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Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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A New Machine
[Kent Swecker]

Foundry, est. 2011, in Raleigh, NC, by Kent Swecker. A New Machine created the beautiful hairline hand-printed typeface Hair Line (2011), Sweck Sans (2011, a sans with some contrast and a large x-height), Unstable (2011, a paper cut face), the sketch typeface Crosshatch (2011), and the modular FontStruct-like typeface Model UR (2011).

In 2012, he made Quarry (an outlined hand-drawn shadow font), Holt Sans (a Peignotian family), Unstable Slab, Mitosis (using bubbly dots), Radial (prismatic), and Airwave (techno).

Typefaces from 2013: Benthic (decorative geometric caps), Tubbs (a beefy poster face), Dot To Dot (a dotted and lined pair of school fonts), Emjay (sketched blackboard bold typeface).

Typefaces from 2014: Carawan (a rounded sans family), Back and Forth, Fat Nib (splatter brush face), Smoot (whimsical typeface).

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

Adam Roe
[Reelhouse]

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Adam Roe
[Lunchbox Design]

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Agne Gonzalez

Designer from North Carolina who made the angular techno typeface Litha (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alberto Larizza
[Flash Design]

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Alex Hunter

Born in Scotland, Alex Hunter grew up in the USA and is now based in Charlotte, NC. She created great lettering for her poster Ask Me To Stay (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra Krohn

Charlotte, NC-based designer of Forrader (2014), a rounded vintage poster sans. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexandra Wiedemann

Graphic designer in Ralegh, NC, who created an experimental typeface in 2010 called Georna. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alycia Kozlowski

Alycia Kozlowski (Raleigh, North Carolina) created the octagonal typeface Stream Geometrica Lite in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Weiss

Amanda Weiss, who lives in Kernersville, NC, designed American Model Printer Typeface (2014) based upon an angled crossbar sans typeface seen in a 1880s publication called American Model Printer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angela Diaz

During her studies at Peace College in Raleigh, NC, Angela Diaz designed the modular typeface Addiaz (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Cooper

Greensboro, NC-based designer (b. 1987) who runs Dirty Little Cards. Creator of Dirty Little Secrets (2011), Poisoned Apples (2011), and Little Sparrow (2011, thin handwriting). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Barron Webster

During his graphic design studies at RISD in Providence, RI, Barron Webster, who is originally from North Carolina, created a pair of display sans typefaces called Barcelona and Barcelonetta (2012).

In 2013, he created the modern blackletter family Baum Display (dedicated site: free typeface for personal use).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Pippin

Fayetteville, NC-based designer (b. 1986) of the pixel typeface River_City_Ransom_Ingame_Font, based on the in-game font from River City Ransom. FON format only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Tuttle

Graphic designer in Raleigh, NC, who created the sans family Clark (2006). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bomparte's Fonts
[John Bomparte]

Bomparte's Fonts is John Bomparte's (b. Port of Spain, Trinidad, 1959) foundry in Wake Forest, NC. A graphic and type designer, John Bomparte was the assistant to, and a protege of renowned type designer Ed Benguiat, at the legendary Photo-Lettering Inc. It was there that John was surrounded by other great type designers such as Tony Stan, Vic Caruso, Vincent Pacella and Bob Alonso.

John designed the art deco sans typeface Hamptons BF, and another art deco headline face, Take Two BF.

In 2006, he published the 12-style family Blackletter Sans and the exquisite poster semi-Greek simulation art deco typeface Abstrak BF (modeled after a 1934 ATF font by Robert Foster called Abstract).

In 2007, he surprises with the 1920s poster font Michelle BF, the hand-printed Brandy BF, its follow-up Johnny Script BF (2008), the quirky Freaky Frog BF, the dot matrix halftone effect font Subliminal BF, the frizzy Glow Gothic BF (2007), and the gorgeous swashy 3-style blackletter family Black Swan BF (2007).

His 2008 faces: Jacky Sue BF (based on the hand of Jackie Geerlings), SoHo Nights BF, Hamburger Font BF (a rounded fat face), and the art deco sans serif faces Sidewalk Cafe BF (2008) and Hamptons BF (2 weights).

Emerge BF (2009) is a flare serif inspired by Admiral, c.1900, from the Keystone Type Foundry. Freedom Writer BF (2009) is a connected handwriting script face.

Danielle BF (2010) is hand-printed, based on the hand of Danielle Paradis. Factor BF (2010) is an electronic / futuristic / techno face. FingerSpeller BF (1994) is an American sign language typeface. Retroscript BF (2010) and Capistrano BF (2010) are beautiful connected scripts.

In 2011, he added the fat felt tip pen typeface Sherbet BF and the funky rounded display typeface Dragonfly BF. In that same year, he published the stunted black wood type typeface Squat (BA Graphics, based on earlier work of or with Bob Alonso).

Typefaces from 2012: Rockport BF (a gaspipe font inspired by 19th century wood types), Wilmington Script BF (an upright loopy connected script).

In 2014, Seagrass BF, a connected script, was published.

Klingspor link. Catalog of some of his commercial fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brandi

This North-Carolinian made Screwwy Jubilee Font (2010) and ChunkyMunky (2010), two hand-printed faces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Hubschman

High Point, NC-based designer of the all caps hipster typeface Nomadic (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caitlin Atteberry

Raleigh, NC-based designer of Hexel Sans (2011), which was inspired by the hexagonal patterns seen in beehives. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Callout
[Kyle Lambert]

Callout is the Greensboro, NC-based foundry of Kyle Lambert. Designer of Pipe Dream (2011, a typeface inspired by video games from the 1990s), Hookshot (2011), Reacher Sans (2011, a monoline stencilish warm sans). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cecilia Payseur

Graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who during her internship with Arzberger Stationers, created some caps faces in 2011; Flora (floriated), Suzy (oriental simulation), Caroline (calligraphic), Sassie (Victorian), and a blackletter face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chelsea Brown

During her studies in Charlotte, NC, Chelsea Brown designed the display typeface Boomerang (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Cureton

Print and graphic designer in Charlotte, NC. Creator of Cureton (2010), a display typeface in which all letters have the same height and are above the baseline. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Baumgart

Concord, NC-based creator of a steampunk caps typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Connie Myers
[Spectrum Designs (was: Connie Starsongs)]

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Craig Maxwell

Raleigh, NC-based designer of Ephemeral (2012), a modular typeface. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Crawler
[Walker Corl]

Walker Corl (or just Crawler) is the Charlotte, NC-based designer of the Le Petit typeface in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dan Auer

Graphic designer and typographer from North Carolina, who studied graphic design at Savannah College of Art&Design. He created the geometric counterless typeface King Pong (2010).

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

Daniel Turek

Wilmington, NC-based designer of the shareware font ScrewedUpTypewriter, showcased at (but not downloadable from) Fred Showker's page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dante McCormick

American designer of Nasty Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Deasy

Greenboro, NC-based creator of an Escheresque logo for Overfield (2012) and of a savvy logo for a charter yacht in the British Virgin Islands called Grand Cru (2012).

Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)
[Delve Withrington]

Delve Withrington (Alameda, CA; b. 1970, Asheville, NC) studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, designed signage, print projects and web pages in addition to designing custom typefaces, worked for Fontshop, and in 2004, joined the type team at Agfa Monotype, which morphed into Monotype Imaging, Redwood City, CA. From Asheville, NC, he moved around and ended up in San Francisco. In 1996, he founded Delve Fonts in Berkeley, CA (in fact, Delve Media Arts, and later renamed Delve Fonts). He has collected a virtually complete list of books on typography. Author index. New books. One of the first places to consult, in my view. New type books. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:

  • Blasphemy Initials: a free (and also commercial...) spooky font.
  • Blot Test (1999): a dingbat font inspired by the work of noted German psychologist Hermann Rorschach [1885-1922].
  • Cody (1999): an informal comic book face.
  • Continuo (1996): an all caps bilined outline face.
  • Cortina (2011). A futuristic family by Joachim Müller-Lancé.
  • Delve Hand (1996-2003).
  • Eucalyptus Regular.
  • Eulipia (1997-2003): organic.
  • Helfa (2011). Delve writes: Readability is baked in with a generous x-height, fine proportions that have a medium height to width ratio, and reasonable contrast in stroke weight variation.
  • Oktal Mono (2012, a rounded octagonal modular typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé and Erik Adigard of MAD studio in Sausalito).
  • Peso (1999): an octagonal family inspired by a parking sign discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Quara (2009): a techno sans.
  • Tilden Sans (2004-2009): low contrast, large x-height.
  • Uppercut Angle (2011). A signage typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé. It was originally developed for the Krav Maga training center of San Francisco.
  • Ysobel (2009; winner of an award at TDC2 2010). Delve codesigned the newspaper type family Ysobel (Monotype) with type designers Robin Nicholas, head of type design at Monotype, and Alice Savoie (Frenchtype, Monotype). The sales pitch: According to Nicholas, the idea for the Ysobel faces started when he was asked to create a custom, updated version of the classic Century Schoolbook typeface, which was designed to be an extremely readable typeface - one that made its appearance in school textbooks beginning in the early 1900s. See also Ysobel eText Pro (2013).
His Art work often involves type. Bitstream's Type Odyssey 2 (2002) has Continuo, Blot Test, Peso, Peso Negative. In 2009, Steven Skaggs designed Rieven Uncial and Rieven Italic at Delve Fonts. Pic. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Delve Withrington
[Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)]

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Dennis Ludlow
[Sharkshock]

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District (was: CV Type)
[Galen Lawson]

CV Type, since 2013 called District, is Galen Lawson (b. Greensboro, NC, 1975), an artist who specialized first in graffiti type and logotypes and then expanded to cover all bases, including several distinctive masterpieces such as Blancmange and Hoban. He lives in Washington, DC. In 2013, CV Type became District.

His creations from 2010 until 2012: Aeron (2010, semi-serifed family, with a crippled lower case h), Hijinx (2009, a headline face), Verlico (2009, a take on Optima), and Frusta (2010, a 5-style slab serif family), Level (2010, an elliptical sans family), Reverie (2011, a curly sans), Encoder (2011, a slabby stencil family), Blancmange (2012: a tall informal semi-brush family), Reverie OT (2012).

Typefaces from 2013: Hoban (Light and Bold, a pair of high-contrast fashion mag faces), Fair Sans (unicase), Fair Sans Text.

Typefaces from 2014: Fair Sans Text.

Klingspor link. Behance link.

View Galen Lawson's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Doghead Studio
[Jon Jennings]

Doghead Studio is the personal foundry of designer Jon Jennings. Jennings created the free handwriting font Lucidity (2008). Katiki Can (2010) is a wall paint face. Born in Asheboro, NC, in 1984, he lives in Rock Hill, SC, and went commercial in 2010. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

DS Design
[Jane Scarano]

North-Carolinian distributor of Type Designer and creators of the Kidbag type collection. Kid Type Paint was designed by Jane Scarano and Jake Scott. Designer at Creative Alliance of the kid's handwriting faces KidType 1 and 2, as well as DingBrats (1993, dingbats). Dead FontShop link. Jake and Scott Scarano (now defunct link!) are credited at FontShop with the 1993 creative Alliance ruled kid's lettering typeface Kid Type Ruled, and the brushy 1993 faces Kid Type Crayon, Kid Type Marker and Kid Type Paint.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eccentrifuge
[John Butler]

The Eccentrifuge Blackletter Directory aims to be an exhaustive online reference for all commercially available blackletter fonts (but he only deals with commercial type). Run by John Butler of North Carolina (he was in Atlanta, GA). John Butler designed the Butler Antiqua family (2002) in the style of Ruzicka and Dwiggins. Eccentrifuge assists type designers in navigating and managing the complexity of OpenType feature programming, Euro conversion, character encoding and Unicode, Python scripting, bitmap embedding, and to a certain extent, internationalization. It also specializes in developing connected OpenType font designs at a level of fluidity previously unavailable, allowing your designs to achieve a true handwritten look. Jobs include Emigre's Mrs. Eaves OpenType, an OpenType version of Erik Van Blokland's Kosmik, and Barchowsky Fluent Hand OpenType. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Epic Games Inc

Designers in Raleigh, NC, of Unreal Tournament, a (free) gothic font used for the titling in one of their computer games. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Fillingame

Raleigh, NC-based designer who created the round organic Appietype family in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ethan Callender

Brooklyn-based creator of Monel 400 (2011), a multiline art deco poster typeface commissioned by Duke University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Flash Design
[Alberto Larizza]

Alberto Larizza (Flash Design, Winston-Salem, North Carolina) created Deco Font (2011). In 2010, he created the poster font Era Ora.

Alberto was born in Italy in 1985. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Font Doctor

Mac and Windows commercial software for font problem diagnosis, repair, and organization. It can be used to convert between type 1, OpenType and truetype. Morrison SoftDesign is located in Charlotte, NC. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontVista for Macintosh

FontVista is a 30USD font viewing, cataloguing and printing Mac utility by Morrison SoftDesign, Charlotte, NC. Free demo. FontVista supports TrueType, MultipleMaster, Postscript Type 1, and Bitmap fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontXChange

Commercial Mac and PC software by Morrison SoftDesign (Charlotte, NC) for converting fonts between type 1, OpenType and truetype. Not cheap. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FontXpress 5.08

Commercial Mac utility by Morrison SoftDesign, located in Charlotte, NC. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Galen Lawson
[District (was: CV Type)]

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Garrett Shue

Salisbury, NC-based designer of the free serifed typeface family Animagus (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heather Coates

American experimental photographer from Clayton, NC. Designer of Lined Lines (2009, hand-printed) and Handwritten Heather (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heather Gibson

Heather Gibson (Calluna Design, Mooresville, NC) created the bitmap typeface Elevated (2010, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heather Whitehead

Designer in Advance, NC, who created the display typeface Light as a Heather (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Heidi Adams

A graduate of NC State's College of Design, Heidi created a slabby monoline typeface there in 2009. Born in Columbus, OH, she lives in Raleigh, NC. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jane Scarano
[DS Design]

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Jasmine Banks

Graphic design student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Behance link.

Creator of On The Vine (2012), a pixelish typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jean Evans

Jean hails from South Carolina and studied art history at Queens College in Charlotte, NC.

Designer of Dizzy (1995), Elli (1993) and Rats (1997, with the help of Jill Pichotta) at Font Bureau. These are grunge handwriting fonts, except for the great calligraphic font Elli, originally commissioned in 1989 by the Houghton Library of Harvard University, in honor of Eleanor Garvey, curator emerita of the library's Department of Printing and Graphic Arts. Rats was based on the handwriting of children's book illustrator Scott Nash: Its small body height and tall ascenders support an oldstyle spirit drawn from early second-century Roman cursive scripts. Dizzy was made for an artist's book about Dizzy Gillespie.

Creative Alliance's font Hatmaker (1996) consists of two all caps faces, one of which was inspired by Ben Shahn's hand-constructed alphabet.

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

Jesse M. Ragan

Originally from North Carolina (b. 1979), Jesse Ragan studied type design at Rhode Island School of Design. After college, Jesse designed typefaces at Hoefler&Frere-Jones, where he had a hand in Gotham, Archer, and several other families. Since 2005, he has worked independently in Brooklyn, developing typefaces and lettering for a variety of clients. His work can be found at Font Bureau, House Industries, and Darden Studio. He also teaches typeface design at Pratt Institute and Cooper Union. He won an award at Bukvaraz 2001 for Gotham, co-designed with Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones.

His typefaces:

  • Afri Sans (2011). A custom typeface for the Museum for African Art in Manhattan.
  • Athenian Extended (2011). By Matteo Bologna and Jesse Ragan. This "playfully peculiar face" (their words) was custom designed for Typography 32, the annual of the Type Directors Club. A revival of the 19th century classic Athenian.
  • Cedar. An angular typeface designed during his studies at RISD.
  • Epiphany (2001). A hookish face.
  • Export (2012). A vernacular typeface based on signage seen in New York's Chinatown.
  • Hoefler & Frere-Jones, 2001-2005. Assistance with the production of several typefaces at HFJ: As a full-time typeface designer for Hoefler & Frere-Jones from 2001 to 2005, I designed a full type family for Smirnoff Vodka (art directed by J. Walter Thompson and H&FJ). Working closely with Tobias Frere-Jones and Jonathan Hoefler on a number of other typefaces, I designed bits and pieces such as hairline weights, Italics, and news grades. These include Mercury, Chronicle, Hoefler Titling, Sentinel, Surveyor (unreleased), Gotham, and Archer (a type family done for Martha Stewart Living and designed with Hoefler and Frere-Jones).
  • Omnes (2006). A monowidth rounded sans designed by Joshua Darden. Ragan assisted in the production and design process.
  • Ruzicka Collection. Digital versions of the alphabets shown in Rudolf Ruzicka's 1968 portfolio Studies in Type Design.
  • Showcard Stunt (2008). Lower case of a comic book/signage typeface originally drawn by Ken Barber, House Industries. Inspiration from Dom Casual (1950s, Peter Dombrezian).
  • Smirnoff (2003). A custom typeface commissioned by J. Walter Thompson for Smirnoff.
  • The Bruins (2006). An athletic lettering typeface commissioned by Reebok for The Boston Bruins in 2007-2008.
  • USA Today Condensed (2012). He writes: I designed this headline typeface for the dramatic relaunch of USA TODAY, which was overseen by Wolff Olins. The condensed style complements the paper's proprietary version of Futura, but without resorting to the familiar elliptical shapes of Futura Condensed.
  • V Magazine (2011). A condensed high-contrast fashion mag headline typeface done for V Magazine.
  • Carlstedt Script (2013, with Ben Kiel: a custom signage typeface for Aldo Shoes based on the handwriting of Cecilia Carlstedt).

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

Jesse Snyder
[Warehouse Design]

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John Bomparte
[Bomparte's Fonts]

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John Butler
[Eccentrifuge]

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John Lynch

John Lynch (Troutman, NC) designed an untitled bitmap typeface in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Neal Booksellers

This bookseller from Greensboro, NC, specializes in calligraphy. "We supply calligraphers, lettering artists, illuminators, bookbinders and papercraft enthusiasts with books, tools and supplies including fine papers. Our selection of calligraphy books and supplies is unequaled in the world." [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Stevens

Calligrapher and letterer in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who occasionally designs logo type and is involved in calligraphic-looking custom type. Since he started in 1983, he has published three books on the subject. Scans of some of his work: JohnStevens-ModernGothic-2013.jpg">Modern Gothic, Suitor and the suit (calligraphy), White Horse Press (logo), Sakura (brush, Fornication (calligraphy), Calligraphy Centre (logo for his business in Winston-Salem).

In 2011, John Stevens and Ryuichi Tateno combined forces to publish the four-font calligraphic brush series Stevens Titling at Linotype. It comprises Stevens Titling Boar Brush, Wolf Brush, Sable Brush and Badger Brush styles, all based on the Trajan style.

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

Jon Jennings
[Doghead Studio]

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Jonathan Boffa

During his graphic design studies at North Carolina State, Jonathan Boffa (Raleigh, NC) created the sharp-edged compressed typeface Georotica (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Julie Bowers Lineberry

Ex-North Carolinian designer who has a BFA in graphic design from Columbia college Chicago, and lives in Chicago. Behance link. Creator of Aimiee (2011, an avant-garde face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kayce Lomas

Graphic designer from Raleigh, NC. Recent graduate from the College of Design at NCSU. Creator of a textured alphabet and font called Faux Show Mono (2009). Designer of a beautiful tennis-ball inspired poster (Love All, 2009) and pocket guide created for a pseudo deluxe tennis tour company. Behance link. Flickr site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelley McClure

Graphic designer in Raleigh, NC, who created Cloud Nine (2011), a balloon font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelly Brown

Salisbury, NC-based designer of a great hand-drawn but untitled art deco typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kent Swecker
[A New Machine]

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Kilayi

Asheboro, NC-based designer (b. 1989) who created the handwriting font For Shem:D (2005). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kirsten Simkiss

Fuquay-Varina, NC-based graphic designer. Creator of the circular typeface Satellite (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kyle Lambert
[Callout]

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Lisa Franck

Greensboro, NC-based designer of the all caps typeface Kinetic (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luisa Lozano

Bogota, Colombia-based designer of the plumpish typeface Bambalina (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lunchbox Design
[Adam Roe]

Adam Roe is the American [T-26] designer of Blinddate, BMetaphorA, DecEpicure, Dumpster (stencil), Epicure, Epitaph, Girlfriend, Intention, Lunchbox, Metaphor, Percolator, Technique. Runs Lunchbox Design in Charlotte, NC: Metaphor family, Ashtray, Boogieman (1999), Gas Station, the Girlfriend family, and the Malaise family. Font list. Fonts sold by Mindcandy, where you can find Adolerscence, Airmail, Alexander, Angobie, article10, Ashtray, BlindDate, Category, Charisma, Dumpster, EightTrack, Epicure, Epitaph, GasStation, Girlfriend, Intention, Lunchbox, Malaise, Metaphor, MulletHead, NotQuite, NowWhat, Outahere, Percolator, PillowTalk, PromDate, Replicant, Sabotage, Sandbox, Secretary, Soapbox, Solace, Substance, Surrogate, Technique, Undertow.

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

Mac Baumwell

He once said Each letter should have a flirtation with the one next to it. The story told by his son Clyde (Chromatype, Charlotte, NC) in 2010: It was a quote developed during the time of using the typositor for phototypesetting headlines. Herb Lubalin, Aaron Burns and ITC were clients of ours who often required the careful and considered placement of one letter next to the other. We had to take into account the positive and negative space between letters. This was being done in a red light safe darkroom, exposing each letter one at a time and watching it develop under a "glass" which held liquid photo developer. Being a flirtatious man, my father came up with that quote during that period which was around 1985-1986. A couple of years later he became a consultant for a few companies including Adobe in their earliest years. That quote can be found in one of Adobe's first specimen books "Adobe Type Guide, Volume 1". [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mad Irishman
[Patrick Michael Murphy]

Mad Irishman has original fonts by Patrick Michael Murphy, who is American (from Mebane, NC), not Irish: Aberration (2001), Game Icons (2008), Baldur (1999, uncial), Carlisle (2000), Graz (2001), Miyama (2001, oriental simulation font), Old Roman (2002, a text family based on an 1895 typeface designed by T.W. Smith), Ronan (2006), Splendors (2001; modeled on the modified version of the Mason font that Wizards of the Coast uses for their titling on their Dungeons&Dragons Forgotten Realms publications). MyFonts page. The fonts are now also available at Agfa/Monotype. Celtic look fonts include Aberration, Baldur, Graz and Splendors. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Marianfonts (or: MarianFudge Design, or MFD)
[Tommy Cary]

Marianfudge Design 99. Free fonts by 1-year old Tommy Cary (Hight Point, NC). The fonts: 15teen, Apocalypse, ArmyofGawd, Astra, Averen, AvoidLongLines1, BackupGeneration1, BayouCowboy, BeirutSugar3, BigLog, Binary, Bodenhand (neat handwriting), Brian Cary, CaptainLethargic, CheapPizza, Chi, ConNinguna, ConspiracyMeadows, CorneliusMaurits, DarkEmpire, Discussion, DjCourageous, Eli50b1, Fargas, FatCyan, Fayettenam, FifteenStories, Grasko, Gunther, Heliosphere, HugYourIntern1, Hydrophonic, IamMonomer, IamMonotonous1, Idiot, InnieOuttie, Invalid, JanglyBounce, LosDelQueso, Marianfudge, Mondo, Morelife, Mr. Doodely Doo, NyakSquared1, OrphanageRiot1, Oscilloscope4, Primagrosa, Rascal, Relieftechnik1, RoboticMonkey1, Routine, Royal, SalinasMotionClerk1, SkippyGreeny, Stereophonic1, TapeLoop, TawattypeBloch, TawattypeII1, TelemarketingSuperstar, TelemarketingSuperstarItalic, TexasLED, TheWorldsFieryDemise, ThebGL, TributetoNova, Victor, Warren1, Backadelica, MethaneDwarf, StereoSaturn. Direct access.

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

Mathew Taft

North Carolina-based designer (b. 1970) of the photo dingbat typeface Beatbox (2007) and the scanbat typeface Instant Graffitication (2010). Fontsy link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Perkins
[Typography in Decay (TiD)]

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Matt Stevens

Matt Stevens (Charlotte, NC) created a great series of mechanically deconstructed caps called The Exploded Alphabet (2013). In a similar style, he designed illustrations for an article on European Supercars for Wired UK, also in 2013

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Yow

Graphic designer in Raleigh, NC, and Savannah, GA. Behance link.

Creator of these typefaces:

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Meg Becker

During her studies at Appalachian State University, Meg Becker (Boone, NC) designed the very original multiline typeface Paradox (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Lassiter

Durham, NC-based art director who created the thin octagonal monospaced typefaced Jana Mono (2013), the dot matrix typeface Spec (2013), and the pixelish typeface Textuell (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike DeBoe

Raleigh, NC-based designer. He did the logotype and identity for Le Chateau Cinq (2013), a high end French cuisine and jazz fusion restaurant. A merge of Chunk Five and Dubtronic Solid yielded the Chunktronic typeface (2012).

His foundry is called the Frankenstein Type Foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Muy Billy

Winner at TDC 27 in 2006 in the poster category with a great piece called Masquerade. [Google] [More]  ⦿

National Barcode

Barcode software company located in Raleigh, NC. Two free "3 of 9" barcode fonts by Bear Rock Technologies: C39HrP24DmTt, C39P24DmTt. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nestor Kurtz

Graphic designer in Cherry Hill, NC, who created the sans headline typeface Arch Grotesk (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nevin Mizelle

Nevin Mizelle (Kitty Hawk, NC) studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong in 2014, where she created the modular typeface Sympl (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paradda Muangnak

Hickory, NC-based designer of an untitled modular typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Patrick Michael Murphy
[Mad Irishman]

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Phoenician Alphabet
[Salim George Khalaf]

At NC-based Salim George Khalaf's page on ancient Phoenicia, find free truetype fonts (Mac, PC): Nakht Hieroglyphics, Eshmoon (1996; Phoenician runes by Salim himself) and Ugaritic1 (by David Myriad Rosenbaum, El Sobrante, CA). Alternate URL. It has a great tree of language genealogies, placing Phoenician around 1600BC, with as child languages Proto-Arabic (1500BC), Old Hebrew (900BC), Archaic Greek (1000BC), Etruscan/Latin (900BC) and Aramaic (800BC). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

PrecisionID

Waxham, NC-based vendor of barcode fonts and software. These cover Code 128, Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), EAN, UPC, Postnet, Interleaved 2 of 5, PDF417, ASP Barcodes, PDF417, OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR, and Data Matrix barcodes, and cost between 75 and 129 dollars per barcode style. [Google] [More]  ⦿

RAHCreative (was: ROBYNA.COM and Robyn's Fonts)

RAH Creative used to be ROBYNA.COM, and before that, Robyn's Fonts. The owner is Robyn Harton (b. 1964, North Carolina). She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. Based in Richmond, VA, Robyn Harton's commercial dingbat creations and borders include RA Lotus (for Mandalas), RA Holiday (Xmas font), RA Lotus2, RA Seichim Hand, RA Seichim Regular, RA Protection, RA Mandalas, RA Eye Frames (free sampler font), RA Hand, RA Crystals, RA Ganesh, RA Egypt Web Sites, RA Eye Menus, RA Geo Borders, RA Geo Menus, RA Geo Buttons, RA Sea Life, RA Reiki-Seichim Plus Hand, Butterflips (great butterflies!!), Capsulated, EShopper, LuvNKisses, Paisley, Quilter's Delight, RunningNcircles, Seperates, SunNMoon, ToAndFrom, Bauble (I through IV), Interfacer, Kitchen Tile, Scrollworks, Whirlygigs, RA AllSmiles, RA Aten, RA Cats, RA Happy Things, RA Unknown Symbols, RA WebFrExtras, RA Fatima, RA India Borders, RA Masks, Flakey, Geared Up, Petey Rone, RA Web Frames, Amenti RA (2001). The fonts can also be purchased at MyFonts.com.

Catalog of some typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Reelhouse
[Adam Roe]

Adam Roe, the founder of Lunchbox Design, now runs Reelhouse, where he sells his 65 fonts for 600USD.

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

Richard Manship

Charlotte, NC-based vector artist, b. 1981. Home page. Designer of Rickman Script (2002), a child script face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robin Parrish

Using iFontMaker, Robin Parrish (North Carolina) created Robin's Hand (2011, fat finger face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ronlee Ben-Gal

Graphic design student in Greensboro, NC. She created a hairline avant garde custom face in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Russ Rowlett

Russ Rowlett (University of North Carolina) made the Pointers font (arrows). Urban Fonts carries his upright script New Venice (2007).

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ryland Bishop

Raleigh, NC-based designer of Cornered Typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Salim George Khalaf
[Phoenician Alphabet]

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Sarah Carr

Wake Forest, NC-based designer. Creator of Sticky (2012, iFontMaker), Parisian Envelope (2012, iFontMaker). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shaade Oliveros Tavares

Designer in North Carolina. Home page. Using Rorschach inkblot tests, he created the non-alphabetic experimental font Tool Malfunction (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sharkshock
[Dennis Ludlow]

Free fonts by Dennis Ludlow (Sharkshock Productions, Raleigh, NC), such as Hot Pizza (2001), Hawaiian Punk, Royal Acidbath, Little Caesar, Subway, Holiday India, Mobsters, Dallas Cowboys (Western look, 2004), Dark Crystal, Electrox, Cowboys, Dolphins, Viking Stencil, Lexust (2002), Padaloma (2002), Fujita Ray (2002), Willy Wonka, Hursheys, Grinched, Honda, Busch Gardenz, Holiday India (2000), Simpsons, Blockbusted, IHOP, Chicken Fool A, Playtoy, Cowboys (2001), Dreamscar (2001, has a Cyrillic version), Mr. Goodbaur, Dr. Peppers, Oreos, Air Millhouse, Fruitopia, Raiders, TGI Friday, Jolly-Raunchy, Mouser, Pirate-Keg. There is also a medium-sized categorized archive, with subsections such as cartoon fonts and movie fonts.

On August 28, 2001, Dennis announced that he would stop producing fonts, forever.

Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Spectrum Designs (was: Connie Starsongs)
[Connie Myers]

Web page design and scanning services. Free Truetype (PC, Mac) fonts designed by Connie Myers from Charlotte, NC such as the nice handwriting font Connie's Print. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Speedball

Speedball pens were invented by Hunt Corporation (or Hunt Company) which was located in Camden, NJ and later (since 1958) in Statesville, NC. The highlights of that company:

  • In 1899 C. Howard Hunt formed his own company, which he incorporated in 1901. George E. Bartol, a Philadelphia grain and commodities exporter and founder of the Philadelphia Bourse, a merchants exchange and business center, was among the first 28 shareholders. In 1903, Mr. Bartol was elected president and a director of the Company and served until 1917.
  • The C. Howard Hunt Pen Company invented the smooth gliding round pointed pen, which required about 15 operations in the manufacturing. Expert cutters used cutting presses to produce almost 45,000 pens a day from rolled sheets of steel. Pictured from left, workers imprint, grind and ship 25 pens per minute.
  • The C. Howard Hunt Pen Company began in this building in Camden, NJ. The factory moved to Statesville, NC, in 1958. The office moved from Camden to Pennsauken, NJ, in 1963 and then to Philadelphia in 1965. Also pictured here is Benjamin Newman, one of the expert pen makers C. Howard Hunt brought to Camden from Birmingham, England, in 1899.
  • The Speedball Pen was developed and patented by sign letterer Ross F. George of Seattle. His square-tipped pen could make broad and thin lines. George took the patent to the C. Howard Hunt Pen Company in 1915.
  • In 1916, George E. Bartol resigned as President of the C. Howard Hunt Company. His son George Bartol, Jr., succeeded him and was elected Vice President and then Chairman of the Board in 1926. He led the Company for 50 years. George Bartol, Jr., retired in 1969 and died in 1972 at the age of 80.
  • The Hunt Company expanded and branched out. In 1997, Speedball Art Products was born, with headquarters in Statesville, NC.
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Spike Bachman

Graphic designer in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He created the experimental typefaces Fanetik (2011) and Unfolded (2011, 3d, origami style).

<Old URL. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Titivillus Foundry

Makers of the freeware font Samarkan (1993), a Latin font with Indian-looking glyphs. According to this page, Samarkan was made by a fellow called Samarkan. This page attributes it to Ethel Enterprises P.O. Box 1069, Murphy, NC 28906-1069.

See also here and here. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tommy Cary
[Marianfonts (or: MarianFudge Design, or MFD)]

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Tricia Treacy

Tricia Treacy has been running her own letterpress design studio, Pointed Press, creating custom book and print work for commercial clients, international artists, designers and writers since 2000. Using a combination of digital and analog methods, she collaborates on conceptual projects with a range of artists and designers.

She has taught graphic design, letterpress and book arts at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Tricia is currently an Assistant Professor of Design at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 Hong Kong: Vista Sans wood type project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tyler Petrich

Pfafftown, NC-based designer of Fresca Secca (2014), an alphabet on the base of pasta. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Designer

Manfred Albracht's font creation program that allows type 1 to truetype conversions. DS Design, 1157 Executive Circle, Suite D., Cary, NC 27511, USA. Alternate link. You can also buy ScanFont, FontExpert, SigMaker, TypeTool, FontLab. Also, custom font design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typography in Decay (TiD)
[Matt Perkins]

Charlotte, NC-based Matt Perkins' fonts Das Reicht Gut and A Scratch are interesting display fonts. He made about 20 fonts in all, many of them at the peak of the grunge font deacde: A Scratch, Bauhaus Sketch (1997), Crescent Obfuscated, Cube Toss, Cybertown Subterreanean, Das Reicht Gut, Finn, Gene Pool, Kefka (1997), Linear Curve, Linear Curve Fatty, Metrostruct, Oh Mega Sigh, Parolm Smallcaps, Seeds, Shamen Remix, Sketch 1, Stepped in Times. A Scratch, Finn and Stepped in Times were done by Ben Hutchens, all others by Matt Perkins. Mercury_Blob was a cooperative effort. Ben Hutchens has also contributed to typography in Decay.

Fontsy link. Fontspace link. Old URL. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victoria Byrum

Graphic designer in Raleigh, NC. Creator of these typefaces in 2012: Ezra (she says: Ezra is a Modern typeface designed to break the stereotype of Moderns only being used in the fashion industry. I was heavily inspired by Bodoni's regularity with measurable and repeatable forms and sought to create a typeface that utilized the interchangeable parts concept and pushed Modern typefaces past design stigmas), Beehive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Walker Corl
[Crawler]

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Warehouse Design
[Jesse Snyder]

The Warehouse is a collaborative effort between Brittany Deighton (Kent, Ohio) and Jesse Snyder, who is located in Ohio. We also find a mention of Wilmington, NC, more recently.

One can buy some icon font sets from them, such as Stilts (2013), Narwhal (2013), Miniglyph, Parks and Rec, and Snack Time. Together, they designed the slabby wood type typeface Ohio, Medical Icons, Survival Icons, Bike Icons and Transit Icons in 2013.

Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yusuf McCoy

Yusuf McCoy (Raleigh, NC), a graphic designed who graduated from North Carolina State University, created the bullet hole typeface Anti Grav (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿