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Type scene in Rhode Island
AArrgghh! Typefaces used to offer shareware fonts by Jonathan Smith (Cleveland, OH) of Rhode Island Soft Systems: New Land Contour, All-Hearts, Bunny-Lips, Confetti, El-RioLobo (1993, Mexican simulation face), Elbjorg-Script, Essential-Times, Firey, Glifik, Gyptienne (hieroglyphics), Hero-Outline, Hirosh (oriental simulation face; an exact copy of Sukiyaki, made in 1968 by Gene Eidy for Lettergraphics International), Ice-CreamSandwich, Ice-Snow, Made-InTheUSA, New-LandContour, New-LandInline, New-LandOutline, New-LandSport, Ol'54, Planetz, Porter-Lil'Kaps (gorgeous late night show display font), Religious, RockArt, Spider-WebBlock, The-Score, Wet-Paint.
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Designer of an unnamed ornamental typeface in 1963 that could have been based on work by Herman Ihlenburg. He owned Coro Inc in Providence, RI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Talented graphic designer from Providence, RI, who made these free fonts: Sarabelle (2012, irregular hand), Iron Sans (2011), Wicked Grit (2011, grungy), Anchor Jack (2011, art deco display face), Beagle Brigade (2010), Providence (2010, slab face), Amperzand (2010), Ackbar (2010, a great heavy sans display face), Alley Oop (2010, mechanical style), Wicked Scary Movie (2010, comic book style), Excelsior Sans (2009, ink trap exercise), Amity Jack (2009, black headline sans), Aldo The Apache (2009, black octagonal), Arm Wrestler (2009, slightly flared display sans; for 95% based on OliJo by Manfred Klein, 2002), Wicked Woman (2009, based on or a copy of Rutaban by Jason Pagura, 2001), Mighty Mighty Friars (2009, based on or a copy of Plumber's Gothic by Harold Lohner, 2007), Vive La Revoluzione (2009, based on or a copy of Headline One HPLHS by Andrew Leman, 2002). Dafont link. Font Squirrel link. Kernest link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Providence, RI-based BFA graduate from Emmanuel College. Behance link. His first typeface is the deco font Buzz Chillington (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies under Cyrys Highsmith at Rhode Island School of Design, Alexa Terfloth (Providence, RI) created the text typeface Marigold (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer from Rhode Island. He created the slightly gross alphabet Nose Job (2011), but this is not a font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Providence, RI, who created the cat alphabet Daddy Cat (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
American Mathematical Society
The AMS in Providence, RI, offered the Computer Modern and AMS fonts in type 1 and metafont formats. Free, and for mathematical symbols, the best anywhere. The contact until 2004 was Tom Kacvinsky. Tom hasn't worked at the AMS since 2004. The AMS and CM fonts are copyrighted by the AMS now and are part of the TeX Live distribution. AMS Fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Amy Ina Studio
Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, who created the display sans typeface Halvah in 2017. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University in Providence, RI, Anisa Holmes designed Bobby Pin Alphabet (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of RISD, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and Parsons School of Design, New York. She created experimental alphabets such as Poop Font (2010). More seriously, she created Grandma's Crooked Finger (2010, a neatly hand-printed typeface with tall ascenders) and Bodoni Dust (2011, an artsy-fartsy didone). Klingspor link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Asddf is a typographic practice founded in 2021 by Corinne Ang, a Filipino graphic and type designer based in Brooklyn, NY and Providence, RI, where she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2020, she released Mononbloc Sans and Fluoral. During a workshop at Type Cooper 2021, she developed Trickle, which she explains as follows: Trickle is a bastardisation of the italic form. The simple aim of it was to create a vivacious, lively rhythmic display typeface that utilised the calligraphic italic ductus as a jumping point. [Google] [More] ⦿
With a group of fellow students, Ashley Rego (Tiverton, RI) designed the letterpress emulation typeface Astraea (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Asta Thrastardottir is a graduate student at RISD. Originally from Iceland, she is based in Providence. At Type Cooper 2020, she designed Eyja, a slender display serif. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his graphic design studies at RISD in Providence, RI, Barron Webster, who is originally from North Carolina, created a pair of display sans typefaces called Barcelona and Barcelonetta (2012).
In 2013, he created the modern blackletter family Baum Display (dedicated site: free typeface for personal use).
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Blambot Comics Fonts was founded in 1999 by graphic designer and illustrator, Nate Piekos, and is located in East Providence, RI. Blambot has a huge number of original free comics fonts and balloons by Nate Piekos (East Providence, RI, b. RI, 1975). Comic Lettering is an alternate URL, where you can also order logo designs, custom fonts, and custom lettering. Fontspace link. The fonts:
Dafont link. Klingspor link. Fontspace link.
View the Blambot typeface liubrary. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
A graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, Brett Maurer now runs his own identity and design studio. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Creator of Brutale (2007), a futuristic japo-techno type family. [Google] [More] ⦿
Buttfaces Digital Type Foundry
Buttfaces Digital Type Foundry offers some original fonts, both free and commercial, designed by Tobias Tylus. First he was located in Dallas, TX, but more recently, he moved to Providence, RI. The semi-grunge fonts all made at the zenith of the grunge movement in the 1990s and designed under the motto Don't take any crap include Buttweasel, Enema Light, Buttzilla, Skuttlebutt (grunge, 1997), Buttoni, Grumpybutt, Doopah, Buttskratch, Tookus, Buttinsky, Butt-Naked, Hindsight, Poopchute, Butthead, Buttkowski, Buttwriter, Headbutt, Buttskerville, Curliebutt, Chunkybutt, Punkass, Ciggiebutt, and Alien Butt.
Since 2003, the fonts can be bought at MyFonts: Butt Bongo, Butt Scratcher, Butt Smuggler, Butt Writer, Butta Bing, Buttheads, Buttkowski, Buttmap, Buttskerville, Buttweasel, Buttzilla, Chunkybutt, Ciggiebutt, Creakybutt, Curliebutt, Dingbutts, Enema, Headbutt, Poopchute, Punk Ass, Sillybutt, Skuttlebutt, Stinkybutt. Old URL. View the typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
During his studies at Brown University (Providence, RI) and at Type West, Calder Hansen designed the experimental display typeface Rinca (2019). Calder explains: The contrast axis of a typeface is a line describing how weight is distributed in the letters. Strokes parallel to the axis are thick; strokes perpendicular to it are thin. Rinca is an exploration of what happens when the contrast axis is curved rather than straight. It is based on the shapes created by a broad-nib pen that changes angle as it draws based on its position relative to the arc of the axis. This creates a texture that is strange but self-consistent. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cara Buzzell (Malcolm Grear Designers, Providence, RI) created the warm text typeface Blount in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in 1959 in Concord, Carol Twombly studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and under Charles Bigelow at Stanford, and joined the Bigelow&Holmes studio for four years. In 1988, she joined Adobe and started designing typefaces. She was featured in 5 American Type Designers by Spurius Press. In 1994, she won the Prix Charles Peignot. In 1999, she retired from type design.
Linotype link. FontShop link. Typophile link.
A book about Twombly by Nancy Stock-Allen (Oak Knoll Press, Newcastle, 2016): Carol Twombly: Her Brief But Brilliant Career in Type Design.
View the typefaces made by Carol Twombly. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Carson Evans has a BA from Yale University and will have an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, in 2018. She designed the Venetian typeface Jarndyce (2016) under the supervision of Cyrus Highsmith. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cem is a Turkish graphic and type designer and educator. He holds a BS in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and an MFA in Graphic Design from RISD. He teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels at RISD. For some time, he was affiliated with Occupant Fonts in Providence, RI. Creator of the blackletter font Dürer Blades (ca. 2021). [Google] [More] ⦿
Chinese American creator of MoguFont (2012), a fat finger hand-printed typeface. Aka Kittenmogu, she will attend RISD starting in the Fall of 2012.
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Born in Providence, 1860, he died in Boston in 1941. Typographer, printer, historian and author, best known for his classic book Printing Types: their History, Forms and Use" (1922, Harvard University Press; second edition at Harvard University Press in 1951) which is based on a lecture series he gave at Harvard University from 1910 to 1916. The second edition is from 1937.
In 1893 (some say 1894), he founded the Merrymount Press in Providence, Rhode Island. He designed the Montallegro typeface. In 1896, Daniel Berkeley Updike and Bertram G. Goodhue co-designed a bold text typeface.
Britannica entry. Abebooks link.
Volume 1 and Volume 2 of his book have been scanned in. Patent office link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Corporate identity and print design company in New Paltz, NY, est. 2003 in New York City by Kevin Dresser and Kate Johnson. Kevin Dresser (b. 1971, Rochester, NY), its head, was a type designer at Hoefler Type Foundry from 1997 until 2000, when he started Dresser & Sons. His work there included art deco typefaces and iconography for the signage program at Radio City Music Hall, a redesign of the classic Cheltenham typeface for The New York Times Magazine, a custom typeface in Hebrew for the Rodeph Sholom Synagogue, a grunge typeface for Florent Restaurant, custom typefaces for Architectural Design Magazine, iconography for The Museum of Modern Art, lettering for TypeCon 2005, and a few retail typefaces. In 2003, he published the 15-weight sans family General at Thirstype, which is now also available for licensing from Dresser Johnson. Kate Johnson is a graphic designer who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Typefaces from 2012: Terminus (dot matrix face). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Providence, RI-based designer. Creator of Antecedent (2005), a sans family done as a project at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of the Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program, where he studied biology and industrial design. Eli has worked at Google Creative Lab and as a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Design Fellow. His typefaces:
Providence, RI-based designer of the shadow typeface Negatif (2016) and the sharp-edged modular typeface Belvedere (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
EunJee Kim, also known as Joy, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in graphic design, in 2012. She is actively working on her personal projects, and as a freelance graphic designer in New York. She did an experimental shaky version of Futura in 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
Stuttgart-based designer. Student at the Rhode Island School of Design (2011-2013) in the MFA program. Her extensive portfolio includes the typeface Alfred (2012, a headline typeface inspired by the magazine Bomb), Insect Font (2007, experimental) and Never Sleep (2009, an angular font). [Google] [More] ⦿
Frere Jones Type
Celebrated type designer, born in 1970 in New York City. Frere-Jones received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He moved to Boston, where he worked at the Font Bureau until 1999. He joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art in 1996 and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. From 1999 until 2014, he worked for and with Jonathan Hoefler in New York. In 2015, he set up his own type foundry, Frere Jones Type. His old Font Bureau typefaces can be bought since 2020 at Frere Jones / Type Network. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, The Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague (KABK) awarded him the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs, for his contributions to typographic design, writing and education. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal, in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design.
At FontFont, he designed the children's fonts FF Dolores (1991) and FF Dolores Cyrillic.
At FUSE 15, he designed Microphone (1996). At FUSE 10, he published Fibonacci, a font consisting just of lines.
His custom work includes WorthGothic (1996), WorthLogo1996 (1995), WorthText (1995), GQGothic (1995), Halifax, Commonwealth (1995), Belizio-TwentySix (Font Bureau), HermanMillerLogo (1999, Font Bureau). Cassandra, Vitriol (1993), Quandry (1992-1994) and Chainletter (1993).
Retina Agate (2001, specially made for small-print stock listings at the Wall Street Journal) netted him a Bukvaraz 2001 award and an AIGA 2003 Design Award.
From 1999 until 2014, he designed for the Hoefler Type Foundry, which he joined as an equal partner (and the new company became Hoefler & Frere-Jones (in 2004), or H&FJ). He claims that he brought with him to H&FJ a lot of typefaces including Whitney, Whitney Titling, Elzevir, Welo Script, Archipelago (Shell Sans), Type 0, Saugerties, Greasemonkey, Vive, Apiana, and Esprit Clockface. It is not expicitly stated at the H&FJ site which typefaces he had a hand in, but one can safely assume that it must have been nearly every typeface made since he entered into the partnership. In 2014, Tobias sued Jonathan for half of the company in a 20-to-80 million dollar lawsuit since he claims that Hoefler reneged on his promise to give him his half. The typefaces at H&FJ he had a hand in include:
Interview. Interviewed by Dmitri Siegel. He created Estupido Espezial for fun, but it actually made it into an issue of Rollingstone. Catalog of his typefaces at Font Bureau. Keynote speaker at Typecon 2014.
View typefaces designed by Tobias frere-Jones. Another page with typefaces created by Tobias Frere-Jones. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Small free font showcase by Provience, RI-based Brazilian-born Paulo Canabarro. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dutch type designer, born in Arnhem, The Netherlands, in 1942, d. 2018. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Reading, and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. From 1974 on, he designed type, starting his career at Hell in Kiel in 1986. Until the end of his career, he taught at Reading and Rietveld. Unger designed stamps, coins, magazines, newspapers, books, logo's, corporate identities, annual reports and many other objects. But he was best known for his typefaces:
Gerard Unger lived in Chicago and Bussum, The Netherlands. Besides the awards mentioned in the list above, he received global prizes for his typography, such as the H.N. Werkman Prize (1984), the Maurits Enschedé-Prize (1991), the 2009 SOTA Typography Award and the TDC Medal (2017).
Author of Terwijl Je Leest (Amsterdam, 1997) and Theory of Type Design (2018).
Books about Gerard Unger include Gerard Unger Life in Letters (2021, by Christopher Burke, De Buitenkant).
Interview by John L. Walters. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about type for dailies, and also on Neue Demos and Neue Praxis. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about letterforms in inscriptions from the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries. FontShop link. Klingspor link.
Golgonooza Letter Foundry
Dan Carr (b. Cranston, RI, 1951-2012) was an American poet, type designer, typographer, printer, teacher, punchcutter, environmentalist, human rights activist and New Hampshire State Representative (2008-2010). Carr received his BA at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In Boston, in 1979 he and his partner Julia Ferrari, started the Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, a hot metal Monotype graphic design and composition house, which they moved to Ashuelot, NH, in 1982. Together they created Trois Fontaines Press in 1997, a limited edition fine press. Carr taught typography, and the history of typography at Keene State University in Keene, NH. He died after a struggle with cancer.
At Golgonooza they produced high-quality letterpress books for a wide variety of clients. Dan Carr is the designer of the great-looking text fonts Lyons and Cheneau, 1990-1994, as well as Regulus (a metal font created in 1998 that earned him the title of Master Typographic Punchcutter of France in 1999), Philosophie, Genesis Numerals, and Beckett Bodoni, at the Golgonooza Letter Foundry. He won a Bukvaraz 2001 award for Parmenides (a metal type for archaic Greek). His digital typeface "Cheneau" was chosen for a judges' choice award by the Type Directors Club in 2000. Both Dan Carr's Parmenides Greek and Christopher Stinehour's Diogenes Greek were commissioned by the printer Peter Koch for The Fragments of Parmenides.
Alternate URL. Klingspor link. Caxton Club link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Swiss typographer (b. Zürich, 1939, d. 1998). He had his own studio, Lutz Verlag, in Zürich. He published books such as "Typoundso" and "Ausbildung in typografischer Gestaltung". He taught at the schools of design in Zürich and Luzern for over thirty years, and founded the typography department in Luzern in 1968. [Google] [More] ⦿
Highchair is Jason Hogue's type foundry in Providence, RI. Jason Hogue is Director of Design & UX at Oomph, Inc. Early in his career, at T26, he created Infinity (1999), Interrobang (1999), Solidarity, and Displacement (2000, pixel face). He also published these fonts at Garagefonts. HC Din Engschrift Rounded is exclusive at Highchair. In 2018, he finished PE Analog Clock Icon Font.
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Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, was born in Beirut in 1965. Author of Arabic Typography A Comprehensive Sourcebook (Saqi Books, London, 2001), Experimental Arabic Type (Saatchi&Saatchi, Dubai, 2002), Typographic Matchmaking (BIS Publishers, Amsterdam 2007), Arabic Type Specimen Book (2008), Typographic Matchmaking in the City (2010) and Arabic Type Design for Beginners (2013), and a number of articles on multilingual communication in the Middle East such as Arabic Type: a challenge for the 2nd millennium (1998). She holds degrees in graphic design from Yale University School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, and specializes in bilingual typographic research and design. She has worked as a designer for a number of years, in the USA, Amsterdam, France and Beirut. She has taught typography and graphic design at the American University of Beirut. She was the Chair of the Visual Communication Department for three years at the American University in Dubai and founded the Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography in Amsterdam. She curates exhibitions, organizes collaborative design research projects between Europe and the Middle East, and is editor of the Khatt Foundation online network of Arab/Middle Eastern designers (www.khtt.net). She is currently pursuing a PhD at Leiden University while working between Europe and the Middle East as a typography and design consultant on projects of cultural relevance. She has art directed and collaborated on the design of several contemporary Arabic fonts for magazines like Aleph (London) and companies in the Gulf. Typefaces include Alef Caps (2008), done with Pascal Zoghbi. KHTT link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tobin is based in Chicago, and studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design (2002). He is a senior designer at the University of Chicago Press.
Designer of Ferdinand (Egyptian, a cross between Futura and Clarendon according to Tobin), Verne Jules (copperplate font), Ostia (a sans all caps typeface with Trajan proportions), Faina, Attleboro (sans), Strata (text typeface), Field (octagonal) and Rivadavia (octagonal and mechanical).
Klingspor link. Typecache link. [Google] [More] ⦿
J. Hogue (Highchair Designahus and Oomph Inc, Providence, RI) created Analog-Clock-icon-font (2012). Github link. [Google] [More] ⦿
American designer currently (i.e., 2019) studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. Creator of the free variable font Tiny (2019, Velvetyne), a monospaced dot-matrix typeface based on the smallest type size of five dots on the HandJet EBS-250 hand-held printer. The sizes of the dots make up the variable axis. He writes: The TINY font family was originally created at over the summer of 2018 as the visual identity for an experimental retail pop-up shop in Chinatown, New York City called Today in New York, or TINY for short. The shop was the result of an intern project at Verdes, a creative agency, between Jack Halten Fahnestock and Theia Flynn. There they sold T-shirts and tote bags customized on the spot with a fancy (and stupid expensive) handheld inkjet printer called a HandJet EBS-250.
Personal web site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Digital artist in Linthicum, MD, and Providence, RI, who created the sci-fi typeface Cosmos (2013). In Robert Lipton's type design class in 2017, g=he developed the angular and tension-laden typeface Cilia, which was inspired by Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H. [Google] [More] ⦿
Providence, RI-based designer of the serif typeface Hodoo (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
James R. Pardee Jr.
Jason Pamental (Rumford, RI) is Senior Director of Design and Technical Strategy at Isovera, where he heads the design and development team, leads workshops, and works with clients establishing their digital strategy. Jason specializes in typography for the web.
Author of Responsive Typography (O'Reilly). [Google] [More] ⦿
Lincoln, RI-based student (at SCAD, Savannah, GA) who is interested in legibility issues for her school project. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lettering artist, stonecutter, calligrapher and sculptor, b. 1939, Newport, RI. Son of John Howard Benson (1902-1956), stonecutter and calligrapher, who was also born in Newport. He has created inscriptions for monuments including the John F. Kennedy memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, the National Gallery of Art, and the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. Trained in sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, John was owner and operator of the historic John Stevens stonecarving shop for more than thirty years. He trained his son Nicholas, who now runs the John Stevens Shop (since 1993), and has lately returned to the full-time practice of making sculptures at his studio in Newport.
His typefaces include the understated calligraphic scripts Alexa (1995-2002, Adobe), Balzano (1994, Adobe) and Caliban (1995, Adobe), the titling typeface Aardvark for Font Bureau (1991, with Jill Pichotta), and several phototypefaces for architectural applications.
Sample of his work from 1973 now at the MoMA in New York.
Wikipedia link. Font Bureau link. . Fontshop link. Linotype link.
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Born in Newport, RI, in 1901, John Howard Benson became a famous stonecutter and calligrapher. An author and educator at the Rhode Island School of Design, he wrote The Elements of Lettering with Arthur Graham Carey. He died in 1956.
Philip Hofer (Harvard College Library) published Inscriptions in the Graphic Arts Department at Harvard in PAGA, volume 1, no. 1, pages 10-12, 1953. In that article, he describes the collection at the Houghton Library in Harvard, and focuses a lot on the lettering and inscriptions of John Howard Benson. Hofer claims Benson is the best letter cutter of his generation, just as Eric Gill was the best in his generation.
His son is type designer, stonecutter and calligrapher John Everett Benson (b. 1939). [Google] [More] ⦿
As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Joseph Allegro (Providence, RI) designed the 9x9 pixel grid typeface Linus (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Originally from Vermont, Julian Kelly is the Providence, RI-based designer an experimental SVG format typeface in 2016 called Eightynine. The source is available at Github. He writes: Eightynine is a typeface composed entirely of stroked SVG paths. The face was created as an experiment to see web type could freely shift weight as it was scaled. Unfortunately it isn't that practical to use, a JS script has to go through and replace all of the text on the page with inline SVGs every time the page reflows. [Google] [More] ⦿
Pawtucket, RI-based graphic designer who created the squarish sans family B Jup Sans in 2009. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Providence, RI, who created the display typeface Sprite (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Newport, RI and Stamford, CT-based student, letterer and graphic designer. Creator of an ornamental caps face (2011) and a nice psychedelic typography poster in 2009. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
American type designer, b. 1980, who graduated from the RISD, and worked at Font Bureau (as Senior Custom Designer) and Type Network (as Custom Type Director) in Boston. She set up Kerns & Cairns, also in Boston. Interview at Daidala. Interview by Christian Palino. Her typefaces:
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Graphic designer in Newport, RI. She made the clean hand-printed typefaces Jinian (2011) and Jinian Annoyed (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Providence, RI-based designer of the experimental typefaces Circuit (2014) and Mas Context (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Barrington, RI-based designer of the mechanical octagonal typeface Heavy Black (2015), the angular typeface Jagged (2015), and the display sans typeface Grotesque (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Lehu Zhang has an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. He created the Latin text typeface Impression in 2013. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
List of schools offering type and typography course work, as compiled by the Type Directors Club:
During her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015, in the class taught by Cyrus Highsmith, Llewellyn Hensley (Providence, RI) created the text typeface Tralfamadore. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of RISD. Providence, RI-based designer of the flared typeface Pardalote (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Marie is a type and graphic designer, and programmer. In addition to designing type, she works on tool engineering at Occupant Fonts in Providence, RI. She also collaborates with a range of organizations as a designer and developer. Marie holds an MFA in Graphic Design from RISD and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago.
In 2021, at Occupant Fonts / Type Network, she released the 42-style Pentameter. Type Network writes: In Pentameter, Marie Otsuka explores the polyrhythmic potential that usually stays dormant inside the limitations of monospaced typefaces. As an upright italic, the letterforms create a lively pattern while their uniform metrics remain steady. The result is an inventive design on a syncopated beat that resonates with the poetics beyond code. Pentameter's lower case i looks like a breaststroke swimmer coming up for air. [Google] [More] ⦿
MCKL (was: Mickel Design)
Jeremy Mickel runs a design studio in Los Ange;les, where he moved to from Minneapolis in 2015. Before that, he was located in Brooklyn, New York and Providence, RI. Originally called Mickel Design, the studio and foundry was renamed MCKL in 2012. Mickel has taught at RISD and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
He is working on this VAR-Rounded sans serif style face (2007) that was based on plastic cut letters seen in New York's subway. See also here and here. Mickel's typefaces:
Klingspor link. Village link. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More] ⦿
For a school project at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, Michael Guhl designed the fun decorative caps typeface Body Talk (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator Michelle Mruk (Providence, RI) used the figure 8 to create the Loopback typeface in 2013. In 2015, now loacted in Brooklyn, NY, she designed the experimental typeface Summer Type. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typefounder in Providence, RI. He created the display caps typeface Babel (2011). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Morisawa Providence Drawing Office
In September 2017, Morisawa announced the establishment of "Morisawa Providence Drawing Office" in Providence, RI, as its new base for developing Latin fonts. Cyrus Highsmith, who had served as a designer for Font Bureau for many years, and who started Occupant Fonts in 2015, has been appointed as its creative director.
By this move, Morisawa acquired Occupant Fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (class of 2018), Mostyn Griffith (Palo Alto, CA) created the display typefaces Solum Serif (2015) and Lenor Black (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Nicole Cochary (Providence, RI) designed the slabby Western typeface Eastwood (2014) and Heavy Reggie (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Senior designer at Font Bureau since 1997, after graduating that year from the Rhode Island School of Design. Born in Milwaukee, WI, he now is a faculty member at RISD, where he teaches typography in the department of Graphic Design. He regularly offers a summer course on Digital Type Design, Summer Institute of Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design. His sketchbooks are now on line. In 2016, he set up Occupant Fonts as part of the Type Network.
In September 2017, Morisawa announced the establishment of "Morisawa Providence Drawing Office" in Providence, RI, as its new base for developing Latin fonts. Cyrus Highsmith, who had served as a designer for Font Bureau for many years, and who started Occupant Fonts in 2015, has been appointed as its creative director. By this move, Morisawa acquired Occupant Fonts.
Author of Inside Paragraphs, written for a foundational typography course. Matthew Carter writes: Cyrus Highsmith takes the lid off a paragraph of type and shows its inner workings. There is nothing you need to understand about using type that's not in this book. Cyrus explains the correct terms for the typographic components of form and space that make a letter, a word, a line, a paragraph, and he does it with clear drawings, simple language, and a legible typeface for the text.
Cyrus created wonderful typefaces such as Loupot (1997, with Laurie Rosenwald, based on the lettering on Charles Loupot's St. Raphael poster from 1948), Eggwhite (2000-2018, for comics), Relay (2002, a somewhat art deco sans serif family that will be in vogue for years to come!), Benton Sans (1995-2003, with Tobias Frere-Jones, a revival of Benton's 1903 family, News Gothic; see also Benton Sans Wide, 2013), Occupant Gothic (2000-2018, angular), Prensa (2003, a simple 24-style serif family), Prensa Display (2012), Dispatch (1999-2000), Halo (2003), the 12-weight Stainless family (2001), and Daleys Gothic (1998). The Wall Street Journal uses his D4ScotchD4Scotch family (2001). He made a modified Palatino for the newspaper El Mercurio, and designed Zocalo or El Universal for the newspaper El Universal. He won Bukvaraz 2001 awards for Prensa and Relay.
His Amira (Font Bureau) and (Spanish-feeling) Zocalo (Font Bureau) won awards at TDC2 2004.
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about the wealth of typefaces. In 2006, Escrow (Font Bureau) was published, an out-of-this-world 44-style subdued Scotch family that is used by The Wall Street Journal. In 2007, still at Font Bureau, he created Antenna, a 56-style sans family, as well as Biscotti, a delicate connected (wedding) script commissioned in 2004 by Gretchen Smelter and Donna Agajanian for Brides magazine.
His calligraphic copperplate script Novia (2007, Font Bureau) was commissioned to grace the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings.
Still in 2007, he won an award for his newspaper type family Quiosco (Font Bureau). Font Bureau writes: With Quiosco, Cyrus Highsmith continues an examination of themes and possibilities which he first explored in Prensa, inspired by the work of W. A. Dwiggins---specifically a dynamic tension between inner and outer contours. However, the crackling, electrical energy of Prensa here gives way to a more fluid, mercurial muscularity in Quiosco. See also Quiosco Display.
In 2006, he designed Scout for Geraldine Hessler's redesign of Entertainment Weekly, under the influence of DIN, Venus and Cairoli. Scout is a utilitarian sans serif series that was followed in 2013 with Scout RE---four styles optimized for screen text and small sizes in print. In 2016, he added Scout Text.
In 2010, at Font Bureau, he published the extensive families Ibis Text and Ibis Display, which he says were influenced by Walbaum (1919) and Melior (1952). The Webtype version IbisRE is poorly kerned / displayed in my browser though. From 2007 until 2010, he developed Salvo Sans and Salvo Serif (Font Bureau), which were originally called Boomer Sans and Serif. They were released in 2011.
In 2012, he published Serge (an angular script family in three styles: a frisky, acrobatic typeface that dashes off decorative blurbs, signs, and headlines with a lively, angular zest), Heron Sans and Heron Serif at Font Bureau, which writes: Heron Serif and Sans are born of hard iron and steel, but galvanized with Cyrus Highsmith's warmth and energy.
In 2013, he published Icebox at Font Bureau---a font that is based on a set of magnetic letters found at a variety store.
Typefaces from 2014: Tick and Tock, two stencil styles.
Typefaces from 2015: Antenna Serif.
Typefaces from 2016: Gasket, Gasket Unicase, Gasket Uncial.
Typefaces from 2017: Allium.
Typefaces from 2018: Allium Text.
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Don't design web fonts Its theme is: The successful type series of the future will be the ones that can move between media. He says that new typefaces should be smarter than the devices that use them.
In 2015, he received the coveted Gerrit Noordzij Prijs. His illustrations were the subject of an exhibition and a book, both called Products Of A Thinking Hand (Typotheque / KABK, 2018).
View Cyrus Highsmith's typefaces.
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Charles Gibbons (b. 1967, Lynn, MA) received an MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Gibbons spent much of the nineties as a designer for the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and later as assistant professor of Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin / Stout where he taught typography and publication design. In 2001, he joined the Library of Congress as the chief designer for the United States Copyright Office. Chuck has partnered with various typefoundries such as Bitstream, Filmotype, Sideshow, Tart Workshop, Device, and Cultivated Mind. The Ciao Bella ornaments he designed with Cultivated Mind's Cindy Kinash represent the first commercially available auto-chromatic fonts: each font can be set in two colors. Working with Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge at Tart Workshop, he developed the method by which their Aya Script delivers its characteristic curlicue ribbons. His types grace book covers, greeting cards, film titles, museum façades, and the seal of the United States Copyright Office. At present, he teaches typography and type design at Tufts University in Boston. In 2015, he set up Oddsorts. His typefaces, in more or less chronological order:
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Paul Soulellis (b. 1968) is a Providence, RI (was: New York)-based artist and creative director, maintaining his studio in Long Island City, NY. Paul was trained as an architect and is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning. He is the founder/director of Queer.Archive.Work, a non-profit community reading room, publishing studio, and community space, and Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
He created Library of the Printed Web, a curatorial project organized around artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to develop printed matter from content found on the web.
He founded the design firm Soulellis Studio in 2001 and produces work for clients like Cornell University, TED, Waterworks, Esri, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Municipal Art Society of New York. Creator of two free typefaces:
Designer and compositor from Providence, RI, who is working on Scripty (2006), a bouncy sans face. Also called Dan G. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of London's Royal College of Art in 1999, James Goggin (b. 1975) founded graphic design studio Practise in 1999 in London with his partner Shan James. James was art director of The Wire (2005-2008). In August 2010, Goggin moved to Chicago where he was Design Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2010-2013). Previously he was based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, working as course director and teacher at Werkplaats Typografie (2009-2010) and visiting lecturer at ECAL (Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne) (2009-2010). The studio Practise has been based in Providence, RI, since 2016 where James also teaches BFA and MFA Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Aka Jacques Gauguin and "Practise", he has worked in London, Auckland and Sri Lanka.
From East Providence, RI, Nate Piekos' foundry started near the end of 2002. Nate Piekos (b. 1975, RI) also runs the comic font foundry Blambot. His fonts are being sold at MyFonts.com. These include East Side NDP, Clam Cakes NDP (2003), KennedyPlazaNDP (2003), Number42BusNDP (2003), ThayerStreetNDP (2003), WestminsterNDPItalic (2003), WestminsterNDP (2003), Coffee Milk NDP (2003) and Prov Draftsman NDP. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Great handletterer (b. 1929 in Far Rockaway, Long Island of Russian parents) who grew up in New York City. He studied lettering with Paul Standard, Georg Salter and Leo Manso at The Cooper Union and graduated from The Cooper Union in 1951. He worked at the same studio as Milton Glaser for the next three years. Rahael become a designer and worked for some time for Lippincott and Margulies in New York. Raphael lived in Colorado for a long time, but is now based in Bellingham, WA.
In 1969 he patented a squarish typeface for Tyco Laboratories in Waltham, MA. In 1972, he moved to Newport, RI and resumed his career in lettering, calligraphy and graphic design.
His typeface Avia (VGC) was an expansion of a logofont he did for Abex Corporation, almost like a stencil. It is now at Font Bureau, where Jill Pichotta has added the Light and Bold in 2000. His typeface Visa (1966, VGC) won the Second Prize in the 1966 VGC National Type Face Design Competition. Others (thanks, Alexander Tochilovsky) confirm what I thought---that Visa and Avia are the same thing. Finally, Sloop Script Pro (1994, Richard Lipton, Font Bureau) is based on Boguslav's designs.
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During her studies at RISD in Providence, RI, Rhea Jain designed the text typeface Elatior (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Reputed design school that graduated quite a few well-known type designers. [Google] [More] ⦿
Rhode Island Soft Systems
Your TrueType signature font for 70USD. Forms are on the web. Plus three 10-font packs at 20USD a pack. These font packs have limited character set shareware versions as well. Fonts on them include MagChar, TreeCarving, Handprinting, DingDong-Signso'theTimes, Chell-Crome, and a number of fonts by Jonathan Smith made in 1993: All-Hearts, Bunny-Lips, Confetti, El-RioLobo, Elbjorg-Script, Essential-Times, Firey, Glifik, Hero-Outline, Hirosh (an exact copy of the phototype font Sukiyaki by Gene Eidy, 1968), Ice-CreamSandwich, Ice-Snow, Made-InTheUSA, New-LandContour, New-LandInline, New-LandOutline, New-LandSport, Ol'54, Planetz, Porter-Lil'Kaps, Religious, RockArt, Spider-WebBlock, The-Score, Wet-Paint. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ryan Bugden is an independent graphic and type designer based in Brooklyn. Before graduating from Type Media at the KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands (class of 2019), he received his BFA in Graphic Design from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), completed the Type@Cooper Extended Program, and worked as a senior designer at Pentagram and Red Antler. He currently runs R&M with Michelle Ando and releases typefaces independently and through Future Fonts. He is an adjunct professor of typography at School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Samantha Edson graduated from Roger Williams University and works as a graphic designer in North Providence, RI. She created the vintage display typeface serendipitous in 2015. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, Sarah Dahsohl Im created the text typeface Demitasse (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Shiman Shan is a designer and 2012 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design. Creator of the connected script typeface Sometimes Regular (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Intensive Summer school, including courses on typography and typeface design, taught by Franz Werner and Cyrus Highsmith. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Providence,RI, who created the wedge serif Black Cat typeface (2016), which was influenced by Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat. She also published some fine Korean lettering posters (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, class of 2015. Supervised by Cyrus Highsmith, she designed Pluto (2015), a contemporary serif text face with lumpy, thumb-like serifs which reference the whimsy of Tintin comic books and the newsy formality of National Geographic magazine. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer from Cranston, Providence, RI, b. 1947, who made these free typefaces:
Author of Fontographer: Type by Design (MIS Press, 1995), a book set in Livingston, a font Moye designed himself. Moye was saddened by the demise of Fontographer at the hands of Macromedia, and elated by its resurrection at FontLab in 2005. He also wrote Tex TypeSpec [free PDF at CTAN].
Providence, RI-based co-designer, with Yifan Du, of Nihil (2019), a stencil font based on Baskerville. [Google] [More] ⦿
Apparel and graphic designer Susan Merriam (Merriam Design, Providence, RI) created an attractive painter font called Bobby Pin (2012) during her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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The Design Office
A place for independent designers in downtown Providence, RI. One of the designers in this group is John Caserta, the founder of The Design Office, who conceived its magnificent web page. John created Modern Pictograms (2011, a free icon font).
John's CV: John Caserta is a Providence-based designer, artist and educator. He received an MFA from Yale University in 2004 and a BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina in 1995. Upon completion of his graduate thesis, Take Your Time, he was awarded the J. William Fulbright Fellowship in Art to create a time capsule for a small village in southern Italy. Upon return to the United States in January of 2006, he was appointed critic in the department of graphic design at The Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to course instruction, he is a graduate thesis adviser and leads various workshops. In November of 2007, he founded The Design Office. He continues to run a solo information design practice, taking commissions primarily from media companies and universities. He lives in Pawtucket, R.I. with his wife Sarah, daughter Lucia and dog Ray.
Born in Boston in 1976. Graduated with an MA in Typeface Design from-the University of Reading and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduation, he worked briefly for Jeremy Tankard and Font Bureau. In 2005, he worked briefly for Porchez Typofonderie. He currently lives in Heidelberg, Germany.
He designed these typefaces:
Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal.
Behance link. Old URL. Klingspor link.
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Providence, RI-based type and graphic designer, b. Florida. Under the supervision of Cyrus Highsmith at RISD, she designed Clarence in 2013: Clarence is a calligraphic typeface derived from the hand-lettering forms found in Christmas cards of the 1920s. It is inspired by the film, "It's a Wonderful Life".
Typeoff was an Offenbach-based German type collective, est. 2004 by Daniel John Andrew Reynolds (b. 1979, Baltimore, MD), who blogs happily and frequently. Dan grew up in various cities in the USA, received a BFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2002, and moved to Germany in 2003 to study typography with Professor Fritz Friedl at Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach. Dan was an intern at Linotype, and is still affiliated with Linotype. In 2004, he founded Typeoff.de. In 2007 he moved to the University of Reading for an MA in typeface design. Afterwards, he returned to Germany where he is based in Berlin and, for some time. In 2017, he helped Jan Middendorp set up the new foundry Fust & Friends. In 2018, he submitted his type history PhD dissertation at the University of Braunschweig, Germany, and joined LucasFonts in Berlin.
Typefaces created by the collective include Argos, AT Stencil, Disco 3000, Ignaz Text, Ignaz Titling, India Gothic, Janus, Jeans, Pater Noster, Proportia, Sweet Pea, Teppic, Used to Love Her. The designers include the founder Dan Reynolds, and his collaborators David Borchers, Lara Glück, Till Hopstock, and Lukas Schneider.
Dan's own typefaces at TypeOff include Ignaz Text (2004, originally called Ignaz Textura, and based on letters he found on a sepulchral memorial outside of St. Ignaz church in Mainz (Germany)), Ignaz Lombard Caps (2004), Ignaz Titling (2004), Janus (2004, a pixel face), Pater Noster (2004-2009, an uncial), Proportia (2004, a geometric sans), Sweet Pea (2004, an octagonal face), and Used to Love Her (2004, experimental). He is working on a Lombard Capitals face (2004), Teutonia Serif (2005, based on Teutonia, a geometric display typeface that was cut in Offenbach by the Roos & Junge type foundry in 1902; this squarish family is released under the name Mountain at Volcano Type in 2006) and Farewell Street (2004, sans family). Working on this condensed didone (2007).
In 2007, he worked with Kobayashi at Linotype to produce a revival and extension of a 1930 sans family of Morris Fuller Benton, and named it Morris Sans (+Small Caps), which could be viewed as an organic version of Bank Gothic. Morris Sans was published in 2008 by Linotype.
In 2008, he designed the serif family Martel in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the MA in typeface design at the University of Reading---it covers Latin and Devanagari. Martel Sans was published in the (free) Google Fonts collection in 2015. It was finished in 2014 in cooperation with mathieu Réguer. Github link.
He is working on a Condensed Serif.
Malabar (2008) won an award at TDC2 2009. Malabar also won the German Design Prize in Gold 2010. See the Linotype version Malabar Etext (2013).
In 2013, Dan did a digital revival of Harold Horman's Western reverse stress typeface Carnival at House Industries. The original dates back to the 1940s when Horman co-founded PhotoLettering Inc.
Codesigner with Matthew Carter in 2010 of Carter Sans (ITC), a flared lapidary typeface family.
With Mathieu Réguer, he created the libre a monolinear, geometric sans typeface family Biryani (2015, Google Web Fonts) for Latin and Devanagari.
In 2017, he published Rustic.
In 2020, Eben Sorkin, Pria Ravichandran, Inga Ploennigs and Dan Reynolds co-designed the sans family Karow at URW.
Type events of 2008 reviewed by Dan. Volcano Type link. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin and at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Klingspor link. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam and at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw on Did photography kill punchcutting?. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp on the topic of Jean Midolle's typeface Midolline. Volcano Type link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Typography Mania is a weekly post series that comes around every Wednesday with the best of Typography design works on the web, from type videos to images everything is full of great design and typography inspiration. Users can submit their typography designs. It is managed by Paulo Canabarro, a web designer from Brazil currently living in Providence RI, USA. Last post dates from 2011. [Google] [More] ⦿
Viviane Jalil was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. She studied at the University of Geneva and then the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. While at RISD, she created the propaganda poster typeface Dystopia (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Providence, RI-based co-designer, with Suri Huang at the Thode Island school of Design, of Nihil (2019), a stencil font based on Baskerville. [Google] [More] ⦿