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[Ornament by the Keystone Type Foundry]

Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
https://luc.devroye.org
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A. J. Sedlak
[Zebra Type]

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ABC Types (was: Absolutetype)
[Tony Mayers]

ABC Types is Tony Mayers' foundry. Identifont link. Tony produced film titles in London's West End. He learned the craft of phototypesetting. In 1979, he moved to Manchester, where he founded The Quick Brown Fox Company. He created Concept Crisis (grunge face), Concept Sans, De-Generation, Generation Gothic, Generation Graffiti, Generation Headline, Generation Lost, Generation Open, Generation Pixel, Generation Uncial, Monolith Roman, Monolith Sans, Poster Gothic, Ranger, Society, and Text Gothic. Before ABC Types, he ran Absolutetype, where he sold the faces mentioned above. The typefaces are now digitally available from Cedars, PA-based International Type Founders (ITF), which was created by Steve Jackaman. The latest address for ABC Types was in Cedars, PA. It is identical to that of ITF. Tony Mayers has died.

Ascender also sells its collection. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adam Petras

Graphic designer in Pittsburgh, PA, who created the decorative caps Anatomy Typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ai Photographics

Photographer in Philadelphia, PA. Creator of the display sans typeface Duma Font (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

A.J. Marx

Aka chickenmeister. Located in Pennsylvania, A.J. Marx created the monospaced programming font Smooth Bunny (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alan Meeks

Prolific type designer, b. London, 1951. Alan started working in 1970 for Graphic Systems as a lettering artist. In 1975, he joined Letraset as the Senior Type Designer and Studio Manager where he was responsible for all the artwork produced by the Letraset studio. During his tenure at Letraset, he designed over 40 popular typefaces, including Bramley, Candice, Bickley Script and Belwe. Most of these faces also showed up in the Scangraphic collection. Together with type director Colin Brignall, Alan contributed to the success of Letraset. All the original typographic artwork produced at Letraset was produced by hand cutting the fonts in Rubylith, a highly-skilled technique known as stencil cutting. Alan was responsible for training the entire Letraset studio in this art. Most of the original Letraset artwork has now been archived at St. Brides Printing Library, London. Today, Alan works independently, specializing in all facets of corporate identity including type design, typography, packaging, and development of logos and symbols.

His oeuvre (sold via MyFonts) includes:

Galadriel, Kornelia and Sparky are floating around freely in cyberspace.

FontShop link. Linotype link.

View Alan Meeks's typefaces. Yet another page with Alan Meeks's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alan Ronn

Alan Ronn has his own foundry in Pittsburgh, PA. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alëna Steiger

During her studies at Liberty University in Philadelphia, PA, Alëna Steiger created the tuxedoed typeface Pushkin (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Foley

During studies at University of the Arts, Alex Foley (Philadelphia, PA) created an untitled typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex J. Purdy

Alex Purdy is a visual communicator and illustrator, and type enthusiast, who lives in Delaware. He graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, earning his BFA graphic design in 2003. He made nice hand-drawn fonts (images only on his web page: lightning stencil, illuminati font, flim flam, puzzle stencil, old school wifi), and created many modular/octagonal fonts (computer destroy, prick, impalia, boxcutter, bubble deco,&plasmasoft). His illustrated caps font called Hypertype, done with Luke Ramsey in 2008, is a piece of art. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Stauffer

Student at York College of Pennsylvania, who lives in Boyerstown, PA. He created the handlettered Barber (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Kay

Type designer and punchcutter, b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1827, d. Philadelphia, 1905. Born Alexander Thompson MacKaye, he apprenticed with a bookbinding tools manufacturer, and went to London in 1850, where he worked for punch-cutting expert John Skirving. He cut typefaces for English typefounders such as Henry Caslon, Vincent Figgins, and the Stephenson Blake company. After that, he joined L. Johnson&Co. in Philadelphia in 1854, where he changed his surname from MacKaye to Kay. He stayed with L. Johnson&Co (later Binny&Ronaldson, then MacKellar, Smith&Jordan) for 40 years, until he lost much of his sight to cataract. His most famous are Binny Old Style and Ronaldson Old Style (1884, MacKellar, Smith&Jordan). The latter family was digitized by Canada Type as Ronaldson Regular (2008) and by Lars Törnqvist as Fitzronald (2013). The former was digitized by Monotype as Binny Old Style MT. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alianny Cabrera Tapia

Philadelphia-based designer of the squarish typeface Enders Game (2014) which was finished during her studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allyson Hawk

During her studies in Fogelsville, PA, Allyson Leigh hawk created the counterless display typeface Blackout (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alyssa Garcia

During her studies at the Art Institute of York, PA, Alyssa Garcia (Long Valley, NJ) created the Dubset typeface (2013, display). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alyssa Saftlas

Huntingdon Valley, PA-based creator of a squarish typeface and a copperwire-inspired typeface called Copper in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Briggs

Creator of the playful typeface Domino (2013), created during his studies in York, PA, by putting domino pieces together. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Childs
[Andrew Childs Typography]

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Andrew Childs Typography
[Andrew Childs]

New York-based designer of the beautiful Internal Serif Bold, and of Printmaster (2002). While you are at it, check out his unbelievable work at AC/AC in Philadelphia, especially his web page for the Morimoto restaurant. He also made an unitled workhorse-type bitmap face, Pug (2004, another great bitmap face), and the great bitmap/pixel families Dumont (2004), Fourte (2004), Ledger (2004), Certive (2004), Düsseldorf (2004, a pixel serif family, including a slab serif), an unnamed cursive pixel face (2004), and Bitley (2004, a pixel serif face!). Andrew is one of the grandmasters of pixel typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew R. Baker

Graphic designer from York, PA, who created Shard (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andy Mangold

Born and raised in West Chester, PA, near Philadelphia, he is a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Aka Cocoi Anouk.

In 2010, he created the gorgeous ultra-fat didone watch number set called Pompadour (free). It has already been used tens of times, including in this poster by Jay Schaul (2011). Pompadour can be downloaded/bought at Lost Type Coop.

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Angela Riott

Digital artist in Erie, PA. She illustrates (check Le French and Chris & Morgan, 2012) and she designs type (check her first font, a dada style typeface without a name, 2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anibal Rivera

Creator of the futuristic faces Fima (2010) and Blokoin (2010). Anibal is an illustrator and graphic designer in Mount Wolf, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Annie Seighman

During her studies at Penn State University in State College, PA, in 2013, Annie Seighman designed an unnamed display typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Archibald Binny

Archibald Binny (ca. 1762-1838) was a punchcutter from Edinburgh who emigrated to Philadelphia in 1795, where he met James Ronaldson, a businessman also from Edinburgh. In 1796, they started Binny&Ronaldson, the first real American typefoundry. In 1809 and 1812, they published America's first specimen books. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Ritzel

Ritzel (b. Offenbach, 1910, d. 2002) headed the letter drawing office at Stempel from World War II until his retirement in the late 1960s. He was responsible for the redrawing of Haas Neue Grotesk into Helvetica. German designer of Rotation (1971, Linotype), now available at Adobe and Linotype, and named after the rotation newsprint machine for which is was particularly suited. Linotype states: The font displays the influence of Old Face design and gives newsprint a feeling of lightness and elegance. Hunt Roman was cut in steel by Arthur Ritzel between 1961 and 1963, and cast by the Stempel foundry in Frankfurt in four sizes only, 12, 14, 18 and 24 points. It was designed as a private typeface for Mrs. Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, The Hunt Botanical Library in Pittsburgh/Pennsylvania. Used with special permission by Jack Stauffacher, The Greenwood Press, San Francisco, and Sebastian and Will Carter, The Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge/England. Linotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Schaffer

During her studies at Kutztown University, PA, Ashley Shaffer created the artsy display typeface Meiosis (2013), which was inspired by the paintings of Tsuji Megumi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

AshleyKat Pander

York, PA-based designer of the school project painted look font Sprout (2013) and of Glub Glub (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Astigmatic One Eye
[Brian J. Bonislawsky]

Astigmatic One Eye (AOE) has lots of nice original fonts by Brian J. Bonislawsky (b. 1973, Pittsburgh, PA). Many are free, others are not. AOE joined Font Brothers Inc in 2006. Brian Bonislawsky currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.

Fontsquirrel link. Dafont link. Fontspace link.

A partial list of the AOE fonts made in 2011: Engagement (2011, a free brush script at Google Web Fonts), Fascinate (2011, an art deco typeface at Google Web Fonts; +Inline), Original Surfer (2011, a free Google Web Font inspired by a vintage advertisement for the "California Cliffs Caravan Park"), Smokum (2011, a Western / Italian face), Yellowtail (2011, signage face), Redressed (2011), Special Elite (2011, free typewriter face), Aclonica (2011).

Typefaces from 2008 or before: Horseplay AOE (2008, Western style), Cake and Sodomy AOE (2008), Good Eatin AOE (2008), Paradiso AOE (2008, inspired by logotype of the Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas), Montelago AOE (2007, a script inspired by the logotype of the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas), Jack Chain AOE (2007), Henhouse (2007), Schnitzle (2007), Luxurian AOE (2007, inspired by the logo of the Luxor Hotel&Casino in Las Vegas), Digital Disco AOE (2007), Mighty Tuxedo AOE (2007), Makeshift AOE (2007), Clarity AOE (2007, slab serif headline), Red Pigtails AOE (2007), Run Tron 1983 (2002), Eyeliner AOE (2006, Tekton-like), Mother Hen (2007), Gloversville (2007, comic book style), Mighty Tuxedo AOE (2007, condensed sans), Quick Handle AOE (2007), Surfing Bird (2007), Hydrogen (2004), Hardliner (2004, fifties diner style), Big Ruckus (2004), SS Antique No. 5 (2004), Europa Twin (2003), EuroMachina (2003, techno), Lord Rat (2003), Love Anxiety (2003), BuzzSaw (2003), Skullbearer (2003, skull dingbats), Beatnick Blue (2002), Geisha Boy (2002), Mardi Party (2002), Midcrime (2002), Ocovilla (2002), Ruthless (2002), Saltie Doggie (2002), Whiskers (2002), Royal Gothic, Family, Eggit, Jericho, Wild Monkeys (2002), 5FingeredGothSW, AlienArgonautAOE, AlphaMackAOE, AmphibiPrint, AngiomaAOE, AntiChristSuperstar, AntiChristSuperstarSW, AstigmaSolid, BigLimboAOE, BigLimbodOutAOE, BoneRollAOE, BoneRollAOEBold, BoundAOE, BrailleAOE, BulletBallsAOE, ButterflyChromosome, ButterflyChromosomeAOE, ButtonButton, ButtonButtonAOE, CType, CTypeAOE, CelticLionAOE-Bold, CelticLionAOE-BoldItalic, CelticLionAOE-Italic, CelticLionAOE, CharailleAOE, ChickenScratch, ChickenScratchAOE, ClunkerAOE, ClunkerAOE-Bold, CropBats, CropBatsAOE, CropBatsIIAOE, DarkNightAOE, DeadGrit, DeliveryMatrixAOE, DetourAOE, DigitalDiscoAOE, DigitalDiscoAOEOblique, DingleBerries, DoggyPrintAOE, DraxLumaAOE, DungeonKeeperII, DungeonKeeperIIBold, DungeonKeeperIIItalic, EggItAOE, EggitAOE-Italic, EggitOutlineAOE, ElectricHermes, ElectricHermesAOE, ElectricHermesAOECharge, FearAOE, FilthAOE, FishyPrintAOEOne, FishyPrintOneAOE, FishyPrintTwoAOE, FutharkAOE, FutharkAOEInline, FutharkAOEInline, GateKeeperAOE, Ghoulish Fright AOE (2006), GlagoliticAOE (1999, grungy glagolitic), GorgonCocoonAOE, Gotik, GreyAlienSW, HAL9000AOE, HAL9000AOEBold, HAL9000AOEBoldItalic, HAL9000AOEItalic, HandageAOE, HandageAOEBold, HauntAOE, HybridLCDAOE, IDSupernovaSW, IslanderAOE, JokerWildAOE, KillMeCraig, KillMeCraigAOE, Kinderfeld, KittyPrint, KittyPrintAOE, Kornucopia, KornucopiaAOE, LinusFace, LinusFaceAOE, LinusPlayAOE, LinusPlaySW, Lochen, LovesickAOE, Manson, MasterPlan, Mervale Script (2012: a brushy script based on the 1940's Fawcett Publications Mary Marvel comic), Microbe, MooCowSW, MotherlodeLoadedAOE-Italic, MotherlodeLoadedAOE, MotherlodeStrippedAOE-Italic, MotherlodeStrippedAOE, MysterioSWTrial, NightmareAOE, OrnaMental, Pantera, PapaManoAOE, PenicillinAOE, PixelGantryAOE, PixelGantryAOEBold, PixelGantryAOEBoldItalic, PixelGantryAOEHeavy, PixelGantryAOEHeavyItalic, PixelGantryAOEItalic, PixelGantryHiliteAOE, PixelGantryHiliteAOEItalic, PoppyAOE, PoseidonAOE, Prick, QuiltedAOE, QuiltedAOEBlack, QuiltedTrial, RippleCrumb, RippleCrumbUltraCon, ROCKY, ROCKYAOE, RustedMachineSW, SSExpAntiqueAOE, Schizm, Schrill, SchrillAOE, SchrillAOEOblique, Scrawn, ScrawnAOE, ScrawnCyrAOE, ScrawnKOI8AOE, ScrewedAOE, ScrewedAOEOblique, ScrewedSW, SeaweedFireAOE, SenthAOE, ShampooSW, ShottyTransferTrial, SkinnerAOE, SlurCrumb, SpatCrumb, SpikeCrumbGeiger, SpikeCrumbSwizzle, SpikeCrumbSwollen, SteelcapRubbingTrial, StruckSW, StrutterAOE, SunspotsAOE, SurferComicTrial, TRANSHUMANALPHABET10, TRANSHUMANKATAKANA20, TannarinAOE, TannarinAOEOblique, TibetanBeefgardenAOE, TibetanBeefgardenAOE, TouristTrapAOE, TransponderAOE, TransponderGridAOE, UglyStickAOE, VanguardIIIAOE-Bold, VanguardIIIAOE-BoldOblique, VanguardIIIAOE-Oblique, VanguardIIIAOE, Ventilate, VentilateAOE, Y2KPopMuzikAOE, Y2KPopMuzikOutlineAOE, YoungItchAOE, ZeichensSW, ZenoPotionAOE, Zombie. Second list: BeatnikBlueAOE, BeatnikBlueFillAOE, GeishaBoyAOE, MardiPartyAOE, MindCrimeAOE, OcovillaAOE, PolynesianTouristAOE, RuthlessAOE, SaltyDoggieAOE, SpruceAOE, WhiskersAOE-Oblique, WhiskersAOE, WhiskersAltCapsAOE-Oblique, WhiskersAltCapsAOE (2002), Habitual, Automatic (techno), Bitrux, Filth, Cake&Sodomy, Gulag, Bad Comp, Detour, Alien Argonaut, Dark Night, GateKeeper, Gargamel Smurf, Invocation, Neuntotter, Geisha Boy, Saratoga Slim, Gobe, Stingwire, Lavatype, Tapehead, Islander, Clunker, Digelectric, Gargamel, Krulo-Tag, Krelesanta, SurferComic, Bound, Culture Vulture, Intruder, Cavalier, Anoxia, Synchrounous (IBM logo style lettering), Luna, Data Error, Lunokhod, Jericho. There are many techno and gothic fonts. Kill Me Craig is the first 26 death scene dingbat font (scenes by Craig Dowsett). KittyPrint takes the LinusFace font concept to more realistic cat head dingbats. Krelesanta (not free) is a funky font inspired by the band Kreamy Electric Santa. The free ButtonButton is useful for making buttons. Lovesick AOE is a scrawly, lovelorn typeface, i's dotted with hearts. Strutter AOE is based on the KISS logo. Senth AOR is a runic font. Charaille is one of the many dot matrix fonts. Cavalero is inspired by the logotype of the Chevy Cavalier.

At Bitstream in 2001, AOE published Cavalero, Stingwire and Tannarin. And in 2002, he published the comic book font Big Limbo, Euro Machina BT and Islander there. Bio at Bitstream.

In 2005, Bonislawsky and Sandler realeased 500 fonts, via Bitstream and MyFonts, under the label Breaking The Norm.

In 2006, Astigmatic published their typewriter collection, which includes Military Document, Bank Statement, State Evidence Small Caps, State Evidence, Urgent telegram, Library Report, Overdrawn Account, Customs Paperwork, Incoming Fax and Office Memorandum.

From the bio and various pieces of information, one is led to believe that Brian was born in Poland, and now lives in Miami, but that may be wrong.

In 2010, he placed a free font at the Google Directory, Syncopate. Along the same lines, we find the derived square serif typeface Stint Ultra Condensed (2011, Google Web Fonts) and Stint Ultra Expanded (2012).

In 2011, several other faces followed there, like Ultra (fat didone), Maiden Orange, Special Elite, Just Another Hand, Crushed, Luckiest Guy (comic book face), Aclonica, Redressed, Montezuma (a curly connected upright script), Devonshire (brush script), Fondamento (calligraphic lettering), Yellowatil (connected retro script), Righteous (free at Google Web Fonts: inspired by the all capitals letterforms from the deco posters of Hungarian artist Robert Berény for Modiano), Ribeye and Ribeye Marrow> (cartoon and/or tattoo style lettering---free at Google Web Fonts), Spicy Rice (2011, free festive display typeface at Google Web Fonts).

Contributions in 2012: Marcellus (2012, Trajan, flared roman), Eagle Lake (a free calligraphic font at Google Web Fonts), Uncial Antiqua, Jim Nightshade (2012, free at Google web fonts), Dynalight (2012, a retro script inspired by a vintage luggage tag for the Southern Pacific 4449 Daylight steam locomotive), Yesteryear (a retro script loosely based on the title screen from the 1942 film The Palm Beach Story), Parisienne (Google Web Fonts: casual connected script based on a 1960s ad for bras), Shojumaru (Google Web Fonts: an oriental simulation typeface inspired by a poster for the Marlon Brando movie Sayonara), Berkshire Swash (Google Web Fonts), Audiowide (Google Web Fonts), Romanesco (Google Web Fonts: a narrow calligraphic style), Galindo (Google Web Fonts), Oregano (Google Web Fonts: based on cartoon style lettering of calligrapher and logo designer Rand Holub. This style of hand lettering adorned many retro brochures and advertisements of the late 40's through the 1960's), Peralta (Google Web Fonts: an Egyptian comic book face), Eagle Lake (Google Web Fonts: calligraphic), McLaren (Google Web Fonts: comic book style alphabet), Freckle Face, Hanalei Fill, Hanalei [Polynesian bamboo or tiki lettering], Purple Purse, Margarine, Risque, Clicker Script [image], Stalemate [a gracious script, by Jim Lyles for AOE], Mouse Memoirs, Quintessential [Google Web Fonts: chancery hand], Bigelow Rules, Englebert [Google Web Fonts: from the title screen of the 1930's film titled Der blue Engel, starring Marlene Dietrich], Sacramento [Google Web Fonts: connected script].

Typefaces from 2013: Freckle Face (grunge), Grand Hotel, Purple Purse (Purple Purse draws its inspiration from a vintage Ivory Soap ad from the 1950's. Somewhat of a cross between Bodoni and Pixie, this font finds that it never truly takes itself seriously).

Stiggy & Sands is the American typefoundry of Brian Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles, est. 2013. Their first commercial typefaces, all jointly designed, are Luckiest Guy Pro (a fat comic book font based on vintage 1950s ads) and Marcellus Pro (a flared roman inscriptional typeface with both upper and lower case, originally published in 2012 by Astigmatic).

Typefaces from 2014: Franken Jr AOE Pro (inspired by the title screen from the 1966 Hanna Barbera cartoon Frankenstein Jr), Good Eatin Pro AOE (inspired by the title screen from the 1942 Warner Bros. cartoon Dog Tired), Ghostkid AOE Pro (comic letter style).

View Astigmatic's typeface library. View the typefaces made by Brian Bonislawsky. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Beth Huegel

Graphic design student in Philadelphia, who made the display typeface Salber (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beth Shirrell

Designer and illustrator. A graduate of Tyler School of Art's MFA graphic and interactive design program, she spent her formative years in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently she teaches at Philadelphia University and moonlights as a freelance designer and illustrator. Her Kalakari alphabet (ornamental caps with an Indian look) is simply stunning. It received the first place award in the 2009 AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design Competition. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bill Blakefield
[William Stremic]

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Binny&Ronaldson
[James Ronaldson]

In 1796, Archibald Binny (ca. 1762-1838) and James Ronaldson (1769-1841 or 1842) (some say 1768-1842) started the first permanent American type foundry in Philadelphia in 1796, called Binny&Ronaldson. James, a business man from Edinburgh was the financial fhalf of the pair. In 1809 and 1812, they published America's first specimen book. The only complete copy of this book is at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University, and is entitled "A Specimen of Metal Ornaments" (Philadelphia, Fry and Kammerer, 1809). MyFonts page.

MyFonts sells Isabella, a font by ATF/Kingsley that can be traced back to Binny&Ronaldson. It also offers Really Big Shoe NF (Nick Curtis, 2009), which is based on Ronaldson's Oxford. Dick Pape published the free fonts Binny & Ronaldson English Two Line Orn (2010), Binny & Ronaldson Great Primer Two Pica (2010), and Binny & Ronaldson Primer Two Line Orn (2010).

James Ronaldson published Specimen of Printing Type, from the Letter Foundry of James Ronaldson, Successor to Binny&Ronaldson; Cedar, Between Ninth and Tenth Streets, Philadelphia (Philadelphia: J. Ronaldson, 1822). Acquired by Johnson&Smith in 1833, it became L. Johnson&Co. in 1843, and finally MacKellar, Smiths&Jordan in 1867. The latter company was the largest typefounder in America when in 1892 it was amalgamated with many others into ATF. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brama Computing
[L. Jake Jacobson]

Brama Computing has two Cyrillic fonts for Slavists: "Constantin" and "Methodius" in TrueType and Type One formats. Designed by L. Jake Jacobson in 1994 at the University of Pittsburgh. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Hoff
[The Design Cubicle]

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Brian J. Bonislawsky

Born in 1973 in Pittsburgh, PA, Brian Bonislawsky has been involved in many type design projects and created many foundries.

  • He started out and became known for Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute (or: AOE, or: Astigmatic One Eye, or: Astigmatic), which offered about half of its large collection of fonts for free. Fontspace link. FontShop link. Astigmatic is located in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Versus Twin was established by Brian Bonislawsky and Brian Jaramillo in 2004. It produced about 12 typefaces in all.
  • Breaking The Norm (or: BTN) was started by Brian Bonislawsky and Stuart Sandler ca. 2005. It offers about 500 typefaces, many of which are in a handwritten style.
  • Monogram Fonts Co. (or: MFC) was started ca. 2005, and is also located in Las Vegas, NV. It specializes in monogram-style fonts, whichare often ornamental and/or Victorian.
  • In 2007, Debi Sementelli and Brian set up Correspondence Ink, which saw its first font, Belluccia, appear on MyFonts in 2011.
  • In 2010-2011, Brian placed some free fonts at the Google Directory.

Klingspor link.

View the typefaces made by Brian Bonislawsky. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Brian J. Bonislawsky
[Astigmatic One Eye]

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Brian M. Zick

Newton County, AR-based designer (b. 1991, PA) of the Times-Roman like family Neuton (2010-2011, which contains both Latin and Hebrew versions; free at Google Web Fonts), of the Helvetica clone Zikketica (2010), of Alpine Text (2011, a sans), of Lubitel (2011, Hebrew face), of Takt (2011), of Recut (2011), and of the ultra-fat titling font Zut (2010).

Fontspace link. Dafont link. Kernest link. My own link to him. Google font directory link. Font Squirrel link. Devian tart link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brian Nikonow

Brian Nikonow (b. Pennsylvania) is a graphic designer. Creator of a compass and ruler typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruce S. Cridlebaugh
[Highway Sign of the Week]

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Bruce Shanker

Bruce Shanker is from Warminster, PA. At Kensington High in Philadelphia, he designed ClassifiedDingbats in 1993. Other fonts by him: KensingtonDingbats, KensingtonExtraDingbats, QueueBall, StarsOfDavid, Eightball, KensingtonGeometry. He published sometimes under the name "Font Depot". Most of his fonts are also in the zip file here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruce Type Foundry
[George Bruce]

Founded in New York in 1813, and acquired by ATF in 1901, this foundry made fonts such as Bruce Old Style (now Bitstream), Madisonian (now available from Présence Typo), and Old Style 7 (Linotype, Adobe). Also called D.&G. Bruce, George Bruce, George Bruce&Co., George Bruce's Son, George Bruce's Son&Co., and V.B. Munson. They published a 592-page specimen book in 1901: Bruce Type Foundry: Our Handy Book of Types, Borders, Brass Rule and Cuts, Printing Machinery&General Supplies.. In 1869, George Bruce (b. 1791, Edinburgh, Scotland; d. 1866, New York) published An abridged specimen book Bruce's New York Type-Foundry (1869), now available as a free Google book. Page with specimen of Great Primer Ornamented No. 5, Meridian Black Open (blackletter), Canon Teutonic Ornamented, Small Pica No. 2, Double Pica Graphotype, all taken from An Abridged Specimen of Printing Types Made at Bruce's New-York Type-Foundry (1868) and stolen from Luc Devroye's web site. Fists by the Bruce Foundry.

Bruce Ornamented No. 6 was digitized by Iza W from Intellecta Design in 2006 as GeodecBruceOrnamented. (2008, FontMesa) is a family of Western style faces based on a Bruce type family from 1865. FontMesa also made Belgian (2008) based on a Bruce Type Foundry design from the 1860s. Bruce 532 Blackletter (2011, Paulo W, Intellecta Design) is an excessively ornamental blackletter face. Michael Hagemann's slab serif family Gold (2011) is based on Bruce's Gold Rush (1865) after removing the shadows. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Forcine

During his studies at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA, Bruno Forcine created the experimental typeface Bromos (2014), which was named after the chemical element bromine. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bryan Thompson

Bryan Thompson (Bryan Willis Design, Philadelphia, PA) created the fashionably thin typeface Willis in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bunley Lim

Philadelphia-based designer of the experimental typeface Krypton (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Burim Loshaj
[Loshaj Foundry]

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Caitlin H

Edinboro, PA-based designer of the display typeface Sugarcube. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Casey Glidden

Student in Kutztown, PA, who started some type designs in 2012.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cassey Baker

Cassey Baker (Philadelphia) went on an experimental tour, and created a beautiful multilined multihued geometric typeface called Arc Nemesis Rainbow Display Typeface (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Catherine Bauer

FontStructor from York, PA, who made The Drew Effect (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chantel McNamara

Graphic design student in Greensburg, PA. During her studies in 2012, she designed an unnamed geometric typeface inspired by the London Millennium Footbridge. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charissa Pellegrini

During her studies in Pittsburgh, PA, Charissa Pellegrini created a ball-terminal display typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charissa Pellegrini

Graphic designer based in California, PA. Creator of DecoDots (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Borgerding

Kutztown, PA-based art director and illustrator. In 2010, he drew a blackletter alphabet called Kutztown Fraktur. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Henry Beeler

Type designer, b. 1855 Philadelphia, d. 1934. He made a condensed sans serif issued by Mackellar, Smiths & Jordan foundry in 1887, and digitally revived as Roundhead by Dan Solo (Solotype). In fact, this type already appears in an 1883 specimen book by Mackellar, Smiths & Jordan. For a second revival of Roundhead, see LevellerNF (2014, Nick Curtis).

Still at Mackellar, he created a fist-based alphading typeface in 1891. Hansard (1887) and Telegraph (1895), Victorian designs, were also revived by Dan Solo. Manifesto Bold (2003, Dan Solo) is a further revival.

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

Charles Voegtle
[Webfoot]

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Charles W. Heergeist

Type designer in Philadelphia who patented a flared serif typeface in 1898. The Keystone Typefoundry issued this as Admiral (see their 1906 specimen book, pp. 121-131). Well, a cautionary note: the people patenting the typefaces of a foundry were often not the desoigners, but the owners or managers, so it is not 100% certain that Heergeist designed Admiral.

Emerge BF (2009, John Bomparte) was inspired by Admiral, c.1900.

For a free digital version, we had to wait until 2012, when Stylus made a free typeface called Heergeist. That font was renamed Admiral Davy Jones a few days later by Stylus. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chess group at the University of Pittsburgh

Archive of many chess fonts, like the Utrecht font and several of Marroquin's fonts. Mirror. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chicago O'Hare
[Matt Soar]

Matt Soar points out a good one: the O'Hare airport sign is set in the typeface Chicago: There's a scene early on in the movie Meet the Fockers where Ben Stiller and his bride-to-be fly off to see her parents. The establishing shot (above) cleverly reminds us exactly which city they're leaving. Which brings us to the big, helpful sign: first, it was clearly comped in during post-production; and, second, it's typeset in, wait for it, Chicago. Now there's inspired design for you. Chicago - the font, not the city - was designed in 1983 as a system font for the Apple Macintosh by Susan Kare. Its design has absolutely nothing to do with the city of the same name. In fact, according to Kare herself, the set of fonts she designed for Apple "were named after Philadelphia suburbs", until management decided otherwise. The moral, as ever, is: don't select type based on its name. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris E. Lozos
[Dezcom Typefaces]

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Chris M. Kraski

Chris Kraski was born in 1983 and lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dafont link. Creator of the free pixelish typeface Ray Vasaurus (2011, FontStruct). Aka bobakraski. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Paveglio

A young graphic designer from Lancaster, PA, Chris Paveglio designed the Khan family (free, truetype, Mac and PC). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Schwartz

Christian Schwartz was born in 1977 in East Washington, NH, and grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in Communication Design. After graduation, he spent three months as the in-house type designer at MetaDesign Berlin, under the supervision of Erik Spiekermann. In January 2000, he joined Font Bureau. Near the end of 2000, he founded Orange Italic with Chicago-based designer Dino Sanchez, and left Font Bureau in August 2001 to concentrate full-time on developing this company. Orange Italic published the first issue of their online magazine at the end of 2001 and released their first set of typefaces in the beginning of 2002. Presently, he is an independent type designer in New York City, and has operated foundries like Christian Schwartz Design and Commercial Type (the latter since 2009). He has designed commercial fonts for Emigre, FontShop, House Industries and Font Bureau as well as proprietary designs for corporations and publications. In 2005, Orange Italic joined the type coop Village.

His presentations. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about "The accidental text face". At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he and Paul Barnes explained the development of a 200-style font family for the Guardian which includes Guardian Egyptian and Guardian Sans. FontShop's page on his work. Bio at Emigre. At ATypI 2007 in Brighton, he was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot. Jan Middendorp's interview in October 2007. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, where he announced his new typefoundry, simply called Commercial.

FontShop link. Font selection at MyFonts.

A partial list of his creations:

  • FF Bau (2001-2004): Art direction by Erik Spiekermann. Released by FontShop International. He says: Bau is based on Grotesk, a typeface released by the Schelter&Giesecke typefoundry in Leipzig, Germany at the end of the 19th century and used prominently by the designers at the Bauhaus. Each weight was drawn separately, to give the family the irregularity of the original, and the Super is new.
  • Neutraface (2002, House Industries) and Neutraface Condensed (2004). Art directed by Ken Barber and Andy Cruz. Schwartz states: Neutraface was an ambitious project to design the most typographically complete geometric sans serif family ever. We didn't have many actual samples of the lettering that the Neutras used on their buildings, so it ended up taking a lot of interpretation. There was no reference for the lowercase, so it's drawn from scratch, looking at Futura, Nobel, and Tempo for reference. Stephen Coles reports: Reminiscent of the recent FB Relay and HTF Gotham, Neutraface is an exaggerated Nobel with nods to Bauhaus and architectural lettering. Yes, and maybe Futura? Maggie Winters, Ioana Dumitrescu, Nico Köckritz, Nico Kockritz and Michelle Regna made great Neutraface posters.
  • Neutraface No. 2 (2007), discussed by Stephen Coles: By simply raising Neutrafaces low waist, most of that quaintness is removed in No. 2, moving the whole family (which is completely mixable) toward more versatile, workhorse territory. This release is surely Houses response to seeing so many examples of Neutraface standardized by its users. Also new is an inline version. Who doesn't love inline type? It so vividly recalls WPA posters and other pre-war hand lettering. There are other heavy, inlined sans serifs like Phosphate, but one with a full family of weights and text cuts to back it up is very appealing. A typophile states: Designed by Christian Schwartz for House Industries, Neutraface captures the 1950s stylings of architect Richard Neutra in a beautiful typeface meant for application on the screen, in print, and in metalwork. If you are ever in need of a classy retro face, they don't get any more polished than this.
  • Farnham (2004, Font Bureau) and Farnham Headline (2006, Schwartzco). Commissioned by Esterson Associates and de Luxe Associates. Winner of an award at TDC2 2004. Based on work by Johannes Fleischman, a German punchcutter who worked for the Enschedé Foundry in Haarlem in the mid-to-late 1700s. Schwartz: Truly part of the transistion from oldstyle (i.e. Garamond) to modern (i.e. Bodoni) Fleischman's romans are remarkable for their energy and "sparkle" on the page, as he took advantage of better tools and harder steel to push the limits of how thin strokes could get. In the 1800s, Fleischman's work fell into obscurity as tastes changed, but interest was renewed in the 1990s as digital revivals were designed by Matthew Carter, the Hoefler Type Foundry, and the Dutch Type Library, each focusing on a different aspect of the source material. I think the DTL version is the most faithful to the source, leaving the bumps and quirks inherent to metal type untouched. I've taken the opposite approach, using the source material as a starting point and trying to design a very contemporary text typeface that uses the basic structure and character of Fleischman without duplicating features that I found outdated, distracting, or unttatractive (i.e., the extra "spikes" on the capital E and F, or the form of the y).
  • FF Unit (2003-2004, Fontshop, designed with Erik Spiekermann). A clean and blocky evolution of FF Meta intended as a corporate typeface for the Deutsche Bahn (but subsequently not used).
  • Amplitude (2001-2003, Font Bureau), Amplitude Classified and Amplitude Headline. A newspaper-style ink-trapped sans family, unfortunately given the same name as a 2001 font by Aenigma. Winner of an award at TDC2 2004. The typeface selected by the St Louis Post Dispatch in 2005. One of many agates (type for small text) successfully developed by him. This page explains that they've dumped Dutch 811 and Bodoni and Helvetica and Franklin Gothic and News Gothic (whew!) for various weights of Amplitude, Poynter Old Style Display and Poynter Old Style Text. AmplitudeAubi was designed in 2002-2003 by Schwartz and Font Bureau for the German mag AutoBild.
  • Simian (2001, House Industries): SimianDisplay-Chimpanzee, SimianDisplay-Gorilla, SimianDisplay-Orangutan, SimianText-Chimpanzee, SimianText-Gorilla, SimianText-Orangutan. Designed at Font Bureau. Art Direction by Ken Barber and Andy Cruz. Schwartz: "Although Simian's roots are in Ed Benguiat's logos for the Planet of the Apes movies, Simian wound up veering off in its own direction. The display styles look very techno, and we really went nuts with the ligatures, since this was one of House's first Opentype releases."
  • Publico (2007): A predecessor of Guradian Egyptian. Schwartz writes: During the two year process of designing the typeface that would eventually become Guardian Egyptian, Paul Barnes and I ended up discarding many ideas along the way. Some of them were decent, just not right for the Guardian, including a serif family first called Stockholm, then renamed Hacienda after the legendary club in the Guardian's original home city of Manchester. Everyone involved liked the family well enough, but it didn't fit the paper as the design evolved, and several rounds of reworking left us more and more unsure of what it was supposed to look like. In the summer of 2006, Mark Porter and Esterson Associates were hired to redesign Publico, a major Portuguese daily newspaper, for an early 2007 launch. He asked us to take another look at Hacienda, to see if we might be able to untangle our many rounds of changes, figure out what it was supposed to look like in the first place, and finish it in a very short amount of time. Spending some time away from the typeface did our eyes a world of good. When we looked at it again, it was obvious that it really needed its "sparkle" played up, so we increased the sharpness of the serifs, to play against softer ball terminals, and kept the contrast high as the weight increased, ending up with an elegant and serious family with some humor at its extreme weights. As a Spanish name is not suitable for a typeface for a Portuguese newspaper, Hacienda was renamed once more, finally ending up as Publico. Production and design assistance by Kai Bernau. Commissioned by Mark Porter and Esterson Associates for Publico
  • Austin (2003): Designed by Paul Barnes at Schwartzco. Commissioned by Sheila Jack at Harper's&Queen.
  • Giorgio (2007): Commissioned by Chris Martinez at T, the New York Times Sunday style magazine. Small size versions produced with Kris Sowersby. Not available for relicensing. A high contrast condensed "modern" display typeface related to Imre Reiner's Corvinus. Ben Kiel raves: Giorgio, like the fashion models that it shares space with in T, the New York Times fashion magazine, is brutal in its demands. It is a shockingly beautiful typeface, one so arresting that I stopped turning the page when I first saw it a Sunday morning about a year ago. [...] Giorgio exudes pure sex and competes with the photographs beside it. The designers at T were clearly unafraid of what it demands from the typographer and, over the past year, kept on finding ways to push Giorgio to its limit. Extremely well drawn in its details, full of tension between contrast and grace, it is a typeface that demands to be given space, to be used with wit and courage, and for the typographer to be unafraid in making it the page.
  • Empire State Building (2007): An art deco titling typeface designed with Paul Barnes for Laura Varacchi at Two Twelve Associates. Icons designed by Kevin Dresser at Dresser Johnson. Exclusive to the Empire State Building.
  • Guardian (2004-2005): Commissioned by Mark Porter at The Guardian. Designed with Paul Barnes. Not available for relicensing until 2008. Based on an Egyptian, this 200-style family consists of Guardian Egyptian (the main text face), Guardian Sans, Guardian Text Egyptian, Guardian Text Sans and Guardian Agate.
  • Houston (2003): Commissioned by Roger Black at Danilo Black, Inc., for the Houston Chronicle. Schwartz: As far as I know, this typeface is the first Venetian Oldstyle ever drawn for newspaper text, and only Roger Black could come up with such a brilliant and bizarre idea. The basic structures are based on British Monotype's Italian Old Style, which was based on William Morris's Golden Type. The italic (particularly the alternate italic used in feature sections) also borrows from Nebiolo Jenson Oldstyle, and there is a hint of ATF Jenson Oldstyle in places as well.
  • Popular (2004): Commissioned by Robb Rice at Danilo Black, Inc., for Popular Mechanics. An Egyptian on testosterone.
  • Stag (2005): Commissioned by David Curcurito and Darhil Crooks at Esquire. Yet another very masculine slab serif family. Schwartz writes I showed them a range of slab serifs produced by French and German foundries around 1900-1940, and synthesized elements from several of them (notably Beton, Peignot's Egyptienne Noir, Georg Trump's Schadow, and Scarab) into a new typeface with a very large x-height, extremely short ascenders and descenders, and tight spacing. Also, we find Stag Sans (2007, Village) and Stag Dot (2008, Village).
  • Fritz (1997, Font Bureau). Schwartz: "Fritz is based on various pieces of handlettering done in the early 20th century by Ozwald Cooper, a type designer and lettering artist best known for the ubiquitous Cooper Black. Galapagos Typefoundry's Maiandra and Robusto are based on the same pieces of lettering."
  • Latino-Rumba, Latino-Samba (2000, House Industries). Art Direction by Andy Cruz. Designed with Ken Barber. Jazzy letters based on an earlier design of Schwartz, called Atlas (1993).
  • Pennsylvania (2000, FontBureau). A monospaed family inspired by Pennsylvanian license plates. Schwartz: "Thai type designer Anuthin Wongsunkakon's Keystone State (1999,T26) is based on the exact same source."
  • Luxury (2002, Orange Italic, codesigned with Dino Sanchez). Gold, Platinum and Diamond are the names of the 1930s headline faces made (jokingly) for use with luxury items. The six-weight Luxury family at House Industries in 2006, contains three serif text weights called Luxury Text, as well as three display faces, called Platinum (art deco), Gold, and Diamond (all caps with triangular serifs).
  • Los Feliz (2002, Emigre). Based on handlettered signs found in LA.
  • Unfinished faces: Masthead, Reform, Bitmaps, Bilbao, Boyband, Addison, Elektro, Sandbox, Vendôme, Bailey.
  • Fonts drawn in high school: Flywheel (1992, FontHaus), Atlas (1993, FontHaus, a "a fairly faithful revival of Potomac Latin, designed in the late 1950s for PhotoLettering, Inc"), Elroy (1993, FontHaus), ElroyExtrasOrnaments, Hairspray (1993, "a revival of Steinweiss Scrawl, designed in the mid-1950s by Alex Steinweiss, best known for his handlettered record covers": HairsprayBlonde, HairsprayBrunette, HairsprayPix, HairsprayRedhead), Twist (1994, Precision Type and Agfa), Zombie (1995, Precision Type and Agfa), Morticia (1995, Agfa/Monotype), Gladys (1996, an unreleased revival of ATF's turn-of-the-century Master Script).
  • Ant&Bee&Art Fonts (1994-1995): three dingbat fonts, Baby Boom, C'est la vie, and Raining Cats&Dogs, based on drawings by Christian's aunt, Jill Weber. Released by FontHaus.
  • Digitizations done between 1993-1995: Dolmen (Letraset), Latino Elongated (Letraset), Regatta Condensed (Letraset), Fashion Compressed (Letraset), Jack Regular (Jack Tom), Tempto Openface (Tintin Timen).
  • Hand-tuned bitmap fonts: Syssy, Zimmer's Egyptian, Elizzzabeth, Newt Gothic, Trags X, Tibia, Fibula, Tino, Digest Cyrillic (based on Tal Leming's Digest). Free downloads of the pixel faces Newt Gothic, Tibula and Fibia here.
  • At Village and Orange Italic, one can get Local Gothic (2005), now in OpenType, a crazy mix of Helvetica Bold, Futura Extra Bold, Franklin Gothic Condensed and Alternate Gothic No. 2.
  • FF Oxide (2005), a Bank Gothic style stencil family. FF Oxide Light is free!
  • Graphik (2008), a sans between geometric and grotesk made for thew Wallpaper mag. Kris sSwersby writes: In a sweltering typographic climate that favours organic look-at-me typefaces bursting with a thousand OpenType tricks, Graphik is a refreshing splash of cool rationality. Its serious, pared-back forms reference classic sans serifs but remain thoroughly modern and never get frigid. Any designer worth their salt needs to turn away from the screen&pick up the latest copy of Wallpaper* magazine. There you will find one of the most beautiful, restrained sans serifs designed in a very long time.
  • In 2011, he created a 22-style revival of Helvetica called Neue Haas Grotesk (Linotype), which offers alternates such as a straigt-legged R and a differently-seriffed a. It is based on the original drawings of Miedinger in 1957.
Schwartz also made numerous custom fonts:
  • Houston (2003). Winner of an award at TDC2 2004, a type family done with Roger Black for the Houston Chronicle. Schwartz: This typeface is the first Venetian Oldstyle ever drawn for newspaper text, and only Roger Black could come up with such a brilliant and bizarre idea. The basic structures are based on British Monotype's Italian Old Style, which was based on William Morris's Golden Type.).
  • Popular (2004). A thick-slabbed typeface drawn for Popular Mechanics, commissioned by Robb Rice at Danilo Black, Inc.
  • FF Meta 3 (2003, hairline versions of type drawn by Richard Lipton and Erik Spiekermann).
  • Eero (2003). Based on an unnamed typeface drawn by Eero Saarinen for the Dulles International Airport. Art Directed by Ken Barber and Andy Cruz. Commissioned by House Industries for the Dulles International Airport.
  • ITC Officina Display (2003). The Regular, Bold and Black weights of this typeface were originally developed by Ole Schäfer for Erik Spiekermann's redesign of The Economist in 2000 or 2001. The ITC conglomerate decided to release it in 2003. I revised parts of Ole's fonts, and worked with Richard Lipton to adapt the Light from a version of Officina Light that Cyrus Highsmith had drawn several years earlier for a custom client. I also added more arrows and bullets than anyone could possibly need, but they were fun to draw. Released by Agfa.
  • Symantec (2003). Designed with Conor Mangat based on News Gothic by Morris Fuller Benton (Sans) and Boehringer Serif by Ole Schäfer, based on Concorde Nova by Günter Gerhard Lange (Serif). Advised by Erik Spiekermann. Commissioned by MetaDesign for Symantec Corporation.
  • Harrison (2002). Based on the hand of George Harrison, was commissioned in 2002 by radical.media.
  • Chalet Cyrillic (2002, House Industries).
  • Benton Modern (2001). Based on Globe Century by Tobias Frere-Jones and Richard Lipton. Commissioned by Font Bureau for the Readability Series. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Caslon's Egyptian (2001). Commissioned by Red Herring. Designed at Font Bureau. Around 1816, William Caslon IV printed the first know specimen of a sans serif typeface: W CASLON JUNR LETTERFOUNDER. A complete set of matrices for captials exists in the archives of Stephenson Blake, and Miko McGinty revived these as a project in Tobias Frere-Jones's type design class at Yale. In 1998, Cyrus Highsmith refined Miko's version, giving it a more complete character set for Red Herring magazine. In 2001, they came back for a lowercase and 3 additional weights. I looked at Clarendon and British vernacular lettering (mainly from signs) for inspiration, and came up with a lowercase that does not even pretend to be an accurate or failthful revival.
  • David Yurman (2001). Based on a custom typeface by Fabien Baron. Commissioned by Lipman Advertising for David Yurman. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Coop Black lowercase (2001). Based on Coop Black by Ken Barber and Coop. Commissioned by House Industries for Toys R Us. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Interstate Monospaced (2000-2001). Based on Interstate by Tobias Frere-Jones. Commissioned by Citigroup. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Vectora Thin (2000). Based on Vectora by Adrian Frutiger. Commissioned by O Magazine. Not available for licensing. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • LaDeeDa (2000). Informal lettering, art directed by Mia Hurley. Commissioned by gURL.com. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Poynter Agate Display (2000). Based on Poynter Agate by David Berlow. Commissioned by the San Jose Mercury News classified section. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • FF DIN Condensed (2000). Based on FF DIN by Albert-Jan Pool. Commissioned by Michael Grossman for Harper's Bazaar. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • VW Headline Light&VW Heckschrift (1999). Based on Futura by Paul Renner and VW Headline by Lucas de Groot. Art directed by Erik Spiekermann and Stephanie Kurz. Commissioned by MetaDesign Berlin for Volkswagen AG.
  • 5608 (1999). Stencil typeface for Double A Clothing.
  • Bureau Grotesque (1996-2002). Designed with FB Staff including David Berlow, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jill Pichotta, Richard Lipton, and others. Mostly unreleased. Some styles commissioned by Entertainment Weekly. Designed at Font Bureau.
  • Guardian Egyptian (2005). A 200-font family by Schwartz and Paul Barnes for The Guardian.
  • In 2007, Schwartz and Spiekermann received a gold medal from the German Design Council for a type system developed fo the Deutsche Bahn (German Railway).
  • Zizou or Clouseau (2011). A reworking (from memory) of Antique Olive (1960, Roger Excoffon). This was published at the end of 2013 as Duplicate (2013, with Miguel Reyes). In three styles, Slab, Sans and Ionic. Commercial Type writes: Christian Schwartz wanted to see what the result would be if he tried to draw Antique Olive from memory. He was curious whether this could be a route to something that felt contemporary and original, or if the result would be a pale imitation of the original. Most of all, he wanted to see what he would remember correctly and what he would get wrong, and what relationship this would create between the inspiration and the result. Though it shares some structural similarities with Antique Olive and a handful of details, like the shape of the lowercase a, Duplicate Sans is not a revival, but rather a thoroughly contemporary homage to Excoffon. Duplicate Sans was finally finished at the request of Florian Bachleda for his 2011 redesign of Fast Company. Bachleda wanted a slab companion for the sans, so Schwartz decided to take the most direct route: he simply added slabs to the sans in a straightforward manner, doing as little as he could to alter the proportions, contrast, and stylistic details in the process. The bracketed serifs and ball terminals that define the Clarendon genre (also known as Ionic) first emerged in Britain in the middle of the 19th century. While combining these structures with a contemporary interpretation of a mid-20th century French sans serif seems counterintutive, the final result feels suprisingly natural. The romans are a collaboration between Christian Schwartz and Miguel Reyes, but the italic is fully Reyes's creation, departing from the sloped romans seen in Duplicate Sans and Slab with a true cursive. Mark Porter and Simon Esterson were the first to use the family, in their 2013 redesign of the Neue Z├╝richer Zeitung am Sonntag. Because the Ionic genre has ll ong been a common choice for text in newspapers, Duplicate Ionic is a natural choice for long texts. Duplicate Ionic won an award at TDC 2014.
  • In 2014, Christian Schwartz and Dino Sanchez codesigned the roman inscriptional typeface Gravitas. The name was already in use by Riccardo de Franceschi (since 2011), Laura Eames (since 2013) and Keith Tricker (since earlier in 2014), so there may be some emails flowing between these type designers. They write: The primary inspiration for Gravitas was Augustea Nova, Aldo Novarese's quirky and spiky Latin interpretation of the Roman inscriptional caps for the Nebiolo Type Foundry, released in a single weight in the 1950s. It's fairly common to see Augustea Open these days, but his lowercase apparently didn't survive the transition to phototype. Many designers have tackled the problem of matching a lowercase to the classical Roman capitals, with decidedly mixed results. The Bold Italic was drawn by Jesse Vega.
  • Early in 2014, Christian Schwartz, Paul Barnes and Miguel Reyes joined forces to create the manly didone typeface family Caponi, which is based on the early work of Bodoni, who was at that time greatly influenced by the roccoco style of Pierre Simon Fournier. It is named after Amid Capeci, who commissioned it in 2010 for his twentieth anniversary revamp of Entertainment Weekly. Caponi comes in Display, Slab and Text subfamilies.

    Also in 2014, Christian designed the custom typeface Poets Electra for the American Academy of Poets. It extends and modifies W.A. Dwiggins's Electra (1940).

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Christina Minopoli

Christina Minopoli (Philadelphia, PA) is a graduate of Philadelphia University. She created the dusty script typeface Swarm (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christine DiChiara

In 2012, Christine DiChiara (Scranton, PA) will graduate from York College of Pennsylvania with a BA degree in graphic design. She created the hand-printed typeface Jane (2011, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Saur

Christopher Saur (1695-1758) began a successful German-American printing business in the American Colonies in 1738, from Pennsylvania to Georgia. He printed the first bible in America (in German, in Germantown (!), 1743), using a Fraktur font from Frankfurt's Luther Foundry. He is credited with the first type specimen printed in America, ca. 1740, Philadelphia. Check also his almanac from 1754. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christopher Young

Michael Everson claims that a certain Christopher Young from Pittsburgh first digitized Gaeilge in 1991, based on the Celtic font Newman. This Christopher Young is not the same as the Australian designer of Elisa. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Claudia Reese

Graphic designer in Pittsburgh, PA, who created Pinstripe Suit (2014), a tuxedoed art deco typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clinton C. Canan

The Columbus, OH-based Zaner-Bloser Company published a penmanship book to celebrate the life of a Zanerian scholar, C.C. Canan, C.C. Canan Collection of Penmanship---The Canan Book (1921, The Zaner-Bloser Company, Columbus, OH). Clinton C. Canan was a penman born in Pleasantville, PA, in 1873. In bad health, he died at a young age in 1904 in Bradford, PA. Sull writes about him that he was equaled by no living penman in delicate, accurate, free-hand ornamental penmanship. He attended the Zanerian College in 1893, and taught penmanship for two years at Cleary College in Ypsilanti, MI. Later he taught penmanship at Cedar rapids Business School in Iowa and at the Shissler College in Norristown, PA. Samples of his penmanship: i, ii, iii. Letterhead. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Clinton H. Clark

American penman, b. New York, 1864, d. 1937. He taught in business schools in san Antonio, TX, Buffalo, NY, Hutchinson, KS, and Sioux City, IA. From 1916 until his death he was at the Strayer's Business School in Philadelphia. In 1893 he won first prize in a world-wide contest conducted by the Penman's Art Journal. Author of The Clinton Clark Scrapbook. Parts two and three are here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cody Bannon

Hazleton, PA-based designer of the outlined typeface Goober (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Collins&M'Leester

Philadelphia-based foundry, also called E. Starr&Son, and North American Type Foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Connor Riccardi

York, PA-based FontStructor who made the extra-condensed display typefaces Riccardi No. 1 (2013) and Riccardi Sans (2013), which were inspired by the narrow art deco typefaces of the 1930s. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corporate Signature Fonts

Arrow (Bold, Medium) is a free corporate type family at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Correspondence Ink
[Debi Sementelli]

Correspondence Ink was set up in 2007 by Brian Bonislawsky (b. 1973, Pittsburgh, PA) and Debi Sementelli (b. Erie, PA). Together, they created the formal calligraphic family Belluccia (2011). Belluccia Ornaments has plenty of wedding invitation dingbats to accompany the font. Belluccia Bold was published in 2014.

Typefaces from 2012: DomLovesMary (a wedding script family) is named in memory of Dominic and Mary Sementelli, Debi's in-laws.

In 2013, Debi Sementelli setarted Debi Sementelli Type Foundry.

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

Courtney Fisler

Cartoonist in Philadelphia and/or New Jersey (b. 1992), who created the dot matrix typeface Bokeh (2013). Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

CuneiformComposite
[Steve Tinney]

A University of Pennsylvania site where a great free cuneiform font, CuneiformComposite (2004-2007) can be found. It was created and is maintained by Steve Tinney. Alphabetician and font designer Michael Everson of Evertype corrected many glyph problems. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dan Gneiding

Senior graphic designer at Urban Outfitters, and a sometimes adjunct professor at Philadelphia University. Ribbon Numerals and Ribbon (2011, Lost Type) are free display typefaces.

In 2012, he published Dude at Lost Type, a reverse contrast Western typeface described by Dan as follows: Whiskey drinking, train hopping, fist fighting, hard loving, prison breaking, men and women, who poured their hearts out in song. See also Dude Hank Pro (2014).

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Dan M. Zadorozny
[Iconian Fonts]

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Daniel Giangiulio

Eagleville, PA-based designer of the modular typeface Archenemy (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Danielle McShea

Designer of Top Hat (2013), a versatile display face. This was done while Danielle was studying at Kutztown. She is located in Pocono Pines, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dave Greenawalt
[Immortal Graphics]

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David J. Birnbaum
[Repertorium Fonts]

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David Ramsay

David Ramsay Jr. studied at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, class of 2013. Creator of the free display font Wind Tunnel (2013). The free experimental font Cutupica (2013) was created by taking capitals from Helvetica Bold, diving each character into quadrants, and rotating opposing quadrants 180 degrees.

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Debi Sementelli
[Correspondence Ink]

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Deja-Nicole Stokes

Graphic designer in Philadelphia, who created the experimental typeface Fondue (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dezcom Typefaces
[Chris E. Lozos]

Chris Lozos (aka Dezcom and Dezcom Typefaces) is a Washington, DC-based (well, now Falls Church, VA-based) graphic designer and Vietnam veteran, b. 1944, Pittsburgh, PA. He studied Design at Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design (1966). While at CMU, he studied with calligraphers Arnold Bank and Howard Glasser, who both brought out the love of historic letter-forms and learned to set hot metal type in the Laboratory Press established there by Jack Stauffacher. Chris also was influenced by guest professors Hermann Zapf, Rudy DeHarek, Martin Krampen and Gui Bonnsieppe (of the HfG Ulm). He attended Graduate School in Visual Communication Design at the Ohio State University from 1972 through 1974.

His typefaces:

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Diane Faye Zerr

Reading, PA-based designer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dustin Kemper

Tenfold Visual is Dustin Kemper's Philadelphia-based design studio specializing in branding, graphic design, web design, art direction, and digital illustration.

Dustin created the occult alchemic typeface Dark Harbor (2012), and the display typeface Solid Gold (2012).

Behance link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

DVM Publications
[Steven Powell]

Steven Powell's Pennsylvania-based company. Designers and sellers (for 40USD) of the Kidnotes font: notes with letters embedded in them for students. Also made Metronome and MetTimes: "A collection of number sets and built-in music characters combined with MetTimes lets you mix text with markings and music symbols without changing fonts." Free demo fonts for Kidnotes, Metronome and DVMarticulations. Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Earl A. Lupfer

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]  ⦿

Ebilkitti

Designer (b. 1990, Pennsylvania) of the gothic lettering typeface Doom (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Edward Rondthaler

New Yorker, b. Bethlehem, PA, 1905. In 1928, Rondthaler and Harold Horman cofounded Photo-Lettering Inc in New York City---it started for real in 1936. An excellent typographer, he cofounded ITC in 1970 with with Herb Lubalin and Aaron Burns.

Editor/author of Life with Letters--As They Turned Photogenic , and Alphabet thesaurus; a treasury of letter designs (1960, Reinhold, NY). Volume 3 was published in 1971.

In 1975 he was awarded the TDC Medal, the award from the Type Directors Club. In 2007, House Industries made this funny clip. Sadly, Ed died in August 2009. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Edwin C. Ruthven

Type designer (b. 1811) from Philadelphia, who filed some designs with the US patent office. All were assigned to MacKeller Smiths&Jordan. These include an unnamed ornamental blackletter (1881), Shadowed Sunbeams (1878), He also filed this for David Wolfe Bruce of New York: an unnamed blackletter (1888), an unnamed texture face (1886). With Rudolph Gnichwitz, he created an unnamed border type in 1889 for the Mather Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elaine Biss

Lancaster, PA-based designer of Kiddie Sampler (2011) and Elaine (2006, curly hand-printed face).

In 2012, she went commercial via Creative Market. Her fonts there include Kiddie Things Dingbats and Victoriana Caps (2012).

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Elaine Guidero

Elaine Guidero earned an M.S. in geography from Penn State, with a thesis on spatial cognition. As a graduate student in geography at the Pennsylvania State University, Elaine Guidero brings together cartography and typography. Her dissertation in 2013-2014 concerns timelessness and legibility in cartographic typography, with an emphasis on national mapping. Her other academic interests include cartographic design, the sociocultural aspects of authoritarian states, and geographies of consumption.

Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Typography and nationalism: the typographic landscape through a century of official cartography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eliot Truelove

American artist, b. 1988, located in warminster, PA. Dafont link. Creator of the blackletter-inspired faces Lifecraft (2008, metal band face) and Kingdom Hearts (2008, tattoo face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elmer Ward Bloser

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]  ⦿

Elysse Ricci

Designer in Philadelphia, who is working on a thin pointy typeface called Smee (2012). Dribble link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elz Cummings

Graphic designer in Oxford, PA, who made the avant-garde typeface Cut Narrow (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emigre
[Zuzana Licko]

Sacramento, CA-based foundry established in 1984 by Zuzana Licko and Rudy Vanderlans. They were "in" during the grungy early 1990s, but ran out of steam and out of fashion around the turn of the century. They had their own magazine, and were in the limelight in the 1990s. Lea Chapon's thesis at Estienne in 2006 was entitled Emigre : typographie et critique de la typographie---strangely, it was removed from the school's web site---Emigregate? The typophiles are not gentle with their critique. In the collection, we find these fonts: Arbitrary (1992), Awkward (1991), Berkeley (1990), Citizen (1990), Elektrix (1990), EmigreEight (1990), EmigreFifTeen (1990), EmigreFourTeen (1990), EmigreTen (1990), EmperorEight (1990), EmperorFifTeen (1990), EmperorNineTeen (1990), EmperorTen (1990), IndustrySans, KubotaFont (1991), Lunatix (1990), Marvelous (1991), Matrix (1988-1991), NeoTheo, Oblong (1990), STICadillac (1990), Sample (1990), Senator (1990), Simplex, TemplateGothic (1991), TotallyGlyphic (1990), TotallyGothic (1990), Transportation (1990), UniversalEight (1990), UniversalNineTeen (1990), VariexBold (1990), VariexLight (1990), VariexRegular (1990), Zenith (1990). Also, by designer:

  • Nancy Mazzei and Brian Kelly: Backspacer (1993).
  • Zuzana Licko: BaseMono (1997, a monospaced family), BaseNine (1995), BaseTwelve (1995), Dogma (1994), Filosofia (1996, Emigre's (unicase) version of Bodoni), Hypnopaedia (1997), Journal (1993), the Lo-Res family (pixel fonts at sizes 9, 12, 15, 21, 22, 28, made in 2001), Modula (1990-1995), MrsEaves (1996, Emigre's version of Baskerville), Narly (1993), Program OT (2013, a rounded sans family), Quartet (1993), SodaScript (1995), Solex (2000), Tarzana (1998), Triplex (1990), Whirligig (1994).
  • Bob Aufuldish and Eric Donelan: BigCheese (dings, 1993), ZeitGuys (1994, funny dingbats).
  • John Hersey: Blockhead (1995, Alphabet and Illustrations), Thingbat (1995).
  • Conor Mangat: BoksHeavy (1994), BoksThin (1994), Platelet (1994, inspired by California license plate systems---organic and quite dysfunctional).
  • John Downer: Brothers (1999), Council (1999), Triplex Italic (1990), Vendetta (1999).
  • Sibylle Hagmann: Cholla (1999).
  • Frank Heine: DallianceFlourishes (2001), DallianceRoman (2001), DallianceScript (2001), Motion (1993), OaklandEight (1990), OaklandFifTeen (1990), OaklandSix (1990), OaklandTen (1990), Remedy (1992).
  • P. Scott Makela: DeadHistory (1994).
  • Miles Newlyn: Democratica (1992-1993), Missionary (1992), SabbathBlack (1994).
  • Rodrigo Cavazos: EideticNeo (2000).
  • Jonathan Barnbrook: Exocet (1992), Manson (1993), Mason (1993).
  • Edward Fella: FellaParts (1993), Outwest (1993).
  • Jeffery Keedy: KeedySans (1991).
  • Mark Andresen: NotCaslonOne (1995).
  • Claudio Piccinini: Ottomat (1996).
  • Rudy VanderLans: Suburban (1994).
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Emily Conti

During her studies at California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA, Emily Conti (Manor, PA) created the display typeface Distraction (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emir Bukva

Student in Edinboro, PA, who is working on this typeface. He is also working on Kaled Sans (2006), partly inspired by City and Briem's Akademi. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emma Will

Pittsburgh, PA-based creator of a few hand-printed poster typefaces in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Emmanuel Adjei

Graphic designer at Emanart in Scranton, PA, who created a decorative alphabet in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erica Arantowicz

During her studies in 2013 at York College of Pennsylvania in Collegeville, PA, Erica Arantowicz created the typeface T3ch over at FontStruct. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erica Hartman

Erica Hartman (Oley, PA) is an illustrator and type designer. The stitchy typeface Salem (2012) is based on an alphabet cross stitch inspired by the ladies of the womens guild at Salem, her home town. Salem was made with the aid of FontStruct. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erica Slough

During her studies in Lancaster, PA, Erica Slough designed the display typeface Pisces (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Erin Burkett

Pittsburgh-based singer and songwriter who via Chank's place produced her own handwriting as a (free) font, called GFY Erin Burkett (2004, at Chank's). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eva Surany

Eva Surany is from Philadelphia. She designed the free typewriter typeface Dusseldorf (2004). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Evertype (was: Everson Typography)
[Michael Everson]

Michael Everson's (b. Norristown, PA, 1963) brilliant pages on Celtic and other languages and on font standards, featuring the following sub-pages:

  • CeltScript describes Michael's contributions to unicode in general and to Celtic typography in particular. He created (commercial) Celtic fonts such as Gaillimh (1989, bitmap font), Ceanannas (1993), Doire (1993, a monowidth font based on the typeface used on the old Royal Gaelic manual typewriter. Doire Royal (1999) is a rough version of this font), Duibhlinn (1993, after Monotype Series 24), Everson Mono Gaelic (1995, hybrid sans), Acaill (1997, based on the Watts type, an early 19th century transitional angular form of Gaelic type; it was renamed and further developed into a unicode-compliant typeface called Dumha Goirt in 2011), Corcaigh (1997), Teamhair (1993, a monowidth font based on the typeface used on the old Sears Tower Gaelic manual typewriter; the rough version is Teamhair Tower, 1999), Darmhagh Underwood (1993, a "rough" monowidth font based on the typeface used on the old Underwood manual typewriter), and Loch Garman (1999, after Baoithin, Colm Ó Lochlainn). He is working on Cluain (Gaelic modern grotesque), Cois Life (his take on the hybrid Queen Elizabeth type), Darmhagh (Underwood), Doolish (Gaelic modern round, after Biggs), Lóbháin (after Louvain), Páras (after the Paris type).
  • Everson Mono is a huge free monospaced font family started in 1994, but still being adjusted in 2010. As Michael puts it, Everson Mono is a simple, elegant, monowidth font. I designed it primarily to make glyphs available in support of all the non-Han characters in the Basic Multilingual Plane of ISO/IEC 10646-1 (BMP = Unicode, if you prefer), though I hope that users may find it a pleasant alternative to Courier and Monaco for general purposes, e-mail, and so forth. I have found it quite legible at sizes as small as 4 points. It is lighter and a bit looser than Courier.
  • Ogham fonts created by Michael Everson (and free for download): Beith-Luis-Nion, Pollach, Maigh Nuad, Craobh Ruadh, Everson Mono Ogham, Cog, Crosta. Mac and PC. This page also has TITUS Ogham by Jost Gippert, and Ragnarok Ogham by David F. Nalle from Scriptorium.
  • Inuktitut fonts designed by Everson include Allatuq (1998, hand-printed glyphs), Everson Mono Inuktitut, Jiniiva Maanaku, Naamajuttaaqqauq, Sikaagu.
  • The Sutton signwriting fingerspelling fonts created by Everson are free.
  • List of language lists.
  • Fonts for the Sami language of the Barents region.
  • Gaelic Typefaces: History and Classification.
  • Armenian encoding on the web.

Elsewhere, one can find rare Everson creations such as Musgrave (1994). MyFonts.com sells Corcaigh, Doire, Darmhagh and Loch Garman. About Loch Garman: Loch Garman is based on Baoithmn, designed by Viktor Hammer and Colm Ó Lochlainn; Baoithmn was based on Hammerschrift, which was related to Hammer's American Uncial -- though Loch Garman is more authentic Gaelic font than American Uncial. He continues: American Uncial sucks. It is inauthentic and it's not even attractive. It has a "dot" on the i (which it shouldn't) which makes it look like an í (which it doubly shouldn't). Hammer Uncial isn't much better. In my own view, the only one of Hammer's Uncials that I have seen that was any good was Pindar, and then only in its reworking as Baoithín (with Colm ÓÓ Lochlainn).

His bio, in his own words: Michael Everson, based in Westport, Co. Mayo, is an expert in the writing systems of the world. He is active in supporting minority-language communities, especially in the fields of character standardization and internationalization. He is one of the co-authors of the Unicode Standard, and is a Contributing Editor and Irish National Representative to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2, the committee responsible for the development and maintenance of the Universal Character Set. He is a linguist, typesetter, and font designer who has contributed to the encoding in of many scripts and characters. In 2005 and 2006 his work to encode the Balinese and N'Ko scripts was supported by UNESCO's Initiative B@bel programme. Michael received the Unicode "Bulldog" Award in 2000 for his technical contributions to the development and promotion of the Unicode Standard. Active in the area of practical implementations, Michael has created locale and language information for many languages, from support for Irish and the other Celtic langauges to the minority languages of Finland. In 2003 he was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme to prepare a report on the computer locale requirements for Afghanistan, which was endorsed by the Ministry of Communications of the Afghan Transitional Islamic Administration. He prepared a number of fonts and keyboard layouts for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). Michael moved to Tucson, Arizona at the age of 12. He studied German, Spanish, and French for his B.A. at the University of Arizona (1985), and the History of Religions and Indo-European Linguistics for his M.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles (1988). He moved to Ireland in 1989, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Celtic Studies, University College Dublin (1991). In 2010, he made Timenhor, a Latin-script font whose glyphs are based on the uncial letterforms of Coptic manuscripts. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik.

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Evolution Publishing and Manufacturing

Commercial site (Evolution Publishing and Manufacturing, Huntingdon Valley, PA) offering four old Italian Scripts: Etruscan, Oscan, Umbrian, Volscian. 15 USD per font. Mac only. [Google] [More]  ⦿

FrakturWeb
[Joel Clemmer]

This explains the mostly handwritten Fraktur documents and folk art practiced by Pennsylvania Germans principally from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. By Joel Clemmer in St. Paul, MN. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frederick Lee

At University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Frederick Lee created the all caps fashion mag style typeface Claire (2014), which is named after his mother. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fritz Janschka

Austrian artist (b. 1919) affiliated with the Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus, who created exquisite detailed drawings of figures involved in any imaginable form of intercourse. These are mainly initial caps, such as in Ulysses Alphabet (Dortmund, 1983). From 1949 until 1984, he was a professor at Bryn-Mawr-College in Philadelphia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabby Shelley

During her studies at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA, Gabrielle Shelley created Schematic (2013), a typeface family based on electrical circuitry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GalloFonts (was: Graphics by Gallo)
[Gerald Gallo]

GalloFonts is part of Graphics by Gallo, founded in 1974 by Gerald Gallo (b. Lucernemines, PA, 1941), and based in Bethesda, MD. The fonts: Pristine Light (2014: caps only squarish sans family), Display Pump (2014), Display University (2005, athletic lettering), Angulatte Light, Angulatte Medium, Angulatte Bold, Anniversary Seals (2003), Basic Bullets, Blooming Ornaments (2008), Brashee Regular, Brashee Bold, Calendar Font One, Calendar Font Two, Calendar Font Three, Carved Initials, Chiseled Initials, Cleancut, Dexterous (2010, art nouveau), Diamond Monogram - 2 Characters, Diamond Monogram - 3 Characters, Display Black Serif (2010, angular), Display Dots Five (2010), Display Dots Six (2010), Display Grungy (2010), Display Robust (2010), Dooddle, Embossed Shallow, Embossed Medium, Embossed Deep, GG Casual Light (2002, was Gallo Casula: hand printing family), GG Casual Medium, GG Casual Bold, GG Dingbats (was Gallo Dingbats, like Zapf Dingbats), GG Serif (1993, was Gallo Serif), Geometric Arrows, Geometric Ornaments, Gnarlee, Greetings, Home Sweet Home, Isometric Initial Caps - Bird's Eye View (1994), Isometric Initial Caps - Worm's Eye View, Isometric Ornaments, Jackolantern Assortment (2002) Just Bugs, Kruede Light, Kruede Regular (handwriting), Kruede Bold, Leaf Assortment (1994), Leaves Falling, Logotype, Magnificent Ornaments (2006, Victorian era decorations), Make Tracks (2002, animal footprints), Number Ornaments, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style One - Square Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Two - Square Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Circle Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Circle Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Diamond Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Diamond Positive, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Square Negative, Numbers 0-99 Style Three - Square Positive, Ornate Initials - Style One (2002), Ornate Initials - Style Two, Ornate Initials - Style Three, Pleasant Hand Light (2002) Pleasant Hand Medium, Pleasant Hand Bold, Precision, Rolling Ball Cursive, Serene (1993), Slender, Smiling Faces, Snowflake Assortment (1994), Snowflakes Falling (2001), Sport Numbers, Star Assortment (2002), Stature (2010, compressed sans), Swiss Folk Ornaments - Critters&Things, Swiss Folk Ornaments - Floral, Swiss Folk Ornaments - Geometric, Time Clocks, Woozee, Display Prominent (2005), Ultimate Ornaments (2005), Cross Ornaments (2005), Heraldic Creatures (2006), Victorian Leaf Ornaments (2006: great!), Quilt Patterns One (2007), Holy Ornaments (2007), Oriental Ornaments (2007), Gothic Initials One through Six (2007-2008), Interlaced Ornaments (2007), Modest Ornaments (2008), Art Nouveau Flowers (2008), Art Nouveau Ornaments (2008), Quilt Patterns Two (2008), Display Gothic (2008, blackletter), Plant Assortment (2008), Birds Flying (2009), Happy Go Lucky (2009, Victorian), Fish Fresh (2009), Display Dots One (2009, dot matrix face), Display Art Two and Three (2009, art nouveau alphabets), Display Dots Two Serif and Sans (2009, dot matrix faces), Display Dots Three Serif and Sans (2009), Display Dots Four Serif and Sans (2009), Display Robust (2010), Quilt Patterns Three and Four (both 2009), Gothic Initials (Seven, Eight, Nine: 2009), Carefreed (2009, a Halloween script?), Glorita (2009, casual condensed sans), Fancy Flowers (2010), Rectilinear Ornaments (2010), Display Brutal (2010, grunge), Cross Stitch Graceful (2010), Cross Stitch Regal (2011), Cross Stitch Formal (2010), Cross Stitch Discreet (2010), Cross Stitch Classic (2010), Display Dots Seven (2011), Cross Stitch Majestic (2011), Cross Stitch Elaborate (2011), Cross Stitch Medieval (2011), Cross Stitch Ornaments (2013), Display Squares One and Two (2011, gridded or dot matrix faces), Display Digits One through Seven (2011), Display Crisp (2012, octagonal), Blue on Blue (2012, shadow face), Green on Green (2012, 3d shadow face), White on White (2012), Orange on Orange (2012, a 3d shadow face), Victorian Ornaments (2012), Printers Plant Ornaments (2012, a floral typeface), Simple Ornaments, Numbers Style Three Diamond Positiv Regular (2012), Charisma (2013, inspired by the hand lettering used by draftsmen and architects), Display Explicit (2013), Display Uncanny (2013, unicase), Display Carlos (2013, a piano key typeface), Mighty Oaks (2013, stylized oak leaves), Sweet Hand (2014), Fast Hand (2014).

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Gary Ritchie

Designer of Coales Black (2005). He lives in Pittsburgh, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gavin Fiorina

Designer from Pennsylvania, b. 1985. Dafont link.

Creator of the modular geometric typeface Hemisphere GRF (2012), the squarish typeface Gavetica (2012), and the triangularly patterned typeface Trinista GRF (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

George B. Walsh
[GreekKeys]

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George Bruce

Type-founder (b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1781, d. New York City, 1866). He and his brother David emigrated to the United States, where they started the Bruce Type Foundry in New York City in 1813. David was precoccupied with a new printing process, stereotyping, while George was the type-founder who created many beautiful and refined designs. Together, they invented a useful type-casting machine. In 1865, George Bruce published An abridged specimen of fonts of type. In 1848, they published Specimens of printing types / cast by Geo. Bruce&Co. Samples of typefaces: Bruce Script and Bruce Copperplate Script (1842 and 1858), Bruce Copperplate Script No. 2003 (1857), Bruce Italian Swash Script No. 2007 (1858), Victoria Textura (1865).

Quoting From Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. 6 vols. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889.:

Bruce, George, type-founder (proprietor of the Bruce foundry), born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 5 July, 1781: died in New York City, 6 July, 1866. He immigrated to the United States, where his brother David had preceded him in July, 1795, and at first attempted to learn the bookbinder's trade, but, his master being tyrannical and exacting, he left him, and by his brother's persuasion apprenticed himself to Thomas Dobson, printer in Philadelphia. In 1798 the destruction of Dobson's office by fire, and the prevalence of yellow fever, led the brothers to leave the city. George had yellow fever at Amboy, but recovered through his brother's care. The two went to Albany and obtained employment there, but after a few months returned to New York. In 1803 young Bruce was foreman and a contributor to the Daily Advertiser, and in November of that year printer and publisher of the paper for the proprietor. In 1806 the two brothers opened a book printing office at the corner of Pearl street and Coffeehouse slip. The same year they brought out an edition of Lavoisier's Chemistry, doing all the work with their own hands. Their industry and personal attention to business soon brought them abundant employment, and in 1809, removing to Sloat lane, near Hanover square, they had nine presses in operation, and published occasionally on their own account. In 1812 David went to England, and brought back with him the secret of stereotyping. The brothers attempted to introduce the process, but encountered many difficulties, which it required all their ingenuity to surmount. The type of that day was cast with so low a beveled shoulder that it was not suitable for stereotyping, as it interfered with the molding and weakened the plate. They found it necessary, therefore, to cast their own type. They invented a planing-machine for smoothing the backs of the plates and reducing them to a uniform thickness, and the mahogany shifting-blocks to bring the plates to the same height as type. Their first stereotype works were school editions of the New Testament in bourgeois, and the Bible in nonpareil (1814 and 1815). They subsequently stereotyped the earlier issues of the American Bible society, and a series of Latin classics. In 1816 they sold out the printing business, and bought a building in Eldridge street for their foundry. Here, and subsequently in 1818, when they erected the foundry still occupied by their successors in Chambers Street, George gave his attention to the enlargement and development of the type-founding business, while David confined his labors to stereotyping. In 1822 David's health failed, and the partnership was dissolved. George soon relinquished stereotyping, and gave his whole attention to type-founding, and introduced valuable improvements into the business, cutting his own punches, making constantly new and tasteful designs, and graduating the size of the body of the type so as to give it a proper relative proportion to the size of the letter. In connection with his nephew, David Bruce, Jr., he invented the only typecasting machine That has stood the test of experience, and is now in general use. His scripts became famous among printers as early as 1832, and retained their pre-eminence for a generation. The last set of punches he cut was for a great primer script. He was at the time in his seventy-eighth year, but for beauty of design and neatness of finish, the type in question has rarely been excelled. Mr. Bruce was a man of large benevolence, of unflinching integrity, and great decision of character. He was president for many years of the Mechanics' Institute, and of the type-founders' association, and an active member of and contributor to, the historical society, St. Andrew's society, the typographical society, and the general society of mechanics and tradesmen. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

George Bruce
[Bruce Type Foundry]

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George Buxton Lothian
[Lothian Type Foundry]

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George J. Becker

Philadelphia, PA-based author of The American system of penmanship ... In ... ten numbers (1842, Uriah Hunt and Son, Philadelphia), Becker's System of Penmanship, Comprising Manual and Elementary Excercises, Business and Epistolary Writing, and Ornamental Penmanship. In Twelve Numbers. No. 10 (1856, Uriah Hunt and Son, Philadelphia), and Ornamental Penmanship Analytical and Finished Alphabets (1854, Uriah Hunt and Son), a lettering manual.

In 2013, James Puckett (Dunwich Type Founders) revived five typefaces from this manual as digital typefaces in his Becker Gothics collection. They include Egyptian, Egyptian Rounded, Stencil, Tuscan and Concave. All have Western and wood type influences. In 2009, Becker's 1854 book was used by Monogram Fonts Co in the creation of Noir Monogram (2009), which was based on Becker's Pearl type.

Downloads of his 1854 book: University of Michigan scan. For a Facsimile, see Becker's ornamental penmanship. A series of analytical and finished alphabets [FACSIMILE]. Free PDF file of the latter book.

In 1993, Dover reprinted 23 complete alphabets in Ornamental Calligraphy [With 50 Plates] (Dover Books on Lettering, Graphic Arts & Printing). Local download of his 1854 book. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gerald E. Stahl

Type designer in New York City who created a display face in 1969 for Pennwalt Corporation in Philadelphia. Google patent link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gerald Gallo
[GalloFonts (was: Graphics by Gallo)]

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Gerald Giampa
[Lanston Type Co]

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Gibbs Mason

American designer of the art nouveau typeface Vanden Houten (1904, Keystone Foundry, Philadelphia). This font was remade by Dan X. Solo as Dutch Treat at Solotype. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Giovanni Frias

During his studies at Philadelphia University, Giovanni Frias created the experimental typeface Ravenna (2014), which was inspired by flocks of birds in Denmark's black sun. [Google] [More]  ⦿

GreekKeys
[George B. Walsh]

Greek font information from the American Philological Association. It used to carry the unicode font Athena Roman. GreekKeys for Macintosh is a product providing easy keyboard input and specialized fonts for scholars of ancient (polytonic) Greek. First produced in 1984, GreekKeys has long provided a widely-used custom encoding for polytonic Greek, but now also supports and advocates Unicode as the proper standard for polytonic Greek in the future. GreekKeys is owned and distributed by the American Philological Association, a non-profit professional organization of North American classical scholars. GreekKeys is currently maintained and revised by Donald Mastronarde, Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. The original GreekKeys for Macintosh dates back to 1984, and was designed and distributed by George Walsh of the Department of Classics of the University of Chicago. He died in 1989, and the next year his wife, Susan M. Kastendiek (the eponym for the original name "SMK") donated the program to the American Philological Association. Since then it has been largely the responsibility of Jeffrey Rusten to update and answer questions about GreekKeys. The site was at Cornell University, but at some point it moved to Berkeley. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gregory Falconi

Graphic designer in Philadelphia, who created a Trajan typeface in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hal Schiffman

Professor emeritus of Dravidian Linguistics and Culture Dept. of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Tamil subpages. Codesigner with Thomas Ridgeway and Vasu Renganathan of wntamil, a free font for Tamil, ca. 1990. He writes: I worked together with Tom Ridgeway to design this font, at my instigation, since I needed it for my dictionary, and he knew METAFONT. (He did not know Tamil, although he did know Hindi.) We spent many Friday mornings designing the glyphs. He would write the code and run the program, and I would then critique it, and then we would run it again until we had an acceptable glyph. But I realize he thought of himself as the sole developer, which is why he registered it in his name. Afterwards we tweaked some of the glyphs, and Vasu Renganathan worked on later versions, too, so the authors of this font should be listed as myself, Ridgeway, and Vasu Renganathan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hermann Ihlenburg

German-American type designer (b. 1843, Berlin) who apprenticed at the Trowitzsch & Son type foundry in Berlin, and then worked as a punchcutter in Dresden and at the G. Haase & Sons foundry in Prague. After positions at the Flinsch foundry in Frankfurt, the Battenburg foundry in Paris, and the Fonderie Haas in Basel, Ihlenburg moved to the United States in 1866 to work for the L. Johnson & Company foundry in Philadelphia, which became MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan some time later. Specializing in ornamental (Victorian) fonts and borders, he designed over eighty typefaces for that Mackellar and a few more for American Type Founders after it purchased MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan in 1901. Ihlenburg became an American citizen in 1874, and died in Philadelphia in 1905.

His typefaces at MacKellar: American (1876), Angular Text (1884, Victorian blackletter; digitally interpreted by Toto in 2012 in his free font K22 Angular Text), Arboret (1884), Arboret No. 2 (1885), Archaic (1888), Artistic (1886), Bijou (1883: digital copies include Bangle (1990-1991, FontBank), Riccio Display Script by Southern Software (1994, SSi, SSK), Grebe (1994, by an anonymous designer) and Mexacali by Swfte), Black Ornamented (1873), Byzantine (1868), Centennial Script (1874, a spectacular high-contrast script digitized in 2007 by Canada Type and in 2011 as a free font called Mortem Stylus by Stylus, and by Intellecta Design as Centennial Script), Chaucer (1883), Childs (1892, redone by R. Beatty), Circular Black (1883), Columbian (1891), Columbus (1890: for a digital revival, see Cristoforo by Thomas Phinney, 2012), Columbus Outline (1892), Copperplate (1877), Crayon (1886), Culdee (1885), Dado (1882), Dynamo (1891), Eureka Text (1870, blackletter), Ferdinand (1892, now at Dover), Filigree (1878), Fillet (1890), Glyptic, Glyptic No. 2 and Glyptic Shaded (1878), Gothic Ornate (?), Greenback (1871), Grolier (1887), Gutenberg (1888), Houghton (?), Illuminated and Illuminated No. 2 (1876), Isabella (1892, a bastarda face; digital version at Agfa, Adobe, and Linotype, 2001), Italic Copperplate (1878), Japanesque and Japanesque No. 2 (1877, oriental simulation faces), Johnson (1892), Lady Text (1884, blackletter), Lippincott (1895?), Mediaeval Text and Mediaeval Text Ornate (1870, blackletter), Minaret (1868), Minster (1878), Mortised and Mortised No. 2 (1884), Newfangle (1892), Nymphic (1889 [Ruffa says 1884], revived by Barmee in Secesja Pro (2013), and by Paul D. Hunt (2004), who published it as Kilkenny (2005, P22)), Obelisk (1881), Oxonian (1881), Pencraft (1885), Phidian (1870, redone by Dan X. Solo), Philadelphian (1867), Pynson (1887), Quenn Bess Script (1882), Radiant (1876), Radiated (1871), Relievo (1878), Relievo No. 2 (1879), Rimpled (1895), Ringlet (1882, the prototypical Victorian typeface; Dan X. Solo made a digital version in 1998 which is also called Ringlet), Romanesque (1874), Sansom Script (1888), School Text (1876), Spiral (1890, redone by R. Beatty), Stipple (1890), Stylus and Stylus No. 2 (1883), Tendril (1878), Treasury (1874), Treasury Open (1875), Unique (1874), Unique No. 2 (1875), and Zinco (1891).

At ATF: Taylor Gothic (1894), Schoeffer Old Style (1897), Roundhand Series (1902), Post Oldstyle Roman No. 2 (1901---possibly made by E.J. Kitson and/or Guernsey Moore), Post Oldstyle Italic (1901), Ihlenburg Series (1900?), Bradley Series (1895-1897, now at Dover), American Italic (1902). Ludlow offers a digital version of Hannibal.

Klingspor link. Comments on some faces by Mac McGrew:

  • American Italic is a heavy, novel design by Herman Ihlenburg introduced by ATF in 1902, as a companion to Columbus, which had been designed for ATF's MacKellar Smiths&Jordan branch in 1892. The italic survived its roman mate, being shown by itself in 1906, but was gone by 1912. It is essentially a nineteenth-century design.
  • Bradley (or Bradley Text) was designed by Herman Ihlenburg-some sources credit it to Joseph W. Phinney--from lettering by Will H. Bradley for the Christmas cover of an Inland Printer magazine. It was produced by ATF in 1895, with Italic, Extended, and Outline versions appearing about three years later. It is a very heavy form of black-letter, based on ancient manuscripts, but with novel forms of many letters. Bradley and Bradley Outline, which were cut to register for two-color work, have the peculiarity of lower alignment for the caps than for the lowercase and figures, as may be seen in the specimens; Italic and Extended align normally. The same typeface with the addition of German characters (some of which are shown in the specimen of Bradley Extended) was sold as Ihlenburg, regular and Extended. Similar types, based on the same source and issued about the same time, were St. John by Inland Type Foundry, and Abbey Text by A. D. Farmer&Son. They were not as enduring as Bradley, which was resurrected for a while in 1954 by ATF. Also compare Washington Text.
  • Round Hand was designed for ATF about 1900, and has been ascribed to Herman Ihlenburg. It has the appearance of handwriting with a broad pen, but letters are not quite connected.
  • Schoeffer Old Style [No.2] was designed by Herman Ihlenburg for ATF in 1897. It is typical of a number of faces of the day-a plainly lettered roman with small, blunt serifs. Some references list Schoeffer Condensed, cut in 1902; this is probably the typeface shown a little later as Adver Condensed (q.v.). On Linotype, Schaeffer Oldstyle was called Elzevir No.2.

Klingspor link. Ihlenburg at the Rochester Institute of Technology's Cary Graphic Arts Collection. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Highway Sign of the Week
[Bruce S. Cridlebaugh]

Bruce S. Cridlebaugh (Prisma Inc, Pittsburgh, PA) created USHighwaysOldStyleBCBA in 2000. 5USD shareware, all formats. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hindi Page at Upenn

Free Hindi fonts Jaipur and Xdvng. Hindi alphabet shown and explained. For other Indic languages at the South Asia Studies Department of the University of Pennsylvania, see here. One of the people there is Richard J. Cohen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Holly Press

Student at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2013 who is based in Reading, PA. Designer of the alchemic typeface Revamp (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Holly Tillman

FontStructor in York, PA, who made the geometric typeface Geometrix (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Holly Tonini

Graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, who works as a photographer. Creator of the hand-printed typeface Cordelia (2013).

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Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle was one of the most renowned illustrators of the 19th century. His work was widely published in adventure novels, magazines and romances. He was the founder of the Brandywine school and artists colony in Chadd's Ford (Pennsylvania), where he taught artists like N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Thornton Oakley their craft. Scriptorium's Pyle collection includes a selection of fonts based on Pyle's original lettering, such as Pyle Gothic (based on his black letter style from Arthurian works), Courthand (based on the lettering in his Lady of Shalott), Buccaneer (from his pirate lettering) and Pyle Initials (a set of his decorative initials). [Google] [More]  ⦿

I Can Be Your Type
[Zachariah Nelson]

Zachariah Nelson (I Can Be Your Type) studied graphic design at Philadelphia University. Clayton, NJ-based designer of the curly flared caps typeface Void (2012). Damian (2012) is based on geometric elements of Futura and Univers. Maritote (2012) is in the style of the art deco typeface Broadway. Gridlock Light (2012) is a squarish typeface. He also designed a set of hand-printed typefaces that are meant to express moods: Fleeting, Anxious, Calm. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ian Bates

Born in 1989, Ian Bates (iBates Designs) is a Graphic Design major at York College of Pennsylvania. He is from Fort Salonga, NY. FontStructor who made Blacktop (2010) as part of a typography project in school. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ian Pickett

Ian Pickett (Philadelphia, PA) designed Cubed (2013, a 3d typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Iconian Fonts
[Dan M. Zadorozny]

Born in Philadelphia and a resident of Texas, Dan Zadorozny's creations at Iconian. He is a prolific type designer who specializes in techno and sci-fi typefaces. Dafont link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. His fonts in alphabetical order:

  • #44 font (2002), 00Starmap (2001, pixel font), 1st Cav (2008), 2-Tech, 21 Gun Salute (2013), 2nd Amendment (2007, guns), 2nd Amendment 2050 (2009, more gun silhouettes), 2Toon, 300 Trojans (2008, comic book family), 4114 Blaster (2008, futuristic), 5th Agent (2008, techno), 7th Service (2002), 8th Element (2013), 911Porscha.
  • Achilles, Action-Men (2008), Action Women (2008, female outlines), Aegis (2010, Greek simulation family), Aetherfox (2013), AirCobra (2002), Aircruiser (2011, trekkie family), AirForce (planes and copters), Airstrike (2013), Airstrip One (2003), Aldo's Moon, Aldo's Nova, Alexis (2001), Alien League, Alpha Sentry, Alpha Taurus (2007, octagonal, athletic lettering), Amalgam, Americorps (2012), Anakefka (2009, ultra-fat family), Antikythera (2013, Greek simulation face), Antilles (2009, sans family), Argosy, Arilon (2008), Army Rangers (2013, octagonal), Astropolis (2009), Atlantia (2012, futuristic), Avenger (2008, futuristic).
  • Babes&Bond (2009, erotic silhouettes), Babe-alicious (2002, erotic outlines), Bad Robot (2007, computer game look), Bal-Astaral, Bamf (2011, techno family), Battlefield, Beam Rider, Beastian (2011), Ben Zion (2008, Hebrew simulation), Berserker (2008, grunge), Beta Biergärten (2008), Bio-disc, Bio-discSolid, Bio-discThin, Bionic Comic (2002), Bionic Type (2002), Birds of a Feather (2007, dingbats), Block, Blood Crow (2009), Bloodlust (2011, dripping blood face), Blue July (2009), Body Swipers (2014, Halloween font), Bog Beast (2013), Borgsquad (2014, mechanical/octagonal), Brin Athyn (2008, uncial/Celtric), Bronic (2004), Bubble Butt (2014, bubblegum typeface), Bummer (2007, octagonal), Bushido (2008, oriental simulation), Butch and Sundance (2013), Buttons the Bear (2008, children's hand), Byte Police.
  • Capella (2011, a wide techno family), CasperComics, Chardin Doihle (2008), a useful informal handprinting family), Charlemagne, Charlie's-Angles, Cheyenne Hand (2008), Christendom, Clubber Lang (2013, grungy), C.O.D.E.R. (2012), Colossus (2011, old chipped stone look), ComicBookCommando, ComicFX, Commonwealth, Concielian, Corinthian, Covert Ops (2012, army stencil), Coyote Deco (2007, art deco), Crappity-Crap-Crap (2007), Crime Syndicate (2013), Crixus (2011, a squarish sans that includes an athletic lettering style), Cro-Magnum (2003), CryUncial, Cyberia (like Soviet: neat Russian imitation letters), Cyrus The Virus (2012, grungy, hand-printed).
  • DS Man, Daedalus (2008), Daemonicus (2012), Dan Stargate (2008), Dan'sHand, Dark Alliance (2014), Dark Horse (nice brush font), Darkwind, Dassault (2013), Deathblood (2014, Halloween font), Delta Ray, Demon Priest (2013), Department-K, DepartmentH, Deranian (2008), Detonator, Devil Summoner (2014), DiegoCon (2004), Digital Desolation (2014), Ding-o-saurs (2007), Direktor (2008, Cyrillic simulation techno), Dire Wolf (2013), Disco-Dork, Disco Deck (2005), Disco Duck, Dodger, Dotcom (2002), Drafting Board (2008), Drafting Table (2008), Dragon Order (oriental simulation), Drid Herder (2002), Droid-Lover (2008), Drosselmeyer (my favorite).
  • Eagleclaw (2009), Eaglemania, Earthrealm (2013), Earthshake (2013), Earth's Mightiest (2002), Eco-files, Eldebaran (2012), Elder Magic (2009), Election Day (2009), Emissary (2014, sci-fi), Empire Crown (2011, blackletter), Enduro, Ensign Flandry, Ephesian (2007), Erin Go Bragh (2009, Celtic/uncial), EscapeArtist, Eskindar (2013), Eternal Knight (2013), EverettSteele'sHand, Excelerate, Excelsior, Excelsior Comics, Exedore (2008), Exoplanet (2013, techno), Extechchop (2005).
  • Factor, Falconhead, Famous Spaceships (2007), FantasticCreatures, Fantazian (2003), Fantom (2009, bad handwriting), Federal Escort (2014), Federal Service (2011), Federapolis (2008, octagonal techno face), Fedyral, Fedyral-II, Feldercarb (2003, octagonal font), Ferret Face (2013), Fiddler's Cove (2012), Fight Kid (2009), First Order (2001), Flesh Eating Comic (2013, grunge), Flight Corps (2008, techno/pixelish), FlyingLetaherneck (2002), Force Majeure, Foucault (2014, uncial), Frank-n-Plank (2013, a wooden plank font), Freakfinder (2014: Halloween font), Free-Agent (2008), Freedom Fighter (2013, stencil), From Bond With Love (2014: military stencil), FunnyPages, Futurex Grunge (2005).
  • Galant, Galaxy-1 (2008), Galaxy Far Far Away (2009, futuristic dingbat font), Galaxy Force (2014), Galga (2008, futuristic), Gamma Sentry, Gemina (2011, sci-fi / techno family), Gemina2 (2013), Generation Nth, Gentleman Caller (2014), GeoBats (2007), Gearhead (2013, octagonal), Ghost Clan (2014), GI Incognito (2012), Global Dynamics (2014), Goalie (2008, hockey mask alphading), Gods of War, Governor, Graymalkin (2011, trekky), Grease Gun (2012), Grendel's Mother, Grim Ghost (2013), Grimlord (2009), Guardian (2008), Guardian-Laser (2008), Guardian-Pro (2008), Guardian-Shadow (2008), Gunship, Gunship V2 (2002), Gypsy Killer (2013), Gyrfalcon.
  • Hadriatic (2008, roman lettering), Half Elven (2013), Halfshell Hero (2013), Hall of Heroes (2007), Halo, Han Solo (2013), Harrier (2002), Hawkmoon (2011), Hello Copters (2013: helicopter dingbats), Heorot (2009, stone age fonts), Heroes Assemble (2011), Heroes Assemble Dingbats (2014: all Avenger characters), Highrise Heaven (2007, city skyline dingbats), Hip Pocket (2014: psychedelic), Holy Empire, Homemade-Robot, Homeworld (2003), Homeworld Translator (2003), Horroween (2013, Halloween font), Hulkbusters, Hydro Squad (2014), Hypno Agent.
  • Iapetus (2014, sci-fi), Icebox Art (2012), IWantMyTTR!, Iconian (2002), Iconified, Illuminati, Imaginary Forces (2008, mythical dingbats), Imperial Code (2003, Startrek style face), Imperium, Incubus, Incubus-Italic (2008), Incubus-Shadow (2008), Infinity Formula (2003, super techno), Infobubble, Inhumanity (2014), I-House Edition (2014), Interceptor (2008), Interdiction (2012), International Super Hero (2002), Intrepid, Iron-Cobra (2008), Iron Forge (2012).
  • Jack's Candlestick (2013), Jackson, Jannisaries, Jedi Special Forces (2012), Jerusalem (1999, Hebrew font simulation)[see also here], Jetta, JettaTech, Jetway (2012, a stencil face), Johnny Torch (2012), Judge, Judge Hard, Justice (2009), Jumptroops (2003), Justinian.
  • Kahless, KameraDings (2009), KarateChop (2009), Kartoons (2008), Katana, Kennebunkport (2013, script), Keystone (pixel font), Khazad-Dum (2011), Kid Cobalt (2008, comic book face), Kinex, King Commando (2011), King's Ransom, KnightsTemplar, Knock Furious (2003, dingbats), Kobold (2008, futuristic), Kondor (2013), Kountry Kodes (2008, international license plate lettering), Kovacs-Spot, Kovacs, Kreeture (2002), Kubrick (2008).
  • Lamprey (2012, techno family), LandShark (2001), LandWhale (2001), Laredo Trail (2013, a Western face), Laserian, Law and Order (2005, dingbats), League Wars (2013, sci-fi stencil), Leatherface (2013), LegalTender, Legion, Lethal (2014), Liberty Island (2013, sci-fi), Lightsider (2011, Star Trekkish family), Lincoln Lode, Lionel (2009), Low Gun Screen (2008, a totally square screen type family), Lincoln Chain, Lionheart, Lobo-Tommy (2008), Lord of the Sith, Loveladies, Low Gun Screen (2008, screen face).
  • Machiavelli, Mad Marker, Magic Beans (2007), Marathon-II, Marathon, Marsh Thing (2014, Halloween font), Masked Marvel (2002), Masterdom (2004), Metal Storm 3D (2008), Metronauts (2013), Metroplex, MetroplexLaser, MetroplexShadow, Michaelmas, Micronian (2009, pixelish headline family), Milk Bar (2003), Micronian (2008, extensive pixel-based family), Military-RPG (2008), Missile Man (2002, futuristic), Miss Amanda Jones (2004, brush style), Mobile Infantry, Modi Thorson (2013, techno), Monsterama (2011, scary face), Moon Dart (2008), Morse Kode, MorseNK, Movie Gallery (2008, dingbats), Mrs. Monster (2013, Halloween brush font), Mystic Singler (2008, rough brush face).
  • Nathan Brazil (2013, art deco), National Express (2003), Native Alien, Nemesis Enforcer (2013), Neo-Geo (like the letters on the Neon cars), Neuralnomicon, Nextwave (2014), Nick Turbo (2001), NifeFite, NifeFiter, NifeFites, Nightchilde (2013), Nightrunner (2008, sci-fi), Nightwraith (2011, techno family), Ninjas (2002), Nobody's Home (2014: poster font), NoloContendre, Northstar (2014), Nostromo, Nuevo Passion (2013), Nyet (2002, Soviet letter simulation).
  • Oberon, Oberon-Deux, Obsidiscs (2003, dingbats), Oceanic Drift (2013), October Guard (2013, Cyrillic simulation face), Odinson (2007, runes), Oh Mighty Isis (2014, Greek simulation family), Olympicons (2003), Omega 3 (2010, futuristic), Omega Force (2013, octagonal / mechanical), Omega Sentry, OmniGirl (2003, techno), Opilio (2012), Opus Magnus (2013, metal band font), Oramac (2004), Ore Crusher (2013), Outlands-Truetype (2001), Outrider (2013), Overstreet Bible (2014, hand-printed), Ozda (2011, a fat techno family with several horizontally striped styles), Ozymandias.
  • Psyonic VII (2012), Pandemonious Puffery (2002), Parker's Hand (2002, handwriting), Perdition, Peregrine, Phaser Bank (2008, techno), Philadelphia, Philly Dings (2003), Piper Pie (2007), Pistoleer (2011), Planet N, Planet S, Planet X, Player 1 Up (2012: architectural family), Police Cruiser (2013), Postmaster, Power Lord (2011), Presley-Press (2007), Press Darling (2012), Procyon, Prokofiev (2009, rounded and squarish), Promethean (2008), Protoplasm, Prowler (2013), Pseudo Saudi (1999, Arabic simulation), Psycho Butcher (2014, ransom note font), PuffAngel, Pulse Rifle (2009), Pyrabet.
  • QTs (2013: erotic silhouettes), Quake-&-Shake, Quantum of Malice (2013), Quark Storm (2013), Quartermain (2002), Quasitron (2009, futuristic), Quatl (2002, an Inca font), Queen&Country (2009), Quest Knight (2009), Questlok, Quicken (2013, horizontal stencil), Quickening (2014), QuickGear, Quickmark (2004), QuickQuick, QuickStrike, QuickTech.
  • RCMP, RadZad, Radio-Space, Raise Your Flag (2013), Realpolitik, Rebecca, Rebel Command (2012, Star Trek family), Redcoat (2008, blackletter), Red Rocket (2011, techno), Regulators, Renegado (2014), Replicant, Repulsor (2013, pixelish), Rhalina (2011, a nice upright script), Righteous Kill (2009), Robotaur (2008), Rocket Junk, Rocket Type (2002), Rogue-Hero, Roid Rage (2003), Ro'Ki'Kier (2008), Rosicrucian (2009, stone age font), Rubber Boy (2013, poster font family).
  • Sable Lion (2002), Sagan (2008, futuristic), Scarab, ScarabScript, Sci-Fi (2008), SDF (2013), Sea-Dog, Searider-Falcon (2008), Secret Files (2011), Sever, Shining Herald (2013), Singapore Sling (2014), SisterEurope, Skirmisher (2014), Skyhawk (2014), Snubfighter (2009, sci-fi), Soldier (2011), Sound FX (2003), Soviet, Space Cruiser, Space Junker, Space Ranger (2013), SPQR (2008, grunge roman), Spy Agency (2012), Spy Lord (2001), Starduster (2011), Star Eagle (2014), Starfighter, Star Navy (2009: dingbats), Stranger Danger (2014: grunge), Strikelord (2011, trekkie family), Stuntman, Subadai Baan (2013), Super Soldier (2014, silhouettes), SuperUltra911, Superago (2002).
  • Talkies (2008, dingbats), Tarrget (2013, based on the Tekken "Tag Tournament" logo), Taskforce (2008), Tauro (2012), Team America (2014), Tele-Marines, Terra Firma, Terran, Texas, Texas2, TheRifleman, The Shire (2009), The Shooter (2012: gun dingbats), Texas Ranger (2014: Western font), Thundergod, Thundergod II (2013), Thunder-Hawk (2011, an aviation techno face), Tigershark (2013), Timberwolf (2011), Time Warriors (2007), Tool (2012, dingbats of tools), Toon Town Industrial (2005, comic book font), Tower Ruins (2014: stencil), Tracer, Trajia (2008, a techno/stencil/athletic lettering family), Traveler (2008), Travelicons (2009), Travesty (2003, scrawly handwriting), Trek Trooper (2008, Startrek font), Trigger Man (2013, octagonal and mechanical), Trireme (2011, Star trek family), Tristram (2008, uncial), Troopers (2011, futuristic), Trueheart (2009, Celtic), Tussle (2002), Typeecanoe (hand-printed), Typhoon (2013).
  • Uberholme, Uberholme Lazar (2001), UFO Hunter (2009), Ultra 911, Ultramarines (2013), Underground Rose (2014, connect-the-dots), Unisol, United Palanets (2014), UniversalJack, Uno Estado (2009, constructivist), U.S.A., USArmy, US Army II (2013), US Marshal (2012), US Navy (2007), U.S.S. Dallas (2008), Usuzi.
  • Valerius (2009, uncial), Valkyrie (2008), Valley Forge (2008), Vampire Games (2001), VariShapes (2001), Vicious Hunger (2014, grunge), VideoStar, Vigilante Notes (2003), Vilmos Magyar, Vindicator (2012, techno), Virgin Hybrid (2014), voxBOX, Voortrekker Pro (2009: octagonal and athletic lettering family), Vorpal (2012: sci-fi stencil face), Vorvolaka (2013), Voyage Fantastique (2013), VX Rocket (2014, fat octagonal face), Vyper (2008, futuristic stencil).
  • War Eagle (2009), warlock's Ale (2014), War Machine, War Priest (2012), Warrior Nation (2011), Wars of Asgard (2009), Watchtower (2012), Weaponeer (2008, military lettering), Were-Beast (2008), Wet Works (2013, grungy stencil), Whatafont, Ensign Flandry (2003), Whiskey Bravo (2003), Wildcard (2011, Star trek family), Wimp Out (2004), Wolf's Bane (+II, +Super-Extended, 2013), Woodgod (2013), Worldnet (great wordly O), Write Off, Writer's-Block, WyldStallyns.
  • Xaphan (2003), XCryption (1999, a hacker face), X-Fighters (2014), XPED, Xcelsion (2002), Xenophobia, Xephyr, Xeppelin (2005, zeppelin dingbats), X-Grid (2008), Xiphos (2007), Xmas Xpress (2013), Xoxoxa, X-Racer (2012).
  • Yahren, Yama Moto (2009: oriental simulation), Yankee Clipper (2011), Yay USA (2013), Year 2000, Year3000 (2001), Yellow Jacket (2002), Yiroglyphics (2004), Yorstat (oriental simulation), Younger Brothers (2014), Young Frankenstein (2013), Youngtechs (2008, futuristic), Yukon Tech.
  • Za's Vid (2001, pixel font), Zado (2002, dot-matrix font), Zakenstein (2011, caps only grunge), Zamboni Joe (2002, hand-printed)), Zealot (2008), Zee Lance, Zen Masters (2002, pixelish), Zeta Sentry (2009, techno/futuristic), Zollern (2013), Zombie Control (2013: a bloody paint drip face), Zone Rider, Zoologic (2009, animal dingbats), Zyborgs, Zymbols.
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Immortal Graphics
[Dave Greenawalt]

Youngwood, PA-based foundry offering Dave Greenawalt's shareware fonts. Fonts: Chrispy, Drippy, Distress, Madfont, Erode. All for PC and Mac. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Insomnia
[Sam Panico]

Free Mac fonts at this foundry: Macabro, Shirley Doe, Santo versus Blue demon, Plinko, Vampiro Psicosis, Sierra, Dos Caras. The fonts are by Sam Panico, a Pittsburgh-based publisher of Insomnia Magazine, and maker of the old Mil Mascaras dingbat font of masked wrestlers. [Google] [More]  ⦿

International TypeFounders Inc.

Consortium of about 50 independent typefounders, offering 7000+ typefaces. Formed in 1995 by Steve Jackaman. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ish Adames

Ish Adames, a graphic designer and photographer in Philadelphia, PA, designed the titling sans typeface Duma in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ismael Adames

Philadelphia-based designer of the free geometric sans typeface Duma (2014) and the free Duma Bold (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

It's Alive!

The Type Directors Club conference on type on-screen, held on 21 April 2001 at Drexel University in Philadelphia. [Google] [More]  ⦿

J. Horace McFarland

Pennsylvania printer, 1853-1948. Designer of French Round Face&Italic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

J. Howe&Co.

Stereotype foundry in Philadelphia. Specimen book: A Specimen of Metal Ornaments and Job Type, Cast, and for Sale, at the Stereotype Foundry of J. Howe, Corner of Crown and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia (Philadelphia: Jedediah Howe, 1823). J. Howe&Co. was one of the leading nineteenth-century American stereotype foundries. Jedediah Howe outlines the advantages of stereotyping which had come under attack from traditional type founders. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jaclyn Scafidi

During her studies in Drexel Hill, PA, Jaclyn Scafidi created the frilly typoeface Mercury Vapor (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jacqueline Y. Maddox

Ardmore, PA-based graduate of Philadelphia University, class of 2014. She created the tornado-inspired display typeface Twisted in 2014, [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jake Crawford

Harrisburg, PA-based designer of the circle-based typeface California Bungalow (2011). Chameleon (2011) is a wonderful extra-condensed piano key/octagonal face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James J. Frazier

Doylestown, PA-based comic artist. Creator of the comic book typeface Comic James (2011).

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James Ronaldson
[Binny&Ronaldson]

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Jamie Slater

FontStructor in Pittsburgh, PA, who created the heavy octagonal (athletic lettering) typeface Gabe (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Janene Dunbar

During her graphic design studies in Pittsburgh, Janene Dunbar created a display typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Fagone
[Soup.Type]

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Jason Reed

Pittsburgh, PA-based creator of Kenosha (2004, a serif face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jay Klomp
[The Red Rocket Rebellion]

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Jeff Stiefel

Philadelphia-based graphic designer, who created Scrimshaw (2012), a typeface that was inspired by famine and hunger. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeffrey Larrimore

Graphic designer based in Colorado but originally from Philadelphia. Creator of the iFontMaker font Handvelica (2010, hand-printed). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jen Zweiger

During her studies at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA, Jen Zweiger created the decorative typefaces Armory Sharp and Armory Ornate (2013): Armory is a typeface based on and inspired by weaponry from around the world including halberds, scimitars, taiaha, dao, falchions, naginatas and a number of other swords and polearms. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Coyle

Philadelphia, PA-based designer of the hand-crafted blackboard bold typeface Sweet Pineapple (2014, tweetware). Other creations include hand-drawn dingbat sets such as Doodlebots (2014), Doodled Vector Icons (2014), Drink + Cocktail Vector Illustrations (2014), and Doodled Animals (2014).

Jennifer runs Hello Brio studio. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Kaplan

Philadelphia, PA-based creator of Black & Blonde (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jess Ysais

Jess Ysais (Philadelphia, PA) used paper cut letters to construct a dadaist typeface called Feist Metals (2012).

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Jesse H. Gerard

Philadelphia-based industrial design student at University of the Arts, b. 1985. He created the handwriting typeface Write like Jess (2008), which can be downloaded from Dafont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Eversmeyer

During her studies at Philadelphia University, Jessica Eversmeyer created the lava lamp typeface Magnesium (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Farnish

Graduate of La roche College in Pittsburgh, 2009. Creator of the display typeface The Casualties (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Kort

For a school project in Evans City, PA, Jessica Kort combined Bauhaus 93, Charlemagne STD, and Savoye LET to create a typographic miscarriage called TriFont (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jewell Richardson

During her graphic design studies at Philadelphia University, Jewell Richardson created the Balmy display typeface (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joe Gillen

Joe Gillen (Lotus Design Studios, Pittsburgh, PA) created the custom display typefaces Basskick (2013) and WAV in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joel Chase

During his graphic design studies at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Joel Chase created te compass-and-ruler roman caps typeface Allen (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joel Clemmer
[FrakturWeb]

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Joel Kirckhoff

Cartoonist and graphic designer in York, PA. He created the experimental typeface Jet Fuel (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joel Ouellette

Joel Ouellette (Philadelphia, PA) created VertType (2012), a squarish modular typeface for which he was inspired by halfpipe skateboarding. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Baine

Scottish type founder from Edinburgh who was active during the second half of the 17th century. He started out in St. Andrews in 1742 in partnership with Alexander Wilson when thwey co-founded the Wilson Foundry there, but moved in 1744 to Glasgow and in 1749 to London (when his partnership with Wilson ended) and in 1768 to Edinburgh. In 1787, he published "A Specimen of Printing Types, By John Baine&Grandson in Co", and emigrated to Philadelphia, where he set up a foundry. The elder Baine died in 1790, and his grandson continued until 1799, when he sold the equipment to Binny&Ronaldson for $300. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Bieber
[Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur gallery]

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John F. Cumming

Massachusetts-based punchcutter, b. 1852, Harrisville, PA.

  • Typefaces at the Boston Type Foundry: Albino (1882), Autograph Script (1884), Bank Note Roman and Italic (1870), Banner (< 1883), Binner Gothic (< 1898), Century (1884), Cheque (1882), Clark Script (1884), Copley (1886), Dresden (1882), Duerer (1889), Facade (1892), Kismet (1879, the ultimate Victorian typeface), London (< 1885), Lubeck (1884), Magnolia Script (1884), Morris, Munich (1882), Record (1881), Rubens (1884), Skinner Script (1885), Soudan (1884), Syrian, Weimar (1886).
  • Typefaces at the Dickinson Type Foundry (also in Boston): Algonquin and Algonquin Ornamented (1888), Caxton Title, Colonial (1887), Elandkay (1892), Florentine Old Script (1884), French Cursive, Globe. Gothic Script (1891), Gothic Slope, Grady (< 1891), Howland (1892), Jagged Series (1881), Karnac (1884, Victorian), Masonic Text (1890), Mother Hubbard (1885), Outing Series (1888, revived by Nick Curtis as Pique-Nique NF in 2014), Quaint (1888), Renaissant (1880, a Victorian typeface revived in 2014 by Nick Curtis as Renaissant NF), Satanick (1897), Skjald (1890), Stenograf (1890), Vertical Script (1897), Virile (1890), Visible Speech.
  • Typefaces at the Hansen Type Foundry: Viking Old Style No. 3 (1899).

Comment ny Mac McGrew on Howland: Howland was introduced by Dickinson in 1892 as a "companion series to DeVinne." The same design was called DeVinne Condensed (No.3) by Keystone Type Foundry, but differs from the De Vinne Condensed issued by other sources. Howland Open followed in 1894; it was copied by Linotype as Condensed Outline and suggested through the 1940s as a display typeface for classified advertising pages which banned bold types. Compare DeVinne Condensed, MacFarland Condensed.

Some digitizations exist: the nice fat pre-art deco typeface Binner is offered by Linotype, Elsner & Flake (as Binner EF), and Monotype (as Binner Poster MT). Kismet was digitized by Richard Beatty as Spiral. Viking Old Style No. 3 was revived in Ingvaeonic-Oldestyle (2007, Nick Curtis)).

Jenson Oldstyle No. 2 (1893) was designed by J.W. Phinney and cut by John F. Cumming.

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

John Langdon

A man from Philadelphia who likes to play with words. His Exocet-style typeface Flexion won an award at TDC2 2007. Developed with the help of Hal Taylor, it is discussed here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jon Pfeifer

During his studies at the California University of Pennsylvania, Jon Pfeifer (Venetia, PA) created the dot matrix typeface Grid Lock (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jonathan Macagba
[Prototype-NY (was: Handcraftedfonts)]

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Joseph Manno

Aka The Italian Stallion, Joseph Manno (Pittsburgh, PA) designed the handwriting typeface Manno (2005). Alternate URL for downloading. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Josh Fallon

During his studies at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, Joshua Ryan Fallon created the hairlined typeface Versa Condensed (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joshua Downey

York, PA-based designer of Blokus (2014, FontStruct) and Blackmar (2014, stencil typeface, FontStruct). This typeface was finished during his studies at York College of Pennsylvania. Joshua is originally from Manchester, MD. FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joshua Holmes

Graphic designer in York, PA, who created the custom typeface Boomerang (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Justin Kostelansky

Pittston, PA-based creator of Grecian Gunslinger (2012, octagonal and slabby), Kostel Infinity Sans (2012, gaspipe typeface), Defiance (2012, a didone headline typeface designed for photographer Ronald N. Tan's upcoming book "Defiance"), Hedron (2012, octagonal and slabby), and Kostel Slab Serif (2012).

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Karen Ackoff

Designer of the delicate font Russell at Alphabets Inc., and of Russell Oblique (1994, Adobe). Karen Ackoff has a BFA in Illustration from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA in Medical Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked as Scientific Illustrator at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She presently teaches and coordinates the Graphic Design program at Indiana University South Bend. She is available for freelance commercial artwork and fine arts commissions.

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Karl Nayeri
[Prime Graphics (was: PolyType)]

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Kate Ferrara
[Kate Ferrara Design [was: KFD Digital Goods]]

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Kate Ferrara Design [was: KFD Digital Goods]
[Kate Ferrara]

Kate Ferrara (KFD Digital Goods, Kate Ferrara Design, or just KFD) is located in Harrisburg, PA. She created many commercial fonts, which she marketed via Creative Market [dead link].

Her typefaces include Line (inline sans), Winter (connected fat script), Quadrant (quarter circle-based stencil face), Avenue, Surf (+Light), Ferrara, Skinny, Rounder, Bleacher, Captain, Chill, City, Craft, House, Illuminate, Midwest, River, Sale (signage script), Shipment, Slabsketch, Slice, Smooth, Tilt, Squeeze, Production, Social Circle (icons).

Kate still offers custom typeface design services at Kate Ferrara Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katelyn Cataldo

During her studies at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Katelyn Caraldo (Pittsburgh, PA) created the outlined display typeface Circus (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kayla Bryer

During her studies at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, Kayla Bryer designed the decorative typeface Ghetto Blaster (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Keith Pinkston

Pittsburgh, PA-based designer of the bilined octagonal typeface Kapped Sans (2014), a project finished during his studies at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelcey Benne

Subway maps were the inspiration for the layered typeface system Subterranean (2013) by Kelcey Benne. Kelcey lives in Adamstown, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelley Reed

Kelley Reed (b. 1982) lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She runs Reed Design. In 2010, she created the hand-printed typeface Simply Kelley. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelly Mehok

Pittsburgh, PA-based designer of the display typeface African Dance (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelsey Bernstein

Designer who created the modular typeface Spacebound (2013). Student at York College in York, PA, class of 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelsey Pledger

During her studies at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA, Kelsey Pledger created the cartoonish typeface Down With The Thickness (2014), which is inspired by the Dr. Seuss books. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kevin Cornell

Illustrator and designer from Philadelphia. With Randy Jones, he created Phaeton (2009, Umbrella Type), a high-waisted hand-drawn font with lots of pizzazz. Nina Stoessinger: Oh I like how Phaeton makes my favorite web site feel like an old medicine cabinet with emaille drawer knobs ... slightly twisted. Theunis De Jong talks about the steam punk genre of which Phaeton is an example. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kevin May

Erie, PA-based creator of the round monoline organic sans typeface Apollo (2013).

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Keystone Type Foundry

Philadelphia-based foundry, 1888-1917. The history of this short-lived foundry was told by James Eckmann in The Keystone Type Foundry, 1888-1917: a reprint [from] Printing&graphic arts, volume VI, number 1, February 1958 (Lunenburg, Vermont: The Stinehour Press, 1958). Their work appeared in Keystone Type Foundry, 1901 (362 pages), Abridged specimen book, type: nickel-alloy on universal line comprising a price list of types, borders, leads and slugs, brass rule, brass galleys; miscellaneous cuts and general supplies for printers (1906, 636 pages, see also here, here and here), A book of Keystone type faces (2nd ed., Philadelphia, ca. 1920), Catalogue and specimen book. Keystone products, consisting of type, material, furniture, complete line of miscellaneous supplies for printers and publishers, machinery and wood goods (Philadelphia, ca. 1910), See also Keystone Products Catalogue and Specimen Book, Consisting of Type, Material, Furniture, Complete Line of Miscellaneous Supplies for Printers and Publishers, Machinery and Wood Goods (1915).

Typefaces: Admiral, Ayer (Mac McGrew: Ayer was introduced by Keystone Type Foundry in 1909, which said it was "named for F. Wayland Ayer, founder of Keystone Type Foundry and the great advertising agency which bears his name." The non-kerning italic was added in 1910.), Ben Franklin, Ben Franklin Condensed, Ben Franklin Open, Bulletin, Caslon Adbold, Caslon Adbold Extended, Caslon Adbold Extra Condensed, Caslon Bold, Caslon Bold Condensed, Caslon Bold Extended, Caslon Bold Italic, Caslon Lightface, Caslon Lightface Condensed, Caslon Lightface Italic, Caslon Title Extended, Charcoal, Charter Oak, Compressed Gothic, Condensed Lining Gothic, Crayonette, Elite Typewriter, Gothic Condensed No. 3, Gothic No. 102, Gothic No. 114, Harris Italic (1910), Harris Roman (1909), Herculean Gothic, Italia Condensed (1906), John Alden Decorative Initials (1906), John Hancock, John Hancock Condensed, John Hancock Extended, John Hancock Outline, Keystone Gothic, Laureate (1906: revived in 2012 by Isabel Urbina), Lining Antique [Keystone], New Model Remington Typewriter, Outline, Outline Condensed, Remington, Remington Typewriter, Round Gothic (1884), Skeleton Lining Gothic, Skeleton Lining Gothic No. 19, Smith Premier, Title Gothic [Title Gothic No. 9, Condensed Title Gothic No. 11], Venezia, Washington Text (1902, blackletter), Washington Text Shaded.

Digital pictures I took from the Specimen Book of Type (1903): Bulletin, Keystone Bikes, Boldface Cellini, Crayonette Open, Keystone Cyclers, Encore, Lining Antique, Lining Gothic, Outing Initials, Remington Typewriter, Remus, Ronde Initials, Salem, Venezia, Victoria Italic, Worcester. Catalog A-C, Catalog C-P, Catalog P-Z.

Digitizations:

  • The slab serif John Hancock (ca. 1903) and condensed slab serif John Hancock Condensed (ca. 1917, Lanston Monotype) were digitized as Hancock RR (1994) by Steve Jackaman (Red Rooster).
  • The Remington typewriter faces (ca. 1905) were digitized as Secret Service Typewriter RR (2002) by Steve Jackaman (Red Rooster).
  • Roman TyresRR (1997) was made by Steve Jackaman (Red Rooster).
  • Poor Richard RR is based on a Keystone design from 1919, namely Ben Franklin, Ben Franklin Condensed, Ben Franklin Open (named after Benjamin Franklin's "Poor Richard Almanack"). There is also a free font Poor Richard (1994, Projective Solutions).
  • Caslon FB (1992, Font Bureau) comes with this text: Our familiar Caslon Bold headletters were invented around the turn of the twentieth century in the United States and were only loosely based on William Caslons romans. The best of the Caslon Bolds originated at the Keystone Type Foundry of Philadelphia, whose Caslon Bold Condensed appeared about 1905, probably drawn by R.F. Burfeind. Jill Pichotta revised his Bold Condensed&drew the Bold Extra Condensed.
  • Gibbs Mason designed the art nouveau typeface Vanden Houten (1904) at Keystone. This typeface was remade by Dan X. Solo as Dutch Treat at Solotype.
  • Emerge BF (2009, John Bomparte) is a flare serif typeface that was inspired by Admiral, c.1900.
  • Old Softy NF (2010, Nick Curtis) is a soft round typeface based on Round Gothic (1884).

Commentaries by Mac McGrew:

  • On Harris Roman: Harris Roman was announced by Keystone Type Foundry in 1909. It was "named in honor of the late Joel Chandler Harris, author of Uncle Remus." It is a plain modernized roman, somewhat similar to Century Expanded. In 1910 Harris Italic was added; it was designed to be cast without kerns. Advertising claimed, "Non-kerning italics will save endless annoyances and losses resulting from broken letters, and the purchase price is the same as any other type of our make."
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Kimberly Weakley

Graphic designer in York, PA, who created the retro-futuristic typeface Lunar (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kosal Sen
[Philatype]

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L. Jake Jacobson
[Brama Computing]

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L. Johnson Type Foundry
[Lawrence Johnson]

Phildadelphia-based foundry, which evolved in 1833 from the remnants of Binny&Ronaldson, which was established in 1796. Lawrence Johnson, its founder, died in 1860, and the L. Johnson Type Foundry became MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan, also located in Philadelphia. Their work is described in the MacKellar book entitled 1796-1896: One hundred years, Mackellar, Smiths and Jordan foundry (1896). Specimens can be found in The printers' handy book of specimens, exhibiting the choicest productions of every description made at the Johnson type foundry (1876) as well as in The book of specimens of plain and fancy printing types, borders, cuts, rules, &c. manufactured at L. Johnson&company's foundry. Established 1796. Proprietors. Thos. MacKellar, John F. Smith, Richard Smith, Peter A. Jordan (1865). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lanston Monotype: Typewriter typefaces

The typefaces shown in The Monotype pony specimen book of type faces, rules, ornaments & borders (Lanston Monotype Machine Company, Philadelphia, 1921) include Monotype-No17L, Monotype-No70L-Elite, Monotype-No70L-Remington, Monotype-No72L-Reproducing Typewriter, Monotype-No170L-SmithPremier, Monotype-No270L-Underwood, Monotype-No272L-Royal, Monotype-No370L-Remington. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lanston Type Co
[Gerald Giampa]

The Lanston Type Co was based in PEI, Canada, moved in 2002 to Vancouver, and moved later that year to Espoo, Finland. In 2004, Lanston was sold to P22. It has classic and wonderful offerings such as Albertan, Bodoni, Caslon, Deepdene (Frederic Goudy, 1929-1934; see D690 Roman on the SoftMaker MegaFont XXL CD, or URW Deepdene, or Barry Schwartz's Linden Hill (a free font)), Goudy Oldstyle, Jacobean Initials, Kennerly, Kaatskill, Water Garden and Jefferson Gothic. Owned by Gerald Giampa (b. 1950, d. Vancouver, 2009), who wrote me this: Frederic Goudy worked for us for 29 years. We manufactured Monotype casters and keyboards. The English sister company sold casters to England and the Commonwealth and we sold to the Americas and wherever else practical. Tolbert Lanston, our founder, was the inventor of Monotype. We still sell matrices and were punching them until several years ago. Soon we expect to have the equipment moved and operational once again. We are placing it into America's largest printing museum which is in Andover close to Boston. However there is a possibility that it will end up in Hull Québec. Our previous type director was Jim Rimmer of Vancouver, noted type designer. He designs, cuts and cast type in lead. Our typeface Albertan was designed by Jim and is very successful. John Hudson and Ross Mills of Tiro were directly inspired by our facilities in Vancouver. I encouraged them towards type design. The beautiful Bodoni 26 (unicase) can be bought at FontShop. Atlantic 35 (1909-1935) is a modern family first used by the Atlantic Monthly in 1909.

The fonts: Albertan No. 977, Albertan Bold No. 978, Albertan Title No. 980,&Inline No. 979, Bodoni No. 175, Bodoni Bold No. 2175, Bodoni 26 (a Lanston unicase based on an interpretation by Sol Hess), No. 175, Caslon Old Style No. 337, Caslon Bold No's 637,&537, Deepdene No. 315, Figures Square No. 132, Flash No. 373, Fleurons C, Fleurons Granjon Folio, Fleurons Folio One, Forum No. 274, Francis No. 982, Garamont No. 248, Globe Gothic No's 240,&239,&230, Goudy Initials No. 296, Goudy Old Style No. 394, Goudy Thirty No. 392, Goudy Village (#2) No. 410, Hadriano Stone-Cut No. 409, Hadriano Title No. 309, Jacobean Initials, Jefferson Gothic No. 227, Jenson Old Style No. 508, Kaatskill No. 976, Kaufmann (Lanston Swing Bold) No. 217, Kennerley Old Style No. 268, Metropolitan No. 369, Obelisk No. 2577, Pabst Old Style No. 45, Pabst Old Style Open, Spire No. 377, 20th Century No. 605, Vine Leaves C, Vine Leaves Folio One, Vine Leaves Folio Two, Water Garden Ornaments. P22 writes this about Lanston: In the late 1800s, Tolbert Lanston licensed his technology to an English sister company and became a major international force. Lanston grew rapidly with America's pre-eminent type designer, Frederic Goudy, holding the position of art director from 1920-1947. The Philadelphia-based Lanston Monotype eventually parted ways with its English counterpart. English Monotype became simply known as Monotype from that time forth. Lanston was acquired by American Type Founders in 1969. After a series of other owners, the company found its way to master printer Gerald Giampa, who moved it to Prince Edward Island in 1988. During its time of transition, Lanston continued supplying the American market for monotype casters until January 21, 2000, when the hot-metal component of Lanston was tragically destroyed by a tidal wave. Giampa was one of the earliest developers of PostScript fonts. After the loss, he focused on digitization to an even greater extent. Under his stewardship, Lanston's classic faces were digitized in a style that was true to the sources, which are the brass and lead patterns from which the metal type was made. The past few years have seen Giampa and Lanston travel from Canada to Finland, and back again. Now, Lanston has completed another journey back to the United States to come under the care of a new steward: P22. Giampa is answering the call of the sea. He has traded his type founder's hat for that of a ship's captain to sail the northern Pacific coast. During his shore leaves, Giampa will act as typographic consultant to Lanston-P22. The P22 Lanston collection (2005-2006) includes this:

  • LTC Archive Ornaments (2014, Richard Kegler and Miranda Roth).
  • Artscript (2 style+OT).
  • Bodoni 26 (1 style).
  • Bodoni Bold (4 styles).
  • LTC Bodoni 175 (by Sol Hess; with help in 2006 by Paul Hunt. This is supposed to be a Bodoni revival true to the original.).
  • LTC Broadway (by Sol Hess).
  • Californian (8 styles + OT).
  • Caslon (12 styles+OT).
  • Christmas (5 styles).
  • Cloister in 11 styles, including LTC Cloister Light Swash, LTC Cloister Bold, LTC Cloister Light, LTC Cloister Oldstyle, and LTC Cloister Swash.
  • Deepdene (9 styles).
  • LTC Creepy Ornaments (2006).
  • Deepdene Bold (2 styles).
  • Figures (1 style).
  • Flash (1 style).
  • Fleurons Granjon (1 style).
  • Fleurons Garamont (1 style).
  • Fleurons Rogers (1 styles).
  • Forum Titling (1 style).
  • LTC Fournier le Jeune, a decorative all caps combines the font designed by Simon Fournier for the Peignot Foundry in 1768 with a more elaborate "Vogue Initials" caps offered by ATF in the 1920s.
  • Garamont (12 styles).
  • Globe Gothic (3 styles).
  • LTC Glamour was originally released by Lanston Monotype in 1948. It is based on Corvinus, designed by Imre Reiner. P22 designer Colin Kahn has added some unusual variants.
  • LTC Goudy Extras (50 ornaments).
  • Goudy Handtooled (2 styles).
  • Goudy Heavyface (2 styles + OT).
  • Goudy Initials (1 style).
  • Goudy Oldstyle Family (7 styles + OT).
  • Goudy Sans: Goudy Sans Bold was originally designed by Fredric Goudy in 1922 as a less formal "gothic" and finished in 1929. The light was designed in 1930 and the Light Italic in 1931. Colin Kahn digitized them in 2006 to make a 6-style Goudy Sans family at P22/Lanston, which includes a Goudy Sans Hairline.
  • Goudy Text (2 styles+OT).
  • Goudy Thirty (2 styles).
  • Hadriano (1 style).
  • Halloween Ornaments (1 style).
  • Hess Monoblack (1 style).
  • LTC Italian Old Style (2007, by Paul Hunt, after Goudy Italian Oldstyle, 1924). Remastered in 2011 by Paul Grieshaber as LTC Italian Old Style Pro: LTC Italian Old Style is not to be confused with the English Monotype font also called "Italian Old Style", which is an earlier design from 1911 based on William Morris's Golden Type that is based on Nicholas Jenson's Roman face. Goudy went back to Jenson's original Roman and other Renaissance Roman faces for his inspiration and the result is what many consider to be the best Renaissance typeface adapted for modern use. Bruce Rogers was one of the biggest admirers of Italian Old Style and designed the original specimen book for Italian Old Style in 1924 using his trademark ornament arrangement. These ornaments are now contained in the pro versions of the Roman styles- Regular Pro and Light Pro.
  • Jacobean Initials (8 styles).
  • Jefferson Gothic (1 style).
  • LTC Jenson Oldstyle was designed by J. W. Phinney of the Dickinson Type Foundry in 1893 and is based on Morris's Golden Typeface. This remastered set features a true italic based on the 1893 ATF italic version as well as a newly digitized Jenson Regular (P22) and Jenson Heavyface (P22) based on Phinney's design of 1899.
  • Kaatskill (the Italic was completed by Jim Rimmer).
  • Kennerley (9 styles+OT).
  • Metropolitan (4 styles+OT).
  • LTC Law Italic (Lanston's digital version from 2006). Mac McGrew: Law Italic is said to have originated as an imitation of formal styles of penmanship used for legal documents. The most common of several substantially different varieties is ATF's Law Italic No. 520, which originated with Marder, Luse about 1870. Several of the capitals are swash-like, while lowercase f and g have distinctive shapes. It has long thin serifs and sharp contrast between thick and thin strokes. Inland called the same design Caledonian Italic. Hansen had Barrister Italic. Monotype's Law Italic No. 23 is a sloped roman, somewhat similar to Ronaldson. Other Law Italics are obsolete.
  • Nicolas Cochin (2 styles+OT).
  • LTC Obelysk Grotesk, a reconsrtruction of Sol Hess's Spire (1937) (digital versions first by Gerald Giampa and then bu Colin Kahn).
  • Octic Gothic (2 styles).
  • Ornaments 1 (1 style).
  • Ornaments 2 (1 style+OT).
  • Ornaments 3 (1 style).
  • Ornaments Animalia (1 style).
  • LTC Ornamental Initials. These are floriated caps.
  • Pabst (1 style), Pabst Italic.
  • Powell (2 styles).
  • Remington Typewriter (2 styles+OT).
  • Spire (1 style).
  • LTC Squareface (Sol Hess).
  • Swing Bold (1 style).
  • Twentieth Century (2 styles+OT).
  • LTC Tourist Gothic (Sol Hess).
  • Village #2 (4 styles + OT).
  • Vine Leaves (1 style).
  • Water Garden Ornaments (11 styles).

Fonts can be purchased from MyFonts where all fonts have the prefix LTC. Obituary of Giampa and links to obituaries.

Catalog of the Lanston typeface library. View the typefaces designed by Lanston. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Larry E. Yerkes
[Vigilante Typeface Corporation (was: WolfBainX)]

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Lascaris
[Rolf Noyer]

Lascaris is the foundry of Rolf Noyer in Philadelphia. The first typeface by Noyer is Lascaris (2010): Lascaris is a digital rendition of Janus Lascaris' type of 1494-1496, one of the earliest extant non-Aldine polytonic Greeks. The accompanying Roman, quirky and rich in color, was modeled on humanist types of late 15th century Florentine incunabula.

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Laura Moyer

Laura Moyer (Lancaster, PA) created the decorative typeface Sea Garden (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Shirley

California, PA-based designer of Zebra (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Stark

Laura Stark is a graphic designer in Wilkes-Barre, PA. For a school project at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013, she created the geometric typeface Geofont. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauren Bauer

During her studies in 2013 at York College of Pennsylvania in Collegeville, PA, Lauren Bauer created a font over at FontStruct. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauren Pezzica

Ephrata, PA-based designer of a curly typeface (20140 during her studies at California University of Pennsylvania. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lauren Teamann

As a student based in Irwin, PA, Lauren Teamann designed an unnamed hybrid typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lawrence Johnson
[L. Johnson Type Foundry]

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Leeroy Kun Young Kang

Visual artist in Philadelphia, PA. He created a 3d skeletal typeface in 2011. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leslie Flournoy

West Chester, PA-based designer of the funky retro typeface Canopy (2013) during her studies art Penn State university in University Park, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lewis Pelouze
[Lewis Pelouze]

Philadelphia-based foundry, also called Philadelphia Type Foundry, Lewis Pelouze&Son, and Louis Pelouze&Co. It was founded by Lewis Pelouze (b. 1807), after he had worked for some time at the Ronaldson Type Foundry in Philadelphia (ca. 1834). Lewis Pelouze was sold to ATF in 1892. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lewis Pelouze
[Lewis Pelouze]

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Lindsay Derecola

Boyertown, PA-based creator of the decorative caps typeface family Royal Decorum (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lindsay Miller

During her studies in York, PA, Lindsay Miller designed MessUp (2013, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lindsey Gemmill

Graduate of York College in York, PA, who lives in Cockeysville, MD. Creator of Beaux (2012), a curly monoline script face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Linn Ruiz-Goubert

During her studies, Linn Ruiz-Goubert (Pittsburgh, PA) created the display typeface Pollock (2013), which was created by dripping paint with various tools, a technique made famous by the artist Jackson Pollock after whom it is named. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lisa Rohrbaugh
[Set City]

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LisaBeth Weber

New Hope, PA-based artist, writer, musician, and consultant, known for her handmade Cause Pins. She is also an illustrator and photographer. In 2008, LisaBeth was selected by the office of Congressman Patrick Murphy to create an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree.

Designer of the hand-printed typeface ITC Weber Hand in 1999.

FontShop link. Klingspor link. Linotype link.

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Liza Mansour

Graphic designer in Philadelphia. In 2014, Liza designed the almost Trajan caps typeface Alam. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lloyd M. Kelchner

American penman (1862, Light Street, PA-1948, Seattle, WA). Author of Complete Compendium of Plain Practical Penmanship (1901). He studied at G.W. Michael's Pen Art Hall in Oberlin, OH, in the early 1880s. In 1883 he met C.P. Zaner and E.W. Bloser. Bloser and Kelchner taught in Delaware, OH, and in Cleveland, OH. In 1889, Kelchner purchased a half interest in the Zanerian College of Penmanship in Columbus, OH. He sold his interest in 1892 and left for teaching positions in Dixon, IL, and later in Des Moines, IA. In 1909, he moved to Seattle to teach at Seattle Business College. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Loshaj Foundry
[Burim Loshaj]

Burim Loshaj's Albanian typefoundry, Loshaj Foundry, was established in 2013. It later moved to Erie, PA.

His first typeface is the condensed octagonal Pillar (2013). In 2014, he designed the sci-fi typeface Interstellar (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lothian Type Foundry
[George Buxton Lothian]

Type foundry that operated in New York from 1829-1842, founded by the eccentric George Buxton Lothian (d. 1851), a perfectionist with an incurable temper, but also one of the finest type founders of his generation. Before 1829, he had worked with John Watts (the first stereotyper of the United States), with Collins and Hanna, in his own foundry in Pittsburgh with the help of Peter C. Cortelyou (1819-1820), with the David and George Bruce Type Foundry, and again in his own foundry, Lothar&Pell (which existed from 1822-1823, with investor Alfred Pell). The equipment of the plant was bought by Peter Cortelyou in 1850. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mac McGrew

Author of American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century (New Castle, Delaware, Oak Knoll Books, 1996), which describes every known American typeface designed and cast in metal during the 20th century. See also here and here. M.F. McGrew (1912-2007) was also the author of over 300 articles on typography, which ran in trade journals. He wasd born in Chattanooga, TN, grew up in Pennsylvania, and died in Pittsburgh. His 500-strong book collection was donated to The Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts, near Boston, where the public can consult them. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan
[Thomas MacKellar]

Phildadelphia-based foundry, which evolved in 1860 from the Johnson Type Foundry, which in turn evolved from Binny&Ronaldson. The proprietors were Thomas MacKellar (1812-1899), John F. Smith, Richard Smith, and Peter A. Jordan. MacKellar became one of the foundries merged into ATF in 1892. Faces cut by them include the garalde Ronaldson Old Style (1884), named after James Ronaldson, one of its founders, and Campanile (1879). Monotype issued its own version of this typeface in 1903 with short ascenders and capitals the size of these ascenders. Jim Spiece did a revival of a classic Victorian typeface and calls it Zinc Italian SG (2002). The Victorian decorative typeface Ornamented No.5 (1888) was digitized and extended in 2007 by Nick Curtis as Vidalia Sunshine NF. Hermann Ihlenburg was one of their main punch cutters and type designers. Michael Hagemann made a blackletter typeface Spanish Main (2009) after an 1896 typeface called Sloping Black. The 1882 blackletter typeface Borussian was digitized by Nick Curtis and is called McKellar Borussian NF (2009). Hickory (2009, Michael Hagemann) is a revival of an unnamed ornamental Western font dating back to 1852 and was sold through a few different type foundries including Bruce, MacKellar Smiths&Jordan and James Conner's Sons. Monastic (see the1892 book Compact Specimen Book, page 280) was digitized by Toto as K22 Monastic (2010).

Specimen books include Specimens of original printing types cast by the patentees MacKellar, Smiths&Jordan co (ca. 1890), Specimens of printing types: ornaments, borders, corners, rules, emblems, initials, &c (1892, Philadelphia), Specimens of Printing Types (1890), 20th edition of the Compact Specimen Book (1892), Specimens of printing types, borders, cuts, rules, &c. MacKellar, Smiths&Jordan (1868) and Specimens of printing types made by the MacKellar, Smiths&Jordan co., type founders and electrotypers (1889). Also worthy of exploration is 1796-1896: One hundred years, Mackellar, Smiths and Jordan foundry (1896).

Study and listing of their typefaces by yours truly. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Madison O'Neil

While studying at Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA), Madison O'Neil designed the woodsy typeface Varmint (2013). Google] [More]  ⦿

Marco Rocha

Graphic designer in Philadelphia. He created a type design system called Stem Cells (2012). I am not sure that the rounded octagonal typeface for this project is his. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Margo Hurst

Margo Hurst (Philadelphia, PA) created the dusty typeface Sort Sol in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariah Hertz

York, PA-based student designer of the squarish modular typefaces Convoy (2014: FontStruct) and Relief (2012, shadow type). Behance link. FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marina Hill

During her graphic design studies, California, PA-based Marina Hill created the display typeface Senator (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mark Carnival

Graphic designer in Philadelphia, PA, who created the sci-fi typeface Comet Sans (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mark Norris
[ZIGZAG.NET (was Urban Design Inc)]

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Marsh Wise

Fort Loudon, PA-based creator of the military fonts CrappyWehrmachtTypewriterBold (1996), SS-Runes, WWIIGermanTacSymbols (1998). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin L. Parker
[Parquillian Design]

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Matt Blaisdell

Edinboro, PA-based creator of the free EPS format all caps sans titling family Nova (2014: Regular, Inline, Thin). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Griffin
[Wood Type Revival]

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Matt Griffin
[Rare Letterpress Wood Type]

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Matt Lazar

Graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, who lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Creator of Funhouse (2014) and Pokerface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Matt Soar
[Chicago O'Hare]

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Max Richard Kaufmann

Letterer, typographer, McCalls magazine art director. American designer (b. 1904, Philadelphia) of two faces at ATF, both boring designs without any vision. Klingspor link. Linotype link. Typedia link. FontShop link. His typefaces:

  • The ugly script font Kaufmann (Bold, Script) done in 1936 at ATF. Digital versions abound. Check, e.g., KaufmannSB (Scangraphic), KaufmannBT (Bitstream), Kaleidoscope (Infinitype / SoftMaker). McGrew: Kaufmann Script and Kaufmann Bold are a pair of monotone connecting scripts designed by Max R. Kaufmann for ATF in 1936. The joints are well managed to provide the appearance of smooth, flowing handlettering, while presenting a contemporary look and a high degree of legibility. Swing Bold on Monotype appears to be an exact copy of Kaufmann Bold, and its availability on that system has increased its popularity and usefulness. Compare Gillies Gothic; Brush. Also see Balloon.
  • The comic book typeface Balloon (1939, ATF). Aka Lasso. Available as BalloonEF from Elsner&Flake, Freehand 041 from Bitstream, Balloonist from SF, and Bassoon from Corel. Bold and ExtraBold were also made by Kaufmann. Mac McGrew: Balloon is a family of italic capitals in three weights, designed in 1939 for ATF by Max R. Kaufmann. They feature a plain, unadorned, hand lettered appearance, as though carefully drawn with a brush or a round lettering pen; in fact the working name of the series in the foundry was Speedball Light, Bold, and Extra Heavy, for a popular brand of lettering pens. Although featuring capital alphabets only, they are cast on Art line, which gives them an unnecessarily large shoulder. But this allows them to be used with the lowercase of the same designer's Kaufmann Script, which matches the two lighter weights. The name apparently comes from the "balloons" used to enclose conversation in comic strips. Compare Cartoon.
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Maxfield Parrish

P22, which sells Parrish Roman, Parrish Hand and Parrish Extras (dingbats), writes this about the Phildalphia-born artist Maxfield Parrish: Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), whose career spanned nearly ninety years, holds a unique place in American art and culture. He was enormously accomplished and successful in both fine art and commercial endeavors. Parrish's hand-drawn letters were a significant part of his works, which bridged the familiar with a startling otherworldliness. P22 has created the Parrish font set in cooperation with the National Museum of American Illustration. See also here. Character made a font called MaxfieldParrish140 in 2007 and writes this: From an incomplete (no "N") hand-drawn alphabet by Maxfield Parrish. See figure 140 of "Letters&Lettering" by Frank Chouteau Brown, 1921. This is a different source than the P22 Parrish font family. Examples of Parrish's lettering: Modern American letters, Modern American capitals. Maxfield died in 1966 in Plainfield, NH. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Maxwell Pokrzywa
[MPOK Imageworks]

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mdoak

PA-based creator of Bella (2009, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mecanorma

French graphics lettering company initially involved in instant lettering (made by Trip Productions), and some original typeface designs. From 1989 until 1994, Mecanorma worked with another Dutch company Visualogik to create digital versions of their typefaces, all having MN in their names. Monotype licensed and digitized some of Mecanorma's typefaces. In 1995, Mecanorma got out of graphics and stepped into home decoration. In 1999, Trip Productions, a Dutch Company located in Lisse, purchased the Mecanorma brand and what was left of the company. In 2004, International TypeFounders from Cedars, PA, licensed the typefaces from Trip Productions and released them as the Mecanorma Collection.

Their collection includes some great fonts: Access, Artdeco, Artworld, BalloonMN, Brio, BusoramaMN, Campus, CardCamio, Carplate, CaslonAntiqueVL, ChocMN, CircusMN, ComicStripMN, DynamoMN, Galba, Globe-Gothic-Outline, Glowworm, Jackson, LibraMN, MtPlacard, Ortem, Renault, RoslynMN, Sayer, SayerScriptMN, SquashMN, Sully-Jonquieres, Watch-Outline. You can also buy through Atomic Type. Projected new URL, which I am afraid will never be activated because in 1999, the company was bough by the Dutch company Trip Productions.

MyFonts sells these: MN Access Bold, MN Access Medium, MN Access Volume, MN Art Deco, MN Art World, MN Balloon Bold, MN Balloon Extra Bold, MN Blippo Black, MN Brio, MN Bulletin Typewriter, MN Choc, MN Circus, MN Comic Strip, MN Estro, MN Fumo Dropshadow, MN Galba, MN Gillies Gothic Bold, MN Gillies Gothic Light, MN Gillies Gothic Ultra, MN Gillies Gothic Ultra Shaded, MN Gillies Gothic Ultra Volume, MN Gillies Gothic Volume, MN Globe Gothic Bold, MN Globe Gothic Bold Condensed, MN Globe Gothic Outline, MN Globe Gothic Volume, MN Glowworm, MN Glowworm Compressed, MN Glowworm Volume, MN Gothique, MN Hotel, MN Isonorm, MN Jackson, MN Leopard, MN Milton Demi Bold, MN Orator, MN Organda, MN Organda Bold, MN Organda Volume, MN Ortem, MN Renault, MN Renault Bold, MN Renault Volume, MN Rondo, MN Sayer Interview, MN Sayer Script Black, MN Sayer Script Bold, MN Sayer Script Light, MN Sayer Script Volume, MN Squash, MN Squash Outline, MN Squash Volume, MN Sully Jonquieres, MN Sully Jonquieres Bold, MN Sully Jonquieres Volume, MN Swaak Centennial, MN Vivaldi, MN Watch Outline, MN Windsor, MN Windsor Elongated, MN Xerxes, MN Zambesi.

Designers include Albert Boton, J.H. Crook, Jan van Dijk, J. Dresscher, Roger Excoffon, U. Fenocchio, L. Fumarolo, William Gillies, N. Glason, Lennart Hansson, B. Jaquet, K. Kochnowicz, J. Larcher, C. Mediavilla, José Mendoza y Almeida, L. Meuffels, Aldo Novarese, Geroges Renevey, F. Robert, Manfred Sayer, M. Schmidt, J.P. Thaulez, J. Werner and Bogdan Zochowski.

The Western slabby font Figaro MT (2004) is ascribed to Mecanorma.

A list culled from the web: AccessMN-Bold, AccessMN-Medium, AmericanUncialMN, AnatolMN, ArnoldBocklinMN, ArtdecoMN, ArtworldMN, AsterMN-Demi, AsterMN-Roman, BalloonMN-Bold, BalloonMN-ExtraBold, BlippoBlackMN, BrioMN, BritishInseratMN, BritishInseratMNCondensed, BrushMN, Bulletin-Typewriter, BusoramaMN-Bold, CaligraMN, CampusMN, CardcamioMN, CarplateMN, CaslonAntiqueVL, CelticMN-Bold, CelticMN-Italic, CelticMN, CenturyMNCondensed-BoldItalic, CenturyMNCondensed-Bold, CheltenhamMN-Book, CheltenhamMN-BookItalic, CheltenhamMN-Ultra, ChicagoMN, ChinonMN, ChocMN, CircusMN, ClassicScriptMN, ComicStripMN-Italic, ComicStripMN, CommercialScriptMN, ContestMN, Cooper-Black-Italic, Cooper-Black-Outline, CooperBlackMN, CushingMN-Book, CushingMN-Heavy, CushingMN-HeavyItalic, CushingMN-Medium, DubbeldikMN, DynamoMN-Bold, DynamoMN-Medium, DynamoMN-Shadow, EgyptienneMNCondensed-Bold, ElanMN-Extended, ElanMN-Light, ElanMN-Medium, EnrouteVL, ErasMN-Book, ErasMN-Demibold, ErasMN-Ultra, ErasMN, EstroMN, EurostileMN-Extended, EurostileMN-ExtendedBold, EurostileMN-Medium, FidelioMN, FolioMN-Bold, FolioMN-Extrabold, ForelleMN, FranklinGothicMN-Book, FranklinGothicMN-BookItalic, FranklinGothicMN-Heavy, FrizQuadrataMN-Bold, FrizQuadrataMN, Fumo-DropshadowMN, FuturaBlackMN, GalbaMN, Gillies-Gothic-Bold, Gillies-Gothic-Light, Gillies-Gothic-Ultra-Shadow, Gillies-Gothic-Ultra, GlobeGothicMN-Bold, GlobeGothicMNCondensed-Bold, GlobeGothicMNOutline, GlowwormMN, GlowwormMNCompressed, GorillaVL-Bold, GothiqueMN, HanssonStencilMN-Bold, HanssonStencilMN, HillmanMN, HillmanMNCondensed, HotelMN, IrishUncialVL, IsonormMN, Italia-Bold, Italia-Book, Italia-Medium, JacksonMN, JubileeLinesMN, LatinaMN, LeopardMN, LibraMN, MRunic-Condensed, MSwingBold, MachineMN-Bold, MachineMN, MichelinaMN, MiltonMN-Demibold, MistralVL, MtPlacard-Condensed, NormaliseDinMN, OklahomaState, OliveCompactMN, OliveMNBold, OliveNordMN, OratorMN, OrgandaMN-Bold, OrgandaMN, OrtemMN, PascalMN, PolkaMN-Bold, PolkaMN, PopplExquisitMN, PopplExquisitMN-Alternative, RenaultMN, RenaultMNBold, RondoMN, RoslynMN-Bold, RoslynMN-Bold, RoslynMN-Outline, RoslynMNMedium, SaphireMN, SayerMN-Interview, SayerScriptMN-Black, SayerScriptMN-Bold, SayerScriptMN-Light, SayerSpiritualMN-Italic, SayerSpiritualMN, SloganMN, SquashMN-Outline, SquashMN, StencilAntiqueMN, StencilAntiqueVL, StencilMN, StencilMNOutline, StopMN, StudioMN, SullyJonquieresMN-Bold, SullyJonquieresMN, SwaakCentennialMN, Syntax-Bold, Syntax-Roman, ToucheVL, TziganeMN, ViantMN-Bold, VivaldiMN, VoelBeatMN, WashSymbolVL-Light, WatchMN-Outline, WindsorMN, WindsorMNElongated, ZambesiMN.

MyFonts link.

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Media Loot

Design studio in Philadelphia, PA. Among other things, they are selling some fonts via Creative Market: Sketch-It, Monsters, Listicons, Jamie's Hand, On Air (radio font, +Inline), Asche. The fonts are made ca. 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meg Paradise

Meg Paradise (b. Scranton, PA) and Lauren Sheldon created the typeface for this flowery Chopard poster (2010). Meg lives in New York City. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melanie Coggio

During her studies, Melanie Coggio (Sydney, Australia) created Grooove (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melanie Sloan

Interior architect and graphic designer in Pittsburgh, PA. Creator of the slabby pooster typeface Blake (2012), which is based upon Rockwell. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mic Rogers

Mic Rogers (Philadelphia, PA) graduated in 2016 from Atlanta's Georgia State University with a degree in Art. He created these typefaces in 2014: Zerone (techno typeface), Bastic 4.5 (hand-printed), Prime Cru (thin techno stencil), and Marathon (LED emulation). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Everson
[Evertype (was: Everson Typography)]

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Michael Ferrante

During his studies in Kutztown, PA, Michael Ferrante created the turn of the century Parlour typeface (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Spina
[Phantasmic Design]

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Michelle Restrepo

Pennsylvanian graphic designer. She made the inline headline typeface Ladyhawke (2010, FontStruct). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mickey Rossi
[SUBFLUX experiment]

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Mike McDougall
[Random fonts]

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Mike McDougall

Nova Scotian who works at GrammaTech in Ithaca, NY. Mike McDougall (ex-University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. student) created a random type 3 font called Tekla (1994) as an undergraduate student at McGill University, under the supervision of Luc Devroye. He used several handwritten samples as parents to create random offspring. A companion article entitled Random Fonts for the Simulation of Handwriting has appeared in "Electronic Publishing" in 1995. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Miles DeCoster
[Potato Fonts]

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Miller Designworks' Font Flake

A very nice interactive program by Philadelphia's Miller Designworks that makes a snowflake out of someone's initials printed in a given font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MPOK Imageworks
[Maxwell Pokrzywa]

Maxwell Pokrzywa (MPOK Imageworks) is the creator of Grimey (2009, Fontcapture) and MPOK Hand (2009, Fontcapture). Born in 1988, the designer lives in Pittsburgh. Facebook page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyFonts: Keystone Type Foundry

MyFonts hit list for revivals of typefaces from the Keystone Type Foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nakeyisha Aisha Huddleston

During her studies at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she is a cohort of the class of 2015, Nakeyisha Aisha Huddleston (Chicago, IL) designed the art deco typeface Gatsby (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

National Type Foundry

Foundry in Pittsburgh, active in the first part of the 20th century. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicholas Gotch

Nicolas Gotch (aka TheLostMayan) from Avoca, PA, created Slippery Joe (1999), a handprinting font. He also made the horned letter font Hellbound (2001). Both are free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicole Stettner

Newtown, PA-based student-designer of a pearly caps typeface (2014) based upon the queen of diamonds in a deck of cards. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nitehawk Jarrett

Designer of the Mac font Drow Runes based on the Dark Elven Runes created by TSR for use with AD&D. And of R'zal'Shii, based on the Drakmarian language which was created by Nitehawk Jarrett back in 1989. Based in Hazleton, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Noah Kinard

Red Lion, PA-based designer of a free set of vector format icons called Softee Icons (2013), and the commercial typefaces Avante (2014), Willow (2014, multiline neon tube font), Koil (2014), Nello (2014), Wear (2014), Chili (2014), Oil Field (2014, rouded sans), Stout (2014), Ale (2014), Indie (2014, outlined face), and Ale Pro (2014).

Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

NONBook
[Ryan Maelhorn]

NONBook is Ryan Maelhorn's foundry located in Bellefonte, PA. Ryan Maelhorn (b. 1978, State College, PA) created the free font Mob (2012, bold sans), the commercial Mob Pro (2012), and Bounce (2012). In 2014, he published the grungy typeface Mottle.

Dafont link. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Parquillian Design
[Martin L. Parker]

Parquillian Design (Washington, DC) is the foundry (est. 2010) of Philadelphia-born graphic and web designer Martin Parker, who specializes in typography, calligraphy, and world languages. He created Parquillian (2011, a rounded blackletter face) and the Cambodian simulation typeface Anglo Angkor (2012).

Futurum Parqez (2014) is the first collaborative font for Parquillian Design. Jose V. Lopez conceived the idea ca. 1975, and collaborated almost 40 years later with Parquillian to implement it into a digital typeface. It is a square-shaped frame out of which the letters are cut using the fewest strokes possible while maintaining legibility.

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

Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur gallery
[John Bieber]

John Bieber shows some Fraktur examples (for birth certificates and other official documents.mostly hand-drawn) used by Pennsylvanian Germans [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Hanley

Peter Hanley's fonts: Bärloch Regular, Dropus Capus, Schmutzy Degraded (1999), Oblok Regular (1999), LEBENangst (1999). Peter is at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Petty Artist

Pennsylvanian creator (b. 1989) of the artificial language font Hylian (2009) and of A Petty Font (2009, handwriting). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Phantasmic Design
[Michael Spina]

Michael Spina (Phantasmic Design, Emmaus, PA) made the old typewriter font 3000 in 1996. He also created LoveLetterTW (a typewriter font). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Philatype
[Kosal Sen]

Kosal Sen (b. 1982, Philadelphia) is a graphic and identity designer, aka Koleslaw. He used to live in Philadelphia, but is now in Anaheim, CA.

  • His early typefaces, some of which were free, include the graffiti typeface Drupal (2005), Unnamed Sans (2009), "Kosal Says Hy" (sic, 2003), Olney (2010, a basic square sans), Gravity Sans (2010, slab serif; +GravityNova, GravitySupernova), Merge (2011, a plumpish round monoline sans family), Philly Sans (2008, comic book style face) and the comic book typeface Arfmoochikncheez (2006).
  • In 2009, he founded Philatype. At Philatype [Twitter link], he created Olney (2010; inspired by the Bank Gothic style; Olney Light is free), Ryno Slab (2009, macho), Markup (2007, a fresh hand-printed comic book style face), Gravity (2010, slab serif), Tryst (2013, transitional: free download), Lovato (2014, a 5-style wedge serif family with a free Lovato Light style), and Merge (2011, free). Merge Pro Greek and Cyrillic (2012) are codesigned with Elexei Vanyashin.
  • Creator of this heavy slab face (2006) in true Western wood type style.

Kosal was embroiled in a minor controversy. He claimed that Wilton's commercial font Shallow (2005) was based on Kosal Says Hi. Wilton subsequently removed it from its site.

Also called Typophilesal Ko, and Koleslaw. 1001 Fonts link. Klingspor link. Behance link. Dafont link. Behance link. Fontspring link. Alternate URL. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Potato Fonts
[Miles DeCoster]

Kutztown University's Miles DeCoster offers these free fonts, all potato cut: Spud (1997), Spud Slab (1997), Taters (1998), Potato Head (1999), Home Fries (2002), Yukon (2010). DeCoster is a professor in the Communication Design Department. All fonts are made by the techique of potato printing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Prime Graphics (was: PolyType)
[Karl Nayeri]

Sports glyphs, dingbats, ornaments, by Karl Nayeri, made in 1993 at PolyType, now Prime Graphics. His fonts: Polytype-Optix, PolytypeAllure, PolytypeAnimals, PolytypeArrowtek, PolytypeArtdeco, PolytypeBirds, PolytypeBusIcon, PolytypeCorners, PolytypeCorners, PolytypeFruits, PolytypeHolidays, PolytypeImages, Polytype Leisure (2004), PolytypeOptyx, PolytypeOrnaments, PolytypePatterns, PolytypeVegetables. MyFonts sells these faces by Nayeri: Achiva, Arius, Aviana, Balboa, Betique, Bohemian, Boracho, Bristol, Exvoto, Fouras, Fulton, Janus, Kaptiva, Montique, Polyma, Polytype Animals, Polytype Images, Polytype Birds, Polytype Ornaments, Polytype Sports, Polytype Fruits, Polytype Arrowtek, Polytype Leisure, Polytype Business Icons, Polytype Vegetables, Polytype Allure, Polytype Holidays, Polytype Art Deco, Polytype Optyx, Polytype Corners, Polytype Artimus I Frames, Polytype Artimus II Frames, Polytype Brutus I Frames, Polytype Brutus II Frames, Polytype Dumas I Frames, Polytype Dumas II Frames, Polytype Medoc I Frames, Polytype Medoc II Frames, Polytype Numa Frames, Polytype Patterns, Shiraz, Signum, Sombrero, Soraya (2004, avant garde), Vasco, Vitalique, Wichita, Woko, Xerxes, Yakima, Zealous. For a period of time I authorized to distribution of my library to Interntional Type Fonders, but now his fonts can be bought from MyFonts.

The typophiles raised a argument about Soraya (2004), which seemed very close to Cirkulus (Michael Neugebauer, Letraset).

Klingspor link.

Images of some of Nayeri's typefaces. Catalog. The Prime Graphics typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Prototype-NY (was: Handcraftedfonts)
[Jonathan Macagba]

Original fonts, clip art, signature fonts by New Yorker (and ex-Philadelphian) Jonathan Macagba, and Gregory La Vardera. Macagba used to run Handcraftedfonts, then Adcrobatics, and finally Prototype-NY. Most fonts are shareware. Look for Weather (great weather icons), Dotleaders, Talkballoons, Starburst, Rulesfont, Smileyface, MostlyWaves, MorseCodeFont, MetrolinerCaps (1994, Handcraftedfonts Co: an inline caps typeface), Instantlogo, Hobofont, Handyfont, Logofont, Freudfont, and Buncholines. Original, and high-quality creations!

Jonathan also made commercial fonts available via Phil's Fonts, such as the interesting Murder Mystery Font, EdoFont (great Japanese decoratives), Frankenfont, Frankenfont Careers, FunToUseFonts, HF American Diner (a 3d shadow typeface), Broadstreet, Exposition, Antique Row, Doodle, Libris (great!!!), Edofont (Japanese crests), Newgarden (more!!), and Poster.

At Umbrella Type, he published Exposition and Exposition Rounded (2004, a type revival influenced by an Italian poster designed by Leopoldo Metlicovitz in 1906 for the opening of the Simplon Tunnel), Libris (2004, a great and very clean revival of a 12th century Spanish script), and Poster (2004, partially influenced by Egon Schiele's hand-lettered poster for the 1918 Vienna Secession. He also makes custom fonts, logos and signatures.

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

Quaker City Type Foundry

Metal type foundry in Honey Brook, PA, still operational in 2007. It is located at 2019 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344. Some of its types are listed here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachael Pisarcik

Rachael Pisarcik (Pittsburgh, PA) designed the display typeface Robot (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachel Elisabeth

Erie, PA-based creator of Puremotif (2007, a Fontifier font). Download not functional. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachel Emmel

During her studies at The Art Institute of York, Pennsylvania, Rachel Emmel designed the art deco typeface Best of British (2013) for which she was inspired by the stripes and angles of the Union Jack.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachel Lauren Adams

Rachel Adams (R Lauren Designs, Pennsylvania) Savannah, GA) created the sketched typeface Lemonade (2013), the hand-printed typeface Kyoritsu Dengyo (2013), the art deco typeface Sunspots (2013), and the shadow typeface Without A Trace (2013). Vegan Pizza (2013) is a hand-drawn typeface.

Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Random fonts
[Mike McDougall]

Mike McDougall (ex-University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. student) created a random type 3 font called Tekla (1994) as an undergraduate student at McGill University, under the supervision of Luc Devroye. Tekla uses several handwritten samples as parents to create random offspring. Tekla's letters vary every time a character is needed. A type 3 font of unique versatility, Tekla may be used to simulate drunkenness, and, as the sample shows, varying degrees of instability on one page. His font has a "craziness" parameter, by which we could actually extrapolate beyond the convex polyhedron determined by the master fonts. It should prove useful in testing character recognition software.

A companion article entitled Random Fonts for the Simulation of Handwriting has appeared in "Electronic Publishing" in 1995. See also here.

Source code of the font.

Additional URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rare Letterpress Wood Type
[Matt Griffin]

Matt Braun and Matt Griffin (Pittsburgh, PA) are interested in digitizing some old letterpress wood types from original specimen. Their first font, Fatboy Husky (2011), is free. Matt Griffin is one of the founders of the design firm Bearded. He also teaches letterpress printing to young designers at Carnegie Mellon University. Matt Braun is a senior designer at Bearded and letterpress printer. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rebecca Dippel

FontStructor who designed the squarish typefaces Mesh (textured), Robo and Dippo in 2013. This was achived during her graphic design studies in York, PA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rebecca Stanley

Harborcreek, PA-based graphic design student at California University of Pennsylvania who created typefaces such as Hello Dear (2013) and Get Out (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Red Rooster Typefoundry
[Steve Jackaman]

Red Rooster is a Cedars, PA-based foundry run by Steve Jackaman (b. 1954, Greenwich, London). Steve started out at London's Face Photosetting. Red Rooster was founded in Philadelphia in 1990 and has about 500 fonts, mostly complete text families in the classical mould, revivals of Ludlow and other foundries, and revivals of fonts by Canadian designer Les Usherwood from the phototypesetting era. Families of fonts:

  • Alexon (1993, by Les Usherwood), Alghera, Alphabet Soup (2007, a delicatessen signage typeface based on an 80s font he did while at Typographic House in Boston), Alys (calligraphic), Appleyard (1992, A. Pat Hickson), Aquarius (2007, based on a VGC font by that name), Argus (1992, Les Usherwood and Paul Hickson)
  • Badger, Bannock Brae Gothic, Banque Gothique, Bassuto, Beckenham (1992, Les Usherwood and Paul Hickson), Bellini (an Egyptian family), BlockGothic (1996, Steve Jackaman at the Rabbit Reproductions Typefoundry), Bodoni Black Condensed (after R.H. Middleton, 1930), Bodoni Campanile (after R.H. Middleton, 1930), Byron
  • Cameo, Canterbury, Canterbury OldStyle, Canterbury Sans (a tall-ascender sans family based on the 1920-1926 design by Morris Fuller Benton for ATF), Casablanca (1997, avant-garde typeface based on Carlos Winkow's Electra), Caslon Extra Condensed (based on a Ludlow face), TCCentury (1996, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman at the Rabbit Reproductions Typefoundry), Century New Style, Chamfer Gothic (after a condensed Ludlow typeface, ca. 1898), Chase, Chelsea (1993, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman), Claremont, Coliseum (1992, A. Pat Hickson and Julie Hopwood), Commander (1994, Steve Jackaman), Consort (1994, Steve Jackaman), ConranScript, Creighton (2009, a sans family), Coronet (after a 1937 typeface by R.H. Middleton).
  • Dominus, Dundee (1993, A. Pat Hickson), Dungeon
  • El Paso (2011, a Western/Mexican simulaton typeface based on El Paso from the Face Photosetting collection), Elston, Equestrienne, Erasmus, EuropaGrotesque, Extension
  • Faust (1993: based on a 1958 typeface by Albert Kapr), Flexion Pro (2007, by Hal Taylor and John Langdon), Florentine Cursive (after a 1956 script by R.H. Middleton), ForumTitling, Frenchy
  • Garamond RR Light (after a 1929 typeface by R.H. Middleton), Gargoyle, GilmoreFahrenheit, GilmoreSansExtBolExtCondTitl, Gothic Extension, Gothic Medium Condensed (after a 1939 Ludlow typeface), GoudyY38, Grand Canyon (2002, a condensed slab serif family based on wood type). GroveScript
  • Hancock, Hauser Script (after a 1934 Ludlow font by Georg Hauser), Helium (1994, a mini slab serif face), Hess Old Style (1993, a revival of the garalde typeface Hess Old Style by Sol Hess for Lanston, 1920-1923), Honduras
  • Inverness, Iron Maiden RR
  • Jardine, Javelin, Jolly Roger (2003, a digitization of a 1970 font by Phil Martin), Jubilee
  • Keyboard, Kingsley, Kingsrow
  • Leighton, Lesmore, Los Alamos (2007, a condensed sans companion of Grand Canyon)
  • Madrid (based on Nacional, a 1941 typeface by Carlos Winkow), Maximo, Mechanic Gothic DST, Megaphone, Motorcross (2008, after an art deco font from 1930 by Ludwig&Mayer)
  • NewJohnston
  • PallMall, Phoenix Pro (2011), Phosphate (based on Phosphor by J. Erbar, 1922-1930; contains a nice Inline; Phosphate Pro Solid and Inline was done with Ashley Muir in 2010), Pipeline, Poor Richard, Portobello (loosely based on Aldo Novarese's Pontecorvo)
  • Quest
  • Radiant RR (after a 1938 typeface by R.H. Middleton), Railroad Gothic (an American caps-only grotesque based on a Ludlow original, ca. 1900), Raleigh, RRRaleighGothic, Razor Bill (based on the original typeface from Face, London, circa 1972), Ribbit, RivoliInitials
  • Rocklidge Pro (2011, with Ashley Muir). Based on Jana (Richard D. Juenger, VGC, 1965).
  • Roman Tyres (1997).
  • SaintLouis, Salzburg, Schiller Antiqua (based on Nacional's Hispalis), Schindler, Secret Service Typewriter (2002, based on a 1905 proof of an early Remington typewriter font from the Keystone Type Foundry), Shinn, Shortwave Gothic, Silverado, Sinclair, Sphinx (1992, Steve Jackaman, based on a 1925 design by Deberny&Peignot), Stanhope, Stirling, Superba, Sycamore
  • TCAdminister (1994, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman), Tempo, Thingbat, TitanicCondensed, Triple Condensed Gothic
  • Ultraduck, Ultra Modern RR (after a 1928 art deco typeface by Douglas McMurtrie).
  • Venezuela (2000, Mexican simulation face, based on Albert Auspurg's Vesta from 1926, created by Pat Hickson), Veronese
  • Waverly, Willard Sniffin Script (2007, based on Willard Sniffin's 1930s ATF brush script called Keynote)
  • Yeoman Gothic
  • Xctasy Sans (2002, an avant-garde family influenced by the the 1960s typeface Design Fineline)
FontShop link. MyFonts link.

Alphabetic catalog of the Red Rooster typeface library [large web page warning]. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

REESweb (University of Pittsburgh)

Lots of informative links related to Slavic languages, maintained by Karen Rondestvedt at the University of Pittsburgh. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Reich, Starr&Co

Stereotype printers and letter founders in Philadelphia. Specimens published in 1818. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Repertorium Fonts
[David J. Birnbaum]

Project led by David Birnbaum at the University of Pittsburgh: The Repertorium of Old Bulgarian Literature and Letters was conceived as an archival repository capable of encoding and preserving in SGML (and, subsequently, XML) format archeographic, palaeographic, codicological, textological, and literary-historical data concerning original and translated medieval texts represented in Balkan Cyrillic manuscripts. The Repertorium project grew out of an initiative of David J. Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh), Andrej Bojadiev (University of Sofia), Milena Dobreva (Institute of Mathematics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), and Anisava Miltenova (Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) in 1994, with early SGML development assistance from Berend Dijk and Harry Gaylord (both then of the University of Groningen). Sub-page with several free fonts for early Cyrillic: Menaion and Menaion Medieval (Victor Baranov), Lazov and Lazov Bold (Rumjan Lazov), Dilyana (Ralph Cleminson), Kliment Std (Sebastian Kempgen), Titus Cyrillic and Titus Cyberbit Basic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richard Ronaldson

Philadelphia-based typographer. One of his slab serifs from 1824 was revived by Richard Wikstrom under the name Alamo Slab. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Richelle Szypulski

Graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh who lives in Lower Burrell, PA. Creator of Polka Party (2013).

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rob L. Callahan

Free handwriting fonts Callahan (1996) and Ludwig LooseBraids (1996, based on the handwriting of Robin Campbell) by Rob Callahan. Doctoral student at Philadelphia's Temple University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robert Gerlach

Greensburg, PA-based designer, b. 1973. Creator of the athletic lettering typeface Station 232 (2009). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rodney J. Decker

Galilee is a Greek sans serif font by Rodney J. Decker (professor at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA). He writes: "My goal is a screen-optimized font for use in a web browser. The optimized (i.e., manually hinted, including delta hinting) is nearly finished, and then I will convert it to a full Unicode font, hopefully within the next year. There is also a related page with Unicode info regarding polytonic Greek here". He created Galilee Unicode Gk font (2003-2004), a sans serif font that is designed to complement Trebuchet. See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rolf Noyer
[Lascaris]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ruark Brumbaugh

Altoona, PA-based American designer (b. 1984) of the lightning strike typeface Lightning Strike (2008) and of Knight Nifty 9 (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rudolph Gnichwitz

Type designer from Ashbourne, PA, who filed some designs with the US patent office. With Edwin C. Ruthven, he created an unnamed border type in 1889 for the Mather Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia. He made a curly Victorian face in 1890. In 1889, he made an art nouveau face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ryan Degnan
[The Dynasty]

[More]  ⦿

Ryan Kotar

Design student at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. He created the experimental typeface Wired (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ryan Maelhorn
[NONBook]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sallie Harrison

Designer from Philadelphia. The squarish and trendy City Slick typeface (2011) was created for a poster for Oobe's Apparel Sale. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sam Panico
[Insomnia]

[More]  ⦿

Samantha DeLuca

During her studies in 2014 at Philadalphia University, Samantha DeLuca created the Likwid typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scott Ferguson

Kutztown, PA-based designer (b. 1982) of the fancy caps typeface Abusive Pencil (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sean Miller

During his studies at Kutztown University, Sean Miller (Danieldsville, PA) created the modular typeface Snuggle (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Set City
[Lisa Rohrbaugh]

Several freeware/shareware dingbat fonts by Lisa Rohrbaugh from Red Lion, PA: SC By the Sea, SC Hearts, SC Dividers, Southwest Design Set, Sets1, Sets2, Solarity, Stained Glass, Executive Buttons, ButtonsNBars, Buttons. Many commercial dingbat fonts: Whimsies, Surrounds, Setups, Maske A Splash, Button-Ups, Fanci-Fools, Surrounds Set 1, Snow Crustals. Her SetCity.com site closed in 2003. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shannon Armstrong

York, PA-based student-designer (at York College of Pennsylvania) of the display typeface Down Low (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sid Borne

FontStructor of the dot matrix typeface 5 Cent Game (2010). Borne Programming. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Silvio Napoleone

Silvio is the Toronto-based designer of ITC Napoleone Slab (2001) and the Greek simulation font family ITC Medea (2003). He also published FF Hydra (2002), an extensive family. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1993, and is currently working at Crescent Design Consultants in Toronto. There is a slight question as to whether ITC Medea was based on the source code of UnciTronica (Manfred Klein, AI, 1994). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Soup.Type
[Jason Fagone]

Now defunct foundry. It had free fonts by Jason Fagone of Penn State University. They include Monko (handwriting), Monko Blocky, Pianissimo, Blade, Young Zaphod, Velour, Velodrome, Electric Circus, Trapped Family, Font4TheDumped, Torpedo, BachelorPad, 4Decibels and Falling (handwriting of Andy Wagner). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Starnix17

Pennsylvania-based young man (b. 1990) who published his own handwriting as MyHandwriting (2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steve Jackaman
[Red Rooster Typefoundry]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Steve Tinney
[CuneiformComposite]

[More]  ⦿

Steven Powell
[DVM Publications]

[More]  ⦿

Steven R. Zimmermann

Designer of an unnamed labyrinthine typeface in 2013, which was done while studying graphic design at PCAD (Pennsylvania College Of Art and Design). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stu Ohler

Graphic designer in Pittsburgh, who is working on display faces like Whale tail (2011) and this mini-slabbed headline face (2011). Dribble link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

SUBFLUX experiment
[Mickey Rossi]

Mickey Rossi graduated in 1986 from the Philadelphia College of the Arts. He then worked in Maryland and Virginia, such as at AOL in Dulles, VA, and is a creative director in Atlanta, GA since2004.

He offers these free typefaces under the Subflux label: Alpha Male Modern (1997), AthleticSupporter, BallparkWeiner (connected fifties script), BarBenderBold, BobbiTheHippie, BongoFraktur (in Koch's Neuland style), CargoCrate (stencil), CollegeBoy (athletic lettering), FlandersRideItalic, FlandersRide, Fleetwilly, FlyTrapExtended, Hair Brush, HighlightsCondensed, Helga Broad, Hilda Broad, JimThorpeHigh (octagonal / mechanical), LevelFourteenDruid (medieval), LifestyleCondensed (avant garde), NotANumber, On That Shark (angular), RetroSuperSkinny (Peignotian), SatansMinions, Scrawlly, Scritchy Eye, Zerengetti (African look), ZiggyStandard. Rossi calls himself also "Loveless".

Dafont link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sune Matras

Digital artist in Philadelphia, PA, and/or New York City, whose web sie is in Denmark. He created the modular geometric typeface Pictobob (2010) and the hand-printed Pops (2013).

Dafont link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson, a creative director in Philadelphia, created a custom art deco typeface called ContAversy (2012) for shirts of a Philadelphian clothing company. She studies at Rutgers University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susan Kare

Born in 1954 in Ithaca, NY, Susan designed some of the original bitmap fonts for the original Mac in 1983-1984, including Chicago, New York, Monaco (download), FiveDots, Geneva, Cairo (dingbat font), LosAngeles, Athens and San Francisco (1984, ransom note font), while being a Creative Director at Apple (1982-1985). For Danger Research, she created the bitmap fonts Hamilton 5, Hamilton 6, Waverley 5, Waverley 6, Bryant 7 (2000). Interview with Cybergrrl. Atomic Media sells these pixel fonts of hers: Kare Five Dots (family), Ramona (script pixel font), Harry, Everett, Kare Six Dots (family), Biology (dings), Kare Dingbats, MiniFood, Ned, Sampler.

MyFonts catalog. Interview.

She explains the choice of names for the original Mac fonts: The first Macintosh font was designed to be a bold system font with no jagged diagonals, and was originally called "Elefont". There were going to be lots of fonts, so we were looking for a set of attractive, related names. Andy Hertzfeld and I had met in high school in suburban Philadelphia, so we started naming the other fonts after stops on the Paoli Local commuter train: Overbrook, Merion, Ardmore, and Rosemont. (Ransom was the only one that broke that convention; it was a font of mismatched letters intended to evoke messages from kidnappers made from cut-out letters). One day Steve Jobs stopped by the software group, as he often did at the end of the day. He frowned as he looked at the font names on a menu. "What are those names?", he asked, and we explained about the Paoli Local. "Well", he said, "cities are OK, but not little cities that nobody's ever heard of. They ought to be WORLD CLASS cities!" So that is how Chicago (Elefont), New York, Geneva, London, San Francisco (ransom note font), Toronto, and Venice (Bill Atkinson's script font) got their names.

Kare is also known for the original set of Mac icons.

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

Tad Stauffer

Pennsylvanian designer (b. 1980) of Hairpiece (2006, curly handwriting). Alternate URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tadelus Wastowicz

Designer from Sewickley, PA, who created an exaggerated ornamental Lombardic face in 1959. He made a pointed pen font in 1965. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tanner Scipio

Graphic designer in Orlando, FL, whon is from Tannersville, PA. He created the alchemic typeface Fornix (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Taylor Schmidt

During his studies in Harrisburg, PA, Taylor Schmidt created Breaking Bad Icons (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ted Czyzewski

Pennsylvanian creator of an unnamed didone all caps face (2011). No downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ted Slesinski

Philadelphia-based creator (b. 1985) of the free icon fonts Social Font Face (2013) and Just Vector (2013).

Fontspace link. Dafont link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Creative Agency

Studio in Wilkes-Barre, PA. One of their specialties is type design. These typefaces were announced in 2013 (and will soon be available for purchase): Boardwalk typeface (a condensed slab inspired by 1950's boardwalk signage), Full Service (a fashionable sans with oodles of contrast), Milan Sans (another fashionable sans, almost in the style of Peignot), Propaganda (based on WWII posters).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Design Cubicle
[Brian Hoff]

Typography and design blog and tips by Brian Hoff (Philadelphia, PA), started in 2008. Topics discussed include beautiful ampersands, and typical typographical mistakes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Dynasty
[Ryan Degnan]

Ryan Degnan from Pennsylvania posts his shareware creations here: for now, just the grunge font Regime. Others planned as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary

Developers with Bitstream of this family of fonts in 2003: Lynn-Sans-Bold, Lynn-Sans-Bold-Italic, Lynn-Sans-Italic, Lynn-Sans, Lynn-Sans-Mono-Bold, Lynn-Sans-Mono-Bold-Italic, Lynn-Sans-Mono-Italic, Lynn-Sans-Mono, Lynn-Serif-Bold, Lynn-Serif-Bold-Italic, Lynn-Serif-Italic, Lynn-Serif. Apparently, these are all based on Bitstream Vera. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Red Rocket Rebellion
[Jay Klomp]

Easton, PA-based creator of the stackable retro typeface Henrickson (2014)---recreating the ambiance of the gas stations in a Route 66 road movie. Schoolmarm (2014) is a hand-drawn irregular slab serif typeface. Elixir No 1 (2014) is a spurred Victorian typeface. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas MacKellar

Hymn writer and typefounder (b. New York City, 1812, d. Philadelphia, 1889). At age 14, MacKellar entered the printing company of Harper Brothers. In 1833, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and joined the type foundry of Johnson&Smiths as a proofreader. He subsequently became a foreman, then a partner, in the firm, which from 1860 was known as MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas MacKellar
[MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan]

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Thomas Wood Stevens

Early 20th century designer of letters, who was associated with the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh. Author of Lettering (1916, The Prang Company, New York).

Alphabets from his 1916 book include Art Nouveau Capitals, Italic Capitals, Italic Lowercase, Modern Script Italics, Modern German Italic Capitals, Modern Round Gothic, Uncial (based on a 14th century manuscript), Venetian Modern Capitals, Roman Lowercase, Modern German.

PDF file of his 1916 book.

Digital remakes include Wood Stevens (2012, Intellecta).

In 2012 and 2013, Dick Pape digitized many of the typefaces discussed in Lettering (1916). They are freely downloadable from this site. The typefaces in Dick's collection are attributed as follows:

  • No artist: TWS Brush Caps 31, TWS Capitals from Coins 15,
  • Harry Lawrence Gage: TWS Heavy Capitals 49, TWS Italian Gothic Caps 80, TWS Renaissance Alphabet 39, TWS Robinson Caps 23, TWS Roman Caps 13, TWS Slab Capitals 22, TWS The Japanese 32 [note: see also Yoshi Toshi, 2003, by Da ABF Mafia, and Yoshitoshi, 2003, by David Nalle].
  • Norman P. Hall: TWS Heavy Modern 30.
  • Oswald Cooper: TWS Long Ascenders 36.
  • Ned Hadley: TWS Modern Caps 24, TWS Modern French 25.
  • Helen E. Hartford: TWS Modern German Capitals 28.
  • Charles H. Barnard: TWS Modern Roman 05.
  • F. G. Cooper: TWS Modern Roman Bold 37.
  • William A. Dwiggins: TWS Modern Roman Caps 32, TWS Variation on Georgian.
  • Guido Rosa: TWS Outline Caps 21.
  • George W. Koch: TWS Roman Wide Pen 33.
[Google] [More]  ⦿

Tim Chrepta

Designer of the grotesque fonts Orbit Text and Orbit Display (2013). This was a special project for Orbit, a network company. New York City and Ledgewood, New Jersey-based graphic designer who graduated from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Under the tutelage of Andy Clymer (HFJ), he created an unnamed revival font in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tne Other Anonymous

Pittsburgh-based creator (b. 1980) of the dingbat fonts Fnord-Hodge and Fnord-Podge (2006). On another site, he claims to be born in 1973 and to live in Fife, Scotland. Home page. Names used include Toa, Synaptyx and Nurbldoff. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tony Mayers
[ABC Types (was: Absolutetype)]

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Torriya Hershey

Manheim, PA-based designer of Fishy Typeface (2013).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tricia Treacy

Tricia Treacy has been running her own letterpress design studio, Pointed Press, creating custom book and print work for commercial clients, international artists, designers and writers since 2000. Using a combination of digital and analog methods, she collaborates on conceptual projects with a range of artists and designers.

She has taught graphic design, letterpress and book arts at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Tricia is currently an Assistant Professor of Design at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 Hong Kong: Vista Sans wood type project. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Typefaces available from US foundries

List of all (metal) typefaces available for sale from these six US typefounders:

  • M & H Type (Mackenzie & Harris), 1802 Hays Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

  • Swamp Press, 15 Warwick Road, Northfield, MA 01360

  • Barco Type (F & S Type Founders Inc.), 237 S. Evergreen, Bensenville, IL 60106

  • Quaker City Type Foundry, 2019 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344

  • Michael and Winifred Bixler, Box 820, Skaneateles, NY 13153

  • Harold Berliner, Printer, P.O. Box 6, Nevada City, CA 95959
[Google] [More]  ⦿

Tyson Auchter

Ty Auchter (b. 1983) lives in Pennsylvania. At Devian Tart, he designed the pixel font Stitches (2001). See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victoria Cumer

While studying at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Victoria Cumer designed the hand-printed typeface Incense Pepermints Two (2013).

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victoria Jeffries

During her studies at Philadelphia University, Victoria Jeffries designed the display typeface Bessemer (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Victoria Williams

During her studies at Philadelphia University, Chalfont, PA-based Victoria Williams created the display typeface Balancim (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vigilante Typeface Corporation (was: WolfBainX)
[Larry E. Yerkes]

Over 100 original fonts by the prolific East Pennsylvanian tattoo artist Larry E. Yerkes, aka WolfBainX, b. 1969. His work include many comic book faces, a few grunge fonts, several macho fonts, and some smudged typewriter fonts. Many fonts are in a style one could call tattoo fonts. Several fonts come in 4 to 8 weights. Dafont link. MySpace link. Fontspace link. Abstractfonts link.

His fonts: VTC#9pt1of, VTCAllWashedUp, VTCAnglika, VTCAngoraChik, VTCAntiqueFizz, VTCBadDataTrip, VTCBadDrip, VTCBadHangover, VTCBadLuck, VTCBadNausea, VTCBadPaint, VTCBadPlating, VTCBadVision.ttf VTCBadWhipit, VTCBelialsBlade3d, VTCBoseephus, VTCCoppaKroma, VTCDizplaced, VTCEmbrace, VTCFunkinFrat, VTCFuzzyPunkySlippers, VTCGoblinHand, VTCJezzabelBimbo, VTCJoeleneHand, VTC Komika Headliner, VTCKomixationRegular, VTCKrinkle-Kut, VTCLettererPro, VTCLiquorCrystalDisplay, VTCLo-Down, VTCOldAsCrap, VTCOptika, VTCPizzOff, VTCPunkettePumps, VTCScreamItLoud, VTCSeeJoBend, VTCSeeindubbledointriple, VTCSikleCell, VTCStressedHand, VTCSubwaySlam, VTCSundaykomix, VTCSuperMarketSale, VTCSwitchbladeRomance, VTCTribal, VTCVictorianLint, VTCeltiaKeys, VTCeltiaSpirals, VTVBadJudgement, WBXKomiX, the comic book fonts GrannyT (3 weights, smudged typewriter), Lucidite (grunge family), Nero, Komik, Domin8, the grunge fonts Flack and ListenJenn, VTCNightOfTheDeadCorruptCaps, VTCNightOfTheDrippyBentCaps, VTCNightOfTheDrippyDead, VTCNightOfTheDrippyDeadCaps, VTCNightOfTheDrippyDeadFatCaps, VTCNightOfTheDrippyDeadOuttie, VTCNightOfTheDrippyLowCaps, VTCNightOfTheOozieDeadCaps, VTCNightOfTheStretchedDead, VTCNightOfTheWackedDead, Scar, Tribal, and Scrawl. Windows TrueType. Vigilante has joined forces with Apostrophic Labs to make Tribal (2001) and Komika (2001), a 50-font family for comics. In 2008, he published VTC-OldeSchoolTattoo-One. In 2009, that was followed by VTC-Bad Tattoo Hand One, VTC Nue Tattoo Script (calligraphic), VTCTattooScriptTwo (2013), and VTC-Roughed Up.

Creations in 2010: VTC-TribalThreeFree, VTC Bad English, VTC Sumo Slasher, VTC KomikSkans, VTC Freehand Tattoo One, VTC Roughed Up, VTC Bad Tattoo Hand One, VTC-BadEnglischOne, VTC-BadTattooHandOne, VTC-FreehandTattooOne, VTC-KomikSkans-One, VTC-KomikSkans-Two, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerChewdFat, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerChewdUp, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerOne-Bold, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerOne-BoldItalic, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerTwo-Bold, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerTwo-Outline, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerTwo-Shadow, VTC-KomikaHeadLinerTwo-Wide, Komika Krak, VTC-SumiSlasherOne-Italic, VTC-SumiSlasherOne-SmallCaps, VTC-SumiSlasherOne, VTC-SumiSlasherOneSkinned, VTC-SumiSlasherOneSkinnedRaw, VTC-TribalThreeFree.

Typefaces from 2013: VTC Garage Sale Axis, VTC Garage Sale (+Outlined), VTC Tattoo Script Three, VTC Karnival Fat (cartoon font).

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W. Jamison Anton

During his studies at Philadelphia University, W. Jamison Anton designed the great straight-edged poster typeface Chlorine (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Walter Wray

Born in Panama City in 1951, Walter Wray now lives in Pennsylvania. He created the foliated Victorian display typeface Midsummer (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wayne J. Stettler

Son of a signpainter, b. 1934, Allentown, PA, d. 2011 Blue Bell, PA. He studied advertising design at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Creator of photype typefaces such as Neil Bold (1966, VGC), which was the source of inspiration for Alejandro Paul's Mobley Sans (Umbrella Type), Neil Bold (2010, Patrick Griffin, Canada Type), Nick Curtis's Elephunky NF (2011), and Jas Rewkiewicz's Armstrong (B&P Foundry). He also created Stettler (1965, VGC). Neil Bold also had an outline version called Open.

Patrick Griffin explains: That typeface was very popular with jazz and blues labels. Photo-Lettering knocked it off within 2 months of its release by VGC. This was Wayne Stettler last typeface ever; some say it's because he saw it knocked off and just gave up on type altogether. Also some people say the only reason it won in that type design contest was to actually try to convince Stettler to get back into type design. It never happened, he went into garment design and manufacturing shortly after that contest.

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Webfoot
[Charles Voegtle]

Charles Voegtle (Webfoot), a web designer from Philadelphia, PA, created the art nouveau dingbat typeface OldArtWF (2004), WFHandFontsWithdots (2004), and HandFontWithDotsItalicByWF (2004). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Westcott & Thomson, Inc. for Fotosetter or Fototronic composition

Photo-type era company in Philadelphia located on 1027 Arch Street. I located an image of their typefaces that are lookalikes/i> (by their own admission) of famous typefaces: Biretta is Bembo, Elegane is Palatino, Galaxy is Uniers, Laurel is Caledonia, Medallion is Melior, Plantina is Plantin, Vega is Helvetica, and Zenith is Optima. [Google] [More]  ⦿

William Dana Orcutt

Book designer, typographer and author (b. 1870, West Lebanon, d. 1953, Boston). Designer of French Round Face&Italic, Humanistic, Laurentian, Suburban French&Italic, and Verona. McGrew comments on each face:

  • Suburban French is one of Monotype's first independent recreations of faces from classic sources abroad. It was cut about 1911 at the suggestion of J. Horace MacFarland, prominent Pennsylvania printer, and was adapted to Monotype under the supervision of MacFarland and William Dana Orcutt, a well known typographer and book designer in New England. Its source is said to have been a Didot oldstyle first cut about 1804, but the Monotype typeface was first introduced under the name of Bodoni Roman. The double serifs at the top of lowercase vertical strokes are a distinguishing feature. Compare French Round Face.
  • Verona is ATF's adaptation about 1951 of Bologna, which had been cut by Stephenson Blake in England in 1948. It is said to have been cut from Stephenson Blake's drawings, but lining figures were drawn to replace the hanging figures which Stephenson Blake had featured. The name was changed to avoid having disrespectful printers call it "baloney," yet retaining an Italian connotation. At the time ATF did not realize that Stephenson Blake had in turn adapted the design from an earlier ATF face, Humanistic (q.v.), drawn by William Dana Orcutt in 1904. With or without its later modifications, which are minor, this typeface retains more of the appearance of hand-lettering than almost any other cut in metal, and composes into a beautiful page with properly close spacing. Compare Freehand, Motto, Heritage, Thompson Quillscript. Incidentally, when ATF took Verona as a new name for Stephenson Blake's Bologna, they also overlooked the fact that Stephenson Blake uses the name Verona for their copy of BB&S-ATF's Munder Venezian.
  • French Round Face, originally called Didot Roman or simply Modern, was one of the first revivals of the faces cut by Firmin Didot in France about 1784. This was cut for Monotype in 1910, under the direction of J. Horace MacFarland and William Dana Orcutt. The italic is unusual in that some lowercase letters have serifs like the roman. No. 16 on Linotype and Intertype is similar but heavier. Compare Suburban French.
  • Humanistic was designed by William Dana Orcutt and privately cast by ATF in 1904 for the University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is a careful rendering into type of the round humanistic writing of the Renaissance period, based in particular on the 1485 manuscript of Antonio Sinibaldi's Virgil in the Laurentian Library at Florence, Italy. This is considered by some to be hand-lettering in its most beautiful form, and occurred after the development of roman types as we know them. In 1940 this type was adapted to Monotype keyboard composition, under the direction of Orcutt and Sol Hess, the 21-point size being used for a large edition of Science and Health. The Monotype cutting, known as Laurentian closely follows the foundry version, including some but not all of the original alternate characters. A few years later the design was modified by Stephenson Blake in England, and issued as Bologna; this in turn was adapted by ATF as Verona (q.v.).
Note: Humanistic/Verona were digitally extended in 2006 by Ray Larabie as Mikadan (Typodermic). Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

William E. Fink

Designer and art director, b. 1905, Philadelphia, who worked as art director for The Ladies' Home Journal. He created the skyline typeface Greenwich (1940, Ludlow). [Google] [More]  ⦿

William K. McChesney

Pennsylvanian designer of fonts at Garagefonts, including the Livery family (2000) and Spring Creek (2002). At T-26, he created Violette (2007), a condensed and severe Spanish inquisition style family, Nexus (2007, a clean sans family), Yipe (2008, T-26, architectural lettering), Nox (2007, a basic geometric sans family), the Western saloon font Peyote Slab Serif (2007), McChesney (2008, heavy display sans), Yipe (2008, flared; comic book style) and the Tuscany-eared Teaberry (2007).

Klingspor link. FontShop link.

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William Stremic
[Bill Blakefield]

William Stremic may also be known as Bill Blakefield. Designer of Airport Black. The reason for that uncertainty about the name is this paragraph written by mac McGrew: Most of this series [Airport Gothic] is the first American copy of Futura, which originated in Germany in 1927, designed by Paul Renner for Bauer. One source says it was cut from original Futura drawings, smuggled out of that country, but it seems more likely that matrices were made by electrotyping the imported type. An extrabold weight, Airport Black, was cut by Baltimore about 1943; information on this cutting is scarce and contradictory- one account says it was designed by Bill Stremic or Bill Blakefield, another that it was designed by Carl Hupie (or Hooper), and cut by Herman Schnoor. There is also Airport Black Condensed Title and Airport Broad. The latter is a modification of Airport Black, cut 50 percent wider on the pantagraph by Herman Schnoor. Baltimore later cast some of its Airport series from Monotype Twentieth Century matrices, and in a few cases listed both series. Airport Relief, Baltimore 299, is English Monotype Gill Sans Cameo Ruled, while Airport Tourist, Baltimore 602, is Futura Display, cast from electrotype mats of the German foundry type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Wood Type Revival
[Matt Griffin]

Foundry specializing in digital versions of old wood type. Set up in 2011 by Matt Griffin, all font licenses refer to Bearded, which has offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Montpelier, Vermont. Matt Griffin is a designer and co-founder of Bearded, and teaches in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He also has a great love for letterpress printing, which he acquired while attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received a BFA in Graphic Design. Bearded writes: Matt Braun and Matt Griffin wanted to collect lost and forgotten old wood type from the 1800s and revive those faces as digital fonts for modern designers. Their typefaces include

  • WTR Fat Boy (2011). Fatboy is derived from a widespread (no pun intended) typeface of the 19th century, commonly known as Antique Extended. It was first seen in print as wood type in 1838 in George Nesbitt's First Premium Wood Types Cut by Machinery.
  • WTR French Clarendon Ornamented (2011). The original design for French Clarendon Ornamented first appeared in print in the catalogs of the type manufacturer Young&Morgans (who was later purchased by Morgans&Wilcox Mfg Co) between 1876-1880. M&W was later purchased by Hamilton Mfg Co in 1897. Hamilton then offered this typeface under the name No 3026.
  • WTR Gothic Open Shaded (2011). Gothic Open Shaded was first seen in George Nesbitt's First Premium Wood Types, Cut by Machinery (1838). This cut of Gothic Open Shaded most closely matches a design first cut by Young&Morgans between 1876-1880. Once Morgans&Wilcox was acquired by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. (1897), they listed the typeface as No. 3238.
  • WTR Roycroft (2011). Based on a hand-carved European typeface madebetween 1860 and 1910.
  • Planned are Grecian Light Face, French Octagon, Delittle and Concave Tuscan.
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Zachariah Nelson
[I Can Be Your Type]

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Zebra Type
[A. J. Sedlak]

From North Versailles, PA, A.J. Sedlak's free fonts include Spiny, superpalazzo and Diade. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zhuoshi Xie

Zhuoshi Xie (Pittsburgh, PA) created Labels Alphabet in 2013. I do not think that this a real typeface, as she explains: Using file labels as the medium, Zachary Bergeron and I created an optically illusional alphabet. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ZIGZAG.NET (was Urban Design Inc)
[Mark Norris]

ZIGZAG.NET is a Philadelphia-based graphic design and web development company. Free fonts made by Mark Norris: Markie Bold, Strai, Funk, Thinas Thin. They also make logos and design brochures and such. PC and Mac, type 1 and truetype. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zuzana Licko
[Emigre]

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