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A typeface by Agfa-Monotype, dated 2001, that covers Maori. [Google]
Graphic designer in Marilia, Brazil, who created the ornamental typeface Maia Maori (2012). [Google]
BluHead Studio LLC
Type design studio located in Norwood, MA, est. 2005. Fonts can be bought at MyFonts.
BluHead Studio LLC was founded in 2005 by a group of type designers, including Steve Zafarana, who founded Tail Spin Studio in 1999, also in Norwood, MA.
Steve Zafarana was senior type designer at Bitstream from 2006-2012 and at Monotype from 2012 onwards.
BluHead Studio was filling out the character sets and digitizing the font designs of New Zealand designer Joseph Churchward. These include the psychedelic Ta Tiki CW (2006), Conserif CW, Design CW (2006, geometric). Creations by Tallulah Bluhead include Soylent Blu BH (2006) and Conference Call BH (2006).
Roy Preston published the Prenton RP humanist sans family in 2006 and the comic book style families Comixed RP and Roy Hand RP in 2007.
Between 2006 and 2008, several hand-printed typefaces were published. These include Barbara Script BH (2007, after the hand of Barbara Bemiss), Ciof Script BH (2008, a felt tip pen font after Susan Ciofolo Antico), Sally Script BH (2006, after Sally Muspratt), and Joanne Script BH (2007, by Joanne Paul). Sparkle Bluff BH (2007) is a ball and stick font for children. Notebook BH (2008) is a block letter face.
In 2007, BluHead started publishing fonts by Joseph Churchward: Churchward Asia, Churchward Brush, Churchward Chinatype, Churchward Heading, Churchward Lorina (2014---the original by Churchward goes back to 1996), Churchward Maori, Churchward Maricia, Churchward Ta Tiki, Churchward Conserif, Churchward Design Lines, Churchward Freedom, Churchward Isabella (2015, a sans), Churchward Marianna (bubblegum face), Churchward Montezuma (2012, based on an Aztec-inspired design), Churchward Newstype (2008), Churchward Samoa, Churchward Supascript.
FontShop link. Creative Market link. Klingspor link.
View the BluHead typeface library. [Google]
Joseph Churchward (b. Apia, Samoa, 1933) grew up in Samoa, and moved to New Zealand, where he founded a design studio in Wellington. He lived in Hataitai. He died in 2013 [Obituary by Jack Yan].
His early type designs were released as photolettering through Berthold. In 2000, in partnership with Chank, his fonts are finally being converted to the standard electronic formats. In 1984, he won a Silver Prize at the Morisawa Awards competition. In 2009, he was made a life member of The New Zealand Designers Institute DINZ.
MyFonts writes: Churchward Type started in 1962 as Joseph Churchward's freelance lettering service. Within six months he had generated enough work to move from his job as Senior Artist into setting up Churchward International Typefaces, which became one of the largest typesetting companies in New Zealand. In 1969 Joseph was asked to submit alphabet designs to Berthold Fototypes and saw immediate success. He later went on to sign distribution agreements with D.Stempel AG, Dr Böger Photosatz GmbH/Linotype, Mecanorma-Polyvroom B.V and Zipatone. He self-published a handful of original fonts in 1978 becoming the first and only company in New Zealand to publish original photo-lettering. Churchward International Typefaces was forced to close in June 1988 but Churchward Type lives on with a fresh set of independent releases. David Buck has taken on the role of digitisation. Joseph continues to draw alphabets and now has a stockpile of over 300 unique alphabets to his name.
Catalog of Joseph Churchward's typefaces:
- Chank sells ChurchwardHeading, ChurchwardSamoa, Churchward Maori, ChurchwardDesign5Line, ChurchwardBrush. See also Churchward Roundsquare (2002), which reminds me of Apostrophe's Toolego.
- At Berthold, he published Churchward 69 (1969, a fat face), Blackbeauty (1972; this psychedelic type inspired Nick Curtis's 2009 font, Strollin NF), and Churchward 70 (1970, a Bauhaus-style sans family).
- MyFonts sells Churchward Alien (2012), Churchward Maori (2004, frilly), Churchward Marianna (1969, an obese bubblegum typeface; Nick Curtis's Proud Mary NF (2010) is derived from it), Churchward Ta Tiki (2003), Churchward Asia (2003), Churchward Samoa (2003, 6-weight sans family), Churchward Maricia (a Western-style face), Churchward Brush (2006; copied by SoftMaker as Josephs Brush Pro), Conserif CW (2006, BluHead Studio), Churchward Heading (2007), Churchward Supascript (2007), Design CW (2006, BluHead Studio), Freedom CW (2006, BluHead Studio), Ta Tiki CW (2006, BluHead Studio), Churchward Newstype (2008, 8 styles, BluHead Studio), Churchward Chinatype (2008, 5 styles of oriental simulation glyphs), Churchward Heading (2011), Churchward Brush (2009, BluHead Studio), and Churchward Design Lines (1970, a prismatic multiline face), Churchward Montezuma (2012, an Aztec-inspired design digitized by BluHeadStudio), Churchward Legible.
- Churchward Tua (2014). A Western typeface published posthumously. Similarly, BluHeade published Churchward's 1996 geometric sans typeface Churchward Lorina in 2014.
- Churchward Isabella (2015). A geometric sans.
- Churchward 69 (2015, BluHead Studio). Churchward 69 is a ten-weight typeface family originally designed during the late 1960's, but published in 2015 by BluHead Studio.
View Joseph Churchward's typefaces. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Auckland, New Zealand, Emma Takiwa created the ornamental caps typeface Maori (2013). [Google]
Istanbul-based designer of Maori (2013), a display typeface that builds on Maori ornaments. Behance link. [Google]
Fancy Fantasy Fonts
Vicky Tay's great fancy/faerie/fantasy/dingbat font archive. Has some Maori fonts (Verdana, ComicSans, TimesRoman). [Google]
During her studies at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand, Georgina Page designed the Maori-inspired all caps typeface Korowai (2016). [Google]
Government of New Zealand
Free Maori fonts could be had at this defunct Government of New Zealand web site: ArialMT-Mäori, Arial-BoldMT-Mäori, Arial-BoldItalicMT-Mäori, Arial-ItalicMT-Mäori, ArialNarrow-Mäori, ArialNarrow-Bold-Mäori, ArialNarrow-BoldItalic-Mäori, ArialNarrow-Italic-Mäori, BookAntiqua-Mäori, BookAntiqua-Bold-Mäori, BookAntiqua-BoldItalic-Mäori, BookAntiqua-Italic-Mäori, BookmanOldStyle-Mäori, BookmanOldStyle-Bold-Mäori, BookmanOldStyle-BoldItalic-Mäori, BookmanOldStyle-Italic-Mäori, CenturyGothic-Mäori, CenturyGothic-Bold-Mäori, CenturyGothic-BoldItalic-Mäori, CenturyGothic-Italic-Mäori, CenturySchoolbook-Mäori, CenturySchoolbook-Bold-Mäori, CenturySchoolbook-BoldItalic-Mäori, CenturySchoolbook-Italic-Mäori, CourierNewPSMT-Mäori, CourierNewPS-BoldMT-Mäori, CourierNewPS-BoldItalicMT-Mäori, CourierNewPS-ItalicMT-Mäori, MonotypeCorsiva-Mäori, TimesNewRomanPSMT-Mäori, TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT-Mäori, TimesNewRomanPS-BoldItalicMT-Mäori. But no longer. [Google]
Maori page with 600kb worth of Maori fonts for Mac and PC: Arial, TimesNewRoman, Verdana. The fonts need a macron over vowels. Otherwise, they are indistinguishable from ordinary Latin fonts. [Google]
Brisbane, Australia-based designer of Saber (2014, a stencil typeface with maori symbolism) and of the alchemic Symbols Typeface (2014). [Google]
Graphic designer in Hamilton, New Zealand. For a school project, she created Nga Mihi (2013), a typeface inspired by common Maori motifs appearing in traditional art and designs, in particular the art of ta moko (tattooing). [Google]
Haylie Gray (Hamilton, New Zealand) created Heartwood (2012), a decorative font that was inspired by native flora in New Zealand and by Maori symbols. [Google]
Hoang Duc Nguyen
Hanoi-based designer of the ornamental caps typeface Maori Tattoo (2013). [Google]
Maori designer in Hamilton City, New Zealand, who created the computer simulation typeface Nikora (2013) during his studies at Waikato Institute of Technology. [Google]
Jaduger Design Studio (and: Twodollarshop)
Mobaric Minhas is the Auckland, New Zealand-based designer of the old typewriter typeface families AMTW (2016), Typerighter (2016) and Silk Remington Typewriter (2016) and the vintage typeface Steadfast (2016). In 2016, he created the modular sans typeface Production, the display typefaces Whakatani and Whangarei, the techno sans typeface family Glorifie, the grungy letterpress font Handy, the grungy typeface Brushed, the high-contrast display typeface Manukao and the squarish typeface Manurewah.
Typefaces from 2017: Ashial Chalky, Mibrush (dry brush script), Malo Script, Egyp (hieroglyphs), Cycle Font (bike scanbats), Tamaki Pro (grungy letterpress emulation typeface), Stone Age, Kabadi (a geometric headline sans), King's Initials, Handwriter (grungy).
Typefaces from 2018: Gothink (an ultra-condensed sans family with solid and aged versions of all styles), Kula, Reformer (a tall condensed gothic sans).
A substore of Jadugar Design Studio is Twodollarshop. MyFonts link. [Google]
Witehira is of Tamahaki (Ngati Hinekura), Nga Puhi (Ngai-tu-te-auru), Ngati Haua, and New Zealand European descent. In 2014, he developed the Maori typeface Whakarare after he returned to New Zealand to pursue his doctorate in Maori design at Massey University. [Google]
During her studies at the School of Media Arts, Wintec in Hamilton, New Zealand, Jordan Mawer (Tauranga, New Zealand) created the display typeface Mawi (2015), which was influenced by some shapes from the Maori culture. [Google]
In 2019, Kendra Leilua (Auckland, New Zealand) and Jacob Lepper embarked on a project to map and ccreated the (Maori) Te Reo alphabet. [Google]
KLIM (or: Klim Type Foundry)
KLIM is a type and graphic design studio run by Wellington, New Zealand-based designer Kris Sowersby, now affiliated with Village. Interview. Behance link. Klingspor link. Views on engineered geometry. His creations:
- Feijoa (2007, a serif family for text, Village).
- National (2007, a sans serif family, Village). This type family won an award at TDC2 2008. Duncan Forbes: National is slightly mannered, which becomes more apparent in the heavier weights yet it still remains simple, subtle and serious. [...] It has a human charm that gives such warmth and learned beauty to text.
- FF Meta Serif (2007, Serif counterpart of FF Meta, with Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz).
- Galaxie Copernicus (2009) is a large x-height serif family done at Village in cooperation with Chester Jenkins. It was inspired (from very far) by Plantin's types. Another outgrowth of Plantin is Tiempos (2018), in Fine, Headline and Text subfamilies, which has both Times New Roman and Copernicus Galaxie as its parents.
- Domaine Text and Display, in 48 styles (2013). Wedge serif on a didone skeleton. The Domaine Sans Display and Domaine Sans Fine subfamilies are exquisite fashion mag typefaces.
- Founders Grotesk (2010). Roughly based on Miller&Richard Grotesque (No. 4, No. 7, No. 3), from a 1912 Miller&Richard specimen book. The proportions are just right---I will place my bets on this one for several best of 2010 award lists. The Condensed and X-Condensed are from 2011, and Founders Grotesk Text was published in 2013. Founders Grotesk Mono followed in 2014.
- Metric (2011). A sans family with hints of art deco in the heavier weights. It is paired with Calibre (2011). Sowersby writes: Metric&Calibre are a pair of typefaces that share a fundamental geometry yet differ in the finish of key letterforms. Metric is a geometric humanist, sired by West Berlin street signs. Calibre is a geometric neo-grotesque, inspired by the rationality of Aldo Novarese's seldom seen Recta. They were conceived as a pair but function independently of each other. In a clever twist, Metric offers vertical stroke endings and Calibre horizontal ones in a selected number of glyphs.
- Tiempos Text and Tiempos Headline (2010). Named for Times New Roman, this type has influences from the Egyptian Galaxie Copernicus, which is based on Plantin, as well as from Times New Roman.
- FF Unit Slab (2007, with Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz).
- Newzald (2007), an economical text serif based on rough lettering found in New Zealand. Review of Newzald at Typographica.
A mono version of Futura thanks to a great plastic surgeon. [Google]
- Pitch (2011). A typewriter face.
- Hardys (2008), an elegant serif typeface custom designed for Australia's Constellation Wines. Hardys won an award at TDC2 2009. Hardys reviewed at Typographica.
- Serrano (2008): a sans family designed for the Bank of New Zealand. It will be available for licensing starting in October 2013. In addition, it won an award at TDC2 2009.
- Eliza (2003).
- NZ Rugby Chisel (2006, The All Blacks Typeface).
- Hokotohu (2007, a typeface for the Moriori).
- Victoria Sans and Serif (2007, custom typefaces for Victoria University).
- Methven Flow.
- Rewards (2006). A serif family designed with Chester Jenkins for American Express.
- Financier (2014). A corporate typeface done for Financial Times.
- The blackletter pixel font Pixel Fraktur (2002).
- The pixel script font Nobody came to class (2003).
- Pixel uncial (2003).
- Luca Titling (2003, an ancient roman titling typeface based on inscriptions from 1590).
- Mono, Mono Pre (2003).
- Kilbernie Sans (2003), Kilbirnie Serif (2004).
- Klim Sans (2004).
- A Slabb (2004, a slab serif), Slabb (nice slab version of Klim Sans).
- Karv (2005, alternative for Trajan), Karv Sans.
- National Condensed and National Compressed (2007).
- Aperture (2007), a sans for small sizes.
- Valencia (2007), a warm didone.
- Salamanca (2005).
- Sevilo (2005).
- Zinc (2005).
- Elegantia (2005, based on Polyphilus).
- Karbon, Karbon Serif (2006: raves from the typophiles!). Karbon is an open, geometric sans serif with a contemporary spartan finish. It is an exploration of Paul Renner's reductionist Futura concept channelled through the proportions of Eric Gill's eponymous sans, with a slight nod towards Jan Tschichold's Uhertype sans-serif. Includes seven weights in roman and italic.
- The Italian (negative stress) typeface Maelstrom.
- In 2015, the custom octagonal typeface Pure Pakati was developed at Whybin TBWA Auckland for Tourism New Zealand. Its design team comprised Philip Kelly (design director), Karl Wixon (Maori design consultant), Kris Sowersby (type designer) and Rangi Kipa (Maori carver). Pure Pakati blends the traditions of wood type with the traditional indigenous carving style of Aotearoa (New Zealand) in a hand-carved and digital fonts. It won an Nga Aho Award from the Designers Institute of New Zealand and Nga Aho Inc in 2015.
- Domaine Sans (2014, with Dave Foster) won an award in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition.
- Stern Metric (2011).
- The monospaced / typewriter typeface family Pitch Sans (2018).
- Geograph (2018) was designed by Kris Sowersby and engineered by Noe Blanco. Panos Haratzopoulos designed Greek versions. The Geograph fonts are currently licensed for the exclusive use of National Geographic. It is a comprehensive replacement of several typefaces that National Geographic had been using such as Verlag and Neue Haas Grotesk.
- Heldane (Text, Display) (2018), designed by Kris Sowersby and engineered by Noe Blanco: Heldane is a contemporary serif family inspired by the renaissance works of Hendrik van den Keere, Claude Garamont, Robert Granjon and Simon de Colines. Rather than emulating a specific font, Heldane amalgamates the best details from these sources into a cohesive whole. The classical typographic foundations of Heldane are refined with rigorous digital drawing. I consider Heldane a third generation garalde typeface drawn from secondary sources. The first generation are 16th century works from the likes of Van den Keere, Garamont, Granjon and De Colines. The second generation are 20th century conscious metal revivals. By conscious, I mean the concerted effort to revive a specific style, whether the source was accurate---like Stempel Garamond; or not---like American Type Foundry Garamond No.3. The third generation are those made since 1955, after the re-discovery of the Plantin-Moretus archives and subsequent scholarship. These are types like Sabon, Galliard, Adobe Garamond and Renard. The designers of these faces skilfully exploit modern scholarship, disambiguation of punchcutters, and trace accurate lines to their primary sources.
- The Future Mono. A superb take on Futura, which Kris describes as follows: Imagine if Paul Renner moved to Japan and Kyota Sugimoto asked him to adapt Futura to a typewriter.
[KLIM (or: Klim Type Foundry)]
Honolulu, HI-based designer of the blackletter typeface Ngatahi (2016): Ngatahi's forms are influenced by the structure and shapes inherent in 19th century Gothic Revival Architecture; a style that was brought to New Zealand by the early European settlers. The pattern work and koru shaped terminals are a reflection of Maori weaving and Kowhaiwhai patterns that are commonly used in Maori art and architecture. [Google]
Graduate of Yoobee Design School. Inspired by Maori carvings, Lee Taniwha (Auckland, New zealand) created Te Wero (2012). [Google]
Two orphaned fonts from ca. 2000: Garamond Macron Maori, Reddfish. Designers unknown. [Google]
Canterbury, UK-based creator of the ornamental caps typeface called Maori (2011). [Google]
[Jaduger Design Studio (and: Twodollarshop)]
[Otto Maurer (was: Tattoofont)]
Otto Maurer (was: Tattoofont)
Tattoo artist and graphic designer from Dinslaken (Duisburg), Germany, b. 1968, Duisburg. Klingspor link.
Otto Maurer (Tattoofont) created Ipoint (2008, a 15-style fun-filled Bauhaus-inspired family), Black and Beauty (2007, blackletter family), Big Rain (2007), Blood (2007, dripping blood type), Preussen (2007, a 4-style blackletter family), Otto Bismarck Italic (2007), an italic blackletter face, and its parent, Otto Bismarck (2007). Designer of the free curly font Corps Script (2006) and Corps Script Shadow (2006). Creator with Sabrina of the free handwriting fonts Sabsis Handwriting Version 3 (2007) and Sabsis Handwriting (2007). Home page. Dafont link. Yet another URL.
In 2007, he went partially commercial and set up shop at MyFonts. His fonts there include the artsy Sailors Tattoo (2006), SailorsTattoo-waves (2007), Sailors Tattoo Pro Xmas (2007), Sick Skull (2007, scary), Tribal Maori (2007), MauBo Flatline (2007, experimental), Tribal Dingbats (2007), Tribaltypo (2007: quite interesting), MauBo (2007, mechanical look), Hotrod (2007), Blood (2007, scary), MauBo Flatline (2007, white on black) and Corpse Fairy (2007), Mrs. Sabo (2007, calligraphic and grunge hand), Tribal King (2007), Pierced (2007), Big Rain (2007), Detective Maurice (2007, a typeface with fingerprints on the alphabet), Cutdown Maurice (2007), Digital Maurice (2007), Good Old Fifties (2007, 11 styles), Tribal Dingbats II (2008, a tattoo font), Tribal tattoos III (2010), Hot Flames (2008), Drago (2008, a blackletter and alphading family), Party Night (2009), Tattoo Girl (2008).
Typefaces from 2009: Yuma (2009, Western saloon font), Freiheit (2009, blackletter), Lycaner (2009, blackletter), Sud France (2009, script), Psychbilly (2009, fat brush), Love Mom (2009), Vampire (2009), Animal Zoo (2009), Turtle (2009), Grunge (2009, cracked marble family), Crate (2009).
Typefaces from 2010: Big Mom (2010, a family that includes a blackboard bold style), Haike (2010).
Typefaces from 2011: Tinka Babe (2011, a gangster or tattoo script), Poisoni Pro (2011, tall art nouveau style brush face, with Shadow and College sub-styles), Lanzelott (2011, a very elegant retro display family, followed in 2017 by New Lanzelott), Stencilla (2011, a heavy stencil face), Guilin (2007, brushy), Darkwood (2011), Rock n Roll Typo (2011), Loreen (2011: an elegant display family that includes a hairline and a shadow style).
In 2012, he made the pointy Psychomonster typeface.
In 2013, Otto Maurer published the gangster tattoo font Bibiana as a companion for Tinka Babe.
Typefaces from 2014: Cupcakes Winterwonder (snowy font), Soul Winterwonder, Loreen Hollywood (art deco), Soul Material Design Dingbatz, Soul Love (Valentine's Day font), AZ Cupcakes, Soul (a sans family with some flaring), Christe Wagner (a great set of curly Victorian music sheet-inspired typefaces), Spider Type, Marie Lyn, Mariedean (a Victorian titling set, including decorative caps), Peachy (+ Shadow: a slab serif).
Typefaces from 2015: Maori New Zeeland, Chika Tattoo (12-style tattoo script), Chino Tattoo, Big Yukon (Wild West font), Bonecracker, Freibeuter NR (Western Tuscan family), Sailor Marie (tattoo font family), Baby Lyns ABC (children's book alphabet).
Typefaces from 2017: Anchorage (a sailor's tattoo font), Friedrichsfeld (blackletter).
Typefaces from 2018: Lettre Damour (handwriting font), Cryptolucre (started in 2014, Cryptolucre is a font specifically for all crypto currencies like Bitcoins, Litecoins, Ethereum, Ark, Siacoin and Golem--the icon version includes some existing currency logos and newly invented currency logos), Haike, Soul Leo (textured), Soul Skull, Tattooflash Fingers, Tattooflash Marie.
Typefaces from 2019: Stencilla.
Showcase of Otto Maurer's fonts. View the typefaces made by Otto Maurer. [Google]
Graphic designer in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2013, he summarizes his career: Early career working in New Zealand for not for profit clients in theatre, music and fine arts. Two years at Saatchi & Saatchi NZ followed by ten years in New York City as a type director, design director and photographer. Recently returned to New Zealand after two years in Shanghai.
Typefaces designed by him include Basalt (2011, bilined), Brutalism (2008), Cement (2009, octagonal), Hellvettika (1998, gothic, tattoo font), Esosquare (1998, squarish), Phrank (1997, experimental), and Hanson Unicase (2006).
In 2015, the custom octagonal typeface Pure Pakati was developed at Whybin TBWA Auckland for Tourism New Zealand. Its design team comprised Philip Kelly (design director), Karl Wixon (Maori design consultant), Kris Sowersby (type designer) and Rangi Kipa (Maori carver). Pure Pakati blends the traditions of wood type with the traditional indigenous carving style of Aotearoa (New Zealand) in a hand-carved and digital fonts.
Behance link. Another Behance link. Old URL. [Google]
Wellington, New Zealand-based designer of the Maori-themed textured typeface Ngake (2015). [Google]
Auckland, New Zealand-based designer of Aotea Square (2018), which is an Aztec / Maori decorative caps typeface. [Google]
Sam Bunny (Wellington, New Zealand) created Spaceman (2013), a sci-fi typeface, and Radius (2014, a modular typeface based on quarter circles). Behance link. [Google]
Hamilton, New Zealand-based designer of Whanau Kaha (2014), a typeface that is inspired by the Maoris. [Google]
[BluHead Studio LLC]
During her studies at the School of Media Arts, Wintec in Hamilton, New Zealand, Tiana Paul created the super-organic typeface Aihikirimi (2015). This typeface uses some shapes from the Maori culture. [Google]