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Type scene in Arkansas

[Headline set in Parfumerie Script (2011, Sabrina Mariela Lopez)]



Texarkana, AR-based designer (b. 1987) of the blackboard-chalk font Alicia / Untitled (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allison Lea Armstrong

During her studies at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, Allison Lea Armstrong designed Architecture Anatomy Font (2016, decorative caps) and the related artchitect (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Herndon

Graphic designer in Jonesboro, AR, who created these typefaces during his studies at Arkansas State University:

  • Sonder (2016). A free vintage typeface in Sans and Serif styles.
  • Atami (2016). Free download. Part hipster and part a sans titling typeface.
  • Luxia (2016). A free Peignotian typeface family.
  • The free rounded monoline sans serif typeface Aquatico (2015). There is also a full commercial version of Aquatico.
  • Zefani Stencil (2015, free) is a didone typeface with strong characters and bold lines, while its sister font Zefani Sans (2015) is a light san-serif with monoline strokes and three different weights.
  • Sango (2015) in Regular and Static styles.
  • Exodus (2016). Partially free.

Behance link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Arkansas-based designer (b. 1986) who created the handwriting font O Ashy (2006). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bethanny Lyons

Originally from Canon Springs, Bethanny Lyons is now located in Siloam Springs, AR. She designed the wavy sans typeface Lyonsgate (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Burkeen

Brandon Burkeen is a web application developer, designer, investor and entrepreneur. He resides in Hot Springs, AR. Creator of the hand-printed typefaces Portland (2011) and Grundy (2011). Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian M. Zick

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Brian M. Zick

Tennessee-based type designer, b. 1991, PA, who died on February 24, 2023. Before moving to Tennessee, he was based in Newton County, AR. Brian Zick's typefaces include the Times-Roman like family Neuton (2010-2011, which contains both Latin and Hebrew versions; free at Google Web Fonts). Other typefaces by Zick: the Helvetica clone Zikketica (2010), Alpine Text (2011, a sans), Lubitel (2011, Hebrew face), Takt (2011), Recut (2011) and the ultra-fat titling font Zut (2010).

Kernest link. My own link to him. Google font directory link. Font Squirrel link. Devian tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cadet Marissa

Arkansas-based creator of the free hand-printed typeface Shaved Ice (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Wyrick

Charles Wyrick (Little Rock, AR) made Redchuck (2009, Fontcapture font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel H. Luecking

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Daniel H. Luecking

A researcher in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Arkansas, who specializes in metafont. He made the travel dingbat typeface "nkarta15", a correction and extension of the free metafont "karta" which in turn is of unknown origin. He also made a metapost file out of it. Download these fonts here. I took the liberty of making a tfm file with tfmpktest.pl, and from the tfm abd mf files, with the help of mftrace and t1utils, I made afm and pfb files: nkarta15 (type 1) (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Derek Yaniger
[Mister Retro]

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Dickie Jones

Graphic designer in Little Rock, AR. In 2014, he created the medieval typeface 33 Lions for private use. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elizabeth Birchfield

Graphic designer in Magnolia, AR. Creator of the warm, rounded and very readable typeface Groovella (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Brian M. Zick]

Brian Zick (Jasper, Arkansas) created the open source on-line font editor Font Clod in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hanisha Amin

While studying graphic design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Hanisha Amin (b. UK), who was raised in Arkansas, created an unnamed techno typeface in 2013.

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Inna Bagaeva

Graphic designer in Magnolia, AR, who created an Alphonse Mucha illustration in 2012. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Kraning

Rogers, AR-based designer of the tall avant garde display typeface Albatross (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Hardnack

Creator of Echo (2010), a free squarish typeface. Matthew (b. 1990) is from MH, Arkansas. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Daniel H. Luecking]

A free program with macros to help draw metafont figures. Its history: MFpic was initiated by Tom Leathrum in 1992. At some point in version 0.2.x most of the development passed to Geoffrey Tobin. In 1996, when the (unreleased) version was at 0.2.14, Dan Luecking began trying to transform mfpic's Metafont code into MetaPost code, and then folding MetaPost support into mfpic.tex. With Geoffrey Tobin's help, and that of a small group of mfpic aficionados on the Net, Luecking published mfpic v. 0.5. Dan Luecking is at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Arkansas. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mister Retro
[Derek Yaniger]

Derek Yaniger (b. Arkansas, lives in Atlanta, GA) is an illustrator who calls himself a toothless hillbilly. He made some fonts: Chowderhead, Creaky Tiki, Singlesville Script, Kiddie Cocktails. All are in an American diner style of lettering.

At Sideshow, together with Stuart sandler in 2008, he published Creaky Tiki, Creaky Frank, Creaky Solid, and Derekbats. Derek Yaniger and Stuart Sandler published Wildsville: The Art of Derek Yaniger.

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

Samuel Gray

Samuel Gray (Little Rock, Arkansas) practices surrealism in his art. He created the free typeface SamFree (2012). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scott Elkins

Scott Elkins is the founder (in 2004) and creative director of Elkins Design in Bentonville, AR. His work includes the free rounded sans all caps typeface Phorion (2012).

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Sergey Oganesyan

Designer in Fayetteville, AR, who created the vhighly experimental font Adius (2013), for which he drew inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephen McBride

Stephen McBride (b. 1967) is based in Kansas City, MO, and before that in Edwardsville, KS and Earle, AR. He is the man behind the SWMCA Catalogs (est. 2012). An ex-signpainter, he is now turning his typefaces into digital fonts.

Creator of the free hand-printed font Tribal (2012). The explanation is interesting: Tribal was first drawn in 1979 as Indian. For many years it was one of the most popular SWMCA fonts. Shortly there after there was a heavy movement among Native American tribes about being called "Indians". They'd constantly complain that they weren't from India or an Arabic nation. In response, SWMCA changed the name to Typeface (later Typefont) of Native American Honor. It was redrawn in 2012 and sent to Font Panda to be digitalized and came back more "liquidity" and much more playful than the original. Tribal was followed by Tribal Schoolhouse (2012).

In 2013, he designed the hand-printed typeface families Fun Euro Schoolhouse, 2013 SWMCA Demo, Watermelon Stand, 2013 Demo of Cadaver's Script (eerie), Midtown Roman, Hexagonal Delight (angular script), Ol West Rustik, Disco Grudge and 12 Steps.

Typefaces from 2014: Pupil Light, Kansas City Gothic Caps (blackletter), Kabbalah, Area 51 UFO (+Apocalypse, a glazkrak typeface).

In 2015, he designed the free brush typeface 99% Occupy in support of the Occupy Movement.

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

Vanna Vu

Vanna is a Vietnamese American designer from Bentonville, AR, living in Minneapolis. Graduate of TypeWest, class of 2021. Her typefaces:

  • Zazz (2019). A modular typeface designed for the Communication Design BFA Capstone at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Blaub (2020). A display typeface developed at TypeCooper in 2020.
  • Ambi (2021). Her graduation typeface at TypeWest. Ambi was inspired by the multi-typeface typography of individual Vietnamese-American/Vietnamese restaurant menus and food packaging, such as Huy Fong's Sriracha bottle.
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VS Software

VS Software in Little Rock, AR, offers these products and services: signature/logo font making, Jet True (TrueType to PCL font converter for 325 USD), barcode and MICR fonts, FontGen v1 (300 USD: bitmap font editor, 7 formats). About FontGen: FontGen's most common format is a 300 or 600 dpi PCL 5 bitmap font for use with the PCL driver of an HP or compatible laser printer. [Google] [More]  ⦿