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Type design in Slovakia



[Newspaper illustration by Stefan Bednar, 1934]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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123creative

Design community headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia. Creators of the commercial calligraphic typeface Feathergraphy (2013) [not to be confused with a font by the same name published much earlier by Mans Greback]. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adtypo
[Andrej Dienes]

Andrej Dienes is the Senica, Slovakia-based designer of the Akceler typeface family in 2012, which is advertised as a type system for sports. The text that accompanies this large typeface family: Elasticity of glyphs reflected adrenalinous shapes of latest bikeframes, skies or sportcars. Maximum open arches guaranteed good readability in very small sizes and prevented interchanges of glyphs "o, c, e" per poor reading conditions. Softness of minuscules is at capitals balanced in bottom arches, that are subtly kicked-up. Numerals are important component of sport communication, so here have expressive design, different from numerals of book typefaces. Every font have 10 kinds of numerals. Character case contains between 1000 glaphs sport icons and othes signs creating sport feeling.

Densit (2012) is an ultra-black display family that includes a Sans and a Serif. It wasdesigned for Reco, Senica.

Andrej set up the commercial typefoundry Adtypo in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alex Janitor

Kosice, Slovakia-based designer of Snoite (2014, an art deco typeface) and Abscissa (2014, a multiline decorative typeface). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Blanco

Bratislava, Slovakia-based designer of Genetika (2014) and Rhum Negrita (2014, a shadowed caps typeface family). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrej Canecký
[Freshmeat]

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Andrej Dienes
[Adtypo]

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Andrej Krátky

Slovak designer who made FF Bradlo (1994-1995) at FontFont. He studied with professor Jan Solpera at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. He now lives in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he and his colleague, painter Simona Bubánová, founded Creative Department, a studio for advertising, design and TV-oriented graphics.

He also made the extensive family Adriq (1989-1990). This typeface became Nara (1989-2009, Typotheque)---it was completed by Nikola Djurek and Peter Bilak. The modern serif text typeface is accompanied by two different angular scriptish italics for dramatic and quite spectacular effects.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Antonin Skoda

Slovak designer from the early part of the 20th century. One of his posters entitled Deleni Plochy (1927) shows rectangular bi-colored partitions of space. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bit-fonts.com (was: M-D Fonts)
[Martin Steiner]

Martin Steiner (Bit-fonts.com, and before that, M-D Fonts) is the Slovak designer (b. 1992) of the warning sign dingbat font Warning Tables (2006), Old newspaper font (2008), the ink run faces Catalogue (2008) and Black Ink (2007), Old Typewriter (2007), Imperative Tables (2007, warning dingbats), Rugged Type (2008, grunge) and the pixel faces BitBox (2007), BitNano (2007), BitDotted (2007), BitMicro01 (2007), BitBold (2006), Bit Favorite, BitNanov211, Bit_01, Bit Classic, BitNanov33, BitCube (2009), Ghotic Sketch (2014), and BitMirror (2006).

Dafont link. Home page where one can also download the fonts. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Byzantine Catholics in Slovakia
[David Pancza]

The following fonts can be downloaded at this Slovak site of the Byzantine catholic church in Slovakia: the music fonts Juhasevic (2006, David Pancza), Lviv (2006, David Pancza), Lvov (2006, David Pancza), Manjava (2006, David Pancza), and the Olsavica family (also 2006, David Pancza). Also: S407 (David Pancza), Izitsa StarosloviencinaA (1995, old Slavonic), bwgrkl (1994, Michael S. Bushell), pismotest, znamC (David Pancza). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carnoky Design
[Samuel Carnoky]

Carnoky Design (or Carnoky Type) is run by Samuel Carnoky in Kluknava, Slovakia. He created these fonts: LECO 1988 (2011, a display sans based on lettering a LECO bottle from 1988), 2D3D Molcak (2010, octagonal), Samo Sans (whose Samo Sans Pro version from 2012 covers all weights from hairline to ultra black), LECO 1983 (poster face), LECO 1976 (squarish pixelish family), Arcus (2010, a free rounded type family).

In 2012, he designed Technik (completely constructed from geometric elements).

Typefaces from 2013: Technik Mono, Technik Serif (slab serif family).

In 2014, Carnoky published the squarish modular typeface family Corner, which is split into subfamilies called A (pixelish), B (octagonal), C and D.

MyFonts link. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Chmela Studio
[Peter Chmela]

Chmela is a Bratislava-based design studio founded by brothers Peter & David Chmela. In 2009, Peter created the hand-printed typeface Penis, which can be downloaded from Dafont. In 2014, Chmela Studio created the hand-drawn rounded monospaced semi-techno typeface Expander. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Gollwitzer

Software and TeX specialist at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, who designed AuriocusKalligraphicus (2004), a calligraphic type 1 handwriting font. In 2006, these fonts were added: Lukas Svatba (originally called AmiciLogo for the group Amici Musicae Antiquae in September 2004, this was changed, after adding Czech and Slovak diacritics for the wedding of Lukas Palatinus and Ludmila Nyvltova in the Spring of 2005), Jana Skrivana. Alternate URL. From the readme file: Each font features oldstyle digits and (machine-generated) boldface and slanted versions. Lukas Svatba is provided in a variant with a long s with the same input convention as in fraktur.sty by Matthias Mühlich. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cruzine
[Peter Olexa]

Peter Olexa (Bratislava, Slovakia) created the (typically retro / vintage) commercial typefaces Think Happy (2014), Say Less (2014), Let's Do This (2014), Just Be Cool (2014), Brooklyn Coffee (2014, a spurred poster typeface), Bronx Shoes (2014), Nevermind (2014), RockNRoll (2014), Bluegrass (2014), Memento (2014, spurred Victorian face), Melody (2014) and Grazioso (2014). Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cutepunk

Studio in Zilina, Slovakia. Creators of the free script typeface Cutepunk (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Czechoslovak TeX Users Group

This TeX users group has an active Bulletin, which has several interesting issues with articles each month. Free access to the issues. (In Czech) [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Brunovska

During her studies at Josef Vydra School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia, Daniel Brunovska created the thin sans typeface Grape Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Kratky

Daniel Kratky is a Slovak type designer. He started out as Dannci and ran Type The Font. Creator in 2010 of the free sans display faces League Gothic (2010) [note to readers---this sounds improbable as that font is by The League of Movable Type], Gabo Drive (in the style of Impact), Barrci, No. 52 (2010), Sertig and Balham.

More recent free typefaces include Fava Black (2012, a massive magazine font) and Keytin Light (2012, a thin condensed sans).

Viable (2010, a sans typeface) s a commercial typeface that was published at Graphic River.

Dafont link. A second Dafont link. Klingspor link. Devian tart link.

From this site, it seems that Dannci is in fact Ben Stucki from Nashville, TN. But over at Graphic River, where we can buy his sans typeface Viable, we read that he is Slovakian. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Markovic

Slovak designer who created Globus (1999), a text face. His Hrana (1997) has the hookishness pioneered by Vojtech Preissig. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Pancza
[Byzantine Catholics in Slovakia]

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DizajnDesign
[Ján Filípek]

Slovak designer who lives in Bratislava. He created the sans faces Deva Ideal (2007, 10 styles dedicated to the beauty of women! See also here) and Poleno Sans (2007), a great custom typeface with the broken look of Preissig's old faces and poster type. Poleno was originally designed in 2006 for the Slovak folk dance ensemble Poleno, as a part of their corporate identity. It has 12 styles now. Dezen (2010) is a contemporary, mechanical grotesque typeface family. It includes a Stencil subfamily. Komu (2010) is constructivist.

His graduation project at the Type and Media MA program of KABK was Preto (2009), a multilingual type family which explores the impact of serifs in legibility and readability (+Sans, +Sans Basic). He says: The three core styles that structure the family (sans, semi and serif) are particularly useful in the context of multilingual typesetting to achieve an even colour in equivalent texts written in different languages.

In 2010, he created Rukou, a script that reminds me of Sütterlin.

In 2011, he made Anca (playful rounded monoline sans).

Typefaces from 2013: Preto Serif, Razom Script.

Typefaces from 2014: Preto Semi.

MyFonts link. Behance link. Cargocollective link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emil Drliciak

Slovak designer of the logotype typeface Hexagon (1997). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enyon Eugenius

Slovak scientist (b. 1988) who lives in Prague. Creator of the handwriting faces Enyon Handwrite (2008) and Naramel (2008). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ester Nemcova

During her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, Ester Nemcova created a connect-the-dots icon font called Dots (2013). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eva Jencurakova

Graphic designer in Kosica, Slovakia. Designer of the typeface Origami Space (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

exe Ltd

Slovak IT company, est. 1990. It is a vendor for Monotype fonts, among other things. It also sells Central and Eastern European fonts developed under license from Bitstream. Some of their typefaces are sold on a CD called Fontotéka. [Google] [More]  ⦿

eye.box

New big archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Filip Zajac

Slovakian designer, b. 1986, who splits his time between Essen, Germany, and Kosice, Slovakia.

Dafont link.

Creator of 10 Muc Zeit (2010) and Cholerik (2012, OFL). [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontAssist 3.0

Commercial PC program for identifying or finding a close match for scanned fonts. Free trial with 30runs. By Balarad Software (Ladislav Balara) in Presov, Slovakia. The font recognition program recognizes 5300+ Corel Draw, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word and other trueType fonts based on font features and some key letters. Can also be used as a font installer and printer. Download site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fonts2U
[Peter Olexa]

Large nicely categorized font archive. Font designers. Font vendors. The owner seems to Peter Olexa, a Slovakian visual artist who is based in Bratislava. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frantisek Kabarec

Slovak designer from the early part of the 20th century. Check out the sturdy typography in his Annual Report for the Vocational School of Graphic Design (1927). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Freshmeat
[Andrej Canecký]

Freshmeat (Stupava, Slovakia) is the foundry of type designer Andrej Canecký. Designer of the minimalist monoline sans typeface Primitive (2011). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gabriel Adam

Slovakian graphic artist who created a blackletter typeface in 2011 at Masaryk University that is based on lettering in the Krems Bible (1333/1334, Austria). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriel Presne Ten

Designer in Bratislava, Slovakia. He created an untitled wavy typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grafotechna

Czech state type foundry (est. 1951) from the communist era at which Josef Týfa, Oldrich Menhart and Rudolf Ruzicka worked for some time. Týfova Antikva (1959, inspired by the work of architect P.L. Nervi) by Josef Týfa later became Tyfa Text (and ITC Tyfa, 1998). Frantisek Storm made a version of it under Týfa's supervision. Menhart published typefaces such as Grazdanka (1953). An unknown designer made Universal Grotesk in 1951. This typeface was used for road signs in Czechoslovakia. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

haef

Slovakian designer of the free organic sans typeface Capsuula (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heinrich Fichna

Nitra, Slovakia-based designer who created the free font Capsuula (2010, monoline sans).

Font Squirrel link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Helen Priputen

Helen Priputen (Kosice, Slovakia) created the arrowed typeface Hell Font (2012) during her graphic design studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivica Campova

Graphic designer in Lucenec and/or Bratislava, Slovakia. She designed Circle Font (2011, dot matrix face) and Filharmonia (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ján Filípek
[DizajnDesign]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jan Hus

Jan Hus (1370-1415) introduced the principle of a diacritic (in his case, a dot above some letters) in his "Orthographia Bohemia" (1406-1412). This work became the basis for modern Czech typography. Hus was burnt at the stake in Konstanz, but not because of his typographic convictions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jan Sicko

Slovak designer of Vlna (2004), an experimental typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jan Vaclav

Trencin, Slovakia-based creator (b. 1999) of the fat finger fonts Drag (2014), Comicksan (2014), Lines (2014) and ASDF (2014). Persoanl site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Janci Gejdos

During his studies in Ruzomberok, Slovakia, Janci Gejdos created the experimental typeface Initial (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Janette Diouha

During her studies in Bratislava, Slovakia, Janette Diouha created JD Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jano

Slovakian designer of the Treefrog-like handwriting font Jano (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jaroslav Kocian

Jaroslav Kocian (b. 1977, Slovakia) created the free pixel typeface Muzalemova (2014). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Johanna Balusikova

Johanna Balusikova (b. 1974, Slovakia), now Johanna Bilak, studied typography at Atelier National de Création Typographique in Paris and at the Bratislava Art Academy in her native Slovakia, as well as at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in the Netherlands. She now works as a freelance graphic designer in The Hague, where she has lived since 1999. She designed Jigsaw (2000) at Typotheque: this was originally intended as a Multiple Master font that varies from roman to stencil.

At ATypI 2004 in Prague, she spoke about "Experiment and typography". Alternate URL. Co-editor with Alan Zaruba of We Want You To Love Type (2004, e-a-t). Since 2003 she is a partner in Peter Bilak's Typotheque. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jozef Ondrik

Jozef Ondrik (b. 1988, Ruzomberok, Slovakia) studied at the School of Applied Arts in Slovakia and at the Graphic Design and Typography Department of Tomas Bata University in Zlin (Czech Republic). He currently lives in Prague. He created Paper Font and Merian CC (2011, an outline typeface done with Radim Pesko). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jozef Vicek

Slovak designer from the early part of the 20th century. Here is an example of an art deco magazine ad published by him in 1937. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julo Nagy

Slovak designer who created Bible01 (1993, pictograms interpreted from biblical stories). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juraj Chrastina

Freelance designer from Slovakia, b. 1981, Zilina. He set up shop at MyFonts in 2009. His typefaces:

  • 2009: Stanislawski (display sans), Bonatti (simplified sans), Motyka (an octagonal family).
  • 2010: Cassin (dingbats), Birkenmajer (blackletter and curly), Ruman (a piano key font not unlike many of the modular fonts made over at FontStruct), Komarnicki (geometric---it is largely based on arcs of a circle), Batura (ornaments), Flexi Social Icons (a set of 64 social network and media buttons), Messner (a hairline sans), Kammerlander (a high-contrast all caps Peignotian face that Juraj claims is well suited for fashion mags), Runout (a black marker face), Walker (a floral dingbat face), Trango (an unevenly spaced fun childish hand-printed face), Chogolisa (an elliptical sans family).
  • 2011: Primitive Icons (dingbats), Manaslu (his first cartoon font), Baltoro Sans (humanistic sans), Masherbrum Slab Thin (hairline slab for fashion mags), Latok (a fat keyhole-themed art deco display face), Makalu (a flower dingbat typeface inspired by the lovely drawings of the famous illustrator Zdenìk Miler), Besley Hand (hand-printed didone), Ambassador (a hairline roman capitals face, ideal for glossy fashion mags. Its high-contrast Peignotian companion is Snob), Greenhorn (a comic book face), Gamba (an elliptical typeface), Valibuk (a strong black sans headline face), Lomidrevo (a grunge stencil derived from Valibuk), Baronessa (hand-printed poster face), Baron (hand-printed poster face).
  • 2012: Rumbarak (inspired by the titles of a few old Czech movies for children), Boudoir (a hand-printed poster face), Fimfarum (a wonderful set of hand-printed poster faces that can be mixed and matched for certain effects).
  • 2013: Gentleman (a sans family from hairline to black), Amundsen (an all-caps stencil typeface), Smart Labels (badges), Lustig (an interlocking poster font), Hilton Sans and Hilton Serif (fashion mag headline faces kerned and spaced by Igino Marini), Handy Labels, Loco (a counterless geometric art deco face), Charmante (hand-drawn poster typeface).
  • 2014: Fram (an uppercase stencil typeface for Latin and Cyrillic), General (neutral sans family with a very thin hairline weight).

Pic. Myfonts link. Creative Market link. Klingspor link. Fontspring link. Behance link.

Showcase of Juraj Chrastina's typefaces at MyFonts. Behance link.

View Juraj Chrastina's typefaces. Showcase of Juraj Chrastina's typefaces at MyFonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Juraj Sukop
[Typism]

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Karol Labuda

Slovak designer from the early part of the 20th century. Check out the play with geometric elements in Exercise in the layout of elements (1927). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kika Novosadova

Trencin, Slovakia-based graphic designer. She created Essen Sans (2012) and Wood Font (2012, based on the patterns in tree bark). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Klove

Bratislava-based creator of the 3d cubic grid font ABCD (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristina Uhrakova

Kristina Uhrakova was born in Trnava, Slovakia. She graduated in Graphic Design at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design London. Creator of the octagonal typeface Sputnik Regular (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lonely Pig Ringo

Zilina, Slovakia-based designer of the freepixel font Swamp Thing (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lubomir Longauer

Slovak professor, who is curating an exhibition called "20th century Slovak typography, part 1: 1918-1970" from October 8th 2004 until January 2nd 2005, in Bratislava's Mirbachov Palace. He has done a pioneering job on historical research of typographical work done by Slovak artists since the beginning of the Czechoslovak state in 1918.

Author of Modernost Tradicie (or: Modernity of Tradition) (2012, Slovart), about which Typotheque writes: This book uncovers the largely forgotten history of Slovak graphic design since 1918. After a slow start, cultural life in Central Europe underwent an unprecedented development, as is documented in the works of Martin Benka, Andrej Kovacik, Jaroslav Vodrazka, Karol Ondreicka, Jozef Cincik, Stefan Bednar and Rudolf Fabry. The works are placed in their historical context and are accompanied by historical facts and descriptions of the cultural and political situation in the country.

Designer of hundreds of book covers.

Author of Martin Benka, the first designer of the Slovak National Myth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lubos Mikusiak

Slovak designer from Zilina who made the Z Font (1994), an italic font with some mathematical symbols needed for the Z language. Truetype, type 1, type 3. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lukas Placko

Puchov, Slovakia-based designer of the piano key typeface Alto (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mankin Mimon

Slovakian designer (b. 1978) of the free comic book faces Konstructer (2008), AntiHrdina (2008), PetBone (2008), My E Go (2008), Rehotalk (2008), Dessin Immortel (2008) and Mankinoid 2008 (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manuel Campagnoli

Creative director in Bratislava, Slovakia. Designer of the artsy typeface Ultima Campagnoli (1998).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marek Mundok

Bratislava, Slovakia-based creator of the ghoulish typeface Cringer (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Bajanik

Slovak designer of the experimental typeface Benka (2001) and of the pictogram typeface Via Dolorosa (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Benka

Slovak painter and illustrator, b. 1888, Kostoliste, d. 1971, Malacky. He is regarded as the founder of Modernist 20th century Slovak painting. His typefaces include a hexagonal typeface from 1956, and a stone-chiseled typeface from the 1940s.

Lubomir Longauer wrote Martin Benka, the first designer of the Slovak National Myth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Malina

Martin Malina (Bratislava, Slovakia) created the octagonal typeface Chichman in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Steiner
[Bit-fonts.com (was: M-D Fonts)]

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Martin Sutovec

Czechoslovakian designer/typographer. He created the informal blocky fave Pakt. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matej Korytar

Graphic designer in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Dafont link. Behance link.

Creator of the organic typeface Not Enough Small (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matej Vojtus

His web page in in Slovakia, but his body is in Prague. This graphic designer created the fat rounded typeface Rusalka (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

MatFonts

Slovak designer of the paer cutout typeface Nozhnitsy (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Hazior

Bratislava, Slovakia-based designer of a few hand-printed ornamental caps alphabets in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michal Tornyai

Slovakian type designer, b. 1980, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Art and Design, Department of Visual Communication, Bratislava, Slovakia. He is into type design, lettering, typography, illustration, and comics.

His typefaces include Deputy Caps (2003, Western), Esens (2003-2004), Esens Display (2006), Sacra (2005), Empirik (2006, and angular typeface in the Menhart tradition), and Panta Rhei (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michal Vydareny
[Prask]

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miesto.sk

Slovak site: the file fonts.rar has a bunch of AType fonts from 1992 (such as ATBard, ATBeehive, ATBusker, ATChalk, ATCosmicTwo, ATCottage, ATCrescent, ATEklektic, ATErieContour, ATFrankHighlight, ATFrankenstein, ATGoldMine, ATGriffonShadow, ATIndiana, ATIreland, ATLincoln, ATViking), and a number of HiStroke fonts, also from 1992: ArtistikCE, AshleyInlineCE, CreepyCE, EclipseCE, FattiPattiBoldCE, FletcherGothicMediumCE, JapanetteCE, LeasterixCE, OldEnglishCE, SnowdriftCE. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ondrej Jób
[Urtd]

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Pete Faes

Pete Faes (Poprad, Slovakia) created the experimental typeface Typoxperiments (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Bielous

Slovakian creator of the tattoo font Bad Boys (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Bilak
[Typotheque]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Peter Bilak

Slovakian type designer (b. 1973), who lives in The Netherlands. Bio at FontFont. Designed: FF Atlanta, FF Craft (Kafkaesque), Champollion, Collapse, Didot Sans (unpublished), Decoratica (great display font, unpublished), Desthetica (grunge, but nice!), FF Eureka, FF Eureka Sans (2000), FF Eureka Mono (2001, FontFont), FF Eureka SansCond, FF Eureka Symbols (2002), FF Eureka CE, FF Eureka Sans CE, FF Eureka Sans Office (2011), FF Eureka Mono Office (2011), Fountain Pen (free fountain pen nib dingbat font), FF Masterpiece (wacky), FF Orbital, Fedra Sans (2001, a de-protestantised version of Univers, originally a corporate font for Bayerische Rück, a German insurance company), Fedra Bitmap (2002), Euroface (1996, Typerware, a scribbly font allegedly more legible than Helvetica at 80km/h), HolyCow and The Case. Essays on typography and design. Editor of dot dot dot. He also made AccentKernMaker, a font utility. Peter Bilak now lives in The Hague, The Netherlands, at the same address as Paul van der Laan. Free dingbat font FountainPen (Mac). At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about white spaces in typography. Speaker at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Chmela
[Chmela Studio]

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Peter Olexa
[Fonts2U]

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Peter Olexa
[Cruzine]

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Prask
[Michal Vydareny]

Michal Vydareny (aka Prask) is the Slovakian creator (b. 1986, Bratislava) of the double-printed handwriting typeface Pencil Grid (2008), of the art deco condensed Zemiakovy Salat CE (2009), of the artsy Font Penetration (2004), of Wooo (2009) and of NewFacebook (2009).

In 2012, he made the water bubble typeface Viktoria and the squarish Skew It.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ratislav Hekel

Slovakian designer of Revidendum (2011, experimental). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robert Friedrich

Slovakian writer, b. Cairo, 1990. Creator of the grungy typeface The End Font (2014).

Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Romvn Miklas

Bratislava, Slovakia-based designer of the brushy typeface Schwer Bottom (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rudolf Fabry

Slovak illustrator and book cover designer from the early part of the 20th century. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Samuel Carnoky
[Carnoky Design]

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Slávka Pauliková

Slovak graphic designer, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno, Czechia, both in 2009. Then she did a Masters in type design at the KABK in 2010, and currently works as a type and book designer in The Netherlands. For her thesis project, she developed the angular text family Dora (2010), which tries to preserve an element of handwriting. A 1906 renaissance antiqua from Genzsch&Heyse inspired her to a revival.

In 2013, FontFont published FF Dora (the angular text family extended from her thesis work in 2010) and FF Dora Display (which is a bit in the style of Rudolf Koch's German expressionist style).

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Slavka Jevcinova

Designer from Bardejov, Slovakia. She created the experimental faces Puzzle (2009) and Universal Serial Bus (2009).

Graduate of the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag in 2014. In 2014, she created Kin, an unconventional serif type family which explores distinctive styles while maintaining consistency. It has phonetic support and a drop-dead gorgeous black. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Slavo Ulicny
[Studio 49]

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Sona Jurikovicova

Bratislava-based illustrator who drew the painted floral all caps alphabet Made In Modra (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stefan Bednar

Slovak illustrator and designer from the early part of the 20th century. He did, for example, newspaper illustrations [example from 1934], and book covers [example from 1942]. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Studio 49
[Slavo Ulicny]

Slavo Ulicny is the Slovak designer at Studio 49 in Presov who created the airplane and helicopter dingbat typeface Letiskovy flashtrace (2002). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The European Computer Modern Fonts

Jörg Knappen's page on the European Computer Modern fonts. "The following languages are supported by the Cork encoding: Afrikaans, Albanian, Breton, Croat, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Gaelic, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish (modern orthography), Italian, Letzeburgish, Lusatian (Sorbian), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaetian (Rumantsch), Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typism
[Juraj Sukop]

Typism is Juraj Sukop's web-based font editor published in 2009: It is a public site where anyone can create a font for others to use and to study, to modify and to copy. You write the description of a typeface, design the outlines of a glyph, track the development history and publish any revision in human-readable format to store locally. All it takes to run it is a browser supporting a few open standards. [...] I believe it is of uttermost importance that everyone has the unrestricted access to the tools one needs to create freely. Therefore everyone can come here and may do good and that is why typism uses SVG. All the code and fonts are released under MIT License and Open Font License, respectively. [...] In other words, typism borrows heavily from Blender, Firefox, Wikipedia and The Pirate Bay. Juraj was an exchange student at UIAH in Helsinki, and got support for this project from the Slovak government. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typotheque
[Peter Bilak]

Typotheque is an initiative of Peter Bilak and ui42 out of Bratislava (Slovakia): Typotheque is an Internet-based independent type foundry. It offers quality fonts for PC and Macintosh platforms in standard European character set and in CE (central european) character set. All fonts have full (european) character sets, are thoroughly tested and manually kerned.

Typotheque also offers its own type utilities: AccentKernMaker and FontAgent.

Free fonts: Remix Typotheque and RaumSüd.

Commercial fonts: Fedra Sans (2001, 30 weights), Holy Cow (2000), Champollion (2000), Eureka (2000), Eureka Phonetik (2000), Eureka Arrows (2000), Eureka Glyphs (2000), Jigsaw (Light and Stencil, 2000, by Johanna Balusikova), Fedra Mono (2002), Fedra Bitmaps (2002), Fedra Serif (2003, 48 weights, with a characteristic shy female A, toes pointing inwards), Fedra Serif Display (2006), Fedra Arabic (2006) and Greta (2006-2007, Greta Text and Greta Display), a newspaper type family designed for the main Slovak newspaper, SME. Greta Text won an award at TDC2 2007 and is also being used by the Sunday Times (along with Sunday Times Modern by Emtype and Flama by M. Feliciano). Greta Symbol (2012) is a 10-style 1200-glyphs-per-style superfamily of symbols commonly used in newspapers, magazines and online publications.

In 2005, Collins Fedra Sans and Serif were published for use in the Collins dictionaries. A slightly modified version of Fedra Sans is used by the Czech Railways.

In 2008, Peter Bilak, Eike Dingler, Ondrej Jób, and Ashfaq Niazi created the 21-style family History at Typotheque: Based on a skeleton of Roman inscriptional capitals, History includes 21 layers inspired by the evolution of typography. These 21 independent typefaces share widths and other metric information so that they can be recombined. Thus History has the potential to generate thousands of different unique styles. History 1, e.g., is a hairline sans; History 2 is Peignotian; History 14 is a multiline face; History 15 is a stapler face, and so forth.

In 2009, Bilak published the extensive Irma (Sans, Slab) family, which includes a hairline. Typotheque's other designer is Johanna Balusikova.

Collection of over 90 articles on type design by by Stuart Bailey, Michael Bierut, Peter Bilak, Andrew Blauvelt, Erik van Blokland, Max Bruinsma, David Casacuberta, Andy Crewdson, Paul Elliman, Peter Hall, Jessica Helfand, Steven Heller, Roxane Jubert, Emily King, Robin Kinross, Rosa Llop, Ellen Lupton, Martin Majoor, Rick Poynor, Michael Rock, Stefan Sagmeister, and Dmitri Siegel.

In 2011, he created Julien, a playful geometric display typeface loosely inspired by the early 20th century avant-garde. It is based on elementary shapes and includes multiple variants of each letter. It feels like a mix of Futura, Bauhaus, and geometric modular design.

Julien (2012) is a playful geometric display typeface loosely inspired by the early 20th century avant-garde.

Karloff (2012, Positive, Negative, Neutral) is a didone family explained this way: Karloff explores the idea how two extremes could be combined into a coherent whole. Karloff connects the high contrast Modern type of Bodoni and Didot with the monstrous Italians. The difference between the attractive and repulsive forms lies in a single design parameter, the contrast between the thick and the thin. Neutral, the offspring, looks like a slab face.

Lumin (2013) is a family that includes slab-serif, sans serif, condensed and display typefaces, and no attept is made to make them uniform in style.

Lava (2013) is a magazine typeface originally designed for Works That Work magazine. It was extended to a multilingual workhose typeface family.

Behance link. Typedia link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

TypoTopo

Type design workshop held from 24-30 October 2011 in FreeDom Gallery, Bahon, Slovak Republic. The organizers were Áron Jancsó, Ondrej Jób and Ján Filípek. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Universal Grotesk

This typeface became famous for its use on traffic signs in Czechoslovakia. It was designed in 1951 by an unknown type designer at the Czech typefoundry Grafotechna.

Free download of two fonts made in 2010 and 2012 respectively, also by an unknown designer. One of these fonts claims in its metadata that the original is due to Vladimir Balthasar in 1934. Globe Grotesk Display (2014, Jan Charvat) is based on Universal Grotesk. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Urtd
[Ondrej Jób]

Bratislava-based type and graphic designer (b. 1984, Czechoslovakia). He graduated from AFAD Bratislava, and in 2009 from the Type and Media program at KABK, where he designed Doko, a serifed text family derived from handlettering. Earlier, he created the Preissig-look family Kompilat (2007), and the monospace font Monoxil (2007).

In 2008, Peter Bilak, Eike Dingler, Ondrej Jób, and Ashfaq Niazi created the 21-style family History at Typotheque: Based on a skeleton of Roman inscriptional capitals, History includes 21 layers inspired by the evolution of typography. These 21 independent typefaces share widths and other metric information so that they can be recombined. Thus History has the potential to generate thousands of different unique styles. History 1, e.g., is a hairline sans; History 2 is Peignotian; History 14 is a multiline face; History 15 is a stapler face, and so forth.

He started Urtd, and sells these fonts: the ION family (2010, LED simulation faces), Outliner (2008, architectural lettering), and the icon sets Ico Weather (2010), Ico Time (2010) and Ico Phone (2010). Klimax Bold (2008) is in the ultra-ultra-fat art deco category, and won an award at TDC2 2009 for display face. See also Klimax Plus (2009).

Creations in 2011: Clip (2011) is a 4-style Opentype-feature-loaded paperclip family.

Typefaces made in 2012: Remi (useful monospaced geometric sans family), Bismuth (angular techno family), Bismuth Stencil.

In 2013, Ondrej Job published the script typeface Odesta.

Typefaces from 2014: Pexico and Pexico Micro (pixel typefaces).

MyFonts link. Typedia link. Behance link. Klingspor link. Village link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Viktor Suszter

Fontstructor who made the modular octagonal counterless typeface Tabacka (2011) on commission for Tabacka Kulturfabrik in Slovakia. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Visual Art Trends

The East-European typographic scene of the past 50 years reviewed by Adam Twardoch. Site temporarily in limbo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vojto Ruman

Slovakian designer of the dot matrix font FS Blok (2009, FontStruct). Aka Toy Boy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Young Element

Media agency in Duna-Szerdahely, Slovakia, est. 2010. Behance link. They made a fat counterless face, Abandon (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zsolt Bocsarszky

Kosice, Slovakia-based designer of the vector format alchemic display typeface Squeezer Typo (2013).

Hellofont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿