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Arthur Baker Designs (or: Glyph Systems) [Arthur Baker]

American calligrapher in Andover, MA, who worked for many foundries, and ran several studios. He ran/runs Glyph Systems in Andover, MA, and before that, Alpha Omega and Maverick Designs. His typefaces are all calligraphic:

Some explanations by Freddy Nader: The Baker Argentina and Danmark typefaces were variations on his Signet. Baker originally made Signet for Headliners International in the 1960s, where he worked full time. In 1972 he was approached by VGC and told that they would pay him royalties as well if he made the same typeface for them. Royalties were a relatively new thing back then - Tommy Thompson was the very first person to ever earn royalties in type (in 1944 for his Thompson Quill script for Photo Lettering Inc), and he wasn't a type designer per se, he was a calligrapher. Lured by the idea of royalties coming his way from two different directions for the same face, Baker did a Signet for VGC. When Bob Evans, owner of Headliners, found out, he threatened to sue VGC for trademark infringement (copyright for typefaces was unheard of at the time - every major photo type house had "similar" fonts, and whenever someone got exclusives made by outside designers under a royalty program, it was only a matter of weeks before they were knocked off and changed slightly by other type houses, big and small). So in order to avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit, VGC called their typeface Baker Signet, instead of just Signet, and went further by asking Arthur Baker to make a lighter version and a condensed version. The lighter version was called Baker Argentina, the condensed version was called Baker Danmark. The "Number One" prefix was added to both so that when the inevitable knockoffs happened, type buyers would know which type was made first. About Baker Sans, Freddy writes: The Baker Sans was a knockoff of Helvetica. It was a massive family of a lot of fonts, rendered very ugly by camera stretching and slanting. Eddie Bauer used it as their corporate typeface for a long time in order to avoid the expensive fees of licensing Helvetica. Tim Ryan ended up digitizing it for Arthur Baker in the mid 1990s for a lot of money. That digital version is now being sold by ITF under one of its many companies (either Arthur Baker Design, or Arthur Baker Designs, or maybe Maverick Designs).

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Type designers ⦿ Type designers ⦿ Calligraphic typefaces ⦿ Commercial fonts (small outfits) ⦿ Dingbats (original) ⦿ Type scene in Massachusetts ⦿ Brush script typefaces ⦿ Photo and film type era ⦿ Typefaces with arrows ⦿ Fists, pointing hands ⦿ Chancery hand, cancellaresca ⦿ Uncial typefaces ⦿ Floriated initial caps ⦿








file name: Arthur Baker Baker Signet 2001


file name: Arthur Baker Calligraphica 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Calligraphbica Italic 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Calligraphica 1995c


file name: Arthur Baker Collier Script 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Hands 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Arrows 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Hiroshige Sans 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Mercator 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Mercator 1995 108934


file name: Arthur Baker Mercator 1995 128056


file name: Arthur Baker New Amigo 1994


file name: Arthur Baker New Oxford 1994


file name: Arthur Baker New Visigoth 1994


file name: Arthur Baker Oxford 1989 102978


file name: Arthur Baker Oxford 1989


file name: Arthur Baker Sassafras 1995


file name: Arthur Baker Sassafras 1995b







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