TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sat May 18 12:08:37 EDT 2013
Type scene in DC
Creator of the octagonal typeface Loaded (2012).
Charles Ernest Riddiford
Chris E. Lozos
Christian Max Hancock
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] ⦿
Cynthia Batty (formerly, Cynthia Hollandsworth) was born in Washington, DC in 1955 (MyFonts) or 1956. She studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. She was the manager of the department of type design and development at Agfa Compugraphic in Massachusetts. Currently, she is the vice-presdident of Simon&Schuster in New York. For a few years, she was Executive Director of ATypI, involved, in particular in the ATypI meetings in Vancouver and Prague.
She designed Vermeer (1986), Hiroshige (1986), ITC Tiepolo (1987), Agfa Wile Roman (1990), Pompei Capitals (1995), and Synthetica (1996, with Philip Bouwsma).
Daniel L. Isdell
David A. Hobbs
David A. Hobbs, Inc.&Tolley Studios
David Hobbs (b. Midland, MI, 1943) worked for and with William E. Tolley, a noted Engrosser, the son of A.B. Tolley, the White House Calligrapher for several presidents. He opened his own studio in 1976, and says that he "has done work for kings and presidents". David A. Hobbs, Inc.&Tolley Studios in Washington DC provides calligraphic lettering services. They have developed their own in-house fonts, like Engravers Script, Gothic, Readable Text, Cursive, Old English, Simplified Old English, Roamn and Stump Script. He has developed Hobbsian Script (Based on Zanerian script), Hobbsian Stump Script, Hobbsian Old English, Hobbsian Roman Cap and Hobbsian Readable Text. [Google] [More] ⦿
Derek Long (b. Wilmington, DE) made the high-contrast ball-terminal calligraphic face Long Script (2011) in his Advanced Typography class at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Now based in Washington, DC. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chris Lozos (aka Dezcom and Dezcom Typefaces) is a Washington, DC-based (well, now Falls Church, VA-based) graphic designer and Vietnam veteran, b. 1944, Pittsburgh, PA. He studied Design at Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design (1966). While at CMU, he studied with calligraphers Arnold Bank and Howard Glasser, who both brought out the love of historic letter-forms and learned to set hot metal type in the Laboratory Press established there by Jack Stauffacher. Chris also was influenced by guest professors Hermann Zapf, Rudy DeHarek, Martin Krampen and Gui Bonnsieppe (of the HfG Ulm). He attended Graduate School in Visual Communication Design at the Ohio State University from 1972 through 1974.
Diphthong Type Foundry
After Diphthong was designed, he was hired to design custom, branded font designs for the companies Dome Capital and Top News.
District (was: CV Type)
CV Type, since 2013 called District, is Galen Lawson (b. Greensboro, NC, 1975), an artist who specialized first in graffiti type and logotypes and then expanded to cover all bases, including several distinctive masterpieces such as Blancmange and Hoban. He lives in Washington, DC. In 2013, CV Type became District.
His creations from 2010-2012: Aeron (2010, semi-serifed family, with a crippled lower case h), Hijinx (2009, a headline face), Verlico (2009, a take on Optima), and Frusta (2010, a 5-style slab serif family), Level (2010, an elliptical sans family), Reverie (2011, a curly sans), Encoder (2011, a slabby stencil family), Blancmange (2012: a tall informal semi-brush family), Reverie OT (2012).
Dunwich Type Founders
Dunwich Type Founders (or: DTF) in New York City run by James Walker Puckett (b. 1978, Virginia), who graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Blog. Behance link. Fontspring link. Type Library. Typefaces:
Located at P.O. Box 15156, Washington, D.C., 20003, this outfit published Arab language fonts, as well as fonts for Sinhalese, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Telugu, and Tibetan. In addition, it had Kharoshti, Brahmi and Harappan symbols, and sold typefaces for many "complex alphabets". Free truetype fonts with plenty of Maya icons, made in 1997 by "Ecological Linguistics": Abaj, AbajBold, DaysBF, DaysCodBold, DaysCodBoldItalic, DaysCodItalic, DaysCod, TunBold, Tun, Wuuj, WuujBold, WuujBoldItalic, WuujItalic. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
FontCollector is a free open source program by Dr. Alexander R. Pruss from the Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Font conversion between these formats: FontHack 123 (including eReader), Mobipocket, Fonts4OS5 (conversion to other formats only for registered Fonts4OS5 3.1 users), FontSubst (conversion to other formats only for registered FontSubst 1.50 users), FontHackV, Fonts inside all applications' main .prc files and their overlays, Plucker, Silo, PalmBible+, VersaMail fonts, FontBucket, Built-in Sony NX fonts, Built-in Palm OS fonts on many devices. Check also PalmFontConv(erter) and FontSmoother. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 face Westrider 2057 (2011), which was inspired by classic West Coast graffiti letter styles.
Goddess Nadia (or: Bleedsopretty)
Goddess Nadia (or Nadia K, or Nadia Z, or Nadia Zois, or Scarlet Tragedy) is the Washington, DC-based designer (b. 1981) of the irregular handwriting fonts Virmeen t'Kirrrl (2006), Crunchy Cheese (2006, blocky), Dead of Night (2006), Bleed So Pretty (2001), hallowedground-HallowedGround (2001), Mutilate (2003), bleed, muNkiEz kAn flY, Enjoythesilence, Eyesinyourradio1 (2005), hallowedground-HallowedGround, LovethievezMedium, AluminumJesus (2006, pixel face), Biscuitsandheroin (2006, pixel face), Notearsnosympathy (2006, pixel face), Deathwish (2006, pixel face), and eyes in your radio 1 (2001). She also designed Condemnation (2006, grunge), The Hydrogen Prophecy (2006, stencil), Endlink (2006), Carbon Lullaby (2006), Blasphemous Rumors (2006, old typewriter face), Comatose Almost (2006), Carbon Lullaby (2006), Condemnation (2006, grunge), Crunchy Cheese (2006), Aluminum Jesus (2007, outline pixel font), and Silence Process (2006). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic and type designer and art director in Washington, DC. He teaches graphic design at George Mason University and at The Art Institute of Washington. Creator of Skatekey (2012, hexagonal: free), Atreyu (2011, a blackletter face that is free at Lost Type), Swarm (2010, hexagonal modular face), Blackhaus (2009), a mix between Futura and Cloister Black (Morris Fuller Benton, 1904). He also made the pixelish face SWARM (2009), Tercio (2010, a pastiche slab-serif of wood&metal tendencies in his own words---fresh and different), and Camisado (2010, free humanist sans).
In 2013, he published the didone typeface family Forsyth.
Mark Solsburg's outfit located in Westport, CT. Before GroupType, Solsburg worked at ITC, which he left in 1989 to start FontHaus. Later he started TypoBrand and Grosse Pointe Group LLC. Solsburg headed the Type Directors Club for a few years. It seems that the FontHaus collection is now being marketed under the Group Type label at MyFonts. Group Type does technology consultation in the field of providing software and type face fonts for designers, publishers and typographers, related to the selection, purchase and use of design software and type face fonts for use in graphic, industrial, interactive and communications design. They specialize in revivals. Their fonts include
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] ⦿
James Walker Puckett
Justin Bost (Washington, DC) graduated from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, with a degree in Graphic Design. He morphed DIN and Didot together, two genetically incompatible parents, and created the mutant face Balance (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the delicate font Russell at Alphabets Inc., and of Russell Oblique (1994, Adobe). Karen Ackoff has a BFA in Illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked as Scientific Illustrator at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She presently teaches and coordinates the Graphic Design program at Indiana University South Bend. She is available for freelance commercial artwork and fine arts commissions.
Kashif Husain, aka Blue Panther, designed InterlacHollowbyBluePanther in 1994. Interlac is a TM of DC Comics Inc. The glyphs represent some characters from another civilization, and is featured in the DC Comics fictional universe, in which Interlac is the designated communication language of the 30th century United Planets. Free download. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kimberly Cheung, an illustrator in Washington, DC, used Walbaum's capitals to design an ornamental caps typeface, Couturier (2013), on the theme of fashion accessories. It was developed during her studies at Corcoran College of Art and Design. [Google] [More] ⦿
Washington, DC-based designer of typographic illustrations for Farmers Fishers Bakers in Washington, DC, 2013. In 2013, she published the curly typeface Zeppolini at Design23.
Graphic designer in Washington, DC, who created Wienlese (2012), a typeface based on lettering observed in Vienna.
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] ⦿
Mark Solsburg is the head of the Type Directors Club and of Fairfield, CT-based FontHaus (DsgnHaus). Mark Solsburg has been working in the type business since 1985 when he joined International Typeface Corporation in New York. Prior to leaving ITC to launch FontHaus in 1989, he was ITC's Worldwide Marketing Director. Solsburg was responsible for ITC client marketing support and assisted in developing early OEM licensing agreements with Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Canon, Linotype, Compugraphic and Xerox. In 1989 he founded FontHaus, which has since grown into one of the largest independent suppliers of digital fonts to large and small design firms, advertising agencies and other media producers in the industry. FontHaus was among the first to offer online sales of digital fonts (1994) and online sales of additional user licenses. In 1993, FontHaus began publishing the typographic magazine X-HEIGHT. In 1994, FontHaus expanded its dealer network in Europe by acquiring Faces Ltd., the UK's first independent font reseller. Faces was sold to Agfa Monotype after nine years as a FontHaus subsidiary. Solsburg served as a board member and as the president of the Type Directors Club (New York), and is a co-founder and principal of TypoBrand. Solsburg lives and works in Westport, CT. In 2008, Mark Solsburg and Mark Simonson cooperated on the digital revival of the calligraphic Diane Script, originally designed in 1956 by Roger Excoffon. [Google] [More] ⦿
Martin L. Parker
Matt Spire (b. 1984) is the Washington, DC or Leesburg, VA-based designer of the grunge fonts Ethopool, Hekran, arachnid, optimistic, shihel, Shifteds (2002). Aother URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Matthew Wahl is a graphic designer and art director with an interest in typography and identity design. He graduated from The Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2001 with a BFA in graphic design and is currently art director at Sovereign Grace Ministries, and freelancing in his spare time. At You Work For Them, one can buy these faces: Second Wave (2009: a piano key font, i.e., a 1960s modular font), Second Bit (2009, kitchen tile face). Designer of Blocks+Blocks (2009, kitchen tile), and Next (a piano key font based on a style due to Ken Garland), which may well have been precusors of the YWFT fonts. [Google] [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.
Naomi Nakazato is an artist, designer and student, born and raised in the Washington, DC. She currently lives in South Carolina to study painting and drawing at Anderson University. She created the strong display sans typeface Hudson (2012) during her studies. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nate Williams Illustration and Design (or: Letter Playground)
Nate Williams is a designer and illustrator in Washington. Creator of the free font Busted Lip. Check out his Letter Playground. He also oversaw the creation of Illustrated Alphabet (2011) by 26 illustrators from all over the world.
National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society had its own photographic typefaces, which were developed by Charles Ernest Riddiford (Washington, DC), ca. 1933. Riddiford wrote about the importance of typefaces in cartography in his article On the Lettering of Maps published in the journal The Professional Geographer (Volume 4, Issue 5, pages 7-10, September 1952). Riddiford remained with National Geographic until his retirement in 1959 as its chief research cartographer. Riddiford died at the age of 71 in 1968 (Washington Post, May 15, 1968, p.B10).
Juan Valdes (The Geographer, Director of Editorial and Research, National Geographic Maps) explains in 2012: Until the early 1930s, most of our maps were hand-lettered---a slow and tedious process requiring great patience and even greater skill. An alternate process---that of setting names in movable type, pulling an impression on gummed paper that was then pasted down on the map---often yielded less than durable or clearly readable type. The Society's first Chief Cartographer, Albert H. Bumstead, believed the answer lied in photo-graphic type. Laboring long hours in his home workshop, he discovered that existing typefaces did not lend themselves to Society standards: our map enlargement and reduction factors often caused small hairline letters to break up while larger block letters tended to fill up. To this end, he invented a machine for composing map type photographically that ultimately improved overall type legibility. Once this photolettering process was refined, it was applied to our United States map supplement in the May 1933 National Geographic. Shortly thereafter, Society cartographer Charles E. Riddiford was tasked with designing typefaces with much improved photomechanical reproductive qualities. He devised a set so attractive and legible that these typefaces are still used (in a digital format) today. These patented fonts were designed with the purpose of reflecting, as well as accentuating designated map features. If you study our reference maps and atlases closely, it's quite evident that every feature is associated with a specific typeface. Color and typographic weight (from light to bold) further adds to this distinction. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997, and lives since 1997 in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. From ca. 1990 onwards, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool.
Near the end of 2012, he posted this comment on his web site: Fifteen years ago, I embarked on a wonderful voyage of discovery, when I created my very first font with Fontographer 3.15. My maiden voyages were, frankly, rather clunky and amateurish, but I have been told that they showed promise. Well, sure enough, thanks to the diligent (and patient) efforts of Ilene Strizver, I polished up my craft enough to sell my humble efforts---first as a sideline business and, since 2006, as my full-time job. In total, I have produced over eleven hundred fonts---almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which I conservatively estimate have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide. Unfortunately, this past year has brought a series of unanticipated setbacks, culminating in the loss of my wife's beautiful mind and soul to the scourge of alcoholism. In an effort to generate extra income to cover the expenses for her long-term care, I have proposed a number of, I believe, innovative ways to revamp the online font business; unfortunately, those efforts have fallen flat, primarily due to the professional font community's abject fear of crossing the $165 million Elephant in the Room. I even offered a special discount rate of 75% off retail price for full-time students of Typohile Forum. To date, there have been zero takers. Hell: even the webfont kit of one of my own fonts which I purchased from myfonts.com turned out to be an empty folder. Talk about a run of bad luck. Which leaves my with you, dear readers. If you or someone you know has had fun or made a buck from my humble efforts throughout the years, please donate whatever you can---even a lousy dollar would help---to help me out. I would greatly appreciate it.
Nick Curtis: Commercial faces
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997. Since 1997, he is in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. Since the 1990s, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool. Home page. His free fonts are listed elsewhere.
On MyFonts, he says this about himself: Nick's Fonts is a modest little foundry dedicated to the preservation of our rich typographic heritage. Most of the foundry's designs are based on authentic historical sources, gleaned from the massive collections of the Library of Congress. If you are looking for a font that captures the essence of the Wild West, the Gay Nineties or the Jazz Age, look here first: if it is not in the catalog, it will be soon. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Project developed by Dr. Alexander R. Pruss from the Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. It aims to develop utilities to manipulate Palm fonts, in v1 and v2 formats: afnx, nfnt (lo/hi/both densities), NFNT, conversion from Type 1/TrueType/BDF/PCF/etc. Anti-aliased font support. Includes Plucker (anti-aliased and normal) font generator GUI. FreeType2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Parquillian Design (Washington, DC) is the foundry (est. 2010) of Philadelphia-born graphic and web designer Martin Parker, who specializes in typography, calligraphy, and world languages. He created Parquillian (2011, a rounded blackletter face) and the Cambodian simulation face Anglo Angkor (2012).
In 2013, Sandra Waihuini (Washington, DC) used Bauer Bodoni as a background to create Mauwa, an intricate ornamental caps typeface. Graduate of Corcoran College of Art and Design in DC, class of 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
A graphic designer in Washington, DC, who runs Sara Studio, and is also known as sara Vienna. Behance link. She uses type creatively in her design projects and posters. See the Ojai Invite poster of 2010, for example. [Google] [More] ⦿
Stephen MacKley (Chicago) created Silverback Sans in 2013. He writes: It won first place at the Punchcutters Exhibition held in late November. Co-sponsored by the Society of Typographic Arts and the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, the exhibition pulled in around a dozen submissions. Rick Valicenti and Linda Blackwell judged.>
Before Chicago, he was located in Washington, DC, where he ran a design blog.
Mickey Rossi graduated in 1986 from the Philadelphia College of the Arts. He then worked in Maryland and Virginia, such as at AOL in Dulles, VA, and is a creative director in Atlanta, GA since2004.
He offers these free typefaces under the Subflux label: Alpha Male Modern (1997), AthleticSupporter, BallparkWeiner (connected fifties script), BarBenderBold, BobbiTheHippie, BongoFraktur (in Koch's Neuland style), CargoCrate (stencil), CollegeBoy (athletic lettering), FlandersRideItalic, FlandersRide, Fleetwilly, FlyTrapExtended, Hair Brush, HighlightsCondensed, Helga Broad, Hilda Broad, JimThorpeHigh (octagonal / mechanical), LevelFourteenDruid (medieval), LifestyleCondensed (avant garde), NotANumber, On That Shark (angular), RetroSuperSkinny (Peignotian), SatansMinions, Scrawlly, Scritchy Eye, Zerengetti (African look), ZiggyStandard. Rossi calls himself also "Loveless".
Designer and illustrator who makes his own types (typically comic book style faces) for his work. He studied TV and film at Howard University in Washington, DC, and communications design at the Pratt Institute in New York. He lives in Washington, DC. Creations include Bizzle Chizzle (2006). [Google] [More] ⦿
Mauricio Reyes is the designer of the ITC Binary family (1997), a semi-serif family that blends elements of Helvetica and Times. The type designer was born in Mexico City, trained in London, and now lives in Falls Church, VA, in the Washington, D.C., area where he operates his studio Typografik. ITC Binary was chosen as the official font for the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia and was used by Nike, Swatch, IBM, NBC and Coca-Cola. He also made the Beta pixel family.