TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Wed Dec 11 15:55:52 EST 2013
ACME Fonts (or: CHK Design)
Started in 1996, by Christian Küsters and Andy Long (from South London), ACME Fonts is a London-based foundry, offering fonts by Küsters and these designers: Anthony Burrill, Gérard Paris-Clavel&Johannes Bergerhausen, Jean-Lou Désiré, Paul Farrington, Robert Green, Paul Kehra, Henrik Kubel, Simon Piehl, Alex Rich, Carsten Schwesig, Sandy Suffield, Dirk Wachowiak, Anne Wehebrink and Paul Wilson. Christian Küsters is an ex-student of Matthew Carter at Yale. Born in Germany, he now lives in Oberhausen. Buy the fonts at MyFonts. The company evolved, I guess, into CHK Design.
The Computer Duerer fonts are a metafont family developed by Alan Hoenig (City University of New Tork). Hoenig also developed Makor, a Hebrew TeX. The fonts in that package include OmegaSerifHebrew (like David), Ezra, Rashi and Hadassah. Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born and died in Nuremberg, Germany, 1471-1528. Painter, wood carver and copper engraver extraordinaire, famous for many great geometrical and structured capitals and proportioned designs, carried out with compass and ruler. Example from 1524. Another example, ca. 1500. Best known of the books on the geometry of letters is Dürer's Unterweysung der Messung [A Course on the Art of Measurement], published in 1525. See here. His famous set of German Renaissance Capitals (1525), Gothic Capitals, German Minuscule. Scan of his famous rhinoceros (1515) and of his Dürerfraktur (1519).
In 2011, she published the art deco family Rosetta, and wrote: Rosetta font was designed by Alexandra Mendes for an upcoming branding project. The typeface design is inspired in all things lovely and luscious of the female intimate universe: lingerie, lace, blush powder, négligé, bustier, lip gloss and other lavish niceties. Should feel as a flirt, the subtle wink of the eye, a roseate glow. Rosetta is a coquette who flirts with life, winking her eyes, batting her lashes, flicking her hair, leaving her scent behind as she passes on the street, turning heads, with her whispering lips and waddling feline walk. Teasing and feigned disinterest to test the reliability of her admirers. Tall slenderizing lines and delicate curves shape the form of Rosetta. The typeface look is minimal and contemporary but reminiscent of a certain "je ne sais quoi" of Art Deco. There's a pure linear geometric symmetry to the font, to create a look of elegant modernity, that exudes a flair for glamour. Rosetta is a font family set composed by the styles: Rosetta, Rosetta Blush, Rosetta Bloom, Rosetta Bud. Images of Rosetta: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix, x. [Google] [More] ⦿
Amy E. Conger
Art and type experiments at Universita Autonoma de Mexico, which sets out to prove that the real world is coming to an end and visual reality is taking over. Check out Gramapoetica, which shows many modular letters and typefaces. Flickr page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Newbury Park, CA-based outfit where Slimbach and Stone worked at one point. Its staff designed some nice faces in the mid eighties such as the Champfleury family (1985), Geometrica (1985), Kis-Janson (1985), Media (1976, André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind), Melencolia (1985), Signa (1978, André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind) and Trinité (1981, Bram de Does, part Bobst Graphic, part Autologic). [Google] [More] ⦿
Seoul-based graphic designer who spent some time in London. Behance link. As an experiment, he took a standard font, and connected the letters using a certain geometric algorithm to get a special effect. More analytic geometry went into the design of the squarish but rounded display face Box (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
Prolific Woodland Hills, CA-based typophile and type designer (1937-2013) whose portfolio consisted largely of revivals and who used the alias Character for his typographic work. The Los Angeles Times posted this obituary: Herb passed away after a brief fight against esophageal cancer. He was a 42 year resident of Woodland Hills Ca. Son of the late Jean and Mary Van Brink, he was born in Manhattan, graduated from Stuyvesant High School (1952) and Queens College (1956) and always considered himself a New Yorker. He had a long career in Information Technology and retired from Arco. He loved traveling, bowling, genealogy, and was a bridge Life Master among his many interests. He was a trickster and a perfectionist. He leaves his wife, Paula, his son, David Van Brink and DIL Deb Culmer of Santa Cruz CA, his daughter Qarin Van Brink and SIL James Ray of Burien WA, grandchildren Amelia and Wilhelmina Ray Van Brink, brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Louise Van Brink of E. Northport NY and nephews Matthew and Jordan Van Brink.
The founder of and only designer at at Club 21 is Julian Morey, a graphic designer and font creator from London who designed Pacific (1999, an octic typeface influenced by American naval lettering), VMR (1999), SignPlate (a stencil font), Sigma OT (2008, a sans based on a Stephenson Blake grotesque), Skye (2001, a stencil font), Skye Outline [note: Skye used to be called Axis], Checkout, Alpine (2000), Brassplate, Greenwich (2001, a stencil font with fine breaks; used to be called Bronxville), Codex, Electro, Ionia, Jakarta (2000, an octagonal sports/stencil font; was called Jersey), Kathode, Octago (an octagonal stencil face), Liquid, Simpson Typewriter, Preset, Roadworks (1992, stencil font), Thompson Monospaced, Spacer (1999), Paintworks, Portfolio. FontWorks used to sell their fonts, but now Faces does. [Google] [More] ⦿
A list of fonts based on certain geometric proportions, as first exhibited in drawings by Da Vinci.
Author of A Constructed Roman Alphabet, a Geometric Analysis of the Greek and Roman Capitals and of the Arabic Numerals (David R. Godine, Boston, 1982). Each character of his roman alphabet is described using compass and ruler in the style of the romain du roi. Wonderful! [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Hong Kong in 1968, Dennis Poon was a designer in San Francisco and Stockholm. He currently works at Philips in Singapore. At the Typebox foundry, he designed TxElf (2002, blockish almost-bitmap font), TX Hex (2002) and TX Gitter (2001, a simplified Codex-like face).
Icelandic graphic designer in Reykjavik. Asplund's Stockholm public library inspired him to create the geometric compass-and-ruler family Tornado (2010). The New Black (2009) is a very black threatening headline type. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dom Hans van der Laan (Leiden, 1904-1991) was a Dutch architect and Benedictine monk. After a few years of architectural studies, van der Laan developed a system of principles for proportions. Using this theory Dom Hans van der Laan designed buildings and even created a typeface, the Alphabet in stone. This typeface is based on the Roman carved stone capitals that were used in the first century AD. Designed using strict 3d rules (which he called the Plastic Number), his lettering can be found at the abbeys of Oosterhout and Mamelis.
The Alphabet in stone face was digitized in 2011. That project can be seen here. Contributors include Willem Noyons, Maarten Dullemeijer and Rob Stolte. The font family can be bought from the Dutch foundry Autobahn. [Google] [More] ⦿
Emerald City Fontworks
Run by Steven Lundeen from Seattle, ECF does customized handwriting / signature / company logo fonts, for 39 dollars per font. Shareware and freeware fonts, such as Augie, Codex, Decadence, Intimacy, Intimacy Deux, JD (1997, handwriting font), Movieola, Spanky's Bungalow (1997), Syriac, the beautiful handwriting face TallPaul (1997), Teen Spirit, Curtain Call, Stillframes, Birds A, Webster. ECF also makes your handwriting into a font. They offer some clipart fonts of the first quality. There are three mollusk fonts, three musical instrument fonts, three insect fonts, three reptile fonts and four mythology fonts, for example! Some of the clipart fonts are free. Handwriting fonts like j.d., Augie, Skeetch and TallPaul are well worth a try. Display freeware fonts include Crowns and Coronets (dingbats), Decadence, Intimacy, Codex and the Spanky family. Many fonts have both T1 and TT versions for both Mac and Windows. The shareware fonts are of the display type, like Moonpie, Puzzleface, Thump, Sputnyk, KingsCourt, Festus, Daddio, Chester Shag, King's Court, the Pookie family, and a knot font.
Russian type designer. This scan of a Duerer-style alphabet with compass and ruler was found on a slide prepared by Victor Kharyk for a talk Victor was going to give at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City (but didn't because he could not pass through transit in the USA due to the office of Homeland Insecurity). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Verona, 1433, died in Rome in 1479. He was a printer and calligrapher. Monotype's Felix Titling (1934) is based on his lettering from 1463. About these letters, he wrote: I, Felice Feliciano, have revived this in the antique manner after ancient marble tablets such as are to be found in Rome and elsewhere. People credit him with the first ruler-and-compass construction of letterforms. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Font Aid III is a project launched by a diverse collection of type designers and font foundries, who wish to help the victims of the South Asian Tsunami. SOTA acts as coordinator and ensures that all funds are distributed appropriately. Tamye Riggs heads the undertaking from Alameda, CA. MyFonts site. Fonts include FontAid Durer Caps (P22, 2005), FontAid Cezanne (2005, ex-P22 Cezanne), FontAid Secret Scrypt One and Two (2004, handwriting by Rebecca Alaccari), and FontAid Dominique (2005, based on Dominique by Rebecca Alaccari). Thus far, all donated fonts are from P22 or Canada Type. In 2005, Fleurons of Hope (two ornamental OpenType faces) was published. Contributors: Alejandro Paul, Alessio Leonardi, Amondó Szegi, Andrea Emery, Andreas Seidel, Andreu Balius, Annelies Vaneycken, Arnoud van den Heuvel, Artur Frankowski, Ashley Lang, Assi Kootstra, Barbara Klunder, Ben Bos, Ben Weiner, Bennett Holzworth, Bob Aufuldish, Amelia Aufuldish, Emily Aufuldish, Boris Mahovac, Brad Nelson, Brady Baltezore, Brian Bonislawsky, Bruce Alcock, Bruno Oldani, Carol-Anne Ryce-Paul, Chank Diesel, Chris Lozos, Christophe Liekens, Colin Kahn, Dan Reynolds, Daniel Fritz, Daniel Plant, Danny Meirav, Beth Koelker, Dario Muhafara, Dave Bezier, David Benque, David Snider, David Thometz, Dawn Lozzi, Debbie Smirnoff, Denis Dulude, Dereck Johnson, Derek Fenech, Diederik Corvers, Diego Bionda, Diego Mier y Teran, Donald Beekman, Donald Roos, Dung Van Meerbeeck, Ed Fella, Eduardo Manso, Elana Stanger, Elena Albertoni, Elena Nazzaro, Ellie Ngretto, Emma Schmid, Laura Meseguer, Eric Jasso, Eric Olson, Erik Adigard, Patricia McShane, Fabrizio Schiavi, Fanny Garcia, Felix Estrada, Filip Blazek, Folko Nafta Comuni, François Moissette, Frank Jonen, Frank van den Hurk, Frau Jenson, Gabriele Franziska Goetz, Galo Carrion Andrade, Juan Pablo Malo Rob, GM, Goele, Walter Piotrowski, Dima Stefanova, Henk Groenendijk, Ivana Heise, Jack Usine, Jackie Ponwaye, Jacob Vantiger, Jake Cheney, James Grieshaber, James Webb, Jamie Stolarski, Jason Castle, Javier Suzuki, Jeff Fisher, Jeffery Keedy, Jeremy Mac Lynn, Jess Latham, Jim Richardson, Joachim Müller-Lancé, Joe VanDerBos, Joep van der Made, John and Nicky Wright, John Downer, John Hersey, John Malinoski, Jon Abbott, Jona Piehl, Jonathan & Jo Hitchen, Jose Luis Coyotl Mixcoatl, Joshua Darden, Jürgen Weltin, Kapitza, Karl Grandin / Var, Kate Hamilton, Kenn Munk, Khaled Abou Alfa, Kim Fox, Kirsten Mortensen, Ko Sliggers, Krassen Krestev, Lara Alexandra Glueck, Leigh Maclellan, Lies Ros, Loreto Marin, Louis Fox, Lukasz Dziedzic, Magda Frankowska, Marc Gascoigne, Marcus McCallion, Maria Johansson, Mariela Heise, Mark Hatley, Mark van Wageningen, Markus Hanzer, Marta Bernstein, Martijn Oostra, Martin Schumacher, Martin Wenzel, Matias Avila, Matt Desmond, Matthew Carter, Maurizio Chesneau, Maurizio Osti, Mauro Bubbico, Max Araldi, Max Kisman, Melle Hammer, Michael Everson, Mike Kohnke, Miles Newlyn, Moira Church, Federico Zerbinati, Luciano Perondi, Valentina Montagna, Stefan Hattenbach, Nate Johannes, Nathan Matteson, Nathan Thompson, Nathanael Ng, Neubau Berlin, Nic Squirrell, Noah Scalin, Norbert Reiners, Olive O'Donnell, Oliver Helfrich, Pablo Bisoglio, Paul Hunt, Paul Ponwaye, Penelope Dullaghan, PeterBilak, Peter Hill, Peter van den Hoogen, Phil Baines, Piers Le Sueur, Pilla Tsun, Piotr Mlodozeniec, Rachel Baker, Rafael Saraiva, Randy J. Hunt, Raoul Deleo, Rasha Kahil, Ray Cruz, Ressa McCray, Rian Hughes, Ricardo Cordoba, Richard Chang, Richard Hubbard, Richard Kegler, Rikesh Lal, Rita Minjarez, Rizka Septiadi, Robbi Robinson, Robbie de Villiers, Robert Altemus, Roelof Mulder, Roland Scriver, Ruben Ockenfels, Ryan Pescatore Frisk & Catelijne van Middelkoop, Sabiha Basrai, Sean O'Donohue, Silvia, Sonia & Gabriel Freeman, Steve Zafarana, Sue Zafarana, Stuart Sandler, Sumner Stone, Sun Hwang, Susanna Dulkinys, Susanne Keilhack, Swip Stolk, Tanner Boeger, Terry Tolleson, Terry Wudenbachs, Tiffany Powell, Tiffany Wardle, Tijl Akkermans, Till Hopstock, Tim Bones, Tim Daly, Titus Nemeth, Todd Dever, Tomas Camps, Tony de Marco, Typography Class in Graphic Design, Universidad Anahuac, Ty Wilkins, Ulga Marekowa, Verena Gerlach, Victor Gaultney, Vincent Hauzanneau, Will Price, Xavier Dupré, Danny van den Dungen, Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, Yanek Iontef, Zofia Kulicka. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Fontomania (or: Fontilizer)
Omer Agiv (Fontomania) made freeware Latin, Hebrew and dingbat fonts such as Amraheb, Electroni, Jumang, Krashim-signs, LironAgiv, Moshe, Outline, Samurai, Samuraiheb, Sunnyday, Transport, Worms, arrow, boards, bw, dotty, goggles, krashim, leaves, nuni, nurit, wood-sticks, Dinorific, omerh.
Some fonts are commercial. Personal handwriting font service for 55USD (Latin, Hebrew or Arabic). Personal signature for 10USD. Some commercial fonts at 8 to 12 dollars, such as Smily, Cookie (curly), Orenh (handwriting), Geometry, Tal, Jifa, Sun, Hairy, ABC, Chains, Liner, Chinese, Arak, Parkinson, Papio, Tropical Sickness and IceSticks.
The free and commercial Hebrew fonts include the Tapuach package (8 fonts).
Fontomania also sells the 13-font 44 USD-"Silver Collection" on CD.
Free handwriting font download: Janet Luther.
Italian letter artist (b. 1445, d. ca. 1514) who constructed his characters geometrically, as early as 1509. He practiced mathematics and was a Franciscan friar. A Franciscan monk, h is mentioned several times in the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. His Summa di Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni e Proportionalità appeared in 1494. Continuing his work on proportion, he published Divina Proportione in 1509 (Venice: A. Paganius Paganinus).
His mathematically constructed capitals (1497) were made into a font called Pacioli by Matthew Desmond in 2007. Giovanni Mardersteig also made a font based on Pacioli's caps. Other implementations include LucaPacioliCaps (2004, Manfred Klein), Pacioli (2005, by Alessandro Segalini for Accademia Editoriale in Rome) and Pacioli (1999, a metafont by Peter Wilson). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Italian lettering artist famous for his geometrical constructions. See here. Author of the treatise L'Alfabeto (1517). Pictures of the geometric construction of the capitals are here. Fonts named after him include GFT Torniello by Gio Fuga. [Google] [More] ⦿
Examples from that book: Alphabet after Serlio, An outline caps face, A Roman caps face. The best page on Chouteau Brown, complete with all images from his 1921 book. Some of Chouteau Brown's own lettering from that 1921 book: Incised English Script, 15th Century English Gothic Blackletter, 16thCentury German Blackletter, Capitals adapted from Renaissance era medals, Classic Roman Capitals, English Gothic Letter 15th Century, English Incised Script from a tombstone in Westminster Abbey, 18th Century French Script Capitals, German Blackletter (from brass), Italian Renaissance Capitals from a Marsuppini tomb, Italian Renaissance Capitals from Santa Croce, Florence, Italian Uncial Gothic Capitals from the 14th century, Modern American Letters, Modern American Letters for rapid use, Modern American Lowercase, Modern German blackletter, Modern German capitals, Spanish Script from the latter part of the 17th century, Spanish Script capitals, early 18th century, Uncial Gothic Capitals 13th century, Uncial Gothic Capitals 14th century, Uncial Gothic Initials 12th century, Venetian Gothic Capitals 15th century.
Stefan Lundhem started Fyrisfonts. He is the designer of Garajannon (Garamond family), Spartacus (a Roman, CODEX-like lettering font), Beckhem Gothic, Fournament, Primus, Fyris Fraction, Fyris Fraktur, Krabat, Heltime (mix of Times and Helvetica), Terminator, Bessie (2001, multiline art deco face modeled after Marcia Loeb's 1972 alphabet, Rainbow), Billie (2001, art deco titling, modeled after Marcia Loeb's 1972 alphabet, Zig Zag), Jämför abc, Miami Blues and Miami Vice (beautiful, now called Bessie and Billie, respectively). The pages in Swedish contain an in-depth study of Jenson and Adobe Jenson MM, Caslon, Cloister Old Style, Fraktur, Garamond, Minion MM, MultipleMaster fonts, Myriad MM, OpenType, Poynter, RailwayType, Newspaper type, Web fonts, Web typography, and screen typography. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
Also Maistre Geofroy Tory de Bourges. Parisian printer, designer and engraver, 1480-1533. As designer and engraver he produced beautiful initials, borders, and illustrations. In Champ-fleury, auquel est contenu l'art et science de la vraie proportion des lettres antiques selon le corps et visage humain (Gilles de Gourmond, Paris, 1529), Geoffroy Tory compared the proportions in letters to proportions in the human body. The books treats the design of roman capitals and is critical of the work of Dürer. It was translated in English by George B. Ives, New York, in 1927. There also exists a facsimile, with introduction by John Jolliffe. East Ardsley, dated 1970. He was rewarded by François I with the title of Imprimeur du Roi in 1531.
Scans, images: Letter I superimposed on a human face, Lettres Fantastiques (caps made from tools), [continued], Lettres Imperialles et Bullatiques (capitals), [continued], Lettres Tourneures (Lombardian capitals), Construction of an S, Construction of a Z, Construction of an A, his Lettres Latines alphabet, Cadeaulx (blackletter caps), [continued].
There have been rather few attempts at making a typeface based on Tory's drawings from Champ Fleury. Gilles Le Corre (GLC) created 1529 Champ Fleury Initials (2010) for example. The text of that book, which was printed by Gilles de Gourmond in Paris, led Gilles Le Corre to develop the rough typeface 1529 Champ Fleury Pro. Christian Küsters designed AF Champ Fleury (1996). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Early type designers attempted to find special relationships between the proportions of the letters and the shape and dimension of the human body. Such geometrically constructed letterforms became popular in the 15th and 16th centuries. The main proponents of this movement were Nicollo Niccoli (1420, a Florentine humanist), Geofroy Tory (1529, famous for his "Champs Fleury" publication), Felice Feliciano (1463, a Veronese calligrapher, printer and scholar), Albrecht Dürer (1523), Luca Pacioli (1509), Francesco Torniello (1517), Giovanbattista Palatino (1550), Wolgang Fugger (1553, see his Handwriting Manual), and the French Academics for Louis XIV (1692). [Google] [More] ⦿
Gilles Le Corre
Giò Fuga Type
An Italian type foundry by Milan-based type designer Giangiorgio Fuga, ATypI member, teacher of typography at the Istituto Europeo of Milan, Politecnico of Milan, Italy and Unisinos of Porto Alegre, Brasil. His great type blog page takes the pulse of Italian type design. Fuga designed gorgeous text fonts such as these:
Or Giovanni Antonio Tagliente. Calligrapher and writing master, born in Venice, 1468-1527. Author of Lo presente libro insegna la vera arte de lo excellente scrivere de diverse varie sorti de litere (1524). Sample images from that penmanship book, which includes scripts for Latin, Hebrew and Greek: i, ii, iii, iv. Also: Chancery, Florentine, Florentine bastarda, Lettera bollatica, Lettera imperiale. Sets of ornamental capitals: Italian gothic Initials and Italian Renaissance Capitals. Picture of Tagliente's title page of his book in 1531. PDF of his work by Toni Pecoraro. Digitizations:
GLC --- Gilles Le Corre
French painter born in Nantes in 1950, who lives in Talmont St Hilaire. His fonts include 2010 Cancellaresca Recens (inspired by a chancery type of Francisco Lucas from the late 16th century), 2009 Handymade (comic book style), 2009 Lollipop (chancery style), 2009 GLC Plantin, 2009 Primitive (2009, a rough-edged roman script), 2008 Script 2 (2008), GLC Ornaments One (2008) and 2008 Xmas Fantasy (2008: blackletter). In 2008, he started GLC -- Gilles Le Corre and became commercial. He is best known for his historic revivals:
Goh Yam Whee
Lisa Johns from Orlando, FL, runs Graphx Edge Fonts, a foundry in Altamonte Springs, FL, offering "high quality pictorial fonts". Their 250-odd collection is surely not made from scratch, especially not their body, script and display fonts. One used to be able to find four great free dingbats here: GE Nautica, GE Zoom, GE Zodiac, GE Holiday Sampler. In the Font Services section, they will make custom pictorial, signature (10USD), or logo (20USD) truetype fonts. For 20 USD, get also packages of 20 fonts such as Absolute Fun Fonts, Absolute Dingbats (60 dingbats, 129USD) or Absolute Script Fonts. Now also called ScriptFonts.Com. Alternate site. Deco fonts, a collection of 4 dingbat fonts for 30 USD. Alternate URL. At this archive, you can find the following fonts: GEBanners, GEClipz, GEComedy, GECurviture, GEElegantScript, GEFiestaMarquee, GEFleet, GEFreeForm, GEFrills, GEGlob, GEHandyScript, GEMontage, GENervousTwitch, GERomanesse, GESheerScript. Partial list of dingbats: GEAngels (I to III), GECarouselHorses, GECelticArt, GEChineseArt, GEChristmasJoy, GEComicalChristmas, GECurviture, GEEdibles, GEEgyptianArt, GEElementsofNature (I and II), GEFloralStencils, GEHolidaySampler, GEIttyBittys, GEJapaneseArt, GEMerryChristmas, GENativeAmericanArt, GENautica, GEOutToSea, GEPennsylvaniaDutch (I and II), GESheerScript, GESnowmen, GESpringtime, GEStorybookTales, GEWhimsicalAnimals (I to IV), GEWildKingdom, GEZodiac, GEZoom. Another alias: Megadownloads. At Joz's Smallwares, you may find Fleet, Romanesse, Frills, Free Form and Comedy, Curviture, Elegant Script, Handy Script, Montage and Sheer Script, Fiesta Marquee, Nervous Twitch, Banners, Clipz and Glob. The list of fonts is long:
Herbert F. Van Brink
High Bold, an information design company in Paris, created several interesting modular typefaces.
They married Neo Sans Ultra and Baskerville Italic in Caractère Hybride (2012). Circle (2012) is a modular typeface based solely on circles. Eight Font (2012) is another magnificent modularly designed typeface family.
A Russian architect and artist, Iakov Chernikhov was born in 1889 in Pavlograd, Yekaterinenskav Gubernia, Ukraine (now Dnepropetrovskay Oblast). He died in 1951 in Moscow. He studied at the Odessa Art School, a branch of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. In 1914, having graduated from the Art School, he moved to St. Petersburg and entered the Academy of Arts. In 1916 Chernikhov transferred from the painting faculty to the architecture department and graduated in 1925. He became a successful architect, and taught at the Leningrad Institute of Transportation Engineers (after 1933 LIIZhT) in the school of architecture (1928-45), at the Industrial Academy (NKTP) in the course for factory and plant construction (1930-32), at the Stalin Transportation Academy (NKPC) (1930-32), and at the Institute of Engineers of Water Transportation (1929-31). He published Fundamentals of Modern Architecture (1929-1930), Construction of Architectural and Machine Forms (1931), and Architectural Fantasies. 101 Compositions (1933). These classics are all about architectural fantasies. The last work of Iakov Chernikhov, which remained uncompleted, was the book An Analysis of the Construction of Classical Typeface (written in 1945-1951). It was published in 1958, seven years after his death. Iakov Chernikhov used for construction of the types some principles taken from the theory of architectural forms having much in common with the type forms that obey the same regularities. Some of his work looks like the early attempts at regularization by Duerer and Tory, or as found in the Romain du Roi. Wiki page. Scans: I, II, III, IV. Image of his Cyrillic Trajan (1945-1951). [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Winnipeg, Justin Ladia's first entrance into the world of type design was Euckhov (2011---the name is an amalgamation of Euclid and Anton Chekhov), an absolutely stunning typeface designed on an explicit grid. He writes: Euckhov was inspired by old marquee signage from classic American cities like Chicago, and by a Chekhovian attitude towards the idea of the machine. I originally intended to make a no-frills, sturdy and structured three-dimensional typeface until I found that I enjoyed the geometry of the construction lines I used to make the letters better than whatever it was I was attempting.
Graphic designer and illustrator based in Minsk, Belarus. Her ttype design work thus far comprises one fascinating type experiment called No 74 (2009). In it, she uses compass and ruler to create spectacular art deco outlines. [Google] [More] ⦿
L'Abécédarienne's Original Handlettered Fonts
Amy Conger's free fonts: Halcyon (handwriting), Splurge (handwriting), Ticket Caps, Thicket (1999), Respess Capitals (2003), Duerer Latin (1995-1997), Cricket (1997, double-stroked hand), Gaudin, Revolving Door, Duerer Everyday Tools. Mostly original, mostly handlettered fonts, plus a gallery of unusual lettering and texts. She teaches type design at the City College of San Francisco.
MADtype (est. 1996) is Matt Desmond's place in the type world. He has had a prolific career that started out with shareware fonts while Matt was at the Minneapolis Technical and Community College. His page back then said A haven for quality shareware type for the Mac. Later, Matt started mattdesmond.com, and co-founded the Test Pilot Collective (est. 1998 with Joseph Kral and Mike Cina). Many of his early faces were experimental and/or futuristic. In late 2003, mattdesmond.com disappeared, and MADtype, commercial now, resurfaced at the MyFonts site. Currently, Matt is based in Atlanta, GA. He has also lived in Fayetteville, GA, Rochester, NY, Redwood City, CA, and San Francisco, CA. His fonts can also be purchased via You Work For Them. He also does commissioned type design. Some fonts are freely available at the Google Font Directory.
Commissioned types: 77kids (2007, for the children's brand; the sketched faces were done with Justin Thomas Kay), AE Aerie (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Newburgh (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Summer Fonts (2007, all for American Eagle Outfitters), EEL Futura (2006, for Enjoying Everyday Life), Nike World Cup (2006), Virgin America (2006).
Orphaned types that disappeared or were planned but never executed: BrotherMan, Caprice, Convolve, HipstersDelight, Lugubrious, ModestaSmallCaps, Serifity, Skitzoid, Sliver, ThrowupSolid, Auresh (1998, futuristic; Test Pilot Collective), Kcap6 (1998, with Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Epiphany (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Testacon (with Kral and Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Civicstylecom (1999; Test Pilot Collective), Lutix (1998; Test Pilot Collective), Xerian (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Swoon, Furtive (2004, a sans), the display face Flathead (2004), the blackletter face Bahn (2004), Mesotone BT (2006, Bitstream, a monoline sans), Practical (a monoline connec script, planned in 2007 but not published), Poliphili (planned in 2007, as a revival of an Aldus/Griffo font), Wutupdo (1996, Garage Fonts), GFDesmond (Garage Fonts), Drone.
Manfred Klein's Fonteria
Frankfurt-based designer (b. 1932) whose creative output is so large that he deserves a separate web page. His URL at Moorstation from 2000-2007. New page on him by Florian Rochler. Font squirrel link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
German freelance artist and designer, associated with URW++, b. 1964. He graduated in 1992 from Fachhochschule für visuelle Kommunikation und Design Münster. He created Tricky (2002, stencil face), Keys (2002), Hands on Albrecht (experimental font at URW, 2005, based on Albrecht Dürer's geometrically constructed letters), TrickyTracky, MovingMouse (computer key fonts), Oranda MM and Oranda SC (for NABU Münster), LuxSansBookNumsOsF and LuxSansBookNumsTab (for Mekomnet), CometoMama and CometoDaddy (done for invers-Weihnachts-Typo-Wettbewerb), GooseBump (Farmers, Plants, Desaster, Twinkle: free download!), Playstation (free dingbat font), Radieurorund ascii (free download), Teletron (grunge family done at Volcano Type). In 2010, he set up Fontschmiede with Frank Baranowski, another (ex-)URW++ designer. His fonts there include the techno faces Und4 (2008) and Line44 (2009), and the hand-printed face Just Deine (2011). MyFonts page. Alternate URL. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
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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.
Collection of antique printed materials including Giambattista Bodoni's Manuale Tipografico (Parma, 1818), Albrecht Dürer's De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum, Libri in Latinum Conversi (proportions of the human form, Nüremberg, 1538), Aldus Manutius's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Geoffroy Tory's Champ Fleury (1529). Check out the Alfabeto Figurato (alphabet etching) by Florentine artist Giovanni Battista Braccelli (Naples, 1632), and his wonderfully surprising book Bizzarie di Varie Figure (Livorno, 1624). [Google] [More] ⦿
Peter R. Wilson's metafont code (1999) for Pacioli. The pacioli package provides fonts designed by Fra Luca de Pacioli in 1497. The font is uppercase letters together with punctuation and some analphabetics; no lowercase or digits. [Google] [More] ⦿
Italian designer (b. Fermignano, 1973) of the experimental font Elise (2000). He lives in Fermignano. At the School of Graphic Design in Urbino, he wrote a thesis on Wim Crouwel. As a result, his fonts are expertimental and geometric: Zen (2002, looks like lego blocks), Eroi (2001, artistic stencil font), Rainbow Type (2001, dot matrix font), CuboType (2001), Paradise (2001, fonts nailed to the wall), Ale (2000, only circles and lines, a cross between a kitchen tile and a Codex font). [Google] [More] ⦿
Peter R. Wilson
RUSH Font Project
From the web site: The Rush Font Project is a collaboration between Rush fans who have pooled their resources to compile a library of all available fonts used in the album art of Rush. [...] The Rush Font Project is a collaboration between Eric Hansen, Hank Niemczyk and Sami Mandelbaum, whose assistance in creating the Rush fonts has been invaluable. Special thanks to Dave Ward, creator of the "Hemispheres" font. The fonts, mostly dated 2005-2006: AShowofHands, Anatomy, AnatomyFill, AnatomyGuides (a Codex-style typeface), AnatomyGuides, AnatomyOutline, AnatomyOutline, Bravado, CaressofSteel, Chronicles, Counterparts-Italic, Counterparts, DerTrommler-Regular, Dreamline, Exit...StageLeft-Bold, Exit...StageLeft-BoldItalic, Exit...StageLeft-Italic, Exit...StageLeft, FarewellToKings, FeedBack (Arnold Boecklin ripoff?), FlyByNight, GhostRider, GraceUnderPressure, GrandDesigns, GrandDesignsLined, Hemispheres, HoldYourFire, HoldYourFireBlack, JacobsLadder, Kofia, Limbo-Italic, MaskedRider, MomosDanceParty, MovingPictures, MyFavoriteHeadache, OBaterista, OneLittleVictory, PermanentWaves (the text says that this is a Stu's diner font from 1999), PoweWindows, Presto, R30, Replay-Bold, Replay-Regular, RoadShow, RollTheBones-Bold, RollTheBones, Signals, Snakes&Arrows-Bold, Snakes&Arrows, Snakes&ArrowsLight, SpiritofRadio, Strangiato, SummertimeBlues, Syrinx, TestForEcho-Italic, TestForEcho, VaporTrail, Victor, WorkInProgress-Bold, WorkInProgress-BoldItalic, WorkInProgress-Italic, WorkInProgress, WorkInProgressSwash-RomanItalic, WorkingMan. Mandelbaum made Chronicles and FlyByNight. Unclear who "made" the other fonts. I say "made", because this sure looks like an exercise in renaming commercial fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
An Italian company involved in identity and brand design. Founded in 2002 by Alessandro Pascoli and Daniele Paoletti. Pascoli created the experimental geometric typeface Riccini Aureo in 2005. It was a brand face for Riccini in Perugia to replace Blippo, totally conceived on the basis of geometric patterns as in the days of Dürer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Italian mathematician and astronomer from Ferrara. He published Theorica et Practica de modo scribendi fabricandique omnes litterarum species (Venice: Giovanni Rosso, 1514). In 1535, he published the penmanship book Thesauro de scrittori : opera artifisiosa laquale con grandissima arte si per pratica come per geometria insegna a scrivere diversa sorte littere... . Quoting this site: Fanti published this work so that secretaries, copyists, merchants, and artisans could learn techniques of applying geometry to the construction of letterforms. These woodcuts of the capital letters "D" and "E" are examples of how Fanti used geometric patterns in the design of his letters. The circle and the square, the building blocks of classical architecture and the basis for letter designs that appeared in Luca Pacioli's Divina proportione, published in Venice in 1509, provide a starting point for Fanti. He, however, pushed past the limits of Pacioli's theory of proportion by applying principles of geometry to extend the lines of his letterforms beyond the limits imposed by the proportionality of the circle and the square. [Google] [More] ⦿
Steven J. Lundeen
Strange Design is Goh Yam Whee in Singapore. Intersections of circles, and only that, was used to create the outlines of the experimental but mathematically precise typeface Fleurmetry (2011) that was created by Goh Yam Whee (Singapore) in 2011. Stac (2013) is a 3d typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
This oufit produced BD-International.ttf, ByDesign-Northern.ttf, b BD-Bockloo, BD-Cursif, BD-Davinci, BD-Denver, BD-EastSide, BD-EngravedBlack, BD-EngravedNarrow, BD-EngravedRegular, BD-Garmonde, BD-Graduate, BD-Hanover-Black, BD-Hanover, BD-Journal-Wide, BD-Journal, BD-Jurassic, BD-JurassicBlack, BD-Keyboard, BD-Merced, BD-Miami-Skyline, BD-Miami, BD-ModernArt, BD-Negative, BD-Northern, BD-Norway, BD-Oxford, BD-Poster, BD-Quattra, BD-Renaissance, BD-SantaMonica, BD-Shadow, BD-Springer, BD-WestSide, ByDesign-Borders, ByDesign-Northern (1994). [Google] [More] ⦿
Studio Antwork in Shibuya is Makoto Kamimura's studio in Tokyo. They created the compass-and-ruler roman corporate face Delilia (2011), as well as Geometric Light Display (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Scientific lettering expert, 1871-1944. The Essentials of Lettering (1912, McGraw-Hill, New York), coauthored with Robert Meiklejohn, has many historical examples and takes the reader on a grand tour of lettering. The tease. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Curitiba, Brazil. He created the compass and ruler face Curitiba (2011). Before that, he designed Repo (2011), an avant garde monoline sans face. That face will soon be available for free download.
In 2012, he created a free icon set called 24 Things.
In 2013, he added the sans face Franzina Condensed Hairline.
The fonts on the URW FontForum CD in 2003: ArgonauticaCloD-Reg, ArgonauticaD-Reg, ArgonauticaOutCloD, ArgonauticaOutD, ArgonauticaSerD, ArgonauticaSimD, BardiT-Bol, BardiT-BolIta, BardiT-Reg, BardiT-RegIta, BardiT-UltBol, BardiT-UltBolIta, BavaroirT-Bol, BavaroirT-Reg, BohemianT-Bol, BohemianT-BolIta, BohemianT-Ita, BohemianT-Reg, BohemianT-UltBol, BohemianT-UltBolIta, BommiCarD, BommiOxyD, BreitkopfFraD-Reg, CSCourthandD, CSFuzzyLogD, CSTakahashiD (oriental simulation font), CrayfishBolAD, DeepSpaBigBalD-Reg, DeepSpaD-Bla, DeepSpaD-Lig, DeepSpaMeaBalD-Reg, DeepSpaSmaBalD-Reg, EstroD-Reg, FunnyNatD, HandsOnAlbD-Reg, KeysD, KeysMACDAlt, KeysMACDReg, KeysMACEAltD, KeysMACEReg, KeysMouse, KeysPCDAlt, KeysPCDReg, KeysPCEAlt, KeysPCEReg, LegendeD-Reg, LuedickitalD-Bol, LuedickitalD-Reg, MaximD-Reg, MovingMouD, OrganiconT-Bol, OrganiconT-BolIta, OrganiconT-Reg, OrganiconT-RegIta, ParametraT-Bol, ParametraT-BolIta, ParametraT-Ita, ParametraT-Reg, PhenotypeT-Bol, PhenotypeT-Dem, PhenotypeT-Reg, PoloD-Reg, ReneFonD, ReneLemD, RobertaD-Reg, SepulturaFonD-Bol, SepulturaFonD-Lig, SepulturaFonD-Reg, SepulturaGraINRD-Reg, SepulturaGraRIPD-Reg, TrickyD-Reg, UngerScrD-Reg. [Google] [More] ⦿