TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Thu May 23 22:17:08 EDT 2013
Type scene in Missouri
Saint Louis, MO-based graphic designer who created several typefaces in 2012, including Helvy, Stitch, Digiti, Exposed, Skinny Jeans (hairline caps), Golden Age (fashion mag caps), Tunnel Vision, and Grand Penn (ultra-condensed caps). [Google] [More] ⦿
Alexandra Khoder (Kansas City, MO) designed the modular typeface families Macabre Plain and Macabre at FontStruct in 2012.
Alf Becker (b. St. Louis, MO) was a sign artist in the 1930's and 40's. Beginning in January 1932, at the request of editor E. Thomas Kelly, Becker supplied the Seventh Day Adventists' Signs of the Times magazine's new Art and Design section with an alphabet a month, a project initially predicted to last only two years. Misjudging the popularity of the series, it instead ran for 27 years, ending finally two months before Becker's death in 1959, for a total of 320 alphabets. In late 1941, just ten years after the first alphabet was published, 100 of those alphabets were compiled and published in book form under the title 100 Alphabets, by Alf R. Becker.
The American Sign Museum shows the following death notice, taken from the April 1959 issue of Signs of the Times: A chapter of almost 27 years of extensive influence upon the development if sign and outdoor advertising lettering came to a close March 10 in the passing of Alf R. Becker, whose alphabets had been presented consistently in Signs of the Times since January, 1932. Death came in St. Petersburg,. FL, where he had been hospitalized since last November. The funeral services were in St. Louis, March 16. Mr. Becker had operated a commercial sign business in East St. Louis, IL., and was widely known for his lettering ability when requested 27 years ago by the late E. Thomas Kelley, then editor of Signs of the Times, to do a series of alphabets for the magazine. They had estimated that 24 alphabets which would be presented in a period of two years would serve the purpose. The series was so enthusiastically received and so many readers urged continuation that it was projected indefinitely to eventually each a total of 320 before failing health of Mr. Becker forced him to give up that creative work. His last alphabet for ST appeared in the January issue this year. Countless are the signmen and women who broadened the horizons of their lettering ability by thorough study of Mr. Becker's alphabet. In 1941, his book, "100 Alphabets" was published by Signs of the Times, and all 3,000 copies that were printed were sold out long ago. Numerous requests have been received for a reprinting, but in view of the changes of time in lettering styles, it has not been considered advisable. Mr. Becker's failing health in 1957 influenced him and Mrs. Becker moving to St. Petersburg, where they bought a home, and where he went into semi-retirement. His love of the sign business was such that he continued his alphabets in spite of the problems of his illness.
Many of his faces have art deco influences. LHF Monogram at Letterhead is a digital version of one of his fonts. Other digitizations include Whomp (2006) and Buffet Script (2006) by Alejandro Paul (Sudtipos) and Daffadowndilly (2007) and Stony Island NF (after Becker's art deco face Chicago Modern) and Shaq Attack NF (2011) by Nick Curtis.
The Fontry (James Stirling and/or Adkins) is undertaking a grand digitization project, and releases free and pay fonts with names that start with ARB, followed by the font number, the font name, and the month and year of issue. In The Fontry's ARB series, we find ARB-187 Moderne Caps AUG-47 (2013, didone), ARB-85 Poster Script (2011, after a 1939 face by Becker), ARB 70 Modern Poster, ARB 93 Steel Moderne, ARB 44 Chicago Modern, ARB 66 Neon (2010, after a 1937 font, +Block, +Line), ARB 85 Modern Poster JAN-39 (2011, after Modern Poster Script, 1939), and ARB 67 Modern Roman, and ARB08ExtremeRomanAUG-32CASNormal (2009; the original is from 1932).
Jeff Levine created a number of typefaces based on Becker's work as well: Kanona JNL (2010), Karaoke JNL (2010), Mocombo JNL (2010). John Davis created LHF Pipeline (2012) based on Becker's designs.
Graphic design student at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO. Creator of Proper Sweet (2011), a silverware dingbat face.
In 2012, she created the condensed slab face H&S.
St. Louis lettering artist Robert Leuschke (who grew up and lives in St. Charles, MO) has made some 250 calligraphic fonts for greeting cards, including many for Hallmark Cards, of which about 80 are commercially available: ITC Arid (1997), a flowing handwriting [see also here], ITC Chivalry (2003), Saliere (1997), Love (2003), SendFlowers (1988), Whisper (2003), RugeBoogie (2004, supercurly script), Ambiance (2004, an informal calligraphic design for Bitstream), and a handprinting font, Roelandt. The IRC Chat Font (smilies) is free.
In 2003, he found an outlet for his work through P22 and published P22Corinthia, P22ImperialScript, P22OhLey [simulating Mexican writing], P22Petemoss and P22Ruthie.
He also made RUSerius (2007, curly handwriting), Alex Brush (2003), Cherish Font (2003), ChildrenPlay ROB (2003), Ephesis (1988), Inspiration (2003), JackieO (2003), Licorice (2003), OoohBabyROB (2004), TheNautiGal (2006), Gideon (2009, roman), Corinthia (2009, calligraphic), Puppies Play (2009), Monte Carlo (2011).
Kansas City, MO-based creator of the distorted typeface Para (2012), which was designed during her studies at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Art & Progress
Christian Dominick (Art & Progress) (b. 1990, Kansas City) created the free typeface Braille (2012).
Bethany Aurand, a graphic designer in Boise, ID, combined Palatino, Kepler, and Giovanni when she created her thesis typeface in 2012 in the BFA program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. [Google] [More] ⦿
Blackdreamist is Keith hayden's typefoundry in Kansas City, MO. Keith Hayden is graphic designer, specializing in photo-manipulations, illustrations, and branding. Born in Kansas City, where he lives and works, Keith studied at the Art Institute of San Diego, and then at the Art Institute of Kansas City where he received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design.
Caitlin Workman grew up in Saint Charles, Missouri, close to Saint Louis. She is a visual communication student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She designed the ultra-fat round typeface Glee (2011) and the display typeface Sir Quincy (2013).
A graduate of Missouri State University, Casey Conroy now lives and works in Saint Louis, MO. Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of Reilly. His stencil face Bridge was developed between 2008-2010. Other faces by him include Globose (a rounded sans), Xtina (2009), and Ovoid (2008-2009, recreation of Emigre's squarish face Oblong). [Google] [More] ⦿
Cecilia Ann Harris
Foundry from St. Louis, est. 1872. It became "Central Division of ATF" in 1893. Discussion of its types by McGrew. Digitizations:
Lettering artist and typeface designer, who worked for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 26 years, retiring in 2002. He lived from 1938-2004, and created many calligraphic script letterforms and typefaces. Jill Bell writes: Scarcely a soul outside of the Hallmark lettering and typography department is aware of the large body of lovely, skilled typographic work you have done because the fonts are proprietary. And Bud was a quiet sort of guy. Bud had hoped to produce fonts of his own when he retired but unfortunately the grim reaper quickly arrived. Quite unfortunate for the type world. I know the Hallmark lettering and type department really misses having Bud's talents and knowledge available to them because they truly understood what he contributed and appreciated it." And Calvert Guthrie wrote: "Bud was enormously generous with his understanding of font design and I know no one who had a better grip on making script ligatures work. Bud was doing it elegantly back in the days we were setting up linking ligatures for film fonts on Linotype VIP. We only had 18 increments for spacing refinement and this was made even tougher by script's particularly small x-height. His caps and his card captions were outstanding. Many of the short cuts we still use these days here at Hallmark were first developed by Bud Braman. Some of his work appeared in Michael Clark's Scripsit last year .
Some of his faces at Hallmark include TwizotHmk (1999, with John Dawbarn), HogwartsWizard (2002, based on style by Connie Smiley, commissioned by Warner Brothers).
Chris Klee, a graphic designer from Missouri, created Renaissance Modern (2012): Renaissance Modern draws inspiration from the magnificent architecture of the pillars, windows, ledges and openings [of the Porta Nigra city gate in Trier, Germany] while also pulling from the modernity surrounding Trier. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kansas City, MO-based architect and photographer, who created a 3D typeface in 2011.
Creator of various display typefaces including the kitchen tile face Voltrona (2011, a kitchen tile typeface), Hate (2012), the kitchen tile typeface Metgeo (2012), the monoline sans face Duplica (2012), the piano key typeface Lucreow (2012: Lucreow is a permutation of Crouwel), Caladan (2012, fat blackletter), Hague (2012, angular), the Bauhaus-style face Joi (2012), the blackletter face Caladan (2012), Rid-G (2012, experimental), Sugar (2012), Cumo (2012, a happy children's book typeface), Domm (2012, stencil face), Zukunft, Iron (2012, an old film typeface), Freight (2012, stencil face), Noir, Shamrock (2012, octagonal athletic shirt typeface), Unison (2012, sans), Basic (2012), Sexy (2012, hairline), Gitter (2012, rounded), Modo (2012, monoline techno face), and SF Mono (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Kansas, David Sagorski moved to southern Florida to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He then moved to New York City and created several display typefaces and picture fonts for ITC and Letraset. His typefaces: Dancin' (1995), the dingbat ITC Dave's Raves One (1994), Expressions (1995), Faithful Fly (1994), ITC Juice (1995), Bang (1993), Mo Funky Fresh (1993, now at Linotype), Moderns (1994, influenced by masters such as Picasso and Kandinsky), ITC Snap (1995), Tag (1994), Bluntz (1994), DF Wildlife LET Plain (1994). Creator of Kool Beans (2008, Umbrella Type).
Graphic designer and illustrator currently attending KCAI in Kansas City, Missouri. Behance link. Eli used FontStruct to make condensed skinny octagonal face Dayta (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts). Eli says: I wanted the typeface to embody these three characteristics: adventurous, infotastic, and resolute.. [Google] [More] ⦿
Advertising artist (b. 1894, Joseph, Missouri) influenced by Oswald Cooper and Frederic Goudy, with whom he collaborated. He worked first as a lettering artist in New York and then as a free-lancer in Chicago. Designer at American Typefounders of the condensed and stocky slab serif face Contact (1944: see the TS Colonel family by TypeShop for a digital version) and the calligraphic script font Grayda (1939, ATF; +). Grayda was digitized, expanded and modernized by Rebecca Alaccari as Genesis (2007). McGrew writes:
His typefaces include the angled serif font family Romana (1892), the script font Quaint Roman (1895), DeVinne (1890-1896, sold to Stephenson Blake; now available at Bitstream), Era (ca. 1892; with Nicholas J. Werner for BB&S), an unnamed face for BBS (1891), another unnamed face (1893), an unnamed art nouveau face and another unnamed serif face (1893, for VJA Rey), an art deco face for ATF (1897--remarkable, 20 years ahead of the art deco movement), Pastel (originally called Era) and Eccentric (1881, an arts and crafts face available in digital form at Agfa (now Monotype) and at Adobe).
Fonts with the letters HMK in their names are produced by Hallmark, the well-known postcard company in Kansas City, MO. These include early fonts such as Hog-Bold---HMK, Hog-Book---HMK, Jot-Medium---HMK, Marita-Medium---HMK, Marita-Script---HMK, Trots-Light---HMK, Trots-Medium---HMK and later (1997-1999) fonts such as BaaBookHmk, BernhardFashionHmk, BethsCuteHmk, BixAntiqueScriptHmk, BoogieWoogieHmk, ChrisHmk, CluffHmk, DesertDogHmk, FrancineHmk, FultoonHmk (by Nancy Fulton), GeeohHmk, HavixHmk (by Doug Havach), JanieHmk, Jewels, LamboHmk, McBooHmk (by Megan Walsh), NotnorvalHmk, OkrienHmk, OttumHmk (1997, downloadable here, PegsannaHMK (by Peg CarlsonHoffman), SandyTextHmk, SlashHmk, SplintHmk, StarbabeHmk (by Lisa Rogers), SuccotashHmk, SuccotashHmkBlack, TwizotHmk (by Bud Braman and John Dawbarn), WallowHmk.
In 2008, careful hackers found these fonts in the flash files of Hallmark and posted them on alt.binaries.fonts: AngelinaHMK, AnnouncementRomanHMK, CoronaSansHMK, CrownRomanHMK, DuneHMK (2008), InkberryCondensedBoldHMK, KarasHMK, KingsHatBoldHMK, MizquitoHMK, PatriciaHMK, PoobyrdHMK, ZincHMK-Regular. One hacker points out that AnnouncementRomanHMK is a rework of Castcraft's AnnouncementRoman, adding the Euro, so Hallmark seems to have its hands in the cookie jar, unless there is an intestinal link to Castcraft (but I am not aware of any).
In 2010, some people extracted fonts from Hallmark e-cards with these names: BetaCrownRomanBFA, BetaMars, BluesOnePKA, DoverA1, EdPS-Script, EvereadyOnePKA, GriegoOnePKA, InkberryCondensedBoldA1, KingsHatSansTextBoldPKA-Regular, KingsHatSansTextBoldPKA, KreamyPKA, Minion-HMK, PSOneBoldPKA, PahtooieOneSolidPKA, PahtooieTwoSolidPKA, PeanutsA1-Regular, QubitTwoBoldPKA, SlashKA.
In 2010, Ascender started selling the Hallmark fonts. The first set includes Bix Antique Script HMK, Cluff HMK, Forget Me Not HMK, Fultoon HMK, Geeoh HMK, Hasty HMK, Havix HMK, Jewels HMK, Kat Tail HMK, McBoo HMK, Okrien HMK, Ottum HMK, Starbabe HMK, Succotash HMK and Wallow HMK. The second set, published in 2011, has BoogieWoogie HMK, Calcium HMK (2010, skeletal font), Gweet HMK, Karrot HMK, Pan HMK, Slash HMK, Splint HMK, Tuf Medium HMK (2011), Twizot HMK (1999). But then Ascender was gobbled up by Monotype, so who knows what will happen?
In 2012, we find a file with 107 free fonts on the Hallmark site as a support file for Hallmark Card Studio 2012. That collection: AliceFrancesHmk, BaaBookHmk, BaaBookHmkBold, BernhardFasD, BernhardFashionHmk, BernhardMordern, BethsCuteHmk, BethsCuteHmkBold, BixAntiqueScriptHmk (2009, a copperplate script), BixAntiqueScriptHmkBold, BoogieWoogieHmk, BoogieWoogieHmkBold, CallieHmk, CandyBuzzBTN, CandyBuzzBTNBold, CapriHMK, CarmineTango, CaslonAntT, CaslonNo540SwaD-Ital, ChrisHmk, ChrisHmkBold, CluffHmk, CluffHmkBold, CopperplateT-Bold, CopperplateT-Ligh, CopperplateT-Medi, DesertDogHmk (2008), DomCasualBT-Regular, DomCasualD-Regu, ForgetMeNotHMK, FrancineHmk, FrancineHmkBold, FultoonHmk (2010, a great painter's script), FuturaBT-Medium, Garamond, GaramondBold, GaramondBoldItalic, GaramondItalic, GeeohHmk (2009), GeeohHmkBold, GilliesGotD-Ligh, GrilledCheeseBTNCn, GweetHmk, GweetHmkBold, HankBT-Roman, HastyHMK (2006), HavixHmk (1998, calligraphic), HavixHmkBold, Humanist531BT-RomanA, JanieHmk (2008), JanieHmkBold, JewelsHmk (2008), KatTailBoldHMK, KatTailHMK (2009), LamboHmk, LamboHmkBold, LiorahBT-Regular, MaritaTextBookHMK, MaritaTextMediumHMK, McBooHmk (2009), MelanieBT-Roman, MissyBT-Roman, NimbusRomD-Regu, NimbusRomdBold, NimbusRomdItalic, NimbusSanT-Regu, NimbusSanT-ReguCond, NimbusSanTConBold, NokieBrushBoldHMK, NokieBrushHMK (2009), NotnorvalHmk, NotnorvalHmkBold, OkrienHmk (1999, camp site script), OkrienHmkBold, OttumHmk (2010, formal connected script), OttumHmkBold, PamHMK (2009), ParkAveD, PegsannaHMK, RegisterSansBTN, RegisterSansBTNBold, RyanBT-Heavy, SandyTextHmk (1997, formal script), SandyTextHmkBold, Shannon-Book, ShannonExtraBold, SlashHmk, SlashHmkBold, SplintHmk (2008), SplintHmkBold, StarbabeHmk (2009), StarbabeHmkBold, SuccotashHmk (1999, technical memo script), SuccotashHmkBlack, SuccotashHmkBold, Symphony, SymphonyBlack, TwizotHmk (1999), URWAlcuinT-Regu, URWImperialT-Regu, WackyActionBTN, WackyActionBTNBold, WallowHmk (1999), WallowHmkBold, WritetyperHmk, YearbookSolid.
Inland Type Foundry
The Inland Type Foundry in Saint Louis was established in 1892 by the three sons of Carl Schraubstadter (1827-1897), William A. Schraubstadter (1864-1957), Oswald Schraubstadter (1868-1955) and Carl Schraubs Jr. (1862-1947). Carl had run the Central Type Foundry in Saint Louis and sold it to ATF (American Type Founders) in 1892, and the sons reacted by setting up Inland. Until 1911, Inland was one of the most successful foundries in the United States. In 1911 Inland was purchased by ATF and its equipment divided between that foundry and Barnhart Brothers and Spindler (BBS). A.V. Haight (Poughkeepsie) designed Rogers (art nouveau) at Inland Typefoundry in 1902. He also designed Haight. Nicholas J. Werner, who used to work for Central, also created many designs at Inland. Look for "Specimen book and catalog, a price list of printers' supplies, showing types and rules in which are embodied all the latest styles ... among which ... may be especially mentioned the casting of types on standard line and unit sets." (1902, 464 pages), Specimen Book and Catalog. A Price List of Printers Supplies, Showing Types and Rules in which Are Embodied all the Latest Ideas that Enable the Printer to Produce Superior Work in a most Economical Manner Among which Betterments May Be Especially Mentioned the Casting of Types on Standard Line and Unit Sets (St. Louis, 1897) (a free copy is here and here) and Specimen Book and Catalog. A Price List of Printers Supplies, Type, Rules and Accessories of the Very Latest Designs which Facilitate the Economical Production of Superior Printing. A Notable Improvement Is the Casting of All Type on Standard Line&Unit Sets (St. Louis, 1907). MyFonts page.
Scans of some typefaces: Becker (art nouveau), Blanchard Italic [Blanchard was revived in 2013 by Paulo W as Blanchard Inland], Commercial Script, Edwards (art nouveau), Inland, Lightface Blanchard, Matthews, Extended Studley, Rogers (art nouveau), Poster French Oldstyle (1897 catalog), Poster Ionic (1897 catalog), Poster Latin Antique (1897 catalog), Pacific Bikes (ornaments, 1897 catalog). [Google] [More] ⦿
Jay David Design
Jay David was born in St. Louis, MO, in 1975. Commercial fonts at Jay David Design and Final Nu: Manifesto, Satellite, Dang (available at Fountain). Free fonts: Millionaire, Flea Circus, Airbag, Steakhoder, 850doublebumperalley, Bachelor, Catastrophe, ColdJesusBeer, Copsucker, Driveway, Fin, Influenzaasian, MelloMedium, Shortwave, Thedevilscar, TriggerA, Tanline, Firewater, and Walkie Talkie. Direct downloads. Some downloads at Sound of Print. Fountain carries his grunge face Dang. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student in Kansas City, MO. Creator of a monoline geometric avant garde sans called Eight One (2012, a free font originally created for a musician's logo) and of the pixel face Sample (2012).
Graphic designer in Kansas City, MO, who created a modular typeface in 2012 for the logo and identity of Bambini Creativi. [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design . Creator of Tick Tock Box (2012, a squarish display face).
Born in Missouri in 1979, Kimberly moved first to Texas and later (in 2007) to China, and most recently, to Orlando, FL. She made some free fonts (often handwriting styles), and also ran a personal handwriting font service [those fonts have names that start with KGD]. MyFonts link. FontSquirrel link. Home page. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. Fontspring link. Dafont link. Klingspor link. Google Web Font Directory link. Family home page. Her fonts, by year:
Lazydogs Typefoundry is a German foundry located in Augsburg, est. 2005, by Oliver Linke, Robert Strauch and Kai Büschl. They do custom type work. Oliver Linke (b. 1971, Odenwald, Germany) studied graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany and the University of Missouri, Kansas City (19931-1998). He continued his studies in art history, art education and philosophy (2000-2005) at the University of Augsburg. He teaches type design and typography in München (at the Blocherer Schule) and Augsburg.
Lazydogs published some commercial faces, such as Fabiol (2005, Robert Strauch), a winner at the TDC 2005 type competition. Oliver Linke created the Lazydogs Finn family (2006, a gorgeous delicate sans).
At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about Masterpieces of Johann Neudörffer the Elder (1497-1563). In 2007, Oliver Linke and Christine sauer published Zierlich schreiben Der Schreibmeister Johann Neudörffer der Ältere und seine Nachfolger in Nürnberg (Beiträge zur Geschichte und Kultur der Stadt Nürnberg 25, Typographische Gesellschaft München / Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg).
In the late 19th century, Central Type Foundry from St. Louis, MO, published Letter Combinations in one of its catalogs. It has a number of basic geometric shapes that typesetters could combine into modular typefaces, a time-consuming process. But it is not unlike the digital modular software programs like FontStruct that let users work with a palette of basic shapes. [Google] [More] ⦿
Letters by Wordsworth
Cecilia Ann Harris is a type designer from Bonne Terre, Missouri, b. 1958, BonneTerre. She created Dog Heaven (2011, handprinted), CroMagnon (2010), an informal face, and the bouncy titling face Fribble (2010). Mile High (2011) is a Victorian family. Hayden Creek (2011) is a great informal script face. Her foundry, Letters by Wordsworth, is located in Colorado.
Luke Lisi (Lisi Design) was born in Colorado but lives in Kansas City. He created the modular and superimposable Homestead (2011, Lost Type), a free Western or athletic slab type family. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
St Louis, Missouri-based designer in 2000 of the wonderful white-on-black LED font LED BOARD and LED BOARD REVERSED.
Peter Skwiot Smith is a graphic designer and graphic artist who lives and works in the Twin Cities. Originally from Saint Louis, he studied Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities. During his time in acadamia, he also spent six months at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Designer of the thin monoline sans face Thread (2008), which was started in 2004 while studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Free download. He is working on an informal poster headline face called Thé. [Google] [More] ⦿
PhotoshopIsland (or: Ridpath Creative Partners)
Roger Ridpath (b. 1964, Wichita, KS, and located in Kansas City, Missouri) is a photography expert who designed the handprinted Designer Notes (2009). At MyFonts, one can buy Iron Grunge (2010), PSI Leaves (2010, dingbats), Angie Lou (2010, grunge), and Designer Notes Pro (2012, handprinted).
Calligrapher, b. Stockton, CA. Art director of Letter Arts Review magazine since 1992. Designer of Nyx (1997-2002, Linotype, Adobe). Presently, Rick is Manager of Font Development at Hallmark Cards near Kansas City, MO. Nyx won an award at Bukvaraz 2001. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Rob Roy Kelly (b. Nebraska, 1925, d. Tempe, AZ, 2004) collected wood type from local printers for use by his students at the Minneapolis College of Art&Design. He began gathering the types in the late 1950s and continued adding to the collection over the next decade. He started researching the history, manufacture, and use of the growing collection partly in response to questions that arose from working with his students. His research was first published in the 1963 issue of Design Quarterly (No. 56), and was followed in 1964 by a limited-edition folio of specimen sheets from the collection, entitled American Wood Types 1828-1900, Volume One. Kelly's research would culminate with the publishing in 1969 of American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period. Since 1993, his substantive wood type collection now resides at the University of Texas. At Dover, he published 100 Wood Type Alphabets. Kelly's final work with the Collection came in the early 1990s when he was asked by Adobe Systems to participate in a project to develop digital revivals of historic wood types as part of the Adobe Originals program. As consultant to the project, Kelly helped select, from his own collected materials, the type styles that would be made into digital fonts. Kelly died in January 2004. Obituary, which states: He studied design at the University of Nebraska and the Minneapolis School of Art and served in the Army during the Korean War. Later he did graduate work at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale, where he studied with Josef Albers, Alvin Eisenman, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter, Leo Lionni, Lester Beall and Alexey Brodovitch. He both taught and administered graphic design programs at the Minneapolis College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Western Michigan University and, most recently, at Arizona State University. [Google] [More] ⦿
Robert E. Leuschke
Creator (b. 1991, Missouri) of the free pixel font CaZOOM.
Shinnism (was: Papertypes)
St. Louis, MO-based Daniel Shinn (Shinnism, was: Papertypes) creates grunge faces: Zombilaria, Dirty Liar, Asphalt, Typefrighter (old typewriter), Bitter End, Grease Monkey, Phlegm, Incinerator, Dirty Liar. These are all free. Commercial faces include Zombilaria. Alternate URL. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Stephen is based in Kansas City, MO, formerly of Edwardsville, KS and Earle, AR. He was the man behind the SWMCA catalogs, an ex-signpainter who is now turning his typefaces into digital fonts.
Creator of the free hand-printed font Tribal (2012). The explanation is interesting: Tribal was first drawn in 1979 as Indian. For many years it was one of the most popular SWMCA fonts. Shortly there after there was a heavy movement among Native American tribes about being called "Indians". They'd constantly complain that they weren't from India or an Arabic nation. In response, SWMCA changed the name to Typeface (later Typefont) of Native American Honor. It was redrawn in 2012 and sent to Font Panda to be digitalized and came back more "liquidity" and much more playful than the original. Tribal was followed by Tribal Schoolhouse (2012).
In 2013, he designed the hand-printed typeface family 12 Steps.
Stone Type Foundry
The Stone Type Foundry in Guinda (ex-Rumsey and ex-Palo Alto), CA, is Sumner Stone's outfit, which he founded in 1990. Born in Venice, Florida in 1945, Sumner Stone is a major designer, and creator of the Stone family. He was type director at Autologic (1979) and Adobe (1985-1989 (or 1991?)). His typefaces:
At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about The foundation of the humanistic sans serif. As of 2008, his entire collection can be licensed for 20 computers in an educational lab for just 300 dollars. Scripps College pages. CV at Agfa. Bio at Linotype. Page at Emodigi. His lecture in 2007 on W.A. Dwiggins. PDF file of his work. Signature. 2012 Newyear's card. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Tim Rolands (b. St.Louis, MO, 1970, based in Kirksville, MO and London, UK, but also in Stevens Point, WI) is an independent digital type developer, producing TrueType and Postscript typeface families for MacOS and Windows. He founded Tim Rolands Digital Design in 2001. Other names for his company include TR Typographic Services, Phont Typographics, Stylus Digital Typography, Studio Renaissance. His fonts can be bought at MyFonts.
Tim's creations include Orlando (free), Anvil (also available in OpenType), Valor (2006, an experimental modern face that combines geometry and mediaeval Lombardic ideas), Miranda (an Aldine, roman caps family: Pro version appeared in 2012), Aegis, Prospero (1997, inspired by the early Romans of Nicolas Jenson; see Prospero Pro (1997-2008)), Illiad, Kimberly, Timotheus, Envoy (2001, garalde family), Odyssey (2001, classical Roman caps), Alexander.
Designer in Saint Louis, MO. Behance link.
Kansas City, MO-based designer of CUCA (2011), a pixel face made up of small cockroaches. Student at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO, in 2012. In 2012, he used FontStruct to create Dragoon.
Rob Leuschke was born in and lives in St. Charles, MO. A former lettering artist at Hallmark Cards (1983-1987), Rob Leuschke now has his own design businesses, Alphabytes and the new TypeSETit. He earned a BFA in graphic design at the University of Missouri at Columbia. He started freelancing in 1987. Rob has created over 250 custom typefaces. In addition, he made tens of calligraphic and other script faces. Ambiance BT is Rob's first typeface. Also, early on, he created the free emoticon font AairChat (1995). He used to run Alphabytes (dead URL). He founded TYPEsetIT in 2004. MyFonts place. In 2008, he took his fonts and site to P22.
An incomplete list of his creations: AlexBrush, Cherish, Ephesis, Hurricane, Ingrid Darling, Inspiration, Jackie-O, Licorice, Kolker Brush (2004, Western version of Japanese calligraphy), Love, Neanderthaw, Ruge Boogie (2004), Saliere, Send Flowers, Updock, Whisper, TheNautiGal (2006, connected script), Water Brush, Love Light, Passions Conflict, Mea Culpa, Beau Rivage, Good Vibrations, Great Vibes, Lovers Quarrel, GrechenFuemen, Moon Dance, MsMadi, Lavishly Yours, Bonheur Royale (2005), Fuzzy Bubbles, LA Heat (2005), Qwigley ROB (2005), Vujah Day, he added Kings Honor (2006), Kings Quest (2006), Kings Dominion (2006), RUSerius (2007, curly handwriting), QwitcherBychen (2007, calligraphic), Arizonia (2007, calligraphic, based on lettering seen on a truck), Road Rage ROB (2008, grunge), GreyQo (2008, calligraphic), FleurDeLeah (2008, flowery calligraphic), MySoulOne (2008), MooLahLah (2008, cow-spotted letters), SassyFrassROB (2008, calligraphic).
MyFonts sells Alex Brush, Allison, Ambiance BT, ITC Arid, Arizonia, Babylonica (2008, a great connected brushy script), Beau Rivage, Bilbo, Bilbo Swash Caps (2011, Google Web Fonts), Bonheur Royale, Caramel (Crunch, Candy, Nuggets), Carattere, Cherish, ITC Chivalry, Corinthia (calligraphic but with slope errors on some connections such as between "o" and "r"), Ephesis, FleurDeLeah, Fuzzy Bubbles, Good Vibrations (2003), Grapenuts, Great Vibes (2012, Google Web Fonts), GrechenFuemen, GreyQo, Gwendolyn, Holiday Font, Hurricane, Imperial Script, Ingrid Darling, Inspiration, Jackie O, Kings, Kolker Brush, LA Heat, Lavishly Yours, Licorice, Love Light, Lovers Quarrel (since 2012 at Google Web Fonts), Mea Culpa, MooLahLah, Moon Dance, Ms Madi, MySoulOne, Neonderthaw, Oh Ley, Oooh Baby, Passions Conflict, Petemoss, Qwigley, QwitcherBychen, RoadRage, Roelandt BT, RUSerius, Ruthie (2003), Saliere, SassyFrass ROB, Send Flowers, Shalimar, Square Peg, Tapestry, TheNautiGal, Twinkle Star, Updock, VujahDay, Water Brush, and Whisper.
Typefaces from 2011: Robs Pickles, Waterfall, Monte Carlo (formal script), Genos (anthroposophic; includes Cherokee), Bilbo (free at Google Web Fonts), Playball (free connected signage or baseball script face at Google Web Fonts).
Typefaces from 2013: Style Script.
This web site is dedicated to an e-book on typography and type designers written in 2011 by Lance Schmittling, Jennifer Higerd (from Union, MO), and Dominic Flask (from Wichita, KS). It is more biased towards graphic design, and has few sections on type design. [Google] [More] ⦿
Is it possible to design a typeface that is simultaneously octagonal and elliptical? The answer is an emphatic yes---as Verginiya Kadina shows in her 2011 creation called Kadina, which was finished while she was an MFA student at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, MO.
Now located in Boston, she created a delicate experimental curved grid typeface in 2012.
Student at Washington University in St Louis, MO, who excels at illustrations (A Day in Chennai (2012) is my favorite series). He created a great ornamental caps alphabet called Foodie in 2012. [Google] [More] ⦿
Psychedelic poster artist born in 1937, Robert Wesley Wilson. Colin Brignall writes: His most favoured form of lettering developed as a direct influence of Alfred Roller's lettering for an exhibition of Secessionist design in 1903. This lettering was generally rectangular in form and therefore ideally suited for Wilson whose work often involved wrapping words around predetermined, free-flowing areas in order to fill up space. White space being considered bÍte noire to the psychedelic poster designer whose style of work was intended as a reaction to the prevailing clean Swiss style of typography! Colin concludes: Wes Wilson disappeared from the San Francisco scene as quickly as he and his contemporaries and their highly individual art form breezed in, heading for the Ozark mountains in Missouri in the early 1970s to live, apparently, a reclusive lifestyle. Despite efforts on my part, I could not find any news of his whereabouts or what became of him or, indeed, whether he is still alive. No photographs, nothing. His legacy though is an incredible art form that forty-five years on is revered as truly classic of its time. [Google] [More] ⦿
St. Louis-based punchcutter and typefounder (1864-1957) who started the Inland Type Foundry in St. Louis in 1895 together with his brothers Carl and Oswald. He is credited with the heavy square-serif face Foster (Inland Typefoundry, 1905). Mac McGrew says: [Foster] seems rather crude by later Stymie standards-even compared with the earlier Boston Breton-particularly for the narrow G, the wide J, the high-waisted B, P, and R, and several other unusual letters. Condensed Foster, introduced by the same foundry in 1908, is comparable. He goes on: Adcraft Medium was formerly known as Rugged Medium or Alfred [Medium]. It was originated by Inland Type Foundry and patented by William A. Schraubstadter in 1910. About Comstock, McGrew writes: Condensed Comstock was introduced by Inland in 1905, but patented in the name of William A. Schraubstadter in 1908. It has no lowercase, but the design is more contemporary. Monotype has copied both faces, but Monotype Comstock Condensed is in 18-point only, without figures. Schraubstadter also created Woodward and Woodward Outline (1894, Inland Typefoundry), Winchell Condensed, Webb, French Script, Devinne Recut, Devinne Recut Outline, and many 19th century typefaces.
All notes by Mac McGrew about various typefaces designed by Schraubstadter:
William Scott McConnell
Graphic designer and illustrator in the St Louis area in Missouri. Scott Simpson graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and illustration from Southeast Missouri State.
FontStructor who made Paper Cutout WSS (2011, counterless, geometric, Bauhaus?), De Stijl Mag (+Rounded, 2011), Randstand, Randstand Slab, Randstand Fat Face (art deco), and Randstand Practical (2011).