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[Cover page of The ColdType Reader, May 2010 issue. Photo: Bruce Griffin]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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17 Dandi

Studio in Ypsilanti, MI. They created custom typefaces such as Jam Space (2014, brush style) and Molly may (2014, modular display face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aaron Carambula

A Kalamazoo, MI-based designer working on Fractured Six (2004), a blackletter bitmap face. Examples of typographic posters done at Friends of Type in 2010: Ah, Clef, poster.

In 2012, while studing at Type@Cooper under Jesse Ragan, he published the beautiful angular typeface Marais. Site dedicated to Marais. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aisha Scott
[Reel Hood]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

AKOFAType
[Kwesi A. Amuti]

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.

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

Alex Bergin

Graphic designer in Detroit, MI. Designer at FontStruct in 2009 of the extra condensed face 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 Chopjian

During his studies in Farmington Hills, MI, Alex Chopjian created the free techno typeface Miami (2013).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Jacque

Alex Jacque (b. 1986, Virginia) is a designer and developer based in Baltimore, MD. He studied at the University of Michigan School of Art&Design and was locatedat that time in Ann Arbour, MI.

Creator of 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).

Behance link. Klingspor link. MyFonts foundry link. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alex Sheldon
[Match&Kerosene]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Paolella

Grand Rapids, MI-based designer of the hand-printed typeface Love Letters (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alicia Cox

Alicia Cox (Detroit, MI) created the squarish modular typeface Wicked (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alina Tredeau

East Lansing, MI-based graphic designer who created a typeface in 2010. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allison Supron

Marquette, MI-based creator of the thin avant-garde sans face Fondant (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allotype Typographics

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]  ⦿

Amanda Northrop

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]  ⦿

Amanda Olson

Ann Arbor, MI-based creator of Kodomo Moji (2010, a kana children's font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Chopp

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]  ⦿

Andrea Scafasci

Ann Arbor, MI-based creator of the hand-printed ball terminal poster face Birch Cane Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Boyle

Saginaw, MI-based creator (b. 1989) of the grungy dymo label face Sensitivity (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angela Wolak

Kalamazoo, MI-based designer who is working on Vox (2004), a speech-based typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angelyn Littmann

Angelyn Littmann (Studio Gidde, Michigan) created GiddeHand (2011, hand-printed).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Dorsey

Allendale, MI-based student at Grand valley State University. Designer of the architectural typeface Damn Bad (2014) [at least, I think that is the name of the typeface]. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Gustafson

Michigan-based creator (b. 1980) of the hand-printed typefaces Byron Block (2012), Fuzzy Bat (2012), Flocked 2 (2012) and Flocked 3 (2012).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

April Warner

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). In 2012, she created the free typeface Duckie. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arielle Wells

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). American designer of Timeportal (2011), created while studying at SVSU. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Schmidt

Creator of Messy Ben (2012, hand-printed) and TBL Vintage (2012, an athletic lettering face 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]  ⦿

Ben Vandelinder

Graphic designer in Grosse Pointe, MI. Creator of these unfonted alphabets: Buttery Noodles (2010, comic book style), Fun With Paper (2010). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bethany Phipps

Caro, MI-based creator of the grungy dymo label face Night Out (2011) and the grungy typeface Funky Olive (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bianca Iacopelli

During her graphic design studies at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Bianca Iacopelli (Sterling Heights, MI) created a few typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bigelow&Holmes
[Charles Bigelow]

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 Danolad 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. Typefaces designed by Bigelow:

  • The Lucida family (1985) is used in several scientific publications such as Scientific American. Its iorigins go back to Computer Modern. I find it more appropriate for screens than paper, but that is just a personal view. The Lucida family contains LucidaConsole (1993), LucidaSansTypewriter (1991), LucidaFax, LucidaCalligraphy, LucidaBright, Lucida Blackletter (1991, a bastarda) and Lucida Handwriting. It has been recently expanded to comply with the Unicode Standard, and includes non-Latin scripts such as Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic and Hebrew. Charles Bigelow created the font families Lucida Math (with Kris Holmes, 1993), Lucida Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985), Lucida Typewriter Sans (with Kris Holmes, 1985) and Lucida Serif (with Kris Holmes, 1993). The paper by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes, The design of a Unicode font (Electronic Publishing, 1993, pp.289-305), explains the design issues such as letter heights, readability studies, and typeface designs for readers versus non-readers of the various scripts.
  • Syntax Phonetic.
  • Leviathan (1979).
  • Apple Chicago (1991), Apple Geneva (1991).
  • Microsoft Wingdings (1992).
Ascender link. Wikipedia link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Font Squirrel link. Ascender link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brain Fonts
[Jonathan Mann]

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]  ⦿

Brand Labs
[Kevin Skinner]

Company in Rochester, MI. Fontspace link. Creators of the 3d beveled face Wednesday Matinee Shadow (2010). Dafont link. The designer is possibly Kevin Skinner. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandi Violetta

Marquette, Michigan-based creator (b. Italy) of the spurred typeface Storico (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Falk

Graphic designer in Sterling Heights, MI, who created the sci-fi typeface Solarfields in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Jacob
[Jacob Type]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brianna Broderick

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]  ⦿

Bruder Graphik
[Randall Charles Bruder]

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]  ⦿

Buey Okyan

Detroit-based designer. He created Tsalagi (2009), a font for Cherokee, but based on the constructivist shapes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Candice Onodi

Graphic designer. College for Creative Studies Detroit graduate. His face Chipper (2011) is based on the form of chocolate chips. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cecelia Bethuy

Graphic designer in Ferndale, MI, who created the sci-fi font Funky Space Robot (2014, FontStruct) during her studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chad Eagle

During his studies, Chad Eagle (Mount Pleasant, MI) designed the ghoulish typeface Frightning Font (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chad Reichert

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 face Nicollet (2003), Tense, Eve Three (text type), Construct, Bandwidth (pixel family), Fancysingle, Nicollet, Stitch (stitching font), Hudson, Palio, Stargazer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Bigelow
[Bigelow&Holmes]

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Charles J. Strong

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 Tubbs
[Tubbs Mfg Co]

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Chelsea Borchardt

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). Creator of the dymo label grunge face Jukebox (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chelsea Chick

Graduate of Eastern Michigan University. During her graphic design studies, she created Barton (2013), a font that is based on the architecture in Barton Hills, Ann Arbor, MI. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christie

Michigan-based creator of the free brush face Flare (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claire Dossin

During her graphic design studies, Claire Dossin (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI) created an untitled hand-printed typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Counterpoint Type Studio
[Jason Anthony Walcott]

Established in 2013 by Hollywood, CA-based Jason Walcott (JAW Fonts, 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 face 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. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dale Geyer III

Bay City, MI-based designer of the hand-printed outline font Shrimp (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dan Meyer
[Fictionalhead (was: Smashmethod)]

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Daniel Heikkinen

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). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Pelavin

American type designer, born in Detroit, who lives in New York City. 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 2009, he designed the 1940s art deco face Bokar.

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 2011, he added Tiki (a pair of Hawaiian faces), Salty Dog.

In 2012, he created the monoline uprigt connected script face 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.)

Behance link. MyFonts link. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Danielle Gravelle

Danielle Gravelle (Milford, MI) designed an arts and crafts logo for Vienna Café in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Danielle Hagye

During her studies, Danielle Hagye (Muskegon, MI) created the typeface Zebra Print (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

David H. Shepard

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 Shankin

During his studies in Grand Rapids, MI, David Shankin created the arts and crafts typeface A Baby's Finger (2014), which is isnspired by the Glasgow School of Art. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Washington

Ypsilanti, MI-based creator of the painted typeface Artsie (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Woodward

Ypsilanti, MI-based creator of Indie Comic (2014, hand-printed). David was born in Woodhaven, MI, and studied at Eastern Michigan University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dean Morris

Born in Bay City, MI. New-York based designer of Quicksilver (1976, Letraset), a neon / glass tube chrome all caps display face 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.

Dean Morris's photo stream at Flickr. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Detroit Type Foundry

Extinct type foundry, which published a Specimen Book in 1951. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dogpaw Type Foundry

Detroit based type foundry. Dead? [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominique Capers

Detroit, MI-based designer of a Barack Obama poster (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

DragonFang Fonts
[Russ Herschler]

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]  ⦿

Dustin Maciag

Graphic designer in Bay City, MI. In 2011, he designed a type family called Swiss Miss.

In 2012, that was followed by the tall condensed font Vega, and the architectural / mechanical typeface Hans Bellmer.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ed Trager
[Unifont.org]

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e-dragon

Allen from Wyandotte, MI, b. 1966, designed E-Dragon's Font (2004). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Fella

Born in Detroit, 1938. A teacher of graphic design at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, he designed Out West on a 15 degree Ellipse in 1993. He published FellaParts (dingbats) and OutWest in 1993 at Emigre. He wrote 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.

Ed Fella poster by Guadalupe Sanchez (2013). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emily F

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). In 2012, she created the free dymo label typeface family Goonberry and the hairline typeface Demure Fleur.

Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emily Johnston

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]  ⦿

Erika Noel Mackley

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.

Check Erika Noel Design. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erin Myers

Detroit, MI-based designer of the experimental multilayered typeface Lightyear (2012). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eurekaville
[Kristian Walker]

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)
[Dan Meyer]

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.

Devian tart link. Home page. Dafont link. Another Dafont link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frances Jimenez

Michigan-based designer (b. 1961) of the scribbly typeface Childhood (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Freaky Font Foundry (Dreadful Productions)

This foundry, a subsidiary of Dreadful Productions of Royal Oak, MI, made some free horror fonts in 2002: Gorgo, MonsterChild, Dread, Gooey, Lastman, Morgus.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fritz Garner Swanson

Fritz lives in Manchester, Michigan with his wife Sara and his children Oscar and Abigail. He teaches at the University of Michigan, and he runs a letterpress studio, The Manchester Press. Creator in 2011 of a few grunge style faces at iFontMaker: Fritz Old Style, 1776, Fritz Roman, Fritz Roman Nova, Special (K). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Furocious Studios
[Kep Jekura]

Kep Jekura, an artist from Michigan, designed furocious_fuzzy (2007), Furocious_TN (2007, grunge) and Furocious Wild (2007). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Galen Lockwood

Kalamazoo, MI-based designer of some hand-printed typefaces (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Garamond poster

A 2013 Garamond poster by Paul Amore (Macomb, MI). [Google] [More]  ⦿

George Oswald Ottley

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]  ⦿

Grayfire Fonts
[John Litwinowicz]

John Litwinowicz (Grayfire Fonts, Royal Oak, MI) designed the futuristic faces Blades GF Free (2006), Voya Gui GF (2006), Fireye GF (2006), Fireye GF3 (2007) and Sharps GF (2006). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Group Type
[Mark Solsburg]

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 face fonts for designers, publishers and typographers, related to the selection, purchase and use of design software and type face fonts for use in graphic, industrial, interactive and communications design. They specialize in revivals. Their fonts include

View the Group Type typeface libary. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Isaac Taracks

Design student in Grand Rapids, MI. 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 Maddac (2014) and the vertical and horizontal-lined Fold (2014, free download).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacob Type
[Brian Jacob]

Brian Jacob (Detroit, MI) created the illustrative alphabet Fox Type (2012), for which he used Futura as a basis. Cellar Barrel (2012) is a humanist slab typeface. Boulevard Nights (2012) is a heavy squarish face with copperplate terminals. Brian Jacob created various sets of numerals for a school project at College for Creative Studies called Zeitgeist Numerals (2012).

His commercial foundry, Jacob Type, was established in 2012 and is located in Texas.

In 2013, he published the modular squarish typeface Wavering Nights and the semi-condensed sans typeface Perfect Fall. Four Foxes (2013) is a quartet of typefaces derived from wood, glass, metal, and paper.

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

Jacquie Aquino

Walled Lake, MI-based creator of Devine (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Grieshaber
[Typeco.com]

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James Yager

Bay City, MI-based designer at Saginaw Valley State University (b. 1973) of Building Bloc (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Anthony Walcott
[JAW Fonts (Jukebox Type)]

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Jason Anthony Walcott
[Counterpoint Type Studio]

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JAW Fonts (Jukebox Type)
[Jason Anthony Walcott]

JAW Fonts (and before that, JAW Arts Fonts, and Jukebox Type) was created 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 fonts, many comic book style faces. His bestsellers at MyFonts. 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, 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 face 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 face 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).

Typefaces from 2010: Eloquent (a didone in the style of Pistilli).

Counterpoint Type Studio was established by Walcott in 2013. In 2013, Jason designed the psychedelic typeface Califunkia and the calligraphic script face Profiterole. Domani CP (2013, CounterPoint)) is a faithful digital revival of an old photo-typositing face 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.

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

Jennifer Barrett

Graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Still based in Detroit, she created the cross-stitch inspired typeface Betty (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeremy Moran

Graphic designer in Marquette, MI. Hemade the display typeface Don't Count Your Chickens (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jerry Campbell

Detroit-based designer and calligrapher. Designer of ITC Isbell (1981, with Richard Isbell; see here). Jerry has worked for over 50 years in Detroit, where he designed the lettering for Cadillac, and co-designed the ITC Isbell font. 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."

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

Jessica Kelly

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). Designer of Scribble Scratch (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jim Leszczynski

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
[Vander Font (was: Joe VanDerBos Typefoundry)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Joe Huber

Graphic Design student studying at University Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts. Creator of the elegant display typeface Morse (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Colletti
[QualiType]

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John Jarosz

Freelance designer in Traverse City, MI, who created a graffiti style caps typeface in 2012 called Alphadek.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Litwinowicz
[Grayfire Fonts]

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Jonathan Gene Ullery-Smith

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]  ⦿

Jonathan Mann
[Brain Fonts]

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Jose Garza

Aka TWLV27, Jose Garza is based in Lincoln Park, MI. In 2013, Jose created the free display typeface Mecca.

Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Josh Hejka

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 faces), 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]  ⦿

Julie Sheeran

Student at Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids, MI-based designer of Crescent Sans (2013) and a poster typeface (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julie Weber

Julie Weber is a graphic designer educated at Eastern Michigan University. She created the monoline architectural caps face Handwritten (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kady Jesko

Detroit, MI-based designer of the slab serif typeface Chicago Neue (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kady Jesko

Kady was born in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate BFA in graphic design at Central Michigan University with a concentration in printmaking. Kady Jesko made a 1960s retro face called Airplane (2011, Lost Type). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kaitlyn Filipp

East Lansing, MI-based designer of a hand-printed typeface in 2013, during her studies at Michigan State University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katelyn Heins

Grand Rapids, MI-based creator of Hello Seattle (2013, an informal display sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katelyn Heins

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). In 2012, she created the free typefaces Spring Script and Hello Seattle.

Skyje link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kathryn Nowicki

Graphic designer in Grand Rapids, MI, who created the monoline deco typeface Vogue (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kegan Rivers

Mount Pleasant, MI-based design student at Central Michigan University. Creator of the shadowed typeface Tiro (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Keith Woods

Graphic designer from Detroit, MI, who created Fresh Vinyl Typeface (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kenneth King

Ann Arbor, MI-based graphic and interaction designer. He created Torture Dingbats in 2009. Useful for op-ed pieces about the war crimes trial of Cheney and Bush. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kep Jekura
[Furocious Studios]

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Kevin Skinner
[Brand Labs]

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Kris Kopek

Graphic designer in Ann Arbor, MI, who created the ornamental caps typeface Derive (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristen Mosher

Clarkston, MI-based designer. In 2011, she made the themed typeface Scissors. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kristian Walker
[Eurekaville]

[More]  ⦿

Kwesi A. Amuti
[AKOFAType]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Larson Mirek Design (or: LMD)
[Robert Mirek]

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]  ⦿

Levi Beach

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 face Outy Thin (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lothar Hoffmann

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.

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Madhav Deshpande

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]  ⦿

Manasee Savarkar

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]  ⦿

Marc Scaturro

Grand Rapids, MI-based designer of the sans typeface Ratio (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marie Brown

During her graphic design studies in Grand Rapids, MI, Marie Brown created the fun display typeface Cirque (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marius Indrei

Graphic designer at McCann Erickson in Detroit, MI. He created SF Block (2010), an ultra fat blocky face. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mark Solsburg
[Group Type]

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Match&Kerosene
[Alex Sheldon]

Match&Kerosene is Alex Sheldon's Detroit-based graphic design and typographic illustration company, est. 2008.

Klingspor link. Behance link.

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 face 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 faces), 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]  ⦿

Matt Roman

Art director in Detroit, MI. He created the beautifully curved display typeface Gumdrop (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Badyna

Grand Rapids, MI-based designer of the modular condensed sans typeface Eden (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Butterick

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.

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:

  • Agitprop: in the FUSE 12 collection.
  • Wessex (1993): A family published at Font Bureau in 1993. Font Bureau writes: Initially conceived by Matthew Butterick as a Bulmer revival, Wessex took on characteristics of Baskerville&Caledonia as design proceeded. In 1938, W.A. Dwiggins had taken the hard necessities of the non-kerning line-caster italic duplexed onto the same widths as roman, and turned them into design virtues. Inspired by the surprising beauty of his wide-bodied Caledonia italic, Butterick used it as a model for Wessex.
  • Hermes (1995, 2010, Font Bureau). Blurb at Font Bureau: Schriftguss and Wollmer called it Hermes; Berthold called it Block. Hermann Hoffmann's 1908 design inspired FB Hermes, which evokes the German grotesks that were workhorses of factory printing 100 years ago. Blunt corners suggest the wear and tear of rough presswork. Matthew Butterick created the original styles in 1995. In 2010, he added more weights, italics, and alternate glyphs to expand the family's versatility.
  • HeraldGothic (1993, Font Bureau). A condensed typeface with bevelled, or octagonal, corners.
  • Chunk.
  • Alix FB (2011, Font Bureau). A monospaced family based on two IBM selectric typewriter face, Prestige Elite and Light Italic.
  • Equity (2011) is a readable text family, based on Ehrhardt.
  • Berlin Sans (1994). Font Bureau: Berlin Sans is based on a brilliant alphabet from the late twenties, originally released by Bauer with the name Negro, the very first sans that Lucian Bernhard ever designed. Assisted by Matthew Butterick, David Berlow expanded this single font into a series of four weights.
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Matthew Garin

Multimedia specialist in Detroit. He created the sans display face Audax (2013) for 2d and 3d work. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matthew Walsh

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]  ⦿

Media Wrench Type
[Sean Tejaratchi]

All the fonts at this outfit were created by Sean Tejaratchi of Craphound Magazine. Shut down in April 1999. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Megan Atsoff

During her studies in Shelby, MI, Megan Atsoff created the modular typeface family Machine (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Megan Marsac

Graphic designer in Ypsilanti, MI, who created the modular typeface Molly May in 2013 using FontStruct. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mia Cinelli

Mia Cinelli is a designer. She has a BFA from Northern Michigan University (2011), and is currently a second-year graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Mia created the connected script typeface Fayette (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Allen Olejarczyk

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]  ⦿

Michael James Prewitt
[Michael Prewitt (was: the Font Drawer)]

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Michael Nÿkamp
[MKN Design]

[More]  ⦿

Michael Prewitt (was: the Font Drawer)
[Michael James Prewitt]

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 Rasmussen

Student at Northern Michigan University. FontStructor who made Dimensional (2011), a 3d-face with a hexagonal design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Vokits

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). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miffin Fonts
[Misti Hammers]

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.

Mist, who lives in Texas now, also started Misti's Fonts.

Dafont link. Other URL. Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike Beens

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.

Designer of the sturdy text and large omnibus text family P22 Mackinac (2011). Images: i, ii, iii, iv. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Miranda Miller

During her studies at Michigan State University, Miranda Miller (Lansing, MI) created an unnamed hairline typeface (2013) that with large counters and an open personality. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Misti Hammers
[Miffin Fonts]

[More]  ⦿

Mitchell Cooper

During his studies, Mitchell Cooper (Rochester Hills, MI) created the vintage hand-drawn New World Alphabet (2014), which has several new glyphs. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

M.J. Bailey

M.J. Bailey (GD Fonts) is a student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). In 2011, he created the grungy hand-printed faces Loose Ends and Sea Turtle. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MKN Design
[Michael Nÿkamp]

MKN Design (Michael Nÿkamp, Grand Rapids, MI) 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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Natalie

Michigan-based designer of the handprinting font Led2112 (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nate Springstead

Marquette, MI-based graduate of NMU who created the ornamental caps typeface Fleas in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicholas Furmanski

Graphic designer in Dearborn Heights, MI, who created the art nouveau face Centric (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Green

Detroit, MI-based designer of the pixel typeface Niku (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Nortier

Grand Rapids. MI-based designer of the hand-printed typeface Norteaa Tall Hand (2013). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Polifroni
[Remedy 667]

[More]  ⦿

Nicolas Denolle

Creator of these typefaces in 2012: Julian (soft display face), Jacques (multilined, and related to the paperclip typefaces), and Detroit (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

North American Graphics Fonts (or: Nagtype)

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 Shaw

Paul Shaw (b. Ann Arbor, MI, 1954) is a calligrapher and typographer working in New York City, where he runs Paul Shaw/Letter Design. He has created custom lettering and logos for many companies, including Avon, Lord&Taylor, Rolex, Clairol and Estée Lauder. Shaw has taught calligraphy and typography at New York's Parsons the New School for Design for more than a decade. He teaches the history of type at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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.

Coauthor with Peter Bain of Blackletter: Type and National Identity (1998). At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the revival of the roman capital in the 15th century, and lettering in fascist Italy.

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

Prakash Nair

Troy, MI-based designer of the sans face Runyan (2006), part of his thesis in his College (the College for Creative Studies). He designed Hamsa (2006). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pyotr Makarov

Pyotr Makarov (Ann Arbor, MI) designed Future S (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

QualiType
[John Colletti]

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.

Downloads:

In addition, we have the same fonts as above with the original (shorter, Windows DOS 8.3) file names: truetype, opentype, type 1.

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]  ⦿

R. Krohn

Based at Northern Michigan University, R. Krohn created a gothic architecture and stained glass face called NMU Gothic Architecture (2011, FontStruct). Never mind that there are no Gothic cathedrals in Michigan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachel Smith

During her studies at College for Creative Studies, Rachel Smith (Detroit, MI) created Deco Detroit (2014), an all caps sans typeface family. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ramesh Kushwaha

Designer at the University of Michigan of Vernmala, a Hindi typeface (all formats). At one point, in the early 1990s, he was associated with Medcom in Ypsilanti, MI. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Randall Charles Bruder
[Bruder Graphik]

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Raquel Scoggin

During her studies in Detroit, MI, Raquel Scoggin created The Friendliest Typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Reel Hood
[Aisha Scott]

Aisha Scott (Reel Hood, Detroit, MI) is an American type designer. Aisha's first commercial typeface is the playing card face Giglio Rosso (2011). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Remedy 667
[Nick Polifroni]

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

Rhoda McVitt

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). Designer of Kate (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richard Isbell

Detroit-based designer, illustrator and letterer active in the automobile industry, who has worked with both ATF and ITC. Creator of Americana (1967), who did a lot of work for the auto industry. Americana, a display face with huge x-height and short serifs, was the last type cut in metal by the ATF in 1967. Digital versions of Americana include Freedom (Autologic), Flareserif 721 (Bitstream), American Classic (Compugraphic), AM (Itek), Colonial (Varityper), Almeria (Softmaker) and Amherst (Corel). He also made ITC Isbell (1981, now available at Bitstream [as Revival 821] and Elsner&Flake; see Iceberg on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, 2002, and Isabell at FontSite). Linotype link. FontShop link. . [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Robert Mirek
[Larson Mirek Design (or: LMD)]

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Russ Herschler
[DragonFang Fonts]

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Ryan Cady

Graphic designer in Detroit, who created the dot matrix face Astroboy (2010, or is it called Digit All One?). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ryann Shaffer

Student at Saginaw Valley State University (MI). In 2012, he created the free tapered hand-printed typeface Tyrant Kings and the Peignotian typeface The Outsiders.

FontM link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Salvador Samano

Detroit-based designer of Body (2011), a typeface that was inspired by the human body. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Samantha Schroeder

Ann Arbor, MI-based graphic designer who created the elegant high-legged serif face Lofty (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Samantha Sutton

Samantha Sutton (Sutton Fonts, Michigan) designed the free fonts Ballroom Waltz (2012, calligraphic) and High Octane (2012, a museum font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarah Brockett

Sarah Brockett (Macomb, MI) created a rope font called Spurred (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sean Tejaratchi
[Media Wrench Type]

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Shealyn McGee

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]  ⦿

Stencil Type: Detroit April 2003

A workshop run by Underware in Detroit on stencil type, with a lot of information on the design of such typefaces. An ad hoc typeface was made called Chopshop. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephanie Cubel

During his graphic design studies in Grand Rapids, MI, Stephanie Cubel designed a 3d typeface (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steve Matteson

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).

CBC interview in 2012. Fontspace link. FontShop link. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he spoke on typefaces for Android OS.

His typefaces:

  • Amanda.
  • Andale Mono: Andalé Mono (also known as Andale Mono, Monotype.com) is a monospace sans-serif typeface designed for terminal emulation and software development environments. It was originally created by Monotype. Andalé Mono was first distributed as an Internet Explorer 4.0 add-on under the name Monotype.com. In version 1.25 of the font, it was renamed to Andale Mono, distributed with Internet Explorer 5. It is often used by programmers, and is bundled with Mac OS X.
  • Andy, his first face, a design based on a friend's lefty handwriting. Published at Agfa's Creative Alliance.
  • Arimo (2010). A free sans family at Google Code that is metrically compatible with Arial.
  • Ascender Sans Mono (2004-2008), metrically compatible with Courier New. Ascender Serif (2005, 4 styles) is metrically compatible with Times New Roman.
  • Ascender Uni Duo is a fixed-width comprehensive Unicode-compatible font available with support for the Unicode Standard. Ascender Uni Duo is a 39MB TrueType font with approximately 53,000 glyphs. The Latin and related glyphs (designed by Steve Matteson) are Sans Serif, with Gothic ideographs drawn in Japanese style, and complementary styles for other scripts. There are also versions of Ascender Uni that provide localized support for Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. OpenType layout support is included for Arabic (initial, medial, final, isolate, and required ligature forms, as well as basic mark positioning), and vertical writing for CJK locales (consisting mostly of Latin, symbol, punctuation, and kana glyph variants). Character Set: Latin-1, WGL Pan-European (Eastern Europe, Cyrillic, Greek and Turkish), Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Arabic. Ashley Crawford.
  • Ayita (2006, Ascender), a decorative sans family co-designed with Jim Ford.
  • Bertham Pro (2009), 4 styles including Open, after Goudy's Bertham.
  • Blueprint (1993).
  • Chicory (2006, Ascender), a calligraphic script face.
  • Cousine (2010). A free family at Google Code that is metrically compatible with Courier New. See also OFL.
  • Creepy (Ascender Corporation): a Halloween font designed with Carl Crossgrove.
  • Curlz MT. Done with Carl Crossgrove in 1995, based on wrought iron on chairs.
  • Droid Sans, Droid Sans Mono and Droid Serif Pro: a font family designed in 2006-2007 by Steve Matteson at Ascender for Google's Android project, mobile phone software for handsets. Free download at CTAN.
  • Dujour (2005, Ascender Corporation): an art deco revival of the 1930's typeface Independant by Joan Collette and Jos Dufour for Plantin. Compare with the free Independant by Apostrophic Labs.
  • Endurance Pro (2009): neo-grotesque sans.
  • Facade Condensed.
  • Fineprint, a design loosely based on his own penmanship ("on a good day"). Another Creative Alliance face.
  • Friar Pro (2009): Friar Pro is a revival of Frederic W. Goudy's "Friar" typeface. Goudy described this typeface design as a 'typographic solecism' as it combines a lowercase of half-uncial forms from the 4th through 7th centuries with an uppercase of square capitals from the 4th century. Friar was originally designed in 1937 and used to print a Christmas keepsake produced by Goudy and printer Howard Coggeshall. The fire that burned Goudy's studio in 1939 destroyed the drawings and matrices before many metal fonts were cast. Of all that was lost in the fire, Goudy once said he missed Friar the most.
  • Gill Floriated Caps.
  • Goudy Fleurons (2010).
  • Goudy Ornate (2002). Unsure if Matteson made this or Carl Crossgrove.
  • Kennerley. Based on Goudy's Kennerley family.
  • Kootenay (2006, Ascender), a sans family.
  • LeBeau: signage font.
  • Liberation Mono, Sans and Serif (2007-2009, Ascender). A set of free open source fonts done for Red Hat Inc.
  • Lindsey Pro (2006, Ascender): a cursive script based on his niece's hand.
  • Louisville Script (2008): Ordinary handwriting.
  • Massif Pro (2006-2011, Ascender).
  • Mayberry (2008, ascender): a 14-font sans family with extremely large x-height and strange proportions. Mayberry semibold is free.
  • McZee, a Microsoft symbols font.
  • Miramonte (2006). A geometric sans.
  • Open Sans. A free family.
  • Overpass (2011). A free open source sans font created for Red Hat Inc that emulates the typeface used by the US Highway system.
  • Newstyle. Based on Goudy's 1920 face, Newstyle.
  • Pericles Pro (2005): An Ascender face based on the work of Robert Foster who created the original for American Type Founders in 1934), a 433-glyph OpenType font for Greek simulation or stone cut looks.
  • Pescadero Pro (2005): a serif face.
  • Rockwell Team (Ascender): an athletic lettering face.
  • Rebus Script (2009): done with Terry Weinzierl.
  • Scooter Script (2009, Ascender): comic book style face.
  • Segoe (2009, Ascender) and Segoe Mono (2012, Ascender: with Jim Ford) and Segoe TV (1997-2004, done for MSNTV).
  • Tinos (2010). A free serif family at Google Code, metrically compatible with Times New Roman.
  • Titanium (2006), an organic font. Titanium Motors (2012) is a techno font.
  • Truesdell, a revival and extension of the "lost" Goudy types cut in 1931. Also at Creative Alliance. Also includes Truesdell Sorts.
  • Tucker Script (2009, Ascender): ordinary handwriting face.
  • Twentieth Century Poster (2002), an art deco display font straight from the late 1920s.
  • Verdorgia (2010): an ugly duckling.

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

Susan Skarsgard

Noted calligrapher, who works at General Motors Design Center in Warren, Michigan, where she is Lead Product Designer and Lettering Specialist. Picture. MyFonts page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Terrance Weinzierl

Grand Rapids, MI-based graphic designer. iTerrance 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 face Stenblak (2010), informal script face 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.

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Thomas Canale

Michigan-based designer of the grunge faces 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 faces. Twriter and Writers Block (2011) are more old typewriter faces. Writer Line (2011), No Sense (2011), Alpha Teen (2011) and SqSerif (2011) are grungy dymo label faces.

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]  ⦿

Thomas Kaeding

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

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]  ⦿

Tracey Howell

During her studies in Allendale, MI, Tracey Howell created the modular typeface Babe (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tubbs Mfg Co
[Charles Tubbs]

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. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typeco.com
[James Grieshaber]

James Grieshaber earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Based first in Rochester, NY, and now in Chicago, IL, 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 faces:

  • Gothic Gothic (2001), an extended blackletter codesigned with Christina Torre. In 2004, he received an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic type design.
  • The Glyphic Neue display family was inspired by the Op Art style of lettering in the United States that ran rampant in many photo type houses in the 1960's and 1970's---I like to call it the "piano key style".
  • Chunkfeeder (2002) is a beautiful monospaced octagonal OCR-like family.
  • Cypher (2003, an LED/LCD family) has 24 weights. Of these, Cypher7 is free.
  • Duty (2002) is a sans face codesigned at T26 with Lee Fasciani.
  • The stencil family Super Duty (2004) has 8 variations. There are also techno variant called Superduty Condensed, Superduty Regular, Superduty Narrow and Superduty Text.
  • Cusp (2001-2005): a techno display family with 18 weights, including an LED style, art deco styles and Cusp De Stijl.
  • Trapper (2004) is an 8-weight exaggerated ink trap font family which comes in Trapper Round and Trapper Sharp versions.
  • Zaftig (2008, Typeco) is a super-fat face.
  • P22 Operina (2003, in Romano, Corsivo and Fiore versions) is based on Vicentino Ludovico degli Arrighi's calligraphy used in his 1522 instructional lettering book La Operina da Imparare di scrivere littera Cancellarescha. This book contains what is considered to be the earliest printed examples of Chancery Cursive. P22 Operina won an award at TypeArt 05. Operina Pro contains over 1200 glyphs. In 2010, Paulo Heitlinger compared P22 Operina favorably to another digital chancery font, Poetica (by Robert Slimbach, Adobe), which, according to him [and I agree], lacks vigor and dynamism.
  • P22 Posada (2003, with Richard Kegler): based on lettering of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913) that was used for some of his posters and broadsides.
  • P22 Arts and Crafts Tall (1995, art nouveau), P22 Arts and Crafts Hunter (1995). Both based on alphabets by Dard Hunter, 1908-1910.
  • P22 Art Deco Chic (2002), based on the Art Deco hand lettering of Samuel Welo, ca. 1930. P22 Art Deco Display (2002) is a Broadway style face.
  • Churchy (2002).
  • He offered (offers?) a handwriting font service for 100 USD. Free trial face Reenie Beanie (2002). Signature font service for 50 USD. Reenie Beanie (2002) is now offered (as a joke, I assume) as part of the Google open font directory (for free web fonts).
  • P22 Garamouche (2004, with Richard Kegler). Comes with Garamouche Ornaments (2004).
  • Segoe Print (2006, Monotype Imaging). [Isn't this Googlee's competition?] This is an informally hand-printed face co-designed with Brian Allen, Carl Crossgrove, James Grieshaber and Karl Leuthold at Ascender.
  • P22 Cezanne Pro (2006). Has over 1,200 glyphs.
  • P22 Yule (2005; Heavy, Inline): a stone chisel family with a hint of Neuland.
  • P22 Numismatic (2005): originally offered by the Devinne Press, and based on ornaments and letters used by 15th and 16th century engravers of seals and coins; however it looks very much like Otto Hupp's Numismatisch (1900, Genzsch&Heyse).
  • Black Ops One (2011) is a military stencil face, available at the Google Font Directory.
  • Short Stack (2011) is Grieshaber's free contribution to the Comic Sans genre. It was published by Sorkin Type and can be downloaded from Dafont.
  • Atomic Age (2011) is a free font at Google Font Directory. It was inspired by 1950s era connected scripts seen on nameplates of American cars.
  • Supermercado One (2011, Google Font Directory) is a low contrast semi geometric typeface inspired by naive industrial letters. More a signage face than a web font.
  • Typeco Grecian (2012, FontStruct) is loosely based on a Wells & Webb Grecian style woodtype circa 1846.
  • Typeco De Stijl (2012, FontStruct) is based on Van Doesburg's De Stijl magazine's name plate in 1923. Typeco Topaz Serif Tall (2012, FontStruct) is a pixel typeface. Typeco New Wave (2012, FontStruct) is an op art party font.
  • Metamorphous (2012, Sorkin Type) borrows its arches from Gothic cathedrals---it was inspired by Jonathan Barnbrook and by the free font Morpheus.
  • HWT Geometric (2013, Hamilton Wood Type Foundry) is a squarish wood type family: Geometric began its life as a metal typeface from the Central Type Foundry, circa 1884. Soon after, this design was officially licensed to Morgans & Wilcox and was shown in their 1890 catalog in Regular, Light and Condensed Light variations. After acquiring Morgans & Wilcox, Hamilton Manufacturing offered Geometric Light Face Condensed as their own No 3020 and the Geometric Light Face as No 3021. HWT Geometric has been expanded digitally to include a Regular Condensed version.

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

Unibar, Inc.

Ted L. Kruse's barcode company, loated in Rochester Hills, MI. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unicode Font Guide For Free--Libre Open Source Operating Systems

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:

  • Bitstream Cyberbit: "a must-have professionally-designed font which provides excellent coverage of many major scripts, including Latin, extended Latin, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji), Korean, and Chinese Hanzi (ideographs). Among TrueType fonts with extensive Unicode coverage, this is almost certainly the best that can be downloaded for free."
  • Code 2000: "an experimental shareware font with over 34,000 glyphs designed by James Kass to cover all of the non-Han sections of the Unicode Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP). Kass also has designed a beta test font called Code 2001 which covers some sections of Unicode Plane 1, including Old Persian Cuneiform, Deseret, Tengwar, Cirth, Old Italic, Gothic, Aegean Numbers, Cypriot Syllabary, Pollard Script, and Ugaritic."
  • Everson Mono Unicode by Michael Everson: "covers many of the non-Han script blocks in Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646-1, including Latin, extended Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Armenian, Georgian, and even Cherokee and the Unified Canadian Syllabics."
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Unifont.org
[Ed Trager]

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 Typefoundry)
[Joe C. VanDerBos]

Joe VanDerBos (ex-VanDerBos Typefoundry, 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]  ⦿

Whitney Korstange

Fremont, MI-based creator of the ornamental typeface Birds of a Feather (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

William Grill

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]  ⦿

Zac Freeland

During his studies at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI-based Zac Freeland designed the gas pipe typeface Effecto (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zach Olauson

Youngster from Michigan, b. 1994. Creator of BloodSplatter (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zachary Mazur

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]  ⦿