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McGill University
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Alison Argento
[Dear Alison]

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Amy Dietrich

American designer, b. 1967, California. Married to Ken Russell, who runs Atlantic Fonts in Camden, ME.

At Atlantic Fonts, she designed the hand-printed faces Kinglet (2012, curly), Honey Bee (2011), Once (2010) and Clue (2010).

In 2013, Amy published the playful poster typefaces Trail Map (2013) and Merci. Farmstand (2013) is a hand-printed typeface that is accompanied by the dingbat font Farmstand Goodies. Wheat (2013) is a stylish rough-edged script face. Eeeek (2013) is a Halloween dingbat typeface. Solstice (2013) is hand-printed.

Typefaces from 2014: Suntea (a children's book script), Fini (cartoon font), Fini Things (girly dingbats).

Old URL under the name Amy Dietrich Russell. Klingspor link. %Z http://www.myfonts.com/person/Amy_Dietrich_Russell [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Nendel

Evansville, IL-based designer of Urban Block (2013) and Marquee Lights (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Atlantic Fonts
[Ken Russell]

Atlantic Fonts in Camden, ME, is the foundry of type designer Ken Russell (b. 1962, CA). His typefaces are mostly handprinted. In 2010, he published Sync, Radio, Kahiki, Clue, Once (curly), Episodian (retro techno), Rewire, and History. In 2011, he added the fat funky face Earthling, Orange Cat (handprinted poster face), and the fun faces Gruyere, Mountain Goat (comic book style) and Monarch AF.

Typefaces from 2013: Rowboat, Judlebug (a children's book script).

Typefaces from 2014: Began (elliptical futuristic wide sans), Steamboat (semi-calligraphic ribbon style script).

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

Brian Davies

His beautiful font Kashmir (an arts and crafts style font) was created in 1992 as a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Brian was a software designer at Northwestern's Institute of Learning Sciences. His address is listed in the text file as Box 46 CT, Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME 04011. Download link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Willson
[Three Islands Press (was: The Type Quarry)]

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Caitlyn Parker

During her studies, Caitlyn Parker (South Berwick, ME) created the ultra-black slab serif typeface Riblets (2014). She also created Indian Cheif (sic) (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dear Alison
[Alison Argento]

Travel writer based in Cherry Hill, NJ. Designer (b. Augusta, ME, 1977) of the children's scribble font Urly Lurnin (2008), and of Smiley (2008, comic book face), and of the informal handwriting fonts Pickled Sans (2008), Slim Pickens (2008), Smokehouse (2008) and Gladly Mailed (2008).

Bender Script (2008) is a brush script developed from an incomplete script drawn by Charles Chas Bluemlein.

Barnstormer Script (2010) is a sign painter typeface. Gonte (2013) is a sketchbook script typeface.

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Edwin L. Brown

American penman, b. Camden, ME, 1869, d. Rockland, ME, 1958. He studied at Rockland Commercial College in Rockland, ME, 1887-1888. In 1888, he met penman A.R. Dunton who employed him to assist in engrossing the diplomas of the Boston Public Schools. He entered in a partnership with his penmanship teacher, H.A. Howard in 1902 until Howard's death in 1952. Howard & Brown had a thriving engrossing and designing business that covered all of the United States and Canada. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fallen Angel

Art student from Maine, b. 1988. Creator of the star-enhanced handwriting font Virginia's Stars (2007). Home page and blog. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Greyletter
[Neil Patel]

Greyletter is Neil Patel's type foundry in Portland, Maine, est. 2009. Neil Patel is a semiconductor process engineer who was introduced to type design by his wife, a graphic designer. His typefaces:

  • Pinion Display (2010). A Victorian display face.
  • Dynatherm (2013). A custom sci-fi stencil font for Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block.
  • Rieux (2013). Neil writes: Named after the steadfast doctor from Albert Camus' The Plague, Rieux is an even-tempered slab-serif that is confident without being cocky and approachable without being casual. The aesthetic of Rieux is inspired by the industrial age. While the design is not directly derived from typefaces of that era, the shapes of letter-forms are informed by images of over-sized steel machines and the monolithic brick buildings that housed them.
  • Grafton Titling (2014). A classical lapidary titling typeface.
  • Custom fonts: Inside Voice (2014, for IDEXX Laboratories), Hugo's (2014: a logotype for Hugo's in Portland).

Klingspor link. Behance link/a>. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Micoleau

Designer and sculptor in Portland, ME, who designed some typefaces in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kate Fagerstrom

Student of graphic design at the Maine College of Art, born in New Jersey. Behance link. Her ball terminal logotype called Fagerstrom (2010) shows a lot of innate talent. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ken Russell
[Atlantic Fonts]

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Lee Batchelor

Maine-based photo editor, designer, and web guy. Creator of the upright connected (school) script font Fifth Grade Cursive (2011), Smotth Papyrus (a smooth version of papyrus), the cleanly hand-printed Mathilde (2012) and Popcorn Mountain (2012).

In 2013, he created Frosting For Breakfast (script face), Turkeyface, Mathilde (script face), Que Rompa (an extreme-contrast poster face: the full family is commercial), Pretty City Kitties, Mousedrawn, and the gorgeous technical handwriting face #1 Ichiro.

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Mark Jamra
[Type Culture]

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Meredith Lindsey

Wells, ME-based creator of Saucy Lady (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neil Patel
[Greyletter]

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Nick Polifroni
[Remedy 667]

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Nicole Holmes

Graphic Design student at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, who grew up in Connecticut. She created Pizzacones (2013) and Braid (2012).

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Remedy 667
[Nick Polifroni]

Nick Polifroni (Remedy 667) is an American designer, b. 1980, who lived in Belleville, MI, and Portland, ME. Creator of the scratchy font Orange Book (2007), the sans faces Asymek (2011) and Glasket (2011), the grungy Fueled by Schlitz (2011), the grungy Boxpot (2011), and the display face Absender (2011). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarah McLean

Graphic designer in Portland, ME, who created the thin display typeface Orbit (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Three Islands Press (was: The Type Quarry)
[Brian Willson]

Brian Willson (b. 1951, New Haven, CT), grew up in Austin, TX, and obtained a degree in radio, TV and film from the University of Texas in 1979. Since 1980, Willson has lived in coastal Maine, where for 15 years he worked as a writer and journalist, in both broadcast and print media, and was managing editor of National Fisherman magazine for one year. In the mid 1990s, he left the magazine business to devote his full time to Three Islands Press (3IP), a digital design and publishing company he founded in Rockland in 1989. He has been designing type since 1993. Three Islands Press (or 3IP, or The Type Quarry) used to offer 10 dollar shareware fonts. They went commercial and are now located in Rockland, ME. 3IP Type Foundry also enjoys the contributions of type designers Patricia Lillie and Lars Bergquist. Their fonts:

  • Abigail Adams (2014). An epistolar script based on he hand of Abigail Smith Adams, first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States.
  • American Scribe: 2003, after the handwriting of Timothy Mattack, who penned America's Declaration of Independence.
  • Antiquarian (2010): based on the the titles and captions and place labels on a page I have of Henri Abraham Chatelain's Atlas Historique.
  • Antiquarian Scribe (2010): based on the body text in an 18th century atlas by Henri Abraham Chatelain.
  • Attic Antique: old pitted characters.
  • Bonsai
  • Botanical Scribe (2013, a warm copperplate script): "The Raphael of Flowers" is what they called Pierre-Joseph Redouté a couple hundred years ago. The Belgian native became famous in France, where he painted floral watercolors for both Marie Antoinnette and Empress Josephine. But what cemented his legacy was his perfection of a stipple engraving technique that brought his art to the masses. Botanical Scribe is modeled after the neat, cursive hand-inscribed legends on these antique prints. Because it simulates handlettering, the font retains a warm, organic quality not seen in fancy modern scripts while remaining both elegant and legible.
  • Broadsheet
  • Castine (1998).
  • Cedar Street
  • Chromosome (1995): a label-tape gun font.
  • Dingos: free.
  • Douglass Pen (2011): inspired by the handwriting of Frederick Douglass, who was born an American slave but died a distinguished 19th century statesman, orator, and abolitionist leader. He also had fine penmanship. Douglass Pen is modeled chiefly after Douglass's handwritten account of John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, VA.
  • Emily Austin (2001) is modeled after the penmanship of Emily Margaret Austin (Bryan) Perry, an early Texas colonist along with her brother, Stephen F. Austin, for whom the state capital was named. Specimens were letters dating from 1837 until 1851, the year of her death at 56. It is a beautiful historic handwriting font.
  • Houston Pen (after the handwriting of Sam Houston.
  • Horsefeathers.
  • Lamar Pen: 2003, after the handwriting of poet Mirabeau B. Lamar, ca. 1830s.
  • Marydale. Willson wrote: While working at National Fisherman magazine several years ago, I admired the hand-lettering of the production director, Marydale Abernathy, and suggested she let me model a font after her penmanship. She drew out the alphabet, I launched Macromedia (then Altsys) Fontographer, and (to shorten a long story) I ended up developing my first typeface. For the heck of it, I released it first as shareware, then as a full-featured typeface and, astonishingly, it took off.
  • Oak Street
  • Old Man Eloquent (2010): a connected script based on an 1810 sample of the handwriting of John Quincy Adams.
  • Professor
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Remsen Script.
  • Schooner Script: after the 1825 handwriting of pastor Samuel Clarke of Princeton, MA.
  • Sluggo.
  • Speed Bump
  • Texas Hero: after the hand of Thomas J. Rusk, 1836.
  • Terra Ignota (2013). Based on the handlettering on Amerique Septentrionale, a 1650 map by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson.
  • Treefrog (1993): beautiful unevenly inked handwriting style, inspired by the quirky inkpen doodlings of Philip D. Cyr, a graphic designer who lives in Arizona.
  • Viktorie (2007, handwriting).

Alternate URL. MyFonts link. Alternate URL. alternate site. Agfa-Monotype page. Fonts sold by Mindcandy. FontShop link. Klingspor link.

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Tom Puckett

Tom Puckett (Cape Elizabeth, ME) designed the quirky Hotcakes Slim and Bulky (2003) and the "scary" typefaces Boneyard Normal and casual (2003) [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Culture
[Mark Jamra]

Advertised as Mark Jamra's Portland, ME-based digital type foundry and an academic resource. There is an extremely useful research directory, a great jump point for learning about type and its history. The site also has useful articles such as Jamra's article on optical image support and his article on form and proportion in a typeface. Mark Jamra (b. 1956) lives in Portland, Maine, where he designs type and teaches letterform and graphic design at the Maine College of Art. He did postgraduate work at the Basel School of Design, Switzerland, 1980-83, then worked for URW in Hamburg (where he lived for 12 years), and set up Jamra Design there. He left Germany in 1995. Brief bio. Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon. FontShop link. Fonts by Jamra:

View Mark Jamra's typefaces.

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