TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sun May 24 16:51:52 EDT 2015






Type scene in Alaska

[Headline set in Fairbank MT (2003), Robin Nicholas, Monotype]


Andrea Garysdóttir

Creator (b. 1999, Alaska) of the hand-printed typeface Andrea Unedited (2013) and the the grungy font Bubbleubble Kicks Some Ass (2013). In 2014, she created Annie Max. Aka Andrea Vandever, Andrea Angst and Andrea Cumberbatch. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Cole

Arkansas-based designer (b. 1986) of the hand-crafted 3d outline typeface Oh Ashy (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eben Sorkin
[Sorkin Type (was: Eyebytes)]

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Essqué Productions
[Stephen M. Knouse]

Stephen Knouse (Essqué Productions) is the Alaskan designer in Wasilla (b. 1976) of several free fonts. These include the display typeface Petal Glyph (2007), Avante Go (2008, avant-garde) and Avante Return (2008, avant-garde). He also created the free comic book fonts Happy Sans (2009) and Happy Serif (2008), Diagano (2012, monoline avant-garde sans), the trekkie typeface Dark Future (2011), and Neon 80s (2010, a rounded sans in the style of VAG Round but more so a faux neon font).

Spyced (2012) evokes Arabian nights, lava lamps, and Indian mystery. In 2014, Stephen designed Geo Grid 9 (a kitchen tile font) and Tall & Lean.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Devian tart link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Free font for Inupiat (Alaska natives) called Inupiaq (1999), created by the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Huebsch
[Petty Wage Fonts]

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[Teresa Knezek]

TraceFont, NealFont and ColorFont by Teresa Knezek from Fairbanks, AK. Truetype for PC and Mac. Shareware. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Petty Wage Fonts
[Jason Huebsch]

Jason Huebsch (b. 1979) lives in Alaska. At Devian Tart, he designed Eatrocks (1999, avant-garde), Whatever (1999, handwriting), Dick Lucas (handwriting). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sorkin Type (was: Eyebytes)
[Eben Sorkin]

Eben Sorkin obtained an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on his typeface Arrotino (2009). In 2015, he joined the faculty at Lesley University near Boston, MA. Sorkin Type (was: Eyebytes, in Eagle River, Alaska) is run by him.

Designer of Army Pool Tiles (2005) and No Step (2007, stencil). He is working on the extensive (200+ weights) Bahn family (see also here), which has pixel and monospace themes. Software Developer (2005) is along the same pixel/monospace theme (see also here). Just for fun, he made the dot matrix typeface Exp1 (2008).

His talk at ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg was entitled Contextual alternatives. He writes about Arrotino: Arrotino begins with the forms of early Italian renaissance in the late 15th century. Their melody, generousity, and variety of shape and proportion are echoed in Arrotino. As a consequence of this Arrotino is not especially efficient, but it is comfortable.

In 2010, Eben started working on Merriweather, a free workhorse serif family. It was followed some time later by Merriweather Italic and Merriweather Sans. Both are free at Google Web Fonts.

About his Gelasio, he says: Gelasio is designed to be metrics compatible with Georgia. Gelasio is a "Reale" or Transitional design with many style cues coming from the period immediately after the Romain du Roi type was introduced.

In 2011, Eben put Nicole Fally's elegant art deco typeface Limelight and Hammersmith One on the Google Font Directory. Typefaces by Riccardo De Franceschi were added as well in 2011. Plaster (2011) is a Josef Albers-inspired stencil face, free at Google Web Fonts. And after that, there was a flood of additions to Google Web Fonts, best checked at Sorkin Type on Google Fonts.

In 2015, he contributed Dekko to Google Web Fonts--Dekko is a Latin / Devanagari casual font in the spirit of Comic sans. It originated with Modular InfoTech's 4948 [Modular InfoTech is a company based in Pune, India], and should not be confused with Norrasak Ramasute's YWFT Dekko from 2010.

Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link. FontStruct link. Klingspor link. Dafont link.

Eben spent February and March 2011 learning how to carve letters in stone from Lida Cardozo at the Cardozo Kindesley workshop, Cambridge UK, and collaborating with Lida on the typeface Pulle.

The photographer photographed (in 2011, by Ralph Herrmann).

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Stephen M. Knouse
[Essqué Productions]

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Teresa Knezek

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