New York-based foundry run by Charles Nix (b. 1967, Ohio), who studied tye design at The Cooper Union. Charles Nix is professor of Typography and Book Design at the Parsons School of Design, New York. His foundry was helped by Wong Chee (digitization) and Stefano Arcella (ornament design). Fonts: Melaka, Batak, Nani, Tuk Tuk, Christmas (a softened blackletter with Christmas ornaments), Nix Rift (serif: the official typeface of the Cooper Union), Huta Bulon, Samosir, Island Special. Batak became ITC Batak (2002).
Charles Nix digitized the Augereau family for George Abrams in 1997 and manages the Abrams Legacy Collection, which also offers Abrams Venetian.
Typefaces in the New Fonts collection are derived from a rich variety of sources---from 15th century Spain to 21st century Sumatra. The Sumatran Series of fonts is inspired by hand-painted letterforms from commercial signage in the tiny village of Tuk Tuk on the island of Samosir in Northern Sumatra. The series consists of six typefaces: Batak, Nani, Tuk Tuk, Samosir, Melaka, and Huta Bolon.
In May, 2015, Charles joined Monotype as a Senior Type Designer, and later became its Type Director. His work at Monotype:
- In 2017, Charles Nix designed the free typeface family D-DIN that is based on DIN 1451. He writes: Datto uses a DIN-font as primary corporate font and commissioned Monotype to create several styles, for internal use and to be open sourced under a SIL OFL v1.1 license. Nix then went on to design these for Monotype, and thus for Datto Inc.
- In 2018, he published Hope Sans (Monotype), which mixes retro sans styles with 1970s playfulness. Hope Sans won an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019.
In 2018, Monotype's Carl Crossgrove, Charles Nix, Juan Villanueva and Lynne Yun co-designed Walbaum, a reimagined superfamily with 69 total fonts, in five optical sizes. Monotype writes: Walbaum was meticulously crafted by Monotype's Carl Crossgrove, Charles Nix, and Juan Villanueva to bring Justus Erich Walbaum's high contrast didone style masterpiece to the 21st century. Walbaum has over 600 glyphs with OpenType typographic features like small capitals, old style and lining figures, proportional and tabular figures, fractions and ligatures. Also included in the family are three decorative and ornament fonts.
- He was part of a team at Monotype that developed Helvetica Now in 2019 at Monotype, together with Jan Hendrik Weber and others. Monotype writes: Every single glyph of Helvetica has been redrawn and redesigned for this expansive new edition which preserves the typeface's Swiss mantra of clarity, simplicity and neutrality, while updating it for the demands of contemporary design and branding. Helvetica Now comprises 48 fonts, consisting of three distinct optical sizes: Micro, Text and Display.
- Ambiguity (2019, Charles Nix for Monotype). This large typeface family comes in five distinct subfamilies, Tradition, Radical, Thrift, Generous and Normate.
FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View Charles Nix's typefaces. Fontsquirrel link for D-DIN and Datto.
Klingspor Museum page
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