TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Tue Jul 29 09:39:05 EDT 2014
Type scene in Indiana
Small foundry in Greenfield, IN, operating in the mid 1990s. Production includes Hey Stupid (by Edwin Utermohlen), Cyberotica (1994, a liquid face by Barry Deck), and Hermes. Brian Horner made the grunge faces Treat Type, Mega, Mego, and Unicronica, the rounded face Bubba, and the monoline sans face Urchin, all in 1995 and 1996. [Google] [More] ⦿
Andrews&Halsted Typeworks (or: Halsted Typeworks)
Indianapolis, IN-based Andrew Markle (Andrews&Halsted Typeworks) designed the sans face A&H Hadley (2010). Other commercial faces include A&H Bern Sans CT (2010), A&H Hadley Inconsolata MT (2010), A&H Hadley ExtraBold (2010), A&H Hadley Bold (2010), A&H Stella (sans), A&H Kerrigan Light, and A&H Kerrigan Book.
Graphicriver link, where we learn that Halsted Typeworks is located in Evanston, IL. There we also find the 2011 typefaces Indianapolis Slab Serif, Madeleine, Payton, Addison, Gabriel Script, A&H Bjorn, A&H Teagan Script, A&H Taidghin Sans, A&H Alexander (+Sans, +Sans Light, +Serif, +SerifBold, +SerifLight), A&H Stella, AH Ansleigh, AH Greyson, A&H Parker (+Light), and &A&H Celeste. [Google] [More] ⦿
Art and Fonts by Sean (aka The BlackBox)
Free fonts by Sean Moldenhauer of Michigan City, Indiana, a graduate of the Art institute of Chicago who apprenticed with Donna Karen. Sean has beautiful Japanese calligraphic prints (shodo style) as well as fonts based on carefully researched historical typefaces. Examples: JapaneseZenSampler1 (2001), TheTombwinterandspring1 (1997, "heavily inspired by the incised letters from the tomb of Henry III, Westminster Abbey, about 1272"), Thorns (1997), VampyresGarden (1997, initial caps inspired by a copy of the Romant de la Rose from the beginning of the 16th century), HoursintheRain (1997), SevenWavessighsSalome (1997, caps). Very nice gothic and medieval style creations. He showcases great Arab, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bihidryed -- BT's font design page
Bihidryed is a small truetype (mainly grunge) font archive. It also carries Brandon Thomas's own grunge (freeware/shareware) creations such as Malcontent, Speartooth, BongBlastedAliens and BongBlastedAliensDay7. Brandon lives in Indianapolis. [Google] [More] ⦿
Indianapolis-based graphic designer. Creator of the grunge faces Mego (1996), Unicronica (1996), Personnage (1996), Treat Type (1995), and Mega (1995) at American Type Corp. Home page. Other faces include Bubba (1995, rounded comic book style), Holocausthaton (grunge), Orphan (grunge), Urchin (1996, monoline geometric sans), Message Board, Soy (grunge) and Thrift. Maboroshi (2010) is a hand-drawn typeface. Jumble Jumble was done in 2009. Pictorial catalog. [Google] [More] ⦿
Albert Bruce Rogers was a celebrated American type and book designer (b. 1870, Linnwood, IN, d. 1957, New Fairfield, CT). A graduate from Purdue in 1890, he worked in book design. It was not until 1901 that he cut his first typeface, Montaigne, a Venetian style face named for the first book it appeared in, a 1903 limited edition of The Essays of Montaigne. In 1912, Rogers moved to New York City where he worked both as an independent designer and as house designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was for the Museum's 1915 limited edition of Maurice de Guérin's The Centaur that he designed his most famous type-face, Centaur (1914). Like Montaigne, it was based on the Venetian faces of Nicolas Jenson. Wikipedia: Rogers considered this face to be a substantial improvement on his early Montaigne, both because his design had matured and because, on the advice of Frederic Goudy, he had employed Robert Wiebking as the punch-cutter, and Rogers used Centaur extensively for the rest of his career. The Centaur was produced by Rogers in Dyke Mill at Carl Rollins' Montague Press and is now one of the most collectible books ever printed.
In subsequent years, he designed books for Mount Vernon Press, and Harvard University Press, and served as typographic advisor at Lanston Monotype. To produce the Oxford Lectern Bible for Oxford University Press, an italic complement to Centaur was needed. Wikipedia: As he did not feel capable of designing the sort of chancery face that he thought appropriate, Rogers chose to pair Centaur with Frederic Warde's Arrighi, a pairing retained to this day.
Rogers died in New Fairfield, CT, and donated his books and papers to Purdue University, where they are in the Beinecke Rare Book and manuscript Library.
There are many digital age descendants of Centaur. Bitstream got that ball rolling with Venetian 301 (Cyrillic version by Dmitry Kirsanov, Paratype, 2006), and SoftMaker has its Cambridge Serial (2010). Type families called Centaur exist at Adobe, Monotype and Linotype. Related faces, but without Centaur's flaring, include Phinney Jenson (Tom Wallace) and Nicolas Jenson SG (Spiece Graphics). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Indianapolis, IN-based freelance designer. In 2012, Christofer created the Favicon Font.
Aka Cobb Shinn (b. 1887, Fillmore, IN, d. 1951). His story is told by Jeff Levine, who designed a series of cartoon character dingbat fonts inspired by Cobb shinn: Conrad X. "Cobb" Shinn (Sept. 4, 1887- Jan. 28, 1951) was a Fillmore, Indiana-born post card illustrator who sold a series of successful novelty postcard lines which included (among others) Charlie Chaplin, automobiles and the Dutch culture in the beginning years of the 20th Century. After serving in World War I, Shinn found the market for novelty postcards dwindling, and he also lent his artistic skills to cartoon features and illustrating many children's books [including his own, under the nickname Uncle Cobb] which taught easy step-by-step drawing methods. Some time in the 1920s, he eventually migrated into the field of supplying electrotypes and stereotypes of stock cuts of photos and line art to the printing trade. In the days of letterpress printing, this was the forerunner of paper clip art and its successor, electronic clip art. Purchasing many of his designs from journeyman artists of the time, the diversity of Cobb Shinn's stock cuts library grew with the passing years, reflecting changing times, styles and topics. Some of the illustrators whose signed works were presented in Shinn's CUTalogs [as he called his stock cuts catalogs] include Mary Clemmitt, Louis H. Hippe, E.C. Klinge, Nelson White, Harvey Fuller, Bess Livings, Lois Head, Harvey Peake and Van Tuyl. Upon his passing in 1951, it's not known how long the Indianapolis-based company existed before finally closing its doors. One of the more popular series of cartoons were the line illustrations of men and women affectionately called little big head guys by many modern fans of these cuts because the heads of the characters were drawn somewhat larger than the rest of their bodies. Levine's font that shows these charming charcaters is Shinn Kickers JNL (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Professor Dennis Y. Ichiyama teaches in the School of Visual&Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. From 2000- until 2010, he researched wood type. His current research is on American wood type manufacturer Wm Page and Chromatic Wood Type. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. He was involved in the making of the documentary about wood type simply called Typeface---for example, he designed a poster for it. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Muncie, IN, who spent some time in Australia. Her typeface Kings Cross (2010) was based on the King's Cross neighborhood on Sydney, Australia. It reflects the train line, the odd shape of the streets, and the destinations of the area. Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Bloomington, IN, Todd Michael Bushman's shareware fonts: Misfit, Element, Cipher, Nigma, 20/20.
Free Madison Avenue font by Bob Ostrander of Fonts Ink (1992). Page by Cristina Kruse. Fonts Ink's fonts: FIBoxBB, FIKey1, FIKey2 (keyboard fonts, 1992), Madison-Avenue, US-Bats. Alternate site. Elite (1992-1993) is also due to Ostrander. [Google] [More] ⦿
Music Department at Princeton: instructions on where to get fonts for Gregorian chants. The Gregorian Chant Font (Mac, PC): StMeinrad and its auxiliary, StMeinradAux, contain the symbols necessary to reproduce Gregorian chant. About 40USD. All is run by St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN. [Google] [More] ⦿
GreyWolf WebWorks (was DarkSide Productions)
Now also known as GW3. Original TrueType fonts by Rich Gast from West Lafayette, IN: Abduction, AbductionCyr, AngieBareFoot, AngieGroovin, AngieImpressing, AngiePierced, AngieTanLines, BigTenMania, BlackWolf, BoilermakerSpecial (dingbats by email: 8 Purdue and Big Ten logos), BrocaineDecade (grunge), CannabisSativa (3 cannabis leaves), ChainLetter, DrawnandQuartered (stencil font), EchoDeco (vertically striped art deco face), ExpletiveDeleted, Frazzed, GravitySucks, GreyWolf, GroundZero, Hypmotizin, Kingbats43 (dingbat font with 6 Richard Petty related pics), KissTheSky, LeeBeeSchwarz (1998, Fraktur font), LoisAnn (elegant!), LongCoolGrandma, LongCoolMother, LongCoolWoman, LongCoolWoman8338, Makisupa, MystikOrbs, PepRally, PheanisWickey, PlatinumHubCaps (Western font), PlatinumHubCapsPolished, PlatinumHubCapsSolid, PlatinumHubCapsSpoked, PointedlyMad, PointedlyMadSmallCaps, ShadowTag, ShineOn, SpitShine, StixnStonz, SwedieCruel, Verticalization, WhiteWolf, XactoBlade (a futuristic stencil font), ZZZTop, ChristmasLightsIndoor, ChristmasLightsOutdoor, Demonized, Dusharnbi (Sinhala), FuturexVoyager, Primo, PrimoBright, SpitShine, Suncatcher, SuncatcherFill, TouristTrap, EagleGTII (1999), YouRookMarbelous, Molly Rose.
Ingrimayne Type (was: The Bovine Rebellion)
Ingrimayne Type was established in 1988 by Robert Schenk to sell his fonts via the web and via CDs such as the No-Hype Type CD (2500 typefaces in trueType and PostScript, with mostly original typefaces). Robert Schenk (b. 1946, Minnesota) lives in Rensselaer, IN. Before Ingrimayne, Schenk's type was distributed by Wayzata Technology. Free fonts at his site included Red Letter, Zirkle, Sallonext, Zarrow, Serpent.
Dingbat fonts: XPhyngern (1990, pointing fingers), XPointedDesert and XSimpleHands (1994, more fists), Schneeflaken (two snow fonts, now available as XSchneeFlaken), ComputerBugz (nice butterflies, now available as XCompuTerBuggz), Galaxies (around the theme of the sun and stars), GlitzyFlash (1990), Grandecort (1994), LeakOrLeach (1995), Baumfuss (1990), LeafMeAlone (leaves), StarsAndStripes, StarPieces, Fingers, SimpleHands, PointedDesert, IngyDing (1996, 3 dingbat fonts in the style of Zapf Dingbats; in 2010 overhauled into one 1400-ornament monster face, Ingy Ding MCD, containing smilies, arrows, Zapfian ornaments, dice, chess pieces, fists, weather dingbats, and so forth), IngyDingLeftovers.
A list of fonts:
J. Randall Harris
Graphic design student at The Art Institute of Indianapolis, 2011. Creator of the experimental face Rocco (2011)--think Rockwell marries Didot. He also made the tattoo / blackletter face Feral Wolf (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Jessie Riley (Upland, IN) made the hand-printed face Parnassus in 2011. This typeface was inspired by the German expressionists.
Graphic designer who teaches at Notre Dame University in Indiana. His typeface Felicitas (2003, JFS Fonts) is based on the lapidary typeface Perpetua by Eric Gill.
Bitstream designer (b. 1955) who lives in Michigan City, IN. At Bitstream, he did in-house work, and had his signature on Candy Bits (1996, an M&M simulation font), Prima Sans (1998), Prima Serif (1998), Prima Sans Monospace (Bitstream, with Sue Zafarana, 1998) and Bitstream Vera (2003).
According to Lyles, Bitstream Vera is actually a detuned Bitstream Prima. Gnome asked that we modify some of the characters in the monospace, particularly for coding legibility. We added a center dot to the zero and modified the lcase l to distinquish it from the figure one. Although I designed Vera (Prima), it was actually Sue Zafarana who adapted it to a mono version, at times a very challenging task. The Vera fonts are also here.
Vera Sans is at the basis of Menlo (2009), a Snow Leopard system font, about which Apple writes: Apple's Menlo is based upon the Open Source font Bitstream Vera and the public domain font Deja Vu.
He revived some Filmotype fonts from the 1950s: Filmotype Jade (2012, based on an original connected script typeface from 1955), Filmotype Reef (2011), Filmotype MacBeth (2007), and Filmotype Austin (2009, brush face).
The upright connected script Grand Hotel (2012, Google Web Fonts, with Brian Bonislawsky for Astigmatic) finds its inspiration from the title screen of the 1937 film "Cafe Metropole" starring Tyrone Power. The free Rum Raisin was published at Astigmatic One Eye.
Stiggy & Sands is the American typefoundry of Brian Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles, est. 2013. Their first commercial typefaces, all jointly designed, are Luckiest Guy Pro (a fat comic book font based on vintage 1950s ads) and Marcellus Pro (a flared roman inscriptional typeface with both upper and lower case, originally published in 2012 by Astigmatic).
At Hamilton Wood Type, he designed HWT Roman Extended Fatface (2014), which is based on 19th century didone wood styles.
Jim Pingle was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, then moved to Paoli, IN, and finally to Orleans, IN. Creator of Interdimensional, the Sliders font (of TV fame). The font is freely downloadable.
Born in Bedford, IN, in 1959, Joey runs Joey Maul in Paoli, IN. Creator of the ultra-fat Duro (2008), Finelight (2009), Smitty (2009), Quatrus (2009, pixel), Rainsong (2010, a display font inspired by the art and symbols of the Native Americans), Bunkhouse (2009, mechanical/octagonal), Tranzit (2009, rounded architectural drawing face), Ampmosphere (2010, music instruments), Spring #7 (2011), Applbitz (2011, a pixel family), and the techno face Crubster (2009).
Owensville and/or Vincennes, IN-based art student (b. 1985) and designer of the Courier-like Shavian font Shaw Mono (2004), ChordBoxes (2010, to create chord diagrams), Bee Skep (2004, for Deseret), Box Puzzle Font (2010), Litterae Ignotae (2010: A Lingua Ignota (Latin for unknown language) was described by the 12th century abbess of Rupertsberg, Hildegard of Bingen, who apparently used it for mystical purposes. To write it, she used an alphabet of 23 letters, the litterae ignotae), Seftos Nandor (2004, for an artificial language called Lower Geldorian), Sëftos Parathenia (2005, also in the Seftos script), this decorative serif (2006, experimental), Alberne Handlung (2007, a narrow all-caps Latin and Cyrillic face), Swartsbok (2007, a nice gothic font), Lumaro (2007, in the style of Times-Roman), Duck Hunt (2004, fat display face, based on the lettering of the title of the game), Anquietas (2004, "the Ancient alphabet from Stargate"), Gothic Book (2005), and Dadh Ath (2004, containing the Ath characters used to write Baronh created by Morioka Hiroyuki and used in Sekai no Monshou). Spicer now lives in Terre Haute, IN. Another web page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Just My Type
Just My Type is a type foundry that was founded in 2012 by J. Randall (or Randy) Harris (b. 1947, Marion, IN) in Tucson, AZ. Harris is a graphic and type designer who has been making typefaces since 1997. He teaches at the Art Institute of Tucson. His typefaces from 2013: Megatropolis (a stackable deco font system), Historic Warehouse (Victorian).
Typefaces from 2012: Happenstance (a lovely retro-futuristic script), Illuminations Woodcut, Yule Love It (Christmas time dingbats), Gawain (based on the hand of Gawain Douglas), Oaxaca (a Mexican look face), Boxy Code, Channel B (a rounded monoline sans), Curves, Puzzle, Dempsey (based on the writing of Tucson film teacher, media artist and programmer, Vikki Dempsey), Chilespice, Strata, Deco Donut, Jiminy (a comic book face), Invites (a roundish upright script that intends to recreate the 1920s spirit), Hunky Chunky (an obese poster face), the hand-printed typeface Carissa, Got Milk, Cutting Corners, Astro (retro-futurustic), Dix (2012: a slabby wood style face inspired by the poster for the 1929 film Redskin, and a desire to create a black Edwardian font with an offbeat serif), and the monoline rounded stripped-down sans typeface family Laszlo (2012: the name is an homage to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy of Bauhaus fame).
Kolega (2012) is a constructivist typeface family that consists of Kolega, Kolega Tall, and Kolega Podrobska (fake comrade).
Steampipe (2012) is an ironwork, Jules Verne, wrought iron and time machine font.
Los Muertos (2012) is a Halloween font.
Typefaces from 2013: Megatropolis (a stackable deco font system).
Designer of the delicate font Russell at Alphabets Inc., and of Russell Oblique (1994, Adobe). Karen Ackoff has a BFA in Illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked as Scientific Illustrator at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She presently teaches and coordinates the Graphic Design program at Indiana University South Bend. She is available for freelance commercial artwork and fine arts commissions.
American author, b. Indianapolis, 1922, d. New York City, 2007. Ardent supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He once wrote Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
A project in cognitive sciences at the University of Indiana, headed by Gary McGraw, John Rehling and Douglas Hofstadter, and active from about 1992 until 1994. A lot of it is captured in McGraw's PhD thesis.
They state: "The specific focus of Letter Spirit is the creative act of artistic letter-design. The aim is to model how the 26 lowercase letters of the roman alphabet can be rendered in many different but internally coherent styles. The program addresses two important aspects of letterforms: the categorical sameness possessed by letters belonging to a given category ( e.g., `a') and the stylistic sameness possessed by letters belonging to a given style ( e.g., Helvetica). Starting with one or more seed letters representing the beginnings of a style, the program will attempt to create the rest of the alphabet in such a way that all 26 letters share that same style, or spirit." Fonts created in this manner include Standard square, Double Backslash, Hint Four, Zigzag, Snout, Bowtie, Weird Arrow, Sabretooth, Sluice and Flournoy Ranch. [Google] [More] ⦿
Onur Yazicigil was born and raised in Konya, Turkey, and currently lives in Istanbul. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and MFA in Visual Communication Design from Purdue University, Indiana, USA. Currently he teaches Graphic Design and Information Design classes at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Onur's design and research interests include book and poster design, information design, type design and history, and calligraphy and lettering.
He designed Lokum Sans, a humanistic sans typeface for display purposes, that is also legible in text sizes. At Google Web Fonts, one can download his Duru Sans (2011), which was used in the proceedings and other publications of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts.
His thesis was entitled Humanist San-serif versus Grotesque San-serif.
Graduate of Indiana University Bloomington in 2012. FontStructor who made the engraved-look typeface Inny (2012).
Onur F. Yazicigil
Gatis Cirulis (Rawtype, Latvia) is a graphic designer and illustrator who does projects for individuals and companies in Central Europe and the USA. He specializes in logos, identity, illustration, publication, drawing, painting, lettering, book arts web design. He was art director at McCann Latvia but is now located in Bloomington, IN, where he was Letterpress Type Shop Graduate Assistant at Indiana University Bloomington. He currently lives in Las Cruces, NM. His typefaces:
Author of The Elements of Typographic Style (1992), by many considered as the best book in typography ever written. Revisions were done in 1996, 2004, 2005 and 2008 [review, web, lecture]. Interview with Delve Withrington. He is also a prize-winning poet. Other books by him include A Short History of the Printed Word (1999, with Warren Chappell).
Biography, from which I quote: Robert Bringhurst was born in Los Angeles in October 16, 1946 and spent his years growing up in the border provinces and states between Western Canada and the United States. He acquired a BA from Indiana University in 1973 and an MFA from the creative writing program at UBC in 1975, where he later taught. Bringhurst collaborated with West Coast artist Bill Reid on a book of Raven Myths, and Bringhurst later wrote a book about Reid's sculpture. Bringhurst is known not only as a poet but also in the fields of typography, linguistics, art history and Native studies. He received the Macmillan Prize for Poetry in 1975 and currently resides in Vancouver. He has some memorable type quotes, such as this one: By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately, and well. That is one of the ends for which they exist. He spoke at ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg and at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
President and CEO of Monotype Imaging in 2006. His CV says: In 1986, he co-founded the OEM type software business at Compugraphic Corp. In 1989, when Agfa-Gevaert Inc. merged with Compugraphic, Givens headed an expanded division of the OEM type group as vice president and general manager as part of the U.S. operation. Under his leadership, the OEM type business grew into a worldwide force in the design and development of fonts and font technologies for printer manufacturers, software developers and creative professionals. In 1998, Givens led the merger of Agfa Corp.s Typographic Systems Division and Monotype Typography, a company with a rich history of more than 100 years in font development. The combined organization became Agfa Monotype Corp. In 2004, Givens spearheaded the management-led initiative to separate from Agfa. In November, 2004, TA Associates, a leading private equity and buyout firm, became the majority share owner of the new company, Monotype Imaging Inc. Givens is on the board of directors of Monotype Imaging. He holds a bachelors degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. and a masters degree in higher education from Indiana University. In 2006, Monotype Imaging absorbed Linotype and China Type. [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] ⦿
Fort Wayne, IN-based brand and graphic designer. Ross created some geometric typefaces, using mostly lines and pieces of circles: Karbon (2009), Aluum (2009), and Titan (2009). Other designs: Gluum (2010), Nove (2010), Orange (2010), This Is In (2010), Untitled (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bloomington, IN-based designer of Deco Alphabet (2012).
St. Meinrad Fonts
Truetype fonts for Gregorian chants made and sold by Harry Hagan, OSB, Liturgical Music Office, Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-1010. There is a free demo font. The full fonts are called MeinradA, B and C. For standard music notation, they offer "Melody" for sale. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
American calligrapher, letterer, and type designer (b. 1953, Indianapolis, IN) located in Lakewood, OH, and/or Kent, OH. As a lettering artist for American Greetings since 2000, he has designed and developed numerous proprietary fonts. He specializes in beautiful script typefaces. Stephen's commercial fonts can be found in both Veer and P22/IHOF collections. Creator of these fonts:
MSDWT Manuscript is a slant print truetype children's handwriting font for both Macintosh and Windows. Shareware by Steven L. Wood at the Light of the World Ministries, Inc, Indianapolis. Comment: well, as Steven says, this font is far from finished. It has a Courier-Italic look, but needs major work still. See also here. Runs Math Dittos. Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Indianapolis, Steven Williams's first font is a very geometric modular experimental face called Willstack (2011). His second font is Cubi V (2011), which was inspired by sculptor David Smith. His third face is an unnamed round squarish font (2011). He teaches at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. [Google] [More] ⦿
Todd Michael Bushman
Indiana-based designer (b. 1987) of the font called Wolf's Rain (2005-2007).
Student at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Honey Badger (2011) is a slab serif, woodblock-inspired typeface. Metis (2011) is a high-contrast geometric face around the theme of semi-circles. [Google] [More] ⦿