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Ken Barber

Letterer and type director at House Industries. He also teaches experimental typography at the Maryland Institute's College of Art. His interests include the inter-disciplinary relationship between hand-lettering and type design.

His typefaces include Maddhouse (1994), Chalet (1996), Heads of the Household, Fink Bold (1996), Fink Brush (1996), Fink Casual (1996), Fink Condensed (1996), Fink Gothic (1996), Fink Heavy (1996), Fink Roman (1996), Fink Sans (1996). The Rat Fink series was made with Ed Roth. Part of the proceeds from each sale go to the estate of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about "Imre Reiner: the alphabet as art".

Ken Barber and Tal Leming combined forces in 2008 on the signage script family Studio Lettering Swing (House). He digitized Ed Gothic and Ed Script, both originally designed by Ed Benguiat. These fonts won awards at the TDC2 2005 type competition.

Smidgen (2011: winner of an award at TDC 2012).

Studio Lettering Slant (2008) and Blaktur (2007) won awards at Letter2 in 2011.

He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Lettering, typography or somewhere in between.

At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, his talk (shared with Tal Leming) was entitled Pac-Man fever, quantum mechanics and the design of digital type.

Typographic picture by TDC.

Ken Barber interview by T. Wilkins.

Ken Barber
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