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During his grpahic design studies in Norwich, UK, Aaron Hocking created the rounded modular typeface Theo (2016) which can be used for coloring and overlays. [Google]
American designer of Color Slope (2016). [Google]
Adam Twardoch on multicolor fonts
FontLab's Adam Twardoch takes us on a tour of multicolor font format proposals in 2014. [Google]
Bangalore, India-based designer of a colorful set of capitals in 2015. [Google]
Fano, Italy-based designer of the decorative multi-colored geometric caps typeface Afivez (2015). Behance link. [Google]
During her studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, Aleksandra Paczkowska designed the Illustrator-format multi-colored font Juice (2014). [Google]
Russian designer of the (vector format) decorative typeface Robot (2016) and the ironwork typeface Twig (2016). In 2017, he designed Fat Boy (colorful caps) and Hiking Icons. [Google]
La Mirada, CA-based designer of Soda Lime, a colorful typeface of broken glass (2015). [Google]
Leesburg, VA-based designer of the colorful stencil typeface Cut Font (2017). [Google]
Graduate of ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) in Nantes, France. As a student in 2016 at Ecole Sup de Pub in Bordeaux, he designed a bicolored modular typeface. [Google]
Grenoble, France-based designer of the pixelish video game typeface Space (2016) and the blocky color font Modular (2016). Behance link. [Google]
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]
Alajuela, Costa Rica-based designer of the colored geometric caps typeface HHola (2015), which, like most of her other work, seems to be for the children's market. [Google]
Saint Petersburg, Russia-based designer of the colorful Cyrillic initial caps alphabet Razrabotka (2017). [Google]
During her studies at UDLA in Quito, Ecuador, Andrea Palacios designed the chromatic ornamental caps typeface Curvus (2015). [Google]
Santa Ana, CA-based designer of a multicolor geometric solid alphabet called Geometric Type (2016). [Google]
During his studies in Toronto, Andrew Cooper created the Robotech typeface (2013). In 2015, he created the multi-colored Toy Alphabet. Behance link. [Google]
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]
Cambridge, UK-based designer of the experimental stick figure typeface Line Eyes (2016) and a colorful geometric all caps tape font (2016). Behance link. [Google]
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]
Anne Louise Rom
During her studies at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark-based Anne Louise Rom created a colorful geometric solid typeface (2015). Behance link. [Google]
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 and the colorful sketched typeface Funky.
All fonts are in vector format. Aka Malina Shop. [Google]
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]
Apple's PNG images
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]
Pittsburgh, PA-based designer of the colored typeface Elodie (2015), which uses only one design principle---overlaying quarter circles. [Google]
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]
Brisbane, Australia-based designer of the multiline prismatic and chromatic typeface Everest (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Chilean designer of an animal alphabet in 2016. [Google]
Designer and illustrator in Liverpool, UK, who created Personal Type Font (2015: arched caps), Colour Line Type (2015) and Geometric Type (2015, using colored solids). [Google]
Graphic designer in Namur, Belgium. In 2015, she designed a colorful monoline typeface called Play. Behance link. [Google]
Melbourne, Australia-based designer of the modular typeface Empress (2016). Behance link. [Google]
Minneapolis, MN-based designer of the colorful geometric typeface Rudi Display (2015). Behance link. [Google]
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]
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.
Free copy of William H. Page's Specimen of Chromatic Wood Type Borders Etc (1874). Local download of this PDF file. [Google]
Chromatic, layered, or stackable typefaces include
- Fun City (Roman Gornisky).
- FF Primary (1995, Martin Wenzel).
- FF Minimum.
- Detroit (Alexander Sheldon).
- Federal (LettError).
- Zamenhof (Castle Type).
- Skitch (Yellow Design Studio).
- Anodyne (Yellow Design Studio).
- Stacker (Ian Lynam).
- Dog Eared (Andy Babb).
- Quintet, Evetide and other typefaces in the Photolettering collection.
- Cassandre's Bifur.
- Russell McGorman's typefaces Kush, Metro Bots, Campcraft and Reo.
- Idler (Lamesville).
- Villa Didot (Sascha Timplan).
- Frontage (Yuri Zaech).
- Typometry (Emil Kozole).
- Adec20 (Serge Shi).
- Rosewood Fill (Carl Crossgrove).
- Antorcha (2012, Jorge Ivan Moreno Majul).
- Valuco (Aesthetic Apparatus).
Buenos Aires-based designer of the colorful textured typeface Amazulojo (2015). [Google]
During his studies in Siena, Italy, Clément Thévenoux designed the modular multicolor typeface Drama Queers (2017). [Google]
Graphic designer at Leo Burnett Colombia in Bogota. In 2017, he created the free blackletter typeface Santiago and the free vector format bicolored typeface Adan. [Google]
Antonio Cerri (b. 1972, Catania, Italy) freelances in web, graphic and motion design from San Giovanni La Punta, Sicily. He created some typefaces in 2010, such as the futuristic CRR NTN (+Outline).
In 2011, he made Labyrinthus, a multilined all caps family: inspect each glyph and note that there is one point of entrance and one exit. Still in 2011, the decorative family Atlantide and the futuristic all caps typeface Silver Chisel appeared.
In 2012, he designed the techno family Steel.
Typefaces from 2013: Firebird (techno, automotive, speed font family).
In 2014, he made Luna Crescente, a layered multicolr 3d typeface.
Typefaces from 2016: Xandra (script), Xova (a 5-layer techno/logo font), Xova Rounded, Maria Script (heavy signage script).
View Antonio Cerri's typefaces. Creative Market link. [Google]
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.
- Garagefonts: Cruz Grafica (1999), Cruz Grafica Inline, Troubadour.
- Agfa/Monotype: Bandolera, Bandolero, Cruz Handy (2001) and Cruz Swinger. Swinger, in fact, was produced in film type for the John Schaedler Studio in New York in the 1970s. Also, Elegante, Romantica (didone).
- Bitstream: CruzCanteraBT (2003, a stylish informal sans family), Homeland BT (2004, a text typeface with a large x-height), Vera Cruz (2003, a playful display serif), and Fat Albert (2004).
- Cruz Fonts: Satchmo (2016), Cruz Handy (2004), Troubadour (2004), Cruz Stencil (2012), Cantina, Bandolero, Cruz Swinger (fat semi-psychedelic signage face), Bandolera, Romantica Pro (2013, a condensed didone), Dot Script (2013, dot matrix face), Cruz Script Pro (2013: original from 2005), Bouncing Checks Layers (2014, octagonal and layered; includes 40 dingbats by Seymour Chwast).
- P22: P22 Cruz Ballpoint, P22 Cruz Calligraphic, P22 Cruz Brush.
- Custom typefaces for Camel Cigarettes, Estee Lauder (1994), New York Life Insurance, The NFL Detroit Lions, Pella Windows, USPS, and Xerox.
Bio at Garagefonts. P22 link. FontShop link. PDF catalog.
View Ray Cruz's typefaces. Klingspor link. [Google]
During her studies at Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais, Danielle Santiago (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) created the chromatic display typeface Bolinho (2015). [Google]
David Perez Olarte
During his studies, Logroño, Spain-based David Perez Olarte designed Egyptian (2017, in Colored, Outlined and Background styles) as a modification of Rockwell. Its texture is based on hieroglyphs. [Google]
Photographer and graphic designer in New Delhi, India. Designer of a multicolor graphic solid typeface called Symbograph (2015). [Google]
Zagreb, Croatia-based designer of the vector fonts Animal Typography (2016), Drop Cap (2016, colorful flower-themed initials) and Blurred (2016).
In 2017, she designed Spring Alphabet and Modern Tribe. Behance link. Creative Market link. Her company is called Polar Vectors. [Google]
Madrid-based designer of a colorful geometric solid typeface (2016). [Google]
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]
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).
Typefaces from 2017: Resonance. Behance link. Another URL. [Google]
Graphic design studio in San Salvador, El Salvador, founded by Laura Avila and Luis Sagastume. Designers of the geometric caps typeface Impossible (2016). Behance link. [Google]
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]
Emoji and Unicode
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]
Lucaz Mathias (Estudio Cao, Jacarei, Brazil) designed the blackboard bold art deco typeface family Bink (2012), the experimental typeface Tupiaria (2015), and the gorgeous colorful ornamental caps typeface Latinidad (2015).
Behance link. Home Page. Behance link. [Google]
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).
Typefaces from 2017: Medieval Inventor Sketches, Braille, Vintage Hippie Alphabet, Blueprint Style. [Google]
Warsaw-based graphic designer, who created the free dry brush typeface Mazak and the experimental decorative caps typeface New Color Font in 2015. Behance link. Behance link. [Google]
Designer of the EPS format children's font Pastel (2015), Masking Tape Alphabet (2015), and Donut Vector Font (2015). [Google]
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]
Fontself on color fonts
Fontself, which sells a color font editor, xplains the history of color fonts. [Google]
[Lukasz and Wojciech Bachur]
Lukasz and Wojciech Bachur are the Szczecin, Poland-based designers of Mister Poster (2013, ornamental caps), Mrs. Doodle (2013), Up To Date (2013), Handyman (2013), Rama (2013), Shaken (2014), Hooray (2014), Linesman (2014, a sketched typeface), Tile Tale (2014, a system for layering and coloring fonts), Mitty (2014, a poster font), Tinta Negro (2015), Unpoco Loco (2016, hand-crafted), Ships Painter (2017, by Lukasz Bachur).
Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google]
London, UK-based designer of the colored typeface Logo (2017). [Google]
Long Beach, CA-based illustrator. Designer of a textured colored decorative typeface called Thai (2016). [Google]
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]
Genilson Lima Santos
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).
Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK-based designer of the free colorful multiline typeface Olympic Font (2016). [Google]
Minneapolis, MN-based designer of the children's alphabet Animal ABCs (2016). Shae also created the multicolor typeface RGB Type (2016). [Google]
Grzegorz Luk, aka Gluk, is a Polish type designer (b. 1973). Type catalog in 2010.
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).
Creations from 2012: Charakterny, Garineldo, Mikodacs (an Impact-like black display sans), Yokawerad (a didone headline face), Resagokr, Nikodecs, Garineldo SC.
Typefaces from 2013: Etharnig, Namskin, Namskout (a layered heavy display face), Prida 65 (spurred antique face), Ketosag, Prida 61, Gatometrix, Glametrix, Gallberik.
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).
Typefaces 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]
Google's PNG Images
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]
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:
- Pinion Display (2010). A Victorian display face.
- Dynatherm (2013). A custom sci-fi stencil font for Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block.
- Rieux (2013). Neil writes: Named after the steadfast doctor from Albert Camus' The Plague, Rieux is an even-tempered slab-serif that is confident without being cocky and approachable without being casual. The aesthetic of Rieux is inspired by the industrial age. While the design is not directly derived from typefaces of that era, the shapes of letter-forms are informed by images of over-sized steel machines and the monolithic brick buildings that housed them.
- Grafton Titling (2014). A classical lapidary titling typeface.
- Custom fonts: Inside Voice (2014, for IDEXX Laboratories), Hugo's (2014: a logotype for Hugo's in Portland).
- Texttile (2014). A system of heavy sans titing typefaces for chromatic overlays and simulating textile textures.
Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google]
Harrild & Sons
British printing company founded by Robert Harrild (1780-1853) in London. They published a book with chromatic wood types in 1906. [Google]
During her studies in Madrid, Spain, Hazel Nguyen designed the colored wooden block typeface Creario in 2017. Behance link. [Google]
As a student at MICA, Baltimore, MD-based Henry Becker designed the moiré-pattern typeface Chromogenic in 2015. Behance link. [Google]
During her studies in Lima, Peru, Houston Quispe created the colorful connect-the-dots typeface Pntgrph (2015). [Google]
Hugh van der Lande
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]
Seoul, Korea-based designer of an all caps Latin color typeface in 2017 during his studies at Konkuk University. [Google]
Graphic designer from Belgrade, Serbia, who now works at Rainy Dot in Berlin. He created these typefaces:
- The free rounded layered vector format typeface Zujal (2013).
- The rounded monoline sans typeface Postcard (2015).
- Popsky (2015). A wonderful popart font described as constructivism wearing sunglasses.
- Prota Basic (2015) and Prota Standard (2016). A rounded sans inspired by Scandinavian industrial design.
- At Typeclinic 12th International Type Design Workshop in 2016, he designed the rounded sans typeface Soberlin.
- Mempix (2017). A great multicolor font made with Fontself. Its design is influenced by the Memphis Group.
Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
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]
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]
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.
Typefaces from 2017: Neon (a color OpenType font), Arrival (an arrival or departure signage font in colour OTF format). [Google]
Ukrainian designer of the colorful Geometric Alphabet (2016: vector format) and Funny Geometric Alphabet (2016). Creative Market link. [Google]
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]
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]
Ivan Y.R. Zhao
Graphic designer in Toronto, who created the avant garde typeface Roundtancle Sans (2014) and of Kolour (2015). Behance link. [Google]
London, UK-based designer of the colorful rounded sans typeface Prefecto (2017). [Google]
Saint Augustine, FL-based designer of a multicolor geometric solid alphabet called Back to the Basics (2015). [Google]
[Jamie Clarke Type]
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).
Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
During her graphic design studies at Huddersfield, UK, Jasmine Barnes created the geometric figure typeface Sally Trace (2013), which is named after artist Sally Trace. [Google]
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]
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.
Behance link. [Google]
Cali, Colombia-based designer of a colorful experimental typeface dedicated to Andy Warhol (2015). [Google]
Designer of Ice Cream Font (2015, multicolored geometric typeface). [Google]
[Parkinson Type Design]
Guayaquil, Ecuador-based designer of the experimental geometric typeface Geart (2015). [Google]
Juan Guillermo Navarro Barrios
[Zilap (or: Mr. Zilap, or Zilap Estudio)]
Designer at First Image (UK) of the 3d sans typeface Fiesta (2014). [Google]
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]
During her studies in Philadelphia, PA, Karishma Pinto designed a colorful geometric solid typeface (2017). [Google]
Kartika Wijaya Kosasih
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]
Typefoundry in Los Angeles, CA, run by Kourosh Beigpour. Its typefaces:
Behance link. [Google]
- K-B-Cuneiform (2012), a cuneiform typeface used in Order of Darius the Great (by R.M. Ghiasabadi, Shoor Afarin Pub).
- Jomhuria (2015). A free Google Font for Persian/Arabic and Latin, suitable for headline and other display usage. The Arabic script was designed by Kourosh Beigpour, and the Latin was designed by Eben Sorkin. The font is engineered by Lasse Fister, and the technicalities build upon those developed by Khaled Hosny for his Amiri font. Github link.
- Katibeh (2015-2016). A free Google web font for Arabic and Latin. Katibeh is a headline font based on the Naskh script, infused with some qualities of the Thuluth script. Arabic design by Kourosh Beigpour, Latin design by Eduardo Tunni, engineering by Lasse Fister. Github link. 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.
- Mirza (2015-2016). A free Google Font for Arabic based on the Naskh script. Github link.
- Kanun and Kanun Chromatic (2015-2016). Arabic typefaces.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based designer of the multicolor display typeface Divergence (2014), which was her graduation project at IACT College. [Google]
During her studies at the Leeds College of Art, Kirsty Shaw designed a colorful geometric typeface, Party (2015). [Google]
Laia Perez Aymerich
Girona, Catalunya-based designer of the triangulated typeface Threetype (2016). She also made Citric Type (2016). [Google]
Leonardo Cabrera Balboa
Graphic designer in Luque, Paraguay, who created the chromatic number typeface Circus Numeros in 2015. [Google]
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.
In 2009, he published Sistemas Font BT, which seems to be a copy of or very close to the well-known stencil typeface Futura Black BT. Fuck This Copy (2011) is a counterless grunge face.
In 2012, he published LGF Goyesca, LGF Disco Inferno, LGF Terra Demo and LGF Patuko (fat finger face).
In 2013, he created LGF Besitos Square, LGF Besitos Round, LGF Lovevelyn, LGF Lage Logo TresD (a 3d shadow face), and the inline typeface Elucidar Titulares.
Fonts from 2015: LGF Centelleo, LGF Cup.
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: Gauntlet LGt (a great neon / metal / disco typeface), LGF A Lage Logo (origami), Alage Evo + Evo Century (octagonal).
Dafont link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
Lille, France-based designer of the bicolored typeface Beans (2016). Behance link. [Google]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Typefaces from 2017: Cream Color, Font Trendy, Pink (White, etc.) with Shadow, Neon White Color Outline. [Google]
[LGF Fonts (or LG Tipos)]
San Sebastian, Spain-based designer of a colorful ornamental caps alphabet in 2016. [Google]
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.
In 2017, she added the variable width typeface More Or Less. Behance link. [Google]
During her studies in Nantes, France, Marie Gauvrit designed a hand-crafted textured all caps typwface (2015). [Google]
Aka Popmarleo Shop. Creator of these commercial typefaces: Modern Slim (2015, ultra-condensed sans), Cartoonish Narrow Alphabet (2014; colored and in EPS format). [Google]
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]
Marion Videlin Roy
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]
Graphic designer in Bristol, UK, who designed the colorful geometric solid typeface Mod in 2015. He also created various sets of icons for brands. Behance link. [Google]
Mark van Wageningen
[Novo Typo (was: Atelier van Wageningen)]
[Wood Type Revival]
Toronto, Ontario-based art director. In 2014, she created a colorful decorative caps alphabet. Behance link. [Google]
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.
FontStruct link. [Google]
Microsft: OpenType SVG specs
Details and specifications for the SVG table in OpenType-SVG fonts, by Microsoft. [Google]
Microsoft's overlapped glyphs
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]
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]
Al Qatif, Saudi Arabia-based designer of the colorful display typeface Game Over in 2017. [Google]
Mozilla and Adobe's SVG
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]
MyFonts: Chromatic typefaces
MyFonts pages on the theme of chromatic type. See also here. A long list of chromatic typefaces. [Google]
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]
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).
Alternate URL. Dafont link. Fontspace link. Abstractfonts link. Behance link. [Google]
Novo Typo (was: Atelier van Wageningen)
[Mark 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 2014: NT Wolf (layered typeface), NT Yaki (hipster layered font family), NT Fest (a curly inline caps face).
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).
Creative Market link. Behance link. Linotype link. FontShop link. Another Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
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]
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]
Kiev, Ukraine-based designer of Christmas Icons (2015), Linear Font (2015: a bilined typeface) and Colorful Bright Alphabet (2015). [Google]
Graphic designer in Grenoble, who designed the squarish bicolored typeface Zibazouges and the stitching typeface Typoz in 2016. Behance link. [Google]
During his studies, Bath, UK-based Olly Corps designed the geometric solid color typeface Auto Colour (2017). [Google]
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]
OpenType SVG tools
Tools and sample files for making OpenType-SVG fonts, at Github, by Adobe. [Google]
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:
- Typefaces at the Parkinson Foundry: Fresno (2001, inline gothic), Hotel (2001, inline caps), Azuza (2001, a Latin serif family designed for newsprint; some italics were based on Dwiggins' Electra), Amboy (2001, inline like for signpainting), Chuck (2004, a display titling face), Richmond (2003, a geometric sans family in the spirit of Dwiggins' Metro, Erbar by Jakob Erbar and the Underground type of Edward Johnston), Modesto (2001, strikingly similar to John Downer's Panatela, even though both admit that this an unbelievable coincidence; Parkinson's copperplate gothic evolved from Parkinson's lettering on the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum&Bailey Circus logo), Balboa (2001, a 19th century style condensed sans; extended to a wonderful chromatic layering typeface family in 2015 as Balboa Plus), Sutro (2003, a 19-style slab serif family), Wigwag (2003, a display family inspired by the mid-twentieth century Speedball lettering of Ross George and the work of Samuel Welo and Cecil Wade), Amador (2004, blackletter), Cabazon (2005, blackletter), Avebury (2005, blackletter based on types from the Caslon Foundry), and the lovely Benicia (2003, influenced by GoldenType). He writes about Azuza: In the 1990s I drew a text face for the San Francisco Chronicle. It was based on W. A. Dwiggins's Electra and incorporated many features of the Linotype Legibility Series: More compact, with a taller lowercase X-height, etc. That type was called Electric and it was the Chronicle's text face for nearly a decade, surviving several redesigns. From that, I made Azuza, a more detailed and sensitive style.
- At ITC (now Linotype), he designed ITC Bodoni, ITC Bodoni Twelve, ITC Bodoni Seventy Two, ITC Roswell Two, ITC Roswell Four (1998) and ITC Roswell Three (1998).
- His typefaces at Font Bureau include Antique Condensed Two, Buster, Comrade (1998, nice poster font, after the constructivist lettering by Belgian artist Jozef Peeters), El Grande (1991, fat display face), Parkinson (1994), Poster Black (1993), Showcard Gothic (1997), Showcard Moderne.
- At the Agfa Creative Alliance, he published Showcard Moderne, Antique Condensed Two, Bonita, Commerce Gothic (1998), Diablo (1996), Dreamland (1999, retro-futuristic), Fancy Stuff (1999), Generica Condensed (1994, grotesk), Industrial Gothic (1997), Mojo (psychedelic), Pueblo (1998).
- At Adobe, one can find Montara, his striking and psychedelic Mojo, and the gorgeous Jimbo.
- At FontFont, we have the FF Moderne Gothics series [FF Motel Gothic (1996), FF Matinee Gothic (1996), FF Goldengate Gothic (1996)] and FF Catch Words (1996).
- At Chank, he created Keester (2001).
- He designed the 4-weight family Electric for the San Francisco Chronicle (it was close to Dwiggins' Electra), but the Chronicle is no longer using it.
- Parkinson Electra (also based on Dwiggins's type) was published by Linotype in 2010.
- Typefaces from 2012: Meatball (fat lettering-style typeface), Hoosier Daddy (Western font).
- The list of newspapers and magazines using his fonts: Activa, Atlanta Journal, Birkenstock, Boston, Brownsville Herald, The Daily Cardinal, Charlotte Observer, Charleston Post&Courier, Chicago Tribune, The Citizen, Journal of Comm, Cromos, Daily Californian, Dallas Morning News, Rochester D&C, Financial Morgen, Design Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Editor&Publisher, El Graphico, National Enquirer, Entrepreneur, Esquire, SF Examiner, The New Examiner, Fast Company, New Fast Company, Montreal Gazette, Hamilton Spectator, Herman Miller, Ilta=Sanomat, InStyle, Kathemerini, Las Vegas Life, Newsweek.
- Typefaces from 2014: Sutro Deluxe (a layered chromatic wood type emulation font family that extends his 2003 font, Sutro).
- Typefaces from 2017: Sutro Initials (a chromatic layered pair of fonts).
MyFonts interview. FontShop link. More FontShop material on him. Klingspor link.
View Jim Parkinson's typefaces. [Google]
Rio de Janeiro-based designer of the striking bicolored geometric poster / logo typeface Fluxorama (2017). Behance link. [Google]
Dutch site mainly concerned with font technology. Interesting sub-pages:
- An article on multicolor fonts.
- An article on multicolor icons.
- An article on an 8-bit multicolor font, Compyx, developed by the writer, and freely available for download. It hearkens back to the original pixel fonts that hackers used to love---Compyx is the name of a famous Commodore 64 graphician. It is a three-color font created in a scalable manner by a very clever hack: We have four SVG files per character, each file representing one color. We're going to use Fontlab's TransType 4 to create the multicolor font, but TransType can't work with a bunch of SVGs. It takes regular singlecolor fonts, and allows us to overlay and color them, and export them as a multicolor font. So, first we need to create four regular fonts, each one containing all the characters belonging to the same color layer. Since I don't need control over typographic details like kerning or hinting---Compyx is a lot simpler in design than a proper typeface like Helvetica---I simply used trusty old Icomoon. We import all characters belonging to the same color layer, and turn those into a regular TTF. You'll end up with four files: font-color1.ttf, font-color2.ttf, font-color3.ttf and font-color4.ttf. We can then fire up TransType 4 and import all four fonts. TransType allows you to overlay these fonts and give each layer a color, creating basic multicolor fonts. We do this with the method "Overlay fonts", which allows us to determine the order and color of each layer. When everything looks good, we export the combined font with the Opentype TT settings. You'll end up with font files for three of the four proposed formats. We now have true multicolor fonts! Now, for the last step we take the rather big TTF font (628Kb in the case of the Compyx font) and crunch it to a more reasonable 104Kb WOFF file. I used the sfnt2woff tool for this.
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]:
- These fonts can be huge. Even Microsoft's lightweight solution would triple the amount of glyphs needed just for a simple duo-tone font. Luckily WOFF automatically supports these new OpenType tables, and does a good job in compressing the original TTF file. WOFF2 is coming soon, which should result in even smaller files. But still, the emoji WOFF font on Firefox's emoji test page is half a megabyte large. Do we want to let our visitors download a couple of MB just to get fancy letters or icons?
- Support in different browsers. You'll have to serve up an individual font file for each technique. Today this'd mean two font files, one for IE11 on Windows 8.1, and one for Firefox. I don't think there's a way to do feature testing for this, so you'd either have to sniff user agent strings, or serve them both to each visitor. Theoretically the proposals could live together inside one file, but I haven't found any tools to do this with yet. Which version the browser would choose when it'd support them all remains to be seen.
- Colors are determined by the font maker. The color scheme is hardcoded in the font. This might not be a big problem for emoji, but if you're going to use a fancy colored font, you want it to fit the design and style of the rest of your website. One might see how Microsoft's solution could perhaps be addressed from CSS (maybe with an extension to CSS like color-layer1: red;)---but that's assuming the font shares one palette. If each character has its own set of colors, like emoji, this is going to get messy fast. And changing color of PNGs or SVGs seems nearly impossible.
- Render performance. Getting that font to show up might be CPU intensive, especially on mobile. Implementations will surely be optimized over time, but for now this Mozilla test page seems to be very slow on my PC.
- Accessibility. Color can spice up your design, and it can add meaning to text or UI elements---but only when done well. Multicolor fonts can reduce legibility of text, especially when the human using your website is color blind. There is currently no way to force the multicolor font to use its non-color fallback.
Pixel Ambacht's multicolor font test
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]
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]
New Delhi, India-based designer of the multicolor geometric all caps typeface Life (2017). [Google]
Pui Sai Kwok
Pui Sai Kwok (A Better Hell, London, UK) designed a colorful decorative alphabet in 2016. Behance link. [Google]
Chinese creator at the School of Visual Arts in New York City of a colorful geometric decorative caps typeface in 2016 that was inspired by ACME Studios. Behance link. [Google]
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 2013, he designed the 900-glyph geometric display sans typeface Sifonn Pro (Ultra Types), which is loaded with interlocking pairs. There is a basic tweetware version.
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).
Behance link. Home page. [Google]
During her studies in Singapore, Razana Kamarudin created a colorful geometric solid alphabet (2014). [Google]
Long Beach, CA-based designer of the colorful all caps typeface Candy Worm (2017). [Google]
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.
A example typeface is Bicolor. The pictures below are taken from the thesis of Thomas L'Excellent. [Google]
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).
Typefaces from 2016: Font Bracket. [Google]
Mebane, NC-based designer of the playful modular experimental typeface Birdie (2016). Home page. [Google]
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]
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]
[Type with pride]
Rosario, Argentina-based designer of the splended colorful all caps typeface JEM (2016) and the equally colorful Colour Type (2016). [Google]
[Pixel Ambacht's multicolor font page]
Roger Ramirez Miranda
Art director in Lima, Peru, who designed the creamy colored typeface Stella in 2016. [Google]
Graphic designer in Lima, Peru, who created the multicolor modular geometric typeface Mixiear (2014). [Google]
Timisoara, Romania-based designer of the multicolor rounded geometric sans typeface Epic Colorfont (2017), which was created using Fontself. It can be bought here. [Google]
Ruben Ferreira Duarte
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).
Typefaces from 2015: Crosslines (prismatic mulriline font family), Quarta Parede (origami font), Ponte Romana (sans). Behance link. [Google]
[Yellow Design Studio]
Kanpur, India-based designer of the colorful typeface Modify (2016). [Google]
At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Saoirse Nat developed her first typeface, Strip Font (2014), which appears to be a multicolored set of vector format letters. [Google]
Nuneaton, United Kingdom-based designer of the geometric display typeface Memphis (2017). This project was done during her studies at Sheffield Hallam. [Google]
King's Lynn, UK-based designer of a set of colorful geometric letters (2015). [Google]
Illustrator in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Creator of the geometric bicolored Latin alphabet Retro (2014). [Google]
Bandung, Indonesia-based typefoundry est. 2015, showcasing typefaces designed by Cucu Supriyadi. His initial work is largely Victorian, characterized by spurious curls or spurs:
- Agneya (2015). A calligraphic brush script with an urban street art vibe.
- Screter (2015). A spurred tattoo font with a blackletter feel.
- Artonic (2015). A tattoo script.
- Bellico (2015). A signage script.
- Black Future (2015). A blackletter / tattoo /metal band font.
- Bolyar (2015). An all caps display typeface. Almost an exact copy of FM Bolyar Pro (2013, Vasi Kateliev and Jordan Jelev).
- Egory Castle (2015).
- Goldana (2017). A great layered font family that emulates chromatic type.
- Kyouking (2015).
- Lockon Velline (2015).
- Midnight Coffee (2015).
- Revorioum (2015).
- Swiftel (2015). A layered creamy signage script font.
Creative Market link. Another Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
Iranian graphic designer based in Rasht, Iran, who dabbles in experimental Persian type design. He has made over 30 fonts, including ReZar, Nassim Distorted, Si47 Ash Dirty (a grungy Farsi font), Si47 Ash Dirty Neat, href="https://fontlibrary.org/en/font/si47ash-sole">Si47 Ash Sole (2016, for Farsi). In 2016, he designed the Latin / Farsi font Kay Khosrow, which comes with a coloured version. KayKhosrow and Sole are the first ever non-cursive Persian fonts, according to Siavash. Kay Khosrow Chromatic is the first Persian color font. In 2017, he designed Si47Ash Mash Nazanin, Si47ash Bulb (grungy Arabic typeface) and Si47ash Ruby.
Behance link. Open Font Library link. Dribble link. [Google]
London, UK-based designer of the colored geometric solid typeface Magnified Paper Type (2015). Behance link. [Google]
At the NZSE School of Design and Animation in Auckland, New Zealand, Shishun Jiao created a colored geometric solid typeface (2015). Behance link. [Google]
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]
Buenos Aires, Argentina-based graphic designer who created the experimental bicolored retro typeface Cuca (2015). This was a course project for Tano Veron at Universidad de Palermo. [Google]
London, UK-based designer of a colorful geometric solid typeface in 2017, that could be considered in the Memphis Design Group style. [Google]
Studio in London. Their typefaces and alphabets include a patterned illustrated type (2015) and a colored geometric typeface for Square Art 11 (2011). Behance link. [Google]
Buenos Aires-based creator of the children's hand font Nicolina (2012) and of the techno typeface Hifix (2012).
Zephyr (2013) is a striped ornamental caps typeface. In the ornamental caps style, Tano also made Las Mejores Cosas De La Vida No Son Cosas (2013).
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: Belladona Stencil, 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).
Behance link. Dafont link. [Google]
The Memphis Group
The Memphis Group was an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 which designed Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987. The Memphis group's work often incorporated plastic laminate and was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colourful decoration and asymmetrical shapes, sometimes arbitrarily alluding to exotic or earlier styles.
Wikipedia: On December 11, 1980, Ettore Sottsass organised a meeting with designers, and in 1981 formed a design collaborative named Memphis. The name was taken after the Bob Dylan song "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" which had been played repeatedly throughout the evening's meeting. They drew inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, including styles such as the 1950s Kitsch and futuristic themes. The group produced and exhibited furniture and design objects, annually from 1981 until 1988. The result was a highly acclaimed debut at the 1981 Salone del Mobile of Milan, the world's most prestigious furniture fair. The group's members included Alessandro Mendini, Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Matteo Thun, Javier Mariscal, Luciano Paccagnella, Peter Shire, George Sowden, Marco Zanini, Paola Navone, Ettore Sottsass, and the journalist Barbara Radice. Sottsass left the movement in 1985, and it disbanded in 1991.
In 2012, Bertrand Pellegrin called the movement a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price.
Type designers have brought the Memphis design principles back to life in numerous typeface projects. The arrival of color fonts has facilitated this. See here.
The official site of the Memphis group. [Google]
The State of Web Type
The State of Web Type maintains the latest info on browser support. [Google]
During his studies, Thomas Schrobiltgen (Besançon, France) designed the tricolored typeface Tricholography in 2015 and an ornamental typeface in 2016. [Google]
During his studies at Ecole de Design de Nantes, Timothé Gourdin designed the colorful typeface Sottsass (2016), named to honor designer Ettore Sottsass. Behance link. [Google]
Tyedrawers: OpenType SVG
A lively discussion about the preparation and use of OpenType-SVG fonts on the TypeDrawers forum. [Google]
High Point, NC-based designer of the set of colored numerals FunType (2016). This typeface was done for a typography class at High Point University. [Google]
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.
Gilbert (2017) was designed by Robyn Makinson and is the copyright of Ogilvy & Mather. [Google]
Ray Larabie (b. 1970, Ottawa, Canada) ran Typodermic in Mississauga, ON, which opened in the Fall of 2001. In 2006, it moved to Vancouver, BC, and in 2009 it moved on to Nagoya, Japan. Dafont page. Ray Larabie has been making fonts since 1996, but those early fonts were freeware. His pre 2001 fonts are grouped under the label Larabie Fonts. In 2001, he set up Typodermic. Latest additions.
The Typodermic fonts:
- 2017: Vanchrome (a compact sans-serif headliner with chromatic layers), Krait (a layered geometric typeface designed for architectural display), Xylito (a layered font for chromatic or 3d effects), Toxigenesis.
- 2016: Refuel (octagonal, based on military aircraft markings), Expressway Soft (a sans-serif font family inspired by the U.S. Department of Transportation's FHWA Series of Standard Alphabets, also known as Highway Gothic), Conthrax (squarish, techno), Cornpile (cartoonish), Electric, Evensong (art deco), Fledgling (a very tall typeface), Gymkhana (sans), Remissis (sans), Sunday Evening (a reverse contrast typeface), Meloche (Meloche is a unique grotesque sans-serif typeface influenced by hand-painted French signs of the late nineteenth century. It's available in 7 weights and obliques).
- 2015: Canada 150 (a custom font for the Canadian government; see here, here, this coverage regarding the Inuktitut part of the font, and this reaction by the curmudgeons in Toronto who complain that Ray did this work for free), Autoradiographic (sans family), Built Titling (for compact headlines), Chickweed Titling (cartoon titling font), Cardigan Titling (flared headline face), Bench Grinder Titling, Kleptocracy Titling, Palamecia Titling (rounded black comic book typeface), Quasix Titling, Galderglynn Titling (all caps sans family from hairline to black), Mixolydian Titling, Stormfaze (a sci-fi font started in 1996 and finished in 2015), NK57 Monospace (a 60-style programmer typeface), Gargle, Athabasca (a sans family designed for the rugged Canadian oil patch).
- 2014: Mesmerize (a large free sans family), Kingsbridge (a large slab serif family with sharp points on the A, M, N, V and W), Manbow (a layered geometric art deco display font which includes solid, clear, stripe, polka-dot and screen patterns), Breamcatcher (all caps art deco font inspired by the piano sheet music for With Every Breath I Take which was featured in the Bing Crosby/Kitty Carlisle musical comedy film, Here is my Heart), Kilsonburg (Dutch deco based on an old Vogue magazine cover), Uchiyama (poster typeface), Goldsaber (art deco design), Vexler Slip (unicase), Rakesly, Dacquoise, Pretender, Rimouski (a rounded geometric font family), Nulshock (techno), Recharge (techno/industrial font), Interrogator Stencil, Strange Alphabets (arts and cratfs font), Angerpoise Lampshade (free).
- 2013: Numbers With Rings, Shookup (funky cartoon font), Pastrami on Rye (cutout comic book style), Chickweed, Built (a condensed headline sans), Fluctuation (a softly rounded elliptical sans family), Astrochemistry (sci-fi, techno with rounded edges), Snasm (sci-fi).
- 2012: Zolasixx (inspired by the video game Zaxxon), Ampacity (neon font), Chromakey (a space deco headline font inspired by box art classic video games including Matrix Marauders and Magical Chase), Disassembler (1980s style bitmap font), Zerbydoo (a dot matrix family), Superego (a geometric-techno font inspired by the cabinet graphics for the 1981 Stargate arcade game), Rukyltronic (a set of dot matrix typefaces), Nerdropol (pixel family), Gulkave (rounded pixel font), Cyclopentane, Palamecia (a fat finger poster face), Gameness (a 1990 retro industrial deco font), Camulogen (headline face), Color Basic (a pixel typeface inspired the by TRS-80 Color Computer), Triac Seventy One (a funky face), Acroyear (retro all-caps headline font), Troll Bait, Strenuous (unicase), Permanence (a retro=futuristic font based on Alvin Toffler's cover of Future Shok, 1970), Clockpunk (octagonal and quaint), Battlemaze (trekkie face), Mixolydian (industrial sans).
- 2011: Ugocranis (a brutalist typeface), Clipwave, Wheaton (MICR-inspired), Mango Scribble, TRS Million (dot matrix face), Ugogranis (constructivist), Gomoku (paper cut face), From The Internet.
- 2010: Cranberry Gin (2010, octagonal), Restore (all caps, geometric sans), From The Stars (an elliptical techno family done with Chikako Larabie), Thrusters (space age face), Dream Orphanage, Kengwin (rounded slab serif), Gleaming The Cube (Greek simulation face), Vectipede (a slab serif family), Great Escape (an elliptical sans family), Subrocs (connected script), Hackensack (with Chikako Larabie), Polarband (bilined stackable headline face), Naked Power, Special Forces (a great macho slab serif headline face---watch for awards to roll in), Warugaki (handpainted), Warmer, Honfleur (art deco; with Chikako Larabi), Voivode (a headline typeface done with Chikako Larabie), Hachimitsu (Asian look face, done with Chikako Larabie), Kadeworth (rounded retro look sans, done with Chikako Larabie), Gnuolane Jump (2010, with Chikako Larabie), Markerfield (brush), Board of Directors (Bank Gothic style family, done with Chikako Larabie), GGX88 (a Swiss sans family), Body Goat, Reversal, Gord (techno), Computechnodigitronic (LED, LCD geek-look font), Bench Grinder, Inklea (a bubbly face), Skygirls (retro brush script), Gloss (a paint brush typeface based on Champion, 1957, G.G. Lange).
- 2010: Galderglynn Esquire.
- 2009: Maqui (an industrial headline sans family), Zingende (art deco family: caps only), Misadventures, Gaz (large retro sans family), Meloriac (heavy display sans), Acrylic Brush, Enamel Brush (a digitization of Catalina, 1955, Emil J. Klumpp), DDT (neutral sans), Thump (fat, casual), Desperate Glamour, Pricedown (an update of his free 1990s font, patterned after the lettering on The Price Is Right show), Mitigate (monoline and slabbed; has some typewriter styles), Catwing, Walken (slab serif stencil), Silicone (soft rounded sans family), Movatif (sans), Gunplay (a stencil family inspired by the poster for the 1972 Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw film The Getaway), Fragile Bombers (octagonal), Forgotten Futurist (techno sans, 19 styles), Bullpen (slab serif), Coolvetica, Duality, Good Times, Strenuous, Shlop (paint-drip style), Dirty Baker's Dozen (stencil), Junequil (VAG Rounded style), Owned (graffiti), Domyouji, Threefourtysixbvarrel (stencil), Enacti, Uniwars (futuristic, 16 styles).
- 2008: Madawaska (a rugged slab serif), Ebenezer (grunge), Gnuolane Stencil, Raincoat, Report School (avant garde sans), Jesaya, Carouselambra (art nouveau), Debusen (rounded), Barge (military font), Renju (2008, potato or rubber stamp print face), Otoboke (handlettered), Hit (informal hand), R6 D8 (futuristic sans family), Rexlia (an octagonal machinistic family), Hybrea (a display sans with TV screen rounding), Sweater School, Tussilago (2008, a neutral sans family), Presicav (extended sans), Hover Unit, Addlethorpe (grunge), Scheme (rounded sans), Usurp (bouncy poster lettering), Negotiate (technical sans family), Divulge, Sewn, Gnoulane (condensed sans), Moja, Teeshirt (old typewriter face), Pound (art deco marries grunge), Graveblade (heavy metal font), Synthemesc (psychedelic anti-Starbucks font), Chysotile (white on black grunge), Cardigan (sans), Gurkner (balloon style), Reagan (grunge).
- 2007: Tight (a copy of Dean Morris's 1976 Letraset chrome font Quicksilver), Headlight, Meloche (a 3-style grotesk), Octin Spraypaint (grunge stencil), Octin Vintage (grunge), Bouffant (script), Octin Prison (stencil), Octin Sports (octagonal), Octin College (octagonal, for sports jerseys), Octin Stencil (free octagonal font family), Burnaby Stencil (stencil), Superclarendon, Conceal, Ohitashi, Stud (grunge), Bristles (grunge), Skirt, Cotton (grunge), Kelvingrove (a bit of copperplate gothic, rounded and shaved), Augustine, Containment, Snowa, Veriox, Scrubby, Transmute, Sheaff, Injekuta (techno), Rinse (grunge), Polyflec, Domyouji (square sans), Winthorpe (old style), Cutiful (script), Flyswim (grunge), Dirtstorm (spray-painted stencil), Shnixgun (grunge), Neuzon (grunge), Oxeran (old typewriter), PRINTF (grunge all caps monospaced), Akazan (sans), Nyxali (a metal tag face), Meloriac (an extra bold Futura inspired face), Nesobrite (25 styles of Bank Gothic lookalikes), Meloriac (headline sans), Walnut (graffiti face), Gnuolane (a narrow sans), Edifact (a damaged computer font), Darkheart, Stampoo (squarish), Raymond (rough script), Hayate (oriental look), Telephoto. The entire Octin series is free at DaFont.
- 2006: Octynaz (grunge), Paltime (ornamented), Jolie Ecriture Desard (children's hand), Mango (comic book face), Desard (child's hand), Bulltoad, Lerku (eroded serif), Charbroiled (also eroded), Ceroxa (eroded stencil), Nagomi (a chiseled-look Asian font based on calligraphy of Chikako Suzuki from Nagoya), Whiterock, Yellande, Chilopod (a futuristic typeface inspired by the logo from the 1980s videogame, Atari Centipede), Order, Goldburg (based on a typeface by George Bowditch, 1957), Laserjerks (2006, brutalist), Milibus (futuristic), Bonobo (serifed), Ohitashi, Sarasori (TV-tube shaped typeface in the style of Oban), Structia (an octagonal family), Betaphid (octagonal), Gendouki (futuristic stencil), Slugger (athletic lettering), Marianas (a gorgeous art deco face), Lineavec (octagonal), Corzinair (serif family), Buxotic (a great caps face), Cinecav X (for closed caption TV and DVD), Salsbury (comic book face), Lonsdale (loosely based on a font called Parkway Script, which was designed by Emil Hirt in 1964), Alepholon (futuristic), Kwokwi, Mikadan (a tribute to Stephenson Blake's Verona from 1948, which was in turn based on William Dana Orcutt's Humanistic from 1904), Marion (a beautiful transitional family), Quasix (hookish), Skraype (grunge stencil), Bleeker (casual lettering), Linefeed (monospaced line printer font), Draculon (a casual typeface inspired by the letterforms of William Orcutt's humanist font from 1904 which was in turn based on an Italian manuscript from 1485), Mahavishnu (a mix between 1970s psychedelics and art nouveau), Doradani (a corporate identity sans family), Korotaki (futuristic).
- 2005: Kadonk (a Halloween face), Report (a VAG-Rounded style face), Croteau (a poster face), Heroid (ook face), Barrista (informal script), Wyvern (sans serif), Wubble (like puddles of water), Caryn (casual script), Folder (a rigid sans family), Venacti (a futuristic family), Xenara (a keyboard lettering family), Emory (a destructionist sans family), Ligurino (neat sans&serif family), Biondi (update of Copperplate Gothic; followed in 2010 by Biondi Sans; these copperplate style typefaces are in the style of AT Sackers), Byington (Trajan column lettering), Sayso Chic, Expressway (28 weights, a highway signage family), Algol (pixel type), Meposa (fat display face), Tandelle (condensed), Vigo, Maychurch, Mecheria, Vactic (dot matrix), Zosma, Topstitch, Windpower, Llandru, Soap (a creative extension of Cooper Black, with dingbats), Kleptocracy (1999-2005), Owned, Rimouski (sans), Burnstown Dam (2005, a wooden plank font), Sinzano (sans with opentype ligatures galore; compare, e.g., House Ed Interlock), Zamora.
- 2004: Affluent, Threefortysixbarrel (stencil face), Tank, Telidon (dot matrix face), Funboy, Neuropol X, Neuropol Nova, Mufferaw (comic book face), Larabiefont, Zekton (techno), Strenuous 3D, Silentina (advertised as "a silent movie font"), Amienne (brush script), Fenwick Outline (free), Betsy Flanagan (1998, a keyboard face), Boopee (children's handwriting), Pirulen (in the general Bank Gothic style), Zalderdash.
- 2003: Zupiter, Blue Highway.
- Before 2002: the dot matrix family Telidon, Telidon Ink, the architectural font Jillican (octagonal), Snowgoose, Bomr, Pakenham, Neuropol, Nasalization, Fenwick, Kleptocracy DLX, Sui Generis, Dirty Bakers Dozen (faded stencil), Minya Nouvelle, Asterisp, Chinese Rocks, Jillsville (great artsy Courier), Ulian, Wevli (including Wevli Dingbats), Sappy Mugs (funny mugshots), Sofachrome (1999, inspired by Pontiac car emblems), Eden Mills (1999).
MyFonts interview. Fontspace link. Catalog of the typefaces in the Larabie Fonts collection. Klingspor link.
Catalog of the Typodermic library in decreasing order of popularity. Extensive (large page warning) Typodermic catalog. [Google]
- Barbara Bigosinska: Wilda.
- Rianne Hulshof: Gluon.
- Hubert Jocham: Neoparts.
- Novo Typo: Fall, Guru, Lily, Pure, Zita, Lola
- Diana Ovezea: Flipster
- Daniel Pelavin: Forgia
- Giuseppe Salerno: Pink Fraktur, Afrobeat
- Kim Slagter: Hi Honey
- Teja Smrekar: Klobasa
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]
Moscow-based designer at Leo Burnett Moscow. Creator of the Cyrillic poster typeface Moms Alphabet (2014) and the fun Monster Alphabet (2015). [Google]
Vyacheslav Chapkevich (SVT Design) created the colorful EPS format typeface Summer Font in 2017. [Google]
Queens, NY-based designer of the experimental stencil typeface Neon (2014). [Google]
Graphic designer in Toronto, who created the colorful Fromanger alphabet in 2016. [Google]
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
Creative Market link. [Google]
- Concave Tuscan (2015). Concave Tuscan was first shown as wood type under the name Gothic Tuscan by William H. Page in James Conner's Sons Typographic Messenger (1866). Almost all the major manufacturers of the 19th century offered a version of Gothic Tuscan.
- Cosmopolitan (2016).
- Delittle Chromatic (2016). DeLittle Chromatic was issued by DeLittle of York around the turn of the century under the name No. 56/54.
- WTR Fat Boy (2011). Fatboy is derived from a widespread (no pun intended) typeface of the 19th century, commonly known as Antique Extended. It was first seen in print as wood type in 1838 in George Nesbitt's First Premium Wood Types Cut by Machinery.
- WTR French Clarendon Ornamented (2011). The original design for French Clarendon Ornamented first appeared in print in the catalogs of the type manufacturer Young&Morgans (who was later purchased by Morgans&Wilcox Mfg Co) between 1876-1880. M&W was later purchased by Hamilton Mfg Co in 1897. Hamilton then offered this typeface under the name No 3026.
- French Octagon (2011). French Octagon was first shown by Morgans & Wilcox Manufacturing Co. in their 1884 Condensed Specimen Book of Wood Type.
- Grecian Light Face (2016). This revives Light Face Grecian by David Knox & Co. in 1858.
- WTR Gothic Open Shaded (2011). Gothic Open Shaded was first seen in George Nesbitt's First Premium Wood Types, Cut by Machinery (1838). This cut of Gothic Open Shaded most closely matches a design first cut by Young&Morgans between 1876-1880. Once Morgans&Wilcox was acquired by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. (1897), they listed the typeface as No. 3238.
- WTR Gothic Outline (2016).
- WTR Roycroft (2011). The arts and crafts typeface Roycroft was originally created by Miller & Richard under the name Teutonic and is shown in their 1909 catalog. It is a hand-carved typeface.
- Planned is Grecian Light Face.
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.
In 2015, Yai Salinas created the hipster typeface Hera, the free blueprint font Craft Font, free vector font Helena and the free decorative caps typeface Sea.
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 textured color typeface Electra, the free colorful all caps Ariel Black typeface.
Flickr page, where she goes under the name Dopamina. Behance link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google]
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).
Klingspor link. Creative Market link, Dafont link. [Google]
Zilap (or: Mr. Zilap, or Zilap Estudio)
[Juan Guillermo Navarro Barrios]
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 Africa, Zilap Monograma, Zilap Black Storm, Zilap Nitro (a racetrack font), Zilap Evolution, Zilap Deep Sleep.
It is unclear if Juan Navarro is the same as Luis Jaramillo, because his fonts are published under Luis Jaramillo's label, LJ Design. Fontspace link. Facebook link. Fontspace link. LJ Design Studios link. [Google]