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Type design in South Africa
Adrienne Weidner (Scottburgh, South Africa) obtained a Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University in 2015. In 2016, she designed a hand-crafted slab serif and a music note inspired typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Johannesburg, South Africa. Behance link.
He created some experimental typefaces, alongside some display fonts. Examples: Kokface (a constructivist beauty), a circle-themed stencil face, Revolt, and an octagonal face. In 2012, he made another set of experimental typefaces called Engineering. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cape Town, South Africa-based graphic designer who was also born in Cape Town and grew up in Namibia, Creator of the multiline typeface Reading Together (2014), which pays attention to blind people. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
A self-proclaimed beach calligrapher from Cape Town, South Africa, who developed an origial technique for carving in the sand. Home page. One of his works is entitled Futura On The Beach (2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
The Bends (2011) is a hairline curly-yet-straight display face. SansGoma (2011) is a hairline slab poster face. Nu Gothic (2011), Nu Modern (2011) and especially Vironica (2011) are fashion mag display typefaces. Neu Nouveau (2011) is a curly art nouveau face. Numera (2011) is an organic fashion mag face. Killoton (2011) is super-fat and beautiful.
Typefaces from 2013: Canada (alchemic).
In 2015, he created a series of posters called Vignelliisms illustrating one-liners by Massimo Vignelli.
Arkitype (was: Virtue Creative)
Andrew Footit (b. 1984) runs his own typefoundry in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also known as Arkitype. Until 2014, his type studio was called Virtue Creative and before that, Virtue84. In 2017, he set up Arkitype. His typefaces:
Johannesburg, South Africa-based designer of the pattern typeface Haus Ethnik Dingbats (2014: a collection of dingbats inspired by various ethnic patterns from Zimbabwe and modifications thereof), the blackboard bold typeface This Flag (2016) and the brushed revolution font Tajamuka Script (2016). Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Cape Town, South Africa, who created the slab typeface Deputy Serif (2012).
Black Bird Foundry
Ben Grib (Black Bird Foundry, and Black Bird Press, South Africa) created the Western signage typefaces Excelsior and Indiana Headline in 2015. He also made the hand-crafted signage typeface Deputy Serif (2015). On Behance, we read that the foundry is associated with Chris Bushey in Bongoville, Gabon. Chris made the Victorian signage typeface Fancy Pants (or Foxtrot). They also made several great sets of icons and drawing including Animalia, Le Kitchen and Fruits. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typefoundry in Johannesburg, South Africa, est. 2015. Their typefaces: BTW Dismo, BTW Atlj, BTW Nuller, BTW-Appen (2015, a neo-grotesk typeface with higher-than-normal contrast. It features alternating stem endings, high contrast apexes, smooth and flowing joints, and mono-linear terminals). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Rhodes University in Johannesburg, South Africa, Caitlin Dominy designed the decorative caps typeface Retro Rockwell (2016) and the floriated textured all caps typeface Lace (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
At the University of Johannesburg in 2016, Carey-Anne Jayanandham designed the icons for the Zoo Lake wayfinding system, and published a potato stamp tribute to Adrian Frutiger (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Carl Leisegang (b. 1984), aka Agent C, lives in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He created AgentC (2009, handwriting) and the funky Seeds (2009). In 2018, he published Carl Alt. [Google] [More] ⦿
Durban, South Africa-based designer of tthe dingbat typeface Merikana (2015) that is related to a violent mine workers strike in 2012: The Marikana miners' strike or Lonmin strike was a wildcat strike at a mine owned by Lonmin in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, South Africa in 2012. Th event garnered international attention following a series of violent incidents between the South African Police Service, Lonmin security, the leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and strikers themselves, which resulted in the deaths of 44 people, the majority of whom were striking mineworkers killed on 16 August. At least 78 additional workers were also injured on 16 August. This was a school project at Durban University of Technology. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 2015, he made the deco typeface Mont Blanc.
Foundry, est. ca. 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Jan Erasmus. Jan currently resides in Johannesburg and taught font design for 10 years at University of Johannesburg and Stellenbosch University. His professional activities include typography, websites, brochure design, packaging, branding and type design. He also designed custom fonts for corporations of which Menyaka (for the FIFA world cup soccer 2010) and Nando's fast foods (1999; done together with Cross Colours) are the most noted.
Jan's debut display font family was Thornface (1997, a beautiful medieval font). He then released Transition, Lalibela (2009, didone), Pixeluxe and Azania (Tuscan, Western). Other fonts include Sade (a relative of Garamond), Export Unicase (1999, stencil), Mzansi (2007, an African look font), Shaftciti (2008, military stencil), Pixeluxe (2010), Giramundo (2010), Transition (2006), Ethereum (2015, a Cyrillic emulation typeface).
Type designer and self-taught lettering artist from South Africa. He studied Visual Communications at Vega School, Durban. Graduate of the TypeMedia program at the KABK in The Hague in 2017. His graduation project Veld was a typeface family designed for large scale use, inspired by the sign-painted vernacular of South Africa. In 2017, he returned to South Africa. [Google] [More] ⦿
Digital designer in Johannesburg, South Africa, who was part of the international effort in 2014 to create 45 icon sets that explain the self-destruction of the world. The book 45 Symbols published in Köln in 2014 introduces 45 projects of 45 symbols (so 45 times 45 icons in all) created by students from Parsons The New School For Design (New York), Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lebanese American University Beirut. Falmouth University UK, and Universidad de los Andes (Bogota) on a variety of themes. [Google] [More] ⦿
Derek Clark (defaulterror, Cape Town, South Africa, b. 1980) created the beautiful futuristic typeface Dirty Flamingo (no downloads) and has a great web page. Free fonts, also in that futuristic style, all made in 2006-2007: Mercenary, Commando, Dirty Flamingo, 8-bit (pixel face), BrothersofMetal, PXL8R (pixel face), SuperBefok, VomZom, defaulterror, elDiablo, pooplatter.
Design Africa is an outfit run by Anton Scholtz and Merle from Musgrave, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Their commercial fonts have Latin letters but an African look: Umkhonto, Ubuvila, Amanzi, Assegai, Bongo, Doorn Display, Doorn Body, Zebra, Utshani, Tabwa, Amabhokisi, Baobab, Siyabonga, Inja. When you visit them, do not forget to look at their great ethnic patterns. [Google] [More] ⦿
Desmond Wong studied at The Cooper Union (2011) and at Pratt Institute (2009-2013) before setting up shop in New York City. He designed some typefaces such as Mandelbrot (a Type@Cooper fractal emulation project from 2011 named after Benoit Mandelbrot), Bema (2013, a reinterpretation of a typeface originally created by Michael Freiburger, Martin Kranz, and Ulrich Gering for the first Bible printed in France---designed during Jesse Ragan's typeface design class at Pratt Institute), OM Steiner (designed at Other Means with direction from Gary Fogelson, Phil Lubliner, Ryan Waller and Vance Wellenstein for Yeasayer's Fragrant World), Export (2012, for Jesse Ragan), Vogue Sans (2013, a class project done with Kathleen Creighton), and four typefaces crated for his senior thesis project in 2013 jointly with Frank DeRose and Brendan Griffiths: Chinatown, Woodworm (with art nouveau stencil hints), Plant, Classified.
In XXX, Christina Janus and Desmond Wong co-designed Authentic Sans.
Johannesburg, South Africa-based designer of the custom circle-based typeface Circle Metric (2017). For the cover of La Cobra's album, Shotgun Slinger, he created the custom spurred rock band typeface La Cobra (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
fc fonts for African languages
Jörg Knappen's fc fonts for African languages. In metafont. The following languages are supported: Akan, Bamileke, Basa (Kru), Bemba, Ciokwe, Dinka, Dholuo (Luo), Efik, Ewe-Fon, Fulani (Fulful), G\~a, Gbaya, Hausa, Igbo, Kanuri, Kikuyu, Kikongo, Kpelle, Krio, Luba, Mandekan (Bambara), Mende, More, Ngala, Nyanja, Oromo, Rundi, Kinya Rwanda, Sango, Serer, Shona, Somali, Songhai, Sotho (two different writing systems), Suaheli, Tiv, Yao, Yoruba, Xhosa and Zulu. Plus Maltese and Sami. Jörg Knappen works at the University of Mainz in Germany. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fhumulani Nemulodi is the Johannesburg, South Africa-based designer of the soft-edged hand-crafted poster typeface Bebop Slab (2016) and the modular poster typeface Elwi The Gentle Giant (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: Sisana (a hybrid sans), Durango, Ogra, Bebop Pro (sans and slab), Reqnad Geometrik (soft octagonal style; free), Bomba Stout.
Fonts of Afrika
Fonts of Afrika is Peter Slingsby's South African foundry selling mostly dingbat fonts at 4 to 6 USD per font. About ten of his 80 fonts are free. Includes rock art, African dingbats, wildlife, children, American railroads, Christian icons, safari, tourism. Great choice. Slingsby, the author and illustrator. Peter Slingsby sells some of his fonts at abstractfonts.com. These are original African dingbats or alphabets with an African feel. Reasonable prices (between 1 and 5 dollars per font). Names: Africa D History, Africa D Wildlife, Africa D People, Africa D Art, Africa T Inkuni, Africa TiQwara, Africa T Ndebele, Afrika Mfundisi, Africa T Ndlovu, Africa T Ubuntu, Africa T Xixo. List of fonts: Afrika Children 1 Rural, Afrika Children 2 Township, Afrika Children 3 at Play, Afrika Children 4 Faces, Afrika Children A Rural, Afrika Children B Township, Afrika Children C at Play, Afrika Children D Faces, Afrika Gold A Patterns, Afrika Images 11 Special, Afrika Images A /Xixo, Afrika Images A Xixo, Afrika Images B Ubuntu, Afrika Images C mKonto, Afrika Images DiQwara, Afrika Images E Dawuwu, Afrika Images F mBizo, Afrika Images G Sangoma, Afrika Images H Gau-aïb, Afrika Images H GauAib, Afrika RockArt 1 Groups, Afrika RockArt 2 People, Afrika RockArt 3 Animals, Afrika RockArt 4 Sevilla, Afrika RockArt A People 1, Afrika RockArt B People 2, Afrika RockArt C People 3, Afrika RockArt D People 4, Afrika RockArt E Beliefs 1, Afrika RockArt F Animals 1, Afrika RockArt G Animals 2, Afrika RockArt H TheEnd, Afrika RockArt I Bkloof 1, Afrika RockArt J Bkloof 2, Afrika RockArt K Bkloof 3, Afrika RockArt L Bkloof 4, Afrika RockArt M Cberg 1, Afrika RockArt N Cberg 2, Afrika mFundisi, Afrika T Inkuni, Afrika TiQwara, Afrika T Ndebele, Afrika T Ndlovu, Afrika T Ubuntu, Afrika T Xixo, Afrika Fonts Sampler, Afrika Phunny Phauna, Afrika Birds 1 Wetlands, Afrika Birds 2 Small, Afrika Birds 3 Large, Afrika Mammals 1 Small, Afrika Mammals 2 Large, Afrika Mammals 3 Antelope, Afrika Mammals 4 Spoor, Afrika Wildlife A Mammals 1, Afrika Wildlife B Mammals 2, Afrika Wildlife C Mammals 3, Afrika Wildlife D Mammals 4, Afrika Wildlife E Birds 1, Afrika Wildlife F BirdReps 2, Afrika Wildlife G Insects, Afrika Wildlife G Insectsplus, Afrika Wildlife H RockArt, Afrika Wildlife Ha RockArtplus, Afrika Safari A Ndebele, Afrika Safari B Paljas, Afrika Safari C Sossus, Afrika Safari D Shosholo, Afrika Safari E Inkuni, Afrika Safari F Gogga, Afrika Safari G Mfhungu, Afrika Safari H Kung SAFETY, Afrika Wildlife B Mammals 2, Christian Icons B Monograms, Christian Icons C Saints, Symblic Safety Signs 1, Symblic Safety Signs 2, Tourism Labelled, Tourism Labelled Negative, Tourism Labelled Outside, Tourism Labelout Negative, Tourism Unlabelled, Tourism Unlabelled Negative, Tourism Unlabelled Open. [Google] [More] ⦿
He calls himself a semi-intellectual. This designer from Jozi in South Africa, made these typefaces in 2010: Rund Marker (a felt tip font), Reservoir Grunge, Caligula Dodgy (roman capitals), Shoom Vertical (monoline techno squarish sans) and Bloxxx Extrabold. [Google] [More] ⦿
South African designer of Greyton Script (1991, Letraset), an inline calligraphic (engraved) typeface. At Berthold in 1972, he published Gesh Export 233 (stencil), Gesh Introduction and Gesh Ortega Roman 275. For revivals of Gesh Export, see OPTI Gilpin 5 (by Castcraft) and the free font Stencil Expert (1993, Allen R. Walden). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Senior designer in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2016, he published the free typeface Umhlanga, which is based on Interstate Regular Condensed by Tobias Frere-Jones. In 2017, he designed the free geometric sans typeface family Wavehaus Sans. Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pretoria, South Africa-based designer of a squarish typeface and of the marker pen font Marker in 2015. In 2017, he designed the mostly modular typefaces Mafoko, Bent Corners, Easy Nat, Shirel, Zero Number and Marking (bilined). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
South African designer (b. 1970) of the minimalist font Luno, and of the Christian lettering typeface Stigmata. Downloads not functional. She lives in Forest Hills, SA, and attended Rhodes University. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Durban University of Technology in South Africa, Helen Borg designed the Umlungu typeface (2015), which depicts hand signals used by South African taxi drivers to communicate with white dummies. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ivan Colic (Infografica) is art director at Ogilvy Zoom Cape Town, South Africa. He made a stunning constructivist typeface family in 2012, called Afrographique. In 2015, he started selling his fonts via Creative Market. Typefaces there include the clean sans typeface Infografica Medium (2015, to be used for information design). [Google] [More] ⦿
Sasolburg, South Africa-based designer of ZAsymbolsAriel (2002), ZAsymbolsRoman (2002). These ghave diacritics useful for these South African languages: isiNdebele, isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana and Tshivenda. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jethro Stebbings (Johannesburg, South Africa) created the vernacular typeface Urban (2013) by studying various informal letters and words found around Alexander township in Gauteng, South Africa. [Google] [More] ⦿
Joan Chong works in Singapore. Her illustrations and fashion mag work is exquisite and refined. In addition, she has made a modular typeface called Ornate (2013).
Port Elizabeth, South Africa-based designer of the outlined disoplay typeface Sensory (2017), which was created for a multisensory publication on the Sensory Processing Disorder in children. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka Jos Joy, as Joanne Ford Taylor, and as joiaco. South African illustrator in Knysna, b. 1953. Designer in 2009 of Qarmic Sans, Qirkus Qaps (almost Tuscan), Qranklestein, Qlippitek, Qixstix, QutnTorn Caps, and the hand-printed fonts Qirlycues and Qokijo.
In 2011, she created Qokipops, Qik Edges (2011, dingbats and borders), Qut+Torn (papercut face), Qrypton (2011, sci-fi), Qumbazonki (2011, African look face), Qwagga (2011, another African face), Qixbox (2011, hand-printed 3d face), Qongasushi (2011, poster face), Qarkitech, and Qlinickle.
Typefaces from 2012 include Qarolina, Qreepy, Qrackerjax, Qubism, Qoncrete, Qrubby, Questoz, Quinky (brush face), Qumberland Slab, Qinkgo, Qrayola, Qudos, Qubism (inspired by Picasso), Qimiko, Qhorah, Qratchee (scratchy typeface).
In 2013, she designed Qrankenstein, Qaxton, Quota (a heavy titling face), Qlub Jozi (art deco), Qlarendon (a 7-style Clarendon family), Qarmic Sans Pro, Qanoodle (handwriting), Qorker (art deco, after The New Yorker?), Qlaire (clean sans), Qwinkwell, Quota (fat poster face), Qarross, Qontreaux, Qut+Paste (paper cut font), Qwacko, Qizulu (African-themed font), Qokeynote.
Typefaces from 2014: Qlunky Brush, Qarrotface, QikiconsRealEstate, QrackStreet, Quiglet (a very rounded sans), Quota-Bold, Qutntorn, Qwinkwell, Quikhand (chalk / blackboard typeface), Qirlycues.
Typefaces from 2015: African Elegance, Embroidery Running Stitch, Embroidery Chainstitch, Embroidery Backstitch, Leaderbord.
Typefaces from 2016: Scrabblish (scrabble font).
Typefaces from 2017: Qanterberry, Geeky Periodic Table Font.
Kaiser Zhar Khan (b. 1980, Chile), aka Zanatilja, used to run a new defunct archive called True Type Fonts. He also designed many typefaces himself. The most famous among these is his free African-themed typeface South Afirkas 2100 (2009), which is downloadable from Dafont.
In 2012, he made Stickerman Bad Times, Rock X Start TFB, Aespiro TFB, Perspectivo TFB (3d face), Desgarvuda (textured face), Estancofida TFB (textured face), LEDisplay TFB, Restroom Signs TFB, Chinese Cally TFB, Discontinuo, Suast Ornad TFB (a textured face), Scoolar TFB (3d face), Katakana TFB, Hiragana TFB, Dragons TFB, Arrows TFB, Old Retro Keys TFB, Pycuaf, Pycuafodi, Dragon Ball TFB, Escaned (texture face), Chess TFB, Seagram TFB, Army Weapons TFB, Stamp Seal TFB, Logos TFB, Scripto TFB, Another Ornaments TFB, Vintage Auto Cars TFB, Simple (a monoline sans), Travesia TFB (information design dings), Music TFB (dingbats), Xmas Cartoon, Wings of Wind TFB, Mickey M TFB, Pincel Handwrite, Jigsaw Pieces TFB, Valentines Day TFB (heart dingbats), Proportional TFB (squarish sans), Stars TFB, Working Signs TFB, Signs Language TFB, Ornaments Labels and Frames, Snowflakes TFB, Christmas Nativity TFB, Chinese Zodiac TFB, Zodiac TFB, Only Skulls, Calendar Note TFB, Sports TFB (sports silhouettes), Old Retro Labels TFB, 11 Vator TFB, Xmas TFB (Christmas dings), Trees TFB, Clothing Logos TFB, Dirty Sweb, Can Dog TFB, Ornaments, Finger Print, Kitty Kats TFB, Batman Logo Evolution TFB, Light TFB (avant garde sans), Digital Display TFB (LED face), Skullx (dingbats), Tribal Tattoo (dingbats), Klingon, The Meme Font (dingbats), Rongorongo (a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island), Strangferfixcs, Hotel Transilvania and Frankenwine.
Typefaces made in 2013: Pudahuel Sans, Variada TFB (simple circle-and-arc-based sans), Estorea TFB, New LED Board TFB, Rayada TFB (textured face), New Barcode Font TFB, Estrellas TFB (stars), Estrellass (sic) TFB, Spirits Dots Drinks, Mero Ornad TFB (fishnet textured), Toolz TFB, New Stencil TFB, Logocarsbats TFB, Caritons TFB (smilies), Illustrations TFB (scanbats), Edgebat TFB (knives), Crossbats TFB (crosses), Abstrec TFB (organic sans), Frames TFB, BitxMap Font TFB, Austera Simple TFB, Traffic Signs TFB, Extranger Sol TFB, Rifle Bats TFB, New X Digital TFB (LED typeface family), Dasgastada TFB, El Alambre TFB, Punk Not Dead TFB, Triangled TFB, Noxtrey Auf TFB, Cross LED TFB (+Bold), Cursi Extra TFB, Hearts Shapes TFB, Ornamentsss TFB, Eggfaces TFB, Orniste TFB, Shadded TFB (sic) (shadow face), Spoghetti Western (sic) (Italian Far West face), Groovy Font (shaded), Fireguns TFB (dingbats), Only Revolver TFB (dingbats), Aeg Flyon Now (condensed sans), Espinuda TFB, T1 Logoso TFB, Social Logos TFB, Hearts and Flowers for valentines, Astrology Astrological TFB, Ornametss TFB, Astrology TFB, Old Ornaments, Old Foundry Prints TFB, Old seals TFB, English Two Line TFB (pearly alphabet from 1796), Amame TFB (dot matrix face), Fontesda TFB (sketched face), Flowers Dots Bats TFB, Queen Destroy TFB, Bicycle TFB (dingbats), Stone Army, Ancient Weapons TFB, Numismatic Bats TFB, Elizabethan Initials TFB, Anome Ibul, Big Daddy LED, Mavole Sinpo TFB (spurred), Dowted Remix TFB (dot matrix face), QR Font TFB, Another Barcode, Display Free TFB (LED face), Cadabra Debilex, Initials TFB, Music Logos TFB, Toxic Waste TFB, Ornad Dentro TFB, Logos and Logos TFB, Amore Mio, Hearts Shapes TFB, Another X Display TFB (dot matrix), Pro Display TFB (dot matrix), Juino Net, Quiwo Luse TFB, Aliencons Two, Cargante TFB, News Board TFB, Aliencons TFB, Barcode TFB, Birthday Balon TFB, Birds TFB (silhouettes), Le Fish (fish silhouettes), Motos TFB, Love You Too TFB (Valentine's day font), LED LCD 123, Noteame (fat sans), Badopus TFB (monoline script), Estrellado TFB, Love You TFB (Valentine's Day font), Cubs LED TFB (LED / dot matrix typeface), Text Inside TFB (textured face), Kuwa Ronmcie Q (circle-based face), Zebra TFB, Distrogrunge TFB, Carillas TFB (smilies).
Designer (aka Karz, and as Karen Boland) of the handwriting fonts Karz 001 (2009, made with Scanahand), Chloe (2010) and Holmes 001 (2005). Karen (b. 1982) lives in Ramsgate, South Africa. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa, Kelly Fletcher created Typografika (2015), an ornamental caps typeface based on tribal African patterns and the shapes of African city buildings. [Google] [More] ⦿
South African and British type designer. During TypeClinic 5 in 2012 in Trenta, Slovenia, he created Ishumi Nanye, a sans serif typeface for the road sign system of South Africa. It uses the triangular shape of the South African flag for its large ink-traps. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Vega School of Brand Leadership in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kirsten Morgan created a distressed typewriter typeface called Method (2013).
Layout designer in Kimberley, South Africa, who made the display typeface fatty Boom Boom in 2012.
It is unclear whether Ally Heart or Lisa Campbell is her real name. Art director in Johannesburg, South Africa, who created these typefaces in 2017: Chalk (sketched, hatched letters), Hollandaise Script (formal calligraphy), Brave Butterfly (informal writing style). Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cape Town, South Africa-based designer of the curly script typefaces Salt & Pepper (2016) and Pillowbook (2015), and the hand-crafted poster dingabt and ornament typeface Caboodle (2015). Creative Market link. Behance link. Designcuts link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Codesigner with Brode Vosloo (Sacred Nipple Type Foundry in South Africa), William Rea and Garth Walker of the African dingbats font AfroDisiac (1997), which was also published by [T-26]. [Google] [More] ⦿
Manfred Klein: African-themed fonts
African theme fonts include AfricArtes, AfricEggs, AfricaArt, AfricaArtTwo, Africaans, Africaans, Africain, AfricainBatsOSix, AfricanAngelsAndSpirits, AfricanArtifacts, AfricanGhosts, AfricanQueens, AfricanSymbols, Africanissima, AfricanissimaOSix, AfriquArtes, AfriqueDrawings, AfroDesigns, Afrobats, Afroparts, ArteAfrique, BlackLiving, BlackSplinters, MotherAfrica.
Italian visual artist based in Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2005 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in visual communication from ISIA (Florence, Italy) and Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). He continued his studies at the Sandberg institute of the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, where he obtained a Master's degree.
Creator of the geometric sans typeface Biko (2013), which is named after South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. See also Biko Light (2013). Buy Biko from Monofonts. Obtain a free copy from Dafont.
In 2014, he designed the masculine sans typeface Coluna Condensed Bold (also free at Dafont, this family includes Rounded, Outlined, and Sketched styles).
Graphic and type designer (b. 1936, South Africa) and teacher, who after studies at the Chelsea College of Art became the partner of Jock Kinneir in 1964 in Kinneir, Calvert Associates. There, she designed type for signals, highways, the British Rail, airports, hospitals, the army, and the subway.
Designer in FUSE 9 of the experimental font A26 (1994).
Monotype Calvert (1980) is a retail Egyptian typeface that was originally used in Newcastle's Tyne & Wear Metro. Ashley Ng (San Francisco) did a great set of advertising posters for MT Calvert in 2012.
She taught at the Royal College of Art in London from 1966, and headed its graphics unit from 1967-1981. She was awarded an honorary degree by the University of the Arts London in 2004.
In 2009, Margaret Calvert and Henrik Kubel designed New Rail Alphabet, a revival of the 1964 British Rail alphabet of Margaret Calvert and Kinneir Calvert Associates.
Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert also created Motorway as a companion to Transport. That typeface was extended by Keith Bates in Motorway (2015).
Born in South Africa, and based in Middlesbrough, UK, Matt Boak designed these typefaces: Hard Flip (2015, a squarish typeface inspired by old black and white horror films such as "The Phantom Of The Opera"), the pixel typeface Dea Pixels (2015), and the commissioned pixel typeface Geek Press (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cape Town, South Africa-based designer (b. 1988) of Scarange (2005, an organic typeface that was called Maelstrom) and Vogue Sans (2005, see also here). He is working on Satinwood (2007, a quaint typeface in the style of Bernhard Modern). [Google] [More] ⦿
Located in Cape Town, South Africa, this graphic designer and illustrator created an art deco typeface family called Retrofunk (2009), which includes a stencil style. Her logo lettering is also remarkable. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Durban, South Africa, in 1947, Merle Scholtz specializes in designing African and Indian ethnic patterns and logos. Her work with ethnic patterns began as a result of her fascination with, and collection of, ethnic African masks and beadwork. Together with Anton Scholtz, she runs Scholtz Fonts. Her typefaces include:
In his own words, Morné Venter is a conceptual thinker, illustrator and designer. Based in Pretoria, South Africa, he created Mauritio (2012), a basic poster typeface inspired by the island of Mauritius. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Soweto, this designer now works in Johannesburg. Diamonds inspired him to create Taemane (2012). Taemane is Diamond in Sesotho.
In 2011, he made M Font, in which all letters are somehow derived from "m".
In 2012, he created the Learn Braille Font.
Natalie Amy Margaret Houston was born in Durban, South Africa. She attended the then-named Natal Technikon. She graduated with a Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management in 1989, after which she was awarded an 18-month scholarship by the German Government to work and gain practical experience in that country. While in Germany she worked for Volkswagen and Audi, in their Marketing and Strategic Planning departments respectively. She returned to Germany from South Africa to study Graphic Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Dusseldorf. She completed a Bachelors and Masters degree in graphic design. Natalie lectured at the Durban University of Technology in the Faculty of Arts, in the Department of Graphic Design for nine years. In 2013 she joined the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia, as a lecturer in Graphic Design. In 2015, she started pursuing a PhD in the Department of Social Sciences, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
She posted several Kufi style Arabic typefaces designed by her students in 2015 at the University of Dammam, College of Design for Girls. These include fonts by Arwa Alshammari (Moderfla), Najebah Alhashim (Handasah), Raghda Almakami (Zawiya), Ghadeer Haddad (Bubble: a circle-based font), Lina (Tammuz), Sukaina Albasha (Lightning), Fatima AlMoaili (MOQ'LA), Nora Alshammari (ZBRQAN), and Layla Alkhalifah (Thakerah). Her students jointly designed the Kufic Arabic typefaces Asia (2014), Ragda (2015, based on Avenir), Sumaya (2015), Layla (2015, based on Helvetica), and Lojain (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born and raised in Katlehong, a township to the east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Neo Mphahlele studied at the University of Johannesburg, where he designed Dysfunctional Typeface in 2016. [Google] [More] ⦿
Successful designer in Cape Town, South Africa, who started making fnts in 2014, In 2016, Creative Market wrote: South Africa-based designer Nicky Laatz just made one million dollars on Creative Market doing what she loves.. Creator of the commercial vintage spurred Western typeface Thistle Creek (2014), and the hand-drawn Butcher Block (2014), Vanilla Frosting (2014), Brave (2014, poster font), Stringfellows (2014, connected curly script, the most popular fonts at Creative Market in August 2014) and Cookies & Cream (2014).
In 2015, Nicki created more script typefaces: Hello Sunshine (hand brushed), Stone Harbour (dry brush typeface), Pleasures Script, Just Lovely, Bloomishly Brush, Saturday Script (dry brush script), Tanglewoods, La Fiesta (calligraphic script with watercolour edges), Maraschino Script (calligraphic script with a bouncy baseline, Little Anchor (Wobbly hand-painted script), Blushing Bride (a flirty hand-lettered script), Lemonshino, Strawberry Frosting (plump and cheerful), Happy Days, Bear Hugs, Vanilla Sprinkles (messy calligraphy with watercolour edging), Mustard Mustache (an uppercase marker font), Island Style, Lucky Fellas (brush script), Indigo Blue, Miss Couture (pencil brush script), Forever Soulmates, Blooming Elegant (Sans, Hand and Monoline), Hello Lucky (a dry marker font), Biscuit Base Script, Boathouse Script, Deliciously Script, Gojiberries, Harelybuck Script, Jeronimo Typeface, Jolly Sailor, Loveluck Script, Lemonade Stand, Maraschino Typeface, Masquerade, Novascotia, Peaches & Pistachio, Shoestrings.
Typefaces from 2017: Just Heavenly (dry brush script), South Route, Pringle+Tweed, Poppit+Finch, Ernest + Emily, Gotcha (marker font), Indigo Summer, Serendipity, Styled Up, Hello Pretty (brushed typeface), Born Ready (brush script).
Typefaces from 2018: Electric Dreams (font duo), Instalove (SVG dry brush), InstaLove Smooth, Lovestory (watercolor SVG font), Summer Loving (SVG brush), Stay Classy Font Duo, Signature Collection, White Oleander, Belluga, Simply Sweet, Signature Collection, Chin Up Buttercup. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Inscape Education Group in Cape Town, South Africa, Nicole O'Neill designed a virtual display typeface for the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oh Bear Studios
Orange Juice Design
Orange Juice Design is located in Durban, South Africa. It was founded in 1995 by Garth Walker, South Africa's leading exponent of post-apartheid design.
Sheila Dorje (from Cape Town, South Africa) designed the Arabic simulation font Halaal (2000). Fontshop link to Dorje.
I-jusi (Zulu for juice) is a magazine published by Orange Juice Design. As part of this, he has published discussions of African typography in National Typographika 1 (i-jusi volume 11) and 2 (i-jusi volume 17) (commented here).
Walker was commissioned to design a typeface for South Africa's new constitutional court in 2004. He also created Red Mercury, inspired by Jonathan Barnbrook's work, and alluding to South Africa's covert nuclear defence programme.
UK-based type designer (b. 1970, Johannesburg).
His first commercial typeface is Bramber (2012): The design of Bramber was inspired by Allied propaganda posters of the second World war, especially Russian posters. It has a distinctive solid, geometric appearance. But it is not constructivist.
Cape Town, South Africa-based designer of the blocky typeface Pajitnov (2015), which was inspired by the classic arcade game Tetris and named after its Soviet developer, Alexey Pajitnov. [Google] [More] ⦿
Design director at Frost Design in Sydney and South Africa since 2007. Global Brand Design and Art Director for the London 2012 Olympic Games for Nike. Designer of quite a few (unnamed) typefaces in 2009-2012. These include several modular or experimental designs, a 3D typeface for Mr. Muz in Tasmania, an Escheresque typeface, a prismatic typeface, a didonbe typeface, and an op-art experimental typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
Reghardt is the foundry in Pretoria (and now East London), South Africa, that was founded in 2010 by Reghardt Grobbelaar. Its fonts include the children's handwriting typeface Hegel (2010), which was designed for Hegel Toys. Hegel Pro is an update from 2015.
In 2013, Reghardt designed Cake Sans. In 2015, he added the rounded sans typeface Polly Rounded. In 2016, he published the sans typeface Thommy and the non-rounded version of Polly.
He writes: Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) began her professional career as a book designer and illustrator, but over time her creativity found its outlet in many forms, including posters, jewelry, ceramics, wallpaper, fabrics, murals, interior design and costumes. After eventually settling in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, she founded Green Gate Close, a center for women artists. Although her style is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau artist, Aubrey Beardsley, King's aesthetic was an offshoot of the "Glasgow Style," a Scottish hybrid of the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau. Often, her illustrations included hand lettering. It was just this kind of lettering that gave Richard Every his inspiration for ITC Greengate. When he saw some children's book illustrations that King created in 1898, he knew on the spot he had to complete the hand lettering as a typographic font.
Illustrator, typographer and graphic designer in Cape Town, South Africa. Rudi writes about himself: Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Rudi de Wet draws his inspiration from the region's hand-painted typographic signs, African fabrics and loves decoration. Presently, he works his magic as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in Melbourne, Australia. He studied a BA in Fine Arts, with majors in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Stellenbosch, where, besides studying, he spent much of his time drinking the town's famous selection of rich, amazing wine. Rudi was one of the founding members of the Am I Collective, a now well-respected and highly sought-after design and illustration studio in Cape Town. He spent three years there, where an average day consisted primarily of hand typography jobs for the likes of Ogilvy&Mather, Saatchi&Saatchi, Network BBDO and Y&R Paris.
Sacred Nipple Type Foundry
Founded in 1996, Sacred Nipple Type Foundry was a South African foundry located in KwaZulu-Natal, located at this dead link. The main designers were Brode Vosloo, Lyall Coburn, Stephen Embleton and Scott Dukes.
They had grungy fonts such as the great graffiti font StarSalon, Sloth (1996), Albino (Brode Vosloo), Belch (Clint Vosloo), and Spiked Soda (Lyall Coburn and Cock Vosloo). The Vosloo brothers and Coburn are originally from Zaire. Brode Vosloo is also the [T-26] designer of AfroDisiac (dingbats, 1997, with Garth Walker, William Rea and Lisa King), Slicka (2002), FreeLine (a techno face, T-26) and ShoeRepairs (a dadaist and 3d family made in 2000, T-26). Their own designs include interesting African fonts such as MrCV Joint, and Shoe Repairs (2000, family).
Newest fonts: ErrorType8 (2000, Brode Vosloo), IZulu-Outline (2000, Brode Vosloo), IZulu-Regular (2000, Brode Vosloo), PleineStr (2000, Brode Vosloo), Rural (2000, Brode Vosloo), Biltong, BirthRiot, Caslonostrate, Cynic, Ejectile, EjectileItalic, Fondle, Fuel, FuelItalic, GrossAkzidentFucked, Hole, Holier, IAlfabhethi, IZuluOutline, Lymphatic, Propane, PropaneRounded, PropaneSmallCaps, Scrapt, ScripteriaCola, ScripteriaGummy, ScripteriaToid, Slick69, StyleLiner.
Since 2004, Brode Vosloo works (not sure if he still does today) for Iron Fist Design.
Johannesburg, South Africa-based designer of the artificial language font Fook regular (2016). It is based on Fook Island Script, which was drawn and invented ca. 1965 by Walter Battiss (1906-1982) for his imaginary Fook Island. Sarah Shorten was briefed to develop the script into a digital font, for its 50th anniversary on the occasion of the exhibition Walter Battiss: "I invented myself" at Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg, 2016. The font, Fook Regular, was applied to a broadside or type specimen poster and featured in an essay of Battiss's manuscript lettering. [Google] [More] ⦿
Scholtz Fonts was started by Anton Scholtz (b. Durban, 1941) in 1997. This South African design company is located in Durban, where the Zulu culture of the region has greatly influenced Anton's font design. Klingspor link
Scholtz sells a fine selection of display types that ooze African themes. An alphabetical list:
Sheila Dorje (from Cape Town, South Africa) designed the Arabic simulation font Halaal (2000), which appeared in the pages of Orange Juice Design, the Durban, South Africa-based company of Garth Walker. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies, Grahamstown, South Africa-based Sihle Mtshiselwa created Rockwell Redesign (2015), a hand-crafted typeface inspired by the Austin Powers era British pop culture. He also created the horizontally striped Cat Rider (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the "brutalist" typeface Muzzle inspired by the "crypto-fascist monuments that mark the South African landscape" (quotes by Sean O'Toole. This typeface was presented in the magazine National Typographika 2 (i-jusi magazine volume 17). [Google] [More] ⦿
Download IPAPhonBoldItalic, IPAPhonBold, IPAPhonItalic, IPAPhonRoman, ZAsymbolsArial, ZAsymbolsRoman. The last two truetype fonts have special characters and diacritics that can be used for isiNdebele, isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana and Tshivenda. The former fonts are phonetic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Su Lucas Fonts
Her oeuvre includes SL Christmas Silhouettes (2000), JunariClaws (2002, with Bella Morte), JunariClawsItalic, SLBookArts (2003, book dingbats), SLDividers (2003, used to be called filets), SLForknFont (2000), SLSignLanguage (2001), SLSquareOrnaments (2003), SLZodiacIcons (2002), Boere Tudor (2002, a medieval font), SL Wash, SL Star of David, SL Squiggles, SL Zodiac Stencils, SL Woodcut Faeries, SL Kid's Alphabet, SL Safety, SL Mythological Silhouettes, Back to the Futurex, and Rock Art in South Africa dingbats (2000). About that last dingbat font, she writes: ...This font was made from photographs and drawings of the rock art in South Africa....The Bushmen (San) were the most prolific painters....A lot of the male figures are shown with a semi-erection, as can be seen in q, e, r, and p. This is a physical trait peculiar to the San, called "penis rectus". This characteristic helped with cooling and heat dissipation in the very hot summers experienced in South Africa. A recurrent image is that of one or more crossbars across the penis. The meaning of this is unclear, but it is theorised that the foreskin was adorned with ornaments like pieces of bone and feathers.
The Burning Duck Department
South African production house located in Johannesburg. They created a free monoline organic sans typeface family called Stroke (2012). It appears, but I am not sure, that this typeface was designed by Estian Fourie. In 2016, they added the free variable width typeface Punc. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer Thomas Paul Carnase was born in The Bronx, New York City in 1939. He graduated from New York City Community College in 1959. Carnase started making fonts in the photolettering era, and lived through the transition to digital. In the 1960s, he opens the studio Bonder & Carnase Inc. From 1969 until 1979, he is vice-president and partner of the agency Lubalin, Smith, Carnase Inc. In 1979, he founds the Carnase Computer Typography studio. In 1980, Carnase becomes co-founder and president of the World Typeface Center Inc., an independent type design agency. He manages the in-house magazine Ligature published by the World Typeface Center from 1982 to 1987. Besides type design, Carnase has designed graphics for packaging, exhibitions, corporate identities and logos for numerous clients, including ABC, CBS, Coca-Cola, CondéNast Publications, Doubleday Publishing and NBC. He has held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, the Pratt Institute in New York, the Herron School of Art in Indiana, the Parson's School of Design in New York, the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio, the University of Monterrey in Mexico, and the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, among others. His fonts include:
Walter Battiss (1906-1982) was a South African abstract painter well-known for his Fook Island concept. Wikipedia writes: This "island of the imagination" was a materialization of Battiss' philosophy for which he created a map, imaginary people, plants, animals, a history as well as a set of postage stamps, currency, passports and driver's licences. He created a Fookian language with a full alphabet as well. This utopian island was a composite of the many islands he visited which included Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, the Greek Isles and the Comores, blended together in his customary imaginative fashion. In Battiss's words, "It is something that does not exist. I thought that I would take an island - the island that is inside all of us. I would turn this island into a real thing---I would give it a name". Fook was a result of his fertile imagination as well as his opposition to the Conceptualist Art movement of the 1960s and 70s, in Europe and America. The movement espoused that the construction of art was confined to the 'moment' in which it was created. He believed to the contrary that all art exists in the now and this he argued to represent with Fook Island, which was always in the now and always an essential part of reality.
He conceived his Fook Island Script between 1965 and 1967 and continued using it in his work and correspondence until his death in 1982. Sarah Shorten was briefed to develop the script into a digital font, for its 50th anniversary on the occasion of the exhibition Walter Battiss: "I invented myself" at Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg, 2016. The font, Fook Regular, was applied to a broadside or type specimen poster and featured in an essay of Battiss's manuscript lettering. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Johannesburg, South Africa. Creator of the sci-fi typeface Trains in Space (2013).
Dead link. Codesigner with Brode Vosloo (Sacred Nipple Type Foundry in South Africa), Lisa King and Garth Walker of the African dingbats font AfroDisiac (1997), which was also published by [T-26]. Sacred Nipple ceased to exist, ca. 2004. [Google] [More] ⦿
ZETAFonts, run by "Frank E", is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bloxxx Extra Bold, Caligula Dodgy (a Trajan caps face), and Neil Normal are gorgeous shareware fonts designed by Frank E. Other fonts include Shoom Vertical, Roller Bollocks, FreakE Beta, Reservoir Grunge (1999, a digital version of Aurora Grotesk), Rund Marker, Feena Casual, Neil Normal. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿