TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sun Mar 9 00:43:06 EST 2014
Type design in Hungary
Hungarian foundry/press run by Jesuits in the late 18th century. Gábor Kóthay based some of his fonts on their 1773 type specimen book. One is the 2-weight Schwabacher style Fraktur font SchwarzKopf (2002). LaDanse is based on a scan of a handwritten inventory found in that book. [Google] [More] ⦿
Talented designer in Budapest, who first studied mathematics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and then typography at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. His typeface Cirque (2010) is a unicase modular geometric beauty, desiged with mathematical precision. He explains: My main profile is creating CD covers, posters, designing books, sometimes with the aid of several programming techniques. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pest, Hungary-based designer of Hexa (2012, free hexagonal typeface).
During her graphic design studies at MOME university, Alexandra szantai (Pilisszentivan, Hungary) created an untitled display typeface by blending Manhattan ITC (1970) and Avant Garde (1970). [Google] [More] ⦿
Allen Mercer (Alive Fonts, Petofibanya, Hungary) is the American designer at House Industries of fonts such as HouseFly, Horatio, Funkhouse, Kathouse, Chophouse, Treehouse, Roundhouse (1995), Funhouse, Randumhouse (1995).
His CV, as taken from MyFonts: Allen graduated from Delcastle Vocational and Technical High and continued his education at Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Upon returning from studying abroad in 1993, he was invited to partner in founding House Industries. After graduating from Tyler with honors in 1994, Allen became House Industries' third stockholder. He is the designer of Funhouse, the Street Van collection and House Gothic. In 1998, Allen gave up his House Industries partnership to become a full-time Christian missionary. He, his wife Sharon and four children live in Hungary where they spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and operate a Christian outreach program.
Aliz Borsa is a packaging designer from Hungary. She graduated with an MA from the University of West Hungary, Institute of Applied Arts (AMI), Sopron, in 2010. She also studied painting in Helnaes, Denmark, and typography at MOME, Budapest. Before studying at KABK Den Haag (TypeMedia class of 2012), Aliz worked as junior designer on Subjective Atlas of Hungary with Annelys de Vet at new media lab Kitchen Budapest.
Design student at the University of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 2012, he created the sans typeface families Flare and Flare 2. For a Hungarian library supplier, he designed the beautiful custom Egyptian typeface Kello (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian graphic designer and photographer in Sydney, who created the stylish piano key bespoke typeface Ficka in 2013. Andras created some interesting typographic examples such as Weapon of Math Destruction (2009) or Carbon FM 103.4 (2009).
During her graphic design studies at the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts Budapest, Hungary, Anna Balizs created the experimental geometric typeface Triongl (2013).
Daniel Pasztor (Anone Design, Debrecen, Hungary) created the organic display typeface Amorf (2013, Free download). Brushy (2013) is---as the name suggests---a brush font. And a4 Serif (2013) is a quaint slab serif typeface. All fonts are free but his web site is dysfunctional.
This guy is something else---I can't find enough superlatives to describe his work. A very creative freelance graphic designer from Budapest, he is best known for his experimental type projects. He published the masterful Ogaki in 2009, the high contrast didone face Sens Away Pro (2010), the calligraphic Caligo (2013), the freestyle jazz high-contrast face Qalto (2012) and the fat counterless Dubwise Pro (2010) at Die Gestalten. Other typefaces include Milen Serif (2009, organic), Minimalstile (2008), Minimalca (2008, organic), Fade Away and Fancy Fence (2009, geometric blackletter), Muzikal (2010), Type #32 (2010).
Babushke is a design cooperative in Zagreb that includes Marija Juza, who is the codesigner with Nikola Djurek of Balkan (2012, Typonine), a type system for Latin and Cyrillic that was awarded by TDC in 2012. Babushke created Herbert (2012), which is based on Herbert Bayer's early Bauhaus sketches. It is a low contrast 3-style typeface whose function is to properly align text in blocks.
TDC mentions that Marija lives in Zabok, Hungary.
Hungarian creator (b. 1995) of the octagonal typeface Altera (2013), the hand-printed typeface Earth (2013), the pixel face Dots (2013), and the circle-based typeface Bublet (2013).
Hungarian designer in Budapest, b. 1987. Home page. Designer of the display face Paris je t'aime (2010, a heavy comic book face) and the contrast face Blessed (2011), renamed Fortunata (a font without closed counters) and Fortunatus a few days after its first publication.
Balla Dora Typo-Grafika
Hungarian creator of the bouncy black comic book face Model (2009). He also updated Maurizio Loreti's BrushScriptX and placed the updates here. His roman caps face Livio (2010) is based on S.G. Moye's Livia (1991). He also updated Thatcher Ulrich's Tuffy family in 2010, and made the handy Zapfian dingbat face DTPDingbats (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
Bumbayo Font Fabrik
Hungarian foundry with commercial and free fonts, est. 2005 by Attila Zigó. On Deviantart, they claim to be from Rwanda. They specialize in grunge type--some of the fonts are quite gorgeous indeed. Has a fontmaking service.
Calligraphics is Paul Veres' outfit in Berkeley, CA. Paul Veres was born in 1944 in Budapest, and started out as a calligrapher and graphic designer. He is the creator of Caterina (1999-2004, Psy/Ops; a calligraphic sans used in some places by movie director Francis Ford Coppola), and of Linotype Banjoman Roman (1996, an avant-garde font) and Linotype Aperto at Linotype (1995-1996: a lapidary typeface).
Born in 1989, this Hungarian created the handwriting faces Chloe (2010) and Chloe's Handwriting (2010).
Dori Novotny (Budapest, Hungary) started her studies at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, in 2010. She created a typeface to honor Bruno Munari (1907-1998) and took inspiration from Munari's grids. The new grid-based typeface is called Munari (2013).
In 2012, she designed the stylized geometric typeface Ritmo.
DTC (Digital Typeface Company, est. 1999, closed in 2004) was a Hungarian outfit founded and run by printer-typographer Attila Derecskei that developed and sells OpenType, truetype and Type 1 fonts on CDs or via downloads for just about every platform. One of their products was called ProFonts Library. An earlier name of the company was ScanDer Ltd, established by Derecskei in 1993. Other typographers at ScanDer included Leslie Egerer and Cathy Saufert. They said: "2500 TrueType&PostScript font for Windows 3.1x / 95 / 98 / Me / NT / 2000 / XP / OS2 / Linux / MacOs with Unicode. Some fonts with Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew characters. Special pack is the PixelFonts Library for Flash. Developed by Digital Typeface Co. USA. Managed by Jon Stern." MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Hungarian type designer (1944-2004) who designed the award-winning typeface Pannon in the 1970s. This was digitized in 2001 by Oszkár Boskovitz at Nepfont Digital Foundry as Pannon Antiqua. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based designer of the experimental number font Just Numbers (2012).
Frank Béla (b. 1978, Orosháza, Hungary) is a graphic design student at Krea Art School in Budapest who uses the pseudonym Fabergraph. Home page. Blog. In 2010, he started out commercially as Faberfonts. Dafont link. Behance link. Klingspor link.
He created the ink trap font Portrait Of A Lady (2009), FR Irisz (2009, didone family), Pontifex (2009), the hand-printed Munkácsy 1120 (2009), the unicase Reka Sans (2009), the thick-thin Azur (2009), the simple sans Babyface (2009), the medieval sorcery font Elmulas (2009), the Valentine;s Day font Sapet (2009), the avant garde sans family Hopper Sans (2009) and the ultra-fat face Rendezvous (2009). Callimachos (2009) is a fun triple-lined hand-printed headline face (with a Cyrillic version added in). Azur Title Font (2009) is a hairline slabbed typewriter type. Pasta Simpla (2009, followed by FR Pasta Mono in 2010) is another experimental jewel. Hobbista (2009) mixes symbols and glyphs. FR Rama Nous (2009) is a free modular font. In 2009, he also made Arrow, Enamel Paint Type, Belonging (Roman caps).
Commercial fonts made in 2010: FR Unalom, FR Sniccer (stencil), FR Ceruza, FR Minta (a dingbat face to make labyrinthine patterns; +Two), FR Tabula (beveled face), FR Smaragdina, FR Mintry One and Two (pattern fonts), and a custom alphabet for Esquire Russia, FR Hopper (monoline sans family).
FONTana is a font design studio in Szeged, Hungary, started in 1999. Free and commercial typefaces (39USD/piece) by Gabor Kóthay (La Danse, Luxury, Sehrgut (Fraktur), Faximile (1999), L&R (1999), Monsoon (1999)), and Amondó Szegi (Telegdi family, which is based on the worn typefaces used by Abbot Nicolaus Telegdi at the Vienna Jesuit press in the 16th Century; Velorex (1999)). Very beautiful web page, and fantastic fonts in all respects!
Early commercial fonts: Woodini (caps), Sleeping Beauty (caps), Zimbalo (1999, Amondó Szegi), Pacalsone (1999, Amondó Szegi), Paradox (1999, Amondó Szegi), Construct (2001, Amondó Szegi), Binario (2000, Amondó Szegi), Bikewrench (2001, Amondó Szegi), Cabin (2001, Gábor Kóthay).
At T-26, in 2001, Amondó Szegi published the commercial faces MuseFace (art nouveau), Glosso (2003), Xodus (2001, Regular, Italic, Forgotten), Kozma-Ornaments, all showing old Slavonic and/or Armenian influences in Latin letters. In 2000, he made Alian Ornaments (floral ornaments) for T-26.
At T-26, Gábor Kóthay published Adagietto (2000), Minerva (2000), Archetype (2000). At PsyOps, Gábor Kóthay published the formal script Anglia (2001), Berill (2001), and Plexo (2001).
Amondó Szegi's faces at T-26: Nexodus (2008, medieval style), Zenthes (2008), Alien Ornaments, Glosso, Iskola (a medieval face done with Silas Dilworth), Kozma (great ornaments), Melico, Melico Ornaments (2004, another great set), Xodus.
At The Type Trust, he created the playful Gepetto (2006).
Among their custom corporate identity jobs, the Losonczi Hair Salon work (2012) is quite outstanding.
Dubstep (2012) is an experimental trinagulat grid-based typeface.
In 2013, Glosso Novum (2013, Fontana Type Foundry), a remastering of Glosso (2003), was published. Nexodus (2013) is a reworking of his 2001 typeface Xodus,m with new ornamengts and zodiac signs, and more weights. Xodus (2001) revives work by Miklós Kis Misztótfalusi (Nicholas Kis), who was one of the first designers of Armenian type: He prepared his first set of exotic types before September 1685 for the Armenian printing house in Amsterdam. It was the knowledgeable mayor of Amsterdam who requested that those types be founded. These types were used to print the mayor's (Nicolaes Witsen) work entitled Noord en Oost Tartarye. Misztótfalusi's name appears in the colophon of the book. Later, in 1687, he found Georgian types, which were, in many respects, similar to the Armenian set. Since there was no printing house in Georgia, he designed the types on the basis of some manuscripts. Unfortunately, as legend has it, the types never reached the Georgian court, which had commissioned Misztótfalusi to design them. They were either lost or stolen somewhere in Sweden. However, a sample sheet survived and was found in 1980 in Amsterdam. It may seem to make no sense to re-Latinise the types of Misztótfalus, who himself was a great master in founding Latin types, and for whom Armenian types meant the first step in a new direction.
Oszkár Boskovitz's Hungarian foundry. Before Fontbistro, he ran Nepfont Digital Foundry. His fonts sold at Fontbistro include Balek, Blabla, Ecsetirás (2001, a brush face based on a face of Zoltán Nagy, 1967), Konwektor (techno), Pannon Antiqua (2001, based on a family by Edit Zigány (1972), Pluto (2006), Shrapnel (organic), Syrup (2005, stencil), Tilos (2002, rough stencil family), Troppauer (2005, unicase), Tubyfex (2005, experimental). [Google] [More] ⦿
Fontboard (was Nyelvészeti Fontok)
Free truetype fonts for linguistics by Gyula Zsigri include Uralica, Saecula Hungarica, OctoCyrillic and ExtraLow. All are fonts with plenty of accents for Hungarian and Cyrillic. Linguistic fonts: direct link. Alternate URL. Check out Gyula Zsigri's cards font called "Cards" (1998). Hungarian mirror. Another Hungarian mirror. Uralica and OctoCyrillic are also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type blog and type jump site in Hungarian, run by Budapest-based studio Gidata Kft. On this sub-page, one can download free or demo versions of FontLab, Fontographer, FogLamp, TypeTool, BitFonter, AsiaFontStudio, TransType SE, TransType Pro, FonMaker, ScanFont, FontFlasher, FogLamp, and SigMaker. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gábor Kóthay (Fontmunkások) is a Hungarian type designer (b. 1962) who lives in Szeged. Gábor Kóthay's fonts include:
Beautiful Hungarian rune fonts by Gábor Hosszú: RovasFS, RovasFS, RovasFSJB, RovasFSJB, RovasMA, RovasMA, RovasMAJB, RovasMAJB, RovasSada, RovasSadaJB, RovasSumJB, RovasSumer, RovasSzabvany, RovasSzabvany, RovasSzabvanyJB, RovasSzabvanyJB, RovasV1, RovasV1, RovasV1JB, RovasV1JB, Csenge. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of the alchemic typeface Rovas Kiterjesztett (2012). Inside the font, we also find a reference to three other people, Gyozo Libisch, Sandor Ver, and Tamas Rumi, and the date is 1995-2009. [Google] [More] ⦿
Georgian Scripture and Fonts
Classical fonts can be downloaded here. David Chelidze's page on Georgian fonts, which has fonts designed by Besarion Gugushvili, Reno Siradze, Temuri Imnaishvili and Giorgi Topouria. Included is a font replica of a Tbilisi Printing House Type by Hungarian Master Mikhail Stefan Hungaro-Vlakhian from 1706, called BPG Mikheil Stefane U, and a Chechen font called BPG-CN. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Budakeszi, Budapest, Hungary, who cofounded Typogravity Studio with Tamas Ilsinszki. Creator of the extreme contrast display face Slash Pro (2011), and the multiline prismatic face Grand Avant Garde (2011).
In 2012, he designed Lineo Serif (thin geometric face).
In 2013, he created a fantastic set of graph-based experimental capitals called Regenerative. Georabic (2013) is a calligraphic Arabic simulation font completely based on the principles of Arabic font design, i.e., with beginning, medial and end forms for each letter. He writes: Georabic Typface is my diploma work at Hungarian University of Fine Arts / Graphic Design Department. During my Erasmus studies in Istanbul I had the chance to learn a bit of arabic language and typography and I realized that the logic of arabic writing could be used for a calligraphic latin typeface too. I started with calligraphy to find the right way to create the glyphs and the connections. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian graphic design student studying and living in the UK. He created the themed face Watch My Shoes (2011, experimental). He also made the fat blocky Quadrata series in 2011, with styles called Child, Hippie, Light, Origin, and Scrib. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based illustrator and graphic designer (b. 1980) who made Puma (2012), a bold hand-printed typeface for children's books.
Gergely was born in 1980 in debrecen, Hungary, and graduated from the Buda Art School in Budapest. He works as a freelance graphic designer in Dunakeszi, Hungary.
Hungarian professor at the Department of Computer Graphics and Library and Information Science, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary. She is a frequent speaker on Hungarian typography at EuroTEX and TUG metings. Author of Contemporary Hungarian Types and Designers (TUGboat, vol. 24, 2003, pp. 527-529). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian designer (b. Budapest, 1951) whose creations are often geometrical compositions. His (mostly geometric) fonts include the multiline geometric family FF Archian [Archian Boogie-Woogie was inspired by the last work of the Piet Mondrian], Archian Wilmos, Labirinth (1989), and M&ounl;bius (a kanji font). He teaches typography in Hungary. In 1996, he won the Morisawa prize for his kanji signs. Read about him here. Typedia link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Budapest. Creator of the very experimental Iony Display typeface in 2011, described as spacefunk slab. Iony inspired a digital font by Antonio Morata called Zychotropic eYeFS (2013, FontStruct). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hargitai's Antique Fonts
Henrik Hargitai (Budapest, Hungary) digitized a number of alphabets and is making them freely available to the world. He is a scientist (astronomer) at Eötvös Loránd University's Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (Planetary Science Research Group) and Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies. His fonts:
Omniglot's page on Hungarian runes. I quote: Hungarian runes (Székely Rovásírás) are are thought to have descended from the Turkic script (Kök Turki) used in Central Asia, though some scholars believe the Hungarian runes pre-date the Turkic script. They were used by the Székler Magyars in Hungary before István, the first Christian king of Hungary, ordered all pre-Christian writings to be destroyed. In remote parts of Transylvania however, the runes were still used up until the 1850s. [Google] [More] ⦿
Adam Katyi, who hails from Sopron, Hungary, has three degrees. He has a BA from the University of West Hungary at Institute of Applied Arts, Sopron in 2010, and with MA from Moholy-Nagy Art and Design University, Budapest in 2012. In 2013, he graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag.
Hungarumlaut is a Hungarian typefoundry run by Adam Katyi. In 2010, he designed a pixel face, and a typeface called Ringua.
His KABK graduation typeface is a large sans typeface family, Westeinde, which has caption, text and display subfamilies, and weights going from hairline to black. The geometric family shows influences from Bauhaus and constructivism. In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous, this family has optical sizes as well.
In 2013, Adam Katyi created Gewaard, an interpretation of Halfvette Aldine, shown in the Lettergieterij Amsterdam specimen of ca. 1906. This didone with bracketed serifs was a revival project at KABK under the guidance of Paul van der Laan.
Typographer, architect, designer and type designer, b. Versec, Hungary, 1900, d. Lugano, Switzerland, 1987. He emigrated from Hungary, and studied at the Staatliche Bildhauerschule Zalatua, the Kunstgewerbeschule Frankfurt, and the Kunstgewerbeschule in Stuttgart, where Prof. F. H. Ernst Schneidler was his teacher. After a brief stint (1923-1925) as a graphic designer in London, Paris, New York and Chicago, he returned to study with Schneidler, and from 1931 onwards, he worked in Ruvigliana near Lugano as painter, graphic designer and illustrator. His list of fonts includes:
In 1992, Manfred Klein made Tokay-MK after one of Reiner's ideas. In 2004, he added VariationsForImre, a playful face based on Reiner's lettering, and this was followed in 2005 by Magyarish.
Reiner wrote several books, including Modern and Historical Typography An Illustrated Guide (1946, Paul A. Struck, New York, and 1948, Zollikofer and Comp., St. Gallen).
Hungarian FontStructor who made typefaces like ACDC (2011, a blackletter / tattoo face based on the AC DC logo), Code (2011, the pixel font used in Command Prompt), Bonzarificx (2011), Spore (2011), Greek (2011, ornamental Greek face), Olde Time Ornamental (2011), FontStruct (2011), Circuitboard (2011), Logo MT Condensed (2011), and Bonzarific (2011).
Job Art Studio
Job Art Studio in Szeged (Hungary) is Gábor Kóthay's foundry. Site under construction. For now, we find these fonts: Cats (free dingbats), Disasters (dingbats), Bubble (comic book font), 103 kék. Specimen sheet (PDF showing other fonts: Alphabet2 (with dingbats), Ambient, Axis, Bacchus (medieval writing), Betabet, Cappuccino, Pastry, Lemonade, Tobacco, Poster (the latter five all formal script or print faces), Linea, Loop, Incognito, Terra Incognita (world dingbats), Marker Pack1, Marker Pack2, Totem One, Totem Two, Totem Three, Archetype Tyrnavia, Surf No.1 (dingbats), Incognito (Regular, Italic, Small Caps, Occidens, Oriens, Meridies, Septentrio, Regular Ligatures, Italic Ligatures). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian creator of the useful (and free) DTP Dingbats (2008), which has fists and arrows, among other things. He also made Model (2009, a comic book face). Dafont link. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based graphic designer (aka drez) who makes custom logos and type. Free typefaces can be had here, such as Cellie (2007, kitchen tile) and Ruudawakenin (2007). Behance link. Flickr site. Another URL with examples of his posters and type work. Dead link? [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian educator, writer, curator, and editor of PlusMinus magazine. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, she spoke about Identity of typographers and designers in Hungary. She is very familiar with the type and design scenes in Hungary. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian type designer who studied under Zoltán Nagy. His faces include Cheri, Balaton and Bulaton. He altered many Latin fonts so that they could be used for Central European languages. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian typographer from the Bauhaus era. He designed posters such as this title page for Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar 1919-1923. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka Ludwig Kozma. Hungarian book designer, illustrator, graphic artist, and typographer (b. Kiskorpad, 1884, d. Budapest, 1948) who made Kner.
Graphic designer and illustrator in Budapest. During her studies there at the KREA Contemporary art Institute, she took a very original modern view of blackletter in her design of the Aladdin Prince Ali typeface family (2013). She created funky typefaces for several projects, including Lance Armstrong Identity (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Penman, b. 1859, San Antonio, TX, from Hungarian parents. His maternal grandfather, Ladislaus Ujhazi, was Governor of Kameron and the Count of Saros. He traveled a lot and was a versatile and multi-dimensional person. He spent most of his life in New York, and died in 1910 in San Francisco. Author of Lessons in Advanced Engraver's Script, published by C.W. Jones in Brockton, MA. Zaner&Bloser published The Madarasz Book - The Secret of the Skill of Madarasz in 1911, based on documents and sources given to them by Louis Madarasz's widow, Clara K. Madarasz. Scan of a calligraphic alphabet called Commercial College. Scans from the 1911 book: capitals drawn in 1909, death notice from 1910, engraved capitals, instructions, image, letter in 1902 to zaner and Bloser, lower case alphabet, Madarasz Script, Plate five alphabet, sample, signature, another signature, yet another signature, teachable capitals, portraits at ages 25, 35 and 45.
Typographer and photographer from Miskolc, Hungary, who is heavily into type experimentation, proposing, e.g., a modular type to make letters as high as desired by inserting vertical pieces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Magique Fonts (was: Cpr. Sparhelt)
Bálint Koczman (aka Cpr. Sparhelt, and Magique Fonts) is the Hungarian designer (b. 1992) of free fonts (from 2008 onwards, as Cpr. Sparhelt, or as Magique Fonts) and commercial fonts (from 2012 onwards), and he is located in Puspokhatvan, Hungary:
East-European versions of the Monotype fonts Times New Roman, H-Times New Roman, HCourierNew, HArial, and CourierNew. Plus HTimes and HHelvetica by Kim-Soft (1992) and TitanSoft (1991), respectively, and ArialL2 by Peter Soos. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Copenhagen for his studies at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Marton Borzak (b. Hungary) created the modular typeface Islands Brygge (2013).
Martzi Hegedüs (Budapest) created the gridded trompe l'oeil typeface Frustro (2012), which is based on the optical illusion created by the Penrose triangle. In 2014, it evolved into a 6-style mulilayer font. Frustro can be bought at Gestalten. [Google] [More] ⦿
Matt Frost Type is located in Madison, WI. Matt designed some fonts at Chank's place, including Cowboy Rhumbahaut (2000), a take on a mid 19-th century ornamental face. His home page. In 2011, he set up Matt Frost Foundry.
His commercial faces include
Miklós Tótfalusi Kis (Nicholas Kis) was born in Misztótfalu, Hungary, in 1650. He left for Amsterdam in 1680, where he worked on la Biblia Hungara (1685), Book of Hymns of San David (1686), and the New Testament (1687). He also published many books for children. Taught there by Dirk Voskens, he made what is now known as Janson Text around 1690. Around 1690, he made an elegant face, Nikis. He died in 1702. The story of Kis's types, now also known as Dutch types, is eloquently told by Daidala based on research by Bringhurst, Lawson, Morrison and Carter. Types influenced by him include Stempel Janson (1937, based on his original matrices), Mergenthaler Linotype Janson (1954, by Hermann Zapf; digitized in 1985), Monotype Erhardt (1938, named after the Erhardt foundry in Leipzig, where in the early 1700s his types were found), Nikis (finished by Hell Design Studio (now Linotype); see Nikis EF) and Adobe Janson (based on the original matrices as well). The name Janson comes from Anton Janson, a typographer who worked in Leipzig. Janson was incorrectly credited with the designs of Kis's typefaces. Note: since 1919, Kis's original matrices are in the hands of Stempel. John Tranter recalls the Kis/Janson affair: "In his book On Type Faces, published in 1923, the great typographic historian Stanley Morison describes a roman and italic typeface that he said was cut by Anton Janson, a seventeenth-century Dutch type foundry owner. By the 1920s the face had fallen into disuse, and when it was revived for the modern age on both Linotype and Monotype machines in 1937, it was named 'Janson' after its presumed designer. Even the German Stempel foundry, who owned the original 'Janson' punches and matrices from the 1600s, called it by that name. The typeface became more and more widely used. Robert Bringhurst (a poet as well as a typographer) refers to it as a wonderfully toothy and compact Baroque type. In the United States it is now the third most popular face for book composition, according to its frequency of appearance in the 'Fifty Books of the Year' annual exhibition organised by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In 1939 Stanley Morison uncovered the embarrassing fact that the face had not been cut by Janson, but even he was unable to put his finger on the designer. It was not until the 1950s that Harry Carter and George Buday discovered that the man who had designed the type was a Transylvanian Hungarian named Nicholas (or Miklós) Kis, born in 1650. Kis took religious orders and became a teacher, and eventually decided to visit Holland and study typography, as those skills were needed in Hungary. He turned out to be very gifted at punchcutting, the shaping of metal type, and became so famous in his own time that Cosimo de Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, offered him a position at his court. Kis declined the offer, and returned to Hungary in 1690, determined to spend the rest of his life designing and printing bibles. It was a time of religious and political upheaval in Hungary. The social turmoil, together with personal enmities, shortened his life, and Kis died in 1702, an embittered man. His reputation had to wait 250 years for proper recognition; and such is the conservative nature of the world of type that the typeface he created is still called 'Janson'." Adobe writes that the model for Janson Text was mistakenly attributed to the Dutch printer Anton Janson. Bitstream explains: His types, the original matrices for which were obtained by Stempel in 1919, were revived for hot metal as Janson by C.H. Griffith for Mergenthaler Linotype (1937), and as Janson and Ehrhardt (1937) from Monotype.
Good digitizations exist of Monotype Ehrhardt. Frutiger supervised Linotype's digitization as Janson Text (1985). Bitstream's digitization is Kis. David Berlow at Font Bureau did a revival in 2007 called Kis FB. Berthold Kis BQ and Kis Classico (Franko Luin) round out the set of interpretations and revivals. Bio by Nicholas Fabian. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based designer who made a high-contrast art deco face Betu (2010). His typographic design work is first rate---this includes a multiline logo for Budapest, and a great label design for Pálinka---that is the way to the hearts of the Hungarians. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Agnes Jekli (Momegraphic) is a graphic designer in Budapest, Hungary. She developed an impressive multiline prismatic typeface called Agiko (2012), which was created for a Rubik's cube style puzzle. The letters of the alphabet are put together in a modular fashion by rotating and shifting basic multiline elements. This was done in cooperation with Aniko Köhegyes. She created another geometric typeface in 2012.
Nepfont Digital Foundry
Oszkár Boskovitz ran Nepfont Digital Foundry, and at some point, ca. 2009, changed its name to Fontbistro, where one can now buy his fonts. He is a Hungarian type designer who digitized the award-winning typeface family Pannon (2001) made by Edit Zigány in 1972. He is working on a book that will summarize Hungarian type in the 1970s and 1980s. His repertoire:
Abbot Nicolaus Telegdi purchased the Vienna Jesuit press in 1577 and started to work immediately with its own worn typefaces. His first works were publications of his own speeches. These worn typefaces provided the inspiration in 2001-2013 for Amondo Szegi's antiqued typeface family Telegdi Pro. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based designer of the display typeface Manifesto (2013).
Nikolett Janosi (Debrecen, Hungary) designed the angular art nouveau typeface Körösföi (2013). It was made for the memory of the Hungarian secession artist Körösföi Kriesch Aladar. The type is planned for street signs in his home town. [Google] [More] ⦿
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Free fonts by Hungarian type and graphic designer Levi Halmos [or: Levente Halmos], made between 1997 and 2001: AlienGhost2, Aliens, Anabolic Spheroid (2001, revived but alas commercialized by Roger S. Nelsson in 2009 as Anabolic Spheroid Pro), Aztec, Baby Universe (2000), Bateman, Bedlam Remix (2001), Bitsumishi (Bitsumishi Pro (2009) appeared at CheapPro Fonts; Bitsumishi Pro v2 followed in 2012), Butch, Byblostie, CHELIVES, Caddy (1996), CelticGaramond, CelticGaramondthe2nd, Chemistry, Coolthreepixels, Crystal Clear, Danube (techno, geometric), DataTransfer, Dredwerkz, ElephantMan, Escape Pod Normal, FUTURE, Faceplant, Finchley (1998), FreakShow, Gagarin (2001, a Cyrillic simulation and constructivist family), GraveDirt, Guevara, Haiku, Helldorado (2001, Western), Hibernate (2000), Iamsimplified, Indochine (2002, oriental letter simulation), IronLeague (2002, a Jonathan Barnbrook style face), Ivanbats, Ivanhoe, KabosGyula, Kalocsai Flowers Pi (2001), Kenzo, KingKikapu, Kozmonauta (2000), Kozmonauta2, Krizia Uomo (1995, art deco; later renamed Krizi Amo Pro in 2011, probably under pressure from Uomo), Leonardo (1996, a constructed face), Lefferts Corner (2001), LicenzPlate, Lousitania (2001, square-serifed), MagyarSerif, MarshGas, MathmosOriginal, Mutter (a stitch font), Niobium [Niobium Pro (2010, with Roger S. Nelsson) is used for signage and wayfinding in the new Mbombela Stadium built for the FIFA World Cup 2010], Nordic (2001; the Pro version appeared in 2010), Nushto (2000), Olympus (Greek simulation face), Peex (dot matrix family), Phatguy, PiratesGold (made commercial in the CheapProFonts collection of Roger S. Nelsson in 2009), Poison Berries (2000), PresidenteTequila (2000), RakettaFromMars (2001, fifties style futurism), Rammstein, RammsteinRemix (2001, constructivist), RedheadGoddess (2000), RedwildoderRotwild, Resurrection, Runningshoe, Sarkozi Line Patterns Pi (2001), Scully (scanbats), ScumoftheEarth (2000), Shazbot, Slither (1998), SmartSexy, SmartandSexy, Snake Venom (2000, Mexican simulation face), SpaceWorm (2000, futuristic), Sporty, Stonebridge, Subatonik, Sulphur (2000, a face influenced by gothic cathedrals), Tank Junior (2001), TerraX, Thrust (2000, Star Trek face), TickyFont, Treasure Island (2001, rounded with a semi-Greek look), TrustThisOne, TwoGunJohann (2000), TypeKnight (2001, with hairline serifs), VicePresidente (2001, Mexican simulation face), VoodooDolls, Voodoo Spirits (2001, wiggly hand), WeepingItalic, WhoulNormal, Zombieball.
Myfonts link. Roger S. Nelsson (Cheapprofonts) and Halmos extended Danube and Celtic Garamond in 2009 as Danube Pro and Celtic Garamond Pro, respectively. Fontspace link. Font Squirrel link. Dafont link.
Budapest-based designer of the art deco typeface (2012), which was created during her studies at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary. She also made the mixed style caps face Forget About Good.
Die Gestalten writes about Hungarian artist Norbert Prell: Growing up in an artistic family, Norbert Prell was confronted by art and creativity at an early age. This laid the foundation for his aesthetic appreciation and paves the way for his design career. Initially trained as a graphic designer at the art school in Pécs and the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest, he then developed great interests in typography and font design. In 2010, he became an Erasmus student in the Department of Media Technology/Design Department at the HAW Hamburg (Hamburg University of Applied Science) to learn typography and calligraphy.
Hungarian outfit which states: Official Classics Ltd spawned from the minds of two young enthusiastic graphic designers Mark Zador and Attila Horvath. We both are unlimited lovers of typography and geometry, forms and colours, computers and game consoles, graffiti and stickers, magazines and blogs. Typefaces created by them are mostly techno or minimalist: Eniac Pro (2010, horizontally striped), Solaria (2006), Kalgan (2004, kitchen tile face), Olivaw (2004, a face with a retro/futuristic 60s sci-fi feeling), Terminus (2004), Gaia (2006), Gladia (2006, horizontal slabs), Baley (2004, piano key face), and Aurora (2004).
Budapest-based designer of a dot matrix font called Font Type Go (2012).
Pal Olah (Budapest) designed the modular display face Manifold (2013).
Hungarian type designer (b. 1968) who graduated from MIE in Budapest. He is also a talented illustrator and visual artist. His fonts include Kabos, Masina (organic), Road, Souterain, Octan (octagonal), and Intertrans. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Budapest in 1957, but Parisian since 1957. Designer and type artist who made many custom and magazine fonts. Blog. There is an ongoing feud between Porchez and Gabor which has invaded the internet waves. Gabor's blog and Porchez's blog are the stages for this royal battle. Generally, Gabor decries the hypocrisy in the type industry and calls for the Foundation of a Sir Francis Drake Society. The Book Antiqua/Palatino case and the Bitstream/Linotype battle irked Gabor, and he likes to expose type designers whose fonts are too close to others. Among his creations:
Peter Simon is a freelance graphic designer living and working in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. In 2013, he designed a beautiful geometric display typeface called Abstro.
At the Hungarian company Petyka Design in Budapest, Peter Szabo-Lincz (b. 1981) created the pixel faces Petyka - Retro Computer___SHORT and Petyka - The Physics Lab___SHORT in 2010. These seem to emulate computer game fonts.
Budapest-based graphic and packaging designer, b. 1980. Creator of a soft-edged futuristic stencil font called Fullogic (2009). He also made Try (2009, octagonal), the multi-lined face Flaster (2009), the playful Supermicebros (2009) and the funky Prostata TTF (2009).
Runes & Fonts (was: My Handwritings)
Hungarian type designer Roland Hüse (b. 1980) sells his fonts through My Handwritings (Kazincbarcika, Hungary), which was renamed Runes&Fonts. His first font is Zuider Postduif (2012, an informal type family). Florida Shark (2012) is a free Death Metal or tattoo version of one of his commercial fonts. Tamiami (2012) is a headline typeface. Granny's Handwriting (2012), Script Demolition (2012), Sharon Lipschutz's Handwriting (2012), Isa Por Es Homou (2012) and Kinga's Handwriting (2012) are hand-printed typefaces. Napping Cat (2012) and Cubic Sub (2012) are angularly designed, while Mgla (2012) is round and plump. Greek Stone (2012) is a squarish Greek simulation face. On The Road (2012) is a textured typeface. Whirly Wood (2012), Hargita (2012, inspired by ancient Hungarian runes), Dreamcatcher (2012) and Bee Ridge Vantage (2012: see also Bee Ridge) are grunge typefaces. Individigital (2012, +Black, +Thin) is a techno set of typefaces.
Typefaces from 2013: November Sky (art deco sans), Windy Wood, Cool Weekdays, Yellow Peas Light (clean thin monoline sans), Back To The Future 4, Yellow Peas Demo (hairline sans), Yellow Peas Bold, Pagan Winter (bilined), Beer Money (brush face), Poor Weekdays (+Serif), Hun Legion (inspired by ancient Hungarian runes), Freehand Roman, Esthajnal (inspired by ancient Hungarian runes), Buffalo Chicken (a connected script), Telihold.
Typefaces from 2014: Urban Tour (avant garde sans).
Graphic designer in Budapest who made the calligraphic script typeface Brute Script (2008). He runs Nagy Design Kft, and lectures at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty Of Humanities And Social Sciences, Piliscsaba, Hungary.
"TeXtrace is a collection of scripts for UNIX that convert any TeX font into a Type1 .pfb outline font immediately suitable for use with dvips, pdftex, acroread (and any many other programs). The main advantage of using Type1 fonts with TeX is that Acroread renders TeX's bitmap fonts ugly on screen, but it renders outline fonts beautifully and fast. " Free software written by Péter Szabó. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based creator (aka Frodo 7) in 2009 at FontStruct of FontMoot 01 (pixel face), Brego, Magor (minimalist, De Stijl typeface), Andromeda Strain, Elrond (Tengwar font), Oil Stencil, Optill 2A and 2B and 3A and 3B (optical illusion fonts), Rivendell (Celtic weaving), Cubeology (patterned cubes), The Two Towers, Mike Wazowski (emoticon face), Edoras Stencil, Elessar, Earendil, LE Meta (dot matrix), Coccinella (dot matrix), +Two, +TwoB, Picosec, Picosec Rounded (ultra fat retro), Palindrome, Valimar, Fundin Eco, Fundin Regular, Lost Entropy (series of rectangular fonts), Bombs and Men (2009, modular and blocky), Eärendil, Chromosomes, Denethor-Sans (octagonal), Edoras-, Elspeth-, Elspeth-Grey, FontMoot-01 (pixel face), French-Defence-v2 (chess font), French-Defence (chess font), Gilgalad-v2, Gilgalad (octagonal), Hommage-a-Escher-LC1, Hommage-a-Escher-LC2, Legolas-Codex-Stencil, Legolas-Codex (blackletter family), Legolas-Stencil (+v2; art nouveau style), Mirkwood-Regular and Mirkwood Outline (pixel faces), Nimrodel-FS, Faramir (gridded), Faramir Black (octagonal, mechanical), Elessar, Vertebrae, Etudes Pour Noir et Blanc (01, 02, 02 Vertebrae), Eomer FS, Karyotype (horizontal stripes), Snooker Ball, Aragorn, Mirkwood Nano (pixel face), Mirkwood Second Iteration, Mirkwood First Iteration, Haldir (pixel face).
Creations in 2010: Hasta Siempre (military stencil), Hasta Siempre Supplement (Fontstruct rendering of the iconic photograph of Che Guevara by Alberto Korda), Belfalas, Fractal Font, Sierpinski White, Sierpinski Black, Sierpinski Dalmatian, Remolino Stencil, Boikot Stencil, Legolas Pixel, Brego, Vortices (dings), Gamling, Coccinella Two (+B), Cyrillic 02, Waves, Hommage à Escher v2 extLat.
Creations in 2011: Midori Dot (2011, a dotted kana face), Sierpinski Black Initials (a stunning decorative caps face based on Sierpinski triangles), Fontstructivism (constructivist Latin/Cyrillic face), Sierpinski White Initials, Vasarely Squares (experimental---letters based on Victor Vasarely's work), Hurin (counterless, created after Nagasaki by Tom Muller), Strider (an optical illusion 3d multilined face), Dot Dot White (texture face), Dot Dot Black (texture face), Garamond Italic SP (a pixelized version of Garamond Italic), Rohan (+NE01, +NE03: a textured lined 3d logotype family, +NE04, +NE10), Gray Scale (a very interesting texture experiment in which gray scales are "simulated" by simple font mechanisms).
Author of A betü, in two volumes, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1965-1966, a nice snapshot (in Hungarian) of the state of the typographic art at that point of the 20th century. Full title: A betü: a betutörténet és a korszeru betumuvészet rövid áttekintése. He also published A tipográfia nyelve. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based designer of the piano key typeface family Tango (2012), the thin octagonal typeface Standard (2012), the piano key typeface Slink (2012), and the experimental typefaces Wang (2012), Galtor (2012, an inline font available from Ten Dollar Fonts) and Krix (2012).
This Hungarian site has about 250 Bitstream and Corel fonts in both truetype and type 1 formats. The names start with "H" as in HFijuyama or HDauphin, so these appear to be fonts set up for use with Hungarian (which has many accents). Many fonts are joint copyright of Corel and Kim-Soft. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tt2001 "a TeX .pfb font collection, converted to .pfb in 2001 by the author of TeXtrace, using TeXtrace. It contains almost _all_ the EC (European Computer Modern) and TC (Text Companion) fonts in all possible design sizes, _all_ the AMS fonts in all possible design sizes, plus some more." Note: the EC fonts (European Computer Modern) and TC fonts (Text Companion) were drawn by Jörg Knappen and Norbert Schwarz. The AMS fonts were converted by Bluesky in 1992 from Knuth's Computer Modern (CM) fonts. The font set was created by Hungarian computer scientist Péter Szabó in 2001. [Google] [More] ⦿
Budapest-based creator of the hyper-thin experimental typeface Shine (2012) for a Korean audio cassette producer.
Graphic design student at the University of West-Hungary in Sopron, Hungary.
Hungarian designer of commercial fonts (from 2012 onwards, as Typesgal), located in Puspokhatvan, Hungary:
American designer of Cell Bloch (2012, experimental), Astral Wave (2012, wavy) and Atlantius (2012, hand-printed). Atlantius is a font inspired by Sumerian cuneiform writing and hieroglyphics. Big Fat Marker (2012) and Marker Comp (2013) are fat finger fonts. Fonts made in 2013 include Cosmic Cube, Spindly Legs (hand-printed), Three Ring Circus and Martianesque. Several of his fonts are made with FontStruct.
Hungarian cofounder of the influential Dutch magazine De Stijl in 1917 (with Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian, Bart van der Leck, Anthony Kok and J.J.P. Oud). His logotypes from that magazine inspired Nick Curtis to develop the digital font De Stencil NF. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calligrapher and graphic designer in Budapest. His first typeface is Fiore (2012). During an Erasmus exchange project at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2012, he created a circuit board typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
Archive of free foreign language fonts covering Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Celtic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Old English, Farsi, Georgian, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Latvian, Myanmar, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh. [Google] [More] ⦿
Yudit V1 is a sans face developed around 2008 by Gaspar Sinai with the help of Peter Soos, Ross Summerfield, George Sutton and Gabor Hosszu. Free download. The face also has some runic symbols. Others in this series include Yudit V1 JB (2008) and Yudit JB (2008). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hungarian type designer (1920-1998) (some pubs mention a birth date of 1921), who is responsible for most types in Hungary in the 20th century. He studied graphic arts at the Technical University of Budapest, and became chief engineer and art director at Elsö Magyar Betüöntöde. Author of Techniques of Type Design. He also engraved many postage stamps.
His typefaces consist of metal types done at EMB (Elsö Magyar Betüöntöde), a typefoundry in Budapest, and phototypes at VGC:
Digitizations of his typefaces:
Hungarian type and graphic designer, b. Budapest, 1981. From 2000-2005, he studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Creator of the deconstructed hairline face Air Type (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Introduction to type design, in Hungarian, by Budapest-based art director Peter Serfozo. Peter himself designed the geometric bicolored face Kassak (2007, for the 120th anniversary of Lajos Kassak) and Pannon Sans and Pannon Antikva (2009, in progress).