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Type scene in Montana

[Illustration by George Daniel]


Andrew Lockhart

Andrew Lockhart (b. Sandy, OR) runs Andrew Lockhart Design in Montana, where he is a student at Montana State University. As a FontStructor, he made Thick Round, Sport Classic (athletic lettering face), Thin Stripe, Bold Stripe, and Stripe Bold in 2010. Locked Up (2010) is based on a vector image of a combination lock.

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Bill Troop

Bill Troop, a phenomenal wordsmith, runs Graphos. Just read this quote: Typeface Design is obtuse, incomprehensible, unsuitable, unremunerable, and irresistable. With the aid of the computer, it has never been easier to design a typeface, and never easier to manufacture one. Because of PostScript, TrueType, and font creation programs like Fontographer, Font Studio, and Font Lab, there have never been more typeface designs available, nor have there ever been so many typeface designers active. Yet, just as at all times and places there is very little good of anything to be had, so there are remarkably few fine typefaces available today. Printers now have merely a fraction of the first rate types they had in 1930. He is active in the typophile community, where he is a fervent supporter of high quality and ethical typography. Bill Troop (b. Montreal) grew up in New York and London. He studied classical piano, type design, photography and writing. He is married to the novelist Elspeth Barker, and lives in England.

Bill designed Busted (2008, Canada Type: grunge family) and the luxurious families Didot Headline (2009, Canada Type) and Didot Display.

From 2009 until 2011, he cooperated with Patrick Griffin at Canada Type on a monumental revival of Alessandro Butti's Semplicità typeface---the new family is called Semplicità Pro. The designers write: Bill and I spent some time looking closely at Futura, the instant popularity of which in the late 1920s triggered Butti's design. This was for the most part a pleasant process of rehashing what constitues a geometric typeface, musing over the fundamental phallacy of even having such a classification in type while in reality very little geometry is left after the application of the optical adjustments inherently needed in simplified alphabet forms, trying to understand how far such concepts can go before entering into minimalism, and scoping the relativity between form simplicity and necessary refinement. Mostly academic, but very educational and definitely worth the ticket. [...] For an answer to Futura, Semplicità was certainly quite adventurous and ahead of its time. It introduced aesthetic genetics that can be seen in popular typefaces to this very day, which is to say eighty years later. Though some of that DNA was too avant-garde for the interwar period during which Semplicità lived out its popularity, much of it remains as an essential aesthetic typographers resort to whenever there is call for modern, techno, or high-end futuristic appeal. The most visibly adventurous forms at the time were the f and t, both which having no left-side crossbar, with the f's stem also extended down to fully occupy the typeface's descender space. Aside from those two letters, Semplicità's radical design logic and idiosyncracy become more apparent when directly compared with Futura. [...] Futura attempted to go as far as geometry could take it, which ultimately made it too rigid and considerably hurt its viability for text setting. Renner himself acknowledged some of its flaws, and even proposed alternate fucntionality treatments, with a more humanist aproach applied to some forms, all of which went nowhere because Futura's momentum and revenue were deemed undisruptable by some- thing so trivial as aesthetic or functionality. William Dwiggins' Metro design, a direct descendent of the Renner's design, went almost diametrically the opposite way of Futura, with the deco facets considerably magnified and the geometry toned down. Butti decided a design that finds the middle ground in that aesthetic tug of war was probably a better idea than either extreme.

In 2016, Patrick Griffin and Bill Troop codesigned Bunyan Pro, which is the synthesis of Bunyan, the last face Eric Gill designed for hand setting in 1934 and Pilgrim, the machine face based on it, issued by British Linotype in the early 1950s---the most popular Gill text face in Britain from its release until well into the 1980s. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Chase McBride

Freelance illustrator and graphic designer living in Missoula, MT. He created the Wavy Gravy display typeface (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Genna Boyer

While studying at the University of Montana, Genna Boyer created the fat finger typeface Lemonade Stand (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heather Swartz

Student at the University of Montana. Creator of the hand-printed typeface Heather Shibahn (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jackrabbit Creative
[Tyler Thorney]

Northwest Montana-based designer Tyler Thorney created the hand-drawn typefaces Sandman, Hickory Slab, Atlas Sans and Atlas Slab in 2014. In 2015, he designed Death To Stock, Dagwood (brush typeface), Tiger Lily (a hand-crafted serif typeface), Hastings (Fill & Stencil), Jackalope, Milktooth and Moonshine.

Typefaces from 2016: Vintage Number Pack (numerals for dollar bills), Melvin (sans).

Creative Market link. Another Creative Market link. Gumroad link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Keya Kirkpatrick

Montana-based designer at Apostrophic Laboratory, of Extasy Dings in 2000. She codesigned KimonoGeo-Italic, KimonoGeo, Kimono-Italic, KimonoKong-Italic, KimonoKong, and Kimono with Apostrophe.

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Landon Blake

Fontstructor who made My Orchard (2012, a fattish modular typeface). Aka Sunburned Surveyor.

Home page. Landon is a land surveyor in California and Nevada and lives in Stockton, CA, after graduating from the Flathead Valley Community College in Montana. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maddy Baker

Lakeside, MT-based designer of a free hand-crafted typeface, handCrafted Maddy, in 2015. Home page. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Madison Apple

After studying the illustrations, cartographies, and penmanship of Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien, Chicago-based Madison Apple (b. Whitefish, Montana) created a detailed script font based on his handwriting called Legendiarum (2015). It was developed during his studies at Columbia College Chicago. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nate Adelman

Bozeman, MT-based designer of these mostly vintage typefaces: Eastport (2015), Aloha Friday (2015), Frigate (2015), Whydah (2015), Betty Bop (2015), Munster (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Phil Bracco
[Pink Broccoli]

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Pink Broccoli
[Phil Bracco]

Foundry located in Westbury, NY, and run by Phil Bracco (b. 1981, Big Horn, MT), a graduate of the Pratt Institute. Creator of the festive signage fonts Charming Charlie PB (2009), Hip Hopper PB (2008, inspired by the lettering on an art poster by Patrick Owsley for the cartoon character Hoppity Hooper), Fat Rhino PB (2008) and Pink Broccoli PB (2008). Hideaway (2008) is a light-hearted comic flare serif typeface inspired by a 1964 Speedy Gonzalez cartoon title. More comedy in Chop Phooey (2008), Astronaut Jones (2008), Lil Rhino PB (2008), Houseguest PB (2008), Spidertoes PB (2009) and Tiny Butler (2008). Chorizo PB (2008) is inspired by some of the wild lettering of comic creator Paul Coker, Jr. Houndcats PB (2008) is a comic book sans based on a 1972 cartoon called Houndcats. Manic Mood PB (2008), Kid Captain PB (2009), Bear Club PB (2009), Hot Streak PB (2009) and Suited Horse PB (2008) have more comic book lettering. Suited Horse PB (2009) is a chalkboard font inspired by the title screen of a 1968 Walt Disney film titled, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit. Monster Fiesta PB (2009) is a curly display typeface. Chop Chop PB (2009) is an oriental brush simulation face. Fathoms BB (2009) is a crazy sans serif font based on the titling from one of ABC's Movie of the Week series from 1969 called Daughter of the Mind. Dead Rite PB (2011) and Whipsnapper (2013) are oddball cartoon typefaces.

In 2012, Bracco published Mister Rii PB.

In 2013, Phil Bracco designed Screwby (offbeat retro style that started out as a digitization of the film typeface Surf by Lettergraphics) and Contraption (an octagonal typeface family that started out as a digitization of a film typeface called Intrigue by Lettergraphics).

Typefaces from 2014: Wonderbear PB (a cartoon typeface based on the title screens and comic books of the Hair Bear Bunch), Sackem PB (Bracco explains: Sackem started as a digitization of a singular film typeface called Benman Jumbo by Lettergraphics. From there, this mechanical typeface was expanded into a giant family of playful widths and obliques: from the condensed Slim style to the original Jumbo style).

Typefaces from 2015: Beaucoup PB (Beaucoup started as a digitization of a film typeface called Bippie by Facsimile Fonts), Luckmeister PB (offbeat, retro and cartoonish, from the vintage record cover, Music from MR. Lucky, composed and conducted by Henry Mancini), Good Grief PB (which started out as a digitization of a film typeface called Carmel by Letter Graphics), MardiKrewe PB (funky psychedelic letters, described by Phil as delightfully insane; it started as a digitization of a film typeface called MardiGras by Lettergraphics).

Typefaces from 2016: Birthday Wish PB (beatnik style), Flawless Flygirl PB (beatnik style), Jus Hangin PB (children's script inspired by the lettering on the cover of the 1999 Counting Crows album "This Desert Life").

Klingspor link. Creative Market link.

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Robyn Phillips
[Skeldale House Treasures]

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Sam Lustig

For a school project, Sam Lustig (Bozeman, MT) created the stackable display typeface Gimmick (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sam Rohrich

Bozeman, MT-based graphic design student who created the collage-style typeface Misterioso Carnivale (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Missoula, MT-based designer (b. 1979) of CrimsonVermillionHandwriting (2008) and Wicked Witch (2008). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scott Smoker

Polar, MT-based designer of the spurred typeface War & Club (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scott Smoker

Scott Soker runs Smoke Signal Design in Poplar, MT. Scott designed War Club Typeface (2014), a rounded spurred hand-crafted typeface family with regular, rough and textured styles. He specializes in hand-crafted lettering. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shaun Coke

Graphic designer in Bozeman, MT. He created some nice posters that explain the different features of typefaces as well as the classification of types: Anatomy, [continued], Modern typefaces, Old style typefaces, Sans serif, Slab serif, Transitional typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Signature Factory

Converts your signature to a TrueType font for 10USD. Free sample font. Also free, the signatures of four presidents: Signature-AbrahamLincoln, Signature-GeorgeWashington, Signature-JohnFKennedy, Signature-JohnAdams. Initials are freely converted. Based in Glasgow, Montana. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Skeldale House Treasures
[Robyn Phillips]

This site used to have shareware dingbats by Missi (Robyn Phillips from Cascade, Montana). For a short while, it was a commercial site featuring 246 fonts on one CD for 49USD. And some time after that, it shut down altogether. However, the fonts will forever be floating around in cyberspace. Fontspace link.

The font names start with Ryp or ryp, and with that prefix omitted, we have: Abctrain, Animal, Aquatic, Bars 1, Birds 1, Buildings, Butterfly 1+2, Button 1-4, Caps Fonts (60 typefaces !), Cartoon Bugs, Cats 1 + 2, Children 1-3, China Art (11 typefaces), Christmas 1-4, Christmas Bells, Christmas Caps, Deco 1-20, Element 1+2, Evil 1, Facets 1, Fat 1, Fiesta 1+2, Floral 1-11, Frames 1+2, Geometrics, Greek Vases 1+2, Halloween 1, Hats 1+2, Hearts 1, Jewels 1-4, Keys 1+2, Kokopelli Flute, Ladies Hats 1+2, Leaves 1, Lighthouse 1, Nature 1, Nymphic, Old Wood Cuts 1-6, 10-14, Old World Art 1-4, Ornate 1-7, Pipes 1+2, Quilt 1-10, Real Bugs, Ropes 1+2, Santa 1+2, Scarey, Snowflake 1-8 (image of Snowflake 1 and of Snowflake 3), Silhouette 1-20, Thanksgiving, Transportation 1-3, Trees, Victorian 1-3.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Skyla Design

Great Falls, MT-based of the brush typefaces Januar (2016), December Sparks (2016) and October Storm (2016), the script typefaces De Novembre (2016) and Sweet September Script (2016, beatnik style), July Kissed (2016, curly brush script), Dear June (2016), the brush script typefaces August Rain (2016), Bongiorno (2016), Willow (2016) and Olive Sky (2016). He also created the hand-crafted February Love (2016), Jamie Woods (2016). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steven Berkas

Bozeman, MT-based designer of the monoline circular sans typeface Otter (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tim Praetzel

Designer at The University of Montana's University Center in Missoula, MT. He created the arc-based geometric typeface Roscoe (2011). It will at some point be a free family, he says.

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Tyler Thorney
[Jackrabbit Creative]

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