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Nick Shinn ran an interesting project in his 2009 class at Humber College in Toronto. In the 1950s, Toronto built a subway system [which is run by the TTC, the Toronto Transit Commission], with comprehensively modernist architecture. As part of the program, a geometric, all-caps typeface was designed (anonymously), for use in signage [read Joe Clark's article about the type and its history]. Nick Shinn's course began with digitizing the original drawings, to introduce the technicalities of font production in FontLab, and then proceeded with students producing their own designs for a matching lower case. The 27 students each produced a typeface. The results are here: Alex Plociennik, Andrea Luis, Andrew Clanahan, Andrew Hodge, Chris Bacchus, Cornelius Quiring, Craig Steffan, Daniel Marcus, Dan Mitchell, Danny Wu, Darren Ray, David Spindler, Gurchan Birdi, Jackie Saik, Joe Beausoleil, Katie Short, Mag Ciemiega, Michael Cirillo, Michael Lao, Michael Neto, Nick Seeger, Nik Firka, Orlena Chan, Piotr Dymura, Scott Krysa, Tiffany Delve, Todd Haskins. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 2010, he went commercial as 2D Typo. The first typeface at 2D typo was the modular pixelish Pressure Drop 2D (2010). This was followed by Ornamental Deco 2D (2010, art deco ornaments), Rally Symbols 2D (2010), Mascaron2D (2010, by Iryna Korchuk), Depot Trapharet 2d (2010, a stencil based on the tram lettering in Lviv), Ascetic 2D (2005-2010), Hutsulyandiya (2010, extraordinary ornaments by Iryna Korchuk), Simeon (2010, calligraphic), Cranked Pipe 2D (2011), Tripyllia 2D (2011, ornaments of the neolithic Trypillya culture), and Ukrainian Barokko (2010, a calligraphic typeface by Genadij Zarechnjuk), Historism Border (2011, border ornaments), Moreske 2D (2012, ornaments), Geomanticus (2012, modular squarish sans).
Typefaces from 2013: Bandelwerk (borders), Digital Stitch, Modern Wave (ornaments based on Alphonse Mucha), Hopferian (Roman caps after engravings by Daniel Hopfer (1470-1536)---typeface completed with help of Mariya Sokil), Simple Ribbon (art nouveau dingbats).
In 2014, Dmitry Rastvortsev, Lukyan Turetsky, and Henadij Zarechnjuk cooperated on the design of the free Latin / Cyrillic handwriting typeface Kobzar KS, which is based on the handwriting of Taras Shnvchenko, a famous Ukrainian poet, artist and philosopher.
Typefaces from 2015: Finetitle (ornaments for headers), Gothic Herbarium (a floriated ornamental font based on the Gothic Revival ornaments developed by Augustus Pugin (1812-1852)), Old Depot (rough stencil), Francesca (decorative caps).
Typefaces from 2017: Military Symbols.
Typefaces from 2018: Strapwork (four ornamental typefaces with friezes, borders and motifs modeled after Balthasar Bos (1554) and 16th century mannerism).
Typefaces from 2020: Lo Fi Copy (grungy and pixelish).
A2-Type (or simply, A2) is a type foundry set up in the autumn of 2010 by the London based design studio A2/SW/HK. The designers are Henrik Kubel and Scott Williams. A2's bespoke type design is mainly the responsibility of Henrik Kubel, though every typeface is developed and approved by both partners. Kubel is self-taught, making his first typefaces while studying at Denmark's Design School from 1992 until 1997. Their typefaces:
At ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, he spoke about New Transport. Winner of the type design prize at the Tokyo Type Directors Club TDC 2019, with Matt Willey, for the New York Times Magazine Olympic font. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Abandoned Mine Land Program
Geographic symbol fonts in truetype: BLMSymbols, BLM Mine Symbols, BLMMine2, BLMSYM1, Blmsym2 (all with symbols for abandoned mines), International2, Paleo (paleontology symbol set by Neffra Matthews of NARSC), USDAFS (another nice international symbol set, by the Forest Service). [Google] [More] ⦿
Russian designer of the Russian Road Sign Font (2013), in which the Cyrillic part is based on standards GOST 10807-78 and GOST R 52290-2004. This font is used on Russian road signs. There is a Latin part, which is not standardized. Free download. [Google] [More] ⦿
Andreas Wohlleben is an illustrator based in Böblingen, Germany. In 2013, he published Wayfinding Sans Symbols (FDI), which has hundreds of wayfinding symbols that can be used with typefaces such as Ralf Herrmann's Wayfinding Sans Pro. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Angel's Chinese name is Tsz Yan Kwong. Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2019, who lives in Hong Kong.
Winner of an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019 for Chek Lap Sans, which won an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019. Chek Lap sans was developed at the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Angel wrote: Chek Lap Sans is a Traditional Chinese typeface designed specifically for signage of the Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok, aiming for both functionality and personality. The typeface is designed with considerations of legibility under negative polarity display, to suit the need of the current blue light-box signs with white text. It has generous negative spaces within character, optical adjustments to compensate the glowing effect, and subtle features that contribute to its visual identity. It also includes relevant icons with references to the local context. Several design decisions were informed by the findings from user tests.
Her graduation typeface at the University of Reading was Tabloid (2019), which was designed for reading online material on screens. There are five styles covering three scripts (Latin, Traditional Chinese, Arabic). [Google] [More] ⦿
Wernau (was: Wendlingen), Germany-based Anke Arnold's free fonts: aa QWERTZ-Tasten (2012: German keyboard font), aa Halftone (2012: texture face), aa Tafelschrift (2012, school font), Car Go Frame (2011), Car-Go Plain (2011, modeled after German license plate lettering), Typo Garden (2010, alphadings), 80er Teenie Demo (2009), Acki Preschool (2009), Just Another Stamp (2009), Firlefanz (2009, curly letters), Pixelstitch (2006), AnkeHand (2003), Hole-Hearted (2003, Gill Sans with hearts), KRITZEL (scratchy pen), MilkyWay, FrightNight, Eminenz (2002), Scribble, Skribus, Why, TooLazyToPractice, XXX, CheapInkkilledmyPrinter, Storch (alphadings), Alexandras-Stempelkasten, Anatevka-Caps, BulletMix, Catwalk, Duke, Dukeplus (2000, blackletter), Riddleprint, Anke-Print, AnkeCalligraph, Titanic, Wasser, butterbrotpapier, distracted-musician, dyslexic, manko, quixotic, verrutscht, zladdi, barcoded, BulletMix2, CAR-GO-2, Fortunaschwein (nice curly script; no punctuation or numbers), Round, BigBrothers&Sisters, BoringLesson, CrimesceneAfterimage, Incognitype (old typewriter), Jenna'sPopsicles, Japanese Brush (1996), Knuffig (2000), MonkyBusiness, Olympia2000, Samba, Dandelion, Kritzel (2003, scratchy hand), Krystal (2000, snow simulation typeface based on Gill Sans), Nervous, ParryHotter (2001, a Harry Potter blackletter face), Pffft, Tschiroki, Heart2Heart (heart alphadings), Anke Sans.
Type designer who is employed by Artem Gorbunov (Gorbunov Bureau) in Moscow. Her typefaces there:
Anna Giedrys, who is based in Lidzbark Warminski, Poland, and in Czechia, works as a graphic designer focusing on visual identities, illustrations, and typeface design. She obtained an MA in graphic design and visual communication from the University of Fine Arts in Poznan (Sign and Typography Studio) and graduated as a Master of Arts. During her exchange studies of graphic and fashion design at Vilnius Fine Arts Academy (Lithuania), she fell in love with calligraphy, lettering, and pattern design. Currently, she runs her own studio Ancymonic and collaborates with Rosetta Type Foundry. Google Plus link.
Annik Troxler (b. 1979, Wolhusen, Switzerland) studied graphic design at the Cantonal School of Art of Lausanne (ECAL). Her thesis Vergissmeinnicht won the Swiss Federal Competition for Design 2005. In 2006 she started working as an independent graphic designer in Basel and since 2011 she has taught at the Basel School of Design. In 2006, she was awarded the Grand Prix of the International Poster Triennale of the Museum of Modern Art Toyama, Japan for her poster Intimities 2005. In 2007, she won first prize at the International Poster Festival in Chaumont for Intimities 2007.
Graphic designer in New Delhi, who, during his studies at the National Institute of Design, proposed a legible sans caps typeface, Krum (2013) to replace the Indian license plate font HSRP (High Security Registration Plates).
Domen Fras completed his masters at London's Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design in 2000. In 2002 he founded the type & design studio Aparat in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2011 he is a full-time assistant professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Ljubljana. Speaker at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona. His largely experimental work:
Brian T. Sheahan's information page on symbol sets. Contains a few truetype symbol fonts, such as Recreate, Roadsym (by Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources), Abandoned Mine Land Symbol Set (truetype), Military Symbol Fonts (by the S2 company), a truetype geology font (by he British Columbia Geological Survey Branch), the geologic map symbols from the U.S. Geological Survey. Recreate.ttf, alternate site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Studio in Moscow set up in 2007. Their typefaces:
astype.de (or: Astype)
Astype.de is a German foundry started in 2003 by illustrator and type designer Andreas Seidel (b. 1975, bad saarow, near Berlin, Germany). He lives in Cottbus, Germany. In 1998, he obtained a Masters degree in business administration. In 2007, he and Ingo Preuss set up The German Type Foundry. In 2017, he joined the initial crew at Fust & friends. The typefaces:
The only record I have of Attica Cybernetics is that it made the dingbat font ATLAS97 Symbol 1 (also called Attica-VMAPSymbol1) in 1995. It is part of the dingbat TTF zip file on this archive. [Google] [More] ⦿
A site that lists road sign fonts for various countries, and offers some downloads. The list:
Bank Graphic Design Today
BANK is a French/German design agency based in Berlin, led by Laure Boer and Sebastian Bissinger. It marketed its fonts through T-26, starting in 2009, but later switched to Colophon. In 2009, Sebastian Bissinger and Matthieu David made the display typefaces Sintra and Yummy. Sintra is a 3d typeface that simulates letters made from folded material---Sebastian Bissinger was inspired by the sign of a shoe shop in Sintra, Portugal. Yummy was inspired by cookie cutters.
Laure Boer and Sebastian Bissinger published their all caps license plate font Guida at Colophon Type Foundry. Guida is based on an Italian license plate that was in use some time between 1980 and 1990. [Google] [More] ⦿
Barbara Bigosinska received her master degree in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland. In 2013, she graduated from the Type & Media program at the KABK in Den Haag. At KABK, Barbara Bigosinska designed the angular text typefaces Barbear and Sambukka in 2013. Since 2014, she runs her own studio in The Hague, offering type design and typography services to international clients.
For her type revival project at KABK, she picked Lutetia (2013) and writes: Lutetia was designed as a commission from Enschedé by Jan van Krimpen. The drawings of the typeface were ready in the middle of 1924 and first cut and cast in 16 point size in the Enschedé Type Foundry. For the first time the typeface was used in the book dedicated to the exhibition that took place in Paris in 1925. Therefore the name Lutetia reffers to the Roman name of Paris.
In 2016 she published Abelard at Indian Type Foundry and wrote: Abelard is a modern (or neoclassical) family with 10 font styles. It is a contemporary take on classic types like Baskerville, Bulmer, and Scotch Roman that has been optimised for text embedding on eReaders. The design features elements ensuring even text color, including case-sensitive forms, prominent punctuation marks, ligatures, and four sets of figures. Each font also contains ornaments resembling pen nibs, bullet points, and arrows.
In 2019, Noopur Choksi and Barbara Bigosinska published the sturdy wedge serif text typeface family Sapien at Indian Type Foundry.
Still in 2019, Manushi Parikh and Barbara Bigosinska released the octagonal athletics font Fielder at Indian Type Foundry. Somehow this octagonal typeface seems to have been evolved into the 5-style free typeface Nippo at Fontshare.
In 2021, Barbara Bigosinska released the 12-style didone family (+two variable fonts) Boska at Fontshare. Boska has quite extreme contrast and some calligraphic hooks in the c, f, k, r, s, x and z glyphs that make it perhaps less suitable for text but more in line with fashionable displays.
Bevellier (2019-2021; by Arya Purohit and Barbara Bigosinska) is a 16-style (+variable) rounded condensed organic sans family.
In 2021, Barbara Bigosinska, Rafa Buchner and Diana Ovezea set up Blast Foundry. At Blast Foundry, she designed the wonderfully expressive sharp-edged display typeface Sharf. Boska was published as a free font at Fontshare.
BC Government dingbat fonts for environmental things: BCMELP Cor Symbols, BCMELP EPD Symbols, BCMELP Fisheries Symbols, BCMELP Trim Symbols, BCMELP Wildlife Symbols, BCMELP Water Symbols, Forestry Inventory Font 25. All in truetype. For related links, check the ARC/INFO Symbology at BC Environment. [Google] [More] ⦿
San Francisco-based designer of the figurine-themed decorative initial caps typeface Keith Haring (2012; during his studies at the University of San Francisco). Muni Streetcar Display Font (2015) is inspired by the San Francisco Muni System Light Rail Display.
Designer of Hexadecimal (2019), Calculate 16 (2019: an LED font), the modular blackletter typeface Isometretos (2019), Templars Cipher Plus (2019), the heavy slab serif typeface Grundsten (2019) and the traffic sign sans typeface Storgata (2019), which is influenced by the traditional Swedish traffic signage font Tratex. [Google] [More] ⦿
Blue Ridge Adventure Software
James A. Dockal of Blue Ridge Adventure Software created a free geological dingbat truetype font, Geopoetry, which consists of geologic map symbols, mainly structure symbols, for use in ArcView GIS. [Google] [More] ⦿
Italian graphic designer, b. Amsterdam, 1927, d. Milan, 2010. He lived and worked in Milan from 1954 until his death. Noorda attended the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheidsonderwijs (now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie), graduating in 1950. He moved to Milan in 1954. In Italy, Noorda gained fame for his design in the late 1950s and early 1960s for posters and advertisements for Pirelli where he also served as art director.
In 1964 he won, together with Franco Albini and Franca Helg, the Compasso d'Oro, the most prestigious Italian award for design, for the Milan Metro station design. The typeface used for the Milan metro was called Noorda. Noorda is a modification or optimization of Helvetica. Several other subway systems later used his typeface, including the entire New York City subway system in the 1960s, as well as other subway signage projects for Noorda in Sao Paulo, Naples and the regional train network in Lombardy.
In 1965, Noorda and fellow Milan-based designer Massimo Vignelli were among the seven founders of Unimark International, an American design firm with offices around the world, including Chicago and Milan. Noorda is best known in the United States for Unimark's work with New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. These wayfinding fonts were revived in 2017 by Gabriel Ruiz as New York City Metro Font.
Noorda was a professor in graphic design at Societa Umanitaria in Milan, ISIA Urbino and IED in Milan. From 1996 to 2001 he was a professor of visual communication at Politecnico di Milano.
Brooklyn-based Brandon Sugiyama made a New York Subway Tile Font in 2013, based on pictures and research done on the NY subway. Squire J. Vickers was an architect and lead designer for the subway system from 1908 to 1942 and was responsible for 300 station designs. The New York Times identifies architects George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge as those who designed, hand-lettered and manufactured the tiles in a Copperplate-like style.
Bruce S. Cridlebaugh
Butterfly Clip Art collection
Dick Pape based the following digitizations on images and typefaces found in the Butterfly Clip Art collection, mostly in 2009: Butterfly A1 Men At Work, Butterfly A1 Professions, Butterfly A2 Heads-Hats, Butterfly A3 Computer Things, Butterfly A4 Office Things, Butterfly A4 Writing Things, Butterfly A5 Cartoon Profession, Butterfly A5 Cartooners A, Butterfly A5 Cartooners B, Butterfly A5 Cartooners C, Butterfly A6 At Work, Butterfly A7 Cartoon Extras, Butterfly A8 Clip Art-A, Butterfly A8 Clip Art-B, Butterfly A8 Clip Art-C, Butterfly A8 Clip Art-D, Butterfly A8 Clip Art-E, Butterfly A9 Animals-A, Butterfly A9 Animals-B, Butterfly A9 Animals-C, Butterfly A9 Animals-D, Butterfly A9 Animals-E, Butterfly A9 Animals-F, Butterfly Alien Cartoons, Butterfly Animal Clips, Butterfly Aquatic Animals, Butterfly Astrological, Butterfly Awards&Trophys, Butterfly Background Ornaments, Butterfly Birds, Butterfly Borders A, Butterfly Borders B, Butterfly Cameras, Butterfly Car Pictures, Butterfly Car Things, Butterfly Cars, Butterfly Cartoon Animals A, Butterfly Cartoon Animals B, Butterfly Cartoon Animals C, Butterfly Cartoon Children A, Butterfly Cartoon Children B, Butterfly Cartoon People, Butterfly Cartoon Words, Butterfly Cartoons A, Butterfly Cartoons B, Butterfly Cartoons C, Butterfly Cartoons in Dress (A, B, C), Butterfly Celebrations, Butterfly Chef Duties, Butterfly Children A, Butterfly Children B, Butterfly Chinese Letters, Butterfly Christmas Decore, Butterfly Christmas People, Butterfly Clip Art Misc 1, Butterfly Clip Art Misc 2, Butterfly Clip Art Misc 3, Butterfly Clip Art Objects, Butterfly Clip Art People, Butterfly Clip Art Sketches 1, Butterfly Clip Art Sketches 2, Butterfly Clip Art Sketches 3, Butterfly Clip Objects 1, Butterfly Clip Objects 2, Butterfly Clip With Faces, Butterfly Clowns A, Butterfly Clowns B, Butterfly Coins Clip, Butterfly Cooking&Food A, Butterfly Cooking&Food B, Butterfly Cooking&Food C, Butterfly Designer Frames A, Butterfly Designer Frames B, Butterfly Designer Ornaments, Butterfly Dinosaurs&Mythicals, Butterfly Dinosaurs-Reptiles, Butterfly Domesticated Animals, Butterfly East Bunny, Butterfly Ethnic, Butterfly European Scenes A, Butterfly European Scenes B, Butterfly Extra Images, Butterfly Extra Things, Butterfly Famous Sights1, Butterfly Famous Sights2, Butterfly Famous Site Seeing, Butterfly Famous Sites, Butterfly Fasteners, Butterfly Flowers A, Butterfly Flowers B, Butterfly Flowers C, Butterfly Flowers Leaves, Butterfly Flowers People, Butterfly Flowers Trees, Butterfly Flowers Wreaths, Butterfly Flying Ships, Butterfly Food - Deserts, Butterfly Food - Drink, Butterfly Food - Meals, Butterfly Food 1, Butterfly Food 2, Butterfly Food Animals 1, Butterfly Food Animals 2, Butterfly Food Clips, Butterfly Foods 3, Butterfly Foods 4, Butterfly Framed Clips, Butterfly Frames, Butterfly Furniture, Butterfly Garden Tools, Butterfly German Street Signs A, Butterfly German Street Signs B, Butterfly German Street Signs C, Butterfly Glass Bottles, Butterfly Glasses, Butterfly Grocery Shopping, Butterfly Hand Tools, Butterfly Hands A, Butterfly Hands B, Butterfly Hands C, Butterfly Holidays A, Butterfly Holidays B, Butterfly Hunting&Fishing, Butterfly Information Signs A, Butterfly Information Signs B, Butterfly Information Signs C, Butterfly Insects, Butterfly Legs, Feet&Faces, Butterfly Love&Marriage A, Butterfly Love&Marriage B, Butterfly Mail Scenes, Butterfly Maps&Flags, Butterfly Miscellaneous Icons, Butterfly Motorcycles, Butterfly Musical Instrument, Butterfly Musicians&Instru, Butterfly New Humans, Butterfly New Years, Butterfly Old Humans, Butterfly People Clips, Butterfly Places Clips, Butterfly Planes, Butterfly Portraits - Adults, Butterfly Portraits - Aged, Butterfly Portraits - Famous, Butterfly Portraits - Men A, Butterfly Portraits - Men B, Butterfly Portraits - Mixed, Butterfly Portraits - Now, Butterfly Portraits - Old, Butterfly Portraits - Women A, Butterfly Portraits - Women B, Butterfly Racing Cars, Butterfly Recreations, Butterfly Recycling Signs A, Butterfly Recycling Signs B, Butterfly Religious Icons, Butterfly Road Signs, Butterfly Ships&Boats, Butterfly Sign Boards, Butterfly Signs A, Butterfly Signs B, Butterfly Silhouette Signs, Butterfly Sketches - Adults, Butterfly Sketches - Couples, Butterfly Sketches - Fashion, Butterfly Sketches - Women, Butterfly Small Signs, Butterfly Sorta Road Signs, Butterfly Sport Accessories, Butterfly Sport Cartoons, Butterfly Sport Dings A, Butterfly Sport Dings B, Butterfly Sport Dings C, Butterfly Sport Silhouettes, Butterfly Sports A, Butterfly Sports Actions A, Butterfly Sports Actions B, Butterfly Sports Actions C, Butterfly Sports B, Butterfly Sports C, Butterfly Sports D, Butterfly Sports E, Butterfly Star Designs A, Butterfly Star Designs B, Butterfly Star Designs C, Butterfly Street Signs A, Butterfly Street Signs B, Butterfly Street Signs C, Butterfly Time Pieces, Butterfly Tool Clips, Butterfly Trains, Butterfly Travel Images A, Butterfly Travel Images B, Butterfly Travel Images C, Butterfly Tribal, Butterfly Trucks and Other, Butterfly Trucks, Butterfly Vacations, Butterfly Vehicles, Butterfly Weapons, Butterfly Wild Animals, Butterfly Winter Sports, Butterfly Young Adults A, Butterfly Young Adults B. 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Thai foundry in Bangkok (ex Cadson Demak pi), est. 2002. It originally published picture fonts designed by several designers including Anuthin Wongsunkakon, Supisa Wattanasansanee, and Pitipa Silapipat.
These included Pok Pong (2008, crazy animals---a great typeface), Planto (2008, plants), PawPack (2007, animals), POBox (2002), Gun Smith (2007, guns), Sun Burst (2007, kaleidoscopic), Arronts (2008, arrows), Cake Walk (2008, food dings), PalPack (2008), RetroTraveler (2008), Speak-Up (2008, text ropes), Road Show (2007, road sign outlines).
Fonts sold through T26 and MyFonts. Home page.
In 2009, Latin fonts were added, such as Option Sans (Anuthin Wongsunkakon: a reworking of his Coupe), Carbon Plus (Anuthin Wongsunkakon: a reworking of his Carbon of 2003 at T26), and Bangkokean (Anuthin Wongsunkakon) and Knight Sans (by Ekaluck Peanpanawate). Cadson Demak himself designed Bangkokean (2009, serif family), Carbon Plus (2009, rounded octagonal), Gun Smith (gun dingbats), Symbloc (dingbats), and Sun Burst (caleidoscope style dingbats) at T-26. In 2008, he created Robo (T-26, robot dingbats). In 2009 he made Bolder (a shadow face).
Due (2011) is a clean humanist sans family.
In 2015, Cadson Demak published the free Thai / Latin loopless Thai and Latin sans typeface family Kanit (2015, Google Fonts), the free sans family Dizhitl, the free Thai / Latin didone display typeface Chonburi (Google Fonts link; Github link), the free Thai / Latin typeface Sriracha (deverloped with Pablo Inpallari), and the free informal Latin / Thai script typeface Itim (Google Fonts link. Github link).
Typefaces from 2016 include Trirong (Google fonts), Taviraj (Google Fonts), Google Font Athiti (Thai and Latin: Github link), the Google Font Maitree, the sans typeface Mitr (Google Fonts), Prompt (Google Fonts), Pridi (Google Fonts, and the Google Font Pattaya (a Thai extension of pablo Impallari's Lobster: Github link).
Typefaces from 2018: Texpi Sans (Latin only), Srisakdi, Niramit, Mali (handcrafted), Krub (sans), KoHo (sans), Kodchasan (monoline rounded sans), K2D, Fahkwang (Peignotian, inspired by old Thai newspapers), Charmonman (inspired by Zapfino), Chakra Petch (octagonal), Bai Jamjuree.
Greek commercial foundry specializing in Greek fonts, founded in 1995 by Yiannis Kouroudis (b. 1962) and Panagiotes (Panos) Haratzopoulos (b. 1967). Regulars include Y. Kouroudis, T. Katsoulidis, D. Arvanitis, H. Charalambous and A. Bakas. Some fonts are Greek extensions of the major Western fonts (such as the fonts from Emigre, Berthold Types, FontShop, Commercial Type, Font Bureau, House Industries).
Original fonts include CF2 Allegro, CF2 Ancient Symposium, CF2 Anteus, CF2 Baby, CF2 Bac, CF2 Bar, CF2 Big, CF2 Bizzare, CF2 BlastGothic, CF2 Bloco, CF2 Compacta Greek, CF2 Criton, CF2 Daphne, CF2 Darkroom, CF2 Deconstruction, CF2 Demo, CF2 Derrida, CF2 DiscoVolante, CF2 DogEatDog, CF Dromon (2014-2015: a revival of the Greek traffic signage font that in turn was initially designed and adopted by the Ministry of Public Works in 1974 based on an adaptation of the British model designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert in the 1960s), CF2 Eteocles, CF2 Fat, CF2 Garamond Greek, CF2 Holly, CF2 HotMetal, CF2 Initials, CF Klak (designed by Vassilis Georgiou, Yiannis Karlopoulos and Panos Haratzopoulos, based on Greek movie posters from the 40s, 50s and 60s), CF2 KouroudisGraffiti, CF2 KouroudisSelect, CF2 Leda, CF2 Leftism, CF2 Liar, CF2 Marker, CF2 Matrix, CF2 Milk, CF2 Nervoso, CF2 Newspaper, CF2 Note, CF2 Painter, CF2 Poster, CF Salamis (designed by Vassilis Georgiou, Yiannis Karlopoulos and Panos Haratzopoulos), CF2 Sans, CF2 Semplice, CF2 Smooth, CF2 Sophia, CF2 Stamp, CF2 Stencil, CF2 Stonepen, CF2 Suprematica, CF2 Twins, CF2 Type, CF2 Undo, CF2 Urania, CF2 Venus, CF2 Vivace, CF2 X-Ray, Rotis Semi, Perpetua Hellenic, Serif Hellenic, Bolt Hellenic, Conduit Hellenic, Franklin Gothic Hellenic, Gill Sans Hellenic, Goudy Hellenic, Kabel Hellenic, Legacy Sans Hellenic, Meta FF Greek, Officina Hellenic, Perpetua Hellenic, Rotis Hellenic and Stone Sans Hellenic.
The designers include Demetres Arbanites (b. 1948), Yiannis Karlopoulos (b. 1967), Takis Katsoulides (designer of the Byzantian typeface Genesis Polytonic), Yiannis Kouroudis (b. 1962), Paris Koutsikos (b. 1967), Aggelos Mitakas (b. 1954), Vladimir Radibratovic (b. 1962, educated in Belgrade), Konstantinos Spaliaras (b. 1971), Blases Foteinos (b. 1968), Ektor Haralamitous (b. 1945), Panagiotes (Panos) Haratzopoulos (b. 1967).
Haratzopoulos and Bilak (Typotheque) made Fedra Serif Greek (2003). Their news page is handy.
New releases in 2005: Autokratorika, DIN Greek, Fedra Sans, Fedra Serif A Greek, Fedra Serif B Greek, Joanna Hellenic, Meta FF Greek, Perpetua Hellenic, Rotis Sans Hellenic, Rotis Serif/SemiSerif Hellenic, Zine FF Sans Display Greek, Zine FF Serif Display Greek.
Panos Haratzopoulos is the main contributor to Cannibal. Designer of Greek versions of FontFont fonts (e.g., Instant Types Greek, Isonorm Greek, and Meta 1 Greek), House Industries (Chalet Greek and Neutraface Condensed Greek in 2010, Neutra in 2007), Garagefonts (Freight Display and Big, in 2007), Typetrust (Kari in 2007), Monotype (Davison American Greek in 2007-2008), Commercial Type (2011, Stag Greek and Stag Sans Greek), Lineto (2011, Gravur Condensed), Font Bureau (Sloop Greek in 2008, Heroun Sans in 2007 [for Men's Health Magazine], Griffith Gothic (in 2005), Berthold Types (in 2005-2006: Block, Bodoni Old Face, Akzidenz-Grotesk, Formata and Imago), Typotheque (in 2003: Fedra Serif Greek, done with Peter Bilak), Emigre (Template Gothic, 2003, Keedy (2003), Cholla (2003), Arbitrary (2003) and Mason (2003)).
Custom fonts include Dimokratia (2010, for the Dimokratia daily), Wunderman Pencil (2011, for Wunderman AE), FF Unit Slab Greek (2009, by Panos for the Metro newspaper), Le Corbusier Greek (2009, based on a Nico Schweizer font, for Homme Magazine), Farnham Greek (by Panos for Eleftheros Typos based on FB Farnham by Christian Schwarz). Panos made three versions of Gotham Greek between 2004 and 2007 for different newspapers, Macedonia, Eleftheros and Domino. Panos and Yiannis Karlopoulos did custom work for Maxim Magazine in 2005, producing Proteus Project (originally a HFJ font) and Griffith Gothic Greek. Irene Vlachou and Panos created Amplitude and Franklin Antiqua Greek for AutoBild in 2007, and Esquire and Crank Greek for Esquire in 2004.
Corporate fonts include a Greek version of Neoritmo (Claudio Piccinini) for the titles of the Benaki Museum's new website, Yamaha Hellas (a Greek version of Yamaha Koolhoven, 2001), Ballisage Greek (2007, Irene Vlachou, for Leroy Merlin), Tartine Script Greek (2005, by panos for Uphill/Nestea), Urania Sato (2007, based on CF Urania), FNAC Greek (2008, based on the FNAC chain font by Olivier Nineuil originally done in 2005).
The font Gill Sans Hellenic (2000) was chosen for the corporate identity of the Olympic Games of Athens in 2004. The Greek version was designed by Hector Charalambous and was art directed by Panayiotis Haratzopoulos after permission for hellenization was given by Monotype. The font is available from Greek Digital Types.
In 2013, John Karlopoulos, Vassilis Georgiou, and Panos Haratzopoulos co-designed the signage typeface CF Majestic (2013).
In 2014, Cannibal published Genesis. In 2015, they added the Greek script font Red Script. In 2016, Vassilis Georgiou, Yiannis Karlopoulos and Panos Haratzopoulos co-designed the calligraphic script typeface CF Ariston and the connected script typeface CF Astir. In 2017, Vassilis Georgiou, Yiannis Karlopoulos and Panos Haratzopoulos co-designed the Greek brush script typeface CF Splendid (with two substyles, Serano and Special).
In 2021, Haratzopoulos released CF Modern Grotesk at Fonts.Gr. This almost monolinear sans attempts to be neutral in the Helvetica and Univers genre. It include variable fonts.
The typophiles provide suiggestions for cartographic fonts, including Beorcana, Fedra Sans&Serif, Unimap (Miriam Roettgers), Gotham Rounded, and FF Parable. Dan Reynolds reminds everyone of some Linotype fonts that are often seen on German maps:Google] [More] ⦿
CAT Design Wolgast
Wolgast-based type designer Peter Wiegel (b. 1955) runs CAT Design Wolgast. Designer of these free fonts:
The list of his truetype and opentype typefaces as of 2011: 18thCenturyInitials, 18thCenturyKurrentStart, 18thCenturyKurrentText, Alfabilder, AlteDIN1451Mittelschrift, AlteDIN1451Mittelschriftgepraegt, AmptmannScript, ApolloASM, Avocado, Barnroof, BerlinEmail, BerlinEmail2, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifShadow, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, Beroga, Beroga, BerogaFettig-Bold, BerogaFettig-Bold, BertholdMainzerFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, BertholdMainzerFrakturUNZ1A, BertholdrMainzerFraktur, Blankenburg-Regular, BlankenburgUNZ1A-Italic, BlankenburgUNZ1A, CasaSans-Regular, CasaSans, CasaSansFettig-Bold, CatShop, CentreClaws, CentreClawsBeam1, CentreClawsSlant, ChunkFiveEx, CntgenKanzley-Regular, CntgenKanzleyAufrecht, DIN1451fetteBreitschrift1936-Regular, DiscipuliBritannica, DiscipuliBritannicaBold, Doergon-Regular, DoergonBackshift, DoergonShift, DoergonWave-Regular, Elb-Tunnel, Elb-TunnelSchatten, Elbaris, ElbarisOutline, ElficCaslin, EricaType-Bold, EricaType-BoldItalic, EricaType-Italic, EricaType-Regular, ErikaOrmig, Eureka, FibelNord-Bold, FibelNord-BoldItalic, FibelNord-Italic, FibelNord, FibelNordKontur, FibelSued-Bold, FibelSued-BoldItalic, FibelSued-Italic, FibelSued, FibelSuedKontur, GoeschenFraktur, GoeschenFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, GoeschenFrakturUNZ1A, Gondrin, GreifswalderTengwar-Regular, GreifswalerDeutscheSchrift, GruenewaldVA-Regular, GruenewaldVA1.Klasse, GruenewaldVA3.Klasse, H1N1, HelvetiaVerbundene, KochFetteDeutscheSchrift, KochFetteDeutscheSchriftUNZ1A-Italic, KochFetteDeutscheSchriftUNZ1A, LeipzigFrakturBold, LeipzigFrakturHeavy-ExtraBold, LeipzigFrakturLF-Bold, LeipzigFrakturLF-Normal, LeipzigFrakturNormal, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-Bold, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-BoldItalic, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A-Italic, LeipzigFrakturUNZ1A, Luxembourg1910, Luxembourg1910Contur, Luxembourg1910Ombre, MMX2010-Regular, Maassslicer3D, Maassslicer3D, MaassslicerItalic, MaassslicerItalic, Makushka, MakushkaKontura, MakushkaQuadriga, MakushkaSecunda, MeyneTextur, MeyneTexturUNZ1A-Italic, MeyneTexturUNZ1A, Midroba-Regular, MidrobaSchatten, Moderne3DSchwabacher, ModerneFetteSchwabacher, ModerneFetteSchwabacherUNZ1A-Italic, ModerneFetteSchwabacherUNZ1A, ModerneGekippteSchwabacher, MoradoFelt-Regular, MoradoMarker, MoradoNib, MoradoSharp-Regular, Murrx, Nathan-CondensedRegular, Nathan-ExpandedRegular, Nathan-Semi-expandedRegular, Nathan, NathanAlternates-CondensedRegular, NathanAlternates-ExpandedRegular, NathanAlternates-Semi-expandedRegular, NathanAlternates, Nomitais, Nomitais, Numikki, Numukki-Italic, Numukki-Italic, Numukki, Powerweld, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, PreussischeVI9, PreussischeVI9Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten-Linie, PreussischeVI9Schatten, Proletarsk, Prsent60, Quimbie, Quimbie3D, QuimbieShaddow, QuimbieUH, Quirkus-Bold, Quirkus-BoldItalic, Quirkus-Italic, Quirkus, QuirkusOut, QuirkusUpsideDown, RostockKaligraph, RotundaPommerania, RotundaPommeraniaUNZ1A-Italic, RotundaPommeraniaUNZ1A, Rudelskopfdeutsch-Aufrecht, SchatternvonPreussischeVI9, Schulfibel-Nord-Linie-2, SchwabenAlt-Bold, SchwabenAltUNZ1A-Italic, SchwabenAltUNZ1A, Stage, StrassburgFraktur-Regular, TGL0-16, TGL0-17, TGL0-17Alt, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-2, TGL31034-2, Tank, TengwarOptime, TengwarOptimeDiagon, TitilliumMaps29L-1wt, TitilliumMaps29L-400wt, TitilliumMaps29L-800wt, TitilliumMaps29L-999wt, TitilliumText22L-1wt, TitilliumText22L-250wt, TitilliumText22L-400wt, TitilliumText22L-600wt, TitilliumText22L-800wt, TitilliumText22L-999wt, TitilliumTitle20, UtusiStar-Bold, UtusiStar, VarietScala, Varietee, VarieteeArtist, VarieteeCabaret, VarieteeCascadeur, VarieteeCasino, VarieteeCirque, VarieteeColege, VarieteeConferencier, VarieteeFolies, VarieteeIkarier, VarieteeJongleur, VarieteeMirage, VarieteeRevue, VarieteeTheatre, Via-A-Vis, Vrng, Waschkueche, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WiegelKurrent, WiegelKurrent, WiegelKurrentMedium, WiegelKurrentMedium, WiegelLatein, WiegelLateinMedium, WolgastScript, WolgastScript, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwoBold, WolgastTwoBold, XAyax, XAyax, XAyaxOutline, XAyaxOutline, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D, YiggivooUnicode3D, ZeichenDreihundert-Regular, ZeichenDreihundertAlt, ZeichenHundert-Regular, ZeichenHundertAlt, ZeichenVierhundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundert-Regular, ZeichenZweihundertAlt, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe, kaufhalle, kaufhalle, kaufhalleblech, kaufhalleblech, moebius.
His type 1 fonts as of 2011: Avocado, BerlinEmail, BerlinEmail2, BerlinEmailBold, BerlinEmailHeavy, BerlinEmailOutline, BerlinEmailSchaddow, BerlinEmailSemibold-Bold, BerlinEmailSerif, BerlinEmailSerifSemibold, BerlinEmailSerifShadow, BerlinEmailWideSemibold, Beroga, BerogaFettig-Bold, CasaSans, Elb-Tunnel, Elb-TunnelSchatten, Maassslicer3D, MaassslicerItalic, Numukki-Italic, Numukki, Powerweld, PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3, Quimbie, QuimbieUH, RostockKaligraph, TGL31034-1, TGL31034-2, UtusiStar-Bold, UtusiStar, Waschkueche, WaschkuecheGrob-Ultra, WolgastScript, WolgastTwo, WolgastTwoBold, YiggivooUnicode-Italic, YiggivooUnicode, YiggivooUnicode3D-Italic, YiggivooUnicode3D, cbe-Bold, cbe-BoldItalic, cbe-Italic, cbe, kaufhalle, kaufhalleblech.
A list of typefaces in alphabetical order, with descriptive comments provided by Reynir Heidberg Stefansson from Iceland: 18th Century Kurrent (Kurrent-style handwriting, Wiegel-coded), Alfabilder (Alphabetic picture font for the German alphabet), Amptmann Script (Partly-connected, upright writing, used on Prussian Railways pattern drawings), ApolloASM (Jugendstil, vaguely resembling an ornate Bocklin), Avocado (Handwriting, broad-nib pen-style), Berlin Email (Narrow sans-serif, based on emailled signage; Wiegel-coded), Berlin Email Serif (Narrow serif, based on emailled signage; Wiegel-coded), Beroga (All-minuscule, rounded marker-style sans-serif with ca. 8° slope), Berthold Mainzer Fraktur (Fraktur in Wiegel (Regular only) and UNZ1(A) coding), Blankenburg (Semicondensed Tannenberg in Wiegel (Regular only) and UNZ1(A) coding), Casa Sans (Squarish, broad-nib pen-style block writing), CatShop (Serif, soft of an acid-washed didone), cbe Normal (Sans-serif, narrow, somewhat cuneiform), Centre Claws (Sans-serif, Art Deco display, a bit like Broadway), Cöntgen Kanzlei (Cöntgen Kanzley) (Fraktur-based calligraphy by Heinrich Hugo Cöntgen, Wiegel coding), DiffiKult (Sans-serif, display, no horizontal lines), DIN 1451 fette Breitschrift 1936 (The now-withdrawn Wide version of DIN 1451 traffic font), Discipuli Britannica (UK school handwriting), Doergon (Slab-serif, narrow-ish, all majuscule), CAT Eckmann, Elabris (Elbaris) (Sans-serif, caps/smallcaps, shades of DIN1451 Engschrift), Elb-Tunnel (Sans-serif, based on signage in the old Elbe tunnel in Hamburg), Elbic Caslon (Elfic Caslon, Elfic Caslin) (a Caslon for the Queen Galadriel), Erika Type (Erica Type) (Slab-serif, typewriter, comes from Wiegel's old Erika typewriter), Eureka (Serif, caps/smallcaps, Art Deco/Jugendstil), Fibel Nord (2009, sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Sued (2009, sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Vienna (Sans-serif, based on Austrian school primer), Fundamental Brigade (Sans-serif, geometric, some UNZ1 ligatures), Göschen Fraktur (Goeschen Fraktur) (Fraktur with a biblical feel, Wiegel (Rg only) and UNZ1 coding), Gondrini (Gondrin) (Sans-serif, geometric, display, shaded outlines, cookie-cutter), Greifswalder Deutsche Schrift (Handwriting, based on Rudolf Koch's Offenbacher Kurrent, Wiegel coding), Greifswalder Tengwar (Tengwar handwriting in Offenbach style), Gruenewald VA (Latin-style schoolhand, Wiegel coding), H1N1 (Heavy display typeface made of parallel wavetrains), Hardman (Heavy, wide, squarish logotype with connecting letters), Helvetia Verbundene (Swiss handwriting), Immermann (Display, resembles a seriffed Radio/Rundfunk, UNZ1 coding), Kaufhalle (Display, recreation of HO Kaufhalle logotype), Koch Fette Deutsche Schrift (Very plain fraktur, Wiegel (Rg only) and UNZ1 coding), Leipzig Fraktur (Fraktur for bread text, Wiegel coding), Leipzig Fraktur UNZ1A (Fraktur for bread text), Luxembourg 1910 (Sans-serif, Jugendstil display typeface from old spice drawers), Maass Slicer (Maassslicer) (Sans-serif, oblique display face, orig. logotype), Makushka (Sort-of an Elabris with minuscules, looks overlayable), Men Nefer (Slab-serif, geometric, UNZ1 coding), Midroba (Spur-serif, display, all-majuscule, heavy, octal), MMX2010 (Sans-serif, display, caps/smallcaps, TV game machine feel), Moderne Schwabacher (Heavily reworked, Wiegel coding), Moderne Fette Schwabacher UNZ1A (Heavily reworked, Wiegel coding), Möbius (moebius) (Sans-serif, display, bicolour (u/c = non-spacing fills, l/c = spacing outlines)), Morado (Connected handwriting with nib or marker pen), Murrx (Heavy display typeface made from ellipsoids on NE-SW axis), Mutter Krause (Serif, slanting, Jugendstil-feel), CAT Neuzeit and CAT Neuzeit Schatten (2012-2014), Nathan (Slab-serif, hand-drawn.), Nomatais (Nomitais) (Elabris with multiple levels of outlines), Numukki (Conlang, knotted-line, good for separators and scenebreaks), Powerweld (Sans-serif, Bauhaus style, all-minuscule), Präsent 60 (PI font with various East German logos), Preussische IV 44 (PreussischeIV44Ausgabe3) (Repro of Prussian Railways pattern type IV 44 version 3), Preussische VI 9 (Repro of Prussian Railways pattern type VI 9 version 2), Proletarsk (Sans-serif, monoline, doubled-up questionmark), Quast (Brush type, all-majuscule, very rough outline), Quimbie (Sans-serif, all-majuscule, resembles Amelia), Quirkus (Sans-serif), Ring Matrix (LED matrix with ring LEDs, solid LEDs and ring LEDs with shadow), Rostock Kaligraph (Very round calligraphy, resembles rotunda), Rotunda Pommerania (Rotunda style, Wiegel-code (Regular only) or UNZ1-coded), Rudelskopf deutsch (Sans-serif, based on Kurrent-style letterforms), Schwaben Alt (Schwabacher in Wiegel- (Rg only) or UNZ1-coding.), Stage (Sans-serif, narrow, Art Deco, fleeting taste of Broadway), Strassburg Fraktur (Handwritten fraktur, ornate majuscules, Wiegel-coding), Tank (PI font with (gas/petrol) tank station logos), TengwarOptime (Optima for Tengwar), TGL 0-16/0-17 (East German versions of DIN 16 and DIN 17 blueprint types), TGL 31034-1, TGL 31034-2 (East German versions of DIN 6776 / DIN EN ISO 3098 blueprint types), Utusi Star (Sans-serif, slight resemblance with Rundfunk), Varieté (Sans-serif, all-majuscule or caps/smallcaps), Vis-A-Vis (Serif, all-majuscule, split in middle), Volk Redis (Kurrent handwriting, anno 1930-1941), Vrångö (LED matrix type like Ring Matrix), Waschküche (Serif, resembles Antykwa Torunska), Wiegel Kurrent (Kurrent-style handwriting), Wiegel Latein (Latin-style handwriting), Wolgast Script (Sloppy-looking handwriting with a broad-nib pen), Wolgast Two (Latin/Cyrillic handwriting), XAyax (Serif, Jugendstil, narrow, all-majuscule), Yiggivoo Unicode (Sans-serif, wide, tall x, board game packaging feel), Youbilee (PI font with various jubilee laurels), Verkehrszeichen (Zeichen) (PI fonts with traffic signs (in layers)), Verkehrszeichen alt (Zeichen Alt) (PI fonts with old traffic signs (in layers)).
Charles Ernest Riddiford
The UK number plate font that came into effect in 2001 is called Charles Wright. It can be bought here from Magnum UK (Alex Duncan) for about 100 dollars in two versions, Charles Wright 2001 Mandatory, and Charles Wright 2001 Regular. The new number plate style is based on a font originally designed in 1935 by Charles Wright but with modifications to character shapes and width to improve readability. If you want a similar free font, consider UKNumberPlate by Gareth Attrill. Another free font was made by Keith Bates at K-Type in 2004, called Mandatory. Keith writes: "I've tried to ease the congestion in the middle of W and M by adding Gill-esque points, and thinned the tail of the Q - a slight improvement." Both the free and the commercial fonts are unofficial.
In 2016, Keith Bates made a set of fonts called Charles Wright. He explains: Some have assumed that the typeface was named after the original designer, but it's actually the name of the company that developed it for die stamping vehicle plates. According To Yasmin Webb at Barnet Local Studies and Archives, Charles Wright senior was born in London in 1842 and founded his sheet metal pressing plant in 1867 at Clerkenwell, initially making Crimean war medals, and later producing seals, dies and embossing presses. He set up home in Mill Hill, married in 1870 and had twin girls, Annie and Christina born in 1870, and a son also called Charles born in 1874. Business flourished and when the factory proved too noisy for an inner city location in 1900, Charles Wright Ltd moved to new premises at Thorn Bank, Edgware. By the 1920s the company was also known as Wright & Son, Charles junior having evidently joined the family business, and was producing huge numbers of medals for soldiers from World War 1, an article from The Record News on 19th June 1923 boasts an output of 35,000 medals a day. By 1935, the Wright company would have been a logical choice for pressing vehicle number plates. It's unlikely that Charles junior himself would have designed the idiosyncratic sans serif, the task is more likely to have fallen to a company draughtsmen at a time when drawing office jobs accorded little prestige and individual innovations went uncredited. And since the business was wound up in the early 1970s, it's doubtful we'll ever know who masterminded the company's legacy, the typeface that still bears its name. The current lettering is sometimes referred to as Charles Wright 2001. At the turn of the century, the numbers and letters were condensed from 57mm wide to 50mm in order to make room for an optional European symbol or national flag. The 2001 style became compulsory and a growing trade in fancy, often illegible, registration plates was eliminated. Bates has three typefaces for platemakers: For vehicle platemakers, three additional fonts are included which only contain uppercase letters, numerals and basic punctuation, and which are not kerned: Charles Wright Motorcycle is a version of the slightly lighter, smaller lettering on motorcycle plates for character heights of 64mm and widths of 44mm. Charles Wright 1935 is a version of the original wider lettering, still used on the plates of older vehicles, for character widths of 57mm and heights of 79mm. Charles Wright Bold Caps contains unkerned uppercase letters and numerals in the standard 2001 style for character heights of 79mm and widths of 50mm.
In 2020, Jeff Levine and Ahmed Eraqi collaborated on another revival, British Vehicle JNL.
Chris' British Road Directory
Chris Marshall's web site on British roads and traffic signs. He has a subpage on fonts used on British highways. Based on these specifications, Nathaniel Porter and John Prentice (who added Greek characters, based on Greek road signs) made a set of free fonts that follow the British highway system. These include Transport Medium, Medium Greek and Heavy (the main British highway font), Motorway Permanent (for numbers on signs), Motorway Temporary (for use on temporary signs), Pavement (for painted lettering on the road surface), and VMS (an octagonal font for use in light-up panels). Erik Spiekermann blasts his implementation of Transport: A gentleman called Nathaniel Porter has digitized Transport Heavy, and it is being used by various agencies. The data is even worse than the Swedish Tratex font which must have been done by an amateur on on Ikarus system without corrections. This one here is just a raw scan. Amazingly, it works as a font. Too heavy for signs, but just shows how good font software has become if it can actually make a working font from a scan that looks like a piece of German rye bread. I suspect that this version of Transport Heavy is being used in Italy and Spain. And in Greece as well. They also made Old Road Sign Font after the road sign lettering in the UK in use before 1964. Its origins go back to 1944. [Google] [More] ⦿
Swiss type designer at Fontnest who designed these fonts: Neuro (2006), Lubmin (2008). He writes: The Lubmin typeface is a product of adaption of a standard character set (by VEB Typoart, Dresden) that was applied on roadname signs in the former Democratic Republic of Germany. It is, as far as documented, a production of early Prussian standard typefaces, which were also pattern for nowadays DIN font. The type went into action in many ways: Road signs, railway and military signals and also car plates; so almost anywhere a functional, easy reproduceable type was needed. The original letters were often different from road sign to road sign, because the signpainters had a variable elaborateness in painting the letters; some shapes are much more angular than others. So it had been a way of finding a compromise in this case. Also some points were interpreted in a new way, curves had been changed a little bit to accord readability aspects; but all in all, the Lubmin type is as original as in the time of the #Iron Curtain#. His future site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at RailFonts, who describes himself as follows: I grew up in the '30s thru '50s within a half mile of the Pere Marquette; home, grade school, high school, college, and summer camping. In 1974 I began to model the PM. In 1963 I learned typography, so that match led to my first fonts, the PM and C&O. I suggested to Benn [Coifman, of Railfonts] he include my fonts and he sent me on the quest for more. I found, via a round about way, the drawings only a few miles away. That Nickel Plate font sparked my creativity (wild imagination). It's fun. His fonts: Atlantic (alternate), Chesapeake (alternate), Chesapeake1976 (compare to the lettering once used by Chessie System), Illinois Central (alternate), Monon, Nickel Plate Road, Railroad Roman 4 (compare to the lettering once used by C&O), Railroad Roman 5 (compare to the lettering once used by Pere Marquette), Railroad Roman 7 (compare to the lettering once used by Clinchfield), Seaboard (alternate). [Google] [More] ⦿
British designer (1928-2022) who was responsible for the sign system for the No. 3 Passenger Building of London Airport. The typefaces in that system was by Matthew Carter, who was inspired by Standard Bold (the English name for Akzidenz Grotesk). Carter lowered the uppercase and shortened the ascenders and descenders to fit large letterforms in a limited space. Characteristics include the steep curve with which the descender of the y changes its direction and the thinned descender on the g.
Art director, designer and consultant who grew up in Colorado and is now based in Heber City (was: Park City and before that Salt Lake City), UT. He created the commercial Latin / Cyrillic geometric sans font family Venti CF in 2014---Venti can be purchased here. His second typeface is the geometric / techno typeface Filter CF (2014).
In 2015, he created Waverly (avant garde caps), Articulat CF (an 18-style Swiss sans typeface), Argent CF (a 13-style display serif family), Ironfield (bold husky brutalist display font), Visby CF (geometric sans), Visby Round CF, Quincy CF (a warm serif text face), and Manifold CF (a squarish cold utilitarian sans with 16 styles; extended to the corporate typeface Manifold DSA in 2017). See also Manifold Extended CF (2022; 16 styles).
Typefaces from 2016: Vanguard CF (a strong ultra-compressed sans in 16 styles), Addington CF (a 14-style text typeface family), Cartograph CF (monospaced sans), Greycliff CF (sans), Turismo CF (a wide rounfded open sans inspired by midcentury motorsports, technology, and business).
Typefaces from 2017: Gryffith (angular), Visby Slab CF, Filter v2 CF (hipster style), Couplet CF (humanist sans), Integral CF (an all caps titling font).
Typefaces from 2018: Argent Pixel (free), Artifex CF (a 9-weight serif family), Artifex Hand CF (a flared version of Artifex), Criteria CF (a geometric sans with horizontal and vertical terminal endings), Roxborough CF (a sharp-edged roman typeface).
Typefaces from 2019: Wayfinder CF (a sharp-edged display typeface).
Gumroad site, where one can download free trial versions of many of his fonts, and purchase licenses for the other ones.
Typefaces from 2022: Quiverleaf Arabic CF.
The CorelDraw dingbats can be found in many places. The fonts: Animals-1, Animals-2, Arrows1, Arrows2, Awards, Balloons, Borders1, Borders2, Buildings, Bullets1, Bullets2, Bullets3, Bullets-4(Japanese), Bullets-5(Korean), Business&Government, Borders1, Borders2, Boxes, Charting, Clocks, CommonBullets, Computers, Chinese-Generic1, Electronics, Festive, Food, Furniture, GeographicSymbolsNormal, Household, Hygiene, HomePlanning, HomePlanning2, Japanese-Generic1, Kidnap, Korean-Generic1, Landmarks, LandscapePlanning, Medicine, Military, MilitaryID, MorseCode, Music, MusicalSymbolsNormal, NauticalFlags, OfficePlanning, People, Plants, Science, Semaphore, Signs, Space, SportsFigures, Sports&Hobbies, Stars1, Stars2, SymbolProportionalBT-Regular, Shapes1. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Firenze in 1969. Cofounder with Francesco Canovaro and Debora Manetti of the Italian design firm in Firenze called Studio Kmzero. He co-designed some typefaces there such as Arsenale White (2009). In 2002, Pancini developed Targa, TargaMS and TargaMSHand (for comic books?), basing his design on the peculiar sans serif monospace typeface with slightly rounded corners and a geometric, condensed skeleton that Italy had been using for its license plates. In 2022, Francesco Canovaro redesigned this font into a versatile multi-weight typeface, Targa Pro, which includes Targa Pro Mono (which keeps the original monospace widths), Targa Pro Roman (with proportional widths), both in five weights plus italics, the handmade version Targa Hand, and Targa Pro Stencil.
MyFonts credits him with the rounded avant garde sans family Antipasto (2007), but elswhere we read that this typeface is made by Matteo di Iorio, so there is some confusion. It was extended in 2017 by Pancini as Antipasto Pro.
In 2014, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro co-designed Amazing Grotesk (+Ultra). He also designed the calm bold geometric rounded sans typeface Cocogoose (2014; replaced by Cocogoose Pro in 2017) and the stylish deco font Offensive Behaviour. Cocogoose Letterpress is free. Cocogoose is part of the Coco Gothic family, a collection of twelve typefaces each inspired by the fashion mood of every decade of last century, named after fashion icon Coco Chanel. Cocogoose is Coco Gothic for the 1940s. See also Coco Gothic Pro (2021).
In 2015, Pancini published the grand family Coco Gothic. This Latin / Greek / Cyrillic typeface family features a small x-height and sligghtly rounded corners to make the avant garde and geometric sans typefaces in vogue in the 1970s come alive again, ready for 21st century fashion magazines. It comes with substyles that recreate many moods, including art nouveau and arts and crafts (Cocotte), Italian propaganda style and Italian deco (Cocosignum), hipster style (CocoBikeR), or Bauhaus (Cocomat). Coco Gothic was initially developed as a corporate font for Lucca Comics & Games Festival 2013. The rounded geometric sans family Cocomat (by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Deborah Manetti and Francesco Canovaro) was inspired by the style of the twenties and the visions of Italian futurists like Fortunato Depero, Giacomo Balla and Antonio Sant'Elia. Updated in 2019 as Cocomat Pro.
Still in 2015, Cosimo and Zetafonts published the connected creamy baseball script Bulletto, the grungy handvetica Neue, and the calligraphic wedding typeface Hello Script. In 2015, at Zetafonts, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini designed CocoBikeR (2015) to celebrate the hipster and bike cultures. CocoBikeR (for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) is part of the successful Coco Gothic typeface family. In 2017, Pancini designed the 1930s Italian art deco typeface families Cocosignum Maiuscoletto and Cocosignum Corsivo Italico. In 2021, he published the 48-style (+variable) font family Coco Gothic Pro. This is a redrawn and expanded set of fonts: Inspired by a biography of Coco Chanel and trying to capture the quintessential mood of classical fashion elegance, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini designed Coco Gothic looking for the effect that the first geometric sans typefaces (like Futura, Kabel or the italian eponyms like Semplicita) had when printed on paper. The crisp modernist shapes acquired in printing charme and warmth through a slight rounding of the corners that is translated digitally in the design of Coco Gothic. [...] A distinguishing feature of Coco Gothic Pro is the inclusion of ten alternate historical sets that allow you to use the typeface as a true typographic time machine, selecting period letterforms that range from art deco and nouveau, to modernism and to eighties' minimalism. Equipped with such an array of historical variants, Coco Gothic Pro becomes an encyclopedia of styles from the last century. There is also attention to Darkmode and there is coverage of Cyrillic and Greek.
Typefaces from 2016: Adlery (a curly brush script), Kitten (Fat, Swash, Swash Monoline, Slant, Bold: signage script family), Adlibitum (a blackletter typeface by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro), Morbodoni (a display didone by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro).
In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli, Giulia Ursenna Dorati and Andrea Gaspari co-designed the 1940s vintage brush script typeface Banana Yeti, which is based on an example by Ross George shown in George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual. The Zetafonts team extended the original design to six styles and multilingual coverage. The ExtraBold is free. Still in 2016, Pancini designed Calligraphunk, an experimental typeface that mimicks polyrythmic calligraphy, by alternating two sets of lowercase letters to emulate handwriting.
In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Matteo Chiti, Luca Chiti and Andrea Tartarelli co-designed the retro connected brush script font family Advertising Script, which is based on an example from Ross George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual.
Beatrix Antiqua (2016, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli). This humanist sans-serif typeface is part of the Beatrix family (Beatrix Nova, etc.) that takes its inspiration from the classic Roman monumental capital model. Its capitals are directly derived from the stone carvings in Florence's Santa Croce Cathedral. Beatrix keeps a subtle lapidary swelling at the terminals suggesting a glyphic serif, similar to Hermann Zapf's treatment in Optima.
Amazing Grotesk (2016) is based on a logo designed by Francesco Canovaro.
Studio Gothic (2017, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli) is an 8-style geometric sans family based on Alessandro Butti's geometric sans classic, Semplicita.
Pancini designed the 64-strong typeface family Body Grotesque and Body Text in 2017-2018, together with Andrea Tartarelli. It was conceived as a contemporary alternative to modernist super-families like Univers or Helvetica.
In 2017, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli co-designed the sans typeface family Kabrio, which gives users four different corner treatment options.
Anaphora (2018). Anaphora is a contemporary serif typeface designed by Francesco Canovaro (roman), Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini (italic) and Andrea Tartarelli. It features a wedge serif design with nine weights from thin to heavy. Its wide counters and low x-height make it pleasant and readable at text sizes while the uncommon shapes make it strong and recognizable when used in display size. Anaphora covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
In 2018, he designed the italics for Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini's Domotika typeface family. Between 2018 and 2021, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli developed the 8-weight humanist sans typeface Domotika for Latin, Cyrillic and Greek, further into the 18-style Domotika Pro (2021).
In 2018, he published Radcliffe, with Andrea Tartarelli, a Clarendon revival with Text and Casual subfamilies. Radcliffe (a Clarendon revival by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli), and added the layerable condensed Cocogoose Narrows to the Cocogoose family. Codec (2018) by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli is a geometric sans typeface family in which all terminal cuts are horiontal or vertical. See also Codec Pro (2019).
His Double Bass (2018) is a jazzy 4-style typeface family that pays tribute to Saul Bass's iconic hand lettering for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm film title sequence and other movies, Bass's vibrating, almost brutal cut-out aestethics, and the cartoonish lettering and jazzy graphics of the fifties.
In 2018, he published the sharp wedge serif typeface Blacker to pay homage to the 1970s. In 2019, that was followed by Blacker Pro (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli, who write: Blacker Pro is the revised and extended version of the original wedge serif type family designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli in 2017. Blacker was developed as a take on the style that Jeremiah Shoaf has defined as the "evil serif" genre: typefaces with high contrast, oldstyle or modern serif proportions and sharp, blade-like triangular serifs). Still in 2018, he designed the swooping polyrhythmic calligraphic typeface Calligraphunk.
In 2018, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli designed Holden, a very Latin cursive sans typeface with pointed brush aesthetics and fluid rhythmic lines.
In 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli published the monolinear geometric rounded corner amputated "e" sans typeface family Cocogoose Classic, the sans family Aquawax Pro, and the condensed rounded monoline techno sans typeface family Iconic.
In 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini at Zetafonts published a slightly calligraphic Elzevir typeface, Lovelace.
In 2019, the lapidary typeface family Beatrix Antiqua (Francesco Canovaro) was reworked by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini together with Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini into a 50-style type system called Monterchi that includes Text, Serif and Sans subfamilies. Monterchi is a custom font for an identity project for a famous fresco in Monterchi, developed under the art directorship of Riccardo Falcinelli.
Tarif (2019) is a typeface family inspired by the multicultural utopia of convivencia---the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Christians and Jews in tenth century Andalusia that played an important role in bringing to Europe the classics of Greek philosophy, together with Muslim culture and aesthetics. It is a slab serif typeface with a humanist skeleton and inverted contrast, subtly mixing Latin zest, calligraphic details, extreme inktraps, and postmodern unorthodox reinvention of traditional grotesque letter shapes. The exuberant design, perfect for titling, logo and display use, is complemented by a wide range of seven weights allowing for solid editorial use and great readability in body text. Matching italics have been designed with the help of Maria Chiara Fantini and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, while Rania Azmi has collaborated on the design of the arabic version of Tarif, where the humanist shapes and inverted contrast of the Latin letters find a natural connection with modern arabic letterforms.
Late in 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini released the fun typeface family Hagrid at Zetafonts, which writes: Crypto-typography---the passion for unknown, weird and unusual character shapes---is a disease commonly affecting type designers. Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini has celebrated it in this typeface family, aptly named Hagrid after the half-blood giant with a passion for cryptozoology described by R. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter books. Extreme optical corrections, calligraphic counter-spaces, inverted contrast, over-the-top overshoots: all the inventions that abound in vernacular and experimental typography have been lovingly collected in this mongrel sans serif family, carefully balancing quirky solutions and solid grotesque design.
In 2020, Pancini released Stinger (2020, a 42-style reverse contrast family by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini) and Boring Sans (a typeface family designed along two variable axis: weight and weirdness). As part of the free font set Quarantype (2020), Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini designed Quarantype Embrace, Quarantype Hangout, Quarantype Hopscotch, Quarantype Joyride, Quarantype Sackrace, and Quarantype Uplift (with Maria Chiara Fantini).
In 2020, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Mario De Libero revived Nebiolo's Carioli (1928) as Cairoli Classic and Cairoli Now at Italian Type / Zetafonts. They extended the original weight and width range and developing both a faithful Classic version and a Now variant. The Cairoli Classic family keeps the original low x-height range, very display-oriented, and normalizes the design while emphasizing the original peculiarities like the hook cuts in curved letters, the high-waisted uppercase R and the squared ovals of the letterforms. Cairoli Now is developed with an higher x-height, more suited for text and digital use, and adds to the original design deeper inktraps and round punctuation, while slightly correcting the curves for a more contemporary look. Cairoli Variable has a weight and width axis.
In 2020, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Mariachiara Fantini---with the help of Solenn Bordeau---released Erotique at Zetafonts. Erotique evolved from Lovelace, an earlier Zetafonts typeface. Zetafonts describe this evil serif as follows: it challenges its romantic curves with the glitchy and fluid aestethic of transmodern neo-brutalist typography. Late in 2020, they added Erotique Sans, the sans version of Erotique, also designed by Cosimo Pancini and Maria Chiara Fantini.
Late in 2020, he co-designed the 46-style font family Eastman Grotesque together with Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli. This monolinear sans with a tall x-height comprises an interesting Eastman Grotesque Alternate subfamily with daring and in-your-face glyphs. The typeface evolved from Zetafonts' earlier Bauhaus-inspired typeface Eastman (2020). Later fonts in this family include Eastman Condensed (2021, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli).
In 2020, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Mario De Libero drew the 60-style Cocogoose Pro Narrows family, which features many compressed typefaces as well as grungy letterpress versions.
Sunshine Pro (2020, Zetafonts) was designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Solenn Bordeau expanding the original Sunshine design by Francesco Canovaro, part of the Quarantype collection (2020), which in turn was designed as a typeface for good vibes against Covid-19. Sunshine Pro is an experimental Clarendon-style font with variable contrast along the weight axis---contrast is reversed in light weight, minimized in the regular weight and peaks in the bold and heavy weights.
Coco Sharp (2021) is a 62-style sans feast, with two variable fonts with variable x-height, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli.
Co-designer of Heading Now (2021), a 160-strong titling font (+2 variable fonts) by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Mario De Libero that provides an enormous range of widths.
Keratine (2021, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Mario De Libero). A German expressionist typeface that exists in a space between these two traditions, mixing the proportions of humanistic typefaces with the strong slabs and fractured handwriting of blackletter calligraphy. Pancini, its main designer, writes that it explores the impossible territory between antiqua and blackletter.
Geppetto (2021) is a frivolous Tuscan font that started out as a revival of a condensed Tuscan wood type family appearing in the 1903 Tubbs Wood Type catalog and which was probably derived from an 1859 typeface by William Hamilton Page. Pancini built a variable font on top of it and calls it a font for fake news.
In 2021, Pancini added Coco Tardis as a variable font with a time travel slider to the Coco Gothic family.
Millard Grotesque (2021) is a true "grot" in the Akzidenz Grotesque sense of the word. This typeface family was designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli.
Pancini's Descript (2021) is a variable script font with two axes, slant and speed of writing.
Editor of A web log of design and high drama which frequently comments on typographic matters such as web fonts (why pay for them?), traffic signs, and typeface use. He calls himself the world's toughest writer, and lives in the New England area (he graduated from Dartmouth, NH). In this piece entitled The Tell-Tale R Some Thoughts on Clearview, Cosmo writes this about the decision to start using Clearview for America's highway signs:
While I admit it's (much) easier to read, I can't say I'm exactly psyched about seeing it. There are a variety of reasons why. I suppose my gut reaction is that it no longer feels like I'm driving down a federally-funded expressway-it feels like I'm staring at ads.
While I've mentioned that Interstate has really picked up its public profile recently, Interstate isn't really the FHWA typeface. Tobias Frere-Jones got a lot of attention for Interstate because the edits he made were very subtle, yet somehow made the font tolerable for more than 12 characters at a time.
Clearview, on the other hand, was in use for advertising years before it ever appeared along the highway-most notably by megalith AT&T. I liked the old, ugly FWHA typeface because it was so odd and idiosyncratic. It was like watching a David Bowie in his "androgynous alien" days-no mistaking it for anything else, let alone a sweeping corporate rebranding.
FWHA's cold formlessness was also nice because it didn't encourage you to interact. One of Steve Jobs' most persistent design maxims is that products need to be anthropomorphic; it makes people want to engage with them.
Clearview is definitely more human than FHWA, but is that really a good thing? Do we really want people relating to and engaging with signage? Or do we want them to glance, comprehend, and get their eyes back on the road?
I'm also skeptical of the notion that legibility should be the only standard. Reading interstate signage-even with the old, weird FHWA face-is pretty damn easy. If you need the extra 200 feet to pick out an exit, what other details are you missing? Should you really be on the road? [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at UWE Bristol in the UK. FontStructor who made the squarish minimalist typefaces Litewerk, Slitewerk, and Heavywerk in 2010. About these, he says: Roughly based on the structure of the London underground designed by Harry Beck. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dan M. Zadorozny
A researcher in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Arkansas, who specializes in metafont. He made the travel dingbat typeface "nkarta15", a correction and extension of the free metafont "karta" which in turn is of unknown origin. He also made a metapost file out of it. Download these fonts here. I took the liberty of making a tfm file with tfmpktest.pl, and from the tfm abd mf files, with the help of mftrace and t1utils, I made afm and pfb files: nkarta15 (type 1) (2008). [Google] [More] ⦿
Web designer in Milano, Italy (and before that, Lugano, Switzerland, and Catania, Sicily), who created the didone typeface Rachel and the partly tweetware sans typeface family DDM in 2014. With Meedori Studio in Catania, he created the tweetware Futura-inspired caps-only typeface Meedori Sans (2015).
In 2017, he designed the free wayfinding sans typeface Agané, which is based on Adrian Frutiger's Frutiger and Avenir, FF Transit by Erik Spiekermann and Bob Noorda's Noorda. With Giulia Gambino, he co-designed the free icon font Agane Icons.
In 2019, De Marco designed the didone display typeface family Herbert, which is named after Herbert Lubalin. Herbert Regular is free. Still at K95, he published Points & Lines (2019). Still in 2019, he also designed the free geometric color typeface Huber Alphabet, which is named in honor of Max Huber. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of Drexel University, where he studied under John Langdon, and now a freelance letterer and logo designer based in Alameda, CA, and a type designer at Delve Fonts. His web site was originally called Bezier Wrangler. In 2016, he finished the post-graduate type design program at Type@Copper West. His typefaces:
David Fleming Nalle
Parisian type designer (b. 1972) who designed Métropolice (1998), Ordinaires (1999, inspired by names of Paris metro stations), Métropolitaine (a geometric industrial sans caps typeface) (2001, with Julien Gineste, commissioned by the RATP in the art nouveau style of Guimard), and a typeface for some tramways and the RER in Paris in 2004. Bio. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designers in Santiago de Chile of a family of typefaces, TS Mapa (2004), for the transit system in Santiago, transantiago: TSInfoOblicua, TSInfoRegular, TSMapaGruesa, TSMapaLigera, TSMapaOblicua, TSMapaParche, TSMapaRegular, TSTroncal, TSZonas. [Google] [More] ⦿
Drawings made in 2004 (PDF files) for the lettering to be used on Britain's highways: TM1 Transport medium alphabet (upper case letters), TM2 Transport medium alphabet (lower case letters), TM3 Transport medium alphabet (numerals and arrows), TH1 Transport heavy alphabet (upper case letters), TH2 Transport heavy alphabet (lower case letters), TH3 Transport heavy alphabet (numerals and arrows), MW1 Motorway alphabet (permanent), MB1 Motorway alphabet (temporary). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Richmond, VA, in 1976. Cocreator of TX Signal Simplifier (2002, Typebox), a hilarious information design dingbat face. MyFonts writes: Eight designers present a set of icons that indicate the fun and fantastic world of signage. Each collaborator's solution represents a completely different interpretations on signage vernacular. The designers are Erik Adigard, Cynthia Jacquette, Akira Kobayashi, Michael Kohnke, Patricia McShane, Joachim Müller-Lancé, Jean-Benoît Lévy, Kevin Roberson, Diana Alisandra Stoen. Codesigner of H-AND-S (2006, AND) with Jean-Benoît Lévy, Sylvestre Lucia, Mike Kohnke and Joachim Müller-Lancé. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
German highway, railway and industrial typeface that is based on strict specifications. It was used on German cars for license plates, as well as on German trains. Linotype writes: The abbreviation "DIN" stands for Deutsches Institut für Normung (The German Institute for Industrial Standards). In 1936, this standards committee settled upon DIN 1451 as the primary lettering style for use in the areas of technology, traffic, administration, and business. The committee chose a sans serif design because of its legibility, and because its forms are also easy to reproduce. This typefaces design was not foreseen to be used in advertisements or other "artistically oriented purposes," and there were disagreements about its aesthetic qualities. Nevertheless, the DIN typeface has been set everywhere in Germany since its adoption, especially on signs for town names and traffic directions. Over the decades, it has managed to make its way into advertisements, too, perhaps because of its ease of recognition. The contemporary font version of DIN 1451 has been adopted and used by designers in other countries as well, solidifying its world-wide design reputation. Try it out today for signage, magazine layouts, book covers, or flyers. DIN 1451s industrial heritage makes it surprisingly functional in just about any conceivable application. Poster by Federico Arguissein (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
DIN is a set of typeface norms set by the Deutsches Institut für Normung (The German Institute for Industrial Standards). In 1919, Germany had its first (Grotesk) typeface for technical drawings that followed strict norms, the DIN 16. This was followed in 1927 by DIN 1451. The latter set of raster-based specifications was developed under the guidance of Siemens engineer Ludwig Goller in 1926-1927. The DIN 1451 would be further developed and broadened over the years, leading to DIN Engschrift and DIN Mittelschrift (1931). Various modifications led to DIN 1451 (1936), DIN 17 (1938) and the "new" DIN 16 (1934). The DIN was heavily used in Germany from 1936 until the 1980s in stencils, sold by companies such as Faber-Castell, Rotring, Staedtler, and Standardgraph. Articles on DIN:
Russian type foundry, est. 2014 by Dmitry Goloub, the Moscow-based codesigner with Lucas Perdidaão of the free grid-based art deco typeface Bobber (2012, in ai format) and of Alpine (2014). From 2009 until 2010 and again in 2012, he lived in Firenze, Italy.
Typefaces from 2013 include Bolognese Sans, Moor (multilined art deco family), Bobber Script, and Bread & Milk Sans. Genplan (2013) is a great free layered inline typeface for Latin and Cyrillic that is based on 1930s Soviet poster types. See also TT Genplan Pro (2014).
Cittadino Symbols (2013) is a free rounded city traffic icon font related to a Milan subway project. In 2013, this was replaced, still for the Milan metro maps, by Meneghino Wayfind, a tweetware typeface that was influenced by PT Sans Caption.
In 2015, Goloub created Ardent: Ardent is my Sergey Chekhonin-inspired typeface. Ardent is an attempt to prove that the bizarre Cyrillic letterforms of 20s are still decent for use in modern design, even in Latin script. It is highly ornamental and lapidary. Still in 2015, he designed the sans typeface family Intersans (a multilingual Swiss army knife sans), which supports Extended Latin, Extended Cyrillic (including Bulgarian and Serbian Cyrillic), Polytonic Greek, Armenian (Asomtavruli, Nuskha-khutzuri, Mkhedruli, Mkhedruli Mrglovani), Georgian and Hebrew. It also includes true italics, small caps, small caps italics and a lot of pictograms.
Typefaces from 2020: Grrr (at Paratype, with Alexandra Korolkova: a techno family characterized by an oversized lower case f).
Paris-based designer of the kitchen tile font Abbesses (2015). His inspiration though came from the French subway signs: Typographic play inspired by the tile metro signs on my commute and shitty metro posters. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Donald Meeker (Meeker and Assoiciates) is one of the designers responsible for the Clearview font (along with James Montalbano of Terminal Design). His firm, Meeker and Associates, which specializes in environmental graphic design, tested Clearview with the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State University over the course of the 1990s. From 2014 untuil 2016, Clearview was being introduced on the American highways, slowly replacing the 1940s font Highway Gothic. The FHWA reversed its position on Clearview in 2016, however. Meeker's research on Clearview is reported in the Transportation Research Record. Meeker's research on Clearview is reported in the Transportation Research Record paper with Philip M. Garvey and Martin T. Pietrucha entitled Effects of font and capitalization on legibility of guide signs.
Reasons for the demise could include cost (jurisdictions that adopt Clearview must purchase a standard license for type, a one-time charge of between $175 (for one font) and $795 (for the full 13-font typeface family) and up, depending on the number of workstations), poorer legibility of signs in negative-contrast color orientations, such as those with black letters on white or yellow backgrounds, and inconsistent use (because Clearview was only optional). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of a set of pictograms in Emmanuel Besse's road signage typeface Signal Compressed which was published in 2018 by the French type foundry Production Type.
Draftsman Gothic or Draftsman Italic is a light gothic with an extreme slope of about 30 degrees, intended for map work. It was produced by Monotype for the U.S. Geodetic Survey in Washington, D.C., and was released in 1948. [Source: Mac McGrew] [Google] [More] ⦿
Ko Sliggers, b. 1952, Bloemendaal, The Netherlands, was a young designer at Studio Dumbar. After that, he became a professional cook in Rotterdam, Italy and France, switched back from food to design, producing challenging visuals at Studio Anthon Beeke and, in 2002, set up a one-man studio in Lalleweer, in the province of Groningen, called Dutchfonts. He was trained by Chris Brand at the St. Joost Academy in Breda. Ko created these commercial typefaces: DF Tapa (2007, irregular hand), Camino (2006, an austere sans), Ko (1997, six stencil styles), Etalage (2000), Arienne (2000), Staple Mono (monowidth typewriter family), Staple Txt (2005), Pommes (based on type cut out of potatoes; 8 styles), Daantje (dog dingbats) and Ko (1997, rough stencil). His own web site. MyFonts page, where you can buy DF-Arienne, DF-Etalage, DF-Ko, DF-Pommes (2005, potato cut typeface family), DF-Staple Mono, DF-Tapa (2007, grunge), DF-Mercat (2007, dingbats inspired by Barcelona's Ramblas), DF-Pigtail (2008, seventies-style script family), DF-Zzzz (2009), DF Camino (2009, a sans that is modeled on traffic sign sans typefaces), DF Stromboli (2010: It was written with a coffee spoon, acting like a broad pen, in the ashes of the Stromboli volcano right on top of a scanner. ), DF DejaVuPro (2010, an amalgam of sans typefaces), DF Game Over (2011, sketched face), DF Scheurze (2012, a great fat rough stencil face).
Typefaces from 2015: DF Charlie Go (free typeface designed immediately after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris), DF Park (experimental font started in 2013, originally made to dress up the facades of a food exhibition).
A few dingbats here such as ArtsyParts-Dingbats-JL, Calendar-Normal, Cheq, ClassifiedDingbats, Electronics-Regular, Hazard-Regular, LogosCorporate-VOL1A, MiniPics, OldTimeAdDingsTwo, Panda, Pie-charts-for-maps, RoadWarningSign, RoadSign, Transport-Regular (by Magnum Software), CORPartSample, CORPartIISample (both by Grafik Solutionz, 1997), Medicine. [Google] [More] ⦿
Together, Elliott Amblard (France) and Gia Tran created the bold signage / retro baseball script typeface Paname FY at FontYou in 2014. At Long Type, he created Oradour: Inspired by french vernacular lettering, it is also a very contemporary re-interpretation of Eurostile typeface (Aldo Novarese) by stripping it from this dated aesthetic. FontYou link.
In the TypeMedia program at KABK in Den Haag, he designed Emil for his graduation in 2015. Emil is situated between a text typeface and a slab serif typeface. It is characterized by convex stems and low contrast and includes a Hairline weight.
In 2016, he published Yuzu at Indian Type Foundry. It is a simple yet effective straight rounded sans typeface family. Guide (2016), also published by Indian Type Foundry, is a wayfinding and traffic sign sans typeface family.
In 2017, Elliott Amblard and Théo Guillard designed Read Greek Condensed, which won an award at TDC Typeface Design 2018.
In 2018, Elliott Amblard and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the information design humanist sans typeface family Drive. It is accompanied by the more typewriter-styles families Drive Mono and Drive Prop, and published by Black Foundry. Angus (2018) is a multiplexed rounded sans typeface family by Elliott Amblard that includes a variable font. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Polish designer of some free fonts: Drogowskaz (2006: this mimics the type on Polish traffic signs), BN-67.9010-03 (2003: sans). See also here for the images below, and a discussion. Download Drogowskaz here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Emmanuel Besse holds a degree in typographic design from the Ecole Estienne in Paris. He works on projects ranging from web design and publishing, to typeface design. He co-founded Large with Leo Carbonnet, a design group based in Brussels and Paris. Emmanuel is in charge of Production Type's graphic design.
In 2018, his road signage typeface Signal PK was published by Production Type. The pictograms in the font were drawn by Donald Choque. Art direction by Julien Lelièvre. Production Type explains: Signal is a typeface that leans on a significant part of the French typographic landscape, the "Caractès" for road signage. These alphabets made by norm, with obscure origins, are present all across the French road network since the 1970s, and are emblematic of its typographic identity. Signal fulfils the broken promise that these alphabets used to make: until now, Caractères existed only in their normative shape (4 incomplete styles named L1, L2, L3, and L4: two of uppercase-only, two of italics only). The few digital fonts available are equally incomplete and mediocre digitization attempts, with poor execution. Specifically designed with urban signage, interface and exhibition design, in mind, this new series (Signal) completes and extends the existing typefaces. The current palette consists in previously unseen romans in two weights and their matching italics, a complete set of accents for multilingual typesetting, numerous arrows and pictograms, and characters for mathematical typesetting. An extra style, Condensed, deformed and excessive, wittily tops the typeface family. As a new ensemble, its demultiplies the potential uses of Caractères, beyond their original purpose, making them notably suited for interface design. In 2020, Production Type launched Signal Mono, and advertized it as a straightforward bureaucratic typeface. It was made by Emmanuel Besse, who was assisted by Julien Lelièvre (art direction), Hugues Gentile (Cyrillic) and Laurane Perrot.
Together with the Production Type team of Quentin Schmerber and Hugues Gentile, he designed the severe-looking mechanical typeface family Kreuz, which is also a sign of the times---the rise of threatening right-wing dictators in Europe and America.
Designer of Enduro (2020, Production Type), a sturdy 44-style no-nonsense sans having a Cyrillic that was designed by Marion Sendral.
Banha, Egypt-based designer of these typefaces in 2019: Calligra (2019: a serif font with calligraphic swashes), Rasoav (2019: a display or logo font), Roxon (2019: an organic rounded sans by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), Hurringtown Script (with Koi and JAF34), Eraky, Zamoka (a swashy display style).
Ahmed Eraqi published Chattelyne (a curly font) at Zet Design. With Nohamad Foda, he designed Luxury Home, a Latin slab serif with lower case letters of unequal x-height, Zamoka (2019: a deco typeface), and Hamis (2019) Hamis Vol 2 (2019), a festive display typeface family.
Typefaces from 2020: Hamis Pro (a jazzy piano key typeface), Rigot (a modern fashion mag typeface by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), Tioxo Sans (a poster or logo font by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), Stazin (a striking Arabic / Latin display typeface by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), SolKing (an Arabic typeface by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), British Vehicle JNL (based on the UK license plate font created by Charles Wright in 1935; with Jeff Levine), Viking Drink (an 8-style decorative didone, with accompanying blackboard bold; done with Nohamad Foda).
Typefaces from 2021: Foda Egypt (a 12-style serif by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), Foda Slab (2021: an Arabic slab serif by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), Foda Freestyle (an Arabic display font by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), Foda Sans (126 styles, for Latin and Cyrillic, by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda), Foda Kufi (by Ahmed Eraqi and Nohamad Foda).
Typefaces from 2022: Foda Display (a display typeface for Latin and Arabic by Ahmed Eraqi, Nohamad Foda and Esraa Amer), Quta Rounded (by Ahmed Eraqi, Nohamad Foda and Esraa Amer), Quta (a 10-style sans with a preference for 90-degree junctions in unusual places; by Ahmed Eraqi, Nohamad Foda and Esraa Amer). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
ESRI is the Environmental Systems Research Institute. It sells the ArcGIS software for GIS-related problems. In the late nineties, one could download free map fonts. The ESRI fonts contain mainly map and weather icons, and were made between 1996 and 1998. The set: ESRI AMFMGas, ESRI Cartography, ESRI Caves1, ESRI Climate&Precipitation, ESRI CrimeAnalysis, ESRI Environmental&Icons, ESRI Geology, ESRI GeologyAGSO1, ESRI GeometricSymbols, ESRI HazardousMaterials, ESRI IGL Font16, ESRI IGL Font20, ESRI IGL Font21, ESRI IGL Font22, ESRI IGL Font23, ESRI IGL Font24, ESRI IGL Font25, ESRI MilSym02, ESRI OilGasWater, ESRI OilGasWater, ESRI SDS2.001, ESRI SDS2.002, ESRI Surveyor, ESRI SvenskaKartSymboler1, ESRI Transportation&Civic, ESRI TransportationMunicipal, ESRI USMUTCD2, ESRI Weather. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dead link. In 1996, as a joke, Peter Bilak of Typotheque proposed Euroface in variants called euroface 60mph, 80mph and 100mph. He mentioned an imaginary European road type project, to be implemented by 2005, and wrote: In 1994, the members of European Parliament urged the creation of a new comprehensive road typeface system, the development of a general high recognition and perception font, and recommended adoption of uniform design practices. Now, after five years of extensive research, the European Committee for Uniformity of Type Design and Type Safety completed the research and presented legible-for-all-purposes-suitable-typeface. The typeface, named Euroface, was developed and studied through extensive design exercises, laboratory investigation and road tests. The result is convincing: Euroface is 42% more legible than Helvetica at the speed higher than 80 km/h and at 120 km/h legibility reaches a value of 5 ISRU*. The Committee's recommendation were accepted and the adoption of the system in the EC countries should be completed by 2005. A Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and Type Safety was published in 1999, thoroughly presenting the projects implication, possibilities and practical applications. The project allegedly used the legibility machine of Professor Morozov, and was headed by Professor E. Bügleichenhaus. [Google] [More] ⦿
Moscow, Russia-based designer who made the free piano key stencil typeface Promplate Stencil (2016), the ultra black counterless typeface Blot (2011), the Italian typeface Utug (2015), and the free constructivist art deco typeface Eleventh Square (2015, published by Typetype). He also made nice Transport pictograms (2011, FontStruct).
Exclamations (or: The Boutons)
Gary David Bouton and Barbara Bouton's site was called Exclamations. Gary has been writing books on computer graphics for over 20 years, inlcuding eight books on Corel Draw. In 2015, Gary went commercial as Gare.
Their typefaces: International Symbols (2015, an icon font), Twooth (2015), Greek Diner Inline (2015, based on Carol Twombly's Lithos), BifurOverlay (2015, an overlay font based on Cassandre's Bifur (1929)), Bouton Kursiv (2008), Odissey (2008), Russel Write (2010), Elephants and Bears (dingbats), GreekDiner Inline, GeotypeTT (1997), WebKnobsTT (1997), Beacon (2008, a Schwabacher), BOUTON Nouveau Ornaments II (2009), BifurFoundation (2010), BifurOverlay (2010, after Cassandre's Bifur), Frankfurter Venetian (2008, fat rounded horizontally striped all caps face), Folks (medieval caps), Nouveau Rococo Deco Dings I (2008, art nouveau ornaments), Simulata (2006, geometric deco typeface with Bifur influences), Whimsy (comic book font), SymbolsTT (1998, charityware dingbat font).
Exigent Information Solutions, LLC
F37 (or: Face37)
FDI Type Foundry
FDI stands for fonts dot info, est. 2004 by Ralf Herrmann and partner. This foundry is located in Jena, Germany. The legal entity behind it was the Rossbach & Herrmann GbR in the city of Jena which operated as Seite7 Designagentur. Rossbach & Herrmann GbR ceased in 2015. MyFonts link. The fonts dot info label will be retired in 2017 and replaced by FDI Type Foundry.
Ralf Herrmann (b. 1976, Pößneck, Germany) studied visual communication at Weimar's Bauhaus University and works as a web, graphic, and type designer. He has made a name for himself in the typography community with his internet typography subcommunity typografie.info. He researched the implications of cognitive map research applied to the design of maps and wayfinding systems. In 1999 he founded a design studio with a partner in the city of Jena. His typography projects included the German online community Typografie.info (2001), the type foundry FDI Type (2004) and the typography magazine TypoJournal (2009). He is the chairman of the Pavillon-Presse, a museum for the printing arts & typography in the city of Weimar. In 2015, he launched Typography guru. In his Letter Library, he archives historic and current type specimens of type foundries from around the world. He also wrote typography books and continues to write and provide content for various online and print magazines (like PAGE, Smashing Magazine, TYPO magazine, étapes, I Love Typography).
Typefaces published by FDI:
Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik on the topic of the eszet (ß) letter.
Klingspor link. See also here for more news by Ralf Herrmann in English and German. Here he blogs about web fonts and web type matters. His Flickr stream. Home page of Schriftkontor Ralf Herrmann. Typedia link. Behance link. Showcase of the retail FDI fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
FE Mittelschrift and FE Engschrift are the German typefaces used on automobile license plates. The FE stands for fälschungserschwerend, or hard to forge: for example, it is no longer possible to make a P into an R or a 3 into an 8 with a black marker pen. Developed from 1978-1980 by Karlgeorg Hoefer with the assistance of others such as the University of Giessen. It replaced the old DIN in 1994 and is an absolute monstrosity showing to what extremes governments will go in the name of security. Incredibly, several digital fonts have been made to resemble it, as if anyone would want to use it for anything other than on toilet paper wrappers:
A Swiss designer and type designer (b. 1970, Basel), who studied at the Basel School of Design. He created Cisalpin [also called Cassini in its earlier grotesque life, 1999-2000], a typeface for cartography, which was published it with Linotype in 2004. Pic.
Brazilian type designer in Belem, Amazonia who studied at Sao Paulo University, the Basel School of Design (with Wolfgang Weingart and André Gürtler), and UFPA (where she obtained a Masters in vusual culture). She has a PhD in History of Design in ESDI/UERJ, where her thesis was Printing in Para from 1820 to 1910. She does corporate type in general and is the CEO of Mapinguari Design in Belem, a small design business curating, for example, the Floating Letter project.
Fernanda created the beautiful Bananas font (2001, letters shaped with bananas), Brasilia (1995, a sans face), the highwage signage typeface Graal (1998), Transbrasil (1999/2000) and Alphanumer (2000, some letters are replaced by mirrored or rotated numbers). She is working on the sans family FM Ruben (2001), which was started in the sixties by her father, Ruben Martins, who died in 1968. Brief CV. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Wikipedia: The FHWA Series fonts (often informally referred to as Highway Gothic) are a set of sans-serif typefaces developed by the United States Federal Highway Administration and used for road signage in the U.S. and Canada. The fonts were created to maximize legibility at a distance and at high speed, growing out of research by the California Department of Transportation. They are officially defined by the FHWA's "Standard Alphabets for Traffic Control Devices", originally published in the late 1950s. Changes to the specifications were published in 1966, 1977, and 2000. The 2000 specifications differ from earlier versions in the shapes of a few letters. The set consists of seven fonts: "A" (the narrowest), "B", "C", "D", "E", "E(M)" (a modified version of "E" with wider strokes), and "F" (the widest). Series "A" has been officially discontinued, and is only seen today on older signage. The fonts originally included only uppercase letters, with the exception of "E(M)", which was used on large expressway and freeway guide signs. In 2004, the FHWA added lowercase letters to all of the typefaces and made changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices allowing their use. In recent years, the FHWA series of fonts has been adopted by many companies for branding; for example, NBC uses it for NBC Sports captions, and TV Guide uses the typeface on its cover. Also, The Weather Channel has utilized this typeface extensively, both on their weather maps and for their local forecasts. Over the next few decades, the new Clearview typeface, also specifically developed for use on traffic signs, is expected to replace the FHWA series on new signage. [Google] [More] ⦿
He made the contemporary informal typeface Jula (2012).
Asgaard was created during the one-week typeface design workshop tipoRenesansa in Trenta, Slovenia (February 2012). It is specially designed for street signage. Runge writes: To achieve great legibility the design paid much attention to features such as: large x-height, open counters, tiny serifs, slightly rounded corners, square terminals as well as inktraps. Research leading to asgaard is described in Runge's paper The echo of architecture in Danish type design of the 20. century.
In 2016, he published the flared lapidary typeface Sherpa Sans at Rosetta. The naming caused a bit of a stir, not so much because of Oskar Boscovitz's Sherpa Sans (2002), but because of an unpublished font by a competitor. Rosetta took the moral high ground (even though it could have fought this trademark and won) and decided to rename Sherpa Sans Gitan.
In 2018, Borna Izadpanah, Fiona Ross and Florian Runge co-designed the free Google Font Markazi Text. They write: This typeface design was inspired by Tim Holloway's Markazi typeface, with his encouragement, and initiated by Gerry Leonidas as a joint University of Reading and Google project. The Arabic glyphs were designed by Borna Izadpanah and design directed by Fiona Ross, they feature a moderate contrast. It takes its cues from the award-winning Markazi typeface, affording a contemporary and highly readable typeface. The complementary Latin glyphs were designed by Florian Runge. It keeps in spirit with its Arabic counterpart, echoing key design characteristics while being rooted in established Latin traditions. It is an open and clear design with a compact stance and an evenly flowing rhythm. Four weights are advertized at Google, but only the Regular is available.
Founded in 1989 by noted publications designer and consultant Roger Black and type designer David Berlow, Boston-based Font Bureau is, in my humble view, the best and most professional font design company in the world. It is uncompromising in its quest for quality. They have a good hold on the North-American newspaper market. Sam Berlow manages the company. I am not listing their fonts here---they are listed under the various type designers who have contributed to Font Bureau.
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] ⦿
Grzegorz Klimczewski, who runs Fonty PL, a commercial Polish foundry etablished in 1994 in Wroclaw, is the Polish designer of a commercial font that mimics the letters found on Polish traffic signs, called Tablica Drogowa (free: based on Marek Sigmund's 1975 font, Drogowskaz). He also made the commercial typefaces Tablica Samochodowa (2002: Polish license plate font), Naomi Sans (2004-2011), Rashel Serif (2012), Grawer (monoline with many hairline weights called SL Gingko, SL Helena, SL Switzer and SL Watch), Pismo Szkolne (upright script), OCR-A, OCR-B, eTerminal, and the monospaced/typewriter family EFN AgeMono (10 styles). Pixel fonts by him include include EFN Cena, EFN Elegants, EFN Screen Banners, EFN Impressive, EFN Machines.
His Multifonty package contains these Cyrillic typefaces: Ailanthus, Eliza, Eukalyptus, Bravus, Bureau, Classic, Fagus (Victorian), Gilead, Gilead Condensed, Gingko Biloba, Flores, Olivea, Ritmo, Switzer, Switzer Condensed, Orient, tamar Alba, Tamar Nigra, Switzer Beveled.
His Eurofonty package has Aerton (+Shaded, +Caps), Alphabet (blackletter), AlphaBook, Absolut, Bravus, Abigail, Ailanthus, Edelmann (art nouveau), Dorothy (various brush typefaces), Cornelius (grunge), Bureau, Credo Chalk, Eunice, EuroGaramond, Gilead, German, Gutenberg, Gaya, Gingko Biloba, Koenig, McGregor (art nouveau), Goldy, Greenfield, Grand Antique, Irbis, Morus, Olivea, Penny Lane (script), Straight, Platea, Pinus, Symeon Old, Random, Schrift, Orient, Switzer (+Condensed, +Round, +Scribbled), Watch, Watch The Line, Tabasco, Techniczne, Rutica, Troya, Flowers, Jasmin, Handy, Fagus, Black Puzzle, Binokle, Breeze, Decorator, Kredki, Daglesia (blackletter), Tablica (chalk font), Detlef, Blackout, Ketling, Etiopia, Eukalyptus, Xtras (fleurons), Rubber, Garage, Machine One (old typewriter face), Wymalowany (brush).
Nearly all (Mac only) fonts at Fontyoufonts.com are made by Henrik Kubel, who works at the London-based design studio A2-GRAPHICS/SW/HK in London, which was founded in 2000 by Royal College of Art graduates Scott Williams and Henrik Kubel. Henrik Kubel is visiting lecturer at Royal College of Art since 2009. In 2010, Kubel and Williams set up A2 Typwe. Kubel's text fonts include FY-Battersea, FY-Klampenborg, FY-Neon, FY-ParsonsGreen, FY-M.Carpenter, FY-Gt.Eastern, FY-Stencil, FY-Typewriter, FY-Centera, FY-Cubitt Fax, FY-S.Staton. The display fonts include FY-Grot-7, FY-Boing, FY-Army, FY-Woodblock, FY-Rodeo, FY-Ornamenta, FY-Italic One, FY-Signsystem, FY-Black, FY-Stencil. There are grid-based/pixel fonts such as FY-Lego-Logo, FY-Bauhaus (a kitchen tile font), FY-Link, FY-Optic, FY-Graduate, FY-MeSoHungry, FY-Buckminster, FY-3D (2001), FY-Dictate, FY-Angel, FY-DotZero, FY-Square. Finally, there are the dingbat fonts FY-Pictogrammes, FY-Early Learning Dingbats. Kubel is also the designer at ACME of 4590, AF-Battersea (1999, a grotesque family), AF-CENTERA, AF-Copenhagen, AF-Klampenborg (1997-1999, grotesque sans, done with Scott Williams), CPH-ArabicNumbers, CPH-Medium, Grot-25. With Margaret Calvert, he updated the British Rail fonts in 2009, adding East European characters, for example. At ATypI 2010 in Dublin, he spoke about New Rail Alphabet, a revival of that typeface, still with Margaret Calvert. During the Expert Type Design Class (2011, Plantin Genootschap, Antwerp), he created the text family called Antwerp. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of Caracteres L1, L2 and L4 (2003-2004), free fonts that cover L1, L2 and L4, the French traffic sign alphabets. Not to be confused with the German type designer Frank Rausch. Download the fonts here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Frere Jones Type
Celebrated type designer, born in 1970 in New York City. Frere-Jones received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He moved to Boston, where he worked at the Font Bureau until 1999. He joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art in 1996 and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. From 1999 until 2014, he worked for and with Jonathan Hoefler in New York. In 2015, he set up his own type foundry, Frere Jones Type. His old Font Bureau typefaces can be bought since 2020 at Frere Jones / Type Network. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, The Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague (KABK) awarded him the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs, for his contributions to typographic design, writing and education. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal, in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design.
At FontFont, he designed the children's fonts FF Dolores (1991) and FF Dolores Cyrillic.
His custom work includes WorthGothic (1996), WorthLogo1996 (1995), WorthText (1995), GQGothic (1995), Halifax, Commonwealth (1995), Belizio-TwentySix (Font Bureau), HermanMillerLogo (1999, Font Bureau). Cassandra, Vitriol (1993), Quandry (1992-1994) and Chainletter (1993).
From 1999 until 2014, he designed for the Hoefler Type Foundry, which he joined as an equal partner (and the new company became Hoefler & Frere-Jones (in 2004), or H&FJ). He claims that he brought with him to H&FJ a lot of typefaces including Whitney, Whitney Titling, Elzevir, Welo Script, Archipelago (Shell Sans), Type 0, Saugerties, Greasemonkey, Vive, Apiana, and Esprit Clockface. It is not expicitly stated at the H&FJ site which typefaces he had a hand in, but one can safely assume that it must have been nearly every typeface made since he entered into the partnership. In 2014, Tobias sued Jonathan for half of the company in a 20-to-80 million dollar lawsuit since he claims that Hoefler reneged on his promise to give him his half. The typefaces at H&FJ he had a hand in include:
Interview. Interviewed by Dmitri Siegel. He created Estupido Espezial for fun, but it actually made it into an issue of Rollingstone. Catalog of his typefaces at Font Bureau. Keynote speaker at Typecon 2014.
Designers of various tile-based fonts for New York's subway in 1901. Read about it in Lee Stokey's book, Subway Ceramics (1992). Two fonts by Nick Curtis were inspired by that tiling in New York's subway, Downtown Tessie NF (2006) and Midtown Tessie NF (2006). [Google] [More] ⦿
Nicaraguan designer of these typefaces:
Designer in 2002 of UKNumberPlate.
Garrett Reil (Rain Design, Ireland) is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design and the National College of Art&Design (MA). He has worked in London and Dublin with leading international design consultancies. He founded Rain design partners in 1998 with Clíona Geary. Garrett lives in the picturesque twin towns of Ballina-Killaloe and does much of his work in Dublin and around Ireland. Garrett designed the size-specific New Johnston Book typeface for London Transport with Colin Banks and John Miles at Banks&Miles London; he co-designed signing manuals for Bass Plc and created a number of their retail brands; with Landor Associates he led the implementation of a new identity for Delta Air Lines. In 2008-2009, he got involved in the design of road signs for Ireland, and his proposal is Turas (2009). It deals with matters such as halation (the effect of headlights hitting a highly reflective material used in modern signs. This causes an overglow, which can make the sign difficult to read), bilingual time delay, and the longer Irish names. Ireland adopted the Transport type designed for UK roads by Jock Kinneir, a design lecturer at the Royal College of Art, and Margaret Calvert, his assistant, in the late 1950's and early 1960s. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gary David Bouton
The fonts.zip file contains free topographical symbols for Latin and Cyrillic: A431Italic, Bm431Italic (text typeface with Cyrillic letters included), Ch122Bold (Cyrillic only), D431Italic, D432BoldItalic, P131, P152SemiBold, T132SemiBold, Do431Italic, all made by GIS Panorma, or Panorama Group, in 2004. Gruppa Provincia, Nizhny Novgorod, made Bo2-Italic, Ch131-Regular (Cyrillic only), Ch132-Bold (Cyrillic only), D231Regular (Cyrillic only), P112-Semibold (Cyrillic only), P151 (Cyrillic only), T1-131, T2131, all in 1994. From 2005 until 2007, they made D231, D431, D432 and Do431Italic. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
Grafotechna Garamond was introduced in 1959 by Stanislav Marso.
From the Government of Canada: "The suite of GSC ArcInfo Symbolsets consists of line, marker (point), shade (area) and text symbols appearing on geological maps produced by the Cartographics Services Section since 1995." The following truetype fonts are included: GSC1, GSC10, GSC2, GSC3, GSC4, GSC5, GSC6, GSC7, GSC8, GSC9, Inuktitut-Sri-Regular, Nunacom, OldSyl. The last two fonts are Inuktitut fonts by Krista Thompson, Nortext Multimedia (1997-1998). [Google] [More] ⦿
Japanese font foundry committed to making open license fonts based on old prints. It is run by Judicare and Eunice. Fontspace link. The fonts:
New Yorker who did custom work for Font Bureau. He made these typefaces:
Guy shared the following story with me from his days at Font Bureau (reprinted here with his permission): I was one of the kids who pushed points around developing Font Chameleon. I worked for the Font Bureau at the time, under the great David Berlow. Tobias Frere-Jones was there with me along with Elizabeth Holzman and Kelly Ehrgot Milligan, working obscene hours to get hundreds of fonts hinted. Never eating, barely sleeping, we lived in the studio at 18 Tremont at the time. At one point we picked up some gag "old lady" tourist sunglasses to shield our burning eyes from the glare of the old CRT monitors. Our "conference room" was empty beyond eight folding beach chairs, and at least one of us would be getting a tight 30 minutes of sleep in there through the days. But through it all there was time for meeting girls in the hall (I married the one I met. She is beside me now 28 years later.) smoking cigarettes and eating Junior Mints, dropping 60 pound monitors down the stairs, playing practical jokes on David, Sam Berlow and Harry Parker (I left and cut my hair for the first time in years and returned as my twin brother) and just general insanity in the Golden Age of digital font foundries. What fun it was to have Eric Spiekerman, Neville Brody, Matthew Carter, Roger Black and other design greats come by in the fog of war during the Font Chameleon project and others. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Hannah Dossary (Nottingham, UK) created an Arabic type companion for the road sign family ClearviewHwy (2011) while studying communication at Loughborough University. [Google] [More] ⦿
James M. Harris' Colorado Springs, CO-based foundry sells five fonts designed by himself, SignPix (1, 2, 3, 4), Earth Font One (1993), PictographOne (1996), and Strasbourg (blackletter) through Fonthaus and Agfa/Monotype. It specializes in tourist and road signs. Harris Design will turn your logo into a (TTF or type 1) font. List of fonts.
Jim Harris made the old shareware fonts Bellerose (1992, an avant-garde face: poster by Benbouzid Fatim-Zohra), Bellerose Pro (various weights are done in 2016), Mazama, Premium Thin, RhyoliteVertical (1990) and Andesite (1991) which can be found on many archives. He also made Harris Modern Extended.
Maxim Zhukov gives a non-exhaustive list of subways that have adopted Helvetica, Helvetica Neue or a custom Helvetica for their signage: Barcelona, Budapest, Chicago, Helsinki, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Tehran, Toronto, Vienna, Washington. Others point out additional subway systems, such as the one in Tokyo, and even JR (Japan Rail). [Google] [More] ⦿
American designer of Byway (2018), which is a free family of sans typefaces. He explains the design: Byway is a series of four typefaces that resolve the narrowest width and widest width of the existing FHWA Highway Gothic types. Those existing designs (Highway Gothic Series C, Series D, Series E, Series E Mod) are each standalone designs that are related, but not truly harmonized. Byway Series C, D and E are smooth steps between the FHWA Series B and Series F, and the Series E Mod is accomplished in the same manner as FHWA Series E Mod, with additional weight and following the same horizontal and vertical proportions. The fonts only contain the characters present in the original FHWA types. [Google] [More] ⦿
Highway Gothic (also known as the FHWA Series fonts or the Standard Alphabets for Highway Signs) is a set of sans-serif typefaces developed by the United States Federal Highway Administration and used for road signage in the United States, Canada, Turkey, Mexico, Australia, Norway, Spain, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Mongolia and New Zealand. The typefaces were created to maximize legibility at a distance and at high speed. Versions known as Highway Gothic or Interstate, which are for sale to the general public, include punctuation marks based on a rectangular shape. However, on signage the official FHWA Series punctuation is based on a circular shape. The set consists of six fonts: "A" (the narrowest), "B", "C", "D", "E", "E(M)" (a modified version of "E" with wider strokes), and "F" (the widest). The typefaces originally included only uppercase letters, with the exception of "E(M)", which was used on large expressway and freeway guide signs.
The typefaces are officially defined by the FHWA's Standard Alphabets for Traffic-Control Devices, originally published in 1948 (reprinted 1952). Changes to the specifications were published in 1966, 1977, and 2000. The 2000 specifications differ from earlier versions in the shapes of a few letters and in the inclusion of lowercase letters for all alphabet series. FHWA Series A, B, C, D, E, and F were developed by the Public Roads Administration (which later became FHWA) during World War II. Draft versions of these typefaces were used in 1942 for signs on the Pentagon road network. In 1949-1950, as part of a research program into freeway signing carried out by the California Department of Transportation, Series E Modified was developed from Series E by thickening the stroke width to accommodate button reflectors for ground-mounted signs, while a lowercase alphabet was developed to allow mixed-case legend (consisting initially of Series D and lowercase letters) to be used on externally illuminated overhead signs. The lowercase letters, paired with Series E Modified, later became the basis of a national standard for mixed-case legend on freeway guide signs with the 1958 publication of the AASHTO signing and marking manual for Interstate highways. Series "A" has been officially discontinued in the USA, though it continues to be specified for certain signs in New Zealand. In 2004, the FHWA published lowercase letters for all of the typefaces and made changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic-Control Devices, which allows their use. [Google] [More] ⦿
Highway Gothic (also known as the FHWA Series fonts or the Standard Alphabets for Highway Signs) is a set of sans-serif typefaces developed by the United States Federal Highway Administration and used for road signage in the United States and some other countries, e.,g., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Turkey, Spain, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Mongolia and New Zealand. Digital fonts that mimic it, were inspired by it, or were designed to replace it, include:
Highway Sign of the Week
Discussion of highway signage fonts by John Berry, who reports:
Dutch company in charge of the production of street signs. For some of their productions, they use Ovink Ee (1999). The Ovink Ee types are used in certain Dutch towns and villages on the street name signs and on small number plates signs along the railways to identify the switches and the signals. They are also used by Rijkswaterstaat (the authority regarding the highways, rivers and canals) in The Netherlands. Ovink Ee is a wider version of Visualogic's Ovink D VL (1995), which is used on Amsterdam's street signs. In addition, Ovink Ee includes a lower case, which Ovink D VL was lacking. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hucklebuck Design Studio
Andy Hayes (Hucklebuck Design Studio, springfield, OH) created Reverend Italic (2011), an architectural drawing italic as seen on Foundfont. Priest Condensed (2011) is a condensed wood type headline face. It is unclear if they also made the grotesk typeface Modelfont (2011). Vanity Numbers (2009) is a number font based on old Californian license plates. Model Plane Slab (2009) is a slab serif headline typeface with wood type influences. In 2010, they made M.C. Gothic Condensed. Grain-O (2011) is another grotesk headline face.
A free 2100-strong icon font in truetype and SVG versions with icons in 30 categories: Web application (399), Brand (203), Directional (113), Social (113), Animal (109), Currency (100), Food (98), Mobile UI (91), Sport (82), Weather (81), Construction (64), Medical (56), Transport (53), Device (50), Payment (47), Mathematical (47), Text editor (45), Abstract (41), File type (41), Education (40), Law (39), Person (38), Multimedia (35), Business (23), Emoticon (20), Kids (19), Travel (14), Chart (13), Search (11), Fitness (10).
Born in Philadelphia and a resident of McKinney, Texas, Dan Zadorozny's creations at Iconian. He is a prolific type designer who specializes in techno and sci-fi typefaces. Dafont link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. His fonts in alphabetical order:
The International Institute for Information Design (IIID) was founded to develop research and practice in optimizing information and information systems for knowledge transfer in everyday life, business, education and science. It is located in Austria, and its current director is Peter Simlinger. In 2010, Erik Spiekermann and IIID published a new official type family for Austrian traffic signs, called Tern (for Trans- European Road Network). It contains both standard sans stryles and pixel versions for screens. The styles are called TernVMSonefour, TernVMStwozero, TernVMStwofour, TernVMSthreeone, Tern Regular, Tern Narrow, and Tern Italic. Tern can be purchased by the general public. Study (PDF). [Google] [More] ⦿
Russian type design graduate of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts (2002) and Type & Media at KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Cofounder in 2005 of Daily Type. Type professor of considerable influence, who teaches at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow since 2008. In 2014, Ilya Ruderman and Yury Ostromentsky founded CSTM. Creator of these typefaces:
London-based designer of these handcrafted typefaces in 2015: Newington (rough fat brush), Raid (rough brush), Evering, Stria, Buchanan (brush), Haight, Lytchett (handcrafted blackboard bold), Jervis (sketched), Theydon, Quavery.
Typefaces from 2017: Blue Neon, CMYK (a color font), Popsicle (a color font), Emoji (a bitmap color font), Neon (a color OpenType font), Arrival (an arrival or departure signage font in colour OTF format).
Norwegian type designer who created these fonts:
James A. Dockal
James M. Harris
Graphic designer and wayfinding system pioneer, b. Nashville, TN, 1929, who lives in Jupiter Beach, FL. At Yale University, she obtained an MFA in architecture and design, studying with two influential professors, architect Louis Kahn and Bauhaus guru Josef Albers. Albers had a profound effect on Doggett and her use of color, which she would apply in her wayfinding solutions for about 40 airports. For some of them, she designed special typefaces. For example, for Tampa's airport, she modified Helvetica in her Alphabet A in the early 1970s. Interview by Lennie Bennett, Tampa Bay Times. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free maritime cartographic trueType and type 1 fonts Sy1Ca and Sy2Ca, and a free diacritics font DiTimes, all by Jean-Paul Bideau. PC, Mac and X-windows. Copyright EPSHOM, BREST, 1998. [Google] [More] ⦿
British type designer, born in 1917. Designed TransportD in 1963 together with Margaret Calvert, in a project for the British Government started in 1957. Two fonts were made, Transport Medium and Transport Heavy. The Akzidenz-Grotesk-inspired typeface is used in countries around the world, such as the crown dependencies, British overseas territories and in Commonwealth states or former nations of the British Empire. The typeface is also used in Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Rail Alphabet (1965) was also designed by both, this time as a rebranding typeface for British Rail. The font can still be seen in station signage. Wikipedia states that Rail Alphabet is similar, but not identical, to a bold weight of Helvetica.
Andrea Bergamini, who is involved in Italian road signage type, writes: The story is a bit complicated and confused. The road and highway signage is based on relatively international standards, that also involve the fonts to be used. From the beginning of the '60s Italy used the font designed (from 1957 to 1967) specifically for street signs in the UK. The designers of the sign layouts and the of the font in use are Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert, and the font is Transport (URW, 1980). The laws on Italian signage (quite depressing) are on any complete edition of the Italian “Codice della Strada” -Manual of road laws and rules, that has specimens of all the alphabets to be used. Some engineers from the Public Works Department, one of which maybe was called Cecilia, worked on it. The system designed by Kinneir and implemented in 1963 is an example of stylistic durability. In an article called “Roadside traffic sign” (originally published on the British magazine Design No. 178, 1963) Anthony Froshaug proved that there was no reason for an improvement of that signage system. The Italian license plates are designed by the IPZS, the Istituto Poligrafico. In Spring 2003 the Triennale in Milano hosted a very interesting show called “Asfalto, the character of the city”. In my research, I found that Traffic Type Spain D (from an unknown designer), as it appears here is a lot closer in look to what appears on the Italian highways than Kinneir's Transport, (1957-67), even in its Heavy variant. My opinion is that the font that is being used took its shape from Kinneir's original design (the similarity with it is out of doubt), but was redrawn and applied without consideration of what were the lighting and optical problems concerned.
Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert also created Motorway as a companion to Transport. That typeface was extended by Keith Bates in Motorway (2015).
Joe Clark's essays on typography. Typoblog: his old blog on type. Newest URL for his type blog. Author of the must-read book Building Accessible Websites (2002). At ATypI 2003 in Vancouver, he spoke about typography for online captioning. ATypI writes: Toronto journalist, author (Building accessible websites, New Riders, 2003), and accessibility consultant Joe Clark has followed typography as long as he.s followed accessibility for people with disabilities: over 20 years. He is director of the Open&Closed Project, a public-private-academic partnership in research and standardisation in captioning, audio description, subtitling, dubbing, and related fields in audiovisual accessibility. At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about Type in the Toronto Subway. [Google] [More] ⦿
Joe Clark: Type in the Toronto subway
Joe Clark tells us about the typeface used in the Toronto subway: The Toronto subway has a typeface all its own. You can compare it to a few other fonts, but no other typeface is exactly the same. And, for 50 years, pretty much the only place you found it was on permanent, virtually indestructible wall signage. The typeface, in its original form, is a geometric sansserif in upper case only, with ten numerals, ampersand, period, and apostrophe, and an arrow (though a few other arrows are found on period signage). The typeface is often misidentified at Gill Sans, a typeface that will later become important in TTC typographic history. Even highly expert designers have misidentified the typeface as Gill. Vaguely comparable typefaces are Verlag, Bernhard Gothic, Metro, Neutraface, and Eagle. [...] By all accounts, no one alive today knows who designed the Toronto subway typeface. The original drawings (TTC 1960) do not credit an artist. (Since the drawings are dated 1960.12.12, they were drawn after the first installation of letters on a subway wall. That makes the absence of credit even more surprising; it may mean the designer had already been forgotten six years after the subway opened.) The subway typeface does not have a name, although the TTC claims (2007a) it is known internally as the Station font. That name has not taken root with transit fans outside the TTC. No stable name for the typeface in common use apart from "the TTC font." [Google] [More] ⦿
Johnston's Underground Type
Greg Fleming, upon the publication of his open source version Railway Sans (2012) of Edward Johnston's Railway Type of 1916, recalls the history of the typeface, and adds valuable references. The text below is his.
The typeface was commissioned between 1913 and 1915 by Frank Pick (1878-1941), Commercial Manager of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London, UERL, also known as The Underground Group, as part of his plan to strengthen the company's corporate identity. Frustrated at the diversity and seemingly endless variations of poor or unsuitable type- typefaces that were, at that time, in use across the system, one of his first key actions was to introduce a standardised approach to advertising and lettering. Pick's brief to Johnston was essentially that a typeface was needed that would ensure that the Underground Group's posters would not be mistaken for advertisements; it should have the bold simplicity of the authentic lettering of the finest periods and yet belong unmistakably to the twentieth century. Johnston's New Sans typeface first appeared in a poster of July 1916. Inspired by the proportions of classical Roman lettering, based on square and circular forms, it is a vehicle of bold clarity and a perfect example of typography as a powerful, authoritative information tool. It has been used, almost unchanged in essence, continuously and timelessly in signage, posters and publicity for nearly a century.
In 1933, The Underground Group was absorbed by the London Passenger Transport Board and the typeface was adopted as part of the London Transport brand. The typeface was originally called Underground. It became known as Johnston's Railway Type, and later, simply, Johnston or New Johnston Sans. Today, Transport for London uses updated versions in many weights of the original face, known as New Johnston Sans. This is not commercially available, except under strict TfL license. Railway is not based on or derived from the official New Johnston Sans in current use by Transport for London. Instead, it predates New Johnston by sixty-three years.
Josh Bingham (b. 1982) lives in California. At Devian Tart, he designed Point Blank and Featherweight in 1999. I am confused, because what is in the font does not correspond to the web page, which says that he is Arthur Shotwell. Other fonts by him: Rollover (2007), 20th Century Woodcut (2004), the postal series (2004, consists of Parcel Post, Media Mail, First Class, and Air Mail), Halftone (2004), Unprofessional, Tron, Scrawl, Platform Shoe, Maps, Kaboom, Federal Reserve, Faces, Curvature, Bitmap, Bellbottom, Ballpoint, Quill, No Smoking, Perfectly Cromulent, Chronicle (2004, modeled after the lettering in the San Francisco Chronicle), 20th Century Woodcut (2004). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jakarta, Indonesia-based designer of the free brush script typeface Mona (2018) and the free squarish typeface Efesto (2018). Julian also designed several sets of icons, including Cleaning Icons, Travel Icons, and a set of emoticons. Correction: It seems that Efesto was made by Runikh Art, not Julian Ma. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 of the lettering for traffic signs in Norway, called Trafikkalfabet (1965). This was digitized in 2006 by Jacob Øvergaard and from 2014-2020 by Arve Båtevik as Store Norske Trafikk. Examples here and here. In the last link, Ralf Herrmann explains the flaws: It bears a resemblance to the German DIN typeface, but it also has some unique features, some of them are good, some are bad. Both typefaces share a very simple geometric design and they are good examples of typefaces, that look like they were made on the drawing-board of an engineer rather than designed by a type designer. [...] A type designers knows how to optically adjust geometrical shapes to make them look right. The tip of the M needs to go below the baseline and the dot of the i needs to be wider than the stem. But the design of the Trafikkalfabetet typeface rather aims at consistent values. As a result, the dot of the i is way too small, especially for a typeface that should be legible at great distance. The spacing of the typeface has the similar problems. Uniform values for left and right sidebearings cannot create uniform spacing. [Google] [More] ⦿
German scribe, type designer and unbelievable calligrapher, b. 1914 in Schlesisch-Drehnow, d. 2000 in Offenbach. Following schooling in Schlesien and Hamburg, he served a four-year typesetting apprenticeship from 1930-1934 in Hamburg and later at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in Offenbach am Main. From 1939 until 1945 he was in active military service and became a prisoner of the Russians. After that ordeal, he became a calligraphy teacher at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, and developed a universal pen with novel writing and drawing techniques for the company Brause. It is at that point that Hoefer started designing types as well. From 1970 to 1979, Hoefer was a lecturer and later professor at the HfG (School of Design) in Offenbach. From 1981 to 1988, Hoefer ran summer calligraphy workshops in the USA (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, and other cities). In 1982, Karlgeorg Hoefer founded a calligraphy workshop in Offenbach for everyone, with evening courses and summer school, and in 1987, the registered association "Calligraphy Workshop Klingspor, Offenbach, Supporters of International Calligraphy." From 1987 to 1995, he was the chairman of the association while teaching continuing courses and summer school classes with leading foreign calligraphers. Hoefer has written two books about calligraphy: "Das alles mit einer Feder" (Brause, 1953) and "Kalligraphie, gestaltete Handschrift" (Econ, 1986). Numerous articles about Hoefer's work have appeared in calligraphy journals in Holland, France, the USA, and Japan. In 1989, the book "Schriftkunst/Letterart Karlgeorg Hoefer" was published as part of Calligraphy-Editions Herbert Maring (Die Kalligraphie Edition, Hardheim, Germany, 1989). For his activities as a calligrapher, Hoefer received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1993. His typefaces:
Karl-Gustaf "K&aing;ge" Helge Gustafson (b. 1917, Tranemo, Sweden; d. 2006, Mariestad, Sweden) was a Swedish cartoonist who worked for a long period at the Swedish Road Administration's traffic office and the Swedish Transport Safety Agency where he drew road signs. He drew the Swedish signs warning of moose and pedestrian crossings in 1955. Gustafson also designed the Tratex font, which is used on Swedish road signs. Tratex was modified by Chester Bernsten, who works for the Swedish Road Administration, Vägverket, and digitized/implemented by Karl Wångstedt.
Keith Chi-Hang Tam
Keith Tam Typography
Keith Tam is a graphic designer and type designer born in Hong kong who has lived and worked in the UK and in Vancouver, Canada. He received his MA in Typeface Design at the Department of Typography&Graphic Communication at the University of Reading in 2002. Presently, he teaches art the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2005, along with Michail Semoglou, Keith co-founded Type Initiative, a type foundry and design collective. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His fonts include Arrival (2005: a font developed during his graduate studies at Reading for reading signs from afar or while driving) and DGSans. Arrival can be bought at Incubator / Village.
He started a discussion on why people pick certain typefaces:
Main organizer of ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong.
Cocreator of TX Signal Simplifier (2002, Typebox), a hilarious information design dingbat face. MyFonts writes: Eight designers present a set of icons that indicate the fun and fantastic world of signage. Each collaborator's solution represents a completely different interpretations on signage vernacular. The designers are Erik Adigard, Cynthia Jacquette, Akira Kobayashi, Michael Kohnke, Patricia McShane, Joachim Müller-Lancé, Jean-Benoît Lévy, Kevin Roberson, Diana Alisandra Stoen. [Google] [MyFonts] [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] ⦿
Personalised (car, license) plates seller in New Zealand who provides personalized plates to New Zealand customers. Kiwiplates cooperates with NZTA, the government agency that deals with all vehicle registrations. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Knud V. Engelhardt (1882-1931) was a Danish architect, printer and designer. He worked on kilometer stones, type for trams, street signs, and is well known in type circles for a slab-serif alphabet made for the city of Copenhagen with heavy wide capitals.
In 2010, Swedish designer Mårten Thavenius created Skilt Gothic (Font Bureau), which was based on signage types by Engelhardt from the 1920s, including those he created for the street signs in Gentofte, north of Copenhagen. Engelhardt's design was loosely based on the lettering of two Danish architects of the time: Thorvald Bindesbøll (designer of the Carlsberg logo) and Anton Rosen. The signs were so successful that they are still in use today.
In 2017, Letters from Sweden published its Trim sans typeface family, which is also based on Engelhardt's work.
In 2020, Wahyu Wibowo released Regave, a 24-style (+variable) typeface which is also influenced by Engelhardt's street signs.
Bart Stax is the designer of Kraftfahrzeugkennzeichen (2008), a free font that looks exactly like the lettering used on German car license plates. I can't understand how Germans can live with this monstrosity---I know that it was designed for maximal differentiation, but there are limits to functional design! Another German license plate font, by an unknown designer, is FE-Font (1997, see also here), which is closer to the original FE license plate design (FE stands for F&aml;lschungs-Erschwerend, translated as "hard to forge"). [Google] [More] ⦿
Yoshio Kobayashi is a Japanese font maker. Free fonts by him include Elements Kanji, K's-BarCodeFont-Code39, K's-Floral-Dings, K's-Numeral-Arabic-1, K's-Numeral-Arabic-GC, K's-Numeral-Arabic-GCN, K's-Numeral-Arabic-RC, K's-Numeral-Arabic-RCN, K's-Numeral-Roman-1, K's-Road-Sign-Symbols-J (2001), K's-Japanese-Shogi-Pieces (2001), K's-Snow-Crystals, WeatherJ (2001). Old URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
K-Type is Keith Bates' (b. 1951, Liverpool) foundry in Manchester, UK, est. 2003. Keith works as an Art&Design teacher at a Salford High School. They custom design type, and sell some of their own creations.
His free fonts:
Custom / corporate typefaces: With Liverpool-based art director Liz Harry, Bates created a personalized font, loosely based on Coco Sumner's handwritten capitals, for the band I Blame Coco. Medium and Semibold weights of Gill New Antique were commissioned by LPK Design Agency. Stepping Hill Hospital and Bates created Dials, a pictorial font to help hospital managers input data about improvements. A custom font was designed for Bolton Strategic Economic Partnership.
FontStructor who made the dort matrix typefaces R160 exterior Side (2011, after lettering on NYC subway cars), R160 Find (2011), and NCTA R46 (2011, based on the LCD displays found on the MTA NYC Transit R46 trains). [Google] [More] ⦿
Well over 500 original designs by Ray Larabie formerly from from Port Credit/Mississauga, Ontario, but now in Nagoya, Japan. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. Another URL. Another URL. Fontsy link.
Ray Larabie's fonts were originally free. The site was discontinued in the summer of 2001. Ray Larabie started a second life in his new commercial foundry, Typodermic, which opened in the Autumn of 2001.
The following fonts are free: Blue Highway (1996-2011, based on American road signs, +Linocut), Strenuous, Shlop (2001, blood drip font), Tofu, Electoral Blue, Embargo, Lunaurora, MarqueeMoon, President Gas (nice stencil font), Motorcade, Overload, Baltar (2010), Dignity of Labour (1999), DirtyBakersDozen (1998, military stencil), Mufferaw (2000), Kimberley (2002), Typodermic, Mexcellent (2000, a great triline and 3D face), Minya (old typewriter font), PulseState, Quinquefoliate, Yadou, Para-Aminobenzoic, Hydrogen Whiskey, Metal Lord (an Iron Maiden font made in 1996), Golden Girdle, DazzleShips, Kredit, Minisystem, Boron, RiotAct, GlazKrak (1996), SoRunDown (1997; visions of Detroit in 2010), YellowPills, Fake Receipt, Tinsnips, Lucky Ape, Bailey's Car, Icicle Country, Home Sweet Home, Let's Eat, Giant Tigers, RoboKoz, Snidely, Xtra-Flexi-Disc, Fluoride Beings, Field Day Filter, Bramalea Beauty (1998), Braeside Lumberboy (stencil font), Oliver's Barney, Rothwell, Fragile Bombers, Yawnovision, Superheterodyne, Massive Retaliation, Instant Tunes, Neurochrome, Xenowort, Balcony Angels, Neuropol Deluxe, Quadaptor, Deftone Stylus, Lady Starlight, LetterSet, Map of You, First Blind, Larabiefont (monospaced, 1999), Monofonto (monospaced, 1999), Orange kid, Thiamine (1999), Green Fuzz, Gunplay (stencil font), Mail Ray Stuff, Walshes Outline, Mississauga, Union city blue, Carbon Phyber (1999-2009), Carbon Block (1999), Plain Cred, First Blind, Walshes, Credit river, Dendritic Voltage, Neuropolitical, Poke, Port Credit, Lesser Concern, Kustom Kar, Mold Papa, Kleptocracy, Blue Highway D, Hots, Coolvetica, Holy Smokes, Chinese Rocks, sudbury Basin, Lilliput steps, Hurontario, Participants, Adriator (1999-2014), Airmole (2000), Airmole Antique (2000), Ethnocentric, Biting My Nails, Biting Outline, Dyspepsia, Vanilla Whale, Libel Suit, Effloresce, DreamOrphans, EffloresceAntique, EnnobledPet, Euphorigenic, EyeRhyme, GotNoHeart, Hamma Mamma Jamma (1998), Octoville, PlainCred1978, Plasmatic, RadiosinMotionHard, Densmore (a modern stencil font), RadiosinMotion (a morse font), Sexsmith, ShouldveKnown, ShouldveKnownShaded, 20thCenturyFontItalic, Counterscraps, Cretino, Crystal Radio Kit, Duality, Echelon (1999, + Italic), Effloresce, Fabian, KenyanCoffee, MinyaNouvelle, OliversBarney, Oil Crisis (2002, car dingbats), SybilGreen (2000), Tork (2000), Degrassi (2001-2014: graffiti fonts), Vibrocentric, Rafika (stencil font), Berylium, Pakenham, Steelfish (see also here and here; Steelfish Rounded followed in 2019), Bullpen, Almonte Woodgrain, Sandoval, Sappy Mugs (2002, mugshots), Colourbars, Unispace, Urkelian (1998), Subpear, Stasmic, StreetCred (1998), Zekton Dots, Vademecum, Vectroid (2000), Zeroes One (1999).
The early commercial fonts at Typodermic included Amienne (2004, brush script), Asterisp (named Aplha through Iota, asterisks, 2000), Bomr (2002), Jillican, Tank (2004, an octagonal face), Telidon Ink and Wyvern. Rare Larabie fonts. Mass download. Direct access to some fonts. Noteworthy is that Neuropol is the font in the official logo of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Roxio's new Easy Media Creator 7 includes 36 updated Ray Larabie freeware fonts with expanded character sets, kerning, Euro symbol and installable embedding: Arnprior, Baveuse, Berylium, Berylium Bold Italic, Blue Highway (based on the US highway series E font), Blue Highway Condensed, Blue Highway D Type, Blue Highway Bold, Blue Highway Linocut, Burnstown Dam, Carbon Block, Credit Valley (+ B, I,&BI), Earwig Factory, Hurry Up, Kredit, Krystoid, Minya Nouvelle (+ B, I,&BI), Neuropol, Planet Benson 2, Pupcat (unicase), Stereofidelic, Sybil Green (2000, girlish font), Teen (+ B, I, BI, Light, and Light Italic)), Velvenda Cooler, Velvenda MegablackWaker.
Fonts made in 2004-2005: Stentiga (free), Boopee, Zalderdash, First Blind 2, Fenwick Outline, Amienne, Induction, Huxtable, Good Times, Euphorigenic, Neuropolitical, Effloresce, Squealer, Axaxax, Coolvetica, Cretino, Heroid (comic book).
Co-director, with Sebastian Bissinger, of BANK, a French/German design agency based in Berlin. It marketed its fonts through T-26, starting in 2009, but later switched to Colophon. Laure Boer and Sebastian Bissinger published their all caps license plate font Guida at Colophon Type Foundry. Guida is based on an Italian license plate used for some time between 1980 and 1990.
Dutch designer (b. 1966) of these typefaces:
Leonardo Vázquez Conde
A partial list of fonts used on or inspired by license plates: AFCarplates, Alpha Headline Pro Bold, Alpha Headline, Bryant-BoldCondensed, CPMono, DIN 1451 Engschrift LT Alternate, DIN 1451 Mittelschrift LT Alternate, Europe Numberplates (Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland) [later renamed LL Numberplate at Lineto], FB Pennsylvania, FE-Mittelschrift, FirstUSA, FTNSauerkrauto, FTNSauerkrauto-Alternative, FTNSauerkrauto-Regular, FTNSauerkrauto-SC, Fucked Plate, Garage Gothic, Hydra-Bold, HydraText-Black, HydraText-Bold, Italian Plates 1999, Kenteken, KeystoneState-Native, KeystoneState-Relative, License Plate, Licenz, Mandatory, Misproject, Motorway, Penitentiary Gothic, PlateletHeavy, PTF-Nordic, Route66CondensedNF, Route66NF, SNV Becker, SNV Display, UK Number Plate, Zurich Cn BT Bold. [Google] [More] ⦿
License Plate Fonts of the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Ward Nicholson of Leeward Productions in Wichita, KS, explains many license plate fonts. He also gives a quick rundown of available license plate fonts, as of 2008:
Liquitype (Germany) made the experimental font Maerchen, the Cinema de Paris alphabet, as well as the free font CP Mono (2009), which was inspired by British carplates. Since the license of CP Mono says, You are free to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and to make derivative works, under the following conditions: Attribution. You must give the original author credit, I am making a copy of the font family available here: CP Mono download. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Logan's Line Art
Iain Logan's company has lots of transportation and railway clip-art and fonts. Typically 4USD for a package of 5 fonts. Typically truetype or Acorn outline fonts. Partial list: BR Headcode Font, US 'Railroad Roman', Signalling Symbols (BS376), Southern Railway Lettering, American Outline Loco's, Passenger and Freight Cars, Timetable Symbols, Transport Pictograms, Transport Route Map Symbols, Teletext Text Characters (BBC Micro Mode 7), Teletext Graphics Characters (BBC Micro Mode 7), Teletext 'Separated' Graphics Characters (BBC Micro Mode 7), Extra Bullet Points, British Sign Language, Underlining Characters, American Outline Loco's, Passenger and Freight Cars Trains, Modern British Loco's Coaches and Wagons Trains, British Loco's Coaches and Wagons, BR Headcode Font, LiNER (A version of Gill Sans in various weights and styles), Track Symbols (BS376), Teletext Text Characters (BBC Micro Mode 7). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Uruguay in 1872 to Scottish parents, Edward Johnston interrupted his medical studies in 1898 to become an artist. An introduction to the principal of the new Central School of Arts & Crafts in London, an institution developed directly from the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and John Ruskin, led him to calligraphy. Johnston became a teacher at the school, which is largely credited with the modern British Craft revival. In 1913, Johnston was commissioned to design a brand new lettering for the architecture, signage, and logos of the Underground by Frank Pick, commercial manager for the London Underground Railway. The station signs at the time were a mixture of serif and sans serif lettering. Pick wanted a signage design that had consistency and clarity with the bold simplicity of the authentic lettering of the finest periods, and yet belonging unmistakably to the 20th century. Edward Johnston drew the entire alphabet by hand---a sans serif typeface now known as Johnston Sans. Delayed by the outbreak of World War I, the typeface was finished in 1916. Some of the initial signage was painted by hand. By 1929, Johnston Sans was the basis for all signage across the London Underground, and has only been altered once, in 1979. It has since become a cornerstone of the visual identity of London. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at FontStruct of Road Signs (2008) and Road Signs 2 (2008), based on the road signs used in the UK. His font had to be split up into many sub-fonts because of the limitations in FontStruct. [Google] [More] ⦿
Swiss typographer and graphic designer, b. Geneva, who creates new typefaces out of old ones. He graduated from the Basel School of Design, and set up Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet in Basel in 2006. Since 2003, he has been teaching at ECAL in Lausanne. Ludovic Balland created some retail typefaces as well as many corporate typeface families. His typefaces include:
Ludwig Übele is a Berlin-based German type designer (b. Memmingen, 1974). In 2007, he established Ludwig Type in Berlin. Ludwig practiced type design and branding in his own studio in Den Haag, The Netherlands. He graduated in 2007 from the KABK in Den Haag, the same year in which he started his foundry Ludwig Uebele (or: Ludwig Type) in Berlin. MyFonts interview. Behance link. In 2018, he joined Type Network. His award-winning typefaces:
Dandm3 is the design place of Deirdre Idema (Irish born) and Maarten Idema. Maarten was a student at the KABK in Den Haag from 2003-2004. His graduation typeface at KABK was Pam (2004), which was specifically crafted for street maps. He also designed the experimental typeface Before. Unclear if Maarten is Dutch, Irish or Kiwi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Macizo.com (or: Macizotype)
Leonardo Vázquez is a graphic and type designer in Mexico City. After finishing his studies in Mexico City, Leonardo worked in several design studios and advertising agencies. In 1998 he settled in France where he studied at Atelier National en Recherche Tipographique in Nancy. Leonardo returned to Mexico in 2001, where he works in his own studio, Macizotype. His typefaces include:
Speaker at TypeCon 2007 and at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City and at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, where he introduces his Mayan transcription font Mayathan, and talks about the importance of designing typefaces for oral languages as a way of spreading their culture. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Alex Duncan's page. Commercial symbol and sign fonts, including Credit Card, Ele Grading, Hazard / Warning, Packaging, Recycle, SignFont Fire, SignFont Mandatory, SignFont Safety, SignFont Transport, SignFont Warning, Special Access, Tourism 1a, Tourism 1b, Tourism 2a, Tourism 2b, Tourism 3, Tourism 4a, Tourism 4b, Tourism 5a, Tourism 5b, Tourism 6, Tourism 7, Tourism Grades, Tourism Grades II, Transport Heavy, Transport Medium, all made by Alex Duncan. Magnum UK Ltd is based in Tiverton, UK. Magnum also made the Charles Wright 2001 Mandatory, and Charles Wright 2001 Regular fonts after the UK number plate font that came into effect in September 2001.
Encore magazine. In issues 13 through 18, we find articles by Albert-Jan Pool on the history of DIN typefaces and in particular, FF DIN. Annoying background noise when this site is open. [Google] [More] ⦿
Co-designer with Kristyan Sarkis of the Latin / Arabic typeface Kanun Stencil (2021), a playful typeface inspired by industrial signage and mechanical stencilling. Kanun Stencil is equipped with a collection of transportation and travel-related signs, symbols, icons, and various sets of arrows for signage and wayfinding systems. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer studying at the University of the Arts in London in 2012. In 2012, Manosij carried out a bilingual stencil experiment: This is an experiment on bilingual stenciled typography and different shapes. The stencil consists of six simple shapes which can be combined to produce Latin script in upper & lower case along with Devanagari script.
He drew a useful world map of traffic typefaces. Yatrakshar (2012) is a prototype of a set of bilingual stenciled typeface for the transport system in Maharashtra (a state in western side of India). It supports Latin and Devanagari script and covers the English, Hindi and Marathi languages used in the state of Maharashtra. The type is based on Britain's Transport typeface by Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir.
His last typeface of 2012 is Grid, which is designed on the basis of a 3d octagonal grid pattern.
Manual of Traffic Signs
Traffic signs in the USA, reviewed and surveyed by Richard C. Moeur. He lists the standard sign typefaces used in the USA:
Corporation in Troy, NY, who made map and travel symbols in 1995, such as MapInfoShields, Map-Symbols, SPSSMarkerSet, MapInfoArrows, MapInfoCartographic, MapInfoMiscellaneous, MapInfoOil&Gas, MapInfoSymbols, MapInfoRealEstate, MapInfoTransportation, MapInfoWeather. Some can be found here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fonts here include DNRRecreationSymbols, DNRRoadSymbols, ParkSymbol (by the US National Park Service), ESRI Military dingbat fonts, recreational dingbat fonts by Paul A. Zellmer of the Tongass National Forest, and a goldmine of links to travel and government dingbat fonts. Animal dingbat archive. [Google] [More] ⦿
British military man (Major) Tom Mouat designed military dingbat fonts. MapSymbs are NATO APP-6 and the new APP-6a military map marking symbols made up as embeddable TrueType Fonts. Free truetype fonts: CIRILICA---B-H, CIRILICA-SS-B-H, LATINICA---B-H, LATINICA-SS-B-H, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnBde, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnBk, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnBn, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnCoy, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnD&C, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnPl, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnRgt, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnSct, Map-Symbol-NATO-EnSqd, Map-Symbol-NATO-Pl, Map-Symbol-NATO-Section, Map-Symbol-NATO-Squad, Map-Symbols-NATO-Army, Map-Symbols-NATO-ArmyGp, Map-Symbols-NATO-Bde&Regt, Map-Symbols-NATO-Bde, Map-Symbols-NATO-Blank, Map-Symbols-NATO-Bn, Map-Symbols-NATO-Corps, Map-Symbols-NATO-Coy, Map-Symbols-NATO-Div&Co, Map-Symbols-NATO-Div, Map-Symbols-NATO-Eqpt, Map-Symbols-NATO-Misc, Map-Symbols-NATO-Misc4716, Map-Symbols-NATO-Pl, Map-Symbols-NATO-Regt, Map-Symbols-NATO-Sect, Map-Symbols-NATO-Squad, MapSym-EN-Air-APP6a, MapSym-EN-Land-APP6a, MapSym-EN-Sea-APP6a, MapSym-FR-Air-APP6a, MapSym-FR-Land-APP6a, MapSym-FR-Sea-APP6a, MapSym-NK-Air-APP6a, MapSym-NK-Land-APP6a, MapSym-NK-Sea-APP6a, MapSym-NU-Air-APP6a, MapSym-NU-Land-APP6a, MapSym-NU-Sea-APP6a, Mapsym--Draft-G5, Mapsym--Engineer, Mapsym--FM101-5-1-Gen, Mapsym--NATO-Logsymb, Mapsym--NATO-Tools, Mapsymbs--German-WW2, Mapsymbs--WD-MapIcons2, Mapsymbs--WD-Napoleonic, Milpics-Generic, Milpics-Generic4716, Miltrain-Generic, NATOKit, Planes-S-Modern, PlanesTModern, SoldierWW2, Space-MarinePersonnel, Specsym, StarWarsKit, Soviet-Kit, Tanks-WW2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Polish designer of Drogowskaz (1975) for the Ministry of Transportation of Poland. This geometric sans-serif typeface is used in public signage in Poland since 1975. Its capital letters exhibit a strong influence from Johnston, while its lowercase letters are closer to Spartan. See also here for a discussion of Polish traffic signs.
Digital versions and/or extensions of Drogowskaz:
Or Margaret Vivienne Calvert. 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).
Marie-Thérèse Koreman studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. She is a co-founder of Visualogik Technology & Design bv and is director of design for Neufville Digital. She has been involved in digital type since 1981, mainly for corporate identities for large companies. From 1997 she and her team have been working on the digital version of the ever expanding Futura typeface. For Traffictype, a Visualogik brand, she developed the mainstream of digital road signs that has become the standard reference in The Netherlands.
Her work on Futura includes Futura ND (1999), Futura ND Black (2003), Futura ND Display (2003), Futura ND Alternate (2015), and Futura Next (2016). These are based on the original sources by Paul Renner (1920s) at the Bauersche Giesserei, now held by FT Bauer in Barcelona. There is a consensus among typophiles that this is the best digital version of Futura around.
Markus Wäger Designwerke
Austrian photographer and digital artist. Markus Wäger designed the following fonts in 1999: MXCascade, MXJemalCaps, MXJemalItalic, MXJemal, MXOnyx (a MICR font?). DWBeispiel A (1998) is a corporate font. He also created the free fonts Deck Type (2006, unicase) and Lindau (2003), a minimalist severe rounded sans family, apparently (to me, at least) based on German car license plates. On his web site, we also find broken links to fonts called Twelve Bricks and Hasenfuss. Designer od DW Dornbirn (2002, pixelish), DW Egger Heavy (2006) and DW Emser Medium (2006).
Article by Jean-François Porchez on typefaces used in the Paris transport system, the RATP. It mainly covers the development of his own Parisine typeface. The time chart:
Michael D. Adams
Michael Hansen (Michaelhansenwork, Copenhagen, Denmark) studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. As a student, he created a virtual identity for the future light rail in Aalborg. This involved the development of the rounded sans typeface family Aalborg Bold (2015) and the creation of a few wayfinding icons. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of hundreds of black and white, and color vector icon sets in or about 2020. These include Animal Tracks Icon Set, Arrows Icon Set, Bacteria Germ Icon Set, Belgium Icon Set, Dandelion Icon Set, Diamond Icon Set, Flamingo Icon Set, Funny Monsters Icon Set, Gender Symbols Icon Set, Germs Icon Set, Memphis Graphic Elements, Optical Military Aims Icon Set, Sexual Positions Icon Set, Web Loading IconSet. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the dingbats family Leiure Tourism Icons DT (2008, DTP Types). These icons were developed over many years by Mike Blacker of Blacker Design, the icons cover a comprehensive range of leisure, tourism and access themes. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Free NATO military truetype fonts. Included are Map-Symbols-NATO-Blank, Map-Symbol-NATO-Pl, Map-Symbols-NATO-Coy, Map-Symbols-NATO-Bn, Map-Symbols-NATO-Regt, Map-Symbols-NATO-Bde, Map-Symbols-NATO-Div&Co, Map-Symbols-NATO-Eqpt, MilSymMod01Normal, MilSymMod02Normal, MilSymbols01Normal, MilSymbols02Normal, MilSymbols03Normal, MilSymbols04Normal, MilSymbols05Normal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Masters degree student (b. 1983) at the Politecnico di Milano, who specializes in signage, wayfinding and information design. He researches traffic system fonts and typography. His Flickr page has scans of the Italy's Codice della Strada which dictates street type in Italy, and features his world map which shows the origin and the different "routes" taken by the two main typefaces used in world signs: the American Highway Gothic, published by the traffic engineer Ted Forbes in 1945 and the British Transport type by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert, published in 1963. He also has photographs of traffic signs. Creator of the free family Flaminia (The League of Movable Type, 2009; see also here).
He writes: Flaminia is a 2008 opensource project started as a Master Degree Thesis by Andrea Bergamini, an Italian graphic designer annoyed by the chaotic and poorly designed road signage system in his country. The leading idea was that tests taken in real-life conditions are the only way to validate the design of a font to be used for signage and that the final solution should always come from all of the modifications derived by those experiments. These considerations led to the design of Flaminia, a typographical system that allows its users and its future designers to quickly morph (through the use of Multiple Master axes) different variants of the glyphs. By allowing minimal changes of only one variable in the letter shapes, Flaminia also provides a tool to study which are the most relevant factors in the process of reading signs, and can be used free of charge for further researches in this field. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer from Syria who graduated from Damascus University and completed the MATD program in Type Design at the University of Reading in 2016. He is currently located in Cambridge, UK. His graduation typeface at Reading was Jali, about which he writes: Jali is a typeface designed for wayfinding signage. High legibility from distance is the main feature of the design. Jali combines Arabic and Latin in harmony while keeping a natural treatment for both scripts and avoiding forcing any to follow the other. Jali offers two secondary styles for different functions. Jali Display is a highly characterful style to add a distinguished identity in various contexts. Jali text comes to support setting running text for continuous reading. Jali won an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019.
In 2021, Kostas Bartsokas, Mohamad Dakak and Pria Ravichandran set up Foundry 5 Limited. At Foundry 5, Dakak released Jali Arabic, Jali Greek and Jali Latin in 2021. I Love Typography link for Foundry 5. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
The corporate typefaces for which Monotype was contracted include Barclays, British Airways (the Mylius face), The British Council, Chermayeff&Geismar (a particularly ugly and unreadable organic slanted sans), Ogilvy&Mather, Opel (with Greek and Cyrillic, under guidance of Robin Nicholas), Scandinavian Airlines (the typeface is called Scandinavian), Stockholm Transport, The Daily Telegraph, and Waitrose. [Google] [More] ⦿
National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society had its own photographic typefaces, which were developed by Charles Ernest Riddiford (Washington, DC), ca. 1933. Riddiford wrote about the importance of typefaces in cartography in his article On the Lettering of Maps published in the journal The Professional Geographer (Volume 4, Issue 5, pages 7-10, September 1952). Riddiford remained with National Geographic until his retirement in 1959 as its chief research cartographer. Riddiford died at the age of 71 in 1968 (Washington Post, May 15, 1968, p.B10).
Juan Valdes (The Geographer, Director of Editorial and Research, National Geographic Maps) explains in 2012: Until the early 1930s, most of our maps were hand-lettered---a slow and tedious process requiring great patience and even greater skill. An alternate process---that of setting names in movable type, pulling an impression on gummed paper that was then pasted down on the map---often yielded less than durable or clearly readable type. The Society's first Chief Cartographer, Albert H. Bumstead, believed the answer lied in photo-graphic type. Laboring long hours in his home workshop, he discovered that existing typefaces did not lend themselves to Society standards: our map enlargement and reduction factors often caused small hairline letters to break up while larger block letters tended to fill up. To this end, he invented a machine for composing map type photographically that ultimately improved overall type legibility. Once this photolettering process was refined, it was applied to our United States map supplement in the May 1933 National Geographic. Shortly thereafter, Society cartographer Charles E. Riddiford was tasked with designing typefaces with much improved photomechanical reproductive qualities. He devised a set so attractive and legible that these typefaces are still used (in a digital format) today. These patented fonts were designed with the purpose of reflecting, as well as accentuating designated map features. If you study our reference maps and atlases closely, it's quite evident that every feature is associated with a specific typeface. Color and typographic weight (from light to bold) further adds to this distinction. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 1962, NEN (the Dutch Institute for Normalization) published a guide for a sans and a serif design. It is rumoured that Visualogik has digitized this, but no one can confirm this. The typeface has been used on signage in Amsterdam. The committee that decided on the details of the design, according to Kuitenbrouwer:
NEN 3225 is often referred to as the Dutch DIN. It is defined and described in SWOV-Rapport_1970-7 entitled Verkeertekens op borden (1970, D.J. Griep and A. Kranenburg, Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid, Voorburg, The Netherlands). There are four sets of capitals in NEN 3225, called Alfabet Serie C, D, E, and F, which vary from narrow (C) to wide (F). In addition, there is one set of lowercase glyphs, called series "e", which is adapted to Series E in width. The SWOV document mentions that these letter types were developed after consultation with Ovink. Local download of that report from 1970 (in Dutch). Letter proofs at Lettergieterij Tetterode (at the University of Amsterdam).
Visualogik produced a related digital font called Ovink D VL, dated 1995, after the D series. A later date, 2004, was added that refers to copyright by Novatype, a subsidiary of Visinova. Ovink D VL appears to match the font used on many of Amsterdam's street name plates (in 2020). HR Groep in the Netherlands is using a digiatl font called Ovink Ee, which matches the NEN 3225 Series E and e. That font is used on some street and traffic signs in the country. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nick Curtis: Underground
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Free fonts by Hungarian type and graphic designer Levi Halmos [or: Levente Halmos], made between 1997 and 2001: AlienGhost2, Aliens, Anabolic Spheroid (2001, revived but alas commercialized by Roger S. Nelsson in 2009 as Anabolic Spheroid Pro), Aztec, Baby Universe (2000), Bateman, Bedlam Remix (2001), Bitsumishi (Bitsumishi Pro (2009) appeared at CheapPro Fonts; Bitsumishi Pro v2 followed in 2012), Butch, Byblostie, CHELIVES, Caddy (1996), CelticGaramond, CelticGaramondthe2nd, Chemistry, Coolthreepixels, Crystal Clear, Danube (techno, geometric), DataTransfer, Dredwerkz, ElephantMan, Escape Pod Normal, FUTURE, Faceplant, Finchley (1998), FreakShow, Gagarin (2001, a Cyrillic simulation and constructivist family), GraveDirt, Guevara, Haiku, Helldorado (2001, Western), Hibernate (2000), Iamsimplified, Indochine (2002, oriental letter simulation), IronLeague (2002, a Jonathan Barnbrook style face), Ivanbats, Ivanhoe, KabosGyula, Kalocsai Flowers Pi (2001), Kenzo, KingKikapu, Kozmonauta (2000), Kozmonauta2, Krizia Uomo (1995, art deco; later renamed Krizi Amo Pro in 2011, probably under pressure from Uomo), Leonardo (1996, a constructed face), Lefferts Corner (2001), LicenzPlate, Lousitania (2001, square-serifed), MagyarSerif, MarshGas, MathmosOriginal, Mutter (a stitch font), Niobium [Niobium Pro (2010, with Roger S. Nelsson) is used for signage and wayfinding in the new Mbombela Stadium built for the FIFA World Cup 2010], Nordic (2001; the Pro version appeared in 2010), Nushto (2000), Olympus (Greek simulation face), Peex (dot matrix family), Phatguy, PiratesGold (made commercial in the CheapProFonts collection of Roger S. Nelsson in 2009), Poison Berries (2000), PresidenteTequila (2000), RakettaFromMars (2001, fifties style futurism), Rammstein, RammsteinRemix (2001, constructivist), RedheadGoddess (2000), RedwildoderRotwild, Resurrection, Runningshoe, Sarkozi Line Patterns Pi (2001), Scully (scanbats), ScumoftheEarth (2000), Shazbot, Slither (1998), SmartSexy, SmartandSexy, Snake Venom (2000, Mexican simulation face), SpaceWorm (2000, futuristic), Sporty, Stonebridge, Subatonik, Sulphur (2000, a typeface influenced by gothic cathedrals), Tank Junior (2001), TerraX, Thrust (2000, Star Trek face), TickyFont, Treasure Island (2001, rounded with a semi-Greek look), TrustThisOne, TwoGunJohann (2000), TypeKnight (2001, with hairline serifs), VicePresidente (2001, Mexican simulation face), VoodooDolls, Voodoo Spirits (2001, wiggly hand), WeepingItalic, WhoulNormal, Zombieball.
Myfonts link. Roger S. Nelsson (Cheapprofonts) and Halmos extended Danube and Celtic Garamond in 2009 as Danube Pro and Celtic Garamond Pro, respectively. Fontspace link. Font Squirrel link. Dafont link.
Born in Karlstad, Sweden, Andreas Nymark studied at Hyper Island (class of 2011) and now works in Stockholm. In 2018, he set up Nymark Type.
At Type@Paris 2016, Andreas Nymark designed the text typeface Svedala to provide a serif counterpart of Sweden's national typeface, Sweden Sans.
In 2021, he released Tranemo, a geometric sans that reinterprets Tratex, the official swedish traffic sign font.
An ex-student of the IUAV in Venezia, where she wrote a thesis on road signage. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, she almost spoke about road signs and pictograms but her talk was canceled to to the birth of her child. [Google] [More] ⦿
A project started by Open source supporters in Belgium (Pierre Huyghebaert, Harrisson, Philip May, Nicolas Maleve and Femke Snelting) and executed by Paulo Silva in Portugal in the form of the free typeface OpenDinSchriftenEngshrift (2009), which is based on the master drawing of DIN for the Prussian Railways.
They state: In the coming year, we will be working on a new digital rendering of the classic DIN font with the aim to release it in the public domain. We chose DIN (often referred to as "the German Autobahn typeface") as a starting point for a few reasons. First of all, because it is one of the rare typefaces that was released into the public domain from the moment it was designed in 1932. While the original drawings remain freely available, various type foundries have copyrighted digital renderings (such as FontShop's FF DIN). Secondly because its particular history brings up many questions about standards, their political implications and relations to use. In 1936 the German Standard Committee decided DIN should be employed in technology, traffic, administration, and business, with the idea to facilitate the development of German engineering and industry. [Google] [More] ⦿
Open Source Publishing (or: OSP)
Free software project based in Belgium and run by four people (and I quote from their web page):
Graphic designer in Bogota, Colombia, whose work frequently involves calligraphy and type design. In 2015, he created the techno typeface Metrica. Also in 2015, together with Michelle Castillo, he created a proposal wayfinding and icon set for the Universidad Piloto de Colombia. [Google] [More] ⦿
Otherwhere Collective (or: Ilott Type, Bellamy Studio)
British born designer Andrew Bellamy worked for agencies in London, Oslo, and Miami, and is currently developing various global brands as Design Director at JKR in New York City. He started Ilott Type and then Otherwhere Collective.
Andrew Bellamy designed 64-SRC (2017), a rare condensed monospace font inspired by IBM's Selectric type from the 1960s.
His 57 Nao (2016) is a revival of a Japanese typewriter font from the 1950s called Messenjaa. They explain: Designed in 1950s Japan by Okanao & Kushiro, the perfect partnership until artistic temperaments drove them apart. The duo spent years crafting the font with the working title Messenjaa, Okanao bringing technical expertise to craft letterforms, while Kushiro made it his life, obsessively working late into the night to check pages for errors. For him the project was never about making money, it was an artistic endeavor to reprint the great Western works of literature. When he found out Okanao had secretly sold the rights of the font for use as a logo for a major Japanese manufacturer, Kushiro burned all evidence of the designs in a fit of passionate fury. The two reportedly never spoke again. Messenjaa was thought lost forever until a type specimen was discovered in a vintage typewriter box bought on eBay. Now redrawn and available as 57-nao, a faithful and beautifully crafted monospace characterized by what is considered Okanao's defining moment, the angular loop on the lowercase a.
52-Kfx (2017) is an extra tall sans typeface.
35-FTR (2017) was custom drawn specifically for the book Analogue Photography which required the timeless elegance of Futura and the compact utilitarian typesetting of Helvetica.
In 2019, Bellamy published OC Bartok (a wedge serif), OC Pajaro (a sans family between Futura and Akzidenz Grotesk), OC Format Sans (a geometric grotesk sans serif that fuses the style of Futura with the rhythm and proportions of Akzidenz), OC Rey.
Typefaces from 2020: OC Format Stencil (a variable font design inspired by the work of Bruno Munari, Paul Rand, and Max Huber), OC Format Collage, OC Format Shards. A special mention for the masking tape font OC Revolt, a variable display font made for the protest graphics of the NYC-based Trump Brexit era Non-Complicit project who initially made guerrilla type with masking tape applied directly in situ or to silk screens.
Designer at RailFonts, who hails from Westchester County, New York, and has been interested in model trains and railroading since age five. Otto attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he received his BFA in Graphic Design. While at RIT, he founded the RIT Model Railroad Club, and has been an active volunteer with the Rochester Chapter NRHS, and the New York Museum of Transportation. Since leaving Rochester, he moved back to Westchester where he is currently production manager for Hudson Valley Magazine, and designer for Westchester Magazine. Otto is also a partner in the popular railfan web site RAILROAD.NET, where he is Creative Director. Many of his articles, track plans and illustrations have appeared in Railroad Model Craftsman over the years, and he is also a regular contributor to Railpace News magazine. In his free time, Otto is a leader for his local Boy Scout troop, and enjoys camping and the outdoors. His railroad-related fonts: JadeGreen (compare to the lettering once used by Penn Central), Consolidated (compare to the lettering once used by Conrail). [Google] [More] ⦿
Page Studio Graphics (or: Pixymbols)
The fonts (grouped under the name PIXymbols) include ADA symbols v.2.0, Africa, Alphabox, Alphacircle, Ameslan (ASL), Antorff (blackletter), Antorff Fractions, Apothecary, Arrows, Astrology, Backstitch, Boxkey, BoxNLines, Braille grade 2, Casual, Chalk Casual, PIXymbols Chess, Command Key, Courex (typewriter family), Crossword, PIXymbols Deco Glass (2001), Digit&Clocks (+LED symbols), Dingbats&Online, DOSScreen, Fabric Care, FARmarks (Federal Aviation Regulations lettering), Flagman (semaphore), Fractions, Gridmaker, Highway Gothic (U.S. Department of Transportation's Standard Alphabets for Highway Signs), PIXymbols Highway Gothic 2002, Highway Signs (U.S. Department of Transportation), Hospital&Safety, LCD, Linea (2002, prismatic), Luna, Malkoff (calligraphic font), Marina, Meeting, Mejicana (2001, a Mexican party font), Menufonts, Morse, Musica (instruments), Newsdots, Orchestra, Passkey, Patchwork, PCx, Phone, PIXymbolsMusica, Prescott (2001, Western), Penman (2001, connected script), PrimerD (letters with lines), Recycle, Roadsigns, Shadowkey, Signet (family), Signet Shadow, Squared, Strings, Stylekey, Tolerances&Datum, Travel&Hotel, TV List, Unikey, US Map, Vershen (2001), Xcharting, Xstitch. They also sell EPS files of all Arms of Swiss cantons, and many nice initial caps. Look also for Faux Hebrew (simulated Hebrew), as part of the Faux package that also includes Faux Sanskrit, Faux Runic, Faux Hebrew, Faux Japanese, Faux Arabic, Faux Chinese and Faux Chinese Sans.
London, UK, and Athens and Kifissia, Greece-based type foundry started in 2001 by Panos Vassiliou. It specializes in fine multilingual (usually Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) typeface families. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada with a major in Applied Science and Engineering. Following his University of Toronto graduation, he studied Graphic Communications at Ryerson University. Panos Vassiliou has conducted numerous seminars for Canadian companies such as Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank and Sony Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto/Canada, where he studied Applied Science and Engineering. He has been Creative Director for the Canadian design firm AdHaus, former Publisher of the monthly magazine DNA (Greece) and Secretary-General for the Hellenic Canadian Congress (Ontario, Canada). He has been designing typefaces since 1993, including commercial fonts as well as commissions from Vodafone, Nestlé, Ikea and National Geographic. He started Parachute in 2001 setting the base for a typeface library that reflected the works of some of the best contemporary Greek designers, as well as creatives around the world obsessed with type. Apart from its commercial line of typefaces, Parachute offers bespoke branding services for corporate typefaces and lettering. Customers include Bank of America, the European Commission, UEFA, Samsung, IKEA, Interbrand, National Geographic, Financial Times, National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and many others.
Other type designers at Parachute include Kanella Arapoglou, Alexandros Papalexis, Dimitris Foussekis, Aggeliki Skandalelli, Helen Gabara, Babis Touglis, Vangelis Karageorgos, George Toumbalis, Eva Karapidaki, Charis Tsevis, Pavlos Levendellis, Panos Vassiliou, and George Lygas.
At Granshan 2010, Vassiliou won Second Prize in the Greek text typeface category for PF Encore Sans POro, and First and Second Prizes in the display typeface category for PF Regal Pro and PF Champion Script Pro, respectively. Typefaces:
Their type blog is called Upscale typography.
Type designer at Canada Type. Wikipedia tells us that Patrick Griffin had been locked away in a mental institution by Carter and Barbara, after he walked in on his mother performing oral sex on Jackie Gleason. He had a nervous breakdown and was sent to a mental hospital, where he came to the conclusion that Gleason was evil because he was fat, leading him to hate fat people. However, that is a different Patrick Griffin. The real Patrick Griffin, a graduate of York University, lives and works in Toronto, where he founded Canada Type and made it the most successful Canadian type foundry. His work is summarized in this 2009 interview by MyFonts. It includes lots of custom work for banks, TV stations, and companies/groups like New York Times, Pixar, Jacquin's, University of Toronto, and the Montreal Airport. His retail fonts include the following.
Portuguese type designer in Porto, b. 1972, who created NewBodonesque (2004-2005) as part of Pedro Amado's Typeforge open source font project. Creator of Gentesque (2009), an Open Font Library family based on a scan of the Gentium family. Aka Nitrofurano.
In 2009, he and others started work on OpenDinSchriftenEngshrift, an open source typeface that is as close as possible to the original DIN font done for the Prussian Railways. It was made with open source tools such as Inkscape and FontForge.
In 2014, he published Cyrillic versions of Not Courier Sans (2008, Ludivine Loiseau).
Philip Tagg from the Faculty of Music at the University of Montreal has these fonts on his page: Athenian, Cyrillic, CyrillicBold-Italic, CyrillicBold, CyrillicNormal-Italic, MSReference1, MSReference2, SILDoulosIPA, SILManuscriptIPA, SILSophiaIPA, Translit98, Translit98Bold, Translit98BoldItalic, Translit98Italic, Treefrog, Webdings, GeographicSymbols-Normal, Keypunch-Normal, Keystroke-Normal, Kids-Normal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer currently working at Pentagram Design in New York. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is originally from Western Massachusetts. At the Typesites page, Matt McInerney looks at sites that have great typographic design. He created Raleway (2009, a free hairline sans; the Google Web Fonts typeface Raleway Dots (2012) is by Brenda Gallo, Matt McInerney, Rodrigo Fuenzalida and Pablo Impallari; see here for a complete extension of Raleway between 2010-2013 by Matt McInerney, Pablo Impallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida), New Alphabet (2008), an octagonal font based on Wim Crouwel's New Alphabet, using FontStruct. (For a commercial version of New Alphabet, check Architype New Alphabet (The Foundry). He also made Pentagrid (2009, on a 5x5 grid; +Pentagrid v2, +Pentagrid Alphabet), Dotserif, and Neuescreen, typefaces that are in the mold of New Alphabet.
Orbitron (2009) is a great free futuristic sans family published at The League of Movable Type: it is a geometric sans related to both Eurostile and Bank Gothic. Romina Vespasiano made a great specimen poster for Orbitron in 2012.
Allerta (+Stencil) (2010) is an open source typeface designed for use in signage. Allerta was designed to be easily and quickly read from a distance. Each letter exploits the most unique aspects of that individual letter so that each character can be easily distinguished from any other.
Portuguese Traffic Typefaces
Joao Neves (Ourem, Portugal) lists and shows the Portuguese traffic typefaces from 1954, 1959, 1994 and 1998. In 1954 and 1959, they used the JAE font where JAE stands for Junta Autónoma des Estradas. Later, starting in 1994, they adapted and adopted the UK's Transport typeface. At Behance, he showed his monoline circular-arc based typeface Ball Kaps (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Edmonton in 1957, David Vereschagin set up Quadrat Communications in Toronto (Quadrat Communications, 18 Grenville Street, Suite 1501, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 3B3). A graphic designer by profession, he has made a number of carefully crafted font families such as Spike, Ratcaps (free keycaps sample font available), MyAuntCelia, Farquharson, Clear Prairie Ornaments (1992), Clear Prairie Dawn. A free copy of Farquhason is here.
At MyFonts, one can buy Clear Prairie Dawn (Optima-like), Clear Prairie Ornaments, Farquharson (like wood type), My Aunt Celia, Ratcaps, Ratkeys, Spike, Toronto Subway (2004: based on the (art deco sans) lettering originally used for station identification and signage in the Toronto subway system, which first opened to the public in 1954. Developed from rubbings of the lettering on station walls and photographs of painted signage.) In 2008, he designed the cool constructivist poster family Kubrick, about the same time as Iconian Fonts' Kubrick family---I hope that they can settle the naming fight amicably. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
FontStructor who made R160 Interior (2011), a dot matrix typeface that is based on an LED typeface used in the R160 MTA NYCT subway cars. He also made R160 Int Resize (2011), R160 Exterior (2011), R142 Interior (2011, a grid typeface based on actual R142 font. Used on New York City Transit Subway cars) and R142A (2011, a dot matrix typeface used on the R142/A MTA NYCT subway cars. It is the interior LED sign). [Google] [More] ⦿
Benn is an electrical engineering professor at Ohio State. Benn Coifman's site specializes in commercial railroad train and train lettering fonts. Also included (for free) are a crossword font, a population font, a car font, and a cartography font, all designed by Ben. Check RoadSign, a complete collection of US road signs. He also has a 1940s automobile font, the text font Rio Grande (1998) and a WWII plane font. He also made the BankGothic lookalikes Gotthard and Zephyr. Other designers at RailFonts are Clifford J. Vander Yacht, Randal O'Toole and Otto M. Vondrak.
The typefaces: 1940s Autos, Alaska Railroad, Alphabet Train, Atlantic - New Haven, Atlantic Alternate, BNSF Narrow 1X, Boxcars, Burlington, Car, Chesapeake, Chesapeake Alternate, Chesapeake Roman, ChesC, City of Font, Clinch Narrow Roman, Clinch Roman, Consolidated, Crossword, Daylight Series (1937; 1947; 1958), Egyptian, Empire Builder, Extra Gray, F7 Profile, FastTrak, Freight, Gotthard, Grand Central, Great Western, Heavyweight, Illinois Central, Illinois Central Alternative, Jade Green, LaGrange, Lehigh Valley, Marquette Roman, Maryland, Milwaukee Road Herald, Milwaukee Road Station & Wayside, MISC Railroad, Modern Herald, Modern Passenger, Monon Route, More Rail Art, Nickel Plate, Northwestern RR Roman, NP RR Roman, Passenger, Pennsylvania 1930s, Pennsylvania Wayside, Rail Art, Rail Dingbats, Railroad Heralds, Railroad Roman, Randals Mac Icons, Reading, Rio Grande, Roads, RR Sign, Seaboard, Seaboard Block, Signals, Signals Second Section, Southern Pacific Daylight, Southern Pacific Extended Roman, Southern Pacific RR Roman, Steam Locomotives, Steam-1880, Streamliner, Street Sign, Texas Special, Train Overhead, Train Tracks, Transit Silhouettes, US Army Transportation Corps., Warbirds, Zephyr.
Fonts by Pete Willard: BC Rail, Bessemer, BNSF, Car Knocker, Chessie, DRGW, Efliner, Erie Roman, Eurida, GoForIt, IC Logo, KCS, Lifesaver, Midland, NS, Pen Station, Rail Road Number Board 1, Rail Road Number Board 2, Rail Road Number Board 5, Rail TNK 1, RR Stencil, Seaboard, Sirbarry, Square1, STD Gothic Narrow, Tex Spec, TTX. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mirco Schiavone (Switzerland) set up Razziatype. His fonts at Razziatype include RT Alias (pixelish) and Bowie. He co-designed the Cyrillic version of GT Walsheim (2009-2014) with Noël Leu (Grilli Type, Switzerland). In 2016, he created RT Dromo, which is based on double-gothic typefaces used for impact printing concert tickets during the 1980s.
RT Rondelle was released in 2019. It is inspired by traffic signage typefaces such as the London Airport Lettering signage typeface Matthew Carter drew for Colin Forbes' signage system for the No. 3 Passenger Building of London Airport. Razziatype explains: Carter's design is based on Standard Bold (the English name for Akzidenz Grotesk) but with a lower uppercase and shortened ascenders and descenders, the typical characteristics of a signage typeface. This way the London Airport Lettering was able to achieve larger letterforms on a spatially limited sign area. Note the steep curve with which the descender of the lowercase y changes its direction and the lowercase g, which has a drastically thinned out descender. Other inspiration came from Marek Sigmund's 1975 typeface Polskie Pismo Drogowe for the Polish road signage. [Google] [More] ⦿
Red Hat Inc
This web site describes itself as follows: On May 9, 2007, Red Hat announced the public release of these fonts under the trademark LIBERATION at the Red Hat Summit. There are three sets: Sans (a substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono). The fonts are now available for you to install.
At Fontspace, one can download these families by Red Hat Inc: Overpass (Delve Withrington), Liberation Serif, Liberation Sans, Liberation Mono. The Liberation fonts were made by Steve Matteson from 2007 until 2009 at Ascender. Liberation Sans is also available at Open Font Library. Overpass and Overpass Mono were created in 2011 by Dave Bailey and Delve Withrington. It is a free open source typeface family based on the U.S. interstate highway road signage type system. Google Fonts link. See also Transpass (2011-2019).
So What created a poster for Liberation Serif in 2014.
RedHat Display, Text and Mono (2021) are open source fonts that were originally commissioned by Paula Scher / Pentagram and designed by Jeremy Mickel / MCKL for the new Red Hat identity. Mickel writes: Red Hat is a fresh take on the geometric sans genre, taking inspiration from a range of American sans serifs including Tempo and Highway Gothic. The Display styles, made for headlines and big statements, are low contrast and spaced tightly, with a large x-height and open counters. The Text styles have a slightly smaller x-height and narrower width for better legibility, are spaced more generously, and have thinned joins for better performance at small sizes. In 2021 we added Light and Light Italic styles, and a Monospace family. Variable fonts with a weight axis are available. RedHat's official site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Redruth's Basement Software
Tom Redruth is the American designer of Black Sam's Gold, based on handwritten characters from a map reprinted in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (vol. 195 no. 5; May 1999). Looks like treasure map writing. He designed Fountain Pen Frenzy in 2001 [compare with Treefrog]. This font was used on the cover of an album by Belle Monroe&her Brewglass Boys. Other typefaces include Bellamy's-Mapbats, Whydah-Heck-Poker, and the old typewriter typeface Carpal Tunnel (2003, based on a Remington typewriter). Finally, he made the Tolkien rune typefaces Tengwar-Teleri (2003) and Tengwar Marzabul (2002). Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos
Richard C. Moeur
American codesigner with Andrew Leman of Penitentiary Gothic (2003): a commercial license plate font identical to that for California. It has five styles including three-dimensional embossing effects. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Memphis, TN-based Michael Adams (Roadgeek Fonts) developed a series of (free) heavy sans US highway sign fonts in 2002: Roadgeek2000SeriesB, Roadgeek2000SeriesC, Roadgeek2000SeriesD, Roadgeek2000SeriesE, Roadgeek2000SeriesEModified, Roadgeek2000SeriesF, RoadgeekTransportHeavy, RoadgeekTransportMedium. In 2005, he extended his font collection to include UK, German and US highway signs:
There was some controversy in 2022 when type xdesigners learned that the highway signs in Argentina used Roadgeek 2005, while the license obviously states that use on actual highway signs is not allowed. [Google] [More] ⦿
This web site offers free traffic sign fonts used in the UK:
Rodrigo Araya Salas
Rodrigo Typo (was: RAS Design)
RAS Design is Rodrigo German or Rodrigo Araya Salas, a designer from Santiago, Chile, b. 1987.
Creator of many hand-drawn free fonts.
His typefaces from 2008 and 2009: Super (2009, for signage), Snow (2009), Mari (2009), El Cubano (2009, dingbats of typefaces), Mental Freak (2009, outline), Freak Animals (2009), Brigada Ramona Parra (2009, dingbats), Happie (2009, dingbats), Santiago Icono (2009), Icono Skate Dingbat (2009), 78 Skate (2009), The Sorden (2009), Estilo Urbano (2009, stencil), Tetris (2009), Techno (2009), Kona (2009, childish hand), Parody Logoskate (2009, dingbats), Fat Love (2009), La Rata Bizarra (2008), Tabla (2008), A Mano Alza (2009), Maribel (2009, handwriting), Stencil (2009), Rayando (2008, chalky writing), Klam, Loco TV, Monos Frekis (2008, funny dingbats), Tabla (2008), Happie (2009, more funny dingbats), Funny Icons (2009), Kiltro (2008, dog dingbats), Pokemona (dingbats), Maniatico (scratchy outlined hand), Bizarro 1 (outline hand), Chile (dingbats), Freaky (2008, dingbats), Esquiso (outlined handwriting), Crazy Ras (outlined and hand-printed), Skatelove (2008, dingbats), Los de Abajo (2008, dingbats), Logoskate (2008), David (2008, flowing ultra fat face), Destruccion (2008, grungy), Skateboarding (2008, ransom note face), Mike Valley (2008, skateboard dingbats), Rodney Mullen King (2009, skateboard dingbats), El Chavo del 8 (2008, scanbats), Grande Maradona (2008, scanbats), Saintfont (2009, hand-printed), New Tetris (2009), September 11 Icon (2009, a powerful set of dingbats), Icono BMX (2009, bike dingbats).
Typefaces from 2010: Commando X (2010, a pixel dingbat typeface for computer games), Raya Irregular, Mari+David, Depressive Icon, Esquiso, Ego (2010), El Cubano (dingbats with typefaces), Barras Bravas (almost graffiti face), Globe Face (award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010).
Fonts done in 2011: Logo Font, Buen Dia (ransom note face), Drugstore (blackletter), Condorita (dingbats), KingKöng (a nice fat letter comic book face), Rolo (fat letter face), Logo, Comando X (a pixelized dingbat typeface based on video games), Catbox (2011, fat and rounded), Joia (a thin octagonal face), Plop (a "hip hop font").
Typefaces from 2012: Designio (rounded sans family), Nollie, Rocka (triangulated), Mosku (paint or blood drip face), Gigio Italia Bizarre (dingbats), Conny Rocket, Retro Hand Type (stitched), Wood (wood type simulation), Tritona, Nollie, Zdravo Maria (children's hand), Bordados (stitched typeface).
Typefaces from 2013: Mexe, Polly, Pintanina (+Pro) (comic book caps face; the Pro version appeared in 2015), Giger Free (inspired by the paintings of H.R. Giger), Rango (fat hand-printed face), Smile (fat signage face), Pequena (a fat finger typeface for children's books; in Latin, Greek and Cyrillic), Children One, Lollapalooza, BRP (dingbats), Koni Black, Cusco, Rorschach, Children One (poster font), Varial Hellflip, Marty (hand-drawn poster font for Latin and Cyrillic), Barricada [not to be confused with the Barricada font by Sudtipos].
Typefaces from 2014: Marty Spring, Munky Negra (a creamy signage typeface by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Raphael Rodriguez), Tobogan (ultra-black poster face), Lilirun, Peral, Zurita (brush face), Ruba, Street Animals (dingbats), NegritaPro (funky), Ruda (brush face), Muro (thick brush type), Cucho (signage typeface), BRC (hand-printed), Konga (a chocolaty creamy signage script originally from 2012), Pony, Guakala, Alboroto, Loyola (a cartoon script started in 2013, which won an award at Tipos Latinos 2018), Froh (an informal fat stencil), Paihuen Pro (Mapuche-inspired letters), Helenita (perhaps useful for children's books; see also Helenita Dos in 2017), Macabro (a great hand-lettered and weathered typeface family), Box10, Ria, Bototo.
Typefaces from 2015: Mari+David, Good Friend (a primitive script), Galpon (a great vernacular signage and/or comic book typeface for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic; extended in 2020, with Bruno Jara Ahumada, to Galpon Pro), Smile Pro (a fat multi-style handcrafted poster family of exceptional beauty; together with Andrey Kudryavtsev), Ardilla Small (a rounded organic sans by Rodrigo Araya and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Konga Pro (based on his own creamy script, Konga, from 2012), Mari & David (poster typeface), Forest Puyehue, Skatista (handcrafted script and skateboard dingbats), Ruba Style, Janmeid, Forma (experimental, robotic), Australia Skate (vernacular type), Tobi Black (for comic books and children's books, +Greek, +Cyrillic), Tobi Dirt, Basural (experimental).
Typefaces from 2016: Bowl, Aliengo (a fun Martian font family done with Andrey Kudryavtsev), Marty Two (a lovely handcrafted typeface, ideal for children's books), Minnie Play (a children's book typeface by Rodrigo Araya and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Camo (a layered typeface family by Rodrigo Araya and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Camo Dirt, Clarence World (with Andrey Kudryavtsev: a rounded cartoon font inspired by the logo of the Cartoon Network series Clarence; followed in 2017 by Clarence Two), Pequena Pro (+Cyrillic) (with Andrey Kudryavtsev), La Mona Kids, Konga Rock, Movskate (a skateboarding culture font by Rodrigo Araya, Juan Sepulveda and Patricio Gonzalez), La Mona Pro (72 styles: A feast of textures!).
Typefaces from 2017: Hatter Display (a Halloween font), Hatter Display Pro (+extensive dingbats), Hatter Cyrillic Display, Macabro Danger (wall paint style), Checkin Script (with four sets of travel dingbats), Caleuche (a bold weathered typeface, with Andrey Kudryavtsev; but that coauthorship was altered in 2021 to Franco Jonas Hernandez), Pequena Neo, Bike Park, Bike Park Two, Kawaii RT, Clarence Two, Portena, Mi Cocina (restaurant icons and dingbats), Big Foot Forest, Clarence Cyrillic (by Rodrigo Araya and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Galpon Spring, Spike Bot (by Rodrigo Araya and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Forest Two.
In 2018, Rodrigo Typo published these typefaces: Ding (a great fattish cartoon font, co-designed with Andrey Kudryavtsev and Franco Jonas; see also its extensions, Ding Pro (2019) and Ding Extra (2019)), Squick (a comic book / children's font family by Franco Jonas, Andrey Kudryavtsev and Rodrigo Araya), La Pica Pro (by Rodrigo Araya and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Catshape (dingbats by Rodrigo Araya), Tobi Pro (by Franco Jonas, Rodrigo Araya Salas, and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Spiro (a retro almost psychedelic lettering font based on the series The Boatniks; by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Andrey Kudryavtsev), La KonyBlack (by Rodrigo Araya and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Ruda Two, Nuby (Franco Jonas, Rodrigo Araya Salas and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Garita, Alquitran (based on pixacao), Alquitran Stencil and Alquitran Rust (by Francisco Paez, Rodrigo Araya Salas and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Rague Pro (a stone-cut font by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Andrey Kudryavtsev, which won an award at Tipos Latinos 2018).
Typefaces from 2019: Hatter Halloween, Clarence Alt (a an almost bubblegum children's book sans by Franco Jonas, Rodrigo Araya Salas and Andrey Kudryavtsev), Nacho Rough, Naguel, Lolapeluza Two, Nacho (a Mexican party font by Rodrigo Araya and Franco Jonas).
Typefaces from 2020: Minado Rough, Toretto, Diablito One (a two-font and four dingbat-font package by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Bruno Jara Ahumada), Clarence Inline (a plump informal typeface family by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Franco Jonas Hernandez), La Pica Bonus (a vernacular or supermarket style font and dingbat family by Andrey Kudryavtsev and Rodrigo Araya Salas), Ancoa Slanted (an angular display family in 15 styles; by Andrey Kudryavtsev, Rodrigo Araya Salas and Franco Jonas Hernandez), Ruina One (rough, distressed), fj Trance (a reverse contrast Egyptian by Rodrigo Araya Salas, Franco Jonas, Valentina Faundes and Jorge Morales Salas), Tunning (an all caps speed font), Skippie (a comic book family by Andrey Kudryavtsev, Rodrigo Araya Salas, Bruno Jara Ahumada and Franco Jonas, and four sets of dingbats including Skippie Monster Lucha Libre and Skippie Monster Halloween), Ancoa (an angular 19-style layerable typeface by Andrey Kudryavtsev, Rodrigo Araya Salas and Franco Jonas Hernandez).
Typefaces from 2021: Rinno (a rounded geometric display family by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Franco Jonas Hernandez), Ripster, Elah (a children's book or supermarket font; with Andrey Kudryavtsev), Loyola Next (a 14-style sans by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Bruno Jara Ahumada), Clarence Pro (a vernacular supermarket font by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Franco Jonas Hernandez), Meche Pro (a 12-style ligature-rich poster typeface), Rambi, Willner (a 5-style display sans by Rodrigo Araya and Franco Jonas), Picaflor (a titling or children's book typeface by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Bruno Jara Ahumada), Picaflor Hand (by Rodrigo Araya), Picaflor Soft (a fine national park or children's book family of organic sans fonts by Rodrigo Araya Salas and Bruno Jara Ahumada).
Type designer in Prague whose typefaces are published at Signature Type Foundry. Most of them were designed after sketches by Professor Rotislav Vanek of the Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communication at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Roman's typefaces include:
Sandra Garcia (b. Bogota, Colombia) first studied at the Universidad del Area Andina, Bogota and then obtained a Masters in typography from Centro de Estudios Gestalt in Veracruz, Mexico. Freelance designer and teacher at Universidad de la Comunicacion, in Mexico City.
Sandra created the wayfinding sans typeface Colectiva in 2017 together with Tipas Type, a type foundry she co-founded. Colectiva was originally designed for Mexico City's subway system.
In 2019, she published Emperatriz at Latinotype.
She collaborated on the design of the typographic family Woun Iek for the native Wounaan Colombian language.
In 2017, she received the Clap international award for the project Xantolo, a font for children's publications. Xantolo was part of Tipas Type, a space created by women to promote female work in the typographic field.
For a Mexican beer brand, Sandra Garcia and Tipas Type designed the splendid blackletter typeface Corona (2018) and the copperplate calligraphic typeface Especial (2019).
In 2019, Dafne Martinez, Monica Munguia, and Sandra Garcia finally released the roundish informal children's book typeface Xantolo and the wood type / slab serif typeface Xihtli. In 2019, Dafne Martinez and Sandra Garcia designed the copperplate calligraphic typeface Especial for a common Mexican beer brand
In 2021, Dafne Martinez and Sandra Garcia published Achtli (Book, Didactic), a rounded sans typeface for early readers.
Scriptorium (Ragnarok Press, Fontcraft)
Dave Nalle was born in Beirut in 1959, but lives and works in Texas. He is currently in Manor, TX. From his wiki page: Dave Nalle is a political writer, game author and font designer who was active in the early history of the development of the internet. He is Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group that promotes libertarianism within the Republican Party and is Senior Politics Editor at Blogcritics online magazine and is the CEO of Scriptorium Fonts. A creative and prolific designer, he has made hundreds of beautiful (often historic) fonts. His outfit, Scriptorium (based near Austin, TX, est. 1989), also does custom font and logo design. At some points, Scriptorium was also known as Ragnarok Press and Fontcraft. It specializes in artsy and ancient typefaces. Some subset of the fonts is made by Michael Scarpitti. Free font demos.
Images of his best selling fonts. Special subpages:
Fonts from 2014: Highball, Carillon (based on a typeface by Samuel Welo), Edifice (based on lettering by J.M. Bergling).
Fonts from 2015: Gods of Mars (an inline sci-fi typeface), Rykov (based on a 1930s Ukrainian constructivist style; Latin and Cyrillic), Vie Moderne (French art deco), Dahlgren, Grand Concours (art deco), Tantalus, Power Tie (art deco), Marquis Greeking.
Fonts from 2016: Ekberg Modern (based on lettering samples by Samuel Welo from poster designs of the 1920s), Knuckleduster, Tzaphkiel, Sarandiel, Primrose Initials, Elizabethan Script (chancery style), Zeitschrift (an art nouveau font based on the Ver Sacrum magazine), Wendingen (Dutch deco), Memento Mori (Tuscan), Rounders (art deco).
Fonts from 2017: Buzzmill (wooden plank font), Pumpkin Patch Initials, Talinn, Reliquary, Nopalito, Scattershot (script).
Typefaces from 2018: Marionettas (a Mexican horror movie poster font), Fascination, Architextura, Santa Sangre, Glyphos.
Typefaces from 2019: Cafe Corso (art nouveau), Comic Classix.
Fnts released in 2020: Epigramatic (based on lettering by Dard Hunter for the Roycroft Press in the early 1900s), Cryptos (graffiti).
Designer between 1990 and 2001 of the dingbat fonts Emergency Workplace Signs, Paint Industry Symbols, Risk Phrases, Transport Hazard Diamonds, and Warning Signs, which were initially sold through Agfa (which later became Agfa Monotype). He set up SeLis type foundry in 2004. [Google] [More] ⦿
French government site with three free map fonts: DiTimes (2000, the diacritics for Times), Sy1Ca (1998), Sy2Ca (1998). The latter two have nice sets of marine map symbols. All three are copyright of EPSHOM. [Google] [More] ⦿
Signature Type Foundry
Tomas Nedoma established Signature Type Foundry in Prague in 2014. Most of their work is influenced by and rooted in the work of Professor Rotislav Vanek of the Studio of Graphic Design and Visual Communication at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. In many cases, Vanek's sketches were digitized by participating type designers. Except where explicitly mentioned below, all typefaces were made by Tomas Nedoma. The typefaces:
Brno, Czechia-based designer of the basic sans typeface Uppest (2017), a wayfinding icon set for KOMA (2017), the handwriting font Karel Jaromir Erben Script (2017, based on the Czech poet's handwriting), and the icons and poster Enabled For Disabled (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Society of Cartographers
Turkish archive of map symbol fonts: MapInfoShields, Map-Symbols, SPSSMarkerSet, MapInfoArrows, MapInfoMiscellaneous, MapInfoOil&Gas, MapInfoSymbols, MapInfoRealEstate, MapInfoTransportation, MapInfoWeather. Many of these fonts are from MapInfo Corporation. [Google] [More] ⦿
St Mary's road symbol font
Swiss graduate (b. 1965) of Luzern School of Art and Design, who settled in Berlin in 1997. Co-founder with Cornel Windlin in 1993 of Lineto, with Cornel Windlin and Andreas Eigendorf in 2014 of Alphabet Type (Berlin), and in 2018 of Forgotten Shapes, a Leipzig-based digital foundry dedicated to historical reconstructions. Since 2011, Müller has been directing the type design master class at HGB Leipzig, together with Fred Smeijers.
His fonts can be obtained at Lineto and FontFont. These include: Aveugle (Braille font, 1995), Berlin-Schnefeld and Berlin-TegelSmallSizes (1995), Parking, FF Gateway (1997 a triangulated font family done with Cornel Windlin), and Grid (1996), FF Chernobyl (1998, from stenciled letters on the Chernobyl plant), Paragon, Batarde Coulee, Shuttle, FE Mittelschrift and FE Engschrift (1997, modeled after the impossible-to-counterfeit German license plate font), 104 (nice geometric font), FF Container, Bitmap-Condensed and Bitmap-Regular (1998), Regular (2004, Lineto, a typewriter family), SMonoHand (2009, a handwritten monospaced Latin font with support for German). FF Screen Matrix (1995) was done with Cornel Windlin. In 2003, he released the LL Numberplate series at Lineto, which covers Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, and Switzerland. Other Lineto fonts include LL Office (1999: an Eurostile-like monospaced font), LL Excellent (2004), LL Freundschaft (2001: a dystiopian / constructivist typeface) and LL Valentine (2002: a typewriter typeface based on the Olivetti Valentine machine from 1969 designed by Ettore Sottsass and Perry A. King).
Designer from Cranston, Providence, RI, b. 1947, who made these free typefaces:
Author of Fontographer: Type by Design (MIS Press, 1995), a book set in Livingston, a font Moye designed himself. Moye was saddened by the demise of Fontographer at the hands of Macromedia, and elated by its resurrection at FontLab in 2005. He also wrote Tex TypeSpec [free PDF at CTAN].
Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Printing graduate who lived in California and in Holland, MI, and now resides in Louisville, Colorado. He was a disciple of Chuck Bigelow and Kris Holmes. MyFonts page on him. In 1990, he started work at Monotype in Palo Alto to create the Windows truetype core fonts Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New. He stayed with Monotype and then Agfa/Monotype until 2003 (when he was probably fired, but that is only an unreliable guess), directing type development from the design office in Palo Alto, CA. Bio at Agfa/Monotype. He has directed branding projects such as Agilent Technology's corporate sans serif and Microsoft's corporate font family 'Segoe'. At the same time, he was involved in producing bitmaps and outline fonts for cell phones and TV set top environments. He has worked extensively designing Greek, Cyrllic, Thai, Hebrew and Arabic alphabets to satisfy the requirements of customers such as IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Sun and Sybase. In 2004, he co-founded Ascender Corporation in Northbrook, IL, where he remained Type Design Director until Ascender was bought by Monotype, where he now heads the type design team (12 people in all, as of 2013).
Store Norske Skriftkompani
Norwegian type designer, b. 1991, who graduated from Westerdals School of Art in Oslo in 2015 and ECAL in 2017. At ECAL in Lausanne, he finished an MA in Art Direction and completed an exhaustive comparative study of the Geometric Sans genre. He joined Lineto in 2017 and returned to Norway in 2020, where he set up his own commercial type foundry, Store Norske Skriftkompani, in Volda. His typefaces:
Studio Joost Grootens
Amsterdam-based Studio Joost Grootens designs books in the field of architecture, urban space and art for international publishers and knowledge institutes. Joost Grootens is head of the Master Information Design program at Design Academy Eindhoven. Grootens specializes in atals design---his work includes Metropolitan World Atlas (2005), Atlas of the Conflict (2010) and Atlas of the Functional City (2015). 010 Publishers produced a book about Grootens's work in 2010 entitled I Swear I Use No Art At All.
Sulki and Min
This type team consists of Sulki Choi and Min Choi, graphic designers in Seoul, Korea, who first met in 2001 while studying for an MFA at Yale. Sulki is teaching at Kaywon School of Art&Design, and Min at the University of Seoul. Their typefaces include identities (Now Jump [for the exhibition at Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, 2008], Arko Pix [dingbats for the Arko Art Center, 2008]), experimental typefaces (FF Tronic [2003: a grunge typeface done with Hyun Cho], Stealth , Blitz [2001: grunge]), pixel typefaces (Bmap) and more or less standard typefaces (Zephyr (2001, a humanist monospace family), Politie (2001), Transport Text [light-weight adaptation of the British road sign letterform, originally designed by Jock Kinneir and Magaret Calvert, 2003], Vitra Thin [2002: hairline sans], Bask Sans ). Politie (2002) is a monospace adaptation of the typeface Wim Crouwel designed in the 1960s for the typewriter manufacturer Olivetti, which was released after decades as a digital font by the Foundry in London (Foundry Gridnik). Sulki and Min explain: Although neither the original nor the Foundry's interpretation were designed as fixed-width typefaces, its rigid, modular letterform seemed apt for a monospace adaptation. [Google] [More] ⦿
Talented Mexican graphic designer and digital artist (b. 1985) who was based in Montreal but is now back in Mexico City. She pushed the boundaries of experimental typography with creations like Fabric Type (2009), which was developed at Concordia University in Montreal, where she obtained a BFA in design in 2009. She continued her studies at EINA in Barcelona, graduating in 2010.
In 2010, she designed the map face Cartola, which grew out of a project at EINA in Barcelona and is based on Mrs Eaves. Mar 34 (2011) designed exclusively for the identity of Estruch, a restaurant located at the Plaza of the Cathedral in downtown Barcelona. The project was made in collaboration with Raquel Quevedo, who used the typeface for designing a graphic system for the identity. Both the face&the graphic design are based on postal service paraphernalia. Momo (2011) is a typeface that is developed based on the concepts of dada by El Lissitsky&Kurt Schwitters.
In 2018, she published Tara at Indian Type Foundry. Designed for immersive reading, it has considerable contrast and wedge serifs.
Designer and lettering artist in Guadalajara, Mexico (and/or Split, Croatia?), who created the Mexican diner signage script typeface Tejuino (2015) and the informal sans typefaces Taqueta, Rabar and Festa, all made in 2015. Astro Regular (or Astro MX) (2015) by Gen Ramirez, Manuel Lopez (with assistance of Rodrigo Heredia and Rodrigo Nuñez) won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016: Astro Mx was a result of Elí Castellano's Type Design Workshop, carried out at the Multimedia Center of CENART in Mexico City in 2015. Astro Mx is a typeface designed for the Mexican Space Agency (AEM). Its purpose lies in its application in the manuals of emergency procedures. In this sense, one of its main characteristics is to facilitate rapid reading in extraordinary conditions. It has a generous x-height, its ascenders and descenders are short to economize lines in the text boxes.
Rabar Ultra Black (2015) also won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Victus (2016), which is a Venetian typeface with all the warmth and calligraphic DNA from the renaissance era.
In 2018, he graduated from the TypeMedia program at KABK in Den Haag with a sans typeface called Entorno Sans. It includes a variable font intended for signage systems in urban and virtual spaces, and comes with a stencil style and many wayfinding icons. That same year, he published Elba.
American traffic engineer who in 1945 proposed American Highway Gothic for the American highways. This typeface, and its derivatives emigrated to many countries, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Thailand and Malaysia.
He wrote about it in this article: Forbes, Theodore W.; Moskowitz, Karl and Morgan, Glen (1950): "A Comparison of Lower Case and Capital Letters for Highway Signs", Proceedings of the Highway Research Board, pp. 355-373. [Google] [More] ⦿
Terminal Design is the company of James Montalbano in Brooklyn, New York, est. 1990. He was the President of the Type Directors Club, 2002-2003. He teaches type design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Feature on him by John Berry. In 2019, he declared at Typedrawers: I'm so tired of type design, so we must assume that threw in the towel. James designed these fonts:
Montalbano designed custom corporate fonts for Condé Nast Publications, Warner Music, The American Medical Association, the U.S. National Park Service, Vanity Fair, Brides, Gourmet, Mademoiselle, Sassy, Details, Glamour, Jane, Self and Book. The list of font names, with links:
Article by Paul Shaw that starts out like this: There is a commonly held belief that Helvetica is the signage typeface of the New York City subway system, a belief reinforced by Helvetica, Gary Hustwit's popular 2007 documentary about the typeface. But it is not true-or rather, it is only somewhat true. Helvetica is the official typeface of the MTA today, but it was not the typeface specified by Unimark International when it created a new signage system at the end of the 1960s. Why was Helvetica not chosen originally? What was chosen in its place? Why is Helvetica used now, and when did the changeover occur? To answer those questions this essay explores several important histories: of the New York City subway system, transportation signage in the 1960s, Unimark International and, of course, Helvetica. These four strands are woven together, over nine pages, to tell a story that ultimately transcends the simple issue of Helvetica and the subway. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brazilian creator at Unique Types of the free typefaces Continue Caminhando (2011, sign language face), Mobilidade Social (2011), Nova Tipo (2011, experimental) and Escada X (2011, a caps typeface inspired by wayfinding signs). [Google] [More] ⦿
Thomas Harvey designed many fonts in the 1990s and explained: These 47 fonts were created for personal and business use in the early 1990s. I did not expect that they would still be usable in modern operating systems 25 years later. There is a chance they may even outlive me! The fonts fall into three categories of creation: totally original; digitized versions of 19th and early 20th century hot type (metal) fonts; plus some alternative digitizations of more modern fonts.
His fonts are free for personal use (not including a personal business) or charitable and non-profit usage. Any other usage in a for-profit situation (whether net profits have actually occurred or not) requires a commercial license for a modest one-time fee: please contact Thomas. License information. Local download directory. Download all fonts in one zip file.
He designed the following typefaces:
Type foundry in Mexico City run by Dafne Martinez, Monica Munguia (until 2020), and Sandra Garcia. Together, they designed the wayfinding sans typeface Colectiva in 2017. This typeface was originally designed for Mexico City's subway system. For a Mexican beer brand, Sandra Garcia and Tipas Type designed the splendid blackletter typeface Corona (2018) and the copperplate calligraphic typeface Especial (2019).
Tom Barden created the geometric but also playful typeface Evolution (2009). He also made Africa Type (2010) and the octagonal athletic lettering typeface There It Is (2009). Visually Interesting (2009) is a type experiment. Unity (2011) is a heavy octagonal poster face. He is also working on Airport Icons (2011). He is based in London and is a graphic designer and photographer. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tom N. Mouat
American designer, b. 1963. His designs include Seattle Sans and the highway signage typefaces Electronic Highway Sign, Highway Gothic, zzyzx and Freeway Gothic, all made in 2009. In 2010, he made 7SEGMENTALDIGITALDISPLAY, EuroCaps, GliscorGothic, and U.S.101. The Traffic family (2011) is free. Aka Ash Pikachu. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More] ⦿
TPTQ Arabic Type Foundry
Sarkis has a BA in Graphic Design from Notre Dame University, Lebanon, and a Master's from the Design in Type and Media program at the The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. He has worked in the fields of graphic design and branding/advertising, and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (in Qatar). He was an independent graphic and type designer based in The Hague, The Netherlands, and is currently in Amsterdam. In 2015, he cofounded TPTQ Arabic Type Foundry. Flickr page.
In a KHTT interview, he writes: My first real experience with type was when I was working with Mohtaraf Beirut Graphics (2007), one of the leading design houses in Lebanon. Mohtaraf has a strong affinity to Arabic type and has produced several beautiful Arabic typefaces. Back then, I was given a task to start drawing a typeface. I was hesitant at first, but got very quickly into it. The design director Yara Khoury noticed that I 'have a knack for this', and encouraged me to go on with it. I was delighted to have the opportunity to understand a lot more about type under Yara's direction, and with some eye-opening sketches from Ali Assi, to research the calligraphic styles and explore the beauty of the Arabic script. I had very limited technical knowledge in font development at the time, therefore after I did the original digital drawings on Adobe Illustrator, Greta Khoury, my colleague at the time, who was and remains one of my biggest sources of inspiration, took over the project, did her magic tricks with it, and produced it into a working font in Fontlab Studio. I owe my start in type design to Yara Khoury and Greta Khoury and to an endless fascination with the Arabic script and the ethereal art of Arabic calligraphy. This drove me to work on self-initiated typefaces which eventually culminated in pursuing a higher education in Type Design at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. There, it all went to a whole new level, with countless additional inspirations: from the great teachers that we had, to all the lecturers and the amazing amount of information that was given to us.
Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on A Typographic Maghribi Trialogue. In this talk, he explains, together with Laura Meseguer and Juan Luis Blanco, the Typographic Matchmaking in the Maghrib project of the Khatt Foundation, which tries to facilitate a cultural trialogue as well as shed a typographic spotlight on the largely ignored region of the Maghreb in terms of writing and design traditions. The specific goal of the collaboration is the research and development of tri-script font families (for Latin, Arabic and Tifinagh) that can communicate harmoniously.
Traffic Sign Typefaces: France
Ralf Herrmann discusses L1, L2, L4 and L5, the French traffic typefaces. Frank Rausch made a free font for these, called Caracteres. Signal (1995, URW++) is a 4-style commercial type family for these alphabets. [Google] [More] ⦿
Traffic Sign Typefaces: Netherlands
Ralf Herrmann discusses Dutch traffic typefaces. Quoting some passages: Until recently the organization being in charge of the traffic signs was the ANWB. It was founded as a Dutch bikers(!) society ("Algemeene Nederlandsche Wielrijders Bond") in 1883 and later became the royal tourist society. [...] The typeface used since the 1960s is called ANWB-Ee (also RWS-Ee) and it is based on FHWA series E (Modified) from the United States. A condensed version (ANWB-Cc) is also available and it is based on the FHWA series C design. In the late 1990s Gerard Unger was commissioned to design a new typeface called ANWB-Uu. [Google] [More] ⦿
Traffic Sign Typefaces: Poland
Ralf Herrmann discusses Polish traffic typefaces. Quoting some passages: The typeface has a very simple geometric design almost without any typographic corrections. Only one style is in use. There is no condensed style available and no variations for positive/negative contrasts. There are two digital versions: Tablica drogowa (commercial) by Grzegorz Klimczewski and Drogowskaz (free) by Emil Wojtacki. [Google] [More] ⦿
The typophiles are listing traffic system typefaces used in various countries. Here is a partial list extracted from that thread. Images collected by Ralf Herrmann.
Traffic Typefaces: Ralf Herrmann
Free dingbats and runes "for mapping the continents, towns, castles, and dungeons of the Ultima series of roleplaying games made by Origin Systems": UltimapDungeon (1999), UltimapEntities (1999), UltimapIntown (1999), UltimapLetters (1999), UltimapOutdoors (1999). [Google] [More] ⦿
A 20-font archive with transportation and map symbol fonts. It contains the ESRI fonts, MARLOTP, Map-Symbols (by MapInfo Corporation, Troy, New York, 1995), and MapInfoArrows, MapInfoCartographic, MapInfoMiscellaneous, MapInfoOil&Gas, MapInfoSymbols, MapInfoRealEstate, MapInfoTransportation, and MapInfoWeather. [Google] [More] ⦿
With Joachim Müller-Lancé, Mike Kohnke (Oakland, CA) is the American cofounder (b. 1967) of the Typebox foundry in San Francisco in 2001.
The typefaces: 9volt, Belt 9 (2003), Infolinga (2003, communication dingbats), Reflux, Sylmar, Svolt, TX Blotch (inky), TX Manifesto (includes a stencil font), TxSwitch (2002), TX Map Bits (2003, pixel map icons), TX Hex, TX Signifier, TX Tiny Tim, TX Toolshop (ornaments), TX Wirish, TX Monodular, TX Lithium, TX Gitter, TX Elf (pixel family) and TX Cortina (1997, an LED style typeface by Joachin Müller-Lancé).
At AND in 2006, Mike Khnke created the hand signal dingbat font H-AND-S together with Jean-Benoît Lévy, Diana Alisandra Stoen, Sylvestre Lucia and Joachim Müller-Lancé.
Free fonts by Mike Kohnke: Free Farm (pixel font), Free Fix, Free Lithium Katakoto (by Akira Kobayashi), Free Signal Signifier (2002), Free Tinka, Free Toolshop (dingbats).
TX Signal Signifier was made jointly by Mike Kohnke, Akira Kobayashi, Jean Benoit-Levy, Joachin Müller-Lancé, Kevin Roberson, McShane Adigard Design, Diana Stoen, and Cynthia Jaquette in 2003.
Jochen Hasinger (b. 1964, München) lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. From 1992 until 1994, he studied typography with Wolfgang Weingart and André Guertler at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel, and studied in Stuttgart before that, rom 1985-1988. He became art director at various ad agencies in Frankfurt and Hamburg. He founded Typeimage in 2003. Klingspor link.
Typefaces designed by Jochen Hasinger:
Ray Larabie (b. 1970, Ottawa, Canada) ran Typodermic in Mississauga, ON, which opened in the Fall of 2001. In 2006, it moved to Vancouver, BC, and in 2009 it moved on to Nagoya, Japan. Dafont page. Ray Larabie has been making fonts since 1996, but those early fonts were freeware. His pre 2001 fonts are grouped under the label Larabie Fonts. In 2001, he set up Typodermic. Latest additions.
The Typodermic fonts:
Catalog of the Typodermic library in decreasing order of popularity. Extensive (large page warning) Typodermic catalog. Font Squirrel link. Creative Fabrica link. Fontsquirrel link. Fontdaily link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Berlin-based FontStruct artist from Stuttgart (b. 1986, Esslingen) who studied at Johannes-Gutenberg-Schule Stuttgart (class of 2007) and studied in 2008 in Esslingen at the European School of Film and Design. He set up Typographic Design. The theme of most of his typefaces is erosion, deconstruction and grunge.
He made the striped techno fonts heavyLOUDedge, heavyLOUDedge_lineH, heavyLOUDedge_lineV, heavyLOUDedge_quad, heavyLOUDedge_raw in 2009. He also made Fat Cowboy (2009, FontStruct), QRcodeX (2009, like those airline ticket codes), Low Down Cut (2009), WebPixel (2009), ScrFibble (2009), ScriptSERIF (ransom note face), and Back To Heavy Coat Fat Ground (white on black family) in 2009.
Typefaces done between 2010 and 2013: SKATEBOaRDbraNds (2010, ransom note face), Gothic Hand Dirty (2010), SansLigraphy, Slice n Dice (2009), Riptape, Riptrash (2010, grunge), BackToHeavyCoatFatGround, Curly Lava Bubble (2010, dotted family), Hand Times (2010, a sketched Times Roman), BlockHead (2010), kiddySans (2010), webpixelbitmap (2010), dirtyDeoHandInk (2011), Modern Hand Fraktur (2011), Elegant Hand Script (2011), Wear Fat T Shirt (2011, squarish), Giraffenhals (2011, hand-printed), Phone Scan (2011), Slanted Italic Shift (2011), Neon Club Music (2011), Raw Delta Hand Street (graffiti), India Snake Pixel Labyrinth Game (2012, labyrinthine).
Typefaces from 2013: Hand Retro Sketch Times (layered poster headline family), Dirty Bubble Gum Grunge, Hand Skribble Sketch Rock, Hells Kitchen Devil God, Hand Scribble Sketch Times, Shaky Hand Some Comic, RawStreetWall (Volcano Type: grunge), Tag Hand Graffiti Trash, Viktors Littl Creepy Horror. Still in 2013, these commercial typefaces were published: Rip TRASH, Dirty Deo Hand Ink, Elegant Hand Script, Gothic Hand Dirty, Rip TAPE, MODERN Hand Fraktur, Giraffenhals, Raw Delta Hand Street, WEAR FAT SHIRT, HeavyLOUDedge, Soul Lotion, Webpixel Bitmap, India Snake Pixel Labyrinth Game, Kiddy Sans, MEGA SLANT LINE, NEON CLUB MUSIC, Slanted ITALIC Shift, Block Head, Happy Brain Creepy Thalamus.
Typefaces from 2014: Konstructa Humana Stencil, Hand Stamp Play Rough Serif.
Typefaces from 2017: Brush Poster Grotesk (2017, a fun semi grungy typeface designed for the children's exhibition 1,2,3 Kultummel from Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin by xplicit, Berlin (Annette Wüsthoff, Alexander Branczyk and Mascha Wansart) and Manuel Viergutz; loaded with glyphs and decorative extras like arrows, dingbats, emojis, symbols, geometric shapes, catchwords and decorative ligatures), Netherlands Dirty Numbers (a hacker style font), Mallorca Dirty Numbers (another hacker font), Hand Stamp Slab Serif Rough.
Typefaces from 2020: One United Font (+icons), Hand Stamp Wood, Klein Rough Gemein (with Inga Luft: a font family that includes an icon set and several styles that emulate old German rubber stamps), LED pixel (65 styles), Boom Pang Pow (a cartoon font), TWIGS 4 kids (2020: designed for a garden exhibition for children by Daniela Costa, Julia Stanossek, Alexander Branczyk and Manuel Viergutz), DIY Fantasy Stamp, Euro Icon Kit, Brush Hand Marker, Chalk Hand Marker.
Typefaces from 2021: Wood Sans (a 12-style vintage wood type and letterpress emulation family), Pixel Pattern (a 9-style pixel font family), Hand Writing of Janina, Face Type, Hand of Hannah (a fat finger script), Plakat Wood (wood type emulation), Drunken Pixel, GDR Traffic Symbols, Hearts Love Smile (amorous dingbats), Open Tech Neue (Sans Serif, Invert, Outline, Slab Serif, Stretch, Box Puzzle and Icons). Cat Finger (a rough brush font), Kloetzchen (a set of blocky display types based on a 3d (physical) wood type by Peter Eckartz).
Ultimate Symbol Fonts
Dingbat font foundry, whose designer(s) include Mies Hora. This useful collection of fonts was made before 2004, and finalized before 2006: USF Arrows-One, USF Arrows-Two, USF Arrows-Three, USF Arrows-Four, USF Auto National ID Plates, USF Arrows Pointers, USF Astronomy, USF Banners, USF Bells Bows, USF Birds-One, USF Birds-Two, USF Banners Bells Bows, USF Birds, USF Circular Designs, USF Circular, USF Dingbats-One, USF Dingbats-Two, USF Dingbats-Three, USF Dingbats-Four, USF Dingbats-Five, USF Dingbats-Six, USF Dingbats, USF Fish, USF Flourishes Accents-One, USF Flourishes Accents-Two, USF Flourishes Accents-Three, USF Flourishes Accents, USF Highway International-One, USF Highway International-Two, USF Highway USA-One, USF Highway USA-Two, USF Highway USA-Three, USF Highway USA-Four, USF Highway International, USF Highway USA, USF Insects, USF Leaves, USF Moons, USF Nature, USF Pointers-One, USF Plantlife, USF Pinwheels, USF Plantlife, USF Radials, USF Recreational SEGD-One, USF Recreational SEGD-Two, USF Recreational SEGD, USF Sealife, USF Spiral Rotors, USF Shapes-One, USF Shapes-Two, USF Shapes-Three, USF Shapes-Four, USF Shapes-Five, USF Snowflakes, USF Stars-One, USF Stars-Two, USF Suns-One, USF Suns-Two, USF Symbol Signs DOT-One, USF Symbol Signs DOT-Two, USF Symbol Signs DOT-Three, USF Sealife, USF Shapes, USF Stars, USF Suns, USF Suns Moons, USF Symbol Signs DOT, USF Typographic Devices-One, USF Typographic Devices-Two, USF Typographic Devices-Three, USF Typographic Devices, USF Zodiac. Monotype link. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 type foundry 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. In 2016, Peter Bilak reports that Indra Kupferschmid told him that Universal Grotesk is basically Kristall Grotesk (1937, Wagner & Schmidt in Leipzig). As Wagner & Schmidt morphed into the East-German type foundry TypoArt some time after 1945, Bilak conjectures that Grafotechna got its matrices from Wagner & Schmidt.
URW++ Design&Development GmbH is a Hamburg-based foundry established in 1995 by Svend Bang, Hans-Jochen Lau, Peter Rosenfeld, and Jürgen Willrodt. URW stands for Unternehmensberatung Rubow Weber, named after Gerhard Rubow and Rudolf Weber, cofounders of the original URW company from which urw++ evolved. It offers a whole range of font services and has an extensive (7000+) font library. At the basis of the early development of many classy PostScript fonts. For example, in 1999, URW++ donated the 35 core PostScript fonts (renamed) under the GNU GPL license to the Ghostscript project. The great 3000-font CD costs about 2000DM. Other CDs are more expensive: on the ITF CD, each font is about 100DM! URW sells fonts and font families with complete rights (you can change, resell, embed, anything, except use the original name), with examples ranging from 2k for a complete family of 12 to 5k for a collection of 250 fonts. This practice continues until today: URW++ thus provides a great service to software developers who want to include high-quality typefaces in their software applications. URW has offices in many countries. In the first decade of the 21st century, freelance type designer Ralph M. Unger contributed most frequently to the URW library. OpenType collection guide (in PDF).
Selected releases: URW Egyptienne, URW Grotesk (1985, Hermann Zapf), Anzeigen Grotesk (2009), Clarendon No 1 URW, Saa Series (an industrial sans: the official typeface for Australian road signage), Nimbus Sans (1987, a Helvetica clone), Nimbus Sans Novus, Nimbus Sans Europa (covering Latin, Greek, Baltic, Cyrillic, Central European, Turkish, Romanian, and so forth), Nimbus Roman No 9 (2001), Nimbus Sans Global and Nimbus Roman Global, each at about 2000 Euros, and each containing 35,000 glyphs, from kanji/Chinese/Korean to all European languages. House typefaces done for corporations: DaimlerChrysler Corporate ASE (after the Corporate ASE series for Daimler-Benz by Kurt Weidemann), Gardena Sans (2015, for Gardena), Siemens Schriftfamilie, Deutsche Telekom Schriftfamilie, ZF Friedrichshafen, Körber Argo, URW++ SelecType Raldo (2001, for Igepa).
PDF about the "Standard Alphabets for Traffic Control Devices", explaining about spacings, metrics, specs, and the 1966 and 1977 norms in the USA. There is a book, the Standard Highway Signs 2002 Edition, Metric Version, also known as the "Masnual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" or MUTCD. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos (or just Ricardo Santos, b. 1976 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese type designer. He ran VanArchiv (est. 2000) from Loures, Portugal. He changed the name to Ricardo Santos and sells his work through MyFonts.
Ricardo's early masterpiece is Atlantica (2005), a 28-weight transitional family. His typefaces Insectos Project (1997, geometric sans) Base Geometric Sans Serif (1998, geometric sans) Focus (1999, geometric sans) and Zeit Geist (2000, decorative) are discussed by a type forum. He made the sans families Boom (1997, decorative), Van (1998-2001, geometric sans) Urbis (2001, geometric sans) Baseniv (2001), geometric sans) RS1 (1998, decorative), Mitron (2001, decorative) Van Condensed (1998-2004, geometric sans), Van Dingbats (2004, travel dingbats), Focus and Focus Dingbats (2006, sans), and Lisboa (2000-2005, a humanist sans, with dingbats based on the symbology of Lisbon city, published with Fountain, and later at Vanarchiv as Lisboa Swash (2015), Lisboa (2017), Lisboa Sans (2017), Lisboa Tamil (2018). Lisboa Sans Tamil (2019), and Lisboa Hebrew (2018)).
At Tiponautas: Lab Sans Pro (LuisAlonso+RicardoSantos--LabSlabPro-2011b.png">2011, by Luis Alonso and Ricardo Santos) is a geometric sans-serif typeface with a technological and minimalist look and is suitable for use in large sizes.
Tramuntana 1 Pro (2012) was inspired by the late Renaissance and Manneiist spirit during 2009 for his Masters in Advanced Typography (Eina-Barcelona). This project was also inspired by Robert Granjon, Garamond and Sabon typefaces. The name tramuntana (Tramontane) is the Catalonian word for the cold wind that comes from the Pyrenees mountains and goes as far as the Balearic Islands. It was designed for editorial proposes (books and magazines). Tramuntana Dingbats (2012) is a set of artistic arrows.
In 2014, Ricardo Santos designed the geometric humanist sans typeface family Grafia Sans.
Typefaces from 2015, at Tiponautas: Xaloc (a Latin text typeface with flaring and stroke modulation, divided over subfamilies called Caption, Text, Subhead and Display). At Vanarchiv, still in 2015, he published the 20-style calligraphic text families Escritura and Escritura Display. In Escritura, Santos worked in elements of chancery and renaissance writing, Its angular open letters make this typeface useful for texts. It was extended in 2017 to Escritura Hebrew.
Typefaces from 2016: Aircrew (published at Tiponautas), which is a neutral, humanist sans-serif family optimized for wayfinding and signage applications in display sizes. Aircrew features large x-height, vertical terminals, low contrast, and short ascenders and descenders.
Typefaces from 2017: Aquino (by Rui Abreu and Ricardo Santos; a display calligraphic stencil typeface inspired by a liturgic book made by Portuguese friar Tomas Aquino in 1735), Gazeta (text and editorial use).
Typefaces from 2020: Linka (2020: a rounded organic sans that can be morphed into a linked cursive script, complete with initial, medial and final forms), Linka Stencil (2020), Nouveau LX Expanded, Nouveau LX Stencil, Nouveau LX (based on Hermann Hoffmann's Herold (1913, Berthold), but with a different capital R).
Typefaces from 2021: Miragem (an 18-style serif typeface with wedgy terminals),
Swedish traffic site, where one can download a sans traffic font family called Tratex (2002), consisting of TratexSvart (2001), TratexVit (2001), TRATEXNEGVERSAL-NEGVERSAL, TRATEXPOSVERSAL-POSVERSAL, TRATEXSVARTSAMISK-SVARTSAMISK, TRATEXVITSAMISK-VITSAMISK. About the production of this family: created by Karl-Gustaf Gustafson and Chester Bernsten (who works for the Swedish Road Administration) and digitized by Karl Wångstedt.
Swiss foundry which made SNV Extra Condensed (1972), a font later distributed commercially by URW. This is a license plate font used by various U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Not only is this font family quite ugly, it is also rather unreadable. A Ralf Herrmann explains that it can still be found on older Swiss traffic signs and also in Belgium where it is still the main font on road signs. Since 2003, the swiss use a new font called ASTRA Frutiger, which is based on Frutiger 57 Condensed with slight changes. [Google] [More] ⦿
Moscow-based designer of Latin and Cyrillic, or purely Cyrillic, fonts. There is a list of Cyrillizations of existing fonts: Atreyu, LHF Bounce Script, Modeka, Turnpike, PL Barnum, Good Times Regular, Playful JNL (Jeff Levine), Armageda, Showcard Gothic, SF Comic Script, Jolly Good Sans Basic, Enemy (Shaivanalla Perumal), House Slant (House Industries), House Brush (House Industries), Komika Axis (Apostrophic Labs), Snickers (Mark Simonson), Grand Hotel (AOETI), Wisdom Script (Lost Type), Mission Script (Lost Type), Cylburn (Lost Type), House Script (House Industries), House Holiday Gothic (House Industries), LHF Branding Iron (Letterheadfonts), LHF Fancy Full (Letterheadfonts), LHF Firehouse (Letterheadfonts), American West (FontMesa), Champ Ultra (BA Graphics), PL Davison Americana (Monotype), Blenny (Dalton Maag), Bigfish (Floodfonts), Same Same, But Different (Hanoded), Enemy (Lost Type), Special Forces (Typodermic), Serpentine (URW++), Ritts Cursive (Eurotypo), Voga Medium (CD Type), Hermes 1943 (Lukas Krakora), Brand (Lian Types), Tasty (Hubert Jocham), Bullet Regular (House Industries), Filmotype Athens (Filmotype), Signika (Anna Giedrys), Art Department (Jeff Levine), Borg (David Sum, aka titusprod).
Original fonts made ca. 2015: GF Deathmatch (a super-macho typeface), GF Ram (pixel font), GF Mario (video game font), GF Mario Two, GF Oversize, GF Magnifica, Deadpool, GF Enroll (letterpress emulation), GF Happy Elephant (comic book style), GF Standout (compressed titling sans), Snickers Super (after the logo for Snickers), GF Bitrika (condensed display sans), Skazka (cartoon font), Minnesota (digitized Hamilton wood type), Alumnus (soft blackletter), Terminator Genisys, Comanchero (+Bevel (beveling using four layers)), Viko, Police (octagonal, athletic lettering), Terminator (after the movie), Old Poster font family, Lic Plate RUS, Lic Plate CT, Taurus Gothic, Slant GP (like Zelek), Brick Game (like Tetris), System Message, System Pixel, Digital 16s (LED).
A discussion by Type Today of various wayfinding font systems:
Type design graduate from Reading who created Pulse (2004), a family consisting of a sans and an adapted serif for corporate identity design. Today, Wolfgang Homola is an independent type designer and graphic designer in Vienna. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he introduces a new typeface for a new signage system for the AK building in Vienna.
His dissertation in 2004 was entitled Type Design in the Age of the Machine. The Breite Grotesk by J.G. Schelter & Giesecke.
Past foundry of Charles Bigelow, Kris Holmes, and Berthold Horn, which ceased operations near the start of the 21st century. They had the following font sets: Galilei, XY_Pic fonts (Nine ATM compatible fonts in Adobe Type 1 format for use with Ross Moore and Kristoffer Rose's XY Pic drawing package for TeX), Y&Y American Mathematical Society (AMS) fonts (Computer Modern, Euler), Y&Y European Modern (EM) fonts, Y&Y Lucida fonts (1996), LucidaBrightAstro, Lucida Bright Expert, LucidaConsole, Lucida Fixed Narrow, Lucida Greek, Lucida Latin, Lucida Sans Cyrillic and Latin 2, Lucida Sans Hebrew, Lucida Sans Linedraw, Lucida Sans School, Lucida Sans Unicode, Y&Y MathTime 1.1 fonts, Y&Y MathTime Plus fonts, Y&Y TeX Pi fonts, Alan Jeffrey Geometric Sans Serif Blackboard Bold, Ralph A. Smith Formal Script typeface (based on R. Hunter Middeleton), Jeremy Gibbons and Alan Jeffrey St. Mary's Road Symbolic Logic, Roland Waldi extension of LASY symbol --- version 2.0, APL (free), Crufty (free old typewriter font), Finger (free finger dingbats), MarVoSym (free).
The Lucida collection (Lucida Blackletter, Lucida Bright, Lucida Bright Math, Lucida Calligraphy, Lucida Casual, Lucida Console, Lucida Fax (1985), Lucida Handwriting, Lucida Sans, Lucida Sans Typewriter, Lucida Typewriter, and Lucida Unicode) is being distributed by Ascender Corporation from 2005 onwards. There is also a dedicated commercial site, Lucida Fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria, b. 1989, who graduated in 2012 from the New Design University in St. Pölten. His thesis work was the sans typeface family Fahrplan (2012). He is located in Judenburg, Austria, and operates as zum Egon (and before that, as Dwiedoml). Domink Krotschek's partner at zum Egon is "Julia".
In 2013, he created the layered sans family Furunkel. This arts-and-crafts typeface is characterized by the possibility of having different top, middle and bottom thirds of the capital letters.
Later in 2013, he set up the commercial type foundry Dominik Krotscheck in Judenburg, Austria. His commercial typefaces include the layered system Furunkel (2013) and Floz (2014, a gaspipe sans). Free typefaces include Keel (2013) and Firty (2013).
Typefaces from 2015: Rhea (condensed all caps sans serif fonts), Unfug Tight, Unfug Wiggly, Unfug Box (a nice fat handcrafted poster typeface).
Typefaces from 2017: Agnes By Hand.
Typefaces from 2019: Darlene (a Peignotian sans with rounded corners).