TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sun Jan 25 13:36:39 EST 2015
Type scene in North Carolina
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).
Typefaces from 2014: Art Party (a festive hand-drawn typeface codesigned with with Erin Solomon), Carawan (a rounded sans family), Back and Forth, Fat Nib (splatter brush face), Smoot (whimsical typeface).
Amanda Weiss, who lives in Kernersville, NC, designed American Model Printer Typeface (2014) based upon an angled crossbar sans typeface seen in a 1880s publication called American Model Printer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bomparte's Fonts is John Bomparte's (b. Port of Spain, Trinidad, 1959) foundry in Wake Forest, NC. A graphic and type designer, John Bomparte was the assistant to, and a protege of renowned type designer Ed Benguiat, at the legendary Photo-Lettering Inc. It was there that John was surrounded by other great type designers such as Tony Stan, Vic Caruso, Vincent Pacella and Bob Alonso.
John designed the art deco sans typeface Hamptons BF, and another art deco headline face, Take Two BF.
In 2006, he published the 12-style family Blackletter Sans and the exquisite poster semi-Greek simulation art deco typeface Abstrak BF (modeled after a 1934 ATF font by Robert Foster called Abstract).
In 2007, he surprises with the 1920s poster font Michelle BF, the hand-printed Brandy BF, its follow-up Johnny Script BF (2008), the quirky Freaky Frog BF, the dot matrix halftone effect font Subliminal BF, the frizzy Glow Gothic BF (2007), and the gorgeous swashy 3-style blackletter family Black Swan BF (2007).
His 2008 faces: Jacky Sue BF (based on the hand of Jackie Geerlings), SoHo Nights BF, Hamburger Font BF (a rounded fat face), and the art deco sans serif faces Sidewalk Cafe BF (2008) and Hamptons BF (2 weights).
Emerge BF (2009) is a flare serif inspired by Admiral, c.1900, from the Keystone Type Foundry. Freedom Writer BF (2009) is a connected handwriting script face.
Danielle BF (2010) is hand-printed, based on the hand of Danielle Paradis. Factor BF (2010) is an electronic / futuristic / techno face. FingerSpeller BF (1994) is an American sign language typeface. Retroscript BF (2010) and Capistrano BF (2010) are beautiful connected scripts.
In 2011, he added the fat felt tip pen typeface Sherbet BF and the funky rounded display typeface Dragonfly BF. In that same year, he published the stunted black wood type typeface Squat (BA Graphics, based on earlier work of or with Bob Alonso).
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] ⦿
Graphic designer in Charlotte, NC, who during her internship with Arzberger Stationers, created some caps faces in 2011; Flora (floriated), Suzy (oriental simulation), Caroline (calligraphic), Sassie (Victorian), and a blackletter face. [Google] [More] ⦿
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).
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. New books. One of the first places to consult, in my view. New type books. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:
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).
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] ⦿
North-Carolinian distributor of Type Designer and creators of the Kidbag type collection. Kid Type Paint was designed by Jane Scarano and Jake Scott. Designer at Creative Alliance of the kid's handwriting faces KidType 1 and 2, as well as DingBrats (1993, dingbats). Dead FontShop link. Jake and Scott Scarano (now defunct link!) are credited at FontShop with the 1993 creative Alliance ruled kid's lettering typeface Kid Type Ruled, and the brushy 1993 faces Kid Type Crayon, Kid Type Marker and Kid Type Paint.
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] ⦿
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 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] ⦿
Graphic design student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Behance link.
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.
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.
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] ⦿
Calligrapher and letterer in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who occasionally designs logo type and is involved in calligraphic-looking custom type. Since he started in 1983, he has published three books on the subject. Scans of some of his work: JohnStevens-ModernGothic-2013.jpg">Modern Gothic, Suitor and the suit (calligraphy), White Horse Press (logo), Sakura (brush, Fornication (calligraphy), Calligraphy Centre (logo for his business in Winston-Salem).
In 2011, John Stevens and Ryuichi Tateno combined forces to publish the four-font calligraphic brush series Stevens Titling at Linotype. It comprises Stevens Titling Boar Brush, Wolf Brush, Sable Brush and Badger Brush styles, all based on the Trajan style.
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] ⦿
Adam Roe is the American [T-26] designer of Blinddate, BMetaphorA, DecEpicure, Dumpster (stencil), Epicure, Epitaph, Girlfriend, Intention, Lunchbox, Metaphor, Percolator, Technique. Runs Lunchbox Design in Charlotte, NC: Metaphor family, Ashtray, Boogieman (1999), Gas Station, the Girlfriend family, and the Malaise family. Font list. Fonts sold by Mindcandy, where you can find Adolerscence, Airmail, Alexander, Angobie, article10, Ashtray, BlindDate, Category, Charisma, Dumpster, EightTrack, Epicure, Epitaph, GasStation, Girlfriend, Intention, Lunchbox, Malaise, Metaphor, MulletHead, NotQuite, NowWhat, Outahere, Percolator, PillowTalk, PromDate, Replicant, Sabotage, Sandbox, Secretary, Soapbox, Solace, Substance, Surrogate, Technique, Undertow.
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 has original fonts by Patrick Michael Murphy, who is American (from Mebane, NC), not Irish: Aberration (2001), Game Icons (2008), Baldur (1999, uncial), Carlisle (2000), Graz (2001), Miyama (2001, oriental simulation font), Old Roman (2002, a text family based on an 1895 typeface designed by T.W. Smith), Ronan (2006), Splendors (2001; modeled on the modified version of the Mason font that Wizards of the Coast uses for their titling on their Dungeons&Dragons Forgotten Realms publications). MyFonts page. The fonts are now also available at Agfa/Monotype. Celtic look fonts include Aberration, Baldur, Graz and Splendors. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Marianfonts (or: MarianFudge Design, or MFD)
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.
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
Creator of these typefaces:
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).
Patrick Michael Murphy
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] ⦿
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 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.
Adam Roe, the founder of Lunchbox Design, now runs Reelhouse, where he sells his 65 fonts for 600USD.
Russ Rowlett (University of North Carolina) made the Pointers font (arrows). Urban Fonts carries his upright script New Venice (2007).
Salim George Khalaf
Free fonts by Dennis Ludlow (Sharkshock Productions, Raleigh, NC), such as Hot Pizza (2001), Hawaiian Punk, Royal Acidbath, Little Caesar, Subway, Holiday India, Mobsters, Dallas Cowboys (Western look, 2004), Dark Crystal, 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, Honda, Busch Gardenz, Holiday India (2000), Simpsons, Blockbusted, IHOP, Chicken Fool A, Playtoy, Cowboys (2001), Dreamscar (2001, has a Cyrillic version), Mr. Goodbaur, Dr. Peppers, Oreos, Air Millhouse, Fruitopia, Raiders, TGI Friday, Jolly-Raunchy, Mouser, Pirate-Keg. There is also a medium-sized categorized archive, with subsections such as cartoon fonts and movie fonts.
On August 28, 2001, Dennis announced that he would stop producing fonts, forever.
Spectrum Designs (was: Connie Starsongs)
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
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] ⦿
One can buy some icon font sets from them, such as Stilts (2013), Narwhal (2013), Miniglyph, Parks and Rec, and Snack Time. Together, they designed the slabby wood type typeface Ohio, Medical Icons, Survival Icons, Bike Icons and Transit Icons in 2013.