He also created Hashi (2006, techno), Voussoir (2006, heavy display face), Caricatura (2005, hand-printed), Dingums (2005, dingbats), Diva Pop (2006, avant garde), Cannabis (2005), Glam Rock (2005), Vlad (2005, condensed and sectarian), Bramare (2006), Pepperjack (2006, blocky with round holes), Colby Script (2006, brush), Mickster (2006, comic book lettering), Nine Volt (2007, grunge), Savasato (2007, art nouveau look) and Quadra (2005, black blocky face).
Additions in 2009: the handwriting typefaces Caramella, Fantillo, Shaelynn, Manta, Seussian, and the LED-meets-art deco font Katzenklo.
American architect who did the beautiful inscriptional lettering on a monument in Toronto in 2008 honor the thousands who died in the forest of Katyn during the German invasion. Report by Jake Bauming. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 2012, Taulant made the thin condensded slab typeface Hammer.
TechnoFace Digital Type Foundry