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101 vs lol
Great page about the importance of distinguishing between 0 and O and l and 1, especially in programming fonts. For a similar page, see 1 over n, where one can find overprinted alphabets such as for Apple Menlo, Droid Sans Mono and DejaVu Sans Mono, which are all based on Bitstream Vera Sans Mono. [Google]
Sergiy Tkachenko (b. 1979, Khrystynivka, Cherkasy region, Ukraine) lives in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, and has been a prolific type designer since 2008. Sergiy graduated from Kremenchuk State Polytechnic University in computer systems and networks in 2007. Various other URLs: Microsoft link, Identifont, 4th February, Behance, Klingspor link, Revision Ru, Russian creators, CPLUV Fontspace, Twitter. Kernest link. Sergey Tkachenko's typefaces:
- 2008: the techno typefaces Bladi One 4F, Bladi One Slab 4F, Bladi Two 4F, Abia Wide 4F Thin.
- 2009: Wrongo 4F, Zantiqa (an über-serif), Serifiqo (a (free) thin didone fashion mag display face), Codename Coder 4F (monospace programming font), Droporado 4F (using circles only), Tovstun (futuristic, ultra-fat and rounded), Perfocard 4F, Modularico (five modular typefaces based on a logo from Master Kremenchug a company for which Sergiy worked for 4 years), Boldesqo Serif 4F (a splendid informal fat didone, now with Greek support), Tkachenko Sketch, Unicase Slab (a techno slab), Laftatic, Logofontik 4F (techno), PC.DE Stencil (+Italic; custom stencil font), Stenciliqo 4F, Tiap Liap 4F (handwriting), Nut Kit 4F, Rezzzistor 4F, the inline modular face Grand Hotel, and Bijou 4F.
- 2010: Roboo 4F (a bubblegum typeface family), PädIn (a custom typeface for Pädagogische Initiative e.V.: rounded fat informal face), Fat Quad (in the fatty trend), Veselka (a free multiline face), Smeshariki Black (+ Gleams: a bubble gum font made for an animation company), Republica 4F (a fat family), Rodeqa Slab 4F, ComFi (semi-octagonal), Grotesqa 4F, Nowy Geroy 4F, Fabryka 4F (a monospaced typewriter family), Placarto4F-Italic (an ultra fat art deco), Lavina 4F (a hairline sans with lachrymal terminals).
- 2011: Squartica (octagonal), Decomart (free), Model 4F Unicase (a unicase fat didone released in 2013 only), Fontatigo 4F, Kylie 4F (bilined and geometric), Waldemar 4F (a large didone style fat typeface family), Dinesqo (2011, a monoline sans of utter simplicity), Qargotesk (+Cyrillic) [images: i, ii, iii, iv], Neultica 4F (black unicase family), Squartiqa 4F (2011, constructivist), Clarenta 4F Black (after Clarendon---a great family), Designosaur (free sans), Perfopunto (based on perforated circles and squares), OlaScript 4F, Bayadera 4F (a tamed upright monoline script), Febrotesk4FUnicase (squarish unicase family).
- 2012: Targo 4F (rounded typeface with stencil and non-stencil styles), Myra (free font), Myra 4F Caps (free), Cedra (wide monolined sans face), Fontatica 4F (rounded techno grotesk), Akzentica 4F, Ukraintica 4F Wide (a monoline wide-bowled sans family), Laventa 4F, Sports World (free athletic lettering font), Web Serveroff (free computer geek font), Octin Spraypaint Cyrillic (a rough stencil done exclusively for Ninja Theory).
- 2013: Condesqa (modular sans), Esqadero (an uncomplicated monoline sans), Vanyla 4F Unicase (monoline), Esqadero FF CY (a free wide sans, Cyrillic), Bond (a confident no-frills sans), Attentica (free sans font for Latin and Cyrillic), Cedra 4F Wide Thin.
- Cyrillizations: several typefaces such as Lavoisier (by Alec Julien), Budmo Jiggler (Ray Larabie) and JoAnne Display (Sandy Cerovich), Gnuolane (of a Ray Larabie font), Paranoid Cyrillic (based on Kevin Lo's Paranoid), Movavi Grotesque Black (+Cyrillic; image; numerals), Azoft Sans (made for Azoft, and free here and here).
- Custom fonts: Blue Pill, Sansus Webissimo (since 2011 free at Open Font Library), Minaeff ECT (2011, a free legible family for Latin and Cyrillic, custom-made for and downloadable from WebhostingRating.com), Webhostinggeeks.Com (2011), Web Serveroff, OnlinePharmacyCheck.Com (2011), 1800Flowers.com (2011), DesignStudio.com (2011, free), ArchyStudio.Com (2011, free download, Movavi Grotesque (2011, free), Azoft Sans, PÄd In, Smeshariki, Fat Cow (2010: free condensed sans), ComFi (2010, free), PC.de (2009: free techno family, including a stencil face), League Gothic (2009-2011, The League of Movable Type) Cyrillic, Paranoid Cyrillic, 28 Days Later Cyrillic, Acid Label Cyrillic, Dead Secretary Cyrillic, Rezland Cyrillic, Sweet Leaf Cyrillic, Droid Cyrillic, Jo Anne Display Cyrillic, Gnuolane Free Cyrillic, Bosox Cyrillic, Budmo Jiggler Cyrillic.
- Typefaces from 2014: Laqonic 4F (unicase sans), Cubynets 4F, Blogger Sans (free rounded organic sans), Boncegro (free Western typeface, briefly called Vaquero before a name change), Motor 4F (based on Russian car license plates), Monitorica (a futuristic typeface made for ipHostMonitor.com, free at OFL), Areqo (condensed titling sans), Architect's Daughter Cyrillic (architectural lettering), GetVoIP Grotesque (a free typeface commissioned by GetVoIP), Meeneralca (unicase sans inspired by the logo of the mineral water Borjomi from Georgia), Glasoor (free oil spill or jelly bean font), Robotesqa.
- Typefaces from 2015: Croogla (a circle-based informal sans), Blackentina 4F (free ultra-black squarish typeface), Dart 4F (neo-grotesque), Kent 4F/a> (a layered family for letterpress emulation).
- Typefaces from 2016: Brent 4F (original design going back to 2013), a custom typeface for the labels used in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Economica Cyrillic Pro (with Vicente Lamonaca).
Abstract Fonts link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. Behance link. Hellofont link.
View Sergiy Tkachenko's fonts. [Google]
[Hungarumlaut (was: Cila Design)]
Adobe Edge Web Fonts
Adobe offers a free web font service in partnership with Google. Initially, there are about 500 fonts to choose from. They appear to coincide largely with the Google Web Fonts. Adobe's contributions consist of Source Sans Pro (2012), Source Serif (2014, see also here), and Source Code Pro. They can also be downloaded from CTAN.
They write: Adobe will be applying its considerable font expertise to improving and optimizing a number of the open source fonts that are available in both Google Web Fonts and Edge Web Fonts. The teams from Typekit, Adobe Type, and Google Web Fonts are working to identify which fonts will benefit the most from our attention, and how we can best approach improving their rendering and performance. Efforts will include hinting some fonts for better rendering at smaller sizes, plus a number of other optimizations. All of these contributions will themselves remain open source.
Since the Adobe font preview is anemic, Yvo Schaap published this font preview. Peter Chon has another preview. And here is Tony Stuck's preview.
Github download site. CTAN archive link. Source Serif Pro at Google Web Fonts. Source Serif at Github. Source Sans Pro at Google Web Fonts. Source Sans Pro for the TeX crowd. [Google]
Aka chickenmeister. Located in Pennsylvania, A.J. Marx created the monospaced programming font Smooth Bunny (2009). [Google]
Milan, Italy-based designer of the rounded monospaced programming font PixelCoding (2013-2015). Alan says that he was inspired by Elysium Film Hex. Behance link. Alan is senior designer at Ferrari and Pininfarina. [Google]
Type designer (formerly Alan Greene) who is presently at MvB Design in charge of font production. Before that, he was head of custom font creation at FontShop San Francisco, and was also briefly at T26.
Fontfont link. FontShop link. Notes from a talk on typography.
- The huge serifed family FF Atma (2001).
- Indispose (T26).
- MVB Peccadillo (2002, MVB). Done with Holly Goldsmith.
- MVB Sirenne family (2002). Done with Mark van Bronkhorst, this large family is based on an 18th century design, with optical sizes.
- The free font family Courier Prime (2013), created for John August and Quote Unquote Apps, made for screenwriters: Courier Prime is optimized for 12 point size, and matches the metrics of Courier and Courier Final Draft, so you can often swap it out one-for-one. Other Couriers just slant the letters to create faux italics. We give you a whole new typeface [with true italics], modeled off the script of vintage typewriters. The competition was Mac Courier [the 1990 Apple system font made by Bitstream] and Courier Final Draft [used in the Final Drafdt screenwriter software]. At Open Font Library, we find Courier Prime Code (for programmers) and Courier Prime Sans, both designed in 2015.
- Codesigner at American Type Founders Collection of ATF Alternate Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Alan Dague-Greene, David Sudweeks, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). ATF Alternate Gothic is a new, significant digital expansion to 40 fonts of Morris Fuller Benton's classic 1903 design.
Graphic designer in Detroit, MI. Designer at FontStruct in 2009 of the extra condensed typeface Vertigo. In 2012, he made Bar Sans, a free headline sans that was inspired by all of the old hand made signage found along Eight Mile Boulevard in Detroit. Good Enough (2012) is a free monospaced programming font. [Google]
German designer (aka laynecom) at FontStruct in 2008 of band, blokk_2, maiden, substance, Fette Serif (fat, octagonal), Runde Pixelig, Velvet, Thin Sans, Constr, Clear Serif, Blokk.
Added in 2009: Russisch Brot, Block Out (3d face, +Filled1, + Filled2), Bold Stencil Sans, Script Pixelig, Dorky Corners Sans, Haus der Kunst (inspired by the building in München by that name), Fraktur Test, Fette Sans (nice), Emilia, Runde Pixelig (pixel script).
Creations in 2010: Fraktur Test, The Plot (octagonal, architectural), 80s Metal Band, Fieldwork Font (pixel), Black Metal, I slabbed the Seriff, Play (curly face).
Creations in 2011: Obvious Stencil (Bauhaus, or piano key), Supercali (a psychedelic font inspired by the cover for A.R. Kane's "I"), Manuale (with straight slabs; +Manuale Giocoso, 2012), Graphite (fat and rounded), Graphite 2, Hinterland Italic (quaint Victorian face).
From 2012: Linea Fraktur (extended in 2013 to Linea Runde), Black Organic (spiky blackletter), Green Organic (a spurred blackletter), Standard Sans, Modular Blackout Bold Condensed, Viva Las Vegas, Helios, Faux Pas Serif (Egyptian typeface), Nova Thin Extended (this hairline sans is a tour de force---it is the first successful hairline sans typeface ever made by anyone using FontStruct), Bencraft.
Fonts from 2013: Meadow Bold, Lush Capitals, SwiftStroke, Its Slab To Be Square, Mellow Doubt, Ligure Black, Beige Organic, Trafo, Trafo Evolution, Codester Mono (a programming font), Swash Buckle, Nova Thin Extended (a hairline sans), Meson Sans, Burgwald Exquisite Bold Condensed, Editoriale, Coalescimen, A La Carte, Hampton Italic, Baby Elephant (fat grotesque).
Fonts from 2014: Terminal One (a basic sans), Fanomino, Fontris (like Tetris), Schlaraffenland (+Variant: great rounded sans family), Crystalline, Tick Brush, Manuale Neue Bold, Terminal One, Sanspura, Italics Study, Mundane Black Extended, Heavy Grain, Wineshop Stencil, Folds and Rhizones, Viva Las Inline.
Fonts from 2015: Augustine, Coleridge, Framtid, Licht-Sans, Quire-Bold, Quire, Static-Grotesk, Tattoo-Parlour, The-Gift-Serif, Tuileries-Black, Usual-Type, Ziseleur, Zungenschlag, Blackesteverblack.
Klingspor link. [Google]
ALT is the type foundry of prolific type designer Andreas Leonidou from Limassol, Cyprus, b. 1986. His main work is commercial, but there is also a substantial collection of free fonts.
He created Foldgami, Apollo 13 (techno, futuristic), Fatgami, Origamia, Paper Roll, Alt Retro (2010, multilined family), Alt Tiwo (2010, fat counterless), Alt Matey (2010, a family that includes a multiline style; the piano key typeface Alt Matey V2 followed in 2012), ALT Lautus (2010, a minimalistic monoline sans family), Japanese Cities Type Experiment (2010), ALT Alternatice (2010), ALT Vxt11 (2010, a high-contrast art deco octagonal face), ALT Aeon (2010, a unicase but multiline family), Alt Re 32 (2010, techno), ALT Mun (2010, a curlified family), ALT Breo (2011, octagonal family), ALT Exline (2011), Jun Script (2011, connected contemporary upright script), ALT Ayame (2011, condensed squarish family ain the piano key style, +Long), Alt UAV31 (2011, an octagonal experiment), Alt Moav (2011, a striking geometric caps face. Images: i, ii, iii), Alt Geko (2011, an art deco caps face), and Archetype (unicase, Bauhaus).
Free fonts at Devian Tart: Alt Retro (2010, multilined family), ALT Hiroshi (2011, ornamental), ALT Deville (2011, spurred).
Typefaces made in 2012: DNR001 (hipster style), ALT Kora (for the identity of Drone), ALT Fat (monospaced squarish caps face), ALT Exodus (sci fi face), Alt Wet (a paint splatter face), Alt Sku (ornamental didone face), Alt Robotechnica (pixel face), Exodus (a blackletter style straight-edged typeface), Juk01 (an ornamental mechanical, or steampunk, typeface), Alt Sake (a thin condensed poster typeface).
Typefaces from 2013: Modu (alchemic, hipster style), Modu Deco, Bely (a severe-looking almost constructivist Latin/Cyrillic typeface).
Typefaces from 2014: Ren (a free vintage display typeface family).
Typefaces from 2015: ALT Hazer (a great free shadow sans), ALT Smaq (a family of eight free beveled styles for Latin and Greek).
The free fonts as of 2015: ALTBELY, AltJoli, AltPixelsGoneBad, AltRe32-Duo, AltRe32-Normal, AltRenDuo, AltRenRegular, AltRenRetro, AltRenShadow, AltRetroBlack, AltRetroBold, AltRetroLight, AltRetroRegular, AltRetroThin, Alt-Twitchy, AltVxt11, Altapollo13, AltAeon-Black, AltAeon-Bold, AltAeon-Light, AltAeon-Medium, AltAeon-Thin, AltAeonRegular, AltAxlDeco, AltAxlRegular, AltDEVILE, AltGeko-AltGeko, AltMateyv2-Black, AltRobotechnica, AltSku, AltSkuItalic, AltUAV31, AltWet, Altapollo13-Black, Altapollo13, althazer, altsmaq2.8, altsmaq4.8, altsmaq6.8, altsmaq8.8, altexodus, altfatgami, altfatitalic, altfatregular, altfoldgami.
Typefaces from 2016: Sadistic (a free scratchy font), System Code (free programming font).
Flickr link. Behance link. Hellofont link. Devian Tart link. Klingspor link. Creative Market link.
View Andreas Leonidou's typefaces. [Google]
Copenhagen-based designer (b. 1986) of Tal (2014), a full set of numerals in many weights for use on small devices. Tal is advertized as free, but there are no download buttons anywhere.
In 2014, he also created the Open Source fonts Gidole Play (later renamed Gidolinya) and Gidole Sans [micropage], which is patterned after DIN 1451 and uses Euler spirals. Dedicated page for Gidole Sans. In 2015, he published Gidole Regular and the monoline sans programming font families Monoid and Mono 16, which cover Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Gidole was forked and extended in 2016 at Open Font Library by Cristiano Sobral as Normung.
Behance link. Dafont link. Open Font Library link. [Google]
Designer of the free font family Luculent (2014, Open Font Library), scalable, monospaced, geometric sans serif screen fonts designed for programmers. Both Latin and Cyrillic are covered. [Google]
Russian type designer. He created the free monospaced Anka Coder family in 2010, which was developed for printing of source code. The fonts cover Latin and Cyrillic, among other things. The font names: AnkaCoder-C75-b, AnkaCoder-C75-bi, AnkaCoder-C75-i, AnkaCoder-C75-r, AnkaCoder-C87-b, AnkaCoder-C87-bi, AnkaCoder-C87-i, AnkaCoder-C87-r, AnkaCoder-b, AnkaCoder-bi, AnkaCoder-i, AnkaCoder-r. Download sites: Google, Open Font Library. [Google]
Alternate URL. The history of all fonts used and produced by Apple. A brief summary of this:
- Corporate fonts and brand identity
- Motter Tektura (designed by Othmar Motter of Voralberger Graphic in 1975): before the first Macintosh, Apple used Motter Tektura to accompany the Apple logo. "According to the logo designer, Rob Janoff, the typeface was selected for its playful qualities and techno look, in line with Apple's mission statement of making high-technology accessible to anyone."
- Apple Garamond, the new corporate font used when the Macintosh was introduced in 1984. ITC Garamond (Tony Stan, 1977) was condensed to 80% of its normal width by Bitstream, who also adjusted and hinted it. Apple Garamond was used in most of Apple's marketing. The Wikipedia comment: "Many typographers consider ITC Garamond in general, and Apple Garamond in particular, to be poorly designed typefaces. A common viewpoint is that the algorithmic scaling distorted the typeface."
- Myriad Pro: starting in 2002, Apple began using Myriad Pro Semibold (a sans serif face) in its marketing, gradually replacing Apple Garamond. MyriadPro and MyriadApple can be downloaded here.
- Gill Sans Regular: used in the marketing of the Newton PDA.
- Fonts of the original Macintosh All but one of these bitmap fonts were due to Susan Kare. The fonts were originally named after stops along the Paoli, Pennsylvania commuter train line: Overbrook, Merion, Ardmore, and Rosemont. Later, under pressure from Steve Jobs, names of world cities were chosen. A number of different variants of each font were algorithmically generated on-the-fly from the standard fonts. Bold, italic, outlined, underlined and shadowed variations were the most common.
- Cairo: a bitmap dingbat font, most famous for the dogcow at the 'z' character position.
- Chicago (sans-serif): the default Macintosh system font in System 17.6.
- Geneva (sans-serif): designed for small point sizes and prevalent in all versions of the Mac user interface.
- London (blackletter): an Old English-style font.
- Los Angeles (script): a thin font that emulated handwriting.
- Monaco (sans-serif, monospaced): a fixed-width font well-suited for 912 pt use.
- New York (serif): a Times Roman-inspired font.
- San Francisco: a ransom note face.
- Venice (script): a calligraphic font designed by Bill Atkinson.
- Fonts in Mac OS X
- Lucida Grande: the primary system font in Mac OS X (all versions). Lucida Grande looks like Lucida Sans, but has more glyphs. It covers Roman, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai and Greek. Many of its 2800+ glyphs were added by Michael Everson to the original collection.
- Mac OS X ships with a number of high-quality typefaces, for a number of different scripts, licensed from several sources.
- LastResort (designed by Michael Everson of Evertype): used by the system to display reference glyphs in the event that real glyphs needed to display a given character are not found in any other available font. Wikipedia states: "The glyphs are square with rounded corners with a bold outline. In the left and right sides of the outline, the Unicode range that the character belongs to is given using hexadecimal digits. Top and bottom are used for one or two descriptions of the Unicode block name. A symbol representative of the block is centered inside the square. By Everson's design, the typeface used for the text cut-outs in the outline is Chicago, otherwise not included with Mac OS X. The LastResort font has been part of Mac OS since version 8.5, but the limited success of ATSUI on the classic Mac OS means that only users of Mac OS X are regularly exposed to it."
- Apple Symbols: a dingbat font that complements the symbols from Lucida Grande, inttroduced first in Mac OS X 10.3 ("Panther").
- Zapfino (a calligraphic typeface designed by and named after renowned typeface designer Hermann Zapf for Linotype, based on an example he first drew in 1944): Zapfino utilizes the most advanced typographic features of the truetype format, and is partially included in OS X as a technology demo for ligatures and character substitutions.
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard comes with four new fonts in 2009: Chalkduster (emulating chalk on a blackboard), Menlo (a monospaced family based on Bitstream's Vera Sans Mono that replaces Monaco for applications such as Terminal and code editors; see also Deja Vu Sans Serif Mono), Heiti SC and TC and Hiragino Sans GB.
- Fonts used in other devices
- Espy Sans: designed in 1993 by Apple's Human Interface Group designed the typeface Espy Sans specifically for on-screen use. It was first used for the Newton OS GUI and later integrated into Apple's eWorld online service.
- eWorld Tight: a bitmap font used for headlines in Apple's eWorld. The metrics of eWorld Tight were based on Helvetica Ultra Compressed.
- Chicago (see above): bitmap typeface used in Apple's iPod music player since 2001.
Programmer and font technologist in Hefei, China. He wrote a parametric program that can create fonts. His first adventure is the gorgeous (monoline monospaced) programming font Iosevka (2015), which is completely free: for the source code, see Github. It has 7 weights and 6 styles anmd is entirely programmed. Belleve says that he was inspired by Pragmata Pro, M+ and PF DIN Mono. Link to the releases. The font covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, and is narrower than many fonts in order to be compatible with CJK characters. A tour de force that deserves an award. Behance link. [Google]
[The perfect programming font]
Bigelow&Holmes was founded by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. Charles Bigelow (b. 1945, Detroit) is a type designer and teacher, who runs his own studio, Bigelow&Holmes. Bigelow was a colleague of Donald Knuth at Stanford University when Knuth developed his Computer Modern typeface family for TeX. In mid-2006, Bigelow accepted the Melbert B. Cary Distinguished Professorship at Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Print Media. Before that, he taught at Stanford University, Rhode Island School of Design, and other institutions. Typefaces designed by Bigelow:
Ascender link. Wikipedia link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Squirrel link. Ascender link. Lucida Fonts is a dedicated commercial site. [Google]
- The Lucida family (1985). Lucida is used in several scientific publications such as Scientific American. Its origins go back to Computer Modern. I find it more appropriate for screens than paper, but that is just a personal view. The Lucida family contains LucidaConsole (1993), LucidaSansTypewriter (1991), LucidaFax, LucidaCalligraphy, LucidaBright, Lucida Blackletter (1991, a bastarda) and Lucida Handwriting. It has been recently expanded to comply with the Unicode Standard, and includes non-Latin scripts such as Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic and Hebrew. Charles Bigelow created the font families Lucida Math (with Kris Holmes, 1993), Lucida Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985), Lucida Typewriter Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985) and Lucida Serif (with Kris Holmes, 1993). The paper by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes, The design of a Unicode font (Electronic Publishing, 1993, pp.289-305), explains the design issues such as letter heights, readability studies, and typeface designs for readers versus non-readers of the various scripts.
- Syntax Phonetic.
- Leviathan (1979).
- Apple Chicago (1991), Apple Geneva (1991).
- Microsoft Wingdings (1992).
- For the Go Project, Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow designed the free typeface families Go and Go Mono in 2016. The font family, called Go (naturally), includes proportional- and fixed-width faces in normal, bold, and italic renderings. The fonts have been tested for technical uses, particularly programming. These fonts are humanist in nature (grotesques being slightly less legible according to recent research) and have an x-height a few percentage points above that of Helvetica or Arial, again to enhance legibility. The name Go refers to the Go Programming Language. CTAN link.
Designer at Open Font Library of these free fonts: Deja Vu Markup (2016, a modification of Bitstream's free font Deja Vu Sans mono from 2003), Inconsolata LGC Markup (2016, based on Inconsolata LGC (2006, Raph Levien)). [Google]
Chequered Ink (est. 2015) is a two-man design studio consisting of Andrew McCluskey (b. 1992, UK) and Daniel Johnston. Fonts here are predominantly by Andrew. Typefaces from 2015, mostly made with FontStruct: Heartbeat Synchronicity, Sawchain, Man Flu, Ace Adventure, Disco Nectar, Hex Girlfriend, Future Now, Lycra, Rygarde (pixel font), Empire Straight (avant garde caps), Kitty Katastrophe, Gang Wolfik Craze, O.K.Retro, Xxrdcore, the blocky sans serif Horticulture, the modular angular Heartbreaker, Ninja Thing, Fort Brewith, Urgently, Baxter's Slab (heavy octagonal style), Lady Radical (pixel font), Provisionary, Quickfyr, Vermin Vore, Even Stevens.
Typefaces from 2016: Sportscream, Assvssin, Brandsom (ransom note font), BromineCocktail, DestinationMercury, Eviscera, Halloween*Heresy, IReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyReallyLikeFonts, Viadukt, Yetimology, Indocorno, Overdose Sunrise (dry brush), Happy Talk, Camaraderie, Death Hector (sci-fi), Scones And Crossbows, Casual Softcore, Notepads & Roleplay, Order in Chaos, Stencil of Destiny, ViceVersus, Magenta Flow, Prick Habit, Go Faster, BlackboardRovers, Caperput, Chavelite, Lovecraftimus, RawhideRaw2016, SmackLaidethDown2016, SmackLaidethDown2016Oblique, Pelode, The Nineties Called They Want Their Font Back, You Can't Kill Old School, Thoroughbred, Card Shark, Sheeping Dogs, Zen Monolith, The Joy Facade, Cerulean Nights, Pounds of Violence, Altered Quest (octagonal), Thrash Decision (dripping paint font), Afroed Dizzy Yak (hand-crafted style), Circulus (octagonal style), 53 Dollars and 92 Cents, Endless Boss Battle (pixel font), Guest Circus Paradiso, Niagaraphobia (sans), Noseblood (squarish italic), Shake Your Plums, The Light Brigade (trekkie font), Beautiful Heartbeat (hand-crafted), Poisoned Paradigm (dripping paint font), Development Hell (modular), Energetic Star (stencil), Men Down (display or poster type), Apple Korea (Hangul emulation typeface), Zdyk Capricorn, CQ Mono (a rounded monoline monospaced sans programming font), Pyrsing, Executionist, Mono a Mano (pixel typeface), Toxico, Swiggity (hexagonal), Mono a Mano (pixel font), Dissolved Exchange, Thundercover, Hors d'oeuvres The Garter, Distortion Dos Digital, Acetate, Arcapulse, ChelseaSmile, Headshots, Here&NotFound, IregulaTo, Japers, MidnightsontheShore, RallyBlade, Sothin (a great ultra-condensed squarish typeface), VerminVibes4Helium, 6Cells, DistortionDosAnalogue, SpotMonkey, Summoners, UnderwearProtest (Piano key style), VerminVibes4, Shapeshifters, Puerto Magnifico (Mexican party style font), Zdyk Gemini (intergalactic font), Bones To Your Generic Script Font, Breathe Fire (medieval style), Escalatio (hipster style), Pocket Monka (beatnik style), Jack Frost, Hiruleon, Cfour, CrystalCathedral, DigitalDust (LED font), DotLirium, Griefmachine, KillerCollege, OfMaidsandMen (oriental emulation typeface), Red Dragons, Grimeplex, Iron Amore, Twizzled, ZedSaid, Vermin Vibes, Major League Duty (military stencil), Moist (dripping paint font), Wondertribute, Of the Blue Colour of her Eyes, Anastasia (script).
Typefaces from 2017: Zealousy, Aquamarina (rounded sans), Amateur Camcorder, Mighty Squidge, Track & Shield (multilined), Wander Z, Gardenfreude, The Wild Breath of Zelda, Effective Power, Techno Agony, LED Specimen (textured), Projectionist, Splinter Wonderland, Shiny Eyes, Uncopyrightable, Hallowed Grad, Peace and Equality, Steriliser (heavy sans), Electro Shackle, Castforce (titling sans), Butterfly Reflect.
Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Designer of the pixel / programming typeface Crisp which can be downloaded at Proggy Fonts. [Google]
Programmer in Baltimore, MD, who designed the free (open source) monospaced typeface Hack (2015) specifically for writing source code. Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Behance link. Sourcefoundry link. [Google]
[Monospace fonts: Christopher Widdowson]
A free typewriter typeface family published in 2014 at the Open Font Library: Bitstream's Courier 10 Pitch v. 2.0 was donated to the X Consortium under the MIT license in 1990. The license permits modifying and distributing the font. Courier Code is Bitstream's Courier 10 Pitch with two minor modification. The lowercase "L" has been altered to distinguish it more clearly from the number one. The zero has been modified to more clearly distinguish it from the uppercase "O". These changes make it more suitable for use in programming. [Google]
Crestaco is a design and software development studio founded by Javier Rodriguez Cos (aka Madonna Mark II, b. 1972, Tarragona, Spain) and located in El Morell, Spain. Javier Cos is a graphic, type, and video game designer. His first typeface is Anvylon (2012), which is monospaced for use in programming and tabular material. Its rounded monoline design is reminiscent of the type used in early video terminals and line printers. Seleniak (2012) is based on the logo of the eponymous MSX video game. [Google]
This Chinese page compares fonts for coding and for small screens: Courier New, Andale Mono, Monaco, Profont, Monofur, Proggy, Droid Sans Mono, Deja Vu Sans Mono, Consolas and Inconsolata. [Google]
[Envy Technologies Ltd]
[Hivelogic: Top 10 Programming Fonts]
Aka Code Warrior. American creator (b. 1965) of the squarish typeface Smooth Pet (2015), which is based on the font used on the Commodore PET. He also made DEC Terminal Modern (2015), which is based on the font of the Digital Electronics Corp's VT220 video terminal (circa 1983). Dafont link. [Google]
Portland, ME-based designer of the free polka dotted typerface Tilastia (2015).
In 2017, he designed the monospaced typeface family Alloca Mono. Even though it has hipster elements, it could be used as a programming font. Behance link. [Google]
David B. Lamkins
Designer, with Susan G. Lesch, of a free Mac bitmap font: Anonymous is a nonproportional or monospaced 9 point bitmap font designed for programming, and for distinguishing between characters that can easily be confused in the Macintosh reserved ROM font Monaco 9. Mark Simonson created the freeware monospace truetype version Anonymous (2001). See also here. [Google]
David Jonathan Ross
[HiType (was: DMTR.ORG)]
[David Jonathan Ross]
DJR Type (Deerfield, MA, and before that Los Angeles, CA, and before that, Lowell, MA) stands for David Jonathan Ross Type. Originally from Los Angeles, he was a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied information design and typographic tradition. After graduation, he joined Font Bureau as a junior designer and was assisting with custom projects and expanding Font Bureau's retail library. Soon after that, het set up DJR Type. In 2016, he joined Type Network and pulled all his typefaces from MyFonts. His typefaces:
- Manicotti (2010). An ultra reversed-stress Western saloon style typeface that won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014. DJR Manicotti won an award at TDC2 2007. For a free lookalike, see Plagiacotti (2009, Saberrider).
- Climax Text (2006) is a text and display series that was designed for Hampshire's student newspaper.
- Trilby (2009, Font Bureau). Trilby is based on a 19th century French Clarendon of wood type fame.
- Condor (2010, Font Bureau). This is a 60-style art deco family.
- Turnip (2012) is an angular and manly text face, also published at Font Bureau.
- In 2013, Ross revived Nebiolo's Forma for the redesign of Hong Kong Tatler, a fashion mag, supervised and commissioned by Roger Black, who was then based in Hong Kong. Read about the whole process in this piece by Indra Kupferschmid. Page specially dedicated to DJR Forma.
- Bungee (2013, Google Fonts) won an award at TDC 2014. This homeless typeface, which comes in Regular, Hairline, Inline, Outline and Shade versions, is free: Bungee is a font family that celebrates urban signage. It wrangles the Latin alphabet to work vertically as well as horizontally.
- In 2014, David Jonathan Ross created the formidable 168-style programming font family Input (Font Bureau). Input is free for private use. It won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014 and in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition.
- Gimlet (2016). A 112-style Opentype family loosely based on Georg Trump's 1938 typeface, Schadow, and advertized as funky and functional. Ross writes: Gimlet is half Schadow, half imagination, and nothing else. And like its namesake beverage, Gimlet is a a little tart, a little sweet, and can really pack a punch.
- Fern. A Venetian typeface designed for screen.
- Output Sans.
- Fit (2017). A tall black display family that runs from ultra-compressed to very wide. It screams Use me for the Oscars!
- Under miscellaneous, we find an untitled French Clarendon and an untitled semi-serif.
Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw. Klingspor link. Home page. [Google]
Envy Technologies Ltd
Damien Guard (Envy Technologies Ltd) resides in the parish of St. Peter Port, capital of an island called Guernsey that sits just off the coast of France in the English Channel. He created the screen font families Envy Code A, Envy Code R and Envy Code B (2006). FON and/or truetype formats. See also here. Typedia link.
He used iFontMaker to draw the fat typeface Damien Typewriter (2011) and Damien Vertical (2011).
FontStructor of Curvature (2008-2011), Atari ST (2011), Amstrad CPC (2011), Lickable 5 (2011), Magic 5 (2008), Magic 5 Bold (2008), Subpixel5 (2011), Tiny (2008). Most of these are screen or pixel fonts. [Google]
Epic Coders (or: Epic Shop)
Timisoara, Romania-based designer of Epic Outlines (2015, an icon font with 1000+ vector format icons). It seems trhat there is also a programming font embedded in it. Creative Market link. [Google]
Fábio Duarte Martins
[Scannerlicker (was: Loligo Vulgaris)]
[Fabrizio Schiavi Design (or: FSD)]
Fabrizio Schiavi Design (or: FSD)
Fabrizio Schiavi was born in Ponte dell'Olio in the Piacenza province in 1971. FSD Fabrizio Schiavi Design in Piacenza was opened in 1998. With Alessio Leonardi, he co-founded Fontology. He also co-launched the experimental graphics magazine Climax in 1994.
Bio at FontFont where he made FF Mode 01, FF 0069, FF GeabOil, FF9600, FF Trade 01, FF Steel Mix, FF Steel Ring, FF Steel Jones.
[T-26] designer of D44 (1994), Lithium (1994, dingbats), Moore895 (1994), Moore899 (1994), Sidewalker (1994), Exit (1988). Many of his typefaces are grungy such as Washed (1994). Some are minimalist, such as Monica Due (1999), Monica (1999), and Eco (2001, developed from a logo in the 70s for Ageco). The latter three fonts are very geometric in nature.
Other fonts: Washed (1994), Parakalein, Aurora Nintendo (1995), Aurora CW (1995), Mode01 (1995), GeabOil (1995), 9600/0069 (1995), Fontology (1995), FSDItems (2001), FSDforMantraVibes (2001), Pragmata (2001, monospace, designed for programs), PragmataFlash (2002, a pixel font), Essential Pragmata Pro (2011, still monospaced), Sys (2002), SysFlash (2002, a pixel font), Sys 2.0 (2012, a condensed sans designed for very small print), Virna (2003, a multiline typeface for Italian MTV, discussed here). The Pragmata and Sys series were optimized for screen usage. In addition, Sys has many ink traps, so it prints well at small sizes, and is more legible than Verdana.
He does some custom typeface design, such as the innovative sans serif family called CPCompany (2000). Other clients include Ferrari and Philip Morris.
In 2007, he produced a stencil and signage font, Siruca (see also here), for the Al Hamra Complex, one of highest skyscrapers in the world, located in Kuwait. Siruca Pictograms (2008) is free. In 2015, he followed that up by a non-stencil rounded sans called Sirucanorm: Designed using golden ratio formulas, it's inspired to DIN and Isonorm typeface.
In 2013, he published Sys Falso, Abitare Sans (30 weights, originally commissioned by the group Rizzoli Corriere della Sera. Abitare is an Italian magazine).
Typefaces from 2014: Nove (a German expressionist typeface inspired by B movie typography: Nove freshly reworks exploitation film era movie poster lettering, refitting the genre to a contemporary audience. The expressive typeface was done for a Nike Italy spoof campaign featuring 1970s cult film director Enzo Castellari and a recently found film reel from his archives, featuring several current Italian athletes and American basketball star Kobe Bryant).
The rounded sans typeface Widiba Bank (2015) was codesigned with Jekyll & Hyde in 2015 for the brand identity of the new bank of Gruppo Monte dei Paschi di Siena.
In 2016, he designed the custom corporate typeface R&M in art nouveau style.
At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the need for more fonts.
Behance link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Squirrel link. Dafont link.
Showcase of Fabrizio Schiavi's typefaces. [Google]
FDI (was: Schriftgestaltung)
Georg Seifert (Schriftgestaltung) is a Bitterfeld-Wolfen and/or Jena, Germany-based designer, born in Halle in 1978. Photograph. He was a student at the Bauhaus University Weimar and runs Schriftgestaltung.de (Leipzig; now FDI or fonts dot info in Jena) with Ralf Hermann. He is best known for the free font editor Glyphs, released in 2011. Seifert lives and works in Berlin.
Schriftgestaltung's fonts include Olive Green Mono and Rosa Stencil. All others are FDI fonts:
- Agendia (Ralf Hermann).
- Olive Green Mono (2006, Georg Seifert). A monospaced typeface designed for his own use in email and programming code.
- Graublau Sans (2005, Georg Seifert), GrauBlau Sans Kursiv. Has a Cyrillic style. The design of Graublau Sans Pro (20 styles with over 1000 glyphs each) took Georg Seifert over 5 years. Graublau Sans Web is free, but Graublau Sans Pro (2008) is not. Follwed in 2012 by Graublau Slab.
- Logotypia (2004, Ralf Hermann).
- Tagesschrift (2005, Jan Gerner).
- Neue Fraktur.
- Rosa Stencil (2008, Georg Seifert). A calligraphic stencil.
- OliveGreen (2008, Georg Seifert). This includes Greek and Cyrillic.
- Pen (2006, Georg Seifert). A handwriting font.
- Azuro (2011, a 4-style screen family developed by Georg Seifert and fine-tuned by Jens Kutilek). Images: i, ii, iii, iv.
- He designed the signage and type for the new Berlin Airport.
At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he introduced his (free) font editor Glyphs to the world. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw.
Klingspor link. Behance link. Older German URL. [Google]
Filip Kraus (b. 1986) studied at the Type Design and Typography Studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, class of 2014. His graduation typeface was Exalt. He designed the BC Mikser typeface (2014: monospaced and perhaps a programming font) and several other typefaces, among them the new typeface for Prague street signs. As a graphic designer he collaborates regularly with Jan Novak. Since 2012 he has worked as a teacher at the Michael Secondary School in Prague. His typefaces are published by Briefcase Type. BC Mikser won an award at TDC 2016. [Google]
[Lucas de Groot]
FontFabrik was established in 1997 in Berlin by Luc(as) de Groot (b. 1962, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands). He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag, worked from 1989-1993 as a freelancer at the design bureau Premsela Voonk. From 1993 until 1997, he was with Meta Design in Berlin as typographic director in charge of many corporate design projects. In 1997, he set up his own studio, FontFabrik. Since 2000 his fonts are also sold under the Lucasfonts label. He creates retail and custom fonts, and made his reputation with his humongous font family Thesis. Originally, he published most of his retail fonts with FontFont, but his "FF" fonts were withdrawn from FontFont in 1999, and renamed with LF instead of FF, where LF stands for LucasFonts. Here is a partial list of his fonts:
- Thesis (1994-1999) originally known as FF Thesis. This consists of many subfamilies all starting with the prefix The. Thesis includes TheAntiquaB (1997; 1999 Type Directors Club award), TheAntiquaE, TheAntiquaSun [TheAntiqua received a TypeArt 05 award], TheSans, The Sans Classic, The Sans Basic, The Sans Office, TheMix, The Mix Classic, The Mix Basic, The Mix Office, TheSerif, The Serif Classic, The Serif Basic, The Serif Office, The Sans Condensed, Thesis Mono, The Sans Mono, The Sans Mono Dc, The Sans Mono 11pitch, The Sans Mono Cd Office, The Sans Typewriter. An OEM was made for the SPD party called SPD 2002 TheSans. Grundfos TheSans (2007) is another commissioned font.
- FF Nebulae, now LF Nebulae.
- FF Jesus Loves You all, now LF Jesus Loves You all.
- FF TheSansMono and others.
- MoveMeMM (erotic multiple master font)
- Agrofont (1997, for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries), Agro Sans, developed in collaboration with the Dutch design bureau Studio Dumbar.
- Fohla Serif (2001, for a Brazilian newspaper in Sao Paulo: this collection includes a multiple master font, FohlaMM).
- Spiegel and SpiegelSans (for Der Spiegel). Alkso called LF Spiegel Sans and LF Spiegel Serif. The Sans comes from Franklin Gothic, and the Serif from Linotype Roitation.
- Sun (1997, for Sun Microsystems).
- Taz (sans family, 2002), Taz III (2003, including a hairline weight) and Taz Text (for "taz", the magazine). Are these the same fonts as Tazzer and Tazzer Text? Taz has grown as fopllows: TazText, Taz CFondensed (2010), Taz Text Small Caps (2011), Taz Wide (2013-2014), Taz Textended (2013-2014).
- LucPicto (dingbats for private use at FontFabrik). Not available to the world.
- Volkswagen Headline and Volkswagen Copy (1996), extensions of Futura. Note: the other Volkswagen house font is VW Utopia, a descendant of Utopia.
- Rondom (finished in the LF Punten family: Punten Straight, Punten Extremo and Punten Rondom).
- Corpid III (sans family, 2002-2007, with support now for Cyrillic, Greek and Turkish).
- BellSouth Basis, Serif and Bold, developed with Dutchman Roger van den Bergh.
- LeMonde (2002, new headline family). An OEM family made for LeMonde in 2001 includes Lucas-Bold, Lucas-BoldItalic, Lucas-ExtraLight, Lucas-ExtraLightItalic, Lucas-Italic, Lucas-Light, Lucas-LightItalic, Lucas-SemiBold, Lucas-SemiBoldItalic, Lucas.
- BolletjeWol (1997, Fontshop).
- Transit and Transit Pict (both at FontShop).
- MetaPlus (1993, with Erik Spiekermann).
- Calibri and Consolas (2004), two OpenType font families designed for Microsoft's ClearType project (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic glyphs). Calibri received a TypeArt 05 award. Also, it won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. For a yet-to-be-revealed reason, Google decided to support a metric-compatible free clone of Calibri for its Chrome OS system, Lukasz Dziedzic's Carlito (2014).
Speaker at many international conferences. At ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo, he spoke about his Folha Sao Paulo newspaper typeface.
FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View Lucas de Groot's typefaces. [Google]
Fonts for coding
Ron Domingue compares fonts used for programming: Monaco, Inconsolata, Anonymous. In 2001, Mark Simonson designed Anonymous, a TrueType version of Anonymous 9, a freeware bitmap font developed in the mid-90s by Susan Lesch and David Lamkins. It was supposed to be a legible alternative to Monaco, the mono-spaced Macintosh system font. Raph Levien's monospaced programming font Inconsolata (2005) (see also here) is a relative of Franklin Gothic. [Google]
[FDI (was: Schriftgestaltung)]
Good Programmer Typeface
A wiki on good typefaces for programming (distinguishing between 0 and O, i, 1 and l, 2 and Z, 5 and S, 8 and B, quotes, and so on, are important issues). As of this writing, the list includes the following, with Andale Mono and Bitstream Vera the clear winners:
- Andale Mono (by The Monotype Corporation, free from Microsoft)
- BitstreamVera Sans Mono (by Bitstream, Inc.)
- Fixedsys or 8514OEM (Windows-specific)
- Lucida Console
- Trebuchet MS
- Computer Modern
- Proggy Clean, Proggy Square, Proggy Small, and Proggy Tiny
[Letters from Sweden]
[The typography of code]
Henning von Vogelsang
Designer who was based in Zurich and is now in London. In 2013, he started work on the sans family Hikari. He writes: Before the Haas Type Foundry released Helvetica in 1957, constructivist sans serif fonts were classified as Grotesk, a term that reflected the dismissive notion of typesetters in previous times. It was Art Deco and the Bauhaus movement, along with modernist architecture, fresh ideas and stricter shapes in interior design, a style influenced by industrial and technological developments, that made Grotesk fonts more popular over time. Ever since the introduction of Helvetica Neue, classicistic sans serif fonts have been domineered by this Swiss style. Over the last six decades, typesetters, designers and typographers remembered and used other constructivist sans serif styles, like Futura and Neuzeit. In the late 1980s, American classics like Trade Gothic and Franklin Gothic were used again in Advertising, so the American newspaper title style has been a second strong influence on sans serif fonts and Adrian Frutiger’s typeface for the Parisian airport, Frutiger, sparked a rennaissance of humanist sans serif fonts. It seems impossible to reimagine a constructivist or classicistic sans serif without taking one of these previous styles in account. However, its tone of voice can still be different. [..] We interpret new things with the language we learned from existing things. It's interesting to see how typefaces like Helvetica Neue gained popularity in Japan, a country and culture that in the last century stood for discipline, strictness, but also beauty and simplicity in design and architecture. But it was used for English words, an inspill of Western influenced cultural elements, or the Japanese interpretation of those elements. Hikari is a font with a Japanese touch. It is primarily a Latin font with no relations to Hiragana, Kanji or Katagana. And yet, the sense for proportions, a strict architecture and its overall feeling transmits a faint memory of Japanese post war culture assimilating and accumulating Western typography.
In 2014, he created the monospaced programming font Bot Mono.
Home page. [Google]
HiType (was: DMTR.ORG)
Dimitre Lima is a Sao Paulo-based Brazilian designer (b. 1979) who created a few typefaces in his Fluid Typeface Project in 2005. In 2005, Dimitre Lima set up DMTR.ORG and started selling his fonts at MyFonts. These include O AFerrugem (unicase, techno), Opus (2005, a computer-look modular sans), Gatu (2005, futuristic semicircle face), Clave de Fá (2006, experimental), O Geena (2007, straight-lined outlines), Arame (2006, an octagonal family including a stencil version), Velocipede (2009) and O Decomputer (techno sans).
In 2010, he started HiType [initial catalog].
Typefaces from 2012 include Geena Mono (a techno or programming monospaced font).
In 2015, he created the metalband typeface Metal.
HypeForType link. Klingspor link.
View Dimitre Lima's typefaces. [Google]
Hivelogic: Top 10 Programming Fonts
Hivelogic is published by Dan Benjamin, a writer, software developer, usability designer, and broadcaster. He lists his top ten fonts for showing computer code in (all comments are quotes by Dan, not me):
- 1. Inconsolata: Inconsolata is my favorite monospaced font, and it's free. Shortly after discovering it, it quickly supplanted Deja Vu Sans Mono as my go-to programming font. I use it everywhere, from Terminal windows to code editors. It has a certain sublime style that's unique without being over the top, and it looks fantastic at both large and small sizes. I use this font when I show code samples in a presentation, and it's the font we use in Terminal and TextMate windows when filming PeepCode screencasts. Inconsolata is designed to be used with anti-aliasing enabled, but it's surprisingly legible even at very small sizes. A big thanks to Raph Levien for creating this font, and for making it free.
- 3. Deja Vu Sans Mono: The Deja Vu family of fonts are one of my favorite free font families, based on the excellent Vera Font family. The Deja Vu fonts have been updated with a wider range of characters while maintaining a similar look and feel to that of Vera. This was my go-to font family for many years. It looks great at any size with anti-aliasing turned on. Panic ships a font with it's Coda application called “Panic Sans” which is based on this font. Gruber says via email that when he compared Panic Sans against Vera, he noted that “Panic had noticeably crisper punctuation chars” and that it seemed like they had improved the hinting on some characters as well.
- 4. Droid Sans Mono: The Droid font family (available for download here) is a nice font family designed for use on the small screens of mobile handsets, like Android, and licensed under the Apache license. Droid Sans Mono makes for a great programming font. It's got a bit of flair, and stands out among the other monospace fonts I've listed, and its only real flaw is the lack of a slashed zero.
- 5. Proggy: Proggy is a clean monospace font that seems to be favored by Windows users, although it works fine on a Mac. It's a clean font intended to be used only at smaller points, and without anti-aliasing.
- 6. Monofur: Monofur is a unique monospace font that looks great anti-aliased at all sizes. It's a fun font with a distinct look that is vaguely reminiscent of Sun's OPEN LOOK window manager, which ran Solaris (aka SunOS) systems back in the late 80's. If you're looking for something a bit different, try this font, but make sure you have anti-aliasing turned on, even at small sizes.
- 7. Profont: Profont is a Monaco-like bitmap font available for Mac, Windows, and Linux (there's also a modified version for Mac OS X called ProFontX by a different author). They're best at smaller sizes, and make a great alternative to Monaco if you're on a non-Mac platform and want really tiny fonts and the eyestrain that goes along with them. Profont (and ProFontX) is intended for use at 9-points with anti-aliasing turned off.
- 8. Monaco: Monaco is the default monospace font on the Mac and has been since its inclusion in System 6. It's a solid, workhorse font that really shines at smaller font sizes with anti-aliasing turned off. I loved this typeface back when my eyes could tolerate staring at a 9-point font for hours, but those days are behind me. This font looks great at 9 or 10-points (Figure 4), and doesn't look too shabby anti-aliased at higher sizes (Figure 3). As far as I know, you can only get Monaco as a part of Mac OS, but there are alternatives, so keep reading.
- 9. Andale Mono: A bit better than the Courier family, Andale Mono is still relegated to the “default font” category as it ships with some systems, and you wouldn't want to download or use it if it wasn't already there. The character-spacing is a bit too clumsy and the letters are a bit too wide for my tastes.
- 10. Courier: All systems ship with a version of Courier (sometimes Courier New), and unfortunately, many have it set as the default font for terminal and editor windows. It does the job, but it's a bit dull and boring, lacking style and class. I don't recommend this font if you have any other choice — and fortunately, you do. If you use this font, please bump the size and turn on anti-aliasing.
French designer of Gohufont: Gohufont is a monospace bitmap font well suited for programming and terminal use. It is intended to be very legible and offers very discernable glyphs for all characters, including signs and symbols. Free, in BDF and PCF formats. [Google]
Hungarumlaut (was: Cila Design)
Adam Katyi, who hails from Sopron, Hungary, has three degrees. He has a BA from the University of West Hungary at Institute of Applied Arts, Sopron in 2010, and an MA from Moholy-Nagy Art and Design University, Budapest in 2012. In 2013, he graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag. In 2014 Adam founded his own type foundry, Hungarumlaut. Between 2015 and 2016 he worked for Miles Newlyn at Newlyn Ltd, as a part time font engineer and type designer. Since 2014, he teaches at the Moholy-Nagy Art and Design University. He is currently located in Graz, Austria.
In 2010, he designed a pixel face, a typeface called Ringua, and the great Totfalusi Sans Serif, his BA final project at Sopron's Institute of Applied Art.
Adam's typefaces from 2012: Ursin (techno, octagonal), Ursin Rounded.
His KABK graduation typeface is a large sans typeface family, Westeinde, which has caption, text and display subfamilies, and weights going from hairline to black. The geometric family shows influences from Bauhaus and constructivism. In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous, this family has optical sizes as well.
In 2013, Adam Katyi created Gewaard, an interpretation of Halfvette Aldine, shown in the Lettergieterij Amsterdam specimen of ca. 1906. This didone with bracketed serifs was a revival project at KABK under the guidance of Paul van der Laan. Also in 2013, he published Infinity Space Icons.
In 2015, he designed the monospaced typeface Menoe Grotesque for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, which was inspired by an old Continental typewriter. Menoe can be used as a programming font.
For the Laszlo Moholy-Nagy Design Grant (named after Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy), he created the inktrapped custom typefae Mohol in 2017.
Behance link for Cila Design. Cila Design. Behance link for Hungarumlaut. Type Today link. Yet another Behance link. [Google]
Italian Institute with type classes led by Luciano Perondi. Aka Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino. In 2008, they made the typewriter typeface Lekton (free), about which they write: The typeface has been designed at Isia Urbino by the students Luna Castroni, Stefano Faoro, Emilio Macchia, Elena Papassissa, Michela Povoleri, Tobias Seemiller, and the teacher Luciano Perondi (aka galacticus ineffabilis). Lekton is inspired by some of the typefaces used on the Olivetti typewriters. We thank Gianmaria Capello for his precious support. This typeface has been designed in 8 hours. Lekton is an open source project to which other people are invited to contribute. Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Google Fonts link. Between 2008 and 2010, the following people contributed: Paolo Mazzetti, Luciano Perondi, Raffaele Flato, Elena Papassissa, Emilio Macchia, Michela Povoleri, Tobias Seemiller, Riccardo Lorusso, Sabrina Campagna, Elisa Ansuini, Mariangela Di Pinto, Antonio Cavedoni, Marco Comastri, Luna Castroni, Stefano Faoro, Daniele Capo, Jan Henrik Arnold. Minimal adaptations of Lekton (like a dotted zero) led to Lekton Code (2017), a programming font.
In 2009, this was followed by another open source type family, Titillium, a clean organic sans that became quite popular. This huge typeface family made it to Google Web Fonts in 2012. The team says: The aim of the project is the creation of a collective fonts released under OFL. Each academic year, a dozen students work on the project, developing it further and solving problems. Any type designer interested in the amendment or revision of Titillium is invited to co-operate with us, or develop their own variants of the typeface according to the terms specified in the Open Font license. Besides Luciano Perondi, people involved in the direction of the project include Marcello Signorile, and Manuel Zanettin. Diego Gusti developed the first prototype of Titillium.
ISIA Urbino used to hold type design workshops. Examples: a monogram done in 1997-1998 by Michela Beccacece, another monogram from 1997-1998, the techno outline face Oracle (2002-2003) by Daniele Frattolin, Annamaria Mileo, Laura Testasecca, and Violetta Troina, Broderbund (2002-2003) by Laura Agostinelli, Francesca Ballarini, Elvira Pagliuca, and Alice Silvestri, the slab typeface Vivitar (2003-2004) by Alessandra Bicchi, Claudio Collina, Cinzia Quaglia, Margherita Vecchi, Dario Volpe, and Diego Zappelli, the futuristic typeface Syntellect (2002-2003) by Alessia Travaglini, Denis Imolesi Faraoni, Luca Piraccini, and Marco Comastri, the techno typeface Aspes (2003-2004) by Bisiac, Caroni and Comelli, the StarTrek typeface Fieldcrest (2002-2003) by Alessandra Schweiggl, Cornelia Hasler, Luca, and Giovanni Munari, the heavy display caps typeface Sharp (2003-2004) by Caterina Fattori, Marta Lettieri, Antonella Lorenzi, Alice Piazzi, and Roberta Paolucci, the typeface Canon (2002-2003) by Sonia Cattaneo, Sivia Pignat, Giulia Rizzini, and Claudia Stefanelli that was based on the logotype for Canon, the futuristic typeface Air New Zealand (2002-1003) by Chiara Cardascia, Giovanni Munari, Elisa Pellacani, and Susanna Tosatti.
Fontsy link. Font Squirrel link. Fontspace link. [Google]
Jakub Samek (b. 1988) studied at the Art High School of Vaclav Hollar and now continues his studies at the Studio of Typography at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He is a co-founder of studio Mütanta (2011). At Briefcase Type, he published the monospace typeface BC Reformulate (2014). [Google]
Jan Fromm (b. 1976, Berlin) is a freelance graphic designer who has studied graphic design at the University of Applied Science in Potsdam. He works in the fields of illustration, web, corporate and type design for several firms in Berlin. Since 2004 he has worked for Luc(as) de Groot at FontFabrik.
He created the legible and very simple sans family Camingo (2006: 7 weights, 56 styles in all; read comments), Camingo Dos (2008, 28 styles, elliptic roundings), CamingoDos Condensed and SemiCondensed (each with a further 28 styles), Camingo Dos Office (2011), Camingo Code (2013, a free family for programming), and Camingo Mono (2013).
Rooney (2010) is a warm rounded serif family. Rooney Sans (2012) is a rounded humanist sans.
In 2015, he published the 16-style sturdy subtly stressed sans family Komet (and Komet Pro).
FontHaus link. . Behance link.
View Jan Fromm's typefaces. [Google]
French creator of the Latin / Greek programming font Comic Sans Neue Mono (2013, free at OFL). Predictably, within one week, Jany was forced to rename that typeface Cosmic Sans Neue Mono, and then a third time to Fantasque Sans Mono (2014). Github link. Jany explains: Inspirational sources include Inconsolata and Monaco. I have also been using Consolas a lot in my programming life, so it may have some points in common. [Google]
Frenchman Jérémie Hornus studied typography at Le Scriptorium de Toulouse, France and the University of Reading, where he graduated in 2006. He worked at Dalton Maag, where he designed Tornac (which became a retail typeface in 2013 at Dalton Maag), a connected script face, and was involved in brand identity for clients such as Burberry, Toyota, HP, Nokia, Danish Industries, Dubai Metro, Manchester Metrolink, and the city of Southampton.
Currently located in Paris, he set up his own commercial foundry in 2013. He also started publishing some of his typefaces at the French type coop Fontyou in 2013. His typefaces:
- Kefa (2006), a Latin/Ethiopic family with slab serif origins and a futuristic twist. Kefa is an Apple system font. In 2013, he published Kefa II Pro.
- Schoiffer Sans. A soft slightly flared sans inspired by Enschedé's Roman No6, also known as the Scheffers or Quentell types.
- Together, Jérémie Hornus and Franck Montfermé designed the feminine italic typeface Maryleen FY (2013, Fontyou).
- The connected script typeface Tornac (retail typeface from 2013 at Dalton Maag).
- Beaurencourt FY (2013). A vintage 19th century connected secretary's hand script codfesigned with Gia Tran.
- Booster FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak and Luis Gomes). Luis Gomes, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the rounded sans typeface family Booster Next FY in 2014.
- Gauthier FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak). A transitional typeface family. In 2014, Jeremie Hornus and Julien Priez codesigned the hairline typeface Gauthier Display FY.
- Lean-O FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak and Benjamin Lieb). A slab serif with leaning asymmetrical brackets. Has a hairline weight. See also LeanO Sans in 2014.
- Marianina FY (2013, with Alisa Nowak). A contemporary condensed 24-style headline sans family with simple strokes. Characterized by kinks in the ascenders.
- The slender display typeface Sérafine FY (2013) was codesigned by Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.
- Gregori Vincens, Gia Tran, J&eacxute;rémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the humanist sans typeface Klaus FY (2013).
- At the end of 2013, Jason Vandenberg and Jérémie Hornus codesigned the groovy poster typeface Jack FY.
- In 2013, he collaborated with Alisa Nowak and Fabien Gailleul at FontYou on the design of the astrological simulation typeface Astral FY. The same group of three collaborated in 2014 on Naive Gothic FY.
- In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak codesigned the creamy script Vanilla FY. With Midzic and Nowak, Hornus codesigned the very humanist sans typeface family Saya FY (2013) and Saya Semisans FY.
- Joao Costa codesigned the thin lachrymal typeface Zitrone FY in 2014 at FontYou with Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.
- In 2014, Monica Munguia, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus codesigned the blackletter typeface Blackmoon FY.
- In 2014, Matthieu Meyer, Alisa Nowak and Jérémie Hornus codesigned the wedge serif typeface Ennio FY at FontYou.
- The punchy poster typeface Kraaken FY (2014) was designed by the FontYou team of Bertrand Reguron, Alice Resseguier, Valentine Proust, Julien Priez, Gia Tran, Jérémie Hornus, and Alisa Nowak.
- In 2014, Joachim Vu, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned the classical copperplate script typeface Vicomte FY.
- Wes FY (2014). A sans family modeled after Futura.
- Hansom FY (2014) and Hansom Slab FY (2014, Gia Tran, Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak). An organic sans and slab with very large bowls.
- In 2014, Julien Priez, Hugo Dumont, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak codesigned Rowton Sans FY, a sans family patterned after Gill Sans in six weights, from Hairline to Bold---named after Arthur Eric Rowton Gill, it has the Gillian lower case g but italic lowercase is a bit too far afield for my own taste, especially the squeezed g.
- In 2015, Jérémie Hornus, Clara Jullien and Alisa Nowak codesigned the spurless / organic slightly inflated sans typeface family Diodrum at Indian Type Foundry.
- In 2015, Jérémie Hornus and Clara Jullien codesigned Eurosoft (Indian Type Foundry). Eurosoft is an elliptical monoline techno sans typeface family that is especially attractive in the heavier weights.
- Volkart (2015, Indian Type Foundry). An 18-style neo-grotesk.
- At Indian Type Foundry, Jérémie Hornus and Julie Soudanne codesigned the Spencerian calligraphic copperplate style script typeface Spencerio (2016).
- Tabular (2016): a monospaced programming font by Jérémie Hornus and Julie Soudanne for Indian Type Foundry.
- Intercom (2016). A bare bones sans with tapered terminals and very short ascenders and descenders.
- In 2016, as Black Foundry, Jeremie Hornus, Gregori Vincens, Yoann Minet, and Roxane Gataud (and possibly Riccardo Olocco) designed the free Google web font Atma for Latin (in comic book style) and Bengali.
In 2016, Google Fonts published the free Latin / Bengali signage font Galada (2015). It is based on Pablo Impallari's Lobster (for Latin). The Bengali was developed as a studio collaboration by Jeremie Hornus, Yoann Minet, and Juan Bruce at Black Foundry in France.
- In 2016, he designed the connected calligraphic script typeface Rosaline and the heavy slab serif poster typefaces Thug and Thug Rough for Indian Type Foundry. Github link.
- In 2016, Julie Soudanne and Jérémie Hornus designed the condensed movie title and credit typeface Title.
- Alpinist (2016) is a humanist sans with a small x-height optimized for magazine design and other editorial applications. The edges are slightly rounded for easy reading. Designed by Jeremie Hornus and Alisa Nowak.
- In 2016, Gaetan Baehr and Jeremie Hornus codesigned Hate at Indian Type Foundry. This is the best Halloween and horror movie font ever made, period. The font has 510 glyphs, and each letter has three variants. Letters have spooky-looking hairs or roots sprouting from their zombie outlines.
Klingspor link. Old URL. Behance link. [Google]
Jim Knoble's screen fonts for X Windows. They include Neep, a font recommended for programming. [Google]
Joe Lauer and MFizz Inc designed the free font FontMFizz (2014-2017) with icons representing programming languages, operating systems, software engineering, and technology. Free download of a TeX package prepared by Kevin Dungs. CTAN link. [Google]
Düsseldorf, Germany-based creator of Vivala Media Icons (2013) and Vivala Unicase (2012).
In 2014, he made the monoline superelliptical sans family Monia and Signatia, which is inspired by Polish children's books. In 2014, he finished Vivala Line, Vivala Slab, and Vivala Coffee House Icons.
In 2015, he added Vivala Black, a mammoth weight type, Vivala G Slab, and Vivala Sans Round.
In 2016, he published the rounded sans typeface Edigna, the programming font Vivala Code and the soft-edged Vivala Milk. [Google]
German typophile based in Heidelberg. Board member of Bund für die deutsche Sprache. His typefaces include:
- Donnersberg (2013). Donnersberg is a gothic block-letter typeface designed for easy handwriting. It is based on forms of the gothic cursive and of other blackletter styles. Its simple letter forms are suitable for both broad-nib and pointed-nib writing. Started in 2008, it was finished in 2013.
- Gorton. Josh writes: Gorton is a revival of the default typeface for the Gorton engraving machines. That typeface and typefaces derived from it have been used for a wide range of products, from aircraft instruments to computer keyboards. URW offers a digital font named Gordon that seems to be based on the Gorton typeface but it is quite different, has no lowercase letters and its quality is poor.
- Grid15 (2015). A programming font.
- Lenzing (2015). A Fraktur and a gothic cursive, created in cooperation with Peter Gericke.
Designer of the free 1920s style monospaced sans typeface Monodeco (2015), which could serve as a programming font. Open Font Library link. [Google]
French type designer. Her typefaces include:
Behance link. [Google]
Simone Giorgio (K-Projects, Varese, Italy; b.1985) is a Fontstructor who created the Western typefaces W Bill (2010) and K Bill (2009), which were inspired by an old Italian comic called Cocco Bill.
Simone wiorks as graphic and type designer
He also designed the octagonal Antique Angles (2009), the counterless Simple Pop (2010), Xetra (2009), Alfabeto (2010) and the 3d shadow typeface Shadow45 (2010).
In 2012, he created the Italian wood style typeface East Wood, and a beautiful rounded suarish mionospaced typeface called Monocolo. This typeface family comes with an icon and emoticon set. In 2014, Kprojects published the monospaced monoline programming font Monocolo and the Italian / Western typeface Rockwood.
Behance link. [Google]
Kaishaku: Comparison of programmer fonts
Programmer fonts or code fonts are fonts used to represent pieces of code on screen and in books. Kaishaku ranks them by preference, and will include Coda (Hrant Papazian) at a later date. His temporary ranking:
- Raize 12 (by Raize Software)
- Fixedsys 11
- Envy Code A11
- Vera Sans Mono 11
- Vera Sans Mono 12
- Consolas 14
- ProFont Windows 14
- Courier New 13
- Consolas 12
- Lucida Console 12
- Sheldon 9
- ProFont Windows 9
Born in Reedly, CA, in 1950. She studied calligraphy at Reed College with Lloyd Reynolds and Robert Palladino, and she studied roman brush writing in a workshop with Fr. Edward Catich. In New York, she studied lettering with Ed Benguiat at the School of Visual Arts. Later she studied calligraphy and type design with Hermann Zapf at Rochester Institute of Technology. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, specializing in Animation. In 2012, she was honored with the Frederic W. Goudy Award in Typography from Rochester Institute of Technology, for her achievements in the lettering and typographic arts. Kris Holmes teaches type design at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Kris Holmes worked as a staff designer at Compugraphic Corporation in type design. She was part of the team that helped design the city fonts for Apple: Chicago, Geneva, Monaco, New York. [Kris did the truetype versions.]
She founded the Bigelow&Holmes foundry in 1976 with Charles Bigelow. Kris Holmes has created over 300 typefaces, including the scripts Isadora, Kolibri, Apple Chancery, and Apple Textile. With Charles Bigelow, she co-designed Apple Capitals.
Creator of the ubiquitous Lucida family around 1985 (with Charles Bigelow): Lucida Blackletter, Lucida Bright, Lucida Calligraphy, Lucida Casual, Lucida Console, Lucida Fax (1985), Lucida Handwriting, Lucida Math, Lucida Mono, Lucida Sans, Lucida Sans Typewriter, Lucida Typewriter (1994), Lucida. includes Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, and Devanagari scripts. In addition to their popularity in computer operating systems like Macintosh OS X, Microsoft Windows, and Plan 9 from Bell Labs, Lucida typefaces have been widely used for scientific and technical publishing in Scientific American, Notes of the American Mathematical Society, and other mathematical, technical and scholarly books. Also with Bigelow, Kris designed the Lucida Icons, Stars, and Arrows fonts, which Microsoft later purchased and reassembled into Wingdings fonts. Other type designs by Holmes include ITC Isadora (1983), Sierra (1983, Hell: font now sold by Linotype), Leviathan (1979), Baskerville (revival in 1982), Caslon (revival, 1982), Galileo (1987), Apple New York (1991), Apple Monaco (1991), Apple Chancery (1994 [the Bitstream version is Cataneo]), Kolibri (1994, URW, since 2005 available as OpenType Pro with over 1200 glyphs), Wingdings (1990-1992, a dingbat font made with Charles Bigelow, now owned by Microsoft and Ascender) and AT Shannon (a simple lapidary sans family, with Janice Prescott, 1982, Agfa; now owned by Monotype Imaging).
For the Go Project, Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow designed the free typeface families Go and Go Mono in 2016. The font family, called Go (naturally), includes proportional- and fixed-width faces in normal, bold, and italic renderings. The fonts have been tested for technical uses, particularly programming. These fonts are humanist in nature (grotesques being slightly less legible according to recent research) and have an x-height a few percentage points above that of Helvetica or Arial, again to enhance legibility. The name Go refers to the Go Programming Language. .
FontShop link. Klingspor link. Kernest link.
View Kris Holmes's typefaces. [Google]
Letters from Sweden
Göran Söderström (b. 1974) is based in Stockholm and has been designing typefaces since 2006. He worked at Gernandt and started Autodidakt (MyFonts link). Fountain sold many of his typefaces. Behance link. Interview in 2010. In 2011, he set up Letters from Sweden with and Fredrik Andersson. Fredrik is no longer associated with it though. His fonts, now all at Letters From Sweden:
- The beautiful understated modern Neptuna sans family, on which he has worked for 14 years. This font eventually became Exemplar Pro (1996-2008, PsyOps).
- Autostyler (2006). A free comic book style face.
- Trentor (2006): octagonal and bi-lined. This is accompanied by Trentor Script (2006, octagonal).
- Shabash (2008). Shabash is rooted in an identity design project for Kashmir, an Indian restaurant in Stockholm.
- Navelfluff (2008, grunge).
- Flieger (2006-2007). A great grid-based connected retro script at Fountain. The accompanying Flieger Dingbats were by Lotta Bruhn.
- Meadow (2009). A rounded sans family at Fountain.
- In 2009, Göran Söderström and Peter Bruhn published Trailering Heroine, which was inspired by the typeface Windsor, designed by Eleisha Pechey in 1905. Windsor is the typeface used in the titles of many Woody Allen movies. The 9-style family Heroine was published at Fountain.
- SEB Basic is the new sans type family for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (2009).
- The Satura Suite (2010, with Peter Bruhn). A versatile set of fonts from sans to zwans: Satura Pro, Satura Parts, Satura Text (elliptical), Satura Core.
- Meadow Pro (2009-2010) and Meadow Pro Condensed (2010). A strong headline sans family, done at Fountain.
- FF Dagny (2009). FF Dagny OT Thin is free! This family was created with O. Nordling.
- LFS Siri (2011, Letters from Sweden) is a variable contrast humanist sans family.
- Trim (2012). A large x-height sans family whose letters were squeezed through a narrow door. In 2014, he published Trim Mono, which is advertized at once as a programming and a typewriter font.
- Kumla (2013, monoline squarish caps face).
- Brace (2015, a slab serif).
- Eksell Display (+Stencil) was created in 2015. It revives the only typeface designed (in 1962) by Olle Eksell (1918-2007).
- In 2010, Peter Bruhn started a typeface but he died before it was finished. In 2015, Rui Abrey and Göran Söderström finished it as Bruhn Sans (Fountain Type). In 2010 Peter was commissioned to design a wordmark for the documentary Harbour of Hope. The type was to ellicit Malmö's harbor, and Peter found inspiration from the painted type of industrial tankers docked in his hometown.
Letters from Sweden is an agency whose sole focus is type design. Göran Söderström was previously instrumental in FamiljenPangea's type design department and is a well-known commissioned type designer who has drawn typefaces for C&A, Zeta, ICA, Posten Frimärken, Expressen, ATG, SEB, WyWallet, Ulf Rollof and collaborated with Stockholm Design Lab, Stefania Malmsten, Pompe Hedengren, Hummingbirds, Designkontoret Silver, The Kitchen and Bold Stockholm. His retail typefaces listed above have been used by Red Bull, SVT, Expressen, The New Republic, Pitchfork Music Festival, Helsingborgs Dagblad, Lassila & Tikanoja, Rodeo Magazine and others.
View the typeface collection of Letters From Sweden. [Google]
Designer of the monospaced sans / programming font Roter (2016). [Google]
Lucas de Groot
Lucas de Groot
[Lucas de Groot]
Sells fonts made by Luc(as) de Groot at FontFabrik in Berlin. MyFonts link. Established in 2000, their most popular typefaces include Thesis (the family that includes TheSans, a long-time bestseller), Sun, Taz and Corpid. At MyFonts, one can get Calibri, Consolas, LF Corpid III (contains support for Turkish, Cyrillic and Greek as well), LF Jesus Loves You All, LF Nebulae, LF Punten, LF Spiegel, LF Sun, LF Taz III, LF TheAntiqua, LF TheAntiquaSun, LF TheMix, LF TheSans, LF TheSansMono, LF TheSerif, all by Lucas de Groot.
FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View the typefacee library at Lucasfonts. [Google]
Matt Cole Wilson
Kansas City, MO-bassed designer of the free monoline rounded sans typeface family Podriq (2016), and a free set of vector format icons and dingbats.
Typefaces from 2017: Deimos (a free monospaced programming font). Behance link. [Google]
Designer of Mononoki (2015), a free monospaced programming font. [Google]
Mediumextrabold (or: M XB Foundry)
Commercial typefoundry based in San Francisco. Their typefaces, some of which were made by Philip Cronerud:
- From 2016: Edie Text, Maud (a fashion mag display typeface), Galleri.
- From 2015: Atelier (sans), Blanche, Practice (sans), Everyday (sans), Deursen (sans), North (serifed display typeface), Inkwell (sans).
- From 2014: System (monospaced system font), Wired (a display typeface inspired by Richard Kostelanetz rigorous arrays of lines and grids), Grotezk or MXB Grotesk (a geometric sans), Pavilion (a bespoke prismatic typeface for Printed Pages), Duplex (geometric sans).
Michael Hoffmann studied Japanology at Germany's University of Hamburg and traveled in the early years of his professional career frequently to Japan, where he taught URW's Ikarus font production tools to Japanese customers. At URW++, where he has worked for over 30 years, he contributed to the technological progress. Codesigner with Anita Jürgeleit of the stamped font URW Urban (2013). In 2014, he designed the readable sans family Arsapia (2016, URW++) and the accompanying programming font Arsapia Mono. Arsapia is multiplexed---all styles have the same space metrics. [Google]
Seattle-based company involved to some extent in typography. Until 2002, the fonts developed by them were free. That is no longer the case. They are major players in multilingual typeface development, type for on-screen use, and type formats such as OpenType. A listing of their typefaces:
Download the Microsoft core fonts in one file from a German site maintained by Dirk Burghardt. See also here and here. Consolas download. And from this Russian archive. Download the Meiryo family here or here.
- Andale: a monospaced TrueType font by Microsoft developed specially for Web applications by Steve Matteson. Formerly known as Monotype.com from Monotype.
- Impact: designed by Geoffrey Lee, based on an issue by the Sheffield foundry, Stephenson Blake.
- Arial: a sans serif family. Functional, but ugly.
- Times-New Roman and Courier are the bread and water.
- Comic Sans: designed by Vincent Connare.
- Verdana (sans serif) and Georgia (serif): font families by by Matthew Carter.
- Trebuchet: a humanist sans serif by Vincent Connare.
- Webdings: designed in 1997 as a collaborative work between Microsoft's Vincent Connare and top Monotype designers Sue Lightfoot, Ian Patterson and Geraldine Wade. The images are intended for web designers who wish to include live fonts as a fast way of rendering graphics.
- Nina: the latest typeface (2000), a pixel font signed by Matthew Carter. Hinted by Tom Rickner, it is designed to show well on screen at small point sizes.
- Calibri and Consolas (2004): a sans and a monospaced/typewriter font family by Luc(as) de Groot developed as part of the ClearType project. Calibri received a TypeArt 05 award.
- Candara (2004): a playful sans font family by Gary Munch developed as part of the ClearType project. Candara received a TypeArt 05 award.
- Cambria (2004): a font family by Jelle Bosma developed as part of the ClearType project.
- Corbel (2004): a simple sans font family by Jeremy Tankard developed as part of the ClearType project.
- Constantia (2004): a beautiful serifed text font family by John Hudson developed as part of the ClearType project. [Personal note: the name Constantia is already used for over a decade by Foster and Horton.]
- Meiryo (2004): a full roman and kanji font family by Eiichi Kono and Matthew Carter developed as part of the ClearType project.
The information below was written by Microsoft itself. The Typography Group at Microsoft is responsible for both fonts and the font rendering systems in Windows.
Since version 3.1 the primary font system built into Windows has been the TrueType system, licensed from Apple in a deal (with hindsight) remarkably beneficial to Microsoft. Working with Monotype, the Microsoft Typography Group produced fine TrueType versions of Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New, tuned to be extremely legible on the screen; these were all ready for the launch of Windows 3.1. Since then these core fonts have been developed to cover more and more of the world's languages.
In the mid-1990s under Robert Norton a program of truly new type designs was begun, using TrueType technology to render faithfully the bitmaps and outlines designed by Matthew Carter (Verdana, Georgia, Tahoma) and by in-house designer Vincent Connare (Trebuchet, Comic Sans). Until August 2002 these core fonts were offered freely over the Web, where they made an undoubtedly positive contribution in terms of legibility and font choice.
In 1996 the OpenType initiative with Adobe was announced; this is touted as "the end of the font wars", whereby advanced multilingual text layout becomes available, native rendering of PostScript fonts becomes part of Windows 2000, and unwieldy font formats are rationalized.
In 1998 the group announced ClearType. This is a very ingenious method to increase legibility on color LCD screens, individually targeting the 3 subpixels (red, green and blue) that make up each pixel. Such a leap forward in readability on these screens is a crucial element to the success of nascent eBook technology.
Simon Daniels at the Group's website keeps font fans and font developers up to date with most aspects of the digital typography scene, and communicates the technicalities of how fonts work in Windows.
Updating us about the current (October 2000) activity of the Group, Simon notes: 1999 saw several members of the group leave to join Microsoft's eBooks group. These included technical lead Greg Hitchcock, developers Beat Stamm and Paul Linerud as well as former Monotype hinters Michael Duggan and Geraldine Wade.
On August 12, 2002 Microsoft discontinued the free availability of the core fonts, noting that the downloads were being abused in terms of their end-user license agreements. Most commentators took this to mean the company objected to the fact that the fonts were being installed with Linux distributions.
View Microsoft's typefaces. [Google]
Creator at Open Font Library (OFL) of the free blackletter typeface Deutsche Altdruckschrift (2009) and the large free Textura family Textura Libera (2014). This font is based on Unicode Symbols, which in turn is due to George Doulos under a free software license.
In 2015, he published Inconsolata LGC, a Cyrillization and Hellenization of Raph Levien's programming font, Inconsolata. [Google]
Monospace fonts: Christopher Widdowson
Christopher Widdowson (Quiji, Australia) listed, showed, and compared these monospaced fonts for showing computer code, but that page disappeared. Here is that list.
- 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)
Monospaced typefaces: Wikipedia
The list of monospaced typefaces gatheed at Wikipedia, in 2009, includes Andale Mono, Consolas, Courier, DejaVu Sans Mono, Drois Sans Mono, Everson Mono, Fixedsys, Lucida Console, Monaco, Prestige, Tex Gyre Cursor, Williams Monospace and UM Typewriter. [Google]
A list of typefaces for coding / programming, available via MyFonts. [Google]
A list of typefaces for coding / programming, available via MyFonts. [Google]
MyFonts: Slashed zero typefaces
A list of typefaces for coding / programming, available via MyFonts. Slashed zero typefaces have a slashed zero to better distinguish it from the upper case O. [Google]
MyFonts: Susan Kare
MyFonts selection for Susan Kare. [Google]
In 2015, Nathan Rutzky and Paul D. Hunt developed the monospacec Office Code Pro typeface family, which is a customized version of Source Code Pro, the monospaced sans serif originally created for Adobe Systems Incorporated by Paul Hunt. The customizations were made specifically for text editors and coding environments, but are still very usable in other applications. Github link. Free download at Open Font Library. [Google]
Nathaniel Sabanski converted the Dina ".fon" format programming fonts to truetype pixel fonts in 2008. The fonts are called Dinattf and DinattfBold. [Google]
Designer of the free monospaced programming font Fira Code (2015). GitHub link for FiraCode. [Google]
Nimbus 15 (2015-2016) is a free font package developed and maintained by UCSD's Michael Sharpe. The package is intended to provide a set of basic Latin (OT1, T1 and TS1), Greek and Cyrillic based on the Nimbus Core 2015 released by Artifex in October 2015. That core contains the URW++ clones of Courier, Helvetica and Times. The individual fonts in this package, with prefixes zco (Courier, 3 weights), zhv (Helvetica, 2 weights) and ztm (Times, 2 weights), are provided in both otf and pfb format. The font named zcoN-Regular is a narrow version of zco-Regular, and is much better suited to rendering code than the latter. [Google]
Reykjavik, Iceland-based design and software company. At CERN Hackday in 2013, they designed the free monospaced computer programming font Meyrin or Meyrin CERN terminal): First you need to create an SVG file for each glyph. There is a template.svg which can be used to create new glyphs. There is a descender of two units and ascender of 3 units. This is used for diacritics. Once each glyph is an individual SVG file, you can import them into a font creation tool. We used the online service http://icomoon.io From this we upload and map each SVG file to a specific unicode code point. We did some final tweaks in font forge to get the space character and additional metadata. We completed all the characters which are available on the IBM System 6000 keyboard. We ran a simple script to output all available characters, took screenshots and tried to create these as well. This is not a complete Unicode font, but you are welcome to fork the repo and create additional glyphs as needed. Open Font Library link. [Google]
Oren Watson is a computer programmer from Canada. Designer of the free pixel font Neoletters (2016). It has 8653 glyphs, including about 1600 Chinese ones. [Google]
Mathieu Desjardins (Pangrampangram) is a senior art director in Montreal, who created the free geometric sans typefaces Charlevoix Bold, and Pier Sans, and the condensed sans typeface Stellar in 2015. However, at Graphicriver, we learn that he is selling Charlevoix Bold (2015), Stellar (2015) and Pier Sans (2015). Behance link.
In 2016, he designed Supply Mono (which could be used for programming), the (free for personal use) 7-weight geometric sans font family Pangram and the (free for personal use) Fuji Sans. Graphicriver link. Personal home page. Behance link. [Google]
Paul D. Hunt
[Mediumextrabold (or: M XB Foundry)]
[Paul D. Hunt]
Type and graphic designer from Joseph City, AZ. His first degree was from Brigham Young University. He was a type designer at P22/Lanston from 2004-2007. In 2008, he obtained an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading where he designed the typefaces Grandia and Grandhara (Indic). In January 2009, he joined Adobe just after Thomas Phinney left. He lives in San Jose, CA. His talk at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona was entitled The history of non-Latin typeface development at Adobe.
He created Howard (2006, a digitization of Benton's Sterling), P22 Allyson (2006, based on Hazel Script by BB&S; a winner at Paratype K2009), the P22 FLWW Midway font family (2006: Midway One, Two and Ornaments; based on the lettering found on the Midway Gardens working drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright---tall-legged and casual), Kilkenny (2005, P22), a Victorian-style font based on the metal types named Nymphic and Nymphic Caps which were designed by Hermann Ihlenburg in 1889. This typeface has almost 1000 glyphs and comes in OpenType format. It includes Cyrillic characters. Check the studies here and here. For another revival of Nymphic Caps, see Secesja by Barmee.
Designer of the display typefaces Seventies Schoolbook (2004) and Interlocq (2004).
Hunt also digitized Goudy's Village (2005). Village was originally designed by Fredric Goudy in 1903 for Kuppenheimer & Company for advertising use, but it was decided it would be too expensive to cast. It was later adopted as the house face for Goudy's and Will Ransom's Village Press. The matrices were cut and the type cast by Wiebking. The design was influenced by William Morris's Golden Type. This Venetian typeface was digitized by David Berlow (1994, FontBureau) and by Paul D. Hunt (2005). Hunt's version was eventually released in 2016 by P22/Lanston as LTC Village.
He revived Hazel Script (BB&S), which he renamed Allyson (2005).
Still in 2005, he created a digital version of Sol Hess' Hess Monoblack called LTC Hess Monoblack.
In 2006, he published a nice set of connected calligraphic script fonts, P22 Zaner. Bodoni 175 (2006, P22/Lanston) is a revival of Sol Hess' rendition of Bodoni. He was working on Junius (2006), a revival/adaptation of Menhart Antiqua. Frnklin's Caslon, or P22 Franklin Caslon, was designed in 2006 by Richard Kegler and Paul Hunt in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This slightly eroded font set includes faithfully reproduced letterforms digitized directly from images of impressions made by Benjamin Franklin and his printing office circa 1750. It comes with a set of ornaments.
In 2007, he used Goudy's 1924 typeface Italian Old Style in the development at P22/Lanston of LTC Italian Old Style. That typeface was remastered and extended to cover several languages by James Grieshaber in 2011.
In 2014, Paul Hunt finished work on the wood type revival font HWT Bulletin Script Two (P22 & Hamilton Wood Type). This backslanted psychedelic typeface can be traced back to the wood type manufacturers Heber-Wells (Bulletin Condensed, No. 5167), Morgans and Wilcox (Bulletin Script No. 2, No. 3184), Empire Wood Type (1870: Bulletin Script), Keystone Type Foundry (1899: Bulletin Script), Hamilton (117), and Wm. H. Page & Co (No. 111 through No. 113).
Free fonts at Google Web Fonts: Source Sans Pro (2012; Source Sans Pro for the TeX crowd), Source Code Pro (2012, a companion monospaced sans set by Paul D. Hunt and Teo Tuominen). Source Serif Pro, its Fournier-style relative, was developed at Adobe by Frank Grießhammer. They can also be downloaded from CTAN and Open Font Library.
Fun creations at FontStruct in 2008-2009: Possibly (a stencil loosely based on the Mission Impossible series logo), Probably (same as Possibly but not stenciled), Med Splode, Arcade Fever, negativistic_small, New Alpha_1line, New Alpha_4line, New Alpha_bit, New Alpha_dot [dot matrix font], New Azbuka [after Wim Crouwel's New Alphabet from 1967], positivistic, slabstruct_1, slabstruct_too, structurosa_1, structurosa_bold, structurosa_bold_too, structurosa_caps, structurosa_faux_bold, structurosa_leaf, structurosa_script, structurosa_soft, structurosa_tape, structurosa_too, structurosa_two, Slabstruct Too Soft, Structurosa Clean Soft, Structurosa Script Clean, Structurosa Clean, Structurosa Clean Too, Structurosa Clean Leaf, Structurosa Boxy, Stucturosa Script Heavy.
Klingspor link. Google Plus link. [Google]
Ingo Preuss studied art at HBK Dresden (1976-1980) and graphic design from 1984-1989. In 1989, Ingo Preuss launched Cubus, a graphic design studio. Since then he also does freelance type design and illustration. Preusstype (est. 2003 in Dossenheim, and now Ladenburg, Germany) is his present foundry. His fonts, in chronological order:
- At Linotype, Ingo Preuss designed Linotype Scrap (1997) and Linotype Funny Bones (1997).
- In 2003, he designed Babine (kid's handwriting), Badgirls (handwriting), Gekko (in the style of Treefrog), PicNic (handwriting), Placebo, Scooter and Spitting Image.
- In 2004, he introduced Daphne, Ebura, Korger Hand (after the 1965 calligraphy of Hildegard Korger) and Rosalia (based on the 1964 brush typeface Stentor by Heinz Schumann). Still in 2004, he created Baroque Borders A and Baroque Borders B, as well as a digital revival of Fleischmann's Groote Canon Duyts (1744) and calls it Fleischmann Gotisch PT (an absolutely gorgeous Fraktur).
- In 2005, he created Care Instructions Pi with US and EU symbologies, as well as Prillwitz (a didone typeface of 1790, cut by Johann Carl Ludwig Prillwitz well before the first Walbaum) and Battista (a fat Bodoni family in Regular, Italic, Open, Stroke&Ornate). Prillwitz Pro was published in 2015.
- In 2006, he added Neue Steinschrift, a 6-style condensed geometric sans. The Pro version contains 814 glyphs, and the strong condensed grotesk family Compressa.
- In 2007, he created the 12-style humanist sans typeface family Phoenica Std (+Mono (for programming), +Hairline) and the blackletter typeface Sinkwitz Gotisch (a revival of a 1942 typeface by Paul Sinkwitz). He also started an affiliation with The German Type Foundry.
- In 2010, he created the Arventa typeface system: Arventa Sans Pro was the basis for the system, but the Slab is not just a Sans with sticking Serifs. Arventa Slab Pro is delicately crafted form the outlines of the Sans.
- Aureata (2015). A vintage text typeface family (+Inline) that reminds me of the style of Lucian Bernhard in the early part of the 20th century.
- The information design sans superfamily Adora (2010-2015), which consist of Adora Compact PRO, Adora Normal PRO, Adora Compressed PRO, and Adora Condensed PRO .
- Instance (2014-2016). A high-contrast almost Peignotian sans family characterized by a karate chop k.
FontShop link. View Ingo Preuss's typeface library. [Google]
This pixel and bitmap font site is the home of the Proggy programmer's fonts (Proggy Clean, Proggy Square, Proggy Small, and Proggy Tiny, all made in 2004 by the website owner, Tristan Grimmer) as well as a number of contributed programming fonts (Crisp (2003, by Chris Pine), Speedy (by Walter Reel), CodingFontTobi1 (by Tobias Werner), PixelCarnageMonoTT (2004, by Roman J. Lewis, aka "The Wolf"), and Opti and Opti Small (by Nicolas Botti)). It is also the home of two other proportional bitmap fonts for use on web pages (Webby Caps and Webby Small). Several people have contributed to these fonts: Karl Landström to Proggy Clean, Christian Winkler to the Proggy fonts, and Simon Renstrom to Proggy Clean. Another URL where one can download ProggyCleanTT, ProggyCleanTTSZ, ProggyCleanTTSZBP, ProggySmallTT, ProggySquareTT, ProggySquareTTSZ, ProggyTinyTT, ProggyTinyTTSZ.
Designer of readable FON-type bitmap fonts fixed width for printing code: Proggy Clean, Proggy Square. He also made Webby Webby Small and Webby Caps, proportionally spaced pixel fonts.
Alternate URL. Dafont link. [Google]
Some of the main programming fonts as of 2014:
- Input (2014, Font Bureau).
- Andale Mono (Steve Matteson, the Monotype cartel).
- Consolas (Lucas De Groot, Microsoft).
- Deja Vu and Menlo (Apple), both based on Bitstream's Vera Sans Mono.
- Envy Code R (Damien Guard).
- Liberation Mono (Steve Matteson, Red Hat Inc).
- Monaco (Susan Kare, Apple), the grandmother of programming fonts.
- Pragmata Pro (Fabrizio Schiavi).
- Source Code Pro (Paul Hunt and Teo Tuominen, Adobe).
Chicago, IL-based designer of the monolinear octagonal typeface family ATC Saturn (2015, Avondale Type Company) and the high-contrast fashion mag didone typeface Madison (2015).
In 2016, he designed the very functional monospaced programming font ATC Harris. Behance link. [Google]
Type and technology expert and computer scientist presently working for Google in Mountrain View, CA. His blog was totally dedicated to free and open software. Raph Levien is a software engineer and tech lead of Android Text on the Android UI Toolkit team at Google. A well-known software guru, he was a lead developer for Gfonted and Spiro (a font editor), and helped out with Gimp, among many other things. Raph's previous work includes Google Fonts and the open source Ghostscript PostScript/PDF engine. The topic for his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is on better techniques for interactively designing curves, and he also used these tools to design Inconsolata, one of the fonts available on the font API (see CTAN). Inconsolata (2005) became an instant hit as a monospaced programming font. It was modified by Raph Levien and Kyrill Tkachev as late as 2011. Further modifications were done by Michael Sharpe. CTAN link.
Raph is working on a revival of ATF Century Catalogue, and proposes it as a replacement for the skinny Computer Modern fonts used in TeX. Other fonts in the pipeline include Century Catalogue, Bruce Rogers' Centaur types, Museum Caps, LeBe Titling, LeBe Book, ATF Bodoni, ATF Franklin Gothic, and the monospaced programming font Inconsolata (2005; see also at Open Font Library and at CTAN for this relative of Franklin Gothic).
In 2007, he finally published the Museum Fonts package (see also Open Font Library) based on historical metal Centaur fonts, all free. He writes:
Raph's type page, where one can download his didone fonts ghr10 and ghmi10 (2009) and look at Soncino Italic (2009), a lively informal text font. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik and at ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo. Klingspor link. [Google]
- Museum Sixty is based on 60 point metal Monotype Centaur. The source for A-Z& is the specimen page opening American Proprietary Typefaces, ed. David Pankow. The primary source for the lowercase is the original Centaur specimen booklet by Lanston Monotype, London, 1929.
- Museum Fourteen is based on 14 point metal Monotype Centaur. The primary source is the text of Americal Proprietary Typefaces.
- Museum Bible is based on 18 point metal Bible Centaur. The source is the booklet, "An Account of the Making of the Oxford Lectern Bible", Lanston Monotype, Philadelphia, 1936.
- Museum Foundry is based on the 14 point original foundry version of Centaur, as cut by Robert Wiebking of Chicago. The source is "Amycus et Célestin", printed at the Museum Press in New York, 1916.
Raphaël Bastide, graphic designer, hacker, open source evangelist, was born in 1985 in Montpellier, France. He currently lives in Paris and works as a freelance graphic designer and artist. FontStructor who made the pixelized typeface Terminal Grotesque (2011, OFL) for which he was inspired by Radim Pesko and Paul Renner. He also made the pixel typeface LYPC (2009).
He proposes Unified Typeface Design for the standardization of typeface design in an open source context. It also aims for the promotion of open source typography by introducing a transversal and flexible classification. Technically, UTD is a folder architecture to organize font sources, inspirations and references. It is also a JSON file containing useful meta informations about the typeface and its repository. Further font software by him includes Ofont, a tool to list and organize fonts online.
At Velvetyne, he published the free pixelish typeface Terminal Grotesque (2014). Avara Two (2013) is a typeface developed by Raphaël Bastide and adjusted by Wei Huang and Lucas Le Bihan. Whois Mono (2014) is a monospaced sans typeface (perhaps for programming applications) that can be downloaded from Open Font Library.
Open Font Library link. Github link. [Google]
Red Hat Inc
This web site describes itself as follows: On May 9, 2007, Red Hat announced the public release of these fonts under the trademark LIBERATION at the Red Hat Summit. There are three sets: Sans (a substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono). The fonts are now available for you to install.
At Fontspace, one can download these families by Red Hat Inc: Overpass (Steve Matteson), Liberation Serif, Liberation Sans, Liberation Mono. The Liberation fonts were made by Steve Matteson from 2007 until 2009 at Ascender. Liberation Sans is also available at Open Font Library. Overpass and Overpass Mono were created in 2011 by Dave Bailey and Delve Withrington. It is a free open source typeface family based on the U.S. interstate highway road signage type system. Google Fonts link.
So What created a poster for Liberation Serif in 2014. [Google]
[Fonts for coding]
Colombo, Sri Lanka-based designer of the monospaced sans programming font Code New Roman (2014, Open Font Library). Alternate download site. Dafont link. [Google]
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 typefaces 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: Quosm (a rounded sans), Conia (free icon font), Letreiro (underlined letters).
Fonts from 2016: Grafista (monospaced programming font), Forja.
Dafont link. Behance link. Another Behance link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
Creator of the free monospaced pixel programming font Tamsyn (2011). He writes that two styles were derived from Gilles Boccon-Gibod's Monte Carlo face. Other inspiration came from Gohufont, Terminus, Dina, Proggy, Fixedsys and Consolas. Scott Fial is with Fial Incorporated in Oregon City, OR. Scribus link. [Google]
FontStructor who made these fonts in 2009: 5x5 (pixel face), SignaPix (pixel script), MegaPixel, Steamwriter, Minimalista (4x4 pixel face), Square Off (programming font), 12segment (pixel face), Oriental Theatre, (+Smooth: condensed piano key typefaces), 7x7:1 basic Serif (pixel face), 7x7:2 Classic (pixel face), Square On, Sharp Perforation, Modern Monospace.
In 2010, he created Squeaky, Texico (a gorgeous Tex-Mex party headline face), Dutts Sans, Dutts Serif (dotted typefaces), Concrete Block (octagonal). Squareplane (+Sharp) and Tacky (a coffee bean font), Cancerous (pixl), Squrave (pixelish), Variable (pixel face), Impossible (pixel), Super (dotted), S-Video Real, Odds and Ends, Edward, Reversey, Rocky, Tacky (dotted), It Pops (athletic lettering), Bulge, Brick Block (3d face), Whoops, Gradient, Uniform Heavy, Uniform 2, Here Is Your Receipt, Filmstrip, 4444, Offf, Leave It To The Mind, Wayvee, Illusiyellow, Thunky, Jot It Down, QweABC, Bleach, 5x7 Practicali, Fancy 5x7 (pixel), Crispy, NoNoNo, S-Video, Blockish.
Creations from 2012: Hardclips (military stencil).
Typefaces from 2013: Expection. [Google]
Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Printing graduate who lived in California and in Holland, MI, and now resides in Louisville, Colorado. He was a disciple of Chuck Bigelow and Kris Holmes. MyFonts page on him. In 1990, he started work at Monotype in Palo Alto to create the Windows truetype core fonts Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New. He stayed with Monotype and then Agfa/Monotype until 2003 (when he was probably fired, but that is only an unreliable guess), directing type development from the design office in Palo Alto, CA. Bio at Agfa/Monotype. He has directed branding projects such as Agilent Technology's corporate sans serif and Microsoft's corporate font family 'Segoe'. At the same time, he was involved in producing bitmaps and outline fonts for cell phones and TV set top environments. He has worked extensively designing Greek, Cyrllic, Thai, Hebrew and Arabic alphabets to satisfy the requirements of customers such as IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Sun and Sybase. In 2004, he co-founded Ascender Corporation in Northbrook, IL, where he remained Type Design Director until Ascender was bought by Monotype, where he now heads the type design team (12 people in all, as of 2013).
CBC interview in 2012. Fontspace link. FontShop link. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he spoke on typefaces for Android OS.
- Andale Mono (Monotype ), Andale Mono (Ascender). This is a monospace sans-serif typeface designed for terminal emulation and software development environments. It was originally created by Monotype. Andalé Mono was first distributed as an Internet Explorer 4.0 add-on under the name Monotype.com. In version 1.25 of the font, it was renamed to Andale Mono, distributed with Internet Explorer 5. It is often used by programmers, and is bundled with Mac OS X.
- Andy (Monotype ), his first face, a design based on a friend's lefty handwriting. Published at Agfa's Creative Alliance.
- Arimo (2010). A free sans family at Google Web Fonts that is metrically compatible with Arial. TeX support and further downloads on CTAN.
- Ascender Sans Mono (2004-2008, Ascender). Metrically compatible with Courier New. Ascender Serif (2005, 4 styles) is metrically compatible with Times New Roman.
- Ascender Uni Duo is a fixed-width comprehensive Unicode-compatible font available with support for the Unicode Standard. Ascender Uni Duo is a 39MB TrueType font with approximately 53,000 glyphs. The Latin and related glyphs (designed by Steve Matteson) are Sans Serif, with Gothic ideographs drawn in Japanese style, and complementary styles for other scripts. There are also versions of Ascender Uni that provide localized support for Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. OpenType layout support is included for Arabic (initial, medial, final, isolate, and required ligature forms, as well as basic mark positioning), and vertical writing for CJK locales (consisting mostly of Latin, symbol, punctuation, and kana glyph variants). Character Set: Latin-1, WGL Pan-European (Eastern Europe, Cyrillic, Greek and Turkish), Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Arabic. Ashley Crawford.
- Ascender Sans (Ascender).
- Ascender Serif (Ascender).
- Ayita (2006, Ascender), a decorative sans family co-designed with Jim Ford.
- Bertham Pro (2009, Ascender). Four styles including Open, after Goudy's Bertham.
- Blueprint (1993).
- Binner Gothic (Monotype ).
- Blueprint (Monotype ).
- Cambria (Ascender).
- Chicory (2006, Ascender). A calligraphic script face.
- Cousine (2010). A free family at Google Code that is metrically compatible with Courier New. See also OFL.
- Creepy (Ascender Corporation): a Halloween font designed with Carl Crossgrove.
- Curlz (1995, Monotype ). Done with Carl Crossgrove, based on wrought iron on chairs.
- Dempster (2016, with Jim Ford at Ascender). The original iangular industrial design, by Jim Ford, goes back to 2010.
- Droid Sans Mono Pro (Ascender), Droid Sans Pro (Ascender), Droid Serif Pro (Ascender). and Droid Sans Mono: a font family designed in 2006-2007 by Steve Matteson at Ascender for Google's Android project, mobile phone software for handsets. Free download at CTAN.
- Dujour (2005, Ascender): an art deco revival of the 1930's typeface Independant by Joan Collette and Jos Dufour for Plantin. Compare with the free Independant by Apostrophic Labs.
- Endurance Pro (2009, Ascender): neo-grotesque sans. Endurance Pro Cond (Ascender).
- Facade (Monotype ).
- Fineprint (Monotype ). A design loosely based on his own penmanship ("on a good day"). Another Creative Alliance face.
- Friar Pro (2009, Ascender): Friar Pro is a revival of Frederic W. Goudy's "Friar" typeface. Goudy described this typeface design as a 'typographic solecism' as it combines a lowercase of half-uncial forms from the 4th through 7th centuries with an uppercase of square capitals from the 4th century. Friar was originally designed in 1937 and used to print a Christmas keepsake produced by Goudy and printer Howard Coggeshall. The fire that burned Goudy's studio in 1939 destroyed the drawings and matrices before many metal fonts were cast. Of all that was lost in the fire, Goudy once said he missed Friar the most.
- Georgia Pro (Ascender).
- Gill Floriated Caps.
- Goudy Fleurons (2010, Ascender).
- Goudy Modern MT (Monotype ).
- Goudy Ornate (2002). Unsure if Matteson made this or Carl Crossgrove.
- Kennerley. Based on Goudy's Kennerley family.
- Kidprint (Monotype ).
- Kootenay (2006, Ascender), a sans family.
- LeBeau (Ascender): a signage font.
- Liberation Mono, Sans and Serif (2007-2009, Ascender). A set of free open source fonts done for Red Hat Inc.
- Lindsey Pro (2006, Ascender): a cursive script based on his niece's hand.
- Louisville Script (2008, Ascender): ordinary handwriting.
- Massif (2006-2011, Monotype ). Odd name, since Jean Joveneaux made a font called Massif in 1957. How can Monotype get away with a trademark for this is beyond me.
- Mayberry (2008, Ascender): a 14-font sans family with extremely large x-height and strange proportions. Mayberry semibold is free. Mayberry Pro (Ascender).
- McZee, a Microsoft symbols font.
- Miramonte Pro (2006, Ascender). A geometric-meets-humanist sans after the typeface Marsuv Grotesk by Stanislav Marso at Grafotechna, 1960.
- Open Sans (2010, Ascender). A free family. See also here.
- Overpass (2011). A free open source sans font created for Red Hat Inc that emulates the typeface used by the US Highway system.
- Newstyle. Based on Goudy's 1920 face, Newstyle.
- Pericles Pro (2005, Ascender): an Ascender typeface based on the work of Robert Foster who created the original for American Type Founders in 1934), a 433-glyph OpenType font for Greek simulation or stone cut looks.
- Pescadero Pro (2005, Ascender),
- Pescadero Pro: a serif face.
- Rockwell Team (Ascender): an athletic lettering face.
- Rebus Script (2009, Ascender): done with Terry Weinzierl.
- Scooter Script (2009, Ascender): comic book style face.
- Segoe Chess (Ascender), Segoe Mono (Ascender), Segoe TV (1997-2004, Ascender: done for MSNTV).
- Tinos (2010). A free serif family at Google Fonts that is metrically compatible with Times New Roman. Download at CTAN, where one also finds TeX support maintained by Bob Tennent.
- Titanium Motors (2012, Monotype ), Titanium (2006, Ascender): techno typefaces.
- Truesdell (1994, Monotype ): a revival and extension of the "lost" Goudy types cut in 1931. Also at Creative Alliance. Also includes Truesdell Sorts.
- Tucker Script (2009, Ascender): ordinary handwriting face.
- Twentieth Century Poster (2002), an art deco display font straight from the late 1920s.
- Verdorgia (2010): an ugly duckling.
Klingspor link. Fontspace link. View Steve Matteson's typefaces. [Google]
[Red Hat Inc]
Susan G. Lesch
Designer, with David B. Lamkins, of a free Mac bitmap font: Anonymous is a nonproportional or monospaced 9 point bitmap font designed for programming, and for distinguishing between characters that can easily be confused in the Macintosh reserved ROM font Monaco 9. Mark Simonson created the freeware truetype version Anonymous (2001). See also here. [Google]
Born in 1954 in Ithaca, NY, Susan designed some of the original bitmap fonts for the original Mac in 1983-1984, including Chicago, New York, Monaco (download), FiveDots, Geneva, Cairo (dingbat font), LosAngeles, Athens and San Francisco (1984, ransom note font), while being a Creative Director at Apple (1982-1985). For Danger Research, she created the bitmap fonts Hamilton 5, Hamilton 6, Waverley 5, Waverley 6, Bryant 7 (2000). Interview with Cybergrrl. Atomic Media sells these pixel fonts of hers: Kare Five Dots (family), Ramona (script pixel font), Harry, Everett, Kare Six Dots (family), Biology (dings), Kare Dingbats, MiniFood, Ned, Sampler.
MyFonts catalog. Interview.
She explains the choice of names for the original Mac fonts: The first Macintosh font was designed to be a bold system font with no jagged diagonals, and was originally called "Elefont". There were going to be lots of fonts, so we were looking for a set of attractive, related names. Andy Hertzfeld and I had met in high school in suburban Philadelphia, so we started naming the other fonts after stops on the Paoli Local commuter train: Overbrook, Merion, Ardmore, and Rosemont. (Ransom was the only one that broke that convention; it was a font of mismatched letters intended to evoke messages from kidnappers made from cut-out letters). One day Steve Jobs stopped by the software group, as he often did at the end of the day. He frowned as he looked at the font names on a menu. "What are those names?", he asked, and we explained about the Paoli Local. "Well", he said, "cities are OK, but not little cities that nobody's ever heard of. They ought to be WORLD CLASS cities!" So that is how Chicago (Elefont), New York, Geneva, London, San Francisco (ransom note font), Toronto, and Venice (Bill Atkinson's script font) got their names.
Kare is also known for the original set of Mac icons.
Klingspor link. [Google]
The perfect programming font
Recommendations on fonts to use with gvim, by Bernhard Leiner. With practical UNIX / X-Windows recommendations. [Google]
The typography of code
Hamish Macpherson discusses and illustrates his five favorite fonts for showing programs, after discussing the pioneering code font, Courier (1956, Howard Kettler for IBM).
Blog readers also suggest Osaka Mono 13pt, Deja Vu Mono (an update of Bitstream Vera Mono), Kyle, Panic Sans (rehinted version of Deja Vu Mono), Proggy Clean 11pt, Droid Sans Mono, Akkurat, Inconsolata, Terminus (bitmapped), Rockwell, Verdana, ProFont, Monaco, Dina. [Google]
- Courier New (Adrian Frutiger, after Courier).
- Consolas (Lucas DeGroot for Microsoft).
- Andale Mono (Steve Matteson for Monotype).
- Lucida Console (Bigelow & Holmes): not enough distinction between 0 and O though.
- Bitstream Vera Sans Mono: a better Lucida Console. Designed as a replacement for Lucida Console on Linux systems (as paying for Lucida Console obviously wasn't an option).
During his studies at Canterbury College, UK, Thomas Bagnall (Ashford, UK) designed Paper Cut Typeface (2013), X-Code (2013, a circular typeface), and the modular typeface Quadratix (2013). In 2016, he designed the octagonal typeface family System. [Google]
Ray Larabie (b. 1970, Ottawa, Canada) ran Typodermic in Mississauga, ON, which opened in the Fall of 2001. In 2006, it moved to Vancouver, BC, and in 2009 it moved on to Nagoya, Japan. Dafont page. Ray Larabie has been making fonts since 1996, but those early fonts were freeware. His pre 2001 fonts are grouped under the label Larabie Fonts. In 2001, he set up Typodermic. Latest additions.
The Typodermic fonts:
- 2016: Refuel (octagonal, based on military aircraft markings), Expressway Soft (a sans-serif font family inspired by the U.S. Department of Transportation's FHWA Series of Standard Alphabets, also known as Highway Gothic), Conthrax (squarish, techno), Cornpile (cartoonish), Electric, Evensong (art deco), Fledgling (a very tall typeface), Gymkhana (sans), Remissis (sans), Sunday Evening (a reverse contrast typeface), Meloche (Meloche is a unique grotesque sans-serif typeface influenced by hand-painted French signs of the late nineteenth century. It's available in 7 weights and obliques).
- 2015: Canada 150 (a custom font for the Canadian government; see here, here, this coverage regarding the Inuktitut part of the font, and this reaction by the curmudgeons in Toronto who complain that Ray did this work for free), Autoradiographic (sans family), Built Titling (for compact headlines), Chickweed Titling (cartoon titling font), Cardigan Titling (flared headline face), Bench Grinder Titling, Kleptocracy Titling, Palamecia Titling (rounded black comic book typeface), Quasix Titling, Galderglynn Titling (all caps sans family from hairline to black), Mixolydian Titling, Stormfaze (a sci-fi font started in 1996 and finished in 2015), NK57 Monospace (a 60-style programmer typeface), Gargle, Athabasca (a sans family designed for the rugged Canadian oil patch).
- 2014: Mesmerize (a large free sans family), Kingsbridge (a large slab serif family with sharp points on the A, M, N, V and W), Manbow (a layered geometric art deco display font which includes solid, clear, stripe, polka-dot and screen patterns), Breamcatcher (all caps art deco font inspired by the piano sheet music for With Every Breath I Take which was featured in the Bing Crosby/Kitty Carlisle musical comedy film, Here is my Heart), Kilsonburg (Dutch deco based on an old Vogue magazine cover), Uchiyama (poster typeface), Goldsaber (art deco design), Vexler Slip (unicase), Rakesly, Dacquoise, Pretender, Rimouski (a rounded geometric font family), Nulshock (techno), Recharge (techno/industrial font), Interrogator Stencil, Strange Alphabets (arts and cratfs font), Angerpoise Lampshade (free).
- 2013: Numbers With Rings, Shookup (funky cartoon font), Pastrami on Rye (cutout comic book style), Chickweed, Built (a condensed headline sans), Fluctuation (a softly rounded elliptical sans family), Astrochemistry (sci-fi, techno with rounded edges), Snasm (sci-fi).
- 2012: Zolasixx (inspired by the video game Zaxxon), Ampacity (neon font), Chromakey (a space deco headline font inspired by box art classic video games including Matrix Marauders and Magical Chase), Disassembler (1980s style bitmap font), Zerbydoo (a dot matrix family), Superego (a geometric-techno font inspired by the cabinet graphics for the 1981 Stargate arcade game), Rukyltronic (a set of dot matrix typefaces), Nerdropol (pixel family), Gulkave (rounded pixel font), Cyclopentane, Palamecia (a fat finger poster face), Gameness (a 1990 retro industrial deco font), Camulogen (headline face), Color Basic (a pixel typeface inspired the by TRS-80 Color Computer), Triac Seventy One (a funky face), Acroyear (retro all-caps headline font), Troll Bait, Strenuous (unicase), Permanence (a retro=futuristic font based on Alvin Toffler's cover of Future Shok, 1970), Clockpunk (octagonal and quaint), Battlemaze (trekkie face), Mixolydian (industrial sans).
- 2011: Ugocranis (a brutalist typeface), Clipwave, Wheaton (MICR-inspired), Mango Scribble, TRS Million (dot matrix face), Ugogranis (constructivist), Gomoku (paper cut face), From The Internet.
- 2010: Cranberry Gin (2010, octagonal), Restore (all caps, geometric sans), From The Stars (an elliptical techno family done with Chikako Larabie), Thrusters (space age face), Dream Orphanage, Kengwin (rounded slab serif), Gleaming The Cube (Greek simulation face), Vectipede (a slab serif family), Great Escape (an elliptical sans family), Subrocs (connected script), Hackensack (with Chikako Larabie), Polarband (bilined stackable headline face), Naked Power, Special Forces (a great macho slab serif headline face---watch for awards to roll in), Warugaki (handpainted), Warmer, Honfleur (art deco; with Chikako Larabi), Voivode (a headline typeface done with Chikako Larabie), Hachimitsu (Asian look face, done with Chikako Larabie), Kadeworth (rounded retro look sans, done with Chikako Larabie), Gnuolane Jump (2010, with Chikako Larabie), Markerfield (brush), Board of Directors (Bank Gothic style family, done with Chikako Larabie), GGX88 (a Swiss sans family), Body Goat, Reversal, Gord (techno), Computechnodigitronic (LED, LCD geek-look font), Bench Grinder, Inklea (a bubbly face), Skygirls (retro brush script), Gloss (a paint brush typeface based on Champion, 1957, G.G. Lange).
- 2010: Galderglynn Esquire.
- 2009: Maqui (an industrial headline sans family), Zingende (art deco family: caps only), Misadventures, Gaz (large retro sans family), Meloriac (heavy display sans), Acrylic Brush, Enamel Brush (a digitization of Catalina, 1955, Emil J. Klumpp), DDT (neutral sans), Thump (fat, casual), Desperate Glamour, Pricedown (an update of his free 1990s font, patterned after the lettering on The Price Is Right show), Mitigate (monoline and slabbed; has some typewriter styles), Catwing, Walken (slab serif stencil), Silicone (soft rounded sans family), Movatif (sans), Gunplay (a stencil family inspired by the poster for the 1972 Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw film The Getaway), Fragile Bombers (octagonal), Forgotten Futurist (techno sans, 19 styles), Bullpen (slab serif), Coolvetica, Duality, Good Times, Strenuous, Shlop (paint-drip style), Dirty Baker's Dozen (stencil), Junequil (VAG Rounded style), Owned (graffiti), Domyouji, Threefourtysixbvarrel (stencil), Enacti, Uniwars (futuristic, 16 styles).
- 2008: Madawaska (a rugged slab serif), Ebenezer (grunge), Gnuolane Stencil, Raincoat, Report School (avant garde sans), Jesaya, Carouselambra (art nouveau), Debusen (rounded), Barge (military font), Renju (2008, potato or rubber stamp print face), Otoboke (handlettered), Hit (informal hand), R6 D8 (futuristic sans family), Rexlia (an octagonal machinistic family), Hybrea (a display sans with TV screen rounding), Sweater School, Tussilago (2008, a neutral sans family), Presicav (extended sans), Hover Unit, Addlethorpe (grunge), Scheme (rounded sans), Usurp (bouncy poster lettering), Negotiate (technical sans family), Divulge, Sewn, Gnoulane (condensed sans), Moja, Teeshirt (old typewriter face), Pound (art deco marries grunge), Graveblade (heavy metal font), Synthemesc (psychedelic anti-Starbucks font), Chysotile (white on black grunge), Cardigan (sans), Gurkner (balloon style), Reagan (grunge).
- 2007: Tight (a copy of Dean Morris's 1976 Letraset chrome font Quicksilver), Headlight, Meloche (a 3-style grotesk), Octin Spraypaint (grunge stencil), Octin Vintage (grunge), Bouffant (script), Octin Prison (stencil), Octin Sports (octagonal), Octin College (octagonal, for sports jerseys), Octin Stencil (free octagonal font family), Burnaby Stencil (stencil), Superclarendon, Conceal, Ohitashi, Stud (grunge), Bristles (grunge), Skirt, Cotton (grunge), Kelvingrove (a bit of copperplate gothic, rounded and shaved), Augustine, Containment, Snowa, Veriox, Scrubby, Transmute, Sheaff, Injekuta (techno), Rinse (grunge), Polyflec, Domyouji (square sans), Winthorpe (old style), Cutiful (script), Flyswim (grunge), Dirtstorm (spray-painted stencil), Shnixgun (grunge), Neuzon (grunge), Oxeran (old typewriter), PRINTF (grunge all caps monospaced), Akazan (sans), Nyxali (a metal tag face), Meloriac (an extra bold Futura inspired face), Nesobrite (25 styles of Bank Gothic lookalikes), Meloriac (headline sans), Walnut (graffiti face), Gnuolane (a narrow sans), Edifact (a damaged computer font), Darkheart, Stampoo (squarish), Raymond (rough script), Hayate (oriental look), Telephoto. The entire Octin series is free at DaFont.
- 2006: Octynaz (grunge), Paltime (ornamented), Jolie Ecriture Desard (children's hand), Mango (comic book face), Desard (child's hand), Bulltoad, Lerku (eroded serif), Charbroiled (also eroded), Ceroxa (eroded stencil), Nagomi (a chiseled-look Asian font based on calligraphy of Chikako Suzuki from Nagoya), Whiterock, Yellande, Chilopod (a futuristic typeface inspired by the logo from the 1980s videogame, Atari Centipede), Order, Goldburg (based on a typeface by George Bowditch, 1957), Laserjerks (2006, brutalist), Milibus (futuristic), Bonobo (serifed), Ohitashi, Sarasori (TV-tube shaped typeface in the style of Oban), Structia (an octagonal family), Betaphid (octagonal), Gendouki (futuristic stencil), Slugger (athletic lettering), Marianas (a gorgeous art deco face), Lineavec (octagonal), Corzinair (serif family), Buxotic (a great caps face), Cinecav X (for closed caption TV and DVD), Salsbury (comic book face), Lonsdale (loosely based on a font called Parkway Script, which was designed by Emil Hirt in 1964), Alepholon (futuristic), Kwokwi, Mikadan (a tribute to Stephenson Blake's Verona from 1948, which was in turn based on William Dana Orcutt's Humanistic from 1904), Marion (a beautiful transitional family), Quasix (hookish), Skraype (grunge stencil), Bleeker (casual lettering), Linefeed (monospaced line printer font), Draculon (a casual typeface inspired by the letterforms of William Orcutt's humanist font from 1904 which was in turn based on an Italian manuscript from 1485), Mahavishnu (a mix between 1970s psychedelics and art nouveau), Doradani (a corporate identity sans family), Korotaki (futuristic).
- 2005: Kadonk (a Halloween face), Report (a VAG-Rounded style face), Croteau (a poster face), Heroid (ook face), Barrista (informal script), Wyvern (sans serif), Wubble (like puddles of water), Caryn (casual script), Folder (a rigid sans family), Venacti (a futuristic family), Xenara (a keyboard lettering family), Emory (a destructionist sans family), Ligurino (neat sans&serif family), Biondi (update of Copperplate Gothic; followed in 2010 by Biondi Sans; these copperplate style typefaces are in the style of AT Sackers), Byington (Trajan column lettering), Sayso Chic, Expressway (28 weights, a highway signage family), Algol (pixel type), Meposa (fat display face), Tandelle (condensed), Vigo, Maychurch, Mecheria, Vactic (dot matrix), Zosma, Topstitch, Windpower, Llandru, Soap (a creative extension of Cooper Black, with dingbats), Kleptocracy (1999-2005), Owned, Rimouski (sans), Burnstown Dam (2005, a wooden plank font), Sinzano (sans with opentype ligatures galore; compare, e.g., House Ed Interlock), Zamora.
- 2004: Affluent, Threefortysixbarrel (stencil face), Tank, Telidon (dot matrix face), Funboy, Neuropol X, Neuropol Nova, Mufferaw (comic book face), Larabiefont, Zekton (techno), Strenuous 3D, Silentina (advertised as "a silent movie font"), Amienne (brush script), Fenwick Outline (free), Betsy Flanagan (1998, a keyboard face), Boopee (children's handwriting), Pirulen (in the general Bank Gothic style), Zalderdash.
- 2003: Zupiter, Blue Highway.
- Before 2002: the dot matrix family Telidon, Telidon Ink, the architectural font Jillican (octagonal), Snowgoose, Bomr, Pakenham, Neuropol, Nasalization, Fenwick, Kleptocracy DLX, Sui Generis, Dirty Bakers Dozen (faded stencil), Minya Nouvelle, Asterisp, Chinese Rocks, Jillsville (great artsy Courier), Ulian, Wevli (including Wevli Dingbats), Sappy Mugs (funny mugshots), Sofachrome (1999, inspired by Pontiac car emblems), Eden Mills (1999).
MyFonts interview. Fontspace link. Catalog of the typefaces in the Larabie Fonts collection. Klingspor link.
Catalog of the Typodermic library in decreasing order of popularity. Extensive (large page warning) Typodermic catalog. [Google]
Velvetyne Type Foundry Workshops: Font Fonk Fork
Regular workshops held by Velvetyne Type Foundry at La Générale in Paris. These workshops result in a number of hybrid or derived typefaces that are free to use. Download link for all fonts. A list of initial typefaces, all named Coupeur (after the French pronunciation of Cooper in Cooper Hewitt):
- Alexandre Lescieux, Hadrien Bulliat: Haltère.
- Hugo Dumont: Coupeur Jack (2016).
- Anton Moglia: Coupeur Bricoleur (2014).
- Clément Baudouin: Coupeur de Légumes.
- Paol Darcel: Coupeur Bold Block (2014).
- Arthur Dinant: Coupeur Skull .
- Aurélia de Azambuja: Coupeur Crise (2016: angular typeface).
- Jeanne Frantz, Vincent Ricard, Camille Rigou-Chemin: Coupeur Carve (2014).
- Antoine Gros, Gil Ndjouwwou: Coupeur Rounded (2016).
- Martin Campillo, Laurie Giraud: Coupeur Monospace (2016, a programming font family).
- Léa Rolland: Coupeur Texte (2016).
- Yohanna My Nguyen: CoupeurDeco (2016, a neon or popart font).
- Domitille Debret, Florian Michelet, Margaux Saulou: Coupeur Reverse (2016).
- Thomas Bouillet: Coupeur Almeida (2014).
- Pauline Pourcelot, Fanny Guilhen, Tibo: Coupeur Ligadom (2016).
Windows Vista fonts
Microsoft's new Cleartype collection (released in 2006 after years of preparation) available here for free download in truetype format (and also sIFR format). These fonts are now sold by Ascender.
The fonts are: Calibri, Calibri-Bold, Calibri-Italic, Calibri-BoldItalic, Cambria, Cambria-Bold, Cambria-Italic, Cambria-BoldItalic, Candara, Candara-Bold, Candara-Italic, Candara-BoldItalic, Consolas, Consolas-Bold, Consolas-Italic, Consolas-BoldItalic, Constantia-Regular, Constantia-Bold, Constantia-Italic, Constantia-BoldItalic, Corbel, Corbel-Bold, Corbel-Italic, Corbel-BoldItalic. See also here and here. The OpenType versions are automatically installed when one downloads the beta 2 of Office 2007 or The Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats (Beta 2). Comments by Poynter Online. Another download site. Candara download. Zip file with the fonts. Calibri source. Jeff Atwood claims that Consolas, which was designed for ClearType, can barely be used without it. [Google]
Wojciech Kalinowski was born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1969. Since 1990, he has designed and carved inscriptions and reliefs in stone, commemorative plaques, and gravestones. He also deals with computer graphics, digital typeface and logo design, and wallpapers. His typefaces are free and are available from the Open Font Library (or OFL).
He created New Shape (2012, organic sans), Medieval Sharp (2011, blackletter), which originated 15 years earlier from a stone inscription alphabet. Consola Mono (2011, OFL) is a monoline monospaced sans for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Classica (2011) is a classical roman family. SquareAntiqua (2011, OFL) is a wavy informal face. Cursive Sans and Cursive Serif (ca. 1997, OFL) and Modern Antiqua (1997, OFL) are also based on stone inscriptions. Klaudia and Berenika (2011) is a Celtic style family. Roundstyle (2011) is a sans display family. Modern Antiqua (2011) has a strange name for a font that is neither modern (i.e., didone) nor Antiqua---it is an organic, or liquid, typeface with the gothic flavor of Jonathan Barnbrook's types.
Kalinowski started the NovaCut typeface ca. 1986.
He created the free monospaced "programming" fonts NovaCut, NovaFlat, NovaOval, NovaRound, NovaSlim, NovaSquare, and NovaMono (2011, OFL): NovaMono is the monospace font especially created for programming, text editors and for terminal-use. NovaMono contains a large number of symbols, operators and other miscellaneous signs. NovaMono is a missing part of NovaFont Family. Nova Font is the family of six fonts. There are: NovaCut, NovaFlat, NovaOval, NovaRound, NovaSlim and NovaSquare. Now, the seventh part of the family - NovaMono. The following Unicode ranges are supported:
- Controls and Basic Latin - 0000-007F (all)
- Latin 1 - 0080-00FF (all)
- Latin A - 0100-017F (all)
- Latin B - 0192, 01C4-01CC, 01E4, 01E5, 01F1-01F3, 01FA-021B, 0237
- Spacing Modifier Letters - 02C6, 02C7, 02C8, 02D8-02DD, 0308
- Greek and Coptic - 0370-03FF (all)
- Latin Extended Additional - 1E0C-1E0F, 1E24, 1E25, 1E36, 1E37, 1E80-1E89, 1E9E, 1EF2-1EF5, 1EF8, 1EF9
- General Punctuation - 2000-206F (all)
- Superscripts and Subscripts - 2070-209F (all)
- Currency Symbols - 20A0-20CF (all)
- Letterlike Symbols - 2100-214F (all)
- Number Forms - 2150-218F (all)
- Arrows - 2190-21FF (all)
- Mathematical Operators - 2200-22FF (all)
- Miscellaneous Technical - 2302, 2308-230B, 2310, 2319, 231C-2323, 2329, 232A, 2335, 239B-23AE, 23B0-23B7
- Geometric Shapes - 25A0, 25A1, 25A3, 25AA-25CC, 25CF-25D7, 25E0-25FF
- Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows - 2B12-2B1C, 2B1F-2B28, 2B2C-2B2F, 2B53, 2B54
Klingspor link. Open Font Library link. Fontspace link. [Google]
Developed by an anonymous Dutchman, Zevv-Peep is a programming font developed for high resolution screen. It is based on Jim Knoble's Neep. [Google]