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Cuneiform simulation typefaces

[The image of a cuneiform simulation alphabet is by Trey Jones]


[Juan-José Marcos García]

Juan-José Marcos García (b. Salamanca, Spain, 1963) is a professor of classics at the University of Plasencia in Spain. He has developed one of the most complete Unicode fonts named ALPHABETUM Unicode for linguistics and classical languages (classical&medieval Latin, ancient Greek, Etruscan, Oscan, Umbrian, Faliscan, Messapic, Picene, Iberic, Celtiberic, Gothic, Runic, Modern Greek, Cyrillic, Devanagari-based languages, Old&Middle English, Hebrew, Sanskrit, IPA, Ogham, Ugaritic, Old Persian, Old Church Slavonic, Brahmi, Glagolitic, Ogham, ancient Greek Avestan, Kharoshti, Old Norse, Old Icelandic, Old Danish and Old Nordic in general, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Phoenician, Cypriot, Linear B with plans for Glagolitic). This font has over 5000 glyphs, and contains most characters that concern classicists (rare symbols, signs for metrics, epigraphical symbols, "Saxon" typeface for Old English, etcetera). A demo font can be downloaded [see also Lucius Hartmann's place]. His Greek font Grammata (2002) is now called Ellenike.

He also created a package of fonts for Latin paleography (medieval handwriting on parchments): Capitalis Elegans, Capitalis Rustica, Capitalis Monumentalis, Antiqua Cursiva Romana, Nova Cursiva Romana (2014), Uncialis, Semiuncialis, Beneventana Minuscula, Visigothica Minuscula, Luxoviensis Minuscula, Insularis Minuscula, Insularis Majuscula, Carolingia Minuscula, Gothica Textura Quadrata, Gothica Textura Prescissa, Gothica Rotunda, Gothica Bastarda, Gothica Cursiva, Bastarda Anglicana (2014) and Humanistica Antiqua. PDF entitled Fonts For Latin Palaeography (2008-2014), in which Marcos gives an enjoyable historic overview.

Alphabetum is not Marcos's only excursion into type design. In 2011, he created two simulation fonts called Sefarad and Al Andalus which imitate Hebrew and Arabic calligraphy, respectively.

Cyrillic OCS (2012) is a pair of Latin fonts that emulate Old Church Slavonic (old Cyrillic).

In 2013, he created Cuneus, a cuneiform simulation typeface.

Paleographic fonts for Greek (2014) has ten fonts designed by Marcos: Angular Uncial, Biblical Uncial, Coptic Uncial, Papyrus Uncial, Round Uncial, Slavonic Uncial, Sloping Uncial, Minuscule IX, Minuscule XI and Minuscule XV. These fonts are representative of the main styles of Greek handwriting used during the Classical World and Middle Ages on papyrus and parchments. There is also a short manual of Greek Paleography (71 pages) which explains the development of Greek handwriting from the fourth century B.C. to the invention of printing with movable type in the middle of the fifteenth A.D. He wrote a text book entitled History of Greek Typography: From the Invention of Printing to the Digital Age (in Spanish; second edition, 2018). See also here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Juan-José Marcos García]

Cuneiform simulation typeface made in 2013 by Juan-José Marcos García (Plasencia, Spain). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Felipe Pajau

Areia, PB, Brazil-based designer, b. 1989. His typefaces include Nike90 (2013, inspired by ancient cuneiform writing from Mesopotamia) and Nexus FPS (2017, based on segmented rounded glyphs that emulate DNA). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan Casco

Designer from from Puyo, Ecuador, b. 1991, known as Darko Juan. He made numerous free fonts.

Creator of these typefaces:

  • Amazonica (2009) is a curlified roman face.
  • Artesanias (2011).
  • Básica (2010, an organic octagonal sans done with FontStruct) and Básica Unicode (2010).
  • Black Audio (2010): gridded.
  • Bohemia (2010): grunge face.
  • Borracho (2009).
  • Bosque Encantado (2010).
  • Cabaret (2011).
  • Chave (2010) and Gato (2010) are hand-printed typefaces.
  • Colonial (2010).
  • Cuneiforme (2010): cuneiform simulation face.
  • The scary gothic typefaces La Flama y La Espina, Pasión Acústica (2009), Dark Pix (2010, FontStruct), Goth Stencil (2009, blackletter stencil), Goth Stencil Premium (2009), Ming Imperial (2009) and Ming Gothic (2009, was Chino Gotico before that). The latter two typefaces have an Asian look. Pasion Gotica (2010, FontStruct).
  • Fam Fuerte (2011, grungy).
  • Furia&Venganza (2011). A tattoo face.
  • Hangul Love2 (2010).
  • La Rosa Muerta (2010).
  • Lejana (2010): a curly script.
  • Linexter (2013). A vintage typeface.
  • Luismi Murder (2009).
  • Magical Dreams (2011).
  • Mobile Sans (2015).
  • Narn Font (2011). Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Ninja Turtles (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Sci-fi typefaces.
  • No Hubo Tiempo (2009) is a timid handwriting face.
  • PercanceFatal (2009).
  • Pixel typefaces: Code 7x5 (2015) and Code 8x8 (2016), Trium (2010), DarkPix (2009, done with FontStruct).
  • The blackletter typefaces Por Siempre Gótica (2011), Artesanias (2011), Fraktura (2011), Neue Goth (2011), Estilographica (2011).
  • The curly scribbly typefaces One Wild Line (2012), Romance Fatal 2.0 and 3.0 (2009, based on his own hand), Romance Fatal Pix (2010), Romance Fatal (2009, +Serif), Romance Fatal Goth (2009), Romance Fatal Sans (2011), Romance Fatal Serif Pro (2017).
  • Rounded Sans (2014).
  • Scars Before Christmas (2010).
  • Schindler's Font (2011). Inspired by the movie.
  • Sucker Font (2011). A metal band face.
  • Tatida Versal (2009), Tatida Rocking (2009).
  • Tattoo Sailor (2010).
  • A custom font for Teller Of Tales: A Fib Fit For A King, a 2011 movie by Woody Lindsey.
  • The Fire Regular (2011).
  • Tipófila (2010).
  • Valle Lejano (2010, FontStruct).
  • Verde Amazonico (2011).
  • Versal-Gothic (2009).
  • Xefora (2011). A spindly blackletter.
  • Schindler's Font (2011). Based on the movie sequence.
  • Frozen Font (2014) is also movie-inspired.
  • Viaje Script (2015).
  • The Marauders (2015). A pirate typeface.
  • Camomila (2015). A feminine script.
  • Jupiter Serif (2015). Based on the titling of the movie Jupiter Ascending.
  • Symphony Script (2015).
  • Erie Roman (2014). A roman caps typeface.
  • Ancient War (2015). Inspired by the movie War Craft.
  • Guayaba Sans (2016).
  • Letra Hipster (2016). A signage script.
  • Slim Chef (2016).
  • Verde Sans Neue (2017).
  • Legends of Tomorrow (2017) and Legends Sans (2017). Sci-fi style.
  • Ragnarok Serif (2017).
  • Ecuador Handscript (2018).
  • Herradura (2021).

Behance link. Devian tart link. Home page. Dafont link. Old home page. Fontspace link. Abstract Fonts link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan-José Marcos García

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Lily Beck

Aka L'Invisible. Creator of the free cuneiform-inspired typeface Nineveh (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mai El-Maraghy

During his studies at German University in Cairo, Egypt, Ma El-Maraghi created the Arabic typeface Akkad (2015), which was inspired by the cuneiform writing in Iraq. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marina Jukic

During her studies under Nikola Djurek at the School of Design in Zagreb in 2010, Marina Jukic designed an experimental layered font, Nabucco. She writes: Nabucco is a revival typeface taken from a poster for Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco Boris Bucan made for the Croatian National Theatre in Split. Boris Bucan is a renowned artist, painter and graphic designer from Croatia, famous for his peculiar approach in designing posters for cultural events. This silk-screen poster was made in 1983, and it was most likely inspired by Babylonian art and cuneiform script. The use of silk-screen caused a slight shift in printing of these bichrome letterforms, which was an inspiration for designing a layering font that contains two layers taken from the poster and an outline construction layer that provides many ways of combining them. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morty Lake djz

Zhengzhou, China-based designer of a vintage alphabet in 2014. He/she also drew a cuneiform alphabet in 2014. In 2015 he published the oriental simulation font ABR, the all caps typeface OHBI (Ox Hide Bronze Ingot), the experimental Honeycomb font, the cuneiform numeral typeface MQ (2015), and the flared all caps typeface EAG for Latin--the name EAG for elegant ancient Greek, though, is misleading. Home page. Another link. At Behance, we find the name Carpenter Baker. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shuji Kikuchi

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[Shuji Kikuchi]

Shuji Kikuchi from Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan, was born in 1972 in Osaka. His foundry, est. 2006, is called Sugargliderz.

Free fonts: Frail (2011, a 6-style grungified didone family), Cuneiform (2006-2008, this is a cuneiform simulation font), Fragment Core, Proto Uncertain (handwriting), Shears, Unnamed.

Commercial fonts: Puchiflit (2020: a typewriter slab serif that according to Kikuchi is a felt tip pen font), Pinch Remix (2020: hand-printed), Oddlini (2019: a 360-style basic grotesk family that covers all widths; it has obliques instead of italics), Oddlini 2 (2019), Knock Type (2017, a kana-Latin-Braille transcription font), Du (2016, a hand-printed font), Magendfret (2016, a warm typewriter family), Artlessness (2015), Bush (2014), Nora Pen (2014, a didone influenced by Walbaum), Uncertain Felttip (2008), the Palindrome family (2006, experimental), Pinch (2007, hand-printed), ScratchWithTheCoin (2007, grunge), Bagworm (2007, four styles, influenced by Tekton), Decay (2008, grunge), Beg Before (2008, grunge), Beg After (2008, grunge), Phoebus Palast (2008), Kropotkin (2008, 24 styles of a sturdy early 20th century grotesk), Rebuild-Square (2009, totally square family), Ponytail (2009, rounded), Violadabraccio (2009, serif), Lettera, Bush, Long Haul Trucker (2009, alphading/logo font), Michel (2009, didone).

Klingspor link. Dafont link.

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Trey Jones

Trey Jones is the managing editor of Speculative Grammarian, a parody linguistics journal. At Trey Jones's page, we find a cuneiform simulation alphabet for Latin and Cyrillic, dated 2012. It was first used in the fake cuneiform tablet here. Not sure if this corresponds to a font. [Google] [More]  ⦿