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Ransom note fonts
Andrew Hart is a Corona-based American digital photographer (b. 1988), who runs a small free font archive. Another archive of his. Dafont link. Another URL. Yet another URL. And still another one. And another one. And one more. His later fonts refer to SickCapital.Com.
His own fonts include Chameleon Dreams (2013: a fantastic wacky party typeface), Angelic Serif (2012), Angelic Peace (2012), Pyrite Script (2012), Pyrite Crypt (2012), Body Piercing And Chains (2012), Love til Killed (2012), Hollywood Capital (2012), Donaldo Regrecka (2012), Deadly Black Chain (2012), Dirt2 Copperbolt (2012, grungy copperplate), Truskey (2011, grunge), Sick Capital Kingston (2011), Full Moon On (2011),Grafitik Riot (2011, graffiti face), Electric Panda (2011), Last Draft (2011, grunge typewriter), CaliforniabyDirt2 (2010), JusticebyDirt2 (2010), SC Gum Kids (2010), SC Tinas Baby Shower (2010), Little Ryan (2010, handwriting), Sick Capital Vice (2010), Star Avenue (2009), Cute Tattoo (2009), DuerTWO (2009), Dirt2Stickler (2009), Ithornët (2009, grungy blackletter), NoXWay (2009, graffiti grunge), Skulls and Splatters (2009), Hacjiuza (2009, hand-drawn blackletter; +Dirty), Popstar Autograph (2009, comic book style script), The Quickest Shift (2009, curly script), DuerTwoo (2009, bloody horror font), Malgecito (2009, grunge), Ithornët (2009, grungy medieval pirate font), Little Bliss (2009), Loyal Fame (2009, curly script), Angelic War (2009, grunge), Soulstalker (2009, grungy blackletter), Kings of Pacifica (2009, ransom note font), GanixApec (2009), GoodPeace (2009), KatyBerry (2009), OffTheDrugs (2009), ThinFranq (2009), WILDAFRICA (2009, African-theme multiline face), St. Andrew (2009, a spray type font), Hawaii Lover (2009, grunge calligraphic script), Aristotle Punk (2009, grunge), Juicy Hunt (2009, grunge), Dead Hardy (2009, Victorian), Kate Perry (2009, fifties script), Kate Berry (2009, fifties script), Vloderstone (2009, hairline slab serif), Good Peace, Off The Drugs, Thin Franq (2009, hairline), Ganix Apec (2009, sans), Jailbox1 (2009, grunge), Blast Beat (2008), Ghosttown-BC (2008, Western style), Dead Secretary (2008, grunge), DIRT2-DEATH (2008, grunge), Robot Head (2008), Alpaca 54 (2007, grunge), Hawaii Killer (2007, Coca Cola grunge), Splinter2 (2007, grunge based on Franklin Gothic), Everyday Ghost (2007, grunge), Plague Death (2006, grunge), SEXtalk69 (2007), Screamz1 (2007). [Google] [More] ⦿
Apply Design Group
German foundry (est. 1989) based in Hannover and run by Thomas Sokolowski, selling mainly display fonts. Thomas made standard ransom note fonts such as Mystery EF Mixed (1990). Also made about ten rather clean old typewriter fonts such as Old Typewriter EF Regular, 1990. Made also the ultra-thin Spirit EF fonts. Imprimeur Classique (1989) is like a computer modern face. Scripture (1990, handwriting). Started Apply Design Group in Hanover, Germany, in 1989. Apply Design Typeface Library. Overview. Fonts and designers: DNA (by Steven Boss), CasaSeraSera (by Yanek Iontef), Nurse Ratchet (by Don Synstelien), Thordis, Amoebia (by Jens Gehlhaar), Aspera (by Harald Oehlerking), Bastard (1995, Ansgar Knipschild), BigDots (1993, Andreas Klimek-Falke), Birds (Manfred Klein), Blindfish (1992, Jens Gehlhaar), BodoniRough (1998, Thomas Sokolowski), FuturRough, GaramondRough (1997, Christian Terbeck), Rohrfeder-Rough (1997, Christian Terbeck), Bumpers, Casc Seta, Coltrane, Concept, Cornwall, DamnedDingbats, DeconStruct, Electrobazar, Elside, EthnoFont, Fuzzy (1998, Jonas Gonell), Gagamond (1993, Jens Gehlhaar), Grind (1994, Ansgar Knipschild), Hansel (Catinka Keul, children's handwriting), Homeboyz (1994, Oliver Hoffmann), ImprimeurClassique (a didone font, 1993, Thomas Sokolowski), Indian Summer, Las Bonitas (1992, Thomas Sokolowski), MarieLuise (1994, Dietmar Schmidt), MedLed, Merz (1993, Thomas Sokolowski: not clear idf this is supposed to be a dada typeface), Monterrey (1993, Thomas Sokolowski), MoreKaputt, Mex (1992, Thomas Sokolowski), Mystery (1992, Thomas Sokolowski), Old Typewriter (1992, Thomas Sokolowski), Tierfreund, Thing (1993, Mathias Maassen-Pohlen), Paccer, Rio (1994, Alfred Smeets), Scripture, Spirit, Steelplate, Truck, Uhura (1993, Ansgar Knipschild), Xtronic (1995, Thomas Sokolowski), Tokay, ScreamHot, scanneZ, Fanatique, Euredice, and WhyNot. Great web presentation, and complete character sets. In grunge, Concept is as good as they come, for example. The company also sells a CD with erotic icons. CD ROM called "typografica" with high quality display fonts in PostScript. List of fonts. Fonts sold by Faces. Other type designers: Manfred Klein, Alexander Koch, Carlo Krüger, Antje Wolf.
Designer from Osh, Kyrgyzstan, who made the fun ransom note face Puchakhon (2011), Puchakhon Hypnosis (2011, + dingbats), the texture face Puchakhon Rain (2011), the sketch face Pucha Dawn (2011), the halftone texture face Puchakhon Magnifier3 (2011), and the dusty texture face Pucha Smoke Telegraph (2011). Aka Fine Line Progressive Decorating Band. [Google] [More] ⦿
French designer of these free faces that can be downloaded at Dafont:
Brenden C. Roemich
Graphic design studio in Belleville, IL. Dafont link, where one can download the free handprinting outline font Father Nelson (2007) made by Keith Whetstone, as well as the dingbat face Textbook Math (2007), based on illustrations found in First Year in Number, a children's math book from 1912, and Wet Plate (2007). Wilderness (2007) and Maudlin Sketch (2008) are grunge faces. Anonymous Clippings (2008) is a ransom note font. [Google] [More] ⦿
American designer (b. 1988) of Sex Pistols (2007, grunge sans ransom note face).
The CorelDraw dingbats can be found in many places. The fonts: Animals-1, Animals-2, Arrows1, Arrows2, Awards, Balloons, Borders1, Borders2, Buildings, Bullets1, Bullets2, Bullets3, Bullets-4(Japanese), Bullets-5(Korean), Business&Government, Borders1, Borders2, Boxes, Charting, Clocks, CommonBullets, Computers, Chinese-Generic1, Electronics, Festive, Food, Furniture, GeographicSymbolsNormal, Household, Hygiene, HomePlanning, HomePlanning2, Japanese-Generic1, Kidnap, Korean-Generic1, Landmarks, LandscapePlanning, Medicine, Military, MilitaryID, MorseCode, Music, MusicalSymbolsNormal, NauticalFlags, OfficePlanning, People, Plants, Science, Semaphore, Signs, Space, SportsFigures, Sports&Hobbies, Stars1, Stars2, SymbolProportionalBT-Regular, Shapes1. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dan X. Solo
Belgian designer, b. 1987. He made the handwriting font King Dirt Royal (2009), Fantasta (2009), the ransom note font Krooked (2009, Fontcapture), Officer Down (2009, grungy; Fontcapture), the handprinted Something Olde (2009, Fontcapture), the children's hand Not Really (2009, Fontcapture), the printed outline face Whypo (2009, Fontcapture), the counterless fat face Comic Dandy (2009), and the grungy Parents Suck (2009, Fontcapture). He lives in Hoeselt. Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dhendiawan Dwiatma (Dhendi Poseidon) is a Solo-based Indonesian designer, b. 1991. Creator of Say Something (2009, counterless handprinted display face), Cat Basah Kental (2009, paint drip font), zigzagzeg (2009, angular, as in an angry comic book style), Lines Of Life (2009), Balok-Balok (2009, 3d face), the paper cutout font Antidotes (2008) and the splashy Mad Bubbles (2008). His fonts Mad Bubbles, Cat Basah Kental (paint drip face) and Lines Of Life were made with the help of FontStruct. Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Digital Graphic Labs
Brenden C. Roemich's Winnipeg-based foundry. They sold fonts at 10 to 20 USD a shot, but made them free starting in 2003, when they quit the font foundry business. The entire collection, mostly dated 1998: ALSScript (knock-off of Shelley Script Andante by Matthew Carter), Aberration, AngleterreBook, Aramis, AramisItalic, ChanceryCursive, Dichotomy, Eddie, EnterSansmanBold (heavy serious sans), EnterSansmanBoldItalic, FLWScript, Fanzine (ransom note face), GlassHouses, Gunmetal, ILSScript, Incite, KellsUncialBold, KellsUncialBold, LDSScriptItalic, MICREncoding, Misbehavin', NinePin, NobilityCasual, Overmuch (fat rounded), PinchDrunk, Protestant, PunchDrunk, RamseyFoundationalBold, RocketPropelled, SNCScriptItalic (a knock-off of Nuptial Script), ShagadelicBold (psychedelic), Spirit, StaticAgeFineTuning, StaticAgeHorizontalHold (textured like a bad TV signal), Symbolix, TempsNouveau, TitleWave, TypeWrong-Smudged-Bold, VinylTile, VulgarDisplay, Whimzee, WhizKid, alsscripttrial, bitwise (LED face), holyunion, overmuchtrial.
Divide by Zero (or: DBZ Fonts)
Divide by Zero (or: DBZ Fonts) has about 100 fun freeware TrueType fonts by Tom Murphy from Hamden, CT. Direct downloads. All the fonts in one zip. The fonts, made between 1993 and 2005: 32768NO, 7hours, ActionJackson, Angstrom, AntelopeH, AntimonyBlue, BoringBoron, CODON, ColophonDBZ, ConventionalWisdom, CosineKatie, Davis, Dissonant-Fractured, DoctorAzul, Donner, DouglasAdamsHand, Dysprosium, Epilog, Faraday, Fresnel, GaussJordan, Geodesic, Germs, GreenwichMeanTime, GuildofProfessionalActors, HockeyisLif, HockeyisLif, HydrogenScore, Initial, Isuckatgolf, Levity, Lexographer, Linear, MayQueen, MelanieGirly, MetaLanguage, MusicDBZ, NaturalLog, NonBlockingSocket, NullPointer, OPTICBOT, OneConstant, PROGBOT, Pinball-Data, PotassiumScandal, Prefix, Proteron, Ransom, RealBttsoief, Resurgence, RobotTeacher, Secret-Labs, SignalToNoise, Snootorgpixel10, Submerged, Technetium, Tetanus, ThisBoringParty, Toast, Tom's-Handwriting, Tom's-NewRoman, Tombats-One, Tombats6, Tombats7, TombatsFour, TombatsSmilies, TombatsThree, Tombots, TommysFirstAlphabet, TomsHeadache, Tuesday, Two-TurtleDoves, Valium, WolvesLower, Yikatu, ZincBoomerang.
Emil Karl Bertell
Enrique Ollervides Uribe
Fenotype, a Finnish typefoundry, has the original (often techno) designs of Emil Bertell (b. 1983, Helsinki) and his brother Erik Bertell and wife Kea Bertell. Emil has been studying graphic design at University of Art&Industrial Design in Helsinki since 2004. He designed most of his typefaces during 2001-2004, and works as a freelance illustrator. Behance link.
Typefaces made in 2002: Lakmus, Valimo, FUTU, Test1, Foton Torpedo, Cheaptype, Personal Computer, Copycut, Unicode 0024, HKI Metro, HKI NightLife, Digital Kauno, Fenotravels (dingbats), Tivoli, Kosmonaut, 10124, JouluFonttiFenotype, Testi, 1laitos, 1120, 0629 (2002, a kitchen tile font), 0927, 0210, FTdingsprevi, Fenotypedings#lego3, Genotype, NeoPangaia, NeoPangaia 2, Nipponblocks, Pectopah, Personalcomputer, Pouttu, Samarin (2002, athletic lettering), Unicode0024, URALphat, URALthin, URAL, URAL3d (all Latin/Cyrillic fonts with incomplete punctuation though), Automania (multiline), Copycut, Halo, 222_2003, Tantor, Letters, Rikos, Lastu, ThreeTheHardWay, Bukkake, Halo. Emil's brother Erik designed Neon (paperclip face), Mama and Mama Round (paperclip faces). In private email, he calls himself Carl. The foundry evolved from 2theleft.
Fonts made in 2003: Military Dingbats, 08 02 03 Fenotype, Projectsfenotype, Rock-it.
Fonts made in 2004: Scandinavian Titan white, Scandinavian Titan, Acid Test 2, Acid Test (texture faces), 080203, Letters11, Linja, Projects, Rock it, Simpletype. Commercial typefaces: Sapluuna, Shortcut, Transeuro-Express, Omega-Uros, Fenotype Dings, Military Dingbats, Nippon Noodle. Typefaces made in 2004: Kolari, Kolari Light, FTfaces, Twisted Ontogenesis. Alternate URL.
In 2005: RoundAbout, Nihilist Philosophy, Boogie Monster, Chunky Hunk (Western), Diy Typeface (kitchen tile style), Futuretro (stencil-like), 3TheHardWayOverrun, Pedant Dilettante, FT Rosecube, FT Blockbuster, 3TheHardWayRMX, Adios Gringo (Western face), Helsingfurt (3d oil glow face), Cream Soda (liquid), Thashed Paper Bag, Big Medium.
In 2006: Rock It Deluxe (grunge), Cassette (dingbats), Kings Garden (Japanese trees as dingbats).
MyFonts link, opened in 2009, where one can buy 080203, 3 The Hard Way Overrun, 3 The Hard Way RMX, Adios Gringo, Depth Charge, FT Helsingfurt, FT Roundabout, FT Scandinavian Titan, FT Twisted Ontogenesis, Ice Cream Soda, Kings Garden, Kolari, Nihilist Philosophy, Old Note, Rock It, November Script, and Majestic Mishmash (ransom note caps), Digital Kauno (2002, upright script), 10.12, EB Vintage Future, Fenotype Dingbats, FT Forest, FT Funghis, FT Military Dingbats, FT Weapon of Choice, Motel Xenia, URAL, Valima.
Additions in 2010: Linguine (connected script), FT Telegraph (slab serif), FT Brush, FT Industry Machine, FT Giorgio, Killer Elephant (signage), FT Supervisor (retro), FT Dead Mans Diary (scribbly), FT Grandpa Script (grunge calligraphy), FT Stamper (angular lettering), FT Tantor (fat, rounded), FT Bronson (fat display face with mustache dings thrown in), FT Master of Poster (bi-level display face with many ligatures and interlocking letters), FT Hidden Forest (tree dingbats), FT Mammoth (grotesque headline face), Rikos (futuristic), Squarendon Extra Bold (2010, a Clarendon), FT Moonshine Script (a Treefrog style face), Billboard (a handprinted rounded caps family), EB Bellissimo Display (rounded monoline sans), Malamondo (an all caps display face with a large number of interlocking ligatures), Linja (2002 and 2010, a rounded ultra condensed family), Punavuori (2002 and 2010: a monoline sans family), Signor (2010, a rounded all caps family), Mrs. Lolita (connected script), Funghi Mania (mushroom dingbats), Funghi Mania Script, Darlington (very open upright connected script family), Archipelago (+Caps: an upright connected script), Tower (pieces that enable one to modularly construct towers when stacked; created as a school assignment at the University of Industrial Art&Design Helsinki in 2006), Monster (just as Tower but for monsters), Verna (informal face with ball terminals), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna), Verner (2010, a connected script version of Verna).
Typefaces from 2011: Pepita Script (an upright connected script with small lachrymal terminals), Pepito (its nonconnected version), Barber (upright script family), Banzai Bros (a fat caps-only signage face), Mishka (an upright connected script with tear drop terminals).
In 2012, he created Salamander Script, Taiga (connected upright script), Mercury Script (a set of upright connected script typefaces), Slim Tony (a bubblegum retro signage face) and Mercury Ornaments.
Floodfonts has freeware fonts by Felix Braden (b. Koblenz, Germany, 1974, an ex-student at the Trier College of Design). In 2000 he founded the free-font site Floodfonts with Peter Hoffmann. After working for five years as an art director for Gaga-Design, Koblenz, he decided to set up his own graphic design studio in Cologne. He now lives in Cologne working as a freelance designer and as a art director for MWK Cologne.
His free fonts at Floodfonts include Polaris (2011), Floodicons (2003), Hydrophilia (2003. He writes: Hydrophilia family was created in 2003 by Felix Braden as a further development of Moby and comes with two fonts: The gothic typeface (liquid) is a revised version of the pixel font (iced). Hydrophilia liquid got a lot of letterforms with a diagonal axis, which reminded me of the technical fonts used on early liquid crystal displays.), Squid (2002, free), SquidCaps (2002), Ninetwist (2002), Catherine (2002), Moby (2002, a Bauhaus style corporate and headline font for the Cologne based design bureau Glashaus), Babelfish (2002), Blendfontsexperiment (2001), Incpot (1997), Hammerhead (2001), HammerheadBlack (2001), HammerheadBold (2001), HammerheadMedium (2001), Multikultur (1997, Fraktur font), MultikulturExtraBold (2001), Orchidee (2001), Sadness (2001), Wuestling (1997).
Peter Hoffmann designed Alita (2001) and Lacuna (2001).
In 2004, he cofounded Timetwist with Pia Kolle, where you can download Rabbits (2004, Kolle), Pirates Stoertebecker (2004, Braden at Floodfonts, a ransom note face), Pirates Drake (2004, Braden at Floodfonts), PiratesBlackbeard (2004, Braden at Floodfonts), PiratesBonney (2004, Braden at Floodfonts), Bigfish (2009, a Western billboard face).
At Ductype, Braden published Timetwisteight (2005, a pixel face).
At URW++, he published the Supernormale family (part techno, part pixel) in 2006.
The Orchidee project started in 1999 led to a fantastic free font. Felix: Orchidee was created as a part of the business stationary of the restaurant Orchidee located in the luxory hotel Quellenhof in Aachen, Germany. After the founding of the restaurant the hotel manager realized that there earlier was a bordello in the city with the same name, so he wanted to change the name. At the time when our agency had to presentate the logotype the name was not appointed so I created the font. The restaurant was specialized on crosscultural european-asian cuisine. Because of that I wanted to mix up some elements of traditional asian typography with european typography. The letters are designed in freehand by the repetition of just a few basic elements. To create the rough outline I used xerox-copier because I wanted to have some chaotic elements to give the font a handmade touch.
At FontShop, he published FF Scuba (2012), as an offline companion to Verdana.
FontArte (was: Magdart Fonts)
FontArte (est. 2004; ex: Magdart Fonts) is Artur Frankowski's foundry in Warsaw, launched in cooperation with Magdalena Frankowska. Frankowski is a Polish designer (b. 1965, Zamosciu) of a character in the September 11 charity font done for FontAid II. He currently teaches typography at the Technical University of Warsaw. In 2004 he finished his PhD thesis on legibility of type on cartographic maps. He has published type and visual communication-related articles in design&print magazines. Through FontArte he wants to preserve Polish typographic heritage, specially Polish Avantgarde and introduce new directions in Polish type design culture. He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Type on maps and at ATypI 2007 in Brighton on Designing a regional typeface. Co-creator with Henryk Sakwerda in 2006 of Silesiana 2006 (see also here), a great calligraphic font whose development was supported by the Silesian Government. MyFonts link. Author of several typefaces:
Fontkitchen Type Foundry
Fontkitchen Type Foundry is a German commercial type foundry (est. 2002, located in Heidenheim) with four designers: Daniel Amann, Timo Brauchle, Marc Engenhart and Nico Hensel. Some fonts are free. More than half of their production is in the pixel/flashfont category. Their designs:
Footnote Fonts (FNF)
Florida-based Eddie Colton's creations: The Young Ones (2003-2007, a ranom note font based on the second season credits from The Young Ones TV series, which in turn was based on a Sex Pistols cover), Nebulus (2001, handwriting), Thorne (2000), Future Rot (2000), Metron (great geometric font), GoCrazy, Manglo (Asian simulation font), Protract, Don't Panic, Nightlife, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Werner, Killing Joke (hacker font), Electronic, Bjorkfont (see also here), NewOrder-Movement, NewOrder-Village 586, WildMoodSwings, Wishbats, Curiosity, Whispers (changed Hansa), TheTop. And a number of band fonts by other designers. Cure--Curiosity, Cure--Picture-Show, Cure--Wild-Mood-Swings, Cure--Wish and cure-play-out, all dated 1999-2002, can be downloaded here. Home page.
Dutch creator of the scratchy typeface FYOU (2013), of the brush face Worst Paint Job Ever (2013), of the ransom note font Just Some Random Doodles (2013), of AbracadabraHocusSpokuz (2013) and of the primitive hand-printed typefaces A Little Scribble in My Book (2013), A Butterfly on a Daffodil (2013), Mysterious Oriental Nights (2013), Happy Monks Medieval Looking Script (2013), Some Illiterate Wrote This (2013) and Secret Love Letters (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Gigofonts is a Ljubljana-based foundry run by Matevz Medja (b. 1966, Kranj). He set up design studio Medja & Karlson in 1990 and Gigodesign in 2000. He founded Gigofonts and Archive Type typefoundries.
Matevz designed Compressor (1997, T-26), Gf Blackmail (2004, ransom note font), Gf Patetica (2004, an elegant renaissance serif with tall ascenders), Gf Scribbles (2005, handprinted family), Gf Script No 2 (2005), Gf Script No 4, Gf Script No4 Scratch (2004, based on Penman Script), Gf Script No. 5 (2005), Gf SelfcensorShit (2004, T-26, and later at Gigofonts, now simply called Gf Selfcensor---a unicase family), Gf Spacetrash (2004), Gf Special (2005, 22 funky disco fonts, many of which are piano key faces), Semafor (1997, dot matrix, at T-26 since 2002), Gf H2O (2005, a humanist sans family done with Mitja Miklavčič).
Terrence Curran is a prolific grunge type designer who lets you download some of his creations and order other ones: Political Graft Lite, 711 Slurpie, Absurdly Complex Rad, Aerosol Menace, Basic Grunge, Batman Beat The Hell Outta Me, Basehead, Black Lipstick, Bridie, Mr. Calcium (handwriting), Complex Rad, Critter is Rad, Dancehall Superstar, Drug Problem, Fishnet Girl, Freeble, Future Man, Gankit, Giggapop, Goffick, Hale Bopp, Hash Smash, Hubba Piegon, MetroPass, Mod Boss, Mod Freak, Ophake, Oscifer, Pantaloons, Political Graft, Ransom Threat, Rude Merker, Skydoor, Skydoor Conservative, Simple Rad, Skeemat, Stalker, Tin Omen, Mod Killiah, Mod Puffy, Rad Face Absurd, Rad Face Complex, Rad Face Simple, Rad Face Not Simple. Terrence also uses the name TeA Curran, and the site had various other names such as TeA Calcium and Xone Zero.
The font list in 2012: 711 Slurpee, Aerosol Shadow, Aerosol Solid, Basehead, Basic Grunge, Batman Beat The Hell Outta Me, Black Lipstick, Bridie, Critter Is Rad, DanceHall Superstar, Drug Problem, Fishnet Girl, Freeble, Future man, Gankit, Giggapop, Goffick, Hale Bopp, Hash Smash, Hubba Piegon, Merker, Metro Pass, Mod Boss, Mod Killiah, Mr. Calcium, Ophake, Pantaloons, Political Graft, Rad Face Absurd, Rad Face Complex, Rad Face Not Simple, Rad Face Simple, Ransom Threat, Raver Kids, Rude Merker, Skeemat, SkyDoor, Tin Omen. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gyom (Guillaume) Séguin
Creator of the free hand-printed ransom note font So Random (2013) and of Remains (2013, scratchy typeface). Aka Disneychannellover, she writes: Being a huge fan of Sonny With A Chance, I created a font based on the season two logo of "So Random!" [Google] [More] ⦿
PostScript Quick Tips includes a utility for printing samples of PS fonts, how to permanently download PS code to your printer, converting PS to EPS, creating a mirror-image font, putting a message in the document background, and printing ransom notes (each character a different font, etc.). [Google] [More] ⦿
Max Kisman (b. 1953, Doetinchem) is a Dutch freelance graphic designer who graduated in 1977 in graphic design, typography, illustration and animation at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 1986, he co-founded TYP/Typografisch Papier, and taught graphic design and typography at various colleges in the Netherlands in the years following that. He is principal of MKDSGN, his studio in Mill Valley, California, and founded Holland Fonts, a foundry for his typeface designs in 2002. Max teaches graphic design, typography and typeface design in San Francisco. He currently lives in Mill Valley, CA.
His early typefaces: ExtendedMaxMixOne (1991), Rosetta, Jacque (1991, FontFont), Fudoni (1991), the experimental font Linear Konstruct (FUSE 2).
He wrote a coffeetable book on typography in the streets of Paris, but no book store in Paris seems to have it, and I have looked! He is editor of Tribe.
In 2002, he started Holland Fonts. His fonts there: Bebedot Blonde (2002), Bebedot Black, Bfrika (2002, an interesting African lettering font), Cattlebrand (2002), Chip 96 (2002), Chip 02 (2002), Circuit Closed (2002), Circuit Open, Interlace Single (2002), Interlace Double, Mundenge Rock (2002), Nevermind (2003, a cut-out style reminiscent of Saul Bass's movie titling types), Pacific Sans (2003), Pacific Serif (2003), Pacific Standard L, Pacific Standard B, Pacific Classic L (2002, artsy, stylish), Pacific Classic B, Quickstep Regular (2002, an angular font), Quickstep Bold, Quickstep Sans R, Quickstep Sans B, Submarine (2003, an octagonal font family), Traveller Regular (2002), Traveller Bold, Tribe Mono (2003, a tech font), Zwartvet (2002, a Van Doesburg/ De Stijl type font).
Four free ransom note fonts made in 2003: Dutch Doubles, Frisco Remix, We Love Your Font, MaxMix One. At Union Fonts, he (re-)published Bebedot, BFRIKA, Cattlebrand, Chip01, Chip02, Pacific, Quickstep, Submarine and Traveller in 2003, and Mata Hari (Indic simulation face in weights called Exotique, Hollandaise and Parisienne) and Xbats (2004, Christmas dingbats) in 2004.
Speaker at ATypI 2004 in Prague.
Mexican foundry run by Enrique "Quique" Ollervides from Mexico City. Faces include Polvora (2005-2007, a gunslinger face). Other faces: Bicolor (2007, fat VAG Rounded style in two colors), Bloke (2000, blocky), Fierros (2001, grid-based), Khaki (2002, sans), LED Gothic (2000), Luchita Payol (2001, lively poster lettering, with Mexican wrestling dingbats thrown in the ring as well), Mono (2006, experimental geometric face), Mutis (1999, sign language hands), Primero B (1999, designed by Cha, cutout lettering), Tabique (1999, corporate identity for Escenica), Urbe (2000, octagonal). Enrique is a speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City. [Google] [More] ⦿
Frenchman (b. 1957) who started making fonts in 2010, after a career in illustration, comics, and video games. In 2010, he created the free fonts BabyJo (pixel face), Bayday, Chrom (beveled face), LaPresse (grunge), Muffaroo, Poppy, Poppydot, Spacecard, Strokewith, Strokeless, ToonLand (comic book lettering), ToonLandBlack, ToonLandShad, TrashToys (grunge), WorldColors (3d face).
In 2011, he published Francobelge (comic book face), Freepress (grunge), Gamix (Western titling face), Inmyroom (dingbats), Majestrick (calligraphic), Onomatopaf (comic book dings), Outerzone, OuterzoneB, Starz (dingbats), Stenstreet (grunge), Tram, Tramix (texture face), TrashToys02, War-Lettersn, Mixagex, Massive Dynamite (grunge), Not Well (grunge), Actu, Blck, Gling (texture face), HeRioz (silhouettes), Brightoon (cartoonish brush face), Muzo (ink spill face), Sharpy, Space Shop (dingbats), Pulp Dance (handprinted), Essef (art deco), Retro Sign (grunge), Labo (grunge), Exhausted, Komikoz, Puzzled, Toonimals (dings), Penstriped (sketch face), Cashier (grungy), Dan Hand, Hardwell (grungy caps), Colleged (athletic lettering), Goodjean (jeans texture face), Seaside Things (dingbats), Real Tek (techno), Zou (3d handprinted caps), Painter, Border Line (grunge), Handout (grunge), Tract (grunge), Pulpatone (grunge), Logos I Love, Pal Antic (chancery hand), Twent (fat rounded display face), DoodFlow (dingbats), Afro Add (texture face), Crump (grunge), Big White, Dark Room (grunge), Manifesto (grunge), Tacketil (a FontStruct font), Otto Land (sketch face), Over (outline face), Under (brush dings), Baskertown (grunge), Nursery Tale, Panic (texture face), BlackNDot (ink spill face), Beyond (striped display face), Advert, Car Crash (grunge), Heartz, Starsteel, Smart Faces, Blackflag (a brushed blackletter), Dock 51 (grungy stencil), Lead (3d face).
Further 2011 faces: Poptivi, Shadow Mole, Super Modern Black.
Faces from 2012: Remanence, Winter Days (dingbats), Nowharehouse (grunge), Snuff (grunge), Cup of Tea (3d shadow face), Talk of the wall.
Typefaces from 2012: Egirlz (dingbats), Art Post (white on black poster lettering), Volutes (copperplate calligraphic script), From me 2 you (curly script), PS I Love You, Kolossal (caps only), Kraash, Alexandre (3d engraved headline face), Monstres de poche (dingbats), Alternate (grunge), Warning, Dreams (brush face), Headline Crack, Bump Pad (textured typeface), Carton (grungy white-on-black stencil face), Maybe maybe Not, Frames n Riboons (sic), Blackboard (sketched face), Logotronik (a 3d techno face), Big Bad Dogs (dingbats), Libre Expression (engraved copperplate typeface), Mecagothix (textured blackletter face), Destroy, Destroy Helpers, Buy More, Things we said (curly face), Lost Saloon (Tuscan), Salon de Coiffure (beveled), Brighton Pier (grunge), Motel Vacancy (grunge), Bates Shower (dripping blood typeface), Venus Furs (texture typeface), Showmen, True Men Tattoos (dingbats), Quicker (sketch font), Romanum Est (grungy Trajan face), Also (scratchy letters), Lazy Day (3d font), Pusher, Hard Dumb, The Idiot, Overflowing (grunge), Fast Foont (sketched), Melange (grunge), Jumbo Parade (circus font), Happy Monsters, Zozox (experimental), Magic Sound (packaging typeface), Arena Mascaras (dingbats), Top View (3d face), Flagadoum, Last King Quest, Rhythm n Blacks (textured face), Troll Sketched, Superpoz (a 3d painted typeface of exceptional beauty), HalloCuties (Halloween font), Gothik Steel (circus font), Silvestre Relief (3d titling face), Just Like That (comic book face), Numero 10 (athletic lettering), Tet de Mor (skulls), Facelook, Xmas Dad, Instant Marker, Ragtimer, Punk Dots (textured face), Onomato Vlam (comic book balloons), 8th Cargo (textured mechanical octagonal face), Zu Kabarett (creepy curly German expressionist face), Unusual Day One, Happy New One (party font), Xmas Doods, Xmas Doods 2, Higher, Usual Day One, Team 401 (athletic lettering), Doonga (comic strip letters), Killer's Move.
Typefaces from 2013: Them (fat brush), Ghost Code, Tiny Heroes (figurines), Over There (sci-fi), Higher than High, Abandon (sketched face), Broken Hearts, True Stories, A wolf at the door (wood style poster face), Elo Hand, Bots n Droids (dingbats), Toonimals 2 (dingbats), Halftoned Backup (textured face), Novlang (textured poster face), Come With Us, Ptits Pirates (pirate figurines), Board Dudes (skateboard dingbats), Big Bro's Watch (grungy), Doonga Slash (comic book face), Round About, Signz, Lethal League (grungy athletic lettering), Dark Times, Dandy Hat Trick, tardots (textured typeface), Dinoz (dinosaur dingbats), Big Surprise (fat script), Comix Loud, Arlequin, Fanzine Title, Scotch Taped, Phoenix (dingbats), Rock's Death (grunge), Tuamotu (textured), Trees Friends (dingbats), King Arthur Legend (blackletter), Fairy Strange, Flame On, Mystery, Money Go Round (ransom note font), Seven of One, Captain's Talk, Peaches en Regalia (sketch font), Wrong Board (textured typeface), Subito (cmic book face), Extra Sales (signage face), Gimme Dancer (grunge stencil).
Design company in Brazil run by Paulo W (b. 1970) from Recife. Paulo W is a gaúcho (Brazilian southerner), with interests in multiple areas, including poetry (he has published the digital opus Magical Book), graphic design and, most recently, type design.
Dafont link. MyFonts. MyFonts link. Abstract Fonts link. YWFT link. Behance link. Blog. Home page. Fonthaus. Monotype. Eshops. Facebook. Flickr. Klingspor link. Wordpress. Devian tart. T26. Linkedin. Identifont. Linotype. ITC. Faces.co. His typefaces:
JAB Font Foundry
JAB is Joseph Anthony Bartolo's foundry, located in Tarxien, Malta. MyFonts sells the hieroglyph-inspired ransom note font Hieroglyphs Nefertiti Akhenaten (2006) as well as Hebrewish (2007), a faux Hebrew face. Megre (2010) is an exercise in unusual placements of serifs. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
London-based graphc designer and illustrator. Behance link. Creator of the handprinted ransom note letter fonts Handdrawn and Indecisive in 2010. She also made the irregularly shaped handprinted alphabets Eyes Closed and No Rules in 2010. [Google] [More] ⦿
British freelance graphic artist and occasional type designer in London, who published FF Innercity (ransom note face) at Fontfont. In 1997, he published the fun dingbat font LunarTwits at T-26. He graduated from Central St. Martin's School of Art in 1992 with a degree in graphic design. He lectures on typography and design computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Prolific type designer in Florida, b. 1952. His fonts were originally free and consisted largely of dingbats. Around 2005 he went commercial, and now sells his work (over 350 fonts as of 2009) via MyFonts. He has branched out into several font styles, with a soft spot for stencil fonts, fonts for signage, and fonts for advertising. Born in New York, his family moved to Florida in 1963, where he has been ever since. An interview. Alternate URL. Yet another URL with his early free fonts.
JLH Fonts (or: jhnri4) is the creator of Making a list checking it twice (2012), Judges (2012, grungy), Janitor (2012), Remix (2012), Arrows (2012), Chalk Line Outline (2012), Pretzel (2012, art nouveau titling face), At Sign (2012), Portmanteau (2012), Seattle Avenue (2012), Sunflower Harvest (2012), Double Strike (2012: a hand-drawn blackboard bold typeface family), Sierra Nevada Road (2012), The Radical Sign (2012), The Jewish Bitmap (2012), The Inequality Grapher (2012), Thin Pencil Handwriting (2012), Marker Scribbles (2012), Grunge Handwriting (2012), Tally Mark (2012, prison wall counting), Gold Plated (2012), Overhaul (2012), Apex Lake (2012, ornamental caps), Halogen (2012, in the style of Comic Sans), Signs For Advertising (2012), and Hand Drawn Shapes (2012).
Portuguese creator of the octagonal face 7ABL3 (2010) and the white-on-black ransom note face crew Hassan (2010). KINZ, his home page and design blog. Maia Ideograph (2010) is a face of ornaments used on Maian calendars. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dutch designer of the handwriting fonts Josschrift and JosschriftSerif (2005-2009), Dolly Dots (2009, dot matrix face), and the Western all caps billboard font Simson (2009). He also made Scratch Bold (2009) and Brands Kidnapped (2009, ransom note font). [Google] [More] ⦿
Joseph Anthony Bartolo
Juha Korhonen (b. 1966, aka Junkohanhero) is a Finnish artist and type designer, who created these free fonts:
Designer of Keetano Katana (2004), Keetano ATL My Gangsta (2007, ransom note font), Keetano Katana (2004, grunge), Keetano Gaijin + Katakana (2004, oriental simulation) and Keetano Katana KillBill (2004). Alternate URL. Another link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kerry Gunn Designs
Owen Dawson [Kiddiefonts, UK, b. 1970, Scunthorpe] is the creator of a true children's font, Tallula Selby Willis Aged 4 (2011). Other faces from 2011: Little Miss Cursive, Sharkboy&Lavagirl, Children in Need, Innocent Smoothie (dingbats), Peppa Pig (handprinted), Little Miss (dingbats), Little Miss Cursive, Mr. Men (dingbats), Red Nose Day (dingbats), Honkus, Honkus Conkus (white on black alphading face), Comic Relief (scanbats), Kidnap Note, Joshua Dawson aged 4, Storyteller Medium, Ben's Aliens (dingbats), Blush Bear (alphadings). The Royal Wedding (2011) is a scanbat font.
Typefaces made in 2012: Cowabunga, Want Some Candy (ransom note font), Save the Honeybee (alphadings), License Plate USA, Registration Plate UK, Sport Relief (dingbats), Rugrats, Only Fools And Horses, Burnt paper, Olympiad XXX, Alcatraz (grunge), Prometheus, Lego Brix, Silent Witness, Etaoin Shrdlu, Elektra Assassin (octagonal, explained this way:Elektra Natchios, usually referred to only by her first name Elektra is a kunoichi (female ninja assassin) of Greek descent. She wields a pair of bladed sai as her trademark this fan-font has been created to pay homage to Frank Miller's best-loved creations), Manic Depressive (multiline hand-printed face), Climaxed (shadow outline font), Thundercats Ho.
Keven King (Kingthings) is the British designer (born in Kent in 1959, educated at the Graphic Design College in Exeter/Devon, and based in Exeter) of these fonts, many of which have Celtic influences. His typefaces:
Painter-artist-type designer Andrzej Koston offered a wonderful collection of free fonts in truetype format for Mac and PC: Block, Brandy, Cartoon, Caligari, NussCrips, Gully, Chroma (3D effect), Kundrum (grunge), Kamil (handwriting), Gongo Pongo, Petersilie, Takatuka, and Hot.Pot. In June 2001, these fonts were published: Crumb (old typewriter), Furma, Glass, Harmless, Papua, Poppy, Quarry (ransom note font), Reaktor-B, Reaktor-C, Robinson, Splinter, Taboo. page disappeared. [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).
Laurent Savoie (Paint Black Editions) is the French creator of the 3d paint emulation font Paint Black (2009), of the alphading pkSLD (2010), of the ultra grunge faces Jeremiah (2010, after the 1972 Sydney Pollack film Jeremiah Johnson), Outsider (2010), Mika Teuf (2010: done by Tristan Savoie) and Guignol's Band (2010), of the 3d outline face Dead Wallace (2010), OE RMX, OE dans l'O (2009), Yo La Tengo (2009), Anti-Folk PK (2009), PK&Co (2010, brush), Mekano (2010), Do It Yourself (or DIY) (2010), D The Hero (2010, grunge).
Livin Hell (was: Webbyen.dk)
Danish site with about twenty original grunge fonts made by Christopher Hansen, who is located in the United States: A Theme for Murder (2005, a great scary script), Got Heroin (2005, ransom note font), Carnivalee Freakshow (2004, Western), Even Badder Mofo (2005), Living Hell (2005), Nemo (2005), Nemo Nightmares (2005), Dearest Dorothy (2005, curly), Deanna (2005), The Gingerbread House (2005, a curly creepy German expressionist typeface), Cocaine Sans (2005), Latchboy (2005, curly creepy face), Raiderz (2004), Shoguns Clan (2004), Sell Your Soul (2004), Nightmare Maker (2004), Beyond Wonderland (2004), Bad Mofo (2004), Pure Evil (2004), Pure Evil 2 (2005), Slaytanic (2004), Spinal T. Fanboy (2004), Frank Knows (2004), Requiem (2004), The Battle Continuez (2004), Against Myself (2004), Scratched Car Paint (2004), Punk Kid (2003), All Rejects (2003), 80's-hero (2000), If (2000), Insert-your-name-here (2000), Metalheads (2000), Funky2, GoRiLlaz-2 (2000), Punk-Kid (2000), Green Days (2002), Straight-Face (2002), se7en (2002), The Battle (2000), and Dwarves (2003).
Graphic designer in Milan. In 2013, he created the ransom note style httype typeface, which uses letters from social media logos.
Dutch type designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. They are now generally available from T-26. Some creations: BlackMail (1996, ransom note font), Educational, EricsSome (dot matrix face), Mould Archi (1997, grunge), Tsjecho (1997, a wood type simulation face), Wire And Planks (1997, a semi-stencil).
Match Fonts is the West Hollywood, CA-based foundry led by Michel Bujardet (b. Bordeaux, France, 1951), who is Mike Budge on alt.binaries.fonts. They make and sell interesting font paks. A particular favorite of mine is the Calligraphic Fonts Pack 2, which has the beautiful medieval-look face Rodolphe (2001), together with the Chancellerie family, the blackletter font SquareText, and a few Uncial fonts called Oncial. Free demos. Cursive Handwriting is a 6-font pak for teaching handwriting. Also offering a handwriting and signature font service. Among free offerings, check Le Blackmail (ransom font). Also, commercial fonts for these languages: Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Greek, Hawaian, International Phonetic (IPA), Hebrew, Hieroglyphs, Hungarian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Marshallese, Polynesian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian, Yiddish.
Interesting typefaces: Boulon (letters with bolts), Bujardet Freres (French restaurant type), Calebasse (1997, semi-psychedelic), Chinoiseries (Chinese look-alike), Cristolikid (LCD), Diodes Light, Grecques, Halloween, Malabars, Metroplitain (art nouveau), Monogram, Octogone, Osselets (bones), Parador, Ruban Dis-Moi, SilBooettes, TSF et Compagnie, Venitienne, Yiddilatin, Zebrues, and the dingbats Dinosotype, Alphabetzier, Nahkt Hieroglyphics, Norman Prince (children's handwriting), Angelots, Sceaux, Seraphiques, Talismans, La Main Guided, La Main Solid (both children's tracing fonts), Bordini, Bordofixed, BoumBoum, ChapClerk, Dactylographe (nice!), Halotique (sans serif), Tortillon (2001, art deco), Normographe (great too!), Normafixed, Oloron, Parlante (serif family), Presse (typewriter), Technicien. Plus handwriting fonts Skrypta, Skryptaag (upright and connected), Willegha. a Morse Code font. The Halloween pack includes Coulures, Halloween, Osselets and SilBooettes. Fixed width fonts include Dactylographe, Oloron, Bordo, Norma. Direct access. Interview and photo. Alternate URL (in French), with many more fonts, such as the handwritten Pierre, Mariette. MICR E13 B font.
Graphic designer in Alfeld, Germany. Behance link
Hildesheima (2012) is a free ransom note font based on letters and symbols found in Hildesheim's Schuhstrasse.
Natasha Oi practices graphic design, infographics, and photography in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2010, she designed Symbolical font (2010). In 2011, she created an all-caps ransom note font for the brochure and invitations for the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake. [Google] [More] ⦿
Artist and graphic designer. Creator of the original font Wound (1999), in which palm lines are combined with letters. Not available to the general public. He also made IX, IX Corroded (1999, both ransom note fonts), Syscraper 99 (1998), Too Damn Tall, Scratch Your Eyes Out (1998, oriental simulation face), and Digital Stabbing (1998). No downloads. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nerfect Type Laboratories
Nerfect Type Labs in Berwyn, IL, is the foundry of Britton Walters (b. Atlanta, GA, 1973). Free fonts: Desmond (2003), Ausfahrt (dingbats), Bad Weekend (comic book font), Clint (2003), CursedMustache (2003), Clunky, Coffin Nails, Conspiracy (old typewriter font), Crap Magnet family (free at Chank's), Cursed Mustache, Demand (ransom font), Emma 65, G.I. Jerk, Goblin, Heavyweight, Hybrid, Joey, Kirok, Mental Junk Drawer (dingbats), Minibike, Mister Filthy, Mutant, Pixie (pixel font), Roadtrip, Sanford, Sex Shop, Skyland, Space Junk, Speed Demon, Stag Wart, Thug, Tricky Treat (2003). Pay fonts: Crunk, Go-Rilla, Kurtzberg, Monsterkit, Nerfect Cola, Outlaw, Muggler.
MyFonts.com sells some of their fonts: Stinky School Book, Creeps (2002, funny faces!), Ailene, Smuggler (2001), Crunk, Kurtzberg, Nerfect&Cola, Go-rilla, Outlaw, Class of 1964 (dingbats), Dingbatio, Mr. Walters-Casual (comic book face), Tricky-Treat (scratchy handwriting), Fiend (2004) and MonsterKit.
Graphic designer in Bangkok, and junior designer at YWFT. Behance link. He made Fang (2010), a set of fonts (alphabets?) for Latin and Thai that mix letterforms as in ransom notes. He also made the texture face Montha (2010). Creations in 2011: YWFT Dekko (YWFT Dekko is an icon, symbol and pattern style dingbat font created with the ability to execute multiple design ideas), YWFT S3 (advertised as a folktronic, arts-and-circuits, crocheted robotic masterpiece of the first order). [Google] [More] ⦿
Tattoo artist in Florida, b. 1969, whose business is Vicious Ink. He posted 21 free fonts in 2011 at Dafont all at once. Many of these have calligraphic or Celtic influences. There are of course several blackletter and illuminated caps faces, as one would expect in a tattoo parlor. The fonts were all made in 2010: Pauls3-DTribal, PaulsBloodSweat&Tears, PaulsCelticFont1, PaulsCelticFont2, PaulsCelticFont3, PaulsCircusFont (Lombardic), PaulsEstherFont, PaulsFancyScript, PaulsGothicCurls, PaulsGraffitti, PaulsHeartlessFont, PaulsIlluminatedCelticFont, PaulsKanjiFont-Bold (oriental simulation), PaulsPoisonFont-Italic, PaulsRansomNoteFont, PaulsRealCelticRuneFont, PaulsSUPERFont, PaulsSinnerFont, PaulsSouthPacific, PaulsSwirlyGothicFont, PaulsWhimsyFont, Paul's Bloody, Paul's Weight, Paul's California (a fun script). [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of Misu Kim (2005), Earth Kid (2005, grunge), and the handwriting fonts Asian Guy (2005, oriental simulation face), Asian Girl (2008) and Alien Strawberry (2008, double strokes) and the ransom note face Black Casper (2009). In 2009, he created the paint drop face Clarisse, the outlined grunge face University High, and the grungy faces Make Juice, James Han and Northwood High. Celeste Hand (2009) is a handwriting face, while Gordon Heights (2009) is a soft sans. SCRATCH (2009), Irvine High (2010), Lexington High (2010) and INFECTED (2009) are grungy. Gothical (2009) is a grunge version of Fette Fraktur. White Tie Affair and Valerie Hand date from 2005. Creations from 2010: Rocketshop Town (eroded futuristic face), Lemons Can Fly (children's hand). In 2012, he started work on a didone called Serina.
The Great Dane from Copenhagen, the king of grunge, Jakob Fischer, is a kindergarten teacher who designed over 500 fonts. Mini-catalog, part I, part II. Aka PizzaDude, he started out making free fonts, but switched to commercial fonts later. His typefaces:
Ransom Note Font
RAS Design is Rodrigo German or Rodrigo Araya Salas, a designer from Santiago, Chile, b. 1987.
Creator of many hand-drawn free fonts. His typefaces from 2008 and 2009: Super (2009, for signage), Snow (2009), Mari (2009), El Cubano (2009, dingbats of faces), Mental Freak (2009, outline), Freak Animals (2009), Kona (2009), Brigada Ramona Parra (2009, dingbats), Happie (2009, dingbats), Santiago Icono (2009), Icono Skate Dingbat (2009), 78 Skate (2009), The Sorden (2009), Estilo Urbano (2009, stencil), Tetris (2009), Techno (2009), Kona (2009, childish hand), Parody Logoskate (2009, dingbats), Fat Love (2009), La Rata Bizarra (2008), Tabla (2008), A Mano Alza (2009), Maribel (2009, handwriting), Stencil (2009), Rayando (2008, chalky writing), Klam, Loco TV, Monos Frekis (2008, funny dingbats), Tabla (2008), Happie (2009, more funny dingbats), Funny Icons (2009), Kiltro (2008, dog dingbats), Pokemona (dingbats), Maniatico (scratchy outlined hand), Bizarro 1 (outline hand), Chile (dingbats), Freaky (2008, dingbats), Esquiso (outlined handwriting), Crazy Ras (outlined and handprinted), Skatelove (2008, dingbats), Los de Abajo (2008, dingbats), Logoskate (2008), David (2008, flowing ultra fat face), Destruccion (2008, grungy), Skateboarding (2008, ransom note face), Mike Valley (2008, skateboard dingbats), Rodney Mullen King (2009, skateboard dingbats), El Chavo del 8 (2008, scanbats), Grande Maradona (2008, scanbats), Saintfont (2009, handprinted), New Tetris (2009), September 11 Icon (2009, a powerful set of dingbats), Icono BMX (2009, bike dingbats).
Typefaces from 2010: Commando X (2010, a pixel dingbat face for computer games), Raya Irregular, Mari+David, Depressive Icon, Esquiso, Ego (2010), El Cubano (dingbats with faces), Barras Bravas (almost graffiti face), Globe Face (award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010).
Fonts done in 2011: Logo Font, Buen Dia (ransom note face), Drugstore (blackletter), Condorita (dingbats), KingKöng (a nice fat letter comic book face), Rolo (fat letter face), Logo, Comando X (a pixelized dingbat face based on video games), Catbox (2011, fat and rounded), Joia (a thin octagonal face), Plop (a "hip hop font").
Typefaces from 2012: Designio (rounded sans family), Nollie, Rocka (triangulated), Mosku (paint or blood drip face), Gigio Italia Bizarre (dingbats), Conny Rocket, Retro Hand Type (stitched), Wood (wood type simulation), Tritona, Nollie, Zdravo Maria (children's hand), Bordados (stitched typeface).
Typefaces from 2013: Varial Hellflip.
Rodrigo Araya Salas
Free fonts made in 2003 by Shinji Hamada (Shinji Blues): 100Soul, 100Strange, AlrightB, baboo, beck, Devil-Number, Eye, GetTheBluesP, Gold, hige, HundredItsGodEnough, Jelly-Stones (katakana only), KIDS, ODORONO, OldFont, ReafFont (caps with leaves), RecFont (white on black background), romantic (has roman numerals), SevenBeams (pixel), SevenHead (pixel), Shinji Blues, Sweet-Nipple, TelephoneCaster, WooWooWah. Dafont link. Another URL where we find (with repetitions): 100Soul, AlrightB, baboo, beck, BroadCaster, EYEfont, GetTheBluesP, Gold, hige, HundredItsGodEnough, KIDS, ODORONO, OldFont (Western), ReafFont, RecFont (ransom note), romantic, SevenBeams, SevenHead, WooWooWah, TelephoneCaster. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dover Press sells Oakland's Dan X. Solo's digitizations. Dan Solo (b. 1928, d. 2012) has collected over 13,000 sets of metal fonts, starting when he was 9 years old and growing up in Oakland, CA. Finally, in 2002, he stopped doing that and began converting all of his fonts to computer type. He printed 30 books on fonts (with Dover), [including The solotype catalog of 4,147 display typefaces] and created hundreds of fonts. In 2007, he retired from the font business.
Robert Trogman writes: I know Dan X. Solo personally. He ran a typographic studio in Berkeley for over 30 years. He had a large collection of film fonts, including some of my own. He created thousands of fonts and is now retired and is an avocational prestigitator. Copyrights have run out on most of his fonts. He also protected himself by creating pseudonyms on the questionable font names. Stuart Sandler confirms that many of the fonts in Solo's Dover books are in fact from the Filmotype collection, which Stuart is digitizing right now.
Gene Gable writes: Dan Solo of Solotype in Berkeley was experimenting with photo type as early as 1945 and started doing optical special effects in the early '60s. And a number of the larger display-type shops developed their own techniques. But in terms of opening up new markets for display type (and giving designers more control over type setting), Visual Graphics and Letraset lead the way. These companies were proud of, and promoted, the fact that that their products could be used by non-typesetters with little training.
MyFonts sells these faces under the name Solotype (the company is in Alameda, CA): Acantha, Assay, Baraboo Banner, Beijing, Bindweed, Brevet (after a Victorian original by Ernst Laushke, 1887), Brussels, Cathedral, Cleopatra, Cognac, Crossroads, Dainty Lady, Dangerfield, Diablo, Dime Museum, Dutch Treat, Egyptian Oldstyle, Excelsis, Extravaganza, Grecian, Lord Mayor, Malibu, Minnesota, Moulin Rouge, Penny Arcade, Rigney, Trixie, Valerie, Zorro.
He writes about himself: Dan X. Solo The Solotype Archive was begun in 1942 when I was 14. I was a kid printer for several years before that. At 16, after a quick three months of training, I dropped out of school and went to work full time as a radio actor and announcer in San Francisco. (Easy to get jobs in those days, due to the war-induced manpower shortage.) In 1949 and 1950, I created a magic show which played West Coast theatres with some success. After that, back to broadcasting. By 1962, I was completely burned out on radio, so I decided to see if I could make a living with my collection of antique types, which numbered about a thousand fonts at that time. In 1962, I sent out 4,000 catalogs showing the type to ad agencies all over the U.S. The timing was perfect (no thanks to me) because there was developing at that time a renewed interest in the old types. Business took off immediately. The Solotype collection was one of four commercial collections at the time, but I seemed to have been more aggressive in marketing than the other chaps. (Well, Morgan Press certainly knew how to market.) Two years into the business, I began to collect alphabets on paper for conversion to photo lettering, which was just becoming mainstream in the type business. We closed the shop for a month every year and went on a type hunt, mostly in Europe where there didn't seem to be much competition among collectors. Other typographers couldn't understand how we could do this, but I believe it made people appreciate the resource we offered even more. Over the years, the collection became quite large. When I closed Solotype a couple of years ago, I got rid of about half the archive (because the fonts were dull, or already digitized, or for a variety of other reasons) leaving me with about 6,000 fonts on paper or film. In 1974, I began to supply Dover Publications with mechanicals for books of 100 alphabets on a particular theme. I did 30 of these books over the years, and 30 more of printers' ornaments, borders, and so forth. Sometime in the 1990s, Dover asked me to digitize books of 24 fonts each, to be sold with a disk in the back. I did 12 of these. The Dover relationship came to an end when Haywood Cirker, the owner and my special friend, died and the company was sold to another publisher. Dover felt that they had covered the type field thoroughly. Now in my old age, my wife and I have a mindreading act that is great fun and good for the ego. Even so, when not traveling, I digitize type for relaxation and enjoyment, but have made no effort to sell it. Until now.
A list of some digitized fonts:
The Solotype Catalog is a file with information on Dan Solo's typefaces, annotated with remarks about name equivalences and digitizations. The original file was due to Thibaudeau, but typophiles on alt.binaries.fonts have added to it in 2010. PDF version. Excel version. Text version.
Images of other selected typefaces: Agency Gothic, Alpha Midnight, Alpha Twilight, Anita Lightface (1977), Art Deco Display Alphabets, Ashley Crawford, Ashley Inline, Astur, Bamberg, Banco, Beans, Blackline, Bobo Bold, Braggadocio, Broadway Engraved, Busorama Bold, Busorama Light, Bust, Charger, Checkmate, Colonel Hoople, Corral, Dudley P Narrow, Dynamo, Earth, Eclipse, Empire, Ewie, Fat Cat, Fatso, Festival, Futura Black, Futura Inline, Gillies Gothic Bold, Greeting Monotone, Grooviest Gothic, Hess Neobold, Hotline, Huxley Vertical, Inkwell Black, Joanna Solotype, Joyce Black, Koloss, Lampoon, Mania, Mania Contour A, Mania Contour B, Margit, Mindy Highlight, Modernistic, Monograms Stencil, Mossman, Neon, Neuland (+Inline), Phosphor, Piccadilly, Pickfair, Polly, Prismania P, Quote, Rhythm Bold, Shady Deal, Sheet Steel, Sinaloa. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
FontStructor who made Calculate SP (2011, gridded), Randomize (2011, ransom note face), Digital Clock Display (2011), Inverse Sans (2011, white on black), Castle Dracula, and Five by Five (2011, pixel face).
Typefaces from 2012: Zagged SP, Chomps SP (ultra-fat), Sage Oil SP (tall condensed bold face), Dualview SP (shadow face), Twobit SP, Day Five SP, Airport SP, Slym Gym SP (skinny face), Calculated Connected (dot matrix), Microwave SP (LED font), Cube3 (3d face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Squack (was: MiddleMan)
Adult Human Male is the typefoundry of Malaysian designer Alex Hy, who is located in Berlin. His Twitter account says that he is New York, Paris and Coolock. His Dafont account calls him Irish. Whatever. Alex has two aspects, a commercial one, expressed in his commercial foundry Adult Human Male, and a free one via his Squack site on Dafont.
The commercial Alex created the grunge stencil face Butterworth (2011), the handdrawn Teksi (2011), the monoline squarish family Ebdus (2011), Valis (2011, futuristic), and the thin avant garde monoline face New Slang (2011). Gordito (2011) is a graffiti style bubble font that says Smurf.
In 2012, Alex published the poster caps typeface Areaman, Stink Lines (multilined typeface) and Penang (art deco signage face seen on Penang by the creator). Straights Light is a beautiful pair of bilined all caps faces. Dale Kids is a children's book typeface. Hokkien (2012) is an art deco typeface with Chinese influences. Mister Mustard is a chubby rounded art deco typeface. Barkley (2012) is a textured caps face with a chalk board feel. Liner Notes (2012) is a bilined hand-drawn typeface. Bartleby (2012) is a hand-drawn all caps display font.
The free font foundry Squack has the handprinted faces Barker Allcaps (2012), Scrapist (2012, sketched), Billy Boy (2011, 3d), Quito Chicken (2011, 3d), Fred Wild West (2011, a grungy western face), Coolock Black (2011), Zapftig (2011), Ringworm (2011), Suicide Draft (2011), National Granite (2011, a 3d stone chisel face), Whiskey Fingers (2010), Wank Hands (2010) and Middle Man (2010), and the irregular faces Zapftig (2011), Shock Corridor, Pollo Asado, Middle Woman, Ghost Words, Late Puberty, Parrannoyed (2010, ransom note face), the hairline face Rexic (2011), Black Grapes (2012), Chump (2012, hand-printed capitals), Areman OT (2012), and the grungy Skidmarks (2012).
We read that the fonts are designed by EircomTest. Aka Squack, MiddleMan and Alex H.
Romanian designer of these free fonts in 2007: Antique roman (2 styles), Artistic swash, Caslon swash, Cioroianu font (handwriting), Collage anonymous (ransom note), Fraktur, Human letters (scanbat face: an old erotic capitals face), Lapidary roman, Title page 1600 (scanbats). In 2008, he made the "aged" didone face 1600 and Century Modern Italic. In 2010, he created Century Modern TT Regular, Century Modern Shadow, and Ornament Borders.
Steve Mehallo was born in San Francisco in 1967. He is a freelance graphic designer, educator, illustrator and font designer specializing in brand strategies, custom font development and logos. His clients have included Monotype, Microsoft, Ascender Corp, The Unicode Consortium, Netscape, TiVo, Nike, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Learning Company and several more. He is also a past president of the Art Directors and Artists Club of Sacramento, board member of Another Poster for Peace, was the lead curator of the contemporary graphic design exhibition Spoken With Eyes at the UC Davis Design Museum and has taught design courses at UC Davis, Santa Clara University, The Art Institute of California and Sacramento-based American River College. First Redwood City, CA, and now Sacramento, CA-based. Creator of these fonts:
Storm Type Foundry
Storm Type is a major Czech foundry that offers the inspiring work of Frantisek Storm (b. 1966, Prague). Most typefaces are made by Storm himself. The typefaces:
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about his own Czech typefaces, on his Czech Typeface Project, and on the life of Josef Týfa.
Fonts sold by MyFonts: the DIN-inpired 6-style sans family Superbastone (2006), the futuristic Stereotype family (2005), the skull dingbat font Catacumbes (2006), the ransom note font Cavillus (2006), the dog dingbat font Charliedog (2006), the leafs dingbat font (2006), the Stencil G family (2006) and the rounded octagonal family Pied de Poule Text (2006) were codesigned by all three founders. In 2007, they added Insects (dingbats), Design We Like (dingbats), MyFace (an award-deserving collection of faces), Friz Biz (simple children's hand), Washing Machine (dingbats), Superbastone (sans family), Superclosed, Supersquared, Superstarlike, and Superwood. In 2008, we saw the publication of Retrofont, a very condensed high contrast sans. In 2009, the dot matrix face Superpois saw the light.
In 2007, they added Insects (dingbats), Design We Like (dingbats), MyFace (an award-deserving collection of faces), Friz Biz (simple children's hand), Washing Machine (dingbats), Superbastone (sans family), Superclosed, Supersquared, Superstarlike, and Superwood.
In 2008, we saw the publication of Retrofont, a very condensed high contrast sans.
In 2009, the dot matrix face Superpois saw the light.
Born in 1954 in Ithaca, NY, Susan designed some of the original bitmap fonts for the original Mac in 1983-1984, including Chicago, New York, Monaco (download), FiveDots, Geneva, Cairo, LosAngeles, Athens and San Francisco, while being a Creative Director at Apple (1982-1985). For Danger Research, she created the bitmap fonts Hamilton 5, Hamilton 6, Waverley 5, Waverley 6, Bryant 7 (2000). Interview with Cybergrrl. Atomic Media sells these pixel fonts of hers: Kare Five Dots (family), Ramona (script pixel font), Harry, Everett, Kare Six Dots (family), Biology (dings), Kare Dingbats, MiniFood, Ned, Sampler.
She explains the choice of names for the original Mac fonts: The first Macintosh font was designed to be a bold system font with no jagged diagonals, and was originally called "Elefont". There were going to be lots of fonts, so we were looking for a set of attractive, related names. Andy Hertzfeld and I had met in high school in suburban Philadelphia, so we started naming the other fonts after stops on the Paoli Local commuter train: Overbrook, Merion, Ardmore, and Rosemont. (Ransom was the only one that broke that convention; it was a font of mismatched letters intended to evoke messages from kidnappers made from cut-out letters). One day Steve Jobs stopped by the software group, as he often did at the end of the day. He frowned as he looked at the font names on a menu. "What are those names?", he asked, and we explained about the Paoli Local. "Well", he said, "cities are OK, but not little cities that nobody's ever heard of. They ought to be WORLD CLASS cities!" So that is how Chicago (Elefont), New York, Geneva, London, San Francisco (Ransom), Toronto, and Venice (Bill Atkinson's script font) got their names. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
German designer at Fontkitchen Type Foundry of Stitch (2006), Hotplate family (2002, Linotype's Taketype 5 collection, a ransom font; with Nico Hensel), The Dig (with Nico Hensel), Acrobuzz (2002, dingbats) and Lucha Libre (2003, dingbat font). Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
French youngster from Brive (b. 1992) who created the fun ransom or crime themed font simply called Tom (2007). He also made afGiHmtV (2007) and Archierotick (2007). Dafont link. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Copenhagen-based designer who graduated as a graphic designer from Denmark's Designskole in the summer of 2004. He works as a freelance designer with type and identity design. His typefaces include the ransom note style font Pumpernickel (2002), Gauze (2000), 36degrees (2000), Trust (2001, a sans family discussed here), GeoSans (2003), and IntegriType (2004). He is working on a "superellipse"-inspired bitmap font A1 Roman (2002). Restricted link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Turtle Arts Fonts
Turtle Arts Fonts is the Seattle, WA-based foundry of Kerrie Carbary (b. 1970), est. 2000. MyFonts page. Kerrie Carbary's creations: 3 D (2002), Ballard Avenue (2006, ransom note font), Bubbles (2006), Canvas (2004, brush), Collage (2003, ransom note), Cut (2003, rubber stamp font), Deck (2003, old playing card font), Eraser (2001, grunge), Handprint (2001, grunge), Inkblock (2005, grunge), Inkie (2006, hand drawn pen), Jessie (2001, typewriter), Journal (2000, brush family), Paint (2002, brush family), PriceTag (2005), Redemption (2002, grunge), Scripty (2005, curly handwriting), Spirals (2005, curly letters).
Graphic designer in Salt Lake City who created a ransom note font called Bohemian Poster Font (2012).
Berlin-based FontStruct artist from Stuttgart who made the striped techno fonts heavyLOUDedge, heavyLOUDedge_lineH, heavyLOUDedge_lineV, heavyLOUDedge_quad, heavyLOUDedge_raw in 2009. He also made Fat Cowboy (2009, FontStruct), QRcodeX (2009, like those airline ticket codes), Low Down Cut (2009), WebPixel (2009), ScrFibble (2009), ScriptSERIF (ransom note face), and Back To Heavy Coat Fat Ground (white on black family) in 2009.
He set up Typographic Design.
Typefaces from 2010 and later: SKATEBOaRDbraNds (2010, ransom note face), Gothic Hand Dirty (2010), SansLigraphy, Slice n Dice (2009), Riptape, Riptrash (2010, grunge), BackToHeavyCoatFatGround, Curly Lava Bubble (2010, dotted family), Hand Times (2010, a sketched Times Roman), BlockHead (2010), kiddySans (2010), webpixelbitmap (2010), dirtyDeoHandInk (2011), Modern Hand Fraktur (2011), Elegant Hand Script (2011), Wear Fat T Shirt (2011, squarish), Giraffenhals (2011, handprinted), Phone Scan (2011), Slanted Italic Shift (2011), Neon Club Music (2011), Raw Delta Hand Street (graffiti), India Snake Pixel Labyrinth Game (2012, labyrinthine).
Typefaces from 2013: Hand Skribble Sketch Rock, Hells Kitchen Devil God, Hand Scribble Sketch Times, Shaky Hand Some Comic, RawStreetWall (Volcano Type: grunge), Tag Hand Graffiti Trash, Viktors Littl Creepy Horror. Still in 2013, these commercial typefaces were published: Rip TRASH, Dirty Deo Hand Ink, Elegant Hand Script, Gothic Hand Dirty, Rip TAPE, MODERN Hand Fraktur, Giraffenhals, Raw Delta Hand Street, WEAR FAT SHIRT, Curly Lava Bubble, HeavyLOUDedge, Soul Lotion, Webpixel Bitmap, India Snake Pixel Labyrinth Game, Kiddy Sans, MEGA SLANT LINE, NEON CLUB MUSIC, Slanted ITALIC Shift, Block Head.
Velvetyne Type Foundry (or: VTF)
Velvetyne Type Foundry (or VTF) is the French foundry of Parisian Frank Adebiaye. It used to be called Velvetyne TypeForgery because he uses FontForge to design all his free fonts, which come complete with FontForge sources. Behance link. Open Font Library link. Klingspor link.
American graphic designer (b. 1982) located in Medway, MA, who has created many free fonts, and some low cost commercial fonts. He is also known for his web comic, Dubmarine. Until 2006, all his fonts were free, but starting in 2006, he started selling them via MyFonts. Fontsy link. Font Squirrel link. Fontspace link. Kernest link . Devian Tart link. FontM link. Dafont link. Urban Fonts link. Aka Xaviera Comics.
In 2004, he created Airstrip Four, AlphaEcho, BostonTraffic (stencil), Breakaway, CarbonType (old typewriter), Corporate HQ, DataControl (nice octagonal face), DataControlUnifon, Delta Echo, Eurocentric, FormerAirline, GangofThree (oriental simulation), Helsinki, IonicCharge (LCD simulation), JamPact, KarmaticArcade, KnowYourProduct (stencil), LandSpeedRecord, MajorSnafu (stencil; Major Snafu Pro (2012) is a cooperation with Cheap Pro Fonts), NervousRex, Osaka-SansSerif (techno), PillboxOpaque (dripping blood face), QuickEndJerk, Refrigeration, SiameseKatsong, Tetroserbogia, Umbrage, Virgo01, Whitehall1212, Xenophone (+Pro version in 2011), Yukarimobile, ZonaArmada. In 2005, he designed FrauleinUnifon, Fraulein, Fraulain II, Fraulein Hex, KarmaticArcade, NukuNuku (oriental simulation face), OffshoreBankingBusiness, PlannedObsolescence, TerryScript, Wunderbar, YachtingType, Zero&Zero-Is, Xerography, FrauleinHex, ICBMSS20, ICBMSS25 (stencil faces), Hydrogen Type, Gumbercules, Kremlin (Cyrillic letter simulation; followed in 2010 by Kremlin Pro at CheapProFonts), Johnny Homicide, Lilac Malaria, Motorway, Offshore Banking Business, Planned Obsolescence, Nuku Nuku Paradiso (Asian simulation), Quadrophonic, Ruth Script, Shoplifter (ransom note font), Under Influence (scratchy face), Viva Allende, KarmaticRevolution (with Mike "Karma" Alkire), RanmorianStd-B (artificial language script) and Ex (kana).
His 2006 additions, still free: Big in America, Maxine Script, Gisele Script, Siamese Katsong (oriental simulation), Pokopen, Grecian Formula (Greek simulation), Edo (brush; this became Edo Pro in 2010), Armalite Rifle (grunge stencil; a Pro version followed in 2010), Ruth Script, Terry Script, Oil Age Heiroglyphs (grunge), Nyamomobile (gorgeous futuristic stencil face), Q-Bert's Funeral, Xtreme Chrome, Fawn Script, Ukiah Caps (a hip all caps face), Banzai (fake Japanese), 106 Beats That, Azudings1, Fawn Script, Freelance Kamchatka, and Daisy Script.
Commercial fonts: Sixpak (2008, pixel face), Jaipur (2007, Indic script simulation), Santa Mensch (2006, brush face), Celonius Mark XIX (2006 geometric design), Argon Type (2006, futuristic), India Echo (2007, futuristic), How to Consume Oxygen (2007, grunge), Statue Of Liberty's Underwear (2007, Russian constructivist style), Moon Corps (2007, katakana), Underwood Champion (2008, distressed typewriter), Heavy Data (2008, computer simulation face). Perlmutter (2008) is a Hebrew and Yiddish font designed for the purpose of legibility at great distance (included are niqqud, letters with dagesh, punctuation, sheqel sign, and aleph-lamed ligature). In 2009, he created Edifice Wrecks (graffiti), Damon Script (comic book face) and Maritime Flags and Curses (dingbat face). Fonts made in 2010: Single Sleeve.
Fonts at FontStruct in 2009: Newhome (LED simulation).
Volcano Type (MAGMA)
Magma Brand Design in Karlsruhe, Germany evolved in 2004 into Volcano Type. Magma is headed by Lars Harmsen (b. Hannover, 1964) and Ulrich Weiss. Lars Harmsen spent the first four years of his life in Chicago. He then moved to Geneva with his parents for eight years, and then moved to Karlsruhe. He completed his schooling at the French section at the European School. He first studied history and Germanics in Freiburg before beginning to study design at Basel, Boston, Saarbrücken and Pforzheim. He got his degree in graphic design, and in 1996 he founded MAGMA [Büro für Gestaltung] together with Ulrich Weiß. He is the co-founder of STARSHOT GmbH, a design company for sports products, now based in Munich. MAGMA created Type Foundry Volcano-Type.de and the internet forum Slanted.de. In the meantime, Slanted.de has become the most active German typography forum. Volcano Type offers commercial and some free typefaces: DigiBo (Boris Kahl), Objects (free ransom face by the house), MonoPoint and DoublePoint (monospace dot matrix families by the house), Amiga Normal and Rounded (pixel faces by Boris Kahl), Screeny, Pixel and C64 Style (pixel faces by Boris Kahl), Fette Pixel (pixel face by Florian Gärtner), Teckbo (digital face by Boris Kahl, who writes: Retro-Avant-Garde for Club-Flyer-Honks and Plastic-Pussy-Chicks), Psycho (grunge by Boris Kahl), Wald Ast (tree branch look by Sandra Augstein), Wald Blatt (tree leaf look by Tanja Rastätter), Rollerblind (a pair of dot matrix faces by Boris Kahl), Chaucer (uncial by Boris Kahl), Glossy (dot matrix face by Sandra Hofacker), Brüll (a funny frog dingbat face by Andre Rösler), Pax (a free peace symbol face by Heidrun Weißschädel and Alexander Kassel), Mud (free face by Boris Kahl). And these display faces by Florian Gärtner: Republic, Tacora. And finally the Fone 1 through 3 grunge faces by Florian Gärtner. The typefaces of Lars Harmsen (or codesigned by him) at Volcano: