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Type design in Quebec
A defunct 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...]. Most fonts can now be found in the FontHaus collection.
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 Olyff (Douff: geometry in action), Martijn Oostra (Mold Family), Marc Tassell (Pilgrim Family), and Michel Valois (Perceval Family). MyFonts link.
Graphic designer in Montreal who created the sans typeface Detektiv (2013): Detektiv is a playful sans-serif display font inspired by vintage Polish children's books and derived from DIN 1451. Work in progress.
In the book Divertimento (Editlivre, Paris), Albert Legault (UQAM, Montreal, Canada) published the decorative art nouveau caps alphabet Eugene Grasset (2015). PDF file for the Eugene Grasset alphabet [120MB]. [Google] [More] ⦿
Albertine Nerevan is a Quebec-based designer, b. 1973. Blog. Creator of the old-fashioned handwriting typefaces 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).
Alessandro Colizzi (b. Rome, 1966) is associate professor at Milan's Politecnico, Department of Design, where he teaches graphic design history, typography, and type design. He was professor at the Ecole de design of UQAM (Montreal) from 2005 to 2019, and visiting professor at the Design Academy Eindhoven (2014/15). He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden (with a thesis on Bruno Minari), an MA in Type Design from The Hague's Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, a postgraduate diploma from the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (Nancy, France, 2001), and an MLitt in English Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza (1985-2000). He researches graphic design history, typography, and information design and interned in 1999 with Paul Shaw at Parsons School of Design in New York. He is a member of the Nebiolo History Project and has been a member of the cooperative Italian type foundry CAST since 2019.
His typefaces include:
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Forma, Dattilo, Modulo. Nebiolo's last effort to produce a 'universal' typeface. Organizer of ATypI 2017 in Montreal. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [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. From 2006 until 2009, Amy was an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Currently, Amy is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Foundation at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is one of the cofounders of Alphabettes.
Rouyn-Noranda, Québec-based designer who created these typefaces;
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.
Ashley West (Montreal, Quebec) designed the oily signage typeface Florida Macaroni (2013) and the dot matrix typeface Peggo (2013).
ATypI 2017 was held in Montreal, Canada, from September 12-16, 2017. The main organizer was Alessandro Colizzi, closely assisted by Alexandre Saumier-Demers. The theme was Atypique. Introduction to the team.
The conference blurb: Join the global typographic community in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, September 12-16, 2017. ATypI is celebrating sixty years of typographic education and camaraderie this year. As an organization founded by Charles Peignot of the famed Deberny & Peignot foundry in Paris, it's fitting that we commemorate this milestone in a grand French-speaking capital. The theme of ATypI's 2017 conference is Atypique. Montréal is known for many things: for its blend of new and old; for its bilingualism and pluralistic society. Montréal is a city of dualities: East Side and West Side, English- and French-speaking, the old city and the new, European sophistication and American casual. It's a laid-back city enjoying the benefits of a low-inequality society. It is an atypical city compared to the rest of Canada and the United States. In a broader context, Atypique means something more daring; something that doesn't quite follow convention; something a little bit rebellious and edgy. Atypique holds a mirror to history and understands tradition, but dares to be different. In typographical terms, Atypique hints at all things---products, practices, processes, people---escaping the rules or bending paradigms. Atypique evokes, to paraphrase Alan Fletcher, looking sideways at all facets of contemporary types and typography: from technology to aesthetics, from economics to politics, from Latin to the world writing systems, from hand lettering to screen legibility, and from education to the very notion of authorship.
The three tremendous keynote speakers: Roger Black, Paula Scher, and Rod McDonald.
The identity of ATypI was expertly and daringly designed by Julien Hébert, who is based in Montreal. From the euphoric and "atypique" color palette, to the choice of a Montreal-grown typeface, Guillon (by Feedtype and Coppers and Brasses), and a series of stunning posters, this is identity design at its best.
The speakers and workshop leaders: Sahar Afshar, Shani Avni, Sofie Beier, Jordan Bell, Bruno Bernard, John D. Berry, Ann Bessemans, Aaron Bowes, Veronika Burian, Stephen Coles, Peter Constable, Matthieu Cortat, Nicole Dotin, John Downer, Nathalie Dumont, Rachel Elnar, Victor Gaultney, Tom Grace, Will Hill, Lauren Johnson, Quinn Keaveney, Joyce Ketterer, Jerome Knebusch, Gloria Kondrup, Borys Kosmynka, Indra Kupferschmid, Kevin Larson, Edwina Lee, Taekyeom Lee, Paul Luna, Jose Manuel Lopez Rocha, Bruno Maag, Simon Mager, Wei Ming, Aoife Mooney, Bill Moran, Jim Moran, Gillian Mothersill, Megan O'Connell, Sharon Oiga, Riccardo Olocco, Toshi Omagari, Santiago Orozco, Jason Pamental, Elena Papassissa, Laurence Penney, Yves Peters, Thomas Phinney, Judith Poirier, Carolyn Porter, Daniel Rhatigan, Emilie Rigaud, David Jonathan Ross, Christopher Rouleau, Jay Rutherford, Tetsuo Sakomura, Jose Scaglione, Lucas Sharp, Paul Shaw, Nick Shinn, Matt Soar, Michael Stinson, Arina Stoenescu, Sumner Stone, Andres Torresi, Sergio Trujillo, Ferdinand Ulrich, Underware, Petr van Blokland, Malou Verlomme, Guy Villa Jr., Wen Wang, Taro Yamamoto.
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.
American cartoonist and illustrator, b. Cote Saint-Luc, Quebec, 1958, who grew up in Montreal, graduated from The Ontario College of Art and Design, and moved to the US in 1989. He is known for his New Yorker covers and as a regular contributor to the op-ed page of The New York Times. One of his favorite cartoon subjects is Donald Trump. Blitt creates his works in traditional pen and ink, as well as watercolors. His shaky handlettering is distinctive, yet unexplored by the type design community. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 creator of the monospaced negatively tilted futuristic typeface Lights Out Noir (2008). In 2017, he designed the athletic lettering font Beau's Varsity and the show card lettering font Jodler. [Google] [MyFonts] [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 wrote 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. Author of Brush calligraphy with a tree branch (2009) and Book Designers from the Netherlands (2014). In 2013, she founded the imprint Brigitte Schuster Editeur. Presently, she lives and works in Bern, Switzerland.
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] ⦿
Graphic designer in Quebec City. She played around with a roman capitals typeface and designed Been There Done That (2011). Creator of the beveled typeface Breakers (2013) and Emilio Grande (2013, a great all-caps poster font). In 2014, she made the bilined caps typeface Cloudy Type, and Lazy Font. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
With just one name (the other one was lost in an accident!), Chester, the type designer, was born in Montreal in 1971. In 1995 Chester moved to Chicago to work with Rick Valicenti and eventually become a partner in his digital type foundry, Thirstype. In 2004, he started up the type coop Village in New York together with his wife and partner, tracy Jenkins. Chester's published designs have been used for branding programs including AT&T, Starwood Hotels, CBS Television, Nike, the San Francisco Ballet, Columbia University Business School, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He has created bespoke typefaces for Blackberry, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the National Football League.
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 typeface 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 (2004, with Rick Valicenti), and then Apex New (2006), which has a hairline weight, Apex Thin, and Apex Rounded (2010). In 2009, he co-designed 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 typefaces 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] ⦿
Calligrapher who started out as a graffiti artist in Montreal. Presently he teaches at Cegep Marie-Victorin. In the early part of his career, he created the pixel / dot matrix typeface family Knitmap in 2004 at 2Rebels in Montreal. After the sale of 2Rebels to Fonthaus, one can obtain the typeface via FontHaus. [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] ⦿
Montreal-based studio with a French-only web site. Designers of the gorgeous Split (2015), the geometric solid typeface Braziu (2015), the multilined prismatic art deco typeface Brooklyn Fat Black (2015) and the pixel typeface Pixies (2015). Behance link. [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] ⦿
Constellation is a creator and publisher of contemporary typefaces and is run by its two partners, Chester Jenkins (based in New York, born in Montreal) and Tracy Jenkins. They also feature typefaces by Magnus Rakeng, Patrick Giasson, Kris Sowersby, Rick Valicenti, and Jeremy Mickel. Constellation contains the main elements of the previous Village and Thirstype foundries. Typefaces including bespoke typefaces by Chester Jenkins:
Coppers & Brasses
Quebec-based type type foundry Coppers & Brasses was set up in 2011 by Alexandre Saumier Demers and Étienne Aubert Bonn in the plateau area of Montreal. Both graduated from the graphic and type design program at UQAM in Montreal and went on do the Type and Media program at KABK in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Creators of these typefaces in 2012: Martha (monospaced slabby grotesque done by both founders), Sardine (fat signage typeface by Bonn), Freitt (blackletter typeface by Bonn). Nicole (2012) is an elegant basic sans typeface by Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane.
In 2013, Etienne graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag. In 2014, Alexandre in turn graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK. For his graduation, Alexandre developed the didone typeface family Lewis. He writes: Lewis is a typeface designed for mathematical typesetting, specifically for the TeX typesetting system. It consists of 3 text styles (Roman, Bold, Italic) and 3 math styles (Math Italic, Greek, Blackboard) for use as variables. The text Italic relates to the Roman while the Math Italic stand out with its cursive construction. Likewise, the Greek differentiate easily from Latin characters. The Blackboard inlines are adapted for text sizes with their wide and open cut. Lewis features many size variants and extending shapes, ideal in displayed equations.
The list of their retail and custom fonts:
Alexandre spends most of his time since 2016 working on variable font projects for The Type Network (ex-Font Font Bureau). Home page of Alexandre Saumier Demers. Behance link for Coppers and Brasses. [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 Benjamin Miller (b. 2000, New York) is an undergraduate student in philosophy at McGill University. His type design work:
Miller is a supporter of free and open-source fonts, as well as free and open-source software. He uses FontForge for design, and releases all his work under free licenses: I really just want people to be able to use my designs, improve them and share them. First, on a pragmatic level, I know that my work will be imperfect, and I'd like others to be able to use their judgment to make adjustments (which I hope they'll also release under a free license). Second, I think that too much material (and not just fonts) is behind barriers of restricted access and artificial scarcity. This kind of thing---useful tools and information---wants to be free, so let it out for everybody to use.
Daniel U. Thibault
Graphic designer from Quebec City. He created the commercial pixel typefaces 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). He teaches type design at UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal). Two Rebels was sold to FontHaus in 2007. Some typefaces were published with T26. Dulude's fonts:
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.
Typefounder located at 780 Craig Street in Montreal, and active in the late 19th century. They were typefounders to the government of Canada and acted as exclusive agent for the American Typefounders Company (ATF). In 1895, R.G. Starke was its president. [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Montreal, Daniel moved to Los Angeles to create visual effects and contributed to the movies Apollo 13, The Fifth Element and Titanic. He developed an interest in animation, created the short film Tightrope, and directed the feature-length cartoon Pinocchio 3000. Daniel Robichaud worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Digital Domain and FOX.
At Letraset, he published the semi-stencil typeface Epitaphe.
Graphic designer in Montreal. In Etienne Aubert-Bonn's course at UQAM, she designed the crisp display typeface Citadine (2020), and the display serif typeface Marie (2020), which was inspired by the Marie Reine du Monde Cathedral in Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
Montreal-based French designer in 2014 of the free fonts Crack, Slurp (wide and monospaced), KC Regular (octagonal), Wigz and Ligne.
Born in Paris in 1988, Etienne Angot studied at École des Gobelins de Paris. During his studies at UQAM in Montreal, he designed the subway-inspired typeface Tube (2015), the Fibonacci sequence-inspired experimental typeface Lovell (2015), and the abstract experimental typeface Wong (2015).
Étienne is a graduate of the graphic and type design program at UQAM in Montreal. Cofounder in 2011 of Coppers & Brasses in Montreal, together with Alexandre Saumier Demers. He studied at Type@Cooper in New York and at KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands (class of 2013). He also teaches type design at UQAM in Montreal.
In 2012, he designed the signage typeface Sardine and the blackletter typeface Freitt. Together with Alexandre, he created Martha (a monospaced slabby grotesque), still in 2012. At The Cooper Union, he created Barapa (2012). His fonts at Coppers Brasses:
During a workshop in 2016 at ENSAD in Paris, Etienne Murphy (Montreal, Canada) designed the gothic typeface Pankow (2017), which is named after a neighborhood in Berlin. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Quebec where he was art director at Ubisoft, Etienne Poulin is a graphic designer and art director in Vancouver, Canada. He created a thin pixelish typeface called Pixel & Cie (2013).
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 typeface 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, Loyolliams (2012, squarish, a renamed version of Concordia) and Alfarooq (2013).
Typefaces from 2015: Ghibli (a free Latin text typeface).
Typefaces from 2018: Danah.
Typefaces from 2019: Awwam (a wide headline Arabic typeface).
French designer (b. 1985) of the grunge typefaces La Street Kids (2013), 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. Jurassic World (2014), We Spray (2009), This Is My Town 3 (2013), 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.
In 2014, he created the great free mechanical octagonal typeface Motorless, which was made with FontStruct.
Milanese cofounder with Denis Dulude of the Montreal-based type foundry 2Rebels in Montreal, at the zenith of the grunge era. Montreal-based designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. Some creations: Angry (1998, grunge), Babbio (1995), Boggle, Carbon, Hanbuhrs, Manesca, Nonlinear, Nunavik (1995: Inuktitut simulation typeface), Scritto Politto Freako (1996), Toxin, Duchamp-Dirty (2001), DV9 (with Marie-France Garon). 2Rebels was absorbed into / bought by FontHaus.
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] ⦿
Font Forestry (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada) is yet another venture of Jeremy Vessey, this time in cooperation with his companion, Stephanie Arsenault. I assume that it too is actually based in Montreal. Established in 2017, their initial fonts include Tuesday Night (a free signature script), Mr. Quincy, Harvester (script), Fischer (rounded industrial octagonal sans), Henrik (a free letterpress emulation typeface), Quartz Grotesque, Cymbria (free weathered sans), Waves (a great caps only skyline font) and Seaport (brush script).
Typefaces from 2018: Monique Script, Maveryk.
Typefaces from 2022: Marlowe (all caps serif).
Francisco Castro Miranda
Montreal-based designer and artist, who created a paper cutout / dada typeface in 2013 called Not Everything Is Easy.
Computer scientist and computational artist who teaches at the Department of Computing Goldsmiths, University of London, since 2004. He studied at Polytechnique Montreal (class of 1986), McGill University (MEng, 1989) and Brown University (PhD, 2002). He researches creative robotics. He is the co-founder of London Geometry (in 2011), a leading consultancy, providing professional training for the games industry and developing serious games and interactive graphics solutions. In 2021, he supervised Daniel Berio's PhD thesis entitled AutoGraff: Towards a computational understanding of graffiti writing and related art forms.
The abstract of this spectacular work that mixes art and mathematical modeling: The aim of this thesis is to develop a system that generates letters and pictures with a style that is immediately recognizable as graffiti art or calligraphy. The proposed system can be used similarly to, and in tight integration with, conventional computer-aided geometric design tools and can be used to generate synthetic graffiti content for urban environments in games and in movies, and to guide robotic or fabrication systems that can materialise the output of the system with physical drawing media. The thesis is divided into two main parts. The first part describes a set of stroke primitives, building blocks that can be combined to generate different designs that resemble graffiti or calligraphy. These primitives mimic the process typically used to design graffiti letters and exploit well known principles of motor control to model the way in which an artist moves when incrementally tracing stylised letterforms. The second part demonstrates how these stroke primitives can be automatically recovered from input geometry defined in vector form, such as the digitised traces of writing made by a user, or the glyph outlines in a font. This procedure converts the input geometry into a seed that can be transformed into a variety of calligraphic and graffiti stylisations, which depend on parametric variations of the strokes. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 psychedelic font fdirst done 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).
Georges Yannopoulos is a graphic and web designer and illustrator in Montreal. In 2018, he created the free simplified blackletter typeface Monolith. In 2019, he published the free techno typeface Kubos. [Google] [More] ⦿
Glenn Goluska (b. 1947, Chicago; d. 2011, Montreal) was a Canadian book designer and typographer. He came to Canada as a student at the University of Toronto. After graduating he worked for some time in the United States before returning to Canada to work at Coach House Press. He left Coach House Press to focus on letterpress printing first in Toronto and later in the Saint Henri neighborhood of Montreal under the labels Imprimerie Dromadaire and Nightshade Press. Goluska was awarded the Robert R. Reid Award for lifetime achievement or extraordinary contributions to the book arts in Canada by the Alcuin Society in 2011.
Goluska had a book typeface designed in his honour by Nova Scotia-based type designer Rod MacDonald. The typeface, simply called Goluska, was published in 2021 at Canada Type, where Patrick Griffin oversaw the production and the addition of some variable fonts. Goluska admired Dwiggins, so Goluska, the typeface, was influenced by the puppeteer's work, especially the Scotch roman typeface Caledonia.
Grype was set up by Charles Leroux (b. 1980, Montreal) in Montreal. It was acquired by Astigmatic (Las Vegas, NV) in 2016. He created Rendezvous GRP (2008, a Tuscan typeface inspired by the lettering of Ben Shahn on the cover of the novel Rendezvous with Destiny), Condemned (2008, grungy letterpress style) and Banished GRP (2008, a Western slab serif saloon font inspired by Astro Zombies, the 1968 Cult Cinema Classic).
Obliterate GRP (2013) is a grungy letterpress typeface.
In 2016, Brian J. Bonislawasky and Jim Lyles published the rugged octagonal mega typeface family Tradesman, the rounded sans Tailwind, and the techno typeface Offroad at Grype. In 2017, they added Jukebox Hero (stencil), Lustra (a mechanical sans), Lustra Text, and Sunblock Pro (2017, by Brian J. Bonislawasky and Jim Lyles).
Typefaces from 2019: Decade (a logotype inspired by an alphabet in Letters and Lettering (1938, Paul Carlyle and Guy Oring)).
Typefaces from 2020: Binder (a revival of the ultra-condensed movie credit typeface Binder Style by Joseph Binder for D. Stempel in 1959), Avionic (a 40-style sci-fi family, inspired by aerodynamics and the Air China company logotype).
Gyom (Guillaume) Séguin
Graphic designer in Montreal. At UQAM, for a course given by Étienne Aubert Bonn and Alexandre Saumier Demers, she designed an untitled but very beautiful Viennese Secession style typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
For Ludovine Loiseau's course at ERG in Brussels, Ingrid Bourgault (b. Quebec) created the free font Brush Lettering One (2014, OFL), which is based on Eben Sorkin's Merriwaether Bold Italic (2013). In 2015, she drew an experimental alphabet based on the grid system of the excellent Belgian newspaper Le Soir [on par with De Standaard], and created an experimental multicolor modular typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 typefaces 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based creator (b. 2000) of these free typefaces:
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, hand-printed), 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] ⦿
Judith Poirier is professor at UQAM in Montreal. She developed an interesting wood-based modular typeface, Latitude, in 2014 for the inuktitut syllabary.
In 2013, she produced a typographic short movie, Two Weeks Two Minutes, that won the Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The idea is very clever---just transfer letterpress directly to 35mm film stock. The hallucinating images remind me of noisy movie fragments used in Hitchcockian thrillers. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Julie Tremblay created Gamins (2013, a polygonal almost-origami typeface) and Network (2013). In 2015, she created the thin monoline script typeface Early Morning and the cartoon typeface Dungarees. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer, illustrator and digital artist who created the wonderful Typeface (2012, an alphabet of comic book style human typefaces).
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] ⦿
Pointe Claire, Quebec-based designer of the elegant freeware font Menuetto (1994; available from the FontFreak site and revived by Dieter Steffmann), Floralies (1994), and Obtuse Highlight. [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ketlin moved to Canada in 2008. She studied at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and the 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. In 2015, she designed Skinny Pete and Hairy Gary. Behance link. [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 typeface 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 typeface 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 typefaces 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 (b. 1952) of the octagonal font Vegesignes (2009, FontStruct). This font also appeared in 2010 at Open Font Library. It consists of almost 7,615 glyphs.As of 2014, 188 languages care covered, inclufing 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 (b. Italy) 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, and has designed a large number of newspapers all over the world. In 2003, she redesigned La Presse in Montreal (and at that occasion, she created the italic typeface Montreal). In 2008, she did El Espectador in Colombia, and The National. In 2009, the redesign of the Atlanta Journal-Consitution was hers. She is best known for the designs of Le Devoir and The Baltimore Sun. Wikipedia link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer based in Montreal, who was born and raised in Sucre, Bolivia, and graduated at Concordia University in Montreal. In 2016, she designed the free brush typeface Anana (2016). Behance link. [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. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graduate of UQAM in Montreal in 1997 who now works as a graphic designer at ICI ARTV in Montreal. Creator of the stylish display typeface Kangourou (2007) which was developed during Lucas de Groot's master class at Laval University. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Trois-Rivières, Quebec-based graphic designer who published the free display typefaces Aery (didone stencil) and Fancy in 2014. In 2015, she created the free blackboard bold typeface Stoked. Home page. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
For a school project at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal, Marlène Dulude added lacy things and curly endings to a Didot when she made the feminine didone typeface Quinte (2015). Behance link. [Google] [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 typefaces 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] ⦿
British-born Matt Soar is an intermedia artist and filmmaker in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He has written extensively about graphic design, visual communication, and cultural production for scholarly and professional audiences. Soar's project Lost Leaders (2011 onwards) is an archival, scholarly, and artistic exploration of the histories of US film leader standards. Soar is co-founder and director of the Montreal Signs Project, a growing collection of commercial and civic signs from around the city. He is in post-production on Les Enseignistes de Montréal, a web documentary on the histories of signmaking. 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. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal. [Google] [More] ⦿
For a type design class of Alessandro Colizzi at UQAM in Montreal, Maud Pillet (Toulouse, France) designed Simon (2016), a typeface influenced by early humanist French types, and named after Simon de Colines (1480-1547). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer of Carouselle (2012), a ball terminal display face.
Maxime Maynard (aka MaxiGamer) is the Quebec-based designer of these free typefaces:
French illustrator, designer and art director in Montreal, who created the angular calligraphic typeface Form in 2016.
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] ⦿
Thibaut Désiront (b. France) is an art director and illustrator in Montreal. His company is called MEKA or Chez Meka. In 2014, he created the handcrafted poster slab serif typeface Bleed, and the condensed display typeface NYC (or: New York City). In 2015, he designed the (commercial) rounded blackletter / tattoo typeface Hell Gothic. In 2018, he published the fat blocky sci-fi typeface Mech. Behance link. [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.
Graphic designer in Montreal, who created the text typeface Valdonega in 2016, named after Giovanni Mardersteig's Stamperia Valdonega. He writes: Valdonega is a transitional geometric typeface that was created in a modern approach to serve both for editorial design and for titling. It has a strong contrast between downstrokes and upstrokes, an amplification of the serifs to facilitate the readability of long texts and a strong inspiration of the calligraphic pen. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-based designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. His creations include Perceval family (1997, also at Psy/Ops).
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] ⦿
Michel Sabbagh is a Montreal-based lettering artist and calligrapher, who studied at Laval University in Quebec and then at ESAD in Amiens, France. His graduation typeface there in the postgraduate course in type design was Kaltoum (2014), a Latin / Arabic text typeface with considerable calligraphic details and a stunning amount of balance between the two scripts. Latin and Arabic are harmonized by modulating the stroke thickness. [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] ⦿
Thuong attended ESAD Amiens for Graphic Design and later pursued a career in type design. In 2018, she received an MFA in Type Design from the Ecole Estienne in Paris. She collaborated with type foundries Coppers and Brasses and Type Network prior to joining New York City-based Sharp Type as a type designer in 2019. Her typefaces:
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. Speaker at various meetings such as at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona and ATypI 2017 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 and The Designers Foundry).
Or Nick Losacco. Montreal-based designer of the free typeface Miter (2018), a titling typeface inspired by industrial machinery and the playfulness derived from perfect circles.
In 2019, he set up Rip Type together with Brooklyn-based Ciaran Brandin.
North Type (was: Charles Daoud Type, or: CD Type)
Charles Daoud is a graphic designer and art director in Laval, near Montreal. He was born in Montreal in 1980. He set up Charles Daoud Type, or CD Type, in 2013 and renamed his type foundry North Type in 2018. His typefaces include:
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 typeface 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
Pangram Pangram Foundry
Mathieu Desjardins (Pangrampangram) is a senior art director in Montreal, who created the free geometric sans typefaces Charlevoix Bold, and Pier Sans (2015), 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).
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.
In 2017, he published Chronos Serif, which is also free for personal use.
In 2018, he designed the grotesque typefaces Formula Condensed, Neue Montreal (together with Sebastien Tremblay; advertized as a great replacement of Helvetica) and Radio Grotesk, the warm and fluid text typeface Woodland, the wide display sans Monument Extended (version 2 appearing in 2020), Casa Stencil and Gosha Sans (influenced by Futura and Russian constructivism; contains Cyrillic as well).
Typefaces from 2019: Hatton (a collaboration with London-based design studio Two Times Elliott, Hatton is a homage to the history of the London diamond trade district, Hatton Garden), Editorial New (a partly free editorial text font family), Neue Machina (inspired by the aesthetics of robotics and machines, this powerful variable opentype typeface family is characterized by monospace/geometric features and deep ink traps; designed by Mathieu Desjardins and Vasjen Katro / Baugasm). It is inspired by the aesthetics of robotics and machines).
Typefaces from 2020: Neue World (an 48-style and variable cut modern serif with roots in vintage display type).
Typefaces from 2021: Pangram Sans V2 (with Valerio Monopoli: 144 styles, and a 3-axis variable font; Pangram Sans was originally published in 2015; followed by Pangram Sans Rounded (2021)), Editorial New Version 2.0.
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: [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Super-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 shaded boat name typeface Bleu Marine, the multiline caps typeface Origami, the moustache-inspired caps typeface Mous Type (ornamental moustache-shaped capitals), the multilined display typeface Empire, the hand-drawn 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: Shapes (geometric font), Gold Deco, Dentelle, Twist, Sleek (a thin slab serif), Say Say Say (multiline, prismatic, hypnotic), Metrick (a gridded typeface), Film Noir (an overlay type system), Tam Tam, Diner (a striped all caps typeface), 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).
Typefaces made in 2014: Moiré, Decora, Magnetic, Noise (TV noise emulation), Yes (multilined font), Broderie (braided letters), SAS (multilined), Full House, Heart Font (prismatic), 1976 (inspired by the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal), Gold (prismatic art deco typeface), Lace, Bike.
Typefaces from 2015: Detour, Allie X, Grad Font, Duct Tape, Mint Julep (bilined art deco beauty), Hourglass, Stuntman (prismatic), La Dame de Coeur (playing card font), Fog.
Typefaces from 2016: Road Free (a free prismatic font), Solitaire (card font), Joliette, Denis (named after Montreal's mayor, Denis Coderre), Montreal (a prismatic typeface based on the logo of the city of Montreal), Cherry Cola Font, Bro & Co (multilined art deco beauty), Macramee (multilined).
Typefaces from 2017: The Simple Font (sans), Le Cabinet (multilined neo deco).
Typefaces from 2018: Atrium (a sublime multiline art deco beauty), Pride (a color font to support the LGBT community).
Typefaces from 2019: Columbarium (a beveled typeface), The Invisible Font, The Usual Font, Recettes d'Ici (handcrafted style for menu design), Vinyl (multiline), Gasoline (a gasoline spill textured font), Reflet, Mint Soda (a fashion mag extravaganza), Glamarrr (a sailor or pirate font).
Typefaces from 2020: Siren (a wonderful mermaid-themed initial caps font, half Engravers MT and half mermaid), Homa (decorative caps), Luna (blocky caps), Chicken Bone, Happier (an all caps 3d color font), Dollara (a polygonal typeface), Stay Home, Mundo Disko (prismatic).
Typefaces from 2021: Deliria, The National Bank Open font (created for a tennis tournament).
Jeremy Vessey set up Hustle Supply Co in 2014. In 2016, he founded Pixel Surplus in Montreal. His first fonts there are Wild Youth (brush script), St. Jacques (a free avant-garde font), Buffalo (connected script font), Old Growth, Ambarella (free script), Greenstone (connected script), Summer Hearts (brush), Wayward, Wayward Sans (free), Gutenberg (a free soft blackletter typeface), Pilsner (also free, all caps and almost art deco), Westfalia (free, handcrafted), Cast Iron and Halogen (a free squarish industrial sans typeface).
Typefaces from 2017: Harvester (script), Particle Regular (all caps sans), Hunter River (signature script), Garment District (a free monoline script designed together with Alex Joganic), Ciderhouse (free all caps sans), The Woodlands (a free brush script), Rustico (a free dry brush font), Chisel Mark (free, by Savanas Design), Ocean Six (free brush typeface), Terrain (condensed sans), Gritstone Script Bold, The Brewers Collection, The Woodblock Collection, Bourbon Grotesque (free).
Typefaces from 2019: JV Signature SVG, Bellanche, (a free curly calligraphic typeface), Lightshow (dry brush), Carlanta (by Faras Dina), Highfield (a free Peignotian sans), Heavy MFG, The Woodlands (brush script), Gallagher (a vintage font family), Whiskey Sour (font duo), Rose Blush (SVG opentype brush font), Emily Smiles (brush script), Rhythmic (a dry brush SVG font), Ashfort (dry brush), Flintstock.
Typefaces from 2020: PS Botanical, Montero (script), Aelyn (a free art nouveau font), Paradizo (a didone-inspired typeface), Athletic Dept, Skream (a free horror dry brush font), Traverse (a painted SVG font), Blackshore (a painted SVG font), Morning Brew (grungy letters), Halden (SVG brush font), Strive (a dry brush SVG font).
Typefaces from 2021: Hatfield Park (a baseball script), Avondale (a monoline script), Drag Race SVG (brush), Portside (an old map font), Wild Youth (script), Melrose (a rough-edged script), PS Ambiance (a signature script), Drag Race SVG (dry brush), Strive (dry brush, SVG), Underground Ink SVG (painted), Earthtone (dry brush), Kinlock (a stencil serif), Presque, Haute (a decorative serif), Le Grand Amour (a wild calligraphic script), Adventurist (a free SVG format dry brush script), Game Day (dry brush).
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] ⦿
Jean-Baptiste Levée is a French type designer based in Paris. He is a co-founder of the Bureau des Affaires Typographiques, and teaches typeface design at ESAD Amiens (and before that, at the Caen-Cherbourg school of Arts & Media and at the University of Corte). His latest work is mostly published at Production Type which he manages. He designs custom and retail typefaces, and has won multiuple awards for his type designs. Other designers publishing at Production Type include Yoann Minet, Sandra Carrera, Yohanna My Nguyen, Emmanuel Besse, Mathieu Réguer, Quentin Schmerber and Loic Sander. In 2020, the support team included Hugues Gentile, Dorine Sauzet, Suehli Tan and Igino Marini. Levée's typeface portfolio:
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.
With Anouk Pennel, he founded the design studio Feed in 1999. Together, they designed Wigrum (2011-2013), a sans serif with strong references to both geometrical sans of the thirties, and to their current influence. It can be bought from BAT Foundry. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of the free phonetic typeface Apicar.
Rip Type was set up in 2019 by Nick Losacco (who is based in Montreal) and Ciaran Brandin (Brooklyn, NY). Their typefaces:
In 2013, he added the modular typeface Katoe and the 3d futuristic outline typeface Space. In 2018, he published the free linocut typeface Peter Peich in honor of Paul Peter Piech (b. 1920, Brooklyn, NY, d. 1996, Portcawl), printer and linocut artist. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sylvain Rogé is an art director in Montreal. His company is called Rogé Rogé. Behance link. He created the asymmetrically slabbed typeface Yacht Club (2011) and the related Captain Type (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Rook Supply (was: Designer Toolbox, or: Rook Design Supply)
Vancouver and/or Montreal, Canada-based designer of the brush script fonts Twin Oaks (2016), Wellaway (2016), Bold Vision (2016) and Mount Baker (2016, dry brush), the rough brush typefaces Outshine (2016), Postmark (2016) and Sunrise Waves (2016), Sunfast (2016), and the weathered stamp typeface Tofino (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: Pure Heart (dry brush, SVG), Freshly Squeezed (brush), Something Fresh (brush), Explorers (Palestone, Mystic, Blatchford), Westmount (geometric sans), Lakeshore (brush), Woodcrafter Sans, Bushfire (slab serif), Kicking Horse (weather wood emulation font), Treadstone (weathered octagonal typeface), Forever Young (heavy brush), Revelstoke (a vintage all caps sans family).
Typefaces from 2018: Parkson, Silva (an SVG dry brush script), Tremblay (an all caps weathered SVG font), Outback (an inky brush font), Always Thankful (SVG brush), Beforth (SVG brush), Timber Wolf (SVG brush), Stranger Times (SVG brush), Take Charge (watercolor SVG font), Hunters (SVG Opentype brush font), Lion and Hare (condensed grotesque), Sanhurst (block sans serif), Belmont, Almonte (Opentype SVG brush font).
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] ⦿
Rustic Orange Design
Born in Iasi, Romania, Ruxandra Duru moved first to Casablanca and then to Montreal. In 2011, she studied at EINA in Barcelona.
Ruxandra created the angular text typeface Botanica (2014, as a project at EINA), and the blackletter-inspired Textura Nova (2014, for the modern monk).
Graphic designer Samuel Larocque (Montreal, Quebec) created the connect-the-dots typeface Layup in 2013. For a course given by Etienne Aubert Bonn and Alexandre Saumier Demers at UQAM in 2015, he created the sturdy and legible text typeface Château. In 2015, he and Coppers and Brasses designed the stencil typeface Caserne for the Montreal-based design studio Caserne. [Google] [More] ⦿
Montreal-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. It emulates halftones used in old newspapers. A great grunge typeface overall.
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.
In 2013, he created a set of four typefaces under the name SP Halloween Dingbats.
Montreal-based designer of these display typefaces in 2016: Lizet, Anorak (a one-style text typeface with lots of individuality), Velan (fat octagonal typeface), Stabilo (a wide rounded sans), Vecteur, Mum Mono. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
Soirée Typo (Type Evening) was held in the Sid Lee building in Montreal on June 27, 2017. Organized as a warm-up event for the annual ATypI Conference scheduled for September in Montreal, it attracted a crowd of over 200 typophiles. Alexandre Saumier Demers lined up eight talks that painted a great picture of the typographic scene in Montreal today. Alessandro Colizzi, who heads the local organizing team for this Fall's ATypI meeting, was ecstatic at the end of this relaxed, yet intense and information-packed, evening.
Julien Hébert was selected to design the identity for this year's ATypI conference. Julien works as a graphic designer at Paprika in Montreal. There were oohs and aahs in the room when he presented his work, starting with a fascinating rose / orange / deep purple color palette that is meant to draw the attention and shock, in keeping with the theme of the meeting, atypique. His next move made him lots of friends in Montreal---he selected a locally developed typeface, Guillon (by Feed Type and Coppers and Brasses), for most documents. Finally, to push the motto of atypique to its logical limit, he sprinkled some gorgeous conference posters on the screen, all draped in his wonderful color palette.
The second speaker was Etienne Aubert-Bonn, a local super-talent who graduated from the Type and Media program at KABK in The Hague, The Netherlands. Since 2012, he works as a type designer at Coppers and Brasses, a foundry he set up with Alexandre Saumier Demers. His presentation was smooth and informative. In just ten minutes, he taught the audience the history and finer details of the Inuktitut syllabary, and its challenges for the type designer, especially when producing documents that have Latin and Inuktitut side by side. He had a first stab at this problem in his KABK graduation typeface, Nurraq (2013). It is a noble and charitable effort---here is one of the world's top designers spending countless hours fine-tuning and developing Inuktitut fonts for a readership of not more than 30,000 people.
For a change of pace, Christian Bélanger, a calligrapher and musician who started out as a graffiti artist, gave us an overview of his life's work. Now professor at Cegep Marie-Victorin in Montreal, his path has not always been easy. After his lively delivery, straight from the heart, he urged all of us to disconnect from our computers and devices and enjoy writing, drawing and creating.
Les Hommes de Lettres is a group of three local lettering artists who made a name by lettering garbage cans, walls, and odd objects. They moved into the avant-garde lettering sphere when they did some stunning work for local businesses such as C2 Montreal and La Cabane des Eclusiers.
Alexandre Saumier Demers set up Coppers and Brasses in 2012 with Etienne Aubert-Bonn but spends most of his time at Type Network, where he works on variable fonts, the newest thing in opentype. The idea of fonts with multiple axes for continuous interpolation has been around since Apple's GX technology from which it borrows most of its genetic material. Alexandre's current projects at Type Network include the extension of Font Bureau's FB Agency into a variable font family.
Lucie Lacava, the next speaker, specializes in newspaper design. She delighted an already happy room of type aficionados with two of her newspaper projects. In each case, she relied on Canadian type designer Patrick Giasson for typeface work. The most difficult job she ever had, so she said, was the redesign of the Al Ittihad paper in Abu Dhabi. She uncluttered the layout and introduced three fonts designed by Patrick Giasson. The section flag font, and the two weights of display, are in the Kufi style, which is the oldest form of Arabic calligraphy, while the cursive text is designed in a contemporary Naskh style. The redesign of Singapore's The Straits Times, a multi-platform project, won her several global awards. In addition, Giasson's custom typeface Selane medaled at the Ed Awards in 2016.
Michel (Mike) Sabbagh is a Montreal-based type designer who did the postgraduate course in type design at ESAD in Amiens, France, and has been working diligently for many years on the Latin / Arabic text typeface Kaltoum, which is named after the great opera singer Umm Kulthum (d. 1975), the Maria Callas of the Arab world. Kaltoum is balanced and sensitive, very beautiful in its tranquility, and does not try to force Arabic writing into a Latin mould. He promised that it will be published soon.
Judith Poirier is professor at UQAM in Montreal. In her talk, she first focused on Latitude, a modular wood-based system that she developed in 2014 for the inuktitut syllabary. Then she told us about the research and production of Two Weeks Two Minutes (2013), a short film that won the Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The idea is very clever---just transfer letterpress directly to 35mm film stock. The hallucinating images are like noisy movie fragments in post-Hitchcockian thrillers. Watch her movie here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Quebec-based designer (b. 1971) in 2010 of the outline face Elégante and of the grunge typefaces Apocalypse Regular, Arbre, Autodestruction, Papineau (hand-printed), 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), Peru Adventure, CF Montreal High School (athletic lettering), Urban Life (textured font), CF Same Old Story (grunge), CF Plants And Flowers, CF Cant Change The World (clean, hand-printed), CF Jeanne Mance, CF Jeans Collection (textured), CF Alien Abduction, CF Rebelle (brush font), CF Jungle Adventure, CF Never Trust A Hippy, CF Anarchy (ransom note font), CF Life Is A Dream (grunge), CF Farwest, CF Typocraft, CF Politicians Killers (blood drip face), CF Technomania, CF Technorama, CF I Love Ugly Fonts, CF Ribbon, CF Tree Of Life, CF Revenge, CF Back to School, CF Nut And Bolts, CF Final Conflict (brush script), CF Nostalgia (brush face), CF Industrial Fabrics (textured face), CF Font Shading, CF Rock Age, CF Nouvelle France (antiqued alphabet), CF My Bloody Valentine, CF Ceinture Flechee (multilined typeface), CF Disappointed, CF Atlantide, CF Bucherons (texture face), CF Simon Marchessault (hand-printed), CF Haunted House (brush face), Gray Texture, CF Space Cowboy (textured typeface), CF Louis Cyr.
Typefaces from 2014: CF Goliath, CF Alone on Earth, Stencil of Rama, Bad News (textured face), CF Xerography, CF Milk, CF Springtime, CF Crayons, CF Dwarf, CF Asshole Politicians, CF Old Milwaukee (spurred typeface), CF Paris Old Style (grungy Peignotian typeface), Creature of Darkness (textured typeface), Quebec Stamp (grungy stencil), Schizophrenia (neurotic typeface), La Belle Helene, CF William Wallace, CF Dots 521, CF LCD 521, CF America, CF Left Behind, CF Jacques Cartier, CF My Best Friend, Flowers of Destiny.
Typefaces from 2015: CF Rise of Nation (bold poster typeface), CF Punk (grungy capitals), Baron Rouge, General Tao (oriental simulation font), CF Mother Board (circuit font), CF John Doe (sketched), CF Crayons de Plomb, CF US Army (textured type), CF White Trash (Treefrog style), CF Punk Rock Show, CF Denim Jeans, CF School Handwriting, CF Nuclear War (very grungy caps face), CF Jack Story, CF Civilisation Maya (textured typeface), CF Punk Is Not Dead, CF Calligraphia, CF Life Is A Dream (grungy textured font), CF Blueprint, CF Far West Regular, CF Samuel de Champlain, CF Azteques (Mexican decorative font)., CF Fleurs de Lys (dingbats), CF Chevalier de Lorimier (connected script), CF Bonaparte, CF Expedition, CF Boston Regular (casual script), CF Jacques Parizeau (a grungy font named after a racist and pompous former political figure in Quebec), CF Trash Zone (grungy stencil), CF I Dont Want To Grow Up, CF Metro Parisien (art deco), CF Craig Robinson, CF Paradise City, CF Great Destiny, CF Robert Nelson, CF Grand Nord (a snow-capped design), CF Green Monster (slab serif).
Typefaces from 2016: CF Showbizz, CF Halloween (dripping blood font), CF La Sorciere Noire (vampire script), CF Green Corn (white on black), CF Engraved, CF Ghost Stories, CF Legends of the Fall, CF Bad Cops, CF Cherokee (wood block printing emulation), CF School Zone (crayon font), CF Snowboard Project (grunge), CF Oak Island, CF Peterson.
Typefaces from 2017: I Robot, Christmas Stitch, Nightmare (dripping blood font), Tangerine (inline typeface), CF Klondike (spurred Western font), CF Letterpress Type, CF Brothers in Arms, CF Etoffe du Pays (a dusty typeface), CF Second Son, CF The Rock (textured), CF Old School, CF Pretty Trees.
Typefaces from 2018: CF Le Dernier Empereur (oriental emulation), CF Sacred Planet, CF Glitch City, CF Remington Typewriter, CF Cyborg, CF Punk vs Cyborg, CF The Ocean Song (monoline connected script), CF Wild West (Tuscan), CF Three Dimensions, CF Mexicana.
Typefaces from 2019: CF Le Grand Cirque (a circus font), CF Saturn 21, CF World at War (an old typewriter font), CF Night of Terror (a dripping blood font), CF Blackboard (a chlak font), CF Punk Fashion, CF Punk Songwriter.
Studio Caserne is a general branding and design outfit in Montreal. People involved include Leo Breton-Allaire, and Ugo Varin. For their own branding, they cooperated with Coppers and Brasses / Samuel Larocque in the design of the stencil typeface Caserne. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design studio in Montreal headed by Karine Provençal-Leblanc. Alternate URL. Designers of the handwriting font Carnage (2006, no downloads) and the grunge typeface Sission (2006, no downloads). [Google] [More] ⦿
Studio Feed (or: Feedtype)
Studio Feed (or: Feedtype) is a Montreal-based studio, est. 1999. Its typefaces:
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).
Syed Hyder was one of the founders of the School of Computer Science at McGill University. At McGill, Syed, together with 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. Paola Maleh and Laleh Tajrobekhar helped out with the programming for context-sensitive Arabic glyph placement. Laleh's brother in Iran, one of the leading calligraphers there, provided the team with wonderful Nastalique glyphs.
A few years before his death, Syed tried to convince Microsoft to use his solution for automated Arabic glyph placement in their software, but no deal was struck. The project was then abandoned. Syed Hyder died in Pakistan on Easter Sunday, 2006. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Montreal. Behance link.
Talented Mexican graphic designer and digital artist (b. 1985) who was based in Montreal but is now back in Mexico City. She pushed the boundaries of experimental typography with creations like Fabric Type (2009), which was developed at Concordia University in Montreal, where she obtained a BFA in design in 2009. She continued her studies at EINA in Barcelona, graduating in 2010.
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.
In 2018, she published Tara at Indian Type Foundry. Designed for immersive reading, it has considerable contrast and wedge serifs.
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] ⦿
Art director at McCann. Montreal-based designer of the free didone stencil typeface Saint George (2018) which is loosely based on Carter's Georgia.
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 at Spotful. His typefaces:
French graphic designer who lives and works in Montreal. He created Abu Latia (2012), a hand-drawn poster typeface family for Réseau Santé Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). In 2012, he also designed a set of 21 animal icons, Toto T'Aime, that were inspired by native totems. In 2014, he created NeoNeon. [Google] [More] ⦿
Istanbul-based designer, with Ayse Sismanoglu, of the free Most Powerful Font (2018). The letters are taken from the signatures of the G7 leaders that met in Charlevoix, Quebec in June 2018. [Google] [More] ⦿
Daegu, South Kore-based designer (b. 1992) of the hand-printed Latin typeface Soljik Dambaek (2013, free) and the squarish typeface Ylee Polymnia Framed (2013). He started studying mathematics at McGill University in Montreal in 2011.
In 2014, he created the hyper-curly typeface Ylee Dalkom Roll Cake and the handwriting typeface Ylee Mortal Heart Immortal Memory.
Montreal-based designer of the free pixel typeface Zuptype and of the experimental typeface Zuptype SIM (2013). In 2015, he used FontStruct to make Zuptype Pica.