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Carlos Segura

Born in 1956 in Santiago, Cuba, Segura founded the design firm Segura Inc in 1991 and the type foundry [T-26] in 1994 in Chicago.

He made Square 40 and Square 45 (2006, athletic lettering, octagonal), 26FacesA, Peepod (2000, great ornaments), Boxspring (1995, dadaist), Dingura, FaxfontFine (1997), FaxfontStandard (1997), FaxfontTone, FlacoSolid, FreeBeCaps, FreeDom-Normal, Mattress, Neo-Bold, Pintor (2006, wallpainting face), RPM (decals and logos), Sport IT (dingbats), Time In Hell (deconstructed Times).

Interview at typographer.com. Emodigi site. Interview. Another interview. CV. Klingspor link.

Catalog of Carlos Segura's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Carlos Segura
[T-26]

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Chad Geran

Chad Geran is a cartoonist and illustrator in Regina, Canada. Behance link. He practices typography on book covers and posters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cubanica Fonts
[Pablo A. Medina]

Pablo A. Medina designs all fonts at Cubanica Fonts in New York. He is a Communication Design professor at Parsons the New School for Design and lives in the East Village of New York City. He has also taught at Maryland Institute College of Art. MyFonts page.

Cubanica fonts: Medina Gothic (2005, a clean sans family), Diablitos (2011), Calaveras (2011), Sailor Gothic (2003), Imbalance (2002, an experimental sans), North Bergen (1996, a vernacular sans), Cuba (1996, 3d signage typeface based on a sign for the restaurant La Flor de Cuba on Bergenline Avenue in Union City, New Jersey), Vitrina (1996, connected lettering signage face), 1st Avenue, Sombra, 24hrs, Union Square (a bold stitching font), Calaveras (2011, based on a signage style in Buenos Aires called Fileteado), and Marquee. At Plazm, he made First Avenue (Plazm, 2000, based on an old metal neon sign) and Vitrina.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Javier Fuentes

Boston-based designer who was born in Cuba and raised in Venezuela. Behance link. He created the geometric outline typeface Jeroglifico (2011), and the Bauhaus-inspired outline typeface Dessau (2012).

Behance link. Cave Graphic Design link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lettering in Havana

Pictures from Havana (by yours truly, dated April 2003), and a brief report on type in Cuba. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mesa

"The Mesa Polyglot alphabet was invented by Juan Mesa (b. 1928), a Cuban-American living in Miami. It was designed as an easy-to-learn and simple-to-use alternative international alphabet." A Mesa font by Nicholas Fabian is included. See also here for MesaAnalogMedium (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nsibidi

From Nigeria and Cameroon: this script was invented by the Ejagham people of southeastern Nigeria and southwestern Cameroon. The ideographs represent life among the Ejagham. Today, nsibidi is still widely used by Cuban blacks and called anaforuana and used by such secret societies as the Abakua. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pablo A. Medina
[Cubanica Fonts]

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Pablo Ferro

Famous American movie title designer, b. 1935, Antilla, Oriente Province, Cuba. Pablo Ferro was raised on a remote farm before emigrating to New York with his family as a teenager. Ferro taught himself animation from a book by Preston Blair. In the mid fifties, he began freelancing in the New York animation industry for Academy Pictures and Elektra Studios. He met former Disney animator William Tytla, who became his mentor. Another peer was Stan Lee, the editor of Marvel Comics, with whom he created a series of science fiction adventure comics. In 1961 he became one of the partners to form Ferro, Mogubgub and Schwartz with animation stylist Fred Mogubgub and comics artist Lew Schwartz, and in 1964 he formed Pablo Ferro Films. Ferro worked on films such as Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove and The Thomas Crown Affair.

Wikipedia: Ferro has won over 70 national and international awards, among them numerous CLIOs, a DGA Excellence in Film Award, and several Lifetime Achievement awards. He has also received nominations from such highly regarded institutions as the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt. In 1999 Pablo was awarded the prestigious DaimlerChrysler Design Award, and in 2000 Pablo was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame.

His beautiful and quirky movie titling inspired many typefaces:

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Richard Frick

Swiss typographer who spoke at the Typocircle in London about Cuban typography on January 23, 2003. Author of Satztechnik und Typografie (GDP Verlag, coauthored with Christine Graber, Renata Minoretti, Martin Sommer), and Plakatkunst der kubanischen Revolution (RiFri-Edition). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio for Transcultural Design-Creative Solutions

Foundry in Vienna that makes gorgeous commercial fonts for African languages. These pictograms are so nice that I will list each of them. The complete font set retails for about 1000 USD.

  • Akelouke1: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Bete: symbols from Cote d'Ivoire, 1956.
  • Mezzouliet: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Indalag: cave writing from the Sahara, 5000BC.
  • Adinkra: modern symbols from Ghana.
  • Meroitic: Egyptian hieroglyphs.
  • Celto-Iberic: Spanish and North-African runes.
  • Canary: runes from the Canary Islands.
  • Bamum: pictograms from Liberia, 1890 and 1894.
  • Loma: Liberian script, 1930.
  • Vai: Liberian script, 1894. The Vai script was devised by Momulu Duwalu Bukele in about 1833 (Near Cape Mount, Liberia).
  • Nsibidi: a complex Nigerian system of pictograms and ideograms, known as Nsibidi (or Nsiberi) has been used traditionally in the cross river area of Nigeria, especially among the Ekoi, Igbo and Ibibio.
  • Nubian: Ethiopian script.
  • Amharic: Another Ethiopian script.
  • Ibo Geneva Style: Geneva with proper diacritics for Ibo.
  • Nigerian Times.
  • Pan African Arial Style.
  • Orisha Arial Style.
  • Djuka: A pictogram language from Suriname, 1910.
  • Voodoo (Veve): A particularly elegant set of pictograms found in Haiti.
  • Abakuá: Pictograms from Cuba, 1980.
  • Cabbal: Pictograms from Tobago, 1990.
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T-26
[Carlos Segura]

T-26 was founded in 1994 by the Cuban designer Carlos Segura, and is located in Chicago. It is one of the world's most prolific font producers, with over 1900 fonts made by about 200 designers.

List of font names and package numbers.

Segura himself made a few fonts, including Chopsticks (2002), Square45 (2000, a 5-weight font family with LCD-like lettering, with Tnop Wangsillapakun), Square 40 (1995, based on lettering found a 1940s propaganda sign).

Latest releases.

View T-26's typefaces. Another listing of the T-26 fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Yesmany Marrero

Graphic designer and illustrator Yesmany Marrero (La Habana, Cuba) created the circle-based geometric typeface Pepilla in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿