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Type scene in California
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 faces (many from the FontFont library), the aggregate effect is an ersatz type catalog as well as an extensive resource of typesetting ideas.
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.
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 faces 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] ⦿
Graphic designer in Los Angeles who created Navy Seal (2013).
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] ⦿
Joe Prince (Admix Designs) was a student at Academy of the Canyons near LA, 2007-2011. His typefaces:
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.
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 faces typefaces:
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 faces: 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] ⦿
Alan Blackman 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. Californian calligrapher and lettering artist Alan Blackman's Galahad (Adobe, 1995) is an elagant rough-edged decorativer typeface. Letters to himself.
In 2012, he published the smilie alphading typeface Say Cheese at Linotype.
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.
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] ⦿
Mysterious outfit that used to be located at 731 S La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90036. Between 1997 and 2000 it modified and improved some existing fonts. There is also an Aldus company (but this time related to Mark Myers in San Diego) that used to bundle its fonts with TypeTwister---this may or may not be a different company. 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. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Alex Buka (Archy Studio, in Vienna, Austria, and Marina del Rey, CA) created Designosaur (2012, a bold sans typeface).
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 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).
Alex Orvell (San Francisco) created the grotesque caps typeface Posterijen in 2013. It was inspired by Dutch postal design, hence the name.
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 typeface with Arts and Crafts features. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Art director and graphic designer in San Francisco who likes the color red. Behance link. Creator of stylish logotype, found art, or display faces: 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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Alphabet Soup (or: 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.
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 Duperre 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. Roxane (2011, Rosetta Type) covers Latin and Devanagari.
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.
American designer, b. 1967, California. Married to Ken Russell, who runs Atlantic Fonts in Camden, ME.
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.
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
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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).
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
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 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] ⦿
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 Binney 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 Binney&Ronaldson. For this book, the type has been printed from photopolymer plates. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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] ⦿
Born and raised in Sassuolo, Italy, he studied in Reggio Emilia, Bristol and Reading. He now works as a type designer in California. Speaker at Typecon 2012 in Milwaukee.
Italian designer from Modena (b. 1980) who made Clara (2007, sans). His blog from Reading, where he was a student. He obtained an MA in typeface design from The University of Reading (2009), based on his Latin / Cyrillic typeface Enquire. After Reading, he started an internship in the type group at Apple in Cupertino, CA.
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).
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] ⦿
Alternate URL. The history of all fonts used and produced by Apple. A brief summary of this:
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] ⦿
Randy Jones, who runs AquaToad, is a free lance graphic designer who was in New York, but now lives in Santa Clara, CA, where her is a freelance graphic designer and principal of Aquatoad Design. Creator of Eason (2007, Fountain: a playful revival of Nicolas Jensons 1470 roman), Olduvai (2004, a fun old lettering typeface available at Umbrella Type; +Small Caps), Phaeton, Saint Nicolaus (2003, his take on Jenson, but not a revival), Chagrin (2003, serif face), AT Tenement (2003, wood type simulation), Neweue Helvetica (2003), Extra Wide Sans (2002) and the organic sans serif Cuillere (2003). New project (2003). An Eurostyle/Gothic project (2003). Working on a Sans Companion (2004). Saint Nicolaus was renamed Eason (2005) and now includes inline and titling versions. Hillbrook and Moped (upright connected fifties diner script: Sans, Script, Retrolux) were created in 2009.
Arabetics is run by the Iraqi-American New York-based type designer, librarian, and systems engineer Saad Dean Abulhab (b. 1958, sacramento, CA), 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.
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 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.
aRc (or: Azelea Rodgers Creations)
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).
Designer in Los Angeles, who created Pucker Up (2013), a lipstick typeface.
Arnie Gabriel Gonzales
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 faces. He also designed the tattoo typeface Dragon Fang (2011), Sugarbang (2012, comic book style), and the octagonal wedge typeface Spacepod (2012).
Typefaces frrom 2015: Barn Owl (layered eroded wood style).
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 faces Gruyere, Mountain Goat (comic book style) and Monarch AF.
Typefaces from 2015: Hightide (hand-lettered script).
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] ⦿
Aure Font Design
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).
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 faces 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 some nice faces 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] ⦿
Autumn Lane Paperie
Californian designer of some hand-crafted typefaces such as 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. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
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.
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 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. i
Betatype published these fonts:
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 Danolad 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. Typefaces designed by Bigelow:
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.
Blackdreamist is Keith hayden's typefoundry 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.
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.
Blake Haber is married to Michelle Dixon, who runs the foundry Dixie's Delights.
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. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
Branislav S. Cirkovic
Northern Californian illustrator and calligrapher. She designed ITC Cancione (1997). ITC writes: Cancione includes a large number of floral ornaments and tendril-like flourishes. Straight from the wineries in Napa Valley, if you ask me.
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] ⦿
Brian A. Jaramillo
Brian Jaramillo Harvey
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] ⦿
A foundry which made over 500 fonts, mostly in 1998-1999, and seemed to be located in Carlsbad, CA, where Gail Conwell edited their Bright Ideas Magazine at that time. 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.
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] ⦿
San Franciscvo-based foundry, 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 faces. [Google] [More] ⦿
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).
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:
Carl's Web Log
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 Lane Design, San Francisco, CA) created the late art deco typeface Fillmore (2012).
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.
Carolina de Bartolo
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 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.
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).
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, Collegiate (1988, sports lettering), Coventry Script (calligraphic), Cutouts FLF (1992, cargo stencil), Desperado, Dorovar Carolus (1988, Carolingian), 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 Microgamma) , 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.
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 faces 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] ⦿
Designs by Jason Castle from San Rafael, CA, who graduated from Dominican University of California. He does custom font design and sells commercial faces through MyFonts and FontShop. Blog. These include:
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.
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 Eurostyle) and Waukegan LDO Extended (Regular, Bold, Black, Oblique, Bold Oblique, Black Oblique), and the family 1066 Calligraphy (1999). Pic.
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 faces 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 faces.
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).
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).
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] ⦿
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.
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. Dafont link.
Creator of Liquid Crystal (2012, the ultimate LCD typeface family), Linkin Park, 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.
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 (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] ⦿
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] ⦿
CHOMP font collection
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.
Graphic designer in Agoura Hills, CA. Creator of some experimental typefaces in the period 2012-2014.
Designer in Long Beach, CA.
Typefaces from 2014 by Means include CM Pradaesque (a Trajan font).
In 2012, Christopher created CM You Got Me wet, CM Fresh Paint, CM Big Fat Paintbrush, CM Garaflora (floriated Garamond caps), CM Chipped Paint (ornamental caps), CM Sans Serif 2012 (+Aged), CM Jungle Adventure (textured typeface), CM Hot Nurse (chalky font), CM Bank Tower College (an athletic lettering font), CM Western Woodblock (+No. 2), CM Mummy Tape, CM Party Headline (textured caps), CM Shark Week, CM Tropical Script, CM Old Western, CM Cold Request CM Moving Forward (techno face), CM Old Firehouse (grungy), CM Grunge Party.
Born in Los Altos, CA, he 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 assists with the design and production of Adobe's type library. He was (and still is) 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 created Elmhurst (1997), a 7-style transitional family. Presently, he is Technical Product Manager, Type, at Adobe in San Jose.
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.
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. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
Los Angeles-based creator of the techno fonts Divlit (2009) and East Lift (2010).
Comicraft (or: Active Images)
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), Area51 (2005), 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.
Computer Modern fonts
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 (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.
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
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), Twiddlybitz (pixel font), Tritto (handwriting), Skribler, KillerAnts, Goombah, Bokonon. 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer of Compunabula (2015), NE10 (2010, a stencil / neon tube typeface), Area (2008, Umbrella Type, an art deco nightclub face; hints of Avant Garde), Mode (2007, experimental modular type, Umbrella), 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), 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.
Counterpoint Type Studio
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.
Creator of the Arabic simulation typeface Aladdin (2012), Skratchbook (2012), Toms Finger (2013, hand-printed cartoon typeface), Noodlerz (2013), Posterface (2014, +Sans; modular poster font family), Speener (hand-printed), and Victory Script (2015). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
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.
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] ⦿
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 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.
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, insect antenna influences! Discussed here) and Rutager (2001). He was working on Palormak (2006, futuristic).
From 2006 until 2010, he published Agamemnon, a large and warm transitional slab serif typeface with wood type influences that covers Latin, Cherokee, Cyrillic and Greek.
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 faces 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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Daniel L. Isdell
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Freelance graphic designer in Los Angeles. Behance link. She got a BFA in Graphic Design from California State University of Long Beach (2012).
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] ⦿
Joshua Darden is an exceptionally gifted typeface designer with a studio in Brooklyn, NY. Joshua Darden founded the ScanJam Design Company in 1993, together with Tim Glaser. At ScanJam, he designed numerous retail and custom faces. In 2000, Josh Darden left Scanjam to work for the Hoefler Type Foundry. In 2005, he joined the type coop Village. Interview with Josh Darden. Old URL. FontShop link.
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 M. Boudreau
Graphic designer in Los Angeles, where he ran/runs Beautiful Bastards. Subsequently, he is associated with Questus Inc and Big Country Labs, and is now located in Costa Mesa, CA and Tustin, CA.
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.
Darren Odden (Odden Creative Media, 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] ⦿
Illustrator in Los Angeles. Behance link. He has been creating fonts since 1994. These are mainly grungy, scary and comic book faces. 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. [Google] [More] ⦿
David Jonathan Ross
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.
At ATypI meetings he is invariably the tallest participant, and often the only one wearing a cowboy hat. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam.
David Myriad Rosenbaum
David Myriad's FontORama
David Myriad Rosenbaum (El Sobrante, CA) created high quality free fonts for Ugaritic (Ugaritic 3.1) and old Phoenician (Phoenician Moabite).
Author of Letter Perfect The Art of Modernist Typography 1896-1953 (San Francisco, 2001). [Google] [More] ⦿
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:
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).
Dead Image Design
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] ⦿
Los Angeles-based designer of Funderful (2013), a colorful hand-painted all caps alphabet (2013).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)
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. New books. One of the first places to consult, in my view. New type books. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:
FontStructor in 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.
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).
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.
His typefaces: OL Siynnamin Gothic, OL Radiant Slender, OL Raleigh Gothic (A, B) Display (2013), OL Titling Deco Semi Hilight (2013), OL Gotham Gothic (2013), OL Forum Titling (2013, Trajan column lettering), OL Signpainter Titling Face (2013, copperplate-influenced titling face), OL America The Beautiful (2013, a fashionable didone without ball terminals), OL Braggadocio (Braggadocio is a 1930 design by William A. Woolley), OL Candida Medium Condensed / Extra Condensed, OL Caslon Light / Bold, OL Chamfer Woodtype, OL Contact Bold Condensed, OL Contact Deco Caps, OL Corvinus Bold Condensed, OL Corvinus Versailles, OL Edenesque, OL Egiziano (+Comstock, 2005), OL Egmont (2005, +Medium, Medium Italic, Condensed: after Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos, 1933), OL Engraver's Roman, OL Engraver's Classic Roman (2009), OL Franklin Wide, OL Franklin Extra Bold / Extra Bold Italic, OL Franklin Triple Condensed, OL Garamond (2003), OL Gotham Gothic, OL Grecian Classic Bold Condensed / Bold Extra Condensed, OL Grecian Display, OL Grecian Modern (the Grecian series imitates wood type), OL Gothic Wide and Bold, OL Hairline Gothic (2009), OL Headline Gothic Triple Condensed, OL Heavy Metal Grecian, OL Jenson Bold Condensed / Extra Bold Condensed, OL Latin Classic Condensed, OL Lightline Gothic, OL Marksman Shot, OL Marla Bold, OL Miehle Classic (2009, +Condensed), OL Newsbytes Gothic, OL Purrrbank Gothic, OL Qumran Torah Hebraic Set, OL Racer Roman, OL Raleigh Gothic, OL Roman Compressed (2004), OL Roman Wide Deco Caps, OL Smokler (2006), OL Sharon Gothic Stoned, OL Sinead Stoned and Pointy, OL Smokler, OL Smokler Deco Caps, OL Thorne with Shadow, OL Twenty-five Deco Semicondensed, OL Windowpane Gothic, OL Woody Blocked, OL Avril Roman (2003, a flared face, after Emil Rudolf Weiss), OL Brierwood Grecian, OL Butterfly, OL Egyptian, OL Franklin, OL Garamond, OL London Black, OL Machina Black (2003, octagonal, mechanical), OL Manhattan, OL Marquee, OIL Newsbytes (2003, bold and black newsprint faces), OL Radiant, OL Round Gothic, OL Siynnamin Gothic, OL Skeleton Gothic, and HispanicHeritage (1999).
His fonts are sold through Phil's Fonts, Dsgnhaus, International Typefounders, and MyFonts. His 2001 fonts are signed Siynn bar-Diyonn, which is his Hebrew name. His Hebrew fonts published in 2007 include OL Hebrew Formal Script, OL Hebrew Neo Black, OL Hebrew Block, OL Hebrew Calligraphica, OL Hebrew Chisel, OL Hebrew Cursive, OL Hebrew Deco, OL Hebrew Handwriting, OL Hebrew Handwriting Deco, OL Hebrew Headline, OL Hebrew Prismatic, OL Hebrew With Tagin, and OL Qumran Torah.
Californian designer of the casual script typeface Wendell (2015), the hand-drawn sans poster typeface Tender (2014), the art deco typeface Nouvelle (2014) and the tall poster typefaces Simplesse (2013) and Hensel (2013). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
His fonts include Lavinia and Manicotti (an ultra reversed-stress Western-look display face that won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014), an untitled French Clarendon and and untitled semi-serif. Originally from Los Angeles, he was a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied information design and typographic tradition. The fat Egyptian typeface DJR Manicotti (Western saloon style) won an award at TDC2 2007 (for a free lookalike, see Plagiacotti (2009, Saberrider)).
After graduation, he joined Font Bureau as a junior designer and is currently assisting with custom projects and expanding Font Bureau's retail library. In 2009, he published Trilby (Font Bureau), based on 19th century French Clarendon of wood type fame.
Turnip (2012) is an angular and manly text face, also published at Font Bureau.
In 2013, Ross revived Nebiolo's Forma for the redesign of Hong Kong Tatler, a fashion mag, supervised and commissioned by Roger Black, now based in Hong Kong. Read about the whole process in this piece by Indra Kupferschmid. Bungee (2013) won an award at TDC 2014.
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] ⦿
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.
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).
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). 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.
Doyald Young: Logotypes and Letterforms
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 recent 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.
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. 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:
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 (Just Lucky, Los Angeles, CA) is a freelance, graphic designer, letterer and occasional illustrator. He has worked for a wide range of clients including McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi and Penguin Books.
He created the vintage shadowed 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), 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: 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 codesigned 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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Edward Dalton Pelouze
Born in Detroit, 1938. A teacher of graphic design at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, he designed Out West on a 15 degree Ellipse in 1993. He published FellaParts (dingbats) and OutWest 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.
Born in 1799, died in 1876. Edward Pelouze was the second son of Edmund Pelouze, and a key figure in the Pelouze typefoundry 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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Judith Sutcliffe (Audubon, IA) is the Electric Typographer (est. 1986, Santa Barbara, CA). She has made absolutely exquisite highly original faces, 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).
San Francisco-based creator of the ink blot typeface Kleck (2012). Elise can also be found under EG Design Studios, and under Elise Wong.
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. 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:
E-phemera (was: HPLHS Prop Fonts, and earlier: Prop Fonts)
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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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).
He made the following typefaces and type families:
Picture of Eric Spiekermann shot by Chris Lozos at Typo SF in 2012.
Erin Wheatley (Erin Wheatley Design, Pasadena, CA) created the curly typeface Romeo (2013).
Esquivel Typefoundry (was: Aeasea Type Foundry)
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).
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] ⦿
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).
Exclamachine Type Foundry
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 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).
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.
Foundry located in San Diego, CA. Vendor of fonts by a variety of artists:
Fabulous Rice Fonts
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 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).
Foundry which offers fonts by Robert Trogman, a graphic designer now living in Palm Springs, CA, where he runs Trogman Signs. His fonts include
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Flashfonts is 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.
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).
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: 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] ⦿
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 faces made in 2009---ideal for posters.
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. Fontboy (est. 1995, San Anselmo, CA, principals: Bob Aufuldish and Kathy Warinner, now called Aufuldish&Warinner) made OldMoney (truetype), Baufy (1994), RoarShock, Punctual (a connect-the-dots typeface family), NewClearEra, Viscosity (1996, with Kathy Warinner), Whiplash (1994). Mostly baroque modernism fonts. The Roarshock dingbats remind me of Zapf Dingbats, while Armature (1997) is just a regular semi-grunge font. Armature Neue (1997-2010) and Armature Neue Sans (2014) are monoline typeface families. Panspermia is the king of grunge. RoarType One is a "pixel" font where each pixel has been replaced by two alternating characters from the RoarShock dingbats.
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.
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 (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:
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, Enchanted Castle, 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.
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.
For Personal Gain
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.
Los Angeles-based company that distributed a 5000+ library of two-inch film fonts for display faces, 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.
In 2015, Harold Lohner revived , which Trogman cut based on an art nouveau sign in a Belgian restaurant in 1962. 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.
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.
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 Bonislwasky), JAF Peacock (2007-2010, Just Another Foundry: done with Tim Ahrens), Bipolar (2009, +Decorative, +Poster) and Occulista (2009, versatile inline family).
Graphic designer in San Diego and Tijuana, who created the block faces 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 faces such as Liber13 (high-contrast squarish poster face) and Lisa The Lush. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fryda Berd, alias 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.
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.
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. The design team consisted of Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly, Fred Brady, and Christopher Slye.
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] ⦿
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
G. R. Bourne
G. William Music Production
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] ⦿
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).
GagaFonts (or: Gaga Design)
Jens Gehlhaar at GagaFonts made 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. Gaga Design is based in Bad Ems, Germany. Gehlhaar also hangs him pyjamas in California. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
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] ⦿
Los Angeles-based designer of the geometric typeface Zev (2013) and the pixel typeface Terrage (2014).
In 2014, he made the grungy typeface Rekaptcha.
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).
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 (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).
GeoBo Fonts is a San Diego-based foundry, established in 2004 by G.R. Bourne. Their faces 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] ⦿
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:
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. Alternate URL. Yet another URL.
George Williams is best known as the inventor and creator of FontForge, the bigest and best free font editor today. It made him the darling of the Open Software community. Interview with OSP.
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.
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.
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] ⦿
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.
Glyphobet (was: mattt's fonts)
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.
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.
Government Studios (was: GVMNT)
Typefaces from 2012: the bamboo cut-tipped caps typeface Envy Races (with possible use in fashion mags), the Peignotian typeface Counterfeit Black, and the wide wedge-serifed slightly engraved high-contrast titling typeface Black Feud.
In 2014, Government Studios designed the spiky all-caps typeface Spotlight and the flared typeface Opium (which was designed using the herbarium specimens of Papaver somniferum).
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] ⦿
Greek House of Fonts
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.
Born in Nebraska, 1958. 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.
Based in Mount Dora, FL, Greg Thompson is the designer of Bodega Sans and Bodega Serif at Font Bureau. Allan Haley reviews Bodega. He also created Agenda, FB Century Bold Condensed (1992, after the 1906 design at ATF by Morris Fuller Benton), Clicker (1992-2005), Commerce (1991, with Rick Valicenti).
About Clicker: Greg Thompson's original soft octagonal Clicker 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.
At Thirstype, he created Ooga Booga (1994, with Rick Valicenti). Bluty (2000) seems to be a copy of Agenda.
Gregory W. Jacobson
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.
Glendale, CA-based graduate of the Art Center College of Design, who created an unnamed slab serif typeface in 2013.
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. His typefaces straddle the Victorian, arts and crafts and art nouveau eras.
His typefaces include:
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] ⦿
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.
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.
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. He created the Agfa-Monotype fonts New Gothic Light (2001), Architec (2001, architectural and lined), Blockade (2001, grunge), Tuscany (2001, a beautiful scribbly hand), Woodcut Alpha (2001, Kafkaesque) and West Of China (2001, a great oriental-looking calligraphic font). Other fonts include Spoleto (2001, a funky hand-drawn face).
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), Mazama, Premium Thin, RhyoliteVertical (1990) and Andesite (1991) which can be found on many archives. He also made Harris Modern Extended.
"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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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).
Revivals of his work:
Herbert F. Van Brink
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] ⦿
Highground Industries (or: Highground Graffiti Fonts, or: Fulltime Artists)
Matt Napolitano (b. 1977) runs Highground Industries (ex-Highground Graffiti Fonts, ex: Fulltime Artists) in Milpitas and/or San Jose, CA. Graffiti Fonts was also run by them. And so is 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 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).
Max Kisman (b. 1953, Doetinchem) is a Dutch freelance graphic designer who graduated in 1977 in graphic design, typography, illustration and animation at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 1986, he co-founded TYP/Typografisch Papier, and taught graphic design and typography at various colleges in the Netherlands in the years following that. He is principal of MKDSGN, his studio in Mill Valley, California, and founded Holland Fonts, a foundry for his typeface designs in 2002. Max teaches graphic design, typography and typeface design in San Francisco. He currently lives in Mill Valley, CA.
His early typefaces: ExtendedMaxMixOne (1991), Rosetta, Jacque (1991, FontFont), Fudoni (1991), the experimental font Linear Konstruct (FUSE 2).
He wrote a coffeetable book on typography in the streets of Paris, but no book store in Paris seems to have it, and I have looked! He is editor of Tribe.
In 2002, he started Holland Fonts. His fonts there: Bebedot Blonde (2002), Bebedot Black, Bfrika (2002, an interesting African lettering font), Cattlebrand (2002), Chip 96 (2002), Chip 02 (2002), Circuit Closed (2002), Circuit Open, Interlace Single (2002), Interlace Double, Mundenge Rock (2002), Nevermind (2003, a cut-out style reminiscent of Saul Bass's movie titling types), Pacific Sans (2003), Pacific Serif (2003), Pacific Standard L, Pacific Standard B, Pacific Classic L (2002, artsy, stylish), Pacific Classic B, Quickstep Regular (2002, an angular font), Quickstep Bold, Quickstep Sans R, Quickstep Sans B, Submarine (2003, an octagonal font family), Traveller Regular (2002), Traveller Bold, Tribe Mono (2003, a tech font), Zwartvet (2002, a Van Doesburg/ De Stijl type font).
Four free ransom note fonts made in 2003: Dutch Doubles, Frisco Remix, We Love Your Font, MaxMix One. At Union Fonts, he (re-)published Bebedot, BFRIKA, Cattlebrand, Chip01, Chip02, Pacific, Quickstep, Submarine and Traveller in 2003, and Mata Hari (Indic simulation typeface in weights called Exotique, Hollandaise and Parisienne) and Xbats (2004, Christmas dingbats) in 2004.
Speaker at ATypI 2004 in Prague.
Hrant H. Papazian
Hype Type Studio
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, Delicacy, Primetime (sans).
Typefaces from 2015: Quartzo, Diamond Dust (an eroded script), Stargazer, Neoteric (geometric sans).
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] ⦿
Designer (b. 1979, San José, CA) who made the graffiti typeface Hypografic (2010) and the fingerpainted typeface Fingerlinger (2012).
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), 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
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).
Hunt Roman is a type designed by Hermann Zapf in the early sixties in collaboration with Jack Stauffacher. 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). 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. He now runs the Greenwood Press in San Francisco.
San Francisco, 1908-1975. 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 created Trade Gothic (1948-1960), Majestic (1953-1956), Aurora (1960, a newspaper type; the Bitstream digital clone is News 706).
Mac McGrew writes: 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 faces continued to grow, Linotype changed the name to Trade Gothic Condensed and Extra Condensed, with their bold faces, 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 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++).
Talented new media designer in San Francisco who graduated in 2010 with a BFA at the Academy of Art University. Home page. In 2010, he created a needle-themed beauty, Toxetica (or Toxectica). It comes with a phenomenal poster. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jake&Dan (or: Creatogether)
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 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 J. Connell
James J. Connell Fonts
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] ⦿
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.
Graphic designer in 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). Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
James M. Harris
James S. Ferguson
Leeds, UK-based designer, whose company is called Oh No Type. In 2011, he was a student at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Graduate of the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag in 2014. Typefaces:
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] ⦿
San Jose, CA-based creator of the geometric typeface Legorreta Light Display (2012).
Graphic designer in Garden Grove, CA. Behance link.
Jason Anthony Walcott
Jason Anthony Walcott
Jason Anthony Walcott
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] ⦿
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.
JAW Fonts (Jukebox Type)
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 faces. 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).
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:
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.
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.
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] ⦿
Born in 1957 in Battle Creek, USA, he teaches typography and design at the 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.
Burbank, CA-based designer who made the fashion mag typeface Jaylinn (2012).
Los Angeles-based creator of the calligraphic poster Shit Will Alays Butt Out (2012).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Jill Bells's Cyberstudio
A graduate of UCLA and Otis/Parsons, Jill worked as a graphic artist, primarily creating letter forms, logotypes, signage, calligraphic elements, icons, and handwriting pieces. She worked as sign painter in a shop and as a production artist for Saul Bass. She was based in Los Angeles and was active from circa 1980 until today.
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).
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 (Pasadena, CA) modified ITC Tiffany when he created the fancy didone fashion mag typeface AM Debbie (2012).
Jim Kurrasch's Kanji
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
Joe C. VanDerBos
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).
In 2014, she designed Daisy Charming and Rose Charming.
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:
Behance link. John is a web designer in Los Alamitos, CA.
John B. Wundes
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. 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. In 2008, he joined Microsoft as a Program Manager in the typography team. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. President of ATypI from 2007 until 2013. Pic. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
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, 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).
John J. Palmer
John M. Fiscella
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, 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, 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, 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 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 Hypnotique, Samaritan Lower (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Graveyard Smash, Maladroit, Extra Extra (pen-lettered newspaper headline font family), Merry Melody.
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).
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 is a graphic designer in Santa Ana, CA. His work includes a beautifully lettered poster in the style of Egon Schiele (2013).
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] ⦿
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 moved to Querétaro in 2009 and is graphic designer there---his studio is called Imprimatvr. The first typeface published at Imprimatvr is Caliente (2012).
At Tipos Latinos 2012, Jorge won an award in the text category for Unna regular.
San Jose-based designer (b. 1983) of the free lava lamp font Juiced (2013).
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).
Joshua Hadley works at Ascender Corporation since 2004. 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.
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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. Yet another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
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:
Located in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, Justin Allen (b. California) used FontStruct to created the tall skinny font Delgado (2013), which was inspired by public lettering in Oaxaca.
Californian designer of GFHypnotrance (1996) at GarageFonts.
Kris Yoo was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She is an interaction designer in Newport Beach, CA.
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).
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, Germany. Timeline of his achievements:
Dr. Ken Lunde is Manager of CJKV Type Development at Adobe Systems Incorporated, San Jose, CA. He holds a Ph.D. (1994) in Linguistics from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote Understanding Japanese Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1993), and CJKV Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1999). He also wrote CJKV Information Processing: Chinese, Japanese, Korean&Vietnamese Computing (O'Reilly). In 2010, Adobe will release the first genuinely proportional Japanese font, Kazuraki (by Japanese type designer Ryoko Nishizuka), which was developed at Adobe in 2009 under his management.
Kenji Wai Chang was raised In Macau. In 2006, Kenji moved to the United States to study graphic design at San Jose State University. Her Mirage typeface (2012) is based on Salvador Dali's paintings. [Google] [More] ⦿
West Sacramento, CA-based designer of the rounded sans Simplex (2012), the tall-legged Twiggy Display (2012), the sans family Locksmith Display (2012, an experiment on inline), the arched shadow headline typeface Architype (2012), the bicolored geometric typeface El Grito (2012), Squirrel Display (2012), the geometric layered typeface Chunky Display (2012), and the Western slab typeface Slabtastic Display (2012).
Typefaces from 2013 include Samuel Display (+Clean, +Ruff), Industry Display (+Raised, +Inline, +Lined: an octagonal typeface family), Winter Display (a spurred typeface), Delilah Display, Wellington Display. The Condensed weight of this family is tweetware. Rockefeller Display has mini-slabs characteristic of copperplate. Barker Display is a condensed straight-edged typeface. Elizabeth Display has so many different crazy terminals that it must be classified as high-Victorian.
Typefaces from 2014: Cornelius Display (weathered slab serif), Quentin Display.
Typefaces from 2015: Bear Display (a heavy octagonal typeface), Mable Display (spurred vintage typeface).
Fine artist, fashion photographer and graphic designer in San Francisco. She created Paperboat (2010, geometric, art deco) and Meisky (2010, a Peignotian sans). I also like her other work, which is often in gray, black and white---see, e.g., her Bonnydoon Syrah wine bottle label design. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kimmy Kirkwood (b. 1988, Seattle, WA) (Kimmy Design) studied at Chapman University, and lives in Santa Monica, Orange County.
At Dafont, one can download Kuppel (a hairline display sans) and Hammer Head, both done in 2010 as well.
Phase two of Kimmy's career started late in 2010 as Kimmy Design, where one now has to pay for Madeleine (2010) and Katelyn (2011). Addison (2011) is a wood type Western circus poster font in two styles, West and Circus.
In 2013, Kimmy published Lunchbox Slab, the grungy Appareo, the condensed minimalist sans family Maxwell Sans, its companion Maxwell Slab, the scriptish typeface Lunch Box, and the bold headline family Station (inspired by old train station typography).
Typefaces from 2014: Catalina (hand-drawn typeface family with sub-styles called Anacapa, Avalon, Clemente Script, Typewriter and Extras, ideal for hand-drawn menus, table cards, chalkboards, and wall quotes), Amorie (a skinny hand-drawn family, with styles called Modella, Nova, SC and Extras).
Kiosk Fonts (Berlin) was founded in 2008 by Frank Griesshammer (b. 1983, Germany), a graduate of HBKsaar (2008) and of the Masters program in type design at KABK (2010). His graduation project in Den Haag involved the multi-pen typeface Quixo (2010), which seems to be have just the right flexibility for packaging and ads. Frank lived in Den Haag, but joined Adobe's type department in 2011.
His alphabets from 2008: Fleischwurst Fett (blackletter), Drückerei (grunge by Haiko Günther), Sommerfest, Rex Mundi (by Haiko Günther), PX Barok (a stitching and needle typeface), Ghana Signpainters Divine Healer (by Haiko Günther), Pappe (randomized cut-out face), Wüste Fraktale (a pixel blackletter by Haiko Günther), A4, Ghana Signpainters Safari (by Haiko Günther), Ghana Signpainters Cocktail (comic book and ad style by Haiko Günther), Format, Black Frituur (blackletter by Haiko Günther), Monaural (geometric), Steelcut (based on Woodcut; by Haiko Günther), Coswig, Roundenau (very rounded).
In 2013, he made HWT Tuscan Extended (Hamilton Wood Type). Hamilton Wood Type explains: It is based on the 1872 William Page & Co. version, while also bearing a very close resemblance to the Morgans & Wilcox Tuscan Extended and No. 2106 from Tubbs Manufacturing Co. It is similar to the Heber Wells Tuscan Extended. All four manufacturers were eventually acquired by Hamilton. The Hamilton designation for this design was simply No. 303. The National Printers' Material Co. of New York also offered a similar Tuscan Extended.
In 2014, Frank designed the free Source Serif typeface family at Adobe, to accompany Paul Hunt's Source Sans Pro (2012). It is a transitional family influenced by Perre Simon Fournier's styles from 1742. Google Web Fonts download link.
Graphic artist and illustrator from Martinez, CA. Designer of Haliwax (2012), License Plates (2012), CocosFritos (2010), Quickrite (2010), GhettoMarquee (2010), Love Romance (2010, Valentine's day dingbats), Hellafont (2009, outlined and hand-printed), Blog the Impailer (2009, a 3d face), Apocalypse Fax (2009), Brutal Tooth (2009), My First F (2009, hand-printed), Negatron (2009, futuristic), DeccoDisco (2009), Tyro Sans (2009), Take Out the Garbage (2009, hand-printed), Pee Pants Script (2009), Oakland Hills 1991 (2009, burning letters), Santa Carla (2009, futuristic), Faucet (2009), Kitten Meat (2009), Koobz (2007, 3d cubic face) and Bowellberalta (2007, rounded fat caps-only face).
With a BFA in 1989 from the Basel School of Design and an MFA from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia in 1996, she became art director of the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, and she is now working as a designer and art director for institutional publications and she teaches at the University of Houston in the graphic communications program. Cholla won at Bukvaraz 2001. She also won an award at Granshan 2008.
She designed these typefaces:
Kreative Korporation (was: Relay Fonts, or: Kreative Software)
Relay Fonts (Rebecca Bettencourt, aka Beckie RGB, and also known as Kreative Korporation and Kreative Software) offers a number of free fonts.
Kristen Ankiewicz offered lovely type 3 fonts and postscript examples of fancy things such as curlicue letters, and beads. She also has a lovely Celtic alphabet done in Adobe Illustrator. Fractal postscript demos as well. All free, of course. The fonts are here. Kirsten runs Ankiewicz Studios, an art studio in San Francisco. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer who graduated from Chapman University, and who is based in Irvine, County, CA. The wrought iron of New Orleans inspired her typeface French Quarter (2011). Kristin Hinkley design. [Google] [More] ⦿
L'Abécédarienne's Original Handlettered Fonts
Amy Conger's free fonts: Halcyon (handwriting), Splurge (handwriting), Ticket Caps, Thicket (1999), Respess Capitals (2003), Duerer Latin (1995-1997), Cricket (1997, double-stroked hand), Gaudin, Revolving Door, Duerer Everyday Tools. Mostly original, mostly handlettered fonts, plus a gallery of unusual lettering and texts. She teaches type design at the City College of San Francisco.
Fontstructor who made My Orchard (2012, a fattish modular typeface). Aka Sunburned Surveyor.
Lara has a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (1993) from UCLA, a Masters in Fine Arts from the chool of Visual Arts in New York City (2007), and a certificate in typography from the Cooper Union in New York (2011). She taught at Pratt in New York from 2007 until 2009, at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 2007 until 2011, and at the New Hampshire Institute of Art from 2012 onwards. Lara designed a few typefaces during her career. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Venice, CA, and before that, in Miami, FL. During her studies, Laura Pol (Pol Designs) created the free blackboard bold display typeface Wamed001 (2013) and the modular typeface Aroma Bold and Light (2013, free).
In 2014, she designed the alchemic typeface Tyde, the sans typeface Kohmar, and the free geometric sans typeface Aqua Grotesque that reminds us of the 1940s.
In 2015, she designed the free squarish typeface Novu-M.
Los Angeles-based creator of a typographic logo for The Little Bureau (2012).
Freelance graphic designer in San Diego, who created these typefaces in 2013: Kiya (a beautiful display typeface that brims with native Indian symbolism), Feesh (a sketched typeface), and Cabana (a blackboard bold typeface). [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Orange County, CA, Lauri Johnsen is working on the stencil typeface Tuscan Stencil (2005) and Breccia Stencil (2004). Designer of a 2-pixel (!!!) font described here (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
Freelance computer illustrator in Pacifica, CA. Author of "Creating Great Web Graphics". Some free art. Designed a few faces of her own, mostly licensed to NIMX Foundry: Scat, Scat Dingbats, Jitterbat (1994), Jitterbug (1994), Holiday Mix, and Faces. Other faces include Spud Dude, Beebop (2009, a sixties party font), and NIMX Nature Mix (NIMX, 1995).
Sonoma-based Adobe art director and designer of the Adobe font Giddyup (1993, with rope letters). And of the ornament font Giddyup Thangs. From her web page: Laurie Szujewska is the principal of Szujewska Design, a firm specializing in graphic design and typography for use in the education and entertainment of children. Ms. Szujewska received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art, where she studied with Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, Wolfgang Weingart, Armin Hofmann and Edward Tufte. She joined Silicon Valley's Adobe Systems early in its formation, serving as art director in Adobe's type products division under the leadership of Sumner Stone. Szujewska was responsible for the design of the award-winning Adobe Original type specimen books series, the magazine Font and Function, and the creation of the typeface Giddyup. The recipient of numerous design awards, she has taught design and typography at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She also studied and maintained a studio at the Center for Book Arts, New York City.
During her studies in San Diego, CA, Leanna jones created the decorative typeface Ecru (2013): Ecru is a typeface designed specifically for a multicultural fashion and lifestyle magazine. Henna tattoos have played a large role in the development of the typeface as well as inspiration from floral patterns found in Southeast Asia. The font is meant to embody the beauty of this culture by incorporating these motifs within each letter. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lee Hendrix and Thea Vignau-Wilberg wrote The Art of the Pen Calligraphy from the Court of the Emperor Rudolf II (2002, Getty Publications, Getty Museum, Los Angeles). The promotional blurb about this beautiful booklet: The court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II produced nothing more amazing than the Mira colligrophioe monumenta, a flamboyant demonstration of two arts-calligraphy and miniature painting. The project began when Rudolf's predecessor commissioned the master calligrapher Georg Bocskay to create a model book of calligraphy. A preeminent scribe, Bocskay assembled a vast selection of contemporary and historic scripts. Many were intended not for practical use but for virtuosic display. Years later, at Rudolf's behest, court artist Joris Hoefnagel filled the spaces on each manuscript page with images of fruit, flowers, insects, and other natural minutiae. The combination of word and images is rare and, on its tiny scale, constitutes one of the marvels of the Central European Renaissance. The manuscript is now in the collections of the Getty Museum. Forty-eight of its pages are reproduced in this book, containing samples of classic italic hands; historical, invented, and exhibition hands; Rotunda, a classicizing humanist script based on Carolingian minuscule; classically based scripts; and Gothic blackletter and chancery. Other publications include An Abecedarium: Illuminated Alphabets From The Court Of Emperor Rudolf Ii An Abecedarium: Illuminated Alphabets From The Court Of Emperor Rudolf II (1997). [Google] [More] ⦿
Metal band performer (Impaled), and designer of the great dripping blood font Solstice of Suffering and of the gothic font Incantation (1995). His company, called GraveTech, was located in San Pablo, CA.
Agfa Creative Alliance designer Leslie Cabarga has the following thesis: all free fonts are either of poor quality or are in some way pirated. This is a disappointing view from a talented type designer. Clearly, there are top-of-the-line original free fonts out there made by the likes of Apostrophe, Nick Curtis, Manfred Klein, Petra Heidorn and Dieter Steffmann. On the other hand, Cabarga is right about the abundance of poor quality fonts (unfortunately, both free and commercial), and the proliferation of pirated fonts, renamed time and again, but the renaming is mostly done by commercial companies (often cheap CD vendors). The page used to be here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brian Jaramillo's page that highlights remarkable work by type designers, letterers, sign painters, graffiti artists, stone carvers, calligraphers, poster artists, and graphic designers. Its founders are Brian Jaramillo and Ray Frenden (a custom letterer), and frequent contributors include Jonathan Selig, Alex Savakis and David Hubner. Brian himself runs the Agency 26 lettering blog, where one can ogle his own lettering experiments from 2009: Bikini Killin' (alphabet), a toy font for Tokidoki, Hilton poster lettering, the word Boston, Fuck you lettering, So long sucker poster, Lowercase g, LetterCult logo, Kanye Unabomber art deco lettering.
Photolettering foundry run by Marc Jones Barry Kimbrough in Culver City, CA. Russell Bean worked for the Los Angeles studio of Lettergraphics International in charge of lettering, logo design and converting type designs to film fonts. It was at this time (1973) that the Washington family (digital version at Type Associates, Russell Bean's present company) was completed. The company ceased operations in the mid-1980s. Digital revivals:
Chuck Davis (Palmdale, CA) is the founder of Letterhead Fonts, which is now loacted in Reno, NV. LHF was established in 1999. They specialize in sign and logo fonts, taking inspiration from wood type and late 19th century style typefaces.
Free fonts "Letterhead Tuscan" (handlettering), Quadrex (2006, 3d effect font), and Wal-Mart People (dingbats). Early display fonts include Esoteric (1999), Wall Dog, Double Gild, Convecta, Smalts, Splash, Lisa. His Atkinson collection has a few nice lettering alphabets: Heavy Sign Script, Eccentric French, Fancy Roman and Modern 1908 Classic (now called Cafe Nouveau).
Mike Stowe designed Old Blackletter in 2001. Ken McTague made the hand-lettered style typeface Boston Truckstyle. Designed by Brian Kniceley in 2000: LHF Henderson Church, LHF Ohnimus Florid, LHF Ohnimus Spiked, LHF Strong Tea House, Strong Caliope, Strong Nouveau.
Fonts made around 2000 by Chuck Davis: LHFActionMovie LHF Bulletin Plug, LHF Classic Block, LHF Condensed French, LHF Convecta (2005, beveled face), LHF Cool Blue, LHF Crouching Tiger, LHF Def Artist, LHF Def Writer, LHF Double Gild, LHF Eccentric French Lt, LHF Esoteric, LHF Heavy French Roman, LHF Heavy Sign Script, LHF Jami (2000), LHF Letterhead Tuscan, LHF Lisa, LHF Modern 1908 Classic, LHF Quantum (2001, techno family), LHF Smalts, LHF Splash,LHF Tuscan Full Block (Western style), LHF Wall Dog, LHF Letterhead Tuscan. Fonts made in 2001 by Chuck Davis: LHF Advertisers Plug ATK, LHF Argentine Solid, LHF Boston Truckstyle, LHF Esoteric New, LHF Grants Antique, LHF Mister Kooky, LHF Mister Spooky, LHF Scriptana (2003, angular calligraphic script).
The following are all by Chuck Davis: LHF Antique Shop, LHF Fat Cat (2011, a round informal typeface influenced by Alf Becker's rounded block letterstyle), LHF Bank Note (2007), Quadrex (2005), Menace (2004, comic book style), Michelle (2004, calligraphic script), LHF Ambrosia (2004, free), Sofia Script (2003), Stanford Script (2003), Sarah Script (2003), Fancy Full Round (2003, a Western typeface inspired by Al Imelli, ca. 1900), Matthews Thin (2003, tall caps face), New Modern Classic (2003), LHF Birgitta (2003, roman style typeface, inspired by an E.C. Matthews book), LHF Happy Fun Ball (2003, comic book style), CD Esoteric, OldSignFont, Robin, LHFDefWriter, LHFDefArtist, LHF Amarillo (2001, a spurred serif), LHFBeckerMonogramEnglish, LHFBeckerPosterScript, LHFBeckerRoundedBlock, LHFConclaveFLATreg, Cool Blue (2003), LHFConclaveFLATwide, LHFConclaveROUNDreg, LHFConclaveROUNDwide, LHFConclaveSHARPreg, LHFConclaveSHARPwide, LHFCrouchingTiger, LHFCrouchingTigerCONVEX, LHFEquinox, LHF Esoteric3 (2004), LHFMirageBOLD, LHFMirageITALIC, LHFMirageREG, LHFMonogram, LHFQuantumCONVEX, LHFQuantumREG, LHFRomanaClassico, LHFScriptana (great lettering font), LHFTimberlodge, Village, Kelly Ann, Outlaw, Hensler (2002, a cigar box face), Antique Half Block (2002, wood type), Spurred Egyptian, Wolverine, Ortlieb, Super Thick&Thin, Denise, Hensler, Charlotte, Antique Half Block (2002), Supabad (2003), Brianna (2003, techno), Happy Fun Ball (2003, comic book family), Naylorville (2004), LHF Grant's Antique (2004, caps only Victorian face), Michelle (2004), Cafe Corina (2006, a decorative 19th century style free font by Chuck Davis), LHF Ambrosia (2004, a purely Victorian free font by Chuck Davis), Lincoln (2006), No Fishin (2006), LHF Bell Boy (2004, a free art deco font, Chuck Davis), LHF Full Block (2003; free slab serif athletic number typeface by Davis), Mike's Block (free slab serif by Davis), Old Block (free athletic numbering typeface by Davis), Old Stock (2007, lettering from old stock market certificates), Hick Sticks (2007, letters made from sticks), LHF Fast Slant (2007, comic book style), LHF Cartoon Cowboy (2009), LHF Big Daddy (2012, fat signage family), LHF Comic Caps 2 (2014), LHF Advertisers Square (2014, after a signage alphabet by Al Imelli, 1922), LHF Asylum (2015, scratchy brush).
At one point, Chuck Davis was running Blu Creative Media, where he published BLU Esoteric (1999).
New York City-based web and graphic designer (b. 1984, Los Angeles) who created the bilined headline typeface Doubletri (2011). She studied first at Tel Aviv University and then Instituto Europeo di Design i Barcelona. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
David Hamuel (Lighthouse) is the Los Angeles-based designer of commercial Hebrew fonts in the Umbrella Type Collection at Veer: Shirah Joie, Shirah 25, Poster 1492, Kitra 77, Hannah Joie, Hamuel Nine Five, Ayasha. These fonts can also be purchased from MyFonts: Ayasha, Hamuel Nine Five, Hannah Joie, Kitra 77, Poster 1492, Shirah 25, Shirah Joie. Most fonts were made in 2006. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Codesigner, at Polygraph in Falls Church, DC, with Jason Mannix of the blackletter face Enzian (2011), which was awarded at TDC2 2011. The blurb about Enzian at TDC: Enzian is the product of a German research fellowship sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. We set out with two goals: to better understand the technical nuance and complicated history of German Blackletter and produce an original typeface inspired by our findings. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Nils Lindstrom is a Glendora, CA-based logotype and type designer. He is the creator of the elegant script typeface Elfin (2007, a fanciful reinterpretation of the elvish type found inside the ring in J. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings), and the heavyweight upright signage script Beppo (2011). Jeff Rubow designed Sticks (comic book face) and Mr Jenkins (comic book style) at Lindstrom in 2010.
Noted calligrapher, who also designs type. Stigmata won the Silver prize in the Morisawa Type Design Competition in 1999. It is her fantastic interpretation of European Gothic Cursive writing from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Linnea is responsible for the 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 Binney 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 Binney&Ronaldson. For this book, the type has been printed from photopolymer plates. In 2008, she joied Mark van Bronkhorst at Sweet Fonts and designed Sweet Upright Script with him. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Living Scripts of the Philippines
"Fonts for the Buhid, Hanunóo, and Tagbanwa scripts still used in the Philippines are available.": 25USD for six fonts in any format you like. Send check to Sushi Dog Graphics, P.O. Box 26A54, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Page by Hector Santos. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lori LeBeau-Walsh (LLW Studio, Winchester, CA) is an American commercial artist and graphic designer who has a passion for lettering and typography.
In 2010, she made Ocean Beach, Studio Neon, a classical multiline display family. Market Street Neon (2011) is a multiline caps face. Asta (2011), named after the pup in the Thin Man movies from the 1930s and early 1940s, is an art deco / streamline moderne all-caps display font.
Designer (b. 1986, San Francisco) who lives in San Francisco, but is listed at MyFonts as a denizen of Brooklyn, NY. Lucas Sharp is involved with Typeslashcode in New York. In 2011, he and Juan Carlos Pagan set up Pagan&Sharp in Brooklyn, NY. Foundry link at MyFonts. His typefaces:
Luke D. Owens
Lux Typographics (was: Intersection Studio)
Lux Typographics (Los Angeles, CA) was established in 1996 by Greg Lindy and Michael Rey. It is mainly involved in custom typography. Greg Lindy is the sole type designer for Lux Typographics and is a founding member, along with Michael Rey, of Intersection Studio in Venice, CA. Greg lives and works in Los Angeles, and teaches type design at The Otis College of Art and Design.
Typefaces, first available via Thirstype, include Lux Sans (2003), Section (2003, a sans family), Omega (a connected display face), Crank8 (2005, with Henk Elenga, as seen in Esquire Magazine), Autoknit (knitting font), Carinho (for Johnson & Johnson), Forge (for an Alaskan seafood company), SH Grotesk (for Simply Hired), Splenda, GDT Gothic (for the identity of the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Gustan, Resource Grotesk (for Resource Decor), and Nova (2003).
Lux Typographics joined the type coop Village in 2005.
In 2012, Lindy published the rounded sans family Colette.
Makers of Fontographer. Macromedia, Inc., 600 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Fontographer v4.1: list price $495, but available for under $300. For example, Diskovery sells it to students in the US for 228USD (129+99), Windows and Mac. Also included in Macromedia Graphics Studio bundle, which may be available as a competitive upgrade. A well-established font editor on the Mac and the PC, the tool used for many fonts currently on the market. A demo version is available from Macromedia on CD. Fontographer uses its own format for files, which has the same mathematical basis as Type 1, but can 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. Latest deal: for 200USD, get the Macromedia Designers bundle, which included Fontographer, Freehand, Xres,&Extreme 3D. [Google] [More] ⦿
M-A-D is an interdisciplinary design agency with primary expertise in branding and visual communications. Located in Sausalito, CA, its main designer is Erik Adigard.
MADtype (est. 1996) is Matt Desmond's place in the type world. He has had a prolific career that started out with shareware fonts while Matt was at the Minneapolis Technical and Community College. His page back then said A haven for quality shareware type for the Mac. Later, Matt started mattdesmond.com, and co-founded the Test Pilot Collective (est. 1998 with Joseph Kral and Mike Cina). Many of his early faces were experimental and/or futuristic. In late 2003, mattdesmond.com disappeared, and MADtype, commercial now, resurfaced at the MyFonts site. Currently, Matt is based in Minnetnka, MN. He has also lived in Atlanta, GA, Fayetteville, GA, Rochester, NY, Redwood City, CA, and San Francisco, CA. His fonts can also be purchased via You Work For Them. He also does commissioned type design. Some fonts are freely available at the Google Font Directory.
Commissioned types: 77kids (2007, for the children's brand; the sketched faces were done with Justin Thomas Kay), AE Aerie (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Newburgh (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Summer Fonts (2007, all for American Eagle Outfitters), EEL Futura (2006, for Enjoying Everyday Life), Nike World Cup (2006), Virgin America (2006).
Orphaned types that disappeared or were planned but never executed: BrotherMan, Caprice, Convolve, HipstersDelight, Lugubrious, ModestaSmallCaps, Serifity, Skitzoid, Sliver, ThrowupSolid, Auresh (1998, futuristic; Test Pilot Collective), Kcap6 (1998, with Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Epiphany (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Testacon (with Kral and Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Civicstylecom (1999; Test Pilot Collective), Lutix (1998; Test Pilot Collective), Xerian (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Swoon, Furtive (2004, a sans), the display typeface Flathead (2004), the blackletter typeface Bahn (2004), Mesotone BT (2006, Bitstream, a monoline sans), Practical (a monoline connec script, planned in 2007 but not published), Poliphili (planned in 2007, as a revival of an Aldus/Griffo font), Wutupdo (1996, Garage Fonts), GFDesmond (Garage Fonts), Drone, Golden Times (2014, a corporate small caps typeface for the University of Minnesota), Vapiano (2014: hand-printed typeface for Vapiano International).
Monterey, CA-based Diane Ehlers (Magpie Fonts, Font Queen 100) made all her fonts with either Fontstruct or Font Creator from High-Logic. FontStruct (2008-2010) carries AllLinedUp-MP, Bigfoot-MP, ChainOfFools-MP, ChipOffTheOldBlock-MP, FancySansationCaps-MP, Fuzzy Concept, KnotMyFont-MP (multilined face), LeanMeanFontMachine-MP, New-Sansation-MP, Nickish-MP (named after Nick Curtis), NoClue-MP, NotReally3D-MP (athletic lettering), OddlyDisconnected-MP, Really2D-MP (athletic lettering), SerifsUpDude-MP, SerifsUpDudeFat-MP, SerifsUpDudeSkinny-MP, SonOfBigfoot-MP, Stacked-MP, StarRoars-MP, Cushy-MP (fashionably ultra-fat), FutureDeco-MP, Xs-n-Os-MOP (a stitching font), DizzyDiamonds-MP (another stitching font), Spires-MP, SeeSpot-MP, MazedAndConfused-MP, Pearlies-MP, FacetFolly-MP, SortaDingy-MP, OhSoStudly-MP, Marcelled-MP, Scodi-MP, ToxicAssets-MP, and Keyholed-MP. With the help of John Hill, some her fonts made it to the Open Font Library, where one can find Chain of FoolsMP, Dizzy DiamondsMP, FacetFollyMP and FutureDecoMP (all made in 2008).
Metal type foundry (est. 1915) located at 1802 Hays Street, San Francisco, CA 94129. Some of its types are listed here. From their site: The venerable firm of Mackenzie&Harris, established in 1915, is the oldest and largest type foundry for letterpress printers in the United States. Also known as M&H Type, it offers for sale an extensive selection of fonts of type for hand composition and keeps current with printing technology by providing digital typography as well as traditional lead typecasting and Monotype composition. M&H Type is associated with Arion Press, fine printers and publishers of deluxe limited-edition books, and the Grabhorn Institute, which sponsors educational and apprenticeship opportunities. All share the premises of a handsome1928 industrial building in the Presidio national park of San Francisco. Types available from them. [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design majoring in Communications Design. Mara lives in Colorado. Mara's font I Want To Ride My Bicycle (2011) takes inspiration from bicycle parts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Marc Jones Barry Kimbrough
Margo Chase Design (was: Gravy Designs)
Margo Chase (Margo Chase Design, Los Angeles) create some exquisite fonts such as Celtic Envision, Box Gothic, Bradley, Edit, Evolution, Kruella (1997), Portcullis (by Brian Hunt), Pterra-dactyl, Shiraz (1998), Tribe (by Ferris Emery) and Vitriol. Unless mentioned otherwise, all fonts are by Margo Chase. Many fonts have a gothic flavour, and can be purchased from T-26. Richard Lipton's Ecru, Talon and Shogun fonts at Font Bureau are based on margo Chase's lettering. Klingspor link.
San Francisco-based designer of the sci-fi typeface Hyperion (2012).
Ex-student of typography at UCLA. Designer in 1998 of Crumudgeon (sic) and CrumudgeonDeceased for Bayer, and of TwoVooDoo. At Garagefonts, he has Lelk (2000, a cute irregular font), Bone Spurs (1998) and GF Cheebop (1998). Mark lives in Thousand Oaks, CA. At T-26, he published the dingbat font Form (1997).
Mark Neil Hogan is based in Oak Park, CA. Designer of Unknown (2013), a typeface that will please all UFO enthusiasts because it is based on crop circles. In its genre, it is one of the most successful executions. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mark van Bronkhorst
American type designer in Santa Barbara, CA. His foundry is listed at MyFonts. His typefaces: Taos (native American look), Albuquerque (a decorated version of Taos), Dot Gain, Easy Grunge, Santa Barbara. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Type designer and artist at Lettering Delights who made mostly alphadings and scrapbooking fonts. She was an art major at the University of California and started drawing in 1990. A partial list: Love Hearts, Hannukah Tags, Pine, Fall Sprigs, Boo, Peachy Jardin, Palm, Boat'n, She Shells, By The Sea, Fore, Field O Daisies, Boy Party, Girl Party, Spring Fling, XOs, Sweet Pinks, Little Sprigs, Floral Treat, Dottie Petite Fleur, Floral Treat, Holly Peppermint, Merry Joy, Mistletoe Kisses, Stocking Stuffers. [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator and animator who graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Creator of the beautiful iFontMaker fonts De Pooches and De Pooches Lite (2010, sketched). [Google] [More] ⦿
Match Fonts is the West Hollywood, CA-based foundry led by Michel Bujardet (b. Bordeaux, France, 1951), who is Mike Budge on alt.binaries.fonts. They make and sell interesting font paks. A particular favorite of mine is the Calligraphic Fonts Pack 2, which has the beautiful medieval-look typeface Rodolphe (2001), together with the Chancellerie family, the blackletter font SquareText, and a few Uncial fonts called Oncial. Free demos. Cursive Handwriting is a 6-font pak for teaching handwriting. Also offering a handwriting and signature font service. Among free offerings, check Le Blackmail (ransom font). Also, commercial fonts for these languages: Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Greek, Hawaian, International Phonetic (IPA), Hebrew, Hieroglyphs, Hungarian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Marshallese, Polynesian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian, Yiddish.
Interesting typefaces: Boulon (letters with bolts), Bujardet Freres (French restaurant type), Calebasse (1997, semi-psychedelic), Chinoiseries (Chinese look-alike), Cristolikid (LCD), Diodes Light, Grecques, Halloween, Malabars, Metroplitain (art nouveau), Monogram, Octogone, Osselets (bones), Parador, Ruban Dis-Moi, SilBooettes, TSF et Compagnie, Venitienne, Yiddilatin, Zebrues, and the dingbats Dinosotype, Alphabetzier, Nahkt Hieroglyphics, Norman Prince (children's handwriting), Angelots, Sceaux, Seraphiques, Talismans, La Main Guided, La Main Solid (both children's tracing fonts), Bordini, Bordofixed, BoumBoum, ChapClerk, Dactylographe (nice!), Halotique (sans serif), Tortillon (2001, art deco), Normographe (great too!), Normafixed, Oloron, Parlante (serif family), Presse (typewriter), Technicien. Plus handwriting fonts Skrypta, Skryptaag (upright and connected), Willegha. a Morse Code font. The Halloween pack includes Coulures, Halloween, Osselets and SilBooettes. Fixed width fonts include Dactylographe, Oloron, Bordo, Norma. Direct access. Interview and photo. Alternate URL (in French), with many more fonts, such as the handwritten Pierre, Mariette. MICR E13 B font.
Commercial site that offers TrueType and PostScript fonts for use in Mac text processing software. By Mountain Lake Software in San Francisco. They advertise "The affordable way to type math", but omit to mention that TEX and the Computer Modern fonts are free and better than any other competing product as of 1999. [Google] [More] ⦿
San Francisco, CA-based designer of the sans typeface Bowie (2015) and the hand-drawn typefaces Zafu (2015, in Zafu Fluffed and Zafu Firm versions; rounded and ideal for posters), Couch (2015), Lisa (2014) and Matta Sans Condensed (2014). Tumblr link, Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Ladera Ranch, CA. He studied Art and Design at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo before taking work at Surfer Magazine. Creator of a nice Happy Newyear 2013 poster, as well as a great typographic cycling poster called Jedidiah (2012).
Matthew Butterick (b. 1970, Michigan) grew up in New Hampshire. He got his B.A. degree from Harvard University in visual&environmental studies, also studying mathematics and letterpress printing. His work is in the permanent collection of the Houghton Library at Harvard. Butterick started his design career at the Font Bureau as a typeface designer and engineer. At the beginning of the Internet era, he moved to San Francisco and founded website design and engineering company Atomic Vision. Atomic Vision was later acquired by open-source software developer Red Hat. More recently, Butterick got a law degree from UCLA and has been practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles, Butterick Law Corporation. He operates a web site called Typography for Lawyers and another one called Butterick's Practical Typography.
In 2010, he published Typography for Lawyers. MyFonts link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Bureau link. He has some great one-liners, such as The only good Copperplate is a dead Copperplate. Matthew Butterick's creations:
Pixel foundry run by Santa Cruz, CA-based (was: Calgary, Alberta-based) designer Tyler Young. He writes about his Mean tangerine foundry: Mean Tangerine began in 2003, when founder Tyler Young recognized a need for fonts that would hold their shape in small sizes on screen. Running an online motocross/supercross magazine at the time, he found himself wanting all the selection of traditional PostScript type but within the pixel font world. Without many options, Young began designing his own fonts by hand, translating his designs into published fonts. Mean Tangerine was named for one of his favorite childhood songs by the Beatles, "Savoy Truffle"
His typefaces include the kitchen tile pixel typeface Trixie&Blinker (2004, pixel versions of kitchen tile letters), the pixel typeface Slim (2006, very readable!), the pixel typeface Minus (2005), the dot matrix family Soda (2005), the pixel typeface Consist, the pixel typeface Tex Standard 7 (2007), the script pixel typeface Katie (2005), the futuristic display faces Flipper (2004), Atom (2003), Nuetron (2003, "inspired by Andreas Lindholm's industrial work"), the pixel faces Fredman (2004), Checker (2004), Belleville (2004), Errata Properus (2003), Dorothy (2003), Dope (2004, pixel font), Khaki (2004, pixel family), Commence (2004, pixel family), Biceps (2004, pixel family) and Rolos ( (2002-2003), Shale Modern (2003, pixel face), Arc Classic, Astromo 2017, Chip Classic, Chip Modern, Astromo 2018, Biceps, Bri++LeModern, Celophane Classic, Chain, Chain Unicase, Chaos, Clarus, Clarus even, Clarus Hi, Clarus Lo, Cursor, Disclosure, Dope Classic, Dope Short, Dorothy, Electron Classic, Gumdrop Bubble (2002-2003), Ice Classic, Montessa, Money Narrow, Resolution, Roma, Roma Mini, Screen Sans, Screen serif, Sheriff's Girl Tight, Troy, and Raster (2004).
He also runs Tyler Young Creative, an impossible site that does not display at all on my browser. Behance link. Their 142-font library can be had for 100 dollars. Elsewhere, we read that he is located in Santa Cruz, CA. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Rob Barba (b. 1971, Los Angeles) (Megami Studios, est. 2004) is the Washington, DC-based designer of these free fonts in 2008: Gauche Display (script), Orthotopes (fat, slightly rounded, and gorgeous), Vocaloid (geometric sans), Vocaloid Oblique, Voynich. In 2009, he made Reaver.
At MyFonts, one can buy Voynich, Reaver, Orthotopes, Semiautonomous Subunit Clade (2009, sci-fi), Gauche Display (2010), American Sensation (2010, a techno family), Onigiri (2012), and Shibuya Dancefloor (2009, a techno family), Une Nuit Parisienne (2010, a techno family), Xero (2010, a sans family with irregular stroke widths).
In 2013, they published the cartoonish family Pennywhistle.
Creator of the curly blackletter typeface German Type (2014). Megan is involved in The Student Advertising Graphics Association, which is the student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Los Angeles at CSU Northridge. It groups graphic designers and CSUN students interested in visual communication. [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator in San Francisco who obtained an MA in graphic design in 2014 from Savannah College of Art and Design. Creator of Breezeblocks (2014), a typeface inspired by the band Alt-J and their single, Breezeblocks. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Californian designer (b. 1991) who, with the help of Fontcapture, created the mostly hand-printed faces Quirk, CutiePop (2009), Cloudy (2012), Fourth Grader (2012), MeganBats and MeganHand (2009). Sweetie Hand was drawn in 2013.
In 2009, Californian Meredith Mandel graduated with a BFA in Communication Arts from the Otis College of Art and Design. At The League of Moveable Type she designed Chunk (2009), an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Her Chunk Five font was extended as Chunk Five Ex in 2013 by Peter Wiegel.
Californian creator of the fat finger typeface Mosaical (2012).
Micaela Ballew is a graphic designer born and raised in the Napa Valley, California. In 2014, she was working towards her BFA at Pacific Union College. Designer of Typeaux (2014), a hybrid typeface based on Didot and American Typewriter. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mike Abbink (b. 1967) earned a BFA in Fine Arts, and another one in Graphic Design and Packaging from Art Center in Pasadena. Born in 1967, he was a graphic designer at Meta Design San Francisco doing corporate and web design. In March 1999 he co-founded Method, Inc., a San Francisco-based company specializing in communication strategy, interaction and graphic design. Michael now works at Wolff Olins in New York.
Designer of the sans serif family FF Kievit (2000). This font family is also in the FontBureau collection, and is by many seen as the long-term replacement of Helvetica and Frutiger. FF Kievit won the typeface award at the ISTD TypoGraphic Awards 2001. It was also used to make the house font CDU Kievit for the CDU party in Germany. With paul Van der Laan, he codesigned FF Kievit Slab in 2013 in nine styles.
At Agfa Monotype, he and others designed the large GE Inspira family (2003-2005), about which Michael writes: I actually spent over a year working on the design of Inspira. It was Patrick's [Patrick Giasson] early concept that GE was drawn to, but at that time, it was way too funky and more display like then they wanted. I then took patricks original thoughts and spent several months refining the roman and created an italic (which Patrick did not do) which was then handed to monotype to create more weights and refine a bit. What you see in Inspira now, is quit different from Patrick's original concept. However, the more unique forms from Inspira are indeed driven by patricks original drawings and are the interesting forms of the font (v, x, z, y). I was also involved with art directing and working with the Monotype team (for over a year) in developing all the other iterations of inspira. All told, there were many people involved in the refinement of the Inspira font family. but I must say i would have to take a large credit in the design of inspira along with Patrick. I believe Patrick's designs and my designs created a nice balance that has made Inspira what it is today and of course let's not forget the hard work of monotype in really taking the font to the next level with all the weights, the condensed version, and exotics (Greek, Cyrillic, Turkish, etc.). Michael now works at Wolff Olins in New York.
From 2000 until 2006, he created MichaelAbbink-FFMilo-2000-2006.gif">FF Milo (FontFont), which was followed in 2009 by FF Milo Serif. These faces were developed for magazine and newspaper print and have therefore short ascenders and descenders. Paul van der Laan helped with the production. In 2014, the series was augmented with FF Milo Slab (by Mike Abbink and Jesse Vega).
In 2014, Abbink finished Brando (Bold Monday).
San Francisco-based designer of the party animal dingbat font Bartalk (1996, T26). In 2015, he made a paperclip typeface.
Orange, CA-based designer of 35mm (2013), a film strip typeface.
Californian graphic designer who made Caramel (2009, handwriting), Scribble (2009, based on his own hand), Slevdog (2009, based on his own hand) and Dora (2009, outlined and hand-drawn), mostly with Fontcapture. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Michael Stickley graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and developed a focus on early 20th century art, architecture, and design, which grew into an interest in typography and type design. He works as a graphic designer in the print, interactive, and broadcast fields. Long Beach, CA-based designer of the Arts&Crafts / Goudy-inspired P22 Stickley Text Pro (2009, P22). P22 published Stickley Optical Font family in 2013.
Program Director, Graphic Design program California Institute of the Arts. Designer of the Fraktur font Dominatrix (1994) and of Kookoo (1994).
In 2012, he designed the techno typeface Aviator.
Frank Hainze (Emeryville, CA) used to sell typefaces such as Adorable, Artisan, Celebrity, Crescent, Duchess, Elegance, Formal, Heather, Imperial, ImperialBold, ImperialBoldItalic, ImperialItalic, Legend, MajesticBold, MasonBook, MasonBookOblique, MasonDemi, MasonDemiOblique, Opera, Salsa, Samurai, Victorian (blackletter, 1994), Wedding.
No longer in business. The fonts are still out there, however. For example, check Samurai here.
Ulrich Stiehl documents all forged fonts on the PrintMaster CD and reports that the quality is remarkably good. Examples: Advantage = ITC Avant Garde Gothic, Architect = Adobe Tekton, Editor = ITC American Typewriter, Enchanted = ITC Korinna, Fantasy = ITC Tiffany, Gallery = ITC Galliard, Geneva = Linotype Helvetica, Gourmand = ITC Garamond, Imperial = ITC New Baskerville, Manuscript = Linotype Palatino, Mason = ITC Lubalin Graph, Mirage = ITC Benguiat, Optimum = Linotype Optima, Tiempo = Monotype Times. [Google] [More] ⦿
Miguel Sousa is a Portuguese graphic designer with a big interest in Typography and Typeface Design. After completing his five-year degree in Technology and Graphic Arts from the Instituto Politécnico de Tomar in 2002, he worked for the children's books publisher O Bichinho de Conto for one year, as a graphic designer, typographic designer, book designer, web designer and web developer. Before going to Reading he also worked in MBV Design as a graphic designer, web designer and web programmer.
He graduated from the Master of Arts in Typeface Design programme at the University of Reading, where he developed text typeface named Calouste with extensive support for the Latin and Armenian scripts. Calouste (2005) won an award at TDC2 2006.
In April 2006, he joined Adobe's type development department. He had a hand in these Gerard Unger fonts in 2006, custom produced for the University of Reading: RdgSwift-Bold, RdgSwift-BoldItalic, RdgSwift-Italic, RdgSwift-Regular, RdgVesta-Bold, RdgVesta-BoldItalic, RdgVesta-Italic, RdgVesta.
In 2013, he created the beautiful typeface Gothic Round (Hamilton Wood Type): After Hamilton bought out Page, Wells and Morgan & Wilcox, they briefly offered the various cuts from their former competitors before standardizing. In settling on which version would best inform this new digitization, designer Miguel Sousa of Adobe looked at specimens from the Newberry Library in Chicago as well as visiting and printing at the WNY Book Arts Center and of course the Hamilton Wood Type Museum to get a full immersion into this font project. Ultimately it was settled upon to use exemplars from multiple cuts to create a more pleasing hybrid. The Upper case was primarily based on the Heber Wells version, while the lower case referenced the Wm. Page version. Overall some of the most jarring quirks found in various versions were left out in favor of a solid type. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer and old-timer in the signpainting business in San Jose, CA, who influenced sign layout in a big way. Mike Stevens died of a heart attack in 1989 at the age of 46. At the SignDNA foundry, we find reincarantions of many of his alphabets, such as Magic, Stix (art deco), Happy Script, Master, ArRoyo, Tahoe, Staton, BigSur, DuVall, BigRed, BigMedicine, Tenor, Phoenix, Vasona. His bio at SignDNA states: I hope sign people are inspired once again by these great lettering styles of Mike's -- now available as typefaces. MyFonts link.
Author of Mastering Layout: The Art of Eye Appeal and Ninety-Nine Showcards: A Photo Album, and frequent contributor of articles on layout to SignCraft magazine. MyFonts: Few sign artists in recent times have had as much influence on sign layout as Mike Stevens. He not only mastered lettering and layout, but is also credited with starting a renaissance in sign lettering on the West Coast.
Mike's Sketchpad: Free Font Archive
From Studio City, CA, Mike Doughty's free font archive. This page also has his tech fonts, "Generic Tech", in all formats for all computers. Mike created Wichita in 1997 with Chank Diesel. Alternate URL. Has a good dingbat archive. [Google] [More] ⦿
Miller Type Foundry
Creator in 2009 of the sans and headline sans family Mr. Jones. The Richard Miller all caps sans family (2009) is testosterone-powered. It was followed by the softer Richard Miller Rounded (2009), the rounded signage typeface Kalico (2010), Manwriting (2010), Nikaia (2010, a contemporary sans family), Nikaia Script (2010), Swagg (2011, humanist sans family with one slab serif "r" thrown in to make a statement), Westin Black (2011, a take on Cooper Black), Gilman (2011, a text family), Gilman Sans (2011, to accompany Gilman Serif for large bodies of text), and Project Fairfax (2009, stencil).
In 2014, Miller published the multi-width geometric typeface Uniform.
MINE San Francisco
MINE is the studio of Christopher Simmons, a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based designer, writer, design advocate and educator. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which, Just Design, focuses on design for social change. In 2015, he created a custom corporate headline sans typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fantastic commercial fonts by Mohr Design, located in Santa Barbara, CA: JM Tiles Round / Tiles Block are great kitchen tile fonts for making logos, JM Elements Mono / Elements Duo is hip and JM Janomo Dot / Janomo Line is futuristic. The company has been in design since 1974, but has only ventured into type design recently. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer, who has an MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles) in 2012. She currently teaches graphic design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Monica created a few experimental typefaces in 2012, such as String Theory, Weird (a unicase typeface done with Sybille Hagmann; some initial work was done using FontStruct), Spoked (designed for a web site to promote bicycle awareness), and Triathlon (an organic typeface for triathletes, developed for her thesis project at Otis), and Weird (2011, experimental).
In 2013, she designed Kryptonian Script for Warner Bros' Man of Steel. In 2015, she created a typeface based on strings, Two Pencil Typeface, as well as the experimental typeface Motorix.
Children's handwriting fonts: School Text [Plain, Bold, Lined, Lined-Bold, Arrows], all made in 1994. Commercial Kiddo font. Based in San Francisco. Register to obtain the free font Dracula. Their free lined educational font SchoolScriptLined (1994) is here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial music fonts made by "Rachel". The MusicEd Fingerings font collection contains Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Sax and Brass. The basic MusicEd font (truetype) is a general music font with, in addition, Kodály and Orff style notation, keyboard tablature and Curwen/Kodály handsigns. MusicEd is run by MusicTeachersTools.Com, located in Castro Valley, CA. [Google] [More] ⦿
Robert Allgeyer's MusiQwik series of music fonts (2001-2008) is now hosted by me. In 2009, Allgeyer wrote: Welcome to my now-obsolete home page. In early 2009, I removed my web site from the Internet. I have done enough of it, and reached the stage in my life where I want to spend time doing other things. I have left this page for a couple of extra months, so that occasional visitors can find it, before I finally remove everything. I now live in Ormond Beach, Florida USA. Formerly, I was in Aptos, California USA. My name is prominent on the Internet due to my music fonts, fiction, essays, and travel comments. However, do not confuse me with the Midwestern jazz musician, the artist, the dancer, or any number of others with my same name. His free fonts besides MusiQwik and MusiSync, include Bongos, FretQwik, and MusiTone, all made in 2001. NWC Scriptorium has further fonts by him: NWslur (2002), Romital (2002, text font). In 2005, he added NoteHedz.
In the list below, unless explicitly mentioned, Mark van Bronkhorst is the designer: GryphiusMVB (2003), MVB Solano Gothic (2007-2009, six Bank Gothic lookalikes done for the city of Albany, CA), ITC Conduit (1997), MVB Celestia Antiqua One and Two (1993-1996, contains zodiac signs), MVB Greymantle (1993, Kanna Aoki), Magnesium MvB (1998, Adobe), Magnolia MvB (1997), Airedale (1992), BovinePoster or MVB Bovine (1993), DickAndJane (1994), MildewRoman (1994), QuercusRegular (1993), PFAnimals (1993), PFCommerceCommunication (1992), PFFoodDrink (1992), PFHolidaysCelebrations (1992), PFHouseholdItems (1993), PFTransportTravel (1992), QuercusHard (1993), MVB Emmascript (1996, Kanna Aoki), MVB Café Mimi (1996-2003, Kanna Aoki), MVB Pedestria (2002, a sans family by Akemi Aoki), MVB Pedestria Pict (2002, dingbats by Akemi Aoki), MVB Verdigris (2003-2011, a garalde close to Sabon), MVB Fantabular and MVB Fantabular Sans (2002, Akemi Aoki, monospaced, typewriter-style), MVB Grenadine One and Two (2003, sans families by Akemi Aoki), MVB Peccadillo (2002, by Holly Goldsmith and Alan Greene), BossaNovaMVB (Holly Goldsmith, 1997), BatmanForever1 (1994, Maseeh Rafani/Warner Bros and Mark van Bronkhorst), Breakdown (1996), HornyDave (1995, based on illustrations of Georgia Panagiotopoulos), HypnoclipsLogoFont (1997), Ovidius (1993), Subterfuge (1995), ZedGothicMvB (1996), HotsyTotsy, MVB Sirenne Six, MVB Sirenne Text, MVB Sirenne Display (2002, display serif family by by MvB and Alan Greene), Veriris Pro Text (2003-2011).
MVB Sacre Bleu (2007) is an award-winning handwriting typeface about which Joshua Lurie-Terrell writes: Sacre Bleu is the most flexible and accessible informal script of 2007, and rivals some of the best faces in this vein from the past decade. He compares it with Christian Robertson's Dear Sarah, Dave Farey's Lettres Eclatees, Letterror's Salmiak and Nick Cooke's Olicana, another very successful face.
In 2008, Mark set up Sweet Fonts, where he and Linnea Lundquist designed Sweet Upright Script (2008), and Mark published the quintuple line blackboard board family Sweet Titling No. 22 (2010), Sweet Square (2011---in the style of Bank Gothic), Sweet Sans Pro (2011, a sans family from Hairline to Heavy. He says: The family is based on antique engraver's lettering templates called masterplates. Professional stationers use a pantograph to manually transfer letters from these masterplates to a piece of copper or steel that is then etched to serve as a plate or die. This demanding technique is rare today given that most engravers now use a photographic process to make plates, where just about any font will do. But the lettering styles engravers popularized during the first half of the twentieth century---especially the engraver's sans---are still quite familiar and appealing. It is in the style of Burin Sans and Sackers Gothic. And Embarcadero MVB (2010, a near-grotesque superfamily).
In 2013, MVB published the utilitarian sans family MVB Solitaire.
For Whole Foods Market, he created the corporate typefaces Grace's Hand and Molly Text in 2014.
In 2015, Mark van Bronkhorst set up TypoBrand LLC in Berkeley, CA. As part of TypoBrand, he published several typefaces that are modern digital reinterpretations of ATF typefaces. The collection is published by TypoBrand LLC under the names ATF Type or American Type Founders Collection. At ATF Type foundry, they codesigned, sometimes with others, classics such as ATF Alternate Gothic (2015), ATF Brush (2015), ATF Garamond (2015), ATF Headline Gothic (2015), ATF Poster Gothic (2015) and ATF Wedding Gothic (2015).
Brazilian graphic artist and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. Home page. He made a few all-caps frilly floral caps faces, such as one designed for Havaianas Ipe, and Mari (2008). [Google] [More] ⦿
San Francisco-based creator of the charming ink splatter logotype Colaito (2013).
Nathan Davis is trained in sculpture and installation, and received his MFA in Design from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Nathan runs a creative studio called Arcadian Studio with his partner Jennifer Davis, and is an Assistant Professor Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. His talk at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona was entitled TYPO TAPAS Type of Place: Global Vernacular Type Archive. His aim is to develop a global user-generated archive of vernacular typography in the 21st century. [Google] [More] ⦿
American designer (b. 1993 aka LuigiFreak101) of the octagonal typeface Mario Luigi 2 (2007) and the handwriting faces Scoder Hand (2008) and Scoder Refined (2011). Alternate URL. The designer lives in Los Angeles. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design and art direction studio. They created the custom art deco typeface Olimpyc (2007). It is a cooperative run from Baltimore and San Francisco by Liam Devowski, Benjamin Domanico, Joyce Kim, and Samuel Ortiz-Payero. [Google] [More] ⦿
Neutura was formed in 2003 by Alexander McCracken, who is located in San Francisco. His typefaces have a large geometric component: Aperture (slab serif family), Autobahn, Belfast (octagonal black-bowled headline face), Children (paperclip face), Circle (avant garde style), Deuce (ultrafat), Deuce Round (fat and counterless), Estrella (2011, a high-contrast fat vogue didone titling face), Frank (fat and counterless), Frank Stencil, Interpol (texture face), Magnum (2006, for Neo2 magazine: free), Neutrino (ultra-fat futuristic beauty, 2006), Neutura (clean geometric sans family), Orange (geometric hairline sans), Orange Round, Rabbit, Register (architectural sans), Royale (fat decorative didone), Saber (octagonal), Sarcophagus (very original blackletter), Spade (fat and counterless), Syrup (paperclip font), Vendella (2011), Wafer (ultrafat). At T-26, he published Children (2006, a paperclip font), Deuce and Sarcophagus.
Vernon Adams (born England, 1967) is a furniture restorer, woodcarver and typeface designer. New Typography is his type design site. Vernon graduated in 2007 with an MA in type design from the University of Reading and lives in California. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Google Plus link. Fontsquirrel link. Klingspor link.
He developed Mako (2007), a type family for text and image in magazines. Earlier, he created AutoPacHousehold. Nobile (2010) is part of the Google font directory. Through the Open Font Library, one can get the source Fontforge code for this open source sans family. About Mako, he writes that he submitted the font to Fontsmith, which sat on it for a while and rejected it, only to publish a few weeks later Lurpak, which according to Vernon is too similar to his rejected design. Free fonts at Google Code by Vernon, as of the end of 2010 include Coda (a heavy elliptical face), Nobile (mentioned above), Corben (a curvy bold typeface in the style of Cooper Black), and Gruppo (a thin sans).
In 2011, he added Coustard (a slab serif family), Damion (connected signage script), Smythe (Victorian), Radley (display face), Oswald (a reworking of the Alternate Gothic style: see this dedicated typeface), Candal (sans), Pacifico (connected signage face), Bangers (comic book face), Anton (heavy sans), Bevan (a reworking of Beton, a traditional slab serif display typeface created by Heinrich Jost in the 1930s), Six Caps (a condensed headline face), Meddon (a display font created from the handwritten script of an Eighteenth century legal document), Rokkitt (an Egyptian), Paytone One (headline face), Holtwood One SC (wood block simulation face), Monofett (white on black), Carter One (casual face), Francois One (gothic sans), Sigmar One (think mid twentieth century pulp magazine advertising), Bigshot One, Metrophobic, Mako, Francois One, Nunito (rounded), Shanti, Sigmar, Muli (minimalist sans), Kameron (an Egyptian), Stardos Stencil, Bowlby One, Bowlby One SC (fat poster face), Tienne (serif), Monoton (a multiline face in the style of Koch's Prisma, 1931), Sancreek (emulating an ornamental wood font), Amatic SC (hand-printed poster family), Sancreek (a Tuscan face), Oswald (in the old Alternate Gothic tradition of sans faces), Rammetto (based on the Stephenson Blake uppercase display font Basuto, released in 1926), and Michroma (modeled after Microgramma).
Typefaces made in 2012 include Bench Nine (Google Web Fonts: based on old Stephenson Blake typefaces), Oxygen (a sans typeface available from Google Web Fonts), Oxygen Mono (Google Web Fonts), Norican (free script font at Google Web Fonts based in part on Stephenson Blake's Glenmoy from the 1920s), Cutive (free at Google Web Fonts, based on the IBM typewriter faces Executive and Smith-Premier), Pontano Sans (