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South African font links page run by Yvonne Rowe. [Google]
African theme fonts
African theme fonts include AfricEggs, Africaans, Africain, AfricanAngelsAndSpirits, AfricanArtifacts, AfricanQueens, AfriquArtes, AfroDesigns, Afrobats, ArteAfrique, BlackLiving, BlackSplinters, MotherAfrica, Africanissima (2005), AfricanissimaInvers (2005), AfroParts, AfricQuattro, AfriqueDrawings (2005), AfricanSymbols (2005), MotherAfricaArchetypo (2005), Artefacts Two (2006), AfricArtes (2006), BlacKLinoleum (2006), TribalDesigns (2006), Africaans (2006), African Ghosts (2006), Masks03 (2006), africaArt (2006), AfricanissimaOSix (2006). [Google]
Johannesburg, South Africa-based designer of the alchemic typeface Finding 57 (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts).
Typefaces from 2013 include Lunar9 and Narma.
Behance link. Fontspring link. [Google]
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]
Graphic designer in Cape Town, South Africa. He created the brushy hand MrPrice (2009). Flickr site. [Google]
Amy Soule, a graphic designer in Cape Town, South Africa, created Tension (2013). tension uses human muscles as texture to fill in the glyphs. [Google]
[Vitue84 (was: Virtue Creative)]
Andrew van der Merwe
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]
Anthony Neil Dart
Graphic and motion graphics designer in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he works as Ontwerp.tv (Idea currency) Pty Ltd.
He created several experimental alphabets, often of a geometric nature, such as Geometric Chic (2008-2009) and Beauty (2009).
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 faces. Neu Nouveau (2011) is a curly art nouveau face. Numera (2011) is an organic fashion mag face. Killoton (2011) is super-fat and beautiful.
Creations in 2012: An art deco example in his Janelle 1945 work. Vorm Type, inspired by the work of Wim Crouwel, is a rounded blocky typeface that is monospaced in the x and y directions.
Typefaces from 2013: Canada (alchemic).
Home page. Behance link. Ontwerp link. [Google]
South African design bureau in Durban, run by Fred Swart, Helene Botha and Jaco Burger. They created the typewriter / computer coding face Ateljee (2011). Behance link. [Google]
Avatar of Shadows
South-African or UK-based designer of A Perfect Circle (2003) and Serpentine Bold Flaat (2004). [Google]
Graphic designer in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Creator of Teleline (2013), a hairline typeface that was inspired by telephone lines. [Google]
Designer in Cape Town, South Africa, who created the slab typeface Deputy Serif (2012).
Behance link. [Google]
Cape Town, South Africa-based designer (b. 1979) of the art deco stencil face Daddy Dont Disco (2008). [Google]
[Sacred Nipple Type Foundry]
Bruce Mackay (Cape Town, South Africa) created the multicolored caps typeface Funeral Font (2012). [Google]
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). [Google]
This Carla Bruni is from Cape Town, South Africa. She created the Rubberband Warfare typeface (2011). [Google]
Graphic designer in Cape Town, South Africa, who created the modular display face Padowan (2011). [Google]
Creator in Cape Town, South Africa, of the straight-edged geometric face Harsh Phuk (2011). [Google]
Chloe Damstra (Cape Town, South Africa) designed The Old Display Typeface in 2014. [Google]
Oudtshoorn, South Africa-based creator of the High Tech font family (2013, sci-fi). [Google]
Designer at the South African Sacred Nipple Type Foundry of Belch. Brother of Brode Vosloo. Both are from Zaire originally. [Google]
Codesigner with Lyall Coburn at the South African Sacred Nipple Type Foundry of Spiked Soda. [Google]
Foundry, est. ca. 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa, by Jan Erasmus. Creator of the didone family Lalibela (2008) and of the beautiful medieval-look font Thornface (1997). Commissioned fonts by him include Menyaka (2006, made for FIFA 2010) and a type family for Nando's (1999; done together with Cross Colours), the food chain. Other fonts include Export Unicase (12999, stencil), Mzansi (2007, an African look font), Shaftciti (2008, military stencil), Pixeluxe (2010), Giramundo (2010), Transition (2006).
Klingspor link. [Google]
South African graffiti and digital artist whose mural called Octopus G (2011) is quite spectacular. [Google]
Derek Clark (defaulterror) is a South-African (b. 1980) who lives in Kaapstad. He created the beautiful futuristic face 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.
Dafont link. Klingspor link. [Google]
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]
Durban, South Africa-based creator of the nice typographic poster entitled Poetry Africa (2013). Student at Durban University of Technology, class of 2013. [Google]
Graphic designer in Athens, who was born and raised in Johannesburg. Home page. Creator of the iFontMaker font African Edges (2010, handprinted). [Google]
During his studies in Cape Town, South Africa, Ekons created an unnamed eerie inky typeface (2013), and an inky wall paint font Astrotip (2013). [Google]
El Hunter (Cape Town, Soutrh africa) designed the display typeface Pokemon in 2013 during her graphic design studies. Behance link. [Google]
Cape Town-based illustrator and graphic designer. Behance link. Creator of Candyface (2009). [Google]
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]
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]
Francois van Tonder
Student in Johannesburg, South Africa. He created Bart Deco (2012). [Google]
Frank E. Bailey
He calls himself a semi-intellectual. This designer from Jozi in South Africa, made these faces in 2010: Rund Marker (a felt tip font), Reservoir Grunge, Caligula Dodgy (roman capitals), Shoom Vertical (monoline techno squarish sans) and Bloxxx Extrabold.
Klingspor link. [Google]
[Orange Juice Design]
Johannesburg, South Africa-based creator of the sharp-edged typeface Kerosene (2013) and the art deco typeface Flamingo (2013). [Google]
Graeme Van Jaarsveld
South African art director who lives in Johannesburg. He created a clip art face in 2009. [Google]
South African designer of the architectural handwriting font Architext (2003). See also here. Grant, a wood turner, was born in Johannesburg and lives in Knysna. [Google]
Heidi Susan Edelmuller
South African designer (b. 1970) of the minimalist font Luno, and of the Christian lettering face Stigmata. Downloads not functional. She lives in Forest Hills, SA, and attended Rhodes University. [Google]
Herman de Klerk
South African graphic designer who made First Edition (2010). [Google]
Digital designer in Johannesburg, South Africa. His bilined typeface Achebe Sans (2013) was inspired by Chinua Achebe's book Things Fall Apart. [Google]
South African magazine. Has a sub-page on African fonts, which is just a link to the SacredNipple foundry. [Google]
Ivan Colic is art director at Ogilvy Zoom Cape Town, South Africa. He made a stunning constructivist typeface family in 2012, called Afrographique. [Google]
Jack Walsh (Cape Town, South Africa) designed Black Moscow (2010). [Google]
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]
Graphic designer in Johannesburg, who created Dockyard (2011). [Google]
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]
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).
Behance link. [Google]
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 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), Qorkeri (art deco), Qlaire (clean sans), Qwinkwell, Quota (fat poster face), Qarross, Qontreaux, Qut+Paste (paper cut font), Qlub Jozi (multilined art deco), Qwacko, Qizulu (African-themed font), Qokeynote.
Typefaces from 2014: Qirlycues.
Devian Tart link. Behance link. Graphic River link. Fontspace link. [Google]
Cape Town-based graphic designer and illustrator, who made some experimental typefaces. Flickr page. [Google]
[fc fonts for African languages]
Designer in Johannesburg who made a custom hand-printed typeface for the Juicy Lucy bar in 2012. [Google]
Kaiser Zhar Khan
[True Type Fonts]
Karen Botha (Cape Town, South Africa) created the organic display typeface Medea in 2013. [Google]
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]
Kate Butcher is from Cape Town, south Africa. She created the font Dyslexia (2011) which is intended to make non-dyslexic people read like dyslexic folk. [Google]
South African creator of Keith Scribble (2007, a Fontifier handwriting font). [Google]
Kevin van Reenen
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]
During her studies at Vega School of Brand Leadership in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kirsten Morgan created a distressed typewriter typeface called Method (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Kurt Campbell is a New Media lecturer at the University of Cape Town. He has published on aspects of South African typography and is a founding member of the Iron Age Font Foundry. [Google]
Student at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, who created Urban Based Typeface in 2013. [Google]
Information designer from Pretoria, South Africa, b. 1988, and student at the University of Pretoria. He created the experimental face Munch (2011). [Google]
Graphic design student in Potchefstroom, South Africa. She created the poster font called Effing Great in 2012. [Google]
Durban, South Africa-based designer of Concept Font (2012). [Google]
Lebeaux Grobler (Cape Town, South Africa) created the trendy corporate sans typeface Sushi Yama (2013). [Google]
Layout designer in Kimberley, South Africa, who made the display face fatty Boom Boom in 2012.
Behance link. [Google]
Durban, South Africa-based designer of the minimalist sans typeface Infinity (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Johannesburg, South Africa-based designer of Neoveau (2014). [Google]
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]
Creator of Dingbats (2013), a set of icons related to South Africa. In 2013, Lizae was a graphic design student at NWU Potchefstroom. [Google]
Self-proclaimed illustrator and gunslinger in Cape Town, South Africa, who created the beautiful art deco typeface Empire Deco in 2012-2013. Aka Her Name Was Lola. [Google]
Luka Bajic (Johannesburg, South Africa) created the hand-printed poster typeface Luka (2013) during his studies. [Google]
Designer in Stellenbosch, South Africa, of an ornamental typeface (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Designer in Durban, South Africa. Creator of the round bold sans display face Milk (2012). [Google]
Codesigner of some fonts with Brode Vosloo at South Africa's Sacred Nipple Font Foundry. Coburn is from Zaire. [Google]
[African theme fonts]
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 face Coluna Condensed Bold (also free at Dafont, this family includes Rounded, Outlined, and Sketched styles).
Behance link. [Google]
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).
She also made TransportD with Jock Kinneir in 1963, a URW++ font. This UK traffic signage typeface first started in 1957 comes in two weights, Medium and Bold.
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.
Wikipedia entry. Linoype link. FontShop link. [Google]
Graphic designer and illustrator in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2009, she created the all caps ornamental face Kruisstreek ("cross stitch"). [Google]
Graphic Design student at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Creator of the pacakging / signage face Chillin' Thick (2011). [Google]
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 face in the style of Bernhard Modern). [Google]
Pretoria, South Africa-based Information Design student at the University of Pretoria. Creator of Origami Sans (2011). [Google]
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]
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:
- African Shield (2005). Patterned after the cow-hide shields of the Zulu tribe.
- Crime Inc (2012). A grungy sans.
- Crostini (2011). A script for menus and invitations.
- Fragrance (2011). A cosmetic industry or wedding invitation calligraphic face.
- Gatsby SF (2007). A gorgeous art deco face.
- Giraffe Skin, LeopardSkin.
- Girl Script and Girltalk. These are curly faces.
- Nordika (2007). A condensed sans.
- Palm Court (2007).
- Qotho (2010). She codesigned the versatile almost architectural sans family Qotho with Anton Scholtz.
- Romi. A curly face.
- Smart Casual (2007). An artsy architectural face.
- Stoan: a texture face.
- Tertius (2008). A Carolingian style family that could also be mistaken for an Arabic simulation face. Codesigned with Anton Scholtz.
- Zulu-Ndebele Pattern (2007). Zulu-Ndebele Pattern is based solely on the traditional decorative patterns of the Zulu and Ndebele tribes of South Africa.
Klingspor link. [Google]
South African graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Cape Town. Behance link. Creator of the multiline layered font Fluister Klip Hard (2010). [Google]
Art director Moe Kekana (Cape Town, South Africa) created the experimental typeface Aviator for a school project in 2013. [Google]
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]
Pretoria, South Africa-based designer of Monsters Think They Are Scary (2012). [Google]
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.
Old Behance link. [Google]
Based in Sandton, South Africa, b. 1982. He created Romerati (2004). [Google]
Nicola Van Den Heever
Nicola Van Den Heever (Pretoria, South Africa) designed a few great typographic posters during her illustration studies at the Open Window School of Visual Communication in 2013. [Google]
Nicole du Plessis
South African graphic designer, who operates Blackbirdesign. She created the children's font Novelty (2011). Nicole lives in Cape Town. [Google]
[The Burning Duck Department]
During his multimedia design studies at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Nikki Hellmann created the anthroposophic typeface Urban (2013). [Google]
Junior graphic designer in Durban, South Africa, who created an unnamed vernacular typeface in 2013. [Google]
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 face 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.
Garth Walker codesigned the African dingbats font AfroDisiac (1997, [T-26]) with Brode Vosloo (Sacred Nipple Type Foundry in South Africa), William Rea and Lisa King. [Google]
Born in 1982 and located in Cape Town, South Africa, Owen Ingarfield is a graphic designer. Home page. He used Fontcapture to make OwenHand (2010). [Google]
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.
Arundel Sans (2012) is a display face with a medieval cathedral feel---it was inspired by the Arundel castle in west Sussex. [Google]
[Fonts of Afrika]
Student in Cape Town, South Africa, who created the experimental 3d typeface Crisptal in 2013. [Google]
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 face for Mr. Muz in Tasmania, an Escheresque typeface, a prismatic typeface, a didonbe typeface, and an op-art experimental typeface. [Google]
Rabatho Laka (Johannesburg, South Africa) created a vernacular typeface called Urban in 2013 during his studies at the University of Johannesburg. Behance link [Google]
Reghardt is the foundry in Pretoria, South Africa, that was founded in 2010 by Reghardt Grobbelaar. Its fonts include the children's handwriting face Hegel (2010), which was designed for Hegel Toys.
In 2013, Reghardt designed Cake Sans.
Behance link. Creative Market link. A second Behance link. [Google]
Free fonts designed by Christopher Houston from South Africa: four free typefaces, narinx, red shirt, proletarian, and mdma. Dead link. [Google]
South African designer of ITC Greengate (2002), an arts and crafts (almost art nouveau) font in the mould of Eaglefeather.
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.
FontShop link. [Google]
Rudi de Wet
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.
His outlined 3d face Mzansi (2009) was custom-made for Lowe Bull Cape Town. He designed Unilever in 2010. In 2013, he drew a typographic poster for Husqvarna.
Behance link. [Google]
South African graphic designer who lives in Johannesburg. His typefaces include Atcurve (2008, avant-garde). [Google]
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.
Another URL. Still another URL. [Google]
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:
- A: Assegai (2007), Amanzi (1999), African Gold (2007), Asakire (2006), Afrimod-Black, African Textile (2007), Afrimod-Normal, African Elegance, African Pattern Font-01 (2004), African Pattern Font-02 (2004), AfroFlare, African Jungle (2007), Aarde (2005), Aarde-Black, Aarda-Brush, African Jazz (2005), Amaboxi (2007, white on black background), Art Nouveau SCF (2008), Affable (2008, calligraphic), African Patchwork (2008), Aplomb (2008), Arabesque SCF (2009, a flowing calligraphic face), Archivo (2011), Always (2010, a fantastic swashy calligraphic face, and its multiline sister, Filigree, 2010), Amabhokisi, African Pattern (2008), Aqua Casual (2008, script), Ability (2009, calligraphic), African Shield (2005, patterned after the cow-hide shields of the Zulu tribe; made by Anton and Merle Scholtz).
- B: Bongo, Baobab, Black Tie (2007), Baluba, Baluba-snake, Bakuba, Brillig (2008, informal hand), Blackout SCF (2008), Button (2008), Bad Girl (2008, grunge), Bongani (2008), Banquet SCF (2007, brush script), Brazza (2008, brush), Buzz (2008), Blythe (2009, connected script).
- C: Collette (2007, after an art deco font called "Independant" designed in 1930 by Collette and Dufour), Centric (2007, zebra-striped, or op art), Camy (2009, handprinted), Carve (2008, chiseled look), Catholic Girls (2008, script), Certificate (2008, calligraphic), Comic SCF (2007), Coral (2008, handwriting), Coral Pro (2012).
- D: Debs (2013, hand-printed), Deco Doni Fat (2011), Delikat (2010, script; followed in 2013 by Thaun). Doorn (1998), Doorn Body, Doorn Display, Dragon Fyre (2008, calligraphic), Dufour (2011, after an art deco font called "Independant" designed in 1930 by Collette and Dufour), Dusktil Dawn (2012, art deco).
- E: Elegance SF Diamond (2005, art deco), Estragavanza (2012), Excalibur SCF (2007, beautiful rough-edged hand).
- F: Fable (2007, a type family for wizards), FadedRose, Figment (2008), Fracture (2008, like GlazKrak).
- G: Gossamer (2011, a wedding script), Grunge Piazza (2007), Genial (2009, flowing connected script), Giraffe Skin (2007), Genevieve (2007, calligraphic), Girl Script (2008, curly hand), Girltalk (2008, curly script), Greek (2008, chiseled), Groom (2007, brush script), Groom (2007, connected brush script), Grunge Standard (2009).
- H: Hobi (2008, ghastly), Honeybird (2011), Hard Rain (2007).
- I: Iliad (2007), Inja.
- J: Josephine (2007, art deco), Jazz.
- K: Klatter (2007), Kuba (2007, a tribal stencil of sorts), Kassena (2006), Kunjani (2008, African look).
- L: Leah (2008, handwriting), Leopard Skin (2005), Lovers Pro (2011, a fantastic calligraphic hand---ready for red carpet treatment...), Lualaba Snake (2007), Lumina (2008), Lagos.
- MN: Madrigalle (2011, calligraphic; wedding script), Mafuta (2006), Makonde (2007), Margaux (2013, a vintage 1900s script), Martini Script (2011), Maypole (2007), Melodica (2012), Miss Donna (2009, script family), Mtwane (2009), Nocturne (2012: an art deco family based on work from the 1920s by Paul Carlyle and Guy Oring), Noobia (2013, inky pen font).
- O: Oxamu (2009, a wonderful angular African-themed font).
- PQ: Pacific Script (2011, a font inspired by an alphabet created by Howard Trafton in the 1930s), Palm Court (2007, a Bauhaus face by Merle Scholtz), Parchemin (2008, parchment look), Phat Chance (2008, organic), Piazza (2007), Proper (2008), Qotho (2010, an almost architectural sans family, done with Merle Scholtz), Queen (2008, nice handwriting), Quirky (2013, a spidery script based on a book of etchings by British artist Graham Clarke).
- R: Refresh (1950s script), Riposte (2009, a dynamic script), Romi (2008, thin calligraphic), Rondalia (2008).
- S: Scrittura Moderna (2011, calligraphic; +Antiqua, +Fantasia), Shapely (2010, swashy calligraphic face), Spaza (2007, African look), Scratch SCF (2007, scratchy hand), Sangoma (2007), Siyabonga, Sondela (2007), Sand Writing (2007), Silken (2009, calligraphic), Silver Dagger (2007), Smart Casual (2007, an artsy architectural face by Merle Scholtz), Sprig (2010, signpainting face), Stoan (2008), Stone Wash (2008, grunge), Sage (2008, brush script).
- T: Thystle (2010), Tshikona (2005), Tsotsi (2007), Tamboti, Tabwa (2007, inspired by Koch's Neuland), Tertius, Tertius Romantic and Tertius Crenellated (2008, scripts based on the Carolingian hand), Thought (2009, script family), Tokoloshe (2008), Toulouse (2007, art nouveau handlettering), Tshikona (2005, handprinted).
- U: Umkhonto (2003), Ubuvila (2004), Utshani (2000, African theme), Umoya (2009, organic).
- VW: Wild Song (2010, calligraphic script), Woodcarve, Write Now (2008, connected script), WriteHand (2008).
- XY: Yseult (2009, script).
- Z: Zim (2007, octagonal), Zebra Skin (2007), Zulu Shield, Zest (2007), Zaire SF (2007), Zulu-Ndebele Pattern (2007).
View the typefaces designed by Anton Scholtz. [Google]
Type designer at The Sacred Nipple in South Africa. [Google]
Shane de Lange
Graphic designer in Johannesburg, South Africa. He created Modular (2011). Behance link. [Google]
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Sharleen Hollick created fun typographic posters called Ladies and Gentlemen (2013). Home page. [Google]
Design student in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2012. In 2012, Shavaughn created a bicycle calendar using only typographic building blocks. [Google]
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]
South African calligrapher who has created some stunning calligraphic logos. [Google]
Designer of the "brutalist" typeface Muzzle inspired by the "crypto-fascist monuments that mark the South African landscape" (quotes by Sean O'Toole. This face was presented in the magazine National Typographika 2 (i-jusi magazine volume 17). [Google]
Sir Blaez is Braden Smulders in Cape Town, South Africa. His illustrations are spectacular. On the side, he has also made a display typeface called Confluentes (2013). Behance link. [Google]
South African type and web design jump page organized by Mokokoma Mokhonoana. [Google]
South African Languages
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]
South African designer of the beady face Abakus Bold (2011). [Google]
Stefanie de Kock
South African designer (b. 1983) of FGFontfull (2012, handprinted). [Google]
Stephan van Wyk
Freelancer in Cape Town, who specializes in children's books. He created an ornamental caps face called Monstrosity (2013). [Google]
Cape Town, South Africa-based graphic designer who made a constructivist typeface in 2012. [Google]
[Su Lucas Fonts]
Su Lucas Fonts
Su Lucas is a South African designer who joined Apostrophic Labs [dead link] in March 2001. She published the barbed wire face Barbarello there in 2001.
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.
Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google]
South African singer who is based in Cape Town. She designed Liekielaai (2013, FontStruct). [Google]
Designer in Cape Town, South Africa. She made the pencil scrap alphabet Fuse (2011). [Google]
South African illustrator and graphic designer who lives in Johannesburg. Her typefaces include Stencil Script. Behance link. [Google]
Tanya Blaeser (Johannesburg, South Africa) created Urban Typeface in 2013. [Google]
Thato Kate Tshipelo
Multimedia designer in Johannesburg, South Africa, who created the vernacular Urban typeface in 2014. [Google]
The Burning Duck Department
Nigel Babb at The Burning Duck Department (cartoon specialists) in South Africa. Together with Matt Tapson (?), he created Broken Stick (2005), a free paint brush font. [Google]
South African production house. 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. Behance link. [Google]
South African designer of the original stitching font Stitch (2007). [Google]
During his studies in Pretoria, South Africa, Tjaart Pretorius designed the Handy Man ornamental typeface (2013). [Google]
South-African type designer born in 1939. He started making fonts in the photolettering era, and lived through the transition to digital. Starting in the 60s, he opened Bonder and Carnase Inc, and played a key role in the next two decades. His fonts include:
Author of Type: the best in digital classic text fonts (1995, Graphis, with Baruch Gorkin), about which Hrant Papazian writes: I just went through the Carnase/Gorkin book - I'd forgotten how lousy it is - please don't buy it. FontShop link.
- Fonts at WTC: WTC Carnase Text, WTC Favrile (1985), WTC Goudy (sold by URW++), WTC Our Bodoni (with Massimo Vignelli), WTC Our Futura, WTC 145. Clones of Favrile abound: OPTI Favrile (Castcraft), Fascinate (NovelFonts), Francois (Serials).
- At LSC (LSC stands for Lubalin Smith Carnase Inc, an agency he co-ran in the 70s), he created a number of typefaces such as LSC Book, LSC Condensed and LSC Caslon No. 223.
- ITC Busorama, a geometric titling face that started with an ad for a bus company. Busorama, despite its innate ugliness, has been copied tens of times. Nick Curtis managed to turn it into an art deco face in 1999 with his Ritzy Normal.
- With Herb Lubalin, he designed L&C Hairline (ca. 1966, VGC) and L&C Stymie Hairline (1973, VGC).
- At ITC: ITC Manhattan (1970), ITC Avant Garde Gothic (with Herb Lubalin and Ed Benguiat, 1970), ITC Bolt Bold (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Gorilla (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Grizzly (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Grouch (with Ronne Bonder, 1970: this didone headline face was mimicked and extended in 2011 by Tomi Haaparanta as Grumpy Black), ITC Machine (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Pioneer (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Ronda (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Tom's Roman (with Ronne Bonder, 1970), ITC Fat Face Western, ITC Pioneer No. 2, ITC Honda, ITC Didi (a high contrast didone revived in 2013 by Jason Anthony Walcott as Domani CP), ITC Bernase Roman, and Milano (with Ronne Bonder).
- L'Eggs, ca. 1969. A custom font for a line of hosiery to be called L'eggs by designer Roger Ferriter and Tom Carnase.
View Tom Carnase's typefaces. [Google]
True Type Fonts
[Kaiser Zhar Khan]
Font archive run by Kaiser Zhar Khan (b. 1980) out of Chile. Aka Zanatilja. Kaiser also made a free African look face, downloadable from Dafont: sOuTh Afirkas 2100 (2009).
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).
Another URL. It has a movie font and famous font sub-archive. [Google]
Graphic designer in Johannesburg, South Africa, who made the very thin display face Rebanada (2010) and the Peignotian fashion mag face Mayfith (2011). [Google]
Vitue84 (was: Virtue Creative)
Virtue84, and before that, Virtue Creative, is Andrew Footit's foundry in Johannesburg, South Africa. Creators of the very simple monoline geometric face Modulus (2011).
Virtue Creative is run by Johannesburg-based graphic designer Andrew Footit (b. 1984) who made the stunning art deco face Vindeco (2011).
Gigafont (2011) is a free bubblegum font.
Fonts made in 2012: FunFair (hand-printed), Virtus Sans (a clean 4-style sans family), the Western family Westro (2012, +Inline).
In 2013, Footit made the free rounded sans drafting font Struct and the four-style vintage poster face The Woods.
Behance link. Virtue Creative link. Behance link for Virtue 84. [Google]
Graphic designer in Johannesburg, South Africa. Creator of the sci-fi typeface Trains in Space (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
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]
Johannesburg-based designer who is working on a simple monoline sans typeface called Wargot (2012). [Google]
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]