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Alex Bruno

Alex is a senior Visual Communications and Advertising student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He created the (free) ultra fat face A/Bru Subtle (2010). Home page of A Bru Design in Flagstaff, AZ. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annette Ruchala

Annette Ruchala, a freelance designer in Phoenix, AZ, created the alchemic typeface Cult Font in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Carl Smith

A young designer studying in Mesa, AZ, Anthony published his first face, a Swiss sans, with HypeForType in 2009: Rendall. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ArtToday.Com

Welcome to the sewer of the internet. For 78USD per year, you can subscribe to this service, which offers lots of font downloads (almost 6000, they claim). Not only are the fonts rather standard, but upon inspection of the fonts (Erik's Hand, Stencil, Snowcaps, HotTamale, etcetera), it is clear that these guys are asking money for access to freeware/shareware fonts made by others! Holy cow! So, I did some digging and learned that ArtToday.com is owned by Zedcor Inc, 5232 E. Pima St. Suite 200C Tucson, AZ 85712. The head parasite seems to be Peter Gariepy, tel: (520) 881-8101 520-881-1841. Gariepy has become rich (at least judging from his hobbies and other information culled from the web), so, as is often the case in this world, the bad guy won. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atomic Media (was: SmartDust)
[Matthew Bardram]

Matthew Bardram (b. New York City, 1965) is the Tucson, AZ-based [T-26] founder of Atomic Media, and specializes in bitmap fonts. He designed Atomic, Centrifuge, Bromide (at T-26), Crackle, Klaxon. At Nakedface (now gone), he made Arachnid, Bitpak, Bylinear, DhexInline, Genetica, Economy Large, Empiric, Hypersigna (2005, bitmap face), Montreal (the family) and two katakana fonts. His Bitpack includes the following pixel fonts: Bylinear (2000), Cellular (2000), Genetica (2000, free download), Genetrix, Macroscopic, Metodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer, Remote (2000), Monocule (2000), Joystik, Centrifuge, Quantaa (2000), Bionika, Megalon (2000), Wired, Badfish.

Bardram's Digipak includes Atomic-Inline, Atomic-Outline, Bionika-Black, Bionika, Genetrix-Crossed, Genetrix-Square, Genetrix-SquareCore, Genetrix-SquareHollow, Joystik, Macroscopic-A, Macroscopic-B, Macroscopic-C, Macroscopic-D, Macroscopic-E, Methodic-Bold, Methodic, Microscopic, Noir, Scriptometer-SanScript, Scriptometer.

Additional typefaces: a 3D pixel font called Boxer 3D (2002), Neuronic (2002-2004, nice outlined pixel font; see also here), Fusionaire (2002, a display font) and Wijdeveld, a squarish font based on the lettering of poster artist Wijdeveld from The Netherlands. In 2005, these fonts were added: Magnetica, Imperium, Ratio, Hypersigna, Sequence and Tempora, all by Matthew Bardram.

Sausan Kare's pixel fonts at Atomic Media: Mini Food, Kare Dingbats, Biology, Everett, Harry, Ramona, Kare Five Dots, Kare Five Dots Serif, Kare Six Dots, Kare Six Dots Serif.

Alternate URL. Interview. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bess Rebel

Arizona-based designer (b. 1987) of the hand-printed typefaces Mitchell Park (2014), Avia (2014) and Laura Claire (2014), and of Nearly Dignified (2014), New School Class (2014), Furngilly (2014), Hambone (2014), Old School Class (2014), Dingbash (2014, puppy dingbats), and Lumiere (2014).

Aka Bess Asher Rebel. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Billie Heitzman

Billie Heitzman (b. Arizona) graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in fine arts and advertising. Creator of Hot Goo (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Blackout Fonts
[Raymond Robert Holling]

Designers of Blackout (2007, futuristic), Curves Accent (2007, multilined and artsy), and paperclip Wire (2007). Blackout is run by Raymond Robert Holling (b. Phoenix, AZ, 1987) who is working towards a degree in visual communication at Arizona State University. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brian Willson
[Three Islands Press (was: The Type Quarry)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Carolyn Gibbs

Creative Alliance designer of Artifact 1 through 4, a beautiful set of dingbats, influenced by American Indian art. At Monotype, she did Pi Fonts 2 and 3.

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

David Manzer

Located in Mesa, AZ, David Manzer created several typefaces in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Derek Vogelpohl
[ShyFoundry (was: ShyFonts)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ekloff Design (was: Liquid Parallax)
[Joseph Ekloff]

Ekloff Design by Joseph Ekloff (aka F. Folke) grew out of Liquid Parallax. It has free and commercial fonts created by Joey, who has a BFA in Visual Communications with a Marketing minor from the University of Arizona. He is based in Seattle.

His fonts: Times New Rhombus (2005, handwriting), Jupiter Jellypop and Jupiter Jellyrock (2005, grunge), Dinosaur Skin (2005), Abdomentality, Cactus Milk, Derivia (based on a public domain serif font called Livia Medium by S.G. Moye, 1992), Remodula (gridded, kitchen tile face, FontStruct), Electric Pencil (hand), Lower Optic Fibercase, Qualymer Beanpole, Qualymer Husky, Hopskotch (monoline sans with long swashes).

In 2013, he designed the commercial typeface Fervent Sans.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

El Waters

Tucson, AZ-based creator of the ornamental typeface Raver (2013) for a design class at the Art Institute of Tucson. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elnara Elizabeth Browers

American type designer, b. 1984, Baku, Azerbaijan. She earned a degree in International Law from Western University in Baku, Azerbaijan and paralegal certificate from the National Paralegal College in Arizona. In 2010, she created the ink-stained handprinting font Jeyran together with Michael Jason Browers. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Erin Loper

Arizona-based desiner (b. 1983) of the children's hand Erin's Handwriting (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

EZ Byzantine Music Font Package

Greek/Byzantine music font package brought to you by Father Ephraim from the Greek Orthodox St. Anthony's Monastery in Arizona: EZ-Oxeia, EZ-Fthora, EZ-Psaltica, EZ-Special-I, EZ-Special-II. These fonts are similar to the fonts from CYLLOGOS MOUSIKOFILON CON. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FAQ for Information on Fonts--Software for Indian Languages

FAQ by Sridhar Venkataraman (Arizona State University), last updated in 1994. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frank Lloyd Wright

American architect, artist and designer, b. Richland Center, WI, 1867, d. Phoenix, AZ, 1959. He was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. His lettering inspired many to create typefaces based on them. The Frank Lloyd Wright museum is near the University of Chicago. A partial list:

  • David Siegel made P22 Eaglefeather (1994-1999) for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which owns various manuscripts with his beautiful lettering. P22 made a few typefaces based on his hand.
  • Christina Torre (P22) created P22 FLLW Exhibition and P22 FLLW Terracotta in 2000, based on alphabets by Frank Lloyd Wright published in 1931 and in 1896-1897 (in his book The House Beautiful), respectively.
  • Paul Hunt made the P22 FLWW Midway font family in 2006, comprising Midway One, Two and Ornaments. This set is based on the lettering found on the Midway Gardens working drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright---tall-legged and casual.
  • There are several free fonts. For example, swiftw5 created the typeface Hendrikus Wijdeveld (2010), based on a Hendrikus Wijdeveld poster entitled Architecture Exhibition / Frank Lloyd Wright from 1931.
  • Funky Lloyd Wright (2002) by Kristian Walker (Eurekaville) is an experimental font based on Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas.
FontShop link.

View Franl Lloyd Wright fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Graham K. Parker

Arizona-based designer (b. 1987) of Sharpie Caps Madness (2005, handwriting), also called MyHandwriting. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guru's Lair: Acrobat library shelf directory

Arizona-based Don Lancaster's huge list of links for PDF and Acrobat. Includes PostScript code websitan.ps, reflog1.ps and weblogu2.ps (website analysis in PostScript), urlindoc.ps (embed url links directly into your pre-Acrobat source documents), tutorial on PostScript "alpha" transparency, a JPEG to PDF file conversion tutorial, catools1.ps (a et of PostScript utilities that let you read Acrobat catalog internals), and a PFB2PFA.PS program. He has, among many other things, some articles on text justification in postscript, called Picojustification and Postjustification. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hassan Jukhadar

Designer, b. 1979, Daytona Beach, FL, who lives in Tucson, AZ, where he studies at the University of Arizona, class of 2013. Creator of Hair Styler (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Helmith Thoms

Designer from Phoenix who made the rope font Lariat (1963, Typefounders of Phoenix), which was released in 1965. Lariat is an upright, connected script with rope-like features. [Google] [More]  ⦿

J. Paul Snow
[JPS Graphic Designs]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

J. Randall Harris
[Just My Type]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

James L. DeVries

Tucson, AZ-based designer of Western Normal (1990), and of Varsity (1989-1990). He also designed the shareware Dot Matrix Font.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Martinez

American designer in Glendale, AZ, of the hand-printed Southpawcomic (2009, FontCapture). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeremy Smith

Graphic designer who ran Visualdsgn.com in Scottsdale, AZ, and is now with dsgn.co in Phoenix. In 2009, he created the smooth organic family Karmaform. In 2010, he designed Barka, an ultra-fat face, and Lightcycle Tron, a futuristic experimental face.

Apparatus (2012) is a computer game typeface, slightly modernized.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Cole

Phoeniz, AZ-based creator of the free techno fonts Super King (2013) and Shockwave (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John David Bud Banks

Free handwriting fonts made in 1996 by John David Banks from Tucson, AZ (b. 1953) such as BudHand (Regular, Bold, Angular), BethHand (Angular, based on the hand of Beth E.LK. Banks), and fonts such as BudEasy, BudNull, and BudBird.

Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Ekloff
[Ekloff Design (was: Liquid Parallax)]

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JPS Graphic Designs
[J. Paul Snow]

J. Paul Snow (JPS Graphic Designs) is a Glendale, AZ-based type designer. He created Osirian Runic Upright (2012). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Just My Type
[J. Randall Harris]

Just My Type is a type foundry that was founded in 2012 by J. Randall (or Randy) Harris (b. 1947, Marion, IN) in Tucson, AZ. Harris is a graphic and type designer who has been making typefaces since 1997. He teaches at the Art Institute of Tucson. His typefaces from 2013: Megatropolis (a stackable deco font system), Historic Warehouse (Victorian).

Typefaces from 2012: Happenstance (a lovely retro-futuristic script), Illuminations Woodcut, Yule Love It (Christmas time dingbats), Gawain (based on the hand of Gawain Douglas), Oaxaca (a Mexican look face), Boxy Code, Channel B (a rounded monoline sans), Curves, Puzzle, Dempsey (based on the writing of Tucson film teacher, media artist and programmer, Vikki Dempsey), Chilespice, Strata, Deco Donut, Jiminy (a comic book face), Invites (a roundish upright script that intends to recreate the 1920s spirit), Hunky Chunky (an obese poster face), the hand-printed typeface Carissa, Got Milk, Cutting Corners, Astro (retro-futurustic), Dix (2012: a slabby wood style face inspired by the poster for the 1929 film Redskin, and a desire to create a black Edwardian font with an offbeat serif), and the monoline rounded stripped-down sans typeface family Laszlo (2012: the name is an homage to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy of Bauhaus fame).

Kolega (2012) is a constructivist typeface family that consists of Kolega, Kolega Tall, and Kolega Podrobska (fake comrade).

Steampipe (2012) is an ironwork, Jules Verne, wrought iron and time machine font.

Los Muertos (2012) is a Halloween font.

Typefaces from 2013: Megatropolis (a stackable deco font system).

Behance link. J Randall Harris Design link. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kelsey Bailey

Flagstaff, AZ-based creator of a typographic poster called Open Day (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Dozor

Laura Dozor (Tucson, AZ) designed a stick figure alphabet with several choices per glyph so that the letters can be animated. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Bardram
[Atomic Media (was: SmartDust)]

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Nelda Louise Tanner

American type designer in Chino Valley, AZ. She created RLG Astro (2010). Her company, RightLeft Graphics, has published books, charts, and manuals on astrology and numerology since it was founded in 1989. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nina Ulloa

Designer in Tucson, AZ, who made Deceptacon (2012), an optical experimental typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Page Studio Graphics (or: Pixymbols)
[Roger Vershen]

Page Studio Graphics is Roger Vershen's Oro Valley, AZ-based company specializing in symbols and symbol fonts, founded by him in 1986. Roger Vershen died in Tucson, AZ, in 2003.

The fonts (grouped under the name PIXymbols) include ADA symbols v.2.0, Africa, Alphabox, Alphacircle, Ameslan (ASL), Antorff (blackletter), Antorff Fractions, Apothecary, Arrows, Astrology, Backstitch, Boxkey, BoxNLines, Braille grade 2, Casual, Chalk Casual, PIXymbols Chess, Command Key, Courex (typewriter family), Crossword, PIXymbols Deco Glass (2001), Digit&Clocks (+LED symbols), Dingbats&Online, DOSScreen, Fabric Care, FARmarks (Federal Aviation Regulations lettering), Flagman (semaphore), Fractions, Gridmaker, Highway Gothic (U.S. Department of Transportation's Standard Alphabets for Highway Signs), PIXymbols Highway Gothic 2002, Highway Signs (U.S. Department of Transportation), Hospital&Safety, LCD, Linea (2002, prismatic), Luna, Malkoff (calligraphic font), Marina, Meeting, Mejicana (2001, a Mexican party font), Menufonts, Morse, Musica (instruments), Newsdots, Orchestra, Passkey, Patchwork, PCx, Phone, PIXymbolsMusica, Prescott (2001, Western), Penman (2001, connected script), PrimerD (letters with lines), Recycle, Roadsigns, Shadowkey, Signet (family), Signet Shadow, Squared, Strings, Stylekey, Tolerances&Datum, Travel&Hotel, TV List, Unikey, US Map, Vershen (2001), Xcharting, Xstitch. They also sell EPS files of all Arms of Swiss cantons, and many nice initial caps. Look also for Faux Hebrew (simulated Hebrew), as part of the Faux package that also includes Faux Sanskrit, Faux Runic, Faux Hebrew, Faux Japanese, Faux Arabic, Faux Chinese and Faux Chinese Sans.

Alternate URL. Previews at MyFonts. Klingspor link.

View the Page Studio Graphics typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Paul D. Hunt
[Pilcrow Type]

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Pilcrow Type
[Paul D. Hunt]

Type and graphic designer from Joseph City, AZ. His first degree was from Brigham Young University. He was a type designer at P22/Lanston from 2004-2007. In 2008, he obtained an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading where he designed the typefaces Grandia and Grandhara (Indic). In January 2009, he joined Adobe just after Thomas Phinney left. He lives in San Jose, CA.

He created Howard (2006, a digitization of Benton's Sterling), P22 Allyson (2006, based on Hazel Script by BB&S; a winner at Paratype K2009), the P22 FLWW Midway font family (2006: Midway One, Two and Ornaments; based on the lettering found on the Midway Gardens working drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright---tall-legged and casual), Kilkenny (2005, P22), a Victorian-style font based on the metal types named Nymphic and Nymphic Caps which were designed by Hermann Ihlenburg in 1889. This face has almost 1000 glyphs and comes in OpenType format. It includes Cyrillic characters. Check the studies here and here. For another revival of Nymphic Caps, see Secesja by Barmee.

Designer of the display faces Seventies Schoolbook (2004) and Interlocq (2004).

Hunt also digitized Goudy's Village (2005) and Hazel Script (BB&S), which he renamed Allyson (2005).

Still in 2005, he created a digital version of Sol Hess' Hess Monoblack called LTC Hess Monoblack.

In 2006, he published a nice set of connected calligraphic script fonts, P22 Zaner. Bodoni 175 (2006, P22/Lanston) is a revival of Sol Hess' rendition of Bodoni. He was working on Junius (2006), a revival/adaptation of Menhart Antiqua. Frnklin's Caslon, or P22 Franklin Caslon, was designed in 2006 by Richard Kegler and Paul Hunt in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This slightly eroded font set includes faithfully reproduced letterforms digitized directly from images of impressions made by Benjamin Franklin and his printing office circa 1750. It comes with a set of ornaments.

In 2007, he used Goudy's 1924 typeface Italian Old Style in the development at P22/Lanston of LTC Italian Old Style. That typeface was remastered and extended to cover several languages by James Grieshaber in 2011.

Free fonts at Google Web Fonts: Source Sans Pro (2012), Source Code Pro (2012, a companion monospaced sans set).

Fun creations at FontStruct in 2008-2009: Possibly (a stencil loosely based on the Mission Impossible series logo), Probably (same as Possibly but not stenciled), Med Splode, Arcade Fever, negativistic_small, New Alpha_1line, New Alpha_4line, New Alpha_bit, New Alpha_dot [dot matrix font], New Azbuka [after Wim Crouwel's New Alphabet from 1967], positivistic, slabstruct_1, slabstruct_too, structurosa_1, structurosa_bold, structurosa_bold_too, structurosa_caps, structurosa_faux_bold, structurosa_leaf, structurosa_script, structurosa_soft, structurosa_tape, structurosa_too, structurosa_two, Slabstruct Too Soft, Structurosa Clean Soft, Structurosa Script Clean, Structurosa Clean, Structurosa Clean Too, Structurosa Clean Leaf, Structurosa Boxy, Stucturosa Script Heavy.

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

R. E. Harvey

Free FON type screen fonts by R.E. Harvey from Glendale, AZ. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Randy Gregory II

Phoenix, AZ-based art director. Behance link. For a group he formed in Arizina called The Dead, he made a minimalist alphabet for its identity in 2009. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Raymond Robert Holling
[Blackout Fonts]

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Rob Roy Kelly

Rob Roy Kelly (b. Nebraska, 1925, d. Tempe, AZ, 2004) collected wood type from local printers for use by his students at the Minneapolis College of Art&Design. He began gathering the types in the late 1950s and continued adding to the collection over the next decade. He started researching the history, manufacture, and use of the growing collection partly in response to questions that arose from working with his students. His research was first published in the 1963 issue of Design Quarterly (No. 56), and was followed in 1964 by a limited-edition folio of specimen sheets from the collection, entitled American Wood Types 1828-1900, Volume One. Kelly's research would culminate with the publishing in 1969 of American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period. Since 1993, his substantive wood type collection resides at the University of Texas. At Dover, he published 100 Wood Type Alphabets. Kelly's final work with the Collection came in the early 1990s when he was asked by Adobe Systems to participate in a project to develop digital revivals of historic wood types as part of the Adobe Originals program. As consultant to the project, Kelly helped select, from his own collected materials, the type styles that would be made into digital fonts. Kelly died in January 2004.

Obituary, which states: He studied design at the University of Nebraska and the Minneapolis School of Art and served in the Army during the Korean War. Later he did graduate work at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale, where he studied with Josef Albers, Alvin Eisenman, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter, Leo Lionni, Lester Beall and Alexey Brodovitch. He both taught and administered graphic design programs at the Minneapolis College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Western Michigan University and, most recently, at Arizona State University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roger Vershen
[Page Studio Graphics (or: Pixymbols)]

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Sean P. Shetler

Sean P. Shetler designed Shade (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ShyFoundry (was: ShyFonts)
[Derek Vogelpohl]

ShyFoundry (formerly ShyFonts Type Foundry), located in Elkhorn, NE, was founded in 1995 by Derek Vogelpohl (b. Phoenix, AZ, 1971), whose (often techno) fonts used to be free. His original free font site closed down in February 2001. The fonts were thereafter available at CybaPee's site. Fontspace link.

Derek briefly joined ApostrophicLabs in March 2001. His first font there is Phosphorus. In 2001, he created the beautiful Plasmatica family, PhosphorusII, Avondale (a great display family), and the large Covington text family, which is also available now for the Tex community. Dafont link.

In 2008, he took his operation to MyFonts. Each type family comes in 8 to 12 styles.

  • His old free font list: AlienEncounters, ArcheryBlack, AftershockDebris, AlienEncounters, AmericanaDreams, SF DigitalReadout [1999; in 2009, a commercial version, SF Digital Readout Pro appeared], DistantGalaxy, GrooveMachine, HollywoodHills (octagonal, like wood type), MoviePoster, OuterLimits, PlanetaryOrbiter, SFAtarianSystem, SFBigWhiskey, SFCosmicAge, SFFortuneWheel, SFGothican, SF Junk Culture, SFJuggernaut, SFNewRepublic, SFOldRepublic, SFSportsNight, SFSquareHead, SFTattleTales, SFTechnodelight, SFZeroGravity, SFCollegiate, SFMoviePoster, SolarSailer, StarDust, Telegraphic, ViperSquadron, SF IronSides, SF GrooveMachine, SF TransRobotics, SF Balloons, SF Intellivised, SF Obliquities, SF Willamette, ActionMan, Arborcrest, Automaton, Buttercup, ChromeFenders, SF Espionage, SF Square Head Pro (2009, with Roger S. Nelsson at CheapProFonts), SF Square Root, EccentricOpus, GrungeSans, Intermosaic (pixel family), Intoxicated, IronGothic, Laundromatic, Quartzite, SlapstickComic (comic book font family), SynthonicPop, SF Wasabi (oriental simulation), TheraminGothic, Ferretopia, Toontime, Retroesque, Chaerilidae, Gushing Meadow (dripping blood family), Shai Fontai, Retro Splice.
  • Free fonts made in 2008: SF Fourche, SF Florencesans (a huge family), SF Plasmatica, SF Slapstick Comic, SF Speedywaystar.
  • Commercial fonts: SF Groove Machine Pro, SF Quartzite Pro, SF Animatron (2008, a redesign of the techno family SF TransRobotics), SF Tekamah (2008, futuristic), SF Portabello (2008, bold and edgy headline family), SF Hallucination, SF Hypocrisy (2009, simple sans), SF Pale Bottom (2009), SF Outer Limits (2009), SF Orson Casua (2009), SF Old Republic (2009), SF Obliquities (2009), SF New Republic (2009), SF Movie Poster (2009), SF Minced Meat (2009), SF Chrome Fenders (2009), SF Eccentric Opus (2009), SF Buttacup (2009), SF Chaerilidae (2009), SF Covington (2009), SF Espionage (2009), SF Deco Techno (2009), SF Baroquesque (2009), SF Ferretopia (2009), SF Chromium 24 (2009), SF Avondale (2009), SF Electrotome (2009), SF Cosmic Age (2009), SF Hallucination (2009), SF Florencesans (2009), SF Zimmerman (2009, handprinted).
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SNR Software

Signatures, logos and handwriting converted to PostScript or TrueType fonts for 75USD. Based in Phoenix, AZ. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sridhar Venkataraman

From Arizona State University, Sridhar Venkataraman's collection of links on Indian fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephan Castro

Scottsdale, AZ-based print designer, who created the copperplate font Copper Crown (2007). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephany Raad

Scottsdale, AZ-based designer of the modular typeface Chop Suey (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Font Company

Dan Barthell's Phoenix, AZ-based foundry, was founded in 1988. It produced about 400 fonts that some call revivals and others call rip-offs. It was merged into Precision Type Foundry in 1993. Its fonts can now be bought via URW or Ascender, two unscrupulous companies that have no problem asking money for font collections with a doubtful "past".

Stuart Sandler (The Font Diner) explains: Dan Barthel was the owner of The Font Company out of Phoenix, AZ and now lives in Ft Myers, FL . . . I have his phone number if you wanted to REALLY get all the inside scoop . . . Generally speaking, he was among the first groups along with a handful of young employees he trained to scan and digitize fonts from filmstrips and did a number of conversions for Harry Brodjian of Alphatype faces in the late 1980s. Among those included were Parade and Contemporary Brush Bold which were eventually licensed by Robert Norton for Microsoft . . . I'm certain they used the Ikarus system to make their digitizations . . . The Font Company eventually went on to digitize a good amount of faces and nearly all of them were distributed by the Precision Type Company until it closed its doors in the mid-2000s . . . Get your hands on one of those catalogs to see the entire library they released . . . At some point in the 1990s Dan decided to close up shop and tossed all the assets digital or otherwise and start over in another business but walked away from the font business all together regardless . . .

The fonts: Abbey, Accolade, Adelon (patterned after Albertus MT), Adroit, Advertisers, Aggie, Amanda, Amber, American, Annual, Apache, April, Art Gothie, Artcraft, Ashley, Atrax, Avalon, Avon, Baker Signet, Ballantines, Balloon, Balzac, Baucher Gothic (a headline, tall and geometric typeface designed by URW Studio in 1995 according to some sources---unclear where it originated), Bauer Topic, Beacon, Beale, Bee, Benjamin, Bernhard, Bible, Bluejack, Boa Script, Brittany, Bulmer, California Grotesk, Cartel, Cartoon, Casablanca, FC Caslon, Century Expand, Charter Oak, Chevalier, Chinat, Cloister, Contemporary Brush, Continental, Cooper Old Style, Corporate, Corvinus Skyline, Craw Modern, Criterion, Danmark, FC Deepdene, Diamante, Didoni, Digital, Din 16, Disco, Egizio, Elaine, Erbar, Expressa, Fanfare, Firmin Didot, Florentine, Frency, Gatsby, Geshexport, Glamour, Glasgow, Globe, Gorden, Harem, FC Heldustry, Helenic, Helium, Helserif, FC Highway Gothic, Hildago, Hobo, Holly Script, Howland, Hudson, Huxley Vertical, Impact, Introspect, Inverserif, Japanette, Jay Gothic, Kelles, Kennerley, Kenneth, Koloss, Largo, Leasterix, Legothic, Lightline Gothic, Lucida Type, Marcato, Martin Gothic, Martinique, Mr Big, Napoli, Nashville, Newport Land, Novel Gothic, Neuland, Ondine, Organ Grinder, Ornitons Heavy, Paladin, Pandora Black, Parade, Pasadena, Pekin, Permanent Headline, Philly Sport, Pinnochio, Plakat, Polonaise, Precis, Pretoria, Promoter, Publicity, Quratz, Quint, Racer, Radiant, Regency, Reiner, Rochester, Roger, Rolling Stone, Roman Shaded, Roman Stylus, Roman Solid, Ronda, Roundest, San Serif, Scenario, Sevilla, Shotgun, Siegfried, Souvenir Gothic, Spire, Stanza, Stark, Thor, Ticonderoga, Timbre, Toledo, Torino, Umbra, Veracruz, Viant, Viking Gothic, Village, Vixon, Woodcut, Wordsworth, Yorkshire, Zanzibar and Zola. Other fonts: AGBuch, AGrotesk, Accent-Normal, Aggie-Normal, AlternateGothic, AmericanGothic, AntiqueOlive, Apache, BAVGarde, BOSGoudy, BakerSignet, Bauer Topic (1999-2002), BernhardModern, BrodyNormal, CaslonC224, CaslonC37, CaslonC637, Centaur, CenturyExpanded, Cochin, DisneyPrint, ECBGill, Exquisit, Flash, Folio, GaramondM, Grotesk, IceAge, ImpactCondensed, Imprint, Jenson, Latin, Laudatio, Lynton, MagicSymbols, MBrighton, Michelangelo (a roman caps face based on Hermann Zapf's Michelangelo from 1950), NewportLand, NovelGothic, Nueland, Panache, QuaySans, RealtyExecutives, Roman, SpiritCraw, Univers, Venus. In 2009, the elegant transitional---almost modern--- high-legged faces Roman Solid and Roman Stylus (outlines) are shown as part of the URW++ collection.

Ascender sells these fonts: Accent, Amber, Amber Italic, Amelia, American Text, American Uncial Regular, April, Artcraft Pro, Avon, Balloon Bold, Balzac, Baucher Gothic, Bernhard Gothic Light, BoaScript, Cartoon, Chinat, Contemporary Brush, Cowgirl, Devinne, Digital, N 16, Erbar, Expressa, Fanfare, Florentine, Geshexport, Glasgow ExtraBold, Handel Gothic, Hastings, Hobo, Hobo Bold, Holly Script, Hudson, Koloss, LeAsterix, Nashville, Novel Gothic, Nueland, Nueland Inline, Opportunity, Pasadena Family, Philly Sport, Pretoria, Quartz, Reiner, Resonance, Souvenir Gothic, Stanza, Thor, Ticonderoga, Umbra, Viant, Woodcut, Zanzibar, Zola. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Three Islands Press (was: The Type Quarry)
[Brian Willson]

Brian Willson (b. 1951, New Haven, CT), grew up in Austin, TX, and obtained a degree in radio, TV and film from the University of Texas in 1979. Since 1980, Willson has lived in coastal Maine, where for 15 years he worked as a writer and journalist, in both broadcast and print media, and was managing editor of National Fisherman magazine for one year. In the mid 1990s, he left the magazine business to devote his full time to Three Islands Press (3IP), a digital design and publishing company he founded in Rockland in 1989. He has been designing type since 1993. Three Islands Press (or 3IP, or The Type Quarry) used to offer 10 dollar shareware fonts. They went commercial and are now located in Rockland, ME. 3IP Type Foundry also enjoys the contributions of type designers Patricia Lillie and Lars Bergquist. Their fonts:

  • Abigail Adams (2014). An epistolar script based on he hand of Abigail Smith Adams, first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States.
  • American Scribe: 2003, after the handwriting of Timothy Mattack, who penned America's Declaration of Independence.
  • Antiquarian (2010): based on the the titles and captions and place labels on a page I have of Henri Abraham Chatelain's Atlas Historique.
  • Antiquarian Scribe (2010): based on the body text in an 18th century atlas by Henri Abraham Chatelain.
  • Attic Antique: old pitted characters.
  • Bonsai
  • Botanical Scribe (2013, a warm copperplate script): "The Raphael of Flowers" is what they called Pierre-Joseph Redouté a couple hundred years ago. The Belgian native became famous in France, where he painted floral watercolors for both Marie Antoinnette and Empress Josephine. But what cemented his legacy was his perfection of a stipple engraving technique that brought his art to the masses. Botanical Scribe is modeled after the neat, cursive hand-inscribed legends on these antique prints. Because it simulates handlettering, the font retains a warm, organic quality not seen in fancy modern scripts while remaining both elegant and legible.
  • Broadsheet
  • Castine (1998).
  • Cedar Street
  • Chromosome (1995): a label-tape gun font.
  • Dingos: free.
  • Douglass Pen (2011): inspired by the handwriting of Frederick Douglass, who was born an American slave but died a distinguished 19th century statesman, orator, and abolitionist leader. He also had fine penmanship. Douglass Pen is modeled chiefly after Douglass's handwritten account of John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, VA.
  • Emily Austin (2001) is modeled after the penmanship of Emily Margaret Austin (Bryan) Perry, an early Texas colonist along with her brother, Stephen F. Austin, for whom the state capital was named. Specimens were letters dating from 1837 until 1851, the year of her death at 56. It is a beautiful historic handwriting font.
  • Houston Pen (after the handwriting of Sam Houston.
  • Horsefeathers.
  • Lamar Pen: 2003, after the handwriting of poet Mirabeau B. Lamar, ca. 1830s.
  • Marydale. Willson wrote: While working at National Fisherman magazine several years ago, I admired the hand-lettering of the production director, Marydale Abernathy, and suggested she let me model a font after her penmanship. She drew out the alphabet, I launched Macromedia (then Altsys) Fontographer, and (to shorten a long story) I ended up developing my first typeface. For the heck of it, I released it first as shareware, then as a full-featured typeface and, astonishingly, it took off.
  • Oak Street
  • Old Man Eloquent (2010): a connected script based on an 1810 sample of the handwriting of John Quincy Adams.
  • Professor
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Schooner Script: after the 1825 handwriting of pastor Samuel Clarke of Princeton, MA.
  • Sluggo.
  • Speed Bump
  • Texas Hero: after the hand of Thomas J. Rusk, 1836.
  • Terra Ignota (2013). Based on the handlettering on Amerique Septentrionale, a 1650 map by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson.
  • Treefrog (1993): beautiful unevenly inked handwriting style, inspired by the quirky inkpen doodlings of Philip D. Cyr, a graphic designer who lives in Arizona.
  • Viktorie (2007, handwriting).

Alternate URL. MyFonts link. Alternate URL. alternate site. Agfa-Monotype page. Fonts sold by Mindcandy. FontShop link. Klingspor link.

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Tom Burns

Murfreesboro, TN and/or Anthem, AZ-based illustrator and graphic designer (b. 1978). Creator of Toonish (2008), a cartoon face, which in 2009 became a commercial face at T-26. He also made the modular face Machinista (2010, T26).

Dafont link. MyFonts link. Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Tracy Leibsohn

Graphic designer in Phoenix, AZ. She created the 3d font Wisy (2010), with letters looking like they were made from grocery store twist ties. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tunnel Bravo

Advertising and design studio in Mesa, AZ. Behance link.

Creators of the old typewriter family L.C. Smith Modern (2012), based on the typeface used by the vintage 1929 typewriter L.C. Smith. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ursula Suess

Ursula Suess was born in 1924 to German parents in Camden, NJ, and grew up in Munich, Germany, where she attended two semesters of design school at the Academy of Fine Art before it burned down during the war. She then studied calligraphy with Anna Simons for two years. She returned to America in 1946 and established herself as a graphic designer working for Oxford University Press, Macmillan Co., Harper, and other publishers. She also taught calligraphy for 20 years at the Westchester Art Workshop, and at the Cooper Union in New York City. In her fifties, she learned to cut gems and became a gem carver. She moved to Green Valley, AZ, in 1998, and has been applying her artistic versatility with clay, water-color and acrylics. In 1972 she designed Book Jacket Italic, one of film type era's most famous typefaces [copied by Phil Martin as Bagatelle]. In 2010, with the help of Patrick Griffin, she released the revised and expanded digital version through Canada Type. At VGC, she also made Rotalic (two weights).

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