TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Tue Apr 15 08:54:48 EDT 2014
Aenigma is the free font foundry of New York-based Brian Kent. The fonts often carry the string BRK in the name. Yet another site. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Typosasis backup. Backup at Fontfreak. Backup at 1001 fonts. Backup at Fortunecity.
The free fonts: Arthritis BRK (2013), Alpha Beta BRK (2013), Amalgamate BRK (2013), Revert (2006), Gyneric (2006), Key Ridge (2006), 18 Holes (2006: Encircled letters and monograms), Double Bogey (2005), Hairball (2005), Whatever (2005), Dyphusion (2005), Blackonimaut (2005, blackletter), Snailets (2005), Vigilance (2005), Wager (2005), Janken (2005), Dented (2005), Syracuse (2005), Symmetry (2005), Nucleus (2005), Underscore (2004), Gesture (2004), Rough Day (2004), Sarcastic (2004), Galapogos (2004), Reason (2004), Slender (2004), Gather (2004), Quadratic (2004), Saunder (2004), NostalgiaBRK (2004), Kinkaid (2004), Jeopardize (2004), Pincers (2004), Fascii (2004), Grapple (2004), WaywardBRK, WaywardShadowBRK (2004), Obstacle (2004), False Positive (2004), Goosebumps (2003), Jargon (2003), Bewilder (2003), 90Stars (2003, snowflake font), Chumbly (2003), Synthetic (2003), Jawbreaker (2003), Mobilize (2003), GreatHeightsBRK (2003), Graveyard (2003), Bend 2 Squares (2003), Redundant (2003), Homespun (2003), Galvanize (2003), Dastardly (2003), Vantage (2003), Quarantine (2003), Knot Maker (2003, with a program for weaving Celtic knots), Combustion (2003), Knot (2003), Enthuse (2003), Weaver (2003), Foreshadow (2003), Rambling (2003), Mincer (2003), Intersect (2003), Technique (2003), Nominal (2003), Unlearned (2003), Brass Knuckle (2003), Quarterly (2003), Zirconia (2003), Zephyrean (2003), Whippersnapper (2003), Ryuker (2003), Discordance (2003), Graze (2003), Gravitate (2003), Edit Undo (2003), Persuasion (2003), Encapsulate (2003), Nymonak (2003), 36DaysAgo (2003), Vertigo (2003), Lights Out (2003), Sequence (2003), Rehearsal (2003), Yearend (2002), SupraGeniusCurvesBRK (2002), SupraGeniusLinesBRK (2002), Faux Snow (2002, snowflakes), Mishmash (2002), Brigadoom (2002), Gyrose (2002), Dystorque (2002), Upraise (2002), QuacksalverBRK (2002), Ravenous Caterpillar (2002), Bumped (2002), Tonik (2002), Jupiter Crash (2002), Mysterons (2002), Sideways (2002), Scalelines (2002), Pneumatics (2002), Granular (2002), Volatile (2002), Aspartame (2002), Bleak Segments (stencil font), Genotype, United, Lynx (2002), Lyneous (2002), Alpha Beta (2002, pixel font), Licorice Strings (2002), Syndrome (2002, futuristic font), Your Complex (2002), Nanosecond (2002), Binary (2002), Dynamic (2002, techno), Qbicle (2002), Flipside (2002), Amplitude (2002), Pindown (2002), Kurvature (2002), Euphoric (2002), Bobcaygeon (2002), Zoetrope (2002), Overhead (2002), Zelda DX (2002, pixel), Telephasic (2002), Hearts (2002), Lamebrain (2002), Compliant Confuse (2002), Line Ding (2002), AE Systematic, Acknowledge, Mini Kaliber, Upheaval (2002), The Code of Life font (2001), Amalgamate (2002), Bandwidth (2001), ClassicTrash (2001), XmasLights (2001, alphadings), Setback (2001), Qlumpy (2001), Regenerate (2001), Konector (2001), registry (2001), Stagnation (2001), Elsewhere (2001), Claw (2001), Cleaved, 8-bitLimit (4 weights), 10.15SaturdayNight-BRK-, Automatica-BRK (2001), Bendable-BRK (2001), BitBlocksTTF-BRK-, Kickflip-BRK-, Withstand-BRK-, Hyde-BRK-, Ecliptic (2000, a bold rounded monoline techno sans), Jekyll-BRK-, Larkspur-BRK-, NotQuiteRight-BRK-, Quandary-BRK- (an LCD font), Thwart-BRK-, Weathered-BRK-, AEnigmaScrawl, Aftermath, Blox (1999, 3d), CandyStripe (1999), Circulate, Collective (1999), Conduit, Corpulent Caps (2001), DarkSide, DashDot (1999), Dephunked (1999: halftone texture emulation), EmbossingTape (3 fonts), Exaggerate, Frizzed, FullyCompletely, Grudge, Hassle, Hillock, Impossibilium, Inertia, InkTank, Lethargic, MoronicMisfire, Numskull, Opiated, Phorfeit, PixelKrud, Powderworks, Pseudo, QuantumFlat, QuantumFlatHollow, QuantumRound, QuantumRoundHollow, QuantumTaper, Ravaged-By-Years-, Raydiate, Relapse, Sorawin-Plain, Spastic-, Splatz-, Stranded-, Swirled-, TRAGIC-, VacantCapz, Wobbly, XeroxMalfunction(BRK), Zenith, ZeroVelocity, Zoidal, simplton, Waver, SaffronColdWars, 3DLET, Bri's-Scrawl, TRAGIC-, AcidReflux, Arthritis, Ataxia (1999), AtaxiaOutline, BlockTilt, ChintzyCPU, ChintzyCPUShadow, Decrepit BRK (1999), Detonate, Draggle (2000), Draggle[overkerned], FatboySlimBLTC, Gasping, Hack&Slash, HeavyBevel, Jagged, Jasper, JasperSolid, Katalyst[active], Katalyst[inactive], LucidTypeA, LucidTypeB, LucidTypeBOutline, LucidTypeAOutline, Neural, NeuralOutline, ObloquyOutline, ObloquySolid, PlasmaDrip, PlasmaDrip[Empty], Queasy, QueasyOutline, Rotund, RotundOutline, SkullCapz (dingbats), Tearful, Tetricide, Turmoil, Ubiquity, Underwhelmed, UnderwhelmedOutline, Vanished, Xhume, Yonder, Yoshi'sStory, ZurklezOutline, ZurklezSolid, Gaposis, Naughts, Ink Swipes, Irritate, Perfect Dark, Forcible, Loopy, GaposisOutline(BRK), GaposisSolid(BRK), Head-DingMaker(BRK), JoltOfCaffeine(BRK), KirbyNoKiraKizzu(BRK), Orbicular(BRK), Xtrusion(BRK).
Commercial fonts at CheapProFonts: Lamebrain BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Phorfeit Bundle, Phorfeit Slanted BRK Pro, Genotype Bundle, Genotype S BRK Pro, Genotype H BRK Pro, Classic Trash BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Technique Bundle, Technique BRK Pro, Technique Outline BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Visitor BRK Pro (pixelish). [Google] [More] ⦿
Alan M. Stanier
Alois Ritter Auer von Welsbach (b. Wels, Austria, 1813, d. Vienna, 1869) was a typographer and printer for the state. He was famous for special techniques for "nature printing". Michael Everson Conjectures that he made the Gaelic faces Vienna A (also called Altirisch A, Altkeltisch) ca. 1845 and Vienna B (also called Altirisch B or Neukeltisch) ca. 1845. The former face is a manuscript face, while the latter is Gaelic uncial round. [Google] [More] ⦿
Andrew Lines Graphic Arts (or: Drewfont Foundry)
Andrew Lines (b. Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK, 1958) is a signage and logo specialist in Norfolk, UK. His fonts are sold through MyFonts. He started Drewfont Foundry (Great Yarmouth, UK) in August 2001 as part of Andrew Lines Graphic Arts. Fonts include Gotheau (2001, blackletter), Starman (2002), Spaceboy (2001), Jester (2001, bouncy), Celt (2001), and The Castles (2001, an Arnold Boecklin remake?), Histry (2004), Seahorse (2004), Nondy (2004). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Andrew Patrick Lines
Anton van de Repe
Aon Celtic Art
Cari Buziak (Calgary, Canada) is the author of Calligraphy Magic---How to Create Lettering, Knotwork, Coloring and More (North Light, 2011).
She also created the beautiful freeware Celtic font family Aon Cari (1998, a modern pseudo-Gaelic uncial).
One of the most dynamic foundries from 2000 until 2003. The "Lab" was run by Apostrophe (Fredrick Nader) and was based in Toronto. It has produced well over 1000 original free fonts, in all formats (type 1, truetype, and opentype, PC and Mac), and nearly all fonts have full character sets. Many have character sets for extended European languages and Cyrillic as well. It was for a few years the only active producer of multiple master fonts. Download site at Typoasis. Original URL, now being reworked. Highlights:
ARP's free text utilities (MS-DOS) and TTF-fonts
Type designer at Red Rooster, where she published Creighton (2009, a sans family done with Steve Jackaman), Carlingtown (2009, an almost art nouveau face), Glasgow Pro (2010; a refreshed version of Steve Jackaman's Glasgow grotesque family), Harry Pro (based on the original design by Marty Goldstein (and C.B. Smith) done at VGC in 1966), Karnak Pro (2009, a slab family based on the original design by Robert Hunter Middleton, ca. 1931-1942), and Ronsard Crystal (2009, based on a VGC photo display font in the 1950s), together with Red Rooster's boss, Steve Jackaman. About Creighton: It was our initial intention to develop a suitable lowercase for Les Usherwood's Elston typeface, based on a few characters from an old German typeface called Hermes Grotesque (Woellmer, Berlin). However, the new design quickly took on a life of its own, and we decided to call it Creighton. A crisper version of Creighton is Megaphone (2009).
Typefaces from 2010, all with Steve Jackaman at Red Rooster: Shamus (uncial), Ryder Gothic Pro (a revival of Roslyn Gothic by Harry Winters, 1972), Pickworth Old Style Pro (rustic), Wurlitzer Pro (slab serif), Eden Pro (based on the original 1934 Ludlow drawings by Robert Hunter Middleton), Connemara Old Style (uncial), Overtime LCD Pro (LED simulation face), Phosphate Pro (Solid and Inline).
Typefaces from 2011, still with Steve Jackaman at Red Rooster: Phoenix Pro (after the condensed artistic sans called Phenix by Morris Fuller Benton, 1935, ATF), Guildford Pro (+Light, +Medium, +Titling; after Stephenson Blake's Guildford Sans, which in turn was identical to the 1928-1929 typeface by Hans Möhring called Elegant Grotesque), Granby Elephant (after the fat grotesk face Granby by Stephenson Blake, 1930), Franklin Gothic Pro (after Morris Fuller Benton's original from 1903), Windlesham (2011, a basic sans family), Relish (2011, another basic sans family), Rocklidge Pro (2011, with Ashley Muir; based on Jana (Richard D. Juenger, VGC, 1965), Packard New Style and Packard Old Style (2011, with Steve Jackaman, after Packard by Oswald Cooper (1913) and Morris Fuller Benton (1916, ATF).
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.
At MyFonts, we find the Keltic caps face 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.
Early transitional Gaelic typeface prepared by the Gaelic Society of Dublin in 1808-1821, which, just as the very early Queen Elizabeth type, used some roman characters, in part to draw in people to study the Irish language. Sample from a grammar book published by John Barlow in 1808. [Google] [More] ⦿
Knots (2010) is a free Unicode typeface family. The first of these to be released is Knots regular. The characters use the Box Drawings Code Page U+2500 through U+257F in a creative manner, which allows for the analysis and representation of celtic knotwork. Scans of Knots: i, ii. [Google] [More] ⦿
Blambot Comics Fonts was founded in 1999 by graphic Designer and illustrator, Nate Piekos. Blambot has a huge number of original free comics fonts and balloons by Nate Piekos (East Providence, RI, b. RI, 1975). Comic Lettering is an alternate URL, where you can also order logo designs, custom fonts, and custom lettering. Fontspace link. The fonts:
Irish guardian of a Franciscan monastery in Louvain, Belgium, where he died in 1614. He is credited with the first authentic Irish character type, the Louvain type. Brendan Leen writes about him: "One of a group that had sought refuge on the continent of Europe in the aftermath of the pillage of a Donegal monastery in the late sixteenth century, Bonaventure O Hussey entered the Franciscan monastic college at Louvain, Belgium, on 1 November 1601 and died as its guardian on 15 November 1614; it is for the printing of An Teagasc Criosdaidhe by O Hussey that the first authentic Irish type was cut. On 15 April 1614, O Hussey had petitioned for permission to print Irish material at Louvain." Another sample of Louvain. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brenden C. Roemich
Great archive with many blackletter fonts. Features fonts such as AngloSaxon 8th, Bastarda, CelticFrames (Omega Font Labs), Celtic Gaelige (Susan K. Zalusky), The Middle Ages (dingbats), Monsters of Stone (dingbats), Stonehenge, Theodoric, Windsor, Magic Medieval (Dave Howell's modification of Goudy Medieval), Kelly Ann Gothic (Mike Allard), Judas, Houters Normal. Has Celtic fonts and Heraldic fonts as well. Page by Bryde the Webmistress. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Carl Edlund Anderson
Casady & Greene
Casady&Greene, Inc. started out as two separate little companies, CasadyWare and Greene, Inc. CasadyWare, which was founded by Robin Casady in August 1984, began producing Fluent Fonts, which were bitmapped typefaces for the Macintosh. The 1984 set of fonts have copyright lines that mention Richard A. Ware. As soon as PostScript fonts appeared, CasadyWare got hold of the first version of Fontographer and produced the first downloadable PostScript fonts, even beating Adobe, the originators of PostScript, to the punch. These were marketed as Fluent Laser Fonts (FLF).
The FLF series includes Abilene (Western), Alexandria (1986, slab serif family), Black Knight (1991, blackletter), Bodoni FLF (1986), BodoniUltra (1986, a fat didone), Bonnard (art nouveau), ButtonHighlight, ButtonPlain, Calligraphy (1986), Campanile (a great didone face), Checkbox, Collegiate (1988, sports lettering), Coventry Script (calligraphic), Cutouts FLF (1992, cargo stencil), Desperado, Dorovar Carolus (1988, Carolingian), DryGulch, Epoque (art nouveau), FattiPatti, Fletcher Gothic (1992, art nouveau), Galileo (1987, didone), Gazelle (1988, calligraphic script), Gatsby (1986, pure art deco), Giotto, Gregorian (1986, English Gothic style blackletter), Harlequin FLF (1990), Highland Gothic (1992), Jott, Kasse, Kells (modern round Gaelic font, 1988), KeyCaps, La Peruta, Meath (modern round Gaelic font, 1988), Michelle (1992, art deco, marquee face), Micro, MicroExtend FLF (1986, like Microgamma) , Monterey (1986, Peignotian), Moulin Rouge (1992, an art nouveau face by Richard A. Ware), Nouveau (1990, art nouveau), Paladin (1988, blackletter), Pendragon (1991), Phoenix Script FLF (1990), Prelude (1986, connected script), Regency Script (1986, calligraphic copperplate script), Right Bank (1986, art deco), Ritz (1986, art deco in the style of Broadway), Rocko (1992, rounded like VAG Round), SansSerif FLF (1986, a large geometric sans family), Sedona Script (1990, connected, calligraphic, semi-psychedelic), Slender Gold (1992, script), Vertigo (1992, condensed monoline sans), VertigoPlus, Zephyr Script (1986, brush script).
Many fonts were digitized by Richard Ware, and some were designed by Mike Wright. The contact was Terry Kunysz in Salinas, CA.
On July 3, 2003, Casady&Greene closed it doors permanently. However, one of its designers, Mike Wright, writes: I believe that all the fonts that were developed by the company are now in the public domain. Robin Casady and I are thinking of putting up a site with free downloads of all of the old C&G public domain fonts--mainly as a way of attracting Mac users to see iData 2.
Robin Casady in 2003: I founded Casady Company in 1984 to publish fonts for the new Macintosh. The name changed with incorporation to CasadyWare, Inc. Around this time I met Mike Greene who was looking for a software project to do after SpellsWell. I talked him into doing a program that became QuickDEX. Later CasadyWare, Inc. merged with Greene, Inc. and became Casady & Greene, Inc. Over the years, my role in management reduced as my interests in other areas developed. In the last ten years I have had no official management duties at C&G. About a year ago I removed myself from the Board of Directors.
"The Celtiberian script developed from the Iberian scripts. Only a small number of Celtiberian inscriptions dating from between the 6th and 1st centuries BC have been found. With the Roman take over of the Iberian peninsula, the Celtiberian script was gradually replaced by the Roman/Latin alphabet and eventually disappeared. The Celtiberian script was used mainly by druids for religious purposes. It s partly syllabic and partly alphabetic." See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
David Nalle at Scriptorium has a bunch of Celtic fonts to offer: Sualtim, Morgow (1999, spiral uncial), Teyrnon (spurred uncial), Padstow (heavy uncial), Columba (decorative initials), Alba (angular hybrid uncial), Dahaut (uncial), Glendower (uncial based on The Book of Kells), Knotwork, Stonecross (1997, derived from Celtic cross and gravestone inscriptions), Celtic Spirals, Celtic Borders, Lindisfarne, and Durrow (1993, minuscule calligraphy), Spiral Initials, Owen Jones Borders. [Google] [More] ⦿
Celtic Fonts by the Celtic Lady
Original Gaelic fonts. Designer Susan Kathryn Zalusky sells California Uncial for 20 dollars. She also gives away for free a simple Gaeilge (Irish Celtic) font, Celtic Gaelige UNICODE (1997). [Google] [More] ⦿
Marie-Louise Pépin's page on medieval resources and "enluminures". Has a Heraldic (uncial) truetype font for download. Medieval resources in Québec. Addresses and links. [Google] [More] ⦿
Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.
Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look face inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.
In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style face based on a font by Levente Halmos.
Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).
Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).
Michael Everson claims that a certain Christopher Young from Pittsburgh first digitized Gaeilge in 1991, based on the Celtic font Newman. This Christopher Young is not the same as the Australian designer of Elisa. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gaelic fonts for Windows expertly categorized and explained by Ciarán Ó Duibhín. A great jump page. One can find opinions on choices of fonts. For example, on the choice of a Gaelic uncial, we find this paragraph:
I find it useful to classify uncial fonts on a three-point scale of ornateness. The fonts at each point may then be compared on the extent to which their unciality is affected by minuscule or by Latin influences.
Cartoonist and computer specialist who runs The Art of Jimu. Her pages show an exquisite collection of celtic style erotic caps. Unknown origin---I must conclude that Harrington drew these caps herself. [Google] [More] ⦿
Clanbadge is a foundry in San Jose, CA. MyFonts link. Daniel Isdell (b. 1955, Washington, DC) sells a great font, The Celtic Knot Font (2001), that permits one to make thousands of Celtic knot patterns. An interesting idea, to say the least. The clue is here. MyFonts link.
On MyFonts, he writes: Daniel Isdell Dan Isdell is a graphic artist, web designer and programmer living in San Jose, California. He has been a font addict from an early age, first with pencils and markers and then with good old Speedball pens. He designed his first full font at age 15. Attending a technical high school gave him the opportunity to learn typesetting by hand with movable metal type. His parents were both bookbinders and one of his first jobs was working at a real type foundry, where part of his job was stocking the linotype machines with fresh lead and melting galleys full of no longer needed type. Later, working as an engineer allowed him to use computers and CAD systems to design letterforms. As a Senior Web Design Engineer and graphic artist he had the opportunity to apply his love of typography to logos and user-interface design. Although he has yet to publish any of his letterform fonts, he has released the Celtic Knot Font. Its development stemmed from his interest in his hereditary Scottish culture, and the study of Celtic knotwork as embellishments for his leatherwork, knife-making and jewelry-making hobbies. The Celtic Knot Font has been a big success with well over 8000 copies sold. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Clare Bell received a BA degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London in 1999 after working as a designer in Dublin for eight years. She also worked in the design department of the Guardian newspaper for five years before returning to Dublin where she is undertaking a PhD entitled Typography, Culture & Society: An analysis of the visual representation of the Irish language in Northern Ireland at the Dublin Institute of Design and Technology, where she is a typography tutor. At ATypI 2005 she spoke on Typographic tales from the edge of empire, and deals mainly with the story of uncial, from the Book of Kells to present day murals in West Belfast. She coorganized ATypI in Dublin in 2009. Currently, she is Associate Researcher at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 faces: 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.
Typographer and printer who in 1926 founded Three Candles Press, b. Dublin, 1892, d. 1972. Creator of the typeface Baoithín (1932), based on Victor Hammer's Hammerschrift. Digitized as Loch Garman (1999, with Michael Everson). He and Karl Uhlemann are responsible for Colum Cille, a modern round Gaelic face named after the sixth-century Irish saint, Colmcille (1936, Monotype Series 121, see here). Digitized in 1993 by his son Dara Ó\0Lochlainn, it is now available from Monotype. Colum Cille (or Colmcille) was not commercially popular. Three Candles, the only printing press to offer the typeface, went under, and Irish typography came to a halt until the digital age.
Colum Twomey designed the free truetype font Cló Gaelach (1993), a free Newman-style Gaelic font. Michael Everson revised it to Tuamach, also in 1993. A 1994 version of Tuamach has dotted consonants (which are missing in Gaelach and the earlier Tuamach), but it uses an inconvenient CER-GS encoding. These fonts should now be considered technically obsolete. Tuamach Unicode is a re-encoding in Unicode by KAD (Korvigelloù an Drouizig) in 2003. [Google] [More] ⦿
Con Kennedy (Dublin, Ireland) holds a Masters Degree in Professional Design Practice and a Bachelors degree in Design & Visual Communications both from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has worked for a number of high profile creative agencies befdore starting his own graphic design studio.
He created some free original Irish fonts, such as Cinnéide, Oireachtas (1997), Uachtar´n (1997), Uachtar´n Outline, Uachtara´ Sans, and Uachtar´n Fade. In 2014, he created the wide typeface Vector Sans.
Coral Springs, FL (formerly Rapid City, SD)-based designer of Jiri Monospaced, Ozme, Maku, Ethne Tribal Font and watc Monospaced Font, all created in 2004. In 2005, he created Bele, Eala, Njallur, Ressl, Rose (a curly upright script updated in 2008), Sante, Santina and Xeto. In 2006, he added Adam and Geu 1.2. In 2008, the Celtic font Santina became Albina. [Google] [More] ⦿
Michael Gills is a British calligrapher and graphic and type designer. He founded Creative Goats in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. He worked first at Letraset (1988-1995) where he made faces such as Charlotte and Charlotte Sans, Elysium, Gilgamesh, Fling, Forkbeard, Frances Uncial, Isis, Katfish, Prague and Type Embellishments. He is currently an art director at The Folio Society: Book publishers, London. His fonts:
Curtis Clark of the Biological Sciences Department at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA, designed these fonts between 1992 and 1998: Linear B, Piecharts, Female and Male Symbols (1996), Moon Phases, Celtic Ogham, Elder Futhark, Beth-Luis-Rearn, Beth-Luis-Nion and Woolbats (occult dings, astrological symbols). Free downloads. His site is also called Mockingbird Font Works.
Dan M. Zadorozny
Dan Smith's Fantasy Fonts for Windows
Dan Smith's historical/rune fonts for Germanic, Anglo/Saxon and Dwarvish, RUNenglish (runic-looking English), Celtic-looking knotwork fonts (DS_Celtic_Border-1), Tolkien-Tengwar fonts (Tengwar Quenya, Tengwar Sindarin, Tengwar Noldor), Mysticora (2001), DS Charity, DS Aqua, DS Khazuldum (for an alphabet invented by David De Lane Snow), DS_Sinenya (also for an alphabet invented by David De Lane Snow), and Tolkien-Cirth fonts (Cirth-Erebor has 6 weights including various Caps). All free.
Current font list: AmericanUncialNormal, AngloSaxonRunes, AngloSaxonRunes1, AngloSaxonRunes2, DwarfRunes, DwarfRunes1, DwarfRunes2, GermanicRunes, GermanicRunes1, GermanicRunes2, VikingMedium, CelticBold, DSAqua1, DSCeltic1, DSCeltic2, DSCelticBorder1, DSCharity, DSKhazuldum, DS_Mysticora, DSNasilnese, DSRUNEnglish1, DSRUNEnglish2, DSSinenya, TengwarNoldor, TengwarNoldorA, TengwarNoldor1, TengwarNoldor2, TengwarQuenya, TengwarQuenyaA, TengwarQuenya1, TengwarQuenya2, TengwarSindarin, TengwarSindarinA, TengwarSindarin1, TengwarSindarin2, CelticBold, DwarfRunes, DwarfRunes1, DwarfRunes2, GermanicRunes, GermanicRunes1, GermanicRunes2, VikingMedium.
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] [More] ⦿
Daniel L. Isdell
Daniel Steven Smith
Dave Fawthrop's Celtic Page
David Fleming Nalle
American designer of P22 Kells Round (a Celtic font done with Richard Kegler, 1996), P22 Kells Extras (dingbats) and P22 Kells Square (1996, with Michael Want). These fonts are based on the lettering in the Book of Kells, a ninth century gospel that typifies early Celtic art. See also here. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
De Nada Industries
Mike Allard (DeNada Industries, Gainesville, FL) is the designer in 1992 of many early shareware fonts. The text provided by DeNada: Founded by a grumpy fellow when some software installation actually required a company name in the registration line. DeNada Industries has grown to include one employee (aka Mike Allard). A producer of typefaces in their early years, De Nada has slowly undeveloped over the years to include the odd Theatre Flyer design for out-rageous amounts of money. Their advertising budget is so severely limited as to preclude your being aware of their existence except by sheer accident. DeNada Industries is one of the slowest growing non-corporate entities in all of North America encompassing a wide variety of activities including: Typeface creation, flyer design, theatrical scenic and lighting design (in conjunction with The Shumway Brothers Moving Company) and a wide variety of other activities that defy specific categorization despite the heroic efforts of our staff. Dafont link. His typefaces:
Steve Deffeyes from Fairfax, CA, is the designer of free fonts such as Sabon Sans, Kells (uncial/Celtic), Gondola SD (2001, calligraphic), Ramsey SD (2001, uncial), MarkerSD (1999), Roman SD (1999), Loopy (2001-2009, Apostrophic Labs [dead link]), Futurex Arthur (2009). His Oblivion family (2003) is here, here and here. Here, we find the artificial language families Dwemeris (2004) and Oblivion (2003). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Researcher at the National Print Museum in Dublin, and one of the world's top experts on Irish type design. Author of Irish Type Design: a history of printing types in the Irish character (Blackrock: Irish Academic Press, 1992). He obtained a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin for work completed on the subject of the Irish Character in Print. He was Art Director of the University of Iowa Press for a number of years before returning to Ireland. He was a lecturer in design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, where he held the position of Head of the Departments of Visual Communication and Fine Art. At ATypI in 2003, he spoke about Irish type design: the Canadian connection. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
Dick Pape: Celtic Designs
Dick Pape's digitization of Celtic designs and Celtic alphabets, done in 2009: CelticDesigns-Dark, CelticDesigns-Light, CelticDesignsA, CelticDesignsB, CelticOrnaments, CelticOrnamentsA, CelticOrnamentsB, CelticOrnamentsC, CelticOrnamentsD.
In 2013, Dick Pape digitized the ornaments in the Clipart DeSign Ultimate Ornaments Mega Pack. The typefaces: CMP AdvancedScrollDesigns1, CMP AdvancedScrollDesigns2, CMP AdvancedScrollDesigns3, CMP AdvancedScrollDesigns4, CMP AdvancedScrollDesigns5, CMP AdvancedScrollDesigns6, CMP CelticDesigns, CMP ChineseFlorals1, CMP ChineseFlorals2, CMP CircleDings, CMP CircleFloralFrames, CMP ClassicFriezeDesigns, CMP ClassicScrolls1, CMP ClassicScrolls2, CMP ClipartDecoWomen, CMP CornerDesigns1, CMP CornerDesigns2, CMP DesignBorders1, CMP DesignBorders2, CMP DesignBorders3, CMP DesignBorders4, CMP EnhancedScrollDesigns, CMP ExquisiteAnimals, CMP ExquisiteBirds, CMP ExquisiteLadies, CMP FancyPanels1, CMP FancyPanels2, CMP FloralDesigns1, CMP FloralDesigns2, CMP FloralDesigns3, CMP FloralDesigns4, CMP FloralDings, CMP FloralFrieze1, CMP FloralFrieze2, CMP FloralPanels1, CMP FloralPanels2, CMP FlowerBaskets, CMP FlowerOrnaments1, CMP FlowerOrnaments2, CMP FlowerOrnaments3, CMP FlowerOrnaments4, CMP FlowerOrnaments5, CMP FlowerOrnaments6, CMP HandDrawnRibbons1, CMP HandDrawnRibbons2, CMP HangingSigns, CMP IndiaDesigns, CMP JapaneseFloralDesigns, CMP Medallions1, CMP Medallions2, CMP MexicanDesigns, CMP ModernDesignElements, CMP ModernScroll1, CMP ModernScroll2, CMP ModernScroll3, CMP OrnamentalBullets1, CMP OrnamentalBullets2, CMP OrnamentalBullets3, CMP OrnamentalBullets4, CMP OrnamentalDings, CMP OrnamentalPanels1, CMP OrnamentalPanels2, CMP OrnamentalPanels3, CMP OrnamentalPanels4, CMP OrnamentalPanels5, CMP OrnamentalPanels6, CMP OrnamentalPanels7, CMP OrnamentalPanels8, CMP RectangleFlorals1, CMP RectangleFlorals2, CMP RenaissanceScrolls, CMP RibbonsWithFlorals, CMP RuleLineDesigns1, CMP RuleLineDesigns2, CMP RuleLineDesigns3, CMP RuleLineDesigns4, CMP RuleLineDesigns5, CMP ScrollDesigns1, CMP ScrollDesigns2, CMP Shields, CMP SignPanels1, CMP SignPanels2, CMP SignShapes, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments1, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments2, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments3, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments4, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments5, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments7, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments8, CMP SimpleFloralOrnaments9, CMP SimpleRibbons, CMP SnowFlakes, CMP TinyDesignElements1, CMP TinyDesignElements2, CMP TinyDesignElements3, CMP TinyDesignElements4, CMP TinyDesignElements5, CMP TinyDesignElements6, CMP TornParchments, CMP TornParchmentsFloral, CMP UltimateOrnaments6, CMP UrbanDesignElements, CMP WroughtIronDesigns1, CMP WroughtIronDesigns11, CMP WroughtIronDesigns2, CMP WroughtIronDesigns3, CMP WroughtIronDesigns4, CMP WroughtIronDesigns5, CMP WroughtIronDesigns6, CMP WroughtIronDesigns7, CMP WroughtIronDesigns8, CMP WroughtIronDesigns9, CMP WroughtIronDesignsJ.
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).
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 faces), 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.
Digital Graphic Labs
Brenden C. Roemich's Winnipeg-based foundry. They sold fonts at 10 to 20 USD a shot, but made them free starting in 2003, when they quit the font foundry business. The entire collection, mostly dated 1998: ALSScript (knock-off of Shelley Script Andante by Matthew Carter), Aberration, AngleterreBook, Aramis, AramisItalic, ChanceryCursive, Dichotomy, Eddie, EnterSansmanBold (heavy serious sans), EnterSansmanBoldItalic, FLWScript, Fanzine (ransom note face), GlassHouses, Gunmetal, ILSScript, Incite, KellsUncialBold, KellsUncialBold, LDSScriptItalic, MICREncoding, Misbehavin', NinePin, NobilityCasual, Overmuch (fat rounded), PinchDrunk, Protestant, PunchDrunk, RamseyFoundationalBold, RocketPropelled, SNCScriptItalic (a knock-off of Nuptial Script), ShagadelicBold (psychedelic), Spirit, StaticAgeFineTuning, StaticAgeHorizontalHold (textured like a bad TV signal), Symbolix, TempsNouveau, TitleWave, TypeWrong-Smudged-Bold, VinylTile, VulgarDisplay, Whimzee, WhizKid, alsscripttrial, bitwise (LED face), holyunion, overmuchtrial.
Edlund Font Project
Carl Edlund Anderson from the Dept. of Anglo-Saxon, Norse,&Celtic at St. John's College, University of Cambridge, makes medieval fonts of the highest quality. Made an Icelandic font, Eidlundur (Mac Icelandic encoding), Edlund Insular, Edlund SmallCaps, Edlund (Italic). Work on these fonts was done by Darcy Burner, Carl Anderson and Gary Munch. [Google] [More] ⦿
British typefounder, d. 1835. Son of Joseph Fry, the founder of the Fry Letter Foundry in Bristol. Quoted from MyFonts: In 1784 he introduced a raised roman letter for the blind, and was awarded a prize by the Edinburgh Society of Arts. Louis Braille's system of lines and dots ultimately proved better. In 1787, he and his brother Henry took over the Fry Letter Foundry from their father. Credited with many great faces, including Fry's Baskerville (1768) and Fry Moxon (or Graisberry), a Gaelic typeface, Fry A Gothic Capitals (ca. 1819), an angular transitional Gaelic face, and Fry B Gaelic Capitals, a transitional Gaelic face (Everson mentions the date 1836, but that would be one year after his death...) and Priory Text.
Mac McGrew writes: Priory Text was the blackletter of the Fry Foundry in England, with some sizes dating back to about 1600, and most sizes shown in 1785. It was revived by Talbot Baines Reed for his History of the Old English Letterfoundries in 1887, and DeVinne used it for his edition of Philobiblon in 1889. The Dickinson foundry, a forerunner of ATF, issued it as Priory Text about that time. It is very similar to Caslon Text (q.v.). BB&S made a near-duplicate type, originally called Reed Text, but later shown as Priory Black Text. Although the latter was shown as late as 1925, these faces had generally been replaced earlier by Cloister Black (q. v.) and other Old English faces with more refined draftsmanship.
About the Gaelic types, Brendan Leen writes: In 1819, Edmund Fry cut a type once again commissioned by the British and Foreign Bible Society. The design of the Fry type signifies a departure from the angular minuscule toward the more rounded form of the half-uncial, a characteristic of Irish typography in the nineteenth century. Sample of Fry Irish type from The Two First Books of the Pentateuch.
Author of Pantographia (1799, Cooper&Wilson, London), a work that shows the scripts of many languages [a careful digitization of some can be found in the font family Pantographia (2010) by Intellecta Design]. The full title is Pantographia; Containing Accurate Copies of All the Known Alphabets in the World; Together with an English Explanation of the Peculiar Force or Power of Each Letter: To Which Are Added, Specimens of All Well-Authenticated Oral Languages; Forming a Comprehensive Digest of Phonology. Examples from that book: Bastard, Bengallee and Berryan, Bulgarian and Bullantic, Chaldean.
Celtic fonts in the zip file at tyhe bottom of the page: American-Uncial-Normal, AmericanUncial, CeltGael, CelticBorders, CelticFrames, CelticHand, CelticPatterns, CelticmdDecorativeWDropCaps, Eire, Gaeilge1Normal, Gaelach, KeltBold, KeltItalic, KeltNormal, MerlinPlain, PR-CelticNarrow, Stonecross, VikingPlain. [Google] [More] ⦿
Evertype (was: Everson Typography)
Elsewhere, one can find rare Everson creations such as Musgrave (1994). MyFonts.com sells Corcaigh, Doire, Darmhagh and Loch Garman. About Loch Garman: Loch Garman is based on Baoithmn, designed by Viktor Hammer and Colm Ó Lochlainn; Baoithmn was based on Hammerschrift, which was related to Hammer's American Uncial -- though Loch Garman is more authentic Gaelic font than American Uncial. He continues: American Uncial sucks. It is inauthentic and it's not even attractive. It has a "dot" on the i (which it shouldn't) which makes it look like an í (which it doubly shouldn't). Hammer Uncial isn't much better. In my own view, the only one of Hammer's Uncials that I have seen that was any good was Pindar, and then only in its reworking as Baoithín (with Colm ÓÓ Lochlainn).
His bio, in his own words: Michael Everson, based in Westport, Co. Mayo, is an expert in the writing systems of the world. He is active in supporting minority-language communities, especially in the fields of character standardization and internationalization. He is one of the co-authors of the Unicode Standard, and is a Contributing Editor and Irish National Representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2, the committee responsible for the development and maintenance of the Universal Character Set. He is a linguist, typesetter, and font designer who has contributed to the encoding in of many scripts and characters. In 2005 and 2006 his work to encode the Balinese and N'Ko scripts was supported by UNESCO's Initiative B@bel programme. Michael received the Unicode "Bulldog" Award in 2000 for his technical contributions to the development and promotion of the Unicode Standard. Active in the area of practical implementations, Michael has created locale and language information for many languages, from support for Irish and the other Celtic langauges to the minority languages of Finland. In 2003 he was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme to prepare a report on the computer locale requirements for Afghanistan, which was endorsed by the Ministry of Communications of the Afghan Transitional Islamic Administration. He prepared a number of fonts and keyboard layouts for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). Michael moved to Tucson, Arizona at the age of 12. He studied German, Spanish, and French for his B.A. at the University of Arizona (1985), and the History of Religions and Indo-European Linguistics for his M.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles (1988). He moved to Ireland in 1989, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Celtic Studies, University College Dublin (1991). In 2010, he made Timenhor, a Latin-script font whose glyphs are based on the uncial letterforms of Coptic manuscripts. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik.
Nice designs by Feòrag NìcBhrìde from Edinburgh, Scotland. Her Mac TrueType and PostScript fonts are mostly reproductions of historic type. Styl, Styl Round, Astradyne and DaySquareCut are futurist in inspiration. Chapbook and Chapbook Italic are based on 17th century type and Vespasian is taken from a late 7th century manuscript. Symbats and Orkney Runes are of particular interest to occultists. Flgheadh, my first shareware font, makes the creation of knotwork rows as easy as typing three characters which happen to be next to one another on the keyboard. Viking Runes from the Orkney Isles, Taisean (2010, angular uncial), Accelerando (2009, nice simple techno face), Day Square Cut (1997; based on lettering designed by Lewis Day, some time around 1900), Cianán (Mac type 1 font based on an old Irish manuscript, 1998), Astradyne (based on the font used on Ultravox's Vienna LP from 1980), Symbats (1997-2008, a Pagan dingbats font), Innsmouth Plain (2011, handprinted), Skelett (2011, blackletter), Maeshowe (2014, Futhark runes), Orkahaug (2014, a grungy version of Maeshowe), Lindberg (2014, a beer bottle font), Lindberg Caffeine (2014), Springmarch (2014). Dafont link. Older URL for her free stuff. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fergus Costello Studios
The font Gaeilge 1 was originally developed by Pádraig McCarthy in 1993. Gaeilge 2 is an updated version, dated 1996, by Padraig McCarthy and Nikita Vsesvetskii (LINBIT group, P.O. Box 234, St. Petersburg 199155, Russia). Both are free at Fergus Costello Studios. Padraig McCarthy resides at The Presbytery, Rathdrum Co., Wicklow, Ireland. Alternate URL for Gaeilge1. Both fonts have proprietary encoding for the dotted consonants, but Gaeilge2 has nicer grave-accented vowels. Dafont download site of Peter Rempel. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of Gaeilge2, another version of McCarthy's Gaeilge1 for Irish/Celtic scripts, in 1997. There exists another Gaeilge 2, but that was made be Padraig McCarthy himself in 1996 with the help of Nikita Vsesvetskii. Free download here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Archive specializing in fantasy and medieval fonts. Nice presentation! Has a special Celtic font archive. Mac, PC. Among the Celtic fonts: Viking, Stonecross, Samedi, Ondine, Noel, King Arthur, and Gaeilge. Wonderful page. Check also the page on rune fonts and Gothic fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
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:
Aka F.M. O'Carroll Aberystwyth. Creator of the Gael AX and Gael BX fonts. The original version by F. M. O'Carroll (1997) consists of eight Gaelic fonts. These original fonts, packaged with some TrueType font development tools, are freely downloadable from the Celtic Department of University College Cork, Ireland. The Gael fonts come in two slightly-different minuscule styles. The fonts have acute accents on the vowels instead of grave. In 2003 (with an update in 2008), Korvellou An Drouizig made Unicode-compliant versions, Gael AX Unicode, Gael AX Unicode Bold, Gael BX Unicode and Gael BX Unicode Bold, available here and here. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
Four centuries of printing in the Irish character
Dead link. Brendan Leen (St Patrick's College, Drumcondra) writes about the early Irish alphabets. The preface goes as follows: Although the existing roman letter was officially sanctioned as the standard medium for the printing of Irish language documents in the early 1960s, the four preceding centuries had witnessed a rich tradition of printing in the Irish character. The origins of Irish character typography regress to the high standard of calligraphy achieved by the monastic scribes of the fifth century, and to the two discrete styles __ the half-uncial and the minuscule__ that emerged from the scriptorium to subsequently exert a defining influence on the design of Irish printing types. The full, rotund form of the half-uncial was typically used in the transcription of Latin tracts _____ notably, in the earliest known Irish manuscript, the Cathach, and, magisterially, in the Book of Kells. The Irish minuscule, a more angular form with a pronounced vertical emphasis, was often resorted to in manuscripts where vellum, and as a consequence space, would have been premium, and normally for the transcription of Irish as opposed to Latin texts. Although mostly in Latin, early texts in which the Irish minuscule hand appears include the Book of Armagh and the Book of Leinster. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fredrick M. Nader
Freeform Letterlike Designs
Leipzig-based creator of the early transitional Gaelic typeface Ballhorn (also called Leipzig, 1861), based on Watts. Author of Alphabete orientalischer und occidentalischer Sprachen (F.A. Brockhaus: Leipzig, 1859). Head of F.A. Brockhaus Printing in Leipzig, in 1856 he published "Grammatography. A Manual of Reference to the Alphabets of Ancient and Modern Languages". [Google] [More] ⦿
Great free fonts made by Brian Powers (Furdzville): BrianPowersDoodleNormal (very funny), BrianPowersDoodle21, ChangelingDingbats, Nocker (curly Victorian typeface), NockerCranky, Plok, RedcapBloodthirsty, SatyrPassionate (1998, Greek simulation face), SidheNoble, SluaghCreepy, TMBGJohnHenry, TMBGSevereTireDamage, TrollOathbound (1992).
Gaelic printing in Scotland and Man uses normal Latin letters. However, there are specific diacritics, and the same is true of Ireland. The required diacritic letters are acute-accented and grave-accented vowels (a,e,i,o,u) in both upper and lower case, and, for Manx Gaelic, c-cedilla in both upper and lower case.
The requirements for letters should not be confused with gaelic script, which refers more to a special shapes---characters that are different include d, g, t, i (dotless), j (dotless), r, s and ampersand. among Gaelic styles, we mention uncial or majuscule (rounded) and minuscule (angular). [Google] [More] ⦿
Gaelic Typefaces: History and Classification
Detailed historical listing of Gaelic typefaces by Michael Everson. He says that it is not always easy to classify Gaelic typefaces. His classification proposal:
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), Castorgaate (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]).
URL at Offsite, where we can find 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.
Gene Buban (aka geneus1) is the creative and prolific designer at FontStruct in 2008-2009 of these faces:
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] [More] ⦿
Dublin-based creator of the Gaelic uncial round faces Petrie A (also called Irish Archaeological Society 1 and 3), ca. 1835, and Petrie B (Irish Archaeological Society 2), ca. 1850. The Gaelic Modern round face Petrie C (also known as Thom) is due to Alexander Thom (ca. 1856). Petrie made the Gaelic modern angular face Newman (or: Keating Society) around 1857. That face was digitized as Gaeilge (1991) and Bunchló (1996). Brendan Leen explains: "The artist and antiquary George Petrie occupies a central position in the history of Irish character typography in the nineteenth century. In 1830, Petrie purchased a holograph copy of the Annals of the Four Masters and, shortly afterward, commenced the design and production of an Irish type suitable for the printing of the Annals. An artist of contemporary renown, Petrie possessed a sound knowledge not only of the aesthetics, but also of the mechanics and technology of print production. The Petrie type continued to be used in the Clann Lir periodical, printed until 1922 by Colm Ó Lochlainn at the Sign of the Three Candles, Temple Bar, and by the National University of Ireland until 1957 for the setting of its examinations in Irish." Sample. About the Newman type, inspired by the Book of Hymns, and commissioned by Cardinal John Henry Newman, Leen writes: "A typeface that owed more to the minuscule calligraphic tradition was prepared specifically for the Catholic University of Ireland, also by George Petrie. In order to avoid confusion with the earlier, half-uncial Petrie designs is generally referred to as the Newman type." [Google] [More] ⦿
Nick Cooke is a British type designer based in Otley, West Yorkshire, and/or Newent, UK, who has been at it since 1982 as a lettering artist. He founded G-Type in 1999. Nick started as a lettering artist in London in 1982 crafting type by hand for book jackets. His typefaces:
Harry C. Pears
Type designer who is credited with Feinen (1983, Compugraphic), a Celtic look font in four styles. Recreations include Feinen by Datascan. There is also FC-Feinen (company unknown) and Furst (or OPTIFurst) (made by OptiFont/Castcraft Software). Finally, there is Baldur, made by Mad Irishman Productions. On Usenet, someone wrote this: I first encountered Feinen in 1982 in a Compugraphic type book. I believe it was designed by Henry Mikiewicz. As far as I know, only Compugraphic offered it until Opti Castcraft did their version and named it Furst. I believe that Feinen was offered in three weights plus an inline version. I don't know if it was ever released as a PostScript font. I can find only two weights of the Opti Castcraft version. They were/are offered as TrueType and Open Type fonts. See also here. On the web, we find a reference to Henry Mikiewicz Design and Development URW America P.O. Box 700 Barrington, NH 03825, so that could well be the designer of Feinen. [Google] [More] ⦿
Herman Miller made several typefaces for Kolagian languages (runes): Kisuna, MizarianUni, OlaeUni, ZireenUni, CispaNormal, OlaetyanNormal, Thryomanes, Zirinka (font used for Zireen languages including Zírí:nká and Zharranh), Lhoerr (font used for Jarrda and Jaghri), Pintek (Braille-type font), Velika, Minza, Lindiga, Teamouse VS, Tirelat (2001), Ludireo, Tilya, Czirehlat.
TIPANormal, ThrIPANormal and ThrSAMPANormal are fonts designed for phonetics. Livagian (2003) has a reasonable character set. TeamouseLX, TeamouseVS, TeamouseVS (all 2001) are Miller's versions of Times Roman.
Designers of Celtic style typefaces: FraserWideNormal, GermanicCathedral (1997, blackletter), AncientNormal, AuldTownScript, BraigheRoseCapsThin, BrianBarruLight, ClassicScotlandNormal, Dirkrunner, FeatherQuillMedium, IrishSaddle, MacDonaldSemiBold, RiverliffeyLight, SaxonCaps, Talon. Some fonts are here. [Google] [More] ⦿
House of Lime
Free original dingbats, alphadings and fonts, mostly from scanned art by Merethe Liljedahl (House of Lime) in Landskrona, Sweden.
The font list: Abstract, Africa, African Design, African Eggs, AfricanPattern, AlphaRemember, AlphaSausage, AlphaThin, AmishQuilts, AngelsFairies, Angelsaroundtheworld, AngloText, Animal, AnimalDesign, AntiqueStuff, AntiqueStuffII, AroundSports, Aroundthehouse, ArtDecoMotif, ArtNouveauBild, ArtNouveauBlume, ArtNouveauFlowers, ArtNouveauFramesandBorders, ArtNouveauInitials (2001), ArtNouveauInitialsA, ArtNouveauInitialsB, ArtNouveauInitialsC, AsianArt, AsianArtII, BOO, BabyTime, BackToSchool (2000, pencil-themed face), Bagsandstuff, BagsandstuffII, Balloons, Baseball, Big Lou (2003, art deco), BirdStencilDesign, BirdStencilDesignII, Birdies, Bzzy (2004, alphadings), Books, Butterflies, Buttons (2006), Calender, CamelotCaps (2000), CarstensOwls, Cats, CelticElements, CelticElementsII, CelticMotif, Celtics, Cherub, CheshireInitials (2001), Chiseled (2006), ChristmasTime, ChristmasWreath, ChubbyDotty, ChubbyTrail, Cornerflair (2002), CrayolaKiddyFont, Curly Fleur Caps, DBLCeltic, DBLCorners, DBLFacesfromthepast, DBLFlowerDelight, DBLMedievalDesign, DancerInTheDark, DancerInTheDarkII, DancerInTheDarkIII, DecorativeOrnamental, Decorette, Decorina (2001), DesignMotif, DesignerCorners, DesignerCorners, DesignerDing, DesignerDividers, DesignerFrames, DesignerFramesTwo, DesignerMix, DesignerMixII, DesignerMixed, DesignerMotifs, DesignerMotifsThree, DesignerMotifsTwo, DesignerPlus, DesignerStuff, Dividers, DividersTwo, DoggyBag, DogsandCats, Dolphins, Dot Trail (2002), DoverChineseMotifDesign, DoverFloral, DoverFloralandDesignII, DoverJapaneseDesign, Dragons, Durbin Initials (2009), EasterBunny, EasterHoppy, EasterTime, EatingOut, Egypt, ElectionTime (2000), Elegance, EvelynsHeart, EvsDragons, ExtraOrnamentalNo2, FaceofaLady, Faces2Faces, FacesOfTheCentury, Faith, Fans, Fashion, FashionLadies, FleurCornerCaps (2000), FloralDesign, FloralStencilDesign, FloridVictorianOrnament, FlowerandFairyAlphabet, Folklore, FolkloreII, Fontanesi, Framed, Frames, FramesAndBorders, FramesAndBordersII, FramesAndBordersIII, FramesandBackgrounds, FramesandHeaders, Fromthegarden, Fruityandveggie, Furballs, GailsUnicorn, GardenTime, Geisha, Genzsch Initials, GermanCaps, GothicCornerCaps, GothicFlourish, GrafikText, GuinevereCaps, HalloweenKiddyFont, Hats, HatsII, HatsIII, HatsIV, HatsV, HeartsofLime, Heraldics, Horses, Houses, HousesII, Howling, Iconettes, Inmygarden, Inyourgarden, Itsserved, Jars, JustFrames, KarensKitties, KeyasTurtles, KiddyDing, KiddyFlakey (2002), KiddyFrames, KiddyHalloween, KiddyToys, KidsAlphabet, KittytheCat, Ladiesofthe20s, Leaves, LimeBlossomCaps (1999), LimeGloryCaps (2000), LisasDragons, LittleHeroes, LizsGibsonGirls, LovePoision, Maskes, MedievalAlphabet (2000), MedievalMotif, MedievalMotifTwo, MexicanMotif, MirrorImage, MosaicCaps (2000), Motif, Mousie (2000, alphadings), MoyrasParrots, Music For Your Ears (2006), MutansII, Mutants, Mythical, NavyBlues (2000, white on black buttons), OldFashionedIllus, OldFloralIllustration, OldFolksShuffle (2000), Onthefarm, OrientalDesign, OrientalIcons, OrientalIconsII, OrientalIconsIII, OrientalIconsIV, OrientalView, OrnamentalCorners, OrnamentalDecoration, OrnamentalDecorationII, OrnamentalElements, OrnamentalElementsII, OrnamentalFramesI, OrnamentalInitialsA, OrnamentalInitialsB, OrnamentalInitialsC, OrnamentalInitialsD, OrnamentalInitialsE, OrnamentalInitialsF, OrnamentalInitialsG, OrnamentalInitialsH, OrnamentalInitialsI, OrnamentalInitialsJ, OrnamentalInitialsK, OrnamentalInitialsL, OrnamentalInitialsM, OrnamentalInitialsN, OrnamentalInitialsO, OrnamentalInitialsP, OrnamentalInitialsQ, OrnamentalInitialsR, OrnamentalInitialsS, OrnamentalInitialsT, OrnamentalInitialsU, OrnamentalInitialsV, OrnamentalInitialsW, OrnamentalInitialsX, OrnamentalInitialsY, OrnamentalInitialsZ, OutOfAfrica (2000), Paisley, Paisley Caps, PaisleyII, Party (2004, Mexican simulation face), Pentagon (2003, Western face), PhilliBoo, PokemonKiddyDing, Retro Elite (2003, art deco), RibbonCaps, Rose, Rosegarden, Scary, Scary House, Scrapper's Arrows, ScrappersCorner, ScrappersElements, ScrappersElementsII, ScrappersElementsIII, ScrappersElementsIV, ScrappersElementsV, ScrappersKeys, ScrappersStencil, ScrappingDoodles, Scream, Sealife, September11, Shaking Salsa, Ships, SimplyFriends, Skeleton, Smelly, SomeoneSpecial, Spiders (2001), SplatterCaps, Spooky, Sporty (2004), Spring (2003, Victorian ornamental typeface), Square Frame (2006), Stamped Flowers, Starlite, Stars, Stencil, StripesCaps (2000), SugarFootStrut, Sun and Moon, Sunflowers, Sunny Days (2004), SunshineKiddyFont, Tattoo, TheGoddess, ThePerfectMan, ThemeCorners, TiffanyCorners, TiffanyCornersII, TiffanyCornersIII, Tiles, Tools, TraditionalFloralDesign, TraditionalFloralDesignII, TraditionalFloralDesignIII, Trapeze (2004), TreasuryofDesign, Treesandleaves, Tulips, TylersPokemon (2000), UncasWomen, Valentine, VictorianWindow, Wedding, Wildflower, WildflowerII, WildflowerIII, WildflowerIV, YesterdaysBeauty, YourSign, Yummi, Zodiac.
Born in Philadelphia and a resident of Texas, Dan Zadorozny's creations at Iconian. He is a prolific type designer who specializes in techno and sci-fi typefaces. Dafont link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. His fonts in alphabetical order:
Identikal is a UK foundry run by identical twins Nick and Adam Hayes. Fonts made in 2000, sold through Atomic Type and/or [T26]: 21stA, 21stB, 21stComplete (2007, a rounded sans family), 22ndClosed, 22nd Open, 45degrees, ACTStern (2001), Angol (octagonal), Attac, B4, Breeze, Bully, Canal Extra, Chord, Click (2003), Corisande (2003), Positec (2003, techno), Curvature, Dieppe (2002, techno family in six weights), DigiGraf (2002), Distilla (2009, sans, HypeForType), Formatt, Kanal, Kneeon, Curvature (futuristic, 2002), Rebirth (futuristic, 2002), Masta, Metron, Monark (2003), Camo Sans (2003, T-26, an octagonal stencil font), Multimedia Blitz, Panic, Phat, Phlex (dot matrix font), Phuture, Plotta, Podium, Rally, Rayzor, Reaction, Rebirth, Revalo Classic (2003; regular weight is free), Revalo Modern (2003), Robustik (2003), Sampler, Seize, Sharp, Skak (2003, octaogonal font), Stalk, Trak, Tremble, UNDA Series 1, 21st, UNDA Series 2, Wages (2002, dot matrix font), Wired, Zero (2000, Nick Hays, an octagonal font), Angol (2003, an octagonal font), Skrean (a stitching font, T-26), 22nd Closed and 22nd Open (2006, T-26, stencils), Loxley Serif (2006), Emporio (2006), Alwyn (2006), Direkt (T26, 2006), Baksheesh (2006, simple sans), Loxley Sans (2006, T-26), Loxley Mix (2006, T-26), Kowboy (2006, T-26: futuristic), Kelt (2006, 6 weights, T-26), Neutraliser Sans, Caps and Serif (2006, 24 weights in all, T26), Ramblok (2006, T26), Identikal Sans (2006, T26, 8 weights), BQE (2011, piano key family, T-26). Some pixel font families, and many futuristic designs.
The Irish language (Gaelic) is also called Gaoileag, Gaoidhleag and Goidhealg. Its alphabet of 18 letters is Aibghitir, Aibidil, Aibchitir or Abchitir. Older alphabets had the letters in a different order, and those were called Beith-Luis-Nion (for b l n), Bobeloth (for b l) and Bobelloth. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ivan A. Derzhanski works at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. His fonts include
Dublin-based creator of the Gaelic early transitional angular typeface Christie (1815-1844). This sample is from "The Proverbs of Solomon". Brendan Leen writes: "In 1815, the founder James Christie designed an Irish character type that represented the most legible fount to date. The Christie type also managed to retain the calligraphic qualities of the authentic Irish style. The type required meticulous care in the application of ink on account of its boldness and extreme contrasts of weights." [Google] [More] ⦿
James' Font Page
James Shields is an Irish type designer who designed AceCrickey (1998), Armageddon (1998), ChubbyCheeks (1998), HesDeadJim (1998), Fuzzed (1998), GreenScreen (1998), HoneyIStoleYourJumper (handwriting, 1998), Ragamuffin (handwriting, 1999), Slaine (1999, a modern angular Gaelic font).
At one point director of the "imprimerie de la république". Author of "Alphabet irlandais, précédé d'une notice historique, littéraire, et typographique" (Paris, Imprimerie de la République, nivôse an XII ). This book explains the Irish alphabet, but has little in terms of typographic information. [Google] [More] ⦿
Celtic font archive: American-Uncial, AncientScriptExtended, AncientScript, Anglo-Saxon,-8th-c., Celtic-Bold, CelticHand, Celticmd-Decorative-w-Drop-Caps, Enchantment-BlackItalic, Enchantment-Black, EnchantmentCondensed, EnchantmentExtended-Italic, EnchantmentExtended, Enchantment-Italic, Freehand591, GabrielExtended, Gabriel, Gaelic-Regular, InnkeeperCondensed-Italic, InnkeeperCondensed, InnkeeperExtended, InnkeeperExtended-Italic, Innkeeper-Italic, InnkeeperOutline-Italic, InnkeeperOutline, Innkeeper, MaidenWord, MiddleAges. Most of these fonts are from the Swfte collection, 1996. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer from Dublin (?) who, some time in the period 1571-1658 made the Gaelic typeface Queen Elisabeth. Everson says that the roman glyphs are by Pierre Haultin (but he gives no date for that). A draft digitization by Cois Life is mentioned. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer (b. Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1965) of a few metafonts such as old uncial and cirth (Tolkien runes), to be found here, and Celtic Knotwork Font. Designer of the metafont Cun (runes, cuneiform). Now software engineer for IBM/Lotus in Ireland. [Google] [More] ⦿
British typefounder, 1627-1691. Well known for his book, "Mechanick Exercises or the Doctrine of the handy-works Applied to the Art of Printing" (London. Printed for Joseph Moxon on the Westside of Fleet-dtch, at the Sign of Atlas, 1683). This book was reedited by Herbert Davis and Harry Carter, London, Oxford University Press, 1958. He also published "Moxon's Exercises or the whole Art of Printing, 1683-1684", which was reissued in 1978 by Herbert Davis and Harry Carter (Dover, NY). Moxon manufactured an angular Gaelic typeface, Moxon (ca. 1680) based on the Louvain type. This was necessary as the Queen Elizabeth type matrices, used for catechisms and other religious material, had disappeared. [Google] [More] ⦿
German graphic designer (b. Aachen, 1960). His designs at FontFont include FF Ophelia Regular (1993, blackletter), FF Madonna Regular (1993, Celtic), FF Lukrezia Regular (1993, Celtic), FF RopsenScript (2001) and FF Humanist Regular, all calligraphic and/or old-text creations. EF Artemisia is a great OSF font at Elsner and Flake. Check also EF Carus (2003) and Justus Fraktur. EF Filzerhand and Graphis EF are ordinary hand-printed faces. EF Karolinger has a Celtic feel, and EF Medieva even more so. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
German scribe, type designer and unbelievable calligrapher, b. 1914 in Schlesisch-Drehnow, d. 2000 in Offenbach. Following schooling in Schlesien and Hamburg, he served a four-year typesetting apprenticeship from 1930-1934 in Hamburg and later at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in Offenbach am Main. From 1939 until 1945 he was in active military service and became a prisoner of the Russians. After that ordeal, he became a calligraphy teacher at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, and developed a universal pen with novel writing and drawing techniques for the company Brause. It is at that point that Hoefer started designing types as well. From 1970 to 1979, Hoefer was a lecturer and later professor at the HfG (School of Design) in Offenbach. From 1981 to 1988, Hoefer ran summer calligraphy workshops in the USA (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, and other cities). In 1982, Karlgeorg Hoefer founded a calligraphy workshop in Offenbach for everyone, with evening courses and summer school, and in 1987, the registered association "Calligraphy Workshop Klingspor, Offenbach, Supporters of International Calligraphy." From 1987 to 1995, he was the chairman of the association while teaching continuing courses and summer school classes with leading foreign calligraphers. Hoefer has written two books about calligraphy: "Das alles mit einer Feder" (Brause, 1953) and "Kalligraphie, gestaltete Handschrift" (Econ, 1986). Numerous articles about Hoefer's work have appeared in calligraphy journals in Holland, France, the USA, and Japan. In 1989, the book "Schriftkunst/Letterart Karlgeorg Hoefer" was published as part of Calligraphy-Editions Herbert Maring (Die Kalligraphie Edition, Hardheim, Germany, 1989). For his activities as a calligrapher, Hoefer received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1993. His typefaces:
Creator of Sweeney (Agfa-Monotype, 2002), an italic uncial with strong Celtic overtones. Sweeney Lino Cut is a companion series of illuminated initial letters. Agfa explains: Sweeney is the name of a seventh-century Irish king who went mad (some say from the din of battle; others say he was cursed by a Christian monk), roamed Ireland naked and composed poetry.
Kat's Fun Fonts
Katsfunfonts had free alphadings and dingbats by "Kat Rakos". It was rumoured to go commercial, after initially having been a free font foundry from ca. 2000-2006. Dafont link. Since 2008, I have not been able to relocate the foundry. Direct access. List of fonts: Home Is Where The Heart Is, Mirror Mirror, Crayons, Wedding Bells, On The Go, Hip Star, Santa's Bag, Julie's Turtle Rescue, Holly, Eight Santas, Five Bunnies, Balloon, KRAFerretforAngel, KRAmishHeart, KRAngler, KRAnniversaryDinner, KRApple, KRArrowHeart, KRBabyBsFirstDayOut, KRBirdy, KRBirthdayCake, KRBirthdayCakeDings, KRBiteYourLip, KRBlackbird, KRBlazingSun, KRBullseye, KRBurningLove, KRButterfly, KRButterflyTwo, KRCaliforniaSun, KRCallMe, KRCameraFun, KRCandyKiss, KRCaramelApple, KRClover, KRCoffeeDings, KRCoffeeLove, KRConstruction, KRCowJuice, KRCrow, KRCupcake, KRDeclaration, KRDunkers, KREasterDings, KREasterRabbit, KREightBall, KRFathersDayDings, KRFirstBloom, KRFirstYearsDings, KRFlowerFrame, KRFooball, KRFootballFun, KRGardenforSue, KRGravestone, KRHalloweenKitten, KRHeartBalloons, KRHockeyFun, KRHoleInOne, KRHunnybee, KRIDo, KRInTheSpotlight, KR Irish Kat (2002, five fonts), KRIrishSpudman, KRKrazyKat, KRLilAngel, KRLilMikesRobot, KRLilNote, KRLincoln, KRLotsaTimeDings, KRMagicRabbit, KRMagicTea, KRMaverick, KRMoodRing, KRMorningMust, KRMothersDayDings, KRMovieTime, KRMovingDay, KRMrBunny, KRNghtsBrew, KRNicksLilRacer, KRNicksPuppy1, KRNutsy, KROffToWork, KROhMan, KROrangeBlossom, KRPRincEsS, KRPianoMan, KRPopcornTime, KRPotOGold, KRRachelsChalkboard, KRRamarasTwink, KRRibbonFrame, KRRingOShams, KRRonnysRose, KRSamisMark, KR Santas Bag, KR Saras New Kitten, KRSchoolDays, KR Scrappin Babies, KRScribbleHeart, KR Seeds, KRSeahorse, KR Shake, KRShootingStarLeft, KR Shroom (2001, psychedelic), KRSilverSpoons, KRSkooter, KR Sleep Over (2001), KRSnowboarder, KR St Patricks Day Dings (2001), KR St Patricks Frames (2002), KRStPattysHat, KRStevesSolo, KRStrawberry, KRSunnyDays, KRSwirl, KRSwordInTheStone, KRTeaTime, KRThoughts, KRThreeFlowers, KRTriton, KRTwinkTwo, KRValentineDings, KRValentineHeart, KRVotive, KRWashington, KRWeatherDings, KRWingsofLove, KRWintryMix, KRWomanOh, KRYoYo, KRZodiacDings, KRBalloon, KRCrayons, KREightSantas, KRFiveBunnies, KRHipStar, KRHolly, KRHomeIsWhereTheHeartIs, KRJuliesTurtleRescue, KRLittleLeague, KRMirrorMirror, KROnTheGo, KRSantasBag, KRSummerCandy, KRWeddingBells, KRBabiezTwo, KRBabiez, KRBackToSchool, KRBadBoyz, KRBadGirlz, KRDriverz, KRGardenz, KRGunz, KRHaHa, KRMadTeaParty, KRPeoplez, KRScrappinBabies, Batty, Birthday Letters, Cane Letters, Drak, Jigsaw Joey, Kaboomerang, Corners 2, Crescent Moons, Fruitsy, Halloween Signs 2, Happy Fruit, KR A Day At The Zoo, KR Black Kat, KR Love Letters, KR Filled With Flowers, KR That Silly Hunnybee!, KR Sara's New Kitten, KR Trilobe, KR Squished Mosquito, All Cracked Up, Love Lies Bleeding, OokieBookie, KRAllSmiles, KRChristmas2002Dings1, KRChristmas2002Dings2, KRNative, KRSillyArtPeople, KRAHuntingTheyWent2005, KRAllAboutTheHeart, KRAllAmericanAlpha, KRAllSmiles, KRAllSport, KRAnchorsAway, KRAnimalLines, KRAnimalOutlines, KRAnotherTwelve, KRArborDays, KRAstro1, KRAstro2, KRAstro2005, KRAstro3, KRAutumn2004, KRBackyardScraps, KRBalloonBunch, KRBamboo, KRBarnyardScraps, KRBigBang, KRBigCity, KRBloomBonanza, KRBooCity, KRBooLane, KRBootown, KRBooville, KRBunnyDings, KRChineseZodiacSymbols, KRChristmas2002Dings1, KRChristmas2002Dings2, KRChristmas2002Dings3, KRChristmas2002Dings4, KRChristmas2002Dings5, KRChristmasDings2004, KRChristmasDings2004Five, KRChristmasDings2004Four, KRChristmasDings2004Six, KRChristmasDings2004Three, KRChristmasDings2004Two, KRChristmasJewels20053, KRChristmasJewels20054, KRCircleScraps, KRCircularFlair, KRCivilWar, KRClassicFleur, KRClassicFleur2, KRClassicFleur3, KRClassicFleur4, KRColorMeChristmas2002, KRColorMeWindowScenes, KRCourtship, KRCrazyCrow, KRCupids2003, KRCuteAsABug, KRDecoFleurCorners, KRDreamcatcher, KREaster2003, KREasterSquares, KRFastFood, KRFireInTheSky, KRFishies, KRFlairFrenzy, KRFleurFlair1, KRFleurFlair10, KRFleurFlair11, KRFleurFlair12, KRFleurFlair13, KRFleurFlair2, KRFleurFlair3, KRFleurFlair4, KRFleurFlair5, KRFleurFlair6, KRFleurFlair7, KRFleurFlair8, KRFleurFlair9, KRFleurFlairCorners, KRFleurFlairLines, KRFleurFlairLines2, KRFleurFlairLines3, KRFloweryFleur, KRFloweryFleur2, KRFloweryFleur3, KRForYou, KRFourLittlePixies, KRFrames, KRFreeFallin, KRFromTheDeskOf, KRFromTheDeskOf2, KRFrostedCake, KRFunFrames2005, KRGetWellDings, KRGraphed, KRHarvestBounty, KRHeartalicious, KRHeartfelt, KRHeartily, KRHeartiness, KRHeartsAlong, KRHeartsGalore, KRHeartsUp, KRHomeOnTheRange, KRHousehold, KRJenTheQueenOVino, KRJointed, KRJungleScraps, KRJustDucky, KRJustTheFlowers, KRKatPeople, KRKatPeople2, KRKatWear, KRKatlingsEight, KRKatlingsEleven, KRKatlingsFifteen, KRKatlingsFive, KRKatlingsFourteen, KRKatlingsNine, KRKatlingsSeven, KRKatlingsSix, KRKatlingsSixteen, KRKatlingsTen, KRKatlingsThirteen, KRKatlingsTwelve, KRKatsCats, KRKatsGotANewValentine, KRKitchen, KRLeafyAlpha, KRLibations, KRLilBuddies, KRLilMites, KRLippy, KRLoveAngels, KRLoveStruck, KRMarkerThin, KRMedalOfHonor, KRModerna, KRMusicAngels, KRMusicalMuse, KRNADings, KRNative, KRNickysDinos, KRNickysEaster, KROffice, KROfficeParty, KROnlineLove, KROverlyCloverly, KRPartyLife, KRPenned, KRPyramid, KRRNBookplates, KRRPG, KRRachelLovesThe4th, KRRinglets, KRScrapTeddies, KRScrapTeddiesTwo, KRScrappinAnimals, KRScrappinBears, KRScrappinBunnies, KRScrappinSquares, KRScraps, KRSeemsFishyToMe, KRSignage, KRSillyArtDings, KRSillyArtHoliday, KRSillyArtPeople, KRSimpleFleur, KRSimpleFleur2, KRSimpleFleur3, KRSimpleFleur4, KRSimpleFleur5, KRSimpleFleur6, KRSketched, KRSomeFunBars, KRSpringBounty, KRSpringMe, KRSpringMeToo, KRStPats2003, KRStarryEyed, KRStarryNight, KRStarsSwirls, KRSummerGarden, KRSwashBuckler, KRTakeTheMysteryTrain, KRThanksgiving2002, KRTheEX1, KRThroughTheirEyes, KRTwinkle, KRValentine2003, KRVased, KRVeggieFrames, KRVerticalFlair, KRWelcome2003, KRWithHeart, KRWoodcutFleurs, KRYummy, KRBitsOShea, KRFloralScript, KRHeartfilled, KRKelticFive, KRKelticFour, KRKelticSix, KRKelticThree, KRKelticTwo, KRKindaFlakey, KRLittleBuzz, KRLyndasLady, KRShams, KRTigrrr, KRValentineKids2006, KRWeeFolk, KR Scrappin Animals, KRBarbed, KRCuoriDivertenti1, KRCuoriDivertenti2, KRCuoriDivertenti3, KRCuoriDivertenti4, KRCuoriDivertenti5, KRCuoriDivertenti6, KRCuoriDivertenti7, KRCuoriDivertenti8, KREastertime1, KREastertime2, KREastertime3, KREastertime4, KRLilShams1, KRLilShams2, KRLilShams3, KRLilShams4, KRLilShams5, KRLilShams6, KRLilShams7, KRLilShams8, KRLilShams9, KRSnowflakeButtons1, KRSnowflakeButtons2, KRSoftStencil, KRSpringbet07, KRBeautifulFlowers.
Keven King (Kingthings) is the British designer (born in Kent in 1959, educated at the Graphic Design College in Exeter/Devon, and based in Exeter) of these fonts, many of which have Celtic influences. His typefaces:
Breton site with free Celtic fonts such as Rudhraigheacht UNICODE (2003). There is also a Celtic font archive. Korvigelloù An Drouizig made many existing fonts Unicode-compliant, and the list is growing. OTF versions were prepared by David Goode (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge). These include Peter Rempel Narrow KAD, Peter Rempel Uncial KAD, Kelt, Gael AX - BX, Gaeilge, Celtic Gaeilge, American Uncial, Umber SSK, Tuamach, Thryomanes, Stonehenge, Rudhraigheacht, Merzhin, William Boyd Uncial, DS Celtic 1 KAD, DS Celtic 2 KAD. The KAD fonts were made by Korvigelloù An Drouizig. He also made Gaeilge Unicode (2003). The Gael AX and BX Unicode fonts are unicodizations of fonts originally made by F.M. O'Carroll. [Google] [More] ⦿
Celtic (mostly uncial) font archive. Some fonts were modified by KAD. The list: AmericanUncial, BoydUncialUNICODE, CelticGaeligeUNICODE, DSCeltic1_KAD, DSCeltic2_KAD, GaeilgeUNICODE, GaelAXUNICODE, GaelAXUNICODEBold-Bold, GaelBXUNICODE, GaelBXUNICODEBold-Bold, KeltUNICODE-Bold, KeltUNICODE-Italic, KeltUNICODE, Merzhin, PR-CelticNarrowKAD, PRUncial_KAD, RudhraigheachtUNICODE, StonehengeUNICODE, Thryomanes, ThryomanesBold, ThryomanesBoldItalic, ThryomanesItalic, TuamachUNICODE, UmberSSKUNICODE. Alternate URL. Of these, the following are all based on BoydUncialUNICODE (William Boyd, 1991, see also Carlongia): KeltUNICODE (Bay Animation), StonehengeUNICODE (unknown source), UmberSSKUNICODE (Paul King, Southern Software). No surprise to find Bay Animation and Southern Software in this list. [Google] [More] ⦿
Swiss calligrapher in Basel who made and sells various medieval and historically important script fonts. These included the paleographic (PAL) series and the KPS series. He lives in Ühlingen--Birkendorf, Germany. His fonts are uniformly of high quality and are usefl for illustrating historical alphabets.
His early commercial collection: KPS Anglaise (calligraphic script), KPS Antiqua (+Kapitälchen), KPS Capitalis (classic Trajan caps), KPS Cicero, KPS Epona (calligraphic), KPS Fein (handprinted), KPS Hand (calligraphic), KPS Horaz (calligraphic), KPS Iris (calligraphic), KPS Petit (calligraphic), KPS Plinius, KPS Spitzfelder, KPS Vitruv (calligraphy), PAL Bastarda, PAL Cancellaresca, PAL Carolina, PAL Gotisch, PAL Humanistica, PAL Lombarden, PAL Quadrata, PAL Rotunda, PAL Rustica, PAL Textura, PAL Uncialis, PAL Uncialis Roemisch, Weissranken Initialen, Ranken Initialen (Celtic capitals).
Since September 2013, all of his fonts are free. They were renamed and have conveniently the date of original creation in the font name. The fonts dated in the 1990s and 2000s are new typefaces or creative revivals by Klaus-Peter. The list of revivals: 0100DeBellisMacedonicis [Pre-uncial letters from the fragment "de bellis macedonicis", ca. 1st century], 0300Petros [Greek hand from the oldest surviving copies of St. Peter's epistles, dated 3th / 4th century], 0362Vitalis [Roman Minuscule Cursive from the so called Vitalis letter, written before 362 on papyrus (Strasburg)], 0480VergiliusRomanus [Capitalis Rustica from the Vergilius Romanus written in Rome, ca. 480], 0500VergiliusSangallensis [Capitalis Quadrata from the Vergil fragments in Stiftsbibliothek St.Gallen], 0512Dioskurides [Greek Uncials from the Vienna Dioskurides (about 512)], 0746Beda [from Beda Venerabilis: Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, Northumbria, dated 746], 0800Kells [Half Uncials from the Book of Kells], 0800Remedius [So called "Lombardic-Raetic Minuscule" from Codex 348 of the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen], 0800 Theophanes [Greek Hand after a 9th century Theophanes manuscript], 0850CarolinaTours [Carolingian Minuscule], 0850Carolinaundulata [Carolingian Minuscule from the Scriptorium of Tours], 0864Folchart [St. Gall Carolingian from the Folachart Psalter], 1012Otto [Late Carolingian Minuscule from the Perikopes of Heinrich II, written at the Reichenau, donated to the dome of Bamberg in 1012], 1258FridericusII [Gothic Rotunda from the falcon book of Emperor Friedrich II, Southern Italy 1258-1266], 1400Wenzel [Bohemian Textura from Vienna], 1450Sebastos [Humanistic Greek hand from Homer, Ilias, Vatican Library], 1455GutenbergB42 [Gothic Textura types from the 42 line Gutenberg Bible], 1458GutenbergB36 [Gothic Textura types from the 36 line Gutenberg Bible], 1470Jenson [an antiqua by Nicolas Jenson], 1475HumanisticaCursiva [Humanistic Cursive of the kind Bartolomeo Sanvito of Padua wrote, after Cod. Pal. Lat. 1508], 1480Humanistica [Humanistic Book Hand from Valerius Maximus: Facta et dicta memorabilia, ca. 1480-1485. The calligraphy is attributed to Antonio Sinibaldi from Florence and the titling capitals to Bartolomeo Sanvito from Padua], 1483Koberger [Incunabula type from the Koberger Bible, printed in Nuremberg in 1483], 1485Grueninger [Incunabula type from the Grueninger Bible, printed in Strasburg in 148], 1493SchedelRotunda [Incunabula type from the latin edition of Hartmann Schedel's World Chronicles, printed by Koberger at Nuremberg in 1493], 1501Manutius [First printed Italic Antiqua by Aldus Manutius (Venice 1501)], 1513Gebetbuch [Fraktur from Emperor Maximilian's Prayer Book, printed in Augsburg in 1513], 1517Gilgengart [Fraktur type from Emperor Maximilian's 1517 private print "Gilgengart"], 1517Teuerdank [Fraktur type from Emperor Maximilian's "Teuerdank", printed at Augsburg in 1517], 1519NeudoerfferFraktur [Fraktur alphabet from a woodblock model in Johann Neudoerffer the Elder's Calligraphy book "Fundament", Nuremberg 1519], 1739Bickham [Copperplate or running hand after models from "The Universal Penman" by George Bickham, printed in London 1743], 1741Bickham [Bickham's round hand from Universal Penman], 1782Thurneysen [Baroque Antiqua Type of J. Jacques Thourneysen fils, Basel 1782].
Original versions by Schaeffel, with date of design in the font name: 1999Anglaise1, 1999Anglaise2, 1999Cancellaresca, 1999Carolina (Carolingian minuscule), 1999Livius, 1999LiviusBold, 1999LiviusItalic, 1999LiviusSmC, 1999LiviusTitel, 1999Ovidius, 1999Stylus, 1999Textualis, 2000Bastarda, 2000Cicero, 2000Humanistica, 2000Plinius, 2000PliniusItalic, 2000Seneca-Italic, 2000Seneca, 2000TextualisFormata, 2000Uncialis, 2001RotundaFormata, 2002Cato, 2002Horatius, 2002Vitruvius, 2003Epona, 2003Lombarden, 2004CapitalisQuadrata, 2004CapitalisRustica, 2004Iris, 2004UncialisQuadrata, 2004UncialisRomana, 2008-Noeuds-1 [for making Celtic knots], 2008-Noeuds-2, 2008-Noeuds-3, 2009Xenophon, 2010Filigrane, 2010Gouttes, 2010Labyrinthe [squarish], 2010Pointu [a calligraphic blackletter], 2010Vergilius [a great calligraphic face].
Kristen Ankiewicz offered lovely type 3 fonts and postscript examples of fancy things such as curlicue letters, and beads. She also has a lovely Celtic alphabet done in Adobe Illustrator. Fractal postscript demos as well. All free, of course. The fonts are here. Kirsten runs Ankiewicz Studios, an art studio in San Francisco. [Google] [More] ⦿
K-Type is Keith Bates' (b. 1951, Liverpool) foundry in Manchester, UK, est. 2003. Keith works as an Art&Design teacher at a Salford High School. Dafont link. Yet another URL. Fontspace link. Fontsy link. Behance link. They custom design type, and sell some of their own creations.
His free fonts are here:
Custom / corporate typefaces: With Liverpool-based art director Liz Harry, Bates created a personalized font, loosely based on Coco Sumner's handwritten capitals, for the band I Blame Coco. Medium and Semibold weights of Gill New Antique were commissioned by LPK Design Agency. Stepping Hill Hospital and Bates created Dials, a pictorial font to help hospital managers input data about improvements. A custom font was designed for Bolton Strategic Economic Partnership.
Early 20th century designer of letters, such as this Modern Poster Alphabet with art nouveau influences, Adapted Roman (uncial), and Gothic. The Celtic style typeface Ballyhaunis NF (2005, Nick Curtis) and Inglenook Corner NF (2005, Nick Curtis) are based on his lettering. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lenition explained on this page: In addition to the difference in letter shapes between Latin and Gaelic styles, there are two different methods of representing the letter modification known as "lenition", which is applicable to the nine consonants b, c, d, f, g, m, p, s, t. In Gaelic fonts, lenition is usually indicated by a diacritic (dot-above), while in Latin fonts it is common to use a digraph (e.g., lenited b is written "bh"). This situation is analogous to that of representing German umlaut by diacritic or digraphic means. It is important to realise that the questions of letter-style (Latin vs Gaelic) and of lenition representation (diacritic vs digraph) are independent, and all four combinations are possible in principle. The choice of letter-style has no encoding implications, since all the basic (unaccented) Gaelic letters are also found in the Latin alphabet---in this, Gaelic is like German Fraktur but unlike Greek or Cyrillic---whereas the choice of lenition representation has such implications. (Font encoding is another name for the range of characters in the font, and their correspondence with keystrokes.) When lenition is represented digraphically, the normal Windows Latin font encoding may be used (ISO Latin-1), irrespective of whether the letter style is Latin or Gaelic. When lenition is represented diacritically, the standard 8-bit encoding for Windows is ISO Latin-8 (aka ISO 8859-14), again irrespective of whether the letter style is Latin or Gaelic. Latin-1 and Latin-8 are in agreement on the placement of those characters common to both. A font may be described as "Gaelic" if it employs Gaelic letter-shapes, or if it supports dotted consonants, or both. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calgary-based designer of Naranja (2005), an experimental typeface built up of quarter circles and L-brackets. Its dingbats are inspired by Clockwork Orange. Faces made with FontStruct in 2008: Robot Builder (Solid, Shaded and Open: squarish faces), Polygonal Lasso (Far West type: 938 glyphs for Latin, Latin Extended A & B, Greek, Cyrillic, and Katakana), Marshmallow Script (based on Einhorn, Eclat, Deftone Stylus, and Magneto, all connected diner scripts), Crazy Eights (deck of cards), Ficus Stencil (+Compressed, +Condensed, +Extended, +Regular, +Zebra, +StencilOpen), Big Fat (+Vibrate, +Solid, +Shaded), Negatron (Regular, Solid and Fill), Tuscan Radar, Nuclear Depot Americum (495 glyphs consisting of stars), Nuclear Depot (Radioum, Neptunium, Plutonium, Uranium: a futuristic family that covers Cyrillic), Am I see are you pee see, eh? (a font that combines MICR with UPC-A). The links: big_fat_shaded, crazy_eights, ficus_stencil_compressed, ficus_stencil_condensed, marshmallow_script, negatron_fill, negatron_regular, negatron_solid, serpent_like_bold, tuscan_radar.
2009 creations: Haemophobe (pixel), Star Wreck, Mouthcaster (a bilined face based on the lettering on the front of the 1978 edition of the Scoutmaster's Handbook), Pasta (white on black), Medical Station Alpha (techno), Disco Stud (Chrome, Solid, Chrome Oblique, Solid Oblique), Affix, Infix (experimental and minimalist), Pinball Blizzard, Tears in Rain (a simplistic textura), Five Minute Hair Colour (slab serif), Seg Sixteen (LED face), Trajedy (pixel), Nobody 8 Italic (pixel), Home Sweet Home (a cross-stitch font), Wotan, Tiki Deaky, Writetyper, Chromatose (shadow family), Chocobot (an octagonal family containing Dark, Stacked (multilined), Milk, White), Big Fat (Shaded, Vibrate, Solid).
2010 creations: Fungal Sharp, Fungal Rounded (described by himself as a unicase stovepipe sans), Elliptical Lasso (Western ornamental caps), Astral Projection (a dot matrix face that updates Astra, a Letraset font designed by François Robert and Natacha Falda in 1973), Brick-block tops (3d effect), Knots, Spacerock (an extensive arc-based geometric family), Telephone (counterless), Pixular, StarWreck the Next Generation, Hockey Club, Brick-Block Tops, Bubblemania, Ziabelle Remix (outline, 3d, shaded), Hextone, Falcone (robotic face), but I didn't Trap the Deputy (Egyptian), Dinosaur Gothic.
Fonts from 2011: Apé'ritif (bilined), Csillagok (a futuristic face based on a hungarian Star Wars poster), Valhalla (faux runic), Birodalom, Haboruja, Piezo, Felix (black art deco face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of the hybrid Gaelic typeface Nua-Rómhánach [Times New Roman Gaelic] (1964). [Well, the font was sketched by Liam Miller, drawn in full by William Britton (in 1963), and manufactured by Monotype.] [Google] [More] ⦿
Lord Kyl's Medieval and Fantasy Fonts
Old URL. Another old URL. This was of the greatest archives, loaded with medieval and fantasy fonts, including many dingbats. Robert D. Anderson (aka Lord Kyl MacKay) scanned in many alphabets from "Medieval and Renaissance Alphabets" and created tens of beautiful historical fonts, and made them available free of charge: Anglo-Saxon 8th c, Battel Abbey 8th C, British Block Flourish 10th c, British Museum 14th c, British Outline Majuscules 10th c., Celtic Knot, Curved Majuscules 17th c., Decorated Majuscules 14th c., English Gothic 17th c, Floral Majuscules 11th c, German Blackletters 15th c, Gothic Leaf, Gothic Straight-Faced 18th c., Italian Cursive 16th c (GREAT!), Library of Minerva 9th c., Spanish Round Bookhand 16th c., Traditional Gothic 17th c, Vatican Rough Letters 8th c, Celtic Knot (caps), Gothic Leaf (caps font), Medieval Dingbats.
Historical Gaelic typeface family. Louvain A saw the light sometime between 1611 and 1728. It is tentatively credited by Michael Everson to Thomas Strong. The creator of Louvain B (1641-1662) is still unknown. [Google] [More] ⦿
Loyson had his own foundry in Paris from 1727-1728. In 1728, he joined his foundry with that of Briquet, and Briquet and Loyson thrived from 1728 until 1751. Briquet had died some time in that period, and Loyson married Briquet's widow. Loyson and Veuve Briquet operated from 1751 until 1758, when the foundry, after a brief one-year passage to widow Briquet's son, was left to Vincent Cappon, Loyson's student. The foundry made the angular Gaelic manuscript face Paris (1732-1751). A draft digitization (Páris) exists. Audin's account. Cover of the 1728 specimen book by Loyson. Cover of the 1751 specimen book of Briquet and Loyson, which also covered Irish, Hebrew and Greek. [Google] [More] ⦿
Europe's largest independent foreign language font developer for the Macintosh, which is directed by Sebastian Kempgen from Germany. Fonts include: Western Languages (CoreFont series), Eastern Europe (CE-Font series), Cyrillic (Professional series: RomanCyrillic Pro, Ladoga Pro etc. (text fonts); DEsign fonts: Faktor, Inessa Cyr etc. (headline, handwriting); Olliffe Fonts: Batumi, Schechtel, Russian Open (display type; example: Mashinka); Scientific Cyrillic (includes old orthography, accents, old characters); Old Church Slavonic (Cyrillic and Glagolitic, Square and Round); Non-Slavic Cyrillic: Roman CyrTurk, Ladoga CyrTurk), Greek (Modern Greek and Classical Greek (Agora and Parmenides)), Icelandic&Faeroese (PolarFont series), Irish&Welsh (Gaelic, Celtic in the CeltoFont series), Romanian (DacoFont series), Turkish (TurkoFont series), BalkanFont series (Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Maltese), Basque (BaskoFont series), Saami (SamoFont series), Georgian, Armenian, Coptic (such as the Pachomius font), Cuneiform, Sabean, SinoFont series for Vietnamese plus more or Chinese (Pinyin) transliteration, phonetic Fonts (Trubetzkoy&Phonetica), Transliteration Fonts. Some of its fonts (like Campus Ten/Twelve and Magister Book) are now sold through Agfa/Monotype. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mad Irishman has original fonts by Patrick Michael Murphy, who is American (from Mebane, NC), not Irish: Aberration (2001), Game Icons (2008), Baldur (1999, uncial), Carlisle (2000), Graz (2001), Miyama (2001, oriental simulation font), Old Roman (2002, a text family based on an 1895 typeface designed by T.W. Smith), Ronan (2006), Splendors (2001; modeled on the modified version of the Mason font that Wizards of the Coast uses for their titling on their Dungeons&Dragons Forgotten Realms publications). MyFonts page. The fonts are now also available at Agfa/Monotype. Celtic look fonts include Aberration, Baldur, Graz and Splendors. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Paris-based creator of the hybrid Gaelic typeface Legrand (ca. 1836). Typefounder in Paris. His work can be found in this specimen book (Paris, 1850, 97 pages). At the Imprimerie Nationale, he was asked in 1846 to cut an arabe maghrébin (the preferred Arabic writing style in Morocco and adjacent regions). He cut anotther weight in 1850. In 2009, Franck Jalleau made a digital version of this, called Le Maghrébin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calligrapher who lives in Australia. Designer from 2002-2004 of the Celtic look family Lindisfarne Nova (with Harry Pears) at Bitstream.
Margo Chase Design (was: Gravy Designs)
Margo Chase (Margo Chase Design, Los Angeles) create some exquisite fonts such as Celtic Envision, Box Gothic, Bradley, Edit, Evolution, Kruella (1997), Portcullis (by Brian Hunt), Pterra-dactyl, Shiraz (1998), Tribe (by Ferris Emery) and Vitriol. Unless mentioned otherwise, all fonts are by Margo Chase. Many fonts have a gothic flavour, and can be purchased from T-26. Richard Lipton's Ecru, Talon and Shogun fonts at Font Bureau are based on margo Chase's lettering. Klingspor link.
Designer (b. 1915, Stettin) at D. Stempel of Mosaik (1954), a bold irregular sans serif caps font. Revived digitally by Canada Type as Sultan (2005). Canada Type writes: This design highlights the unmistakable Arabic/Moorish calligraphy influence on Celtic lettering, by way of the highly active Andalusian culture from the ninth century until the crusades in the early eleventh century. Nick Curtis's version of this is called Aethelred NF (2007). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Professor at IDG Wien (Indogermanistik Wien) of the Instituts für Sprachwissenschaft der Universität Wien. She designed Aal, Aal-Bold, Aal-BoldKursiv, Aal-Kursiv, AalTimes, AalTimesNewRoman-Kursiv, Aatoch, AatochFett, Aatoch-BoldKursiv, AatochKursiv, Aaron, Aaron-Bold, Aaron-BoldKursiv, AaronKursiv, AaronPunkt, AaronPunkt-Kursiv, Agriech (based on a typeface of Peter J. Gentry&Andrew M. Fountain, 1993), Agriech-Kursiv, Amairgin, Amairgin-Bold, Amairgin-BoldKursiv, Amairgin-Kursiv, AmairginTimes, AmairginTimesNewRomanPS-ItalicMT, Aspgriech, Aspgriech-Kursiv, and Keltiberisch (2001, a runes font). No downloads. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jobst-Hartmut Lueddecke's page has metafont sources for Suetterlin (by B. Ludewig), old Irish Uncial (by Jo Jaquinta), Italic (Cancellaresca corsiva) of Ludovico degli Arrighi, called Vicentino (Italy, early 16. century) by Willibald Kraml, yfrak, yinit, ygoth, yswab and cmfrak, Fraktur fonts by Yannis Haralambous. Also, the rune fonts bard (Celtic Bard Runes by Jobst-Hartmut Lueddecke), futhark (by Micaela Pantke and Sigrid Juckel), srune (by Jobst-Hartmut Lueddecke), the fantasy fonts cirth (dwarven runes created by J.R.R.Tolkien, by Jo Jaquinta), engwar (by Michael Urban), goblin (by Alan M. Stanier), tengwar (elven runes created by J.R.R.Tolkien, by Michael Urban), Jörg Knappen's EC fonts, hksym (a dingbat font by Hartmut Kennhöfer and Jobst-Hartmut Lueddecke), moonphases (dingbats by Stanislav Brabec, and wasy (dingbats by Roland Waldi). [Google] [More] ⦿
Monotype Series 24a (ca. 1906), a reincarnation of Later Figgins, was recast in 1913 by Michael O'Rahilly, and digitized in 1993 as Duibhlinn. He designed O'Rahilly Display (ca. 1915), which led to Monotype Series 117 (which, according to Everson, was never cut). [Google] [More] ⦿
British type designer from Waltham Abbey principally associated with P22. Morisawa Judge's Choice Award winner in 1996 for his typeface Fusaka (an oriental simulation font, 1996, Adobe). Other designs: P22 ToyBox Blocks, P22 ToyBox Animals (1996), P22 ToyBox Regular (1996, child's hand), P22 Vincent, P22 DeStijl (1995, with Richard Kegler--Regular, Stencil, Extras and Tall: of these, Want only did the Stencil style), P22 DaddyO-Square, P22 Bayer Fonetik (1997), P22 Acropolis (1995, Greek simulation face done with Richard Kegler), P22 Kells Square (1996, Michael Want and David Setlik), P22 Insectile (1995), P22 Cezanne (1996, a popular handwriting face), P22 Fonosaurus, P22 Folk Art (1997, a number of stitching fonts done with Richard and Denis Kegler), P22 Vincent Extras (1998, dingbats), P22 GD&T (1997), P22 Prehistoric Pals, P22 Prehistoric Pen. The ToyBox set was codesigned by Michael Want, Jennifer Kirwin, Richard Kegler, Kevin Kegler, and Mariah Kegler in 1996. The P22 Kells set was codesigned by David Setlik, Richard Kegler, and Michael Want in 1996.
Nicely categorized 300+ font archive. In French. Includes mediaeval fonts (and initial caps). PC and Mac. Also Celtic archive, a rune archive, a symbol font archive, a foreign font archive, and a handwriting font archive. The general theme of the site is role playing games. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cheney, WA-based designer of these typefaces: Arthuriel (medieval), Berkyspex (techno), BeviaGrowth (experimental), Brenin (unicase uncial), Brickfun (pixel), Bywater (uncial), Cheetah (fat display), Cipher (octagonal), Crown (uncial), Delivar, Drive, Drumsage, Efficient, Fanghorne (uncial), Figbead, Gaelothic (celtic), Galiden, Handshake (lego style), Havinoth (uncial), Humolion (experimental), Knowledge (indic simulation), Lancaster (indic simulation), Neoxidan, Nightime (uncial), Ockiahex (hexagonal), Paradox, Parfiche, Piecemeal, Pickel (pixel), Providian (uncial), Realight (fun experimental), Reliner (indic simulation), Rhubarb, Ribbon, Rimvet, Runestick (runes), Sageight, Skipfrog, Subrail, Toystack (pixel), Umbrella (clean geometric face), Valifas (uncial), Webgura, Westmarch. I assume that most faces were done in 2004-2005. [Google] [More] ⦿
New Renaissance Fonts (was: New Fontografia, or: David's Fontografia 2006)
David Kettlewell (b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1946), who has been professor at Tartu university in Estonia, and now works from his forest farmhouse in Bollstabruk, Northern Sweden, explains how fonts work and how to work with Fontographer and other programs. Kettlewell also runs Fontografia, a medieval and calligraphic type site featuring subpages on Ludovico Vicentino [degli Arrighi], Giovambattista Palatino, and Giovanniantonio Tagliente. He also tells us why Fontlab is so much better than Fontographer when developing fonts from scans.
David Kettlewell is a harper, renaissance musicologist and conductor who illuminate his work with text and type. His own work through New Renaissance Fonts is mostly with medieval and renaissance scripts, calligraphic alphabets and ornamental capitals. Direct acess. MyFonts link for New Renaissance. Klingspor link.
Free fonts: AliceScrolltipRoman, AndersFancyCapitals, AndersPlainCapitals, BickhamSwashCaps, Cartouches, CelticNoadProtoype, Chiswickblack, DagmarIlluCaps, Davies-RomantiqueCaps, DaviesIlluminatedcapitals, DaviesRoundhand, DaviesSapphire, DeBeauChesneRoman, FantasiaCaps, GothicCaps, KarinsFreeLombardyCaps (2006, with Karin Skoglund), KingRichard2Caps, Kurbits3, Lettreornee, LubnaCaps, NesbittDecoratedCaps-Medium, RicksClassicItalic, RicksDecoratedUncial-Medium, RicksFolkloreRoman, RicksRelaxedHand-Italic, Samuel, SevilliaDancingText, Sevilliastandingtext, Sevilliatiles, ShawDecoratedInitials1, ShawDecoratedInitials4-Medium, Taliente-IlluCaps, WestminsterMemorialBrasses-Medium.
Other fonts (some no longer available or shown): Soest St. Mary (2006, decorative capitals from embroidery work in a German church), Kurbits, Samuel, Celtic Noad, Dagmar IlluCaps, Lettre ornée, Phalesiodecor (medieval caps, 1998), American Uncial (adaptation of a URW font), FinalRomanfat or FatRoman50 (adaptation of an RWE font), Marshall (made from an 1822 parchment).
Some fonts are developed in conjunction with Richard Bradley. Others involved more loosely include Adam Twardoch, Karin Skoglund, Dagmar Varaksits and Anders Rosen.
MyFonts offers fonts like Chiswick Illuminated Caps (2009, Lombardic), Alice Scrolltip (2006), Albrecht Fraktur (2011), Edward's Uncial 1904 (2011, after an alphabet drawn by Edward Johnston), Davids Roundhand, Karins Lombardy Caps, Sevillia (2006, with Richard Bradley), and Soest St Mary.
Nick and Adam Hayes
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997, and lives since 1997 in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. From ca. 1990 onwards, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool.
Near the end of 2012, he posted this comment on his web site: Fifteen years ago, I embarked on a wonderful voyage of discovery, when I created my very first font with Fontographer 3.15. My maiden voyages were, frankly, rather clunky and amateurish, but I have been told that they showed promise. Well, sure enough, thanks to the diligent (and patient) efforts of Ilene Strizver, I polished up my craft enough to sell my humble efforts---first as a sideline business and, since 2006, as my full-time job. In total, I have produced over eleven hundred fonts---almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which I conservatively estimate have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide. Unfortunately, this past year has brought a series of unanticipated setbacks, culminating in the loss of my wife's beautiful mind and soul to the scourge of alcoholism. In an effort to generate extra income to cover the expenses for her long-term care, I have proposed a number of, I believe, innovative ways to revamp the online font business; unfortunately, those efforts have fallen flat, primarily due to the professional font community's abject fear of crossing the $165 million Elephant in the Room. I even offered a special discount rate of 75% off retail price for full-time students of Typohile Forum. To date, there have been zero takers. Hell: even the webfont kit of one of my own fonts which I purchased from myfonts.com turned out to be an empty folder. Talk about a run of bad luck. Which leaves my with you, dear readers. If you or someone you know has had fun or made a buck from my humble efforts throughout the years, please donate whatever you can---even a lousy dollar would help---to help me out. I would greatly appreciate it.
Nick Curtis: Celtic or uncial faces
Celtic or uncial faces by Nick Curtis include the free faces Avignon (1999; spectacular ironwork font; +Heavy, +Light), Laconick-NormalA (based on an alphabet of William Morris), and TwoForJuanNF (2002, based on Canas (1998, Andreu Balius and Joan Carles Casasin)). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Nick Curtis: Commercial faces
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997. Since 1997, he is in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. Since the 1990s, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool. Home page. His free fonts are listed elsewhere.
On MyFonts, he says this about himself: Nick's Fonts is a modest little foundry dedicated to the preservation of our rich typographic heritage. Most of the foundry's designs are based on authentic historical sources, gleaned from the massive collections of the Library of Congress. If you are looking for a font that captures the essence of the Wild West, the Gay Nineties or the Jazz Age, look here first: if it is not in the catalog, it will be soon. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
no image fonts
Free fonts by Hungarian type and graphic designer Levi Halmos [or: Levente Halmos], made between 1997 and 2001: AlienGhost2, Aliens, Anabolic Spheroid (2001, revived but alas commercialized by Roger S. Nelsson in 2009 as Anabolic Spheroid Pro), Aztec, Baby Universe (2000), Bateman, Bedlam Remix (2001), Bitsumishi (Bitsumishi Pro (2009) appeared at CheapPro Fonts; Bitsumishi Pro v2 followed in 2012), Butch, Byblostie, CHELIVES, Caddy (1996), CelticGaramond, CelticGaramondthe2nd, Chemistry, Coolthreepixels, Crystal Clear, Danube (techno, geometric), DataTransfer, Dredwerkz, ElephantMan, Escape Pod Normal, FUTURE, Faceplant, Finchley (1998), FreakShow, Gagarin (2001, a Cyrillic simulation and constructivist family), GraveDirt, Guevara, Haiku, Helldorado (2001, Western), Hibernate (2000), Iamsimplified, Indochine (2002, oriental letter simulation), IronLeague (2002, a Jonathan Barnbrook style face), Ivanbats, Ivanhoe, KabosGyula, Kalocsai Flowers Pi (2001), Kenzo, KingKikapu, Kozmonauta (2000), Kozmonauta2, Krizia Uomo (1995, art deco; later renamed Krizi Amo Pro in 2011, probably under pressure from Uomo), Leonardo (1996, a constructed face), Lefferts Corner (2001), LicenzPlate, Lousitania (2001, square-serifed), MagyarSerif, MarshGas, MathmosOriginal, Mutter (a stitch font), Niobium [Niobium Pro (2010, with Roger S. Nelsson) is used for signage and wayfinding in the new Mbombela Stadium built for the FIFA World Cup 2010], Nordic (2001; the Pro version appeared in 2010), Nushto (2000), Olympus (Greek simulation face), Peex (dot matrix family), Phatguy, PiratesGold (made commercial in the CheapProFonts collection of Roger S. Nelsson in 2009), Poison Berries (2000), PresidenteTequila (2000), RakettaFromMars (2001, fifties style futurism), Rammstein, RammsteinRemix (2001, constructivist), RedheadGoddess (2000), RedwildoderRotwild, Resurrection, Runningshoe, Sarkozi Line Patterns Pi (2001), Scully (scanbats), ScumoftheEarth (2000), Shazbot, Slither (1998), SmartSexy, SmartandSexy, Snake Venom (2000, Mexican simulation face), SpaceWorm (2000, futuristic), Sporty, Stonebridge, Subatonik, Sulphur (2000, a face influenced by gothic cathedrals), Tank Junior (2001), TerraX, Thrust (2000, Star Trek face), TickyFont, Treasure Island (2001, rounded with a semi-Greek look), TrustThisOne, TwoGunJohann (2000), TypeKnight (2001, with hairline serifs), VicePresidente (2001, Mexican simulation face), VoodooDolls, Voodoo Spirits (2001, wiggly hand), WeepingItalic, WhoulNormal, Zombieball.
Myfonts link. Roger S. Nelsson (Cheapprofonts) and Halmos extended Danube and Celtic Garamond in 2009 as Danube Pro and Celtic Garamond Pro, respectively. Fontspace link. Font Squirrel link. Dafont link.
Aachen-based German type designer (born in 1967). After finishing his vocational training as a typesetter in 1991, he went on to the Fachhochschule Aachen, where he studied visual communication under W. Eikel (calligraphy) and K. Mohr (typography), and graduated in 1996. He created the Roman family Tarquinius (1995). He also designed Éirinn AsciiLL and Eirinn Gaelic in 1994, a modern round Gaelic face based on Petrie A. The Domingo family (1995) of glyphs tilted 90 degrees is quite useless--it was renamed Beaty Bodies No. 10 and No. 11 and is available from Elsner&Flake. However, his Ossian font family (1995), starting with Ossian Gaelic Ornaments (1995), is very beautiful. Linotype Octane (1997) is a display sans family. Linotype link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Rune and Celtic font archive: Anglo-Saxon,-8th-c., Anglo-Saxon-Caps, AngloSaxonRunes, AngloSaxonRunes1, AngloSaxonRunes2, AvalonQuestRegularSwfte, Becke-rFraktur-Regular, Beowulf1, Beowulf1Alt, Bunchlo, CeltGael, CelticFrames, CelticHand, CelticPatterns, CelticmdDecorativeWDropCaps, DSCelticBorder1, DiabloHeavy, DragonOrder, DwarfRunes, DwarfRunes1, DwarfRunes2, Folkard, Futhark-(jung), Futhark-Dänisch, Futhark-angelsächsisch-(um-88), Futhark-anglofriesisch,-Themse, Futhark-schwed.-norweg.2, Futhark-schwedisch-norwegisch, Futhark1-dän.-ab-9.Jahrh., Gaelach, GermanicRunes, GermanicRunes1, GermanicRunes2, Hälsingland-(12.Jahrh.), KeltNormal, Parchment-Regular, Pi-RhoRunestones, RUNEnglish1, RUNEnglish2, Stonecross, Stonehenge, Tuamach-Regular, Viking-Normal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial vendor of gorgeous printing images, divided into these categories: Volume 1. Headpieces, tailpieces, corners, dingbats. Volume 2. Frames and borders. Volume 3. Rules, vignettes, ornaments. Volume 4. Stencil designs, patterns, moires, backgrounds. Volume 5. Cartoushes, initials, monograms. Volume 6. Russian ancient book decor and ornaments. Volume 7. Japanese signs and patterns. Volume 8. Ancient South American motifs. Volume 9. Celtic designs. Volume 10. Nature figures and designs. Sample tailpieces. Sample headpieces. Dingbats. Corners. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Essex University, Alan M. Stanier's metafont for Ogham, an alphabet found on a number of Irish and Pictish carvings dated from the 4th century AD. The characters touch or cross the edges of the stone. [Google] [More] ⦿
"The script of some ancient dialects of Central Italy, which are a subdivision of the western group of Indo-European languages spoken in Italy. These dialects included Etruscan, Faliscan, Middle Adriatic, North Picene, Oscan, South Picene, and Umbrian. The Old Italic script dialects show some similarity to Celtic and, to a lesser degree, Germanic." [Google] [More] ⦿
Czech type designer (b. Prague 1897, d. Prague 1962) who was mainly active at Grafotechna, a state foundry in Prague. Menhart was also an author who wrote about type and its history. After the World War II, he helped the communist party to promote itself. He was the author of fonts celebrating the victory of communism in hand-written manifests. Menhart considered himself foremost as a craftsman, and derived typefaces from calligraphic origins. Author of Nauka o pismu (1954) and Tvorba typografickeho pisma (1957). PDF file of Nauka o Pismu.
Omega Font Labs
Freeware fonts by Eric VanDycke from Warnerville, NY, aka Dr. Nimbus. Original and very very enjoyable creations from 1997-1998. The site was closed in March 1999, unfortunately! Thanks to CybaPee, you can download the whole collection now.
Typefaces: OmegaSwirls (a neat collection of spirals and swashes), Curbature (an earthy outline font), Lyarith (curly font), SpahrtyGirl (1998, a great curly typeface), Shamantics (music-inspired), Doodle Dudes of Doom (funny dingbats), BirthdayBats, Big Ham, Black Shirt Slime Trail, Bazzomba, Big Blocko, Androganamous, 52 Spheroids, Vadim'sHand, Tom'sWriting (nice), Kim'sHandwriting, Jennifer'sHand, Fanny's Treehouse, Chris's Handwriting, Armageddon, Awl Scrawl, Kim'sToons, Max's Handwriting, Frog Mess 1 (by Froggie), and Frog Dings 1 (by Froggie), Halloween Boosta, Blottooo, Border Bats, Death Valley, Runes of Omega, Retrobats, Pittoresk, Runes of the Dragon, Cthulhu Runes, the fantastic DocNimbusBats, SpaceWooziesExtraz, Oriental Patterns, OldTimeAdDings, MonsterMasher (to make a monster font), Monsters of Stone, Garden Dings, DaFunkBrothers, Cultural Icons, Celtic Patterns, Celtic Frames, Cerbature, Callallied, Callaxis, Asian Dings, 52 Sphereoids (very original), gothic hijinx (phenomenal!), Spazzz Caps, Oogie Boogies, XRayTid, XXonXXoff, SwampType, Speedy12, SlapHappy, Kaptain Kurk (OK font!), jaunty, GrungePuddles, Frankendork, Evil Signature, Elevator Buttons, Chewed Straw, Chilly Moe, 4 Star face Font, Amosis Technik, Space Woozies, Schizoid Trout, Halloween Border Bats, Bloody Stump (dripping blood face), BubblyFrog, Cathzulu (+Hollow, +Extraz), Chunk-o-Muffin, Kallamar, Lyarith (curlies!), PsiBorgZ, Purple Burple, and Quasidipitous.
Brazilian designer of caps fonts, dingbats, Celtic lettering fonts and some hand-printed alphabets, all done in 2002-2003: CapitularFloral, CapitularMoldurada, Formasgeometricas2, Formasgermetricas1, Personalidades1, PincelCaps, Pincel2Plain, Simbolos1, Sports1, CapitularMoldurada2, FolhasCaps, Ramo2Caps, RamoCaps, RebuscadaCaps, RetaCaps. Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
P22 Type Foundry
Richard Kegler's fun Buffalo-based foundry, which he founded in 1995 together with his wife, Carima El-Behairy. Currently, on staff, we find type designers James Grieshaber and Christina Torre. In 2004, it acquired Lanston Type. P22 has some great unusual, often artsy, fonts.
The fonts are: Industrial Design (an industrial look font based on letters drawn by Joseph Sinel in the 1920s---this font is free!), LTC Jefferson Gothic Obliquie (2005, free), Sinel (free), P22Snowflakes (2003, free), Acropolis Now (1995, a Greek simulation face done with Michael Want), P22 Albers (1995; based on alphabets of Josef Albers made between 1920 and 1933 in the Bauhaus mold), Arts and Crafts (based on lettering of Dard Hunter, early 1900s, as it appeared in Roycroft books), Ambient, Aries (2004, based on Goudy's Aries), Arts and Crafts ornaments, Atomica, Bagaglio, Bauhaus (Bauhaus fonts based on the lettering of Herbert Bayer), Bifur (2004, Richard Kegler, after the 1929 original by Cassandre), Blackout, Cage (based on handwriting and sketches of the American experimental composer John Cage), P22 Casual Script (2011, Richard Kegler, a digitization of letters by sign painter B. Boley, shown in Sign of the Times Magazine), Cezanne (Paul Cezanne's handwriting, and some imagery; made for the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Child's Play, Child's Play Animals, Child's Play Blocks, Constructivist (Soviet style lettering emulating the work of Rodchenko and Popova), Constructivist extras, Czech Modernist (based on the design work of Czech artist Vojtech Preissig in the 20s and 30s), Daddy-o (Daddy-o Beatsville was done in 1998 with Peter Reiling), Daddy-o junkie, Da Vinci, Destijl (1995, after the Dutch DeStijl movement, 1917-1931, with Piet Mondrian inspired dingbats; weights include Extras, P22 Monet Impressionist (1999), Regular and Tall), Dinosaur, Eaglefeather, Escher (based on the lettering and artwork of M.C. Escher), FLLWExhibition, FLLW Terracotta, Folk Art (based on the work of German settlers in Pennsylvania), Il futurismo (after Italian Futurism, 1908-1943), Woodtype (two Tuscan fonts and two dingbats, 2004), P22 Woodcut (1996, Richard Kegler: based on the lettering carved out in wood by German expressionists such as Heckel and Kirchner), , Garamouche (2004, +P22 Garamouche Ornaments; all codesigned with James Grieshaber), GD&T, Hieroglyphic, P22 Infestia (1995), Insectile, Kane, Kells (1996, a totally Celtic family, based on the Book of Kells, 9th century; the P22 Kells Round was designed with David Setlik), Koch Signs (astrological, Christian, medieval and runic iconography from Rudolf Koch's The Book of Signs), P22 Koch Nueland (2000), Larkin (2005, Richard Kegler, 1900-style semi-blackletter), London Underground (Edward Johnston's 1916 typeface, produced in an exclusive arrangement with the London Transport Museum; digitized by Kegler in 1997, and extended to 21 styles in 2007 by him as P22 Underground Pro, which includes Cyrillic and Greek and hairline weights), Pan-Am, Parrish, Platten (Richard Kegler; revised in 2008 by Colin Kahn as P22 Platten Neu; based on lettering found in German fountain pen practice books from the 1920s), Preissig, Prehistoric Pals, Petroglyphs, Rodin / Michelangelo, Stanyan Eros (2003, Richard Kegler), Stanyan Autumn (2004, based on a casual hand lettering text created by Anthony Goldschmidt for the deluxe 1969 edition of the book "...and autumn came" by Rod McKuen; face by Richard Kegler), Vienna, Vienna Round, Vincent (based on the work of Vincent Van Gogh), Way out West. Now also Art Nouveau Bistro, Art Nouveau Cafe and the beautiful ornamental font Art Nouveau Extras (all three by Christina Torre, 2001), the handwriting family Hopper (Edward, Josephine, Sketches, based on the handwriting styles of quintessential American artist Edward Hopper and his wife, Josephine Nivison Hopper, and was produced in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art), Basala (by Hajime Kawakami), Cusp (by James Grieshaber), P22 Dearest (calligraphic, by Christina Torre), Dwiggins (by Richard Kegler), Dyrynk Roman and Italic (2004, Richard Kegler, after work by Czech book artist Karel Dyrynk), Gothic Gothic (by James Grieshaber), La Danse (by Gábor Kóthay;), Mucha (by Christina Torre), Preissig Lino (by Richard Kegler), P22Typewriter (2001, Richard Kegler, a free typewriter font), the William Morris set (Morris Troy, Morris Golden, Morris Ornaments, based up the type used by William Morris in his Kelmscott Press; 2002), Art Deco Extras (2002, Richard Kegler, James Grieshaber and Carima El Behairy), Art Deco Display, the Benjamin Franklin revival font Franklin's Caslon (2006), Dada (2006) and the Art Nouveau font Salon (bu Christina Torre).
In 2006, Kegler added Declaration, a font set consisting of a script (after the 1776 declaration of independence), a blackletter, and 56 signatures. Many of the fonts were designed or co-designed by Richard Kegler. International House of Fonts subpage. Lanston subpage (offerings as of 2005: Bodoni Bold, Deepdene, Flash, Fleurons Granjon, Fleurons Garamont, Garamont, Goudy Thirty, Jacobean Initials, Pabst, Spire).
In-house fonts made in 2008 include Circled Caps, the Yule family (Regular, Klein Regular, Light Flurries, Heavy, Klein heavy, Heavy Snow, Inline; all have Neuland influences). Kegler / P22 created a 25-set P22 Civilité family in 2009 based on a 1908 publication from Enshedé, the 1978 English translation by Harry Carter, and a 1926 specimen also from Enshedé.
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, Richard spoke about Vojtech Preissig. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin, where he presented Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century about which he writes: This film has the dual aim of documenting the almost-lost skill of creating metal fonts and of capturing the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). P22 type foundry commissioned Mr. Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font in 2008. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he showed Making Faces.
Typefaces from 2014: LTC Archive Ornaments (Richard Kegler and Miranda Roth).
Patrick Michael Murphy
Tattoo artist in Florida, b. 1969, whose business is Vicious Ink. He posted 21 free fonts in 2011 at Dafont all at once. Many of these have calligraphic or Celtic influences. There are of course several blackletter and illuminated caps faces, as one would expect in a tattoo parlor. The fonts were all made in 2010: Pauls3-DTribal, PaulsBloodSweat&Tears, PaulsCelticFont1, PaulsCelticFont2, PaulsCelticFont3, PaulsCircusFont (Lombardic), PaulsEstherFont, PaulsFancyScript, PaulsGothicCurls, PaulsGraffitti, PaulsHeartlessFont, PaulsIlluminatedCelticFont, PaulsKanjiFont-Bold (oriental simulation), PaulsPoisonFont-Italic, PaulsRansomNoteFont, PaulsRealCelticRuneFont, PaulsSUPERFont, PaulsSinnerFont, PaulsSouthPacific, PaulsSwirlyGothicFont, PaulsWhimsyFont, Paul's Bloody, Paul's Weight, Paul's California (a fun script). [Google] [More] ⦿
Peter Baker's old English page at the University of Virginia
Peter Baker, an English professor at the University of Virginia, offers free TrueType and PostScript fonts such as the nice Junius family (1996, modern hybrid Gaelic), Beowulf-1 (1995, a pseudo-Gaelic face) and Anglo-Saxon Caps as well as tens of links related to old English. He also developed Junicode, "the working name of a Unicode font for medievalists." The fonts in the latter project are Junicode-Bold, JunicodeItalic, Junicode (2002), and are by Peter S. Baker and Briery Creek Software.
In 2010, he published the elegant Carolingian face Eadui: Reproduction of English Caroline Minuscule as written by Eadui Basan, a scribe at eleventh-century Christ Church, Canterbury.
German type designer (1646-1703) who practised in Oxford.
He designed Roman and Italic cuts for Fell (the "Fell" types) in 1693. Jonathan Hoefler made a Fell type family based on this at the Hoefler Type Foundry. A fresh 5-weight Fell type family called Prudential was made in 2002 by Apostrophe for Prudential Insurance. In 2004, Igino Marini made a large number of revivals of the Fell types.
The Gaelic typeface Saxon (ca. 1667) is tentatively credited by Michael Everson to him. The latter face was digitized as Junius (1996), named after Franciscus Junius (1589-1677), a pioneer in the study of Gothic and Anglo-Saxon who is famous for The Junius Manuscript, a compilation of Anglo-Saxon poems.
Peter S. Baker
Peter von Zezschwitz
Type designer born in Boston in 1948 who created many exquisite designs such as Alexia (1992), Sallando Italic, Dorothea or Cresci Rotunda. His work shows the influence of masters such as Arthur Baker.
Pixel Sagas (was: Protoform Project, and Fontshack)
Free original designs, often with a science fiction feel, by Neale Davidson (b. 1971). Does some custom font work. Adventure.
Neale Davidson's typefaces:
Peter Rempel (b. 1958) is a Winnipeg-based calligrapher. Nice graphic about classical roman types. He designed some exquisite shareware fonts: PR Uncial Creepy (2010), PR Agamemnon Bold (2008), PR-Uncial (2003), PR-UncialAltCapsExtended, PR-UncialAlternateCapitals (1998), Demo-ofGabrielCondensed, Demo-ofGabrielRegular, Demo-version:Gabrielextended, PR-CelticNarrow (1998), Magickal Signs, PR Runes (2000), PR Rune Stones (2000), Pi Rho Runestones (1998), PR Astrological (1998), PR Compass Rose (2007), PR Viking (2007; +Alternates) and Pirho Herakles (1998, an Etruscan-style or Greek simulation font). In preparation: PR Alchemyst, PR Snaggly, PR Monk's Holiday.
He writes about himself: educated in music composition and visual design. In his family home, there were many wall plaques with German Bible verses, rendered in a variety of gothic and fraktur lettering styles. In the 1980s he discovered the art of calligraphy, first through the speedball lettering textbook, and later by joining the calligraphers Guild of Manitoba. He has studied a variety of lettering styles, but his strongest interest is in the letter styles of the Middle Ages, starting with the German Fraktur styles he knew from childhood, and extending back, into uncials, runic shapes, and the Classical Roman Letter. The Chancery cursive, or Italic hand, which to many people is synonymous with calligraphy, never held much interest for him. He released his first shareware fonts in 1996.
In 2010, he went partially commercial. His first pay font is PR Pointers (2010, an arrows font).
In 2011, he designed the commercial faces PR Mapping and PR Stars.
In 2012, he published PR Arco (arcs for framing curved lines of text, in a style common on Victorian posters and almanac covers) and PR Hydra (a Greek simulation font).
Typefaces from 2013 include PR Snowflakes 01, PR Bramble Wood 1 and 2, PR Valendoodle 01 (Valentine's Day ornaments), PR Swirlies (in series numbered 01 through 03), PR Swirlies Frames, PR HallowDoodles (Halloween dingbats), PR Nouveau Ornaments (art nouveau), PR Viking (a rune simulation face), PR Foxtail 01, PR Foxtail 02, PR Scrolls 03, 04 and 05 (2014), PR Hearts Take Wing 01, PR Mysticon 01 (star dingbats), PR Pointers 01 (arrows), PR Valknut (Norse god symbolism), PR Scrolls, PR Uncial (1998), PR Dim Sum (brush face), PR Columban (a Celtic uncial, named after Irish monk Columbanus), PR Columbian.
Typefaces from 2014: Vanaheim (a flared display face influenced by Nordic runes).
Very early Irish type. Brendan Leen writes about : "Insistent on communicating with foreign visitors to her court in their own language, the Queen--in the period c. 1560 to 1565--commissioned from Christopher Nugent a manuscript Iryshe-Latten-Englishe Primer. The Primer included an Irish alphabet as well as a glossary of words and phrases in Irish with translations in Latin and English." The first book to use the Queen Elizabeth type was Aibidil Gaoidheilge agus Caiticiosma (1571), a catechism in the Irish language, by John Kearney. The hybrid Irish font of Queen Elizabeth was used initially for religious materials. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ralph Michael Unger
Prolific creator at FontStruct in 2009 of the 3d faces Alphabox, Alphabox Reverse, Alphabox Lite, Alphabox Lite Complete, Alphabox Shadow and Alphabox Basic. He also made RM Playtime (outlined 3d family), Art DECOrated, Single DECOr, Romantic (+Carved, +Carved Shadow), TripleDECOr, New Romantic, SOFA, Mondrianish, Eye Test, Meltdown (grunge), Ameslan (American Sign Language), DECO Noir, DECOction, DECOserif (+Bold), DECOoction (+Bold Open), DEChrome, DECOpix, DECOr (a pure art deco face like Levine's Art Lover JNL), DECOThin (+Medium), Scrapheap, Westward (Far West font), Cheese Fondue, Alphabox Reverse (shadow font), AlphaRune, Spaced, Gothicky, Grand Prix, Entrees (alphadings), Compround, Phatzzo (nice!), DECOr8, Gothicky, Gothicky Grey, RM Ginger, RM Albion (blackletter), and Opening (outline face). RM Squarial (2009) is a hairline sans. Its 3d version is RM Squarial 3D. RM Typewriter (2009, +Medium, +Bold, +Old) is an old typewriter face. RM Serifangle (outline art nouveau face, +3D, +Chrome, +3DChrome) and RM Corrugation (postage stamp, white on black style) are both interesting. RM DECO Serif (2009) is in the RM Typewriter style series. RM Bowie Basic is a futuristic face based on the face used on Mars in "The Waters of Mars" (2009). RM Playtime Stencil (2009) is a rounded stencil face based on RM Playtime Solid. There are more styles such as RM Playtime 3D.
Additions in 2010: RM New Albion (blackletter), RM Lined, RM Serifancy (Western face), RM Almanack (+Old), RM Tubeway (+Chrome), RM Thinny, RN White Letter, RM Blacklet, RM Squarial (+Ribbon, +3d), RM Typewriter Old, RM 7even, RM SideSlip, RM Teeny, RM Teeny 1.5, RM Narrowboat (+3D) (athletic lettering).
His faces at MyFonts include RM Victoriana (2010, caps only Victorian face), RM Whiteletter (2010), RM Signwriter (athletic lettering), RM Deco (pure Broadway art deco), RM True to Type (typewriter face), RM Scrapheap, RM Elegance (condensed, with high ascenders), RM Playtime, Graphite
Creations in 2011: RM Celtic, RM Uncialic (+RMWL Uncialic: Carolingian), RM A Sign of the Times, RM Sans, RM Oliver (bold rounded sans), RM Soft Sans (wonderfully round sans), RM True To Old Type (old typewriter), RM True to Type (new typewriter), RM Middy, RM Phatso (textured), RM Phatso 2.0, RM Phatso 2.0 Solid (texture faces).
Creations in 2012: RM Luceat (a bullethole typeface), RM Jazz Age, RM Basic Serif (roman face), Alphabox (a 3d family: +Reverse, +Lite, +Reverse Stencil), RM Slab, RM Slabb, RM Tubes (3d typeface), RM Smoothsans (rounded sans), RM Romantic Carved (+Shadow: a beautiful set of beveled faces), RM Westward, RM Typerighter, RM Uncorrugated, RM Snowtime, RM Smooth Jazz, RM Smooth Age, RM Nova Albion (blackletter), RM Tubes Chrome, RM Squarial FS10, RM Basic Serif.
Typefaces from 2013: RM Bloc, RM Greek, RM Victoriana, All Bricks, RM Deco, RM Random Outline, RM Random 3D, RM Random (cartoon face), RM Celtic Condensed, RM Westus Condensed, RM Westus (Western, spurred), RM Hunky (chunky and modular), RM Thunk (piano key face, thick and chunky), Westward Ho (spurred Western face), RM Hangle (chuunky and elliptical).
Typefaces from 2014: RM Random, RM Imber.
As part of Life Saving Fonts, Renn Crump designed RC All American (2001). He also designed the display font Antwerp Text (2002), Paintdrips (2002), Easter Sunrise (2002), Meisterstinger (2002), Dodge City Initials (2002), the Celtic knot font CelticKnot (2002), RioArtDeco (2002, a multiline face based on Marcia Loeb's 1972 art deco alphabet, Rio), and the gorgeous Farnoe Initials font.
London-based designer at Steven Shanks who made the slab serif face Clarence Condensed ca. 1910. Around 1904, he made the Gaelic modern angular font Stevens Celtic (or: Later Figgins Bold). The latter face resurfaced in a similar form as Monotype Series 85, ca. 1906. R.H. Stevens started R.H. Stevens&Co. [Google] [More] ⦿
London-based creator of the Gaelic early transitional angular typeface Watts (ca. 1818). Recent digitizations include Acaill (1997, Michael Everson) and Seanchló (1998). Later similar Gaelic fonts include Irish Echo (ca. 1881, by an unknown) and Ballhorn (ca. 1861, by Friedrich Ballhorn). The Watts type was originally cut for the Hibernian Bible Society, an organ of the The British and Foreign Bible Society, which tried to convert the Irish speaking majority. [Google] [More] ⦿
RMU (Ralph Michael Unger Typedesign)
Ralph M. Unger (b. 1953, Thuringia, East Germany) says this about himself at MyFonts: Typesetter from the composing stick via Linotype setting machines to the Mac. Jobs in various Thuringian printeries. Barred further education by Communist authorities due to political reasons. Imprisoned in East Germany. Since 1988 in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, former West Germany. Jobs in several newspaper printing houses as advertisement compositor. Own office since 1995, in Aalen, Baden-Wuerttemberg. He lives in Schwaebisch Gmuend, and was a freelance type designer for Profonts and URW++, where he contributed frequently to these libraries between 2002 and 2009. In 2009, he founded RMU. MyFonts link. I split his contributions into two groups, the URW / Profonts group, and the RMU group. The prefix FontForum refers to a subseries of URW++ fonts. Unless specifically mentioned, all the following fonts are at URW++ and/or Profonts:
Robert D. Anderson
Roger S. Nelsson
Rosemary Hall Calligraphy (or: Brian Hall Inc)
Rosemary Hall (Oak Park, IL) makes exquisite calligraphy fonts such as Rosemary Modern, Rosemary Copperplate, Rosemary Italic, Rosemary Modified Italic, Rosemary Script, and Rosemary Roman (a stuning font). Check also the fantastic Rosemary Celtic, 50 USD. Mike Yanega claims that the designer is actually Brian Hall (Chicago, IL).
Old contact info: Rosemary Hall Calligraphy,708 S Home Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304, tel (312) 593-1284. Newer contact info: Brian Hall Design Group, 683 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60642. Tel: (312) 433-9000. Email: email@example.com.
A monospaced modern angular Gaelic font created ca. 1910 (designer unknown) for the old Royal Gaelicmanual typewriter. Digitized as Doire (1993) and Doire Royal (1999) by Michael Everson. [Google] [More] ⦿
Clemson, SC-based designer of Partridge-Thin (1994), the Art Nouveau fonts Sarah Caps (1992), Ambrosia Caps (1992), Greeting (1992), ArgosANouveau (1992), Edda Caps (1993), Isadora Caps (1993) and Gismonda (1992), Maidstone Script (1992), Handsign (1993, Irish sign language font---not ASL), Harrington (1991, Victorian), Mira, Lampoon Brush (1992), Libby Script (1992), Uncio Gothic (2008, Lombardic), Thalia (2008), Arctic (1992), Celtic (1992), Fatso Caps (1992, psychedelic), Inkwell (1992), Arctic2, Columbus (1992, Victorian), Handwriting, Hokusai (brush script, 2008), LampoonBrush2, Partridge-ThinOblique, Saki Script (2008, faux oriental), Sumibrush (2008), Sycamore Sans (2008, draftsman style), New Hand (1995), Tamarind (1999).
Schneidmeister is a German computer game and toy company. Inspired by images of Shneidmeister, Dick Pape created these digital typefaces in 2009: CelticOrnamentsA, CelticOrnamentsB, CelticOrnamentsC, CelticOrnamentsD, ClownsandJokers, PredatoryInsects, Thundercycles.
FontStructor, aka truth14ful, who made these pixelish faces in 2010: Ball Point, Symbol Sans, Balance sans, Tetris, Math, Marquee, Spacewave, Math, Evening (a stencil based on the EVE logo). In 2011, he made the flared serif faces Sophistry Serif Compact and Sophistry Serif Modular, the pixel faces fs Gaux 7px Bold (2011), fs Gaux 9px, fs Gaux 7px, and fs Gaux 5px Bold, as well as the avant-garde style Plato Sans, fs Salted Library (2011, a headline font based on the old Union Pacific logo) and Lindenmayer Dingbats (based on IFS fractals---looks like a Sierpinski triangle). FS Greener Grass V2 (2011) is a grotesque headline face that imitates FS Greener Grass by Agent Demonic Ladybug. fs Pincoya (2011) and its renamed version, fs Pink Oil (2011) imitate Pincoya Black (Daniel Hernandez). fs Schultasche (2011) is a grotesque face. fs Hudson (2011) is a fat display face named after Walter Hudson, one of the heaviest people who ever lived. fsCentury Humanist (2011) is a condensed sans. fs Kaputt (2011) is a pixel face.
Typefaces from 2012: fs Off The Chain, fs Halo, fs Liberty, Sukai Tsuri (tall condensed face), fs Lesen (perfectly square white on black typeface), fs Washington One, fs Schultasche, fs Savant garde (pixel face), fs Mechanuscript (Trajan caps; +Celtic), fs Gaux (+Ambigram, +9px: pixel faces), fs Hard Times (high contrast didone face), Avica, fs Torvalds, fs Titanium, fs Neuron, fs Inception, fs OffTheChain.
Scriptorium (Ragnarok Press, Fontcraft)
Dave Nalle was born in Beirut in 1959, but lives and works in Texas. He is currently in Manor, TX. From his wiki page: Dave Nalle is a political writer, game author and font designer who was active in the early history of the development of the internet. He is Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group that promotes libertarianism within the Republican Party and is Senior Politics Editor at Blogcritics online magazine and is the CEO of Scriptorium Fonts. A creative and prolific designer, he has made hundreds of beautiful (often historic) fonts. His outfit, Scriptorium (based near Austin, TX, est. 1989), also does custom font and logo design. At some points, Scriptorium was also known as Ragnarok Press and Fontcraft. It specializes in artsy and ancient faces. Some subset of the fonts is made by Michael Scarpitti. Free font demos.
Images of his best selling fonts. Special subpages:
Fots from 2014: Edifice (based on lettering by J.M. Bergling).
Irish type specialist. He has a page on type measurements, with a proposal for reform. Creator of the (free) traditional minuscule (angular) Celtic font Gadelica (2007). In 2010, he added Germanica (2010), a textura quadrata face based on a model by Fust and Schöffer (ca. 1457). [Google] [More] ⦿
SIAS (or: Signographical Institute Andreas Stötzner)
Dutch typographer and type designer, b. Drachten, 1877, d. Haarlem, 1962. He worked at Tetterode from 1907-1941. Catalog of some of his digitized typefaces. Designer of various typefaces:
Dover Press sells Oakland's Dan X. Solo's digitizations. Dan Solo (b. 1928, d. 2012) has collected over 13,000 sets of metal fonts, starting when he was 9 years old and growing up in Oakland, CA. Finally, in 2002, he stopped doing that and began converting all of his fonts to computer type. He printed 30 books on fonts (with Dover), [including The solotype catalog of 4,147 display typefaces] and created hundreds of fonts. In 2007, he retired from the font business.
Robert Trogman writes: I know Dan X. Solo personally. He ran a typographic studio in Berkeley for over 30 years. He had a large collection of film fonts, including some of my own. He created thousands of fonts and is now retired and is an avocational prestigitator. Copyrights have run out on most of his fonts. He also protected himself by creating pseudonyms on the questionable font names. Stuart Sandler confirms that many of the fonts in Solo's Dover books are in fact from the Filmotype collection, which Stuart is digitizing right now.
Gene Gable writes: Dan Solo of Solotype in Berkeley was experimenting with photo type as early as 1945 and started doing optical special effects in the early '60s. And a number of the larger display-type shops developed their own techniques. But in terms of opening up new markets for display type (and giving designers more control over type setting), Visual Graphics and Letraset lead the way. These companies were proud of, and promoted, the fact that that their products could be used by non-typesetters with little training.
MyFonts sells these faces under the name Solotype (the company is in Alameda, CA): Acantha, Assay, Baraboo Banner, Beijing, Bindweed, Brevet (after a Victorian original by Ernst Laushke, 1887), Brussels, Cathedral, Cleopatra, Cognac, Crossroads, Dainty Lady, Dangerfield, Diablo, Dime Museum, Dutch Treat, Egyptian Oldstyle, Excelsis, Extravaganza, Grecian, Lord Mayor, Malibu, Minnesota, Moulin Rouge, Penny Arcade, Rigney, Trixie, Valerie, Zorro.
He writes about himself: Dan X. Solo The Solotype Archive was begun in 1942 when I was 14. I was a kid printer for several years before that. At 16, after a quick three months of training, I dropped out of school and went to work full time as a radio actor and announcer in San Francisco. (Easy to get jobs in those days, due to the war-induced manpower shortage.) In 1949 and 1950, I created a magic show which played West Coast theatres with some success. After that, back to broadcasting. By 1962, I was completely burned out on radio, so I decided to see if I could make a living with my collection of antique types, which numbered about a thousand fonts at that time. In 1962, I sent out 4,000 catalogs showing the type to ad agencies all over the U.S. The timing was perfect (no thanks to me) because there was developing at that time a renewed interest in the old types. Business took off immediately. The Solotype collection was one of four commercial collections at the time, but I seemed to have been more aggressive in marketing than the other chaps. (Well, Morgan Press certainly knew how to market.) Two years into the business, I began to collect alphabets on paper for conversion to photo lettering, which was just becoming mainstream in the type business. We closed the shop for a month every year and went on a type hunt, mostly in Europe where there didn't seem to be much competition among collectors. Other typographers couldn't understand how we could do this, but I believe it made people appreciate the resource we offered even more. Over the years, the collection became quite large. When I closed Solotype a couple of years ago, I got rid of about half the archive (because the fonts were dull, or already digitized, or for a variety of other reasons) leaving me with about 6,000 fonts on paper or film. In 1974, I began to supply Dover Publications with mechanicals for books of 100 alphabets on a particular theme. I did 30 of these books over the years, and 30 more of printers' ornaments, borders, and so forth. Sometime in the 1990s, Dover asked me to digitize books of 24 fonts each, to be sold with a disk in the back. I did 12 of these. The Dover relationship came to an end when Haywood Cirker, the owner and my special friend, died and the company was sold to another publisher. Dover felt that they had covered the type field thoroughly. Now in my old age, my wife and I have a mindreading act that is great fun and good for the ego. Even so, when not traveling, I digitize type for relaxation and enjoyment, but have made no effort to sell it. Until now.
A list of some digitized fonts:
The Solotype Catalog is a file with information on Dan Solo's typefaces, annotated with remarks about name equivalences and digitizations. The original file was due to Thibaudeau, but typophiles on alt.binaries.fonts have added to it in 2010. PDF version. Excel version. Text version.
Images of other selected typefaces: Agency Gothic, Alpha Midnight, Alpha Twilight, Anita Lightface (1977), Art Deco Display Alphabets, Ashley Crawford, Ashley Inline, Astur, Bamberg, Banco, Beans, Blackline, Bobo Bold, Braggadocio, Broadway Engraved, Busorama Bold, Busorama Light, Bust, Charger, Checkmate, Colonel Hoople, Corral, Dudley P Narrow, Dynamo, Earth, Eclipse, Empire, Ewie, Fat Cat, Fatso, Festival, Futura Black, Futura Inline, Gillies Gothic Bold, Greeting Monotone, Grooviest Gothic, Hess Neobold, Hotline, Huxley Vertical, Inkwell Black, Joanna Solotype, Joyce Black, Koloss, Lampoon, Mania, Mania Contour A, Mania Contour B, Margit, Mindy Highlight, Modernistic, Monograms Stencil, Mossman, Neon, Neuland (+Inline), Phosphor, Piccadilly, Pickfair, Polly, Prismania P, Quote, Rhythm Bold, Shady Deal, Sheet Steel, Sinaloa. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Author of Von der Schrift und den Schriftarten (Reinhard Welz Vermittler Verlag, Mannheim). These have a history of type and lettering, instructions on lettering (e.g., stroke guide for Antiqua Majuskeln, Lombardische Versalien, and Gotische Majuskeln), some type specimen (mainly German, from the early part of the 20th century), some alphabets, drawn by her, information on the German school scripts, and a German type and lettering glossary: i, ii, iii, iv. It was probably published between 1956 and 1959.
In 2010-2012, Dick Pape created a number of (mostly caps-only) typefaces based on that book. These include SSWAntiquaPionsel, SSWAntiquaVersalien (a caps set based on Ludovico Vicentino, 1523), SSWCelticAntiquaOutline, SSWFederAntiqua, SSWHollowScript, SSWHolz (Lombardic caps), SSWJensonsAntiqua, SSWLeopoldAntiqua, SSWLombardischeVersalien, SSWMannheimOrnament, SSWPlakatschrift (a useful outline alphabet), SSWRoundPrinting, SSWRusticAlphabet, SSWRusticScript, SSWSchablonenschrift (Bauhaus-style stencil face), SSWUrbanAntiqua-Versal, SSWWoodcuts.
Designers of Medieval Sorcerer Ornamental (2005, luscious ornamental caps loosely based on a script found in the book Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms (Chicago: Hill Standard Book Co., 1893) by Thomas E. Hill), FairiesWearBoots (2005, curly font), Flaming Stars (2005), Celtasmigoria (2005, letters made up of Celtic icons), Barnum Symbols, and Rongo Rongo (dingbats based on Easter Island Script). [Google] [More] ⦿
SSi sells foreign fonts for Arabic, Urdu, Greek, Hebrew, Armenian, Baltic, Burmese, Cherokee, Cyrillic, Cree, Simplified Chinese, Ethiopian, Inuktitut, Gaelic, IPA, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Mayan. Farsi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Syriac, South Arabian, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ugaritic, and Vietnamese. Plus musical dingbats. Of course, they did not make a single of these fonts themselves. [Google] [More] ⦿
At typOasis, Studio Bob proposes interesting new fonts such as the Celtic-looking 6-weight St. Charles family, sB-Cross (crosses), Crayomonde, MelonSeeds, Mosuna, Nymph, Howdy Roper (an artistic rope script font).
See also here for StCharles, StCharlesHollow, FontsAnonBatsDingbat, MelonSeeds, Piratus&Parts, StCharlesDark, StCharlesExtraDark, StCharlesOrnate, StCharlesThin.
Foundry in Vienna that makes gorgeous commercial fonts for African languages. These pictograms are so nice that I will list each of them. The complete font set retails for about 1000 USD.
Subversive Type (was: Meztone Design)
James Stone (b. 1987; was Meztone Design, but later became Subversive Type, Taunton, Ilminster and Birmingham, UK) created the scary blackletter face Guttural (2007, metal band face) and the grungy typefaces Glitch (2013) and Disordered Bold (2009).
Murder Face (2012) is a commercial font.
Phantom Lord (2012) is a thrash metal band font.
Duel (2012) is a blend of Celtic and blackletter.
In 2013, he designed the display typeface Lightbringer.
Symboles bretons et celtiques
Born in Lincoln, UK, in 1942, Ted Staunton now lives near Vancouver, and designs type. After serving a five-year apprenticeship as a hand compositor (1958-1963) with the Lincolnshire Publishing Co., he spent three years (1963-1966) at Leicester College of Art&Design, graduating in type design. After spending some time in London working for Penguin, Hamlyn and other book publishing houses, he emigrated to Canada in 1970, working for Mitchell Press and Hemlock Printers in Vancouver before opening his own design business and letterpress printing shop, Sherwood Graphics, in 1984. In 1991 he published a private press book, The Lincolnshire Poacher, illustrated with his own wood-engravings. He is lives in Surrey, BC. Some of his fonts were used privately on transfer lettering sheets and cast in metal for hand typesetting at his private press, Sherwood Letterpress.
At P22, he designed the semi-gothic font P22 Tyndale (2002) and Tyndale Extras (2002). In 2003, P22 launched Staunton's Sherwood Type Collection, a beautiful collection of revivals: Afton (2003), Albemarle (2008: connected script), Albion (2003), Albion Italic, Amelia (2003: ornamental caps in the style of William Morris), Aragon (2003), Avocet Light (2000: chancery script), Canterbury (2006, +Caps A, Caps B, Caps C, Pro), Elven (2003), Floriat (2003: floriated ornaments), Founders (2003), Freely (2002), Kaz (2008, between architecture and Comic Sans), P22 Kelly Pro (2009, Celtic style uncial), Latimer (2002), Lindum (2000), Mayflower (2002: medieval lettering), Mayflower Italic, Mayflower Smooth (2009), Mercian (2003), Phantasmagoria (2006: Celtic influences), Plymouth (2001), Roanoke Script (2002, a rough texture typeface; Albemarle is the smooth version), 1722 roman (2002), 1722 italic, Sherwood (2002), Sparrow (2001), Symphony (1995), Tyndale, and Tyndale Xtras.
In 2005, he published the Staunton Script family at P22. This package includes handwritten style typefaces that simulate the period spanning between the English Civil War (1640s) and the Victorian Era (1839-1901): Virginian, Royalist, Grosvenor, Grenville, Elizabethan, Broadwindsor, Chatham. In 2009, just in time for Halloween, he created P22 Spooky. P22 Ruffcut was designed in 2012.
Terrestrial Design is Carl Crossgrove's web site. Crossgrove graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in Printing /Typography, and has shown a life-long interest in calligraphy and lettering. Now based in San Francisco, he has worked at Adobe, where he designed the Multiple Master hand-printed (semi-Celtic or stone-carved) families Reliq (1998), Reliq Std Active and Reliq Std ExtraActive in 2002, and where, with the help of Kim Buker Chansler and Carol Twombly, he codesigned the Western fonts (Adobe's Wood Series) Origami (hookish, in the expressionist style of Menghart and Preissig), Pepperwood (1994), Ponderosa (1990), Rosewood (1994) and Zebrawood (1994). He was also active at ITC (ITC Minska, 1996) and Agfa Monotype (Origami, a Menhart or Preissig style family; and Mundo Sans, 2002: a 14-weight humanistic family, which includes a fantastic hairline sans).
Other fonts by Crossgrove include Othello (2002, with Steve Matteson), Wakerobin, Scripsit (which was named Judges' Choice in Serif Magazine's 1996 type design competition), Tarantella Script, Ranunculus, Penmark, Curlz MT (1995, Monotype; with Steve Matteson).
Beorcana (2006) is a 28-part serifless roman in the style of Optima or faces like Albertus, Stellar, Tiepolo, Barbedor, Lydian and Amira. In the making since 1992, this flared calligraphic book face was released by Monotype in 2006. Stephen Coles states: Beorcana is Crossgrove's best and most complete design yet. I can declare from personal experience that it is beautifully drawn and sets very well, small or large, thanks to three optical size masters. It will be a hit with fans of calligraphic sans serifs like Optima. It won an award at TDC2 2007 and was one of the best types of 2007. Florian Hardwig writes: The typeface has no serifs, yet its the opposite of a grotesque. It exhibits the rhythmic contrast and the humanist proportions of a renaissance roman. Its letters please with vividly dancing forms in every detail. However, this obvious calligraphic derivation never seems inappropriately fancy even the spruce swash italics are down-to-earth in a convenient way. The Thin isn't anemic and the Ultra isn't heavy-handed. Crossgrove really knows his stuff. Beorcana Pro (2006) comes in Regular, Display and Micro styles.
With Rod McDonald, he created Egyptian Slate (2009, Monotype).
In 2014, Crossgrove published the Burlingame typeface family at Monotype. He calls this sans collection sturdy, muscular and decisive.
Jim Michael's Fresno-based archive of GAELIC-L, a mailing list for users who want to communicate in Irish, Scottish or Manx Gaelic. The home of GAELIC-L is firstname.lastname@example.org at University College, Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brendan Leen writes: "In 1732, an English Irish Dictionary, compiled by Conor O Begly, was printed by Jacques Guérin and the Paris type of its composition represented a major departure from preceding designs (it has been suggested that the type might have been modelled on a calligraphic sample supplied by O Begly). An unusual feature of the Paris type is its inclusion of an uncial, italic form of the letter a. With the exception of the Queen Elizabeth type, Irish character typography had to that point relied exclusively on the triangular or majuscule a." Shown here, it came about as the Moxon type of 1681 was strictly forbidden for religious literature, which had in the early 18th century been printed in roman characters. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Parker type, produced in Dublin in 1787, was the first Irish character type cut and cast in Ireland. It is sometimes called the Brooke or Bonham type, as Charlotte Brooke used it in "Reliques of Irish Poetry". The Parker type was not appropriate for textbooks as it used up too much space. [Google] [More] ⦿
After the Louvain type, the second true Irish type, cast in 1638 in Rome at the College of Saint Isidore. View a sample of its use in Lochrann na gCreidmheach by Fr. Francis O Molloy here. Brendan Leen writes about it: "Not dissimilar to the Louvain type, the Rome Irish type nonetheless represents a marked improvement on its predecessor. The letters have sloughed all of the vestiges of the ligature; now, they compose in a more vertical and distinct manner on the page. [...] On a "visit" to Italy in the early nineteenth century, Napoleon requisitioned the Rome Irish type for the National Print Museum of the Republic, the Imprimerie Nationale. The type was used by the Paris printer J.J. Marcel in the 1804 production of Alphabet Irlandais. [...] The Rome Irish type had been just one of an array of exotic punches pillaged in Italy and transported to the Imprimerie at the beginning of 1801; in an effort to obtain from the Propaganda samples of a range of foreign letters to complete the magnificent Paris collection, boxes of Arabic, Armenian, Brahmanic, Chaldaic, Coptic, Hebrew, Georgian, German Greek, Irish, Illyrian, Indian, Malabar, Persian, Ruthenian, Syriac and Tibetan had been unceremoniously looted and shipped northward. Ultimately, the original punches and matrices of the Rome Irish type were returned under threat of violence by the commissioners of the Tuscan Government." [Google] [More] ⦿
Celtic font archive (PC). Includes some Futhark, Angerthas, Ogham and Tengwar runes. Plus several Celtic links. Celtic dingbats with goodies such as Celtic Frames, Orient Patterns, Celtic Patterns, Tattoo, Spirals, Celtic Border. Also, Celtic Zoomorphics was created by Vicky Yan. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based creator (aka Frodo 7) in 2009 at FontStruct of FontMoot 01 (pixel face), Brego, Magor (minimalist, De Stijl typeface), Andromeda Strain, Elrond (Tengwar font), Oil Stencil, Optill 2A and 2B and 3A and 3B (optical illusion fonts), Rivendell (Celtic weaving), Cubeology (patterned cubes), The Two Towers, Mike Wazowski (emoticon face), Edoras Stencil, Elessar, Earendil, LE Meta (dot matrix), Coccinella (dot matrix), +Two, +TwoB, Picosec, Picosec Rounded (ultra fat retro), Palindrome, Valimar, Fundin Eco, Fundin Regular, Lost Entropy (series of rectangular fonts), Bombs and Men (2009, modular and blocky), Eärendil, Chromosomes, Denethor-Sans (octagonal), Edoras-, Elspeth-, Elspeth-Grey, FontMoot-01 (pixel face), French-Defence-v2 (chess font), French-Defence (chess font), Gilgalad-v2, Gilgalad (octagonal), Hommage-a-Escher-LC1, Hommage-a-Escher-LC2, Legolas-Codex-Stencil, Legolas-Codex (blackletter family), Legolas-Stencil (+v2; art nouveau style), Mirkwood-Regular and Mirkwood Outline (pixel faces), Nimrodel-FS, Faramir (gridded), Faramir Black (octagonal, mechanical), Elessar, Vertebrae, Etudes Pour Noir et Blanc (01, 02, 02 Vertebrae), Eomer FS, Karyotype (horizontal stripes), Snooker Ball, Aragorn, Mirkwood Nano (pixel face), Mirkwood Second Iteration, Mirkwood First Iteration, Haldir (pixel face).
Creations in 2010: Hasta Siempre (military stencil), Hasta Siempre Supplement (Fontstruct rendering of the iconic photograph of Che Guevara by Alberto Korda), Belfalas, Fractal Font, Sierpinski White, Sierpinski Black, Sierpinski Dalmatian, Remolino Stencil, Boikot Stencil, Legolas Pixel, Brego, Vortices (dings), Gamling, Coccinella Two (+B), Cyrillic 02, Waves, Hommage à Escher v2 extLat.
Creations in 2011: Midori Dot (2011, a dotted kana face), Sierpinski Black Initials (a stunning decorative caps face based on Sierpinski triangles), Fontstructivism (constructivist Latin/Cyrillic face), Sierpinski White Initials, Vasarely Squares (experimental---letters based on Victor Vasarely's work), Hurin (counterless, created after Nagasaki by Tom Muller), Strider (an optical illusion 3d multilined face), Dot Dot White (texture face), Dot Dot Black (texture face), Garamond Italic SP (a pixelized version of Garamond Italic), Rohan (+NE01, +NE03: a textured lined 3d logotype family, +NE04, +NE10), Gray Scale (a very interesting texture experiment in which gray scales are "simulated" by simple font mechanisms).
Irish site with a Celtic font archive: 26, 3DLET(BRK), Aarcover-(Plain):001.001, Alien, AngelOs1, Anglo-Saxon,-8th-c., ArborisFolium, BONES, BarbedWireSWFTE, BatMan, Beth-Luis-Fearn, Beth-Luis-Nion, BetsyFlanagan, BillyBear'sCrayons-Regular, BloodOfDracula, BulletHolz, Bunchlo, BurnstownDam, CHRISTMAS, Calendar-Normal, Campaign-Normal, CarrElectronicDingbats, CarrKeys, CeltGael, Celtic-Knot, CelticFrames, CelticPatterns, CelticPatterns, CelticmdDecorativeWDropCaps, CenturyGothic-Bold, CenturyGothic, ChineseTakeaway, Chlorinap, ChristianCrossesII, Christmas-Tree, Codex, CreepygirlLight, DarkWind, Dingbat-Cats2, ElectricHermesAOECharge, EnnobledPet, EuroSig, FZ-BASIC43, FZ-BASIC43COND, FZ-BASIC43EX, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOW, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOWEX, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOWITALIC, FZ-BASIC43HOLLOWLEFTY, FZ-BASIC43ITALIC, FZ-BASIC43LEFTY, Flakey, Flame, Flamer, Flower-Show, FlowerOrnaments, Frosty, GEMontage, GESheerScript, GabrielsAngels, Gaeilge1Normal, Glanchlo, Gnomes, GroovyGhosties, HalloweenBorders, Hazard-Regular, HolyMoly-Normal, Interdimensional, Iomanoid, Irish-Blessing, Jardotty, Jarman, Jasper(BRK), JewelSet, KarloffFont, KellyAnnGothic, KeltBold, KeltCapsFreehand, KeltItalic, KeltNormal, Kidprint, Lee, Mayan, Meroitic---Hieroglyphics, MomsTypewriter, MonsterParty, MonstersofStone, MostlyWaves-Regular, MusicalSymbolsNormal, National-FirstFont, National-FirstFontDotted, National-Primary, NoFear, Nosfer, Orna3, Orna4, ParaAminobenzoic, Pixel-Shift, Playbill, RNIB-Braille, Rainie'sKids-Regular, Ransom-Regular, Ruritania, Salter-Regular, SanskritNew4, ScratchyMess, Scythe, Seperates, Showboat-Regular, SkinnerAOE, Smartie, SnowCaps, SpiralsFont, Stjernetegn, SunnMoon, TattooNo1, TattooNo2, TeddyberV12, Tuamach-Regular, VintageDingbats, WeatherFont, WebOMintsGD, XmasClipart2, Zombified. [Google] [More] ⦿
Todd M. Hallock
Designer at Bitstream of the elegant Roman sans Artane Elongated BT (2001). Born in Ireland, he designs type in Carrigallen, Co Leitrim. His home page. Check also Padraig (in the Celtic tradition), and his corporate faces BOC 100 Light and CIE 2000 Bold [the CIE Group of Companies includes Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus]. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Typeface Research Pty Ltd
Australian Harry Pears (b. The Quirindi, Australia) is a veteran of the type world. He started his career as a colour camera operator and then as a phototypesetter. He started marketing digital typefaces in Australia, and has designed a few fonts himself. Creator in 2001 of the Celtic look family Lindisfarne Nova (with calligrapher Margaret Layson) at Bitstream (this includes Lindisfarne Nova Incised and Lindisfarne Runes).
Harry is the owner of Typeface Research Pty. Ltd. of Lake Cathie, Australia. Author of Decorate with Type An encyclopedia of decorative and novelty fonts (2011), in which he proposes a new categorization of decorative types.
Wonderful and useful archive, beautifully presented by the most generous of fontaholics, Petra Heidorn, a.k.a. CybaPee. Includes nice type art. The web presentation and the categorization are exemplary. Dingbats are used in a creative way to spice up things, and CybaPee juggles Paint Shop Pro like no one else. The growing archive is especially strong for decorative, blackletter, alchemy, Xmas, Celtic, and display fonts. The newest sub-page features Asian fonts (that is, Asian-style Roman letters). These pages are perfect: enjoy them! [Google] [More] ⦿
French foundry, est. 2008, by Jonathan Perez and Laurent Bourcellier. Graduates from the Ecole Estienne in Paris, they have made the following fonts:
Description of character sets.
A few Celtic truetype fonts at the Faculty of Celtic Studies of the University College Cork. The font collection, GAELA, GAELAW, GAELAX, GAELAXW, GAELB, GAELBW, GAELBX, GAELBXW, shows the following copyright line: TTGL/TTASM (C) F.M. O'Carroll Aberystwyth 1997. The page also has truetype executables such as TTASM, TTBIT, TTGL, TTVIEW, all truetype font utilities allowing even a limited amount of truetype font editing on DOS (not Windows). [Google] [More] ⦿
Austrian designer, printer, type engraver and teacher (b. Vienna 1882, d. Lexington, 1967) who made mainly uncial typefaces at Klingspor such as Hammerschrift (1923, a modern pseudo-Gaelic uncial), Hammer Unziale (1921). Other faces include Samson (1926, an uncial cut Paul Koch, son of Rudolf Koch) or Hammer Samson Uncial (1931), Pindar (1933, a modern pseudo-Gaelic uncial), American Uncial (1943, a modern pseudo-Gaelic uncial first published with the Dearborn Type Foundry and revived in 1993 as Gaeilge 2), Andromaque Uncial (1958, digitized by Paul Baker in 1995), Aurora Uncial (Victor Hammer, ATF---never produced, but rediscovered by Theo Rehak when he bought the ATF material). In 1953, American Uncial was re-released by Klingspor foundry. It was renamed Neue Hammer Unziale, in two versions. Unlike the unicase American Uncial, Neue Hammer Unziale has both upper and lowercase letters. Hammer's uncials have been revived in Neue Hammer Unziale I (1988, Adobe) or New Hammer Uncial or American Uncial (for example at URW++ in 1993).
He was forced to emigrate from Vienna to the USA in 1939, where he settled in Aurora, NY. His life is described in Victor Hammer. Artist and Craftsman (by Carolyn Hammer, Lexington, 1981) and in Notes on the Stamperia del Santuccio (by Carolyn Hammer, Lexington, 1963).
Mac McGrew: American Uncial was designed and cut by hand by Victor Hammer in 1943. This artist, who was born in Austria, had built a reputation for craftsmanship as a type designer, punch cutter, and printer in Italy. In 1939 he became professor of fine arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York, where he cut punches for this face. Matrices were made and type was cast by the Dearborn Typefoundry in Chicago, last of the small independent founders. Later the design was recut and cast by Klingspor in Germany. Uncial letters date to times before the common use of separate capital and lowercase alphabets. They are the basis for the lowercase of this font, to which Hammer has added a set of capitals. There is also a set of Initials, which follow mostly the lowercase design but with some modifications. Compare Hammer Samson Uncial, Worrell Uncial. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Influential typefounder, born in England, 1766-1844 (Peckham). He published several books of type specimens, and designed Gresham (1792), Old English (1815), Figgins Shaded (1816), Figgins Tuscan (1817, digitized by HiH (2005)), Egiziano Black (1815) and Egyptian (1817). Giza (Font Bureau, 1994) is a revival by David Berlow of the latter face. Among the Gaelic typefaces he designed, we mention the later transitional angular face called Early Figgins by Michael Everson (ca. 1815), and the Gaelic modern angular face Everson calls Later Figgins. The latter face resurfaces ca. 1913 as Intertype and Intertype Bold (designer unknown), with versions at ATF (ca. 1916) and Linotype (ca. 1916), and as Monotype Series 24a (ca. 1906, which according to Everson was recast in 1913 by Michael O'Rahilly, and digitized in 1993 as Duibhlinn). Another digitization is Figgins Antique by Tom Wallace.
Epitome of Specimens by V.&J. Figgins was published in London in 1866. Vincent Figgins Type Specimens 1801 and 1815. Reproduced in facsimile. Edited with an introduction and notes by Bernard Wolpe was published in 1967 in London by the Printing Historical Society.
Vintage Type offers hundreds of fonts, including decoratives and typewriter fonts. Free trial downloads (which stopped many years ago): Corona, Mei Ornaments (great Chinese ornament font), and Bulletin, Mac and Windows, type 1 and TrueType: go here. They also sell a wonderful Celtic type family, Vintage Celtia for 35 USD (it consists of Spirals, Keys, Knotwork, and VT Quadrata). Font Jones (Hot Metal Type) made FruitbasketFlip, FruitbasketTantrum, FruitbasketUpset, Manhattan. Mark Thomas made RosabelAntique-Roman (1994). Other fonts, all by Susan Townsend: VTCojones, VTCrystalBalzac, VTDigitDog, VTEbolaReston, VTNervouzReich (a wonderfil fat poster face), VTPompousCircumstance, VTSuRealDingbats, 13Fletcher, 13Ghosts, 13Inka, 13Misa, 13Roshi, EbolaKikwit, Ghost, HippoCritic, Salsa-Two, Salsa, TomFoolPlumLoco. More or less complete list of fonts: Carbon14-BlackTape, Carbon14-Neo, Carbon14-NeoLite, Carbon14-Regular, Carbon14-Stout [the Carbon14 series is by Joseph Coniglio], CrystalBalzac, DigitDog-Pig, FruitbasketFlip, FruitbasketTantrum, FruitbasketUpset, Manhattan-Bold, Manhattan-BoldItalic, Manhattan-Italic, Manhattan, MarketLtd-Aquacia, PompousCircumstance-Chiseled, RosabelAntique-Roman, Salsa, SuRealDingbats-VolumeOne, VTCeltia-Keys, VTCeltia-KnotsBlack, VTCeltia-KnotsWhite, VTCeltia-Spirals, VTCojones, VTCojonesLaredo, VTCorona, VTCrystalBalzac, VTCrystalBalzacSplines, VTCualaCaslon-Italic, VTCualaCaslon-Roman, VTDigitDogAgog (a hacker font), VTDigitDogHog, VTDigitDogPig, VTEbola-Kikwit, VTEbola-MarburgBlackVomit, VTEbola-Reston, VTEbola-Sudan, VTEbola-SudanCrashing, VTEbola-Zaire, VTHippoCritic-Antics, VTHippoCritic-Flowerchild, VTHippoCritic-Lollypops, VTLucifersPension-Gothic, VTLucifersPension-Roman, VTMeiOrnaments-OnBlack, VTMeiOrnaments-OnCircle, VTMeiOrnaments, VTMeiOrnamentsOnBlack, VTNecrotic-Fluids, VTNecrotic-Tissue, VTNervouzReich-Boots, VTNervouzReich-Decorated, VTNervouzReich-Rank, VTNervouzReichBoots, VTNervouzReichDecorated, VTNervouzReichRank, VTPabstOldstyleItalic, VTPabstOldstyleRoman, VTPabstOldstyleSCItalic, VTPabstOldstyleSCRoman, VTPabstOldstyleSwashItalic, VTPompousCircumstanceChiseled, VTPompousCircumstanceShapely, VTQuadrata, VTSuRealDingbatsOne, VTSuRealDingbatsTwo, VTTomFool-Highfalutin, VTTomFool-PlumLoco, VTTomFool-Ransomer, VTWroughtIron-Bombs, VTWroughtIron-Cherries, VTWroughtIron-Maces, VTypewriter-BlickCursive, VTypewriter-BlickElectric, VTypewriter-Bulletin, VTypewriter-Corona, VTypewriter-Olympia, VTypewriter-RemingtonPerfected, VTypewriter-RemingtonPortable, VTypewriter-RemingtonPremiere, VTypewriter-RibbonFace, VTypewriter-Royal, VTypewriter-RoyalDeLuxe, VTypewriter-RoyalElite, VTypewriter-SmithUpright, VTypewriter-Telegram, VTypewriter-TelegramTwo, VTypewriter-Underwood, VTypewriter-UnderwoodPortable, VintageTypewriter-One, VintageTypewriter-RoyalDeLuxe, VintageTypewriter-SmithUpright, VintageTypewriter-Two. Direct access to their vintage typewriter page with these beauties: Blick Cursive, Blick Electric, Corona, Olympia, Remington Perfected No. 4, Remington Portable/4, Remington Premiere, Ribbon Face, Royal, Royal DeLuxe, Royal Elite, Smith Upright, Telegram, Underwood, and Underwood Portable. In 2009, their site had just this:
Archive of free foreign language fonts covering Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Celtic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Old English, Farsi, Georgian, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Myanmar, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designers in 2001 of DearestFriendlite, DearestFriend, DearestOpen, DearestOutline, Dearest (the Dearest family is in the blackletter style), Exotica-Medium (ornamental caps used by Vogue Paris), HoppyRibbitday (alphadings), ShadyCharacters-Medium (3d face), WePray (2001, made in commemoration of the September 11 tragedy, alphading and blackletter), Florabet, Alphapix (alphadings), Celtic Eels (Celtic caps), Circus Train (alphadings), Billboard (2003, alphadings), Leafy (2001), Face (2001, great smilies Faceoff and Faceit), Autumn Gifts (2001), Leafyglade, Leafyshade (2001, leafy caps), LittleDaisy, Little Days (2001, connected handwriting, an interpretation of Memimas by Type-o-tones), Little Days Alt (2003), Notethis (2001), Yippy Alt (2003), Yippy Skippy (2001, handwriting), Yippy Skippy Alt (2003), Toy Train (2001), Wild West (2001), KitchenKapers (2001, alphadings), Cast Iron (2001), Santa Time (2001, letters made up of Santas), Applejuiced (2001), Ziggy Zoe (2001, handwriting).
William Boyd made some semi-uncial fonts such as Carolingian (1991, based on DorovarFLF-Carolus). His designs were at the basis of the Celtic font BoydUncial UNICODE (2003). He also did the Western font Laramie.
Wojciech Kalinowski was born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1969. Since 1990, he has designed and carved inscriptions and reliefs in stone, commemorative plaques, and gravestones. He also deals with computer graphics, digital typeface and logo design, and wallpapers. His typefaces are free and are available from the Open Font Library (or OFL).
He created New Shape (2012, organic sans), Medieval Sharp (2011, blackletter), which originated 15 years earlier from a stone inscription alphabet. Consola Mono (2011, OFL) is a monoline monospaced sans for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Classica (2011) is a classical roman family. SquareAntiqua (2011, OFL) is a wavy informal face. Cursive Sans and Cursive Serif (ca. 1997, OFL) and Modern Antiqua (1997, OFL) are also based on stone inscriptions. Klaudia and Berenika (2011) is a Celtic style family. Roundstyle (2011) is a sans display family. Modern Antiqua (2011) has a strange name for a font that is neither modern (i.e., didone) nor Antiqua---it is an organic, or liquid, face with the gothic flavor of Jonathan Barnbrook's types.
Kalinowski started the NovaCut face ca. 1986.
He created the free monospaced "programming" fonts NovaCut, NovaFlat, NovaOval, NovaRound, NovaSlim, NovaSquare, and NovaMono (2011, OFL): NovaMono is the monospace font especially created for programming, text editors and for terminal-use. NovaMono contains a large number of symbols, operators and other miscellaneous signs. NovaMono is a missing part of NovaFont Family. Nova Font is the family of six fonts. There are: NovaCut, NovaFlat, NovaOval, NovaRound, NovaSlim and NovaSquare. Now, the seventh part of the family - NovaMono. The following Unicode ranges are supported:
WorldScript: language utilities for the Mac (free downloads). Includes Turkish, Cherokee, Uralic Cyrillic, Georgian, Icelandic, Maltese, Vietnamese, Celtic, Intuktitut, Greek and Coptic support. Page maintained by Michael Everson. [Google] [More] ⦿
American company that used to sell fonts inspired by historical documents or texts: American Beauty (formal script), Beethoven, Beethoven SuperCaps (blackletter), Book of JKells (Celtic), Elizabeth R, English Courthand, Merchantshand, Merchantshand Alternate, Rembrandt, Renaissance, Rheims (blackletter), Rheims SuperCaps, Roundhand, Swiss Gothic, Tiffany. 5 USD a piece. Since 2006, these fonts are free. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free fonts with a Norse/Celtic theme: YY Sword and Dagger (2005), YY Norseman Dingbats (2005), YY Old English Dingbats (2005), YY Uncial Most Irish (2005, uncial), YYUMIExtendedCharacters (2005). In 2006, these dingbat fonts were added: 001Disney'sPooh1, 001Disney'sPooh2, 001Disney'sPooh3, 001PoohClassicDings, 001PoohHolidayDings, 001StarshipGmma (Startrek theme), 001 Once Upon a Time (2006), 001 Medieval Daze (2006), 001 Stretched-Strung (2006), Broken Robot (2006, pixelized), 001 Interstellar Log (2006), 001 System Analysis (2006), 001 Once Upon a Time 2 (2006). [Google] [More] ⦿
Zetafonts (Tangram Studio)
At 40 dollars per font, Peter von Zezschwitz's Durham, Ontario-based company digitized Art Nouveau designs created by M.J. Gradl, Philip Morris and other of their less well-known contemporaries. Mac or Windows. Great-looking faces. Not to be confused with the foundry ZETAFonts! Fontnames: Gradler, Greta, Gretchen, Heinisch, Kaiser (minimalist unicase font), Lydia (drop caps), Florentia, Mahlau (has also astrological symbols), Mirror, Odilia, Morelia, Pinks, Ramona, Blautopf (Fraktur), Vintago (caps). Odilia, Vintago and Morelia are beautiful Uncial/Celtic fonts. I say "Bravo!". Write-up at FontNews. Feena Casual and others are free at Eksten. [Google] [More] ⦿