Brian Willson (b. 1951, New Haven, CT), grew up in Austin, TX, and obtained a degree in radio, TV and film from the University of Texas in 1979. Since 1980, Willson has lived in coastal Maine, where for 15 years he worked as a writer and journalist, in both broadcast and print media, and was managing editor of National Fisherman magazine for one year. In the mid 1990s, he left the magazine business to devote his full time to Three Islands Press (3IP), a digital design and publishing company he founded in Rockland in 1989. He has been designing type since 1993. Three Islands Press (or 3IP, or The Type Quarry) used to offer 10 dollar shareware fonts. They went commercial and are now located in Rockland, ME. 3IP Type Foundry also enjoys the contributions of type designers Patricia Lillie and Lars Bergquist. Their fonts:
- American Scribe: 2003, after the handwriting of Timothy Mattack, who penned America's Declaration of Independence.
- Antiquarian (2010): based on the the titles and captions and place labels on a page I have of Henri Abraham Chatelain's Atlas Historique.
- Antiquarian Scribe (2010): based on the body text in an 18th century atlas by Henri Abraham Chatelain.
- Attic Antique: old pitted characters.
- Castine (1998).
- Cedar Street
- Chromosome: a label-tape gun font.
- Dingos: free.
- Douglass Pen (2011): inspired by the handwriting of Frederick Douglass, who was born an American slave but died a distinguished 19th century statesman, orator, and abolitionist leader. He also had fine penmanship. Douglass Pen is modeled chiefly after Douglass's handwritten account of John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, VA.
- Emily Austin (2001) is modeled after the penmanship of Emily Margaret Austin (Bryan) Perry, an early Texas colonist along with her brother, Stephen F. Austin, for whom the state capital was named. Specimens were letters dating from 1837 until 1851, the year of her death at 56. It is a beautiful historic handwriting font.
- Houston Pen (after the handwriting of Sam Houston.
- Lamar Pen: 2003, after the handwriting of poet Mirabeau B. Lamar, ca. 1830s.
- Marydale. Willson wrote: While working at National Fisherman magazine several years ago, I admired the hand-lettering of the production director, Marydale Abernathy, and suggested she let me model a font after her penmanship. She drew out the alphabet, I launched Macromedia (then Altsys) Fontographer, and (to shorten a long story) I ended up developing my first typeface. For the heck of it, I released it first as shareware, then as a full-featured typeface and, astonishingly, it took off.
- Oak Street
- Old Man Eloquent (2010): a connected script based on an 1810 sample of the handwriting of John Quincy Adams.
- Schooner Script: after the 1825 handwriting of pastor Samuel Clarke of Princeton, MA.
- Speed Bump
- Texas Hero: after the hand of Thomas J. Rusk, 1836.
- Treefrog (1993): beautiful unevenly inked handwriting style, inspired by the quirky inkpen doodlings of Philip D. Cyr, a graphic designer who lives in Arizona.
- Viktorie (2007, handwriting).
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