TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Wed Oct 4 15:17:26 EDT 2023
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Type scene in Alabama
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 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).
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
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.
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] ⦿
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 (Birmingham, AL) created Moustache Script (retro signage font) in 2013.
Douglas F. Olena
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Home Grown Design Studio
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.
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.
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] ⦿
Peter Bain Design (was: Incipit)
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.
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] ⦿
Single Line Fonts
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.
Tarra Anzalone (Tarra Design, Huntsville, AL) created the quite elegant condensed sans typeface Tarra Tall (2013).
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] ⦿
WSI: Weatherly Systems Inc
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:
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] ⦿