TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Thu Jan 29 23:27:05 EST 2015
Aaron D. Schmiedel
Judy Litt at QuaLitty Design in Austin discusses typography, and provides links to font sites and font software, and offers general advice on all things typographic (hinting, font choice, font editors, etcetera). Faulty web page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Dallas in 1923, and retired in Florida, Phil Martin had an exciting life, which started as a bombardier in WWII, and went on as a piano bar singer, publisher, cartoonist, comedian and typographer. He died in October 2005.
Phil established Alphabet Innovations International in 1969 and TypeSpectra in 1974, and designed most of his 400 faces (read: film fonts for use in the VGC Photo Typositor) there: Agenda (1976), Americana (1972), Arthur (1970, by Roc Mitchell), Aurora Snug (1969), Avalon (1972), Baskerville (1969), Beacon (1987), Bluejack (1974), Borealis (1970, by Roc Mitchell), Britannic (1973), Bulletin (1971), Celebration (1969, by Roc Mitchell), Century S (1975), Cheltenham (1971), Clearface (1973), Cloister (1975), Corporate (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Corporate Image (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Courier B EF (2004, originally done at Scangraphic), Didoni (1969, a knock-off of Pistilli Roman with swashes added), Dimensia and Dimensia Light (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Dominance (1971), Egyptian (1970), Eightball (1971, some report this incorrectly as a VGC face, which has a different typeface also called Eightball: it was digitized by FontBank as Egbert. Alphabet Innovations' Eightball had other versions called Cueball and Highball, and all three were designed by George Thomas who licensed them to AI), Fat Chance (Rolling Stone) (1971), Fotura Biform (1969), Franklin (1981), Garamond (1975), Globe (1975), Goudy (1969), Harem (1969, aka Margit; digitized and revived in 2006 by Patrick Griffin and Rebecca Alaccari as Johnny), Helserif (1976---I thought this was created by Ed Kelton; anyway, this typeface is just Helvetica with slabs), Helvetica (1969), Introspect (1971), Jolly Roger (1970, digitized in 2003 by Steve Jackaman at Red Rooster; Martin says that Jolly Roger and Introspect are his two most original designs), Journal (1987), Kabell (1971), Kabello (1970), King Arthur [+Light, Outline] with Guinevere Alternates (1971, by Roc Mitchell), Legothic (1973), Martinique (1970), Mountie (1970), News (1975), Palateno (1969), Pandora (1969), Pazazzma (1980), Perpetua (1969), Plantin (1973), Polonaise (1977; digital version by Claude Pelletier in 2010, called Chopin Script), Primus Malleable (1972), Quaff (1977), Quixotic (1970), Report (1971), Romana (1972), Scenario (1974), Sledge Hammer (1971), Son of Windsor (1970), Stanza (1971, by Roc Mitchell; this angular typeface was later published by URW), Stark (1970), Supercooper (1970), Swath (1979), Threadgil (1972), Thrust (1971), Timbre (1970), Times (1970), Times Text (1973), Trump (1973), Tuck Roman (1981), Viant (1977), Vixen (1970), Weiss (1973), Wordsworth (1973).
In 1974, he set up TypeSpectra, and created these type families: Adroit (1981), Albert (1974), Analog (1976), Bagatelle (1979), Cartel (1975), Caslon (1979), Criterion (1982), DeVille (1974), Embargo (1975), Heldustry (1978, designed for the video news at the fledgling ABC-Westinghouse 24-hour cable news network in 1978; incorrectly attributed by many to Martin's ex-employee Ed Kelton: download here), Innsbruck (1975), Limelight (1977), Oliver (1981), Opulent [Light and Bold] (1975, by George Brian, an amployee at Alphabet Innovations), Quint (1984), Sequel (1979), Spectral (1974), Welby (1982).
His fonts can be bought at MyFonts.com and at Precisiontype. He warns visitors not to mess with his intellectual property rights, but I wonder how he can have escaped the ire of Linotype by using the name Helvetica. In any case, the fonts were originally made for use on photo display devices and phototypesetters. Some are now available in digital format.
Near the end of his life, Phil's web presence was called MM2000 (dead link).
Check his comments on his own faces. URW sells these faces: URW Adroit, URW Agenda, URW Avernus (after Martin's design from 1972), URW Baskerville AI, URW Beacon, URW Bluejack, URW Cartel, URW Cloister, URW Corporate, URW Criterion, URW Didoni, URW Fat Face, URW Globe, URW Goudy AI, URW Heldustry, URW Helserif, URW Introspect, URW Legothic, URW Martin Gothic, URW Martinique, URW Pandora, URW Polonaise, URW Quint, URW Scenario, URW Souvenir Gothic, Souvenir Gothic Antique (the Souvenit Gothic family was designed by George Brian, an employee of Alphabet Innovations at the time: it was AI's first text family), URW Stanza, URW Stark, URW Timbre, URW Viant, URW Wordsworth.
The final message on his last web page, posted posthumously read: MARTIN, PHIL, 82, of Largo, died Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2005) at Largo Medical Center. He was born in Dallas and came here after retiring as a writer, singer-songwriter, commercial artist, and comedian. As a high school student, he worked as an assistant artist on the nationally syndicated Ella Cinders, and at 18 wrote and drew Swing Sisson, the Battling Band Leader, for Feature Comics. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, where he served as a bombardier in Lintz, Austria. On his 28th mission shelling the yards in Lintz, his B-24 was hit and he was listed as missing in action until the war in Europe ended. He was a comedian on The Early Birds Show on WFAA in Dallas. As a commercial artist, he founded two multinational corporations to market typeface designs and is credited for designing 4 percent of all typefaces now used. He also wrote columns and articles for typographic publications. Locally, he sang original lyrics to old pop standards in area piano bars, and in 1999 produced 59 issues of the Web book Millennium Memorandum, changing the title to MM2000 when he issued the first edition of the new Millennium on Jan. 3, 2000. Survivors include his wife, Ann Jones Martin; and a cousin, Lorrie Hankins, Casper, Wyo. National Cremation Society, Largo.
Stone carver from Houston, Texas, who designed a full roman alphabet in 2001 as an alternative for Trajan for stone carvers. Ray Larabie then created Texhenge (2001) according to Andy's specifications, while Andy tested the font out on real marble.
In Andy's own words: I approached Ray Larabie by email in early 2001 and asked him to produce a "texhenge" font for our project here in Texas, to build the first full-size stone circle in over 2000 years. I wanted a modern font to replace Trajan as the ideal stonecarving font for our age. He and I labored over the design of the three special symbols (dagger, double dagger, per mille sign) for several months until Ray's final design, represented in these two fonts, which are in my opinion beautiful and perfect. The main stone was to be a smooth limestone, but in 2001 I began laying out a test in six inch high lettering on carrara marble, a text of Ray's perfect Latin and "et" sign, and a tribute to my lovely wife Kathy. The test was interrupted and postponed until 2008 when I carved it. The bench sits outside our home, just off the sidewalk. It is a popular resting spot for us senior citizens, and we have seen young lovers enjoying a moment alone in quiet conversation. I am honored to have this font, and to have carved it first. Much more is planned for the font as the Texhenge.com stone circle project progresses over the years.
The bench in which "Kathy and Andy" is carved is dedicated by Andy to Kathy McKee.
Angie makes (wa: Fonted House)
Typefaces from 2014, now published under her own label, Angie Makes, include Graciela (hand-printed), Hollyhock (sribbly script), Milkmaid.
In 2015, she made the script typeface Fetching.
Based in Austin, TX, Anika Samples created the curly script typeface Sissy Hankshaw (2011), about which she writes: Helvetica Rounded Bold and Dorchester Script were combined to create this typeface as a typographic embodiment of Tom Robbin's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues protagonist Sissy Hankshaw. A stunning, modelesque wanderlust with cucumber-sized thumbs (and therefore a superior ability to hitchhike), Sissy's feminine beauty is referenced with Dorchester while Helvetica Rounded adds an awkwardness in hommage to her over-sized appendages.
Graphic designer in Dallas, TX, who graduated in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin (B.Arts) in Madison, WI. Creator of the free display typefaces Diminuendo, Wedged, and Crossed Wires Condensed in 2012.
Annie Opitz Olsen, a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, was previously a Reno printer and calligraphy teacher. She works for Wycliffe Bible Translators and has given type design training workshops in Bangalore and Mexico City. Creator (with Victor Gaultney) at SIL International (Dallas, TX) of the Open Font License package of sans serif fonts called Andika Design Review (2006, weights called A through G). She writes: Andika is a sans serif, Unicode-compliant font designed especially for literacy use, taking into account the needs of beginning readers. The focus is on clear, easy-to-perceive letterforms that will not be easily confused with one another. It contains about 600 glyphs. Currently, the fonts are named Andika DesRev A and Andika DesRev B. Alternate URL where one finds Andika Basic (2008). See also here.
Codesigner if various other typefaces at SIL, including Gentium Plus (2014; with J. Victor Gaultney, Iska Routamaa and Becca Hirsbrunner).
Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, where she updated the type world on the newest features of Andika, which is constantly being expanded. Interview. Google Font Directory link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry with free offerings such as Lunch (a shadow outline face), Nicotine, Silver Sideshow, Civilian, Decade, Uptown) and pay fonts (Joey Nelson's Silver Sideshow). The designers in Plano, TX are: Kenn Armstrong, Taber Buhl, Kingsley Harris, Ryan Santos, Peter Smith, and Joey Nelson.
Aridi Graphics (or: Aridi Computer Graphics)
Company based in Dallas, TX, that markets Marwan Aridi's great drawings. His borders, ornaments, initial caps, ribbons and banners are almost legendary. They are for now in EPS format, and truetype and type 1 versions are available for many. Alternate URL. He sells great sets of drawings for the following: Arabic Calligraphy Art, Arabic Caps&Fonts, Web Clips, Initial Caps I, Initial Caps II, Initial Caps III, Initial Caps IV, Historical Ornaments Patterns&Frames, Arabesque Ornaments, Arabesque Borders, Olde World Borders I, Olde World Borders II, Calligraphia, Olde World Ornaments, Ribbons, Banners&Frames, Ornamental Backgrounds, Crests, Ribbons&Frames, Typography&Printer's Ornaments, Aridi Fiesta, Business 1, Background Two, Arabesque Designs. Alternate URL. Arab Caps has many fonts. Package of 30 display fonts for 500USD. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born and raised in Mexico City, Armin Vit is a graphic designer and writer now living in Austin, Texas. He is co-founder of UnderConsideration and its myriad sites. His last employment position was at Pentagram. He now runs UnderConsideration's Department of Design. With his partner, Bryony, he has co-authored the books Women of Design and Graphic Design Referenced. Designer of the futuristic fonts Modular (2001) and Tirkovet, and of Stress (letters obtained without lifting the pen). He attended the School of Graphic Design at Anahuac University in Mexico City and taught typeface design at the Portfolio Center, marchFIRST, Atlanta, GA. Home page. After Atlanta, he moved on to Chicago, and later to Austin. At TypeCon 2003, he told this dream about Hrant Papazian, I quote: I dreamt that Hrant came to my house, the weird thing is that it was his typophile picture only (since that is as far as I know what Hrant looks like). So he came in, and went "Number Two" in my bathroom without flushing, after that, he headed out to the kitchen to hang out and stuff. So I go into my bathroom and see these unflushed turds in my toilet. I go up to Hrant and say "Excuse me, Hrant, you left your turds in my toilet." His response involved handing me a plunger and adding "This should fix it." And that was it. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type outfit in Dallas, TX, with some free fonts, some commercial fonts (BOSS fonts: 4000 fonts for 30 USD), and some typography essays on anti-aliasing. There seems to be a connection withComputer Support Corporation. It released at one point in 1996 a big CD of fonts called Arts&Letters, which I believe is related to Bay Animation. These were renamed fonts from elsewhere. About 100 fonts were at this site. A sampling of the free fonts: Amos-Normal, ArcherNormal, Asia-Extended-Bold, Banco-Normal, Barrett-Condensed-BoldItalic, CallimarkerItalic, Cane-StripedNormal, Cane-Hollow, CoffeeSackExtendedItalic, CraneNormal, Dominon-Normal, Enview-Bold, Glaze-Normal, Gorgio-Normal, Leo-Normal, Orient2Normal (oriental simulation), PennantNormal, Plank-ExtendedNormal, RoninNormal, ShalomNormal (Hebrew simulation), Tangiers-Normal, ThreeDeeNormal, WampumNormal. The list of about 2000 fonts I am aware of, all made between 1995 and 2001, is here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Austin, TX, who created Game Over Font in Illustrator in 2012. It is a squarish typeface that comes with outline and 3d versions.
Texas-based designer (b. 1981) of the grunge faces Rosebud (2010), Caged Prisoner (2010), Patriot Anthem (2010), Andalusian Trial (2009), Street Blues (2009), The New Metropolitan (2008), American Bravado (2008), Chicago House (2008), Perrymint (2008), Gridlock'd (2008), and Ascent 2 Stardom (2007-2008).
He also made Doux Papaya (2010, a dessert menu face), Brig Maven (2010, organic), Stealth Magnum (2010), Dutch&Harley (2010), Cafe Lounge 19 (2008), Beauregard (2010, +Hollow), and Mighty Gizmo (2009, outline face).
This company sells about 4000 fonts for 30 USD (which appear to be renamed fonts from elsewhere) and has a few free downloads. They sell a BOSS Font Manager (20 USD). Run by Arts&Letters Corporation out of Carrollton, TX. Interestingly, the same fonts, with the same names, are also at Computer Support Corporation. Cover of their specimen book. 39-page type sampler. Download (August 2009). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer and illustrator at Hatch in San Francisco, who hails from Boerne, TX. His typefaces include Sasquatch (2011, a bilined custom face), and Milk (2011), a very thin slab face. He is working on the multiline typeface Hello (2011), and on the Victorian ornamental typeface San (2011). Flickr link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of the Art Institute of San Antonio. San Antonio, TX-based creator of Papel Picado (2014), a decorative typeface family that contains ornamental initial caps in the style of Mexican fiestas. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brody Neuenschwander was born in Houston, Texas in 1958. He studied art history at Princeton University and the Courtauld Institute, London, receiving his PhD in 1986. He studied calligraphy at Roehampton Institute under Ann Camp and then became assistant to Donald Jackson. Since 1988 he has worked as a free-lance calligrapher, first in Wales and now in Bruges, Belgium. Clients have included the U.S., UK, and Belgian governments, the BBC, Time-Life Books, and the Royal Mail. He has worked with director Peter Greenaway on several films, including "Prospero's Books" and "The Pillow Book." Brody is currently working to install trilingual signage in the Coptic quarter of Cairo. Brody got the Belle Lettere Award in 1997. John Berry's report of a presentation. His presentation at Sonoma State University. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Texan designer, partner at Blazer Six. At Creative Market, Brody Vercher sells his fonts. His first typeface there is TeHaus (2014), an interlocking vintage typeface inspired by a font seen in the ATF catalog. [Google] [More] ⦿
Buttfaces Digital Type Foundry
Based in Dallas, TX, Buttfaces Digital Type Foundry offers some original fonts, both free and commercial, designed by Tobias Tylus. The semi-grunge fonts include Buttweasel, Enema Light and Buttzilla. All his 40-odd fonts can be bought in one package for 50 USD. Demos of some families such as Skuttlebutt (grunge, 1997). Newest free fonts: Buttoni, Grumpybutt. Commercial faces: Doopah, Buttskratch, Tookus, Buttinsky, Butt-Naked, Hindsight, Poopchute, Butthead, Buttkowski, Buttwriter, Headbutt, Buttskerville, Curliebutt, Chunkybutt, Punkass, Ciggiebutt, Skuttlebutt, Alien Butt. Since 2003, the sales have moved to MyFonts: Butt Bongo, Butt Scratcher, Butt Smuggler, Butt Writer, Buttheads, Buttkowski, Buttmap, Buttskerville, Buttweasel, Buttzilla, Chunkybutt, Ciggiebutt, Creakybutt, Curliebutt, Dingbutts, Enema, Headbutt, Poopchute, Punk Ass, Sillybutt, Stinkybutt. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Caitlyn Cotter is a graphic designer from Austin, TX. During her studies at St. Edward's University, she created a hand-drawn art nouveau typeface that was illustrated on a Toulouse Lautrec style poster (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at the University of North Texas in Denton. Designer of the woodprint-look font Emilee (2003), which he sketched, then scanned, using several woodcarving books (1950's) from his library at UNT as reference. He also designed the display faces Max Openace and Max Closed as well as Bunker, Engine, Ethan, and Smack. [Google] [More] ⦿
ChickenBilly.com offers art and illustrations by Billy Hayes from Fort Worth, TX, who describes his site as follows: Take Hanna Barbera, Hulk Hogan, James Brown, Fort Worth Zoo, B.B. King, Hank Williams III and Jesus Christ, mix until the image is bright like a angel. Add a pair of cowboy boots and jeans, some Mexican beer, your choice, and put it all on a page using only flat vector shapes..
Chris Klee, a graphic designer from Missouri, now based in Austin, TX, created Renaissance Modern (2012): Renaissance Modern draws inspiration from the magnificent architecture of the pillars, windows, ledges and openings [of the Porta Nigra city gate in Trier, Germany] while also pulling from the modernity surrounding Trier. For Whole Foods, he designed the corporate typefaces Whole Sketch and Whole Sketch Sans in 2014. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Union Type Supply used to be run by Chris MacGregor in Houston, TX, who was (is?) a web communications specialist at Halliburton. He also used to run Penultimate Type in Seabrook, TX. He founded About with Don Synstelien.
His typefaces: Zehrgut (grunge face), Orti (by Jean-Jacques Tachdjian---a filled-in display face), Utile (high-contrast serif font designed by Matthew Chiavelli, Jeff Gillen, Chris MacGregor and Jean-Jacques Tachdjian), Afrobats, Bridgework, Citore, Emulate, Emulate Bold, Epaulet (1994), Tagged, Boxonoxo, Burner, Datapad, Empanel, Emulate, Esboki, Esdeki, Estuki, GleeClub, HiroItalic, HiroOutline, HiroSharp, Hiro, IttoBlock, IttoRound, JaySetch (named after Jay Setchell, who was Chris MacGregor's boss at Imagination Plus, The Woodlands, TX), LeslieSmith, Manitu, Metolurgy, MittenHollowHollow, MittenLeftLeft, MittenRightRight (1996), PepClub, Planet100, PlanetFiveHundred, PlanetSevenHundred, PlanetThreeHundred, ReverberateBold, Reverberate, Tagged, Tshtars, Unite, UtileCaustic. Some typefaces in this list were published by [T-26] (such as Epaulet, Emulate, Mitten, Tagged).
Graphic designer and web developer in Chicago, who moved there from Austin, TX.
Creator of Cannibal (2012, scratchy hand), Die Already (grungy caps), The Dead Saloon (2012, Western caps face), the scratchy scary typeface Dead Bitch (2012), the athletic lettering typeface No Honor Roll (2012), the grungy Redux (2012), Konquer (2012), Sandy Ravage (2012), and Digital Anarchy (2012), the blood drip typefaces Spiked (2012) and XSpiked (2012), and the brushed typeface GwizsK (2012).
In 2013, he designed The Five One Two (graffiti font), Skidmarked (graffiti font), There Be Monsters, Digital Disorder (a textured typeface), We Are Depraved, The Dead Are Coming (grunge), Barbaric, Welcome To Texas (graffiti font), Chopper City (a spurred constructivist typeface), Maya Rose (a script face), Chaos and Pain (a tattoo font), Abandon (grungy poster face), Virtual Bliss, and Pale Horse (a dagger font), Malevolentz (grungy caps), Shrapnel (grungy caps).
In 2014, he created Turnt Up (graffiti font), Grind Mafia, No Hard Evidence (glass scratch typeface), Techno Wanker, Abduco (grunge), Blackhead, Summon The Executioner (grunge), The Grinder (eerie font), Normal Sometimes (rounded sans), November Mornings, One More Day, Waukegan Hustle, Thoughts of Her, All Cracked Out, Redux, Cook County Jailhouse, Ol Skool (graffiti font), Why So Serious (grunge), Never Speak Of, Taco Truck Militia, Reason to see evil, Reaching for heaven, Digital Firebomb, Gas Mask Warriors, Necrotype, The Deadliest Saloon, The Decompozed, Necro Monger, Self Righteousness (grunge face), Rasterized (brush face), Some Devil Faces, Flowers For You, Dirtgrub Graffiti, M Ponderosa (letterpress typeface), Dr. Toboggan, Midnite Hour.
Typefaces from 2015: Gunfighter Academy (grungy and spurred), Buffalo Grove, Children Among Lions, Dedecus Putro, Dedecus.
Designer and lettering artist in Austin, TX, who created the warm display typeface Mainsail CPC (2012), and the masculaine rounded octagonal slab serif typeface Batten CPC (2013). In 2014, he made Scrimshaw CPC (Latin, kana and Cyrillic), Siren CPC, and Batten Sans CPC.
My Fonts: Cole Evans (a.k.a. Little Lord Fontleroy, the Prince of Print) is a one man typographing entity. Cole Michael Evans (b. 1985) lives in Austin, TX according to one site, and in Dallas, TX, according to another. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Cole Michael Evans
Game writer, game designer, graphic artist, and the creator and owner of Cumberland Games & Diversions, b. Cumberland, MD, 1971. He lived in Austin, TX, but is presently in Denver, CO. Typefaces by S. John Ross include Axe Handel (2013, grunge), Sans Sara (2011, organic sans), Growly Grin (2011), Gelio (2011, Greek simulation family; +Pasteli), Shock Shimmy (2011), Gelio Greek Diner (2011, Greek simulation face), Rugged Ride (2010, a texture font), A Love of Thunder (2010), The Day That Love Came To Play, Unity Dances (2009), Knits and Scraps (2008), Heirany Slight (2007), Merchant Copy (2006), Hexpaper (commercial: font for printing out hex paper (for puzzles and such)), RisusLCBDingbats, RisusLCBKringlebats, TemphisSweatermonkey, HultogSnowdrift (2006), Hultog Engraved (2006), Encounter Critical, Erthe Gaming Systems (art nouveau), Tender Goliath, Temphis Spidersilk (2005), Ten Ton Ballyhoo (2005, grunge), Vermin Magic (2005), Uneasy, Tombs of Rivulax, Almanac of the Apprentice (2005), Yemite Snow Letters (2005), Seven Miles to Heirany (2005), Bold Marker (2005), Apostate Cancer (2005), Bydee Man (2005, based on the handwriting of Austinite Brian Joseph), Uresia (2005, runic), Dragon Harbour (2005), A Kringle in Time (2004, Christmas dingbats), Vanthian Ragnarok (2004), Regal Demise (2004), Nobody Small (2004), Earwax Wit (2004), Always Joking (2004), Hill Country (2004), Barrel House (2004), Iron Lung (2004), Art Greco (2004, a stone cutter face), Powell and Geary (2004), Wolves Engraven (2003), Homespun (2003), Cup and Talon (2003), Glyphs of Hax (2003), Invader Candy (2003), Temphis Runes (2003, commercial), Temphis Laundry Marker (2012), Temphis Brick (2003), Temphis Knotwork (2003), Temphis Dirty (2005), Struck Dead (2003), Double Slug (2003), Oddbats (2003), Phaeton John (2003), Scrawlings (2003, a gothic font), FountainAvenue (2002), Pokethullu (2002), AtlasoftheMagi (2002), Skuntch (2001), Prison Walls (2002), Downtown Auto (2002), Arvigo (2002), Beccaria (2002, very old typewriter font), Cheap Seven Inches (2002), Nicotine Stains (2002), Apple Butter (2002), Merchant Copy (2006), Mexlar (2002), Eye Socket (2002), Spacedock Stencil (2001), Rutherford (2001), SPARKSScrapbook2001 (2001), Sparks ("from skeletal necromancers to doughty Dwarf warriors to Bigass Ogres to chicks with guns - and now an entire science-fiction set!"), Skull Salad (2001), The Temphis Runes (commercial rune font set), Cock Boat (2001, codesigned with Amy Miles), Marshmallow (2001, by his wife Sandra Ross), Yank (2001, handwriting, by Sandra Ross), Focal Deviance (2001), Darn Ya (2001, faces), Punkinhead (jack-o-lantern shaped letters), Rocket Yo-Ho (2001), Thunder Thighs (2001), Dirty Headline (2001, and Dirty Headline v2, 2012: The most successful of the Cumberland stress-fonts is an unlikely typographic hero, released as it was with huge chunks of even the basic U.S. keyboard set missing (it had no apostrophe, for example, and no smart-quotes). Why so limited? I built it for one thing and one thing only, so it only had what it needed. I never expected to see it spread across the globe on buses, TV and movie screens, book coves, web-banners, lottery tickets, signs and clothing. I also never expected it to introduce me to roller derby girls (a whole team of them!), or to hook me up with a pen-pal who means a lot to me, but it's done all those things and more.), Ninja Bootleg (2001), Face Front, Nameless Harbor, Martian Hull Markings (1999), ProtoRooftops (2001), Zarking (2001), Graalek, High Fiber (2001), LastUniform, Wolves&Ravens (2000), Wolves&Ruin (2003), Pigeon Street (2001), Gravel (2001), TheAlchemist (2001), Deco Freehand (2001), Archipelago (2001), Flagstones (commercial), Newfie (handwriting, by Sandra Ross), Hultog (2000), and Lunatic Regular (handwriting, 1999). 15 USD fontmaking service. At Apostrophic Lab in 2001, he designed FuturexApocalypse. The Temphis Runes font set is commercial.
D. Jules Gianakos (Zapruder Design, Brooklyn, NY) is the Houston-born creator of Dealey (2012), an outline font based on HelveticaNeue LT 65 Medium.
Dan M. Zadorozny
David Fleming Nalle
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] ⦿
Debi Sementelli Type Foundry
Debi Sementelli (b. 1973, Erie, PA) started out as a lettering artist for wedding services. She set up her own typefoundry in 2013 in Carrollton, TX. Before that, she cofounded Correspondence Ink (in 2007) with Brian Bonislawsky. Together, they created the formal calligraphic family Belluccia (2011). Belluccia Ornaments has plenty of wedding invitation dingbats to accompany the font. Belluccia Bold was published in 2014.
In 2012, they published DomLovesMary (a wedding script family), which is named in memory of Dominic and Mary Sementelli, Debi's in-laws.
Graphic designer in Dallas and Amarillo who graduated from Texas Christian University (Fine Arts in Graphic Design). Creator of the grotesque all-caps typeface Franchise Bold (2009). Free download at Lost Type, Dafont and Fontspace. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dick Pape (Texas) has been digitizing images and alphabets for many years. His typefaces include many revivals, all very true to the original images. Early in 2013, we agreed to host his 1,600 fonts on our site. Storage alone ais initially of the order of 700 megabytes. Because of the sheer size of the collection, we have a download section, easily accessiblefor both individual or batch downloads. In addition, we have subpages with discussion, information and images. The typefaces have been partitioned into these groups: Aboriginal Art, Aesop, Aridi, Artville, Ben-Tour, Binny & Ronaldson, Briar Press, British Museum, Buddhist Images, Butterfly, Carbajo, Celtic Designs, DXS-Art Deco Display (alphabets), DXS-Celtic and Medieval, Daniels-Segura, Design Elements, Digital clipart, Dover Publications, FHA, Fonto Fonts, French Alphabets, Go Media, Graffiti Words, Hula Fonts, Hunt Bros 101, Incredible Pulps, Individual Artists, KCK, LFD, LHF Ornaments, Mada Alpha-a-day, Mayan Signs, Mindofone-Other, Misc Alphabets, Misc Silhouettes, Misc Symbols, Moderne-Solo, Music Song Covers, Myth & Fantasy, Neubau, Octopus, Paul Lacroix, Pepin Press, Rattlesnake Jack's Western, Schneidmeister, Sketch Type-HandDrawn, Sonja Steiner-Welz, Soviet Posters, Super Fonts, Traditional Turkish Designs, Trees-silhouettes, Tribal Tattoo, USF Decorative Fonts, ViaFaceDon, Viking Design, Virgin Vectors, Walden Font, Zelek.
Dick Pape (Dallas, TX) is digitizing the Dan Solo books one by one, and has digitized many other sources of alphabets and images. He started making fonts ca. 2007. In 2009, he was doing Solo's art deco tome. He is on several font-making forums such as High Logic, and is interested in revivals. "Toto" writes: Dick Pape made hundreds of fonts and here are the links to most of his fonts. This list has not been updated and later additions are found in Rapidshare folders. I've missed some and some links had been deleted by Rapidshare during its migration from .de to .com. Some have also been sent directly to the group, like those based on Mada's alphas. It is hard to tell whether the font has been made by Dick Pape. The only indication that he created the fonts is that the font have "DP" as font vendor and/or has "Digitized by TTD" in the trademark field. Both are not present in some of his fonts. He seems not to want to take credit. He is just a guy who wants to digitize anything he likes. In 2010, he made Bultaco, based on the logotype for Bultaco Motorcycles---see Freehostia.
Dick Pape: American Wood Type
In 2013 and 2014, Dick Pape digitized 108 typefaces from the Rob Roy Kelly Collection of American Wood Type. This collection is curated by the Design Division of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. The PDF catalog of this collection served as a source for the design and the font names. The typefaces:
Dillon James Sherman is a web and graphic designer who graduated from Kansas State University (Wichita, KS) and who is now located in Dallas, TX and/or Austin, TX.
Darcy Baldwin (DJBFontography) is the Texas-based designer of these handwriting faces in 2007: DJBABITOFFLAIRE, DJBADEE1, DJBAMANDAG, DJBANGELA, DJBANNALISE, DJBANNETTEscript, DJBCHERE, DJBCHRISTINEC, DJBCINDA, DJBCINDAs, DJBDAWN, DJBDOODLEDOO, DJBELIZABETHK, DJBELKE1, DJBEMILYS, DJBEuroscript, DJBGINAE, DJBGISELLA, DJBJANELLE, DJBJANINE, DJBJENB2, DJBJENNA, DJBJENNIFER, DJBJENNIFERscript1, DJBJOAN, DJBJOYscript, DJBKATHERINE, DJBKATRINE, DJBKEELYB, DJBKEELYBscript, DJBKELLEY, DJBKENNAscript, DJBKIRA, DJBLINDSE1, DJBLINDY, DJBLIZ, DJBLORRAINE1, DJBMANDY, DJBMEGAN, DJBMETA2, DJBMISH, DJBMichael, DJBPOOKIEDOO, DJBRITA2, DJBSOFEE1, DJBTABITHAscript, DJBWENDY, DJBWENDYPscript, DJBWRITESALOT. In 2008, she made DJB Treasure Hunt, DJB Curlie Wurlie, DJB 2Cute4U, DJB Heart of Dixi. Fonts made in 2009: DJB For Annie, DJB Sloppy Joe.
In 2011, she made DJB C Lyle Run, DJB Blueprint, DJB Crazy Goofy Cool, and DJB Cassandra.
Typefaces designed in 2012: DJB Play Misty For Me (made in conjunction with Misty Cato), Bean Pole, DJB Liz, DJB Worn at the knees, DJB Cris Script, DJB Doodle Beans, DJB Squirly Q, DJB Jacked Up Kinda Luv, DJB Lena, DJB Pookiedoo, DJB Geeks Who Wear Glasses, DJB Brewhaus Special, DJB Emily's Garden (curly alphabet, codesigned with Lauren Grier), DJB Room Mother Script, Lucy Lu.
In 2013, Darcy published the outline typeface Just an Outty (made together with Lauren Grier), the curly swirly DJB Swirl Me Around (made in conjunction with Shawna Clingerman), and the hand-printed DJB Boyfriend Jeans.
In 2014, she made DJB Tweenybopper, DJB Holly Serif, DJB Chalk It Up, DJB Angel Baby, Upstairs at the Abbey (blackboard bold), Scruffy Angel, This Font Is Empty, All Cool Chicks, DJB Me and My Office, DJB Holly Serif, DJB Tweenybopper, DJB Angel Baby, DJB Holly Jolly, DJB All The Cool Chicks, DJB Doodle Beans, DJB Bad Stamp Job, DJB 2 Cute 4 U, DJB A Bit if Flaire, DJB I'm No Wizard, DJB Annalise The Bold, DJB This is my life, DJB This Font is Bold, DJB Holly Berry Wonderland, DJB Baby Bump, DJB Upstairs Downstairs, DJB Coffee Shoppe (Venti, Buzzed, Espresso), DJB Holly Enchanted, DJB Dear St. Nick, DJB Color Me Chic, DJB Coffee Shoppe Buzzed, DJB A Bit of Flaire, DJB Sarah Prints, DJB Monkey Scratches (scratched, sketched typeface), DJB This Font Is Worn, DJB Vintage Find Stamped (with Jennifer Barrette), DJB This Font Is Bold, DJB This Font Is Stressed, DJB This Font Is Empty, DJB Werecow of Danville, DJB Geordie Girl, DJB Fancy Nancy, DJB Fizza Wizza Wowza, DJB What A Babe, DJB Chubby Muffins, DJB Rubia's Tiny Print, DJB Chicken Scratchez, DJB High Zombie, DJB Holly Enchanted, DJB Coffeeshoppeespresso, DJBHeatherG, DJBZoraPrints, DJB Belly Button Outtie, DJB Skritch Skratch, DJB It's Full of Stars, DJB It's Full of Dots, DJB Doodle E Doo, DJB Mess in My Head, DJB Miss Liz, DJB About A Boy, DJB This Moment, DJB Danielle 2.0, DJB Merry, DJB BellyButton-Innie, DJB I Love A Ginger, Hand Stitched, Hand Penned, Baby Bump, Rubia Tuesday, DJB Bailey, DJB Emphatic, DJB You make Me Blush, DJB Doodled Bits, DJB Hunky Chunk, DJB Bad Stamp Job 1 (2), DJB Chalk It Up, DJB In Such A Rush, DJB Sheldon's Girlfriend, DJB Uncertain Tense, DJB Holly Jolly B'Golly (a great poster typeface), DJB Lemon Head (hand-drawn), My Boyfriend's Handwriting, Sugar Shock.
Typefaces from 2015: DJB Annalise, DJB Carly Sue Got Married, DJB Miss Molly Brown, DJB This Font is Worn, DJB Almost Perfect, DJB Holly Typed, DJB What A Babe, DJB How Cute Am I, DJB Brit's Thick Pen, DJB Brit's Thin Pen, DJB Scruffy Angel, DJB Sand Shoes and a Fez.
Doyald Young: Logotypes and Letterforms
Graphic designer, typographer, type designer, author, teacher and lecturer, born in 1926 in Holliday, TX. He died on February 28, 2011 due to complications following a recent heart operation. He attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Trade Technical Jr. College, and Art Center College of Design where he has taught for 27 years and holds the honorary title Inaugural Master of the School. Doyald drew characters, often of a calligraphic or handlettered nature. He was deeply influenced by his mentor, Hermann Zapf.
Steve Heller writes: When digital programs like Fontographer made it easy for anyone with a computer to create typefaces, many of them purposefully inelegant, he advocated a high level of craftsmanship that he believed had been lost. In so doing, Mr. Young challenged a new generation to reject so-called grunge design in favor of precision. When the American Institute of Graphic Arts awarded Young its 2009 Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Marian Bantjes wrote Taste. Practicality. Formality. Understated prestige. The combination of those qualities forms as perfect a descriptor of Young's work as any you are likely to find, both in the process and the result. Although he is widely known for his elegant curves and scripts, he has never been a showy designer---there is not a trace of ego in his work. The range of letterforms able to flow at any time from his hand is great, and there is no way to particularly define Young's mark unless you have seen the hand-drawn comp. That is where his work is unmistakable: perfect letterforms drawn in pencil at a surprisingly small size without so much as a mark of hesitation or awkwardness. The style varies but the fluidity and perfection do not.
Links and media: Scott Erickson's movie on Doyald Young. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Short obituary and video. Longer video about his life. Steven Heller's obituary in the New York Times. Obituary by Marian Bantjes for AIGA.
His typefaces include the extra bold condensed sports scripts fonts Home Run Sanscript (1999) and Home Run Script (1999, a connected bold retro signage script), Young Gallant (2010, a formal calligraphic script based on the alphabets his teacher, Leach, trained him on), ITC Eclat (1985, 1992, fat script face, which was used for titles by Comedy Central and the Queen Latifah movie Beauty Shop), Young Finesse (2003, an Optima-inspired thin headline typeface used in his book, Fonts&Logos), Young Finesse Italic (2006), Guts (1976, VGC), and Young Baroque (1984, 1992, Letraset; calligraphic Spencerian copperplate script; this is copied by Castcraft as OPTI Yen Script). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Duncan Roberston (Austin, TX) created a 42-cut typeface family called New Alphabet 13 (2013) after Wim Crouwel's New Alphabet.
Eternal Maelstrom Studios (or: [emfont])
Free fonts by Jason Harlan of Austin, TX, at this studio (Eternal Maelstrom Studios or [emfont]) with a Japanese techno look. The techno fonts typically have only 26 letters without punctuation or numbers: Akihibara (Latin with a kana look), AnimePornstar, Ddsnet, Freshmen (2000), Honeyflash, Kogal, Pornohouse (LED simulation), Third Party, Akihibarahyper (2001), Clovers (2001), Crafty (2001), Dreampop (2001), JackFrost (2001). Catalog of his fonts.
Eye Envision Studios
Elite Webdesigns (or: Eye Envision Studios, link died ca. 2004) offered Bren Burrill's free dingbats: Elite1websets, Elite2webset, Elitebitsnpieces, Elitecircledesigns, Elitekaleidos, Eliteremotesplashin. These were all made in 2000, and are very useful as web page icons. Bren Burrill hails from Corsicana, TX, and works as a photographer. [Google] [More] ⦿
A PO Box company company in Universal City, TX, involved in multilingual computing. It offers some Cyrillic fonts in a decorative pack (Artisan, Brush Stroke, Graceful Script, Kids Hand, Mechanical Pen, Mechanical Pen Wide, Old Cyrillic, Showtime). Other fonts can be found on various archives: for example, see Timesse CE (1999). [Google] [More] ⦿
Major Thai font outfit and font download site. It carries many Thai fonts, such as TX Kikku (by Puey Ounjai, aka Toxin), Nook Freehand (2005, a Thai/Latin typeface by Nook Nattaya), and NP Naipol All In One (2005, by Pol Udomwittayanukul, aka Naipol). Ounjai also made TX Love (2005), a Valentine's Day font, TX Timesquare (2006, handwriting), TX Jello (2006). Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Located in Garland, TX. BibleScript: Commercial Greek and Hebrew font package. Has a shareware version. Windows and Mac. Their fonts are also here: GU-Greek (2001), GU-Hebrew (2001), Greek (2001), Greek-Uncials (2005), Greektl, Hebrew (2001), Hebrewtl, OLBGRK (2003), OLBHEB (2003), Scholar (1997). "GU" stands for Galaxie Unicode. [Google] [More] ⦿
Tom Davis is the principal of Dallas-based General Glyphics, which in 1993 marketed these border dingbats: Borders-Argyle, Borders-BourbonStreet, Borders-Cartographer, Borders-DotRule, Borders-Droughts, Borders-FatWaves, Borders-Intersect, Borders-Karnak, Borders-Nieman, Borders-NiemanOpen, Borders-SantaFe, Borders-ScotchWaves, Borders-SmallDiamonds, Borders-Surveyor, Borders-Thebes, Borders-Transom, Borders-ZigZagOne, Borders-ZigZagTwo, Borders-Zues. Seems to have moved on to other things. [Google] [More] ⦿
Austin, TX-based creator of several alphabets with sharpie pens. One of these, Sharp5, was turned into a free opentype font in 2011.
Typefaces from 2014: Zoetic (hand-drawn poster family), Solder (multiline hand-drawn family), Hand Deco (hand-drawn layered deco family), and Bangarang (layered poster typeface family).
Indian language fonts for PC and Mac. Commercial site from Houston, TX: maker of fonts and software products. Fonts include Hindi [ex: SheelRekha, RoopLekha, Kamal], Gujarati [ex: Shefali, Nita, Anarkali, Agni], Punjabi [ex: Pushpa, Suman, Badal, Arup], Bengali [Jayanti, BornaMala], Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit [ex: Sansipro], Malayalam and Assamese. Fonts for transliteration include Diplomat and MonoPali. HTML editors for these languages as well. Free Om_SuniKanth font. Run by Sunny Kallara. [Google] [More] ⦿
J. Daniel Escareno (Houston, TX) created the all-caps typeface Levels in 2013.
Jack's Scribal and Epigraphic Fonts
Houston's Jack Kilmon designed many archaic and epigraphic TrueType fonts. Free for academics. His site also has an archive of some fonts by Reinhold Kainhofer (RK Ancient Fonts), and some Coptic, Hebrew, Hieroglyphic and Greek fonts. A list of his creations: Early Phoenician (8th century BC), Moabite/Mesha Stele Epigraphic, Lachish Ostraca Cursive Palaeohebrew, Elephantine Papyrus Cursive, Jack's Early Aramaic (10th c. BCE), Nabataean Aramaic, Jack's Samaritan, Jack's Siloam Inscription, Jack's Dead Sea Scroll Scribal (or DSS Scribal) (based on Great Isaiah Scroll), Jack's Habakkuk Scribal (based on Pesher Habakkuk), Jack's Meissner Papyrus Cursive, Dead Sea Scroll Scribal, Latin Epigraphic, Roman Rustica (Capitalis Rustica), Latin bookhand from 1st to 6th century, C. Sinaiticus Uncial Greek, Early Greek Epigraphic, Greek Minuscule with Ligatures, Carolingian Minuscule, Insular Minuscule, early Gothic, Gothic Textura Quadrata, C. Sinaiticus Uncial Greek, Early Greek Epigraphic, Greek Minuscule with Ligatures, Jack's Etruscan. Essay on the history of writing. And an archive of Greek, Coptic, Hebrew and hieroglyphic fonts.
Dafont link. Marc Smith is not kind in his critique of Kilmon, who he calls an amateur (page 65). He deplores (page 69) that most letters, o, b, p and y included, have the same height in Kilmon's work. [Google] [More] ⦿
Brian Jacob (Detroit, MI) created the illustrative alphabet Fox Type (2012), for which he used Futura as a basis. Cellar Barrel (2012) is a humanist slab typeface. Boulevard Nights (2012) is a heavy squarish typeface with copperplate terminals. Brian Jacob created various sets of numerals for a school project at College for Creative Studies called Zeitgeist Numerals (2012).
His commercial foundry, Jacob Type, was established in 2012 and is located in Texas.
In 2013, he published the modular squarish typeface Wavering Nights and the semi-condensed sans typeface Perfect Fall. Four Foxes (2013) is a quartet of typefaces derived from wood, glass, metal, and paper.
Designer & partner at Switch in Dallas, Texas. He created the free sturdy manly condensed geometric sans serif typeface Norwester in 2013. Suggested payment: donations to International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aldine (2011, Lost Type) is a wood-look headline typeface based on original proofs of a 19th Century American Wood Type alphabet, Aldine Expanded. It was created and embellished by Javier Viramontes at the University of Texas, Austin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jeff Rogers was born in Texas and lives in New York City where he works as a designer and illustrator. He has created custom lettering for such clients as Nike, The New York Times, Good Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Blue Q and others. Jeff is also a partner at Abidesco, a Texas based design collective. With the help of the crew at YWFT, he created three typeface families: YWFT Owen (2014, dadaist overlay font), YWFT Tall Tex (2014, Western), and YWFT Merry (2014, a hand-drawn poster type with the possibility of stacking). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
According to Identifont, Joe Taylor designed Blippo Black in 1969 at FotoStar. Currently he is the curator of the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, TX. It was inspired by Herbert Bayer's 1925 experimental "universal typeface". Blippo versions: Scangraphic, URW. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of the Masters of Type Design program of the University of Reading, UK. Jordan Bell (Waco, TX) writes about his graduation typeface Odelay (2014): Odelay is a contemporary interpretation of the transitional American Scotch Roman, or Century types, that were designed in the U.S.A. near the end of the 19th century by DeVinne and the Bentons. Inspired by these designs and hand-painted sign lettering, Odelay has a warm, friendly aesthetic that invites the designer to put it to use on a variety of different jobs. With very delicate thin weights, ultra-heavy fat weights, and everything in-between, Odelay is readily available for complex typography at any size. Odelay covers Latin, Greek, Arabic and Cyrillic, with emphasis on the Latin. Jordan's description requires a correction, however--Theodore DeVinne did not design any typefaces---some were named after him, but that is a different story. [Google] [More] ⦿
Josh Finklea grew up in Austin, Texas. He has worked and studied in Amsterdam and Los Angeles respectively, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design at Art Center College of Design. John Finklea currently lives in New York and works at Design:MW. His typefaces are published at Incubator.
Dallas, TX-based creator of Malayalam Origami Type (2012).
Kevin Larson received his PhD in cognitive psychology in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin. His academic research was on word recognition and reading acquisition. He currently works for Microsoft's Advanced Reading Technology team in Redmond, WA, and is working on the scientific understanding of ClearType and other reading technologies.
At ATypI 2003, he spoke about the recognition of words. He provided evidence to support the following theory: "The reader recognizes each of the letters at the same time (in parallel) and assembles a word." (As opposed to sequential recognition and assembly, or word shape recognition.) Speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, his talk was entitled Don't we have enough fonts? A summary: Few can distinguish differences between typefaces beyond a serif / sans-serif difference, particularly with text faces. If readers can't detect these differences, then we are wasting a lot of time and effort. Many researchers now believe that that people have two evaluative systems - one that involves slow, effortful, deliberative thinking - and one that is automatic, fast, and pre-attentive. The second, called rapid cognition, allows people to make rapid judgments with relatively little information. For example, it only takes 50ms (1/20th of a second) to make a judgment about the aesthetics of a website that is similar to a judgment made after a long exposure. Our studies demonstrate that the personality of a typeface is identified with rapid cognition and that it impacts our recognition of the words written with the typeface.
At ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, he speaks about Designing with Science (jointly with Matthew Carter). An excerpt: Matthew Carter and Kevin Larson have developed a type design process where they iteratively conduct scientific letter recognition tests and use the results from the tests to inform design decisions. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fonts by L. Theodore Ollier, named after famous killers, dead presidents, dictators, brainiacs, cowboys and notables. About 10 dollars a piece, the mostly handwriting fonts are designed by L. Theodore Ollier. TrueType or PostScript, Mac or PC. Partial list of font names: ButchCassidy, DaVincian, DahmerBits, DillingerConcise, Jeffersonian, OswaldConspiracy, PoeNevermore, RipperScript, ZodiacCleartext, ZodiacCryptik. Fonts are named after Lizzie Borden, Jeffery Dahmer, John Dillinger, Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, Gainsville Ripper, Jack The Ripper, Sirhan Sirhan, Zodiac Killer, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Napoleon, Genghis Kahn, Beethoven, Leonardo Da Vinci, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Michaelangelo, Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, Billy The Kid, Columbus, Helen Keller, Blood Type AB, Blood Type Serum, Angouleme, Angoulema-Decora, Dr. Not, Ellipsis, Esarti, Linia, Sanserio, Serima, Slide Rule, Stop Gap. L. Theodore Ollier used to run The Pensword Type Foundry in Austin, TX. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Missouri in 1979, Kimberly moved first to Texas and later (in 2007) to China, and most recently, to Orlando, FL. She made some free fonts (often handwriting styles), and also ran a personal handwriting font service [those fonts have names that start with KGD]. MyFonts link. FontSquirrel link. Home page. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. Fontspring link. Klingspor link. Google Web Font Directory link. Creative Market link. Family home page. Her fonts, by year:
Kindergarten and New Kindergarten are two 4-font families for school age children. With and without rules and arrows. Commercial product, truetype and type 1. Kindergarten (2000), New Kindergarten (2002). Company located in Wichita Falls, TX. [Google] [More] ⦿
With a BFA in 1989 from the Basel School of Design and an MFA from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia in 1996, she became art director of the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, and she is now working as a designer and art director for institutional publications and she teaches at the University of Houston in the graphic communications program. Cholla won at Bukvaraz 2001. She also won an award at Granshan 2008.
She designed these typefaces:
Kyle Wayne Benson (b. 1988, Texas) describes himself as an affable graphic and type designer. He has his own commercial foundry, also called Kyle Wayne Benson, which specializes in signage type. It is located in Orem, UT. Creator in 2013 of Benson Script (with three contrast levels, from didone to monoline), the octagonal angular faces Millie and Truth, and of Clayton, Red Benny, Tide's In, Tide Sans (the surf-inspired humanist with a humorous selection of weight names ranging from Lil Bunny, to Dudette, Bunny, Mondo, Kahuna and Dude), Tide Sans Condensed, and Farmer's Co-Op (a vernacular sans with wood type influences).
Typefaces from 2014: Jeames (a high-contrast decorative typeface with vintage serifs), Maritime Champion, Maritime Champion Stencil, Good News Sans (a set of 18 display sans typefaces, mostly for titling or short pieces), Kansas Casual (a sign painting font), Maritime Champion (inline typeface), National Champion (octagonal athletic lettering family).
L. Theodore Ollier
Arlington, TX-based designer of the fun poster typeface Kalos (2012).
Graphic designer in Austin, TX. She created the ornamental organic caps typeface Great Expectations (2012). Her posters are quite noteworthy.
Liberty Type Foundry
Commercial typefoundry of George Thomas (Dallas, TX), whose fonts include Pendula (2014, art nouveau). They write: Pendula is an adaptation of Pittoresques Droites (Scenic Casual) found in the circa 1924 specimen book of La Fonderie Typographique Française. Changes to a very small number of the original characters were made to make the typeface work better with more languages, as well as for aesthetic reasons. A newly designed Cyrillic character set was added. [Google] [More] ⦿
Creator in Dallas, TX, of It's Not Monday (2013), Take Me Tuesday (2013), Work That Wednesday (2013), Thumper Thursday (2013), Forgetful Friday (2013), Kollection Bitmap (2013, pixel face), Pixeliza 20 (2013, pixel face), and WordBits (2013, pixel face).
Penman, b. 1859, San Antonio, TX, from Hungarian parents. [Some say January 20, 1860] His maternal grandfather, Ladislaus Ujhazi, was Governor of Kameron and the Count of Saros. He traveled a lot and was a versatile and multi-dimensional person. He worked in Sterling, IL, Jersey City, NJ, and Poughkeepsie, NY. He spent most of his life in New York, and died in 1910 in San Francisco. Author of Lessons in Advanced Engraver's Script, published by C.W. Jones in Brockton, MA. Zaner&Bloser published The Madarasz Book - The Secret of the Skill of Madarasz in 1911, based on documents and sources given to them by Louis Madarasz's widow, Clara K. Madarasz. Scan of a calligraphic alphabet called Commercial College. Scans from the 1911 book: capitals drawn in 1909, death notice from 1910, engraved capitals, instructions, image, letter in 1902 to zaner and Bloser, lower case alphabet, Madarasz Script, Plate five alphabet, sample, signature, another signature, yet another signature, teachable capitals, portraits at ages 25, 35 and 45.
Luedecke Design Font Co (was: LDF Fonts)
Jake Luedecke (LDF Fonts, or Luedecke Design Font Co) (b. 1999) is the Dallas, TX-based creator of preponderantly hand-printed and pixel typefaces. These include Peach (2014), Folktale (2014: a sketched font), Influence (2014: a beveled typeface), Reckoning (2014: a shaded typeface based on Clarendon), Apparitions (2014), Mild East (2013, sketched typeface), Knew It All (2013), Five Dollar Font (2013), Output (2013, outlined face), Take Two (2013, outline face), DayLight (2013, outline face), Nineteen Oh Five (2013, 3d poster face), Licensepl8 (2013, sketched typeface), Always Here (2013, Victorian), Stereoscope (2013), Villa (2013, a 3d outline face), Plateaux (2013, a sketch font), Slab Thing (2013, a sketched font), Electronica (2013, hand-printed), Red Wood (2013), Waking Up (2013), Earthy (2013), Rekles (2013), Figurativative (sic) (sketched font), TeleVision, Dynasty (a beautiful 3d sketched outlined typeface), Mom's Diner (sketched didone font), Flatbread (2013, +Inline), LDF Comic Sans (2013), Splinterwood (2013, Kafkaesque), Best Day Ever (2013), Kibby Sans, Kibby Slab (2013: an extra-condensed FontStruct typeface), Variety (2013, textured caps), Spring Time, Blue Printed (2013), Exposition (fat finger face, +Shadow), Okay (outlined face), Anthro, Vintage One (2013, an outlined and shadowed face), (2013, a minimalist sans), Barua (2013), Vibe (2013, a multiline typeface), University Two (2013), Ovrlap (outlined), Swirlvetica (2013, sketch font), Futurr (2013, textured typeface based on Futura Bold Condensed), Maximum (2013), Carrier Hand (2013, a hand-printed Courier), Stroke (2013, a scratchy typeface), Three Dee (2013), Blue Noon (2013, textured typeface), Cordova (2013, pixel font), Komik (2013, comic book face), Eggs (2013), Eggs Extra Yolk (2013), CymoPxl (2013, pixel face), Pxlvetrica (2013, pixel face), Cymo (2013), Promoleus (2013), Boston Regular (2012), University (2012), Historian (2012, hand-printed), Helveticamazing (2012), TM Tonite (2012, an art deco poster font), Cozumix (2012), Swagger Capitals (2012), Flovio (2012) and Dotty (2012, hand-printed).
Typefaces from 2014: Apparitions.
George Thomas is a font expert who owns Majus Corp in Dallas, a company he founded after having contributed to many of the major font foundries. Creative Alliance designer: The first font to be released from Majus Corp., and licensed exclusively to the Creative Alliance, is Civilite MJ. The typeface was originally cut by Robert Granjon in 1557. This Civilité dates from 1994 and is based on a model by Louis Ferrand (1922). He also created the film fonts Eightball, Highball, and Cueball, which were licensed to Alphabet Innovations (Phil Martin's company).
MyFonts page. Phil Martin said about him: George Thomas came to work for me. A technical genius in my view. He made my studio the branch office of Merganthaler. When type director Mike Parker quit Merg to found Bitstream and hire away all Merg's type-knowledgable people, Steve Byers had no way to keep Merg in production except for what George and I did for him. His fonts have the MJ suffix. FontShop link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Texas. El Lissitsky's Proun series inspired an ornamental caps font in 2012.
Brooklyn-based blogger, editor and writer, who was born in Dallas and studied law at the University of Florida. She used iFontMaker to create the clean hand-printed typeface Maud Print (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphics cooperative that sells some fonts. These include Monarchy (2014: a tall humanist meets slab serif font family by Birmingham, UK-based Tony Thomas), Asche (2014), Meddle (2014), and Viro (2014: a humanist sans by Tony Thomas). Most fonts are made by Nathan Brown (Austin, TX). Medialoot's community manager is Jenn Coyle (Philadelphia, PA). Behance link for Tony Thomas. [Google] [More] ⦿
Calligrapher and letter artist in Austin, TX. He has made several attractive calligraphic alphabets (not fonts). Behance link. Examples of his calligraphic alphabets: I, II, III, IV, V, VI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Houston, TX-based creator (b. 1989) of Syera Inline (2012, pen-drawn), WW Digital (2011, LED style) and WW Pencil (2011, pen-drawn). Home page at WebWorks in Houston, TX. Aka MJP WebWorks USA. [Google] [More] ⦿
Now here is a new idea proposed by Miekala Cangelosi, a freelance designer in Texas: take an existing font and use it to compose glyphs in a bigger font. The glyphs are like atoms, if you wish, of the new font. This will test (break?) the 1000x1000 or 2048x2048 grids people and font software enthusiasts are used to deal with, and support my call for much much larger grid sizes in font files. Anyway, Miekala used Bebas Neue to create an all caps face in 2011. [Google] [More] ⦿
Misti Hammers (b. 1990, Saint Ignace, MI) created the fat finger typefaces Darlin Pop (a Valentine's Day font family), Shooting Stars (curly font), We Are In Love, Northern Lights, and MiffinsHandwriting in 2013.
Misti, who lives in Texas now, also started Misti's Fonts.
Until June 2002, distributors for many foundries, such as 2rebels (Montréal, Québec); 3 Island Press (Rockland, Maine); Daggar Design (Brooklyn, New York); Lagartija Desino Grafico (Puerto Rico); Radiateurfontes (Lille, France), Synfonts (Omaha, Nebraska); Union Type Supply - now "AboutType" (Houston, Texas). In June 2002, it closed its doors. Jeff Gillen himself, the principal, designed these fonts: BLIND FAITH, BLUELINE, BLUEPRINT, BUREAUCRACY FAMILY, CLOUD9, FAITH, GREED, GROOVY FAMILY, HERSCHEL KRUSTOFSKY, HYMAN KRUSTOFSKY, JOBLESS, JOKER, MELTDOWN, MARTIAN HOLIDAY FAMILY, MISSING LINK, NUCLEUS, RAYGUNS, REPUBLICRAT, RIDDLER, ROLLOVER FAMILY, SIBLEY POTATO FAMILY, SLACKER BOOKSTORE&TRIBAL MASKS. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry and font vendor in Austin, Texas, created in 1995. As a vendor, it offers an outlet for twelve formerly autonomous font makers: 2 Rebels, 3 Island Press, Abouttype, Brainreactor, Emboss, Mindcandy, Lagartija, Lunchbox, Plazm, Radiateur, Synfonts and Verge. One of the designers is Jeff Gillen. List of Mindcandy's own fonts: Blind Faith, Blueline, Blueprint, Bureaucracy+Municipal, Bureaucracy+State, Bureaucracy+Federal, Cloud 9, Delirious, Delirium, Faith, Groovy, Groovy+Oultine, Herschel Krustofsky, Hyman Krustofsky, Invacuo+Bones, Invacuo+Cloak, Invacuo+Valid, Jobless, Joker, Meltdown, Missing Link, Contamination (borders), Phace, Smacky, Bureaucracy+Electoral, MartianHoliday, Nokius (pixel font family), Nucleus, Rayguns, Riddler, Rollover, Rollover+Outline, Sibley Potato+AuGratin, Sibley Potato+Baked, Sibley Potato+Fried, Sibley Potato+Mashed, Sibley Potato+Salad (Mayo), Sibley Potato+Salad (Mustard), Slacker+Bookstore, Tribal Masks. Simon Daniels at Microsoft writes: "Despite using a Flash font viewer and having posted a claim that they 'embrace the latest technologies to deliver your message in virtually any medium', Mindcandy restricts others from embedding their fonts within Web pages. This is particularly strange given the fact that their free fonts are set to 'installable embedding'." TypoViewer is nice. Mindcandy, the vendor decided in June 2002 to sell the fonts in their collection at 1 USD a shot, but I wonder if that does not violate the agreements with the designers. They also state that they are ready to get out of the font business altogether. And at the end of June 2002, the doors are closing on Mindcandy. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dallas, TX-based creator of the free art deco stencil typeface Glas Deco (2012), which is based on a specimen found in Hoffmanns Schriftatlas: Das Schriftschaffen der Gegenwart in Alphabeten und Anwendungen, Stuttgart 1930. Another download site. View the original.
Creator of Twin Mo 1 (2012, bilined).
In 2013, he/she created Hadley Numerals (based on the numbers originally generated by Gunter Gerhard Lange for his Derby typeface), and Hadley Stencil (based on the letters originally generated by Gret Mengelt-Mergenthaler and Walter Ballmer for their Swiss typeface TEXPO). Free download.
North Dallas Forty (2012, free) is based on the custom letters in the original 1979 movie posters and marketing materials for the film North Dallas Forty.
In 2011-2012, Dick Pape created a number of free fonts based on designs pointed out to him by Mindofone, and he calls them his Mindofone collection, 86 files strong. They include French Alphabets (FA) and French Advertising Alphabets (FAA). The French Advertising Alphabets were designed by M. Moullet in Brussels in 1946.
The FAA series: FAA3DLettresEnRelief, FAAAllongees, FAAAllongeesBold, FAAAntiqueAllongee, FAAAntiqueGrasse, FAAAntiques, FAAAntiquesGrasses, FAABaroque3DInitiales, FAABlockLettresEnRelief, FAACameoHollow, FAACaracteresdeFantaisie, FAAChevauchantes, FAACubiques, FAAEcossaises, FAAEcritureGrasseEmoussee, FAAEgyptienneGrasse, FAAEgyptiennesEmoussees, FAAFantaisie, FAAFantaisieBlaireau, FAAFantaisieHardi, FAAFantaisieHaut, FAAFantasio, FAAFloralGothiqueInitiales, FAAFrenchMecane, FAAItalianHeavySlab, FAALettresAuCrayonItalic, FAALiberty, FAANormandes, FAANormandesAllongees, FAAOmbreeEnRelief, FAAOnciale, FAAOrientales, FAAPochoir, FAARomainClassique, FAARomainTypographique, FAScenesPaysannes, FAASerifEgyptienne, FAAVetteFantasieAntieke.
The FA series consists first of all of digitizations that are from a booklet by signpainter Roumond entitled 32 Alphabets Modernes, published in Paris by A. Charayron and Léon Duran, some time in the 1930s. Pape's 32 fonts are FAModerne0369, FAModerne0562a, FAModerne0562b, FAModerne0946aBold, FAModerne0946bBold, FAModerne1367a, FAModerne1367b, FAModerne2021a, FAModerne2021b, FAModerne2491a, FAModerne2491b, FAModerne2491c, FAModerne2491d, FAModerne4441, FAModerne5204, FAModerne5204a, FAModerne5204b, FAModerne5204c, FAModerne6183a, FAModerne6183b, FAModerne6518a, FAModerne6518b, FAModerne6518c, FAModerne6518d, FAModerne7287a, FAModerne7287b, FAModerne7666, FAModerne7798, FAModerne9002a, FAModerne9002b, FAModerne9321a, FAModerne9321b.
The other fonts in the FA series are FAAntique2748, FAAntiqueShaded, FACondensedGothic, FACondensedReversedGothic, FAGillSignWritersGuide, FAGothicInitials, FAHerrickSignWriters, FAJeuSubstantoBold, FAPutti, FARoundSans4901, FAThin3394, FATransportReversed4858, FAUltraLight, FAVineInitials, FAWildFlowers.
Further typefaces by Dick Pape: Cathedral (2011, a sketched expressionist face, based on Martin Wait), ColorLinesFont (2010, based on work by Anton Gridz), ColorOutLinesFont, FuroreMexicoCameo, FuroreMexicoNormal, FuroreMexicoPlain, FuroreMexicoWide. The Furore series was made in 2011 based on Furore No. 11 The Mexico Issue (Piet Schreuders, Amsterdam, 1978).
Texan creator (b. 1990) of many free mostly hand-printed typefaces. In 2015 she made Love Song, Love is Awesome (Valentine;s Day font).
Earlier typefaces include Mf Wedding Bells (2014, wedding script), Really Awesome (2014), Air Balloon (2014), Be Yourself (2014, fat finger font), Autumn breze (2014), Mf Summertime (2014), Mf Kings & Queens (2014), Mf Still Kanda Ridiculous, Mf Houston Paris Budapest (2014, calligraphic), Mf Kind & Witty (2014), Delicate Little Flower (2014), I Like It Bold (2014), Mf Queen Leela (2014, connected), Killing Loneliness (2014), Scribble Script (2014), Rusty (2014, comic book font), Young and Beautiful (2014: connected script), Foxes in Love (2014), End of the dream (2014), My Love Dings (2014, mostly hearts), Love & Trust (2014), Quirky & Messy (2014), Hey Pretty Girl (2014), Fill Me With Color (2013), Hug Me Tight (2013), This Is Ridiculous (2013), Hello Heartache (2013), Girls Have many Secrets (2013), Even More Mixed Up (2013), A Little Mixed Up (2013), Are You Freakin Serious (2013), Borders Divide But Hearts Shall Conquer (2013), Just Sayin (2013), For A Pessimist Im Pretty Op (2013), Technically But Not Actually (2013), My Oh My (2013), Simply Complicated (2013), The Lonely Ones (2013), What's My Age Again (2013), MF Dings 3 (2013: dingbats with hearts), Love Is A Many Complicated Thing (2013), Fool For Love (2013), Fine Again (2013), Rebel Chick (2013), I Love You Monkey (2013), Happy Birthday Baby (2013), MF Dings (2013), MF Dings 2 (2013), Honeybee (2013), My Font Addiction (2013), Fight For Our Love (2013) and Ships In The Night (2013). She also designed Sex & Candy (2013), Simply Complicated, Head Versus Heart (2013, outlined typeface), Kill The Lights (2013, sans), Soul Merets Body (2013, sans), MF Dings (2013), Curious Cat (2013) and Bright Like A Diamond (2013).
Type blog by Ojay Juarez (TX). Aka mmolai. Ojay used Fontifier to create the handwriting font mmolaihandbasic (2008), and who used Fontcapture to make mminland or Inland (2009, free download), a Victorian typeface from the Inland Type Foundry. His blog.
He created the ornamental caps typeface McDonald in vector (EPS) format.
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997, and lives since 1997 in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. From ca. 1990 onwards, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. In 2013, he stopped making fonts, and donated his collection of rare books and type material to the University of Virginia. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool.
Near the end of 2012, he posted this comment on his web site: Fifteen years ago, I embarked on a wonderful voyage of discovery, when I created my very first font with Fontographer 3.15. My maiden voyages were, frankly, rather clunky and amateurish, but I have been told that they showed promise. Well, sure enough, thanks to the diligent (and patient) efforts of Ilene Strizver, I polished up my craft enough to sell my humble efforts---first as a sideline business and, since 2006, as my full-time job. In total, I have produced over eleven hundred fonts---almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which I conservatively estimate have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide. Unfortunately, this past year has brought a series of unanticipated setbacks, culminating in the loss of my wife's beautiful mind and soul to the scourge of alcoholism. In an effort to generate extra income to cover the expenses for her long-term care, I have proposed a number of, I believe, innovative ways to revamp the online font business; unfortunately, those efforts have fallen flat, primarily due to the professional font community's abject fear of crossing the $165 million Elephant in the Room. I even offered a special discount rate of 75% off retail price for full-time students of Typohile Forum. To date, there have been zero takers. Hell: even the webfont kit of one of my own fonts which I purchased from myfonts.com turned out to be an empty folder. Talk about a run of bad luck. Which leaves my with you, dear readers. If you or someone you know has had fun or made a buck from my humble efforts throughout the years, please donate whatever you can---even a lousy dollar would help---to help me out. I would greatly appreciate it.
Nick Curtis: Commercial faces
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997. Since 1997, he is in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. Since the 1990s, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool. Home page. His free fonts are listed elsewhere.
On MyFonts, he says this about himself: Nick's Fonts is a modest little foundry dedicated to the preservation of our rich typographic heritage. Most of the foundry's designs are based on authentic historical sources, gleaned from the massive collections of the Library of Congress. If you are looking for a font that captures the essence of the Wild West, the Gay Nineties or the Jazz Age, look here first: if it is not in the catalog, it will be soon. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Display and dingbat fonts from a foundry in Dallas, TX. Denny Driver made the dingbat font MonkeysTail. Calvin Glenn (the principal?) made the multiple master font Steelhand, Tekno (1993, Monotype), Jacoby (1995, Monotype), and NIMX Jacoby (1995, in the Image Club collection). Other fonts include Jitterbug and Jitterbats (jointly by NIMX and Laurie McCanna, 1994), NIMX Quirks (1994, dingbats), and NIMX Robust (1994).
Aka Pilaster Davy, b. 1964. UK-based designer of the tattoo typeface Galveston (2015): GalvestonTX is derived from a Sanborn Insurance Map cover published in 1912 for the city of Galveston, Texas. [Google] [More] ⦿
Penelope has a Bachelor's degree in Arts with a Major in video art from Caracas, Venezuela. She currently works as a freelance graphic designer in San Antonio, TX. Creator of Orderup (2011, commissioned by the Orderup restaurant in san Antonio): This is a font I created for Orderup, by digitally tracing over the Sackers Gothic font they used for their logo to give the hand-drawn style they wanted for their new image. [Google] [More] ⦿
PenUltimate Type Foundry
Foundry in League City, TX, started in 1993 by its head designer, Chris MacGregor. Fonts available through [T-26], Prototype and Image Club. About 40 dollars per face. Interesting display faces include Citore, Zehrgut, LeslieSmith and Manitu. Also check the dingbats Afrobats and Nerybats. It is unclear if Chris designed all of these fonts. I wish they would indicate who made what. Anyway, the list of typefaces: Afrobats, Nerybats, Tagged, Citore, Emulate, Emulate Bold, Bridgework, Epaulet, Utile Inky, Utile Inky Italic, Utile, Utile Italic, Utile Coastic Italic, Utile Caustic, Leslie Smith, Zehrgut, Neohead, Itto Round, Empanel, Empanel Bold, Arrgoculture, Itto Block, Linkletter, Fleming Tall, Fleming Short, Delfinola, Attune, Fleming multiple master, Manitu, Monte Family, Pep Club, Stans. Here he says in 2009: I have over forty commercial typefaces available for sale through various type re-sellers around the world and my average yearly income off the typefaces is $115, even though I regularly see my typefaces in use on the web, on TV in print and in video games. I used to think that one day I'd have a nice supplemental income from my typefaces but the reality of the situation is that people like you don't value the effort that goes into making a typeface. I haven't designed a new typeface in eight years now and I have no desire to do so. Why should I when you're going to be a big bitching twat you greedy self-centered tantrum throwing teenager? Fuck the foundries? You and others who haven't paid for the typefaces you use have been fucking the foundries for years. Fuck the foundries? Fuck you. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ashley Gardner (aka Printable Wisdom) is the Texas-based designer of some hand-crafted typefaces such as Ashley Brush Script (2015, a watercolor brush script), Skinny Minnie (2015), Scratch Super Sketchy Script (2014), Boldilicious (2014), Fabulovely (2014) and Understated (2014). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
The 8MB Fonts zip file has some standard truetype fonts. Among the rarest in the collection: 404px (pixel font, 2000), AgencyFB-Reg (Font Bureau), LucidaGrande, LucidaSansUnicode, Orgv01 (pixel font, 2002, by orgdot.com), the Texas Instruments fonts Ti86Pc, Ti86PcBold, Ti86keys and Ti86keys, and the Indic fonts from Microsoft such as Tunga and Raavi. [Google] [More] ⦿
RAILhead Design (later: Maury McCown Foundry)
Maury and Karen McCown from Bedford, TX, ran this nice foundry. Boren and raised in Texas, Maury has been making fonts since 1992, but stopped at some point stating I am no longer making fonts, and I don't want any "font advertisement". Now in Lake Jackson, TX, Karen seems to have dropped out of the picture. Maury's early fonts were free, under the label RAILhead Design: handwriting fonts Karen Sue, Stingray, PutterDo, Farkas, FunnyFace, grunge fonts Poltergeist and Doggie Doodie, and the dingbats HeadsAndFaces. Plus AbuseLite, Cheeka, Faerie, Flinker, Fluvii, Kitty, Mister, MrMcCown, NuGothic, TilterLite, WraithLite. Skitz And Amy are no longer there (they used to be at the now defunct mFONTS). $$ fonts at RAILhead: Chop Block (nice fat letters), Dead Font, Fomas Tart, Nugget, O-Negative, Phast Phont, Phatty, Sharpie, Simpleton, SloMo (nice tall hand-printed letters), Stingray, Twin Slime, Crash Test.
Designer from Keller, TX, whose fonts at Garagefonts include the futuristic family Transpond (1999-2000).
Alyson L. Hill (Department of Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX) discusses readability of web sites. Dated 1997. One of her conclusions: In this experiment, Times NR (proportionally spaced) was faster than Courier New (non-proportionally spaced), while Arial (proportionally spaced) was slower than Courier New. [Google] [More] ⦿
Richard Diaz Granados
San Antonio, TX-based barcode font company. At 150USD a shot, you can get Code39, Code128, UCC128/EAN128, Code93, Codabar, Interleaved 2 of 5, MSI-Plessey, PostNet, PlanetCode, 4 State, UPC/EAN/ISBN and more. [Google] [More] ⦿
Rob Roy Kelly (b. Nebraska, 1925, d. Tempe, AZ, 2004) collected wood type from local printers for use by his students at the Minneapolis College of Art&Design. He began gathering the types in the late 1950s and continued adding to the collection over the next decade. He started researching the history, manufacture, and use of the growing collection partly in response to questions that arose from working with his students. His research was first published in the 1963 issue of Design Quarterly (No. 56), and was followed in 1964 by a limited-edition folio of specimen sheets from the collection, entitled American Wood Types 1828-1900, Volume One. Kelly's research would culminate with the publishing in 1969 of American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period. Since 1993, his substantive wood type collection resides at the University of Texas. At Dover, he published 100 Wood Type Alphabets. Kelly's final work with the Collection came in the early 1990s when he was asked by Adobe Systems to participate in a project to develop digital revivals of historic wood types as part of the Adobe Originals program. As consultant to the project, Kelly helped select, from his own collected materials, the type styles that would be made into digital fonts. Kelly died in January 2004.
Obituary, which states: He studied design at the University of Nebraska and the Minneapolis School of Art and served in the Army during the Korean War. Later he did graduate work at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale, where he studied with Josef Albers, Alvin Eisenman, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter, Leo Lionni, Lester Beall and Alexey Brodovitch. He both taught and administered graphic design programs at the Minneapolis College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Western Michigan University and, most recently, at Arizona State University. [Google] [More] ⦿
A study collection, with extensive specimens, held by the Design Division of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. This is one of the most, if not the most, extensive web presence for wood type. The collection, as of mid 2009:
Graphic designer in Dallas, TX, partner of Thiessen & Looper. Creator of the spurred vintage typeface Steamboat (2015) and the poster typefaces Vintage Display (2015, art nouveau), At Sea (2015) and Frontier (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Samuel John Ross
From Georgetown, TX: supplier of custom Truetype and Type 1 handwriting and logo fonts. Beware: a custom block letter handwriting font at 100 dollars plus shipping. For a cursive handwriting font, 300 dollars and up! [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Plano, TX, Sander Wolf (b. 1972), who runs Sander's Conspiracy, created these fonts: Messy Annie, Silly Annie, Sticky Annie (1997), Lonely Annie (1997), all handwriting fonts. MyFonts site. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Lubbock, TX-based type designer at Fonted House, a typefoundry she started with Angie Baldelomar, with whom she codesigned the tall hand-printed caps typeface Canoe (2012). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Scriptorium (Ragnarok Press, Fontcraft)
Dave Nalle was born in Beirut in 1959, but lives and works in Texas. He is currently in Manor, TX. From his wiki page: Dave Nalle is a political writer, game author and font designer who was active in the early history of the development of the internet. He is Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group that promotes libertarianism within the Republican Party and is Senior Politics Editor at Blogcritics online magazine and is the CEO of Scriptorium Fonts. A creative and prolific designer, he has made hundreds of beautiful (often historic) fonts. His outfit, Scriptorium (based near Austin, TX, est. 1989), also does custom font and logo design. At some points, Scriptorium was also known as Ragnarok Press and Fontcraft. It specializes in artsy and ancient faces. Some subset of the fonts is made by Michael Scarpitti. Free font demos.
Images of his best selling fonts. Special subpages:
Fonts from 2014: Highball, Carillon (based on a typeface by Samuel Welo), Edifice (based on lettering by J.M. Bergling).
Fonts from 2015: Dahlgren.
Houston, TX-based designer, b. 1983.
Free fonts by Dennis Ludlow (Sharkshock Productions, Raleigh, NC), such as Hot Pizza (2001), Hawaiian Punk, Royal Acidbath, Little Caesar, Subway, Holiday India, Mobsters, Dallas Cowboys (Western look, 2004), Dark Crystal, Ludlow Strong Ale (2015, German beer label font), Space Angel (2014), Electrox, Cowboys, Dolphins, Viking Stencil, Lexust (2002), Padaloma (2002), Fujita Ray (2002), Willy Wonka, Hursheys, Grinched, Honda, Busch Gardenz, Holiday India (2000), Simpsons, Blockbusted, IHOP, Chicken Fool A, Playtoy, Cowboys (2001), Dreamscar (2001, has a Cyrillic version), Mr. Goodbaur, Dr. Peppers, Oreos, Air Millhouse, Fruitopia, Raiders, TGI Friday, Jolly-Raunchy, Mouser, Pirate-Keg, Modeccio (2015, art deco). There is also a medium-sized categorized archive, with subsections such as cartoon fonts and movie fonts.
On August 28, 2001, Dennis announced that he would stop producing fonts, forever.
Beaumont, TX-based creator of Angulus (2013).
Commercial font studio, also called Art&Sign, located in Fort Worth, TX, started in 2001 by Steve Contreras. He writes: Created by Sign Artists, with the look of hand lettering. Casual and script fonts designed specifically for Sign painters and Artist, for use in vinyl cutting and large format printing. Some fonts could also be used for comic book purposes or general display.
Their typefaces include: A&S-Christmas-Script, A&S-Graphina-Chisel, A&S-Happy-Jack, A&S-Harliquin, A&S-Motherlode, A&S-Pen-&-Ink-Roman, A&S-Popcorn, A&S-Porkchop-Primitive, A&S-Porkchop, A&S-Puff-Daddy, A&S-Rhino, A&S-Rister, A&S-Shocard-Block, A&S-Sign-Gothic, A&S-Signwriter, A&S-Snapper-Script, A&S-Speedway, A&S-Wizard, Jiggy Roman, Marquee, Marquee Chisel, Graceland, Brushwacker, Omni, Omni Chisel, Omni Chisel Regular, Xtreme Script, Roadhouse, Brushwacker Script, Cricket, Edoras, Black Swan, Blaze, Bone Casual, Cartoon, Wizard Bold.
The SIL Encore Font System, version 3.0, is a library of over 1600 phonetic characters and linguistic symbols in truetype and type 1 formats. Four font families are included in the SIL Encore Fonts package: SIL Doulos (similar to Times), SIL Sophia (similar to Helvetica), SIL Manuscript (monospace, like Prestige), and SIL Charis (enlarged x-height). The pre-1993 family can be downloaded for free here. A free subset, SIL IPA93 Fonts 2.0, can also be obtained here [it does not include SIL Charis]. [Google] [More] ⦿
Located in Dallas, TX, est. 1934. Founded over 70 years ago, SIL International is a faith-based organization that studies, documents, and assists in developing the world's lesser-known languages. SIL's staff shares a Christian commitment to service, academic excellence, and professional engagement through literacy, linguistics, translation, and other academic disciplines. SIL makes its services available to all without regard to religious belief, political ideology, gender, race, or ethnic background. Fonts in Cyberspace is an archive of many multilingual fonts. SIL Fonts, free to all, and professionally put together include the following:
"The SIL Tai Dam Fonts are regular and bold versions of the traditional Tai Dam script and are closely based on handwritten letters. [...] Over half a million Tai Dam people (also known as Black Tai or Tai Noir) live in northwestern Vietnam and northern Laos. Their language is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family and is closely related to Laotian and Standard Thai. [...] Special thanks are due to Mr. Faah Baccam, whose drawings have served as the basis for the development of these fonts." These fonts, developed by J. Victor Gaultney at the Summer Institute of Linguistics, are free. [Google] [More] ⦿
The SIL Yi Font is a single Unicode font for the standardized Yi script used by a large ethnic group in southwestern China. Designed by SIL International, 7500 West Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, Texas. Yi is spoken by the Yi people (also known as Lolo) in Southern China (in Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Guangxi). The script is a purely syllabic script which was developed on the basis of an older, ideographic system.
Nuosu SIL (2008) is a single Unicode font for the standardized Yi script. The script was standardized in the 1970s by the Chinese government. In the process of standardization, 820 symbols from the traditional scripts of the Liangshan region were chosen to form a syllabary. The syllable inventory of a speech variety from Xide County, Sichuan was used as the phonological basis for standardization. For the most part there is one symbol per phonologically-distinct syllable and vice-versa. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sirmon Stuff (was: Nine Crows Type Foundry)
Paul Sirmon's commercial typefoundry in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, est. 2013, is called Nine Crows. In 2015, he set up Sirmon Stuff.
Creator of Beefcake (2013, a signage sans), Sandman Retrogram (2014; based on the computer screen type seen in the movie Logan's Run) and Wooderson (2015, signage typeface).
One money font, "tweeker", plus free fonts boomerang monkey, boomerang monkey deluxe, dilate, earthling, five cents, indian poker, internal, neon-like, number one (dingbat), poodle lover, possum droppings, rathole, reverence, space cowboy, special k, sugar, sugar [dissolve], tweed, and wetalmorker. The designer is Jonathan Keene from Dallas, TX, who created these fonts at the young age of 14.
Aka Radon2000. American student (b. 1989) at AIH (The Art Institute of Houston) who created the ornamental caps typeface Jaws and Claws (2011). He also created the experimental sans typeface Long Sans (2012).
Stephen is a graphic designer in Houston.
Stereo Type Haus
Stereo Type Haus (or STH) is a commercial foundry in Brooklyn, NY, est. 2000, offering fonts by Rick D. Granados ((b. Miami, FL, 1970): Bucks (graffiti font), Bushwick (handwriting), Ballbuster, Bedford (2010, an award-quality dot matrix family inspired by mosaic lettering by Heins&LaFarge, architects of the IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) in New York City: Bedford hints at the station names on platform walls which date back to 1904 but modernize it through a rigid grid system and rounded corners), Bockhold (2010, a humanistic take on DIN), Broadcast (neat stencil face), Konstrukt (stencil), Construkt (2009, a unicase stencil), Falcon, Gran Torino, Roller Girl, Opera (2005, with Ros Knopov), Prisma 2012 (2010, an octagonal multiline face), Radiac (2010, a monoline squarish unicase face), Rukbat, Stylus, Schmearox, Tech Stencil (2000), Noise&Hum, STH Sirena (2006, inspired by hand-painted signage found in "Little Haiti" Miami, Florida), Boris Dworschak (Partisan East, Partisan West, Basic, Gaijin. Other designers include Nikola Djurek (Cornerset (pixel), Aiseman), Luis Valle&R.D. Granados (Lillian, a script face), Arnold Steiner (Statica, Organic Mechanic), Michael Clarke (Paris), Carlos Alfonso (Locut, 2Bit), Denise Wilton (Stereobitz, a stereo dingbat face), Nikola Djurek (Tribeca, Magasine, Soho, Novella) and unnamed author fonts such as Palleta, Rook, STH Kit 1, Stereobytes (audio dingbats), Stereobytes Vintage (hi-fi dings), Nomad (a deconstructivist stencil face).
SubGenius (was: BOBCO SubGenius Fonts)
Type 1, TrueType, Mac and Windows formats of the outrageous and funny Bobco dingbat fonts made by Bob Dobbs (aka Atom Funway Plastico) from Dallas, TX, designer and type designer (although he claims help from Popess Lilith von Fraumench). A dozen Bobco fonts have been published to date such as Dr. Legume, Funway and the BOBCO series. Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
About 15 faces by Houston-based Michael E. Hamm: free fonts include Acidic, Actrial, Bountiful, Bounty, Gouge, Ozlo, Packet, Slurry. Unavailiable for now are Dwight, Elixir, Meekius, Silly Ass Thin, Silly Ass Thick, and Forge. Mostly grunge type. Good web page. Truetype for PC, type 1 for Mac.
Teeline Fonts is a digital typefoundry launched by Craig Eliason (b. 1969, Houston, TX) in 2010. A professor of modern art and design history in the Department of Art History at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, Craig researches the history of type design, and particularly the history of its classification and vocabulary. He began designing his own fonts in 2008. Craig obtained a Ph.D. from Rutgers in 2002. Read, for example, Face the Nation: National Identity and Modern Type Design 1900-1960. MyFonts link.
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: The history of humanist types.
Flipper (2013) won an award at the Morisawa Type Design Competition 2014.
Texas Instruments gives its fonts away for free: BA-II-PlusSymbols, CBL-Symbols, Cabri-Symbols, TI-10-KeySymbols, TI-15-KeySymbols, TI-30MultiViewKeys, TI-30X-IIKeySymbols, TI-30Xa-SEKeys, TI-34-IIKeySymbols, TI-36X-IIKeySymbols, TI-40-KeySymbols, TI-73-KeySymbols, TI-89-symbols, TI-92-symbols, TI-College-Symbols, TI80KeySymbols, TI81symbols, TI8285ProgramCode, TI8285ProgramCodeBold, TI82STATSfr, TI82symbols, TI83symbols, TI85symbols, TI92ProgCodeBold, TI92ProgCodeN, TINspirekeys, Ti73ProgCodeBold, Ti73ProgCodeN, Ti83Pluspc, Ti83PluspcBd, Ti83ProgCodeBold, Ti83ProgCodeN, Ti86Pc, Ti86PcBold, Ti86keys, Ti89pc, Ti89pcbd, Ti92Pluspc, Ti92Pluspcbd, Voyage-200KeySymbols. [Google] [More] ⦿
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Free fonts made by Huntington Beach, CA-based Lauren Ashpole (b. 1982, Corpus Christi, TX): Kremlinology (2012, constructivist), Bikes (2011, bike dingbats), Forgotten Playbill (2011), Sewing Patterns (2010, silhouette dingbats), Sewing Patterns 2 (2012), OrigamiBats (2010), Thirty-Nine Smooth (1997), A T&Love (1998, curly hand), Publicité d'Epoque (dot matrix face), Candy Randy (1998, party font), Horseshoes&Lemonade (1998, 2009: white on black letters), Horseshoes, Paper Hearts (2001), Scooby Doo (1998), Hecubus (1997, hand-printed), Starry Night (1998, 2009), Boo Boo Kitty (1997-1999), Scooby Doo (hand-printed), and Southbats (1998, dingbats of heads). Her font 39smooth (1997) can be found here.
In 2011, she went commercial at MyFonts as Lauren Ashpole Foundry, located in Brooklyn, NY. Her fonts there include Starry Night (1998), Sewing Patterns (2010, silhouettes of women), Sewing Patterns 2 (2012), Origami Bats (2010), Horseshoes And Lemonade (1998), Forgotten Playbill (2011), Bikes (2011, dingbats), Paper Hearts (2012, a Valentine's Day font), and Candy Randy (1998).
Typefaces from 2014: Hellmuth.
Thomas Ramey, a graphic designer from Austin, TX, who grew up in Pasadena, TX, and was located in San Francisco, 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: Yellowstone.
Three Islands Press (was: The Type Quarry)
Brian Willson (b. 1951, New Haven, CT), grew up in Austin, TX, and obtained a degree in radio, TV and film from the University of Texas in 1979. Since 1980, Willson has lived in coastal Maine, where for 15 years he worked as a writer and journalist, in both broadcast and print media, and was managing editor of National Fisherman magazine for one year. In the mid 1990s, he left the magazine business to devote his full time to Three Islands Press (3IP), a digital design and publishing company he founded in Rockland in 1989. He has been designing type since 1993. Three Islands Press (or 3IP, or The Type Quarry) used to offer 10 dollar shareware fonts. They went commercial and are now located in Rockland, ME. 3IP Type Foundry also enjoys the contributions of type designers Patricia Lillie and Lars Bergquist. Their fonts:
Todd Milligan (Dust Bowl Artistry, Fort Worth, TX) created some custom athletic lettering typefaces in 2013 for organizations such as TCU and C-USA.
TX fonts and PX fonts
Young U. Ryu from the Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at Dallas developed Type 1 fonts for use in mathematical texts set in TEX, in 2000. It was based on Adobe Times and Helvetica, the TX fonts. His PX fonts are type 1 fonts based on Adobe Palatino, URW Palladium and Adobe Helvetica for doing mathematics. After some modications by Thomas Esser in 2002, more recent versions of the TX fonts and pxfonts were placed on the CTAN archive. In the documentation, Young adresses the design of mathematical symbols: The Adobe Times fonts are thicker than the CM fonts. Designing math fonts for Times based on the rule thickness of Times =, , + , / , < , etc. would result in too thick math symbols, in my opinion. In the TX fonts, these glyphs are thinner than those of original Times fonts. That is, the rule thickness of these glyphs is around 85% of that of the Times fonts, but still thicker than that of the CM fonts. He contributed these ranges to the GNU Freefont project: Arrows (U+2190-U+21FF), Mathematical Symbols (U+2200-U+22FF). [Google] [More] ⦿
Typehead is a commercial typefoundry managed by Gabriel Walker. During his studies at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, Gabriel Walker designed the Whole Wheat typeface in 2013. This is an all caps display typeface in Regular, Round, Display (i.e., shadow), and Round Display styles. Free download (for personal use).
Aka The Butterfly, Vanessa Bays specializes in very clean hand-printed typefaces. Texan creator (b. 1982) in 2014 of Sweet and Sassy Serif, Alexis Marie (a very clean hand-drawn sans), Clean Up Your Mess, Our Lil Secret Forever, My Silly Willy Girl, Amber Shaie, Expressions of the Soul, A Little Sunshine, Celia Garcia, and Sorry We're Closed.
Typefaces from 2013: Running For A Cause, Give It Your Heart, Please write me a song, Where the lonely ones roam, Chunkster Jamz, Just Gotta Smile, Bubble Bath, Grandma's Garden, Sealed With A Kiss, Macilynn Marie, Love and Laughter, Baby Lexi, Papa Bear, All Things Pink, Sophmore Year, Diamond Girl, Always In My Heart, Georgia Belle, Chocolate Covered Raindrops, Miss Smarty Pants, Flower Power, Just for Giggles, Isabelle Layne, Cutie Patootie, Life's A Beach, VB Dings, Eternal Promise (upright connected script), The Urban Way (comic book font), Anjelika Rose, Jessica Elaine, My First Crush, A Gentle Touch, Penelope Loves Anne, You Make Me Smile, Simple Kind of Girl, Passing Notes, VB Dings, Wednesday, Bubble Letters, Panic Stricken, Yummy Cupcakes, Ribbon of Hope, Vanessa's Valentine, Eternal Script, Scrapoholic, Curly Shirley.
Typefaces from 2012 include the free hand-printed typefaces Dazzling Divas, Smell The Roses, Urban Class (coic book style), Spring Rolls, Puppy Bellies, Too Tight, Daddy's Girl, Simplicity, Sloppy Hollow, Vanessa Loves You, Forget Me Not, Scrap It Up, Lilian, Caffeine, Sixteen, Kelli Lynn, By The Butterfly, Live Laugh Love, Little Miss Priss, LoveNess Three, Whisper a dream, Kenzie, Seriously, Hyperness, My Skinny Jeans, Love Me Forever, Sweetness, Workaholic, Connected (connect-the-dots face), Vannessa Marie, Christmas Eve, Lazy Day, Angel Toes, Fat Marker, Amanda Rae, Slopness, So Posh, I Lovers You, Wassup, DashNess, Chunkyness, Thinnyness, Bigness, Christmas Lightness, Lil Guy, Ness, LoveNess Two, Girl Next Door, Skinnyness, This Sux, VaNess, DotNess, LoveNess, Just Playin, Squishy, Cuteness.
Fort Worth, TX-based creator of a commercial font collection that covers most Indian languages: Gujarati Radhika, Gujarati Priti, Gujarati Palana, Hindi Vijay, Assamese Vijay, Bengali Vijay, Tamil Vijay, Telugu Vijay, Sanskrit Vijay, Punjabi Vijay, Malayalam Vijay, Malayalam Radhika, Kannada Vijay, Marathi Vijay, Nepali Vijay, Oriya Vijay, Indian Artwork-Vijay. [Google] [More] ⦿
From ETT (Educational Techniques and Technology) in Kingwood, TX: commercial font packages such as Teacher's Font Series(24 USd per font), School Font Collection (50USD per font), and ArithmeFonts Collection (49 USD per font). [Google] [More] ⦿
Freelance animator and cartoonist in Houston, TX, b. 1952. Creator of the free comic book font Zebtoonz (2012).