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Developer of these free font families, quite exquisite and complete:
He contributed to the GNU Freefont project via FreeSerif Cyrillic, and some of the Greek symbols. He also provided valuable direction about Cyrillic and Greek typesetting.
Juan-José Marcos García (b. Salamanca, Spain, 1963) is a professor of classics at the University of Plasencia in Spain. He has developed one of the most complete Unicode fonts named ALPHABETUM Unicode for linguistics and classical languages (classical&medieval Latin, ancient Greek, Etruscan, Oscan, Umbrian, Faliscan, Messapic, Picene, Iberic, Celtiberic, Gothic, Runic, Modern Greek, Cyrillic, Devanagari-based languages, Old&Middle English, Hebrew, Sanskrit, IPA, Ogham, Ugaritic, Old Persian, Old Church Slavonic, Brahmi, Glagolitic, Ogham, ancient Greek Avestan, Kharoshti, Old Norse, Old Icelandic, Old Danish and Old Nordic in general, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Phoenician, Cypriot, Linear B with plans for Glagolitic). This font has over 5000 glyphs, and contains most characters that concern classicists (rare symbols, signs for metrics, epigraphical symbols, "Saxon" typeface for Old English, etcetera). A demo font can be downloaded [see also Lucius Hartmann's place]. His Greek font Grammata (2002) is now called Ellenike.
He also created a package of fonts for Latin paleography (medieval handwriting on parchments): Capitalis Elegans, Capitalis Rustica, Uncialis, Insularis Minuscula, Carolingia Minuscula, Gothica Textura Quadrata and Humanistica Antiqua. PDf entitled Fonts For Latin Palaeography (2008-2011), in which Marcos gives an enjoyable historic overview.
Cyrillic OCS (2012) is a pair of Latin fonts that emulate Old Church Slavonic (old Cyrillic).
Irish graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010, who joined Hoefler&Frere-Jones in New York in 2011 as type designer.
She designed Magnimo while at Reading. Aoife writes: from the Latin Magna, meaning great or large, and the Indic Anima, meaning spirit or soul. Magnimo is a big-hearted typeface with many moods and voices. I am quite impressed by this three-style typeface (Regular, Italic, Upright Italic), which, with its lively angular design, seems just right for green party and energy drink magazines. All the extra features expected of a 2010 typeface are there, including a matching and nicely balanced Greek, and coverage of most European diacritics. Additional scans: i, ii, iii. [Google] [More] ⦿
Xanthi-based designer of the Greek type1 font family Phaistos (2004, with Stratos Doumanis). He also created the "oinuit" system, a set of Lambda (Omega LaTeX) typesetting tools for the Inuktitut language which comes bundled with the type 1 family Inuit (2002). In 2007, he published the Philokalia package, which includes a free Philokalia OpenType font developed with Ioannis Gamvets. It was specially made to print the Philokalia books. The UM Typewriter font family (2008, for OpenType fonts) is a monospaced font family that was built from glyphs from the CB Greek fonts, the CyrTUG Cyrillic alphabet fonts ("LH"), and the standard Computer Modern font family. Epi-Olmec (2008) is an Aztec dingbat font. In support of the href="http://openfontlibrary.org/member/asyropoulos">Open Font Library, he created the rune font Icelandic (2008: this font includes most "magical" staves that have been "used" in Iceland. Original drawings from the Museum of Sorcery&Witchcraft). He also made Asana Math (2007), which also has references to Young Ryu (2000) and Claudio Beccari (1997-1999). Kernest link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Reykjavik, Atli Þor Árnason is studying at The School of Visual Communication in Haderslev, Denmark. He created the runic and/or Futhark simulation face Ristir (2011), a typeface that was heavily inspired by The Elder and The Newer Futhark alphabet.
The 2011 ATypI conference took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, from September 14-18, 2011, at the Harpa Concert Hall. The theme was the letter eth. This may well have been the first ATypI meeting in which the host country's President addressed the assembly. The local organizing team was led by Gunnar Vilhjalmsson and Hörðu Lárusson, and the conference was supported by the Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers, the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, and the Icelandic Design Center. The ATypI Reykjavík logo was designed by Birna Geirfinnsdóttir, using the typeface Frijky by Neelakash Kshetrimayum. Program. The stratospheric registration fee of 895 USD ensures that ATypI survives for another year---it has nothing to do with the actual expenses of the meeting.
Speakers: Mark Barratt, Sofie Beier, Clare Bell, Aaron Bell, Frederik Berlaen, David Berlow, John D Berry, Filip Blazek, Frank Blokland, Mary Ann Bolger, Gunnlaugur Briem, Nadine Chahine, Nathan Davis, Jo De Baerdemaeker, Timothy Donaldson, Michael Duggan, Steen Ejlers, Michael Everson, Steinar Ingi Farestveit, Victor Gaultney, Frank Griesshammer, Hanna Hakala, Theodore Harrison, Ralf Herrmann, Robert Hillier, Otmar Hoefer, Richard Kegler, Eric Kindel, Christoph Knoth, Atilla Korap, Neelakash Kshetrimayum, Indra Kupferschmid, Hanif Kureshi, Johannes Kuester, Marcus Leis Allion, Gerry Leonidas, Raph Levien, Gudmundur Oddur Magnusson, Steve Matteson, Dermot McGuinne, Thomas Milo, Meta Newhouse, Toshi Omagari, Sarah Owens, Thomas Phinney, Rathna Ramanathan, Daniel Reynolds, Daniel Rhatigan, Peter Rosenfeld, Nadine Rossa, Zachary Scheuren, Dawn Shaikh, Nick Sherman, Vaibhav Singh, Christopher Slye, Fred Smeijers, Mirjam Somers, Sridhar Srikantham, Mathew Staunton, Claus Soerensen, Marc Tobias Kunisch, Gunnar Vilhjalmsson, Ian Watson, Torben Wilhelmsen, Jurgen Willrodt, Onur Yazicigil, Pascal Zoghbi, Carolina de Bartolo, Hyun Guk Ryu, Anton Kaldal Agustsson. Not one Latin American---what is going on? Can we have the next meeting in Argentina or Brazil?
Carl Edlund Anderson
Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.
Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look face inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.
In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style face based on a font by Levente Halmos.
Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).
Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).
Born in Iceland, Daniel is a graduate of the University of Iceland. During his studies at IOED in Barcelona, he created the shiny rounded bubblegum face Bubble (2012) and the pixel face Acid Make-Out (2012, FontStruct). [Google] [More] ⦿
Icelandic graphic designer. In 2008, during a course called Holy Geometry at the Academy of the Arts in Iceland, he created the geometric modular typeface Rotunda. In 2009, he made the sans headline face Vesuvio. [Google] [More] ⦿
Icelandic graphic designer in Reykjavik. Asplund's Stockholm public library inspired him to create the geometric compass-and-ruler family Tornado (2010). The New Black (2009) is a very black threatening headline type. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Edlund Font Project
Carl Edlund Anderson from the Dept. of Anglo-Saxon, Norse,&Celtic at St. John's College, University of Cambridge, makes medieval fonts of the highest quality. Made an Icelandic font, Eidlundur (Mac Icelandic encoding), Edlund Insular, Edlund SmallCaps, Edlund (Italic). Work on these fonts was done by Darcy Burner, Carl Anderson and Gary Munch. [Google] [More] ⦿
During a type design course at Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2011, Einar Guðmundsson (Reykjavik) made the Harmony typeface based on some letters by Wim Crouwel's typeface Stedelijk. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Reykjavik who created several typefaces and logotypes in 2012.
New York-based Nicholas Felton's fonts at FELTRON: the pixel fonts Remove (OpenType), Foss (caps inspired by Icelandic writing), Whip, Amtrix S (pixel type), Megabit, Sibilance, Amtrix 4, Amtrix 5, Amtrix 6. He also made the experimental geometric face Shipflat (2004, T-26), which won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.
Icelandic type blog by Icelandic designer and typographer Sigurður Ármannsson, a graduate from The School of Arts and Crafts [now Icelandic Academy of the Arts]. He teaches there part-time. He also studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. [Google] [More] ⦿
Frosti Gnarr Studio is a creative and graphic design studio in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland. Its art director is Frosti Gnarr, who has an MA from HKU in The Netherlands. He designed a few experimental and other typefaces in 2012. [Google] [More] ⦿
Icelandic designer, b. 1984, Reykjavik. Creator of Las Vegas (2011, custom made for Off Beat Cinema Magazine), L10 (for the LungA 10 yearbook---this face won the prize for best type design in Iceland in March 2011), Separat (done with Mads Freund Brunse, and used in Sigrún Halla Unnarsdóttir), and L11 (for LungA 2011, also done with Mads Freund Brunse). [Google] [More] ⦿
Type foundry in Iceland, established by Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse.
Guðmundur Úlfarsson (b. 1984, Reykjavik) created Las Vegas (2011, custom made for Off Beat Cinema Magazine), L10 (for the LungA 10 yearbook---this face won the prize for best type design in Iceland in March 2011), Separat (done with Mads Freund Brunse, and used in Sigrún Halla Unnarsdóttir), and L11 (for LungA 2011, also done with Mads Freund Brunse). [Google] [More] ⦿
Icelandic designer who co-created the experimental display face Skuggasveinn with Siggi Eggertsson in 2005. He also co-designed Grasrot (2005). Old URL. Graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010, where his thesis typeface was Germain. Germain is a sturdy face that has some calligraphic origins (especially of course for its Arabic weight). The Latin appears to be a manly workhorse. Gunnar lives in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gunnlaugur S.E. Briem
Briem is a fantastic Icelandic calligrapher and type designer! Some of his work may be viewed at Adobe, in particular Adobe's multiple master font Briem script. Fonts include BriemGauntlet (1997). He designed BriemTimes in 1990, which was the basis for Times Millenium, used by The Times (read about the controversy at that page). He also made BriemAkademi (1997-2002), BriemGauntlet, BriemMono (2001, typewriter face), BriemOperina and BriemScript.
Handwriting Models An Icelandic Manual, 1883, was written by Benedikt Gröndal (1826-1907), an Icelandic poet, painter, draftsman, calligrapher and library historian. After a master's degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Copenhagen in 1863, he taught, wrote, and published a periodical, Gefn. In 2007, a foreword and useful introduction to handwriting models was added by Gunnlaugur Briem, and he placed all on his web site for free download. I quote: In 1875, Denmark changed handwriting models, replacing blackletter cursive by copperplate. This extended to its Icelandic dominion, where copybooks and model sheets in the new style were in short supply. Eight years later, a much needed handwriting manual by Benedikt Gröndal was published. The old style and the new are similar in appearance but have different letterforms. This picture shows the old blackletter cursive (top) and the new copperplate (bottom)---it was taken from Almanak Hins íslenzka þjóðvinafélags, Copenhagen (1877). Gröndal's copperplate and Gröndal's ronde. The foreword by Briem also shows a Danish ronde that appeared in Rundskrifts-Bogen; til Skolebrug og Hjemmeøvelse, ca. 1880. He also grabs the opportunity to showcase the most handsome of all Icelandic copperplate models done by Jón Þórarinsson in Skrifbók með forskriftum, 1. hefti (Reykjavík, ca. 1896). The American Palmer method, more open but less gracious, is illustrated in this alphabet from 1922 by Steingrímur Arason (from Litla skrifbókin, Reykjavík. Variants of this are shown in the alphabets of Guðmundur I. Guðjónsson, published between 1939 and 1953. Briem concludes: Handwriting based on copperplate was largely abandoned in Icelandic schools in 1984. It was replaced by italic, a modern monoline version of renaissance handwriting that owes much to Ludovico Arrighi's approach. A large selection of model sheets in this style is available for free download from the internet. He also shows Italiuskrift05, his own suggestion for schools. [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator and designer in Reykjavik. Creator of the Replica font system in 2012. She writes: The font Replica was made in 2011 in a course taught by Amundi Sigurðasson. The font is based on two very different typefaces called Autoscape and History. Autoscape is very robotic monospace font and History is a font that consists of 20 layers, each representing a different period in type history. Replica is a monospace typeface that has seven layers that can be rearanged in any way, styles ranging from robotic to romantic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Coding that supports the following languages: Afrikaans, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, German, Galician, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. See also here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. More specifically, other ISO-8859 groups are as follows:
Icelandic graphic designer, b. Reykjavik. He created the fat finger face Skar (2006) and designed many music album covers. About his experimental face Morthens (2007), he writes: Morthens is a strict script display typreface. The brief was to find a type face and design another typeface based on that. I decided to use a script typeface called Vitrina by Pablo Medina. I used it because I liked the method he uses creating his typefaces. He takes picture of his urban surroundings and bases his typefaces on them. I created a typeface based on the most prominent thing in my urban surrounding at the moment which is construcion sites. It has three weights called Ásbjörn, Þorlákur and Haukur. [Google] [More] ⦿
Juan-José Marcos García
Maggi Noem graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2007. She has been living and working freelance since then in Reykjavík, Iceland. Designer of the monoline display face Flu (2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
Icelandic linguistics professor at the University of Stockholm. Since 1989, he has made fonts for phonetic transcription and fonts for writing out Old Icelandic as it appears in Icelandic manuscripts. He also works with the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland, an institute devoted to the preservation and publication of Icelandic manuscript texts. With two other Icelanders, Jörundur Hilmarsson and Sigurdur H. Pálsson, he has made these fonts, which hopefully will soon be available for free download:
Roger S. Nelsson
Icelandic graphic designer, illustrator and type designer, b. 1984 in Akureyri, a small town on the north coast of Iceland. He graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík in 2006. He now lives in London and/or Berlin. Old URL. His creations:
A nice quote by him: Designing a proper typeface is a difficult and boring process. When you've sketched down your main ideas, there is not much room for creativity, it just becomes hard labor, a bit like doing the dishes. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sigurður Oddsson or Siggi Odds or Siggi Oddsson, was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1985, but spent a large part of his childhood in Vancouver, Canada. He graduated from college (in science) in 2005 and graduated with a B.A. degree in graphic design from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, Iceland in the spring of 2008. He is an illustrator and graphic designer. Typefaces created by him include Sniðagrind (2007, an experimental face inspired by Gateway, by designer Stephan Müller), Kögra (2006, a face based on fractals made at The Iceland Academy of the Arts), and Aryan Monkey (2007, a curly font done with Svein Daviðsson). [Google] [More] ⦿
Icelandic art director, designer and typographer Sigurður Ármannsson graduated from The School of Arts and Crafts [now Icelandic Academy of the Arts]. He teaches there part-time. He also studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
His font anatomy wallpaper is a visual glossary of the parts of typefaces.
Designer (b. Siglufjordur), who got a BA in graphic design from Iceland Arts in 1993, and lived in Reykjavik. He took a job in Atlanta, GA, designing for CNN.com. In the next five years, Stefan worked his way from interactive designer to creative director. He co-founded the interactive agency Armchair, and has directed projects such as Coca-Cola's M5.
Creator of GOR (1996) at GarageFonts, an English font with a Cyrillic/Armenian feel, expanded to a ten-font family in 2002. In 2001, he designed the Reykjavik font family at Psy/Ops, as well as Armchair Modern (influenced by the long elliptic shapes of furniture and TV tubes). Homepage at Armchair Media. At YouWorkForThem, he published Black Sabbath (2008), an elegant ultra black slab serif face. Cumulus and Foam (2010) is totally experimental, with shapes that evoke both plastic and sex. Still in 2010, he created the Armchair Modern family of elliptical sans faces, from AGauge (hairline) to EGauge (very fat and yummy)---Armchair Modern was derived from the logo created for Armchair Media Group by Stefan Kjartansson. The design is ultra-modern, reminiscent of work by Mark Newson and Arne Jacobsen furniture. YWFT link. MyFonts link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Sveinbjörn Pálsson studied graphic design at the Iceland Academy of The Arts in Reykjavík. He has had a varied career in design, with work in magazine design, interaction design, art direction, tomb-stone lettering, custom type design and other fields. He graduated in 2012 from the TypeMedia program at KABK, Den Haag.
Sveinn Þorri Daviðsson was born and raised in Akureyri on the north-east side of Iceland. He moved to Reykjavik in 2005 to study graphic design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (B.A. degree in 2008). After his graduation, he moved to Berlin, where he shares a studio space with his friend Siggi Eggertsson. Icelandic designer of Times New Rope (2008, based on Times Roman). Grindavik (monospace face) is inspired by Wim Crouwel's type design, Futhark runes and older cumae forms. Tekkno is an isometric modular and angry face. Other typefaces: Russibani (super-organic; done with Siggi Eggertsson), Reinhardt (with Siggi Eggertsson: based on old German woodcut posters), Bad Times (handprinted Times Roman), Ultima Thule (grotesk headline; done with Siggi Eggertsson), Api (curly), Paper (paper cut face), Ryksug (experimental). YWFT link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jan Tonellato is an independent Polish web and graphic designer (b. 1979, Poznan), currently living in Paris. He attended the 2010 type design master class at Poli-Design (Politecnico) in Milan. He created Novecento (2011), a useful 32-style uppercase-only sans family that covers every European language, and is loaded with plenty of opentype features. Six weights of it were free. It became a hugely successful commercial typeface in the two years after its publication. In 2013, Novecento Slab was published.
The Icelandic Method
A free instruction booklet by Gunnlaugur S.E. Briem written in 1985, and concerned with handwriting education for Icelandic children. Nan Jay Barchowsky, who published it in her series called Cursive Italic News says: The Ministry of Education in Iceland is introducing italic handwriting in schools. That is the result of pressure from teachers who were dissatisfied with the style they had, a copperplate-based business hand. A group of Icelandic teachers who are interested in experimental teaching of italic formed a working party last year, They were interested in the method and asked Briem to put together instructions that could be used with children by teachers who had little or no experience with italic. The members of the working party initially paid for the printing out of their own pockets. Dr. Gunnlaugur S.E. Briem donated his work. The scheme has been very well received. Letters of support have come in from handwriting experts in many parts of the world, Education authorities in other countries have suggested collaboration. The PDF showcases three font families by Briem himself, Italiuskrift05 (his casual handwriting for instructions, dated 1985), BriemAnvil06 (serif family) and BriemAnvilSans07 (sans family). [Google] [More] ⦿
Þorleifur Gunnar Gíslason is a graphic designer in Reykjavik, Iceland, and graphic design student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. In 2009, he made Coffee, a font based on coffee beans laid out on a flat surface. In 2011, he designed the experimental geometric (cubist?) face Ásmundur, which was inspired by Cassandre's Bifur and is a tribute to Icelandic sculpture artist Ásmundur Sveinsson. [Google] [More] ⦿
Description of character sets.
Czech graphic design, photography and type design studio run by Matej Hlavacek (b. 1977, Prague). Fonts include Patron (2009, simple sans) and Ferkanta (2010, an art deco geometric stencil poster font). Matej studied Graphic Design at AAAD in Reykjavik/Iceland. Later he moved to Prague and attended the master program in Studio of Typography of Frantisek Storm at AAAD. n 2009 he founded Vesturbaer Studio together with photographer Jiri Hronik. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [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] ⦿
WorldScript: language utilities for the Mac (free downloads). Includes Turkish, Cherokee, Uralic Cyrillic, Georgian, Icelandic, Maltese, Vietnamese, Celtic, Intuktitut, Greek and Coptic support. Page maintained by Michael Everson. [Google] [More] ⦿