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Located in Powder Springs, GA, AKOFAType has published the following dingbats with symbology from Ghana: Adinkra Calabash, Adinkra FineFine, Adinkra WantaWanta (2007). The designer is Kwesi A. Amuti (b. East Lansing, MI, 1974). He is working on Steady Rockin (a display face) and Fat Head. In 2013, he published Ehmbeecee, a typeface with frames. In 2014, he made the elliptical sans typeface Cabeza Grossa and the snowflake typeface Flurry.
Graphic designer in Detroit, MI. Designer at FontStruct in 2009 of the extra condensed typeface Vertigo. In 2012, he made Bar Sans, a free headline sans that was inspired by all of the old hand made signage found along Eight Mile Boulevard in Detroit. Good Enough (2012) is a free monospaced programming font. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 Coop Blackletter (2016, a soft blackletter version of Cooper Black), 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).
Marquette, MI-based creator of the thin avant-garde sans typeface Fondant (2012).
Foundry in Ypsilanti, MI. Kadmos, Bosporos (both classical Greek), Czasy, Szwajcarski (Polish), and Demotiki (modern Greek). Nice fonts, 85 US dollars per face. Jeffrey Rusten swears that these are the highest quality fonts for polytonic Greek. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer and illustrator in Grand Rapids, MI, who created the typeface Broken Record (2014), which uses pieces of broken vinyl records as inspiration for the glyphs. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer and typographer in Ferndale, MI. She did some type posters (e.g., on the Arts and Crafts Movement), and some calligraphic work. She also designed some experimental typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Andrew & Emily Beauman
Angelyn Littmann (Studio Gidde, Michigan) created GiddeHand (2011, hand-printed).
Michigan-based creator (b. 1980) of the hand-printed typefaces Boyd Smiles (2016), Almost Infinity (2016), Byron Reccon (2015), Quick as a Bunny (2015), Byron Block (2012), Fuzzy Bat (2012), Flocked 2 (2012) and Flocked 3 (2012). In 2016, she designed the cracked typeface Four Sixteen Sixteen. In 2017, she added the iFontmaker fonts Poorly Taped, Monday Madness, Almost Infinity, and Badly Stamped (white on black).
In 2018, she designed the textured typeface Bleary Days.
Kalamazoo and/or East Lansing, MI-based designers of the tattoo typeface Mancer (2016), the space age / futuristic typeface Wilhelm (2017), and the 1980s-inspired sans headline typeface Barkleigh (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator of Messy Ben (2012, hand-printed) and TBL Vintage (2012, an athletic lettering typeface that replicates the 1992 Tampa Bay Lightning uniform letters and numbers). Home page at Affordable Design Solutions, which is located in Grass Lake, MI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bigelow&Holmes was founded by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. Charles Bigelow (b. 1945, Detroit) is a type designer and teacher, who runs his own studio, Bigelow&Holmes. Bigelow was a colleague of Donald Knuth at Stanford University when Knuth developed his Computer Modern typeface family for TeX. In mid-2006, Bigelow accepted the Melbert B. Cary Distinguished Professorship at Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Print Media. Before that, he taught at Stanford University, Rhode Island School of Design, and other institutions. Typefaces designed by Bigelow:
Based in Jackson, MI, Jay (Jonathan) Mann (b. 1994) created the free poster typeface Yes (2013), the childish hand Justgirlytext (2013), and the fat finger typeface Big Black And Beautiful (2013). Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at the University of Michigan who lives in Clarkston, MI, where she works as a graphic designer at Integrated Marketing Solutions. Creator of Sans Staple (2010), a typeface composed of juxtapositions of staples. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Dearborn Heights, MI, Bruder Graphik specializes in hand-drawn fonts. One of its first products is Graph Paper (2008). Randall Charles Bruder (b. Dearborn, MI) runs Bruder Graphik. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Chad Reichert is the proprietor of spirit3design, a studio specializing in graphic design and typographic endeavors. He received his undergraduate degree in graphic design from Valparaiso University, attended graduate school at the California Institute of Arts and completed his MFA in graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Chad is also an assistant professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He teaches time-based media, typography, visual communications and graphic design history. His fonts: the rounded squarish typeface Nicollet (2003), Tense, Eve Three (text type), Construct, Bandwidth (pixel family), Fancysingle, Nicollet, Stitch (stitching font), Hudson, Palio, Stargazer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lettering teacher in Detroit in the early part of the 20th century. He contributed to art nouveau, and published Strongs Book of Design (1910). In 2010, one of his art nouveau alphabets was faithfully digitized by Ken Ray as Strongs 1917 Sharp. [Google] [More] ⦿
Charles J. Strong (b. 1866, Hunstville, IL) was very influential in the sign and lettering world following the turn of the century. His text Strong's Book of Designs (1910, 1917, 1982) has been reprinted several times. The early editions had wonderful color plates. Strong founded the Detroit School of Lettering along with a mail order supply department. He also wrote Strong's Art of Show Card Writing (1919) and Detroit School of Lettering 1-10 (1905). The latter text consists of ten thin booklets. [Google] [More] ⦿
Counterpoint Type Studio
Established in 2013 by Hollywood, CA-based Jason Walcott (formerly operating as JAW Fonts and as Jukebox Type), b. 1971, Michigan, Counterpoint Type Studio started marketing fonts in that same year. The first batch included India Ink (2013), Raspberry Jam (a delightfully curly vampire script), Profiterole (a feminine pastry shop script), and Califunkia (pure psychedelia), and Domani CP (a faithful digital revival of an old photo-typositing typeface called ITC Didi. Originally designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnese, Domani brings to life a font that has been somewhat neglected by the digital era until now).
In 2014, he added Swashington.
Typefaces from 2016: Schmalfette CP. He writes: SchmalfetteCP is the result of another collaboration between designers Jason Walcott and Rob King. King suggested that Walcott revive this wonderful and somewhat forgotten sans serif typeface from the mid 1950s. Originally designed by Walter Haettenschweiler in 1954, Schmalfette Grotesk was used for many years in the German magazine Twen. The typeface was notoriously hard to acquire at the time and graphic designers in the USA often resorted to cutting letters from the Twen magazines and reusing them in their own designs. Later, when digital type came along several typefaces very similar were created that claimed to be digital revivals of Schmalfette Grotesk. However, they are actually only loosely based on the original. The proportions are different and in some cases a lower case was added. The original font was all caps. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer (b. 1958) in Ann Arbor, MI, who specializes in athletic lettering typefaces. His fonts: Illinois Block (2013), Nebraska (2013), Castle Rock (2013), Illini Spike (2013), Big Ten Block (2014), Michigan 2 (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
American type designer, born in Detroit, who lives in New York City. He designed ITC Kulukundis (1997), and ITC Anna (1991), the Cyrillic version of which was done by Svetlana Yermolayeva, Vladimir Yefimov and Alexander Tarbeev in 1993.
Canton Market (1995) is an oriental simulation font. In 1996, he designed Test. Other early typefaces made by him include Sindbad, Circles, Triangles, and Squares, all geometrical pattern fonts. Chairman of the Type Directors Club, 2002-2003.
In 2010, he created Marquue Faceted and Marquee Solid (which can be layered to make a 3d effect), China Market (oriental simulation), Setsuko, an oriental simulation face, Rilke (an adaptation of the lettering used by Gustav Klimt on his poster for the 1st Vienna Secession exhibition in 1898 and is named for Klimt's contemporary the poet Rainer Maria Rilke: caps only), Tribeca Script, Monograph (as if written with a Speedball B pen), Book Country (crude octagonal folksy face), Bing (art nouveau; Bing poster), HiFi (retro script), Twentieth Century (art deco headline sans), and Safety (1930s style).
In 2012, he created the monoline uprigt connected script typeface Mimosa, which was inspired by the packaging for Moulinard Jeune, a line of French toiletries from the 1920s.
Typefaces from 2013: Forgia (Pelavin writes: Forgia is a result of my fascination with the beauty I find in utilitarian industrial objects like the riveted stanchions in New York subway stations, decorative ironwork in Grand Central terminal and the eloquent construction details of the urban infrastructure of the 19th and early 20th century.) Perhaps the steampunk typeface Rivets (2016) is an outgrowth of Forgia.
Typefaces from 2018: Trilight (trilined typeface).
Typefaces from 2019: Noir et Blanc (a deco poster typeface_.
A graduate of Detroit Lakes Vocational Technical school, Dave has been making signs since 1983. He designs storefronts, dimensional signage, banners and logos at his Faribault, MN-based sign shop. His typefaces at Letterhead Fonts include Anna Banana (2004), LHF Basher (2004, brush style), Blacksmith, Brushwork, Coffee Shop, Divine (2007, blackletter), Flamingo Script, Lakeside, Marie Script (2006), Mister Muster, Mystery Font (2014, art nouveau), Orchard (2007), Packard Script, Piranha Script, Samster Script (2004, a signage face), Signkit Script, Signmaker, Spirit Script, and Stonecutter. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Inventor of the optical reader, b. Milwaukee, 1923, d. San Diego, 2007. Shepard majored in electrical engineering at Cornell and earned a masters degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan. Obituary in the New York Times, from which I quote: Mr. Shepard sketched out the familiar boxy numbers on credit cards, called the Farrington B numeric font, on a cocktail napkin at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, his wife said. The shapes were meant to be as simple and open as possible because gasoline station pump islands were among the earliest places optical character recognition was used; the shapes were meant to minimize the effects of smearing with grease, oil and other substances. The font with a 7 that looks like two sides of a rectangle has persisted even as the numbers have faded from use: the magnetic strip on the cards back now carries the necessary information. [Google] [More] ⦿
David Wise is currently (2013-2014) enrolled as a MFA candidate in 2D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Creator of the geometric sans typeface Peter (2013): A geometric sans-serif inspired equally by Futura, Kabel, and Benjamin Crittion's trendy and ubiquitous typeface Raissonne (see trendlist.org). He also designed Krimhilde (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Bay City, MI. New-York based designer of Quicksilver (1976, Letraset), a neon / glass tube chrome all caps display typeface from the disco era.
He writes: I am Dean Morris, the designer of the typeface "Quicksilver" that came out in 1976 as part of Letraset's Letragraphica range of rub-down fonts, the stylishly aggeressive ones in the yellow pages of the catalog. I named the typeface "Quicksliver" because it looked like bent thermometers - quicksilver being a nickname for mercury (I never meant it to suggest neon), and because "Quicksilver" had some of the cooler letters such as Q, K, E, and R. The name was my second choice, however. Letraset Englishly felt that my first choice, "Polished Sausage", would be "rather unpopular iln foreign markets".
About the genesis, e says: I designed it as a 16 year-old kid in John Glenn High School in Bay City, Michigan, and sent Letraset a xerox of a tight sketch of 3" letters kerned with the heavy outlines slightly overlapping as I originally intended. I drew only the skinny S without an alternate and submitted no punctuation (what did I know?). Letraset must have wanted it real fast (fifties nostalgia and disco were WHITE HOT then, remember), because they did the finished art themselves at 5" high (they can't have known my age, maybe they had no confidence in my technical talent), starting with the E as did I in the design stage. And what a gorgeous rendering job they did in the pre-Mac days of ruling pens, straightedges, and hand-drawn curves (those aren't compass curves)! Letraset stayed very close to my tight sketch, designed the punctuation, and suggested an alternate but wierd wide S, which I approved, figuring there was probably no other decent way to design it. I imagined the punctuation would match the stroke width of the letters but they drew them narrower and slightly oddly, but I figured what the hell. If you wondered, "What was I thinking?" when you looked at the A, B, E, F, K, N, Q, R, and Y, I'll tell you. I was simply trying to describe part of the letter being drawn in the wrong direction. I thought I was so clever. For instance the E cross-stroke goes from right to left rather than from left to right like, oh, any other Roman cap E in history. R and Q diagonals came from waaaaaaaay on the other side, N goes waaaaaaay around the wrong way before starting the diagonal. "Chrome" letters can branch but these "glass tube" letters don't!
And then the seventies ended. Dean: Alas, digitization came along eventually and fontographer technology followed. Crash went sales of rub-down type, and control of artwork was pirated without my knowledge and beyond my control, which I don't condone but I totally understand. The first album cover I saw with Quicksilver was Men At Work's first smash LP, then punk pioneer Stiff Records' logo appeared on 45 rpm labels with a clearly Quicksliver-inspired F. For about ten years I, family, and friends collected food packages, posters, took photos of signs, etc. with Quicksliver from around the world. I think it's about the easiest typeface to mishandle ever. Eventually I stopped trying to keep track of it. Maybe I'm overestimating its popularity now after 30 years (I totally forgot about it for about a decade), but to me seeing it around at all is itself a rave.
Ray Larabie published Tight in 2007 at Typodermic, which is a digital revival of Quicksilver.
Russ Herschler (DragonFang Fonts, Royal Oak, MI; b. 1967) designed Moria Citadel (2002), a grunge font in the style of Stonehenge, an old Formatt Presson font on which it is based. He also made Crom (2007, comic book face). Home page. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Bay City, MI. In 2011, he designed a type family called Swiss Miss.
Echo Foxx Studios
Michigan (was: Los Angeles)-based designer of the outlined hand-crafted typeface Tropikal (2016), the floral caps typeface Rhea (2017), and Into The Wilderness (2017).
Born in Detroit in 1938, Ed Fella is a former commercial artist and professional graphic designer who practiced for 30 years in Detroit. After receiving his MFA from Cranbrook in 1987, he taught in the graduate Graphic Design program at CalArts in Los Angeles for another 30 years. He is currently a Professor Emeritus and continues working on campus in his studio on a wide-ranging series of his own idiosyncratic projects that stubbornly resist categorization although they freely partake in the conventions of typography, photography, illustration and fine art.
Author of Edward Fella: Letters on America, Photographs and Lettering. From the book's blurb: [This book] gives insight into his idiosyncratic world by combining and juxtaposing examples of his unique hand lettering with his photographs of found vernacular lettering.
In 1997 he received the Chrysler Award, and in 1999 he got an Honorary Doctorate from CCS in Detroit. His work is in the National Design Museum and MOMA in New York. Claire Agopia wrote Edward Fella "I am the vernacular" (2007) for her graduation from Ecole Estienne.
Detroit-based designer, b. 1990. Behance link. Her typeface Zeitgeist (2010) was inspired by Bauhaus artwork by German artist Marianne Brandt: simple geometric monoline glyphs, with a few curves thrown in for a minimal amount of warmth. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ypsilanti, MI-based creator of Paper Font (2012, a paper fold typeface), Ridge (2012, a free multiline extension of Paper Font), and a few hand-lettered alphabets. All these typefaces were designed during her studies at Eastern Michigan Univrsity.
Funky Lloyd Wright (2002) is an experimental font based on Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas. Interesting quote by FLW on this page: "Television is bubble gum for the mind". Kristian Walker is Art Director at TaigMartin Advertising&Public Relations, and professor of web design at Southwest Michigan College. His home page is called Eurekaville. Other fonts: Nikolas (2002), Rattled Nerves. No downloads (yet). [Google] [More] ⦿
Fictionalhead (was: Smashmethod)
Fictionalhead is the outfit of Dan Meyer (Michigan, b. 1982), who before that had a web site (now obsolete) called Smashmethod.
His Smashmethod fonts have names that start with SM: SM_contextisM (2003, octagonal), SMPixelism (2005), SM Pianoism (2004), SM Perceptionism (2004), SM ContextisM (2004), SM ReversisM (2003, techno), Sugar Water, Glue, Wide Angle, Mad Flava, SMballerisM (2003, circle dingbats), SMpletzisM, SMshenisM (2003, sans), SMreversisM (2004), SMsuggestivisM (2003, erotic outline font), SMvinylisM (2004), SMscriptisM (2004, handwriting), SMcrystalisM (2004), SMwaterisM (2004), SM_middlisM-Bold (2005), SM_middlisM (2005), SM_obscenisM-Bold (2005), SM_obscenisM (2005), SM_scriptisM (2004), SMbluisM (2003), SMbournisM-Bold (2006), SMbournisM (2006), SMhollyisM (2006), SM_coarsisM (2006), SM_euphorisM (2006), SM_inkisM (2006), SM_ownisM (2006), SM_phantisM (2006), SM_pigisM (2006), SM_recussionisMCaps (2006), SM_recussionisMRegular (2006).
His Fictionalhead fonts have names that start with Fh and are all dated 2007: Fh_Euphoria, Fh_Ink (sketch font), Fh_Letter, Fh_Nicole, Fh_Obscene, Fh_Reverse, Fh_Scribble, Fh_Script, Fh_Space, Fh_Ugly, Fh_Sheena, Fh_Perception, Fh_Owned, Fh_Join, Fh_Holly, Fh_Faith, Fh_Blue, Fh_Annie.
Additions in 2009: Fh Lentil, Fh_Allisa. These are mostly handwritring and techno fonts.
In 2012, he added FH Hyperbole.
Typefaces from 2013: FH Sneaky.
FontHaus (or: DsgnHaus)
Mark A. Solsburg's company, FontHaus (or DsgnHaus), was located in East Fairfield, CT, then in Westport, CT and Norwalk, CT, and now in Chelsea, MI. Established in 1990, it offers a 1200-font collection of original fonts. It briefly became DsgnHaus, then ForDesigners.Com, and then went back to FontHaus. It used to sell typefaces for 2 Rebels, FontHaus, Intellecta, Adobe, FontShop, Alphabets, ITC/Fonttek, Berthold-Adobe, Linotype, Berthold, Lunchbox, Bitstream, Scangraphic, Carter&Cone, T-26, Dennis Ortiz-Lopez, Font Bureau, Elsner&Flake, and so forth. At the end of 2010, it was offering over 75,000 fonts.
On their DsgnHaus Exclusives CD, we find fonts by the following individuals or foundries: Al Brantner, Frank Heine (UORG), Munich Type, Altemus, Franta Storm, Patricking, Ampersand, Galapagos Design, Pepper Tharp, Andrew Smith, Gary Munch, Robert Knopf, Andy Stock, Graphics by Gallo, Robert Petrick, Ann Pomeroy, Haig Bedrosian, Rodrigo Cavazos, Apply Design, Holly Goldsmith, Self Build, Bill Fletcher, Jack Tom, Spiece Graphics, Blue Sky Graphics, Jason Sutton, Swordfish Design, Casey Cheeseman, Jens Gelhlaar, Terminal Design, Christian Scwartz, Joe VanDerBos, Tintin Timen, Circus Design, John Alfonso, Wolfer Type, DsgnHaus, Kayde Fonts, Wolfgang Wagner, Kurt Roscoe, Woodrow Phoenix, Emma Smith, Mark Jamra, Faruk Ulay, Mondrey (Castcraft).
Since 2001, the fonts are available through MyFonts.
Their 155 exclusive fonts, as of 2017: 2 Rebels Un, AlaCarte One, AlaCarte Two, Alert Code, Allan Gothic, Always Twelve, Angry, Aries, Babbio, BadDeni, Bereta, Billes, Boggle, Bonray, Boulbar, Boules, Bristol FH, Bubba Bold, Bubble Bath, Caaarc, Cafe Noir, Carbon, Caslon Antique, Cattawampus, Chew Toy, Chicane, Chuckle Head, Clean Cut, Coeval, Cooper Poster FH, Cro Aloha, Curly Luly, Cuty, DH Sans, DV9, Day Job, Db8 digital, Design, Dieselis, Dieselis Economic, Dinky Dinks, Doublecross, Doubler Script, Doufff, Dynamic, Eternity, Faxsimile, Fleche, Flembo, Flywheel, Frank Gorshin, Fred, Freysk, Gagarin, Garaline, Graphic, Groundlings, Haberdasher, Hanbuhrs, Handex, Hector, Huoncry, Inbetween, Infobahn, Jandoni, Junk, KO, Keynote, Kidy, Knitmap, Krome Domes, LaPlaya, Laser Beam, Laughin, LeScript, LearnedBehavior, LeftBrain, Leticea Bumstead, Lines, Lolo, Luna Martino, Magma, Manesca, Manipulator, Manipule, Manomessa, Manosk, Marcel Duchamp, Mariasfont, Market Place, Marsh Mallow, Menace, Message, Midlaw, MilkShake, Minimex, Modern, Mutation, Nacht, Nameless, Napoleon, Non Linear, Novella, Nuclear Reactor, Nunavik, Outfitters, Ovidius, Pastor, Pep Rally, Perceval, Peripheral, Perles, Phoenix Chunky, Pilgrim, Plastik, Poster Gothic FH, Punch, Quattr occhi, Razzia, RightBrain, Rigolotte, SP Elder, SP Stoned Oldstyle, SP Thais, Saturn, Scratch n Sniff, Scritto Politto Freako, Semi Sans, Shindig, Sinister, Sitcom, Snowslider, Sofa, Solo Sport, South, Sportif, Stadion, Stencil Full, Superman U, Table Manners, Tape, Tata One, Tex Loose, Thin Man, Toxin, Toy Box, Traveler, Troiminut, Tutu One, Vague, Vintage Gothic, Voyou, Wooders, Yisana, Zkumavka.
This foundry, a subsidiary of Dreadful Productions of Royal Oak, MI, made some free horror fonts in 2002: Gorgo, MonsterChild, Dread, Gooey, Lastman, Morgus.
Fritz Swanson lives in Manchester, Michigan with his wife Sara and his children Oscar and Abigail. He teaches at the University of Michigan, where he runs a letterpress studio, The Manchester Press. He is also director of Wolverine Press. Creator in 2011 of a few grunge style typefaces at iFontMaker: Fritz Old Style, 1776, Fritz Roman, Fritz Roman Nova, Special (K). In 2016, he added the hand-crafted typefaces Wolverine, Aldine Lower Case and Talisman Spindler By Hand Open.
Kalamazoo, MI-based designer of some hand-printed typefaces (2012).
Mac McGrew writes: Mission was designed for BB&S by Sidney Gaunt in 1905, but patented by George Oswald Ottley. It is a rather novel face, with long ascenders and short ascenders. Serifs are triangular, like some members of the Latin series. Most noticeable is the way some strokes in the capital letters are joined with curves, especially in the B. Compare Viking. Ottley lived in Detroit at the time. [Google] [More] ⦿
John Litwinowicz (Grayfire Fonts, Royal Oak, MI) designed the futuristic typefaces Blades GF Free (2006), Voya Gui GF (2006), Fireye GF (2006), Fireye GF3 (2007) and Sharps GF (2006). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Great Lakes Lettering
Great Lakes Lettering in Eau Claire, WI, showcases the type designs of Dathan Boardman and (Detroit, Michigan-based) Molly Jacques (formerly Molly Jacques Erickson). They jointly designed the illustrative handwriting font Frosted in 2012.
In 2013, they designed the script typefaces Asterism (Asterism Clean, Asterism Clean Bold and Asterism Monoline in 2015), Kailey Force (signage script in three styles, The Bold, The Brave, The Beautiful), Icing and Saint Agnes.
Typefaces from 2015: Backlash (Molly Jacques Erickson, Dathan Boardman: the next step in gonzo splatter lettering scripts).
Typefaces from 2018: Bon Voyage (based on the handwriting of Taryn Sutherland of Twinkle and Toast).
Mark Solsburg's outfit located in Westport, CT. Before GroupType, Solsburg worked at ITC, which he left in 1989 to start FontHaus. Later he started TypoBrand and Grosse Pointe Group LLC. Solsburg headed the Type Directors Club for a few years. He is presently located in Ann Arbor, MI. He is President / CEO of DsgnHaus (1989-present), and partner in TypoBrand LLC (2004-present), a specialized typographic consulting firm founded by type designer, Mark van Bronkhorst; former type designer for Adobe, Linnea Lundquist, and Mark Solsburg. It seems that the FontHaus collection is now being marketed under the Group Type label at MyFonts. Group Type does technology consultation in the field of providing software and type typeface fonts for designers, publishers and typographers, related to the selection, purchase and use of design software and type typeface fonts for use in graphic, industrial, interactive and communications design. They specialize in revivals. Their fonts include
Design student in Grand Rapids, MI, 2014-2015. FontStructor who made the free modular typeface Geo Sans (2014), which was inspired by Bebas Neue. Bebas Neue and Futura inspired another geometric sans, Equal (2014, free download). Isaac also designed Ultra (2014, five dollar download), Maddac (2014) and the vertical and horizontal-lined Fold (2014, free download).
In 2015, he designed the crippled typeface Glitched.
Jason Anthony Walcott
Jason Anthony Walcott
Jason Anthony Walcott
JAW Fonts (Jukebox Type)
JAW Fonts (and before that, JAW Arts Fonts, and Jukebox Type) was founded by Jason Walcott (b. Trenton, MI, 1971) from Hollywood, CA. Jason grew up in New Jersey, and now resides in Southern California. He graduated from Kean College of New Jersey (now Kean University) in 1997 with a BFA in illustration. JAW Fonts features many elegant calligraphic and comic book style typefaces. JAW Fonts ceased operation in 2003 and Jason reintroduced his collection of fonts in a revised form under the new name of Jukebox Type.
The original list of typefaces includes Acroterion JF (2002, formal script), Adage Script JF (2002, formal script), Alpengeist, Andantino (2003), AnnabelleJF (2002, a formal script), Baileywick Curly, Baileywick Festive, Baileywick Gothic, Baileywick Happy Grams (star dingbats), Baroque Text JF (2003, a great Fraktur font based on a hand-lettered alphabet drawn by Ross George), Boxer Script, Bronson Gothic, Buena Park (2001, Victorian vintage type influenced by Clarendon), Cathexis (2010, a heavy poster font), Cavetto, CharadeJF (2001, informal script), Debonair, Fairy Tale, Fanfare (2004, a bouncy serif family), Fenway Park, Friki Tiki, Geometric Soul (2004, an art deco all caps face), Gypsy Switch, Holiday Times, Hucklebuck (2003, upright connected signage face), Jeffriana, John Andrew JF, KonTiki (a family published in 2002 containing Aloha, Enchantment, Hula, Kona, Lanai, Lounge and Trader), Lady Fair, Luxury Royale (2003), Manual Script JF (2002), Martini (2004, a brush script), Mary Helen, Opulence JF (2002, formal script font), Peregroy, Periwinkle (2006), Cabernet (2006, frilly didone), Polynesian (2004, Hawaiian-look typeface that could also pass for an oriental simulation face), Primrose JF (2002, formal script), Rambler Script, Randolph, Retro Repro (2002, based on a script by Jerry Mullen from 1953), Saharan, Scriptorama (Hostess, Markdown and Tradeshow), Shirley Script JF (2003), Southland, Spaulding Sans, Stanzie, Stella Ann (2005), Stephanie Marie JF (2003), Tamarillo (2005), TwisterJF (2003), Valentina Joy, Varsity Script, Viceroy, Walcott Gothic (Fountain, Hollywood and Sunset), Groovin (2005, Umbrella Type), Wonderboy. The fonts of this West Hollywood, CA-based foundry can be bought at MyFonts.com. In 2003, he started Jukebox Type and started offering his fonts at Veer. In October 2003, Veer acquired Jukebox Type outright.
In 2005, they added Rootin Tootin (Western style), Dulcimer (soft script), Block Party, Dandelion, Marmalade (idyllic script).
In 2006, he created Jukebox Bookman, a 6-weight family, and the brush script typeface Stephanie Marie.
In 2007, he added Hellenic Wide (after a 19th century ATF font), GiggleScript JF, Savoir Faire (after a handlettered slogan in 1940 for Chesterfield cigarettes), Lollipop.
2008 additions: Hogwash (paintbrush face), Antiquities Technobaby.
2009 additions: Cynthia June (calligraphic).
Counterpoint Type Studio was established by Walcott in 2013. In 2013, Jason designed the psychedelic typeface Califunkia and the calligraphic script typeface Profiterole. Domani CP (2013, CounterPoint)) is a faithful digital revival of an old photo-typositing typeface called ITC Didi. Originally designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnese, Domani brings to life a font that has been somewhat neglected by the digital era until now.
This is the list of fonts sold by MyFonts in 2015. It is just a subset of the fonts made by Walcott:
Detroit-based designer and calligrapher. Designer of ITC Isbell (1980-1981) together with Dick Isbell. Jerry has worked for over 50 years in Detroit, where he designed the lettering for Cadillac. An anecdote from Susan Skarsgard: At one point, Jerry saw an ad from Signature Software for having a font made out of one's handwriting for about 99 dollars. Jerry sent in his "sample", and he received his font in the mail. Some time later, he noticed his own beautiful handwriting in a national ad campaign for Buick, and realized that Signature Software must have done something underhanded. Soooo, lucky Jerry cashed in from Buick. That font is now called Camelot.
Jim Leszczynski (Mount Pleasant, MI) is pursuing a BFA in graphic design at Central Michigan University. Creator of Ministry (2011, Lost Type), a typeface for antique cars, phone numbers and anything deemed timeless. [Google] [More] ⦿
Joe C. VanDerBos
Freelance designer in Traverse City, MI, who created a graffiti style caps typeface in 2012 called Alphadek.
Midland, MI-based graphic designer. He is working on this blackletter face (2006), this simple architectural sans face (2006) and this blackletter face (2006). Home page. Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jordyn Alison Designs
Known as Jordyn Carmien and later as Jordyn Griffin. Bay City, MI-based designer of the brush script typeface Lovely Letters (2017) and the hand-crafted typeface Full of Wonder (2020).. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Michigan-based FontStructor who created these typefaces in 2009: Haus der Kunst (dot matrix), Epic Cubed, Dominoes, DigiClock Solid, Identity, Braille, Morse Code, House MD, Stedelijk (pixel face), Mojo (+Raised, + Inlay: piano key typefaces), Epic Sphered, the military stencil look family Goshawk, Razz, Razzle Dazzle, Tic Tax (pixel), Invasion. He made these fonts in 2010: Goshawk-Military-Inverse (stencil face), Goshawk-Military (stencil face), Ring Around, Ethereal, Oracle (pixel face), Diva.
In 2011, he made or updated Fairytale, Goshawk (athletic lettering), Groovy, Goshawk Military Stencil, Goshawk Inverse, Dirty Deeds (blackletter based on the AC/DC logo), Razz, Razzle Dazzle, Orbis (circle and arc face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Michigan, Josh Levi moved to New York City in 2005. He worked briefly at the Benetton Group's communication's research center in Treviso, Italy, and served as a designer and art director for Colors Magazine. In 2011-2012, during his studies at type@Cooper in New York, he designed the strong text typeface Denali. [Google] [More] ⦿
This is the new foundry of Hollywood, CA-based Jason Walcott, who formerly ran JAW Fonts, Jukebox Type, and Counterpoint Type Studio. JAW Fonts ceased operation in 2003 and Jason reintroduced his collection of fonts in a revised form under the new name of Jukebox Type. Established in 2015, Jukebox Collection started out with these typefaces, which are mainly remastered and recycled typefaces from JAW Fonts and Jukebox Type with original designs going back to the period 2001-2007, roughly spaeking:
Kady was born in Detroit, Michigan, and still lives there. In 2011, she was pursuing an undergraduate BFA in graphic design at Central Michigan University with a concentration in printmaking. Kady Jesko made a 1960s retro typeface called Airplane (2011, Lost Type) and the slab serif typeface Chicago Neue (2014).
Designer of the great free slab serif typeface family Ansley Display (2015), which was designed for use in headlines and large displays, and seems to have evolved from Chicago Neue. It includes a collegiate lettering style as well. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kelsey grew up in Detroit and Minneapolis. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Graduate of the TDi program at the University of Reading, UK, 2017. He is on the faculty at VCU. Elder is the sole owner of a small type foundry called Lowered Case, which he uses as a platform to publish typefaces that investigate how de-skilled landscapes attribute to (and define) senses of community identity. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kwesi A. Amuti
Larson Mirek Design (or: LMD)
Robert Mirek of Lathrup Village, MI, designed the dingbat Totem Forms (2005), available from MyFonts. The dingbats refer to their Native American style art work. Robert Mirek is partner of Larson Mirek Design (LMD), a small design studio located in the metro-Detroit area. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Grand Rapids, MI-based interaction designer and photographer. Behance link. He created Stringbean (2009, FontStruct), a hairline condensed sans. As iFontMaker, he created the hairline hand-printed typeface Outy Thin (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
German-born letterer (b. Penzig, 1936) who lives in Michigan. Font Bureau writes: Richard Lipton designed the Hoffmann family from letters drawn and then cut out of paper as free-standing forms by contemporary Michigan lettering artist Lothar Hoffmann. Lipton follows creative development of contemporary lettering forms closely, searching for ideas that will yield type series. He digitized Hoffmann with Font Bureau in 1993, preparing four full weights, each supported by an expert set, plus a titling face. MyFonts also credits him with Goudy Handtooled at Bitstream, but I do not know the extent of his contribution to that digitization.
From Dr. Deshpande at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, a series of PostScript and truetype fonts for Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit: "The Nagari "Madhushree" font works for Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi. "Mandakini" works for Sanskrit and Hindi, and can do all the dotted letters used to transcribe Urdu sounds. The Roman diacritics font, "Manjushree-CSX," follows the CSX coding, but has a lot more diacritics. The print quality of the Devanagari fonts approximates the typography of Nirnayasagara press." [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at Eastern Michigan University, Manasee Savarkar (Farmington Hills, MI) created the avant-garde caps typeface Manasee (2013) and the wide techno typeface Auto Showroom (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Mark A. Solsburg
Typefaces designed by Sheldon (b. Michigan, 1984) include Slab Sheriff (2009), Western, Kerosene Boxley (2009, a multiline art deco revival of a Solotype font; some say that it is based on a pair of 1972 alphabets by Marcia Loeb called Zig Zag and Rainbow), Kerosene Woodtype (2009), Kerosene Retroface, Kerosene Stereo (2009, revival of an Italian typeface from 1869), Kerosene Killowatt, White Wolf (2009, condensed horror movie face).
Typefaces designed in 2011: Quimby (Copperplate Gothic style titling face), Black Bear (2011, straight-edged display family), Swifty (2011), Grizzly Bear (a set of 12 constructivist titling typefaces), Detroit (a modular family for superpositions), Prismatic (another superimposable multi-purpose family), Duotone (2011, Duotone is a layered font system that allows one to title two-tone headlines), Volcano Gothic (+Inline), Volcano Island (jungle look family), Lightyears. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Matthew Walsh (Grand Rapids, MI) createds several display typefaces in 2013, sich as Crucible Sans, Crucible Serif, Huxtable, Hawking, Casualschmoe Script and Cancilla Bold. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Matthew Butterick (b. 1970, Michigan) grew up in New Hampshire. He got his B.A. degree from Harvard University in visual&environmental studies, also studying mathematics and letterpress printing. His work is in the permanent collection of the Houghton Library at Harvard. Butterick started his design career at the Font Bureau as a typeface designer and engineer. At the beginning of the Internet era, he moved to San Francisco and founded website design and engineering company Atomic Vision. Atomic Vision was later acquired by open-source software developer Red Hat. More recently, Butterick got a law degree from UCLA and has been practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles, Butterick Law Corporation. He operates a web site called Typography for Lawyers and another one called Butterick's Practical Typography.
In 2010, he published Typography for Lawyers. MyFonts link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Bureau link. He has some great one-liners, such as The only good Copperplate is a dead Copperplate. Matthew Butterick's creations:
Media Wrench Type
Traverse City, MI-based designer of Hung Up (2017), Lazy Sunday (2017), Grow Up (2017), Unprepared (2017, a hand-crafted blackboard bold font) and I Need Coffee (2017, a hand-crafted typeface). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Merrie Moore Designs
Kim Miller (Merrie Moore Designs, Westland, MI) created these typefaces in 2017: Fairytale (hand-crafted), Calypso, Fireside (hand-crafted), Onaway (weathered all caps font), Buxom (a plump brush font), Nicolet (hand-crafted). Creative Market link. Newest Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mia Cinelli is a designer. She has a BFA from Northern Michigan University (2011), and did her her graduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Currently, she is a Professor of Digital Media and Design in University of Kentucky's School of Art and Visual Studies studios in Lexington, KY. Mia created the connected script typeface Fayette (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer from Garden City, MI, b. 1980. Creator of the futuristic font Intentional (2003) [see also here] and the oriental simulation font Marts (2003) [see also Samurai (2003)]. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mike Beens is a graphic designer specializing in hand lettering and identity design. Mentored by Lothar Hoffman, Jerry Campbell and Dick Isbell, Mike worked in Belleville, MI, for 25 years under the name Case Studio, Inc., and taught lettering and typography for fourteen years.
While based in Southfield, MI, Mike won in the Chartpak Designer Velvet Touch Transfer Lettering Typeface Competition in 1988 for Muirfield Book.
Michael James Prewitt
Michael Prewitt (was: the Font Drawer)
Michael Prewitt is based in Lincoln Park, MI. Michael Prewitt's MichaelsDingbats and Sema (Christian symbols) were both shareware fonts from the late 1990s, and his place on the web was then called The Font Drawer. He also made Bits and Pieces around then. In 2009, he went commercial. His first commercial font was the gothic Attica (2009). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Michael Vokits (Michigan State University; based in Mt. Pleasant, MI) created Drunken Calligrapher (2001), as well as A Lurker's First Face (2005, serif face). In 2018, he was working on revivals of Goudy typefaces: his revivals are called Gouda Roman and Gouda Italic. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Misti Hammers (b. 1990, Saint Ignace, MI) created the fat finger typefaces Darlin Pop (a Valentine's Day font family), Shooting Stars (curly font), We Are In Love, Northern Lights, and MiffinsHandwriting in 2013.
Misti, who lives in Texas now, also started Misti's Fonts.
Michael Nÿkamp (MKN Design, Grand Rapids, MI) is a designer and illustrator born and raised in Ontario Canada. He won an award in 2014 at the Communication Arts 4th Typography Competition: 2014 for the Dutch Mafia font (a tattoo font) and icon set (2013). Michael writes: The Dutch Mafia font and icon set was born from my experiences growing up in a Dutch immigrant family in a predominately Dutch community in Ontario, Canada. The letterforms and symbols recall the unique traditions and images of my childhood, including delft pottery, Sinterklaas, oliebollen, wooden shoes, and mini windmills sitting out on front lawns as garden ornaments. He also made a set of bicycle icons (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Molly Jacques Erickson
Mortal Turtle Foundry (or: Einzig Design)
Graduate of Taylor University (1978), Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (1987) and Goddard College (2007). He was art director at Paramount Pictures ((1988-1996), and taught art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2001-2007) and Siena Heights University (2007-2018). Based in Tecumseh, MI (was: Lake Zurich, Illinois), Conlon set up Mortal Turtle Foundry where he was selling fonts for about 5USD a shot.
Hi typefaces include Dodgenburn, EinzigSans, EinzigSerif, Einzine, Etched, Notchenarow, RogersTypewriter (1999), Rubberstamp, Scraping, Scratchy (1994), SloppyInk (1999), Sponged, Stratenarow. Sloppy Ink and RogersTypewriter are great old typewriter fonts. Web site for his art. Linkedin link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ann Arbor, MI-based designer of several custom typefaces in 2017, including the logotype Einfini Technologies, as well as Kombu Gothic Sans, Tondue Ornamental, Atlas Geometric and Dolce Terminal Sans. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font seller and typographical services in Detroit. This page lists all PostScript fonts available at this bureau. They coincide roughly with the Adobe list. Beebe's list of their 2065 fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Paul Hayden Duensing
Paul Shaw (b. Ann Arbor, MI, 1954) is a calligrapher, type historian, writer and typographer working in New York City, where he runs Paul Shaw/Letter Design, and teaches calligraphy and typography at Parsons School of Design; and history of graphic design and history of type at the School of Visual Arts. He has created custom lettering and logos for many companies, including Avon, Lord&Taylor, Rolex, Clairol and Estée Lauder. In 2012 Shaw was appointed editor in chief of Codex magazine.
On Ocober 15, 2018, he was attacked in New York City and severly injured. There is a GoFundMe site to help him pay his extensive medical bills.
Designer of the Kolo LP art nouveau family (with Garrett Boge) in 1996 at Letterperfect Design. He was inspired by the lettering of Koloman Moser, Gustav Klimt, Alfred Roller, and other members of the Secession, Vienna's turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau movement, in the design of Kolo. Garrett Boge and Paul Shaw made the fun handwriting font Bermuda LP in 1996. At LetterPerfect (which he started with Garrett Boge in 1996), he co-designed Kolo (1996), Tomboy, Beata, Donatello, Ghiberti, Pietra, Pontif (roman capitals), Cresci (roman capitals), Old Claude LP and Uppsala LP (1998) with Garrett Boge. At Agfa/Monotype, you can buy his calligraphic fonts Göteborg LP (1998), Stockholm LP (1998, with Garrett Boge), and Uppsala.
At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the revival of the roman capital in the 15th century, and lettering in fascist Italy. At ATypI 2017 in Montreal, he spoke on the evolution of Dwiggins's Electra. Paul Shaw has been honored with the 2019 SOTA Typography Award.
Pyotr Makarov (Ann Arbor, MI) designed Future S (2012).
Southfield, MI-based company founded in 1991 by John Colletti. The 150-strong collection of their fonts was created in 1992, a few years after the Bitstream/Corel collection. Their web page stated: Founded in 1991 as a digital type foundry and developer of leading font management software tools for Windows, QualiType Software has been a pioneer in Windows font management technology with their FontHandler software and the patented QualiType Font Sentry system for Automatic Font Management. In 2000, the company entered into an agreement with Extensis Group at CreativePro.com, which grants Extensis the exclusive rights to market and develop future versions of QualiType FontHandler. This was a de facto takeover.
In 2009, Colletti agreed to let me host the collection for free download. The Qualitype font package from 1992 was rejuvenated in 2009 and repackaged with OpenType versions.
For those interested in lists and encyclopedic information: the font names are QTAbbie, QTAgateType-Bold, QTAgateType-Italic, QTAgateType, QTAncientOlive-Bold, QTAncientOlive, QTAntiquePost, QTArabian, QTArnieB, QTArtiston, QTAtchen, QTAvanti-Italic, QTAvanti, QTBasker-Bold, QTBasker-Italic, QTBasker, QTBeckman, QTBengal-Bold, QTBengal, QTBlackForest, QTBlimpo, QTBodini-Bold, QTBodini-Italic, QTBodini, QTBodiniPoster-Italic, QTBodiniPoster, QTBookmann-Bold, QTBookmann-BoldItalic, QTBookmann-Italic, QTBookmann, QTBoulevard, QTBrushStroke, QTCaligulatype, QTCanaithtype, QTCascadetype, QTCaslan-Bold, QTCaslan-BoldItalic, QTCaslan-Italic, QTCaslan, QTCaslanOpen, QTCasual, QTChanceryType-Bold, QTChanceryType-Italic, QTChanceryType, QTChicagoland, QTClaytablet, QTCloisteredMonk, QTCoronation, QTDeuce, QTDingBits, QTDoghaus, QTDoghausHeavy, QTDoghausLight, QTDublinIrish, QTEraType-Bold, QTEraType, QTEurotype-Bold, QTEurotype, QTFloraline-Bold, QTFloraline, QTFlorencia, QTFraktur, QTFrank, QTFrankHeavy, QTFrizQuad-Bold, QTFrizQuad, QTFuture-Italic, QTFuture, QTFuturePoster, QTGaromand-Bold, QTGaromand-BoldItalic, QTGaromand-Italic, QTGaromand, QTGhoulFace, QTGraphLite, QTGraveure-Bold, QTGraveure, QTGreece, QTHandwriting, QTHeidelbergType, QTHelvet-Black, QTHelvet-BoldOutline, QTHelvetCnd-Black, QTHelvetCnd-Light, QTHelvetCnd, QTHoboken, QTHowardType, QTHowardTypeFat, QTImpromptu, QTJupiter, QTKooper-Italic, QTKooper, QTKorrin-Italic, QTKorrin, QTKung-Fu, QTLautrecType, QTLetterGoth-Bold, QTLetterGoth-BoldItalic, QTLetterGoth-Italic, QTLetterGoth, QTLinoscroll, QTLinostroke, QTLondonScroll, QTMagicMarker, QTMerryScript, QTMilitary, QTOKCorral-Cnd, QTOKCorral-Ext, QTOKCorral, QTOldGoudy-Bold, QTOldGoudy-Italic, QTOldGoudy, QTOptimum-Bold, QTOptimum-BoldItalic, QTOptimum-Italic, QTOptimum, QTPalatine-Bold, QTPalatine-Italic, QTPalatine, QTPandora, QTParisFrance, QTPeignoir-Lite, QTPeignoir, QTPiltdown, QTPristine-Bold, QTPristine-BoldItalic, QTPristine-Italic, QTPristine, QTRobotic2000, QTSanDiego, QTSchoolCentury-Bold, QTSchoolCentury-BoldItalic, QTSchoolCentury-Italic, QTSchoolCentury, QTSlogantype, QTSnowCaps, QTStoryTimeCaps, QTTechtone-Bold, QTTechtone-BoldItalic, QTTechtone-Italic, QTTechtone, QTTheatre, QTTimeOutline, QTTumbleweed, QTUSA-Uncial, QTVagaRound-Bold, QTVagaRound, QTWeise-Bold, QTWeise-Italic, QTWeise, QTWestEnd. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based at Northern Michigan University, R. Krohn created a gothic architecture and stained glass typeface called NMU Gothic Architecture (2011, FontStruct). Never mind that there are no Gothic cathedrals in Michigan. [Google] [More] ⦿
Randall Charles Bruder
Nick Polifroni (Remedy 667) is an American illustrator and designer, b. 1980, who lived in Belleville, MI, and Portland, ME. Creator of the scratchy font Orange Book (2007), the sans typefaces Asymek (2011) and Glasket (2011), the grungy Fueled by Schlitz (2011), the grungy Boxpot (2011), and the display typeface Absender (2011).
Born in Kingsville, Canada, in 1924, to American parents, Richard Isbell moved to the States with his family when he was three years old, settling in Detroit, Michigan. Between 1936 and 1943 he took special art classes for gifted students at Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1943 he joined the US Marines. He served in Australia, and later the South Pacific. In 1945, upon discharge, he returned to Detroit and worked for General Motors in the graphic illustration department. He joined New Center Studios in 1947 as a lettering and design artist. Owned by Art Greenwald, an ex-lettering artist, New Center Studios was to be his home for nine years. In 1955, he saw the first use of his alphabets for Mercury and Pontiac cars. Together with a group from New Center Studios, he formed Art Group Studios in 1956. He spent four years there, designing for automotive clients. In 1960, he became graphic director at Headliners International, designing various Oldsmobile advertisements. He continued to design for the automotive industry, becoming a member of the General Motors design staff in 1965 and designing the Chevrolet signature. Between 1976 and 1988 he taught lettering and design at the Center for Creative Studies, as well as at the School of Art and Design, Detroit. Isbell died in 2009 in Detroit.
Isbell did typefaces for both ATF and ITC:
Kalamazoo, MI-based designer, who, during her studies at Western Michigan University, created the modular wood block typeface Switch (2016). Her system breaks down letterpress forms into their components, and reattaches pieces using various color codes. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Grand Rapids, MI-based designer of the sans typeface Ratio (2013), the hand-printed typeface Abigail Sans (2015), the slab seriof Honor Display (2016), and the squarish Atletica Display (2016).
Traverse City, MI-based graphic designer and photographer, who studies at Grand Valley State University. She made some helpful type posters that illustrate typeface classification. A | B | C | D | E. [Google] [More] ⦿
Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Printing graduate who lived in California and in Holland, MI, and now resides in Louisville, Colorado. He was a disciple of Chuck Bigelow and Kris Holmes. MyFonts page on him. In 1990, he started work at Monotype in Palo Alto to create the Windows truetype core fonts Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New. He stayed with Monotype and then Agfa/Monotype until 2003 (when he was probably fired, but that is only an unreliable guess), directing type development from the design office in Palo Alto, CA. Bio at Agfa/Monotype. He has directed branding projects such as Agilent Technology's corporate sans serif and Microsoft's corporate font family 'Segoe'. At the same time, he was involved in producing bitmaps and outline fonts for cell phones and TV set top environments. He has worked extensively designing Greek, Cyrllic, Thai, Hebrew and Arabic alphabets to satisfy the requirements of customers such as IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Sun and Sybase. In 2004, he co-founded Ascender Corporation in Northbrook, IL, where he remained Type Design Director until Ascender was bought by Monotype, where he now heads the type design team (12 people in all, as of 2013).
Grand Rapids, MI-based graphic designer. Terrance worked as a graphic designer for the university book store while earning a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design from Grand Valley State University in 2008. After graduation, he joined Ascender Corporation where he worked closely with Steve Matteson.
His typefaces include TW Geo Slab (2007), Dux (2007, ornamental Victorian type), Wingman (2006, handwriting) and Weinzierl Slab (2006, see also here). He joined Ascender and created there the stencil blackletter typeface Stenblak (2010), informal script typeface Rebus Script (2009, with Steve Matteson) and Romany (2009), a non-connecting script which was originally designed by A.R. Bosco and released by American Type Founders in 1934.
In 2012, he created Feldman Engraver and JMC Engraver.
Fonts from 2015: Kairos (Monotype: an octagonal typeface based on 19th century Grecian wood type). In 2015, Monotype set out to remaster, expand and revitalize Eric Gill's body of work, with more weights, more characters and more languages to meet a wide range of design requirements. As part of that project, Terrance Weinzierl designed Joanna Sans Nova (2015: sixteen fonts, loosely based on Gill's slab serif, Joanna, so technically, this is not a Gill revival, but a Gill extension. A well-balanced family with a medium-to-large x-height. But the italic g is disturbing).
Fonts from 2016: Terry Junior Basic (free), Kairos Sans (which accompanies his 2015 typeface Kairos; both cover Latin and Greek). The octagonal typeface Kairos Sans became Monotype's first variable font---it is free at GitHub. Also in 2016, he added some Greek, Cyrillic, weights and widths to Kobayashi's Eurostile Next, for a grand total of 50 styles in this popular Linotype font family.
Pizza Press (2013) won an award at TDC 2014.
In 2017, Jeong-Sook Lee, John Pompa, Terrance Weinzierl and the Monotype team won a Red Dot award for the 72-style typeface family 72 designed for SAP Fiori.
Fonts from 2018: Terry Junior (Monotype; a brush script perhaps with uses for children's books).
Typefaces from 2019: Monarda (Monotype), Terrance Weinzierl's take on the loud and splashy brush scripts of the 1950s.
The Private Press and Type foundry
Paul Hayden Duensing (1928-2006) was a typographer and type designer who ran The Private Press and Type foundry, in Vicksburg, MI. Designer of Sans Descender, Chancery Italic (1966), Rustica Sixteenth Century Roman, Quadrata II, Janson Open (experimental), Van Krimpen Open Capitals (numerals only; designed by Will Reuter and cut by Duensing), Octavian Caps, Unciala, and Dartmouth (designed by Will Carter, cut by Duensing). In 1990, he published a gorgeously hand-set booklet entitled "Deutsche Druckschriften", in which he says: "The present portfolio attempts no campaign for Fraktur; rather it makes only a quiet appeal for consideration of a great, if neglected, calligraphic typeface." The blackletter types shown there are, I presume, made by him: Heinzemann No99M, Heinzemann No100M, Dürer No.256, Wallau, Jessen, Kasseler No. 40 Teutonic Text, Theuerdank No. 392, Wilhelm-Klingspor-Schrift, Blücher No. 387 and Koch Initials. He was a generous man, who in the last year of his life donated his typefounding machines, matrices and effects to young people.
Mac McGrew explains Andromaque's genesis: Andromaque is a cursive form of uncial letter, mixing Greek forms of aeklmnstz with Roman forms of the other letters, yet retaining legibility and harmony. The original size was cut by Victor Hammer and cast in France. The 14-point size was begun by Hammer, but left unfinished at his death. The font was completed by his long-time friend, R. Hunter Middleton, in the early 1980s, and cast by Paul H. Duensing. Paul Baker did a digital version of Andromaque in 1995.
Michigan-based designer of the grunge typefaces tommytxtey#4 (2011), Couriertxt (2011), and Uknowjack (2011), and of Stickfig (2011) and Buttlint (2011, old typewriter face). Zooky Zooky (2011) and Heatstroke (2011) are grunge dymo label typefaces. Twriter and Writers Block (2011) are more old typewriter typefaces. Writer Line (2011), No Sense (2011), Alpha Teen (2011) and SqSerif (2011) are grungy dymo label typefaces.
In 2012, we discover Thomas Canale The Sequel at Saginaw Valley State University [what is the relation with Thomas Canale?]. And also this second Dafont link. The "Sequel" created the spiky hand-printed typeface Outback (2012). Canale designed Chunky Munky (2012, angular almost dadaist style), Chunky Munky Serif, Slug Bug (2012), Noir (2012), Baby Moons (2012, old typewriter font), Cropfont (2012, +Serif, +Xtra, +Expanded), Boxey Moron (2012, white on black), Funky Dunky (2013), HoDad (2013), Bitchen Nord (2013), Bitchen (2013), Hodad Warped One (2013), Dibble Nibble (2013, sketch font), and Dubble Trubble (2013, old typewriter face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer from Detroit, MI. Creator (b. 1938) of Nevison Casual Script (1965, VGC), which now exists in many digital forms: Nevison Casual (URW++), Nevison Casual (Linotype), Nevison Casual EF (Elsner+Flake), Casual Pro (SoftMaker), Nevison Casual SB (Scangraphic Digital Type Collection), Nevison Casual SH (Scangraphic Digital Type Collection). Some call the typeface Nevision.
Thomas Kaeding started his own foundry in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2011. Typefaces made in 2012 include Ollie Wollie (a true geometric monoline family), Sarcasticity (stencil), Undergrad (athletic lettering; +Exscribed), Moon Type (Moon Type is modelled after Dr. Moon's original poster. He developed this embossed writing system to help those who have lost their sight later in life, and so are familiar with the shapes of English letters. Moon writing is still used, and you can find books written with it), Lycian Monolith, Kaeding Braille, New York Point (Braille face), Masonic Code, Felt-Tip Futhark, the avant-garde monoline geometric family Yesterday, and the Broadway-style all caps art deco family Roaring 20s. Angl (2012) is a thorough exploration of the possibilities of hexagonal type design. Squiddles (2012) is a fun display face. Personal Manifesto (2012) is a holographic typeface for giving your anonymous letters to the government that personal touch that shows you care.
Typefaces from 2014: Beauty Salon (rounded monoline art deco face: This font will not make you more attractive to the opposite sex, Thomas warns), Wire Type Mono (old typewriter typeface). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Timothy Speaker was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in English Literature and Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches graphic and type design at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tubbs Mfg Co
American wood type manufacturer. The company, located in Luddington, MI, started in 1903 when Charles Tubbs (of Tubbs and Co. in South Windham, CT) died. It was sold to Hamilton in 1918.
Antique Extended (1900, Tubbs) is a version of the 1838 font by George Nesbitt. Dick Pape's AWT Tubbs Modified Gothic XX Cond (2013) is a revival of a design by Tubbs. Valjean (Dan X. Solo) is based on wood type by Solo. [Google] [More] ⦿
James Grieshaber earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Based first in Rochester, NY, and then in Chicago, IL, and then again in Rochester, Grieshaber ran Typeco, a typographic services and solutions company established in 2002. James Grieshaber (b. Detroit, 1967) most recently was on staff of P22 Type Foundry, where he designed many type families and helped establish International House of Fonts. He has been honoured with an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic (2004, blend of blackletter and English style), and by TypeArt'05 (for Operina Cyrillic). Designer and Co-editor of the Indie Fonts book series, Grieshaber now teaches typography at RIT and runs Typeco. MyFonts sells his fonts now. YouWorkForThem sells the Super Duty family (stencil), Glyphic Neue, the Trapper families, Chunk Feeder, Gothic Gothic and Cusp. Identifont page. FontShop link. Behance link. Details on some of his typefaces:
Ayse Ulay of Ulay&Ulay (Detroit, MI) designed DF Diversions (1994, Letraset), a dingbat font that is in the Letraset, ITC and Corel collections. Other fonts in the Ulay&Ulay collection: UU Borges Labyrinthe (ancient dingbats), UU Borges (alphabet), UU Circulus, UU Critters (animal dingbats), UU Cubitus (dice), UU Morel, UU Quadratus, UU Resonus, UU Scriba, UU Sumeria (Sumerian letters), UU Triquetrus. Most fonts are geometric drawings with mathematical undertones.
A guide to Unicode-based fonts and script projects that are ideal for free/libre/open source (FLOSS) operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD. Maintained by Ed Trager, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Under Pan-Unicode fonts, he lists in 2005:
A selective guide to Unicode-based fonts and script projects that are ideal for free/libre/open source (FLOSS) operating systems like GNU/Linux and FreeBSD. News about open source font projects. Managed by Ed Trager, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not updated since 2007. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vander Font (was: Joe VanDerBos Type foundry)
Joe VanDerBos (ex-VanDerBos Type foundry, now Vander Font) is the designer in Sonoma, CA, of Retrofit (1995), available from DsgnHaus, and of the scratchy font CandyKitchen, available from MyFonts. He also made Beachbuoy (2003), Charminette (2003, fifties lettering) and Ovallique (2004, a Dom Casual retrofitted elliptical seventies TV-era typeface).
Joe VanDerBos has worked as an illustrator and designer for 15 years in Austin, Chicago, San Francisco. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University, and resides in Sonoma County, California. His business provides web development, illustration, custom typography and animation to clients in the technology, financial services, travel and publishing industries. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Wild Edge (was: The Refinery)
Wild Edge (was: The Refinery) is a type foundry and brand identity shop based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They published Clarika Office (2020), Clarika Pro (2020) and Clarika (2017). This large sans family comes in two subfamilies, Clarika Grotesque and Clarika Geometric. Microsite.
Student at southwestern Michigan College. Dowagiac, MI-based creator of several beautiful type classification posters, showing the differences between the Lineale subfamilies Grotesque, Neo-Grotesque, and Geometric. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI-based Zac Freeland designed the gas pipe typeface Effecto (2013) and the free squarish modular typeface Cornerstone (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Zachary Mazur's foundry in Macomb, MI. He created Cosmic Sans (2012), an unfortunate name because a font by that name was made in 2008 by Aaron Spaulding at Open Font Library and has been reported on my pages since that date. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿