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Lviv-based Ukrainian designer (b. 1979) of the octagonal stencil typeface Depot Trapharet (2006, brutalist), and of the free car rallye dingbat typeface Rallye Symbols (2008). Dafont link.
In 2010, he went commercial as 2D Typo. The first typeface at 2D typo was the modular pixelish Pressure Drop 2D (2010). This was followed by Ornamental Deco 2D (2010, art deco ornaments), Rally Symbols 2D (2010), Mascaron2D (2010, by Iryna Korchuk), Depot Trapharet 2d (2010, a stencil based on the tram lettering in Lviv), Ascetic 2D (2005-2010), Hutsulyandiya (2010, extraordinary ornaments by Iryna Korchuk), Simeon (2010, calligraphic), Cranked Pipe 2D (2011), Tripyllia 2D (2011, ornaments of the neolithic Trypillya culture), and Ukrainian Barokko (2010, a calligraphic typeface by Genadij Zarechnjuk), Historism Border (2011, border ornaments), Moreske 2D (2012, ornaments), Geomanticus (2012, modular squarish sans).
Typefaces from 2013: Bandelwerk (borders), Digital Stitch, Modern Wave (ornaments based on Alphonse Mucha), Hopferian (Roman caps after engravings by Daniel Hopfer (1470-1536)---typeface completed with help of Mariya Sokil), Simple Ribbon (art nouveau dingbats).
In 2014, he created Angusto (an elegant narrow shadowed display typeface family), Vindemiam (ornamental borders), Squamish (ornamental borders), UA Map (maps of Ukraine dingbats) and Bohemian Border.
In 2014, Dmitry Rastvortsev, Lukyan Turetsky, and Henadij Zarechnjuk cooperated on the design of the free Latin / Cyrillic handwriting typeface Kobzar KS, which is based on the handwriting of Taras Shnvchenko, a famous Ukrainian poet, artist and philosopher.
Typefaces from 2015: Finetitle (ornaments for headers), Gothic Herbarium (a floriated ornamental font based on the Gothic Revival ornaments developed by Augustus Pugin (1812-1852)), Old Depot (rough stencil), Francesca (decorative caps).
Typefaces from 2016: Dubster (which he describes as a technocratic modular font).
Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
414 General Store
Courtney Burroughs and Alex Liebold (Savannah, GA) run 414 General Store. Their typefaces include Elise (2014, layered decorative caps) and Monster Party (2015, decorative caps). [Google]
A. A. Turbayne
French designer of an initial caps face at the end of the 19th century. Turbayne was associated with the Carlson Studio, and penned Monograms and Ciphers (republished by Dover in 1968). [Google]
German designer of the free typewriter font AM Type 1 (2016) anf the ornamental caps typeface AM Intex (2016). [Google]
Designer of the Paganini, Arenski, ChopinOpenFace, KhachaturianCaps, Capinini (blackletter) and Debussy families of fonts. [Google]
A New Machine
Foundry, est. 2011, in Raleigh, NC, by Kent Swecker. A New Machine created the beautiful hairline hand-printed typeface Hair Line (2011), Sweck Sans (2011, a sans with some contrast and a large x-height), Unstable (2011, a paper cut face), the sketch typeface Crosshatch (2011), and the modular FontStruct-like typeface Model UR (2011).
In 2012, he made Quarry (an outlined hand-drawn shadow font), Holt Sans (a Peignotian family), Unstable Slab, Mitosis (using bubbly dots), Radial (prismatic), and Airwave (techno).
Typefaces from 2013: Benthic (decorative geometric caps), Tubbs (a beefy poster face), Dot To Dot (a dotted and lined pair of school fonts), Emjay (sketched blackboard bold typeface).
Typefaces from 2014: Art Party (a festive hand-drawn typeface codesigned with with Erin Solomon), Carawan (a rounded sans family), Back and Forth, Fat Nib (splatter brush face), Smoot (whimsical typeface).
Typefaces from 2015: El Guapo (a hand-crafted typeface codesigned with Erin Solomon), Nervy, Current (thin connected script).
Typefaces from 2016: Igor (a beatnik style font).
Klingspor link. [Google]
During his studies at the University of South Wales, Aaron Healey (Cardiff, Wales) created the decorative caps typeface Mechanical (2014) and Originality (2015). [Google]
Pickering, Ontario-based designer of the floral caps typeface Acid Trip (2016). Behance link. [Google]
New Delhi, India-based designer of the decorative caps alphabet Temples of India (2016). [Google]
Creator of the (painted) illustrated caps called Growing Power (2011). Images: i, ii. [Google]
Johannes Birkenbach (b. 1956, Ludwigshafen) began his career with D. Stempel AG in 1983 drawing typefaces and moved to digital typeface design and development while working at Linotype in Germany and then Monotype in the UK. Since 1994 Johannes has operated his own design studio, ABC Design, and has worked with Ascender since 2004 on many font projects. In 2008, he joined Ascender Corp and is associated with its German branch.
Based in Pirmasens, Germany, his fonts include the Bijoux, Palazzo Caps (1997), Palazzo Text (2004), Jeunesse (1993), Jeunesse Slab (1993), Jeunesse Sans (1993), Cicero Caps (1996), Ambiente (2004), Jocelyn, Jonas, Ulissa, and Perrywood (Monotype, 1993).
Klingspor link. Fontshop link. [Google]
Abdul Hapiz Hilman
Illustrator in Cambridge, UK, who created the decorative alphabet Bestiary (2014). Behance link. [Google]
FontStructor who made the gorgeous gridded caps typeface Clone (2012). [Google]
Dutch foundry in Bergen op Zoom. Psychoscout is an initial caps font, originally developed for the Psychoscout record by Flat Earth Society (2006). It was made commercial in 2011. [Google]
Student at UWE in Bristol, UK. FontStructor who made the Celtic caps typefaces Radiating Bold (2011), Radiating (2011) and Closed Energy (2011). [Google]
Accurate Collective (Bucharest, Romania) created some unnamed display fonts in 2012. [Google]
Adam Grason (aka Zadok44) is the Kansas City, MO-based designer of the Victorian ornamental families Blair (2012) and Patmos (2011). Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Pittsburgh, PA, who created the decorative caps Anatomy Typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer who studied at University College Falmouth. Now based in London, Adam designed Infected Type (2012, ornamental caps). Behance link. [Google]
[Alter Deco Typefoundry]
Bangalore, India-based designer of a colorful set of capitals in 2015. [Google]
Bandung, Indonesia-based designer of Okinami (2014), a remarkable all caps typeface that emulates the famous ukiyoe painting of Katsuhiko Hokusai entitled The Great Wave off Kanagawa. [Google]
Creator of the free ornamental caps typeface Broken Skate Deck (2012).
Aka Chika Adika. [Google]
Aguascalientes, Mexico-based designer of the decorativecaps typeface Muximbal (2016), a typeface based on Mayan patterns developed during his studies at Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes. [Google]
Fano, Italy-based designer of the decorative multi-colored geometric caps typeface Afivez (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Catalan designer of the scratchy font Diatriba, of the corroded font Dead End, and of the ancient caps font Ot. [Google]
Medellin, Colombia-based designer of a decorative caps alphabet in 2016. [Google]
Adrian Saucedo, a graphic designer in San Diego, created Monster Alphabet (2013). [Google]
Santa Rosa, CA-based designer of a floriated caps typeface in 2015. Adriana grew up in Northern California. [Google]
[J. Fürst Gardiner]
Creator at FontStruct of Aeolien (2011, alphadings), Gazebo Line Aeo (2012), Chateau d'Air (2013, castles), Like Fabergé (2013, oval), Fold Line (2013, a sewing font), Toothache (2013), Linoleum (2013), Sandor Basic Stripes (2013), Compass Norden (2013, a dot matrix font), Sambuccus (2013), Abneuroniques (2013, neurotic typeface), Zebra (2013, horizontally striped), Amazed (2013, maze font), Card Reading (2013), 3paths (2013), Raidho (2013), Floraeolien (2013, flower dings), the Art of Square series (2013), and Ostara Egg Box (2013, ornamental caps for Easter).
Typefaces from 2014: Ceques (op-art), Indentional, The Tunnels of Tralyoxx, ClickPop Beads, Blue Moon, Nurdal's Walk (LED font), Dumultix (techno, in De Stijl fashion, based on Mondrian), Wever Ding, My Unintended, Haltero, Linuta, Murexa, Abfahrt, Arrivee Mercredi, Mabon (vintage slab serif, art nouveau), Treat or Trick, Aerix Stencil Serify, Noba M, Plaque Emaille (white-on-black), Gleiteri, Strega nona, Kubetus (artsy), Kubetuffo, Pixiel, Werner, Free Masonry, Airy Brickwork, Aerix Stencil Sans, Sim Card, Kerbe, Fool's Beans, Gift Tag (alphadings), Tag Letters, Varsity Outline UC.
Typefaces from 2015: 3Fino, S-chablo Sans (stencil), August, Shifted (op-art), Arroed, Apprentice Quill, Spitze, Melusine.
Aka Jutta Gi. FontStruct link. [Google]
Affolter und Gschwind AG
Werner Affolter ran a phototype and printing company in Basel, Switzerland, called Affolter und Gschwind AG, Fotosatz&Reprotechnik. In 1981, Affolter published an extensive catalog entitled Letterama that showed over one thousand alphabets. Few of those were original, so I suspect he acted as a vendor of sorts, but at least a couple seemed original, or were claimed to be original or exclusive: Guigoz, Moby Dick. Moby Dick was revived in 2014 by Nick Curtis as Call Me Ishmael NF.
Some examples of the types shown, in alphabetical order: Antique Wood MP363 (art nouveau), Antique Wood MP 364 (oriental simulation face) [the Antique Wood series is quite extensive, and is just numbered], B+T Classic (roman), Bernhard Fett, Beton Fine Line (typewriter), Burko (avant garde family), fonts starting with G, Gaston Fett (a squarish gothic typeface also called Gipsy), Gaston Halbfett (also called Grassy), Gemini Computer, Germanic Sans (more avant garde and Lubalin-style glyphs), Hollandse Mediaeval, Hollywood (a 3d decorative family), typefaces starting with K, Lineamarca (slabby), Linear (avant garde, geometric monoline), Melen (experimental, geometric), Meola Bookman swash (decorative), Metro (art nouveau, after the Metroploitaine font), Moraine (squarish), the Old Foundry sub-collection [another mysterious numbered collection; examples include some uncials, and some more art nouveau typefaces, some Victorian ornamental typefaces (F260 through F262), more art nouveau (MP418 through MP420) and blackletter typefaces (MP421)], Pierrot (psychedelic, groovy), Phydian (one of many Western style ornamental typefaces), Ronda, Roulette, Roulette Schattiert (=Rajah) (more Western fare), Ruby (shaded caps), Runic Small (condensed), Rustic (wood log look), typefaces starting with S, Spengler Gothik, St. Clair (ornamental), Zither (calligraphic script). [Google]
During his studies in Singapore, Afifi Zaidin created the ornamental caps typeface Alfabetica (2015). Behance link. [Google]
[Lettres Vagabondes (or: Fonts by Holyrose)]
Polish designer of the decorative caps typeface Sweets (2015, Studio Filigran). [Google]
Jakarta, Indonesia-based designer of a great set of decorative caps in 2016. Behance link. [Google]
Bursa, Turkey-based textile designer. In 2015, he created the free decorative typeface ROTF. Behance link. [Google]
Illustrator from Rezekne, Latvia, who made an ornamental caps face in 2012. [Google]
Singapore-based designer of the ornamental caps alphabet Tipity (2012) and the ball terminal typeface Acerola Bombs (2013). [Google]
Philadelphia-based designer and PostScript font hacker who runs Prescott Design. He created three substantial sans typefaces families with many weights starting from hairline, almost in the fashion mag style: Clemente (2011), Ultima (2011), Passion Sans (2011, a Peignotian family). All free at Dafont.
Additional typefaces: the Bizarre series (decorative caps), Advertisers Gothic PD (2010: a large family based on Robert Wiebking's ugly original from 1917), APT Antique, Crayon PDS (2013, a decorative Victorian family), APT Caslon 76 (1997, based on a Compugraphics original), APT Feinen Inline (1997, after Henry Mikiewicz, 1983), APT Millais (1995, unknown origin), APT New Abel Cursive (1996, a revival of Bernie Abel's Abel Cursive (Compugraphic, 1974)), APT New Artcraft (1996), APT New LSC Book (1996, after a 1970 original by Lubalin Smith Carnese), APT New Classic Rubber Stamp (1996: based on DeVinne by G.F. Schroeder, 1890; F.W. Goudy 1898), APT New Hearst (1995, based on an original from Inland Type Foundry, 1901, which was famously ripped off from Goudy; the Italic was by Carl Schraubstadter, 1904), APT New Ticonderoga (1995-1996), APT New Woolly West (1995), APT Horizon Initials (1995), APT New Gill Floriated (1995), Old Gothic Initials Plain (1995: Lombardic caps), Pfister Bible Gothic APT Cameo (1997, blackletter caps), APT Saint Nick (1995: snow-themed caps).
His 19th century series, all made in 1995 or 1996: APT New Abramesque, APT New Alferata (psychedelic), APT New Armenian, APT New Belmont (Victorian), APT New Brenda, APT New Cabinet, APT New Caprice, APT New Dawson, APT New Euclid, APT New Linden, APT New Madison, APT New Moorish, APT New Mystic, APT New Rollo (Victorian), APT New Slapstick (wooden plank font), APT New Spiral, APT New Stephen Ornate, APT New Teahouse, APT New Viola, APT Novelty Script.
The wood type collection of Alan Prescott: APT Antique Wood Double Outline Shaded 1995, APT Antique Wood Extended 1996 APT Caslon Wood w: Alts 1996 APT Clarendon Wood Extended 1996 APT Columbian Wood w: Alts 1996 APT Courier Wood 1997 APT Doric Wood 1995 APT Gothic Wood (+Alts) 1997 APT Grecian FullFaced Wood 1996 APT Jenson Old Style Wood 1996 APT Kurilian Wood w: Decorated Alts 1997 APT Modified Gothic Wood Cond 1997 APT New Venetian Wood 1996 APT New Woodcut Shaded Initials 1995 (Houtsneeletter) APT Roman Wood 1994-1995 APT Tuscan Antique Wood (+Alts) 1995-1996 APT Tuscan Concave Wood 1996-1997 APT Tuscan Contour Wood 1996 APT Tuscan Gothic 1 Wood 1996, APT Tuscan Gothic 2 Wood Cond w: Alts 1996, APT Tuscan Gothic 3 Wood Cond w: Alts 1997, APT Tuscan Gothic Pointed Wood w: Alts 1997 (Ironwood) APT Tuscan Italian Wood 1997 APT Unique Wood 1995 APT Wood 1995-1997 APT Wood No. 501 1996 (orig Wm.H. Page 1887), APT Wood No. 508 1997, APT Wood No. 51 1997, APT Wood No. 510 1997, APT Wood No. 515 1996 Stencil typefaces: APT Crystal Ship (1995), APT New Acapulco Light (1995; after the phototype Acapulco Light VGC), APT New Alpha Midnight (1996; after a typeface from 1969 sold by John Schaedler), APT New Beans w/ Alts (1996, after Beans by Dieter Zembsch, 1973), APT New Checkmate (1995---not a stencil type, really, but rather a modular typeface; after the film type Checkmate), APT New Zephyr (1996). Ornamental typefaces: APT New Courtier Italic (1996, Vanity Fair), APT New Harlequin (1996), APT New June (1996, after Fournier le Jeune). Computer fonts: APT Bugsy (1995), APT New Quote (1996: bilined). Art nouveau typefaces: APT New Abbott (1995; after Joseph W. Phinneys' abbott Old Style, 1901), APT New Ambrosia (1995, after Peter Schnorr's 1898 Jugendstil typeface), APT New Baldur (1996; after Baldur by Schelter (1895) and Julius Klinkhardt (1903)), APT New Jagged w/ Alts (1996), APT New Jason (1996), APT New Livonia (1996), APT New Margit w/ Alts (1996), APT New Nightclub (1995), APT New Quaint (1995), APT New Quaint Open (1995). Various display typefaces: APT Black Dog (1995), APT Blacksmith Heavy (1995), APT New Airedale (1995, after an original tattoo / poster from the 1930s), APT New Blade Display w/ Alts (1996), APT New Cugat (1995; a wedge serif letterpress emulation typeface), APT New Fieldstone (1995), APT New Static (1995), APT New Trump Gravur (1995; after Georg Trump, 1954), APT New Yagi Bold (1996). Avant Garde typefaces: APT Avant Garde Alts and Display (1997), APT Lubalin Graph Alts (1997; to be used with BT Lubalin Graph, Ed Benguiat, 1974). [Google]
Albatross (or: Font Deals)
Albatross is Jay Hilgert's foundry in Oklahoma City, OK, est. 2008. Before Albatross, Jay Hilgert ran Bittbox (or: BB Free Fonts), a site dedicated to free clipart and vector art.
Typefaces from 2008 include the informal outline typeface Tire Shop, the informal 3d shadow typeface Blox (2008), the 3-d wood typeface Baja California, the stunning four-style family called BB Petie Boy (which includes an ornamental caps style, a grunge style, a blackboard style and a sketch style), Fusty Saddle, 23rd Street (a graffiti font) and Whiteboard Modern.
In 2009, he followed up with Oil Change (3d, hand-drawn).
In 2011, he created the futuristic family Naughty Astronaut (+Cowboy), the Western typeface ABTS Gunsmoke, the connected retro script typeface ABTS Milk, ABTS Feather Pen, ABTS Oklahoma (retro deco), ABTS Aviator (2011, art deco caps face), and ABTS Day of the Dead (ornamental skulls, Mexican style), ABTS Crestwing (an inline caps face), Helios Pro.
Typefaces from 2013 include Boom (a comic book typeface family, with hand-drawn Boom Symbols).
Typefaces from 2014: Signyard (a retro overlay font family that evokes motel signage), Microbrew (letterpress emulation in many increasingly grungy styles, accompanied by Ornaments and Banners), Sparhawk (a 3d layered display font), Castor One (wood and letterpress style), Altus (a hand-drawn elliptical sans, +Altus Extras: ornaments).
Typefaces from 2015: Corinth Ornaments, Auburn (brush script), Microbrew Unicase, Corinth (hand-drawn geometric sans with letterpress influences).
Typefaces from 2016: Microbrew Soft.
Creative Market link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. In 2011, he started Font Deals. [Google]
In the book Divertimento (Editlivre, Paris), Albert Legault (UQAM, Montreal, Canada) published the decorative art nouveau caps alphabet Eugene Grasset (2015). PDF file for the Eugene Grasset alphabet [120MB]. [Google]
Graphic designer in Paris, who created the textured decorative caps typeface Wykinanki (2015) Behance link. [Google]
Aldus Type Studio
Mysterious outfit that used to be located at 731 S La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90036. Between 1997 and 2000 it modified and improved some existing fonts. There is also an Aldus company (but this time related to Mark Myers in San Diego) that used to bundle its fonts with TypeTwister---this may or may not be a different company. Fonts from Aldus that are traveling the internet include AestheticPlain, AllegroSwashes, Angel, Angel, AssayExtraExtended, AssayRimmed, Cardinal, Cruickshank, Dainty, Dominican, FantasiaCaps (based on Fantasia from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. III), GothicCaps (based on Gothic from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. I), Lettresombrees, LubnaCaps (based on Lubna from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. II), Nabel (based on Nabel from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. I), Napoli (based on Napoli from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. II), Penelope, Regal (based on Regal from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. I), Romant (based on Romant from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. III), Royal (based on Royal from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. II), Spire, SpireAlt, SpireExtraLight, SpireExtraLightAlt, SpireShaded, WahingtonAntiqueOpen. Fontspace link. [Google]
Milwaukee, WI-based creator of a plant-inspired caps alphabet (2011). [Google]
Graphic designer and illustrator in san Jose, Costa Rica, who created several decorative caps alphabets, such as Plants (2016) and Mushrooms (2016). [Google]
Graphic designer and illustrator in Moscow, who the Cyrillic decorative caps alphabet Chameleon (2015). [Google]
Russian creator of the ornamental caps typeface Fusion II. [Google]
Peravalsk, Ukraine-based designer of the Latin ornamental caps font Vintage (2015). [Google]
As a student in St Louis, MO, Alex Brutcher designed the decorative caps typeface Ferrum Vine (2016). [Google]
London-based designer of an untitled decorative 3d caps typeface in 2012.
Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google]
Pavlodar, Kazakhstan-based designer (b. 1987) of the medieval calligraphic typeface Square Capitals (2014, Latin and Cyrillic), the uncial typeface Uncial (2015) and the Trajan typeface Capitalis Monumentalis (2015). In 2015, he designed the angular and angry straight-edged typeface KZ Kirpich, the tangram-inspired German expressionist typeface Tangramus, and the Latin / Cyrillic deco typeface Kvadrat.
Dafont link. [Google]
Alex H B
Designer of Britannica Display (2005), a hairline geometric all caps face. [Google]
Alex J. Purdy
Alex Purdy is a visual communicator and illustrator, and type enthusiast, who lives in Delaware. He graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, earning his BFA graphic design in 2003. He made nice hand-drawn fonts (images only on his web page: lightning stencil, illuminati font, flim flam, puzzle stencil, old school wifi), and created many modular/octagonal fonts (computer destroy, prick, impalia, boxcutter, bubble deco,&plasmasoft). His illustrated caps font called Hypertype, done with Luke Ramsey in 2008, is a piece of art. [Google]
[Crazy Diamond Design Historical Fonts]
Tel Aviv-based designer of the ornamental caps typeface Totem (2013). [Google]
Barcelona-based grandson of Joan Trochut of Super-Veloz fame. Fantastic graphic designer in his own right. He is the codesigner with Andreu Balius of SuperVeloz (2005, TypeRepublic), a digital version of his grandfather's typeface. It won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. Balius says about this typeface originally created by Joan Trochut from 1920-1980: Super-Veloz could be considered as an Ornamental type design, but in its core it is an experimental typeface based on a set of modular features that, with the combining of its modules, a great range of typefaces, ornaments ---even illustrations---, could be made. That is perhaps the most interesting experiment in early modern type design ever made in Spain during the immediate years after the War. The lecture, considering the borders between type design and ornament design, will introduce the context where Joan Trochut's Super-Veloz was produced (from sketches to published brochures and speciments) in 1942. Also will explain how Super-Veloz works. It is really a "type-ornament" design that could be considered on the edge of what we call type design.
Alex Trochut's lettering must be seen to be believed---it has to be genetic transmission. Recurring themes include adorned initials and modular types. His numerical all-caps alphabet for British Airways is phenomenal and pushes the bling-bling to the fashionable extreme. Stunning dollar sign drawn by him in 2007 for Acido Surtido.
In 2009, he published Neo Deco at HypeForType. Noteworthy type treatments of that year include Nixon and the Futurecraft logo.
In 2012, he designed Trojan Font (like Trajan). He also did some stunning multiline alphabet for V Magazine. Also noteworthy is a swashy calligraphic logo for Wiz Khalifa and Atlantic Records.
Typographic picture by TDC55.
Behance link. Debutart link. Klingspor link. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Monterrey, Mexico, Alexa Irungaray created an AI format typeface (2012). [Google]
Designer in Saratov, Rusia, who created a multilined caps typeface in 2012. [Google]
Artist and illustrator in Kazakhstan. Specializing in decorative caps typefaces, he created Isometric (2015, 3d caps), Funny Cartoon (2015), Mechanical (2015), Headline Serif (2015), Funny Summer (2015), Cartoon Robot (2015), Cartoon Colorful Robot (2015), and Headline Bold Serif (2015). In 2016, he designed the vector format typeface Aweseome Script. [Google]
During her studies in Melbouyrne, Australia, Alexandra Cochran designed the decorative all caps typeface Hairy (2012). [Google]
As a student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, Alexandre Funaro drew the decorative Magical Girl Alphabet (2016). [Google]
French youngster (b. 1994) who created the simple hand-drawn typeface Newjosh (2012) and the grungy typeface Smoky Cloud (2012). He also made the African look caps typeface Tribalistik Tatwu (2012). [Google]
Alexey Dombrovskiy was born in 1964 in Russia (Uzlovaya, Tula region). He graduated from the Tula Polytechnical Institute in 1986. He works in book design. He cooperates with various publishing houses and designs books for the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Entomological Society, the Moscow State University, the Tula State University, and printed matter for the Bolshoi Theatre, the Moscow Kremlin Museums, the State Hermitage Museum. Author of some articles on the history of initials, a topic about which he spoke at ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg. In that talk, he covered these phases of initial caps development in Russia:
- Cyrillic printed initial caps by 15-17th centuries as the Civil prototype.
- First slavic capitals as serif (1494).
- Francisco Scorina's modernization of Cyrillic type and capital letters (1517-1525).
- Gothic motives in Moscow floriated letters by Ivan Fyodorov and his followers (1564-1677).
- Alternative Cyrillic typefaces at Moskovia's western remote area (17th cent.).
- Sobornoye Ulozhenie by czar Alexey Mikhaylovich: Ltin style of capital letters in Russian corpus juris (1649).
- The Civil type's initials in Peter the Great's editions (1708-1725).
Graphic designer from Long Beach, CA. She created an illustrated caps typeface inspired by contortion, called Grotesque Beauty (2011). Parakeet (2011) is a display face. [Google]
Photographer in Ormond Beach, FL, who designed the ornamental caps alphabet Merci Pour Rien (2013). Her home page. [Google]
Graphic designer from Rhode Island. He created the slightly gross alphabet Nose Job (2011), but this is not a font. [Google]
Graphic designer in Moscow, ID. She created an all caps alphabet that was inspired by Indian art in 2009. [Google]
Graphic designer in Providence, RI, who created the cat alphabet Daddy Cat (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Graphic design student at Cal State University in Long Beach, class of 2013. Creator of the all caps typeface Dance Robot Dance (2013). [Google]
Allison Lea Armstrong
During her studies at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, Allison Lea Armstrong designed Architecture Anatomy Font (2016, decorative caps) and the related artchitect (2016). [Google]
While studying at Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC, Allison Nambo designed the ornamental caps typeface Barnacles (2012). [Google]
Hjarta Smarta is a set of ornamental alphabets created in 2012 by Allsindar. [Google]
Alphabets drawn in many forms include these renderings, as reported in U&LC:
- Doug Keith (1981): Elfabets.
- Jack Williams (1984): Elfabet.
- Joan Edwards (1981): Alphabet de coutumes.
- Debi Gardner: Cat alphabet.
- Jill Tannenbaum: Cat alphabet.
- Kimble Mead: Cat alphabet.
- Dawn Ostrer: Alphabet of mice.
- Suzanne Rozdilski (1981): Lorelei Bold.
- Robert Bloomberg (1981): alphabeats.
- D. Hooker (1982).
- Wolfgang Sperzel (1982): Alphaband.
- Kristi Weber (1983): Flower alphabet.
- Colette Tubbs (1983): Contemporary Samscript.
- Hrana Janto (1984): Mythic, Medieval&Marvelous.
- Leah Oliver (1985): Kiddy Kaps.
- June Sidwell (1986): Haute Couture Caps.
- Donald King (1987): Suburban Block.
- Raquel Jaramillo (1987): Body Language.
- Claudia de Castro (1988): Custom Built.
- Joseph Volpicelli (1989): animal alphabet.
[Kevin Andrew Murphy]
Two beautiful (shareware) caps fonts by Kevin Andrew Murphy from San Jose, CA: DeathDance (2000, based on drawings of Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1523), WitchHunt1 (2000, witch dingbats). [Google]
ALT is the type foundry of prolific type designer Andreas Leonidou from Limassol, Cyprus, b. 1986. His main work is commercial, but there is also a substantial collection of free fonts.
He created Foldgami, Apollo 13 (techno, futuristic), Fatgami, Origamia, Paper Roll, Alt Retro (2010, multilined family), Alt Tiwo (2010, fat counterless), Alt Matey (2010, a family that includes a multiline style; the piano key typeface Alt Matey V2 followed in 2012), ALT Lautus (2010, a minimalistic monoline sans family), Japanese Cities Type Experiment (2010), ALT Alternatice (2010), ALT Vxt11 (2010, a high-contrast art deco octagonal face), ALT Aeon (2010, a unicase but multiline family), Alt Re 32 (2010, techno), ALT Mun (2010, a curlified family), ALT Breo (2011, octagonal family), ALT Exline (2011), Jun Script (2011, connected contemporary upright script), ALT Ayame (2011, condensed squarish family ain the piano key style, +Long), Alt UAV31 (2011, an octagonal experiment), Alt Moav (2011, a striking geometric caps face. Images: i, ii, iii), Alt Geko (2011, an art deco caps face), and Archetype (unicase, Bauhaus).
Free fonts at Devian Tart: Alt Retro (2010, multilined family), ALT Hiroshi (2011, ornamental), ALT Deville (2011, spurred).
Typefaces made in 2012: DNR001 (hipster style), ALT Kora (for the identity of Drone), ALT Fat (monospaced squarish caps face), ALT Exodus (sci fi face), Alt Wet (a paint splatter face), Alt Sku (ornamental didone face), Alt Robotechnica (pixel face), Exodus (a blackletter style straight-edged typeface), Juk01 (an ornamental mechanical, or steampunk, typeface), Alt Sake (a thin condensed poster typeface).
Typefaces from 2013: Modu (alchemic, hipster style), Modu Deco, Bely (a severe-looking almost constructivist Latin/Cyrillic typeface).
Typefaces from 2014: Ren (a free vintage display typeface family).
Typefaces from 2015: ALT Hazer (a great free shadow sans), ALT Smaq (a family of eight free beveled styles for Latin and Greek).
The free fonts as of 2015: ALTBELY, AltJoli, AltPixelsGoneBad, AltRe32-Duo, AltRe32-Normal, AltRenDuo, AltRenRegular, AltRenRetro, AltRenShadow, AltRetroBlack, AltRetroBold, AltRetroLight, AltRetroRegular, AltRetroThin, Alt-Twitchy, AltVxt11, Altapollo13, AltAeon-Black, AltAeon-Bold, AltAeon-Light, AltAeon-Medium, AltAeon-Thin, AltAeonRegular, AltAxlDeco, AltAxlRegular, AltDEVILE, AltGeko-AltGeko, AltMateyv2-Black, AltRobotechnica, AltSku, AltSkuItalic, AltUAV31, AltWet, Altapollo13-Black, Altapollo13, althazer, altsmaq2.8, altsmaq4.8, altsmaq6.8, altsmaq8.8, altexodus, altfatgami, altfatitalic, altfatregular, altfoldgami.
Typefaces from 2016: System Code (free programming font).
Flickr link. Behance link. Hellofont link. Devian Tart link. Klingspor link. Creative Market link.
View Andreas Leonidou's typefaces. [Google]
German page advertising a CD with nice old writing samples (in tiff, not ttf!!!). Mostly decorated initials and Fraktur. R.G. Arens' Sütterlin font can be downloaded from this site, which is run by Susanne Ulmke in Arnsberg, Germany. [Google]
Alter Deco Typefoundry
Yogyakarta, Indonesia-based designer Adit Saputra set up Alter Deco Typefoundry in 2013. He created the spurred Victorian typefaces The Famous Typeface (2013), Midnight Show (2013), Heister (2013), Cardiman Script (2013), Epique (2013), Holden (2013), Long March (2013), Dialog (2013), Big Lodge (2013), Jack Runner (2013, spurred), Shoutest (a Western circus font), Old Opera (2013) and AI Trashed (2013, free download).
Other typefaces: Haimdale (2013, Victorian), Hamdall (2013), Chevia (2013), Chevitz (2013, roman caps), Shakehand (2014), Harmonique (2014), Knight Guard (2014), Hydenia (2014), Monopolish (2014), Antiqueen (2014), Samathor (2014), Sea Horse (2014), Phillnesia (2014, spurred), Relative (2014: a multiline custom typeface for Addthisrock Studio), Dubster (2014: a multiline typeface), Orbital (2014: a multiline custom typeface for Addthisrock Studio), Apparecum (2014), Handster (2015), Mermaid (2015: Victorian), Roasted (2015), Run (2015, spurred), Movember (2015), Bhaltazar (2015, eroded medieval font), Arthur (2015, rounded and hand-crafted), Aberden (2015), Boulden (2015, rounded spurred typeface family, including letterpress emulation styles), Mouthen (2015).
Typefaces from 2016: Strongwill (Victorian), Cyanide, Relative (bilined), Handland.
Dafont link. Creative Market link, where one can buy the fonts. Another Creative Market link. Graphic River link. Behance link. Yet another Behance link. [Google]
After getting a degree in printing arts from Moscow State University, Alyona worked in Moscow as a designer and then art director in the publishing house Avanta+ specialized in encyclopedias, gift editions and books for children. Currently, she is a freelance illustrator and book designer in Ramat gan, Israel. Creator of the decorative caps typeface ABC Fairy Tales (2014).
Behance link. [Google]
Alyssa van Zweel
Ascot, UK-based designer of the Misunderstood Monsters typeface (2015). Alyssa grew up in Pretoria, South Africa, and studied design in Cape Twon, South Africa. [Google]
As a student at Parsons in New York City, Amanda Chung designed the alphading typeface Alphabet Men (2016). Behance link. [Google]
As a student at Humber College in Toronto, Amanda McCutcheon designed the decorative caps typeface Mythological Creatures (2016). [Google]
For a school project at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore, interor architecture design student Ambika Chowdhry created the floriated ornametal caps typeface Bach Minuet Badinerie (2015). Behance link. [Google]
American designer, b. 1984. Home page. Her free fonts include Selfish Bitch (2010, hairline, hand-printed), and the ornamental art deco caps typeface Sundays Are Boring (2010). [Google]
Student in Pakistan, who created the geometric poster typeface Geometra (2012). [Google]
Amry Al Mursalaat
Amsterdam Continental Types and Graphic Equipment Co.
Typeface importer and vendor and foundry located on Fourth Avenue and Park Avenue South in New York City, with offices in Burbank, CA, and Chicago, IL. Their typefaces included Annonce Grotesque. Amsterdam Continental ceased operations.
A Handbook of Types (PDF catalog). [Google]
Creator of the ornamental caps face Minu (2010). [Google]
Aka Taiga. Illustartor and graphic designer in Cardiff, Whales, who created the decorative all caps typeface Neptunes Garden (2014). [Google]
Graphic designer in Manchester, UK. She designed the beveled caps typeface Fred Aldous (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Greensboro, NC-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Damask (2016). [Google]
Tirana, Albania-based designer of Juan Miro Typeface (2012), a school project that was finished in EPS vector format. Free download. [Google]
Ana Catarina Melo (Barcelos, Portugal) created a modular squarish typeface entitled Maya (2013), as well as an unnamed set of pictograms. In 2015, she made Animal Type. [Google]
Alajuela, Costa Rica-based designer of the colored geometric caps typeface HHola (2015), which, like most of her other work, seems to be for the children's market. [Google]
Santa Fe, NM-based designer of an experimental caps typeface in 2012.
Behance link. [Google]
During her studies at Flagler College, Saint Augustine, FL, Anabel Anderson created the ornamental caps typeface Empress (2014). [Google]
During her graphic design studies at BHSAD in Moscow, Anastasiya Shtern designed the Latin display typeface Modul (2013) and the mechanical ornamental caps typeface for Cyrillic called Reconstruction (2013). [Google]
Swedish folk fiddler. Designer whose fancy caps fonts will soon be developed in cooperation with David Kettlewell. [Google]
San Diego, CA-based designer of the floriated caps typeface Entanglement (2015). [Google]
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]
Savannah, GA-based student who proposed this caps typeface (2006) for a school project. [Google]
Andrea Malpede (Nocive Laboratory, Naples, Italy) works in London. He created the ornamental alphabet called Maxicanito Nocive Font (2011). He also did Baboletor (2011, a superposition of basic geometric shapes), and Busy (2011).
In 2013, he designed Xylophone (an experimental 3d font) and Siick Nocive.
Behance link. [Google]
Andrea Meneses Quezon City, The Philippines) created an ornamental caps typeface called Kusina ni Lola (Grandma's Kitchen) in 2013 during her studies. [Google]
During her studies at UDLA in Quito, Ecuador, Andrea Palacios designed the chromatic ornamental caps typeface Curvus (2015). [Google]
Lima, Peru-based designer of the flowery caps typeface Retablo (2014). Behance link. [Google]
[SIAS (or: Signographical Institute Andreas Stötzner)]
Aveiro, Portugal-based designer of a hand-crafted decorative floral alphabet in 2016. Behance link. [Google]
Cordoba, Spain-based creator (b. 1991) of the ornamental caps typeface Popcorn (2013). [Google]
Andreu Balius Planelles
Born in Barcelona in 1962, Andreu Balius studied Sociology in the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (1980-1984), and graphic design at IDEP in Barcelona (1985-1989). He holds a PhD in Design from the University of Southampton (UK). He founded Garcia Fonts&Co in Barcelona in 1993 to show his experimental designs. He cofounded Typerware in 1996 with Joancarles P. Casasín. Typerware existed until 2001 and was based in Santa Maria de Martorelles, a village near Barcelona. He cofounded Type Republic (see also here), and ran Andreu Balius (tipo)graphic design. He is presently an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Balius won a Bukvaraz 2001 award for Pradell. Pradell also won an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. SuperVeloz (codesigned with Alex Trochut) won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.
At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on Pradell and Super-Veloz. Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke about the Imprenta Real. Coorganizer of ATypI 2014 in Barcelona.
Author of Type at work. The use of Type in Editorial Design, published in English by BIS (Amsterdam, 2003).
FontFont link. Linotype link. Behance link.
- Garcia/Typerware offers about 50 fonts, including some very artsy typefaces, such as Fabrique (Andreu Balius), Futuda, Garcia Bodoni (Typerware), Alkimia (Estudi Xarop), Ariadna (pixel font, 1988-1989), Garcia Bitmap (1993), Playtext (Andreu Balius, 1995), Matilde Script (Andreu Balius, 1994: an embroidery face), Fabrique (1993, Andreu Balius) and Dinamo (1993, Balius and Casasin at Typerware), Helvetica Fondue (1993-1994), Futuda (1993), Ozo Type (1994), Tiparracus (1994, dingbats), Mi mama Me Soba Script (1994), Parkinson (1994), Garcia Bodoni (1995), Garcia snack's (1993-1995), Juan Castillo Script (1995, irregular handwriting), and Vizente Fuster (1995), all by Andreu Balius and Joancarles Casasin, 1993-1995; Water Knife (Laudelino L.Q., 1995); Alquimia (Estudi Xarop, 1995); Jam Jamie (Malcolm Webb, 1996); Network (Alex Gifreu, 1996); Panxo-Pinxo (David Molins, 1996); Euroface 80 mph (Peter Bilak, 1996); Inmaculatta (Roberto Saenz Maguregui, 1997); Proceso Sans (by Argentinan Pablo Cosgaya, 1996); Afligidos deudos (Adria Gual, 1996); Route 66 (Francesc Vidal, 1997); Popular (Sergi Ibanez, 1997); Visible (handwriting by Fabrice Trovato, 1997); SoundFile (Reto Brunner, 1998); Ninja type (kana-lookalike alphabet by Charly Brown, 1995); Vertigo (Charly Brown, 1996); Loop UltraNormal (Franco and Sven, 1996); Inercia (Inigo Jerez, 1996).
- Fontshop: FF Fontsoup.
- ITC: ITC Temble (1996, a great subdued ghoulish face). With Joancarles P. Casasin, he created ITC Belter (1996) and ITC Belter Mega Outline (1996).
- Typerware: Czeska was developed from Vojtech Preissig's woodtype typefaces. Andreu Balius completed the design and included an italic version and a large variety of ligatures (both for regular and italic).
- Type Republic: Pradell, Trochut, SuperVeloz, SV Marfil Caps (2004), SV Fauno Caps. Pradell was freely inspired from punches cut by catalan punchcutter Eudald Pradell (1721-1788), and is considered to be Balius' main work. Trochut is based on specimens from the 1940s by Joan Trochut. SuperVeloz is a collection of the type modules designed by Joan Trochut and produced at José Iranzo foundry in the beginning of the 40's, in Barcelona. Digitized and recovered by Andreu Balius and Alex Trochut in 2004. Example of such composition of modules include the great art nouveau typefaces SV Fauno Caps and SV Marfil Caps. In 2007, he added Taüll, a blackletter type. Still in 2007, he did the revival Elizabeth ND, which was based on an old type of Elizabeth Friedlander.
- In 2008, he created the Vogue mag like family Carmen (Display, Fiesta, Regular), which are rooted in the didone style. Carmen, and its flirtatious companion Carmen Fiesta, were both reviewed by Typographica.
- Barna (2011) and Barna Stencil (2011).
- In 2012, Trochut was published as a free font family at Google Web Fonts. It was based on Joan Trochut-Blanchard's Bisonte.
- Lladro (2012) is a custom sans typeface done for the Lladro company.
- Rioja (2013) is a grotesque typeface that was custom-designed for Universidad de La Rioja.
Russian creator of a nail-themed all caps Cyrillic typeface in 2012. [Google]
During his studies in Sheffield, UK, Andrew Clarke created the sans caps typeface Spectrum (2014) and the decorative caps typeface Sheffield Cutlery (2014). [Google]
Andrew H. Leman
[E-phemera (was: HPLHS Prop Fonts, and earlier: Prop Fonts)]
As a student at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Wales-based Andrew Jones created the decorative textured caps typeface H20 (2015). [Google]
Jakarta, Indonesia-based graphic designer and lettering artist. Creator of Novialdi Dropcap Initials No. 1 (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Ukrainian designer who operates as Romantic Vintage Flowers. He created several EPS format decorative caps alphabets in 2015. Creative Market link. [Google]
[SHCH Graphics Group]
Polish illustrator and graphic artist, b. 1928, Warsaw. He created the beautiful initial caps typeface Bona. He also did nice lettering on some film posters, and designed bank notes, postage stamps, postcards and book covers. [Google]
Prague-based designer of the London 2012 alphabet (2012). [Google]
Angélica (b. 1982) graduated from Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana de Santiago de Chile in 2007. For the type design course there, she created the ornamental caps typeface Tirana. The name comes from the fiesta de la Tirana.
Dafont link. [Google]
Angel Perez (Cordoba, Spain) created a tattoo-inspired ornamental caps typeface called Sybarithe (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Maracaibo, Venezuela-based designer of the decorative prismatic all caps typeface Elephant (2015). Elephant was a school project. [Google]
For a project at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal, Angelina Santos created a couple of pixelish typefaces in 2015. She also drew a calligraphic alphabet, Alpha a Zema (2015) and designed an iconographic typeface, AlphaBetumZ (2015). [Google]
Designer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Creator of an ornamental caps typeface called Steampunked (2012). [Google]
Self-proclaimed illustratress in Portland, OR, with a beautiful web page intro: angie wang has not gone to art school and has not won any awards for illustration and got no job and no cats no dogs and no birds so dont give her no shit.She made a nice all caps illustrated alphabet called Space Nomads (2009). Behance link. [Google]
A primitive uncial style of capitals prevalent in the eighth and ninth centuries. [Google]
Angus R. Shamal
[ARS Type (was ARS Design)]
Ania Szerszen (Wroclaw, Poland) created the beautiful ornamental caps typeface Dream Shepherds (2012) and the oblique piano key typeface Lullaby (2012). [Google]
Budapest-based designer of the bilined caps school project typeface Linear (2013). It was created during Aniko's studies at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. [Google]
As a student in New Delhi, India, Anjali Kushwaha designed a mushroom-themed decorative typeface in 2016. [Google]
Ann Megg Arbotante
Designer from the Gold Coast in Australia, who created an ornamental octopus-themed ornamental alphabet called Tentacle (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Anna Grosh was born in Krasnoyarsk City, Siberia and now resides in San Francisco, California. She earned a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Architecture and Construction, and completed a Masters in Interior Design at the Open Social Academy of Design in Moscow. She is in the process of getting her second masters in graphic design at the Academy of Art University. She specializes in typographic design, illustration and graphic design. In 2010, she embarked on an ornamental typeface. She is working on an ornamental caps typeface.
Old Behance link. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Nantes, France, Anna Rigaud designed the Inca-inspired decorative caps typeface Inca (2015). [Google]
Saint-Petersburg, Russia-based teacher at Saint Petersburg University Of Technology And Design. Creator of elaborate hand-drawm ornamental caps (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Scribe, calligrapher and teacher (1871, Mönchengladbach-1951, Prien). From 1896 until 1903, she studied at the Royal College of Art in London, and was a student of Edward Johnston in 1900. She taught at Weimar from 1908-1914 and collaborated with the Bremer Presse from 1918 on. She created the initials for "Dante" (Berlin: Rowolth 1930) and for "Augustinus" (München: Bremer Presse 1924). Jakob Erbar was one of her students. The Bremer Presse published Anna Simons Titel und Initialen für die Bremer Presse in 1926. The book blurb: A portfolio of titles and initials designed by Anna Simons for the Bremer Presse. Along with Graily Hewitt, Eric Gill, and Percy Smith, Simons was one of Edward Johnston's star pupils at the Royal College of Art in London, and she has inscribed this copy to him on the title-page in black ink. It was after studying with Johnston, whose Writing&Illuminating,&Lettering she translated into German, that Simons in 1918 went home to Germany to work at the Bremer Presse. During her time at the Presse, she would design many titles and initial sets for them, and in 1926 this portfolio was issued to showcase her work. Each sheet in the portfolio is headed by one of Simons' Bremer Presse title designs, including her titles for the Divine Comedy, Fichte's Reden an Die Seutsche Nation, Chansons d'Amour, Albii Tabulli Elegiae, and others. The titles are followed by the initials she cut for the work. [Google]
In 2008 she graduated from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm where she studied advertising and graphic design. Designer and illustrator in Stockholm, who made the decorative caps typeface Ornis (2010). Behance link. [Google]
Anna Tilche (Barcelona) created an animal-themed caps alphabet called Animalario (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Lyon, France. She created the colorful textured geometric solid typeface Dyslexie (2013) and the connect-the-dots electronic circuit typeface Le Lien (2016, FontStruct). [Google]
During his graphic design studies in Taipei, Taiwan, Anthony Fook created the decorative caps set called Scientific Alphabet (2016). Behance link. [Google]
[Classic Font Company]
Marietta, GA-based designer of Loko Type (2013), a distressed steampunk caps typeface. [Google]
Antoine Van Leest
Woodcutter, engraver and printmaker, b. Antwerp, ca. 1545, d. Antwerp, 1592. He worked as a book illustrator for Christoffel Plantijn in Antwerp. [Google]
Famous Parisian printer and publisher (1450-1512 or 1519), who also on occasion illustrated and even wrote texts. The link shows a Venetian wide-feathered alphabet of initial caps made around 1500. [Google]
Moscow-based designer (with Denis Mas) of the decorative Cyrillic caps typeface Entertaining Mechanics (2014). [Google]
Hamburg-based designer of Cleptotronik (2012), a 3d visual effects caps alphabet.
Behance link. [Google]
Basoli (1774-1848) was born in Bologna, where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, thereafter gradually making a name for himself as a specialist decorator and scene-painter. Basoli did a great deal of scene-painting and production design for the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Beginning in 1803, he taught at the Accademia in Bologna where he had studied, and was appointed Professor of Ornament there. He published an ornamental alphabet in Bologna in 1839 called Alfabeto Pittorico, ossia raccolta di pensieri pittorici composti di oggetti comincianti dalle singole lettere alfabetiche (Pictorial Alphabet, or, a collection of pictorial thoughts composed of objects beginning with the individual letters of the alphabet). Each letter in this fantastic lithographic alphabet features a surreal architectural form. [Google]
Antonio Cerri (b. 1972, Catania, Italy) freelances in web, graphic and motion design from San Giovanni La Punta, Sicily. He created some typefaces in 2010, such as the futuristic CRR NTN (+Outline).
In 2011, he made Labyrinthus, a multilined all caps family: inspect each glyph and note that there is one point of entrance and one exit. Still in 2011, the decorative family Atlantide and the futuristic all caps typeface Silver Chisel appeared.
In 2012, he designed the techno family Steel.
Typefaces from 2013: Firebird (techno, automotive, speed font family).
In 2014, he made Luna Crescente, a layered multicolr 3d typeface.
View Antonio Cerri's typefaces. [Google]
Antonio Hernandez Valdes
Although not quite a full alphabet, the ornamental caps shown in Caleidoscopio (2013) by Antonio Hernandez Valdes (Leon, Mexico) are worthy of mention. [Google]
During her studies in Nowich, UK, April Syder created an ornamental caps typeface called London Typography (2013). [Google]
Arena Media Comunication
Creator of the all caps ornamental typeface El Efi de Arena (2009). Home page. [Google]
Rotterdam-based creator of an ornamental caps typeface called Zabalt (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Aridi Computer Graphics: Digitizations by Dick Pape
Aridi Computer Graphics is known for its initial caps and ornamental typefaces and ornaments. In 2008, Dick Pape digitized these typefaces: AridiArabesqueDesignsI, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIIa, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIIb, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIa, AridiArabesqueDesignsIIb, AridiArabesqueDesignsIV, AridiArabesqueFrames, AridiArabesqueMasterpieces, AridiArabesqueMasterpiecesA, AridiArabesqueMasterpiecesB, AridiArabesqueOrnaments, AridiArabicCalligraphyArt, AridiArtNouveauA, AridiArtNouveauB, AridiBusinessGraphics, AridiCalligraphiaA, AridiCalligraphiaB, AridiCalligraphicaI, AridiCalligraphicaII, AridiCrests&Ribbons, AridiElaborateFrames, Aridi Fiesta 1 and 2, AridiInitials1Blister, AridiInitials1Gothic, AridiInitials1Nabel, AridiInitials1Regal, AridiInitials1Spring, AridiInitials1Wind, AridiInitials2Digital, AridiInitials2LubnaHollow, AridiInitials2NapoliHollow, AridiInitials2Romantic, AridiInitials2Royal, AridiInitials2Stone, AridiInitials3Cherubs, AridiInitials3Fantasia, AridiInitials3FantasiaBold, AridiInitials3Masselle, AridiInitials3Rosette, AridiInitials3RosetteRevers, AridiInitials3Victoriana, AridiInitials3Vincente, AridiInitials4Cinderella, AridiInitials4Federal, AridiInitials4Ginger, AridiInitials4Marquesa, AridiInitials4Renaissance, AridiInitials4Tuscani, AridiOldWorldFramesA, AridiOldWorldFramesB, AridiOldWorldFramesC, AridiOldWorldFramesD, AridiOldWorldFramesE, AridiOldWorldFramesF, AridiOldWorldFramesG, AridiOldWorldOrnamentsA, AridiOldWorldOrnamentsB, AridiOrnamentalDesigns, AridiOrnamentalFrames, AridiPrinterOrnamentsD, AridiPrinterOrnamentsSingle, AridiPrinterOrnamentshA, AridiPrinterOrnamentshB, AridiPrinterOrnamentshC, AridiPrinterOrnamentsvA, AridiPrinterOrnamentsvB, AridiRibbons&Banners. Download page. [Google]
Aridi Graphics (or: Aridi Computer Graphics)
Company based in Dallas, TX, that markets Marwan Aridi's great drawings. His borders, ornaments, initial caps, ribbons and banners are almost legendary. They are for now in EPS format, and truetype and type 1 versions are available for many. Alternate URL. He sells great sets of drawings for the following: Arabic Calligraphy Art, Arabic Caps&Fonts, Web Clips, Initial Caps I, Initial Caps II, Initial Caps III, Initial Caps IV, Historical Ornaments Patterns&Frames, Arabesque Ornaments, Arabesque Borders, Olde World Borders I, Olde World Borders II, Calligraphia, Olde World Ornaments, Ribbons, Banners&Frames, Ornamental Backgrounds, Crests, Ribbons&Frames, Typography&Printer's Ornaments, Aridi Fiesta, Business 1, Background Two, Arabesque Designs. Alternate URL. Arab Caps has many fonts. Package of 30 display fonts for 500USD. [Google]
Måns Grebäck (Aring Typeface, Örebro, Sweden) is a prolific Swedish designer (b. Lindesberg, Sweden, 1990), who lives in Borlänge, Sweden. Måns Grebäck has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Dalarna (2012). In 2010, he went commercial, and started selling fonts through MyFonts. In 2011 he started Mawns Design. In 2013, that was renamed to Aring Typeface. In 2011 he already had over seven million downloads of his fonts, which were featured at websites such as Dafont and Myfonts. He also does custom type work. His typefaces, both free and commercial:
- Acryle Script (2014).
- Actonia (2016). A monoline script.
- Amplify (2013). A signage script.
- Angilla Tattoo (2013). A connected spurred tattoo typeface.
- Antlers (2012). A calligraphic script.
- Arachnids (2011, graffiti face)
- Artely Inks (2016).
- Atelas (2015). Signage type, baseball script.
- Autograf (2015). A signature typeface.
- Ave (2016) in styles called Ave Utan, Ave Betwan and Ave Fedan. A family of baseball scripts.
- Backpack (2014). A thick signage script typeface.
- Barkants (2011, elegantly hand-printed family)
- Beautiful Trouble (2012). A rabbit-eared upright connected script.
- Beaked Tyrant (2014). A copperplate calligraphic script.
- Beckasin (2011, signage face)
- Before The Rain (2011, calligraphic) Before The Rain Arabic (2016).
- Billion Stars (2013). A tattoo script font.
- Bira (2012). A retro connected brush / signage script.
- Black Fox (2014). A sirupy brush face.
- Black Larch (2016).
- Blockography (2011)
- Block Talk (2011, with Zaydek Michels-Gualtieri)
- Blods (2011, a great blotty brush face)
- Botanink (2011)
- Brannboll (2011, baseball signage face; Brannboll Ny was done in 2013), Brannboll NY (2013).
- Bready (2011). A retro signage script with art nouveau aroma.
- Brev Script (2014). A connected secretary hand from the 19th century.
- Bronze Script (2014).
- Brother Tattoo (2012).
- Bumblebees (2012). A plump curvy script.
- Bunya (2016). A geometric slightly deco sans typeface family.
- Calendary Hands (2012).
- Canela Bark (2015, codesigned with Luis Miguel).
- Caneletter Sans and Script (2013). Upright unconnected and connected scripts.
- Caprica Sans (2014) and Caprica Script. A plump script.
- Castro Script (2012).
- Celebrater (sic) (2012). An oily font.
- Cellos Script (2013).
- Centeria Script (2012).
- Channel (2011, connected upright script)
- Characteristic (2011). Additional image.
- Chavenir (2011).
- Choko (2011, released in 2016). Chocolate and cream-themed decorative typeface.
- Clear Line (2012). A fat finger / signage typeface.
- Clipper Script (2011).
- Coneria Script (2012). A connected script.
- Crackin (2011)
- Crunchy (2016). An upriht connected script.
- CutScript (2011, connected script)
- Echinos Park Script (2012).
- Ekologie Hand (2012).
- Elevate (2016).
- Enlighten (2011)
- Delinquente (2012).
- Denigan (2011, hairline)
- Equal Sans (2012).
- Espesor Olas (2011, fine hand-printed calligraphic family)
- Esplanade Script (2015, by Mario Arturo).
- Europe Underground (2010, geometric sans with a hairline weight)
- Faltura (2011, constructivist), Faltura Alien (grunge), Faltura Guerra (grunge)
- Faltura Animals (2011)
- Feathergraphy Decoration (2011, calligraphic).
- Dollie Script (2013).
- Duera (2016). A variable width sans typeface family.
- Feathergraphy Clean (2011).
- Fibography (2013). A caps typeface composed of fibers.
- Filbert Brush (2012), Filbert Color (2013, a soft brush font).
- First Lyrics (2011)
- Frankentype (2013). An all-caps brush typeface for signage.
- Funkygraphy (2011, fat and counterless).
- Gecko (2015, a fine creamy signage script).
- Ghang (2011, graffiti family).
- Graced Script (2016). A wide calligraphic connected brush script.
- Greback Grotesque (2012). The Thin is very very thin.
- Gretoon (2011, cartoon family)
- Guld Script (2015).
- Handtalk (2010, silhouettes)
- Harbell (2013).
- Hard Block (2011, Western slab face)
- Hemmet (2013). A signage script.
- Hierograf (2016). A layered textured hand-crafted poster typeface family.
- Hitalica (2011), Housegrind (2013, connected script).
- Impregnable (2013). A connected script.
- Intrique Script (2013). A baseball script.
- Jacked Eleven (2011), Jacked Eleven Highlight (2011), January Script (2013).
- Kerater (2011, sans)
- Lace 2.0 (2012). A thin connected script codesigned with Matteo Milazzo.
- Krinkes (2015, baseball script). A connected swashy signage script.
- Lakesight (2014). A connected script.
- Larch (2016). A crisp script typeface.
- Las Enter (2013). A neon light script.
- Let Me Ride (2011)
- Levitee (2011, a lively connected script).
- Lighthouse (2013). A bold high-contrast script face.
- Lina Script (2012). A tattoo script done with Vicky Mardian.
- Lyrics Movement (2011, tall-ascendered hand).
- Martyric (2014, brush script),
- Masteries (2013). A connected formal script.
- Mastoc (2014).
- Milasian Circa (2015) and Milasian. A connected script.
- Merry Christmas (2015). A retro script in Flake and Star styles.
- Milkyway Hotel (art deco sans).
- Mistuki (2015). An oriental brush simulation font.
- Mochary (2016). A signage or tattoo script.
- Monsta Tag (2013): a graffiti font.
- Motion Picture (2013). A heavy connected retro script.
- Mount (2012).
- MAWNS Graffiti (2010) and MAWNS Serif (2010)
- MAWNS Handwriting (2010).
- Made With B (2011, sketched face).
- Mardian (2012). A calligraphic tattoo script done with Vicky Mardian.
- Markera (2011, marker pen family)
- Many Weatz (2011)
- Mawns Rock (2011)
- Monoment (2011). A fat upright connected script.
- Monosphere (2012-2016). A futuristic monospaced typeface.
- Normale (2014). A set of distressed typewriter fonts.
- Notera (2014). A connected handwriting font.
- Optien (2011, techno face)
- Ordinatum (2011, a severe sans)
- Ornamental Versals (2011, ornamental caps)
- Pennybridge 1563 (2010, blackletter)
- Pharmount (2014). A calligraphic connected script.
- Phraell (2013). A great italic formal calligraphic script with optional swashes.
- Pineapple (2012).
- Plates Napery (2015).
- Prime Script (2012).
- Prognostic (2011)
- Qaskin (2015). A semi-formal connected script typeface with Black and White (outlined) styles.
- Quickier Pro (2012). A swashy calligraphic script face.
- Quincho Script (2016).
- R-2014 (2011, LED face)
- Race Fever Pro (2015, in Brush and Pen versions) and Race Fever Brush (2015).
- Radio 187.5 (2010, techno family)
- Rakoon (2014). A creamy ultra-fat upright script.
- Recorda Script (2013). A formal calligraphic script.
- Reditum (2014). A decorative script.
- Reeler (2014).
- Remachine Script (2013). Retro signage script.
- Respective (2011, calligraphic script, +Swashes)
- Rider (2011, a 30-style "versal" sans family)
- Ringer (circle and arc-based sans)
- Roskrift (2011, calligraphic; + Roskrift Clean)
- Rurable (2015).
- Ruthless Wreckin (graffiti typefaces), Ruthless Drippin' (dripping paint family)
- Safir Script (2016). A fat baseball script.
- Sculptor's Hand (2011, connected chancery hand)
- Second Lyrics (2011, Treefrog-style handwriting)
- Servin' for Salute (2011)
- Goatskin Brush (2015). A great brush typeface.
- Shaded Larch (2016).
- Shenandoah (flowing signage script).
- Shimes (2015).
- Shipped Goods (2011). A copperplate calligraphic script.
- Shortbrush (2011)
- Signerica (2011, connected flowing hand)
- Sketchica (2011, sketchy face)
- Skyzhi (2016). An advertising headline typeface.
- Society Editor (2013, connected script).
- Snacker Comic (2013).
- Snowstreet (2013, an octagonal typeface) and Snowy (2013).
- Some Weatz (2011, calligraphic, copperplate; +Swashes)
- South African (2014). A movie poster brush typeface.
- Southern Aire (2013, connected script face).
- Square Worm (2011)
- Stackyard (2015). A script.
- Stainy (2013). A signage script.
- Stroke Dimension (2011, 3d face)
- Suecos Locos (2011---yummy!).
- Sultan Cafe (2014). An interlocking poster typeface.
- Sverige Script (2012). Calligraphic wedding font.
- Tamoro Script (2014).
- Tevegraphy (2011, elliptical)
- The World is Yours (2011, quaint)
- Throwupz (2011)
- Tipbrush Script (2011).
- Tomino (2016).
- Top Comic (2013). A very fat cartoon bubble face.
- Treehouse (2011, upright connected script; +Snowhouse for a snow-covered version)
- Tusch Touch 1 (2011)
- Two and Three (2011: a tattoo parlor blackletter family)
- Typographic Onedalism (2011, graffiti simulation face).
- Undergone (2014). Decorative and calligraphic.
- Unthrift (2015). A pen script.
- Vacer Sans and Vacer Serif (2016). The latter is a slab serif.
- Ventography (2013). A bold signage script.
- Walk Da Walk One
- Wankstaberg Battles (2010, a tall fat script)
- White Larch (2016). A connected script typeface.
- Wild Growth (2011).
- Xtreem (2012) and Xtreem2 (2014).
- Yanty, Yanty Big, Yanty Script, and Yanty Script Big (2012).
- Yaquote Script (2014).
- Yoghurt (2011).
View Mans Grebäck's typefaces.
Abstract Fonts link. Fontspace link. MyFonts link. Another URL. Dafont link. Klingspor link. Buy fonts directly from Måns Grebäck. Old URL. [Google]
Mark Sunshine (ArmoredBaby) made Scrapps (2004, an orthogonal mechanical face) and Kickface (2005, squarish caps face). [Google]
Born in Auerbach, Germany, 1882. Died in Braunschweig in 1971. Worked mostly in Leipzig and Braunschweig. Drescher is most famous for his huge Super Grotesk family (Schriftguss, 1930, a geometric sans serif). At the foundry of Ludwig Wagner, he published Arabella (1936, a script face; for a revival, see Arabella Pro (2006, Ralph Unger, Profonts), Arabella Favorit (1936 or 1939), Fundamental Grotesk (1938-1939, four weights), Manutius Antiqua (1935), Manutius Kursiv (1935). He designed Antiqua 505 (aka Manutius) in 1955, a strong bold face. The latter was published by J. Wagner. Other typefaces include Drescher Initials (Schriftguss, 1927, an open lineale titling face), Duplex (Typoart, 1930, a delicate double-stroke titling type), Energos (Schriftguss, 1932, almost a comic book type of script font) and Helion (Schriftguss, 1935, and Fonderie Française, 1935, a 3-d shaded outline font).
His Super Grotesk family was revived at FontShop in 1999 by Svend Smital, and at Bitstream in 2001 by Nicolai Gogoll as Drescher Grotesk BT. Energos led to Ralph Unger's Energia Pro (2008).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Artist in Bangkok, who designed a decorative Latin caps alphabet in 2016 with textures that follow traditional Chinese customs. [Google]
ARS Type (was ARS Design)
[Angus R. Shamal]
ARS Type is an Amsterdam-based foundry with some commercial fonts by Angus R. Shamal. Shamal had earlier published fonts with T-26 and Plazm. Fonts can be bought via Fontshop.
The fonts: AudioVisual1, Code, Kamp, Kamp Serif, Retro City, OCRU, Toycube, Mortal, Maquette (1999-2000), Angelring, ARS Bembo, Contrast, Dandy, EcologyModern, Hartu (handwriting), Temper, ARS Novelty (2011, a free hybrid style face), ARS Polythene (pixel font family), Misanthry, Syntax (OsF format sans serif), CensorSans (1994), CensorSerif (1994), Credit (1995), Epilogue.pfa (1995), Exert (T-26), Humain-Graphica (1995), Humain-Synthetica (1995), Platrica (1994), Roscent (1995), ARSFortune (2000, futuristic), District (experimental), Descendiaan, Zero Rate (futuristic), Tegel (1998, stencil, kitchen tile), Twenty (octagonal, techno), Trio (dot matrix fonts), Maquette (1999), Region, Product (2007, sans typefaces), Mr Archi, Prime (display), Deviata (unicase face), Forum I-AR (after Forum I, a 1948 font by Georg Trump), Freie Initialen-AR (2007, after a 1928 set of caps for Stempel Garamond), Fry's Ornamented (2007; a revival of Ornamented No. 2 which was cut by Richard Austin for Dr. Edmund Fry in 1796), Graphique-AR (2007; a shadowed typeface based on a 1946 design by Eidenbenz for Haas), Gravur-AR (2007; a digital version of a type designed by Georg Trump and issued as Trump-Gravur by Weber in 1960), Initiales Grecques (after a Firmin Didot design, ca. 1800), Lutetia Open (2007; based on Jan Van Krimpen's Lutetia), Old Face Open (2007; a digitization of Fry's Shaded, an open all caps Baskerville cut by Isaac Moore for Fry, ca. 1788), Open Capitals (2007, after Jan Van Krimpen's 1928 typeface for Enschedé called Open Kapitalen), Romulus Capitals (2007; after the caps series by Jan Van Krimpen, 1931), Romulus Open (2007; after the Open series by Jan Van Krimpen, 1936), Rosart 811 (2007; open caps after Enschedé no. 811 by Rosart), Zentenar Initialen (2007; based on blackletter initials of F.H.E. Schneidler, ca. 1937). [Google]
Art and Fonts by Sean (aka The BlackBox)
Free fonts by Sean Moldenhauer of Michigan City, Indiana, a graduate of the Art institute of Chicago who apprenticed with Donna Karen. Sean has beautiful Japanese calligraphic prints (shodo style) as well as fonts based on carefully researched historical typefaces. Examples: JapaneseZenSampler1 (2001), TheTombwinterandspring1 (1997, "heavily inspired by the incised letters from the tomb of Henry III, Westminster Abbey, about 1272"), Thorns (1997), VampyresGarden (1997, initial caps inspired by a copy of the Romant de la Rose from the beginning of the 16th century), HoursintheRain (1997), SevenWavessighsSalome (1997, caps). Very nice gothic and medieval style creations. He showcases great Arab, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. [Google]
Art Illustration Gaspard
Gaspard sells 26 illustrations, one for each letter, showing people in interesting positions. He sells similar sets called Fish, Danse, T-Bone (skeletons), M.I.B. (men in black), Bonne Année and Acid. [Google]
Arthur Reinders Folmer
Arthur Reinders Folmer (or Arthus) is from Haarlem, The Netherlands. He created the free ornamental all-caps typeface Magical Unicorn (2011), Elerium (2012, an upright italic), and the tringaulated Crystalline (2012). It has been a long wait, but finally someone had the courage to create a typeface with the name Obesitas: Obesitas Sans (2012), advertised as the mother of all fat typefaces. Pylon (2012) was inspired by electricity pylons.
IN 2013, he designed Angellocks, a semi-blackletter typeface.
In 2016, he designed Utopia Initials.
Dafont link. Behance link. Fontspace link. [Google]
Artsy Lady's Home Page
Betty Cook (b. 1952) is the "Artsy Lady", a New Jersey designer who created ALBabyNewYearAH, ALCinderella (calligraphic caps), ALConscienceAH, ALCrossStitchHearts, ALPlaceSettingsDings (2001), ALPlaceSettingsLetters, ALPrincessJasmine, ALPrincessSnowWhite, ALSnowmen, BabyGeniuses, BabyGeniuses2Normal, CruiseLine, Dreidl (2000, art nouveau), KittyKatLove, LeprechaunHats, Patriot, PilgrimHats, Polywog, Tramp, Untitled2. Mostly alphadings. Fontspace link. [Google]
ARTypes is based in Chicago, and is run by Ari Rafaeli. List of their typefaces categorized by revival type:
- Hermann Eidenbenz: Graphique (1946) now called Graphique AR, a shadow face.
- Jan van Krimpen (Enschedé) revivals: Romulus Kapitalen (1931), Romulus Open (1936), Curwen Initials (Van Krimpen did these in 1925 for The Curwen Press at Plaistow, London), and Open Kapitalen (1928).
- Jacques-François Rosart: Rosart811, a decorative initial typeface that is a digital version of the 2-line great primer letters cut by J. F. Rosart for Izaak&Johannes Enschedé in 1759 (Enschedé no. 811).
- Stephenson Blake revivals: Borders, Parisian Ronde.
- Rudolf Koch (Klingspor) revivals: Holla, Koch-Antiqua-Kursiv Zierbuchstaben, Maximilian-Antiqua, Neuland 24pt.
- Bernard Naudin (Deberny&Peignot) revival: Le Champlevé.
- W. F. Kemper (Ludwig&Mayer) revival: Colonia. P.H. Raedisch: Lutetia Open (2007) is based on the 48-pt Lutetia capitals engraved by P. H. Raedisch under the direction of Jan van Krimpen for Enschedé in 1928.
- Richard Austin: Fry's Ornamented (2007) is a revival of Ornamented No. 2 which was cut by Richard Austin for Dr. Edmund Fry in 1796. Stephenson, Blake&Co. acquired the type in 1905, and in 1948 they issued fonts in 30-pt (the size of the original design), 36-, 48- and 60-pt.
- Max Caflisch (Bauer) revival: Columna.
- Elisabeth Friedlaender (Bauer) revivals: Elisabeth-Antiqua, Elisabeth-Kursiv (and swash letters). Linotype Friedlaender borders.
- Herbert Thannhaeuser (Typoart) revival: Erler-Versalien.
- O. Menhart (Grafotechna) revivals: Manuscript Grazhdanka (cyrillic), Figural, Figural Italic (and swash letters). Also, Grafotechna ornaments (maybe not by Menhart).
- Hiero Rhode (Johannes Wagner) revival: Hiero-Rhode-Antiqua (2007).
- F. H. E. Schneidler (Bauer) revival: Legende.
- Herbert Post revival: Post-Antiqua swash letters.
- Georg Trump (Weber) revivals: Trump swash letters, Trump-Gravur (called Gravur AR now). The outline caps typeface Forum I-AR is derived from the Forum I type designed by Georg Trump (1948, C. E. Weber). Signum AR-A and Signum AR-B (2011) are based on Trump's Signum (1955, C.E. Weber). Palomba AR (2011) is based on Trump's angular calligraphic typeface Palomba (1954-1955, C.E. Weber). Amati AR (2011) is based on a Georg Trump design from 1953.
- Hermann Zapf revival: Stempel astrological signs.
- F.H. Ernst Schneidler: Zentenar Initialen is based on the initials designed by Prof. F. H. E. Schneidler, ca. 1937, for his Zentenar-Fraktur types.
- Isaac Moore: Old Face Open (Fry's Shaded) is a decorative Baskerville which was probably cut by Isaac Moore for Fry ca. 1788. A revival was issued in eight sizes by Stephenson Blake in 1928.
- Border units and ornaments: Amsterdam Apollo borders, Gracia dashes, Primula ornaments, Bauer Bernhard Curves, Weiß-Schmuck, Curwen Press Flowers, Klingspor Cocktail-Schmuck, Nebiolo fregi di contorno, Attika borders, English (swelled) rules, Künstler-Linien, an-Schmuck, Primavera-Schmuck.
- Freie Initialen are derived from initials made for the Stempel Garamond series. The type was issued in 1928 in three sizes (36, 48, and 60 pt); the AR version follows the 60-pt design.
- Initiales Grecques, based on Firmin Didot's design, ca. 1800.
- Emil A. Neukomm revivals: Bravo AR (2007; originally 1945).
- Ernst Bentele revivals: Bentele-Unziale (2007).
- Joseph Gillé: Initiales ombrées (2007) is based on Gillé's original all caps typeface from 1828.
- Maria-Ballé-Initials (2007), after an original font from Bauersche Giesserei.
- Raffia Initials (1952, Henk Krijger): revived by ARTypes in 2008 as Raffia.
- Ornaments 1 AR (2010): from designs from 18th and 19th century typefounders that were ancestors of the Stephenson Blake foundry.
- Ornaments 2 AR (2010): Ornaments 2 contains designs for the Fanfare Press by Berthold Wolpe (1939) and for the Kynoch Press by Tirzah Garwood (ca. 1927).
- Ornaments 3 AR (2010): based on designs by Bernard Naudin for Deberny et Peignot, c. 1924; and ornaments based on designs by Oldrich Menhart, Karel Svolinsky and Jaroslav Slab for the state printing office of Czechoslovakia and Grafotechna.
- Ornaments 4 AR (2010): based on the Amsterdam Apollo and Gracia ornaments and the Amsterdam Crous-Vidal dashes (designed by Crous-Vidal).
- Ornaments 5 AR (2010): based on the Amsterdam Primula ornaments designed by Imre Reiner, 1949.
- Ornaments 6 AR (2010): based on designs for the Curwen Press by Edward Bawden and Percy Smith.
- Yü Bing-nan revival: Freundschafts-Antiqua AR (2010). Freundschafts-Antiqua (which was also called Chinesische Antiqua) was designed in 1962 by the Chinese calligrapher Yü Bing-nan when he was a student at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst at Leipzig in 1960.
- Sans Serif Inline (2011). Based on the 36-point design of the Amsterdam Nobel Inline capitals (1931).
- Hildegard Korger revivals: Typoskript AR (2010) is based on a metal type which was produced in 1968 by VEB Typoart, Dresden, from a design of the German calligrapher and lettering artist Hildegard Korger.
- Hans Kühne revival: Kuehne-Antiqua AR (2010) revives a Basque typeface by Hans Kühne.
- The Troyer AR ornaments (2010) are based on the first series of ornaments designed for American Type Founders by Johannes Troyer in 1953.
- The Happy Christmas font (2011) is a snowflake font that is based on designs by Amsterdam and Haas, c. 1950. December Ornaments (2011) contains the 36 Amsterdam designs which were originally issued in 24 and 36 point.
- Walter Diethelm: Diethelm AR (2011) revives Walter Diethelm's Diethelm Antiqua (1948-1951, Haas).
- Walter Brudi revivals: Pan AR (2010, based on a 1957 font by Brudi).
- Hermecito (2013) is a 46-style type system based on an angular serif. It covers Cyrillic, Latin, Greek and several other scripts. Besides being eminently readable, it also has extensive coverage of mathematical and phonetic symbols. Renzo (2013) is along the same lines but with sharpened serifs.
- Spiral (2014) is a revival of a typeface called Spiral designed by Joseph Blumenthal and cut bu Louis Hoell in 1930. In 1936, Monotype reissued that type as Emerson 320.
- Custom typefaces include Fabrizio (2016), a classical serif typeface family with hints of Garamond and Caslon. Ari writes that Fabrizio made its first appearance in Saggi di Letteratura Italiana: Da Dante per Pirandello a Orazio Costa, by Lucilla Bonavita, printed at Pisa in March 2016 by Fabrizio Serra Editore for whom the type was specially designed.
View the typefaces made by Ari Rafaeli / ARTypes. [Google]
This British graphic design student created the ornamental caps alphabet Fish Face (2011). [Google]
Durham, NH-based designer of the textured all caps typeface Flurry (2015). [Google]
Albany, NY-based designer of the custom mechanical ornamental caps typeface Resistance (2013). [Google]
During her studies, Ashley Lemire (Fort Pierce, FL) designed a decorative caps typeface (2015). [Google]
During her studies in Mumbai, India, Ashan Mistry designed a curly Gurmukhi Script typeface (2016). based on Archie's comics, she also created the decorative caps typeface Archies Font (2016). Charkat (2016) is a Devanagari font is inspired by the famous Nehru Planeterium. [Google]
Astype.de is a German foundry started in 2003 by illustrator and type designer Andreas Seidel (b. 1975). He lives in Cottbus, Germany. Home page. See also here. In 2007, he and Ingo Preuss set up The German Type Foundry. The typefaces:
- One of his first typefaces was Crayfish (originally a URW font, but withdrawn by Seidel from URW in 2002). Crayfish is a display type originally designed for an American Football club. The Crayfish typefaces are sold as Thunder Bold and Titan Bold.
- Check his nice weather symbols (not a font).
- He finished Ornaments Thanksgiving and the great ASTYPEOrnaments-WineGrape A (2004).
- He is working on 14th century initials (2003).
- He created Sattler (2003): Joseph Kaspar Sattler, one of the great German art nouveau artists created these nice initials in 1897 for the famous royal monumental book project Die Nibelunge for the Reichsdruckerei Berlin. Only 200 exclusive signed masterpieces were printed in four years from 1900 till 1904. Joseph Sattler was the art director, type designer and designer in one person. The Reichsdruckerei showed samples of the unfinished work in 1900 at the world exhibition in Paris to advertise the high craftsmanship of the German presses.
- He made Heraut (2003), an art nouveau lettering typeface based on a 1901 design of Hermann Hoffmann called Herold Reklameschrift.
- He created Sveva AS Versal (2003, art nouveau).
- About Missa Solemnis, he writes: Solemnis was designed by Günter Gerhard Lange and first cut in metal 1953 (this is the date he quotes himself, other sources mention 1950 or 1952). It seems to be one of his earliest typeface designs that he had done as a freelancer for H. Berthold AG in Berlin. [...] Missa Solemnis AS is a new, remastered and extended version of Mr Lange's typeface. The font is available in the OpenType format and comes in two styles: 1953 and 2003. The 1953 style contains all characters of the original metal type, as well as a few additions. [...] The 2003 cut is more delicate and makes extensive use of the OpenType format. It contains over 650 glyphs, covering Roman-based languages of Western and Central Europe. His Solemnis inspired Simeon AS (2003), a 650-glyph uncial style face.
- In 2004, he created Missale Incana, an interpretation of a typeface from Herbert Thannhaueser.
- Still in 2004, he created ASTYPE Ornaments Christmas A2 and ASTYPE Ornaments Christmas A. These were followed in 2005 by ASTYPE Ornaments Christmas B.
- He made Missale Lunea (2004, uncial). This has astroligical symbols, moon phases and medieval characters.
- In 2005, the exquisite calligraphic script typeface Gracia was added, consisting of Gracia No. 44, 45, 54 and 55 (graceful calligraphic script), and Gracia Solo.
- Paola is a redesigned, new interpretation of a brush typeface from Carl Rudolf Pohl.
- He made Adana (2005): The roots of Adana going back to the year 1930, to the Berlin-based German graphic designer Wilhelm Berg. His typeface can be interpreted as an answer to Lucian Bernhards Schönschrift. The Initials are nearly close to the original drawings but the Circular typeface was changed dramaticly. Excentric, unusual forms and loops were changed to fit todays needs. Due to the lack of a corresponding Roman letter form, the Regular version was designed including small caps, fitting the contrast and swinging shapes of Adana Circular. Both typefaces play well together in all kinds of adverts, as well with designs like Bodoni or Didot.
- Alea AS Initials (2005) is a floral faced based on the drawings of Maria Ballé.
- Taiko (2006). A revival of Otto Arpke's Arpke Antiqua (1928, copperplate).
- ASTYPE Ornaments Accolades A (2007), and ASTYPE Ornaments Accolades C (2011).
- GTF Toshna Std (2008, German Type Foundry) is a garaldic type family in three optical weights, after a 1955 family called Tschörtner-Antiqua by Hellmuth Tschörtner that was very popular in the DDR.
- Secca (2009, German Type Foundry) is a simple sans family rooted in early German grotesque type designs. See also Secca Soft (2014) and Secca Stencil (2015).
- Nepos (2010) is an experimental modular type kit consisting of ready-made typefaces and a set of special BUILD fonts to build your own letters and ornaments. These BUILD fonts can be used on layers with different colors and overprinting for special effects. The effects like Antiplex can be considered as kitchen tiles. There are also color inversions and stencil types.
- Secca Saloon (2011) is a versatile ornamental Western family.
- Popsil (2011) is a white-on-black hand-printed poster face.
- Ademo (2011) is a classic shaded layered 3d caps face, based on two typefaces designed by Carl Albert Fahrenwaldt that were published in 1931-1932 by Schriftguss AG.
- Wood Bonnet Antique No.7 (2012) is based on real vintage wood type blocks from Switzerland.
- VTG Stencil US No. 4 (2012) is based on plate US No. 4 from New York Stencil Works. This revolving stencil-plate was invented by Eugene L. Tarbox and patented in 1868. The military stencil fonts VTG Stencil US No. 2 (+Ornaments), VTG Stencil US No. 51, VTG Stencil UK No. 76, VTG Stencil Germany No. 101 (2014, modeled after historic blackletter stencil plates from Bavaria), and followed in 2014. In 2016, he added Vtg Stencil DIN.
- VTG Stencil Germany No. 1 (2013) is a set of nicely executed didone stencil typefaces based on real models used in Germany from 1871-1918 and later. There is a Sketch style.
- Wood Poster Eight (2015) is a free wood type slab serif.
Behance link. Creative Market link. Klingspor link.
View Andreas Seidel's typefaces. [Google]
Talented Russian illustrator in Saint Petersburg. Flickr page. She made some nice ornamental caps alphabet [perhaps not a font] and drew interesting typographic posters such as Logoman (2011). [Google]
Drawing artist and illustrator from St. Petersburg, Russia. Flickr page. She created some beautiful illustrated caps in 2009. Also of interest is her Logoman ink on paper drawing (2010). [Google]
Paris-based graphic designer and illustrator, who made a decorative caps alphabet in 2016. [Google]
Atypic Co (was: Argo Typo)
[Jonathan Cuervo Cisneros]
Jonathan Cuervo (Atypic Co, Mexico City, and before that, Argo Typo) designed these typefaces:
- The blackletter display typeface Febrile (2014), which won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.
- Corvus (2010-2012). A gorgeous blackletter roman hybrid in Antiqua, Kursiv, Fraktur and Initialen styles, which won an award at Tipos Latinos 2010.
- Mayahuel (2013). A curvy display typeface influenced by Gabriel Martinez Meave's style.
- Cygnus (2012). A blackletter-inspired script.
- Eskema (2014). A calligraphic outline font that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.
- Acanto (2016) won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016 and at TDC 2016.
Behance link. [Google]
August Will (b. Weimar, Germany, 1834, d. 1910) immigrated to the New York City/New Jersey area when he was a young man. His full name was John M. August Will. Will settled in Jersey City, NJ, where he remained until his death.
He designed the outline ornamental caps typeface Crossroads (1891). For a digital version, see Crossroads (Solotype) and Marcel Caps (2007, Character).
In 1881, he patented a fireworks-themed typeface, and another typeface with ornaments.
In 1880, he patented another font with Chinese ornaments. [Google]
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) was an English architect, designer, artist and critic, chiefly remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style. His work culminated in the interior design of the Palace of Westminster. Pugin designed many churches in England, and some in Ireland and Australia.
Pugin designed several blackletter and uncial style alphabets ca. 1844. His Gothic Revival ornaments influenced the design of the dogital typeface Gothic Herbarium (2015, Lukyan Turetskyy). [Google]
Orleans, France-based designer of a city-inspired decorative caps alphabet in 2015. [Google]
Italian designer at the graphic design studio Tipiblu in Milan. Her typefaces include:
- Artypodia (2014). A decorative modular typeface family by Aurora Biancardi.
- Orti (2014). A decorative caps typeface by Aurora Biancardi.
Behance link. [Google]
Creator of Pipes Type (2010), an all caps typeface with letters in the shape of tools and pipes---inspiration came from an 18th century typeface. [Google]
Austin Norman Palmer
[Portfolio of Ornate Penmanship]
German foundry, est. 2009 by Julius Wiescher (b. 1991), who is the youngest son of famous type designer Gert Wiescher. His font Thin Pen (2009) is based on an ancestor of the German DIN-Schrift. The font was traced with a plastic template on transparent paper, scanned and worked over carefully to keep the handmade, authentic touch. Other fonts by him: DonJulio and Donna Julia (2008, Autographis, calligraphic script fonts made with Gert), Flatpen (2008, Autographis, with Gert), Norm Pen (2011, based on an ancestor of DIN Schrift), Bold Pen (2011, bold version of Norm Pen), Groucho (2011, a high-contrast flowing script), Authentic (2011, a connected copperplate script), Oldhand (2011, shaky handwriting), Holz Caps (2011, an irregular wood type simulation face), Poing (2011, a flowing calligraphic script), Cri Cri (2011, slab serif comic book face).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Graphic designer from Belgrade. Typeface 206 (2011) is an ornamental caps typeface that pays homage to da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. [Google]
[Luis Miguel Torres]
Aviv Studio in Monterrey and Mexico City consists of Diego L. Rodriguez (from Madrid, Spain) and Luis Miguel Torres. Typefaces: [Google]
Creative designer in Jakarta, Indonesia, who created the ornamental caps typeface Worm (2012).
Behance link. [Google]
Creator of the free frilly caps font Indezone (2006). Dafont link. [Google]
FontStructor who made ornamental caps typeface Fairytale (2012). [Google]
As an illustration major at Pratt Institute in New York, Baily Crawford created a decorative caps typeface (2015), and a set of decorative vignettes called Horseradish (2015). Behance link. [Google]
An orphaned stick figure alphabet from 1990. [Google]
Baltimore Type Foundry (or: Baltotype)
[Herbert F. Czarnowsky]
Also known as Fielding Lucas, Jr., Lucas Bros., H.L. Pelouze&Son, and Chas. J. Cary&Co. Specimen may be found in Convenient Specimen Book of Type, Rules, Borders, and Electrotype Cuts from the Baltimore Type Foundry (Baltimore: Chas. J. Cary&Co., 1888. Banta Book of Types&Typographical Tips. Menasha: George Banta, 1961). The company existed until well into the 20th century, and published a catalog as late as 1957 called Type and Rule Catalogue 13, Baltotype.
A selected list of typefaces:
- Airport Gothic: Turista Gorda NF (2009, Nick Curtis) is based on Baltimore Type Foundry's Airport Tourist which in turn used ideas from Renner's 1932 typeface Futura Display. Mc McGrew on Airport Gothic: Most of this series is the first American copy of Futura, which originated in Germany in 1927, designed by Paul Renner for Bauer. One source says it was cut from original Futura drawings, smuggled out of that country, but it seems more likely that matrices were made by electrotyping the imported type. An extrabold weight, Airport Black, was cut by Baltimore about 1943; information on this cutting is scarce and contradictory- one account says it was designed by Bill Stremic or Bill Blakefield, another that it was designed by Carl Hupie (or Hooper), and cut by Herman Schnoor. There is also Airport Black Condensed Title and Airport Broad. The latter is a modification of Airport Black, cut 50 percent wider on the pantagraph by Herman Schnoor. Baltimore later cast some of its Airport series from Monotype Twentieth Century matrices, and in a few cases listed both series. Airport Relief, Baltimore 299, is English Monotype Gill Sans Cameo Ruled, while Airport Tourist, Baltimore 602, is Futura Display, cast from electrotype mats of the German foundry type.
- Baltimore Script (1955). Mac McGrew: Baltimore Script is a fancy style designed by Tommy Thompson and cut by George Battee for Baltimore Type in 1955. The lowercase follows the general style of a script letter hand-written with a broad pen, although the inclination is slight and the letters don't quite connect. Capitals are flourished. It is suitable for stationery, announcements, and greeting cards, but its range of small sizes is hardly enough for advertising use.
- Mac McGrew: Czarin and Czarin Title were produced by Baltimore Type&Composition Corporation about 1948, the name being derived from the Czarnowsky family which owned the foundry. Czarin Title, issued first, is a copy of Offenbach Medium, a set of pen-drawn capitals designed by Rudolf Koch about 1935 for the Klingspor foundry in Germany. Czarin has minor changes in a few characters, but adds a lowercase, designed by Edwin W. Shaar, that is substantially different from that of Steel, the cap-and-lowercase version of Offenbach. The new lowercase harmonizes well with the capitals, and makes a handsome appearance. Compare Lydian. Footnote: McGrew spelled the name of the owner as Czarnowski. Irene Traeger, the granddaughter of Herbert F. Czarnowsky, pointed out the incorrect spelling to me.
- Mac McGrew: Elegante is a decorative, nearly monotone typeface cut by George Battee for Baltimore Type, after the German typeface Sensation of 1913, from Foundry Heinrich Hoffmeister. It is upright, with flourished caps and loops on some of the ascenders and descenders, and is suitable particularly for announcements and personal stationery. Compare Greeting Monotone.
- Mac McGrew: Emperor is a 1957 adaptation by Baltimore Type of Wide Latin which was cut by Stephenson Blake in England and related to nineteenth-century typefaces under other names. However, this Baltimore Type version has been modified and resized, and is less successful due to excess space between letters (although not as much as in the specimen shown here, which is letterspaced). Emperor was originally shown as Imperial.
- Their geometric series from 1884 became famous, and was often imitated. HiH created two font families based on it: Teutonia (2007) and Baltimore Geometric (2008, a revival of Antique Geometric by Baltimore Type Foundry, 1883). HiH writes: Roos&Junge of Offenbach am Main in Germany produced Teutonia in a "back-to-basics" effort that has seen many quite similar attempts in the field of topography. In 1883, Baltimore Type Foundry released its Geometric series. In 1910, Geza Farago in Budapest used a similar letter design on a Tungsram light bulb poster. In 1919 Theo van Doesburg, a founder with Mondrian and others of the De Stijl movement, designed an alphabet using rectangles only -- no diagonals. In 1923 Joost Schmidt at Bauhaus in Weimar took the same approach for a Constructivist exhibit poster. The 1996 Agfatype Collection catalog lists a Geometric in light, bold and italic that is very close to the old Baltimore version. Even though none of these designs took the world by storm, they all made a contribution to our understanding of letterforms and how we use them.
- Mac McGrew: Greco Bold and Italic are Spanish typefaces of the mid-1920s. They are very heavy, with long ascenders and small x-height, and have a hand-lettered appearance. Linotype Vulcan (q.v.) is equivalent. National Matrix&Type Co. in Baltimore, one of several independent companies which made matrices for the popular casting machines, offered Greco Bold in 1929 as its series 100; this was the source of Baltimore Type's mats, but Baltimore and some other sources cast Greco Bold and Italic as series 326-3261. These numbers have not been found in Monotype literature; perhaps another independent source also made mats. Notice the figures, which are termed hanging or old style, although they do not follow the usual form. However, taller 1, 2, and 0 are also available to convert the set to lining figurees. Compare Hess Monoblack. Greco Adornado, an ornamented version, has also been imported.
- Mac McGrew: Homewood is a recutting by Baltimore Type of Metropolis Lined, a German typeface of the 1930s. It was made from a large size of Metropolis Bold, with the fine white lines cut in, and differs from the original in minor details of the curves. Other sizes were cut by pantagraph and do not necessarily match original sizes.
- IBM Executive Modern, a typewriter type.
- Mac McGrew: Mademoiselle was designed by Tommy Thompson in 1953 as a display typeface for Mademoiselle magazine. It was cut by Herman Schnoor at Baltimore Type, which also offered fonts for general sale. It is a delicate, narrow modern roman, with long ascenders and short descenders, rather loosely fitted, and works well for display with transitional text typefaces such as Bulmer and Scotch Roman. Both lining and oldstyle figures are provided, along with several pointing hands as shown.
- Tourist Extra Condensed. Turista Flaca NF (2009, Nick Curtis) is based on Tourist Extra Condensed. McGrew: Tourist Extra Condensed of Baltimore Type is a copy of Phenix (q.v.) in 24- to 48-point sizes, and is Jefferson Gothic (q.v.) in larger sizes. Phenix is a 1935 ATF typeface by Morris Fuller Benton.
- Mac McGrew: Trend is a brush-lettered typeface cut by Baltimore in 1953. It is very similar to Dom Casual (q.v.), but has a slight back slant.
- Mac McGrew: Trylon as made by Baltimore Type was a 1949 copy of Stephenson Blake's Playbill (see Imports in Appendix), but Trylon Shaded and Trylon Shaded Oblique were designed and cut by George Battee of the Baltimore foundry. The solid version has lowercase in some sizes; it is somewhat similar to P. T. Barnum, with greatly exaggerated horizontal strokes and serifs at top and bottom, but is heavier and narrower. The Shaded versions are more properly outlines of the same design, with a small shadow effect at the top (which is unusual) and right of each letter, but without lowercase.
- Mac McGrew: Vernen is essentially a copy of Huxley Vertical (q.v.), but omitting the round characters AKMNWY and using the alternate pointed characters instead. In addition, the slight extensions of cross strokes to the left of stems have been omitted, and a few other characters have been redrawn. It was offered by Baltimore in 1953.
- Mc McGrew: Vista is a very wide square-serif face, cut by Baltimore Type in 1956. It is said to be a pantagraphic modification of Hellenic Wide from Bauer in Germany; actually it does not match that typeface in details, though it has the same general effect.
- Mac McGrew: Wide Line Gothic is a creation of Herman Schnoor for Baltimore Type, modified by pantagraph from Philadelphia Lining Gothic, increasing the width by about 50 percent. The flat sides of round letters. acceptable in the moderately condensed original, make awkward shapes in this extended version. Compare Franklin Gothic Wide, Tempo Black Extended.
- Among the wood types, we have Oak Leaf (1832, ornamental caps).
Rich Hopkins, a printing historian, acquired Baltotype ca. 1993. Based on drawings from the 1950s in the Baltotype material, Miranda Roth at P22 designed LTC Athena, a narrow art deco typeface, in 2013. [Google]
[Todd M. Hallock]
Based in Perry, OK, Bannigan Artworks was founded in 1998 by Todd Hallock (b. 1969). His fonts include Arts&CraftsGS (2001, inspired by decorative lettering by Glaswegian illustrator Jessie Marion King (1876-1949) and by the Scottish style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). This font was published by Jack Yan), Renaissance Caps (2005, floriated), Celtic Knots-BA (2002), Celtic BA (2003), Celtic Ornaments BA (2008), Christianity BA (2004, Christian symbols), and the futuristic font Hallock.
Home page on Celtic Art. Agfa/Monotype sells Hallock, Celtic-BA and Celtic Knots.
At MyFonts, we find the Keltic caps typeface Medieval Caps BA (2006), Left Hand BA (2007) and Art Nouveau 2 BA (2007). Archibald BA (2009) is inspired by the art nouveau lettering of Archibald Knox (1864-1933), a designer for Liberty&Co. from the Isle of Man. In 2014, he created Arts and Crafts Sans BA. In 2015, Todd published Circle BA.
View Todd Hallock's typefaces. [Google]
An open all-caps typeface made by Photo-Lettering Inc. [Google]
Baria Poonpanich (Bangkok, Thailand) designed an alphabet called Monsters (2013). [Google]
Barnhart Bros. Spindler Type Founders: Book of Type Specimens, 1907
Trying to fit this 1000-page book into one web page, with discussion of many types. It's impossible, but I tried it. [Google]
Student at UWE in Bristol, UK. FontStructor who created the ornamental caps typeface Templar (2012). [Google]
Bauersche Giesserei: Hauptprobe in gedrängter Form der Bauerschen Giesserei
Type specimen book by Bauersche Giesserei published ca. 1915. Open Library link. Archive.org link. Local download. Local download, colored version [27MB].
An earlier and more volumunous book of specimens is Hauptprobe der Bauerschen Giesserei in Frankfurt am main und Barcelona (Frankfurt am Main, 1907). [Google]
Bayo Suti XV
Imran Nasution [Bayo Suti XV] is the Medan, Indonesia-based designer (b. 1997) of the dingbat typeface Masjid Al Imran (2014), which consists of silhouettes of mosques. Other typefaces from 2014: Semaphore Pramuka, Kingsland Timur (2014, caps), Lake Toba (textured capitals), Ali Air (cursive script), Gang of Sipirok (outlined typeface). In 2015, he designed INF Simpang Ampek (a simple script) and Alphabet SNK (a hacker font).
Dafont link. [Google]
Archive at a British Columbian government site with about 200 truetype fonts. It includes many Bitstream fonts, Arslannian, some SSK fonts, Lara Bold Italic, MaxInitiale, Palazzo Little Caps, Ramona (WSI), Tennyson, XavierCaps, and many text fonts. [Google]
Graphic designer in Bologna, Italy, who designed the decorative caps typeface Creative (2014). [Google]
San Francisco-based designer of the figurine-themed decorative initial caps typeface Keith Haring (2012; during his studies at the University of San Francisco). Muni Streetcar Display Font (2015) is inspired by the San Francisco Muni System Light Rail Display.
Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google]
Graphic designer from Timisoara, Romania. He created some font designs in 2008: Olympics, Flickr (grunge), Smoke Elements, Handdrawn Elements, and a black geometric face. Behance link showing custom-made fonts, from frilly to graffiti, and artsy fat, to leafy caps. [Google]
Montreal-based designer. During her studies at Concordia University, she created the free floriated caps typeface Floralism (2013), a font whose glyphs are shaped like in Novecento, one of the "in" typefaces of early 2013. Its decoration is inspired by art nouveau and psychedelia from he 1960s.
Behance link. [Google]
Susan Derrick's foundry in Dayton, OH. Her fonts can be bought at MyFonts. Alternate URL. The list of creations (2005): Ancestry (caps), Angeline, Angelique (both curly scripts), Banderole, Fred and Ginger (two-line display face), Garden Gate (gate-inspired curly script), Monogram, Oxymoron (simple sans), Relativity, Scrapbook, Beads (dingbats) and Beading. In 2006, some handwriting fonts by Matthew Derrick were added: Funnies, Grimble Castle, Paparazzi, Scratch Pad, Selvin, Love Me and Wavy Gravy. Additions in 2009: Barack, Mrs. Obama, Malia (upright connected script), Violette (female script), Abbatia (ornaments), Frame Ups (frames), Sasha (didactic font with lines). [Google]
Free Beeline fonts by "Miss Claude" (Claude Derieppe) and "The Font Goddess": Alpha3D, AlphaBalloon, AlphaBalloons2, AlphaBizzyBee, AlphaBones, AlphaBoy, AlphaCar, AlphaClouds, AlphaCrooner, AlphaCutOut, AlphaDishes, AlphaElephant, AlphaElfin, AlphaFitness, AlphaFlowers, AlphaFunky1, AlphaFunky2, AlphaGarden, AlphaInky, AlphaMan, AlphaMusicMan, AlphaNails, AlphaPaint, AlphaParty, AlphaPencils, AlphaRemember, AlphaRope, AlphaRunning, AlphaSausage, AlphaSausage, AlphaScribble, AlphaSkyParty, AlphaSmoke, AlphaSports (2002), AlphaSquiggle, AlphaSurvivor, AlphaThin, AlphaTopiary, AlphaTrees, AlphaUnleaded, AlphaUnplugged, AlphaWizard, AlphaWoman, AlphaWomanHair, AlphaWood, Baby, BabyBeeline, BizzyBunny, CarBeeline, DinosBeeline, HeliumHeaven, TicketCapitalsImpressed, TicketCapitalsRepressed, WormAlpha, WormBeeline. [Google]
Graphic designer and typographer in Sydney, Australia. [Google]
Bristol, UK-based digital artist, who drew a few beautiful ornamental caps in 2011. [Google]
FontStructor who made Classical Order (2012), an ornamental caps face. [Google]
The Berliner caps alphabet (ca. 1400) contains fantastic creatures, and illustrates the war between good and evil. [Google]
During his visual communication studies at First City Providential College in Bulacan, The Philippines, Bernard Rebulado created a bird silhouette ornamental caps typeface called Aves (2013). [Google]
During his studies at the Art Institute in San Diego, CA, Bernardo Rojas created the ornamental caps alphabet Paat (2014). [Google]
German graphical artist, painter and printmaker, 1872-1943. He studied at the Düsseldorf and Berlin Art Academies. From 1892 Bernhard Pankok had a studio of his own in Munich. There he freelanced as an artist, graphic artist and illustrator for the journals "Pan" and "Jugend". Greatly impressed by the British Arts and Crafts movement, Bernhard Pankok joined Hermann Obrist, Richard Riemerschmid, and Bruno Paul in founding the Munich Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk. Afterwards, he also designed furniture, stage sets, interiors and buildings, and painted portraits. An example of lettering: modern German capitals. [Google]
During her studies at University of the Arts London in 2013, Beth Doherty created a decorative all caps alphabet. Behance link. [Google]
[Ornaments of Grace]
Designer and illustrator. A graduate of Tyler School of Art's MFA graphic and interactive design program, she spent her formative years in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently she teaches at Philadelphia University and moonlights as a freelance designer and illustrator. Her Kalakari alphabet (ornamental caps with an Indian look) is simply stunning. It received the first place award in the 2009 AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design Competition. [Google]
UK-based FontStructor (student at Bristol UWE) who made the ornamental caps typeface Ornée (2010). [Google]
Bethany Lesko (Brooklyn, NY) made the cat alphabet Helveticat in 2013. [Google]
[Artsy Lady's Home Page]
Graphic designer in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Creator of an illustrative Latin caps typeface in 2012.
Behance link. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Prato, Italy, Bianca Vagnoli created a decorative caps Imaginary Alphabet (2014). [Google]
Bibliotheqie Nationale de France
The national library of France. Has nice Samples of lettrines, including Alphabet de Paulini (1570), Alphabet des diableries, in Nouvelle collection de lettres de différents genres à l'usage de MM. les peintres et graveurs, A. Caulo (1856), Les Cris de Paris no1 (Paris, Maison Basset, vers 1845), Alphabet comique de Daumier (1836), Alphabet, Kate Greenaway (London, 1885), Alphabet diabolique (1837), Les polichinelles utiles ou l'origine des lettres (1826). Sandrine Maillet accepts donations and specimen of typographic work. They specialize in rare books and historical typographical pieces, but present day work is also being collected right now. Address: Réserve des livres rares, Quai François Mauriac, 75706 Paris Cedex 13. [Google]
Bradford, UK-based designer of a geometric decorative multicolor typeface in 2015. [Google]
[UTF Type Foundry]
Brazilian graphic designer and prolific creator of free typefaces, which often combine calligraphy and grunge.
Fonts from 2016: Altamonte (baseball script), Landscape, Landscape Land, Old Type, Sedex, Good News, IA Type, Satisfaction (heavy creamy signage script), Sebastiana (baseball script), Urgh Type (grunge), Texas Tango (spurred Western font), Factory (textured), Rio Glamour (sans), Like (Italian style Western font), Heaven Gate (connected script), Colt (Western font).
Fonts from 2014: BackStab (metal band blackletter font), Strongbox (concave Western font), Goiabada, Bonesoup, Blanc Chateau (tattoo script), Botas Sujas (grungy letterpress font), Bigbobs (cartoon face), Yukathin N Conte Smile, Sambahollyc, Cherry Jam, Cacha (grunge), Rubber Stamp, Yukafont (hand-printed), Cabriolet (brush script), Sweet Correction Roth (tattoo script).
Fonts from 2011: Tabu, Caribbean Tool (roman caps face), Pijamas (hand-printed 3d outline face), Nova Solid (Nova Regular and Bold are from 2014), Chocolate Dealer, Happy Family (dingbats), Save The Mini, Tosca Zero (grunge), Epidemia (grunge), Skt and Destroy (grunge), High on fire, Manabu, Masterplan, Thrashline (multiline), Triumph Rewind, The Dreamer, Why, Uranium Mafia, Blessed Day, Caribbean Tool (floral caps face), Lost Winner, Dove Love (curly valentine's Day font), Safe Iodine (texture face), Easy Trouble, ArgelFont, BUTECO (sketch font), DIAMONDDUST, Dropping, Ink In The Meat (tattoo font), NORMAL, POPCORN (a great grunge hand-drawn Futura Black), POPCORNSKETCHSKETCH (a sketched face), ROCKETAIR, ShitHappens-Cursive. Panhead (grunge Western face).
Fonts made in 2010: Thrashline, Dotled (a fuzzy texture face), Refurbished, PUNKBABE, CANDYINC, GreenPillow, DIRTYBAGBOLDTRIAL, LEDLIGHT, MAJORGUILTY, Network Vampires, NEWESTTRIAL (Western face), VATOS, Billy Argel Font (calligraphic), ACIDLABEL, BeyondSky-trial, HURTMOLD, TOSCAZERO, TABU (grunge), EASY TROUBLE, BOMBFONT (puffy letters), BILLYARGELFONT (calligraphic), Soap Store (grunge), ANGELTEARS (calligraphic), BUTOXQUEEN-trial, ELECTRICHANDS (cursive hand), FLOWERFLOW-trial, HAPPYFAMILY-TRIAL, HEARTQUAKE (grunge), MSKITOKILLA (grunge), NIGHTSTALKER-TRIAL (grunge), RAINFOREST (handwriting with rough edges), ROADMOVIE, ROSE TATTOO (an outlined hand-printed beauty), TWINPINES (brush), WANNABEME (sketched), WEDDINGNIGHTMAREStrial (calligraphic), BEERNOTE, GREENMIND (grunge), PORNFASHION, MASTERPLAN (grunge), SNIPERSHOT.
Fonts from 2009: COOLECTOR, BODYHUNTER-Bold (grunge), CLUBHAUS-Bold (ultra black, mechanical/octagonal), MAKEMEALPHA (grunge), NewGardenLight, TRIUMPHREWIND (grunge), Nachos and TV, Oxidisaster, Helloween, Lemon Day Semibold (a sketch font), Tosca Zero, Outlaw (Western face), Gangland (scratchy brushy face), B Side (vertical stencil).
Fonts from 2008: Plastic Pill (fat art deco face), Bedspread Assassin, A Bite (grunge), Dirty and Classic (grunge calligraphy), Gas Mask (grunge stencil), PANHEAD (grungy Western billboard font), My Turtle, Cubiculo Gallery (created for the Cubiculo Gallery in Sao Paulo), Ginga (grunge calligraphic--think award-winning grunge!!!), Wallrider, Black-Oak, TOY_SOLDIERS-Bold (grunge), Abite (grunge), ACIDLABEL, Bulldozer, Cheap Stealer, DONOTEXIST, HANGUP (3-d bouncy letters), HYERBA (Far West font), LAZYDAY (hand-printed outline caps face), LEDLIGHT, Mon Bijoux (ornamental), MANABU (futuristic), PEIXEFRITO, Positiv-A, Killed DJ (multiline grunge), Sniper (grunge), Black Oak (smudged face), ShAnKed,
Fonts from 2007: Olho de Boi (a great scratchy handwriting font inspired by the first Brazilian postage stamp which was released on August 1, 1843), Skull TS2 (skull dingbats), REBOARD, Hurtmold (rounded octagonal face), PDRPT (grunge), the Soma family (modern stencil), Caatinga (2006, artsy display face), Santos Dumont (handwriting: free at DaFont).
Klingspor link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
Austrian graphic designer and illustrator located in Barcelona. She created the ornamental caps alphabet Reproduction (2012). In 2014, she made the Escher-inspired typeface Oxymora.
Behance link. Old URL. [Google]
BittBox (or: BB Free Fonts)
Run by Oklahoma City-based Jay Hilgert, this site is dedicated to free clipart and vector art. He has made a stunning four-style family called BB Petie Boy (2008), which includes an ornamental caps style, a grunge style, a blackboard style and a sketch style. Dafont link. He also made the stunning Western display typeface Fusty Saddle (2008), the worn Tire Shop (2008), Blox (2008), and Conglomerfont (2008, based on letters solicited from designers all over the world). [Google]
Swedish graphic design student at Konstfack in Stockholm, b. Landskrona, 1983. His portfolio includes the refreshing caps designs he calls Typeface Anatomy (2008). He also made a skectch for Handwritten (2008). D, O, R. [Google]
Blackletter, Fraktur, Rotunda
Manfred's fascination with blackletter and its German roots is apparent from the tens of typefaces he designed that are either revivals of historic typefaces or playful and not so playful extensions. Here we go:
- ArtNouveauDecadente (2007)
- BarlosRandom, BarlosRandomRings
- BarlosiusEdged (2007)
- Bastarda, Bastarda-K, BastardaButtonsBeta, BastardaMajuskel1300 (2005), BastardusSans
- BauernFraktur (2004, after the 1911 original by Bauersche)
- BayreuthFraktur, Bayreuther-BlaXXL (2005, a variation of Schneidler's Bayreuth)
- BigBroken, BigBrokenTwo
- Brahms-Gotisch (2005, with Petra Heidorn: a revival of Heinz Beck's 1937 typeface at Genzsch&Heyse)
- BrokenAlphabetTradition, BrokenBrainsFrax, BrokenCapsJumperB, BrokenHand, BrokenHand-Bold, BrokenHandLight, BrokenRoman-Bold, BrokenSansCaps, BrokenSansCaps (2007), BrokenSansCapsJumper, BrokentTraditionRound
- Burtine (2003: handwritten freestyle version of Burte Fraktur, 1928), Burte-Fraktur, Burtinomatic, Burtinomatic-DemiBold
- Cantzley Inverse Caps (2007), CantzleyAD1600 (2005)
- Clausewitz-Fraktur (2005)
- Cuxhaven Initials Round (2006), CuxhavenFraktur (2006), CuxhavenInitials (2006), CuxhavenTimes
- DecadentaFrax (2007)
- DolbyFraxCaps (2005)
- DrunkenSailor (2006)
- ElectrUnciale (2005)
- ElephantaBlack (2006)
- FlyingHollander (2005)
- FracturiaSketched, FracturiaSketchedCaps
- FraktKonstruct, FraktSketch, FraktSketchFS, FraktalConPablos, FrakturInRings (2007), FrakturInitials07 (2007), FrakturNitials (2006), FrakturaFonteria, FrakturaFonteriaSlim (2006)
- FraxBricKs, FraxBrix, FraxHandwritten, FraxHandwrittenCaps (2007), FraxHandwrittenXtrem-Medium, FraxInCage, FraxInCageLeftOblique, FraxInCageRightOblique, FraxInitials, FraxxSketchQuill
- GermanFatman (2006)
- GingkoFraktur (2006)
- GoldenSwing, GothicMajuscles
- GotenborgFraktur (2007)
- GotikaButtons (2005, after Imre Reiner's Gotika from 1933)
- GothicLetters (2007)
- Gotic Caps (2006), GoticaBastard, GotischeMajuskel
- GutenbergsGhostypes, GutenbergsTraces
- HamletOrNot, HamletTobeornot
- HansSachsCaps (2007)
- HappyFrax (2006)
- Haunted-Normal, HauntedBricks
- Holland-Gotisch (with Petra Heidorn; a revival of Nederduits by Johann Michael Fleischmann, ca. 1750)
- ImresFraktur, ImresFraxCaps (2007)
- JohannesBricks, JohannesButtons-02, JohannesGDiamonds, JohannesGLastTraces (2007), JohannesTraces
- Jugendstil (2006)
- KaiserRotbartCaps (2007)
- KleinSchwabach (2005)
- KleinsBrokenGotik (2006)
- KlungerCaps (2006)
- LudwigHohlwein (2006)
- LufrakturBricks (2006)
- LutherDuemille, LutherMousedrawn, LutherMousedrawn-Bold
- MK Broken Types (2006)
- MKFraxConstr (2007)
- MKalligFrax, MKalligFrax-MediumItalic
- MKancellerescaCaps (2005)
- MKantzley (2005), MKanzleiCaps-One (2006)
- MoKsford, MoKsfordBold, MoKsfordDemiBold, MoKsfordExtraLight, MoKsfordLight
- MonAmourCaps (2006), MonAmourFraktur-Broken (2006), MonAmourFrakturRegular
- MousefraKtur, MousefraKtur-Bold
- Münchner-Fraktur (2005; a revival of Renaissance Fraktur by Heinz König, 1885, Genzsch&Heyse)
- Neudoerffer, NeudoerfferScribbleQuality. Both codex style typefaces are from 2003. Manfred writes that Neudoerffer is an unaltered version of the original Neudoerffer Initialen from 1660.
- OKsfordBadFat, OKsfordItalic
- OldTypographicSymphony-Regular, OldTypographicSymphony-Round
- PopFraxFrankfurt (2007), PopFraxFrankfurtCondensed (2007)
- Potsdam (2005, a revival of a 1934 typeface by Robert Golpon)
- Prothesis-Black, Prothesis-Caribiqu, Prothesis-Caripix
- Schaftstiefel Kaputt (2003)
- SchmaleGotischMK, SchmalfetteGotisch
- SchneidlerSchwabacher, SchneidlerSolitaires, SchneidlerSolitairesRound, SchneidlerSolitairesRound
- Schwabach, SchwabachDuemille, SchwabachScribbels, SchwabachScribbelsSecond
- ScribbledFrakturX-Heavy (2006)
- SmallEdgedFrax (2006)
- Snoutlike (2003)
- SpaceWinningFrax (2007)
- TypoasisBoldGothic (2003)
- Weissgotnitials (2005, based on Weiss's Lichte Initialen, 1935)
- WittewittMajuscles-Flourish, WittewittMajuscles-FlourishBricks
- WrittenFrax (2007)
Blake Young (from Tupelo, MS) has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi in Studio Art and Graphic Design, class of 2005. He continued his studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design and received a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2008. He currently lives in New Orleans where he works as an art director.
He created a frilly caps face inspired by the style of lettering in old copperplate etchings from the 1700-1800s in 2007.
His second typeface, Hispaniola is a swashbuckler typeface introduced here (2007) and discussed here. [Google]
Melbourne, Australia-based scrapbooking company of Vanessa Trendle (b. 1969).
Their fonts include Blushbutter Fairy Floss (2007, curly caps), Blushbutter Whimsy (2007, more curly caps), and Blushbutter Fae (2007, pixie dingbats).
Alternate URL. MyFonts site. Klingspor link. [Google]
Louisville, KY-based designer of the classy titling typeface Magnus (2015, for a school project at the University of Louisville). [Google]
Melbourne-based illustrator and lettering artist, b. Indonesia. Work by him include a poster called Flourish (2013), Robin Gordon Drop Cap (2013) and a set of floriated numerals for AMP Bank (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer and illustrator in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013, he created a set of ornamental numerals for promotional material of the AMP Bank. Behance link. [Google]
Macau-based graphic designer and illustrator who created Animal Font (2013). [Google]
Brasov, Romania-based designer of Alphalines (2013, a graffiti-inspired decorative caps typeface). [Google]
Bolt Cutter Design (or: Mahoney Fine Arts)
Creators in 2008 of a series of detailed free fonts: Eutemia (connected calligraphic script), Deborah Extra Ornaments, Prozac Buzz (grungy and neurotic), Phat Grunge Bold, Metal Macabre (scary), Kremlin-Advisor-Display-Kaps-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar-Extra-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar, KremlinAlexander-Bold, KremlinBolshevik-Bold, KremlinDuma-Bold, KremlinEmpire, KremlinGeorgianI3D, KremlinGrandDuke, KremlinKiev, KremlinOrthodoxChurch, KremlinStarets (all Cyrillic simulation typefaces), Deborah Fancy Dress (saloon font), Deborah (1880s style).
Full list, at the end of 2008: AngstRidden (angst-ridden handwriting, dated 2002 under the label Mahoney Fine Arts), Bolt-Cutter-Light, Bolt-Cutter-Nasty, Bolt-Cutter, CSAR-Italic, CSARVESTMENT (illuminated caps), Bloody Irish Bastard or Congeal (2001), Deborah (Western), DeborahCondensed, DeborahExtrasOrnaments, DeborahFancyDress, Dominatrix, EutemiaI-Italic, EutemiaII-BoldItalic, EutemiaIII-BoldItalic, EutemiaOrnaments, GeneticEngine, GideonPlexus, KREMLINMINISTRY-DemiBoldItalic, Kremlin-Advisor-Display-Kaps-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar-Extra-Bold, Kremlin-Samovar, Kremlin-Soviet-Italic, Kremlin-Tsaritsa-Italic, Kremlin, KremlinAdviser, KremlinAlexander-Bold, KremlinBolshevik-Bold, KremlinComrade, KremlinCzar, KremlinDuma-Bold, KremlinEmperor-Bold, KremlinEmpire, KremlinGeorgianI3D, KremlinGrandDuke, KremlinImperial, KremlinKiev, KremlinKommisar, KremlinKourier-II, KremlinKourierII-Bold, KremlinMenshevik-Bold, KremlinMenshevik-BoldItalic, KremlinMinister-Black, KremlinMinister-Bold, KremlinMinister, KremlinMinisterBlack3D-Bold, KremlinOrthodoxChurch, KremlinPravda-Italic, KremlinPravda, KremlinPremier, KremlinStarets, KremlinSynod, MarquisDeSade, MarquisDeSadeAlternates, MarquisDeSadeOrnaments, Kremlin Chairman, Metal-Macabre, NewSymbolFont, ODINS-SPEAR-HOLLOW (2002, runes), ODINS-SPEAR (runic), OurSacredRights-Bold, PhatGrunge-Bold, Precious, StarmanCrusader, TEK-HED-AGGRESIVE (the TEK (techno) series is from 2003), tEK-HED-ANGRY, TEK-HED-BOLIMIC, TEK-HED-LAZY, TekHedRegular, ThorsHammerCarved (2008, chiseled look), csar, csarparadedress. Fonts from 2009: Vlad tepes II (creepy).
Fonts from 2010: Sarcophagus.
Fonts from 2012: Baris Cerin (a bastardized Garamond caps face).
Fonts from 2013: Precious (connected formal script).
Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google]
FontStructor who made a nice woven caps typeface called M026S (2011). He also did a geometric Italian typeface called M021S (2011) and an octagonal outline typeface called M022S (2011). Other typefaces made in 2011 include M029s, M028c (techno face), M022s, M013, 2012.
Typefaces from 2012: M037S. [Google]
During her studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Bonnie Wong (Hong Kong) created the decorative caps typeface MyType (2014). [Google]
[Peter R. Wilson]
Renton, WA-based Peter R. Wilson's metafont code (2000-2003) for the "bookhands" series of fonts. It was his intention to provide the main examples of manuscript hands from the first century until the invention of printing. Included are the following: [Google]
Granada, Spain-based designer of the free blackboard bold typeface September (2015: download), the textured all caps typeface Iris Font (2014) and the prismatic New Line Font (2014).
In 2016, she designed the display typeface Bluet. Home page. Another home page. [Google]
Design studio in Buenos Aires. Behance link. Their typefaces are mostly on commission for certain packaging or identity projects. These include Familia (2010, leaf and tree-themed all caps face), Goma (2010), Exagon (2010), some types for Atypica (2010) and Lucchetti (2010). Zero (2011) is a great striped logo face. [Google]
Foundry with one freebie, Irene Frances Italic Caps. All fonts in type 1 and TrueType, Mac and PC. Commercial fonts: the great subdued calligraphic Turbayne Collection, the Morgan and Morgan Sticks display font, and the stylish Deco font Habana Moon stand out. Other fonts: AbeAbeAbeAbeAbe, Berngard, BoyBeaver Koloss, Granma, Granma Bones, Runninghand, ZigZagBoy, Randi. I guess all fonts are made by Ignacio Frances. [Google]
Buenos Aires-based designer of the ornamental lettering for Comida Peruana (2012). [Google]
Brennan X. George
Sacramento, CA-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Oceanic (2016). [Google]
Graduate of the Art Institute of San Antonio. San Antonio, TX-based creator of Papel Picado (2014), a decorative typeface family that contains ornamental initial caps in the style of Mexican fiestas. [Google]
Brian J. Bonislawsky
[Monogram Fonts Co]
During his studies in Nairobi, Kenya, Brian Jangima created the free typeface Erster Caps (2015) and the free squarish typeface Cherrie Serif (2016). [Google]
Brian Kniceley is a sign artist at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. At Letterhead Fonts, he designed Henderson Roman, Henderson Church Text, Strong Nouveau, Strong Italic, Strong Angle, Equinox (caps and flourishes), Strong Caliope, LHF Strong Tea House (2000). Many of his fonts have a Western influence. [Google]
With Rick Valicenti at Thirstype, he made the brilliant set of capitals called Handjob (2002) (wire-meshed hands). That font is now called Handsome. [Google]
Postscript art, including caps, borders and ornaments. Unclear who runs the site--could be Eric C. Nevin. [Google]
As a student at the University of South Wales, Bridie Fry (Frome, UK) created a colorful all caps typeface called Dream (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Illustrator and motionographer in Brooklyn, NY. Creator of Chimera (2012), an illustrated caps typeface representing animals.
Behance link. [Google]
Brittany Sweney (Minnesota) graduated from UW-Stout with a BFA in Graphic Design. In 2011, she created a beautiful ornamental caps alphabet for a mock Sokol Blosser Vineyard annual report. Other typefaces include Havana (2012), Dr. Beezy's (2013, hand-drawn).
Behance link. [Google]
Brob House Books
Archive with initial caps, 18 and 19th century fonts, and medieval fonts. [Google]
Bruce Mackay (Cape Town, South Africa) created the multicolored caps typeface Funeral Font (2012). [Google]
During his studies at Valencia in Orlando, FL, Bryant Taylor designed the Zombie Letters alphabet (2013). [Google]
[Javier R. Calvo]
Buenos Dias is located in Sevilla, Spain. One of its two founders, Javier R. Calvo, used concentric circles as jewel beads to make up ornamental letters in his Monica Lettering. Behance link. [Google]
Bund für Liturgie und Gregorianik
[Holger Peter Sandhofe]
Commercial music fonts by Holger Peter Sandhofe from Bonn. Hufnagelnotation, Quadratnotation and Medicaeanotation are medieval notations for Gregorian chants. Olus some beautiful medieval caps such as HPS Antiphonale, Solesmes, and HPS Vatikan-Initialen (from the 15th century). He also sells a HPS Garamond text family. Plus some commercial medieval fonts: HPS Vatikan-Initialen (caps font, 38 Euro), HPS Antiphonale (caps, 28 Euro), Solesmes (caps, 48 Euro), HPS Garamond (medieval text font family in Normal, Kursiv, Fett and Fett-Kursiv). [Google]
Studio in Caracas, Venezuela. Creators of an ornamental caps typeface called Lo Importante (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Bunka (Bunka Design, Paris) is a freelance illustrator and toy designer. He drew a delightful children's book alphabet simply called ABC (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Istanbul-based graphic designer. In 2016, she created several all caps display alphabets, including an emoji-themed alphabet. [Google]
Bureau 205 (was: Trafik)
Damien Gautier (b. 1971) studied typography in the Atelier de création typographique at l'Ecole Estienne, Paris. He co-founded Trafik, a type studio in Lyon.
At Typotek, he designed LeQuincaillerie (fifties font, 2000), LeMenuiserie (2000), LeConfiserie (2000, an electronic panel font), LeConfiserie Couleur, L'ekran Dix (a pixel font), LeBoucherie-Ornament (2000), LeBeaune (1995-2011, a flared roman lettering typeface created at first for the town of Beaune in Burgundy), Alcala (1994).
For Salomon (the ski company brand font), Damien Gautier received a Trophée d'Or nomination at the Integraphic Congress in Paris in 2003.
MyFonts, where his foundry is called Trafik, and then Damien Gautier, then "205", Editions 205, and finally Bureau 205, sells these typefaces: Colonel (stencil), Laikran (pixel family), Le Bazar, Le Beaune, Le Chaufferie, Le Confiserie, Le Confiserie Couleur, Le Gendarmerie, Le Menuiserie, Le Quincaillerie, Pam (2005, counterless), Plaak (2013-2014, a large sans caps family inspired by French street name signs; codesigned with Olivier Raimbaud and Correntin Noyer), Robin (2010, a dingbat typeface with arrows, codesigned with Delphine Sigonney). In 2010, Gautier created Caporal (an elegant clean stencil face), Le Francois (a set of stylish capitals).
In 2009, Damien Gautier designed Bloo (a wedge-serifed typeface). Salomon is a corporate typeface family.
Typefaces of Damien Gautier and Quentin Margat in 2010: Amiral (cargo stencil), Alcala (started in 1994, finished in 2010, this text family is based on renaissance forms and was used to print a Bible).
With Quentin Margat, he created some typefaces in 2011 such as Maax (an information design sans family), Norr (styles include a didone, a slab serif, and two sanses), Colonel, and Beretta (dot matrix family).
In 2013, damien Gautier designed Maax Mono and Maax Rounded, both at Editions 205.
View Damien Gautier's typefaces. [Google]
Büro für Gestaltung Janssen
Büro für Gestaltung Janssen, or Janssen Design, is located in Hamburg. It is involved in print, screen, animation, corporate and type design, and was founded in 2002 by Sylvia and Daniel Janssen. Together, they designed these typefaces:
- Bias Regular (2008, T-26). An experimental pixel-based face.
- Gretel (2005, Fountain), a cross-stitch pattern font.
- Loop (2005, T-26).
- Kaa, a multilined hypnotizing face. This and some other typefaces are also available at T-26.
- Engel (2003, At T-26). See also here.
- Vitus (2003, Fountain: Vitus is a bold typeface with occasional delicate strokes. It'a based on a typeface found on one of the million mark notes released during the inflation in the 1920's). See also here.
- Emily, a connected script font, with some borders. Designed in 2003 with Sylvia Janssen, it is similar to Monte Carlo Script NF (2002, Nick Curtis), and both are based on a font called Medicis by Deberny and Peignot, ca. 1920.
- AF Nitro, a techno/LED collection of typefaces.
- Diavolo, a fifties diner face.
- Unovis, a minimalist squarish typeface with hard to distinguish u, n and v lower case characters.
- Sektor, a sans face.
- Sonar, a display sans.
- Masina, a simple geometric sans.
- Cash (no idea what this looks like).
- Initialen, a 21st century initial caps face.
- EF Gigant, a 96-weight techno family (Elsner and Flake, 2006).
- Emily: a connected upright script available from T26.
- Atlantik: six sets of line elements, sold by Veer and Fountain. The Atlantik typeface is a result of a poster design made for the Habour Museum Hamburg.
- Diago (2008, T-26): a striped op art sans.
- Oceane (2009, T-26). An avant-garde face.
- Karl (2010, T26). A script face.
FontShop link. Klingspor link. T26 link.
View Daniel Janssen's typefaces. [Google]
Honolulu, HI-based lettering artist and typographer. C. Lee created Vintage Alphabet in 2013. In 2014, he designed Cassandre Alphabet (2014, art deco, named after Cassandre) and Ornate Alphabet (decorative blackletter caps, which was inspired by Williams and Packard's Church Text). [Google]
Brussels-based designer of Alphabet des Contes et Legendes (2014), an ornamental caps typeface. Behance link. [Google]
During her studies in Bandung, Indonesia, Cahya Sogyan created the free rounded sans typeface Synthesia (2014), the free sans typeface New Dawn (2015), and the free techno / futuristic typeface Cosmonaut (2015), with accompanying drop caps.
In 2016, Cahyan published June of Fortune, the free hipster typeface family Soda Popp and writes: The new typeface called Soda Popp is inspired by pop-culture, vaporwave music, and seapunk that emerged in the early 2010s among Internet communities. It is characterized by a nostalgic fascination with retro cultural aesthetics, typically of the 1980s, 1990s, and early-mid 2000s. [Google]
During her studies at Rhodes University in Johannesburg, South Africa, Caitlin Dominy designed the decorative caps typeface Retro Rockwell (2016) and the floriated textured all caps typeface Lace (2016). [Google]
Caitlin Jade Skrinis
Kelowna, BC-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Emone (2016), which is inspired by anemones and crustaceans. [Google]
Caitlin Jade Skrinis
Designer in The Gold Coast, who drew the sea anemone-inspired ornamental caps alphabet Emone (2012). She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Design majoring in Visual Communication at Griffith University QCA in Southbank, Brisbane.
Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Columbus, OH. Tissues (2012) is a hand-drawn ornamental caps typeface inspired by organs, muscles, and tissues of the human body. [Google]
[Vladislav V. Dorosh]
Calmius Software is a Russian company at which Vladislav V. Dorosh designed the Cyrillic font family Irmologion in 1996. This includes Evangelie-Ucs, Feofan-Ucs, Indycton-ieUcs, IndyctonUcs, Irmologion-Caps-Ucs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Caps-Ucs, Irmologion-Caps-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Caps-ieUcs, Irmologion-Caps-kUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Caps-kUcs, Irmologion-Ucs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Ucs, Irmologion-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-ieUcs, Irmologion-kUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-kUcs, Pochaevsk-Caps-Ucs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Caps-Ucs, Pochaevsk-Caps-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Caps-ieUcs, Pochaevsk-Caps-kUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Caps-kUcs, Pochaevsk-Ucs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Ucs, Pochaevsk-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-ieUcs, Pochaevsk-kUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-kUcs, Psaltyr-Ucs-SpacedOut, Psaltyr-Ucs, Psaltyr-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Psaltyr-ieUcs, Psaltyr-kUcs-SpacedOut, Psaltyr-kUcs, Render-Script, Slavjanic-Ucs-SpacedOut, Slavjanic-Ucs, Slavjanic-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Slavjanic-ieUcs, Slavjanic-kUcs-SpacedOut, Slavjanic-kUcs, Triodion-Caps-Ucs-SpacedOut, Triodion-Caps-Ucs, Triodion-Caps-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Triodion-Caps-ieUcs, Triodion-Caps-kUcs-SpacedOut, Triodion-Caps-kUcs, Triodion-Ucs-SpacedOut, Triodion-Ucs, Triodion-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Triodion-ieUcs, Triodion-kUcs-SpacedOut, Triodion-kUcs, VertogradUcs, Zlatoust-Ucs-SpacedOut, Zlatoust-Ucs, Zlatoust-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Zlatoust-ieUcs, Zlatoust-kUcs-SpacedOut, Zlatoust-kUcs. Pochaevsk was made after an original by Nikita Simmons. See also here. Here we find some Old Slavonic fonts made in 2008 by Dorosh: Wilno-Ostrog.ttf, Wilno-Ostrog_2.ttf, WilnoCapsUcs.
Here we find these fonts by Dorosh: Irmologion-Caps-Ucs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Caps-Ucs, Irmologion-Caps-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Caps-ieUcs, Irmologion-Caps-kUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Caps-kUcs, Irmologion-Ucs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-Ucs, Irmologion-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-ieUcs, Irmologion-kUcs-SpacedOut, Irmologion-kUcs, Pochaevsk-Caps-Ucs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Caps-Ucs, Pochaevsk-Caps-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Caps-ieUcs, Pochaevsk-Caps-kUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Caps-kUcs, Pochaevsk-Ucs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-Ucs, Pochaevsk-ieUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-ieUcs, Pochaevsk-kUcs-SpacedOut, Pochaevsk-kUcs. [Google]
FontStructor who made the ornamental caps typeface ORN8 (2011). [Google]
Rexburg, ID-based designer of Catpahbet (2016). [Google]
Camila Castaño Barco
Cali, Colombia-based designer, who, during her studies at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, created the modular decorative caps typeface Camicb (2016). [Google]
Based in Bogota, Colombia, Camila Spindola created the decorative bike-themed all caps typeface Bicidelia in 2014. [Google]
Camille San Vicente
During her studies in Quezon City, The Philippines, Camille San Vicente designed the octagonal typeface Boxy Roxy (2013) and the modular typeface Nantucket (2013, free). She also drew the ornamental caps alphabet Ang Mga Maglalatik (2013) and Draft Display (2014, free). [Google]
Bogota, Colmbia-based graphic designer who craeted the ornamental caps typeface Alfabelico (2013). [Google]
Creator of Kami-Geisha (2009, Fontcapture), a scanbat font with a geisha-themed human alphabet. Born in 1984, Camilo is based in Colombia. [Google]
C&C (or: Cataloged)
C&C is the studio of Coline Sunier (who graduated from ESAD Grenoble Valence, France in 2006 and from ESAD Strasbourg in 2008) and Charles Mazé (a graduate of KABK Den Haag in 2009) in Brussels. Their typefaces:
- Single Stroke CC (2011).
- Série Seize (2011): Ongoing revival project of Deberny & Peignot's Didot Série Seize. The book series initiated by Swiss artist Laurent Kropf will provide the frame and use to develop this type family. Série Seize was cut in the second half of the 19th century and was widely used in Europe until the end of metal type.
- Zoo (2010). A font done for Bénédicte Ramade, it is a revival of a children's alphabet seen in The Zoo (1960, M.E. Gagg).
- DeVinne (2010). Digitized caps for the poster/program Ideas for the Future of Art.
- BAT (2009, a Charles Mazé typeface). A didone family that originated from Charles's work at KABK.
- Astral (2009). A decorative caps face.
- Mercator (2009, Charles Mazé). Revival of Mercator Regular (Dick Dooijes, 1909-1998) based on a type specimen edited by Letterfoundry Amsterdam / Tetterode in the mid-sixties.
- In 2012, Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Alexandre Leray, Coline Sunier and Charles Mazé codesigned the readable typeface Dauphine Regular, which can be downloaded from Github and Open Font Library. See it in action on the web site of ESAD (Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design). Dauphine is a sans-serif font inspired by lettering in late 19th and early 20th century maps.
Typecache link. [Google]
Caoca Studio (or: Heroglyphs)
Bandung, Indonesia-based designer of these typefaces in 2016: Retros (inline), Andrade (brush style), Amecas (squarish), Queenata (signage script), Ranania (script), Paradise (calligraphic), Valery, The Mastiff, Little Edelweiss (curly informal typeface), Loverstruck, Calamandria, Pulsate (stencil), Peanut, Sedalia, Delaboean, Rhapsody (blackletter), Chiqarine (connected script), Berretti (a Broadway style art deco typeface), Cupello Sons (a geometric serif), Quella (brush script), Hello Alpha, Historia, Desmosedici. In 2014, during her studies in Bandung, Indonesia, Olivia Theresa created the frilly ornamental caps typeface Sambasa (2014), which was designed on a Georgia skeleton.
Creative Market link. Behance link. Behance link for Olivia Theresa. [Google]
IADT graduate who works in Brooklyn, NY. Behance link.
She created the caps typeface Triangles (2012). [Google]
Caps and initials
Capitals are a favoritre playground for illustrators, drawers, and artists. They go beyond just mere type. So, to no one's surprise, Manfred has created over one hundred initial caps typefaces: AlkoInitials, AlkoInitialsFramed, AnarchoCaps, CapitalisTypOasisMedium (Trajan), CapsMKS, CapsRandomish, CapsRandomishBricks, CassandraTwo, ChaosStripesCaps, CircleInitialsFreeshape, ClassiCapsBricksBlack, ClassiCapsShields, Clown-Normal, ClownNormal, ConstrAccident, ConstruCaps, CorrodetInitials (2006), CorrodetClassicaps, CrazyConstructor, CrazyCrazySans, CrazyCrazySans, CuneateCaps, DelitschInitialen, DotCapsMK, DotsCapsTwo, DrunkenConstructor, Ermir-Normal, ErmirNormal, FatFloralphabetXperimental, FilledABC, FloRaTialen, FloRaTialen, FloralOne, FloralTwo, FloralalphaLight, FlowerPower, FlowerPowerRound-Medium, FragmentCaps-Cross, FragmentCapsRound-Medium, GaranitialRings, GaraNitialsFramed, GaraNitialsFramed, Glitter, GlitterOblique, GoticaCaps, GotikaButtons (2005, after Imre Reiner's Gotika from 1933), GriffosSCapsFont, HansSchoensCapsInGrid, JahnsCapsRound50, JuliusCaesarBlack, KleinFeodoraCaps, KleinsWrittenCaps, LeiterplattenSans, LetterBuildings, LetterBuildingsTHREE, LinoCapsA, LinoCapsAR, LinocapsB, LinocapsBR, LombardiCaps-Round, LombardiCaps, LucaPacioliCaps, LucaPacioliRough, MKapitalisRusticaMedium, MammothishCaps, Mighty-Normal, Mighty-Normal, MightyContour-Black, MightyShadowBlack, MightySpecial-Normal, MightySpecialNormal, MightySpecialNormal, MightyWindyBlack, MultiCapsOne, MultiCapsTwo, NeoPanFrames, NoisyButtons, OldConstructedCaps, OldiesButGoodies, OrnamentalInitial, OrnamentalInitialButtons, OszillCapsSecond, OszilloCapsFirst, PetitFleurLight, PetitFleurNormal, PixCaps, PixCaps, PixCapsRound, PixCapsShadow, PixCapsWinding, PreRomanCaps, QuadratZiffernNegativ, QuadrataRoma-MediumOblique, QuasimodoCaps, ReliefCaps-Italic, ReliefCaps, RememberCassandre, RememberManhattanBolkd, RememberManhattanSeptember, RememberScribbledTypes, RodGauApesInitials, RomanGridCaps, SaltoOne-Normal, SaltoOne-Normal, SaltoTwo-Normal, SaltoTwo-Normal, SchneidlerSchwabachInitials, SchoenspergerCaps, SerifsCaps, Solitaire, Solitaires, StoneCapsIngrid, TangoMacabre, Tangoasis, TornielloInitials, Torynitialen, TorysToolsFS, ToscanButtons, ToskanaCapsRound, TrajanSmallCaps, TrajanusBriX-Invers, TrajanusBricks, TrajanusBricksXtra, TypOasisInitials, VariationsForImre, VenetianBlind, VenetianBlindInverse, VespasianCaps, VespasiansFlorials, WeimarCaps, WieynkCapsRound, WindyCityCaps, ZagzagCaps, ZebralCaps, ZebralSketchedCapsItalic, LambordicCaps, Florabetic (2005), LettersAnimales (2005), 5thCenturyCaps (2005), SnowCupsCaps (2005), VaticanianInitials (2005, gorgeous!), StackCaps (2005), DirtyHatchCaps (2005), ChristianInitials (2005), PlantsLetters (2005), CorrosClassicClimbers (2005), MKapish (2005), MKapsMixed (2005), LettersBats (2005), SchnörkelCaps (2005), XmasCaps (2005), SomeCapsStories (2006), ImresCorrodetCaps (2006), OldLettresOmbrees (2006), ArtNouveauCaps (2006), ChildrensAlphabet (2006), CatsAlphabet (2006), DigitalisHistory (2006), Duodez (2006), InitialenFramed-MK (2006), FlorAlphabet (2006), SilvestreInitials (2006), ClassicRomanCaps (2006), IllustratedAlphabet (2006), ToleCaps (2006), DelitzschCaps (2006), ImresDiscs (2006), Faces Alphabet Beta (2006), Szene In Frames (2006), Parma Initialen MK (2006), KlUngerCaps (2006), RememberScribbledInv (2006), Tequila (2006), Fraxboxes (2006, based on Rakowski's Griffin), RodgauCaps (2006), DeKonitials (2006), BigBrotherClassizismCaps (2006), K-LettresOmbrées (2006), TreeLike (2006), VictorianInitialsOne (2006), CircusBoldSquares (2006), KochsLongCapsSquares (2006), RomanaCapsClassicSquares (2006), Gotic Caps (2006), CircusBoldSquaresInvers (2006), MKanzleiCaps-One (2006), JahnsCaps (2007), Kletteralphabet (2007), StencilBricks97 (2007), ZierCaps (2007), ImresFraxCaps (2007), DeconstructionCaps (2007), SuprematismK (2007), DodgesCaps (2007), FloraliaCaps (2007), JugendstilCaps (2007), Schraffura (2007), ClassicaCaps (2007), Serena (2007), TokayOSeven (2007), DevilsAlphabets (2007), HeidEcker (2007), LombardInitials (2007), ClassicapsC (2007), GearingZahnradABC (2007), JuliusCaesarDisks (2007), Pixfabet (2007), QuasiModoButtons (2007), RoundAbout (2007), SilhouOtto (2007), CorrodetClassicapsBlack, HansSachsCaps, RococoCoquete (2007), SatanicAlphabet (2007), TwilightCaps (2007), Wacomiqua (2007), FrakturInitials07 (2007).
Art director and illustrator in Lille, France, who created the decorative caps typeface Lace Effect in 2015. Behance link. [Google]
Graphic design student in Washington, DC, in 2013. creator of the ornamental typeface Batik (2013). [Google]
Carl Albert Fahrenwaldt
German designer (b. Stettin, 1864, d. Stuttgart, 1941). He studied lithography from 1878-1882, and worked as a lithographer in Stuttgart from 1891-1895. After that, until 1939, he was a free-lance graphic designer in Stuttgart. He made these typefaces:
Ademo (2011, Andreas Seidel) is a shaded 3d caps typeface based on two designs of Fahrenwaldt done for Schriftguss in 1931-1932.
- Edelweiß (1936-1937, Schriftguss): an art nouveau typeface.
- Hohenzollern (1902, Bauersche Giesserei); a blackletter face. For a revival, see the free font CAT Hohenzollern (2014) by Peter Wiegel.
- Imperial (Bauersche Giesserei): a fat version of Hohenzollern.
- Mainzer Fraktur (1901, H. Berthold AG and Bauer). The Mainzer Fraktur was digitized by Gerhard Helzel, and also by Markwart Lindenthal (Fraktur.de). A free version, Berthold Mainzer Fraktur, is due to Peter Wiegel (OFL). Gerhard Helzel made a commercial version.
- Minister (1929, Schriftguss). This family comes with Antiqua and Kursiv in various weights, as well as Minister Initlen. Adobe and Linotype have their own digital versions. The Minister family comes with a white on black circle titling font called Minister Kreis Versalien (1933).
- Prominent (1936, Schriftguss): a beautiful set of filled-in open initials.
- Symbol (1933): an engraved set of initials.
Klingspor link. FontShop link. Linotype link. [Google]
Carl Fredrik Angell
Design student in Oslo, aka Frisso. Creator of a few all caps typefaces in 2012, including one called DNA Sans. [Google]
In the late 19th century, Dr. Carl Hrachowina (1845-1896) taught at the Arts and Crafts School in Vienna. Among his students were Franz von Matsch and Gustav Klimt. He selected and published a series of study aids. Author of Initialen, Alphabete und Randleisten verschiedener Kunstepochen (1897, Carl Graeser, Vienna), and of Vorlagen für das Kunstgewerbe 1. Band. Künstliches Alphabet von J. Th. de Bry (1886, Carl Graeser, Vienna). Example of his lettering. [Google]
Carl J. Wehner
Dayton, OH-based creator of an animal-themed ornamental caps typeface in 1926. Its patent application. [Google]
Carl Stephen Junge
Illustrator and poster designer in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s, who lived from 1880 (b. Stockton, CA)-1972 (d. Des Plaines, IA). Many of the ornamental typefaces in the Barnhart Brothers&Spindler catalog of 1931, Typefaces : border designs, typecast ornaments, brass rule: selective specimens of preferred matter, are due to Junge. His typefaces:
- Caslon Italic Specials (1924).
- Swagger Capitals, which already appeared in the 1922 catalog of BBS. Swagger Capitals was reworked by Nick Curtis in 2004 as Mazurka NF [the lower case of Mazurka NF is based on Gothic Novelty Title, perhaps not a Junge type]. Swagger Capitals also inspired Pencraft (2010, Intellecta Design).
Mac McGrew: Swagger Capitals or Swagger Initials were designed by Carl S. Junge for BB&S in 1925. They are virtually monotone, with an elongated flourish on each of the letters, most of which are cursive in character. There are only twenty-four letters, without X or Z. The foundry promoted them as being usable as initials with various typefaces.
- Many ornaments were collected and digitized by Nick Curtis in Junge Holiday Cuts NF (2004).
Barcelona-based graphic designer. Creator of the Baille simulation typeface called Braille (1999, Garcia Fonts), the child's handwriting typeface Loreakop (1995, Garcia Fonts) and the funky display typeface Calypso (1997). Uses the artistic alias Txarly Brown. He also made the Kafkaesque caps typeface Vertigo (1996, Garcia Fonts), the stunning stencil typeface Floridax (1997) and the oriental simulation font NinjaType (1995, Garcia Fonts). [Google]
Venezuelan art director and copywriter currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2014, he created an experimental ornamental caps typeface called Geometrile. [Google]
Carlos Alexis Ortiz Escalante
Typographer in Cayey, Puerto Rico, who created the hexagonal typeface Hexal (2012) and the decorative caps typeface Marvel (2014). [Google]
During his studies, Pacatuba, Brazil-based Carlos Darthanhan created the decorative octagonal caps typeface Capitulares (2015). [Google]
Born in 1956 in Santiago, Cuba, Segura founded the design firm Segura Inc in 1991 and the type foundry [T-26] in 1994 in Chicago.
He made Square 40 and Square 45 (2006, athletic lettering, octagonal), 26FacesA, Peepod (2000, great ornaments), Boxspring (1995, dadaist), Dingura, FaxfontFine (1997), FaxfontStandard (1997), FaxfontTone, FlacoSolid, FreeBeCaps, FreeDom-Normal, Mattress, Neo-Bold, Pintor (2006, wallpainting face), RPM (decals and logos), Sport IT (dingbats), Time In Hell (deconstructed Times).
Interview at typographer.com. Emodigi site. Interview. Another interview. CV. Klingspor link.
Catalog of Carlos Segura's typefaces. [Google]
Caracas, Venezuela-based designer (b. 1992) of the decorative caps typeface The Simpsons (2016). [Google]
Carol Belanger Grafton
In 1981, Carol Belanger Grafton published Bizarre & Ornamental Alphabets (Dover).
Dick Pape digitized these ornamental caps typefaces, naming them by page number: BizarreAlphabets-Page108, BizarreAlphabets-Page112, BizarreAlphabets-Page114, BizarreAlphabets-Page116a, BizarreAlphabets-Page116b, BizarreAlphabets-Page117a, BizarreAlphabets-Page117b, BizarreAlphabets-Page121, BizarreAlphabets-Page14, BizarreAlphabets-Page22, BizarreAlphabets-Page24, BizarreAlphabets-Page62, BizarreAlphabets-Page66, BizarreAlphabets-Page74, BizarreAlphabets-Page76, BizarreAlphabets-Page78, BizarreAlphabets-Page92, BizarreAlphabets-Page93Bold, BizarreAlphabets-Page94, BizarreAlphabets-Page95, BizarreAlphabets-Page96-Dusty, BizarreAlphabets-Page98, BizarreAlphabets-Page99.
Download here. [Google]
Santiago, Chile-based creator of a partial ornamental caps alphabet (2013). [Google]
During her studies in Sao Paulo, Carolina Takara created the initial caps alphabet Cat Nouveau (2014) and the decorative hand-crafted typeface Ganache (2014). [Google]
At P22, Carolyn Porter published P22 Marcel Script in 2014. This stylish fountain pen script comes with a story: The font Marcel is named in honor of Marcel Heuzé, a Frenchman who was conscripted into labor during World War II. During the months Marcel was in Germany, he wrote letters to his beloved wife and daughters back home in rural France. Marcel's letters contain rare first-person testimony of day-to-day survival within a labor camp, along with the most beautiful expressions of love imaginable. The letters---stained and scarred with censor marks---were the original source documents used by designer Carolyn Porter to create a script font that retains the expressive character of Marcel Heuzé's original handwriting. The letters were found in an antique shop in Stillwater, Minnesota, and the 1300-glyph font was developed from 2011 until 2014. It comes with a set of filets and calligraphic ornaments, P22 Marcel Ornaments, and a set of capitals, P22 Marcel Caps. Marcel Script won an award at TDC 2014. [Google]
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of Synapses (2004), an all caps typeface in which letters are made up of axons, dendrites and synapses. [Google]
Cas van de Goor
Type Designer from Eindhoven, The Netherlands, b. 1993. A stone's throw from the Belgian border, that is where Eindhoven is. MyFonts link to his foundry.
He says about Phi (2010, monoline geometric caps): Phi is a [monoline] geometric all caps typeface designed on the basis of the golden ratio.
Devian tart link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Graphic designer in the UK, who created a decorative caps alphabet in 2013. [Google]
Polish graphic designer, b. 1991. Her first name is Marlena. Creator of Liternictwo (2009, a frilly medieval caps face). [Google]
During her studies in Bordeaux, France, Céline Moreno designed a decorative caps alphabet (2016). [Google]
Graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who during her internship with Arzberger Stationers, created some caps typefaces in 2011; Flora (floriated), Suzy (oriental simulation), Caroline (calligraphic), Sassie (Victorian), and a blackletter face. [Google]
Specializing in celebrity signature fonts, this Arcadia, CA-based foundry (est. 2008) is run by Jose Jimenez (b. Costa Mesa, CA, 1963). MyFonts link. It sells the following typefaces: Nursery Rhyme Initials (2004), Hire Me (2009), American Presidents (2008: a collection of all 44 U.S. Presidential signatures including Barack Obama), Signers of the Declaration of Independence (2008: a collection of all 56 signers of America's Declaration of Indepdendence).
In 2009, they added Tough Dude (childish handwriting), Western Americana (famous signatures), and Coulant Classique (calligraphic).
In 2010, he created a mix of calligraphy and brush in Classic Cool, as well as an ordinary hand-printed Wet Pussycat, and the all caps typefaces Snowflake Drop Caps, Crumpled Parchment (grunge), Mauro Poggi Ornamental Caps, and Flowery Drop Caps. Lil'Punk (2010) is a grungy hand-printed face. 20th Century German (2010), Maurice Dufrene Initials (2010, art nouveau) and Sassa Mixed (2010, inspired by Swiss art from 1939) are ornamental caps typefaces.
First Ladies (2011) consists of signatures of first ladies. Parisian Ornamentals (2011) is an ornamental shadow caps typeface modeled after an alleged 1810 design by J. Gillé [ahem, Gillé died in 1789...]. Other 2011 designs: Landscape Alphabet, Hollywood Stars (signatures), American Revolution (signatures), American Authors.
In 2012, he published Cartoon Characters Vol. 1, Medieval Times (illuminated caps), Pretzel Dough, Cats (alphadings), Bellflower (Victorian caps), Florid Renaissance (floriated caps), Victorian Ornamentals, Griffith Initials, Mother's Hand, Art Deco Flowery Initials (which are Victorian or art nouveau, and not really art deco in my view), Santerini Initials (inspired by Italian hand-etched designs dating back to 1839), 19th Century American Initials (art nouveau ornamental caps), Godfrey Sykes Initials (inspired by the decorations of Godfrey Sykes, whose work was greatly influenced by that of Raphael and Michelangelo), Alphabet of Death (a series of Northern-Renaissance-style woodcut letters based on the work of Hans Holbein the Younger), Lombardia Illuminata (Lombardic ornamental capitals), Straight Angles, Body Art (silhouettes), Italian Gothic (a full set of decorative initials inspired by 16th-century Italian calligrapher Giovanni Battista Palatino), Letters And Lace (ornamental caps), 26 Flowers (floriated drop caps), Brushwork (oriental brush face), Sfondo Fiorito (flourished caps).
Typefaces from 2013: English Monarchs (signatures of British monarchs), Kitchen Utensils (ornamental caps), Devilish, Papillon Woodcuts (a digital revival of an ornate alphabet by French engraver Jean-Michel Papillon dating back to 1760).
Typefaces from 2015: Kids at Play (ornamental caps).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Graphic designer in London who created the decorative caps typeface Construction Type (2015). Home page. [Google]
Indonesian designer (b. 1996) of the decorative typeface Kualamanpa (2015). [Google]
Malaysian designer (b. 1984) based in Petaling Jaya.
Creator of these typefaces in 2012: Afro, Stitches (stitch font), Pop Jazz, Galah Panjang, Bunga Cengkih, Senandung Malam (Victorian all caps family), Kunang Kunang, Raja Drama (hairline avant garde sans), Piring Hitam (Peignotian sans), Dayang Senandung (hairline caps), Kaberet (a squarish outlined typeface), Kata Bidalan (hairline sans), Halusinasi (hallucination), Pak Pandir, Primadona, Mohsuri, Badang (a strong sans), Si LuNcai (monoline geometric sans), Kata Bidalon (a hairline avant garde sans), ContenG (grungy), Chempaka, Retak Seribu, Batik Indo (a textured typeface),Berus Rambut Kuda, Usang (sketched face), Songket (textured caps), Ugly Hand Writing, Dedaun (floriated), The Garden (ornamental caps), Seni Pop (a textured typeface), Modern Kerawang (ornamental caps), Cakar Ayam (scratchy hand), Sticky Notes, and Kerawang (ornamental caps).
Typefaces from 2013: Selari (bilined), Haru Biru (bilined).
Behance link. [Google]
Cercurius (was: Lars Törnqvist Typografi)
Born in Karlstad, Sweden, in 1952, Lars Törnqvist now lives in Stockholm. Lars Törnqvist's designed many typefaces, first at Lars Törnqvist Typografi, and then at Cercurius:
- Dialekt Svi: a series of three phonetic fonts for Swedish dialects.
- Dialekt Uni (2001): a huge Unicode phonetic font that includes the West European characters, the characters and diacritics of the Swedish dialect alphabet and most of the IPA characters.
- Fitzronald (2013). Based on Ronaldson Old Style (Alexander Kay, 1884).
- Hnias (2004): a unicode runic font.
- Remington Reseskrivmaskin (2000): a typewriter font.
- DecCode (2000) and HexCode (2000): numerical fonts.
- Pitmanita, a font containing the characters of Sir James Pitman's Initial Teaching Alphabet. This alphabet was used in many English schools in the 1960s.
- Morsealfabetet, a Morse-Code font.
- Korsstygn 1, a cross-stitch font.
- Tant Brita (2006), Tant Ingrid (2006), Tant Ulla (2006), Tant Gertrud (2006), Tant Lilian (2006): stitching typefaces.
- Knappast (2006), Knappolog (2013), Endast (2006), Emedan (2006): letters in circles or rounded rectangles.
- Karolinus Fraktur (2006): A slightly regularized digital version of a late Baroque Fraktur type, probably from the beginning of the 18th century, issued by the Norstedts type foundry in Stockholm in 56 point size as Sju petit fraktur nr 2.
- Simpliciter Sans (2006), a rounded sans family in three styles, based on the standard round-pen ink lettering used on technical drawings in the middle of the 20th century.
- Huruvida (2006). Varvid and Varvid Caps (2006, a bilined tubular caps stencil face).
- Vibertus (2007): a didone headline typeface based on Gras Vibert (1840, Vibert, for the Didot typefoundry).
- Yxlofon (2015). a dot matrix display typeface.
And a jump list for Fraktur fonts. MyFonts link to his foundry, Lars Törnqvist Typografi.
View Lars Törnqvist's typefaces. [Google]
CG Orlando Caps
Mysterious typeface in the the Compugraphic collection. [Google]
West Hollywood, CA-based designer of the handcuff-inspired typeface Ergo (2014). [Google]
During her studies in 2012, Khon Kaen, Thailand-based Chalothorn Choosom created an ornamental Latin typeface. [Google]
To remember the Marikana Massacre, Chane Khamal (Durban, South Africa) designed the decorative caps typeface Miner Control (2016). [Google]
During her studies at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Chanel White created the decorative Bohemian Alphabet (2015) and 3d Alphabet (2015). [Google]
European designer of the decorative caps typeface Wave (2014). [Google]
[Herbert F. Van Brink]
Prolific Woodland Hills, CA-based typophile and type designer (1937-2013) whose portfolio consisted largely of revivals and who used the alias Character for his typographic work. The Los Angeles Times posted this obituary: Herb passed away after a brief fight against esophageal cancer. He was a 42 year resident of Woodland Hills Ca. Son of the late Jean and Mary Van Brink, he was born in Manhattan, graduated from Stuyvesant High School (1952) and Queens College (1956) and always considered himself a New Yorker. He had a long career in Information Technology and retired from Arco. He loved traveling, bowling, genealogy, and was a bridge Life Master among his many interests. He was a trickster and a perfectionist. He leaves his wife, Paula, his son, David Van Brink and DIL Deb Culmer of Santa Cruz CA, his daughter Qarin Van Brink and SIL James Ray of Burien WA, grandchildren Amelia and Wilhelmina Ray Van Brink, brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Louise Van Brink of E. Northport NY and nephews Matthew and Jordan Van Brink.
- Animal dingbat fonts: AbecedarianZoo (2003, created from an alphabet in Art Explosion 200,000), Turf&surf (2005).
- Alphadings: Jennifer's train (2011), ABCPlay (2005), DiddleTheMouse (2005), Silly Set (2005), Stone Carving (2005), Snow Persons (2005), Alaskan Ice (2005), Peppermin Canes (2005), USStarsNStripes (2003, first called USFlags), XmasTree (2002), XmasTree II (2004), Xmas Alpha (2005).
- Erotic alphabets: Flotner (2002, based on a scan of the human character alphabet by Peter Flötner (1534)), SilvestreBodies (2006, based on a figurative alphabet designed by Joseph Balthazar Silvestre in 1834, with engravings made by Girault), ErotiCaps Outline (2007), ErotiCaps Solid (2007), WeygelBodies (2006, adapted from Martin Weygel's 1560 interpretation of Peter Flotner's 1534 figurative alphabet).
- Stained glass themed fonts: ModernStainedGlass (2007), ModernStainedGlass2Tone (2007).
- Capital alphabets: Cameo Antique (2011, after Cameo Antique on page 17 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces---a shadowed outline version of the typeface called NightShade, on the same page of Dan Solo's book; the only known digitized fonts of NightShade are "Shadowed Serif" by James Fordyce (1994) and NigelSadeSH, from Soft Horizons (1993)), Modern French Capitals (2010, after a set of capitals drawn by Alphonse Mucha), Mucha French Capitals (2010, similar?), Marcel Caps (2007; based on "Crossroads" by August Will (1891)), WoodLook (2007, an improvement of 101's Wooden Alpha BlockZ), 3DAlphabet (2008, based on an alphabet coloring book designed by Jean Larcher, 1978), RomantiqueInitials (2007, based on work by Aridi), Blistered, BlisteredFramed, BlisteredReverse (2005, based on Marwan Aridi's Blister from the Initial Caps Vol I), ChiseledRound, Contemporary CH (2010), CourierInitials (2005, based on an alphabet by Johan)), Eclectica (2003, party-theme), FeathersInYourCaps (2002), FlowerSketches (2002), LACETRIM (2002), LeafyStencil (2003), QuiltedStippled (2004, based on an embroidery alphabet created by DesignsInStitches), RetroCapsBW (2004), RetroCapsWB (2004), Rope5 (2004, rope font), Rustic Black Shadow (2011. He explains: In the Solotype Catalog of 4,147 typefaces, RUSTIC is shown with a black shadow. RUSTIC WHITESHADOW has a white shadow. However, the Solotype digital font named RUSTIC has no shadow. Similar no-shadow fonts are also available as Pinewood (by Rick Mueller and one by Dieter Steffmann) and as Woody (by DincType). As of October, 2011, no digitized version of Rustic Whiteshadow is known. Character has produced a font named RusticBlackShadow, which matches the font named Rustic in the Solotype Catalog. Dick Pape had created an earlier version named Pepin Press Caps FA204, based on fonts contained in the Pepin Press book Fancy Alphabets. ), THINROPE (2002), VALENTINEHEARTS (2002), Printed Circuit (2005), SportsABC (2005), Feathered Flight (2005), Joe Clement (2007, Western pixel face), Ribbon Shadow (2007).
- Fonts based on scans from Awesome Alphabets (Mike Artell, 1999, Good Year): SketchBoards, SketchBones, SketchClothes, SketchLogs (2005), SketchPencils, SketchPipes, SketchTools, all done in 2005.
- Athletic lettering: Collegiate Heavy Outline (2006), Real Madrid 2011-2012 (2011, an expansion of a font by "Adriano"), The Football League (2011), Adidas Euro 2008 (2011), Puma World Cup 2010 (2010: based on Crepello, a custom-made font by Paul Barnes for Puma, that was used on the jersey of Italy, Switzerland and Uruguay during the 2010 FIFA World Cup), Adidas Unity (2010), LINKEB+Regular (2008) uses the lettering of the Geaux font used by LSU.
- Pixel or dot matrix style fonts: Dash It All (2007, based on Cooper Black), Even Hearted (2007, an improvement of CK More Hearts), Square 9x9 (2007).
- Brush typefaces: Skippingbrush (2006), GraffitiPaintBrush (2008).
- Dingbats: Being Sport Pictograms (2008).
- Scanbats: PilobusSilhouettes (2010) is based upon a human alphabet photographed by John Kane.
- Techno: BultacoDual (2010), Dr Who 42 (2007), London MMXII (2008), ArrowheadLake (2009, +Shadows, +Sunlit; based on the nearly blackletter typeface Arrowhead from the Solotype Catalog and alphabet books).
- Historic typefaces: Driftwood 67 (2011, Driftwood on page 67 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), ArrowheadLake and ArrowheadLakeShadows (2011, based on Solotype Catalog p.74), Cutin (2011, a simple rounded monoline sans called Cut-in Medium on page 163 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces),Cutin (2011, a simple rounded monoline sans called Cut-in Medium on page 163 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Pepin FA288 (2011, based on Matra, or Bifur, on page 54 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces by Dan X. Solo), Varicka (2010, from "Decorative Condensed Alphabets", by Dan Solo, p. 94. It is similar to Red Rooster's Triple Gothic Condensed, but the Solo's font has different features), MaxfieldParrish140 (2007: From an incomplete (no "N") hand-drawn alphabet by Maxfield Parrish. See figure 140 of "Letters&Lettering" by Frank C. Brown, 1921. This is a different source than the P22 Parrish font family.), Ronde Antique (2009, based on page 110 of the Verlag Gerlach 1881 catalog).
- Other: Scramble Mixed (2006, scrabble face), Happy Fourth, Emperor AN (2009: this semi-art nouveau typeface is Emperor on page 42 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces---not the same as Dan Solo's Emperor at MyFonts), Wood Gothic Caps (2011, blackletter), WoodWud (2011), Gallia Two (2010, based on a font found on page 55 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces as Gallia No. 2), Charleston (2010, based on page 46 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Azteca Regular (2010: based on Azteca Condensed by Dan X. Solo, page 74 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Othello Fill and Solid (2011, derived from Othello on page 155 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Sharons Shadows (2010, +Bold), Masked Menace (2012, based on Bodoni Poster).
Fontspace link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. And another one. See also at abfonts. Dafont link. [Google]
Early 20th century designer of letters, such as these capitals and this lowercase. [Google]
During her studies at Luca Art in Brussels, Heverlee, Belgium-based illustrator Charline Dhossche created the ornamental caps typeface Het Fobie Alfabet (2013). [Google]
Designer in Tokyo. Creator of an ornamental caps alphabet for children in 2012. Chika also made Ribbon Alphabets (2012). [Google]
Surabaya, Indonesia (and more recently, Bremen, Germany)-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Flowery Font (2014) and the needlecraft font Aska (2016). Earlier, she made the typographic poster Tribute to Bjork (2012).
Behance link. Blog. [Google]
Cho Na Mei
Aka Cho nami. Hong Kong-based designer of the silhouette font Dancer (2014). She also does Chinese lettering and calligraphy. [Google]
[Exclamachine Type Foundry]
Athens, Greece-based designer and illustrator who studied at Middlesex University in the UK. Creator of the decorative caps typeface Bird watching (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Christian Aurelio Brazzán Ramos
During his studies in Lima, Peru, Christian Aurelio Brazzán Ramos designed several decorative caps alphabets (2015). [Google]
Christian De La Rosa
Designer of the human alphabet Renisci (2010). [Google]
During her studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Christianne Abigael created the wonderful pearl-studded (or floriated) decorative typeface Daisy (2015). [Google]
Graphic designer in New York City who created the ornamental caps typeface Lavish (2013). [Google]
During her studies in New York City, Christina Ruggiero created the multilined all caps typeface Wander (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Designer in Long Beach, CA.
Typefaces from 2014 by Means include CM Pradaesque (a Trajan font).
In 2012, Christopher created CM You Got Me wet, CM Fresh Paint, CM Big Fat Paintbrush, CM Garaflora (floriated Garamond caps), CM Chipped Paint (ornamental caps), CM Sans Serif 2012 (+Aged), CM Jungle Adventure (textured typeface), CM Hot Nurse (chalky font), CM Bank Tower College (an athletic lettering font), CM Western Woodblock (+No. 2), CM Mummy Tape, CM Party Headline (textured caps), CM Shark Week, CM Tropical Script, CM Old Western, CM Cold Request CM Moving Forward (techno face), CM Old Firehouse (grungy), CM Grunge Party.
In 2011, he designed CM Tattoo Dragon, CM Bloat, CM Handwriting One (brush face) and CM Old Halftone. [Google]
Winnipeg-based creator of the ornamental custom typeface Kaytranada (2013). Christopher is a graduate of Red River College, class of 2009. Behance link. [Google]
Aka Chyrllene K. Daughter of Iza W, who designed many typefaces at Intellecta Design starting in 2010. She studied applied mathematics and graphic design, and works as COO of Intellecta Design. In 2013, she wrote a thesis entitled Revival Tipografico at Faculdades Integradas Barros Melo, Brazil. Based in Recife, Brazil, she is credited with these typefaces:
- Naive Ornaments (2012, with Iza W).
- Calligraphic Birds (2012, with Iza W).
- ABC Hand (2011). A sign language face.
- Pencraft (2010): a penmanship typeface with uppercase based on Swagger Capitals (Carl Stephen Junge, at Barnhart Brothers&Spindler), and lowercase based on Sidney Gaunt's Pencraft Oldstyle series (1914), as displayed in the BBS catalog from 1922.
- Eingraviert Dutch Capitals (2009). An engraved typeface.
- Vintage Hands (2012). A set of fists and penman's hands.
- Bonsai Paufo (2010): a dingbat face.
- Floreart (2012). With Iza W.
- Jugendstil Flowers (2011).
- Libertee Ornaments (2011): an elegant art nouveau typeface done with Paulo W.
- MesoAmerican (+Two) (2011): native Indian dingbat typefaces.
- Tribalism (2011): three typefaces with ornaments and fleurons, done together with Iza W and Paulo W.
- Cripto (2011). With Paulo W.
- Soft Garden (2012). With Iza W.
- Bruce 1065 Soft Serifs (2011). Very Victorian. With Iza W.
- Victorian Advertizing (2011).
- Gothic Revival Layered (2012). One of the first layered blackletter typefaces anywhere.
- Forte (2013) is a fee brush font in the style of Forte MT (1962, Carl Reissberger).
- Tribalism (2011). Three fonts with penmanship-style flourishes.
- Enchiridion (2012).
- Azalleia Ornaments (2012). With Iza W.
Behance link. [Google]
Cinderella Jimu Harrington
[Cinderella Jimu Harrington]
The CindiGirl site closed. Cartoonist and computer specialist who ran (runs?) The Art of Jimu. Her pages show an exquisite collection of celtic style erotic caps in the style of Aubrey Beardsley. Unknown origin---I must conclude that Harrington drew these caps herself. A download site. [Google]
Spanish graphic designer. Behance link. In 2011, she made a beautiful striped caps typeface entitled Type And Songs. [Google]
Chicago-based creator of the pictorial Nun Alphabet (2011). [Google]
Graphic designer in Brooklyn, NY. Behance link. Creator of the display poster typeface Stay True Chief (2011). [Google]
Lille, France-based designer of the ornamental caps typeface Roubaix (2015), which is inspired by the decoration found in Roubaix's city hall. [Google]
Clara Richard (Swansinsky, Paris, France) created the pointillist all caps typeface Seurat in 2015. Behance link. [Google]
Illustrator in Chicago, IL, who created the hand-drawn decorative caps typeface Keeks (2014). Dafont link. Behance link. [Google]
Kenosha, WI-based creator of the counterless hand-printed typeface Steamroller (2011). She also designed some beautiful ornamental caps in her Earth Day Poster (2011). Home page. [Google]
Clarence Pearson Hornung
Prolific author, b. 1899. His books include the typographically magnificent Handbook of Early Advertising Art, Mainly from American Sources (Dover, 2 volumes). The typeface Lexington is attributed to him, as Mac McGraw writes: Lexington is a font of shaded and decorated letters and figures, drawn for ATF by Wadsworth A. Parker in 1926, from a design by Clarence P. Hornung. It is an ornamental form of roman letter, with curly serifs, and tendrils at the ends of light strokes. It was recast in 1954, and copied in one size by Los Angeles Type.
The book Early Advertising Alphabets, Initials and Typographic Ornaments (1956), edited by Clarence P. Hornung, led Dick Pape to creates these digital fonts in 2008: AltDeutsch, Amorette1889, ArabesqueDesign, BreiteEgyptienne (2008), BreiteverzierteClarendon, ChiswickPressGothicInitials, EarlyScrollAlphabet, EarlySignboards, EnglandInitials1880, ErhardDatdolt, FlorentineInitials, FlorentineInitialsReverse (2008), GothicChancery1880s, GothicClosedLetter (2009-2010, Lombardic), Hollandisch-Gothic (2010), JudendstilAlphabet (2009), LilyoftheValley, Papillon 1760 [First shown in Paris in 1760, and reprinted by Clarence P Hornung in Dover Pictorial Archive Series: Early Advertising Alphabets, Initials and Typographic Ornaments (1956, Dover Publications). Hornung's images inspired Pape's typeface], Phantasie (2009-2010), RomaineMidolline (2010), RomanPrintShaded (2010, ornamental roman caps), RusticAlphabet, SilhouetteInitials1880, TheTerrorsofNightLife, VerzierteAltGothic, VerzierteGothic, VictoriaGingerbread1890 (2007).
Download here. More direct link to Pape's digitizations. [Google]
Classic Font Company
The Classic Font Company is a small foundry with absolutely gorgeous commercial fonts (often revivals of pen drawings) by Tony Nash (b. Bristol, 1944): Abby (blackletter family), Amadeus (1997), Batard, Bede, Byro, Carol (1997, blackletter family), Classic (2000-2002), Copper, Doodles (2000), El Cid (2000), Frameworks, Karen, Kells (celtic uncial), Prima, Priory (1997), Savoy (1997, a great bastarda font family accompanied by Savoy Frames), Scriptoria, Theodore (1995, blackletter font), Tuscany (Lombardic face), Versals (2000, Lombardic capitals). Plus 13 sets of fantastic caps (but not in font format) by Andy Jeffery. Based in North Somerset, UK.
Not to be confused with the rip-off outfit "Classic Font Corporation, USA".
Identifont lists these typefaces: Abby, Abby Hilite, Abby Lowlite, Abby Open, Abby Split, Amadeus, Carol, Classic, Copper, Doodles (CFC), El-Cid, FW-Leaves, Kells, Priory, Savoy, Theodore, Theodore Fancy, Tuscany (CFC), Versals.
View Classic Font Company's typeface library. Klingspor link. [Google]
Claude (Chloe) Derieppe
[Ouvrez!!! Police!!! (Claude (Chloe) Derieppe)]
Quebec-based typographer and type designer (aka Diogene) who specializes mainly in revivals of obscure or old typefaces.
Dafont link. Yet another URL. Abfonts carries many of his fonts. Fontspace link.
- Salamandre (2012). A tall 19-th century style slab typeface based on Iguana, a design of Sally-Ann Grover.
- Aerolite C Pone (2013). A calligraphic connected copperplate script.
- Angelica CP (2011)
- Banner Star (2012). An American flag-themed display typeface.
- Barrio CP (2011). An inline face.
- BeansCP (2010, after a font found on page 10 of Art Deco Display Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts by Dan X. Solo).
- Bienetresocial (2003), BienetresocialBold (2003).
- Bizarre and Bizarrerie (2010; based on Edwards and Inland, both designed in 1895 by Nicholas J. Werner at the Inland Type Foundry; renamed in 1925 by BBS)
- Bloque Demo (2011). Experimental.
- Bold (2008)
- Bolina (2015). A copperplate calligraphic script after Dan X. Solo's alphabet shown on page 12 of Dan X Solo. Script and Cursive Alphabets (1987, Dover).
- Carre (2009, athletic numerals).
- Caslon CP (2012, based on Caslon 223 Bold).
- Champignon (1999-2009, a formal calligraphic script)
- Chartrand (2010, Victorian)
- Chomage (2009)
- Chopin Script (1999-2010, calligraphic; after Polonaise by Phil Martin)
- Constanze Initials (2010). After Constanze Initials by Joachim Romann (1956).
- Crayonnette (2000)
- DeClaude (2010, patterned and named after DeVinne)
- Derniere (1999)
- Dojo CP (2011)
- Dynamic CP (2010, based on page 48 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces as Dynamic Deco)
- Ebony (2011). Based on a Marder&Luse design from 1890. Ebony is on page 38 of 100 Ornamental Alphabets by Dan X. Solo and also on page 43 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces.
- Embrionic 85 (2012, +Swash Caps) and Embrionic 55 Swash (2012): an ink trap sans display family modeled after Robert Trogman's Embrionic in the FotoStar collection.
- Essai (2003)
- Euclid CP (2011): based on an 1880 typeface at Central Type Foundry.
- Fancy Text (2004, blackletter)
- Fantaisie1 (1999)
- Gourmandise (2013), an exquisite Normandian-style didone display typeface.
- Grandee CP (2014). Claude says that it is based on T.H. Grandee, but that is too cryptic for me...
- Haricot (2010, a fat modular typeface based on Beans in the Dan Solo catalog)
- Humeur (2001-2002, funny smilies)
- IEC5000 (2011). A symbol font with electrical and other icons.
- Initiales Medium (2011)
- JohnHancockCP-Medium (2010, bold didone)
- Landi Echo (2011). A remake of Landi Echo by Alessandro Butti (1939-1943).
- La Tribune (2011). A newspaper type.
- Le Golf or Le Trou (2010, art nouveau typeface by Antoine Szczebanski, digitized by Claude Pelletier; also on page 71 of the Solotype catalog)
- Les Etoiles (2013): an inline typeface
- Lionel CP (2010, a multiline typeface inspired by Letraset's 1973 typeface Stripes)
- Louisa CP (2015). A free calligraphic copperplate script. Free download.
- Malvern (1999)
- Manquis CP (2012). A roman typeface.
- Maratre (2013). A delicious connected copperplate calligraphic script.
- Monterey Wide (2011). A Tuscan ornamental face, based on a showing on page 22 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces.
- Motscroises (1997)
- Niaisage (2012). A lachrymal caps only typeface.
- Oxford CP (2010, a multiline face, based on the 1960s typeface by Christine Lord)
- Pasdecourbe (2003)
- Pasdenom (2001, no punctuation)
- Pepinot (2012), an art nouveau typeface based on Coral Inline on page 190 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces.
- Pistilli Roman (2011, after the original by Pistilli)
- Postface (2012). A bold signage script face.
- Rita Smith (2012). After Primavera by Rita Major.
- Rogers, Rogers2 (1997). He says that it is not his font---that he just rearranged the glyphs. According to Claude, can be found in the book Treasury of Authentic Art Nouveau Alphabets, ed. Petzendorfer, Plate 23. It was made in 1902 by A.V. Haight for Inland Typefoundry.
- Simplement (2011) is Cut-in Medium on page 163 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces.
- Stylie Stymus (2012).
- Threshold (2014).
- TriangleETcircleShadow, TriangleETcircleShadowed (2010, 3d iron work style face)
- UptightC (2010, multiline face).
- YagiUHFNo2 (2012).
- Zenith CP (2016). A free connected calligraphic (wedding) script typeface.
Claudia de Almeida
Claudia grew up in the south of Brazil and moved to the USA to attend college. She has BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she has also taught. Claudia worked for nearly 10 years as a designer and Art Director in New York before moving to San Francisco in 2013 to serve as Design Director at WIRED. She has worked for The New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Blender, More Magazine, New York Magazine, Domino Special Editions, Gourmet Special Editions and Men's Health. In 2012, Claudia redesigned Real Simple Magazine, marking the beginning of her design studio with WIRED pal Margaret Swart.
She created some remarkable ornamental caps, such as Dessert Rose, and a dollar sign. At Type Paris in 2015, she designed Iño, a humanist typeface influenced by Garamond. Type Paris link. [Google]
During his design studies in Annemasse, France, Clavel Anthony created the ornamental caps typeface Leopard Boy (2013). [Google]
Cleveland Type Foundry
Foundry in Cleveland that existed from 1875 until 1892, when it was absorbed by ATF. It was also called H.H. Thorpe Mfg. Co. They published Catalogue and Book of Specimens From the Cleveland Type Foundry. The H.H. Thorp Mfg. Co., 147 St. Clair Street, Cleveland, Ohio (176 pages, 1880), Catalogue and Price List of Type and Material (ATF 1893 Specimen) (1893), and Catalogue and book of specimens of type typefaces and printing material and machinery (1895).
Its original designs include Koster Initials and Litho (a curly Victorian typeface digitally revived by Nick Curtis in 2007 as Cleveland Litho NF; Curtis says that it comes from an 1898 specimen book but that contradicts the ATF date). Another Curtis revival, Yum Yum NF (2008) is said to be based on Mikado from an 1893 Cleveland specimen book. And in 2008, Nick Curtis continued with a revival of the geometric display typeface Morning Glory (1893), and a revival of Oxford called Really Big Shoe NF (2009). One of CTF's most famous typefaces is the faux-Chinese font Chinese (1883, later called Mandarin). In 2010, Nick Curtis redid Geometric, a typewriter style face, and called it Linndale Square NF.
In 2013, the Victorian capitals typeface Oxford No. 2 (from the 1893 catalog) provided the inspiration for the digital typeface MFC Damask (Brian J. Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles, Monogram Fonts Co). MFC Damask Flourish (2013) is a floriated caps typeface from the same source. [Google]
Cory Harleben (Monomonie, WI) created the all-caps display typeface Hambone Notch in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Behance link. [Google]
Born in Amsterdam in 1939, Hofmann started out as a typesetter, and then morphed into a calligrapher and an author on calligraphy, and finally into a type designer.
Designer at URW++ of
- Altrincham (2003).
- Caxtonian Black (2012). A blackletter.
- Globus Cursive (2015, +Cyrillic). This cursive font is a revival of a font by Friedrich Hermann Wobst (1932, D. Stempel AG).
- Gothic Initials (2015). After an original from 1821 by Firmin Didot's foundry.
- Holland Gothic (2012). A blackletter.
- Jason Uncial (2012). A unicase uncial design.
- Perugia Cursive (2003). A gorgeous calligraphic script based on the 19th century "Scrittura Rotonda Francese" and "Scrittura Italiana" developed by Italian calligrapher Cesare Silvestrini.
- Pinel Pro (2014). A revival of a didone from 1899 by Joseph Pinel called French 10pt No. 2. URW++ writes: Coen Hofmann digitized the font from a batch of very incomplete, damaged and musty drawings, which he dug up in Altrincham. He redrew all characters, bringing up the hairstrokes somewhat in the process.
- Ramona (2004). A shadowed typeface.
- Revis (2011). A formal script based on Daphne, a typeface that was originally designed by German type designer Georg Salden. For some reason, that typeface was withdrawn from the URW++ library some time later.
- Romeo (2004). A 3d beveled shadow face.
- Sax (2008). A didone typeface family.
- Seizieme Pro (2013). Based on the 1905 font Série 16 by Peignot, which was mainly used for scientific publications.
- Signpainters Script (2013). A connected copperplate script.
- Silvestrini (2003). A gorgeous Gando-style ronde. Based on the 19th century "Scrittura Rotonda Francese" and "Scrittura Italiana" developed by Italian calligrapher Cesare Silvestrini.
- Sirius and Sirius Caps (2003). A garalde family developed together with British type designer Neville Brown.
- Technotype (2011). A revival of Herbert Thannhaeuser's 1952 slab serif family Technotyp.
- Thomas Schrift and Thomas Versalien (2015). Based on Friedel Thomas's Thomas Schrift and Thomas Versalien from 1956-1958.
- URW Akropolis (2016, URW++). A revival of the cigar box open typeface Acropolis designed by the Ludwig Wagner foundry in Leipzig in 1940.
- Pergamon (2016, URW++). A wonderful 10-style didone typeface family that revives, extends and modernizes Pergamon Antiqua first designed in 1937 at Ludwig Wagner in Leipzig by Alfons Scheider.
Klingspor link. View Coen Hofmann's typefaces. [Google]
[C&C (or: Cataloged)]
Russian page about initial caps in Cyrillic, with images of examples from the XVIth century. [Google]
Context Foundry is run by Alex Liebold out of Savannah, GA. Alex Liebold's typefaces include:
- Monster Party (2007). Monster-themed caps.
- Cougher (2008-2010). A grotesque based on the lettering of E. McKnight Kauffer and vintage travel posters
- Fresh Produce (2008). A hand-painted signage typeface by Greg Christman.
- Ghoulies (2008). A ghost-themed all-caps alphabet, drawn by Greg Christman.
- Montreal (2008). A fat counterless typeface by Jenna Holcombe.
- Eric Schwartzwelder drew Chiropractor (2008), a bold mechanical face, and the display typeface Jayhawker (2014).
- Elise (2014). A layered flourished all caps typeface.
He also runs 414 General Store with Courtney Burroughs. [Google]
Designer and illustrator in Adelaide, Australia, who created the decorative capos typeface Adelaide (2014), which consists of ornaments related to her city. [Google]
Toulouse, France-based graphic design student who created the brushy typeface Typo Ex Machina in 2015. [Google]
During her studies at Staffordshire University, Corey Turner (Stoke-on-Trent, UK) created Pencil Themed Typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Cosimo Torsoli (Florence, Italy) created Codryceps (2012), a caps typeface that was inspired by a video from the BBC called Planet Earth. [Google]
David Rood is the Harrisonburg, VA-based designer of BluePrint in 1992, a Tekton lookalike, and Rood Caps. Alternate URL. [Google]
[414 General Store]
Graphic designer in Brisbane, Australia. Creator of the modular sci-fi typeface Robotica (2011) and of the ornamental caps typeface Byron Daze (2014).
Dafont link. [Google]
Crazy Diamond Design Historical Fonts
Wonderful 16-th century (commercial) fonts from this Manchester, UK-based foundry, including the Formal Text Hand package, Written Square Capitals (2005: roman inscriptional caps), Rustic Capitals (2005), Chancery Hand, Italic Hand, Bastard Secretary Hand, Secretary Hand, Hand of the Court of the Common Pleas, 17th Century Print, 17th Century Italic. Most fonts by Alex Moseley. For a fee, get the fonts used in the Harry Potter film, globally called Wizardings: The Wizard Hand, Black Cat Letter (blackletter), Parchment Print&Italic, Wizard Runes, Wizardings. [Google]
Madrid, Spain-based designer of an ornamental caps typeface in 2015. Behance link. [Google]
Cristofer Jonatan Martínez Torres
Peter Olexa (Bratislava, Slovakia, b. 1978) created the (typically retro / vintage) mostly commercial typefaces salada (2016), Vultron (2016), Rock N Roll (2016), Majestic (2016), Napoleon (2016), Temu (2016), Rodeo (2016, Western style family), Brooklyn (2016), Thunder (2016, Victorian label typeface family), Murray Inline Grunge (2016), Opera (2016, Victoriana), Flamingo Shadow (2016), Blue North Inline Grunge (2016), Montana Bold Outline (2016), Regolith (2016), Monophone Fancy (2016, retro style), Marin Victorian (2016), Westwood (16-style Western font family), Mozza (2016, +Inline, +Shadow, +Grunge), Speed Hunter (2016), Metro Grunge (2016), Annabel (2016, Victorian), La Forest (2016, blackletter), Star (2016, decorative caps, with outlined and inline versions), Phoenix (2016, a spurred typeface), Gatsby (2016), Bureno (2016, a Victorian display typeface), New York (2016, letterpress emulation), Capella (2016), Almanac Italic Grunge (2015), Anabel (2016, roman caps), Regolith (2015), Chocoleta (2015, hand-printed), Sailor (2015), Turmeric (2015), Ultimatum (2015), Heyro (2015, a rough brush font), Calliope (2015, a rough brush), Glass Beads (2015), Red Paprika (2015), Greenkitchen (2015), Artistico (2015, grungy), Brush Shop (2015), Graceful (2015, irregular script), Brush Wall (2015), Nickainley (2015, connected script), Harloft (2015, a warm brush script), Detective Typewriter (2015), Not Perfect (2015), Good Vibes (2015), Cool Story (2014), Get Coffee (2014), Think Happy (2014), Say Less (2014), Let's Do This (2014), Just Be Cool (2014), Brooklyn Coffee (2014, a spurred poster typeface), Bronx Shoes (2014), Nevermind (2014), RockNRoll (2014), Bluegrass (2014), Memento (2014, spurred Victorian face), Melody (2014) and Grazioso (2014). He runs Dealjumbo.
Creative Market link. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google]
CybaPeeCreations (or: Typoasis)
CybaPee is the nom de plume of Petra Heidorn who lives in Hamburg. She has created may typefaces (listed below) and has cooperated with many on interesting projects. She is undoubtedly best known for her successful web site Typoasis, where one can download her own creations, and those of her many friends. Petra is also heavily involved in several attempts to revive blackletter fonts, in cooperation with Manfred Klein, Dieter Steffmann, Paul Lloyd and others. She organized several revivals of the typefaces of Rudolf Koch and Ernst Schneidler. She also managed the extensive web presence of Manfred Klein.
Fontspace link. Dafont link.
Her own creations:
- Pre 2000 typefaces: the display fonts Scoglietto, ResPublica, SailingJunco, RoteFlora (1999), Pegypta, Pegyptienne (wonderful hieroglyph-inspired typewriter font), Slimliner Micro, Lupinus, CalliBrush, Rammstein, Greex (Latin font with Greek characters), Camouflage, Extemplary (another beauty), Azimech, Charon, SoftAutumn, Hasenchartbreaker, Oetztype (named after the Tyrolian Iceman, Oetzi), Funtastique (1999, for the Fontsanon members) and Oktoberfest. Plus the scanware fonts Diamond Dreams, Royal Gothic Initials, and Deco Caps. Finally, check also her dingbats LightBats and ToolTime, and her Russianized letters in KrasniFellows. And then there are HelvAssim, BirthdayGreetz, CursedKuerbis, Epitough, InkyDinky, Napapiiri, Lupinus, Pachyderm, PostmoderneFraktur, Sagittarius, Stoertebeker, TaraType (named after Sabine Taranowski, it has zodiac symbols), ChaosTheorie, WelcomeY2K, Zodiac. Other fonts include SadLisa, a parody of Lisa Jenkins's Kitchen Tiles, Lurzing Initials (1997, based on a 1908 typeface by Karl Lürzing; it depicts naked figures).
- 2001 typefaces: Mothproof Script, MonkeyHouseParty, XmasTerpiece (a Fraktur font based on Rhapsodie by Ilse Schuele), XmasTerpieceSwashes.
- 2002 typefaces: MuseAsis, ArabDancesMediumItalic (Arabic simulation font), Vogeler Caps.
- 2003 typefaces: Bayreuth-Black (a nice scan-version of Bayreuth Fraktur by Ernst Schneidler for C.E. Weber in 1932).
- 2004 typefaces: Manuskript Gotisch (a revival of a 1514 typeface by Wolfgang Hopyl, which was a house typeface at the Bauersche Giesserei in 1899), Urdeutsch (1924-1925, Genzsch&Heyse, digitally revival by her here), Weiß Fraktur (with Manfred Klein, after a 1909 original by Emil Rudolf Weiß, which was at the Bauersche Giesserei since 1913), Hohenzollern (1902, Bauersche Giesserei, revived in 2004) and Neue Fraktur and Neue Fraktur ExtraBold, both revivals of typefaces by Johannes Wagner Schriftgiesserei in 1927. She created HamletOrNot (with Manfred Klein, after the typeface Hamlet by Edward Johnston for the Cranach Press), Bibelschrift (with Manfred Klein, a Fraktur named after the Bremer Presse, est. 1911, bombed by the Americans in 1944), SchneidlerInitialen and Schneidler Schwabacher (also a blackletter, based on Ernst Schneidler), TipTop (originally released ca. 1900 by Julius Klinkhardt, Leipzig), Bauernschrift (1911, Bauersche Giesserei), Bayreuth, Burte-Fraktur, Kleukens Fraktur, Leibniz-Fraktur, Neue Fraktur, Neudeutsch (after the 1900 original by Otto Hupp for Genzsch&Heyse), Deutscher Schmuck (with Manfred Klein, a revival and extension of the Schmuck für Deutsche Druckschrift by Eduard Ege, Genzsch and Heyse, 1922), SerpentisBlack (a digitization of type by E.W. Tieffenbach for Officina Serpentis, 1913), SchmalfetteGotisch (with Manfred Klein, based on a type of Ernst Schneidler), DeutscheDruckschrift (a revival of Heinz König's 1888 typeface for Genzsch&Heyse), Weiss-Gotisch (a revival of E.R. Weiss's typeface by that name, published in 1936 at the Bauersche Giesserei).
- 2005 typefaces: Heimat (2005, after Wilhelm Weimar's Heimat from 1917, Genzsch&Heyse), Jaecker Schrift (revival of the 1912 blackletter typeface by Wilhelm Jaecker for D. Stempel), Gotika (2005, after Imre Reiner's 1933 blackletter typeface for Bauer; no downloads), Holland-Gotisch (with Manfred Klein, a revival of Nederduits by Johann Michael Fleischmann, ca. 1750), Symphonie (a digitization of Imre Reiner's Symphonie from 1938 (renamed Stradivarius in 1945)), Hartwig Schrift (after Hartwig Poppelbaum's Hartwig Schrift from 1927-1928), Moderne Schwabacher (after a ca. 1900 typeface by the Otto Weisert foundry called Moderne Halbfette Schwabacher), Hans Sachs Gotisch (based on a typeface by that name of Albert Auspurg, 1911, Genzsch&Heyse), Brahms-Gotisch (with Manfred Klein, a revival of a 1937 Genzsch&Heyse typeface by that name created by Heinz Beck), Verzierte Schwabacher (with James Arboghast, based on a blackletter font by that name from the Carl Kloberg foundry in 1891), Schwabach Deko (the same as the previous font, only as close to the original as possible). Nordland (originally by Heinz Beck, Trennert&Sohn, 1935) was revied by Petra.
Cynhia Niam (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) created the decorative caps typeface DJC in 2014. [Google]
New York City-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Clockwork Alphabet (2014) and of Mirrors (2014). [Google]
Brazilian designer (b. 1980, Curitiba) of the gorgeous 19th century-style decorative caps typefaces Marisco (Deluxe and Filled) (2007, Estudio Crop). He also made Tritura (2009, EstudioCrop: a grunge textura face), and Riff (2009, estudioCrop), a slab serif face. Dado Queiroz graduated in Graphic Design in 2003. Behance link. [Google]
Designer whose illuminated caps will soon be developed in cooperation with David Kettlewell. Half-Estonian, half-White Russian designer, living in Sweden. She draws illuminated caps for David Kettlewell. [Google]
Catania-based creator of the ornamental caps alphabets Fattidarte Pills (2012) and Ich Bin Ein Berliner (2012).
Behance link. [Google]
[Bureau 205 (was: Trafik)]
Dan X. Solo
Dan X. Solo: Digitizations by Dick Pape
Dick Pape based the following digitizations (2008-2010) of blackletter, art deco, Celtic, initial caps, and other ornamental typefaces shown by Dan X. Solo in his Dover books: DXSAlphaMidnight, DXSAlphaTwilight, DXSBeansBold, DXSBlackline (prismatic, art deco), DXSBoboBold, DXSBrusselsInitials, DXSBuckinghamInitials, DXSBust, DXSCharger, DXSCheckmate, DXSCorral, DXSDevon, DXSDevonian, DXSDudleyPNarrow, DXSFatCat, DXSFestival, DXSFrankfortInitials, DXSFuturaInline, DXSGrooviestGothic, DXSGuildhall, DXSHessNeobold, DXSHotline, DXSHuntingtonInitials, DXSJoyceBlack, DXSKupferInitials, DXSLampoon, DXSLeipzigInitials, DXSLeister, DXSLowenbrau, DXSMonogramStencil, DXSMonumentBold, DXSNottinghamInitials, DXSOrbit, DXSOttoHuppInitials, DXSPickfair, DXSPolly, DXSPotsdamInitials, DXSPrismaniaC, DXSPrismaniaP, DXSQuote, DXSRegalBlack, DXSRhythmBold, DXSRickyTick, DXSRoco (art deco), DXSSansSouci, DXSShadyDeal, DXSSheetSteel, DXSSilverShadowBlack, DXSStuttgartInitials, DXSTester, DXSThedaBara (counterless geometric art deco), DXSTulo, DXSTuxedo, DXSUrban (psychedelic), DXSVeronica, DXSWestmorland, DXSWienText, DXSYagiBold.bmp DXSYagiDouble, DXSYorkshireInitials, DXSZany, DXSZephyr.
Images: DXSBlackline, DXSBust, DXSDudleyPNarrow, DXSGrooviestGothic, DXSJoyceBlack, DXSMonogramStencil, DXSPrismania'P', DXSRickyTick, DXSRoco, DXSSheetSteel, DXSTulo, DXSUrban, DXSYagiDouble, DXS Alpha Twilight, DXS Brussels Initials, DXS Kupfer Initials, DXS Lowenbrau, DXS Otto Hupp Initials, DXS Theda Bara, DXS Urban. Download page. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Dubai, UAE, Dana Alhasan created the steampunk-inspired Latin / Arabic typeface Tick Tock (2014). [Google]
Illustrator in Tallahassee, FL., who made an ornamental caps typeface called A is for Apple (2010). Home page. [Google]
Dani Foster Herring
From Hanna, WY, the designer of the free fonts Snowy Caps, the bird nest dingbat font ForTheBirds, VictorianAngels (elaborate caps), Sleigh Ride (1999), WeGiveThanks (Thanksgiving bats), Fisher's Women, Pika Pika, Winter Wonderland, Harbour Lights, Christmas Cheer (1999), Evergreen (1999, various Xmas trees), TeaTime (1999), DeannasIvyCaps (1999), and PikaPika (1999).
Dafont link. Another Dafont link. Obsolete link to Dabi's Delusions. Fontspace link. [Google]
Dani Rubio Arauna
Graphic designer in Barcelona since 2004. Creator of the wood type-inspired typeface Madera (2014) and of the ornamental caps typeface Metamorfosis (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Dann Black (Indonesia) created the ornamental typeface Woody (2011). [Google]
Illustrator and designer in Shipley, UK, who created a few decorative caps typefaces in 2016. Behance link. [Google]
Union City, NJ-based creator of the multilined caps typeface Nu Alpha (2012) and the experimental multiline typeface November (2012). He moved to Orlando, FL, to study at Full Sail University. [Google]
Santarem, Portugal-based designer of the display typefaces Iron (2015, hipster style), Betrayal (2015, rough brush), Frederick (2015, a layered shadow font), Warbler (2015, a bold display sans), and Gold Fish (2013). He also drew an illustrative set of initials called Fanzine (2015). [Google]
Milwaukee-based painter and illustrator, who created a mob-themed alphabet, Mob War (2010), with all glyphs based on Redford BV. [Google]
German artist (1470-1536) who created Alphabet of Capital Roman letters with metaphorical ornaments, an excessively ornamented alphabet. See here. Digitizations of his work include:
Scans of his orginal work: German Capitals (1549). [Google]
[Büro für Gestaltung Janssen]
Blue G or Blue Gangsta is an all-caps typeface created by Daniel Redfern (Virginia) in 2012. It consists of dice assembled in the shape of letters. Behance link. [Google]
Daniel Reuber (Cologne, Germany) used Impact to design the ornamental caps font Goldsun (2012). His experimental water-inspired typeface H2O (2012) is simply spectacular. [Google]
Daniel T. Ames
American penman. Author of Ames' Guide to Self-Instruction in Practical and Artistic Penmanship (1884). His book contains some explicit alphabets: Roman, Italic Roman, Gothic, German text, Old English, Church Text, Medieval, Egyptian, German Round Hand, Marking and Rustic (elaborate caps). One of the initial caps in that text led Robert Fauver to create the free font Dirty Ames (2006). Handdrawn portrait of Ames found in "Real Pen Work" (1881, knowles and Maxim). [Google]
Graphic designer in Sierre and Lausanne (Switzerland). During his studies at ECAL (Lausanne), he made a cinematographic signage typeface called Geraldine (2011, named after Geraldine Page). Baskervilaine (2013) is a tweaked version of Baskerville. Severine (2013) is an ornamental caps typeface. Le Moche (2012) is a grotesk typeface. Sugarnir (2013) is a rune font.
In 2014, he designed the sans typeface Fryda (free beta version).
Behance link. [Google]
Artist in Bethesda, MD, who designed the decorative alphabet Chains (2015). [Google]
Daniella Patiño Siles
Graphic designer in Lima, Peru, who created the decorative caps typeface Puke Rainbow (2014). [Google]
Toronto-based designer of the ornamental unicase typeface Flash (2013). [Google]
San Diego-based designer of the decorative initial caps typeface Reaper (2014, based on Blackmoor). This typeface was done for an assignment at The Art Institute of California-San Diego. [Google]
Art director in Singapore, who created the flowery typeface Fleur (2011). [Google]
Illustrator and designer in Kiev. In 2012, she created a wonderful poster typeface called Balloon, in which she plays on the widths of the characters. In 2013, several ornamental caps typefaces followed.
Behance link. [Google]
From Portland, OR, Dave Fabik's free truetype fonts. Includes fonts such as Slipstream, Willow (1995, Rennie Mackintosh style lettering), DungeonBlocksFilled (1995), GrekoDeco (1992, based on El Greco Adornado by Fundicion Richard Gans), SableBrush, RoughBrush, Zoom, Quainte, DeRoos Caps (Lombardic).
Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
Berlin, Germany-based designer of Moe (2015, decorative hipster caps), Satellites (2014, outlined geometric font), Turna Round (2014, a roundish display alphabet), and Living Rooms (2014, an interlocking square-shaped blocky alphabet inspired by floor tiling). [Google]
British graphic designer. Towers Type (2012) is an ornamental typeface inspired by the stained glass windows of the Saint-Rémy Church in Baccarat, France. He also made Creative Circle Headline Font (2012), and Shot (2012). [Google]
Based in the north west of England, David Armstrong designed the dot matrix all caps typeface Fernando (2012).
Behance link. [Google]
Founder of Atelier Zero Ltd in London. In 2012, he designed the squarish typeface Voona 1. He also drew several beautiful caps typefaces including the frilly Age of Decadence.
Behance link. [Google]
Designer and art director in Bogotá, Colombia. His typeface Desf (2011) is completely based on a grid and compass construction. It is a funky display typeface designed for advertisements or labels.
Behance link. [Google]
David Fernando Espinosa Martínez
David Fleming Nalle
[Scriptorium (Ragnarok Press, Fontcraft)]
Sao Paulo-based Brazilian Portuguese creator from Portigal, of Dora (2012, calligraphic caps). He also made a series of unnamed display typefaces in paperfold, ocragonal and gridded styles.
In 2013, he made Joy, a bespok typeface for Brazilian furniture maker Artesian.
Behance link. [Google]
British lettering artist based in Exeter who specializes in the medieval versal cadel (or cadeau) letter. He created these typefaces:
Author of The Art of Calligraphy (Dorling Kindersley), Calligraphy: Inspiration, Innovation, Communication (Anaya), and The Calligrapher's Bible (A&C Black).
FontShop link. Klingspor link. Linotype link. Behance link. [Google]
[New Renaissance Fonts (was: New Fontografia, or: David's Fontografia 2006)]
[David Pustansky (was: 24hourbauer.co.uk)]
David Pustansky (was: 24hourbauer.co.uk)
David Pustansky (b. 1985) is a UK-based type designer who was active in 2005-2006, when he operated as David Martin and his web site was called 24hourbauer.co.uk. He published many free fonts, but then became inactive ca. 2007. In 2014, he resurrected as David Pustansky.
Creator of the picture-derived typefaces Eye Spy (2006), Batman The Dark Knight (2006, scanbats), Simpsons Mmmm...Font (2006), Pokemon Pixels (2006), Silent Hill Nightmares (2006), Mario and Luigi (2006), Final Fantasy Elements (2006), Lara Croft Tombraider (2006), Superman Last Son of Krypton (2005), The Ultimate Lance Hoyt font (2005), Harry Potter and the Dingbats (2005), TNA Bound for Glory (2005), tna wrestling (2005), Doctor Who 2006 (2005), Futurama Dingbats (2005), Red Dwarf Characters (2005), Evil Characters (2005), and 24hourbauer (2005, scanbats), Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (2007), Split Splat Splodge (2006, ink slpatter), Splish Splash Splosh (commercial), TNA Lockdown (2007), Splis (2007), Donkey Kong World (2006), SonicMegaFont (2006), Doodlebears (2006), Tetris Blocks (2006), twentyfour, WWE, residentevilcharacters, wrestlinglogos.
In 2014, he created Garfield Hates Mondays Loves Fonts (scanbats), the retro typeface Shakespeare First Folio (after the lettering in the 1623 collection of Shakespeare's plays), Brush Stroke of Genius, Wilson (after the baseball in the movie), Eye Am Confused Optical Illusions, Game Logos, Retro Hasbro WWF Figures, Doom and Gloom, Nato Phonetic Alphabet, Shakespeare To Be Or Not To Be (ornamental caps), Super Street Fighter Hyper Fonting (scanbats)m), An Apple A Day Fruit Font, Secret Diary (hand-printed), Balls Balls and more Balls (scanbats), Legend of Zelda TriFont (scanbats), Crushed Candy (scanbats), A Work of Art (scanbats), Console Wars Console Yourself, Futurama All Hail the Hypnotoad, Family Guy Giggity (cartoon character font), and American Dad Good Morning USA (cartoon dingbats).
Abstract Fonts link. Home page of David Pustansky. Fontspace link. [Google]
Type designer and composer, born in St. Albans, VT, in 1958, who lives in Massachusetts. He was one of the early free/shareware type designers, well-known for creating revivals of 19th century typefaces. He is currently the Walter W. Naumburg Professor of Composition at Brandeis University, and has previously taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and Stanford University.
List of Rakowski's fonts: 3-DWedgie, Aarcover, AdineKirnberg-Script, Ann-Stone, Beachman, Beffle (1991, after Fry's Ornamented No. 2 from Stephenson Blake), Bizarro, BrailleFont, BunnyEars, ChristensenCaps, Crackling, DaBigKeyCaps, DavysCrappyWriting, DavysDingbats, DavysKeyCaps, DavysNewOther, DavysOtherDingbats, DavysRibbons, DeBalme Initials, DieterCaps, Diner-Fatt, Diner-Obese, Diner-Regular, Diner-Skinny, Dobkin-Script, Dragonwick, Dubiel (1991), Dupuy-Light, DupuyBALloon, Eileen, EileenCaps, EileensMediumZodiac, Elizabeth-Ann, Elzevier, EraserDust, Firecat, Gallaudet, Garton (1993), Gessele-Script, GriffinOne, Harting (an old typewriter font), Headhunter, Holtzschue, Horst, Ian-Bent, Jeff-Nichols, Jumble, Kinigstein, Konanur, KoshgarianLight, Kramer, Lassus (1993), LeeCaps, Lemiesz (a free version of Publicity Gothic, 1916), Lilith-Heavy, Lilith-Initals, Lilith-Light, Lintsec, Logger, LowerEastSide, McGarey-Fractured, Multiform, Nauert, NixonInChina (oriental simulation), ParisMetro, Pixie, Pointage, Polo, Rechtman-Script, ReliefDeco, ReliefInReverse, Reynolds, Rockmaker, Rothman [note: poster by Lauren Buroker], Rounded, Rudelsberg (Munich Jugendstil style font), Salter, Shotling, Showboat, Shrapnel, Starburst, TejaratchiCaps, TenderleafCaps, ToneAndDebs, Tribeca, Uechi, UpperEastSide (1990), UpperWestSide (lettering from the New Yorker magazine), VarahCaps, Wedgie, Wharmby, WhatA-Relief, Will-Harris, Zaleski, and Zallman-Caps.
Some downloads: Uechi, Rothman, Tejaratchi, Eileen Caps and Elzevier Caps, Paris Metro, Davy's Dingbats (see also here).
With Klaus Herrmann, of Intecsas in Düsseldorf, he started updating his fonts from 1992-1999. Those fonts can be bought at Will-Harris.
Here is an interview with David.
Download 120 of his fonts here.
And finally, a text file with the names of most of his fonts.
Mark Johansson explains the history of Rakowski's fonts. Dafont link. MyFonts page. [Google]
Lausanne, Switzerland-based designer. Various parts of a Swiss army tank influenced the design of the decorative caps typeface Tank Type designed by David Schupbach in 2015. [Google]
Baltimore, MD-based senior creative director at High5design. He drew some illustrated caps alphabets in 2012 such as Crazy World Alphabet, and Gothic Inspired Type (more a painting than a set of letters).
Behance link. [Google]
Saint Louis, MO-based designer of the ornamental textured caps typeface Triland Slab (2014). [Google]
Daniel Viberg (Dawnland, est. 1999) is a Swedish designer, b. 1976, Nyköping. His early fonts could be downloaded at Dafont. His later fonts can be bought via MyFonts. In general, Dawnland Fonts are for headlines, posters for event graphics and music/media/game packaging.
He created the Chaos font series, which comprises Paradox (1999, trembling hand face; +Paradox X, 2011, +Paradox Runa, 2011), Lamenta (1999, scratchy face), Lamenta X (2011), Lilith (2000, initials made with human figures), Nihil (2011, grungy) and Dissonus (2004, a grunge typeface inspired by the type treatments of Dave McKean as well as the Manson Anti Christ Superstar-artwork).
Other typefaces include Victualia (brushy), Aeterna (2011, grunge), Haakke (2011, a children's hand), Awe (hand-printed), Victualia X (2011, a hand-drawn brush font), Chaos 1996 (2011, pen illustrations), Massiva GrotesQ (2012), Lore (2012, blackletter), Nokturnia, Nekromantea, Pandemonia, Meep (2013), Blck Phnx (2013, a lava lamp font), Auntie Lee (2013, hand-printed), Uncle Lee (2013, hand-printed), Ponderous (2013, a poster titling face), Cirque De La Lune (2013, poster lettering), Dulcet (2014, vintage script), (2015, hand-printed).
Behance link. Creative Market link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google]
Vintage seed packaging from the 19th century inspired Deanna McGeown in the design of a Victorian ornamental caps typeface in 2012. Deanna was a student in Queens, New York, at the time of that design. [Google]
Los Angeles-based designer of Funderful (2013), a colorful hand-painted all caps alphabet (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Decade Typefoundry (Bandung, Indonesia, est. 2008) is run by Agung Maskund or Agung Gumilang Sugih, b. 1987, Bandung. It specializes in Victorian and vintage type. Creator of Authentic Labels (2013), New Black (2012, a metal band typeface) and Chicano Brush (2012, graffiti face). Note: It is possible that Chicano Brush was made by Gilang Purnama.
In 2013, they published Reckless (by Gilang Purnama: a retro car font), Fabulous Drop Cap (with a free demo font), Los Santos (graffiti style), Logotype Frenzy (brushy signage face), Insurance Maps (inspired by the Sanborn Map Company's 1909 insurance map catalog), Basingstoke (a spurred display typeface by Gilang Purnama Jaya), Hustlers Rough (Western Tuscan signage font), Lakester (another Tuscan signage font with layering), and Griba (alchemic typeface).
Another great typeface project is the National Currency Font (2013), which features spurs and an engraved look. Stay Gold Script (2013) is a vintage signage typeface. Aesthetique (2013) is a Victorian ornamental Tuscan design.
Typefaces from 2014: Stanwood (Victorian), Herschel.
Typefaces from 2015: Tervia (spurred vintage typeface), Edmond (vintage typeface), Pretty Script.
Behance link. Creative Market link. Fontspace link. Behance link for Agung Maskund. Another Creative Market link. [Google]
Stephen Coles's list of decorated initials: [Google]
Decorative Caps&Leo's Icon Archive
Decorative caps archive (gifs!), and some original or modified caps by Leo Doerr: Freehand Purple, Gold Blade, Shining Flemish, Golden Zallman, Blue Carrick, Crazy, Ice, Psychedelic, Red Christensen, Green Becker. All gifs of course. [Google]
Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)
Delve Withrington (Alameda, CA; b. 1970, Asheville, NC) studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, designed signage, print projects and web pages in addition to designing custom typefaces, worked for Fontshop, and in 2004, joined the type team at Agfa Monotype, which morphed into Monotype Imaging, Redwood City, CA. From Asheville, NC, he moved around and ended up in San Francisco. In 1996, he founded Delve Fonts in Berkeley, CA (in fact, Delve Media Arts, and later renamed Delve Fonts). He has collected a virtually complete list of books on typography. Author index. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:
His Art work often involves type. Bitstream's Type Odyssey 2 (2002) has Continuo, Blot Test, Peso, Peso Negative. In 2009, Steven Skaggs designed Rieven Uncial and Rieven Italic at Delve Fonts. Pic.
- Beleren (2015). A custom typeface for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering (Hasbro).
- Blasphemy Initials: a free (and also commercial...) spooky font.
- Blot Test (1999): a dingbat font inspired by the work of noted German psychologist Hermann Rorschach [1885-1922].
- Cody (1999): an informal comic book face.
- Continuo (1996): an all caps bilined outline face.
- Cortina (2011). A futuristic family by Joachim Müller-Lancé.
- Delve Hand (1996-2003).
- Eucalyptus Regular.
- Eulipia (1997-2003): organic.
- Helfa (2011). Delve writes: Readability is baked in with a generous x-height, fine proportions that have a medium height to width ratio, and reasonable contrast in stroke weight variation.
- Oktal Mono (2012, a rounded octagonal modular typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé and Erik Adigard of MAD studio in Sausalito).
- Peso (1999): an octagonal family inspired by a parking sign discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico.
- Quara (2009): a techno sans.
- Tilden Sans (2004-2009): low contrast, large x-height.
- Uppercut Angle (2011). A signage typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé. It was originally developed for the Krav Maga training center of San Francisco.
- Ysobel (2009; winner of an award at TDC2 2010). Delve codesigned the newspaper type family Ysobel (Monotype) with type designers Robin Nicholas, head of type design at Monotype, and Alice Savoie (Frenchtype, Monotype). The sales pitch: According to Nicholas, the idea for the Ysobel typefaces started when he was asked to create a custom, updated version of the classic Century Schoolbook typeface, which was designed to be an extremely readable typeface - one that made its appearance in school textbooks beginning in the early 1900s. See also Ysobel eText Pro (2013).
Klingspor link. [Google]
[Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)]
[Mak Sui Shing]
Mak Sui Shing (Hong Kong) created these freeware dingbat fonts in 2001-2002: CNg001, CNg002, CNg003, CNg004, CNg005, CNg009, ChopStick, DEMObeard, DEMObig5, DEMOcoins, DEMOflower, DEMOhorse, DEMOlantern, DEMOmusic, DEMOrose, DEMOstamp, DEMOsword, DEMOtree, DEMOwatch, DemoBun, DemoFood-2001, DemoXmas, cn12. Most of these fonts have Chinese symbols. He is working on Hand Signs, Doll Houses, Letter Flags and AZFonts (caps with embedded flowers). [Google]
Singkawang, Indonesia-based designer. Creator of the decorative Victorian typefaces Noir (2015) and Dwiss (2015), which are intended for tattoos. He also made Crypton (2015) and Rosewell (2015, Western decorative caps typeface). Creative Market link. [Google]
Denis A. Serikov
Moscow-based designer of the wonderful Theropoda dinosaur-themed decorative alphabet (2015). [Google]
Moscow-based designer (with Anton Shelko) of the decorative Cyrillic caps typeface Entertaining Mechanics (2014). He also made the potato print Cyrillic font Zhola (2014). [Google]
Denise Lara Kamille K. Bentulan
Digital artist from Quezon City, The Philippines, b. 1991. Aka Douxiegirl. Creator of the mostly hand-crafted fonts Laser Metal (2015), Honeytone (2015), Aloha Sunshine (2015, curly script), Moon Flower (2013), Denne Shuffle Euro Hollow (2013), Killed Vespertine (2013, decorative caps), Esto Bueno (2013), Luna Kronik (2013), Alright Scrapbooky (2013), Bacon Kingdom (2012), Brain Flower (2012), Autumn (2012), Springtime (2012), Soymilk (2012), Wintermelon (2012), Matryoshka (2011, 3d face), Monovirus (2011, caps only), Baby Doll (2011, hand-printed), Denne Freakshow (2011, 3d hand-printed), Chemistry (2010), Dominique (2010), All Hail Julia (2010), Denne Etude (2010), Denne Gnossienne (2010), Denne Shuffle (2010, 3d and hand-printed), DenneAtTheTeaParty (2010), DenneMilkTea (2010, all caps, hand-printed), Denne Kitten Heels (2010), Denne Angel (2010), Denne Fuchoor (2009), Denne Sketchy (2009), Denne's aliens (2009), Denne Schoolgirl (2009), Denne's Chokipi (2009), Pretty Shit (2009, dingbats), Denne's Summer (2009), Denne's Pen (2009), Crown Doodle (2009), DENNECURSIVE (2009), DENNELEFT-HAND (2009), Denne-Delica (2009), DenneMarker (2009), DennePuffy-Hearts (2008, marker pen), DenneThreedee (2008, marker pen), Denne's Aliens (2009), and Denne'sOldHandwriting (2009), 2006 (based on the Welcome font by Whitestone which was used in the Fifa World Cup in 2006).
Home page. Dafont link. Fontsy link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Devian tart link. Behance link. Tumblr link. [Google]
Designer the elongated fat typeface Bessemer (1936, Steven Shanks). The Alexander Wilson foundry had a similar typeface in 1843. Compare also with Slimblack. [Google]
Prolific NY-based designer (born in East Los Angeles) who specializes in faithful revivals of old masters and logotype, in Latin and Hebrew. He made over 500 fonts including. He is also a translator and illuminator of Biblical period Hebrew and Aramaic. His clients include The Vatican (Pope John Paul II's Holocaust commemerative CD) and Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. His specialties are translations worded in the language and style of the period in which the Biblical text was composed. His translation and enumeration of kabbalistic writings, otherwise known as Hebrew Mysticism and numerology, demonstrate the mathematical base of Biblical miracles.
His typefaces: OL Siynnamin Gothic, OL Radiant Slender, OL Raleigh Gothic (A, B) Display (2013), OL Titling Deco Semi Hilight (2013), OL Gotham Gothic (2013), OL Forum Titling (2013, Trajan column lettering), OL Signpainter Titling Face (2013, copperplate-influenced titling face), OL America The Beautiful (2013, a fashionable didone without ball terminals), OL Braggadocio (Braggadocio is a 1930 design by William A. Woolley), OL Candida Medium Condensed / Extra Condensed, OL Caslon Light / Bold, OL Chamfer Woodtype, OL Contact Bold Condensed, OL Contact Deco Caps, OL Corvinus Bold Condensed, OL Corvinus Versailles, OL Edenesque, OL Egiziano (+Comstock, 2005), OL Egmont (2005, +Medium, Medium Italic, Condensed: after Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos, 1933), OL Engraver's Roman, OL Engraver's Classic Roman (2009), OL Franklin Wide, OL Franklin Extra Bold / Extra Bold Italic, OL Franklin Triple Condensed, OL Garamond (2003), OL Gotham Gothic, OL Grecian Classic Bold Condensed / Bold Extra Condensed, OL Grecian Display, OL Grecian Modern (the Grecian series imitates wood type), OL Gothic Wide and Bold, OL Hairline Gothic (2009), OL Headline Gothic Triple Condensed, OL Heavy Metal Grecian, OL Jenson Bold Condensed / Extra Bold Condensed, OL Latin Classic Condensed, OL Lightline Gothic, OL Marksman Shot, OL Marla Bold, OL Miehle Classic (2009, +Condensed), OL Newsbytes Gothic, OL Purrrbank Gothic, OL Qumran Torah Hebraic Set, OL Racer Roman, OL Raleigh Gothic, OL Roman Compressed (2004), OL Roman Wide Deco Caps, OL Smokler (2006), OL Sharon Gothic Stoned, OL Sinead Stoned and Pointy, OL Smokler, OL Smokler Deco Caps, OL Thorne with Shadow, OL Twenty-five Deco Semicondensed, OL Windowpane Gothic, OL Woody Blocked, OL Avril Roman (2003, a flared face, after Emil Rudolf Weiss), OL Brierwood Grecian, OL Butterfly, OL Egyptian, OL Franklin, OL Garamond, OL London Black, OL Machina Black (2003, octagonal, mechanical), OL Manhattan, OL Marquee, OIL Newsbytes (2003, bold and black newsprint typefaces), OL Radiant, OL Round Gothic, OL Siynnamin Gothic, OL Skeleton Gothic, and HispanicHeritage (1999).
His fonts are sold through Phil's Fonts, Dsgnhaus, International Typefounders, and MyFonts. His 2001 fonts are signed Siynn bar-Diyonn, which is his Hebrew name. His Hebrew fonts published in 2007 include OL Hebrew Formal Script, OL Hebrew Neo Black, OL Hebrew Block, OL Hebrew Calligraphica, OL Hebrew Chisel, OL Hebrew Cursive, OL Hebrew Deco, OL Hebrew Handwriting, OL Hebrew Handwriting Deco, OL Hebrew Headline, OL Hebrew Prismatic, OL Hebrew With Tagin, and OL Qumran Torah.
Buy his fonts at MyFonts. Interview at the end of 2002, in which he recalls the start of his career at Rolling Stone magazine in 1979.
Showcase of Dennis Ortiz-Lopez's typefaces at MyFonts.
Klingspor link. [Google]
[T-26] designer of CarnavaleDelight (1997), a great party font with useful Western style caps.
Klingspor link. [Google]
As a student at Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK, Deon Quinlivan designed Jojo's Bizarre Adventurous Alphabet (2015: decoravitve caps) and drew a few great calligrams. [Google]
Istanbul, Turkey-based designer of a decorative caps alphabet in 2015. [Google]
Evgeny Bulash (Design Station), is a Russian designer, b. 1978, who lives in Stavropol. He created the ornamental caps typefaces UniLeaf-Italic, Ornatix and Ornatique in 2009. He also did Bladeline (2009), Republic (2009) and Unileaf (2009). Another URL. Home page. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Another URL. [Google]
Original dingbat truetype fonts by Destiny's Lady in 1998-1999: DLDesigns3, DLDesignsFour, DLDesignsTwo, DLSantaCaps, DLBirdz (1999), DLTreeCaps, DestinysBorderDings, DestinysButterflyDingbats, DestinysCherubsDing, DestinysDecorativeDings, DestinysDesigns, DestinysEasterDings, DestinysFancys, DestinysFloralDings, DestinysFlowers, DestinysGingerbreadDings, DestinysLittleHouses, DestinysMusicDings, DestinysNewYearsDings, DestinysTeddbearDingsTwo, DestinysTeddyDingsOne, DestinysTeddybearDingsThree, DLFillegreeCaps, Destiny's Design Dings (6 fonts), Framers, Buttons, Interfaces.
Has gone partially commercial with these fonts: Destiny's Interfaces (3 fonts), Destiny's Framers (2 fonts), Destiny's Buttons.
Her original site disappeared. Dafont keeps some of the fonts. [Google]
During his studies, Devin Doty (Santa Monica, CA) created the all caps typeface Scrap Metal Type. [Google]
Graphic designer and lettering artist in Brooklyn, NY. In 2016, she designed the Victorian era ornamental typeface Bushwick Brooklyn, and drew a decorative all caps. Behance link. [Google]
Guadalajara, Mexico-based designer of a set of decorative caps simple called El Abece (2016). [Google]
[Dick Pape: Bizarre & Ornamental Alphabets]
[Speedball Text Book]
[Dick Pape: February 2013]
[Fonto Fonts (or: Fontologist)]
[Dick Pape: British Museum Festival Books Archives]
[Dick Pape: Dover Pictorial Series]
[Dick Pape: University of South Florida Decorative Letters]
[Dan X. Solo: Digitizations by Dick Pape]
[Aridi Computer Graphics: Digitizations by Dick Pape]
[Clarence Pearson Hornung]
[Dick Pape: Initials]
[Dick Pape: ornamental typefaces]
Dick Pape (Dallas, TX) is digitizing the Dan Solo books one by one, and has digitized many other sources of alphabets and images. He started making fonts ca. 2007. In 2009, he was doing Solo's art deco tome. He is on several font-making forums such as High Logic, and is interested in revivals. "Toto" writes: Dick Pape made hundreds of fonts and here are the links to most of his fonts. This list has not been updated and later additions are found in Rapidshare folders. I've missed some and some links had been deleted by Rapidshare during its migration from .de to .com. Some have also been sent directly to the group, like those based on Mada's alphas. It is hard to tell whether the font has been made by Dick Pape. The only indication that he created the fonts is that the font have "DP" as font vendor and/or has "Digitized by TTD" in the trademark field. Both are not present in some of his fonts. He seems not to want to take credit. He is just a guy who wants to digitize anything he likes. In 2010, he made Bultaco, based on the logotype for Bultaco Motorcycles---see Freehostia.
Download here. [Google]
Dick Pape: Bizarre & Ornamental Alphabets
In 1981, Carol Belanger Grafton published Bizarre & Ornamental Alphabets (Dover). Dick Pape digitized these ornamental caps typefaces and named them by page number: BizarreAlphabets-Page108, BizarreAlphabets-Page112, BizarreAlphabets-Page114, BizarreAlphabets-Page116a, BizarreAlphabets-Page116b, BizarreAlphabets-Page117a, BizarreAlphabets-Page117b, BizarreAlphabets-Page121, BizarreAlphabets-Page14, BizarreAlphabets-Page22, BizarreAlphabets-Page24, BizarreAlphabets-Page62, BizarreAlphabets-Page66, BizarreAlphabets-Page74, BizarreAlphabets-Page76, BizarreAlphabets-Page78, BizarreAlphabets-Page92, BizarreAlphabets-Page93Bold, BizarreAlphabets-Page94, BizarreAlphabets-Page95, BizarreAlphabets-Page96-Dusty, BizarreAlphabets-Page98, BizarreAlphabets-Page99.
Download here. [Google]
Dick Pape: British Museum Festival Books Archives
In 2008-2009, Dick Pape (Texas) created several typefaces based on the British Museum Festival Books Archives: Festival Books Borders, Festival Books Ornaments, Festival Books Initials.
He writes: What is a Festival? In Europe in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, important events in the life of a princely dynasty, such as marriage, the birth or christening of an heir, a coronation or a funeral, were celebrated by mounting a festival. Festival books are printed accounts of these occasions, issued by or with the approval of court, city or religious authorities. They are often customised with the arms of a princely house, hand-coloured illustrations or a fine binding. The books usually offer eye-witness accounts of a festival, sometimes embellished with moral or philosophical reflections - though at their simplest they may just be a list of names. Festival books do not always provide an accurate record of events. Sometimes prepared in advance of the occasion, sometimes seen from the limited viewpoint of an eye-witness, their accounts are ideal, and even idealised, rather than strictly factual.
Download here. [Google]
Dick Pape: Dover Pictorial Series
The extensive Dover series by Dick Pape contains about 150 typefaces. The typefaces are numbered and carry these names:
- Dover Ancient Egyptian Designs (2009).
- Dover Art Nouveau Motifs (2010), Dover Art Nouveau Frames (2010).
- Dover Chinese Folk Designs (2010).
- Dover Christmas Designs (2012). Based on Christmas Designs (Dover Publications, 1996).
- Dover Cowboy & Western Clips (2010).
- Dover Early American Motifs (2008). Based on Early American Design Motifs by Suzanne E. Chapman (1974, Dover Publications Inc).
- Dover Floral Motifs (2007-2009) and Dover Floral Designs (2010).
- Dover Japanese Art Deco (2010).
- Dover Japanese Crests (2007). Contains a selection of designs from Traditional Japanese Family Crests for Artists and Craftspeople by Isao Honda, published by Dover Publications.
- Dover Old Fashion Silhouettes (2008).
- Dover Old Time Cuts (2010). Based on Old Time Cuts. Flowered Corners, Ornaments and Things (2010, Dover).
- Dover Ornaments (2007). Mostly art nouveau ornaments, all based on 1517 Permission-Free Designs (1995, Dover).
- Dover Pictura - Art Nouveau (2011).
- Dover Publications, Clarence P. Hornung (2010). See elsewhere.
- Dover Quaint Cuts (2011). Based on In The Chap Book Style by Joseph Crawhall (Dover). Crawhall was active in the 1880s.
- Dover Silhouettes (2009).
- Nature Stencil Designs (2010), Dover Stencil Designs (2010). From Nature Stencil Designs. Animals, birds, flowers (Dover) and Stencil Designs. Flowers, Fish, Fairy Tales, Armadillos, & Other Animals (Dover).
- Dover Victorian Designs (2010). Based on Victorian Designs (Dover).
Download here. [Google]
Dick Pape: February 2013
In February 2013, Dick Pape published a number of typefaces grouped together here. Local download page. The typefaces:
- Blok: A beautiful negative font originally designed by Jarrik Muller for Neo2 magazine in 2011.
- Bogart Heavy: An elegant fat round sans.
- Darabo: An avant-garde typeface.
- DarkHerald (2011): A collection of caps based on Stylus fonts.
- FancyRansomInitials (2011).
- GridDrops (2012): Black squares.
- IguanaMedium: A stiff thin slab serif.
- Kabel ABC: A paperclip font.
- Lettres Majuscules Fantasie, Lettres Minuscules Fantasie: Based on Modèles de Lettres D'Art Nouveau (E.A. Ducompex, Imp. Firmin Didot & Cie, Paris), where these caps are called Lettres incrustées dorées.
- MatchBoxes: match boxes from Finland and Portugal.
- Noel's Thes: "The" refers to the word "The".
- PLM Posters: A beautiful set of travel posters from 1926 called Paris-Lyons-Mediterranée Travel Posters.
- Pre-Roman Carolingian Caps.
- Pre-Romanesque 031, Pre-Romanesque 032, Pre-Romanesque 033, Pre-Romanesque 034, Pre-Romanesque 035.
- Roman Rustic Capitals A, Roman Rustic Capitals B:
- Simple Block Stencil: A Bauhaus-style stencil.
- Steamboat Shaded: A Western shadow font.
- Union Jack Rough, Union Jack Smooth.
Dick Pape: Initials
Dick Pape revived hundreds of initial caps typefaces. Some came from collections. The unclassified ones include these fonts from 2009 (unless date specially mentioned): Antique Alphabet, Avante Light (2010, avant garde caps), Babylon Initials (2009), Bird Drawings Alphabet (2008), Boast Feder Bold (2010, horizontally-striped caps), Boast Plain Bold (2010), BoldCameo (2009), Clea Initials (2010, nudes), Command (2010), Dover Old Fashion Alphabet (2010, silhouettes), Fancy Nouveau (2010, art nouveau caps), Floral Initials (2010), Flotner Anthropomorphic (2010), Flower Panels Outline (2010), Flower Panels (2010), Flower Vines (2010), Flowery Alphabet (2010), Framed Alphabet (2010), Frankfurt Stempel-Series 52 (2011), Frankfurt Stempel-Series 55 (2011), Garden Nouveau Initials (2010: great art nouveau initials), Genteliza Hand (2011), Gothic Metal Initials (2008), Goudy Initials (2008), Haas'sche 1925 (2010), Humanistic Alphabet 107 (2011, uncial), Humanistic Alphabet 109 Swash (2011), Humanistic Alphabet 110 (2011), In Bloom Alpha (2010), Iniciales Greco (2010, after Richard Gans, 1922), Initialen Feder Grotesk (2010, after Jakob Erbar's 1908-1910 typeface at Ludwig & Mayer), Lichte Jonisch (2008), Light Me Up (2010), Madeleine (2010), Nelma (2011), New Music (2010), Rankin-Initialen (2010: Celtic), Rosart Initials (2010), Sacon Initials (2010: birds, beasts and flowers by Jacques Sacon, Lyon, 1519), Schmale Jonisch (2008), Schriftgiesserei Series 56 (2013: after D. Stempel, 1915), Victorine Embellished (2010).
Download here. [Google]
Dick Pape: ornamental typefaces
Ornamental typefaces made in 2008-2010 by Dick Pape: 2 Cute 4 U (+Block), Abstract Alphabet (2009), Aged Ornaments (2009), Ancient Mortises (2008), Angel Alpha (2009), Angelica Alpha (2009), Ani-Red Jello Alpha (2009), Antique Alphabet (2009), Arabesque Design (2009), Art Deco Dingbat Images (2010), Art Deco Frames (2010), AlphabetArt, AndrewHolmesArtA, AndrewHolmesArtB, AndrewHolmesArtC, AndrewHolmesArtD, AndrewHolmesArtE, AndrewHolmesArtF, Angel Alpha, Angelica Alpha, Ani Red Jello Alpha (2009), AvonInitials, BritishAirwaysNumbers, CaFaitDur, CelticDesignDark, CelticDesigns-Light, Continnental, EckenFlowerBorders, GermanGothicManuscript, KafkaFlourishes, LaxtonCommonRevival, NiceOldAlphabet, Portent, RomanoAlphabet, Weissranken-Initialen, Babylon Initials (2009), Bird Drawings Alphabet (2008), Black Buttons (2010, +Bold), Bold Cameo (2009), Bubble Gum (2010, +Condensed, +Extended), Bultaco (2010, after the motorcycle brand), Cardio Black and White (2010, ECG-inspired), Charcoal family (2010, crayon typefaces), Checkerboard (2010), Chinese Flowers (2008), Chiswick Press (2007), Chocolate Type (2011), ChrisGreen (2010), Calligraphia Latina (2010), Dough (2011), Electronic Alphabet (2011), Elo (2010), EstupidoEspezial1, EstupidoEspezial2 (2010, based on the Hoefler Swash variant of OCR_A), TokoFont, Clip People (2010), Clothes Pin Font, Compass Rose (2008), Coptic Letters (2010), Cubes, Cups, Cute Lolo Animals, Dark Herald (2011, Celtic caps), Dave's Glyphs, Design Images, Digital Auto Sampler, Drinking Scenes, Drinking Utensils, DunHuang Art, Eating Signs, EcoLeaf, Eduardo Recife, Eggs And Milk, Eroding Alphabet Italic (2010), Extra Initials, Extra Ornaments, Fantasy Butterflies, Fantasy Dragon FX, Fantasy Monster Skulls, Far Away Places Images, Festival Books Borders, Festival Books Initials, Festival Books Ornaments, Fire Letters, Fire Letters Cameo, Fire Letters Monospaced, Fire Letters Monospaced, Floral Initials, Florentine Initials, Florentine Initials Reverse, Flower Panels, Flower Panels Outline, Flower Vines, Fresh Fish, Funky (2010), Funny Numbers, Furore Mexican (2011), Futorisugi Face, Garden Nouveau Initials, Gill Canterbury Capitals (2011), Give me a break, Gothic Metal Initials, Goudy Initials, Graph Glyphs (2010), Halbfette Egyptienne (2008), Hat Dance Alpha, Haunted Initials (2010), Hellenic Sketch (2010), Hollandisch-Gothic (2008), Holly Alpha, Hula Ribbon, Hula Ribbon 2, Hula Ribbon1, Humanistic Alphabet 106 Italic (2011), Humanistic Alphabet 108 (2011, uncial), India Designs, Irina Batkova HRG (2010, based on Giger's paintings), Japanese Design Parts, Japanese Design Templates A, Japanese Design Templates B, Jugendstil A, Jugendstil B, Kelt Ornaments 1, Kelt Ornaments 2, Kleft Bold (2011, dot matrix face), Lichte Jonisch, Madeleine Shaded (2010), Mayan Affixes A, Mayan Affixes B, Mayan Main Signs A, Mayan Main Signs B, Mayan Profiles, Mc Call's Magazine, Metal Branches (2010), Mimbres Pottery, Moderne-Zelda (2010, after a Dan X. Solo alphabet), Moderne-Zelda Black, More Drinkings Scenes, Mostly Fish, Moto Bykes, Mythological&Fantastic I, Mythological&Fantastic II, Mythological&Fantastic III, Mythological&Fantastic IV, Mythological&Fantastic V, Mythological&Fantastic VI, Mythological&Fantastic VII, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 1, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 2, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 3, New Music, Objects of Nature, Old English Images, Ondawall Versal (2011, Celtic), Panels&Frames, Parapam (2010), Pinto Inline (2010, +Speckled), Random Doodles, RangeMurata, Rankin-Initialen, Really Black Alphabet (2010), Robu Bold (2010), Rons Old Patterns, Rons Old Patterns Bare, Rosart Initials, Rustic Alphabet, Sacon Inititals, Saks (2010, bilined), Schmale Jonisch, Sea Shells of Nature, Shuttershock Vector Demo, Simple Alphabet, Simple China Images, Simple Doodles, Snails&Slugs, Softsquare, Some Guitars, Soviet Founders, Soviet Life Posters I, Soviet Life Posters II, Soviet Life Posters III, Soviet Life Posters IV, Soviet Propaganda Posters, Splish-Splash (2009), Strange Black Blobs, Tauba Auerbach, The Goetia, Tribal Dividers, Tribal Flames, ViaFaceDon Black, ViaFaceDon Black Hats, ViaFaceDon Outline, ViaFaceDon Speckled, Victorine (2010, Tuscan typeface), Viking Design A, Viking Design B, White Buttons Bold (2010), Wood Type Cheltenham Bold (2010), ZEart Designs, Zelek, Zelek Black, Zelek Boldline, Zelek Shadline. From 2012: French Onion.
Download here. [Google]
Dick Pape: University of South Florida Decorative Letters
In 2012, Dick Pape made 26 fonts, one for each letter of the alphabet, called USFDecorativeLetters. Each font contains a selection of decorative capitals. These fonts were inspired by the The Decorative Letters ClipArt gallery, which offers 855 examples of decorative letters in a variety of styles. Originally developed from 204-2012 by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida, the ClipArt ETC is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse.
Download here. [Google]
Liège, Belgim-based designer of the decorative caps typeface memphis (2014), which is inspired by Memphis Furniture. [Google]
Diego Lara Saltos
Neurotypo (2011) is a free illustrated caps alphabet made by Diego Lara, a graphic designer and illustrator from Cuenca (was: Quito), Ecuador.
Behance link. [Google]
[Dieter Steffmann's Homepage]
Dieter Steffmann's Homepage
FontShop was the name of Dieter Steffmann's foundry in Kreuztal, Germany (not to be confused with the FontShop foundry and font vendor). He made about 600 self-proclaimed "old-fashioned" fonts, and among these many Fraktur fonts. His site became too expensive to run, and is now hosted by Typoasis. Alternate URL. Current list of fonts. See also here. New stuff. Fontspace link. A nice essay about Fraktur fonts accompanies the fonts. News. As Dieter puts it: I am not a designer but I add missing letters to public domain fonts in order to get a complete character set and I hint the fonts and create new weigths (shadow, inline etc.) His Christbaumkugeln font, and how it was made. The font families:
- Acorn Initialen, Adine Kirnberg, Albert Text, Alpine, Alte Caps, Alte Schwabacher, Ambrosia, American Text, Aneirin, Angel, Anglican Text, Angular, Ann-Stone, Antique No. 14, Arabella, ArabesqueInitialen (2002), Argos George, Aristokrat Zierbuchstaben (2002), Ariston Script, Art Nouveau Initialen, Attic Antique, Augusta.
- Baldur, Ballade Halbfett (2002, a font originally designed by Paul Renner in 1937), Barock Initialen (2002), Becker, Beckett-Kanzlei, Behrens-Schrift (2002), Belshaw, Belwe (Gotisch, Vignetten), Benjamin Franklin Antique, Berlin Squiggle Condensed, Bernhard Schmalfett, Bier und Wein Vignetten (2002, also based on drawings from the Bauersche Giesserei), Billboard, Bizzaro, Black Forest Text, Blackletter ExtraBold, Blackwood Castle, Breitkopf Fraktur, Bretagne Gaelic, Brian James Bold, Bridgnorth, Broadcast Titling, Broadway Poster, Brock Script.
- Cabaret, Campanile, Camp Fire, Canterbury Old English (blackletter), Cardiff, Cardinal Anglican, Carmen, Carrick Caps, Caslon Antique, Caslon Fette Gotisch, Cavalier, Celtic Frames, Celtic Hand, Challenge, Chelsea, Chopin Script (2000, identical to Polonaise), Christbaumkugeln, Chursächsische Fraktur, Cimbrian, Circus Ornate Caps (2001, Western), Cloister Blackletter, Coaster Black, Coelnische Current Fraktur, Colchester Black, College, Courtrai, Coventry Garden, Cruickshank.
- Davy's Dingbats, Debussy, Decorated Roman Initials (2003), Deutsch Gotisch, Deutsche Zierschrift, Devinne Swash, Digits, Direction, Dobkin Script, Domino, Dover, Driftwood Caps, Due Date, Duerer Gotisch, Duo Dunkel (+Licht), Durwent.
- Easter Bunny, Easter Egg, Eckmann-Schrift, Egyptienne Zierversalien (2002), Ehmcke-FrakturInitialen, Ehmcke-Schwabacher Initialen (2002), Eichenlaub Initialen, Eileen Caps, Eisenbahn (2002, based on train vignettes at Bauersche Giesserei), Elzevier Caps, Enge Holzschrift, English Towne, Epoque, Erbar Initialen, Estelle, Evil of Frankenstein, Express.
- Faktos, Fabliaux, Fancy Card Textura, Fat Freddie, Faustus, Fenwick Woodtype, Fette Deutsche Schrift (2002, a revival of a Rudolf Koch font from 1908), Fette Egyptienne, Fette Haenel Fraktur, Fette Trump (2002, original by Prof. Georg Trump, 1936), FetteKanzlei (2002), FetteSteinschrift (2002), Fette Thannhäuser (2001), Firecat, Flaemische Kanzleischrift, Flowers Initials, Forelle, Fraenkisch (2002), Fraktur Schmuck, Fraktur Shadowed, Frederick Text, Futura Script.
- Gabrielle, Gebetbuch Fraktur, Gebetbuch Initialen, Germania (2001, a revival of the 1903 blackletter typeface by Heinz König called Germania as well), Germania-Versalien, Ganz Grobe Gotisch, Gille Fils Zierinitialen (2002), GingerbreadInitials, Globus, Gloucester Initialen, Gorilla Black, Gotenburg A+B (2002), Gothenburg Fraktur, Gotische Initialen, Gotisch Schmuck (2002, Fraktur), Goudy Initialen, Goudy Medieval, Goudy Twenty, Goudy Thirty, Grange, GrenzschInitials, Grusskarten-Gotisch, Gutenberg Textura.
- Haenel Fraktur Fett, Hansa, Hansa Gotisch, Hansen, Happy Easter, Harrowgate, Hazard Signs, Headline Text, Hercules, Herkules, Hermann-Gotisch (2002; after an original by Herbert Thannhaeuser, 1934), Herold (2002), Hippy Stamp, Hoedown, Holla, Holidayfont, Holtzschue, Honey Script (2006, after a Filmotype original from the 1950s), Horror Dingbats, Houtsneeletter, Humboldt Fraktur (2002-2005; after a font by Hiero Rhode, 1938).
- Iglesia Light, Isadora Original.
- Jan Brady, Journal Dingbats, Jahreskreis (seasonal dingbats, 2002), JSL Blackletter Antique, Jugendstil Ornamente (2002).
- Kabinett Fraktur, Kaiserzeit Gotisch, Kanzlei, Kanzlei Initialen (2002), Kalenderblatt Grotesk, Kashmir, Kinder Vignetten (2002), KingsCross, Kinigstein Caps, Klarissa, Kleist Fraktur + Zierbuchstaben (2002), Koch Antiqua, Koch Antiqua Zierbuchstaben (2002), Koch Initialen, Koenigsberger Gotisch, Koenig-Type (2002; a Jugendstil Fraktur originally designed by Heinz Koenig, 1907-1910), Kohelet, Koloss, Konanur Kaps, Kramer, Krone Bold.
- La Negrita, Lautenbach, Legrand, Lemiesz, Lettres ombrées ornées (2002, based on a typeface by Schriftgiesserei J. Gillé, 1820), Linolschrift, Lintsec, Liturgisch + Zierbuchstaben (2002), Logger, Lohengrin Fraktur, Long Island Antiqua, Louisianne Black (bold upright connected script), Ludlow Dingbats.
- Mainzer Fette Fraktur, Marker Felt, Marketing Script, Marlboro, Maximilian (2002, Fraktur font and decorated caps based on Rudolf Koch, 1914), Mayflower Antique, Medici, Mediaeval Caps, Menuetto, Messing Lettern, Metropolitain, Middle Saxony Text, Moderne Fraktur, Monats-Vignetten (2002, based on drawings by Franz Franke for Bauersche Giesserei, 1920), Montague, Monument (2002, original by O. Menhart, 1952), Mordred, Morgan Twenty-Nine, Morris Roman Black, Morris Initialen.
- Napoli Initialen, Neptun Gotisch, NeugotischeInitialen, North Face, Nougat ExtraBold, Nouveau Drop Caps, Nubian.
- Olde English, Old English Five, Old Town, Old London.
- Packard Antique, Paganini Text, Pamela, Parsons Heavy, PaulusFranckInitialen (2002), Penelope (2000, Victorian), Peter Schlehmil (2002, based on work by Walter Tiemann, 1918-1921), Peter Schlemihl Fraktur, Picture Alphabet, Pilsen Plakatschrift, Pinewood (2003, like wooden branches), Pinocchio, Plakat-Fraktur, Plakat Antiqua, Plastisch (2002), Plum Script, Pointage, Polonaise (1999), Polo Semi, Powell Antique, Printer's Ornaments One, Prisma (2003, a four-line typeface inspired by Rudolf Koch's Prisma), Progressive Text, Puritan, Prince Valiant Blackletter.
- Quentin Caps.
- Rediviva, Rediviva Zierbuchstaben (2002), Reeperbahn (aka Rope), Regatta Relief, Reiner Script, Revue Decor, Reynold Art Deco, Rio Grande, Rockmaker, Roland, Rolling No. 1 ExtraBold, Roman Antique, Romantik Initialen, Romantiques (2002), Rondo, RosemaryRoman, Roslyn Contour, Rossano, Rothenburg Fraktur, Royal Initialen, Roycroft Initialen, Rudelsberg (Munich Jugendstil style, based on Otto Eckmann's Eckmann from 1901).
- Saddlebag, Saloon ExtraBold, Saltino, Salto, Sans Plate Caps, San Remo (Paris (art) nouveau style), Savings Bond, Schampel Black, Schmalfette Fraktur, Schluss-Vignetten (2002, also from Bauersche Giesserei), Schmale Anzeigenschrift + Zierbuchstaben (2002), Schwabacher, Sebaldus-Gotisch (2002), Sentinel, Sesame (2000), Shaded (2002, a take on Sans Serif Shaded by Stephenson, Blake & Co. Ltd., Sheffield), Sholom, Showboat Caps, Shrapnel, Siegfried (2001, art nouveau, based on a typeface by Wilhelm Woellmer), Simplex, Sixties, Snowtop Caps, Starburst, Steelplate Textura, Stencil Display, Subway, Supermarkt.
- Tanach (Hebrew), Tannenberg Fette Gotisch, Thannhaeuser Fette Fraktur, Thannhäuser Zier (2002; original by Herbert Thannhauser, 1937/38), Theuerdank Fraktur, Thorne Shaded (2002, a shaded didone based on a Robert Thorne design of 1810), Tierkreiszeichen (2002, Zodiac, based on drawings by Franz Franke for Bauersche Giesserei), Tintoretto (2000, after a Schelter Giesecke original), Titania, Titling Roman Antique, Tobago Poster, Tone And Debs, Tonight, Topic, ToskanischeEgyptienneInitialen (2003), Transport Pictorials, Tribeca (2001, after a David Rakowski original), Trocadero Caps, Trucker Style ExtraBlack, Turtles, Typographer Caps, Typographer Fraktur (2002), Typographer Rotunda (2002), Typographer Subway (2011), Typographer Textur (2002, Fraktur), TypographerGotisch (2002, Fraktur), TypographerWoodcutInitials (2002), Typographer's Schmuck-Initialen.
- Uechi Gotisch, Uncialis Deutsche, Unger Fraktur Zierbuchstaben, Unicorn.
- Vadstena Rundgotisch, Varah Caps, Ventura Bold, Verve, VictorianInitials, Victorian Text, Viking, Vivian, Vogeler Initialen (2002), Volute.
- Walbaum Fraktur, Wallau Deutsch, Wallau Rundgotisch, Wallau Uncial and Wallau Zierbuchstaben (2002; originals by Rudolf Koch 1925-1930), Walthari Text, Washington Text, Waterloo Relief, Wave, Weiß Initialen, Weiss Lapidar (2002, revival of a typeface by Emil Rudolf Weiss), Werbedeutsch (2002, original by Herbert Thannhaeuser, 1934), Westminster Gotisch, Wharmby, White Bold, Wieynk Fraktur (now also in OpenType), Wieynk Vignetten, Will-Harris Caps, Woodcut.
- Yellow Submarine Font, Yonkers, Yorktown.
- Zallman Caps, Zentenar Fraktur, Zentenar Zier (2002; by F.H.E. Schneidler, 1937), Zierinitialen 1 (2002), Zierinitialen Two (2002; based on Deutsche Zierschrift by Rudolf Koch), Ziffern und Pfeile, Zither Script, Zodiac Pictorials.
A set of TeX service files for many of the decorative caps fonts was published by Maurizio Loreti from the University of Padova.
The collection is now also available in OpenType. Fontsquirrel link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. Abstract Fonts link. Home page. [Google]
Digital Type Foundry
Digital Type Foundry is James Banner's (extinct) Seattle-based foundry that produced typefaces such as Angelic, Bamberg-Initials, Bamberg, Burton, Caxton-Initials, Daggers, Enochian, FetteFraktur, Fraktur, Futhark-Gothic, Futhark, Hebrew, Hermetica, Titling-Ornaments-1 and Turkish, around 1991-1992. Some fonts can be downloaded for free at Fontspace. He wrote: I started making fonts in 1988 and still produce work, although as it became more difficult to upload my work or share it using the University of Michigan FTP server, I haven't released much. Most recently, I issued the Geoffroy Tory initial letters as a Type 1 font and separately as EPS files as Freeware. I've produced 20-30 fonts since the DTF Volume Three bundle package came out.
The foundry disappeared. The licensing today is unclear.
Fontspace link. Old URL. Defunct URL. [Google]
Buenos Aires-based designer of the floarl caps typeface Amazonia (2015). [Google]
Designer in Bandung, Indonesia, who created the ornamental caps typeface Oculus (2012), a custom design for Sirkus Garut based on Georgia.
Behance link. [Google]
Foundry, est. 2007 by Jonathan Bennett, who is located in Caerphilly, Wales. Bennett designed these typefaces:
- The unicase typewriter (Courier-like) typeface shown here.
- MyFonts sells Lazar (2007, an ultra fat art deco typeface inspired by work of El Lissitzky), Kubrickle (2008, in block, swash and kitchen tile shapes), Rody (2007, a counterless slab serif related to Russian deco), Diglossia (2007, a fat geomeric slab serif).
- DaFont has a free copy of Diglossia.
- Dialogue (2007) is an artistic sans typeface for short texts (see also here).
- He is working on this blackletter.
- At FontStruct, they made parallel (2008).
Alternate URL. Dafont link. [Google]
This used to be a wonderful page, but Michelle Dixon seems to have retired from the font making business. There used to be five shareware dingbats fonts: African Ornaments One, Cave Painting Dingbats One, Mayan Dingbats, Pre-Columbian Ornaments One, and Printers' Ornaments One (Mac PS), plus about 45 other original fonts (not shareware). In her wonderful collection, the following of Michelle Dixon's creations stand out: Arrighi Copybook, ItalianMosaicOrnaments, Beautiful, LondonHouse, Love Letter Typewriter, Gaudy Medium, Rusty Nail-Medium (the last four are all old typewriter fonts), and the display fonts Isla Bella (art nouveau), La Negrita, Arty Nouveau, Victorian, Art Nouveau Fonts, Bad Dog-Black, Berlin, Caslon Frenzy, Dixon's Vixens Caps, AntiqueMonoTW, DangerousTypoWriter, Elegant Nouveau Initial Caps, Fruitbasket, Matador, Manhattan, Modern Scribe, Ovid, Spillage, Tacos, Tolstoy, Typewriter, Love Letter, Basketcase, ChiliPepperDingbats, Postage Stamps, Garish Monde, Taco Modern, and Beautiful Ink. All fonts are between 5 and 30 dollars a piece, but often there are four fonts per face. In August 98, the absolutely gorgeous calligraphic font Beautiful Ink became available as a 10USD shareware font in Windows TrueType. Many designs are by Blake Haber, who is Michelle Dixon's husband. Located in Santa Barbara, CA.
Dafont link. Alternate URL. [Google]
During her studies in Kuala Lumpur, Diyana Amir designed Bunga (2013), an ornamental caps typeface based on Kebaya Nyonya embroidery designs in Melaka Malaysia. [Google]
Russian type designer who made the calligraphic greetings typeface Gala 72 (2012) and Congratulatory (2010: Latin and Cyrillic) and the curly psychedelic all-caps typeface Lemonchello (2011). More greetings typefaces were added in 2015: Congratulatory 2.0, Congratulatory Happy Birthday, Congrats 36, Congratulatory New Year And Christmas, Congratulatory Womens Day. [Google]
Designer of the art nouveau headline typeface Initial with Curls (2007). [Google]
[Amry Al Mursalaat]
Jakarta, Indonesia-based designer, b. 1994, of the free typefaces Love You (2015, letters on blocks), Batavia Kota (2015, shadow typeface), Raditas Cartoon (2015), Soekarno hatta (2015, octagonal), Bhineka Tunggal Ika (2015), Sweet as Revenge (2015, graffiti font), Pagi Jakarta (2015, comic book style), Desminore (2015), The Minion (2015), Indah Papuaka (2015, outlined shadowed typeface), Merdeka (2015, a dripping blood font), Awan Nusantara (2015), Docallisme On Street (2015; shadow graffiti font), Cheerful Party (2015), Super Docallisme Has Pattern (23015, a patterned, textured typeface), Hero Do Call (2015: a shadow font), Party Chocolate and Soda (2015), Cheese Cake (2015), Crayon Social Art (2015), Bali Tolak Reklamasi (2015), Nusantara (2015, decorative caps), A Ryal Black Block (2015), The Super Ryal 2015 (2015), Doraemon Slalala (2015), Grateful Sound (2015), Dadapaw Friends (2015), Cartoon 1994 (2015), Valentine Radita (2015, dot matrix), Sally Ross (2015, dot matrix), Juni 2009 (2015), Dear Raditas (2015, a dada typeface), Docallisme HAS (2015) and Minirus (2015, constructivist).
Typefaces from 2016: Ry-Tha (alphadings).
Typefaces from 2016: Melankolia, I Will Wait.
Dafont link. Another home page. [Google]
Seoul, Korea-based designer of several decorative Latin caps typefaces in 2015. [Google]
A resident of Peterborough, UK, graphic designer Dominic Le-Hair created Ribbon (2009, multiline caps), Tribbon (2009, a free layered font family that can be tested here), Frankenface (2009) and Clipper (2009, experimental). Spykado (2009) is an electric-discharge-meets-Luc's-hair font. Hyaline (2010) is a bicolored affair---letters only appear after overlaying colored glyphs. Gas Alphabet (2013) emulates a gas furnace.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Graphic illustrator in Aliso Viejo, CA. Creator of a decorative monster alphabet typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
Poilly-sur-Tholon, France-based graphic designer who drew a funny alphabet in 2010. Here is his first complete font, called The First One (2010). Behance link. [Google]
Illustrator and designer. Seattle-based creator of Elfabet (1981), an ornamental caps face. This typeface, consisting of elves in various positions, was digitized by "Fontfan" in 1999 and can be freely downloaded here. He has several other illustrated alphabets. [Google]
Douglas Crawford McMurtrie
American designer (1888-1944) credited with these typefaces:
- UltraModern (1928, Ludlow; with Aaron Borad and Leslie Sprunger). This sans has slightly concave strokes. Spiece Graphics (Jim Spiece) created Ultramodern Classic SG (1996), based on the 1928 design of McMurtrie. At MyFonts, one can buy a Red Rooster version of Ultra Modern digitized by Steve Jackaman.
- McMurtrie Title (Conde Nast Press): shaded capitals with thin flat serifs. The typeface is based on Rosart.
- A version of Garamond (1929, Ludlow), designed with Robert Hunter Middleton. There is also a Font Bureau version of Garamond, FB Garamond (Text, Display), digitized in 1992 by Jill Pichotta, based on the original design in 1929 at Ludlow by McMurtrie and Robert Hunter Middleton.
Creator of Bracelet Victorian (Tuscan Ornate, Victorian) New&Old in 2001. He writes: Scanned from Tschichold's "Treasury of Alphabets and Lettering" (Norton) and painstakingly digitized. For another typeface based on the same alphabet, see Romantiques (2002, Dieter Steffmann).
In 2013, he reappeared at Fontspace and posted these free Victorian / Western / circus style ornamental caps typefaces: Gardenia Victorian, Radiant Antique, Caliope Victorian. All three were scanned from Dan Solo's Victorian Display Alphabets in 2001.
Fontspace link. [Google]
Brazilian resident who specializes in original grunge designs. His typefaces are mostly free. Some commercial typefaces are available via Creative Market.
Typefaces from 2016: VTK Raladeira, VTKS Rough Col, VTKS Integral, VTKS Voluntario (brush script), Vtks Burning (curly and bewitched), Vtks Simplex Beauty (ornamental caps), Vtks Raladeira, VTKS Black Hair (a fun irregular brush script), VTKS Felicidade (script).
Typefaces from 2015: VTKS Love U, VTKS Mockup, VTKS Academy, Family, Poster (grunge caps), Hunt, VTKS Articles (Treefrog-style script), VTKS Sonho (Treefrog), Lounge Set, Vacancy, Red Line, Old Mobile, Raining, Happiness Always, Good Day, Nicely, Desgaste (spurred), Basic Lines, Water Lily.
Typefaces from 2014: VTKS Painel (brush), VTKS Motor (hand-crafted), VTKS Super Funny, VTKS Tender Love (vampire script), Limpeza (signage script), Delicious, VTKS Hotel, Propolis (brushy script), VTKS Rash (irregular hand), Pedra Azul (vampire script), MRD 67 VTKS (grunge), VTKS Samanbaia (Treefrog-style script), VTKS Channels, VTKS Dreamer, VTKS Money, VTKS Belinha (inky script), VTKS University (striped typeface), VTKS Classicuda, VTKS Authentic, VTKS Burning, VTKS Modern Look, VTKS Beta, VTKS Bandoleones, VTKS Pedra Bruta (rough brush script), VTKS Recover MB 1, VTKS Simplex Beauty, VTKS Dirty Letters.
Typefaces made in 2013: VTKS Rust, VTKS Easy Work, VTKS New One, VTKS Old Tee, VTKS Free Soul (Victorian), VTKS Have A Nice Day (grunge), VTKS University, VTKS Piscina, VTKS Divertida, VTKS Modern, VTKS Lovely, VTKS Back To Basics, VTKS Sujinha, VTKS Inked, VTKS Grungy, VTKS Thanks You, VTKS Love Is Everything (curly font), VTKS Dura 3D (showboat Western), VTKS Youth Spirit, VTKS Lightness, VTKS Premium, VTKS Authentic (a calligraphic brush script), VTKS Rafia, VTKS Have A Nice Day, VTKS Classical Hit, VTKS Lumina, VTKS Dirty 2, VTKS Good Day (Treefrog-style hand), VTKS Boutique, VTKS Storm 2 (grunge).
Typefaces made in 2012: VTKS Street Vision (graffiti font), VTKS Show, VTKS Lounge Set, VTKS Total Flux Disturbed, VTKS Total Flex Clean, VTKS Love Love, VTKS Ballerina, VTKS Contrast, VTKS Friendly, VTKS Orbital, VTKS Exame (dirty stencil face), VTKS Future (stencil face), VTKS Fresh, VTKS Laundry, VTKS Curumin, VTKS Citrino (a spurred inline face), Vtks Squizita (grunge), Vtks Blank, VTKS Broadband, VTKS Logic (grungy texture typeface), VTKS Expert (grunge), VTKS Worker, VTKS Chalk 79 (chalk font), VTKS Vinte e Cinco, Good Vibration, VTKS Bagacao, VTKS Message, VTKS Keystorm (texture face), VTKS Scratch, VTKS Minus, VTKS Fail, VTKS Busseta (dymo label font), VTKS Assign, VTKS Carrier (grunge), VTKS Lovers Italic, VTKS Good Vibration 2, VTKS Encounter (grunge), VTKS Natural, VTKS Seven.
Typefaces made in 2011: VTKS Message (grunge), VTKS Lovers (frilly), VTKS Carrier (grunge), VTKS Contact (texture typewriter face).
Designs from 2010 include VTKSSIGNOFTIMES, VTKSSIGNOFTIMESbold, VTKS Unidade, VTKS Scream, VTKS Personal, VTKS Noise (texture face), VTKS Mint, VTKS Legal (Treefrog-style hand), VTKS Fresh Mint, VTKS Ink, VTKS Study (a sketch face), VTKS Morning Rain (+3D, +Bold), VTKSEMBROIDERY, VTKSLowRider, VTKSLowRiderBox, VTKSREVERSO, VTKSREVERSOOPTIONB, VTKSURBANTIME, VTKSURBANTIME3d, VTKSURBANTIMEbold, VtksBeautifulDreams, VtksVictory, vtksRudeMetalshadow, vtksarmy, vtksarmy3d, vtksshow, vtkssolution, vtkssolution3d, vtkssolutionbold, vtkssuper, vtkswhitepage3d, VTKSCOMIC, VTKSHIGHLIGHT (2010, a sketched face), VTKSHIGHLIGHT2, VTKSHIGHLIGHT3, VTKSXtra, vtkscrazytime, vtksmorningrain, vtksmorningrain3D, vtksmorningrainBOLD, VTKS Trunkset, VTKS Control, VTKSCURVE, VTKSDOWNTOWN (chalk or brush face), VTKSLOVEANDPEACE, VTKSSOLUOCRIATIVA, VTKSSOLUOCRIATIVADOIS.
In 2009 he designed vtks Water cristals, vtksControl, vtkskeystorm, vtkstrunkset, VTKS Distress (grunge), VTKS Deja Vu, VTKS Giz, VTKS Sunny Day, VTKS Mercearia, VTKSRASURADA (grunge), VTKSSABONETE (grunge), Vtksespinhuda (grungy), and vtkssbadodechuva (grungy).
In 2008, he created VTKSSKULLS, VTKS Focus (curly letters), vtksRascunhoErrado (hand-printed), vtksanimal2 (brush/paint), VTKSFLOWERSINOURSOUL, VtksRelaxingBlaze (double script), Quadrada e Gordinha, VTKS Velhos Tempos (great scratchy script face), Squizita, Mural, VTKS Revolt, VTKS General Use, VTKS Good Luck For You, VTKS-BEAUTY, VTKS-CHIP-SET, VTKS-CHOICE, VTKS-CORE, VTKS-No-Name, VTKS-SKULLZ-ME, VTKS-SummerLAnd, Vtks-Blank, Vtks-FININHA, Vtks-Hardness, Vtks-Noba, vtks-alcalina, vtks-caveirada, vtks-squares, vtks-syndicate, VtksCapsLoco (all caps), VtksEntulho (grunge), VtksSonho (elegant scratchy script), vtksalcalina, vtkscaveirada (grunge), vtkstrutagem (grunge), VTKS Encantar (grunge).
In 2007, he designed VtksDesgaste, VtksWineLabel, VtksWineLabelTwo, VTKSBlackLabelNormal, VTKSBlackLabelNormalFilete, VtksBlack, VtksBlackLabel, VTKS Untitled (grunge), VTKS-News-Label, VTKS-ROCK-GARAGE-BAND, VTKS-SCRUBBED, vtks-REPORT-erRoR, VTKS Clean, VTKS Easy Way (informal outline lettering), VTKS Hardness (grunge), VTKS Mural (scratchy script), VTKS Alpes, VTKS No Name (ornamental caps), VTKS Beauty (ornamental caps), VTKS Refused (grunge), VTKS Gore, VTKS Estilosa, VTKS Bandana, VITKS Furious, VITK Colagem, VTKS36, VTKSDearLove (curly lettering), vtks38 (double-lined hand), vtksLemonDrop (comic book face).
Fonts made in 2005 include D_OLD_MODERN, D_OLD_MODERN2, Scretch (scratchy face), Busseta, D Old Miner, Assign (handwriting), Fail (grunge) and Minus (scratchy face).
Pay fonts include Beautiful Dreams, Black, Black Label, Bronze Age, Desgaste, Design Pencil, Embroidery, Funny Lines, Good Vibrations, Keep Your Mind Clean, Low Rider, Mixed Job, Natural Style, Number Zero, power Age, Sexy Lines, Shadow, Urban art, Victory, VTKS V2, Warrior, Wine Label, Xtra.
FADU-UBA link. Fontspace link. Fontsy link. . Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. Creative Market link. Old URL. [Google]
Croatian graphic designer. She created a revival of a XVIth century ornamental caps typeface in 2010. [Google]
A CSS tutorial on defining drop caps in CSS. [Google]
Great drop caps font archive (shareware/freeware). Plus three Celtic fonts from Bay Animation Inc's Kelt family. [Google]
DStudio, or Design Studio, is run by Nikolay Dubina, a prolific type designer. He is also a graphic designer, book designer and journalistic writer. He also runs the educational web site ProDTP. Their original Latin/Cyrillic fonts are of the highest quality, and include: Werewolf (2003), Werewolf NU (2003), DS Cosmo, DS Yermak, DS Eraser, DS Showbill, DS Poster Pen, DS Progress, DS Podd Cyr, DS Down Cyr, DS Comedy Cyr, DS Japan Cyr, DS Standart Cyr, DS Zombie Cyr, NewDeli, Stylo, Scrawl, the wonderful DS Nadejda, and DS OlymPix (2001, a pixel font), DPix8Pt (2003, pixel font), DS-Diploma-Bold, DS-Diploma, DSArmyCyr, DSBroadBrush, DS Brushess, DSComedyCyrBold, DSCyrillic, DSDiploma-Bold-Outline-DBL, DSDiplomaArt-Bold, DSDownCyr, DSEraserCyr, DS Initials (ornamental caps), DSJapanCyr--Normal, DSKolovrat, DSMechanicalBold, DSMotterHo, DSMotterStyle, DS Nova Black, DSPixelCyr, DSPoddCyrLight, DS Poster, DSPosterPen, DSProgress-SemiBold, DSRada, DSRussiaDemo, DSSharper, DS Sholom (Hebrew simulation), DSStain, DSStampCyr, DSStandartCyr, DSUstavHand, DSVTCoronaCyr, DSZombieCyr, InavelTetkaCyr, NadejdaBold, NewDeli (great display font!), Scrawl, SeedsCyr-Medium, Stylo-Bold.
Direct access. More direct access. Some fonts are here. DS Century (2000).
Dafont link where one can find DS Goose, DS Motter, DS Arabic and DS Stamper. Old URL. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
Celtic and Gaelic truetype font archive. Has Celtic MD Decorative with Drop Caps and Cló Gaelach (Colum Twomey, 1993), for example. [Google]
Serbian graphic designer located in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia. Cofounder in 2009 with Slobodan Jelesijevic, his father, of the Serbian foundry Tour de Force. Creator of these typefaces:
- Dusan Script (2009, Ascender: a monoline informal hand-printed script).
- Artvod (2009, slabby and octagonal at the same time).
- Qiltray (2009, handwriting for long texts).
- Punkerro Crust (2009, delicious scratchy type).
- Rough the Type (2009, blackboard style).
- Shuma (2009, handwriting).
- Dolina Script (2010).
- Econs (2010, ecology dingbats).
- Sensor (2010, an ink-trap monoline face).
- Enforcer (2010, an elliptical headline sans).
- Epruveta (2009).
- Passage (2010, a great art deco family, including Initials and Borders).
- Amanet (2011). A flared display face.
- Osmacka azbukovica (2011). A Cyrillic font made by his kids in school.
- The clean-cut semi-humanist sans family Centim (2011).
- The Egyptian typefaces Saxophone Soprano and Saxophone Baritone.
- Debelly (2011), one of the best typefaces to come out of Tour de Force. They say about this elegant fat poster face: Debelly is catchy fat typeface, with lovely geometric shapes. Inspired with contrast strokes, with square joins, Debelly gives an impression of retro style combined with contemporary trends. It is designed specially for packaging, posters, logotypes or headlines, even it can be pretty handfull in smaller sizes. Contains 375 glyphs.
- Epitet (2011). A simple monoline family built around elegant elliptical shapes.
- Refren (2012): A monoline script face.
- Equator (2012): An avant-garde caps headline family.
- Brisko Sans (2013). A straightforward sans family. Extended to Brisko Display (2012).
- A day before Serbia was crushed by the Belgian soccer team, Dusan published the organic sans typeface Publio (2013).
- Kamenica (2013). A display sans.
- Nervatica (2013). A children's book font.
- Lasta (2013) is an informal serif typeface advertized as poetic.
- Selektor (2013). A geometrical almost techno sans family. This was followed by Selektor Slab (2013).
- Bartender (2013). A copperplate typeface.
- Lumier (2013). An all caps geometric sans family inspired by art deco posters from the interwar period. Followed by Lumier Texture.
- Scholle (2014). A bouncy two-style inline family with cartoonish elements.
- Hedon and Hedon Display (2014). A hedonistic sans that exhibits the sort of contrast one finds in inscriptional types.
- Lumberjack (2014). A bouncy fat cartoon typeface. Not to be confused with Thiago Bellotti's Lumberjack (2013, Mushroom Type), it was renamed 24 hours after its first appearance to Lumberjacky.
- Trampoline (2014). A funky typeface.
- Dondolare (2014). A primitive hand-drawn typeface.
- Balcon (2014) and Balcon Round (2014, a condensed rounded sans).
- Scripton (2015). An urban wall brush type.
- Manzello (2015: a workhorse text typeface).
- Pleyo (2015). Hand-crafted, perhaps for children's books.
- Dusan Script (2015).
- Fartitudo (2015). Just for the name alone, this typeface deserves a medal. Fartitudo is a 3-style hand-crafted all caps poster family in a genre that was kickstarted by Pintassilgo in Brazil.
- Avram Sans (2016).
- Dambera (2016). A connected script, perhaps suitable for children's books. Crazymond (2016). Hand-crafted semi-connected script.
Behance link. MyFonts link. His most popular typefaces showcased. Fontspring link. Klingspor link. View Dusan Jelesijevic's typefaces. [Google]
During his graphic design studies in Belgrade, Dusan Todorovic created two great display typefaces, Future (2013) and Bugi (2013). Bugi is a white-on-black poster font that adds pizzazz to a page. [Google]
Creator of the vector format ornamental caps typeface Vallifont (2013). [Google]
Phoenix, AZ-based designer of the The Devil's Alphabet (2015). Behance link. [Google]
During his studies in Farnham, UK, Dylan Johnston created the pixelish ornamental caps typeface Modular (2013). [Google]
Type designer from Jackson Heights, NY, who created an ornamental caps face for Oxford University Press in 1944. [Google]
Eduardo Manso Sayao
Brazilian designer of the hand-printed all caps typeface Ruchedo Basico (2007). [Google]
Art director at Leo Burnett in Milan. Creator of the ornamental caps typeface Ritheart (2012). [Google]
Brooklyn, NY-based creator (b. 1989) of the ornamental caps typeface Cityscape (2012). Other typefaces done for various clients in 2013 include Seabeam, Neon and Songbird Thin (a stencil face).
Behance link. [Google]
Creator of CurlyHogRunes (2007), a gorgeous Celtic illuminated lettering font that is part of the Open Font Library. Alternate URL. [Google]
Moscow-based designer who created Squareline (2014), a monoline compass-and-ruler typeface with a squarish techno look. She used Russian symbols, patterns and shapes in her initial caps typeface Russian Font (2014). [Google]
Illustrator in Quito, Ecuador, who created an unnamed ornamental caps alphabet in 2013. [Google]
Lancaster, PA-based designer of Kiddie Sampler (2011) and Elaine (2006, curly hand-printed face).
In 2012, she went commercial via Creative Market. Her fonts there include Kiddie Things Dingbats and Victoriana Caps (2012).
Fontspace link. [Google]
Elaine Fong (Illinois) made illustrated drop caps for Scott Thomas's book Designing Obama. [Google]
During her studies in Cape Town, South Africa, Elara Aitken designed Basic Bites (2015, a fruit and vegetable-themed all caps alphabet). [Google]
London-based graphic designer who graduated from Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Creator of the inline caps typeface Betsy Works (2011). Behance link. [Google]
Electric Blue Cat
During her studies in Lille, France, "Electric Blue Cat" designed the decorative caps typeface Futurama (2016). [Google]
Judith Sutcliffe (Audubon, IA) is the Electric Typographer (est. 1986, Santa Barbara, CA). She has made absolutely exquisite highly original typefaces, which are sold by many foundries and vendors, including Will-Harris.
Her typefaces: Abelard (1988, mediaeval), LeonardoHand (Da Vinci's handwriting--greeeeaaaat), Lutahline (clean hand-printed family), ArabiaFelix, Petroglyph (nice dingbat series), AuntJudy, BlockParty, PetroglyphHawaii, ItalianAElectric, TaglienteInitials (another great calligraphic font), TommysType (letters on a clothesline), Kiilani, and Troubador (1988-1989, mediaeval) and Troubador Initials (1989). Atomic Type sells her fonts. Other fonts: Petroglyph Hawaii (1993), Daylilies, Greene, GreeneGreene, Insecta, Leaves, OldstyleChewed, Finfont, Flourish, Hawaii Set, Maskerade, Santa Barbara Electric (1989, a Lombardic / uncial face; + Barbara Svelte, + Barbara Plump), Schampel, Electric Stamps, Daly Hand, Kiilani, Mesopotamia (1992). Emodigi site. At Will-Harris House, we find these fonts by Judith Sutcliffe: Catastrophe, Tommy, Daly Hand and Daly Text (based on the casual calligraphy of Pacific Northwest artist George Daly), Finfont (fish), Daylilies, Leaves, Flourish (calligraphic family), Greene&Greene (architectral lettering), a Hawaiian set consisting of Kiilani, Hibiscus (alphadings), and RockArt dingbats, Insecta (dings), Oldstyle Chewed, Leonardo (neat handwriting of DaVinci simulated), Petroglyphs, Schampel (blackletter), Serpent, Maskerade (masks), Tagliente (nice old-fashioned lettering and caps).
FontShop link. Another FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Amsterdam-based designer. Behance link. Creator of the ornamental caps typeface Fantastica (2012). [Google]
Gothenburg, Sweden-based designer of a robot style ornamental caps alphabet (2012). This is perhaps not a font yet. Behance link. [Google]
Elif Karabulut (Eskisehir, Turkey) created a teardrop and ball terminal-laden set of didone caps and called it Ivy Bodoni (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Located in Tbilisi, Georgia, Elika designed Onion Alphabet (2012, ornamental caps). [Google]
Student at the University of Western England in 2011. Creator of the ornamental caps typeface Decay (2011, FontStruct). [Google]
Elizabeth McGuirl (Sea Cliff, NY) studies graphic design at Rochester Institute of Technology. She created Deadly Decay (2012, an all caps ornamental typeface inspired by coral). [Google]
Clawson, MI-based graphic designer, b. Michigan. In 2015, she created a full set of Cyrillic drop caps. [Google]
During her studies, Uherske Hradiste, Czechia-based Elizabeth Ruzicka designed the floriated decorative caps typeface Ex Natura (2016). [Google]
Los Angeles-based creator of a typeface called Body Print (2014). Behance link. [Google]
San Diego, CA-based designer of a decorative caps alphabet in 2014. [Google]
Hamburg-based designer and illustrator, who created an ornamental caps alphabet based on stamps called Stamp Collection (2012). [Google]
Ellie Cobb (London) created an untitled decorative textured caps typeface in 2013. Behance link. [Google]
Elsa Z. Mersayeva
Belgium-based Elsa Mersayeva is unique. She writes about herself: I'm all about typography, matryochkas, Paris, pirates, funny people, urban culture, Bukowski, red nails&messy hair, gangsters' bandanas, huge golden earings and unicorns. Her Chambéry typeface (2011) has elements of the Arts&Crafts movement. Sailor (2011) is an ornamental caps face. [Google]
Emil Karl Bertell
Graphic designer in Krakow, Poland. Creator of the display typefaces Casa (2013) and Penguin (2013) and of the ornamental intials Inicjaly (2013). [Google]
Nanaimo, BC-based student designer of the decorative caps typeface Flora (2014). [Google]
As a student in San Diego, CA, Emily Kluzak created a decorative hand-crafted alphabet (2016). [Google]
Marseille, France-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Barbershop (2016). Behance link. [Google]
Leeds, UK-based designer of an unnamed decorative caps alphabet (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Manchester, UK-based designer and student there in 2012 at the University of Salford. Creator of the ornamental caps typeface Early Bird (2012). This typeface was published at Salford Type Foundry in 2012.
In 2013, she published the paperclip and circle-based typeface Continuous.
During her studies in Rochester, NY, Emma Brooks designed the ornamental caps typeface Seals (2012). [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Auckland, New Zealand, Emma Takiwa created the ornamental caps typeface Maori (2013). [Google]
Illustrator in Minneapolis, MN, who designed a colorful splashing water decorative caps typeface in 2016. Behance link. [Google]
Empty Page Studio
Lukasz Kulakowski, a Polish graphic designer in Dublin and Baile Atha Cliath, Ireland, created the free typeface Mosaic Leaf (2011), which was inspired by Akzidenz Grotesk typeface. In 2012, he published Orbits (a prismatic multiline face, done with Zbyszek Czapnik).
Typefaces from 2013 include the free display typeface Rhubarb Display Font (a condensed art deco sans caps family for Latin and Cyrillic done with Zbyszek Czapnik). In 2014, he created the tweetware font Christmas Time.
Emptypage Studio is presently located in New York City. [Google]
Encre et Lumière
French calligraphy blog. It has some nice examples of 14th through 16th century writing.
- Commonplace book - Plimpton MS 276, England, 16th century.
- Ms Coste 134, lettres cadeaux A and E (ca. 1399-1433), taken from the work of notaries Andreas Pererii, Johannes Pererii, Raymondus Pererii and Johannes de Bereysiaco, in Terrier de l'obéance du Grand Comtal du chapitre cathédral de Saint-Jean de Lyon.
- Ms Coste 134: same reference, but letter P only.
French government site about illuminated initials. [Google]
Graphic designer in Guadalajara, Mexico, who created Handphabet (2014). [Google]
Barcelona-based illustrator. Graduate of EASD Serra i Abella, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelon, andUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya. In 2015, he created the decorative and gory typeface Gorecedario (2015). [Google]
E-phemera (was: HPLHS Prop Fonts, and earlier: Prop Fonts)
[Andrew H. Leman]
Andrew Leman is a prop designer in Hollywood, CA. The type foundry HPLHS Prop Fonts (was: Ephemera, Prop Fonts) was started by Hollywood's Andrew Leman, and is now located in Pasadena, CA. Some fonts are free, most are commercial.
Dafont link. Klingspor link.
Andrew Leman's fonts:
- Cablegram (2001, old typewriter face, T-26).
- Garamold (2007, 2 styles).
- Journalistic (2007, a blackletter inspired by the nameplate of a New England newspaper from the 1920s).
- Blackburn (2006, distressed).
- RTemporal (2006, blackletter).
- Fonts in the HPLHS series, dated 2002: HeadlineTwoHPLHS, OldStyle1HPLHS, OldstyleItalicHPLHS, OldstyleSmallCapsHPLHS, Rogo, SlabSerifHPLHS, TelegramHPLHS, WW2BlackletterHPLHS, WW2BlackltrAltHPLHS, HPLHS-Lovecraft Cursive and Block (replica of H. P. Lovecraft's own handwriting), HPLHS-Autograph Lanier (replica of the 1875 handwriting of Sidney Lanier, a 19th century American poet), HPLHS-TextSerif (really Linotype Antique No. 1), HPLHS-TypoScript, HPLHS-TextSerif Oblique, HPLHS-Bulfinch, HPLHS-Colwell, HPLHS-Colwell Italic, HPLHS-Cromwell, HPLHS-National Oldstyle (after Goudy's font by that name), HPLHS-Post Monotone, HPLHS-Atlas Italic, HPLHS-Italic, HPLHS-Victoria (from the 1923 ATF book), HPLHS-Manuscript Caps, HPLHS-Tome Pi, HPLHS-TypoGothic, HPLHS-Copperplate Roman, HPLHS-Gothic520, HPLHS-Times Gothic, HPLHS-Persnickety, HPLHS-Roman Engraved, HPLHS-Mercantile, HPLHS-Mercantile Oblique, HPLHS-Mercantile Card, HPLHS-Headline Modified, HPLHS-ExtraExtra, HPLHS-Extra (wood type), HPLHS-Forsythe, HPLHS-MetroThin, HPLHS-MetroLight, HPLHS-MetroMedium, HPLHS-MetroMedium Italic, HPLHS-MetroBlack, HPLHS-Policy Gothic, HPLHS-Black Gothic, HPLHS-Gothic Compressed, HPLHS-Black Condensed, HPLHS-Black Oblique, HPLHS-Electro Gothic, HPLHS-Blackletter (an irregular hand-drawn textura font based on the lettering of French heraldic engraver Charles Demengeot).
- The E-phemera Font Collection, available from MyFonts, which includes these fonts, with a majority being retro or script typefaces: Policy Gothic (2012, an eroded caps face), Mooseheart (2012), Operapolitan (2012), Fishwrapper (2012), Fred (2007, inspired by a 1930s typeface by Fred G. Cooper), Schreibweise (2007, a pirate-flavored font inspired by a hand-lettered manuscript dating from 1492), Cablegram-Regular, Golden Ticket-Base, Cablegram-Urgent, Golden Ticket-Fill, Cablegram-Madras, Golden Ticket-Highlight, Cablegram-Ottoman, Julius Klinger (2003, based on 1925 fabric lettering by Julius Klinger), Cablegram-Zagreb, DMV Printer, Landry Gothic, Telegrafo, Toronto Gothic (2003: worn wood type or letterpress emulation, close to Condensed Titling Gothic #11), Vogue (pencil-lettered caps), Penitentiary Gothic (+Fill, +Lolite, +Hilite, +Shadow), Chicago House, Compliments (+Upright), Satisfaction (script based on 1930s cigarette ads), Vandal Broke Extra Juicy, Lanier (2004), Impersonal. The Cablegram and DMV series are typewriter fonts. Heck Italic (2010) is based on captions, labels and legends appearing on 19th-century maps and natural history engravings by Johann Georg Heck. Dai Vernon (2010) is based on the handwriting of card magician Dai Vernon.
View Andrew Leman's typefaces. View the E-phemera typeface collection. [Google]
Eric D. Carver
Eric Carver (Kansas City, KS) designed the condensed squarish caps typeface Fong (2011, a typeface inspired by the artwork of Barry McGee) and the scratchy typeface Ghetto Palm (2011). [Google]
Eric Vasquez is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer. Eric has a BA in Graphic Design from the New England Institute of Art in Boston. In 2012, he created the ornamental caps typeface Royal Highness. Creattica link. [Google]
Erica Sirotich (San Francisco) iwsmages inspired by children, animals and anthropomorphic critters. She designed Creature Alphabet (2012) for a children's print for Cuddlefish Press. These letterforms are based on the Adelle Basic font from Type Together. [Google]
Graphic designer in Ixtapaluca, Mexico, who created the decorative 3d typeface Portillo (2014). [Google]
Kiwi graphic designer based in Auckland. Behance link. His fonts include Cirone (2009, art deco), and Enever (2009, techno). He is working on the ornamental capitals typeface Mad Alphabet. [Google]
Erik Marinovich (Croatia) runs Friends of Type. He is the creator of some neat type posters in 2009. In 2010, he made more typographic posters. Police&Thieves (2011) is an illustrated caps alphabet (font?). FAC13 (2011) is an experimental alphabet.
In 2015, he designed the retro Viktor Script with James Edmondson at Oh No Type. [Google]
Creator of a bilined caps typeface in 2012: Typeface inspired by the Melbourne Cup horse races. I wanted to mix the timeless elegance of serif typefaces with the glamour of the Melbourne Cup. The font was inspired by the beautiful feathers on the hats, the bubbling champagne and the swift, smooth movements of the horses. [Google]
Fontstructor who made Erika Puf (2012, ornamental caps). [Google]
O'Fallon, MO-based designer of an ornamental caps alphabet based on ballet (2013). [Google]
Erin Armstrong (Atlanta, GA) created the Sci-fi Fantasy Alphabet (2011, all caps). [Google]
Turkish creator of the gorgeous all-caps brush script Silk Road (2009) and of Grafitrk (2009, graffiti face). Another alias: Selman Ay. [Google]
French designer interested in medieval and renaissance art. He created two free fonts at Devian Tart: Gothique Cursive V.II (2007, a medieval hand), 1413 Cursive (2006) and Hans Holbein (2006, decorative caps based on Hans Holbein's work: La Danse Macabre, 1523, and L'Alphabet des Enfants, 1532). See also here. [Google]
American vector artist. Designer of Charged Insomnia (2008, LED font), Mezzanine (2007, ultra-fat), S.O.T.D. (2006, 1890-style caps face), Dog Star (2006, modeled after the Sirius radio font), Blowback (2007, display face), Alpha (2006, outline pixel face) and Pf Animals (2006, a stencil typeface modeled after Pink Floyd's "ANIMALS" album). [Google]
Bandung, Indonesia-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Nusantara Bali (2015). [Google]
Lucaz Mathias (Estudio Cao, Jacarei, Brazil) designed the blackboard bold art deco typeface family Bink (2012), the experimental typeface Tupiaria (2015), and the gorgeous colorful ornamental caps typeface Latinidad (2015).
Behance link. Home Page. Behance link. [Google]
Photographer Eszter Herczeg earned her Bachelor degree in graphic design at Visart Academy of Art and Design, Budapest. She designed the (naked) Body Typeface (2013). [Google]
During his studies at Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL-based Ethan Barber created Regal Triumph Sans (2015, avant garde), Rubber Flex Sans (2015) and Cacti (2015, decorative caps). [Google]
Creator, ca. 1900, of this romantic art nouveau alphabet. [Google]
German designer of the ornamental caps Verzierte Anfangsbuchstaben für Liturgisch (1988), to accompany Otto Hupp's Liturgisch (1906). [Google]
Khabarovsk, Russia-based designer of the ornamental typeface NRG (2013). [Google]
Shanghai-based designer of a set of (Latin) initial caps inspired by Chinese folk art (2014). [Google]
Eva Barabasne Olasz
Ireland-based designer of Zenfyrkalt (2015, decorative textured caps), Papyrus EBO (2015), and Cirkus (2015, curly font). In 2016, she designed Dood Leafs, Pypats, the textured typeface Zensyrom, Doodlowers, Doodletters, Woodys, the stylish display typeface Lynzer, the curvy Roucorns, the sans typeface Dyane, the pendant typeface Proxanys, the display typeface Chowes, the bubble-themed Amydor, the textured typeface Bubbles, the sketched typeface Stone Story, the mask dingbat font MaskbyEBO, the curly decorative all caps typefaces Zsylett and Zsynor, Rythmus and Popcorn. [Google]
Everyone's favorite Halloween fonts
Lists of Halloween font names. Mentioned are: Deathhead Kelt Caps, Mephisto, Spider Webb, Spirits, Headstone, Bat Ben, Pumpkinese, Monsters Attack!, Solstice of Suffering, Abaddon, Laderbog, Munster Mash, Pirate, Blood Feast, Bonz Display Caps SSK, Tombstone, Oogie Boogies, Scarecrow, Monsto Caps, Groovy Ghosties, Creepy Graves, Bones, Bloody, Spiderman, Zombie, Graveyard, Halloween Match, Blood of Dracula, Headhunter, Spooky, Bone Black, Transylvania, Fossil, Anhedonia, Blue Cake, Cramps, Creature, Demon Night, GreenFuz, Haunt, Horror Hotel, Karloff, PostCrypt, Rocky, Schlop, Eency Weency Spider, Satanic Participants, Halloween Spider, Scary Monsters, Skull Capz, 4YEOHalloween, rmghost4, RMSpider2, Halloween Kiddy Font, Punkins, Gravestone Bats, Helloween 2. [Google]
Aka Drosselmayer. Evgeniy Litvin is the Ukrainian designer (b. 1990) of the free (Latin) sharp-serifed caps typeface Capitel Gothick (2012).
Dafont link. [Google]
Graphic design student at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. During her studies, she created the fat comic book style Cyrillic typeface called Dancing (2012). Earlier, in 2009, she created the ornamental Latin caps typeface Masked Ball Font.
Behance link. [Google]
Davis, CA-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Girly Alphabet (2014). [Google]
Warsaw-based graphic designer, who created the free dry brush typeface Mazak and the experimental decorative caps typeface New Color Font in 2015. Behance link. Behance link. [Google]
Exclamachine Type Foundry
Choz Cunningham (b. 1975, Santa Cruz, CA) is a Las Vegas and more recently, Nashville, TN-based designer and artist, who set up Exclamachine in 2005. Until 2012, exclamachine published free fonts. In 2012, it went commercial via MyFonts.
Designer of Whiskey Songs (2007), Crass Roots, Crass Roots Alt (2016), and Crass Roots OFL (2007, stencil), Misqot (2006), The Troubles (2006), Limberjack (2006, an ornate wood titling font), this blackletter-inspired serif face (2006), Futurelic (2006, futuristic), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times Bold (2005, grunge), Sketchy Times (2005, grunge), Basket of Hammers (2005, a nice wallpainting/graffiti font). His company, also called Exclamachine Foundry, where these fonts can be downloaded: The Black Bloc (2006, blackletter-inspired), MISQOT (2006), Kutura Frontalis (2006), PaulMaul (2006), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times (2006), Carlos Caffeinated (2006), Basket of Hammers (2006), Disc Inferno (2006, LED simulation), Rosda Laevigata)2007, handprinting), and this heavy metal band font (2006).
In 2012, Choz published the commercial typefaces MISQOT (scratchy) and Paul Maul XT (irregular hand-printed face).
Typefaces from 2013: FinFang (comic book style caps), Lestatic Slashed (+Condensed), Lestatic Obsidian Outline (grungy), Lestatic Lashed (Arabic simulation face), Lestatic Celerite, Lestatic Carved, Lestatic CSS, Lestatic Withered Condensed, Lestatic Withered, Lestatic Sliced.
Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Home page. Fontspace link. [Google]
Exclamations (or: The Boutons)
[Gary David Bouton]
Gary David Bouton and Barbara Bouton's site is called Exclamations. In 2015, Gary went commercial as Gare.
Their typefaces: International Symbols (2015, an icon font), Twooth (2015), Greek Diner Inline (2015, based on Carol Twombly's Lithos), BifurOverlay (2015, an overlay font based on Cassandre's Bifur (1929)), Bouton Kursiv (2008), Odissey (2008), Russel Write (2010), Elephants and Bears (dingbats), GreekDiner Inline, GeotypeTT (1997), WebKnobsTT (1997), Beacon (2008, a Schwabacher), BOUTON Nouveau Ornaments II (2009), BifurFoundation (2010), BifurOverlay (2010, after Cassandre's Bifur), Frankfurter Venetian (2008, fat rounded horizontally striped all caps face), Folks (medieval caps), Nouveau Rococo Deco Dings I (2008, art nouveau ornaments), Simulata (2006, geometric deco typeface with Bifur influences), Whimsy (comic book font), SymbolsTT (1998, charityware dingbat font).
Exclamations link. Alternate URL. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Faak and Paat Studio
Faak and Paat studio in Bordeaux, France, created the ornamental caps typeface 26 Type (2013). Free download. [Google]
Frank Béla (b. 1978, Orosháza, Hungary) is a graphic design student at Krea Art School in Budapest who uses the pseudonym Fabergraph. Home page. Blog. In 2010, he started out commercially as Faberfonts. Dafont link. Behance link. Klingspor link.
He created the ink trap font Portrait Of A Lady (2009), FR Irisz (2009, didone family), Pontifex (2009), the hand-printed Munkácsy 1120 (2009), the unicase Reka Sans (2009), the thick-thin Azur (2009), the simple sans Babyface (2009), the medieval sorcery font Elmulas (2009), the Valentine;s Day font Sapet (2009), the avant garde sans family Hopper Sans (2009) and the ultra-fat typeface Rendezvous (2009). Callimachos (2009) is a fun triple-lined hand-printed headline typeface (with a Cyrillic version added in). Azur Title Font (2009) is a hairline slabbed typewriter type. Pasta Simpla (2009, followed by FR Pasta Mono in 2010) is another experimental jewel. Hobbista (2009) mixes symbols and glyphs. FR Rama Nous (2009) is a free modular font. In 2009, he also made Arrow, Enamel Paint Type, Belonging (Roman caps).
Commercial fonts made in 2010: FR Unalom, FR Sniccer (stencil), FR Ceruza, FR Minta (a dingbat typeface to make labyrinthine patterns; +Two), FR Tabula (beveled face), FR Smaragdina, FR Mintry One and Two (pattern fonts), and a custom alphabet for Esquire Russia, FR Hopper (monoline sans family).
Activity in 2011: A didone-inspired typeface called MFA Dagi that was was commissioned for a catalog of an exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest, Hungary). [Google]
[Fabulous Rice Fonts]
Fabulous Rice Fonts
Fabrice Ducouret (Fabulous Rice, b. 1981) was a Paris-based film maker and designer. He uses the funny pseudoname Subarashi Sakana. His home town is Chatenay-Malabry but he currently lives in Berkeley, CA.
Fabrice created Kwaliteit (2007, dymo label font), Message in a bottle (a simple hand-printed face), Scrawling, Smoothie (primitive hand), Diskoboll (2002), Colcothar (2008, African bold sans), April 16 (2008, child's script), Fly Leg (another children's hand), No Futur (2008, grunge), GeoffDarrow (3d hand-printed outline face), Fabrice Handwriting, and Anthracite (2003, shaded metal surface simulation).
In 2010, he went commercial. His commercial typefaces include Tar Teen (2010, an art deco all caps family).
In 2012, he published commercial versions of these fonts: Smoothie (hand-printed), Peau Lisse (ornamental caps), Open Hype (hand-printed), Kwaliteit (grunge), Herod (grunge), Fontaine (hand-printed), Ferric (hand-printed caps), Fabrice (hand-printed), Dumb Thick (hand-printed), Deadly Thin (hand-printed), Darrow (outlined 3d face), Colcothar (a great hand-drawn poster face: based on a calligraphic alphabet I often use for my comic books, my film title sequences, or my notebooks), Bold Mine (hand-printed), Ask for Damage (hand-printed), April 16 (child's hand), Anthracite, 3X3 (dot matrix).
Sworded (2015) and Metal Cry (2015) are great layerable typeface families.
View Fabrice Ducouret's typefaces.
Dead Dafont link. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Designer of the EPS format children's font Pastel (2015), Masking Tape Alphabet (2015), and Donut Vector Font (2015). [Google]
French designer of The Hand (2013, hand-printed caps codesigned with Julien Saurin, La Goupil), The Serif Hand (2013, also with Julien Saurin), Insolente (2013, a connected script typeface done with Julien Saurin at La Goupil), Neo Phoenician (a straight-edged rune simulation font done with Julien Saurin at La Goupil, 2013), Naive (a curly hand-printed typeface family done with Julien Saurin at La Goupil, 2013), and of Naive Inline (2013, La Goupil: blackboard bold, layered) and Naive Inline Sans (2014).
Typefaces from 2014: Pontiac Inline (by Fanny Coulez and Julien Saurin---a classy almost art deco inline caps font with layering and shadow and other effects).
Typefaces from 2015: Pontiac (also with Julien Saurin).
Typefaces from 2016: Naive Line Sans, Naive Line. A great all caps hand-crafted sans serif font designed by Fanny Coulez and Julien Saurin. [Google]
Illustrator in Budapest who designed the ornamental caps alpahbet Hy Type in 2012. In 2013, she created Addiction Type. [Google]
Fat Font Files
Small archive of big font files, typically dingbats and initial caps. [Google]
Galali, Bahrein-based designer of the decorative floral caps alphabet Sakura (2014) and the ornamental alphabet Anime (2014). She also created some pictograms in 2014. [Google]
Fayth Foo (Singapore) created the watercolor alphabet Riviera Illuminati in 2013 during her advertising studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. [Google]
British poster artist who drew a roman capital alphabet (maybe even a typeface) for the Empire Exhibition in Wembley in 1924. [Google]
[Emil Karl Bertell]
Fenotype, a Finnish typefoundry, has the original (often techno) designs of Emil Bertell (b. 1983, Helsinki) and his brother Erik Bertell and wife Kea Bertell. Emil has been studying graphic design at University of Art&Industrial Design in Helsinki since 2004. He designed most of his typefaces during 2001-2004, and works as a freelance illustrator. Behance link.
Typefaces made in 2002: Disco (prismatic), Lakmus, Valimo, FUTU, Test1, Foton Torpedo, Cheaptype, Personal Computer, Copycut, Unicode 0024, HKI Metro, HKI NightLife, Digital Kauno, Fenotravels (dingbats), Tivoli, Kosmonaut, 10124, JouluFonttiFenotype, Testi, 1laitos, 1120, 0629 (2002, a kitchen tile font), 0927, 0210, FTdingsprevi, Fenotypedings#lego3, Genotype, NeoPangaia, NeoPangaia 2, Nipponblocks, Pectopah, Personalcomputer, Pouttu, Samarin (2002, athletic lettering), Unicode0024, URALphat, URALthin, URAL, URAL3d (all Latin/Cyrillic fonts with incomplete punctuation though), Automania (multiline), Copycut, Halo, 222_2003, Tantor, Letters, Rikos, Lastu, ThreeTheHardWay, Bukkake, Halo. Emil's brother Erik designed Neon (paperclip face), Mama and Mama Round (paperclip typefaces). In private email, he calls himself Carl. The foundry evolved from 2theleft.
Fonts made in 2003: Military Dingbats, 08 02 03 Fenotype, Projectsfenotype, Rock-it.
Fonts made in 2004: Scandinavian Titan white, Scandinavian Titan, Acid Test 2, Acid Test (texture typefaces), 080203, Letters11, Linja, Projects, Rock it, Simpletype. Commercial typefaces: Sapluuna, Shortcut, Transeuro-Express, Omega-Uros, Fenotype Dings, Military Dingbats, Nippon Noodle. Typefaces made in 2004: Kolari, Kolari Light, FTfaces, Twisted Ontogenesis. Alternate URL.
In 2005: RoundAbout, Nihilist Philosophy, Boogie Monster, Chunky Hunk (Western), Diy Typeface (kitchen tile style), Futuretro (stencil-like), 3TheHardWayOverrun, Pedant Dilettante, FT Rosecube, FT Blockbuster, 3TheHardWayRMX, Adios Gringo (Western face), Helsingfurt (3d oil glow face), Cream Soda (liquid), Thashed Paper Bag, Big Medium.
In 2006: Rock It Deluxe (grunge), Cassette (dingbats), Kings Garden (Japanese trees as dingbats).
MyFonts link, opened in 2009, where one can buy 080203, 3 The Hard Way Overrun, 3 The Hard Way RMX, Adios Gringo, Depth Charge, FT Helsingfurt, FT Roundabout, FT Scandinavian Titan, FT Twisted Ontogenesis, Ice Cream Soda, Kings Garden, Kolari, Nihilist Philosophy, Old Note, Rock It, November Script, and Majestic Mishmash (ransom note caps), Digital Kauno (2002, upright script), 10.12, EB Vintage Future, Fenotype Dingbats, FT Forest, FT Funghis, FT Military Dingbats, FT Weapon of Choice, Motel Xenia, URAL, Valima.
Additions in 2010: Linguine (connected script), FT Telegraph (slab serif), FT Brush, FT Industry Machine, FT Giorgio, Killer Elephant (signage), FT Supervisor (retro), FT Dead Mans Diary (scribbly), FT Grandpa Script (grunge calligraphy), FT Stamper (angular lettering), FT Tantor (fat, rounded), FT Bronson (fat display typeface with mustache dings thrown in), FT Master of Poster (bi-level display typeface with many ligatures and interlocking letters), FT Hidden Forest (tree dingbats), FT Mammoth (grotesque headline face), Rikos (futuristic), Squarendon Extra Bold (2010, a Clarendon), FT Moonshine Script (a Treefrog style face), Billboard (a hand-printed rounded caps family), EB Bellissimo Display (rounded monoline sans), Malamondo (an all caps display typeface with a large number of interlocking ligatures), Linja (2002 and 2010, a rounded ultra condensed family), Punavuori (2002 and 2010: a monoline sans family), Signor (2010, a rounded all caps family), Mrs. Lolita (connected script), Funghi Mania (mushroom dingbats), Funghi Mania Script, Darlington (very open upright connected script family), Archipelago (+Caps: an upright connected script), Tower (pieces that enable one to modularly construct towers when stacked; created as a school assignment at the University of Industrial Art&Design Helsinki in 2006), Monster (just as Tower but for monsters), Verna (informal face with ball terminals), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna).
Typefaces from 2011: Pepita Script (an upright connected script with small lachrymal terminals), Pepito (its nonconnected version), Barber (upright script family), Banzai Bros (a fat caps-only signage face), Mishka (an upright connected script with tear drop terminals).
In 2012, he created Salamander Script, Taiga (connected upright script), Mercury Script (a set of upright connected script typefaces), Slim Tony (a bubblegum retro signage face) and Mercury Ornaments.
Typefaces from 2013: No. Seven (a successful brushy signage or baseball script), Alek and Alek Ornaments (an upright signage script), Voyage (a vintage script), Barracuda Script (brushy signage face), Bonbon (signage script), Bonbon Ornaments, Scaramouche (a playful connected script).
Typefaces from 2014: Larry (sturdy connected script), Silver (upright connected script), Powder Script, Peaches And Cream (creamy signage or baseball script), In and Out (a connected retro signage script), The Carpenter (a script family in the style of Mercury Script).
Typefaces from 2015: HMS Gilbert (a collection of 14 hand-crfated vintage types), Lager (a signage script family with adaptable swashes and other opentype goodies), Vanilla Shot, Journey (a smooth and elegant vintage script family of four weights and a matching ornament set, packed with alternate characters, and, in Bertell's style, perfect connections between glyphs), Tea Biscuit (signage script), Skipper, Skipper (connected script), Frost (a signage typeface that is just right, a sure award winner), Monday (sign apinting typeface).
Typefaces from 2016: Inkston (vernacular brush script together with the standard hand-crafted sans and text styles), Beaujolais (brush script), Black Script (a heavy signage script), Beaujolais (an organic brush script), Cold Brew (signage script), Inkheart (tattoo style).
Dafont link. Behance link. Creative Market link. MyFonts interview.
View the Fenotype typeface library.
View Emil Bertell's typefaces. [Google]
Padang, Indonesia-based designer of Saluak Laka (2014), a decorative typeface with Indonesian influences. [Google]
Fernando Castello Branco
During his studies at UFC in Fortaleza, Brazil, Fernando Castello Branco created Niemeyer (2013), a display typeface that was influenced by Oscar Niemeyer's architecture. [Google]
Fernando Gaverd (Hexagono Design, Santa Fe, NM) created some experimental typefaces in 2011. In 2012, he made the caps alphabet Santa Fe, which is probably not a complete font. [Google]
Fernando Sánchez-Ulloa Pérez
Madrid-based designer of the experimental caps typeface Rat Type (2011). [Google]
Figen Cicek (Ankara, Turkey) created the triangulated typeface Cube Font (2013). [Google]
Designer and digital artist in Porto, Portugal. He made a nice typographic poster entitled Free Tibet (2010), and designed a number of experimental typefaces in 2010.
In 2011, he made Souca (multilined), Ayuthaya (blackletter), Gourmet (art deco), Graphic Monkeys (bilined), a curly face and an ornamental caps face.
Typefaces from 2012: Colambo (an early 20th century grotesk), Honkers (rounded sans).
Behance link. [Google]
Filiz Sahin is an American interactive designer, originally from Istanbul. Her work includes Geogram (2012, an octagonal typeface), Wave Me In (2012, a free wavy EPS-format font), Knit Type (2012, a free stitching font), Stitching Font (2012), Ant Type (2012, another stitching font), Drop Type (2012, a free EPS format ornamental caps face), Spider Type (2012, a modified Helvetica Bold), and a hand-drawn all ornamental caps face (2009). Muscle Type (2012) is a free EPS-format font inspired by bundles of muscles. Sablon (2012) is an organic all-caps type family. Hair Type (2012) consists of strands of hair. Dooooodle Type (2012) are doodled ornamental caps. El Yazi (2012) is a 2d and 3d school script font on EPS format. Cosmo Path (2012) is a free spaceship-inspired EPS vector font. Che's Bone (2012) is a bone-themed typeface. Mood Type (2012, free) is a beautiful EPS-format font that takes inspiration from modern Swedish furniture. Doodleista (2012) is a condensed poster face.
Typefaces from 2013: Look Up (a hand-drawn arrowed poster typeface).
Typefaces from 2014: Mink (free hand-printed font).
Dafont link. Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google]
Two Celtic truetype fonts in this small archive: CelticmdDecorativeWDropCaps.ttf and CelticBold. [Google]
Byelorussian illustrator who fled his country when he was 18 years old. He sold paintings in Moscow and now lives in Amsterdam. His drawings are straight out of the 19th century, ornamental and playful. He is also inspired by the psychedelic lettering of the 1960s. Discussion of his work by Coles. Typefaces, all made or drawn in 2006-2007: Rodopi, Fashion Condensed, Farringdon, Hopkins, Rondell (Western style face), Abramesque (ornamental caps), Mansard Trimmed (19th century emulation), Wedlock, Silverado, Shimmer Wide (cyrillic), Mona (extra-wide slab serif), Flirt Chloe (more 19th century ornamental glyphs), Jubilee (constructivist Cyrillic lettering), Big Cyrillic pixels (many great pixelized alphabets), Cuba, Gingerbread (Victorian), and St. Clair. Alternate URL. Check out his gorgeous country maps designed for the aeroflot in-flight magazine in 2008. [Google]
Graphic designer in Campinas, Brazil, who created the playful alphabet Monster Font (2013). Behance link. [Google]
[Abdul Hapiz Hilman]
Born in 1988, Hilman lives in Depok City (Kota Depok), West Java, Indonesia, and runs Fizzetica Typefoundry or Fizz-Labz Inc, Fizzetica TypeFoundary DepokAsiana Ltd.
Creator of FTF Semar Poenakawan (2016), FTF Bali Myranthee Pro (2016), FTF Jiwarana Aroena 7 (2016), FTF Indonesiana Go Graffitiana (2016), FTF Robornesia (2016), FTF Semar Poenakawan (2016), FTF Indonesiana BatikRetrosphiana (2016), FTF Ahlan Ve Arabez (2010-2016, Arabic simulation font), FTF Minthee Distronesiana (2016, clothing dingbats), FTF Indonesiana Wanangkoe (2016, inspired by the wayang puppet), FTF Minthee Hewante (2011-2016, animal-themed caps in the style of Victor Garcia), FTF Aywave Arty (2016, a Treefrog style script), FTF Indonesiana Aruna Serif (2015), FTF Indonesiana Sans Serif (2015), FTF BALI Myranthee (2015), FTF Indonesiana BatikRetrosphiana Italic (2015, tweetware), FTF Inspillo Mystic (2011), FTF Instillo Packagee (2011), FTF Aywave Arty (2012), FTF Ahlan Ve Abra Retro vl1 (2007, circle-based), FTF Geng Kapak Merah (2013, scanbats), Indonesiana Khatulistiwania (2012), FTF Hutan Rantingee (2012), FTF Indonesiana Serif Hijauwana (2012), FTF Minthee Indonesiana 3th (2012), FTF Semar (2012), FTF Minthee Limo (2012), FTF Inspillo Packagee (2012), FTF Hutan Akarasiana (2011), FTF Leafy Lopstonesia (2011), LomonesiaDingbats (2010, scanbats of cameras), LostPopnicasiana (2010), IndonesianaGoGraffitiana (2010), IndonesianaIsland (2010), IndonesianaScout (2010), IndonesianaSerif (2010), IndonesianaSketchSerifv.1 (2010), the slightly curly serif typeface Indonesiana (2009), FTF Indonesiana Sans Javallonia (2010, grunge), Indonesiana Bramanangkoe Repack (2010), Cellul@rofIndonesianaIsland (2010, Indonesian communication logos), and IndonesianaSerif (2009).
1001Fonts link. Devian Tart link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. Another Dafont link. Facebook link. Fizzetica Typefoundry. Behance link. Creative Market link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Flamula Estudio Criativo
Flamula Estudio Criativo is Frederico Mattos's studio in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Creator of an artistic all caps alphabet in 2015. [Google]
Japanese foundry in Nagoya that offers these free and commercial Latin fonts made by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, who also runs Bagel & Co, Dharma Type, HolidayType and Prop-A-Ganda. Most of his work was done at Flat-It. His typefaces:
- 2016: Bio Sans, Gomme Sans, Quiet Sans, Siro (sans).
- 2014: Pero (condensed rounded organic sans), Kiro (minimalist organic sans), Graphie (modern geometric sans), Compasse (semi-condensed sans), Como (rounded sans).
- 2013: Spoon (organic, rounded, monoline sans family), Antoinette Monogrammes (based on early 1900s embroideries by Janon Co; with frames), Clonoid (a sci-fi family that pays tribute to arcade game logos in 80s and 90s), All Round Gothic Demi (a sans based on perfect circles),Griffon (copperplate titling face), Antique Spenserian (based on Spencerian Script by Mackellar, Smiths and Jordan).
- 2012: Geom Graphic (a retro sci-fi family that can be considered as a squarish version of Eurostile), Sheepman (modular), House of Cards, Space Colony (a lovely monoline futuristic techno family), Rama Slab (an antiqued wood-style slab serif), Rama Gothic. An antiqued sans serif family that recalls the wood type era), Diamond Ring (an art deco typeface inspired by Japanese cosmetics-packaging designs and posters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries), Controller (techno meets organic in this rounded squaris sans family), Revolution Gothic (an extended version of PAG Revolucion), 2008, which was inspired by retro propaganda posters and wallpainting in Cuba from the 60s to 80s; Revolution Gothic P followed in 2014), Diamond Ring (art deco).
- 2011: Yummo (monoline organic sans), Sheepman (based on the wood type No. 506 of William Page), Onick (2011, an art deco neojaponist fat display face done for Wordshape), Shiva (2011, hairline sans), Mocha Mattari (2011, grunge), Dharma Slab (2011, inspired by 1800s-style wood type), Dharma Gothic (2011, +P), Rama Gothic (2011, also inspired by 1800s-style wood type), Dimensions (2011, squarish), Design System (2011, a large family based on 70s style techno typefaces), Speedometer (2011, condensed piano key face).
- 2010: Stereo Gothic (2010: an extended all caps slightly techno sans family), Behrensmeyer Vigesimals (2010, a pixel format connected script), Civilite Vigesimals (2010, pixelized Civilite), Flat10 Arts and Crafts (2010), Flat20 Hippies, Flat10 Segments (2010), Flat10 Antique (2010), Flat20 Gothic (2010), Flat20 Streamer (2009, pixelized ribbon font), Flat10 Fraktur, Flat10 holy, Flat10 Holly, Flat10 Stencil, Flat20 Headline, Flat10 Artdeco, Word From Radio (2008-2010). Cigarette (2007, Bauhaus/Peignot-style type family).
- 2009: African Elephant Trunk (2009), Concrete Script, Concrete Stencil (2009, a stencil calligraphic script), Perfect Magic (2009), HT Maison (2009, signage face), HT Farmacia (2009, connected school script), HT Espresso (2008, upright script), HT Cartoleria (2008, connected script), HT Cafe (2009), Sneaker Script (2009).
- 2007-2008: Bistro Mono (2007, an awkward monoline face), Thousands (2007), Balaghat (2008), Garash Script (2008, a Halloween face), Woodstamp (2008), Banana (2008, brush script), Rebel Train Goes (2008, a piano key font), Rouge (2007, an elegant lipstick-on-the-bathroom-mirror pair of typefaces), Yasashii (2007, a great geometric art deco Broadway-style family), Lily Wang (2006, calligraphic script), Nothing (2007), Garash (2007, Arabic simulation), Moon Star Soul (2007, Western saloon font), Grandes Vacances (+ Une, Deux) (2007), Pansy Bo (2006, calligraphic), Dremie (2007, an art deco headline typeface with Open and Fill weights), Grandes Vacances (2007, based on 19th century billboard letters), Xesy (2007, a fantastic "ronde" high-contrast upright connected script), Deluta Black (2007, a soft blackletter), Cotoris (2007, a 4-style family that takes inspiration from Koch Antiqua and the art nouveau movement).
- 2006: Daisy Lau (2006, calligraphic), Agedage Luxeuil (2006, based on a monasteric script from the 8th century), Agedage Cancellaresca, Agedage Beneventan, Agedage Simple Versal (2006, Lombardic caps simplified), Amsterdam Modern (2006, art nouveau influences), Flat10 [Holly, Holy, Stencil, Fraktur] (2006, a set of pixel typefaces), Machiarge (2006, a heavy connected brushed signage script), Chic Hand (2006, connected script), Double Dagger (2006, geometric stencil family), Fault (2006, an art deco striped lettering face), Killernuts (2006, headline serif typeface with brush stroke endings), Underconstructionism! (2006, a rectangular look family with associated dingbats), Machia (2006, decorative script), Kiwi (geometric hairline), Bagel (roundish comic book face), Jaguarundi (2006, distressed), Boycott (2006, distressed), Tokyotrail (2006, futuristic techno family), Coconut (noisy outline face), Coconut Split, Fresh Tomato (LED simulation), El Piedra (2006, letterpress emulation), Dried Tomato (LED simulation), Dutch Style, Mocha Harrar (great stencil face), 103 (experimental, Bank Gothic style), Airhead, ArealBlack, Awkward, BagelNew, BagelOld, Banbino, Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Bebas Kai (2014: free!), Bebas Neue (2010: free!), Berlin89, Blackout (redesigned in 2011 as the ulta-narrow Dimensions), Boycott (grunge), Built-1970, Bunyan, Busted, Camera (2007), Canstop, Chiangmai (Thai simulation face), DBLline, Dijkstra, Dutchstyle, Fling, Graphite, Harcomaso, Hiexplosive, Hitech, Honeycomb, Junkmix, Kanatypo, KemikalHi, Machia (2006, a calligraphic family), Meegoreng, Mikrob, Natsupopy, Overwork, Palsu, Plamo, Plasitico, REC001, REC002, REC003, Resistance, SQRT, STdigi (LED font), Shandy, Superstar, Tembaga, Tenaga, Tomodachi, Tragedia, Trucker, VRdigital, VRembroidery, Welcome2M, Workaholic, Zeebraa, plot-A, plot-K, Appendix 3, Gesso (grunge), Pusab (2006, ultra round; one free weight), Sushitaro, Typewrong, Celtics Modern (2006, a Celtic family of fonts). At T-26, he published CRZ (2006), Guppy, Ohana (2006, octagonal), Picnica (2006), and Wearetrippin.
MyFonts link. Fontsquirrel link for their free fonts such as Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Boycott, Gesso, and Pusab.
YWFT link. Bagel & Co. link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Dafont link.
View Ryoichi Tsunekawa's typefaces. Kernest link. [Google]
Florence (or: Bombastudio)
Marta Podkowińska is the Polish designer of a few great type logos such as Bomba (2009). She also made the exquisite candy typeface Roisin (2011). Her studio / foundry called Florence operates in Krakow and Berlin.
In 2012, she published Lucrezia, an overzealous decorative caps typeface, and Henry (a free retro script all caps family named after Henry Ford).
Cargo Collective page with interesting posters such as Archer (2011) and Einstein. [Google]
Buenos Aires-based designer of the ornamental initial caps typeface Hindue Blues (2014). Her graduation typeface at FADU / UBA in 2013 was the ultra-condensed typeface Piudel. [Google]
Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse
A source of free clipart---mostly in TIFF format. These include tens of alphabets and almost a thousand initials, as well as many thosands of ornaments. Start page. [Google]
French foundry. Designers of some beautiful often didone typefaces, such as the fat typeface Liliom. They also produced well-known Victorian decorated capitals under the names Romantiques No. 1 through 5. The Egyptian typefaces are called just that, Egyptiennes (Narrow, Bold, Italic). Henry Chaix made the display roman typeface Editor in 1937.
Revivals include Liliom Pro (2012, Ralph M. Unger). [Google]
Big Paris-based foundry, with an extensive factory. Their work can be found in Caractères de labeurs de la fonderie A. Turlot (rue de Rennes, 128, Paris [ca.1896?]), Filets (Paris, 128, rue de Rennes, [ca.1898?]), Spécimen des caractères anciens de la fonderie Turlot (Paris, 1885, and PDF file; see also this PDF file) and Réglure. Fonderie Ch. Derriey, A. Turlot, successeur (rue de Rennes, 142, Paris ). See also "Caractères de labeurs de la fonderie A. Turlot" (1896).
In 1880, they had acquired the Fonderie Charles Derriey. The major specimen book, Spécimen général de la fonderie Turlot, Henri Chaix, gendre, et cie successeurs (1910, 508 pages) [see also here] seems to indicate that the foundry was sold to Henri Chaix in 1910. The latter book is comprehensive. The "Néo-Didot" series mentions Fonderie J.-V. Éor, Turlot, successeur. Other niceties: "signes mathématiques", signes divers, the "Javanaises" (oriental simulation fonts, p. 103), the gorgeous vignettes (ex.: hibou, Japonaise, Nénuphar, Galvanos Modernes), and the hilarious "silhouettes reclames". This book has many illustrations of the start of the art nouveau style. Finally, in 1914, they published Spécimen Général (1914, Fonderie Turlot, Henri Chaix et cie, Paris: 454 pages).
Scan of the caps typeface Lettrines Renaissance. Scans from the 1885 specimen book: Elzevir No. 3, Elzevir No. 3, Filets Elzeviriens, Gothiques blanches, Initiales Elzeviriens. [Google]
Fonderie Typographique Française
Typefoundry in Paris, founded in 1921 by the merger of the firms of Chaix, Marcou, Durey, Huart and Saling. There were several catalogs of their typefaces such as Fonderie Typographique Française Catalogue Général (ca 1925, 798 pages). This site shows many samples from this foundry. The typefaces shown include Amadis (blackletter), Apollo, Ascot, Atlas (1933, an art deco typeface by K.H. Schaefer), Bizerte (art deco), Blanches Saint Germain (pearly caps), Caravelle (1957, the French name of Folio, a Helvetica-like typeface by Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum), Clipper (1951, by Louis Ferrand), Deauville (a charmer that conjures up Les Vacences de Monsieur Hulot), Décor (pixelized and with mosaic effects), Ecriture parisienne (ronde), Editor (1937, Henri Chaix), Estienne, Excelsior FTF (art nouveau), Flash (1953, Enric Crous-Vidal), Garamond FTF, Hélios (a shadowed titling face), Ile de France (by Enric Crous-Vidal), Marocaines FTF, Moscovites, Muriel (1950, a script typeface by Joan Trochut-Blanchard), Normandy, Paris (1953, Enric Crous-Vidal), Pittoresques FTF (1924, Japanese style art nouveau: revival of Pittoresques penchées by Yanick Blancho in 2015 as Koëlh), Psitt (1954, by René Ponot), Ramsès (a tall-legged Egyptian), Stylo (1935, connected script), Swing (art deco), Vulcain (art deco). Apollo is FTF's reply to Renner's Futura. [Google]
Michael Hagemann's creations have a 1850-1920 style or at evoke the Wild West. Font Mesa is located in Naperville, IL.
Free fonts include Cactus Sandwich (Mexican simulation face), Timepiece (originally called Tax Cut), Timepiece 3D, Magic School One and Two (2004, two Harry Potter typefaces), Wild Ride, Corleone (2001: see also here), Corleone Due (2001), MightyRapids (2001: discontinued) and the Ferrari logo font FerroRosso (2002).
Michael Hagemann's commercial fonts by year of production:
- 2001: La Mesa (2001), Maverick's Luck (2001), Desperado (2001), Rio Mesa, Maverick's Luck (based on a bank document from 1876), La Macchina (2001, Lamborghini car lettering)
- 2002: Brewmaster Modern (lettering of Budweiser Racing), Saddlery and Saddlery Post (Western-style caps: a revival of Minaret by Ihlenberg in 1868; Solo calls it Trocadero), FerroRosso (lettering as in the Ferrari logo), Stampede (a family based on lettering used in document from the Chicago, Indiana&Eastern Railway Co. in 1902), Main Strike (a Tuscan font, based on Tuscan Ornate, or Bracelet, fonts that date from before 1860), Red Dog Saloon, Rough Riders (great Western-style caps), Draft Beer.
- 2003: OK Corral (revival of Caslon and Catherwood's Italian from 1821), OK Corral Lined (same as OK Corral with layers; called Italianate Barnum by Dan Solo), Gold Standard (a Tuscan font based on a few letters found on an old Gold Certificate from 1882), Rodeo Clown (based on Carnival), Taqueria, Cove.
- 2004: Bronc Stomper, Open Range, Saloon Girl, Gillé Classic an exquisitily detailed family based on work by Joseph Gillé, 1820's, and implemented elsewhere under the names Circus, Roma and Madame; this was originally called Home Style; some say that the original goes back to Silvestre), Miss Scarlett (Gone with the Wind poster lettering), Open Range, High Noon, Draft Beer Classic (2002-2005, connected 50s script), High Country, American West, West Wind, AmericanPop (Coca-Cola font).
- 2005: Rodeo Roundup (rope font; Solo called it Rope Initials), Algerian Mesa, Conestoga (circus font), Rough Riders (a nice Western font based on the logo of the Beach Creek Railroad Company in the 1860s), Rough Riders Redux, Mesa Pointe (pointing hands, from 19th century sources), Black Pearl (an ornamental blackletter typeface based on an original from ca. 1860; it has two beautiful manicules; some say it is based on an 1860 font called Rimmed Black by West, published by Farmer&Little), Saloonkeeper (inspired by the Leinenkugels brewing label), Wanderer (inspired by the title logo of the TV show The Wild West), Lynchburg (inspired by the Jack Daniels Green Label Whiskey logo).
- 2006: Flat Rock (a revival of Inverted Shaded by Julius Herriet, done at Conner in 1886; Solo calls it Big Cat), Livery Stable (revival of GlypticShaded by Ihlenburg at MS&J, 1878. See also Glyptic and Glyptic No.2, 1878), Happy Holly Day, Main Street (a Tuscan typeface that revives Soutache by Julius Herriet and Bruce, 1873).
- 2007: Birdcage (2007, after a lettering sample in Rob Roy Kelly's American Wood Type book), Lonestar, Lonestar Western, Railhead (2007: 4 styles, a revival of an 1870s type style that was originally available from both Bruce's New York and James Conner's&Sons type foundries called English Two-Line Ornamented No.4; an earlier version was English, done in 1853 by Caslon, Austin, Woods and Sharwoods; and before that, the typeface was created by a German designer in 1849), Flying Dutchman (2007, a revival of a MacKellar, Smiths&Jordan Co Kanzlei-style font from 1876), and Western Sky (2007, a revival of a late 1800s Italian font known as Italian Slab Fancy or Dodge City: it is Italic Ornate from Smith, 1874, MS&J). Country Western (2007, 11 styles; plus versions called Country Western Script and Country Western Swing) is a revival of the classic William Page font known as Clarendon Ornamented originally designed in 1859 and again in 1877 by Vanderburgh&Wells. Abbiente (2007) is his first foray into the world of Bodoni and Didot. Buffalo Bill (2007) is a beautiful Western style font that revives a classic from James Conner's foundry from 1888 [Solo also calls it Buffalo Bill].
- 2008: Gold Rush and Gold Spur (2008) are further Wild West style families, based on typos from the Bruce Foundry, 1865. Silverland (2008, 8 styles; a revival of Ornamented No. 1490 by Ihlenberg, 1874, Bruce) and Belgian (2008, 5 styles; a revival of Ornamented No. 1515 by Julius Herriet, 1861, Bruce) are further revivals of typefaces from the Bruce Foundry.
- 2009: Spanish Main (revival of an old MacKellar Smiths&Jordan blackletter font named Sloping Black, 1896; others mention Witham and MS&J and give the date 1869), Spanish Rose, Black Rose (spiky blackletter based on BlackOrnamented No. 532, Ihlenberg, 1873, Bruce), Bella Rose (2009, blackletter), Broadgauge Ornate (revival of an 1869 Western poster typeface by Ihlenberg at MacKellar Smiths&Jordan). Apple Pie (2009) is some sort of Bodoni Ornate---it revives and extends a William Hagar Type Foundry face, ca. 1850 [MS&J added a lowercase in 1869]. This was followed immediately by Bodoni Ornamental. Hickory (2009) is an ornamental Western face, a revival of an old unnamed font dating back to 1852 and was sold through a few different type foundries including Bruce, MacKellar Smiths&Jordan and James Conner's Sons.
- 2010: Gunsmoke is a Far West font, a revival of a James Conner's Sons font that has been around the block under different names such as Extended Clarendon Shaded, Original Ornamented and Galena [Solo called it Galena]. Night Train is another Far West font.
- 2011: Gold is a multi-style slab serif font family based on the classic Gold Rush (1865, Bruce), with the shadows removed. Images: Gold Black, Gold Thin.
- Undated: Cowboy Serenade (based on Phidian by Ihlenberg, 1870, MS&J; Solo's names: Eureka, Shaded Phidian), Gold Fever (based on Caxtonian, 1878, MS&J), Old Thunder (based on a Tuscan typeface from the 1800s).
- 2013: Great Western, Cowboy Western, Cowboy Rodeo.
- 2014: Magnum Sans.
- 2015: Grillmaster (a basic sans family consisting of 128 fonts).
- 2016: Pitmaster.
Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. MyFonts page. View Michael Hagemann's typefaces. [Google]
This foundry's motto is: Font Soup is an independent type foundry that is primarily targeted at helping students and graduates break into the competitive world of being a type designer. Maze (2009) is a free biline stencil font. Font Soup is run by Phil Kiel, who is finishing the final year of his Graphic Arts Degree at Liverpool School of Art&Design. His typefaces include the Logotype family (2009---techno, with a stencil style thrown in), and the poster fonts Quam, P Warning, P Pong, P Fuzzy and P Maze. Behance link. A second Behance link. In 2009, we find Phil Kiel again at Phil Kiel Fonts. [Google]
FONTana is a font design studio in Szeged, Hungary, started in 1999. Free and commercial typefaces (39USD/piece) by Gabor Kóthay (La Danse, Luxury, Sehrgut (Fraktur), Faximile (1999), L&R (1999), Monsoon (1999)), and Amondó Szegi (Telegdi family, which is based on the worn typefaces used by Abbot Nicolaus Telegdi at the Vienna Jesuit press in the 16th Century; Velorex (1999)). Very beautiful web page, and fantastic fonts in all respects!
Free typefaces: Zodiac (2000), Cards (Gyula Zsigri, 2001), Maldoror, Domino (Gabor Kóthay), Count, Csenge (a Hungarian rune font by Csaba Dávid), Qwerty (Gabor Kóthay, 2000), Y2K (Gabor Kóthay, 2000).
Early commercial fonts: Woodini (caps), Sleeping Beauty (caps), Zimbalo (1999, Amondó Szegi), Pacalsone (1999, Amondó Szegi), Paradox (1999, Amondó Szegi), Construct (2001, Amondó Szegi), Binario (2000, Amondó Szegi), Bikewrench (2001, Amondó Szegi), Cabin (2001, Gábor Kóthay).
At T-26, in 2001, Amondó Szegi published the commercial typefaces MuseFace (art nouveau), Glosso (2003), Xodus (2001, Regular, Italic, Forgotten), Kozma-Ornaments, all showing old Slavonic and/or Armenian influences in Latin letters. In 2000, he made Alian Ornaments (floral ornaments) for T-26.
At T-26, Gábor Kóthay published Adagietto (2000), Minerva (2000), Archetype (2000). At PsyOps, Gábor Kóthay published the formal script Anglia (2001), Berill (2001), and Plexo (2001).
Amondó Szegi's typefaces at T-26: Nexodus (2008, medieval style), Zenthes (2008), Alien Ornaments, Glosso, Iskola (2002, a Victorian typeface done with Silas Dilworth), Kozma (great ornaments), Melico, Melico Ornaments (2004, another great set), Xodus.
At P22, Szegi designed the curly typeface Mantra (2005). Amondó Szegi's Telegdi family is since 2001 available from P22.
At The Type Trust, he created the playful Gepetto (2006).
Typefaces from 2013: Ma (avant-garde, constructivist, done as an hommage to Lajos Kassak), Overdose, Sorry (kitchen tile typeface), Atett (hommage to Lajos Kassak), Street Soul, Samizdat, Velorex (brush script), Zsir (fat octagonal face), Kedves (hipster font).
Typefaces from 2014: Iseum, Pix Gotisch.
Among their custom corporate identity jobs, the Losonczi Hair Salon work (2012) is quite outstanding.
Dubstep (2012) is an experimental triangulated grid-based typeface.
In 2013, Glosso Novum (2013, Fontana Type Foundry), a remastering of Glosso (2003), was published. Nexodus (2013) is a reworking of his 2001 typeface Xodus, with new ornaments and zodiac signs, and more weights. Xodus (2001, Regular, Italic, Forgotten) revives work by Miklós Kis Misztótfalusi (Nicholas Kis), who was one of the first designers of Armenian type: He prepared his first set of exotic types before September 1685 for the Armenian printing house in Amsterdam. It was the knowledgeable mayor of Amsterdam who requested that those types be founded. These types were used to print the mayor's (Nicolaes Witsen) work entitled Noord en Oost Tartarye. Misztótfalusi's name appears in the colophon of the book. Later, in 1687, he found Georgian types, which were, in many respects, similar to the Armenian set. Since there was no printing house in Georgia, he designed the types on the basis of some manuscripts. Unfortunately, as legend has it, the types never reached the Georgian court, which had commissioned Misztótfalusi to design them. They were either lost or stolen somewhere in Sweden. However, a sample sheet survived and was found in 1980 in Amsterdam. It may seem to make no sense to re-Latinise the types of Misztótfalus, who himself was a great master in founding Latin types, and for whom Armenian types meant the first step in a new direction.
Typefaces from 2016: Crave Sans.
Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Behance link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic. Picture. Behance link. Dafont link. Typegoodness link. YWFT link.
- Typefaces from 2008: Cubic (3d face), Clou (cloud-like letters), Colo (double-lined and geometric), Snail, Blou (very thick and counterless letters).
- Typefaces from 2009: United Sans (sans family), Uni Sans (another (the same?) sans family), Kare (psychedelic), File (fat face), Zag (7-style monoline sans with tear drop terminals; it include Zag Drps and Zag Deco), Clou (cloudy letters), Facet (Black and Ultra: paper fold typefaces), Noveu (psychedelic, art nouveau), Pastel (brush face), Rolka (round ultra-fat and curly lettering), Val (rounded fat), Kvant (severe and octagonal), Duplex (fat techno), Avatar (ultra fat black), Dovde (bubbly, co-designed by Maria Karkova), LOT (fat art deco), MOD (ultra-fat), Oval (rounded sans), Quad (octagonal outline), Portal Strips and Portal Black (hyper-experimental geometric typefaces), Prisma (more ultra-fat experimentation) and Wigan (Wigan Thin and Bold of this paperclip typeface appeared in 2014).
- Creations in 2010: Hero (free sans family), Null (ultra fat, free), Aston (a modern high-contrast rounded display face), DAN (free piano key font; Dan Pro is not free though), Solomon (headline sans family) [Images of Solomon: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii], Dox (ultra fat geometric poster face), Sudoku (a geometric display family with several biline and triline styles, done with Fontan2), VAL Stencil (a stencil in which repeating letters makes them tilt the other way; free), Code (2010, a fantastic monoline sans family; images: i, ii, iii, iv, v), Dekar (techno), Clipdings Web, Clipdings Travel, Clipdings Graphic Arts, Babydings, Artdings, Reader (Light, Bold: avant garde sans), SAF2010 (comic book/signage: well, Jan Erasms, the designer in 2006 of Menyaka for FIFA WC 2010 is not happy, calling SAF a blatant imitation), Age Free (free fat organic face), GOTA (a free fat finger sans face).
- Typefaces from 2011: Gabriel Sans (grotesk family), La Boheme (signage face), Qero Mite (an organic monoline sans), Code Pro (caps only clean sans headline family), Solomon Sans (a headline monoline sans family).
- Typefaces made in 2012: Nexa (a geometric sans in 16 styles), Nexa, Rex (free octagonal family for Latin and Cyrillic), Hagin (free), Intro (26-style superfamily in the Futura style) and Intro Inline (free Futura-style family for Latin and Cyrillic). Intro Condensed was created in 2014.
- Typefaces from 2013: Nexa Slab, Nexa Slab XBold, Nexa Slab Bold, Nexa Slab Book, Nexa Slab Light. [Recognize the typeface by the a and the g (an 8 with a small piece missing).
- Typefaces from 2014: Nexa Rust (a weathered letterpress emulation family of 83 typefaces by Radomir Tinkov, Ani Petrova, Svetoslav Simov and Vasil Stanev).
- Typefaces from 2015: Bronn Rust, Bronn Script and Bronn Rust Extras is a hand-crafted collection of 22 typefaces created on the coat tails of the hugely popular Nexa Rust and other typefaces in the grungy worn letterpress and layering vogue. The roundish tightly set broad-ranged sans typeface family Panton is sure to make waves for years to come---it is the typeface for mobile devices. Sensa (2015, Radomir Tinkov and Svetoslav Simov) is a hand-crafted 21-style family divided into the subfamilies Sensa Brush, Sensa Pen, Sensa Wild, Sensa Sans, Sensa Serif and Sensa Goodies.
View Fontfabric's typefaces. In 2015, Ani Petrova, Svetoslav Simov and Radomir Tinkov codesigned the 214-style mammoth font system Intro Rust, a rough version of Fontfabric's Intro. The fonts are partitioned over Intro Rust, Intro Script, Intro Head and Intro Goodies. Still in 2015, we find Nexa Script.
Creative Market link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google]
Fonto Fonts (or: Fontologist)
Under the name Fonto Fonts, or Fontologist, Dick Pape created some designs that were contributed by unnamed persons. He digitized the designs in 2009 and 2010. These include Ca Fait Dur, Celtic Designs (Dark, Light), ChrisGreen, Continnental (sic), Cubes (a 3d face), Ecken Flower Borders, Effing Type, Estupido Espezial (1 and 2), Futorisugi Face (oriental simulation face), German Gothic Manuscript, Ihlenburg 1884, Kafka Flourishes (2009: my favorite in this set), Laxton Common Revival, Nice Old Alphabet, Portent, Romano Alphabet, Squared Box, Toko Font, Weissranken-Initialen.
Download here. [Google]
Fonts by Kathi
Dingbats and caps fonts by Katherine Lawson: klarabesque2, Klflora1, Klflora2, Klflora5, kljugend. See also here. [Google]
Forrest C. Crooks
Early 20th century designer of letters, such as this oriental simulation face. [Google]
Fountain--A Friendly Type Foundry
Fountain is a Swedish foundry in Malmö, founded in 1994 by Peter Bruhn (1969-2014). In 2008, its designers include Rui Abreu, Lee Basford, Lars Bergquist, Felix Braden, Lotta Bruhn, Peter Bruhn, Lucas Brusquini, Matthew Chiavelli, Stefan Claudius, Thomas Crolla, Jay David, Stefan Hattenbach, Peter Hoffman, Nina Hons, Sylvia&Daniel Janssen, Randy Jones, Gábor Kóthay, Martin Lexelius, Ricardo Santos, Góran Sóderstróm, Simon Schmidt, and Dirk Uhlenbrock.
Some offerings over the years: the avant-garde Anarko (nice!), the curly Pizzicato (also nice), Pussy, Udo, Barbera, Gas, the gorgeous bottle dingbats Mini (by Peter Bruhn), Kundera, the free downloads Animals, Doggystyle, Egg, Egg Cameo, Fat Ultra, Kundera, Maceo, Mothafucka, Pavement, Pavement-Kana and Sevenet. All of the aforementioned typefaces have mostly been designed by Peter Bruhn. They also do custom work. Other fonts: Jinchi1, Hebrew, Greek. Recent fonts by Simon Schmidt include CloseCall, CloseGridder, Ogra and Schlager. Martin Fredrikson Core made the fat display typeface Filt (based on Antique Olive, it now has a Greek weight as well), Borgstrand, FTN Sauerkrauto [see also Sauerkrauto Pro (2000)], and Malmo Sans. Matthew A. Chiavelli made Ultura (1996).
Peter Hoffmann created Alita.
Lars Bergquist published Paracelus (a modern version of Schwabacher), Baskerville 1757 (2002), Montrachet, Monteverdi, and Waldstein (a Scotch typeface). Steve Payne designed COMA. Felix Braden made Sadness and Grimoire. Lee Basford created Nuephoric.
Peter Bruhn made the commercial fonts Mayo, Ketchupa, Mustardo and the free fonts Partisan, Jinichi, Lipo-D, Dopil, Deuzhood, Azteak (initial caps) and Anticca. Lotta Bruhn designed Lucifer. Stefan Caludius made Dekoria (2003), a Tuscan titling face.
At Veer, you can buy the sans family Stalemate> (2004), which was originally an OEM family designed for but not used by a German IT company, and Gretel (by Sylvia&Daniel Janssen), Scrixel 8 and 16 (pixel families by Thomas Crolla).
View Peter Bruhn's typefaces. [Google]
Mid-19th century designer of illustrated alphabets. [Google]
Francesca Spinicci (Obostudio) is a graphic designer in Pistoia, Italy. Creator of a decorative caps typeface, Obofont (2013), which is useful for logos and monograms. Its design was inspired by the wind.
Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer and illustrator in Trento, Italy, who created the floral caps typeface Sprout (2016). [Google]
During her studies in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Francielly Pereira created the architecture-inspired decorative caps typeface Arquitetando (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Francisco Galvez Pizarro
Graphic designer from IPEVE, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. He teaches typography at Universidad Católica de Chile and Diego Portales University. He was a design consultant for Santiago de Chile public transport's information system (2003-2006) and author of the book Educación tipográfica, una introducción a la tipografía (published in Chile in 2004 and Argentina in 2005). He made his mark in the type design world in 2002 when his lively modern typeface Australis (see also here) won the gold medal at the Morisawa 2002 competition. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City. His typefaces:
- At tipografia.cl in Santiago de Chile: TCL Elemental Serif, TCL Elemental Sans (1997, launched in 2001), TCL Uniprint, TCL Llanquihue (gorgeous), TCL Deluxe.
- Galvez Sans.
- Kinetika Grotesk.
- Australis (2002) is now available from Latinotype. Australis Pro was published in 2012. Australis Swash (2013) adds a cursive touch to this splendid typeface family.
- Amster (2008) and Queltehue Regular won awards in the extensive text and text family categories at Tipos Latinos 2008. Amster was published as Amster Pro by Pampa type in 2014.
- He made font families for newspapers such as La Discusión (Chillán, 2008), and La Tercera in collaboration with Rodrigo Ramírez (Santiago, 2007-2008).
- At Latinotype: Elemental Sans Pro (2010). This is a redesign of his earlier typeface by the same name. The letters in the words men and him have been smacked on the right cheek by their partners.
- Chercan (2016, Pampa Type). A sans typeface family with a swinging g, a lapidary mood, Latin passion, and copperplate feet.
French graphic designer. Creator of the typefaces Robinson (decorative caps), Mondaine, Girofle, and Pixel. [Google]
Frank H. Riley
Advertising artist (b. 1894, Joseph, Missouri) influenced by Oswald Cooper and Frederic Goudy, with whom he collaborated. He worked first as a lettering artist in New York and then as a free-lancer in Chicago. Designer at American Typefounders of the condensed and stocky slab serif typeface Contact (1944: see the TS Colonel family by TypeShop for a digital version) and the calligraphic script font Grayda (1939, ATF; +Initials). Grayda was digitized, expanded and modernized by Rebecca Alaccari as Genesis (2007). McGrew writes:
- Contact Bold Condensed and Italic were designed by Frank H. Riley for ATF about 1942, but not released until 1948 because of war-time conditions. They are narrow and vigorous, with a large x-height and short ascenders and descenders, intended for newspaper and general advertising display. Other widths and weights were projected, but there is no evidence that they were completed. Compare John Hancock Condensed, Bold Antique Condensed.
- Grayda is an unusual and striking script designed by Frank H. Riley and introduced in 1939 by ATF. Lowercase letters are weighted at top and bottom. giving a strong horizontal emphasis; they are close fitting but not connected. Two sets of capital letters are available, designated Narrow and Swash. The IS-point size is cast on a 24-point body, the smallest size for which angle-body molds are used.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Born in the USA in 1873, he designed a few hundred book covers, illustrations or title page layouts for many publishers, and was influenced by the art nouveau movement. He also painted and is best known for his chap-book posters, done at the time of Will Bradley and Edward Penfield. His art is at the MOMA.
Examples: the galloping dick poster, script, Modern American Capitals. [Google]
Frank L. Tybush V
Creative director in Baltimore, MD, who published a decorative caps typeface in 2014. [Google]
Franklin Lane shows many decorative ornaments and initial caps. No fonts, just beautiful images. [Google]
Frederic William Goudy
One of the great type designers of the twentieth century, 1865-1947. Born in Bloomington, IL, he made over 125 typefaces. He founded the Village Press with Will H. Ransom at Park Ridge, IL, in 1903. From 1904 until 1906, it was in Hingham, MA, and from 1906-1913 at 225 Fourth Avenue, New York City, where a fire destroyed everything except the matrices on January 10, 1908. From 1913 until 1923, it was located in Forest Hill Gardens, Long Island, and from 1923 until his death in 1947 at Deepdene, in Marlborough-on-Hudson. He was an art consultant for Lanston Monotype from 1920-1940.
His life's work and his ideas on typography can be found in his great book, Typologia, Studies in Type Design \& Type Making (1940, University of California Press, Berkeley), but his views are already present in Elements of Lettering (1922, The Village Press, Forest Hill Gardens, New York). His own work is summarized, shown and explained in his last book, A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography 1895-1945, Volume One (1946, The Typophiles, New York).
In 1936, Frederic Goudy received a certificate of excellence that was handlettered in blackletter and immediately stated, Anyone who would letterspace blackletter would steal sheep. He also wrote: All the old fellows stole our best ideas, and Someday I'll design a typeface without a K in it, and then let's see the bastards misspell my name.
His 116 fonts include
- Camelot (1896, Dickinson Type Foundry). He sold another design in 1897 to that foundry, but it was never published. McGrew writes: Camelot or Camelot Oldstyle was the first typeface designed by Frederic W. Goudy. He offered it to Dickinson Type Foundry (part of ATF) in Boston, which accepted it and sent him $10, twice what he had modestly asked for it. This was in 1896; it was apparently cut and released the following year as drawn, without lowercase. In February 1900 a design patent was issued in the names of Goudy and Joseph W. Phinney, and assigned to ATF. Phinney was a well-known designer for Dickinson-ATF, and apparently it was he who added the lowercase alphabet. Its success encouraged Goudy to make a distinguished career of type designing, and this typeface was included in ATF specimen books as late as 1941. Compare Canterbury.
- De Vinne Roman (1898)
- Copperplate (1901): See Copperplate Gothic Hand (2009, Gerd Wiescher), Copperplate URW, or Copperplate EF (Elsner&Flake).
- Pabst Roman (1902)
- Village (1902). Some say 1903. Village was originally designed by Frederic Goudy in 1903 for Kuppenheimer & Company for advertising use, but it was decided it would be too expensive to cast. It was later adopted as the house face for Goudy's and Will Ransom's Village Press. The matrices were cut and the type cast by Wiebking. The design was influenced by William Morris's Golden Type. This Venetian typeface was digitized by David Berlow (1994, FontBureau) and by Paul D. Hunt (2005). Hunt's version was eventually released in 2016 by P22 as LTC Village.
- Bertham (1936), his 100th typeface, named for his wife, Bertha.
- Copperplate Gothic (ATF, 1905): The Bitstream version was done by Clarence Marder.
- Goudy Old Style (ATF, 1914-1915): A 15% heavier weight was made by Morris Fuller Benton in 1919. Bitstream and URW++ sell that as Goudy Catalogue. See also Goudy Catalogue EF (Elsner&Flake), Bitstream's Goudy Old Style, Scangraphic's Goudy Old Style SB (2004), Infinitype's Goudy Old Style, Bitstream's Venetian 522, and Softmaker's G790.
- ATF Cloister Initials (1917-1918). This was revived digitally by several foundries: Alter Littera did Initials ATF Cloister (2012). Group Type created Cloister Initials (2006).
- Goudy Handtooled (1916): A decorative font. Elsner&Flake have a digital version.
- Goudy Modern (Lanston, 1918): Goudy Modern MT is the Agfa-Monotype version. Adobe's version is confusingly called Monotype Goudy Modern.
- Hadriano (1918): Agfa-Monotype has a digital version, as does Adobe.
- Goudy Heavyface (ATF, 1925-1932): Created as a possible competitor of Cooper Black. Bitstream has a digital version.
- Goudy Newstyle (1921): additional letterforms are provided to distinguish different pronunciations. This legible typeface was cut by Wiebking and recut in 1935. It was sold to Monotype in 1942.
- Italian Oldtyle (+Italic) (ca. 1925): made after Dove, Monotype's president, prompted Goudy to make a Venetian typeface to compete with ATF's Cloister Old Style.
- Venezia Italic (1925), to accompany Venezia. George W. Jones of the English Linotype company had it made by Linotype.
- Aries (1925-1926): a kind of blackletter typeface in the style of Subiaco done for Spencer Kellogg for his new private press (he never used it).
- Goudy Dutch: based on handwriting on an envelope from Holland. Goudy lost the drawings.
- Companion Old Style and Italic:
- Deepdene (1927). See D690 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002. Deepdene became a Berthold font, and at Berthold it was digitized and refreshed by G.G. Lange from 1982-1983. URW also has a Deepdene family. But above all, one could pick up a free two-style revival by Barry Schwartz, Linden Hill (2010, OFL). View various Deepdene implementations.
- Goudy Text (1928). Based on the textura blackletter types of by Johann Gutenberg in the fifteenth century, Goudy Text has a narrow, ordinary lowercase. It can be used in display advertising and on certificates and invitations. Goudy Text is a "blackletter" type first used in 1928 by Goudy in a Christmas card from type cast at his own foundry. Among the digital versions, see LTC Goudy Text (Lanston) and Goudy Text CT (Jason Castle).
- Kaatskill (1929, Lanston Monotype): a beautiful old style figures font originally done for an edition of Rip van Winkle. Mac McGrew: Kaatskill is a private typeface designed and cut by Frederic W. Goudy for use in an edition of Rip Van Winkle which he made for The Limited Editions Club, in 1929. Goudy says that what he had in mind was merely to design a type ''as simple, legible, vigorous, clear, and effective in detail as could, and which would at the same time show no note of strangeness in the mass. ...I feel that Kaatskill owes nothing in its design to any existing face. and the type therefore is as truly an American type as anything so hidebound by tradition as type can be." It is named for the Catskill mountains, which were the locale of Goudy's home and workshop as well as of the story. See Trajan Title.
- Remington Typewriter (1929)
- Kennerley (1930) (see his book A Novel Type Foundery for specimens). The Berthold foundry, where the types can now be bought in digital form, mentions the dates 1911-1924.
- Ornate Titling (1931). See LTC Goudy Ornate (Lanston) and Goudy Ornate (2002, Ascender).
- Kennerley Bold and Bold Italic, and Kennerley Open Caps, to accompany Kennerley Old Style.
- Goudy Heavy Face (+Italic), made to please Harvey Best, the successor of Dove at Lanston Monotype.
- Marlborough (1930s): a typeface whose design was sold in 1942 to Monotype, but nothing came of it.
- Tory Text (1935)
- University (of California) Old Style (1938). Also called Californian (1938). A commercial version of this is ITC Berkeley Oldstyle by Tony Stan (1983). Font Bureau published FB Californian (1994, Carol Twombly, David Berlow, Jane Patterson).
- Bulmer (1939)
- Goudy Sans: ITC Goudy Sans (1986), LTC Goudy Sans (2006, Colin Kahn), Goudy Elegant (SoftMaker), Moon Cresta (Ray and Chikako Larabie, 2010) and Goudy Sans EF (now gone?) are digital revivals of Goudy's Goudy Sans family from 1929. GoudySorts MT, an Agfa Monotype font consisting of beautiful ornaments.
- Goudy Thirty. Mac McGrew: When Monotype suggested that Goudy design a type that that company might bring out after his death, to be called Goudy Thirty (from the newspaper term for the end of a story), he thought of a design he had started for a western college. That commission had fallen through, so the design was unfinished. Then, as Goudy relates, "This design struck me as particularly adapted to the purpose. As I worked on it I had determined to make it, as far as I was able, my last word in type design, a type in which would give my imagination full rein, and a type by which as a designer would be willing to stand or fall." Completed in 1942, it was kept under cover by Monotype and not released until 1953-long after his death in 1947. But he designed several types after this one, so it was not the last one from his hands. Goudy Thirty is a fine recreation of a fifteenth-century round gothic, excellent for period pieces. For digital versions, see LTC Goudy Thirty (Lanston, now P22 Lanston) and Goudy Thirty (a free font by Dieter Steffmann).
- Nabisco (1921).
- Garamont (1921).
- Goudy Initials. These are floriated caps.
- New Village Text (1938). A hybrid consisting of the capitals of Tory Text and the lower case of Deepdene.
Several foundries specialize in Goudy's types. These include P22/Lanston, which has an almost complete digital collection, Ascender Monotype, and Castle Type, which offers Goudy Trajan (2003), Goudy Text, Goudy Stout and Goudy Lombardy. WTC Goudy was digitized ca. 1986 by WTC.
Links: Bio by Nicolas Fabian. Alternate URL. Andrew R. Boone's article on Goudy in Popular Science, 1942. Goudy's typefaces listed by Paulo W. Obituary, May 13, 1947, New York Times, Time Magazine, November 6. 1933, Amy Duncan's thesis at BSU entitled "Howdy Goudy: Frederic W. Goudy and the Private Press in the Midwest", A 2009 lecture on Goudy by Steve Matteson (TypeCon 2009, Atlanta), Melbert B. Cary Jr. collection of Goudyana. Wikipedia: List of typefaces designed by Frederic Goudy. Linotype link. FontShop link. [Google]
[Flamula Estudio Criativo]
Graphic designer in Stockholm. He created an alphabet oiut of forks and spoons called Fork It Out (2010). [Google]
Freeman Gage Delamotte
Author, artist, photographer and wood engraver, b. Sandhurst, 1814, d. London, 1862. He published The Book of Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediaeval (1879, Crosby Lockwood and Co., London), which has plenty of 8th to 11th century alphabets and initials. See also here, here, and here. Another book is Examples of Modern Alphabets, Ornamental and Plain (1864, C. Lockwood and Co, London), which was scanned in and can now be downloaded for free. Further texts: The book of ornamental alphabets, ancient and modern, from the eighth to the nineteenth century, with numerals (1859, E. and F.N. Spon), Medieval alphabets and intials for illuminators (1861, E. and F.N. Spon), and A primer of the art of illumination for the use of beginners (1860, E. and F.N. Spon). Most of his lettering is typical of the Victorian tradition that adds ornament to simple silhouettes. Example: 16th century wood engaving. An Italian alphabet (1864).
Digital typefaces based on his work include New Saxon Initials (David Nalle, 2016), Delamotte Initials One (2016, David Nalle), Delamotte Initials Two (2016, David Nalle), Museum Initials (2007, John B. Wundes) and Bad Situation (Intellecta Design, 2007: based on an 1864 design called Example Alphabet). [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Monterrey, Mexico, Frida Miranda designed the poster typeface Dwear (2012). [Google]
Type designer and calligrapher (b. Passau, 1901, d. 1980, Traunstein) who made Gotenburg (1935-1937, D. Stempel) [with Zierversalien, 1936]. This was digitized in 2001 by Delbanco as DS-Gotenburg. GotenburgA and GotenburgB were revived by Dieter Steffmann in 2002. Heinrichsen was associated with the Werkstattgemeinschaft Rudolf Koch. Other typefaces: Heinrichsen-Kanzlei (1933, Trennert), a gorgeous tall-ascendered blackletter face [for a free digital descendant, see KanzleiScriptHJZ by Hans J. Zinken]. His calligraphic work was also outstanding, and includes Initialen, a proposal for Lichte Schwabacher (never actually cut), and numerous handwriting and calligraphic keepsakes.
In 1986, Wolfgang Hendlmeier wrote a brief biography. Picture. Klingspor link. [Google]
[Lukasz and Wojciech Bachur]
Lukasz and Wojciech Bachur are the Szczecin, Poland-based designers of Mister Poster (2013, ornamental caps), Mrs. Doodle (2013), Up To Date (2013), Handyman (2013), Rama (2013), Shaken (2014), Hooray (2014), Linesman (2014, a sketched typeface), Tile Tale (2014, a system for layering and coloring fonts), Mitty (2014, a poster font), Tinta Negro (2015).
Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Designer of Manuscript Caps (2011, uncial or Celtic caps). [Google]
Austrian artist (b. 1919) affiliated with the Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus, who created exquisite detailed drawings of figures involved in any imaginable form of intercourse. These are mainly initial caps, such as in Ulysses Alphabet (Dortmund, 1983). From 1949 until 1984, he was a professor at Bryn-Mawr-College in Philadelphia. [Google]
Designer (b. Leipzig, 1945) at Typoart of Biga (1985), a shaded 3d headline face. Klingspor mentions the date 1989. In any case, a digital version is available from Elsner & Flake. He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig from 1974 until 1979. [Google]
[Frogii's Free Fonts]
Frogii's Free Fonts
Frogii is the designer of the alphadings AlphaCar (2002), AlphaBaby (2002), AlphaDishes (2002), AlphaWizard (2002), FrogiiChristmas (2001), Chef Turkey (2001), Fontanesi (2003, ornamental caps), Frogii's Froggeroo (2001), Frogii Caps&Numbers (2001), of the dingbats 26FamousPeeps, and of BearyLoveable, BlackFrog, BouquetInitials, FrogiisFrogCapsDingfont, FrogiisFroggers, IranianHand-Lettered (with Siynn bar-Diyonn/Dennis Ortiz-Lopez), PosterLinguini, Pumpkinese, SantasGiftCaps, ShapeAbet, WhyOhWhy, and of FlowerShower (2001). At Apostrophic Labs, she designed Futurex LX (2002) [dead link]. Other fonts: Alpha Flowers (2002), Alpha Rope (2002), Ornmanental No. 2 (2003), Frilly Dillies, Abstract, AlphaFlowers, AlphaRope, Chilluns (2005). [Google]
During her studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fuer Liu creted the decorative caps typefaces Morning Exercise (2014) and After School Life (2014). [Google]
German artist (b. 1962, Wanne-Eickel) and type designer who won an award in the Linotype International Type design Contest in 2000 for the blackletter-inspired caps font Linotype Sangue (1996). Font sample.
Home page. Fontshop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
During her studies at the Atrium, Cardiff campus of the University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales-based designer Gabrielle Harris created the splendid ornamental caps typeface Neptunes Garden (2013). [Google]
During her studies in Middlesbrough, UK, Gabrielle Leighton made the ornamental caps typeface Sense of Place (2013). [Google]
Nantes, France-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Calendrier Végétal (2015) and of the bilined typeface Flow (2015). [Google]
Coauthor with Steve Heller of New Ornamental Type. [Google]
Gail Sihan Zhao
Flushing, NY-based student designer of the decorative caps typeface Style (2014). [Google]
Artist and designer in manila, The Philippines. In 2015, she created the floriated decorative caps alphabet Natura. Behance link. [Google]
GalloFonts (was: Graphics by Gallo)
GalloFonts is part of Graphics by Gallo, founded in 1974 by Gerald Gallo (b. Lucernemines, PA, 1941), and based in Bethesda, MD. The fonts: Display Brutal Rough (2015), Display Black Serif Rough (2015), Pristine Light (2014: caps only squarish sans family), Display Pump (2014), Display University (2005, athletic lettering), Angulatte Light, Angulatte Medium, Angulatte Bold, Anniversary Seals (2003), Basic Bullets, Blooming Ornaments (2008), Brashee Regular, Brashee Bold, Calendar Font One, Calendar Font Two, Calendar Font Three, Carved Initials, Chiseled Initials, Cleancut, Dexterous (2010, art nouveau), Diamond Monogram - 2 Characters, Diamond Monogram - 3 Characters, Display Black Serif (2010, angular), Display Dots Five (2010), Display Dots Six (2010), Display Grungy (2010), Display Robust (2010), Dooddle, Embossed Shallow, Embossed Medium, Embossed Deep, GG Casual Light (2002, was Gallo Casula: hand printing family), GG Casual Medium, GG Casual Bold, GG Dingbats (was Gallo Dingbats, like Zapf Dingbats), GG Serif (1993, was Gallo Serif), Geometric Arrows, Geometric Ornaments, Gnarlee, Greetings, Home Sweet Home, Isometric Initial Caps - Bird's Eye View (1994), Isometric Initial Caps - Worm's Eye View, Isometric Ornaments, Jackolantern Assortment (2002) Just Bugs, Kruede Light, Kruede Regular (handwriting), Kruede Bold, Leaf Assortment (1994), Leaves Falling, Logotype, Magnificent Ornaments (2006, Victorian era decorations), Make Tracks (2002, animal footprints), Number Ornaments, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Square Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Square Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Square Positive, Ornate Initials - Style One (2002), Ornate Initials - Style Two, Ornate Initials - Style Three, Pleasant Hand Light (2002) Pleasant Hand Medium, Pleasant Hand Bold, Precision, Rolling Ball Cursive, Serene (1993), Slender, Smiling Faces, Snowflake Assortment (1994), Snowflakes Falling (2001), Sport Numbers, Star Assortment (2002), Stature (2010, compressed sans), Swiss Folk Ornaments - Critters&Things, Swiss Folk Ornaments - Floral, Swiss Folk Ornaments - Geometric, Time Clocks, Woozee, Display Prominent (2005), Ultimate Ornaments (2005), Cross Ornaments (2005), Heraldic Creatures (2006), Victorian Leaf Ornaments (2006: great!), Quilt Patterns One (2007), Holy Ornaments (2007), Oriental Ornaments (2007), Gothic Initials One through Six (2007-2008), Interlaced Ornaments (2007), Modest Ornaments (2008), Art Nouveau Flowers (2008), Art Nouveau Ornaments (2008), Quilt Patterns Two (2008), Display Gothic (2008, blackletter), Plant Assortment (2008), Birds Flying (2009), Happy Go Lucky (2009, Victorian), Fish Fresh (2009), Display Dots One (2009, dot matrix face), Display Art Two and Three (2009, art nouveau alphabets), Display Dots Two Serif and Sans (2009, dot matrix typefaces), Display Dots Three Serif and Sans (2009), Display Dots Four Serif and Sans (2009), Display Robust (2010), Quilt Patterns Three and Four (both 2009), Gothic Initials (Seven, Eight, Nine: 2009), Carefreed (2009, a Halloween script?), Glorita (2009, casual condensed sans), Fancy Flowers (2010), Rectilinear Ornaments (2010), Display Brutal (2010, grunge), Cross Stitch Graceful (2010), Cross Stitch Regal (2011), Cross Stitch Formal (2010), Cross Stitch Discreet (2010), Cross Stitch Classic (2010), Display Dots Seven (2011), Cross Stitch Majestic (2011), Cross Stitch Elaborate (2011), Cross Stitch Medieval (2011), Cross Stitch Ornaments (2013), Display Squares One and Two (2011, gridded or dot matrix typefaces), Display Digits One through Seven (2011), Display Crisp (2012, octagonal), Blue on Blue (2012, shadow face), Green on Green (2012, 3d shadow face), White on White (2012), Orange on Orange (2012, a 3d shadow face), Victorian Ornaments (2012), Printers Plant Ornaments (2012, a floral typeface), Simple Ornaments, Numbers Style Three Diamond Positiv Regular (2012), Charisma (2013, inspired by the hand lettering used by draftsmen and architects), Display Explicit (2013), Display Uncanny (2013, unicase), Display Carlos (2013, a piano key typeface), Mighty Oaks (2013, stylized oak leaves), Sweet Hand (2014), Fast Hand (2014), Medallion Ornaments.
View Gerald Gallo's typefaces. [Google]
Gary David Bouton
[Exclamations (or: The Boutons)]
Gasoline Creative is located in Mumbai, India. It created a colorful set of decorative caps called tesla (2015) to honor the technological genius of Nikola Tesla. Earlier, it designed the steampunk caps typeface Tesla Title (2015). Behance link. [Google]
[Script and Seal]
Yusof Mining (Gearwright) specializes in old American typefaces and letterpress. His typefaces:
- Shrimpse (2016). A grungy descendant of Cheltenham.
- Steelplate Script (2015): A revival of William Jackson's copperplate style script typeface Steelplate script (1888, Central Type Foundry).
- In 2015, he revived Morris Fuller Benton's Gothic as Newston, and added Newston Inked.
- Similarly, Caston (2015) and Caston Inked (2015) revive Card Litho (1917, Morris Fuller Benton, ATF), itself a modification of Litho Roman (1907, Inland).
- Enigton (2015): a revival monogram typeface based on virkotype combination monograms issued by the American Type Founders in 1920's.
- Standard Issue (2015). An octagonal sans that emulates weathered inky prints. He added Standard Issue Clean a bit later in 2015.
- Arpegio Brush Script (2015).
Creative Market link. [Google]
Gebr. Klingspor: Schriftkartei
In 1950, Gebr. Klingspor published a nice small booklet simply called Schriftkartei. The images below are from that book. [Google]
Geetika Alok is a graphic designer and works on projects in London and India. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Communication, Art&Design and had previously completed her Bachelor's degree from the National Institute of Design with specialisation in Graphic Design. With Henrik Kubel, she designed the typeface India (2011). In 2014, she completed the TDi program at the University of Reading.
In 2011, she created the absolutely fantastic ornamental caps typeface Saudade, which consists of overlapping circles. She writes: Poster for a talk of Marina Willer. Saudade is the most beautiful word in Brazilian Portuguese. It means something a bit like nostalgia. Typeface: In collaboration with Henrik Kubel.
Maya (2011) and Sea Shells (2011) are typefaces that were inspired by Indian architecture.
Behance link. [Google]
Indian graphic designer. Behance link. Creator in 2011 of a decorated caps face. [Google]
UK-based creator of an alphabet made up of old iron bits (2010). [Google]
Prolific Australian type designer who has made over 300 free fonts to date. Creations: Bonk Fatty, Worstveld Sling (2003), Quastic Kaps (2003), Quadlateral (2003), Junge Burnout (2003), Choktoff (2003), Hall Fetica (2002), Lady Ice Extra (2002), Gizmo (2002), Arggh@$*# (2002), Republika Ego (a huge family made in 2002, as an extension of the large family Republika by Apostrophe), Zillah Modern Offset Outline (2002), Feldicouth (2002, medieval lettering), GM Exp (2002), Pecot, Pecot #2 and Pecot #3 (2002), Wazoo (2002), JamesEightEleven (2002), AnalSatisfaction (2002), GenericFont (2002), PanAm (2002), Border Base Future (2002), Moondog (2001, with Apostrophe), Equine (2001), Street Corner (2001), Mister Belvedere (2001), Freebooter Script (2001), Street (2001, an 31 font sans and slab serif at the Lab), Choda (2001, with Apostrophe), Walkway (2001, see here), Castorgate (2001), Heidorn Hill (2001, a Fraktur font with Apostrophe), Labag (2001, with Apostrophe), 11S01 Black Tuesday (2001, for Life Saving Fonts), Endor (2001; a gothic font with Apostrophe), Dekon (2001), Asenine (2001), Eskargot (2001, with Apostrophe, a "tango" font), Brassier (2001, with Apostrophe), Kandide (2001, with Apostrophe), Labrit (2001, a Fraktur font done with Apostrophe), Control Freak, Gilgongo, Eskargot, LabtopGraphed, PhoenixArise, PrussianBrewSolid, YouthanasiaTexture, Dumbledor, Luciferius, Zebrra, Street, Kronika, PrimaryElector (all at Apostrophic Labs), Scaling the Dragon, Primary Elector, Blacksmith Delight, Birthday Dingbats, Halloween 2, Comicbook Smash, AcidDreamer, Arialic, AvQest, Battered Cooper, Beerglass, Berthside, Bloodgutter 99, Blown Away, Boneribbon, Boneribbon Tall, Bunny Rabbits, Callistroke, Carbonized Timber Chizzler, Deathhead KeltCaps Drummon, Family .., Effluence, Ericott, Erozion, Erthqake, Fanfold, Gemerald, GemFont One, Gorlock, Hungover, Impressed Metal, Inked Weird, Inningham, Isildur High, JaggaPoint, KeltCaps, Kharnorric, Kharnorric Royal, Knights Quest, Knights Quest Callig, Lane Humouresque (2000), Layaway, Linear Beam, Line Etch, Maranallo, Melted Moments, Metal Spagetti, NeoSpacial, Niew CroMagnon, Offset Plain, Old Copperfield, Old Oak, Old Virus, Ooky, Parkvane, Pee's Celtic, Pi in the SciFi, Quilted Indian, Ribbon, Ripplemere, Roughhewn, Rounheads, Rusty Sign, Rykindor, Satan Possessed, Seventy Flares, Simpleman, Skunkline, Slinked, Snail n Ink, SnottMM (multiple master), Solid Ooky, Squashed, Static Charge, StaidMM (multiple master), Steamroller, Stiltedman, Stretch, Tear, Tearoff, Textapoint, Thor version 1.5, Time Pundits (a CODEX-like face), Torcing Away, Trilayered, Ulse Freehand, Uncey, Untidy Skrawl, Vale Shadow, Waif Thin, Warpy Roundhead, Whoosit, Wonkers, Woodbrush, Wormfont, Woven Brick, Woven Outline, Yurine Overflow, Dingbats, Americanic, BirdArt, Cattart, Chyld, Culinary Art, Doggart, Doggon, Drinks - Various, EasterArt, Ein Schwein, Gembats 1, Gembats 2, Helloween, JFC, KidClipart 1, KidClipart 2, Komedy Kritters, Krazy Kritters, Luvya Babe, Moolah, Multicasion, Odds N Sods, Sportzs, Teddyber, Teddyber Too, Vehicular, Whethers, Xmas Clipart 1, Xmas Clipart 2, PenicMasturbata, Aliensatemymum, AustralianSunrise, AustralianSunset, Blockstepped, BoldlyGo, BarredOut, Blockstepped3D, BoldlyGoOut, Daemonesque, Efentine, FuzzyXmas, Gazzarelli, Jhunwest, JhunwestConcaveGM, LickcurlPetite, LupusBlight, MilleniGem, PhilteredPhont, SlicedIron, Stargit, StargitVer2, ZappedSticks, AlphaRomanieG98, BraveNewEraG98, BlobfontG98, BoxingBrophius, CacophonyLoud, ChainzG98, CulinaryArt, DarkBastion, FortuneCity, GorlockBold, HornsofDilemma, LlynfyrchFwyrrdynn, Maranallo, OptimisticPessimist, PositiveNhilism, UniversalShatter, Bonk, Bonk College, Bonk Fatty, Bonk Offset, Bonk Outercut, Bonk Undercut, ChefsSliceNovice, MeteorGM, TreasureMapDeadhand, TechnicallyInsane, Futurex (with Apostrophe), Street, Calan, Lady Copra, Thing, Dexetrine, ChizzMM (multiple master, with Apostrophe, 2001), Charrington (2001), Lady Copra (2001), Likkle (2007), Luteous (with Rich Parks, 2001), Thorazine and Thorazone (last eleven at Apostrophic Labs [dead link]).
In March 2001, Graham's Charming Font (done with Andreas Höfeld) won the 2001 Friday Night Type Fights competition.
Alternate URL. Fontfreak link.
Other fonts: Choktoff (2003), Etched Fractals, Film Cryptic (2003), Hardnsharp (2003), Jagged Dreams, Jungle Burnout, Kyiss M'ass (2003), Tall Films (2004), Meichic (2003), Nightmare Blend Revisited, ReducedEfficiency (2003), Wasted in this job, Western Taint (2003), Wytherness, Yuma Sunset (Western style font), and Zone Linear.
Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Dafont link.
View Graham Meade's typefaces. [Google]
Illustrator and designer in Bfrisbane, Australia, who created the great textured ornamental caps typeface Franky in 2015. Behance link. [Google]
Gems of Penmanship by Williams&Packard
Penmanship book written in New York in 1867 by D. Williams and S.S. Packard. It has a few blackletter and other alphabets, and many freehand drawings of birds and animals. Selected alphabets: Grand Capitals, Italian Capitals, Ladies Hand, Roman Capitals, Italian, Half Block, Williams Style German Text, Williams and Packard's Steel Pen German Text, Old English, Williams and Packard's Church Text [this inspired C. Lee's Ornate Alphabet], Beveled Alphabet, Ribbon Alphabet, (continued), Soft and Twisted Alphabet, (continued), Rustic Alphabet, (continued). Selected drawings: a hand, a bird, a deer, a swan.
Digital revivals include Vintage Ornamental (2016) and Gothic Ornamental (2016) by Ludmila Riumina. [Google]
Gene Buban (aka geneus1) is the creative and prolific designer at FontStruct in 2008-2009 of these typefaces:
- Aerologica (2009): 3-d headline face.
- Alphadings: DeTracks.
- Altitudinus (2010).
- Amplifica (+Carved, 2010).
- Arkham Bloodletters (2008).
- Bauhaus style: Slink (2009) is a tribute to Josef Albers---one could also call it a piano key font. Codename Bauhaus (2010).
- Arc Brick 1:1 and 2:2 (2010).
- Bevelicious (2009): 3d shadow face.
- Bezziaiare (2010): an imitation of Futura.
- Brikd is a fantastic headline face.
- Bubble Lab EF (2008) and Bubble Lab Bang (2008): dingbat fonts.
- Calligraphique (2010).
- Candella (2013).
- ChequereBoard (2008): a 3d face.
- Christmas fonts: Kallosia Decorative (2009, blackletter), Snowflakes (2009).
- Clone War (2008).
- Codename Bauhaus (2010).
- Country Fried (Western style)
- Crossfyre (2010).
- Crystles (2014). He writes: In 1983, Atari released the Crystal Castles video game. You play Bentley Bear walking around castles and collecting gems. Trimetric instead of isometric. Interestingly enough, the initials of the highest scorer in the leaderboard is used to build the first castle. This font version is created using the same thin plated tiles that the player traverses through the castles.
- Decorata (stylized art deco)
- Didone fonts: Legality (2009, sharply serifed), Petrissage (2009).
- Digibubble (2014: pixelish face).
- Dingbats: DeTrayne (graffiti-clad trains), Happy Halloween (2009).
- Egalite (2010): a blackletter face.
- Direktype (2014: striped).
- Elektronika (2009) and Circularities (2015). Pixelish.
- ElSeeDee (2008, white on a black grid, inspired by the baggage claim LED scrolling message system at the Oakland Airport)
- Effleurage (2009).
- Eurostijl (2008)
- Exersia, Excursia
- Ferno (hell?)
- Filmstryp (2008)
- Flameon (2008) is a vertically striped athletic lettering font.
- Fluoralei (2008) and Fluoralyte (2008) are all caps floral-themed typefaces.
- Futuro (2008) and Futuro Extra Bold (2008).
- Futurity Watch (2009).
- Fragg (2014: a rounded stencil face).
- Framestore (2008).
- G1 Construx (2012). An arched textured typeface for "under construction" signage.
- G1 Stenzilla (2012). A piano key stencil face. G1 Twyne (2014: Celtic knots), G12 Brayed (2014: Celtic knots), G1 Explo (2014), G1 Fasttrax (2013).
- Gappy and Gappy LC (2010).
- Glossierre (2009).
- Graffikki (2010): graffiti face.
- Hammerslab (2008) is a very thick heavy slab serif face.
- Happy Halloween (2008): Halloween dingbats.
- HellStruct (2008): flamed letters.
- hollo, holloback, holloblack
- HulkSmash has the look of cracked concrete blocks---has to be seen to be believed!
- HyperLynk (2010).
- Indiglo (2010).
- Interblok Cylindrome (2011) and Interblok Stroke (2009): labyrinthine / Celtic knot / texture typefaces.
- IronManic (2008, letters resemble armor steel plates with bolts)
- IsoMatrix 3D (2009, an Escher deception in 3D), Bevelluzian (2010, 3d beveled checkerboard illusion).
- Jaggs (2010): angular.
- Karuso 68 (2009).
- Leefer is a kitchen tile font.
- Legere (2010, a roman face).
- LegoManiax (2008).
- Lucid (2009).
- Lush Alienne Caps (2014).
- Microboto (2014).
- Modulus and Modulus Black, ultra fat fonts.
- Motternal (2011), a version of Othmar Motter's Motter Tektura.
- Mucro Bold, a heavy metal band font
- Multiverse Diagonality (2009).
- Nontroppo (2010).
- Outlier (2010).
- Paradoxx (2011). Peignotian.
- Periculum (2010): monoline sans.
- Pixsle (2010).
- Predatoric ad Predatoric2 (2010).
- Prikkle (2010): angular.
- Ray Type Alpha (2014). A game font based on Konami's 1981 game Scramble.
- Renovare S1 (2010) and Renovare S2 (2015). a slab serif.
- Requiemme Decorum (Sept. 14th, 2009): blackletter. He writes: Exactly one year ago two of my cousins, Chris and Cleofe, got into a dealer-loaned Lexus for a trip after their main car was being repaired. Cleofe's husband, a CHP officer, was driving and their teen daughter was along for the ride. While on the freeway, the accelerator became stuck and they lost control of the car. As the runaway vehicle sped up to over 100 mph, all four passengers were killed in a fiery crash in the San Diego River. The loss was unquantifiably devastating. This immensely tragic event led my aunt to testify before congress with damning evidence that would initiate the recall of millions of Toyota vehicles. Requiemme Decorum was created on the way down to southern California for the funeral services. For Chris, Cleofe, Mark, and Mahala, may you all rest in peace and love.
- Renovare (2010, +Renovare S1, S2): a slab serif.
- Roboscript (2008): an upright connected school script.
- Rubrix (2008): a Rubik cube dingbat font.
- Sanserity (2013).
- Scipio (2010).
- Scribble Not (2010) is a texture face.
- Sequencia (2010).
- Seriface and Seriface 2.0 (2010, a roman all-caps set).
- Sharp-serifed almost modern typefaces: Legality, Petrissage, Effleurage, Karuso68.
- Sinaloco (2014: in the style of Sinaloa).
- Sirkles (2015). a dot-matrix typeface.
- Sonorous (2010). Broadway-style art deco typeface.
- Spartan Tech (2010): inspired by the multiplayer game Halo3.
- Stanley Twobrick (pointy minimalist face)
- Startrek typefaces: Transformicon (2009).
- Stencilline (2014).
- Streamlyne (2010, squarish, outlined).
- Structurocca and Structurozza (2009): Horizontally stencilled black typefaces.
- Swizelle (2015). A lava lamp typeface.
- Tangience and Tangience Solid (2008) are fonts in which the glyphs are built up from circles glued together.
- The Pax Man (2009): metallic whatever.
- Trelief and Trelief Rounded (2010): multilined 3d beveled typefaces.
- Tubric (2010): counterless.
- Upriteous and Upriteous Black, condensed protestant fonts.
- Victoriana (Victorian caps)
- Vindicta Dualine (2011: Blackboard bold).
- Wall-F: white squarish letters in black circles
- Waverly, with scary pointed barbs like on German WWI helmets.
- Weaver (Celtic knot-themed letters)
- Xerro (2010): like Helvetica.
- Yeomamuh, a fat look face.
- Wypeout (2010)
- Zorea (2014, inline font).
Florence, Italy-based graphic designer who created an ornamental caps typeface in 2013 at Accademia Italiana.
Behance link. [Google]
Hamburg-based foundry ifounded by Emil Julius Genzsch (1856-1906). It was taken over by Linotype in 1963. Their library included typefaces by these designers:
In addition we find house typefaces such as Adagio (1939, script face), Blockschrift (1897; revived by Nick Curtis in 2015 as Bothas Ruhm NF), Leibniz-Fraktur (1912; digital versions exist by Klaus Burkhardt, Petra Heidorn (free), Softmaker (Leibniz Fraktur Pro, 2016), and Ralph M. Unger), Nero Kursiv (1913), Alster (1926), Elzevir-Antiqua and Kursiv and Elzevir-Versalien (1925), Rex Versalien (1925), Richard Wagner Fraktur (ca. 1920), Glass Antiqua (1912, Franz Paul Glass: remade in 2011 by Nick Curtis as Half Full NF), Halbfette Hansa Fraktur (1912), Hansa Fraktur (ca. 1915), Hansa Gotisch (digital version by Gerhard Helzel), Plantin Antiqua and Kursiv (1913), Ondosa Ornamente (1912), Preziosa Ornamente (1912), Psalterium (1907, blackletter), Serpentin Ornamente (1912), Hamburger Druckschrift (1909), Nordische Antiqua and Cursiv (1907), Renaissance Ornamente (1901), Römische Antiqua (1899), Sparta (1939), Hauptproben (1910), Negrita, Neugotisch, Neue Pittoresk, Ornamente, Pionier, Renaissance Initialen, Römische Initialen, Römische Kursiv, Venetianische Schreibschrift.
- F. Bauer: Fortuna (1930), Genzsch Antiqua (1906), Genzsch Fraktur (1931), Heyse Antiqua (1921), Senats Fraktur (1907).
- K. Klauß: Arkona (1935), Horizontale (1942).
- H. Beck: Brahms Gotisch (1937).
- C. O. Czeschka: Czeschka Antiqua (1914), Olympia (1929).
- A. Auspurg: Hans Sachs Gotisch (1911), Domina (1929), Souverän (1913).
- O. Hupp: Heraldisch (1910), Neudeutsch (1900), Numismatisch (1900).
- J. Kirn: Oleander (1938).
- H. König: Suberpia (1913).
- Adolf Heimberg: Urdeutsch (1924).
- Helmut Matheis: Verona (1958).
- E. Mollowitz: Anemone (1955).
- E. Ege: Basalt (1926), Ege-Schrift (1921).
- W. Rebhuhn: Fox (1953), Hobby (1955).
- H. Schmidt: Gigant (1926), Monument.
- F. P. Glaß: Glaß Antiqua (1912).
- Eickhoff: Lithograph (1903).
- H. Möhring: Phalanx (1931).
- C. Adam: Rex (1924).
- H. Pauser: Semper Antiqua (1940).
- Eugène Grasset: Römisch Grasset (1913), Grasset Antiqua (1900).
- Albert Anklam: Mönchs-Gotisch (or: Mediaeval-Gotisch) in 1877 (Schnelle says 1881); Neue Schwabacher (normal and halbfett) in 1876.
- J. Göbler: Ballerina (1959, script face).
Flickr page on Genzsch and Heyse. View the digital legacy of Genzch & Heyse. [Google]
Also Maistre Geofroy Tory de Bourges. Parisian printer, designer and engraver, 1480-1533. As designer and engraver he produced beautiful initials, borders, and illustrations. In Champ-fleury, auquel est contenu l'art et science de la vraie proportion des lettres antiques selon le corps et visage humain (Gilles de Gourmond, Paris, 1529), Geoffroy Tory compared the proportions in letters to proportions in the human body. The books treats the design of roman capitals and is critical of the work of Dürer. It was translated in English by George B. Ives, New York, in 1927. There also exists a facsimile, with introduction by John Jolliffe. East Ardsley, dated 1970. He was rewarded by François I with the title of Imprimeur du Roi in 1531.
Octavo.com sells a CD of the original book. You can also view the text on-line. Essay in Spanish on his life. Page at Columbia University. A French thesis on Geoffroy Tory. PDF of Champ Fleury.
Scans, images: Letter I superimposed on a human face, Lettres Fantastiques (caps made from tools), [continued], Lettres Imperialles et Bullatiques (capitals), [continued], Lettres Tourneures (Lombardian capitals), Construction of an S, Construction of a Z, Construction of an A, his Lettres Latines alphabet, Cadeaulx (blackletter caps), [continued].
There have been rather few attempts at making a typeface based on Tory's drawings from Champ Fleury. Gilles Le Corre (GLC) created 1529 Champ Fleury Initials (2010) for example. The text of that book, which was printed by Gilles de Gourmond in Paris, led Gilles Le Corre to develop the rough typeface 1529 Champ Fleury Pro. Christian Küsters designed AF Champ Fleury (1996). Michael Jacoby based his Vitruvia Titling (2016) on the Champfleury typeface. [Google]
Austrian designer who is trying hard to give the free software world an excellent qualitatively competitive free Garamond family. At Google Web Fonts, we find his EB Garamond family (2011), which covers both Latin and Cyrillic. Thee are also EB Garamond Initials. It is named after Egelnoff and Berner.
He explains: The source for the letterforms is a scan of a specimen known as the Berner specimen, which, composed in 1592 by Conrad Berner, son-in-law of Christian Egenolff and his successor at the Egenolff print office, shows Garamont's roman and Granjon's italic fonts at different sizes. Hence the name of this project: Egenolff-Berner Garamond. Also planned are polytonic Greek, IPA and ornaments.
Klingspor link. Open Font Library link. CTAN download of EB Garamond. Google Plus link. [Google]
Georg Giesecke, of Schelter&Giesecke in Leipzig, patented many of their typefaces in the USA. A partial list (with PDFs of the patents): Akantrea (1883), Angel Caps (1888), Border Series 73 (1887), Boxed Alphabet (1881), Celtic Caps (1883), Gothic Initials (1883), Initials (1889), Italian renaissance 1883), Kartuschen Einfassung Serie 72 (1887), Lombardic (1885), Ornaments (1878), Script (1887), Shieldface A (1881), Shieldface Combination Pieces (1881), Silhouette Border Series 63 (1884), Zierschrift 1400 (1889). [Google]
Codesigner with Marcus Sterz at FaceType of a Victorian type family called Ivory (2009). They state that Ivory is inspired by a beautiful typeface used in an illustrated compendium about pomology from 1882. I did not know what Pomology is but the Urban Dictionary defines a pomosexual (for postmodernism sexual) as an individual who challenges assumptions about gender and sexuality. Now, a pomologist is a fruit tree specialist---that's another thing altogether. He created Aeronaut (2009, FaceType), a textura based on Kirchengotische Schrift, a font that can be found in a German font book from 1879 entitled Vorlegeblätter f&uunl;r Firmenschreiber. Weingut Script (+Ornaments, 2011) is a flourished type family. Mr. Moustache (2011) is a neatly hand-trimmed condensed type family, complete with various sets of ornaments and dingbats.
Supernett CN (2013, Facetype) is a huge font family based on hand-drawn version of Helvetica. It has 4700 glyphs and many opentype features.
In 2014, he created the hand-lettered poster series Pinto.
In 2015, Georg published the Opentype-feature-laden 2600+-caharcter Mila Script Pro at FaceType.
Klingspor link. [Google]
George Chislett is an illustrator based in Bristol, UK, who graduated from UWE Bristol. He drew a mechanical caps alphabet called Mech Type (2012). [Google]
George J. Becker
Philadelphia, PA-based author of The American system of penmanship ... In ... ten numbers (1842, Uriah Hunt and Son, Philadelphia), Becker's System of Penmanship, Comprising Manual and Elementary Excercises, Business and Epistolary Writing, and Ornamental Penmanship. In Twelve Numbers. No. 10 (1856, Uriah Hunt and Son, Philadelphia), and Ornamental Penmanship Analytical and Finished Alphabets (1854, Uriah Hunt and Son), a lettering manual.
In 2013, James Puckett (Dunwich Type Founders) revived five typefaces from this manual as digital typefaces in his Becker Gothics collection. They include Egyptian, Egyptian Rounded, Stencil, Tuscan and Concave. All have Western and wood type influences. In 2009, Becker's 1854 book was used by Monogram Fonts Co in the creation of Noir Monogram (2009), which was based on Becker's Pearl type.
Downloads of his 1854 book: University of Michigan scan. For a Facsimile, see Becker's ornamental penmanship. A series of analytical and finished alphabets [FACSIMILE]. Free PDF file of the latter book.
In 1993, Dover reprinted 23 complete alphabets in Ornamental Calligraphy [With 50 Plates] (Dover Books on Lettering, Graphic Arts & Printing). Local download of his 1854 book. [Google]
During his studies, Thessaloniki, Greece-based George Roussos created the decorative (Latin) caps typeface Infectura (2015). Behance link. [Google]
George W. Koch
Early 20th century designer of letters, such as this tall-ascendered Roman alphabet. [Google]
George William Jones
British printer and typographer (born 1860 in Upton-on-Severn, died 1942 in Worcestershire). From 1921 until his retirement in 1938, he was "printing adviser" to Linotype&Machinery Ltd in Britain. He was director of typography for the British Printer, and reached the acme of his career as Printer to the King and Queen of Belgium. All his typefaces except Venezia are Linotype typefaces. His typographic work includes these typefaces:
Adobe write-up. Bio by Lawrence Wallis. Klingspor link.
- About 1913, when at the press "At the Sign of the Dolphin" located in Gough Square off Fleet Street, he developed Venezia, a new typeface exclusive to his press. He retained Edward Prince to cut the punches and based his design on a Jenson precedent found in Caesar's "Commentaries" printed around 1470. Jones had the matching italic designed by Frederic Goudy. He sold the punches and matrices to Stephenson Blake in 1927. MacMcGrew: Venezia was produced by Keystone Type Foundry and first shown in 1899. It appears to have been inspired by the same models as Jenson Oldstyle, but features more generously bracketed serifs and a generally more pleasing appearance. Except for the unusual link between the bowls of the g, it is very agreeable. For a later modification of this design, see Laureate.
- Granjon Old Face, first shown in the British trade press of December 1924. He based this on books produced by the Parisian printers Jacques Dupuys in 1554 and Jean Poupy in 1582 (according to Lawrence Wallis). Its roman is a true Garamond. Linotype states that it was based on the typeface sample of the Frankfurt font foundry Egenolff from the year 1592, with the romans by Claude Garamond and the italics by Robert Granjon. Linotype's Granjon gets a date of 1928, and is attributed jointly to George W. Jones and Chauncey H. Griffith. Image of Linotype Granjon.
- Estienne (1928-1929).
- Drawings for Linotype Baskerville are dated 1930 and the first public showing occurred in The London Mercury of November 1931. Jones wanted this to be a true revival, as close to the original as possible. Also, see ITC New Baskerville.
- (Linotype) Georgian (1931-1932) goes back to 18th century type by Alexander Wilson in Scotland. It was probably never digitized.
- Early on in his career, he designed a number of decorative caps alphabets, including the art nouveau style Grange and Dorothy.
View typefaces designed by George William Jones. [Google]
George Williams's site (now defunct) site was a discovery! George Williams (b. 1959) wrote spline-generating code and then went on to produce several fonts with his software between 1987 and 1998:
- Art nouveau style: Carmen, Ambrosia (1989), Fantaisie Artistique, Baldur, Monopol, Parisian, Peignot, Bocklin, Edda.
- Lombardic: Lombardic.
- Victorian: Caprice, Ringlet.
- Uncial: Uncial Animals, Roman Uncial Modern.
- Ornamental caps: Versal, Decorative, Square Caps, Extravagant Capitals, Floral Caps, Morris, Andrade.
- Display typefaces: Crystal, Flash, Cupola, Santa Barbara Streets (2013-2014; after the street signs in Santa Barbara, CA).
- Blackletter: Rotunda (1998), Bastarda, Textura Modern, Fractur (a remake of Wittenbach).
- Art deco: Piccadilly, Mirage (1999, prismatic).
- Calligraphic: Humanistic.
- Text: Caslon.
- Slab: Monospace.
- Sans: Caliban.
- Bamboo Gothic (2007).
- TIS620-2529 (a Thai font).
George Williams writes: I have been slowly working to provide free unicode postscript fonts for the three major groupings of styles used by European (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic anyway) type designs: serif, sans-serif and typewriter (or Times, Helvetica and Courier). Monospace is my approximation to Courier. Close examination will reveal that it is a bad copy of courier. Caslon Roman (1992-2001) is a serif font (designed by William Caslon in 1734), it's not a bad copy of Times, it's a bad copy of something else. Caliban is a bad copy of Helvetica. If Microsoft can call their version of Helvetica Arial, then Caliban seems appropriate for mine. Yet another URL.
George Williams is best known as the inventor and creator of FontForge, the bigest and best free font editor today. It made him the darling of the Open Software community. Interview with OSP.
Fontspace link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
[GalloFonts (was: Graphics by Gallo)]
Germaine Chen Shiyun graduated in Visual Communications from Temasek Polytechnic, and is currently pursuing a BA in Design Communication at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. She created Money Talks (2011) and ChiChi (2011, an ornamental caps typeface inspired by fashion illustrations).
Behance link. [Google]
Based in Miami, FL, German Blanco created the fun figurines typeface Soccer Player Font (2012).
Behance link. [Google]
Free original fonts and an occasional commercial font by Austria's Lorenz Goldnagl: old typewriter font family GF Halda, labeler family GF Ordner, and the sans serif headliner font GF Vienna. Classy-looking fonts. Recent additions: GF Becker (thick round letters), GF Hubert Caps, GF Gesetz (scanned Fraktur font), GF Krater, GF Fuffiger (modern Gothic font), GF Matilda (handwriting). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. [Google]
Italian copper engraver and publisher (1550-1620), who in 1596 published a human form alphabet largely influenced by similar alphabets of Peter Flötner in Germany. A font based on this was made by Ulrich Stiehl: GiacomoFranco (download link). [Google]
Italian author of a suite of ornamental letters known as Grotesque Alphabet in Mythological Landscapes (16th century). Scans of some letters in this alphabet: A, B, C, D, F, H, I, M, N, O, Q, R, S, T, V, Z. [Google]
Gianfranco Agreda Tirado
During his studies in Trujillo, Peru, Gianfranco Agreda Tirado designed the decorative caps typeface Michael Jackson (2016). [Google]
Gilles de Brock
Dutch art director in The Hague. Home page at Mister Three. Creator of the ornamental caps typeface Don't Believe The Type. (2010). [Google]
Gilles Le Corre
[GLC --- Gilles Le Corre]
During Gimmikk Ohm's graphic design studies at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok,Thailand, he designed the ornamental caps typeface Templar (2013). It was inspired by the movie The Seventh Seal. [Google]
Minneapolis, MN-based designer of the children's alphabet Animal ABCs (2016). Shae also created the multicolor typeface RGB Type (2016). [Google]
Great news page about old books, the history of the book and type, incunabula, and important but forgotten artists. Ceased in 2008, but the archives are still there. [Google]
Survey by Judith Schaechter (Main) of figurative alphabets. [Google]
Or Giovanni Antonio Tagliente. Calligrapher and writing master, born in Venice, 1468-1527. Author of Lo presente libro insegna la vera arte de lo excellente scrivere de diverse varie sorti de litere (1524). Sample images from that penmanship book, which includes scripts for Latin, Hebrew and Greek: i, ii, iii, iv. Also: Chancery, Florentine, Florentine bastarda, Lettera bollatica, Lettera imperiale. Sets of ornamental capitals: Italian gothic Initials and Italian Renaissance Capitals. Picture of Tagliente's title page of his book in 1531. PDF of his work by Toni Pecoraro. Digitizations:
FontShop link. [Google]
- A scanfont based on his chancery is 1491 Cancellaresca Formata (2009, GLC).
- Stanley Morison's metal Bembo (1929) is based on Tagliente's letters. Bitstream's Aldine 401 is the first digital take of Bembo, which is attributed jointly to F. Griffo and G. Tagliente. JY Aetna (1994) is Jack Yan's version. Other revivals include Bembo MT (Monotype), Bamberg Serial (Softmaker), Bergamo and Bergamo Osf (Softmaker), Bergamo (Infinitype) and Bergamo (FontSite).
Giovanni B. Landi
Landi writes about his company, GBL: GBL is a digital fonts foundry operating in Italy from 1994. We can create fonts or elaborate existing font. We have created Pineider's lithographic fonts from ancient metallic lithographic masters. Designer of the free ornamental caps typeface Miniature Caps (2014). [Google]
Giovanni Francesco Cresci
Or Gianfrancesco Cresci. Milanese calligrapher who worked in Rome during the later 16th century, and became the Vatican's scriptor. Author of Essemplare (1560) and Il Perfetto Scrittore (Venice, 1569-1570), and influential Italian writing master. The full title of the book is II perfetto Scrittore Di M. Gio. Francesco Cresci Cittadino Milanese Doue se veggono i veri Caratteri & le natural forme di tutte quelle sorti di lettere che a vero scrittor si appartengono. Con alcun'altre da lui nuouamente ritrouate : Et i modi che deue tenere il mastro per ben insegnare.
BibliOdyssey describes a type scandal from that era: Gianfrancesco Cresci heralded the onset of the Baroque by categorically rejecting what he considered were the useless adornments to some of the alphabets produced in the 1540s by the master calligrapher, Giambattista Palatino. Palatino responded by adopting letterforms similar to Cresci's (whose first work was published in 1560 in Essemplare) only to be accused by Cresci of lacking the necessary skills to produce the set himself, instead hiring an engraver for the work. It was quite the calligraphy/typography scandal of the 16th century. I believe the modern scholarly consensus, from manuscript comparisons, vindicates Palatino.
Some images of his alphabets: Italian Gothic Capitals (1570), Italian Initials (1570), Italian Minuscule (1570). Another minuscule from 1570.
Digital fonts directly based on his work include the Trajan all-caps typeface Cresci LP (1997, Garrett Boge).
Pictures of his roman capitals. Images from Il Perfetto Scrittore. [Google]
German type designer (b. Weimar, 1892, d. Verona, 1977). He started out in Kurt Wolff's München-based press in 1919, founded the Officina Bodoni, which moved first to Montagnola and then in 1926 to Verona. In 1968, he won the Gutenberg Prize. Here is the laudatio of Rudolf Hagelstang for the first Gutenberg prize winner (in German): Die Jünger Gutenbergs sind eine internationale Gesellschaft. Wenn wir heute einen ihrer Meister ehren, so blicken wir dabei weder auf die Stadt noch auf Länderfahnen, sondern fühlen uns mit dem Preisträger Giovanni Mardersteig als Bürger jenes Landes, das das Vaterland der Vaterländer ist: die Kunst. He became a perfectionist and printed exquisite books of the highest typographical standards. Hagelstang said that Mardersteig came as close to the ideal as possible. People referred to him as the prince among printers, the "Fürst der Drucker" or "Principe dei stampatori". His typefaces:
Books on the Officina Bodoni include Giovanni Mardersteig: stampatore, editore, umanista (Valdonega, 1989). The Officina Bodoni : an account of the work of a hand press, 1923-1977 (Valdonega, 1980; a translation of "Die Officina Bodoni: das Werk einer Handpresse, 1923-1977" by Maximilian-Gesellschaft (1979)). [Google]
- Dante (1947-1952, Officina Bodoni; 1957-1959, Monotype). First digital release of Dante was in 1993. It was cut from 1947-1954 by Charles Malin for the private press of Officina Bodoni in Verona. This is a marvelously balanced serif family based in part on Luca Pacioli's renaissance face. It also has a Dante Titling. Adobe says this about the family: Giovanni Mardersteig started work on Dante after the Second World War, when printing at the Officina Bodoni returned to full production. He drew on his experience of using Monotype Bembo and Centaur to design a new book typeface with an italic which worked harmoniously with the roman. Originally hand-cut by Charles Malin, it was adapted for mechanical composition by Monotype in 1957. The new digital version has been redrawn, by Monotype's Ron Carpenter, free from any restrictions imposed by hot metal technology. It was issued in 1993 in a range of three weights with a set of titling capitals, and is now available from Adobe. Dante is a beautiful book typeface which can also be used to good effect in magazines and periodicals. Monotype issued Dante Etext in 2013.
- Fontana (1961, Monotype): designed for the Glasgow publisher Collins in 1936 (for the Collins dictionary), and based on a type cut by Alexander Wilson of the Glasgow Letter Foundry about 1770. It is an old style numbered typeface with some relationship to Baskerville.
- Griffo (1928-1930, Officina Bodoni): designed for use in Mardersteig's own private press. Related to Dante, but more flowing.
- Zeno (1937, Officina Bodoni). Based on early Italian romans; the punches were cut by Charles Malin.
Giovannino dei Grassi
Medieval miniaturist and painter, who died in 1398, probably in Milan. He was one of the first ones to show (painted) letters of an alphabet containing drawings of birds, animals and ladies (around 1390). This alphabet is known as The Bergamo Alphabet.
Wikipedia link. Link to The Sketchbook of Giovannino de Grassi. [Google]
Eger, Hungary-based creator of the free hipster style typeface Landscape (2014). During her studies in Budapest, she created Budapes Type (2014), which was inspired by a train station in Budapest. [Google]
Giuseppe Levi from Perugia designed AnecdoteCaps in 1993. [Google]
Giuseppe Maria Mitelli
Italian graphic artist, 1634-1718. In Le Collezioni DArte della Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, Le Incisioni - Volume 1, he showed many figurative alphabets, such as the bizarre Alfabeto in Sogno (Dream Alphabet), dating from 1683. [Google]
Avignon-based designer who drew a children's alphabet in 2012. [Google]
GLC --- Gilles Le Corre
[Gilles Le Corre]
French painter born in Nantes in 1950, who lives in Talmont St Hilaire. His fonts include 2010 Cancellaresca Recens (inspired by a chancery type of Francisco Lucas from the late 16th century), 2009 Handymade (comic book style), 2009 Lollipop (chancery style), 2009 GLC Plantin, 2009 Primitive (2009, a rough-edged roman script), 2008 Script 2 (2008), GLC Ornaments One (2008) and 2008 Xmas Fantasy (2008: blackletter). In 2008, he started GLC -- Gilles Le Corre and became commercial. Creative Market link. He is best known for his historic revivals:
Creative Market link. [Google]
- 161 Vergilius (2010)
- 750 Latin Uncial (2010): inspired by the Latin script used in European monasteries from circa 5th to 8th, before the Carolingian style took over. The uppercases were mainly inspired by a 700's manuscript from Fécamp's abbey in France.
- 799 Insular (2010): inspired by the so-called insular style of Latin script that was used in Celtic monasteries from about 600 until 820.
- 825 Karolus (2009), and 825 Lettrines Karolus (2009).
- 1066 Hastings (2009).
- 1350 Primitive Russian (2012) was inspired by a Russian Cyrillic hand of Russkaja Pravda. It has rough-edged Latin charaters and many old Russian glyphs.
- 1420 Gothic Script (2008).
- 1431 Humane Niccoli (2010), after writings of Florence-based calligrapher Niccolo Niccoli (1364-1437).
- 1456 Gutenberg (2008, based on a scan of an old text). Followed by 1456 Gutenberg B42 Pro, which was based on the so called B42 character set used for the two Gutenberg Latin Bibles (42 and 36 lines).
- 1462 Bamberg (2008).
- 1467 Pannartz Latin (2009): inspired by the edition De Civitate Dei (by Sanctus Augustinus) printed in 1467 in Subiaco by Konrad Sweynheym and Arnold Pannartz, who was the punchcutter.
- 1470 Sorbonne (2010) was inspired by the first French cast font, for the Sorbonne University printing shop. The characters were drawn by Jean Heynlin, rector of the university based on examples by Pannartz. It is likely that the cutter was Adolf Rusch.
- 1470 Jenson-SemiBold (2008).
- 1475 BastardeManual (2008, inspired by the type called Bastarde Flamande, a book entitled Histoire Romaine (by Titus Livius), translated in French by Pierre Bersuire ca. 1475, was the main source for drawing the lower case characters).
- 1479 Caxton Initials (2009): inspired by the two blackletter fonts used by the famous William Caxton in Westminster (UK) in the late 1400s.
- 1483 Rotunda Lyon (2010): inspired by a Venetian rotunda found in a 1483 book called Eneide printed in Lyon by Barthélémy Buatier (from Lyon) and Guillaume Le Roy (from Liège, Belgium).
- 1484 Bastarda Loudeac (2008).
- 1470 Jenson Latin (2009), inspired by the pure Jenson set of fonts used in Venice to print De preparatio evangelica in 1470.
- 1491 Cancellarasca Normal and Formata (2009): inspired by the very well known humanist script called Cancellaresca. This variant, Formata, was used by many calligraphers in the late 1400s, especially by Tagliente, whose work was mainly used for this font.
- 1492 Quadrata (2008).
- 1495 Lombardes (2008): a redrawn set of Lombardic types, which were used in Lyon by printers such as Mathias Huss, Martin Havard or Jean Real, from the end of 14OOs to the middle of 1500s.
- 1495 Bastarda Lyon (2008, based on the font used in the "Conte de Griseldis" by Petrarque).
- 1499 Alde Manuce Pro (2010): inspired by the roman font used by Aldus Manutius in Venice (1499) to print Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the well-known book attributed to Francesco Colonna. Francesco Griffo was the punchcutter. The Italic style, carved by Francesco Colonna, illustrates the so-called Aldine style.
- 1509 Leyden (2008; a Lombardic typeface inspired by the type used in Leyden by Jan Seversz to print Breviores elegantioresque epistolae).
- 1510 Nancy (2008, decorated initial letters was inspired by those used in 1510 in Nancy (France, Lorraine) for printing of Recueil ou croniques des hystoires des royaulmes d'Austrasie ou France orientale[...] by Symphorien Champion; unknown printer).
- 1512 Initials.
- 1514 Paris Verand (based on initial caps that Barthélémy Verand employed for the printing of Triumphus translatez de langage Tuscan en François.
- 1522 Vicentino (2011). Based on Ludovico Vicentino Arrighi's 1522 typeface published in La Operina.
- GLC 1523 Holbein (2010, after Hans Holbein's Alphabet of Death.
- GLC 1525 Durer Initials (2010). Sample R.
- 1529 Champ Fleury Pro and 1529 Champ Fleury Initials (2010): based on Geofroy Tory's original drawings and text face.
- 1532 Bastarde Lyon (2008, based on work by an anonymous printer in Lyon (France) to print the French popular novel Les Grandes et inestimables Chroniques du grand et enorme geant Gargantua).
- 1533 GLC Augereau Pro: inspired by one of Antoine Augereau's three roman typefaces: the Gros Romain size, used in 1533 to print Le miroir de l'&aciorc;me..., a poetic compilation by Marguerite de Navarre, sister of the French king François I.
- 1534 Fraktur (2009; inspired by the early Fraktur style font used circa 1530 by Jacob Otther, printer in Strasbourg (Alsace-France) for German language printed books).
- 1536 Civilité manual (2011). Based on a handwritten copy of Brief story of the second journey in Canada (1535) by French explorer Jacques Cartier.
- 1538 Schwabacher (2008, based on a font used by Georg Rhan in Wittemberg (Germany) to print Des Babsts Hercules [...], a German pamphlet against roman catholicism written by Johannes Kymeus).
- 1540 Mercator Script was inspired by an alphabet of Gerardus Mercator, who is known for his maps as well as his Literarum Latinarum, quas Italicas cursoriasque vocant, scribendarum ratio (1540).
- 1543 Humane Petreius (2012) was inspired by the typeface used in Nuremberg by Johannes Petreius for De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, the well-known mathematical and astronomical essay by Nicolas Copernicus.
- 1543 German Deluxe (2009): a Schwabacher inspired by the sets of fonts used in 1543 by Michael Isengrin, printer in Basel, to print New Kreüterbuch, which is a book with numerous nice pictures, the masterpiece of Leonhart Fuchs, father of the modern botany.
- 1543 HumaneJenson-Bold (2008, after the typeface used in Vesalius' 1543 book De humani corporis fabrica).
- 1543 HumaneJenson-Normal (2008, same source).
- 1545 Faucheur (2011) is a rough garalde typeface that was inspired by the set of fonts used in Paris by Ponce Rosset, aka Faucheur, to print the story of the second travel to Canada by Jacques Cartier, first edition, printed in 1545.
- 1546 Poliphile (2009), inspired by the French edition of Hypnerotomachie de Poliphile ("The Strife of Love in a Dream") attributed to Francesco Colonna, 1467, and printed in 1546 in Paris by Jacques Kerver.
- 1550 Arabesques (2008, caps).
- 1557 Civilité Granjon (2010).
- 1557 Italique (2008, based on Italic type used by Jean de Tournes in Lyon to print La métamorphose d'Ovide figurée).
- 1565 Renaissance (2010), inspired by French renaissance decorated letters.
- 1565 Venetian Normal (2008, initial decorated letters that are entirely original, but were inspired by Italian renaissance engraver Vespasiano Amphiareo's patterns published in Venice ca. 1568).
- 1584 Rinceau (2008, a set of initial letters is an entirely original creation, inspired by French renaissance patterns used by Bordeaux printers circa 1580-1590).
- 1584 Pragmatica Lima (2011). Based on fonts used in 1584 by Antonio Ricardo to produce the first publication ever printed in Southern America.
- 1585 Flowery (2009): inspired by French renaissance decorated letters.
- 1589 Humane Bordeaux (2008, inspired by the Garamond fonts used by S. Millanges (imprimeur ordinaire du Roy) in Bordeaux ca. 1580-1590. The alphabets were used to reprint L'instruction des curés by Jean Gerson).
- 1590 Humane Warszawa is a rough-edged garalde typeface inspired by a font carved circa 1590 for a Polish editor.
- 1592 GLC Garamond (2008, inspired by the pure Garamond set of fonts used by Egenolff and Berner, German printers in Frankfurt, at the end of sixteen century. Considered the best and most complete set at the time. The italic style is Granjon's).
- 1610 Cancellaresca (2008, inspired by the Cancellaresca moderna type of 1610 by Francesco Periccioli who published it in Sienna).
- 1613 Basilius (2012) was based on the hand-drawn types used by Basilius Besler (Germany) for the carved plates of his botanical manual Hortus eystettensis.
- GLC 1619 Expédiée (2015). A grungy Civilté.
- 1621 GLC Pilgrims (2010).
- 1634 René Descartes (2009), based upon his handwriting in a letter to Mersenne.
- 1638 Civilité Manual (2010). Inspired by a French solicitor's document dated 1638.
- GLC 1648 Chancellerie (2011). Inspired by the hand-written 1648 Munster peace treaty signed by roi Louis XIV and Kaiser Ferdinand II.
- 1651 Alchemy (2010): a compilation created from a Garamond set in use in Paris circa 1651.
- GLC 1669 Elzevir (2011) was inspired by the font typefaces used in Amsterdam by Daniel Elzevir to print Tractatus de corde, the study of earth anatomy by Richard Lower, in 1669. The punchcutter was Kristoffel Van Dijk.
- GLC 1672 Isaac Newton (2012) is based on the hand of Isaac Newton.
- GLC Morden Map (2011). Based on an engraved typeface used on a pack of playing cards published by Sir Robert Morden in 1676.
- 1682 Writhed Hand: very irregular handwriting.
- 1689 GLC Garamond Pro (2010): inspired by Garamond fonts used in an edition of Remarques critiques sur les oeuvres d'Horace by DAEP, published in Paris by Deny Thierry and seprately by Claude Barbin.
- 1689 Almanach (2009): inspired by the eroded and tired fonts used by printers from the sixteenth century to the early years of twentieth for cheap or fleeting works, like almanacs, adverts, gazettes or popular novels.
- 1695 Captain Flynt.
- 16th Arabesques (2008, an exquisite ornamental caps scanfont).
- 1715 Jonathan Swift (2011). An example of the hand of Irish poet and novelist Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). It is a typical exemple of the British quill pen handwriting from about 1650-1720.
- GLC 1726 Real Espanola (2012). Based on the set of typefaces used by Francisco Del Hierro to print the first Spanish language Dictionary from the Spanish Royal Academy (Real Academia Española, Dictionario de Autoridades) in 1726. These transitional styles are said to have been the first set of official typefaces in Spain.
- 1741 Financiere (2009): inspired by the Fournier's font Financière. While it appears handwritten, it was in fact carved in 1741 by Pierre Simon Fournier le jeune and published in his Manuel Typographique in Paris (1764-1766).
- 1742 Frenchcivilite (2008).
- 1751 GLC Copperplate (2009), a 6-style family about which Gilles says: This family was inspired by an engraved plate from Diderot&Dalembert's Encyclopedia (1751), illustrating the chapter devoted to letter engraving techniques. The plate bears two engravers names: "Aubin" (may be one of the four St Aubin brothers?) and "Benard" (whose name is present below all plates of the Encyclopedia printed in Geneva). It seems to be a transitional type, but different from Fournier or Grandjean.
- 1756 Dutch (2011).
- 1776 Independence (inspired mainly from the font used by John Dunlap in the night of 1776 July 4th in Philadelphia to print the first 200 sheets of the Congress' Declaration of Independence establishing the United States of America).
- 1781 La Fayette (2010): a formal bâtarde coulée script with caitals inspired by Fournier (1781).
- 1785 GLC Baskerville (2011). Le Corre explains: The Baskerville's full collection was bought by the French editor and author Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais who used it to print---in Switzerland---for the first time the complete work of Voltaire (best known as the Kehl edition, by the "Imprimerie de la société littéraire typographique"). We have used this edition, with exemplaries from 1785, to reconstruct this genuine historical two styles.
- 1786 GLC Fournier (2010), based on several books printed in Paris just before the Didot era set in. The Titling characters are based on hymns printed by Nicolas Chapart.
- 1790 Royal Printing (2009): inspired by various variants of Romain du Roy.
- 1791 Constitution (2011).
- 1792 La Marseillaise (2011). Based on the original manuscript of the French revolutionary song La Marseillaise which later became the French national hymn---it was composed in one night (April 25, 1792) by captain Rouget de Lisle.
- 1805 Austerlitz Script Light: a typical French handwriting style from that period, named after one of the few battles that Napoleon actually won.
- 1805 Jaeck Map (2011). Inspired by the engraved characters of a German map, edited in Berlin at the end of 1700s. The engraver was Carl Jaeck or Jaek (1763-1808).
- 1809 Homer (2011), a grungy typeface named after the "homer" message pigeons.
- 1815 Waterloo (2008): a handwriting typeface originating in Napoleon's government. Why do I feel that GLC is nostalgic for the era of Napoleon? Their own present dwarf-version of Napoleon is not exactly a huge success.
- 1820 Modern (2009) was inspired by a didone font used in Rennes by Cousin-Danelle, printers, for a Brittany travel guide.
- 1822 GLC Caslon (2010): inspired by a Caslon set used by an unknown Flemish printer from Bruges, in the beginning of 1800s, a little before the revival of the Caslon style in the 1840s.
- 1845 Mistress (2009): calligraphic script.
- 1848 Barricades Italic, a quill pen italic.
- 1859 Solferino (2009).
- 1863 Gettysburg (2008; inspired by a lot of autographs, notes and drafts, written by President Abraham Lincoln, mainly the Gettysburg address).
- 1864 GLC Monogram Initials (2011) was inspired by a French portfolio containing about two hundred examples of Chiffres---deux lettres, created for engravers and jewelers in Paris in 1864, and drawn by French engraver C. Demengeot.
- 1871 Victor Hugo (2011). Based on manuscripts from the final part of the life of Victor Hugo (1802-1885).
- 1871 Whitman Script (2008) and 1871 Dreamer Script (2008): inspired by manuscripts by American poet Walt Whitman. See also 1871 Dreamer 2 Pro (2012).
- 1880 Kurrentschrift (2010): German handwriting, based on late medieval cursive. It is also known as "Alte Deutsche schrift" ("Old German script"). This was taught in German schools until 1941.
- 1883 Fraktur (2009): inspired by fonts used by J. H. Geiger, printer in Lahr, Germany.
- 1885 Germinal: based on notes and drafts written by Émile Zola (1840-1902).
- GLC 1886 Romantic Initials (2012).
- 1890 Registers Script (2008): inspired by the French "ronde".
- 1890 Notice (2009): a fat didone family.
- 1902 Loïe Fuller (art nouveau face).
- 1906 Fantasio (2010): inspired by the hatched one used for the inner title and many headlines by the popular French satirical magazine Fantasio (1906-1948).
- 1906 French News: a weathered Clarendon-like family based on the fonts used by Le Petit Journal, a French newspaper that ran from 1863 until 1937.
- 1906 Fantasio Auriol (2010), inspired by the set of well known Auriol fonts used by the French popular satirical magazine Fantasio (1906-1948).
- 1906 Titrage (2009): a didone headline typeface from the same newspaper.
- Underwood 1913 (2007, an old typewriter font, whose commercial version is Typewriter 1913), and 1913 Typewriter Carbon (2008).
- 1920 French Script Pro (2010).
- 1920 My Toy Print Set, 1925 My Toy Print Deluxe Pro (2010): inspired by rubbert stamp toy print boxes called Le petoit imprimeur.
- 1968 GLC Graffiti (2009).
- 1917 Stencil (2009; with rough outlines).
- 2010 Dance of Death (2010): based on Hans Holbein's Alphabet of Death.
- 2009 Primitive (2016).
- 2009 GLC Plantin Pro (2016).
- 2010 Pipo Classic: a grungy typewriter slab serif family.
- 2010 Cancellaresca Recens (2016).
- 2011 Slimtype (2011, +Italic) and 2011 Slimtype Sans (2011): an old typewriter typeface.
Glenda de Guzman
Graduate in 1992 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Printing. While a co-op student for Monotype Typography in California, she hinted fonts. She has also carried out research at Microsoft with Robert Norton. She joined Font Bureau in 1994, but moved a few years later to Southern California.
FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
- Designer at Font Bureau of Bradley Initials (1994, after spectacular art deco capitals originally designed by William H. Bradley---see the 1934 ATF catalog, where it is called Bradley Ultra Modern Initials).
- She also designed Math1-Bold, Math1, Math1Mono-Bold, Math1Mono, Math2-Bold, Math2, Math2Mono-Bold, Math2Mono, Math3, Math3Bold, Math3Mono-Bold, Math3Mono, Math4-Bold, Math4, Math4Mono-Bold, Math4Mono, Math5, Math5Bold, Math5Mono, Math5MonoBold for Wolfram's Mathematica package in 1996 (truetype versions here or here or here).
Creator of a set of ornamental caps. Date unknown. In 2012, Jose Jimenez published Godfrey Sykes Initials, a tile alphabet which was inspired by the decorations of Godfrey Sykes, whose work was greatly influenced by that of Raphael and Michelangelo. [Google]
Graphic designer in Dublin, Ireland, who created a set of 26 decorative capitals in 2015. [Google]
Grace Lee (Pasadena, CA) created the Pole Dancing all-caps typeface in Yee Chan's class at Art Center College of Design in 2013. [Google]
Designer at T26 of Copenhagen (2006, boxed caps face), Poison (2006, biline face), and Vanity (2006). Klingspor link. [Google]
Illustrator at the Winchester School of Art in the UK. He created an ornamental all caps alphabet called Discovery (2011). Behance link. [Google]
During her graphic design studies at Instituto Toulouse Lautrec in Lima, Peru, Grazzia Bracamonte designed the illustrated caps typeface Font Face Me (2013). [Google]
Greater Albion Typefounders (or: GATF)
[Paul James Lloyd]
Paul J. Lloyd's typefoundry in Western Australia, est. 2008. Lloyd (b. UK) made over 100 free truetype fonts before that. He writes: What we will offer is new designs, replete with Edwardian Fun, Victorian distinction, or any other piece of elegance we can manage.
Edwardian creations from 2008-2010: Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Adantine, Goldbarre, Brosse, Crewekerne, Crewekerne Magna and Crewekerne Magister (arts and crafts face), Larchmont, Brissard, Brossard (slab serif), Bonavia, Bonavia Blanc, Clementhorpe, Veneribe, Chiara Script, Howlett, Svengali Roman, Bonning and Bonnington (1920's style families with ideas from University Roman), Absinette (2009, art nouveau), Bamberforth, Tumbletype, Vertrina, Bromwich, Great Bromwich, Fleete, Helenium. Chipping emulates the Edwardian 1920s. In 2012, he added the Bolton Commercial family (late Edwardian, early art nouveau).
Art deco typefaces: Oakland (2011, multiline typeface gleaned from a 1930s French car ad), Zenia (2010, trilined), Plebe (Plebia, 2008: a grotesk emulating the 1930s), Whitehaven (2008, an extensive art deco family with several shadow weights), Merry Fleurons (2008, Christmas ornament dingbats), Braxia (2008), Keynsia (fifties style art deco family with Peignot influences).
Other typefaces: Haymer is a large sans family made in 2010. Clunic (2008) is a blackletter face. Tectura (2008) is a handwriting font. Eldridge is a slab serif family. Aliqua (2009), Chipperly (2009) and Syondola (2008, Tuscan) are Wild West families. Terazza Tilings (2009) and Valentine's Fleurons (2009) are dingbat typefaces. Additions in 2009 include Lowndes (soft blackletter), Christmas Fleurons, Merry Snowmen, Cherritt (described as a Victorian era Courier), DoodleBirds, Halloween Fleurons, ButtonFaces, Sabio (neither slab nor sans), Daub (brush graffiti font), Sabinard (a modern swash face), Cullions (futuristic blackletter), Coronard (blackletter / roman hybrid), Easter Fleurons, Chapter Initials, Paveline (19th century calligraphic script), Mellin Sans and Open, Gildersleeve (evoking the 1920s Arts and Crafts movement), Stannard (a 1920's advertising inspired small caps face), Slattery (a horizontally shaded fun face), Slatterine (2009, more retro futurism), Spillsbury (2010, Victorian family), Cirflex (2010, geometric display typeface based on arcs of circles), Oxonia (2010, a classic roman family) and Vectis (classic Roman elegance, another small caps face).
Creations in 2010: Windevere, Albion's White Christmas, Paragon (a great didone display family with a wood type feel), Compton (slab serif family), Mexborough, Morover (Schwabacher family), Anavio (a classical roman family), Corvone (3d-effect font), Granville (Victorian), Corton (Victorian), Wellingborough (Victorian), Worthing (Victorian), Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Bonaventure (art nouveau), Federal Streamliner (1950s feel techno face), Deva (classical roman), Crucis Ornaments (crosses), Bronzino (a roman with Arts and Crafts roots), Bertoni (2010, a didone family), Pardon Me Boy (train dingbats), Woodruff (Open Face fonts with a wood type look), Jonquin (based on a WWI poster; +Incised), Luscombe (1920s display family; +Parva), Movella (futuristic from the 1950s), Magdalena Sans (2010: a clear monoline sans), Endymion (2010: Tuscan), Paget (a Tuscan experimental all caps face), Portello (Victorian).
Typefaces made in 2011: Admiral (art nouveau), Tuscaloosa (Tuscan face), Eccles (bombastic Victorian), Wolverhampton (pre-Victorian), Doncaster (Victorian family), Metropole (art nouveau family), Corsham (stone engraved lettering family), Leibix (casual), Albia Nova (an elegant futuristic organic face), Flapper (art nouveau face), Bertolessi (curly Victorian), Tulk's Victorian Banner (all caps banner face), Fitzgerald (Victorian all caps face), Cleveden (Victorian headline family), Spargo (an extensive set of early 20th century-look engraved typefaces for official documents and securities), Bettendorf (2011, based on a 1900s masthead typeface), Wolvercote (2011, similar to Bettendorf), Pittsburgh (2011, a Western-style engraved face), Chubbly (2011), Portmeirion No. 6 (2011, a Victorian / circus design), Bronzetti (2011; images: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi), Sophie J (hanprinted), Dem Bones (2011, glyphs made from bones), Stout (2011), Birmingham New Street (a Victorian family inspired by the hand lettered title on a 19th century railway map), Beckinslade (ornamental blackletter).
Production in 2012: Alfere Sans Stripes, Albion's Americana (Western stars and stripes face), Tudor Perpendicular (blackletter), Amici (rounded headline face), Amie (rounded sans), Wolverton Text (Edwardian family), Vinea (10-style display family), Par Avion (retro futuristic), AstroBats (retro sci-fi dingbats), Beeching (+Shadowed), Gondolieri (didone meets Tuscan), Penrose Slabserif (an Escher-like trompe l'oeuil 3d face), Haldane (art nouveau, Arabic look), Solidarius (chubby, fat felt-tip pen font), Bluebottle (angular display face), Merrivale (Victorian), Future Runes (runic simulation), Coliseo, Alfrere Sans (inspired by a 1950s television caption style), Tectura II (Lloyd's answer to Comic Sans), Secombe (Edwardian caps family), Milligan, London Court (Tudor-era caps family).
Typefaces from 2013: Speedblur, Belhampton (Edwardian), Merry Baubles (Christmas tree dings), Merry Bauble Letters (Christmas alphadings), Wroxeter (blackletter), Thurbrooke (+Banner, +Initials, +Black, +Reverso, all based on 19th century banner headings and engraved lettering), Bourne (a rounded type system), Henrician (a set of eight Tudor style display typefaces), Belle Jardin (art deco marquee face), Lavery (Edwardian), Baldione (a stylized didone), Chequers (a vintage poster face), Turvy Topsy (fat finger face), Merrivaux (faux medieval), Blout (German expressionist typeface), Easter Egg Letters, Isometrica (a banner typeface family), Valentine's Letters, Imperial Granum (roman titling face), Brollo (chunky display face).
Typefaces from 2014: Albions Very Old Masthead, Albions Engraved Black, Albions Old Masthead, Albions Incised Masthead, Albions Black Holly, Zanderley (pure Victoriana, +Initials), Landsdowne Commercial, Friendly Shaded Sans, Trivette, Wellmere Sans, Uncia Black, Henry VII, Greene and Rollins (layered Victorian typeface), Barollo, Alfrine, Alfrere Banner (+Incised), Lugano, Lanvier (1930s-style caps typeface family), Bonlivet (a hyper-decorative capitals alphabet from the late Victoian or early art nouveau era), Ames Text (a didone family with rounded brackets), Ames Roman (related to didones but with wedge serifs), Ames Weathered, Ames Shadow, Ames Shaded, Amersham (vintage signage family, 2013-2014).
Typefaces from 2015: Netherland Perpendicular (Victorian blackletter), Ledbury (Victorian), Ambergate (Edwardian poster face), Empyrean (futuristic, yet curvy), Flinscher (1920s script), Signwriter Standard, Display Hatched, Albions Marker No.1 (a charming outlined marker pen typeface inspired by Bembo and Caslon), Joyvrie, Kinver (Victorian), Nationale (Victorian), Doges Banner, Doges Darker (Victorian), Doges Delight (Victorian), Doges Venezia (Victorian).
Typefaces from 2016: Allorette, Albion Sharp Italic, Deco Metro (art deco), SpeedSwash (blackletterish), Stridere (blackletterish), SpeedSketch.
Type announcements. Behance link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Hellofont link.
View all typefaces by Paul Lloyd. Images of Paul Lloyd's best-selling typefaces. Greater Albion Typefounders: typeface collection. View Paul lloyd's Victorian typefaces. [Google]
Greg drew Ghoulies (2008, Context Foundry, Savannah, GA), a ghost-themed all-caps alphabet. He also made Fresh Produce (2008), a hand-painted signage face. [Google]
Graphic designer in Lompoc, CA, who made the ornamental caps typeface ABC (2010). [Google]
Aka SLUT. Illustrator in Kuala Lumpur who created an ornamental caps typeface entitled I Lose My Face (2012). [Google]
Born in 1890, lettering artist Guido Rosa and his brother Lawrence (1894-1929) codesigned an antiqua typeface with a Kursiv for ATF. It was never published. He also created Modern Outline Roman Capitals.
At Photolettering, we find several phototypes that refer to Rosa, such as Rosa Calligraphic, Rosa Italic, and Rosa Roman. [Google]
Berlin-based graphic designer. He/she created Eimer (2013, a hand-printer poster face) and Shit Lettering (2013, shit-shaped glyphs codesigned with patricia martin). [Google]
French graphic designer whose graduation thesis in 2010 contains Alphabet Formel [Google]
French-American artist (b. California) who lives in New York City. Behance link. Creator of a human figure alphabet in 2010. [Google]
Graduate of the London College of Communication. Multidisciplinary designer living and working in London. Creator of the alchemic caps typeface Realium (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Illustrator and typographer in Cali, Colombia. Blog. He designed St3ak (2014) and a fresh display caps typeface called Zinuu (2011) that marries three concepts, the spiral, dots, and paperclips. Idiky (2011) is a hübsch poster face.
Behance link. Hellofont link. [Google]
Type designer at Deberny & Peignot who created Guy Arnoux capitales (1914: caps typeface). [Google]
Coauthor with Paul Carlyle of Letters and Lettering (1938). This book was a big source of inspiration for Nick Curtis. For example, he created the typeface Shishka Bob NF (2005) based on the experimental calligraphy in that book. TaraBulbous NF (2008) is a fat-lettered font by Nick Curtis, also based on Carlyle-Oring lettering. Guinness Extra Stout NF (1999, Nick Curtis) is also based on a Carlyle-Oring script. Kynges X NF (2004, Nick Curtis) is a blackletter semi-Lombardic face based on other work by Carlyle and Oring. Dathan Boardman made Afternoon Tea (2010) based on an art deco design from the book. Anton Scholtz created the art deco typeface Nocturne in 2012 based on work by Carlyle and Oring. The caps in Astoria Titling (Nick Curtis) are based on a 1938 typeface by Carlyle and Oring. Monogram Fonts designed MFC Redding Monogram in 2016 based on an example in Carlyle and Oring. [Google]
Graphic designer and 3d modeler in Strasbourg, France, who created the hypnotic experimental decorative caps typeface Random Geometric (2015) by turning each glyph 360 degrees. [Google]
Nice caps font scanned in from the Solo: Pattern Alphabets book in 2000. Now at Fontsanon. [Google]
H. de Waroquier
Designer ca. 1900 of a decorative caps face, shown here and here. [Google]
San Diego, CA-based creator of a decorative caps typeface in 2015. [Google]
Commercial foundry, est. 2007 in Burlington, VT, by Alec Julien (b. 1965). Fonts sold through MyFonts include Doctor Cyclops (2009), Grundlagen (2009, retro display sans), I Am A Bird (2009), Yacht (2009, a 1930s movie poster style family), Predicate (+Rounded) (2008, sans), Steel Sedan (2008, a condensed slab serif family), Monumint (2008, comic book style), Aerohop (2008, a sans family), Chittenden (2008, an artsy blackboard math style face), Rany (2008, hand-printed), Ashbery (2008, Asian jungle look stick font), Banyan (2007, brush typeface with a jungle look), Loge (2007, a high-contrast sans), Joules (2007, hand-printed family, whose development is described here), Tara (2007, a jungle-look face), Sinn (2007), Set Theory (2007), Bad Marker (2007), Counterfact (2007), Sharp Nine (2007), Good Robot (2007), Groovin Up Slowly (2007), Fractal Caps (2007), Classy Diner (2007), Anthem (2007), Zooey (2007), Imagination Theory (2007), 89 (2007), Skrawl (2007), Zerega (2007), AJ Hand (2007), Scandal (2008), Zone 52 (2008, techno), Gno (2008, techno), Gno Serif (2008), Abbott (2008, a cool hand-printed script). Most of these fonts resulted from drawing or doodling experiments.
Free fonts: Lavoisier (2009, sans), Skritch (2008, handwriting), Geekium (2008, a math symbols font based on Gentium), 36 Dots (dot matrix face), Teacher Sez (2007, blackboard script). Devian Tart carries these free fonts/demos: Skritch, Rany, Teacher Sez, Steel Jalopy (2008, based on Steel Sedan), Insolent (2009), I Am A Bird (2009, slab serif family), Myrna (2009). Lavoisier (2009) is a free monoline font, later cyrillicized by Sergey Tkachenko. Working on Modus (2009).
Additions in 2010: Lockwood (a strong all-caps sans display face), m7 (a slab serif typewriter face), Blues Vity (condensed display face), m13 (fat slab serif), Mineola, Hunk (fat all-caps display face).
Creations from 2011: Zurdo (hand-printed).
Typefaces from 2012: Shockproof (a tall display face).
Typefaces from 2013: Arcation (techno).
In 2014, Alec Julien published the skyline typeface family Lexave.
Typefaces from 2015: Gilmour (a sturdy slab serif, +Cyrillic).
Typefaces from 2016: Gama (octagonally cut Star Trek font).
Fontsquirrel link. Klingspor link. Kernest link.
View Alec Julien's typefaces. [Google]
During her studies in Columbus, OH, Haleigh Richards drew the Letter People alphabet. [Google]
Student at UWE in Bristol. FontStructor who made the ornamental caps typeface Atom Dynamics (2012). [Google]
Haniboi is London-based illustrator Han Lee, a graduate of Saint martins in London. Not surprisingly, his first entrance into th world of type design is an ornamental caps typeface, called Studio Rock (2012), which can be bought from The Type Foundry. [Google]
Hanna Laura Metsma
Tartu, Estonia-based media and advertising student at Tartu Art College in 2011. She made the multiline all caps font Paperplane (2011) and the art deco typeface Bauklotz (2013).
Home page. [Google]
[Morgan Lee Schneider]
Creator of the ornamental caps typeface Heavenly Rooted (2013; see also here). Dafont link. [Google]
Normal, IL-based designer of the dessert-themed decorative typeface Scrumdiddlyumptious (2016). [Google]
Chicago, IL-based designer of Shaggy (2014), a decorative caps typeface based on Futura. Behance link. [Google]
Nashua, NH-based designer of a drop caps alphabet in 2016. [Google]
Graphic design student in Nottingham, UK, who created a bohemian all caps alphabet called Hallmark Doodles (2013). [Google]
Hannes von Döhren
Hans Holbein The Younger
Painter and drawer born in Augsburg in 1497, who died in 1543. He is most famous for his woodcut alphabet produced in Basel between 1522 and 1526 entitled The Dance of Death. At the Psymon site, we can find several initial cap alphabets of his in GIF format: these include The Alphabet Of Children (1527-1532) and The Dance Of Death (or: Danse Macabre) of Hans Holbein the Younger (circa 1523).
Digital versions abound:
Site dedicated to The Dance of Death. [Google]
Hans van Maanen
Dutch science journalist who has published extensively in the Volkskrant. He is also into fine arts and illustration, and has even designed a few fonts. MyFonts page. Klingspor link.
- His first production was Lexington and Lexington Handtooled (2006, a revival and major expansion of a 1926 Ludwig Wagner Schriftgiesserei typeface called Titanic. A typical art deco signage typeface which can be bought at Canada Type, and is characterized by its rabbit-eared k, l, b, d and h).
- He also digitized and expanded Aurora Grotesk (1912, Johannes Wagner foundry) and called it Annonce (2006, Canada Type).
- As explained by Canada Type: The story of Serena is a unique one among revivals. Serena was neither a metal typeface nor a film one. In fact it never went anywhere beyond Stefan Schlesinger's 1940-41 initial sketches (which he called Saranna). A year later, while working with Dick Dooijes on the Rondo typeface, Schlesinger was sent to a concentration camp where he died, along with any material prospects for the gorgeous letters he'd drawn. The only sketches left of Schlesinger's Saranna work are found in the archives of the Drukkerij Trio (the owner of which was Schlesinger's brother-in-law). The sketches were done in pencil and ink over pencil on four sheets of paper. And now Hans van Maanen revives Schlesinger's spirit as closely as the drawings permit. Hans Van Maanen thus digitized Serena (2007, Canada Type).
- Dutch Mediaeval (2007, 9 styles) is a text family based on Hollandse Mediaeval, the 1912 Sjoerd Hendrik De Roos classic. Followed in 2013 by Dutch Mediaeval Book ST (done together with Patrick Griffin), which was engineered specifically for science writing.
- Freco (2006, Canada Type): an art deco font.
- Circulaire (2009, Canada Type) is a set of initial caps designed by Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos in 1926.
- Adams (2008, Canada Type) is a revival and major expansion of Dolf Overbeek's Studio typeface and Flambard, its bold counterpart, originally published by the Amsterdam Type Foundry in 1946 and 1954, respectively.
- Lotto: A brush typeface originally designed by expert ad artist Herbert Thannhaeuser for East German foundry Typoart in 1955. Revived by Van Maanen at Canada Type in 2009.
- Diploma (2009, Canada Type) is a revival of Diplomat, a metal type made by the in-house team of Ludwig&Mayer and first published in 1964.
- Roos (2009): A 10-style revival and extension of Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos's De Roos Romein (1948), created in cooperation with Patrick Griffin at Canada Type.
- Archie (2010): a heavy techno sans banner face, done at Canada Type as a revival of work by Martin Meijer.
- Agent (2010, Canada Type) is another revival of work by Martin Meijer.
- Aragon (2010, Canada Type): Advertised as a workhorse Dutch Garamond family. Includes an open style called Aragon Initials.
- Naga (+Naga Outline, 2011, Canada Type) is Hans van Maanen's original creation of art deco shapes intersected with intricate mazes of what could be Celtic or Mesoamerican knotwork art.
- Zilvertype (2012). A 590-glyph typeface revival published by Canada Type: Right on the heels of the tremendous popularity wave that made Hollandse Mediaeval the most used Dutch typeface during the Great War years, Sjoerd H. de Roos was asked to design a 15 point type for De Zilverdistel, Jean-François van Royen's publishing company. So between 1914 and 1916, de Roos and van Royen collaborated on the typeface eventually known as Zilvertype, and which both parties viewed as an improved version of Hollandse Mediaeveal. Like Hollandse Mediaeval, Zilvertype was based on the Jenson model, but it is simpler, with more traditional metrics, and lighter and more classic in colour. Followed in 2014 by the expanded Zilvertype Pro.
- Minuet (2007) revives Schlesinger's Rondo.
- Grippo (2012). A layered font in six styles, with a general art deco look.
- Gaulois (2012). Based on Scribe (1937, Marcel Jacno), an art deco era signage and advertising script.
- Wilke Kursiv (2013) is based on Martin Wilke's Wilke Kursiv from 1932.
- Aragon ST (2013, with Patrick Griffin). Related to Garamond, this family was designed for science writing, thanks to the incorporation of SciType. SciType is a flexible combination of oft-ignored letterforms and innovative OpenType programming that can be incoporated into existing text fonts in order for them to function seamlessly when including common science formulas and equations in regular text.
- In 2015, Hans cooperated with Patrick Griffin on the sturdy small text typeface Leo.
Happycentro is a creative studio based in Verona, Italy. Members include Federico Galvani, Giuliano Garonzi, Roberto Solieri, Giulio Grigollo, Andrea Manzati, and Federico Padovani. Behance link. They made various experimental types. Federico Galvani and Sebastiano Boni drew the caps typeface ProtoType by hand. Giulio Grigollo made the avant garde typeface Architecta (2009). [Google]
German type designer, b. 1980, Frankfurt. He runs a design studio in Frankfurt. Ciseaux Matisse (2010) is a counterless hand-printed all-caps typeface which is based on paper cut-outs. Zebramatic (2010) is a striped caps face. In 2010, he made Sevigny (an experimental face based on threads), Speech Bubbles, and the fun poster typeface Whimsical Musical.
Fonts made in 2011 include Cute Letters (curly, hand-printed Valentine's Day pair of typefaces: Hearted and Heartless), Prince Charming, Princess Charming (doodly Valentine's Day face), Conversation Hearts (alphading face), Capital Love (an alphading typeface with hearts), and Unchain My Heart (Valentine's Day alphading face).
In 2012, he created the calligraphic connected script typeface Conspired Lovers and the seven-font set Light Hearted (which was inspired by a recording of Jean Baudrillard entitled Die Macht der Verführung (2006).
His largest type project in 2013 was Sigmund Freud Typeface, which was developed with the help of PDF file.
Home page. Behance link. MyFonts link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Illustrator in Bandung, Indonesia, who designed a beautiful ornamental caps typeface along the theme of Balinese culture, called Balinese Deva (2011). Balinese mythology includes creatures such as such as Barong (the king of spirits), Jatayu (the bird in ramayana), Hanoman (the white monkey), and Rangda (the demon queen). [Google]
Creator of Alphabet3 and Victorian Caps---these are not fonts, but just illuminated caps. [Google]
Harold Lohner was born in upstate New York in 1958. He received an MFA in printmaking from the University at Albany and is Professor of Visual Arts at Sage College of Albany. He began making fonts in 1997 and starting distributing them the next year through Harold's Fonts. He lives in Albany, NY, with his partner, Al Martino. Originally, most of his typefaces were freeware or shareware, but gradually, he started selling most on his site or via FontBros. His typefaces:
- Famous fonts: Boom Chicka (2013: a set of three cartoon fonts inspired by the poster for the Marilyn Monroe film, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), designed by Bill Gold), Auteur (2007, after the handwriting in the opening titles of Jean Cocteau's The Beauty and the Beast, 1946), 12 to the Moon (2000, runes based on the Columbia Pictures movie "12 to the Moon"), Aardvark Café (2000, extrapolated from the famous Hard Rock Café logo), BENSFOLK (2000, adapted from the work of Ben Shahn, in turn adapted from "folk or amateur" alphabets. Font originally developed for The Arts Center of the Capital Region.), BENSFOLK CONDENSED (2000), Bensgothic (1998), BensgothicLigatures (1998), CALAVERAS (2002, a take on Daisyland), Comet Negative (2000, based on the logo of Country Music Television (CMT)), Comet Positive (2000), HonestJohns (2000, based on the lettering in the classic Howard Johnson's restaurants logo), METRODF (2000, based on the Mexico City subway's lettering), Radio (2002, derived from the old NPR (National Public Radio) logo).
- Handlettering: Empress Monograms (2014), Frank the Architect (2004, +Bold, 2009: after the lettering of architect Frank Ching), National Archive (2009, calligraphic), Rough Draft (2009, sketched font), Greg's Hand (2009), Rudland Hand (2007, inspired by the work of the British artist and designer Peter Rudland), Gamera (2006), Directors Script (2006, based on a film credits script from the 1940s), National Archive (2005, based on the lettering of Timothy Matlack, who wrote the Declaration of Independence), Frank the Architect (2004, based on Frank Ching's lettering, which also gave rise to the Tekton family), Imitation (2003, inspired by the handlettered titles of the film Imitation of Life (1959), directed by Douglas Sirk and artdirected by Richard H. Riedel), Imitation Two (2004), antiestablishment (2000), Christmas Card (2000, based on the handlettered opening titles of the film "It's a Wonderful Life", Art Director: Jack Okey. This font was retired and replaced in 2006 by Testimonial), Espangle (2002, as the lettering for El Corte Ingles), Dad's Recipe (2000, based on his dad's handwriting), Greg's Hand (2001, Greg Smith's writing), Greg's Other Hand (2002), Kaela (1998, reshaped and extended in 2006), Marker Man (1999), Synch (2000, with Phil Campbell, inspired by the work of the artist Stuart Davis), Synchronous (2000, based on Syncopated Script, again made with Phil Campbell), Syncopated Script (1999).
- Blackletter: Waldorf Text (2011, after a 1914 original), Waldorf Heavy Illuminated (2011), Manucrypt (2011), Rude Goth (2007, grunge blackletter), Alsace-Lorraine, Benighted, Chinese Gothic, Christmas Card II, Kombine Regular, Kombine Kursiv (2000), Olde Chicago.
- Woodtype: Blacktops (caps, 1999), Blacktop Small Caps (1999), Blacktop Regular (2014), Cinderella (1998). The Western font Cattle Annie (2006) is an unauthorized digital interpretation of the analog font "Les Catalanes." According to ABZ: More alphabets and other signs by Rothenstein and Gooding, it was designed in 1952 by Enric Crous-Vidal (1908-1987) but was never produced.
- Stencil fonts: JJ Stencil, JJStencilLight (2000, inspired by the work of Jasper Johns), JJStencil Wet, JJStencilMedium, Sideshow (2000, based on the stencilled lettering on a vintage Ouija board), JJStencilSolid (2003), StencilFour (2001, inspired by the logo of Channel 4 (UK); reworked in 2006 into Oaktag), StencilFourReversed (2001).
- Western: Oklahoma (2006, based on the title of the film by that name), Captain Howdy (1999, 2000, Western font based on the lettering on a Ouija board).
- Fraktur fonts: Benighted (2002), AlsaceLorraine (2000), Chinese Gothic (2000), Kombine Regular (2000), Kombine Kursiv (2000).
- Revived Letraset fonts: BLOCK UP family (2000, based on the font family by the same name by Sally Ann Grover (1974) for Letraset), Good Vibes (2001, based on the analog font "Good Vibrations" by Trevor Hatchett for Letraset, 1973), GoodVibesBackbeat (2001), ObliqueTextBold (2000, based on a Letraset font called Obliq, 1984), ObliqueTextLight (2000), ObliqueTextMedium (2000), Wireframe (2000, based on the Letraset font Bombere designed by Carla Bombere (or Carla Ward)).
- Art deco fonts: Cartel (2005, simply gorgeous), based on the lettering of the 1936 movie by that name), Crazy Harold (2009), Road Jester (2009), Onion (2003), Roberta (2003, based on a font of Bob Trogman, 1962), Roberta Raised Shadow (2003), B