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Maori fonts


Albany AMT

A typeface by Agfa-Monotype, dated 2001, that covers Maori. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amabile Vieira

Graphic designer in Marilia, Brazil, who created the ornamental typeface Maia Maori (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

BluHead Studio LLC
[Steve Zafarana]

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.

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Churchward Type
[Joseph Churchward]

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), 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.

Klingspor link.

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Emma Takiwa

During her graphic design studies in Auckland, New Zealand, Emma Takiwa created the ornamental caps typeface Maori (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ezgi Aum

Istanbul-based designer of Maori (2013), a display typeface that builds on Maori ornaments. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fancy Fantasy Fonts

Vicky Tay's great fancy/faerie/fantasy/dingbat font archive. Has some Maori fonts (Verdana, ComicSans, TimesRoman). [Google] [More]  ⦿

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] [More]  ⦿

Hana Teaohurihuri

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] [More]  ⦿

Hannah Beck

Brisbane, Australia-based designer of Saber (2014, a stencil typeface with maori symbolism) and of the alchemic Symbols Typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hayley Simmonds

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] [More]  ⦿

Haylie Gray

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] [More]  ⦿

Hoang Duc Nguyen

Hanoi-based designer of the ornamental caps typeface Maori Tattoo (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jade Ormsby

Maori designer in Hamilton City, New Zealand, who created the computer simulation typeface Nikora (2013) during his studies at Waikato Institute of Technology. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jordan Mawer

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] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Churchward
[Churchward Type]

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KLIM (or: Klim Type Foundry)
[Kris Sowersby]

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.
  • 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.
Custom Unfinished
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Kris Sowersby
[KLIM (or: Klim Type Foundry)]

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Lee Taniwha

Graduate of Yoobee Design School. Inspired by Maori carvings, Lee Taniwha (Auckland, New zealand) created Te Wero (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿


A Garamond Macron Maori font (Windows), and two Maori TrueType fonts called Reddfish. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Dale

Canterbury, UK-based creator of the ornamental caps typeface called Maori (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Otto Maurer
[Otto Maurer (was: Tattoofont)]

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Otto Maurer (was: Tattoofont)
[Otto Maurer]

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), 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).

Showcase of Otto Maurer's fonts. View the typefaces made by Otto Maurer. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Philip Kelly

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] [More]  ⦿

Sam Bunny

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] [More]  ⦿

Shawnee Hooper

Hamilton, New Zealand-based designer of Whanau Kaha (2014), a typeface that is inspired by the Maoris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steve Zafarana
[BluHead Studio LLC]

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Tiana Paul

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] [More]  ⦿