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A New Machine
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: Art Party (a festive hand-drawn typeface co-designed with with Erin Solomon), Carawan (a rounded sans family), Back and Forth, Fat Nib (splatter brush face), Smoot (whimsical typeface).
Typefaces from 2015: El Guapo (a hand-crafted typeface co-designed with Erin Solomon), Nervy, Current (thin connected script).
Typefaces from 2016: Etymon (Skyline style), Big Trees (Victorian, Western), Igor (a beatnik style font).
Typefaces from 2017: Down With The King (a great techno headline typeface).
Typefaces from 2018: Dot To Dot Cursive (dotted line font, perhaps for teaching children in school).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Durham, NC-based designer of the vernacular typeface Taco Cat (2016). [Google]
Designer from North Carolina who made the angular techno typeface Litha (2010). [Google]
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]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of Forrader (2014), a rounded vintage poster sans. [Google]
Graphic designer in Ralegh, NC, who created an experimental typeface in 2010 called Georna. [Google]
Alycia Kozlowski (Raleigh, North Carolina) created the octagonal typeface Stream Geometrica Lite in 2014. [Google]
Amanda Weiss, who lived in Kernersville, NC, and is now based in Princeton, NJ, where she works for Princeton University Press, designed American Model Printer Typeface (2014) based upon an angled crossbar sans typeface seen in a 1880s publication called American Model Printer. Behance link. [Google]
Raleigh, NC-based designer of Isabel (2017, a brush font) and Stately (2016: a Victorian style typeface). Creative Market link. [Google]
Greensboro, NC-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Damask (2016). [Google]
During her studies at Peace College in Raleigh, NC, Angela Diaz designed the modular typeface Addiaz (2012). [Google]
During her studies in Concord, NC, Angela Sullivan designed the decorative typeface Molten Kandy (2017). [Google]
During her studies at Anderson University in South Carolina, Matthews, NC-based Anna Tabor designed the Azalea typeface (2016) for The Glen, a wedding venue located on a historic plant nursery in Florida. [Google]
Davidson, NC-based designer of the squarish typeface family ASD Bravery (2017). Creative Market link. [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of Willy Wonka (2015). Behance link. [Google]
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]
During his studies at Art Institute of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, Austin Head designed Terminal Bitmap Font (2015). [Google]
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]
As a student in Charlotte, NC, Bay Routh designed the display typeface Muscadine (2016). [Google]
Banner Elk, NC-based designer of the sharp-edged typeface Sproy (2015). [Google]
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]
Graphic designer in Raleigh, NC, who created the sans family Clark (2006). Behance link. [Google]
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 1931 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 typefaces: 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 typefaces 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, and My Write Hand BF were published.
Footloose (2015, BA Graphics) is a dynamic script typeface that was unfinished when Bob Alonso died. John Bomparte finished it.
Typefaces from 2016: Shandy BF (a playful connected script).
Klingspor link. Catalog of some of his commercial fonts. [Google]
This North-Carolinian made Screwwy Jubilee Font (2010) and ChunkyMunky (2010), two hand-printed typefaces. [Google]
High Point, NC-based designer of the all caps hipster typeface Nomadic (2014). [Google]
Jamestown, NC-based designer of Antique (2017). [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of the hand-crafted typeface A Quik Lesson (2017). Behance link. [Google]
Raleigh, NC-based designer of Hexel Sans (2011), which was inspired by the hexagonal patterns seen in beehives. [Google]
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]
Graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who during her internship with Arzberger Stationers, created some caps typefaces in 2011; Flora (floriated), Suzy (oriental simulation), Caroline (calligraphic), Sassie (Victorian), and a blackletter face. [Google]
During her studies in Charlotte, NC, Chelsea Brown designed the display typeface Boomerang (2013). [Google]
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. In 2017, he designed the vintage typeface Ironworth and the modular all caps typeface Bronzet. Home page. [Google]
Concord, NC-based creator of a steampunk caps typeface in 2012. [Google]
Greensboro, NC-based designer of the custom typeface Star Trail (2017). [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of the custom skateboard font Grind (2014). Behance link. [Google]
[Spectrum Designs (was: Connie Starsongs)]
Raleigh, NC-based designer of Ephemeral (2012), a modular typeface. Behance link. [Google]
Walker Corl (or just Crawler) is the Charlotte, NC-based designer of the Le Petit typeface in 2013. Behance link. [Google]
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). [Google]
Wilmington, NC-based designer of the shareware font ScrewedUpTypewriter, showcased at (but not downloadable from) Fred Showker's page. [Google]
American designer of Nasty Font (2014). [Google]
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]
David Sudweeks pursued graphic design at Brigham Young University where he focused his studies on lettering and type. After completing a brief apprenticeship with type designer Mark van Bronkhorst in California, David took up the position of Type Director at FontShop San Francisco. He now works primarily from his home studio outside Raleigh, North Carolina writing and curating type as a member of FontShop's editorial staff, and drawing type on the side.
He used FontStruct in 2008 to make the dotted typeface Pullchain, which could be used for teaching children how to write. Codesigner at American Type Founders Collection of ATF Alternate Gothic (2015, Mark van Bronkhorst, Alan Dague-Greene, David Sudweeks, Igino Marini, & Ben Kiel). ATF Alternate Gothic is a new, significant digital expansion to 40 fonts of Morris Fuller Benton's classic 1903 design. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
North Carolina-based designer of the brush script typeface View (2016). Creative Market link. [Google]
Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)
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. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:
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.
- Beleren (2015). A custom typeface for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering (Hasbro).
- 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 co-designed 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 typefaces 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).
Klingspor link. [Google]
[Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)]
District (was: CV Type)
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 typefaces), Fair Sans (unicase), Fair Sans Text.
Typefaces from 2014: Coupler (Coupler is a sturdy text face with low contrast, airy counters, and a strong baseline for smaller sizes and extended reading), Fair Sans Text.
Typefaces from 2015: Steady Sans (a sans with curvy dynamics), Emeritus (a lapidary typeface influenced by carved letters found on buildings and monuments in Washington, DC).
Klingspor link. Behance link.
View Galen Lawson's typefaces as CV Type. View Galen Lawson's typefaces as District. [Google]
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. Klingspor link. [Google]
North-Carolinian distributor 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 typefaces 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 typefaces Kid Type Crayon, Kid Type Marker and Kid Type Paint.
Dafont link. [Google]
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]
Raleigh, NC-based designer who created the round organic Appietype family in 2011. [Google]
Brooklyn-based creator of Monel 400 (2011), a multiline art deco poster typeface commissioned by Duke University. [Google]
Alberto Larizza (Flash Design, and now Era Ora Studio, Winston-Salem, North Carolina) created Deco Font (2011). In 2010, he created the poster font Era Ora.
Alberto was born in Tuscany, Italy, in 1985. Behance link. Linkedin link. Home page. [Google]
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]
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]
Commercial Mac and PC software by Morrison SoftDesign (Charlotte, NC) for converting fonts between type 1, OpenType and truetype. Not cheap. [Google]
Commercial Mac utility by Morrison SoftDesign, located in Charlotte, NC. [Google]
Raleigh, NC-based designer, while at Parsons School of Design, of the experimental op-art typefae Wax (2017). [Google]
[District (was: CV Type)]
Salisbury, NC-based designer of the free serifed typeface family Animagus (2014). [Google]
American experimental photographer from Clayton, NC. Designer of Lined Lines (2009, hand-printed) and Handwritten Heather (2009). [Google]
Heather Gibson (Calluna Design, Mooresville, NC) created the bitmap typeface Elevated (2010, FontStruct). [Google]
Designer in Advance, NC, who created the display typeface Light as a Heather (2014). [Google]
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]
At the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC, Jane Molinary designed the hand-crafted typeface Fruity Pebbles (2016). Behance link. [Google]
Graphic design student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Behance link.
Creator of On The Vine (2012), a pixelish typeface. [Google]
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 typefaces, one of which was inspired by Ben Shahn's hand-constructed alphabet.
FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
North Carolina-based creator of Folkster (2015, connected cursive typeface), Scout (2013, brush typeface) and Metrix (2013, modular and octagonal). Creative Market link. [Google]
North Carolina-based creator of the hand-printed typeface Hello Firstie (2012). In 2015, she designed HelloEtchASketch (iFontMaker) and Hola Annie Wide (iFontMaker). In 2016, she designed the hand-crafted typefaces Hello Billionaire, HelloChitChat (+X), HelloAloha, HelloCartoon, HelloCasual, HelloCeratops, HelloEngineer, HelloEsliScript, HelloFireworks, HelloHandMeDown, HelloHotcakes, HelloIshBig, HelloJourney, HelloJumpingJacks, HelloKennedy, HelloKindergarten, HelloLiza, HelloLori, HelloLucy, HelloMaddox, HelloMakerspace, HelloAmazing, HelloAnnie, HelloAsparagus, HelloBasic, HelloBeMyPenPal, HelloBestDay, HelloBigBen, HelloBoomerang, HelloBoyfriend, HelloBubbleButt (connect-the-dots style), HelloCake, HelloDoodlePrint, HelloDoodles, HelloDotStick (connect-the-dots style), HelloEllie, HelloEtchASketch (sketched typeface), Hello Zipper, Hello Tracer, Hello Wordsmith, Hello Stitches, Hello Pumpkin, Hello Blueprint, Hello Ruhdonkulc, Hello Zombie, Hello Typewriter Thin, Hello Katie, Hello Sansa North, Hello Starbucks, Hello Brag Tags, HelloMissThang, HelloPicasso, HelloPippi, HelloPlayground, HelloPoolNoodle, HelloPopcorn, HelloQueenie, HelloRecess, HelloRuhdonkulous, HelloScarecrow.
Typefaces from 2017: Hello I Heart, Hello Ish. Dafont link. Home page. iFontMaker link. [Google]
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. Recently, he set up XYZ Type with Ben Kiel, who is based in Saint Louis, MO.
- 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 (2014)), 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 Swedish illustrator Cecilia Carlstedt). Cortado Script (2014) was designed by Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel. It too was inspired by Cecilia Carlstedt's hand-painted lettering and is quite close to Carlstedt Script.
- In 2017, Jesse Ragan published Aglet Slab and Export at XYZ Type.
Interview. Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who created the modular techno typefaces Crackle (20154), Juise (2015) and Tokyo 15 (2015, intended for athletic use). Behance link. [Google]
John Lynch (Troutman, NC) designed an untitled bitmap typeface in 2014. [Google]
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]
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.
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]
During his graphic design studies at North Carolina State, Jonathan Boffa (Raleigh, NC) created the sharp-edged compressed typeface Georotica (2014). [Google]
José Enrique Cartagena-Ortiz
Graphic artist in Carrboro, NC. For a school project, he designed Circuit Type (2015). [Google]
Art director who was in North Hollywood, CA, and is now based in Charlotte, NC. Developer of custom typefaces for the 2009 film Long Nights Moon. Promotional poster. In 2016, he designed the delightfully irregular Uptown Sans.
Home page. Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
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]
Cullowhee, NC-based designer of the modular typeface just called Personal Font (2015). [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of the display typeface Empire (2017). Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Rock Hill, SC. In 2017, she designed the Sailo Jerry-inspired tattoo typeface Collins. [Google]
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]
Graphic designer in Raleigh, NC, who created Cloud Nine (2011), a balloon font. [Google]
Salisbury, NC-based designer of a great hand-drawn but untitled art deco typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of the brutalist semi-blackletter typeface Gurl Code (2017). Behance link. [Google]
[A New Machine]
Asheboro, NC-based designer (b. 1989) who created the handwriting font For Shem:D (2005). Home page. [Google]
Boone, NC-based Kimi Kaste created the hipster avant-garde typeface Just My Type in 2015, taking inspiration from ITC Willow. [Google]
Fuquay-Varina, NC-based graphic designer. Creator of the circular typeface Satellite (2014). [Google]
Wake Forest, NC-based designer of the hipster typeface Min Mal (2015). [Google]
At Elon University in Elon, NC, Lauren Brame designed the minimalist all caps typeface Ster (2016). [Google]
As a student at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC-based Lauren Crowe designed the multilined typeface Carraway (2016). [Google]
Boone, NC-based designer who created a hand-crafted condensed typeface during her studies in 2014. [Google]
During her studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, lauryn Jackson created the circle-based typeface Circular (2015). [Google]
Greensboro, NC-based designer of the all caps typeface Kinetic (2014). [Google]
Bogota, Colombia-based designer of the plumpish typeface Bambalina (2014). [Google]
Adam Roe (Lunchbox Design, Charlotte, NC) is the American designer of Percolator (T-26), Adolescence (Monotype ), Blind Date (T-26), Epicure (T-26), Intention (T-26), Girlfriend (T-26), BMetaphorA, Epicure, Dumpster (stencil), Epitaph, Intention, Lunchbox, Metaphor, Technique, Ashtray, Boogieman (1999), Gas Station, Malaise, Airmail, Alexander, Angobie, Article10, Category, Charisma, EightTrack, MulletHead, NotQuite, NowWhat, Outahere, PillowTalk, PromDate, Replicant, Sabotage, Sandbox, Secretary, Soapbox, Solace, Substance, Surrogate, Technique, Undertow.
FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View Adam Roe's typefaces. [Google]
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]
[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]
Marianfonts (or: MarianFudge Design, or MFD)
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]
Marie Laurence Daigle
During her studies in Raleigh, NC, Marie Laurence Daigle designed the fine deco typeface Think Thin Graff (2016). [Google]
Waxhaw, NC-based graphic designer who created the beveled typeface Love in 2016. Behance link. [Google]
North Carolina-based designer (b. 1970) of the photo dingbat typeface Beatbox (2007) and the scanbat typeface Instant Graffitication (2010). Fontsy link. [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of the pixel font Cyberpunk (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Boone, NC-based designer of the dot matrix typeface Redox (2015) and the experimental typeface Morph (2014). [Google]
During his studies, Matt Frizzell (Boone, NC) designed the wide octagonal poster typeface Stout (2016, FontStruct). [Google]
[Typography in Decay (TiD)]
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]
Graphic designer in Raleigh, NC, and Savannah, GA. Creator of these typefaces:
- Fabulist (2015).
- Belasko (2015), a typeface optimized for continuous text printed on paper. The name is derived from the Spanish Baroque painter, Diego Velazquez.
- Kernal (2014), designed to mimic handwritten almanac notes, commissioned by a farm in rural Georgia.
- Kamfer (2014). A chiseled headline typeface.
- Durango, a humanist sans.
- Fitz Sans (2012). This font was contributed to Stella roberts Fonts.
- Tidal (2011). A fat roundish slab serif face.
- The experimental geometric family called Satellite Pro (2010; +Fill, +Lined).
- Adobe Icons (2015). A set of over 1000 icons.
Another URL. Behance link. [Google]
During her studies at Appalachian State University, Meg Becker (Boone, NC) designed the very original multiline typeface Paradox (2014). [Google]
Raleigh, NC-based designer oof the mini-slabbed typeface Vue (2016). [Google]
Michael Hassler (b. 1972, Denton, NC) designed the free spurred biker style typeface Hassified (2017), Comic Ink (2017), Architects Draft (2017) and Architects Pen (2017). Dafont link. [Google]
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]
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]
Winner at TDC 27 in 2006 in the poster category with a great piece called Masquerade. [Google]
Barcode software company located in Raleigh, NC. Two free "3 of 9" barcode fonts by Bear Rock Technologies: C39HrP24DmTt, C39P24DmTt. [Google]
Graphic designer in Cherry Hill, NC, who created the sans headline typeface Arch Grotesk (2012). [Google]
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]
Nicholas William Romanos
Bad link. Graduate of North Carolina State University, who created the free display typeface Muziek in 2011. Klingspor link. [Google]
Freelance graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who created the pixel typeface Pixel It in 2016. [Google]
Hickory, NC-based designer of an untitled modular typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
Patrick Michael Murphy
Greensboro, NC-based designer of the dripping paint font Drekstain (2016). [Google]
[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]
Huntsville, AL-based designer who studied at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. Creator of the stencil typefaces Brigade (2016) and Raleigh (2016). Creative Market link. Dribble link. Behance link. [Google]
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]
German designer of the spiky grungy black metal band typeface Unreal Tournament. This typeface was used for the titling of one of the computer games by Epic Games in Raleigh, NC. Old link. [Google]
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]
Cullowhee, NC-bsed designer of the jumpy letter font Grungy (2015). [Google]
Adam Roe, the founder of Lunchbox Design, now runs Reelhouse, where he sells his 65 fonts for 600USD.
FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based vector artist, b. 1981. Home page. Designer of Rickman Script (2002), a child script face. [Google]
Mebane, NC-based designer of the playful modular experimental typeface Birdie (2016). Home page. [Google]
Using iFontMaker, Robin Parrish (North Carolina) created Robin's Hand (2011, fat finger face). [Google]
Graphic design student in Greensboro, NC. She created a hairline avant garde custom face in 2011. [Google]
Russ Rowlett (University of North Carolina) made the Pointers font (arrows). Urban Fonts carries his upright script New Venice (2007).
Dafont link. [Google]
Raleigh, NC-based designer of Cornered Typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Salim George Khalaf
During her studies Charlotte, NC-based Sara Sodano designed the number font Whimsical (2016). [Google]
Wake Forest, NC-based designer. Creator of Sticky (2012, iFontMaker), Parisian Envelope (2012, iFontMaker). [Google]
Student at Meredith College in 2015 who lives in Raleigh, NC. She created the oriental simulation typeface Chopstick (2015). [Google]
Shaade Oliveros Tavares
Designer in North Carolina. Home page. Using Rorschach inkblot tests, he created the non-alphabetic experimental font Tool Malfunction (2010). [Google]
Free and commercial 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, Queen of Camelot (2015), Green Eggs and Spam (2015), Ludlow Strong Ale (2015, German beer label font), Space Angel (2014), Electrox, Cowboys, Dolphins, Viking Stencil, Lexust (2002), Padaloma (2002), Fujita Ray (2002), Willy Wonka, Hursheys, Grinched (a Halloween or beatnik font), 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, Fujita Ray (2015), Modeccio (2015, art deco), Wendyville (2015, Western), Vonique 64 (2015, avant-garde style), Your Royal Majesty (2015, a unique blackletter-inspired vampire script), Hackney Block (2015), Thunder Lord (2015, an outlined variant of Raiderfont), Republica Minor (2015), News of the World (2015: a news headline font), TH3 Machine (2015), Funkrocker (2015, inky, grungy), Tiki Tropic (2015: a tiki font), TypoGraphica (2015, a strong geometric sans), Vonique 92 (2015, circle-based fashion sans), Reisenberg (2015, a black titling sans). There is also a medium-sized categorized archive, with subsections such as cartoon fonts and movie fonts.
Typefaces from 2016: Twiddlestix, Konigsberg (rounded sans), Wicked Mouse (looney tunes typeface), Heathergreen (a tall condensed sans), Wonderbar (psychedelic), College Block (athletic lettering), Death Star, Ring of Kerry (uncial style), Blockletter (octagonal), Café Françoise, Cronus (round monoline sans), Suissnord (a wide sans display typeface), Grinched 2.0 (an update of Grinched), Red Seven (futuristic), Enchanted Land (derived from the blackletter genre), Freakshow (ornamental ransom note font), Deutschlander (a condensed sans for movie credits and similar applications).
Typefaces from 2017: Lemonade Stand, Dark & Black, Hennigar (a heavy compact sans in the spirit of Impact), Durango Western, Banbury (a heavy display didone), United Kingdom (techno), Goldoni, Kingsmen.
Typefaces from 2018: Medusa Gothic, Royal Crescent (sans), Praetoria, Papaya Sunrise, Helmswald Post (blackletter).
On August 28, 2001, Dennis announced that he would stop producing fonts, forever.
Dafont link. Creative Market link. Abstract Fonts link, [Google]
During her graphic design studies, Sharon Hartsell Boone, NC) created a lava lamp typeface (2014) that was inspired by Nick Shinn's Fontesque. [Google]
Spectrum Designs (was: Connie Starsongs)
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]
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.
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]
Sportsfonts was founded in 2014 or 2015 by Kristopher Bazen (b. Canton, OH) who studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He worked in the world of sports marketing, lived in Columbus, OH, and is now in Charlotte, NC. He writes that Sportsfonts was built with the sports designer in mind. We are a rare breed that is enamored with the aesthetic of athletics, so it was only appropriate to create a site focused on such a crucial element of sport: typography. From jerseys to end zones, it is impossible to downplay the effect of type in our industry/passion of choice, so instead, we choose to embrace it wholeheartedly. Please join me in creating the one and only mecca of all sports font foundries!
Typefaces: Forge, Robison, Playoff, Nameplate, Champions, Recon, Edge, Junction, Special Forces / Ops, Capone, Rush, Union, Full Speed Ahead, Armor, Sports Machine, Flint, Okie, Razor, Roundtree.
Creative Market link. [Google]
At Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Sydney Carey and Melanie sasser co-designed the squarish typeface Juicebox (2015). [Google]
Asheville, NC-based designer of the pixel-based typeface Little Monsturz (2015). [Google]
During his MFA graphic design graduate studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Taekyeom Lee created the Hangul simulation typeface Hangul (2010), the modular typeface Wire (2012), the pure op-art typeface Dizzy (2011), and the 3d Latin typeface Land (2013). His latest research explores unconventional methods of creating three-dimensional type with materials and techniques unique to type design, such as ceramics and 3D printing.
He is currently an Assistant professor of Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Home page. [Google]
Charlotte, NC-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Wonder Woman (2015). [Google]
Cullowhee, NC-based designer of the tetris / tangram typeface Play (2015). [Google]
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]
[Marianfonts (or: MarianFudge Design, or MFD)]
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]
Raleigh, NC-based designer in 2015 of the free custom typeface Seventy-Eight (2015) and the hand-crafted typeface Tristanica (2015). [Google]
High Point, NC-based designer of the set of colored numerals FunType (2016). This typeface was done for a typography class at High Point University. [Google]
Pfafftown, NC-based designer of Fresca Secca (2014), an alphabet on the base of pasta. [Google]
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]
Typography in Decay (TiD)
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]
Boone, NC-based Victor Moore designed a few typefaces in 2014 during his graphic design studies. [Google]
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]
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.
Typefaces by them include some icon font sets, Stilts (2013, a thin headline typeface), Narwhal (2013, a clean all-caps sans typeface), Miniglyph, Parks and Rec (icons), and Snack Time (icons). Together, they designed the slabby wood type (and letterpress emulation) typeface Ohio, Medical Icons, Survival Icons, Bike Icons and Transit Icons in 2013. In 2015, they published the squarish sans typeface Carolina.
Creative Market link. [Google]
As a student in Holly Springs, NC, Will Burkart created the squarish all caps sans typeface Parallels (2016). [Google]
Cullowhee, NC-based designer of the dotted typeface Boom (2014). Behance link. [Google]
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]