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Type scene in South Dakota

[Headline set in Sofia Pro Black (2012, Olivier Gourvat)]


Alix Suckstorf

Student in Sioux Falls, SD. Creator of the marvelous display typeface ZipIt (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Angie (South Dakota) made the geometric typeface Meuse (2011). No downloads. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arrow Type (or: Typefloundry, or: Recursive Design)
[Stephen Nixon]

Stephen Nixon (b. South Dakota) was an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. After that, he moved to New York City to work as a product designer at IBM. There, he focused on visual design & UX for software products, then moved into brand experience design within IBM Watson. Stephen lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he operates Arrow Type, taking on freelance type design & development work. In 2018, he graduated from the TypeMedia program at KABK in Den Haag. He runs Arrow Type. His typefaces:

  • The free angular text typeface Killam (2012).
  • His KABK graduation typeface, Recursive (Mono, Sans), released in 2018. He explains its multiple uses: Recursive Mono & Sans is a variable type family inspired by casual script signpainting and designed for better code & UI. In programming, recursion is when a function calls itself, using its own output as an input. Recursive Mono was used as a tool to help build itself: it was used to write Python scripts to automate work and generate specimen images, and it was used in the HTML, CSS, and JS to create web-based proofs & prototypes. Through this active usage, Recursive Mono was refined to be not just warm, but also deeply useful for all-day work. Recursive Sans borrows characters from its parent mono but adjusts many key glyphs for comfortable readability in text. Its metrics are superplexed---glyphs take up the same horizontal space across all styles. As a 3-axis variable font, this allows for fluid transitions between weight, slant, and expression (casual to strict letterforms), all without text or layout reflow. In turn, this enables new interactive possibilities in UI and makes for a uniquely fun typesetting experience. This typeface was followed by Recurso Sans (2019; free at OFL). Github page where we learn that contributors besides Stephen Nixon include Katja Schimmel, Lisa Huang and Rafal Buchner. In 2019, these authors published Recursive as a variable font with five axes---mono, casual, weight, slant and italics. Dedicated page. Google Fonts link.
  • He contributed a variable font version to Nikita Prolopov's Fira Code.
  • Name Sans V2 was published by Future Fonts in 2020. Name Sans is a modern interpretation of the tile mosaic name tablets of the New York City subway.
  • Lang Syne (2021). A semi-slab family derived from grave carvings in the Green-Wood Cemetery of Brooklyn, NY.

Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Connor Burtis

Graphic designer in Sioux Falls, SD, who made the grotesk titling typeface Abide (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corwin Watts

Coral Springs, FL (formerly Rapid City, SD)-based designer of Jiri Monospaced, Ozme, Maku, Ethne Tribal Font and watc Monospaced Font, all created in 2004. In 2005, he created Bele, Eala, Njallur, Ressl, Rose (a curly upright script updated in 2008), Sante, Santina and Xeto. In 2006, he added Adam and Geu 1.2. In 2008, the Celtic font Santina became Albina. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cory Lien

Sioux, SD-based designer of the organic typeface So It Goes (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dakota Visions

Black Hills, SD-based designer of the marker pen font Farmer With Perm Marker (2015). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doug Peters
[Symbiotic Design]

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Douglas Peters
[Symbiotic Design]

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Erik Rodne

Graphic designer in Sioux Falls, SD. He designed the "scary" typeface AKS (2010). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hannah Peters

Brookings, SD-based designer of the handcrafted typeface Lemonade (2015) during her studies at South Dakota State University. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Creator of the Western fonts North Dakota and South Dakota (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Pedersen

Sioux Falls, SD-based designer of a pointy display typeface in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Sharp

During her studies in Madison, SD, Jessica Sharp created an untitled typeface (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katie Divine

Lincoln, NE-based graphic design graduate from the University of South Dakota. Her hairline sans typeface Nebula (2011) was designed while Katie was taking a summer design workshop at the University of South Dakota. The inspiration behind this typeface was gained from researching galaxial images. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kayla Peterson

Tea, SD-based designer of Hand Type Poster (2014) and Wisteria (2016, a hand-lettered brush script font). Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kirsten Muhmel

Sioux Falls, SD-based designer of the monoline geometric sans typeface Rolojio (2015), which was finished during her studies at South Dakota State University. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MacKenzie Stevens

Sioux Falls, SD-based designer of the arrowed display typeface Travel (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mark Dykstra

Valley Springs, SD-based designer (b. 1966) of the handwriting font Artskyd Hand (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Meaghan Dodson

Sioux Falls, SD-based designer of Art Deco Typeface (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rachael Dalland

During her studies at south Dakota State University, Rachael Dalland (Minneapolis, MN) designed the decorative typeface Keys (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ross Gonzalez

Sioux Falls, SD-based designer of Octagami (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stephen Nixon
[Arrow Type (or: Typefloundry, or: Recursive Design)]

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Symbiotic Design
[Douglas Peters]

Douglas Peters (Symbiotic Design, Sioux Falls, SD) created the free hand-printed typeface Milton Serif Bled (2013). Behance link.

His other free fonts, mostly made with FontStruct, can be downloaded at Font Journal: Struck, Pursuede, Base, Broadbill, Uset, Struckshur, Wester Breeze, Kindegraf, State (athletic lettering), Goforit, Get Even, 70sStyle Overlap 3D, Tonder, Base 10, Scurry.

Typefaces from 2014 include Cebrosys, Pursuite, Mothership (arts and crafts style), Smush, 70s Style Overlap 3D Extended, Avenura, Sketchy. Particulated, Exsample Trimmed Reverse.

Typefaces from 2018: Blown Out (stencil).

Typefaces from 2019: Jonarun, Tirrel (stencil).

Typefaces from 2020: Shadow Nose (a squarish multiline typeface).

Font Journal is a font archive site run by him. Behance link for his company, Symbiotic Design. FontStruct link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Symbiotic Design
[Doug Peters]

Sioux Falls, SD-based entrepreneur who as Symbiotic Design created the free 618-glyph WebFont (2018, FontStruct) and the stencil typeface Blown Out Regular (2018, FontStruct). In 2019, he added the techno fonts Anticipatio (angular) and Jonarun, and the textured Lephnia Display Caps. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tara Chambers

Sioux Falls, SD-based designer of the art deco typeface Gold Digger (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿