TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Wed May 22 00:29:15 EDT 2013
Type design in Quebec
A Montreal foundry run by Denis Dulude and cofounded by him and Fabrizio Gilardino in 1995. Denis Dulude closed shop in 2011 and returned all rights of fonts to their creators. [I wish everyone would be so generous...]
The designers included Annie Bastien (Sofa, Scratch), Robert Beck (Table Manners), Christine Côté (the handwritten Nacht), Denis Dulude (Razzia), Patrick Giasson (Proton 102), Fabrizio Gilardino (Babbio), Marie Laberge-Milot (funny dingbats Fred Family), Anna Morelli (Quattr'Occhi), Serge Pichii (Thais Light), Clotilde Oliff (Douff: geometry in action), Martijn Oostra (Mold Family), Marc Tassell (Pilgrim Family), and Michel Valois (Perceval Family). MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Albertine Nerevan is a Quebec-based designer, b. 1973. Blog. Creator of the old-fashioned handwriting faces Holiday Home (2009), Lapointe's Road (2009, connected script), Les oeufs de Cassowary (2009), Edward's Wedding (2009), Flowers Cube (2009), and Philomène&Ephrem (2009).
Italian designer (b. Rome, 1966) who studied at KABK in Den Haag in 2004, and was at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy, France, in 2001 and Parsons School of Design in New York in 1999, after a design career in Venice, Milan, and Switzerland. He is teaching type design at UQAM in Montreal.
He created Mignonne (2004, aka Mirabelle), which was especially designed for small text setting under modern printing conditions. He also did the condensed Offbeat (1998, T-26, with Marco Tancredi). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Alexandre Saumier Demers
Industrial designer. Amy's typeface Aalto (2012) is inspired by the well-known Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto. She also made the custom font Articule (2012) for a gallery in Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer who has worked at the McGill Daily in Montreal (1997-1999) and at SUNY (New Paltz, NY, 2003-2004), where she obtained an MFA in Intermedia Design in 2005. She wrote a thesis in which features of OpenType are used to replace bad words with good ones. Discussion at Typographica. Currently, Amy is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Foundation at the State University of New York at New Paltz. From 2006 until 2009, Amy was an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
His projects for 2013 include a font for the Cree and Naskapi in Northern Quebec developed with assistance of Bill Jancewicz, and a typeface called Fregate that will be published by Psyops.
Designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. Some creations: NuclearReactor, ScratchNsniff (1997), SemiSans, Sofa (at UQAM in 1995, as a student there). Annie grew up in Laval, near Montreal, and is a graphic designer in Montreal. See also here.
Syed Hyder, one of the founders of the School of Computer Science at McGill University, Olivier Maquelin and Amar Goudjil, developed high-quality nonlinear context-sensitive Arabic fonts. One of the greatest hackers anywhere, Olivier wrote an in-house TrueType to PostScript converter in C in two afternoons (without hinting of course). Syed Hyder died in Pakistan on Easter Sunday, 2006. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ashley West (Montreal, Quebec) designed the oily signage face Florida Macaroni (2013) and the dot matrix face Peggo (2013).
Au fin fond de nulle part
Au fin fond de nulle part is Montreal's Lucie Grenier's site, where she offers free and shareware dingbats: FFwebsuite (2000), Wateverding (2000), Casas (2000), FFFrames (2000), poste (2000), FFLiens (2000), fletp (or: FF Livres et Plumes, 2001), FF Fruits&Légumes (2002). Commercial dingbats: FF Holiday Webset 2, FF Websuite 3, 4, 5 and 6, FF Babioles. She also has beautiful fractals, well worth a visit. Lucie moved to Newfoundland around 1992. [Google] [More] ⦿
Freaky Typeface (2013) is a collaborative experimental school project of Aurélien Guerout and Michael Descharles at Ecole d'Art Maryse Eloy under the supervision of Eva Kubinyi and Jean Widmer. Aurélien lives in Montreal.
Barcelona-based foundry involved in custom font work, est. 2005. Original fonts: Inclusive (2007), Urbanium (2005, a bold display face), Handwritten, Eixample (2008, octagonal and rounded), Screech (2008) and Begyptienne. Modified fonts (or re-fonts in their words) include Le Grand Palais (stencil, for La Force de l'Art, Paris, 2006), BeTV (for a Belgian TV channel), and VijfTV (a modification of Chalet for a Flemish TV station). Their custom types include Atrapalo, Kipling (a fashion mag family done in 2011), STM Montreal (2011, for the Montreal transportation system), Dialogue, Kidswa, Hangar and Costa Design. One of the main collaborators is Joancarles P. Casasín. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer. During her studies at Concordia University, she created the free floriated caps typeface Floralism (2013), a font whose glyphs are shaped like in Novecento, one of the "in" typefaces of early 2013. Its decoration is inspired by art nouveau and psychedelia from he 1960s.
Brigitte Schuster is a graphic designer, calligrapher and lettering artist who graduated in 2008 from Concordia University in Montreal (only one block away from Luc's house...). She writes about herself: I am an independent Art Director (Graphic Design), Print Artist and Photographer practicing in Montreal, Canada. I am currently teaching typography and photography courses in the Graphic Design department of a college in Montreal. After attending a three-year graphic design program in Munich, Germany, I spent a few years working there both as an employee for print and web agencies, and as a freelancer. In 2005, I completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts, with a specialization in painting from the Italian Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, Italy. [...] I moved to Canada in 2005 where I continued working in and for the graphic design industry. In 2008 I completed the Graduate Certificate in Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice at Montreal's Concordia University. In my graphic design practice I ideally work in editorial design, also corporate branding, with a focus on typography. Over the last year or two, I developed a great interest in type, which I express in my calligraphy and lettering work and type design research. Graduate of the Masters program in type design at KABK, 2010. Brush calligraphy with a tree branch (2009). Her typefaces:
Originally from Montreal, Camille studies graphic design at Anderson University in South Carolina. During her studies, she created the quaint mini-serifed typeface Ado (2012).
Marie-Louise Pépin's page on medieval resources and "enluminures". Has a Heraldic (uncial) truetype font for download. Medieval resources in Québec. Addresses and links. [Google] [More] ⦿
Design student at UQAM in Montreal, who in 2009 won a typography award from the Fondation de l'UQAM. He designed a sans in 2009 that was showcased on pages 34-35 of Pica Magazine, volume 1. [Google] [More] ⦿
Quebec City-based creator of the beveled typeface Breakers (2013).
With just one name (the other one was lost in an accident!), Chester, the type designer, was born in Montreal in 1971, and worked at Thirstype in Chicago. In 2005, he started up the type coop Village, which is located in New York. His fonts include Syzygy, Schmelvetica (at FontShop), Psyche (unreleased), Orbit (2003, with Rob Irrgang), Rheostat (1996, a grunge dot matrix font family), HateNote, Panderella (2000-2001, ultra geometric), Eclogues (1999, an absolutely stunning romantic high-ascender-descender family), LoveHateCollection, JohnHadANightmareLastNight (2001), Alexey (2003, a stencil family, with Rick Valicenti), Apex Serif (2003, with Rick Valicenti), Exchange (dot matrix), Pizzelle Italic, Phatso (2003), Satchel Paige (2003, a wood type face made with Tracy Jenkins), Pixella (2003, pixel font), Nillennium (2000, an octagonal family), Freedumb (2004), Galaxie Polaris (2004, a sans) and Virgil, the last twelve fonts at Thirstype. At Village, he published Mavis (2005), Apex Sans and then Apex New (2005), which has a hairline weight, Apex New Thin. In 2009, he codesigned the large x-height text family Galaxie Copernicus with Kris Sowersby at Village. In 2010, he and Jeremy Mickel made the poster type family Aero, which took inspiration from Roger Excoffon's Antique Olive. It won an award at TDC2 2011.
His custom-made faces from 2006-2007 include these: Rewards (with Kris Sowersby), Always Radio (with Markus Rakeng), 2Wice Egyptian, Apex Compact, Apex New Condensed, Baro Heavy, Baro Light, Baro Medium, Baro Super, DPA Gothic, Endzone, Galaxie Ariane, Galaxie Copernicus, LMVDR, Modernismo, Snickers. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based graphic designer. His work includes a typeface, Plateaux (2009, a hairline architectural drawing face)---clean as a whistle, it seems to have been used in some movie titles. [Google] [More] ⦿
Quebec-based typographer and type designer (aka Diogene) who specializes mainly in revivals of obscure or old typefaces.
The Colgate Collection at McGill University is Canada's finest type book and specimen collection. It probably rivals any collection in North America as well. The link leads you to just the first half of the type specimen collection (Text format for most of that list). Part of the collection on typography. Part of the collection on typefounding and type-cutting. I know that there are fine books at Harvard and other Ivy League libraries, but none (!!!) allows the use of scanners or digital cameras in the rare books divisions. Duplication is possible at a cost well above the purchase price of the (rare) book if you need a reasonable number of copies. But McGill is open for business. Free, democratic, accessible to "the people", even the poor, the way it should be. Cameras and scanners are allowed. [Google] [More] ⦿
Coppers & Brasses
Quebec-based type designer Alexandre Saumier Demers set up Coppers & Brasses in 2011 in Montreal together with Etienne Aubert Bonn. Both graduated from the graphic and type design program at UQAM in Montreal. Creators of these typefaces in 2012: Martha (monospaced slabby grotesque done by both founders), Sardine (fat signage face by Bonn), Freitt (blackletter face by Bonn). Nicole (2012) is an elegant basic sans typeface by Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane. P>In 2013-2014, Alexandre will be studying at the KABK in Den Haag in the Type & Media program. [Google] [More] ⦿
Catherine (aka Coy Dreamer, b. 1992) lives in Quebec and made the handwriting font Thirteen Candles (2008). She also runs a small script archive where one can find ALCharisma, ALHeavenly, AmazoneBT-Regular, AmbianceBTSwash-Regular, Annabelle, AriosoNormal, BrockScript, CACChampagne, CACLaskoCondensed, CACPinafore, Cheeseburger, Cheri, Cookies, DiscoMonkey, DreamLover, Elegant, Fontana, GoodGirl, GoodVibrationsScript, HappyBirthday, HoneyLight, JackieO, KristenITC-Regular, LainieDaySH, Laurell, MarketingScript, MeaCulpa, NadineScriptExtra, PassionsConflictROB, Qwigley, RivaLetPlain, Ronita, ScriptMTBold, Shimmer, SloopScriptTwoLessSlant, StereoHifi, TheNautiGalROB, Thursdoo, TwinkleStarROB, UpDock, WendyMedium, WendyMedium, akaDylanPlain. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
At this site of the Cree Cultural Institute in Opemiska Meskino, Oujé-Bougoumou, Quebec, we find free Unicode and non-Unicode Cree fonts BJECreeBold, BJECree, BJCreeUNI, BJCreeUNI-Bold, all designed in 2000 by Bill Jancewicz, NDC Kawawachikamach Quebec, Canada. [Google] [More] ⦿
Daniel U. Thibault
Graphic designer from Quebec City. He created the commercial pixel faces David Sans (2005), David Sans Condensed (2005) and David Device (2005).
Former ballet dancer. Montreal designer and owner and founder (with Fabrizio Gilardino) of 2Rebels in Montreal (since 1995). His fonts: 2RebelsUn, 2RebelsDeux, BadDeni, CaféNoir, CleanCut, Cuty, Gréco, Junk, K.O. dirty, Menace, Mutation, Nameless, PlasticMan, Razzia, South, Tape, Tex, Tex-Loose (1998), ThinMan, Voyou.
Dialekt Design (was: Robert Beck Design)
Canadian graphic designer and creative director Bob Beck has been living in the Montreal area since 1995. In 1999, he set up Dialekt Design. His typographic oeuvre is extensive:
Original display fonts by Orlando-based ex-Montrealer and ex-McGiller Stephen Tune: Men In Blue (1998), IronCladBolted (1997), IronClad (1997), Odishi (oriental simulation) (1997), Fantique Four (1997), Seafaring (1997), Spawned (1997) and Draft Gothic (1997). Type based on the logos of popular comic books and movies. Free demo samples only. Dead link. The web site closed its doors in 2003.
Book containing specimen of 6300 commercial digital typefaces, compiled by Paul Morency and josé Perez (2004). It comes with a handy on-line font database. Paul Morency has been in the advertising and printing field for more than 20 years. José Perez is a self-employed pre-press technician, providing services to printers, digital photography, page layout and printing services. Both are based in Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cofounder in 2011 of Coppers & Brasses in Montreal, together with Alexandre Saumier Demers. In 2012, he designed the signage face Sardine and the blackletter face Freitt. Together with Alexandre, he created Martha (a monospaced slabby grotesque), still in 2012. At The Cooper Union, he created Barapa (2012).
Eyad Al-Samman is a graphic designer, typographer, photographer, translator, and a freelance literary journalist. He was born in Sana'a city, Yemen, in 1976. Eyad has a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering. He started working as a graphic designer in 1999. His first typeface is Concordia (2005, a squarish techno face that was named after the university in Montreal where he studied). Sherbrooke (2009), a free pair of sans serif fonts, is named after Sherbrooke Street in Montreal (Luc's home...).
In 2012, he made Eyadish (Latin and Cyrillic): Eyadish is specifically designed for commercial, educational, cultural, and social purposes related to infants, babies, kids, and children and Loyolliams (2012, squarish). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
French designer (b. 1985) of the grunge faces Redwood Creek (2013), House of Horror (2012), Plane Crash (2012), The Sickmen (2010), The Blood Shack (2010), Dead Kansas (2010), Forever Black (2009) and Survival Horror (2007) and the scanbat fonts Watch The City Burn (2008), Kids From Snow Hill (2009), Northern Territories (2011, grungy caps), DC Comics (2011), and This is my town (2008). Writing You A Letter (2009) is a simple handwriting font. We Spray (2009) and This Is My Town (2010) are dingbat fonts.
Frenchman who started out in Grenoble in Paris, but is now based in Montreal. Designer of the octagonal paper fold typeface Danses Libres (2012) and the titling font Nougatine (2012). These fonts are free.
Montreal-based designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. Some creations: Angry, Babbio, Boggle, Carbon, Hanbuhrs, Manesca, Nonlinear, Nunavik, Scritto Politto Freako, Toxin, Duchamp-Dirty (2001), DV9 (with Marie-France Garon). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Font Compare is a handy little utility that allows one to compare three true-type fonts at a time and to easily see whether a font contains all the numbers and punctuation, as well as the international characters needed for writing French. Free Windows utility by Lav Plourde. Direct download. [Google] [More] ⦿
Francisco Castro Miranda
Montreal-based designer and artist, who created a paper cutout / dada typeface in 2013 called Not Everything Is Easy.
J.F.Y. Daniel Gauthier (GautFonts) was born in Montreal in 1964, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. His fonts from 2005 and before include BarrelOfMonkeys, ChainFontOpen, ChangChang, ChangChangWoodcut, DirtyDarren, FireStarter, GriffinDucks, Jenna Myles, LollipopLettering, Lymphnodes, PooCorny, PooSmooth, Quake3ArenaBats (scanbats), SapphireSativa (2005), ZappaBats, Judas Priest (2004), Caviar Rancid (2004), BackPage (2003), BatFont (2003), MagicCatalog (2003), Samdan (2003), The One Ring (2003), The 3 Stooges (2003), Yahoo Font (2003), BikerBones, CBGBFont, Cortesia, DryGulchBlack, DryGulchOpen, FlyLegs, Frank, MissingLink, PotLand, Punk, SheCreature, SweetLeaf, ThaiPedicure, TypoNegative, VectorBlack, VoodooDollLetters, VoodooDolls, VoodooDollsPinned, ZappaBats, Griffin (2002), GriffinBold (2002), HeadHunter (2002), Montezuma (2002), MontezumaAncient (2002), MrBubbleFont (2002), PhoenixOne (2002), PhoenixTwo (2002), Spliffs (2002), SteelTown (2002), TattooLettering Black (2002), TattooLettering Open (2002), VladDraculBats (2002), Beatnik Hayseed (2002), ChangChang (2002, oriental lookalike), Crumb (2002), GearBox (2002), Happening (2002), LogFont (2002), Piranha (2002), Sardines (2002), Tilt-A-Whirl (2002), ChineseWatchShop (2002), DickVanDyke (2002), Göt (2002), KamikazeBats (2002), Springfield Tablets, AlphabetFridgeMagnets, Beethoven, BeethovenRough, BeethovenRougher, Bicycle (outlined), BicycleFancy, BoobToob, Burris (Old West font), BurrisGhostTown, BurrisShootOut, CBGB (pearly letters), Chain Font Black, CheapSign, ChickenFarm, CornFed, CrappyDan, CrappyDanLowercase, DimWitGauche, DimWitRight, Eastwood, FantasticFont, Fear, FearlessVampireKillers, FeltCrappyDan, FrootStand, GassyGaut, GauFontExposition (trilined), Gauts, GautsMotelLowerLeft, GautsMotelLowerRight, GautsMotelUpperLeft, GautsMotelUpperRight, Gearbox (geary alphading face), Göt (blackletter), HoaryGaut, Houdini, IncantationOne, IncantationTwo, IrwinAllen, JackOLantern, Jagged, JoeJack, KathleenLowercase, KathleenUppercase, KentuckyFriedFont, KentuckyFriedChickenFont (2004, signage), LeadType, LeadTypeBoldInked, MadScience, Moscoso (morphed Western titling font, psychedelic), OogieBoogie, OrganDonorGuts, OrganDonorSkin, PinkCandyPopcornFont, PooCorny, PooSmooth, Potland (marihuana alphadings), Punk, RapaNuiLetters, RapaNuiMoaiBats, RapaNuiMoaiFont, RedStar (2004, pretty handwriting based on the pen of Linda Cappel), RedStarBold, RockFont (Flintsones font?), Sasquatch, Sea Creature, Shaman, ShermlockMadstyle, ShermlockSolid, Shock, ShockThick, SpookyMagic, StagTickets, StartlingFont, TattooParlour (2004, scanbats), ToOsamaLoveGeorge, TypewriterKeys, Vector, WebPress, WebPressBold, Weird, WereWolf, ZootAllures. He has some comic book fonts, some dingbats, and several fonts around the theme of magic.
Montrealer who designed ITC Redonda (1998, an upright ronde script), Baylac (a psychedlic font fdirst done at at Agfa, and then at ITC) and the Comic Strip family. Planned are the calligraphic font Herald (for Font Bureau), the protest font Infamy, and Robin Hood. He created the following Agfa Creative Alliance fonts: Evita (1998, now an ITC font: an organic roundisch script), Baylac, Link, Lineale, Iona, Marnie and Toots (1997, based on calligraphy by Villu Toots). He designed the great calligraphic font Scrivener in 2000 (I guess the Herald project at Font Bureau must be dead then).
Grype was set up by Charles Leroux (b. 1980, Montreal) in Montreal. He created Rendezvous GRP (2008, inspired by the lettering of Ben Shahn on the cover of the novel Rendezvous with Destiny), Condemned (2008, grunge) and Banished GRP (2008, a Western saloon font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Gyom (Guillaume) Séguin
Jacques Bertrand works in the Department of Psychology at the University of Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He designed the Mac fonts Amour Tendre, Bertrand, Jean Camil, Nancy Blue, Petit Bonheur (see also here), Provence, Puccini and Steinbeck (Mac only). [Google] [More] ⦿
Janice Wong (Run Comrade, Chicago, IL) is studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, working towards her Masters of Design and MBA (2013). She created some custom handlettered faces called Custom POP Fonts in 2010 for the POP Montreal festival. [Google] [More] ⦿
Director of Obx Labs and professor of design at Concordia University, Montreal, since 2002. With Bruno Nadeau, he developed creative type software called Mr. Softie. His bio at Concordia: Jason Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Computation Arts program at Concordia University. His research explores the semantics of interaction, and his creative practice revolves around experiments with dynamic, interactive and performative text. He teaches Interactive Media and Advanced Topics in Computational Media. Before entering academia he spent ten years leading projects in places such as Interval Research and the Institute for Research on Learning. He studied philosophy and computer science at Stanford University, and then art and design at the Royal College of Art, London, where he received an MPhil. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typographer who emigrated from New York to Montreal. His mostly unreleased fonts are of the "extreme" type: Compounda, Michalski Glacial Roman, and X-Height. He released Treble (2002), a techno font, at T-26.
Jellyka (was: Cutty Frutty)
Quebec-based creator (b. 1991) of the handwriting or script fonts Jellyks King's Hat (2012), Jellyka Delicious Cake (2011, calligraphic), Jellyka Lucky Day (2011), Jellyka Vampire Street (2011), Jellyka Western Princess (2010), Jellyka Wonderland Wine (2010), JellykaCuttyCupcakes (2010), Jellyka Wonderland Wine (2010), Jellyka BeesAntique Handwriting (2010), Le Grand Saut Textual (2010), Le Grand Saut (2010), Gare de Chambord (2009), Jellyka - Love and Passion (2009), Jellyka Waterways Seafarers (2009), Love and Despair (2009), Saint Andrew's Queen (2008: great!), Jellyka---Nathaniel,-a-Mystery (2008, connected hand), Jellyka Estrya's Handwriting (2008), Jellyka-Evan-&-Estrya (2008, grunge), Jellyka Endless Voyage (2008), Jellyka Castle's Queen (2008), CuttyFrutty (2007), Ellianarelle's Path (2007, handprinted), Jey (2006) and Jellyka Jellyfish (2005, handwriting).
J.F.Y. Daniel Gauthier
Joancarles P. Casasín
John Goodger was involved in a firm called Goodger Valleau and Associates at 2050 Mansfield Street [now Hotel Saint Germain] in Montreal. At a certain point Goodger Valleau and Associates began using the names Artisart for the art studio, Artistat for the stat house, and Art Etc., for design projects.
John designed the Visual Graphics Corporation font Goodger Pointy (a phototype) in the early 1970s. Some peop;le on the Typedia blog say that Goodger Pointy appears to be similar to the Mergenthaler Linotype style Metro, designed by W. A. Dwiggins.
Mont-Rolland, Québec-based designer (b. 1984) of Idiot (2007, grunge), karabinE (2007, pencil-shadow grunge), 84 Rock (2006, grunge), Charles S (2006), Chocolat Bleu (2006), Desperado (2006), Docteur Atomic (2006, grunge), Alfred 24 (2006, grunge), Trop Flou (2006, grunge), 1-2-3-Go (2006, grunge), reflet électrik (2006), Verdy (2006, grunge), Verdy Evolution (2006, grunge). Home page. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lebanese student who was at McGill University in Montreal. Developer of a free Mac font, Mesha, based on the Phoenician script from the Mesha stela. She also has some interesting exercises on Arabic typography from the American University in Beirut (AUB). [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer, illustrator and digital artist who created the wonderful Typeface (2012, an alphabet of comic book style human faces).
Montrealer who wrote a thesis in 2006 on typography while studying in Paris. It includes a 2-minute video clip on the influence of geometric elements in typefaces, and draws on the work of Kurt Schwitters. He is working on a very original geometric outline font called Carousel (2007) [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ketlin moved to Canada in 2008. She studied at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and ithe British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. She is working as a freelancer in Montreal. In 2013, she designed the modular fashion mag typeface ABC. [Google] [More] ⦿
Christian Plourde (KreaXion Design) is the Montreal-based designer of the grunge font Stcum (2003). He states: "Font done with scans of the Montreal's subway and bus tickets." He also made the destructionist font Krunchy (2004), Sketch (2004), Fast, Tuyau, Values (2004), CP (2004, handwriting), Special Blend (2004, a grunge face), Grind (2004, a grunge face) and Fishy (2004, a gorgeous face with letter shapes made up from various fish). [Google] [More] ⦿
Lara Assouad Khoury was born in Montreal, and graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor in Graphic Design degree (BGD) in 1998. She worked as a designer at LeoBurnett (Lebanon, 1998-2000). After one year in Cairo, she moved to Dubai (UAE) and worked as a Senior Designer for Landor Associates (2001-2005) where she was involved in the design of extensive corporate identity projects for large Middle Eastern companies and institutions, such as the visual branding for the country of Jordan. She has graduated with an MA from the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy (France), where she studied under renowned type designers such Hans-Jürg Hunziker, André Baldinger, and others. She has researched and is in the process of developing her own extensive Arabic Naskh font. She taught graphic design and Arabic typography courses, at the American University in Dubai. She is an independent type and graphic designer since 2005. She embarked on a project in 2005 with Fred Smeijers to make an Arabic sister, Fresco Arabic, for Smeijers' Fresco family. For this, she takes inspiration from calligraphic samples of the Maghrebi script. Fresco Arabic won an award at TDC2 2008. Her geometric experimental Arabic face Tabati (2010) won an award at TDC2 2011. [Google] [More] ⦿
Canadian designer who lives in Grenville, Quebec, and works in Hawkesbury, Ontario. He is praised for some of the best grunge faces ever made. His work includes All Used Up (2006), Ambulance Shotgun (2006, scratchy ink spill face), Anthology (2006), Astrodramatic (2009), Barber Shop (2006), Birth of a Hero (2007, grunge), Bleeding Cowboys (2007, grunge; published by CheapProFonts in 2010 commercially as Bleeding Cowboys Pro), Brand New Burn (2007, grunge), Broken Ghost (2006), Brown Bear Funk (2006), Chic Decay (2006), Epoxy History (2007), Extravaganza (2006), Final Lap (2006), G01 (2006), Hardcorium (2006), Hard Rock (2006), Inked God (2008, an a=ink splatter face; and its commercial bastard child, Inked God Pro by CheapProFonts, 2010), Laundromat 1967 (2006, ransom note face), Mohawk (2006), Moskito Screen (2006, great!), Mudshake83 (2006), Olympiques (2007, grunge), Retro Rock Poster (2006), Rock Show Whiplash (2007, grunge), Rough Linen (2006), Rusted Plastic (2006), Screamo (2006), Sidewalk (2006), Steak (2007, grunge), Stonedwash6 (2006), Supafly 36 (2006), Super Danger (2006), The Great Thunder (2008), The Maple Origins (2007), The Poison (2007, crime-themed grunge), The Quiet Scream (2007), The Last Soundtrack (2007, grunge), Throwback (2009, FontStruct), Trashed (2006; a Pro version appeared in 2010), Turbo Ripped (2006), Ultimate Midnight (2008), Unbreakable (2009), Undecapped Vinyl (2006, the Pro version is from 2011), Vinyl George (2006), Whiplash (2007, grunge), Yukon Gold (2006), Hardcorium (2011, a grungy blackletter).
Graphic designer in Anderson, SC. Creator of Catwalk (2012).
Québec City-based creator of the octagonal font Vegesignes (2009, FontStruct). This font also appeared in 2010 at Open Font Library. It consists of almost 3,000 glyphs. The language coverage is quite large: Afrikaans, Arabic, Archaic Greek Letters, Armenian, Baltic, Basic Cyrillic, Basic Greek, Basic Latin, Bengali, Catalan, Central European, Cherokee, Devanagari, Dutch, Euro, Farsi, Georgian, Gujarati, Hanunó'o, Hebrew, Igbo Onwu, IPA, Kannada, Kazakh, Lao, Malayalam, Myanmar, New Tai Lue, N'Ko, Ogham, Oriya, Pashto, Pinyin, Polytonic Greek, Romanian, Runic, Sindhi, Syriac, Tai Le, Tai Tham (Lanna), Telugu, Thaana, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Uighur, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Urdu, Vietnamese, Western European.
Louise is from Montreal, worked in Los Angeles for a time, and is a graduate student in art direction at ECAL, Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (University of Art and Design Lausanne) in Switzerland. At Font Bureau, she worked on a revival project in 2010. There she revived Recta, an old typeface by Aldo Novarese, about which Sam Berlow said: I like it because it is clunky and sweet at the same time. Sort of Futura, Din, Haas Grotesk...smashed together. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based graphic designer and photographer, who graduated from UQAM in 1990. Creator of the mini-serifed typeface Fonte 1999 (2012).
Lucie Lacava is a design consultant based in Montreal. Her company Lacava Design Inc. founded in 1992 has developed an international expertise in editorial design and visual identity, recognized for its architectural approach to design and streamlined use of custom typography. Her most prestigious awards include the Society for News Design "Best of Show" and "World's Best Designed Newspaper". Lacava has lectured internationally on the topics of newspaper design and typography. She has served as a judge for news and design organizations and has been published in critical books on the topic of newspaper design. Lacava is past president of the Society for News Design (2001). As Lacava Design Inc, she has her finger in almost every newspaper design contract in Canada. For example, in 2003, she redesigned La Presse in Montreal. Pic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. Some creations: Chicane (1998), DV9 (with Fabrizio Gilardino), Midlaw, DV9, LeftBrain, RightBrain and Superman-u. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Martin L'Allier is a graphic design specialist in Montreal. His list of type and design links is very useful. Quebec-based designer of the experimental pixelized blackletter faces Ostrogoth and Wisigoth at UQAM (2003). A graphic design student at the University of Quebec in Montreal, his first typefaces can be bought at MyFonts. These include the monospaced and blocky Kg Stuttgart 1930 (2004) where Kg stands for Kunstgewerbeschule Stuttgart: it is based on a printed sample of a typeface designed in 1930 at the Stuttgart School of Applied Arts, and shown in ABZ, more alphabets and other signs (J. Rothenstein and M. Goodings). Home page. In 2005, he created the FF Karo family (blackletter pixelized, FontShop). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer and teacher at Concordia University. On his web site, there are interesting articles on Roger Excoffon's typefaces Nord, Banco, Choc and Mistral, as found on the streets of Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer of Carouselle (2012), a ball terminal display face.
The rare books collection at McGill University in Montreal has hundreds of books on typography donated to the library by William George Colgate of Toronto ("the William Colgate collection"). It has over 13,000 monographs now on type design and the history of the book, and many specimen books dating from 1850-1950, including a lot of the work of W.A. Dwiggins. Try a keyword search for "type" and "specimen"! The curator is Richard Virr. The person in charge of the Colgate Collection is Donald Hogan. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based graphic designer. He used the tall hand-drawn poster lettering in vogue since about 2011 for a freehand window display for Citizen Vintage x POP Montreal in 2012.
Nova Scotian who works at GrammaTech in Ithaca, NY. Mike McDougall (ex-University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. student) created a random type 3 font called Tekla (1994) as an undergraduate student at McGill University, under the supervision of Luc Devroye. He used several handwritten samples as parents to create random offspring. A companion article entitled Random Fonts for the Simulation of Handwriting has appeared in "Electronic Publishing" in 1995. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Currently living in Montreal, Slobodan Miladinov is the Serbian-born designer of the calligraphic ITC Freemouse (1998), the refreshing dingbat font ITC Beorama (1998), Screaming Bull (1999), Triple Owl (1999), the nonchalant ITC Coconino (1998), the pixelish Oneight (1997), the Japanese calligraphy inspired Goosefont (1997), the experimental type Xoao (2001), and the scribbly Hojla-ho (1999).
Software developed in Jason Lewis's group at Concordia University in Montreal. It is graphics software developed by and for artists, and permits experimentation on letter shapes. One of its chief developers is Bruno Nadeau. Examples have been created by Tania Alvarez and Anna Oguienko, among others. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer who obtained an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading. She is working on the text family Gabrielle since her student days at Reading. Co-moderator of LeTypographe.com. Professor at Concordia University in Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Winter-Hébert is a boutique design studio comprised of a husband and wife team, Nathaniel and Lana Winter-Hébert. They are located in Lac Simon, Québec. In 2012, they created Simon Sans (Ten Dollar Fonts).
Danny Demers (Montreal) and his friends set up Nu Schhol in 2010. They write: Inspired by his sensei's wise words, "Respect the Old School, Beware of the New School", Danny Demers vowed to avenge fallen typographers such as Lubalin, Gill and Miedinger. Carrying tradition of the way of the bezier by founding the Nu School in 2010. Nu School aims to produce quality work while emphasizing our enthusiasm on working with other young creatives to push the boundaries of design. Behance link. In 2011, they published the monoline elliptic geometric face Cylindre. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Montreal who is known both as Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane and Oliver Chank. His sans typeface Nicole (2012, Coppers ∧ Brasses) is a sans-serif typeface inspired by the humanist FF Meta. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane
Quebec-based computer scientist who has been involved in the multilingual and Unicode world. He was one of the authors of a proposal adding Tifinagh to Unicode. He is currently working with people in France and Niger on the development of OpenType fonts to support Tuareg. He is also involved in other African scripts such as Moroccan and Sahelian Arabic and a recent script from the Congo (Mandombe). [Google] [More] ⦿
Patrick Giasson runs Behaviour Design in Montreal. He studied type design at Reading in 2004, and worked for some time at Wolff Olins and Agfa Monotype UK. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on The typographic inception of the Cherokee syllabary. He states: "A Cherokee man named Sequoyah single-handedly invented the Cherokee script at the beginning of the nineteenth Century. In a reversal of the usual process, Sequoyah explicitly developed the syllabary in a shape which would make it--in his own words--suitable for print, and deliberately took inspiration from Latin typography for the design of some of its characters. The actual translation of the syllabary into print further involved typographic considerations to establish its definitive forms. In what represents an exceptional case in the history of writing systems, the cherokee syllabary can be considered an essentially typographic syllabary." His typefaces include:
Very talented Montreal-based illustrator and digital artist. Home page. He created several modular typefaces in 2011.
In 2012, he created Muse, Gotham Streets (a prismatic typeface), Slinky, Stencil, Tulipe (counterless), Bad Billy (multilined, art deco), The Great Carnival (beveled caps), Web Font (prismatic), Jump Jump Font (octagonal), Fashion (a horizontally striped typeface), OK (prismatic), The Aviator (horizontally striped poster face), La Bonne Aventure (prismatic and slightly art deco), the rope-themed typeface Noeud Marin, the shadowed boat name typeface Bleu Marine, the multiline caps face Origami, the moustache-inspired caps face Mous Type (ornamental moustache-shaped capitals), the multilined display face Empire, the handdrawn Une Typo Faite A La Main, and the prismatic typeface Anabelypster. After a bout of salmonella, he created Intestino, still in 2012. In Motion (2012) is an awesome prismatic art deco typeface.
Creations in 2013: Spot Light Font (prismatic), Flora, Bright Diamond, Incandescent, XVII (multilined display face), Konga (a multiline script), Shiny Diamond, Splash (paint font), Chicago (prismatic neon tube face), Taxi (a wonderful multiline typeface), Papale (religious symbology alphabet made to mock the papal system), Empreinte (pure op-art), Broken Arrow Font (multiline caps face), Liquid Paper Font, Sunset (prismatic), Boogie (Broadway-style art deco family), New Art Deco (prismatic art deco face), Poule de Luxe, Burnout (a prismatic typeface), Marble Maze Font, M Gagnon (ornamental caps influenced by the design work of Denis Gagnon).
Polices True Type pour codes secrets
Baden Powell Society offers an archive of free "secret code" fonts, including semaphor, morse, tictactoe, and letter permutation fonts. Maintained by Pierre Duff, an Akela from Repentigny near Montreal. Pierre also designed CodeCarre, Semaphore (1996) and TICTACTO (1996). This site carries the following scouting fonts by Duff: Alpha-decale-apres, Alpha-decale-avant, Alpha-inverse, Chiffrage-simple, Code-carre, Semaphore, Tic-tac-toe, Voyelles-chiffr*e, all made ca. 1996. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mike McDougall (ex-University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. student) created a random type 3 font called Tekla (1994) as an undergraduate student at McGill University, under the supervision of Luc Devroye. Tekla uses several handwritten samples as parents to create random offspring. Tekla's letters vary every time a character is needed. A type 3 font of unique versatility, Tekla may be used to simulate drunkenness, and, as the sample shows, varying degrees of instability on one page. His font has a "craziness" parameter, by which we could actually extrapolate beyond the convex polyhedron determined by the master fonts. It should prove useful in testing character recognition software.
Creator of the free phonetic typeface Apicar.
In 2013, he added the modular typeface Katoe.
Sylvain Rogé is an art director in Montreal. His company is called Rogé Rogé. Behance link. He created the asymmetrically slabbed face Yacht Club (2011) and the related Captain Type (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Royalty Font Foundry
Rubicon Computer Labs Inc.
In Chelsea, Québec, Lee-Jeff Bell designed many type families that are patterned after major historical type families, mimicking what Bitstream did in the late eighties. He also developed Thames and Helv Condensed, and Unifont. Rubicon claims that their fonts are optimally hinted for even very small screen resolutions. The fonts:
Yet another URL. This site offers free demo fonts by Rubicon: Bentley (Bembo-like), BurnettDemo-Normal, FrobisherCondDemo-Normal, FrobisherCondDemo, FrobisherDemo-Normal, FrobisherDemo, GisborneDemo, GuilfordDemo-Normal, GuilfordDemo, HilbertNeue, HilbertNeueCondDemo-Normal, HilbertNeueCondDemo, HilbertNeueDemo-Normal, HudsonCondDemo, HudsonDemo, IGaramondDemo-Normal, IGaramondDemo, Karat, KaratDemo-Normal, OpulentDemo-Normal (humanist sans), OpulentDemo, SGaramondDemo-Roman, SGaramondDemo, TribuneCondDemo, TribuneDemo, UranusCondDemo-Normal, UranusCondensedDemo, UranusDemo-Normal, UranusDemo. [Google] [More] ⦿
Granby-based Canadian art director, b. 1978, Granby, Quebec. He started his own foundry, Seb Dub, in 2012.
His grungy typeface Dubtone was first designed in 2003 for a movie title on a poster, and finally published as a font in 2012.
Designer, type designer and illustrator in North Vancouver, whose early fonts could be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal.
At Alphabets Inc, check Coupage, Mager, Mira, Pattern, General and Sharp. SP Cutouts (dingbats) won an award at the 1999 Type Directors Club. SP Situations is a fun dingbat font. Other fonts from 2011-2012 include SP Celtic, SP Leopolis and SP Greece (pixelish).
In 2011, he joined the FontStruct crowd, and published the pixelized family Ruthenoreum A1 through A5, and Ruthenorum B1, and Greece A1.
FontStructions from 2012 include Serge Pichii Veles A, B, C, D, E and G.
Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum are visual artists and musicians who started collaborating in 2002 under the nom de guerre Seripop. Based in Montreal, Seripop has earned international attention for its stylistically distinct, silkscreened street posters. In 2005, Lum and Desranleau began experimenting with sculptural print installations which merge notions of city politics and visual perception.
Quebec-based designer (b. 1971) in 2010 of the outline face Elégante and of the grunge faces Apocalypse Regular, Arbre, Autodestruction, Papineau (handprinted), de Lorimier, Gardien d'herbe, Elusion (organic), Cataclysme (grunge), Wolfred Nelson (rubber stamp caps), Chénier (grunge), Crack and Bold, Fleur de Lys (dingbats that are useful pour mon pays), Manuscrit, Ancien (grungy inline face), Confusion, Patriote 1837 Regular, Arbre (hand-printed) and Cloutier Script (hand-printed).
Typefaces from 2012: Dill Francis, I Hate Futur, Fabrics (stitch font), Stucco, Children, Hacking Trashed, Flower (floriated caps), Arbre, Patriotes 1837, Damned Deluxe, Trashed Light (grunge), Leather (ornamental caps), Punk Rock Show, Crack And Bold, Ana Eve (grunge), British Museum 1490 (ornamental caps), Nature Font (grungy caps), Chenier (grunge), Mosaique (a textured typeface), Motor Pieces (commercial), Mixtec Codice (Maya, Aztec or Inca dingbats), Parkinson (grungy outlines), Ludger Duvernay, Monster, Sponge, Napoleon (a nice fat poster face), Negative Film, Nelson Old Newspaper, Fuck Autority (sic), Rene Levesque (hand-printed), First Nation (an Indian scanbat face), Pustule, Emilie (hand-printed caps), Papineau (hand-printed), Sixties, Dali, Midnight (brush face), Fairy Tale (ornamental caps), Tiger Balloon (African-themed), Rafael (fat poster face), Sacred Place (heavy poster family), Pistache Regular (unicase Plakat font), Morning Stress, Hippie Gypsy (ornamental caps), FBI Old Report (old typewriter face), Mitsouskos, Ten O Clock (a multiline hand-printed face), Strawbwrry, Jewels, CF Night of the Damned, CF One Two Trees (tree-themed), Hagadou (bejeweled letters), CF Punk Forever (white on black grunge), CF Anabelle (curly script), CF Samurai Bob, CF Marie-Eve, CF Christmas Shit, CF Pinceau (fat brush face), CF Deco 1492, CF Cracked Stone, CF Metropolis Serif, CF Punky, CF Snowball (snow-capped glyphs), CF Tuques, CF Revolution, CF Fashion, CF Tissus, CF Christmas Letters, CF Diamond (diamond-studded letters), CF Stencil Orama, CF Dallas Stars (stars and stripes face), CF Old Photograph Credit Font, CF Christmas Letters.
Typefaces from 2013: CF National Stitches, CF Spaceship, Historia (sans caps), CF WireFrame, CF NaVia, CF Sortilege, CF Spirality, CF Charlie, CF Fredo Style, CF Little Monsters (alphadings), CF Tissus, CF I Love Montreal (fat finger face), CF Jungle, CF Paris (art deco caps), CF Marie Eve Cartoons, CF Circuit Electrique, CF Jack Story, CF Punk Attitude, CF Billabong, CF I Want To Believe Comp (grunge), CF Zombie Party (crayon or lipstick font), CF Life Is Beautiful (paint font), CF Gothika (grungy blackletter), CF Manifesto (painted letters), CF Rise of Nations, CF The Lost Batallion, CF Armageddon, CF Electronic Board, CF Old Typography (letterpress font), CF Modern 165, CF Hockey Players (dingbats published on the day the Montreal Canadians were humiliated, 6-1, by the Ottawa Senators in the Stanley Cup playoffs), CF Nelson Old Caracters (sic).
Graphic design studio in Montreal headed by Karine Provençal-Leblanc. Alternate URL. Designers of the handwriting font Carnage (2006, no downloads) and the grunge face Sission (2006, no downloads). [Google] [More] ⦿
Sébastien Théraulaz from Lausanne lives in Montreal since 1997. There, he started his type foundry Subtitude (as part of Sub Communications Inc). The first fonts: Subix (2005, bitmap font), Subedge (2005), Subamera (2005, free), Subaccuz-Bold, Subaccuz-Light, Subaccuz-Regular (2003, all free), Subinter (2003, with Valérie Desrochers), SubinterLightCondensed (2003), Subelair (2005), Subeve (erotic outlines, free), Subroyal (2005, octagonal), Subalde (2005, Valérie Desrochers), Subikto_one (2005, a beautiful hand sign dingbat font), Subikto Two (2007, flowers and leaves), Subikto Tree (2010, tree silhouettes), Subyep (2005, pixel face), Subzoete (2005, cultural calendar icons), Subelek (2009, heavy geometric face), and Suboel (2005, Christmas icons pixelized; by Theraulaz and Desrochers). Working on Subytro (2006) and Subima (2006).
Graphic designer in Montreal. Behance link.
Talented Mexican graphic designer and digital artist based in Montreal, who is pushing the boundaries of experimental typography with creations like Fabric Type (2009), which was developed at Concordia University in Montreal. Examples: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Sukkhos (Mr. Softie) | Overseas Type (2010, done at Concordia University in Montreal) | Moda Barcelona (2011).
In 2010, she designed the map face Cartola, which grew out of a project at EINA in Barcelona and is based on Mrs Eaves. Mar 34 (2011) designed exclusively for the identity of Estruch, a restaurant located at the Plaza of the Cathedral in downtown Barcelona. The project was made in collaboration with Raquel Quevedo, who used the typeface for designing a graphic system for the identity. Both the face&the graphic design are based on postal service paraphernalia. Momo (2011) is a typeface that is developed based on the concepts of dada by El Lissitsky&Kurt Schwitters. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
TZDZ is Bernardo Pereira (graduate in graphic design from ESDI/UERJ in 2004) and Aline Rodrigues (a graduate in print and pattern design at SENAI). Originally located in Brazil, they now operate out of Montreal. Behance link. Their fonts include Krasia May (2010, on commission for the Krasia May wine from Mendoza, Argentina). [Google] [More] ⦿
Urban Pixel (or: UP Font Studio)
Foundry in Montreal, est. 2008 by Michel Troy (b. 1969).
Urhixidur Fonts Type Foundry
Daniel U. Thibault (computer scientist at RDDC Valcartier, Quebec) designed the Kzinti (2002, his interpretation of Larry Niven's "dots-and-commas" Kzinti script), 3Strands-Regular (2002, rope font), Apollonian (2002, a Greek-based late-mediaeval secret alphabet attributed to Apollonius of Tyana), Deseret (2002), Drow_Angular, Drow_Rounded (2002, originally designed by the on-line Elven Kingdom of Arèthane), KhemiticHieratic (2003, role-playing face), MIB2 (2002, alien glyphs from Men in Black II), Matoran (2003, glyphs by the LEGO group for its Bionicle world), Nug-Soth (2002, a secret alphabet), Passage_du_Fleuve (2002, an occult script derived from Hebrew). [Google] [More] ⦿
Art director and illustrator in Montreal. Designer of Subinter (2003) at Subtitude, together with Sébastien Théraulaz. She also designed Subytro (2006, a didone titling face), Subalde (2005), Subelek (2009, a heavy geometric face) and Suboel (2005, Christmas icons pixelized; with Theraulaz). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
WyldType is an independent type design firm and typographic technology research lab located in Montreal. The WyldType catalog started with typefaces created with common type design tools and techniques, with the intention of expanding the list with more complex designs and experimental typefaces procedurally generated with the use of the custom tools we create. Wyld Type, est. 2010, is run by type software ace Bruno Nadeau (b. 1982). Bruno lives in Levis, Quebec. His first commercial typeface is Geiger (2010 a geometric typeface inspired by type found in the intros of Commodore 64 games). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer of the free pixel typeface Zuptype.