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Alex Jacque (b. 1986, Virginia) is a designer and developer based in Oakland, CA (was: Baltimore, MD). He studied at the University of Michigan School of Art&Design and was located at that time in Ann Arbour, MI. He obtained an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Creator of Dequindre (2015, based on the capitals of Fette Buhe Fraktur by Walter Buhe, 1914-1915), Teip (2014, a multiline layerable all caps typeface), Pila (2014, techno stencil), Handu (2012, hand-drawn sans-serif inspired by the hand-painted type and signage on the streets of Kolkata, India), Atrium (2012, a squarish sans family based on the pen art of W.E. Dennis), Saugatuck (2011, grunge) and Sello (2011, a unicase hand-drawn, geometric sans-serif with a touch of retro).
American type, web, and brand designer in Baltimore, MD. She combined Adobe Caslon and Gill Sans to make a blended experimental typeface in 2010. View her typographic study of Gill Sans. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born and raised in West Chester, PA, near Philadelphia, he is a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Aka Cocoi Anouk.
In 2010, he created the gorgeous ultra-fat didone watch number set called Pompadour (free). It has already been used tens of times, including in this poster by Jay Schaul (2011). Pompadour can be downloaded/bought at Lost Type Coop.
Silver Spring, MD-based makers of the billboard typeface Au Dorsey (1990) and of Au Bauer Text Initials (1990, a Trajan typeface after F.H.E. Schneidler's Schneidler Initialen, Bauersche Giesserei, 1937).
The company's blurb: Robert Sugar is the president and creative director of Auras Design. A graduate of American University, he taught publication design there for nine years. Early positions working with printers and typesetters gave him an expanded perspective on the designer's role in producing print publications. Typography and prepress skills helped Auras become a pioneer in electronic design and prepress. He committed the studio completely to digital design by 1992, and has constantly expanded the technology, skills and capabilities of the studio. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer who grep up in sewell, NJ, and graduated in 2007 from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. He created the modular typeface Knucklepuck (2009). Noupe link where one can download an EPS version of this font. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Baltimore Type Foundry (or: Baltotype)
Also known as Fielding Lucas, Jr., Lucas Bros., H.L. Pelouze&Son, and Chas. J. Cary&Co. Specimen may be found in Convenient Specimen Book of Type, Rules, Borders, and Electrotype Cuts from the Baltimore Type Foundry (Baltimore: Chas. J. Cary&Co., 1888. Banta Book of Types&Typographical Tips. Menasha: George Banta, 1961). The company existed until well into the 20th century, and published a catalog as late as 1957 called Type and Rule Catalogue 13, Baltotype.
A selected list of typefaces:
Rich Hopkins, a printing historian, acquired Baltotype ca. 1993. Based on drawings from the 1950s in the Baltotype material, Miranda Roth at P22 designed LTC Athena, a narrow art deco typeface, in 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
Baltimore&Ohio Railroad Historical Society
Jack Aaron Rodriguez made a font called Baltimore&Ohio R.R. Co. Loco.&Pass. Equipt. Cars Lettering (2004) for the Baltimore&Ohio Railroad Historical Society. Jack lives in Riverdale, MD. Kenneth Van Mechelen made B&OStation (2005), B&OLoco (2005), EMD (2006), and B&OX (2005). [Google] [More] ⦿
Bay Fonts (or: Bay Soft, or: Bay Animation, Inc.)
BaySoft or BayFonts (was: Bay Animation Inc) is a font vendor from Annapolis, MD. Charles Biddle established Bay Animation Inc there in 1994. They claim to have 8000 fonts, but clearly, these are mostly renamed fonts. I can not believe that they till operate. Interestingly, according to Ulrich Stiehl, Charles Biddle built up his collection with the help of Hans Fremuth, who had a similar collection marketed in Germany, called Profi-Schriften Business (Kelly Media). Still according to Stiehl, the majority of the Bay Animation fonts are doctored copies of Bitstream fonts (which in turn were knock-offs of Linotype fonts). The italics are merely awful computer-generated slants of romans, and thus, the collection is sub-par. [Google] [More] ⦿
2002 graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Rumored to be working on a typeface called Composite. Author of Lettering&Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces (2009, with Nolen Strals). See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Capsule: Typeface Design
Matthew Chiavelli was born in Maryland in 1973. He is a web designer but has occasionally created typefaces, such as Gerrit, Ultura (1996, based on Herbert Bayer's Universal) and Can-d (1996). Lunokhod is to come soon. Fonts sold through Fountain. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
American graphic designer from Baltimore, MD, who studied in SVA;'s Masters program in Rome in 2012. Roman signage inspired her in the creation of four alphabets in 2012: Sermoneta (Victorian), Giolitti (Victorian), Credito Italiano (Victorian), and Deccio (avant-garde).
Graphic and web designer in Baltimore, MD, and a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore Block Lettering (2010) is a blocky stencil alphabet inspired by the roughness of Baltimore City, with Cyrillic counterparts. Created for a class taught by Ken Barber&Ben Kiel of House Industries. He has also created Emford Sans and Globe Gothic, and intends to go commercial with his typefaces. In 2011, he graduated with a Masters in type design from KABK. At KABK, he designed Civilian (2011) specifically for use on blogs: The design takes into account the pixel grid of the screen while incorporating soft, personable curves to underline the significance of the person behind the website.
Pablo A. Medina designs all fonts at Cubanica Fonts in New York. He is a Communication Design professor at Parsons the New School for Design and lives in the East Village of New York City. He has also taught at Maryland Institute College of Art. MyFonts page.
Cubanica fonts: Medina Gothic (2005, a clean sans family), Diablitos (2011), Calaveras (2011), Sailor Gothic (2003), Imbalance (2002, an experimental sans), North Bergen (1996, a vernacular sans), Cuba (1996, 3d signage typeface based on a sign for the restaurant La Flor de Cuba on Bergenline Avenue in Union City, New Jersey), Vitrina (1996, connected lettering signage face), 1st Avenue, Sombra, 24hrs, Union Square (a bold stitching font), Calaveras (2011, based on a signage style in Buenos Aires called Fileteado), and Marquee. At Plazm, he made First Avenue (Plazm, 2000, based on an old metal neon sign) and Vitrina.
Painter turned type designer. Creator of Velocipede Stencil (2011), an art deco typeface made for a bike shop in Baltimore. At Lost Type Coop, he published the humanist remaissance italic typeface Pigeon (2011) and the calligraphic script Cylburn (Lost Type): Cylburn is a semi-connected script, structurally based on Roundhand but written with a pointed brush and restrained tension that separate it from its traditional roots.
Dan Mitro's Free Fonts
As a student at Goucher College near Baltimore, Dan Mitro made two free handwriting fonts, Nreh (1998) and Iglook (1998). Dan now works as a digital imaging specialist at an internet marketing firm in Cleveland. [Google] [More] ⦿
Baltimore, MD-based senior creative director at High5design. He drew some illustrated caps alphabets in 2012 such as Crazy World Alphabet, and Gothic Inspired Type (more a painting than a set of letters).
Designer of fonts at Garagefonts such as Kienan and District (with Kienan Smith). The Smiths are from Maryland.
Edward A. Leach
Typefounder, son of Henry Lafayette Pelouze, Edward Dalton worked at the Henry L. Pelouze&Son Foundry in Baltimore as a junior partner with his father. That foundry was sold to ATF in 1901, but Edward Craige contrinued to work in the business as a manager until 1927. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the MFA program in graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She also is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.
Author of Thinking with Type (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004). Visit also the interesting Thinking with type web page, which features a fun section on "crimes against typography", notes on type classification, a course outline, and tons of other educational material. See also here and here. Ellen Lupton was the keynote speaker at AypI2006 in Lisbon. In that talk, summarized here, Ellen Lupton discusses the benefits of truly free fonts (Perhaps the free font movement will continue to grow slowly, along the lines in which it is already taking shape: in the service of creating typefaces that sustain and encourage both the diversity and connectedness of humankind.) and provides key examples: Gaultney's Gentium, Poll's Linux Libertine, Peterlin's Freefont, Bitstream's Titus Cyberbit, and Jim Lyles' Vera family. She is the editor of D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (2006).
Éloïse Parrack was born in 1977 in Bethesda, MD, Parrack graduated in 2006 from the University of Brighton, UK. She still lives in the UK. Since 2007, she co-manages Defalign with David Millhouse. Raeling (2010, Volcano Type) is a curvy light inline face.
Two graphic design brothers in Baltimore, MD, b. 1983. Creators of the free alphading typeface Whiskey Bottle (2012), the graffiti typeface Freight Train Gangsta (2012), Upon The Overgrowth (2012), Last Years Youth (2012, grunge), So Long My Dear (2012), Venue on the beach (2012, grungy), Slumlord Eviction (2012, grungy) and Advent Psychosis (2012).
Production in 2013: Slightly Intoxicated, Think Me Wicked, Say Divine, Riot Glass, Broken Soul, I Love Disaster, Insolent Bastards (grunge).
Eric R. Mortensen is a graphic designer who is currently an MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and a design intern at NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. Saturn V (2011, Lost Type) is a lower-case, space-aged slab-serif typeface conceived during a workshop with Tal Lemming of TypeSupply.com. [Google] [More] ⦿
Finale Jazz font
Nice fonts such as Jazz, JazzText, JazzCord and JazzPerc, designed by Richard Sigler from Bowie, MD. "JazzFont is a collection of fonts for use with computer notation software, such as Finale, and is designed to look like hand-written manuscript. It's a great alternative to music fonts that look too computerized." Here you can find JazzCord-Regular, Jazz-Regular, JazzText-Regular (free). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Los Angeles and/or Baltimore (where Fumi is studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2014) who made a typographic goldfish poster for TDC59 in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
GalloFonts (was: Graphics by Gallo)
GalloFonts is part of Graphics by Gallo, founded in 1974 by Gerald Gallo (b. Lucernemines, PA, 1941), and based in Bethesda, MD. The fonts: Pristine Light (2014: caps only squarish sans family), Display Pump (2014), Display University (2005, athletic lettering), Angulatte Light, Angulatte Medium, Angulatte Bold, Anniversary Seals (2003), Basic Bullets, Blooming Ornaments (2008), Brashee Regular, Brashee Bold, Calendar Font One, Calendar Font Two, Calendar Font Three, Carved Initials, Chiseled Initials, Cleancut, Dexterous (2010, art nouveau), Diamond Monogram - 2 Characters, Diamond Monogram - 3 Characters, Display Black Serif (2010, angular), Display Dots Five (2010), Display Dots Six (2010), Display Grungy (2010), Display Robust (2010), Dooddle, Embossed Shallow, Embossed Medium, Embossed Deep, GG Casual Light (2002, was Gallo Casula: hand printing family), GG Casual Medium, GG Casual Bold, GG Dingbats (was Gallo Dingbats, like Zapf Dingbats), GG Serif (1993, was Gallo Serif), Geometric Arrows, Geometric Ornaments, Gnarlee, Greetings, Home Sweet Home, Isometric Initial Caps - Bird's Eye View (1994), Isometric Initial Caps - Worm's Eye View, Isometric Ornaments, Jackolantern Assortment (2002) Just Bugs, Kruede Light, Kruede Regular (handwriting), Kruede Bold, Leaf Assortment (1994), Leaves Falling, Logotype, Magnificent Ornaments (2006, Victorian era decorations), Make Tracks (2002, animal footprints), Number Ornaments, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Square Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Square Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Square Positive, Ornate Initials - Style One (2002), Ornate Initials - Style Two, Ornate Initials - Style Three, Pleasant Hand Light (2002) Pleasant Hand Medium, Pleasant Hand Bold, Precision, Rolling Ball Cursive, Serene (1993), Slender, Smiling Faces, Snowflake Assortment (1994), Snowflakes Falling (2001), Sport Numbers, Star Assortment (2002), Stature (2010, compressed sans), Swiss Folk Ornaments - Critters&Things, Swiss Folk Ornaments - Floral, Swiss Folk Ornaments - Geometric, Time Clocks, Woozee, Display Prominent (2005), Ultimate Ornaments (2005), Cross Ornaments (2005), Heraldic Creatures (2006), Victorian Leaf Ornaments (2006: great!), Quilt Patterns One (2007), Holy Ornaments (2007), Oriental Ornaments (2007), Gothic Initials One through Six (2007-2008), Interlaced Ornaments (2007), Modest Ornaments (2008), Art Nouveau Flowers (2008), Art Nouveau Ornaments (2008), Quilt Patterns Two (2008), Display Gothic (2008, blackletter), Plant Assortment (2008), Birds Flying (2009), Happy Go Lucky (2009, Victorian), Fish Fresh (2009), Display Dots One (2009, dot matrix face), Display Art Two and Three (2009, art nouveau alphabets), Display Dots Two Serif and Sans (2009, dot matrix faces), Display Dots Three Serif and Sans (2009), Display Dots Four Serif and Sans (2009), Display Robust (2010), Quilt Patterns Three and Four (both 2009), Gothic Initials (Seven, Eight, Nine: 2009), Carefreed (2009, a Halloween script?), Glorita (2009, casual condensed sans), Fancy Flowers (2010), Rectilinear Ornaments (2010), Display Brutal (2010, grunge), Cross Stitch Graceful (2010), Cross Stitch Regal (2011), Cross Stitch Formal (2010), Cross Stitch Discreet (2010), Cross Stitch Classic (2010), Display Dots Seven (2011), Cross Stitch Majestic (2011), Cross Stitch Elaborate (2011), Cross Stitch Medieval (2011), Cross Stitch Ornaments (2013), Display Squares One and Two (2011, gridded or dot matrix faces), Display Digits One through Seven (2011), Display Crisp (2012, octagonal), Blue on Blue (2012, shadow face), Green on Green (2012, 3d shadow face), White on White (2012), Orange on Orange (2012, a 3d shadow face), Victorian Ornaments (2012), Printers Plant Ornaments (2012, a floral typeface), Simple Ornaments, Numbers Style Three Diamond Positiv Regular (2012), Charisma (2013, inspired by the hand lettering used by draftsmen and architects), Display Explicit (2013), Display Uncanny (2013, unicase), Display Carlos (2013, a piano key typeface), Mighty Oaks (2013, stylized oak leaves), Sweet Hand (2014), Fast Hand (2014).
Garagefonts (was Del Mar, CA, and is now in Sandy Spring, MD) was created in 1993 as a means to distribute the experimental fonts used in Ray Gun magazine (David Carson). The founders were Betsy Kopshina (Del Mar, CA) and Norbert Schulz. Review by Chris Macgregor. Garage Fonts was recently bought by Ralph Smith (PhilsFonts), who is located in Maryland (hence the move). Their main type family today is Freight by Joshua Darden. MyFonts catalog. Catalog of GarageFonts' best selling typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Engraving department head at Baltimore Type, who designed Athena and Trylon Shaded.
Mac McGrew: Athena is a very narrow, light roman typeface with unusually tapered vertical strokes, designed and cut by George Battee of Baltimore Type about 1955. It is a distinctive novelty, useful for a limited amount of delicate display.
Henry L. Pelouze Foundry (or: Richmond Type Foundry)
Richmond-based foundry, also called Henry L. Pelouze. It was established in 1859 by Henry Lafayette Pelouze (b. 1831). Later it was renamed the Henry L. Pelouze&Son Foundry in Baltimore when his son Edward Craige Pelouze joined as a junior partner. The latter foundry was sold to ATF in 1901. Henry Lafayette Pelouze (b. 1831) started out in New York City at Walker&Pelouze (1855). That company was sold to Walker&tuthill, which then became Walker&Bresnan, and then P.H. Bresnan Type Foundry. He bought the Lucas Foundry in 1880. [Google] [More] ⦿
Henry Lafayette Pelouze
Herbert F. Czarnowsky
Type cutter who was active at Baltimore Type. Mac McGrew writes about Mademoiselle: Mademoiselle was designed by Tommy Thompson in 1953 as a display typeface for Mademoiselle magazine. It was cut by Herman Schnoor at Baltimore Type, which also offered fonts for general sale. It is a delicate, narrow modern roman, with long ascenders and short descenders, rather loosely fitted, and works well for display with transitional text faces such as Bulmer and Scotch Roman. [Google] [More] ⦿
Baltimore, MD-based creator of Annown (2014), an alchemic sans typeface inspired by Jeffrey Dochery's Electric Wire Hustle poster. This typeface was developed while she was studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jack Aaron Rodriguez
Taiwan-born and Baltimore, MD-based creator of Eggtart (2013), a lively script typeface family, which was designed during her studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
York, PA-based designer of Blokus (2014, FontStruct) and Blackmar (2014, stencil typeface, FontStruct). This typeface was finished during his studies at York College of Pennsylvania. Joshua is originally from Manchester, MD. FontStruct link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Son of the famous calligrapher Shelley Waters who lives in Gaithersburg, MD. He taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Corcoran School of Art. Adobe wrote: In 1997, renowned lettering artist Julian Waters embodied his classical calligraphic roman capitals in a breathtakingly graceful 2-axis multiple master typeface, aptly named Waters Titling, which was modeled after Roman monumental inscription forms. Images: Waters Titling, Waters Titling Pro Lt.
Letterer and type director at House Industries. He also teaches experimental typography at the Maryland Institute's College of Art. His interests include the inter-disciplinary relationship between hand-lettering and type design.
His typefaces include Maddhouse (1994), Chalet (1996), Heads of the Household, Fink Bold (1996), Fink Brush (1996), Fink Casual (1996), Fink Condensed (1996), Fink Gothic (1996), Fink Heavy (1996), Fink Roman (1996), Fink Sans (1996). The Rat Fink series was made with Ed Roth. Part of the proceeds from each sale go to the estate of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about "Imre Reiner: the alphabet as art".
Ken Barber and Tal Leming combined forces in 2008 on the signage script family Studio Lettering Swing (House). He digitized Ed Gothic and Ed Script, both originally designed by Ed Benguiat. These fonts won awards at the TDC2 2005 type competition.
He spoke at ATypI 2005 in Helsinki on Lettering, typography or somewhere in between.
At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, his talk (shared with Tal Leming) was entitled Pac-Man fever, quantum mechanics and the design of digital type.
Located in Eldersburg, MD, Mark A. Wilson designed PasswordMT (1998), a font entirely composed of asterisks. Can you believe that "Password" is a trademark of Computer Programming Unlimited, Eldersburg, MD? [Google] [More] ⦿
Matthew Antonio Chiavelli
Matthew Carter (born in London in 1937, and son of Harry Carter) is one of today's most influential type designers. He trained as a punchcutter at Enschedé in 1956. In 1963 he was hired by Crosfield, a firm that pioneered the new technology of photo-typesetting, to lead their typographic program. He worked for Mergenthaler Linotype (1965-1981), and co-founded Bitstream Inc. with Mike Parker in 1981, adapting many fonts to digital technology. In January 1992, he founded Carter&Cone with Cherie Cone, and often collaborated with Font Bureau. In 1995, he won the Gold Prize at the annual Tokyo type Directors Club competition for Sophia. In 1997, he received the TDC Medal for significant contributions to the life, art, and craft of typography. In 2010, he received a MacArthur grant. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
Linotype link. FontShop link. Favorite quote: Watching me work is like watching a refrigerator make ice. Another quote: A typeface is a beautiful collection of letters, not a collection of beautiful letters.
Noted Baltimore printer and type historian. Author (1907-1979) of Type Foundries of America and their Catalogs (1955; see also New Castle, 1994), with historical accounts of each foundry. Other books: Advertising, 3000 B.C.-1900 A.D. (1969), A Typographic Journey Through the Inland Printer, 1883-1900 (1977). His extensive type collection is now at the University of Maryland. [Google] [More] ⦿
Masters student at Corcoran College of Art and Design, who lives in Rockville, MD. In her typography class in 2010, she created a typeface that utilized elements from Helvetica and Big Caslon, called Quagswag. The result is Peignotian sans. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born and raised in Tennessee, Michael Paul Young currently calls Bangkok, Thailand home. He founded, managed and directs daily the online design shop YouWorkForThem, which is located in Baltimore, MD. Home page. Creator of "Apply", a free texture tool that allows you to customize any font you wish with an array of inky splatters and sprays. In 2000-2001, he made the pixelish YWFT DesignGraphik family. With Teerayut Puchpen, he designed the ultra-fat counterless typeface Pudge (2010). In 2011, he created Motown Expanded, which was based on YWFT Motown (2009, Travis Stearns). With Michael Cina and Taechit Jiropaskosol, he created YWFT Agostina Alternate (2011).
Nan Jay Barchowsky
Neda Juraydini is an artist with a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Visual Communications/Graphic Design.
In 2001, she created the dingbat typeface Chalice. The chalice is a symbol for Unitarian Universalists and the chalices in this typeface were collected from various churches in this denomination. This [expired] site explained the origin of this symbol.
To preserve the font, Neda gave me permission to store it at my site so that it can be distributed world-wide.
Chalice.zip contains the original TrueType file by Neda Juraydini, together with her original readme file. In addition, it contains an Opentype version and a PostScript type 1 version generated by Luc Devroye in March 2009. No guarantees! [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design and art direction studio. They created the custom art deco typeface Olimpyc (2007). It is a cooperative run from Baltimore and San Francisco by Liam Devowski, Benjamin Domanico, Joyce Kim, and Samuel Ortiz-Payero. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997, and lives since 1997 in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. From ca. 1990 onwards, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. In 2013, he stopped making fonts, and donated his collection of rare books and type material to the University of Virginia. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool.
Near the end of 2012, he posted this comment on his web site: Fifteen years ago, I embarked on a wonderful voyage of discovery, when I created my very first font with Fontographer 3.15. My maiden voyages were, frankly, rather clunky and amateurish, but I have been told that they showed promise. Well, sure enough, thanks to the diligent (and patient) efforts of Ilene Strizver, I polished up my craft enough to sell my humble efforts---first as a sideline business and, since 2006, as my full-time job. In total, I have produced over eleven hundred fonts---almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which I conservatively estimate have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide. Unfortunately, this past year has brought a series of unanticipated setbacks, culminating in the loss of my wife's beautiful mind and soul to the scourge of alcoholism. In an effort to generate extra income to cover the expenses for her long-term care, I have proposed a number of, I believe, innovative ways to revamp the online font business; unfortunately, those efforts have fallen flat, primarily due to the professional font community's abject fear of crossing the $165 million Elephant in the Room. I even offered a special discount rate of 75% off retail price for full-time students of Typohile Forum. To date, there have been zero takers. Hell: even the webfont kit of one of my own fonts which I purchased from myfonts.com turned out to be an empty folder. Talk about a run of bad luck. Which leaves my with you, dear readers. If you or someone you know has had fun or made a buck from my humble efforts throughout the years, please donate whatever you can---even a lousy dollar would help---to help me out. I would greatly appreciate it.
Nick Curtis: Commercial faces
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997. Since 1997, he is in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. Since the 1990s, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool. Home page. His free fonts are listed elsewhere.
On MyFonts, he says this about himself: Nick's Fonts is a modest little foundry dedicated to the preservation of our rich typographic heritage. Most of the foundry's designs are based on authentic historical sources, gleaned from the massive collections of the Library of Congress. If you are looking for a font that captures the essence of the Wild West, the Gay Nineties or the Jazz Age, look here first: if it is not in the catalog, it will be soon. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Baltimore, Maryland-based designer of Frimbo (2004) and Frimbo Serif (2004). He also made the wonderful Preissig-Antikva influenced NsfBook, the sans typeface Nisamuel Sans (2005), KisbefeSans (2005), FineGold (2005), Kisbefe2 (2005) and the handwriting typeface ASLetters (2005). [Google] [More] ⦿
Pablo A. Medina
Peggy Re is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at UMBC (Maryland) where she teaches graphic design and typography. She curated Typographically Speaking: The Art of Matthew Carter, and edited a publication with the same title. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, she spoke on Matthew Carter's typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original designs, and a great general site on typography. Sells over 65,000 fonts from over 55 foundries. Font families (typically 4 faces) in the 100USD to 300USD range. Makes custom fonts as well. Run by Ralph Smith. Browse by foundry or by designer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Maryland-based typefounder, punchcutter and historian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, b. 1948, who made the 24-point Robin typeface.
Mac McGrew: Robin was designed and privately cast by R. Stanley Nelson, private press operator in Maryland. The designer says, "Like blackletter fonts this is really a minuscule with a set of uppercase forms attached. I plan to cut Lombardic caps as well, and other lowercase letters in the future. ...The rustic caps are not complete but there are a lot of problems with them. ...The typeface is experimental and not in its final form." [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Ellicott City, MD, who graduated from Monmouth University. Caligari (2011) is an angular typeface that was inspired by the 1920 silent German film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari). [Google] [More] ⦿
Reserves (or: AE Type)
Reserves (and, since 2012, AE Type) is a commercial foundry offering mostly techno faces. It is located in Carlsbad and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA, and run by Michael Jarboe. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and now lives and works in San Diego.
The earliest typefaces: Base (stencil), Evac (octagonal), Claes (a heavy blacked out display typeface named after Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg), Raider, Error (LED simulation face), Reserves03 (2009), Output II (2009), Scape (octagonal stencil), Void, Vacant (2009, monoline stencil), Debacle (2009), Scam (2009; a fun geometric experiment), Immortality, Asecs, Analog SE, Scheme (pixel face).
Typefaces made in 2010: Idiom (2010, a piano key family inspired by P22 Albers), Vector RG (2010, an octagonal typeface inspired by the 1979 Atari Asteroids video game UI screen font), Sevigne (2010, monoline geometric avant-garde sans that looks a bit like a stencil), Velvet (2010, a heavy rounded block retro typeface inspired by the typeset album covers of the protopunk rock band The Velvet Underground), Monocle (2010, monospaced and monoline geometric sans).
Typefaces made in 2011: Scape (2011, rounded monoline stencil family), Velvet (2011), Defense (2011, octagonal slabbed stencil), Offense (2011, strong octagonal mechanical family), Vanitas Bold (2011, Peignotian fashion mag typeface rooted in didones).
In 2012, Mike published Enamel (a condensed sans family---the inline version of Sorren), Sorren (a condensed sans influenced by neo-grotesque designs, and dada in style), Sorren Ex, Vanitas Stencil and Memoire (a charming fashion mag monoline hairline stencil).
Typefaces from 2013: A large Neue Haas Grotesk / Helvetica-style sans family called Acronym, from Hairline to Extra Black and Outline.
Graphic designer in Baltimore, MD, who has a BFA in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Behance link.
Born in Moscow in 1963. A graduate of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1985, he became a TeX specialist. Since 2003, he creates his own typefaces. Gaithersburg, MD-based designer of a Cyrillic Venetian typeface (2004) called Bucentoro. At TypeArt 05, he received awards for Bucentero and SPQR Caps. He is working on Bucentoro Greek (2006). In Bucentoro's low-contrast design, we can find influences of Nicholas Jenson, Francisco Griffo and Vadim Lazursky. Currently, Sergei Egorov lives in the Washington, DC, area.
His Neacademia (2009, +Kursiv) won an award at Paratype K2009. It was published in 2011 at Rosetta Type: Neacademia is a Latin and Cyrillic type family inspired by the types cut by 15th century Italian punch-cutter Francesco Griffo da Bologna for the famous Venetian printer and publisher Aldus Pius Manutius. The family is designed for lengthy texts. Neacademia Subhead (Rosetta) followed in 2015. This typeface family has all the renaissance character and typographic finesse that was promised---it is absolutely stunning.
Graphic designer from Chennai, who created the octagonal typeface Adian Grid (2012) as a student at DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, India. He also made Struktur (2012), a typeface based on Herbert Bayer's Universal Alphabet.
After graduating from DJ Academy of Design in Coimbatore, India, he started studying graphic design (MFA) at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). One of his school projects there was the angular fat stencil typeface Enemy (2014, available at Lost Type). Shiva has worked as an intern with J. Abbott Miller’s team at Pentagram and Grandmother Design in Mumbai, India.
At the Indian Type Foundry, Shiva helped with Rozha One (2014, free Google web font). This is a heavy didone typeface with large x-height, high contrast, and a harmonious balance between its Devanagari (designed by Tim Donaldson and Jyotish Sonowal) and Latin (designed by Shiva Nallaperumal). Github link.
The Indian Type Foundry published several typefaces at Google Web Fonts in 2014, including Rajdhani. Rajdhani is an Open Source typeface supporting both the Devanagari and the Latin scripts. The font family was developed for use in headlines and other display-sized text on screen. Its initial release includes five fonts. Satya Rajpurohit and Jyotish Sonowal developed the Devanagari component in the Rajdhani fonts together, while the Latin was designed by Shiva Nallaperumal.
Orwellian (2014) is a reversed-stress typeface designed for display use. It was inspired by the concepts explored by George Orwell in his monumental work Nineteen Eighty Four and follows Henry Caslon's Italian model. Buy it at Lost Type. Orwellian was hand hinted by Tom Grace of Virgo Type and mastered by Psy Ops in San Fransisco.
In 2015, Shiva published the informal comic book typeface Pancho (Indian Type Foundry).
In 2015, Shiva won the SOTA Catalyst Award.
Stenso Lettering Company
Educator Nan Jay Barchowsky from Aberdeen, MD, designed many fine handwriting fonts. She wrote "BFH, a Manual for Fluent Handwriting" and runs Swansbury Inc. Her connected and didactical fonts are part of a commercial package, BFH. In 2002, John Butler made a connected OpenType version of Barchowsky Fluent Hand. MyFonts sells Barchowsky Dot and Barchowsky Fluent Hand. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Originally from Washington, DC, Taylor is a graphic designer and illustrator. Durinh his studies at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, in 2013, he designed Penrose, an Escher-like optical illusion typeface. Folio is a display typeface from 2012. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at Stevenson University in Washington, DC, Tre Seals (Baltimore, MD) created the Kesura bitmap typeface (2013), the sheared techno typeface Seized (2013), and the free vector format ribbon typeface Unveil (2013). In 2014, Tre Seals designed the vector font Mixed Media.
Trial by Cupcakes
Laura Condouris is a calligrapher, illustrator, and occasional comedienne from Baltimore, Maryland. She offers commercial fonts via Trial By Cupcakes. The first font is the calligraphic Katie Rose (2012). Anna Clara (2013) is a casual connected script with plenty of optional swashes. Quickpen (2014) is a connected script. Freeland is a hand-painted connected brush typeface. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
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. Python scripting guru working mainly 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:
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.
Baltimore, MD-based foundry of Zach Risso (b. 1988), an American novelist who is attended Maryland Institute College of Art for a BFA in graphic design. Risso designed the dot matrix typeface Found Receipt (2008), Schriftbild Grotesk (2008), and the rune typeface Elder Futhark (2008).
Commercial faces at this site: 6x7OCT (I think, it's hard to read: anyway, it's a dot matrix font made in 1997), Blackgold (2000, pixel), Blessed (2001, pixel), Formation (1999, octagonal font), Macil (1999, octagonal), Pakt (1999), Reversion (1999, pixel), Trisect (1998, tri-line font), Ultramagnetic2 (1996), Unfinished (2001, pixel), Unisect (1998). One of the subdivisions is YouWorkForThem. Offices in Baltimore, MD, and Minneapolis, MN. The fonts are all (I think) by Mike Cina. [Google] [More] ⦿
William S. Peterson is a University of Maryland professor, who had some nice pages on modern fine printing, with interesting contributions on George Allen, William Morris, Charles Ricketts, Henry Stevens, Daniel Berkeley Updike, and Emery Walker. Reservocation publishes an interview regarding his book The Well-Made Book (2003, a collection of Daniel Berkeley Updike Essays).
I quote a passage: In the first half of the twentieth century, the best faces were almost always produced by Monotype, but that firm unfortunately fumbled the ball when the era of hot metal came to an end. Monotype's digital versions (and, slightly earlier, the versions for phototypesetting) of its own library of typefaces were often embarrassingly bad: Perpetua, Bembo, Bell, and Centaur, for example - all great Monotype triumphs in the days of letterpress printing - seem to me, now essentially unusable in their present forms. The Monotype faces that still look good in the twenty-first century are mainly ones that were a bit heavy to begin with, such as Poliphilus, Bulmer and Erhardt. [...] Of the faces designed since the digital revolution, my favorites for bookwork are Adobe Caslon, Founder's Caslon, Minion, Galliard, and Miller. [Google] [More] ⦿
You Work For Them (or YWFT; formerly Cinahaus or TrueIsTrue)
Michael Cina (Minneapolis) is the cofounder of WeWorkForThem and YouWorkForThem (in 2002), also known as YWFT. Before that, he ran TrueIsTrue, and before that was partner in Test Pilot Collective (which he left in 2001), and before that he ran Cinahaus. YWFT is located in Baltimore, MD. The creative director is Michael Paul Young.
Cina's fonts include the pixel fonts Caliper (1998), 6x7oct (1998) and BlackGold; the handwriting font Cinahand; Blessed (1999, techno), Cam (1998), CommunityService, Crossover (1998, dot matrix with stars instead of dots), Composite (1998, octagonal), Formation (1999, a big octagonal family), Jute (2004, a masculine, military, sans-serif), Maetl (1999, octagonal, angular family), YWFT Novum (2002: a heavy block font that draws inspiration from a typeface originally used by the Swiss graphic designer Siegfried Odermatt), Pakt, Reversion (1997, squarish), Selector, Selek (1998, pixelish), Service (2001-2002, an octagonal family), YWFT Signature (1998), Trisect (1999, three-lined family), Unisect (1999, organic monoline sans), YWFT Ultramagnetic (1996, a popular rounded gothic typeface family), Ultramagnetic2 (1999), YWFT Ultramagnetic Expanded (2011), Unfinished. Bastard (1998), Kcap6 (with Matt Desmond), Cheese (1998), Novum (2002), Overcross (2002, unfocused letters), Stem (1998), Testacon (with Kral and Desmond, 1999), Praun (2002, pixel faces), OneCross (2002, pixelish stitching family), Estenceler (2004, a great stencil family), Graphium (2004, octagonal Western style family), Expos (2004, graffiti or poster face), YWFT Pixacao (2007, after the Brazilian graffiti style), Vox (2007, monoline sans), Militia Sans (2007, like a Russian constructivist stencil), Jupiter (roman), Militia (2007, heavier stencil), Merc (2007, grunge), Guild (2007), Clarendon Text (2007, a complete revival), Jezebel (2007, script), Ambassador Script (2007, a digital revival of Novarese's typeface by that name), Enam (2002, influenced by Crouwel), Enigmatic Hand (2007), Dusty (2007, a Tuscan-eared Western font), Poplock (2007, experimental), YWFT Pakt (2004, geometric sans), Sudsy (2007), Black Sabbath (2008, ultra black slab serif, by Stefan Kjartansson), YWFT Belle (2008), Agostina (2008), Bitwood (2009, pixelish western face), Mullino (2009), Trithart (2008, grunge by Emma Trithart), Tapscott (2008, in the style of Rennie Mackintosh), Habano (2008, script), Amorinda (signage script), Retron (2008, connected script), MD01 (medical-themed dingbats), Adelaide (script), Centennial Script (calligraphic), Alexia (calligraphic), Ultramagnetic (experimental), Nash (1997, grunge), Amber (kitchen tile), Fab (3d), 6x7 Oct (1998, pixels and dots), Wool (2009, stencil), YWFT Matter (2009, a wide bold grotesque), Merriam (2009, slab serif), Agostina Alternate (2011, with Michael Paul Young and Taechit Jiropaskosol), Ramsey (2012), YWFT Dessau (2013, schizograms and capitals like Bauhaus on drugs), YWFT League (2014, inspired by college football jerseys), YWFT Yoke (poster typeface done with Pintassilgo), YWFT Illuminati (2015, abstract capitals).
House fonts at YWFT by unknown designers: YWFT Knit (2010: knitting patterns), YWFT Motif (2015), Ramsey Condensed (2015), YWFT Whisky (alchemic), YWFT Psychosis, YWFT Filbert (2012), Dogma (2012, alchemic), Attic (spooky poster face, in EPS format), YWFT Yoke (textured all-caps), Riblah (2003, dot matrix), YWFT Fraktur (tattoo face), YWFT Burls (2013, fat poster typeface), YWFT Coltrane (2011, handdrawn poster typeface), YWFT Symplify (2013: haute couture snowflakes).
Zachary Font Page
Kid's writing fonts designed by Edward Leach from Greensboro, MD. These include Adonais (1994, chisel font), McParland and Franks (1994). Here, we find his Cygnet (1994). Leach also made Zachary (1997), Odin (1995, with K. Brubaker) and Marcie (1994, with Marcie Sophir). Fontica carries his font Athletic (1994).
Zehra Batool Sikandar is a recent graduate from The Art Institute of Washington where sheobtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She specializes in illustration, brand identity, typography, layout, package design and print, and lives in Lanham, MD. Behance link. She created the poster typeface Zesana (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿