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Freelance Italian graphic designer, b. near Piacenza, 1976, who graduated with an M.S. in Industrial Design in 2004 from the Politechnic of Milan with a thesis entitled Ernesto Hemingway: una font tra letteratura e tipografia: a font between literature and typography. In it, he describes his typeface Ernesto Hemingway. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke about that same typeface. Initially, he worked in Rome, with interests extending across linguistics, book design, information design, calligraphy, lettering, visual identities, and designing with multiple languages. In 2005, he took a position as graphic design instructor at the Department of Graphic Design of Bilkent University (Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey). In 2007, he took a position at the Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. In 2010 he co-founded ISType, a lecture and workshop series devoted to encouraging typographic literacy in Turkey. Presently he teaches typography and type design at Texas State University, School of Art & Design. He is the typographer and graphic designer for Contra Mundum Press (CMP), a boutique publisher based in New York and Paris that specializes in world literature and other genres.
He created these typefaces:
At ICTVC 2007, he spoke about 20th century Bodonians. Typophile link. Alessandro's page with hundreds of useful links. Behance link. Klingspor link. Home page. PDF file with samples of his fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Dead link. Stephan Baitz's informative page about Ancient Scripts and Fonts, including fantasy fonts, alien and sci-fi fonts, Blackletter fonts, uncials, runes, symbolic fonts, Indic simulation fonts, Arabic simulation fonts (such as Caliph) and exotic fonts. Lots of links are provided as well. Fonts are displayed an can be downloaded from an archive. His page looks great too. [Google] [More] ⦿
Useful French archive with nice categories such as Cartoons, Horror, Tech, Fantasy, Script, Symbols, Famous fonts, pixel fonts, typewriter, Gothic. It has grown to be the number one site in the world for publishing new free fonts. All designers are clearly identified, and all font information is easily accessible. Links. About 10000 fonts now, with monthly additions. Newest stuff. Links to all designers. All pre-October 2009 fonts in one 660MB download file. Run by Rodolphe Milan (France, b. 1972). [Google] [More] ⦿
Dennis was a major contributor to a.b.f., and managed the fontplay site. He often referred to his "Hall of Fame" sites. On February 3, 2002, he finally revealed his list of five favorite font sites, all characterized by usefulness and professional quality free fonts:
Original fonts as well as font links (about 1800). All fonts made by Dennis Palumbo, a writer from New York, who used to make fonts for Atari. Some fonts were free, but most are now pay fonts, it seems.
Commercial fonts: Vector 3d (1996), Flash Cards Addition (1998), Clock-Digital, Film Strip, BabyBlock, DecorativeBorders (4 fonts), OldWest, Ceramic Tile (2005), I Beam (2005), Porthole (2000), SanSerifUltra Condensed, SanSerifOutline, OldWest 3D, Brick, ZebraLumber, SerifOutline, Dalmation, Vector (4 fonts), Brick3D, OldEnglishEmbellished (1999, Fraktur), ChainLink, Fractions, SanSerif 3DShadow, Serif3D Shadow, Marquee, First Grade (lined school font), Pennant, USA States, USA Map, Piano Keyboard, Gallya Ornamented (1995), Diamond Plate (2000), Clock Digital (1997), Picket Fence (2000).
Shareware: Bobcat (2 fonts), Panther (4 fonts), Caracal Backslant (2 fonts), Lynx (4 fonts), Ocelot (4 monowidth fonts), Cheetah (2 fonts), Serval (2002), Puma (2000, 4 weights), Ceramic Tile (2005), Film Font (2006), One Stroke (2007, octagonal, hairline), Gallya (2008).
The list of his fonts: Baby Block Brick, Brick 3D, Ceramic Tile, Chain Link, Clock - Digital, Dalmation, Decorative Borders, Decorative Borders 2, Decorative Borders 3, Decorative Borders 4, Diamond Plate, Filmfont, FilmStrip, First Grade, Flash Cards - Addition, Fractions, Gallya, Gallya Ornamented, Highway Broken Line, I Beam, Marquee, Old English Embellished, Old English Embellished Bold, Old English Embellished Bold Italic, Old English Embellished Italic, Old West, Old West 3D, One Stroke, Pennant, Piano Keyboard, Picket Fence, Porthole, PVC Pipe, San Serif 3D Shadow, San Serif Outline, San Serif Ultra Condensed, San Serif Ultra Condensed Bold, Serif 3D Shadow, Serif Outline, Vector, Vector 3D, Vector Bold, Vector Bold Italic, Vector Italic, PVC Pipe, USA Map, USA States, Zebra Lumber.
Designing with Type
Craig was the Design Director for Watson-Guptill Publications and is a member of the New York Art Directors Club, Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), Type Directors Club (TDC), Typophiles, and a past member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). He teaches typography and design at The Cooper Union and lectures widely. Designing with Type is a growing resource for typography students and educators maintained by James Craig, author of Designing with Type: A Basic Course in Typography (1999, Watson Guptill). That book was updated to Designing with Type, 5th Edition: The Essential Guide to Typography (2006, by James Craig and Irene Korol Scala, published by Watson Guptill). Links to commercial foundries. Also check the student design subpage. [Google] [More] ⦿
Central European font links at Filip Blazek's Czech site. Great jump site for typography in general. Some links are taken from my own pages. Jump page for Polish typography. List of the special Polish characters: A, a, E and e ogonek; C, c, N, n, O, o, S, s, Z, and z acute; Lslash, lslash, Zdotaccent and zdotaccent. [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese site with original fonts by Kato Masashi (b. 1973), who lives in Takasaki (Gunma prefecture, Japan): Parismatch (2004), SAKUalp (2000, handwriting), Steeltype, Broadband, Hivision, Cinematime, Ultracomic, Ice Cream, Be Happy, Summer Beauty, Flyermix, Cheerscript, Breakstyle, Breakfont, Round, H-Five, Natsucomi, Long Vacation, Lovers, Breakfont (2003, graffiti style), Pokkaman, BeHappy, Natsucomi, Momolcan, Seasons Dings, Electron, Round, Lovers, FlyerMix (fifties style), CheerScript (comic book style), Hi-Five (pixel font), Summer Beauty, SummerDrive, White Day, Long Vacation, Amayadori (high contrast kana font), Fuyucomi, Icecream, Pickett, 321, Pingpong, Frontline, Ginza, Yago (nice free dings), Polaris, 321eng, 321kana, APPLE, CLIQUE, Clover (kitchen tile font, 1998), DIGI, Eneneng, Enenhira, FDalp, FDwhie, Hnoodle, Hanko (free black on white stamp font, 1998, see also here), MKCuer, MOOGIRLALP, MOOMILKKANA, Noodle, Origami, Pers, SA0kmh, SA100kmh, SA50kmh, SK0kmh, SK100kmh, SK50kmh, Template6, Tenten, Ami Font, Speedfont, Supercar, Sakura, Regoty, Shopping Famiry, Ticket, Yohic, Recording, Akachan, Wafont, Frontbit7, MusicNetwork, Yakitori (free handwriting font), Ticket, Folkdance (pixelized people), Human Building (dings of famous buildings), Bunny (free), Frontline0, Side5 (pixel font), Side6, Side7. Some pixel fonts, many techno fonts, some kana fonts, and the Japanese kids dingbat font, Folkdance. Some fonts, such as his Latin/Japano font ShoppingFamily (1998), are sold by Font Pavilion. Major Japanese free font links.
In 1999, he published the AMI screen pixel font series in Digitalogue's DPI72 package. Other commercial fonts: Pine Apple, the WM family, Cutie Girl, Astratic, PictPlasma, Minivan, Frontbit 7, Ginza, Zoological.
Free fonts as of 2007: Aiko, a 4-weight rounded sans with support for Latin and kana (see also here). Fonts made in 2007-2008: MobileDisco, AbbeyRoad-Alternative, HighwayStar, Kompakt, AbbeyRoad, Prefuse, Readymade (didone inspired by Corvinus and Giorgio).
Additions in 2009: Kanna W4, Sweet Doughnuts (rounded sans).
Fonts made between 1998 and 2008: 321, AirExpress, AirTickt, AMAYADORI, AMIFONT, APPLE, ASTRA, AYANO, BeHappy, bitneon, BORDER7, BREAKFONT, BroadBand, BUNNY, CALENDER, CheerScript, CinemaTime, CLIQUE, CLOVER, CutieGirl, Departure, DIGIT, ELECTRON, FlyerMix, FolkDance, FOLKDANCE2, FrontBit, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE01, FUYUCOMI, GINZA, HANKO, HappyEnd, hiFive, HumanBuild, IceCream, ICHIGO, JAPON2, KAKIZOME, KEYMODE, LabLife, LongVacation, LoversMINIMONO, MKCUTTER, MOMOKAN, MooFont, MusicNet, NATSUCOMI, Nenga, Noodele, OnePiece, oneBox, Origami, ParisMatch, Pers, Pickett, PICTdings, PictPlasma, PineApple, PingPong, pokkaman, Polaris, PopStar, Puzzle, Recoya, REGO, ROUND, SAKURA, SAMACAN, Seazons, Shopping, SIDE5, SIDE51byte, SIDE6, SIDE61byte, SIDE7, SPEED, STAMPER, SteelType, SummerBeauty, SummerDrive, SuperCar, Template5, TenTen, Ticket2, UltraComic, WHITEday, Yabako, Yago, Yakitori (handwriting of Mayumi Kakegawa), Yothic, Zoological, Nippondings, Caredings, TraficSignsWLD, TraficSigns, JPN, Kamondings, Kamondings2, Kurashidings, Okonomi, FunnyFace, Hotsuma, Toyokuni, Constellation, SunnyDay, BOXdings, Machinedings, CLICKdings, Berrys, Container Box, Twinkleline, Minivan, Akachan.
Dingbats: Kurashidings, IchigoC, TraficsignsWLD, TraficsignJPN, Nenga, Kamondings2, Kamondings, Breakstyle, Pictdings, Zoological, Caredings, Clickdings, Funnyface, seasons, Pictplasma, Humanbuilding, Nippondings, Yago, Boxdings, Toyokuni, Constellation (astrological symbols), Machinedings, Hotsuma, Folkdance, Calender.
Japanaese handwriting fonts: Aiko, Haruka, Syuntaro, YUKI, Ryunosuke.
Futuristic/ geometric fonts: MobileDisco, AbbeyRoad-Alternative, HighwayStar, Kompakt, AbbeyRoad, Prefuse.
"Funny" fonts: IchigoR, Ultracomic, Amayadori, Parismatch, hanko, LongVacation, Cinamatime, Natsucomi, Okonomi, IceCream, Yakitori, Cutiegirl, Monokan Wa, Shopping, Lovers, Fuyucomi, Berrys, Akachan, Bunny, Clover, Pokkaman, Pickett, Electron.
Cool fonts: Sunnyday, HiVision AirTicket, Lablife, Flyermix, Popstar, AirExpress, Broadband, Recording, Breakfont, Frontline, Ami, Minivan, Side5, Side6, Summerdrive, Digit, Supercar, Frontline00, BeHappy, Steeltype, Onepiece, Puzzle, Astlatic, Stamper.
Download page of their free silhouette dingbat images. In 2014, they created the free art deco typeface Jazzkissa. In 2018, they published the full CJK font Soukou Mincho (by Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori) at Fontsquirrel for free download.
Fontasy (was: Norbomat Fonts)
Fontasy.de (German) and Fontasy.org (English are exemplary free font archives brought by Tilman Schalmey from München. Subpage with useful links. Blog. List of designers. Newest additions. [Google] [More] ⦿
A great 1000+ font archive, well-managed by "pheanix". Type 1 and TT for the PC. Support Pheanix because he was unfairly harassed by ITC's Tom Dunbar for copyright infringement. Has a great dingbats page now. Check also his low graphics page. Plus many links. dingbats-Thin however, is a carbon copy of Zapf Dingbats. Direct access. [Google] [More] ⦿
Big archive (over 3000 fonts, and at least 300 dingbats and over 1200 Mac fonts), with special dingbat category. List contains great-looking fonts. An exemplary page, with the designers clearly identified (with links), and easy fast downloads. Dingbat archive. Worth a very strong bookmark. The designer and boss is Richmond, VA-based Ole Larsen. Some original dingbat fonts as well, such as BatBats, BorderCorners, BorderCorners2, BugBats, Eagles, Florals1, Florals2, FlowerOrnaments, Hole In One, PensnPencils, Pirates1, Pirates2, Rothenburg-Decorative-Normal, SeasonsGreetings, WedDing, YeeHaw. The FontFreak links are also highly recommended. New fonts. Type designers. Dafont. [Google] [More] ⦿
A club for fontaholics, that has grown into a world of its own. It has a a great annotated list of download warehouse links, a funny confessional [read Sara's story!], original fonts, utilities such as FontDreams and FontSaver, a messageboard, one of the most useful lists of links anywhere, and many pages with tips and font support. Beautifully packaged, it provides hours of comfort and stress release for all font lovers. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hans Presto's site about Lettering, Comics, Handwriting, Vintage Steel pen nibs and Calligraphy. Based in Stockholm. It has a subpage about stencil fonts, and includes a small stencil font archive. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font identifier based on answering questions. A great initiative of David Johnson-Davies [Human-Computer Interface, Cambridge, UK], it currently contains information about most major type libraries, including Adobe, Agfa-Monotype, Bitstream, Elsner+Flake, Font Bureau, FontFont, ITC, Linotype, P22, and URW++, and is undergoing continuous development. Interview. Free fonts listing. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jean-Pierre Lacroux (1947-2002) had a wonderfully informative site with tons of useful links, many to French sources, and many concerned weith orthotypography. Subpages: Bibliography on pens, paper and writing. Bibliography on ancient and modern typography. Sadly, on November 12, 2002, Lacroux passed away. His pages remain on the web, a testimony to the many hearts he touched with his kindness. A tribute entitled Typographique tombeau de Jean-Pierre Lacroux (148 pages, 2003, PDF file) was published under the editorship of Thierry Bouche and Éric Angelini. Look for Lacroux's principle: the minimal typographic quality of a text is inversely proportional to its literary value. [Google] [More] ⦿
KLTF stands for Karsten Lücke Type Foundry. It was established in 2005 in Datteln, Germany. Karsten is the talented German designer of the medieval text family Litteratra, which won an award at the TDC2 2001 competition (Type Directors Club). Karsten is from Datteln and studied communications design in Essen, finishing there in 2002. He worked at Steidl Publishers in Goettingen from 2004 to 2005. In 2005, he joined the type coop Village.
Co-designer with John Hudson, Alice Savoie and Paul Hanslow of Brill (2011), Brill Greek (2021), Brill Cyrillic (2021) and Brill Latin (2021). This classic text typeface family was a winner at the TDC 2013 competition. Client: Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
manofonts (was: MillaN)
Original creations by Camilla "MillaN" Styrstrom (from Borlange, Sweden) include Bumling (grunge), Off, Plattmask, MorinPack, Daggmask, SandCaps, Dubbel (sketched font), Knapp, Splump, Ahnberg (grunge outline), AhnbergHand, and Skrotfont (grunge outline as well). Most fonts were made ca. 1997. She had a big list of font links. Well-done pages!
Here is that list as of March 2009: dafont.com, 1001freefonts.com, urbanfonts.com, fontstock.net, gmkfreefonts.com, highfonts.com, fontshop.com, pimpmyfonts.com, webpagepublicity.com, acidfonts.com, fontparadise.com, coffeecup.com, fontcubes.com, typenow.net, fonts101.com, searchfreefonts.com, freemacfonts.com, freefonts.co.in, simplythebest.net, dailyfreefonts.com, pickfonts.com, fortunecity.com, graffitifonts.net, showfont.net, bestfreefonts.com, getfreefonts.com, languagegeek.com, fontspace.com, adigitaldreamer.com, liquidfonts.com, fontfox.com, abstractfonts.com, eknp.com, wantedfonts.com, fontica.com, fontfiles.com, wonderfonts.com, philsfonts.com, identifont.com, fontation.com, fontcenter.com, fontreactor.com, fontmenu.com, a-zfonts.com, fontriver.com, fontmagic.com, fontarchive.com, onlyfreefonts.com, fonts500.com, fontutopia.com. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pedro Reis Amado
French typographical non-profit organization, run by Guillaume-Ulrich Chifflot, but now off-line. It had sections entiteled "Font user's guide', "Anatomy of a font", "Bibliography", "Intro to wood type" (Stephen O. Saxe, 1983), "Font-making tutorial". [Google] [More] ⦿
Listing of the main commercial type foundries in the world. Their top ten at the end of 2012: b+p swiss typefaces, Colophon Foundry, Commercial Type, Grilli Type, Klim Type Foundry, MilieuGrotesque, Optimo, RP Digital Type Foundry, Typotheque, Village. By 2021, they featured about 350 foundries, mainly from Europe and the Americas. For example, there are only four foundries from Russia, six from Japan and one from Indonesia. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Evolution of Type
Edited by James Yuells, this site offers links for foreign typography and phonetic fonts. Very helpful! They also have free phonetic fonts for the Mac, a Cree font (TTF for PC), and the SIL-IPA fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
The TeX Catalogue Online
Description of most TeX packages by ozzie Graham Williams. Unbelievably useful! Tons of links. The link file alone is 747K, jam-packed with information. Master list of links related to TeX, metafont, fonts for TeX, and utilities for TeX. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry and type information site launched in Brussels in January 2005 by Sacha Rein and Gilles Pegel, two guys born in Luxembourg. Gilles created the Elite and Butter Unsalted typefaces (2005), and Sacha designed Aldo (2004). Both graduated in 2005 from the ERG (Ecole de Recherche Graphique Brussels). The stitching font Pharma (2005, Gilles Pegel) is free: it consists of subfonts PharmaCare and PharmaPicto. In 2012, they published the free squarely-spaced Monolithos. Links to foundries.
Advertised as Mark Jamra's Portland, ME-based digital type foundry and an academic resource. There is an extremely useful research directory, a great jump point for learning about type and its history. The site also has useful articles such as Jamra's article on optical image support and his article on form and proportion in a typeface. Mark Jamra (b. 1956) lives in Portland, Maine, where he designs type and teaches letterform and graphic design at the Maine College of Art. He did postgraduate work at the Basel School of Design, Switzerland, 1980-83, then worked for URW in Hamburg (where he lived for 12 years), and set up Jamra Design there. He left Germany in 1995. Fonts by Jamra:
View Mark Jamra's typefaces. Brief bio. Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. FontShop link. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp on the topic of a multi-script type system for Africa. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
The team at Typecache consists of Taro Yumiba (an interactive designer/editor), Akira1975, Shohei Itoh (engineer), Shinsuke Okamoto (engineer), and James Chae. They write: Typecache.com is an online index for type foundries and font sellers, and showcases their collections of type. As typographic literacy grows, the site will hopefully be a useful resource for designers, art directors, and type enthusiasts.
Deactivated on November 26, 2009. Pedro Amado (Portugal) ran Typeforge, a collaborative open source type design project named after Fontforge, the free editor that is the editor of choice here. This project grew out of Livetype. Amado is working on Typeforge Gothic (2006), a full U&lc Grotesque Sans 1 Axis Multiple Master based on 1898 Berthold's Azkidenz Grotesk and 1905 ATF's Franklin Gothic typefaces. Paulo Silva is working on a typeface called NewBodonesque. An experimental font, PS2 (by "JLM", 2006) is also being developed. Great ex-page of links on typography. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Unsure what this is. The International Type Index is a free project from a non-profit organisation. The objective is to build a searchable database of all fonts from all foundries, from all the world, to the benefit of both users AND authors. As a non-profit project, TypeIndex.org is 100% user-built : the font database grows through submission of missing foundries, fonts, and reviews. Well, there you have it. There is type news, a type handbook, downloads of free fonts, links to commercial fonts, and a type museum. [Google] [More] ⦿
A useful list of free fonts, but the surrounding text should be ignored: Most of the sites below are run by type designers or foundries, and they tend to offer a few dozen fonts at most. Why doesn't this page list the huge freeware websites? Take a quick look at those sites and you'll see that the fonts there are of variable quality, with not many that are good for professional design work. But even more important, many of the type designs are clearly copied from other people's work. To be fair, mixed in with the knockoffs are thousands of original fonts made by amateurs who just love type. But the lack of oversight-anyone can upload-and the confusing way that those sites mix the bad with the good, makes it hard for us to recommend them. (In the end, those sites need no help; a Google search quickly turns them up.) Below, legitimate free fonts offered by the people who created them. Huh? The silent implication is that non-foundry type is not legitimate? And that foundry type is. Cloning has been practiced by both communities with equal success, but only one of the two communities asks money for it, and only one tells the world that the other one is no good. [Google] [More] ⦿
Links to free font sotes with good standards, provided in 2009 by Witty Sparks: