American designer, b. Rockville Centre, NY, 1950. George Ryan held senior positions at Linotype and Bitstream since 1979, where he has been involved in the production of over 2500 fonts. In 2004, Ryan joined Agfa Monotype, and is now a Monotype typeface designer. Creator of these typefaces:
- The amazingly beautiful text font Kennedy GD (1995, Galapagos).
- Other Galapagos fonts: McLemore (2002), Geis (2002), Jorge (2002), Culpepper (2002, an extension and interpretation of Rudolf Koch's Neuland, 1923), the elegant formal script font Tiamaria (2002, connected script), the fat art nouveau font Robusto (2002, based on letters found in a book about Oswald Cooper), Prop Ten (2002).
- The hand-printed comic book style typeface ITC Kristen (1995).
- The legible Nikki New Roman GD (1996).
- The handwriting font MohawcsNote GD.
- The Bitstream font Oz Handicraft BT (1991). This was created by George Ryan in 1990 from a showing of Oswald Cooper's hand lettering found in The Book of Oz Cooper, published in 1949 by the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago). A refresh was done in 2016.
- Migrate GD (now ITC Migrate).
- ITC Eborg.
- The fine dingbat font Web-O-Mints GD.
- The clean sans serif Wyle GD.
- Established in 2003 by George Ryan in Arlington, MA, Bilt Fonts (Aruban Font Foundry) sells revivals and original designs through MyFonts. Typefaces include Pietin, Geo Sans, Netto, Rescue, Jingle, Geo Tablet, Lottsa Lotta, Big Stuff, Rainman, Depth Charge, Sansand, Bulla Bulla, Kappa Nappa, Kappa Sappa, Sarabella (2004, calligraphic), Marcus Texus (fun informal), Marcus Displaeus, and Spio Beo.
- Semaphore (Bitstream, with Dave Robbins).
- In 2007, at Monotype, he made Givens Antiqua, named after Robert Givens, the co-founder and first president of Monotype Imaging---it is a soft and elegant serif family in 16 styles.
- In 2012, he published the comic book felt tip marker typeface Koorkin (Monotype).
- In 2013, he worked on an Ethiopic typeface at Monotype.
- In 2015, Monotype set out to remaster, expand and revitalize Eric Gill's body of work, with more weights, more characters and more languages to meet a wide range of design requirements. As part of that effort, George Ryan extended the popular Gill Sans from 18 to 43 fonts in his Gill Sans Nova (2015). Several new display fonts are available, including a suite of six inline weights, shadowed outline fonts that were never digitized and Gill Sans Nova Deco that was previously withdrawn from the Monotype library. Greek and Cyrillic coverage.
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