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Designer from Nashville, TN, who created the hand-printed typeface APD (2011, iFontMaker).
Dafont link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Nashville, TN, who created the decorative typeface Twisted in 2016. [Google]
Graphic design student at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN, 2010. Illustrator. Creator of a Grid Alphabet (2010). [Google]
Alyssa Kathryn Threlkeld
Designer in Murfreesboro, TN, who created a hand-drwan marquee alphabet in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
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]
During her studies at Memphis College of Art, Ashley Lulo (Memphis, TN) created Circuit (2014), a prototypical circuit typeface. [Google]
Chattanooga, TN-based designer of the modular hexagonal typeface Pizazz (2017). Google]
During his studies, Nashville, TN-based Aubrey Griggs designed the alphading typeface Reading Glasses (2016). [Google]
Graphic designer in Chicago, IL (was: Oak Ridge, TN). Creator of the free retro compass-and-ruler typeface Soda Fountain (2015). Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
Dan Hall (Memphis, TN) posted this example of kerning gone awry. [Google]
[BenStucki: Flex Font Embedding]
BenStucki: Flex Font Embedding
[Oscillating Type Foundry (or: OSC Type Foundry)]
Spring Hill, TN-based designer of Atomic DooDads RJH (2017), a set of space age dingbats in retro futuristic style. Creative Market link. [Google]
[Sweet Little Muse]
Nashville, TN-based designer of a striped typeface in 2017. [Google]
Chattanooga, TN-based designer of the hand-crafted typeface Zaftig (2015), which was developed during her studies at Southern Adventist University. [Google]
[Thousand Type Works]
During his studies at Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN-based Cesar Pimentel designed the display typeface Oriana (2016). [Google]
A geometric slab serif typeface family designed in 2012 for the city of Chattanooga, TN, by Robbie de Villiers and Jeremy Dooley. [Google]
During her studies at Union University in Jackson, TN, Chelsea Wood (Nashville, TN) created Rise and Shine (2012, a spilled coffee font). [Google]
Children's handwriting fonts
Charles Sartwell (Knoxville, TN) explains where to find children's handwriting fonts. [Google]
[Exclamachine Type Foundry]
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.
More recent free typefaces include Fava Black (2012, a massive magazine font) and Keytin Light (2012, a thin condensed sans).
Viable (2010, a sans typeface) s a commercial typeface that was published at Graphic River.
Dafont link. A second Dafont link. Klingspor link. Devian tart link.
From this site, it seems that Dannci is in fact Ben Stucki from Nashville, TN. But over at Graphic River, where we can buy his sans typeface Viable, we read that he is Slovakian. [Google]
Student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (b. 1982) who created the handwriting font Notebook (2003) [no downloads]. [Google]
[David Thometz Design]
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.
In 2004, David Thometz Design made its debut at MyFonts with Seriatim (dingbats), Silvertone Woodtype and Hefeweizen.
View David Thometz's typefaces. [Google]
David W. Shields
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]
Graphic designer in Nashville, TN, who created the free typefaces Arxel (2014, modular typeface) and Cortes (2014, art deco). Behance link. [Google]
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]
[Matthew Austin Petty]
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.
Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
Chattanooga, TN-based designer of the connected script typeface Lavender (2016). [Google]
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, Crass Roots Alt (2016), 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).
In 2012, Choz published the commercial typefaces MISQOT (scratchy) and Paul Maul XT (irregular hand-printed face).
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.
Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Home page. Fontspace link. [Google]
Memphis, TN-based designer.
Dafont link. Creator of the retro car emblem font Parkway Extended (2012). He also made Diet Pacman (2012). [Google]
Signature fonts (30 USD) and logos. Also vendor of over 13,000 fonts. Outfit run out of Knoxville, TN by "The Fontchicks". [Google]
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.
Typefaces from 2012 include Kaufie (a sans) and Chunks (an angular typeface).
In 2015, he made Another Brush Pen Font, and Milkman (a great comic book font).
In 2016, he designed the wonderfully refreshing Digerati Mono.
Creative Market link. Alternate URL. Older URL. Behance link. [Google]
During her studies in Chattanooga, TN, Hanna Melara created a handlettered poster called Wolfgang and Friends (2013). [Google]
Lobelville, TN-based designer of the display typeface Boketto (2017). [Google]
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).
Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
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:
- 44th President (2009, based on Obama's handwriting).
- Aberlyth (2006). An informal script face.
- Ainslie (2014), Ainslie Slab (2014), and Ainslie Sans (2014).
- Antigen (2007) is futuristic.
- Arendahl (2007) is a connected but irregular handwriting font.
- Ashemore (2012). Production assistance for Ashemore was provided by Lucas Azevedo and Marcelo Magalhaes. Followed by Ashemore Softened (2012).
- Avaloc (2006) is an expanded sans.
- The Aviano superfamily. Aviano Wedge (2012), Aviano Slab (2007), Aviano Serif (2008), 2009 Aviano Didone (2009), Aviano Flare (2010), Aviano Sans (2010), Aviano Future (2011), Aviano Contrast (2012), Aviano Gothic (2013), Aviano Sans Layers (2013), Aviano Copper (2018). Aviano Titling (2007) is inspired by Trajan. Aviano Silk (2015) is a bilined decorative titling typeface. Aviano Royale followed in 2016.
- Barcis (2013). An organic sans family.
- Beastias (2006). An informal script face.
- Belda (2017). An elegant serif family of fonts that grew from the ancient roman capital.
- Biortec (2004).
- Biscuit Boodle (2008) is a fun and crazy script from Portland Studios illustrator Justin Gerard. Biscuit Boodle Ornaments (2009, dingbats).
- Blue Goblet (2005) is a Treefrog-style script developed for the pending illustrated childrens book from Portland Studios, The Blue Goblet. It was co-designed by Cory Godbey of Portland Studios and Jeremy Dooley. In 2011, Cory Godbey added Blue Goblet Christmas Ornaments.
- Boncaire Titling (2012) was iInspired by the type elements of 17th century map of Curacao made by Dutch cartographer Gerard Van Keulen.
- Brigette (2007) is an ink-splattered calligraphic script.
- Cabrito (2013). A typeface for children's books. Followed by Cabrito Inverto (2014) for reversed stroke stress---some of its heavier styles have a Western appearance. In 2014, Cabrito Sans was added to the set. Cabrito Semi followed in 2015, and the playful Cabrito Didone in 2016.
- Carta Marina is a family of medieval map text typefaces and dingbats (2007).
- Cavole Slab (2011).
- Celari Titling (2014).
- Chatype is a geometric slab serif typeface family designed in 2012 for the city of Chattanooga, TN, by Robbie de Villiers and Jeremy Dooley.
- Chennai and Chennai Rounded (2007) are playful display sans typefaces. Chennai Slab (2009).
- Chypre (2017). A techno sans family.
- Civane (2017). A flared inscriptional typeface family.
- Coegit (2012). A sans family that offers Compressed, Compact and Condensed subsets.
- Cohort (2010, elliptical sans).
- Coupe (2003).
- Dever (2015) is a 107-style family of rough and weathered letterpress typefaces with industrial octagonal skeletons.
- Dienstag (2008, 8 styles).
- Donnerstag (2010, extended slab serif).
- Dulcian (2017). A bright open sans family.
- Eigerdals (2010, rounded sans family).
- Enocenta (2013). A penmanship typeface family done with Cecilia Marina Pezoa.
- Enzia (2009, an elegant sans family).
- Fizgiger (2006). An informal script face.
- Florencia (2007) is a vintage script.
- Foverdis (2010, a calligraphic family that includes a hairline).
- Gineso (2016). A set of 48 slightly condensded and squarish headline typefaces. Followed by Gineso Titling (2016).
- Grayfel (2015). i 42-style sans typeface family characterized by flush horizontal or vertical terminal endings.
- Grenale (2013). A flashy in-your-face didone family from Thin to Heavy. Grenale #2 (2013) is a curvy sans that is almost a monoline. In 2015, Dooley launched Grenale Slab.
- Haboro (2016). A 54-font strong didone family with wedge serifs replacing the standard rectangular ones. It has no ball terminals. Followed by Haboro Slab (2016), Haboro Soft (2016), Haboro Serif (2016), Haboro Sans (2016) and Haboro Contrast (2017).
- Honeydrop (2017). A brush script.
- Insigne Abstractions (2007) and Insigne Fleurons (2008) are dingbats.
- Jon Cary (2004, the handwriting of John Kerry).
- Kairengu (2007) is a comic book family.
- Kasuga (2008) and Kasuga Brush (2009) are fresh new scripts with oriental undertones.
- Kidela (2007) is a sassy scrapbook family. Kidela Sketch (2009).
- Kochi (2015). A 54-font rounded organic sans typeface family.
- Le Havre (2008) is a gorgeous 8-style geometric art deco sans with tall ascenders. In 2010, the Le Havre Sketch family was added. We also have Le Havre Rough (2014, a bit of letterpress feel thrown in), Le Havre Rounded (2009), Le Havre Titling (2012), Le Havre Layers, Le Havre Hand (2015) and Le Havre Width (2017).
- Look (2015). In Sans, Script, and Serif subfamilies, this super-collection blends a bit of vernacular signage with weathered letterpress.
- Lorelei (2007, Insigne) is a bouncy script family.
- Lourdes (2007) is an informal script.
- Madeleine (2007) is a basic handwriting face.
- Madurai (2012). A simple monoline sans superfamily. Madurai Slab (2013) has 54 styles.
- Mahalia (2008) is a retro script.
- Majidah and Majidah Potens (2006) are medieval scripts.
- Mandrel (2017). A typeface with sharp serifs.
- Marintas (2012).
- Maris (2015). A curly script.
- Massif (2008) is an aggressive sans family.
- Mittwoch (2009, organic serif).
- Montag (2007) is a casual rounded sans family in six styles.
- Mr Darcy (2015). A Tuscan all-caps typeface.
- Mynaruse (2010; +Titling, +Royale) is another roman inscriptional titling family---it is characterized by skinny flared serifs.
- Nanumunga (2007) is a comic book style face.
- Natalya (2007) is a connected calligraphic script. Natalya Monoline (2007). Natalya Swashes (2009, calligraphic).
- Newcomen (2008) is a 4-style roman titling face.
- Obline (2004, sans).
- Oita (2014). An octagonal typeface family.
- Olidia (2008) is calligraphic.
- Orewelia (2004, grunge face).
- Pauline Didone (2011, a curly didone family). Pauline (2008) is a monolinear retro script.
- Plathorn (2014). Inspired by the Wild West, this generous typeface family uses flaring in a thousand ways to recreate the feel of that era.
- Promethian (2005, futuristic).
- Quarca (2013). A 36-font sans family with a sturdy rounded square look.
- Quatie (2013). A curvaceous family: Quatie draws much of its inspiration from the industrial brawn of the railroad and the unique characteristics of Cherokee letterforms, giving it an atypical form not usually found in an industrial slab (accring to Dooley).
- Questal (2007) is a unicase serif face.
- Qurillian (2006, legible sans).
- Ranelte (2016). A condensed sans series with techno or DIN appeal. The textured versions are collected in Ranelte Deco (2017).
- RendtPhysic (2006).
- Ript Cure (2005).
- Sabler Titling (2016). An all caps typeface family with tapered flared strokes.
- Sancoale (2011, an organic sans family, from Thin to Black). Sancoale Narrow (2011). Sancoale Softened (2012). Sancoale Slab (2012). Sancoale Slab Soft (2013). Sangli (2015). A 54-style rounded organic sans typeface family.
- Savigny (2011). Images: Savigny Black Extened, Savigny Regular Condensed.
- Serofina (2010, a calligraphic face).
- Savory Paste (2007). Grunge.
- Shrike2003 (2003).
- Sildetas (2010, a high-contrast script typeface with tear drop terminals).
- Solitas (2015). A rounded 42-style geometric sans family. Followed by Solitas Slab (2015) and Solitas Serif (2017).
- The sans family Sommet (2008; see also Sommet Rounded (2008), Sommet Slab, 2010, and Sommet Serif (2011, a wedge serif family)) is futuristic. Sommet Slab Rounded (2011).
- Sovba (2009, upright italic).
- Steagal (2013). A geometric sans with a 1930s American feel.
- Steam Court (2015). A combination of steam punk and blackletter.
- Stefania (2007) has two calligraphic/chancery styles. Its aged version is called Stefania Antique (2008).
- Stratham (2007) is a medium to black family of legible sans typefaces.
- Terfens (2007) is an informal and quite rounded sans serif with inspiration from chancery scripts like Stefania.
- Torcao (2013). An elliptical anthroposophic typeface family.
- Ultine (2016), an utilitarian sans family.
- Valfieris (2006). Valfieris Aged (2007) imitates medieval printing.
- Verao (2018) and Verao Ornaments. A calligraphic script.
- Wreath (2016). A script typeface family.
- Xalapa (2008) is a grunge family.
- Yevida and Yevida Potens (2006, scripts).
- Yorkten (2015): 54-style monoline sans family. See also Yorkten Slab (2017).
- Youngblood (2008, +Youngblood Antique, 2010) is non-connected.
Catalog of their typefaces. View Jeremy Dooley's font library. View Jeremy Dooley's typefaces. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Chattanooga, TN, Isary Sanchez designed the condensed typeface Isary Sans (2016). [Google]
Knoxville, TN-based designer of the free hand-crafted typeface James Hand (2016). He also made several free sets of icons, including Technology Icons (2016), Shadowcons (2015), Science Icons (2014), Vegetable Icons (2014), Fruit Icons (2014), Hexagonal Outline Icons (2014), Hexagonal Fill Icons (2014), Practicons (2014) and Foldicons (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Nashville, TN-based creator of the decorative typeface Radiant Tea (2013). [Google]
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]
During his studies in Memphis, TN, Jeffrey Nguyen created a formal display typeface (2015). [Google]
Jennifer Wagner (Nashville, TN; was: Denver, CO) designed these typefaces:
- In 2017: Sydney (font duo), Manhattan (high contrast city chic), San Diego (informal sans), Newport (brush script), Joshua Tree, Charleston (signature script), Knoxville, Malibu, Bronx (blackboard bold), Stockholm (sans), Ontario (four-layer sans), Tokyo (sans), Rochester (hand-crafted), Brisbane (script), Florence (script), Montauk (all caps), Brooklyn (sans).
- In 2016: Aleppo, Edinburgh (a didone), Paris (a heavy brush typeface), Christmas Town (hand-crafted), Glasgow, Austin, North Pole, Chicago (hand-crafted), Oceanside (a great romantic brush script), Louisville, Los Angeles (avant garde sans), Kingsland (a vintage sans), Baton Rouge, Venice (fashion mag style), Nashville (hand-crafted), Manhattan (an all caps didone), Anchorage (sans), Athens (minimalist sans), Santa Barbara, Orlando, Jackson Script, Denver, the avant garde typeface Sacramento, the brush typeface Atlanta, the sans typefaces Pasadena, Vancouver and Portland, Portland Serif, the stencil typeface Faroe and the hand-crafted typefaces Seattle, Dana Point and Honolulu.
Old Creative Market link. Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
[Insigne Type Design Studio (was: Dooley Type)]
Nashville, TN-based designer of the thin modular typeface Brooklyn (2012). [Google]
Clarksville, TN-based creator of Bip Map (2013, pixelish typeface). [Google]
During his studies at the Memphis College of Art, Jordan Jackson created several typefaces using FontStruct: Woodshop (2013), Over The Lap (2013), Window Experimental (2013). [Google]
Or Josh Ownby. Graphic designer in Knoxville, TN, who created these hand-crafted typefaces in 2017: Catalogue (didone stencil), Sweet+Salty, Fresh Squeezed, Putnam, Coyote, Nashville (vintage all caps wedge serif), Tobacco, Troubadour, Mingus (rounded sans), Westmore (monoline script), Twig, Equinox.
He also designed the sans typefaces Chloe (Peignotian sans), Fiona (2017), Fragile (2017, fashionable, with a lot of contrast and great use of ball terminals), Houston (2017), Von Bond (2017), Seafarer (2017, a beachy art deco font), Sinclaire (2017, clean and nearly art deco), Violet (2017) and Moonshine (2017).
Typefaces from 2018: Olivia (fashion didone). [Google]
Joyful Heart Designs
Font links by Jenn, from Tennessee. [Google]
Chattanooga, TN-based creator of an art deco alphabet and a modular experimental typeface in 2013. Home page. [Google]
Chattanooga, TN-based designer of a modular 3d typeface (2014). [Google]
Nashville-based designer of an unnamed flourished typeface. [Google]
Katie Dexter (Type Design Inc) made the connected handwriting font Mezzanine (2009). She is a graphic designer and illustrator in Chattanooga, TN. [Google]
During her studies in Murfreesboro, TN, Katie Stephens designed the slab serif typeface Cairo (2015). [Google]
Tennessee-based creator of the handwriting font Kellye's Handwriting (2009, Fontcapture). [Google]
Tennessee-based designer of Jasmin 1.0 and Jasmin 2.0 at Garagefonts. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
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]
During her studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, Laura Bennett designed a constructivist typeface (2012). In 2014, she designed Egidio. [Google]
Clarksville, TN-based student-designer of the pixelish Fontstruct font The Sun Smells Too Loud (2017). Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer and illustrator in Knoxville, TN. Creator of Halloween Typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google]
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]
Mark Mabry runs the design firm Mabry Creative in Nashville, TN. In 2013, he published his forst font, the blood brush hand-printed caps typeface Bloody Nose (2013). [Google]
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]
During her studies at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, Nashville, TN-based Marissa Vaughan created the display typeface simply called Digital Alphabet (2013). [Google]
Matt Patteson (Knoxville, TN) created the custom sans typeface Inpexia (2012). [Google]
Matthew Austin Petty
[You Work For Them (or YWFT; formerly Cinahaus or TrueIsTrue)]
Michael D. Adams
Michael Paul Young
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).
Klingspor link. MyFonts link. Personal home page. [Google]
Nashville, TN-based creator of FontBot (2013), a typographic composition that uses Fragment Core Sans, a typeface originally designed by Shuji Kikuchi (Sugargliderz). [Google]
During her studies at the Universityof Tennessee in Chattanooga, Morgan Hampton (Nashville, TN) created a hexagonal typeface (2014). [Google]
Chattanooga, TN-based designer of the athletic stencil font Proformance (2016). [Google]
Once Blind Studios
Randy and Leisa Wilcox run Once Blind Studios in Nashville, TN, where it moved after first starting in Los Angeles in 2001. 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 didone newsprint font.
Typefaces from 2016: Deadwood (Western, spurred).
Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
Oscillating Type Foundry (or: OSC Type Foundry)
OSC Type Foundry, or Oscillating Type Foundry, located in Knoxville, TN, was started by B. J. Alumbaugh.
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]
Graphic designer in Knoxville, TN, who designed Mavrik (2010). [Google]
Design student at MTSU in Murfreesboro, TN. Creator of the sans caps typeface Moon Safari (2012). [Google]
Paul J. Klein
Knoxville, TN-based creator of Ignite Me (2012, hand-printed).
Dafont link. [Google]
Knoxville, TN-based designer of the experimental monoline typeface Rail (2014). [Google]
Graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He began his career as a designer with Thirst in 1994, and helped to build Thirstype until 1999. All of Patric's typefaces moved with Thirstype to Village in 2001, then on to XO, Pretty in Chicago in 2005 (which he founded together with his husband Su and Milan Zrnic (fashion photographer in Los Angeles). Thirstype disappeared.
- Rocinante Titling (2018).
- Havelock (2017). A set of four interchangeable all-caps typefaces for layering, based on the original sketches of Gia (2000). Includes Havelock Stencil. Followed by Havelock Titling (2017). See also Havelock Complete (2017).
- Royal Street (2013). An organic grotesque. He used an early sketch of this for the Lifehacker logotype while at Gawker Media.
- Automaton (2009). Techno. The early internal name was Blechstreet. Patric writes: I originally designed the face for the Backstreet Boys' Millennium tour in 1999. The agency was not at all into the typeface (I think they wanted something more organic), so it was never used. I eventually completed it and re-used it for Fleshbot and Fleshbot Films while designing all the identity systems for Gawker Media.
- Nineteen Eighty Four (2005). A construcivist typeface also related to the German New Wave.
- Commodity (2003). Ten geometric styles at the defunct Thirstype.
- Gia (2000). Five original 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. For a short time, Gia was called Atari Baby, but the name was changed to Gia for trademark reasons.
- Fast Girls (1995). No longer available.
- 1985, 1997, Phoebe, Apocalipstick, Smile. Old Thirstype typefaces that are no longer available.
- Revenant (1995). A redesign of the defunct typeface Bad Excuse (1995).
- Food. A bespoke logo font for Chicago laundromat chain Bubbleland.
- Undergraduate work in 1993: Flex, DAT, Flourish, and Scribner.
Pretty's catalog. View Patric King's typefaces. Klingspor link. Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google]
During his studies at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Quentin Eastridge designed the hand-crafted sans tiotling typeface Cinema (2016). [Google]
Nashville, TN-based designer of the curly typeface Raychel (2013). [Google]
[Once Blind Studios]
During his studies at Memphis College of Art, Rashad Worthy created the display typeface Blades (2014). [Google]
Memphis, TN-based designer of Rebel Sans (2015). [Google]
[Michael D. Adams]
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:
Fontspace link. Fontreactor link. [Google]
- Roadgeek 2005 Series B/C/D/E/E(M)/F fonts are intended to closely approximate Highway Gothic fonts
- Roadgeek 2005 Series 1B/2B/3B/4B/5B/6B are intended to closely approximate the new fonts, and are inteded for dark-on-light background signs.
- Roadgeek 2005 Series 1W/2W/3W/4W/5W/5WR/6W are close kin to the -B fonts, but are intended for light-on-dark background signs.
- Roadgeek 2005 Transport Heavy and Transport Medium should approximate the fonts used on British highway signs.
- Roadgeek 2005 Engschrift and Mittelschirft should approximate the fonts used on German highway signs.
- Roadgeek 2005 Arrows 1&2, Icons, and SignBacks are intended to help you in approximating U.S. highway signs, and are based on sign specifications from the Nebraska online MUTCD/SHS manuals.
Calligrapher and greeting card designer based in Memphis, TN. In 2017, she created the formal calligraphic typeface Italian Heather. Creative Market link. [Google]
Robbie de Villiers
Chattanooga, TN-based designer of the display typeface Javel Sans (2018). [Google]
Cookeville, TN-based designer of the prismatic typeface Tram (2017). Behance link. [Google]
Chattanooga, TN-based creator of a geometric experimental typeface in 2013. [Google]
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]
Student of graphic design at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, TN. She created the art deco typeface Kilogram (2011). [Google]
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).
Creative Market link. Instagram link [Google]
Graphic designer in Chattanooga, TN. Her Behance page seems to suggest that she designed some typefaces for CD covers in 2009. [Google]
Graphic designer from Jefferson City, TN, who studied at Anderson University, SC. In 2018, she designed the free transitional text typeface Panthera. [Google]
Nashville, TN-based designer of the Missing Link typeface (2017). [Google]
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 (extended in 2016: see further on).
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: Thunder Pants (hand-crafted collection that includes the Halloween font Scaredy Pants, Narly Pants, Touchdown Pants, and Spangled Pants), Blacklisted (Peignotian sans), Old Glory, Survivor Wood (a wooden plank font modeled after the Survivor TV series), Survivor Display (cleaned-up version with several inline styles).
Behance link. Creative Market link. Newer Creative Market link. [Google]
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]
[Haunted House Fonts (was: Moonlighting Publications)]
Knoxville, TN-based designer of Burning Wrath (2008). Home page. Fontsy link. [Google]
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).
Dafont link. MyFonts link. Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google]
Paris, TN-based designer of a dot matrix typeface and of the modular tracy Serif (2015). [Google]
Student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, in 2014. Creator of the architectural hand typeface Clean Beats (2014). [Google]
[Robbie de Villiers]
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 Brew (2018), Context Regular (2017: a condensed inline typeface), Målestok (an octagonal logo font family), Yotta (2017, a thin monoline sans specially designed for the fashion retail industry), Werk Serif (2017), Clareza (2016, a clean geometric sans), Leuk (2016, a playful sans), 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; updated in 2016 as Cyan Neue), 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.
In 2017, Wilton Foundry published Yotta, Marcus, Chateau, Pagina, Plato, Beurre, Vecta Serif, Cyan Neue, Buckle, Suzie, Unio, Attic Sans, Blau (hand-chiseled, angular text typeface) and Taglio, a contemporary calligraphic interpretation of incised or inline engraving or carving.
Typefaces from 2018: Mijne, Brew, De La Croix (a stencil sans inspired by the works of Eugène Delacroix, leader of the Romantic School) , Halla (a light monoline sans).
View Robbie de Villiers' typefaces. [Google]
Yadira Elyse Sanchez
During her studies in Chattanooga, TN, Yadira Sanchez created the curly music note-themed typeface Yadira's Clef Script (2013) and the thin script typeface Elyse (2013). [Google]
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 YWFT 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 briefly 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), YWFT Blackgold (2000, 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), YWFT Ultramagnetic Rough (1996-2017), 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), YWFT Agostina (2008), YWFT Bitwood (2007-2017, pixelish Western typeface), YWFT Mullino (2009, letterpress emulation), Trithart (2008, grunge by Emma Trithart), YWFT Tapscott (2008-2017, informal and nostalgic all caps family, 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).
Blog. His lovely g poster (2010).
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 Processing (2001-2010: YWFT Processing was developed in 2001 for Casey Reas, the co-creator of the Processing programming language. We created this display face to be sharp, tall, unique and interesting...much like Mr. Reas himself. The font was derived from an original logo that already existed, and we continued the idea into a fully working six-weight font family. YWFT Processing was converted to Opentype format in 2010), 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), YWFT Skipper (2016), YWFT Wheatgrass (2016), YWFT Estee (2002-2017), YWFT Watermelon (2017), YWFT Ink (2017, originally designed in 2008), YWFT QUE, YWFT Burtonian (2017, named after Tim Burton), YWFT Crew (hand-crafted), YWFT Maudlin (2017), YWFT Liana (2017; perhaps plumbing dingbats, who knows?), YWFT Victoria (2010: a bonbonnerie type), YWFT Valley (2017: a Memphis movement type), YWFT Wellsworth (2017), YWFT Harmony (2008-2017, a curly calligraphic script), YWFT Edger (2017), YWFT Chateau, YWFT Gummy (2002-2018).
View Michael Cina's typefaces. Alternate URL. Behance link. Interview. [Google]