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[Drawing by John Jones of Grand Bay, AL, 2007]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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Allison Smith

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

Angimero LeBron

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

Chris Arney
[Hemphacker]

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Daniel Petrino

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

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Douglas F. Olena
[Keystrokes]

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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 face Ganymede Takeover (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hemphacker
[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 Las Vegas, 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.

Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Gay

Jennifer Gay (Yuki Mizuno) was born in 1990 and lives in Alabama. Home page. Creator of the scribbly handwriting face 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]  ⦿

Keystrokes
[Douglas F. Olena]

Douglas Olena's company, Keystrokes, is located in Birmingham, AL. Great faces 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 ithout further mention of Olena or Keystrokes.

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

Lauren Hodges
[Home Grown Design Studio]

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Matthew Stephen Stuckwisch

Auburn, AL-based graduate student (b. 1985) who is 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]  ⦿

Shaquille Witherspoon

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

Tarra Anzalone

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

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

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 Character 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 whandwriting fonts ere 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.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿