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Will Ransom

American designer, letterer, author and type designer (1878-1955) who was associated with ATF. In Chicago, he and Frederic Goudy started the private Village Press in 1903, which was a popular meeting place for typophiles, including Cooper and Dwiggins. Bio by Eason&Rookledge.

  • In 1918, he created Parsons for Barnhart Brothers&Spindler, which was named after the artistic director of a Chicago-based department store. This was the basis of the typeface AIParsons (1994) by Inna Gertsberg and Susan Everett at Alphabets Inc. Nick Curtis' Parsnip family (2004) is based on Parsons. Jess Latham also digitized Parsons. Finally, Dieter Steffmann converted the Gertsberg / Everett revival in 1999 to truetype while keeping the name AI Parsons.
  • He created Clearcut Shaded Capitals (1920s, Barnhart Brothers&Spindler). This was extended to a full font by Nick Curtis in 2005 as Ransom Clearcut NF).

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file name: eason/eason ransom


file name: Inna Gertsberg Susan Everett A I Parsons 1994 based on Will Ransom Parsons 1920s converted to ttf by Dieter Steffmann 1999


file name: Dieter Steffmann Parsons Heavy 2000 after Bill Ransom 1918


file name: Will Ransom Parsons 1918







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