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McGill University
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AdamAnt VectorWorx (was: Toniofonts)
[Antonio Bucu]

Antonio Bucu [AdamAnt VectorWorx, or AdamAnt Designs, The Philippines] designed EQUINOX, GraphicAttitudeMono (1999, white on black lettering), INDIOSBRAVOSTITLING (great thick lettering), MachaCow (1999, fat display face), Maharlika (1998, elegant art deco display type), Smokey, Tonio (comic book font), TONIO2, WaChaKa (1999), WASTED (handprinted).

Working on Jetstream, Multo, Buchikick, Renaissance (an OCR font). Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Frutiger

Famous type designer born in 1928 in Unterseen, Switzerland. He closely cooperates with Linotype-Hell AG, after having been artistic director at Deberny-Peignot in Paris since 1952. He established his own studio in 1962 with André Gürtler and Bruno Pfaftli. Art director for Editions Hermann, Paris 1957 to 1967. Frutiger now lives near Bern, Switzerland, and is primarily working with woodcuts. In 2009, Heidrun Osterer and Philipp Stamm coedited Adrian Frutiger Typefaces The Complete Works (Birkhäuser Verlag), a 460-page opus based on conversations with Frutiger himself and on extensive research in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland. Quote: Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay. He designed over 100 fonts. Here is a partial list:

  • Président (Deberny&Peignot, 1954). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Delta.
  • Phoebus (Deberny&Peignot, 1953).
  • Element-Grotesk.
  • Federduktus.
  • Ondine (Deberny&Peignot, 1953-1954). The Bitstream version of this font is Formal Script 421. Adobe, Linotype and URW++ each have digital versions called Ondine. Bitstream's Calligraphic 421 is slightly different.
  • Méridien (Deberny&Peignot, 1955-1957). Digitized by Adobe/Linotype in 1989.
  • Caractères Lumitype.
  • Univers (Deberny&Peignot, 1957). About the name, Frutiger wrote I liked the name Monde because of the simplicity of the sequence of letters. The name Europe was also discussed; but Charles Peignot had international sales plans for the typeface and had to consider the effect of the name in other languages. Monde was unsuitable for German, in which der Mond means "the moon". I suggested "Universal", whereupon Peignot decided, in all modesty, that "Univers" was the most all-embracing name!. Univers IBM Composer followed. In 2010, Linotype published Univers Next, which includes 59 Linotype Univers weights and 4 monospaced Linotype Univers Typewriter weights, and can be rented for a mere 2675 Euros.
  • Egyptienne F (1955, Fonderie Deberny&Peignot; 1960, for the Photon/Lumitype machine).
  • Opéra (1959-1961, Sofratype).
  • Alphabet Orly (1959, Aéroport d'Orly).
  • Apollo (1962-1964, Monotype): the first type designed for the new Monotype photosetting equipment.
  • Alphabet Entreprise Francis Bouygues.
  • Concorde (1959, Sofratype, with André Gürtler).
  • Serifen-Grotesk/Gespannte Grotesk.
  • Alphabet Algol.
  • Serifa (1967-1968, Bauersche Giesserei). URW++ lists the serif family in its 2008 on-line catalog. Other names include OPTI Silver (Castcraft), Ares Serif 94, and Sierra. Bitstream published the digital typeface Serifa BT. But it is also sold by Adobe, Tilde, Linotype, URW++, Scangraphic, and Elsner & Flake. The slab serif is robust and is based on the letterforms of Univers.
  • OCR-B (1966-1968, European Computer Manufacturers Association).
  • Alphabet EDF-GDF (1959, Électricité de France, Gaz de France).
  • Katalog.
  • Devanagari (1967) and Tamil (1970), both done for Monotype Corporation.
  • Alpha BP (1965, British Petroleum&Co.).
  • Dokumenta (1969, Journal National Zeitung Suisse).
  • Alphabet Facom (1971).
  • Alphabet Roissy (1970, Aéroport de Roissy Charles de Gaulle).
  • Alphabet Brancher (1972, Brancher).
  • Iridium (1972, Stempel).
  • Alphabet Métro (1973, RATP): for the subway in Paris.
  • Alphabet Centre Georges Pompidou. The CGP typeface (first called Beaubourg) used in the Centre Georges Pompidou from 1976-1994 is by Hans-Jörg Hunziker and Adrian Frutiger, and was developed as part of the visual identity program of Jean Widmer. It is said that André Baldinger digitized it in 1997.
  • Frutiger (1975-1976, Stempel, with Hans-Jörg Hunziker). In 1999, Frutiger Next was published by Linotype. In 2009, that was followed by Neue Frutiger (a cooperation between Frutiger and Linotype's Akira Kobayashi). In fact, Frutiger, the typeface was made for the Charles De Gaulle Airport in 1968 for signage---it was originally called Roissy, and had to be similar to Univers. It was released publically as Frutiger in 1976. The modern Bitstream version is called Humanist 777. Frutiger Next Greek (with Eva Masoura) won an award at TDC 2006. Other digital implementations of Frutiger: M690 (SoftMaker), Quebec Serial (SoftMaker), Frutus (URW), Provencale (Autologic), Frontiere (Compugraphic), Freeborn (Scangraphic), Siegfried (Varityper). Poster by Devin Lindsay.
  • Glypha (1979, Stempel). See Gentleman in the Scangraphic collection).
  • Icône (1980-1982, Stempel, Linotype). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Breughel (1982, Stempel; 1988, Linotype).
  • Dolmen.
  • Tiemann.
  • Versailles (1983, Stempel).
  • Linotype Centennial (1986).
  • Avenir (1988, Linotype). In 2004, Linotype Avenir Next was published, under the supervision of Akira Kobayashi, and with the help of a few others. Lovely poster by Ines Vital (2011).
  • Westside.
  • Vectora (1991, Linotype).
  • Linotype Didot (1991). See also Didot eText Pro (2013, Linotype).
  • Herculanum (1989, Linotype): a stone age font.
  • Shiseido (1992).
  • Frutiger Capitalis (2006, Linotype): a further exploration in the style of Herculanum, Pompeijana and Rusticana. Linotype trademarked that name even though at least five fonts by the name Capitalis already exist.
  • Pompeijana (1993, Linotype).
  • Rusticana (1993, Linotype).
  • Frutiger Stones (1998, Linotype) and Frutiger Symbols.
  • Frutiger Neonscript.
  • Courier New, based on Howard Kettler's Courier, was one of Frutiger's projects he was involved in ca. 2000.
  • AstraFrutiger (2002): a new signage face for the Swiss roads. Erich Alb comments: With a Frutiger condensed Type and illuminated signs during night it is mutch better readable.
  • Nami (2008) is a chiseled-stone sans family, made with the help of Linotype's Akira Kobayashi.
  • Neue Frutiger (2009, with Akira Kobayashi) has twice as many weights as the original Frutiger family.
Bio by Nicholas Fabian. Erich Alb wrote a book about his work: "Adrian Frutiger Formen und Gegenformen/Forms and counterforms" (Cham, 1998). Winner of the Gutenberg Prize in 1986 and the 006 Typography Award from The Society for Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). Famous quote (from a conversation in 1990 between Frutiger and Maxim Zhukov about Hermann Zapf's URW Grotesk): Hermann ist nicht ein Groteskermann. A quote from his keynote speech at ATypI1990: If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page... When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

Linotype link. FontShop link. Adrian Frutiger, sa carrière française (2008) is Adèle Houssin's graduation thesis at Estienne.

Klingspor link. Wikipedia link. View Adrian Frutiger's typefaces.

View some digital versions of Avenir. Vimeo movie on Frutiger by Christine Kopp and Christoph Frutiger entitled "Der Mann von Schwarz und weiss: Adrian Frutiger". More Vimeo movies. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Frutiger
[OCR-B: Adobe]

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Albert-Jan Pool

Dutch writer and designer, b. 1960, Amsterdam, who currently lives in Hamburg. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. From 1987 until 1991 he was the type director at Scangraphic, and from 1991-1994, he was the type manager at URW in Hamburg, at which time he completed URW Imperial, URW Linear, and URW Mauritius.

In 1994 he started his own studio Dutch Design in Hamburg, and finally he co-founded FarbTon Konzept+Design with Jörn Iken, Birgit Hartmann and Klaus-Peter Staudinger, a professor at the University of Weimar, but Pool, Iken anf Hartmann left FarbTon in 2005. Their corporate partners were DTL (Frank Blokland), URW++ (mainly for hinting), and Fontshop International. They also got freelance help from Nicolay Gogol and Gisela Will. Up until today, FarbTon has made about ten corporate types. He has worked at URW++ as a freelancer, contributing text and classification expertise to the book URW++ FontCollection.

He has been teaching typeface design at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel between 1995 and 1998 and has taken up that job again in 2005.

Fonts done by Pool include FF DIN (DIN-Mittelschrift is used on German highway signs, 1995; image, another image: for more images, see FF DIN Round at issuu.com), FF DIN Round (2010; +Cyrillic; in use; sample), FF DIN Web (2010), Jet Set Sans (for JET/Conoco gas stations), DTL Hein Gas (for Hamburger Gaswerke GmbH), Regenbogen Bold (for a radical left party in Hamburg, a roughened version of Letter Gothic), and Syndicate Sans (2012, for Syndicate Design). He also made FF OCR-F.

Together with type-consultant Stefan Rugener of AdFinder GmbH and copywriter Ursula Packhauser he wrote and designed a book on the effects of type on brand image entitled Branding with Type (Adobe Press). An expert on DIN typefaces, he spoke about DIN 16 and DIN 1451 at ATypI 2007 in Brighton, and wrote an article entitled FF DIN, the history of a contemporary typeface in the book Made with FontFont. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Legibility according to DIN 1450.

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Alexander Branczyk
[Face 2 Face (or: F2F)]

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Andreas Pihlström
[Subtype (was: Typisc or Suprb)]

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Andrey Mel'man

Russian designer of the Cyrillic/Latin version of Ray Larabie's fonts Monofonto and Neuropol, and of Newland Black (after Rudolf Koch's Neuland, 1923). He also made OCR B (a Cyrillic version) and Dollar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Bucu
[AdamAnt VectorWorx (was: Toniofonts)]

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Barcodesoft

Free but useless demo versions of OCR-A and OCR-B made between 2002 and 2007: ocra, ocraI, OCRAII, ocraIII, ocraIV, OCRB, OCRBI, OCRBIII, OCRBIV. Full versions: 119 dollars. Sorry, I have to leave the room to vomit. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bizfonts.com

Developer and distributor of business fonts and barcodes including MICR E13B, OCR-A and OCR-B, CMC-7, POSTNET, RM4SCC, Interleaved 2 of 5, Codabar, PLANET bar code (for the U.S. postal service), Code 128 and Code 39. Very expensive. All their free sample fonts are useless (most letters are missing). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bodlek Nemshnbo

Russian designer of the Cyrillic font OCR B. [Google] [More]  ⦿

British Standards for Type Classification

Typeface classification according to "British Standards 2961:1967" (or BS 2961), British Standards Institution, London, 1967.

  • Humanist: Centaur, Jenson, Verona, Kennerley.
  • Garalde: Stempel Garamond, Garamond, Caslon Old Face, Granjon, Sabon, Bembo.
  • Transitional: New Baskerville, Baskerville, Caslon, Fournier, Perpetua.
  • Didone: Bodoni, Bauer Bodoni, Torino, Walbaum.
  • Mechanistic: Clarendon, Memphis, Rockwell, Lubalin.
  • Lineal
    • Lineal Grotesque: Franklin Gothic Demi-Bold, Franklin Gothic, News Gothic, Alternate Gothic.
    • Lineal Neo-Grotesque: Helvetica Light, Akzidenz Grotesk, Folio, Helvetica, Univers.
    • Lineal Geometric: Avant Garde Medium, Avant Garde, Futura, Eurostile, Erbar.
    • Lineal Humanist: Gill Sans, Goudy Sans, Optima.
  • Incised: Albertus, Latin, Friz Quadrata.
  • Script: Brush Script, Mistral, Park Avenue, Zapf Chancery.
  • Manual: Neuland, Broadway, OCR-A, Pritchard.
  • Black Letter: Fette Fraktur, Old English, Goudy Text, Wilhelm Klingspor-Schrift.
  • Non-Latin.
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British Standards Institute (BSI)

BSI is the National Standards Body of the UK, with a globally recognized reputation for independence, integrity and innovation in the production of standards that promote best practice. It develops and sells standards and standardization solutions to meet the needs of business and society. After that paragraph, my brain needs a bit of rest. I think it says that they run a bureaucratic joint and that people better listen, or else. MyFonts pencils OCR-A down under the name of BSI, but I think that font was made by URW++. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

burodestruct (or: Typedifferent.com)
[Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda]

Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda's foundry in Bern, Switzerland, est. 1994, called Burodestruct and Typedifferent.com.

Free fonts include(d) the gorgeous GalaQuadra (by Angela Pestalozzi, 1999), Eject Katakana (1998), Dippex (1995, grunge font), Ticket (1995), Rocket 70 (1996), Ratterbit (1995, pixel font), Plakatbau (1995), Lodel Fizler (1996), Flossy (1995), Faxer (1995), Console Remix (1998), Cravt (1998, by "Katrin"), Stereotype (1998, by M. Brunner), Brockelmann (1995, free), Kristallo (1997, very original display face) and Billiet (1996).

Other fonts: Acidboyz (1998), Alustar (1999), BD Asciimax (1999, ascii art font), BD Billding, Bdr_mono (1999), Brick (1996, like Kalendar), Cluster (1996), Console (1997), Doomed (1998), Eject (1998), Electrobazar (1995), Elside (1995), Globus (1996), Fazer (1996), Lofi (1997), Medled (1995), Paccer (1995), Solaris (1998), Spicyfruits_brush_rmx (1998, a nice high-contrast face), Spicyfruits_rmx, Wurst (free, by Heiwid, 2000), Relaunch (2000), Relaunch Katakana (2000, free), Rainbow (2000), DeLaFrance (2000, free, by Heiwid), Electronic Plastic (2000), Colonius (2001), Cash (2001), Cashbox (2001), Bilding (2001), Meter (2001), Mustang (2001), Bankwell (2001), BD Alm (2001), Balduin (2001), Tatami (2001, oriental look font), Hexades (2001, free), Nippori (2002, techno), Jura (2002), Bonbon (2002, free), Band (2002, free), Navyseals (2002, kitchen tile font), Ritmic (2002), BDR Mono (1999, OCR-like font), Mann (2003, ultra fat stencil), Aroma (2003), Zenith (2003), Nebraska (2003), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Wakarimasu (2004, free kana face), BD Bernebeats (2004, futuristic), BD Deckard (2004), BD Spinner (2004), BD Victoria (2004), BD Designer (2004), BD Kalinka (2005, a curly ultra-fat display face), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Varicolor (2005, stencil), BD Chantilly (2005), BD Memory (2005), BD Emerald (2005, beveled), BD Kalinka (2005, Cyrillic simulation), BD Extrwurst (2005), BD Aquatico (2005), BD Mandarin (2005), BD Polo (2005), BD Beans (2005), BD Tiny (2005, pixel face), BD Times New Digital (2006), BD Panzer (2006), BD Jupiter, BD Jupiter Stencil (2006), BD Pipe (2006), BDR Mono 2006 (2006), BD Fimo Outline (2007, free, by Nathalie Birkle), BD Bermuda (2007, experimental and geometric), BD Smoker (2007, psychedelic), BD Radiogram (2007), BD Mother (2007, exaggerated black Egyptian), BD Fimo Regular (2007, free), BD Demon (2007), BD Reithalle (2007, free), BD Halfpipe (2007, free), BD Broadband (2008, free; not to be confused with the much older fonts BroadbandICG or FLOP Design's Broadband), BD Viewmaster and BD Viewmaster Neon (2008), BD Electrobazaar (2008), BD Motra (2008, stencil), BD Virtual (2008), BD Spacy 125 (2008), BD AsciiMax, BD ElAutobus (2004), BD Equipment (2004), BD Ramen (2003), BD Retrocentric (2009), BDR A3MIK (2009, virile Latin and Cyrillic slab), BD HitBit (2009), BD Unicorse (2010, unicase and techno), BD Telegraph (2011), BD Schablone (2012, stencil face), BD Pankow (2013, stencil), BD Algebra (2014), BD Hiragana Kuro (2014), BD Qualle (2014, a fat poster typeface).

Alternate URL. Dafont link. Behance link.

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Cayo Navarro

Peruvian graphic and web designer. At FontStruct, he created a number of pixel fonts in 2009, such as gridnPix75 (+Light, +nLite), OCR-APix6, cayoPix45, ScrptPix5, sCapsPix4, SerifPix6, moSpPix57, ClassPix5, MicriPix4, CorpoPix5, and BminiPix5. Other fonts there include Proton Type (2009), the geometric pxlNotSqr (2009) and the sturdy headline faces Woznian (2009, inspired by bitmap fonts like Chicago and Charcoal) and Gizmatik (2009), his best font. In 2009, he added NuevoSolStile (in the Eurostile/Microgramma mold), MacroBold (ultra-fat), Steam Punker, Funkadeliai, Monocodigo, FS Mini, FS Remix (horizontally striped), BlackSQRda (blackletter), Fontscript, Scanografia (vertical striping of letters), Stencikal, Bloxed (white on black), BlackSQRda, NSS Unicase (unicase), NuevoSolStile (unicase). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Widdowson
[Monospace fonts: Christopher Widdowson]

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Daniel Williams

During his studies, Daniel Williams (Angwin, CA, b. 1986) combined the famous monospaced OCR font Data Control and the wedge serif typeface Narkisim Regular to obtain Corrupt Data (2014). He designed Meat Hook in 2014 using FontStruct. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dave Williams

UK-based designer of the large pixel fonts in the Haeccity DW family (2007). From the web site: There are all the basic Latin characters with standard punctuation, most extended Latin (accented), spacing and (common) combining diacritics, Greek and extended Greek, Cyrillic, a sort of a bash at Armenian, a sort of a bash at Glagolitic, Ogham, Runic, Gothic, mathematical and logic operators, most arrows, miscellaneous letter-like and currency symbols, box-drawing and OCR characters, astrological symbols, dingbats (I got fed up about three-quarters of the way through the stars, but most of them are there), common ligatures (ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl, st), fractions, IPA symbols, openface and monospace characters. Also small caps for the basic Latin and Greek alphabets. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David H. Shepard

Inventor of the optical reader, b. Milwaukee, 1923, d. San Diego, 2007. Shepard majored in electrical engineering at Cornell and earned a masters degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan. Obituary in the New York Times, from which I quote: Mr. Shepard sketched out the familiar boxy numbers on credit cards, called the Farrington B numeric font, on a cocktail napkin at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, his wife said. The shapes were meant to be as simple and open as possible because gasoline station pump islands were among the earliest places optical character recognition was used; the shapes were meant to minimize the effects of smearing with grease, oil and other substances. The font with a 7 that looks like two sides of a rectangle has persisted even as the numbers have faded from use: the magnetic strip on the cards back now carries the necessary information. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diane DiPiazza
[Dinc Type]

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Dinc Type
[Diane DiPiazza]

Commercial and free fonts designed by Diane DiPiazza, who lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, and was the original bass player for The Misfits. She is now in Lodi, NJ. Dinc closed its doors in January 2006 but returned some time later in 2006. Most of the fonts evoke the fifties.

Wikipedia states: Diane DiPiazza was the first bass player for the The Misfits, although she does not appear on any album. She left the band, vacating the spot that was quickly filled by Jerry Only. Her name is often incorrectly spelled Diane DiPiaza. Growing up in Lodi, New Jersey, she was a friend of Glenn Danzig, the founder of the Misfits. The first lineup consisted of Glenn on vocals and electric piano, Diane on bass guitar, Jimmy Battle on guitar and Manny Martínez on drums. On the Cough/Cool single, The Misfits first release, she is the Diane who Glenn thanks on the sleeve. Diane DiPiazza is an artist. She is a type designer who distributes free fonts and vintage black and white line art at dinc! She is art director at mystifyinglyGLADdesign, who designs for the web, clothing, and packaging. She designs hand screened gig posters and many other forms of rock 'n roll art, retro art, modern art. A collector of vintage design elements, her style has been called retro/modern. Diane also creates custom hand stamped silver jewelry as well as a line of tattoo inspired pieces. She is in the process of recording a demo LP with the working title Last Year's Fab Rave, on which she plays all the instruments, including bass.

Free fonts include Bobo, Dilettante, Modern-Love, Note-To-Self, Plastic-U, Post-No-Bills, Road-Crew, Saturdays-Girl, Sleeptalk, Sugaree, Mod Guitars, Woof Squared, Hatcheck, Mess Kit, Billy Dolls, Knitwits, Claim to Fame, Girlfriend, Book of Joe, Joybuzzer (2007, rough outline), Autos (2007, old typewriter), U Better, The Con, Claim to Fame, Girlfriend, Book of Joe, Ahmet.

In 2006, she created Road Crew (2006, rough stencil), DINC (2006, blackletter), Post No Bills (2006, stencil), Ashtrays&Art.

Typefaces from 2005: Neat Neat Neat, Shut Up, Hello Hey Joe, Wings For wheels, Trustmaker, Bad To Me, BellBottomBlues, DinkyToy, Funkhouse, Rodeoboy, SaturdaysGirl, SoWhat, Blue Monday, Betcha By Golly Wow, Nathaniel (2005, blackletter), Brillo Blue, Doctor My Eye, Guilt For Dreaming, Rhyming Bells, Bob's Your Uncle, Princess Jasmine, 45, Seven, 7-7000, Ahmet, Alexei, Boxer, Cinema Aisles, Divine Intervention, Synchronicity, Tangled Up In Blue, Tjinder, Untrue, Special Edition 6, 20,000 Roads, Big Diamonds, Charly Baltimore, Dream, Fever In The Funkhouse, Green&Blue, Ring Ring, Swoop Swoop.

Typefaces from 2004: Fuzzbox (2004; not to be confused with Bragagna's pre-2004 font by the same name), Ace In The Hole, Balls, The Christmas Font, Beau Geste, ByeBye, Heart, Loverboy, Sycophant, The Comedians, Fishboy, Truth, King Me, Snapper, Blue Heaven, Oceans Eleven, Fresh Fish Seven, Trason, Your Type, Da Doo Ron Ron, Big Flirt, Dicky Dee, Boxtop, Satellites, Upsmack, Starry, Silicon Chip, Howdy, Grandpa Boy, Scarlet Letter, Capsule, Doggy, Little Eden, Frank Mills, Chewtoy, Jez, OneWitU, BrineShrimp, Joe College (2004, pixel face), stj-fro, One Inch Rock (2004, pixel face), Black Hole, Ya Ya Baby, Blondie, ShaLaLa, Lower Eastside, GeeWhiz, Sixteen, Joe Strummer, Amy Johnson, JoJo, JodiGirl, Zelda, Hipster, LaDolceVita, LittleLove, Mod, MrEarl, Noveltease, QBats, Ranger, Rhymes, BarkingDog, BFBigmouth, BooHoo, Chance, CowardSquared, Cupid, DincCorona, FiftyFive, FunkyBut, Gamble, HelloHello, IdiotWind, JimmyCap, Luck, Metropolitan, MidnightKiss, Mine (2004, letters in hearts), PerfectCouple, Resolution, Spitball, StencilMeIn, TypeToyNight, YrChickens.

Typefaces designed in 2003: 11592003, 2004, BrokenPromise, DincCorona, DoublyBlessed, EchoPark, FiftyFive, Fishing, FunkyBut, HelloHello, Hoboken, InstantKarma, Integrity, KaseyMac, MidnightKiss, PeppermintLump, Resolution, StencilMeIn, ThreeCubicFeet, TypeToyNight, Crybaby, DeepDark, MajorLift, Mikes, MinorFall, Beeper, Kate, Blacktop, Def Caroline, EZ Bake, JoJo, Kima, Bait, Dreamgirl, Sugar Daddy, Friday, Birth of the True, Soul Deep, Virginia Plain, Feelin' Groovy, Sunday SF, Socks, Boy Toy and Sweet Potato, FunnyValentine, Laura, LonelyFrog, Pati, BrokenDoll, Placemats, Satori, Scout, ThousandLies, ThousandOceans, GetTheeGone, Promises, Rudeboy, YuppieFraud.

Typefaces designed in 2002: Emmanuel, Strummer, Teardrops, Busterboy, Evergreen, Blulite, Respect, Pretty Baby, Hickory Wind, Chelsea Boys, Femme Fatale, Tour de Lance, Peppermint Lump, Ce La Luna! Nous, El Goodo (2002, pixel font), Big Boy, Farfallena, Life On Mars, Saturn Return, GeeWhiz, Train in Vain, Massive Blur, Lonely Planet Boy, Littlebits, Secretarial Pool, Eight Bits, Firefly, Fluff, Startone, Cupcake, Diet Dr. Creep, Dr. Creep, messaround, Pencilbox, Crush No 47, Crush No 49, and Dialtone. Mac and PC. Plus Starry F. Hope (1997) at Chank's site.

Commercial fonts: Booboy, Ingigo (2001, script font), Rufus (2001: four pixel/bitmap fonts), Chinese Symbols: Good Fortune, Zen Fontkit, Boxtop Fontset, Bachelorette, Retrobats, Jailbait, Grievous Angel, Milky Way, Spyboy, Light Series: Spotlight, Cameralight, Streetlight, Firelight, Torchlight, Lovelight, Moonlight, Sunlight, YaYa, Alvin, Amplifier, BigBeatBold, BigBox, Bit-Thing, Boxboy, Chatterbox, Chinatown (oriental simulation), Chopsticks, Console, Cup O'Joe, dincBATS, dincINK, Dinette, DincINK (1998), Dixie, Dreamboat, Duojet, Esquire, Fireball, Flashlight, FourWay, Geebot, gomer, goober, Highball, Homework, jacks, Jetage, Jetage Hi-Fi, Jetage Lo-Fi, Kingbats, Light Series, Loverboy, Moondog, Mister Lee, Mr. Big Stuff, PaperTiger, Pipeline, Popstar, Pushpop, Recordhop, Rocketship, Roundup, Rubberduck, Satellite, Scripto, SquareBox, SquareCircle, Speedometer, Starlite, Sugar, Swizzle, Thinman, transistor, TwinTone, Ultramatic, Variable Videobox, W. Square, Wash&Wear, Whatnot, Winky, Yin Yang, Tight Toy Night, Funtime, OCRDINC01, 02 (OCR-like fonts), Whirlwind, Gaslight, Love, Captain, Funtime, FiFi, Fakebook, FlameJob, OCRDINC, Tight Toy Night, Swingbats, Good Fortune, Zen Fontkit, Bachelorette, Retrobats, Jailbait, Grievous Angel, Milky Way, Spyboy, YaYa, Boxtop Fontset, Light Series: Spotlight, Cameralight, Streetlight, Moonlight, Sunlight, Firelight, Torchlight, Hotrod, Iceberg, Gutterball, Homewrecker, Bubba, Starry Night, Lady Luck, Automobile, Hydromatic, Seventeen, Whirlwind, Gaslight, Love, Captain, Swingbats, FiFi, Flamejob, Fakebook, Madness, Apple Scruffs, Marmalade, Queen of Corona, Cupcake, Starry Eyes, Juice, Fivebits (2002, pixel font), Matchbox, Hot Burrito #3, Fishsticks, Eightbits (pixel font), FoolsGold, Drive, Sleepwalk, Icecube, Pruneface, Witness 2HB, Zerogirl (stencil font, 2002), Fairytale of New York, Levi Stubb's Tears, AllModCons, Babylon, BigBoy, ChampsElysees, ConcreteandClay, ElGoodo, Farfallena, Heroes&Villains, LifeOnMars, LittleRamona, MerseyBeat, MetalGuru, Missile, OnYourBike, Pinup, Reconnez, SaturdaysGirl, SaturnReturn, ShepherdsBush, Tatum, TiniestDancer, TumbinDice, VeraGemini, YesterMe, Rising, Treason, Monami Vrai, Robot Girl, Tattooed Sailor, Sunrise, Midnight, Kakadu, Ana, Ace, Yobbo (2002, dot matrix font), GoGo (2002, pixel font), Waltzing Matilda, Memorial Day 911, Good Riddance, Boys, One Tin Soldier, One After 909, Joey , Infidelities.

Some of her fonts can be bought at SnapFonts. Dafont link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Diogene's monospace list

As posted on abf by Diogene:

  • Arial Monospaced (Monotype)
  • Base Monospace (Emigre)
  • Bitstream Typewriter (Bitstream)
  • Cash Monospace (Elsner&Flake)
  • Courier 10 Pitch (Bitstream)
  • courier 12 Pitch (Monotype)
  • Courier Line Drawn (Monotype)
  • FF Airport (FontFont)
  • FF Burokrat (FontFont)
  • FF Elementa (FontFont)
  • FF Letter Gothic / FF Letter Gothic Italic (FontFont)
  • FF TheSans Mono (FontFont)
  • ITC Avant Garde Monospace (ITC)
  • Letter Gothic (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Letter Gothic 12 Pitch (Bitstream)
  • Matricia (Type-ø-Tones)
  • Monanti (Elsner&Flake)
  • Monkey Mono (Nick Shinn)
  • Monospace 821 (Bitstreams' version of Helvetica Monospaced) Bitstream
  • OCR A (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • OCR B (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Old Typewriter (Apply Design)
  • Orator (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Orator (Bitstream)
  • Prestige 12 Pitch (Bitstream)
  • Prestige Elite (Adobe/Linotype-Library)
  • Sjablony (TakeType)
  • Typewriter (Monotype)
Others have suggested to add Cinncinatus and Angelus, both by Scriptorium. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elsner&Flake

German type foundry in Hamburg established in 1986 by Veronika Elsner and Günther Flake. They offer original fonts as well as improved versions of classical fonts. There are many non-Latin fonts as well. In-house designers include Jessica Hoppe (Carpediem), Verena Gerlach (Aranea), Petra Beisse (PetrasScript), Uwe Melichar, Manuela Frahm (Fritz Dittert), Ralf Borowiak, Lisa von Paczkowski, and Achaz Reuss.

Additions in 2005 include the dingbat faces Beautilities EF Alpha, Ornamental Rules EF, Diavolo Rules EF, Squares EF (Alpha, Beta and Gamma), Topographicals EF Alpha, Typoflorals EF Alpha, Typographicals EF Alpha, Typomix EF Alpha, Typosigns EF Alpha, Typospecs EF Alpha and Beta (which have several fists), Typostuff EF Alpha, Diavolo EF, Schablone EF, Gigant EF, Maloni EF, OCRA EF, EF Unovis (a 16-weight family inspired by Quadrat).

In the hand-printed category, let us mention Filzerhand.

Their blackletter collection includes some bastardas (Alte Schwabacher, Lucida Blackletter), some frakturs (Fraktur, Fette Fraktur EF, Justus Fraktur, NeueLutherscheFraktur, Walbaum-Fraktur), some rotundas (Weiss-Rundgotisch), and some texturas (Gotisch, Old English).

Commissioned fonts include Castrol Sans (2007).

Selected additional typefaces: Gillies Gothic EF (1935, after William S. Gillies), EF Medieva, Bank Sans Caps EF, Metropolitain (1985) (after a 1905 art nouveau face by Fonderie Berthier).

Newest URL (2008). Listing at Fontworks. Future events schedule. New fonts.

List of their fonts.

Catalog of their typefaces [large web page warning]. See also here. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emily Makarainen

During her studies, Emily Makarainen (Westport, CT) created the typefacae OCR-H (2014) by humanizing OCR-A. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erik Johan Worsøe Eriksen

Norwegian designer at Die Gestalten of Friends (2004, an OCR-like sans), Kit Lean, Kit Ideal, Kit Shiny, and Kit Fat (2001, a monoline family). FontShop link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

European Computer Manufacturers Association

Swiss outfit that published OCR-B in 1966, Adrian Frutiger's rounded and human readable counterpart to OCR-A. One of Frutiger's rare failures. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fábio Duarte Martins
[Scannerlicker (was: Loligo Vulgaris)]

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Face 2 Face (or: F2F)
[Alexander Branczyk]

Polish designer Alexander Branczyk, b. 1959, (Frankfurt, Germany) is the main typographer at F2F (Face 2 Face), which is based in Berlin and Frankfurt. Other participants include Stefan Hausen, Alessio Leonardi, Torsti Maier-Bautor, Thomas Nagel, Haike Dehl and Sybille Schlaich. F2F specializes in what it calls anarchistic typography. Branczyk made F2F CzykagoTrans (1995) and a few other experimental fonts, as well as Bellczyk, CZYKago-Cameo, CZYKago-Quer, OCR-Alexczyk, OCR-Bczyk, SubberlogoMini, TheczykM, MadzineScript, BurnoutChaos, Frontpage, MonakoStoned, Entebbe, OCRFBeta and OCRHeike. Other designers: Thomas Nagel (ScreenScream, Shakkarakk, ElDeeCons, Madame Butterfly, Pixmix, Shpeetz, TyrellCorp), Heike Nehl (LoveGrid, Starter Kid, Lego Stoned, Twins), Alessio Leonardi (PrototipaMultipla, TagliatelleSugo, Mekanik Amente, Metamorfosi, provinciali, AlRetto, F2F TechLand, F2FAlLineato, F2FMekkasoTomanik, F2FSimbolico (1992, dingbats), Poison Flowers (1992)), Stefan Hauser (F2FBoneR, Haakonsen), Sybille Schlaich (Styletti Medium). Face2Face groups the designers of Moniteurs and xplicit ffm. Bitstream link. Alternate URL. In 2003, these designs by Alexander Branczyk appeared in the Linotype Taketype 5 collection: F2FBurnoutChaos LT Std, F2FCzykago LT Std Light, F2FCzykago LT Std Semiserif, F2FCzykago LT Std Trans, F2FEntebbe LT Std, F2FFrontpageFour LT Std, F2FMadZine LT Std Dirt, F2FMadZine LT Std Fear, F2FMadZine LT Std Script, F2FMadZine LT Std Wip (1992), F2FMonakoStoned LT Std, F2FOCRAlexczyk LT Std Regular, F2FOCRAlexczyk LT Std Shake, F2FOCRBczyk LT Std Bold, F2FOCRBczyk LT Std Regular, F2FTechLand LT Std. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fontware Limited

Company located in Fareham, Hampshire, UK, and (possibly) run by David Gibbins. 150 truetype-font collection: go here, here, here, here, here, and here. The 150 fonts have no copyright information other than the date, 2001. Here are the names of this collection: Aston-Italic, Aston, AstonPoster, Barker, Bentine, Brancusi-Italic, Brancusi, Burns, ButlerCaps, Cambridge-Bold, Cambridge-BoldItalic, Cambridge-Italic, Cambridge, CambridgeOpen, Chaplin, Charterhouse-Bold, Charterhouse, Cleese, Constable, Cooke, Corbett, CorpusChristi-Bold, CorpusChristi-Italic, CorpusChristi, Crosby, DaVinci, Dali, Degas, Dodd, Donnatello, Durham-Bold, Durham-Italic, Durham, DurhamPoster-Bold, DurhamPoster-Italic, Edinburgh-Bold, Edinburgh-BoldItalic, Edinburgh-Italic, Edinburgh, Epstein, EpsteinFat, Eton-Italic, Eton, Exeter-Bold, Exeter-Italic, Exeter, Formby, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Gilbert, Gordonstoun-Bold, Gordonstoun-Italic, Gordonstoun, Hancock, Hardy, Harrow-Bold, Harrow-BoldItalic, Harrow-Italic, Harrow, Harvard-Bold, Harvard, Hepworth-Bold, Hepworth, Hope, Keaton, KebleBlack, KebleBoldOutline, KebleCondensed, KebleCondensedBlack, KebleCondensedLight, Keele-Bold, Keele, KingsCollege-Bold, KingsCollege-Italic, KingsCollege, Laurel, Leighton, LeightonCondensed, LeightonExtended, Lloyd, Manet, Marceau, Marlborough-Bold, Marlborough, Matisse, Michaelangelo, Miller, Millfield, Milligan-Bold, Milligan-BoldItalic, Milligan-Italic, Milligan, Miro, Monet, Moore, Morecambe, Peterhouse-Bold, Peterhouse-BoldItalic, Peterhouse-Italic, Peterhouse, Picasso, PicassoLite, Pollock, Pryor, QueensCollege-Bold, QueensCollege-BoldItalic, QueensCollege-Italic, QueensCollege, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rodin, Roedean-Bold, Roedean, Rubens, Secombe, Sellers, Seurat, Sorbonne-Bold, Sorbonne-BoldItalic, Sorbonne-Italic, Sorbonne, StAnnes-Italic, StAnnes, StPauls-Bold, StPauls, Stowe, Sykes, ToulouseLautrec, Turner, Upminster-Bold, Upminster, VanGogh, Verrochio, Warhol, WarholHeavy, WarholLight, Warwick-Bold, Warwick-BoldItalic, Warwick-Italic, Warwick, Wellington, WellingtonHeavy, Winchester-Bold, Winchester-Italic, Winchester, Wisdom, Wise, Yale-Bold, Yale-Italic, Yale. This free font collection may or may not be produced in agreement with Qualitype. Commercial font services, including barcode solutions (about 500 USD for Barcode2000, which includes 3 of 9, Code 93, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN/UPC, MSI/Plessey, Code 128, Codabar, MICR/E13B, CMC-7&USPS Barcode, and OCR A, OCR B, Letter Gothic, Line Draw&the Euro Currency Symbol) and TrueType logo and signature fonts (200 USD per font in 6 weights). Sells Barcode Assistant. Free barcode demo fonts. Free copy of Fontaware (Windows 3.1 font management). Free font recognition service. Font vendor for Bitstream. Barcodes sold:

  • 1-Dimensional (Linear) Barcodes: Code 128, EAN 128, UCC 128, GS1 128, Code 39, Code 39 Extended, Code 93, EAN-8, EAN-13, ISBN, ISSN, 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, Industrial 2 of 5, ITF14, Codabar, MSI, DUN14, Logmars, HIBC, Bookland, IATA.
  • Postal Barcodes: Royal Mail 4 State, PostNet, USZIP, KIX, French Postal, German Postal, Australian 4 State, Singapore 4 State.
  • 2-Dimensional Barcodes: PDF417, Datamatrix, Aztec, QR Code, Maxicode, GS1 Databar, RSS-14, Codablock-F.
  • OCR&MICR Fonts: OCR-A, OCR-B, CMC-7, MICR (E13B), OMR Marks.
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Fonty PL
[Grzegorz Klimczewski]

Grzegorz Klimczewski, who runs Fonty PL, a commercial Polish foundry etablished in 1994 in Wroclaw, is the Polish designer of a commercial font that mimics the letters found on Polish traffic signs, called Tablica drogowa (free). He also made the commercial faces Tablica Samochodowa (2002: Polish license plate font), Naomi Sans (2004-2011), Rashel Serif (2012), Grawer (monoline with many hairline weights called SL Gingko, SL Helena, SL Switzer and SL Watch), Pismo Szkolne (upright script), OCR-A, OCR-B, eTerminal, and the monospaced/typewriter family EFN AgeMono (10 styles). Pixel fonts by him include include EFN Cena, EFN Elegants, EFN Screen Banners, EFN Impressive, EFN Machines.

His Multifonty package contains these Cyrillic typefaces: Ailanthus, Eliza, Eukalyptus, Bravus, Bureau, Classic, Fagus (Victorian), Gilead, Gilead Condensed, Gingko Biloba, Flores, Olivea, Ritmo, Switzer, Switzer Condensed, Orient, tamar Alba, Tamar Nigra, Switzer Beveled.

His Eurofonty package has Aerton (+Shaded, +Caps), Alphabet (blackletter), AlphaBook, Absolut, Bravus, Abigail, Ailanthus, Edelmann (art nouveau), Dorothy (various brush faces), Cornelius (grunge), Bureau, Credo Chalk, Eunice, EuroGaramond, Gilead, German, Gutenberg, Gaya, Gingko Biloba, Koenig, McGregor (art nouveau), Goldy, Greenfield, Grand Antique, Irbis, Morus, Olivea, Penny Lane (script), Straight, Platea, Pinus, Symeon Old, Random, Schrift, Orient, Switzer (+Condensed, +Round, +Scribbled), Watch, Watch The Line, Tabasco, Techniczne, Rutica, Troya, Flowers, Jasmin, Handy, Fagus, Black Puzzle, Binokle, Breeze, Decorator, Kredki, Daglesia (blackletter), Tablica (chalk font), Detlef, Blackout, Ketling, Etiopia, Eukalyptus, Xtras (fleurons), Rubber, Garage, Machine One (old typewriter face), Wymalowany (brush).

In 2012, he placed the brush face Akronim on Google Web Fonts.

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Gerry Chapleski
[words+pictures]

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Goatmeal

Creator at FontStruct in 2009 of mostly pixel font families such as IMSureItSBeenDoneBefore (in many styles). He also made Material Electrons, as well as The Video Game Arcade Font, CASIOpeia ((+Menus), based on the CASIO fx-7700G Power Graphic Scientific Calculator) and Data Entry (inspired by TechnoDisplayCapsSSK, (C) 1992 Southern Software, Inc. [and 4 glyphs from the MICR font E-13B]). Other fonts: Futuristic Terminal Display (2009, great!), Mag Not Mad Solid (2009, pixel face), Mag Not Max (2009, horizontally striped pixel face), Son of Zaxxon (2009, horizontally striped, +Solid; both based on the 1984 Sega game Future Spy), Goin'Commando (2009, based on a 1985 Capcom game called Commando), Zenny Coins (2009, based on a 1987 Capcom game called Black Tiger), Smoking Gun (2009, based on the game Gun.Smoke (1985, Capcom; used again for 1943: Battle Of Midway, 1987, Capcom)), Bentley Bear (2009, based on 1983 Atari game called Crystal Castles), Temporal Aviator 84 (based on the 1984 Konami game Time Pilot 84), Reindeer Flotilla, Jet Bradley (inspired by the video game logo for "TRON 2.0", 2003 Buena Vista Interactive / Monolith Productions), Alan One (Font from TRON, 1982 Bally Midway Mfg Co), Buzzard Bait (font from Joust, 1982 Williams Electronics Inc., and its sequel, Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest, 1986 Williams Electronics Games, Inc), Genetic Engineering Error (from Robotron: 2084, (C) 1982 Williams Electronics Inc., and its sequel, Blaster, (C) 1983 Williams Electronics Inc), Mutant Bender (from Defender, (C) 1980 Williams Electronics Inc), Stargate Immortals (from Stargate, (C) 1981 Williams Electronics Inc), Separate Ways (from Journey, (C) 1983 Bally Midway Mfg), Deadly Disks (from Discs Of TRON, (C) 1983 Bally Midway Mfg Co), Jerry Belvedere (from Satan's Hollow, (C) 1981 Bally Midway Mfg Co, and from Satan's Hollow, (C) 1981 Bally Midway Mfg Co), Tortuga (from 600, (C) Konami 1981; Turtles, (C) 1981 Stern Electroncs/Konami; and Turpin, (C) 1981 Sega/Konami), OCRA Pixel 15x10, Intelligent Television Dings (Right, Left), Hand Aviator (Palm pilot font family), Intelligent Television (based on typeface used in Intellivision games by Mattel Electronics, and the True Type Font "Intellect"), DMP-200RS (based on the output of the Radio Shack DMP-200 printer), Bubbles (based on Bubbles, (C) 1982 Williams Electronics Inc), Mukor Rules All Galaxies (from Blasteroids, (C) 1987 Atari Games), Futuristic Terminal Display, Winky and the Hallmonsters (from Venture, (C) 1981 Exidy), Bubble City (from Road Blasters, (C) 1987 Atari Games), Mag Not Mad (from Mag Max, (C) 1985 Nichibutsu / Nihonbussan Co., Ltd), The Bacterian Empire (from Thunder Cross, (C) 1988 Konami, and its sequel, Thunder Cross II, (C) 1991 Konami), Solvalou Combat Aircraft (from Xevious, (C) 1982 Namco Ltd / Atari, and its sequel, Super Xevious, (C) 1984 Namco), Red Falcon Organization (from Super Contra, (C) 1988 Konami), Lucas Readies The Lawyers (from Star Fire, (C) 1979 Exidy), Cheese Was The Bait (from Mousetrap, (C) 1981 Exidy), Thunder and Lightning (from Raiden, (C) 1990 Seibu Kaihatsu Inc), Pepper The Zippering Angel (from Pepper II, (C) 1982 Exidy Incorporated), Beware I Live (from Sinistar, (C) 1982 Williams Electronics Inc), Goin Commando (from Commando, (C) 1985 Capcom), The Monkey Biz Gang (from Kangaroo, (C) 1982 Sun Electronics Corp. / Atari), Vic Viper (from Gradius / Nemesis, (C) 1985 Konami), Diskarmor Attack (from Rygar, (C) 1986 Tecmo), Benkin The Jogging Elf (from Mystic Marathon, (C) 1984 Williams Electronics Inc), Qix Are For Kids (from Qix, (C) 1981 Taito America Corporation), Omni Consumer Products (from ROBOCOP, (C) 1987 Data East Corporation), Mister Not Undo (from the Mr. Do series, Lady Bug and Jumping Jack: Lady Bug, (C) 1981 Universal; Mr. Do, (C) 1982 Universal; Mr. Do's Castle, (C) 1983 Universal; Mr. Do's Wild Ride, (C) 1984 Universal; and Jumping Jack, (C) 1984 Universal), Micro Police Pgo Stick Division (from Hopping Mappy, (C) 1983, 1986 Namco), Great Demon World Village (from Ghouls 'N Ghosts, (C) 1988 Capcom), Demon World Village (from Ghosts 'N Goblins, (C) 1985 Capcom), Secret Agent Dabney Coleman (from Cloak&Dagger, (C) 1983 Atari), Getting Away With It (from Electronic's 1991 self-titled album; a variation of Wim Crouwel's "Stedelijk" alphabet, used on his 1966 Vomgevers poster for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam), Galden Tribe Attacks Mu (from Last Duel, (C) 1988 Capcom), Superior Scientists (from Vastar, (C) 1983 Sesame Japan Corp), Keeper of the Zoo (from Zookeeper, (C) 1982 Taito America Corp), Taito 1982 (Font used in the following Taito games: Elevator Action, (C) 1982 Taito Corp; Front Line, (C) 1982 Taito Corp; Jungle Hunt, (C) Taito America Corp / Jungle King, (C)1982 Taito Corp; and Wild Western, (C) 1982 Taito Corporation), Howard Fine&Howard (from The Three Stooges, (C) 1984 Mylstar Electronics), TwinBee And WinBee (from TwinBee, (C) 1985 Konami), Quest For Honor (from Last Mission, (C) 1986 Data East USA, Inc), Street Justice (from Vigilante, (C) 1988 Irem Corp), Colwyn's Glaive (from Krull, (C) 1983 D. Gottlieb And Co.), Command Prompt (a family based on Microsoft system fonts), Temporal Aviator 84 (from Time Pilot '84, (C) 1984 Konami; used again for Contra, (C) 1987 Konami), Helicopter and Jeep (from Silkworm, (C) 1988 Tecmo Ltd), A Different Space Odyssey (from Space Odyssey, (C) 1981 Sega Enterprises Ltd), Cosmic Cruiser (from Kozmik Krooz'r, (C) 1982 Bally Midway Mfg Co), Kaptn Kroozr Goes Wacko (from Wacko, (C) 1982/1983 Bally Midway Mfg Co), Rescuing Astronauts (from S.R.D. Mission, (C) 1986 Taito Corp), Super Joe (from The Speed Rumbler, (C) 1986 Capcom), Alex Murphy (inspired by the RoboCop movie logos), Blazer of Trails (Chevy logo font), Second Vanguard (2010, from Vanguard II, 18=984 SNK Electronics; +Sold). Arthur Decorates (2010) is a kitchen tile/stencil face. Shinobi Child (2010) is based on a type in Nova 2001, (C) 1983 UPL Company Limited / Universal USA Inc; used again for Rad Action, (C) 1987 UPL Company Limited and Ninja Kid II (C) 1987 UPL Company Limited. Dingbats from Rad Action / Ninja Kid II. Smokey and the Dukes (2010) is based on Stocker, (C) 1984 Bally Sente; used again for Rescue Raider, (C) 1987 Bally Sente. Space Patroller Final Star (2010) isbased upon from Star Force, (C) 1984 Tehkan Ltd (Tecmo) and Mega Force, (C) 1984 Tehkan Ltd (Tecmo) / Video Ware. Common People (2010) is based on Vulgus, (C) 1984 Capcom. Bongo Defense Method (2010) is based on a game from Stinger, (C) 1983 Seibu Denshi. Common People (2010) is based on the game Vulgus, (C) 1984 Capcom. Data Man (2010) is inspired by the "M" and horizontal "V" behind Yori in the 1982 movie "TRON" (0:58:08-0:58:54); shares similarities to Ray Larabie's "Para Aminobenzoic" font with just a hint of "Otto Mason SH".

Creations in 2011: Generic Video Game Font 01 and 02, Take A Walk Man (based on the original logo for the Sony Walkman Cassette Tape Players from the 1980s), 21st Century Dot Matrix, Diamond Plate (texture face), Extrude (an experimental 3-D/geometric font, inspired by Mynameiscapo's "Metal Hammer [beta]"), Backtrude, OneQuarterTrude, OneQuarterTrude Inverse, MidTrude, ThreeQuarterTrude, ThreeQuarterTrude Inverse, InTrude, FrontTrude, Diamond Plate, Qbet, Fun With Curves.

Creations in 2012: Titanium Mines (an octagonal face based on the logo of Outland, 1981).

Creations from 2014: New Dot City, Getting Away With It 2 ( a variation of Wim Crouwel's "Stedelijk" alphabet, used on his 1966 Vormgevers poster for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grzegorz Klimczewski
[Fonty PL]

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Gunter Schwarzmaier

German [T-26] designer of Cologne (a 7-weight techno font family), Tempelhof (2003, a sans family), Domestos98 (a large family), Domestos Sans (2000), DomestosSerif (1999), Romero (2002, a 5-weight techno font family), Linotype Leggodt (1997, based on the forms of the first fonts intended for multimedia, such as the OCR of Adrian Frutiger), and Plastizid97. Linotype page. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

H2D2
[Markus Remscheid]

Graphic and web design company in Frankfurt. Fonts to their credit: LT Mhai Thaipe (1997, Thai simulation script by Markus Remscheid, Linotype), LT Russisch Brot (1997, Linotype, a grunge face by Helmut Ness and Markus Remscheid), H2D2 Flame (OCR-A face, commercial), H2D2 Pochi (commercial headline face), H2D2 Lefthand (2006, children's handwriting, free). Special designs include a stencil font based on the license plates in Tobago, Alevita (based on Helvetica), H2D2TEXT-8PT (pixel face), Bizz Screen 10pt (pixel face), Audioplast (for a music label by that name), Norma (a futuristic face for V2). Offices in Frankfurt and San Francisco. I suspect that the type designer is Markus Remscheid. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

HPSJ5100C

Type 1 versions of the fonts that come with the HPSJ5100C printer: AGaramond-Bold, AGaramond-BoldItalic, AGaramond-Italic, AGaramond-Regular, AlleycatICG-Bold, AlleycatICG, BernhardModern-Roman, BocaRatonICG-Solid, BocaRatonICG, ChiladaICG-Cuatro, ChiladaICG-Dos, ChiladaICG-Tres, ChiladaICG-Uno, Copperplate-ThirtyOneAB, Copperplate-ThirtyThreeBC, DecoturaICG-Inline, DecoturaICG, FajitaICG-Mild, FajitaICG-Picante, FranklinGothic-Condensed, FranklinGothic-Roman, Goudy, LitterboxICG, Myriad-Bold, Myriad-BoldItalic, Myriad-Italic, Myriad-Roman, NuptialScript, OCRA, PaisleyICG-01, PaisleyICG-01Alt, PaisleyICG-02, PaisleyICG-02Alt, ParkAvenue, PrestigeElite-Bold, PrestigeElite-BoldSlanted, SaturdaySansICG-Bold, SaturdaySansICG, Stencil, Tekton-Bold, Trajan-Bold, UltraCondensedSansOne, UltraCondensedSansTwo, VAGRounded-Black, VAGRounded-Bold, VAGRounded-Light, VAGRounded-Thin, WhimsyICG-Bold, WhimsyICG-Heavy, WhimsyICG, WontonICG. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IBM Selectric and Selectric II Type Fonts

Gifs of the fonts used on the old IBM Selectric type balls:

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IDAutomation

Free but useless demo versions of OCR-A and OCR-B: IDAutomationSOCRa (2005), IDAutomationSOCRb (2005). Full price: an incredible 99 dollars! There are excellent free versions of OCR elsewhere. [Google] [More]  ⦿

IDAutomation.com

Commercial barcode vendor since 2000 that wove an intyricate web of various web sites and company names. It seems to be run by Brant Anderson from AdvanceMeants. Other business names: BizFonts.com, AdvanceMeants.com, MicrEncodingFonts.com, PostnetFonts.com. In any case, they sell almost all imaginable barcode fonts, including PDF417, Code 39, Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 128, POSTNET (POSTal Numeric Encoding Technique: used for US zip codes by the US Postal Service), PLANET (a new US Postal Service barcode), FIM (Facing Identification Mark: US Postal barcode for classifying mail), 4-State, RM4SCC (Royal Mail 4 State Customer Code: British barcode), and Australia Post Address bar code fonts. The demo fonts IDAutomationSC128L, IDAutomationSI25L, IDAutomationSOCRa, IDAutomationSPLANET, IDAutomationSPLANETn, IDAutomationSPOSTNET, IDAutomationSPOSTNETn can be found here. They also sell other things such as MICR and OCR fonts. The PDF417 font costs 300USD per user for one computer. Postnet, Planet, OCR fonts evaluation package. There is a free Code 39 font, but the same page issues the following incredible warning: In many cases, other barcode fonts distributed as "freeware" or fonts that are sold very cheap are illegal counterfeits. You and your organization may be held liable for using and/or distributing these illegal software products. Beware of companies that distribute "free" fonts from unverifiable sources with copyright notices from companies that do not exist. Learn more about how to identify and report illegal counterfeit barcode fonts. Fear tactics are well known to politicians. To see them used by a company is particularly disturbing. First of all, barcode fonts are the easiest thing on earth to make. There are totally free barcode packages that cover *all* barcode schemes, and they were built from the ground up. Their campaign asks readers to report suspicious barcodes - huh? ID Automation's definition of "suspicious" is "different from ID Automation fonts". This is bottom of the gutter stuff, and if I were in the market, I would say no to ID Automation.

Fontspace link. Dafont link where one can find IDAutomationHC39M [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ingo Krepinsky
[Typonauten]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

James Grieshaber
[Typeco.com]

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Johan Mattsson

Swiss or Swedish designer of OCR-A (2008), Atari Small (2007), and Beteckna (2007), which is modeled after Paul Renner's Futura. He had help of Gürkan Sengün. Supported by the Free Software Foundation license, it comes in these styles: Beteckna, BetecknaLowerCase, BetecknaLowerCaseBold, BetecknaLowerCaseCondensed, BetecknaLowerCaseItalic, BetecknaSmallCaps.

All old links for Mattsson are dead. These include Beteckna, Kernerst, Linuks, ETH, OFL, and Debian. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Sauter

Developer of a free OCR-A package (originally designed by an ANSI committee) consisting of metafonts and type 1 faces found here. He used the OCR-A metafont files of Tor Lillqvist and Richard B. Wales to make large bitmaps, which were use in potrace to make outline traces. FontForge was used to create the fonts. His font exactly matches the X3.17-1977 document of the American National Standards Institute. I found some problems in the truetype file, so I used FontForge to generate OCRA in 2008 in Truetype, Opentype and type 1 formats, leaving the Sauter copyright intact inside the font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Kral
[Kral Typefaces]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Katatrad (was: Behaviour)
[Stawix Ruecha]

The idea of Katatrad originally comes from the vision and support of Cadson Demak design team. Started out by a type design exhibition project and transformed itself to a boutique font collection. Katatrad, which is located in Bangkok, offers fonts from new and up coming designers from Thailand. The collection is also available in standard Latin set and Latin&Thai version of the same font. Stawix Ruecho (Katatrad) designed the super-contrasted didone family Xree (2011) and the rounded octagonal family Nubb (2012). They covers Thai and Latin. Katatrad was previously known as Behaviour, est. 1996. In 2006, Katatrad published Fiber Eno, a cross between OCRA and OCRB. In 2005, they did OCR-Be. In fact, many of their typefaces have octagonal roots. Katatrad published Beauty in 2011. Pharmasee (2011) has medical dingbats.

In 2012, Stawix was established in Bangkok. At Stawix, Ruecha published Seravee (2012, a didone family), Soin Sans (a great geometric sans family with a hairline weight called Thin; Soin Sans Pro followed in 2013), and Letra Pro Headline (2012, a manicured and permed didone).

Typefaces from 2014: Chercher (slab serif), Crique Grotesk (neohumanist sans).

Images of their best-selling typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kral Typefaces
[Joseph Kral]

Born in Faribault, MN in 1974, Joseph Kral designs and sells his own typefaces. He lives in Pittsburgh. He founded Kral Typefaces (now defunct), and co-founded the Test Pilot Collective.

His typefaces: AtariBaby (1998), Braille (1999), OCRJ (1998), OCRK (1998, monospaced family), Twin Sites, Xerxes (1998), Lakestreet (1998), JoesFoot (1998), Mechanical (1999), Kaliberuckus (2002, dot matrix), Pyrotechnics (1998), Saarikari (1998, rounded sans), Quayzaar (2002, a squarish font), Tricon (2002, unfocused pixel font), Shaolinstyle (1998), Stick26 (1998), Tryptomene (1998).

At GarageFonts around 1996, he made HannahBad, Kindee, Kral, Pooty.

Behance link. Home page. Klingspor link.

View Joe Kral's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda
[burodestruct (or: Typedifferent.com)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Machine readable font suppliers

Microsoft's list of barcode and OCR font suppliers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MADType (mattdesmond.com)
[Matthew Desmond]

MADtype (est. 1996) is Matt Desmond's place in the type world. He has had a prolific career that started out with shareware fonts while Matt was at the Minneapolis Technical and Community College. His page back then said A haven for quality shareware type for the Mac. Later, Matt started mattdesmond.com, and co-founded the Test Pilot Collective (est. 1998 with Joseph Kral and Mike Cina). Many of his early faces were experimental and/or futuristic. In late 2003, mattdesmond.com disappeared, and MADtype, commercial now, resurfaced at the MyFonts site. Currently, Matt is based in Minnetnka, MN. He has also lived in Atlanta, GA, Fayetteville, GA, Rochester, NY, Redwood City, CA, and San Francisco, CA. His fonts can also be purchased via You Work For Them. He also does commissioned type design. Some fonts are freely available at the Google Font Directory.

Retail types as of 2011:

  • Abel (2011, Google Font Directory). Abel Pro was published in 2013.
  • Aldrich (2011). A Bank Gothic style face, free at OFL.
  • Amber (2000): kitchen tile face.
  • American Gothic (1998): squarish.
  • Audebaud (2010): a 19-th century style French Clarendon (wood type look). The design was inspired by the work of Constant Audebaud, an engraver of wooden type that was used for posters. Audebaud's work appeared in the 1880s in the Deux-Sèvres département of France.
  • Beat (1998): rounded OCR face.
  • Brauhaus (2004): Textura face.
  • Cagliostro (2011). A free font at Google Web Fonts that is based on the handlettering of Ozwald Cooper.
  • Curbdog (1998).
  • Desmond Text (1998): a roman that has features of University Roman.
  • Distill (2009): a De Stijl font that shouts 1920s.
  • Dunelm (1996): emulation of 17th century printing styles.
  • Dwiggins Deco (2009): This typeface was originally designed in 1930 by W.A. Dwiggins as the cover for the book "American Alphabets" by Paul Hollister. Only the 26 letters of the alphabet were included on the cover, so the rest of the numbers, punctuation, symbols, and accented characters have been crafted in a matching [art deco] style.
  • Findon (2007): stencil.
  • Futuristic category: ER9 (1999), KAH (2005, LCD style), Lunarmod (1997), Retron (1997; can be considered as a retro upright connected script as well), Shifty (1998).
  • Grunge category: Bulletin (1997), Gothico Antiqua (1999), Rubba (1997), Stomper (1997--a rubber stamp font), Zapatista (1998-2007).
  • Handwriting, handprinting category: Casino Hand (2005), Ghouliez (1996), Handegypt (2002---hand-drawn slab serif), Handy Sans (1997, hand-drawn sans), Joppa (1997), Pufficlaude BT (1998).
  • Hessian (2009): Tuscan style wood type.
  • Hydrochlorica (2004): organic.
  • Invoice (1997).
  • Ironside Crosses (2004): dingbat face.
  • Marble Roman (2004-2009): angular roman all caps type.
  • Matterhorn (2013). A 9-style sans family created with Michael Cina for Disney. Not to be confused with the many retail typefaces that are also called Matterhorn, such as Paratype's PT Matterhorn (1993) and Treacyfaces' TF Matterhorn (1990s).
  • Pacioli or Luca Pacioli Caps (2007: emulating a mathematically constructed caps font by Pacioli (1509) published in his treatise De divina proportione.
  • Pixel category: Basis (1999), Mang (1997).
  • Plenti (2004): ultra plump.
  • Quantico (2007): octagonal.
  • Stencil category: Bandoleer (2009, +Tracer: a couple of stencil fonts with art deco and army influences), Madison (2007, slab serif stencil), Mercado (2005; has a non-stencil Mercado Sans).
  • Variable (2004-2010): a sans-serif monoline face that includes ultra thin weights.
  • Vexed (2005): sketched face.
  • Wolfsburg (2007): blackletter stencil.
  • Wooddale (1999): wood type emulation.

Free types as of 2010: Marble Roman, Environ regular, Dorkbutt, Europa, Exsect, Inthacity, Liquidy Bulbous, Lustria (2012, Google Web Fonts), Stomper.

Commissioned types: 77kids (2007, for the children's brand; the sketched faces were done with Justin Thomas Kay), AE Aerie (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Newburgh (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Summer Fonts (2007, all for American Eagle Outfitters), EEL Futura (2006, for Enjoying Everyday Life), Nike World Cup (2006), Virgin America (2006).

Orphaned types that disappeared or were planned but never executed: BrotherMan, Caprice, Convolve, HipstersDelight, Lugubrious, ModestaSmallCaps, Serifity, Skitzoid, Sliver, ThrowupSolid, Auresh (1998, futuristic; Test Pilot Collective), Kcap6 (1998, with Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Epiphany (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Testacon (with Kral and Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Civicstylecom (1999; Test Pilot Collective), Lutix (1998; Test Pilot Collective), Xerian (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Swoon, Furtive (2004, a sans), the display face Flathead (2004), the blackletter face Bahn (2004), Mesotone BT (2006, Bitstream, a monoline sans), Practical (a monoline connec script, planned in 2007 but not published), Poliphili (planned in 2007, as a revival of an Aldus/Griffo font), Wutupdo (1996, Garage Fonts), GFDesmond (Garage Fonts), Drone, Golden Times (2014, a corporate small caps face for the University of Minnesota), Vapiano (2014: hand-printed typeface for Vapiano International).

Behance link.

View Matt Desmond's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Manfred Klein
[TypOasis, 2002]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Margaret S. Ratz
[Unifon (or: Unifon Press)]

[More]  ⦿

Markus Remscheid
[H2D2]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Desmond
[MADType (mattdesmond.com)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Skala

British Columbia and/or Winnipeg-based computer scientist who obtained his PhD from Waterloo. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba, in the Computational Geometry Laboratory of the Department of Computer Science. He developed these fonts:

  • Two free OCR fonts in truetype and type 1 formats: ocra10 (2006), ocrb10 (2006). Matthew points out that these fonts were generated from an existing metafont bitmap via mftrace.
  • In 2010, he adapted Anthony I.P. Owen's StarFont (for astrological symbols) and placed type 1 versions together with the originals on CTAN.
  • The free symbol font Genjimon (2010) in metafont and truetype.
  • Tsukarimashou (2011) is a free metafont for Latin and kana, with an accompanying Opentype. A kanji extension is planned. This probably is the first metafont for Japanese. Styles include Kaku, Maru, Anbiruteki, Tenshi no kami, Bokukko, Mincho.
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Microscan

An OCR A monospaced face by an unknown author. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monospace fonts: Christopher Widdowson
[Christopher Widdowson]

Christopher Widdowson lists, shows, and compares these monospaced fonts for shoeing computer code:

  • Andale Mono - Version 2.00 (Agfa, Microschoft, Ascender)
  • Bitstream Vera Sans Mono (Bitstream, Gnome)
  • Consolas (Microschoft)
  • Courier New (Microschoft)
  • Crisp (Proggy Fonts)
  • DIN Schablonierschrift (sendung.de)
  • DPCustomMono2 (Distributed Proofreaders)
  • FigurineCrrCB (comes with ChessBase)
  • Futurist Fixed-width (WSI)
  • HellasCour (Pouliadis Associates)
  • HyperFont (Hilgraeve Inc)
  • Publisher Hilgraeve Inc
  • TR Larabiefont Bold (FontShop Sherlock)
  • Letter Gothic (WSI)
  • Letter Gothic MT (Monotype)
  • Lucida Console (Bigelow&Holmes)
  • Lucida Sans Typewriter (Bigelow&Holmes)
  • Monospac821 BT (Bitstream)
  • MS Mincho (Ricoh, Microsoft)
  • OCR A Extended (WSI)
  • Orator10 BT (Bitstream)
  • Prestige (IBM)
  • SImPL (Amadeus Information Systems)
  • Ti92Pluspc (Texas Instruments)
  • VerdanaMono
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Monotype's Monospaced Fonts

Monotype's monospaced font families: Andalé Monospace, Arial Monospace, Courier, Letter Gothic, Lucida Console, OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR, Typewriter, Typewriter Elite, Typewriter Gothic.

View some of Monotype's typewriter typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mustafa Saifee

Mumbai-based designer of the paperclip font Clipr (2012), which was inspired by Clip (URTD). In 2013 he created a Devanagari OCR font.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: OCR

MyFonts selection of OCR A and OCR B typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nelco

Nelco's (commercial) truetype font set includes TxFntN6, TxFntN8, TxFntB8, TxFntB10, TxFntB12, TxFntB14, OCRA-BT, Nelco Symbols. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neufville Digital

Fundicion Tipografica Neufville SA is a foundry based in Barcelona, headed by Wolfgang Hartmann, which writes about itself: Neufville Digital produces and markets the fonts from Fundicion Tipografica Neufville, Bauersche Giesserei, Ludwig&Mayer, Fonderie Typographique Française and Fundicion Tipografica Nacional.

List of typefaces. MyFonts link.

Fonts include a newly digitized Futura family (Paul Renner, 1928), in the Bauer Classics collection.

In the collection Grafia Latina, we find Diagonal ND (Antoni Morillas, 1970), Uncial Romana (Ricardo Rousselot, 1996), Pascal ND (José Mendoza y Almeida, 1959), Sully-Jonquieres (José Mendoza y Almeida, 1980), Fidelio ND (José Mendoza y Almeida), Llerda ND, Paris ND, Flash ND and Arabescos ND, all by Enric Crous Vidal (1945 to 1953). They write: Within the GRAPHIE LATINE collection Neufville Digital releases the works of famous typographers like José Mendoza y Almeida, René Ponot, Tomas Vellvé, Antonio Morillas, Ricard Giralt Miracle, Ricardo Rousselot, Juan Trochut and others. The BAUER CLASSICS collection includes the many typefaces from the Bauersche Giesserei. The first fontfamily available is FUTURA that has been completely digitized anew to meet today's professional demands. Many other fonts are to follow. Neufville Digital produces and markets the fonts from Fundición Tipográfica Neufville, Bauersche Giesserei, Ludwig&Mayer, Fonderie Typographique Française and Fundición Tipográfica Nacional. You will certainly be familiar with famous typefaces like Futura, Bauer Bodoni, Weiss, Folio, Imprimatur and many others from the rich type founding era. Neufville Digital digitizes them from their original artwork using state of the art technology and makes them available in compliance with the latest standards.

Among the fonts to be reissued, we cite a few.

From Ludwig&Mayer: Allemannia Fraktur (1908), Allright (1936), Altenburger Gotisch (1928), Bastard Mediaeval, Beatrice (1931), Chic, Cochin (1922), Commerciale, Diplomat (1964), Firmin Didot (1929), Hallo (1956), Kombinette (1932), Krimhilde (1934), Kupferplatte (1950), Largo (1939), Magnet (1951), Wolfram (1930). From FT Neufville: Antiqua (1850).

From FT Nacional: Astur (1940), Belinda (like 15th century Spanish calligraphic writing, with fine curved serifs on the tips of the ascenders), Cervantes, Elzeviriano, Hispalis (1940), Imperio (1949), Inglés (1940), Interpol (1950), Numantina (1940; for a digital version, see Nick Curtis's Numancia NF (2011)), Radar (1940), Romana, Victoriana (1940).

From the Bauersche Giesserei: Astoria (1911), Azurée (1908), Baron (1911), Baroness (1911), Baskerville-Antiqua (1923), Batarde (1915), Bauer Bodoni (1926), Fette Antiqua (1850), Lithographia (1895), Manuskript Gotisch (1899), Noblesse (1908), Steile Futura, Stephanie (1890), Times-Antiqua, Venus (1907).

From FT Française: Bizerte, Italienne, Romantiques (1937), Stylo (1937). Their Catalogo de tipos (1978) shows many other typefaces too, so, with some repetition, we find the handwriting/script faces Vigor, Sinfonia, Privat, Sirena, Maxim, Litografia, Leyenda (Legend), Bernhard Cursive and Adagio, the federal money typeface Azuree (1908), the typewriter family Ibematic, OCR A-1, the blackletter face Gotico (or Manuskript-Gotisch), the outline fonts Royal and Columna, the checkbook face Litho, the display faces Nobleza and Carnaby, the Egyptian family Epoca (=Beton), as well as Homera (=Hyperion), Corvinus, Volta and Impressum. Galaxy ND (2006) is a mysterious, organic and quite useless typeface.

Go here for a description of the old printing machines.

Check also the Fundicion Tipografica Bauer in Barcelona and Visualogik Technology and Design in the Netherlands.

Showcase of Neufville's fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Norbert Schwarz
[OCR-B: Norbert Schwarz]

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OCR A: Wikipedia

Quoting: In the early days of computer optical character recognition, there was a need for a font that could be recognized by the computers of that day, and by humans. The resulting compromise was the OCR-A font, which used simple, thick strokes to form recognizable characters. The font is monospaced (fixed-width), with the printer required to place glyphs 0.254 cm (0.10 inch) apart, and the reader required to accept any spacing between 0.2286 cm (0.09 inch) and 0.4572 cm (0.18 inch). The OCR-A font was standardized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as X3.4-1977. X3.4 has since become the INCITS and the OCR-A standard is now called ISO 1073-1:1976. There is also a German standard for OCR-A called DIN 66008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR: Zach Whalen
[Zach Whalen]

A part of Zach Whalen's 2008 thesis at the University of Washington touches upon the history of OCR. An excerpt: Early OCR technology such as David Shepard's Robotic Reader-Writer built in an attic and unveiled to the public in 1951, focused on tasks like reading for the blind and text duplication. It was not until Reader's Digest purchased and implemented a large-scale OCR machine for managing its database of subscribers that OCR realized its potential for streamlining data entry. In this way, utility and efficiency became the driving forces of OCR innovation as numerous corporate, government, and financial institutions purchased or developed recognition technology for managing large amounts of information. In order for any of these tools to work efficiently, a reliable input pattern must be achieved. The noted OCR developer and prolific inventor Jacob Rabinow writes of the importance of this input in developing his pattern-matching technique after working with Vannevar Bush on his Rapid Selector. Thus, the typographic challenge facing OCR developers was to develop a font as reliable and uniform as a pattern of dots that yet remained legible to human readers. Emphasizing the benefit of strict control for minimizing costs, Rabinow later wrote, "Now, how can we get this control? The answer is Standardize. Standardize the type of paper, standardize the size of paper, standardize the quality of printing, standardize the quality of printing, standardize the format, and standardize the font". This drive for standardization had culminated three years prior to Rabinow's writing in a standard document issued in 1966 by the United States of America Standards Institute (USASI). This document, X3.17-1966, presented a recommendation for a standard set of alphanumeric character shapes for OCR, including 10 numerals, 26 letters (capital), 17 symbols, and 4 abstract symbols. Shortly after the design and publication of OCR-A, the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) sponsored an alternative character set, eventually released by the ISO as ISO-B or OCR-B (Frutiger). [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A

In 1968, American Type Founders produced OCR-A, one of the first optical character recognition typefaces to meet the criteria set by the U.S. Bureau of Standards. The design is simple so that it can be read by a machine, but it is slightly more difficult for the human eye to read. OCR-A follows the 1981 standard set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), X-3.17-1981 (size I). The same design is also specified for the German DIN 66008 standard. The letters are rounded and octagonal, a true monstrosity in vogue ca. 2001 in Swiss and German graphic design circles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: Adobe

Adobe's version of OCR-A based on ATF's original from 1968. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: Bitstream

OCRAbyBT-Regular (1990-2001) is the OCR-A font from Bitstream. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: Font choices

OCR-A commercial font choices (all called OCR-A) include fonts by Adobe, Bitstream, URW++, Elsner+Flake, Apply Interactive, ParaType, Linotype, and Monotype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: Linotype

Linotype's version of OCR-A. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: Richard Wales
[Richard B. Wales]

Metafont definition for the OCR-A Optical Character Recognition Font. By Richard B. Wales from UCLA's Computer Science Department. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: Tor Lillqvist
[Tor Lillqvist]

OCR-A was coded in METAFONT84 by Tor Lillqvist, VTT/ATK (Technical Research Centre of Finland, Computing Services). [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: URW and Softmaker

OcrA (1994) is the OCR-A font from URW and Softmaker. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-A: Wikipedia

Quoting: The OCR-A font was developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to be readable by the computers of the 1960s. The OCR-A font is still used commercially in payment advice forms so that a lockbox company can determine the account number and amount owed on a bill when processing a payment. A site license for the OCR-A font is very expensive, so someone undertook to create a free font. He started with the MetaFont definitions, used FontForge and potrace to construct a TrueType font, then assigned each glyph a Unicode code point. The shape of each glyph was defined by ANSI as described in their document ANSI X3.17-1977. Those shapes were coded in the MetaFont language as strokes by Tor Lillqvist and Richard B. Wales. Their work is in the .MF files under MetaFont Sources. The MetaFont program and the OCR font definitions are available as part of the TeX package from the CTAN archive. ANSI specifies a character spacing of between 0.09 and 0.18 inch. The American National Standards Institute makes the X3.17-1977 document available on their web site for a modest fee. Unfortunately the X3.17-1977 document can not be put here, for completeness, since ANSI has copyright on it. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-B: Adobe
[Adrian Frutiger]

Adobe's version of OCR-B, which was originally designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1966 for the European Computer Manufacturer's Association. It is rounded and easier to read than the rounded octagonal OCR-A font, which was designed for machine readability. OCR-B is ugly, malformed and quite useless nowadays. Quoting Linotype: Additional acclaim came after Frutiger was approached to come up with a more pleasing design for the optical character recognition typefaces used for computers. The result was OCR-B, which became the worldwide standard in 1973. Quoting Spiekernmann: The work was commissioned by the European Computer Manufacturers Association ECMA in Geneva. They didn't want to adapt OCR A, which was already used in the USA. Frutiger's job was to make a machine-readable type that was acceptable to the human eye as well. He started in 1963 and designed it on a finer grid than OCR A with its 5x9 squares. Apart from the font for machines he also designed a version for letterpress printing that had lower case characters and subtle stroke variations. The original OCR B was monospaced and had round stroke endings. The second version was proportional and had straight stroke endings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OCR-B: Norbert Schwarz
[Norbert Schwarz]

OCR-B was developed by Adrian Frutiger. Norbert Schwarz (Rechenzentrum, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum) developed this metafont package. In 2010, Zdenek Wagner created type 1 and Opentype versions of this font, as OCR B Outline. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Omnifont

World Language Resources: "thousands of products supporting literally hundreds of languages. We have herein the most comprehensive collection of products for language learning, translation, dictionary, OCR, fonts and many other uses to be found anywhere." Commercial outfit. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paul Crome

Designer with Tony Lyons at Letraset of the OCR style face Buzzer Three (1995). FontShop link. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

PrecisionID

Free but useless demo versions of OCR-A and OCR-B: PrecisionIDOCRA1DEMO (2005), PrecisionIDOCRB1DEMO (2005). At 79 dollars a shot for the originals, this is highway robbery. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PrecisionID

Waxham, NC-based vendor of barcode fonts and software. These cover Code 128, Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), EAN, UPC, Postnet, Interleaved 2 of 5, PDF417, ASP Barcodes, PDF417, OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR, and Data Matrix barcodes, and cost between 75 and 129 dollars per barcode style. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PumpCurry

Japanese foundry with these free fonts: GD-TiVangerion-JA, GD-Digit13LED-OTF (pixel font), GD-HighwayGothicJA-OTF (highway lettering, kanji included), GD-AirportRunway-OTF (2008, octagonal lettering), GD-TiVangerionJA (2006, kana). Fonts without downloads: GD-HyperElectricJA, GD-HyperSuperEnergyJA, GD-OCR-K_JA, GD-SunnyEgg320, GD-MorseBarcode-JA, GD-InaniwaUdon, GD-ProjectNotes, GD-Koigokoro-JA, GD-ComicTitle-JA, GD-Digit17LED.

Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

QuickBooks

With the tax software QuickBooks from Intuit Inc comes a free font file with 8 weights of the family Quick Type (truetype), and an OCR-A font. Has a Pi font. All fonts are copoyright by Monotype. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

QuickType

As part of the TurboTax family, free fonts of the QuickType family (including a Mono font and a Pi font), and OCR-A. All these Agfa-Monotype fonts come in truetype format. See also here. The names: OCR-AII, OCRBMT, QuickTypeIICondensed-Bold, QuickTypeIICondensed-Italic, QuickTypeIICondensed, QuickTypeIIMono, QuickTypeIIPi, QuickTypeII-Bold, QuickTypeII-Italic, QuickTypeII. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richard B. Wales
[OCR-A: Richard Wales]

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Scannerlicker (was: Loligo Vulgaris)
[Fábio Duarte Martins]

Graphic and media designer and art director in Espinho, Portugal, b. 1984, who founded first Loligo Vulgaris and then Scannerlicker. He is the son of an Arts and Crafts teacher and grandson of a typographer.

Fábio has designed some typefaces, such as Illiad Sans (2008-2012, a modular family), Exablock (2008, modular ultra-fat face), Moo (2010, another fat geometric face), and Space Mace (2008, pixel face). Moo (2009) is a free geometric outline font. His octagonal Geomelia was renamed Gerusa (2009, OCR-like face).

Typefaces from 2010: Menta (an organic monoline sans), Gerusa (minimalist sans), SuperBlack (fat, counterless), Tucátulá 2010 (hand-printed, with Ricardo Gomes and Carla Estrada).

Other faces include Catorze (geometric sans; substyles include Catorze 27 Style 1 (2011)), Horta (slab serif), Illiad, Menta (2010), Ulular, and Pixelmixel.

Typefaces from 2012: Isotope (a large family in the Isonorm style).

Fonts from 2013: Maoos (a layered textured typeface).

Fonts from 2014: Conia (free icon font), Letreiro (underlined letters).

Dafont link. Behance link. Another Behance link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sigrid Claessens

Born in Duesseldorf in 1951. She co-designed at Apply Design (now Apply Interactive) in 1999 a nice series of stencil fonts with Guenther Flake: WaltonStencil-BlackRough, WaltonStencil-WhiteRough, LaPinaStencil, LasertacStencil, ReedonStencil, RoundedStencil, SerpentineStencil, StencilAntiqua, TeaChestStencil, WesternStencil, AdveraStencil, ArstonStencil, BankStencil-Medium, BankStencil-MediumRough, CaslonFinaStencil-Black, CaslonFinaStencil-BlackRough, ChicoStencil-Rough, ChicoStencil, FerroStencil, GeometricStencil, GlaserStencil. Some of these can be bought at MyFonts.

In 2004, still at Elsner&Flake, she designed OCR-A EF Pro.

Klingspor link.

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Stawix Ruecha
[Katatrad (was: Behaviour)]

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stethos Systemhaus GmbH

TrueType and PostScript barcode fonts and barcode generators: Code EAN 13, EAN 8, Addon -2 and -5, EAN Velocity, Code UPC A, UPC E, Code 128, EAN128, UPS128, Code 39, -extended, PZN, Code 93, 2/5 Interleaved, 2/5 industry, direction and identcode of the Deutsche Post AG, Codabar, Monarch, plaintext-font OCR-B, 2D-Barcode PDF417 (only Bar Code generator). Commercial product. The demos are crippled. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Subtype (was: Typisc or Suprb)
[Andreas Pihlström]

Swedish commercial foundry, est. 2006, earlier called Suprb or Typisc. Commercial fonts: NTMY (2009, ultra-black), Alasca (2008), Quick16 (2008: pure geometry), ASCA (2008, "the cousin of OCR"), Myld (2008, avant garde ideas), Wyld (2010, hairline version of Myld), DIRR (2007, an unreadable extra black concoction), ASCA and ASCA-D (2007, rounded octagonal), LIW (techno, in bold and regular versions), Wyld (2007, Avant Garde to the extreme), Quick16 (2008, experimental), Alkasca (2008), Building (2006), Asphalt (2007, avant garde). Free fonts: Quart (2008, kitchen tile style), SWEM (2007, experimental), Cloud (2006, hairline font with connected letters, by Andreas Pihlström). Alternate URL. YWFT link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Test Pilot Collective

Test Pilot Collective (est. 1998) is a type foundry located in San Francisco, CA, USA. Typeface designs by Joseph Kral, Matt Desmond, and Michael Cina. The fonts were available via Makambo: 6X7OCT (Michael Cina), AMBER (Matt Desmond), AMERICANGOTHIC (Matt Desmond), AOLSUCKS (Joseph Kral), ATARIBABY (Joseph Kral), Auresh (StarTrek font, Matthew Desmond, 1998), BASIS (Matt Desmond), Bastard (Michael Cina, 1998), BEAT (Matt Desmond), Braille (Joseph Kral, 1999), CALIPER (Michael Cina), CAM (Michael Cina), Cheese (Michael Cina, 1998), CINAHAND (Michael Cina), Civicstylecom (1999, Matt Desmond), COMPOSITE (Michael Cina), CROSSOVER (Michael Cina), CURBDOG (Matt Desmond), DATDATA (Joseph Kral), DESMONDTEXT (Matt Desmond), DOUBLEOSEVEN (Joseph Kral), ER9 (Matt Desmond), Europa (Matthew Desmond, 1998), FIREFLYLOVE (Joseph Kral), FORMATION (Michael Cina), FOURFORTY (Joseph Kral), GOTHICOANTIQUA (Matt Desmond), HALFWIT (Joseph Kral), INVOICE (Matt Desmond), JOESFOOT (Joseph Kral), Kcap6 (dingbats by Michael Cina and Matthew Desmond, 1998), KRALHND (Joseph Kral), Lakestreet (grunge font by Joseph Kral, 1998), LUNARMOD (Matt Desmond), Lutix (StarTrek font, Matthew Desmond, 1998), MAETL (Michael Cina), MECHANICAL (Joseph Kral), NANOCODE (Joseph Kral), NASH (Michael Cina), OCRJ (Joseph Kral), OCRK (Joseph Kral), OCTOBRE (Joseph Kral), OPENLUNCH (Joseph Kral), PLATFORMS (Joseph Kral), PYROTECHNICS (Joseph Kral&Michael Cina, 1998), RAZORSUITE (Joseph Kral), REFLECTOR (Joseph Kral), RETRON (Matt Desmond), SAARIKARI (Joseph Kral), SCREWMOPHEAD (Joseph Kral), SELECTOR (Michael Cina), SHAOLINSTYLE (Joseph Kral), SHIFTY (Matt Desmond, 1998, also [T26]), Stem (Michael Cina, 1998), STICK26 (Joseph Kral), Stomper (Matthew Desmond, 1999), SUBITO (Joseph Kral), Testacon (by Cina, Desmond and Kral, 1999), TRISECT (Michael Cina), TRYPTOMENE (Joseph Kral), TWINSITES (Joseph Kral), ULTRAMAGNETIC2 (Michael Cina), UNISECT (Michael Cina), WOODDALE (Matt Desmond), WRONGWAY (Joseph Kral), Xerian (Matthew Desmond, 1997), XERXES (Joseph Kral, 1998), ZEBRAFLESH (Joseph Kral). They made a custom font for Citibank, a modification of Joe Kral's OCRK (1998).

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Tibetan OCR Project

The Tibetan OCR Project seeked to develop a Tibetan Optical Character Recognition System. It was started in 1998 by the Tibetan language scholars Don Stilwell (who created the Gaka Tibetan font in truetype format), Leonardo Gribaudo, Lee H. MacDonald, Marvin Moser, Chris J. Fynn, Pierre Robillard, Xavier Franc, Robert Taylor and Robert Chilton. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tony Lyons

Designer with Paul Crome at Letraset of the OCR style face Buzzer Three (1995).

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Tor Lillqvist
[OCR-A: Tor Lillqvist]

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Truetype Barcode

Commercial barcode fonts from A-BIT_Z: Code EAN 13, EAN 8, Addon -2 und -5, EAN Velocity, Code UPC A, UPC E, Code 128, EAN128, UPS128, Code 39, -extended, PZN, Code 93, 2/5 Interleaved, 2/5 Industrie, Leit- und Identcode der Post, Codabar, Monarch, OCR-B. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typeco.com
[James Grieshaber]

James Grieshaber earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Based first in Rochester, NY, and now in Chicago, IL, Grieshaber ran Typeco, a typographic services and solutions company established in 2002. James Grieshaber (b. Detroit, 1967) most recently was on staff of P22 Type Foundry, where he designed many type families and helped establish International House of Fonts. He has been honoured with an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic (2004, blend of blackletter and English style), and by TypeArt'05 (for Operina Cyrillic). Designer and Co-editor of the Indie Fonts book series, Grieshaber now teaches typography at RIT and runs Typeco. MyFonts sells his fonts now. YouWorkForThem sells the Super Duty family (stencil), Glyphic Neue, the Trapper families, Chunk Feeder, Gothic Gothic and Cusp. Identifont page. FontShop link. Behance link. Details on some of his faces:

  • Gothic Gothic (2001), an extended blackletter codesigned with Christina Torre. In 2004, he received an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic type design.
  • The Glyphic Neue display family was inspired by the Op Art style of lettering in the United States that ran rampant in many photo type houses in the 1960's and 1970's---I like to call it the "piano key style".
  • Chunkfeeder (2002) is a beautiful monospaced octagonal OCR-like family.
  • Cypher (2003, an LED/LCD family) has 24 weights. Of these, Cypher7 is free.
  • Duty (2002) is a sans face codesigned at T26 with Lee Fasciani.
  • The stencil family Super Duty (2004) has 8 variations. There are also techno variant called Superduty Condensed, Superduty Regular, Superduty Narrow and Superduty Text.
  • Cusp (2001-2005): a techno display family with 18 weights, including an LED style, art deco styles and Cusp De Stijl.
  • Trapper (2004) is an 8-weight exaggerated ink trap font family which comes in Trapper Round and Trapper Sharp versions.
  • Zaftig (2008, Typeco) is a super-fat face.
  • P22 Operina (2003, in Romano, Corsivo and Fiore versions) is based on Vicentino Ludovico degli Arrighi's calligraphy used in his 1522 instructional lettering book La Operina da Imparare di scrivere littera Cancellarescha. This book contains what is considered to be the earliest printed examples of Chancery Cursive. P22 Operina won an award at TypeArt 05. Operina Pro contains over 1200 glyphs. In 2010, Paulo Heitlinger compared P22 Operina favorably to another digital chancery font, Poetica (by Robert Slimbach, Adobe), which, according to him [and I agree], lacks vigor and dynamism.
  • P22 Posada (2003, with Richard Kegler): based on lettering of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913) that was used for some of his posters and broadsides.
  • P22 Arts and Crafts Tall (1995, art nouveau), P22 Arts and Crafts Hunter (1995). Both based on alphabets by Dard Hunter, 1908-1910.
  • P22 Art Deco Chic (2002), based on the Art Deco hand lettering of Samuel Welo, ca. 1930. P22 Art Deco Display (2002) is a Broadway style face.
  • Churchy (2002).
  • He offered (offers?) a handwriting font service for 100 USD. Free trial face Reenie Beanie (2002). Signature font service for 50 USD. Reenie Beanie (2002) is now offered (as a joke, I assume) as part of the Google open font directory (for free web fonts).
  • P22 Garamouche (2004, with Richard Kegler). Comes with Garamouche Ornaments (2004).
  • Segoe Print (2006, Monotype Imaging). [Isn't this Googlee's competition?] This is an informally hand-printed face co-designed with Brian Allen, Carl Crossgrove, James Grieshaber and Karl Leuthold at Ascender.
  • P22 Cezanne Pro (2006). Has over 1,200 glyphs.
  • P22 Yule (2005; Heavy, Inline): a stone chisel family with a hint of Neuland.
  • P22 Numismatic (2005): originally offered by the Devinne Press, and based on ornaments and letters used by 15th and 16th century engravers of seals and coins; however it looks very much like Otto Hupp's Numismatisch (1900, Genzsch&Heyse).
  • Black Ops One (2011) is a military stencil face, available at the Google Font Directory.
  • Short Stack (2011) is Grieshaber's free contribution to the Comic Sans genre. It was published by Sorkin Type and can be downloaded from Dafont.
  • Atomic Age (2011) is a free font at Google Font Directory. It was inspired by 1950s era connected scripts seen on nameplates of American cars.
  • Supermercado One (2011, Google Font Directory) is a low contrast semi geometric typeface inspired by naive industrial letters. More a signage face than a web font.
  • Typeco Grecian (2012, FontStruct) is loosely based on a Wells & Webb Grecian style woodtype circa 1846.
  • Typeco De Stijl (2012, FontStruct) is based on Van Doesburg's De Stijl magazine's name plate in 1923. Typeco Topaz Serif Tall (2012, FontStruct) is a pixel typeface. Typeco New Wave (2012, FontStruct) is an op art party font.
  • Metamorphous (2012, Sorkin Type) borrows its arches from Gothic cathedrals---it was inspired by Jonathan Barnbrook and by the free font Morpheus.
  • HWT Geometric (2013, Hamilton Wood Type Foundry) is a squarish wood type family: Geometric began its life as a metal typeface from the Central Type Foundry, circa 1884. Soon after, this design was officially licensed to Morgans & Wilcox and was shown in their 1890 catalog in Regular, Light and Condensed Light variations. After acquiring Morgans & Wilcox, Hamilton Manufacturing offered Geometric Light Face Condensed as their own No 3020 and the Geometric Light Face as No 3021. HWT Geometric has been expanded digitally to include a Regular Condensed version.

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TypOasis, 2002
[Manfred Klein]

The fonts produced in 2002 by Manfred Klein: Bauhouse, ClassiCaps Xmas 2002, GGothique MK, Lombardic, Mouse Traces, Music Elements, DreiDreiDreiBlack, Griffo's Font, Noisy Buttons, Hamlet ToBeOrNot, Oszillo Caps, Cave Paintings, Rodgauer (a CODEX-like font), Prinz Eugen (medieval font), DreiDee Sketches, Typo Cubes, AustralBats, RoundMouseBats, Torynitialen, Wood Cutted, FlowerPower, Graf Typo (a CODEX-like family), Solitaire, Breeze, Eyes, Lead Types Heap, Petit Fleur, ABCari, Floralalpha, Karlas ABC-Start, OliJo Bold, Athena Handwritten, The BroadWay, MK Squares, Incunitials, Luc's Plants, Monte Petito, Before Alphabets 4, Threedimensional, Blind Reading, Zebral Caps, Before Alphabets 3, Braille Latin, Tangoasis, Katrins (handwriting of Katrin Dillmann, Manfred's daughter), Laurens Erste (handwriting of Laurens Dillmann, Manfred's grandson), Tangodoni, Typesetters TV, Unscreen, Caps MKS, Haunted, Mouse Scribbles, RunishMK, Fatsans, Rotten Script, Stormy, Strong Dots, Caro Mio, Reduce 2 Max, Pudels Kerning, Cheerio, Gersans, ArabDances (Arabic simulation font, with Cybapee), Slab Serif Written, Shalom (Hebrew simulation), Bloxx Serif, Kara Ben Nemsi (an Arabic simulation font), Remember Cassandre, Wieynk Caps Round, Fragment Caps, Golden Swing, Tango Macabre (a gorgeous font in which letters are made with skeletons), Eye Beings, Frax Handwritten, HotsBlots, Latin China (oriental lettering), Dinos Fragments, HotchPotch, SketchBats, AmorE, Chinawestern (oriental simulation), Valentine Flies, AmorEatPersia, AmorEmoticons, Artfacts, The Kiddies, ConstrAccident, Kochs Roots, AnimSilhous, Framed Frax Caps, K-Arrows, GridEx Gallery, K-Arrows B, Swinging Petidoni, Big Swinging SlabS, Relief Caps, Shapes 1-3, Petitscript, Shapes Four, Fullsize Sans, Petitscript Italic, Shapes A 1-3, Imperium Serif, Big Broken, Semaphore, MKalligFrax, Pix Caps, Slabsoft, Windy City, Slabsoft, Windy City, Timeless, Against Rules, Berolina, FabCreatures, CookinDada, FoodnDrinks One, HabSpass-HaveFun, Mighty, Klammeraffen Italic, Elefontitis Xtreme, Cairotiqua Freestyle, Eastereggs, Cave People, RandoMiKa, Big Ella, Hands Subversive 1+2, Build Your Own People, Antroposofia, EasterChicken, GridRiding, Irish Sketches, KidPicts, MatrixbuK, Dornspitz Grotesk, PeaceBats, Arte FS, Eagles Buttons, BlowinInWind, Cave Popart, Karla 1B, Crosses, SharkJockey, Toscanienne, SilhousTwo, Kleins Three Pixel, Religionen, Shapes One-Popart, Shapes Two, ShapesTwo, QuickBats, QuickWritten, KidsDrawings, QuickBats 1.1, Shapes Strokebrushes, SteepQuickHand, Steepiqua, Sleepklill, Steepodoni, New Aliens, SteepTypewriter, CarpetParts, Fourfeeters, Steepidien, Yumiya Arrows, HotHats FS, Eyes Gallery, Steeprump, Zebra Shapes, GrafFitty, KidsArt, Klones, Belly Sans Condensed, Tshirts Springtime, Landscapes, Pastfuturum, typOasis Uncial, ABC Thru, Parma Petit, SpaceLiving, FS Funkturm, TorysTools, Aero Sans, MouseToons, Parma Petit Outline, KL1 MonoCaseKrux, Remember Reiner, Frungtura FS, Perforation Strip, Weimar, Gothic Caps, HumanPartsPoetry, Archetypo Bricks, Human Parts, Big Dots, Spiders Club, MirrorBlack, Mirror Chicken, MonoMouse, MousefraKtur, AmericanNatives, DaVincy Cut, Mouse Liturgic Sketches, MKlunger FS, Waldoni New Torsi, Bradburys Shadow Paseo, Horses, Jessica Plus, Farm Animals, Fat Free Frax, BugsNFriends, Gut Joe Black, People Sketches, Human Parts, Cycling, MousePen, Unknown Heads, NowTheWeather, Qbicle MK, Strange Friends, AfroBats, AmNativeTwo, Bayreuth Fraktur, FingerSinging, Cuxhaven Times, Schwabach Duemille, Balloons, MathRosetts, Folks, Frankophile, Caslonish Fraxx, Has Bodoni Scribbled, Peace Damaged, Wrong Types Shadows, AnimaliaScissored, Bredda, Variations In Geo Dur, QuarrelerPlus, Montages Surrealistiques, Twinset Sans, The Muscle Fetish, Mammothisch, Animali Silhouetti, EleFontissimo, Neopan, Animals Two, Loopings, Logovals, Spiderish FS, Jugendstil FS, LucSan Faces, Crazy Written, Luc Plants Growin Again, Klein Hollywood, For Kids, Total Krass, Pesces Bizarri, Headbirthes Two FS, Stampede, Tribut to Warhol, DadaSchwitters, Van Doesburg, KleinScribere, MK Uncilae, FranKlein, Tschich (unitype suggested by Jan Tschichold in 1929), MK Logo Sketches, Something FS, Stencilia, Kritzel Three, Steep Oldstyle, Steepimbo, Cairotiqua Light, SteepSlab, Toms Beings (a great!!!! collection of critters), FraktSketch, MouseGrafitty, Luther Stencil, RudolfsBats, Blackberry Plants, Circus Klein, Klein Reunion, Squashed Random, Strokey, Uncial Buttons, WaComToon, JohannesButtons, BlackWhiteGrids, Johannes Buttons / Bricks+Traces, MAntiKwa, Vehicles, EyesNStrokes, Babelfish Children, Chaos, MKarolingish, Swiss Cheese, Archibeta, Frankly Spoken, Hardware, Neptunia, Rotunda Espagna, Hardware, Arabuttons, Bodoni Flying, Eggheads Crying, PopNonsens, ScrapTiqua, St Dinah, Confusica, Crazygrams, Human Redesign, Crazyness, MKorsair, Big Caesar, MoveU, MyMedieval, RodauButtons, RodauButtonsInverse, Owls&Friends, Obliqua Romana, Oggi Angular, JohG Diamonds, Ornamen, SlabStick, Morbus Parkinson Fraxx, FolksTypo, AidaSerifaCondensed, Big Cheese, Viecher, MKOCR, Decollagena, Concrete Poets, Swinging Sans, KlausBFraktur, Peitinho, Openbuttons, MCapitals, Cavebats 1-4, BonSans, Folks, Gotica Caps, SketchesForPainting, XmasSketches, FolksCircleNegative, FolksCirclePositive, FolksDecoon-Light, KarlasBats, KleinSlabSerif, KleinSlabSerifBold, CantaraGotica (Fraktur), Logomatique (experimental, minimalist), LogomatiqueShadow, LogomatiqueBold, WorkWithGrids1202, WorkWithGridsButtons, WorkWithGridsRandom, WorkWithGridsStageC, Living Yesterday, Xmas 2002, Schneesterne, CaveBats 1A+2B, Nautilus, LateBirds, SpiralusKrux, SpiralusFaces, Smokescreen (with Petra Heidorn). 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Typonauten
[Ingo Krepinsky]

Ingo Krepinsky (b. 1976, Eschwege) graduated in 2000 from Fachhochschule Hannover, and in 20903 from Hochschule für Künste Bremen, where he specialized in typography. He is a cofounder and type designer at Typonauten, a Bremen-based commercial font foundry started in 1998 (together with Christoph Hanser and Stefan Krömer). MyFonts sells these fonts: Freakshow (2005, grunge), Nautilo Font System (2002, a futuristic font family), Oklahoma (2003, Wild West, handpainted look; the Pro version from 2012 was done with Gunnar Link), Toon Town (2005, a comic book face done with Stefan Kroemer), B-Movie Retro (2007 a brush font series with Florian Schick and Stefan Kroemer), B-Movie Splatter (2007, a grunge version of that family).

Newsletter (2007) is an extensive no-frills sans family influenced by fonts like OCR-B and DIN. Newsletter Stencil was published at Volcano Type. Creator (with Gunnar Link and Stefan Kroemer) of Royal Oak Decor (Victorian ornaments), Royal Oak Sans (Edwardian headline sans) and Royal Oak Serif (Western headline face).

Other commercial fonts: Dimitri (Cyrillic simulation), Flarrow, Grebbelinsky (nice dingbats), Killvetica, Litterae Diaboli, Mosaixxs, Nautilo (pixel font), Navtilo (pixel font), R2D2 (futuristic), Sheffield (sans), Singapur (2002, a gambling dingbat font), Oklahoma (2002, Egyptienne), Transarc, Uxmal (unicase with Mexican ornaments), Weimar (Bauhaus style), Estelec (Cyrillic simulation), Trixel (2002, free pixel font), Sport1, Spacelord (2013, sci fi face).

View the typefaces made by Typonauten. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Unifon (or: Unifon Press)
[Margaret S. Ratz]

Unifon is a free font that serves as a proposal for a phonetic alphabet to help people read better and faster. It was proposed by Margaret S. Ratz in 1966. Unifon D 2005 (2005) is OCR-like and Uniforn Ra (2005) is roman. T [Google] [More]  ⦿

V Design
[Vit Smejkal]

Foundry established in Prague in 2006 by Vit Smejkal. He created the monoline OCR-A-like family Orca Pro (2011).

Typefaces from 2013: Fragment Pro (+Inline: a great typeface family for layering), Consul Typewriter Pro.

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Van Saarland
[Yautja]

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Videogame Text
[Zach Whalen]

This site is a blog about a book proposal by Zach Whalen on the typography and types used in videogame text. It is immensely useful for type historians, and highly recommended. It is based on Zach's 2008 dissertation at the University of Washington entitled The Videogame Text: Typography and Textuality. Interesting subpages:

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Vit Smejkal
[V Design]

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Wasp Barcode Technologies

Commercial barcoding software: Wasp Fontware is a powerful bar code utility that seamlessly integrates TrueType fonts with your favorite business software and database applications. The fonts are compatible with all windows applications including the most common word processors and spreadsheets. Easliy (sic) create bar codes simply by changing the font. 100 USD for one user, 10,000USD for a site license. Supports Code 39, Code 128, UCC 128, Code 93, Interleaved 2 of 5, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN/JAN-8, EAN/JAN-13, Codabar, MSI Plessy and Postnet bar codes. The package includes 6 TrueType fonts, OCR-A and OCR-B fonts, and barcoding software. [Google] [More]  ⦿

words+pictures
[Gerry Chapleski]

Foundry that does custom work and sells some fonts, mostly grungy modifications of well-known styles. Font names: Leubner (2002), Topogigio (2002), Babushka (2001), Minsk (2001, like Babushka, a gorgeous Cyrillic imitation font), bank, bastante, basterg, blanco, blip, bodega, boot, cabra, caslost, chefic, chiva, classico, coalities, cobrag, conduct, constitution, crate, curse, deconstruct, dente, dupe, flash, gross, gus, highway, hippie, houdini, jose, lagrima, life, liquor, liturgy, marta, mencilbold, moda, muchobas, mypure, obelika, preacher, prodigy, qwerty, random, recog, rescue, seviche, sign, stenciloni, tainted, verve, zocrab, spam, spike, kutztown, student (free), kunkeltown (free stencil font).

The fonts are made by Gerry Chapleski (b. Bahamas, 1957), who used to run the outfit under the names Gerry Chapleski Design and EditableGraphics. The foundry, Words++Pictures, is located in Broomfield, CO. Freeware fonts Crate (a stencil font, 2001), Circuit (2001), Alien (2002), Onesystem (2002), Vindex (2002), Shrek (2002), Seviche (2001), Flute (stencil, 2001) and Supa (2002, OCR font).

MyFonts sells these fonts: Alien, Andalusia, Ave Maria, Babino, Babushka, Bastante, Basterg, Blogger, Bodacious, Cabra, Chefic, Chiva, Circuit, Classico, Coalities, Cobrag, Conduct, Constitution, Cordoba, Crate, Curse, Decon, Domo, Dupe, Flash, Flute, Function (1995, typewriter), Geek, Geo, Geomed, Gross, Grotto, Gus, Highway, Hippie, Houdini (a tweaked didone), Ingots, Jose, Kinko, Kunkeltown (stencil), Kutztown, Leubner, Lifer, Limbo, Liturgy, Marta, Mencilbold, Minsk, Moda, Muchobastante, Mypure, Obelika, Onesystem, Preacher, Prodigy, Qwerty, Random, Readme, Rescue, Seviche, Shrek, Sign, Spam, Spike, Student, Sweat, Topogigio, Totti, Version2, Vindex, Vivacious, Zocrab.

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Yagpo!_Wylie

Yagpo! Wylie is an extensive free Tibetan Unicode-compliant face. Names related to this font and to the open source Tibetan OCR project are Alexander Stroganov, Namhay Norby Rinpoche, Palden Sherab, Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, Gualwa Karmapa Orgen tinley Dordje, Ayang Rinpoche, Rangrig Dorje Rinpoche, Geshe Tsering Dondrup and Kristoffer Lindqvist. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yautja
[Van Saarland]

This is one of the most talented FontStructors. On Behance, he/she is listed as Van Saarland, from Hameenlinna, Finland.

Typefaces from 2011: Teotihuacan (inspired by a Mexican poster), Micra (a monospaced OCR-A font), Fast Driving, Rendez-Vous (a condensed serif font inspired by the cover of "The Essential Jean Michel Jarre"), Carat Condensed, Carat, Wolfen (a copperplate style condensed face), Futuroid (sci-fi), Instrumenta (after Neville Brody's Industria), Modern Vision (based on the opening credits from The Terminator and The Running Man), Future Earth (futuristic: based on a typeface used in The Terminator logo which is also the base for the font "Earth"), Phatprogy (+Extra Phat).

Typefaces from 2012: Modus Operandi, Ikonomi (squarish sans), Genera, Hexathrone, Liquid Crystal Serif, Wulthraesk (constructivist), Electionale, Major (a high contrast didone), Commandant (2012, like Futura Stencil), Comfutur (a beautiful stencil face with a bit of Futura Black), Qode (a retro-futuristic LED style typeface), Graphyto (a heavy slab face), Heavy Royale, Thiage (Thai simuation face), Bravis, Cirquetry, Solidis, Velocifero (bilined), Heavy Royale, Jet Set Groove, Reactor A1 (futuristic stencil), Polymoda (an abstract font), Lino II, Sequencer (+Condensed), Hertzace (square retro-futurist), Cifira (art deco), Saturation (monoline sans), Katana (+Bold, +Condensed), Countura (abstract and minimalist), Stripelane (horizontally striped), Vortexa (in the style of Data 70), In Nomine Matrix, Afterburner, Afterburner Phase II, High Rise (Western typeface), Sulaco, Polaroid, Tech Noir (a dot matrix typeface based on the nightclub sign from The Terminator), Slabbers II, Windician (art deco), Cryptocube, DMC 12, Ken Jp (oriental simulation typeface), PxlSQ, Scorpione, Monotronic, Advancer (dot matrix face), Avico, Discolyde, Film Sequence, Modern Vision (based on an unknown typeface which was used in the opening credits of The Terminator, The Running Man, Class of 1999, and also used on Robert A. Heinlein's book covers (there's a font called Heinlein which is similar)), Cromagnon, Gace, Midora Sans, Squarium (constructivist), Cheque Matte (octagonal), Plusminus, Advancer Lite, Magnetofunk (retro-futuristic), Integrafia (piano key stencil face), Network9, Cechida, Rendez-Vous (condensed square slab face), Rendez-Vous II, Equantum, Karelian Stencil, Cryptocube, Neolexia, Ambiente, Stencilae (stencil), Linearis (horizontally striped), Contrafacia A and B (horizontally striped faces), Stereovision, Hypetron (based on the TRON logo), Degré (hexagonal), Typorabilis, Wunderkind (kitchen tile face), Kiova Captura, Biomehanika.

Typefaces from 2013: Starast Maxi, Starast Next, Lugar, Siquid (dot matrix face), Devico (constructivist), Meco (based on Meco's logo), Confiant A, Confiant B, Zerusta, Carat, Combonaut, Jet Set Groove, Cifira, Gace, Condensbit, Synditon, Abciria, Vulthraesk, Rendez-Vous (+II), Instrumenta (based on Neville Brody's Industria), Saturation, RndEX, Rewinder, Power Electronics (an octagonal typeface based on the Captain Power logo), Obsidian Deco (a gorgeous fat piano key typeface), Electrone, Plusminus, Connector Module, Scorpione, Perficio, XOX Design, Da Capo (bold slab serif), Gradiator, Phatprogy, Genexus, Finica Sharp Script, Power Electronics (based on the Captain power logo), Aftertouch (a wide sans), Telecharger, Vicenti, Modicea, Submachine (based on Stanley Davis's Amelia), Genera Deux (a computer font), Genexe, Network 9 (connect-the-dots), Square Earth, Future Earth (trekkie font), Cechida, Supernature, Siberiada (a great Russian simulation face with a medieval touch), Defigma (bilined), Carat, Back to the future (based on the movie logo; called Rewinder on FontStruct), Vibrion (techno face), Connector Module, Wunderkind (a tiled typeface), Yaguar, Pacific Serif (slab serif), Aerogenes (wide techno font), Windician, Commandant (a wide art deco stencil face).

Typefaces from 2014: Waltraud, Carat, Teotihuacan, Rendez-Vous (+II), Major (didone), Ambiente, Kiova Captura (based on the font used in Kiev camera manuals), Future Earth (based on the logo for The Terminator), Glissando, Cheque Matte (athletic lettering font), Vibrixean (sci-fi), Licoricette, Electrone (octagonal), Protagon (Greek simulation), Rewinder, Ardeus (futuristic, LED simulation), Techsyna (sci-fi), Rezonans (piano key style), Modern Vision, Trideko Display (multilined typeface), Xeometro (octagonal), Verbica, Megalith (a great black slab), Calibro.

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Zach Whalen
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Zach Whalen
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Zal Moxe

Design student in Toronto, who is working on this unicase font (2005) which combines OCR with Startrek. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zdenek Wagner

Czech TeX and font software expert, whose place on the web is called IceBear Soft. He created makebarcode, a free package done in 2008 for the TeX community. It contains TeX macros for printing various 2/5 bar codes and Code 39 bar codes. The macros do not use fonts but create the bar codes directly by vrules. It is therefore possible to vary width to height ratio, ratio of thin and thick bars. The package is convenient for printing ITF bar codes as well as bar codes for identification labels for HP storage media. In 2010, he published OCR-B Outline. These are type1 and OpenType versions of an earlier Metafont by Norbert Schwarz (Ruhr Universitaet Bochum, Bochum, Germany). [Google] [More]  ⦿