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Alex Trochut

Brooklyn, NY-based grandson of Joan Trochut of Super-Veloz fame, b. 1981, Barcelona. After completing his studies at Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny in Barcelona, Alex established his own design studio in Barcelona before relocating to New York City.

He is the codesigner with Andreu Balius of SuperVeloz (2005, TypeRepublic), a digital version of his grandfather's typeface. It won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. Balius says about this typeface originally created by Joan Trochut from 1920-1980: Super-Veloz could be considered as an Ornamental type design, but in its core it is an experimental typeface based on a set of modular features that, with the combining of its modules, a great range of typefaces, ornaments ---even illustrations---, could be made. That is perhaps the most interesting experiment in early modern type design ever made in Spain during the immediate years after the War. The lecture, considering the borders between type design and ornament design, will introduce the context where Joan Trochut's Super-Veloz was produced (from sketches to published brochures and speciments) in 1942. Also will explain how Super-Veloz works. It is really a "type-ornament" design that could be considered on the edge of what we call type design.

Alex has created design, illustration and typography for a diverse range of clients: Nike, Adidas, The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, BBC, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, The Guardian, The New York Times and Time Magazine. Alex Trochut's lettering must be seen to be believed---it has to be genetic transmission. Recurring themes include adorned initials and modular types. His numerical all-caps alphabet for British Airways is phenomenal and pushes the bling-bling to the fashionable extreme. Stunning dollar sign drawn by him in 2007 for Acido Surtido.

In 2009, he published Neo Deco at HypeForType. Noteworthy type treatments of that year include Nixon and the Futurecraft logo.

In 2012, he designed Trojan Font (like Trajan). He also did some stunning multiline alphabet for V Magazine. Also noteworthy is a swashy calligraphic logo for Wiz Khalifa and Atlantic Records.

Typographic picture by TDC55.

In 2013, Barcelona-based creative agency, Herraiz Soto commissioned Alex Trochut to create an original typeface collection titled Raw for Notegraphy.

In 2017, he made the color font Megazero at Fontself in Opentype SVG format.

In 2018, Alex Trochut and Sudtipos cooperated on Utopian and Dystopian. Utopian is a color font family based on primary colors and pure geometric shapes, influenced by Bauhaus and De Stijl. Dystopian, its black and white companion with square features of Renner's original Futura drawings, emits a darker look and evokes Trumpian gloom and doom.

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

Alexandre Bobeda
[House of X]

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Andreas Krisanto

Photographer in Singapore who created the futuristic typeface Dystopia (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew McCluskey

Independent game developer Andrew McCluskey (NAL Games, Dundee, Scotland, b. 1991) published hundreds of free typefaces before 2015 under the NAL label. In 2015, Andrew McCluskey, after becoming Allison James, joined forces with Daniel Johnston and set up Chequered Ink in bath, UK. They live in Newport, Wales. Andrew's pre-merger fonts are listed here.

Andrew McCluyskey designed the free LED-inspired Kinglify (2011), Digital Display (2012), and Princelify (2011). Manly Man (2011), Metal Arhyrthmetic (2011) and Ace Futurism (2011) are semi-octagonal. Consider Me Vexed (2011) and Pixel Flag (2011) are pixel typefaces.

In 2012, he made She Curls in the Mist, Xero's Karma, Pastcorps (army stencil), Gnome Splinters, Fought Knight, Vermin Vibes (futuristic), Vermin Vibes 1989 (pixel face), Vermin Vibes 2, Vermin Vibes 3 (2014), Vermin Vibes Diet, Vermin Vibes Redux, Dubbing Star (futuristic), Sorrier Statements, Particulator (an octagonal paper fold typeface), Coder's Crux (a pixel typeface created for programmers, FontStruct), Triggering Fanfares (octagonal), Alt West, Notalot25 (pixel face), Notalot35 (pixel face), Lord Juusai (inspired by the logo for Lord Tensai from WWE), Zephyr Jubilee (an alien language simulation typeface), Bevel Fifteen, Xero's Theorem (sci-fi), Sawchain (2012, FontStruct), Dubbing Step and Here Be Dubstep (FontStruct), Italic Bricks, Gang Wolfik (angular, +Blade), Ruaturecu, Quous Inno, Electramaniacal, Xodohtro-Nu (a black octagonal typeface), Distortion of the Brain, Berate the elementary (techno face), Not sure if weird or just regular, Opulent Fiend, Rawhide Raw 2012 (techno, inspired by the WWE Raw logo of 2012), Particulator II (octagonal), The Missing Link (trekkie), Thunderstrukk, Understrukk, Ganf Wolfik Blade (a pointy Blade style font).

Typefaces made in 2013: Call of Ops Duty, Spinebiting, Laceration, Casual Hardcore, Zany Races, Vermin Vibes 2 Nightclub, Exoskeleton, Perspire, Piston Pressure (sans), Particulator III, Liberty City Ransom (grunge), Zdyk Leo, Variety Killer (grunge), Savantism, Vermin Vision, Zdyk Sagittarius (a circle-based experimental font), Milestone One (a gaspipe sans), Comfortably Fucked, Noasarck (+Sporadico, +Quattro), Future Time Splitters, Heart Breaking Bad, Jan Hand, Erhank, Exoskeleton, The Rave Is In Your Pants, Minecraft Evenings (inspired by the Minecraft logo), FoughtKnight Victory (a video game font), Piescese, Comic Spans, Cauterise, Dead Font Walking (rough-edged poster font), Cutthroat Clawmarks, Eride (grunge), Effervescent Superbeings, Front Page News, Kill The Noise (brush script), Distort You A Lesson (grungy), Vermin Vibes 2 Black, Vermin Vibes 2 White, Vermin Vibes 2 Soft, Dubstep Cadence, Relapse Into Madness, Kings of Kings Lynn (dadaist), Smorgasbord, Scream When You'Re Ready, I Phone You Phone, Respire, Perspire, Vermin Vibes Slant, Sharp, Cursivertex, Rick Lobster (stencil face), Cursivertex, Vermin Vibes Dystopia (cyberpunk), Wabbit Sans, Calligraphy Aquiver, Agra Axera (knife-edged sci-fi face), The Keepsake Days, See You At The Movies, Xero's Proof, Vermin Vibes Out Of Ink (textured), Melancholic Roadeo, Wickermanor (a stiletto typeface), Lord Juusai Rises, Vermin Vibes Ex, Vermin Vibes Roundhouse, Just in the Firestorm, Stuntcroft (modular), Ghetto Magnetic (grunge), QA Reports (fat finger typeface), Y-Andermo (stiletto style), Dragon Slapper.

Typefaces from 2014: Man Flu (FontStruct), Zany Races, Big Quicksand, Modern Caveman, Alpha Sapphire (a Pokemon typeface), Omega Ruby (a Pokemon typeface), Schweiz, Beta (FontStruct), Jawbreaker (FontStruct), Tomorrow Wind, Embezzler, Royal, Final Gambit (grungy athletic lettering), NAL Hand, Fingbanger, Dont Waste That Napkin (squarish font), Bold Testament, Cisgender, NonchalantLove, Grelsey Kammar (sic), Valiant (stencil), Anger Management, Italipixel, Ultramarine, Nero (sci-fi font), Bamboozler, Seriffic, High Jinks, Iregula (sic), LNR Phonetic Alphabet, Primary School, Playtime (3d face), Electromagnetic Lungs, Node to Nowhere, Alienated (trekkie font), Questrian, Scars, Da Se Nei (art deco), Dance Floor (dot matrix face), Edge Cutting, Lord Juusai reigns, Superpower Synonym (fat brush), Fought Knight Die (techno), The Thrill of the Kill, Lay of the Land, Deavantgar (art deco), Confidel, Fight Night, Comeback of the Damned, Vermin Vibes Corrupto, Chandstate, Scars, Bustin Jieber (pixel typeface), A Dash of Salt, Come Rain or Fall, Xsotik, Sanseriffic (avant-garde sans), Cassius Garrod, Effortless Tattoo, Coder's Crux 2, Radaro, Overdrive Sunset (brush face), Dead CRT, Fatality's Edge, Tolerant, Coder's Crux 2 (dot matrix), Consider Me Vexed (pixel face), Diamante, Pixel Flag, Aardvark CWM Type, Enter The Grid, Vermin Vibes 2 EDM XTC, Byron, See You at the Movies 2, And Then It Ends, God Hates Westboro, Writing Without Ink, Zdyk Aquarius, Curvert, Superdie, Rocky Road, Animal Silence (constructivist), Gnaw Hard, 19th Century Renegade, Trip Trap, Freudian Slit, Digital Dismay (LED face), Zdyk Pisces (circle-based typeface), Zdyk Scorpio, Guilty Treasure (techno), Wolfganger (inspired by Wolfgang Gartner), Xero's Retreat, Sitdown (octagonal), Stencylette, No More Justice (blackletter), Masterblast (sci-fi), Kesha (sci-fi), Primal Dream, Grandma's Television, Keyboard Warrior, Foughtknight, Blissful Thinking, Positive Reinforcement, The End of Days.

Typefaces from 2015: This Sucks (pixel font), Front Page Neue, Vermin Vibes Mert, Rock Elegance, Stripes.

Typefaces from 2016: Enter The Grid, Fill In The Gaps, FoughtKnight, Grunge Tank, Alt West.

Dafont link. Most of his typefaces were made using FontStruct, where he is known as NAL or Notalot. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Robinson

UK-based creator (b. 1967) at FontStruct in 2008 of Metal Vampire (athletic lettering meets vampire), Moonbase Tokyo (neat futuristic oriental simulation), Sir Robin's Minstrels (blackletter), Starscraper (techno), Moonmonkey (outline LED font), First.

In 2010, he added the non-FontStruct typefaces Chromium (a great special effect face), Clawripper, Dirty Play, HairyMonster, HairyMonsterSolid, Punched, and Slasha, mostly inspired by blood, guts, and murders. Static Buzz (2010) is a texture face. Newcastle (2010) is a castle-themed alphabet. Blinger (2010) is a star-studded outline face. New York Punk (2010) is grungy. Dinosaurs (2011) is a dingbat face. NUFC Shield (2011) is a shield face. Zombified (2011) and Sound Sample (2012) are grunge typefaces.

Rollerball 1975 (2012) is the font used in the Rollerball movie. Western Show Caps (2012) is a Western circus font. Stoned (2012) evokes letters carved in stone.

In 2013, Robinson published the textured athletic lettering font Robbie Rocketpants, Airlock, Cargo Bay (a great army stencil, with a negative letter option), Dogma (a grungy Lombardic face), and the grungy blackletter typeface Flesh Wound. MDMA (2013) is a halftone simulation texture face. Barbarian (2013) is an alphading typeface on the theme of swords. Camouflage (2013) is a textured typeface. Atheist (2013) is an outline typeface. Power (2013) is inspired by lettering on pwer buttons. Witching Hour (2013) is a halloween font. Dystopian Future (2013) is a grungy typeface. Olde Stencil (2013) is a stenciled blackletter typeface. Anonbats (2013) has scanbats and dingbats related to the famous hacker group Anonymous. Creature Feature (2013) is a slimy typeface. Ka Blamo (2013) is a comic book font. Beer Goggles (2013), Supercreep (2013), KaBoing (2013), Gloop (2013, an oil slick face), Voodoo Vampire (2013) and Ye Olde Oak (2013) are textured typefaces. Anti Everything (2013) is a blood drip typeface. PCB (2013) is a printed circuit board font. Dickensian Christmas (2013) is a decorative Christmas font.

Typefaces from 2014: Spondulix (hacker type), War Wound, Lasso of Truth, Counter Dial.

Typefaces from 2015: English Football Club Badges, Fuzzy Cops, Kick to the Face (oriental simulation).

Typefaces from 2016: Squeal Piggy.

Typefaces from 2019: Footy Scarf.

Dafont link. Aka Anfa. Home page. Another URL. FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Art Dystopia

Designer of Art Dystopia (2015) and Art Dystopia II (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aswin Menon

While at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore-based graphic designer Aswin Menon created the free ball terminal-laden Latin display typeface Mysore (2015). In 2018, he published the Latin / Sanskrit fusion font Yuga, and the squarish futuristic and dystopian cyberpunk typeface Neototem. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Axel Gustafsson

Self-described as an exile Swede and medieval rockstar currently studying Graphic Design at Westerdals SoC in Oslo, graduating summer 2013.. At Westerdals, he developed Dystopia (2012), a monospaced typeface inspired by retrofuturism and repressive social control systems.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Branded Quotes

Creator of these typefaces:

  • In 2015: The heavy brush typefaces Befitting Script, Chasing Embers (watercolor brush), Surfing Capital and Academy Killer, the textured poster typefaces Endurest and Mild Life, the dripping blood typeface Another America, the fat finger font Noble Notes, and the watercolor brush typeface Surfing Capital. His commercial typefaces include the brush scripts Haze, Worthwhile, River Drive, Asphalts Brush, Asphalts Display, Easycore Brush, Surfing Capital, Hundredth, and the hand-crafted typefaces Shorelines (Script and Display), Noble Notes, Dreamwalker, Haze, and Alien Playlist.
  • In 2016: Another Danger, Taken by Vultures (connected script), Sunrise International, Breathtaker, Easycore, Strained (wet brush typeface).
  • In 2017: Lightheart, Oh Wonderful, Lightheart, Eclipse (dry brush).
  • In 2018: Made by Bears (brush), Lightsaber, Foxing (an SVG Opentype brush font), Run (a speed font).
  • In 2019: Everything Rises, Chapters, Ocean Rush (dry brush), The Midnight.
  • In 2020: Thunderlightning Script (monoline), Timelines (script), Horsemen (an inky brush typeface), Mindflyers (an all caps comic book family), Sharkbite (a grungy version of American Frights), American Frights (an all caps dystopian wedge serif face).

Dafont link. Another URL. Creative market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carlos González Echevarría

FontStructor from Madrid, known as Ulrico, who made these typefaces in 2012: Planeto Rocko, Hermetica Modern Gothic, Old Future (art deco), Deimos, All Bricks Reserved, the 3d typeface Cubicula, New Dystopia, Another Brick in the Scroll, All Bricks Reserved, Moondular, Recursos Humanoides. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniela Bermudez

Cali, Colombia-based designer of the dystopian typeface Darkrise (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fernando Rivas
[Suture Art]

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Fontease
[Kolyu Kolev]

Bulgarian designer of Waffelstein (2020), a dystopian typeface that mixes blackletter with heavy metal, zeppelins and video games. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

George Dobrogeanu
[Something Design]

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Hanief Farandi
[Simetris (was: Hanief Studio, or: Hanzel Studio, or: Hanzel Space)]

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Here East
[Nastia Piven]

Minsk, Belarus-based designer of the logotype Carpazzi Soft (2014) and Grossweight Stencil (2018). She also created Turnu (2018), a squarish logofont for a new Danish taxi service. Other fonts from 2018 include One Manchester (squarish), Tech Tape, OCR Camp, Pretty Much Fur, and Fat Porn.

Typefaces from 2020: Beier Third, Fatporn 2.0, Flatten, Galcher, Lorcan Mist, Papa Bear (counterless), Rolling Script, TT Techtape Font, Turn Denmark (squarish), Wallnutt Corps (hipster, dystopian, caps only). [Google] [More]  ⦿

House of X
[Alexandre Bobeda]

Alexandre Bobeda is a type and digital designer, writer, author and publisher from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, whose studio is House Of X. His typefaces include the experimental dystopian typeface Tecmo (2020) and the display typeface Weyni (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Intaglio

Prolific designer of these typefaces at FontStruct in 2008: Mausoleum, Quarantino, Strontium (heavy octagonal), Redactor (inline; athletic lettering), Coppertones, Copperthief Gothic, Disarticulate, Adamantine, Spindlery, Thalamicus, Monolog, Abstruction, Banned Rotunda, Less Rotunda, Blabbermouth, Hackney, Circumfence, Circle Play, Outlandish, Cannibaal, Valedictory, Hegemony, Sansibal, Shoptima, Toobatu, Dwarven, Evonce, Magog, Fuego, Empyreus, Upscale, Quickie, Svengali, Amanuensis (hairline), Whitechapel, Interzone, Annexia, Mugwump, Misterioso, Slitcom, Mud Indigo, Integer, Optimist, Interim, Tredd (athletic lettering face), Brilliant Corners, Palimpsest, Trudge Fix, Plangent Shaven, Plain James Bond, Spikeful, Plain James, Portia, Juliette, Rotunda One, Dystopian, Fed Up, Mag Lev, Eensy, Simpatico, Afterburn, Fongeray, Less-Sirvere, Levio-sah, Oddity-oldstyles, Planar-light, Plangent, Plangent-semi-serif, Plangent-shaven, Prester-John, Spin Doctrine, Tabula, X-Sirvere, abricado, aubrey, chunki-phat, chunki-slim, chunki, cold-shoulders, emerald-city, epistrophy, experiment, flawa-pawa, fongamatah, gematria-experiment1, gematria, malinki, massif, modnera, nutty-slab, okey-dokey, patina, planar-book, planar, plangent, simplex-b, slantfest, slinky, solidad, solitude, souvlaki, space-oddity, spin-doctrine, splayful, too-much-caffeine, travelclock-alt, travelclock, tredd, trudge-fix, Zinzan (blocky headline face), Sir Vere (haha---he writes A Bodoni that won't take its meds; still, a great-looking simulation of Bodoni's balls), More Sirvere and Less Sirvere (derived from Sir Vere), Ugly Beauty, Tito Puente, Plain James Bold (octagonal), and First Sampler.

Faces from 2009: Infrastruct Hairline, Untag, Scansion, Manganesi, Curly Queues, Culdeslack, Clerestory, Snurkle, Arabica, Mishmash, Processor, Insomnia, Spatial Test, Furtiva, Wedgistry, Semiotica, Prince Edward, Imprimatur, Reverie, Spikenard (octagonal), Brusque (heavy slab serif), Flikki Crude, Crudenza, Arvid, Makizmo (black mechanical), Purdy, Whaddya, Timaru, jehoshophat, Octane, Purdy, spikenard, Slabba Dabba Doo, Attempa, Meshugge, Shvoss, Ruffian, Leterodoxi, Anuva, Jehoshophat, Tagliana (typewriter style), Mocktura (fat octagonal), Pustulate, Fuego, Souvlaki, Palimpsest, Onsquared (about which he writes Please excuse the X. He badly needs to go for a pee), Octavia (octagonal art deco face), Queasy Peasy, Slubgob, Squibnib, Micro Splotchika, Mixter (octagonal), Odile, Transept.

Typefaces from 2010: Ropey Sans, Compositor, Dooble Trouble, Flopsical, Dulcet, Sprig Latin, Flux, Yabadaba, Holdem (Western style), Elvira (octagonal), Adhoc, Little Schema, Fiddledy-Dee, Triplecheck, Rusty Blades, Crudenza, Zingaling (kitchen tile), Ornery, Strictly Boardroom, Serif Test, Merenge, Ugly Sister, Cholestera (heavy mechanical face), Prefab.

Production in 2011: Albedo (Egyptian), Candyrock Mountain, Cooperite (Cooper Black relative), Ran Tan, Rangitoto (fat, almost-blackletter face), This Little Piggy, Boxica (an angry angular face), Carpathian (almost blackletter), Kinnybuns (almost art deco), Wallachia (stencil blackletter), Ubend (organic, almost LED face), Quickstep, Basket Case, Flik Flack, Effigy, Laguna, Barbary.

Typefaces from 2012: Vertical Hold, Heresy Arcfun (a play on positive and negative spaces), Morphology (wide elliptical display face), Sausinges.

Typefaces from 2013: Chinoiserie. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jack D. Thompson

Graduate of the City of Glasgow College and Caledonian University. During his studies, Glasgow, Scotland-based Jack Thompson created the display typeface Astraco (2014), the hipster typefaces Dystopia (2015, multilined) and the free art deco typeface Quartz (2015), which was possibly renamed Xthlx (free).

In 2016, he designed the free hand-crafted typeface Dragonfly. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jack Thompson

Graduate of Glasgow College and Glasgow Caledonian University. Glasgow, Scotland-based designer of the titling sans typeface Alterner (2019). The typeface and presentation were influenced by the typographic work of Jean-Luc Godard.

In 2015, he published the art deco typefaces Plaza (art gallery style) and Xthlx (dystopian). In 2016, he designed the hand-printed typefaces Spagwetti and Dragonfly.

In 2019, he released his second dystopian (this time, origami-inspired) typeface, Origama, and the high-contrast film noir font Jean-Luc. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacob Jan Wise
[Wise Type]

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Juha Korhonen

Juha Korhonen (b. 1966, aka Junkohanhero) is a Finnish artist and type designer, who created these free fonts:

  • In 2006: Tasapainoaisti (grunge), Type-Ra (old typewriter), 60 Sekuntia (grunge), Waving My Arms in the Air (dingbats), Cold Night for Alligators (grunge), Shangri-La (handwriting), Horros, How Can I Organize My Garage?, They're coming to take me away, Hullunkruunu (grunge), Liitu (grunge), Snakepit (dings), In My Head (grunge), FCockroach (grunge), 3-2-1 Jungbats (which includes a Deux Chevaux!), Aamunkoi (handwriting), Not now, I have a headache!, Kulminoituva, Kallot (skeleton dingbats), Ummagumma (handwriting), finitimusiungo, jungodingbats, Junkos Typewriter (almost a ransom note font), notakangaroo (handwriting), Minenookenguru, ympyroity.
  • In 2007: 215000E, 6000km, Gubben-I-L, Hevonen, Horros, IKHIOOGLA2, IKHIOOGLA3, IKHIOOGLAcow, IKHIOOGLAone, IKHIOOGLAwithout, Postinkantaja-Job (ransom note face), They're-coming-to-take-me-away, Jungobungo (ransom note), Nollapistet (grunge), VieraskirjanPeto (skull dingbats), Maksukehoitus (white on black), Avain (dingbats of keys), Pink Bazooka, Phorssa (ransom note), Bones (pirate font), 215000EURO (ransom note), DINGDONG (dingbats including a 2CV), CKAS (tape dingbats), JoskusEi (grunge), Puoli-ihminen, Zupagargonizer, ZupagargonizerT, Puoli Ihminen (hand-printed), Polla (a great scratchy ink stain lettering font in the style of Treefrog), Wahroonga, Tienpaalla (traffic signs), Typenoksidi (old typewriter), Pozo, Pozotwo, Pozothree, Pozofour (Kafkaesque). He also made the dingbats Avain, Tajunnan-tuolla-puolen (movie dingbats), Vieraskirjan-Peto, Payday (white on black).
  • In 2008: Melkein Aito Kopio (tool dingbats), Znort3000 (white on black grungy typewriter), Oravanpyörä (white on black outline face), Ellet Niin (ransom note face), Kuusinollakahdeksan (ransom note font), Jadefedga08, Jadefedgah80, Jadefedgah8002 (all ransom note fonts), Jormadorka (more ransom notes), Maaliskuu (handwriting), PajaRaja, Aikasiirtyma, Bugghet.
  • In 2009: Tarkistatiedot, Bugebol, Harmaa Perkele (grungy outline face), Huomenna (grunge outline), Betelgeuse (hand-printed), Merkurius (more grungy outlines), GhundZiliag, Laboratoriokoira (grunge), PolviHumppilasanoo.
  • In 2010: Tammikuunkolmas, Kosminentaustasateily (old typewriter), SinisenharmaaPerkele, Osasto329suljettu.
  • In 2011: 19000paarmaa, Tunnepinta, Vuosivuodelta (grunge).
  • In 2014: Adieresis, Air-Atlas, Appendix (ransom note font), Bactosaurus, Bad-Pizza-wth-Pepperoni, Bad-Pizza, Bakesaurus, Balochisaurus, Bambiraptor, Beast-Of-Burden, Bilbao (a fat rough brush face), Birds-Requiem-Svart, Birds-Requiem, Bug-Report, Burgerbuzz, Buzz-Aloha, BwheroGreeZero, Cactus-Tequila, Charlie Dont Surf, Chryse-Planitia, Culdesac, Cyberpnuk2, DSIODRER, DSIODRER2, Damsterdam, Downleft (3d typeface), Drop!, Existence, Firebug, GogolSimone&Monroe (textured), GROmagnon, Gromagroo, Handful of Nothing (grunge), Hangen-henki, Hangover, Haudankorva, Helleplus 32, Hetkea Myohemmin, Hiekkalasi, huhtikuu, Human Error, Hyeenan-haukotus, Inertia-Creeps, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Jamaica Aroma (grunge), Jazz Zebra, Jockey Full of Bourbon (white on black letters), Jupiter (children's script), Kaktuspiste, Kalmari (blackletter), Keskiyon-Lumisade, Kothika (grungy blackletter), Krakle!, Kulkeuma, Kuumotus, Lasihiekka, Lean on me, Liima,-paperi,-sakset-2 (ransom note font), Llama-Grazy, Llama-Mad, Louis Cypher, Lumenharmaa, Lumihyeena (ransom note font), Lyhyt-Lauantai (children's script), Me-and-your-mother, Mechanical-Machine (old typewriter), Metalbox, Mustasurma, Muurahaiskarhu (weathered calligraphic script), Nasty MSG, Neptunus, Nirhauma, Nopee Torstai, Noppalukemat, Onion-soup, Paltamo 88300, Persona Non Grata (grungy ransom note font), Pintaväre, Plastika-Elektronika, Pyromaani, Quark Zone, Quiet Evening (old typewriter typeface), Quiet Zoo, Red Rabbit, Rho Cassiopeiae, RGMB 6044 Str, Rottapuisto, Ruoste, Rush-Minute, Rust Never Sleeps, Sadannes, Sensory Cortex, Sensuroitu, Siamese-Twins, Singalonga, Singapore, Sitruunahyeena, Skinny Zebra (shaded face), Snapz!, Soul-Sister, Stranger-In-You, Takapiru, Takapiru2, Tempo-Minimo-Bass, Terra, Terraario, Terrieri, Territorio, Terrorisoija, Tomorrow-Comes-Today, Torstai-perjantai, Tricky-Christine (all caps Treefrog style inky script), Trolli, Tulihuuma, Tulikuume, Typetype, Typetys, Typistys, Typpea (old typewriter), Union-soap, Wallowxenon, Whisper in the Dark, White Elk, Wripetyter (old typewriter), Wrong-place-right-time, Wrong-time-right-place, Wrong-time-wrong-place, Xmas Year Zero, Yericho-Punx, ZIGZAGZOEL, Zombie Queen (grungy old typewriter).
  • In 2015: 49 Birthdays, A Box For, All Rights Reserved, Almost-like-the-blues, Androidi Pisa, Aurinko, Avojaloin (old typewriter), Boring, Blacklist, Blah-blah-bang, Blank Eye, Burn Out Fade Away, Beyond-These-Things, Can-you-ever-see-a-whole-circle, Children-of-the-revolution, Close-your-eyes, Cut The Crap, Dancing-in-the-dark, Dark-Dream, Dark-was-the-night, Deafening Silence, Destroy-X, Dharma Bum, Dharma Punk, Digi Ziggy, Divisible-Invisible-High, Divisible-Invisible-Low, Drenazmozgow, Dystopia, Eight Days A Week, Endrophenomeua, Ensimmäinen-kevät, Every Little Thing That You Did, Everything is possible, Feeling Babylon (shaded typeface), Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow, Forty Six, FourFiveSixSevenEight, GalvanizeBurn, Garbage Guerilla, Glingzerminator, Good-And-Evil-Day, Good-And-Evil-Night, Green-Dream, Have-nothing-to-do-with, Hidden Zebra, Holy Cow, Humectez-La-Mouture, Hyvä voittaa pahan, Hugo Z, Ice-cream-for-crow, Ihana-Perkele-Alaston, Ihana-Perkele, I Love You, Instant Karma, Instant-Nirvana, Is That Clear, Is-there-anybody-out-there?, January Threed, Justaword, Kasuaari-kirjastossa, Keveat Sandaalit, Killing Me Softly, Kasuaari-kirjastossa, Kirjainkone (old typewriter), Kirkuvanpunainen kirsikk, Kiss Me My Darling Kiss Me (grunge), Last-living-souls-Dark, Last-living-souls-Dirty, Last-living-souls-Shadow, Last-living-souls, Lauantaiaamu-7:25, Lazy Opossum, Life is so wonderful, Lilith X, Lost in Moments, Lovely Weekend, Lower Atmosphere, Lumi-nauroit, Manamansalo (shaded hand-crafted font), Mandelio di Paedre (textured), Metamorphose Requiem (blackletter), Moa, Molienda de Paedra (textured), Moons of Jupiter, Nicotine Love, Nie Zabawne Komik, Nirepnirun-atsum, Nirepnirun-oivuk, Nirepnirun-oknalb, Nollanaama, Onnenmyyra (halftone emulation), Open-your-eyes, Oranssi Hohde (textured), Paljain Jaloin (grunge), Pikku-Julmuri, Pink-T-shirt, Puolelta Toiselle, QWERTYpe (old typewriter), Quicksand-x, Radar Echoes Unclear Atmosphere, Raparperitaivas, Read between the lines, Redhair, Refuse-to-bow-down, Regurgance, Requiem-for-A (blackletter), Rhinoceros (a pretty Treefrog script), Rip-off, Road-to-nowhere, Ronttifontti, Rye Field, Safe-from-harm, Screaming Red, Sekunda, Seven Deadly Sins, Shadow Catcher, Six Feet Under, Slave-only-dreams-to-be-king, Some-Distant-Memory-Dark, Some-Distant-Memory, Something-in-the-air, Something in the Way, Sonic Barrier, Sound of Silence, Syntax Error, Syyskuu-repaleinen, TakeYourClothesOffWhenYouDance, Tango Psychedelia (old typewriter), Tell Us Pangaia, The-Beginning-Of-Memory, Thirteenth Floor 2, This-side-up, Time Goes So Slowly, Toinen Tammikuu, Too-drunk-to-fuck, Uglygoodbad, Uglygoodbaddark, Under the Influence (grungy texture), Unfinished-Sympathy, Universal Mind, Universedge, Universum Invenire, Velvet Queen, Viimeinen-syksy, Villasukat, Walk-with-me-now (letterpress emulation), Waste-of-time, Waveternity, White Elephant, White-funky-rabbit, White-light,-black-line, White Submarine, Windy Indigo, World Without End, Xsdeterminatoer (sic).
  • Typefaces from 2015 published in 2016: Dark Monday (ransom note font), Jinzingoer, No More Lies, Cubebroken, Cult-of-the-toucan, Doublpeopl, InvisiblerrorEdge, InvisiblerrorFast, Invisiblerror, Jugglingoose, On-the-horizon, Raccoon, Strawolverine, Wantedo, Edge, Black is not a color, Apocalypse, Disturbo, Black Owl, Spirit Ritual, Woodcut, Animals are like people, Tox Typewriter, I Believe In Life Before Death, Crab, Dieproud, In the deep dark woods, Chic Chak Zubra (Treefrog style), Non Watercolor, April-Fools'-Day-Crazy-vrs, April-Fools'-Day-Silly-vrs, April-Fools'-Day, As-long-as-I-can-hold-my-breath, Floating-tin-can, Head-like-a-hole, Here-Just-Now-Black, Here-Just-Now-Out, Here-Just-Now, Scratch-X-Black, Scratch-X, Shoemaker, Skriik!-Electro-mechanical-mach, Thin-king, Blinded-by-desire, Brake-a-leg, Deja Vu Dive, Greater-than-the-sum-of-its-par, Hell-is-round-the-corner, I-love-the-smell-of-rain, Kopio-639, March-of-the-pigs, Methods-of-escape, Overdose, People-per-square-kilometer, Right-where-it-belongs, The-universe-in-a-nutshell, This-is-nu-jazz, Torture, Trashbox (white on black), Walk-this-way, What-is-this--some-kind-of-joke (white on black), Why-do-we-blink-so-frequently (old typewriter), 2016-Bugs, 3-Times-Recycled-Old-Newspaper, 3TimesRecycledOldNewspaper, Always-Been-Right, Amateur-Dirty, Amateur-Naked, Amateur-Slash, Another-name-for, Brief-Moment-Between, Bubu-Ghost, By-the-way, Contrite-in-spirit, Crash-test-dummy, Dead-end, Dimension-Zero, Dirty-Old-Town, Dreamer-Eternal, Dreamer, Endless-heartache, Feel-the-universe, Found-my-way-out, Grapevine, Grasshopper-Z, GrasshopperZ, Hehku, Here-we-are-now,-entertain-us, Hidden-meanings-Italic, I've-seen-that-face-before, I-Did-It-My-Way, I-tell-you-all-my-secrets, IDidItMyWay, Is-there-time-in-outer-space?, Jokioinen, Kube-Vertiko, KubeVertiko, Lazarus-Oz-Kolsvart, Lazarus-Oz-Moerkt, Lazarus-Oz-Syndfri, Lazarus-Oz, Libertango, More-news-from-nowhere (white-on-black), Now-your-conscience-is-clear, Paradox-Mosaic, Paranoid Orange, Pelkistettya todellisuutta (old typewriter), Piparivahtiperhonen-Itio, Piparivahtiperhonen, Planet-Garbage, Secretly-wishing-for-rain, Send-me-a-postcard, Sun-zoom-spark, Through-the-night (old typewriter), Trash!-More-trash!, Trash-Zydego, Tremolo-Flaw, with-righteous-indignation,-aga, with-righteous-indignation, Dark-Underground, Feelings-On-Off, From-here-to-eternity-too, From-here-to-eternity, Fuga-de-cerebros, Gsubadaslowly, Hell-Finland, Hello-Finland, It-started-here,-again, It-started-here, Lost-in-the-supermarket, Muspi-Merol-Krad, Muspi-Merol-Mirg, Muspi-Merol-Thgil, Razterhunch-Burn (textured typeface), Razterhunch-Shadow, Razterhunch, Sister-Morphine, Syntinen-ihminen-on-kaunis-ihmi, Tropic-of-Cancer, Velvet-Dream, Viiden-pennin-operetti, Auribus-tenere-lupum, Big-Bubu, Completely-Nonsense, Corner-Dark-Distance, Corner-Dark-Just-X, Corner-Dark (white on black font), How-do-you-sleep?, How-low-is-low?, Karmakooma, Long-distance-call, On-aika-soittaa-sinfonia, Pink-Bunny-2, Pink-Bunny, Pink-Chaos, Right-to-remain-silent, Rough-Simple.

    Typefaces from 2017: Pink Kangaroo, Punktype, Dog Foz Zebra, Mondmonkey, Quiet Horror Story, Strawobbly, Better Get Ready, Flea Market Finds, Background Noise, Rhythm Vino, Echoes, Music For Empty Apartments, Synonym Blank.

    Typefaces from 2018: Blockheads (white on black), Blue Sky Blue Grass, Lievidence (a ransom note font), Quick Pangolin, Brillianthre.

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Kolyu Kolev
[Fontease]

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Kristina Ulicna

I was waiting for the first racist font in this dystopian era. That honor goes to Slovakian designer Kristian Ulicna with Jugos (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laïc
[Maciej Polczynski]

Laic is the type foundry founded in 2018 by Warsaw, Poland-based type designer Maciej Polczynski. His typefaces:

  • As part of his Bachelor's project at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technologies in 2016, Maciej Polczynski (Warsaw, Poland) designed the sans typeface Ayka.
  • In 2016, as part of Warsaw Types, he designed the vintage technical typeface Cyrulik and writes: Cyrulik is inspired by technical stencil lettering found on electrical and mechanical devices in Warsaw, and a prewar headline display font---Cyklop---used in a newspaper called Cyrulik Warszawski. The font design combines a strong and sturdy form with delicate and modern details, reflecting the contemporary character of Warsaw. Cyrulik comies in Rounded, Sharp and Stencil styles and is free.
  • In 2017, at The Designers Foundry, he published the display typeface Solenizant, which covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Obibok (2018): Obibok (2018). Obibok is a Polish word describing a lazy person. It is a modern sans serif typeface family consisting of five styles (Light, Regular, Bold, Black and Inversed). This fine geometric typeface was extended and modified in 2020 as Obibok Sans.
  • Maruder (The Designers Foundry). A reverse contrast typeface, 2018-2019.
  • Prostak. A plain geometric sans.
  • Ozzy.
  • Nieuk. An experimental modular typeface.
  • Krayewski: Krayewski is a display typeface based on sketch lettering of Andre de Krayewski from his book cover "Moje Okladki" (2014). Andrzej Krajewski (b. Poland) was an outstanding illustrator and designer who developed his own style mixing art-deco and pop art, and was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw under the supervision of Wojciech Fangor and Henryk Tomaszewski. Krayewski is unicased. It consists of Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts. It was released at Laic in 2019.
  • Retor (2018-2019). A 6-style text typeface family.
  • Rygor (2018). An art nouveau typeface based on lettering by illustrator and publisher Ignacy Chodorowicz.
  • Wiwat (2019). A contemporary sans inspired by deco. In six weights.
  • Nielot (2019). Nielot (Polish for flightless) is a plain, geometrical typeface. It was inspired by posters created by designers representing Russian Constructivism.
  • Figura (2019). A nearly monolinear contemporary interpretation of a grotesque typeface.
  • Eksces (2019). A squarish display family.
  • Ozzy (2019, Laic). Described as calligraphic funk, this typeface by Brody Neuenschwander and Maciej Polczynski cannot be properly classified.
  • Figiel (2020). A stylish wide monoline sans typeface family inspired by art deco streamline architecture.
  • Elektyk (2020, +Stencil). A quirky exaggerated display typeface.
  • Hybrida (2020). The slab version of Eklektyk, daring, in-your-face, and dystopian.
  • Pionek (2020). A condensed all caps headline sans.
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Maciej Polczynski
[Laïc]

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Mike Hill

Crewe and/or Manchester, UK-based designer of Order (2019: a free dystopian typeface), Helton (2019), Cedar Ridge (2018: a condensed all caps sans family), Sketchmate (2018: a marker pen font), Rhode (2018: Sans + Stencil), Flare (2018: a free high-contrast display typeface), Amphi (2017: a modern serif, +stencil, +glitched), Kodek (2017: monoline sans), Halken (2017), Claxton (2017), Daze (2017: a quaint sans), Fiore (2017), Ornate (2017, art deco), Polar (2017, brush font), Samson (rounded sans, 2017), Reign (2017, a stately all caps serif), Lucid (2016, a poster sans with a castrated e), Daybreak (2016), Blok (2016, an all caps rounded poster typeface in Regular and Rough styles), Venture (2016, a rounded poster sans typeface), Fifty Five (2016, a free art deco typeface), Highrise (2016, a tall sans display typeface), Quoyle (2015, curled and non-curled: a vintage typeface) and Order (2015, +Rounded, +Outline: a free sans family). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mitchell Smith

Creator (b. 1991) of the free font Dystopia (2012) described as a mix of grunge and art deco. It was developed for an assgnment at TAFE. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Dystopian typefaces

A visual comparison of many of the commercial digital dystopian typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nastia Piven
[Here East]

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Oli Smart

Birmingham, UK-based graphic designer and photographer. Creator of the metal-look octagonal font Dystopia (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pranay Ravi Chandra Babu

As a student at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Pranay Ravi Chandra Babu designed the display typeface Digital Dystopia (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sean Coady
[Vintage Type Co]

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Simetris (was: Hanief Studio, or: Hanzel Studio, or: Hanzel Space)
[Hanief Farandi]

Sidoarjo, Indonesia-based designer (b. 1990) of these typefaces in 2019: Rumble (a sharp-edged sans), The Atlantic (a serif), Bellarinde, Brigan (a signage script), Janetta Silloam (a signature script), Crushed Stone (a dry brush typeface), Saltacrus, Angler, Ballmont, Andrellina (a signature font), Bakojin, White Smith, Buffallo (a sharp-edged serif), Petricia, Kastangel, Montena, Blustori, Binetta (signature script), Sanctuary Script, Raydric, Rombus, Sambosa, Opera, Caroline Script, Squatter Collins (script), Hilmy Sahid Script (a signature script), Sonic Blow (spurred, dystopian), Zafir, Atena, Moscovia (a rounded all caps sans), Desta Sans, Slightly Sans.

Typefaces from 2020: William Costinave, Renitta, Silmastin, Southnis (script), Bellisya (script), Royal Kevino, Britonia Sevagus (a decorative serif), Rosellinda Alyamore, Andellia Davilton, Softness, Stink (a wedge serif display typeface), Regoza, Trellis (a great wedge serif for display), Flamingo, Willow (a bold rounde serif), Croc (a fat display wedge serif), Brovile (a display serif), Refita (a striking wedge serif), Gilden (a Caslon), Selvina (a stylish sans), Silmastin (script), Briktail (a typeface with flared art nouveau terminals). Creative Market link for Hanief Studio. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Something Design
[George Dobrogeanu]

Ploiesti, Romania-based designer of Winchester Condensed (2014), Picnic Caps (2014) and Grocery Rounded (2014).

In 2015, he designed the beautiful watercolor brush typeface Toscana, the old typewriter font Enigma Typewriter Sans, the connected script typeface Melancolie, the script typeface Annabelle (2015), the hyper-curly script La Provence, and the thin avant garde fashion sans typeface Eva.

Typefaces from 2016: Tall and Tiny Font Duo, Novus Sans, Playbook, Agave, Wanda Script (which he calls a pin-up style), Capital (dry brush font), Halftone Sans (textured), Quantum, Dystopia.

Typefaces from 2018: Faun (an exquisite decorative caps typeface).

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Suture Art
[Fernando Rivas]

Sevilla, Spain-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Jack Kirby (2019), which fits entirely with his futristic and dystopian art illustrations. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vintage Type Co
[Sean Coady]

Graphic designer from Summerside and/or Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, who was located first in Edmonton, Alberta, and then in Moncton, NB, then in Toronto, and finally in halifax, Nova Scotia. He runs SRC Designs and founded Vintage Type Co in 2015 (not to be confused with Susan Townsend's Vintage Type, a company set up in the 1990s). Creator of the free sans titling typeface family Municipal (2013) and of the hand-printed typeface Fruit Sale (2013).

In 2014, he created Shifty Sailor (spurred), Hofmann (psychedelic typeface), Kalopsia Slab (a condensed slab serif family with an arts-and-crafts flair). One weight is free---the others can be bought here. He also created free User Interface Icons in 2014.

Typefaces from 2015: Jackal Display, Anaheim Gothic, Alehouse (vintage connected script), Dorchester Display (vintage Victorian typeface), Huxley (brush script), Drone Ranger (octagonal dystopian type), Authentico (vintage poster typeface in eight styles), Firefly (free poster font), Highbinder (an eroded vintage typeface), Adventurous Script (watercolor brush), Nomad Icon Font, Arctic Express (hand-crafted capitals).

Typefaces from 2016: VTC Numeric (free), Grindstone (vintage), Grindstone Script, Grindstone Sans, Midnight Owl, Southbank (free), Planet Rouge, Life Is Jazz Script, Mystery Tour (+Sans) (a layered Americana or circus font), Sugar Boats, Navy Queen (a nice free font influenced by vintage nautical posters).

Typefaces from 2017: Virgo Antique, Virgo Display, PressBox (letterpress and Americana emulation), Merchant Street Sans (eight stackable fonts), Old Spirits (spurred Victorian style), Prizefighter (art deco sans), Andre's Diner, Artisans Script (signature script), Milton Grotesque (a free all caps American grotesque), Queen Street (a layerable family).

Typefaces from 2018: Grindhaus Sans (geometric), Drone Ranger Pro (octagonal).

Typefaces frm 2019: VTC Bloke (a revival of Miller&Richard's Egyptian Expanded, a wide typeface reminiscent of the Egyptian wood types), VTC Horoscope.

Typefaces from 2020: VTC Elmwood (a modernized blackletter font family), Fellbaum Grotesk, VTC Fellbaum Grotesk.

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Viviane Jalil

Viviane Jalil was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. She studied at the University of Geneva and then the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. While at RISD, she created the propaganda poster typeface Dystopia (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wise Type
[Jacob Jan Wise]

Wise Type is an independent digital type foundry established in 2019 by Jacob Wise as a platform to distribute his own typefaces. The foundry was located in the UK but is currently based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Jacob Jan Wise graduated from Kingston University, class of 2017. Designer of these typefaces:

  • WT Kormelink (2019). Influenced by Victor Lardent's Times New Roman from 1931).
  • WT Kraft (2018). A spiky art nouveau typeface.
  • WT Monarch (2019). An update of Monarch, Monarch Nova (a typeface with tapered stems; with Margot Leveque) was released in 2020.
  • WT Skrappa (2019). Inspired by lettering designed by the prolific British designer Ken Garland in 1964 for the First Things First Manifesto. This manifesto, backed by over 400 designers, was a combined proclamation of solidarity against the accelerating consumerist culture of the era. The condensed Skrappa is one of the greatest dystopian fonts ever made.
  • WT Zaft (2019).

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