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Luc Devroye
McGill University
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3-D Salter

Free 3-d look headline face. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abba

Free multiline font by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ABFonts Santos FC 2012 Numerals

ABFonts Santos FC 2012 Numerals (2012) is an orphaned athletic lettering font. We read at ABFonts (where the font can be downloaded): ABFonts Santos FC 2012 Numerals is based on the numbers used on the jersey of Brazilian football club, Santos FC, which is outfitted by Nike. The font was created on request and the image that was provided only showed the jersey numbers of Santos FC. Based on photographs, the player's name is not shown on the jersey explaining the absence of letters in the font. It appears that the source image was created by Cleiton Fabiano of www.futbr.com. [Google] [More]  ⦿

AG Royal

I would like to know the origins of Berthold's AG Royal typeface family. Who did the digital version? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Almagro

Free orphaned hand-printed font (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alphabet Sexe

An orpahned sexual position alphabet found on the web. [Google] [More]  ⦿

AlphaRuler

A grunge font accredited to Albert-Jan Pool (1995, Dutch Design), but Pool confirms that this information is wrong. So I will classify this free font as "orphaned". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angry Birds

Orphaned brush caps typeface published at Dafont in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Apache

Apache is a comic book typeface published by URW++. It is unclear who designed it. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Apple Watch Font

In September 2014, Apple announced the imminent arrival of the Apple Watch, which comes with a new typeface developed in house. It has a legible, open DIN-like look, but the name of its designer was not released. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A&S Gallatin

A photocomposition font dating from 1976. It was listed in a 1984 phototype catalog. Typedia mentions: A & S Gallatin may have been a proprietary style for a particular department store, in that era, and assembled as a private type style. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Avisto

Said to be a fusion of Futura and Akzidenz Grotesk, Avisto started appearing on Swedish signs in the 1930s. Image from the book I Love Type 01 Futura [via Christian Steen Jørgensen, Copenhagen, and Typophile]. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Babycakes

An orphaned free bubblegum font made in 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baglady

An orphaned free font made in 1997. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ballerina Alphabet

An orphaned stick figure alphabet from 1990. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barnacle

Free orphaned decorative typeface from 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Batman

A free dingbat font called Warlord. Author unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bayreuth

Bayreuth is a blackletter typeface made in 1932 by F.H.E. Schneidler for the C.E. Weber foundry in Stuttgart. At the Dafont site, we find an orphaned digital version of this typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beale Varigated, Beale Charming

Beale Varigated (Softmaker) and Beale Charming (Softmaker/Brendel) date from 1993. Softmaker also made B691 Deco and RSVP SF. I am not sure whether these are Softmaker originals or have other roots. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Belfast City Council

The typeface Moment was commissioned by the Belfast City Council for its brand. Unknown designer, but free download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benny Benassi Font Remake

Orphaned sci-fi font, made in 2013 at FontStruct. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bigbloke

Bigbloke (2012) is a PDF extract. Inside it states that it is an Outback restaurants Menu font. The designer is unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bits Pics

A dingbat typeface published by Bitstream in 1994. It contains an umbrella, some weather icons, and various odds and ends without a logical structure. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Boo

School font made in 2002 by an unknown designer. Download here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brittany

An orphaned curly Victorian font downloadable from Dafont, and made in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BrockScript

BrockScript (1996), a wedding invitation script made by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Burrito

An orphaned Mexican simulation font from 1996. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Buxton Sketch

A Comic Sans style font that ships with the Sketchflow program (Christian Schormann, Electric Beach). Not sure who designed it. That software also contains Segoe Marker. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cabin Fever

A hand-printed face made in 2011 with iFontMaker by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CBS Didot

The orphaned CBS Didot was based on Freeman Craw's custom font CBS Didot from 1970. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CG Orlando Caps

Mysterious typeface in the the Compugraphic collection. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cleopatra

A free font made in 1999. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Close Schlager

An orphaned typeface posted here that is jjust a renaming of Schlager (2000, Simon Schmidt, Fountain). Other fonts in the "Close" series include Close-CallAM, Close-CallPM, Close-NessItalic, Close-NessRegular, CloseRace-Drive, CloseRace-Park. I guess we will never know who did this. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corisande

Corisande (2003) was sold in 2003 by T26 and was attributed to Neil McCallum. However, we also find it in the Identikal collection. The typeface was removed from all web sites some time after that. Why, how? Where is Neil McCallum? [Google] [More]  ⦿

CRU Jeelada

Orphaned free curly font, made in 2012, by a student at Chandrakasem Rajabhat University, Thailand. He also made CRU Jeelada Handwriiten (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cubu

A cube-shaped alphading typeface that was orphaned at Dafont in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

cuernomuerto

Cuernomuerto (2011) is an orphaned hand-printed all caps face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Curly Stars

An orphaned free Victorian curly font, published in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dali

An orphaned script font made in 1997 by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Decollection

Decollection (1997) is an orphaned art deco headline typeface that is based on Boogie (NADA8) and Big Lou (NADA37), two alphabets drawn by Marcia Loeb in 1972. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DeGenerate

A free grunge typeface by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dickie

Free orphaned handwriting font made in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DigiMode 1988

An orphaned oblique techno typeface from 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DJ Football

DJ Football (2012) is an orphaned American football alphading typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dont Forget

Orphaned font which is incorrectly attributed on the fonts2u web page to Vic Fieger (2006). Vic claims that the designer did not bother to change the copyright line. Image. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Downwind

Downwind is an unesthetic Victorian negatively tilted display face. Various similar faces exist: Alfereta (Dan X. Solo: some say it is originally due to Seymour Chwast in the photo-letteriung era, but Dan X. Solo's catalog states that it due to Manhattan Type Foundry), Voco Script (SSI/SSK), Layla (Silver Graphics), Funky Face (WSI/IMSI). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dyer

A mysterious free typeface created in 1997 in the style of the Glasgow School of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

EAS Sans

An orphaned athletic lettering face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etiaw

Orphaned fat geometric typeface, created in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fairytale

A curly font from 1999 whose creator is anonymous. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FC Barcelona, Real Madrid

FC Barcelona (2009), Premier League (2007), and Real Madrid 2009 (2009) are athletic lettering typefaces made a designer who wishes to remain anonymous. Even though I know the designer, I am classifying these typefaces now as orphaned. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fisk

A handwriting font by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonture

Beautiful display caps by an unknown designer (1999). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Freewave Remix

I do not know who made this dingbat font in 2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fregio Mecano

Fregio Mecano is a modular font of Italian origin created in the 1920s composed of 20 different elements. The designer is unknown. Section Bold Condensed (Creative Alliance) is a digital version of the font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Futura Eugene

Unknown copycat artist: Futura Stencil became Futura Eugene (1990). [Google] [More]  ⦿

FutureFont

Orphaned black sans typeface seen at Dafont, and made in 1994. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gaslight

A free art deco font from 1993, which can be downloaded here. Unknown designer. Images: i, ii. [Google] [More]  ⦿

God of War

An all caps semi-blackletter typeface made in 2004 by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gossip

An all caps brush face made in 1997. Designer unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grebe

An orphaned font made an anonymous designer in 1994. It revives the Victorian typeface Bijou (1883, Hermann Ihlenburg, for MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gryzor

Unknown creator of Mucha Font, an art nouveau alphabet modeled after the hand of Alfonse Mucha. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hafskjold Rune Font

Rune font from 2000. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hammond

A monospaced modern angular Gaelic font created ca. 1910 (designer unknown). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heloise

An orphaned sans typeface made in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hogart

An orpaned font from 1997. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Homenaje

An orphaned face that is free at Google Web Fonts since January 2012. Its designers are probably Argentinian, as they write: Homenaje is inspired by the bronze cemetery art found in the Recoleta and Chacaritas districts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A grotesque and narrow type, it provides economy in text setting without losing its strong, straight and steady features. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Homorakhn

Homorakhn (1997) is an anonymous font that is said to be the Spiderman movie font. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hustle That Icecream

A hand-printed face made in 2011 with iFontMaker by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

I Have No Life

A hand-printed face made in 2011 with iFontMaker by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Imperial

An orphaned freeware gothic dingbat font made in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Intertype Spike Gothic

The typophiles can't figure out who designed Intertype Gothic in Intertype's booklet Intertype Gothics. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jawa Palsu

An orphaned font that was posted at Dafont in December 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kabarett Standard

Kabarett Standard is a heavy rounded old style typeface published by URW++. It is unclear who designed it. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kallaste

A free pixel font, Mutter LVS, from an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kdizzle

Free orphaned fat finer typeface made in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Korrex

A mystery blackletter typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Krungthep

Who made the Mac OS X font Krungthep? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lindinha

Figurine font by an unknown author. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Linotype Forbes

A one-style newsprint typeface by Linotype. Who made it? Where does it come from? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lithean

Orphaned runic or mysterious language face, 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lorem Ipsum

Creator of the gorgeous pearly inline display typeface Beau Jingle (2012), which does not seem to be available or viewable anywhere. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Louvain

Historical Gaelic typeface family. Louvain A saw the light sometime between 1611 and 1728. It is tentatively credited by Michael Everson to Thomas Strong. The creator of Louvain B (1641-1662) is still unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lydia's Font

An unknown designer made Lydia's Font (2011, iFontMaker), a very clean thin hand-printed face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Made Mo1

An orphaned neon tube font that one can download at abfonts. The font's readme says: This font is based on screen capture of the opening title sequence of the 1972 movie Made. The missing letters and numerals were created in the style of existing letters. Alpha-numeric characters were digitized and/or created by C. The alternate numeral 8 in the asterisk key created by T. It is T's fault if you do not like how the font was kerned. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Massallera

School font made in 1999 by an unknown designer. Download here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Evcerson
[Royal]

[More]  ⦿

Michael Everson
[Tower]

[More]  ⦿

Microscan

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

Mobile's Font

A free Mexican fiesta style font made by an unknown designer at iFontmaker in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mobile's Font

A hand-printed monoline iFontMaker font by an unknown designer, 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moonstar

A star-studded Arabic simulation typeface made in 1999 by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moulin Rouge

The orphaned font Moulin Rouge (2012) is a didone headline typeface after a curl treatment. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nelson Script

Orphaned calligraphic script font, 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿

New Mexico State Library

Mystery is an exclusive font designed in 2003 for the New Mexico State Library. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

NFL Bears

An orphaned athletic lettering font from 2005 that can be downloaded here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nickelodeon

Orphaned rounded unicase display face (2010) made for Disney Channel Nick City. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Occult TTF Fonts

Necronomicon, Goetia (Manuscript version), Alphabet of Demons, Appolonian. Maker of these truetype fonts unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

OHNO

A funny dingbat font with cartoon characters, made in 1996. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Old Gondor

Old Gondor is a free blackletter typeface made or converted by "Mike". Orphaned. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Old Script

Orphaned calligraphic script font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ozzy

A gothic blackletter typeface made in 2008 by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pip Boy Weapons Dingbats

Orphaned dingbat typeface of a boy with various guns, made in 2009. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pokemonmagazin

At this German Pokemon magazine, three Pokemon fonts: Pokefont, PokemonHollowNormal, PokemonSolidNormal. Authors unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Purimonyorori 2

A decorative display alphabet by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Riesig

An orphaned condensed titling family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rinehart

Rinehart is a free organic/techno sans family made in 1994 by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Royal
[Michael Evcerson]

A monospaced modern angular Gaelic font created ca. 1910 (designer unknown) for the old Royal Gaelicmanual typewriter. Digitized as Doire (1993) and Doire Royal (1999) by Michael Everson. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Runes of Loke

Rune font. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Savannah Fat

Free beveled look headline face. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scrubble

Pencil sketch font made in 2007 by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sensation

Free orphaned grunge font made in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Serpent Knotform

A free font that can be found here. Made in 2001, it is remarkable by its dedication to Zbignew Brezinsky, Lee Smolin, William Cooper, David Lazar, Theodore Kaczynski, Madeline Albright, Andrew Cunanan, Adam Smith, Marshall Herff Applewhite, George Maynard Keynes, and Mike Neidlinger. The maker is unknown, but the letters are indeed reminiscent of vipers and slithery things. I think that Ted Kaczynski does not deserve to be in that list though. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Showguide

A Western font by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Skjald

Skjald is an "almost" art nouveau face first seen in digital form at Agfa. Who made it? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Slabface 2010

Oblique futuristic (non-slab!!) typeface made in 2010 by an anonymous designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Smack Typographik

An orphaned hand-printed typeface made in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sniff

Sniff truetype font. Designer unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Space Odyssey Mo1

An orphaned font that appears in the end credits of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. The font, posted on abf in 2012, contans the following note: Here is the Space Odyssey font. I did not touch Futura for this one, as all letters were redrawn from actual film screen captures. One deviation made from the screen grabs is the height of the A. In the screen grabs, the A is a bit lower than the other letters. I made it touch the caps height, the same as the other letters with the exception of the rounded letters which go above the caps height and/or below the baseline. The font is autospaced and is not kerned. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stencil Camera

A free stencil font made by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stonehenge

An orphaned Celtic / uncial face with a production date of 1993. Download site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Swis Bold

A free Helvetica-like typeface published in 2013 by OFL. It is said to be an unpubluished work by Bitstream, and comes with a Bitstream Vera license. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Aeroplane Flies High Heavy

Imitation of TF Avian by Joseph Treacy, "made" by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tick

A typeface from 2009 with a single tick mark as sole glyph. Author unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Times Hackers

An orphaned hacker font made in 1996, one of the first ones in its genre. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tombraider

TR film (2003) is the text font used in the Tombraider movie. Unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tong1

Goofy orphaned face made with iFontmaker in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tonik Headline

Tonik Headline is a grotesque typeface designed by an unknown designer for Tonik Insurance. It looks like a copy of Alternate Gothic No. 3. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tower
[Michael Everson]

A monospaced modern round Gaelic font created ca. 1950 (designer unknown). Digitized as Teamhair (1997) and Teamhair Tower (1999) by Michael Everson. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Transalp

A free futuristic font. Designer unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tree alphabet

An old tree-based initial caps font. Origins unknown. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Underwood

A monospaced modern angular Gaelic font created ca. 1905 (designer unknown). In 1999, digitized as Darmhagh Underwood. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unitology Dead Space

Orphaned free font with strange symbology, 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unknown curly font

A curly hand-printed font, made in 2011--no names of creator or font available at the iFontMaker site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

USPS Barcode

A free Postnet barcode font from an unknown source: Download. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vaca

Orphaned comic book face (2012) that can be downloaded at Dafont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valken

An orphaned plump round sans typeface by an unknown designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vasca

The free basque lettering font Vasca, which seems to be everywhere, is indeed orphaned. Who designed it? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vasca Berria

An orphaned Basque all caps face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vespa

A free font with Vespa-style lettering made in 2004. Unknown creator. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Virile

Virile is an "almost" art nouveau typeface first seen in digital form at Agfa. Who made it? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wakfu Fan

An orphaned free calligraphic handwriting font made in 2011. It has a slight oriental look. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Warema

A mysterious URW staff font family in 8 styles published by them in 2012. It seems to be made for exclusive use by Warema Renkhoff. What, who, how? Help! [Google] [More]  ⦿

WorldCup 2010 Sans

A font extracted by an abf reader from Flash files used by ESPN and posted there. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zipper Extended

A typical 1940s script face. Orphaned for now. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zirkus

Zirkus is a Western slab typeface published by URW++. It is unclear who designed it. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zodiac S

An orphaned astrological symbol font made in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿