TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Tue Jun 18 02:10:33 EDT 2024






Type scene in North Carolina

[Headline set in Gibson (2012, Rod McDonald, Patrick Griffin, Kevin Allan King)]


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: 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 handcrafted 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: Thickness (hand-drawn), Chisel Brush, Dot to Dot, Dot To Dot Cursive (dotted line font, perhaps for teaching children in school).

Typefaces from 2019: Artie Deco, Marie Jeanne.

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

Aaron Monroe

Durham, NC-based designer of the vernacular typeface Taco Cat (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adam Roe

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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]  ⦿

Aly Melendez

Charlotte, NC-based designer of the modular typeface Bitmap Bamboo (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alycia Kozlowski

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

Amanda Streetman

Winston Salem, NC-based designer of Handwritten Benjamin (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amanda Weiss

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] [More]  ⦿

Amy Lyons

Raleigh, NC-based designer of Isabel (2017, a brush font) and Stately (2016: a Victorian style typeface). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Amy Sanford

Greensboro, NC-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Damask (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Duke

Greensboro, NC-based designer of the retro display typeface Triumph (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Angela Diaz

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

Angela Sullivan

During her studies in Concord, NC, Angela Sullivan designed the decorative typeface Molten Kandy (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Barlow

During her studies at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC-based Anna Barlow designed the old typewriter font Bark (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anna Tabor

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] [More]  ⦿

Ant Sanders

Davidson, NC-based designer of the squarish typeface family ASD Bravery (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anuquet Mangum

Designer at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University of the experimental typeface The Alphabet (2021). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ariana Nicole

Charlotte, NC-based designer of Willy Wonka (2015). Behance link. [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]  ⦿

Ashley Gibson

During her studies, Ashley Gibson (Charlotte, NC) designed the squarish typeface Genesis (2019) and Daily Rotine Icons (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Austin Head

During his studies at Art Institute of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, Austin Head designed Terminal Bitmap Font (2015). [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]  ⦿

Bay Routh

As a student in Charlotte, NC, Bay Routh designed the display typeface Muscadine (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Northern

Banner Elk, NC-based designer of the sharp-edged typeface Sproy (2015). [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

Brooklyn-based graphic designer with an interest in lettering and typeface design. He studied graphic design in Raleigh, North Carolina and received a certificate in typeface design from the Cooper Union in 2019. Benjamin Tuttle is a volunteer at the collectively-run microcinema Spectacle Theater since 2017, contributing film programming, poster design, trailer editing, and more. He is Design Director at Ultravirgo. His typefaces:

  • Clark (2006).
  • Plebeian (2021). An experimental text sans that started as a formal experiment with the modularity of Frank E. Blokland's letter model. Plebeian can be purchased at Order Type Foundry.
  • Pastiche Grotesque (2021). Released at Order Type Foundry. He explains: Pastiche Grotesque is type design fanfiction looking at late 19th century Gothics through the lens of mid-20th century Neo-grotesques. It hypothesizes what a Neo-grotesque might look like if lower contrast forefathers like Akzidenz or Venus didn't exist.
  • Amalgam. A knife-edged typeface originally drawn for a poster designed for the 9th Annual Spectacle Shriek Show, a day-long horror movie marathon.
  • No Gothic. A digital revival of the American Type Founders Gothic No. 578, which was originally released by Inland Type Foundry as Gothic No. 8 and Keystone Type Foundry as Standard Gothic. While staying faithful to the original outlines, the revival adds a few modernizations like kerning, an expanded character set and OpenType stylistic sets that reflect the changes in design between the Inland and Keystone releases.
  • Spectacle (2019). A text face designed during his studies at Type@Cooper for the Spectacle Theater and its cheaply printed monthly calendar of programming.
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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 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).

Typefaces from 2018: Petals BF. A flourished curvaceous ornamental didone.

Typefaces from 2021: Between The Lines BF (a display typeface with some Super Veloz vibe).

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


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

Brandon Hubschman

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

Bridget Brosnan

Jamestown, NC-based designer of Antique (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brynn Rodie

Charlotte, NC-based designer of the handcrafted typeface A Quik Lesson (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Caitlin Atteberry

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

[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 typefaces 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. In 2017, he designed the vintage typeface Ironworth and the modular all caps typeface Bronzet. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Baumgart

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

Ciara Davis

Greensboro, NC-based designer of the custom typeface Star Trail (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clay Boan

Charlotte, NC-based designer of the custom skateboard font Grind (2014). Behance link. [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]  ⦿

[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). [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).

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David Sudweeks

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.

In 2019, Sudweeks designed the serif typeface family MVB Dovetail at MVB Fonts.

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

Dawn Gamble

North Carolina-based designer of the brush script typeface View (2016). Creative Market link. [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. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:

  • 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.
  • Filmotype Washington (for Font Diner). Designer unidentified.
  • Muskeg. A combination of German expressionism and brush styles.
  • 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.
  • Smith & Nephew (2003) and Smith & Nephew Cyrillic (2015), rounded sans typefaces in the style of VAG Rounded.
  • Tilden Sans (2004-2009): low contrast, large x-height.
  • Tome Sans (2020). A 10-weight sans superfamily, with a variable font option.
  • 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).
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.

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

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

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Dennis Ludlow

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

DS Design
[Jane Scarano]

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] [More]  ⦿

[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]  ⦿

Elda McCoy

Graphic designer in Snow Camp, North Carolina, who designed the display typeface Samara in 2016. Behance link. [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, 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] [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]  ⦿


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]  ⦿

Gabriel Tiller

Raleigh, NC-based designer, while at Parsons School of Design, of the experimental op-art typeface Wax (2017). [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 Byron

Apex, NC-based designer of Byron Handwriting (2019) and the marquee font Hollywood Lights (2019). [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]  ⦿

Jaime Van Wart
[Ketchup n Mustard]

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Jane Molinary

At the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC, Jane Molinary designed the handcrafted typeface Fruity Pebbles (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jane Scarano
[DS Design]

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Jared Tookes

Durham, NC-based designer of the thin sans typeface Light Rails (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Jason Tselentis
[Monotype on The History and Future of Variable Fonts]

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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 typefaces, one of which was inspired by Ben Shahn's hand-constructed alphabet.

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

Jeff Portaro

North Carolina-based creator of Folkster (2015, connected cursive typeface), Scout (2013, brush typeface) and Metrix (2013, modular and octagonal). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jen Jones
[Jen Jones Fonts]

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Jen Jones Fonts
[Jen Jones]

Raleigh, NC-based designer of the free hand-ccrafted Hello Fonts bundle of 262 fonts. Many, if not all, of these fonts were designed using iFontmaker. There is also a commercial collection of fonts. The free font list: Hello Big Deal, Hello Casual, Hello Esli Script, Hello Hustle, Hello Morgan, Hello Raleigh, Hello Ramona, Hello Texas, HelloAbracadabra, HelloAcaBelieveIt, HelloAlakazam, HelloAli, HelloAloha, HelloAmazing, HelloAmazingReally, HelloAnnie, HelloAnnieWide, HelloAntsClose, HelloAntsOnFire, HelloArchitect, HelloAsparagus, HelloBabes, HelloBabyGirl, HelloBarndoor, HelloBarnyard, HelloBasic, HelloBeMyPenPal, HelloBeYou, HelloBeYou2, HelloBeYouFill, HelloBelle, HelloBestDay, HelloBigBen, HelloBigDeal, HelloBigSky, HelloBillionaire, HelloBirdie, HelloBlossom, HelloBlowPops, HelloBlueprint, HelloBoomerang, HelloBoxStitch, HelloBoxer, HelloBoxerABC, HelloBoxerWide, HelloBoyfriend, HelloBoyfriendSquisht, HelloBragTags, HelloBrownieBadge, HelloBubbleButt, HelloBubbles, HelloBubbly, HelloBuckaroo, HelloButtons, HelloCake, HelloCarmel, HelloCartoon, HelloCasual, HelloCasualSlim, HelloCeratops, HelloChaChing, HelloChalkTalk, HelloChitChat, HelloChitChatX, HelloChunky, HelloClaus, HelloCurly, HelloCurlyQ, HelloCutie, HelloDNangelo, HelloDaisy, HelloDataHead, HelloDeanna, HelloDigitheads, HelloDippyPippi, HelloDoodlePrint, HelloDoodlePrintToo, HelloDoodleType, HelloDoodles, HelloDotBot, HelloDotStick, HelloDotty, HelloEllie, HelloEllieBold, HelloEngineer, HelloEsliScript, HelloEsther, HelloEtchASketch, HelloFabulous, HelloFairytale, HelloFickle, HelloFickleJuice, HelloFineMotor, HelloFireworks, HelloFirstie, HelloFirstieBig, HelloFirstieBigGulp, HelloFirstieSquisht, HelloFirstieThin, HelloFontStew, HelloFrozen, HelloFun, HelloFunkyFresh, HelloGeorgeI, HelloGeorgeII, HelloGeorgeIII, HelloGeorgeIV, HelloGirlie, HelloGreekGoddess, HelloHandMeDown, HelloHappy, HelloHappyDays, HelloHarley, HelloHaywire, HelloHelicopter, HelloHeyGirl, HelloHoneybun, HelloHoneycrisp, HelloHotDiggity, HelloHotMess, HelloHotStuff, HelloHotcakes, HelloHottie, HelloIHeartYou, HelloIWillNotChewGum, HelloImagination, HelloIsh, HelloIshBig, HelloIshThin, HelloJannie, HelloJocelyn, HelloJourney, HelloJrHigh, HelloJumpingJacks, HelloJunieB, HelloJustSayin, HelloKami, HelloKandinsky, HelloKayMay, HelloKayMaySquisht, HelloKelly, HelloKennedy, HelloKeyLimelight, HelloKidMarker, HelloKindergarten, HelloKookie, HelloLetItGo, HelloLightbox, HelloLikeABoss, HelloLiza, HelloLori, HelloLoruna, HelloLovebug, HelloLucy, HelloMacaroni, HelloMaddox, HelloMaddoxThick, HelloMakerspace, HelloMalibu, HelloMango, HelloMath, HelloMeatballs, HelloMilkMoney, HelloMillionaire, HelloMissThang, HelloMister, HelloMovesLikeJaggar, HelloMrsSketch, HelloMummy, HelloNatellie, HelloNeatFreak, HelloNerdAlert, HelloNoTeardrops, HelloNorthwestye, HelloOlive, HelloOliver, HelloPalazzo, HelloParis, HelloPhonicDoodles, HelloPicasso, HelloPinata, HelloPippi, HelloPirate, HelloPlainJane, HelloPlayground, HelloPoolNoodle, HelloPopcorn, HelloPoppinTags, HelloPractice, HelloProzac, HelloPumpkin, HelloQueenie, HelloRaleigh, HelloRaspberry, HelloRecess, HelloRockyRoad, HelloRoundHole, HelloRuhdonkulous, HelloSansaNorth, HelloSansaSouth, HelloSanta, HelloSantaBarbara, HelloSassy, HelloScarecrow, HelloScrapbook, HelloScratch, HelloScript, HelloShabbyBlob, HelloShelby, HelloSimple, HelloSip, HelloSixBoys, HelloSketchie, HelloSkinny, HelloSkinnyMinnie, HelloSkippy, HelloSmartie, HelloSmores, HelloSnowball, HelloSperry, HelloSpot, HelloSquarePeg, HelloSquiggles, HelloSquirrel, HelloStacy, HelloStarbucks, HelloSticky, HelloStitches, HelloSugar, HelloSuhKurity, HelloSunshine, HelloSuperhero, HelloSweetCheeks, HelloSweetCheeks_0, HelloSweetiePie, HelloSweetiePie_0, HelloSwimmy, HelloSydney, HelloTGIF, HelloTeacher, HelloTeacher2, HelloTexas, HelloTheHue, HelloTiffany, HelloTimber, HelloTiptoes, HelloTracer, HelloTracerSolid, HelloTreat, HelloTrick, HelloTupelo, HelloTypeHype, HelloTypewriter, HelloTypewriterSquisht, HelloTypewriterThin, HelloWhackAMole, HelloWhimsy, HelloWhoaNelly, HelloWobblie, HelloWoohoo, HelloWordsmith, HelloYolo, HelloZaxby, HelloZipper, HelloZombie, HelloiFont.

iFontmaker link. At iFontMaker, there are hndreds of additional fonts, including Hello Adelaide, Hello Hustle, for example. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Jones

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 handcrafted 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.

Typefaces from 2018: HelloCarmel, HelloMilkMoney, HelloSuhKurity, /HelloTypeHype. Dafont link. Home page. iFontMaker link. [Google] [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. In 2017, he set up XYZ Type with Ben Kiel, who is based in Saint Louis, MO. XYZ Type is part of Type Network since 2018.

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. It was later published at XYZ Type.
  • Epiphany (2001). A hookish face.
  • Export (2012). A vernacular typeface based on signage seen in New York's Chinatown. This all caps typeface features square counters and comes with a stencil version.
  • 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 (2012). Digital versions of the alphabets shown in Rudolf Ruzicka's 1968 portfolio Studies in Type Design. This collection led in 2018 to the robust 12-style typeface family Study at XYZ and in 2020 at MyFonts.
  • 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. In 2019, he added Aglet Sans, and in 2020 Aglet Mono. The three Aglet families explore roundness. Aglet Mono, in particular is quite striking, and could be useful for programmers.
  • Escalator and Elevator (2021). Two multipurpose geometric sans families following in the footsteps of Block and Futura. Ragan writes: Escalator & Elevator grew from a client commission to replicate existing signage for the renovation of a landmark New York City skyscraper. They take inspiration from prefabricated letterforms of the 1950s, which manufacturers offered in so-called Block and Futura styles, by swapping in a few different shapes. Our interpretation increases the distinction between the two styles, pulling from surplus glyphs created for customizations of the design for other clients. No one really needs another geometric sans, but Escalator & Elevator claim their own aesthetic territories in an abundant genre. Both families are delivered as variable fonts, providing full access to a wide weight range. The optical size axis addresses the specific needs of different type sizes with adjustments to the structure, tapering, and spacing. From small text to the appropriately-named Huge, these typefaces evoke architectural lettering and the era of phototypesetting.
  • Polymode Sans (2021, by Jesse Ragan and Ben Kiel). A variable font with a realness axis.

Interview. Behance link. Interview by Lovers Magazine. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jesse Snyder
[Warehouse Design]

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Jessie Diebolt

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] [More]  ⦿

John Bomparte
[Bomparte's Fonts]

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John Butler

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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.

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]  ⦿

José Enrique Cartagena-Ortiz

Graphic artist in Carrboro, NC. For a school project, he designed Circuit Type (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joshua Mauldin

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] [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]  ⦿

Kaitlyn Stafford

Cullowhee, NC-based designer of the modular typeface just called Personal Font (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kathryn McComas

Charlotte, NC-based designer of the display typeface Empire (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kay Mahon

Graphic designer in Rock Hill, SC. In 2017, she designed the Sailo Jerry-inspired tattoo typeface Collins. [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]  ⦿

Kelsey Kub

Charlotte, NC-based designer of the brutalist semi-blackletter typeface Gurl Code (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kent Swecker
[A New Machine]

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Ketchup n Mustard
[Jaime Van Wart]

Art director in Los Angeles, who studied at NC State University (class of 2008). Jaime Van Wart was a full-time product and visual designer for IBM's Lotus software group, and designed original typefaces and custom lettering. She created the Victorian typefaces Restoration and Vodarna in 2009. In 2018, she designed the display sans typeface Gipsy, the modulated sans Pacific, the blackletter typeface Eastwatch, and the geometric sans typeface Admiral. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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

Kimi Kaste

Boone, NC-based Kimi Kaste created the hipster avant-garde typeface Just My Type in 2015, taking inspiration from ITC Willow. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kirsten Simkiss

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

Kris Bazen

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Kristin Compton

Wake Forest, NC-based designer of the hipster typeface Min Mal (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kyle Lambert

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Lauren Brame

At Elon University in Elon, NC, Lauren Brame designed the minimalist all caps typeface Ster (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauren Crowe

As a student at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC-based Lauren Crowe designed the multilined typeface Carraway (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauren Dunn

Boone, NC-based designer who created a handcrafted condensed typeface during her studies in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauryn Jackson

During her studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, lauryn Jackson created the circle-based typeface Circular (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

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 (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.

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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, and who is now located in Columbia, MD:

  • Aberration (2001). A Celtic font.
  • Baldur (1999). An uncial typeface based on Feinen (1983, Henry Mikiewicz).
  • Carlisle (2000).
  • Game Icons (2008).
  • Graz (2001). A Celtic font.
  • Miyama (2001). An 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.

The fonts were originally available from Agfa/Monotype. [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]  ⦿

Marie Laurence Daigle

During her studies in Raleigh, NC, Marie Laurence Daigle designed the fine deco typeface Think Thin Graff (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mary Joyner

Waxhaw, NC-based graphic designer who created the beveled typeface Love in 2016. Behance 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 Carter

Charlotte, NC-based designer of the pixel font Cyberpunk (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Duncan

Boone, NC-based designer of the dot matrix typeface Redox (2015) and the experimental typeface Morph (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Frizzell

During his studies, Matt Frizzell (Boone, NC) designed the wide octagonal poster typeface Stout (2016, FontStruct). [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. 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.

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Maurice Meilleur

Maurice Meilleur is a recovering political theorist turned graphic designer and design researcher and writer (in his own words). He completed a PhD in political theory from Indiana University Bloomington in 2004, and earned an MFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. He is an assistant professor of graphic design at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he teaches and studies typography and design semiotics and methods. Earlier, he was assistant professor of graphic design in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Maurice is writing a book on the principles and history of modular scripts.

His experimental modular typeface Kast was a jury finalist in the Society of Typographic Aficionados' 2016 ProtoType competition. He has developed Kast into paper, photographic, print, and digital artifacts, and begun to explore digital animation using Python and Drawbot as part of a larger investigation into typographic representation and parametric/algorithmic/generative formal systems. At ATypI 2018 in Antwerp, he spoke on modular scripts and generative design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meg Becker

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

Meredith Lyons

Raleigh, NC-based designer oof the mini-slabbed typeface Vue (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Hassler

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] [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).

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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]  ⦿

Monotype on The History and Future of Variable Fonts
[Jason Tselentis]

An article written in 2017 by Jason Tselentis, a designer, writer, and educator based in North Carolina. As Associate Professor at Winthrop University, he teaches visual communication design, brand strategy and development, web design, and typography. [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]  ⦿

Nicholas William Romanos

Bad link. Graduate of North Carolina State University, who created the free display typeface Muziek in 2011. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oleg Banar

Freelance graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who created the pixel typeface Pixel It in 2016. [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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Paul Papazis

Greensboro, NC-based designer of the dripping paint font Drekstain (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

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]  ⦿

Pixel Zombies
[Travis Howell]

Huntsville, AL-based designer who studied at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. Creator of the stencil typefaces Brigade (2016) and Raleigh (2016), and the modular typeface Poggers (2019). Creative Market link. Dribble link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿


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]  ⦿

Rah Dick
[Thomas Radeke]

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] [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]  ⦿

Rebecca Gardner

Cullowhee, NC-bsed designer of the jumpy letter font Grungy (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[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]  ⦿

Renee Clayton

At North Carolina's Wake Tech Community College, Renee Clayton designed the sketched blackboard bold typeface February (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richard Manship

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

Robby Martin

Mebane, NC-based designer of the playful modular experimental typeface Birdie (2016). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robert Ethel
[Titivillus Foundry]

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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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Sara Sodano

During her studies Charlotte, NC-based Sara Sodano designed the number font Whimsical (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarah Carr

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

Sarah Johnson

Student at Meredith College in 2015 who lives in Raleigh, NC. She created the oriental simulation typeface Chopstick (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scott Howard

Winston-Salem, NC-based designer of Moonshot (2016, handcrafted) and Sundae Funday (2016, handcrafted). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sean Grady
[Valency Graphics]

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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]  ⦿

[Dennis Ludlow]

Dennis Ludlow (Sharkshock Productions, Raleigh, NC) started making mostly free fonts in 1999. On August 28, 2001, Dennis announced that he would stop producing fonts, forever. To prove himself wrong, he became more prolific trhan ever, and ultimately started designing retail fonts as well.

His early typefaces include 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 (2000: like the masthead of Playboy), 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; v2.0 dates from 2018). 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: Bloomsburg (a 6-style organic sans; +Cyrillic), Stupid Meeting (an all caps display typeface), Medusa Gothic, Carson (tall grotesque), Collegeblock 2 (an octagonal varsity font), Medusa Gothic, Royal Crescent (sans), Praetoria, Papaya Sunrise, Helmswald Post (blackletter).

Typefaces from 2019: Deutschlander 2.0 (an organic monoline sans, with coverage of Cyrillic and Greek), Zanzabar (a genie lamp or Arabic emulation typeface), Vonique 43 (an organic fashion mag sans), Delacorso Outlines (tall decorative caps), Kwixter Sketch (for Latin and Cyrillic).

Typefaces from 2020: Stupid Meeting (an all caps sans with a comic book feel, appropriately named to describe most COVID era Zoom work sessions), Toyster (a plumpish typeface), Wonderbar 2 (psychedelic, all caps), Boldstrom (a tightly spaced heavy industrial sans), Reisenberg, Snicker Snack, Crosshatcher (a sketched font), Czesko (a skyline font), Storybook Ending (a mix of uncial and Tuscan), Toyster (a bubblegum font).

Typefaces from 2021: Kamryn (a display serif), Mouser (an organic geometric sans in six styles), Dottingham (a Victorian typeface), Tempestua (a sharp bold display sans), Lemonade Stand, Brontoburger (a vernacular typeface).

Typefaces from 2022: Jumbalo (a bubblegum font).

Abstract Fonts link. Creative Fabrica link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sharon Hartsell

During her graphic design studies, Sharon Hartsell Boone, NC) created a lava lamp typeface (2014) that was inspired by Nick Shinn's Fontesque. [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 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]  ⦿

[Kris Bazen]

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] [More]  ⦿

Sydney Carey

At Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Sydney Carey and Melanie sasser co-designed the squarish typeface Juicebox (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sydney Stines

Asheville, NC-based designer of the pixel-based typeface Little Monsturz (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Taekyeom Lee

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 Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Before that, he was an Assistant professor of Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Home page. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas Radeke
[Rah Dick]

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Tiffany Boger

Charlotte, NC-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Wonder Woman (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tiffany Thai

Cullowhee, NC-based designer of the tetris / tangram typeface Play (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Titivillus Foundry
[Robert Ethel]

Robert Ethel (Ethel Enterprises, Murphy, NC) designed the shareware Indic simulation font Samarkan in 1993. Fontspace link. Email contact. [Google] [More]  ⦿

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

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Travis Howell
[Pixel Zombies]

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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]  ⦿

Tristan Waiden

Raleigh, NC-based designer in 2015 of the free custom typeface Seventy-Eight (2015) and the handcrafted typeface Tristanica (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tyler Olli

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] [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]  ⦿

Valency Graphics
[Sean Grady]

Montreat, NC-based designer of the square-edged typeface Marvino (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victor Moore

Boone, NC-based Victor Moore designed a few typefaces in 2014 during his graphic design studies. [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

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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.

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] [More]  ⦿

Will Burkart

As a student in Holly Springs, NC, Will Burkart created the squarish all caps sans typeface Parallels (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

William Dickinson

Cullowhee, NC-based designer of the dotted typeface Boom (2014). Behance 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]  ⦿

Zach and Beth Wilkinson
[Zach Wilkinson Design]

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Zach Wilkinson Design
[Zach and Beth Wilkinson]

Zach Wilkinson is motion designer in North Carolina. In 2020, he released the handcrafted typefaces Secret Society and Bookshelf. [Google] [More]  ⦿