TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sun May 19 06:11:54 EDT 2013
Albatross (or: Font Deals)
Albatross is Jay Hilgert's foundry in Oklahoma City, OK, est. 2008. Before Albatross, Jay Hilgert ran Bittbox (or: BB Free Fonts), a site dedicated to free clipart and vector art.
Typefaces from 2008 include the informal outline face Tire Shop, the informal 3d shadow face Blox (2008), the 3-d wood face Baja California, the stunning four-style family called BB Petie Boy (which includes an ornamental caps style, a grunge style, a blackboard style and a sketch style), Fusty Saddle, 23rd Street (a graffiti font) and Whiteboard Modern.
In 2009, he followed up with Oil Change (3d, hand-drawn).
In 2011, he created the futuristic family Naughty Astronaut (+Cowboy), the Western face ABTS Gunsmoke, the connected retro script face ABTS Milk, ABTS Feather Pen, ABTS Oklahoma (retro deco), ABTS Aviator (2011, art deco caps face), and ABTS Day of the Dead (ornamental skulls, Mexican style), ABTS Crestwing (an inline caps face), Helios Pro.
Based in Perry, OK, Bannigan Artworks was founded in 1998 by Todd Hallock (b. 1969). His fonts include Arts&CraftsGS (2001, inspired by decorative lettering by Glaswegian illustrator Jessie Marion King (1876-1949) and by the Scottish style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). This font was published by Jack Yan), Renaissance Caps (2005, floriated), Celtic Knots-BA (2002), Celtic BA (2003), Celtic Ornaments BA (2008), Christianity BA (2004, Christian symbols), and the futuristic font Hallock.
At MyFonts, we find the Keltic caps face Medieval Caps BA (2006), Left Hand BA (2007) and Art Nouveau 2 BA (2007). Archibald BA (2009) is inspired by the art nouveau lettering of Archibald Knox (1864-1933), a designer for Liberty&Co. from the Isle of Man.
BittBox (or: BB Free Fonts)
Run by Oklahoma City-based Jay Hilgert, this site is dedicated to free clipart and vector art. He has made a stunning four-style family called BB Petie Boy (2008), which includes an ornamental caps style, a grunge style, a blackboard style and a sketch style. Dafont link. He also made the stunning Western display face Fusty Saddle (2008), the worn Tire Shop (2008), Blox (2008), and Conglomerfont (2008, based on letters solicited from designers all over the world). [Google] [More] ⦿
Free font designer, aka Sometimes Aislinn. Vinita, OK-based creator of Retrofitted (2013), Whiz Bang (2013), Fish Fingers (2013), Something in your eyes (2013), Enough For Me (2013), Organic Fridays (2013, funky), Orange Juice (2013, hand-printed shadow face), Apple Cider Daydreams (2012), McKenna (2012, hand-printed), Just Kidding (2012, outlined and hand-printed), My Grandpa's Farm (2012), Café And Brewery (2012, thin sans), Always and Forever (2012), Whatever It takes (2012, hand-printed), Albatross (2012, grungy), Deus Etched Machina (2012: a sketched typeface), Gingersnaps (2012, curlified text), Kyne Morgan (2012), A song for Jennifer (2011), Night of the fireflies (2011), Cinnamon Cake (2011), One Starry Night (2011, curly letters), Dandelion in the Spring (2011), Simply Glamorous (2011, script), Second Breakfast (2011, handprinted), Skinny Jeans (2011), Sweet Home Oklahoma (2011), Sweetly Broken (2011), Light Up The World (2011), Of Wildflowers and Wings (2011), Joy Like Sunshine Through My Windowpane (2011), When It Rains (2011, grunge), Peyton Jennifer (2011, am informal handprinted sans), Appleberry (2011, sketch font), Irish Spaghetti (2011, handprinted), Alphabetized Cassette Tapes (2011), The Beautiful Ones (2011, grungy), Contempo Jungle Minuet (2011), The Unseen (2011), Sophomore Yearbook (2011, handprinted), Jelly Bean Sandwich (2010), English Essay (2010), Jazz Essay (2010, connected hand), A Sensible Armadillo (2010), Double Scratch (2009, Fontcapture), Writing Stuff (2009, Fontcapture) and Just Act Casual (2009, Fontcapture), Yesterday Again (2011), Illuminate (2011, a sketch font), Vanilla Twilight (2011), Where Stars Shine The Brightest (2011), Attack of the Cucumbers (2010), Awakening (2010).
Dana De Cicco
35USD utility for Windows that makes all characters of a truetype font into individual "bmp" files. Free partially functional demo (numbers 0-9 only). By Webcatering in Stillwater, OK. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fontry West is located in Tulsa, OK. At MyFonts, these Fontry West fonts can be bought: Iron, Toxcons (2008, skulls), WILD1 Firstvision, WILD1 Larra, WILD1 Nobody, WILD1 Ruts, WILD1 Toxia, WILD2 Ghixm, WILD2 Keetoowah (2008). Its type designer is James L. Stirling, who cofounded the Watts, Oklahoma-based design and lettering studio The Fontry in 1992 with Michael Gene Adkins. Born in 1964 in Oklahoma, Stirling codesigned WILD1 Firstvision (1997, techno) and Ironrider and Ironhorse (2008, blackletter faces based on wood types) with Adkins. In 2000, he co-designed the fonts Modern Poster and Modern Roman, based on the lettering of Alf R. Becker, a sign painter from 1932 to 1957. These fonts were published by Agfa-Monotype. Later fonts there include Steel Narrow, Steel Moderne, Chicago Modern. At The Fontry in the early 1990s, he made Klash (comic books style), Peppermint and Peppermint Openface (Southwest influences), Marbles&Strings, and Keetowah. He also made some Greek fonts at The Fontry.
In 2009, James Stirling started a serious digitization program of the art deco fonts of Alf R. Becker (based mostly on his Signs of the Times series), and made ARB 70 Modern Poster, ARB 93 Steel Moderne, ARB 44 Chicago Modern, ARB08ExtremeRomanAUG-32CASNormal (2009; the original is from 1932), and ARB 67 Modern Roman.
The grunge face JLS OverKill Grunge (2009) is free. JLS Smiles (2010) is a family of typefaces consisting of smilies / emoticons. FHA Modernized Ideal Classic (2011, with Michael Gene Adkins) is based on a demonstraton alphabet from Frank H. Atkinson's Atkinson Sign Painting (1908). Typefaces from 2012 include FHA Condensed French (with Michael Gene Adkins), JLS Space X1C (LED style), JLS Space X2C, JLS Space Gothic, JLS Data Gothic.
Pencil artist from Norman, OK (b. 1984) who designed the curly face GloriaNumberOne (2004), the handprinted face March Nouveau (2006), Descenders (2006, art nouveau face), April Nouveau (2006), Jaws of Life (2006, artsy billboard face), Konnectors (2006), Rebubbled (2006), Eggheadz (2006), Untitled Comic Font (2006, contains Cyrillic characters), Hexangular (2006), Gloriental (2006, oriental simulation), ApplePear (2009) and Gloria's Hand 1 (2005). Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
James L. Stirling
Cherokee font designer from Gore, OK, who spoke at ATypI 2011 in New Orleans. He wrote this on typophile (excerpts only): As font makers you have noticed that much of what we use today, as a designed font, is pretty bad when it comes to some of the very rough looking uneven font designs. It is a very complex issue when it comes to the Cherokee orthography in the community. Cherokees take great pride in our writing system. It is true that many in the eastern band of Cherokees do not read and write cherokee but some do. And it is also true that at one time some people at the museum over there proposed the idea of changing our syllabary writing system in to a alphabet. This was quickly dismissed and did not go over very well and we should just leave it at that. Many more people here in Oklahoma Cherokee Nation and United Keetoowah Band read and write in Cherokee. Roy Boney and I were very honored to speak to so many font designers that work on so many languages. Roy and I worked with many advanced speakers from our community and that work at Cherokee Nation to find out what advanced speakers look for in a writing system for each character. We developed a very thin font that was made in fontlab. It is not really that professionally made but it has many needed things in it. Most languages around the world have font styles for many different needs, printed type, signs, web, fun, ads and so on as you all know. but we do not have this for our own language at this time, when we need it the most. Many in the community do not question why we dont have more fonts. In fact many get defensive when we first talk about new fonts a few years ago thinking we where trying to change the language or proposing something like what the museum over and eastern band wanted. Roy and I believe that if we are going to continue to have a language for our community it must have all the power and strength that different fonts can offer.. We started realizing we needed to be on the computers and cell phones then after we got on that we realized that we needed more fonts. This idea is starting to be understood by some of our elders when we start to show them why we want to do this or have it done. It is always important to work with the community that reads and writes the language that you are designing for. Most languages have enough material out there so that that is not needed but in smaller language groups it is important to talk to people before starting your design work. Much of the problems with the present fonts is that people did not at least have the community it was made for, have look at it, before the release. The Cherokee Type face was made for a printing press and all of our fonts still look like they are for that same purpose. Sequoyah in his time wrote with print from the style influenced from the printing press also, even after he made the cursive style too. His main reason was to create a writing system that would allow his people to communicate in written form. If he was round today, I believe he would be designing fonts and having others to design some for all these technologies that are constantly coming out (and have different requirements) for Cherokee people to use and communicate with each other. So if anyone needs more information about cherokee handwriting for fonts feel free to email me. We have collected handwriting samples and old documents that might help a font designer with the information they are looking for.
Karen's Font Explorer v1.2
Swedish type designer, calligrapher and graphic designer, b. 1939, who lives in Skane, Denmark. He created RunaSerif (for Miles, 1995: inspired by the forms of ancient Viking runes, this face won the Nordic Typeface Competition in Copenhagen), Crane (1995, Agfa), Renasci (1997, based on old Danish inscriptions, mainly in churches), ZiP (Agfa Creative Alliance), and Hansson Stencil (Mecanorma). CV (in Swedish).
Founded in 2008 by Oklahoma State graduates, Loftis&Ball is a design studio in Stillwater, OK. Behance link. Sean Ball designed the (partial?) custom Italian typeface Love More (2010) and the Western display face Elise Fancy (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Ex-student of typography at UCLA. Designer in 1998 of Crumudgeon (sic) and CrumudgeonDeceased for Bayer, and of TwoVooDoo. At Garagefonts, he has Lelk (2000, a cute irregular font), Bone Spurs (1998) and GF Cheebop (1998). Mark lives in Thousand Oaks, CA. At T-26, he published the dingbat font Form (1997).
Michael Gene Adkins
River City Rubber Works
River City Rubber Works (Haysville, KS) is a company that designs and manufactures art rubber stamps and images. The business began in 1994 as a greeting card company called Spirit Works Greetings. River City Rubber Works was created as a division of that company in 1997. MyFonts sells its fonts, such as River City Sandwriting (2009). The designer is Dana De Cicco (b. Oklahoma). She got interested in fonts as a student at Oklahoma State University, where she graduated with a BFA with an emphasis in drawing and painting. In 1994 she and her partners founded Spirit Works Greetings.
Born in southeastern Oklahoma, Talor Goad now works as a designer for Gardner Design in Wichita, KS. His typeface Alexis (2011, free at Lost Type) is a take on the Italian woodstyle. It was fontified by Nathan Williams. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Fontry is a Watts, OK, based outfit, est. 1992 by Michael Gene Adkins (b. 1965, OK) and James L. Stirling (b. 1964, OK): Digital type for computer-aided signmaking, with fonts designed for signmakers by signmakers.
Since 2009, they have been producing various digitizations of alphabets designed by Alf R. Becker in the 1930s and 1940s. Gene Adkins designed (2013, didone), ARB 85 Modern Poster JAN-39 (2011, after Modern Poster Script, 1939), ARB-70 (1995), ARB-67 (1998), ARB-66 Neon (2010, +Block, +Line), ARB-44 (1995), ARB-96 Jitter Display DEC-39 (1999), SCRIPT1 ARB-85 Poster Script Normal (2000), ARB-66 Neonline Block, ARB114 Hillbilly Roman JUN-41 Normal (1999), ARB-187 Moderne Caps AUG-47 CAS family (2009, a beautiful didone display face), the ARB 08 Extreme Roman AUG-32 CAS family (2009), ARB-218 Big Blunt (2010), ARB-218 Neon Blunt.
Another product is the Wild Bunch Pak #3: Danthr Skal, Kastaka, Gas Bumps, Skrawl 613, Sharrpe Gothik, Levo Fraz, Kommerce, Stellar Spice, Infected Hurt.
Wild Bunch Pak #2 (50 USD) has Marbles&Strings, Keetoowah, Peppermint, Ghixm (2008: a retrospective of the horror comics and movie posters of the 1960s and the 1970s), Klash, all outline fonts. In Wild Bunch Pak #1, look for Toxia. Race Pak #1 contains 5 chiseled fonts, including ARB67, Brannt Chiseled, Excursions, JLS Ultra, and Race Checkers. 50 USD. There are also Greek Pak #1 (12 Greek fonts for 25 USD, including GRK Orbit, GRK Universe City, GRK Albert, and GREK Bodnaut) and Signfaces Narrow Pak #1. At Garagefonts, Wild Larra, Wild Ruts, Wild Toxia, Wild Nobody families (1999).
MyFonts sells FTY Garishing Worse (2011---there is a free version at Dafont), SCRIPT1 Team (2010), SCRIPT1 Toon (2010), SCRIPT1 Voodoo Script (1999-2009, signage script), What Sound Pounds (2009), WILD3InfectedHurtNormal (2010), WILD1 Firstvision (1997), WILD1 Larra (1997, grunge), WILD1 Nobod (1997, grunge), WILD1 Ruts (1997), WILD1 Toxia (1997) and the blackletter faces Ironhorse and Ironrider (2007), revivals of classic wood type faces. FontShop link.
In 2008, The Fontry published the Greek Font Set, Copper Penny DTP (after Copperplate Gothic, but with lower case included), Droeming (an eerie family) and Earth A.D. (more eerie stuff, metallic, and with sharp serifs). It then generated a break-away subfoundry that carries fonts solely designed by James Stirling, Fontry West. Fontry West is located in Tulsa, OK. At MyFonts, these Fontry West fonts can be bought: Iron, WILD1 Firstvision, WILD1 Larra, WILD1 Nobody, WILD1 Ruts, WILD1 Toxia, WILD2 Ghixm, Greek Font Sets 1 and 2 (not Greek, only Geek-ish, made for fraternity use), and a large Comic Fanboy set which includes glyphs painted with stars and stripes (CFB1 American Patriot, CFB1 Captain Narrow, CFB1 Shielded Avenger, all made by Adkins). The CFB1AmericanPatriot family (2009), and the SCRIPT1 Rager Hevvy family (2009) are free here. JLS Overkill (2009, Bloque, Stencil, Grunge, Champion [athletic lettering], Hammer) is a sturdy family covering everything from SUV-strength stencils to grunge stencils and macho slab serif headline faces. After Disaster (2008), FHA Eccentric French Normal (2008, wood type after an alphabet created by Frank H. Atkinson in 1908), WHATSOUNDPOUNDS?Normal (2009) are free at Dafont. Sinder (2010) is a grunge face. FTY Konkrete (2010) is constructivist, and has a beveled weight. FTY Strategycide (2010) is a similar severe headline sans family. Sinder (2010) and Demon Sker (2011) are free grunge faces. American Purpose (2011) is a grotesk family. American Purpose Casual and American Purpose Stripe (2011) are follow-ups. Garishing Worse (2011) is a casual bold face. Sharpe Gothik (2011) is hand-drawn. American Captain (2011, a manly retro squarish propaganda headline face; see also American Captain Patrius 02 FRE). Deathe Maach (2012) is a sturdy 6-style display family. Avengeance (2012) is a techno typeface. FHA Condensed French (2012, by Michael Gene Adkins and James L. Stirling) and FHA Nicholson French (2012, art nouveau) are based on Frank H. Atkinson's examples.
Todd M. Hallock