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[The Memphis Design Group (1981-1991) in Italy introduced kitsch and op-art in furniture. It also has a following among present day type designers. The image shown is from the Memphis font by Cina Catteau.]








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Amélie Touchet

Marseille, France-based designer of the Memphis style color font Aigu (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anton Malina

Russian designer of the LED lights font LED (2015), the colorful 3d typeface Isometric (2016), and the bubblegum font Bubble Letters (2016). In 2017, he designed the colorful geometric all caps alphabet Memphis and the colorful sketched typeface Funky.

All fonts are in vector format. Aka Malina Shop. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anton Priyatna

Bandung, Indonesia-based designe of the hand-crafted typeface Caca (2017) and the geometric solid (Memphis style) typeface Yeah (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anugraha Design
[Cina Catteau]

Pokhara, Nepal-based designer whose work is characterized by bold colorful geometric patterns and constructions. Typefaces from 2017 include Roam (which Cina calls a tribal type) and the color font Beach Towel.

In 2017, she also published a wood type collection:

  • Barn Raising. A sturdy sans-serif in regular and rounded.
  • Prairie. A perfectly square geometric serif, in inline and regular.
  • Broad Sheet. A wide slab serif with 1.5:1 proportions. This one has a western flair but is simple enough to work for a variety of projects.
  • Prize. An ornate slab serif with a circus / carnival vibe.
  • Extra extra. A quirky slab serif most like 1900s printmaking letters.

Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cina Catteau
[Anugraha Design]

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Diego Calvo

Liège, Belgim-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Memphis (2014), which is inspired by Memphis Furniture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dri Zy
[Faqih Sandri]

Dri Zy, orv Drizy, is Faqih Sandri, aka Faqih Fawaji. Bandung, Indonesia-based designer of the layered techno typeface Trixie (2016), the brush typefaces Syelma Script (2016) and Syemox (2016), the gothic typeface Dark Widow (2016), the vintage lettering typefaces Overjoyed (2016, Western style) and Beatrixe (2016), the paperclip typeface Kuxu (2016), Dark Widow (2016), Brain Melt (2016: the ultimate Halloween / horror font), Mama Lian (2016), Copper (2016), Dust (2016), the brush script fonts Aeros (2016) and Rostoh (2016, brushy), the children's script typeface Roast (2016), the hand-crafted Eastpine (2016), Nyam (2016, layered) and Monstahh (2016), the slimy Halloween typeface Brain Melt (2016), and the poster typeface family Ayuenda (2016).

Typefaces from 2017: Heimdal (futuristic), Alectro (sci-fi style, with elements of Sinaloa), Wakiki (layered typeface), Kauai, Maui Script, Mokoto (a layered TV glitch typeface), Anxiety (multiline font), Nemphis (neo deco), Andimia (a layered Victorian font family), Mr. Trumb (comic book style, what else?), Mr. Trumb Chalk.

Typefaces from 2018: Solo (a thin all caps avant-garde font), Midnight (horror font), Buick (ethnic, futuristic and bold), Astro, Amoux, Galatee, Solo (geometric sans), Love & Life. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabrika de typos
[Marcio Hirosse]

Fabrika de typos is a Brazilian fondry run by Marcio Hirosse (b. 1969) in Sao Paulo. He made Destroyer (2007, splatter grunge), Helena (2007), Boogaloo (2006), Casual (2006), Expedito (2006), Impresso (2006), Club (2006), Qualque Coisa (2006), Pig (2006), Boogaloo, Casual, Error (2006), Sherley XXX (2006), Thailandesa (2006, Thai simulation face), Expedito, Impresso, Club (2006, stencil), Ferrugem (2006, grunge), Qualque Coisa (2006), Saco de Pao (2006, grunge), Clean (2006, experimental), Poesie Noire (2006, a great multiline calligraphic face), Fuck You Las Vegas (2005), Serial Killer (2004, bloodied Arial), Tragedia (2004), Font Macabra (2004), Font Abuso (grunge), Font Cartaz (2004, stencil face), and Font Mexicana. He created Ballom (psychedelic), Anarchy, Macabra, Cartaz, Crash, Tragedia, Abuso, Estragou de novo (1999), Sucata Special, Brother Bear, Floppy Disk, Punk Dingbats (2004-2005, destructionist typefaces), Swiss AntiNormal (2005), Jooy (2007, grunge), Deusdeti (2007, double script), Deux ex Machina (2007, blackletter-inspired), Comunista (2007, constructivist), BONDAGE-DEMO-VERSION (2007), CASULO-DEMO (2007), D-E-S-T-R-O-Y-E-R-D-E-M-O-V-E-R-S-I-O-N (2007), GARTEN-VON-DORNEN-BLACK---DEMO-VERSION (2007), GARTEN-VON-DORNEN-DEMO-VERSION (2007), Load (2007, grunge), LYSSA-DEMO-VERSION (2007), MUMIA-DEMO-VERSION (2007), OFF-SET---DEMO-VERSION (2007, grunge), Pig (2006, rough stencil typeface), PLEASURES-DEMO-VERSION (2007), Querencia-Army-DEMO-VERSION (2007), TETARIA (2007), FDT Sodomy (2008, blackletter), FDT Carreto (2008), all freely downloadable.

In 2017, he created the colored Memphis-style typeface Denoise.

Commercial typefaces: Circus de Terror, Rapariga (curly), Indiana, Hard Core, Iemanjai, Disorder, Joy, Deusdeti, Deux ex Machina, Comunista, Destroyer, Off Set, Pleasures Poesie Noire, Helena, Base, Clean, Casulo, Serial killer.

Creations in 2012: Big Pig, Suicidal Tendencies.

In 2015, he made FDT Wonderland.

Dafont link. Yet another URL. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Faqih Sandri
[Dri Zy]

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Igor Petrovic

Graphic designer from Belgrade, Serbia, who now works at Rainy Dot in Berlin. He created these typefaces:

  • The free rounded layered vector format typeface Zujal (2013).
  • The rounded monoline sans typeface Postcard (2015).
  • Popsky (2015). A wonderful popart font described as constructivism wearing sunglasses. Published as a color font at Fontself.
  • Prota Basic (2015) and Prota Standard (2016). A rounded sans inspired by Scandinavian industrial design.
  • At Typeclinic 12th International Type Design Workshop in 2016, he designed the rounded sans typeface Soberlin.
  • Mempix (2017). A great multicolor font made with Fontself. Its design is influenced by the Memphis Group.
  • Lesbos Pen (2018) and Lesbos Multicolor (2018). This seems to be identical to his Olcino (2018). Perhaps Jack Roger who made a font called Lesbos in 2015, asked him to rename it.
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Isha Shah

Mumbai, India-based designer of a Memphis-style decorative caps typefce (2018) and of the devanagari typeface Avshicha Gho (2018), which was inspired by the architectural design of the temple Padmanabh Swamy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jackson D. Green

During studies in New York City, Jackson Green (or just Jack Green) designed the sci-fi typeface Memphis Sans (2016) and the blackletter typefaces Heutig (2016) and Iron-On Blackletter (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juliana Pedemonte

Colorblok founder Juliana Pedemonte's illustration and motion graphic work first appeared on VH1, MTV and Nickelodeon Latin America in 2003. Born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, she studied at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2018, with Alejandro Paul at Sudtipos, she designed the Memphis-style color font Ponche in 2018. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lara Kothe

Hamburg, Germany-based designer of the 3d decorative caps typeface Memphistype (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leandro Castelao

Illustrator in Buenos Aires who heads Studio Castelao. In 2018, he designed Maquina at Sudtipos in cooperation with Alejandro Paul. Maquina is a geometric Memphis-style decorative color font. They explain: The package contains a normal OTF font in Black and White and 3 versions of colorfonts in SVG-OTF format. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Louise Guillouart

Paris-based designer of the Memphis-style geometric typeface Vinyl in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marcio Hirosse
[Fabrika de typos]

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Mari Po

Saint Petersburg, Russia-based designer of the postmodernist neo deco decorative caps alphabet Memphis (2017). Shutterstock link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Cina
[You Work For Them (or YWFT; formerly Cinahaus or TrueIsTrue)]

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Mihrinaz Ilgun

Istanbul, Turkey-based designer of a modular typeface (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nastya Sokha

During her studies in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Anastasiia Sokha designed an elaborate deco typeface called Memphis (2015). The name refers the Memphis Style promoted by the Memphis group in 1981, for whom decoration and styling was a game to combat austere modernism. They achieved this by combining flashy geometric shapes with bright colors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rafael Ruvalcaba

During his studies, Coahulla, Mexico-based Rafael Ruvalcaba designed the decorative caps typeface Memphis (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riel Louise Castalone

Calamba, Philippines-based student-designer of a Memphis-style typeface in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scarlett Danks

Nuneaton, United Kingdom-based designer of the geometric display typeface Memphis (2017). This project was done during her studies at Sheffield Hallam. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silas Swritanta

Parisian designer of the op-art typeface Victor (2016). He operated briefly as Video Drome, but that name was quickly withdrawn. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Spun Inthawong

London, UK-based designer of a colorful geometric solid typeface in 2017, that could be considered in the Memphis Design Group style. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Memphis Group

The Memphis Group was an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 which designed Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987. The Memphis group's work often incorporated plastic laminate and was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colourful decoration and asymmetrical shapes, sometimes arbitrarily alluding to exotic or earlier styles.

Wikipedia: On December 11, 1980, Ettore Sottsass organised a meeting with designers, and in 1981 formed a design collaborative named Memphis. The name was taken after the Bob Dylan song "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" which had been played repeatedly throughout the evening's meeting. They drew inspiration from such movements as Art Deco and Pop Art, including styles such as the 1950s Kitsch and futuristic themes. The group produced and exhibited furniture and design objects, annually from 1981 until 1988. The result was a highly acclaimed debut at the 1981 Salone del Mobile of Milan, the world's most prestigious furniture fair. The group's members included Alessandro Mendini, Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele de Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Matteo Thun, Javier Mariscal, Luciano Paccagnella, Peter Shire, George Sowden, Marco Zanini, Paola Navone, Ettore Sottsass, and the journalist Barbara Radice. Sottsass left the movement in 1985, and it disbanded in 1991.

In 2012, Bertrand Pellegrin called the movement a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price.

Type designers have brought the Memphis design principles back to life in numerous typeface projects. The arrival of color fonts has facilitated this. See here.

The official site of the Memphis group. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Veronica Smith

Veronica Smith has a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at The University of Newcastle. She created the multicolor multitextured Memphis style typeface Shape in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

You Work For Them (or YWFT; formerly Cinahaus or TrueIsTrue)
[Michael Cina]

Michael Cina (Minneapolis) is the cofounder of WeWorkForThem and YouWorkForThem (in 2002), also known as YWFT. Before that, he ran TrueIsTrue, and before that was partner in Test Pilot Collective (which he left in 2001), and before that he ran Cinahaus. YWFT is located in Knoxville, TN and/or Baltimore, MD. The creative director is Michael Paul Young.

Cina's fonts include the pixel fonts YWFT Caliper (1998), YWFT Bit (1998), 6x7oct (1998) and BlackGold; the handwriting font Cinahand; Blessed (1999, techno), YWFT Cam (1998, a slab serif based on industrial lettering), CommunityService, Crossover (1998, dot matrix with stars instead of dots), Composite (1998, octagonal), Formation (1999, a big octagonal family), Jute (2004, a masculine, military, sans-serif), YWFT Maetl (1999, octagonal, angular family), YWFT Moteur (a technical, retro, machine-like design; it briefly went under the name Alloy---in the early 2000s it was heavily used in the video gaming magazine Playstation), YWFT Novum (2002: a heavy block font that draws inspiration from a typeface originally used by the Swiss graphic designer Siegfried Odermatt), Pakt, Reversion (1997, squarish), Selector, Selek (1998, pixelish), YWFT Blackgold (2000, pixelish), Service (2001-2002, an octagonal family), YWFT Signature (1998), Trisect (1999, three-lined family), Unisect (1999, organic monoline sans), YWFT Ultramagnetic (1996, a popular rounded gothic typeface family), Ultramagnetic2 (1999), YWFT Ultramagnetic Expanded (2011), YWFT Ultramagnetic Rough (1996-2017), Unfinished. Bastard (1998), Kcap6 (with Matt Desmond), Cheese (1998), Novum (2002), Overcross (2002, unfocused letters), Stem (1998), Testacon (with Kral and Desmond, 1999), Praun (2002, pixel typefaces), OneCross (2002, pixelish stitching family), Estenceler (2004, a great stencil family a bit related to Milton Glaser's Glaser Stencil), Graphium (2004, octagonal Western style family), Expos (2004, graffiti or poster face), YWFT Pixacao (2007, after the Brazilian graffiti style), Vox (2007, monoline sans), Militia Sans (2007, like a Russian constructivist stencil), Jupiter (roman), Militia (2007, heavier stencil), Merc (2007, grunge), Guild (2007), Clarendon Text (2007, a complete revival), Jezebel (2007, script), Ambassador Script (2007, a digital revival of Novarese's typeface by that name), Enam (2002, influenced by Crouwel), Enigmatic Hand (2007), Dusty (2007, a Tuscan-eared Western font), YWFT Poplock (2007, experimental), YWFT Pakt (2004, geometric sans), Sudsy (2007), Black Sabbath (2008, ultra black slab serif, by Stefan Kjartansson), YWFT Belle (2008), YWFT Agostina (2008), YWFT Bitwood (2007-2017, pixelish Western typeface), YWFT Mullino (2009, letterpress emulation), Trithart (2008, grunge by Emma Trithart), YWFT Tapscott (2008-2017, informal and nostalgic all caps family, in the style of Rennie Mackintosh), Habano (2008, script), Amorinda (signage script), Retron (2008, connected script), MD01 (medical-themed dingbats), Adelaide (script), Centennial Script (calligraphic), Alexia (calligraphic), Ultramagnetic (experimental), Nash (1997, grunge), Amber (kitchen tile), Fab (3d), 6x7 Oct (1998, pixels and dots), Wool (2009, stencil), YWFT Matter (2009, a wide bold grotesque), YWFT Merriam (2009, a Clarendon-styled slab serif), Agostina Alternate (2011, with Michael Paul Young and Taechit Jiropaskosol), Ramsey (2012), YWFT Dessau (2013, schizograms and capitals like Bauhaus on drugs), YWFT League (2014, inspired by college football jerseys), YWFT Yoke (poster typeface done with Pintassilgo), YWFT Illuminati (2015, abstract capitals).

Blog. His lovely g poster (2010).

House fonts at YWFT by unknown designers: YWFT Knit (2010: knitting patterns), YWFT Motif (2015), Ramsey Condensed (2015), YWFT Roamer (2016), YWFT Whisky (alchemic), YWFT Psychosis, YWFT Processing (2001-2010: YWFT Processing was developed in 2001 for Casey Reas, the co-creator of the Processing programming language. We created this display face to be sharp, tall, unique and interesting...much like Mr. Reas himself. The font was derived from an original logo that already existed, and we continued the idea into a fully working six-weight font family. YWFT Processing was converted to Opentype format in 2010), YWFT Filbert (2012), YWFT Nim (2012, combining the hipster style with overlays for bevel and shadow effects), Dogma (2012, alchemic), Attic (spooky poster face, in EPS format), YWFT Yoke (textured all-caps), Riblah (2003, dot matrix), YWFT Fraktur (tattoo face), YWFT Burls (2013, fat poster typeface), YWFT Coltrane (2011, handdrawn poster typeface), YWFT Symplify (2013: haute couture snowflakes), YWFT Smoothie, YWFT Chance (2016), YWFT Skipper (2016), YWFT Wheatgrass (2016), YWFT Estee (2002-2017), YWFT Watermelon (2017), YWFT Ink (2017, originally designed in 2008), YWFT QUE, YWFT Burtonian (2017, named after Tim Burton), YWFT Crew (hand-crafted), YWFT Maudlin (2017), YWFT Liana (2017; perhaps plumbing dingbats, who knows?), YWFT Victoria (2010: a bonbonnerie type), YWFT Valley (2017: a Memphis movement type), YWFT Wellsworth (2017), YWFT Harmony (2008-2017, a curly calligraphic script), YWFT Edger (2017), YWFT Chateau, YWFT Gummy (2002-2018), YWFT Blender (2018), YWFT Fluctuant (2018: a variable font).

View Michael Cina's typefaces. Alternate URL. Behance link. Interview. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿