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[Za La Mort by Josef Fenneker: a poster in the German expressionist style]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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Andrea Fusinski

In Laura Meseguer's class in Barcelona, Andrea Fusinski designed a German expressionist typeface called Shelley (2013).

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Andrew Martin
[Thumbnail Designs]

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Beate Limbach

Gifted designer from Lausanne, Switzerland. One of the most talented creators of typefaces with FontStruct.

Typefaces made in 2009: DB72, DBColon, DBPoints Sans, DBCube, and DB13, mostly dot matrix or octagonal fonts.

In 2010, these were followed by db Outline, db Stickers, db Stick, DB Cube New, db MOKI (stencil), db Ciao, db Ticket Light, db 72, DBpoints (dot matrix), DBPoin2, and db Kopix (blackletter), db New Points Italic (dot matrix face).

In 2011, we find dB Stick, dB Sticker, dB Sticker Mono (a monospaced typewriter face), db Prague (fat sans), db Backjumps (an extraordinary fat poster stencil), db Perl, db Perl 1.2 (texture face), db Quarz (2011, +Mix), and db Nox and db Nox II.

Fonts made in 2012: db Como (a simple monospace sans), db Sticker (hairline sans), db Rocko v2 (stencil face), db Today v1 (a beautiful black slab face), db Today v2, db Etroite (2012, in several weights: constructivist), db N3, db Drops (fat counterless face), db Quarz Mix, db Soda, db Klacks, db NQ, db Boxer, db Como (monospaced), db Smoothie (fat stencil face), db Quick Cut (stencil), db Karton (stencil), db Frieda.

Typefaces from 2013: db Etroite, db Concierge (hairline serif), db Lineo, db Lucky, db Boxer III, db SIL.

Typefaces from 2014: db Slow (a German expressionist typeface), sb Bargo Condensed, db TwoLines (an inline font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bernd Volmer

Bernd Volmer is a graphic and type designer from Germany. Before attending type and media, he graduated with a BA in 2011 from the ArtEZ in Arnhem. During this time he also did an internship at Atelier Carvalho Bernau and developed his knowledge and interest in type design and typography. After graduation he started as a freelancer.

In 2013, he graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK, Den Haag. His graduation typeface, Curtis, is based on broad nib calligraphy, and manages in its palette of styles to cover the broad ground between powerful German expressionist display types and very readable text types. In my view, it is the best of the twelve typefaces of the graduation class.

In 2010, Bernd Volmer and Ateleir Carvalho Bernau published the free typeface Jean-Luc, which is named after Jean-Luc Godard. Carvalho / Bernau write: We didn't find out who originally made the lettering for these two movies. Some speculate it could have been Godard himself---Godard's interest in graphic design and typography is clear, with many of his other films employing such strong typography-only titles and intertitles. They are almost a self-sufficient entity, another character in the movie, another comment. This style of lettering is so interesting to us because it is such a clear renunciation of the pretty, classical title screens that were common in that time more conservative films. It has a more vernacular and brutishly low-brow character; this lettering comes from the street. We can not prove this at all, but we think it may be derived from the stencil letters of the Plaque Découpée Universelle (or PDU), a lettering device invented in the 1870s by a certain Joseph A. David, and first seen in France at the 1878 Exposition Universelle, where it found broad appeal and rapid adoption. We think this style of lettering was absorbed into the public domain vernacular of French lettering, and that the 2 ou 3 choses titles are derived from these quotidien lettering style, as it would seem to fit Godard's obsession with vernacular typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Birgit Hove

Based in Oslo, Birgit Hove evoked the lettering of Polish poster artist Leszek Zebrowski and German expressionism in her typeface Orfeus (2014), which was a logotype created for a short film called Orfeus. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Borutta
[Mateusz Machalski]

Borutta is the creative studio of Warsaw-based designer Mateusz Machalski. He is the creator of the blackletter-inspired typeface Raus (2012), which also could pass for a Cyrillic simulation font. It was possibly made with Pawel Wypych. He also made Kebab (2012, a fat caps face), Duce (2012, art deco: withdrawn from MyFonts after Charles Borges complained that it was a rip-off of his own Gloria), Fikus (2012), Woodie (2012, a condensed rough wood type face), Polon (2012), Aurora (2012, a German expressionist poster face), Musli (monoline connected script), HWDP (2012, poster font), Wieczorek Script (2012, hand-printed), Hamlet (2012, a sword and dagger typeface, renamed to Prince), Caryca (2012, Cyrillic simulation, done with Pawel Wypych), Bezerro (2012, poster face), Bitmach (2012, pixel face), Meat Script (2012, a caps only market signage brush script), Krac (2012, a tall poster font), Hermes (2012: Ten Dollar Fonts), Berg (2012, a roughened blackletter face), Buldog (2012), Dudu (2012, tall condensed face).

In 2012, Polish designer Wojciech Freudenreich and Mateusz Machalski combined forces to design the techno typeface SYN.

Machalski likes old wood types, which inspired him in 2012 to publish a wood type collection of weathered display faces: Condom, Hype, Whore, Banger, Buka. Elo (2012) and Duce (2012) are fat weathered wood types.

Typefaces made in 2013: Wood Type Collection 2 (which includes Brie, Kaszti, Mader, Modi, Rena, Roast, Ursus), Zigfrid (headline face), Salute (letterpress style), Benito (a letterpress or geometric wood typeface), Bojo (heavy wood style poster face), Picadilly (heavily inktrapped open counter sans family), GIT (a manly headline sans), Lito (an eroded poster typeface), Haine (vernacular caps), Aneba (organic sans family), Vitali (sans), Korpo Serif (slab serif), Korpo Sans (elliptical family; +Greek, +Cyrillic), Korpo Sans (+Greek and Cyrillic).

Typefaces from 2014: Tupperware Pro.

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Castle Type
[Jason Castle]

Designs by Jason Castle from San Rafael, CA, who graduated from Dominican University of California. He does custom font design and sells commercial faces through MyFonts and FontShop. Blog. These include:

  • A: AfrikaBorders, Afrika Motifs, Agency Open (M. F. Benton, 1934, revival Jason Castle), Agency Gothic Inline, Ampersands, Azbuka (2005, a heavy slab serif).
  • B: Brasileiro (2007, an art deco face).
  • Carisma (2007, a clean geometric sans), Carlos (art deco inspired by Elektra), Castle Fleurons, Chinoise (2008, based on hand lettering that is reminiscent of a style of ancient Chinese square-cut ideograms), Cloister Black, Copperplate Script.
  • D: Deko Initials (1993, discontinued in 2007; based on NADA0 drawn in 1972 by Marcia Loeb), Dionisio (2008, didone).
  • E: Eden (Bold, Light; originally designed by Robert H. Middleton in 1934).
  • F: Fat Freddie, Futura CT and Futura CT Inline (2007, based on Futura ND, but discontinued after only a few weeks).
  • G: Goudy Lombardy (Lombardic), GoudyStout, Goudy Text, Goudy Trajan (1994-2010, free; +alternates).
  • H: Handsome (2002, nice finger dingbats, aka fists).
  • J: Jensen Arabique (left field art deco, based on work of Gustav Jensen, 1933).
  • K: Koloss (art deco).
  • L: Latin CT (2008,, 6 styles), Latin Wide, Laureat, Lise Informal (2008, handprinted), Lombardy.
  • M: Maximilian CS (Rudolf Koch, 1917), Metropolis Bold and Shaded (based on the 1932 Stempel cut as designed by W. Schwerdtner), Minotaur (2008, an original monoline design based on an Oscan votive inscription from the second century BC; looks like simulated Greek).
  • N: Norberto (2009, an all-caps Bodoni; +Stencil).
  • O: Ogun (2008, inspired by an Egyptian-style Russian block alphabet and useful for athletic lettering; formerly named Azbuka).
  • P: Plantain (2002, a digital version of Plantin Adweight, a 1913 face by F. H. Pierpont), Plantain Stencil (2009), Progreso (2010, a condensed, unicase, serif gothic type design inspired by the hand-lettering on Russian posters from the 1920s).
  • R: Radiant, Radiant Extra Condensed CT (both Radiants are revivals of Roger Middleton's face by that name, 1940), Ransahoff (2002, ultra condensed didone), Rudolf (1992, based on Rudolf Koch's German expressionist work such as Neuland).
  • S: Samira (2008, art nouveau style), Shango (1993, based on Schneidler Initials by F.H.E. Schneidler (1936), and including a digital version of Schneidler Cyrillic (1992); extended in 2007 to Shango Gothic and in 2008 to a 3-d shadow version, Shango Chiseled, and in 2009 to Shango Sans), Sculptura (2005, an all caps face based on Diethelm's Sculptura from 1957), Sencia (2008, based on Spanish art deco stock certificate lettering from 1941), Sonrisa (2009, art deco family---Sonrisa Thin is free), Standard CT (a neo-grotesque family).
  • Tambor (Light, Black, Inline, Adornado) (1992) (note: Jason claims that it was remotely based on Rudolf, which in turn was based on calligraphy of Rudolf Koch), Trio (an art deco sansserif), Trooper Roman (discontinued).
  • V: Vincenzo (2008, a slabby didone), Warrior (2009, a 3d font based on Ogun; +Shaded).
  • X: Xavier (art deco family based on Ashley Crawford by Ashley Havinden, 1930, revival by Jason Castle in 1992).
  • Z: Zagora, Zamenhof (2011: an all caps poster face with constructivist ancestry, named after the inventor of Esperanto), Zuboni Stencil (2009, Latin and Cyrillic, constructivist).

Klingspor link. Behance link.

View Jason Castle's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christian Heinrich Kleukens

German type designer (b. Achim, 1880, d. Darmstadt, 1954), brother of the more famous "Kleukens", Friedrich Wilhelm (1878-1956). In 1907, the two brothers started running the Ernst-Ludwig-Presse, the private printing shop of the duke Ernst Ludwig von Hessen. Burte-Fraktur by C.H. Kleukens was cut in 1928 for Mainzer Presse by Gustav Eichenauer, Rudolf Koch's favourite punchcutter. It was revived in 2003 by Manfred Klein. He also added a handwritten freestyle version, Burtine 2003, and another interpretation, Burtinomatic (2004).

Judith Type (1923), a hookish hellish German expressionist typeface, was at the basis of Judith Type (2007, Nick Curtis) and Holofernes NF (2007).

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Christian Munk

Danish designer (b. 1991), aka CMunk, who used FontStruct to create most of his typefaces. Dafont link.

In 2008 he designed Flag Semaphore (+Smooth, Peace), Articulate, Font from NATO (military slab serif), Glockenwerk (pixel clock font), Glockenwerk Uhrzeit, Flags-and-NATO (dingbats), Font from NATO alpha, Tall, Flying-Circus (Western showtime face to imitate the Monty Python titling font), LCD-display, Simple (stencil font with 700 glyphs), TMNT, Tetris, sharp-pixels, Raster, Quad (nice stencil face), Inverted, Propaganda (Cyrillic font simulation), Empty Monospace, Pride, Stadium, Rounded, Dear God (script pixel face), Celtic Style.

In 2009, he added 7x12 Pixel Mono, @bcde, Abstract Letter Patterns, Music, Texture, Diagonal, Gothic, Illusio, Unispace (typewriter type), Narrow Serif, Delta, Alien Double (great!), Donut, Flags-and-NATO, Simple-Fraktur-Initial, Simple-Fraktur, Texture, Friendly Serif, (+Soft), Invisible, Sharp, Heavy Diacritics, Concentrium, Continuous Digital Display, Elves, Pixies, Space Movie (+Ligatures), Flag Semaphore (+Smooth, +Peace), Articulate, BBT Biline Twist, Biline Twist, Empty Monospace, Unfix, Infix, Pride, Tyre Stencil (like tire threads---nifty...), and Overlap.

FontStructions from 2010: Even (gridded), Brilliance, Slalom Vision, Quirky Serif, 7x12PixelMono, Ball Terminator, Gearbox, Prefix, Upside Down, Way Too Small (a minimalist pixel face), Butterfly, Ribbon Gymnastics, 2D Barcode, Horizon Stencil, Biline Twist, Quirky Serif, Blocktur, Symmetricus (alien writing?).

FontStructions in 2011: 12 dice, Monotwist (tall, monospaced), Squarific (fat octagonal), Swirl (curly), Sweet (Victorian), Easter Eggs, 50 Fifty (experimental, geometric), Squarific (+Stencilious), Spiralix (spiral-themed for Latin and Cyrillic), Bloccus, Feet (monospaced).

Creations from 2012: Düpbøl (German expressionist face), Slice, Blocktur, Alien Double, 7:12 serif (pixel face), Blick, Dry Heat (Isolates and Initials, Medials, Finals: an Arabic simulation family), FF9 Coin Slots, FF8 Untalic, FF7 w1de, FF6 Lean Mean, FF5 Bamana, FF4 Circulation, FF3 3times7, FF3 Runization, FF1 Glitchy, Squared, Puzzlish, Steep, Digitalis (octagonal), 50 Fifty (artsy and geometric), Monotwist, Infix. FF stands for Forgotten Fonts.

Typefaces made in 2013: Ribbons And Banners, Digital Rome (pixel face), Censorship, Interlock, Bouma, Glaedelig Script, Hand XL Smooth, Vascomat, Spitzschtruct (emulation of Suetterlin), Neonic, Fish Scales, 7:12 Serif, Analogly, Squarific Fraktastic, Metro Sans (pixelish).

Typefaces from 2014: Computer Says No, Runic, Fluorescent (neon tube typeface), ?In? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Hansen
[Livin Hell (was: Webbyen.dk)]

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David Kerkhoff
[Hanoded]

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Denis Kegler

American designer of the fonts P22 Bauhaus Extras, P22 Bauhaus Extras, P22 Bayer Shadow, P22 Bayer Universal, P22 Cage Extras, P22 Da Vinci, P22 Da Vinci Extras, P22 Escher, P22 Escher Extras, P22 Folk Art Extras, P22 Hopper Josephine, Koch Signs (astrological, Christian, medieval and runic iconography from Rudolf Koch's The Book of Signs), P22 Michelangelo, P22 Michelangelo Extras, P22 Hieroglyphic, P22 Petroglyphs, P22 Rodin, P22 Rodin Extras, P22 Vienna Extras, P22 Vienna (1997: art nouveau and expressionist style based on the Vienna Workshop), P22 Way Out West, P22 WayOutWest Critters. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Die Brücke

Die Brücke (The Bridge) was a group of German expressionist artists formed at the Königliche Technische Hochschule in Dresden in 1905, after which the Brücke Museum in Berlin was named. Founded by the Jugendstil architecture students Fritz Bleyl (1880-1966), Erich Heckel (1883-1970), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976), it later included members such as Emil Nolde (1867-1956), Max Pechstein (1881-1955) and Otto Mueller (1874-1930). It influenced the evolution of modern art and expressionism.

Their drawings and paintings were often crude, even primitive. There was no hint of abstractness. Frequent use was made of woodblock printing. Robert Atkins in 1992 writes: The Die Brücke artists' emotionally agitated paintings of city streets and sexually charged events transpiring in country settings make their French counterparts, the Fauves, seem tame by comparison. Kirchner's home in particular became a venue which overthrew social conventions to allow casual love-making and frequent nudity. Group life-drawing sessions took place using models from the social circle, rather than professionals, and choosing quarter-hour poses to encourage spontaneity. The group disbanded ca. 1915.

Several typefaces were inspired by the primitive lettering used in the manifesto and on paintings by type designers such as Richard Kegler (P22) and David Kerkhoff. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Oehler
[Kiwi Media (Eric Oehler)]

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Erica Jung

Brazilian printmaker, graphic artist and illustrator, b. 1975. Her fonts at PintassilgoPrints include Daft Brush (2014, a vernacular brush), Tuesnight (2014, offbeat poster font), Periplus (2013), Marujo (2013: a decorative typeface inspired by paintings of Arthur Bispo do Rosário, a Brazilian artist who lived for 50 years in a psychiatric institution), Brush Up (2013: a rough brush script), Undersong (a stackable script system), Tremendous (2013: a retro poster typeface), Rockinstead (2013), Runcible (2013, +Cleft, its glaz krak version), Mamute (2013: a layered letterpress style type system), Sabotage (2013: squarish poster font inspired by the iconic Vertigo movie poster by Saul Bass), Sheldon (2013, based on posters by the Polish graphic artist Marian Stachurski; +Extras), Dranskof (2013, inspired by a page from a publication for children by Serbian writer, poet and journalist Dusko Radovic), Gentil (2012, an all caps poster font), Sundowners (retro poster face), Kokoschka (2012, based on the the lettering on the poster of an expressionist play by Austrian painter, printmaker and writer Oskar Kokoschka in 1909), Monstrinhos (2012, dingbats), YWFT Duncan (2012), Card-o-mat (2012, bird dingbats), Soundtrack (2012), Monstro (2012, fat poster face), Attic (2012).

Typefaces from 2011: Melkslijter (2011, a stylish art deco face based on a brochure by Dutch graphic artist Dirk Hart), Polyspring (2011, a Victorian typeface hand-drawn based on Italia Condensed, Keystone, 1906), Berimbau (2011), Populaire (2011, a handdrawn poster caps face that was inspired by the electrifying posters from May 1968 by Atelier Populaire, and loaded with alternates to give a random effect), Manicuore (2011, a hand-drawn typeface inspired by Italian movie posters by the prolific movie poster artist Symeoni, aka Sandro Simeoni), Smashing (2011, a fat hand-printed poster face), Smashing (2011, a fat hand-printed poster face), Chancellor (2011), the eccentric poster face Polygraph (2011, based on lettering of the Polish poster artist Leszek Zebrowski. Images: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix, x), the vintage serif face Organically (2011), Transitore (2011: Transitore is a lively hand-drawn font with loads of alternates and ligatures which, managed by advanced OpenType features, help create a convincing handcrafted look), the poster display face Sforzando (2011; +Alto), the signage face Jongleur (2011).

Typefaces from 2010: the Cuban poster face Transmogrifier (2010, based on lettering by Cuban poster artist Eduardo Muñoz Bachs), the ultra-fat art deco face Loudine (), Crocante (2010, comic book face), Love Birds Pattern (2010), Swung Note (2010), Amarelinha (2010, hand-printed), Cuadrifonte (2010, a fat hand-printed family including styles called Pics, Sketch (regular), Fill and Line), Xylo Sans (2010, wooden texture face), Ritornelos (2010, a curly all caps hand-printed face), Roadway (2010, based on wood Clarendons), Bandoliers (2010, an informal hand-printed sketched face, with 3D versions such as Beefy, High and Rocky), Changing (2010), Vitrines (2010, hand-printed), Prokaryotic (2010, a "bacterial attack" face), Football World (2010, soccer silhouettes), Singela (2010), Butterfly Effect (2010), Tonal (2010, ultra-fat with mini-counters), Dynatomic (2010, inspired by the hand-drawn lettering of a 1964 polish movie poster designed by Andrzej Krajewski), Lovebirds (2010, bird silhouettes), Somewhat (2010, hand-drawn), Oyster (2010, hand-drawn dingbats), Grante (2009, a lively poster face), Mondiale (2009), Nanquim (2009, sketched letters), Merceria Antique (2009) and Arca (2009, + Dashed). All have an informal and attractive look, and were codesigned with Ricardo Marcin.

The prints of Horst Janssen had a characteristic uneven hand-printed lettering that led Erica Jung and Ricardo Marcin to design the multi-featured opentype typeface Horst (2010). Nova Horst followed in 2012.

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Erich Heckel

Erich Heckel (b. 1883, Döbeln, d. 1970, Radolfzell) was a German painter and printmaker, and a founding member of the Die Brücke group which as active from 1905-1913. Heckel and the three other founding members of Die Brücke (i.e., Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rotluff and Fritz Bley) admired the work of Edvard Munch, and aimed to make a "bridge" (Brücke) between traditional neo-romantic German painting and modern expressionist painting. Primitive, esp. African, art was also an inspiration to the members of the Die Brücke.

In 1937 the Nazi Party declared Heckel's work degenerate. It forbade him to show his work in public, and more than 700 items of his art were confiscated from German museums. By 1944 all of his woodcut blocks and print plates had been destroyed. After World War II, Heckel lived at Gaienhofen near Lake Constanz, and taught at the Karlsruhe Academy until 1955. He continued painting until his death at Radolfzell in 1970.

Heckel's woodcuts and lettering inspired a few typefaces, most notably:

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Eugen Weiß

Type designer (b. 1911, Hanau, d. 1992, München) who designed Hölderlin (1927, Ludwig&Mayer: a German expressionist typeface, revived by Gerhard Helzel) or Hölderlin-Fraktur (1937-1938, Ludwig&Mayer).

Note: Gerhard Helzel, who revived Hölderlin, mentions the date 1927. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Filmhimmel
[Jens R. Ziehn]

Jens Ziehn (Filmhimmel, aka Jay R. Zay or JRZ) designed fonts on the theme of films. Filmhimmel closed its web doors ca. 2007. The list: 007-GoldenEye, 13th-Ghostwrite-JRZ, 28-Days-Later, a-bug's-life---debugged, a-bug's-life, AVP, AVPyramid, Alien-Resurrection, Anatomie-2, Apocalypse-Now, Blade-2, Chocolate-Factory, Elektra, Goonies, Highlander, Insomnia, Jurassic-Park, Koyaanisqatsi, Mars-Attacks, Men-In-Black-Credits, Monster-AG, Nightmare-Before-Christmas (a German expressionist typeface), One-Flew-Over-The-Cuckoo's-Nest, Planet-of-the-Apes, Road-to-Perdition, Shaun-of-the-Dead, Sin-City, Sleepy-Hollow-3.0, The-Sixth-Sense, The-Thirteenth-Floor, Van-Helsing, Signs---Zeichen-2.0, The-Incredibles, The-Ring (handwriting), Daredevil, Durchgeknallt, Findet-Nemo, Lost-Highway, Phone-Booth.

He also created Hannibal Lecter, about which we learn this: Officially, Hannibal Lecter font does not exist because it is an exact copy of P22 Cezanne (that font is expensive). Some time ago, Mr. Ziehn had a legal issue with the designer who created Cezanne. After that, he had to remove HL from his site. But since HL was once claimed as free and there are no terms of use in the font file, it appears here and there for download until they get a warning from the P22 foundry. The website of Jens R. Ziehn seems to not exist anymore either. BTW, LD Fierro is also very similar to P22 Cezanne, but it is not a 100% copy and you can obtain it legal way.

Dafont link. Alternate URL. Another URL. Still another URL. And another one. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Studio Four
[Paul Bokslag]

Paul Bokslag is a Kilkenny, Ireland-based type designer.

FontStructor (aka Four, or Font Studio Four) who made the dot matrix face Numbat (2012), the athletic lettering faces Atletica (2011) and Atletica Serif (2011), and the texture face Milky Way (2011).

In 2011, he created Things That Go (car silhouette dingbat face).

Faces from 2012: Crazy Fredericka (poster stencil face), Twisty, Remix Chinese Whispers, Toastbread (wavy, 3d) and Plywood (3d), Field Day (blackboard bold), Transfer Window (bilined), Walk in the woods (dot matrix face), Rock Paper Scissors (bilined), One Way Ticket (bilined), White Knight (outlined blackletter), Black Knight (blackletter), Shelf Life (stylish), Oystercatcher, Broken Promises (multiline typeface), Tarmac, Hibernation (German expressionist face), Glendalough (nibbed face), Tartan Permutations (multiline face), Return Flight, Orbital Flight, Quatermaster, Featherstone, Gorilla Republic, Granny's Bear Hunt (stencil), Detour Ahead (multiline face), Shanghai Express (angular), Cassiopeia, Camelopardalis.

Creations in 2013: Solo, C Is For Cookie, Early Riser, Firelighter, Timberline (an angular script), Lupo, Polkastruct, Bridger, Six Quinces, Dompteuse, Scandalous, Lane Seven, Singel (cross stitching font), Shadowbox, Hide And Seek, Playroom, Realta 1, Glimpse, Sinistra, Crash Test Dummy, Flightpath, Close Shave, Popover, Switchboard (electrical circuit font), Black and Amber, Wavelength (prismatic), Sightline (multilined), Structurosa Outline, Sparky, Trasna (stencil), Hold Your Horses (Western), Lupo (a winner in the FontStruct Connected Script competition), Skate Park (multiline face), Circumscript, Blinker, Bobs Your Uncle, Snowcat (inline face), Cottage Industry (house silhouettes), Causeway, Springville, Longitude, Pebble Dash, Tulipano, Hitchhiker, Stretcher, Whalewatcher, Solituda, Carbonium, Railway Sleeper (shadowed face), Bricklayer Sans, Candyfloss, Milvi, Bluebell Carpet, Pinball Dingo, Spinfish (blackboard bold), Pelicano (piano key typeface), Metropolaris, Glimpse.

Typefaces from 2014: Canario, Nova Zembla (sci-fi), Sleepless, Things That Go (vehicle dings), Cottage Industry (silhouettes of houses), Glimpse, Ticket to Ride (in the style of Tkachenko's Perfopunt), Oluna, Eyeliner, Linearo, Goldfinger, Permanent Black (fat rounded stencil), Solas (artsy dot matrix face).

Dafont link. Behance link. FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Free Movie Themed Fonts
[Tober Welsh]

Tober Welsh (a freelancer in Tacoma, WA) rounds up 50 free movie-themed fonts: 007 GoldenEye, 28 Days Later, Wolf's Bane (Wolverine Font), Squealer (AC DC Font, by Ray Larabie), Blade Runner Movie Font, Aurabesh (Star Wars Symbols Font), Han Solo (Star Wars Font), SF Fedora (Indiana Jones Font), Back To The Future 2002, Batman Forever, Due Date (COPS Font), CNN, Fight This (Fight Club Font), Friday13 (Friday the 13th Font), Grinched (How the Grinch Stole Christmas Font), Ringbearer (Lord of the Rings Font), Elvish Ring NFI (Lord of the Rings - Elvish), Aniron (Lord of the Rings - Alternative Font), Matrix, Nightmare Before Christmas, Planet of the Apes, The Ring, Sin City, Trek (Star Trek Font), Harry P (Harry Potter Font), Lumos (Harry Potter Book Font), SF TransRobotics (Transformers Font), Waltograph (Walt Disney Font), Final Fantasy, Halo3, Army of Darkness, Blade 2, Beynkales Demo (Corpse Bride Font), Trajan-Regular (The Movie Font), Red Right Hand (Hellboy Font), Homoarakhn (Spiderman and PS3 Font), Scream Real (Scream Font), An Unfortunate Event (Lemony Snicket's Font), Fiddums Family (Addams Family Font), Battlestar Galactica, Alien League (Alien Font), Adam Warren 0.2 (300 Font), AVP (Alien VS Predator Font), Timepiece (A Clockwork Orange Font), Metrolox (Enemy of the State Font), The Godfather, Impossible (Mission: Impossible Font), InvisibleKiller (Predator Font), Resident Evil, Terminator Real NFI (Terminator Font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gareth Hague

British type designer. With David James, [T-26] co-designer of AES, August. At Alias (a company he founded with David James in London), he made Asperity (2012), Asphalt (2012), Aspic (2012), Caustic and Caustic Web (2012, chiseled), Lily (2012), Oban (2011, a gorgeous high-contrast didone family influenced by Thorowgood; with blackboard bold styles included), Ano (2012, a simple monoline sans family), Cactus (2004, a condensed typeface family), Aspic (2011, a signage script), Asphalt (2011, signage script), Perla and Perla Outline (2004, an elegant artdeco unicase didone with teardrop terminals), Klute (Black, Capitals, White: an ugly and useless octagonal family that could be used for gnawing German expressionist pieces), Anomoly (2004), Key, Elephant, Harbour (2008: a medieval, broken look, with wedge serifs), Civility (2002, connected handwriting), Factory, Aminta, Granite (1995), Intimo, Jackdaw, Progress, Progress Two (2012), Sylvia, Jude (1999, a big text family), Mantis, Metropolitan, Metsys (1997), Pop (triline font), Sister (1995), Text.

In 2009, he designed 2012 Headline for the London Olympics---typophiles are generally disappointed with this daring design in the general angular category, and refer to better representatives of this genre such as Cyrus Highsmith's Occupant Gothic, Emigre's Elektrix, Hubert Jocham's Keks, and Chris Lozos's Dez Sans Script.

With David James, he designed Noah Text (2013).

Fontworks interview. Catalog of Gareth Hague's typefaces. FontShop link. Klingspor link. MyFonts interview. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

George Grosz

German painter and illustrator of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity eras. He emigrated to the United States in 1933. This stamp commemorates his life, 1893-1959. Trewin Copplestone writes: A deeply disillusioned man, he saw humanity as essentially bestial and the city of Berlin as a sink of depravity and deprivation, its streets crowded with unprincipled profiteers, prostitutes, war-crippled dregs and a variety of perverts. A communist, his feeling of social outrage stimulated him to produce the most biting drawings and paintings. Images: Made in Germany (1920), Beauty Thee Will Praise (1919). [Google] [More]  ⦿

German expressionism

German Expressionism refers to a number of creative movements starting in Germany before the First World War that reached a peak in Berlin, during the 1920s. These developments in Germany were part of a larger Expressionist movement in north and central European culture in fields such as architecture, painting and cinema. Among the first Expressionist films, we find The Student of Prague (1913), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920), Destiny (1921), Nosferatu (1922), Phantom (1922), Schatten (1923), and The Last Laugh (1924). These were quite symbolic and stylized. Movie directors influenced by it include Alfred Hitchcock and Tim Burton (e.g., in his Edward Scissorhands).

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Gert Wiescher
[Wiescher Design]

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Greater Albion Typefounders (or: GATF)
[Paul James Lloyd]

Paul J. Lloyd's typefoundry in Western Australia, est. 2008. Lloyd (b. UK) made over 100 free truetype fonts before that. He writes: What we will offer is new designs, replete with Edwardian Fun, Victorian distinction, or any other piece of elegance we can manage.

Edwardian creations from 2008-2010: Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Adantine, Goldbarre, Brosse, Crewekerne, Crewekerne Magna and Crewekerne Magister (arts and crafts face), Larchmont, Brissard, Brossard (slab serif), Bonavia, Bonavia Blanc, Clementhorpe, Veneribe, Chiara Script, Howlett, Svengali Roman, Bonning and Bonnington (1920's style families with ideas from University Roman), Absinette, Bamberforth, Tumbletype, Vertrina, Bromwich, Great Bromwich, Fleete, Helenium. Chipping emulates the Edwardian 1920s. In 2012, he added the Bolton Commercial family (late Edwardian, early art nouveau).

Art deco faces: Oakland (2011, multiline face gleaned from a 1930s French car ad), Zenia (2010, trilined), Plebe (Plebia, 2008: a grotesk emulating the 1930s), Whitehaven (2008, an extensive art deco family with several shadow weights), Merry Fleurons (2008, Christmas ornament dingbats), Braxia (2008), Keynsia (fifties style art deco family with Peignot influences).

Other faces: Haymer is a large sans family made in 2010. Clunic (2008) is a blackletter face. Tectura (2008) is a handwriting font. Eldridge is a slab serif family. Aliqua (2009), Chipperly (2009) and Syondola (2009) are Wild West families. Terazza Tilings (2009) and Valentine's Fleurons (2009) are dingbat faces. Additions in 2009 include Lowndes (soft blackletter), Christmas Fleurons, Merry Snowmen, Cherritt (described as a Victorian era Courier), DoodleBirds, Halloween Fleurons, ButtonFaces, Sabio (neither slab nor sans), Daub (brush graffiti font), Sabinard (a modern swash face), Cullions (futuristic blackletter), Coronard (blackletter / roman hybrid), Easter Fleurons, Chapter Initials, Paveline (19th century calligraphic script), Mellin Sans and Open, Gildersleeve (evoking the 1920s Arts and Crafts movement), Stannard (a 1920's advertising inspired small caps face), Slattery (a horizontally shaded fun face), Slatterine (2009, more retro futurism), Spillsbury (2010, Victorian family), Cirflex (2010, geometric display face based on arcs of circles), Oxonia (2010, a classic roman family) and Vectis (classic Roman elegance, another small caps face).

Creations in 2010: Windevere, Albion's White Christmas, Paragon (a great didone display family with a wood type feel), Compton (slab serif family), Mexborough, Morover (Schwabacher family), Anavio (a classical roman family), Corvone (3d-effect font), Granville (Victorian), Corton (Victorian), Wellingborough (Victorian), Worthing (Victorian), Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Bonaventure (art nouveau), Federal Streamliner (1950s feel techno face), Deva (classical roman), Crucis Ornaments (crosses), Bronzino (a roman with Arts and Crafts roots), Bertoni (2010, a didone family), Pardon Me Boy (train dingbats), Woodruff (Open Face fonts with a wood type look), Jonquin (based on a WWI poster; +Incised), Luscombe (1920s display family; +Parva), Movella (futuristic from the 1950s), Magdalena Sans (2010: a clear monoline sans), Endymion (2010: Tuscan), Paget (a Tuscan experimental all caps face), Portello (Victorian).

Typefaces made in 2011: Admiral (art nouveau), Tuscaloosa (Tuscan face), Eccles (bombastic Victorian), Wolverhampton (pre-Victorian), Doncaster (Victorian family), Metropole (art nouveau family), Corsham (stone engraved lettering family), Leibix (casual), Albia Nova (an elegant futuristic organic face), Flapper (art nouveau face), Bertolessi (curly Victorian), Tulk's Victorian Banner (all caps banner face), Fitzgerald (Victorian all caps face), Cleveden (Victorian headline family), Spargo (an extensive set of early 20th century-look engraved faces for official documents and securities), Bettendorf (2011, based on a 1900s masthead typeface), Wolvercote (2011, similar to Bettendorf), Pittsburgh (2011, a Western-style engraved face), Chubbly (2011), Portmeirion No. 6 (2011, a Victorian / circus design), Bronzetti (2011; images: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi), Sophie J (hanprinted), Dem Bones (2011, glyphs made from bones), Stout (2011), Birmingham New Street (a Victorian family inspired by the hand lettered title on a 19th century railway map), Beckinslade (ornamental blackletter).

Production in 2012: Alfere Sans Stripes, Albion's Americana (Western stars and stripes face), Tudor Perpendicular (blackletter), Amici (rounded headline face), Amie (rounded sans), Wolverton Text (Edwardian family), Vinea (10-style display family), Par Avion (retro futuristic), AstroBats (retro sci-fi dingbats), Beeching (+Shadowed), Gondolieri (didone meets Tuscan), Penrose Slabserif (an Escher-like trompe l'oeuil 3d face), Haldane (art nouveau, Arabic look), Solidarius (chubby, fat felt-tip pen font), Bluebottle (angular display face), Merrivale (Victorian), Future Runes (runic simulation), Coliseo, Alfrere Sans (inspired by a 1950s television caption style), Tectura II (Lloyd's answer to Comic Sans), Secombe (Edwardian caps family), Milligan, London Court (Tudor-era caps family).

Typefaces from 2013: Speedblur, Belhampton (Edwardian), Merry Baubles (Christmas tree dings), Merry Bauble Letters (Christmas alphadings), Wroxeter (blackletter), Thurbrooke (+Banner, +Initials, +Black, +Reverso, all based on 19th century banner headings and engraved lettering), Bourne (a rounded type system), Henrician (a set of eight Tudor style display faces), Belle Jardin (art deco marquee face), Lavery (Edwardian), Baldione (a stylized didone), Chequers (a vintage poster face), Turvy Topsy (fat finger face), Merrivaux (faux medieval), Blout (German expressionist typeface), Easter Egg Letters, Isometrica (a banner typeface family), Valentine's Letters, Imperial Granum (roman titling face), Brollo (chunky display face).

Typefaces from 2014: Barollo, Alfrine, Alfrere Banner (+Incised), Lugano, Lanvier (1930s-style caps typeface family), Bonlivet (a hyper-decorative capitals alphabet from the late Victoian or early art nouveau era), Ames Text (a didone family with rounded brackets), Ames Roman (related to didones but with wedge serifs), Ames Weathered, Ames Shadow, Ames Shaded, Amersham (vintage signage family, 2013-2014).

Type announcements. Behance link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Hellofont link.

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Hanoded
[David Kerkhoff]

Hanoded is the foundry (est. 2010) of Dutch designer and photographer David Kerkhoff, b. Epe, 1969. In its first year, Hanoded was a free font outfit specializing in handwriting and hand-printed faces. Its creations could be seen at Dafont, Abstract Fonts and Fontspace. Klingspor link.

In 2011, he went partially commercial via MyFonts. His typefaces became more diversified and are quite stunning at times:

  • A: Abysmal Gaze (2011. scratchy face), Aderyn (2012: a poster family), Aint Nothing Fancy (2010). All Over Again (2010), All Over Again All Caps (2010), Allez Hop (2011), Americain (2012, constructivist), Antisocial Behavior (2010), Artful Dodger (2012, a grungy Clarendon), AshesToAshes (2010), Ashtanga (2013, curly caps), Au Revoir (2012).
  • B: BadPaintjob (2010), Balagan (2010), Baznat (2010), BehindDirtyBlinds (2010), DK Bergelmir (2014), Black Mark (2012, a heavy brush face), Bottle Shop Faded (2010), Brooklyner (2013: an art deco caps face based on the typeface used for The Brooklynite, a magazine from the 1920's), Bullet in your Head (2010). Business As Usual (2011, scratchy).
  • C: Canned Whale (2012, outlined and hand-printed), Carbonara (2011, grungy typewriter), Carte Blanche (2012, a gorgeous arched / sketched caps face), Castanea (2012, a painter's font), Celluloid Bliss (2010), Charons Obol (2011, scary brush face), Cheat Sheet (2013, handwritten), Chunky Chicken (2013), DK Clair de Lune (2012, an exquisite curly poster font), Codswallop (2011, fat hand-printed), Corner Shop Chique (2010), Couldnt be bothered (2010), Courant (2011, grungy blackletter), Crayon Crumble (2011, chalk face), DK Crayonista (2012), Criss Cross (2011), Cubissimo (2013, a cubist geometric font inspired by a 1929 poster advertising a museum exhibition), Cul de Sac (2010, 3d outline face, hand-printed and sketched).
  • D: Deco Pimp (2011), Die Bruecke (2013, a woodblock printing emulation typeface named after the Die Brücke movement), DK Allez Hop (2011). Don Quixote (2011. nice grunge calligraphic hand), Drawing Blood (2010).
  • E: Early Morning Coffee (2012), Ersatz Quality (2010).
  • F: Face Your Fears (2011), FairNSquare (2010), Fallout Font (2010), Fantastique (2012, a 3d hand-printed caps face), Fat Little Piggy (2010), Father Frost (2012), Fiebiger Eins (2013, an art nouveau / arts & crafts face after a 1908 poster by Franz Fiebiger), Fiebiger Zwei (2013), Fledermaus (2012: Fledermaus ("bat") was a cabaret theater from Vienna. The original Jugendstil decor was designed by Josef Hoffman and several posters, advertising performances, were designed by other members of the Vienna Workshop. The Fledermaus font was based on a 1907 poster by Bertold Löffler.; the missing glyphs were created by Kerkhoff), DK Formosa (2012).
  • G: Galangal (a phenomenal poster face that plays on thick and thin, in the style of Horst Caps), Gerards Gold (2010, script face), GerardsGold (2010). Ghost Reverie (2010, a scratchy family), Grafiker (2013, a brush face loosely based on the work of designers Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) and Jean Carlu (1900-1997)), Gulag Decay (2010).
  • H: Hanoded Hand (2010), Hanoded-Heavy (2010), Harimau (2012, a rounded children's book font), Harrumph (2011, a fat poster lettering family), Hasty Tasty (2011), HaraldRunicDEMO (2010), Heckel (2013, a German expressionist hand-drawn typeface based on the handwriting of Erich Heckel (1883-1970), a founding member of Die Brücke, a group of German expressionist), Hedgehog Hans (2012, comic book typeface), Hex (2012), Hieratic Numerals (2010), High Tea (2012), DK Himmelblau (2012, art nouveau font based on a poster from 1902 made by the Künstlerbund Hagen), Huggin and Muninn (2012, script face), Hummus Chips Salat (2010).
  • I: Inky Fingers (2013, a fat finger font), Interstellar Erosion (2010), Ishtar (2012: spooky brush font).
  • J: Joe Schmoe (2011, hand-printed), Jubileum (2013), Just Before Liposuction (2010).
  • K: Kempoka (2014, brush script), Kerberos Fang (2011), Keswick (2013, a lipstick font created using a 6B pencil), Fat Kitty Kat (2013), DK Koerier (2014, a 3d outlined typeface), Kokomo (2012, 3d and outlined), Kolkata Hotelroom (2010), Komsomol (2014: was modeled on several Soviet propaganda posters and anmed after the youth division of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the Komsomol, or Kommunisticheskii Soyuz Molodyozhi), Koshatnik (2011, all caps brush face), Kubikajiri (2011, an India ink brush face), DK Kundalini (2013, curly), Kunstschau (2012: a beautiful poster font that was modeled on a stamp, designed by Austrian artist Bertold Löffler, for the Kunstschau 1908 exhibition in Vienna), Kurkuma (2013, a wonderful poster caps face), Kusukusu (2011, hand-printed), Kwark (2013: a 3d poster font).
  • L: Lampion (2012, a condensed unicase hand-drawn face), Leakage (2010, ink splash face), DK Limoen (2012, shadow outline face), Lokomotiv (2012, an art deco caps face based on poster for the 1930 Geneva Motor Show), DK Louise (2012, art deco, cubist: based on the art of Louise Marie (lou) Loeber, a Dutch painter).
  • M: Maduki (2013), DK Mama Bear (2012), Mary Ate a Little Lamb (2010), Mayonaise (2011), Meshuggeneh (2013---crazy fool on Yiddish; a twisted 3d typeface), Midnight Hour (2011), Moi Non Plus (2011), DK Monsieur Le Chat (2012, curly face---can't wait for Madame La Chatte...), Moonlight Shadow (2010, a nice scribbly pair of fonts), Mosca (2013), Mothman (2011, a spooky scratchy face).
  • N: Nakata (2012, a great notebook style script), Nanuk (2013, an outlined 3d typeface), Neues Bauen (2011). Nightbird (2011, blood drip face), Northumbria (2012: modeled on original 7th and 8th century monastic gospel books from Northern England), DK Nutnik (2012, a mural paint font), Nyctophobia (2010, brush face).
  • O: Obrigado (2012, rounded art deco face), Oei (2010), Oomph (2010), Oranjerie (2013, poster typeface), Otago (2014: a classic all caps art deco typeface), DK Oyuki's Ghost (2013, scratchy scary typeface made with a steel pen and Chinese Ink---the name comes from a painting by Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795), which depicts his mistress who died young. Maruyama Okyo claimed she haunted him in his sleep).
  • P: Pandanus (2014), Pardesi (2013, a fat marker pen font), Pawn Shop Pretty (2010), Petit Oiseau (2013), Pimpernel (2012), Pinda (2011), P.I. (2011, grungy typewriter), Pingo (2012, display face), Pinkus (2013, a caps-only poster font), Pisang (2013, an all caps poster font), Plakkaat (2011), Porcupine Pickle (2011), ProjectX (2010), ProjectY (2010), ProjectZ (2010), Promedanenmischung (2010), Psycho Killer (2013), Pumpkin Soup (2013: a poster typeface), DK Pusekatt (2013).
  • Q: DK Qilin (2014: a great inky font), Quid Pro Quo (2011, scratchy calligraphic), Quilted Butterfly (2010), QuoVadisQuasimodo (2010).
  • R: Rabbit on the Moon (2011, children's typeface), Rainforest (2010). Rat Infested Mailbox (2010), Retch (2013, frightening scratchy script), Rum Doodle (2013), Rumpelstiltskin (2011, comic book family), Runic Series [Gunfjaun Runic (2010), Modraniht Runic (2010), Leakage (2010), Hyrrokkin Runic (2010), Harald Runic (2010). Gunnar Runic (2010), Nidhogg Runic (2010), Skraeling Runic (2010), Sleipnir Runic (2010), Tjelvar Runic (2010), Yggdrasil Runic (2010), Graip Runic (2010), Fenrir Runic (2010), Beowulf Runic (2010)], Rusty Cage (2011).
  • S: Same Same but Different (2010), DK Samhain (2012, brush face), Sammy Boy (2011, fat poster face), Satsuma (2013, a poster face), Saturday Sunday Monday (2010), Scurvy Dog (2011, scratchy hand), Secret Diary (2013: hand-printed), Sheepman (2012), Shesek (2011, a fat finger face), Single Malta (2010), Sirius B (2013, poster font), Sketchy Smiley (2010, smilies), Sketchy Smiley II (2012), Skratch (2010, broken glass face), Sleepy Time (2013, hand-printed), Sleight of Hand (2010), Slipstream Sweetheart (2010), Snemand (2013, a poster titling typeface), Sobriquet (2012: a wonderful antique poster face), Souplesse (2013), Spiderlegs (2011. Images: i, ii), SquareOne (2010), SquareOneGrunge (2010), Squint (2013, squarish), Suco de Laranja (2012), SundayMonday (2010), Sweet Steeffie (2010). Syphon Spritz (2010, a great curly script; a Pro version appeared in 2010 at CheapProFonts).
  • T: That Little Piggy (2010), Thievery (2012, curly script), This Little Piggy (2010), Trashtype (2011, grungy), Tripping on Acid (2010), Trollslayer (2011, brush face), Twelve Weeks Pregnant (2010), Tzeva Tari (2010, grunge Hebrew).
  • U: Ugh (2010).
  • V: Ventana (2013, created using Chinese ink and a bamboo pen), Vermilion (2013, hand-printed poster face), DK Viareggio (2012, an art deco font Viareggio is based on the handlettering found on a 1931 poster, advertising the carnival of Viareggio), Vienna Workshop (2012, an art nouveau typeface based on some of the artwork produced by Vienna Workshop artists, in particular that of Koloman Moser), Visum (2014), Vox Populi (2012, medieval).
  • W: Warpspeed (2010), Wayang (2013, influenced by Indonesian puppets), Weekend Warrior (2010), Welt Schmerz (2012, a post-art nouveau face based on a 1910 poster from Austria), WetDream (2010), Whatnot (2013), Whynot (2014), WindshieldMassacre, With A Twist (2011).
  • Yellow Balloon (2013, a fat poster face).
  • Z: Zeebonk (2013, a tattoo font), Zonnig (2011).
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Heigo Heinleht

Tartu, Estonia-based designer of the angular display typeface Helme (2013), and of the modular display face SAE Ants (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heinrich (Heinz) Keune

Heinz Keune (possibly Keune von Waldheim) was born in 1881 in Hannover, and died in 1946 in Berlin. He was a signpainter in Hannover and Leipzig and, from 1903 onwards, a freelance graphic designer in Weimar and Berlin. From 1908-1910, he studied in Leipzig under H. Steiner-Prag and H. Delitsch before returning to Hannover in 1911. In 1915 he became a professor at the Königlichen Kunstschule in Berlin. From 1918-1920, he taught at the Akademische Hochschule für bildende Künste at Berlin Charlottenburg. From 1920 on, he taught at the Kunstgewerbe und Handwerkerschule in Berlin-Ost.

All his typefaces were designed at Schelter&Giesecke, between 1900 and 1909. He created Rosenzierat Serien 534 und 535 (1905), Mimosenzierat (1909), Edda (1900, late art nouveau style), Wallenstein (1904), Lichte Wallenstein (1904), Wittelsbach (1903, German expressionist face), Habsburg (1903, German expressionist face), Maria Theresia (1903), Ovid (1903, art nouveau), Rousseau (1905, travel poster script face), Wettin (1902, art nouveau).

Digital revivals: Edda has many revivals, including one by Ralph M. Unger as Edda Pro (2009, URW).

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Frenchman (b. 1957) who started making fonts in 2010, after a career in illustration, comics, and video games. In 2010, he created the free fonts BabyJo (pixel face), Bayday, Chrom (beveled face), LaPresse (grunge), Muffaroo, Poppy, Poppydot, Spacecard, Strokewith, Strokeless, ToonLand (comic book lettering), ToonLandBlack, ToonLandShad, TrashToys (grunge), WorldColors (3d face).

In 2011, he published Francobelge (comic book face), Freepress (grunge), Gamix (Western titling face), Inmyroom (dingbats), Majestrick (calligraphic), Onomatopaf (comic book dings), Outerzone, OuterzoneB, Starz (dingbats), Stenstreet (grunge), Tram, Tramix (texture face), TrashToys02, War-Lettersn, Mixagex, Massive Dynamite (grunge), Not Well (grunge), Actu, Blck, Gling (texture face), HeRioz (silhouettes), Brightoon (cartoonish brush face), Muzo (ink spill face), Sharpy, Space Shop (dingbats), Pulp Dance (handprinted), Essef (art deco), Retro Sign (grunge), Labo (grunge), Exhausted, Komikoz, Puzzled, Toonimals (dings), Penstriped (sketch face), Cashier (grungy), Dan Hand, Hardwell (grungy caps), Colleged (athletic lettering), Goodjean (jeans texture face), Seaside Things (dingbats), Real Tek (techno), Zou (3d hand-printed caps), Painter, Border Line (grunge), Handout (grunge), Tract (grunge), Pulpatone (grunge), Logos I Love, Pal Antic (chancery hand), Twent (fat rounded display face), DoodFlow (dingbats), Afro Add (texture face), Crump (grunge), Big White, Dark Room (grunge), Manifesto (grunge), Tacketil (a FontStruct font), Otto Land (sketch face), Over (outline face), Under (brush dings), Baskertown (grunge), Nursery Tale, Panic (texture face), BlackNDot (ink spill face), Beyond (striped display face), Advert, Car Crash (grunge), Heartz, Starsteel, Smart Faces, Blackflag (a brushed blackletter), Dock 51 (grungy stencil), Lead (3d face).

In November 2011, he created a number of texture faces: Hotöcop, Pal Mod, Speedy (sketch face), Thirties Gold, Sunset GP.

Further 2011 faces: Poptivi, Shadow Mole, Super Modern Black.

Faces from 2012: Remanence, Winter Days (dingbats), Nowharehouse (grunge), Snuff (grunge), Cup of Tea (3d shadow face), Talk of the wall.

Typefaces from 2012: Egirlz (dingbats), Art Post (white on black poster lettering), Volutes (copperplate calligraphic script), From me 2 you (curly script), PS I Love You, Kolossal (caps only), Kraash, Alexandre (3d engraved headline face), Monstres de poche (dingbats), Alternate (grunge), Warning, Dreams (brush face), Headline Crack, Bump Pad (textured typeface), Carton (grungy white-on-black stencil face), Maybe maybe Not, Frames n Riboons (sic), Blackboard (sketched face), Logotronik (a 3d techno face), Big Bad Dogs (dingbats), Libre Expression (engraved copperplate typeface), Mecagothix (textured blackletter face), Destroy, Destroy Helpers, Buy More, Things we said (curly face), Lost Saloon (Tuscan), Salon de Coiffure (beveled), Brighton Pier (grunge), Motel Vacancy (grunge), Bates Shower (dripping blood typeface), Venus Furs (texture typeface), Showmen, True Men Tattoos (dingbats), Quicker (sketch font), Romanum Est (grungy Trajan face), Also (scratchy letters), Lazy Day (3d font), Pusher, Hard Dumb, The Idiot, Overflowing (grunge), Fast Foont (sketched), Melange (grunge), Jumbo Parade (circus font), Happy Monsters, Zozox (experimental), Magic Sound (packaging typeface), Arena Mascaras (dingbats), Top View (3d face), Flagadoum, Last King Quest, Rhythm n Blacks (textured face), Troll Sketched, Superpoz (a 3d painted typeface of exceptional beauty), HalloCuties (Halloween font), Gothik Steel (circus font), Silvestre Relief (3d titling face), Just Like That (comic book face), Numero 10 (athletic lettering), Tet de Mor (skulls), Facelook, Xmas Dad, Instant Marker, Ragtimer, Punk Dots (textured face), Onomato Vlam (comic book balloons), 8th Cargo (textured mechanical octagonal face), Zu Kabarett (creepy curly German expressionist face), Unusual Day One, Happy New One (party font), Xmas Doods, Xmas Doods 2, Higher, Usual Day One, Team 401 (athletic lettering), Doonga (comic strip letters), Killer's Move.

Typefaces from 2013: Them (fat brush), Ghost Code, Tiny Heroes (figurines), Over There (sci-fi), Higher than High, Abandon (sketched face), Broken Hearts, True Stories, A wolf at the door (wood style poster face), Elo Hand, Bots n Droids (dingbats), Toonimals 2 (dingbats), Halftoned Backup (textured face), Novlang (textured poster face), Come With Us, Ptits Pirates (pirate figurines), Board Dudes (skateboard dingbats), Big Bro's Watch (grungy), Doonga Slash (comic book face), Round About, Signz, Lethal League (grungy athletic lettering), Dark Times, Dandy Hat Trick, tardots (textured typeface), Dinoz (dinosaur dingbats), Big Surprise (fat script), Comix Loud, Arlequin, Fanzine Title, Scotch Taped, Phoenix (dingbats), Rock's Death (grunge), Tuamotu (textured), Trees Friends (dingbats), King Arthur Legend (blackletter), Fairy Strange, Flame On, Mystery, Money Go Round (ransom note font), Seven of One, Captain's Talk, Peaches en Regalia (sketch font), Wrong Board (textured or crayon typeface), Subito (comic book face), Extra Sales (signage face), Gimme Danger (grunge stencil), Alphabet City (graffiti font), Raleigh Rock, Rysky Lines, Splash, Good Vibers (comic book figurines), Tequilla Sunrise (3d shadow face), Graphers Blog, Star Waves, Splash, Action Comics, Wild Trails (wood plank typeface), Tiki Club (dingbats), Bad Striped (sketched face), Come With Me (paint drip face), Famous Oldies (textured face), Girly Toons (dingbats), Eshop Advert, Full Pack 2025, Dickson's Tale (a great grungy caps face), Hand Typewriter, Campus Relief (athletic lettering), ZalienZ (dingbats), Manga Style (oriental brush), Journal du Soir (letterpress emulation), Royal Delight (3d sketched face), Gothix Fate, Lettrisme (a letterpress ransom note font), NYC Zone 123 (graffiti face), Tedz (teddy bear dingbats), Merry Xmas, Last Day On Earth (textured typeface).

Typefaces from 2014: Another Brick (textured face), Destination Future, Perversionist, Dex's Jobs (Treefrog-style typeface), Ptit Coeur d'Amour, Mickey's School (athletic lettering), One Way or Another (a hand-drawn poster typeface), Californian Cars (license plates), Building State Empire, Back on Lime (shadow face), Next Ups (graffiti face), PatchFun (textured face), Railway to Hells, Shut'em Down, Misunderstanding, Another Brick (textureface), Perversionist (grunge), Destination Future, Linographer.

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Jason Castle
[Castle Type]

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Jéröme Berthemet

Graphic and web designer in Paris, b. 1983. He made the art deco blackened out geometric face Caligari (2008, German expressionism), the mirror face Rivulet (2011) and the martini glass-inspired art deco beauty called Sophia (2008).

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Jens R. Ziehn
[Filmhimmel]

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Jessie Riley

Jessie Riley (Upland, IN) made the hand-printed face Parnassus in 2011. This typeface was inspired by the German expressionists.

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Joao Henrique Lopes

Ananindeua, Brazil-based creator of FontForum Giureska (2012), a blackletter / uncial family published by URW, and of Styla Pro (2013), a flared typeface also published by URW, and advertized as a romantic sans influened by Bodoni.

Lucca (2013) is a flared humanist sans typeface that was inspired by Italian Renaissance fonts like Poliphilus, Blado, Centaur and Arrighi. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Joël Carrouché
[Joël Carrouché]

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Joël Carrouché
[Joël Carrouché]

JC Fonts is the foundry, est. 2009, of Joël Carrouché (b. 1984). Joël Carrouché lives and works in Kaysersberg in France's Alsace region. He created the minimal sans serif family Estate (2009, T-26). In 2011, he created the fattish comic book style face Bango and the monoline geometric sans family Ando.

In 2013, he published the simple condensed sans face Hand Gothic and the rounded sans family Korb.

Typefaces from 2014: Troika (a free German expressionist or dadaist papercut typeface), Reso (an experimental geometric typeface).

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Karl Schäffer

Karl Schäffer's rustic German expressionist lettering from ca. 1939 was captured by Ingo Zimmermann in 2008 in his Palmona typeface. Ingo writes: The letters present the effect of woodcarving or silhouette cuttings as they are defined exclusively with straight lines and sharp corners. Even in modern times, there is again the demand for hand carved fonts and there is hardly anyone who still wants or can write such a type him or herself. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kiwi Media (Eric Oehler)
[Eric Oehler]

Fonts by Eric Oehler from Middleton, WI:

  • Display fonts: Interim (1997), Morpheus (1996, ingenious), Nosferatu (1996, after the German expressionist silent film by that name), Ogilvie (1994, spindly gothic font), Singothic (1993, very original).
  • "Somewhat sans": Astigma (1991-1996), Chyelovek (1997), Galaxia (1997), Ultraworld (1993).
  • Scripts: Creepygirl (1996), Devotion (1993), Kroebern (1993), Violation (1994, based on the lettering of Anton Corbijn), Apologia (1999, based on the handwriting of Gavin Friday).
  • Dingbats: Modebats (1994, based on Depeche Mode fandom).

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Koch Neuland
[Rudolf Koch]

A listing and comparison of various digital implementations of Koch's German expresionist Neuland typeface from 1923. Rudolf Koch chiseled an all caps face directly from metal and called it Neuland (Gebr. Klingspor). This experimental face has been copied and revived over and over again. It was even used as the face for Jurassic Park. A non-exhaustive list includes

  • Neuland and Neuland Star (Linotype). Linotype owns the trademark to Neuland. This face is possibly identical to Adobe's Neuland Std.
  • Othello MT (Pierpont at Monotype, 1928-1929). The digital version is by Carl Crossgrove and Steve Matteson.
  • URW Neuland.
  • Albertus MT (Berthold Wolpe at Monotype, 1932).
  • Informal 011 Roman and Black (Bitstream).
  • Newfish (PrimaFonts).
  • ITC Outback (based on Bob Alonso's interpretation at Photo-Lettering).
  • FFD Neuland (Doug Olena, Keystrokes, 1995).
  • Culpepper (George Ryan, Galapagos): a family with lower cases added and glyphs freely interpreted.
  • Newfoundland (Corel).
  • N691 Deco (Softmaker).
  • AINeuland (Lester Dore at Alphabets Inc).
  • Tribeca (David Rakowski), an outline version, as in the Jurassic Park movie font. Others in this category include BD Jurassic Black (Streetwise Software), Jurassic (Computer Support Corporation, 1996), Jurassic (COSMI, 1993), Jurassic (WSI, 1993), JurassicNormal (Elfring, 1993), JurassicPark (Sierra On-Line, Inc), Jurassic (Allen R. Walden), Tambor-Inline (Casteletype), FFD Neuland Inline (Keystrokes).
  • Tambor (Light, Black, Inline and Adornado) (Jason Castle, Castletype).
  • Rudolf (Jason Castle, Castletype).
  • BrideOfTheMonster (Harold Lohner, 1998).
  • Newland Black (Andrey Mel'man).
  • P22 Koch Nueland (sic) (Richard Kegler, P22, 2000).
  • Jungle Fever NF (Nick Curtis) and Blandford Woodland NF (2005, Nick Curtis).
  • On Kochs Roots (Manfred Klein, 2002): a lower case and hair-serifed extension.
  • KochNeu-ExtraBlack (Manfred Klein, 2003). Now called New Country.
  • Neuerland (2010, Ian Lynam).
  • OPTI Neuland (by Castcraft).
  • (Metal typefaces by Baltimore Type). Mac McGrew: Neuland and Neuland lnline were originally handcut by Rudolf Koch for Klingspor foundry in Germany, about 1923. Being handcut, each size differed somewhat from others, and the lnline differed from the regular. The copies cast by Baltimore Type were recut by pantagraph from one size of the regular. and thus are uniform from one size to another. The white inline was added to this same recutting, and is slightly wider than in the German version.

Shown are some of the versions of Koch's Neuland. Indeed, there is no true "original", because each of Koch's type sizes comes with its own peculiarities (recall that each was cut directly in metal). The Linotype version, which is supposed to be the digital counterpart of the "original", is a bit too "clean". The Softmaker face, N691 Deco, is probably closer to Koch's original cuts, as most of Softmaker's historical faces aspire to be true revivals. However, only AI Neuland and FFD Neuland have the pointy M's that we find in the "Encyclopedia of Typefaces" of Jasper, Berry and Johnson, so go figure. The P22 face and Klein's face have K's with horizontal right upper arms and U's that hang together similarly, so they are in a category by themselves and one may well have inspired the other.

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Lazar Dimitrijevic
[Posterizer KG]

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LeFly

Dutch designer (b. 1966) of Lenteroos (2005), Blokletters (2005, in three weights: Potlood, Balpen and Viltstift---these are excellent substitutes for something like Comic Sans), Slantwise (2004), Hard Compound (2004), Soft Compound (2004), Angie's New House (2004, great squarish font, almost in Wim Crouwel's Hiroshima style), Kenteken (2004, based on the Dutch licence plates), Kenteken Smits (2013), Square Peg (2004, renamed Square Wise to resolve naming conflicts with a commercial font of the same name by Rob Leuschke), TeleTekst (2004), Osmanthus (2013, heavy German expressionist typeface).

URL at Offsite. Font Squirrel link, where Blokletters is free. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leonor Cunha

Leonor Cunha designed the angular expressionist serif typeface Goda in 2013 during studies in Porto, Portugal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Livin Hell (was: Webbyen.dk)
[Christopher Hansen]

Danish site with about twenty original grunge fonts made by Christopher Hansen, who is located in the United States: A Theme for Murder (2005, a great scary script), Got Heroin (2005, ransom note font), Carnivalee Freakshow (2004, Western), Even Badder Mofo (2005), Living Hell (2005), Nemo (2005), Nemo Nightmares (2005), Dearest Dorothy (2005, curly), Deanna (2005), The Gingerbread House (2005, a curly creepy German expressionist typeface), Cocaine Sans (2005), Latchboy (2005, curly creepy face), Raiderz (2004), Shoguns Clan (2004), Sell Your Soul (2004), Nightmare Maker (2004), Beyond Wonderland (2004), Bad Mofo (2004), Pure Evil (2004), Pure Evil 2 (2005), Slaytanic (2004), Spinal T. Fanboy (2004), Frank Knows (2004), Requiem (2004), The Battle Continuez (2004), Against Myself (2004), Scratched Car Paint (2004), Punk Kid (2003), All Rejects (2003), 80's-hero (2000), If (2000), Insert-your-name-here (2000), Metalheads (2000), Funky2, GoRiLlaz-2 (2000), Punk-Kid (2000), Green Days (2002), Straight-Face (2002), se7en (2002), The Battle (2000), and Dwarves (2003).

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Lorraine Kolasa

Creator of the psychotic hand-printed German expressionist typeface Dr. Caligari (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lukas Klimmek

Berlin-based designer who created these typefaces:

  • The geometric rounded typeface family Konvex was created by Lukas Klimmek in 2013 at Design Akademie Berlin under the direction of Sebastian Bissinger from Bank Graphic Design Today.
  • Fette Fabel (2013). A great fat blackletter with elements of German expressionism.
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Manuele Mascheroni
[Oven Foundry]

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Marco Oggian

Freelance designer and illustrator in Milan. Creator of Magico (2013, Ten Dollar Fonts: an ornamental caps typeface), Conizugna (2013, Ten Dollar Fonts), the alchemic typefaces Roccia (2013), Parqa (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts: inspired by Gotham, a font used in German expressionist cinema), Labieno (2012) and Harf 77 (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts: Harf77 is a contribution to the English punk scene of the late 70's). Harf 77 Neue followed in 2013.

Typefaces from 2014: Milano (a free sans typeface).

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Mateusz Machalski
[Borutta]

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Maxime Vanbrugghe

Illustrator from Toulouse and/or Pau, France. He created the prison wall writing font Délivrance (2012) for a DVD cover for the film Seven. In 2013, Maxime created the angular German expressionist typeface family Red Bone.

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Michael Scarpitti

Mike graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in philosophy. Prolific Columbus, OH-based designer (b. Columbus, OH) whose fonts are mainly available through Scriptorium. Many of his fonts were influenced by roman inscriptional or Trajan types. these include Caesario (1993, a Trajan column font based on Goudy's drawings from 1936), Minerva (1993), Falconis and Vespasiano. Other typefaces with ancient origins include DeBellis, Pomponianus, Praitor, Jerash (1993, with Nalle), Macteris Uncial (1993), Antioch (1993), and Corbei Uncial.

He prepared a set of fonts based on a medieval Latin British manuscript (Pontifica, 1999) and another one called Orlock, based on the lettering in a poster for the German German expressionist silent film Nosferatu. Pontifica was redesigned in 2009 based on the source manuscripts from the Papal Archive. He writes: Pontifica is an example of protogothic calligraphy, a style developed at the monestery of St. Gall in the 12th century to replace Carolingian minuscule with a more efficient and compact system of lettering. Ultimately it became the progenitor of the gothic lettering styles of the late Medieval period.

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Michael Wallner
[The Type Fetish]

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MyFonts: German expressionism

Typefaces deemed to represent the German expressionist movement by the users of MyFonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Curtis
[Nick Curtis: German expressionist typefaces]

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Nick Curtis: German expressionist typefaces
[Nick Curtis]

Nick Curtis created Holofernes NF in 2007. He writes: The raw emotional energy of German Expressionism is evident in this font, based on Judith Type, designed by C. H. Kleukens in 1923. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oskar Kokoschka

Oskar Kokoschka (b. 1886, Pöchlarn, Austria, d. 1980, Montreux, Switzerland) was an Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his expressionistic portraits and landscapes. Deemed a degenerate by the Nazis [Kokoschka had commissioned a life-sized sex doll in 1918 which he destroyed during a party], he fled to the United Kingdom in 1938, and lived in Ullapool, Scotland during the war. He became a British citizxen in 1946 and would only regain Austrian citizenship in 1978. He settled and died in Switzerland though.

Typefaces based on his lettering include Grafiker (2013, a brush face loosely based on the work of designers Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) and Jean Carlu (1900-1997)), and Kokoschka (2012, Ricardo Marcin and Erica Jung).

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Oven Foundry
[Manuele Mascheroni]

Manuele Mascheroni is a freelance designer and founder of Oven Foundry, born in 1988 with Italian and Belgian origins. While based in Bologna for his MA degree in Design Management, he designed the German expressionist typeface Weiss (2013) and Explorer (2013: a grotesk).

Earlier, he created the interesting blackboard bold face Lione (2010, free at Dafont). Other typefaces include Bitto, Clemens, Meander, Norma, Occupied, Oven, Wildness.

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P22 Type Foundry
[Richard Kegler]

Richard Kegler's fun Buffalo-based foundry, which he founded in 1995 together with his wife, Carima El-Behairy. Currently, on staff, we find type designers James Grieshaber and Christina Torre. In 2004, it acquired Lanston Type. P22 has some great unusual, often artsy, fonts.

The fonts are: Industrial Design (an industrial look font based on letters drawn by Joseph Sinel in the 1920s---this font is free!), LTC Jefferson Gothic Obliquie (2005, free), Sinel (free), P22Snowflakes (2003, free), Acropolis Now (1995, a Greek simulation face done with Michael Want), P22 Albers (1995; based on alphabets of Josef Albers made between 1920 and 1933 in the Bauhaus mold), Arts and Crafts (based on lettering of Dard Hunter, early 1900s, as it appeared in Roycroft books), Ambient, Aries (2004, based on Goudy's Aries), Arts and Crafts ornaments, Atomica, Bagaglio, Bauhaus (Bauhaus fonts based on the lettering of Herbert Bayer), Bifur (2004, Richard Kegler, after the 1929 original by Cassandre), Blackout, Cage (based on handwriting and sketches of the American experimental composer John Cage), P22 Casual Script (2011, Richard Kegler, a digitization of letters by sign painter B. Boley, shown in Sign of the Times Magazine), Cezanne (Paul Cezanne's handwriting, and some imagery; made for the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Child's Play, Child's Play Animals, Child's Play Blocks, Constructivist (Soviet style lettering emulating the work of Rodchenko and Popova), Constructivist extras, Czech Modernist (based on the design work of Czech artist Vojtech Preissig in the 20s and 30s), Daddy-o (Daddy-o Beatsville was done in 1998 with Peter Reiling), Daddy-o junkie, Da Vinci, Destijl (1995, after the Dutch DeStijl movement, 1917-1931, with Piet Mondrian inspired dingbats; weights include Extras, P22 Monet Impressionist (1999), Regular and Tall), Dinosaur, Eaglefeather, Escher (based on the lettering and artwork of M.C. Escher), FLLWExhibition, FLLW Terracotta, Folk Art (based on the work of German settlers in Pennsylvania), Il futurismo (after Italian Futurism, 1908-1943), Woodtype (two Tuscan fonts and two dingbats, 2004), P22 Woodcut (1996, Richard Kegler: based on the lettering carved out in wood by German expressionists such as Heckel and Kirchner), , Garamouche (2004, +P22 Garamouche Ornaments; all codesigned with James Grieshaber), GD&T, Hieroglyphic, P22 Infestia (1995), Insectile, Kane, Kells (1996, a totally Celtic family, based on the Book of Kells, 9th century; the P22 Kells Round was designed with David Setlik), Koch Signs (astrological, Christian, medieval and runic iconography from Rudolf Koch's The Book of Signs), P22 Koch Nueland (2000), Larkin (2005, Richard Kegler, 1900-style semi-blackletter), London Underground (Edward Johnston's 1916 typeface, produced in an exclusive arrangement with the London Transport Museum; digitized by Kegler in 1997, and extended to 21 styles in 2007 by him as P22 Underground Pro, which includes Cyrillic and Greek and hairline weights), Pan-Am, Parrish, Platten (Richard Kegler; revised in 2008 by Colin Kahn as P22 Platten Neu; based on lettering found in German fountain pen practice books from the 1920s), Preissig, Prehistoric Pals, Petroglyphs, Rodin / Michelangelo, Stanyan Eros (2003, Richard Kegler), Stanyan Autumn (2004, based on a casual hand lettering text created by Anthony Goldschmidt for the deluxe 1969 edition of the book "...and autumn came" by Rod McKuen; face by Richard Kegler), Vienna, Vienna Round, Vincent (based on the work of Vincent Van Gogh), Way out West. Now also Art Nouveau Bistro, Art Nouveau Cafe and the beautiful ornamental font Art Nouveau Extras (all three by Christina Torre, 2001), the handwriting family Hopper (Edward, Josephine, Sketches, based on the handwriting styles of quintessential American artist Edward Hopper and his wife, Josephine Nivison Hopper, and was produced in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art), Basala (by Hajime Kawakami), Cusp (by James Grieshaber), P22 Dearest (calligraphic, by Christina Torre), Dwiggins (by Richard Kegler), Dyrynk Roman and Italic (2004, Richard Kegler, after work by Czech book artist Karel Dyrynk), Gothic Gothic (by James Grieshaber), La Danse (by Gábor Kóthay;), Mucha (by Christina Torre), Preissig Lino (by Richard Kegler), P22Typewriter (2001, Richard Kegler, a free typewriter font), the William Morris set (Morris Troy, Morris Golden, Morris Ornaments, based up the type used by William Morris in his Kelmscott Press; 2002), Art Deco Extras (2002, Richard Kegler, James Grieshaber and Carima El Behairy), Art Deco Display, the Benjamin Franklin revival font Franklin's Caslon (2006), Dada (2006) and the Art Nouveau font Salon (bu Christina Torre).

In 2006, Kegler added Declaration, a font set consisting of a script (after the 1776 declaration of independence), a blackletter, and 56 signatures. Many of the fonts were designed or co-designed by Richard Kegler. International House of Fonts subpage. Lanston subpage (offerings as of 2005: Bodoni Bold, Deepdene, Flash, Fleurons Granjon, Fleurons Garamont, Garamont, Goudy Thirty, Jacobean Initials, Pabst, Spire).

Bio and photo.

In-house fonts made in 2008 include Circled Caps, the Yule family (Regular, Klein Regular, Light Flurries, Heavy, Klein heavy, Heavy Snow, Inline; all have Neuland influences). Kegler / P22 created a 25-set P22 Civilité family in 2009 based on a 1908 publication from Enshedé, the 1978 English translation by Harry Carter, and a 1926 specimen also from Enshedé.

P22 Declaration (Script, Signatures, Blackletter, 2009) is based on the lettering used in the 1776 Declaration of Independence.

At ATypI 2004 in Prague, Richard spoke about Vojtech Preissig. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin, where he presented Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century about which he writes: This film has the dual aim of documenting the almost-lost skill of creating metal fonts and of capturing the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). P22 type foundry commissioned Mr. Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font in 2008. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he showed Making Faces.

Typefaces from 2014: LTC Archive Ornaments (Richard Kegler and Miranda Roth).

MyFonts interview.

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Paul Bokslag
[Font Studio Four]

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Paul James Lloyd
[Greater Albion Typefounders (or: GATF)]

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Posterizer KG
[Lazar Dimitrijevic]

Lazar Dimitrijevic, who set up the foundry Posterizer KG, was born in 1981 in Bajina Basta, Serbia, and lives in Kragujevac, Serbia. He obtained a Master of Graphic Design from the Department of Graphic Design, FILUM Kragujevac, Serbia. Presently, he is art director at Design Studio BOX.

His first font, Art Decor (2009), is a brush face in the style of Treefrog. Koma Latin (2009) is a roughly outlined script face. Bajka (2010) is a Baskerville family (Latin, Cyrillic, dingbats, ornamental caps) made for children's fairy tale books. Scarface (2010) is a sublime scratchy hand ideal for torture movies. Kaligraf Latin (2010) is a rough-edged calligraphic face.

In 2012, he published Collage BB (hand-drawn didone), the heavy Egyptian typeface Posterizer KG at DizajnDesign. This font was created for Celebration of 5 years anniversary of Design Studio Box from the city of Kragujevac (KG), the industrial city of Serbia. Posterizer KG (+Rounded) contains all the Latin and Cyrillic glyphs. Posterizer KG Inline and Posterizer KG Rough (a letterpress emulation version) were added in 2013.

Still in 2012, he designed the ink splatter typeface Oops, and the calligraphic typefaces Cal Humanistic Cursive (a renaming of Cal Humanist Corsiva, posibly under pressure from Monotype), Cal Humanist Minuscule and Cal Humanist Corsiva.

He also creates stunning calligraphic works.

Cal Roman Capitals (2012) is a Trajan typeface. In the same calligraphic series, we find Cal Rustic Capitals (2012), Cal Square Capitals (2012), and Cal Uncial (2012).

Typefaces from 2013: Posterizer KG Sketch, Cal Expressive, Cal Bakerly (calligraphic script in the style of Arthur Baker), Cal Cursive Roman, Cal Rustic Black, Cal Neuland Bold (after the German expressionist typeface Neuland by Rudolf Koch), Cal Gothic Bastard, Cal Gothic Fraktur, Cal Fraktur Modern, Cal Rotunda, Cal Gothic Textura, Cal Carolingian Minuscule, Cal Carolingian Gothic, Cal Insular Minuscule, Cal Insular Majuscule, Cal Beneventan Minuscule.

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Postsadness Fonts

A small very selective but interesting archive. It has SPADORE by Sebastian Boschert (1998, a Novella lookalike), PS Bluegum Forest by Tris Nguyen for Postsadness, 1998: better than Burton's Nightmare, and very close to Solotype's Glorietta), Mayonaise by ¡eM pleH (1998), InfiniteDingbats by Shaun Kardinal (1998), SantasSleigh (a Novella lookalike), and Mayonaise (1998) and Mayo (1998) by ¡eM pleH (1998). Smashing Pumpkins fonts are archived here as well: pick up Graceful Swans by Shaun Kardinal, based on Constructivist from P22, Bank Gothic, BatmanForever, Intimacy, Graphis, LatinExtraCondensed, ElectraCondensed (a Font Bureau Romeo Medium Condensed lookalike also known as FZ Basic---of course, Electra itself is Winkow's original on which Romeo was based), Tonite (Cochin Italic lookalike), Infinit Dingbats (1998) and VI University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rasmus Lund Mathisen

Prolific Danish type designer who lives in Copenhagen. At the School of Design of KAKD (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), he obtained a BA (2008-2011) and will obtain an MA (2011-2014).

His typefaces include:

  • Nima. A free slab serif.
  • Beika, Beika Leika. Free sans family.
  • Bila. An angular German expressionist typeface.
  • Dada. A stencil face.
  • Enno. A lava lamp typeface.
  • Cela.
  • OLEW. A DIN-like technical typeface.
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Renae Hill

Graphic designer in Ellicott City, MD, who graduated from Monmouth University. Caligari (2011) is an angular face that was inspired by the 1920 silent German film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richard Kegler
[P22 Type Foundry]

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Rudolf Koch
[Koch Neuland]

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Rudolf Koch

Great German type designer (b. Nürnberg, 1876; d. Frankfurt, 1934) who worked mainly at the Klingspor foundry. He founded the Offenbach Werkstatt in 1921. This page lists 158 royalty-free Christian symbols drawn by Rudolf Koch, a religious Lutheran, with the collaboration of Fritz Kredel (1900-1973) (see also here). Biography by Nicholas Fabian. Bio at Linotype. Bio in German. For an English reference work on his life, check Gerald Cinamon's book Rudolf Koch: Letterer, Type Designer, Teacher (2000, Oak Knoll Press (USA) and The British Library (UK)). The Koch Memorial page offers historical notes and many free revivals of his faces.

Many of his typefaces can be classified as German expressionist. These include Kabe (a sans), and Neuland (an angualr poster face).

His typefaces, with notes on digitizations:

  • Claudius (1931-1934, 1937, D. Stempel AG): His son Paul Koch followed Rudolf's instructions to make one weight in 1931-1934. Klingspor completed it in 1937. Delbanco (as DS-Claudius) and Klaus Burkhardt (1991) digitized it. Based on the latter, Manfred Klein made ClaudiusImperator (2001). Dieter Steffmann made Claudius, ClaudiusAlternate, and ClaudiusHeadline in 2003. Ralph M. Unger published Claudius in 2010.
  • Deutsche Anzeigenschrift (1913-1914), Deutsche Anzeigenschrift schmal (1916-1923, D. Stempel AG): See SchmaleAnzeigenschrift (2002) and SchmaleAnzeigenschriftZier (2002) by Dieter Steffmann, and Schmale Anzeigenfraktur (2009) by Ralph Unger.
  • Deutsche Anzeigenschrift eng (1923)
  • Deutsche Anzeigenschrift breit (1923, D. Stempel AG)
  • Deutsche Anzeigen. schmalhf. (1934, D. Stempel AG)
  • Deutsche Schrift mager (1918, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Deutsche Schrift halbfett (1912, Gebr. Klingspor): Deutsche Schrift (or: Koch-Fraktur) was revived by Gerhard Helzel as KochFrakturSchmaleHalbfette (2000), by Christian Richter as Rudolf Koch (2003), and by Delbanco as DS Koch Fraktur. It was a popular family, known in England as Oxford. For comparison, here is a phototype version.
  • Deutsche Schrift fett (1910, Gebr. Klingspor): Fette Deutsche Schrift was revived by Dieter Steffmann in 2002 (as Fette Deutsche Schrift) and by Alter Littera in 2012 as Deutsche Schrift.
  • Deutsche Schrift schmal (1913, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Deutsche Schrägschrift (1912, Gebr. Klingspor).
  • Deutsche Werkschrift (1934, D. Stempel AG): This is really the "mager" version of Deutsche Anzeigenschrift. Delbanco revived it digitally as DS Deutsche Werkschrift.
  • Deutsche Werkschrift hablfett (1934, D. Stempel AG).
  • Deutsche Zierschrift (1921, Gebr. Klingspor): Revived as Zierinitialen by Dieter Steffmann in 2002. See also Delbanco's DS Deutsche Zierschrift (Delbanco).
  • Frühling (1913-1917, Gebr. Klingspor) is a blackletter that seems to have been executed with a shaky hand---it is definitely one of Koch's weakest and ugliest designs. Incredibly, the revival gang was still eager to spring into action: it was revived and interpreted by Frantisek Storm in Monarchia. See also Delbanco's DS Frühling. For another revival, see Next Stringtime by Manfred Klein (2003). Frühling is sometimes called Kartenschrift.
  • Grotesk Initialen (1933, Gebr. Klingspor): Paul Hayden Duensing made Koch Initials (metal).
  • Holla (1932, Gebr. Klingspor): Digitized by Dieter Steffmann in 2001.
  • Kabel (1927, Gebr. Klingspor): The most famous digitization of this Koch Sans family is by Victor Caruso in ITC Kabel (1976), and with its exaggerated x-height, much larger than the original, it is a poor bastard. The modern Bitstream version is called Geometric 231. Softmaker calls it Koblenz. Poster by Jorge Martinez.
  • Kabel Kursiv (1929, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Kabel groß (1928, Gebr. Klingspor): LinotypeLibrary
  • Kabel Kursiv groß (1930, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Norm Kabel (1930, Gebr. Klingspor): LinotypeLibrary
  • Kabel fett (1929, Gebr. Klingspor): LinotypeLibrary
  • Kabel schmal (1930, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Kabel schmalhalbfett (1929, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Koch Antiqua (or: Locarno) (1920-1922, Gebr. Klingspor): This gorgeous tall-legged face was designed in 1917, but cut in 1922. There exists a multiple master font AIKochAntiqua by Randall Jones (Alphabets Inc). See also LinotypeLibrary, and Astaire Pro (2004, Bergslund Design), as well as KochAltschrift (2004, Moorstation crew), and Locarno (1985, Alan Meeks for Letraset).
  • Koch Kursiv (1923, Gebr. Klingspor): Kursiv version of Koch Antiqua.
  • Koch Kursiv groß (1929, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Koch Antiqua fett (1926, Gebr. Klingspor). Some give the date 1923-1924. Digital versions include Eva Antiqua, Eva SG (Spiece Graphics), Eva (Monotype), Astaire Pro (Hackberry), Locarno (Letraset), Kuenstler 165 (Bitstream), Koch Antiqua (Adobe, Linotype), Evadare (David Nalle).
  • Koch Kurrent (1933, Gebr. Klingspor): This is Koch's version of school scripts, a variant of his earlier proposal, Offenbacher Schrift (1927). It was only cut in 1935. See Rudolf Koch Kurrent at Delbanco
  • Koch Schrift (1909) is a Schwabacher first known as Neudeutsch and later as Koch Schrift. It was used by the Deutsche Reichsbahn, ca. 1930. For a digital revival, see, e.g., Koch Schrift (1998, Ingo Zimmermann).
  • Marathon (1930-1938, Gebr. Klingspor): Digitized by Linotype in 2003 as Marathon LT (by Ute Harder, aka Frau Jenson), and by Softmaker a bit earlier. The best digital version is by the Koch Memorial team of Petra Heidorn under the name Romantha (a permutation of the letters) in 2003 (it preserves the original x-height better, for example).
  • Maximilian (Gotisch) (1914-1917, Gebr. Klingspor): Walden Font has a revival. See also Maximilian at Delbanco. Castletype made MaximilianCS. In 1995, Doug Olena revived it as Maximilian. Dieter Steffmann made Maximilian (2002) and Maximilian Zier (2002). Maximilian (2012) is due to Alter Littera. Drawings for Maximilian-Gotisch. Gerhard Helzel's revival from 1995. Stephen Miggas's revival called Gothicus (2006).
  • Maximilian Antiqua (1913-1917, Gebr. Klingspor): Manfred Klein made Maximilian Antiqua (2003) and MaximilianAntiquaSmallCaps (2003).
  • Neuland (1923, Gebr. Klingspor): An all caps German expressionist typeface chiseled directly by Koch from metal. Copied by Monotype in 1929 as OthelloMT. Digitized by Linotype Library. Also digitized as Newland Black by Andrey Mel'man. In 1995, Doug Olena (Keystrokes) revived it as FFD Neuland (1995). A lower case and hair-serifed extension was created by Manfred Klein as OnKochsRoots (2002). He also made KochNeu-ExtraBlack (2003). Nick Curtis made Jungle Fever and Jungle Fever Shaded (2008) after Neuland. In 2010, Ian Lynam published yet another update, Neuerland. In 2013, Lazar Dimitrijevic created Cal Neuland Bold.
  • Neuland licht (1928, Gebr. Klingspor): This is an outline version of Neuland.
  • Neu Fraktur (1933-1934, Gebr. Klingspor): Koch's last Fraktur.
  • Offenbach (1928-1934, Gebr. Klingspor): Made for display in church windows, Koch designed the "mager" weight (1931) and an uncial version. His student Hans Kühne finished the "halbfett" and the gothic after his death.
  • Peter Jessen Schrift (1924-1929, Gebr. Klingspor): Koch called this his Bibelschrift. See DS-Jessen-Schrift (1998) by Christian Spremberg and Peter Jessen Schrift at Delbanco. For extrapolated interpretations, see JessicaPlus (2002) and JessicaSerif (2003) by Manfred Klein, and Jessen Schrift (2004) by Ralph M. Unger.
  • Prisma (1928-1931, Gebr. Klingspor): A four-lined art deco face. Revived by Dieter Steffmann (2003-2004) as Prisma, and by Ralph Unger as Prisma Pro (2011).
  • Stahl (1933-1939): Done with H. Kühne. Revived by J.F.Y.Daniel Gauthier - GautFonts as StahlSteel (2003) and StahlSteelRiveted (2003).
  • Wallau (1924-1932, Gebr. Klingspor): See Wallaby on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002, or Wallau by Fraktur.de or DS Wallau by Delbanco, or Wallau (2012) by Alter Littera. Pictures by Dan Reynolds about Klingspor's Wallau speciman book (1939). Wallau, which comes in rotunda (Rundgotisch) and uncial, was named after Heinrich Wallau (1852-1925), a printer from Mainz. Originally, the face was going to be called Missale.
  • Wallau halbfett (1930, Gebr. Klingspor): Revived by Dieter Steffmann as WallauDeutsch-Bold (2002), Wallau Rundgotisch Heavy (2002), Wallau Rundgotisch OsF Heavy (2002), WallauUnzial-Bold (2002) and WallauZierBold (2002). Also digitized by PrimaFont.
  • Wallau fett (1935, Gebr. Klingspor)
  • Wallau schmal (1934, Gebr. Klingspor).
  • Wilhelm-Klingspor-Schrift. (1920-1926, Gebr. Klingspor): This was originally called Missal. To commemorate Wilhelm Klingspor, who died in 1925 from a war injury, it was renamed Wilhelm-Klingspor-Gotisch. Paul Hayden Duensing made a metal version under the latter name. Digitizations by Fraktur.de and Delbanco. See also Wilhelm-Klingspor-Schrift at LinotypeLibary, Wilhelm Klingspor Schrift (2012) by Alter Littera, Wilhelmschrift (2006) by Stephen Miggas, and Missal by Dieter Steffmann (2003). Matching decorative caps were made in 2004 by Paul Lloyd under the name Holzschnitt-Initialen.
  • Zeppelin (1929, Gebr. Klingspor): This is a decorative (inline) version of Kabel. Revived as Zeppelin in 2003 by Dieter Steffmann. Imitations abound, see, e.g., Scriptorium's Evadare (1993).
In 1984, Wolfgang Hendlmeier discussed the blackletter faces in Koch's oeuvre: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Koch's involvement in handwriting education in Germany led to these Schreibschrift examples from 1930 (also called Deutsche Verkehrsschrift), and to the development by Martin Hermersdorf of the Deutsche Schreibschrift for fourth graders in Bavaria in 1950. His influences as a blackletter designer and illustrator are documented in this brief bio by Wolfgang Hindlmeier (1984). Wood engraving of Koch by Bernard Brussel-Smith.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

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Slávka Pauliková

Slovak graphic designer, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, Czechia, both in 2009. Then she did a Masters in type design at the KABK in 2010, and currently works as a type and book designer in The Netherlands. For her thesis project, she developed the angular text family Dora (2010), which tries to preserve an element of handwriting. A 1906 renaissance antiqua from Genzsch&Heyse inspired her to a revival.

In 2013, FontFont published FF Dora (the angular text family extended from her thesis work in 2010) and FF Dora Display (which is a bit in the style of Rudolf Koch's German expressionist style).

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The Type Fetish
[Michael Wallner]

Born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1967, Michael Wallner (now in St. Paul, MN) designed the Type Fetish font families Pushki Pro (2011, a slabby poster typeface based on some hand lettering found on a Russian poster), Lard Pro (2011, very fat and high-contrast typeface; +Greek, +Cyrillic), Brogue (2009), Casualties Pro (2009, grunge), Fabricate (2007, fururistic), Idiot Boy (2010, grunge), Numbskul (2007, grunge), Parcel (2007, grunge), Reverend Jim (2007, handwriting; with Jim Laitinen), Recreant (1998, grunge), Used (2002, grunge), Calligraphy-Unicase (2007), Commuter (2008, gridded letters), Fabricate-Inline, Fabricate-Regular, Fabricate-Thin (2009, techno family), Grimm (2008, a German expressionist blackletter), Fucsimile (2009---no idea what this is), S4QUFX (2009, dot matrix face), Amrep 026, Borough Pro (2010, random width squarish sans set), Broken Vows, Casualties, Cheapo, Cubage, Dimentia, Discharge (grunge), DIY-One (2002), DIY-Two (2002), Dimerit, Filth, Fucsimile (degraded fax or old typewriter), Insurgent (2009, grunge), Kaaos (2005, eroded stencil), Maim, Nascent, Quadrate, Refuse (2009, grunge), Sabotage, Squarish, Straphanger (2009, dot matrix face), The Crew (stencil font), Universally Corrupt, Whore, Xiphoid and Zen Arcade.

MyFonts.Com is selling the fonts. The free font Sabotage (2002) can be downloaded here.

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Thumbnail Designs
[Andrew Martin]

Andrew Martin (Thumbnail Designs) is a Manchester, UK-based type and graphic designer. He will do custom type design, including signatures. His fonts, dated ca. 2008: Black Swirl (2007-2009, blackletter), Blade (techno/octagonal), Diablo (2007-2010, gothic), Ornate (scratchy), Quantum Leap (futuristic), Serif Regular (constipated and condensed), Script (a calligraphic face "ripped off" from Feel Script by Sudtipos, and because of that, discontinued), and Wolverine (faux oriental). Beloved Script (2009) is an elegant upright connected script face. No downloads or sales.

Behance link. Devian tart link.

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Tim Burton

Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton (b. 1958) is an American film director, film producer, writer and artist. He is famous for his dark, quirky-themed movies such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows, and for blockbusters such as Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.

Tim Burton's work influenced not just illustrators and cinema, but also type design. Examples of dingbats include Skellingtonbats (2005, Chris Pirillo) and the scribbly faces Burtonesque (Christoph Windmueller) and Burton's Nightmare (1993, free at Dafont). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tober Welsh
[Free Movie Themed Fonts]

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Tris Nguyen

Designer at Postsadness Fonts of PS Bluegum Forest (1998). It is claimed to be better than Burton's Nightmare, and very close to Solotype's Glorietta. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vlad Martin

Designer in Kirov, Russia, who imitated the old Slavic alphabet in his Cyrillic/latin creation generically named Poluustav (2013). He also made Gothic (2013, a German expressionist typeface in Latin and Cyrillic) and Devils Horns (2013).

In 2014, he created the Latin / Cyrillic oriental simulation typeface Murakami (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vojtech Preissig

Czech expressionist type designer from Svetec u Biliny, Bohemia, b. 1873. He died in Dachau in 1944. Preissig is representative of the Czech cubist period, 1910-1925. His only book typeface, Preissig Antikva, was cast in 1925 at the Czech State Printing Office foundry in Prague, where he had returned to settle in 1930. This lively angular typeface had a hand-drawn poster-look feel. It was a milestone in Czech type design and served as inspiration for later developments, including typefaces by Menhart, Ruzicka, and Tyfa.

Preissig Antikva was the basis of several digitizations:

Klingspor link.

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Wiescher Design
[Gert Wiescher]

Gert Wiescher was born in Braunsbach am Kocher, Germany, in 1944. Based in München, Gerd Wiescher designed many classy and classic Bodoni families, as well as New Yorker Type (1985). All of his typefaces are carefully fine-tuned and balanced. Wiescher founded first Munich Type and then Wiescher Design and Autographis. He is known as a hard, fast and prolific worker. His exquisite faces can be bought at MyFonts. Catalog of his bestselling typefaces. Interview in 2008. Wikipedia page. List of faces:

  • Scripts: Felicita (2013, a swashy copperplate script), Vividangelo (2013, after the handwriting of a real person), Dreamline (2013, connected monoline cursive wedding scripts in A, B and C styles), Fiorentina (2012, a renaissance style script with 650 characters), Excelsia Pro (2012), Delicia Pro (2012, a fat bruishy signage script), Nono (2011, formal swashy calligraphic family), Dyane (2011), Penn (2011), Lettera (2011, hand-drawn formal face), Tosca (2010, a high-contrast calligraphic face with 730 glyphs), Grandcafe (2010), Loulou (2010, curly and of extreme contrast), Schoolblock (2010, hand-printed school font), Grandezza (2010, calligraphic family; +Xtra), Sixtra (2010, a curly didone script), English Script (2010, classic Spencerian calligraphic script), Savage Initials (2009), Morning News (2009), Revolte (2009, a brush script for demonstration signs), Estelle (2009), Scriptofino (2008, 4 calligraphic styles to give Zapfino a run for its money), Exprima (2008), Daiquiri (2008), Lisa Bella, Lisa Fiore and Lisa Piu (2008, connected and calligraphic), Tati (2008), Movie Script (2007), Cake Script (2007), Eddy (2007, grungy calligraphy), Pointino (2007), Bohemio (2007, a great oriental-brush script), Artegio (2007, two calligraphic scripts), Xylo (2006, in the tradition of the 18th-century English calligrapher George Bickham and the 19th-century American calligrapher Platt Rogers Spencer), Tamara (2005, art-deco script based on some initials for Semplicita made in the 1930s by the Nebiolo foundry), Tecon, Ellida (2005, inspired by the elaborate scripts of 18th-century English calligrapher George Bickham, with additional influences from 19th-century American calligrapher Platt Rogers Spencer), Eloise (2009, a high-contrast version of Ellida), Nadine Script (2005, an elegant script inspired by a set of initials the French designer and artist Bernard Naudin drew for Deberny&Peignot in the 1920s), Royal Classic (2005, unbelievable script based on a design that has initially been comissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria for in-house-use), DesignerScript, Filzer Script (1995, handwriting), Futuramano-Condensed-Bold, Futuramano-Condensed, Futuramano-Plain, Futuramano-Thin, Giambattista, Scriptissimo-Plain, Scriptissimo-Forte, Scriptissimo-Swirls, Squickt (1989), Konstantin A, B and C (2005), Konstantin Forte (2005), MyScript, GrocersScript, Swanson (2006). Scriptissimo (2004) has versions named Start, Middle and End, tweaked for their position in the word, and there are plenty of ligatures. Check also Bodoni Classic Chancery (2007) and Bodonian Script (2012).
  • Sans: Dylan Condensed (2014), Supra (2013, grotesk: Supra Thin is free. See also Supra Condensed, 2013, Supra Mezzo (2013, between regular and condensed) and Supra Extended, 2013), Supra Demiserif (2013, slab serif derived from Supra), Dylan (geometric sans), Franklin Gothic Raw (2013, like Franklin Gothic but with raw, not rough, outlines, only visible at very large sizes), Blitz (2012, a flared family), Blitz Condensed (2012), Contra Sans (2011, which led to Contra Slab, Contra Condensed and Contra Flare), Vedo (2011, a Bauhaus style family that include a hairline weight), Germania (2011, a useful and beautiful monoline sans family), Geometa (2011, +Rounded, +Rounded Deco, +Deco: all based initially on Renner's Futura), Geometra Rounded (2011, a rounded family based on Futura and "much less boring than DIN"), Bombelli (2010, ultra-wide architect's hand), Bluenote Demi (2010, a grungy Franklin Gothic Condensed), Perfect Sketch (2010, sketched grotesque), Unita (2009), Antea (2009), Eterna (2009, sans with a swing), Pura (2008, an uncomplicated grotesk family), Purissima (2010, a decorated extension of Pura; +Bold), Copperplate Gothic Hand (2009, after a 1901 design by Goudy), Copperplate Alt (2011), Copperplate Wide (2011), FranklinGothicHandDemi (+Shadow), Franklin GothicHandCond (2009), Franklin Gothic Condensed Shadow Hand (2010), and Franklin Gothic Hand Light (2009, a hand-drawn version of Franklin Gothic), Papas (2005, sturdy, slightly curly), Julienne (2005, a condensed sans family), Cassandra (1996, an art deco style after Adolphe Mouron Cassandre), Cassandra Plus (2012), Ela Sans (2005, a large family), Mondial-Bold (2004), Mondial-Demi, Mondial-Light, Mondial-Medium, Mondial-Normal, Mondial-XBold, Monem-Bold, Monem-Medium, Monem-Normal, Monem-Roman.
  • Serif: Imperia (2011, a Trajan column caps face), Monogramma (2012, a Trajan family for monograms), Imperium (2005, a precursor of Imperia with a Relief shadow style included), Hard Times (2011), Fat Times (2011, retraced Times), Elegia (2011, slightly Victorian family), Breathless (2010, a spiky family, inspired by nouvelle vague movie posters), Bodoni Classic 1, Bodoni Classic 2, Bodoni Classic 3, BodoniClassic-Condensed, BodoniClassic-Handdrawn, BodoniClassic-Swashes, BodoniClassic-Text, Bodoni Classic Deco, Bodoni Classic Swirls (2009), Bodoni Classic Pro (2011), Bodoni Classic Inline (2012), Bodoni Comedia (2010, one of my favorites: a funny "live one day at a time" curly Bodoni cocktail), Bodoni Classic Swing (2010), Bodoni Classic Free Style (2010, curly), Bodoni Classic Ultra (2010), La Bodoni Plain (+Italic, 2008), Take Five (2005, a jazzy take on Bodoni Classic), DonnaBodoniAa, DonnaBodoniBe, and DonnaBodoniCe (three scripts named after Bodoni's wife, Margharita dell'Aglio, who published his complete works, the Manuale Tipografico, in 1818, five years after his death), Edito, Robusta. A great series, some of which were originally published at Fontshop, see, e.g., FFBodoniClassic (1994). MyFonts: When the first of Wiescher’s Bodoni Classic fonts came out in the 1993, there was nothing like it. Up to then, virtually all Bodoni revivals had been given clear-cut forms and square serifs. But Bodoni’s originals from the late 1800s were never as straight and simplistic as is often assumed: they had rounded serifs and slightly concave feet. Wiescher digitized a wide range of Bodoni letterforms, including a wonderful script-like family called Chancery and a nice series of Initials. Having accomplished his mission twelve years later, he began making personal additions to the family, such as the more decorative Bodoni Classic Swashes. Recently a useful little family was added to the clan: LaBodoni is sturdier and less optically delicate than most Bodonis, and therefore more usable as a text face. Wiescher made Metra Serif (2009), Principe (2008) and Paillas (2009). Prince (2009) is a curlified didone.
  • Romain du roi: In 2008, Wiescher designed the two-style Royal Romain, which is based on the Romain du Roi of Philippe Grandjean, which was completed in 1745 after Grandjean's death by Grandjean's successor Jean Alexandre and Louis Luce. Wiescher: The Romain du Roi was for the exclusive use of the Louis XIV. It was never sold or given to any other king or government. The king of Sweden tried to scrounge a set, but the king refused. This font is the basic design for such famous fonts as the Fournier and Bodoni. Just so the Romain du Roi doesn't get lost in the digital turmoil I set out to redesign it in 2004 and finished now in early 2008. I did a lot of research in France's National Library. A good excuse to visit Paris is always welcome!!!
  • Engravers: Cavaliere (2010), Guilloche A (2009), Guilloche B (2013, op-art borders), CopperplateClassic-Plain, CopperplateClassic-Round, CopperplateClassic-Sans, Copperplate Classic Light Floral (2009), Cimiez-Bold, Cimiez-Roman (2004), Ela-Demiserif, Ela-Sans (2004), Eleganza (2008).
  • Blackletter/Fraktur: Renais (2011, renaissance initials), Flipflop (2011), Fraktura and Fraktura Plus (2008), Royal Bavarian (2004, based on a face commissioned by King Ludwig 1st of Bavaria about 1834), Royal Blossom (2009), Royal Bavarian Fancy (2004), Bold Bavarian (2010, a heavy version of Royal Bavarian), Monkeytails (2008), Fat Fritz (2006, rounded endings), Ayres Royal (2005, blackletter face based on drawings of London's calligrapher John Ayres, ca. 1700; to be used with RoyalBavarian; followed in 2010 by BoldAyres).
  • Slab serif: Egyptia (2010), Egyptia Rounded (2010).
  • Typewriter: Lettera (2014), Lectra (2011), QuickType-Bold, QuickType-Plain, QuickType-Sans.
  • Decorative: Frank Woods (2013, letterpress simulation based on Franklin Gothic Heavy), Ohio Bold (2012, a rough headline type in the tradition of Louis Oppenheim's Lo-Type from 1913), Viking Initials (2012), Cannonball (2012, a psychedelic face derived from a jazz record-sleeve for Cannonball Adderley), Byblos (2011, derived from the logo of St. Tropez's famous Hotel Byblos), Blockprint (2013, early 1900 German expressionist grunge face, renamed Bannertype after 24 hours), Ferrus (2010, inspired by Acier, ca. 1920), Petite Fleur (2009, flowery embellishments and the capitals of his redesigned Royal Romain, which in turn is based on the famous romain du roi), Glass Light (2012, a decoirative art nouveau type family based on Glass Light by Franz Paul Glass, 1912), Penstroxx (2009, 5 fonts that are based on the powerful, expressive Traits de plume (penstrokes) designed in Paris around 1930 by Alfred Latour), Liquoia A, B and C (2008, decorative scripts), Modernista (2008, an art nouveau headline face, based on an 1898 sample by Peter Schnorr), Ornata A, B, C, D, E, F and G (2008-2009: ornaments), Fleuraloha (2008), Floralissimo (2008: flowery ornaments), Frank Flowers (2011), Scrolls A (2010, penman's dingbats), Bacterio (2007), Alpha Bravo, Alpha Charlie, Alpha Echo (2006), Barracuda, Cacao (2005, fifties style), Cassandre Initials (2004, Elsner&Flake, after the 1927 original by Adolphe Mouron Cassandre), Contype, Fleurie (2005), Fleurons Two (2006), Fleurons Three (2006), Fleurons Four (2006), Fleurons Initials (2007), Fleurons Six (2008), Fleuron Labels (2008), HebrewLatino, Julius, Lunix (2006), MyHands, NewYorkerType (1985; extended in 2011 to NewYorker Plus; after Rea Irvin's well-known typeface for The NewYorker), Venice Initials (2006, after a 15th century find, but Wiescher added about half of the caps), Ventoux, Vivian (2005), Woody.
  • Pixel and/or futuristic: Nexstar (2013: this octagonal typeface is also useful or athletic lettering), Alpha Fox (2007), Alpha Juliet (2010), Alpha Papa (2010), Alpha Square (2010), Alpha Jazz (2010), Alpha Papa (2010, LED meets stencil).
  • Stencil faces: Dripps (2010, handpainted, perhaps brutalist).
  • Dingbats: Wayside Ornaments (2012), XX Century Ornaments (2012), Thistle Borders (2012), Greenaway Mignonettes (2012, after Kate Greenaway (1846-1901), author and illustrator of childrens books), Collins Florets (2012), Flourishes A (2010), Jingle Doodles (2010).
  • Commissioned and special typefaces include a version of the logotype for the Munich's newspaper Abendzeitung, a Cyrillic version of Bodoni Classic for Vogue Moscow, a special Bodoni Classic for Ringier Publishers in Zurich, and Red Tape, a typeface that is on permanent exhibition at the German National Library in Leipzig.

Author of many books, including Zeitschriften & Broschüren (Systhema-Verlag, München, 1990), Schriftdesign (Systhema-Verlag, München, 1991), and Blitzkurs Typografie (Systhema-Verlag, München, 1992).

The following text was excerpted from his wikipedia page: At 14 years of age, Wiescher went to Paris to study fine art. He financed his stay by doing portraits on the Place du Tertre on Montmartre. In the sixties Wiescher studied graphic design at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. (Since November 2001, Berlin University of the Arts.) He financed his studies by sidewalk painting and drawing portraits. While doing sidewalk paintings, he met the typeface designer Erik Spiekermann, who inspired his love of this branch of design. After two years he quit his studies, and went to Barcelona where he worked at the offices of Harnden & Bombelli, for whom he designed the OECD-Pavilion of the 1970 Osaka World Expo. In 1972 he moved on to Johannesburg working as an art director at Grey and Young advertising . In 1975, he returned to Germany, working first for DFS+R-Dorland, and then for the "Herrwerth & Partner" ad agency. At Herrworth, he was involved in introducing IKEA into the German market. In 1977 he became a creative partner in the Lauenstein & Partner ad agency, creating mainly campaigns for large German retail chains. In 1982 he started his own design office, creating work for editors (Markt & Technik, Systhema and Langen-Müller-Herbig), computer companies (House of Computers, FileNet) and he worked for Apple Computers designing their publications (Apple-Age and Apple-LIVE).

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Wiktoria Gadomska

Freelance graphic and type designer in Poznan, Poland. He came from Crimea (Ukraine) but currently lives in Poznan, Poland. She obtained an MA in Graphic Design (Type Design) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan in 2010. Since 2010 she is an assistant at the Sign and Typography Studio of the University of Arts in Poznan.

Creator of some interesting typefaces in 2008: Argon, Jackson (handprinted, inspired by Michael Jackson).

In 2009, she made the Armata family of elliptical sans faces for Latin and Cyrillic. This face is free at Fontsquirrel, where it was published by Sorkin Type.

She also uses the name Viktoriya Grabowska at Google Font Directory, where one can download her angular face Passero One (2011) and the sturdy yet balanced balanced text face Fjord One (2011).

In 2012, she made the rounded sans family Capriola (Google Font Directory). Kavoon, a fat signage script, and Fruktur, an angular German expressionist typeface, can be found at Sorkin Type and Google Web Fonts. Fontsquirrel link. Behance link. Blogspot link. Fontspace link [Google] [More]  ⦿