TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Wed Jul 23 21:45:50 EDT 2014
Andreu Balius Planelles
Born in Barcelona in 1962, Andreu Balius studied Sociology in the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, and graphic design at the IDEP School. He founded Garcia Fonts&Co in Barcelona in 1993 to show his experimental designs. He cofounded Typerware in 1996 with Joancarles P. Casasín. Typerware existed until 2001 and was based in Santa Maria de Martorelles, a village near Barcelona. He cofounded Type Republic (see also here), and ran Andreu Balius (tipo)graphic design. He is presently an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Balius won a Bukvaraz 2001 award for Pradell. Pradell also won an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. SuperVeloz (codesigned with Alex Trochut) won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.
At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on Pradell and Super-Veloz. Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke about the Imprenta Real.
Author of Type at work. The use of Type in Editorial Design, published in English by BIS (Amsterdam, 2003).
Barcelona-based graphic designer. Creator of the Baille simulation face called Braille (1999, Garcia Fonts), the child's handwriting face Loreakop (1995, Garcia Fonts) and the funky display face Calypso (1997). Uses the artistic alias Txarly Brown. He also made the Kafkaesque caps face Vertigo (1996, Garcia Fonts), the stunning stencil face Floridax (1997) and the oriental simulation font NinjaType (1995, Garcia Fonts). [Google] [More] ⦿
Rian Hughes studied at the LCP in London before working for an advertising agency, i-D magazine, and a series of record sleeve design companies. Under the name Device he now provides design and illustration for the advertising, entertainment, publishing, and media industries. He works from Richmond, UK, as a comic book artist, letterer and typefounder---his foundry is called Device. He creates mostly display type. List of fonts. Interview. Review by Yves Peters. Monotype Imaging page. Interview by Die Gestalten. Various (overlapping) font listings, still unorganized.
Dick Pape (Dallas, TX) is digitizing the Dan Solo books one by one, and has digitized many other sources of alphabets and images. He started making fonts ca. 2007. In 2009, he was doing Solo's art deco tome. He is on several font-making forums such as High Logic, and is interested in revivals. "Toto" writes: Dick Pape made hundreds of fonts and here are the links to most of his fonts. This list has not been updated and later additions are found in Rapidshare folders. I've missed some and some links had been deleted by Rapidshare during its migration from .de to .com. Some have also been sent directly to the group, like those based on Mada's alphas. It is hard to tell whether the font has been made by Dick Pape. The only indication that he created the fonts is that the font have "DP" as font vendor and/or has "Digitized by TTD" in the trademark field. Both are not present in some of his fonts. He seems not to want to take credit. He is just a guy who wants to digitize anything he likes. In 2010, he made Bultaco, based on the logotype for Bultaco Motorcycles---see Freehostia.
Dick Pape: ornamental typefaces
Ornamental typefaces made in 2008-2010 by Dick Pape: 2 Cute 4 U (+Block), Abstract Alphabet (2009), Aged Ornaments (2009), Ancient Mortises (2008), Angel Alpha (2009), Angelica Alpha (2009), Ani-Red Jello Alpha (2009), Antique Alphabet (2009), Arabesque Design (2009), Art Deco Dingbat Images (2010), Art Deco Frames (2010), AlphabetArt, AndrewHolmesArtA, AndrewHolmesArtB, AndrewHolmesArtC, AndrewHolmesArtD, AndrewHolmesArtE, AndrewHolmesArtF, Angel Alpha, Angelica Alpha, Ani Red Jello Alpha (2009), AvonInitials, BritishAirwaysNumbers, CaFaitDur, CelticDesignDark, CelticDesigns-Light, Continnental, EckenFlowerBorders, GermanGothicManuscript, KafkaFlourishes, LaxtonCommonRevival, NiceOldAlphabet, Portent, RomanoAlphabet, Weissranken-Initialen, Babylon Initials (2009), Bird Drawings Alphabet (2008), Black Buttons (2010, +Bold), Bold Cameo (2009), Bubble Gum (2010, +Condensed, +Extended), Bultaco (2010, after the motorcycle brand), Cardio Black and White (2010, ECG-inspired), Charcoal family (2010, crayon faces), Checkerboard (2010), Chinese Flowers (2008), Chiswick Press (2007), Chocolate Type (2011), ChrisGreen (2010), Calligraphia Latina (2010), Dough (2011), Electronic Alphabet (2011), Elo (2010), EstupidoEspezial1, EstupidoEspezial2 (2010, based on the Hoefler Swash variant of OCR_A), TokoFont, Clip People (2010), Clothes Pin Font, Compass Rose (2008), Coptic Letters (2010), Cubes, Cups, Cute Lolo Animals, Dark Herald (2011, Celtic caps), Dave's Glyphs, Design Images, Digital Auto Sampler, Drinking Scenes, Drinking Utensils, DunHuang Art, Eating Signs, EcoLeaf, Eduardo Recife, Eggs And Milk, Eroding Alphabet Italic (2010), Extra Initials, Extra Ornaments, Fantasy Butterflies, Fantasy Dragon FX, Fantasy Monster Skulls, Far Away Places Images, Festival Books Borders, Festival Books Initials, Festival Books Ornaments, Fire Letters, Fire Letters Cameo, Fire Letters Monospaced, Fire Letters Monospaced, Floral Initials, Florentine Initials, Florentine Initials Reverse, Flower Panels, Flower Panels Outline, Flower Vines, Fresh Fish, Funky (2010), Funny Numbers, Furore Mexican (2011), Futorisugi Face, Garden Nouveau Initials, Gill Canterbury Capitals (2011), Give me a break, Gothic Metal Initials, Goudy Initials, Graph Glyphs (2010), Halbfette Egyptienne (2008), Hat Dance Alpha, Haunted Initials (2010), Hellenic Sketch (2010), Hollandisch-Gothic (2008), Holly Alpha, Hula Ribbon, Hula Ribbon 2, Hula Ribbon1, Humanistic Alphabet 106 Italic (2011), Humanistic Alphabet 108 (2011, uncial), India Designs, Irina Batkova HRG (2010, based on Giger's paintings), Japanese Design Parts, Japanese Design Templates A, Japanese Design Templates B, Jugendstil A, Jugendstil B, Kelt Ornaments 1, Kelt Ornaments 2, Kleft Bold (2011, dot matrix face), Lichte Jonisch, Madeleine Shaded (2010), Mayan Affixes A, Mayan Affixes B, Mayan Main Signs A, Mayan Main Signs B, Mayan Profiles, Mc Call's Magazine, Metal Branches (2010), Mimbres Pottery, Moderne-Zelda (2010, after a Dan X. Solo alphabet), Moderne-Zelda Black, More Drinkings Scenes, Mostly Fish, Moto Bykes, Mythological&Fantastic I, Mythological&Fantastic II, Mythological&Fantastic III, Mythological&Fantastic IV, Mythological&Fantastic V, Mythological&Fantastic VI, Mythological&Fantastic VII, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 1, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 2, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 3, New Music, Objects of Nature, Old English Images, Ondawall Versal (2011, Celtic), Panels&Frames, Parapam (2010), Pinto Inline (2010, +Speckled), Random Doodles, RangeMurata, Rankin-Initialen, Really Black Alphabet (2010), Robu Bold (2010), Rons Old Patterns, Rons Old Patterns Bare, Rosart Initials, Rustic Alphabet, Sacon Inititals, Saks (2010, bilined), Schmale Jonisch, Sea Shells of Nature, Shuttershock Vector Demo, Simple Alphabet, Simple China Images, Simple Doodles, Snails&Slugs, Softsquare, Some Guitars, Soviet Founders, Soviet Life Posters I, Soviet Life Posters II, Soviet Life Posters III, Soviet Life Posters IV, Soviet Propaganda Posters, Splish-Splash (2009), Strange Black Blobs, Tauba Auerbach, The Goetia, Tribal Dividers, Tribal Flames, ViaFaceDon Black, ViaFaceDon Black Hats, ViaFaceDon Outline, ViaFaceDon Speckled, Victorine (2010, Tuscan typeface), Viking Design A, Viking Design B, White Buttons Bold (2010), Wood Type Cheltenham Bold (2010), ZEart Designs, Zelek, Zelek Black, Zelek Boldline, Zelek Shadline.
Brazilian illustrator in Sao Carlos, b. 1974.
French graphic designer who studied at Rennes. His typefaces include Creatyon (2011).
In 2013, he created the great high-contrast poster font Kafka to evocate the oppressive aspect of Kafka's stories. It is a clear reference to emprisonment and jail.
Fontasmic is located in Hesperia, CA. It is run by Sawyer Hume (b. 1971, Victorville, CA), the designer of Woodchip (2008, Kafkaesque grunge), IronOn (2008, a masculine octagonal collection), Hondo (2008, a Western billboard obeso-sign typeface) and Hondo Grunge (2008). Machismo (+Titling) are display-size plump faces made in 2009---ideal for posters.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is one of the most influential fiction writers of the early 20th century; a novelist and writer of short stories whose works, only after his death, came to be regarded as one of the major achievements of 20th century literature. He was born to middle class German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague, Bohemia [now capital of the Czech Republic, but then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire]. Kafka's work-the novels The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927), as well as short stories including The Metamorphosis (1915) and In the Penal Colony (1914)-is now collectively considered to be among the most original bodies of work in modern Western literature. Much of his work, unfinished at the time of his death, was published posthumously.
He has nothing to do with type design, except for the fact that I use the term Kafkaesque to describe a gloomy, dark and/or illogical style of lettering. Well, not totally true---some people have tried to digitize his handwriting, most notably Julia Sysmalainen in her typeface Mister K (2008). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Sao Paulo, who created the text face Kafka Serif (2013). This typeface looks very readable and is of medium weight. It has medium contrast, large x-height and soft but pronounced terminals. I assume that the name Kafka was chosen because of its dark overall look.
Creator of the experimental Almost Sanskrit (2009), Zodiac Nice (2009, astrological symbols), Xilo in Zodiac (2009), Xilo-Cordel-Literature (2009, dingbats), Cordel Circo Mambembe (2010), Inside Issue (2009), Stretched Signature Flex (2009), Action of the time (2009, grunge), the dingbat face Ugly Cars (2010), the grunge face Capitão Galdino (2008), the grunge face Saltpeter-N-Fungus (2010), Texture Road (2010, more grunge), BSB DF 50 (2010, grunge), Fine Serif (2009), and the nice dingbat face Ochent Silibrina (2008).
Fonts made in 2010: Sport 4 Ever (dingbats for Olympic Games), 60sPop (multiline face), DotSpot (dot matrix), IRON H METAL (tattoo, gothic), IngaStoneSigns (stone age glyphs), Ode2PasteUp (handprinted), WideSquare (pixelish), ActionoftheTimeNewUL, BSBDF50, Haus-Sweet-Haus, INSIGHT-ISSUE-NEW, Movie Filmstrip, SquareChalk, Action Of The Time New (grunge), CordelValentine (dingbats), IngaStoneSigns (petroglyphs), SustainableAmazon, VeryDamaged (grunge), ParkTechCG (letters as in wired circuits), kidSWritten, Iron H MetallLight, LaceNice (knitted look), Ode2PasteUp, TextureRoad (grunge).
Fonts from 2011: Booklet Cordel (sketched), Cordel Encarnado, Nuclear Accident (texture face), Noncircular (techno), Old Press (grunge), Old Typography (grunge).
Fonts made in 2012: New Press (condensed sans family, +Eroded), Sketch Wall, Comic Gibi, Own Written, Comica BD (comic book shadow font), Cartoon Relief (a 3d cartoon typeface), Riscada Doodle (scratchy hand), Sketch Nice, Needlework Good (a stitching font), Biscuit Made, Just Skinny, Crazy Style, After Cheret (hand-drawn 3d shadowed outline face), Spots in the mirror, TNT Xplosion, Escrita Toska (curly script), Cordel Movies (moviemaking dingbats), Fine N Tall, Cordel Groteska, From Street Art (free graffiti font), Sketch College (sketched athletic shirt font), Thin Press (grungy vernacular type), Sketch Serif, Relief BD, Maxxi Serif (very heavily slabbed serif face), Semi Cursive Gut, Sketch Coursive (sketch face), Salt Pet Non Eroded, Advanced Architecture, Very Fine Serif (a monoline Egyptian), Sketch Nothing, Freehand Nothing, Shark Attack (curly), Do Doodle, Maybe Pollock (dust texture face), Xilo Prosa (grunge), Thin Design, Amazon Palafita (hand-drawn 3d outline face), Snow Times, Snow Traces, USSR Army (rough army stencil with a Russian feel), Needlework US (stitch font), Old Scribe (Greek lapidary face), Nickel Bumpy, Soviet Style (stencil face), Top Modern (heavy slab serif), Lettering Set New, Carton East, Not Tuned TV (sketch font), Scar Bleed (scary font), Maxxi Dots (texture face, +Shadows), Dots Land Gotika (grungy blackletter), Stefanie Dots (textured letters), Karamuruh (textured caps), Broken Type (grunge: a glaz krak font), Touppeka (a Kafkaesque, tribal or painter's font), Old Dreams (grungy), Bad King (sketched typeface), False 3D (hand-printed 3d outline typeface), True2D, I Wrote All, Resistance Until The End.
Typefaces from 2013: Serifa Comica (comic book slab), Press Style Serif (letterpress style), Press Style Large, Triatlhon In (sic: a Greek simulation face), Go 2 Old Western (grungy wood type), Old Serif Gut, Press Style (letterpress style typeface), Dust Serif, Thing Press, Thin Grotesk Serif, Before Collapse (glaz krak face), Stencil Style New (a military stencil), Damaged Serif, Press Serif Cool, Press Feeling, Sketch Toska, Link Parties, Almost Cartoon, Cartoon Toy, Toy Toy Toon, Fine Style (didone caps), Fine Sans (Peignotian), Beyond Blackboard, Forgotten Junk (grunge).
Typefaces from 2014: Yummy Lollipop, Hippie Movement, Rotunda Geo, Old Figaro Cursive, Cute Cartoon, Sketch Gothic School (sketched blackletter), Fine College (hatched athletic lettering face), Press Felling Eroded (letterpress emulation), School Book New (sketched), Stencil Cargo Army (military stencil), Fine Eroded, Grunge Poster, Education Is A Way, Cartoon Blocks, Cartoon Bones, Cursive Option, Odd Press (letterpress emulation), Cartoon Tunes, From Cartoon Blocks (3d), Hippie Movement, Yummy Lollipop, Needlework Perfect, Press Gutenberg (blackletter), Unic Calligraphy, Roundfed Eroded, Children's Book (outlined), Neon 2 News, Good Choice (shadowed letterpress emulation), Cartoon 2 Us, O 10 Type. [Google] [More] ⦿
Experimental foundry, est. 1993 in Barcelona by Andreu Balius who lives in Santa Maria de Martorelles near Barcelona. It existed for a few years and evolved into Typerware.
Garcia/Typerware offered about 50 fonts, including some very artsy faces, such as Garcia Bitmap (1993), Playtext (Andreu Balius, 1995), Matilde Script (Andreu Balius, 1994: an embroidery face), Helvetica Fondue (1993-1994), Futuda (1993), Ozo Type (1994), Tiparracus (1994, dingbats), (Mi mama) Me soba Script (1994), Parkinson (1994), Garcia Bodoni (1995), Garcia snack's (1993-1995), Juan Castillo Script (1995, irregular handwriting of an old man, Typerware), and Vizente Fuster (1995), all by Andreu Balius and Joancarles Casasin, 1993-1995.
The list of typefaces as of 2007: Afligidos deudos (1996, grunge face by Adi&arave; Gual), Alexis (1997, handwriting face by Alexis Rom), Alfallufat, (1998, fun display family by Saíz), Alquimia (1995, grunge face by Estudi Xarop), Ariadna (1988-1989, pixel face by Andreu Balius), Braille (1999, by "Txarly Brown", a Braille simulation face), Bubbles (1996, dot matrix face by Franco Bonaventura), BuckShot (1994, total grunge by Malcolm Webb), Bunghole (1996, grungy pixel face by Michael G. Kippenhan), Calypso (1997, Txarly Brown), Cartolina (2000, poster stencil face by Jordi Fosch), Cero (2001, sans face by Miguel M. Velacoracho), Dinamo (1993, Andreu Balius), Dr. Zaius (1997, André Nossek), Euroface 80mph ad 100mph (1996, Peter Bilak: a joke typeface that reads more easily as one speeds up on a highway), Fabrique (1993, Andreu Balius), Floridax (1997, a stunning stencil face by Txarly Brown), Freddie Frog (1996, Malcolm Webb), Funny (2001, caps for kids, by Jordi Fosch), Futuda (1993, grunge by Balius and Perez Casasin), Game (2002, by Miguel M. Velacoracho), Garage (1997, grune by Fabrice Trovato), Garcia Bitmap (1993, Balius), Garcia Bodoni (1995, an experimental Bodoni by Balius and Perez Casasin), Garcia Snack's (1993-1995, snack bar lettering by Balius and Perez Casasin), Helvetica Fondue (1993-1994, Helvetica with cheese holes; by Balius and Perez Casasin), Hispana (1996, by José M. Ribagorda), Hokvo (1994, pixel style face by Perez Casasin), Inercia (1996, a rounded sans by Inigo Jerez), Inmaculatta (1997, grunge by Roberto Saenz Maguregui), Jam Jamie (1996, painted letter simulation face by Malcolm Webb), Janson (1997, grunge by Harald Weber), Juan Castillo Script (1995, by Balius and Perez Casasin, based on the handwriting of an old man in Albacete), Joroña (2001, Kafkaesque caps by Jordi Fosch), Kentucky (1997, grune by André Nossek), Loop Ultra (1996, Franco Bonaventura), Loreakop (1995, irregular hand by Txarly Brown), Martí Hand Script (1998, Saíz), Matilde Script (1993-1994, Balius), MCK mono (2005, pixel face by Milos Radosavljevic), Mi Mama Me Soba Script (1994, grunge script by Balius and Perez Casasin), Network (1996, Alex Gifreu), Ninja type (1995, kana-lookalike by Txarly Brown), Ozó Type (1994, an overprinted type by Balius and Perez Casasin), Pantacas (1998, grunge by Nicolas Gallardo), Panxo Pinxo (1996, David Molins), Parkinson (1994, grunge face by Balius and Perez Casasin), Playtext (1993-1996, Balius), Popular (1997, Sergi Ibañez), Proceso Sans (1996, only crosses, by Pablo Cosgaya), Rocky (1997, grunge by Harald Weber), Route 66 (1997, Francesc Vidal), Sablon (2005, a stencil face by Marcus Schreiter), Simple (2001, experimental typeface by Romulo Fernandez), Skupitajo (1998, graffiti letters by Nicolas Gallardo), SoundFiles (1998, totally off-the-wall experimental face by Reto Brunner), Surface (2001, grunge by Jordi Fosch), Temble (1993, Balius), Tiparracus (1994, dingbats by Balius and Perez Casasin), Trash (1996, grunge face by Matthias Rawald), Vertigo (1996, a Kafkaesque face by Txarly Brown), Visible (handwriting by Fabrice Trovato, 1997), Vizente Fuster (1995, handwriting by Balius and Perez Casasin based on scripts seen in the Sant Antoni market), Water Knife (1995, a medieval calligraphic script revival by Laudelino L.Q), Weird (1996, an experimental face by Mladen Balog). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
German animation artist who lives in Southern California where he works for Disney Feature Animation. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He created the Agfa-Monotype fonts New Gothic Light (2001), Architec (2001, architectural and lined), Blockade (2001, grunge), Tuscany (2001, a beautiful scribbly hand), Woodcut Alpha (2001, Kafkaesque) and West Of China (2001, a great oriental-looking calligraphic font). Other fonts include Spoleto (2001, a funky hand-drawn face).
Born in Barcelona in 1950, Joan Barjau is a graphic and type designer, cartoonist, illustrator, painter, and animator who taught at Eina in Barcelona from 1984-1993. Designer at type-o-tones in Barcelona who made Analfabeta Regular (1999, with Flavio Morais), Analfabeta Pics (1999, with Flavio Morais), Analfabeto (+Pics, 2007, another vernacular typeface done with Flavio Morais), Ebu Script (1991-2013, a technical script done with José Manuel Urós), Iva (1993-2007), Jeune Adrian (1997), MeMimas (1991-2007, upright connected script done with José Manuel Urós; a Spanish school script commissioned in 1991 by publisher Barcanova), MeMimasAlternate, the great Sniff (1995, poster family), Talqual (1997, handwriting), Tschicholina (1997, unicase font inspired by Tschichold), Xiquets Primitives (1995, dingbats), Zubizarreta (1997, an award winner at Bukvaraz 2001; Zubizarreta Tosca is clearly Kafkaesque; the whole family is a mix between Neanderthal simplicity and Basque toughness).
In 2013, Joan Barjau published the cartoonish typeface family Sniff, which he first created in 1995. He writes: Joan Barjau used the pseudonym Sniff while working as a cartoonist for the Spanish satirical magazine El Papus, and Sniff is also the typeface based on the style of lettering he used for the balloons.
Freelance graphic artist in Gent, Belgium. Designer of Gasbangers (2002), Theo & Phil (2000)), Blind Liddy (2003), Zulma (1997), Cakewalk (1999), and Plowboys (1996). These typefaces appeared in A homage to typography by Pedro Guitton (2009, Index Book, Barcelona). Other fonts by Bekaert include Archie Teck, Rasor Dina and Bettsie-X. Many of his fonts have a Kafkaesque slightly threatening look. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jonathan Stephen Harris
Tarragona-based Catalan designer of the typewriter font called Let32,2, and of the comic book font Love Gun. He also made Escher Desigual and FoschWords 1. In 2000, he created the poster stencil face called Cartolina (2000). In 2001, he designed the grunge face Surface (Garcia Fonts), the Kafkaesque all-caps face Jroña (Garcia Fonts) and the all-caps kids face Funny (Garcia Fonts). [Google] [More] ⦿
Juha Korhonen (b. 1966, aka Junkohanhero) is a Finnish artist and type designer, who created these free fonts:
Julia Sysmäläinen (Juliasys) is a Finnish type designer, who studied at Pekka Halosen Akatemia in Tuusula. She runs her own typefoundry, Juliasys. Julia presently lives in Berlin, where she works for Edenspiekermann Berlin.
Julia created FF Mister K Pro (2008, FontFont; a winner at Paratype K2009, where it says that the face was co-designed by Jürgen Sanides from Germany), a digital rendering extraordinaire of Franz Kafka's handwriting. Ivo Grabowitsch writes: This meant not only creating hundreds of ligatures - each of them consisting of two, three or even four single characters - but also integrating numerous alternate characters to avoid successions of repeating shapes, in order to lend FF Mister K Pro a more authentic script feel. Furthermore handy OpenType functions were added, for example for stylistic alternatives including hatched text as well as underlining and crossing out. Eventually three completely different single fonts were developed. Besides the normal cut there's also Crossout, which allows for setting extensively crossed out text and Onstage, which clearly looks more extravagant and wriggly. All foreign languages and features included the standard cut alone contains more than 1,500 glyphs.
As Juliasys, Julia Sysmäläinen published the semi-serif Latin / Cyrillic / Greek typeface family Mir (2013).
Czech design studio in Prgaue, and publisher of "Font" (in Czech): Od roku 1991 vydáváme odborný èasopis Font, toho èasu jediný specializovaný èasopis v ÈR zamìøený na grafiku, písmo, typografii, pre-press, reklamní praxi atd. Mezi odbìratele patøí vìtina tuzemských grafických studií, výtvarníkù a reklamních agentur. [Google] [More] ⦿
On my pages, I often use the adjective Kafkaesque to describe typefaces that are menacing or reminiscent of a dark bureaucracy and irrational impending loom.
I quote the wiki entry: "Kafkaesque" is an eponym used to describe concepts, situations, and ideas which are reminiscent of the literary work of Prague writer Franz Kafka, particularly his novels The Trial and The Castle, and the novella The Metamorphosis.
The term, which is quite fluid in definition, has also been described as "marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies" and "marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger: Kafkaesque fantasies of the impassive interrogation, the false trial, the confiscated passport ... haunt his innocence" - The New Yorker.
It can also describe an intentional distortion of reality by powerful but anonymous bureaucrats. "Lack of evidence is treated as a pesky inconvenience, to be circumvented by such Kafkaesque means as depositing unproven allegations into sealed files..." Another definition would be an existentialist state of ever-elusive freedom while existing under unmitigable control.
The adjective refers to anything suggestive of Kafka, especially his nightmarish style of narration, in which characters lack a clear course of action, the ability to see beyond immediate events, and the possibility of escape. The term's meaning has transcended the literary realm to apply to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kreis is a young communication designer from Tenerife, and is into fonts, fashion and film. He lives in Braunschweig, Germany, and is present on Behance. In 2010, he made an experimental alphabet---perhaps not a font---, called Kafka. [Google] [More] ⦿
Luedecke Design Font Co (was: LDF Fonts)
Jake Luedecke (LDF Fonts, or Luedecke Design Font Co) (b. 1999) is the Dallas, TX-based creator of preponderantly hand-printed and pixel typefaces. These include Influence (2014: a beveled typeface), Reckoning (2014: a shaded typeface based on Clarendon), Apparitions (2014), Mild East (2013, sketched typeface), Knew It All (2013), Five Dollar Font (2013), Output (2013, outlined face), Take Two (2013, outline face), DayLight (2013, outline face), Nineteen Oh Five (2013, 3d poster face), Licensepl8 (2013, sketched typeface), Always Here (2013, Victorian), Stereoscope (2013), Villa (2013, a 3d outline face), Plateaux (2013, a sketch font), Slab Thing (2013, a sketched font), Electronica (2013, hand-printed), Red Wood (2013), Waking Up (2013), Earthy (2013), Rekles (2013), Figurativative (sic) (sketched font), TeleVision, Dynasty (a beautiful 3d sketched outlined typeface), Mom's Diner (sketched didone font), Flatbread (2013, +Inline), LDF Comic Sans (2013), Splinterwood (2013, Kafkaesque), Best Day Ever (2013), Kibby Sans, Kibby Slab (2013: an extra-condensed FontStruct typeface), Variety (2013, textured caps), Spring Time, Blue Printed (2013), Exposition (fat finger face, +Shadow), Okay (outlined face), Anthro, Vintage One (2013, an outlined and shadowed face), (2013, a minimalist sans), Barua (2013), Vibe (2013, a multiline typeface), University Two (2013), Ovrlap (outlined), Swirlvetica (2013, sketch font), Futurr (2013, textured typeface based on Futura Bold Condensed), Maximum (2013), Carrier Hand (2013, a hand-printed Courier), Stroke (2013, a scratchy typeface), Three Dee (2013), Blue Noon (2013, textured typeface), Cordova (2013, pixel font), Komik (2013, comic book face), Eggs (2013), Eggs Extra Yolk (2013), CymoPxl (2013, pixel face), Pxlvetrica (2013, pixel face), Cymo (2013), Promoleus (2013), Boston Regular (2012), University (2012), Historian (2012, hand-printed), Helveticamazing (2012), TM Tonite (2012, an art deco poster font), Cozumix (2012), Swagger Capitals (2012), Flovio (2012) and Dotty (2012, hand-printed).
Typefaces from 2014: Apparitions.
Marty Bee is a designer and medical illustrator in Sulphur, LA. He has designed both free and commercial typefaces.
At Plazm, he did Cibola (1995, nice dingbats), Wet and Wilde (1994) and Three Rivers (1994), for example.
Some more fonts: Wildside (1994, angular and gothic), Cheap Motel, Halloweenies, Flowerchild, Sangreal (1994, gothic), Scaredycat, SidTheSpider, Slasher (2000), Slumgullion (1993, ornamental caps), Space Cowboy, Stiletto (2000), Saguaro (2000, angular), Cactus Pete, MyShoes, Tropicana (1994, chiseled look), Trapping, Galleon, Goblin Moon (scary), Ghost Bayou (blood drip face), Big Bubba, Lafitte (2000, a didone display face), Daytripper, Contraband (grungy), Fat (1994, oriental simulation face), Fat Sushi, Beatnik, Kerouac (1994, a Kafkaesque face), PostModern Oblique (2000), PricklyPear (2000, angular and angry), AtomicSushi.
The font WheresMarty by an unknown designer is named after the world-wide search for Marty. Where are you, Marty?
Free fonts at Fontspace: Freakout, Frankenstein, Atomic Sushi (1999, oriental simulation face), Manzanita (1990), Hill William (2011, brush face), Kris Kris (2000, gothic; an even sharper and more condensed version of Stiletto), Porpoise (1994, pixelish).
FontShop link. Moorstation link, where one can also find Calypso (1997, after Excoffon's Calypso, 1958), which Marty claims as not done by him. The Calypso typeface at that site was made by Martin Pfeiffer, in fact.
Misprinted Type offers free and commercial old typewriter and grunge fonts designed by Eduardo Recife, an illustrator and graphic designer from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, b. 1980. Although his main work is in illustration, he became well-known in the early 2000's for his original grunge type designs. Typefaces:
Oded Ezer Design Studio
Givatayim, Israel-based Hebrew type design studio in London established in 2000 by one of the main Hebrew type designers of today, Oded Ezer (b. Tel Aviv, 1972). Ezer designed the award-winning font Mayai (Hebrew script: awards at TDC2 2001 and Bukvaraz 2001), Anemia, Kafka, Eden, Impacta, Ezer Shapes, Neve Zedek, OE Meoded, OE Shalvata, OE Kafka, Franrühlya, Impacta, Anemia, Systeza (based on Schiavi's Sys) and Alchimai. In 2010, he published Rutz.
Another designer at the studio is Michel Sahar. Ezer graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art&Design, Jerusalem, with a Bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design (1998). He teaches typography and graphic design in several academies in Israel and other countries, among them the Bezalel Academy for Art&Design, Jerusalem, the Shenkar College of Engineering near Tel Aviv, the Wizo College of Design, Haifa, and the Mimar Sinan University, Faculty of Fine Arts Graphic Design Department, in Istanbul, Turkey. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on Contemporary hebrew typography as an expression of a new identity. He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Contemporary hebrew typography as an expression of a new identity. About his award-winning posters. The Oded Ezer Typosperma Project. Ezer's Flickr page. His experimental Hebrew typography is discussed by Uleshka in Ping Mag. It deals with a 3-d lettering experiment called Plastica, and describes many other ingenious projects. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Winner at D&AD 2011 with his typeface Rutz (2011, aka Vesper Hebrew).
Slovakian type designer (b. 1973), who lives in The Netherlands. Bio at FontFont. Designed: FF Atlanta, FF Craft (Kafkaesque), Champollion, Collapse, Didot Sans (unpublished), Decoratica (great display font, unpublished), Desthetica (grunge, but nice!), FF Eureka, FF Eureka Sans (2000), FF Eureka Mono (2001, FontFont), FF Eureka SansCond, FF Eureka Symbols (2002), FF Eureka CE, FF Eureka Sans CE, FF Eureka Sans Office (2011), FF Eureka Mono Office (2011), Fountain Pen (free fountain pen nib dingbat font), FF Masterpiece (wacky), FF Orbital, Fedra Sans (2001, a de-protestantised version of Univers, originally a corporate font for Bayerische Rück, a German insurance company), Fedra Bitmap (2002), Euroface (1996, Typerware, a scribbly font allegedly more legible than Helvetica at 80km/h), HolyCow and The Case. Essays on typography and design. Editor of dot dot dot. He also made AccentKernMaker, a font utility. Peter Bilak now lives in The Hague, The Netherlands, at the same address as Paul van der Laan. Free dingbat font FountainPen (Mac). At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about white spaces in typography. Speaker at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki. [Google] [More] ⦿
Amit Botre (Redfonts) is the Indian designer (b. 1978) of AB Dent (1999), AB Engraved (1999), AB Fatchic (1999), AB Fubu (1999, pixel), AB Ultrachic (1999, rounded sans), ABBarberian (1999, art nouveau meets gothic), ABExp (1999, striped letters), ABMindblock (1999, Franz Kafka's lettering?), AbFangs (2000), ABFuturun (1999, futuristic), AB Cave (1999, grunge), AB Majik (1999, slender letters) and AB Nirvana (1999, display lettering).
Tattoo Woo (or: Smokewire)
Tattoo Woo (or: Smokewire) is American tattooist Jonathan Harris.
In 2011, he created the curly gothic tattoo faces Hot Chocolate Latte, League of Ages, Royal Inferno, Tribal Times and Tribal Dragon, and the spiky face Quasari (2011). He also made Jelly Swirls (curly), Highway to hell, What a mess (grunge), Pixie Moon, Sword Thrasher, Starship XXXII (Star Trek face), Christmas Snow (art nouveau snowcapped glyphs), and Jazzy Caveman (a stone age face).
Typefaces created in 2012: Bright Star Tonight, Harristoon, a crayon series (Crimes Times Six, Colored Crayns, XXX Dirty Jokes XXX, Harris Wear, Black Crayon), Alien Mutations Begin, Vineyard Magazines, Forbidden Land (scratchy face), Way Gardens (flowery script), Pencil Shading, Cartoon Shadow, Heart Shapes, Sassy Stark, Back to School, Black Eye Peas, Silly People, Street Art (a great ink splatter font), Heartbroken, Jen Luves Ben Forever, Heart Broken, Catalina, Anywhere but home, Holly Christmas, Kringley Christmas (dingbats), Seasons Greetings, Cheese Cake, Abraham Heights, Call me maybe (sketch font), Lydia Puente (calligraphic script), Tribal Script, The Daily Bread (a beautiful ronde), Naughty Nights, a set of four Asian brush style faces (Japanese Style, All Yoko, Chinese Asian Style, Chinese Takeaway), Hey Cutie, Zing Easy (brush), Kids Play, Keep It Simple (loopy script), Standing Tall (anguished Kafkaesque typeface), The Abandoned Treasure (brushy caps face), The Mocking Bird, Nighty Nights, Road Trip, Been Hanging Around, Divided Nations, Dodger Gear, The Best Night (brush), Stencil Brush (brush), Quite Chocolatey, Round About (stitch font), Physics Teacher, Madman Howling, Love Sequel, Cross Out, My Mistake, Colours of Autumn, Da Streets (graffiti face), Hard Fox (stencil brush), You Are Precious (curly script), The Blue Oasis, Dysfunctional Family (brush face), Lovely Excuse (brush family), No Fear (brush face), Dead End, The Art Show (brush face), Comical Smash, The Quick, The Lost Paintings, Stone Age, Eyeliner Tattoo, Sketch Pad, Art Class (spilled paint face), Ink Studio, Stay Holy Okay, Water Park (bubblegum face), Urban Jungle, Geez Seriously (curly typeface), Crazy Weekend, Slimeball, Real People, A Brush No, Beware of the Hogs (blood drip typeface), Definitely Maybe, Draw Freehand, Bloodthirsty (blood drip font), Zombie Slayer (blood drip font), Your Bloody Choice (blood drip font), Barn Animals, Comic Strip, Scribble Fun (textured face), Boom Shanker, Girly Punk, Pucky, Spray Break, Font Insane, Fairground, Last Breath (2012),Follow Your dreams, Together Again, Drawing Guides, Death Branch, Panda Spots, Fuzzy Bear, Threadz Needle, Homeboy, Hairs Dens Bag, Primitive Alien, Bonney Lass, Cake Nom (3d and shaded), Headshop (psychedelic), Tribal Butterflies (dings), Tribal Dragons Tattoo Designs, Tribal Animals Tattoo Designs, Abstract Alien Symbols, Jewelry Design Shapes, Wander Ball, Love Hue, The Fat Store, Chooka Zoon (bubblegum face), Happy Roxy, Hearts and Stars, Arcade Book, Teaspoon Display (swashy calligraphic face), Ready Black (another swashy calligraphic face), The Lodger Rang (gothic script), Sketch Book, Sketchline, Drafting, Last Breath (tattoo font), Drawing Pad, Child's Play, Design Bubble, A Stitch Plus Nine, Ming in Bling (comic book shadow face), You Are Something (curly script), Hot Pink, How To Do Something (comic book face), I Love What You Do, Get Wet.
Typefaces from 2013: Seaside Heights, Falling Rain, Ace Records, Today People, Night Adder, Squicky (curly font), No Messin (scratchy brush), Wrong Tracks, Postcard From Mars, Aluminum Trucks/a> (script), Life Azures, The Waddys, The Angels, Oliver Richards (brush face), Arabic Magic, Messenger, Anxiety Management, Basterds, Beep Beep, Suburban Legends, Street Wild, Abreviater, Snowmania, Yak Shamash, Booday, Everyday Mayhem, Mega Team, Beaty Pagent (sic), Monster Unleashed, Hopeless Place, Alley Cat, The Lovers, Crazy Rascals, Golden Star, Gimme Your Love, Every Freakin Night (a sketched poster face), Big Top, Hopeless Place, The Lovers, Alley Cat, Queenie Beebie, Swirly Shirley (curly script), Dark World (scratchy face), Fun House (sketched face), Ultimate Chaos, Wake Me Up, Find A Way, Fat Tats (signage script), Big Winks, Nothing To Lose (blood drip typeface), Art Brewery (brush font), Holiday Blues (scratchy brush), Punked Out, The Jolly Rancher, Quite Mighty, Smudgie Crayon, Squiggley Brown, Morning Star (brush face), No Talking Allowed, Butter Finger (scratchy typeface), Mad Beef (thin script), Dinosaur, Reed of Love (a textured script face), First Grader, School Holiday (brush script), Spin Head (sketched face), Russian Roulette, Blah (brush face), Eating You Alive (brush face), Christians United (brush face, same as Blah), Beginning of Summer (brush face), Something Strange (blood drip font), Messy Script, Broken Ink, Car Wash, Head Case (a very curly script), Barn Owl, Ruff Ruff, Shadow Jumper, Barn Oil, Phantom Ghost, Tardy Kid, Scrapbooking, Fiesta Time, Science Project, Oh No Not Again, Oh Shit (brushy), Teaser Houses, Eternal Fascination (connected script), Shades of Black, Bingo Bangos (brushy script), Street Fighter, Marker Pen (brush), Home and Away (brush), Spring Cleaning, Scribble Table, Sound Heart, Imagination Station (a heavy brush face), Teddy Bear, Good Day, Easy Rider (retro script), Silent Reaction, Today is the Oldest and Youngest (tall condensed script), Brush Strokes, Texas (brush), Messing About (scratchy hand), Kindergarten (hand-printed), Oh No (dusty typeface), Art Studio, Crazy Horse (great grungy brush), Time Machine, Strings and Things (sketched typeface), Twisted Brother, Big Easy, Egyptian Nights, Demolished, Lazy Girls, Angels Message (pixie dust script), Medieval Queen, Kings and Queens (swashy script), Admiration Pains, Confetti Stream, Hill Billies (signage face), Sweet Heart, Manhunter, Beware of the dog, Kiss Me Quick (Valentine's Day script), Atomic Number (a chalky dusty typeface), Potted Balls, The Boatman (graffiti font), Dead Island (brush face), Age to Age (swashy brush), Sticky Things (brush face), Lasting Love, Beware of the Zombies, Skyscraper, Coffee House, Rough Rider (fat brush face), The Green Life, National Cartoon (sketched 3d face), True Lies (brush face), Heron's Nest (sketched), Freaky Friday, Be There Soon, Praying Angel, Leap of Faith (graffiti brush), Beginning Yoga (brush script), Tims Grocery Store, Biogalaxy, Funga Donga Binge, Sketchbook Challenge, Arsonist, Say No to Drugs, Frizzled Planet, Decayed in Sixty Seconds.
Typefaces from 2014: Nitya HK (or: Drawing Practice: a sketch font), Early Bird, British Quest, Crazy Thoughts (fat brushy script), Teenage Dreams, Renegades (hairy, grungy), The Pits (crayon font), Always Beside You (tattoo script), Greed (fat brush), Sea RTeef, Sandy Bay, Fun Crayon, Mother in Law (caryon brush), Asylum Mansion (fat brush), Taking Notice, Basquiat, The Beach, Open Hours, Paranoia (brush typeface), Beast of Avalon, Motives, The Hit, Air Heads, Painted Lady (brush script), Born Wild (fat brush), Rebel Beat, Across the Road (script), Zentaiges (script), Fearing Madness (tattoo font), Rags to Riches (a great brush face).
Dysfunctional web page warning. Thierry Gouttenègre is a Belgian designer (b. 1961), who is located in Tullins-Fures, France. After a stint as type director of Alfac-Decadry in Belgium, Thierry Gouttenègre moved to the south of France and started his own Design Studio in the mid 90s. In 2007, he set up TeGeType. He is one of my favorite type designers. His fonts:
Illustrator in the San Francisco area, b. 1970. Dafont link. Creator of the signage face Tom Bombadill (2009), Bone Hymie (2009), Tioem Handwriting (2009), Tioem Open (2009), Tioem Black Distressed (2009), Dullard (2010, 3d, sketched), Flim-Flam (2009). He also made the lined didactic font Life Lessons (2009), the multilined scratchy faces The Spaz (2010) and Scrum Bucket (2009), the grungy Rock Biter (2009), Truffle Shuffle (2009, Kafkaesque), Metal Up Your Ear (2009), Griswold (2009), Seismacrap (2009), Snarky's Machine (2009, 3d shadow face), and Grog-Binge (2009, hand-printed).
Thunder Panda Dings
Bandung, Jakarta-based designer (b. 1982) of fearless Coyne (2011), Booblr (2010), ROBOCADAVER-1982 (2010), Barlow (2010, outlined and handprinted), Tweedie (3d hand-printed family), Darah (2008, dripping blood font), Kick Ass Bob (2008), Banhart Black (2008), Banhart Hollow (2008), Banhart Skinny (2008, grunge), Banhart Drip (2008, paint drip grunge), thunderpanda_dings_erc_2008_ (2008), Thurston (2008, sketched letters), citrus2008ericwiryanata (2008, informal), BRANDON (2008, Kafkaesque lettering), BRANDON-02 (2008, grunge), Paranoid Rabbit (2008, grunge), Barnes_erc (2008), MetroSlum (2007), Thurston (2007, paintbrush simulation), Violent Alligator (2007, pixel), Djakarta 13210 (2007), Killer Panda (2007, handprinted), Pixel Noise (2007), Killer Panda (2006), Nemesis (2006-2007, pixelized face), Woomble (2006: see here for Woomble Version 2), Snorg-reuploadfont (2006), Snorg ver002 (2006), The Stilts (2006), Djakarta13210-future city font (2006, techno), Spaceworms (2006, almost a paperclip style font), Spaceworm ver 2 (2006), Tartarsauce (2006), THURSTON_erc (2002), Correy (2006, tall-ascendered hand), Rilo (2006, happy lettering face), Karen (2006, cool scratchy hand), The newest fashion (2006), Gibbard (2005), Tweedy Erc 01 (2005), Chocolate Muffin Font (2005), Malkmus, Folds (2006), Death Futurist (2006), Narcoleptic Dance (2006, a nice bouncy display caps face) and GambarnyaWiryanata (2005). Dafont link. Devian Tart link. Fontsy link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ukrainian designer, b. Kiev, 1957. Graduate of the Senior College for Print and Design in Kiev in 1982. Viktor became art director at Sphera in Kiev. Main type designer at Düsseldorf-based company Unique GmbH since 1998. He designs Armenian, Greek, Georgian, Devanagari, Hebrew, Cyrillic and Arabic fonts. His work:
At TypeArt 01, he won first prize with Varbur Grotesque (1999-2001, with Natalia Makeyeva), third prize with Joker (1970-2000), and honorable mention with Abetka. At TypeArt 05, he received awards for UniOpt (2002, Kafkaeqsue Op Art display style) and Blooming Meadow (dingbats). In 2009, his 2006 digitization of Anatoly Shchukin's 1968 face Ladoga (+Text, +Display, +Ladoga Armenian) won an award at Paratype K2009.
At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki he spoke about Ukrainian fonts. At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, his talk is entitled Old Slavic alphabets and new fonts. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke (well, was supposed to speak) on Old Roman Styles and Cyrillic. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, where he explains the development and multilingual extensions of Ladoga.
Botevgrad, Sofiska-based Bulgarian designer (b. 1987) of Jamaistevie (2007, a nice grunge outline face). Alternate URL. He lives in Botevgrad, and started the commercial Vladislav Ivanov Font Foundry in 2008.
His fonts at the foundry include Panopticum (2010, sketch face), Jamaistevie, Masha (2008, outlined, 3d and grungy), Habana (2008, splashy grunge), Lost Souls (2008, ultra-condensed), and Oh No (2008). Bacchante (2009) and Circus Stars (2009) are grungy Far West fonts.