TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Thu Nov 27 00:30:30 EST 2014
Type scene in Hawaii
Berton Hasebe (b. 1982, Honolulu, HI) moved from Hawaii to study and work in Los Angeles, where he obtained a BA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005.
In 2007 he moved to the Netherlands to study type design through the Type and Media Masters course at The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (KABK). His typeface Alda was designed to function at very small sizes while remaining expressive. The bold is macho and delicate at the same time. Alda won an award at TDC2 2009. In the same year Alda was also selected by the Tokyo Type Directors Club to be included in its annual publication. It was published by Emigre.
Since 2008 he resides in New York and has been working for Commercial Type, where he co-designed the extensive family Stag with Christian Schwartz and Ross Milne. Stag started as a small family of slab serifs commissioned for headlines by the US edition of Esquire magazine and eventually grew into a sprawling multi-part family including a flexible sans companion and two additional special effects display variants. Stag Stencil followed in 2009.
In 2013, he published a 4-family 20-style French Renaissance typeface family called Portrait (+Text, +Inline, +Text), still at Commercial Type: Portrait started out as an experiment in drawing a display typeface that managed to be both beautiful and brutal, and both classical and minimalist. While its lighter weights are quietly elegant, the heavier weights show the influence of chiseled woodcut forms. Portrait draws its primary inspiration from the Two-line Double Pica Roman (equivalent to 32pt in contemporary sizes) cut by French punchcutter Maître Constantin around 1530 for the printer Robert Estienne. Portrait replaces the delicately modeled serif treatments of Constantin's original with simple, triangular Latin serifs, reimagining the Renaissance forms in a contemporary light. Portrait Text resembles the text types attributed by the printing historian Hendrik Vervliet to Constantin and used by the printer Estienne in the 1530s, which had a lighter and more open texture than the text types that preceded them, and marking the move to more elegant type that culminated in the work of Claude Garamont. The stripped-back simplicity of the Latin serifs gives Portrait a cleaner and sharper tone than a typical Renaissance oldstyle-influenced text face, bringing an active personality to text.
Bigelow&Holmes was founded by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. Charles Bigelow (b. 1945, Detroit) is a type designer and teacher, who runs his own studio, Bigelow&Holmes. Bigelow was a colleague of Danolad Knuth at stanford University when Knuth developed his Computer Modern typeface family for TeX. In mid-2006, Bigelow accepted the Melbert B. Cary Distinguished Professorship at Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Print Media. Typefaces designed by Bigelow:
BTD (or: Big Toe Designs)
Honolulu, HI-based lettering artist and typographer. C. Lee created Vintage Alphabet in 2013. In 2014, he designed Cassandre Alphabet (2014, art deco, named after Cassandre) and Ornate Alphabet (decorative blackletter caps, which was inspired by Williams and Packard's Church Text). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer, artist and surf kook, who studies graphic design at California State University Channel Islands. He was born in San Diego and grew up in Hawaii. Behance link.
Defunct company in Honolulu. Commercial pictofonts included Hawaiian Icons, Oriental Motifs, Hawaiian Motifs, Marine Life, Xmas Font, Petroglyphs, Tapa Type, Hawaiian Gecko, Hawaiian Deco. They also had free fonts such as Hawn University (1997) and Hawn Wedding (1997). [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry making Hawaiian fonts for Mac and PC. Some free fonts here: HIKeaweBold, HIKakuhihewaBold, HIKeawePlain, HIKakuhihewaPlain, HIManokalanipoBold, HIManokalanipoRoman, HIPiilaniBoldItalic, HIPiilaniBold, HIPiilaniItalic, HIPiilaniRoman. Alternate URL. Yet another site. The fonts are made by Keola Donaghy. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hawaiian fonts are like Latin fonts except for two additional diacritical marks. The kahako is a macron, a short, horizontal line that appears over some of the vowels when they need to have a long pronunciation. The cokina is the single, open quote that appears frequently before vowels. It indicates a glottal stop, a clean break between vowels. [Google] [More] ⦿
Page with everything about Hawaiian fonts and Hawaiian on the web. Many links. Download Hale Kuamo'o's set of Mac/PC TrueType fonts. Direct FTP access. Included are HIKakuhihewaBold, HIKakuhihewaPlain, HIKeaweBold, HIKeawePlain, HIManokalanipoBold, HIManokalanipoRoman, HIPiilaniBold, HIPiilaniBoldItalic, HIPiilaniItalic, HIPiilaniRoman. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduated of the Art Institute of California in Santa Ana. Jessica Bell (Jessica Bell Designs, Honolulu, HI) created the modular display typeface Crux (2013).
Graduate of the University of Oregon, with a B.S. Degree in Digital Art and Minors in Fine Art and Communication Studies. Kelli Urabe currently works as a Graphic Artist at Sign Pro Eugene, OR. Creator of the Hawaii-themed typeface Hawaii Grown (2013).
Hawaiian font jump site. Has some Hawaiian fonts. Plus explanations of the diacritices needed for Hawaiian: The kahako is a macron, a short, horizontal line that appears over some of the vowels to make them sound longer. The 'okina is the single, open quote that appears frequently before vowels. It indicates a glottal stop, a clean break between vowels. [Google] [More] ⦿
Outside The Line Fonts
See also here. Agfa/Monotype sells Architectural Lettering, Cross Stitch, CurlyQ, Doodles, DoodlesTheAlphabet, Food Doodles, Holiday Doodles, Office Doodles, Plz Print, Plz Print Brush, Plz Print Bold Condensed, Plz Script, the hand-printed series (Best Regardz, Dearest John, Yourz Truly and Sincerely Yourz, 2009) and Tall Skinny Condensed (1999).
Wesley Poole's foundry based in Kaneohe, HI, and established in 2006. Wesley Poole (b. California, 1952) was a sign painter and wine label designer in the Napa Valley (his companies were called Oasis Graphics and then Titus&Poole, and Poole Aert&Design) for almost 25 years before moving to Hawaii in 2002 due to multiple sclerosis. Typefaces:
Son of Wesley Poole, born in California in 1984. Sam lives and works with his father Wesley in Hawaii, and has cooperated with him on these fonts that were published by Poole Foundry:
Auckland, New Zealand-based creator of the free font Surak Batak. Kozok writes: The Batak alphabet, or surat batak, is descended ultimately from the from Brahmi script of ancient India by way of the Pallava and Old Kawi scripts. The Batak languages of northern Sumatra - Karo Batak, Toba Batak, Dairi Batak, Simalungun/Timur, Angkola and Mandailing Batak, and occasionally Malay. In most Batak communities, only the datu (priests) are able to read and write the Batak alphabet and they use it mainly for calendars and magical texts. This site has truetype fonts by Kozok for the Battak script: KaroNormal, MandailingNormal, PakpakNormal, SimalungunNormal, TobaNormal, VariantsNormal. Uli Kozok is Assistant Professor in Indonesian, Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. [Google] [More] ⦿
Visage Type (Subtle Studios)
Visage Type (now Subtle Studios) is a small foundry by Hawaiian designer Todd masui. It made fonts such as Vestige (great handwriting!), Quiver, Rota (1999), Brevier (2000), Monodesic (2000), Steadfast (1998, T26), Alloy (2000, a very clean face!) and Signal. Todd Masui also produced fonts for Nakedface.