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Type scene in Alaska

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



Anchorage, AK-based designer of the heavy vernacular brush typeface masni (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Garysdóttir

Creator (b. 1999, Alaska) of the hand-printed typeface Andrea Unedited (2013) and 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 handcrafted 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, beatnik style) 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. In 2016, he added the octagonal trekkie font Commander Edge.

Typefaces from 2021: Power Talks (a bold tuxedoed art deco sans for Latin, Hebrew, Greek and Cyrillic).

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Devian tart link. Creative Market link. Behance 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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Joanna Daniels

Ninitchik, AK-based designer of the sturdy condensed headline sans typeface Hubris (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Teresa Knezek]

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

Mikko Sumulong
[Mix Fonts]

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Mix Fonts
[Mikko Sumulong]

Aka Mikomix, her real name is Michelle Karla Sumulong, b. Anchorage, Alaska. Mikko grew up in Antipolo City in the Philippines, went to college back in Anchorage, Alaska, lived in New York City, took a two-year break in Alaska, and now resides in Manila / BGC in the Philippines.

Creator of Trippy Tarot (a handcrafted liquid serif font) (2022), Mix Blimp (emulating a painted script) (2021), Mix Label (a fat finger font) (2021), Catchphrase (a hand-crafted text typeface) (2021), Loopy Lola (2021), Mix String Cheese (a fat finger font) (2021), Mix Modern (a 5-style sans) (2021), Sassitude (2020: a fat finger font), Adorkable (2019), Marker (2018), Before (2018), Pinta (2018: hand-painted), Drybrush (2018), Festival (2018), Striped & Solid (2018), Hjarta (2018: doodled and sketched), Upright (2018), Plump (2018), Sueno (2018: a monoline script), Mix Palmer (2018: a fat finger font), Blimp (2018), Mix Doodle (2018), Mix Directions (2018: arrows), Somn (2017), Mix Scribble (2017), Mix Modern (2017), Mix Tumble (2017), Mix Zakka (2017), Mix Old Girl (2017, script), Mix Underground (2017), Mix Sonatina (2016), Mix Sonata (2016), Mix Skye (2016), Mix Giants (2016), Mix Java (2016), Mix Turvy (2016), Mix Grungy (2016), Mix Amie (2016), Mix Motley (2016), Mix Mini Caps (2016), Mix Narrow (2016), Mix Wander (2016), Mix Caravelle (2016, brush script), Mix Abuzz (2016, brush script), Mix Redux (2016), Mix Sonnet (2016), Mix Yonder (2016, brush font), Mix Brush (2016), Mix Ornare (2016), Mix Klunker (2016), Mix Stitch (2013-2016), Mix Rego (2016), Mix Freo (2016), Mix Quixotic (2015), Mix Jib (2015), Mix Fickle (2015), Mix Kitsch (2015), Mix Plump (2015), Mix Punch Out (2015), Mix Lean (2015), Mix Pisa (2015), Mix Duple (2015, bilined), Mix Swift (2015), Mix Bamboo (2015), Mix Brescia (2015, a handcrafted blackboard bold font), Mix CD (2015), Mix Carpathia (2015), Mix Giants (2015), Mix Squiggle (2015), Mixbrush (2015), Mix Connect Dots (2014), Mix Partial (2014), Mix Modern Outline (2014), Mix Spotted (2014), Mix Striped (2014), Mix Outline (2013), Mix Shaded (2013), Mix Cut Outs (2013), a paper cut out typeface, Mix Narrow, and Mix Serif (2013, a weathered typeface). Designer of the free fonts Mix Comic, MixCrosshatch, MixDemiSans, MixNarrowSerif, MixTitanica, all hand-traced designs or sketched typefaces made with iFontmaker in 2014.

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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, and lives in Easthampton, MA. Sorkin Type (was: Eyebytes, in Eagle River, Alaska) is run by him. 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. His typefaces and those by contributors at Sorkin Type:

  • Armata (2011). By Viktoriya Grabowska.
  • Army Pool Tiles (2005) and No Step (2007, stencil).
  • Autour One (2011).
  • 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).
  • Courgette (2012). By Karolina Lach.
  • Duru Sans (2011). By Onur Yazcgil.
  • Just for fun, he made the dot matrix typeface Exp1 (2008).
  • FjallaOne (2012). By Irina Smirnova.
  • Gelasio (2012): free at Open Font Library and Google Fonts. He writes: Gelasio is designed to be metrics compatible with Georgia. Gelasio is a general purpose screen oriented text face based on the Romain du Roi style cold metal type seen in Oeuvres de Jean Racine (1789). This pre-Baskerville style is sometimes called Reale or Transitional style. This and and a large x height offer a nobel, cheerful and simple feeling hence the name Gelasio. Github link.
  • Goblin (2011). By Riccardo De Franceschi.
  • Gravitas One (2011). By Riccardo De Franceschi.
  • Habibi (2011). By Magnus Gaarde.
  • Hammersmith One (2011). By Nicole Fally.
  • In 2011, Eben put Nicole Fally's elegant art deco typeface Limelight and Hammersmith One on the Google Font Directory.
  • Inder (2010). By Irina Smirnova.
  • Kavoon (2013). By Viktoriya Grabowska.
  • In 2010, Eben started working on Merriweather, a free workhorse serif family. It was followed in 2013 by Merriweather Italic and Merriweather Sans. Both are free at Google Web Fonts. Spin-offs of Merriweather sans include Liera sans (2020, Cristiano Sobral).
  • Metamorphous (2011). By James Grieshaber.
  • Ovo (2011). By Nicole Fally.
  • Plaster (2011) is a Josef Albers-inspired stencil face, free at Google Web Fonts.
  • Pompiere (2011). By Karolina Lach.
  • Sarina (2011). By James Grieshaber.
  • Short Stack (2011). By James Grieshaber.
  • Sonsie One (2011). By Riccardo De Franceschi.
  • Trykker (2011). By Magnus Gaarde.
  • Vampiro One (2012). By Riccardo De Franceschi.
  • Vast Shadow (2010-2011). By Nicole Fally.
  • Voltaire (2011). By Yvonne Schuettler.
  • Wellfleet (2011). By Riccardo De Franceschi.
  • 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.
  • Still in 2015, he added Asar to Google Web Fonts---Asar is an original Devanagari and Latin typeface that is based on an expanding brush stroke following a heart line. The design is meant to work well with long texts. Asar is partially derived from Pria Ravichadran's Palanquin.
  • Halyard (2017) is an information design sans typeface family by Joshua Darden, Lucas Sharp and Eben Sorkin.
  • Codesigner with John Hudson, Joshua Darden, Maxim Zhukov, and Viktoriya Grabowska, of Omnes Cyrillic.
  • In 2020, Eben Sorkin, Pria Ravichandran, Inga Ploennigs and Dan Reynolds co-designed the sans family Karow at URW.
  • In 2021, Eben Sorkin and Mirko Velimirovic designed the 5-style Spline Sans (free at Google Fonts). They write: Spline Sans is a grotesque sans serif typeface family, purpose-built for UI interfaces, checkout processes, and paragraphs of text. Space efficiency is accomplished by condensing traditional grotesque proportions. This typeface oroginated from Spline Design. Github link. Spline Sans contains a variable font option.

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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