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During his studies at the University of Missouri St. Louis, Aaron Mann created the hand-drawn typeface Quartz (2014). [Google]
Designer in Kansas City, MO, who created the ink-trapped sab serif typeface Concordia in 2014. Free download.
Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Adam Grason (aka Zadok44) is the Kansas City, MO-based designer of the Victorian ornamental families Blair (2012) and Patmos (2011). Behance link. [Google]
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]
As a student in St Louis, MO, Alex Brutcher designed the decorative caps typeface Ferrum Vine (2016). [Google]
Graphic designer in Saint Louis, MO. In 2015, he created a hand-crafted decorative alphabet. [Google]
Alexandra Khoder (Kansas City, MO) designed the modular typeface families Macabre Plain and Macabre at FontStruct in 2012.
FontStruct link. [Google]
Alf R. Becker
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 Signs of the Times (The National Journal of Display Advertising) 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 typefaces 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 typeface Chicago Modern) and Shaq Attack NF (2011, a wood plank font) 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 typeface 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. Kaitlin Sims designed LHF Becker No. 45 (2015).
Catalog of some of his digitized typefaces. View the digital typefaces that are based on Becker's work. Showcase of Alf R. Becker's fonts. [Google]
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 typeface H&S.
Another Behance link. [Google]
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 BT (2002, Bitstream). 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).
Rob Leuschke's bio. Klingspor PDF.
MyFonts interview. [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based designer of Extraterrestrial (or Labyrinthian) (2015, FontStruct). FontStruct link. Behance link. [Google]
As a student in St. Louis, MO, Amanda Brisso designed the modular typeface Sarah Katherine (2016, FontStruct). [Google]
Graphic designer in Saint Louis, MO, who created Screamers (2012). [Google]
Anna de Sando
Kansas City, MO-based creator of the distorted typeface Para (2012), which was designed during her studies at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Blogspot link. [Google]
During her studies in Saint Louis, MO, Ariel Biggerstaff created the brush typeface Espresso (2013). [Google]
Art & Progress
Christian Dominick (Art & Progress) (b. 1990, Kansas City) created the free typeface Braille (2012).
Dafont link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Kansas City, MO. FontStructor who made the magic font Indien (2012). [Google]
Suring her studies in Kansas City, MO, Ashton Shechter created the squarish typeface Didinoe (2015). Behance link. [Google]
[Inland Type Foundry]
Ben Catic (Saint Louis, MO) created a display typeface out of toothpicks, the DIY Toothpick Font (2012). [Google]
Ex-graduate student of typography at the University of Reading, who joined House Industries (Wilmington, DE) in 2006 to work as a typeface designer, director, and developer. He also worked with Ken Botnick at emdash. He runs Typefounding, a typeface design and production studio in St. Louis, Missouri. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and the Type@Cooper certificate program at Cooper Union, and has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Delaware.
He designed Katje and Cimarron (2005, University of Reading, a serif family with support for Latin and Greek). Speaker at ATypI 2006 in Lisbon on Python scripts for FontLab and RoboFab. Image.
In 2011, Vincent Pacella, Ben Kiel and Adam Cruz created the fat slab serif face Goliath, based on Film No. 6206 in the PhotoLettering archive. West Barnum Ultra, designed by Dave West and digitized by Ben Kiel&Adam Cruz in 2011, was film no. 5494 in the original Photo-Lettering archive.
At House Industries, he redesigned the iconic Rea Irvin lettering for The New Yorker in September 2013.
Cortado Script (2014) was designed by Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel. It was inspired by Swedish illustrator's Cecilia Carlstedt's hand-painted lettering. It follows one year after a similar signage script typeface, Carlstedt Script (2013), also codesigned by Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel---it was a custom signage typeface for Aldo Shoes.
In 2015, Mark van Bronkhorst set up TypoBrand LLC in Berkeley, CA. As part of TypoBrand, he published several typefaces that are modern digital reinterpretations of ATF typefaces. The collection is published by TypoBrand LLC under the names ATF Type or American Type Founders Collection. Ben Kiel codesigned, sometimes with others, classics such as ATF Alternate Gothic (2015), ATF Brush (2015), ATF Garamond (2015), ATF Headline Gothic (2015), ATF Poster Gothic (2015) and ATF Wedding Gothic (2015). [Google]
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]
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.
Creator of Minimalisto (2012). Benthem (2012) is a wonderful free art deco typeface family. Ambrosia (2014) is an all caps display typeface.
Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google]
Art director in Kansas City, MO, who created the counterless display typeface Busker in 2013. [Google]
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).
Behance link. [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based student, who created the minimalist handwriting font Curtail (2003). [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based designer of Extension Type (2011, inspired by power cords). [Google]
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 typeface Bridge was developed between 2008-2010. Other typefaces by him include Globose (a rounded sans), Xtina (2009), and Ovoid (2008-2009, recreation of Emigre's squarish typeface Oblong). [Google]
Cecilia Ann Harris
[Letters by Wordsworth]
Central Type Foundry
Foundry from St. Louis, est. 1872. It became "Central Division of ATF" in 1893. Discussion of its types by McGrew. Digitizations:
- Spiral was the basis of the curly revival Hasta La Pasta (2005, Nick Curtis).
- Raphael (1885) was digitized at Linotype / Monotype. It is an art nouveau display typeface with lots of swashy flair. Check the Adobe version (1974-1995).
- Monument is a Solotype revival of a 1893 typeface by the Boston Type Foundry (which was also cast at the Central Type Foundry).
- Harpers was designed for the popular newsweekly of the same name. It was digitally revived in 2009 by Nick Curtis as Weekly Bazaar NF.
- Oh You Klid NF (2009, Nick Curtis) is based on the Victorian typeface Euclid from the 1880s.
- Multiform, created for coloring. No known digitization.
- Quaint Roman: a great hand-drawn alphabet. Not digitized yet.
- An 1880 typeface was revived in 2011 by Claude Pelletier as Euclid CP (free download).
- Gloriosus NF (2014, Nick Curtis) revives Apollo.
Kansas City, MO-based student, who created the display font Mineral Hall (2003). [Google]
Charles Bud Braman
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 typefaces at Hallmark include TwizotHmk (1999, with John Dawbarn), HogwartsWizard (2002, based on style by Connie Smiley, commissioned by Warner Brothers).
Picture by Jill Bell. [Google]
Designer in Missouri. I quite like the (commissioned) typography for a restaurant called Miso Sushi (2011). [Google]
Chris Klee, a graphic designer from Missouri, now based in Austin, TX, 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. For Whole Foods, he designed the corporate typefaces Whole Sketch and Whole Sketch Sans in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based architect and photographer, who created a 3D typeface in 2011.
In 2012, he made Digital Snow (simulating snow with pixels), What The What (experimental 3d face), Wicker and Lateral Lines. [Google]
[Art & Progress]
Illustrator and designer at the Kern&Letter Company in Missouri. Behance link. Home page
Creator of various display typefaces including the kitchen tile typeface Voltrona (2011, a kitchen tile typeface), Hate (2012), the kitchen tile typeface Metgeo (2012), the monoline sans typeface Duplica (2012), the piano key typeface Lucreow (2012: Lucreow is a permutation of Crouwel), Caladan (2012, fat blackletter), Hague (2012, angular), the Bauhaus-style typeface Joi (2012), the blackletter typeface 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]
Liberty, MO-based designer of Curved Blades (2014). [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based graphic designer, who created the fun plump display typeface Paramount (2012). [Google]
During her studies in Kansas City, MO, Crustal Mccann created Hariqua (2013), a curly typeface that blends Book Antiqua (Palatino) and Harrington. [Google]
Signpainter and letterer who worked for Hallmark in Kansas City and is now based in Denver, CO. In 2015, he was working on the signage typeface Krapp Jelveeto. Behance link. [Google]
[Shinnism (was: Papertypes)]
Kansas City, MO-based designer. His typefaces include Dr. Chunk (2011) and Chubby Pixels (2011). [Google]
Saint Louis, MO-based designer of the ornamental textured caps typeface Triland Slab (2014). [Google]
As a student in Saint Louis, MO, Eden Lewis created the circle-and-arc-based typeface Neon Romancer (2013). [Google]
Eli Sebastian Brumbaugh
Graphic designer and illustrator currently attending KCAI in Kansas City, Missouri. Behance link. Eli used FontStruct to make condensed skinny octagonal typeface Dayta (2012, Ten Dollar Fonts). Eli says: I wanted the typeface to embody these three characteristics: adventurous, infotastic, and resolute.. [Google]
St. Charles, MO-based designer of the display typeface Fedora (2015) during her studies at Lindenwood University. [Google]
For a project at Kansas City Art Institute, Elissa Jarosz created the triangulated typeface Industrial in 2015. [Google]
During her communication design studies at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO, Elizabeth Korb created a paperclip typeface (2013). [Google]
Saint Louis, MO-based designer of the geometric eperimental typefaces Befold (2014) and Groot (2014). Emiljo was born in Pogradec, Albania and studied at the St Louis Community College. [Google]
O'Fallon, MO-based designer of an ornamental caps alphabet based on ballet (2013). [Google]
FontFuel (formerly PhotoshopIsland, and Ridpath Creative Partners)
Roger Ridpath (b. 1964, Wichita, KS, and located in Kansas City, Missouri) is a photography expert who designed the hand-printed Designer Notes (2009) and Leaves Symbol Font (2013). At MyFonts, one can buy Iron Grunge (2010), PSI Leaves (2010, dingbats), Angie Lou (2010, grunge), Designer Notes Pro (2012, hand-printed), and Grungy Old Typewriter.
Home page. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google]
Frank H. Riley
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 typeface Contact (1944: see the TS Colonel family by TypeShop for a digital version) and the calligraphic script font Grayda (1939, ATF; +Initials). Grayda was digitized, expanded and modernized by Rebecca Alaccari as Genesis (2007). McGrew writes:
- Contact Bold Condensed and Italic were designed by Frank H. Riley for ATF about 1942, but not released until 1948 because of war-time conditions. They are narrow and vigorous, with a large x-height and short ascenders and descenders, intended for newspaper and general advertising display. Other widths and weights were projected, but there is no evidence that they were completed. Compare John Hancock Condensed, Bold Antique Condensed.
- Grayda is an unusual and striking script designed by Frank H. Riley and introduced in 1939 by ATF. Lowercase letters are weighted at top and bottom. giving a strong horizontal emphasis; they are close fitting but not connected. Two sets of capital letters are available, designated Narrow and Swash. The IS-point size is cast on a 24-point body, the smallest size for which angle-body molds are used.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based student, who created the grunge font Xero (2003). [Google]
Saratoga, FL-based designer of Armature (2014, experimental typeface) and Arqueado (2012, a combination of Baskerville and Arcus, a display typeface inspired by arches). The Armature typeface was finished during her studies at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. Gabriella was born in Panama and raised in Kansas City.
Behance link. [Google]
Student at the University of Missouri at Saint Louis. Saint Louis, MO-based designer of Drip Drop (2012), an alphabet based on chocolate syrup. [Google]
During her studies in Saint louis, MO, Geylynn Scales created the marker typeface Flexin (2014). [Google]
From Columbia, MO, Gus Mueller's free font GMPokey, a beautiful fat-letter font. [Google]
Gustave F. Schroeder
Punchcutter, b. 1861 (Berlin), who made many typefaces. He worked at the Central Type Foundry and then ATF in the late 1800s, and was living in St. Louis, MO, in 1891 and in Mill Valley, CA in 1892. His typefaces straddle the Victorian, arts and crafts and art nouveau eras.
His typefaces include:
- Victorian style typefaces at Central Type foundry, done early in his career: Apollo (1888), Atlanta (1885, based on a design of Andreas V. Haight), Harper (1882, curly), Hogarth (1883), Jeffderson (1890), Jupiter (1888), Lafayette (1885), Morning Glory (1884), Scribner (1883), Victoria (1886, with Nicholas J. Werner), Victoria Italic (1891), Washington (1886). Apollo was revived by Nick Curtis in 2014 as Gloriosus NF.
- At Marder, Luse and Co: French Old Style Extended.
- At Pacific States: Aldus Italic (before 1891), Sierra (before (1897).
- Arts and crafts typefaces at Central Type Foundry: Eccentric (1881, available in digital form at Monotype (Agfa), Solotype, and Adobe.
- Art nouveau typefaces done at Central Type Foundry: Art Gothic (1885), Multiform No. 1 through No. 4 (1892).
- Othello (1886, Central Type Foundry). A black condensed rounded typeface that became very successful thanks to its revival (copy?) by Morris Fuller Benton. Digital versions include Bathysphere (2013, by Seymour Caprice) and Nick Curtis's Iago NF (2011).
- For Barnhart Bros and Spindler: Era (1891) and Era Condensed No. 5 (1891). These typefaces were done with Nicholas J. Werner. Pastel was originally called Era.
- For ATF: Empire Initials (ca. 1898), McCullagh No. 2 (1897, a remarkable art deco typeface twenty years ahead of its time). Patent application for McCullagh.
- Geometric (+Italic, Condensed, Antique). Done in 1881 at Central Type Foundry. The Condensed and Antique are from 1883. For a digital version, see HWT Geometric (2013) by Hamilton Wood Type / James Grieshaber.
- DeVinne (1890-1896, Central Type Foundry). This design was sold to Stephenson Blake. Digital versions available at Bitstream and Wooden Type Fonts. Bitstream writes about its version: This revival of the Bruce Foundry's No. 11 is typical of the nineteenth century types derived from the work of Didot and Bodoni; the typeface remains popular with lawyers and government printers. In fact, Theodore Low De Vinne opposed this kind of design as hard to print and read; he had Century designed to replace it.
- Other typefaces at Central Type Foundry: Cushing Old Style (1890), Erebus (1889), Hades (1889), Johnston Gothic (1892, with Nicholas J. Werner), Laclede (1897), Novelty Script (ca. 1891), Old Style Bold (1886), Old Style Script (1887), Quaint Roman (1890 or 1895), Royal Script (1887), Typewriter (1884), University (1889). Mac McGrew on Royal Script: Royal Script originated with the Central Type Foundry branch of ATF in St. Louis in 1893. It is much like the later Typo Script, but wider. In spite of that similarity, it appeared in ATF specimen books as late as 1968. In the 24- and 30-point sizes there are normal and small versions of lowercase, caps being the same. Early specimens designated these large and small sizes as No.1 and No.2 respectively, later specimens as No. 551 and No. 552. Hansen's Newton Script is the same design.
- The angled serif font family Romana (1892). Digital versions by Linotype, Elsner & Flake (called EF Romana) and Bitstream. Bitstream puts this didone design in the proper context: The French interest in the revival of suitably edited Oldstyle romans as an alternative to a world of Modern typefaces started in 1846 when Louis Perrin cut the Lyons capitals. About 1860, as Phemister was cutting the Miller & Richard Old Style in Edinburgh, Theophile Beaudoire turned the idea of the Lyons capitals into a complete Oldstyle typeface, with similar overwhelming success; it was generally known as Elzevir in France and Roemisch, Romanisch, Romaans or Romana in Germany, Holland and Switzerland. In 1892, Gustav Schroeder, at the Central Division of ATF, expanded the series, adding a boldface under the name DeVinne. It was promptly copied, initially in Europe by Ludwig & Mayer, and spread rapidly throughout the US and Europe, becoming the best known member of the series. ATF made popular an ornamental form under the name De Vinne Ornamental.
- Patent applications: unnamed face for BBS (1891), another unnamed face (1893), an unnamed art nouveau face and another unnamed serif face (1893, for VJA Rey).
FontShop link. Google patent link. Klingspor link.
Typefaces by him at MyFonts. [Google]
The Hallmark Cards company was founded by J.C. Hall. 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.
Hallmark's SMC animations font download site has the free fonts Hmk Handjive, Handshake, Handlebar, Handstand, Handspring, Handsome, all made in 2010.
Additional fonts not mentioned above include Butch HMK (2008), Amberger Sans One, Angelina, Announcement Roman HMK, Constanze Mono One Med, Corona Sans, Crocka Doodle One, Crown Roman (regular, italic), Drummer Man, Dune, Inkberry Cond Bold, Karas, Kings Hat (bold, italic), Mizdemeanor One, Mizfit, Mizquito, Patricia Medium, Poobyrd, Zinc.
As of the early 2010's, Hallmark had two full-time font designers in its department, Terry Lee and Josh Scruggs, and could still count on Myron McVay, who officially retired from Hallmark a few years earlier years ago. The type deartment was headed by Rick Cusick. Moe recently, Hallmark started to work exclusively on proprietary font designs, including fonts for various Hallmark subsidiaries. [Google]
Graphic design student in Valley Park, MO, who created the connected script alphabet Doris (2012). [Google]
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), Recut Caslon (1907, as taken from the 1923 ATF catalog), Drew (1910, from the 1923 ATF catalog: a digital version called Droobie NF was created by Nick Curtis in 2014), Title Shaded Litho (1911), Litho Roman (1907), Gothic No.578 (1898), Pen Print (1911), Blair (1900), Mtchell (1906, a bold version of the all caps grotesque face Blair; digitally revived by Nick Curtis in 2015 as Mitchell NF), Comstock (1902), Inland Copperplate (1901), Shaw Text (1907).
Commentaries by Mac McGrew on some of the typefaces:
- Gothic No. 578: Gothic No. 578 was shown as Gothic No.8 by Inland in 1898 as "the latest candidate for the printer's favor; a popular old typeface entirely recut." It was shown until 1941. It is a bold weight, and is quite similar to Standard Bold which as an import from Germany was very popular in this country in the 1950s. It is also similar to Comstock, but without the added outline. Keystone called it Standard Gothic, although it is not identical to the German face. As a nineteenth-century gothic, the cap G had no crossbar. Paragon Gothic is the same design, without lowercase, cast as a title face.
- Pen Print: Pen Print and Pen Print Bold were introduced by Inland Type Foundry in 1911, with the latter thought to have been the last typeface cut by that foundry before its sale to ATF. Pen Print Open was designed for ATF in 1921 by Morris Benton, and includes open versions of all the characters shown for the bold. The series has more the appearance of rather crude brush lettering than pen "printing," but the inclusion of an open version is contrary to the conception; perhaps it was intended for two-color printing. The letters have a slight backslant. The bold was also cut by Intertype, in 1927. Compare Dom Casual.
- Blair: Blair was advertised in 1900 by Inland Type Foundry as new and original, calling it "an exact imitation of the small gothic letter now so popular with engravers for stylish stationery." Its production was continued by ATF until the 1950s. It is similar to Copperplate Gothic Light, but without the tiny serifs of that face. Litho Gothic is the same design but with lowercase. Mitchell (1906) is the same design but slightly heavier. The condensed version was produced in 1903 or earlier. Hansen copied Blair as Card Gothic No.2. Compare Lightline Gothic.
- Comstock: Comstock was advertised by Inland Type Foundry in 1902 as "a striking novelty, our brand new face." It was revived by ATF in 1957. It is a medium weight conventional gothic, distinguished by a hairline surrounding each letter. The G lacks a crossbar, typical of many nineteenth-century gothics. The design was sponsored by A. H. Comstock of Omaha, according to a review at the time of its introduction. 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 typefaces, but Monotype Comstock Condensed is in 18-point only, without figures. In both foundry typefaces, there are several sizes on 12-point body; No.1 is the largest in regular, but No.1 is the smallest in Condensed. In 1911, a copy of Comstock was issued by Bauer in Germany under the name Astoria, revived in 1957.
- Inland Copperplate: Inland Copperplate is a shaded Old English typeface, first shown by Inland Type Foundry in November 1901. It is similar to Typo Text (q.v.). although the specimen here, reproduced from an over-inked showing, doesn't reveal the shading.
- Shaw Text: Shaw Text was introduced by Inland Type Foundry in 1907 as its "latest novelty," although it is a rather conventional Old English face, a little heavier than Wedding Text, and a little lighter and fancier than Engravers Old English. After Inland merged with ATF, Shaw Text continued to be shown until 1954. Compare Plate Text.
- Litho Antique (1910). Mac McGrew: Rockwell Antique was a reissue of Litho Antique, cut by William Schraubstadter for Inland Type Foundry and introduced in January 1910 when it was advertised as the "newest typeface; one of our best; closely imitating steelplate and lithography." In the late 1920s similar typefaces became popular in Europe, and some were imported into the United States. Morris Benton of ATF added several characters to the old Inland face, matrices of which were then in ATF's vaults, and it was reissued in 1931 as Rockwell Antique. But Benton saw that something more was needed, and redrew it as Stymie Bold (q.v.) in the same year. The alternate characters which were added to Rockwell are the same ones now shown with Stymie Bold. Monotype copied Rockwell but erroneously called it Stymie Bold in some literature, and there has been confusion between the two typefaces ever since; the latter name is often applied to fonts of Rockwell cast on Monotype machines by secondary suppliers. Indicative of this confusion, Stymie Bold Italic on Mono is series 1891, corresponding to Rockwell series 189, while Stymie Bold is 790. English Monotype has several weights of Rockwell, a square serif family which differs from this typeface and should not be confused with it; see Imports in Appendix. Antique Shaded (q. v.) is sometimes called Rockwell Antique Shaded.
- Herald Extra Condensed (1909). An octagonal typeface.
- Extra Condensed Title Gothic No.12.
Missouri-based designer of the grunge typefaces Endemic Roman (2011) and Island Roman (2011). [Google]
James A. St. John
Boston and St. Louis-based typefounder, 1841-1901. He created the DeVinne series and many other 19th century typefaces. [Google]
During her studies at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014 in Kansas City, MO, Janie Marino created the serifed Cyrillic simulation typeface Kapitolina, which she advertizes as a typeface for the Czar. [Google]
[Jay David Design]
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 typeface Dang. [Google]
Graphic designer in Saint Louis, MO, who created the free blackboard bold layered typeface Julep (2015) and Hipsticons (2015) and Printicons (2015). [Google]
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 typeface Sample (2012). In 2015, he created the techno typefaces Skwair and Schlant.
Behance link. [Google]
Jessica Fiorella Marak
Kansas City, MO-based designer of the organic sans typeface Mosel (2012). The edges of the glyphs are slightly wavy, just as the banks of the Mosel river. Cargocollective link. [Google]
During his studirs at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jesus Roman created an unnamed decorative blackletter typeface (2013). [Google]
Located in Kansas City, MO, Jim Dore designed the art deco sans typeface family Dectura (2015), which consists of Regular, Rounded and Inline subfamilies. Dectura Inline is stackable. Creative Market link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Kansas City, MO, who created a modular typeface in 2012 for the logo and identity of Bambini Creativi. [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based student, who created the cutout lettering font Bb (2003). [Google]
As a student at Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design, Kara Gordon created Tick Tock Box (2012, a squarish display face).
In 2015, at Type@Paris, she designed the medium-contrast square-serifed typeface Benoit.
Behance link. Cargo Collective link. [Google]
During her studies in St Louis, MO, Katerine Lam created the art deco typeface Modern Art Deco (2015). [Google]
Kathryn Sutton (Springfield, MO) created Monster Alphabet (2013, ornamental caps) and Illustrated Numerals (2014). Behance link. [Google]
St Louis, MO-based designer who was born in Poland and has an MFA from Lindenwold University, St. Charles, MO. Creator of KY Deco (2015). [Google]
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. Klingspor link. Google Web Font Directory link. Creative Market link. Family home page. Her fonts, by year:
- 2007: The grunge typefaces XiaoGao, More-than-Enough, Eat More Chocolate, JoyfulJuliana (2007, and its Pro version, 2010), LoveYaLikeASister, Colourmepurple, KingcooLKC and You Are Loved (in 2009, Roger S. Nelsson completed it to You Are Loved Pro). She also made the handwriting typefaces Patient Paige, Promised Freedom, Xiao Gao, Complete in Him (made into a commercial Pro version by Roger S. Nelsson), Burst My Bubble (commercialized at CheapProFonts as Burst My Bubble Pro), JustMeAgainDownHere, Surrendered Heart, It Ain't Rocket Science (in 2010, Roger S. Nelsson made a Pro version at CheapProFonts), Sue-Ellen-Francisco, and the curly Jheri Curls and Tuna-and-Hot-Dogs-on-Rye.
- 2008: the handwriting typefaces Come Unto Me and Loved by the King.
- 2009: BattyGirl, Bina Bina, Lollipop, NeverLetGo, Scrogglet, Sunshine In My Soul, YooHaeMool, Celebrate The Day (extended by Roger S. Nelsson in 2009 to Celebrate The Day Pro), Mighty To Save, King Kool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Roger S. Nelsson, CheapProFonts).
- 2010: Shelter Me (handwriting), Elizajane (handwriting), Written on his hands (handwriting), Contrary Mary (hand-printed), Shining Like Stars (hand-printed), Give You Glory, Nothing You Could Do, Who Needs Consistency, happyhanneke, Zeyada, He Formed My heart, Change Tomorrow Today, Frangipani Rose, Blocked Off, Throw My Hands Up In The Air, Indie Flower, You Wont Bring Me Down, Addis Ababa, Cedarville Pnkfun (1 Cursive, 1 Print), Swanky and Moo Moo, Husband of the Millennium, Soggy Kitten, The Truth of a Thousand Lies, Soli Deo Gloria, Annie Use Your Telescope, Waiting for the Sunrise, La Belle Aurore, Airplanes In The Night Sky Pro, Dawbing of a new day, Shadows into light (+Two), Covered by your grace, Architect's Daughter.
- 2011: A Safe Place to Fall, Shark in the Water, Architects Daughter (architectural lettering), A Year Without Rain, My Hands Are Holding You, Discover Beauty, Lavender Lime, Later Allie-gator, You Found Me, I missed you, Kate The Great, Pizza Is My Favorite, A Hundred Miles, Hanging by a thread, My Lucky Penny, Jar of hearts, Never grow up, My Lucky Penny, Beautiful Every Time, Never Say Never, Swanky and Moo Moo, Over the Rainbow, Sue Ellen San Francisco, Pineapple Delight, Viva La Vida, The Only Exception, Written in the stars, we are broken, The Only Exception, Brick by boring brick, She paints me blue, Beautiful every time, Jar of hearts, Dancing in the Minefields, My Hands are Holding You, You Found Me, Blessings through raindrops, Stars from our eyes, From where you are, Throw my hands up in the air, The great escape, Today I Feel (emoticons), La belle Aurore, Cedarville Cursive, Coming home, Learning to trust, Viva La Vida, Janda Siesta Sunrise, Janda Curlygirl Chunky, Janda Curlygirl Pop, Janda Sparkle and Shine, Janda Love and Rain, Janda Fabulous, Janda Capslock, Janda Siesta Sunset, Janda Snickerdoodle Serif, Janda Everyday Casual, Janda Curlygirl Serif (hand-printed blackboard bold font), Janda Curlygirl Chunky, Janda Romantic, Janda Scrapgirl Dots, Janda Quick Note, Talking to the moon, Set fire to the rain, KG Shadow of the day, Just realize, Ignite the light, Love ya like a sister, Loved by the king, Give you glory, KG small town southern girl, KG Shadow of the day, Gloria Hallelujah, KG Sunny Afternoon, KG Hope for a cure, Janda Polkadot, Janda Capslock, KG June Bug, KG Fall For You, KG Luck of the Irish, KG Domo Is My Favorite, Gloria Hallelujah, KG Love You Through It (2011), KG Shadow of the Night (2011), KG Keep Your Head Up (2011), KG Dancing on the rooftop (2011), KG Party on the Rooftop (2011), KG Like A Skyscraper, KG Mulally, KG God Gave Me You, KG Les Bouquinistes de Paris (neatly hand-printed), Janda Swirlygirl (curly), Janda Sparkle and Shine, Janda Lova and Rain (curly), The Great Escape, KG Legacy of Virtue, KG Sweet N Sassy, KG Legacy of Virtue, Just Realize, KG Like a skyscraper, Janda Christmas Doodles, Just Realize, Janda Everyday Casual, Janda Snickerdoodle Serif, Love Ya Like A Sister (sketch face), The Only Exception, KG Luck of the Irish, Janda Fabulous, KG God Gave Me You, KG You Wont Bring Me Down, Set Fire To The Rain, KG You Wont Bring Me Down, KG Mercy in the morning, KG Heart Doodles, KG Skinny Latte.
- Typefaces from 2012: Janda Apple Cobbler, Janda Swirly Twirly, Janda Manatee, Architect's Daughter (2012, a blueprint style typeface), Janda Polkadot (2012), Shadows Into Light (2012, architectural style: see Google Web Fonts), Never Let Go, Janda Spring Doodles, Beautiful every time, Janda scrapgirl Dots, Written in the stars, Nothing you could say, KG Ray of Sunshine, More than enough, A hundred miles, Waiting for the sunrise, Janda Safe and Sound, Janda Silly Monkey, Janda Quirkygirl (curly font), From where you are (paint brush face), KG Empire of Dirt, KG Strawberry Limeade, KG A Thousand Years, Janda Amazing Grace, Janda Happy Day, Janda Elegant Handwriting (connected script), KG Somebody that I used to know, KG Kiss me slowly (curly), KG Call me maybe, KG Two is better than one, KG Ten Thousand Reasons, KG Beautiful Ending (grunge), KG Payphone (a nice cleanly hand-printed typeface), Janda Shine Your Light On Us, KG Beautiful Ending, KG Ten Thousand Reasons (chalkboard font), KG Only Hope, KG Eyes Wide Open (connected script), KG All Things New (high-contrast script face), KG Change This Heart (monolined and informal), Janda Stylish Script, KG Be Still and Know, KG Seven Sixteen, KG This is not goodbye, Janda Someone Like You, KG One Thing, KG I Like To Move It, KG Makes You Stronger, Janda As Long As You Love Me, KG The Fighter, KG Chasing Pavements (textured typeface), KG Always a Good Time, KG Grace for Today, KG Turning Tables (brush script), KG Falling Slowly, KG One More Night, KG Attack of the Robots, KG Ways to Say Goodbye (an upright script---one of her best typefaces to date), KG Janda Truly Madly Deeply, Janda Closer To Free, Ignite The Light, Janda Cheerful Script, Janda Hide and Seek, Janda Flower Doodles (a very useful dingbat set), Janda Celebration Script (swashy script), KG What the teacher wants, KG True Colors (connect-the-dots font), KG True Colors, Janda Closer to Free (chunky script), KG How Many Times, KG Behind These Hazel Eyes, KG Lego House (monoline rounded sans), KG Covered by your grace, KG Follow you into the world, KG Dark Side, KG Part of Me (neatly printed typeface), KG Begin Again, KG Cold Coffee, KG Something To Believe In (a stamped font).
- Typefaces from 2013: KG The Last Time, KG Feeling 22, Today I Feel (smilies), KG Primary Penmanship (a very clean rounded hand-printed typeface), KG Teacher Helpers (dingbats), KG Fractions (geometric dingbats), KG Flavor and Frames, KG Primary Dots (school font), KG Build A Game, KG Faith Hope and Love, KG As The Deer, KG Just Give Me A Reason, KG Girl on Fire, KG Daylight, KG I Want Crazy, KG Flavor and Flames Two, KG Flavor and Flames Three, KG Flavor and Flames Four, KG Flavor and Flames Five, KG Skinny Love, KG Traditional Fractions, KG Hard Candy, KG Alphabet Regurgitation, KG Second Chances (sketched typeface), KG Math Bar Models, KG Next to You (sketched typeface), KG Next to Me (+Sketched), KG Love Somebody, KG Beneath Your Beautiful, KG Primary Italics (school font, lined and regular), KG Wake Me Up (typewriter type), KG A Little Swag, KG Royals, KG What Does The Fox Say, KG Drops of Jupiter, KG Let Her Go, KG Why You Gotta Be So Mean, KG Tangled Up In You (sketched typeface), KG Chasing Cars, KG Melonheadz, KG Let Her Go (+outline and athletic lettering styles), KG By The Grace of God, KG Counting Stars, KG Christmas Trees, KG Bless Your Heart.
- Typefaces from 2014: KG Summer Sunshine, KG Say Something, KG I and Love and You, KG Corner of the Sky (rounded Comic Sans lookalike), KG All of Me (letterpress emulation), KG Flavor and Frames Six, KG Flavor and Frames Seven, KG Happy, KG First Time In Forever, KG Defying Gravity (white on black letters), KG When Oceans Rise, KG Summer Sunshine (shadowed and arched poster lettering), KG Primary Whimsy, Janda Stylish Monogram, KG Modern Monogram, KG Already Home, KG Only Human, KG Miss Kindergarten, KG Arrows, KG No Regrets, KG Broken Vessels Sketch (sketched typeface), KG Manhattan Script, KG I Need A Font, KG Shake It Off, KG All of the Stars, KG-I-Need-A-Heart-Font, KG Red Hands (plump rounded sans), KG Blank Space (a typeface with metallic texture), KG Thank You Stamp, KG Tribeca Stamp, KG Candy Cane Stripe.
Typefaces from 2015: Janda Stylish Script, KG Chelsea Market Script, KG Adipose Unicase, KG Geronimo Blocks, KG Miss Speechy IPA (covers the entire phonetic alphabet), KG Thinking Out Loud, KG Tightrope, Kg Pdx Bridgetown, KG Camden Market Script (watercolor brush), KG Neatly Printed, KG PDX Blocks, KG Summer Storm, KG A Teeny Tiny Font, KG Piece By Piece, KG Sorry Not Sorry.
Typefaces from 2016: KG Life Is Messy. [Google]
At Park University, North Kansas City, MO-based Kim-Duyen Nguyen created the Fat Gentlemen typeface (2016). [Google]
St Louis, MO-based designer of Margot (2011). [Google]
Designer of fonts for the National Imagery and Mapping Service, St. Louis, MO. [Google]
During his studies in Kansas City, MO, Kyle Smitka (Smitka Designs) created Burton Snicket (2013), a custom display typeface. [Google]
Saint Louis, MO-based designer of Gardener (2014), a typeface made out of weeds and modeled after Chaparral Pro. [Google]
Blue Springs, MO-based designer of the display typeface Snake Bite (2014). [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based creator of the hand-printed blackboard bold typeface Captain Cook Tattoo Font (2011). I somehow feel that I have seen this typeface somewhere else recently.
In 2013, he made Scout Felt Tip. [Google]
Lawrence M. Jones and John L. Jones
Type designers from Kansas City, MO, who created a hairy display typeface in 1897. [Google]
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 typefaces, 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).
Other typefaces: Pandera (2008, Robert Strauch), Fabiol (2005, Robert Strauch), Vela (2010, a text typeface), North (2008, Trine Rask).
Typefaces from 2013: Streets of London (a complete lapidary font family out of a capital alphabet designed by the British stone cutter and type designer David Kindersley (1915-1995), a former apprentice of Eric Gill).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Born and raised in Kansas City, Leanna now studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. FontStructor who made Robot Acid (2012, sci-fi face). [Google]
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]
Letters by Wordsworth
[Cecilia Ann Harris]
Cecilia Ann Harris is a type designer from Bonne Terre, Missouri, b. 1958, BonneTerre. She created Dog Heaven (2011, hand-printed), CroMagnon (2010), an informal face, and the bouncy titling typeface 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.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Calligrapher from Princeton, NJ, who is type designer at Hallmark cards in Kansas City, MO (since 2013). Behance link. Creator of several calligraphic alphabets in 2011. [Google]
Lindsay G. Ruck
Saint Louis, MO-based creator of Pin-Up (2013, a sketched all caps typeface). Pin-Up was finisdhed during her studies at the University of Missouri Saint Louis. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Saint Louis, MO, Lindsey Hays designed the ornamental typeface Ahhvetica (2013). [Google]
Missouri-based Maria Leif, aka Liquid Fantasme (b. 1986), is the designer of the handwriting font Skrewe (2003). Alternate URL. [Google]
Louis Dorman grew up in Missouri and lives in Nashville, TN. In 2014, he created the scratchy typeface Ozarks. Dafont link. [Google]
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.
In 2013, he designed the layered typeface family Summit.
In 2015, he created the condensed sans display typeface family Longitude (+Rounded, +Display, which includes an inline).
Behance link. Alternate URL. Creative market link. [Google]
Saint Louis, MO-based designer of the Arabic simulation typeface Pangur Ban (2014). [Google]
Student in Saint Louis, MO. During his studies at The University of Missouri Saint Louis, he created the rope font Ahoy (2012). [Google]
During his studies, St. Louis, MO-based Matthew Washausen created the display typeface Critter (2015). [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based student, who created the display font Mayan Style (2003). [Google]
At the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Melinda Schmidt created the experimental typeface Flow Type (2014). [Google]
St. Louis, MO-based designer of the display typeface Bawse (2014). [Google]
FontStructor in Kansas City, MO, who made the spurred typeface Turret in 2015.
Blogspot link. Behance link. [Google]
Midhat Selimovic (Midhat Arts, Saint Louis, MO) created the paperclip typeface Linija (2014). [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based student, who created the sketchbook lettering font Sketchbook Text (2003). [Google]
Morgan Stockton was born in Merced, CA, and grew up in Lansing, KS. During her studies in Kansas City, MO, she created the display typeface Jemma (2014). [Google]
Nathan Jeffords (Falcrum Design, Kirksville, MO) created a barcode simulation font in 2010 that was inspred by Orwell's 1984. [Google]
Student in Saint Louis, MO, who during his studies created the experimental typeface Cutlery (2012). [Google]
During her graphic design studies, St. Louis, MO-based Pamela Devine created the hand-crafted typeface Soul Flight (2015). Behance link. [Google]
St Louis, Missouri-based designer in 2000 of the wonderful white-on-black LED font LED BOARD and LED BOARD REVERSED.
Dafont link. [Google]
Peter Skwiot Smith
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 typeface Thread (2008), which was started in 2004 while studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Free download. He is working on an informal poster headline typeface called Thé. [Google]
Rachel Pursley (Florissant, MO) created Heirloom Typeface (2011). [Google]
Editorial and graphic designer in Kansas City, MO. Creator of Masri Sans (2010). Behance link. [Google]
Richard D. Juenger
American designer, b. 1928, whio graduated from Washington University Art School, St. Louis. Creator of typefaces at VGC, such as Jana (1965), which won Third Prize in the 1965 VGC National Type Face Design Competition. For a digital version / extension of Jana, see Rocklidge Pro (2011, Steve Jackaman and Ashley Muir). [Google]
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.
Author of What Our Lettering Needs: The contribution of hermann Zapf to Calligraphy and Type Design at Hallmark Cards (2012, RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press). This books deals with Hermann Zapf's years (1966-1973) as a consultant to Hallmark Cards. Zapf's typefaces there include Crown Roman, Jeannette, Hallmark Uncial, Crown Italic.
Linotype link. [Google]
[William Scott McConnell]
Graphic designer in Denver, Colorado, b. 1969, Saint Louis, MO, who set up Rivet Designworks. Creator of gothic cathedral inspired display typeface Capstone (2012). [Google]
Rob Roy Kelly
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 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]
Robert E. Leuschke
[FontFuel (formerly PhotoshopIsland, and Ridpath Creative Partners)]
Undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis's Sam Fox School of Art and Design. With a group of friends, she created the grungy Dante's Divine Comedy (2010). [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based designer of the sans headline typefaces Peaches & Cream (2016) and Killjoy (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Student at the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas, MO). Creator of the dotted modular typeface Bitmap Prototype (2011). [Google]
During her studies at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO, Samantha Yates created the monster-themed typeface Goon (2015, FontStruct). Behance link. [Google]
Creator (b. 1991, Missouri) of the free pixel font CaZOOM.
Dafont link. [Google]
During her graphic design studies at Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO, Sara Garrison created the display typeface Flak (2015). [Google]
During her studies at Northwest Missouri State University, Parkville, MO-based Sara Vineyard designed the display typeface Fron (2016). [Google]
Saint Louis, MO-based designer of the modular typeface Vault (2013). [Google]
Independence and/or Blue Springs, MO-based Shawna Stobaugh, who runs Nonna Illustration & Design, created these typefaces in 2015: Anna Mae, Mila Floral Fill, Siri Floral Elements, Siri Uppercase, Siri Floral Numbers. Nonna Design link. [Google]
Shinnism (was: Papertypes)
St. Louis, MO-based Daniel Shinn (Shinnism, was: Papertypes) creates grunge typefaces: Zombilaria, Dirty Liar, Asphalt, Typefrighter (old typewriter), Bitter End, Grease Monkey, Phlegm, Incinerator, Dirty Liar. These are all free. Commercial typefaces include Zombilaria. Alternate URL. Dafont link. [Google]
Arnold, MO-based designer of the kitchen tile typeface Casting Stones (2015). [Google]
Stephen McBride (b. 1967) is based in Kansas City, MO, and before that in Edwardsville, KS and Earle, AR. He is the man behind the SWMCA Catalogs (est. 2012). An ex-signpainter, he 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 families Fun Euro Schoolhouse, 2013 SWMCA Demo, Watermelon Stand, 2013 Demo of Cadaver's Script (eerie), Midtown Roman, Hexagonal Delight (angular script), Ol West Rustik, Disco Grudge and 12 Steps.
Typefaces from 2014: Pupil Light, Kansas City Gothic Caps (blackletter), Kabbalah, Area 51 UFO (+Apocalypse, a glazkrak typeface).
In 2015, he designed the free brush typeface 99% Occupy in support of the Occupy Movement.
Dafont link. Home page. Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google]
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 studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and then went to work for Hallmark cards as a lettering artist. In 1979, he became type director at Autologic , and in 1984, he became the Director of Typography at Adobe Systems (until 1989). His typefaces:
- Arepo (1995, a modern text family). This is related to his SFPL family developed for the San Francisco Public Library in 1999 and 2003.
- Basalt, which won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 and was first used for signage at the Cecil H. Green Library of Stanford University.
- Stone (1987, ITC), which comes in ITC Stone Sans, ITC Stone Serif, and ITC Stone Informal. Stone Humanist Sans appeared in 2005. In 2010, he published Stone Sans II (+Condensed). The ITC Stone family was co-designed by John Renner.
- Stone Print (1991), designed for Print: America's Graphic Design Magazine.
- Stone Phonetic (with John Renner, 1992).
- ITC Bodoni Six (1994), ITC Bodoni Twelve, ITC Bodoni 72 (1994-1995), ITC Bodoni Ornaments (1994), Bodoni Display Figures. Based on Bodoni's original designs, there are 6, 12 and 72-point optical sizes. The family was developed under Stone's guidance who was partially aided by Holly Goldsmith (Six Roman), Janice Prescorescott-Fishman (Seventy-two Roman) and Jim Parkinson (Six Italic).
- SFPL: part of a new identity of the San Francisco Public Library.
- Leaves&Straw (a leaves and straw dingbat font).
- Cycles (2004): this comes in 7 optical scales: 5, 7, 9, 11, 18, 24 and 36pt, each in numerous weights and figure styles.
- Magma (2004), Magma Halo (2004) and Magma Thin (2009) are extensive informal humanist sans text families that could be used as Greek simulation typefaces. In 2014, he added Magma II to this collection.
- Halo uses an interesting process to the base characters of a font.
- Munc (2005) is the uncial version of Magma. It has some Basque influences.
- Silica (1993) is a humanist slab serif.
- Scripps College commissioned his revival of Scripps College Old Style (1997, now at Agfa-Monotype), originally designed by Frederic Goudy [note: if you want to buy this, consider also Beatty's Goudy Claremont, another good revival of that family].
- Numa Titling is an Etruscan letterform used in centuries -7 through -3. While roman, it is runic and chiseled in appearance. See also Numaiota.
- Tuff (+Halo, +School, 2008-2009) started from his Magma. This flared informal typeface is slightly Greek in its vision, and has hints of Morris Fuller Benton's Souvenir, Stone's own ITC Stone Informal, and Dennis Pasternak's Maiandra.
- Popvlvs (2010), Davanti (2010) and Sator (1995), roman inscriptional typefaces.
- Dignitas (2011). Commissioned by Hallmark.
At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he spoke about The foundation of the humanist 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. Interview by MyFonts in 2014. FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View Sumner Stone's typefaces. [Google]
[Stone Type Foundry]
[Tim Rolands Digital Studio (was: TR Typographic Services, Phont Typographics, Stylus Digital Typography, Studio Renaissance)]
Tim Rolands Digital Studio (was: TR Typographic Services, Phont Typographics, Stylus Digital Typography, Studio Renaissance)
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 typeface 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.
View Tim Rolands's typefaces. [Google]
Creator of the script rope typeface Rodeo (2013), which was finished during his studies in Saint Louis, MO. Behance link [Google]
Designer in Saint Louis, MO. Behance link.
Creator of the delicate bilined caps typeface Vernon (2012). [Google]
Kansas City, MO-based designer of CUCA (2011), a pixel typeface 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.
Behance link. [Google]
[Robert E. Leuschke]
Rob Leuschke was born in and lives in St. Charles, MO. A former lettering artist at Hallmark Cards (1983-1987), Rob Leuschke had his own design businesses, Alphabytes, and set up TypeSETit in 2004. He earned a BFA in graphic design at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and started freelancing in 1987. Rob has created over 250 custom typefaces. In addition, he made tens of calligraphic and other script typefaces. Ambiance BT is Rob's first typeface. Also, early on, he created the free emoticon font AairChat (1995).
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 (the commercial version of his free font 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 (2002), RUSerius, Ruthie (2003), Saliere, SassyFrass ROB, Send Flowers, Shalimar, Square Peg, Tapestry, TheNautiGal, Twinkle Star, Updock, VujahDay, Water Brush, and Whisper.
Fonts made in 2009 at P22: Babylonica, RobsPickles, RoadRage, QwitcherBychen, the Caramel family (including Crunch, Candy, Nuggets). In 2009, he also published Italianno ROB.
Typefaces made in 2010: Allura (see Google Web Fonts), Estonia Nouveau (based on calligraphy by Villu Toots), Estonia Regular, Estonia Swash, Island Moments, Neon Derthaw (neon light face).
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).
Designs from 2012: Fuggles, Explora (a delicate calligraphic script face).
Typefaces from 2013: Style Script.
Typefaces from 2014: Praise Pro (signage script), Ise Sport (flared font).
Typefaces from 2015: Festive, Luxurious, Luxury script, Comforter, WindSong (a connected script, not to be confused with the famous calligraphic script Windsong (1998, Bright Ideas), Alumni Sans (an organic sans family with large x-height; +Collegiate, +Inline).
Typefaces from 2016: Glory, Hurricane (connected script family).
Fontsquirrel link. Fontspace link. FontShop link. Fontspace link. Interview. Pic. Another Fontspace link.
Showcase of Rob Leuschke's typefaces at MyFonts. View Rob Leuschke's fonts. [Google]
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]
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.
Kadina Design link. [Google]
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]
Kansas City, MO-based designer of Stitchel (2011, modular). [Google]
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 bete 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. Wilson's style is also known as the Fillmore Poster lettering style.
Several typefaces were made that are based on we Wilson's lettering. These include Wes Wilson (2007, Keith Bates), Mojo (1996, Jim Parkinson, Adobe), Butterfield (1993, David Nalle), Genie (2006, Rebecca Alaccari, Canada Type), Jonah (2005, Rebecca Alaccari, Canada Type), Roller Poster (2006, HiH), and Peace and Love Solid by Leslie Cabarga.
View some of the digital typefaces that are based on Wes Wilson's work. [Google]
William A. Schraubstadter
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 typeface 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 typefaces, 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:
- ADCRAFT. The three weights shown by BB&S in 1927 under this name were assembled from three different sources. While they are acceptable as family members, their resemblance to each other is merely coincidental and not as pronounced as in most families. The unifying feature is their rugged or irregular shape, a popular style of the time. Adcraft Black, the oldest member, was introduced by BB&S under the name of Plymouth Bold in 1900 or earlier. It is very heavy, and the most rugged of the group. Fonts contained all the Special characters shown, except for certain ones in the largest sizes. The regular weight of Plymouth (q.v.) was called Adcraft Bold by some users, but that name does not seem to be in any of the founders' literature. 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. Adcraft Lightface originated with Western Type Foundry in 1911 as Carlton and was taken over by BB&S as Rugged Lightface; it was also made under the name Puritan by Hansen, which is the source of this specimen. Adcraft Lightface fonts contained all the Special characters shown plus capital AE and DE diphthongs, but Adcraft Medium fonts had ct and st ligatures only. Compare Avil, Drew.
- COMSTOCK was advertised by Inland Type Foundry in 1902 as "a striking novelty, our brand new face." It was revived by ATF in 1957. It is a medium weight conventional gothic, distinguished by a hairline surrounding each letter. The G lacks a crossbar, typical of many nineteenth-century gothics. The design was sponsored by A. H. Comstock of Omaha, according to a review at the time of its introduction. 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 typefaces, but Monotype Comstock Condensed is in 18-point only, without figures. In both foundry typefaces, there are several sizes on 12-point body; No.1 is the largest in regular, but No.1 is the smallest in Condensed. In 1911, a copy of Comstock was issued by Bauer in Germany under the name Astoria, revived in 1957.
- FOSTER is a heavy square-serif letter, patented and probably designed by William Schraubstadter and introduced by Inland in 1905. It 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. See Webb for the outline version of the same design.
- ROCKWELL ANTIQUE was a reissue of Litho Antique, cut by William Schraubstadter for Inland Type Foundry and introduced in January 1910 when it was advertised as the "newest typeface; one of our best; closely imitating steelplate and lithography." In the late 1920s similar typefaces became popular in Europe, and some were imported into the United States. Morris Benton of ATF added several characters to the old Inland face, matrices of which were then in ATF's vaults, and it was reissued in 1931 as Rockwell Antique. But Benton saw that something more was needed, and redrew it as Stymie Bold (q.v.) in the same year. The alternate characters which were added to Rockwell are the same ones now shown with Stymie Bold. Monotype copied Rockwell but erroneously called it Stymie Bold in some literature, and there has been confusion between the two typefaces ever since; the latter name is often applied to fonts of Rockwell cast on Monotype machines by secondary suppliers. Indicative of this confusion, Stymie Bold Italic on Mono is series 1891, corresponding to Rockwell series 189, while Stymie Bold is 790. English Monotype has several weights of Rockwell, a square serif family which differs from this typeface and should not be confused with it; see Imports in Appendix. Antique Shaded (q. v.) is sometimes called Rockwell Antique Shaded.
- WEBB is an outline version of Foster (q.v.). It is cut to register for two-color v work; slightly larger so slight misregister will not let the Foster show around C the edges. It was patented in 1905 by William Schraubstadter, probably the designer, and shown by Inland the same year. Condensed Webb was shown shortly after.
- WINCHELL was designed by Edward Everett Winchell, art director of the Matthews-Northrup Printing Works in Buffalo, New York, and introduced by Inland Type Foundry in 1903 as "especially adapted for use in fine catalog and booklet printing, as well as for commercial stationery, where something out of the ordinary is demanded." It is a bold, thick-and-thin display face, but more like a nineteenth-century design, with some characters seeming to be poorly proportioned or having awkward shapes. These faults are less noticeable in Condensed Winchell, introduced by Inland the following year, but patented by William Schraubstadter in 1905. Neither is a distinguished typeface by later standards. Compare John Hancock, Bold Antique.
- WOODWARD was designed for Inland Type Foundry in 1894 by William A. Schraubstadter, and named for a Saint Louis printer. Other versions followed over the next few years. In 1911 Inland was purchased by ATF and its equipment divided between that foundry and BB&S. Some time later BB&S reissued Woodward and Woodward Outline as DeVinne Recut and DeVinne Recut Outline (q.v.).
William Scott McConnell
William Scott Simpson Jr
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).
In 2012, he published the free sans typefaces Gram (hairline), Merit (part of a student project to redesign Home Depot's brand identity), Mermaid (a bold didone) and Young.
Dafont link. [Google]