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McGill University
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About Type Foundry
[Don Synstelien]

Foundry in Omaha, NE, co-founded by Don Synstelien and Chris MacGregor. The Anger and Envy collections were designed by Don Synstelien. The Totem and Fetish collections by Chris MacGregor. Designers unclear: Electric Weasel, Font Pirate, Guilty, JackrabbitsBarGrill, Human Condition, Loud, Lumberjack Boxed Lunch, Lumberjack Fred, Mondo Kaizen, Nurse Ratchet, Roadkill Piqnik. Fonts by Chris MacGregor: Afrobats (1995), Boxonoxo (1998), Bridgework (1994), Citore (1994), Club (1998), Crystopian (1999), Datapad (1997), Empanel (1996), Emulate (1995), Epaulet (1995, now also at Agfa-Monotype), Esboki (1997), Esdeki (1997), Estuki (1997), Estuki MEGA (1997), Hiro (1998), Itto (1996), LeslieSmith (1995), Manitu (1996), Metolurgy (1997), Mitten (1996), Planet (1997), Reverberate (1994), Tagged (1994), Tshtars (1996), Utile (1996), Zehrg¨t (1994). Fonts by Don Synstelien: Aspersion, Atomic Suck, Badger Fatboy, Benday Square, Brahn Mufun, CyberZombie, Dogs on Mars, Dream Time, LEaD Lights, Liquid Sex, Neck Candy, Remi, Nude, Omaha, RegenerationX, Ridicule (1994), Skannerz, Sprokette, Studded Leather Jackets (his best font), Two Beers. MyFonts link.

In 1994, Don Systelien created SynFonts.

Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ali Anderson

During her studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, Ali Anderson created the rounded display typefaces BAE (2014) and Winslows (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew S. Fuller
[Foam Train Font Foundry]

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Big Typephoon
[Thomas W. Ziller]

Thomas W. Ziller (b. 1970, Grand Island, NE) is the [T-26] designer of Arcturus (1994, a futuristic font) and ArcturusBats (1994). He also designed Knucklehead (2008), BubbleGum (1994) and Muscleman (2007). His foundry is called Big Typephoon.

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

Bruce McCorkindale
[WonderWords]

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Chaos Fonts
[Jason Matthew Everett]

Jason Everett (Lincoln, NE) offers 7 fonts of his own hand, at 18.50 USD a shot. The names describe the kind of lettering that is involved: Digifit, Dr. Vinyl (a piano key typeface), Deranger, Capsule System, Underworld Odd, Weirdo, Moultipass 2, Moultipass.

Other creations: Beamship. Betamorph, Boss Drum, Captivity Remix, Cliffhanger, Crakoom, EnterTerrestrial, HandWrit, Metatron Family, Psychopod, Renegade Master / Renegade Mistress, Replicant, Screebie, Supernaut, Syntosis, Technocrat (1998).

View the fonts here. Typoasis archived all the fonts. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ChemSyn Fonts

"The ChemSyn font, a TrueType font, was developed from a generic Geneva font. It is used to provide subscripts and superscripts for chemical formulas and equations." Free (Mac) PostScript and (Mac) TrueType versions. All software by David W. Brooks from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darcy Hinrichs

Typographer and designer from Sydney in Western Nebraska. She created the curly hand-printed typeface Persuasion (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daughters of the Nile
[Melinda Windsor]

Melinda Windsor from Ocala, FL (b. 1960) (but maybe also from Lincoln, NE), designed the occult dingbats font OccultDiary02 in 2001. Free Tamil fonts designed by her: KoothuCapsPlain, KoothuTamelTee, KoothuTamilFont, KoothuTamilFontBold, ThinaKoothuPowderCakes. Frigate (2001, Apostrophic Labs) is a display font family that includes kana characters as well. She is making a new font set, Plastic, at Apostrophic Labs. The Cyrillic/Latin version of Plastic No. 28 (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Derek Vogelpohl
[ShyFoundry (was: ShyFonts)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dillon McCoy

Creator of an unnamed brush script alphabet in 2013 during his graphic design studies in Lincoln, NE. Unclear if this has been digitized. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Don Synstelien
[About Type Foundry]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Don Synstelien
[SynFonts]

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Foam Train Font Foundry
[Andrew S. Fuller]

Free truetype fonts (PC, Mac) by Andrew Fuller from Portland, OR (was: Lincoln, NE), at his Foam Train Font Foundry: MMMCarbony, Buddy, Derez, Derez Hitek, Deltoid, Gloopy, Hobbit Tattoo-Brush, Hobbit Tattoo-Sloppy, Reeeally Quik Hand, RoundyButt, Unserif, DryToastCaps, Iron Filings, Eeewww Messy Boy, Thirty Months of Victory (2002, handwriting), LeakyPen (2002), Early Western Greek, Samaritan 300BC (2002), Face Eater, Fingerpaint Sans, Ingloriouser (grunge), Rat Brain, Tory Gothic Caps, Lumpin, Wendus, and InsideOut Cow.

Commercial fonts include Blackburn Hand, Salted Slug, Satavahana 200AD (2003), Face Eater, Fingerpaint Sans, Gloopy, MMM Carbony, Rat Brain, Reeeeally Quik Hand.

This site has a great glossary as well as subpages on type history, classification, and anatomy.

Dafont link. Old URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Greg Thompson

Born in Nebraska, 1958. He graduated in 1985 from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. In 1989 he began using Fontographer to make PostScript versions of existing typefaces for Chicago area design firms. At the invitation of Roger Black and David Berlow he became the first independent designer to contribute to the Font Bureau library.

Based in Mount Dora, FL, Greg Thompson is the designer of Bodega Sans and Bodega Serif at Font Bureau. Allan Haley reviews Bodega. He also created Agenda, FB Century Bold Condensed (1992, after the 1906 design at ATF by Morris Fuller Benton), Clicker (1992-2005), Commerce (1991, with Rick Valicenti).

About Clicker: Greg Thompson's original soft octagonal Clicker was drawn in 1992 for TV Guide and has since been used by CSI, Pepsi One, and Quicksilver. In 2005, Thompson has expanded the design, initially inspired by machine-readable type, to 44 new styles including italics and small caps.

At Thirstype, he created Ooga Booga (1994, with Rick Valicenti). Bluty (2000) seems to be a copy of Agenda.

FontShop link. Klingspor link.

View Greg Thompson's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jace Inman

Omaha, NE-based creator of Ziggy Sans (2012).

Behance link. Aka Just Jace. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jason Hogrefe
[Summit Type]

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Jason Matthew Everett
[Chaos Fonts]

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Katie Divine

Lincoln, NE-based graphic design graduate from the University of South Dakota. Her hairline sans typeface Nebula (2011) was designed while Katie was taking a summer design workshop at the University of South Dakota. The inspiration behind this typeface was gained from researching galaxial images. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MacFonts (or: macXware)

A CD with 1000 truetype fonts for Mac OS/X sold for 30USD and advertised by Creative Pro. This PDF file shows that most fonts are by Ray Larabie, Aenigma and other shareware foundries. I wonder if Ray and Aenigma know about this. For an extra 30USD, you can get an additional 750 fonts on the MoreMacFonts CD. That second CD, whose fonts can be viewed here consists of nothing but renamed stuff from elsewhere. The dubious company, called macXware, is run by Ishan Amin out of Omaha, NE. People on Typophile complained that most are freeware/shareware fonts by people such as Ray Larabie, Tom Murphy and Brian Kent (Aenigma). Amin said he obtained permissions. I do not believe that. And a big booh to Creative Pro. On September 4, 2004, 5 months after my original complaint, Creative Pro is still at it advertising this work. Typophile thread. Finally, on September 21, 2004, macXware withdrew its font collections from the market. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Madelynn Jager

Student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Picado (2012) is a typeface designed for a class project, inspired by the traditional art of Papel Picado. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melinda Windsor
[Daughters of the Nile]

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Michael D. Adams
[Roadgeek Fonts]

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Nolan King

During his studies in Lincoln, NE, Nolan King created the Victorian typeface King's Crown (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Omaha Recycles

Designers of Omaha Dings (2005), which has white on black letters and recycling dingbats. Located in Omaha, NE. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Phyl Thomas

Omaha, NE-based creator of the hand-printed typeface Lanklin (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roadgeek Fonts
[Michael D. Adams]

Memphis, TN-based Michael Adams (Roadgeek Fonts) developed a series of (free) heavy sans US highway sign fonts in 2002: Roadgeek2000SeriesB, Roadgeek2000SeriesC, Roadgeek2000SeriesD, Roadgeek2000SeriesE, Roadgeek2000SeriesEModified, Roadgeek2000SeriesF, RoadgeekTransportHeavy, RoadgeekTransportMedium. In 2005, he extended his font collection to include UK, German and US highway signs:

  • Roadgeek 2005 Series B/C/D/E/E(M)/F fonts are intended to closely approximate Highway Gothic fonts
  • Roadgeek 2005 Series 1B/2B/3B/4B/5B/6B are intended to closely approximate the new fonts, and are inteded for dark-on-light background signs.
  • Roadgeek 2005 Series 1W/2W/3W/4W/5W/5WR/6W are close kin to the -B fonts, but are intended for light-on-dark background signs.
  • Roadgeek 2005 Transport Heavy and Transport Medium should approximate the fonts used on British highway signs.
  • Roadgeek 2005 Engschrift and Mittelschirft should approximate the fonts used on German highway signs.
  • Roadgeek 2005 Arrows 1&2, Icons, and SignBacks are intended to help you in approximating U.S. highway signs, and are based on sign specifications from the Nebraska online MUTCD/SHS manuals.
Fontspace link. Fontreactor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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] [More]  ⦿

Robert Moore

During his studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE-based Robert Moore created the typeface Neo Grecia (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scott Kinney

Omaha, NE-based designer of the colourful all caps Bertender's Alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

ShyFoundry (was: ShyFonts)
[Derek Vogelpohl]

ShyFoundry (formerly ShyFonts Type Foundry), located in Elkhorn, NE, was founded in 1995 by Derek Vogelpohl (b. Phoenix, AZ, 1971), whose (often techno) fonts used to be free. His original free font site closed down in February 2001. The fonts were thereafter available at CybaPee's site. Fontspace link.

Derek briefly joined ApostrophicLabs in March 2001. His first font there is Phosphorus. In 2001, he created the beautiful Plasmatica family, PhosphorusII, Avondale (a great display family), and the large Covington text family, which is also available now for the Tex community. Dafont link.

In 2008, he took his operation to MyFonts. Each type family comes in 8 to 12 styles.

  • His old free font list: AlienEncounters, ArcheryBlack, AftershockDebris, AlienEncounters, AmericanaDreams, SF DigitalReadout [1999; in 2009, a commercial version, SF Digital Readout Pro appeared], DistantGalaxy, GrooveMachine, HollywoodHills (octagonal, like wood type), MoviePoster, OuterLimits, PlanetaryOrbiter, SFAtarianSystem, SFBigWhiskey, SFCosmicAge, SFFortuneWheel, SFGothican, SF Junk Culture, SFJuggernaut, SFNewRepublic, SFOldRepublic, SFSportsNight, SFSquareHead, SFTattleTales, SFTechnodelight, SFZeroGravity, SFCollegiate, SFMoviePoster, SolarSailer, StarDust, Telegraphic, ViperSquadron, SF IronSides, SF GrooveMachine, SF TransRobotics, SF Balloons, SF Intellivised, SF Obliquities, SF Willamette, ActionMan, Arborcrest, Automaton, Buttercup, ChromeFenders, SF Espionage, SF Square Head Pro (2009, with Roger S. Nelsson at CheapProFonts), SF Square Root, EccentricOpus, GrungeSans, Intermosaic (pixel family), Intoxicated, IronGothic, Laundromatic, Quartzite, SlapstickComic (comic book font family), SynthonicPop, SF Wasabi (oriental simulation), TheraminGothic, Ferretopia, Toontime, Retroesque, Chaerilidae, Gushing Meadow (dripping blood family), Shai Fontai, Retro Splice.
  • Free fonts made in 2008: SF Fourche, SF Florencesans (a huge family), SF Plasmatica, SF Slapstick Comic, SF Speedywaystar.
  • Commercial fonts: SF Groove Machine Pro, SF Quartzite Pro, SF Animatron (2008, a redesign of the techno family SF TransRobotics), SF Tekamah (2008, futuristic), SF Portabello (2008, bold and edgy headline family), SF Hallucination, SF Hypocrisy (2009, simple sans), SF Pale Bottom (2009), SF Outer Limits (2009), SF Orson Casua (2009), SF Old Republic (2009), SF Obliquities (2009), SF New Republic (2009), SF Movie Poster (2009), SF Minced Meat (2009), SF Chrome Fenders (2009), SF Eccentric Opus (2009), SF Buttacup (2009), SF Chaerilidae (2009), SF Covington (2009), SF Espionage (2009), SF Deco Techno (2009), SF Baroquesque (2009), SF Ferretopia (2009), SF Chromium 24 (2009), SF Avondale (2009), SF Electrotome (2009), SF Cosmic Age (2009), SF Hallucination (2009), SF Florencesans (2009), SF Zimmerman (2009, hand-printed).
[Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Stephanie Heupel

Graphic designer in Nebraska, who created the geometric typeface Dangerous Bubbles (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Summit Type
[Jason Hogrefe]

Summit Type is located in Omaha, NE. at Dafont, the company is associated with Jason Hogrefe. Their fonts include Calligri (2009, calligraphic), and Merilee (2009, neat handprinting). At Dafont, there are free fonts such as Alido (2009), Dunkirk (2010, a comic book style face) and Loopi (2009, a connected script). Other fonts include Whirly (2008 curly), Venezio (2008), Regala (2008), Opal (2008), Olcen (2008), Idion (2008), Gamadyne (2008), Ferris (2008), Dickens Carol (2008), Bristle (2008, brush), Banks Script (2008), Arias (2008), and Ardor (2008). The unknown designer might be Hogrefe himself--I doubt it though. Upon closer scrutiny, we discover that the company is basically a vendor. About 4000 Fonts (40 USD), they write All of the fonts in 4000 Fonts are new from our SummitType foundry and have never been available before now. They also sell Wedding Fonts and Holiday Fonts. The company is also known as Summitsoft Corp.

Further investigation reveals that this is the old Macxware company about which I have been writing for almost ten years. From another place on my web site, I quote [note that this was written ca. 2004]: A CD with 1000 truetype fonts for Mac OS/X sold for 30USD and advertised by Creative Pro. This PDF file shows that most fonts are by Ray Larabie, Aenigma and other shareware foundries. I wonder if Ray and Aenigma know about this. For an extra 30USD, you can get an additional 750 fonts on the MoreMacFonts CD. That second CD, whose fonts can be viewed here consists of nothing but renamed stuff from elsewhere. The dubious company, called macXware, is run by Ishan Amin out of Omaha, NE. People on Typophile complained that most are freeware/shareware fonts by people such as Ray Larabie, Tom Murphy and Brian Kent (Aenigma). Amin said he obtained permissions. I do not believe that. And a big booh to Creative Pro. On September 4, 2004, 5 months after my original complaint, Creative Pro is still at it advertising this work. Typophile thread. Finally, on September 21, 2004, macXware withdrew its font collections from the market. Well, it seems they have been resurrected as Summit Type and convinced MyFonts to accept their business.

The continuing saga in 2011. MacUpdate bundles free fonts with theire software---see here and here. The fonts were made by SummitType---this PDF shows all the fonts. See also here, 4000 Fonts (Amazon), here, and here. Again, nothing but renamed fonts---Mistral is Mystic, Vogue is Vogel, and so forth. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

SynFonts
[Don Synstelien]

Born in 1968 in Belleview. From Omaha, NE, Don Synstelien's own fonts sold through SynFonts (which he created in 1994) or MyFonts.com: Aspersion, Atomic Suck, Badger Fatboy, Ben Day Square, Brahn Mufun, Cheap&Easy, CyberZombie, Dogs on Mars?, Dreamtime, Electric Weasel, Font Pirate, Guilty, Human Condition, Jackrabbits Bar, LEaD Lights, Liquid Sex (LED lights font), LouD, Lumberjack Fred, Mondo Kaizen (South American dingbats), Neck Candy, NudE, Nurse Ratchet, Omaha, Regeneration X, Roadkill Piqnik (1998, roadkill dingbats!!!), Ridicule, SkannerZ, Sprokette, Leather Jackets, Trumen, Two Beers, FoodFancy, HappyGoLucky, Dungeoneer2, LiquidSexHardEdgedandEmpty, LiquidSexItalic, LumberjackFred, NeckCandy, NudE, NudEAnorexic, NudERubenesque, NudERubenesqueItalic, NudEUNPAIDDEMO, NurseRatchet, PunkerChicksinLeatherJackets, StuddedLeatherJackets, TwoBeersfree. Web page has gone Flash-crazy. At Plazm, he published Derision (1995), NudE (1995), SlickDog (1995). SynFonts seems to be located in Marietta, GA, now.

Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Thomas W. Ziller
[Big Typephoon]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

WonderWords
[Bruce McCorkindale]

Markets faces for comic books. Omaha's Bruce McCorkindale's WonderWords comic book typeface (from the series "The Nameless"; in truetype) costs 25 USD, for example. [Google] [More]  ⦿

xPlacebo

xPlacebo is "TJ" from Omaha, NE. Besides drawing nice illustrations, he also created the Penguin Alphabet (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zach Willard

Omaha, NE-based creator of Sharkscribble (2010, Fontifier) and Receipt Paper Radiation (2012, stencil pixel face, made with FontStruct). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿