TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sun Dec 8 16:32:34 EST 2013
Type scene in Florida
Miami, FL-based commercial barcode vendor. For example, they have a 32Tech EAN UPC Barcode Font Pack that includes 16 truetype barcode fonts for UCC-12 (UPC-A and UPC-E), EAN-13, EAN-8, ISSN, Bookland and ISBN. [Google] [More] ⦿
Free and commercial fonts by Andrew Galara (Miami, FL). Free fonts: FaneSerane (Andrew Galarza, 2001), IJ19 (Milan Zrnic, 2000), LikeWindInTheSummer (Andrew Galarza, 2000), Superchalmers (Andrew Galarza, 2001), TransitBullets9mmHollowedShells (Andrew Galarza, 2000). Commercial: 710 west 02, Bohemian Transit, Reset, Time Gate, Western Eyes. [Google] [More] ⦿
An expert typographer from the film type era, he set up a type division at Rapid Typographers. There he helped promote the Typositor, or Photo Typositor (invented in Miami by Murray Friedel in 1959), which improved over the first photo type machine, the Rutherford. Rapid Typographers organized the Visual Graphics Corporation (or VGC) to make the best use of this new technology. Peter bain writes: The owners of Rapid Typographers were impressed enough by Friedels invention to organize the new Visual Graphics Corporation. Initially the endeavor split its headquarters between the existing typographers address in midtown Manhattan and sunny South Florida. The Photo Typositor allowed an operator to see composition letter-by-letter as it was exposed, unlike the Rutherford. It also offered many of Photo-Letterings capabilities at a reduced price. The Typositor, as it became known, ingeniously used the same 2-inch film font format as the Filmotype. It speeded fashionably tight letter and word spacing, achievable in metal only with a razor blade after proofing, and had none of the size limitations of foundry type. VGC and its backers proceeded to convert metal faces to film, and pursued licensing with typefounders. Burns guided the development of the type library at Rapid Typographers / VGC. In 1970, ITC was founded by Aaron Burns, Herb Lubalin and Edward Rondthaler (from Photo-Lettering Inc.). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Floridian American graphic designer and painter Darim Kim (DK), who runs About Letters, made the geometric sans faces Nemade (2011) and avant-garde face Quadranta (2010). She also made My Fair Cody (2010).
Adriana Esteve Hernandez
Her fonts include Kicks (2012, a fun hand-printed typeface for children's books), Stitching Kit (2010, dings), Fiddleshticks (2009), Sorbet and Sorbet Wide (2009, like architectural letters), Fancypants (2010, curly lettering), Stitchin Crochet (2009, dingbats), Trellis (2009, hand-printed), and Draft Punk (2009, comic book style).
During his studies at Ringling College of art and Design in Sarasota, FL, Alex created the beveled multilayered typeface Dresden (2012).
As a graphic design student at Ringling College of Art and Design (class of 2015) in Sarasota, FL, Alexa Schara created the hybrid typeface Klaus (2012), a mixture of Century Gothic and Fette Fraktur. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Florida. He created the custom rounded sans face FierSpins (2011), and writes: The FierSpins display typeface was created exclusively for the FierSpins Identity Project. It is purely inspired by the shapes of various Table Tennis attributes as well as the sharp and lightning fast movements used in that sport. Still in 2011, he created the hexagonal face Honey. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Author, educator, historian and type personality who taught at Rochester Institute of Technology from 1947-1977. He wrote Anatomy of a Typeface (1990, David R. Godine). He died in 2002 in Sun City, FL. Obituary. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Alf Becker (b. St. Louis, MO) was a sign artist in the 1930's and 40's. Beginning in January 1932, at the request of editor E. Thomas Kelly, Becker supplied the Seventh Day Adventists' Signs of the Times magazine's new Art and Design section with an alphabet a month, a project initially predicted to last only two years. Misjudging the popularity of the series, it instead ran for 27 years, ending finally two months before Becker's death in 1959, for a total of 320 alphabets. In late 1941, just ten years after the first alphabet was published, 100 of those alphabets were compiled and published in book form under the title 100 Alphabets, by Alf R. Becker.
The American Sign Museum shows the following death notice, taken from the April 1959 issue of Signs of the Times: A chapter of almost 27 years of extensive influence upon the development if sign and outdoor advertising lettering came to a close March 10 in the passing of Alf R. Becker, whose alphabets had been presented consistently in Signs of the Times since January, 1932. Death came in St. Petersburg,. FL, where he had been hospitalized since last November. The funeral services were in St. Louis, March 16. Mr. Becker had operated a commercial sign business in East St. Louis, IL., and was widely known for his lettering ability when requested 27 years ago by the late E. Thomas Kelley, then editor of Signs of the Times, to do a series of alphabets for the magazine. They had estimated that 24 alphabets which would be presented in a period of two years would serve the purpose. The series was so enthusiastically received and so many readers urged continuation that it was projected indefinitely to eventually each a total of 320 before failing health of Mr. Becker forced him to give up that creative work. His last alphabet for ST appeared in the January issue this year. Countless are the signmen and women who broadened the horizons of their lettering ability by thorough study of Mr. Becker's alphabet. In 1941, his book, "100 Alphabets" was published by Signs of the Times, and all 3,000 copies that were printed were sold out long ago. Numerous requests have been received for a reprinting, but in view of the changes of time in lettering styles, it has not been considered advisable. Mr. Becker's failing health in 1957 influenced him and Mrs. Becker moving to St. Petersburg, where they bought a home, and where he went into semi-retirement. His love of the sign business was such that he continued his alphabets in spite of the problems of his illness.
Many of his faces have art deco influences. LHF Monogram at Letterhead is a digital version of one of his fonts. Other digitizations include Whomp (2006) and Buffet Script (2006) by Alejandro Paul (Sudtipos) and Daffadowndilly (2007) and Stony Island NF (after Becker's art deco face Chicago Modern) and Shaq Attack NF (2011) by Nick Curtis.
The Fontry (James Stirling and/or Adkins) is undertaking a grand digitization project, and releases free and pay fonts with names that start with ARB, followed by the font number, the font name, and the month and year of issue. In The Fontry's ARB series, we find ARB-187 Moderne Caps AUG-47 (2013, didone), ARB-85 Poster Script (2011, after a 1939 face by Becker), ARB 70 Modern Poster, ARB 93 Steel Moderne, ARB 44 Chicago Modern, ARB 66 Neon (2010, after a 1937 font, +Block, +Line), ARB 85 Modern Poster JAN-39 (2011, after Modern Poster Script, 1939), and ARB 67 Modern Roman, and ARB08ExtremeRomanAUG-32CASNormal (2009; the original is from 1932).
Jeff Levine created a number of typefaces based on Becker's work as well: Kanona JNL (2010), Karaoke JNL (2010), Mocombo JNL (2010). John Davis created LHF Pipeline (2012) based on Becker's designs.
Alphabet Innovations International -- TypeSpectra
Born in Dallas in 1923, and retired in Florida, Phil Martin had an exciting life, which started as a bombardier in WWII, and went on as a piano bar singer, publisher, cartoonist, comedian and typographer. He died in October 2005.
Phil established Alphabet Innovations International in 1969 and TypeSpectra in 1974, and designed most of his 400 faces (read: film fonts for use in the VGC Photo Typositor) there: Agenda (1976), Americana (1972), Arthur (1970, by Roc Mitchell), Aurora Snug (1969), Avalon (1972), Baskerville (1969), Beacon (1987), Bluejack (1974), Borealis (1970, by Roc Mitchell), Britannic (1973), Bulletin (1971), Celebration (1969, by Roc Mitchell), Century S (1975), Cheltenham (1971), Clearface (1973), Cloister (1975), Corporate (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Corporate Image (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Courier B EF (2004, originally done at Scangraphic), Didoni (1969, a knock-off of Pistilli Roman with swashes added), Dimensia and Dimensia Light (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Dominance (1971), Egyptian (1970), Eightball (1971, some report this incorrectly as a VGC face, which has a different face also called Eightball: it was digitized by FontBank as Egbert. Alphabet Innovations' Eightball had other versions called Cueball and Highball, and all three were designed by George Thomas who licensed them to AI), Fat Chance (Rolling Stone) (1971), Fotura Biform (1969), Franklin (1981), Garamond (1975), Globe (1975), Goudy (1969), Harem (1969, aka Margit; digitized and revived in 2006 by Patrick Griffin and Rebecca Alaccari as Johnny), Helserif (1976---I thought this was created by Ed Kelton; anyway, this face is just Helvetica with slabs), Helvetica (1969), Introspect (1971), Jolly Roger (1970, digitized in 2003 by Steve Jackaman at Red Rooster; Martin says that Jolly Roger and Introspect are his two most original designs), Journal (1987), Kabell (1971), Kabello (1970), King Arthur [+Light, Outline] with Guinevere Alternates (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Legothic (1973), Martinique (1970), Mountie (1970), News (1975), Palateno (1969), Pandora (1969), Pazazzma (1980), Perpetua (1969), Plantin (1973), Polonaise (1977; digital version by Claude Pelletier in 2010, called Chopin Script), Primus Malleable (1972), Quaff (1977), Quixotic (1970), Report (1971), Romana (1972), Scenario (1974), Sledge Hammer (1971), Son of Windsor (1970), Stanza (1971, by Roc Mitchell; this angular face was later published by URW), Stark (1970), Supercooper (1970), Swath (1979), Threadgil (1972), Thrust (1971), Timbre (1970), Times (1970), Times Text (1973), Trump (1973), Tuck Roman (1981), Viant (1977), Vixen (1970), Weiss (1973), Wordsworth (1973).
In 1974, he set up TypeSpectra, and created these type families: Adroit (1981), Albert (1974), Analog (1976), Bagatelle (1979), Cartel (1975), Caslon (1979), Criterion (1982), DeVille (1974), Embargo (1975), Heldustry (1978, designed for the video news at the fledgling ABC-Westinghouse 24-hour cable news network in 1978; incorrectly attributed by many to Martin's ex-employee Ed Kelton: download here), Innsbruck (1975), Limelight (1977), Oliver (1981), Opulent [Light and Bold] (1975, by George Brian, an amployee at Alphabet Innovations), Quint (1984), Sequel (1979), Spectral (1974), Welby (1982).
His fonts can be bought at MyFonts.com and at Precisiontype. He warns visitors not to mess with his intellectual property rights, but I wonder how he can have escaped the ire of Linotype by using the name Helvetica. In any case, the fonts were originally made for use on photo display devices and phototypesetters. Some are now available in digital format.
Near the end of his life, Phil's web presence was called MM2000 (dead link).
Check his comments on his own faces. URW sells these faces: URW Adroit, URW Agenda, URW Avernus (after Martin's design from 1972), URW Baskerville AI, URW Beacon, URW Bluejack, URW Cartel, URW Cloister, URW Corporate, URW Criterion, URW Didoni, URW Fat Face, URW Globe, URW Goudy AI, URW Heldustry, URW Helserif, URW Introspect, URW Legothic, URW Martin Gothic, URW Martinique, URW Pandora, URW Polonaise, URW Quint, URW Scenario, URW Souvenir Gothic, Souvenir Gothic Antique (the Souvenit Gothic family was designed by George Brian, an employee of Alphabet Innovations at the time: it was AI's first text family), URW Stanza, URW Stark, URW Timbre, URW Viant, URW Wordsworth.
The final message on his last web page, posted posthumously read: MARTIN, PHIL, 82, of Largo, died Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2005) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Dallas and came here after retiring as a writer, singer-songwriter, commercial artist, and comedian. As a high school student, he worked as an assistant artist on the nationally syndicated Ella Cinders, and at 18 wrote and drew Swing Sisson, the Battling Band Leader, for Feature Comics. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, where he served as a bombardier in Lintz, Austria. On his 28th mission shelling the yards in Lintz, his B-24 was hit and he was listed as missing in action until the war in Europe ended. He was a comedian on The Early Birds Show on WFAA in Dallas. As a commercial artist, he founded two multinational corporations to market typeface designs and is credited for designing 4 percent of all typefaces now used. He also wrote columns and articles for typographic publications. Locally, he sang original lyrics to old pop standards in area piano bars, and in 1999 produced 59 issues of the Web book Millennium Memorandum, changing the title to MM2000 when he issued the first edition of the new Millennium on Jan. 3, 2000. Survivors include his wife, Ann Jones Martin; and a cousin, Lorrie Hankins, Casper, Wyo. National Cremation Society, Largo.
Kindergarten teacher in Florida. Creator of the free hand-printed typefaces manders and Manders Tick Tock (2012). In 2013, she added Homegirl Stuffed, HomegirlSharpie, HomegirlHolidaze, HomegirlHarvest, HomegirlGetLow, HomegirlBelieves, HomegirlSweetBarista, HomegirlQuirks, HomegirlParkCloser, HomegirlFalsies, HomegirlBaristaWroteIt, Homegirl Check You Out, Homegirl Shape Up, Homegirl Get On My Level, Homegirl Get At Me, Homegirl Freshly Squeezed, Homegirl Fiesta, Homegirl Curl Up, Homegirl Wrote It, Homegirl Frap, Homegirl Chai Tea, Homegirl Cake Poppin, Homegirl Secure, Homegirl Mia, Homegirl Kneed Stitches, Homegirl Green Tea, Homegirl Dot, Homegirl Quick Note, Homegirl Mosquito, Homegirl Fifty Shades, Homegirl Whut, Homegirl Unfinished, Homegirl Pinched Me, Homegirl Bouncy, Homegirl Jailbird, Homegirl Leveled Reader, Homegirl Open Minded, Homegirl Beginnings, Homegirl Whoa, Homegirl Stix N Stonez, Homegirl Totally Schooled, Homegirl Schooled, Homegirl Kiddo Print, Homegirl Kiddo, Homegirl Hug It Out, Homegirl Heartbeat, Homegirl Marnie Homegirl Jessa, Homegirl Shoshanna, Homegirl Hannah, and Homegirl Fool To Cry, some of which based, I assume, on the handwriting of her pupils or children. [Google] [More] ⦿
Web developer and designer. Student at Ringling College of Art&Design (Sarasota, FL), working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic&Interactive Communications. Blog. FontStructor of Printed (2010, horizontal stencil face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Angelica Baini was born in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy in 1990. During her studies at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, she designed the blackletter typeface Infinitüm (2013), which can be bought from Ten Dollar Fonts. Creator of the alchemic typeface Marina (2012).
Saint Augustine, FL-based creator (b. 1992) of Nouveau (2013), an art nouveau caps typeface.
Vendor of Korean, Japanese and Chinese software, including font packs for Mac and PC. AsiaSoft Inc./AsiaTech Inc. is located in Vero Beach, FL. Their font Urdu Naskh Asiatype (2001) for Urdu can be found here and here. Pashto Kror Asiatype (1994-2002) is here. [Google] [More] ⦿
B-Type Design is a multi-disciplinary, full service design and art studio concentrating on innovative visual communications, est. 2010 in Coral Gables, FL, and now located in Miami. Behance link.
Richard Kinch's public domain fonts in type 1 and Truetype that may replace the proprietary fonts needed for Latex Mathtime. Names: blex, blsy, rblmi. Created in 1998.
Creator of Messy Ben (2012, handprinted) and TBL Vintage (2012, an athletic lettering face that replicates the 1992 Tampa Bay Lightning uniform letters and numbers). Home page at Affordable Design Solutions, which is located in Grass Lake, MI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bethany Pevy (b. 1988) is graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design who holds a BFA in graphic design. She is from Jacksonville, FL. Behance link. She made the stylish curly serif face Air Quill (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
Bill Bogusky runs the design studio Bogusky 2 in Miami, together with his brother. He created Gonzo Bruno, Gonzo Monza and Gonzo Grosso (2007), Sundial (2006, Trajan lettering), Condo (2006, condensed), Ar Deco 1, 2, 3 and Deep (2006), Technia 1 and 2 (2006, athletic lettering or MICR applications), Sport (2006, dingbats), Macarena (2005: art deco), Zanzibar (2006: decorative), 42nd Street (2005: Broadway style lettering), Boffo (2005), Bronco Rose (2005, Wild West style), Decora (2005), Switchback (2005, a computerish face), Capzule (2005, a condensed black face), Tulip (2005, a decorated stencil face), Kondor (2005), Mah Jongg (2005, with many ornaments), Metro (2005, LCD face), Squircle (2005), Zeke (2005, artsy display font), Baby Blox (2005), Kurly (2005), Pipeline (2005), Dealer's Choice (2005), Stencille (2005), Terra, GogoBig and GogoSquat (were free at FontFreak site), Nouville (2006, art deco sans), Back Fence (2005, comic book face), Gogo Latin (2005, condensed), Zandakas (2006), Ameche Pisa (2005), Gogo Serif (2005), Bolo (2005), Hyline (2005), Compado (2005), Ameche Padua (2005), Tera (2005), Xtera (2005), Tudor New (2005), Boffo (2005), Byline (2005), Decora (2005), Quazar (2005), Grafo Graffiti (2005), Acid Bath (2005), Benz (2005), Hulk (2005). These fonts are now commercial and can be obtained at MyFonts.com. A graduate of the School of Industrial Arts in New York City, he worked as an industrial designer in New York before moving to Miami, FL, where he opened Studio Bogusky 2. Dixie Bogusky designed Esquimaux Graphics (2006). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Boca Raton. FL. Creator of the squarish typeface family Ergo (2012).
Born in 1956 in Santiago, Cuba, Segura founded the design firm Segura Inc in 1991 and the type foundry [T-26] in 1994 in Chicago.
He made Square 40 and Square 45 (2006, athletic lettering, octagonal), 26FacesA, Peepod (2000, great ornaments), Boxspring (1995, dadaist), Dingura, FaxfontFine (1997), FaxfontStandard (1997), FaxfontTone, FlacoSolid, FreeBeCaps, FreeDom-Normal, Mattress, Neo-Bold, Pintor (2006, wallpainting face), RPM (decals and logos), Sport IT (dingbats), Time In Hell (deconstructed Times).
Chance Type Co evolved out of Krayon Ink (ex- Jedi Serpent). It has commercial fonts by American designer Andrew Galarza who lives in Miami, who started making type in 2001. These used to be shareware when the place was called Jedi Serpent Fonts.
Galarza's early typefaces: Jeannette (2002), Display Swash, KY and an Urge, 65 Swash, Melfina, Redheads in Transit (beautiful handwriting), Butterfly Collection (dingbats), 5 Am Summer, Transit One, Superchalmers, Like Wind in The Summer, Delithium, Fane Serane, 5am Andrew (2005, handwriting), 5am Chance No 01, 5am Transit (handwriting), 5am Gender, Grey (2005), Melfina (2002, inspired by Emigre's Council), 5 AM Chance No. 1 (which used to be called Vespers), Vespers (2001, based on lettering for a Bjork album), NewTimesRomanHyper and CourierStrange (reworked Monotype fonts: the latter one has letters in brackets), 90Days, Blistel, Cancer, Freeware, Futura, Lode, Love-Quickie, Image Times, Stylus (modified Monotype font), Jenice, Element, Prozac Child, Codeca, Ginger, Ginger2, Boredom, Awitched, Mastillo, Mastillo2, PaperChase2blockedinside (reworked BadFilms by Ray Larabie), Screwupsuprock, Arialbullets39mmwideclear and Arialbullets4VerbRicochet (reworked Monotype Arial-Plain: letters in and on balls), Dots, VanishingBoy (modified Ray Larabie font; the best in the series I think), 1979 (fantastic avant-garde font), Agent 508 (equally great display font), Aloin, Bionic, Backspace, ChemicalTest, Click, Codeca, Dragon, Eggman, Feelings, Flowery Text, Gallows, Gigayoda, Impression, Lavero, Lorent Roman, LoveJoy, Melody Metrics, Never, Noose, Numbers (hacker font), Opagan, Opus-sc, Panama, Poison Pill, Potheads, Rainy, RoamJapan, Room, Butterfly, Thinker, Veronica, Western Flick, Reterik, MisbehaviorTake23, Thinker, Paperchase2blockedinside, Children's Television Workshop (letters based on the Sesame Street TV show, 2002), KY and Urge, 65 Swash, Redheads in Transit, and I Love My Momma.
On my last visit, there were just a few shareware fonts left (in OpenType format): 5AMButtercup, 5AMButterflyCollection, 5AMDelithium, 5AMLikeWindInTheSummer, 5AMSuperchalmersItalic, 5AMSuperchalmers.
Christopher Ellis Miller
Christopher Miller (Miami, FL) started out as a free font designer at Dafont, where one can find his Myndraine (2007, sans). Alternate URL. In 2008, he turned to MyFonts and set up cm5dzyne in Lakeland, FL. His first commercial fonts there are Edgewater (2008), Edgewater Small (2008), Edgewater Serif (2008), Edgewater Square (2008), Ellisea (2008), Morning Sans (2008), Evening Sans (2008) and Comment (2008).
Coral Springs, FL (formerly Rapid City, SD)-based designer of Jiri Monospaced, Ozme, Maku, Ethne Tribal Font and watc Monospaced Font, all created in 2004. In 2005, he created Bele, Eala, Njallur, Ressl, Rose (a curly upright script updated in 2008), Sante, Santina and Xeto. In 2006, he added Adam and Geu 1.2. In 2008, the Celtic font Santina became Albina. [Google] [More] ⦿
Wesley E. Warren (St. Pete, Florida) is the creator in 1996 of the fun shareware font AajaxSurrealFreak. Not bad!
Union City, NJ-based creator of the multilined caps typeface Nu Alpha (2012) and the experimental multiline face November (2012). He moved to Orlando, FL, to study at Full Sail University. [Google] [More] ⦿
Daughters of the Nile
Melinda Windsor from Ocala, FL (b. 1960) (but maybe also from Lincoln, NE), designed the occult dingbats font OccultDiary02 in 2001. Free Tamil fonts designed by her: KoothuCapsPlain, KoothuTamelTee, KoothuTamilFont, KoothuTamilFontBold, ThinaKoothuPowderCakes. Frigate (2001, Apostrophic Labs) is a display font family that includes kana characters as well. She is making a new font set, Plastic, at Apostrophic Labs. The Cyrillic/Latin version of Plastic No. 28 (2001). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Kansas, David Sagorski moved to southern Florida to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He then moved to New York City and created several display typefaces and picture fonts for ITC and Letraset. His typefaces: Dancin' (1995), the dingbat ITC Dave's Raves One (1994), Expressions (1995), Faithful Fly (1994), ITC Juice (1995), Bang (1993), Mo Funky Fresh (1993, now at Linotype), Moderns (1994, influenced by masters such as Picasso and Kandinsky), ITC Snap (1995), Tag (1994), Bluntz (1994), DF Wildlife LET Plain (1994). Creator of Kool Beans (2008, Umbrella Type).
De Nada Industries
Mike Allard (DeNada Industries, Gainesville, FL) is the designer in 1992 of many early shareware fonts. The text provided by DeNada: Founded by a grumpy fellow when some software installation actually required a company name in the registration line. DeNada Industries has grown to include one employee (aka Mike Allard). A producer of typefaces in their early years, De Nada has slowly undeveloped over the years to include the odd Theatre Flyer design for out-rageous amounts of money. Their advertising budget is so severely limited as to preclude your being aware of their existence except by sheer accident. DeNada Industries is one of the slowest growing non-corporate entities in all of North America encompassing a wide variety of activities including: Typeface creation, flyer design, theatrical scenic and lighting design (in conjunction with The Shumway Brothers Moving Company) and a wide variety of other activities that defy specific categorization despite the heroic efforts of our staff. Dafont link. His typefaces:
Deneba's Canvas 5 drawing package for the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC Microsoft Windows (95, 98, NT) platforms includes a large number of fonts designed by, and licensed, from URW. The 2000 fonts are listed here. Daniel MacGregor pointed out that only Canvas 8 is there now, and that "the 15 day demo version of Canvas 8 does not include the URW Font Library." [Google] [More] ⦿
In 2012, Dick Pape made 26 fonts, one for each letter of the alphabet, called USFDecorativeLetters. Each font contains a selection of decorative capitals. These fonts were inspired by the The Decorative Letters ClipArt gallery, which offers 855 examples of decorative letters in a variety of styles. Originally developed from 204-2012 by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida, the ClipArt ETC is a part of the Educational Technology Clearinghouse.
Original display fonts by Orlando-based ex-Montrealer and ex-McGiller Stephen Tune: Men In Blue (1998), IronCladBolted (1997), IronClad (1997), Odishi (oriental simulation) (1997), Fantique Four (1997), Seafaring (1997), Spawned (1997) and Draft Gothic (1997). Type based on the logos of popular comic books and movies. Free demo samples only. Dead link. The web site closed its doors in 2003.
Graphic designer in Sarasota, FL. Behance link. He has designed some futuristic typefaces. His best work is the didone display face Rokit (2009), which has funky didone-specific ligatures. With Roberto Quinones, he published Gandhi (2010, an art deco face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Dylan Roscover (Aloma, FL) made an incredible portrait of Steve Jobs based on the "Here's to the crazy ones" ad campaign from Apple in the 90s, using Motter Tektura, Apple Garamond, Myriad, Univers, Gill Sans, and Volkswagen AG Rounded, fonts present in Apple branding and products. [Google] [More] ⦿
E A Behl technologies
E A Behl Technologies in Clearwater, FL, (old defunct website) made (still makes?) fonts for the production of high-quality technical manuals and documentation. I guess, but am not very sure, that the designer's name is E.A. Behl. Typically, 5 to 10 USD per font: Video Screen family, Video Enhanced, Alphanumeric, Seven Segment, Dialtone, Plasma 16. See also here or here, here or here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Art director in Chicago, who created the avant-garde typeface Caracas Sans Serif in 2013. He studied in 2012 at University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has a BFA from Florida International University, Miami, FL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sarasota, FL-based designer with a difficult home page. A 1991 Cal Arts graduate, he created the sans faces Big Ed (1995, American Type Corporation) and Hey Stupid (American Type Corporation). The latter family includes some grunge styles as well. [Google] [More] ⦿
Elizabeth Kate Hartley
Postmark Type is the portfolio site of Kerry O'Connor, a Graduate from Flagler College in Tallahassee, FL, who lives now in Saint Augustine, FL and/or Brooksville, FL. Designer of the free outline face Flexion (2011). Other fonts include Arcadia (a flared display face), Chardonnay (a vintage typeface), Vyshyvka (the Ukrainian word for embroidery), Girlhood (connected handwriting; its grunge version is called Shattered), SweaterVest (a patterned wavy face).
Ethan Paul Dunham
Express Music Publishing
Creator of fat counterless faces such as Zerotonin (2010), Continnental (2009) and Portent (2009). His art and illustration company is called Ample. Born in Lima, Peru, he currently lives in Miami, FL, where he obtained a BFA from Miami International University.
FontHead Design (Wilmington, DE) sells cool fonts designed by Ethan Dunham (b. 1972, Glens Falls, NY). A partial list: Mother Goose (2008), Allise, GoodDogCool, Fontheads (dingbats), Randisious, Greyhound (1997, an arts and crafts face), Rochester, Samurai, AsimovSans, Gurnsey20, Scrawl, BadDog, Holstein, SlackScript, Bessie, SloppyJoe (gone?), Blearex, HandSkriptOne, SmithPremier, BlueMoon, HolyCow, SororityHack, Bonkers, HotCoffeeFont, SpillMilk, BraveWorld, Isepik, Sputnik, Brolga, TekStencil, Carnation, Mekanek (1995), Teknobe (1995), Merlin, Toucan Grunge (gone?), Tycho, TypewriterOldstyle, MotherGoose, Croissant, Democratika (now Americratika--I think Emigre forced FontHead to change the name), Noel (1996-1997, Lombardic all caps face, with an open version added), LillaFunk (gone?), Margo Gothic (gone?), Toddler (gone?), NoelBlack, WashMe, Diesel, Orion, Gritzpop, Pesto, BattleStation, CircusDog, Dandelion, DraftHand, Flowerpot, Navel, ShoeString, Stiltskin, ZipSonik. Plus JohnDoe, and old typewriter font. Free fonts: Font Heads (dings), Smith Premier, Vladimir, Tycho, Typewriter Oldstyle, ScareCrow, Millennia, SpillMilk, GoodDog, Holstein, Red Five. All formats, Mac and PC. In the comic font series, look for Stan Lee (now Comic Talk), FH Excelsior (now Titlex), Grimmy (now Flim Flam), and Kirby (now Grit).
Fonts created in 1999: AppleSeed, Caterpillar, Chinchilla, ChinchillaBlack, ChinchillaDots, CrowBeak, CrowBeakLight, CyberMonkey, DanceParty, DingleHopper, FourScore, FourScoreTitling, Hopscotch, HopscotchPlain, Ladybug, Leaflet-Regular, LeafletBold, LeafletLight, ReadOut, ReadOutSuper, Smoothie, Swizzle, TwoByFour, VeryMerry. Made in 2001: ButterFinger, ButterFingerSerif, CatScratch, Catnip, FighterPilot, FrenchRoast, Handheld, HandheldItalic, HandheldRaised, HandheldRaisedItalic, HandheldRound, HandheldRoundItalic, Kingdom, OldGlory, Quadric, QuadricSlant. MyFonts page.
In 2006, several dingbats fonts were added, such as the ClickBits Arrow series and the ClickBits Icon series.
In 2008, he created InfoBits Things and InfoBits Symbols, Abigail, Assembler, Click Clack, Drawzing (children's font), El Franco (grunge), Good Dog New (handprinted), Helion (futuristic), Lead Paint (brush), Schema (architectural lettering), Skizzers (handprinted), Tachyon (2008, techno, futuristic). Free font download. This place has Allise, Americratika, AppleSeed, AsimovSans, Asterix-Blink-Italic, Asterix-Blink, Asterix-Italic, Asterix-Light-Italic, Asterix-Light, Asterix, BadDog, BattleStation, Beckett, Bessie, BlackBeard, Blearex, BlueMoon, Bonkers, BraveWorld, Brolga, BrownCow, Carnation, CatScratch, Caterpillar, Chinchilla, ChinchillaBlack, ChinchillaDots, CircusDog, CornDog (2004), Croissant, CrowBeak, CrowBeakLight, CyberMonkey, DanceParty, Dandelion, Dannette-Outline, Dannette, DayDream, Democratika, Diesel, DingleHopper, DoomsDay, DraftHand, Flowerpot, Font-Heads, FourScore, FourScoreTitling, FunkyWestern, Goliath, GoodDog-Bones, GoodDog-Cool, GoodKitty, Greyhound, Grimmy, Gritzpop, GritzpopGrunge, Gurnsey20, HandskriptOne, Holstein-Bold, Holstein, HolyCow, Hopscotch, HopscotchPlain, HotCoffeeFont, HotTamale, Isepik, JohnDoe, JollyJack, Keener, Klondike-Bold, Klondike, Ladybug, Leaflet-Regular, LeafletBold, LeafletLight, LillaFunk, LogJam-Inline, LogJam, MargoGothic, MarvelScript, MatrixDot-Condensed, MatrixDot, Mekanek, Merlin, Millennia, Mondo-Loose, MotherGoose, Navel, Network, Noel, NoelBlack, Oatmeal, Orion, Pesto, Randisious, ReadOut, ReadOutSuper, RedFive, Rochester, Samurai, Scarecrow, Scrawl, ShoeString, ShoeStringRound, SlackScript, SloppyJoe, SmithPremier, Smock, Smoothie, SororityHack, SpaceCowboy, SpillMilk, Sputnikk, StanLee-Bold, StanLee-BoldItalic, StanLee-Regular, Stiltskin, Submarine, Swizzle, TekStencil, Teknobe, Torcho, ToucanGrunge, TwoByFour, Tycho, Typewriter2, TypewriterOldstyle, VeryMerry, Vladimir, WashMe, Watertown-Alternate, Watertown-Black, Watertown-Bold, Watertown, ZipSonik-Italic, ZipSonik, ZipSonikSketch-Italic, ZipSonikSketch.
Font Squirrel carries ElliotSix (simple handwriting), GoodDog (children's hand) and Millennia (squarish). In fact, in 2009-2010, Ethan Dunham became a very active web font persona, offering a commercial web font service, Fontspring, and a free font service, Fontsquirrel.
Footnote Fonts (FNF)
Florida-based Eddie Colton's creations: The Young Ones (2003-2007, a ranom note font based on the second season credits from The Young Ones TV series, which in turn was based on a Sex Pistols cover), Nebulus (2001, handwriting), Thorne (2000), Future Rot (2000), Metron (great geometric font), GoCrazy, Manglo (Asian simulation font), Protract, Don't Panic, Nightlife, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Werner, Killing Joke (hacker font), Electronic, Bjorkfont (see also here), NewOrder-Movement, NewOrder-Village 586, WildMoodSwings, Wishbats, Curiosity, Whispers (changed Hansa), TheTop. And a number of band fonts by other designers. Cure--Curiosity, Cure--Picture-Show, Cure--Wild-Mood-Swings, Cure--Wish and cure-play-out, all dated 1999-2002, can be downloaded here. Home page.
Graphic designer in Hollywood, FL, who made the hand-printed typeface Bail Regular (2013) based on the handwriting of a bail bondsman.
Sign designer. He made the Victorian signage font families Tyler (2003, inspired by a typeface by E.L. Brown from the late 1800's), Palmer, Brien (2003, inspired by the Clive Barker "Imajica" book cover by lettering artist Iskra Johnson), and Dixie at Letterhead. Tyler was inspired by E.L. Brown who taught penmanship and engrossing in the late 1800's. At SignDNA, he published the script typeface Monika. Letterhead had this bio: Gary Godby's career as a sign artist has spanned nearly 28 years. He has worked in commercial sign shops in Virginia and Florida. While in Florida he spent thirteen years at Disney's in-house sign shop. In 1995 he returned to his native Virginia to work for Graphic Services, Inc., a large commercial shop in Manassas. Graphic Services is a full service sign and display company that primarily works for builders and developers. The shop employs 42 people with Gary's primary role as designer. "When you're designing," Gary says, "you see a project go from concept to reality, and I get alot of gratification out of that."
Based in Miami, FL, German Blanco created the fun figurines typeface Soccer Player Font (2012).
Gilbert Powderly Farrar
Oil painter and wall muralist Gene Gilmore (b. 1955), who lives in Spring Hill, FL, created the free display typeface Ampad (2013), which comes in Script, Brush, 3D, Solid, 3D2 and Regular. The web page seems to be hijacked by some adult entertainment interest group.
Lisa Johns from Orlando, FL, runs Graphx Edge Fonts, a foundry in Altamonte Springs, FL, offering "high quality pictorial fonts". Their 250-odd collection is surely not made from scratch, especially not their body, script and display fonts. One used to be able to find four great free dingbats here: GE Nautica, GE Zoom, GE Zodiac, GE Holiday Sampler. In the Font Services section, they will make custom pictorial, signature (10USD), or logo (20USD) truetype fonts. For 20 USD, get also packages of 20 fonts such as Absolute Fun Fonts, Absolute Dingbats (60 dingbats, 129USD) or Absolute Script Fonts. Now also called ScriptFonts.Com. Alternate site. Deco fonts, a collection of 4 dingbat fonts for 30 USD. Alternate URL. At this archive, you can find the following fonts: GEBanners, GEClipz, GEComedy, GECurviture, GEElegantScript, GEFiestaMarquee, GEFleet, GEFreeForm, GEFrills, GEGlob, GEHandyScript, GEMontage, GENervousTwitch, GERomanesse, GESheerScript. Partial list of dingbats: GEAngels (I to III), GECarouselHorses, GECelticArt, GEChineseArt, GEChristmasJoy, GEComicalChristmas, GECurviture, GEEdibles, GEEgyptianArt, GEElementsofNature (I and II), GEFloralStencils, GEHolidaySampler, GEIttyBittys, GEJapaneseArt, GEMerryChristmas, GENativeAmericanArt, GENautica, GEOutToSea, GEPennsylvaniaDutch (I and II), GESheerScript, GESnowmen, GESpringtime, GEStorybookTales, GEWhimsicalAnimals (I to IV), GEWildKingdom, GEZodiac, GEZoom. Another alias: Megadownloads. At Joz's Smallwares, you may find Fleet, Romanesse, Frills, Free Form and Comedy, Curviture, Elegant Script, Handy Script, Montage and Sheer Script, Fiesta Marquee, Nervous Twitch, Banners, Clipz and Glob. The list of fonts is long:
During his studies at the Ringling College of Art and Design in sarasota, FL, Greg Mako experimented with font blending designs: Hardgrove (Futura Medium + Georgia), Rivera (Baskerville + Bell Gothic), Cesta (Helvetica Light + Bodoni), Irizarry (Gill Sans + Adobe Jenson MM Swash), Kravette (Frutiger + Garamond), Mako (Helvetica Neue Ultralight + Stone Sans Semi), Poppe (Bellevue + Apex New Light), Parilla (Helvetica Neue + Harrington).
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.
James Hale and Debra Reznik from Miami, FL, sell their designs at 29USD per face. Slow page. Some designs are very nice, such as the coffeeshop lettering of Rustiko. All formats offered. Other faces by James Hale: Tosca, Ganymede, Deth Imperial, Grand Torino, Beyond Machines, Kineto. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company in Melbourne, FL, which seems no longer interested in making fonts. This page tells its history: Alfred and Charles G. Harris set up the Harris Automatic Press Company in 1895 in Niles, OH. The Harris Automatic Press Company was responsible for many printing innovations during the early 1900s including the first commercially successful offset lithographic press and the first two-color offset press. In 1957 Harris-Seybold merged with Intertype Corporation (and thus Harris inherited the Harris-Intertype library!), a world leader in typesetting equipment. The resulting Harris-Intertype Corporation would be responsible for many subsequent innovations in the typesetting industry. In 1974 the name of the company was changed to Harris Corporation, and four years later Harris moved its headquarters from Cleveland to Melbourne, FL. Harris sold its printing equipment business in 1983, and today is a large high tech and communications firm. [Google] [More] ⦿
Harris inherited the Harris-Intertype library, made up of the faces cut by Intertype to compete with Mergenthaler from WWI onwards. They had a small group of original newspaper and script faces. In the 1930s, C.H. Griffith at Mergenthaler believed the linecaster to be unsuitable for the development of scripts, which led Ed Shaar at Intertype to put his stakes up in this market. Intertype became Harris-Intertype ca. 1960, and Harris ca. 1975. Based in Melbourne, FL, Harris is a small foundry established in 1975, with four fonts: Imperial (note: The New York Times uses Imperial for its text, but it is based on in-house scans of the old metal Imperial, not on the digital versions from Intertype or Linotype), Monterey (1958, billed as Intertype's reaction to ATF's Murray Hill), Nuptial and Nuptial Script. The first three are available from Bitstream. The open outline face Stuyvesant (Bitstream) is also said to be an Intertype font originally, dated 1940. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer, b. 1979, Daytona Beach, FL, who lives in Tucson, AZ, where he studies at the University of Arizona, class of 2013. Creator of Hair Styler (2013).
Design student in Sarasota, FL, who created Driftwood (2012), a free typeface based on driftwood.
Original fonts by Florida-based Heather Loeb (aka Heather Daniels or as Gyrl Friday): 21Heads, ArmyBoy, BadBlackCat, CaveGyrl, Denigrated, Dragoon, FitofTears, GyrlFriday, GyrlLovesBoy, Hubbly, LittleCity2000, Luftwanker, MmmmCoffee, PsychedelicSauce, Pukisaka, ScrapedKnee, ScrewyMeltedWax, ShowerFlower, SingleGyrl, TinyTube, VineyTimes, WaterToy, WebDotDing, Wilhomena, WiquedT, ZebraParade.
Time Digital piece on her: When Heather Loeb started college in Florida two years ago, she had never even been on the Internet, let alone made a font. She was planning to be a nursing student. That changed when she got her first computer. "It was just a progression," she says. "I liked making websites and playing with graphics, and eventually I couldn't find fonts I wanted, and I started to make my own. I saw other people were doing it, so I thought, why not?" Loeb's fonts are witty and fanciful: letters appear silhouetted against the side of a long, snaky dragon, or inside tiny cartoon television sets. At first she found the learning curve steep, but the font community came to the rescue. "People are pretty friendly. When they make fonts, it's because they love fonts, and they'll help you out." Now Loeb has a Web-design business on the side, for which she designs her own alphabets under the nom de font Gyrl Friday. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hellomart Fonts (was: Studio Magik)
Web designer Margaret Penney (Studio Magik, Tampa, FL, and Hellomart Fonts, Tampa, FL) made the Roccio and Untoward counterless fat geometric faces in 2010. Boccaccio (2012) is an art deco typeface based on the logo of the Belgian club Boccaccio Life. Magik (2012) is a geometric display face.
Intertype vice president for engineering in the 1930s and 1940s, who lived from 1886-1956. His creations include Ideal News&Italic, Regal&Italic, and Regal Bold. He supervised the design of bold faces to accompany Morris F. Benton's News Gothic (1908, ATF) for Intertype.
Mac McGrew: Ideal (originally called Ideal News) was designed by Herman R. Freund for Intertype in 1926, for the New York Times. It has much the appearance of Century Schoolbook, but with shorter ascenders and squattier capitals. The italic is a little closer to Century Expanded Italic, providing more contrast with the roman. Sturdy serifs, substantial hairlines, and open loops make it a practical face for the demanding production requirements of high-speed newspaper use. Ideal Bold is heavier than the Century bold faces.
Mac McGrew: Regal was created for the Chicago Tribune, designed by Herman R. Freund and introduced by Intertype in 1935, with Regal Bold following in 1937. This is primarily a newspaper face, rather wide, with large x-height and short ascenders and descenders, similar to Ideal but a little lighter. Also compare Paragon.
History of mathematical symbols
Joshua M. Smith (Centerville, OH) runs Hydro74, which is located in Sanford, FL. His faces take their themes often from metal rock bands, the goth scene, blackletter, and grunge. They can be bought at MyFonts or here. See also here. More direct access.
His typefaces: Gestapo Dirty, Gestapo Tech, Terra Firma, Rehab, MissionUK, Messiahcom, Kogji, New York Corp, Texan, Grace For The Fallen. Free fonts include Beast, Broken74, Gatecrashertexan, Heresy, MeaniesThick, MegalomaniaItalic, MegalomaniaNormal, MilitarizeConform, MoogwaiItalic, MoogwaiNormal, MoogwaiThinOblique, OmnipotenceBlack, PietyBlack, Platipus, Proclivitydark, Proven, Resurrection, Revolution, Sacrafical, SailorJerry, Spitfire (2010, tattoo face), Submit, SubmitItalic, SubmitThinItalic, TripleXXX, Conform, Meanies, Megalomania, Moogwai, Platipus, Resurection, Revolution, Proven, Gate Crasher, Agnostic, Working Class hero (Western), Blasphemy, Disestarlishmentarianism, Napalm Vertigo, Black Mass (2005, blackletter / tattoo face).
In 2009, he fired up his creative mind, and started working on a new batch of display faces: Muerte Black, West Coast Soul, Iron Fist, Nue Black, Uber Black (+Caps, blackletter), Le Venom (a phenomenal high-contrast art deco face), Avante (art deco, counterless), Nue Goth (blackletter), The Thickness (ultra fat), Script, Razor Black, Martyr Black, Sentry Black, Imperial Black, Thai Black, Dayton Black (racecar lettering), Slash Black (blood and guts font), Burial Black (blackletter), Cadaver Ink (gothic), Czar (hairline sans), Tramp Stamp, Wolfstien Electro (in the spirit of Sinaloa), Viper Black (scary), Catalyst Solid (ulta fat), Calypso (sans), Suture Slab (gothic), Venice Black (gothic), Black Mamba (metal rock band lettering, Cyrillic influences), Tyranny Gothic (blackletter), Blackmail Sect (more blackletter), Sailor Jerry (bilined), Napalm Vertigo (army stencil), Heresy Gothic (blackletter grunge), Working Class Hero (Western grunge), Golden Age, La Santisma Muerte (scary).
Free faces at Legacy of Defeat, as of 2011: H74Cairissian, H74DemonRacer, H74EastZombieHigh, H74Federation, H74GhettoWolves (scary), H74InfectedZombies, H74Pistola, H74SnakeOilEmbossed, H74SnakeOilSolid (2011, constructivist), H74Spitfire, H74TheBlackBureau, H74TheGoldenDawn, H74TheGoldenDawnItalic, H74ThunderScript, H74ZombieAttack, Black Label Whiskey, Armored, Blood Tonic, H74 Cadaver Ink (2011, tattoo face), Cortez, Damn Hippies, H74 False Idols (2011), Heathen, Kremlin Ink, H74 Kustom Style (2011, a tattoo/graffiti font), Moscow Moonshine, San Loscisco (2011), Blood Tonic (2011), Snake Whiskey (2011), Time Is Money (2011), Valkyrie (2011), Viva Los Vatos (2011), Warriors (2011), West Coast Soul (2011), Yo Santos (2011).
Commercial faces done in 2011: H74 Warriors (2011), H74 Viva Los Vatos (2011, cholo graffiti), H74 Snake Whiskey (2011, spurred Western face), H74 Norway Black (2011), H74 Her Majesty (2011, spurred face), H74 Muerte (2011), H74 Hellfire (2011, spurred family), H74 Luckys Flash (2011), H74 Le Venom (2011, art deco), H74 Dishonor, H74 Cobra (tattoo face), H74 Pistola (2011, a tattoo font), H74 San Loscisco, H74 Wizard Nip (brush), H74 Wizard Staff, H74 The Black Bureau (black slab serif headline face), H74 Zombie Allegiance, H74 Monniker, H74 El Librador, H74 Eastern Star, H74 Dead Empire, H74 Black Diamond, H74 Alcazar, H74 Corpse Black, H74 Corpse Paint.
Typefaces from 2013: The Pricks, Ocelot Piss, The Witches, Wizard Tit, Conquest, Wizard Dick, Riverside, Dirty Sanchez, Corpus Delicti, Warlock Ghetto Wolves, Spitfire.
Defunct foundry. One of its typographic directors was Gilbert Powderly Farrar (1886-1957), who designed Bert Black. Intertype's typefaces include Monterey (1958, Rand Holub, its "version" of Murray Hill; available from Bitstream now), Imperial (designed by Ed Schaar; now a Bitstream font), Intertype Vogue (ca. 1930, see Am Sans by Volker Busse for a free digital version), Stuyvesant (1940, now available from Bitstreeam), and Nuptial Script (now an Adobe font).
MyFonts writes: Harris inherited the Harris-Intertype library, made up of the faces cut by Intertype to compete with Mergenthaler from the First World War. A small group of original typefaces centers on newspaper faces and scripts. In the thirties C.H. Griffith at Mergenthaler believed the linecaster to be unsuitable for the development of scripts, which led Ed Schaar at Intertype to claim this market as their own. Intertype became Harris-Intertype ca. 1960, and Harris ca. 1975.
Leonard Spencer, in his article Linotype / Intertype Linecasting Machines How They Differ writes: Intertype started as International Typesetting Machine Company in 1911. Many of first machines were rebuilt Linotype bases with improvements patented by the new company. When World War I broke out, International Typesetting Machine Company was reorganized as the Intertype Corporation, and by 1917 had three machines for sale: Model A one magazine, Model B two magazine, Model C three magazine. Intertype was first in cold type with its Fotosetter in 1950. This machine continued the circulating matrix principle but had film image instead of the punched character. Stuart Sandler adds this piece of information: The Harris-Intertype Fotosetter was the first photo typesetting machine invented. It marks the beginning of the Cold Type era and is the machine responsible for it . . . Incidentally this is the machine that inspired the creation of the Filmotype by its inventor Allan Friedman when he saw it unveiled to US audiences in 1948. Instead of lead slugs, the Intertype which was a Linotype machine had replaced them with small film negatives and proceeded to set type as you would imagine the bastardization of a lead type and photo type machine only could. There are many reasons Cold Type caught on and it became the standard some time after that period till digital typesetting machines like the Alphatype came into their own. It wasn't until the release of the first MacIntosh in 1984 when Cold Type was eclipsed by desktop publishing.
Mac McGrew: Ideal (originally called Ideal News) was designed by Herman R. Freund for Intertype in 1926, for the New York Times. It has much the appearance of Century Schoolbook, but with shorter ascenders and squattier capitals. The italic is a little closer to Century Expanded Italic, providing more contrast with the roman. Sturdy serifs, substantial hairlines, and open loops make it a practical face for the demanding production requirements of high-speed newspaper use. Ideal Bold is heavier than the Century bold faces.
Another famous type is Cairo. Mac McGrew: Cairo is Intertype's adaptation of Memphis, originally designed by Rudolf Weiss for Stempel in Germany about 1929, and first imported into the United States as Girder. Except for Litho Antique, this was the first of the modern square-serif faces, which are revivals of older faces known as Egyptians. The Intertype faces appeared in 1933 to 1940. Lining Cairo features several sizes of caps on 6- and 12-point bodies in the manner of Copperplate Gothic. Compare Memphis, Stymie, Karnak.
James Blevins (Florida) is a graphic designer who specializes in font creation and illustration. For his blackletter face Crumby, he drew upon old blackletter motifs and hand-drawn characters found in the work of Robert Crumb. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic and Interactive Communications student at Ringling College of Art and Design. Weston, FL-based designer of Carly (2012). carly was created by mixing elemens of Elega Light and Futura Condensed Medium.
Pensacola, FL-based creator of the hand-printed caps faces 003 Engineer's Hand (2012), 003 Mikey (2013, a fun script face), 003 Anna Caps (2012) and 003 Katie Caps (2012), and of Block Code (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Prolific type designer in Florida, b. 1952. His fonts were originally free and consisted largely of dingbats. Around 2005 he went commercial, and now sells his work (over 350 fonts as of 2009) via MyFonts. He has branched out into several font styles, with a soft spot for stencil fonts, fonts for signage, and fonts for advertising. Born in New York, his family moved to Florida in 1963, where he has been ever since. An interview. Alternate URL. Yet another URL with his early free fonts.
Jenna Diermann (Jenna Sue Design Co, Florida, b. 1985) created the handwriting face Jenna Sue (2011).
Joe Finocchiaro Design
Joe Finocchiaro runs a corporate identity studio in New York, and specializes in custom typeface, symbol and logo design. His corporate font families include Roma 2002, the sans serif Ernst and Young family (1999), Air Canada (1994), the sans serif font Etna (2002), the sans serif family Largo (2002), a stencil font for the Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami (1999, based on Futura), the CHW font (1997) for Catholic Healthcare West (serif), Cargill (1994), the beautiful flared sans serif Wunderman Cato Johnson (1997), the PNC font (1993, for the PNC Bank, based on Fry's Baskerville, 1768), the Lincoln Life font (1994, in all-caps style like Bank Gothic), the Scotiabank corporate alphabet, the serifed Clinique (1997) for Clinique Laboratories Inc, Colgate (1993, based on Eras), the didone font Formica (1996), the didone family Tiffany, Tiffany Numerals, Tiffany SmallCaps (2000) for Tiffany&Co, the condensed sans family Schlumberger (1998), the sans family Orazio (2002), a logotype for Iberia (1997) and Univers AirService (1997), The NewYorkTimes (2000, a logo-matching typeface), some type for Avis (1999). He cleaned up the Cunard typeface (by Eric Gill), the Arthur Andersen typeface (1999) and the Deloitte Touche corporate typeface. Joe accepted money from the unscrupulous polluter Monsanto, the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation and the crooks at Arthur Andersen. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jorge G. Chevere (Exvox Designs, Orlando, FL) is the FontStructor (b. 1985) who made the rounded faces Esthetic Regular and Esthetic Stripes in 2011. Other faces by him include Red Mamba (2011, pixel), Red Mamba Stripes (2011), Quadratum (heavy pixelish face), Creatica Black, Creatica Stripes (2011), and Creatica (2011). Exvox Designs offers graphic design, logo design, concepting, typography, product and print services in Orlando, Florida.
Designer (b. Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1965) of a few metafonts such as old uncial and cirth (Tolkien runes), to be found here, and Celtic Knotwork Font. Designer of the metafont Cun (runes, cuneiform). Now software engineer for IBM/Lotus in Ireland. [Google] [More] ⦿
Joshua M. Smith
Joshua M. Smith
Aka Khrys Kreations. Kindergarten teacher (b. 1988) in Florida, who made many hand-printed typefaces that appeal to children. Her typeface list as of 2012: KBBlockParty, KBChubby, KBDabble, KBDinoMite, KBDottyDot, KBFancyMe, KBKinderWrite, KBNeat, KBPeppy, KBRoundUp, KBSketch, KBSpacingOut, KBStripedPajamas, KBSubtle, KBSunshine. Many of these fonts were made with FontMaker and/or MyScriptFont.
Typefaces from 2013: KB Up In Smoke, KB True Believer, KB Sneaky Walrus, KB Radio Wizard, KB Jumping Jellybeans, KB Fun House, KB Brght and Merry, KB Tiny Red Whale, KB The End Is Broken, KB Pancake Party, KB Googley Eyes, KB Funky Glasses, KB Brainy Skeleton, KBanAvoxlost, KB Zipa Dee Doo Dah, KB Seriously Into Her, KB Miso Soup, KB Hear Me Play, KB Earthquake, KB Camera Shy, KB And It Slips My Mind, KB Witching Hour, KB Pay The Lady, KB Reindeer Games, KB Gobble Day, KB Stick, KB Lucky Clover, KB Dunk Tank, KB Dark Hour, KB Planet Earth, KB Lace Nightgown, KB The Silent Night, KB Nosy Neighbor, KB Bubblegum, KB Freezer Burn, KB Hold the Phone, KB Jellybean, KB Jukebox, KB Starlight, KB Broken Apart, KB Push Over, KB Sandy Shorts, KB Love It Down, KB Pink Lipgloss, KB When Pigs Fly, KB Crazy Town, KB Her Highness, KB Lola Loves Me, KB Scared Straight, KB Write It On A Post It, KB Wiggle Worm, KB Saucey Lady, KB RiceaRoni, KB Pasta For Two, KB Ninja Power, KB Moonlight Falls, KB Maker Factory, KB Hot Tamale, KB Fancy Footwork, KB Cheetah Rita, KB Stylographic, KB Snowballin, KB Shot In The Dark, KB All Aboard, KB Troubled Soul, KB Delicate Soul, KB ABC Doodles, KB Grandeur, KB Turning Gears, KB Queeny Me, KB A Stitchin Time, KB Pop The Bubbly, KB Quipster, KB Cloudy Day, KB Noodle Monster, KB Out Of Towner, KB Ribbons and Bows, KB Skittled, KB You've Been Spotted, KB You're Just My Type, KB Bonjour Sweetheart, KB Curious Soul, KB Framework, KB Push, KB Washi, KB Camp Out, KB Chatter Box, KB Lime Light, KB Kinder Write Bold, KB Ruffled Feathers, KB So Thinteresting (+Bold), KB Sunshine Bold, KB Swirl N Twirl.
Born in Missouri in 1979, Kimberly moved first to Texas and later (in 2007) to China, and most recently, to Orlando, FL. She made some free fonts (often handwriting styles), and also ran a personal handwriting font service [those fonts have names that start with KGD]. MyFonts link. FontSquirrel link. Home page. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. Fontspring link. Dafont link. Klingspor link. Google Web Font Directory link. Family home page. Her fonts, by year:
During her graphic design studies at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, Kimberly Janelle created Chiffon (2012), a crossing of Futura Condensed and Kuenstler Script.
Graduate of Rogier College in St. Augustine, FL. Florida-based creator of Traffix (2011, pixelized).
Creator of a photo-play font called Fingerhot Pepper (2012). Born and raised in Miami, she is presently in New York City.
Graphic designer 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).
LCR Fonts (or: Le Chef René)
Alphadings and dingbats by René Miller, aka LeChefRene, from St. Petersburg, FL: AlphaBizzyBee, AlphaPencils, GardeningWithSue, LCRAmericaPraysLSF, LCRAmericanPresidents, LCRAmericasAngelLSF, LCRAmericasHeartLSF, LCRAngelicHearts, LCRAngelsWatching, LCRAutumn, LCRAutumnHarvest, LCRAutumnHarvestDings, LCRAutumnSunflowers, LCRAwwwLexy, LCRBorderDesignz, LCRBunnyBrunch, LCRCatNap, LCRCatsMeow, LCRChefTools, LCRCowboysRest, LCRCreateAFace, LCRCroakerKing, LCRCroakerQueen, LCRCupidsHeart, LCRCutesyCupid, LCRFirghtfulTree, LCRFlowersFromMyHeart, LCRFootballFanatic, LCRFrankenFright, LCRFrightfulFrames, LCRFrogiisAngel, LCRFunFrames, LCRFunFramesII, LCRHeartfulRose, LCRHeartsAfire, LCRItzPartyTyme, LCRItzSnowflakes, LCRJoyfulNoise, LCRJustDuckie, LCRKatsCattitude, LCRKitchenDings, LCRKylezNazcar, LCRLeChef, LCRLesleysCrafts, LCRLisasPumps, LCRLuvToPaint, LCRMayasLetters, LCRMeeses, LCRMomsRoseBasket, LCROlympicPride, LCROnlyAMemory, LCROntheFarm, LCRPansyPeepers, LCRParrotTalk, LCRPartyDings, LCRPartyHardy, LCRPeekABoo, LCRPlayfulDolphin, LCRPresidentialPen, LCRPrestigiousTeddies, LCRPrissyPig, LCRPumpkinFace, LCRRainyDaze, LCRSchoolDaze, LCRSheProudlyWavesLSF, LCRShelbysFlower, LCRSpaceWalk, LCRSpencersKarateKick, LCRStitchedbyanAngel, LCRSueNPaul, LCRTeachersPet, LCRTeddyTyme, LCRTigerCat, LCRTulipz, LCRUnitedWeStandLSF, LCRWeRememberLSF, LCRWhenElephantsFly, LCRWorksofHeart.
Legacy of Defeat
This web site, related to Joshua Smith's Hydro 74 foundry in Orlando, FL, offers original creations, both free and commercial. They specialize in vintage signage type, display type, the Western look, scary faces, art nouveau, tattoo type, psychedelic and Victorian styles. The catalog as of 2011: Anarchy Script, Aphex Script, Apocalypse, Avante, Black Mail Sect, Black Mamba, Burial Black, Cadaver Ink, Cadaver Script, Calypso, Catalyst, Cortez, Dayton Black, False Idols, Golden Age, Heresy, Hood Black, Hydro Script, Imperial Black, Iron Fist, Kremlin Ink, Kustom Style, La Calavera Catrina, La Santsima Muerte, Le Venom, Lucky's Flash, Martyr Black, Muerte Black, Napalm Vertigo, Nue Black, Nue Goth, Norway Black, Razor Black, Royal Baron, Sacred Black, Sailor Jerry, Salem Witch Hunt, Sentry Black, Spitfire, Skid Row, Thai Black, The Clique, The Thickness, Thunder Script, Tramp Stamp, Tyranny Gothic, Uber Black, Vahalla, Venice Black, Viper Black, War Machine, West Coast Soul, Wolfstien Electro, Working Class Hero, Zombie Allegiance, Zombie Attack, Slash Black, Suture Set, Corpse, Czar, Proclivity, Uber Black Caps.
Free and commercial typefaces from 2013: Pricks, Ocelot Piss, The Witches, Wizard Tit, Wizard Dick, Riverside, Dirty Sanchez, Corpus Delicti, Warlock, Ghetto Wolves, Spitfire, Cheap Deal, Shwarma (Arabic simulation), Alderaan (alchemic), Surplus (spurred), Goth Bitch (blackletter), Siberian Vodka (alchemic), Bitch Please, Dirty Whore (brush script), Skeleton Key (EPS), Old School (EPS), Forty Thieves (EPS; Arabic simulation), Conquest (EPS), The Sailors Creed (EPS), Achilles (constructivist), Gold Chain (EPS), Bootleggers (Western), Blood Clot (dripping blood face), Hernandez (Latino style), The Order (spurred), Kuso, Pinche Muerte, Chingon, Nomad, Major Jackov, Sinner, Mayhem, Outlaw (Western), Absinthe, Zombie Headshot, Black Diamond, Alcazar, Eastern Star, El Librador (Cuban colonial style), Monniker, Her Majesty, Kobra, Dishonor, Ghetto Hawk, Kings Wrath, Fraternal, Wizard Taint, Rinzler (inspired by TRON), Dream Weave.
Leo Cepeda (Sunrise, FL) designed a beautifully expressive logo for a restaurant called Saluté (Cayman Islands) in 2012.
Life Without Taffy (was: Spork Thug Typography)
Josh Wilhelm is an artist, musician and comedian who lives in Florida. It is possible that he also is a reverend. His original type designs were presented at Spork Thug Typography. Some time before 2010, he moved to Life Without Taffy. The fonts: A-Damn-Mess, Adrenochrome, Airwalker, AirwalkerOutline, Aneurysm, AnotherMorningStoner, Antioch, AntiochBitchslap, AphidManureHeist, Apocalypshit, AshleysWriting, Askew, AssholeBasicSansSerif, AstroCreep2, Atomic-Toothpaste, BackSplatter-DrippyPS, BallTongue, BallTonguePreview, Bandnames, Bandnames2, BeerGoggles, Belching-Up-Salisbury-Steak, Betsy, BilBurr, Black-Sunshine, BloodyShrapnel, Bogusflow, BollWeevil, Bootyneck, BotchedVasectomy, Bowel-Trouble, Brackish, Bunfuzzled, Bunker, Buscemi, Cactus-Love (Mexican simulation face), CaffeineFreeDietPorkSoda, CamelWalk, Captain-Shiner, Cardboard-Love-2, Cardboard-Love, CardboardLove, CarsickTimes, Cheap-Ass-Phaser, Clunk, Configuration9, Corinne, Cracked-Dendrite, Craptacular, CrystalGypsy, Cut-It-Out, Cyanide-Breathmint, DawnOfTheDead, Dead-Ewoks-Everywhere, DeadAlive, Denrito (2001), Derelict, DietPorkSoda, Dispepsi, Divine, Dollar-Store-Stencil, Donald, Downer, Drew, Dumpster-Diver, EatMoreGravel, Eeviac, EeviacBold, EeviacOutline, ElScorcho, Electronic-Cobbler, Elser, Eulogy, Evil-Dead, Fifty, Fildnik, Fingered, Fisticuffs, Flamer, FlutingOnTheHump, FrailLimbNursery, FreakingStars, Fridge-Magnets, FrostbittenWanker, Future-Boxes, FuturexSchizmatic, GeorgeWBushIsACokehead, GlassSandwich, GoldenShowers, Gubernaculum, Hallisey, Handyman's-Special, HappyHero, Hellacious-Migraine, Hendershot, HotwaxResidue, Human-Brown-Eye, Humpbunny, InterstellarHarddrive, Invaders, InvadersPartTwo, InvadersPartTwoOutline, Johnny-Bracket, Josh-Is-Tipsy, JoshIsStoned, JoshSober, Juggalo, JuggaloWarped, Kagan, Kalamazoo, Lacquerhead, Lanky-Bastard, Lebowski, Lego-Maniac, Lhyrma, Lickspittle, Lithium, Little-Tubby-Jesus, LoungeAct, LoungeActOutline, MagnaCumNada, MaximumRadiationLevel, MaximumRadiationLevelOutline, Miasma, Minus, MirandaWrites, MissKatie, Mister-Haddaris, MoFo, MollyRingworm, Mope, MopeOutline, Mrnikas, Mudshovel, Muffy, Mump, MusickThief, MusickThiefTwo, Mustachio, MustyPrivates, MyPromiscuousDaughter, MyPromiscuousDaughterOutline, MyPromiscuousDaughterSquat, Necrosis, Nerdball, Nobody-Loves-Me, Nonsense, NovaCane, One-Lousy-Bottom, OneLeggedDonkey, Overactive-Bladder, Oxalic, Paralacrimation, Pink-Noise, Pio, Pio, Poltergeist, PoltergeistHollow, PoltergeistShuffled, PoltergeistThick, Poop, Pork-Soda, Praise-'Bob', Praise-'Bob', Protonic-Feelers, Pudmonkey-RegularPS, PudmonkeyShrapnelFree, PudmonkeyTwo, Punched-Stub, QuarterOzToFreedom, Queasy, Quite-Blunt, REVEREND-JOSH, Rachel, RangDang, RedneckZombies, Rhoda-Dendron, SassmouthSkinny, SassmouthThick, SelfMutilation, ShotgunBlast, ShotgunBlastMadThick, ShotgunBlastThick, Single-Stroke, Sissyneck, SissyneckOutline, SixtyPercentLessSassmouth, Sloopy, Snafu, SnootchieBootchies, SnootchieBootchiesBold, SnootchieBootchiesItalic, SnootchieBootchiesOutline, Some-Boxes, SonofX51, SoulManure-NormaLPS, SoulManure2, SoulManureOutline, SpaceLord, SpaceLordOutline, SpankThru, SpankThruBold, SporkThug, Sporkbats-Two, Sporkbats, Sporkbats3, Stamper, Stickons-Two, Stitch, StunOperator, SuckyDigital, SuitePee, Takeout, Tanklason, Target-Practice, Teardrop, Terminus, TexasJigsawMassacre, Thirty-Seven, TongueOfColicab, Turnaround, Ubiqita_Europa, Undertow, Uppity, Uppity2, Uppity3, Uppity4, VenerealStrobeEffect, VenerealStrobeEffectItalic, VenerealStrobeEffectStroked, VeryAssy, Vibrato, VibratoHollow, Vic-Twenty, Vinyl-Stickons, Wadlow, WadlowsSon, WaitAndBleed, Wireframe-Davenport, X51Outline, Xanthisma, Xanthisma, XitRAM!, Yonkerismo, Zaboodla, ZaboodlaThin.
Miami, FL-based graphic designer who created Rede Black (modular display face) in 2013.
Graduate of the University of Central Florida, who works as graphic designer and illustrator in Orlando, FL. Creator of Under The Sea (2013), a slightly grungy typeface.
Creator of the art deco typeface Ryder (2013), which she calls a hybrid of Braggadocio and Britannic Bold. Ryder was developed during her studies in Sarasota, FL. She also made a condensed sans typeface called Camus (2013), which is named after the existentialist philosopher Albert Camus. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lizzy Hartley Design
Lizzy Hartley Design (Hamilton, MA) is Elizabeth Hartley's foundry. Elizabeth was a student at Flagler College in Tallahassee, FL.
She created the hairline sans face Satin (2011).
Saint Petersburg, FL-based creator of the following commercial typefaces: Roco (2013, a slit font), Faceplant (2013), Boccaccio (2013, art deco, prismatic and multilined, named after the Belgian club Boccaccio Life, where New Beat was first played), Untoward (counterless), Magik, Haext (2013, hand-printed, Ten Dollar Fonts)).
In 2013, he designed MB Block Type.
Maxwell Rasche, an art director in Miami, FL, created Komik Sans (2013).
Graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design who now freelances in Orlando, FL. Creator of the Victorian typeface Ephemere (2013).
"The Mesa Polyglot alphabet was invented by Juan Mesa (b. 1928), a Cuban-American living in Miami. It was designed as an easy-to-learn and simple-to-use alternative international alphabet." A Mesa font by Nicholas Fabian is included. See also here for MesaAnalogMedium (2001). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer at ITC of the great and refreshing brushy face ITC Wisteria (1995). He also made ITC True Grit (1995), a revival of Solo's Personality Script. A typohile points out that ITC states that "ITC Wisteria was designed by Michael Stacey, a Florida-based artist and graphic designer", while in fact it is an exact reproduction of an alphabet design copyrighted in multiple 1938 through 1952 popular publications by Ross F. George, co-inventor of the Speedball pen. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graduate of Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL, in 2012.
Movie font archive site run by James Callaghan from Florida who made the free Walt Disney Script font WDScript (2000), the exquisite display family Seized (2001), Bradley (2005, medieval blackletter), Prototype, Prototype Community, Prototype Pavilion (EPCOT font, 2001), Waltograph, Decotech (2001, based on designs by Daniel Pelavin and Neville Brody), SpaceAge, Ravenscroft (copyright TombSweetTomb.com, 2001), and Seized v2 (2002).
His Florida Project (2003, with Spencer Parks), is an original font family based on the logotype for Walt Disney World circa 1971-1995.
Milan Zrnic (b. 1984) is a self-taught graphic designer who now lives in New York. In 2002, Milan created Idyll (2002, commercial sans serif font) while in the Chank Army. In 2003, Milan created and released the free typeface Raedr. [Google] [More] ⦿
Minzhe Chen, aka Yuan, is a designer and illustrator from Vigo (Galicia, Spain). He has lived in Hong Kong, Barcelona, and currently he is studying Graphic and Interactive Communications at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
ShenZhen/Hong Kong-based photographer, b. 1989, who currently lives in Miami, FL. Alternate URL. Miphol Studio is related to Marica Typographic Design Studio, run by Marica. Creator of the elegant hairline sans family ULT Sans (2007). She says that, inspired by FF Milo and Stainless, it took her over two weeks of straight work just to get the beta out. She also made the squarish stencil face SquareX (2008), the mechanical face Incognita (2008), and the semi-serif face ChanorSans (2008). Her latest: the gorgeous constructivist-marries-didone headline face Modern 9, and Melor (2008, a simple sans family in two styles done for Miphol Studio). [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.
During her graphic design studies at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, Nancy Nystrom created Hybrid (2012), a lava lamp typeface based on a crossing of Universe and Cooper Black. [Google] [More] ⦿
Florida-based designer, b. 1985. She created the informal face Bookworm (2008), the geometric black art deco face Geomancy (2010, +Hairline), and the comic book face Goofus (2008). All her fonts are free. Dafont link. One by Four is a design studio based in South Florida founded by four longtime friends, including Natasha herself. [Google] [More] ⦿
This was a news design blog run by Friesen, a news designer at The Oregonian in Portland, OR, who has dabbled in daily newspapers for nearly 20 years. He has also worked for the Columbia Missourian, the Gazette-Times in Corvallis, OR, and The Ledger in Lakeland, FL, as a reporter, copy editor, designer and design editor.
Boston-based photographer and typographer who is studying at Ringling College of Art and Design. The letter Y inspired her to create the experimental family Weye (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Olduvai is Mike Sobel's Miami, FL-based company. Free font Akira (Mac). The other fonts are commercial. Sells Art Fonts, Brush Fonts and Cool Fonts packages: 12 font sets for 29 USD per set. Mac only. Not top quality. Some font names: Caesar, Dixieland, Expose, Freak, Lafitte, Maria, Metropolis, Personal, Phobos, Psycho, Safari, Tools, World, Privacy, Aventura, Blast, Blockbuster, Dynamite, Dynomite, Elegant, Energy, Exclusive, Exquisite, Extravaganza, Glasnost, Illusion, Legend, Magical, Moonlight, Mystical, Olduvai, Persuasive, Privacy, Stylish, Thriller, Bamboo, Cartoon, Delight, Kudasai, Memorandum, Project, Sketchy, Strokes, Valentine, Zen. [Google] [More] ⦿
One by Four
People involved include Alejandra Abad, Brian Haines, Bruno Torquato, and Natasha Maria Fernandez.
Font Squirrel link where one can download Matchbook, which seems to have been designed by Brian Haines.
Tattoo artist in Florida, b. 1969, whose business is Vicious Ink. He posted 21 free fonts in 2011 at Dafont all at once. Many of these have calligraphic or Celtic influences. There are of course several blackletter and illuminated caps faces, as one would expect in a tattoo parlor. The fonts were all made in 2010: Pauls3-DTribal, PaulsBloodSweat&Tears, PaulsCelticFont1, PaulsCelticFont2, PaulsCelticFont3, PaulsCircusFont (Lombardic), PaulsEstherFont, PaulsFancyScript, PaulsGothicCurls, PaulsGraffitti, PaulsHeartlessFont, PaulsIlluminatedCelticFont, PaulsKanjiFont-Bold (oriental simulation), PaulsPoisonFont-Italic, PaulsRansomNoteFont, PaulsRealCelticRuneFont, PaulsSUPERFont, PaulsSinnerFont, PaulsSouthPacific, PaulsSwirlyGothicFont, PaulsWhimsyFont, Paul's Bloody, Paul's Weight, Paul's California (a fun script). [Google] [More] ⦿
Signage business involved in truck lettering, truck decals, custom signs, vinyl lettering, pinstriping and font design. Located in Lee County in Florida. Their free fonts: Armament (2007), Blackchalk Down (2007), Bumrush (2007, brush face), Dispatch Black (2007), reminiscent of wood type, and Bajenna (2007, simulated brush face). At Dafont, they use the name phallicymbal. [Google] [More] ⦿
Prime Graphics (was: PolyType)
Sports glyphs, dingbats, ornaments, by Karl Nayeri, made in 1993 at PolyType, now Prime Graphics. His fonts: Polytype-Optix, PolytypeAllure, PolytypeAnimals, PolytypeArrowtek, PolytypeArtdeco, PolytypeBirds, PolytypeBusIcon, PolytypeCorners, PolytypeCorners, PolytypeFruits, PolytypeHolidays, PolytypeImages, Polytype Leisure (2004), PolytypeOptyx, PolytypeOrnaments, PolytypePatterns, PolytypeVegetables. MyFonts sells these faces by Nayeri: Achiva, Arius, Aviana, Balboa, Betique, Bohemian, Boracho, Bristol, Exvoto, Fouras, Fulton, Janus, Kaptiva, Montique, Polyma, Polytype Animals, Polytype Images, Polytype Birds, Polytype Ornaments, Polytype Sports, Polytype Fruits, Polytype Arrowtek, Polytype Leisure, Polytype Business Icons, Polytype Vegetables, Polytype Allure, Polytype Holidays, Polytype Art Deco, Polytype Optyx, Polytype Corners, Polytype Artimus I Frames, Polytype Artimus II Frames, Polytype Brutus I Frames, Polytype Brutus II Frames, Polytype Dumas I Frames, Polytype Dumas II Frames, Polytype Medoc I Frames, Polytype Medoc II Frames, Polytype Numa Frames, Polytype Patterns, Shiraz, Signum, Sombrero, Soraya (2004, avant garde), Vasco, Vitalique, Wichita, Woko, Xerxes, Yakima, Zealous. For a period of time I authorized to distribution of my library to Interntional Type Fonders, but now his fonts can be bought from MyFonts.
QJS Graphics is a design company, est. 2007 in Atlanta, GA. Founder and Art Director Quintavious Shephard, hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and currently attends Florida A&M University in pursuit of a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Creator of the techno face Quin (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
RAF Web Designs (was: ARRF Designs and RA Fonts)
Randy Ford (Sarasota, FL) has been designing typefaces since 1997. His (free) creations: Angelized, Cool Dots (this face, also called Desiree's-CoolDots, was inspired by randy's niece, Desiree Chubb), Digital Surf, Flakes, Showtime (1998, art deco), CreepyGraves, Tilez (for scrabble), Lizzard (2008, inspired by his son, Ryan), Squaresville, the magnificently beautiful HypnOtik, YearbookMess, Molecular (2008), Barcoding, Futured, Christmas.
In 2012, he created Sporedom.
Honduras-born graphic designer and illustrator who is based in Miami. He created DMesh (2012), an octagonal or paper-fold typeface, about which he writes: In 2011 I came across a beautiful app called DMesh. The program itself used Delaunay triangles along with a complicated algorithm to turn any image into a beautifully stylish work of art. I got in touch with the creator of the app, Dofl Yun, and told him that I was interested in fleshing out a typeface inspired by D in the DMesh logo. He was excited about the prospect of there being a proper typeface related to his app. Dofl gave me his blessing and the result was the project you see here.
In 2013, he published Sans Comedy (or Sans Comic), in which he gave Comic Sans the hipster treatment.
Richard Diaz Granados
Renowned calligrapher, carver, designer and sign painter who has been involved in the sign industry over twenty years. A frequent contributor to SignCraft magazine, he is probably best known for his slate carving techniques. In 2002, Rob relocated from Miami, Florida to Koh Tao, Thailand. His alphabets have been recreated at Letterhead: Alarm Block, Chunky Block, Claretian, David Design, Farango, Fine Line Roman, Gypsy, Seranoa, Signature (calligraphic), Utopia (informal slab serif). [Google] [More] ⦿
Typographer, designer and journalist educated at Indiana University, where he has been teaching typography since 1995. He has been graphic design consultant since 1981. Author of two books: Typography and Newspaper Design and Typography: How make it clear. His company Design Research International has offices in Vienna (Austria) and Florida (USA). At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about Newspaper type. [Google] [More] ⦿
PC Beach, FL-based designer (b. 1993) of Twitch (2012, FontStruct). Other fonstructions from 2012 include Cinematix RC (art deco), Isaac RC, Coden (pixel face), 8Fraktura RC, Fontstruct RC, Diner RC, Binder RC, Operation Uno (stencil), Pialatzo, Eine Nette Schriftart, A La Difference, Dr. Pepper, If Cinemas Werent Invented, Atarian Age, Pine RC (octagonal), Ralda RC, National Educational Television.
Originally from Seattle WA, Sarah Paulhus is currently attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Sarah mixed Aspect and Neutraface Slab and created a mutation called Primavera (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Scott Speed Hall
Port Charlotte, FL-based company owned by the infamous Paul Eric King (pastor of Harborview Christian Church in the same city, b. Stormlaks, IA, 1954), who has reengineered most of Monotype's and Adobe's fonts over the years. Example: Just My Type CD $29.95 3360 fonts. Not a foundry, but moderately good copied fonts; president Paul King. The Key Fonts Pro 3003 for Macintosh has the same old rip-off fonts found on the older 1555 Key Fonts Pro CD, plus a few new fonts ripped off from new victims. Incredibly, the Postscript versions come without AFM files and are thus useless. Apparently, the kerning present in the TrueType versions or the IBM PostScript versions is the pits, so the whole set is worthless, and proves that King, who is being sued by Adobe, knows nothing about fonts and does not care about quality. Paul King ignores my email regarding the kerning/AFM matter. By the way, the entire TrueType collection on the CD was recently posted on alt.binaries.fonts, so there is really no need to even spend 30 dollars. The kerning pairs on the 1555 Key Fonts Pro CD in contrast were much better. Also, all his fonts can be extracted from the PDF files if you convert these files to PS. Please, do not buy King's CD's. Condemned in court in February 1998 for violation of copyright.
King's legal troubles continue on another front: he was arrested on July 2, 2001, for allegedly paddling a child so hard he left bruises. In all, he faces eight accusations of alleged child abuse. The trial started in August 2002. He was convicted in November 2002 and was sentenced on December 30, 2002. Relevant web sites: crime record, Sun Herald (select "Search News Archives", respond "YES" that you are a subscriber, enter "Paul King" for the search keywords (don't use quotes), click Begin Search), Herald Tribune (select Archives (in the left column under Services), enter keywords "paul king" (you must use quotation marks)), NBC, ABC, Booking document (click on Case Number, enter "01000534F", click on Documents). On December 31, 2002, Paul King was sentenced to three months of jail term (see also here). [Google] [More] ⦿
Original fonts and dingbats at this outfit in Gainesville, FL: Depot (old typewriter), Reckoning, Moonie, Lucyville (comic book lettering), and Mr. Larry Tate (retro).
Stella Roberts Foundry
Type Designer in Sunrise, FL, who created a coop style foundry for a charity that pays for the medical bills of her siblings. Some typefaces are made by guest designers such as Jeff Levine, Ray Larabie, Matt Yow, and Brad O. Nelson. The list of typefaces:
Stereo Type Haus
Stereo Type Haus (or STH) is a commercial foundry in Brooklyn, NY, est. 2000, offering fonts by Rick D. Granados ((b. Miami, FL, 1970): Bucks (graffiti font), Bushwick (handwriting), Ballbuster, Bedford (2010, an award-quality dot matrix family inspired by mosaic lettering by Heins&LaFarge, architects of the IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) in New York City: Bedford hints at the station names on platform walls which date back to 1904 but modernize it through a rigid grid system and rounded corners), Bockhold (2010, a humanistic take on DIN), Broadcast (neat stencil face), Konstrukt (stencil), Construkt (2009, a unicase stencil), Falcon, Gran Torino, Roller Girl, Opera (2005, with Ros Knopov), Prisma 2012 (2010, an octagonal multiline face), Radiac (2010, a monoline squarish unicase face), Rukbat, Stylus, Schmearox, Tech Stencil (2000), Noise&Hum, STH Sirena (2006, inspired by hand-painted signage found in "Little Haiti" Miami, Florida), Boris Dworschak (Partisan East, Partisan West, Basic, Gaijin. Other designers include Nikola Djurek (Cornerset (pixel), Aiseman), Luis Valle&R.D. Granados (Lillian, a script face), Arnold Steiner (Statica, Organic Mechanic), Michael Clarke (Paris), Carlos Alfonso (Locut, 2Bit), Denise Wilton (Stereobitz, a stereo dingbat face), Nikola Djurek (Tribeca, Magasine, Soho, Novella) and unnamed author fonts such as Palleta, Rook, STH Kit 1, Stereobytes (audio dingbats), Stereobytes Vintage (hi-fi dings), Nomad (a deconstructivist stencil face).
Barry Stock (Hollywood, FL) at Stock Graphics made HotRodSCLF10baby, Monstroula and the gorgeous avant-garde font Opticon (1997, +Opticon Loose, 2013). He also created East Ganglia (2013, grunge), Pandemic (2013, grunge), Drugged Individualist (2013, a halftone-textured typeface), Code Border (2013), Saturday Morning Hand (2013), Urban Forestry (2013), Shrimp Fried Rice (2013, oriental simulation face), Batman's Trip (2013, encased caps), Kathedral, Brainchild Graphique and Brainchild Standard.
Pandemic comes with the following chilling story: On Vozrozhdeniya Island in the Aral Sea, the strongest recipes of smallpox were tested. Suddenly I was informed that there were mysterious cases of mortalities in Aralsk. A research ship of the Aral fleet came to within 15 km of the island (it was forbidden to come any closer than 40 km). The lab technician of this ship took samples of plankton twice a day from the top deck. The smallpox formulation---400 gr. of which was exploded on the island---"got her" and she became infected. After returning home to Aralsk, she infected several people including children. All of them died. I suspected the reason for this and called the Chief of General Staff of Ministry of Defense and requested to forbid the stop of the Alma-Ata Moscow train in Aralsk. As a result, the epidemic around the country was prevented. I called Andropov, who at that time was Chief of KGB, and informed him of the exclusive recipe of smallpox obtained on Vozrazhdenie Island.
Stone Type Foundry
The Stone Type Foundry in Guinda (ex-Rumsey and ex-Palo Alto), CA, is Sumner Stone's outfit, which he founded in 1990. Born in Venice, Florida in 1945, Sumner Stone is a major designer, and creator of the Stone family. He was type director at Autologic (1979) and Adobe (1985-1989 (or 1991?)). His typefaces:
At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about The foundation of the humanistic sans serif. As of 2008, his entire collection can be licensed for 20 computers in an educational lab for just 300 dollars. Scripps College pages. CV at Agfa. Bio at Linotype. Page at Emodigi. His lecture in 2007 on W.A. Dwiggins. PDF file of his work. Signature. 2012 Newyear's card. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Synergy Digital Media
Fort Lauderdale, FL-based graphic designer Justin Rotkowitz (aka Justin Scott over at Deviantart, b. 1980) started Synergy Digital Media. Dafont link. Free and commercial fonts: SD Cammello (2011, a grunge face inspired by recent Camel Cigarette branding seen in United States gas stations), SD Helveticons (2011), SD Georgia (2011, 4 styles), SD Georgia Book (2011), SD Top Unit (2011), SD Akzidental Spill (2011), SD Eurostile Elite (2011), Grunge Serifia (sic) Black (2008, based on Serifa Black), SD Fresh (2008). Fontspace link. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Miami, FL-based designer of the octagonal typeface La Belgique (2013). She writes: La Belgique is a typeface based on an old French advertisement headline found in the archives of The Wolfsonian museum. This was a collaborative project with Mylinh Trieu Nguyen.
Technical clip-art: has some dingbat fonts. Commercial. Located in St. Petersburg, FL. Typoglyphic: a font with a few dozen hieroglyphs. Hoboglyphic: more hieroglyph-lookalike dingbats. Each font 24USD. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial display type foundry in Saint Petersburg, Florida, est. 2009. Their selection includes Orthodox (2011, a spiked display face), Golden Blackletter, Catalyst Black (Lined, Solid; by Hydro74), Iron King (2011, inspired by cigar box labels), Chief (monoline octagonal face), Fearless Script (2011), Inked Script (copperplate calligraphic script), Muerte Black (by Hydro74), Black Mamba (by Hydro74), Viper Black (by Hydro74), West Coast Soul (by Hydro74), Bushido Ink, Iron Fist, Blackmail Sect, Golden Age, Tyranny Gothic. Infamous (2011, +Shaded) is a custom display font based on typography by the Sanborn Company designs issued in the 1800s. Perfecta (2011) and Fantasma (2011, spurred, all caps) are art nouveau fonts.
Golden Bones (2011) is free.
Student at the Ringling College of Art and Design who will receive a BFA in graphic and interactive communications in 2011. He lives in Sarasota, FL. Behance link. Creator of Futura Gothic (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Tickling Beziers Workshop
Tim Degner (Fort Myers, FL) lists his interests as fashion illustration, CAD and type design, specializing in hand-drawn alphabets (not digital fonts) such as Hipster (2010). Decopolitan (art deco face) and Tartan Cabaret (fontified by Carla Zetina-Yglesias of carlazetina.com) are at Chank's.
Providence, RI-based type and graphic designer, b. Florida. Under the supervision of Cyrus Highsmith at RISD, she designed Clarence in 2013: Clarence is a calligraphic typeface derived from the hand-lettering forms found in Christmas cards of the 1920s. It is inspired by the film, "It's a Wonderful Life".
A TrueType font table editor (remove glyphs, change names, etc.), part of TrueTeX, Richard Kinch's a professional implementation of the TeX typesetting system for Windows. For a while, ttf_edit was available for free to persons willing to serve as beta testers. Based in Lake Worth, FL, Richard is one of the most helpful, thoughtful and informed people in the font software business. You'll like working with him on your problem(s). [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry from the phototypesetting era, located on 138 NE 125th Street in North Miami, FL, with designers such as Ron Arnholm, Arthur Baker, Ray Baker, Stan Biggenden, Stan Davis, Ernst Friz, Louis Minott, John Russell, L. Scolnik, Dave Trooper and Ernst Volker. The company changed its name to VGC Corp. and became a subsidiary of VRG Group N.V.
Inventors of the Photo Typositor.
My own list of typefaces. Typefaces in our list whose creators still need to be identified include Bubble (1982) and Rodin (ca. 1974).
The 450-page book Visual Graphics Alphabet Library (1985) shows all of its typefaces. PDF version of their 1972 catalog.
There are two components to the VGC collection, one is the standard collection of typefaces everyone must have (knockoffs, really), and the other one is the collection of originals. Freddy Nader explains: The reason for the VGC/Typositor catalog showing so many standards is this: in photo type days, every type house had to have a basic set of what was known as the "foundry types". These were your basic Garamonds, Baskervilles, Clarendons, etc. They simply did that in order to compete. Back then, the type house worked closely with the person designing the artwork (who usually worked for the publisher or the ad agency), and they were charging per word for display, and per page for text. So the type houses wanted to maintain a kind of continuity with their clients, and tried their hardest to be the exclusive supplier for a number of agencies. The very first photo type house, Photo-Lettering Inc, survived for the longest time on one client (J. Walter Thompson in NYC). As a side note, book publishers tried their best to stay away from photo type because of its very expensive prices. It was a hell of a lot cheaper to stick to metal type than pay the type house per page of layout. So if you look back at the mass paperback industry, it was still using metal type until late into the 1970s. The only switched to film type when competition between type houses became so fierce that the type prices dropped considerably. But film type was used in book for only a short time, then desktop publishing as we know it made it all obsolete.
Wesley E. Warren
Designer (aka Funk King, b. Fort Knox, KY) who lives in Orlando, FL, and/or Apopka, FL. He used FontStruct in 2008-2009 to make over 550 decorative fonts, and became one of the world's top experts on FontStruct, FontShop's on-line font editor. Most of his fonts were withdrawn in 2012. He did a few commercial typefaces at his commercial foundry, Funk King. His creations include
In 2012, he added these fonts at MyFonts: Architect, Black Tie, Carousel, Check Mate, Cobblestones, Cruise, Dog Tag, Edgar Fernhout (based on the famous poster by Wim Crouwel), Fifty Famous Fairy Tales, Fratturato Digitale (pixelish blackletter face), Ghost Town, Jackpot, Jelly Bean, Keyboard, Kingdom (a castle font), Lagniappe (Victorian), Lyrical, Madie, Matchstick, Menagerie, Q Typ, Scaffo, Sprinkle, Stained Glass, Stencillated, Stensei (stencil), Sweet Valley, Toothpaste, Vibration MF, Yoyo, Zephyrelli.
Typefaces from 2013 (no longer freely downloadable!): Pome (dot matrix), Cow Poke (dot matrix), Sausalito Nautica, Cut Here (stitching typeface), Belly Button (dot matrix face), Rouletto (bejeweled typeface), Picnic Basket (alphadings), Fandangle (dot matrix), Trace Remains (dot matrix), Billiards (dot matrix), Cross Worded, Script Town, Schematode (connect-the-dots), Electrifunkified, Aloha, Signal Strength, Ink Well, Satellite, Supper Time (alphadings), Mike (alphadings), Licorice, Conga Lounge OF, Monkey Bars, Daisies, Fractal OF (textured face), Saloon OF, Ball and Chain, Say What.
Saint Augustine, FL-based creator (b. 1992) of Reliquary (2013).