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Type scene in Tennessee
Nashville, TN-based Angela Haglund made Gatsby Caps and Nouveau Riche (1997, art nouveau). Nouveau Riche is based on a combination of 3 alphabets. The inspiration is a portfolio by two artists, J. Lehner and E. Mader, published early in the century in Vienna called Neue Schriften und Firmenschilder im Modernen stil: Serie I (New Alphabets and Business Signs in the Modern Style: Series I). [Google] [More] ⦿
BenStucki: Flex Font Embedding
Daniel Kratky is a Slovak type designer. He started out as Dannci and ran Type The Font. Creator in 2010 of the free sans display typefaces League Gothic (2010) [note to readers---this sounds improbable as that font is by The League of Movable Type], Gabo Drive (in the style of Impact), Barrci, No. 52 (2010), Sertig and Balham.
David Thometz Design
David Thometz (b. Everett, WA, 1966) is a designer in South Jordan, UT (near Salt Lake City) who has produced some fonts for his own projects. In 2004, he moved to Hampton, TN. Typefaces by him include DTD Silvertone Woodtype, DTD Architrave Sans, DTD Tinhorn, DTD Venceremos Latin, DTD Hefeweizen (blackletter, beer bottle font), DTD Architrave (2001), DTD Digita (a great screen font), DTD Seriatim [+ Seriatim Gestalt, + Seriatim Uncial, 2003, + Seriatim Sans, 2003), DTW Erwin (2004, a Venetian newspaper typeface for the Erwin Record, a small, weekly newspaper in the town of Erwin in northeastern Tennessee, based on a cross of Plantin and Cloister), and Erwin Gothic (2007), its companion. About Erwin Gothic, he says: The design of Erwin Gothic is based on a series of German grotesque families from the early 1900s, designed originally by Johannes Wagner and distributed originally by Wagner&Schmidt as Wotan (ca. 1914?), Lessing, Reichsgrotesk and Edel Grotesque; and subsequently reworked and re-released by several foundries under these names as well as names such as Annonce Grotesque (ca. 1912?), Aurora Grotesk (ca. 1928), Neue Aurora Grotesk (1964) and Aura. Anzeigen Grotesk (ca. 1943) appears to be another offspring of these designs.
Shields holds a BFA from Memphis State University and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He lived in Brooklyn where he co-founded the design studio Viewers Like You, and was a design consultant in New York. He designed Goofypop and Frank Rounded. Now an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Shields researches and catalogues wood type, and organizes the extensive Rob Roy Kelly wood type collection there. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, and at TypeCon 2012 in Milwaukee. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dismantle Destroy (and before that, Dismantle Design) is located in Clarksville, TN, and is run by Matthew Tyndall (b. 1984), who according to MyFonts lives in Frankfurt, Germany. Creative Market link.
Creator of Arrivals and Departures (2011, sans display face), Ask My Flashlight (2011, a bold and bouncy comic book style face), Quiet the Thief (2011, spurred face), Raila Skies (2011, a hand-printed typeface done with Ralia Staggs), Hello Arson (2011, grunge), and Badcap (2011, grunge).
Typefaces from 2012: Monster Monster.
Typefaces from 2013: Meet The Submarine, Coin Operated (sketch font), I know a ghost, Weathervanes, As You Wish (hand-printed), Hoods and Capers (piano key face), Everglow, Brave Mountains (hand-drawn 3d poster face), Biloxi, Savage Kids (Treefrog-like script), Sleeping Forest, Right as Rain, That's Just Gross, Silent Seas.
Dafont link. The free typefaces at Dafont included the grunge typeface Devotion and Desire (2005), and Something Dangerous, and the hand-printed typeface Meet The Submarine (2011). Many more were added to the free list in 2013.
In 2014, he made Hashi, Daruma (chubby poster typeface), Amely, Crybaby, Handguns, Real Friends, Solid Ground, Skag, Kazoku, Piano Fingers, Vagabond, Wolves at Night (brush font), Write This Down, Polar Bread, Hiroba (sci-fi), Hungry Hobo, Wakari, Suncrusher, Captain Chunk, Tegami (based on the handwriting of Kaori Onoda), Surfaced. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Matthew Austin Petty from Nashville, TN, designed these fonts: AmarettoSour (great!), Chigger (handwriting), CountryHam, Damit, DevonisTrashed, Dingo, DisturbedBatsYo, Feta, Fishalicious (handwriting), Goddess (handwriting by Mary Katherine Brooks), Janis, MattfontOblique, MattfontSquishedBlack, MontezumasRevenge, Muzzle, Nashville (Western font), Pistolgrip (2002), Regork, Rockelectric, ScumbagPornking (dedicated to Larry Flynt), Serpents, ShowgirlErin, Shrooms, SoupRunny, Spittoontaxidermistjr, Tangerine, Taxidermist, Teachers (handwriting), Tetanus (2002), Trash.
Exclamachine Type Foundry
Choz Cunningham (b. 1975, Santa Cruz, CA) is a Las Vegas and more recently, Nashville, TN-based designer and artist, who set up Exclamachine in 2005. Until 2012, exclamachine published free fonts. In 2012, it went commercial via MyFonts.
Designer of Whiskey Songs (2007), Crass Roots and Crass Roots OFL (2007, stencil), Misqot (2006), The Troubles (2006), Limberjack (2006, an ornate wood titling font), this blackletter-inspired serif face (2006), Futurelic (2006, futuristic), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times Bold (2005, grunge), Sketchy Times (2005, grunge), Basket of Hammers (2005, a nice wallpainting/graffiti font). His company, also called Exclamachine Foundry, where these fonts can be downloaded: The Black Bloc (2006, blackletter-inspired), MISQOT (2006), Kutura Frontalis (2006), PaulMaul (2006), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times (2006), Carlos Caffeinated (2006), Basket of Hammers (2006), Disc Inferno (2006, LED simulation), Rosda Laevigata)2007, handprinting), and this heavy metal band font (2006).
Typefaces from 2013: FinFang (comic book style caps), Lestatic Slashed (+Condensed), Lestatic Obsidian Outline (grungy), Lestatic Lashed (Arabic simulation face), Lestatic Celerite, Lestatic Carved, Lestatic CSS, Lestatic Withered Condensed, Lestatic Withered, Lestatic Sliced.
Memphis, TN-based designer.
Foundry, est. 2006, by Kyle Jones, a graphic designer and illustrator from Brentwood, TN, who works in Nashville, TN. Their fonts include Milkman (2006, comic book lettering), a perky all-caps sans display typeface with comic book overtones, discussed here (2006). Another comic book typeface is here. And even his fifties-style connected script face (2006) has comic book written all over it. Still in the same style is this connected script face (2007) and this advertising typeface called WIP (2007, an angular script face). Ampersand (2010) has just that, a collection of ampersands.
In 2015, he made Another Brush Pen Font, and Milkman (a great comic book font).
In 2016, he designed the wonderfully refreshing Digerati Mono.
Haunted House Fonts (was: Moonlighting Publications)
At Haunted House Fonts (or: MoonLighting Publications), we find free original horror fonts by Bristol, TN-based Tim Harkleroad: BoneApart (1997), DracBats (1999), Haunted (1997), Mummified (1997), Spykker (1998), Vampyr (1997).
Insigne Type Design Studio (was: Dooley Type)
Insigne Type Design Studio (est. 2006) is run by Jeremy Dooley, b. Columbia, SC, 1981, who received a masters in graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005. He lived in Atlanta, GA, and is now in Knoxville, TN. From 2004 until 2006, he ran Dooley Type in Greenville, SC. Behance link. Klingspor link. Font squirrel link. Creative Market link. MyFonts interview. His fonts:
Graphic designer and wayfinding system pioneer, b. Nashville, TN, 1929, who lives in Jupiter Beach, FL. At Yale University, she obtained an MFA in architecture and design, studying with two influential professors, architect Louis Kahn and Bauhaus guru Josef Albers. Albers had a profound effect on Doggett and her use of color, which she would apply in her wayfinding solutions for about 40 airports. For some of them, she designed special typefaces. For example, for Tampa's airport, she modified Helvetica in her Alphabet A in the early 1970s. Interview by Lennie Bennett, Tampa Bay Times. [Google] [More] ⦿
Koi was born in Nashville, TN, in 1979. From the MyFonts site: The artist Koi incorporates abstract calligraphy into mixed media pieces. She also creates calligraphy from traditional and original hands, or alphabets. She creates original brush and nib designs for !Exclamachine Foundry, including Lestatic Lashed. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Louis Dorman grew up in Missouri and lives in Nashville, TN. In 2014, he created the scratchy typeface Ozarks. In 2016, he published the interesting sketched typeface family Ocie. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
Matthew Austin Petty
Michael D. Adams
Born and raised in Tennessee, Michael Paul Young currently calls Bangkok, Thailand home. He founded, managed and directs daily the online design shop YouWorkForThem, which is located in Baltimore, MD. Home page. Creator of "Apply", a free texture tool that allows you to customize any font you wish with an array of inky splatters and sprays. In 2000-2001, he made the pixelish YWFT DesignGraphik family. With Teerayut Puchpen, he designed the ultra-fat counterless typeface Pudge (2010). In 2011, he created YWFT Motown Expanded and YWFT Motown Condensed, which were based on YWFT Motown (2009, Travis Stearns). With Michael Cina and Taechit Jiropaskosol, he designed YWFT Agostina Alternate (2011).
Once Blind Studios
Randy and Leisa Wilcox run Once Blind Studios in Nashville, TN-based. They designed the grungy typefaces Rhyolite (2015), Goldfield (2015) and Gold Dust (2015), which were created in the style of ghost town and gold rush lettering. Jerome (2015) is a vintage newsprint font.
Oscillating Type Foundry (or: OSC Type Foundry)
In 2012, OSC published Italian Throwback 3D (shadow), Italian Throwback Outline, and Italian Throwback Fill, in the style of the Italian Western typefaces of the late 19th century. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Knoxville, TN-based creator of Ignite Me (2012, hand-printed).
Graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Alternate URL. Patric started Pretty in Chicago together with Su and Milan. The Pretty fonts sold via MyFonts: Nineteen Eighty Four (2005), Revenant (1995, a redesign of Bad Excuse), Commodity (2003, Thirstype: ten geometric styles), Gia (2000, 5 oroginal styles based on the NASA logo font and named after the first woman to die of AIDS, Gia Carangi; extended to 7 weights in 2016), Automaton (2009, techno).
Patric King also designed Fast Girls (1995), Bad Excuse (1995), Smile (all available through Thirstype), and the private fonts Blechstreet, Untitled Script, 1984 (2005, constructivist, but also related to the German New Wave), 1985, 1997, Atari Baby, Flex, Phoebe, Untitled, DAT, Flourish, Scribner (handwriting), Food, Apocalipstick, Superwardudes, Twiggies, Handjob, Royal Street (2013, grotesque).
MyFonts sells these typefaces:
Memphis, TN-based Michael Adams (Roadgeek Fonts) developed a series of (free) heavy sans US highway sign fonts in 2002: Roadgeek2000SeriesB, Roadgeek2000SeriesC, Roadgeek2000SeriesD, Roadgeek2000SeriesE, Roadgeek2000SeriesEModified, Roadgeek2000SeriesF, RoadgeekTransportHeavy, RoadgeekTransportMedium. In 2005, he extended his font collection to include UK, German and US highway signs:
Robbie de Villiers
During her studies in Chattanooga, TN, in 2013, Stephanie Fast created an experimental typeface by using only three design elements---a straight line, an arc, and a rounded rectangle. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sweet Little Muse
Bree Votava (Sweet Little Muse, Nashville, TN) created the great hand-drawn poster fonts Thinster (2014), Briley (2014), Harper (2014) and Everlie (2014).
Thomas Ramey, a graphic designer from Austin, TX, who grew up in Pasadena, TX, and was located in San Francisco and Nashville, TN, now operates out of Seattle, WA. He created the hybrid font Black Sans (2011) by combining DIN with the blackletter typeface Linotext.
In 2012, he designed the (free) curly upright typeface family Mocha Script.
In 2013, he designed the blood splatter font Sin.
In 2014, he created the layered cartoonish font Storyland, the ink splatter typeface Isaiah 53, the wide typeface Lightyear, the blackletter typeface Easy Company, and the roundish typeface Thunder Pants.
Typefaces from 2015: Aventuras Stencil, Stella Grace (children's script), Sunshine Sans (+Spurred, +Stencil, +Rounded), Sugarfoot (Western), Country Bluegrass (Western), Baker Street Script, Yellowstone.
Typefaces from 2016: Survivor Wood (a wooden plank font modeled after the Survivor TV series), Survivor Display (cleaned-up version with several inline styles).
Thousand Type Works
Thousand Type Works is the Nashville, TN-based foundry of Bryan Levay. Their fonts, dated ca. 2011, include Equa (squarish family), Astral (art nouveau flavors), Alebin (large x-height text face), and Kilo (informal handprinting). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Murfreesboro, TN and/or Anthem, AZ-based illustrator and graphic designer (b. 1978). Creator of Toonish (2008), a cartoon face, which in 2009 became a commercial typeface at T-26. He also made the modular typeface Machinista (2010, T26).
The Wilton Foundry, which started out in Wilton, CT, but is now in Chattanooga, TN), was founded in 2003 by Robbie de Villiers. It published Maker (2015, a fresh rectangle-studded techno-display typeface), Saluzzo (2015, a contemporary calligraphic stencil interpretation of Bodoni), Twine (2014, a warm rounded stencil type inspired by the Plantin typeface which in turn is based on Robert Granjon's Gros Cicero of the 16th century), Cielo (2012, a sans family with some contrast), Marcus (2012, a roman type family in the Trajan style), Typetonic (2011, techno), Skript (2011, a stencilish script), Vallassina (2011, like a child's hand), Bellezza (2010), Pagina (2010, humanist sans), Rijk (2010, calligraphic), Saycheez (2009), Chamber (2009, serif face), Ciseaux (2009), Terzo (2009, calligraphic), Werk (2009, 12-style sans family), Velouté (2008, script), Diario (2009, blackboard script), Carnegie Classic (2009, calligraphic), Ziro (2008, almost a comic book font), Suzie Q (2007, hand-printed), Brasserie (2007, connected script), Chateau (2007, calligraphic script), Pointe (2007, a blackboard script), Atto Sans (2007), Santa Cruz (2007, a serifed headline face), Marzipan (2007, a whimsical script), Spark (2007), Fete (2006, formal script), Flax (2006), Portfolio (2005), Cyan (2006, a compact serif typeface reminiscent of Trajan), Ceres (2009, related to Cyan), Cyan Sans (2006), Petronella (2006, medieval script), Pezzo (2006, calligraphic script), Canette (2006, calligraphic script), Vecta Serif (2005), Vecta (2005, sans family; also published in 2006 as Vecta DT (DTP Types)), Cinnamon (2005, children's handwriting), Cilantro (2005, fun handwriting, and its niece Hanna (2008)), Misspink (2005, stone-age simplicity), Brown Fox (2005, script), Celsius (2005, felt tip face), Plumage (2007, formal high contrast calligraphy), Plato (2005, faded roman caps), Diplomat (2006, calligraphic), Duet (2004, calligraphic; also published in 2006 as Duet DT (DTP Types)), Spark (2005), Anno Rex (2005), Hampton, SCelsius, Gluestick, Duet Bold (2005, calligraphic), Duet-Flourishes (2004), Duet2Deux, Duet-Regular (2005), Nobodi Bodoni (2005), About Face (2004, script), Benjamin (2003, a geometric sans), Paella (2005), Boondoggle (2005, curly face), Monotonose (2004), Password (2004), LoosieGoosie (2004), Pippin (2005, transitional serif), Carnegie (2004, calligraphic), LatextBold (2003), ModusBoldItalic (2003), Nantucket (2004), Nicolas (2005), Oslo (2005, a legible sans family), Sepia (faded look), Belair.
Chatype is a geometric slab serif typeface family designed in 2012 for the city of Chattanooga, TN, by Robbie de Villiers and Jeremy Dooley.
Unio (2012) is a rounded slab family designed to be sturdy and legible.
You Work For Them (or YWFT; formerly Cinahaus or TrueIsTrue)
Michael Cina (Minneapolis) is the cofounder of WeWorkForThem and YouWorkForThem (in 2002), also known as YWFT. Before that, he ran TrueIsTrue, and before that was partner in Test Pilot Collective (which he left in 2001), and before that he ran Cinahaus. YWFT is located in Knoxville, TN and/or Baltimore, MD. The creative director is Michael Paul Young.
Cina's fonts include the pixel fonts Caliper (1998), YWFT Bit (1998), 6x7oct (1998) and BlackGold; the handwriting font Cinahand; Blessed (1999, techno), YWFT Cam (1998, a slab serif based on industrial lettering), CommunityService, Crossover (1998, dot matrix with stars instead of dots), Composite (1998, octagonal), Formation (1999, a big octagonal family), Jute (2004, a masculine, military, sans-serif), YWFT Maetl (1999, octagonal, angular family), YWFT Moteur (a technical, retro, machine-like design; it briefl went under the name Alloy---in the early 2000s it was heavily used in the video gaming magazine Playstation), YWFT Novum (2002: a heavy block font that draws inspiration from a typeface originally used by the Swiss graphic designer Siegfried Odermatt), Pakt, Reversion (1997, squarish), Selector, Selek (1998, pixelish), Service (2001-2002, an octagonal family), YWFT Signature (1998), Trisect (1999, three-lined family), Unisect (1999, organic monoline sans), YWFT Ultramagnetic (1996, a popular rounded gothic typeface family), Ultramagnetic2 (1999), YWFT Ultramagnetic Expanded (2011), Unfinished. Bastard (1998), Kcap6 (with Matt Desmond), Cheese (1998), Novum (2002), Overcross (2002, unfocused letters), Stem (1998), Testacon (with Kral and Desmond, 1999), Praun (2002, pixel typefaces), OneCross (2002, pixelish stitching family), Estenceler (2004, a great stencil family a bit related to Milton Glaser's Glaser Stencil), Graphium (2004, octagonal Western style family), Expos (2004, graffiti or poster face), YWFT Pixacao (2007, after the Brazilian graffiti style), Vox (2007, monoline sans), Militia Sans (2007, like a Russian constructivist stencil), Jupiter (roman), Militia (2007, heavier stencil), Merc (2007, grunge), Guild (2007), Clarendon Text (2007, a complete revival), Jezebel (2007, script), Ambassador Script (2007, a digital revival of Novarese's typeface by that name), Enam (2002, influenced by Crouwel), Enigmatic Hand (2007), Dusty (2007, a Tuscan-eared Western font), YWFT Poplock (2007, experimental), YWFT Pakt (2004, geometric sans), Sudsy (2007), Black Sabbath (2008, ultra black slab serif, by Stefan Kjartansson), YWFT Belle (2008), Agostina (2008), Bitwood (2009, pixelish western face), YWFT Mullino (2009, letterpress emulation), Trithart (2008, grunge by Emma Trithart), Tapscott (2008, in the style of Rennie Mackintosh), Habano (2008, script), Amorinda (signage script), Retron (2008, connected script), MD01 (medical-themed dingbats), Adelaide (script), Centennial Script (calligraphic), Alexia (calligraphic), Ultramagnetic (experimental), Nash (1997, grunge), Amber (kitchen tile), Fab (3d), 6x7 Oct (1998, pixels and dots), Wool (2009, stencil), YWFT Matter (2009, a wide bold grotesque), YWFT Merriam (2009, a Clarendon-styled slab serif), Agostina Alternate (2011, with Michael Paul Young and Taechit Jiropaskosol), Ramsey (2012), YWFT Dessau (2013, schizograms and capitals like Bauhaus on drugs), YWFT League (2014, inspired by college football jerseys), YWFT Yoke (poster typeface done with Pintassilgo), YWFT Illuminati (2015, abstract capitals).
House fonts at YWFT by unknown designers: YWFT Knit (2010: knitting patterns), YWFT Motif (2015), Ramsey Condensed (2015), YWFT Roamer (2016), YWFT Whisky (alchemic), YWFT Psychosis, YWFT Filbert (2012), YWFT Nim (2012, combining the hipster style with overlays for bevel and shadow effects), Dogma (2012, alchemic), Attic (spooky poster face, in EPS format), YWFT Yoke (textured all-caps), Riblah (2003, dot matrix), YWFT Fraktur (tattoo face), YWFT Burls (2013, fat poster typeface), YWFT Coltrane (2011, handdrawn poster typeface), YWFT Symplify (2013: haute couture snowflakes), YWFT Smoothie, YWFT Chance (2016).