During her studies at FADU / UBA in Buenos Aires, Ailen Carcaba created the italic stylish poster typeface Honduras 122 (2015), the origami typeface paper Type (2014). Her poster for Brian De Palma's film Phantom of the Paradise (2014) is also noteworthy. [Google]
Nottingham / Derby, UK-based designer. He made the straight-edged experimental display typefaces Lazer Addiktz (2013: free EPS format typeface) and Next Level (2013). In 2016, he published an all caps poster entitled Alphabetica and the octagonal typeface family Ghetto. [Google]
Guttenberg, NJ-based creator of a few fun typographic posters based on quotes from the main characters in the show Mad Men. I especially like Remember Don, when God closes a door, he opens a dress (2011) and I'm not a solution to your problems. I'm another problem (2011). [Google]
During her studies in Monterrey, Mexico, Alejandra Garza designed a great typographic poster entitled Rafael Coronel Retrofutura (2014). Alejandra mixed Fette Unz Fraktur, IFC Los Banditos, and DIN Next LT Pro to obtain the hybrid typeface Oldtime Circus (2014). To celebrate Andy Warhol, she designed Pop Art Type in 2014. [Google]
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. Stunningdollar signdrawn by him in 2007 for Acido Surtido.
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. This graphic designer from Moscow made typographic compositions of Vladimir Yefimov's Cyrillization font called Mason (2010), which is based in turn on earlier work by Jonathan Barnbrook). [Google]
Palma de Mallorca-based creator of a nice typographic collection of posters entitled Carteles Leo Bassi (2011), which mix the Western circus poster style and art nouveau elements. Typefaces created by er include the paper cut typeface Diplodocus (2011), and the octagonal typeface That Tune (2012).
Eric Tabuchi has photographed trailer trucks on empty highways, each bearing one letter of the alphabet. His set of 26 trucks is perfectly uniform in scale and composition and lighting. His home page, where other alphabet series can be found. [Google]
Roberto Baldassari shows and discusses the fonts used in Space: 1999, from Data 70 (Esselte, 1970), to Futura Black, Futura Medium, Microgramma, and Eurostile Bold Extended to Countdown (an LCD font by Esselte, 1965). [Google]
Architect and graphic designer in Atlanta, GA. Amberlee created Josephine (2011, headline caps). She also created some fashionable calligraphic headline posters against child labor in 2011, based on Alejandro Paul's Poem Script.
Located in Recife, Brazil, Ana Elisa Ribeiro, a student at UFPE, created Brick (2012, FontStruct: a squarish face), Neon (2012, dot matrix face), Chippendale (2012, informal caps face), Continental (a spiked family based on the lettering for the aguardente by that name). [Google]
In 2012, she created the tall high contrast fashion typeface Kilimanjaro. Her Textappeal lettering from 2014 is also noteworthy. Her experimental typeface Floating Typescapes won an award at ProtoType in 2016.
Brazilian graphic design graduate from IADE, Portugal (in 2011), who is now located in Glasgow. Creator of Pinho (2010), a modular typeface made from nuts. She also made Hardcopy (2012, for the Hardcopy magazine). As an example of her typography in branding and logos, check out the work she did for Galeria Barbara Longhi in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Hungarian graphic designer and photographer in Sydney, who created the stylish piano key bespoke typeface Ficka in 2013. Andras created some interesting typographic examples such as Weapon of Math Destruction (2009) or Carbon FM 103.4 (2009).
Graphic designer based in Athens. Graduated from AKTO / Middlesex University London with the Higher Diploma of Education in Graphic Design. In the electronic vibe / futuristic category, Andreas Xenoulis's Elasma (2012) stands out---perfectly designed on a square spacing pattern, it evokes techno music like no other font. His silkscreened Bodoni poster (2011) is also worth a try. In 2012, his identity design for Pinka Cybernet Architects uses a rounded squarish techno face, Orbitron. [Google]
Andres Sanchez lives in Greenville, SC, where he does graphic and web design. Behance link. Creator of the circle-themed geometric monoline sans Neometric (2010, free at Dafont), and of a nice Wim Crouwel Lecture poster (2010).
Andrew Dick was born in 1983 in Victoria, B.C. Canada, and is a selftaught artist who currently lives in Fukui, Japan. He is inspired by DADA, surrealism, the Cobra movement and naive art. He uses colored crayons and pens, paint, black ink, stamps, collages etc for his simple shapes, lines and new interpretations of old masters. His oeuvre includes several interesting sets of cats and critters done in 2007. [Google]
Graphic designer. She created the display typeface Penguin (2012) and received a Creative Summit award for the packaging design for Kikkoman, in large part due to the effective use of a fantastic custom typeface. She also created the board game Typopoly in 2012. [Google]
Graduate of RISD, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and Parsons School of Design, New York. She created experimental alphabets such as Poop Font (2010). More seriously, she created Grandma's Crooked Finger (2010, a neatly hand-printed typeface with tall ascenders) and Bodoni Dust (2011, an artsy-fartsy didone). Klingspor link. [Google]
Legendary Swiss type teacher, b. 1920. Hofmann succeeded Emil Ruder as head of the graphic design department at the Schule für Gestaltung Basel (Basel School of Design) and was instrumental in developing the Swiss style of graphic design. His teaching methods were unorthodox and broad-based. He designed, and influenced the design of, books, exhibitions, stage sets, logotypes, symbols, typographical pieces, posters and sign systems. His work is recognized for its reliance on the fundamental elements of graphic form---the point, line, and shape. He retired in 1987. His output includes many fantastic typographic posters. Example.
The typophiles decry the lack of typographic passion at Monotype in 2011 in several ways. Chris Lozos an ugly ad for the 2011 release of Rotis II Sans. Others note that only the spreadsheet counts. An excerpt from their 2011 Annual Report: We derive a majority of our revenue from a limited number of customers, in particular manufacturers of laser printers and mobile phones. For the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008, our top ten licensees by revenue accounted for approximately 50.8%, 47.1% and 46.3% of our total revenue, respectively. Their clientele consists of laser printing companies, publishing houses, mobile device firms, and large corporations. Others point to the visual degradation of another Monotype subsidiary, ITC. Stephen Coles points the finger at New York's design company Happy Cog. [Google]
British illustrator who got a Masters degree in 2004 from the University of Huddersfield. Now, located in Toronto, he created some nice hand-lettered chalk mural pieces such as one called Metcalf Interns--it has the names of all 2001-2011 Metcalf interns.
Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University in Salt Lake City, who is based in Sandy, UT. His typographic work/posters is first-rate. See, for example, this a. In 2015, he designed the hand-crafted typeface Miquel, Rough Rider (rough brush typeface), Sean Sans, Stubby Napoleon (dadaist style) and the experimental Junk Font.
Spanish graphic design group Blastto (Madrid) is actually Carlos Llorente, b. Guadalajara, Spain, currently based in London. He created a nice art deco type booklet in 2010, covering Broadway (1929), Bifur (1919), Parisian (1928) and others. Designer of the free experimental typeface Teardrop (2010) and the gridded typeface Try Type (2011).
In 2012, he made Pigopago (a free double stroke font).
The tweetware experimental typeface Del Gherp Al Tipo followed in 2013 after a TypoMad workshop in Madrid.
Graphic designer in Cape Coast, Ghana, who created a typographic poster in 2012 called Felman Ayariga. He is associated with Bagsart Designs, and with the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. [Google]
Born in Australia and raised in Indonesia, she is currently based in New York City to pursue a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts (class of 2017). In 2017, she designed a nice poster entitled Ella Fitzgerald. Behance link. [Google]
During her graphic design studies, Goiania, Brazil-based Bruna Rodrigues created a great typographic poster entitled Black Swan (2015), after a movie starring Natalie Portman. This poster was co-designed by Nathali Fernandes. [Google]
Beautiful (programmed) experimental letters derived from fonts. This is based on the Masters Thesis in Digital Arts, obtained in 2005 by the Catalan designer Ricard Marxer Piñón, 2006. For this, he wrote the "Geomerative" library of programs, which includes a truetype importer and interpreter.
Graphic designer and illustrator in Tallahassee, FL, who created the illustrated set of letters spelling Resist (2017). Also noteworthy is her Trumpian Lord of the Puss Illustration (2017). Behance link. [Google]
During her studies at ECV in Bordeaux, France, Celia Mindren designed the fine-looking display typeface Aurora (2015) and the thick oriental brush script Biming (2015). She also won first prize in a national wine bottle design competition for her Rosé Bordeaux project. [Google]
Seoul-based graphic designer who spent some time in London. Behance link. As an experiment, he took a standard font, and connected the letters using a certain geometric algorithm to get a special effect. More analytic geometry went into the design of the squarish but rounded display typeface Box (2010). [Google]
Matt Soar points out a good one: the O'Hare airport sign is set in the typeface Chicago: There's a scene early on in the movie Meet the Fockers where Ben Stiller and his bride-to-be fly off to see her parents. The establishing shot (above) cleverly reminds us exactly which city they're leaving. Which brings us to the big, helpful sign: first, it was clearly comped in during post-production; and, second, it's typeset in, wait for it, Chicago. Now there's inspired design for you. Chicago - the font, not the city - was designed in 1983 as a system font for the Apple Macintosh by Susan Kare. Its design has absolutely nothing to do with the city of the same name. In fact, according to Kare herself, the set of fonts she designed for Apple "were named after Philadelphia suburbs", until management decided otherwise. The moral, as ever, is: don't select type based on its name. [Google]
Surabaya, Indonesia (and more recently, Bremen and then Berlin, Germany)-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Flowery Font (2014) and the needlecraft font Aska (2016). Earlier, she made the typographic poster Tribute to Bjork (2012).
During her graphic design studies, Chloé Marchand (Paris) designed a poster in 2012 for the exhibition of Bart Van der Leck, an artist of the Modern De Stijl Movement (1910-1930), at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
Student from Atlanta, GA, who made a great Clarendon poster to advertise a talk in February 2010 in Atlanta, GA. She wrote in 2010: I was born and raised in Indonesia, and moved to the Atlanta, GA when I was 18. I attended Georgia Perimeter College for an Associate Degree in Fine Arts. Then I transferred to Savannah College of Arts and Design to study Graphic Design. I am currently a senior in SCAD, and will be graduating in May . [Google]
Christoph Ruprecht is an art director in Karlsruhe, Germany. He created several typefaces in 2013, including Solyaris (an ultra-sophisticated fashion typeface). Before that, he designed Cygnus Alpha (2009, a techno family), Code (2009, a 3d face), Psychodelics (2010), and Typolyrics (2009).
Designer and lettering artist in Austin, TX, who created the warm display typeface Mainsail CPC (2012), and the masculaine rounded octagonal slab serif typeface Batten CPC (2013). In 2014, he made Scrimshaw CPC (Latin, kana and Cyrillic), Siren CPC, and Batten Sans CPC.
Typefaces from 2015: Armada CPC (a wide sans), Beach Ball CPC (a geometric solid font; Filled and Outline), Compass Rose CPC (a geometric sans family designed for web sites), Mutiny CPC (an angry all-caps brush typeface).
Cigdem "Chi" Michalski (ChiChiLand, San Francisco, CA) is an illustrator whose work is mainly related to children. One of her typographic posters, Sweet Little Ones (2015), is especially appealing. Behance link. [Google]
Enjoy the great use of the letter M for the branding of the city of Melbourne in 2009 by a team of designers at Landor: Jason Little, Ivana Martinovic, Jefton Sungkar, Malin Holmstrom, Sam Pemberton. [Google]
Claudia grew up in the south of Brazil and moved to the USA to attend college. She has BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she has also taught. Claudia worked for nearly 10 years as a designer and Art Director in New York before moving to San Francisco in 2013 to serve as Design Director at WIRED. She has worked for The New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Blender, More Magazine, New York Magazine, Domino Special Editions, Gourmet Special Editions and Men's Health. In 2012, Claudia redesigned Real Simple Magazine, marking the beginning of her design studio with WIRED pal Margaret Swart.
Craig Ward is a British graphic designer and art director wjho moved to New York City in 2009, where he set up Words and Pictures in 2011. In 2015, he created the experimental typeface Fe203, and wrote: To form the glyphs, a tiny amount of ferrofluid was placed between two glass plates and subjected to a combination of spinning vertical and horizontal magnetic fields. The result is an array of complex hieroglyphics and shapes - each one as unrepeatable as a snowflake - that simultaneously call to mind ancient indigenous markings or symbols from science fiction.
Designer of nice typographic examples, such as his Hairy Futura (2008). He designed the fat didone display typeface Lovechild (2009) and the spurred typeface Killer (2013). Other typefaces: Go Vote (2012, a brush poster and modular typeface for the American elections), Dark White (didone), Epitaph (alchemic), NM Serif (2015, for the branding of Dior's new perfume, Sauvage), England World Cup Kit (2018).
Creattica was an image bank with a subsection on typography. It closed in 2014. An example of the sort of item showcased by them: the letter-based image called Bug (2010) by Ebru Selçuk. [Google]
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (1925-1954) and Cambridge University (1954-1963). He is best known both for his fictional work (The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy), and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics (Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain).
His masterpiece, The Illustrated Screwtape Letters (Geoffrey Bles, 1942) has been republished many times. The recent Harper & Collins edition is illustrated by Papas and uses great ink spill lettering on its cover. As far as I know, no attempt has been made to digitize this handwriting. However, an alternate screenprint design has been created by Paul Flanders in 2014. [Google]
Curitiba, Brazil-based designer of the typographic poster Curityba (2017), which evokes the typography in 19th century Curitiba. This work was done in cooperation with designers Pedro Gonzalez and Gustavo Aguiar and plastic artists André Mendes, Fernando Franciosi and Rimó Guimarãs. [Google]
Daily Type is a creative project run by four Russian type designers. Regularly updated page with many new type designs and ideas. Based on a concept of Yury Ostromentsky & Dasha Yarzhambek, the site features designs by Yury Gordon, Yury Ostromentsky, Dasha Yarzhambek, Dmitry Jakovlev and Ilya Ruderman, and was launched in 2005. Daily Type is a creative project run by several Russian type designers. Day by day, they create original typefaces and post their results along with routine. [Google]
Communication&Multimedia Design at the NHL University in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Indonesian creator of beautiful lettering in his Maluku poster (2011). Maluku is the local word for Moluccan, referring to the island group situated between Celebes, the Phillippines, New Guinea and Timor. It is part of Indonesia.
Daniel Mellis (Chicago) printed a small book in 2010 based on 19th century ornamented metal typefaces from the collection at Wells College. These include Tinted, Tasso, Banquet, Antique Extra Condensed, Aquatint, Dandy, Modoc, Columbus, Art Gothic, Rubens, Yukon Pointed, Tuscan Stellar, Halftone, Obelisk, Alpine, Gothic Shade, Ruskin, Condensed Roman, Ray Shade, Tuscan Floral, Souvenir and Aurora Uncial (Victor Hammer, ATF---never produced, but rediscovered by Theo Rehak). [Google]
Graphic designer in San Diego who used Doyald Young's Gallant to make beautiful posters entitled Brahms Letters (2011) for an event that took place at the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts in New York, featuring the work of Johannes Brahms. Home page. [Google]
Professional photographer in Westerville, OH. During his studies at Columbus College of Art and Design, Darrek created a great typographic poster that celebrates the fifth and sixth symphonies of Beethaven (2013). Behance link. [Google]
French graphic designer, journalist and photographer. In 2004, he started work in Istanbul for a branding company. Director of the collection Atelier Perrousseaux, and frequent speaker at design and type meetings.
Designer from the state of Washington. Doug Fast started the trend of revitalizing Victorian lettering and signs. As an advertising designer, he created the K2, New Balance and Starbuckslogos. [Google]
Dylan Roscover (Aloma, FL) made an incredible portrait of Steve Jobs based on the "Here's to the crazy ones" ad campaign from Apple in the 90s, using Motter Tektura, Apple Garamond, Myriad, Univers, Gill Sans, and Volkswagen AG Rounded, fonts present in Apple branding and products. [Google]
Creator of a beautiful Day of the Dead postcard series in 2009. He says: The Tzompantli, or wall of skulls was another element taken from the Aztec culture. These racks were built to display the sacrificial victims or those deceased at wars. The grin. In all these characters the grin is related to Mictlantecuhtliâ€™s mocking smile. Some anthropologist say that this enigmatic gesture, depicted in one sculpture, seems to smile or mock ironically of those who typeface or will typeface him one day. Three posters were created as well, for silkscreen painting. The skulls in the postcards were designed using an ornamental and illustration style called DIDOQUE, which emulates the baroque ornamentation and is constructed on whole letters and pieces, signs, glyphs of the DIDOT typography. Didoque, is a portmanteau word and concept result of the words Didot and Baroque. The Didoque illustrations he Published in 2014 were based on HTF Didot.
Chilean graphic designer who created this type composition (2001). Designer of the display typeface CL BEC (2006). Designer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, "Magister en Artes Visuales" of the Universidad de Chile. Docent at the Universidad Católica of Diego Portales and at the Instituto Profesional Alpes. [Google]
I had a good laugh when I saw Emiliano's funny poster of January 18, 2012, the day when the internet protested the upcoming dangerous SOPA bill in the United States. His poster is entitled Di No A Este Sopa. Emiliano lives in Mexico City. [Google]
Student at Yale University's School of Art. In 2010, Eric hu designed a 17-foot poster celebrating the works of a 1960's avant-garde architecture group named Archigram. The poster features a customized typeface, stacked vertically and then collaged and intermixed with pieces and artifacts of Archigram's drawings. Metaphorically, this creates an entirely new megastructure and through the scale of the poster, the work reflects the rigor and passion of Archigram. [Google]
Paris-based designer who created several experimental geometric typefaces in a series called Monoide (2014). He also created Butterfly Alphabet (2014) and many awe-inspiring techno illustrations. Behance link. [Google]
In 2015, he designed the retro Viktor Script with James Edmondson at Oh No Type.
At Future Fonts, he published Brzo (2020: a display typeface inspired by the boldness of 90s basketball graphics), the reverse stress typeface Jaws (2018) and the vintage typeface Hermanos (2018). He writes: Hermanos is a dedication to the hand painted signs found in the mission district of San Francisco. Its flared serifs, narrow stature and cheerful spirit make Hermanos a perfect compliment for packaging, restaurants and editorial headlines.
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).
Japanese designer(s) of the pixel typefaces Bwnsnw-Bitmap, Bwnsnw, Fanda-Black, Fanda-Egyptian, Fanda-Sans, Tdmex-Bitmap, and the display typefaces SukplenaPS (2004), Pruspic-Openface, Pruspic-Paint, and the art nouveau sans fonts Val-Blanc-Bold, and Val-Blanc. All typefaces are from 2001-2002, except where indicated.
Rick Banks (b. 1985, Manchester, UK) established F37 (Face37) in 2010 in London, UK. His typefaces:
F37 Xan (2010). A counterless geometric typeface based on a geometric solid typeface from 1925 by André Vlaanderen.
F37 Form (2010). A mimimalist circular experimental (Bauhaus?) font. He writes about Form: After looking at Armin Hoffman's Die Gute Form poster and Herbert Bayer's universal typeface I constructed an alphabet based on their letterforms. Inspired by Wim Crouwel's Soft Alphabet, I constructed a grid to create the modular alphabet and programmed very tight letterspacing into the font lending itself to the style of Die Gute Form.
F37 Bella (2011). An extremely contrasted didone display typeface. He says that he was influenced not only by Didot, but also by Pistilli and by Tschichold's Saskia. F37 Bella won an award at TDC Tokyo 2012. See also F37 Bella Pro (2020), in Text, Hairline, Stencil and Display substyles.
F37 Ginger (2013). A Swiss geometric sans inspired by the work of Herb Lubalin, Jan Tschichold and Paul Renner. The customized version of F37 Ginger, Boots Sharp (2019), was commissioned by Coley Porter Bell and True Story as part of an extensive rebrand. F37 Ginger Pro was released in 2019.
F37 Neue Grotesque (2013).
F37 Stencil Bella (2013).
F37 Glaser Stencil (2015).
F37 Bolton (2016). A sans family influenced by the style of Berthold's G.G. Lange.
F37 Jan (2016). Inspired by Jan Tschichold's geometric sans-serif and Matthew Carter's Bell Centennial font, F37 Jan features pronounced ink traps.
F37 Jagger (2017). A sans inspired by Edward Johnston's London Underground font.
F37 Bergman (2017). A Peignotian typeface family that revives a revival Hans Möhring's Florida typeface. The Swedish director Ingmar Bergman consistently used Florida in his films.
BHF Beats (2018): Working alongside Wolff Olins we were comissioned to create the new font for the British Heart Foundation. The letterforms are based on their iconic logo featuring waves of a heart beat.
F37 Bobby (2018). A warm text typeface.
F37 Ping Pong (2018). A 1970s style dot matrix font that was inspired by the 1970s Letraset font Pinball created by Alan Dempsey.
F37 Factory (2019). Named after Andy Warhol's The Factory in New York City, F37 Factory was inspired by stencil letters etched into marble in what was once a Hovis flour mill in Ramsgate. That building was designed by E. W. Pugin. F37 Factory was originally conceived for a commercial development project for Want Marketing and commissioned by London design studio Bold & Bold.
F37 Judge (2019). Banks's take on DIN and old wood types.
F37 Moon (2019). Influenced by Avant Garde and Futura, in 14 styles.
F37 Flux (2019). Experimental and intestinal.
F37 Neuro (2019). A Swiss sans family.
F37 Beckett (2020). A sans based on British road signs from the 1930s. F37 Beckett pays homage to the British Ministry of Transport's 1933 alphabet.
F37 Stout (2020). An octagonal family base on a letterpress font called Stoutheart.
F37 Gruffy (2020). A grotesque.
Corporate typefaces include Dunlop Sans, F37 Selfridges (=F37 Bella), F37 Avid (=F37 Ginger), Pamela (for Foilco), F37 Zip (for the hotel chain), Pizza Pilgrims, Dar Headline (octagonal), Lloyds Bank (icons).
Fael is Rafael Serra (b. Santarém, Portugal, 1983). Since 1989, he lives in Barcelos. Rafael graduated in Graphic Design and Advertising from the Oporto Polytechnic Institute, and works as a graphic designer in a design studio in Braga. He created some typefaces, both free and private.
He created Caravela (2011, organic), Kravo (2010), an angular titling typeface which he claims was inspired by the Portuguese Revolution. In 2012, he made the squarish typeface Godo, Naperom (inspired by embroidery and lace), and Jangada (a display typeface based on hand-made wooden rafts).
In 2013, he designed the condensed sans typeface Kravo and Ancora (an angular all caps sans).
Examples of a 2006-2008 style of typography with frills and swashes, spearheaded by the designs of Si Scott. Others in this "movement" include Hydro74, Marian Bantjes, Ginger Monkey, SHCH, Lee25, Maria karkova, Doug Alves, Daniel Gordon, Craig Ward, Nick Keppol, ElBarbon, Joao Oliveira, Lily Piyathaisere, Dhanank Pambayun, 5ive, Bechira Sorin, Fabio Sasso. The list and the examples were compiled by Daniela Zatti, a graphic and product designer from Porto Alegre, Brazil. [Google]
Byelorussian illustrator who fled his country when he was 18 years old. He sold paintings in Moscow and now lives in Amsterdam. His drawings are straight out of the 19th century, ornamental and playful. He is also inspired by the psychedelic lettering of the 1960s. Discussion of his work by Coles. Typefaces, all made or drawn in 2006-2007: Rodopi, Fashion Condensed, Farringdon, Hopkins, Rondell (Western style face), Abramesque (ornamental caps), Mansard Trimmed (19th century emulation), Wedlock, Silverado, Shimmer Wide (cyrillic), Mona (extra-wide slab serif), Flirt Chloe (more 19th century ornamental glyphs), Jubilee (constructivist Cyrillic lettering), Big Cyrillic pixels (many great pixelized alphabets), Cuba, Gingerbread (Victorian), and St. Clair. Alternate URL. Check out his gorgeous country maps designed for the aeroflot in-flight magazine in 2008. [Google]
Marta Podkowińska is the Polish designer of a few great type logos such as Bomba (2009). She also made the exquisite candy typeface Roisin (2011). Her studio / foundry called Florence operates in Krakow and Berlin.
In 2012, she published Lucrezia, an overzealous decorative caps typeface, and Henry (a free retro script all caps family named after Henry Ford).
FONTana is a font design studio in Szeged, Hungary, started in 1999. Free and commercial typefaces (39USD/piece) by Gabor Kóthay (La Danse, Luxury, Sehrgut (Fraktur), Faximile (1999), L&R (1999), Monsoon (1999)), and Amondó Szegi (Telegdi family, which is based on the worn typefaces used by Abbot Nicolaus Telegdi at the Vienna Jesuit press in the 16th Century; Velorex (1999)). Very beautiful web page, and fantastic fonts in all respects!
Free typefaces: Zodiac (2000), Cards (Gyula Zsigri, 2001), Maldoror, Domino (Gabor Kóthay), Count, Csenge (a Hungarian rune font by Csaba Dávid), Qwerty (Gabor Kóthay, 2000), Y2K (Gabor Kóthay, 2000).
At T-26, in 2001, Amondó Szegi published the commercial typefaces MuseFace (art nouveau), Glosso (2003), Xodus (2001, Regular, Italic, Forgotten), Kozma-Ornaments, all showing old Slavonic and/or Armenian influences in Latin letters. In 2000, he made Alian Ornaments (floral ornaments) for T-26.
At T-26, Gábor Kóthay published Adagietto (2000), Minerva (2000), Archetype (2000). At PsyOps, Gábor Kóthay published the formal script Anglia (2001), Berill (2001), and Plexo (2001).
Amondó Szegi's typefaces at T-26: Nexodus (2008, medieval style), Zenthes (2008), Alien Ornaments, Glosso, Iskola (2002, a Victorian typeface done with Silas Dilworth), Kozma (great ornaments), Melico, Melico Ornaments (2004, another great set), Xodus.
At P22, Szegi designed the curly typeface Mantra (2005). Amondó Szegi's Telegdi family is since 2001 available from P22.
Typefaces from 2013: Ma (avant-garde, constructivist, done as an hommage to Lajos Kassak), Overdose, Sorry (kitchen tile typeface), Atett (hommage to Lajos Kassak), Street Soul, Samizdat, Velorex (brush script), Zsir (fat octagonal face), Kedves (hipster font).
Typefaces from 2014: Iseum, Pix Gotisch.
Among their custom corporate identity jobs, the Losonczi Hair Salon work (2012) is quite outstanding.
Dubstep (2012) is an experimental triangulated grid-based typeface.
In 2013, Glosso Novum (2013, Fontana Type Foundry), a remastering of Glosso (2003), was published. Nexodus (2013) is a reworking of his 2001 typeface Xodus, with new ornaments and zodiac signs, and more weights. Xodus (2001, Regular, Italic, Forgotten) revives work by Miklós Kis Misztótfalusi (Nicholas Kis), who was one of the first designers of Armenian type: He prepared his first set of exotic types before September 1685 for the Armenian printing house in Amsterdam. It was the knowledgeable mayor of Amsterdam who requested that those types be founded. These types were used to print the mayor's (Nicolaes Witsen) work entitled Noord en Oost Tartarye. Misztótfalusi's name appears in the colophon of the book. Later, in 1687, he found Georgian types, which were, in many respects, similar to the Armenian set. Since there was no printing house in Georgia, he designed the types on the basis of some manuscripts. Unfortunately, as legend has it, the types never reached the Georgian court, which had commissioned Misztótfalusi to design them. They were either lost or stolen somewhere in Sweden. However, a sample sheet survived and was found in 1980 in Amsterdam. It may seem to make no sense to re-Latinise the types of Misztótfalus, who himself was a great master in founding Latin types, and for whom Armenian types meant the first step in a new direction.
Stephen Coles set up this site about fonts in advertising and the media in 2010. The initial page reads: Our effort begins here, with a regularly updated collection of case studies and trend reports. We've invited experts from various fields to comment on how type is used (and misused) in graphic design today. In our first few installments, magazine designer Marc Oxborrow has an emotional reaction to the redesign of Bloomberg Businessweek, the Font Bureau's Sam Berlow notices that the type specimen has become a design genre, I point to some recent projects in which type and especially typeface selection plays a central role, and instructor and historian Indra Kupferschmid reminds us that the real Bauhaus was not all geometric and experimental letterforms. This blog is a prologue of more to come. Behind the scenes, we are building a searchable, sharable archive of typographic design, all indexed by typeface, industry, and medium. And you are invited to join us. [Google]
Gemma O'Brien's type blog discusses many interesting typographic examples. O'Brien is an Australian artist specializing in lettering, illustration, and typography. Her calligraphy and designs can be seen in advertising campaigns, editorial publications, and large-scale murals around the world. She has collaborated with numerous global brands and publications including Apple, Adobe, and The New York Times. Several of her projects have received the Award of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club. [Google]
Roman art director and illustrator who makes typographically interersting pieces such as one socialist revolution-inspired illustration called Apostrophe (2014) and a poster for the Still Three Jazz Trio (2006). [Google]
Fre Lemmens (Zolder, Belgium) made the custom font family SKDR in 2012, and the custom hand-crafted typeface Bar Marie in 2016. He designed Rotring (2016) based on the Rotring letter stencils, used to create technical drawings and plans. His typographic work for Apotheek Gijsenbergs and Belle & Belge (2016) is also noteworthy (and beautiful).
Warsaw, Poland-based designer of the cursive script typeface Delikatesy (2016). This school project was inspired by the neon signs from the 1960s and 1970s. In 2017, while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, she created a great custom lettering poster entitled Longing For Beauty. [Google]
Pages on the design of a menu, from the selection of typefaces, to the page composition and the choice of colors and images. This particular author settled on Curlz MT for the title, and TempusSansITC for the body text. [Google]
Samples of fonts that may never have been digitized: Phalanx (Genzsch and Heyse, 1928), Mundus Light and Bold (Stempel, 1928), Arpke Antiqua (Schriftguss, 1928), Zabel Roman (Woellmer, 1928-1930), Omega (Stempel, 1926). [Google]
Giada Coppi was a partner of LS graphic design, a studio that he founded in Milan together with Italian designers Marta Bernstein, Alberto Cantone, Paolo Ciampagna, and Emanuela Conidi. Now located in Vienna, she created the gridded typographic poster ManyVal 08 in 2008. [Google]
An Italian type foundry by Milan-based type designer Giangiorgio Fuga, ATypI member, teacher of typography at the Istituto Europeo of Milan, Politecnico of Milan, Italy and Unisinos of Porto Alegre, Brasil. His great type blogpage takes the pulse of Italian type design. Fuga designed gorgeous text fonts such as these:
London-based creator of the super-experimental geometric and hipster typefaces Artificer (2011), Insomiak (2015, a hipster typeface), Illusive (2014, alchemic), Tuna (2014), Kim (2014), Solaris (2017), Sleipnir (2012) and Flatland (2011).
At Studio SAP in London, he had a hand in many illustrations and illustrative typefaces such as Sleipnir (2012).
In 2018, he designed the alchemic or hipster typeface family Geometrica, which comprises Arcane, Orion and Gravity. He also created the hipster font Bastion (2018, with Kimmy Lee and Matthew James) and the blackboard bold typeface Trindle Sans.
As Swash Hub, he designed the hexagonal Elixia (2018), the hipster font Avion (2018, with Joshua Baron), and the rounded lowercase sans Kaige (2018). It is possible that SwashHub is Kimmy Lee (London).
Still in 2018, Matthew James and Petros Afshar co-designed the Japanese emulation font Okami.
Typefaces from 2019: Bael (sans, by Petros Afshar and Matthew James), Berman Bold (a blackletter font by Petros Afshar and Matthew James).
Graduate of De Montfort University Leicester. Leicester, UK-based designer of the ISTD logotype in 2012. ISTD stands for International Society of Typographic Designers. Also in 2012, he created the ornamental didone typeface GCM22 (HypeForType): GCM22 is also based on the letterforms of typographers; John Pistilli, Herb Lubalin and Si Scott. The ornate letterforms are based around the art of Turkish Ebru marbling, which is painting on water to create decorative patterns. His portfolio also contains several beautiful ornate typographic pieces.
In 2013, he created the lachrymal typeface Pluvia (2013).
Bio from his web site: Tilly Northedge and Peter Grundy set up Grundy&Northedge in 1980 because they were both interested in information design. Firstly because it was a totally un-glamorous area of the business which they thought they could change, and secondly because it was less about selling things and more about explaining things which seemed a lot more interesting. Grundy&Northedge spent twenty six years making information visually interesting and in the process developed a way of drawing simple images to illustrate ideas that became their signature. They called it iconography, pictures that provide information and explain complex things. When Tilly left design in 2006 Peter Grundy renamed the studio Grundini with the intent of more extensive iconographic experimentation, not only for the clients who were in effect already there, but newly for customers, people who would see his work and buy one for there home, office or elsewhere. Peter Grundy's previous clients include Shell Oil, Moet&Chandon, Royal Mail, The Guardian G2, The Red Bull F1 Team, Men's Health, South West Trains, Hampton Court Palace and Volkswagen.
Andreas Gustavsson is a Swedish designer, b. 1979, located in Nyköping. At MyFonts, starting in 2013, the name Andreas Brunelius started to appear as the designer of most of the typefaces. It is possible that Andreas Brunelius = Andreas Gustavsson. Gustavsson's typefaces were first published under the foundry name Jagjavi, but in 2014, that name changed to Gustav & Brun.
Creator of the simple hand-printed typeface Kohicle 25 (2009). See also his waxy letter studies from 2010.
At his commercial foundry, he published Pushups (2012, hand-printed 3d face), Itchy Handwriting (2012), Docklan (2012, textured face), Herbarium (2012, plants dingbats) and Old Earthy (2012, a hand-drawn font inspired by the mid 19th-century art movement with William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood).
Hana is a graphic designer from Belgrade. She made a nice typographic poster called Neandertal (2010). I guess that this goes with her simplistic and almost constructivist squarish typeface Neandertal (2009). She also created Kuka (2010), a simple display sans with both Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. [Google]
A follower of Calugi writes: Jonathan is a young illustrator hailing from Pistoia, Italy. It's nearly impossible to not recognize his signature style: what at first appears to be a child-like doodling, a closer look will reveal a world of intricate, carefully crafted patterns and eccentric geometric forms.Hellofont link. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Vancouver. Creator of a poster typeface called J Dilla (2012) and of the art deco typeface Blk Dahlia (2012). She created a nice multiline logo for the hair, make-up and wardrobe stylist Gigi Nijjar. [Google]
Hassan Haider (b. 1980, Diepholz, Germany) sudied graphic design at FH Bielefeld. from Bielefeld, Germany, created the geometric typefaces Neo Serif (free), and Skate or Die (2009) and the grungy stencil typeface Soundpieces (2009). Nice accompanying poster too.
Italian graphic designer, b. 1931. He was Max Huber's assistant from 1950 until 1954, and joined Massimo Vignelli's Unimark in 1967. In 1974, he founded the studio Signo. He heads the visual design program at Politecnico di Milano. [Google]
A documentary film about Helvetica and the influence of type in our lives, by Gary Hustwit, released in 2007. From the web site: Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. The film was shot in high-definition on location in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. [...] Interviewees in Helvetica include some of the most illustrious and innovative names in the design world, including Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, Hermann Zapf, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm, APFEL, Pierre Miedinger, Bruno Steinert, Otmar Hoefer, Rick Poynor, Lars Müller, and many more. Screened in Montreal on May 5, 2007, at Concordia University, the reaction was unanimously positive. The editing, pace, music and visual content are just perfect. The humour of Hustwit shines through when he pits the rationalists (pro-Helvetica people) against the emotionalists (the grunge crowd). The interviews with Massimo Vignelli (very funny), Wim Crouwel, Erik Spiekermann (about Helvetica: "bad taste is everywhewre"), Paula Scher (she said that Helvetica was used by the war corporations in Vietnam and is the cause of the Iraq war) and Michael Bierut are very entertaining. Maybe on purpose, maybe not, Hustwit used the Germans as a comical counterweight. FontShop link. [Google]
New York-based print designer who made the cover for William Gibson's text book Pattern Recognition (2010). In 2013, she designed the fashion mag high-contrast typeface Rounda (AI format---free). [Google]
Irene Scala is a fellow typophile and graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where she had the opportunity to study with educators such as Paul Rand, Lou Dorfsman, and Milton Glaser. After earning a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union, she went on to postgraduate study at The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She now lives in New York City, where she is associated with Designing with Type: Designingwithtype.com is a web site devoted to the art and appreciation of typography. It offers a unique typographic resource for students, educators, and professionals, showcasing talent from around the world. Originally created by James Craig as a supplement to his popular textbook Designing with Type specifically for his Cooper Union students, it has grown to include contributions presented by fellow educators and designers to embrace a wider audience.
Italian type tour, showing pictures of found type, with maps and commentary. Part of Social Design Zine. For example, one is called Bodoniana. The other subpages are grouped around themes as well. [Google]
Jamie Oliver Aspinall (Schnuppe Designbureau, Basel, Switzerland) created several designs using typefaces such as FF DIN in 2013. Most of his portfolio consists of illustrations. Behance link. [Google]
Jarr Geerligs (Planet Jarr, Amsterdam) created a DNA inspired font and backgrounds for the Vogue Japan April issue of 2015. His experimental lettering work is exceptionally striking. Behance link. [Google]
Jeffrey Bowman (Hemsedal, Norway) created some very original typographic illustrations in 2013 including Skirt for a Virgin Media Shorts film. He created the experimental microbial typeface Hemsedal (2013), which was contributed in 2014 as a free font to Citype.
Teacher at the Edmonton Digital Arts College in Edmonton, Alberta, who created the techno family Powers (2011), the squarish monoline family Mia Condensed (2011, free) and the triangularly serifed family Anne Wilson (2011).
In 2015, he created Augustus (2015), a rounded textured typeface inspired by his dachshund Augustus, and Luis, a counterless display face inspired by his chihuahua, Luis. Yus (2015) is a rough hand-crafted typeface, Uncle Jer (2015) is hand-printed and designed to compete with Comic Sans, while Mia (2015) and Zord (2015) are tall thin titling fonts.
During her studies in Philadelphia, PA, illustrator Jessica Cunningham created a map of France (2016) with hand-crafted map lettering. She also drew a set of drop caps (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Jesson is a London based freelance digital designer specialising in web, interaction and visualisation. Latest clients include the Green Party, Pure Productions and Sainsbury Center for Mental Health. Formerly a senior designer at Lateral, working with clients such as Amnesty, Five, Levi's, Lexus, Nintendo and RSPCA. His clock is wonderful. [Google]
Dutch poster and comic book lettering artist, b. 1947, Heemstede, The Netherlands. Comic series and characters by Swarte include Katoen en Pinbal, Jopo de Pojo, Anton Makassar, Dr Ben Cine and Niet Zo, Maar Zo- Passi, Messa. Wikipedia link. Typefaces inspired by his lettering:
Art director who was in North Hollywood, CA, and is now based in Charlotte, NC. Developer of custom typefaces for the 2009 film Long Nights Moon. Promotionalposter. In 2016, he designed the delightfully irregular Uptown Sans.
Josip Kelava (Jay Kreative, Australia and UK) is an art director and graphic designer. He has done typographic work for fashion mags and fashion-conscious ads such as for Mercedes (2011), Coco Vodka (2011, using an Escheresque typeface), and Click Magazine (2011, see the Olena Cherneyo illustration). Creator of the alchemic yet futuristic family Geomas (2011).
During her studies at Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal, Juliana Moreira (Villa Nova de Gaia) designed a vernacular experimental typeface (2013) called Esta um frio de rachar. Also, check out the lettering in the poster entitled Fotografia (2013). [Google]
During her studies at York University in Toronto, Kadi Koroma created Requiem (2013), a display typeface based on didone elements. Serendipity (2014) is a free caps-only teardrop typeface. In 2015, she created a free vector format native Indian symbolism font, Ohitika (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Phenomenally imaginative graphic designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. He created some great typographic posters in 2010, such as those of a pipe, a hand, and a title, called Home Faber, as well as a poster called Hide And Seek. [Google]
Illustrator in Liverpool, UK, who, during his studies at De Montfort University, created a few illustrations with sketched lettering, such as one entitled The Poo Men (2013). Behance link. [Google]
October 2009: ABC News has adopted Arial as its main display font. Capital I and lower case l "ell" look exactly the same, so Kim Jong-Il was read as Kim Jong II, or Kim Jong the Second. [Google]
Or Ngan Le Kim. Or Ngan Le. Albany, NY-based designer, as a student at The College of Saint Rose, of the curly calligraphic piece called Anna Belle (2016) and the experimental typeface Potcharu (2017). [Google]
Despite the modest agricultural name, they say this about themselves: Koeweiden Postma is one of the leading branding and design agencies in The Netherlands. I quite like the typographic work they did in the form of posters and ads for the Picasso in Paris 1900-1907 exhibition, held in 2011. Behance link. [Google]
Saint Petersburg, Russia-based designer of the high-contrast display typeface Admiral (2012) and the Peignotian Cyrillic typeface Herold (2012).
In 2013, he designed the Cyrillic sans typeface Ledokol and the Cyrillic ornamental caps typeface Kirillica Hersonese. In 2016, he designed the hand-crafted Cyrillic typeface Dlja Goroda Tihvin. [Google]
Torontonian designer of some interesting caps in which opposite counter are filled by competing graphical elements: K, S. While studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, she created the connect-the-dots geometric typeface Interfuse (2013).
Barcelona-based designer who created a hip free circle-based modular typeface called Insaitdisseny in 2009. She also created a magnificent watercolor-stained lettered alphabet in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
A great source of typographic images collected since 1980 by Rob Saunders, who is based in San Francisco. A visual treasure trove, well-documented. Rob Saunders has been collecting letterforms for over 35 years, while pursuing a career as a designer, teacher, children's book publisher, and marketing consultant. His collection contain many books and ephemera of historical and inspirational interest to type designers. He founded Letterform Archive in 2013 to share his collection with the design community. Frequent speaker at TypeCon meetings. Speaker at ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo. [Google]
Based in Medellin, Colombia, Lola Naranjo designed the ribbon typeface Serilla and the multilined Mayatype in 2013. She also has great typographic posters, such as one called In The Frenetic City (2013).
The aim of this site: London Typographica is aimed at type and lettering enthusiasts in London. Our aim is to photographically record publicly available lettering and type throughout the capital. [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]
During his studies at York University in Toronto, Lucas Young created an ornamental caps typeface called Alphabeta (2013). He created a Si-Scott style typeface in 2013 which is not available to the public---see however various posters on his site in that same style.
Art director, illustrator, designer and typographer from Melbourne, Australia, but who is now located in Sydney. Creator of these typefaces for Lifelounge Magazine in 2008: Aeroplane, Halen Roek (thunderbolt face), Inline Hell, Lightning Rock, Lukano (after Mekano), Miami Nice (multilined), Mother Nature bilined), Snag, Superfine (minimalistic), Tight Fade, Type (headline serif), Sneaky and Future Deco (multilined). In 2009, still for Lifelounge, he created Love& Unicorns (psychedelic). Of course, this Melbourne-based photographer may be best known for his "interesting" applications of type in posters such as Dirty Type (2008), Tits and Type and Swing City (2008).
Graduate of the Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo. Creator of a nice typographic logo called Reach (2010). She also created a high-contrast art deco typeface called Salonfähig (2010), the high-contrastPeignotian facePoirot in 2011, and the Norse experimental typeface Nørn (2011).
In 2012, Madeleine designed the hexagonal Etern typeface family.
In 2013, she designed Circ (circle-based). In 2014, she published the sans titling typeface Haandlagd. In 2015 she added Friends who Drink and in 2016 Oval.
Talented illustrator and graphic designer in Milan, Italy, who works for the Italian version of Wired Magazine. Behance link. Examples: a bike poster called Hand Made With Love (2011), and an illustration called Firenze (2011).
Creator of the fun free font GRN Burgy (2011), which was created for massive headlines, posters and fast food logos. It takes inspiration from the earliest American graffiti and from fast food culture. [Google]
There have been many type typefaces since 2000, so Noronha's work in 2011 is a bit of a late addition to the crowded field. Nevertheless, he shows a nice sense of humour in his designs, so I am linking to it. Examples: i, ii, iii, iv. [Google]
Graphic designer in Barcelona who founded her own studio in 2008. In 2018, she joined the faculty in the Masters program in typographic design at Elisava. She has been working since 2008 on some gorgeous typefaces, such as Ophelie (2008), Rigid (2010, a piano key font that she proclaims to be a grandchild of Josef Albers), and Gallo Guapo, which mix high contrast and extreme quaint roundness. In 2011, she made the ornamental watch number typeface Nido.
Benton Gothic is a font family developed by Font Bureau for Martha Stewart Living Magazine and Worth Magazine from 1995-1997. Font Bureau also made Welo Script for them in 1998, as well as MSL Elzevir (1994-1995) and the ornate formal script font Lithografia (1998) (Lithographia Script was first released by the Bauer foundry around 1895). [Google]
Born in 1932 in London, Martin Kaye was well-known for his sturdy posters which he made from 1972 until 1983 for Paradiso in Amsterdam. A set of 1100 of these posters owned by Stichting Martin Kaye Alphabet Index&Library is being managed by Affichemuseum in Hoorn, The Netherlands. He was also a type expert, and had started a catalog of typefaces, having made a listing of 60,000 typefaces when he was murdered in 1989 during a robbery. His work included also many unique complete alphabets. The book Facade AlphaBets et Cetera is the only published book document. At Amazon, we read about his book: Although out of print Martin Kaye's work deserves some recognition for his part in the world of typographic design. This book of some 90 pages reflects his work throughout 20 years. With typographic studies to reproductions of some of Kaye's Paradiso posters, this is perhaps the best example of of a lifetime's work by this artist. It is unfortunate this item remains out of print since it remains a definitive example of typographic inovation and inspiration. It is with great sadness that the book, published in 1985, four years prior to his death, remains as his only epitaph. Since only 1000 copies were ever printed it may never be seen by as many as might apreciate such a work. Examples of Kaye's work do hang in the Rock Museum in Amsterdam. But for me this book is a must for anyone interested in typography. This was done in the days before computers. Martin would hand cut the designs in 'red film' a method by which screenprint templates would be made. The intricacy of his designs and skill would astound anyone seeing him at work, the results of which would shine out from poster stands all over Amsterdam. [Google]
British-born Matt Soar is an intermedia artist and filmmaker in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He has written extensively about graphic design, visual communication, and cultural production for scholarly and professional audiences. Soar's project Lost Leaders (2011 onwards) is an archival, scholarly, and artistic exploration of the histories of US film leader standards. Soar is co-founder and director of the Montreal Signs Project, a growing collection of commercial and civic signs from around the city. He is in post-production on Les Enseignistes de Montréal, a web documentary on the histories of signmaking. On his web site, there are interesting articles on Roger Excoffon's typefaces Nord, Banco, Choc and Mistral, as found on the streets of Montreal. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal. [Google]
Matt Stevens (Charlotte, NC) created a great series of mechanically deconstructed caps called The Exploded Alphabet (2013). In a similar style, he designed illustrations for an article on European Supercars for Wired UK, also in 2013
Designer in Ladera Ranch, CA. He studied Art and Design at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo before taking work at Surfer Magazine. Creator of a nice Happy Newyear 2013 poster, as well as a great typographic cycling poster called Jedidiah (2012).
Art director, illustrator and designer in Stockholm. Her illustrations include a hand-lettered motorcycle pin-up set created in 2013. In 2016, she designed the wonderful (commercial) poster typeface Czechmate and wrote: A retro typeface straight outta Eastern Europe. Inspired by mid-century matchbox designs from Poland, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia. Contains over 200 glyphs, including all uppercase European characters, numbers, symbols, and many more. Francis Nouveau (2016) is a slim, modern, geometric, display typeface based on vintage Polish poster art. Still in 2016, she designed Gooberville and Broadkast. Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Berlin-based foundry run by Melle Diete, an ex-disciple of Lucas de Groot at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Before her studies she worked in several design agencies on typographic projects. Her typefaces are based on her natural illustrative handwriting. Her fonts are mostly published at Volcano Type. They include:
Michiel Schuurman (b. Amsterdam, 1974) studied graphic design and typography at the Koninklijke Academie voor de Beeldende Kunsten (KABK) Den Haag and graduated as graphic designer in 2002 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam. He specialized in typography, designs his own typefaces and likes working in black and white. His posters show great typographical originality. His typefaces include Oldskool (1998-2000), an outline face, and Ixopusada (1998). [Google]
Around 2008, making portraits using letters became somewhat of a fad. Wikipedia: Micrography, also called microcalligraphy, is a Jewish art form developed in the 9th century, with parallels in Christianity and Islam, utilizing minute Hebrew letters to form representational, geometric and abstract designs. Colored micrography is especially distinctive because these rare artworks are customarily rendered in black and white.Here and here are some examples. Handpicked by me:
Raleigh, NC-based designer. He did the logotype and identity for Le Chateau Cinq (2013), a high end French cuisine and jazz fusion restaurant. A merge of Chunk Five and Dubtronic Solid yielded the Chunktronic typeface (2012).
His foundry is called the Frankenstein Type Foundry. [Google]
Mike Perry works in Brooklyn, NY, where he makes books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawings, paintings, and illustrations. He has drawn a number of ornamental alphabets that as far as I know have not been turned into fonts (yet). These include Porn Beyond Sex (2010), Alphabet Town (2010), Animalphabet (2010), and Bikini Type (2010).
Monobrauw is a type foundry est. in 2010 by Jorge Páez, a student of graphic design at CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico. Behance link. He made a typographic phot reportage of Bruges in 2010. [Google]
The most popular typefaces in the annual reports for 2005 of 60 of Germany's main companies are, in decreasing order of frequency, Frutiger Next, Frutiger, Compatil, Helvetica Neue, Univers, Corporate ASE, Myriad, Helvetica, Minion, and Thesis. [Google]
Nate Williams is a designer and illustrator in Washington. Creator of the free font Busted Lip. Check out his LetterPlayground. He also oversaw the creation of Illustrated Alphabet (2011) by 26 illustrators from all over the world.
New York City-based designer of several great mosaic-based lettering pieces in 2017. In 2017, Louise Fili, Nicholas Misani and Rachel Michaud co-designed the art nouveau typeface Montecatini, which is inspired by Italian travel posters from that era. In 2019, Louise Fili, Nicholas Misani and Andy Anzollitto expanded this typeface to the 24-style Montecatini Pro.
Marseille (2017) is co-designed with Louise Fili. It is an art deco-inspired letterform that is based on Louise Fili's cover design for the Marguerite Duras novel The Lover. Behance link. [Google]
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1987. Graphic designer in Brooklyn, NY, who created Kama (2015), an experimental typeface inspired by the work of Russian suprematist Kazemir Malevich. She also drew great cosmic typographic illustrations for Bullett Magazine in 2015. Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Petah Tikva, Israel. In 2014, he and Chi No co-designed the Latin / Arabic typographic poster Made in Jaffa. In 2015, he created a decorative all caps Hebrew typeface simply called Alefbet.
In 2016, he designed the striking octagonal striped typeface Tri, the experimental typeface Portal, and the geometric typeface Eret. Behance link. [Google]
As a reaction against HypeForType and other hyped up outfits, No Hype For Me (RenatoForster) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is bent on giving away fonts for free. Type designs from 2008: Wolf, Fulk (upright connected script).
In 2009, Forster made the all caps sans typeface NoType, and made an organic didone, Voor. These typefaces are free.
Extraordinary (defunct) cutting edge graphic design company. Their type work, such as the conic Equipoise, is outstanding. Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, the designer, is part-time typographer with work experience in his native Buenos Aires and in New York and Tokyo. He is the creative director of both The KDU and The Royal Magazine. [Google]
Givatayim, Israel-based Hebrew type design studio in London established in 2000 by one of the main Hebrew type designers of today, Oded Ezer (b. Tel Aviv, 1972). Ezer designed the award-winning font Mayai (Hebrew script: awards at TDC2 2001 and Bukvaraz 2001), Anemia, Kafka, Eden, Ezer Shapes, Neve Zedek, OE Meoded, OE Shalvata, OE Kafka, Franrühlya, Impacta, Anemia, Systeza (based on Schiavi's Sys) and Alchimai. In 2010, he published Rutz.
Another designer at the studio is Michel Sahar. Ezer graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art&Design, Jerusalem, with a Bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design (1998). He teaches typography and graphic design in several academies in Israel and other countries, among them the Bezalel Academy for Art&Design, Jerusalem, the Shenkar College of Engineering near Tel Aviv, the Wizo College of Design, Haifa, and the Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts Graphic Design Department, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Heebo (2015, Google Fonts link) is a Hebrew and Latin typeface family, which extends Christian Robertson's Roboto Latin to Hebrew. The Hebrew was drawn by Oded Ezer and the font files were mastered by Meir Sadan. Since the Hebrew design of this family is primary, the vertical metrics are different to the original Roboto family. This family is auto-hinted, whereas Roboto is hand-hinted, so the rendering quality of Roboto may be better on older Windows machines. The Heebo project is led by Meir Sadan, a type designer based in Tel Aviv. Github link. Open Font Library link.
This Kiev-based graphic designer created a colorful Cyrillic poster alphabet called Kineteatra Bommer (2013). In 2018, he published the Cyrillic dot matrix typeface Den Nespshnogo Mistectva. [Google]
Graphic designer in Bodo, Norway. Creator of a typographic poster simply called 2009. This was done as an illustration for the 2009 edition of Helse Nords calendar, depicting "a year in northern Norway". Home page. [Google]
London-based illustrator. Designer of the typographic poster Anatomy of Cockney Gentleman (2014). She also created the decorative caps typeface White Stuff Autumn 2014 (2014). Behance link. [Google]
BA (Hons) Graphic Design student in his final year at Leeds College of Art in 2011. He lives in London. Creator, also in 2011, of a typeface for use as the identity for singer songwriter Emily White. Poster of type typefaces (2011).
One by Four is a four-person design studio in South Florida, and later in Brooklyn, NY. The main type designer in the group is South Florida-based Natasha Maria Fernandez-Fountain (b. 1985). The others are Alejandra Abad, Brian Haines and Bruno Torquato. Typefaces by Natasha include Geomancy (2010, +ExtraBold, +Hairline; a free geometric art deco typeface family), Dechenko Deco (2008, art deco), Goofus (2008, a comic book typeface) and Bookworm (2007, hand-printed and legible). Brian Haines designed Matchbook (2009, retro sans).
A disturbing trend of the past few years---start a photo of visual communication site where people can "drop off" images for display, such as (the now extinct) Dropular. No credits, no names of creators, no links to original sites, and thus, each image dropped in this manner constitutes theft, in my eyes, because the link between creator and product is forever lost. I am showing some orphaned alphabets here, in the hope that the creators can come forward, and tell me who they are: Sample 1 | Sample called Morningcoffee | Arabic "thanks" | Arab "woman" | Arleah | Karsten Schmidt | Martin Malacek. [Google]
Pagan and Sharp closed its doors (some time ca. 2015) and they went their own way: Carlos Pagan can be found at Juan Carlos Pagan, and Lucas Sharp continues at Sharp Type.
In 2018 He received the Type Directors Club Ascenders Award which recognizes the work of designers who are 35 years of age and under for their remarkable achievement in design, typography, type design, and lettering. He is currently the founding partner and Executive Creative Director of Sunday Afternoon. [Google]
Paola Gallo (Lecco, Italy) created a wonderful logotype to express suffocation, called Soffocato (2012). It is a set in a warm plump type, as well as in an Ed Benguiat Interlock style compositionC, created during a course at Politecnico di Milano in 2011 with Giangiorgio Fuga. [Google]
Design student in Uberlandia, Brazil. In 2011, he created a great letter-based poster of a typewriter, and dedicated it to the inventor of Courier (1955), Howard Bud Kettler. His Dia de Sexo poster (2011) shows icons with various sexual positions---waiting to be fonted. [Google]
The Bullé Champagne Bar logo (2011) by Paul Johnston (Larbert, UK) uses a nice circle-splash background. The circles are evenly spaced, much better than in my own (free) typeface Awa, which was the first in this genre. I will have to make one that matches Johnston's proportions better. Behance link. [Google]
Aka Skomii. Austrian creator of the hand-printed typefaces Simallos (2012), Scriptia Happy (2012) and Danï Donne (2012), of the sans typeface Aster (2012), of the avant-garde hairline caps typeface Veron (2012, +Extra), and of the counterless typeface Chronodue (2012).
Graphic designer (born in 1958 in Kendal, Westmorland) who graduated from St Martin's School of Art in 1985 and the Royal College of Art in 1987. He works as a freelance graphic designer, is Professor of Typography at Central Saint Martins College of Art&Design (now a university) in London (since 1991), runs Phil Baines Studio, maintains Public Lettering (about type found in cities), and is Typographic Advisor to the Central Lettering Record CD-Rom project.
He designed FUSE Classic 1, Can You (1989), Ushaw (FUSE 8, FontShop, 1993), Toulon (1994), Horncastle (1994), VereDignum LT Std in Alternate, Decorative and Regular weights (2003, Linotype Taketype 5 collection) and Can You Read Me (FUSE 1, 1991).
At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke on From the Motor Car Act to motorways. He has also a good reputation for taking people on typographic city tours, as he did in 2006 at ATypI in Lisbon, and at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Linotype link. FontShop link. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin in which he explained how he and Catherine Dixon produced the lettering for the Pozza Palace in Dubrovnik on commission for the Serbian Orthodox Church. [Google]
Freelance graphic designer in Grottaglie, Italy. Stones inspired Pierfrancesco Annicchiarico to design the experimental typeface Secco (2009). The Cà brùtta building by Giovanni Muzio in Milan got him to design the free font Monumentale (2009). The 2010 logo for Bar Marangi in his home town is also quite refreshing. He also made the free experimental geometric typeface Cutoff (2011) and Apulia Round (2010).
Grottangeles (2014) is possibly named after the cholo graffiti style practiced in Los Angeles. He also designed a set of wayfinding icons in 2014. Other typefaces: Ballphabet (2015, an experimental circle-based typeface family), El Santo (2014, a hipster typeface).
Pierfrancesco's logo and typography work includes beauties such as a fish called Aperitivo (2011), and a foot illustration called Walking (2011).
During his studies at Lisaa in Nantes, France, Pierre Bouyer designed a poster entitled L'Alphabet Sexuel (2016). He also designed the free vector format connect-the=dots typeface Stelar (sic) (2016), the free vector format dry brush typeface Azade (2016).
Kat Ran Press (Cambridge, MA) has an extensive collection of postage stamps by type designers such as Peter Bil'ak, Neville Brody, Walter Brudi, Wim Crouwel, S.H. de Roos, Adrian Frutiger, Eric Gill, S.L. Hartz, Lance Hidy, Max Kisman, Jan Van Krimpen, Jean-Benoit Lévy, Gerrit Noordzij, Erik Spiekermann, Reynolds Stone, Georg Trump, Gerard Unger, Julian Waters, and Hermann Zapf. The Kat Ran Press was founded in 1994 by Michael and Katherine Russem. [Google]
A site managed by Phil Baines, who says: This site is based on a walk by Phil Baines for his graphic design students which was then written up for the 1997 ATypI conference. The text has been updated and expanded to include other examples. This walk concentrates on larger examples of public lettering and doesn't mention incidentals - stop-cocks, manholes, dates on buildings, builders marks, &c - of which there is much en route. Much of the pleasure of this kind of walk, is finding things yourself. Although also public, it entirely ignores advertising hoardings, store signs and most corporate identities as these are usually approached as pieces of graphic design rather than opportunities for specialist, site-specific lettering. [Google]
While not a real typeface, the photographic alphabet Toothpick (2013) by Raquel Diaz (Logrono, Spain) is nevertheless worthy of mention. Raquel made the AI-format layered textured poster font family Mix Made in 2014. [Google]
Torontonian creator of a beautiful and thought-provoking Marilyn Monroe typographic poster (2012), based on Mistral (1953): The red lips act as both an iconic representation of Monroe and her sensuality as well as denoting murder. [Google]
For his Masters Thesis at the University of Rennes, Richard Simon made a typographically animated short clip of a speech delivered on June 20, 1940 by Charles De Gaulle, then in exile in England, to unite the French resistance in World War II. [Google]
Graphic design student at The Manchester College of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Creator of Logo Typeface (2011), with letters taken from famous logos. He also made a nice Wim Crouwel poster (2011). [Google]
In 2017, this Mexico City-based graphic designer created a number of individual glyph type posters. His typefaces, ca. 2017-2018 include Revolutia (a didone), Anima Serif (a Venetian), Anima Sans (a humanist sans). Home page. [Google]
Visual communication student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. During his studies, he created a nice Eurostile poster (2012) and the striped experimentel typeface Papes (2014). [Google]
Font software specialist who has written several free font editors such as MEEK 4.0 and FontStruct, both on-line truetype font generators. He is based in Berlin. At Designer Shock in Berlin, ca. 2001, he made the grunge fonts DSHomeBack, DSHomeFront, DSHomeSide, DSHomeTop (2001). At Meek FM, he presents a typographic synthesizer.
Brazilian graphic and type designer, who teaches at Type Cooper West (in San Francisco) and is a renowned restaurant branding designer. Bembo's Zoo is Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich's children's book with all drawings integrated with glyphs from Bembo. He also published Men of Letters and People of Substance (David R. Godine, 2007). The promotional blurb states: de Vicq takes the designs of type and ornaments (known affectionately in the trade as "dingbats") and common linecuts to form the typefaces of his literary heroes. In the second part he combines type ornaments and icons to suggest a typeface with singular attributes: pride, fear, fanaticism, and surprise. But these are not drawings; they are images arranged from the combination of specific and discrete graphic forms. They are created on a computer and not in a composing stick. Designer at Muccatypo of Bastardo, Wet and Genealogy.
Brasilia, Brazil-based graphic and poster designer. He works a lot of type into his projects. Designer of the flowery experimental font Goteira (2006), which I think would be just right to headline a novel on Roman orgies. [Google]
Ronald Searle (b. Cambridge, 1920, d. 2011) was a British cartoonist. He survived the Japanese death camps in Changi in WWII. In 1960, Ronald Searle was the first non-American cartoonist to receive the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award.
Illustrator, typographer and graphic designer in Cape Town, South Africa. Rudi writes about himself: Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Rudi de Wet draws his inspiration from the region's hand-painted typographic signs, African fabrics and loves decoration. Presently, he works his magic as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in Melbourne, Australia. He studied a BA in Fine Arts, with majors in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Stellenbosch, where, besides studying, he spent much of his time drinking the town's famous selection of rich, amazing wine. Rudi was one of the founding members of the Am I Collective, a now well-respected and highly sought-after design and illustration studio in Cape Town. He spent three years there, where an average day consisted primarily of hand typography jobs for the likes of Ogilvy&Mather, Saatchi&Saatchi, Network BBDO and Y&R Paris.
Great Victorian and western style posters. Title pages, headings and letterforms clipped, cropped and isolated from maps and map publications issued between about 1880 and 1920. D. A. Sanborn, a young surveyor from Somerville, Massachusetts, was engaged in 1866 by the Aetna Insurance Company to prepare insurance maps for several cities in Tennessee. [..] Before working for Aetna, Sanborn conducted surveys and compiled an atlas of the city of Boston titled 'Insurance Map of Boston, Volume 1, 1867'. [..] The atlas includes twenty-nine large plates showing sections of Boston at the scale of 50 feet to an inch. It is believed to include the earliest insurance maps published by Sanborn. [Google]
A graphic designer in Washington, DC, who runs Sara Studio, and is also known as sara Vienna. Behance link. She uses type creatively in her design projects and posters. See the Ojai Invite poster of 2010, for example. [Google]
Graphic designer in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, who created the matrix typeface Synesthesia in 2015. The lettering in her 2012 North Sea Jazz poster is also quite remarkable. Behance link. [Google]
Design studio of Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton located in London's Hoxton area. Creators in 2009 of two art deco custom typefaces for Middle Boop magazine, and of many other types for visual identities and projects. One, calledNew Modern, can be bought exclusivelyfromHypeForType. They also created this typeposter for The Last Days of Decadence (2008).
In 2012, Sawdust published Ivory, a stencilish typeface.
Shanghai Ranking Numerals (2013) is a multiline typeface commissioned by Shanghai Ranking for Shanghai Jiao Tong's Top 200 Research Universities book. Wired UK (2013) is a commissioned hipster typeface. Lunetta (2013, Hype For Type) is a great multilined labyrinthine headline typeface. Fast Company (2014) is geometric and experimental.
In 2015, they created the custom typefaces Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant for Nike / Jordan and NBA basketball player Kevin Durant, and the spring-themed typeface Electric Word for an issue of Wired. Still in 2015, they published a geometric alphabet in Nylon, a book curated by Bernstein and Andriulli. Still in 2015, Jonathan Quainton and Rob Gonzalez created a custom typeface for LeBron James.
In 2016, they designed the successful display typeface Audi for Audi Magazine, UK, in which the letters themselves are adapted to the sleek lines of the Audi Quattro.
The fashion mag typeface Quainton (2008) was first published as a retail typeface in 2016. Hype For Type link.
Venetian renaissance antiqua (15th through 17th centuries). Called humanians in England, and humanes in France. Slightly left-leaning axis. Mostly characterized by a sloped stroke on the e. Includes Deepdene, Horley Old Style, Jersey.
French renaissance antiqua (15th through 17th centuries). Also called garaldes. More left-leaning axis than the Venetians, and more contrast-rich as well. Examples include Sabon Antiqua, Goudy Old Style, Palatino, and all Garamonds.
Baroque antiqua (17th through 19th centuries). Called transitionals in anglophone countries. These typefaces have more contrast than the old style (or antiqua) typefaces. Examples include Caslon, Baskerville and Times New Roman.
Klassizistische Antiqua, didones, or modern typefaces, developed between 1750 and 1800. Characterized by high contrast, ball terminlas, thin square serifs and a logical design, these include Walbaum, Caledonia, Didot and Bodoni.
Slab serifs or Egyptiennes or mechanistic typefaces, 19th and 20th centuries. Blocky serifs with some didone influences left in the glyphs. Examples incluude Clarendon, Impressum and Lubalin Graph.
Sans serifs, aka lineales in French and lineals in English. Developed starting in the 19th and 20th centuries, the sans serifs include Franklin Gothic, Avant garde and Helvetica.
Antiqua variants, and incised typefaces.
Hand-drawn antiqua. These include Delphin, Time Script and Ondine.
Graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He started out designing fonts for [T-26] and Garagefonts, but is also (or, perhaps, mainly) a letterer. In 2000, Lester joined Agfa Monotype. Typefaces:
Agfa/Monotype: Soho (2007, a 40-strong slab serif family), Soho Gothic (2007-2008, slab serif family perhaps based on the signage around Soho---this large fgamily has nice Compressed, Condensed and Extended subfamilies), Neo Sans (2004), NeoTech (2004), Scene (2000-2002, sans serif and semi-serif, 12 weights, 12 alternates) and Scene Black (2008). Scene has been lauded as eminently clean, open, and highly legible: it is a formidable family, and a competitor for Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Univers, FF Bau, Intel's new identity font called Neo Sans Intel (2005) is based on Neo Sans and Neo Tech.
Originally from Moscowm Sergey Serebrennikov now works as an art director in Miami, FL. In 2015, he won a contest for the best typographic poster for South Miami Beach's Art Deco Weekend. [Google]
Lucas Sharp is a designer (b. 1986, San Francisco) set up Sharp Type in Brooklyn, NY, and later in New York City proper. Before that, Lucas Sharp was involved with Typeslashcode in New York. In 2011, he and Juan Carlos Pagan set up Pagan&Sharp in Brooklyn, NY, but they split a few years later. In 2015, Lucas Sharp and Chantra Malee [at Sharp Type, Malee handles business, brand management, marketing, graphic design and sales] started Sharp Type in New York City. In 2020, the collaborators and type designers included Josh Finklea, Connor Davenport, Marc Rouault, My-Lan Thuong, Calvin Kwok, and Justin Sloane. Lucas Sharp's typefaces:
Sharp Sans (2013, Incubator subfoundry of Village). Sharp Sans is a geometric sans with a non-geometric semi-curvy italic. Sharp Sans No. 2 (2015) is more geometric. It has Bayer / Bauhaus alternates, Lubalin avant garde style interlocking capitals, and pays tribute to those styles. Sharp Sans No. 2 (2015, Incubator): While Sharp Sans No. 1 ends its round monolines with diagonally sheared terminals, Sharp Sans No. 2 shears those terminals on a 90 degree angle.
Ogg (2013) is a fashion mag typeface inspired by the hand lettering of 20th century book designer and calligrapher Oscar Ogg. Ogg won an award at TDC 2014. Review by Bethany Heck.
Frauen [Roman, Script] (2015, Incubator). A calligraphic pair. The Roman is partially based on the calligraphy of Friedrich Neugebauer [on the cover of an almanac of Berlin debutantes published in 1945 titled, Die schönsten Frauen der Welt], and partly Lucas's own creation. Production assistance from Wei Huang.
Sharp Sans was modified in 2016 for Hillary Clinton's campaign, on commission for Michael Bierut of Pentagram. They write: The newest iteration of Sharp Sans was conceived for the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign. Michael Bierut and the Pentagram team chose Sharp Sans Display No.1 as the main typeface of the campaign identity, but such a monumental project required a sturdier and more utilitarian typeface. The new Sharp Sans is completely redrawn and shaped by the rigorous typographic demands of modern visual communications. What sets the new Sharp Sans apart is a raised x-height, and newly opened counters that make it optimal for both text and display layouts; a new, more versatile approach, of which the two Display versions were not previously designed for. The set has Slab and Stencil styles as well.
In 2016, Sharp designed a custom Trajan-inspired typeface for Anthonly Lent, the jeweler.
Sharp Grotesk (2017), 259 fonts strong and several years in the making. Village writes: Sharp Grotesk sits at the intersection of mid-century modernist rigor and Victorian hand-hewn vernacular. Lucas considered Adrian Frutiger's monumental Univers suite of fonts, with its grid of multiple weights and widths, applying this underlying construction principle to letterforms echoing the forms of American and northern European wood types. Sharp Grotesk won sixth prize in the TDC Typeface Design competition in 2017.
Lucas Sharp and Connor Davenport finished the Dutch oldstyle typeface Eros Text in 2017. Eros Text was influenced By Jan van Krimpen's Sheldon and Bram de Does's Lexicon. Eros Text B has longer ascenders than Eros Text A.
Halyard (2017). An information design sans typeface family by Joshua Darden, Lucas Sharp and Eben Sorkin.
Respira Black (2017). A contemporary blackletter inspired by Spanish and English models from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Sharp Slab (2018).
Beatrice and Beatrice Display (2018) by Lucas Sharp assisted by Connor Davenport and Kia Tasbihgou: Beatrice is a new kind of typeface. The family is an exploration of contrast methodologies, combining various aspects from the canon expansionist systems, inverted contrast, and the contrast behavior of standard sans-serif grotesks. These methodologies were dissected and used as cornerstones in building our own system, with the final result landing largely in unexplored territory. Built on the foundation of a traditional American Gothic but with tight-as-can-be spacing, the superfamily spans a robust set of weights and includes 2 optical sizes: a super high-contrast, tightly packed Display cut, as well as a standard low-contrast cut, designed to function beautifully in a wide range of optical sizes.
In 2019, Lucas Sharp and Marc Rouault wrapped up Doyle at Sharp Type. The chubby Doyle interpolates between Cooper Black and ITC American Typewriter.
Graphic design, illustration and art direction group located in Kiev, Ukraine, and headed by Andrey Yushchenko. Alternate URL. They offer some beautiful decorative capital letters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Edinburgh, Scotland-based creator of a typographic poster called The Boy Who Wanted To Play The Violin (2013). She explains: Commissioned by Craigmillar Communiversity in conjunction with newly established Small + Crummy Press to work with illustrator Andrew Crummy to develop a special edition book. The launch of this publication was planned to coincide with the opening of the 'Arts: The Catalyst (for social change)' exhibition at Edinburgh's City Art Centre. The book's first edition sold out on the night! [Google]
Brooklyn, NY-based multidisciplinary design company of New Yorker Susanne Cerha and her Norwegian husband Terje Vist. In the type world best known for their spectaculrly beautiful Flash-based web page Type Is Art, where one can interactively make art from parts of typefaces. [Google]
Graphic designer and illustrator in Darmstadt who created an erotic alphabet called Schriftverkehr (2010) out of letters from various fonts. Other typefaces by him include Type Faces (2009), and Familie Bodoni (2009).
During an internship at Safari Inc in Osaka, Japan, Siomeng Chan (Macau, Macao) created Ilusion Font (2015), a 3d Escher-style typeface. Among his many notable contributions to design, the hilarious Hi Serifs poster stands out. [Google]
Vladimir Tomin is a graphic designer from Khabarovsk, Russia. Behance link. Paperworld (2009) is an alphabet (not a font) based on crumpled paper. In 2014, together with Alex Frukta, he created the type cooperative Nord Collective. Their first free font in that coop is called Nord (2014). In 2015, Frukta and Tomin published the free geometric sans typeface Kolikö. Creator of Kaboom (2010, a png-format collection of glyphs). Home page. [Google]
Helena Öhman (Studio Indigo) is a Swedish illustrator and graphic designer based in Stockholm. Gipsy Alphabet (2013) is an italic engraved alphabet with lower case letters inspired by a cigarette ad found in Modern Publicity 1934/35. It is not a real digital font.
In 2014, she worked on Shrimp, a free text typeface.
Typefaces from 2016: Belle Helene (script), Karolina. This calligraphic text font is inspired by Edward Johnston's foundational hand and roman capitals. The name Karolina refers to the carolingian style that influenced Johnston.
Foundry where one finds these typefaces: Sampler, Mother (comic book style), Fun Fair (merry-go-round lettering), 1971, Construct (two stencil typefaces), Midnite Cowboy, Cheap, Unit Three (T26, kitchen tile lettering), Mundane (rubber stamp lettering), Mindgap, Sit! (squarish lettering), Problematic2000 and Scaffold. The design of their main page is fantastic! Scan of an event poster. [Google]
A tribute to Joan Trochut-Blanchard modular type system, Supertipo Veloz (1942) by a Catalan group that includes Andreu Balius and Alex Trochut. It includes a nice sandbox. It was started in 2003. [Google]
I am guessing that she probably was a French poster artist at the height of the art deco movement. Nick Curtis claims that his Soda Jerk NF font is based on this poster by Musson entitled Remiremont Vosges, Chemins de Fer de L'est. [Google]
Born in 1980 in Chambéry, France, he studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee in 2007, and has been working in Berlin since then, first for seven years as a type designer at LucasFonts, where he specialized in Arabic type, and then as a graphic designer at the Mückenschwein Publishing House, and as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Personal site.
His typefaces: Ostbahnhof (2016, a blackletter-inspired headline font), Paula (2016, based on the hand of comic book artist Paula Bulling), Bikini (2010, fatty poster face), Skizzenfont (2009), Palast Black (2008, ultra fat), Pestorino (2008). He also did a great typographic job in his Foch Flyer (2010) and Mückenschwein logo (2008).
Arapix12 (2012) is a Latin-Arabic pixel font with very special capabilities: every Latin and Arabic glyphs are designed within just 12 pixels, which is especially reduced for fitting Arabic extended ascenders and descenders. Retails as 29LT Arapix.
At his own tyefoundry, simply called Sylvain Mazas (est. 2018), he published the German expressionist typeface Ostbahnhof (2018). [Google]
American architect who did the beautiful inscriptional lettering on a monument in Toronto in 2008 honor the thousands who died in the forest of Katyn during the German invasion. Report by Jake Bauming. [Google]
This was bound to happen. We now have a typographic tag cloud portrait generator and server. Admirably, it uses only free fonts, and free color palettes. The blurb: My name is Hardy Leung and I'm the creator of Tagxedo, an online tool that turns words into stunning artworks. Examples: camel, ibis, kiwi. [Google]
Talented Mexican graphic designer and digital artist (b. 1985) who was based in Montreal but is now back in Mexico City. She pushed the boundaries of experimental typography with creations like Fabric Type (2009), which was developed at Concordia University in Montreal, where she obtained a BFA in design in 2009. She continued her studies at EINA in Barcelona, graduating in 2010.
In 2010, she designedthe map faceCartola, which grew out of a project at EINA in Barcelona and is based on Mrs Eaves. Mar 34 (2011) designed exclusively for the identity of Estruch, a restaurant located at the Plaza of the Cathedral in downtown Barcelona. The project was made in collaboration with Raquel Quevedo, who used the typeface for designing a graphic system for the identity. Both the face&the graphic design are based on postal service paraphernalia. Momo (2011) is a typeface that is developed based on the concepts of dada by El Lissitsky&Kurt Schwitters.
In 2013, she graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag with a text typeface called Botanica that is geared towards scientific publications.
In 2018, she published Tara at Indian Type Foundry. Designed for immersive reading, it has considerable contrast and wedge serifs.
Graphic designer from Portugal who obtained a Bachelors in Graphic Design from ESAD.CR in Caldas da Rainha, and a Masters in type design from KABK, Den Haag, 2010. She interned for one year with Rob Saunders in California, was based for some time in Brasilia, Brazil, and lives now in the Bay Area. At the moment she is the Program Coordinator for Type@Cooper West and works as a freelance graphic and type designer in San Francisco.
In 2018, House Industries published Coryn Didot and writes: Coryn Didot updates the Modern type style's elegant hairline strokes and crisp serifs by introducing a seductive squircular silhouette. Truly a font for lovers of alluring typography. Coryn Didot is based on a Photo-Lettering alphabet drawn by C.E. "Les" Coryn. The original appeared in the company's 1965 Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 2 under the name Galax Didot. A revised design, introduced in the early 70s as Galaxy Didot, served as the basis for House Industries' version which was digitized by Tania Raposo in 2013. [Google]
Graphic designer and painter (b. San Francisco, 1981) who created the free hairline octagonal typeface Pomegranate in 2007 for Neo2, a Spanish magazine. She also has many nice typographic posters in her gallery.
In 2008, Dick Pape captured some of her work in his scanbat typeface Tauba Auerbach. [Google]
As reported by the Dallas Morning News on February 26, 2009, a forgery was discovered by a chronological anomaly: Lucille Hester, the 69-year-old former school teacher who provided the "goosebump moment" of Bob Hayes' Pro Football Hall of Fame election last weekend, tried Wednesday to answer thorny questions about type fonts. Hayes' family members have questioned the validity of the letter she read to a national TV audience, noting in particular a "Bob Hayes" signature they say is obviously forged. Lucille Hester showed the now-controversial letter to the media after the Hall of Fame announcement last weekend. But on Wednesday, the focus turned to the letter's typeface. At The Dallas Morning News' request, one of the world's most noted typeface designers examined a photo of the purported Hayes letter, which was dated Oct. 29, 1999. Dutch designer Luc(as) de Groot said the letter's typeface is "definitely Calibri," which he designed for Microsoft in 2003. It was not available to the public until the debut of Microsoft Office 2007. Hayes, the former Cowboys receiver and Olympic sprint champion, died on Sept. 18, 2002. Hester has said Hayes, whom she identifies as her half-brother, signed and gave her the letter in 1999 while visiting her in Washington, D.C. [Google]
TJOUT is dedicated to the documentation and study of signs, word fragments, and typography created with utilitarian intent in urban environments. It is not really a "jpournal", but rather a collection, Flickr-style, of photographs of type found in cities. Archive. [Google]
The Keystone Design Union (or: KDU) is a design studio in Brooklyn, NY. Behance link. Creative diurectors David Gensler, Jared Liner, Josh Vanover, and Zach Shuta created some fine retro posters in 2010. [Google]
New classics: Just as there will always be trends, there will also be those designers who break from them. The following logotypes eschew the popular styles mentioned above and use new typefaces that have the potential to become timeless classics. The typeface is then used throughout the site in headers and graphics. It is a great way to reinforce a brand and set it apart. Examples Coles uses for this include Socialtext [Lisboa sans], Facebook [Klavika], and Joyent [Proxima Nova].
French freelance graphic and type designer who started his own commercial type foundry in 2014. Now based in Nantes, Thierry was educated in Nantes and studied Typography & Language at ESAD in Amiens, France, class of 2014. His typefaces:
Batutah (2013-2014). A Latin / Arabic bicephalic typeface family for his graduation project at ESAD. "Batutah" refers to the Arab pilgrim Ibn Batutah who traveled from Spain to China in the thirteenth century. This Latin / Arabic typeface is intended primarily for magazines.
Futago (2013). A fashion mag hiragana and katakana didone. Thierry: Futago is a Japanese typeface of 141 glyphs intended to go with Latin typefaces from Didot family. Its name, which means twin, expresses clearly its objective: to be used in bilingual texts in order to create a graphic unity. This typeface has been selected by the website Typography Served in 2013.
Wilson (2013). A visit by Laura Mesaguer led Thierry to the development of a 3-style Tuscan stencil typeface called Wilson (2013).
Dark Times (2013). An extra-light revival of a gothic textura.
For the comic book artist Milena Picard, he custom-designed the comic book typeface family Anelim (2017).
The art deco all caps Utopiales (2018): This typeface has been tailor-made for the Utopiales, an international science-fiction festival at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes. The Cité des Congrès in Nantes asked me to create a new titling typeface only in capitals following their art deco inspirations. I based it on the letters of this period found in the streets of Nantes that are part of the history and identity of the city.
In 2019 he made a typeface, Bouclard, on commission for the publishing house Bouclard in Nantes.
Tasmanian designer of the pixel typeface Tall Trees Pixel Font (2011). In Singapore in 2013, he created a fun typographic poster titled He died with a felafel in his hand. Home page. Behance link. [Google]
Todd Hart is co-founder and creative director of focus2. Todd is a graduate of the Communications Design program at the University of North Texas, and is an adjunct professor at UNT. In 2008, he designed a number of Halloween-themed icons based on letters from typefaces, such as Dracula is Grotesk, WolfMan from Helvetica, and Frankenstein in Franklin Gothic. [Google]
On-line type testing and type previewing tool. The CSS code is generated on the fly and ready for use. Compare Windows Cleartype rendering with Apple font rendering. By Penduka Senaka. [Google]
Documentary made in 2008 by Justine Nagan about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers in rural Wisconsin. Justine Nagan has produced or helped produce various films at Kartemquin Films. She has a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, 2004. Another URL. [Google]
Type examples in Flash, by Budapest, Hungary-based Peter Vajda. Examples from 2015-2016 include a Hebrew simulation alphabet and an experimental blackletter alphabet. The names: Hungarian, Greek, German, English, Zion, Arabic, Typeflash Sex. Still in 2016, he designed the pixelish Modul and Typeflash Digital, the 3d Typeflash Cube, the blackletter typefaces Box and Gothic, the experimental Loop, the arrowed typeface Sex, and the dot matrix typeface Chain.
Typefaces from 2017: Figyelem (pixel typeface), Line (octagonal), Dot.
Typographic posters from the collection of the National Museum in Poznan, at the Miejska Galeria Sztuki in Lodz, Poland. Featuring type-based posters of five designers, Philippe Apeloig, Takenobu Igarashi, Tadeusz Piechura, Taku Satoh, and Ruedi Wyss. Especially the work of Taku Satoh from the early nineties (neo-ornamentalism) is quite impressive. Letters are constructively worked into futuristic designs and ads. [Google]
Great free on-line utility that generates a typo poster randomly using correlated images found by google. This is a student project by Katharina Nussbaumer, done in the summer of 2004 at the Fachhochschule Hagenberg in Austria. [Google]
Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography design works on the web, from type videos to images everything is full of great design and typography inspiration. Users can submit their typography designs. It is managed by Paulo Canabarro, a web designer from Brazil currently living in Providence RI, USA. Last post dates from 2011. [Google]
Justin Knopp graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art&Design in 1994. Now, he runs a letterpress shop in Colchester, UK, and makes beautiful cards (among other things). He also has a blog. [Google]
Peter Cho's web page with many type experiments. He explains: TYPOTOPO is a collection of works loosely themed around typography, virtual spaces, and technology. Digital technology can allow for new ways to express visualand textualmessages. Craft plays an important role in our digitally-mediated world. Through the experiments on this site, I am exploring how craft can apply to software artifacts, interactive systems, and other works created using the computer.Peter Cho won a Tokyo Type Directors' Club TDC 2002 awar for his interactive typography, "letterscapes". Letterscapes is a collection of twenty-six interactive typographic landscapes, encompassed within a dynamic, dimensional environment. In each landscape, a letter of the alphabet serves as the starting point for a playful, mouse-driven experience. Peter Cho is a designer and programmer based in San Francisco. He holds a masters degree from the MIT Media Laboratory. [Google]
Vernacular type is the term often used for found type or type in the real world. At ATypI meetings in Lisbon and Mexico City, Marina Chaccur and Priscila Farias spoke about Brazilian vernacular type. Farias identified interesting sources including type used for cattle branding, or types found on the doors of blacksmiths. In urban Brazil, graffiti and lambe lambe provide rich sources of vernacular type. Blogs like Villatype refer mostly to urban typography. With the advent of Flickr, there were bound to be groups like The Center for Vernacular Typography. Phil Baines has almost made a profession out of it---he often takes people on walking tours of London, and delighted type aficionados at ATypI in Lisbon with his city walk there. But, in fact, not just building and traffic signs, but also graffiti and all other type found in the urban or rural landscapes can be called vernacular. [Google]
Student at Washington University in St Louis, MO, who excels at illustrations (A Day in Chennai (2012) is my favorite series). He created a great ornamental caps alphabet called Foodie in 2012. [Google]
Based in Arnhem, The Netherlands, this web site glorifies nice typographical contributions in advertising and presentations. It is also a place of study: The Werkplaats Typografie (WT) is part of ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. WT is a two-year masters programme centred on practical assignments and self-initiated projects. It also serves as a meeting place for graphic designers with regard to research and dialogue. The WT is supervised by Karel Martens and Armand Mevis. [Google]
Whitney Titling and Whitney Sans are fonts developed by Tobias Frere-Jones (Font Bureau) for the Whitney Museum from 1995-1996. These fonts were further developed while Tobias was at H&FJ to other subfamilies such as Whitney Condensed, Whitney Greek and Whitney Cyrillic. [Google]
Graduate in Visual Communication from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore. Now based in Tampines, Singapore, Yeo Yu Xin created Didot Zebra (2013), a typographic illustration based only on parts of glyphs in Linotype Didot. [Google]
Michael Cina (Minneapolis) is the cofounder of WeWorkForThem and YouWorkForThem (in 2002), also known as YWFT. Before that, he ran TrueIsTrue, and before that was partner in Test Pilot Collective (which he left in 2001), and before that he ran Cinahaus. YWFT is located in Knoxville, TN and/or Baltimore, MD. The creative director is Michael Paul Young.
Cina's fonts include the pixel fonts YWFT Caliper (1998), YWFT Bit (1998), 6x7oct (1998) and BlackGold; the handwriting font Cinahand; Blessed (1999, techno), YWFT Cam (1998, a slab serif based on industrial lettering), CommunityService, Crossover (1998, dot matrix with stars instead of dots), Composite (1998, octagonal), Formation (1999, a big octagonal family), Jute (2004, a masculine, military, sans-serif), YWFT Maetl (1999, octagonal, angular family), YWFT Moteur (a technical, retro, machine-like design; it briefly went under the name Alloy---in the early 2000s it was heavily used in the video gaming magazine Playstation), YWFT Novum (2002: a heavy block font that draws inspiration from a typeface originally used by the Swiss graphic designer Siegfried Odermatt), Pakt, Reversion (1997, squarish), Selector, Selek (1998, pixelish), YWFT Blackgold (2000, pixelish), Service (2001-2002, an octagonal family), YWFT Signature (1998), Trisect (1999, three-lined family), Unisect (1999, organic monoline sans), YWFT Ultramagnetic (1996, a popular rounded gothic typeface family), Ultramagnetic2 (1999), YWFT Ultramagnetic Expanded (2011), YWFT Ultramagnetic Rough (1996-2017), Unfinished. Bastard (1998), Kcap6 (with Matt Desmond), Cheese (1998), Novum (2002), Overcross (2002, unfocused letters), Stem (1998), Testacon (with Kral and Desmond, 1999), Praun (2002, pixel typefaces), OneCross (2002, pixelish stitching family), Estenceler (2004, a great stencil family a bit related to Milton Glaser's Glaser Stencil), Graphium (2004, octagonal Western style family), Expos (2004, graffiti or poster face), YWFT Pixacao (2007, after the Brazilian graffiti style), Vox (2007, monoline sans), Militia Sans (2007, like a Russian constructivist stencil), Jupiter (roman), Militia (2007, heavier stencil), Merc (2007, grunge), Guild (2007), Clarendon Text (2007, a complete revival), Jezebel (2007, script), Ambassador Script (2007, a digital revival of Novarese's typeface by that name), Enam (2002, influenced by Crouwel), Enigmatic Hand (2007), Dusty (2007, a Tuscan-eared Western font), YWFT Poplock (2007, experimental), YWFT Pakt (2004, geometric sans), Sudsy (2007), Black Sabbath (2008, ultra black slab serif, by Stefan Kjartansson), YWFT Belle (2008), YWFT Agostina (2008), YWFT Bitwood (2007-2017, pixelish Western typeface), YWFT Mullino (2009, letterpress emulation), Trithart (2008, grunge by Emma Trithart), YWFT Tapscott (2008-2017, informal and nostalgic all caps family, in the style of Rennie Mackintosh), Habano (2008, script), Amorinda (signage script), Retron (2008, connected script), MD01 (medical-themed dingbats), Adelaide (script), Centennial Script (calligraphic), Alexia (calligraphic), Ultramagnetic (experimental), Nash (1997, grunge), Amber (kitchen tile), Fab (3d), 6x7 Oct (1998, pixels and dots), Wool (2009, stencil), YWFT Matter (2009, a wide bold grotesque), YWFT Merriam (2009, a Clarendon-styled slab serif), Agostina Alternate (2011, with Michael Paul Young and Taechit Jiropaskosol), Ramsey (2012), YWFT Dessau (2013, schizograms and capitals like Bauhaus on drugs), YWFT League (2014, inspired by college football jerseys), YWFT Yoke (poster typeface done with Pintassilgo), YWFT Illuminati (2015, abstract capitals).
Kiev-based designer of a beautiful curly logo for the coffee shop Cacaofée in Bonn (Germany) in 2012. In 2016, she designed the hand-crafted typeface Cookie. In 2017, she added the hand-crafted Rodriguez and Ice Cream Berries.