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During her studies at the British Higher School of Art in Moscow, Alina Smolina created a layered Cyrillic typeface called Colored (2013). Blow to Didot (2013) is a deconstructed didone typeface. Stick Wand (2013) is a Cyrillic stick font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indore, India-based designer of Elegant (2015, bichromatic), Line Art (2015, free), Bullet (2015), Sketch Font (2015), Advertise (2015, a sans), Chic (2015, a display typeface), and a few untitled display typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the playful typeface Redrum (2014), and of the experimental typefaces Muscari (2014), Eat (2014), Milk (2014), Forest Fish (2014) and Polychrome (2014). Anna is based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. [Google] [More] ⦿
Russian designer of the LED lights font LED (2015), the colorful 3d typeface Isometric (2016), and the bubblegum font Bubble Letters (2016). In 2017, he designed the colorful geometric all caps alphabet Memphis.
Pokhara, Nepal-based designer whose work is characterized by bold colorful geometric patterns and constructions. Typefaces from 2017 include Roam (which Cina calls a tribal type) and the color font Beach Towel. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Apple proposes SBIX tables for Opentype fonts as a solution for multicolor fonts. This table would contain PNG format images of the glyphs. Because of this, scaling is once again a problem. Support for this format is in iOS4+ and OSX 10.7+. However, there is no support for this solution outside the Apple environment. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Sydney, Australia, who created Network Typeface (2014). This modular chromatic typeface lends itself easily to glyph compositions in Latin, Chines and devanagari, and is also usefl for creating icons. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel, Christoph Ruppli created a hexagonal typeface (2014) and a bicolored geometric solid font called Duplex (2014). In 2015, still exploring the geometry of type design, he created Blox and Square. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fancy metal or wood type from the second half of the 19th century. According to Ringwalt in his American Encyclopedia of Printing and Bookbinding (1871): type made of metal or wood for color printing and so arranged that there are duplicate or triplicate copies of each letter, which, after being printed, respectively, in different colors, on a given space, blend together in a harmonious whole. Chromatic types were shown regularly in foundry type specimen books of the 1840s and 1850s.
Rob Roy Kelly describes the early history: Chromatic types were first produced as wood type by Edwin Allen, and shown by George Nesbitt in his 1841 Fourth Specimen of Machinery Cut Wood Type. Both William H. Page in 1859, and J.G. Cooley in c.1859, showed several pages of Chromatic type in each of their wood type specimen books. Page showed these types in most of his specimen books in the 1870s. The high point of Chromatic wood type production came in 1874 when the William H. Page Wood Type Co. issued their 100-page Specimens of Chromatic Type & Borders. Though Hamilton, Morgans & Wilcox, and Heber Wells all showed samples of Chromatic types through the rest of the century, none of these ever reached the level of intricate precision attained in Page's 1874 masterpiece.
Chromatic, layered, or stackable typefaces include
Antonio Cerri (b. 1972, Catania, Italy) freelances in web, graphic and motion design from San Giovanni La Punta, Sicily. He created some typefaces in 2010, such as the futuristic CRR NTN (+Outline).
In 2011, he made Labyrinthus, a multilined all caps family: inspect each glyph and note that there is one point of entrance and one exit. Still in 2011, the decorative family Atlantide and the futuristic all caps typeface Silver Chisel appeared.
In 2012, he designed the techno family Steel.
Typefaces from 2013: Firebird (techno, automotive, speed font family).
In 2014, he made Luna Crescente, a layered multicolr 3d typeface.
Typefaces from 2016: Xandra (script), Xova (a 5-layer techno/logo font), Xova Rounded, Maria Script (heavy signage script).
Cruz Fonts was established in Oakland, NJ, in 2004 by Ray Cruz, who has been a designer of custom lettering and custom typefaces to major ad agencies, publishers and corporate clients in the New York City area for almost 30 years. He has created many display typefaces for Agfa/Monotype, Bitstream, Phil's Fonts and Garage Fonts. Presently Ray Cruz is working as Type Director at Y&R NY, and is an adjunct professor at FIT and Kean University teaching type design. Bio at Garagefonts.
Zagreb, Croatia-based designer of the vector fonts Animal Typography (2016), Drop Cap (2016, colorful flower-themed initials) and Blurred (2016). Behance link. Creative Market link. Her company is called Polar Vectors. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designerr in Moscow who made a colorful Cyrillic stencil alphabet dedicated to Neville Brody (2015). Other typefaces for Latin and Cyrillic include Hollow Pixels (2015), Adhesive Tape (2015), and Multicolore (2015, a rounded sans done for his graduation). He also designed the pictograms Olympic Gods (2015) and Sportsmen (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of L'École de communication visuelle in Lille, France, ca. 2014. Creator of the angular wedge serif titling caps typeface Ceremony (2015, with influences of stone cutting), the cursive typeface Unanime (2014) and the hybrid font Asylum (2015). Together with Clement Gillard, he created the rounded organic sans typeface Kimono (2015) for wayfinding applications---it uses the circle as a basic building block and is developed with chromatic use in mind.
Typefaces from 2016: Cineris (an all caps lapidary typeface).
Emoji is the Japanese term for the picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese electronic messages and webpages. The word literally means picture (e) letter (moji). The characters are used much like emoticons. Some emoji are very specific to Japanese culture, such as a bowing (apologizing) businessman, a typeface wearing a typeface mask, a white flower used to denote "brilliant homework" or a group of emoji representing popular foods: ramen noodles, dango, onigiri, Japanese curry, and sushi. The three main Japanese operators, NTT DoCoMo, au, and SoftBank Mobile (formerly Vodafone), have each defined their own variants of emoji.
Some emoji character sets have been incorporated into Unicode, allowing them to be used outside Japan. Emoji have started appearing in Gmail (accessed via Google Labs). Several SMS applications for Android powered phones also provide plugins that allow the use of Emoji. Apple's Mac OS X operating system supports emoji as of version 10.7 Lion with the Apple Color Emoji typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
Quoting wikipedia: Hundreds of Emoji characters were encoded in the Unicode Standard in version 6.0 released in October 2010 (and in the related international standard ISO/IEC 10646). The additions, originally requested by Google (Kat Momoi, Mark Davis, and Markus Scherer wrote the first draft for consideration by the Unicode Technical Committee in August 2007) and Apple Inc. (whose Yasuo Kida and Peter Edberg joined the first official UTC proposal for 607 characters as coauthors in January 2009), went through a long series of commenting by members of the Unicode Consortium and national standardization bodies of various countries participating in ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2, especially the United States, Germany, Ireland (led by Michael Everson), and Japan; various new characters (especially symbols for maps and European signs) were added during the consensus-building process.
The core emoji set as of Unicode 6.0 consists of 722 characters, of which 114 characters map to sequences of one or more characters in the pre-6.0 Unicode standard, and the remaining 608 characters map to sequences of one or more characters introduced in Unicode 6.0. There is no block specifically set aside for emoji. The new symbols were encoded in seven different blocks (some newly created), and there exists a Unicode data file called EmojiSources.txt that includes mappings to and from the Japanese vendors' legacy character sets. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lucaz Mathias (Estudio Cao, Jacarei, Brazil) designed the blackboard bold art deco typeface family Bink (2012), the experimental typeface Tupiaria (2015), and the gorgeous colorful ornamental caps typeface Latinidad (2015).
Designer of HandDrawn Cute Funky (2016), Glitch (2016), Glossy Golden Metal (2016), Black Newspaper Letters (2016), Colorful Newspaper Letters (2016, ransom note font), Isometry (2016), Hand-Drawn Dirty Ink Font (2015), Lighting Bulb Pixel (2015) and Retro Type Grunge Font (2015). In 2016, he published Bright Red Neon Letters, Bright Realistic Neon Letters (vector format), Decorative Red Font (EPS format) and Transparent Letters With Long Shadow (vector format).
Lausanne and/or Paris-based type site related to a project conceived and designed by two graphic designers, Franz Hoffman and Pierre Terrier from studio koilinen, and a software developer, Marc Escher. A quote: It provides the ability to create fonts that preserves the gestures of a given handwriting and the original look of the drawing appliance (ball-point pen, pencil, ink, paper, etc.)
Fontself allows one to make fonts directly in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. It appears that one can create, with their commercial software an Opentype font by simple dragging and dropping an image with the individual letters. It works on both Mac and Windows. This, in turn can be used to simulate handwriting. Fonts (format unclear, not downloadable) include grunge typefaces (Agrotesk, Linexspray), handwriting (Psycho, Mascara, Meriem, Bic, Ehcadnarac, Manu, Signo, Manuscript), and scanned text typefaces (Baskerville, Garabig, Franklin Multi, Sabon, Gothique, Dido). Fontself also provides an editor for creating color fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lukasz and Wojciech Bachur are the Szczecin, Poland-based designers of Mister Poster (2013, ornamental caps), Mrs. Doodle (2013), Up To Date (2013), Handyman (2013), Rama (2013), Shaken (2014), Hooray (2014), Linesman (2014, a sketched typeface), Tile Tale (2014, a system for layering and coloring fonts), Mitty (2014, a poster font), Tinta Negro (2015), Unpoco Loco (2016, hand-crafted), Ships Painter (2017, by Lukasz Bachur).
Artist and designer, b. Saint Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from the Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry. Since 1990, she lives in Jerusalem. For Gala Studio, Lilia teamed up with "Galina". In 2015, Lilia created the acrylic brush typeface Pink, 3D Ink, the crayon fonts Orange Oil Pastel and Red (based on watercolors), the sketched typeface ABC Handwritten, the watercolor brush typefaces Red Handdwritten, Black Handwritten, Blue Handwritten and Green Handwritten, Bold, the brush typeface Ink, and the sketch font Chalk Expressive.
Typefaces from 2017: Bestiary, Slim One Normal Sans (a great font for in-store advertizing), Escapism, Candy Melt (a colourful candy store / bubblegum / children's book font). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Genilson Lima Santos is the Salvador, Brazil-based designer (b. 1985, Bahia) of Stilu (2015, sans), Jenelson (2006), the stroked font Styllo (2007), the brushy Carybe (2011), the all caps sans typeface Linna (2016), the display typeface Victorine (2016), the rounded sans family Baldini (2016), the high-contrast all caps Cellophane (2016), the text typeface Petralina (2016), the rounded Bauhaus-inspired sans typeface family Rosa Maria (2016), the multicolor layerable rounded poster typeface Buba (2016), the free wide unicase sans typeface family Urucungo (2016), and the semi-didone display typeface Salinas (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: Tryal (formal calligraphic), Love Moon, Urbanpolis (sans).
Creator of the free artsy font Wanta (2008), of Resagnicto (2010), of Rawengulk (2010), of Rawengulk Sans (2011), of Reswysokr (2011), of the bold slab serif typeface Zantroke (2011), and of the free calligraphic typefaces Odstemplik (2009), promocyja (2008) and Konstytucyja (2008).
He published the elegant serif family Foglihten (2010), which includes the inline typefaces Foglihten No. 1 (2011), Foglihten Fr02 (2011), Foglihten No. 3 (2011) and Foglihten No. 4 (2012). The latter is inspired by the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. Foglihten Petite Caps Black (2012) and Foglihten Black PCS (2012) are high-contrast fat didone typefaces, minus the ball terminals. The series continues with Foglihten No. 6 (2012) and Foglihten No. 7 (2013).
Qumpellka No 12 (2011) is a flowing italic. Opattfram01 (2011) is a dingbat typeface with onamental patterns. The Okolaks family (2008) has a bit of an art deco feel. It covers East-European languages as well as Cyrillic. Sportrop (2008) is a neat multiline face. Gputeks (2008) is a delicate decorative face. Szlichta07 (2008) on the other hand is an experimental typeface based on tilting the horizontal edges about ten degrees up. Kawoszeh (2008) is a curly Victorian pre-art nouveau face. Spinwerad (2009) and Itsadzoke S01 (2010) and Itsadzoke S02 are display didones. Znikomit (2011) is an impressive lachrymal hairline slab face. See also Znikomit No. 25 (2012) and Znikomit No. 24 (2012; image by Benjamin Frazzetto).
Typefaces from 2014: VECfont FogV4, EtharnigV (a bi-colored font), Risaltyp, Wabroye, Kleymissky, Sortefax (an outline font with engraved versions as on dollar bills), Dragerotypos (blackboard bold), Resamitz.
Typefaces from 2015: Prida 36, Sudegnak No. 3 (script), Vecfont Sudegnak (cartoonish), PridaEn (a vector font for color), Prida S4, Prida01, Prida02 Calt.
Typefaces from 2016: BroshN, Tofimpelik (+Candy), Prosh3, Digitalt, Agreloy (a lovely curly Victorian typeface), Gluk Mixer (ransom note font), Fogtwo No 5.
Typefaces from 2017: BroshK2 (an origami style color font, in OpenType SVG format), Fuetargio (a multiline bejeweled typeface).
Tyoefaces from 2017: Rostef (all caps titling typeface), Fogthree.
Dafont link. Digart link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Scribus Stuff link. Fontspace link. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Behance link. Font Squirrel link. Klingspor link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 2013, Google proposed its solution for color fonts based on PNG-format images for the glyphs of a font. While this is great because of the number of images is only limited by one's creativity, there is a scaling problem before pixelization will be visible. In the Opentype CBDT/CBLC tables, the images are stored, bloating up the font file. The standard uncolored glyph table, GLYF, should not be present. Hence there is no way to fall back if CBDT/CBLC is not supported. As of 2014, it is already implemented in FreeType, which is used on Android and Linux. [Google] [More] ⦿
Greyletter is Neil Patel's type foundry in Portland, Maine, est. 2009. It morphed into Tetradtype in 2016. Neil Patel is a semiconductor process engineer who was introduced to type design by his wife, a graphic designer. His typefaces:
During his studies at London College of Communications, Hugh van der Lande designed the colorful geometric solid typeface Brixton Village (2016) and the chromatic typeface Hacker (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Infillism is a new type design word coined by Stephen Coles. It refers to the creation of textured or derivative typefaces based on classical skeletons or outlines such as Helvetica. [Google] [More] ⦿
For Ludovine Loiseau's course at ERG in Brussels, Ingrid Bourgault (b. Quebec) created the free font Brush Lettering One (2014, OFL), which is based on Eben Sorkin's Merriwaether Bold Italic (2013). In 2015, she drew an experimental alphabet based on the grid system of the excellent Belgian newspaper Le Soir [on par with De Standaard], and created an experimental multicolor modular typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
London-based designer of these hand-crafted typefaces in 2015: Newington (rough fat brush), Raid (rough brush), Evering, Stria, Buchanan (brush), Haight, Lytchett (hand-crafted blackboard bold), Jervis (sketched), Theydon, Quavery.
During her studies at Escola d'Art i Superior de Diseny de Valencia, EASD, Isa Lloret (Trieste, Italy) created a geometric solid alphabet that was inspired by the Bauhaus work of Josef Albers, and colored it according to Kandinsky's paradigm of relating color to shape. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka Julia Musdotter. Russian creator of the vector format typefaces Alphabet With Stitches (2016), Green Wooden Game Alphabet (2016), and Orange (and other colors) Vector Stone Game Alphabet (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Jamie Clarke Type
Jamie Clarke (London, UK, now based in Sydney, Australia) creates illustrative type and lettering. He ran his own digital agency for ten years, and retrained after that period by studying type design at the University of Reading and letterpress at the St. Bride Foundation in London. His commercial typefaces include Brim Narrow (2015). He writes about this engraved layered typeface: Brim is inspired by antique woodtype and chromatic type from the 1800s. Its various styles stack together creating a variety of decorative combinations. Each layer can be assigned its own colour. The horizontal etching in some styles and subtle shadow effects can give the typeface the appearance of a vintage money font. In 2016, he added Brim Combined.
His commissioned led him to the Kelmscott Bakehouse K (2016), a decorative letter commissioned by Kelmscott Bakehouse and based based on William Morris's ats and crafts style.
Typefaces from 2017: Rig Shaded (a large 3d shaded typeface family---the best such collection available to date).
Author of the very informative article The Evolution of Chromatic Type (2017).
Belgrade, Serbia-based designer of the square-shaped experimental typeface Lena's Font (2013) and the colorful geometric solid typeface Geometry (2015). Jelena can best be described as a minimalist artist and illustrator. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lausanne, Switzerland-based type designer. He created Swissa Piccola (2012, an old typewriter font).
In 2014, he designed the multicolor layered typeface Bron and Bron Shadline. Bron is based on Zelek, designed in the early 1970s by Polish type designer Bronislaw Zelek at Mecanorma. This typeface was originally made for dry transfer lettering sheets. It is has been redrawn and refreshed by Adatte. Also in 2014, he created Day and Collins Logotype (2014, based on catchwords and fists fond in a 1910 wood type catalog by Day & Collins, London).
In 2015, he designed Marcel, an angular upright script typeface that was inspired by Jacno (1948) by French type designer Marcel Jacno.
In 2016, Jeremia designed Script Typewriter Rough, which is the very first complete cursive digital typewriter font ever made after the original 1960 Smith-Corona Electra 210 typewriter.
Juan Guillermo Navarro Barrios
Kaitlyn Hebden (Wells, ME) first studied at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, and then at the University of New South Wales in Sudnay, Australia. She designed the multicolored all caps typeface Liquid Bass during her studies in Sydney in 2015. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Singapore. Creator of Honk (2012), an ornamental caps typeface on the theme of musical instruments. She also designed the triangulated colored typeface Rainbow Puke (2012) and the geometric solid typeface Playful Type (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Los Angeles. Creator of K-B-Cuneiform (2012), a cuneiform typeface used in Order of Darius the Great (by R.M. Ghiasabadi, Shoor Afarin Pub). He also has several Persian typographic productions. In 2015 and 2016, he designed several Arabic typefaces, such as Mirza, Katibeh, Kanun and Kanun Chromatic.
In 2016, he designed the Arabic portion of Jomhuria, a free font. Latin design by Eben Sorkin, engineering by Lasse Fister and Khaled Hosny. They write: Jomhuria is a dark Persian/Arabic and Latin display typeface, suitable for headline and other display usage. The name means republic, and the spark of inspiration for the design was a stencil of Shablon showing just a limited character set just for the Persian language without any marks, vowels or Latin glyphs. Shablon was designed 30 years ago in Iran, and is reinterpreted by Kourosh to incorporate contemporary techniques, aesthetics and of course some personal taste. While inspired by the spirit of Shablon, Jomhuria is a new typeface that stands on its own. Kourosh created an additional original Latin design that is tailored to harmonize with the aesthetics of the Persian/Arabic design. Open Font Library link.
LGF Fonts (or LG Tipos)
LGF fonts is the foundry of Manuel Lage Novo, a Galician type designer in La Coruna, b. 1970, who specialized initially in sexy silhouette fonts: Sexy Spanish Erasmus Girls (2007), Chicas y Mujeres (2007), Sexy Spanish Woman (2007), Gimnasia (2009). He also made the distressed typefaces TNewPro (2009) and Carboncillo Palo (2007), Galera Coruña (2008, Victorian), and the geometric display typeface WFF Lage Grafica (2007). Lage Goyesca (2008) is an elegant upright script.
Typefaces from 2016: Circus LGF (an art deco layered family, ideal for coloring), Primavera LGF (based on Richard Gans's Primavera, and extended with a bold weight), Alicia LGF (a Broadway style art deco typeface based on Fatima, a font designed by Karl Hermann Schaefer in 1933 at Schriftguss), Mario LGT, LGF Avadar (an inline display typeface), ImanRG (a great shadow headline typeface after Richard Gans's Iman), Lgf Besitos Round Light (an architectural font).
Typefaces from 2017: Alage Evo + Evo Century (octagonal).
Moscow-based designer of the Cyrillic connect-the-dots typefaces Eyeye (2015) and Fire Sans (2015), which were school projects at HSE Art and Design School. She also created thge colorful blocky typeface TwoPic (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Or Elisabetta Borriello. Rome, Italy-based designer of the sci-fi typeface Blade Stencil (2015), a modular type created for a school project in Bolzano. In 2016 she designed the decorative bicolored typeface Flamingo. [Google] [More] ⦿
Award-winning graphic designer and illustrator in Barcelona, whose work and letter designs are characterized by flashy and colorful contructions. She studied at the University of Salamanca (2008) and ELISAVA (2013). Her type designs include 36 Days of Type (2016) and Ahoy (2013, a decorative rope font, which can be bought here). She shows exquisite lettering in posters such as Playing Arts 8 (2016) and ATC Rosemary (2016, based on ATC's Rosemary font from 2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Brno, Czechia. He made the striped vector format font Candy Type (215), and a wonderful coloful decorative caps alphabet called Flat Alphabet (2015) and the equally interesting Circular Stamp Retro Vector Type and Circular Stamp Marine Vector Icons. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lukasz and Wojciech Bachur
Serbian designer of these vector format typefaces in 2015: Alphabet Buttons Type Machine, Alphabet Vector Neon Color, English Cream Alphabet, Flat Icons Alphabet, Alphabet Chalk Vector, Vector Alphabet Set White Shadow.
Typefaces from 2016: Neon Pink, Neon Green and Pink, Pink Color Neon, Pink Yelllow Neon, Ornament Font, Alphabet Paper Vector Pink, Colored Font Flat, Flat Font White And Grey, Minimalistic, Creative, 3D Vector Font, 3D Font, Pop Art Creative Fonts, Neon Buttons, Neon (ornamental caps), Love Letter, Love Alphabet (Valentine's Day vector fonts with superimposed hearts), Creative Fun Fonts, Colored Font Flat Design, ColorfulFontNeon, Old Style, Paint Colorful, Simple & Minimalistic, Colorful Metallic.
Maria Dolgich (Tomsk, Russia) created Astron (2013), a constellation connect-the-dots typeface, and the chromatic pixelish typeface Zoom Zoom Stage (2013). In 2015, she designed the chromatic typeface Jazzy, and in 2016 the 3d typeface Open Space and the experimental typefaces Sever and Ellipse.
Parisian architect and designer. Creator of the multicolored geometric poster typeface Literacy Day (2015, with Gabrielle Millecam), which was created for UNESCO's Day of the Alphabet. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies in Nantes, France, Marion Videlin Roy created the alchemic typeface Aventura (2015) and the decorative caps typeface Kata (2015: created for the catalog of Grandir d'un monde à l'autre). [Google] [More] ⦿
Mark van Wageningen
Arnhem, The Netherlands-based creator of Mahagony Script (2008, FontStruct), a calligraphic pixel script, and Excellent (2008, FontStruct), a kitchen tile typeface.
In 2014, he created DataBits, Maender (a multicolored font for children's books), and an untitled 3d prismatic typeface. In 2015, he created the grid-based typeface Metric Font.
Microsoft's solution for color fonts involves the creation of COLR/CPAL tables in Opentype fonts. Already implemented in 2014, each glyph has one or more accompanying color glyphs, and when they are overlapped they create the final colored glyph. Not as versatile as PNG images or SVG tables, Microsoft was the fastest out of the gate though---they already released their own implementation in Windows 8.1, and Mozilla is working on supporting this in Firefox. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Brooklyn, NY, who created the circular compass-and-ruler virtual identity typeface Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2016. Its glyphs are sectioned for easy coloring and stretching. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mozilla and Adobe joined forces when they proposed SVG tables for use in multicolor fonts. Bezier-based glyphs are thus replaced by SVG images. The SVG graphics language is quite powerful (almost like PostScript), and the images can be scaled for clean output. This format is supoorted in Firefox version 26 and higher, and is a persnal favorite of mine among the choices. However, one could also have achieved this by PostScript or by encoding the old Type 3 font format, and I am wondering if font design is not making a full circle back to something equivalent tp type 3. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Anastasiia Sokha designed an elaborate deco typeface called Memphis (2015). The name refers the Memphis Style promoted by the Memphis group in 1981, for whom decoration and styling was a game to combat austere modernism. They achieved this by combining flashy geometric shapes with bright colors. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ivan Phillipov (Neogrey, also written as Ivan Filipov) has offices in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Turkey. He designed the techno typefaces Research Remix (1993), Neogrey (2004) and Red October (2004, inspired by Soviet poster art; can be used for Cyrillic simulation; followed by Red October Stencil, 2009). Release Yourself (octagonal), Research Remix (rounded octagonal), Arkitech Light, Discophat and Neogrey Medium appeared in 2009. In 2011, he published Artitech Round and Syntha.
In 2012, the free round monoline typeface Syntha and the techno typeface Arkitech Medium were published. Multicolore (2012) is a free EPS-format round sans typeface for coloring (a monochromatic version is free in truetype format).
In 2013, he designed Arkitech Bold.
In 2014, he created the free roundish squarish typeface Ronduit (+Capitals).
Typefaces from 2015: Tricolore (multicolored rounded sans), Lausanne (a free font inspired by the Prada and Louis Vuitton fashion house logos).
Novo Typo (was: Atelier van Wageningen)
Mark van Wageningen is a Dutch type designer. Born in 1969, Mark studied graphic design at the Amsterdam Graphic School and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam before he founded Novo Typo in 2012. Mark lives in Amsterdam. Novo Typo is the typefoundry of Atelier van Wageningen.
The display type Stavba (inspired by Rodchenko's constructivist lettering) appeared in 1994 as a part of his presentation for his final examination at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and was later renamed Ärst. He continues making display types on his own account. He created the fonts Linotype Cerny (1995, caps only), Linotype Laika and Linotype Sjablony (a roughened stencil font) in 1997.
Fontshop and 2Rebels sell his Gagarin family (2000), which include Anna (constructivist and unicase), Boris, Christa, Dmitri (MICR), Eleno, Fjodor, Gregor, Hektor (stencil), Igor, Youri, Leonora (with Nele Reyniers), Magda (with Nele Reyniers), Ossip and Petrov (LED simulation). As he tells it, four Russians, Gustav Klucis, Vladimir Majakovski, Alexander Rodchenko en Gregory Rasputin each had an affair with Anna Gagarin, and out of all that came forth Boris, Christa, Dimitri, Elena, Fjodor, Gregor, Hektor, Igor, Jouri, Kurt, Leonora, Magda, Nina, Ossip, Petrov, Quirina, Rudolf and Sonia.
Atelier Van Wageningen made the curly typeface HC type (2010) for packaging.
Typefaces from 2012 include NT Lucien, NT Plakaty (poster font), NT Theo, the NT Gagarin family, NT Zkumavka (rough stencil based on stencils from the 1920s in Russia; first published in 1995-2002 at Two Rebels), NT Cornelia (wood type caps), NT Novo (with Novo Alla, Bila, Cela, Dada, Enno, Fika and Gigo), Louis Douze and Therese Quatorze, Caren (a soft-edged corporate typeface for a Dutch women's organization, Vrouwen van Nu).
Typefaces from 2013: NT Guru (a layered ornamental type system), Sjiq (with a crazy roofed lower case s), and flower photographic typefaces such as Fall, Lily and Pure. Novo Typo also made several corporate typefaces.
Typefaces from 2015: NT Fata (a layered decorative font family), NT Rashmir (Indic simulation inspired by Sanskrit; styles Amal, Baya and Cyra), Bixa (multicolored wood type; a winner at TDC 2016 and ProtoType in 2016).
Oddsorts (est. 2015) is founded and run by type designer, teacher, and graphic designer Charles Gibbons (b. Lynn, MA). Chuck has partnered with various typefoundries such as Bitstream, Filmotype, Sideshow, Tart Workshop, Device, and Cultivated Mind. The Ciao Bella ornaments he designed with Cultivated Mind's Cindy Kinash represent the first commercially available auto-chromatic fonts: each font can be set in two colors. Working with Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge at Tart Workshop, he developed the method by which their Aya Script delivers its characteristic curlicue ribbons. His types grace book covers, greeting cards, film titles, museum façades, and the seal of the United States Copyright Office.
At Oddsorts, he published Bradley Wayside and Bradley Chicopee in 2015: Begun in 2000 as a wedding gift for the designer's wife and used privately for years, they're finally available to the public. The fonts were inspired by the masterful art nouveau lettering of Will H. Bradley, whose posters for Ault & Wiborg printing inks and Victor Bicycles continue to draw collectors after more than a century. Wayside and Chicopee expand the twenty-odd characters Bradley drew into a comprehensive multiscript system that includes modern Greek and extended Cyrillic alphabets, ordinals, automatic fractions, and ornaments.
Winooski (2015) is a fun cartoon typeface.
In 2016, Charles Gibbons and Cindy Kinash codesigned Ciao Bella. It features a hand-rafted copperplate script style, and several flower ornaments about which they write: The Ciao Bella ornaments he designed with Cultivated Mind's Cindy Kinash represent the first commercially available auto-chromatic fonts: each font can be set in two colors. What's truly innovative about Ciao Bella's ornaments is that most of the characters come in pairs that can be set in multiple colors without any stacking, layering, or aligning. They work in any application that supports kerning---even most word processors. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Kaliningrad, Russia-based designer of the hand-crafted poster typeface Pumpkin (2016). It comes with a colored vector format set of letters. In 2017, she designed the children's book font Sunny Dino, and the hand-crafted Spring. [Google] [More] ⦿
Opentype SVG is a font format in which an OpenType font has all or just some of its glyphs represented as SVG (scalable vector graphics) artwork. This allows the display of multiple colors and gradients in a single glyph. Because of these features, type designers refer to OpenType-SVG fonts as color fonts. OpenType-SVG fonts allow text to be shown with these graphic qualities, while still allowing it to be edited, indexed, or searched. They may also contain OpenType features that allow glyph substitution or alternate glyph styles. Color fonts like Trajan Color Concept (Adobe) and EmojiOne Color (Adobe) appear just like typical fonts but the challenge is to bring out their full potential by widening the number of aplications and browsers that support them. [Google] [More] ⦿
Parkinson Type Design
Jim Parkinson's Parkinson Type Design is based in Oakland, CA. This prolific type designer was born in 1941 in Richmond, CA, and lives in Oakland, CA. Originally, a letterer, he went digital in 1990. His Keester and Azuza typefaces won awards at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. MyFonts on Jim Parkinson and on his Parkinson Foundry. His impressive output:
Dutch site mainly concerned with font technology. Interesting sub-pages:
Pixel Ambacht's multicolor font page
Pixel Ambacht (The Netherlands) lists the issues multicolor fonts have to grapple with in an article written in 2014 [text below quoted verbatim from his site]:
Dutch site where one can test whether one's browswer accepts multicolor fonts in one of the main multicolor font proposals as of 2014---Microsoft COLR/CPAL, Adobe/Mozilla SVG, Google CBDT/CBLC, Apple SBIX. As of mid-July 2014, all tests were negative for me on Chrome and Safari, and only Adobe/Mozilla SVG worked on Firefox. [Google] [More] ⦿
This web page informs the viewer of the browser's support for different color font formats, including OpenType-SVG. Source code by Roel Nieskens. There is a very useful tool called ChromaCheck: Include chromacheck-min.js in a web page to add classes to the html element for each supported color formats, chromacheck-svg if there's support for SVG-in-OpenType, chromacheck-colr if there's support for COLR/CPAL, chromacheck-sbix if there's support for Apple SBIX, chromacheck-cbdt if there's support for CBDT/CBLC. [Google] [More] ⦿
Barcelona-based designer of the alchemic typeface Mana Sans (2011). He writes: A commissioned display font I designed for the Mexican band Maná in late 2011. It was finally used for one of their songs on the new album, as part of the visuals for their live shows on the last tour around South America and USA. Available from Ultra Types.
Other fonts by him from 2012 include Geoda (a geometrically designed font), Modula Mono (a monospaced bold organic caps set, available from Ten Dollar Fonts), Mana (alchemic), and Marina (this three-style text family is his final project for the Masters in Advanced Typography at EINA).
In 2015, he published Yorokobu Isometric for the Yorokobu cover---it is a 3d Escher-style typographic piece. In that year, he also made a set of travel / wayfinding icons called Trippeo, the circle-based Rotula Display.
Typefaces from 2016: 36Dot (colorful 3d caps set), Bosanova (prismatic titling typeface).
A program that allows one to build fonts up from multicolored, multilined and concentric circles. Called Responsive Type Alphabet, the software is written in "Processing" (www.processing.org), a language and development environment designed to make visual software development simple and easy to learn. Concept by Hudson-Powell, and implemented by Julien Gachadoat, Michael Chang, Brian Cort and Michael Zancan.
Omsk, Russia-based designer of an experimental Latin typeface created by superimposing circles (2015). He/she also created a set of icons and several color fonts in 2015, including the free EPS format typeface Colorplus and the colorful circle-based font Double (2015).
Toronto-based designer of AJ Fosik Script (2016), a colored decorative caps typeface based on A.J. Fosik's work [AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon]. [Google] [More] ⦿
Parisian graphic designer who created a bicolored circle-based typeface called Graphic Stroke (2014), Something In The Way (2015, a rounded monoline stencil font), Impossible Font (2015, inspired by Escher), and Pattern Font (2015). Behance link. Another Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Communication designer in Lisbon, Portugal, who created these typefaces in 2014: Caffein (stencil), Bludaneve (stencil), 2 Bee (monoline rounded sans), Rotas de Portugal (stencil), Arte no Feminino (dot matrix), Lusofonia (chromatic type), Caixa Alta (condensed sans), Horizontes Aventura (brush typeface).
Bandung, Indonesia-based typefoundry est. 2015, showcasing typefaces designed by Cucu Supriyadi. His initial work is largely Victorian, characterized by spurious curls or spurs:
Iranian graphic designer based in Rasht, Iran, who dabbles in experimental Arabic type design. Designer of an Arabic grunge face (2009). He is a type and graphic designer there who has made over 30 fonts, including ReZar and Nasim Distorted. He also made SI147ASHSOLE (2016) for Farsi. In 2016, he designed the Latin / Farsi / Arabic font Kay Khoshrow, which comes with a coloured version.
Sochi and/or Moscow, Russia-based designer of Geometric Pattern (2016), the fine poster typeface Tall Stripes (2016, for Latin) and the colored EPS format deco typeface Five Decor (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Boxing (2013) is a condensed sans headline face.
In 2014, he made the free multicolored vector format typeface Mondrian, which is named after De Stijl artist Piet Mondrian. In the same vane, he made the decorative caps typeface Kandinsky (2014). Keplerian (2014) is an alchemic typeface. In 2014, Tano Veron and Yai Salinas codesigned the free vector format colored display typeface Carioca.
In 2015, he published Natureza (alchemic / hipsterish), Theremin (great variable-width san; free download), Mapuche (a free native symbol font), Pettoruti Type (a colorful cubsy typeface influenced by the cubist Argentinian painter Emilio Pettoruti (1892-1971), Sandre (based on Cassandre's Bifur), Dionisia (a great free art deco poster typeface), Jekyll & Hyde (a free EPS format vintage display pair of typefaces), Binary Font (free), the free sci-fi typeface Houston, the free hipster typeface Belladona, the tweetware constructivist font Moscu, the decorative caps typeface Guernica (named after Picasso's famous civil war painting from 1937), the free vector format typeface Miro and the tweetware colored circus font Circo.
Typefaces from 2017: Bardo (an all caps typeface described as classic, transgressive and badass as Shakespeare, it has a bit of the art deco charm of the The New Yorker typeface).
Type with pride
Gilbert Baker (1951-2017), the creator of the iconic Rainbow Flag, was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, and was known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches. To honor the memory of Gilbert Baker, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Fontself to create a free OpenType-SVG color font inspired by the Rainbow Flag, Gilbert. There is also a free black-and-white font.
My initial reaction is disappointment---I thought that color fonts were going to be real fonts that incorporate fancy code in opentype or truetype font tables, with freedom to access all colors in the color cube. But these are just images with colors chosen by the designers and image sizes set to two choices. It is a valid effort, but the ultimate step has to be full inclusion in a standard font format, fully scalable and color-controllable. [Google] [More] ⦿
Wood Type Revival
Foundry specializing in digital versions of old wood type. Set up in 2011 by Matt Griffin, all font licenses refer to Bearded, which has offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Montpelier, Vermont. Matt Griffin is a designer and co-founder of Bearded, and teaches in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He also has a great love for letterpress printing, which he acquired while attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received a BFA in Graphic Design. Bearded writes: Matt Braun and Matt Griffin wanted to collect lost and forgotten old wood type from the 1800s and revive those typefaces as digital fonts for modern designers. Matt Braun is a senior designer at Bearded and letterpress printer. They first operated Rare Letterpress Wood Type as a kickstarter. After some time, they started the foundry Wood Type Revival.
Their typefaces include
Graphic designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, at some point located in Madrid, Spain, who made the free purely geometric typeface called Geometric Way in 2010. Craft (2014) is a free decorative caps typeface for craftsmen.
In 2014, Yai made the Greek-inspired caps typeface Hera and Destroy (2014: futuristic ornamental initials. Free download). In 2014, Tano Veron and Yai Salinas codesigned the free vector format colored display typeface Carioca.
Typefaces from 2016: The free experimental typeface Lieben, the free textured ink-saving Arial GTI and Times GTI, the high contrast didone-inspired free fashion mag typeface Ginebra, the free decorative blackletter typeface Ethelvina, and the free thin connect-the-dots typeface Fina (which was designed for Design Hooks).
Typefaces from 2017: the free colorful all caps Ariel Black typeface.
Yellow Design Studio
Yellow Design Studio is a fine art, graphic design and typography studio based in Sanibel, FL, and before that, in Madison, Wisconsin. The font designer is Ryan Martinson (b. 1972), who is from Chetek, WI. Rena Martinson is the other partner in the venture.
Via MyFonts, they sell fonts such as Lullabies (2016, watercolor brush script), Kiln (2016, an eroded caps only letterpress typeface), Canvas Acrylic Megafamily (2016, by Ryan and Rena Martinson), Sucrose (2015, a letterpress emulation family with eight levels of textured distress), Sant Elia Script (2015), Lulo (2014, a stackable chromatic typeface family), Lulo Clean (2014), Thirsty Soft (2014, a vintage signage script family), Eveleth (2014, a detailed vintage letterpress emulation family), Gist (2014, an inline slab serif; one weight is free), Gist Rough (2014, rough letterpress), Verb (2012, a very open sans family; +Verb Condensed, 2013, +Verb Compressed, 2013 +Verb Extra Condensed, 2013), Thirsty Script (2012, a retro connected signage script, which by his own admission, is based on Jack Edmondson's Wisdom Script, a fact he did not originally mention in the typeface description), Thirsty Script Shadow (2012), Thirsty Rough (2012), Thirst Script Extrabold (2014), Anodyne (2012, grungy caps), Veneer (2012, letterpress style), Veneer Clean (2016), and Veneer Extras (2012, dingbats), Melany Lane (2011, a connected school script), Skitch (2011, sketch / blackboard bold face); +Skitch Shaded, Magesta Script (2010, a grungy calligraphic script), and Wausau (2010, an all caps grunge face).
Zilap (or: Mr. Zilap, or Zilap Estudio)
Juan Guillermo Navarro Barrios runs the design and illustration studio Zilap in Medellin, Colombia. In 2014, he created the hipster typeface Zilap Normal. In 2015, with the cooperation of LJ Design, he created the free futuristic typeface TRG Zilap and the alchemic occult typeface Zilap Geometrik. Zilap Tribu (2016) is an alchemic African tribal font, Zilap Oriental (2016) is an alchemic oriental simulation font, Zilap Corporative (2016) is designed for corporate indentities, Zilap Natural (2016) is a rounded sans typeface, Zilap Alien (2016) is an alien dingbat font, and Zilap Espacial (2016) is an alchemic space era font. Gabi Barnat designed the tribal font Zilap Barnat in 2016. Zilap Marine (2016) is a wavy display typeface. Zilap Urban (2016) is a funky hipster typeface.
Typefaces from 2017: Zilap Black Storm, Zilap Nitro (a racetrack font), Zilap Evolution, Zilap Deep Sleep.