TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Tue Jul 23 18:17:18 EDT 2024






Type scene in Alabama

[A drawing called "Dream truck in Grand Bay, AL" by John Jones (2007)]


1871 Project
[Alex Joganic]

Alex Joganic (1871 Project) is the Birmingham, AL-based designer of Matches (2016, an octagonal typeface), Ciclista (2016, a casual monoline typeface), Superior (2016, a handcrafted sans), The Victor (2016, handcrafted), Zara Elyse (2016: script), Fernweh (2016, a handcrafted typeface with a vintage wood type look) and Xander (2016, in Sans and Serif: 19th century all caps typeface family with a wood type look).

Typefaces from 2017: Garment District (a free monoline script designed together with Jeremy Vessey), Crafter (a free vintage metal sign emulation font), Grandfather (brush script).

Typefaces from 2018: Forward, America (a free brush script), Tradesmith (free), Grit & Caliber (vintage set), Nature Spirit, Messenger (a free vintage font).

Typefaces from 2019: Kinder (a heavy fashion mag titling typeface), Moral Varnish (a vintage stencil typeface), Noble Company (a monoline script), Rowan Royal (+Brush: a free blackletter).

Typefaces from 2020: Understock (vintage).

Typefaces from 2021: Doric (a display typeface by Alex and Emma Joganic), Darker, Clever (a sharp-edged display typeface with negative angle and the coathanger lower case f that is de rigueur in 2021), Sonder (a decorative serif with diagonal stress).

Typefaces from 2022: Roslyn Leigh (combining art nouveau with hipsterism). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alex Joganic
[1871 Project]

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Allison Smith

Creator (b. 1994, Alabama) of the free hand-printed typeface Pudding Script (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alphabets and Others

Walter B. Clement and Ian L. Robertson wrote Alphabets and Others (1988, The Armstrong Press and The Slow Loris Press, Alabama) This 74-page book contains wood type specimens, all clearly identified. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Green Bottoms
[Amanda's Scrapbooking Fonts]

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Amanda's Scrapbooking Fonts
[Amanda Green Bottoms]

Free handwriting and some other fonts by Amanda Green Bottoms and hubbie Kevin Bottoms from Auburn, AL, all made in 2005: ALittlePot, Amanda'sCute, Amanda'sHand, Amanda'sScript, AmazingRuler, AnAccidentalKiss, AnnoyingKettle, Auburn, BOSSHOLE, BabyBoston, BabyBowser, BoringShowers, CafeRojo, Carrington, Charlie, ChewyStewy, Clingy, CourtneyDorkling, CrazyMilktopGirl, CryKitty, DigsMyHart, DoIlikeStripes?, DoodolonomyFred, DreamedAboutYou, EightFifteen, Elise, EverytimeIMissYou, Fontmoochers, ForTheOneHundrethTime, Freeze!, GentleRedhead, GliderGirls, Goombella, Grace, Greer, GuessWhat, HelloSark, HeyGorgeous, Hiccups, HighlandPerk, HisNameIsHoney, Hobbes, HoneyBunches, HouseSitter'sClub, HulaSkirtGirl, Hyrule, I'mBored, ILoveDerwin, IanJude, Impervious, JustOneMorePicture, KittyWeed, Kwekel, Landie, LargerMime, LimaBean, MarkustheCow, Milk&Cereal, MilktopGirl, MissedYourExit, Mr.Wade, Mstotryabon?, MyNerd, MyOwnTopher, NeverWritesBack, NoMystery, NotHisAngel, OhPhotoShoot!, OnlyByRequest, PAsstheCheX, Peabody, PrissyFratBoy, PurpleBoxers, PutAnotherOneIn, Rage, Rebekah'sBirthday, RibbonHappy, Sandals, Searching, Sisters, SmittenKitten, Snowshoe, SociallyAwkward, SouthernAccentBelch, StaysInTheCave!, SuperSnortyLaughter, Susie'sHand, SweetBlur, TanPatty, Teacher'sPet, TheBuns, TheDoorman, ThinkingofYou, ThreeDates, OneNight, TingleInstitute, TooManySecrets, TooMuchPaper!, Tootlebug, TurtleClub, UnnamedMelody, VaguelyRepulsive, Wanda'sWrite, WantYouBack, WastedCollection, Waterfalls, YOUALLEVERYBODY, YouWishYouWereaShirley, AnAccidentalKiss, fontastic, jailbIrDJenNA, kevinandamanda.com, rhinodino, theBlueCabin.

In 2007, they added Tequila Mockingbird and Pea Heather (handwriting).

In 2009, we see Monster Paparazzi, Elephants in Cherry Trees.

In 2010, they made Stinkerella&Stinkzilla.

Alternate URL. Yet another URL. And another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy Cathryn

Amy Cathryn (or Amy Baldis) is a graphic designer and photographer in Birmingham, AL. She created the free handcrafted typeface Soulwax (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angimero LeBron

Auburn, AL-based designer of Isosceles (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bethany Heck

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Breezi Overby

As a student at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, Breezi Overby designed the trekkie font Galactic (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brianna Jelks

Birmingham, AL-based designer of the rounded monoline cursive typeface Bon Voyage (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brittany Jennings

During her studies in Troy, AL, Brittany Jennings created the art deco stencil typeface Geotype (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Henley

Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, class of 2013. Now located in Montgomery, AL, Caroline Henley created the hand-drawn display typeface Myer (2013), which is based on the proportions of ITC Avant Garde. It is named after her Lithuanian grandfather, Myer Sachar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chad Langston

Birmingham, AL-based designer of the display typeface Tarantino (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Arney

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Claire Nicholls

During her graphic design studies at the University of South Alabama, Claire Nicholls (Mobile, AL) created the script typeface Clarice (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Creighton Tynes

Creighton Tynes (of Tynes Signs) is a self-employed sign maker and type designer living in Birmingham, Alabama. Graduate of TypeWest, class of 2021. His informal graduation typeface, Solvent, is influenced by American shop signs and lettering. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Petrino

Daniel Petrino (Birmingham, AL) created Moustache Script (retro signage font) in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Douglas F. Olena

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Edward Kersh

Born in Birmingham, AL, in 1984, he graduated with a BFA in graphic design from Auburn University in 2007 and and MFA in graphic design from Lousiana Tech University in 2011. Fontspace link. Creator of the sci-fi / techno typeface Ganymede Takeover (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Atkins

During her studies, Emily Atkins (Troy, AL) designed the display typeface Spoons and Sprinkles (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Bethany Heck]

Graduate of Auburn University, AL, class of 2020. Multidisciplinary designer and writer who specializes in wood type, letterpress and 19th century type. She assisted David Jonathan Ross in the design of Job Clarendon (2021), and wrote: Job Clarendon is an homage to job printing---display-heavy designs made for posters and flyers in the heyday of letterpress printing. This style of Clarendons was wildly popular in this genre of work, and I've always been interested in how adaptable they were. The style was fattened, squished and stretched to accommodate lines of text both short and long and type foundries across the globe each found their own unique features to contribute to the Clarendon stew. Ross pulled the design to both extremes but had his work cut out as he explains: The chasm between Hairline and Black was far too wide to interpolate across effectively, so I incorporated new drawings in the Extra Light, Regular, and Bold weights to act as additional tentposts to support the design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Chris Arney]

Chris Arney (Hemphacker) is the Alabama-based designer (b. 1980) of the pixel font Digital 5x7 (2003). Fonts2u link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Home Grown Design Studio
[Lauren Hodges]

Lauren Hodges grew up in Madison, AL, and studied design at Auburn University, class of 2013. Her freelance business is Home Grown Design Studio in Dothan, AL. In 2014, she designed the typeface Rayv. In 2017, she added the handcrafted party poster font Octave.

Behance link. Creative Market link. Link for Home Grown Design Studio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jackson Watkins

Birmingham, AL-based designer of Bauhalphabet (2015), Standard Gothic (2015) and New Condensed Sans Serif (2015). In 2018, he designed the free typeface Bauhaus Display Mono. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Gay

Jennifer Gay (Yuki Mizuno) was born in 1990 and lives in Alabama. Home page. Creator of the scribbly handwriting typeface MyHandwritting (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Waycaster

During her graphic design studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, Jennifer Waycaster created the octagonal typeface Dubai (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeri Gulsby

Tuscaloosa, AL-based designer of a curly all caps display typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joe Argent

During his studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, Joe Argent (Jasper, AL) created the display typeface family Argent (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jordan Kabalka

Mobile, AL-based designer of the blackletter typeface Ehrich (2016). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kane Killgore

Mobile, AL-based designer of Sunburnt (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katie Bertagnolli

Mobile, AL-based designer of the hand-drawn typeface Katydid (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Douglas F. Olena]

Douglas Olena's company, Keystrokes, is located in Birmingham, AL. Great typefaces by Doug Olena (b. 1953) include Adastra (Herbert Thannhaeuser, 1928, revival 1995), Ampersands (1995), Arwen (1995), Blocks (1995, a very black geometric face), Elegant (1995, art deco), DecoBats, Hindenburg (1995), Informal Black (1995), Marquis (1995, like Broadway), Maximilian (Rudolf Koch, 1917, revival 1995), Metropolis and Metropolis Shaded (1928, after Willy Schwerdtner), Minimal (1995, a very thin avant garde font), FFD Neuland (Rudolf Koch, 1922, revival 1995), Newton Inline (Rudolf Koch, 1928, revival 1995), Poetry (1995), Questions (1995), Searsucker (1995, another Broadway style font; see Agfa), FFD Sphinx (Deberny&Peignot, 1925, revival 1995), Stalk (1995), Tube (1995), and the classy MontBlanc Regular and MontBlanc Engraved. Fox and Arwen are freeware. His fonts at Agfa/Monotype: Adastra, Ampersands, Arwen, Blocks, Elegant Inline, Elegant Open Face, FFD Neuland, FFD Neuland Inline, FFD Sphinx, FFD Sphinx Inline, Hindenburg, Informal Black Condensed, Informal Black, Marquis, Maximilian, Metropolis ShadedCS, Minimal, Newton Inline, Poetry, Poetry Inline, Questions, Searsucker, Searsucker Bold, Searsucker Outline, Stalk, Tube. His CV reveals that he has a Masters in Philosophy! Many of his fonts have been absorbed into the Monotype collection without further mention of Olena or Keystrokes.

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

Lauren Hodges
[Home Grown Design Studio]

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Leslie Peppers
[Single Line Fonts]

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Matthew Stephen Stuckwisch

Spanish Lecturer and Language Lab Director at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, TN. During his studies in Auburn, AL, Matthew Stephen Stuckwisch (b. 1985) who was working on an extension of the Berling family of fonts for other scripts, including Homeric Greek (polytonic), Golden Age Spanish, Old Church Slavonic, Anglo-Saxon, Vietnamese, and Armenian. See here. He also made the wonderful high-ascendered lively serif family Coruna (2007) and the accompanying Coruna Fraktur (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike Charness
[WSI: Weatherly Systems Inc]

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Nikita Ezhevsky

Caddo, AL-based designer of several untitled display and geometric typefaces in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Bain
[Peter Bain Design (was: Incipit)]

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Peter Bain Design (was: Incipit)
[Peter Bain]

Incipit, or Peter Bain Design, was Peter Bain's type and graphic design studio in Brooklyn, New York. It closed down gradually between 2007 and 2010.

Peter Bain received his M.F.A. in Design: Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was type director at Saatchi&Saatchi Advertising in New York, and taught at Parsons/The New School for Design and Pratt Institute in New York. After Saatchi, and before Incipit, he was freelancing. After Incipit, he relacted briefly to Virginia to attend VCU and then went on to Mississippi, where he was Assistant Professor of Art, Graphic Design at Mississippi State University. He lived then in nearby Starkville, MS. He is currently located in Birmingham, AL.

He is best known for his wonderful book Blackletter: Type and National Identity (1998, with Paul Shaw).

His photocomposition display typefaces were reedited and available in reproduction proofs (for a short time). The photocomposition display typefaces are in two-inch film format, as formerly used on machines such as the Typositor and Filmotype. They are being held in storage, and are no longer listed for that reason. PDF format list. Text format of Bain's file. Bain says he built this from the Typositor type libraries formerly offered by Techni-Process Lettering and Pastore DePamphilis Rampone, which he bought at an auction. Report on his talk in London on blackletter type (2003). MyFonts sells the 4-weight Josef Albers-inspired stencil family Gridiot (2003-2011). His thoughts about the art of Albers: Remember, any idiot can design a typeface on a grid: Gridiot.

Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. MyFonts link. Behance link. Peter Bain Design. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Pixel Zombies
[Travis Howell]

Huntsville, AL-based designer who studied at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. Creator of the stencil typefaces Brigade (2016) and Raleigh (2016), and the modular typeface Poggers (2019). Creative Market link. Dribble link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shaquille Witherspoon

Based in Mobile, AL, Shaquille Witherspoon designed the rounded squarish typeface ToshO (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Single Line Fonts
[Leslie Peppers]

Albertville, Alabama-based designer of single line fonts, i.e., fonts that are based on a single stroke, not on outlines. While these fonts come in the truetype outline format, they were conceived as single stroke fonts. The list, as of 2020: SLF Art Deco, SLF Entwine (a monogram font), SLF Engineer, SLF Magnolia Sky, SLF Winter's Eve, SLF Bonbon, SLF Graceful, SLF Lean This Way, SLF Yours Truly, SLF Handlettered, SLF Pinwheel, SLF RSVP, SLF Black Tuxedo, SLF The Skinny, SLF Architect, SLF Apple Crisp, SLF Jelly Bean, SLF White Linen, SLF Quill Pen, SLF Fanciful, SLF Industrial.

Typefaces from 2021: SLF Ramsay, SLF Carpe Diem, SLF Casual Script. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tarra Anzalone

Tarra Anzalone (Tarra Design, Huntsville, AL) created the quite elegant condensed sans typeface Tarra Tall (2013).

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TC Fonts

Over 6000 fonts on a CD sold by Dave Edwards Consulting from Montgomery, AL. All formats useful in CAD applications, from SHX to TrueType. From looking at the ad, I think that most of these fonts are transformed or renamed fonts from foundries, and even shareware fonts. Dave wrote to tell me that Dave Edwards Consulting is no longer marketing it's TC Fonts, so please do not bug them. This description is only for historical completeness! On the other hand, they are now selling FONTasm, a tool for converting TrueType (TTF)&PostScript (PFB) fonts into filled AutoCAD SHX/SHP fonts, arc-based DXF files, Generic CADD FNT fonts or VisualCADD VCF fonts (95 USD). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Travis Howell
[Pixel Zombies]

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WSI: Weatherly Systems Inc
[Mike Charness]

Mike Charness's Huntsville, AL-based foundry used to offer a huge number of handwriting fonts, and thousands of other fonts at rock bottom prices, in all font formats. It stopped selling fonts to end users or licensing fonts for redistribution in 2003, but continues OEM work.

Lists of font names:

  • Robert Long discussed the fonts, and mentioned in some cases the original fonts they were modeled after (read: copied, tweaked and renamed).
  • A partial list found in internet archives and corrected by Herbert Van Brink is here. A list annotated by Robert Long and kindly sent to me by Richard George, is here.
  • Michael Yanega published a list of the WSI Hand names and their equivalences on the ClickArt Handwritten Fonts CD.
  • Ulrich Stiehl provides a further list and explanations: Anastasia is Anna, Avian is Avant Garde, Basset is Baskerville, Bastian is Buster, Boston is Bodoni, Bulletin is Flyer, Aladdin is Legende, Palisade is Palatino, and so forth.

WSI had barcode fonts, MICR fonts (such as CheckNums-MICR), some foreign language fonts, and many dingbats. The full collection could at one point be downloaded here. The handwriting font collection (known as WSI Hand) was downloadable from here, here and here. Apparently, these handwriting fonts were obtained by first selling a handwriting font service, and then selling a CD with the created fonts.

WSI is no longer selling fonts and has this ironic line: WSI's fonts are not freeware, but are commercial software protected by copyright. Now, how did WSI start up its business? I quote from this archived page: We don't sell directly to end users, but rather provide fonts to software publishers who sell our fonts under their own labels. Current and past licensees include PowerUp, Spinnaker, SoftKey, Wayzata, Canon, Fuji, Epson, Serif, Borland, Novell, Maxis, Cosmi, Xoom, Dynamix/Sierra Online, Synergistic Software, Expert Software, IMSI, Parsons Technology, MySoftware, Abstract Software, Dunlop Corp., Case Inc., GraphicCorp, CAI, Creative Wonders, The Learning Company, Current Inc., Pierian Springs Software, Lookout World, Palladium Interactive, Philips Publishing, AIG, Asymetrix, Media Graphics, Knowledge Adventure, WIZ Technology, Paper Direct, Sanctuary Woods Multimedia, GST/GSP, Baudville, Zedcor, and many others. [Google] [More]  ⦿