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1919 Type Foundry
1919 Type Foundry presents the typographic work of Scott Sullivan, who is currently a graphic design major at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, scheduled to graduate in 2009. About the name: The year 1919 was the year that the Bauhaus school opened in Weimar, Germany. It was roughly the year 1919 when Modernism and Constructivism were born in Germany and the U.S.S.R., respectively. All fonts are heavily based in geometry, therefore: Dosim OKT, Geovlad (2009, constructivist, based on the posters of Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg), 44X34X (2009, futuristic, free). The Triflig Paradigm is another project of his. There he is developing some fonts such as Moon Man, and one can download Gnashraw-Spaced (2009) and two of his FontStruct (pixel) fonts, pgdm001 and pgdm002 (2009). Designmoo link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka OKpants, Cleveland, OH-based Aaron Sechrest created the luxurious layered type system Leutner in 2016, and published it at Dustin Lee's type foundry, Retro Supply. Prismatic in nature, the designer calls it a hypnotic and sturdy geometric font system. Youtube movie about Leutner. [Google] [More] ⦿
AArrgghh! Typefaces used to offer shareware fonts by Jonathan Smith (Cleveland, OH) of Rhode Island Soft Systems: New Land Contour, All-Hearts, Bunny-Lips, Confetti, El-RioLobo (1993, Mexican simulation face), Elbjorg-Script, Essential-Times, Firey, Glifik, Gyptienne (hieroglyphics), Hero-Outline, Hirosh (oriental simulation face; an exact copy of Sukiyaki, made in 1968 by Gene Eidy for Lettergraphics International), Ice-CreamSandwich, Ice-Snow, Made-InTheUSA, New-LandContour, New-LandInline, New-LandOutline, New-LandSport, Ol'54, Planetz, Porter-Lil'Kaps (gorgeous late night show display font), Religious, RockArt, Spider-WebBlock, The-Score, Wet-Paint.
Graphic designer in Cincinnati, OH. FontStructor, who made the octagonal typeface Ladd Block (2011). MyFonts link. His commercial typefaces include Cut Block (2012: white-on-black sketched letters), Tape Back (2012), Inked Balterm (2011, a monoline hand-drawn sans with ball terminals added in) and Inked Classic (2011, blackboard bold).
Free typefaces from 2015: Poster Cut, Poster Line.
Typefaces from 2017: Neato Serif (followed in 2018 by Neato Serif Rough), Highest Praise (brush script), Citrus Gothic, Bakerie (42 hand-drawn typefaces), Trailmade, Farmhand (Farmhand is a textured, hand drawn, condensed font family featuring serif, sans, inline, italic, and extras styles suited for display titling), Garlic Salt, Likely (brush script), Likely Sans, Active (an upright brush script).
Typefaces from 2018: Config (a condensed geometric sans; see also Config Condensed in 2019), Config Rounded, Quiche (in Text, Display, Fine and Stencil substyles, for a total of 52 ball terminal-themed fonts), Quiche Sans (Peignotian), Cheddar Gothic Sans Two, Botany, Braisetto (connected signature font).
Typefaces from 2019: Skie (a big gothic sans family with low contrast, small x-height and tall ascenders), Quiche Flare, Magdelin (a 40-style gothic sans), Fractul (a geometric sans characterized by its dramatic squarish "a"), Gopher (a reverse contrast family), Konnect (a geometric sans family).
Albert J. Kim
Altered Ego Fonts (was: Sooy Type Foundry, STF)
Altered Ego Fonts is the 2003-born sibling of STF, the Sooy Type Foundry. See also Sooy Co. Brian Sooy is the Elyria, OH-based designer of font families such as Chevron (1994, a condensed font), Eclectics (dingbats: Bundle, Medley, Pixelweb, Web), VerveMM (1999, multiple master font at Adobe), Acolyte, Veritas (1995, multiple master text fonts), Benderhead (Garagefonts; Benderhead AEF followed in 2006), ITC Coventry (1998, grunge font), EclecticWeb (dingbats), American Spirit STF (2001, American symbols), ArkeoBT (2003, Bitstream, a readable bitmap font family), Lil Milton (2006), AE Prosperity (2011, a slightly aged old map style script), and Greenbriar AEF (2005, a 12-style hypnotic and gothic family).
Brian, who also runs Brian Sooy&Co, calls his fonts trendy and neo-humanist. Check Alphabets Inc for EclecticOne, EclecticTwo, EclecticPixel (2004, pixel dingbats), Greenbriar (hexagonal), Temerity, Chevron and Veritas, and the Bitstream Type Odyssey CD (2001) for most of his collection.
Corporate work includes the Lucerna Bible Font for the New Living Translation Bible of Tyndale House Publishers in 1995, which was based on Veritas.
American Greetings Corporation
In 1996, the American Greetings Corporation company issued a number of mostly script and blackletter fonts, whose names all start with CAC. These can now be found on many font archives. A partial list: CACCamelot, CACChampagne, CACFuturaCasual, CACFuturaCasualBold, CACFuturaCasualBoldItalic, CACFuturaCasualMedItalic, CACKrazyLegs, CACKrazyLegsBold, CACLaskoCondensed, CACLaskoEvenWeight, CACLeslie, CACLogoAlternate, CACMoose, CACNormHeavy, CACOneSeventy, CACPinafore, CACSaxonBold, CACShishoniBrush, CACValiant, Care-Bear-Family, ShishoniBrush.
Founded in 1906 and based in Cleveland, American Greetings Corporation no longer develops or sells fonts.
Some web sites report that AGC, in cooperation with AGI, published these fonts in 2011: Erin B Regular, Handwriting, Hucklebuc, Lady Script, Lasko Medium, Lovebirds, Milli, Moonstruck, Otto Matic Sans Regular, Pigpen Two Plain, Sage Script Regular, Wild Bill Bold.
Six of the CAC fonts were designed and produced by graphic designer and Vietnam veteran Courtney Kent Rhodes (b. 1949, Rochester, IN) from Westlake, OH, who worked for AGC from 1988 until 2003. He is a graduate of Indiana University, class of 1977, and is principal of Courtney Rhodes Design since 1980.
Anna Richard is a designer, typographer, and bibliophile based in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in Visual Communication Design and a specialization in typography. At present, she designs typefaces and has expanded font families for Google. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aoife is an Irish typeface designer and teacher. She has a BA degree in Visual Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology (2005) and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading in 2010. Alongside her freelance practice, Aoife is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University, where she teaches typography and typeface design. Before moving to Akron, Ohio, Aoife worked as part of Hoefler & Co design team in New York (joining in 2011), developing Idlewild, Surveyor, and other typefaces. Most recently she worked with Frere-Jones Type on Mallory, and did some projects for Google.
She designed Magnimo while at Reading. Aoife writes: from the Latin Magna, meaning great or large, and the Indic Anima, meaning spirit or soul. Magnimo is a big-hearted typeface with many moods and voices. I am quite impressed by this three-style typeface (Regular, Italic, Upright Italic), which, with its lively angular design, seems just right for green party and energy drink magazines. All the extra features expected of a 2010 typeface are there, including a matching and nicely balanced Greek, and coverage of most European diacritics. Additional scans: i, ii, iii.
Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Synoptic Translations. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal, where she entertained the crowd with socially relevant typography and type for dissenting voices. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aibrean's Studio (translated as "April Studio") has been owned and operated by April Sadowski since 2003 in Xenia, OH. She created the squarish modular typeface Modal (2009, FontStruct). Other FontStruct typefaces include MoxBox (2009, squarish), Dripple (2009, dot matrix), Polaris (2009) and Squirls (2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
Arlyn Eve Simon
Baltimore&Ohio Railroad Historical Society
Jack Aaron Rodriguez made a font called Baltimore&Ohio R.R. Co. Loco.&Pass. Equipt. Cars Lettering (2004) for the Baltimore&Ohio Railroad Historical Society. Jack lives in Riverdale, MD. Kenneth Van Mechelen made B&OStation (2005), B&OLoco (2005), EMD (2006), and B&OX (2005). [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer, letterer and calligrapher located in Willoughby Hills, OH. Ex-student at the University of Reading (2003) who designed Owyhee (2003). In 2008, he created Cora, a 6-style corporate-look sans with a large x-height.
In 2011, he did Katie's Font.
Susan Derrick's foundry in Dayton, OH. Her fonts can be bought at MyFonts. Alternate URL. The list of creations (2005): Ancestry (caps), Angeline, Angelique (both curly scripts), Banderole, Fred and Ginger (two-line display face), Garden Gate (gate-inspired curly script), Monogram, Oxymoron (simple sans), Relativity, Scrapbook, Beads (dingbats) and Beading. In 2006, some handwriting fonts by Matthew Derrick were added: Funnies, Grimble Castle, Paparazzi, Scratch Pad, Selvin, Love Me and Wavy Gravy.
Additions in 2009: Barack, Mrs. Obama, Malia (upright connected script), Violette (female script), Abbatia (ornaments), Frame Ups (frames), Sasha (didactic font with lines). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Ohioan Bill Roach (b. 1966) created the script typeface Goldilocks (2009, +Reprised), Hollow Roachian Futhark (2009, runic), Anfalas (bumpy poster font), and the techno typeface Glyphstream (2009).
In 2012, he published a number of medieval style typefaces: Throrian, Mirkwood Chronicle, Gothic Birthday Cake, Elementary Gothic (+Bookhand), EG Dragon Caps, Renny Hybrid, Bruce, East Anglia (Lombardic).
Brian Crick (b. Jamestown, NY, 1976) is working on a very original font, Positronic Effigy. His Ironweaver (2003) is the thinnest of the thin (almost gothic or bewitched) beauties. Check also Oberto (2003). Positronic Toaster (2009) is a very nice modern interpretation of the French upright scripts of the nineteenth century. Brian runs Brian Crick Web Site Design in Cleveland Heights, OH.
Brian Kniceley is a sign artist at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. At Letterhead Fonts, he designed Henderson Roman, Henderson Church Text, Strong Nouveau, Strong Italic, Strong Angle, Equinox (caps and flourishes), LHF Strong Caliope (2000: a circus font; see also p.53 of the The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces by Dan X. Solo), LHF Strong Tea House (2000). Many of his fonts have a Western influence.
Brian Kniceley named all of his fonts after their creator or the books he found them in. Examples: LHF Strong Angle, LHF Strong Caliope, LHF Strong Italic, LHF Strong Nouveau, LHF Strong TeaHouse, LHF Ohnimus Florid, LHF Ohnimus Spiked, LHF Henderson Church. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her Visual Communication Design studies at Northern Kentucky University, Briana Arnold (Ft. Mitchell, KY and Cincinnati, OH) created the rounded squarish sans typeface Aero (2012). She also created the sans typeface Sequent in 2012, which was designed for screens.
Famous American teacher of penmanship, b. 1864. Author of Lessons in Ornamental Penmanship (1920), Gems of Flourishing (1888), and The New Zanerian Alphabets (1900, Zaner & Bloser, Columbus, OH). This site describes his story: In 1888, Charles Paxton Zaner founded the Zanerian, College of Penmanship, in Columbus, Ohio. The schools curriculum included courses that prepared students for careers as penmen who, at that time, wrote by hand most of the documents used by business and industry. The school also trained students to become teachers of penmanship, illustrators, engravers, and engrossersspecialists in the kind of ornamental writing used for diplomas and certificates. In 1891, Zaner sold a share of the Zanerian to Elmer Ward Bloser, whom he met in 1883 while the two men were students at Michaels Pen Art Hall. Bloser, who had been working as an instructor at the Spencerian Business College in Cleveland, was a superb penman, and he had accumulated the capital necessary to sustain the college in its early days (when its three instructors had only three pupils). By 1895, the Zanerian College of Penmanship had become the Zaner-Bloser Company, an institution that offered courses in penmanship, published professional materials about handwriting and illustration, and sold handwriting supplies. In 1904, Zaner-Bloser published The Zaner Method of Arm Movement, a landmark text that taught the simplified style of writing learned by students at the Zanerian to children in elementary schools all over the United States. This book also applied the findings of psychologists who had discovered that young children completed manual tasks more easily if allowed to use the large arm movements that were natural to them at their early stage of motor skills development.
In 2006, Paul Hunt designed a set of connected calligraphic scripts, called P22 Zaner.
Charles S. Wilkin
Sign designer from Columbus, OH. Creator of Fleur de Wee (2005, Chank's place), a dingbat font of shields and fleur-de-lys interpretations, and Fowl Play (2005, 26 bird silhouettes). Kernest link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Cincinnati, OH, b. 1982, who has mainly designed tattoo and black metal typefaces. Portfolio. In 2010, he made Horst Roman Gothic. In 2011, he added Horst Blackletter (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Cincinnati-based foundry (est. 1817), also called Oliver&Horace Wells, Horace Wells, Agant, and L.T. Wells, Agent. Among digitizations, we find French Ionic (Dan X. Solo, Solotype: quite ugly--based on an 1870 Clarendon derivative by the Cincinnati Type Foundry).
Free specimen book on the web: Fifteenth book of specimens Compact Edition from the Central Type Foundry (1882, Cincinnati). See also here, or here. At the time of that printing, Henry Barth was president, assisted by Charles Wells and William P. Hunt.
Judy Ko revived a condensed didone typeface from the Cincinnati Type Foundry typeface called Condensed No. 4 in 2012. In 2015, Nick Curtis created Old Number Ten NF, based on Gothic Number Ten. [Google] [More] ⦿
Claude Fayette Bragdon (b. Oberlin, OH, 1866-1946) was an American architect, writer, and stage designer based in Rochester, New York, up to World War I, and in New York City after that. He was known for his creative geometric ornaments. At some point, he proposed this modern American italic for architectural plans. Check also his set of modern small letters. This page shows his art nouveau art. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry in Cleveland that existed from 1875 until 1892, when it was absorbed by ATF. It was also called H.H. Thorpe Mfg. Co. They published Catalogue and Book of Specimens From the Cleveland Type Foundry. The H.H. Thorp Mfg. Co., 147 St. Clair Street, Cleveland, Ohio (176 pages, 1880), Catalogue and Price List of Type and Material (ATF 1893 Specimen) (1893), and Catalogue and book of specimens of type typefaces and printing material and machinery (1895).
Its original designs include Koster Initials and Litho (a curly Victorian typeface digitally revived by Nick Curtis in 2007 as Cleveland Litho NF; Curtis says that it comes from an 1898 specimen book but that contradicts the ATF date). Another Curtis revival, Yum Yum NF (2008) is said to be based on Mikado from an 1893 Cleveland specimen book. And in 2008, Nick Curtis continued with a revival of the geometric display typeface Morning Glory (1893), and a revival of Oxford called Really Big Shoe NF (2009). One of CTF's most famous typefaces is the faux-Chinese font Chinese (1883, later called Mandarin). In 2010, Nick Curtis redid Geometric, a typewriter style face, and called it Linndale Square NF.
In 2013, the Victorian capitals typeface Oxford No. 2 (from the 1893 catalog) provided the inspiration for the digital typeface MFC Damask (Brian J. Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles, Monogram Fonts Co). MFC Damask Flourish (2013) is a floriated caps typeface from the same source. [Google] [More] ⦿
Coffee Bin Fonts
Navarre, OH-based foundry run by artist/designer Billy Jacobs (b. 1958). His font creations are based on 19th century advertising type found in tradecards, catalogs and periodicals from that era.
Courtney Kent Rhodes
William Joseph Dard Hunter was born in 1883 in Steubenville, OH, and died in 1966 in Chillicothe, OH. He was one of the most influential graphic designers to come out of the American Arts and Crafts movement around 1900-1910. The typeface P22 Arts and Crafts (1995) by James Grieshaber at P22 comes complete with Arts and Crafts Ornaments and is based on Dard Hunter's designs. Bala Cynwyd NF (2008) and Nickley NF (1997, an arts and crafts font) by Nick Curtis are other digital revivals of his lettering. Related arts and crafts fonts include Syracuse (1999, Woodside Graphics) and Nouveau Riche JNL (Jeff Levine).
The Mountain House Press Types were designed and cut by Dard Hunter between 1912 and 1915, and by Dard Hunter Jr. (b. 1917) in 1937-39, for the private use of their Mountain House Press.
A Specimen of Type (Dard Hunter Jr., 1940, Paper Museum Press, Cambridge, MA) is a small booklet shows a roman type started in 1936 by Dard Hunter Jr. under the guidance of Professor Otto F. Ege. Apologies for the poor quality of the digital pics, which were taken under challenging conditions in the dungeon of a gothic library.
A third generation has emerged as well, as Dard Hunter III is an active printer and book designer in modern times.
Professional photographer in Westerville, OH. During his studies at Columbus College of Art and Design, Darrek created a great typographic poster that celebrates the fifth and sixth symphonies of Beethaven (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 1855, David Knox started producing wood type in Fredericksburg, OH, together with Edwin and Thomas Ferry, John McNulty, and M.S. Richards. The latter four were on strike at the W.T. and S.D. Day Co., a competing wood type manufacturer in the same city, and left that company to start with Knox. A flood destroys the plant in 1858, and that was it.
Born in Dayton, OH, in 1991, Frederick Awich founded the Deleterious Design foundry in North Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2010. His first fonts were Infringe (display sans) and UndercoverLovahh (hand-printed face). Old URL. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Cleveland, OH, who created the Nut and Bolt typeface in 2013.
Cincinnati, OH-based designer of these typefaces in 2011: Frakked (blackletter), Spartan, Octagon, Modern Wood, Wasabi (a free Asian calligraphic simulation face; +Shogun, +Samurai, +Ninja). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Irvona, PA, in 1890, Earl Lupfer studied at the Zanerian College of Penmanship in 1908 and 1908, and joined the faculty there afterwards. He taught penmanship into the 1950s and was known as an inspirational teacher. He was the last principal of the Zanerian College. He died in 1974. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pennsylvanian penman, 1865-1929. He became penmanship instructor at G.W. Michael's Pen Art Hall in Oberlin, OH. The school and Bloser relocated to Delaware, OH. He worked briefly with Platt Spencer Rogers in 1885. He purchased a third interest in the Zanerian Art College in 1891---the latter was founded in 1888 by C.P. Zaner (who also had a third). The third third belonged to Zaner's cousin, Lloyd M. Kelchner. After Kelchner left, Zaner and Bloser were partners of the Zanerian College and the Zaner and Bloser Company. Zaner died in 1918 or 1919, and Bloser ran it by himself until his own death in 1929. He wasa gentle hard-working and talented penman and a great teacher. Bloser and Zaner were two of America's most influential penmen. Picture of Bloser, Zaner and Kelchner. [Google] [More] ⦿
In 1994, Fantazia published a 2500-font CD (431MB), with fonts in TTF, T1 formats for both Mac and PC. The packages changed names over the years---they were called Fantazia Concepts, and Fantazia Fonts and Sounds at some point. The fonts names are recognized by their prefix, FZ. The mother company, Fantazia Concepts Inc, used to be located at PO Box 5142, Willowick, OH 44095 (1-(216)-951-5666, fax 1-(216)-951-9241). It seems to have disappeared though. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mumbai-based font parasite, who sells fonts made by others and claimed as his/her own, including Michael Script (connected script), Gail Davis (hand-crafted), Rustick (by Alex Haigh) and Umbrella (by Ront Beld). On Behance, they claim to be from Dayton, OH. Sales point. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bob Aufuldish is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Currently, he is Design Director of Sputnik CCAC, a student-staffed design office producing work for the College. Bob has a BFA and MFA in graphic design from Kent State University, Ohio. Aufuldish set up Fontboy in 1995 in San Anselmo, CA, together with Kathy Warinner. FontBoy is now called Aufuldish&Warinner. His typefaces:
Cincinnati-based foundry, also called Franklin Type Foundry, and Allison&Smith. Publishers of Convenient book of specimens Franklin Type Foundry (1889, Cincinnati).
Examples of the thousands of images in this 457-page book: Aesthetic, Armenian, Art Initials, Bank Not Black Extended, Card Gothic, Chancel, Circular Script, Condensed Title No. 3, French Clarendon, French Clarendon Shaded, Hogarth, Japanesque No. 3, Latin Condensed, Moslem, Queen Bess Script, Radiant, Ringlet, St. Louis, Steel Plate, Teutonic, Title Text, Title Text Open, Trojan, Unique.
Digital revivals include MFC Brass Rules Petit (2013, Monogram Fonts Co), MFC Brass Rules Grand (2015, Monogram Fonts Co: based on Franklin Type Foundry's brass rules in Convenient Book of Specimens, 1889), MFC Franklin Corners (2009, Monogram Fonts Co: based on Metal Corners from the 1889 Convenient Book of Specimens). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Cincinnati, OH. She writes about her typeface Abe (2012): Abe Regular was designed to give the classic typeface Din a humanist touch. With a focus on subtle contrast, natural curves and a dancing baseline; Abe is the less intense, country version of the rigid classic.
Grafica Studio (or: Grafica Type)
Neil Wengerd studied at Kent State University. In 2009, he started work on a Bauhaus-style typeface called Neuehaus. He established Grafica Studio in Columbus, OH. Designer of Autostrada (2017), a utilitarian typeface based on vintage Italian highway lettering. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Grafica Studio (or: Grafica Type)
Neil Wengerd studied at Kent State University. In 2009, he started work on a Bauhaus-style typeface called Neuehaus. He established Grafica Studio in Columbus, OH. Designer of Autostrada (2017), a utilitarian typeface based on vintage Italian highway lettering. Cargo Collective link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais in 2014, Guilherme Sander (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and/or Bowling Green, OH) designed the oil spill / lava lamp typeface Smile At Me (2014-2015). In 2015-2016, he created the curvy typeface Crescent Moon (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Haik Avanian is probably Armenian, but he lives in Toledo, OH, where he practices graphic design, digital photography and an occasional custom type design. Behance link. He created the condensed upright monoline sans typeface Autopilot (2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
Hannah is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design (Bachelor of Science in Design). She grew up in Cincinnati and currently lives in San Francisco.
In 2012, she created the multined typeface simply called Illumination.
Company in Melbourne, FL, which seems no longer interested in making fonts. This page tells its history: Alfred and Charles G. Harris set up the Harris Automatic Press Company in 1895 in Niles, OH. The Harris Automatic Press Company was responsible for many printing innovations during the early 1900s including the first commercially successful offset lithographic press and the first two-color offset press. In 1957 Harris-Seybold merged with Intertype Corporation (and thus Harris inherited the Harris-Intertype library!), a world leader in typesetting equipment. The resulting Harris-Intertype Corporation would be responsible for many subsequent innovations in the typesetting industry. In 1974 the name of the company was changed to Harris Corporation, and four years later Harris moved its headquarters from Cleveland to Melbourne, FL. Harris sold its printing equipment business in 1983, and today is a large high tech and communications firm. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hucklebuck Design Studio
Andy Hayes (Hucklebuck Design Studio, springfield, OH) created Reverend Italic (2011), an architectural drawing italic as seen on Foundfont. Priest Condensed (2011) is a condensed wood type headline face. It is unclear if they also made the grotesk typeface Modelfont (2011). Vanity Numbers (2009) is a number font based on old Californian license plates. Model Plane Slab (2009) is a slab serif headline typeface with wood type influences. In 2010, they made M.C. Gothic Condensed. Grain-O (2011) is another grotesk headline face.
Joshua M. Smith (Centerville, OH) runs Hydro74, which is located in Sanford and/or Orlando, FL. His typefaces take their themes often from metal rock bands, the goth scene, blackletter, and grunge. They can be bought at MyFonts or here. See also here. More direct access.
His typefaces: Gestapo Dirty, Gestapo Tech, Terra Firma, Rehab, MissionUK, Messiahcom, Kogji, New York Corp, Texan, Grace For The Fallen. Free fonts include Beast, Broken74, Gatecrashertexan, Heresy, MeaniesThick, MegalomaniaItalic, MegalomaniaNormal, MilitarizeConform, MoogwaiItalic, MoogwaiNormal, MoogwaiThinOblique, OmnipotenceBlack, PietyBlack, Platipus, Proclivitydark, Proven, Resurrection, Revolution, Sacrafical, SailorJerry, Spitfire (2010, tattoo face), Submit, SubmitItalic, SubmitThinItalic, TripleXXX, Conform, Meanies, Megalomania, Moogwai, Platipus, Resurection, Revolution, Proven, Gate Crasher, Agnostic, Working Class hero (Western), Blasphemy, Disestarlishmentarianism, Napalm Vertigo, Black Mass (2005, blackletter / tattoo face).
In 2009, he fired up his creative mind, and started working on a new batch of display typefaces: Muerte Black, West Coast Soul, Iron Fist, Nue Black, Uber Black (+Caps, blackletter), Le Venom (a phenomenal high-contrast art deco face), Avante (art deco, counterless), Nue Goth (blackletter), The Thickness (ultra fat), Script, Razor Black, Martyr Black, Sentry Black, Imperial Black, Thai Black, Dayton Black (racecar lettering), Slash Black (blood and guts font), Burial Black (blackletter), Cadaver Ink (gothic), Czar (hairline sans), Tramp Stamp, Wolfstien Electro (in the spirit of Sinaloa), Viper Black (scary), Catalyst Solid (ulta fat), Calypso (sans), Suture Slab (gothic), Venice Black (gothic), Black Mamba (metal rock band lettering, Cyrillic influences), Tyranny Gothic (blackletter), Blackmail Sect (more blackletter), Sailor Jerry (bilined), Napalm Vertigo (army stencil), Heresy Gothic (blackletter grunge), Working Class Hero (Western grunge), Golden Age, La Santisma Muerte (scary).
Free typefaces at Legacy of Defeat, as of 2011: H74Cairissian, H74DemonRacer, H74EastZombieHigh, H74Federation, H74GhettoWolves (scary), H74InfectedZombies, H74Pistola, H74SnakeOilEmbossed, H74SnakeOilSolid (2011, constructivist), H74Spitfire, H74TheBlackBureau, H74TheGoldenDawn, H74TheGoldenDawnItalic, H74ThunderScript, H74ZombieAttack, Black Label Whiskey, H74 Cadaver Ink (2011, tattoo face), Cortez, Damn Hippies, H74 False Idols (2011), Heathen, Kremlin Ink, H74 Kustom Style (2011, a tattoo/graffiti font), Moscow Moonshine, San Loscisco (2011), Blood Tonic (2011), Snake Whiskey (2011), Time Is Money (2011), Valkyrie (2011), Viva Los Vatos (2011), Warriors (2011), West Coast Soul (2011), Yo Santos (2011).
Commercial typefaces done in 2011: H74 Warriors (2011), H74 Viva Los Vatos (2011, cholo graffiti), H74 Snake Whiskey (2011, spurred Western face), H74 Norway Black (2011), H74 Her Majesty (2011, spurred face), H74 Muerte (2011), H74 Hellfire (2011, spurred family), H74 Luckys Flash (2011), H74 Le Venom (2011, art deco), H74 Dishonor, H74 Cobra (tattoo face), H74 Pistola (2011, a tattoo font), H74 San Loscisco, H74 Wizard Nip (brush), H74 Wizard Staff, H74 The Black Bureau (black slab serif headline face), H74 Zombie Allegiance, H74 Monniker, H74 El Librador, H74 Eastern Star, H74 Dead Empire, H74 Black Diamond, H74 Alcazar, H74 Corpse Black, H74 Corpse Paint.
Typefaces from 2013: The Pricks, Ocelot Piss, The Witches, Wizard Tit, Conquest, Wizard Dick, Riverside, Dirty Sanchez, Corpus Delicti, Warlock Ghetto Wolves, Spitfire.
Typefaces from 2014: Thunder Pussy, The Kült, The Clap, Shit Script, Prison Bitch, Hëavy Mëtal, Fucktura Heavy, Fucktura Thin, Go Fuck YerSelf, Drop Anchor, Camp Cooter, Born to Lose.
Typefaces from 2015: The Dirty Collection (Fucktura Thin, Brothel, Caracas, The Clap, Scalliwag, Cholo Fett, Camp Cooter, Drop Anchor, Born to Lose, Pillow Biter, Prison Bitch, Salty Sailor, Go Fuck Yerself, Heavy Metal, Fucktura Heavy, Fancy Fuck), Forty Thieves, Zombie Headshot, Fancy Fuck (a tattoo script), Emancipator.
Typefaces from 2016: BloodCloth, Brothel, Dreamwave, GoldenDawn, HCholobakka, Mystic, Nomad, RazorBlack, RoyalBaron, Vahalla, Warlock.
Typefaces from 2018, mostly military stencils, war game fonts and sci-fi typefaces: Bioroid, BlackOps, Cipher, Complx, CounterStrike, Crux, Crypto, DeathStrike, Destroid, Division, Epitaph, FirstAssault, Frontline, HouseHarkonne, Kuso, Merc, Protocol, Psyops, ReconDelta, RoboticSystem, SaintAnn, Section9, Shogun, Surrogate, System, Tachikomo, Tactical, Warmech.
Typefaces from 2019: Recita (a solid oldstyle text typeface), Recita Sans, Interceptor, Mecha Unit 01 (octagonal), Ghost, Cataclysm, Protagonist (a tech / stencil font), Executioner, Kingslayer, Epitaph (stencil), Black Ops (a rough military stencil), Bioroid, Miami Viced.
Jack Aaron Rodriguez
Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts, Associate Director, Frederick K Cox International Law Center, Director, Cyberspace Law and Policy Office, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, OH. She wrote an authoritative article on digital typeface protection entitled To Copyright or Not to Copyright? Copyright and Innovation in the Digital Typeface Industry (2009). Abstract: Intellectual property rights are often justified by utilitarian theory. However, recent scholarship suggests that creativity thrives in some industries in the absence of intellectual property protection. These industries might be called IP's negative spaces. One such industry that has received little scholarly attention is the typeface industry. This industry has recently digitized. Its adoption of digital processes has altered its market structure in ways that necessitate reconsideration of its IP negative status, with particular emphasis on copyright. This article considers the historical denial of copyright protection for typefaces in the United States, and examines arguments both for and against extending copyright protection to digital typefaces. It compares copyright law with alternative methods of protection for digital typefaces. It also suggests that the digital typeface industry may be a useful lens through which to consider broader claims about the application of intellectual property law to IP's negative spaces in the digital age. The article is meant for the US market, and, while really well-researched, it is a bit vague in its recommendations---it does not take any strong position. It is cautious (most lawyers are), and seems to want more typeface design protection laws (most lawyers do). In her conclusions, Lipton states Because copyright protection can potentially chill innovation, it is necessary to consider relevant market factors in more detail before making a determination about the need to extend copyright to digital typeface designs as such, or to their code. If such an extension is to be made, copyrights granted for digital typefaces should only be thin. Copyrights should also only be available prospectively and not retroactively. This should mitigate concerns about propertization of the public domain.
James Martin is from Cincinnati but works as a designer in Atlanta. The computer mouse served as the catalyst for the funky Mousetrap alphabet (2006-2007). Not a font. In 2012, he created the free octagonal font Aluap Sans. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, OH, who lives in Cleveland, OH. Behance link. Creator of a sketched alphabet called Retro Nouveau (2011). This is not a font yet, I understand. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ex-student from the University of Toledo, b. 1971. Creator of the flamed dingbat and alphading fonts J-Flames (2011), Up In Flames (2008), Up In Flames Too (2008), Up No Flames (2008), Flames VI (2007), Flames V (2007), Gothic Flames (2007), Roman Flames (2009), Flames IV (2007), Flamesiii (2006, blackletter), Flames 2 (2006), Flames (2005), Bensch Gothic (2008), Bensch Gothic Flames (2008). PHuture (2008) breaks with his style and is a high-contrast rounded LED simulation typeface made in 2008.
Typefaces from 2010-2011: What UP (2011, gridded), Headshot (2011), PHUTUREphlamesPHAST (2011), PHUTUREphlames (2011), Gothferatu (2010, a spiky tattoo parlour blackletter face), Skyline (2010), Hexcellent (2011).
Typefaces from 2012: Fontmageddon.
Typefaces from 2014: Bus Stop, Blockt, Skylinesketch, Fast Block Flames, Hot Librarian, Hot Secretary, UpTop, Synced, Small Tall, Bus Stop Worn.
Typefaces from 2015: Namo, Jinkeez (dripping ink font), BeWicked (script), Stout Deco (art deco geometric sans), Middle Management (thick calligraphic script), A15Bit, Tentacles, Dsplaid, 1313 Mockingbird Lane (dripping blood font), Red Velvetica Shadows Bold (Helvetica with an outline and a shadow), Rough Draught, Prosciutto Sansish.
Typefaces from 2016: Brown Bag (script).
Typefaces from 2017: Zombie Tai, Gooey Drippy Sticky, Fingerspelling, Super Skyline, Picksuhl (pixel), Stop Slant Sans.
Typefaces from 2018: Flip Clock, Spoopy, Bologna Sansish, Flip Clock Black, Flip Clock White, Runden, Time For Salad (fat rounded italic), Grabage (grunge), Sole Survivor, Capicola Sansish.
Jesse R. Ewing
Illustrator and album cover artist in the 1940s and 1950s, b. Bellefontaine, OH, 1914, d. Rowayton, CT, 1998. He lived mostly in Rowayton, CT. Irwin Chusid writes: Flora's album covers pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns. Yet this childlike exuberance was subverted by a tinge of the diabolic. Flora wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives. Taking liberties with human anatomy, he drew bonded bodies and misshapen heads, while inking ghoulish skin tints and grafting mutant appendages. He was not averse to pigmenting jazz legends Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa like bedspread patterns. On some Flora figures, three legs and five arms were standard equipment, with spare eyeballs optional. His rarely seen fine artworks reflect the same comic yet disturbing qualities. "He was a monster," said artist and Floraphile JD King. So were many of his creations.
His headline in a 1953 issue of Park East Magazine inspired Nick Curtis to create the font Cool Cat Jim NF (2005). Other Jim Flora fonts revived by Nick Curtis include Jimbatz NF (2005, dingbats) and Flora Dora NF (2003). P22 Type Foundry has released Flora Mambo (2010), a font set based on playful hand-lettering from the 1955 Jim Flora Mambo For Cats RCA Victor album cover. The set includes Flornaments, consisting of 72 miniature figure icons (dingbats) from Flora artworks.
Portland, OR-based creative director where he works at Nike. Before settling at Nike in Portland, he worked at Landor Associates, Stone Yamashita Partners, Chronicle Books, Pentagram, and CKS Partners and was living some of that time in San Francisco. He graduated from the College of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati.
His type designs include the Sgiv1Text family in 1999, at first done as an OEM for Silicon Graphics Inc. This SGI corporate typeface evolved a couple of years later into the retail font Monolein (T-26).
Joshua M. Smith
Centerville / Dayton, OH-based designer of the hand-crafted typeface pair Parks Sans and Parks Script (2016), the hand-crafted slab serif typeface Trail Ranger (2016, +Shadow), the curvy hand-crafted stencil typeface Drink Up (2016), and the wood emulation sans typeface Ohio (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: 7th Inning Stretch, Offhand (textured 3d layered font), Whimsy (connect-the-dots), Rosie Script, Rosie Sans, Brace Slab (vintage lettering with and without spurs). Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kathy has a BFA in Painting from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MA in Graphic Design from Kent State University, Ohio. Her illustrations have appeared on the cover of over 20 books. She is a managing partner in Aufuldish & Warinner, with type designer Bob Aufuldish. Codesigner with Bob Aufuldish at Fontboy of several fonts, such as Viscosity (1996). Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer at Go Media, a creative agency based in Cleveland, Ohio. She created three fonts, Celest, Diffraction, and Identity Theft. The font link is broken though.
Graphic designer and photographer in Cleveland, OH, who obtained an MFA in graphic design at SCAD (Savannah, GA) in 2013. She runs Kelsey Cronkhite Design. Creator of the octagonal typeface Powerpants (2011), the flowing curly script typeface Blue Spruce (2013), and the calligraphic Swanville Road (2016). In 2017, she designed Cleverly Brush.
Jane, aka Lady Timeless, aka GraphXGoneWild created a number of dingbats. Born in 1961, she lives in Ohio. In her own words: These Dingbats were all created by me (Lady Timeless). Some of the files were created from using OutLaw by Designs Poser graphics (with permission) and some were created from The Big Box of Art clipart, but some are my own original designs too. The fonts, all dated 2005-2006: 12HalloweenSignsLT, 7DingbatSlatsLT, CaliKatsPathDrawsLT, CathysArtDecoDings, FreakyCommentBalloonsLT, CatsvsDogsLT, CharmHoldersLT, FencedInLT, JewelryPartsLT, LadyFootwearLT, MakeYourOwnPetsLT, PostItLT, SilhouettesfromPoserLT, WindowsLT. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Logan Louis Hecklinger is a printer, type designer and illustrator born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Bowling Green State University, where he received his bachelor of fine arts in graphic design. In 2015, he designed the display typefaces Toy Deco and Corn Dog. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nathanael Bonnell studied in Cincinnati, OH, and set up the Looseleaf Fonts commercial foundry in 2012 in Wyoming, OH. Before that, he created Cyril, a Cyrillic typeface. Creator of the retro minimalist geometric beauty Yoshiko (2006)---disregard the typophiles' comments, because this one is going to live a glorious life. His third project, Salamander (2006), a classic roman with a luscious italic to boot, is another winner. However, probably because of pressure from Linotype, which owns the name Linotype Salamander, the latter font was renamed Newt. In 2009, Newt Serif was published by Cabinet Type / Veer.
The Looseleaf Foundry published the serifed typeface Walleye (2013), which covers Latin, Cyrillic and Greek.
Graphic designer in Cincinnati, OH. Behance link.
Born in Columbus, OH, in 1970. Catalog of Marcus Burlile's typefaces:
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and of the Atelier national de Recherche typographique (Paris). She is a professor of applied typography at the Ecole Estienne in Paris since 1994. Her work is centered around the use of writing within an architectural context, as a vehicule of information, or an element of architectural identity. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Cleveland, Matt Roth studied at Ohio University, and lives in Athens, OH. Fiji (2012) is a serifed typeface developed in Don Adleta's Letterform Design class at Ohio University. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ohio-based graphic designer (b. 1991) who created the rounded futuristic typefaces Veracity (2008) and Evolution (2008). See also here, where Evolution is credited to Schoch and Paul Willocks. [Google] [More] ⦿
Or Matthew Hinders-Anderson. Climate activist and lead designer for 350.org. His abridged CV in his own words: Born in Columbus, Ohio. Played with Legos. Loved to draw. Played drums in a high school band. Started messing around in Photoshop. Became a vegetarian. Studied green architecture at Western College (Oxford, OH). Discovered that making posters and websites was more fun than building models. Moved to Washington DC to intern at Free Range. Moved to San Francisco to work for 350. Made some good friends. Ate too many burritos. Moved to Brooklyn for the hell of it.
In 2014, Matthew created the free sans typeface family Klima for the climate movement: Klima is my version of a more relaxed DIN: slightly wider, with a similar geometric foundation but more plainspoken. In three weights with obliques, free for non-commercial, non-climate denial use. It is exquisite and quite good, except perhaps that the italics are just obliques (slanted romans).
In 2015, he made OCR-B, extending Adrian Frutiger's 1968 design towards more languages (by adding accents of all sorts) and making the weight lighter.
The all caps sans typeface Graph was used in websites, signs and posters for the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City. It is designed to be a display-oriented companion to Klima. It was inspired by typefaces like DIN 1451 Engschrift, Tungsten and Trade Gothic Bold Condensed.
In 2015, Graph was supplemented with Graph Paris in view of the major U.N. climate conference in Paris. It is characterized by the curvy elliptical A, V and W.
Cincinnati, OH-based and/or San José, Costa Rica-based designer of the techno ornamental caps typeface Alex Young (2013), named after a DC-area producer and DJ for whom the typeface was created.
In 2014, he made the squarish typefaces Elite and This Way To Costa Rica.
Designer and letterer in Columbus, OH. During her studies at Type@Cooper in 2013, she created Tasso, a revival of the art nouveau typeface Tasso No. 2 (1890 or earlier, Barnhart Brothers & Spindler). Still at Type@Cooper in 2013 and 2014, she designed the high contrast serif typeface Perry. Tasso Two (2016) is a modernized version of her earlier typeface Tasso. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mike graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in philosophy. Prolific Columbus, OH-based designer (b. Columbus, OH) whose fonts are mainly available through Scriptorium. Many of his fonts were influenced by roman inscriptional or Trajan types. These include Caesario (1993, a Trajan column font based on Goudy's drawings from 1936), Minerva (1993), Falconis and Vespasiano. Other typefaces with ancient origins include DeBellis, Pomponianus, Praitor, Jerash (1993, with Nalle), Macteris Uncial (1993), Antioch (1993), and Corbei Uncial.
He prepared a set of fonts based on a medieval Latin British manuscript (Pontifica, 1999) and another one called Orlock (1993), a linocut style typeface based on the lettering in a poster for the German German expressionist silent film Nosferatu.
Pontifica was redesigned in 2009 based on the source manuscripts from the Papal Archive. He writes: Pontifica is an example of protogothic calligraphy, a style developed at the monestery of St. Gall in the 12th century to replace Carolingian minuscule with a more efficient and compact system of lettering. Ultimately it became the progenitor of the gothic lettering styles of the late Medieval period.
Midwest Type is the type foundry of Jesse R. Ewing, est. 2014. Jesse is a designer, illustrator, and type designer in Akron, Ohio. In 2014, he created Addressotype (Midwest Type) based on sketches by Sam Potts's font Addressograph, which was based on lettering from a vintage ad for the Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation, manufacturers of the Addressograph addressing machine that stamped out dog-tag-like plates that were used to print mailing labels at high volume. The glyphs of Addressograph follow the gaspipe lettering style popular in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s.
Typefaces from 2015: Centrifuge (inspired by manufacturer badges on old laboratory equipment).
Typefaces from 2018: Addressotype Slab.
GD&T font is a safety symbol truetype font for 49USD: "Professionally designed Windows TrueType font that contains the complete QS-9000 critical characteristics and safety symbol set, as well as the entire set of ASME GD&T symbols." From MMST Inc in Willoughby, OH, 49USD. MMST stands for Metrology e URL listed for MMST, Inc. Metrology Methods Support Technology. The founder and owner is Wayne Knazek. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Galion, OH, Nathan Eady (b. 1974) used the free tools Inkscape and FontForge to make the free architectural lettering font family Blooming Grove (2009, Open Font Library). Blog. [Google] [More] ⦿
New York-based foundry run by Charles Nix (b. 1967, Ohio), who studied tye design at The Cooper Union. Charles Nix is professor of Typography and Book Design at the Parsons School of Design, New York. His foundry was helped by Wong Chee (digitization) and Stefano Arcella (ornament design). Fonts: Melaka, Batak, Nani, Tuk Tuk, Christmas (a softened blackletter with Christmas ornaments), Nix Rift (serif: the official typeface of the Cooper Union), Huta Bulon, Samosir, Island Special. Batak became ITC Batak (2002).
Charles Nix digitized the Augereau family for George Abrams in 1997 and manages the Abrams Legacy Collection, which also offers Abrams Venetian.
Typefaces in the New Fonts collection are derived from a rich variety of sources---from 15th century Spain to 21st century Sumatra. The Sumatran Series of fonts is inspired by hand-painted letterforms from commercial signage in the tiny village of Tuk Tuk on the island of Samosir in Northern Sumatra. The series consists of six typefaces: Batak, Nani, Tuk Tuk, Samosir, Melaka, and Huta Bolon.
In May, 2015, Charles joined Monotype as a Senior Type Designer, and later became its Type Director. His work at Monotype:
Designer in Cincinnati, OH, who created some custom typefaces in 2010, such as Heinz Schenker. He is a student at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. [Google] [More] ⦿
This college in Oberlin, Ohio, was well-known in the 19th century for its penmanship studies. C.A. Barnett, J.T. Henderson and J.N. Yocom published the Oberlin Business College Compendium of Penmanship (1901). [Google] [More] ⦿
Ornaments of Grace
Rittman, Ohio-based creator of a set of 23 Victorian-style vintage fonts called Church in the Wildwood (2014). She also made a free set of Victorian drop caps called Month of Sundays (2014). Along the same Victorian rustic wood emulation theme, she published the layered typeface family Sunday Best (2014) and the poster font collection Thankful (2014).
In 2015, she created the hand-crafted funky typeface Capriccio (Plain and Rough).
Typefaces from 2016: Miss Elizabeth Script, Humoresque (a signpainter's family emulating the 19th century Western style; it has 12 weights designed for layering),
Influential designer and type designer, motivated by beautiful advertising type (b. Mountgilead, Ohio, 1879, d. Chicago, 1940). Picture. He was angry at Goudy for his Goudy Heavyface (1925), which resembles Cooper Black a bit too much (check this 2002 video). MyFonts link. Cooper died of cancer. His typefaces include:
Akron, OH-based designer of the hand-crafted typeface families Sweetwater (2016), Summer Swirl (2016, curly letters), Ellie Mae (2016), Hurried Hand (2016), Sweet Water (2016), Super Sweet (2016), Fruity AppleJax (2016) and Loverly (2016). She operates as Millie Mae & Co. Creative Market link. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
From Ashtabula, OH, Patricia Lillie (b. 1958) is the respected designer of the wonderful (shareware) Poptics dingbat fonts series (I, II and III) in 1993. See also here or here. Please read her remarks about rip-off font sellers. She sold many wonderful wonderful wonderful dingbat fonts via Eyewire: Gargoil, Fidelma, Lil Creatures (great!), Lil Ancients, Lil Critters, Lil Dings, Lil Fishies, Lil Stuff, Lil Features, Lil Folks, Lil Faces, Lil Events, Lil Flowers, Mini Pics Doohickies, Lil Edibles and Lil Vehicles. These were marketed by Image Club Graphics as their MiniPics series in 1995. She also had display fonts such as Horsefeathers, WhimsyICG, Whassis, Farrier, Shatterday, Chilada and Chilada Dos (1994), Burweed, Alleycat, Ashtabula, Damosel, and Syllogon. [T-26] designer of Ashtabula, Damosel, DamoselDingbats.
Other fonts: Fidelma (at Type Quarry), Samson, Delilah, Benderville, ElegeionScript (2001, formal handwriting), ITC Tickle (2001), ITC Tickle Too, ITC Cinderella (2002), Miss Kitty Deluxe (2009, comic book face), Zarlino (2011, a brand new bastarda blackletter family), Boppa Delux (2011, an elegant bold display family). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Piink Iink Studio
Jenny Boehme (Piink Iink Studio, Columbus, OH) designed the wedge serif typeface Honor Display (2019), the great blocky typeface Brave New World Block (2019) and the wavy typeface Waggle (2019). [Google] [More] ⦿
Platt Rogers Spencer (b. East Fishkill, NY, 1800, d. Geneva, OH, 1864) created what would become the most widely accepted and prized cursive writing method used in business, now known as "Spencerian writing". As an outspoken supporter of American business education, his influence insured that by the late 1800s business education in America included some courses on penmanship. He taught at the Bryant&Stratton Business College in New York. His son was Lyman P. Spencer. Lyman's book, New Spencerian Compendium of Penmanship (1879) can be considered as an extension of the work of Platt Rogers Spencer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oberlin, OH-based foundry of Shane Brandes (b. Lakefield, MN, 1974), who made the historic semi-blackletter revival Augsburger2009 (2009), which was inspired by one of Ernhardt Ratdolt's (1442-1528) many beautiful typefaces. Ratdolt was a printer from Augsburg, hence the name. River Liffey (2009) is based on a typeface used by James Williams an Irish printer active in Dublin during the late 18th century. Rising Sun (2009, blackletter) was inspired by Gering and Remboldt's work during the late 1490s in Paris.
Charlemagne (2010) is an imaginary medieval script. Fleurious (2010) are ornaments. Sweynheym Pannartz (2010) is modeled after an example Conrad Sweynheym and Arnold Pannartz used in their early printing venture in Subiaco, Italy which began around 1465. Ballard (2010) was inspired by a font used by Henrie Ballard, who operated on Fleet Street at the Signe of the Bear in London from ca. 1597-1608. White Now (2010) is a music note font. Enn'agrammaton (2010) is a cryptographic font. Pluton (2010) is a fixed width font with over 1400 glyphs. Old Venexia (2010) simulates an irregular medieval type. Black Tie (2010) is a simple monoline sans family. Azabercna (2010) is based on gothic principles. Alchimistes (2010) is a medieval symbol face, while Florati (2010) provides a set of ornamental caps. Wappenstein (2010) is an angular stone-carved face: The font Wappenstein was inspired by the carving on a memorial stone located in Paderborn, Germany. The stone was a Epitaph of the Brenkener family, and the carver is known as the Meister des Brenkener Familienepitaphs. The carving, dating to 1562, currently is curated by the Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum in the city of Paderborn and was originally in the Brenkener Pfarr Kirche. Boston 1851 (2010) is based on a stereotype used by Wier and White, Printers of Boston, that was created by the New England Stereoype Foundry under the auspices of Hobart and Robbins, also of Boston. Cruxially (2010) is a 500-glyph dingbat font with crosses.
Gaspardo (2011) is an art deco display face. Anguillette (2011) is a quaint grungy face. Ernst (2011) is a very simple but large hand-printed face. The blackletter typeface Schoeffer (2011) is based on Typ.7:146/148G also known as Gesellschaft für Typenkunde plate no. 258, by Peter the Younger (son of Peter Schoeffer), cut ca. 1509-1520. Printers in Marks is a printer mark dingbat typeface created in 2011. Cat E Poultry (2011) is a scanbat typeface of cats. Lucas Brandis (2011) is based on section headings used by printer Lucas Brandis, the first printer to operate in the city of Lübeck around 1473.
Creations in 2012: Vine Street, Nicolaus Kesler (a blackletter type based on one of the typefaces of Basel-based Nicolaus Kessler, 15th century), Modality Antiqua (straight-edged and mechanical), Martin Crantz (2012: Martin Crantz (or sometimes Krantz) of the three, including Ulrich Gering and Michael Friburger, that set up a press at the Sorbonne in 1470 was likely the fellow who had the technical know how how to cast the type itself, hence the name of this new typeface that is based on his work.). Modality Antiqua and Modality Novus are explorations of the octagonal principle. Zainer is a rough-edges renaissance era typeface named after Augsburg-based printer Günther Zainer who was active from 1468 until 1478. Swine And Roses is based on a Free Mason script. Ammurapi is a Ugaritic script face.
Typefaces from 2013: Michael Wenssler (an incunabula / blackletter typeface based on Michael wenssler typeface from 1482), Andreae (a Fraktur based on a 16th century font by Hieronymus Andreae, who first worked as woodblock cutter and then became a publisher in the city of Nuremberg until his death in 1565), Dropsomaniacal (Lombardic), Therhoernen (grungy medieval script after a Cologne-based printer Arnold Therhoernen, active from 1470 until 1483), Rusch (a 1000-glyph revival of a late 15th century antiqua by Adolf Rusch von Ingweiler, who was active in Strasbourg from 1460 until 1489), Gutknecht (a Schwabacher based on a font used by Jobst Gutknecht, a printer in Nuremburg from 1514 until 1542). The rough blackletter typeface Kachelofen and Konrad Kachelofen are named after Konrad Kachelhofen, a printer in Leipzig active from 1482 until 1529. Albrecht Pfister (2013) is a textura typeface based on Biblia Paperum, which was printed by Pfister in Bamberg, ca. 1460. Amerbach 883 (2013) is a rotunda typeface based on a typeface by Basel-based printer and typefounder Johann von Amerbach, who was active from 1477 until 1513.
Typefaces from 2014: Willie Caxton (a blackletter used by William Caxton in his 1476 edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales), Azabercna, Lion of Antwerp (an incunabula typeface: Gerard Leeu met his untimely end in a work-related altercation in 1492. He was a notable printer in both the cities of Gouda and Antwerp. This font typeface is based on the "Die gesten of gheschienisse van romen" typeface, ca. 1481.), Hildegardis (an alphabetic cipher that was invented in the 12th century by Hildegard von Bingen to obscure a language called Lingua Ignota. The exemplar was found in the Riesencodex), Lady Vittoria (vampire script based on a German cross stitch pattern from the 1870s), Trowel.
Typefaces from 2016: Holle There (a re-cut of a typeface that Lienhart Holle used in his epic edition of Ptolemy's Cosmographia that dates to the early 1480's, even predating italics).
Typefaces from 2017: Archbishop (based on the legal documents of Archbishop Arnold von Selenhofen, who granted Hildegard von Bingen and her nuns rooms at the Rupertsberg Monastery in the year 1150), Schoensperger Der Altere (after a blackletter font used by the first female printer, Anna Ruuml;gerin, who was Johann Schönsperger der Altere's sister; Johann was a famous printer in Augsburg, Germany, during the last 20 years of the 15th century).
Typefaces from 2018: Zell (a rough blackletter based on 15th century German typeface by Ulrich Zell), Captain Cookie (based on the original font used to print a short history of Captain Cook's exploits around the world), Adelheid (a great curly blackletter based on a 16th century Swiss publication), Feodorov (named after Russia's first printer, Ivan Feodorov).
Prototype Experimental Foundry
Commercial foundry, est. 1994 in Brooklyn by Charles Wilkin (b. Buffalo, NY). Designers selling their fonts through them include
Free fonts by Charles Wilkin: Creep (1995), Cypher (1997), Nude (1995), Pixely (2002).
Benn is an electrical engineering professor at Ohio State. Benn Coifman's site specializes in commercial railroad train and train lettering fonts. Also included (for free) are a crossword font, a population font, a car font, and a cartography font, all designed by Ben. Check RoadSign, a complete collection of US road signs. He also has a 1940s automobile font, the text font Rio Grande (1998) and a WWII plane font. He also made the BankGothic lookalikes Gotthard and Zephyr. Other designers at RailFonts are Clifford J. Vander Yacht, Randal O'Toole and Otto M. Vondrak.
The typefaces: 1940s Autos, Alaska Railroad, Alphabet Train, Atlantic - New Haven, Atlantic Alternate, BNSF Narrow 1X, Boxcars, Burlington, Car, Chesapeake, Chesapeake Alternate, Chesapeake Roman, ChesC, City of Font, Clinch Narrow Roman, Clinch Roman, Consolidated, Crossword, Daylight Series (1937; 1947; 1958), Egyptian, Empire Builder, Extra Gray, F7 Profile, FastTrak, Freight, Gotthard, Grand Central, Great Western, Heavyweight, Illinois Central, Illinois Central Alternative, Jade Green, LaGrange, Lehigh Valley, Marquette Roman, Maryland, Milwaukee Road Herald, Milwaukee Road Station & Wayside, MISC Railroad, Modern Herald, Modern Passenger, Monon Route, More Rail Art, Nickel Plate, Northwestern RR Roman, NP RR Roman, Passenger, Pennsylvania 1930s, Pennsylvania Wayside, Rail Art, Rail Dingbats, Railroad Heralds, Railroad Roman, Randals Mac Icons, Reading, Rio Grande, Roads, RR Sign, Seaboard, Seaboard Block, Signals, Signals Second Section, Southern Pacific Daylight, Southern Pacific Extended Roman, Southern Pacific RR Roman, Steam Locomotives, Steam-1880, Streamliner, Street Sign, Texas Special, Train Overhead, Train Tracks, Transit Silhouettes, US Army Transportation Corps., Warbirds, Zephyr.
Fonts by Pete Willard: BC Rail, Bessemer, BNSF, Car Knocker, Chessie, DRGW, Efliner, Erie Roman, Eurida, GoForIt, IC Logo, KCS, Lifesaver, Midland, NS, Pen Station, Rail Road Number Board 1, Rail Road Number Board 2, Rail Road Number Board 5, Rail TNK 1, RR Stencil, Seaboard, Sirbarry, Square1, STD Gothic Narrow, Tex Spec, TTX. [Google] [More] ⦿
Reference Type Foundry
Small foundry run by Albert J. Kim of Toledo, OH, who made the Adagio sans family in 1994. The fonts Aspire (1994, calligraphic) and HeadlineNews (1993) were shareware. I do not think this outfit is still up. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator (at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH) of many free typewriter fonts, that were mostly made with Yourfonts or Fontifier. These include:
Cincinnati, OH-based Rob Hungerman (b. Pittsburgh, PA) studied at the University of Dayton, OH (class of 2014) and Cincinnati State (class of 2017). In 2016, he designed the orintal simulation typeface California Roll. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cleveland, OH-based type designer actiive in the 1950s and 1960s. He made several photo lettering and metal typefaces. These include Layout Gothic No.1, 2, 3, and Roys Gothic No.2, 3.
Mac McGrew writes: Layout Gothic was an attempt to do in metal some of the things that advertising artists were demanding of photolettering with its new-found 'freedom" of tight spacing. Roy Rothstein, a Cleveland typographer, redesigned several characters for the Alternate Gothics; these were specially cast by ATF about 1959, and other characters were trimmed for very close fitting. Similar heavier gothics had been made about 1951: Roys Gothic No.2 by Rothstein in collaboration with Jack Forman, Roys Gothic No.3 by Rothstein, and Roys Gothic No.4, an adaptation of Helvetica Extra Bold Condensed, imported from Germany. All this was done in the 60-point size; other sizes were furnished photographically. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dayton, OH-based designer at Virb. Also, front-end coder, illustrator and typographer. He says about Liberator (2011, Lost Type Coop): This bomber-inspired typeface provides a masculine punch to any project or design.
This Ryan Smith is from Akron, OH. His site is called Design by Smitty. He is scheduled to graduate from Ohio University's School of Fine Arts in 2012. He created a peppy slab serif typeface called Rubio (2012), which was named after his grandfather James Rubio who ran Rubio's Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce from 1958 until 1984. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ryan vs Clark
Ryan versus Clark is the Ohio-based type foundry that created these fonts in 2014: Tattoo Deco, Liberator (Light, Medium, Heavy). I assumem, but could not find that information anywhere on the web site, that the owner is Ryan Clark. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kent, OH-based designer of the free vernacular typeface Rotulista (2017; rotulista is Spanish for sign painter). Sam writes: Rotulista is a typeface inspired by Mexican sign painting. It is hard working and flexible, while maintaining personality and friendliness. Perfect for headlines, body copy, and protest signs. Rotulista aims to captures what America was built on---hope, not hatred. It was published on the day that Steve Bannon was fired by Donald Trump. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Youngster from Ohio who made the primitive handscripted TF2 Professor (2007). I am bit puzzled, because the copyright says that TF2 Professor is due to Andrea Wicklund. In any case, it was made with Fontifier. [Google] [More] ⦿
School of Art, Ohio University, Athens
He created the minimalist high-contrast Qag (2009, Mostar Design Company), Muneris (2010, squarish), some experimental typefaces, the minimalist geometric sans typeface Monolite (2013), Berque (2010, a minimalist rounded sans typeface with hints of DIN), Kolg Gothic (2011), Jirue (2011, high-contrast didone), Kajf (2011, piano key face), NERC (2011, avant-garde), ARGN (2011, a rounded monospaced stencil family), FOSU (2010, hairline avant-garde sans, at HypeForType), Kosumi (2014, experimental), Roxic (high contrast art deco typeface), Shine Pro (2014, a neutral sans), and Squoosh Gothic (2014, a headline sans).
From Encyclopaedia Britannica: Style of cursive script developed by Platt Rogers Spencer (d. 1864) of Geneva, Ohio. Energetically promoted by five sons and a nephew, the Spencerian method became the most widely known system of handwriting instruction in the third quarter of the 19th century. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
American calligrapher, letterer, and type designer (b. 1953, Indianapolis, IN) located in Lakewood, OH, and/or Kent, OH. As a lettering artist for American Greetings since 2000, he has designed and developed numerous proprietary fonts. He specializes in beautiful script typefaces. Stephen's commercial fonts can be found in both Veer and P22/IHOF collections. Creator of these fonts:
Studio One Four
Fort Loramie, OH-based designer of the sports font Dagger (2019), Gasoline (2019), Butcher (2019), Certified (2019), the octagonal typeface Diesel (2019), the sports font Gameday (2019), the sports font Flyer (2018), the athletics fonts Tribe (2018) and Lightning (2018), Lawson (2018), the Tuscan typeface Warsaw (2018), and the futuristic typeface Krypto (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
The Rivertown Inkery
The Rivertown Inkery was founded as a screen printing shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, by Doug Burns. Doug's typefaces: Cinema Moderne (2017, art deco), Gardens (2017: an all caps sports sans inspired by an arena that is scheduled for demolition). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
The Warehouse (or: Warehouse Design)
Based in Kent, Ohio, Brittany Deighton founded Warehouse Design with Jesse Snyder. At Warehouse, one can buy some icon font sets from them, such as Miniglyph, Parks and Rec, and Snack Time. Together, they designed the slabby wood type typeface Ohio, and Medical Icons in 2013, while Brittany was studying in the Visual Communication Design program at Kent State University. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tobias Brauer is a graphic design professor from Cincinnati, OH. He runs a blog that occasionally discusses type. In 2014, he published the sans typeface Apposite, originally designed in 2012. Tobias writes: In its earliest versions and derivations, the design of Apposite experienced aesthetic influence by trying to engineer a hybrid between Helvetica and FF DIN. However, as Apposite’s design progressed, and became much more refined, it also developed into a visual voice that speaks in a contemporary tone, reflecting Swiss, German, and American characteristics.
Todd Childers (b. 1964) is an Associate Professor at the Bowling Green State University School of Art (Graphic Design, 1995-present), who lives in Toledo, OH. He designed the Usher family (1999) at Garagefonts. Usonian is a concrete block font. Fraktura is a marriage between Futura and Fraktur. And Burnout-2000 (2000, Garagefonts) is a grunge font done when those were popular.
Graduate of St Cloud State University, who works as a graphic designer in Albertville, MN. In 2017, she published the fun rounded display typeface Good Bad (perhaps a silent movie text font) at Chank Fonts. In 2013, she designed an untitled techno typeface. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ultimate Font Download
This is as much an ultimate font download as my uncle's manure pool. $19.95 gets you 10,000 fonts now. The owner, Jason Nolan, claims: I have received the permission from all the font creators to include their work in my download. Hmmmm... right. Jason Nolans is located in Columbus, Ohio, and Dublin, Ireland, which is asking 12 US dollars for a download of 4000 mostly shareware and freeware fonts. Located in 1785 O'Brien Rd, Columbus, OH 43228. [Google] [More] ⦿
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.
Martinsville, Ohio-born illustrator, calligrapher, typographer, book designer, author, type designer and puppeteer, 1880-1956 (Hingham, MA). Pic (1955). All his typefaces were designed for the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, where he worked for 27 years. He also was Acting Director of the Harvard University Press, 1917-1918. In 1919, he founded the Society of Calligraphers, Boston, and was in fact an accomplished calligrapher, who drew many ornaments and designed many jackets. Dwiggins studied lettering under Goudy in Chicago while a student at Frank Holme's School of Illustration. When Goudy moved to Hingham, Dwiggins followed and was to work there for the rest of his life. As a puppeteer, he often used the pseudonym Dr. Hermann Puterschein. His papers:
Matt Desmond created Dwiggins Deco in 2009 and writes: This typeface was originally designed in 1930 by W.A. Dwiggins as the cover for the book "American Alphabets" by Paul Hollister. Only the 26 letters of the alphabet were included on the cover, so the rest of the numbers, punctuation, symbols, and accented characters have been crafted in a matching [art deco] style. A free version called Dwiggins Initials KK was designed in 2012 by John Wollring. Noteworthy also is Stefan Hattenbach's Dwiggins Script (2018), developed together with Glenn Sjökvist.
Books about Dwiggins include Bruce Kennett's W.A. Dwiggins A Life in Design (2017, Letterform Archive).
Together with Ross F. George, William Hugh Gordon invented the Speedball pens in 1914, the first of which was patented in 1916. Born in Canada in the 1860s of Scottish parents, he emigrated to the United States in the 1870s and lived in Colorado Springs, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. He died in 1920.
To promote the pens, Gordon and George published an instructional book, Presenting the Speedball Pen with alphabets, drawings and designs produced with this wizard of lettercraft (1915).
Author of Lettering for Commercial Purposes, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1918 [Open Library link]. He liked full round ovals, condensed vertical elements and a slightly broken alignment. He was one of the main American designers of commercial lettering during the early part of the 20th century. His students included Ross F. George. PDF of that book.
Digital typefaces based on his alphabets include Pen Elegant JNL (2018, by Jeff Levine; after an alphabet from a 1918 lettering instruction book by Gordon), Cowling Sans AOE (2017, Astigmatic), Gordoni (2016, James Greenwood), WHG Simpatico NF (2002, Nick Curtis), and Minstrel Poster NF (2002, Nick Curtis).
Wood Type Impressions