TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sun Mar 9 17:38:16 EDT 2014
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 face 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).
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 1992-97. Their typefaces:
At ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, he speaks about New Transport.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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 face based on Gill Sans), Nervous, ParryHotter (2001, a Harry Potter blackletter face), Pffft, Tschiroki, Heart2Heart (heart alphadings), Anke Sans.
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.
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). [Google] [More] ⦿
Aparat is Domen Fras's commercial foundry in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His largely experimental work:
The zip file contains map dingbat fonts: BP (by Victor Kisel, 1999), ESRICartography, ESRIEnvironmentalIcons, ESRIGeometricSymbols, ESRIOilGasWater, ESRIWeather, ESRITransportationMunicipal, ESRIGeology, ESRICrimeAnalysis, MapInfoArrows, MapInfoCartographic, MapInfoMiscellaneous, MapInfoOil&Gas, MapInfoSymbols, MapInfoRealEstate, MapInfoTransportation, MapInfoWeather. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
Astype.de is a German foundry started in 2003 by illustrator and type designer Andreas Seidel (b. 1975). He lives in Cottbus, Germany. Home page. See also here. In 2007, he and Ingo Preuss set up The German Type Foundry. 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] ⦿
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.
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.
Her KABK graduation typeface family was Mala (2013). Loaded with opentype features and choices of widths, Mala was created for cartographic purposes.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Brooklyn-based Brandon Sugiyama made a New York Subway Tile Font in 2013, bbased 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 humanistic sans family.
CourierNewPSMT, CourierNewPS-BoldMT, CourierNewPS-BoldItalicMT, CourierNewPS-ItalicMT, FritQatNormal (the Frit series is from Elfring), FritQatBold, FritQatBold-Italic, FritQatItalic, HelmetBold (the Helmet series is from Sun), HelmetBoldItalic, HelmetCondensedBold, HelmetCondensedBoldItalic, HelmetCondensedItalic, HelmetCondensedNormal, HelmetItalic, HelmetNormal, ESRICartography, ESRIEnvironmentalIcons, ESRIOilGasWater, ESRITransportationMunicipal, ESRIWeather. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 faces 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), 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 (Sans-serif, based on German school primer), Fibel Süd (Fibel Sued) (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 face 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 face 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 face made from ellipsoids on NE-SW axis), Mutter Krause (Serif, slanting, Jugendstil-feel.), 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.
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] ⦿
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 codesigned some typefaces there such as Arsenale White (2009). Targa Monospace (2002) is a sans inspired by Italian vehicle registration plates. It has an handmade version (Targa Hand) that can be used for comic book lettering.
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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
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 face 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 faces 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
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. He designed Pam (2004), a typefaces specifically crafted for street maps, as well as the experimental face Before. Unclear if Maarten is Dutch, Irish or Kiwi. [Google] [More] ⦿
A researcher in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Arkansas, who specializes in metafont. He made the travel dingbat face "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] ⦿
David Fleming Nalle
Parisian type designer (b. 1972) who designed Métropolice (1998), Ordinatires (1999, inspired by names of Paris metro stations), Métropolitaine (2001, with Julien Gineste, commissioned by the RATP in the art nouveau style of Guimard), and a face 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. 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 faces 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 face 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. Various modifications led to DIN 1451 (1936), DIN 17 (1938) and the "new" DIN 16 (1934). The DIN was heavily used until the 1980s in stencils, sold by companies such as Faber-Castell, Rotring, Staedtler, and Standardgraph. Articles on DIN:
Typefaces from 2013 include Movember (sans), Bolognese Sans, Moor (multilined art deco family), Bobber Script, and Bread & Milk Sans. Genplan (2013) is a great free inline typeface for Latin and Cyrillic that is based on 1930s Soviet poster types. Weave (2013) is an interlocking letter typeface for Latin and Cyrillic. 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.
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). In 2012, he created the layered font family Fudge. He also created the rounded sans face Dega (2012), as well as Pixelstuff (2012).
In 2013, he created the layered sans family Furunkel. It is characterized by the possibility of having differen top, middle and bottom thirds of the capital letters.
Later in 2013, he set up the commercial typefoundry Dominik Krotscheck in Judenburg, Austria. His commercial typefaces include the layered system Furunkel (2013). Keel (2013) and Firty (2013) are free display typefaces.
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 faces: 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 faces), 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 faces), DF Game Over (2011, sketched face), DF Scheurze (2012, a great fat rough stencil face).
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] ⦿
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. [Google] [More] ⦿
GIS software outfit. Has many geological fonts. The ESRI fonts can be downloaded here: esri_1.ttf - ESRI Cartography (TrueType), esri_2.ttf - ESRI Environmental&Icons (TrueType), esri_3.ttf - ESRI Geometric&Symbols (TrueType), esri_4.ttf - ESRI Oil, Gas,&Water (TrueType), esri_5.ttf - ESRI Transportation&Municipal (TrueType), esri_6.ttf - ESRI Weather (TrueType), esri_7.ttf - ESRI Geology (TrueType), esri_8.ttf - ESRI Crime Analysis (TrueType). Alternate site. [Google] [More] ⦿
ESRI fonts: ESRICrimeAnalysis, ESRICartography, ESRIEnvironmentalIcons, ESRIOilGasWater, ESRIWeather, ESRITransportationMunicipal, ESRIGeometricSymbols. Also has Svenska Kart Symboler. [Google] [More] ⦿
Exclamations (or: The Boutons)
Gary David Bouton and Barbara Bouton's site is called Exclamations.
Their typefaces: 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 face with Bifur influences), Whimsy (comic book font), SymbolsTT (1998, charityware dingbat font).
Exigent Information Solutions, LLC
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 th 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 who studied at the Basel School of Design with Wolfgang Weingart and André Gürtler, and created the beautiful Bananas font (2001, letters shaped with bananas), Brasilia (1995, a sans face), the highwage signage face 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. She does corporate type in general. Brief CV. [Google] [More] ⦿
From the 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] ⦿
Designer in London, who was born in Flensburg (Germany) and studied for four years in Aarhus (Denmark).
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 2013, Florian graduated from the Nomad.
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). He also made the commercial faces 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 faces), 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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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 face 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 2005-2007, they made D231, D431, D432 and Do431Italic. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 Inultitut 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:
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 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), Mazama, Premium Thin, RhyoliteVertical (1990) and Andesite (1991) which can be found on many archives.
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] ⦿
Highway Sign of the Week
Discussion of highway signage fonts by John Berry, who reports:
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 face Modelfont (2011). Vanity Numbers (2009) is a number font based on old Californian license plates. Model Plane Slab (2009) is a slab serif headline face with wood type influences. In 2010, they made M.C. Gothic Condensed. Grain-O (2011) is another grotesk headline face.
Born in Philadelphia and a resident of 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 KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Cofounder in 2005 of Daily Type. Type professor of considerable influence. Creator of faces such as Praline Pro (Paratype, 2006-2007, a retro script; award winner at Paratype K2009), Big City Grotesque (which also won an award at Paratype K2009), Best Life Serif (codesigned with Yuri Ostromentsky, which also won an award at Paratype K2009) and Beetlejuice Script (his fourth awarded typeface at Paratype K2009). Ilya Ruderman and Paul Barnes published Austin and Austin Cyrillic in 2007-2009 at Commercial Type, which writes Designed for British style magazine Harper's & Queen, Austin is a loose revival of the typefaces of Richard Austin of the late 18th century for the publisher John Bell. Working as a trade engraver Austin cut the first British modern and later the iconoclastic Scotch Roman. Narrow without being overtly condensed, Austin is a modern with the styling and sheen of New York in the 1970s. In 2010, Ilya Ruderman spearheaded an extensive project for traffic signage and information in Moscow called Permian. The Permian family has slab, sans and serif components. Images of Permian: Showcase, Specimen, Capitals, Details, Construction, Lowercase, Numerals, Serif. Permian won Second Prize in the Cyrillic typeface competition at Granshan 2011. His Meteor Script (2011) won Third Prize in the display text category at Granshan 2011. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Norwegian type designer who created these fonts:
James A. Dockal
James M. Harris
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 face 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.
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 face 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 face 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 face 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- faces 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 face 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), Unprofesional, 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] ⦿
Kaiser Zhar Khan
Designer of the lettering for traffic signs in Norway, called Trafikkalfabet (1965). This was digitized in 2006 by Jacob Øvergaard. 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:
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] ⦿
Danish architect, 1882-1931. One of Denmarks's leading designers, who designed 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. CV. 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. [Google] [More] ⦿
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. Dafont link. Yet another URL. Fontspace link. Fontsy link. Behance link. They custom design type, and sell some of their own creations.
His free fonts are here:
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 faces 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, 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), Airmole (2000), Airmole Antique (2000), Ethnocentric, Biting My Nails, Biting Outline, Dyspepsia, Vanilla Whale, Libel Suit, Effloresce, BeatMyGuest, 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, Vibrocentric, Rafika (stencil font), Berylium, Pakenham, Steelfish (see here), 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).
Leonardo Vázquez Conde
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:
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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. His award-winning typefaces:
A 32MB font zip file with a great starter truetype collection of about 360 fonts. Included are about 60 Bitstream fonts, about 20 Letraset fonts, the 23MB ArialUnicodeMS font (Monotype's complete Arial Unicode font: grab it!!!), about 50 Monotype fonts, about 20 ITC fonts, the Lucida collection, the Proxy family (Autodesk, 1996--truetype versions of a CAD family), Linotype's PalatinoLinotype family (all fonts with full European accents, Cyrillic and Greek), Autodesk's Symeteo, Syastro, Symap, Symath, Txt and Symusic fonts, a few Font Bureau fonts, the Microsoft fonts, and selected goodies. [Google] [More] ⦿
Macizo.com (or: Macizotype)
Leonardo Vázquez (Macizotype, Mexico City) is the Mexican designer of Bunker (2005, a monolithic display face, which won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition. It uses the rounded stone features found in Aztec sculptures and designs. Designer of Señal Mexico (2000, a Mexican highway sign face, with four styles called Rural, Nacional, Mediana and Asfalto), mentioned here. He also made Proteo (2005, sans), Lectura (2007, a text family in Regular, Negro and Versalitas styles), and Libre.
Leonardo is a graphic and type designer. 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 in the Atelier National en Recherche Tipographique in Nancy. Leonardo returned to Mexico in 2001, where he works in his own studio macizo.com.
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.
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] ⦿
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 face 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 Miltary 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] ⦿
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.
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. See also here. Old URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
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
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] ⦿
"This directory contains standard symbology for BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management (MSRM) data for Workstation ARC/INFO and ArcView. It has been created by the former (MELP) British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Parks Information Services Branch. It is now maintained or updated by MSRM Information Management Branch." The truetype fonts at this site: BCMELPCorSymbols, BCMELPEPDSymbols, BCMELPFisheriesSymbols, BCMELPTrimSymbols, BCMELPWaterSymbols, ESRIIGLFont16, ESRIIGLFont20, ESRIIGLFont22, ESRIIGLFont23, ESRIIGLFont24, ForestryInventoryTextFont25. [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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Nick Curtis: Underground
no image fonts
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 face 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.
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):
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.
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 typefoundry. 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.
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 McInerney and Pablo Impallari; see here for a complete extension of Raleway by Impallari), 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 face 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 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
FontStructor who made R160 Interior (2011), a dot matrix face that is based on an LED face used in the R160 MTA NYCT subway cars. He also made R160 Int Resize (2011), R160 Exterior (2011), R142 Interior (2011, a grid face based on actual R142 font. Used on New York City Transit Subway cars) and R142A (2011, a dot matrix face 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 and Otto M. Vondrak.
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. Ralf Herrmann 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.
Currently Ralf Herrmann is doing his PhD at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In his dissertation he researches the implications of cognitive map research applied to the design of maps and wayfinding systems.
Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik on the topic of the eszet letter.
Red Hat Inc
This web site describes itseldf 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 (Steve Matteson), Liberation Serif, Liberation Sans, Liberation Mono. The Liberation fonts were made by Steve Matteson from 2007-2009 at Ascender. Overpass was created in 2011. It is a free open source typeface based on the U.S. interstate highway road signage type system. [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 faces include Bellamy's-Mapbats, Whydah-Heck-Poker, and the old typewriter face Carpal Tunnel (2003, based on a Remington typewriter). Finally, he made the Tolkien rune faces Tengwar-Teleri (2003) and Tengwar Marzabul (2002). Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos
Ricardo Santos (was: VanArchiv Typography Design)
Ricardo Rodrigues dos Santos (or briefly, Ricardo Santos, b. 1976 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese designer of type, who ran VanArchiv (est. 2000) from Loures, Portugal. He changed the name to Ricardo Santos and sells his work through MyFonts. Klingspor link. Behance link. FontShop link.
His masterpiece is Atlantica (2005), a 28-weight transitional family. His faces 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, humanist sans, with dingbats based on the symbology of Lisbon city, published with Fountain).
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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
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:
Free truetype font MapBats by Ken Gross, 1998. Ken is a map designer and editor at Rustbelt Cartography in Cleveland, OH. The font is not on the web page. It used to be at Jami's site. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 faces. Some subset of the fonts is made by Michael Scarpitti. Free font demos.
Images of his best selling fonts. Special subpages:
Fots from 2014: Edifice (based on lettering by J.M. Bergling).
Foundry, est. 2004, which sells its dingbat faces through Agfa. They include Emergency Workplace Signs, Hazard Symbols, Paint Industry Symbols, Risk Phrases, Transport Hazard Diamonds, Warning Signs. [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] ⦿
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 graphic designer who works in Berlin. 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), Office (Eurostile-like monospace, 1999), Regular (2004, Lineto, a typewriter family). FF Screen Matrix (1995) was done with Cornel Windlin. In 2003, he created the Numberplate series covering Belgium, France, Italy and Switzerland.
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).
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 faces (FF Tronic [2003: a grunge face done with Hyun Cho], Stealth , Blitz [2001: grunge]), pixel faces (Bmap) and more or less standard faces (Zephyr (2001, a humanistic 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.
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. [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. James designed these fonts:
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 faces Continue Caminhando (2011, sign language face), Mobilidade Social (2011), Nova Tipo (2011, experimental) and Escada X (2011, a caps face inspired by wayfinding signs). [Google] [More] ⦿
Thomas Harvey designed DingMaps (1974), Mirisch (informal slab), Nite Club (1992, stylish art deco caps face), Pisan (brush), Akenaten-Normal, Balloons-Normal, CairoFont, Calendar-Normal, Coliseum-Normal, DingMaps, FontSale, HolyMoly, EZBorder, Cindybob, Beeswax, Romanche, Tall Deco (1993), and NewForum. In all, he made 40 typefaces, some of which are free. Most can be licensed.
Celebrated type designer, born in 1970 in New York City. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 and moved to Boston, where he worked at the Font Bureau Until 1999:
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).
Since 1999, he designs 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:
Tom Barden created the geometric but also playful typeface Evolution (2009). He also made Africa Type (2010) and the octagonal athletic lettering face 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 faces 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. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
True Type Fonts
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).
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 face 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 1992-1994, 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) 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. Of course, 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:
Dingbat font foundry. All fonts 40USD. Type 1 and truetype, Mac and PC. The fonts: 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. Sold at Agfa. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
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 quite unreadable. A Ralf Herrmann explains that i 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] ⦿
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 is entitled Type Design in the Age of the Machine. The Breite Grotesk by J.G. Schelter & Giesecke.
Foundry of Charles Bigelow, Kris Holmes, and Berthold Horn, which ceased operations near the start of the 21st century. They have 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 face (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 distributed by Ascender Corporation from 2005 onwards. [Google] [More] ⦿