TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Fri May 24 10:58:19 EDT 2024






Type scene in Louisiana

[Drawing by Piccsy, which has absolutely no relationship with Louisiana]



Lebanese designer who created Beantown (2004, an athletic lettering font), Staubach (2004, an athletic lettering typeface based on the lettering of the Dallas Cowboys), Wagner Modern (2011), Kroftsmann (2004, on octagonal face), Kavelry (2004, based on the Kemper Insurance logo), 4th and inches (2008, rounded octagonal; based on the proprietary font used by Russell Athletic, makers of sports apparel as used by Georgia Tech BKB, Washington State, Alabama State, Tennessee State, Mississippi Valley State, and many others in college football), and PopWarner (2004, a Bank Gothic lookalike), Wagner Zip Change (grotesque), Richardson Fancy Block. Creator of some free soccer team lettering alphabets in 2010: Louisville, Puff Script, Red Raiders, Richardson Fancy Block, Wagner Zip-Change (based on grotesque signage letters), ACMilan2009, ASRoma, ChampionsLeague, England2007, MLSUniform, RealMadrid2009. About his GeauxXPDF typeface (2010), he writes: I had extracted a nearly complete set on this one a few years back, except for J and Z which I created on my own. As best I can tell, it only exists as an upper case font without most punctuation, so I created that too to make it more useable. I don't know how much LSU [Louisiana State University] paid for this design, but to me it always looked like something that Larabie or Iconian would have given away. He also extracted HDRadioAlphabet from a rounded Arial typeface he found on HD radio. His UScoreRGK (2012) is a blocky angular font used on-screen by Fox Sports. LCD Display (2012) is a 28-segment LED font. UA Terrafont (2012) was based upon the vector art in this PDF file.

In 2013, he published the athletic lettering family High School USA and the octagonal typeface UA Cadet.

See also here. Dafont link. Fontspace link. Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andres Lugo

Art director in San Antonio, TX (and before that, Metairie, LA), who designed a few display typefaces in 2011: Eclipse, Eclipped, Regression (octagonal), JUNKY boy (ultra-fat, counterless), Gorilla (straight-edged).

Russian propaganda poster art led to Burial (2013), Quickdraw (2013, Western), Aerial (2013) and Aerial Stencil (2013). He also made techno / sports typefaces Enforcer (2013) and Form (2013, techno sans).

Typefaces from 2016: Matter, Form (techno), Hospital, Craze (sharp-edged, free), Foray (squarish), Hospital (squarish style), Hydjakids.

Typefaces from 2017: Triton (sports font), Carson (beatnik font), Tomahawk (hipster style).

Typefaces from 2018: Pirlo (techno), Spartan (an octagonal font and military stencil), Scoreline (athletic lettering).

Typefaces from 2019: Awe Struck. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Blake Young

Blake Young (from Tupelo, MS) has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi in Studio Art and Graphic Design, class of 2005. He continued his studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design and received a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 2008. He currently lives in New Orleans where he works as an art director.

He created a frilly caps face inspired by the style of lettering in old copperplate etchings from the 1700-1800s in 2007.

His second typeface, Hispaniola is a swashbuckler typeface introduced here (2007) and discussed here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Borges Lettering (was: CBdO Fonts Foundry)
[Charles Borges de Oliveira]

The CBdO Fonts Foundry is headed by Charles Borges de Oliveira (b. New Orleans, 1971) and is located in Arlington, WA. Borges's typefaces are mostly scripts, signage typefaces and comic book style typefaces. many of them were first done at or are copublished with Letterhead Fonts.

He also sells through Font Bros and Letterhead. Klingspor link.

View the typeface library of Charles Borges. Fontspring link. Interview in 2013.

View Charles Borges's typefaces. Adobe link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Washington

New Orleans, LA-based designer of Revival (2015), a free typeface created for the 2015 AIGA conference held in New Orleans. Revival Modern is a modular all caps typeface. Revival Gothic is derived from it by removing all non-essential strokes. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Borges de Oliveira
[Borges Lettering (was: CBdO Fonts Foundry)]

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Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey (Seattle, WA) created Folding (2012, an octagonal typeface). Charles was raised in New Orleans.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clint English

Baton Rouge, LA-based designer (b. 1988) of Watchers (2014), OCD Narrow (2014: OCD stads for obsessive compulsive syndrom), and Sex Pistols (2007, grunge sans ransom note face).

Typefaces from 2020: Villain (hand-drawn, perhaps for Halloween).

Typefaces from 2021: Blackleather (a blackletter typeface), Cathedral Display (all caps, with gothic church shapes). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Clint Self

Baton Rouge, LA-based designer of the free all caps typeface family Assurant Beta (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Cornelius (aka Samurai Lincoln) is the New Orleans-based designer of Slacker (2004, handwriting). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Kersh

Born in Birmingham, AL, in 1984, he graduated with a BFA in graphic design from Auburn University in 2007 and and MFA in graphic design from Lousiana Tech University in 2011. Fontspace link. Creator of the sci-fi / techno typeface Ganymede Takeover (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elizabeth McCulla

Mandeville, LA-based designer of a Piet Mondrian alphabet in 2014, during her studies at LSU. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elizabeth O'Neal

Shreveport, LA-based designer of the typeface Gropius Bauhaus (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frank Ford

Alexandria, LA-based designer of the Zydeco family (lunatic handwriting, Thirstype). Helso designed Stroke (a great handwriting family, Thirstype), Other designs may be found at T-26 (such as TECHNOIRE-Fuse), Plazm, Thirstype, Prototype Experimental Foundry. At FORDESIGN, his own company, he made LovingTheAlien (1996). At Prototype Experimental Foundry, he published Ghetto Prince (calligraphic grunge) and Spumoni. Note: Spumoni is a trademark of Letterperfect Design (it is the name of a 1990 font by Garrett Boge), so Randy Ford might be violating a trademark here. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giselle Eastman

Born in 1983 in Arlington, VA, Giselle is a first year student of music composition at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA. She designed the Boston bull terrier dingbat font Boston Love (2006). Yet another home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Glen Gauthier

Dallas, TX-based designer (b. Louisiana) of the marker fonts Sharpie Fumes Sans (2016) and Sharpie Fumes Mono (2016). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hailey Elizabeth

Student in Louisiana, b. 1996. Creator of the fat finger typeface Maybe But Not Always (2011) and of the hand-printed Paper Girl (2013).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Haley Whatley

Shreveport, LA-based designer (b. 1990) of Cheeto-ese (2006, handwriting). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Herzberg Design
[Matthijs Herzberg]

Aka BaronHerzberg. Illustrator, letterer and type designer, who was born in the Netherlands, moved to New Orleans in 2013, and set up Herzberg Design, a commercial type foundry, in 2019. His typefaces include:

  • Libido (2021). A funky unicase psychedelic typeface based upon Wes Wilson's style. It has a traditional smooth or curvy style, and a ragged style with only straight edges, and is designed in variable format with a width axis and an optical size axis.
  • Bonkus (2020). A six-style geometric sans-serif typeface with a funky touch that was inspired by similar wide open organic typefaces from the 1970s such as Blippo and Ronda.
  • Wanchy (2020). A psychedelic typeface.
  • Yardbird (2020). A stencil typeface.
  • Cloisterfuch (2019). A blocky modern blackletter.
  • Psychblock (2020). A variable art nouveau font with two axes (width and optical size), inspired by the psychedelia of Wes Wilson. For Latin and Cyrillic.
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Jennifer Karen Patrick

Graphic design student from Baton Rouge, LA, who is making a Bodoni Semi-serif (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Creator at Louisiana State University of the angst-inspiring sketchy typeface Sketchy (2011, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jordan Giddens

Louisiana-based designer of the bold monoline rounded sans typeface Roldon (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Josh Pellegrin

As a student, Josh Pellegrin (Houma, LA) created Odd Naught in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joshua Kimball

Lake Charles, LA-based designer of Pornography Font (2015). The name is mysterious, as there is nothing pornographic about this font at all. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kathryn Podorsky

Calligrapher and letterpress artist Kathryn Podorsky runs Della Carta Studio near Baton Rouge, LA. In 2016, she designed the calligraphic typeface Vena Amoris (Delve Fonts), which is based on a letter written by her great-great-grandfather in response to a request to marry his daughter. Vena Amoris would be a great wedding invitation font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelly Lavergne

During her studies at McNeese State University, Kelly Lavergne (Lake Charles, LA) designed the blocky typeface Blok (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Kuhn

New Orleans, LA-based graphic designer who created several themed alphabets in 2017, including Steampunk, Marquee, Horror, Gatsby, Backspace, and Adventure. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauren Murchison

Ruston, LA-based designer of the hairline sans display typeface Fleural (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lillette Marceaux

Graphic designer in Louisiana. She created the caps typeface Blow Me Away (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lindsay Barrosse

Hammond, LA-based creator of a nice typographic movie poster for the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lisa Holtzman

Lisa Holtzman is the personal foundry of Santa Monica, CA-based calligrapher Lisa Holtzman. She created the brushy typeface Babaloo Basic (2011). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Macie Menard

Louisiana-based designer of the handcrafted typeface You Are Just My Type (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mark Andresen

American designer of the interesting font NotCaslon (1995) at Emigre. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Marty Bee

Marty Bee is a designer and medical illustrator in Sulphur, LA. He has designed both free and commercial typefaces.

His commercial fonts are available from Plazm and T-26: Slumgullion (1993, a party headline font), Flowerchild, CropCircles, Gargantua, SonofStarmanA, StarmanPict.

At Plazm, he did Cibola (1995, nice dingbats), Wet and Wilde (1994) and Three Rivers (1994), for example.

Some more fonts: Wildside (1994, angular and gothic), Cheap Motel, Halloweenies, Flowerchild, Sangreal (1994, gothic), Scaredycat, SidTheSpider, Slasher (2000), Slumgullion (1993, ornamental caps), Space Cowboy, Stiletto (2000), Saguaro (2000, angular), Cactus Pete, MyShoes, Tropicana (1994, chiseled look), Trapping, Galleon, Goblin Moon (scary), Ghost Bayou (blood drip face), Big Bubba, Lafitte (2000, a didone display face), Daytripper, Contraband (grungy), Fat (1994, oriental simulation face), Fat Sushi, Beatnik, Kerouac (1994, a Kafkaesque face), PostModern Oblique (2000), PricklyPear (2000, angular and angry), AtomicSushi.

The font WheresMarty by an unknown designer is named after the world-wide search for Marty. Where are you, Marty?

Free fonts at Fontspace: Freakout, Frankenstein, Atomic Sushi (1999, oriental simulation face), Manzanita (1990), Hill William (2011, brush face), Kris Kris (2000, gothic; an even sharper and more condensed version of Stiletto), Porpoise (1994, pixelish).

FontShop link. Moorstation link, where one can also find Calypso (1997, after Excoffon's Calypso, 1958), which Marty claims as not done by him. The Calypso typeface at that site was made by Martin Pfeiffer, in fact.

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mary Elizabeth Hendon

Creative media designer in Baton Rouge, LA, who created Frankie (2014), a typeface inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mary Louise Killen

Mary Louise earned a BFA in graphic design and painting from Louisiana State University. She also earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Communications. Now based in Louisiana, she graduated from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010.

As a student, she designed the upbeat text typeface Acadie and the Thai typeface Yala. She explains: Acadie regular and italic are drawn with reference to the broad-edged pen. A model of inspiration was Christoph Noordzij's typeface, Collis. It maintains a good performance in long texts with subtle calligraphic fluidity. To enhance liveliness and avoid a static monolinear stroke, Acadie utilizes higher contrast with a tall x-height to show an energetic visual impression on a page. About Yala: Yala regular is also created with reference to the broad-edged pen. Precedents examined are Adobe Thai, Sukothai (Linotype) and other angular typefaces printed in 1930 letterpress editions. The design of Yala creates an even color suitable for long texts and even diacritical positioning. Resisting a monolinear stroke similar to Cordi New (Microsoft), a higher contrast design favorable to a handwritten form is developed. Additional scans of Acadie: i, ii, iii. In 2010, she drew Apartment Type, a set of objects. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mashall Smith

During her studies, Ruston, LA-based Mashall Smith created the arts and crafts typeface Flapper (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthijs Herzberg
[Herzberg Design]

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Rebecca Menge

Thibodaux, LA-based student-designer of the decorative caps typeface Easy As ABC (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tal Leming
[Type Supply]

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Terrencia Polk

During her studies in Baton Rouge, LA, Terrencia Polk designed the custom typeface Courthouse (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Supply
[Tal Leming]

Tal Leming is a graphic designer, type designer and letterer who lived in Wilmington, DE, but moved his stakes to Baltimore, MD. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1997. As a Python scripting guru, he worked with Letterror and House Industries on projects using FontLab and Robofab. An avid RoboFog scripter, he joined Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum to initiate the RoboFab project in 2003. After graduation in 1997 from the Louisiana State University Graphic Design program, he worked as a designer at two agencies in south Louisiana. In September of 2001, Tal joined the House Industries staff as a designer in the Type Development, Product Promotions and Python Systems Implementation Department. He worked on the Ed Benguiat collection, for example.

In 2005, he left House and started his own company eventually called Type Supply. Type Supply designs typefaces for corporations and publications. Their typefaces:

  • Baxter. An informal typeface used as a casual typeface in MyPublisher's BookMaker software. Commissioned by Christian Schwartz.
  • Bullet (House). Bullet is based on a bit of lettering drawn by Ken Barber for the House Industries Pop Art package.
  • Burbank (2006-2007, House Industries), a bouncy signage, animation, and package lettering family, about which Christian Schwartz writes: Well-drawn one-off display typefaces are easy to find, especially bouncy sans serifs. Complete suites of typefaces in this genre, however, are nearly impossible to find, especially families that are crafted with as much care as Burbank. I really appreciate seeing the attention to detail that usually goes into serious text family put into a family primarily intended for display use.
  • House Gothic 23. Tal Leming writes: The family was originally designed by Allen Mercer for use on the company's commissions, most notably the legendary promotions for Custom Papers Group. In 1995, House released the family to the public with modest success, but it was largely relegated to the back of House's catalogs. House went through a bit of a sans serif obsession in the early 2000s and decided that it was time to give House Gothic its time in the spotlight. Rich Roat asked me to polish up House Gothic and make it a bit more usable. I completely reworked Allen's original drawings, making the letterforms work better in headlines, added accented glyphs, reorganized the styles and more. Once that was done, I added completely new Extended and Text styles. The family more than doubled its size into 23 total fonts and was rechristened House Gothic 23.
  • Marigny (2014). He writes about this pleasant casual roundish typeface: Marigny, designed by Tal Leming, is a casual typeface that was drawn with serious typography in mind. It has the same basic proportions as classical oldstyle typefaces (think of Garamond and friends) and these give it a similar typographic rhythm to one that we have known for several hundred years. The hand-rendered forms transform this familiar texture into something very warm and pleasant. In a way, dipping into a block of text set in Marigny is like putting on your favorite pair of comfortable slippers.
  • Mission and Control. An athletic lettering family commissioned by Reebok for their 2008 NFL Sideline and NHL Center Ice collections.
  • Ohm (2009). A neon type family.
  • Queue and Queue Mono (2021). A sans typeface family.
  • Runway (House). Runway is an ode to House's sans serif obsession of the early 2000s.
  • Shag Lounge. a signage family: When I was working at House Industries, we decided that we should develop a font kit inspired by the work of Josh "Shag" Agle. Josh hadn't done much lettering work so we asked him to send us samples of lettering that he liked. Many of the things he sent featured whimsical, hand-cut lettering from the 1960s. We were really into this as well, so that formed the starting point for Shag Lounge. The typeface evolved into an amalgamation of a neo-grotesque style sans serif and hand-cut lettering.
  • Timonium (2012) can be bought from Type Supply.
  • Torque. An octagonal family with a great inline style. Torque (2009) began its life as an amalgamation of an American athletic lettering style and classic space lettering styles. There were also references to the video games, laser games and 1980s pre-teen sci-fi action movies of my youth.
  • United Ark. A military stencil face: Clint Schultz hired me to create a custom version of United for use on props in a Paramount feature film. The main goal of the project was to perfectly match stenciled lettering seen in a film released 27 years earlier. How exciting was it to make a typeface for a sequel to a classic film that I grew up with? Very, very, very, very exciting. This font is not, and will never be, available for relicensing, so please don't ask.
  • United. House industries commissioned me to develop the United family as an homage to stereotypical U.S. Military lettering styles. [...] United has become quite popular since its release and it has been seen just about everywhere from NFL coverage on FOX to the New York Times editorial page.
  • Balto (2007-2014) is a large American Gothic family.
  • In 2016, Tal Leming created 90 Minutes, a typeface that is exclusive licensed to the United States Soccer Federation in perpetuity. He writes: I wanted to introduce some more American typographic and lettering influences. We have a rich history from Morris Fuller Benton's iconic work to the impactful lettering on Works Progress Administration posters to the bluntness of wood type on letterpressed event posters. I wanted to subtly reference these to make the typeface as distinctively American as possible. The typeface her 37 unique styles partitioned over three families, 90 Minutes Display, 90 Minutes Kit (a set of styles developed exclusively for use on uniforms, taking into account FIFA regulations), and 90 Minutes Text (drawn specifically for use in small sizes, paragraphs and tables of statistics).
  • Stoneleigh. A fashion mag Caslon revival done for Martha Stewart Living. Stoneleigh is licensed exclusively to Martha Stewart Living through October 2019.
  • Smoosh (2015-2020). A super-compressed high-contrast typeface with thorny serifs designed to work in very big sizes.
  • Iota (2021). A geometric sans family that he made only because of his fear of not being innovative. And not because every other foundry is making its own geometric sans. But he could not resist throwing in some distractions that make Iota a geometric with a tantrum.
  • Epoxy (2022). An experimental sans with odd shapes.

At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, his talk (shared with Ken Barber) was entitled Pac-Man fever, quantum mechanics and the design of digital type.

Tal Leming's personal web site. Village link. Author of Letters. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

TypeCon 2011

TypeCon 2011 took place in New Orleans from July 5-10, 2011, at the Royal Sonesta. Dedicated web page. Speakers: Lynne Baggett, Ed Benguiat, William Berkson, David Berlow, John D. Berry, Scott Boms, Veronika Burian, Aaron Carambula, Nancy Sharon Collins, Viviana Cordova, Bill Davis, Carolina de Bartol, Luke Dorny, John Dowling, John Downer, Angela Driscoll, Carol Fillip, Lorrie Frear, Mehmet Gözetlik, Will Hill, Jessica Hische, Otmar Hoefer, Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, Mark Jamra, John Jennings, Kenneth Jones, Akira Kobayashi, Jenny LeBlanc, Gerry Leonidas, Ian Lynam, Grahame Lynch, Erik Marinovich, Ricardo Martins, Erin McLaughlin, Vince Mitchell, Anita Nottingham, Sharon Oiga, Ketty Miranda Orozco, Leonard Otillio, Dr. Kayanna Pace, David Peacock, Thomas Phinney, Rafael Díaz Rey, Nancy Rorabaugh, Anthony Rozak, David Rozak, Yvette Rutledge, José Scaglione, Juliet Shen, Neil Summerour, Guy Villa, Brian Warren, Jim Wasco, Marcin Wichary, and Onur Yazicgil.

Reports and pictures. Flickr page. Pictures by Frank Rolf. Twitter page. Applied Arts Magazine: Missives from the Field at TypeCon 2011. InvadeNOLA: TypeCon2011 Recap. Felt & Wire: TypeCon Lagniappe. Uppercase Magazine: TypeCon2011 Recap #1. Uppercase Magazine: TypeCon2011 Recap #2. Uppercase Magazine: TypeCon2011 Recap #3. Uppercase Magazine: TypeCon2011 Recap #4. Uppercase Magazine: TypeCon2011 Recap #5. Flickr: TypeCon (and New Orleans) Photos by Scott Boms. Flickr: TypeCon (and New Orleans) Photos by Andy van der Raadt. Flickr: TypeCon (and New Orleans) Photos by Corey Holms. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victor Einhardt

Columbus, OH-based designer (b. 1979) of Victor's Pixel Font (2005). Alternate URL. Yet another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Virginia Patterson

Graphic designer in Baton Rouge, LA. She created the fresh display typeface Pinch in 2014, perhaps referring to pinches of mini-serifs. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Winston Scully

Winston Scully is a type designer, lettering artist, and graphic designer living and working in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University, worked for a while in branding and packaging from Baton Rouge, LA, and studied at Type@Cooper West in San Francisco, before setting up Continental Type with Scott Biersack in 2017.

Creator of the free typeface Davy Crockett (2015), a great titling display type that is genetically related to the fat face didones.

In 2016, he designed Highground (Bold, Stencil), a typeface he started during his studies in 2016 at Type@Cooper West. He writes: The early stages of Highground were inspired by Nicholas Jenson's Rotunda. [...] Highground is a fun typeface for your punk band to make shitty posters to hang on electrical poles around town. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿