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Type scene in California

[Art deco poster for Napa Valley champagne by Californian artist Poto Leifi]


101 Editions
[Carolina de Bartolo]

Founded by Carolina de Bartolo, 101 Editions is the San Anselmo, CA-based publisher of the book Explorations in Typography: Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting and its iOS companion app. 101 Editions also offers full-service creative direction for a wide range of visual communications. It specializes in contract publishing, typographic consulting and custom typefaces.

Explorations in Typography Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting is both the title of a 2011 book and the name of a web site by Carolina de Bartolo and Erik Spiekermann. The site is worth a visit, as users can "set" their own text. Their own blurb: [The book] is a vast collection of beautiful typesetting examples. Page after page, a brief article by Erik Spiekermann has been set in hundreds of different ways in hundreds of different typefaces, creating an extended visual taxonomy of typesetting that allows you to learn by looking. With complete type specifications on every page and examples set in hundreds of typefaces (many from the FontFont library), the aggregate effect is an ersatz type catalog as well as an extensive resource of typesetting ideas.

Her typefaces include Txt101 (2014: a fresh typeface for mock text and borders, designed in collaboration with Chiharu Tanaka at Psy/Ops).

Carolina graduated from the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

323 Productions
[Arnie Gabriel Gonzales]

Original anarchist fonts by 323 Productions (Arnie G. Gonzales, Los Angeles, CA): the formidable dingbat font Anarquia v1.0 beta, with revolutionary glyphs, and drawings of the world's great anarchists. And Calaveras 323 (1999), a horror scanbat font with glyphs related to the Dia de los muertos. It can also be found here.

Old web site. Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A Primary Kind of Life

Californian designer of several series of handcrafted typefaces. The names of the typefaces start with APL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aaron Monroy

Art director in Santa Monica, CA, who created Tube Alphabet in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aaron Sittig

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Aaron-Harper Lee

Palo Alto, CA-based designer of a stunning typographic wasp in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abel Vieyra

San Bernardino, CA-based designer of Dongle (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abstract Office (was: Subtext Office)
[Benjamin Woodlock]

Benjamin Woodlock (Subtext Office, Los Angeles, CA) designed Utopique in 2014. Utopique is a revival of a flared passionate French sans-serif designed by Enric Crous-Vidal---known for his promotion of Latin seductive elements in typefaces---in the early 1960s.

And a mere two weeks after its release, Utopique had to be renamed Anomique, undoubtedly because of an oligopolistic complaint by Adobe to protect its trademarked name Utopia.

In 2013, he designed the 3-style custom typeface McBean for the California Institute of the Arts as an extension to the school's branding. McBean was expanded to sixteen styles in 2017 for general release, including McBean Sans, Slab, Italic and Beast.

Later typefaces: Reynaldo (Reynaldo is an athletic slab-serif trained for confident display typography. Reynaldo is inspired by the antics of 19th century Clarendons with traces of industrial signage, from wrought-iron details to layered brush-strokes), Safety Gothic (a bold octagonal typeface). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Stirling H. Alexander]

This outfit used to sell and give away fonts made by Stirling H. Alexander until it closed in 1996. Based in Orinda, California, they also were into custom handwriting and custom calligraphic fonts. Free typefaces included Lingbats and Ling Print Brush. Alexander made a dozen fonts in all. Acutetype morphed into a porn site and then another site since 1996, but Stirling H. Alexander has nothing to do with that. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adam Kramer

Graphic designer in Los Angeles who created Navy Seal (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adam Nienow
[Nienow Brand]

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Adam Villareal

San Jose, CA-based designer of the graffiti typeface Origraph (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adam Wojewidka

Adam Wojewidka (San Francisco) created the computer code-inspired typeface 32 Bit Risc (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adelmo Cabello

San Diego, CA-based designer of the free all caps art deco sans typeface Brooks Type (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adhemas Batista

Brazilian art director, graphic designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. Born in 1981 in Sao Paulo. Behance link. He designed various display typefaces for his projects: Mariana (2005) is an experimental typeface for the Havaianas web site. Cristiane (2005) is a Bank Gothic-inspired sans. Mathews (2005) and Ana Rayssa (2005, upright connected script) are experimental types. Antonio (2005) is a fat rounded sans. Josefa (2005) is a grunge typeface created for Brahma Bier. Adilson (2005) is a super-fat display face. Rose (2005) and Douglas (2005, also a super-fat display face) were created for Sensorama ID. Other typefaces include Mark, Mike and Cris. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Admix Designs
[Joe Prince]

Joe Prince (Admix Designs) was a student at Academy of the Canyons near LA, 2007-2011. His typefaces:

Google Font Directory link. Additional Google link. Klingspor link. Devian Tart link. Cargo collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adobe Systems Inc

The company that changed typesetting by the introduction of PostScript and type 1 fonts. Adobe Systems, based in San Jose, California, was started by John Warnock and Chuck Geschke in 1982. In 1999 it became a billion dollar company. The success of the PostScript graphics programming language, a printing industry standard since the mid-1980s, explains its early success. The company grew thanks to other popular products such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and thanks to the introduction of the PDF format for document. Sumner Stone was the Director of Typography from 1984 to 1991. He initiated Adobe's design program, where classic fonts (including Garamond and Caslon) were revived by type designers such as Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly, and others. New type designs such as Minion and Myriad saw the light. The Adobe type design group was later headed by David Lemon, with the help of Thomas Phinney. Other gems in the Adobe arsenal include the PostScript Type 3 format, which permit designers to use programming tools (loops and calculations) to show typefaces. This font format was dropped after a decade (although one can still use it in PostScript programs) because ATM, Adobe's Type Manager for screens, cannot ghandle them. The Multiple Master format, which allows an infinite number of fonts to be interpolated between a set of master designs was also promising. It too was dropped in 1999 after about a decade.

Adobe Fonts at Type Network.

Catalog of Adobe fonts in order of popularity. Catalog of fonts in alphabetical order [large web page warning]. See also here. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adrian Ortiz

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Adrian Saucedo

Adrian Saucedo, a graphic designer in San Diego, created Monster Alphabet (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adriana Vigil

Santa Rosa, CA-based designer of a floriated caps typeface in 2015. Adriana grew up in Northern California. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adriel Almirol

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[Stephen Miggas]

Aerotype is a foundry in Camarillo, CA (formerly in Glendale, CA). It sells the typefaces of Stephen Miggas. Many types were designed around 1998, and most were rejuvenated and updated in 2005. A list of Aerotype's typefaces typefaces:

  • Pixel fonts: Airlock, AirlockWebDings, Fronteer One, Fronteer Two, Microtooth, Microtooth Web Dings, No Biggie One (+Bold), No Biggie Two (+Bold).
  • Old typewriter fonts: Obsolete (+Bold, XBold, Light, XLight).
  • Handwriting or informal scripts: Fave (2019), Arbordale (2014, calligraphic), Bountiful, BountifulBold, Khaki (2007, fun script), Khaki Alternate, Mission, Sanscripta (+Heavy), Siesta, Southbee, Stay True (2011, tattoo-inspired), Turbinado (2018), Boundless, Chillin, Angeleno, Game Street, Jumpshot.
  • Stencil typefaces: Expedition Stencil (+Heavy, +Thin), Hogwild (2010).
  • Blackletter: Octoberfest, Kingshead (+Alternate, Alternate Gothic, Alternate Light, Gothic, Light), Ladybat (+Alternate, Alternate Light, Light), Ravenwood One (+Bold, Condensed), Ravenwood Two (+Bold, Condensed), Wilhelmschrift, Ravenwood, Octoberfest (blackletter), Gothicus (2006, after Rudolf Koch's Maximilian), Dractura, Dracena.
  • Destructionist: Derailer (2016), Americanus (2016, emulating 1800s newsprint type), Dogjaw (2009), Thunderhouse (2009), Sluicebox (2008), Americanus, Conquistador Medium, Derailer (2006), Fiesta, Indigo Medium, Rebound (+Bold, Light, Super, XLight), Coldsmith, Blackstock, Boilerplate, Geoduck, Ghost train.
  • Techno: Durandal (+Black, Flat, FlatBlack, FlatLight, Light, Recycle.
  • Octagonal typefaces: Expedition (+Heavy, Thin, Super, StencilSuper), Protocol (+Alternate, Alternate Light, Alternate Bold, Bold, Light).
  • Dymo label simulation typefaces: Recycle Alternate, Recycle Alternate Reverse, Recycle Reverse, Recycle Standard), Public Works.
  • Display typefaces: Pacifico (2009), Rebound, Roughneck, Fiesta (Mexican style), Mediterano, Pitchfork, Serendipity.
  • Western style: Buckboard (2009), Bootstrap (2010, a estern wood-inspired slab serif), Planchette, Protocol, Leadville (Egyptian), Saloon After, Saloon Before, Boxwood, Caboose, Copperjack (2006, Egyptian), Silverton (Egyptian).
  • Pre 1999 typefaces that have been discontined or renamed: Clique Serif, Bevel-Broken, CliqueWedge, Vector, Corrode, Looneywood.
  • Dingbats: Antique Macabre Ornaments (2007).
  • Wood type: Coldsmith (2016), Sluicebox (2016, letterpress style), Applewood (+Alternate, 2009), Blackstock (2015).
  • Brush scripts: Zooja (2016).
  • Script typefaces: Fave (2019-2020).
  • Calligraphic typefaces: Duende (2016), Meritage (2014, a contrast-rich brush face)), Keepsake (2012, also advertised as a tattoo script typeface family), Spindrift (2012).

Creative Market link. View Stephen Miggas's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aesthetic Type
[Michael Jarboe]

Aesthetic Type (Cardiff, CA) was founded in 2014 by multi-disciplinary creative Michael Jarboe alongside his partner Robin Jarboe. Michael holds a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Robin a BA in Art History from the University of California San Diego. Before Aesthetic Type, Michael Jarboe ran the type foundry Reserves. Aesthetic Type published the hairline sans typeface Anon Line (2019), and Anon Grotesk (2014-2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Agnes Han

Student at Otis College of Art and Design in California who created a monoline sans typeface called Seymour (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aiki Chen

Designer, b. Shanghai, China, who is based in Los Angeles. Designer of the didone typeface Touch (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aimee Tejeda

San Diego-based designer of the angular typeface Vampire (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Antonio Carusone]

Interesting graphic design and typography news and blog site by Antonio Carusone. His CV in his own words: Born in Queens, NY into a colorful Italian family, Antonio Carusone has been in the creative arts since he was a child. His early artistic talents led him to NYCs esteemed, High School of Art and Design, where he graduated in 1997. He then attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he studied Computer Animation. Currently Antonio resides in NYC, where he is a Senior Art Director at Ogilvy. Prior to Ogilvy he was an Art Director at Atmosphere BBDO where he worked on projects which have included Lays, Dial, Red Stripe, AOL, NFL, Gillette, Cingular, Audi, Verizon, and Bank of America. Type subpage. Commercial typefaces: Enotmik (2008, a monocase display typeface available in two weights, Light and Bold. Designed on a grid, Enotmik (2008) is made up of 90 and 45 degree angles). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

A.J. Ortillo

San Jose, CA-based designer of Klapp Klapp (2016), which is a typeface inspired by Yukimi Nagano, the lead singer of soul band Little Dragon. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alan Blackman

Alan Blackman has a BA in anthropolgy and sociology from Queens Collede, NY (1950) and a BLitt in social anthropology from Oxford University, England (1957). He graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in the late 1950s. He was a letterform instructor at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. His first typeface, Galahad (Adobe, 1995), is calligraphic, elegant and rough-edged.

In 2012, he published the smilie alphading typeface Say Cheese at Linotype.

Linotype page. Adobe page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alan Dague-Greene

Type designer (formerly Alan Greene) who is presently at MvB Design in charge of font production. Before that, he was head of custom font creation at FontShop San Francisco, and was also briefly at T26.

His typefaces:

  • The huge serifed family FF Atma (2001).
  • Indispose (T26).
  • MVB Peccadillo (2002, MVB). Done with Holly Goldsmith.
  • MVB Sirenne family (2002). Done with Mark van Bronkhorst, this large family is based on an 18th century design, with optical sizes.
  • The free font family Courier Prime (2013), created for John August and Quote Unquote Apps, made for screenwriters: Courier Prime is optimized for 12 point size, and matches the metrics of Courier and Courier Final Draft, so you can often swap it out one-for-one. Other Couriers just slant the letters to create faux italics. We give you a whole new typeface [with true italics], modeled off the script of vintage typewriters. The competition was Mac Courier [the 1990 Apple system font made by Bitstream] and Courier Final Draft [used in the Final Drafdt screenwriter software]. At Open Font Library, we find Courier Prime Code (for programmers) and Courier Prime Sans, both designed in 2015. Finally Courier Prime was added to Courier Prime in 2019. Github link.
  • Codesigner at American Type Founders Collection of ATF Alternate Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Alan Dague-Greene, David Sudweeks, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). ATF Alternate Gothic is a new, significant digital expansion to 40 fonts of Morris Fuller Benton's classic 1903 design.
  • MVB Salis. A 16-style corporate sans family.
[Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alastair Johnston

Noted type historian in Berkeley, CA. Alastair Johnston is a partner in Poltroon Press, Berkeley. He taught college level courses in typography for over 30 years. He has published scores of books and won the Award of Excellence in the AIGA Just Type Show. His published works include bibliographies and discographies, as well as Alphabets to Order: The Literature of Nineteenth-Century Typefounders' Specimens (New Castle, 2000), Nineteenth-century American designers & engravers of type by William E. Loy (co-editor/designer; Oak Knoll Press, 2009), Hanging Quotes (Cuneiform Press/University of Houston, Texas, 2011), Typographical Tourists: Tales of tramping printers (Poltroon Press, 2012) and Transitional Faces: The Lives and Work of Richard Austin, type-cutter, & Richard Turner Austin, wood-engraver (Poltroon Press, 2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aldus Type Studio

Mysterious outfit that used to be located at 731 S La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90036. It set type primarily for advertising agencies. Between 1997 and 2000, Art Paquette modified and improved some existing fonts. There is also an Aldus company related to Mark Myers in San Diego that used to bundle its fonts with TypeTwister---this was a different company not connected to Aldus Type Studio. The San Diego company changed its name to Aldus Digital Graphics, was bought by Supreme Graphics in 2011, and is no longer in business.

Fonts from Aldus that are traveling the internet include AestheticPlain, AllegroSwashes, Angel, Angel, AssayExtraExtended, AssayRimmed, Cardinal, Cruickshank, Dainty, Dominican, FantasiaCaps (based on Fantasia from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. III), GothicCaps (based on Gothic from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. I), Lettresombrees, LubnaCaps (based on Lubna from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. II), Nabel (based on Nabel from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. I), Napoli (based on Napoli from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. II), Penelope, Regal (based on Regal from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. I), Romant (based on Romant from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. III), Royal (based on Royal from the Aridi Initial Caps Vol. II), Spire, SpireAlt, SpireExtraLight, SpireExtraLightAlt, SpireShaded, WahingtonAntiqueOpen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aled Anaya

Graphic designer from Escondido, CA. He created the fat counterless slab typeface Manzana (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aleisha Marie La Roque

During her studies at SJSU, Milpitas, CA-based Aleisha Marie La Roque designed the angular typeface Chunk (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alejandro Chavetta

Creator of this hairline typeface for the San Francisco magazine (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alejandro Elumba

San Francisco-based designer of the circle-based typeface Roundabout (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aleksandr Khomyakov

San Francisco-based designer of the text typeface Pudra (Powder) (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Buka

Alex Buka (Archy Studio, in Vienna, Austria, and Marina del Rey, CA) created Designosaur (2012, a bold sans typeface).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Fuentes

Illustrator from Los Angeles. Designer at You Work For Them who made the hand-lettered typeface Por Vida (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Ignacio

La Mirada, CA-based designer of Soda Lime, a colorful typeface of broken glass (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Jacque

Alex Jacque (b. 1986, Virginia) is a designer and developer based in Oakland, CA (was: Baltimore, MD). He studied at the University of Michigan School of Art&Design and was located at that time in Ann Arbour, MI. He obtained an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Creator of Coop Blackletter (2016, a soft blackletter version of Cooper Black), Dequindre (2015, based on the capitals of Fette Buhe Fraktur by Walter Buhe, 1914-1915), Teip (2014, a multiline layerable all caps typeface), Pila (2014, techno stencil), Handu (2012, hand-drawn sans-serif inspired by the hand-painted type and signage on the streets of Kolkata, India), Atrium (2012, a squarish sans family based on the pen art of W.E. Dennis), Saugatuck (2011, grunge) and Sello (2011, a unicase hand-drawn, geometric sans-serif with a touch of retro).

Behance link. Klingspor link. MyFonts foundry link. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alex Merto

Creator of the erotic alphading alphabet Effing (2010). Alex lives in Brooklyn, NY, was born in New York City, and was raised in Los Angeles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Orvell

Alex Orvell (San Francisco) created the grotesque caps typeface Posterijen in 2013. It was inspired by Dutch postal design, hence the name. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Parada

Graphic designer in West Covina, CA. Creator of the modern psychedelic typeface Essencea (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexa Younger

Los Angeles-based creator of Runyon Canyon Chalk Typeface (2013) and Pendleton (2013, experimental typeface). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Marshall

Scottish type designer, b. 1935. He studied architecture and graphic design in London and founded Marshall Arts. In 1980, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA. Creator of Ingram BT (2004, Bitstream), a tall typeface with Arts and Crafts features. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alexander McCracken

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Alexander Ponce

Born and raised in California, Alexander Ponce (Riverside, CA) developed the prohibition era typeface family Brewhibition in 2014 during his graphic design studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Varanese

Art director and graphic designer in San Francisco who likes the color red. Behance link. Creator of stylish logotype, found art, or display typefaces: Baroquen (2010), Bent Type (2010), Decoder, Determinant (2010, art deco), Edgewise (2009; art deco stencil, also called a piano key face), Elektrotrash (2009), Estereo (2010), Metrobloc (2010; modular), Eurobloc (modular), Victropolis (serifed), Determinant (more art deco). Behance link. The web page is rather confusing, so it's hard to tell which images are of fonts and which are just pictures of alphabets. Some fonts are free, such as the grungy Antechamber (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandria Pico

During her studies, Santa Clarita, CA-based Alexandria Pico created an angular poster typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexia Yang

Graphic designer from Long Beach, CA. She created an illustrated caps typeface inspired by contortion, called Grotesque Beauty (2011). Parakeet (2011) is a display face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexis Lennon

Website developer and graphic designer in San Diego, CA. Creator of the unconnected handcrafted typefaces Olive Love (2015), Little Beetle (2015), Sailboat (2015, horizontally striped font), Christmas Card Font (2015), Grotto (2015, textured), Jello Fever (2015), Enchanted (2015), California (2015, horizontally striped), Happy Baby (2015) and Pretty Girl (2015).

Typefaces from 2016: Valentine (connected script). Creative Market link. Another Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ali Sabet

Ali Sabet (Pixopop foundry, Irvine, CA) is the creator of Pixopop Kawaii Girls (2012), Pixopop Dodo (2012), Pixopop Roughcut (2012), a dingbat font of characters owned by Sabet Brands. He also made Pixopop Confusion (2012) and Pixopop Monstalove (2012). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ali Spondello

Graphic designer in Los Angeles who created a grungy ransom note font in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alisara Tareekes

Los Angeles-based fraduate of the TDi program at the University of Reading, UK, 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alissa Barendse

At San Francisco State University, Alissa Barendse designed the 3d outline typeface Surface (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allie Wong

Graphic design student at Cal State University in Long Beach, class of 2013. Creator of the all caps typeface Dance Robot Dance (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allison Ho

During her studies at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Allison Ho (Berkeley, CA) created the modular typeface Virtuoso (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alonso Lopez

Graphic designer in San Diego, CA, who created the modular typeface Futuristic Military (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alonzo Felix

Graphic designer at Oak Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and now working as Alonzo Felix Studio in San Francisco. After earning a BFA in graphic design at LSU he studied typographic application and theory in London and type design at Type@Cooper in New York, 2011-2012. He created the circus billboard typeface Tightrope (2011, Lost Type Coop) and the rounded sans typeface Neighbor (2012, at Type@Cooper).

Cargocollective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alonzo Gutierrez

Graphic and web designer in Sacramento, CA, who created a Baskerville-themed magazine cover in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alphabet Soup (or: Michael Doret)
[Michael Doret]

Michael Doret is a commercial hand lettering artist in Hollywood, CA, but born in New York in 1946. A graduate of The Cooper Union, he was interviewed by MyFonts in 2011. He worked at PhotoLettering as an assistant of Ed Benguiat. Klingspor link. Behance link. Veer writes: A graduate of the Cooper Union, Michael has run his own design studio for many years - first in New York City - and currently in Hollywood. An eight-time winner of the New York Art Directors Club Silver Award, Michael is a specialist in logos and letterforms. His unique typographic vision blends elements of lettering, illustration and graphic design. The inspiration for his work has come from such diverse sources as matchbook covers, theater marquees, enamel signs, early and mid-20th century packaging, and various other artifacts of this great land of ours. Although for much of his career he executed his work in traditional media, he now works almost exclusively in a digital format. In 2006, he set up his own foundry, Alphabet Soup.

Fonts sold by MyFonts. Behance link. FontShop link.

His typefaces:

  • Dark Angel (2013). A gloomy black blackletter hybrid.
  • Deliscript (2009): an upright connected script with accompanying slanted version. It was inspired by neon signs in from of Canter's restaurant in Hollywood. Winner at TDC2 2010. And a winner in the Type Design category, CA Magazine's Award of Excellence in their 2011 Typography issue.
  • Deluxe Gothic (2010), a Bank Gothic style face. DeLuxe Gothic was also the name that Intertype used for their version of Bank Gothic. Images: i, ii), iii.
  • Dynascript (2011). Patrick Griffin did the Opentype programming. Dynatype (2012) is the upright, slightly more formal cousin of Dynascript.
  • Grafika (2009): a gorgeous 1930s art deco typeface originally designed for the credits of the movie Savages. Doret calls it extreme deco.
  • Metroscript (2006, Alphabet Soup): a connected retro script.
  • Orion (2003): an upright, linear script, based on an enameled sign (probably of 1930s vintage) that designer Michael Doret picked up at a Paris flea market.
  • Power Station (2006): a 3-d athletic lettering and beveled family, with styles such as Block, Wedge, Block Low, Block High.
  • Steinweiss Script (2010): a 2200-glyph curly script typeface called Steinweiss Script (2010), which captures a lot of the spirit of Steinweiss's album covers from the late 1930s and 1940s. (Opentype programming help by Patrick Griffin).

Creative Market link. View Michael Doret's typefaces. The typeface libray at Alphabet Soup. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alyssa Naguit

Daly City, CA-based designer of the high-contrast typeface Madonna (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Chavez

Santa Clarita, CA-based designer of an experimental alphabet in 213 during her final year of studies at the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Childress

During her studies, Amanda Childress (Apple Valley, CA) created the fashion mag typeface Amity Pro in 2014. This typeface is inspired by Didot and Avenir. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Norris

During her graphic design studies at Chapman University, Amanda Norris (Orange, CA) created the bird cage-themed typeface Bye Bye Birdie (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amélie Bonet

French graphic and type designer who graduated from Ecole Estienne in 2005 with a thesis entitled La cancellaresca, L'âge d'or de la calligraphie italienne.. She also studied visual communications at Ecole Duperré in Paris. She has an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on her typeface Polydom, which covers Latin, Greek and Devanagari. Her other typefaces include Groe (2010), We Folk (2010, caps only), Operetta (a cancellaresca based on Tagliente's lettering), PSA (an iconographic and sans type system for Peugeot and Citroen), and Gustan. She lived in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2010, she joined Dalton Maag in South London as a type designer.

At Dalton Maag, she helped out with Nokia Bengali, which won an award at Granshan 2014.

Roxane (2011, Rosetta Type) covers Latin and Devanagari.

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

American Type Founders Collection (or: TypoBrand LLC; or: ATF Type)

Mark van Bronkhorst set up TypoBrand LLC in Berkeley, CA. As part of TypoBrand, he published several typefaces that are modern digital reinterpretations of typefaces at American Type Founders by famous type designers such Morris Fuller Benton. The collection is published by TypoBrand LLC under the names ATF Type or American Type Founders Collection. Codesigners include Igino Marini and Ben Kiel. TypoBrand writes: Reinterpreted and carefully crafted, the ATF Collection offers more weights and widths, expanded character sets, and robust typographic features in type designs beautifully suited to modern use and media. From the printed page to the screen, the new ATF Collection brings a tradition of typographic richness to the digital era. Their typefaces:

  • ATF Alternate Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Alan Dague-Greene, David Sudweeks, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). ATF Alternate Gothic is a new, significant digital expansion to 40 fonts of Morris Fuller Benton's classic 1903 design.
  • ATF Brush (2015). In five weights, this classic brush face is based on ATF Brush by Robert E. Smith, American Type Founders, 1942.
  • ATF Garamond (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). An 18-style family based on the Garamond designed between 1918 and 1923 by Morris Fuller Benton and Thomas M. Cleland. ATF Garamond was first released in roman and italic styles around 1918, drawn by Morris Fuller Benton, head of the American Type Founders design department. In 1922, Thomas M. Cleland designed a set of companion swash italics and ornaments. Bold and bold italic variants were released in 1920 and 1923, respectively.
  • ATF Headline Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). A newspaper font originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1936. Sharp and round contours are provided.
  • ATF Livermore Script). By Mark van Bronkhorst, Igino Marini, and Ben Kiel.
  • ATF Poster Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Luis Batlle, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). Based on a design by Morris Fuller Benton, 1934. Thirty fonts in all!
  • ATF Railroad Gothic (2016, Mark van Bronkhorst, Luis Batlle, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). The designers write: First introduced by the American Type Founders Company in 1906, Railroad Gothic was the quintessential typographic expression of turn-of-the-century industrial spirit---bold and brash in tone, and a little rough around the edges. A favorite for the plain speak of big headlines, Railroad Gothic quickly gained popularity among printers. Its condensed but robust forms were likely a source of inspiration for later families of industrial sans serifs. The ATF original was extended with four new weights.
  • ATF Wedding Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Luis Batlle, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). An 18-font engravers gothic based on an original from ca. 1901.
  • ATF Franklin Gothic (2019, Mark van Bronkhorst, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). A broad and multi-weight interpretation of Morris Fuller Benton's classic from 1905, Franklin Gothic, which only had bolder weights. For the lighter styles, the designers were inspired by Benton's Monotone Gothic.

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Amir Shaker

California City, CA-based designer of the free squarish typeface Simple (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amourette Chuzel

As a student at California State University, San Bernardino, Amourette Chuzel (Palm Springs, CA) designed the vintage all caps typeface Dion (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amsterdam Continental Types and Graphic Equipment Co.

Typeface importer and vendor and foundry located on Fourth Avenue and Park Avenue South in New York City, with offices in Burbank, CA, and Chicago, IL. Their typefaces included Annonce Grotesque. Amsterdam Continental ceased operations.

A Handbook of Types (PDF catalog). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy Bao

San Francisco-based designer of the handcrafted typefaces Shanghai (2017, brush font), Prague (2017, handcrafted in art nouveau style), Palm Springs (2017), Buenos Aires (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy Beth Castleberry

Graphic designer at ABC Design in Abilene, TX, who created the connected script typeface Sassy Pants in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy Dietrich

American designer, b. 1967, California. Married to Ken Russell, who runs Atlantic Fonts in Camden, ME.

At Atlantic Fonts, she designed the hand-printed typefaces Kinglet (2012, curly), Honey Bee (2011), Once (2010) and Clue (2010).

In 2013, Amy published the playful poster typefaces Trail Map (2013) and Merci. Farmstand (2013) is a hand-printed typeface that is accompanied by the dingbat font Farmstand Goodies. Wheat (2013) is a stylish rough-edged script face. Eeeek (2013) is a Halloween dingbat typeface. Solstice (2013) is hand-printed.

Typefaces from 2014: Shoebox, Reading (bouncy typeface), Lion (an African-themed typeface), Suntea (a children's book script), Fini (cartoon font), Fini Things (girly dingbats), Catbird (whimsical).

Typefaces from 2015: Goby (a great children's book font with fun sea life dingbats called Goby Graphic), Laughing Gull (a fun cartoonish font), Digby (Atlantic Fonts).

Typefaces from 2016: Sanderling(children's script), Dinghy (beatnik style) and Dinghybats, Storyboard (a primitve painter's font), Quince (a handcrafted typeface), Kiwi (a juice bar font accompanied by the dingbat font Kiwi Fruits).

Typefaces from 2017: Meow (a children's script), Answer (handcrafted, unicase), Peapod (a textured patterned all caps typeface).

Typefaces from 2018: Junglegym, Turmeric.

Typefaces from 2019: Pattycake (a children's book font), Espadrille (a mixed case monoline display sans), Galavant (a cartoon font with interlocking letters), Seaglass.

Typefaces from 2020: Darcy (a wonderful beatnik typeface), Parula (hand-drawn with lots of oomph due to its energetic line variations).

Typefaces from 2021: MollyO (a scrapbook script), Rabbet (a fat finger font).

Old URL under the name Amy Dietrich Russell. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Amy Dittman

Saint Cloud, MN-based designer of a fat 3d poster typeface in 2014, during her studies at St. Cloud State University. It was inspired by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's song "Gold" featuring the chorus to the song. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy E. Conger
[L'Abécédarienne's Original Handlettered Fonts]

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Amy Hood

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Ana Gomez Bernaus

Letterer, illustrator, art director and designer in Los Angeles (was: New York City). Creator of Octave (2011): Octave has been created with the intention of fusing together the graphical elements of written musical composition with the English alphabet.

In 2012, she created the tall high contrast fashion typeface Kilimanjaro. Her Textappeal lettering from 2014 is also noteworthy. Her experimental typeface Floating Typescapes won an award at ProtoType in 2016.

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Ana Patrícia Ferreira

During her studies at Escola Superior de Artes e Design (ESAD) in Porto, Portugal, Ana Patrícia Ferreira created a poster typeface family in 2014 that was patterned after Joan Trochut Blanchard's Super-Veloz. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Jean-Benoît Lévy]

Swiss design company, est. in Basel in 1987. It expanded in 2000 and created an office in San Francisco. MyFonts link. Jean-Benoît Lévy, Diana Alisandra Stoen, Sylvestre Lucia, Mike Kohnke and Joachim Müller-Lancé created the hand signal dingbat font H-AND-S. ocreator of TX Signal Simplifier (2002, Typebox), a hilarious information design dingbat face. MyFonts writes: Eight designers present a set of icons that indicate the fun and fantastic world of signage. Each collaborator's solution represents a completely different interpretations on signage vernacular. The designers are Erik Adigard, Cynthia Jacquette, Akira Kobayashi, Michael Kohnke, Patricia McShane, Joachim Müller-Lancé, Jean-Benoît Lévy, Kevin Roberson, Diana Alisandra Stoen.

The studio is run by Jean-Benoît Lévy (b. 1959, Pully, Switzerland). Lévy is a visual communicator who has been active since 1983 in Switzerland. After his studies at the Basel School of Design with teachers such as Wolfgang Weingart and Armin Hofmann, he opened his studio AND in 1987. Jean-Benoit received his green card in 2001 and is now sharing his time between United States and Europe. He designs logos, corporate identities, postage stamps, coins, posters, and books. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

And Repeat
[Martin Grasser]

And Repeat is an art and design studio based in the Bay Area, founded by Martin Grasser. Grasser's typefaces:

  • B Mono is a bespoke typeface created for use in the Braintree identity system. Designed with Josh Finklea (Sharp Type, The Village) B Mono is available in four weights (light, regular, medium and bold).
  • Anki (2013-2014). A bespoke rounded sans typeface.
  • In 2019, Martin Grasser and Zrinka Buljubasic co-designed 188 Sans for And Repeat / Future Fonts. They write: The Regular weight, based loosely on Frank Hinman Pierpont's Monotype Grotesque, calls to mind early 20th century workhorse sans-serifs.
  • Sunnyside (2021, by Martin Grasser and Zrinka Buljubasic). Sunnyside is a slab serif rooted in the aesthetic language of 70's California.

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Andeh Pinkard
[Press Gang Studios (was: Shonenpunk, or: Andeh Fonts, or: Teabeer Studios)]

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Andre Recinto

San Diego, CA-based designer of the floriated caps typeface Entanglement (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Hu

Hacienda Heights, CA-based designer of the display typeface One Shot (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andres Chavez

Santa Ana, CA-based designer of a multicolor geometric solid alphabet called Geometric Type (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andressa Anantharaju

Designer in San Francisco. In 2014, she created Ksztalt (2014). This contemporary sans typeface was inspired by the architecture of the Jewish Museum of San Francisco, and the shapes of modern Hebrew letters. She is motivated by this quote by Antoine de Saimt-Exupery: A designer knows he has arrived at perfection not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andreu Balius Planelles

Born in Barcelona in 1962, Andreu Balius studied Sociology in the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (1980-1984), and graphic design at IDEP in Barcelona (1985-1989). He holds a PhD in Design from the University of Southampton (UK). He founded Garcia Fonts&Co in Barcelona in 1993 to show his experimental designs. He cofounded Typerware in 1996 with Joancarles P. Casasín. Typerware existed until 2001 and was based in Santa Maria de Martorelles, a village near Barcelona. He cofounded Type Republic (see also here), and ran Andreu Balius (tipo)graphic design. He is presently an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Balius won a Bukvaraz 2001 award for Pradell. Pradell also won an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. SuperVeloz (codesigned with Alex Trochut) won an award at the TDC2 2005 type competition.

At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he spoke on Pradell and Super-Veloz. Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke about the Imprenta Real. Coorganizer of ATypI 2014 in Barcelona.

Author of Type at work. The use of Type in Editorial Design, published in English by BIS (Amsterdam, 2003).

FontFont link. Linotype link. Behance link.

His production:

  • Garcia/Typerware offers about 50 fonts, including some very artsy typefaces, such as Fabrique (Andreu Balius), Futuda, Garcia Bodoni (Typerware), Alkimia (Estudi Xarop), Ariadna (pixel font, 1988-1989), Garcia Bitmap (1993), Playtext (Andreu Balius, 1995), Matilde Script (Andreu Balius, 1994: an embroidery face), Fabrique (1993, Andreu Balius) and Dinamo (1993, Balius and Casasin at Typerware), Helvetica Fondue (1993-1994), Futuda (1993), Ozo Type (1994), Tiparracus (1994, dingbats), Mi mama Me Soba Script (1994), Parkinson (1994), Garcia Bodoni (1995), Garcia snack's (1993-1995), Juan Castillo Script (1995, irregular handwriting), and Vizente Fuster (1995), all by Andreu Balius and Joancarles Casasin, 1993-1995; Water Knife (Laudelino L.Q., 1995); Alquimia (Estudi Xarop, 1995); Jam Jamie (Malcolm Webb, 1996); Network (Alex Gifreu, 1996); Panxo-Pinxo (David Molins, 1996); Euroface 80 mph (Peter Bilak, 1996); Inmaculatta (Roberto Saenz Maguregui, 1997); Proceso Sans (by Argentinan Pablo Cosgaya, 1996); Afligidos deudos (Adria Gual, 1996); Route 66 (Francesc Vidal, 1997); Popular (Sergi Ibanez, 1997); Visible (handwriting by Fabrice Trovato, 1997); SoundFile (Reto Brunner, 1998); Ninja type (kana-lookalike alphabet by Charly Brown, 1995); Vertigo (Charly Brown, 1996); Loop UltraNormal (Franco and Sven, 1996); Inercia (Inigo Jerez, 1996).
  • Fontshop: FF Fontsoup.
  • ITC: ITC Temble (1996, a great subdued ghoulish face). With Joancarles P. Casasin, he created ITC Belter (1996) and ITC Belter Mega Outline (1996).
  • Typerware: Czeska was developed from Vojtech Preissig's woodtype typefaces. Andreu Balius completed the design and included an italic version and a large variety of ligatures (both for regular and italic).
  • Type Republic: Pradell, Trochut, SuperVeloz, SV Marfil Caps (2004), SV Fauno Caps. Pradell was freely inspired from punches cut by catalan punchcutter Eudald Pradell (1721-1788), and is considered to be Balius' main work. Trochut is based on specimens from the 1940s by Joan Trochut. SuperVeloz is a collection of the type modules designed by Joan Trochut and produced at José Iranzo foundry in the beginning of the 40's, in Barcelona. Digitized and recovered by Andreu Balius and Alex Trochut in 2004. Example of such composition of modules include the great art nouveau typefaces SV Fauno Caps and SV Marfil Caps. In 2007, he added Taüll, a blackletter type. Still in 2007, he did the revival Elizabeth ND, which was based on an old type of Elizabeth Friedlander.
  • In 2008, he created the Vogue mag like family Carmen (Display, Fiesta, Regular), which are rooted in the didone style. Carmen, and its flirtatious companion Carmen Fiesta, were both reviewed by Typographica.
  • Barna (2011) and Barna Stencil (2011).
  • In 2012, Trochut was published as a free font family at Google Web Fonts. It was based on Joan Trochut-Blanchard's Bisonte.
  • Lladro (2012) is a custom sans typeface done for the Lladro company.
  • Rioja (2013) is a grotesque typeface that was custom-designed for Universidad de La Rioja.
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Andrew Byrom

Andrew Byrom was born in Liverpool, England in 1971. After Graduating from the University of East London in 1996 he opened his own design studio and worked for various clients including Penguin Books, The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, The Industrial Design Centre, Time Out Online and The Guardian Newspaper. Around this time he also began teaching graphic design at The University of Luton and Central Saint. Martins. Byrom moved to the USA in 2000 to teach at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He has recently been commissioned to design typefaces and type treatments for Elle Decoration, The New York Times Magazine, McGraw-Hill, and Turner Classic Movies. In 2006 he moved to Long Beach to take up an Associate Professor position at California State University, where he is currently the Area Head of the Graphic Design Department. He created the experimental typeface Interiors (2002), about which AIGA writes: Interiors (3D type) is a collaboration between type designer Andrew Byrom and designer Joel Wolter. It was originally conceived as a digital font (Interiors) and was inspired by an old wooden chair in Byrom's office that, when looked at from a certain angle, resembled the letter h. Using the three-dimensional principles of this simple form, and closely adhering to type design conventions, 26 letters of the alphabet were drawn and generated as a font. The characters were then constructed in three dimensions using tubular steel into full-scale furniture frames. Because the underlying design concept is typographical, the end result becomes almost freestyle furniture design. Letters like m, n, o, b and h can be viewed as simple tables and chairs, but other letters, like e, g, a, s, t, v, x and z, become beautifully abstract pieces of furniture. He also made the distressed font Bloodclot, the stencil family Byro Stencil (free), Byro Sans, 1byrosquare (2000), 2byroround (2000), ByroBlock Stencil (2000, stencil), Concussion (dot matrix with various size dots), Easy Vie, Venetian (2009, like Venetian blinds), Fresh (1995, scratchy type), Ply, Rage, St. Auden, Bandaid (2006), 3D Dot Matrix. He divides his time between teaching, designing for various clients and playing with his sons, Auden and Louis. He has recently been commissioned to design typefaces and type treatments for Elle Decoration, The New York Times Magazine, McGraw-Hill, and Turner Classic Movies. In 2006 he moved to Long Beach to take up an Associate Professor position at California State University, where he is currently the Area Head of the Graphic Design Department. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew H. Leman
[E-phemera (was: HPLHS Prop Fonts, and earlier: Prop Fonts)]

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Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart is a Corona-based American digital photographer (b. 1988), who runs a small free font archive. Another archive of his. Dafont link. Another URL. Yet another URL. And still another one. And another one. And one more. His later fonts refer to SickCapital.Com.

His own fonts include Gothickella (2017, blackletter), Sailorette Tattoo (2015), Elkwood (2014, sans), Snowinter (2014, sans), Rebel Pixy (2014, tattoo script), Pride of the Young (2014, hipster style), Scribblet (2014), Tall & Slim (2014, a great tall-legged poster typeface), Tribal Threat (2014), Boldenstein (2014), Fireflies (2014), Rio Frescata (2014, curly), Alpaca Scarlett (2014), Alpaca Solidify (2014), Vanity Script (2014: a vampire script), SC Gretchin and Timmy (2013), Fun In The Jungle (2013), Pixelic War (2013), A Glitch In Time (2013), Giraffe And Co (2013, an African-themed typeface), Chameleon Dreams (2013: a fantastic wacky party typeface), Angelic Serif (2012), Angelic Peace (2012), Pyrite Script (2012), Pyrite Crypt (2012), Body Piercing And Chains (2012), Love til Killed (2012), Hollywood Capital (2012), Donaldo Regrecka (2012), Deadly Black Chain (2012), Dirt2 Copperbolt (2012, grungy copperplate), Truskey (2011, grunge), Sick Capital Kingston (2011), Full Moon On (2011), Grafitik Riot (2011, graffiti face), Electric Panda (2011), Last Draft (2011, grunge typewriter), CaliforniabyDirt2 (2010), JusticebyDirt2 (2010), SC Gum Kids (2010), SC Tinas Baby Shower (2010), Little Ryan (2010, handwriting), Sick Capital Vice (2010), Star Avenue (2009), Cute Tattoo (2009), DuerTWO (2009), Dirt2Stickler (2009), Ithornët (2009, grungy blackletter), NoXWay (2009, graffiti grunge), Skulls and Splatters (2009), Hacjiuza (2009, hand-drawn blackletter; +Dirty), Popstar Autograph (2009, comic book style script), The Quickest Shift (2009, curly script), DuerTwoo (2009, bloody horror font), Malgecito (2009, grunge), Ithornët (2009, grungy medieval pirate font), Little Bliss (2009), Loyal Fame (2009, curly script), Angelic War (2009, grunge), Soulstalker (2009, grungy blackletter), Kings of Pacifica (2009, ransom note font), GanixApec (2009), GoodPeace (2009), KatyBerry (2009), OffTheDrugs (2009), ThinFranq (2009), WILDAFRICA (2009, African-theme multiline face), St. Andrew (2009, a spray type font), Hawaii Lover (2009, grunge calligraphic script), Aristotle Punk (2009, grunge), Juicy Hunt (2009, grunge), Dead Hardy (2009, Victorian), Kate Perry (2009, fifties script), Kate Berry (2009, fifties script), Vloderstone (2009, hairline slab serif), Good Peace, Off The Drugs, Thin Franq (2009, hairline), Ganix Apec (2009, sans), Jailbox1 (2009, grunge), Blast Beat (2008), Ghosttown-BC (2008, Western style), Dead Secretary (2008, grunge), DIRT2-DEATH (2008, grunge), Robot Head (2008), Alpaca 54 (2007, grunge), Hawaii Killer (2007, Coca Cola grunge), Splinter2 (2007, grunge based on Franklin Gothic), Everyday Ghost (2007, grunge), Plague Death (2006, grunge), SEXtalk69 (2007), Screamz1 (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Hochradel

Riverside, CA-based designer of the grungy letterpress typeface family Calamity (2016), the rounded sans poster typeface Tiny Tim (2016) and the heavy poster typefaces Industrious (2016: Industrious is the font friend that will punch you in the mouth when you need it), Third Rail (2016, inspired by old train signage), Reach Sans (2016, +Inline) and Templeton (2016, wood type influences). Andrew taught design at California Baptist University.

In 2017, he designed the display sans typeface Quokka. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Hoyem

Californian designer with Linnea Lundquist of a great roman transitional family Aitken commissioned in 2002 for Arion Press. Arion Press writes: Hoyem has taken advantage of twenty-first century technologies in order to revive what is believed to be the first type family cut and cast in America. In 1796 two Scotsmen named Binny and Ronaldson started a type foundry in Philadelphia, the first in the country to endure. By 1800 they had produced a remarkably beautiful and utilitarian type, identified simply as Roman No. 1. It is a Transitional face, between Old Style (as in Caslon) and Modern (as in Bodoni). The type was used by Jane Aitken, daughter of Robert Aitken, the famous printer of the American Revolution, and an accomplished printer herself, for the printing of the first American translation of the Bible, by Charles Thomson, in 1808. It was reintroduced by American Type Founders Company in 1892 under the name Oxford and was used by a succession of fine printers, such as Daniel Berkeley Updike, Bruce Rogers, and the Grabhorn Press. Arion Press has 1,200 pounds of the original type that once belonged to the Grabhorn Press. Oxford was cast for hand composition only and was not adapted for Linotype or Monotype composition. The matrices are now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution and unavailable for further casting. In 2002, Hoyem worked with type designer Linnea Lundquist, assisted by Andrew Crewdson, to create a digital version of this historic face, which he renamed Aitken. The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin is its first use for book printing. The Aitken design has been optimized for letterpress printing, allowing for the spread of ink biting into paper just like with the original metal type design cut by Binne&Ronaldson. For this book, the type has been printed from photopolymer plates. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Vilar

Long Beach, CA-based designer of Geometric Type (2015), an experimental typeface that is based on curves and tangential lines. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Walpole

Interactive developer in San Diego, who created the meccano typeface Erector Set in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Zhao
[Andy Hinomiya]

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Andy Chung

Graphic designer in Vancouver and/or San Francisco. He created the free font Neighborhood Type (2009). Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andy Clymer

Andy Clymer grew up in Irvine, CA and studied at San Diego State University in 1998. At that time, he was working on Stencil Fraktur (2002). In 2004-2005, he studied type design in the Masters program of the KABK in Den Haag. He joined the typeface development department of Hoefler&Frere-Jones in New York in 2005. He has been an instructor in the Type@Cooper program in New York since 2011.

From 2005 until 2018, Andy worked at the Hoefler&Co. type foundry, where he contributed to the typefaces Vitesse, Forza, Ideal Sans, Archer, Surveyor, and spearheaded the design of Operator and Obsidian (2015: a decorative copperplate engraved emulation typeface---various kinds of 3d illumination in Obsidian were obtained by an algorithmic process.

In 2019, he co-developed Mingei Mono for the Mingei International Museum along with Yomar Augusto.

In 2020, he released Tilt. Tilt is a family of (variable) typefaces inspired by three dimensional lettering found in storefront signage. Subfamilies: Tilt Neon (mimics the construction of neon tube lettering), Tilt Prism (based on prismatic lettering, cast or cut in a material), Tilt Warp (resembles peeling vinyl stickers). The variable fonts have two axes, horizontal rotation and vertical rotation.

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Andy Do

At UC Davis, andy Do created the nice multicolor lettering piece Rebirth (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andy Hinomiya
[Andrew Zhao]

A student at Caltech who created the fat finger font PuchiMono in 2013. Wonderful blurb too: PuchiMono is a handwritten coding font that emphasizes readability and style. No other font can compare. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aneel Nazareth

San Francisco-based MIT graduate, designer of the iconized alphabet font Anillo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angel Resendiz

San Francisco-based designer of the 3d shadow typeface Pemex Placas (2016). It is inspired by graffiti artist Pemex's style of cholo block letters seen in gang graffiti. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angela He

Stanford, CA-based designer of these free handcrafted typefaces in 2018-2019: Qtpi, Sicko (horror font), Good Day, Maze (3d), Efflux. She writes that these five fonts were designed in ten hours. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angeline Dy

Creator of the pixel typeface New Noise (2014), which was influenced by Pachinko games. This typeface was finished during her studies at UCLA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angeline Galvez

Graphic designer in San Francisco, CA, who drew Emotional Alphabet in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angie Cheng

For a school project in San Francisco, Angie Cheng created the connect-the-dots typeface Constellation Type (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anie Ajamian

For a school project in Los Angeles, Anie Ajamian started from Gill Sans and created a trimmed version of it called Elie Sans (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ann Marie Andrews

San Jose, CA-based designer of the sturdy titling typeface Hansen (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Grosh

Anna Grosh was born in Krasnoyarsk City, Siberia and now resides in San Francisco, California. She earned a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Architecture and Construction, and completed a Masters in Interior Design at the Open Social Academy of Design in Moscow. She is in the process of getting her second masters in graphic design at the Academy of Art University. She specializes in typographic design, illustration and graphic design. In 2010, she embarked on an ornamental typeface. She is working on an ornamental caps typeface.

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Anna Seslavinskaya

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Anna-Sofia Giannicola

Prolific artist in san Francisco, who drew a colorful decorative bird-themed all caps alphabet called Flock (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annie Brennan

At Chapman University, Annie Brennan (Orange, CA) designed the display typeface Sugar Wraith (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ansherina Bohol

During her studies at California State University Long Beach, Ansherina Bohol designed the display typeface High Beam (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Balanza

Graphic designer in San Diego, CA. Creator of the display sans Disconnected (2013): Disconnected is a typeface that was designed for Disconnected Salon in North Park, San Diego. The typeface was created to mimic the letters of Disconnected Salon's original logo. This typeface will also be used for a lot of Disconnected's upcoming marketing campaigns including Graphic Ts, billboards, and more. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Mejia

California State University, San Bernardino-based student designer of the display typeface Barba (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Soto

South Californian designer of a flame font, Sotoflame (2002). Involved with B.J. Harvey in Apollo 26. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Vallejos

Anthony Vallejos (Irvine, CA) created the tattoo / blackletter typeface Love=Evol (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonio Carusone

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Antonio Cavedoni

Italian designer from Sassuolo, Modena (b. 1979). He obtained an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading (2009), based on his Latin / Cyrillic typeface Enquire and his dissertation on the work of the Officine Simoncini. After Reading, he started an internship and eventually worked as a full-time employee in the type group at Apple in Cupertino, CA. He left Apple in September 2016 and is now working on his own typefaces in Milano, Italy.

Speaker at Typecon 2012 in Milwaukee. His blog from Reading. Unger's Workshop at Reading. Flickr link. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anuragh Sundar

Creator (b. 2000, California), aka Cheese, of the shaky fat finger typeface Mom (2013), and of the hand-printed typefaces India Blaze (2013), Brian Font (2013), Boss (2013), CheezyPie (2013), Swerve (2013), Banana (2013), Awesome (2013), Dumplings (2013), Curviness (2013), Pie (2013), Pickle Puff (2013), Superfont (2013), BoxyRobo (2013), Panneer Is Awesome (2013), Coolfont (2013), asdfghjkl (2013), Zepher (2013), Blackcity (2013) and Random (2013). He also made Pie1 (2013), Areo (2013, a black on white pixel face), Cool (2013) and Cheese (2013).

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Anwar Ibrahim
[Urban Hook-Upz]

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Apollo 26
[Brian Jaramillo Harvey]

B.J. Harvey is the Californian designer at Chank's Store of the free "bj's Halloween Fontpak " (4 fonts, 2001). He is working on a ton of other fonts, like Apollo Sans, Motorpsycho, Geek Gothic (a comic book face), Apollo46, Zimmer, Nu Cairo, Sotoflame (2002), Japanasonic, Japanacea, Japanorama, Eurmama (oriental simulation font), Jawa (oriental simulation), SD Police (stencil, not for sale), Rigby, Neopolitik, Metis, Motorpsycho. Opened Apollo26 in July 2002, where you can buy Flame N Skull, DEFCON 1 through 5 (or: Billabong, Special effects, X-Games 23, Von Zipper and Machine). APOLLO26SumoX (2002) is free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Apple Fonts

Alternate URL. The history of all fonts used and produced by Cupertino, CA-based Apple. A brief summary of this:

  • Corporate fonts and brand identity
    • Motter Tektura (designed by Othmar Motter of Voralberger Graphic in 1975): before the first Macintosh, Apple used Motter Tektura to accompany the Apple logo. "According to the logo designer, Rob Janoff, the typeface was selected for its playful qualities and techno look, in line with Apple's mission statement of making high-technology accessible to anyone."
    • Apple Garamond, the new corporate font used when the Macintosh was introduced in 1984. ITC Garamond (Tony Stan, 1977) was condensed to 80% of its normal width by Bitstream, who also adjusted and hinted it. Apple Garamond was used in most of Apple's marketing. The Wikipedia comment: "Many typographers consider ITC Garamond in general, and Apple Garamond in particular, to be poorly designed typefaces. A common viewpoint is that the algorithmic scaling distorted the typeface."
    • Myriad Pro: starting in 2002, Apple began using Myriad Pro Semibold (a sans serif face) in its marketing, gradually replacing Apple Garamond. MyriadPro and MyriadApple can be downloaded here.
    • Gill Sans Regular: used in the marketing of the Newton PDA.
  • Fonts of the original Macintosh All but one of these bitmap fonts were due to Susan Kare. The fonts were originally named after stops along the Paoli, Pennsylvania commuter train line: Overbrook, Merion, Ardmore, and Rosemont. Later, under pressure from Steve Jobs, names of world cities were chosen. A number of different variants of each font were algorithmically generated on-the-fly from the standard fonts. Bold, italic, outlined, underlined and shaded variations were the most common.
    • Cairo: a bitmap dingbat font, most famous for the dogcow at the 'z' character position.
    • Chicago (sans-serif): the default Macintosh system font in System 17.6.
    • Geneva (sans-serif): designed for small point sizes and prevalent in all versions of the Mac user interface.
    • London (blackletter): an Old English-style font.
    • Los Angeles (script): a thin font that emulated handwriting.
    • Monaco (sans-serif, monospaced): a fixed-width font well-suited for 912 pt use.
    • New York (serif): a Times Roman-inspired font family. Freely avaliable from Apple.
    • San Francisco: a ransom note face.
    • Venice (script): a calligraphic font designed by Bill Atkinson.
  • Fonts in Mac OS X
    • Lucida Grande: the primary system font in Mac OS X (all versions). Lucida Grande looks like Lucida Sans, but has more glyphs. It covers Roman, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai and Greek. Many of its 2800+ glyphs were added by Michael Everson to the original collection.
    • Mac OS X ships with a number of high-quality typefaces, for a number of different scripts, licensed from several sources.
    • LastResort (designed by Michael Everson of Evertype): used by the system to display reference glyphs in the event that real glyphs needed to display a given character are not found in any other available font. Wikipedia states: "The glyphs are square with rounded corners with a bold outline. In the left and right sides of the outline, the Unicode range that the character belongs to is given using hexadecimal digits. Top and bottom are used for one or two descriptions of the Unicode block name. A symbol representative of the block is centered inside the square. By Everson's design, the typeface used for the text cut-outs in the outline is Chicago, otherwise not included with Mac OS X. The LastResort font has been part of Mac OS since version 8.5, but the limited success of ATSUI on the classic Mac OS means that only users of Mac OS X are regularly exposed to it."
    • Apple Symbols (2003-2006): a 4000+-glyph dingbat font that complements the symbols from Lucida Grande, inttroduced first in Mac OS X 10.3 ("Panther").
    • Zapfino (a calligraphic typeface designed by and named after renowned typeface designer Hermann Zapf for Linotype, based on an example he first drew in 1944): Zapfino utilizes the most advanced typographic features of the truetype format, and is partially included in OS X as a technology demo for ligatures and character substitutions.
    • Mac OS X Snow Leopard comes with four new fonts in 2009: Chalkduster (emulating chalk on a blackboard), Menlo (a monospaced family based on Bitstream's Vera Sans Mono that replaces Monaco for applications such as Terminal and code editors; see also Deja Vu Sans Serif Mono), Heiti SC and TC and Hiragino Sans GB.
  • Fonts used in other devices
    • Espy Sans: designed in 1993 by Apple's Human Interface Group designed the typeface Espy Sans specifically for on-screen use. It was first used for the Newton OS GUI and later integrated into Apple's eWorld online service.
    • eWorld Tight: a bitmap font used for headlines in Apple's eWorld. The metrics of eWorld Tight were based on Helvetica Ultra Compressed.
    • Chicago (see above): bitmap typeface used in Apple's iPod music player since 2001.

The Apple Design team won two awards at 25 TDC in 2022, pne for SF Arabic (a contemporary interpretation of the Naskh style with a rational and flexible design; this extension of San Francisco serves as the Arabic system font on Apple platforms. Like San Francisco, SF Arabic features nine weights and variable optical sizes that automatically adjust spacing and contrast based on the point size of text. The typeface features an extensive repertoire that covers numerous vocalization, tone and poetic marks, extended vowel signs, honorifics and Quranic annotations. SF Arabic provides support across the following languages: Arabic, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Sorani, Mazanderani, Northern Luri, Pashto, Persian, Rohingiya, Sindhi, Urdu, and Uyghur) and SF Symbols 3 (over 600 new symbols including representations of devices, game controllers, health, communication, objects, and tools; it prides greater control over how color is applied to symbols, and has a variable font srtyle as well). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Applied Aesthetics
[Julian Bittiner]

Swiss-American designer who won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for the slab serif typeface Tourist. In 2020, he designed the experimental typeface Zigzag. He works at MetaDesign in San Francisco. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Applied Design Works

Applied Design Works was founded in 2015, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. In their own words, Applied specializes in design, planning, strategy, and implementation for a broad range of mission-driven organizations. Their team includes Craig Dobie, Founding Creative Director, Brad Scott, Founding Managing Director, and Elliott Scott, Creative Director.

Atkinson Hyperlegible (2019-2020) is a free neo-grotesque typeface created by Applied Design Works for Braille Institute of America, Inc, which is based in Los Angeles. Named after Braille Institute founder, J. Robert Atkinson, it has been developed specifically to increase legibility for readers with low vision, and to improve character recognition. The project was the winner of the Graphic Design category in Fast Company's 2019 Innovation by Design Awards. In this video, Craig Dobie, Brad Scott, and Elliott Scott provide a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Atkinson Hyperlegible. Google Fonts link.

The physical 4-style font family was designed by Elliott Scott, Megan Eiswerth, Linus Boman and Theodore Petrosky.

Atkinson Hyperlegible differentiates common misinterpreted letters and numbers using various design techniques:

  • Recognizable Footprints: Character boundaries clearly defined, ensuring understanding across the visual-ability spectrum.
  • Differentiated letterforms: similar letter pairs are differentiated from each other to dramatically increase legibility.
  • Unambiguous Characters: designed to increase legibility and distinction.
  • Exaggerated forms: shaping of letters is exaggerated to provide better clarity.
  • Opened Counterspace: open areas of certain letters are expanded to provide greater distinction.
  • Angled spurs and differentiated tails: they increase recognition and define distinctive style.

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April Carter Grant
[La Lettre de Luxe]

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April DiMartile

BFA Graphic Design student at California State University, Long Beach. She writes in 2012: Chromosthesia is an experimental typeface designed in a Typography 2 class. The concepts as well as ideals of Vassily Kandinsky were used to construct each letter by using common shapes found in his paintings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aqua Type
[Caroline David]

Santa Barbara, CA-based type designer who created Death Ray (2012, electrical shock alphabet). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aqua Type

Type foundry in Santa Barbara, CA. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Saad Dean Abulhab]

Arabetics is run by the Iraqi-American New York-based type designer, librarian, and systems engineer Saad Dean Abulhab (b. 1958, Sacramento, CA, d. Brownstown, MI, 2021), who in 2000 patented the Mutamathil (unified and symmetric) type style for Arabic. He grew up in Karbala and Baghdad, Iraq, but was born in Sacramento, CA. He attended the University of Baghdad, and holds a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University and a masters degree in library and information science from Pratt Institute, both in New York. He resides in the USA since 1979. In 2004, he set up Arabetics. His type design work covers Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Kurdish, and Pashtu. Obituary.

His typefaces include Zena (2009), Layal (2007), Mehdi (2005: follows the guidelines of the Mutamathil Taqlidi type style), Sabine (2008: it too follows the guidelines of the Mutamathil Taqlidi type style), Fallujah (2005), Mutamathil Falujah, Yasmine Mutamathil, Mutamathil Taqlidi, Arabic Mutamathil, Arabic Mutamathil Mutlaq (2004), Arabic Mutamathil Tibaah, Arabic Mutamathil Mutlaq Tibaah, Arabic Mutamathil Muttasil and Arabic Mutamathil Tibbaah Muttasil. Mutamathil and Mutamathil Taqlidi include optional Lam-Alif ligatures. See also Kufa Mutamathil (2011). Other font families: Nasrallah, Silsilah, Yasmani, Mutamathil, Yasmine Mutamathil, Amudi, Amudi Mutamathil, Anbar (2008), Handasi, Yasmine Mutlaq, Jazm (2010), Jalil (2011).

In 2012, he added Nuqat, Nastarkib, Lahab, Ibrani, Hallock, Arabetics Latte (for Latin and Arabic), and Banan (Mutamathil Taqlidi type style).

In 2005, he created Handasi, about which he writes: The idea behind Handasi, Arabic word for engineered, was to design a font without a single curve that would at the same time resembles traditional curves-rich Nask style. The font strictly uses straight lines. The design of Handasi is based on the Mutamathil Taqlidi design style where each letter is represented by one normal glyph assigned the basic Unicode number and an additional final shape glyph to letters capable of dual connection within traditional Arabic text. No initial, medial, or standalone shapes are provided.

Arabetics Symphony (2012) is a sans serif Latin typeface with a comprehensive support for the Arabetic scripts, including Quranic texts.

In 2013, he published PF Nuyork Arabic at Parachute. His Arabetic fonts from 2013 include Nagham, Arabetics Harfi (for Latin and Arabic), Camille, Raqmi and Raqmi Monoshape.

In 2015, he published Hazim (in Mutamathil Taqlidi style), Sada (for small devices, in Mutamathil Taqlidi type style), Khatt, which follows the Arabetics Mutamathil Taqlidi style.

Typefaces from 2016 include Mashq, possibly the first typeface implementation ever of the early Quranic scripts of the Early Mashq, Mashq Kufi, and Mashq Ma'il. The font family design is primarily based on the scripts of the Quran manuscripts of the Topkapi Museum, the Bergstraesser Archive, and other scattered samples.

Typefaces from 2018: Arabetics Detroit.

Typefaces from 2020: Arabetics Aladdin.

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aRc (or: Azelea Rodgers Creations)
[Azelea Rodgers]

aRc was established in 2008 by Azelea Rodgers (b. 1974, The Philippines). It is located in Lathrop, CA.

A graduate from Skyline College, she created the alphabet tracing font Kerp (2008) for kids in pre-kindergarten. She also made Rosebud (2008, letters composed of thorny rose stems), Asvet Mono (2009, a playful stencil), Azelea (2009), Edil Script (2010), Laureen (2010, a calm calligraphic script), Alexy (2011, a ribbon script), and Lelet Script (2009). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arcelia Ramos

San Ysidro, CA-based creator of the display typeface Alzheimer (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arelly Vallejo

Palm Springs, CA-based designer of a custom bilined typeface in 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ariel Roth

Designer in Los Angeles, who created Pucker Up (2013), a lipstick typeface.

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Ariel Soon

During her studies at San José State University in California, Ariel Soon designed the display typeface Tenderly (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arman Chairanza

Riverside, CA-based designer of the calligraphic Orris Root (2017), the bush script Light Butterfly (2017), the hairline calligraphic typeface Bounderas Script (2017), the calligraphic script Pink Coyotes (2017), and the Treefrog brush script Moodellyna (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Armel Design
[Armel Patanian]

Graduate of Santa Monica College, class of 2021, who is based in Los Angeles. Designer of the display typeface Bad Tour (2021). Linkedin link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Armel Patanian
[Armel Design]

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Arnie Gabriel Gonzales
[323 Productions]

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Arno Chen

Student at City College of San Francisco. Working on StelklBlack (2005), a school project font that has Broadway display influences. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Type foundry in Los Angeles. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Baker
[Arthur Baker Designs (or: Glyph Systems)]

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Arthur Baker Designs (or: Glyph Systems)
[Arthur Baker]

American calligrapher in Andover, MA, who worked for many foundries, and ran several studios. He ran Glyph Systems in Andover, MA, and before that, Alpha Omega and Maverick Designs. Baker grew up in Berkeley, CA, and attended school on the West Coast and New York City. After serving in the U.S. Army, he studied under calligrapher Oscar Ogg and had private lessons with George Salter and Tommy Thompson. Some of Baker's earliest designs were made available through Photo-Lettering Inc., and his first widely-available commercial typeface was published in 1965. Baker's first book was published in 1973. Arthur Baker died in 2016 at the age of 86. Tribute by Allan Haley. His typefaces were all calligraphic:

Some explanations by Freddy Nader: The Baker Argentina and Danmark typefaces were variations on his Signet. Baker originally made Signet for Headliners International in the 1960s, where he worked full time. In 1972 he was approached by VGC and told that they would pay him royalties as well if he made the same typeface for them. Royalties were a relatively new thing back then - Tommy Thompson was the very first person to ever earn royalties in type (in 1944 for his Thompson Quill script for Photo Lettering Inc), and he wasn't a type designer per se, he was a calligrapher. Lured by the idea of royalties coming his way from two different directions for the same face, Baker did a Signet for VGC. When Bob Evans, owner of Headliners, found out, he threatened to sue VGC for trademark infringement (copyright for typefaces was unheard of at the time - every major photo type house had "similar" fonts, and whenever someone got exclusives made by outside designers under a royalty program, it was only a matter of weeks before they were knocked off and changed slightly by other type houses, big and small). So in order to avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit, VGC called their typeface Baker Signet, instead of just Signet, and went further by asking Arthur Baker to make a lighter version and a condensed version. The lighter version was called Baker Argentina, the condensed version was called Baker Danmark. The "Number One" prefix was added to both so that when the inevitable knockoffs happened, type buyers would know which type was made first. About Baker Sans, Freddy writes: The Baker Sans was a knockoff of Helvetica. It was a massive family of a lot of fonts, rendered very ugly by camera stretching and slanting. Eddie Bauer used it as their corporate typeface for a long time in order to avoid the expensive fees of licensing Helvetica. Tim Ryan ended up digitizing it for Arthur Baker in the mid 1990s for a lot of money. That digital version is now being sold by ITF under one of its many companies (either Arthur Baker Design, or Arthur Baker Designs, or maybe Maverick Designs).

MyFonts link. Klingspor link. View Arthur Baker's typefaces. Linotype link. MyFonts page. Another MyFonts page. And still another MyFonts page. FontShop link. View Arthur Baker's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arturo Cortez

Oxnard, CA-based designer of the creamy font Complex Roots (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Cheou

At the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Ashley Cheou designed Grotesk Regular (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Quackenbush

Californian designer of the bilined constructivist typeface Comrad Viet (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Sabatino

At California College of the Arts in San Fracisco, Ashley Sabatino designed a CSS-based typeface in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashlynn WJ Tan

San Francisco-based designer of the display typefaces Mille Crepe (2017) and Music (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Asketic Design Studio
[Mikelis Bastiks]

Outfit in San Francisco, London and Riga, Latvia, est. 2007. Most typefaces are designed by Mikelis Bastiks and Aigars Mamis. These include:

  • Cirulis and Cirulis Display (2017). An art deco display sans family of two weights, named after Ansis Cirulis (1883-1942, Latvia), who was one of the first Eastern European designers. Cirulis's heritage is characterized by letters with asymmetric widths, sliced cuts and various intrinsic features. Dedicated site.
  • Luzumpunkts (2009). A free script typeface by Mikelis Bastiks.
  • Sniegs (2010). A free fat modular typeface by Mikelis Bastiks.

Home page. Dedicated web site for the Cirulis font. You Work For Them link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Glenn Parsons]

Commercial foundry in Oak View, CA, est. 2011, by Glenn Parsons (b. New York City). Creator of UXB Stencil and its companion UXB Spray in 2011, rough stencil typefaces. He also designed the tattoo typeface Dragon Fang (2011), Sugarbang (2012, comic book style), and the octagonal wedge typeface Spacepod (2012).

In 2013, Glenn created the comic book style typefaces Rocket Pop, Rocket Pop Outline and Koo Koo Puff. Signal 1885 (2013) is a vintage cursive script.

In 2014, he published Hexxes (a hexagonal typeface family), the retro futuristic mutant typography typeface Redrail Superfast.

Typefaces frrom 2015: Barn Owl (layered eroded wood style).

Typefaces from 2016: Bonewire, Tin Sign (vintage weathered style).

Typefaces from 2017: Digideco (retro-futuristic).

Typefaces from 2018: Fabbabi (a retro headline type), Surfoid, Smilodon (crayon font).

Typefaces from 2021: Fluffenhaus (a display typeface about which Glenn writes: The glyphs are soft serve ice cream, sorta Cooper Black after too much party. A fun playful look that suggests the 1960s and 1970s).

Typefaces from 2022: Monoicono (encircled icons related to environmental, health, weather, emergency, quality control, and synergy). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the free race car font Draco (2021). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atlantic Fonts
[Ken Russell]

Atlantic Fonts in Camden, ME, is the foundry of type designer Ken Russell (b. 1962, CA). His typefaces are mostly hand-printed. In 2010, he published Sync, Radio, Kahiki, Clue, Once (curly), Episodian (retro techno), Rewire, and History. In 2011, he added the fat funky typeface Earthling, Orange Cat (hand-printed poster face), and the fun typefaces Gruyere, Mountain Goat (comic book style) and Monarch AF.

Typefaces from 2013: Rowboat, Judlebug (a children's book script).

Typefaces from 2014: Atlantic Doodles, Began (elliptical futuristic wide sans), Steamboat (semi-calligraphic ribbon style script).

Typefaces from 2015: Hightide (hand-lettered script).

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Aude Degrassat

Student who graduated in 2008 from Ecole Estienne in Paris. She wrote a thesis on Albert Boton, and developed a gothic typeface that was published in the magazine Etapes. She presently works at Uzik in Los Angeles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Audrey Gould

Audrey Gould (Audrey Gould Design, San Francisco, CA) created several customn typefaces in 2013 and 2014. Several of these seem to have been for Nike. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aure Font Design
[Aurora Isaac]

Aurora Isaac (Aure Font Design, Issaqua, WA) is a California-born type designer. She created the uncial typeface Aure Westra LP (2011) and the Victorian family Aure Zeritha LP (2011).

Typefaces from 2018: Aure Brash (an outline font that speaks with the cheeky inuendo of a sassy parrot), Aure Nox (semi-haunted; with modulated stems), Aure Teddy (art nouveau style), Aure Declare (a text typeface family accompanied by several sets of extraordinary and quite complete astrological symbols), Aure Sable (also with astrological symbols), Aure Wye, Aure Jane.

Typefaces from 2019: Aure Zeritha. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aurora Isaac
[Aure Font Design]

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Austin Long

Artist, graphic designer, and photographer in San Francisco. In 2011, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from California State University, Monterey Bay. Creator of the free antique-look display typeface Passau (2013).

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Autograph Creative

Autograph is a brand consultancy in Emeryville, CA, specialized in art direction and graphic design. People include Aaron Pou, Donerik Dela Cruz and Mark Hausler. They designed the sans typefaces United Nations (based on WWII German Autobahn road signs and Helmut Lang) and Shadow Sans (art deco). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Newbury Park, CA-based outfit where Slimbach and Stone worked at one point. Its staff designed (and in some cases, imported, via Autologic SA in Lausanne, Switzerland) some nice typefaces in the mid eighties such as the Champfleury family (1985), Geometrica (1985), Kis-Janson (1985), Media (1976, André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind), Melencolia (1985), Signa (1978, André Gürtler, Christian Mengelt and Erich Gschwind) and Trinité (1981, Bram de Does, part Bobst Graphic, part Autologic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Autologic Information International

Thousand Oaks, CA-based developer of electronic prepress technologies. Active in the newspaper industry. Bought by Agfa on October 4, 2001. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Autumn Lane Paperie
[Beck McCormick]

Or Rebecca McCormick. Californian designer of some handcrafted typefaces.

Typefaces from 2022: Tiramisu Sans (a scrapbook font), Delvey Modern Serif Font (a boudoir font).

Typefaces from 2020: Duchess Script, Moxie, Sanibel, Bitte, Brioche.

Typefaces from 2019: Angeleno Brush Script, Tropical Trail Script, Waterssong Brush Script, Key Larrgo (brush script), Homebrewer, Wild Children, River Road, Dear Journal, Catalunya Script, Sassfras, Azusa sans, Fall Ember (wild calligraphy), Blossomberry, Souls Wuld (font duo), Inverness, Beach Say Script, Bolabos Script, Wyldling Script, Unbridled Script, Delish, Reynolds Square, Jamjar Script, Globetrotter (signature script), Mardi Gras, La Boheme Script, The Glen Brush (a Treefrog script), Boogie Down, Fete Casual Script, Resfeber Script, Salt and Sea, Barcelona Nights, Farmhouse Country, Friday Vibes Script, Katiekate Font Duo, Ethanol Sans, Kirsteny Sans, Lilykins Sans.

Typefaces from 2018: You Are Capable of Amaz, Sweet Tea Always, Welcome to our Home, Gypsy Soul, Salt and Sea, Be a Pineapple, May Your Coffee Be Strong, Adventure Awaits, Seas The Day, Ocean Child, Beach Daze, Sunday Funday, Barcelona Nights, Save Water Drink Wine, Sasshole, Keep Calm and Craft On, Flipflops and Tanlines, Salty Hair Don't Care, Cardio is Hardio, On wednesdays We Drink, All You Need Is Love And tacos, Sunshine and Tanlines, Beach Hair Don't Care, Farmhouse Country, As For Me and My House, I Run on Vitamin Sea, Cruise Hair Don't Care, Sunrise Sunburn Sunset, Flipflop Tribe Handlett, She's Whieskey in a Teacup, The Snark is Strong with this one, Friday Vibes, The Sass is Strong With This One, Shady Beach SVG, Resting Beach Face Hand, Remember Who You are, Home is Where the Heart is, Fresh from the farm SVG, Motivated Handlettered, Bride, I Need a Hug, Ethanol Sans, The hangover is Strong, Slay, Good Vibes Only, Momboss, Wildflowers, Pinot, Ink-Credible, Mother of Girls, You Had Me At Merlot, Love Herat, Whiskey Makes Me Frisky, Team Mom, Need More Tattoos, Maybe Swearing, Y'All, This Girl, Queen of Caffeine, Island Girl, Watch Me Sip Chardonnay, Sugar Spice Cocktail, Namastay, Sassy Handlettered SVG, Made with Love, That Wife Life, Socially Awkward, Katiekate Inline, Auttie, Ampersand Mania, Sugar Love, Party dress, Dream, Springbreak, Whiskey Girl Script, Irton Inline+Solid, Patisserie Script.

Earlier typefaces: Warmth (2017), The Island Sans (2018), Parkchester Script (2017), Backyard Garden (2017), Just Daring Hearts (2017), Lush sans (2017), Conquistador Serif (2017), Oh Savannah (2017: signature font), Plumeria Brush Script (2017), Orange Grove (2017), Cherokee Rose (2017: calligraphic script), Sweet Jasmine (2017: calligraphic), Florida Girl (2017), Florida Girl Sans (2017), Magnolia Plantation (2017), Breakwater (2017), Miami Vibes (2017), Coquina Clam (2017), Sugar Dumplin Sans (2017), Sea Breeze (2017), Chicken & Waffles (2017), Da Beach (2017), She Sells Seashells (2017), Bless Your Heart (2017), Buttermilk Biscuit Sans (2017), Lovely Nirvana (2017), Just Darling (2017), Croissant (2017), Summer Market (2017), Rose Bud (2017), Spring Market (2017), Amazeballz Brush (2015), Auttie Girl Hand (2015), Stabby Penguin (2015, dry brush script), Giraffy (2015), Smirk (2014), AJ Normal (2014, children's hand emulation) and Beck Callig (2014).

Creative Market link. Creative Market link for Bourbon Lettering. Creative Market link for Beck McCormick. Creative Fabrica link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Avantexte Press

Outfit in Oakland, CA, which made the geometric typeface Hitchcock (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Habib Khoury]

Israeli designer Habib Khoury (born in Fassouta, Upper Galilee, 1967) is presently Executive Creative Director of Avant Design Communications, which specializes in trilingual typography and communications. The type division, AvanType, offers commercial Latin, Arabic and Hebrew typefaces. He holds a Masters degree from Central Saint Martins College in London. Habib spent several years in Haifa, London, and New York, and is now based in Cathedral City, CA.

His Hebrew designs: Casablanca, Derby, Falafil, Girnata, Rituals, Talona. His Latin fonts include Adorey, Alluremda, Granada, Merkory and Stocky. He won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for Maqsaf. At TDC2 2003, he won a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Falafil.

His Arabic typefaces include Chiaka, Ghirnata (1996), Sinan (1992), Alwadi (1996), Onwan (1998), Shallal Ultra Light (1995), Saljook (1997), Barhoom (1995), Alkhoury (1997), Sayaf, Maqsaf and Qasab (1998).

He won an award at TDC2 2006 for Hogariet (2005, a Hebrew face) and at TDC2 2008 for Al Rajhi (an Arabic text family). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Azelea Rodgers
[aRc (or: Azelea Rodgers Creations)]

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Balsamiq Studios
[Michael Angeles]

Sacramento, CA-based designer of the free Google font Balsamiq Sans. Balsamiq Sans is a rounded sans typeface created for the Balsamiq Wireframes software and has been in use since version 2.1 in 2011. It contains 942 glyphs in two weights with italics/obliques, and includes the basic and extended Latin character set, Cyrillic, some symbols, dingbats, mathematical symbols and technical symbols. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bao Nguyen

Sacramento, CA-based designer. Cargocollective link. He created geometric logotypes called Virtuous (2012) and Espionage (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barmoor Foundry
[Tracy Sabin]

Barmoor Foundry showcases handcrafted and script fonts created by Californian illustrator Tracy Sabin. Typefaces from 2016: Lechlade (inspired by the handwriting of the great British pen and ink artists Edward Lear, John Tenniel, E. H. Shepard and Edward Ardizzone), Antibes.

Typefaces from 2017: Barmoor (inspired by Garamond), Nobbin (a quirky children's book font used in the book Nothing To Do).

Typefaces from 2018: P22 Muschamp Pro (P22: midway between a beatnik type and a curly vampire script).

Typefaces from 2019: P22 Schneeberger (a curly and playful handcrafted typeface family). Sabingrafik link.

Typefaces from 2021: P22 Torrone (an art deco script).

P22 link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Barsha Dahal

Barsha Dahal (Oakland, CA) created the Lady Boy typeface in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beary Design (or: Letter Beary)
[Dian Haniffan Hadi]

Or Dian Haniff. Yogyakarta, Indonesia (and/or San José, CA)-based designer of Brimstone (a scrapbook script) (2022), Smile Hana (a scrapbook script) (2022), Miss You (a scrapbook script) (2021), Walmars (a scrapbook script) (2021), Welove (a scrapbook script) (2021), Billie Family (script) (2021), Valentday (2020), Hello Valentines (2021), Agia Mary (2020: a creamy upright script), Hello Dove (2020: a fine script), Helena Sweety (2020), Hi Joana (a playful script) (2020), Animal Paws (2020: a textured font for children's books), Cat Paw (2020: a scrapbook font), My Butterfly (2020), Gallmore (2020), Hellstand (2020), Cat OPaw (2020), My Butterfly (2020), Gallmore Slab (2020), Plants Lovin (2020), Magic Love (2020), Manaline (2020: a monoline script), Magic Love (2020), Love and Heart (2020), Pineapple Slice (2020), Salted Caramel (2020), Hello Summer (2020), Ruby Dance (2020), Hardiness (2020), Sidelines (2020), Bannie (2020: a signage script), Sidelle (2020), Smitta Bali (2020: script), Gantrol (2020: a great retro signage script), Gantry (2019: identical to Gantrol?), Sottel (2019), Hamelin Script (2019:a signage script), Hatmi White (2019), Amatins (2019), Anuin (2019), Dino Kids (2019), Gatelo (2019), Baby Fun (2019), Nora Halim (2019), Bannie (2019), Mama Bunny (2019), Hansley (2019: a script), Chellion (2019: a meaty script), Casttano (2019), Gritten (2019), the display typeface Great Brington (2019), Dalena (2019: script), the children's book font Happy Kids (2019), the slab serif typefaces Helman (2019) and Arizon (2018), the decorative font Good Brinton (2019), the copperplate serif font Heiden (2019), the script typefaces Queen Elena (2019), Sennita (2019), Shantty (2019) and Belico (2019), and the marker pen font Moyudan (2019). Creative Fabrica link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Beatnik lettering

Beatnik lettering probably started in the fifties via magazines and movie credits. Hand-drawn, the letters are bouncy, uneven and often interlocking. Several examples of beatnik lettering were given by Jeremy Gullotto (Pasadena, CA) in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Becca Line
[Charles Siu]

San Francisco-based designer of the figurine-themed decorative initial caps typeface Keith Haring (2012; during his studies at the University of San Francisco). Muni Streetcar Display Font (2015) is inspired by the San Francisco Muni System Light Rail Display.

Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beck McCormick
[Autumn Lane Paperie]

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Bedoobie Designs
[Blake Bedard]

Riverside, CA-based designer of the poster typeface OC Life (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Behdad Esfahbod

Seyed Behdad Esfahbod MirHosseinZadeh Sarabi is an Iranian-Canadian software engineer, type expert and free software developer. He worked at Google in Mountain View, CA, and at Facebook (2019-2020). At the time he quit Facebook, his annual salary, as reported by The New York Times, was 1.5 million dollars.

Behdad Esfahbod was born in 1982 in Sari, Iran. While at high school Esfahbod won a silver in the 1999 International Olympiad in Informatics and then gold in 2000. He studied computer engineering at Sharif University in Tehran while discovering the world of computer typography and open source.

In 2003 he moved to Canada, studied computer science at the University of Toronto (MSc, class of 2006), became a regular contributor to GNOME---he was a director at GNOME Foundation from 2007 to 2010, serving as the president from 2008 to 2009---and many other open source projects. Esfahbod was among the founders of Sharif FarsiWeb Inc. which carried out internationalization and standardization projects related to open source and Persian language. He worked at Red Hat, Google, and generally became the go-to person regarding everything font and text rendering in open source projects. Among the projects he has led are the cairo, fontconfig, HarfBuzz, and pango libraries, which are standard parts of the GNOME desktop environment, the Google Chrome web browser, and the LibreOffice suite of programs. He received an O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2013 for his work on HarfBuzz. In 2012, he obtained an MBA from the University of Toronto as well.

Speaker at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona. The abstract of his talk there explains the current status of the FontTools package: FontTools/TTX is a Python package for converting OpenType font fonts to / from XML. It was developed in early 2000s by Just van Rossum and has been in wide use by the type community since, mostly for testing and inspection, but its development has had stopped for the most part. In Summer 2013 I resurrected FontTools development by adding support for many tables that have not been supported before (EBDT/EBLC, CBDT/CBLC, sbix, COLR/CPAL, SVG, ...), as well as implementing new tools: a full font subsetting tool, font inspection tool, font merge tool. In this talk I will talk about the community gathered around the new FontTools development as well as my plans to expand FontTools into a full Open Source font production pipeline. Speaker at ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on The Open Source Python Font Production Pipeline.

Addendum: Read his personal story involving psychological torture by the Iranian government. New York Times article in August 2020 about his Iranian experience: Esfahbod was arrested by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' intelligence unit during a 2020 visit to Tehran. He was then moved to Evin prison, where he was psychologically pressured and interrogated in solitary confinement for seven days. They downloaded all his private data from his devices. Iranian security forces let him go based on his promise to spy on his friends once he was back in United States. According to Linkedin, he is now based in Edmonton, Canada.

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Ben Balvanz

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ben Debaan
[Tommy of Escondido's Alien Fonts Page]

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Ben Goddard

Temecula, CA-based designer of the handcrafted typeface Fargo (2016), which is based on the Coen Brothers classic Fargo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Goetting

Ben Goetting hails from Brooklyn, but is now based in southern California. In 2014, he designed an all caps rounded blackletter typeface called Grandmaster Clash. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Haber

Californian designer of the grungy but interesting Mexican look typeface Taco font (shareware). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Suarez

FIDM graduate (b. 1990) who works as a graphic designer in Los Angeles. Creator of a strong octagonal headline typeface in 2012 called Vincent.

Dafont link. Behance link. Cargo Collectrve link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Truelove
[Typelove Fontworks]

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Benjamin Horak

Los Angeles-based designer of an inky hand-drawn poster typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Woodlock
[Abstract Office (was: Subtext Office)]

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Benjie Escobar

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the free squarish display typeface Orale Sans (2021). Other fonts, all in the motorcycle gang blackletter tattoo style, include Kanye Killed It (free), Calidad (free), Appreciation (free) and Chibi OE. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benny Stram

Creator of the handwriting typeface Steavie Weavie (2005). Digital type student at City College of San Francisco. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Berkeley Fonts
[Richard Lasseigne]

Oakland, CA-based Richard Lasseigne (Berkeley Fonts) made these Devanagari and Sanskrit typefaces in 1988-1994: TmsNagari, BF_Devanagari. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bernardo Rojas

During his studies at the Art Institute in San Diego, CA, Bernardo Rojas created the ornamental caps alphabet Paat (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Christian Robertson]

Betatype was established in 2003 by Christian Robertson, and is located in Concord, CA. It offers custom type design services as well as commercial fonts. Christian completed the BFA program in Graphic Design at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and was a partner at Mansfield Design Company in American Fork, UT. He joined Google where he presently works.

While at Brigham Young University, he designed Alexandre (2004, a roman influenced by blackletter), Blackletter No.36, Uncial New (2004, an uncial with a unicase feel), Aloe (2003), Betatype No. 28 (2003, a semiserif), Ulysses (2003), Pill Aberration, Raisin Nut, Pill Gothic (2001, a sans family published in 2004 at Umbrella Type/Veer), Beezer Sans, Uncial Slab, Sketch No. 26, Sketch No. 25, Dear Sarah (2004, a contextual handwriting typeface done with great care, available from Umbrella Type), and Factory.

Betatype published these fonts:

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Bezz Javan

Los Angeles-based multimedia designer. In 2018, he published these display typefaces: Cubart (3d), Esquare, Slinky, Dumber, Dumberer, Blockage (3d), Chizzeld, Lotty Dotty, Dimetia, Nockt, Domals, Hangerz, Sirkly, Geomiez, Diamonz (rhombic), Cirquetta (labyrinthine), Whetted, Solark, Eggo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Charles Bigelow]

Bigelow&Holmes was founded by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. Charles Bigelow (b. 1945, Detroit) is a type designer and teacher, who runs his own studio, Bigelow&Holmes. Bigelow was a colleague of Donald Knuth at Stanford University when Knuth developed his Computer Modern typeface family for TeX. In mid-2006, Bigelow accepted the Melbert B. Cary Distinguished Professorship at Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Print Media. Before that, he taught at Stanford University, Rhode Island School of Design, and other institutions. Typefaces designed by Bigelow:

  • The Lucida family (1985). Lucida is used in several scientific publications such as Scientific American. Its origins go back to Computer Modern. I find it more appropriate for screens than paper, but that is just a personal view. The Lucida family contains LucidaConsole (1993), LucidaSansTypewriter (1991), LucidaFax, LucidaCalligraphy, LucidaBright, Lucida Blackletter (1991, a bastarda) and Lucida Handwriting. It has been recently expanded to comply with the Unicode Standard, and includes non-Latin scripts such as Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic and Hebrew. Charles Bigelow created the font families Lucida Math (with Kris Holmes, 1993), Lucida Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985), Lucida Typewriter Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985) and Lucida Serif (with Kris Holmes, 1993). The paper by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes, The design of a Unicode font (Electronic Publishing, 1993, pp.289-305), explains the design issues such as letter heights, readability studies, and typeface designs for readers versus non-readers of the various scripts.
  • Syntax Phonetic.
  • Leviathan (1979).
  • Apple Chicago (1991), Apple Geneva (1991).
  • Microsoft Wingdings (1992).
  • For the Go Project, Kris Holmes and Charles Bigelow designed the free typeface families Go Sans and Go Mono in 2016. The font family, called Go (naturally), includes proportional- and fixed-width faces in normal, bold, and italic renderings. The fonts have been tested for technical uses, particularly programming. These fonts are humanist in nature (grotesques being slightly less legible according to recent research) and have an x-height a few percentage points above that of Helvetica or Arial, again to enhance legibility. The name Go refers to the Go Programming Language. CTAN link.
Ascender link. Wikipedia link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Squirrel link. Ascender link. Lucida Fonts is a dedicated commercial site. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bill Dawson

Bill Dawson (XK9, Los Angeles) is a graphic designer who has interesting things to say about type--his Typethos series of type quotes is a must-read.

At [T-26], he designed Megahertz (1998, techno family) and Leger (monoline minimalist sans family). Klingspor link. Behance link. XK9 link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bill Duncan
[G. William Music Production]

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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]  ⦿

Bizzarro Foundry
[Zachary Bizzarro]

American designer of Growth (2018: a curly font inspired by the Parkmerced neighborhood in San Francisco), Quandary (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Keith Hayden]

Blackdreamist is Keith hayden's type foundry in Kansas City, MO. Keith Hayden is graphic designer, specializing in photo-manipulations, illustrations, and branding. Born in Kansas City, where he lives and works, Keith studied at the Art Institute of San Diego, and then at the Art Institute of Kansas City where he received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design.

Creator of Minimalisto (2012). Benthem (2012) is a wonderful free art deco typeface family. Ambrosia (2014) is an all caps display typeface.

Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Blake Bedard
[Bedoobie Designs]

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Blake E. Marquis

Graphic designer who was first in New York City and later in Venice, CA. Artist who sells via YouWorkForThem. He designed several interesting typefaces in 2008 such as Figo (experimental Spanish-style face), Penny (hand-drawn), Dubby, Circus Maximus, and Boar. Farnum (2010) and Clairemy (2010) are hand-printed EPS format alphabets. In 2012, Clairemy was also published in OpenType format. Beautifully advertized in gonzo style: Hand-drawn in the night air with a DC-3 propeller blade, YWFT Clairemy is 327 glyphs of pure, bistromathic glory, and contains OpenType alternates that would make DeGaulle perm his moustache. York (2013) is an ornamental caps typeface family that can be used to layer and create 3d effects.

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

Blake Haber

Santa Barbara, CA-based designer of the freeware fonts Printer's Ornaments, Matador, Isla Bella, Taco Salad (1994), ItalianMosaicOrnaments, and Muddy's Water.

Blake Haber is married to Michelle Dixon, who runs the foundry Dixie's Delights.

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

Bob Aufuldish

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bonnie Shaver-Troup
[The Lexend Project]

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[Michael Sharpe]

Free package in 2011 maintained at the CTAN TeX archive by Michael Sharpe from UCSD, who writes: The PostScript fonts in this package were derived from the STIX OpenType collection, with regular and bold weights of calligraphic, fraktur and double-struck (aka blackboard bold). The font names: BoondoxCalligraphic-Bold, BoondoxCalligraphic-Regular, BoondoxDoubleStruck-Bold, BoondoxDoubleStruck-Regular (blackboard bold style), BoondoxFraktur-Bold, BoondoxFraktur-Regular. Still in 2011, he published Dutch Calligraphic, a reworking of Elzevier's free math calligraphic font ESSTX13. Another CTAN download site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Borna Aaron Grcevic

Croatia-born graduate of School of Design in Zagreb and the TypeMedia program at the KABK in The Hague in 2017. He is currently located in Cupertino, California. Linkedin link.

His slab serif graduation typeface Grotto (2017) plays on the contrast between industrial massiveness and catwalk aesthetics. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brad Brace

Californian designer of fonts at Garagefonts, including the texture dingbat font family GF Millennium (1997-1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brad Tucker

Valencia, CA-based designer of the serif typeface Need a crit (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bradley Krebs

During his studies in Los Angeles, Bradley Krebs created circle-based the bullet hole typeface Grooph (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Braille Institute of America

The Braille Institute of America is located in Los Angeles, CA. In 2019, Elliott Scott, Megan Eiswerth, Linus Boman and Theodore Petrosky co-designed the totally free sans typeface family Atkinson Hyperlegible. Named after Braille Institute founder, Robert J. Atkinson, this font is characterized by differentiated letterforms, angled terminals, and a genuflexed lower case q.

Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandi Stansbury

Based in Cayucos, CA, Brandi Stansbury (b. 1978) designed the hand-printed typeface Brandeez (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Alvarado

Iowa-based typographer and graphic design who was born in California. He created Brodovitch (2011), a fashion mag modern decorative typeface based on Alexey Brodovitch's 1951 typeface Al-Bro. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Carrillo

Los Angeles-based student-designer of the 3d typeface ISO (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Duffany

Brandon Duffany (from Southington, CT) studied Computer science at Cornell University, and is now based in Mountain View, CA. Creator of the hand-printed Sharp Curve (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson (Ragnarama, Costa Mesa, CA) created the display typeface Alabaster in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Lyon

Designer, photographer, and animator based in Southern California. He created a Tuscan display typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Branislav S. Cirkovic

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Brenda Maciel

Brazilian graphic designer based in San Bernardino, CA. She created the vernacular typeface Graninha Extra (2016) which is based on mural ads in Sao Luis, Maranhao, Brazil. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brenda Walton

Northern Californian illustrator and calligrapher. She designed ITC Cancione (1997), which includes some floral ornaments and tendril-like flourishes. Straight from the wineries in Napa Valley.

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

Brennan X. George

Sacramento, CA-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Oceanic (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brent Couchman

Designer and illustrator at Hatch in San Francisco, who hails from Boerne, TX. His typefaces include Sasquatch (2011, a bilined custom face), and Milk (2011), a very thin slab face. He is working on the multiline typeface Hello (2011), and on the Victorian ornamental typeface San (2011). Flickr link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brett Jackson

Brett Jackson is a San Diego-area type designer. Empty web page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brett Roeder
[Scorpion Tree]

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Bri LaReau

Graphic designer in San Francisco, who created the backslanted typeface Atomic in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian A. Jaramillo

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Brian Acevedo

Cranbrook Academy of Art student who designed Thermal (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Bonislawsky
[Versus Twin]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brian Jaramillo

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brian Jaramillo Harvey
[Apollo 26]

[More]  ⦿

Brian Petrello

San Francisco-based student-designer of Patina, an italicized sans-serif mono-spaced display font inspired by retro classic car typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Stell

Brian Stell works in the Font and Text team within Google's Internationalization Engineering group. He has been focused on engineering to make web fonts fast for all languages including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Roboto: faster than a speeding bullet. The abstract sounds interesting: This talk looks at the current status of Google's work to deliver fonts 'instantly' to Chrome users. With 'instant' fonts, website designers no longer have to choose between web fonts (that slow the site down) or 'web safe' fonts (that are only available in limited styles). Imagine being free to use your branding fonts in extra-light, book, normal, medium, bold, or ultra-bold - with italic, condensed, and slab variants. A brief overview of how the technology works is presented along with references to more information. Also discussed are efforts to make this work on other major browsers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Toth
[Foundry 73]

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Brianna Depue

During her studies at SJSU, Brianna Depue (Fremont, CA) designed the art nouveau typeface Mucha (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bright Ideas Fonts
[Rick Hutchinson]

A foundry which made over 500 fonts, mostly in 1998-1999, and was located in Carlsbad, CA, where Gail Conwell edited their Bright Ideas Magazine at that time, and Rick Hutchinson is listed as one of the directors / managers / owners. Dafont link. Another URL. Font Squirrel link.

Typefaces in alphabetical order with a few additional fonts mentioned separately later: Abraham, Accumulation, Adderley, Aerosol, Akimbo, Alexander, Amadeus-Regular, Amadeus, Amadeuz, Anderson, Arkitex, Arthur, Ashley, Asphalt, Asphalt'Wicker', Avante, Aztecan, Backlit, Balcony, Banshee, Barbarian, Barnaby, Barney, Beanbag, Bender, Bicycle, Billie, BlackRose, Blanchard, Blazed, Blossom, Bodkin, Bogsley, Boingo, Bonham, Botica, Bradley, Braxton, Brittany, Brownie, Bubbly, Bullwinkle, Bumper, Bunker, Butterscotch, Cajalco, Camelot, Candles, CandlesChrome, Candy, Canterbury, Cappuccino, Capsule, Carbiner, Carousel, Carrington, Carson, Casanova, Catfish, Cathedral, Catnip, Cecily, Ceremony, Challenge, Chamberlain, Chance, Chantilly, Cheetah, Chilled, Chocolate, Chopstick, Chump, Conniption, Corrigan, Corrosion, Crawford, Cyborg, Daffodil, Dakota, Danferno, DantesInferno, Darcie, Daytona, Delineator, Dementia, Diamondhead, Donika, Donnah, Dribble, Einstein, Elizabeth, Energy, Espresso, EspressoBI, FabreseDemi, Fairytale, Fallbrooke, Fiancee, Fido, Fionah, Fontana, Fonture, Fortress, Framed, Frankie, Frazier, Freddy, Frederick, Frizbee, Funhouse, Futana, Gapetto, Gatsby, Gemini, Gershaw, Gobbledygook, Godfrey, Goliath, Gonzales, Gonzo, Gothica, Graphitti, Grasshopper, Grendel, Griffin, Groovy, Habibe, Hannah, Hansel, Haskel, Havisham, Hawthorne, Henderson, Hendrix, Higgins, Highland, Holmes, Horton, Humphry, Hutchinson, Incense, Independence, IndependencefromBrightIdeas, Interpret, Invisible, Jacinda, Jacoby, Jaddarack, Jagger, Jamboe, Jangazoo, Jeremy, Jigsaw, Jokester, Joplin, Joseph, Joshua, Jubilee, Junior, Kaboom, Kamden, Karissa, Katherine, Kaufman, Kayleigh, Kendra, Kennedy, Khaki, KhakiBold, KhakiBoldOblique, KhakiOblique, Khakiripp, Khakiwrink, Kilcher, Killian, Kincade, Kingdom, Kinison, Klinker, Komodo, Kramer, Kromeon, Kryski, Kurrajong, Kyanna, Labrador, Leallie, Leland, Licorice, Limousine, Lindsy, Liquitek, Lockleer, Lockwood, Londonderry, Loyalty, Machine, Maddox, Madman, Magazine, Magellan, Maggie, Magician, Majesty, Malachite, Malone, Mandolin, Margarita, Marilyn, Marley, Marmalade, Marquardt, Martin, Mascara, Masters, McMahon, Mckinsey, Mechanizm, Meddler, Michelle, Milano, Millenium, Moccasin, Mongrel, Monolyth, Monster, Montey, Montoya, Moonstar, Morgan, Morrison, Morteza, Moteefe, Muskrat, Mustard, Napkin, Neolite, Newlywed, Nirvana, Noodles, Nouveau, OldWood, Oliver, Omicron, Pajama, Palooza, Panache, Paperclip, Papercut, Parbuckle, Parkinson, Paschico, Patches, Patriot, Patton, Payton, Pebbles, Pegasus, Perkins, Phantom, Picante, Picasso, Pickles, Pigeon, Pinhead, Pirouette, Platinum, Poodle, Pugsly, Quantum, Quentin, Radford, Ragetta, Ramirez, Rampart, Ramsey, Rapunzel, Rathskeller, Ravage, Ravish, Razor, Rebecca, Recess, Rediculous, Reefrash, Remeus, Revenge, Rhackoon, Rhodes, Ricksha, Riesling, Rockafella, Rockford, Rockola, Romance, Romulus, Rookie, Rutger, Ruxton, SMCChicago, SMCHollywood, SMCMiami, SMCMonteCarlo, SMCPhoenix, Sabien, Sampson, Samurai, Sangrial, Sapphire, Sapporo, Sawyer, Scarab, Scarlet, Scirocco, Scorpio, Scratch, Scrubblack, Scrubbold, Scrubcle, Scrublight, Sebastian, Seymour, Shakah, Shardee, Sheela, Skatty, Sketcher, Skyline, Skywalker, Snoozie, Snowboard, Squared, Stacker, Starsky, Stencil, Stencilla, Stiltskin, Sublime, Sundance, Surkle, Surrender, Swashed, Swingreg., Tagger, Tamarin, Tamborine, Tanner, Tantrum, Tarzana, Taylor, Teriyaki, Thompson, Thrash, Thrust, Tiddwell, Trapeze, Trident, Trinket, TrujillietXtra, Tuolumne, Twinkle, Tybette, Urbana, Vargas, Ventolin, Ventura, Vitrono, Vulmere, Waynne, Weiland, Whitney, Windsong, Winslow, Winton, Wonton, Wookie, Zargon, Ziggie.

Additional fonts not in the list above: Andrew, Boogie, Fracas, Mandrel, Sinclair, Tuxedo, Varsity.


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Bright Ideas Magazine
[Gail Conwell]

50USD/month, edited by "Bright Ideas". Bright Ideas is produced under the direction of Creative Director Gail Conwell. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brigitte Lopez

Ventura, CA-based designer of the display typeface Pad Thai (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brittani Renee

Brittani Renee (Brittani Design) grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She graduated from San Jose State University in 2012, where she published the display typeface Duet (2012), which is based on Julia Childs' personality. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brittany Thomas

During her studiesm, Pasadena, CA-based Brittany Thomas created the display typeface Hipstache (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bryan Mason

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C. Joey Mann

Los Angeles-based designer of College New Modern (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cagri Kara

Los Angeles (and before that, Istanbul)-based creator of the cube-shaped counterless typeface Cube (2012) and of the experimental alphabet Comic (2012).

In 2017, Cagri designed the free all caps sans headline typeface Womby.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caitlin Murphy

Student at DeVry University, Bakersfield, CA. Creator of the hand-printed typeface Eric Thin (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Calder Hansen

During his studies at Brown University (Providence, RI) and at Type West, Calder Hansen designed the experimental display typeface Rinca (2019). Calder explains: The contrast axis of a typeface is a line describing how weight is distributed in the letters. Strokes parallel to the axis are thick; strokes perpendicular to it are thin. Rinca is an exploration of what happens when the contrast axis is curved rather than straight. It is based on the shapes created by a broad-nib pen that changes angle as it draws based on its position relative to the arc of the axis. This creates a texture that is strange but self-consistent. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caleb Colestock

Art director in San Diego, CA, who created the piano key typeface Peel and the outlined display typeface Do Good Work in 2016. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caleb Warren

Redding, CA-based designer of the poster typeface Shasta (2014). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

California Historical Society
[Jaime Henderson]

Archivist at the California Historical Society in San Francisco, who reproduced, highlighted and commented on many nice images of classical typefaces. Jaime writes: All the materials I select for Type Tuesdays come from the Kemble Collection, which features type founders' specimen books, printing and graphic design periodicals, ephemera and much more. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

California Type Foundry (19th century)

Nineneteenth century San Francisco-based foundry, also called Wm. Faulkner&Son, and Painter&Co. [Google] [More]  ⦿

California Type Foundry (20th century)

San Francisco-based foundry, est. 1941 and located at 440 Battery Street, not to be confused with a foundry of the same name in the 19th century. California Type Foundry Price List [and] Specimens was published ca. 1947. The typefaces shown are primarily Lanston Monotype typefaces: 20th Century, Caslon, Coronet, Eden, Flash, Onyx, Stymie, Swing, Tourist Gothic, Ultra Bodoni and Valiant. [Google] [More]  ⦿

California Type Foundry (21st century)
[Dave Lawrence]

This type foundry was started in 2019 by Dave Lawrence, perhaps to honor and revive the California Type Foundry from the 20th and 19th centuries. Their typefaces:

  • CAL Bodoni Casale (2019). This typeface has been painstakingly crafted from hi-res scans of 4 original Bodoni printings. It is a splendid reproduction, although the ear of the lower case g is too small with respect to the overhangs on the lower case a and r.
  • CAL Bodoni Terracina (2020). An italic didone family.
  • CAL Bodoni Palazzo (2020). An exact reproduction of Bodoni's largest display caps typeface.
  • CAL Bodoni Ferrara Origin (2020). A spectacular display serif.
  • Hermanz Titling (2021). A chiseled capitalis monumentalis titling font in Trajan style based on inscriptional caps drawn by Hermann Zapf.
  • Oceanwide (2021). He describes this revival of one of Frutiger's forgotten geometric sans designs: Back in 1968, Frutiger was approached by Pentagram to make a design for British Petroleum. They wanted a "new version of Futura". However, they wanted him to make a couple adjustments. First, they felt that Futura was "too fiddly." By this, they meant that it narrowed too much at the joins. (Joins are for example where the round and straight parts of the 'd' meet.) This is something that is necessary for small print text (to prevent ink clogging), but is not necessary at large sizes. Second, they wanted it to be entirely geometric, using the circular shape with minimal optical corrections. Unfortunately this font was not even used very consistently in the BP brand. A haphazard mix of Futura and Frutiger's BP font ensued. It was then replaced by another font design very soon after. My design is different in several ways. First, the commas and quotes are a more modern style. I tried his original commas, but these just didn’t work to 21st century eyes. Second, in his drawings, Frutiger went for a more standard u with a downstroke on the right. However, Oceanwide has a simpler u. Third, I made more optical adjustments. At the direction of his employer, Frutiger reluctantly put no font optical corrections into the letters. So I think my optical adjustments are similar to what Frutiger would have wanted. Fourth, I extended the weight into the light and extra light ranges. Fifth, the rest of the font I created according to the principles of Adrian Frutiger, but with no sources for inspiration. Here is Frutiger's design philosophy, in his own words: "If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page... When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful." The words about the spoon were the ones I kept in my mind as I tried to make the curves ultra smooth, and the shapes ultra simple.
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[Paul Veres]

Calligraphics is Paul Veres' outfit in Berkeley, CA. Paul Veres was born in 1944 in Budapest, and started out as a calligrapher and graphic designer. He is the creator of Caterina (1999-2004, Psy/Ops; a calligraphic sans used in some places by movie director Francis Ford Coppola), and of Linotype Banjoman Roman (1996, an avant-garde font) and Linotype Aperto at Linotype (1995-1996: a lapidary typeface).

Fonts at Calligraphics: Caterina (1998), Aperto (1995, a stressed sans family), Harmonica (2005, script), DemiTasse (2001), Gargoyle (2001, a rounded informal script) and Espresso (2001).

FontShop link. Linotype link. Klingspor link. View Paul Veres's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Calvin Antwan Matthews

Graphic designer in Irvine, CA. He created the custom typeface Whistle (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cameron McEfee

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Cami Naccarato

Fort Collins, CO-based designer of Roofroots (2015), a typeface custom-made for Roofroots. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Candyce Fritsch

San Diego, CA-based designer of the hipster typeface Sonora (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caressa Cunningham

San Francisco-based designer of the display typeface Glitch (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carl Anderson
[Carl's Web Log]

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Carl Crossgrove
[Terrestrial Design]

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Carl Rohrs

Commercial lettering artist, scribe, teacher and sign painter in Santa Cruz, CA, since 1977. Rohrs has been teaching lettering and typography since 1984 at Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz extension. His mentors included Father Edward Catich, Hermann Zapf and Karlgeorg Hoefer.

Codesigner at Wolfram Research of some Mathematica fonts, such as Math5, Math5Bold (1998).

Since 2015, editor of Alphabet, the quarterly journal of San Francisco's Friends of Calligraphy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carl Stephen Junge

Illustrator and poster designer in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s, who lived from 1880 (b. Stockton, CA)-1972 (d. Des Plaines, IA). Many of the ornamental typefaces in the Barnhart Brothers&Spindler catalog of 1931, Typefaces: border designs, typecast ornaments, brass rule: selective specimens of preferred matter, are due to Junge. His typefaces:

  • Caslon Italic Specials (1924).
  • Swagger Capitals, which already appeared in the 1922 catalog of BBS. Swagger Capitals was reworked by Nick Curtis in 2004 as Mazurka NF [the lower case of Mazurka NF is based on Gothic Novelty Title, perhaps not a Junge type]. Swagger Capitals also inspired Pencraft (2010, Intellecta Design).

    Mac McGrew: Swagger Capitals or Swagger Initials were designed by Carl S. Junge for BB&S in 1925. They are virtually monotone, with an elongated flourish on each of the letters, most of which are cursive in character. There are only twenty-four letters, without X or Z. The foundry promoted them as being usable as initials with various typefaces.

  • Many ornaments were collected and digitized by Nick Curtis in Junge Holiday Cuts NF (2004).
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Carlos Garcia

San Francisco-based designer of the horizontally striped typeface Construct (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carlos Lujan

Fresno, California-based designer of the brushy signage typeface Brandit (2015). Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carl's Web Log
[Carl Anderson]

Type web log run by Carl Anderson in Portland, OR. Carl Anderson is the designer of Cyclist (2005), a font done as a project in Amy Conger's class at the City College of San Francisco. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carly Plaskett

Carly Plaskett (Carly Lane Design, San Francisco, CA) created the late art deco typeface Fillmore (2012).

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Carmel Type (or: Just Lucky)
[Drew Melton]

Drew Melton (Carmel Type and Just Lucky, Los Angeles, CA) is a graphic and type designer, letterer and occasional illustrator. He has worked for a wide range of clients including McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi and Penguin Books. Many of his typefaces are exquisite.

He created the vintage shaded typeface Lastra (2014, improved in Lastra Display in 2015), Westward Numerals (2014), Steel Cut (2014, numerals), Chisel (2014, numerals), Show Stopper (2014, a signage typeface), Ballpoint Script (2014; released in 2019 at Typeverything), Awning Display (2014), Brite Script (2014, Ten Dollar Fonts), Handsome Script (2014, a calligraphic copperplate script), the signage typeface Sideshow (2014) and the Tuscan typeface Magnifique (2013, +Inline, +Shadow).

Typefaces from 2015: Numerals (Book Club, Butcher Block, Chisel, Chisel Shadow, Chisel Fill, Elegante, Elegante Fancy, Yuma), Dolcetto (a stunning swashy calligraphic copperplate script for stately occasions), Lumber Co (an Italian Western wood style font family at The Designers Foundry; together with Jason Carne), Rubber Boots (a text typeface with considerable contrast), Stockpile (numerals), Luxus Gothic (blackletter), Yuma Numerals. In 2015, Jason Carne and Drew Melton co-designed the large condensed titling typeface family Skyward and wrote: Robust, towering, and geometrically refined, Skyward is a surefire classic cocktail of equal parts utility and elegance. Stuffed Crust, bold and loud, will be a hit too. Drew writes: Big and greasy never looked so good.

Typefaces from 2016: Boulangerie (a Tuscan typeface by Drew Melton), Motor City (by Drew Melton and Jason Carne; an industrial strength slab serif; the name Motor City was already taken by Casey Cole in 2012, so we'll wait and see if there will be a name change in the works).

Creative Market link. Behance link. Ten Dollar Fonts link. Carmel Type link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Carmela Ocampo

In her typography class, Carmela Ocampo (Claremont, CA) created Grotesque, a typeface that was inspired by the alien creature in Watchmen by Alan Moore. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caro Latorraca

San Francisco, CA-based designer of the creamy typeface Tape Font (2017), which is inspired by the rolling waves and the movements of the ocean. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carol Liao

Carol Liao (Los Angeles) created a Plantin specimen booklet in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carol Twombly

Born in 1959 in Concord, Carol Twombly studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and under Charles Bigelow at Stanford, and joined the Bigelow&Holmes studio for four years. In 1988, she joined Adobe and started designing typefaces. She was featured in 5 American Type Designers by Spurius Press. In 1994, she won the Prix Charles Peignot. In 1999, she retired from type design.

Linotype link. FontShop link. Typophile link.

A book about Twombly by Nancy Stock-Allen (Oak Knoll Press, Newcastle, 2016): Carol Twombly: Her Brief But Brilliant Career in Type Design.

Her typefaces:

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Carolina de Bartolo
[101 Editions]

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Caroline David
[Aqua Type]

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Caroline Hadilaksono

Designer currently living in Los Angeles. She graduated from Otis College of Art and Design graphic design program, with a minor in illustration, and founded the open source type cooperative The League of Movable Type with Micah Rich in 2009. Designer, with Tyler Finck, of Junction (2009), about which she writes: Inspired by my favorite humanist sans serif typefaces, such as Meta, Myriad, and Scala, Junction is where the best qualities of serif and sans serif typefaces come together. It has the hand-drawn and human qualities of a serif, and still retains the clarity and efficiencies of a sans serif typeface. It combines the best of both worlds. Junction was updated in 2014.

Co-designer, with Micah Rich and Tyler Finck, of League Gothic (2009-2011), which is modeled after Morris Fuller Benton's Alternate Gothic No. 1 (1903), and League Spartan Bold (2014), which is a revival of ATF's Spartan.

Kernest link. Klingspor link. The League of Movable Type link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caroline Hadilaksono
[The League of Movable Type]

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Carolyn Crampton

Art director, teacher, designer and illustrator in San Francisco, who designed several typefaces ca. 2016: Express Ultra Edges, Critter, Cordial, Melior Ultra, Meliuor Light, Beloved. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carolyn Lai

During her studies at UCSD, Carolyn L created the hand-printed typeface Caro (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Casady&Greene (Fluentlaserfonts)
[Terry Kunysz]

Casady&Greene, Inc. started out as two separate little companies, CasadyWare and Greene, Inc. CasadyWare, which was founded by Robin Casady in August 1984, began producing Fluent Fonts, which were bitmapped typefaces for the Macintosh. The 1984 set of fonts have copyright lines that mention Richard A. Ware. As soon as PostScript fonts appeared, CasadyWare got hold of the first version of Fontographer and produced the first downloadable PostScript fonts, even beating Adobe, the originators of PostScript, to the punch. These were marketed as Fluent Laser Fonts (FLF) out of Carmel, CA.

The FLF series includes Abilene (Western), Alexandria (1986, slab serif family), Black Knight (1991, blackletter), Bodoni FLF (1986), BodoniUltra (1986, a fat didone), Bonnard (art nouveau), ButtonHighlight, ButtonPlain, Calligraphy (1986), Campanile (a great didone face), Checkbox, Chicago FLF (free at OFL), Collegiate (1988, sports lettering), Coventry Script (calligraphic), Cutouts FLF (1992, cargo stencil), Desperado, Dorovar Carolus (1988, Carolingian; see also D790 at Softmaker and Carolingia (1991, William Boyd)), DryGulch, Epoque (art nouveau), FattiPatti, Fletcher Gothic (1992, art nouveau), Galileo (1987, didone), Gazelle (1988, calligraphic script), Gatsby (1986, pure art deco), Giotto, Gregorian (1986, English Gothic style blackletter), Harlequin FLF (1990), Highland Gothic (1992), Jott, Kasse (1992), Kells (modern round Gaelic font, 1988), KeyCaps, La Peruta, Meath (modern round Gaelic font, 1988), Michelle (1992, art deco, marquee face), Micro, MicroExtend FLF (1986, like Microgramma), Monterey (1986, Peignotian), Moulin Rouge (1992, an art nouveau typeface by Richard A. Ware), Nouveau (1990, art nouveau), Paladin (1988, blackletter), Pendragon (1991), Phoenix Script FLF (1990), Prelude (1986, connected script), Regency Script (1986, calligraphic copperplate script), Right Bank (1986, art deco), Ritz (1986, art deco in the style of Broadway), Rocko (1992, rounded like VAG Round), SansSerif FLF (1986, a large geometric sans family), Sedona Script (1990, connected, calligraphic, semi-psychedelic), Slender Gold (1992, script), Vertigo (1992, condensed monoline sans), VertigoPlus, Zephyr Script (1986, brush script).

Many fonts were digitized by Richard Ware, and some were designed by Mike Wright. The contact was Terry Kunysz in Salinas, CA.

On July 3, 2003, Casady&Greene closed it doors permanently. However, one of its designers, Mike Wright, writes: I believe that all the fonts that were developed by the company are now in the public domain. Robin Casady and I are thinking of putting up a site with free downloads of all of the old C&G public domain fonts--mainly as a way of attracting Mac users to see iData 2.

Robin Casady in 2003: I founded Casady Company in 1984 to publish fonts for the new Macintosh. The name changed with incorporation to CasadyWare, Inc. Around this time I met Mike Greene who was looking for a software project to do after SpellsWell. I talked him into doing a program that became QuickDEX. Later CasadyWare, Inc. merged with Greene, Inc. and became Casady & Greene, Inc. Over the years, my role in management reduced as my interests in other areas developed. In the last ten years I have had no official management duties at C&G. About a year ago I removed myself from the Board of Directors.

Some fonts could be found at TypOasis [defunct link]. Fontex link. Font Squirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Casey Castille

Oakland, CA-based designer (b. 1975) at FontStruct in 2008 of the smudged typefaces Smudge New Roman and Chinese Chairs, as well as the experimental typefaces Navajo Blankets, Progesterone, Guru Blackletter (Indic font simulation), June Cleaver (dot matrix), Sugandha Shringar (Indic font simulation), Aravinda Incense Sticks (more Indic font simulation) and Guru Saksha (still more Indic simulation). Wayang Kulit (2008, caps only) was inspired by Javanese shadow puppets. Dafont link. Graffiti fonts made by him in 2008: Professional Muse, Gladiator Cruel. On the side he runs a business selling pin-up calendars. Fontsy link. Home page. Full name Casey Castille Nassberg (nee Shelton). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Castle Type
[Jason Castle]

Designs by Jason Castle from San Rafael, CA, who studied psychology at Dominican University of California. He does custom font design and sells commercial typefaces through MyFonts and FontShop. Blog. These include:

  • A: AfrikaBorders, Afrika Motifs, Agency Open (M. F. Benton, 1934, revival Jason Castle), Agency Gothic Inline, Ampersands, Azbuka (2005, a heavy slab serif).
  • B: Brasileiro (2007, an art deco face).
  • Carisma (2007, a clean geometric sans), Carlos (art deco inspired by Elektra), Castle Fleurons, Chinoise (2008, based on hand lettering that is reminiscent of a style of ancient Chinese square-cut ideograms), Cloister Black, Copperplate Script, Cradley (2015, a Caslon titling family with Greek and Cyrillic, named after the birthplace of William Caslon).
  • D: Deko Initials (1993, discontinued in 2007; based on NADA0 drawn in 1972 by Marcia Loeb), Dionisio (2008, didone).
  • E: Eden (Bold, Light; originally designed by Robert H. Middleton in 1934).
  • F: Fat Freddie, Futura CT and Futura CT Inline (2007, based on Futura ND, but discontinued after only a few weeks).
  • G: Goudy Lombardy (Lombardic), GoudyStout, Goudy Text, Goudy Trajan (1994-2010, free; +alternates).
  • H: Handsome (2002, nice finger dingbats, aka fists).
  • J: Jensen Arabique (left field art deco, based on work of Gustav Jensen, 1933).
  • K: Koloss (art deco).
  • L: Latin CT (2008, 6 styles), Latin Wide, Laureat, Lise Informal (2008, hand-printed), Lombardy.
  • M: Maximilian CS (Rudolf Koch, 1917), Metropolis Bold and Shaded (based on the 1932 Stempel cut as designed by W. Schwerdtner), Minotaur (2008, an original monoline design based on an Oscan votive inscription from the second century BC; looks like simulated Greek).
  • N: Norberto (2009, an all-caps Bodoni; +Stencil).
  • O: Ogun (2008, inspired by an Egyptian-style Russian block alphabet and useful for athletic lettering; formerly named Azbuka).
  • P: Plantain (2002, a digital version of Plantin Adweight, a 1913 typeface by F. H. Pierpont), Plantain Stencil (2009), Progreso (2010, a condensed, unicase, serif gothic type design inspired by the hand-lettering on Russian posters from the 1920s).
  • R: Radiant, Radiant Extra Condensed CT (both Radiants are revivals of Roger Middleton's typeface by that name, 1940), Ransahoff (2002, ultra condensed didone), Rudolf (1992, based on Rudolf Koch's German expressionist work such as Neuland).
  • S: Samira (2008, art nouveau style; based on Peter Schnorr's Schnorr Gestreckt, from 1898), Shango (1993, based on Schneidler Initials by F.H.E. Schneidler (1936), and including a digital version of Schneidler Cyrillic (1992); extended in 2007 to Shango Gothic and in 2008 to a 3-d shadow version, Shango Chiseled, and in 2009 to Shango Sans), Sculptura (2005, an all caps typeface based on Diethelm's Sculptura from 1957), Sencia (2008, based on Spanish art deco stock certificate lettering from 1941), Sonrisa (2009, art deco family---Sonrisa Thin is free), Standard CT (a neo-grotesque family), Standard CT Stencil (2012: free).
  • Tambor (Light, Black, Inline, Adornado) (1992) (note: Jason claims that it was remotely based on Rudolf, which in turn was based on calligraphy of Rudolf Koch), Trio (an art deco sansserif), Trooper Roman (discontinued).
  • V: Vincenzo (2008, a slabby didone), Warrior (2009, a 3d font based on Ogun; +Shaded).
  • X: Xavier (art deco family based on Ashley Crawford by Ashley Havinden, 1930, revival by Jason Castle in 1992).
  • Z: Zagora, Zamenhof (2011: an all caps poster face with constructivist ancestry, named after the inventor of Esperanto), Zuboni Stencil (2009, Latin and Cyrillic, constructivist and perhaps even military).

Klingspor link. Behance link.

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Cathe Holden

Creator of a calligraphic alphabet in 2010. She lives in Petaluma, CA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Catherine Leigh Schmidt

American type designer, b. 1992, who has a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD, class of 2014. She currently teaches Graphic Design in the MFA program at California College of the Arts.

In 2016, she published the free Google Font Yatra One (original design from 2014), a free Latin / Devanagari / Marathi brush typeface inspired by the hand-painted signage of a local railway in Mumbai. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cathy Davies

In 2001, Cathy Davies obtained an MFA in Photography/Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts. She used to offer her free fonts at "Free fonts of the Television Age", a site that disappeared. Her original fonts include SoftHits, Chemist (script), Chemist Periodic, Stereo HiFi (fifties look), Slumber Party (1997), and Good Girl.

Another URL. And another one. Fontsquirrel link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Céline Thierry

At the University of Reims, Céline Thierry (Chaumont, France) designed the display typeface Astro (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cecilia Navarrete

Designer from Los Angeles. Creator of 3D Wire Alphabet (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cedar Publishing
[Luke D. Owens]

Type designer, b. Hillsboro, OR, 1957, who got interested in fonts while working as a typesetter on a Linotype typesetting machine at a small newspaper in San Diego in the late 1970s. He recently began designing fonts working from old galleys to resurrect some of the old fonts he used to use, and has decided to make these fonts available to the public.

Fonts made by Luke Owens (Cedar Publishing): Owens (1994), Endorse (1995), Same-Sex Marriage Script LDO (2004: script face), Broadsheet LDO (2002: Regular, Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Oregon LDO (an extensive sans family, 2004: Regular, Bold, Black, Oblique, Bold Oblique, Black Oblique), Portland LDO (Regular, Bold, Italic, Bold Italic, 2004: based on Palatino), Snail Mail LDO (2004), Oregon LDO Condensed (Regular, Bold, Black, Oblique, Bold Oblique, Black Oblique), Oregon LDO Extended (Regular, Bold, Black, Oblique, Bold Oblique, Black Oblique), Oregon LDO Vanishing (Regular, Bold, Oblique, Bold Oblique), Waukegan LDO (2004, another sans family: Regular, Bold, Black, Oblique, Bold Oblique, Black Oblique: based on Eurostile) and Waukegan LDO Extended (Regular, Bold, Black, Oblique, Bold Oblique, Black Oblique), and the family 1066 Calligraphy (1999). Pic.

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Celebrity Fontz
[Jose Jimenez]

Specializing in celebrity signature fonts, this Arcadia, CA-based foundry (est. 2008) is run by Jose Jimenez (b. Costa Mesa, CA, 1963). MyFonts link. It sells the following typefaces: Nursery Rhyme Initials (2004), Hire Me (2009), American Presidents (2008: a collection of all 44 U.S. Presidential signatures including Barack Obama), Signers of the Declaration of Independence (2008: a collection of all 56 signers of America's Declaration of Indepdendence).

In 2009, they added Tough Dude (childish handwriting), Western Americana (famous signatures), and Coulant Classique (calligraphic).

In 2010, he created a mix of calligraphy and brush in Classic Cool, as well as an ordinary hand-printed Wet Pussycat, and the all caps typefaces Snowflake Drop Caps, Crumpled Parchment (grunge), Mauro Poggi Ornamental Caps, and Flowery Drop Caps. Lil'Punk (2010) is a grungy hand-printed face. 20th Century German (2010), Maurice Dufrene Initials (2010, art nouveau) and Sassa Mixed (2010, inspired by Swiss art from 1939) are ornamental caps typefaces.

First Ladies (2011) consists of signatures of first ladies. Parisian Ornamentals (2011) is an ornamental shadow caps typeface modeled after an alleged 1810 design by J. Gillé [ahem, Gillé died in 1789...]. Other 2011 designs: Landscape Alphabet, Hollywood Stars (signatures), American Revolution (signatures), American Authors.

In 2012, he published Cartoon Characters Vol. 1, Medieval Times (illuminated caps), Pretzel Dough, Cats (alphadings), Bellflower (Victorian caps), Florid Renaissance (floriated caps), Victorian Ornamentals, Griffith Initials, Mother's Hand, Art Deco Flowery Initials (which are Victorian or art nouveau, and not really art deco in my view), Santerini Initials (inspired by Italian hand-etched designs dating back to 1839), 19th Century American Initials (art nouveau ornamental caps), Godfrey Sykes Initials (inspired by the decorations of Godfrey Sykes, whose work was greatly influenced by that of Raphael and Michelangelo), Alphabet of Death (a series of Northern-Renaissance-style woodcut letters based on the work of Hans Holbein the Younger), Lombardia Illuminata (Lombardic ornamental capitals), Straight Angles, Body Art (silhouettes), Italian Gothic (a full set of decorative initials inspired by 16th-century Italian calligrapher Giovanni Battista Palatino), Letters And Lace (ornamental caps), 26 Flowers (floriated drop caps), Brushwork (oriental brush face), Sfondo Fiorito (flourished caps).

Typefaces from 2013: English Monarchs (signatures of British monarchs), Kitchen Utensils (ornamental caps), Devilish, Papillon Woodcuts (a digital revival of an ornate alphabet by French engraver Jean-Michel Papillon dating back to 1760).

Typefaces from 2015: Kids at Play (ornamental caps).

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Celeste Provost

Celeste Prevost is a designer and iconographer working out of San Francisco, California under the name Design is Fine. She created the thunder-and-lightning typeface Hand of God (2010).

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Cesar Kobashikawa

Graphic designer in San Diego, who created the EverQuest Next font and icon set in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chad Hogan

West Hollywood, CA-based designer of the handcuff-inspired typeface Ergo (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chad Palmer

San Diego, CA-based designer of the decorative blackletter typeface Old Style Loser (2017), the connected monoline script Alpine Hand (2017), the horror brush script The Letter Evil (2017), the spurred sans titling typeface Cape Horn (2017) and American Gothic (2017). His life's motto: I like to draw letters, take photographs, and drink whiskey...but not always in that order. Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chad Reichert

Chad Reichert is the proprietor of spirit3design, a studio specializing in graphic design and typographic endeavors. He received his undergraduate degree in graphic design from Valparaiso University, attended graduate school at the California Institute of Arts and completed his MFA in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Chad is also an assistant professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He teaches time-based media, typography, visual communications and graphic design history. His fonts: the rounded squarish typeface Nicollet (2003), Tense, Eve Three (text type), Construct, Bandwidth (pixel family), Fancysingle, Nicollet, Stitch (stitching font), Hudson, Palio, Stargazer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Herbert F. Van Brink]

Prolific Woodland Hills, CA-based typophile and type designer (1937-2013) whose portfolio consisted largely of revivals and who used the alias Character for his typographic work. The Los Angeles Times posted this obituary: Herb passed away after a brief fight against esophageal cancer. He was a 42 year resident of Woodland Hills CA. Son of the late Jean and Mary Van Brink, he was born in Manhattan, graduated from Stuyvesant High School (1952) and Queens College (1956) and always considered himself a New Yorker. He had a long career in Information Technology and retired from Arco. He loved traveling, bowling, genealogy, and was a bridge Life Master among his many interests. He was a trickster and a perfectionist. He leaves his wife, Paula, his son, David Van Brink and DIL Deb Culmer of Santa Cruz CA, his daughter Qarin Van Brink and SIL James Ray of Burien WA, grandchildren Amelia and Wilhelmina Ray Van Brink, brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Louise Van Brink of E. Northport NY and nephews Matthew and Jordan Van Brink.

His typefaces:

  • Animal dingbat fonts: AbecedarianZoo (2003, created from an alphabet in Art Explosion 200,000), Turf&surf (2005).
  • Alphadings: Jennifer's train (2011), ABCPlay (2005), DiddleTheMouse (2005), Silly Set (2005), Stone Carving (2005), Snow Persons (2005), Alaskan Ice (2005), Peppermin Canes (2005), USStarsNStripes (2003, first called USFlags), XmasTree (2002), XmasTree II (2004), Xmas Alpha (2005).
  • Erotic alphabets: Flotner (2002, based on a scan of the human character alphabet by Peter Flötner (1534)), SilvestreBodies (2006, based on a figurative alphabet designed by Joseph Balthazar Silvestre in 1834, with engravings made by Girault), ErotiCaps Outline (2007), ErotiCaps Solid (2007), WeygelBodies (2006, adapted from Martin Weygel's 1560 interpretation of Peter Flotner's 1534 figurative alphabet).
  • Stained glass themed fonts: ModernStainedGlass (2007), ModernStainedGlass2Tone (2007).
  • Capital alphabets: Cameo Antique (2011, after Cameo Antique on page 17 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces---a shaded outline version of the typeface called NightShade, on the same page of Dan Solo's book; the only known digitized fonts of NightShade are "Shadowed Serif" by James Fordyce (1994) and NigelSadeSH, from Soft Horizons (1993)), Modern French Capitals (2010, after a set of capitals drawn by Alphonse Mucha), Mucha French Capitals (2010, similar?), Marcel Caps (2007; based on "Crossroads" by August Will (1891)), WoodLook (2007, an improvement of 101's Wooden Alpha BlockZ), 3DAlphabet (2008, based on an alphabet coloring book designed by Jean Larcher, 1978), RomantiqueInitials (2007, based on work by Aridi), Blistered, BlisteredFramed, BlisteredReverse (2005, based on Marwan Aridi's Blister from the Initial Caps Vol I), ChiseledRound, Contemporary CH (2010), CourierInitials (2005, based on an alphabet by Johan)), Eclectica (2003, party-theme), FeathersInYourCaps (2002), FlowerSketches (2002), LACETRIM (2002), LeafyStencil (2003), QuiltedStippled (2004, based on an embroidery alphabet created by DesignsInStitches), RetroCapsBW (2004), RetroCapsWB (2004), Rope5 (2004, rope font), Rustic Black Shadow (2011. He explains: In the Solotype Catalog of 4,147 typefaces, RUSTIC is shown with a black shadow. RUSTIC WHITESHADOW has a white shadow. However, the Solotype digital font named RUSTIC has no shadow. Similar no-shadow fonts are also available as Pinewood (by Rick Mueller and one by Dieter Steffmann) and as Woody (by DincType). As of October, 2011, no digitized version of Rustic Whiteshadow is known. Character has produced a font named RusticBlackShadow, which matches the font named Rustic in the Solotype Catalog. Dick Pape had created an earlier version named Pepin Press Caps FA204, based on fonts contained in the Pepin Press book Fancy Alphabets. ), THINROPE (2002), VALENTINEHEARTS (2002), Printed Circuit (2005), SportsABC (2005), Feathered Flight (2005), Joe Clement (2007, Western pixel face), Ribbon Shadow (2007).
  • Fonts based on scans from Awesome Alphabets (Mike Artell, 1999, Good Year): SketchBoards, SketchBones, SketchClothes, SketchLogs (2005), SketchPencils, SketchPipes, SketchTools, all done in 2005.
  • Athletic lettering: Collegiate Heavy Outline (2006), Real Madrid 2011-2012 (2011, an expansion of a font by "Adriano"), The Football League (2011), Adidas Euro 2008 (2011), Puma World Cup 2010 (2010: based on Crepello, a custom-made font by Paul Barnes for Puma, that was used on the jersey of Italy, Switzerland and Uruguay during the 2010 FIFA World Cup), Adidas Unity (2010), LINKEB+Regular (2008) uses the lettering of the Geaux font used by LSU.
  • Pixel or dot matrix style fonts: Dash It All (2007, based on Cooper Black), Even Hearted (2007, an improvement of CK More Hearts), Square 9x9 (2007).
  • Brush typefaces: Skippingbrush (2006), GraffitiPaintBrush (2008).
  • Dingbats: Being Sport Pictograms (2008).
  • Scanbats: PilobusSilhouettes (2010) is based upon a human alphabet photographed by John Kane.
  • Techno: BultacoDual (2010), Dr Who 42 (2007), London MMXII (2008), ArrowheadLake (2009, +Shadows, +Sunlit; based on the nearly blackletter typeface Arrowhead from the Solotype Catalog and alphabet books).
  • Historic typefaces: Driftwood 67 (2011, Driftwood on page 67 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), ArrowheadLake and ArrowheadLakeShadows (2011, based on Solotype Catalog p.74), Cutin (2011, a simple rounded monoline sans called Cut-in Medium on page 163 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces),Cutin (2011, a simple rounded monoline sans called Cut-in Medium on page 163 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Pepin FA288 (2011, based on Matra, or Bifur, on page 54 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces by Dan X. Solo), Varicka (2010, from "Decorative Condensed Alphabets", by Dan Solo, p. 94. It is similar to Red Rooster's Triple Gothic Condensed, but the Solo's font has different features), MaxfieldParrish140 (2007: From an incomplete (no "N") hand-drawn alphabet by Maxfield Parrish. See figure 140 of "Letters&Lettering" by Frank C. Brown, 1921. This is a different source than the P22 Parrish font family.), Ronde Antique (2009, based on page 110 of the Verlag Gerlach 1881 catalog).
  • Other: Scramble Mixed (2006, scrabble face), Happy Fourth, Emperor AN (2009: this semi-art nouveau typeface is Emperor on page 42 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces---not the same as Dan Solo's Emperor at MyFonts), Wood Gothic Caps (2011, blackletter), WoodWud (2011), Gallia Two (2010, based on a font found on page 55 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces as Gallia No. 2), Charleston (2010, based on page 46 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Azteca Regular (2010: based on Azteca Condensed by Dan X. Solo, page 74 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Othello Fill and Solid (2011, derived from Othello on page 155 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Sharons Shadows (2010, +Bold), Masked Menace (2012, based on Bodoni Poster).

Fontspace link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. And another one. See also at abfonts. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charis Marshall

Charis Marshall (Los Angeles, CA) created Shrapnel Sans in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Bigelow

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Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski (b. Andernach, Germany, 1920, d. San Pedro, CA, 1994) was a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. Typefaces styled after Bukowski's work: Bukowski (2014, Ingi Kristján Sigurmarsson), Buk (2017, Jefferson Camargo). Dedicated web site.

Some quotes:

  • Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
  • For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
  • You have to die a few times before you can really live.
  • The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
  • That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.
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Charles M. Geschke

Charles Geschke is the founder, with John Warnock, of Adobe (in 1982), and the inventor of PostScript. The type 3 and type 1 font formats are an essential part of the PostScript language. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Charles Siu
[Becca Line]

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Charlie Edmiston

Charlie Edmiston (Los Angeles, CA) created Measly (2013), a free modular display sans typeface.

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Charlie Lederer

San Francisco, CA-based designer of the wide display typeface Tempeh (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chase Babb

Californian designer (b. 1993) with a great motto: No I won't design something just for you. If I make it, it has to be publicly available.

Creator of Liquid Crystal (2012, the ultimate LCD typeface family), Linkin Park (2012), Unbound Pro (2012, a free industrial stencil typeface), Adele, a monoline avant garde sans headline face, modeled after the cover of the CD album Adele 21 by singer and song writer Adele. Couture Bold (2012, free font) is a solid thick sans all caps typeface based on the Chanel logo.

Open Font Library link. Home page. Devian tart link. Aka styrofoamballs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chaz Bojorquez

Quoting RTEA about this graffiti artist: Chaz Bojorquez believes that true self expression comes from the soul. At an early age, in the 1950's, he experienced the graffiti tradition of the East Los Angeles Mexican-Americans. Los Angeles 'Cholo' style graffiti was dictated by a [time-honored] code of writing. Allegiance to that code of traditional writing brought you respect. In 1968, out of high school with a liberal arts/mathematics diploma, and one year of state college, Chaz enrolled into Chouinard art school (known today as Cal Arts). He also studied Asian calligraphy from Master Yun Chung Chiang (Master Chiang studied under Pu Ju, brother of the last emperor of China). Following these experiences, in 1969 he combined the tradition and honor from Cholo gang graffiti and his education from Chouinard with the spiritual skills of Asian calligraphy. Chaz was one of the first graffiti writers from Los Angeles with his own style. After more than decade of tagging in the streets in the 1970's and early 1980's, came a deeper need to understand: why do we do graffiti? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chelsea Weaver

Chelsea Weaver (Portland, OR and before that, Camarillo, CA) studied graphic design at California State University Channel Islands. She designed Newspaper (2012, an experimental typeface) and Piri Piri (2013, a curvy display typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chen Li
[Use Type-1 Fonts in PDF Papers]

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Chen Zhang

Graduate of Iowa State University, now based in San Francisco. In 2016, she designed the display typeface The Curl, which is inspired by curled paper. She also made Tarot Card Icons (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cherrie Wang

During her studies, Fullerton, CA-based Cherrie Wang designed the teardrop typeface Drop (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cheshire Dave

San Francisco-based commentator and artist. Writer and director of the video clip Behind the Typeface in which he showcases Cooper Black (1922) and Goudy Heavyface (1925), its Monotype rip-off by Goudy himself. Interview by Karen Huang. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiara Costanzo

San Diego, CA-based designer of the experimental threaded typeface Mercurial (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chiharu Tanaka

Chiharu Tanaka was born and raised in Japan. She completed her Bachelor's degree of Textile Design in Tokyo and worked at design companies for a few years. She subsequently received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2009, and remained in San Francisco area ever since. She worked as a graphic and type designer for John McNeil Studio (2009-2010), Landor Associates (2009-2010), Psy/Ops (2010-present) and Morisawa (2016-present). Her typefaces:

  • The roman and ornamental retail typeface family HaruNami (2010, Psy Ops). She writes: HaruNami (spring wave) is a family of decorative typefaces which fuse together Japanese ornamentation with the Roman alphabet. My purpose with this project is to find a balance between the designs of the West and the East. My hope is to share the Japanese aesthetic with an International audience. HaruNami has a unique stylistic system that ranges from Simple to Ornate.
  • Corporate typefaces for Tokyu Hands (an icon set, dated 2002), Landor (San Diego Zoo), Psy/Ops (Chevrolet; Bollinger Motors). Louis, done for Chevrolet under the creative direction of Rodrigo Cavazos at Psy/Ops, is a six-style DIN-like industrial grotesque for Latin and Cyrillic.
  • The corporate typefaces Reitmans Script.
  • Tegaki. An experimental brush script.
  • Mie. A hand-drawn font that attempts to obfuscate the border between letters and art.
  • Txt 1010 (2014). An experimental typeface to make fancy borders using opentype prowess. Done together with Carolina de Bartolo while working at Psy/Ops.
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Chis Pauley

Freelance designer in San Jose, CA. Graduate of TypeWest, class of 2021. His graduation typeface was Turbochron is a retrofuturistic monolinear techno type family that pays homage to cars of the late 20th century. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CHOMP font collection
[Elliot Weinstein]

CHampions Of the Mac Proletariat. Fonts created by Elliot Weinstein (freeware). Included are many East-European language fonts such as Bryansk, Cracow, and Sverdlovsk. There is also a phonetic font. Other fonts are Chefdijon (with cooking symbols), Fontana, Fraction Fonts, Newport News and Riverside. Can't find the fonts any longer.

Elliot Weinstein used to run Devonian International Software Company out of Montclair, CA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Choz Cunningham
[Exclamachine Type Foundry]

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Chris Cappilla

Graphic designer in Agoura Hills, CA. Creator of some experimental typefaces in the period 2012-2014.

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Chris Forrette

San Francisco-based designer of the sans typeface Hill (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Komashko

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the display typeface Fresas (2016) for a reality show pitch for MTV. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Papasadero

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Chris Ru Crueldad

Gilroy, CA-based designer of the athletic lettering font Faithful 49ers (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Robertson

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Christina Cedeño

During her studies at California State University, Long Beach, Christina Cedeño created Grow (2014), a typeface inspired by outdoor living wall panels. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Fabela

Graphic designer in Long Beach, CA, who created the modular typeface Notts (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Simmons
[MINE San Francisco]

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Christopher Slye

Born in Los Altos, CA, Christopher Slye studied art history at the University of California at Santa Cruz and worked as a graphic designer until joining the type group at Adobe in 1997, where he assisted with the design and production of Adobe's type library. He was involved in the creation of Adobe's OTF fonts, and had a hand in both Myriad Pro (1992, with Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly and Fred Brady) and Tekton Pro. At Font Bureau, he designed Elmhurst (1997), a 7-style transitional family. He was Technical Product Manager, Type, at Adobe in San Jose, and managed all type-related business and licensing activity at Adobe, including its cloud font service, Adobe Fonts. In 2021, he became president of Type Network, succeeding Paley Dreier in that role.

FontShop link. MyFonts link. FontBureau link. Adobe link.

At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he spoke on CFF on the web. The abstract is quite promising and the talk may quite opossibly be the highlight of the technical program at that meeting: Digital type outlines are described, for the most part, in either of two fundamental formats: PostScript or TrueType. Today, OpenType fonts convey PostScript outlines with CFF (the Compact Font Format), which is an optimized successor to the original Type 1 font format. Although the world of print output has been dominated by PostScript Type 1/CFF, the TrueType format has prevailed in the Windows and Mac OS operating systems. TrueType is well known for its accommodation for extensive hinting instructions, evident in many Windows core fonts which have become de facto standards on the web.In the explosion of web fonts during recent years, TrueType's reputation as a screen font format and its superior rendering in Windows browsers has made it a virtual requirement for those seeking consistency and quality in type rendering with web fonts. However, with recent improvements in text rendering from Microsoft's DirectWrite, CFF rendering quality will soon be comparable to TrueType in the next generation of Windows browsers. Despite its second class status on the web today, CFF still possesses advantages worth assessing as its rendering quality on screens approaches parity with TrueType. For example, CFF is inherently compact, and its PostScript (Bezier) paths are the default format for virtually all font designers. This presentation will explain the technical and practical advantages of the CFF font format and compare them to TrueType. It will examine what the future holds for CFF as a web font format, and make the case for CFF as a worthy, if not superior, solution for web typography.

Klingspor link. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Toumanian

Murrieta, CA-based designer, b. 1986. His Flickr page. He created the pixelish typeface Alpha Quadrant (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christy Elizabeth Kong

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Chuck Davis
[Letterhead Fonts]

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Ciara Rouze
[Saige Rouze]

During her studies at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI Ciara Rouze (Mammoth Lakes, CA) designed the handcrafted silhouette alphabet font Bad Cabbage (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cigdem Michalski

Cigdem "Chi" Michalski (ChiChiLand, San Francisco, CA) is an illustrator whose work is mainly related to children. One of her typographic posters, Sweet Little Ones (2015), is especially appealing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

City College of San Francisco

Some type courses are offered here: GRPH 151 Lettering and Type and GRPH 152 Digital Font Creation. Both taught by Amy Conger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Christy Elizabeth Kong]

Irvine, CA-based designer of Ancient Khan (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Daniel L. Isdell]

Clanbadge is a foundry in San Jose, CA. MyFonts link. Daniel Isdell (b. 1955, Washington, DC) sells a great font, The Celtic Knot Font (2001), that permits one to make thousands of Celtic knot patterns. An interesting idea, to say the least. The clue is here. MyFonts link.

On MyFonts, he writes: Daniel Isdell Dan Isdell is a graphic artist, web designer and programmer living in San Jose, California. He has been a font addict from an early age, first with pencils and markers and then with good old Speedball pens. He designed his first full font at age 15. Attending a technical high school gave him the opportunity to learn typesetting by hand with movable metal type. His parents were both bookbinders and one of his first jobs was working at a real type foundry, where part of his job was stocking the linotype machines with fresh lead and melting galleys full of no longer needed type. Later, working as an engineer allowed him to use computers and CAD systems to design letterforms. As a Senior Web Design Engineer and graphic artist he had the opportunity to apply his love of typography to logos and user-interface design. Although he has yet to publish any of his letterform fonts, he has released the Celtic Knot Font. Its development stemmed from his interest in his hereditary Scottish culture, and the study of Celtic knotwork as embellishments for his leatherwork, knife-making and jewelry-making hobbies. The Celtic Knot Font has been a big success with well over 8000 copies sold. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Claudia Parga

Graphic designer and photographer in San Diego, CA. During her studies at The Art Institute of California-San Diego in 2016, she designed a few display typefaces, including a silhouette alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudio De Laurentiis

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of an experimental geometric typeface (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cliff Little

Cliff Little (Little Type House, Los Angeles) created these typefaces in 2017: Westbot (Western), Wild Things (handcrafted), Glitch. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coda Gardner

San Francisco, CA-based designer of the ghouly fonts Double Feature (1997, a blood drip font) and RockyHorrorPictureShow. In 2015, she created War Text Inverse.

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Cody Borden

Los Angeles-based designerLos Angeles-based designer. He designed Futata (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cody Small

Cody Small (San Diego, CA) created the counterless poster typeface Rauschenberg (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Coffee Napkin

Roseville, CA-based graphic designer who created the custom draftsman's hand typeface Jasmine Victoria (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Colby Parson

Los Angeles-based creator of the techno fonts Divlit (2009) and East Lift (2010).

Home page. Alternate URL. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cole Bemis

Frontend developer in San Luis Obispo, CA, who designed a great set of SVG format open source icons called Feather (2018). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cole Huckabee

Californian creator (b. 1988) of the unicase fat finger typeface Just Cole (2012). Other creations include Just Coles Block (2012, outlined face) and Just Coles Cursive (2012).

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Comicraft (was: Active Images)
[Richard Starkings]

Comicraft was founded by Richard Starkings and John Roshell in 1992. Located in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, they do lettering and design for the comic book industry and make comic book fonts. At one point they were also called Comic Book Fonts. The current presidents are Rita Simpson and Richard Starkings. Alternate URL. T-26 link. Creative Market link. Some fonts: Sanctum Sanctorum (2003), Grandguignol (2003), MagicalMysticalFour (2003), Smash (2003), Aztech, Joe Kubert, Gobbledygook, Meanwhile, Matinee Idol [Nick Curtis has a much nicer script font by the same name, sold by MyFonts], Manganese (Asian-lookalike by Richard Starkings), Altogether OOky (by John Roshell), AbsolutelyFabulous, Achtung Baby (1997, Richard Starkings: a brutalist typeface), Adamantium, Alchemite, AstroCity, AstroCity International, Bithead, BrontoBurger, CarryOnScreaming, Chills, ClobberinTime, Comicrazy, Destroyer, DivineRight, DoubleBack, DutchCourage (1995, an art deco family), Elsewhere (art nouveau), Flameon, Framistat (2000, JG), Frostbite, GrimlyFiendish, Hooky, Hellshock, IncyWincySpider, JimLee, JoeMad, KissAndTell, KissAndTell International (2000, JG), Meltdown, MonsterMash, PhasesOnStun, PulpFiction, ResistanceIs..., RunningWithScissors, SchoolsOut (1999, John Roshell), SezWho/SezYou, SpookyTooth, Spills, Splashdown, StandBy4Action, Stormtrooper, TheStorySoFar, ToBeContinued, Thrills, WildWords, WildWords International, YuleTideLog, Zoinks, ZAP Pack, Digital Delivery, Jeff Campbell (2000, by JG), Los Vampiros, DeadMansChest, Cutthroat International (2000), Rigor Mortis (2000, John Roshell), DangerGirl, Thingamajig, Red Star, Red Square, Drop Case, Too Much Coffee Man, NearMyth, Stonehenge, Golem and SwordsAndSorcerers (medieval or runes fonts). Their monster fonts collection includes MonsterMash, CarryOnScreaming, Chills, GooseBumps, CreepyCrawly, Grimly Fiendish, IncyWincySpider, SpookyTooth, Meltdown and TrickorTreat dingbats. In 2005, MyFonts started selling their collection. Fonts by Starkings include Achtung Baby, Carry On Screaming, Clobberin Time, Flame On, Goosebumps, Grimly Fiendish, Sez, Splashdown. The full font list: Absolutely Fabulous (1999), Achtung Baby (1997), Adam Kubert (2005), Adamantium (1999), Alchemite (1997), Altogether Ooky (1999, vampire script), Area51 (2005, an octagonal typeface with a military stencil)), Astro City (2005), Astronauts In Trouble (2005), Atomic Wedgie (2005), Aztech (2005), Battle Cry (2005), Battle Scarred (2005), Belly Laugh (2005), Biff Bam Boom (2005), Bithead (1997), Blah Blah Blah (2005), Bronto Burger (1996), Carry On Screaming (1996), Chatterbox (2005), Cheeky Monkey (2005), Cheese And Crackers (2005), Chills (1997), Clobberin Time (1995), Comicrazy (1995), Creepy Crawly (2005), Cutthroat (2005), Danger Girl (2005), Dave Gibbons (2005), Dead Mans (2005), Dear Diary (2005), Designer Genes (2005), Destroyer (1999), Digital Delivery (2005), Divine Right (1998), Doohickey (2005), Double Back (1998), Dreamland (2005), Drop Case (2005), Dutch Courage (1995), Elsewhere (1998), Euphoria (2005), Exterminate (1999), Face Front (2005), Flame On (1997), Forked Tongue (2005), Framistat (2005), Frostbite (1997), Girls Girls Girls (2005), Gobbledygook (2005), Golem (2005), Goosebumps (2005), Grande Guignol (2003), Grimly Fiendish (1998), Hedge Backwards (2005), Hellshock (1997), Hooky (1999), Hush Hush (2005), Hyperdrive (2005), Incy Wincy Spider (1996), Jeff Campbell (2005), Jeff Campbell Sketchbook (2005), Jim Lee (1998), Joe Kubert (2005), Joe Mad (1999), Kiss And Tell (1999), Ladronn (2005), Los Vampiros (1999), Manganese (1999), Matinee Idol (2005), Meanwhile (2005), Meltdown (1997), Mike Wieringo (2005), Monster Mash (1997), Near Myth (2005, a grunge face, since 2007 also at T26), Nuff Said (2005), Overbyte (2005), Paranoid Android (2005), Pascual Ferry (2005), Pass The Port (2005), Phases On Stun (1995), Primal Scream (2005), Pulp Fiction (1996), Red Square (2005), Red Star (2005), Resistance Is (1997), Rigor Mortis (2005), Rumble (1994), Running With Scissors (1997), Sanctum Sanctorum (1998), Santas Little Helpers (2005), Schools Out (1999), Sean Phillips (2005), Sentinel (2005), Sez (1998), Shannon Wheeler (2005), Shannon Wheeler (2005), Smash (2005), Snowmany Snowmen (2005), Soothsayer (2005), Spellcaster (2005), Spills (1997), Splashdown (1997), Spookytooth (2005), Stand By4 Action (1997), Stonehenge (2005), Stormtrooper (1997), Thats All Folks (2005), The Story So Far (1998), Thingamajig (2005), Thrills (1997), Tim Sale (1999), Tim Sale Brush (2005), Tim Sale Lower (2005), Timelord (2005), To Be Continued (2005), Too Much (2005), Tough Talk (2005), Treacherous (2005), Trick Or Treat (2005), Wall Scrawler (2005), Wiccan Sans (1999), Wiccan Serif (1999), Wiccan Special (1999, see also T-26), Wild And Crazy (1997), Wild Words (1995), Yada Yada Yada (2005), Yeah Baby (2005), Yuletide Log (1996), Zoinks (2005), Phil Yeh (2006), Zzzap (2006), Battle Damaged (2007), Speeding Bullet (2006), Foom (2007), Letterbot (2007), Timsale (2007), Cutthroat (2007), Framistat (2007), Area 51 (2007, techno, octagonal), CC Comicraft (2007), Ratatat (2008), Mad Scientist (2008), Monologous (2008, T-26), HolierThanThou (2008, T26), Elephantmen (2008, grunge typeface at T26), Storyline (2008, T-26), Primal Scream (2009, T-26), Spillproof (2009, T-26), Sign Language (2008), Moritat (2009, T-26, by John Roshell), Pass The Port (2009, T-26), Credit Crunch (2009), Elsewhere (2009, art nouveau), Code Monkey (2011, monospaced yet informal), Glitter Girl (2011, hand-printed), Rassum Frassum (2011, comic book face), Rocket Man (2011, a retro futuristic family), Spaghetti Western (2011, signage face), Sunrise Till Sunset (2012), Samaritan and Samaritan Tall (2013, with John Roshell).

In 2014, John Roshell published the school font Dash To School.

Typefaces from 2015: Samaritan Lower (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Dusk Till Dawn Buried (expressionist).

Typefaces from 2016: Questionable Things (with John Roshell: a question mark font).

Typefaces from 2017: Evil Schemes (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Regeneration, Obey Obey Obey (by Starkings and Roshell).

Typefaces from 2018: Samaritan Tall Lower (by Starkings and Roshell), Blah Blah Upper (by John Roshell and Richard Starkings), Evil Doings (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell).

Typefaces from 2020: Elektrakution (a Greek simulation font family by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), This Man This Monster (by John Roshell and Richard Starkings).

Typefaces from 2021: Richard Starkings Brush (2021; a comic book typeface by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Scoundrel (a comic book face by Richard Starkings and John Roshell).

Creative Market link. View Comicraft's typefaces. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Computer Modern fonts
[Donald E. Knuth]

Donald Knuth's Computer Modern family was developed by Stanford's most famous computer science professor, Don Knuth, in the 1970s and 1980s, with the help of Hermann Zapf and a group of people at Stanford University. It was a monstrous achievement, that started first with the development of the Metafont graphic description language for glyphs. The 72 original fonts are free. They are described by a set of 36 parameters. Each glyph is a carefully crafted computer program written in Metafont. It stands today as the prime example of parametric font design. Many individual fonts were designed using Metafont, but not one came has come close in scope and achievement to the Computer Modern collection.

The Computer Modern fonts, and their derivatives, are the main fonts used by the scientific community thanks to the TeX typesetting system. Derivatives include Lucida (by Knuth's colleague at Stanford, Charles Bigelow). Lucida is used by Scientific American. The commercial MathTime font family originally developed for the American Mathematical Society (AMS) by Michael Spivak, and then extended by Y&Y, and the AMS, includes a large set of mathematical characters.

Included in the CTAN subdirectories, where one can download the fonts and the sources, are now three sets of type 1 PostScript fonts, Basil K. Malyshev's BaKoMa fonts, the American Mathematical Society (or Bluesky) versions, and the Paradissa font collection for Computer Modern, Euler and Computer Modern Cyrillic, also by Basil K. Malyshev. There are also PostScript type 3 versions of the Computer Modern fonts. Doug Henderson made some outline fonts (in metafont). Concrete is a metafont family designed for Knuth's Concrete Mathematics book by Knuth himself between 1987 and 1999. In the three decades that followed the development in the late seventies, only rarely have glyphs been corrected or altered---one such instance was an error in cmmib5.

Truetype version of the fonts are here.

Download Computer Moder Unicode (or CM Unicode) either in PostScript or OTF formats. This family is called CMU (2007) and font names are standardized as CMU Serif, CMU Typewriter Text Regular, CMU Bright Bold Extended, and so forth. This set was created by Alexey V. Panov. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Computer Safari
[Jay Pierstorff]

Computer Safari (located in Woodland, CA) is a foundry whose early-90s fonts, all made by Jay Pierstorff, are still around in some archives. Look for Airlock-Regular (a trekkie stencil face), Alchemi, Cappiona, LeroyFont, MotorCity, NCC1701A-Regular, NCCINLINE-Regular, Quadrant, Romulus-Plain, Safari-Plain, Sashimi-Regular. Free fonts at the site, all made in 1992: Cappiona, College, LeroyFont, MotorCity, Quadrant. The other fonts can be bought on the SafariGold CD.

Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Conor Mangat

British designer (b. 1968, South East London) of Platelet (1993, inspired by California license plate systems---organic and dysfunctional, and in my view an eyesore) and Boks (1994) at Emigre. A graduate from CalArts in 1994, he returned to London in 1999 for a Masters in Typeface Design at Reading University. He is also a freelance typographic designer whose latest font project is called Protocol, which he originally developed Protocol (2001) as a student at the University of Reading. He works in San Francisco. At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the Euro currency symbol. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cool Fonts Online
[Todd Dever]

Cool Fonts in Long Beach, CA, was created in 1995 by Todd Dever (b. 1962, USA). It offers Todd Dever's funky and sometimes grungy font creations. Very incomplete trial version fonts are downloadable for inspection. List of fonts: Block Dog (1996), Black Dog (2009, 3d-hand-drawn), Jean Splice (1999), Freak, Smash (old typewriter), Overexposed, RingOfFire, Zapped, Z-Rex, BlackDog, Poozer (2006), Truncheon (2006), Yaroslav (avant-garde, art deco), Twiddly Bitz (pixel font), Tritto (handwriting), Skribler, KillerAnts, Goombah, Bokonon (haunted style). Full versions sold at Philsfonts and MyFonts sells BlackDog, Bokonon, Cowboy Burt, Freak, Goombah, Jean Splice, Killer Ants, Newt Juice, Okra Cubo, Overexposed, Poozer, Ring O Fire, Skribler, Smash, Snoofer, Tritto, Truncheon, Twiddlybitz, Yaroslav, Z-Rex, Zapped. Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Corey Holms

Graduate from Cal Arts (1996), who runs CoreyHolms.Com in Fullerton, near Los Angeles. MyFonts link. MyFonts foundry link. Most of his fonts were republished in the 2020s at Canada Type.

Designer of Compunabula (2015: a low resolution, 8-bit alphabet imagined for our high resolution world), NE10 (2010, a stencil / neon tube typeface), This (a stencil typeface), Area (2008, Umbrella Type, an art deco nightclub face; hints of Avant Garde), Mode (2007, experimental modular type, Umbrella and later Canada Type, Babbage (2005, Umbrella Type, a capricious typewriter font), Sange (2002, a dot matrix blackletter font), Brea and Brea Light (2004, a dot matrix blackletter family at Umbrella Type; republished in 2021 at Canada Type), Mince and Mince Shadow (2004, Umbrella Type), DecadesOS (2002, for Decades Inc), Air-Port (1999), Attractor (2001, based on Alexei Tylevich's NoGlow), Granule (2009, fat rounded sans), Cartridge (2001), Claes (2001, based on a Wim Crouwel design), Consume (1996), Den (1998, for the Digital Entertainment Network), Digital (1997, for "The Apartment"), Empire (1995), Fascia (2002), Hobart (2001, a kitchen tile font), Pea (2005, Veer: letters made up of springs), Phia (another kitchen tile font), Progress (2001, for Progress City), Rasputin, RMX, Savante (1999), Sears (2000), Stencil, Thirty, Untitled and WebType (2000). Many of these fonts are futuristic, experimental, logo-inspired or minimalist.

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

Corey Hu

Machine learning engineer who studied at UC Berkeley.

Github link. Google Fonts link. In 2021, he published the sans family Urbanist at Google Fonts. Urbanist is a low-contrast, geometric sans-serif inspired by modernist typography and design. The project was launched by Corey Hu in 2020 with nine weights and accompanying italics. It also includes two variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corey Worrell

Graphic designer, b. 1990, who lives in Sacramento, CA. Creator of the free fonts Lazy (2007) and Sketchathon (2008) that can be downloaded from Dafont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cortney Cassidy

Graphic designer in San Francisco, CA, who made the experimental typeface Sci-Fi (2010). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Counterpoint Type Studio
[Jason Anthony Walcott]

Established in 2013 by Hollywood, CA-based Jason Walcott (formerly operating as JAW Fonts and as Jukebox Type), b. 1971, Michigan, Counterpoint Type Studio started marketing fonts in that same year. The first batch included India Ink (2013), Raspberry Jam (a delightfully curly vampire script), Profiterole (a feminine pastry shop script), and Califunkia (pure psychedelia), and Domani CP (a faithful digital revival of an old photo-typositing typeface called ITC Didi. Originally designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnese, Domani brings to life a font that has been somewhat neglected by the digital era until now).

In 2014, he added Swashington.

In 2015, he designed Plectrum CP (a Peignotian sans typeface family with very large x-height). Later in 2015, he set up Jukebox Collection.

Typefaces from 2016: Schmalfette CP. He writes: SchmalfetteCP is the result of another collaboration between designers Jason Walcott and Rob King. King suggested that Walcott revive this wonderful and somewhat forgotten sans serif typeface from the mid 1950s. Originally designed by Walter Haettenschweiler in 1954, Schmalfette Grotesk was used for many years in the German magazine Twen. The typeface was notoriously hard to acquire at the time and graphic designers in the USA often resorted to cutting letters from the Twen magazines and reusing them in their own designs. Later, when digital type came along several typefaces very similar were created that claimed to be digital revivals of Schmalfette Grotesk. However, they are actually only loosely based on the original. The proportions are different and in some cases a lower case was added. The original font was all caps. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Courtney A. Russell

Freelance graphic designer in Los Angeles who created the art deco typeface Lily Carver (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cover Poets
[Matthew Vest]

Cover Poets is a type foundry set up by UCLA music librarian and font enthusiast Matthew Vest (Los Angeles, CA) in 2020. Matthew focuses on new fonts inspired by 20th century architects and designers. His typefaces:

  • Highway Bungalow (2020). Inspired by Austrian-born American architect Rudolf Michael Schindler's hand lettering, this 8-style font adheres to two principles: first of all, all strokes are either vertical or horizontal; and secondly, all lower case letters, "x" excepted, have one of two heights (and oddly, "a", "e", "s" and "z" belong to the "tall" category).
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Cozy Fonts Foundry
[Tom Nikosey]

Type designer (b. 1951, New York) in New York City, who studied at Pratt. His type foundry, Cozy Fonts, is located in Bell Canyon, CA.

Creator of the Arabic simulation typeface Aladdin (2012), Skratchbook (2012), Toms Finger (2013, hand-printed cartoon typeface, +Toms Pinky, +Toms Thumb), Noodlerz (2013), Posterface (2014, +Sans; modular poster font family), Speener (hand-printed), Victory Script (2015), Archiva (2016: a useful rounded yet squarish condensed typeface family, +Stencil, +Dropline), Slenderz (2016: a handcrafted sans family), and Ds Hand (2016, based on the hand of Danielle Nikosey).

Typefaces from 2017: Civic Sans (a 13-style sans family for billboards).

Typefaces from 2018: Irongate.

Typefaces from 2019: Flintlock.

Typefaces from 2020: Planetype (futuristic, modular), Slatz (an ultra-condensed sans and serif family).

Typefaces from 2021: CF Cozyscript (a monolinear retro school script), CF Nixt (a seven-style simple monolinear geometric sans in the mid-century American and Swiss traditions, perhaps leaning closest to Avenir).

Typefaces from 2022: Neuliner (a 7-style metro-retro font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

CP Labs

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of some typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Craig Frazier

San Francisco-based designer of Critter, (1993) a Linotype font with letters in the form of animal figures (the first letter of the animal is used for this purpose) originally created for The Alphabet Critter Playbook.

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

Creed Manceras

During his studies in Rialto, CA, Creed Manceras designed the modular typeface The Grid (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cris Bernabe-Sanchez

Typographer, illustrator and web designer in Westwood Village, CA. Graduate from UCLA's Design|Media Arts program. . Designer of the octagonal techno typeface Digital Circuit (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cris Wicks

Graphic designer from San Diego. Creator of some great type posters in 2009 and 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Crystal Suovanen

San Diego-based designer (b. 1983) of Handwritten Crystal (2008). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cuban Council

Design company in San Francisco made up of three Danes (Toke Nygaard, Per Jorgensen and Michael Schmidt) and an American, Michael Buzzard. Their typographic output thus far is limited to the Buildingletters Project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Curtis Clark

Curtis Clark of the Biological Sciences Department at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA, designed these fonts between 1992 and 1998: Linear B, Piecharts, Female and Male Symbols (1996), Moon Phases, Celtic Ogham, Elder Futhark, Beth-Luis-Rearn, Beth-Luis-Nion and Woolbats (occult dings, astrological symbols). Free downloads. His site is also called Mockingbird Font Works.

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

Cuttlefish Fonts
[Jason Pagura]

Cuttlefish Fonts offers free original fonts by Cupertino, CA-based graphic designer Jason Pagura, such as Rutaban (2001), Bernur (1996, sans), Gemelli (handwriting), Gohan (fat finger comic book lettering, updated into ShinGohanSix in 2007), Bolonewt (2003), Antherton Cloister (2003, based on insect antennae. Discussed here) and Rutager (2001). He was working on Palormak (2006, futuristic).

Between 2006 and 2010, he published Agamemnon, a large and warm transitional slab serif typeface with wood type influences that covers Latin, Cherokee, Cyrillic and Greek.

Later typefaces include Cartmeign and Posterony (2007, anthroposophic).

Dafont link. 1001fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyberian Khatru
[Ronnie Cruz]

Cyberian Khatru is a studio specializing in logos and fonts inspired by fantasy, science fiction, and comic books. Its founder is Filipno type designer Ronnie Cruz, b. 1966, Asinaan, Panaasinan. Cyberian Khatru is located in Hayward, CA.

His fonts include techno and gothic typefaces such as Bone Voyage (2010), Iron Warrior (2010, octagonal), and Jupiter Squadron (futuristic). Shanghai Babe (2010) is an oriental simulation face. Blue Thunderbird (2011) is based on native American symbolism. Brush With Death (2011) is a brush face. Byrning Bridgez (2011) is a trekkie font. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cynthia Jacquette

New York-born and Los Angeles-based designer at the Typebox foundry, where she designed Wirish, and co-designed the funny dingbat typeface TX Signal Simplifier (2002). Obtained an MFA in graphic design in 2000 from the California Institute of the Arts, and worked for some time after that at Disney. She also created the Medusa typeface. CV. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dalice Travillion

During her studies in Los Angeles, Dalice Travillion designed Boduura (2017), a blend of Bodoni and Futura. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dan Borufka
[Jake&Dan (or: Creatogether)]

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Dan Ross

Australian / Canadian programmer who lives in Los Angeles. In 2021, he designed Flow, a typeface for wireframing, prototyping and experimenting, which just consists of horizontal strokes of varying lengths. Flow is free at Google Fonts.

Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dana Rice

Designer at Apostrophic Laboratory, of Desyrel (handwriting font) and Lilly in 2000. Born in Québec, she now lives in Los Angeles. Obsolete URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Barcelles III

Corona, CA-based designer of the custom font Ichii (2014), which was inspired by the Japanese splatter film Ichi the Killer. The letters are made up of many chopped up body parts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Curiel

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Daniel Curiel designed the squarish sci-fi typeface Spazoid (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel L. Isdell

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Daniel McKinney

San Dieo-based designer of Bit Squared (2014), which was a project at Brigham Young University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Patrick Simmons

Sacramento, California-based designer of Vertigo (2014), a hobbly sans typeface that was inspired by Hitchcock's movie. Vertigo and a few hand-drawn fonts can be bought at Simmons's site. He also designed the hand-drawn poster typeface Strongman (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Robichaud
[DR Fonts]

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Daniel Williams

During his studies, Daniel Williams (Angwin, CA, b. 1986) combined the famous monospaced OCR font Data Control and the wedge serif typeface Narkisim Regular to obtain Corrupt Data (2014). He designed Meat Hook in 2014 using FontStruct. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Danielle Duran

Freelance graphic designer in Los Angeles. Behance link. She got a BFA in Graphic Design from California State University of Long Beach (2012).

Creator of Yum (2012, experimental). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Danielle Goodman

Graphic designer in San Diego who used Doyald Young's Gallant to make beautiful posters entitled Brahms Letters (2011) for an event that took place at the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts in New York, featuring the work of Johannes Brahms. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Danielle St.Oegger

San Jose, CA-based designer of the school project typeface Allure (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


San Francisco-based designer of the genie-inspired typeface shown here (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daphne Designs
[Julia Beynon]

Graphic designer and fashion model Julia Beynon (Daphne Designs, Los Angeles) created the handwriting all caps outline typeface Bully Boys (2003), downloadable from DaFONT. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darden Studio
[Joshua Darden]

Joshua Darden is an exceptionally gifted typeface designer with a studio in Brooklyn, NY. Joshua Darden (b. 1979, Northridge, CA) founded the ScanJam Design Company in 1993, together with Tim Glaser. At ScanJam, he designed numerous retail and custom typefaces. In 2000, Josh Darden left Scanjam to work for the Hoefler Type Foundry. In 2004, he founded Darden Studio. In 2005, he joined the type coop Village. He has lectured at the University of California Santa Barbara and at Parsons School of Design and School of Visual Arts. Interview with Josh Darden. Old URL. FontShop link.

Typefaces designed by Darden:

  • Index (Garage, with Tim Glaser), review by Fred Showker).
  • Birra Stout (2008): a free chunky beer label font. Followed by Birra Bruin (2019, by Elena Schneider at darden Studio): a German expressionist typeface.
  • Jubilat (2008). Darden writes: Commissioned by Michael Picon for First; further development underwritten by Tatler Asia&La Semaine. Recipient of a Type Directors Club award as Untitled. Jubilat explores the history of the slab serif in six weights, with generous curves and efficient spacing in both dimensions. Its large lowercase and high contrast make it suitable for headlines, decks, and sidebars.
  • Bergamot (under development).
  • Profundis (1999, with Timothy Glaser; Profundis andd Profundis Sans in three styles each, all accompanied by Ornaments).
  • Vittoria.
  • OUT (Garage, with Tim Glaser).
  • Grosvenor.
  • Firth.
  • di Valzer.
  • Hauteur.
  • Cassandra.
  • GarageFont.
  • HolyCalliope (1999, with Timothy Glaser).
  • Omnes (2005, Village). This has a hairline weight.
  • Diva (Garage, with Tim Glaser, 1996). See also Omnes Cyrillic (designed by Eben Sorkin, John Hudson, Joshua Darden, Maxim Zhukov, and Viktoriya Grabowska) and Omnes Arabic (designed by Joshua Darden and Titus Nemeth).
  • Locus.
  • Interact (Garage).
  • Freight (2004-2009, Garage): an extensive, all-round family of typefaces including Freight Sans Pro, Freight Display Pro, Freight Micro Pro, Freight Text Pro, and Freight Big Pro (2005; its heavier weights are high-contrast didones). The slab serif, sans and serif versions are related and derived from each other, in some cases, by snap-on technology (in the spirit of Thesis or Scala or Nexus). Freight Sans Condensed Pro followed in 2012 and Freight Sans Compressed Pro in 2015. Freight Micro Pro (2009) was specifically created for use in phone books and small size applications. Freight Macro Pro is more suited for corporate branding. Review by John Berry. Freight Neo Pro (a humanist sans) was published in 2013. In 2015, he offered the free font Freight Big Bold (2005) via Open Font Library. Freight Round Pro was added in 2016. Finally, in 2017, Freight moved to Type Network.
  • Josh Darden collaborated with Chrstian Schwartz on Erik Spiekermann's FF Meta Headline (2005).
  • Virtuoso Life (2005): a proprietary custom display typeface for the Virtuoso Limited magazine.
  • Corundum Text (2006): a fantastic and full family based on Fournier's pre-modern alphabet from 1742. It covers all European languages and comes with almanac symbols, ligatures, zodiac symbols, the works. Corundum Text won an award at TDC2 2007.
  • Untitled (2006, Joshua Darden Studio). It won an award at TDC2 2007.
  • Dapifer (2011) and Dapifer Stencil (2015). Commissioned by Mucca Design for One Atlantic. By Joshua Darden, with design and production assistance by Thomas Jockin, Scott Kellum, Noam Berg, and Lucas Sharp.
  • Halyard (2017). An information design sans typeface family by Joshua Darden, Lucas Sharp and Eben Sorkin.
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Darren Donahue

San Diego-based designer of the decorative initial caps typeface Reaper (2014, based on Blackmoor). This typeface was done for an assignment at The Art Institute of California-San Diego. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darren Duterte

Los Angeles-based Darren Duterte (b. 1993) designed the sans typeface Kamay at Otis College of Art and Design in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darren M. Boudreau
[Inception 8]

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Darren McArdel

Graphic designer who started in Los Angeles, where he ran Beautiful Bastards. Subsequently, he is associated with Questus Inc and Big Country Labs, and was located in Costa Mesa, CA and Tustin, CA. He currently works in Seattle, WA.

His early typefaces: Mushman (2012) is a techno-sans typeface inspired by the adventurous spirit of actor Steve McQueen, who raced motorcycles under the false name "Harvey Mushman."

His second typeface, Bronson (2012, free if you ask), is a display type inspired by Danny "Tunnel King" Lewinski, Charles Bronson's character in The Great Escape.

In 2013, he created the elegant (free) futuristic typeface Astroman.

In 2014, Darren designed the free hipster typeface Skandi, which was inspired by Nordic runes. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darren Odden

Darren Odden (Odden Creative Media, San Francisco, CA, and before that, Santa Cruz, CA) revived the decorative typeface Aphrodite (1970s, Richard Nebiolo, PhotoLettering Inc) in 2015 first as Neue Riesling and then as Gillespie. Earlier digital revivals of Aphrodite include Riesling (1994, Bright Ideas) and Mighty Ditey (Nick Curtis). Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dasol Jung

At California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita, CA-based Dasol Jung designed Cropcircle (2015) and the experimental 3d typeface Symbiosis (2015). In 2016, she designed the Asian look eyelash-inspired typeface Wishlash. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dave Lawrence
[California Type Foundry (21st century)]

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Dave Savage

Savage Monsters Industries is Dave Savage, a one man studio specializing in fun graphics for web and print. Products and services include illustration, graphic design, original fonts, hand lettering, and animation, Dave Savage's work has shown in gallery shows in New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, DC, Atlanta, Durham, Cleveland, and Seattle. The Savage Monsters Secret Lair is currently located in the Pacific Northwest, but was oroginally in Los Angeles. He has been creating fonts since 1994. These are mainly grungy, scary and comic book typefaces.

Typefaces in alphabetic order: BackwaterSaint, BlockoEmpty, BlockoSolid, BlockoSupremo, Bloodsnot, Burnout, CheapFantasy, Cluck, Comic, Creepy, Enchilada, FancyTrashBag, FancyTrashDiamond, FancyTrashJewel, FancyTrashNeon, Fiendish, FonziesErawaxEmporium, Gladwell, GladwellDisintegrated, GoonheadDeluxe, GrafIcks, GreekFreak, IndustrialSpill, IronSpleen, KookyKarakturs, LardoDeluxe, MidnightCoffee, NuggetBoy, Pirate, PortlyShoplifter, SavageBlock, SavageMonsters, Scratch, SlimShoplifter, SpikedPunch, SuggestionBox, UphillBattle, WiggleVision, Zombie.

In 2018, Aaron Bell and Dave Sac=vage co-designed Industrial Spill, Tipsy Waitress (beatnik, cartoonish) and Super Chill MC. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dave Simpson
[Sign DNA]

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David Bailey

Graduate of Drexel University, where he studied under John Langdon, and now a freelance letterer and logo designer based in Alameda, CA, and a type designer at Delve Fonts. His web site was originally called Bezier Wrangler. In 2016, he finished the post-graduate type design program at Type@Copper West. His typefaces:

    Modern Blackletter (2005) and this grotesk display font (2006).
  • Overpass (2011, Delve Withrington and Dave Bailey). Sponsored by Red Hat, and inspired by Highway Gothic, a set of sans-serif typefaces developed by the United States Federal Highway Administration and used for road signage in the USA (but also used in many other countries), and freely available from Github and Open Font Library. See also Transpass (2011-2019).
  • The layerable Western style display font Discourse (2012-2014, published by Delve Fonts).
  • Prospectus (2018, Lost Type). An angular typeface family inspired by Oldrich Menhart.
  • Summa Inline (2018). An exquisite typeface, it is unclear who did the digitization, Delve Withrington (Delve Fonts) or Dave Bailey (on whose web site the typeface is showcased).
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David Calavitta

David Calavitta (Hold Fast Hope) is the Californian designer of the Tuscan typeface Bee's Knees (2016, based on an emroidery sample book rom the 1930s) and the brush typeface Sloth (2016). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Contreras

Los Angeles-based graphic designer who created Paperclip Type in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Croy

Los Angeles-based designer, sign letterer and illustrative typographer. The TDC Annual in 2009 shows his Fuck Modernism poster. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Hamuel

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David Jonathan Ross
[DJR Type]

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David Kazaryan

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David Koeth

David Koeth, a designer and professor in Bakersfield, CA, created the Problem Child Typeface (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Kuettel

Technical leader for Google Fonts who is based in San Jose, CA. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: The Rapid Adoption of the Web Fonts & The Opportunities that Lie Ahead. He also spoke at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Lance Goines

San Francisco-based poster artist and writer, b. 1945, d. 2023. Author of A Constructed Roman Alphabet, a Geometric Analysis of the Greek and Roman Capitals and of the Arabic Numerals (David R. Godine, Boston, 1982). Each character of his roman alphabet is described using compass and ruler in the style of the romain du roi. Wonderful! He also wrote An Introduction to the Elements of Calligraphy (3rd ed. 1968; reprint, Berkeley, California: Saint Heironymous Press, 1975).

In 2017, he designed an art nouveau poster based on a 1921 poster by Jugendstil artist Leopold Forstner. Wikipedia page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Lemon

David Lemon (b. 1953) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. At the California College of Arts and Crafts, he studied graphic design (BFA, 1979). After eight years in the magazine and newspaper sector, he joined the type design staff at Adobe Systems in 1986, where he managed the group which designs and produces Adobe's non-Asian fonts, and presently manages the entire Type Development team. Designer of the Copal font family (1994, Adobe: a fat poster family). He is involved in Adobe's OpenType project. Under his management, support for type 1 fonts and multiple master fonts was halted. He announced his retirement in early 2017, and settled in Lihue, Hawaii.

At ATypI meetings he is invariably the tallest participant, and often the only one wearing a cowboy hat. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam.

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

David Lopez

High school graphic design teacher in Corona, CA and an Associate Professor at Riverside City College. Creator of Tusken Slant (2011), a display face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Myriad Rosenbaum
[David Myriad's FontORama]

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David Myriad's FontORama
[David Myriad Rosenbaum]

David Myriad Rosenbaum (El Sobrante, CA) created high quality free fonts for Ugaritic (Ugaritic 3.1) and old Phoenician (Phoenician Moabite).

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Nong

Burlingame, CA-based designed associated with Distler&Nong, and Shiftype. Creative Alliance designer of the dingbat typeface Nucleus One. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Ryan

Author of Letter Perfect The Art of Modernist Typography 1896-1953 (San Francisco, 2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Schweinsberg

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David Siegel

Educated at Stanford (M.Sc. in digital typography in 1985 under the supervision of Donald Knuth and Charles Bigelow) and before that at the University of Colorado at Boulder (undergraduate math degree in algorithms under Hal Gabow). Type designer. Creator of these architecturally-inspired type families:

  • Eaglefeather (1999), P22). An arts and crafts font made for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which owns various manuscripts of the beautiful lettering of this American artist and designer, 1867-1959. This font family is based on the alphabet designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Eaglerock project in 1922. Extended in 2012 and 2018 to P22 Eaglefeather Pro. Codesigned with Carol Toriumi-Lawrence.
  • Tekton (1988, Adobe). Tekton was released by Adobe in 1989. Ideal for architectural writing, an OpenType family, called Tekton Pro, was released in 2000. Adobe lists Jim Wasco as a co-designer. The glyphs are based on the hand-lettering of Seattle-based architect and author Francis D.K. Ching.
  • Graphite (1991, FontBureau). Graphite (FontBureau, 1991) is a drafting letter based on the hand of San Francisco draftsman Anthony Celis LaRosa.
  • He worked with Hermann Zapf, trying to get Knuth's METAFONT program to produce beautiful typefaces. He worked again with Zapf on Zapfino.
His page has discussions on typography in general, and handwriting and architectural fonts in particular.

He heads Studio Verso, a site-design consultancy in San Francisco.

Author of The Euler project at Stanford Stanford, CA (1985, Stanford University, Department of Computer Science).

CV at FontBureau. Interview. FontShop link. Klingspor link. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

David Sudweeks

David Sudweeks pursued graphic design at Brigham Young University where he focused his studies on lettering and type. After completing a brief apprenticeship with type designer Mark van Bronkhorst in California, David took up the position of Type Director at FontShop San Francisco. He now works primarily from his home studio outside Raleigh, North Carolina writing and curating type as a member of FontShop's editorial staff, and drawing type on the side.

He used FontStruct in 2008 to make the dotted typeface Pullchain, which could be used for teaching children how to write.

Codesigner at American Type Founders Collection of ATF Alternate Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Alan Dague-Greene, David Sudweeks, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). ATF Alternate Gothic is a new, significant digital expansion to 40 fonts of Morris Fuller Benton's classic 1903 design.

In 2019, Sudweeks designed the serif typeface family MVB Dovetail at MVB Fonts.

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Daze Fonts
[Jason Daze]

Free handwriting fonts by Jason Daze from Los Angeles: Shumway, Battled, Vesty Mess, Angrydragon, Pahants. [Google] [More]  ⦿

D.C. Scarpelli
[The Ampersand Forest]

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Dead Image Design
[Gregory W. Jacobson]

Greg Jacobson is a print designer and poster artist in Los Angeles. He founded Dead Image Design and does custom font design (besides many other things). He made Millesime (2008), an old style typeface with weathered outlines. It can be downloaded at Chank's place. Other fonts (without downloads): DID Alexius Script (connected, calligraphic), DID Crunk Deco, DID The Skinny, Jascha Hand, Gadoosh (hand-printed), Marquee Slop, Garbanceras. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dear Sue Fonts
[Ming Ong]

Dear Sue Fonts is a type foundry created by Nifty Denny design studio in 2020 and is based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2020, one of its designers, Ming Ong, created Oggie Marker and Camp Wendigo (a brush font).

Typefaces from 2021: Slippery Slope (a handdrawn storybook font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Deborah Ho

Los Angeles-based designer of Funderful (2013), a colorful hand-painted all caps alphabet (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Deborah Mitchell

Born in Caracas, Deborah is currently studying fine arts at California State University. She made a great type poster that explains typographic terminology. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Deffeyes Design
[Steve Deffeyes]

Steve Deffeyes from Fairfax, CA, is the designer of free fonts such as Sabon Sans, Kells (uncial/Celtic), Gondola SD (2001, calligraphic), Ramsey SD (2001, uncial), MarkerSD (1999), Roman SD (1999), Loopy (2001-2009, Apostrophic Labs [dead link]), Futurex Arthur (2009). His Oblivion family (2003) is here, here and here. Here, we find the artificial language families Dwemeris (2004) and Oblivion (2003). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dela Ariella Delaram

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the blocky 3d typeface Alien Child (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Deliberate Design
[Eric Eaton]

Eric Eaton is a graduate from the California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA (1997). He is a design director at Wired Digital in San Francisco, since 1996. He has made some experimental fonts (not downloadable): Bricks Are is a 2001 take on Akzident Grotesque, JAT is a 2000 serif face. Deliberately (2001) is a stencil face, Labyrinth (1999) is the ultimate pixel face, 3 by 3. Popva (1993) is based on a version of a logo for the City of New York (Street Cinema). [Google] [More]  ⦿

DeLonzo Pope

San Francisco-based designer of this calligraphic cursive script (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)
[Delve Withrington]

Delve Withrington (Alameda, CA; b. 1970, Asheville, NC) studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, designed signage, print projects and web pages in addition to designing custom typefaces, worked for Fontshop, and in 2004, joined the type team at Agfa Monotype, which morphed into Monotype Imaging, Redwood City, CA. From Asheville, NC, he moved around and ended up in San Francisco. In 1996, he founded Delve Fonts in Berkeley, CA (in fact, Delve Media Arts, and later renamed Delve Fonts). He has collected a virtually complete list of books on typography. Author index. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:

  • Beleren (2015). A custom typeface for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering (Hasbro).
  • Blasphemy Initials: a free (and also commercial...) spooky font.
  • Blot Test (1999): a dingbat font inspired by the work of noted German psychologist Hermann Rorschach [1885-1922].
  • Cody (1999): an informal comic book face.
  • Continuo (1996): an all caps bilined outline face.
  • Cortina (2011). A futuristic family by Joachim Müller-Lancé.
  • Delve Hand (1996-2003).
  • Eucalyptus Regular.
  • Eulipia (1997-2003): organic.
  • Helfa (2011). Delve writes: Readability is baked in with a generous x-height, fine proportions that have a medium height to width ratio, and reasonable contrast in stroke weight variation.
  • Filmotype Washington (for Font Diner). Designer unidentified.
  • Muskeg. A combination of German expressionism and brush styles.
  • Oktal Mono (2012, a rounded octagonal modular typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé and Erik Adigard of MAD studio in Sausalito).
  • Peso (1999): an octagonal family inspired by a parking sign discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Quara (2009): a techno sans.
  • Smith & Nephew (2003) and Smith & Nephew Cyrillic (2015), rounded sans typefaces in the style of VAG Rounded.
  • Tilden Sans (2004-2009): low contrast, large x-height.
  • Tome Sans (2020). A 10-weight sans superfamily, with a variable font option.
  • Uppercut Angle (2011). A signage typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé. It was originally developed for the Krav Maga training center of San Francisco.
  • Ysobel (2009; winner of an award at TDC2 2010). Delve co-designed the newspaper type family Ysobel (Monotype) with type designers Robin Nicholas, head of type design at Monotype, and Alice Savoie (Frenchtype, Monotype). The sales pitch: According to Nicholas, the idea for the Ysobel typefaces started when he was asked to create a custom, updated version of the classic Century Schoolbook typeface, which was designed to be an extremely readable typeface - one that made its appearance in school textbooks beginning in the early 1900s. See also Ysobel eText Pro (2013).
His Art work often involves type. Bitstream's Type Odyssey 2 (2002) has Continuo, Blot Test, Peso, Peso Negative. In 2009, Steven Skaggs designed Rieven Uncial and Rieven Italic at Delve Fonts. Pic.

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Delve Withrington
[Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)]

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[Mateo Mok]

FontStructor in Los Angeles (and before that, Oakland, CA), who made DM/LM (2012: ultra black), dm Subfour (2012, experimentally vertically striped typeface), dm Streamline (2012), dm Clas (2012), dm New Humanist (2012), dm Blockd (2012), dm Scythe (2012), dmcm Erebus (2012, counterless), dm Kronos (2012), dm Parkway (2012, art deco), dm Parkway 3 (2012, for the Oakland Parkway Theater), dm Parkway 2 (2012), dm Xu (pixel face), dm E dim (2012), dm E light (2012), dm Eiros (2012, +Aliens, +Typicals, +Unrecognisables), dm Pop (2012), dm Informe 00 (2012), dm Solidus (2012), dm Me (2012, stencil), dm Nova (2012), dm Supernova (2012, a condensed piano key face), dm S 1 (sans), dm Spira (2012), dm Minium (2012, a jungle face), and the powerhouse slabs dm Banx10 (2012), dm Banx 11 (2012), dm Metrigue (2012, blackletter), dm Istruct (2012, pixel face), dm Wharf (2012), dm Solidis (2012).

Typefaces from 2013: dm Yes, dm Legimono. Typefaces not mentioned above includePixtalic (pixel), Mecca, No, Silo, Glatajn, Lm, Legimono, Stuckingranite (3d), Solidus, Subfour (piano key stencil), dm-Blockd, dm-Cantilever, dm-Eiros-aliens, dm-Eiros-typicals, dm-Informe-00, dm-Informe-01, dm-Informe-02, dm-Informe-11, dm-Kronos, dm-Me, dm-mecca, dm-Metrigue, dm-Minium, dm-New-Humanist, dm-no, dm-Pop, dm-readable-sans, dm-regulr, dm-Scythe, dm-silo, dm-Solidis, dm-Solidus, dm-Spira, dm-Subfour-Lb, dm-Subfour, dm-Supernova, dm-Xu, dm-Yes-{c}, dm-Yes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denise Clendenin
[Sassy Rose's Graphics Garden (or: Sassy Graphics)]

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Dennis Kei Yip Poon

Born in Hong Kong in 1968, Dennis Poon was a designer in San Francisco and Stockholm. He currently works at Philips in Singapore. At the Typebox foundry, he designed TxElf (2002, blockish almost-bitmap font), TX Hex (2002) and TX Gitter (2001, a simplified Codex-like face).

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

Dennis Ortiz-Lopez

Prolific NY-based designer (born in East Los Angeles) who specializes in faithful revivals of old masters and logotype, in Latin and Hebrew. He made over 500 fonts including. He is also a translator and illuminator of Biblical period Hebrew and Aramaic. His clients include The Vatican (Pope John Paul II's Holocaust commemerative CD) and Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. His specialties are translations worded in the language and style of the period in which the Biblical text was composed. His translation and enumeration of kabbalistic writings, otherwise known as Hebrew Mysticism and numerology, demonstrate the mathematical base of Biblical miracles.

MyFonts wrote this analysis of his work: Dennis Ortiz-Lopez is a hugely talented New York type designer. lettering artist&typographer, with around 600 typefaces to his credit. Typographic quality in the magazine market doesn't get much better than Rolling Stone magazine---well, guess who was their typographer (as well as InStyle, Sports Illustrated, People, etc.). Dennis made a successful transition to the digital era around 1989, keeping up his prodigious output. Dennis is also known by his Hebrew name, Siynn bar-Diyonn. Dennis follows the footsteps of great American type designers such as Morris Fuller Benton and Herb Lubalin. And he likes contrasts, too: his typefaces are very narrow or very wide, very thin or very fat. If you love Franklin Gothic but always felt like it's not fat and wide enough. try [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Derek Dubler

During his studies in Long Beach, CA, Derek Dubler created the experimental typeface Bomboy (2014), which has circle-encased letters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Derek Shafer

Southern California-based designer (b. 1998) of the blackletter pixel typeface Digi Castle (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Dojo

San Jose, CA-based designer of the comic book typefaces Dojo Toon (2018) and Dojo Pen Master (2018), and the modular display typeface Dojo Kick (2018) [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Panoply
[John Shaver]

Californian designer of San Luis (2017, brush script), Grembo Duo (2017), the hand-brushed Eiffel (2016, with iconic dingbats such as a kakmadam poodle), the monoline script typeface Cosmodrome (2016), the brush script typeface Maloishes Emellie (2016) and (2016), the whimsical typeface Canterbury (2016), the casual script typeface Wendell (2015), the hand-drawn sans poster typeface Tender (2014), the letterpress emulation typeface Blocklyn (2016), the art deco typeface Nouvelle (2014) and the tall poster typefaces Simplesse (2013) and Hensel (2013). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Design Studio

Founded in 2009, by designers Ben Wright and Paul Stafford, DesignStudio is a global brand and design agency with offices in London and San Francisco. For AirBNB, they commissioned Lineto to create a typeface family Circular Air Pro (based on Circular LL). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Devin Agar

Santa Monica, CA-based designer of some experimental typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Devin Bosco Le

Westwood, CA-based designer of the toothpaste emulation typeface Halcyon (2016) during his studies at UCLA. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Devin Doty

During his studies, Devin Doty (Santa Monica, CA) created the all caps typeface Scrap Metal Type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Devon DeLapp

Graduate of the University of Washington, b. Los Angeles. In 2005, he founded DeLapp Design. Designer of the display typeface Gaq. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dian Haniffan Hadi
[Beary Design (or: Letter Beary)]

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Diana Goldberg

Orange, CA-based designer of the eerie typeface Nocturnal (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diane Ehlers
[Magpie Fonts]

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Diane Pascual
[The Gypsy Goddess]

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Diane Soong

Temple City, CA-based designer of Fancy Fan (2014), a decorative typeface based on oriental fans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Diego Buller

During his studies, Thousaand Oaks, CA-based Diego Buller designed Isometrika (2015, a 3d typeface), Ciago Sans (2016) and Portfolio (2016, a monoline sans typeface family). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dillan Watts

During her studies, Playa del Rey, CA-based Dillan Watts designed the display typeface Juicy (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dixie's Delights
[Michelle Dixon]

This used to be a wonderful page, but Michelle Dixon seems to have retired from the font making business. There used to be five shareware dingbats fonts: African Ornaments One, Cave Painting Dingbats One, Mayan Dingbats, Pre-Columbian Ornaments One, and Printers' Ornaments One (Mac PS), plus about 45 other original fonts (not shareware). In her wonderful collection, the following of Michelle Dixon's creations stand out: Arrighi Copybook, ItalianMosaicOrnaments, Beautiful, LondonHouse, Love Letter Typewriter, Gaudy Medium, Rusty Nail-Medium (the last four are all old typewriter fonts), and the display fonts Isla Bella (art nouveau), La Negrita, Arty Nouveau, Victorian, Art Nouveau Fonts, Bad Dog-Black, Berlin, Caslon Frenzy, Dixon's Vixens Caps, AntiqueMonoTW, DangerousTypoWriter, Elegant Nouveau Initial Caps, Fruitbasket, Matador, Manhattan, Modern Scribe, Ovid, Spillage, Tacos, Tolstoy, Typewriter, Love Letter, Basketcase, ChiliPepperDingbats, Postage Stamps, Garish Monde, Taco Modern, and Beautiful Ink. All fonts are between 5 and 30 dollars a piece, but often there are four fonts per face. In August 98, the absolutely gorgeous calligraphic font Beautiful Ink became available as a 10USD shareware font in Windows TrueType. Many designs are by Blake Haber, who is Michelle Dixon's husband. Located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Dafont link. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DJ Monkeyboy

Monterey, CA-based designer (b. 1981) of the erotic shadow typefaces Norp Icons (2003) and Norp Icons 2 (2004). Devian Tart link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DJR Type
[David Jonathan Ross]

DJR Type (Conway, MA, and before that, Deerfield, MA, and before that Los Angeles, CA, and before that, Lowell, MA) stands for David Jonathan Ross Type. Originally from Los Angeles, he was a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied information design and typographic tradition. In 2007, he joined Font Bureau as a junior designer and was assisting with custom projects and expanding Font Bureau's retail library. Soon after that, het set up DJR Type. In 2016, DJR Type joined Type Network and pulled all his typefaces from MyFonts. He also runs Font of the Month Club.

In 2018, he was the tenth winner of the Charles Peignot Prize. His typefaces:

  • Manicotti (2010). An ultra reversed-stress Western saloon style typeface that won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014. DJR Manicotti won an award at TDC2 2007. For a free lookalike, see Plagiacotti (2009, Saberrider).
  • Lavinia.
  • Climax Text (2006) is a text and display series that was designed for Hampshire's student newspaper.
  • Trilby (2009, Font Bureau). Trilby is based on a 19th century French Clarendon of wood type fame.
  • Condor (2010, Font Bureau). This is a 60-style art deco family. By 2020, it had a 3-axis (weight, width, italic) variable version.
  • Turnip (2012) is an angular and manly text face, also published at Font Bureau.
  • In 2013, Ross and Roger Blcak revived Nebiolo's Forma for the redesign of Hong Kong Tatler, a fashion mag, supervised and commissioned by Roger Black, who was then based in Hong Kong. Read about the whole process in this piece by Indra Kupferschmid. Page specially dedicated to DJR Forma. In 2021, Belgian national broadcaster VRT picked DJR Forma for all its entire range of media.
  • Bungee (2013, Google Fonts) won an award at TDC 2014. This homeless typeface, which comes in Regular, Hairline, Inline, Outline and Shade versions, is free: Bungee is a font family that celebrates urban signage. It wrangles the Latin alphabet to work vertically as well as horizontally.
  • In 2014, David Jonathan Ross created the formidable 168-style programming font family Input (Font Bureau). Input is free for private use. It won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014 and in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition. See also the proportionally spaced typewriter family Input Sans.
  • Gimlet (2016). A 112-style Opentype family loosely based on Georg Trump's 1938 typeface, Schadow, and advertized as funky and functional. Ross writes: Gimlet is half Schadow, half imagination, and nothing else. And like its namesake beverage, Gimlet is a little tart, a little sweet, and can really pack a punch. Gimlet Variable Bold Condensed followed in 2019. Gimlet XRay (2020) is an An experimental colorized version of Gimlet that exposes what goes on under the hood of a variable font, visualizing control points, bounding boxes, kerning, etc. Amazingly, this variable color font has six axes, weight, width, oncurve point size, offcurve point size, glyph utline weight and point outline weight.
  • Fern and Fern Micro (2014, Font Bureau). A Venetian typeface designed for screen.
  • Output Sans.
  • Fit (2017, by David Jonathan Ross and Maria Doreuli). A tall black display family that runs from ultra-compressed to very wide. It screams Use me for the Oscars! Fit was first developed as a variable font. It won an award at Granshan 2017.
  • DJR Lab, or Lab Variable (2017), is a free pixelish variable font.
  • Under miscellaneous, we find an untitled French Clarendon and an untitled semi-serif.
  • Font of the Month Club fonts from 2017: Nickel, Roslindale (Roslindale is a text and display serif that takes its inspiration from De Vinne, a Victorian oldstyle typeface named for the nineteenth century printer and attributed to Gustav Schroeder and Nicholas Werner of the Central Type Foundry), Zenith (blackboard bold), Crayonette (a revival of Henry Brehmer's scriptish Crayonette, 1890), Bild (a compressed headline font based on the American gothic type styles from the 20th century; a variable font followed in 2019), Pappardelle Party (spaghetti Western style), Roslindale Text, Klooster (followed in 2021 by Klooster Thin).
  • Font of the Month Club fonts from 2018: Bradley DJR (a revival of the blackletter typeface Bradley, 1895, William H. Bradley), Extraordinaire, Rhody (slab serif), Map Roman (an all caps vintage mapmaker font), Output Sans Hairlines, Rumpus Extended, Roslindale Light, Merit Badge (a variable color font).
  • A tech type virtuoso, he charmed me with his art deco variable font Extraordinaire (2018) that was influenced by the diamond-shaped forms found in the center of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Typefaces from 2019: Heckendon Hairline, a condensed Clarendon.
  • Typefaces from 2020: Dattilo (a variable style revival of Aldo Novarese's slab serif Dattilo (1974)), Pomfret.
  • Typefaces from 2021: Rustique (rustic capitals), Megazoid (a chunky geometric sans), Job Clarendon (with Bethany Heck, who wrote: Job Clarendon is an homage to job printing---display-heavy designs made for posters and flyers in the heyday of letterpress printing. This style of Clarendons was wildly popular in this genre of work, and I've always been interested in how adaptable they were. The style was fattened, squished and stretched to accommodate lines of text both short and long and type foundries across the globe each found their own unique features to contribute to the Clarendon stew. Ross pulled the design to both extremes but had his work cut out as he explained: The chasm between Hairline and Black was far too wide to interpolate across effectively, so I incorporated new drawings in the Extra Light, Regular, and Bold weights to act as additional tentposts to support the design).

Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw and at ATypI 2017 in Montreal. Klingspor link. Home page. Adobe link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

DKNG Studios
[Nathan Goldman]

Designer in Los Angeles who co-founded DKNG Studios in 2005 together with Dan Kuhlken. Graduate of Type West in San Francisco, class of 2020. His graduation typeface there was Parlor. He explains: Equally at home in your favorite childhood pizza parlor or an establishment with classier fare, Parlor pays homage to 1970s fast food culture, but beyond the surface its historical roots are in Victorian Era wood type specimens. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dom Romero

Los Angeles and Albuquerque, New Mexico-based designer of the octagonal typeface Great in 88 (2013), Endorphins (2014, a triangulated connect-the-dots typeface), Modern Hype (2014), and Free Love (2014, a sans family). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominic Pedruco

Based in San Francisco, Dominic Pedruco created Vendre (2014), a sans typeface for fashion magazines. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominique Demetz

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the free handcrafted display typeface Dominique (2016) and the handcrafted typefaces Chase (2016) and Alyssa Kayla (2016). In 2017, Dominique designed the condensed handcrafted typeface Dorothy Miranda and the outline typeface Lestrade.

Typefaces from 2018: Gregson, Grainne, Sofia Amoti, Amelie Camille (handcrafted sans), Karlie Elizabeth (hatched).

Typefaces from 2019: Elisabeth Clara, Gina Ann, Noah and Nicole (a fat finger font), Karla Camilla, Anna Kay. Creative Fabrica link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominique McNair

Graphic illustrator in Aliso Viejo, CA. Creator of a decorative monster alphabet typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Don Sterrenburg

Don Sterrenburg (Camarillo, CA) has been active in an array of visual disciplines since 1963, holding positions in graphic design, type design, and art direction. He has taught lettering and typography at four U.S. universities. Sterrenburg is the recipient of several awards for design and typographic excellence from the Printing Industries of America and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In 2016, he designed the text and inline typeface Summa Inline at Delvefonts. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Donald E. Knuth
[Computer Modern fonts]

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Donald E. Knuth

Professor of computer science at Stanford University, who by himself changed the world of mathematical and scientific typesetting when he developed TeX in the 1980s. That system needed fonts, so he developed a program called Metafont that permits a simple software description of a glyph. And with Metafont, and the help of Hermann Zapf, he created the Computer Modern type family. This is a tour de force, because each letter in the 72 original fonts has only one descriptive program that contains several parameters. Different parameter settings yield the typefaces, from italic to roman and bold, from 5pt to 10pt and 17pt optical settings, and from sans to serif and typewriter. Since a few years ago, he is Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University.

In 1983, Hermann Zapf and Donald Knuth headed a project to develop a font set called Euler. One implementation of that is AMS Euler Text.

Author in 1998 of Digital Typography (CSLI Publications). His METAFONT Book is free.

In 2013, he received the Peter Karow Award in typography. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Donovan Mansinon-Salazar

San Diego-based designer of Foxxy Type (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doug Alves

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Doug Heintz

San Francisco-based designer of Dalliance (2007), a sans based on Frutiger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doug Novak

Designer of Jackass (1996) at the Exploding Font Company in San Diego. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Jesse Burgheimer]

Down10 is San Francisco-based Jesse Burgheimer, the designer of the wormy font Munificent (1997) based on the logo of the Muni (San Francisci Municipal Railway) designed by Walter Landor, of Swerve (2000, octagonal), of Jamtoaster (2000, based on the logo of Adaptec), and of McLawsuit (2000, based on McDonald's lettering for the arches). Spokes (2004) is a heavy geometric typeface based on the English IDM recording artists Plaid, from the cover of their album Spokes. The original typeface design was made in The Designers Republic for Warp Records.

There is also a Down10---probably Jesse Burgheimer---at FontStruct, where several modular typefaces made in 2015 can be downloaded: Billing-Black, Billing-Bold, Billing-Heavy, Billing, Bitties, Changeup, Enforcement-Bold, Enforcement-Light, Enforcement, Fipi-Lele, Fipi-Lele-Shadow, Foilness (a textured halftone typeface), Grateful (Western font), MICRal (a MICR font), Munificence (an inline typeface), Ordinance-Bold, Ordinance-Light, Ordinance (stencil font), Scanlord, Stripelane, Tracking-Blur, Tracking-Outline, Tracking (pixel typeface).

Fontspace link. Dafont link. FontStruct link. Home handwriting (or: Android Fonts) at Dafont offers Foilnes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DownHill Publishing
[Ramón Abajo]

Free and commercial school fonts by Ramón Abajo, all made in 1999 or 2000: Ramon is a high school Spanish teacher in California. His fonts are floating around in cyberspace. His fonts were also for sale at Fonts 4 Teachers (or: Tiende Escolar). They are now available via New York City-based DownHill Publishing, which was founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, California. A list: AbcAlegria, AbcAmSignLang, AbcAmSignLangLetter, AbcBulletin, AbcClocks, AbcCursive, AbcCursiveArrow, AbcCursiveArrowDotted, AbcCursiveDotted, AbcCursiveDottedLined, AbcCursiveLined, AbcDNManus (AbcDNManusArrow, AbcDNManusArrowDotted, AbcDNManusDotted, AbcDNManusDottedLined, AbcDNManusLined, AbcDNManuscript), AbcDomino, AbcFaces, AbcHeadlines, AbcKids, AbcMath, AbcPhonicsOne, AbcPhonicsTwo, AbcPrint, AbcPrintArrow, AbcPrintArrowDotted, AbcPrintDotted, AbcPrintDottedLined, AbcPrintLined, AbcTeacher.

The DownHill Publishing fonts are grouped into Print Writing, D'Nealian, Box Writing, Cursive Writing, Phonics, Sign Language, Seasonal, Decorative. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doyald Young
[Doyald Young: Logotypes and Letterforms]

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Doyald Young: Logotypes and Letterforms
[Doyald Young]

Graphic designer, typographer, type designer, author, teacher and lecturer, born in 1926 in Holliday, TX. He died on February 28, 2011 due to complications following a heart operation. He attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Trade Technical Jr. College, and Art Center College of Design where he has taught for 27 years and holds the honorary title Inaugural Master of the School. Doyald drew characters, often of a calligraphic or handlettered nature. He was deeply influenced by his mentor, Hermann Zapf.

Steve Heller writes: When digital programs like Fontographer made it easy for anyone with a computer to create typefaces, many of them purposefully inelegant, he advocated a high level of craftsmanship that he believed had been lost. In so doing, Mr. Young challenged a new generation to reject so-called grunge design in favor of precision. When the American Institute of Graphic Arts awarded Young its 2009 Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Marian Bantjes wrote Taste. Practicality. Formality. Understated prestige. The combination of those qualities forms as perfect a descriptor of Young's work as any you are likely to find, both in the process and the result. Although he is widely known for his elegant curves and scripts, he has never been a showy designer---there is not a trace of ego in his work. The range of letterforms able to flow at any time from his hand is great, and there is no way to particularly define Young's mark unless you have seen the hand-drawn comp. That is where his work is unmistakable: perfect letterforms drawn in pencil at a surprisingly small size without so much as a mark of hesitation or awkwardness. The style varies but the fluidity and perfection do not.

Links and media: Scott Erickson's movie on Doyald Young. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Short obituary and video. Longer video about his life. Steven Heller's obituary in the New York Times. Obituary by Marian Bantjes for AIGA.

He was adored and respected for his craft and gentleness. Portrait. Another portrait (credit: Louise Sandhaus). Author of several influential texts:

His typefaces include the extra bold condensed sports scripts fonts Home Run Sanscript (1999) and Home Run Script (1999, a connected bold retro signage script), Young Gallant (2010, a formal calligraphic script based on the alphabets his teacher, Leach, trained him on), ITC Eclat (1985, 1992, fat script face, which was used for titles by Comedy Central and the Queen Latifah movie Beauty Shop), Young Finesse (2003, an Optima-inspired thin headline typeface used in his book, Fonts&Logos), Young Finesse Italic (2006), Guts (1976, VGC), and Young Baroque (1984, 1992, Letraset; calligraphic Spencerian copperplate script; this is copied by Castcraft as OPTI Yen Script). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

DR Fonts
[Daniel Robichaud]

Originally from Montreal, Daniel moved to Los Angeles to create visual effects and contributed to the movies Apollo 13, The Fifth Element and Titanic. He developed an interest in animation, created the short film Tightrope, and directed the feature-length cartoon Pinocchio 3000. Daniel Robichaud worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Digital Domain and FOX.

At Letraset, he published the semi-stencil typeface Epitaphe.

In 2021, he set up DR Fonts and released the 20-style techno sans font family Absentia Sans (2021) and the 20-style Absentia Slab. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dr. Kulbir S. Thind

Dr. Kulbir Singh Thind (San Mateo, CA) designed a set of Gurmukhi Unicode fonts, AnmolUni and AnmolUni-Bold, which are available under the terms of GNU license from the Punjabu Computing Resource Center. He is a specialist on Gurbani, Gurmukhi and Punjabi fonts. Alternate URL at Sikhpoint. Sikhnet link. Alternate URL at Punjab online. His fonts:

  • The Amr family: AmarHindi, AmrLipi, AmrLipiHeavy, AmrLipiLight-Bold, AmrLipiLight, AmrLipiSlim, AmrLipiThick, AmrLipiThickTight, AmrNeon, AmrOutlined.
  • The Anmol family: AnmolAmrit-Bold, AnmolAmrit, AnmolAmritLight-Bold, AnmolAmritLight, AnmolKalmi, AnmolLipi-Bold, AnmolLipi, AnmolLipiHeavy, AnmolLipiLight-Bold, AnmolLipiLight, AnmolLipiSlim, AnmolLipiThick, AnmolLipiThickTight, AnmolNeon, AnmolOutlined, AnmolRaised, AnmolUbhri.
  • ApniHindi.
  • Asees was made in 1997.
  • The Gurbani family: GurbaniAkhar, GurbaniAkharHeavy, GurbaniAkharLight, GurbaniAkharSlim, GurbaniAkharThick, GurbaniHindi, GurbaniLipi, GurbaniLipiBold, GurbaniLipiLight, GurbaniLipiLightBold, GurbaniRomanizing, GuruDevan. Two GurbaniLipi fonts and a Hindi font may also be found here. GurbaniAkharThick is also here. And here, we have GurbaniAkharHeavy and GurbaniAkharThick. And here are GurbaniAkhar Light, Heavy and Thick. GurbaniAkharSlim is here. This site has GurbaniLipiBold, GurbaniLipi, GurbaniKalmi, GurbaniLipiLightBold, GurbaniLipiLight, GurbaniRaised, GurbaniUbhri. This site has GurbaniAkharHeavy, GurbaniAkhar, GurbaniWebThick. His fonts have some nice ornaments too.
  • WebLipiHeavy (2002) and WebAkharThick (2002). Here is WebAkharThick (2002). See also here.
  • SamtolAmritLight (or: DRChatrikWeb) is here, here, here and here.
  • Kulbir Singh Thind added Gurmukhi (U+0A00-U+0A7F) to the GNU Freefont project.
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Dreamer Design
[Robin Spehar]

Robin Spehar at Dreamer Design (Topanga Canyon, CA) is the winner of an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002, with Dreamer DD, a comic book font. Their commercial fonts include balloon fonts (Optimus, Roman Star, Prime, Lance a Lot), dead poet fonts (Keats, Whitman, Blake, Thoreau), historical fonts (Pike Hand, Zeus, Plate, Emperor), futuristic fonts (Hal, Omega, Didg), character fonts (It's Evil, Raven, Talon, Visigoth), and comic book fonts (Staccata, Shrapnel, Topple, Quagmire). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Drew Melton
[Carmel Type (or: Just Lucky)]

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Drew Wilson

Carlsbad, CA-based creator of the Pictos1 and Pictos2 series of commercial dingbats. He drives home the point that for icons and logos, one can now use CSS and @font-face to use scalable fonts instead of static images. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Duran Hernandez

Clovis, CA-based designer of the architectural typeface Eames (2014), designed to honor Eames's architecture. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dustin Lee
[RetroSupply Co]

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Dwight Creative

Dwight Creative (San Diego, CA) developed several commercial typefaces in 2012-2013. These include: Novatny, Arik, Erora, El Reon, Firmin, and Sofian. Buy the fonts via Graphic River. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dylan Smith

Rocklin, CA-based designer of the decorative modular sans typegace Tronica Rounded (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Echo Foxx Studios
[Kristie Drews]

Michigan (was: Los Angeles)-based designer of the outlined handcrafted typeface Tropikal (2016), the floral caps typeface Rhea (2017), and Into The Wilderness (2017).

In 2018, she designed the ink splatter font duo of Forest and Pine (free demo). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edgar Salazar

During his graphic design studies in La puente, CA, edgar salazer created a scanbat alphabet typeface (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edna P. Nerona

Web design consultant from San Diego, CA. Creator of the display typeface Pueblo Unido (no downloads). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eduardo Goulart

San Francisco-based designer of the extreme stencil typeface Mars (2015), which was finished during his studies at San Francisco State University. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eduardo Viramontes

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of Ribbon Serif (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Dalton Pelouze
[San Francisco Type Foundry]

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Edward Fella

Born in Detroit in 1938, Ed Fella is a former commercial artist and professional graphic designer who practiced for 30 years in Detroit. After receiving his MFA from Cranbrook in 1987, he taught in the graduate Graphic Design program at CalArts in Los Angeles for another 30 years. He is currently a Professor Emeritus and continues working on campus in his studio on a wide-ranging series of his own idiosyncratic projects that stubbornly resist categorization although they freely partake in the conventions of typography, photography, illustration and fine art.

His typefaces:

  • Out West (1993, Emigre). Designed on a 15 degree ellipse in 1993.
  • FellaParts (dingbats) published in 1993 at Emigre.

Author of Edward Fella: Letters on America, Photographs and Lettering. From the book's blurb: [This book] gives insight into his idiosyncratic world by combining and juxtaposing examples of his unique hand lettering with his photographs of found vernacular lettering.

In 1997 he received the Chrysler Award, and in 1999 he got an Honorary Doctorate from CCS in Detroit. His work is in the National Design Museum and MOMA in New York. Claire Agopia wrote Edward Fella "I am the vernacular" (2007) for her graduation from Ecole Estienne.

Ed Fella poster by Guadalupe Sanchez (2013).

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Edward Pelouze

Born in 1799, died in 1876. Edward Pelouze was the second son of Edmund Pelouze, and a key figure in the Pelouze type foundry family. In 1817, he worked for the Boston Type Foundry, and later in Boston, he worked for Phelps, Dalton and Co, He moved to New York to work as a typefounder for White's (1829) and set up his own foundry, the Pelouze Foubndry, in 1830. In the central part of his life, he moved type equipment to San Francisco and set up a foundry there in 1848. But he returned to Boston, where he bought the Boston Type Foundry in 1853 with John K. Rogers, to form the John K. Rogers Foundry. His three sons, whom he had introducted to typefounding, would all become successful typefounders as well. Not to be coinfused with his son, Edward Dalton Pelouze or his grandson, Edward Craige Pelouze. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edwin Diaz

Riverside, CA-based designer of the decorative all caps alphabet Yummy Calamari (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Egor Aranovich

San Francisco-based designer of the water splash font Splash (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Patrick Lindsay Gravette]

Patrick Lindsay Gravette's San Francisco-based graphic design company. They have about 10 original fonts. Check out the free fonts GraElbow-AnglicanPaper, Elbow-Profilactic, Elbow-SaulWeintraub, Elbow-ado, Elbow-c64, Elbow-hhgg, Elbow-tils, Elbow-xtctype-Heavy, Elbow-xtctype-Light (old typewriter). Fonts are in type 1 and truetype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Electric Typographer
[Judith Sutcliffe]

Judith Sutcliffe (Audubon, IA) is the Electric Typographer (est. 1986, Santa Barbara, CA). She has made absolutely exquisite highly original typefaces, which are sold by many foundries and vendors, including Will-Harris.

Her typefaces: Abelard (1988, mediaeval), LeonardoHand (Da Vinci's handwriting--greeeeaaaat), Lutahline (clean hand-printed family), ArabiaFelix, Petroglyph (nice dingbat series), AuntJudy, BlockParty, PetroglyphHawaii, ItalianAElectric, TaglienteInitials (another great calligraphic font), TommysType (letters on a clothesline), Kiilani, and Troubador (1988-1989, mediaeval) and Troubador Initials (1989). Atomic Type sells her fonts. Other fonts: Petroglyph Hawaii (1993), Daylilies, Greene, GreeneGreene, Insecta, Leaves, OldstyleChewed, Finfont, Flourish, Hawaii Set, Maskerade, Santa Barbara Electric (1989, a Lombardic / uncial face; + Barbara Svelte, + Barbara Plump), Schampel, Electric Stamps, Daly Hand, Kiilani, Mesopotamia (1992). Emodigi site. At Will-Harris House, we find these fonts by Judith Sutcliffe: Catastrophe, Tommy, Daly Hand and Daly Text (based on the casual calligraphy of Pacific Northwest artist George Daly), Finfont (fish), Daylilies, Leaves, Flourish (calligraphic family), Greene&Greene (architectral lettering), a Hawaiian set consisting of Kiilani, Hibiscus (alphadings), and RockArt dingbats, Insecta (dings), Oldstyle Chewed, Leonardo (neat handwriting of DaVinci simulated), Petroglyphs, Schampel (blackletter), Serpent, Maskerade (masks), Tagliente (nice old-fashioned lettering and caps).

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

Elena Kozhenkova

San Diego, CA-based designer of the modular typeface Index (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elijah Butler

Victorille, CA-based designer of these typefaces in 2015: Mafia (art deco), Rude (vintage display style). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eliot Peper

Eliot Peper (The Frontispiece, Oakland, CA) is a self-publishing author. In 2016, he designed the squarish typeface Cumulus for one of his book covers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elisabeth Prescott

San Francisco-based graphic designer who created the custom typeface Holland Mail (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elise Granados

San Francisco-based creator of the ink blot typeface Kleck (2012). Elise can also be found under EG Design Studios, and under Elise Wong.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ella Yates

San Diego, CA-based designer of a decorative caps alphabet in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elliot Weinstein
[CHOMP font collection]

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Elo Marc

San Diego-based designer of the Western typefaces Wood Print (2015), Sky High (2014) and Faroest (or Forest) (2014). Dafont link. Home page. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elvira Anai Contreras

Los Angeles-based creator of the very modular typeface Haus (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emery Butler

San Diego, CA-based designer of a modular typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Zuzana Licko]

Sacramento, CA-based foundry established in 1984 by Zuzana Licko and Rudy Vanderlans. They were "in" during the grungy early 1990s, but ran out of steam and out of fashion around the turn of the century. They had their own magazine, and were in the limelight in the 1990s. Massimo Vignelli famously said at a meeting: Emigre is the worst thing that ever happened to this country. It's unbelievable the damage they have done. A total disaster. [Laughter] You laugh, but you should cry.

Lea Chapon's thesis at Estienne in 2006 was entitled Emigre : typographie et critique de la typographie---strangely, it was removed from the school's web site---Emigregate? The typophiles are not gentle with their critique. In the collection, we find these fonts: Arbitrary (1992), Awkward (1991), Berkeley (1990), Citizen (1990), Elektrix (1990), EmigreEight (1990), EmigreFifTeen (1990), EmigreFourTeen (1990), EmigreTen (1990), EmperorEight (1990), EmperorFifTeen (1990), EmperorNineTeen (1990), EmperorTen (1990), IndustrySans, KubotaFont (1991), Lunatix (1990), Marvelous (1991), Matrix (1988-1991), NeoTheo, Oblong (1990), STICadillac (1990), Sample (1990), Senator (1990), Simplex, TemplateGothic (1991), TotallyGlyphic (1990), TotallyGothic (1990), Transportation (1990), UniversalEight (1990), UniversalNineTeen (1990), VariexBold (1990), VariexLight (1990), VariexRegular (1990), Zenith (1990). Also, by designer:

  • Nancy Mazzei and Brian Kelly: Backspacer (1993).
  • Zuzana Licko: BaseMono (1997, a monospaced family), BaseNine (1995), BaseTwelve (1995), Dogma (1994), Filosofia (1996, Emigre's (unicase) version of Bodoni), Hypnopaedia (1997), Journal (1993), the Lo-Res family (pixel fonts at sizes 9, 12, 15, 21, 22, 28, made in 2001), Modula (1990-1995), MrsEaves (1996, Emigre's version of Baskerville), Mr Eaves Sans (2009), Mr Eaves Modern (2009), Narly (1993), Program OT (2013, a rounded sans family), Quartet (1993), SodaScript (1995), Solex (2000), Tarzana (1998), Triplex (1990), Whirligig (1994).
  • Bob Aufuldish and Eric Donelan: BigCheese (dings, 1993), ZeitGuys (1994, funny dingbats).
  • John Hersey: Blockhead (1995, Alphabet and Illustrations), Thingbat (1995).
  • Conor Mangat: BoksHeavy (1994), BoksThin (1994), Platelet (1994, inspired by California license plate systems---organic and quite dysfunctional).
  • John Downer: Brothers (1999), Council (1999), Triplex Italic (1990), Vendetta (1999).
  • Sibylle Hagmann: Cholla (1999).
  • Frank Heine: DallianceFlourishes (2001), DallianceRoman (2001), DallianceScript (2001), Motion (1993), OaklandEight (1990), OaklandFifTeen (1990), OaklandSix (1990), OaklandTen (1990), Remedy (1992).
  • P. Scott Makela: DeadHistory (1994).
  • Miles Newlyn: Democratica (1992-1993), Missionary (1992), SabbathBlack (1994).
  • Rodrigo Cavazos: EideticNeo (2000).
  • Jonathan Barnbrook: Exocet (1992), Manson (1993), Mason (1993).
  • Edward Fella: FellaParts (1993), Outwest (1993).
  • Jeffery Keedy: KeedySans (1991).
  • Mark Andresen: NotCaslonOne (1995).
  • Claudio Piccinini: Ottomat (1996).
  • Rudy VanderLans: Suburban (1994).
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View Zuzana Licko's typefaces. Alphabetical listing of Zuzana Licko's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emilee Serafine

During her studies in San Francisco, Emilee Serafine created Kip Script (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Arnaut

Letterer and graphic designer based in Los Angeles. In 2016, Emily created a drop cap alphabet. In 2017, she designed Iva Sans and the dot matrix typeface Dotty (free at FontStruct). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Atwood

Emily Atwood is an independent designer based in New York City. She has previously worked as a Senior Designer at Pentagram Design in New York City for Paula Scher, leading identity, editorial, campaign and web design projects. In 2014, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, and obtained a BFA in Graphic Design + Digital Media at Laguna College of Art + Design in 2017. She is currently involved in the Type at Cooper Extended Program Certificate in Type Design at The Cooper Union in New York City. She is also an adjunct instructor in the design departments for Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her typefaces:

  • Uraniya. A book typeface inspired by a book printed in 1928---an almanac called Uraniya containing the literary works and life of Fyodor Tyutchev, who was an acclaimed Russian poet and diplomat.
  • A typeface planned for release by Order Type Foundry in 2022.
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Emily Johnson

Graphic designer at Vision Design Studio in North Long Beach, CA. Creator of the seventies funk style typeface Groove (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Kluzak

As a student in San Diego, CA, Emily Kluzak created a decorative handcrafted alphabet (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Tai

For a project at MICA in San Francisco, emily Tai created the rounded sans typeface family Betty (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Xie

Santa Monica, CA-based designer of the modern decorative caps typeface Geometric Alphabet (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Linh

Emma Linh Stark is a brand designer, writer, and artist based in San Jose, California. Graduate of Type West in San Francisco, class of 2020, and art director at Service Now in Santa Clara since 2019. Her Type West graduation typeface was the quirky reverse contrast Sway (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Enya Persson

New media artist in San Francisco, who designed the humanist sans typeface Egg in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

E-phemera (was: HPLHS Prop Fonts, and earlier: Prop Fonts)
[Andrew H. Leman]

Andrew Leman is a prop designer in Hollywood, CA. The type foundry HPLHS Prop Fonts (was: Ephemera, Prop Fonts) was started by Hollywood's Andrew Leman, and is now located in Pasadena, CA. Some fonts are free, most are commercial.

Dafont link. Klingspor link.

Andrew Leman's fonts:

  • Cablegram (2001, old typewriter face, T-26).
  • Leviathan.
  • Garamold (2007, 2 styles).
  • Journalistic (2007, a blackletter inspired by the nameplate of a New England newspaper from the 1920s).
  • Blackburn (2006, distressed).
  • RTemporal (2006, blackletter).
  • Fonts in the HPLHS series, dated 2002: HeadlineTwoHPLHS, OldStyle1HPLHS, OldstyleItalicHPLHS, OldstyleSmallCapsHPLHS, Rogo, SlabSerifHPLHS, TelegramHPLHS, WW2BlackletterHPLHS, WW2BlackltrAltHPLHS, HPLHS-Lovecraft Cursive and Block (replica of H. P. Lovecraft's own handwriting), HPLHS-Autograph Lanier (replica of the 1875 handwriting of Sidney Lanier, a 19th century American poet), HPLHS-TextSerif (really Linotype Antique No. 1), HPLHS-TypoScript, HPLHS-TextSerif Oblique, HPLHS-Bulfinch, HPLHS-Colwell, HPLHS-Colwell Italic, HPLHS-Cromwell, HPLHS-National Oldstyle (after Goudy's font by that name), HPLHS-Post Monotone, HPLHS-Atlas Italic, HPLHS-Italic, HPLHS-Victoria (from the 1923 ATF book), HPLHS-Manuscript Caps, HPLHS-Tome Pi, HPLHS-TypoGothic, HPLHS-Copperplate Roman, HPLHS-Gothic520, HPLHS-Times Gothic, HPLHS-Persnickety, HPLHS-Roman Engraved, HPLHS-Mercantile, HPLHS-Mercantile Oblique, HPLHS-Mercantile Card, HPLHS-Headline Modified, HPLHS-ExtraExtra, HPLHS-Extra (wood type), HPLHS-Forsythe, HPLHS-MetroThin, HPLHS-MetroLight, HPLHS-MetroMedium, HPLHS-MetroMedium Italic, HPLHS-MetroBlack, HPLHS-Policy Gothic, HPLHS-Black Gothic, HPLHS-Gothic Compressed, HPLHS-Black Condensed, HPLHS-Black Oblique, HPLHS-Electro Gothic, HPLHS-Blackletter (an irregular hand-drawn textura font based on the lettering of French heraldic engraver Charles Demengeot).
  • The E-phemera Font Collection, available from MyFonts, which includes these fonts, with a majority being retro or script typefaces: Policy Gothic (2012, an eroded caps face), Mooseheart (2012), Operapolitan (2012), Fishwrapper (2012), Fred (2007, inspired by a 1930s typeface by Fred G. Cooper), Schreibweise (2007, a pirate-flavored font inspired by a hand-lettered manuscript dating from 1492), Cablegram-Regular, Golden Ticket (2003: Base, Fill, Highlight; a digitization of hand-drawn poster lettering by Otto Heim from 1925), Cablegram-Urgent, Cablegram-Madras, Cablegram-Ottoman, Julius Klinger (2003, based on 1925 fabric lettering by Julius Klinger), Cablegram-Zagreb, DMV Printer, Landry Gothic, Telegrafo, Toronto Gothic (2003: worn wood type or letterpress emulation, close to Condensed Titling Gothic #11), Vogue (pencil-lettered caps), Penitentiary Gothic (+Fill, +Lolite, +Hilite, +Shadow), Chicago House, Compliments (+Upright), Satisfaction (script based on 1930s cigarette ads), Vandal Broke Extra Juicy, Lanier (2004), Impersonal. The Cablegram and DMV series are typewriter fonts. Heck Italic (2010) is based on captions, labels and legends appearing on 19th-century maps and natural history engravings by Johann Georg Heck. Dai Vernon (2010) is based on the handwriting of card magician Dai Vernon.

View Andrew Leman's typefaces. View the E-phemera typeface collection. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Michael Sharpe]

Erewhon (nowhere) is a transitional font based largely on Andrey V. Panov's Heuristica, but with so many changes that Michael Sharpe, its designer at UCSD in San Diego, decided in 2014 to offer it as an enhanced alternative. Heuristica (2008-2012) extended the Utopia font family made available by the TEX Users Group, adding many accented glyphs, Cyrillic glyphs, ligatures, superior and oldstyle fixed-width figures in all styles. Erewhon has 1398 characters and is free at CTAN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Eaton
[Deliberate Design]

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Eric Giovanola

Los Angeles-based designer of the calligraphic typeface Doyald (2004). He is working on this sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric J. Siry

San Francisco-based designer who modified Tobias Frere-Jones's Hightower (Font Bureau, 1996) for Rolling Stone. That custom font is called Abbey. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Liu

During his studies in 2016, Eric Liu (Fremont, CA) designed a display typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Lobdell

Creative director in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2015, he designed the sans typeface family Affogato. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric MacLeod

Art director and typographer in La Mirada, CA. He created the upright monoline connected script typeface Rosaleigh (2009) and the flared sans typeface Chupacabra (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Michael

Californian graphic and web designer, b. 1984. Behance link. He created the monospaced squarish font Confection Cubes (2010). Free download here.

Dafont link, where his name is Eric Zwierzynski. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Nguyen

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-born designer who lives in Los Angeles. as a student there, he designed the all caps Sweet Alphabet (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erica Sirotich

Erica Sirotich (San Francisco) iwsmages inspired by children, animals and anthropomorphic critters. She designed Creature Alphabet (2012) for a children's print for Cuddlefish Press. These letterforms are based on the Adelle Basic font from Type Together. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erica Valadez

Fullerton, CA-based designer of Old English Caslon (2017), a hybrid of Old English and Caslon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erick Campos

During his studies in Riverside, CA, Erick Campos designed an LED alphabet (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erik Adigard

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Erik Marinovich
[Nuform Type Foundry]

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Erik Molano

Graphic designer and typographer in Los Angeles. In 2010, he created the slightly organic and slightly rounded Noni Sans as part of a student project at the Art Center College of Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erik Spiekermann

German type designer and graphic designer par excellence, born in 1947 in Stadthagen. He set up MetaDesign in Berlin in 1979. In 1988 he set up FontShop, home of the FontFont collection. He holds an honorary professorship at the Academy of Arts in Bremen, is board member of ATypI and the German Design Council, and president of the ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers). In July 2000, Erik left MetaDesign Berlin. He now lives and works in Berlin, London and San Francisco, designing publications, complex design systems and more typefaces. He collaborated on the publication of the comprehensive FontBook. Author of Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works (2nd Edition) (Adobe Press, Second Edition, 2002, First Edition, 1993). He taught typography at the Art Academy in Bremen, and is guest-lecturer at several schools around the world.

In October 2003, he received the third Gerrit Noordzij Prize, which is given every other year to a designer who has played an important role in the field of type design and typography. It is an initiative of the postgraduate course in Type&Media at the Hague Royal Academy of Art with the Meermanno Museum (The Hague).

His essay on information design.

Biography. Bio at Linotype. Laudatio by John Walters of Eye Magazine. Blog.

Presentation at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. Presentation at ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg. Interviewed in 2006 by Rob Forbes. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin.

He made the following typefaces and type families:

  • Lo-Type (1913, Louis Oppenheim) was digitally adapted by Spiekermann for Berthold in 1979-1980. BERTLib sells it as Adlon Serif ST.
  • PT 55 (1986), the precursor of FF Meta.
  • Berthold Block
  • Berliner Grotesk (1979-1980, Berthold): based on an old Berthold AG typeface from 1923.
  • FF Govan (2001, by Ole Schaefer and Erik Spiekermann).
  • The huge families FF Meta1, FF Meta2, FF Meta3 (2003), FF Meta Condensed (1998) and FFMetaCorrespondence. The FF Meta families (1985) were originally designed for Bundespost, which did not use it--it stayed with Helvetica for a while and now uses Frutiger. Meta comes with CE, Cyrillic, Greek and Turkish sets as well. Weights like Meta Light (Thin, Hairline) Greek are available too. Spiekermann is a bit upset that Linotype's Textra (2002, a typeface by Jochen Schuss and Jörg Herz) looks like a cloned of Meta. FF Meta Condensed won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014.
  • Meta Serif (2007) by Christian Schwartz, Kris Sowersby and Erik Spiekermann. Later extensions by Ralph du Carrois and Botio Nikoltchev.
  • ITC Officina in versions Sans Book (1989-1990) and Serif Book (1989-1990).
  • Boehringer Sans and Antiqua (1996): custom types.
  • Grid, which appeared in FUSE 3.
  • Codesigner with Ole Schaefer (FontShop, 2000) of FF InfoDisplay and FF InfoText in 1997 and of FF InfoOffice in 2000.
  • NokiaSans and NokiaSerif (2002, company identity family). This was in cooperation with Jelle Bosma. Before Nokia Sans and Serif, Nokia used Rotis. Nokia Sans and Serif were replaced by Nokia Pure (Bruno Maag) in 2011.
  • Glasgow Type (1999), for the city of Glasgow, taking inspiration from the Rennie Macintosh types.
  • Heidelberg Gothic (1999).
  • Symantec Sans and Serif (2003): custom types.
  • FF Unit (2003-2004; see also here), another sans family, which won an award at TDC2 2004. This was followed by FF Unit Rounded. And FF Unit Rounded started according to Erik as Gravis, the largest Apple dealer in Germany. FF Unit Slab (2009) is the product of a cooperation between Kris Sowersby, Christian Schwartz, and Erik Spiekermann.
  • ITC Officina Display (2001).
  • FF Meta Thin Light and Hairline (2003) and FF Meta Headline (2005). Developed jointly with Christian Schwartz and Josh Darden.
  • Bosch Sans and Bosch Serif (2004).
  • The SeatMeta family (2003) for Seat.
  • DB Type in six styles (Serif, Sans, Head, Condensed, Compressed, News): designed in 2005 in collaboration with Christian Schwartz for the Deutsche Bahn (train system in Germany). Some typohiles say that it reminds them of Bell Gothic and Vesta.
  • A Volkswagen company family based on a correction of Futura.
  • The DWR House Numbers Series (2006): four fonts with numerals for house numbers: Contemporary House Numbers, Tech House Numbers, Classic House Numbers (based on Bodoni), Industrial House Numbers (stencil). DWR stands for Design Within Reach.
  • Tech (2008, FontStruct), a rounded squarish headline face.
  • Axel (2009): developed jointly with Erik van Blokland and Ralph du Carrois, it is a system font with these features:
    • Similar letters and numbers are clearly distinguishable (l, i, I, 1, 7; 0, O; e, c #).
    • Increased contrast between regular and bold.
    • High legibility on the monitor via Clear Type support.
    • Seems to outperform Courier New, Verdana, Lucida Sans, Georgia, Arial and Calibri, according to their tests (although I would rank Calibri at or above Axel for many criteria).
  • In 2012-2013, Ralph du Carrois and Erik Spiekermann co-designed Fira Sans and Fira Mono for Firefox / Mozilla. This typeface is free for everyone. Google Web Font link. Open Font Library link. It is specially designed for small screens, and seems to do a good job at that. I am not a particular fan of a g with an aerodynamic wing and the bipolar l of Fira Mono, though. Mozilla download page. CTAN link. Google Web Fonts download page. Google web Fonts published Fira Sans Condensed (2012-2016) and Fira Sans Extra Condensed in 2017.
  • In 2013-204, Erik created HWT Artz, a wood type published in digital form by P22, which is based on early 20th century European poster lettering. Named after Dave Artz, a Hamilton Manufacturing retiree and master type trimmer, the proceeds of the sales will go to the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum.
  • In 2015, Fontfont published FF Real, in 13 weights each for FF Real Text and FF Real Head. This typeface family by Erik Spiekermann and Ralph Olivier du Carrois is influenced by the German grotesques from ca. 1900 by foundries such as Theinhardt and H. Berthold AG.
  • In 2022, Erik Spiekermann, Anja Meiners, and Ralph du Carrois published the neo-grotesque superfamily Case at Fontwerk. It includes Micro and Text subfamilies.

Picture of Eric Spiekermann shot by Chris Lozos at Typo SF in 2012.

FontShop link.

View Erik Spiekermann's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Erika Fisher

San Francisco-based designer of the brushed display typeface Happy Camper (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erin Hiromoto

Orange, CA-based designer of the triangulated typeface Spacewink (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erin Macadaeg

Redwood City, CA-based designer of a Disney-inspired alphading font (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erin Sykes

Designer in San Diego, who created an alphabet with matches, called Ignite (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erin Wheatley

Erin Wheatley (Erin Wheatley Design, Pasadena, CA) created the curly typeface Romeo (2013).

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

Ernest Karchmit

During his studies, Sacramento, CA-based Ernest Karchmit designed a stunning lettering piece entitled Logic (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ernst Deutsch

Born in 1887 in Vienna, Austria, Ernst Deutsch first worked as a costume designer and studied under Gustav Klimt. In Paris, he worked on costumes for Coco Chanel, before moving to the United States in 1929, where he changed his name to Ernst Dryden and was employed from 1933 onwards as a costume designer for Universal, Columbia and Selznick in Hollywood. He died in Los Angeles in 1938.

Designer of Tango Kursiv (1913, +Fett; aka IKA Schriften), and the prototypical silent movie fonts Tango Antiqua (1913), and Tango Antiqua Halbfett (1916), all published by J. Klinkhardt in Leipzig. Digital revivals by Nick Curtis (Rhumba Script NF: free revival of Tango Kursiv) and Oliver Weiss (Walden Font) (WF Paletti, 2016-2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Errol Olson

As a student, Huntington Beach, CA-based Errol Olson created a circuit board font in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Esquivel Type foundry (was: Aeasea Type Foundry)
[Raul Esquivel]

Raul Esquivel is a designer, illustrator and photographer in Los Angeles, CA. He founded Aeasea Type Foundry in 2014 and Esquivel Type foundry in 2015 and sells his typefaces via Creative Market.

Typefaces from 2014: Isomoth Pro, Knell (a hand-drawn art deco-styled poster face), Goodway Slab, Fissure, Metros (a geometric sans family with two free weights).

In 2015, he made the didone-style typeface Wolf Shadow, the slab serif Bark Slab, and Bowie Sans.

Typefaces from 2017: Leonidas (vintage, almost wood type, all caps typeface family), Legion. Creative Market link. Newer Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Estevan Gutierrez

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the movie title sequence typeface Clerks (2017) and the ultra fat display typeface Grand (2018). Typefaces from 2020: Abi (textured caps), Octubre, Magnolia Varsity, Grand (blocky letters), Arrested, Twenty-Five. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Estranged Illusions

Mary (aka Estranged Illusions, b. 1986) is from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. She created a nice typographic poster entitled Power of Words (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eugene Herrera

Delano, CA-based designer of Yujkore Handwriting (2009), which was made with Fontifier. All his fonts in one zip file. Direct access to YUJKORE0.eot and to yujkorehandwriting.ttf. This file contains Mac-specific versions of the font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evan Adams

Evan Adams graduated with a Computer Science degree from Oregon State University and has been with Google since 2005. He worked on Google Slides, ensuring consistent line-breaking in the face of different browsers, OSs, font files, font-rendering engines, zoom levels and kerning. Adams is currently part of the Google Fonts team, where he focused on discovering the best strategies for delivering Korean fonts. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. Graduate of the TDi program in 2018 at the University of Reading. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evan Eckard

Located in Bakersfield, CA, Evan Eckard created the hipster typeface Socalibre (2014), which has a distant relationship with Californian graffiti. Other commercial typefaces include the rounded sans typeface Road House (2014) and the semi-stencil typeface Brigade (2014).

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

Evyn Fong

Davis, CA-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Girly Alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Exclamachine Type Foundry
[Choz Cunningham]

Choz Cunningham (b. 1975, Santa Cruz, CA) is a Las Vegas and more recently, Nashville, TN-based designer and artist, who set up Exclamachine in 2005. Until 2012, exclamachine published free fonts. In 2012, it went commercial via MyFonts.

Designer of Whiskey Songs (2007), Crass Roots, Crass Roots Alt (2016), and Crass Roots OFL (2007, stencil), Misqot (2006), The Troubles (2006), Limberjack (2006, an ornate wood titling font), this blackletter-inspired serif face (2006), Futurelic (2006, futuristic), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times Bold (2005, grunge), Sketchy Times (2005, grunge), Basket of Hammers (2005, a nice wallpainting/graffiti font). His company, also called Exclamachine Foundry, where these fonts can be downloaded: The Black Bloc (2006, blackletter-inspired), MISQOT (2006), Kutura Frontalis (2006), PaulMaul (2006), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times (2006), Carlos Caffeinated (2006), Basket of Hammers (2006), Disc Inferno (2006, LED simulation), Rosda Laevigata)2007, handprinting), and this heavy metal band font (2006).

In 2012, Choz published the commercial typefaces MISQOT (scratchy) and Paul Maul XT (irregular hand-printed face).

Typefaces from 2013: FinFang (comic book style caps), Lestatic Slashed (+Condensed), Lestatic Obsidian Outline (grungy), Lestatic Lashed (Arabic simulation face), Lestatic Celerite, Lestatic Carved, Lestatic CSS, Lestatic Withered Condensed, Lestatic Withered, Lestatic Sliced.

Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Home page. Fontspace link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Exel Soriano

Mission Viejo, CA-based designer of Caveman (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Exploding Font Company

Foundry located in San Diego, CA. Vendor of fonts by a variety of artists:

  • Gary Hustwit: Head Honchetts.
  • Chank: Ammonia, Orbital, Spacekrafty (very nice font, with Khai).
  • Doug Novak: Jackass (1996).
  • Samantha Cole: Florem Lactis.
  • Dean Vacarro: Jitterbug.
Full list of fonts: Ammonia, Cosmic, Drunk, Dutch Oven, Dutch Treat, Dutch Family Suitcase, EatPoo Fat, EatPoo Skinny, EatPoo Tall, EatPoo Family Suitcase, Florem Lactis, Guarello Collegiate, Gutter, Head Honchettss, Head Honchos, Integral, Jackass, Jawbox, Jawbox Chanky, Jawbreaker, Jawbox Family Suitcase, Jitterbug, Lavaman, Mantisboy, Maraschino, Motorlodge, Napkin, Napkin Bold, Napkin Family Suitcase, Oblivia (used to be free), Orbital, Parkway Motel, Residoo, Resort-O-Tel, Shakopee, Slide, Slide Blastosphere, Slide Family Suitcase, Smudged, Space Krafty, Space Toaster, Space Family Suitcase, Superior, Udo, Udo Wide, Udo Leaned, Udo Wide Leaned, Udo Family Suitcase. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabrice Ducouret
[Fabulous Rice Fonts]

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Fabulous Rice Fonts
[Fabrice Ducouret]

Fabrice Ducouret (Fabulous Rice, b. 1981) was a Paris-based film maker and designer. He uses the funny pseudoname Subarashi Sakana. His home town is Chatenay-Malabry but he currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

Fabrice created Kwaliteit (2007, dymo label font), Message in a bottle (a simple hand-printed face), Scrawling, Smoothie (primitive hand), Diskoboll (2002), Colcothar (2008, African bold sans), April 16 (2008, child's script), Fly Leg (another children's hand), No Futur (2008, grunge), GeoffDarrow (3d hand-printed outline face), Fabrice Handwriting, and Anthracite (2003, shaded metal surface simulation).

In 2010, he went commercial. His commercial typefaces include Tar Teen (2010, an art deco all caps family).

In 2012, he published commercial versions of these fonts: Smoothie (hand-printed), Peau Lisse (ornamental caps), Open Hype (hand-printed), Kwaliteit (grunge), Herod (grunge), Fontaine (hand-printed), Ferric (hand-printed caps), Fabrice (hand-printed), Dumb Thick (hand-printed), Deadly Thin (hand-printed), Darrow (outlined 3d face), Colcothar (a great hand-drawn poster face: based on a calligraphic alphabet I often use for my comic books, my film title sequences, or my notebooks), Bold Mine (hand-printed), Ask for Damage (hand-printed), April 16 (child's hand), Anthracite, 3X3 (dot matrix).

Sworded (2015) and Metal Cry (2015) are great layerable typeface families.

View Fabrice Ducouret's typefaces.

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

Facsimile Fonts
[Robert Trogman]

Foundry which offers fonts by Robert Trogman, a graphic designer now living in Palm Springs, CA, where he runs Trogman Signs. His fonts include

  • Buxom (3d face). For a digital version, see Buxom SB (Scangraphic).
  • Roberta (1962, FotoStar: an art nouveau face).
  • Yagi Double (the CNN Logo). This was digitized in 1996 by Alan Jay Prescott as New Yagi Bold, 2008 as Miyagi (with a few twists) by Thinkdust, and as Yagitype and Axitype by John Wu (Archetype) in 2010.
  • Binner (art deco).
  • Blippo (display)
  • Handel Gothic (sans).
Originally these were fonts made for phototypesetting---Handel Gothic and Blippo, e.g., were available at Fotostar. He says about himself: My career began in 1942 as an apprentice in the composing room. Because of WWII I was able to get several jobs; working at the College Press under the tutiledge of Richard Hoffman and a night job at LA Type casting the first arrival of Times Roman. Because of the pursuit of the alphabet it led to working with some of the best in the business: Saul Bass, Herb Rosenthal and Charles Eames. My commercial career began in the early 1960s with the revival of Jugenstill fonts and becoming an agent for Berthold. I was able to bring on the photolettering market many original designs under the name of Facsimile Fonts and later FotoStar International. In total, he made over five thousand film fonts under the name of Facsimile Fonts and FotoStar International.

He writes for Recognition Review as Dr. Type and gives seminars on typographic design. A type consultant, he was at one point lecturer on typographic layout and design for California State University at Los Angeles. As Trogman explains to Harold Lohner about Roberta: I originally hand cut this font in 1962. It is based on a Belgian restaurant sign. I named it after my daughter Roberta. Many Mexican food companies used this font, but they didn't know it was from Europe. Dan Solo was going to digitize it for me, but he retired from the font business last year. Just give me credit for the design and it is all yours to do what you want. Trogman's picture. Roberta D was remade by Ralph M. Unger in 2003 for URW. Trogman, however, is upset with URW: URW++ has been warned by me to stop selling typefaces I originally licensed to Berthold Fototype, Stempel, Bitstream, Mecanorma and Letraset. They have never responded to my accusation of piracy. He is a graduate from the University of California at Santa Barbara. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fade Hurricane
[Robert Lievanos]

A multidisciplinary branding, signage, logo and design studio based in Southern California. Designer of the octagonal machismo typeface Power Slam (2021). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fascination Workshop
[Jason Warriner]

Jason Warriner's foundry located in Oakland, CA. Their dingbat fonts include Moon Phases (2008) and On The Ground (2008). Jason was born in 1974 in Woodland, CA and has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Grant Beaudry]

Los Angeles-based designer of the monoline script Silverlake (2015) and of the free handcrafted typeface Refuge (2015). In 2021, he released Vintage Varsity, (a handcrafted rounded chamfered varsity font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fiona Mares

Motion designer in Orange, CA, who created Connect-The-Dots (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Leslie Cabarga]

Flashfonts is Zavier Leslie Cabarga's Los Angeles-based foundry. Leslie Cabarga is a baby boomer from New Jersey and author of The Lettering and Graphic Design of F.G. Cooper, the Illustrator/Fontographer/Fontlab resource book, Logo Font&Lettering Bible (2004), and Learn Fontlab Fast (2004, with Adam Twardoch). He runs Leslie Cabarga Design in Los Angeles. His lettering prowess is apparent in this drive-in sign for "Betty Boop's Drive-In" (which inspired Nick Curtis to make Drive-Thru NF), FontShop link. MyFonts link.

Leslie Cabarga's typefaces:

  • Raceway (1995), a famous retro script.
  • Casey (2007), a fat-bottomed script at Font Bureau.
  • Streamline. Another fifties diner or Chevrolet grille font.
  • Kobalt and Kobalt Kartoon (at Font Bureau), great for displays.
  • Ojaio, a beautiful art deco font.
  • Central Station, an original display face.
  • The retro script Magneto.
  • Neon Stream (1995, Font Bureau). Connected retro nightclub letters.
  • Peace: an original psychedelic 60s font based on an alphabet copyright 1997 by Wes Wilson, creator of the classic 1960s Fillmore Poster Lettering style; see here.
  • Saber (2002), a mix of uncial, Fraktur, gothic and Exocet.
  • Love, a psychedelic 60s font also based on Wes Wilson's lettering. In Solid, Open and Stoned styles. At Font Bureau, 1997.
  • Esselte's Cabarga Cursiva. Cabarga Cursive was jointly designed in 1982 by Leslie Cabarga and his father Demetrio.
  • Cocoanut, Grassy Knoll, Straight Light, Straight Medium, Rocket (1995), Progressiv, Cymbal Regular, Dotcom Medium, Generik Regular, Graffiti Regular, Angle, Badtyp, Haarlem (2000), Margarete, Primitiv, Progressiv, Rocket, Rocket Gothic, Straight, Bellbottom, Hihat, Baseball. Jo the Webmistress on Cabarga.

Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Florence Fu

Florence Fu is a writer and designer based in the Bay Area, by way of New York. She holds a B.A. in art history and a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University. Currently, she is the Editorial Associate at Letterform Archive, where she writes about the collection and supports exhibitions. In 2019, she graduated from the type design program at Type West with an ultra-condensed hairline fashion mag typeface, Ginza. She writes: The typeface is created with the spirit of Japanese avant-garde fashion designers, who manifest creations that are confident, thoughtful, and conceptual. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Florian Mihr

Designer born in Duesseldorf, Germany, but living in Los Angeles. Creator of the free fonts King Georg (2012, blackletter), Cinerama (2012), Stadium1946 (2012), Stadium1956 (2012), SoCal (2012, a graffiti face), Tight Writer (2012, old typewriter font).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Ben Balvanz]

Original fonts by Ben Balvanz from Cedar Rapids, Iowa (b. Cedar Rapids, 1975), who now lives in South California. His original Fontalicious domain ceased in 2005 but was repurchased in 2007 with the help of Font Bros. Some fonts can be downloaded here and here. The list: Topanga (2017), Coney Island (2002), Cheeseburger (2002), Tabletron (2002, LCD font), Senor Pooglins, Plush (2001), Slide, Discotech, Galaxy, Pacfont, Rusty, PinniePoker, Geeves (tall letters--great), Moonpie Cadet, Fidelle, FontTwelve, Mister Easy, Mister Dope, Frosty, Chankenstein, Discotech, VintageVacation, Dazzler, Joinks!, Cyberwhiz, Swinkydad, Sonic Superpowers, Mikey Jax, Klink-o-mite, Caveman, Gloo Gun, Skylab 600, Cyberpop, Cyberjimmy, Smartie Capos, Jenkins, Earwax, Pimpbot 5000, Dreamy, Quinkie, Milkfresh, DateRape (great), SpaceAce, GirlieLeslie, Groovalicious Tweak, Porky's, International Chunkfunk, SuperTrooper, Chachie, Zodiastic, Great Head (dingbats), Chick (sassy!), the Eight Track family, Speedfreek, the Odyssey family, AlphaStep, Alpha Clown, dopenakedfoul, Lounge Bait, SpaceBeach, Jubie, Bean Town, Funkotronic, UndieCrust, and Poppycock, Pornhut, Robokid, Kinkie (Valentine's Day font), BorderMon (dingbat), Technicolor, Tennis (stencil), Moloky, JabbieJunior, Rave Queen, Alpha Niner, Croobie, Wednesday, Populuxe, the nice BoozeBats, Geekbats, Garage Sale, Arcade, Glamocon Retrobats, Fontalicious Thingbats, Good Head, Baby Kruffy, Kruffy, Fine-O-Mite, Disco Inferno, Jokewood, Toggle, Swinger, SurfSafari, OmegaMax, Pogo, Elvis, Trendy University (stencil), Hoedown, Fat, Atomic, Rocket, 12 Good, Moonpie Cadet Good, Dynomite, Superstar DJ (dingbat), Kravitz, Kravitz Thermal, hungrumlaut, Sporto, Sabadoo, Snappy, Chickabiddies (geek dingbats), Mandingo (1999, buncy hand-printed style), Heartbreaker, Smilage, 52 Pickup, Return of the Retrobats (wow!), Wunderland, Omega, Great Head, Air, Blackjack, BlackjackRollin, Borneo, CharlesAtlas, Cheri, CheriLiney (2001, Valentine's Day theme), DeejaySupreme, DigitCube, DigitLoFiShift, DigitLoFi, Digit, DimitriSwank, Dimitri, DiscoInferno, DunebugAlternates45MPH, DunebugAlternates, Dunebug, Dunebug45MPH, Freestyle, Garanimals, Gas, GleeClub, Jenkinsv20, Jenkinsv20Thik, JenkinsKeepinitReal (1998), KravitzExtraThermal, Moderna, MoogSchmoog, Moog, PussycatSassy, PussycatSnickers, Queer, Redensek, Sanka, Schmotto, SchmottoPlotto, Squarodynamic01 through 10 (pixel fonts), Stretch, SupervixenHoneyedOut, Digit, Digit Cube, Supervixen, TheKids (1999), TrendyUniversity, UltraSupervixenHoneyedOut, UltraSupervixen, WeLoveCorey, Manchester (great), Weltron (stencil font), Weltron Power, Mullet, Rolloglide, Planet, Gravity, Alba, BilloDream (2001), Stretch, Pasteris (based on the handwriting of Matthew Pasteris), PornStarAcademy (sports shirt lettering), Mullet, SuperStars (stars), Krupke (2002), Fresh Bionik, Stoney Billy (2001, not free), Hustle (2001, not free), Rustler (2001, Western font, not free).

At T-26: Marshmallow (2001, rounded monoline geometric face), Superfly (2002, a Western font), Thursdoo (2002), Pacfont Good (2002), Thug (2002), Dokyo (2002, a free competitor of Futura Extra Black and Folio Extra Bold), Supreme (2002), Fresh (2002, at Chank's place), Juice (2002), Pinball (2002, not free), RunTron1983 (2002), Pixel Pirate (2002), Odysseus (2002).

Rascal Miniatures, Wonderkid, Smilage Regular, Milk with Peanut Butter and Barnaby Candy machine are 2009 comic book style creations.

Other 2009 fonts include Gringo Enchilada, Brute Strength, Blonk and Sparkle, Cheri Liney, Metroflex, Weltron (techno family), Sanka, Rolloglide (multiline), Pussycat, Poppycock, Pasteris, Moog Schmoog, Moog Synthesizer, Magnum, Krupke, Joinks, Jabbie, Hustle, Hungrumlat, Gravity, Fresh, FineOMite, Dunebug 45mph, Coney Island, Blackjack, Atomic, Air Regular, Shatner, Pixel Pirate, Munkeyshine, Thursdoo, Swinkydad, Surf Safari, Supreme, Stoney Billy, Speed Freaks, Bike Riding Chopper (Tuscan), Popcorn Loaded (ultra fat), Malibu Oceanside, Snafurter (Sinaloa?), Der Weiner Stentzel (stencil), Wordworth Byte, Blingo Diamond and Tiger Roams Jungle (art deco chic).

Fonts from 2014: Blonk, Kangaroo, Giant, Jingles, Rascal, Coopman, Sinafurter (Sinaloa meets Frankfurter), Supergum (bubblegum font), Tiger, Popcorn, Der Weiner Stentzel (rounded stencil), Milk, Plague (scary font), Wonder (popart), Globitron (art deco), Death Squad (brush face), Spring Break, Tigra (stencil),Tigra (stencil), Fantastic, Parker (signage script) and the vector sets Mid Century Patterns, Banners (01, 02, 03, 05), Campus (01, 02, 03, 04: athletic lettering), Chickabiddles, Holiday 03, Jewelry, Lip Service 03, Optical Illusions, Seals, On The Radio, Viva, Hipster, Geometric Patters (+02).

Interview. Alternate URL. Dafont link. Yet another URL. And another one. Many fonts sold since 2007 by Font Bros (see here for the announcement). URL from 2005-2007. Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Sawyer Hume]

Fontasmic is located in Hesperia, CA. It is run by Sawyer Hume (b. 1971, Victorville, CA), the designer of Woodchip (2008, Kafkaesque grunge), IronOn (2008, a masculine octagonal collection), Hondo (2008, a Western billboard obeso-sign typeface) and Hondo Grunge (2008). Machismo (+Titling) are display-size plump typefaces made in 2009---ideal for posters. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

[Bob Aufuldish]

Bob Aufuldish is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Currently, he is Design Director of Sputnik CCAC, a student-staffed design office producing work for the College. Bob has a BFA and MFA in graphic design from Kent State University, Ohio. Aufuldish set up Fontboy in 1995 in San Anselmo, CA, together with Kathy Warinner. FontBoy is now called Aufuldish&Warinner. His typefaces:

  • Armature (1997, grungy), Armature Neue (1997-2010, fontBoy) and Armature Neue Sans (2014, fontBoy).
  • New Clear Era (1999, fontBoy).
  • ZeitGuys (1994, Emigre). Very funny dingbats done together with Eric Donelan.
  • Big Cheese (1992, Emigre). Very funny dingbats done together with Eric Donelan.
  • Aufuldish's typefaces at FontBoy not mentioned above: OldMoney (truetype), Baufy (1994), RoarShock (dingbats in the style of Zapf Dingbats), Punctual (a connect-the-dots typeface family), Viscosity (1996, with Kathy Warinner), Whiplash (1994), RoarType One (a "pixel" font where each pixel has been replaced by two alternating characters from the RoarShock dingbats), Panspermia (grunge).

Bio at Emigre. MyFonts site. FontShop link. View Bob Aufuldish's typefaces. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Berlin-based FontShop International, started by Erik Spiekermann, Joan Spiekermann, and Neville Brody in 1989/1990, offers its own line of digital fonts under the FontFont label. The FontFont library contains around 2,000 original fonts. Its designers included Just van Rossum, Erik van Blokland, David Berlow, Max Kisman, Tobias Frere-Jones, Fred Smeijers, Martin Majoor, and many others. FontShop has offices in San Francisco as well. In July 2015, FontShop and FontFont were bought by Monotype.


They are focusing on web fonts today. Their initial web font package included DingbestWeb, DroidsWeb, InfoWeb-Bold, InfoWeb-Italic, InfoWeb-Normal, KosmikWeb, MarketWeb, PixelsDream (by Zuzanna Licko), SheriffWeb-Bold, SheriffWeb-Italian, SheriffWeb-Roman, TrademarkerWeb, TypestarWeb-Black, TypestarWeb-Normal.

The free fonts page has InterOffice (two dingbat fonts made in 2001 by Andreas Jung, Markus Hanzer, David Berlow, Fedor Hüneke, Erik van Blokland, Robert Snider, chester, Hans Reichel, Nicole Kapitza, Christoph Kalscheuer, Joachim Müller-Lancé, Paul Neville, Barbara Klunder, György Szönyei, Matthias Thiesen, Norbert Reiners, Joancarles Casasín, Gert Wiescher, Fabrizio Schiavi, Mindaugas Strockis, Theo Nonnen, Alan Greene, Donald Beekman, Martin Wunderlich, Critzler, Stefan Kisters, Dung van Meerbeeck, Ole Søndergaard, Nick Shinn, and Mårten Thavenius), FF Dingbest (by Johannes Erler and Olaf Stein), FF Xcreen, and many Euro symbols to go with their standard fonts.

PDFs of many fonts.

Catalog of FontFont's typefaces [large web page warning]. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Not to be confused with the software. Creator of the free font Santa Barbara Streets (2013, OFL) that is based on street signs: The city of Santa Barbara, CA, has a distinctive font on its street signs; the city claims it is called "Mission" but it does not match any font with that name I have found. So I have created this font to match the street signs and have added lower case letters of my own design for fun.. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Michel Bujardet]

Michel Bujardet (a Frenchman living in West Hollywood, CA) runs Matchfonts, and started Fontmenu.com in August 2001. Commercial fonts, and free demos in all formats.

A partial list of fonts:

  • Square Text (old English).
  • Block Letters (orthography for kids), Skryptaag (2001, educational).
  • Boulons (letters made from nuts and bolts).
  • Kindergarten (funny typefaces), Learning Handwriting (K2), Learning Cursive Handwriting (Grade 2-4), Japanese Hiragana-Katakana (Year 1).
  • Morse code.
  • Dictionary phonetic notation for pronunciation.
  • The calligraphic fonts Chancellerie Moderne (1998, chancery hand), Oncial, Rodolphe, Willegha.
  • The dingbat fonts Dinosotype, Matched Potato, Nahkt hieroglyphs, SilBooettes, Angelots, Sceaux, Seraphiques, Talismans.
  • The monospaced fonts Bordofixed, Dactylographe (1997), Normafixed, Oloron fixed width screen font).
  • The mathy fonts Oloron program, Hexalist and Numberslist.
  • The handwriting fonts Charlotte, Louise, Mariette, Milko, Pierre, Quinze, Raoul, and Thibault.
  • The pixel font 8-PinMatrix.
  • The Bauhaus font BabyFace.
  • The Chinese simulation font Chinoiseries.
  • The LED fonts Diode, Cristolikid and Display.
  • The Greek simulation font Grecques.
  • The display fonts Zébrures (striped letters), Venitiennes, Ruban Dis-Moi, Parador, Osselets, Octogone, Metropolitain (art nouveau), Malabars, Halloween Match, Coulures, Chapou Relief, Candy Kane, Calebasse, Bujardet Freres and Big Bacon.
  • The MICR font MICR E13B.
  • The serif typefaces Baguad, Chap Clerk, Parlante, Presse, TSF&Co (art deco; +Heavy).
  • The sans serif typefaces Bordini, Boum-Boum, Halotique (a sans family), Junien, and Normographe.

Alternate URL for his shareware typefaces. MyFonts link for his commercial typefaces. Alternate MyFonts link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Font editor first developed at Altsys and later taken over by Macromedia and finally, in 2005, by FontLab. The latest version (5.0, Mac and Windows) was released by FontLab in June 2010 and costs 400 USD. I applaud the fact that it still supports type 1 and in particular, type 1 multiple master format. But it also produces OpenType fonts and TrueType fonts. It is loaded with yummy features.

The original creators included Jim von Ehr, David Spells, James Brasure, Tom Irby, John Ahlquist, Kevin Crowder, Parry Kejriwal, David Fung, and Eon Chang. The pre-FontLab Fontographer was sold by Macromedia, Inc., 600 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Fontographer v4.1 had a list price of $495, but was generally available for under $300. Fontographer used its own format for files, which has the same mathematical basis as Type 1, but could generate .TTF files. A copy of FOG4.1 was recently placed on alt.binaries.fonts. Free copies are floating around on some Russian FTP sites but you'll have to do your own detective work. Description. Technical notes.

In April 2005, Adobe bought Macromedia. John Hudson remarks about this sale: Regarding Fontographer: it is very unlikely indeed that Adobe's purchase of Macromedia will lead to a new version of Fontographer. It is much more likely that the produce will be retired completely, and will simply no longer be available. The history of Fontographer and FontLab has shown very clearly that for a large software company like Macromedia or Adobe a font tool is simply not worth development investment. The potential market is simply too small to interest them. Font tools need to be developed by small companies seeking a niche market, and FontLab has demonstrated that this approach can be very successful. I suggested some years ago that Macromedia should simply give the Fontographer code, including the aborted 5.0 version, to Jim Gallagher. He has spent a good portion of his life nursing this code and providing tech support to Fontographer users, so if there is any future to Fontographer it seems to me that he deserves to guide it and to benefit from it, if possible. Perhaps Adobe might consider this. They have been generously supportive of the makers of FontLab, DTL FontMaster, etc., with their OpenType SDK code, so clearly encourage competition in the font tools business. Giving Fontographer to Jim for a dollar, and letting him do whatever he wants with it -- which might include open sourcing it, I suppose -- seems to me the best thing that could be done with this product. Otherwise, it might as well be withdrawn from the market, because it is never going to be updated by Adobe or any other large software company."

In May 2005, Adobe/Macromedia sold Fontographer to FontLab, where Jim Gallagher (Der Fontmeister) will continue development of the software. In November 2005, Fontographer 4.7 was published--for the first time, it could be used on Mac OS X. [Google] [More]  ⦿


FontPanda (Los Angeles, CA) offers a free font making service via scans of templates. There is a subpage of fonts made by them. This service started in July 2012. The fonts are on the web site for a few days.

Typefaces from 2014: Suzanna, Learn to Spell, Extra Grotesque, Lost and Found, Jolly Beggar, Chicken Scratch, Travis Sans MS, Teenishly Beautiful, White Bear Lake, Supernova, BigHonk Handwriting, Dave The Eagle, Chips & Salsa, Treat Yo Self, Light of the world, Stretchy Pants, Hermes Epoca, Torpedo Empire (old typewriter font), Ripper, Bailey Bowers.

Typefaces from 2013: Happy Pappy, I am Seventeen, Jason Sharpie, Serif Sketch, Asdf, QJae, Kimmun, Everything Rhymes with Orange, Jennilyn's Everyday, Tickets to Elton John, Simply Lin, Black Jack (fat finger font), I Eat Crayons, Wrtty, Sajid, Weaselbee Beans, Hammer, Jimmy Flashcard, Stampede, Spooky Spiders, Scrawl, Lavalamp, Pizza by Alfredo, Marmelade Toast, Morning Coffee, Zack and Sarah, Pinky Promise, Shipwreck, Indigo Unicor (hand-printed), Madman (fat finger font), Soft Script (an elegant über-curly script), Sugarpie, West Coast, Jenny Penny, Ordinary Day, Little Miss Wonderful, No Other Name, Swagmasta, Marivi Handwriting, Black beauty, Circular Quay, Stamping Nico, Loose Typewriter, Minneapolis, Perpetua Evenity, Mockup, Dizzy Does It, Heina's Hurry, Inkyflutterby.

The typefaces from 2012 include: Pen2, Alice Oranges, Daydreamer, Sparkly Lights, Rags to Riches, Lauvik, Lighthouse, Slippery Dip, Chicken Scratch, Straight and Narrow, Christmas Gift, Light at the end, Upcycled Mama, Violety Crumble, Minnie Mousse, The Toadfrog, Enchanted Castle, Chase's Sketch, Bee Burts, Think Thick, Kristen always not so normal, Elmo, Dina's Handwriting, Fall is still like summer, Lemonjuice, I Still Believe, Iced Latte, Snow White, McEnneking, Lara Prints Bold, Lara Prints, Laura's Letters, Casual Perfectionist, Capitol Chase, Jeans Font, Paresh, Skitser Swift, B-McE, Top of the world, Skitser Square, Santa Barbara, Zay, Skitser Cartoon, Skitser Marker, Skitster Fineliner, Charlotte, Yafont, Fancy Nancy, Swan, Beehives are sticky, Little Bird, Ginjah Ninjah, Aye Bay Bay, The Joynt, Afromatic, Allen, Typo (old typewriter), Innocent, DH Hand Scribblies, Crae, Kiki, Distinctly Dan, Jorgieporgiepuddinpie, Megaink, The Hand of Tes, Rithondinmin, Alain Perso, Slim Jim, Wisdom is better, Betsilicious, My Derp Handwriting, Love You Heaps, College RA, Rich's Riting, AaaaaalRock, Joshie, Lo Style, Ishwar, Straight Up Zody, Calli Girl, Josie1, AllieO, FunkyPunky, Mariposa, Nic's Handwriting, Mari's Handwriting, Hanna Handwriting, KSA Font.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Mac fonts by Sigler Design in San Francisco: Gong, Gooch, Assface, Ditch Pudding, Bran Black. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontShop International (or: FSI)

Established in 1989 in Berlin by Erik Spiekermann, Joan Spiekermann and Neville Brody. Also offices in San Francisco, Australia, Austria and Norway. It has a formidable collection of fonts, better known as the FontFont collection. It is a major source of new type, and organizes a Conference in Berlin each year, called TYPO Berlin. In 2015, FontShop was sold to Monotype.

Fontshop team. Designers. Subpages: FontFeed (font news), FontStruct (free modular fontre), FontBook, Font education.

Catalog of FontFont's typefaces [large web page warning]. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

For Personal Gain
[Matthew Lew]

Graphic designer in San Francisco. His work includes the free monospaced typeface For Personal Gain (2014), which has two sub-styles, For Profit and For Non-Profit. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Form Studio

Form Studio (Los Angeles, CA) created the didone display typeface Metropolitan (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Forrest L. Norvell

Type commentator and analyzer in San Francisco who has written on Hrant Papazian's bouma theory, Futura, web typography, chirography and readability. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Forrest Norvell

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Forrest Troxell

Graphic designer, artist and surf kook, who studies graphic design at California State University Channel Islands. He was born in San Diego and grew up in Hawaii. Behance link.

Creator of Bajai (2012), a poster typeface inspired by Bali. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Robert Trogman]

Los Angeles-based company that distributed a 5000+ library of two-inch film fonts for display typefaces, some of which were original, such as Yagi Double (the CNN logo font) and Yagi Link Double. It ceased operations in 1985. Trogman maintains a design studio in Palm Springs, California.

The FotoStar collection includes Blippo (1970), Handel Gothic (by Robert Trogman), Buxom (a beveled 3-d athletic lettering typeface sold, e.g., by Elsner&Flake as Buxom SB, Scangraphic) and Embrionic (an ink-trapped typeface family revived by Claude Pelletier).

Yagi Link Double was revived by Alex Haigh as Miyagi (2008, Thinkdust). Yagi Bold and Yagi Double were revived in 2010 by Gus Thessalos as Retro Mono Wide and Retro Stereo Wide, respectively. Gus Thessalos revived Yagi Link Double as Retro Stereo Thin.

Nick Curtis revived Horse Tank as Feedbag NF (2015), Welling Black as Well Said Black NF (2014) and Angelica as Vauxhall NF (2014).

Claude Pelletier too revived Angelica: see his free font Angelica CP (2011).

In 2015, Harold Lohner revived Roberta, which Trogman cut based on an art nouveau sign in a Belgian restaurant in 1962.

FontShop link.

FotoStar is a small web page made by yours truly that showcases some typefaces in the FotoStar collection taken from their catalog, Film Font Digest FotoStar Graphic Supply.

Images of some of his fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Foundry 73
[Brian Toth]

Graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, class of 2005. Freelance designer in San Francisco who created the free outlined hipster bitmap typeface EightBit (2015, free) and the race car inspired 12-font family Racer (2016), which as a free Medium subfamily, and various overlay, outlined, and stencil styles.

Typefaces from 2017: Piko, Block Head (a layerable squarish typeface family), Old Boy, Falcon SS (sans serif), Falcon SR. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Brian Jaramillo]

Foundry-X is a digital type foundry distributing original display type by Brian Jaramillo. Brian is a former journalist who now designs for his own clothing company in Long Beach, California. Other projects include VersusTwin, a collaborative foundry with Brian J. Bonislawsky established in 2004, and Agency 26, a collaboration with George Soto. Typefaces by Jaramillo include Ink Gothic (2004, a slab serif done with with Bonislawsky), JAF Peacock (2007-2010, Just Another Foundry: done with Tim Ahrens), Bipolar (2009, +Decorative, +Poster) and Occulista (2009, versatile inline family). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Francisco Beltran

Digital artist in Baja California, who created the pixel typefaces Squarebit, 1980, Newsgeek, Toy, VGA Typewriter, That Boy, and Heartbit in 2016. In 2017, he designed the pixel font Awkward. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frank Gemignani

Santa Cruz, CA-based designer (b. 1968) of ASL Hands by Frank (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frank Grießhammer
[Kiosk Fonts]

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Frank Hainze
[MicroLogic Software]

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Franko Rosas

Graphic designer in San Diego and Tijuana, who created the block typefaces Powinaky, Liber and SqL in 2010. Baika (2010) is a thin avant-garde face. On Behance though, he mentions Barcelona as his home base. Finalist in the 17th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival's Poster Competition. Besides some custom typefaces, he also designed experimental typefaces such as Liber13 (high-contrast squarish poster face) and Lisa The Lush. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fred Brady
[Fryda Berd]

Fryda Berd is Fred Brady. Type designer who worked at Adobe, and who created Autologic Kis-Janson. Fred Brady (helped by Jim Wasco) designed Adobe Sans and Adobe Serif, which were originally introduced with Acrobat, to stand in as fall-back fonts for missing typefaces. They came with Adobe Acrobat version 2 (1994). In 1992, Adobe released Myriad, a neutral humanist sans family. The design team consisted of Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly, Fred Brady, and Christopher Slye.

Designer of Quake, a quite useless font showing wiggly characters. See also here. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fred Carriedo

Graphic designer in Modesto, CA. He created the bold grungy typeface Abridge (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fred Machuca

Long Beach, CA-based [T-26] designer of the headline typeface Roppongi (1997).

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

Freehand Profit

Freehand Profit is a Los Angeles based artist who earned his name as a graffiti artist in DC and Northern Virginia. In 2005 he graduated Corcoran College of Art&Design with a BA in Fine Arts. Creator of the squarish typeface Westrider 2057 (2011), which was inspired by classic West Coast graffiti letter styles.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Californian designer of the grungy sans typeface Fliped (sic) (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Froyo Tam

Froyo Tam is a transmedia artist and curator, working across many disciplines in design, photography, and animation. She runs Y2K Aesthetic Institute together with Evan Collins. Froyo is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Designer of the free techno display typeface Ferrite Core (2019) and Ultra Hi Gloss (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fryda Berd
[Fred Brady]

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Fuk Studio Labs

Milan and Los Angeles-based studio, aka Fukstudio and Fukstudiola. In 2017, they published Rodeo (2017, an angry angular typeface family), Ultra Boost (unorthodox), Uncaged, Mocha, Prima Donna Script, Antica Roma (handcrafted), Maxfield (a script inspired by Rick Owens), Vittorie, Castello (blackletter font) and Merch (weathered blackletter). Towards the end of 2017, all typographic activity ceased, and the say to have jumped to retail clothing.

Instagram link. Graphicriver link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fumi Omori

Graphic designer in Los Angeles and/or Baltimore (where Fumi is studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2014) who made a typographic goldfish poster for TDC59 in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FUSE '98

Typography meeting held from May 27-29, 1998, in San Francisco. A report by Chris Macgregor. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Chris Papasadero]

Fwis is a graphic design group in Portland, Cupertino and Brooklyn. One of its art directors is Chris Papasadero. As a sideline, they will design an occasional font. Pylon (2007, art deco) is their first production. No downloads. 2009 fonts, again without downloads: Omnistroke Sans, Omnistroke Square, Eurochair, Paratype and Nuit. Koolhand (2009) is a free experimental typeface designed by Chris Papasadero inspired by some of the architecture of Rem Koolhaas. [Google] [More]  ⦿

G. Alex Gonzalez

Type designer from Los Angeles. His creations include Funny Book Sans (2010, comic book face) and Orange Whip (2005, a multiline comic book face). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

G. Alex Gonzalez
[Sluggo Design]

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G. R. Bourne
[GeoBo Fonts]

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G. William Music Production
[Bill Duncan]

Bill Duncan sells music fonts she made for use with Finale. These include: BDNotes, Brackets, BracketsBold, ChordSuffix, ChordSymbol, EnclosureSans, EnclosureSerif, EngraverTime (not for sale), Hairpins, Salzedo, Loops&Squiggles, Rehearsal, RehearsalSans, RehearsalDbl, RehearsalSansDbl, Rolls, RollsBig, TempoTime, TempoTimeSans. Now located in Seattle, GWMP was founded in 1984 by Bill Duncan as a commercial music production company. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabe Canchola

San Francisco-based designer of the rounded sans typefaces Round (2019), Round Color (2019) and Faint (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabe Ferreira

Cypress, CA-based artist Gabe Ferreira (was, but no longfer is Crate Art Design in Long Beach, CA) designed the wedge serif typeface Thera Standard (2010), the slab serif typeface Crate (2010), and the octagonal techno typeface Time Never Quits Turning (2012).

Facebook page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabe Silverstein

Gabe Silverstein is a product designer from Los Angeles. Designer of Foxtale (2022), which was inspired by an ancient Hebraic scriptural style, boasting flared seraphs. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gabee Carlile

Creator of Gabee The Gomba (2013, a free fat finger typeface). Born in Los Angeles in 1997. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriela DiSarli

Long Beach, CA-based illustrator. Designer of a textured colored decorative typeface called Thai (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gaby Puerto

San Francisco-based designer of the inline typeface Parkmerced (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

GagaFonts (or: Gaga Design)
[Jens Gehlhaar]

Jens Gehlhaar is a filmmmaker and type designer. He has directed commercials for Nissan, Apple, Emirates Airlines and Microsoft. As a creative director, Gehlhaar has worked on a broad range of projects for Coca-Cola, MTV, EPSN, Volkswagen and more. His foundry, Gaga Design (or GagaFonts) is/was based in Bad Ems, Germany. Gehlhaar also hangs his pyjamas in California.

At GagaFonts he released the JensHand family (1995), Amoebia and AmoebiaRain (1993, organic family), Cornwall (1993, sans), Blindfish (1992), Capricorn (1994, free at Die Gestalten), Copycat (1994), GagaSingles (Amati, Lettuce and Somnolence, 1993), RemGothic, MoveYourHead, SophiesDream, Westpark and Gagamond (1993). All are available through DsgnHaus and Apply Design. Many aree also available via Radar Design at Faces.

In 2019, FontFont released Gehlhaar's FF Neuwelt in 33 styles. He writes: FF Neuwelt is open, inviting, highly legible, and strikingly handsome. Combining the straightforward clarity of a geometric sans with a welcoming warmth, FF Neuwelt's eight display and text weights, vast range of alternates and extended character set, make for a family with few limitations. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gail Conwell
[Bright Ideas Magazine]

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Ganesha Balunsat

Freelance designer in Berlin who graduated from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Creator of the didone typeface Evoque (2014). In 2012, she created Nightclub Wayfinding Icons.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gareth Finucane

Designer at FontStruct, aka Garphynk, located in San Francisco. He created afternoon (condensed pixel face), Blocparty (constructivist poster style), Bloc Party Outline, foldz (dot matrix), tuesday, xtrude (3d shadow face). All fonts made in 2008. In 2011, he added Arrowback, and in 2012 Duffica (counterless). Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Garret Verstegen

Los Angeles-based designer of the geometric typeface Zev (2013) and the pixel typeface Terrage (2014).

In 2014, he made the grungy typeface Rekaptcha.

Aka Terrage. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gary Hustwit

San Diego-based designer at the Exploding Font Company (San Diego) of Head Honchettes, Oskar and Nicotine. At Monotype, he published the dingbat typeface Head Honchos. At T-26, he contributed Superior and Superior Smudged (1996). In the 1990s, he also designed the free grunge font Gutter: I designed this ugly grunge font for the cover of a noir novel by Peter Plate called "One Foot Off the Gutter". I took Franklin Gothic, splattered it with whiteout, xeroxed it a ton to degrade it further, and rescanned it.

Klingspor link. FontShop link.

Hustwit is best known for Helvetica, a documentary film about Helvetica and the influence of type in our lives, by Gary Hustwit, released in 2007. From the web site: Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. The film was shot in high-definition on location in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. [...] Interviewees in Helvetica include some of the most illustrious and innovative names in the design world, including Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, Hermann Zapf, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm, APFEL, Pierre Miedinger, Bruno Steinert, Otmar Hoefer, Rick Poynor, Lars Müller, and many more. Screened in Montreal on May 5, 2007, at Concordia University, the reaction was unanimously positive. The editing, pace, music and visual content are just perfect. The humour of Hustwit shines through when he pits the rationalists (pro-Helvetica people) against the emotionalists (the grunge crowd). The interviews with Massimo Vignelli (very funny), Wim Crouwel, Erik Spiekermann (about Helvetica: "bad taste is everywhewre"), Paula Scher (she said that Helvetica was used by the war corporations in Vietnam and is the cause of the Iraq war) and Michael Bierut are very entertaining. Maybe on purpose, maybe not, Hustwit used the Germans as a comical counterweight. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gaston Yagmourian

Gaston Yagmourian (b. Argentina) is an independent design director as well as an MFA instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Wonderful artsy fonts designed by Yagmourian include Daliesque, KikinCaps, KikinLow, Notgarmon, Surreal, U27fog, U26fog, and Slantalic. Some used to be shareware, some payware. In any case, Gaston has withdrawn from the font business, and that's it. Sad for such a talented person! Ooops---he came back via Behance in 2011, and showed us the custom typeface San Diego Zoo (2011), which was done with Chiharu Tanaka. In 2012, he published Rantifusa Bold (wood type style).

Link to Etsy shop. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Genevieve Holtmeyer

During her studies, San Francisco-based Genevieve Holtmeyer created the vintage handcrafted typeface Beguile (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gennady V. Osypenko

Ukrainian art director in San Mateo, CA, b. 1983. Graduate of International Solomon University in 2004. Designer of the beautiful blackletter typeface Betali (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Geo Ben

Los Angeles-based creator of the very cleverly and beautifully executed futuristic uncial typeface (if you can picture such a beast!) Saoirse Smalls (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

GeoBo Fonts
[G. R. Bourne]

GeoBo Fonts is a San Diego-based foundry, established in 2004 by G.R. Bourne. Their typefaces can be bought at MyFonts: Daisy (2004, a bouncy display face), Gothika, Scimitar, Raven, Nifty, RomanSanSer (2004, designed to have features of both University and Times-Roman), BlackThorne. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Geoff Alleger

Geoff Alleger lives near San Francisco, and was born in 1981. At Devian Tart, he designed a wonderful (but not downloadable) font, Imagination. [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Valeriano

Los Angeles-based designer of the display sans typeface Breathe (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Williams

George Williams's site (now defunct) site was a discovery! George Williams (b. 1959) wrote spline-generating code and then went on to produce several fonts with his software between 1987 and 1998:

  • Art nouveau style: Carmen, Ambrosia (1989), Fantaisie Artistique, Baldur, Monopol, Parisian, Peignot, Bocklin, Edda.
  • Lombardic: Lombardic.
  • Victorian: Caprice, Ringlet.
  • Uncial: Uncial Animals, Roman Uncial Modern.
  • Ornamental caps: Versal, Decorative, Square Caps, Extravagant Capitals, Floral Caps, Morris, Andrade.
  • Display typefaces: Crystal, Flash, Cupola, Santa Barbara Streets (2013-2014; after the street signs in Santa Barbara, CA).
  • Blackletter: Rotunda (1998), Bastarda, Textura Modern, Fractur (a remake of Wittenbach).
  • Art deco: Piccadilly, Mirage (1999, prismatic).
  • Calligraphic: Humanistic.
  • Text: Caslon.
  • Slab: Monospace.
  • Sans: Caliban.
  • Bamboo Gothic (2007).
  • TIS620-2529 (a Thai font).

George Williams writes: I have been slowly working to provide free unicode postscript fonts for the three major groupings of styles used by European (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic anyway) type designs: serif, sans-serif and typewriter (or Times, Helvetica and Courier). Monospace is my approximation to Courier. Close examination will reveal that it is a bad copy of courier. Caslon Roman (1992-2001) is a serif font (designed by William Caslon in 1734), it's not a bad copy of Times, it's a bad copy of something else. Caliban is a bad copy of Helvetica. If Microsoft can call their version of Helvetica Arial, then Caliban seems appropriate for mine. Yet another URL.

George Williams is best known as the inventor and creator of FontForge, the biggest and best free font editor today. It made him the darling of the Open Software community. Interview with OSP.

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

Geovani Arevalo

Graphic design student in Los Angles in 2015. While interning, also in 2015, he created a custom kitchen tile font for Playboy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gerado Arechiga

Whittier, CA-based designer of Jeep (2012, a blackboard bold face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giannabella Sacco

Italian-Venezuelan designer who grew up in both countries, graduated from The American School of Milan (ASM) in Milan (2009), and currently enrolled in the BFA program at Otis College of Art and Design.

With James Kenneally, she designed the free fun informal typeface Reacoo (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gilbert Garcia

Gilbert Garcia graduated in 2012 from the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Creator of Tova Hei (2012, an open typeface typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gino Belassen

Los Angeles-based designer of the free children's font Mathieu (20155). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gino Bellasen

Los Angeles-based graphic and type designer (b. 1994, Scottsdale, AZ) who studied at Chapman University. He designed the children's script typeface Mathieu (2016). Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giovanna Ghio

San Francisco-based web and graphic designer. Creator of the handwriting typeface NeonGigi-Medium (2005). Digital type student at City College of San Francisco. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Giulia Mucciarelli

Mountain View, CA-based designer of the monoline marker pen font Leo & Penny (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Glenda de Guzman

Graduate in 1992 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Printing. While a co-op student for Monotype Typography in California, she hinted fonts. She has also carried out research at Microsoft with Robert Norton. She joined Font Bureau in 1994, but moved a few years later to Southern California.

  • Designer at Font Bureau of Bradley Initials (1994, after spectacular art deco capitals originally designed by William H. Bradley---see the 1934 ATF catalog, where it is called Bradley Ultra Modern Initials).
  • She also designed Math1-Bold, Math1, Math1Mono-Bold, Math1Mono, Math2-Bold, Math2, Math2Mono-Bold, Math2Mono, Math3, Math3Bold, Math3Mono-Bold, Math3Mono, Math4-Bold, Math4, Math4Mono-Bold, Math4Mono, Math5, Math5Bold, Math5Mono, Math5MonoBold for Wolfram's Mathematica package in 1996 (truetype versions here or here or here).
FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Glenn Pajarito

Born in Seattle, raised in San Diego, and working in NYC, Glenn Pajarito currently is Senior Art Director at Saatchi & Saatchi X. Creator of a corporate hand-printed typeface family for Wendy's called Wendy's Breakfast (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Glenn Parsons

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Global Type

Report by John Berry in Creative Pro about a type event he organized on August 10 2000 in San Francisco. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gloria Kondrup
[Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography]

[More]  ⦿

[James Beall]

Creative studio in San Francisco run by James Beall. Creator of the pixelish typeface family Bitblox (2013) which includes styles such as Regular, Embiggened, Stackable, Outline, Dimensional, Monospaced, Blocked and Dingbats. Bitblox was created for Glyfyx, Inc. by James Beall and PSY/OPS Type Foundry.

PSY OPS link. Bitblox link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Glyphobet (was: mattt's fonts)
[Matt Chisholm]

A type designer from Santa Cruz, CA (and now Oakland, CA), Matt Chisholm (Glyphobet; was: mattt's fonts) created mainly handwriting and display fonts. He obtained a BA in Mathematics from UC Santa Cruz. All his fonts were initially free---these included MRPHONE1, MRPHONE2, MRPHONE3, MRPHONE4, MRPHONEAlternates, CheckerHat, EverydayFont (Roland Berger, 1994), Flow (1994, with Roland Berger), JRandomC, KozmicJaggedHands, LEADvilleASTROnautInline, LEADvilleASTROnautSystem (retro futuristic), LettersLaughingDissectionandDestruction, LettersLaughingattheirExecution, LettersLaughingbyQuantizedandCalibrated, Matttschain, Matttsrope, Matttsstring, Matttsthread, Matttswire, OvialCaps (Rutherford Gong, 1996; scanned by Matt Chisholm), Ovial, Pixel, PsychoticElephantHeadline, PsychoticElephantText, RubbingFont (1995, with Susan Wilson, 1995), Shark (a powerful and original roman/blackletter hybrid revised in 2007), SirFigGothick, SwissCheesed, ToBeContinued (Alex Chisholm, 1996), Underlapped, DisorganizedCockroach, Ripple, SerpentKnotform.

Check out his Alphabet Soup Project, which randomly mixes glyphs from several languages. Ljubljana in particular (2007), with its Greek, Cyrillic and Latin glyphs, is stunning.

In 2010, he set up shop at MyFonts as Glyphobet. His fonts there include the bewitched Zenith (2010), Ljubljana (2010), Haylurker (2010), and the experimental Breuckelen (2010). Anadolu (2010) was inspired by the distinct style of sign lettering in rural Turkey.

Home page. Alternate URL. Dafont link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gold Tooth Graphics
[Tim Middleton]

Sacramento, CA-based graphic designer and illustrator. Creator of these typefaces in 2021: Forge (a rough typeface that was crafted by hand), Cali Style (script), Recess, Orange County, Long Beach (vintage caps). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Golden Doodle Fonts
[Sadie Taylor]

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the simplified rounded sans typeface Golden Quips (2018), and the script typefaces Golden Memory (2018) and Golden Grace (2018: monoline). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grace Lee

Grace Lee (Pasadena, CA) created the Pole Dancing all-caps typeface in Yee Chan's class at Art Center College of Design in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graffiti Fonts (or: Highground Industries, or: Highground Graffiti Fonts, or: Fulltime Artists)
[Matthew Napolitano]

Matt Napolitano (b. 1977) runs Highground Industries (ex-Highground Graffiti Fonts, ex: Fulltime Artists) in Milpitas and/or San Jose, CA. The company also goes by the name Graffiti Fonts and is known as Rase One Full Time Artists over on Dafont.

Commercial graffiti fonts: first, there is a group of such fonts by Matt Napolitano, who runs the site (Dim Basic, Wild Style, Pilot Rase, RaseOne Original, RaseOne Outline, Human Rase, New Digital). There are free contributions by Ray Larabie (Funboy, Bomr, Degrassi, Graffiti Treat, Hawkeye, Yytrium), and Johan Waldenström (Writers, Writers2, writers3, Writers Bold, Writers Condensed, Homeboy, 08Underground, 5Cent, B-Boy, Subway).

Fonts from 2019: Rase Nicolous.

Fonts from 2018: Descent, Rase Grimm.

Fonts from 2017: San Jose (graffiti font), Strokes (dry brush style).

Fonts from 2014: Wild Style (graffiti).

Fonts from 2013: RapScript (graffiti), Olde Crilt (blackletter).

Fonts from 2012: Rase GPL (squarish, free at OFL).

Fonts from 2011: Gang Bang (2011, graffiti tag style), Scrawl (graffiti style).

Fonts from 2010: Stencil Font, Wild Style (tattoo or metal band font), New English (blackletter), Mad Props (brush), Graffick (futuristic), Olde Gangsta (blackletter), Back Spin, Ruckus, Pre Cursive (2007: lined school font; free at Open Font Library), Caption (brush), CaliCholo (brushy wall writing by LA gangs), Skin Art (an all caps tattoo family), Ballers (calligraphic brushy script).

Fonts from before 2010: Standard Cap (2007, brush face), Hardway (2005, graffiti), Burner (2006), Scraper (2007, caps only paintbrush face), Fresh Paint (2006, like Scraper), Street Artist (2008, tag font for graffiti), Rase Downe (2006, graffiti face), Tough Guy (2001, mechanical family; +Stencil College), Dafunk, Fatcap, Pilot Rase, Califas (2006), Califas Chisel (2013), Scrawler (2006), Wild Style (2006), Rase Tribals (2006), Uni Wide (2006, graffiti font), Rase One (2004), Magik Marker (2006), Paint Cans (2003), Rase Basic (2003), Same Gang (2004).

Klingspor link. OFL link. Graffiti Fonts link. Full Time Artists link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Graham Bradley

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Graham Hicks

Graham Hicks Product Designer at Slack in San Francisco, and maker of Emoji Finder. Originally from Connecticut, Graham studied Industrial Design at Carnegie Mellon before spending almost two decades working as a designer in California. For the Type West program, he designed the chunky typeface Clinker (2019), and wrote: Clinker is a chunky display typeface built from thick overlapping strokes. Its misaligned construction leaves gaps at the corners, creating an unusual texture while still remaining readable. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graham Hicks

San Francisco-based designer at Testpilotcollective (TPC) of the squarish font family Command Module (2002), and the dot matrix font Control Module. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Graham J Design
[Graham Jeong]

San Francisco-based designer of the handcrafted typeface G-Money (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Graham Jeong
[Graham J Design]

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Graham Phisher

Los Angeles, CA-based digital artist, who, I am sure, is a Tom Waitz admirer. Designer of the Sleezy Motel font (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grain Edit

Blog related to a bookseller in Oakland, CA. They state: Grain Edit is a blog that covers contemporary graphic design and illustration as well as design from the from the golden era of advertising (1950s-1970s). Besides found tidbits of news, interviews and events we will be posting obscure kids books, annuals, type catalogues, corporate manuals, and designer monographs from our shelves. Type subpage. Archives. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grant Beaudry

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Los Angeles-based designer of the hand-crafted typeface Escapar (2021). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Greek House of Fonts
[Sebastian Riessen]

Sebastian Riessen is the San Diego-based creator of the rounded fat typeface Greek House Fat (2006-2009, caps only). Dafont link. Free fonts: Greek House Basic, Krakt and Symbolized. Pay fonts: Greek Curlz, Greek Collegiate, Greek Ole English, Greek Script, Greekhouse 70s, Greek Applique, Applique Outlined, Greek Ancient, Greekhouse Heavy, Greek Junior High, Collegiate Outline, Wicked Olde English, English Skript, Greek HouseSymbolized (2012), Greek Fathouse, Greek Marker Bold, Greek Freight Tag, Greekhouse Scribbled, Greekhouse Studz, Greekhouse Stitched.

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

Greg D. Mathews

CleanIcons is a 5-dollar set of icons in both graphic and font formats. It was designed in 2012 by Greg D. Mathews, a software engineering student at San Jose Stae University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Greg Lindy
[Lux Typographics (was: Intersection Studio)]

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Greg Meronek

[More]  ⦿

Greg Thompson

Born in Nebraska, 1958, and resident of Mount Dora, FL. He graduated in 1985 from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. In 1989 he began using Fontographer to make PostScript versions of existing typefaces for Chicago area design firms. At the invitation of Roger Black and David Berlow he became the first independent designer to contribute to the Font Bureau library. After Font Bureau, he joined Type Network.

Greg Thompson designed these typefaces:

  • Bodega Sans and Bodega Serif (1990-1992), originally released at Font Bureau. These are formal families, wearing a tuxedo for an art deco reception. Allan Haley's review of Bodega. Seee also Castcraft's OPTI Jake.
  • Agenda (1993-2000, Font Bureau). A 54-style humanist sans family influenced by Edward Johnston's Underground (1916). Bluty (2000) seems to be a copy of Agenda. Agenda was remastered in 2022 as Agenda One at Type Network.
  • Broadcare (2020). A 25-style expandsion and exploration of Morris Fuller Benton's art deco classic, Broadway.
  • FB Century Bold Condensed (1992). After the 1906 design at ATF by Morris Fuller Benton.
  • Clicker (1992-2005, Font Bureau). This soft octagonal typeface was drawn in 1992 for TV Guide and has since been used by CSI, Pepsi One, and Quicksilver. In 2005, Thompson has expanded the design, initially inspired by machine-readable type, to 44 new styles including italics and small caps. Type Network offers 30 styles of this soft techno design.
  • Commerce (1991-1992, Font Bureau). With Rick Valicenti.
  • Ooga Booga (1994). With Rick Valicenti at Thirst Type.

FontShop link. View Greg Thompson's typefaces. Article about Greg Thompson at Type Network. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gregory Madden

Graphic designer in Lompoc, CA, who made the ornamental caps typeface ABC (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gregory W. Jacobson
[Dead Image Design]

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[Greg Meronek]

Californian Greg Meronek's creations: the freeware fonts Roller Coaster, Cutted, PissOffTheProfessor, Radioactive Roman, and Woodring Bold. Also, some fonts by Jason Fasi: Night Sky, The Floopi Family and Hozenozzle Thin. Greg also made Cyn Regular, Charcoal First (1997), Cetus, Again and Again, A La Carte (by Gavin Kalinthia?), Gregorio, Greg Sans, Jasona Davina, Mondo Techno, Moron, Mopey Lady, Mashnote, OoLaLa, PooPoo, Peoni, Oldendays, OldDogsNewTricks Caps. Find also Naz Grunge, Roller Coaster, and Woodring Bold. His commercial fonts include the nice artsy Bluff, Bubba Enbloque (Garagefonts), Greg Sans, Gregorio, Harumph, HOZENOZZLE, HOZENOZZLE New, Hozenozzle Thin, Jasona Davina, Mashnote, Mondo Techno, Mopey LADY, Moron, Old Dog New Tricks Caps, Oldendays, Oldendays 2, Ooo la la, Pensmooth, Peon, Piss Off The Professor, PooPoo, Ugly Face, and Woodring Bold.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guea-Yea Lian

Glendale, CA-based graduate of the Art Center College of Design, who created an unnamed slab serif typeface in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guilhem Greco
[Herofonts (was: Hypefonts)]

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Guiselle Mena

New Auberry, CA-based creator of Bellisima (2013), a slightly grungy poster font in the style of Bernhard Bold. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gunnar Swanson

Graphic designer of a character in the September 11 charity font done for FontAid II. Based in Ventura, CA. He also seems to be the designer of ACMc, a pixel version of Clarendon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gustav Holtz

Graphic designer in Minneapolis, MN, and San Francisco, CA, who made the custom typeface UV Vodka (2012, 3d). At Dribble, he showcased Messing With Type (2012, a yet unnamed cursive typeface).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gustave F. Schroeder

Punchcutter, b. 1861 (Berlin), who made many typefaces. He worked at the Central Type Foundry and then ATF in the late 1800s, and was living in St. Louis, MO, in 1891 and in Mill Valley, CA in 1892. The Inland Printer announced in 1895 that Schroeder had joined the Pacific States Type Foundry in San Francisco. His typefaces straddle the Victorian, arts and crafts and art nouveau eras.

His typefaces include:

  • Victorian style typefaces at Central Type foundry, done early in his career: Apollo (1888), Atlanta (1885, based on a design of Andreas V. Haight), Harper (1882, curly), Hogarth (1883), Jeffderson (1890), Jupiter (1888), Lafayette (1885), Morning Glory (1884), Scribner (1883), Victoria (1886, with Nicholas J. Werner), Victoria Italic (1891), Washington (1886). Apollo was revived by Nick Curtis in 2014 as Gloriosus NF.
  • At Marder, Luse and Co: French Old Style Extended.
  • At Pacific States: Aldus Italic (before 1891), Sierra (before 1897).
  • Arts and crafts typefaces at Central Type Foundry: Eccentric (1881, available in digital form at Monotype (Agfa), Solotype, Jeff Levine (2020: called Oddly Nouveau JNL), and Adobe. There is also a free version, Eccentrical, from an unknown designer.
  • Art nouveau typefaces done at Central Type Foundry: Art Gothic (1885), Multiform No. 1 through No. 4 (1892).
  • Othello (1886, Central Type Foundry). A black condensed rounded typeface that became very successful thanks to its revival (copy?) by Morris Fuller Benton. Digital versions include Bathysphere (2013, by Seymour Caprice) and Nick Curtis's Iago NF (2011).
  • Geometric Condensed (1882, Central Type Foundry, with W.W. Jackson). Revived in 2014 under the same name by Robert Donona.
  • For Barnhart Bros and Spindler: Era (1891) and Era Condensed No. 5 (1891). These typefaces were done with Nicholas J. Werner. Pastel was originally called Era.
  • For ATF: Empire Initials (ca. 1898), McCullagh No. 2 (1897, a remarkable art deco typeface twenty years ahead of its time). Patent application for McCullagh.
  • Geometric (+Italic, Condensed, Antique). Done in 1881 at Central Type Foundry. The Condensed and Antique are from 1883. For a digital version, see HWT Geometric (2013) by Hamilton Wood Type / James Grieshaber.
  • DeVinne (1890-1896, Central Type Foundry). This design was sold to Stephenson Blake. Digital versions available at Bitstream and Wooden Type Fonts. Bitstream writes about its version: This revival of the Bruce Foundry's No. 11 is typical of the nineteenth century types derived from the work of Didot and Bodoni; the typeface remains popular with lawyers and government printers. In fact, Theodore Low De Vinne opposed this kind of design as hard to print and read; he had Century designed to replace it.
  • Other typefaces at Central Type Foundry: Cushing Old Style (1890), Erebus (1889), Hades (1889), Johnston Gothic (1892, with Nicholas J. Werner), Laclede (1897), Novelty Script (ca. 1891), Old Style Bold (1886), Old Style Script (1887), Quaint Roman (1890 or 1895), Royal Script (1887), Typewriter (1884), University (1889). Mac McGrew on Royal Script: Royal Script originated with the Central Type Foundry branch of ATF in St. Louis in 1893. It is much like the later Typo Script, but wider. In spite of that similarity, it appeared in ATF specimen books as late as 1968. In the 24- and 30-point sizes there are normal and small versions of lowercase, caps being the same. Early specimens designated these large and small sizes as No.1 and No.2 respectively, later specimens as No. 551 and No. 552. Hansen's Newton Script is the same design.
  • The angled serif font family Romana (1892). Digital versions by Linotype, Elsner & Flake (called EF Romana) and Bitstream. Bitstream puts this didone design in the proper context: The French interest in the revival of suitably edited Oldstyle romans as an alternative to a world of Modern typefaces started in 1846 when Louis Perrin cut the Lyons capitals. About 1860, as Phemister was cutting the Miller & Richard Old Style in Edinburgh, Theophile Beaudoire turned the idea of the Lyons capitals into a complete Oldstyle typeface, with similar overwhelming success; it was generally known as Elzevir in France and Roemisch, Romanisch, Romaans or Romana in Germany, Holland and Switzerland. In 1892, Gustav Schroeder, at the Central Division of ATF, expanded the series, adding a boldface under the name DeVinne. It was promptly copied, initially in Europe by Ludwig & Mayer, and spread rapidly throughout the US and Europe, becoming the best known member of the series. ATF made popular an ornamental form under the name De Vinne Ornamental.
  • Patent applications: unnamed face for BBS (1891), another unnamed face (1893), an unnamed art nouveau face and another unnamed serif face (1893, for VJA Rey).

FontShop link. Google patent link.

Typefaces by him at MyFonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Guy Green

San Diego-based designer of Rarity Font (2012), a medium-bold sans typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Guy Noren

Guy Noren (Berkeley, CA) is a photographer and digital artist. Behance link. He created the hairline sans Gleam (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gyorgy Szabo

Los Angeles-based designer of Maze Technology (2003, octagonal). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gyum Kevin Heo

Los Angeles-based graduate of the Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design. Klavika and Meta inspired Gyum Kevin Heo in the design of Kevin Sans (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Markus Remscheid]

Graphic and web design company in Frankfurt. Fonts to their credit: LT Mhai Thaipe (1997, Thai simulation script by Markus Remscheid, Linotype), LT Russisch Brot (1997, Linotype, a grunge typeface by Helmut Ness and Markus Remscheid), H2D2 Flame (OCR-A face, commercial), H2D2 Pochi (commercial headline face), H2D2 Lefthand (2006, children's handwriting, free). Special designs include a stencil font based on the license plates in Tobago, Alevita (based on Helvetica), H2D2TEXT-8PT (pixel face), Bizz Screen 10pt (pixel face), Audioplast (for a music label by that name), Norma (a futuristic typeface for V2). Offices in Frankfurt and San Francisco. I suspect that the type designer is Markus Remscheid. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Habib Khoury

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Habib Placencia Adissi

Habib is a graphic designer based in San Francisco specializing in typography and identity systems. Graduate of TypeWest, class of 2021. His typefaces:

  • Monasterio (2021): his wedge serif graduation typeface at Type West. Monasterio is a display type family inspired by the sculptural works of Luiz Ortiz Monasterio and informed by Edward Catich's Origin of the Serif.
  • Genoa (2022). Genoa is a digital revival of a roman type indicative of the French Renaissance, printed by Christophe Plantin during the 16th century. This revival was an excercise in form and an excursion into an interpretation of historic forms for a contemporary context. Genoa was created during the first term of the Letterform Archive's Type West program.
  • Nayarit (2020). Nayarit is a condensed typeface inspired by analog typography seen throughout Mexico City's residential streets. Nayarit was designed with the vernacular in mind alongside a hint of nostalgia.
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Hagop Moumdjian

Graphic designer in Los Angeles, CA, who created the hipster typeface Ex Machina (2015), which is described as cryptic, mechanical and surreal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hai Trinh

San Diego, CA-based creator of a decorative caps typeface in 2015. [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.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hannah Hinson

Fresno, CA-based designer of Paperclip (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hannah Kelly

American designer (I presume) of the formal art deco typeface Catsby (sic) (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hannah Steinberg

Hannah is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design (Bachelor of Science in Design). She grew up in Cincinnati and currently lives in San Francisco.

In 2012, she created the multined typeface simply called Illumination.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hans Bacher

German animation artist who lives in Southern California where he works for Disney Feature Animation. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His typefaces were mostly made at Agfa-Monotype:

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

Harold Berliner

Printer, and one of the last (metal) typefounders in the USA. Located at P.O. Box 6, Nevada City, CA 95959. Some of his typefaces are listed here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Harris Design
[James M. Harris]

James M. Harris' Colorado Springs, CO-based foundry sells five fonts designed by himself, SignPix (1, 2, 3, 4), Earth Font One (1993), PictographOne (1996), and Strasbourg (blackletter) through Fonthaus and Agfa/Monotype. It specializes in tourist and road signs. Harris Design will turn your logo into a (TTF or type 1) font. List of fonts.

Jim Harris made the old shareware fonts Bellerose (1992, an avant-garde face: poster by Benbouzid Fatim-Zohra), Bellerose Pro (various weights are done in 2016), Mazama, Premium Thin, RhyoliteVertical (1990) and Andesite (1991) which can be found on many archives. He also made Harris Modern Extended.

Old home page. Creative Market link. Dafont link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hart Armstrong

Art director in Los Angeles. Creator of Black Light Type (2012), a colorful alphabet poster. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hayden De Jong

Moreno Valley, CA-based designer of Slug Alphabet (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

HazGear Safety Font

"HazGear SafetyFont is a superb collection of over 100 Protective Gear symbols in a TrueType font. It's easy to use, provides superior resolution and detail, and maximum compatibility with all major computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, and database programs." One safety font for 100 USD, five for 200USD. From Molecular Arts Corporation in Anaheim, CA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heather-Lynn Aquino

Californian illustrator who drew Alphabeast (2010), a hairy monster alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hebrew Type
[Hillel Smith]

Informative web site on the history of Hebrew, mainly concerned with typography and bookmaking. It is run by Hillel Smth, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hector Santos
[Sushi Dog Graphics]

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Hector Santos
[Living Scripts of the Philippines]

[More]  ⦿

Hector Santos
[Tagalog Script]

[More]  ⦿

Henry Warwick

New Jersey native who lives in San Francisco. He states: "Over the years I've had the good fortune to be very involved with photolettering and type design. In the 1980's I set headlines, letter by letter by letter, on a VGC Typositor at Phil's Photolettering in Washington DC. The desktop computer quickly destroyed that entire industry, and that is how I became involved with computer graphics. In the early 1990s, I designed type for FontBank, and consulted for several other type companies, including Microsoft and Galoob Toys. It's nearly impossible to make a living in type design these days, as the industry was basically done in by a combination of legal precedents and rampant piracy. Having worked on "conventional" / Wester / Roman fonts for so long, I've acquired a preference for unusual or obscure fonts or alphabets. I am always available for type design work or consulting." His designs (not downloadable) include Coptic Chelt, Fruthrak Sans, Ojibway Futurae, Cyrillic-Helv-Flash-8pt, KTR-katakana10, Celestia, Daggers, Enochian Times and Nugsoth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Herbert Bayer

Austrian type designer and artist, 1900-1985. A very inflential artist, Bayer joined the Bauhaus in Weimar as a student in 1921, and was a professor ("young master" they called those ex-students who became professors) there from 1925-1928. Bayer was head of the workshop of Graphic Design and Printing at the Bauhaus school of architecture and art in Dessau. He fled Nazi Germany in 1938, and worked in New York until 1946 for such clients as Dorland International, Thompson, Wanamaker's, and developing exhibitions and general graphic design for large corporations. In 1946 he moved to Aspen, Colorado and continued as consultant to firms such as Container Corporation of America. He died in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, CA, in 1985. His typefaces include Universalschrift or Universal Alphabet (1925-1930) and Bayer-Type (for Berthold, 1930-1936). See also this image. He is best known for his unicase proposal (as in Universalschrift).

Dedicated web site. FontShop link. Picture. Klingspor link.

Revivals of his work:

  • At P22: P22 Bayer Fonetik (1997, Michael Want), P22 Bayer Shadow, P22 Bayer Universal.
  • By Jonathan Hill: WerkHaus (2008) is a 5-style revival.
  • Victory Type published Bayer Modern in 2009, and Bayer Sans a decade earlier.
  • Nick Curtis: Debonair Inline NF (2008) expands Herbert Bayer's 1931 experimental, all-lowercase "universal modern face," Architype Bayer-Type, by adding an uppercase and adding an architectural inline treatment.
  • Architype Bayer by The Foundry.
  • Arthaus (2015, Johgn Moore).
  • Paulo Heitlinger did Sturmblund (2008) and Bayer Condensed (2008).
  • Bauhouse Universal (2017, Stephen Bau.
  • Universal Regular (2016, Luca Taddeo).
  • Bayer Next (2014, Sascha Lobe).
  • Struktur (2012, Shiva Nallaperumal).
  • New Universal Tall (2011, Henry La Voo).
  • Bauhaus 93 (URW++).
  • K-haus 105, K-haus 205 (2019). Two typeface families by Adrian Talbot of Talbot Type to celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus. The style is influenced by Herbert Bayer's universal alphabet.

A list of commercial typefaces based on Herbert Bayer's work. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Herbert F. Van Brink

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Hernando G. Villa

Mexican-American artist, based in Los Angeles. He began his career illustrating books around 1910. Later achieved fame as a poster designer, creating the Chief and other posters for the Santa Fe Railroad in the 1930s. His lettering on a 1923 ad for Piera Nova was the inspiration for Raconteur NF (2008, Nick Curtis). It is an über-stylish art deco typeface ideally suited for the lounge of Elliot Spitzer's Emperor's Club. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Herofonts (was: Hypefonts)
[Guilhem Greco]

Herofonts (was: Hypefonts) offers commercial fonts with free demos. This company in San Francisco was set up in 2013 by Guilhem Greco (France). The typefaces from 2013 include Strong Glasgow (arts and crafts typeface), Deadmobil (a grungy version of the Mobil logo font), Midnight Moon, Google Spies, Tarantino (grungy wood type), Bronx Bystreets (grunge), Hidden Archives, Stallions, Hidden Archives (grunge), Broken Detroit (grunge), Motor (2013, a lovely scratchy grunge face), New Motor (2013), Twisted Stallions (scratchy typeface), Stallions, Dust Overhaul and Grunge Overlords.

Typefaces from 2014: Primetime, Polar Vortex (grungy, 3d, beveled), Crushed, Flexsteel (techno), Diamond Dust (an eroded script), Delicacy, Primetime (sans).

Typefaces from 2015: Above (thin sans), Quartzo, Stargazer, Neoteric (geometric sans).

Typefaces from 2017: Meteora (a slab serif originally coded in Metafont), Blackthorns (squarish sans), Crystal Symphony (calligraphic).

Typefaces from 2018: Mirfak, Maybe One Day, Youth Touch (script), Nightmare Pills (grunge).

Typefaces from 2019: Moonglade (a sharp monoline sans), Dreamwood, Deadmobil (grungy), Miralight (script).

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Creative Market link. Behance link. Creative Market link for Herofonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Nick Sherman]

Hex was founded by Nick Sherman (b. 1983). Nick is a typographer and typographic consultant based in New York City and Los Angeles. He is a co-founder of Fonts In Use and a graduate of the Type@Cooper typeface design program at Cooper Union. He serves on the board of directors for the Type Directors Club, the Adobe Typography Customer Advisory Board, as well as the artistic board for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. He has taught typography, typeface design, letterpress printing, and responsive design at MassArt and Cooper Union. He previously worked at Font Bureau, Webtype, and MyFonts, directing web design and promotional material for typefaces.

Originally from Hyannis Port and Boston, MA, he studied graphic design at MassArt in 2005. His degree project there, entitled A Modern Day Specimen Book, is beautifully presented, and leads us through thoughts on type classification to the idea of type molecules, with the nodes in the molecules representing styles or descriptions or dates, and the edges representing typefaces. He is interested in wood type, and occasionally helps out the organizers of the TypeCon conferences.

As a designer at MyFonts (from 2007 until 2010), he was in charge of the interviews, presentations, and web designs of their successful and useful pages.

In 2010, he joined Font Bureau. Flickr page.

He is the founder of Woodtyper, an online journal focused on large and ornamented type and related matters. He also set up the type documentation project Type Record together with Indra Kupferschmid. His type designs:

  • Ambient (2005): a simple geometric monoline logotype for Ambient Devices.
  • Sargent (2004): inspired by the lettering on the gravestones at Boston's Old Granary Burial Ground.
  • Meatland (2004): a grotesk inspired by the lettering on a shop in Jamaica Plain.
  • Plan 9 (2005): a squarish masculine sans typeface originally designed for a TV program called 3-B which would feature B-movies, including many horror flicks.
  • HWT Brylski (2017, P22 Hamilton Wood Type Collection), named for retired wood type cutter Norb Brylski and designed to be cut as wood type at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. It incorporates several themes that were common in 19th-century type design, including split Tuscan serifs with angled mansard-style sides, heavy weight placement at the top and bottom of letters (traditionally referred to as French or Italian/Italienne), and an extended overall width. The design was started in 2011 and released in 2017. David Jonathan Ross assisted with the final digital font production.
  • Cleaner. Inspired by casual lettering seen in everyday settings: laundromats, work trucks, comics, parking signs and diners.
  • Flight Center Gothic, designed for Michael Bierut's team at Pentagram as part of a restoration of the TWA Flight Center, Eero Saarinen's 1962 icon of modernist architecture at JFK airport in New York City. The typeface is a reinterpretation of the building's original signage lettering, with origins in Johannes John's Fette Kursiv-Grotesk, originally released as a standalone italic in 1892 by the J. John Söhne type foundry. David Jonathan Ross assisted with the final font production.
  • Forester (2019), a typeface inspired by rounded lettering on signage at many parks in North America.
  • French Tuscan. A Tuscan typeface modeled after a wood type-like typeface in the collection of Lanes Press.
  • Horn Please. Inspired by a quirky, chamfered lettering style often used for Horn OK Please truck signs in India. The widths are drawn for variable interpolation.
  • Kobodaishi. Kobodaishi is a digital interpretation of Electra, originally designed by W.A. Dwiggins.
  • Kultur. An ultra-condensed grotesquea: It follows the ultra-narrow flat-sided headline typeface genre sometimes referred to as Inserat.
  • Curvature.
  • Laureate. A digital revival of Laureate, a typeface originally released by the Keystone Type Foundry at the turn of the 20th century. Sherman's version is based on an adaptation by the Ludlow Typograph Company.
  • Lauweriks. Lauweriks was inspired by the Quadratuuralfabet, designed by Dutch architect and designer J.L. Mathieu Lauweriks in 1900. The new typeface adds a lowercase and refines or replaces the forms from the original caps-only design.
  • Lupino Sans and Serif. Influenced by newspaper type.
  • Manifold Sans and Serif. An expansion of the original manifold monospaced typeface for IBM Selectric typewriters.
  • Margo. Margo is inspired by classic hand-lettered movie titles and book jackets from the 1940s and 1950s. Many of its distinctive features follow lettering from films art directed by Lyle R. Wheeler, including All About Eve, The Gunfighter, The Secret of Convict Lake, and dozens more.
  • NYC Sans. NYC Sans is a typeface originally commissioned by New York City's official tourism agency, NYC & Company, as their brand typeface. The design began with my digitization of the type system from the 1970 NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. In collaboration with Jeremy Mickel and with design direction from Emily Lessard, additional weights and refinements were developed.
  • Papanek. Inspired by the energetic handwriting of industrial designer and social critic, Victor Papanek, this typeface began as a commission for use in a book on Papanek by Al Gowan. Many characteristics of the design come directly from samples of Papanek's writing.
  • Phive. Based on Stephenson Blake's Condensed Sans Serifs No. 5, including a range of optical size variations.
  • Plastic Script.
  • Service Gothic (2020). A vernacular sans with a variable font thrown in.
  • Skelter. Based on a piece of blackletter calligraphy by Jaki Svaren.
  • Strike. A hairline sans based on an alphabet found in 50 Alphabete fuer Techniker und Fachschulen by Eric-Jean Müller.

He wrote Type from the Crypt about horror fonts. He started the Flickr group called Manicule about pointing hands (fists; see, e.g., here and here). He wrote the long essay on printing fists called Toward a History of the Manicule (2005). Check out this pic he took of Lucha Libre posters in Mexico City in 2009. He also designed the poster for the 2008 documentary on wood type called Typeface.

Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. Future Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Californian creator of the hand-printed typefaces Hilary, Patty, My Cursive, Rachelle, Jack, and Gia (2012, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hillel Smith
[Hebrew Type]

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Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography
[Gloria Kondrup]

Gloria Kondrup is Executive Director of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT), which was founded in 2015 in memory of Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken, a typographer, letterform designer and faculty member at ArtCenter. It is based in Pasadena, CA. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal: Is our Sabon your Sabon?. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp on the topic of typographic voices of protest and persuasion. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Holly Goldsmith
[Small Cap Graphics]

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[Jonathan Holt]

Designer and illustrator, living and working (as Senior Communications Designer at HelloSign) in Oakland, CA. In 2020, he published these display typefaces, all more or less related to the San Francisco area: Twin Lakes (a reverse stress Western slab serif), Northern California (n interlocking font), Cannery Row (a slab serif), Juicebar (squarish), Front Street Tiki (tiki fonts), Laurel District Script, Discography, Worlds Fair, Mechanics Special, Hella Good. Many of his fonts are loaded with interlocking pairs of letters.

Typefaces from 2021: Main Drag, Rumpunch (all caps, retro). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hong Nguyen

Sacramento, CA-based designer of Phi (2015), an informal typefaces in which glyph proportions are related to the golden ratio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Amy Hood]

Hoodzpah is a branding and design studio headquartered in Southern California, and run by Amy and Jennifer Hood. Their fonts in 2020 include Lone Pine (a reverse contrast Western font by Amy Hood inspired by Route 395 in California, Beverly Drive (a left-leaning script by Amy Hood), Beale (a display font by Amy Hood inspired by Memphis, TN), and Palm Canyon Drive (a retro monoline script by Amy Hood inspired by Palm Springs, CA).

Amy also did some movie title projects for Disney.

Typefaces from 2021: Chapman Ave (a layered vintage font), Santa Ana Sans, Seat Geek Headliner (a corporate sports typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

HowJoyful Studio
[Joy Kelley]

Crestine, CA-based Joy Kelley (b. Chile) designed these script typefaces in 2017: Joyful Letters, Darling Letters, Bold Lady, Amapola, Stand & Roam. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hrant H. Papazian
[The MicroFoundry]

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Hugo Baeta

Hugo Baeta is a designer and front-end developer living in San Francisco. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Hugo studied web design and new media at the San Francisco Academy of Art University and, in 2019, type design at Type West, where ihis graduation typeface as Madrigal. He writes: Madrigal is a sans serif type family, inspired by Southern European, fascist-era type, with a transformed blackletter structure, and a cinched silhouette. Named after Mrs. Madrigal from Armisted Maupin's Tales of the City, this type family embodies a lot of the fictional character's traits. Madrigal has variable thickness. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hype Type Studio
[Paul Hutchison]

Los Angeles, CA-based Paul Hutchison runs Hype Type Studio. He created several custom typefaces ca. 2012. In 2013, he published the didone stencil typeface Stencil Two at Ten Dollar Fonts.

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[Ken Phipps]

Mill Valley, CA-based Ken Phipps designed about 30 freeware fonts including ChewMe, Veiney, Spam, Wasup, O-Rama, Waisted3, AvantXerox, Psychmetal, Squint, Wholsed, Cudegrated, Cudelight, BGSmoothed. Direct access. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Adriel Almirol]

Designer (b. 1979, San José, CA) who made the graffiti typeface Hypografic (2010) and the fingerpainted typeface Fingerlinger (2012).

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Ian Lynam

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Ian Lynam

Graphic designer (b. Plattsburgh, NY, 1972) and type designer who studied graphic design at Portland State University and the California Institute of the Arts. He currently runs a multidisciplinary creative studio specializing in unique solutions for international clients. The studio has been based in Tokyo since 2005. Lynam writes for a number of design, typography, and cultural publications including Font Magazine, This American Life, PingMag, and Neojaponisme. In 2008, he released his book Parallel Strokes, an investigation into the intersection of type design and graffiti. He created these commissioned fonts: Diesel Sans, Tri (dot matrix as in billboard lights). He also made Hanger, Garland Sans (based on stencil letters used by British designer, educator and theorist Ken Garland, 1929-2021), Inversion (uncial), Cruller (a fantastic handlettered typeface based on a German lettering book from 1910), Bon Appetit (a custom cut Antique Olive for Bon Appetit magazine), Cooper Pink, Cooper Swash Italic Traditional & Cooper Swash Italic Custom, Cooper Italic (2010, after Cooper's original from 1924), Cooper Initials (2010), Cooper Old Style (2010), Cooper Capitals (2010), Cooper Text (2010), Cooper Fullface (2010), Clobber (2010, is a stencil typeface designed for readability at very small sizes), Hanger, Rubber Vloeren (a geometric display typeface adapted from an alphabet used by Piet Zwart in the Netherlands for a series of advertisements for rubber flooring), Ensenada (a typeface designed based on hand-cut lettering that adorns businesses throughout the city of Ensenada in Baja California in Mexico) and BeautifulDecay.

Before Ian Lynam Creative Direction and Design, Ian was involved in Wordshape, and I guess he still is. The main people are Ian Lynam, Simon Gane and Selena Hoy. MyFonts link. Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ian Stone
[Tymime Fonts]

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[Pei-Ti Ying]

Incantation in Highland Park, CA, sells the fonts of Pei-Ti Ying, such as the runic font Incantation Runic (2002). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Inception 8
[Darren M. Boudreau]

Darren M. Boudreau (Inception 8) is the Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based designer of Resident Evil Movie (2003), a tweaked TimesNewRoman. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ink Me This
[Kestrel Montes]

Santa Rosa, CA-based designer of these typefaces in 2017: Perfunktorily, Que Sera (monoline script), Emma Lou, Picky Girl, Daffodilias (monoline script), Standing Up, Eclipse (blackboard bold), Verbatim, Another Wild, Argentinian Nights (calligraphic), Great Mischief (calligraphic), Beyond March (calligraphic), Echo Falls (inky calligraphic pen script), Des Montagnes, All Formal Monogram, All Hand, All Formal, All Modern, Nectar (thin sans). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Irene Hsu

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the display typeface Gossamere (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Irwin Sol

Irwin is a designer and artist from San Diego, California. During his studies at Type West in 2019, Irwin designed the sharp, curvy, reversed-stress typefcae family Cleaver. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivan Gulkov

Russian graphic designer working out of San Francisco. His work includes a few nice Cyrillic typographic pieces, some icon sets and digitally revived Vjaz lettering (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ivan Gulkov

Ivan Gulkov (San Francisco) created several types in the Vyaz lettering style, which is an interlocking condensed style based on 13th century church Slavonic titular letters. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jack Curry

New York City-based type and brand designer, who has a BFA (2008-2011) from California State University at Long Beach, and used to work in Los Angeles. He studied typeface design at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2011.

Author of articles Typodarium 2012 (Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, August 2011), The 3D Type Book (Laurence King Publishing, June 2011), and Typography 31 / TDC 2010 Annual (Collins Design, Dec. 2010). He published Foundation: Process and Reflection (2011, The Cooper Union).

His typefaces:

  • Foundation Grotesque (2011-2012). Developed at The Cooper Union, it is vaguely based on an early 20th century typeface by Linotype called Philadelphia Gothic.
  • Dash (2010). A free octagonal typeface.

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Jack W. Stauffacher

Jack Stauffacher (b. 1920 or 1921, d. 2017, Tiburon) was a master printer who worked with metal and wood type and printed everything from business cards and tickets to fine art books and museum monographs. Jack was at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) during the early 1960's. He started the Laboratory Press and taught the creative possibilities of letterpress. He left there about 1964. Later he ran the Greenwood Press in San Francisco, and lived in Tiburon.

Robert Harlan describes Jack Stauffacher's involvement in Sumner Stone's "Cycles" font.

John Berry on Jack Stauffacher and his use of large wooden letters in illustrations. Jack wrote a lot about typography, e.g., Janson, a Definitive Collection (The Greenwood Press, 1954), Hunt Roman: the birth of a type, (1965), and Inscriptions at the Old Public Library of San Francisco (2003, edited by Jack).

Hunt Roman is a type designed by Hermann Zapf in the early sixties in collaboration with Jack Stauffacher. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jackie Lobos

At California State University Dominguez Hills, carson, CA-based Jacqueline Lobos designed the display typeface Sharly in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jackson Burke

Born in San Francisco in 1908, Burke died in 1975. He studied at the University of California in Berkeley. From 1949 until 1963, he was type director for Mergenthaler-Linotype, succeeding C.H. Griffith. He developed the TeleTypesetting System (TTS) for magazines and designed some fonts for native American languages. He designed Trade Gothic (1948-1960), Majestic (1953-1956) and Aurora (1960).

Aurora is a newspaper type. Bitstream's digital clone is News 706, now simply called Aurora. Mac Mc Grew: Aurora is a newspaper typeface designed by Jackson Burke for Linotype in 1960, and is made only in 81/2-point, combined with its own italic or a choice of standard bold typefaces, as far as we can determine. Of course, its origins go back to the German grotesques, ca. 1928.

Mac McGrew: Majestic is a newspaper typeface produced by Linotype staff designers in 1955. It is similar to Corona, but was made in very few sizes.

Mac McGrew writes about Trade Gothic: Trade Gothic is a Linotype family of gothics designed by Jackson Burke, and is basically very nearly the same as News Gothic. An early typeface on that machine was Gothic No. 18, which in small sizes was like a nineteenth- century face, but in large sizes was essentially the same as News Gothic Condensed. In 1948, with the return to popularity of American gothics after European sans serifs had replaced them for a while, the small sizes were recut, to match the larger ones, and all were paired with Gothic No. 20, an adaptation of Alternate Gothic No.2. The following year more condensed versions of both weights were offered as Gothic No. 17 and 19. The bolder weight was very similar to Alternate Gothic No.1, but the lighter weight retained its round-sided design, unlike News Gothic Extra Condensed. As the popularity of these typefaces continued to grow, Linotype changed the name to Trade Gothic Condensed and Extra Condensed, with their bold typefaces, and in 1955 added Trade Gothic and Trade Gothic Bold in normal widths. The light or regular weight is virtually the same as News Gothic, but the bold weight has flat sides on its round letters, making it a wider version of Alternate Gothic, unlike the News Gothic Bold developed about the same time by Intertype and a little later by other sources. (In a 1977 Linotype specimen book, the names reverted to Gothic Nos. 17 to 20.) Trade Gothic Extended and Bold Extended were announced early in 1959; for this bold weight the flat sides finally gave way to round sides, more like the News Gothics from other sources. Compare Monotone Gothic, which is essentially a wide version of News Gothic. In 1962 the last of this family appeared as Trade Gothic Light and Italic, the upright typeface being similar to Lightline Gothic. Unfortunately, Trade Gothic regular had been called Light (in distinction from its bold mate) in some Linotype literature, leading to some confusion when the actually lighter version appeared later. Altogether it has been a very popular and widely used series. Compare News Gothic, Alternate Gothic, Monotone Gothic, Lightline Gothic, also Record Gothic.

Digital versions of Trade Gothic appeared at Adobe and Linotype. In 2008-2009, Akira Kobayashi and Tom Grace unified and extended Trade Gothic to Trade Gothic Next (17 styles). SoftMaker has Transfer Gothic and URW offered Tradus. Links to implementations: Trade Gothic (Adobe), Trade Gothic (Linotype), Trade Gothic Next (Linotype), Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded (Linotype), News Gothic (Bitstream), News Gothic (ParaType), News Gothic (Tilde), News Gothic (URW++), News Gothic (Adobe), News Gothic (Linotype), Trade Gothic for Nike 365 (Linotype), Monotype News Gothic (Monotype), News Gothic No. 2 (Linotype), News Gothic SB (Scangraphic Digital Type Collection), News Gothic SH (Scangraphic Digital Type Collection), News Gothic EF (Elsner+Flake), News Gothic No 2 (URW++). In 2017, Lynne Yun (Monotype) made a layerable and colorable extension of Trade Gothic called Trade Gothic Display.

Fontshop link. Klingspor link. Linotype link. FontShop link.

View various versions of Jackson Burke's Trade Gothic. View digital versions of Trade Gothic. Another catalog. And another one. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jacob Diaz

Whittier, CA-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Simpson (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacob Massey

San Jose, CA-based designer of an untitled text typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacob Ploesser

Laguna Niguel, CA-based designer of the heavy metal font Helvetica Metal (2018). It was bound to happen some day---the use of the word Helvetica to denote a typeface or font, and not necessarily a font that looks like Helvetica. One could say that Helvetica was xeroxed. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacqueline Barba

Howard Beach, CA-based designer of Viola (2014), an ornamental caps typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacqueline Rabun

This Californian jewelry designer made a jewelry alphabet called The Temporium (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jaelyn Buckner

Bakersfield, CA-based designer (b. 2003) of the cyberpunk typeface Adapt (2020-2022). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jaime Henderson
[California Historical Society]

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Jaime Van Wart
[Ketchup n Mustard]

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Jake Kincaid

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the modular, grid-based Octagonal Typeface (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jake Masakayan

Pasadena, CA-based designer of Bounce (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jake Pryor

Brentwood, CA-based designer of the hand-printed typeface Craft Script (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jake Spirek

Californian designer of Surfstyle (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jake&Dan (or: Creatogether)
[Dan Borufka]

Jake Rathmanner and Dan Borufka run a design studio with offices in Vienna and San Francisco, called Jake&Dan, and also called Creatogether. In 2010, they published a free font, the futuristic Danarama. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Alworth

Torrance, CA-based designer, who, during his studies at OTIS College of Art and Design, created Newfangled Grotesk (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Beall

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James Brendan Williams

James Williams is an artist and designer residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he recently concluded a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. During his studies at Type West in 2019, James Williams designed Barry, a typeface that was influenced by the early 20th century typeface Berthold Bloch and the robust curves of early neon lettering. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James D. Molgaard

James Molgaard is a print designer in Hayward, CA. Behance link. He had the idea in 2011 to create glyphs out of bi-colored circles for testing color-blindness. His font is called Color Blind Font (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Everett

Graphic designer in Irvine, CA. In 2017, he created the handcrafted typeface No Look. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Hernandez

Californian graphic designer who created the all-caps breast-inspired alphabet called Venusian (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

James J. Connell
[James J. Connell Fonts]

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James J. Connell Fonts
[James J. Connell]

A designer from Pasadena, CA, who graduated in 2007 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. In 2008, he set up James J. Connell Fonts. His font designs include Paine (2008, humanist almost Peignotian sans; one style only) and Sumi Strokes (2008, simple abstract brush strokes). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

James Kass

Ripon, CA-based designer of Code2000, Code2001 and Code2002, free Unicode fonts. The shareware font Code2000 has 36000 glyphs, including Japanese and all European languages. He has free downloadable Unicode charts, info on Unicode in Netscape/HTML, the freeware Ol Cemet' (or JKSantal) font. His free Code2001 includes Old Persian Cuneiform, Deseret, Tengwar, Cirth, Old Italic, Gothic, Aegean Numbers, Cypriot Syllabary, Pollard Script, and Ugaritic. James Kass is located in Lake Isabella, CA. Discussion by the typophiles (with complaints about the wide spacing, the letters g, 2, J, and other typographic matters). The font is the default at the JSTOR site.

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James Lafuente

Graphic designer in Seattle, WA (was: San Jose, CA), who created the free marker pen all caps typeface Parker (2014), Sergeant (2015, military stencil), Oak Ash (2015), and the hand-drawn Pearl District (2015).

Typefaces from 2016 include the handcrafted Kindling.

In 2017, he made 56th Street (free at Pixel Surplus).

Typefaces from 2019: Ignite (a condensed squarish all caps typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

James M. Harris
[Harris Design]

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James S. Ferguson
[Type Arts]

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James T. Edmondson
[Oh No Type]

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James White

Whittier, CA-based designer of Vato Land (2011, runic simulation face) and of the tattoo/graffiti typeface Latos Vocos (2013). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jamie Bartlett

Denver, CO-based designer of the handcrafted Quipley (2017) and the poster sans typeface Milkbox (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jamie Otelsberg

Jamie Otelsberg is a visual designer originally from Los Angeles, CA, and living in Essen, Germany. She is currently working for a Bay Area-based design firm and volunteering at a human-computer interaction lab in Kerala, India. She currently works at OH No Type Co. in Oakland, California. Graduate of TypeWest, class of 2021. Her graduation typeface, Theka, is a casual Latin display type family that was originally inspired by hand-painted municipal signs and ads seen everywhere in rural South India, especially on roadside walls. As most of the signs are in Malayalam, Theka was an experiment to see how a type recipe derived from Malayalam lettering could apply to a Latin type design.

At Type Cooper 2020, Jamie designed Ruhling, wich is loosely inspired by Elizabeth Friedländer's almost fat face Elizabeth. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jamie Stark

Laguna Niguel, CA-based designer of the barbed wire typeface Hardwired (2017) and the circuit typeface Wired (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jamie Walpole

Graphic design student at the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles, who made the display typeface Iron Kabinet (2011). He also made the 3d typeface Puzzle (2011). Jamie lives in Culver City, CA. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jamila Mehio

Beirut, Lebanon-based illustrator and letterer. Graduate of the American University of Beirut who started additional studies at The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, ca. 2016. Designer of the brushy Cola Pen Type typeface (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jamile Marques

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the hexagonal typeface Sambo (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jamison Reisbeck

San Diego, CA-based designer of the graffiti font Cholo Goth (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jane Choi

Jane Choi is a graphic designer in Los Angeles. In 2013, she created a 3d outline typeface called Jane's Alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jane Hong Won Choi

Valencia, CA-based designer of the hexagonal and minimalist typeface Covert (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jane Yu

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of Lemon Meringue (2017, handlettered font) and Fiorella (2017, connected script font). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Janelle Flores

San Jose, CA-based creator of the geometric typeface Legorreta Light Display (2012).

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Janet Nguyen

Graphic designer in Garden Grove, CA. Behance link.

Creator of the DNA-inspired experimental typeface Typosomes (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Janice Fishman
[Janice Prescott]

Janice Fishman (Sunnyvale, CA) was previously known as Janice Prescott. Her typefaces include

  • Together with Holly Goldsmith, Jim Parkinson and Sumner Stone, Janice Fishman designed the following families: ITC Bodoni 12 Book (1994), ITC Bodoni 6 Book (1994), and ITC Bodoni 72 Book (1994).
  • Shannon (1982, Agfa / Monotype). A slightly flared typeface developed with Kris Holmes.

Linotype link. FontShop link. MyFonts link for Janice Prescott. Monotype link for Janice Prescott. FontShop link for Janice Prescott. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Janice Prescott
[Janice Fishman]

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Janine Roberson

During her graphic design studies in Los Angeles in 2013, Janine Roberson created a few pen-drawn alphabets. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jared Alconcher

Oakland, CA-based motion graphic designer, who created the typeface Conch (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jared Andrew Schorr

Graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Montclair, CA-based designer of Bear's Monsterbet (2014, an ornamental monster alphabet). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jared Benson
[Typographic Collaboration (or: Typophile.com)]

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Jared Eberhardt
[We Are Not You]

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Jasmine Kelley

Angwin, CA-based graphic designer, who created the stick typeface Madeon (2012) and the experimental typeface Glimatude (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Anthony Walcott
[Jukebox Collection]

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Jason Anthony Walcott
[Counterpoint Type Studio]

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Jason Anthony Walcott
[JAW Fonts (Jukebox Type)]

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Jason Castle
[Castle Type]

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Jason Catiis

Graphic designer in San Francisco. Designer of the macho sans typeface Westlake Industrial (2015)---this geometric sans is influenced by Futura and Kabel but gained some testosterone on the way. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Daze
[Daze Fonts]

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Jason Esquenazi

Los Angeles-based designer of the boomerang-themed typeface xFont (2013), of the hexagonal typeface Buzz (2013), and of the experimental typeface Halvesvetica (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Lee

Designer in Oxnard, CA, who made a blackletter face in 2010. He also designed Futura Holiday Dingbats (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Mark Jones

Designer and illustrator in Long Beach, CA, b. 1984, Santa Rosa, CA, whose foundry is simply called Jason Mark Jones. He created Skunkling (2011) in Inline and Theline versions. These fit together perfectly for possible two-colour designs. In 2012, he designed the beveled typeface Sullivan (Lost Type). Check also the Marquis version of Sullivan made in 2013 by Adam Bowlin.

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

Jason Munninghoff
[Type Cargo (was: Evening Office)]

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Jason Pagura
[Cuttlefish Fonts]

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Jason Vagner

Jason Vagner and Stephen Coles man the Californian branch of FontShop in San Francisco. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Warriner
[Fascination Workshop]

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Javier Garcia

Graphic designer in San Francisco, who created the modular sans typeface Descansa in 2016. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Javiera Schmidt Silva

During her studies, Canyon Country, CA-based Javiera Schmidt Silva designed the sans typeface Humm (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

JAW Fonts (Jukebox Type)
[Jason Anthony Walcott]

JAW Fonts (and before that, JAW Arts Fonts, and Jukebox Type) was founded by Jason Walcott (b. Trenton, MI, 1971) from Hollywood, CA. Jason grew up in New Jersey, and now resides in Southern California. He graduated from Kean College of New Jersey (now Kean University) in 1997 with a BFA in illustration. JAW Fonts features many elegant calligraphic and comic book style typefaces. JAW Fonts ceased operation in 2003 and Jason reintroduced his collection of fonts in a revised form under the new name of Jukebox Type.

The original list of typefaces includes Acroterion JF (2002, formal script), Adage Script JF (2002, formal script), Alpengeist, Andantino (2003), AnnabelleJF (2002, a formal script), Baileywick Curly, Baileywick Festive, Baileywick Gothic, Baileywick Happy Grams (star dingbats), Baroque Text JF (2003, a great Fraktur font based on a hand-lettered alphabet drawn by Ross George), Boxer Script, Bronson Gothic, Buena Park (2001, Victorian vintage type influenced by Clarendon), Cathexis (2010, a heavy poster font), Cavetto, CharadeJF (2001, informal script), Debonair, Fairy Tale, Fanfare (2004, a bouncy serif family), Fenway Park, Friki Tiki, Geometric Soul (2004, an art deco all caps face), Gypsy Switch, Holiday Times, Hucklebuck (2003, upright connected signage face), Jeffriana, John Andrew JF, KonTiki (a family published in 2002 containing Aloha, Enchantment, Hula, Kona, Lanai, Lounge and Trader), Lady Fair, Luxury Royale (2003), Manual Script JF (2002), Martini (2004, a brush script), Mary Helen, Opulence JF (2002, formal script font), Peregroy, Periwinkle (2006), Cabernet (2006, frilly didone), Polynesian (2004, Hawaiian-look typeface that could also pass for an oriental simulation face), Primrose JF (2002, formal script), Rambler Script, Randolph, Retro Repro (2002, based on a script by Jerry Mullen from 1953), Saharan, Scriptorama (Hostess, Markdown and Tradeshow), Shirley Script JF (2003), Southland, Spaulding Sans, Stanzie, Stella Ann (2005), Stephanie Marie JF (2003), Tamarillo (2005), TwisterJF (2003), Valentina Joy, Varsity Script, Viceroy, Walcott Gothic (Fountain, Hollywood and Sunset), Groovin (2005, Umbrella Type), Wonderboy. The fonts of this West Hollywood, CA-based foundry can be bought at MyFonts.com. In 2003, he started Jukebox Type and started offering his fonts at Veer. In October 2003, Veer acquired Jukebox Type outright.

In 2005, they added Rootin Tootin (Western style), Dulcimer (soft script), Block Party, Dandelion, Marmalade (idyllic script).

In 2006, he created Jukebox Bookman, a 6-weight family, and the brush script typeface Stephanie Marie.

In 2007, he added Hellenic Wide (after a 19th century ATF font), GiggleScript JF, Savoir Faire (after a handlettered slogan in 1940 for Chesterfield cigarettes), Lollipop.

2008 additions: Hogwash (paintbrush face), Antiquities Technobaby.

2009 additions: Cynthia June (calligraphic).

Typefaces from 2010: Eloquent (a didone in the style of Pistilli).

Counterpoint Type Studio was established by Walcott in 2013. In 2013, Jason designed the psychedelic typeface Califunkia and the calligraphic script typeface Profiterole. Domani CP (2013, CounterPoint)) is a faithful digital revival of an old photo-typositing typeface called ITC Didi. Originally designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnese, Domani brings to life a font that has been somewhat neglected by the digital era until now.

This is the list of fonts sold by MyFonts in 2015. It is just a subset of the fonts made by Walcott:

Jukebox Type has these typefaces:

Klingspor link. View the Jukebox Type typeface library. View the JAW Fonts typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jay Pierstorff
[Computer Safari]

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Jazmen Bradford

Student at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He created the squarish typeface Proto (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

J.D. Beltran
[San Francisco Art Institute]

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Jeahn Laffitte

Los Angeles-based designer of Bold Griod Font (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jean-Benoît Lévy

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Jeanette Silva-Torres

During her studies at San Francisco State University, Jeanette Silva-Torres designed the flared display typeface Winkel (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeanie Chong
[No More Bad Type]

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Jed Bridges

San Diego-based designer of Cerus (2010), an octagonal typeface inspired by arcade games. Free download. Designmoo link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jee Sook Kim

Jee Sook Kim (Pasadena, CA, but born in Seoul, Korea) writes about his typeface Jee Sans (2012): Jee Sans is a medium weight sans serif typeface that has cursive qualities.

Behance link. He designed a calligraphic faux logo for the 19th century composer Donizetti, and shows in images how Doyald Young guided him in that design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

JeeSuk Kim

Pasadena, CA-based designer of NchoV (2010), a typeface inspired by schools of anchovis. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Kahn

Jeff Kahn is a professional designer with expertise in brand identity, logo and logotype design, and packaging design. Some of his clients include Landor & Associates, Proctor & Gamble, Sierra Club, Revlon, Purina, Hewlett Packard, IBM, TaylorMade, and Hyatt Hotels. Jeff graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA, where Doyald Young was his teacher. He is located in Santee, CA.

In 2012, he created Touch Tone Extra Condensed Light, and wrote: Touch Tone introduces a condensed lowercase and oblique italics to the uppercase font inspired by the Dr. Strangelove movie titles designed by Pablo Ferro. Touch Tone's naive hand-drawn strokes rely on a quirky variable width-brush. They are looser, more textured, tactile, more informal, with quirky nervous lines.

Typefaces from 2013: Sedona.

In 2014, Jeff published the rounded organic sans typeface Cushy (2014).

In 2017, he published Hot Tamale.

In 2018, he added Clarendon Rough. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Kellem
[Slanted Hall]

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Jeff Miller

Cranbrook Academy of Art student who designed Unamerican (2000), Belief, and New Deal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Rubow

Jeff Rubow is an American graphic designer, illustrator and type enthusiast. At Lindstrom Design in Glendora, CA, he published Sticks (a comic book face) and Mr Jenkins (comic book style) in 2010. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Salisbury

Los Angeles-based designer, b. 1988, of the grungy typeface Franc Gothique Brush (2014). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Warrington

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Jeffery Keedy

Born in 1957 in Battle Creek, USA, Jeffery Keedy is an educator, designer, type designer, and writer, who has been teaching in the Graphic Design Program at California Institute of the Arts since 1985. He is best known for Keedy Sans (1989, Emigre). Keedy Sans was influenced by Ed Fella's style with inconsistent spacing, and rounded and sometimes sliced characters.

Other fonts by Keedy include HardTimes (1990), NeoTheo (1989), Jot, LushUs (part of FUSE 4, see also here), SkelterBold, and Zanzibaralt.

FontShop link.

Author of Emigre: Graphic Design into the Digital Realm (1993, Rudy Vanderlans, Zuzana Licko, Mary E. Gray, Jeffery Keedy). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jen Herr

She studied at The Art Institute of California in LA, and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design in 2008. She created the curly hand-printed typeface Much Ado (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jen Montgomery

Designer living and working in Los Angeles. Behance link. In 2011, she created a hand-drawn Animal Alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jenica Shipley

Lake Forest, CA-based graphic designer who created the soft handcrafted typeface XO Brush in 2017. Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Nassef

Burbank, CA-based designer who made the fashion mag typeface Jaylinn (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jenny Ambrose

Los Angeles-based creator of the calligraphic poster Shit Will Alays Butt Out (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jens Gehlhaar
[GagaFonts (or: Gaga Design)]

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Jeremie Spangrude

Art director in Simi Valley, CA. Creator of the roman caps typeface Louie (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeremy Grant

Los Angeles-based designer of the alchemic or hipster typeface High Tighto (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeremy Mickel
[MCKL (was: Mickel Design)]

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Jeremy Taylor
[my Fontbook]

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Jerilee Petralba

Los angeles-based designer of the modular typeface Zingers (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jerry Chiong

During his studies in Northbridge, CA, Jerry Xiong created the decorative typeface Orchit (sic) (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Designer and illustrator in San Clemente, CA, who graduated from the Art Institute of California. Her typefaces include Siewert (2013, a custom techno typeface for Siewert Shipping Co) and Crux (a display typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jess Burns
[Jess Frederick]

Graphic and web designer in San Diego, CA, who created the script typeface Musical Alphabet in 2013. In 2014, she published Roundabout, Paisley Numerical Font, and Strobe Font (a textured typeface inspired by epilepsy). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jess Frederick
[Jess Burns]

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Jesse Burgheimer

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Jesse Merrell

Graphic designer in Los Angeles, who created Direction Slab (2012), and Utility Mono (2012, squarish, monospaced and monoline). Substitution Code (2012) is an experimental typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jesse Pascarella

Designer in Los Angeles who did a nice cover for George Schneider Photography (2012). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Alcantar

San Diego, CA-based designer of Kryponita (2016), a typeface that is probably inspired by kryptonite bike locks. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Bergmann

Costa Mesa, CA-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Damp (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Clark

Orange, CA-based designer of the handcrafted typeface Get Quarky (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Garcia

As a student at California State University, Fullerton, Jessica Garcia designed the typeface Compressed (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessie Yang

San Francisco-based web designer who made a stylish Optima poster in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jesus Maldonado

San Diego, CA-based designer of the school project font Place Base Neon (2016: multilined). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jiayin Song

Santa Ana, CA-based designer of a photographic alphabet called The Old Shanghai (2019) as well as a decorative 3d alphabet (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jill Bell
[Jill Bells's Cyberstudio]

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Jill Bells's Cyberstudio
[Jill Bell]

A graduate of UCLA and Otis/Parsons, Los Angeles-based Jill Bell has worked as a graphic artist, primarily creating letter forms, logotypes, signage, calligraphic elements, icons, and handwriting pieces, starting ca. 1980. At one point, she worked as sign painter in a shop and as a production artist for Saul Bass.

Original fonts and artwork by Jill Bell include It's A Breeze, ITC Clover (1997), ITC Gigi (1995), ITC Hollyweird (1995), ITC Carumba (1995), ITC Caribbean (1996), ITC Smack (1995, ink-stain typeface), ITC Stranger (1997), Jill's Miro, Bruno (handwriting font), Swank (2000, Agfa: a fuzzy-edged calligraphic font).

At TypeCon 2016 in Seattle, she had a timely talk: The Best of Clients at the Craziest Time: Hand-lettering & Font Design for the Trump Hotels. The abstract: It began with creating a logotype for The Spa by Ivanka Trump. The lettering was so well received by Ivanka, their ad agency and others running the Trump hotel empire that Bell's lettering quickly became the de facto style for their current advertising and branding: from hand-lettered headlines to a font to be used throughout the Trump hotels.

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

Jill Morrison

Graphic designer/student at City College of San Francisco. Working on this fifties face (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jill Wong

Berkeley, CA-based Jill Wing created GAAHK Latin (2014), a Latin equivalent of Jason Kwan's Chinese techno typeface GAAHK that was created for the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jim Bogenrief

Jim Bogenrief (Pasadena, CA) modified ITC Tiffany when he created the fancy didone fashion mag typeface AM Debbie (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jim Kurrasch
[Jim Kurrasch's Kanji]

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Jim Kurrasch's Kanji
[Jim Kurrasch]

Jim's Kanji are shareware kanji characters (2550 in all) drawn in 1994 by Jim Kurrasch from Goleta, CA. James Kenneth Kurrasch (1948-2003), a Vietnam veteran and Japanese sword expert, died in 2003. His fonts can be downloaded here and here. They were converted to type 1 in 1999 by Jim Parsons (Verge). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jim Parkinson
[Parkinson Type Design]

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Jim Schachterle

San Francisco-based designer. In 2010, he created the slab typeface Midern, and the geometric logotype typeface EO. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jim Wasco

Type designer who worked at Adobe from 1989-2002 and for Monotype from 2003 until today. His typefaces in chronological order:

  • 1974 to 1989: As a freelance, he assisted Jim Parkinson in the Cochin, and Kennerley revivals, an old Perspective metal type design, and Rolling Stone alphabet additional weights Elephant, Italics and Condensed, done in pen and ink. For several ad agencies, he designed the Franzia winery logo, and many other logos for packaging and advertisementsi and was mainly a lettering a logo artist.
  • 1985: He produced font designs for DHL Express and SFO International Airport at Primo Angeli Inc.
  • 1986 to 1989: He produced various font families like Garamond, Goudy, Eras, American Typewriter, Futura and Stymie at SlideTek using a B-Spline vector graphic system.
  • 1989 to 2002: He produced fonts at Adobe Systems in Redwood City, CA. There, he designed Tekton Bold, Mythos (1993: a mythical figure caps face done together with Min Wang), Tekton GX (with David Siegel), Waters Titling word ligatures. He designed and produced the Romaji Latin characters of Heisei Maru Gothic W4 and W8, Adobe Sans and Adobe Serif. He did font production work on ITC Garamond, ITC Cheltenham, Albertus, Castellar. He helped expand Adobe Originals to Pro character sets in Jenson Pro, Minion Pro, Kepler, Sanvito Pro, Cronos, and Calcite Pro. He played an important role in the production of Multiple Master fonts.
  • 2003 to present: He produced fonts at Monotype Imaging:
    • For Microsoft, he designed the family of five weights of Segoe based on Segoe Regular.
    • He directed design production and programmed OpenType features for Segoe Script and Segoe Print.
    • He designed Wasco Sans a font for the gaming and flight simulator groups at Microsoft.
    • He designed AT&T Sphere Gothic Sans fonts.
    • He designed a new slab serif family for Gatorade.
    • He directed a new design for General Electric called GE Sans.
    • He designed and directed production of various non-Latin scripts for Monotype for Armenian, Ethiopic, Khmer, Thai, Arabic, Hebrew and African language scripts including Tifinagh, N'Ko and Bamum.
    • He designed the original geometric sans font family Harmonia Sans (2011), which is a blend of contemporary geometric sans serif lettershapes and classic calligraphic proportions. Jim Wasco was aided by George Ryan in the production of the typeface family. He said: I wanted to create a simple and legible typeface by pulling the best aspects of classic geometric sans designs, such as Futura and ITC Avant Garde Gothic.
    • He directed a language expansion project for Edward Johnston's London Transport fonts, adding Cyrillic and Greek.
    • He designed a script typeface based on Ed Benguiat's calligraphy for the ITC logo in 1970 called Elegy (2010-2011). Elegy has 1546 glyphs, and was awarded at TDC2 2011.
    • He designed nine new weights for the Neue Aachen font family (2012) expanding it to 18 fonts including Italic.
    • He designed swash caps and directed Morris Freestyle.
    • He designed ITC Avant Garde Pro ligatures for the new OpenType version.
    • He designed Baskerville Cyrillic and Greek for E reader fonts (2012).
    • Daytona (2015) is a sans family that grew out of a desire to provide improved fonts for use in televised sporting events.
    • Elicit Script (2018, by Laura Worthington and Jim Wasco). A hybrid (casual and formal) scrpt typeface based on pointed pen Spencerian Script handwriting.

Linotype link. Linotype interview. FontShop link. Pic. His talk at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona was entitled OpenType features for Script Typefaces. Linotype link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jimena Gamio

Peruvian type designer based in Los Angeles. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jin Sohn

Californian graphic designer. She created Jin Gothic (2013, a slab serif) during her studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jisun Noh

San Francisco, CA-based designer of Prototypeface (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jj Moy

John Moy Jr, or Jj, is a graphic and industrial designer based in San Francisco. Behance link. Creator of La, a monospace sans serif typeface for Latin and Thai. Winner of TFACE: Thai Typeface Competition 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

J.J. Yoon

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the squarish display typeface Window (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joachim Müller-Lancé
[kame Design (was: kametype)]

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Jodie Lee

Los Angeles-based designer of vintage chic. Her handwriting fonts include Newtown (2015), Highschool (2015), Kyron (2015), Solo (2015), Tamara (2015), KK (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joe C. VanDerBos
[Vander Font (was: Joe VanDerBos Type foundry)]

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Joe Prince
[Admix Designs]

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Joel Decker

Californian (b. San Jose, 1970) who studied philosophy, science and literature at San Diego State University before he attended California Institute of Art where he received a B. F. A. in Graphic Design. He started his freelancing career in San Diego and worked his way up the Coast to Seattle where he has worked for an architecture firm.

He designed FF Inkling (1997, a rabbit-eared upright script).

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

Joel Felix

Freelance designer in Stockton, CA, who graduated from Sacramento State University. Creator of the free font Citizen Slab (2012).

In 2016, he published the vintage rail car display typeface Pullman, and the equally nostalgic Clarendon-inspired 49ers Faithful display typeface. Joel writes: Faithful is based on the iconic SF monogram introduced in the early 1960s, and a continuation of the 49ers' logo-type introduced in mid-to late 1980s. It was developed in cooperation with Benjamin Mayberry, the creative manager of the San Francisco 49ers.

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

Joelle Duff

Ventura, CA-based designer of the free curly script typeface Peony Charming (2013) and of Olive Charming (2013). She is a calligrapher and wedding blogger.

In 2014, she designed Daisy Charming and Rose Charming.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joey Koslik

Orange, CA-based graphic designer. Creator of the curvy typeface Stoked (2014), which was inspired by the surf culture. In 2016, he designed Trailhead. Behance link. Newer Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joey Lopez

Joey Lopez (of Joey Lopez Design) is studying towards a Bachelors degree at the Art Institute of California, Orange County. He has created several free typefaces:

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John B. Wundes

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John D. Berry

Ex-developer of U&lc, the well-known type magazine at ITC in New York. After ITC's demise, he moved to San Francisco, and is best known nowadays for his excellent articles on typography at CreativePro.com. He is the author and designer of Dot-font: Talking About Fonts and Dot-font: Talking About Design (Mark Batty Publisher, 2006), and the editor of Language Culture Type (ATypI/Graphis, 2002), Contemporary Newspaper Design, and U&lc: influencing design&typography. He also wrote Now Read This (Microsoft, 2004), a book about Microsoft's ClearType project.

He writes and consults extensively on typography, and he has won numerous awards for his book designs. He lives in Seattle with the writer Eileen Gunn.

John Berry was on the board of the Type Directors Club from 1999 to 2003, and was President of ATypI from 2007 until 2013. In 2008, he joined Microsoft as a Program Manager in the typography team. He is the founder and director of Scripta Typography Institute.

At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the Bukvaraz type competition. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about newspaper type. John was the closing plenary speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam and at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

John Davis

Type designer from Southern California, who designs type at Reno, NV-based Letterhead Fonts, which in turn is run by Chuck Davis. Many of his designs are Victorian / Western.

At Letterhead Fonts, he designed these typefaces: 20 Six Letters (with Noel Weber), 20 Six Panels (with Noel Weber), LHF Bergling Panels (2012, after J.M. Bergling, ca. 1900), Boston Ballpark, LHF Classic Panels 2 (2011, with Kaitlin Sims), Cool Blue 2 (2014, based on Letterhead's Cool Blue from 2002), General Store, Hambone, Heritage, Kips Bay, Metro 39 (inline, art deco), Monogram Diamond (based on J.M. Bergling), Monogram Oval, LHF Pipeline (2012, inspired by Alf Becker), LHF Ridgecrest (2012), Ringer, LHF Encore (2014: Victorian calligraphic designs), Woodmere, LHF Brooklyn (2015), Bella Vista (2015).

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

John Desrosiers
[Soft Horizons]

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John Fingerhüt

Irvine, CA-based designer of the alchemic typeface Runes (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Isles

Lancaster, CA-based designer (b. 1979) of the dot matrix typeface 60s Scoreboard (2016, FontStruct). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John J. Palmer
[Palmer and Rey]

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John Kellogg

John Kellogg (b. 1986) is the Californian creator of the graffiti font Jungle Life (2002). [Google] [More]  ⦿

John M. Fiscella
[Production First Software]

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John Merrifield
[Stiff Upper Glyph]

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John Ritter

Designer at Adobe of the human skateboard figures alphabet font, Rad (Adobe, 1993-2002). Linotype page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

John Roshell
[Swell Type]

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John Roshell

Designer (b. 1970, Mountain View, CA) of many (most) fonts at Comicraft, a comic book font outfit in Los Angeles, CA, a company he cofounded with Richard Starkings in 1992.

Some fonts: Altogether OOky, Addams-AltogetherOoky, Addams-Capitals, Addams-Regular, CCBithead-Bark, CCBithead-Byte, CC Bryan Talbot (2008, created for Bryan Talbot's Alice in Sunderland), CCHooky-Open, CCHooky-Solid, CCAlchemite, CCChills, CCDigitalDelivery, CCDivineRight-Regular, CCDoubleBack-Future, CCDoubleBack-Past, CCElsewhere-Regular, CCFlameOn, CCFrostbite, CCGrimlyFiendish-Regular, CCJimLee, CCJoeMadInt, CCLosVampiros, CCMeanwhile, CCMeltdown, CCMonsterMash, CCSpills, CCSplashdown, CCStormtrooper (1997), CCTheStorySoFar-Regular, CCThrills, CCToBeContinued, WildAndCrazySFX. With Richard Starkings, he designed Achtung Baby (2001), Adamantium and DoubleBack in 2001 for Agfa/Monotype. Other designs: Dave Gibbons (2006), UpUpAndAway (2005), Forked Tongue (2005), Paranoid Android (2005), Snowmany Snowmen (2005), Gibbous (2006), Astronauts in Trouble, Chatterbox, Red Star, Tough Talk, Sean Phillips, Atomic Wedgie, Pass The Port, Divine Right, Shoutout, Battle Scarred, Danger Girl, Primal Scream, PhaseSonStun, Yeah Baby, Nuff Said (2005), Trick Or Treat, MonsterMash, CarryOnScreaming, Chills, Goosebumps, CreepyCrawly, GrimlyFiendish, IncyWincySpider, Spookytooth, Meltdown and TrickOrTreat dingbats, BiffBamBoom, Spellcaster, Cheese And Crackers, FaceFont, Hedge, Meanwhile, Wildwords International, Comicrazy, Storyline (2006), Happy Holidays (2007), Foom (2007).

MyFonts sells these fonts by him: Adamantium, Alchemite, Altogether Ooky (vampire script), Area51, Aztech, Battle Cry, Bithead, Chills, Dave Gibbons, Dead Mans, Destroyer, Digital Delivery, Divine Right, Drop Case, Elsewhere, Euphoria, CC Fairy Tale (2007), Face Front, Fighting Words, Flame On, Foom, Frostbite, Gibbons Gazette (2009, Gobbledygook, Golem (2002), Grimly Fiendish, Happy Holidays, Hellshock, Hip Flask, Holier Than Thou, Hooky, Hyperdrive, Joe Kubert, Meanwhile, CCMild Mannered (2007), Monologous, Near Myth, Overbyte, Phat Boi, PhilYeh, Rough Tongue, Sanctum Sanctorum, Scott McCloud, Smash, Speeding Bullet, Spills, Splashdown, Spookytooth, Stonehenge Runes, Stormtrooper, Storyline, Thats All Folks, The Story So Far, Thingamajig, Thrills, Tim Sale, Tim Sale Brush, Timelord, Treacherous, Treasure Trove (2007), Up Up And Away, Wild And Crazy, Zzzap, Deadline (2007), Kickback (2007, with David Lloyd), Sticky Fingers (2007, scary).

Typefaces made in 2008: Ratatatat (2008), CC Mad Scientist (2008), HammerHorror (2008), EnemyLines (2008, based on WWII lettering used by the nazis), Cutthroat Lower (2008), Philyeh (2008), Doohickey Lower (2008), CC Sign Language (2008, fruit vendor lettering).

Typefaces made in 2009: SpillProof (2009), Slaphappy (2009), Hooky (2009, spraycan style), Long Underwear (2009), Digital Delivery (2009), Grande Guignol (2003, art nouveau), Bronto Burger (2009), Elsewhere (2009, art nouveau), Exterminate (2009, stone carving face), You Blockhead (2009), CC Rugged Rock (2009),

Creations in 2010: Wild Words Lower (2010), Back Beat (2010), Rick Veitch (2010, based on the lettering of comic book artist Rick Veitch), Credit Extension (2010), Shiver (2010, with Richard Starkings), Shake (2010, with Richard Starkings), Elephantmen (2008-2010, squarish family).

Contributions from 2011: Knobbly Knees, Ed McGuinness (comic book script family), Big Top, Clean Cut Kid, Dash Decent (a very round almost-bubblegum family), Fancy Pants (connected script), Goth Chic (blackletter).

Fonts from 2012: Lunar Modular, Lunar Orbiter, Lunar Rover, Geek Speak, Ancient Astronaut, Totally Awesome (comic book caps face).

Fonts from 2013: Samaritan and Samaritan Tall (with Richard Starkings), Ghost Town (a family of seven gold rush era typefaces), Colleen Doran (a comic book family: A Distant Soil is a classic bold and beautiful science fiction/fantasy comic book series by creator, writer, artist and letterer Colleen Doran. A Distant Soil is being remastered and re-released by those awfully nice chaps at Image Comics and Colleen commissioned Comicraft to create the definitive bold and beautiful Colleen Doran font, based on her original pen lettering), Mega City (an elliptical in-your-face advertising signage typeface family), Soliloquous (fat rounded hand-printed comic book family), Excalibur Stone, Excalibur Sword, Legendary Legerdemain (+Leggy), Cool Beans (beatnik font).

Fonts from 2014: Shaky Kane (based on the comic books by that name), Resistance Is Lowered (techno), Hero Sandwich Ingedients, Hero Sandwich Combos (a layered set of informal typefaces combined in many ways), Monstrosity (a ghoulish typeface), HighJinks, Onomatopedia, Killzone, Killswitch, Killjoy.

Fonts from 2014: Mike Kunkel (based on the hand of comic book artist Mike Kunkel).

In 2015, John Roshell (Comicraft) created the comic book typeface family The Sculptor based on Scott McCloud's lettering. Other fonts from 2015 include AB Flock Poster, Hypnotique, Samaritan Lower (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Graveyard Smash, Maladroit, Extra Extra (pen-lettered newspaper headline font family), Merry Melody, Temporal Shift and Temporal Gap (computer emulation typeface), Temporal Shift and Temporal Gap Expanded, Temporal Shift and Temporal Gap Compressed, Danger Girl Hex (with Jeffery Scott Campbell), J. Scott Campbell Lower (with Jeffery Scott Campbell).

Typefaces from 2016: Victory Speech Lower, Man Of Tomorrow, Thrills, Holy Grail, A Likely Story, Victory Speech, Questionable Things (with Richard Starkings), The Story Begins + Ends, Pixel Arcade (video game font), Schadenfreude (octagonal style), Vengeance Is Mine.

Typefaces from 2017: Right In The Kisser, Music To My Eyes">, True Believer.

Typefaces from 2018: Metcon (+a stencil version, Metcon Rx), Summer Fling, Samaritan Tall Lower (by Starkings and Roshell), Blah Blah Upper (by John Roshell and Richard Starkings), Ultimatum, Wuxtry Wuxtry (art nouveau), Single Bound (a sans), Evil Doings (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Prince of Darkness (a gothic layered font family), Empire State Gothic, Empire State Deco.

Typefaces from 2019 by John Roshell: Whatchamacallit (a variable cartoon sans with weight, width and italic axes), Ask For Mercy, Excelsius, Space Race, When Suddenly.

Typefaces from 2020: FX Machina (squarish, octagonal), Origin Story, Cybervox, CCQuigglesmith (a beatnik font), Ripped Bam Boom, Dynamic Duo, If This Be Doomsday, Elektrakution (a Greek simulation font family by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Whatchamacallit, CCMighty Mouth, This Man This Monster (by John Roshell and Richard Starkings), Simply Marvelous, Meanwhile Uncial, Transylvanian (a jungle font), Shark Snack, Letterhack Sans, Letterhack Serif.

Typefaces from 2021: Ultimatum MFV (a 21-style chamfered military typeface family including several stencil fonts), Grim N Gritty, Richard Starkings Brush (a comic book typeface by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Scoundrel (a comic book face by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Tall Tales (a fat finger font).

Typefaces from 2022: Beyond Belief.

Klingspor link. FontShop link.

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John Salas

Benicia, CA-based designer of the FON-format font Electronic (2004). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Salazar

During his studies at the University of Notre dame, John salazar (Garden Grove, CA) created Kandinsky Alphabet (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Shaver
[Design Panoply]

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John Warnock

John Warnock (d. 2023) was the founder, with Charles Geschke, of Adobe (in 1982), and the inventor of PostScript. The type 3 and type 1 font formats are an essential part of the PostScript language. He also proposed the PDF file format. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Johnny Ung

During his studies in Long Beach, CA, Johnny Ung created the decorative typeface Flip (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jolie O'Dell

Jolie O'Dell has been a professional copywriter, journalist, and editor in the SF Bay area since 2000. She created the grunge typefaces Dude Ranch (209) and Gun Show (2009).

Her ChampagneCoupe face mixes a monoline sans with art nouveau elements.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Carlos Morales

San Francisco-based designer of the free modular typeface Exan (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Charley

San Diego, CA-based designer of the circle-based typeface Expancel (2015), the experimental 3d typeface Optical, Hustle, the organic typeface Ed's Lawn and Gardening (2015) and a brush script typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Cox

Jon Cox is a graphic designer in Santa Ana, CA. His work includes a beautifully lettered poster in the style of Egon Schiele (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Ankiewicz

Fremont, CA-based designer of the modular Ankiewicz Block typeface family (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Cofer

Web and graphic designer in Santa Clara, CA. He created the grotesk typeface Haus in 2010. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Gray

Book cover designer, whose whimsical handlettering was fontified by Fontshop in the 2006 Hewlett-Packard headline font, HP PSG (2006, FontShop), used in its Flash ads. Discussion at typophiles. Aka Gray318. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Hasson

Jonathan Hasson of Hasson Graphics in San Francisco created the monoline typeface Salient (2012). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Holt

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Jonathan Tipton-King

Creator of a few typeface anatomy posters for typefaces such as Baskerville and Archer, in 2012. Jonathan is a graphic design student in Fremont, CA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jordan Carr

Long Beach, CA-based designer of the handcrafted typeface Quite Blankly (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jordan Gushwa

At he Type @ Cooper program in 2012, Jordan Gushwa designed Bettie Cooker.

Design Research Committee is the studio of Jordan Gushwa and company currently located in Doha Qatar. Jordan is a graduate of Cranbrook 2d where he studied under Elliott Earls. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jorge de Buen Unna

Jorge de Buen (b. 1956, Mexico City) studied Graphic Design in Mexico City. In 1994 he moved to Tijuana to work in marketing and communication projects for the Agua Caliente race and sports books. He has conducted several workshops and conferences at many important Latin American institutions. The second edition of his book Manual de diseno editorial (Santillana, 2000) is published in 2003, and the third edition in 2009. He spoke at ATypI 2003 in Vancouver on a new approach to typometry, and at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City on quotation marks (las comillas), where he pointed out that the <<...>> used in Spanish were just a natural evolution of the standard quotation marks (66...99).

He designed Unna Romana (2003), Unna (2004, serif family, done at Imprimatur) and Bardahlkia (1994). He often shows up in LA for type activities.

He moved to Querétaro in 2009 and is graphic designer there---his studio is called Imprimatvr. The first typeface published at Imprimatvr is Caliente (2012).

In 2011, he placed Unna up for free download at the Google Font Directory, and started cooperating with Hector Gatti and Pablo Cosgaya at Omnibus Type.

At Tipos Latinos 2012, Jorge won an award in the text category for Unna regular.

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

Jose Arroyo

Jose Arroyo (Arroyo Designs, Los Angeles) created a nice typographic poster entitled Math Is The Answer (2013). During the Syrian crisis of 2013, he made a typographic peace poster.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jose Caldera

Los Angeles-based creator of the hand-printed typeface Caldera (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jose Jimenez
[Celebrity Fontz]

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Jose Morquecho

San Jose, CA-based designer of the vector format chrome look typeface Retro 80s (2017), which is based on Futura Bold outlines. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Baum

Creator of the modular typeface Phresh (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Garcia

San Jose-based designer (b. 1983) of the free lava lamp font Juiced (2013).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Stitzlein

Portland, OR-based creative director where he works at Nike. Before settling at Nike in Portland, he worked at Landor Associates, Stone Yamashita Partners, Chronicle Books, Pentagram, and CKS Partners and was living some of that time in San Francisco. He graduated from the College of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati.

His type designs include the Sgiv1Text family in 1999, at first done as an OEM for Silicon Graphics Inc. This SGI corporate typeface evolved a couple of years later into the retail font Monolein (T-26).

He also designed the Sempra Energy Corporate Typeface and the modern family ITC Tactile (2002). The latter font family won an award at the TDC2 2003 competition.

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

Josh Hadley

Joshua Hadley worked at Ascender Corporation from 2004 until its demise. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the School of Printing Management and Sciences. He was briefly involved in type design, creating the Native American-themed Blackfoot (a collection of fonts for creating decorative borders), and working at Monotype's Palo Alto, CA, office. Between 1994 and 2004, he developed a number of programs, techniques, and procedures for developing fonts of all sorts. These included simple scripts for font development, a graphics-intensive kerning editor, and programs to make complex multi-script fonts of fifty thousand glyphs.

With Steve Matteson, Hadley designed (a reincarnation of) Binner Gothic (original by John F. Cumming).

Currently, Josh Hadley is a software developer for Monotype's Font Tools and Technology group. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joshua Darden
[Darden Studio]

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Joshua Lurie-Terrell

Sacramento-based letterpress printer and typesetter. Obtained a BA in Literature from CSU Sacramento. He works as a graphic designer for the California State Legislature, and runs the successful type blog Typographica with Stephen Coles as well as Hewn and Hammered. He also runs the successful type blog Typographica with three others. Recently, he started Urban Cartography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joshua M. Spohrer

Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of the squarish typefaces SFmunicipal M and N (squarish, and a kitchen tile version), inspired by lettering on the older MUNI trains in San Francisco. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joshua Mauldin

Art director who was in North Hollywood, CA, and is now based in Charlotte, NC. Developer of custom typefaces for the 2009 film Long Nights Moon. Promotional poster. In 2016, he designed the delightfully irregular Uptown Sans.

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

Joshua Tetreault

Creator of Frank Gina Typeface (hmmm---the name suggests what this is about), Friday Night Type (2009, alphadings made out of used condoms), and the calligraphic Albinoni Script (2009). He is a 2007 graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jovani Silva

Los Angeles-based designer of the dot-themed typeface Left Behind (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jovino Graphic Design

Californian graphic designer who created Best (2002, pixel font), ElCajonBoulevard (2002, narrow font), ZTermBlock (2001, pixel font), ZTerm (2001, pixel font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joy Coleman

Located in San Jose, CA, Joy Coleman is the creator of the Dr Seuss typeface in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joy Kelley
[HowJoyful Studio]

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Joy Reddick

Type designer who worked at Adobe, and who created Autologic Kis-Janson italic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joyce Huang

Los Angeles-based designer of a monoline display typeface in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan Antonio Zamarripa Esqueda

Designer (b. Los Angeles, 1968, aka "Dibujado") of KLONP (2003), ProdottoInCina (2005), Lethality (2003), Cullit (2003), Cmon Near (2003), Smite (2003), Ciao (2003), WOH (2003), Yeh (2003), Unocide (2003), Pizarron (2003), Peels (2003), daBoss (2003), TheShaker (2003), Nusaliver (2003), Arbust (2003), RobustA (2003), Mousey (2001), Faces Plain (2003), OilBats-Basic (2003), 5x5-Basic (2003, pixel font), Peacechild (2003), PeaceNow-Basic (2003), blunt (2003), PineLintGerm Mousey 2.0 (2003), ClubDia (2003, grunge font), ARashNaziBlurb 1.0 (2003, grunge font), Blunter (2003, handwriting). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan Leon

Juan Leon (Pasadena, CA) created an unnamed modular geometric typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juan Mondragon

Juan Mondragon (San Jose State University, class of 2013) created the decorative typeface Onda in 2013. This wavy typeface was inspired by Frank Gehry's architecture.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jucelle Lim

Graphic designer in Dublin, CA, who created several experimental typefaces in 2013, including Twirl It (ornamental caps). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Judith Sutcliffe
[Electric Typographer]

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Jukebox Collection
[Jason Anthony Walcott]

This is the new foundry of Hollywood, CA-based Jason Walcott, who formerly ran JAW Fonts, Jukebox Type, and Counterpoint Type Studio. JAW Fonts ceased operation in 2003 and Jason reintroduced his collection of fonts in a revised form under the new name of Jukebox Type. Established in 2015, Jukebox Collection started out with these typefaces, which are mainly remastered and recycled typefaces from JAW Fonts and Jukebox Type with original designs going back to the period 2001-2007, roughly spaeking:

View the Jukebox Collection typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Julia Beynon
[Daphne Designs]

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Julia Cadar

Art director who studied at San Diego State University and California State University. In 2014, she created the dadaist typeface Fat Julia for the Yogurtland brand . [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julia Masalska

San Francisco, CA-based designer of Braillephabet (2018), a connect-the-dots Braille emulation typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julian Bittiner
[Applied Aesthetics]

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Juliane Bone

California-based designer of the fat finger font Scenders (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Juliane Bone

Bakersfield, CA-based designer of the handcrafted typeface Scenders (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julie Ma

At San Jose State University, Julie Ma (Milpitas, CA) designed the industrial octagonal typeface Syzygy (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julie Viera

Los Angeles-based creator of the Peach Fuzz typeface (2012) and of Circa (2012, a circular arc typeface).

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Julieta Giner

Los Angeles, CAbased designer of the experimental circle-based typeface Westworld (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

June Lin

San Francisco-based designer of A Modern Typeface (2011), which is a refreshing take on the didone genre by lengthening and making oblique the thick slanted strokes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Junki Hong

Graduate of California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and Konkuk University (BFA). Valencia, CA-based designer of Rabbit (2018), a typeface with rabbit shoe-themed serifs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Allen

Located in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, Justin Allen (b. California) used FontStruct to create the tall skinny font Delgado (2013), which was inspired by public lettering in Oaxaca.

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Justin Barreras

Artist in San Francisco who designed the decorative caps typeface Fiend in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Chen

For a JANM (Japanese American National Museum) exhibit on the topic of the atomic bombs of 1945, Justin Chen (Torrance, CA) designed a custom typeface (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Crisostomo

San Francisco-based graphic designer who drew the Canopy alphabet (2009, letters in the form of a canopy). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Greene

Los Angeles-based designer of the handcrafted typefaces Chloe Lavender (2016, connected signage script), Black Coffee (2016), Wooden Atelier (2016, a weathered stencil font), Explore (2016), Caleb (2016, free) and Savannah (2016). He also designed the blackletter typeface Religion (2016).

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

Justin Hooper

Californian designer of GFHypnotrance (1996) at GarageFonts.

FontShop link. . [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Lee

Justin Lee is a digital designer based in Oakland, CA, who studied computer science and design at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works as a product designer at Udemy, an online education company. In 2019, for the Type West program, he designed Maxine. He writes: Maxine deviates from the traditional elegance of pointed pen calligraphy by introducing concavity and flares. Maxine Display features high contrast and a rigid and condensed skeleton making it appropriate for large sizes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Post

Designer and artist at Surrealistic Designs in Merifee, CA. As a student he created a decorative all caps alphabet based on sails (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Sloane

Sloane is a designer, artist and independent publisher working in West Los Angeles. He has collaborated with Ghostly International, Total Luxury Spa, 2x4, Sharp Type, Columbia GSAPP and many others. Justin has been part of exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Printed Matter, The Tokyo Institute of Photography and The Museum of Arts and Design.

He released his debut 2-style typeface, Simula, with Sharp Type in 2019, with assistance of Lucas Sharp and My-Lan Thuong. Simula is an elegant unconventional yet functional typeface with strong calligraphic traits. [Google] [More]  ⦿

K. Kris Yoo

Kris Yoo was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She is an interaction designer in Newport Beach, CA.

She created a pictogram font (2012) and as a Peignotian sans called Kris Sans (2012).

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Kacy Domovan

Los Angeles-based designer of the hand-printed typeface Hunky Uncle (2014). She operates as Domo Designs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kai Buskirk

Studio X as founded by Kai Buskirk in 1987 and became an official design studio 1988. Kai L. Buskirk (b. 1967, California) is the son of a German immigrant. At Fontspace, one can download his free fonts, such as the minimalist sans typeface A Beat By Kai (2011).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kailey Haerr

Illustrator in San Diego who designed Alphabet Crystals in 2015, and Fantasie Tales and Pretzel in 2016. She also created several untitled modular typefaces using FontStruct in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaitlyn Rasmussen

During her studies in San Diego, Kaitlyn Rasmussen created the angular emotional typeface Anxiety (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaitlyn White

During her studies at San Francsco State University, Kaitlyn White designed Construct Regular (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kamal Mansour

Kamal Mansour, educated in Cairo, used to run Kappa Type in Palo Alto, CA, and was involved in software, fonts and keyboards for some languages. Thereafter, he joined Monotype in 1996 where he is now involved in OpenType implementations for various scripts including Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew. At Monotype, from his base in Los Altos, CA, his responsibilities includes growing the library of non-Latin scripts, investigating potential products, in-house consulting, as well as assisting customers with font specifications.

He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Nastaliq style through open type, about which he writes: Designed by Pakistani calligrapher Mirza Jamil, Noori Nastaliq is a calligraphic Urdu script typeface originally devised for use on a Monotype imagesetter in the 1970s. Once this proprietary equipment became obsolete, Noori Nastaliq could not be readily implemented for many years with the digital technology at the time. With the advent and maturation of OpenType technology, Noori Nastaliq is once again alive. In spite of the many graphic complexities of Nastaliq style such as its oblique alignment to the baseline and its cursive connections, OpenType proved sufficient for the task.

In 2015, Patrick Giasson and Kamal Mansour co-designed the Arabic script typeface Bustani at Monotype. Bustani is the first OpenType font to offer full classical Naskh contextual shaping. It covers Arabic, Farsi and Urdu. Bustani won an award at TDC 2016.

Speaker at TypeCon 2012 in Milwaukee and at ATypI 2015 in Sao Paulo. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

kame Design (was: kametype)
[Joachim Müller-Lancé]

Joachim Müller-Lancé is a German designer (born St. Wendel, Saar, 1961), who was trained in Basel and at the Cooper Union in New York. He had his own studio in Barcelona, where he taught information design at Elisava School. He was lead information designer for Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco for 3 years. Currently, he lives in Umkirch near Freiburg and/or San Francisco. Timeline of his achievements:

  • 1993. His Lancé type family (FF Lancé) won him the coveted Morisawa award in 1993.
  • His typefaces Flood (brush), Ouch and Shuriken Boy are available from Adobe.
  • He designed the kanji/Latin typeface Shirokuro, which won two awards at the 1999 Morisawa Awards.
  • 1996. He created an outline face.
  • 1997. He established kametype in 1997. Emodigi site.
  • 2001. In 2001, he started up Typebox with Mike Kohnke. His fonts there include Monodular (2003), Tiny Tim and TX Cortina (1997, an LED style face). At Bukvaraz 2001, he won awards for Nichiyou Daiku, Shuriken, Pesaro and Shirokuro.
  • 2002. He co-designed the dingbat font TXSignal Signifort (Typebox) with eight others.
  • 2006. At AND in 2006, he created the hand signal dingbat font H-AND-S together with Jean-Benoît Lévy, Diana Alisandra Stoen, Sylvestre Lucia and Mike Kohnke.
  • 2011. In 2011, he published Uppercut Angle (Delve Fonts), which was originally developed for the Krav Maga training center of San Francisco. Also at Delve, he (re-)published the futuristic family Cortina in that year. With Ernesto Gonzalez Serros, he co-designed Chato.
  • 2012. With Erik Adigard of MAD Design in Sausalito, he created the rounded octagonal monospace typeface family Oktal Mono (Delve Fonts).
  • 2015. Owlphabet (a decorative caps font).
  • 2015. Fleisch Wolf & Wurst: a fun German expressionist blackletter typeface.
  • 2015. Stenciletta (Delve Fonts).

Linotype link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Creative market link.

View Joachim Müller-Lanceé's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kami Kalandjian

Northridge, CA-based designer of the display typeface Armenika (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karl Nayeri
[Prime Graphics (was: PolyType)]

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Kasey Mahoney

Californian designer. Creator of the typeface 101 (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kassi Tamres

Southern California-based Kassi Tamres created the calligraphic typeface Mog Gothic in 2011 at iFontMaker. Other creations there include Gizmo Hand (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kat Catmur

Graduate of CalArts who lives in Los Angeles. She designed the thin geometric typeface Acquiesce in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kat Madrigal

Kat Madrigal (UC Berkeley, CA) designed the clean sans typeface Purifico in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katarina Stojkovic

Los angeles, CA (and before that, Belgrade, Serbia)-based designer of Geometric Hurricane (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katelyn Kreitzer Kreitzer

Los Angeles, CA-based designer of the alchemic typeface Cogni (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katherine Foster

San Francisco, CA-based designer of the hipster typeface Duboce (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kathleen The

Downey, CA-based designer of the seashell-inspired typeface Shellter (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katie Heater

Irvine, CA-based designer of the brush font Moon Beam (2020), the script font Fly By Night (2020), and the rubber stamp font Porthallow (2020). [