TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Thu May 23 09:07:10 EDT 2013
Creator of Handu (2012, hand-drawn sans-serif inspired by the hand-painted type and signage on the streets of Kolkata, India), Atrium (2012, a squarish sans family based on the pen art of W.E. Dennis), Saugatuck (2011, grunge) and Sello (2011, a unicase hand-drawn, geometric sans-serif with a touch of retro).
Another Limited Rebellion
Richmond, VA-based graphic design studio, founded by Noah Scalin, a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of The Arts and a lifelong activist. One of its designer is Kristin Murray. Blog. Free fonts based on skulls: Skullphabet1 (2007), Skullphabet2 (2008).
Michael Jones (aka Armageddon) is an American designer (b. 1971) who lives in Alexandria, VA. Home page. Creator of the free fonts AD Blackmini 10 (2005) and AD Emjay Lowercase (SanSerif 10, Serif 10 and Black 10) (2005), four pixel fonts all made with Bitfontmaker. [Google] [More] ⦿
Letterer and Intertype director of typography from Richmond, VA. Credited with the face Dietz Text, which is also attributed in places to Oswald Cooper. August Dietz patented a blackletter with two incised white lines for Barnhart Brothers&Spindler as Design 79792 on November 5, 1929. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry created in 2006 by Virginia Beach, VA-based Harry Warren (b. 1961, Cape Charles). Digitization of the typefaces by Bob Alonso (of BA Graphics).
MyFonts sells Cooper Goodtime (2007, inspired by the lettering used on the CBS-TV variety series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969-1972)), Happy Trails (2007, based on the lettering (all upper case) that was used on most Trailways buses from 1936 through the very early 1960s), Jesus Saves (2008), Jesus Heals (2010), Neon Bugler (2008, a neon-light or paperclip font; digital help by John Bomparte; +Neon Bugler Squared), Future Bugler (2008), Future Bugler Upright (2010), Handmade Bugler (2009, digitized by John Bomparte), Southern Nights (2009, disconnected script), Scan (2010, a barcode-themed font), My Left Hand (2011), Minnesota Plaid (2011, a gaspipe family digitized by John Bomparte), and Dime Store (2007).
Graphic designer Brian Bjorkman (Richmond, VA) created Conectatype (2010), a connected typewface that was influenced by pixels, mazes, Islamic calligraphy and cuneiform. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chemical symbols font for PCs by J. Eric Slone (Alexandria, VA). Freeware only from Bio-Rad/Sadtler. "Chemfont is a Windows font package that simplifies the entry of chemical equations. The font includes all upper and lower case Greek characters, superscripts, subscripts, many chemistry-specific symbols like reaction arrows; and of course, the Roman typeface for normal typing. Chemfont comes in two styles: serif, which is like Times New Roman, and sans-serif, which is like Arial." [Google] [More] ⦿
Chris E. Lozos
Christopher Rogers is a multidisciplinary designer in New York. After working for three years as a sign maker in Virginia, Chris moved to New York, attending SVA for Graphic Design, studying in the area of graphic identity, information design, illustration, packaging, and book design. Chris Rogers made the sans face Indicator in 2010 for Best Made. [Google] [More] ⦿
Christian Max Hancock
Designer from Richmond, VA (aka fontcollector) on whom I bestow the title King of octagonal typefaces. Dafont link.
Brooklyn, NY-based graphic designer, who also claims Norfolk, VA, as his home. He deconstructed a hairdryer---its pieces made up the glyphs of Split Ends (2011). About Silverback (2011), he says: Using the economical downturn of 2008 as a point of inspiration, I created a font that captured historical monetary references and personal feelings toward Wall Street. I studied old stock certificates and began to simplify the forms. Keeping the design cold and intimidating, I included nods to razor blades and the illuminati.
He made the copperplate-look typeface Thick Block (2012) for the upstart Brooklyn restaurant The Brooklyn Sandwich Society.
Still in 2012, he combined the copperplate and Western signage styles in his Applewine typeface.
Chris Lozos (aka Dezcom and Dezcom Typefaces) is a Washington, DC-based (well, now Falls Church, VA-based) graphic designer and Vietnam veteran, b. 1944, Pittsburgh, PA. He studied Design at Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design (1966). While at CMU, he studied with calligraphers Arnold Bank and Howard Glasser, who both brought out the love of historic letter-forms and learned to set hot metal type in the Laboratory Press established there by Jack Stauffacher. Chris also was influenced by guest professors Hermann Zapf, Rudy DeHarek, Martin Krampen and Gui Bonnsieppe (of the HfG Ulm). He attended Graduate School in Visual Communication Design at the Ohio State University from 1972 through 1974.
Born in Richmond, VA, in 1976. Cocreator of TX Signal Simplifier (2002, Typebox), a hilarious information design dingbat face. MyFonts writes: Eight designers present a set of icons that indicate the fun and fantastic world of signage. Each collaborator's solution represents a completely different interpretations on signage vernacular. The designers are Erik Adigard, Cynthia Jacquette, Akira Kobayashi, Michael Kohnke, Patricia McShane, Joachim Müller-Lancé, Jean-Benoît Lévy, Kevin Roberson, Diana Alisandra Stoen. Codesigner of H-AND-S (2006, AND) with Jean-Benoît Lévy, Sylvestre Lucia, Mike Kohnke and Joachim Müller-Lancé. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Diphthong Type Foundry
After Diphthong was designed, he was hired to design custom, branded font designs for the companies Dome Capital and Top News.
Dunwich Type Founders
Dunwich Type Founders (or: DTF) in New York City run by James Walker Puckett (b. 1978, Virginia), who graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Blog. Behance link. Fontspring link. Type Library. Typefaces:
Art director in Richmond, VA, who created the fashion mag typeface Giorgioro (2013).
Eva Kamieniak Cassetta was a graphic and web designer in Richmond, VA, where she studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She now lives in Pearl River, NY.
Her typefaces include Acoma (2010), which has a native American Indian look---it is based on the motifs and style of the Acoma Pueblo's traditional pottery. The type was applied as an identity system for the National Museum of the American Indian. She also made Lean (2010), a typeface made to illustrate a book on a fight between a whale and a squid.
Big archive (over 3000 fonts, and at least 300 dingbats and over 1200 Mac fonts), with special dingbat category. List contains great-looking fonts. An exemplary page, with the designers clearly identified (with links), and easy fast downloads. Dingbat archive. Worth a very strong bookmark. The designer and boss is Richmond, VA-based Ole Larsen. Some original dingbat fonts as well, such as BatBats, BorderCorners, BorderCorners2, BugBats, Eagles, Florals1, Florals2, FlowerOrnaments, Hole In One, PensnPencils, Pirates1, Pirates2, Rothenburg-Decorative-Normal, SeasonsGreetings, WedDing, YeeHaw. The FontFreak links are also highly recommended. New fonts. Type designers. Dafont. [Google] [More] ⦿
Freehand Profit is a Los Angeles based artist who earned his name as a graffiti artist in DC and Northern Virginia. In 2005 he graduated Corcoran College of Art&Design with a BA in Fine Arts. Creator of the squarish face Westrider 2057 (2011), which was inspired by classic West Coast graffiti letter styles.
Gabrielle Gaither designs mainly dingbat fonts. She ran Gab's Graphics, then JustKissMe.com, and finally turned her shareware collection into a commercial collection at RAH Creative. She lives in Springfield, VA. Some of her fonts: BasicButton, BasicStars, Keagan (1998, handwriting), Renaissance Scrools. Shareware: Butterflips, Flakey, Kitchen Tile, Luv n kisses, Quilter's delight, Running in Circles (1998), Seperates, Sun n moon (1998), Whirlygigs, Scrollworks, To and from, Boxed in, Basicbutton, CompuPhont, Hooters, Jewelerskit1, SoenSquares, YouThere.
Commercial fonts: Geared Up, Interfacer (demo font here), Capsulated, Paisley, Bauble (I through IV), Jewelers Kit 1 through 4 (1999), Petey Rone, eShopper, Swish, To and from, Interfacer, Web Kit Dividers, Web Kit Buttons, Web Kit Menus, Web Kit Borders, Web Kit Backgrounds, Web Kit Bundle, Be My Guest (1998-1999), Spirograph.
Sign designer. He made the Victorian signage font families Tyler (2003), Palmer and Dixie at Letterhead. Tyler was inspired by E.L. Brown who taught penmanship and engrossing in the late 1800's. He designed Brien in 2003, based on lettering by Iskra Johnson. At SignDNA, he published the script face Monika. Letterhead had this bio: Gary Godby's career as a sign artist has spanned nearly 28 years. He has worked in commercial sign shops in Virginia and Florida. While in Florida he spent thirteen years at Disney's in-house sign shop. In 1995 he returned to his native Virginia to work for Graphic Services, Inc., a large commercial shop in Manassas. Graphic Services is a full service sign and display company that primarily works for builders and developers. The shop employs 42 people with Gary's primary role as designer. "When you're designing," Gary says, "you see a project go from concept to reality, and I get alot of gratification out of that." [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in 1983 in Arlington, VA, Giselle is a first year student of music composition at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA. She designed the Boston bull terrier dingbat font Boston Love (2006). Yet another home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hadeer Omar has a BFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Behance link. She created the squarish Arabic typeface Lefeen (2010). It is unclear if this is the same as the design agency Elfekra in Alexandria, Egypt---they also show a squarish typeface called Lefeen. [Google] [More] ⦿
James Walker Puckett
Jennifer L. Myers
John Mitchell Design is located in Richmond, VA and Alexandria, VA.
Fairfax, VA-based creator (b. 1990) of the informally handprinted font Rushil (2008). Alternate URL. Other fonts or font projects, dated 2008: Argaila (runes), Argaila Runic Expert XK, Argaila Titling, Argaila Standard, Argaila Astro Expert, Argaila Rune Expert, Argaila Greek, ANSI/Int'l., Danaii, Argaila (handprinted). Schmiedehammer (bilined) followed in 2009. In 2010, he made Driehoek, a triangularly serifed font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Glen Allen, VA, Journey's End produced Grandhappy (2009, simple connected script), Leaf Filled and Leaf (2005, Cindy Thomason), an elegant handprinted look face. Linden (2006) is a quaint countryside inn sign font. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Illustrator and art director in Arlington, VA. Behance link.
Born in Columbus, OH, in 1970. Catalog of Marcus Burlile's typefaces:
Matt Spire (b. 1984) is the Washington, DC or Leesburg, VA-based designer of the grunge fonts Ethopool, Hekran, arachnid, optimistic, shihel, Shifteds (2002). Aother URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Rob Barba (b. 1971, Los Angeles) (Megami Studios, est. 2004) is the Washington, DC-based designer of these free fonts in 2008: Gauche Display (script), Orthotopes (fat, slightly rounded, and gorgeous), Vocaloid (geometric sans), Vocaloid Oblique, Voynich. In 2009, he made Reaver.
At MyFonts, one can buy Voynich, Reaver, Orthotopes, Semiautonomous Subunit Clade (2009, sci-fi), Gauche Display (2010), American Sensation (2010, a techno family), Onigiri (2012), and Shibuya Dancefloor (2009, a techno family), Une Nuit Parisienne (2010, a techno family), Xero (2010, a sans family with irregular stroke widths).
In 2013, they published the cartoonish family Pennywhistle.
Jason Kochis (MetalHead, Northern Virginia) is a freelance artist who specializes in graphic design, gigposters, flyers, murals, paintings, and illustration. He is the designer of some loud/blackletter/scary/metal fonts like MHF Headbanger (2005) and MHF Gothic (2005). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Miller Type Foundry
Creator in 2009 of the sans and headline sans family Mr. Jones. The Richard Miller all caps sans family (2009) is testosterone-powered. It was followed by the softer Richard Miller Rounded (2009), the rounded signage face Kalico (2010), Manwriting (2010), Nikaia (2010, a contemporary sans family), Nikaia Script (2010), Swagg (2011, humanist sans family with one slab serif "r" thrown in to make a statement), Westin Black (2011, a take on Cooper Black), Gilman (2011, a text family), Gilman Sans (2011, to accompany Gilman Serif for large bodies of text), and Project Fairfax (2009, stencil).
Oliver Conte Design
Custom creations by Oliver Conte at Oliver Conte Design (Fairfax, VA) in PostScript and TrueType. Free fonts: Grootesk (1997), Grunge (1997), Logoonripple (1997), Maya Symbol, Munstermash (1997), Perspection (1997), Presshure, SansChiseled (1997), Skechie (1997), Twylite Zone (1997). Commercial fonts: Shards, Gainly, Gainlier, Scathed, Unscathed, TwyliteZone-Book (1997). I can't find the commercial fonts any more. [Google] [More] ⦿
Peter Baker's old English page at the University of Virginia
Peter Baker, an English professor at the University of Virginia, offers free TrueType and PostScript fonts such as the nice Junius family (1996, modern hybrid Gaelic), Beowulf-1 (1995, a pseudo-Gaelic face) and Anglo-Saxon Caps as well as tens of links related to old English. He also developed Junicode, "the working name of a Unicode font for medievalists." The fonts in the latter project are Junicode-Bold, JunicodeItalic, Junicode (2002), and are by Peter S. Baker and Briery Creek Software.
In 2010, he published the elegant Carolingian face Eadui: Reproduction of English Caroline Minuscule as written by Eadui Basan, a scribe at eleventh-century Christ Church, Canterbury.
Peter S. Baker
Plastic Typefaces (or: Mediastudio)
Matthew Langley's fonts: Argent, Atmosphere, the Black family (Black Distorted is free), ChromoDomes (52 bald headed dingbats), MediaMod, Miles Modern Display, the Open family, Pacifica (fantastic face!), the Phaseshifter family, Toner, under (1997), Giant Robots, Plasticbats, SE1. Diodes, Black and under are free. Link disappeared. Langley has lived in Falls Church, VA, and Arlington, VA. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jason Mannix is a graphic designer from New York, who lives in Washington, DC. He is a German Chancellor Fellow, currently working on a new typeface at the Typographische Gesellschaft München e. V. (Munich Typographic Society). An article by Jason on blackletter in Germany, in which he recalls that Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire in the 19th century, who, upon receiving a book set in Latin as a gift, would always return it with a note, I don't read German books set in Latin letters. With Lindsay Mannix, he created the blackletter face Enzian (2011), which was awarded at TDC2 2011. The blurb about Enzian at TDC: Enzian is the product of a German research fellowship sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. We set out with two goals: to better understand the technical nuance and complicated history of German Blackletter and produce an original typeface inspired by our findings. Polygraph (Falls Church, VA) is run by Jason Mannix. Link to Lindsay Mannix. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
RAH Creative used to be ROBYNA.COM, and before that, Robyn's Fonts. The owner is Robyn Harton (b. 1964, North Carolina). She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. Based in Richmond, VA, Robyn Harton's commercial dingbat creations and borders include RA Lotus (for Mandalas), RA Holiday (Xmas font), RA Lotus2, RA Seichim Hand, RA Seichim Regular, RA Protection, RA Mandalas, RA Eye Frames (free sampler font), RA Hand, RA Crystals, RA Ganesh, RA Egypt Web Sites, RA Eye Menus, RA Geo Borders, RA Geo Menus, RA Geo Buttons, RA Sea Life, RA Reiki-Seichim Plus Hand, Butterflips (great butterflies!!), Capsulated, EShopper, LuvNKisses, Paisley, Quilter's Delight, RunningNcircles, Seperates, SunNMoon, ToAndFrom, Bauble (I through IV), Interfacer, Kitchen Tile, Scrollworks, Whirlygigs, RA AllSmiles, RA Aten, RA Cats, RA Happy Things, RA Unknown Symbols, RA WebFrExtras, RA Fatima, RA India Borders, RA Masks, Flakey, Geared Up, Petey Rone, RA Web Frames, Amenti RA (2001). The fonts can also be purchased at MyFonts.com.
Located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, the Rare Book School offers some type courses. For example, in July 2002, James Mosley (retired librarian of the St Bride Printing Library in London, and founding editor of the Journal of the Printing Historical Society) taught a course on "Type, lettering, and calligraphy, 1450-1830". He will repeat this in 2003. In June 2002, Archie Provan (Professor of Typography at the RIT School of Printing Management and Sciences, and co-author of A Primer of Typeface Identification (1976) and 100 Type Histories (1983)) taught a course entitled "Introduction to the history of typography". In 2003, Stanley Nelson will teach about the history of typography from 1450 until the present. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company run by Roger Hartley, Pennington Gap, VA. The link went dead--its parent is The Design Center / DT&G. Some of the fonts are shown here: the Western fonts Hoedown and Laredo, the blackletter fonts Showcard, Water Lily, the caps font Penelope, the medieval script font Hemingway, the athletic lettering font Yorktown, and display faces Wellington (round hand calligraphy), Rumrunner, Rathskeller, Norseman, Almanac, Apothecary, Applegate, Archer, Archer Shadow, Carrie Lane, Dutch Master, Emporia, Flavius, Gigabyte and Hapsburg. All these are on their 60 USD CD called "The Great American Font Works", which has (had!) 132 nice decorative display fonts in all. In the old days, the font Jaclyn could be downloaded for free.
The list of fonts, all made in the period 1992-1995: AceReporter-Bold, AceReporter-BoldItalic, AceReporter-Italic, AceReporter-Normal, Alchemy-Black, Alchemy-Bold, Alchemy-Light, Alchemy-Normal, Almanac, Antigone, Apothecary, Applegate, Archer, ArcherShadow, Aztek, Bandit, BaroniPoster, Bastion-Bold, Bastion-BoldItalic, Bastion-Italic, Bastion-Normal, Bebop, BerniesJukeJoint, BrightSky, CarrieLane, Chiaroscuro, Compute, Delphi, Derby, Duffy, DuffyInline, Durham, DutchMaster, Emporia, Entendre, Enterprise, EuroBold, Fairlane, Fatso, Figment, Flavius-Wide, Flynn, FlynnHollow, FriarTuck, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Gorky, GravureText, GuildSans-Bold, GuildSans-BoldItalic, GuildSans-Italic, GuildSans-Normal, Hapsburg, Hemingway, Hoedown, IBeam-Extruded, Inagodda, Ivanna-Mediaeval-Bold, Ivanna-Mediaeval-BoldItalic, Ivanna-Mediaeval-Italic, Ivanna-Mediaeval, Jaclyn, Jalopy, Jamaica, Jitterbug-Bold, Jitterbug-BoldItalic, Jitterbug-Italic, Jitterbug-Normal, Jitterbug, JitterbugB, JitterbugBO, JitterbugO, Kapanti, Kashmir, Kasparov, KeyWest, Keyclick, Krypton3, LED, Laredo, Layla, MardiGras, Marilyn, Matinee (their name for Busorama), Metro, Monica, NewWorldText, Norseman, Obsidian, Parade, Peacenik, Penelope, Phoebe, Pompeii, PompeiiB, PompeiiBold, Projectile, Publisher, Quasar, Radical, Rathskellar, Rathskeller, Recycler, RibaldEncounter-Bold, RibaldEncounter-Normal, Roundup, Rumrunner, Sailing-Freehand, Sanford, Satchmo, Scratch, Secret, Serenade, ShowBiz, Showcard, Sigmond, SilverDollar, SkinnyDip, Sophocles (Greekish stone-cut writing), Sport, StCroix, Sunshine-Bold, Sunshine, SunshineB, Superbowl, Taiwan, ThisEndUp, Toons, Tophat, TophatEngraved, TraciJo, TwinTubes, Twizzler, VanRose, WaterLily, Wellington, Westchester, Westside, Yorktown. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mickey Rossi graduated in 1986 from the Philadelphia College of the Arts. He then worked in Maryland and Virginia, such as at AOL in Dulles, VA, and is a creative director in Atlanta, GA since2004.
He offers these free typefaces under the Subflux label: Alpha Male Modern (1997), AthleticSupporter, BallparkWeiner (connected fifties script), BarBenderBold, BobbiTheHippie, BongoFraktur (in Koch's Neuland style), CargoCrate (stencil), CollegeBoy (athletic lettering), FlandersRideItalic, FlandersRide, Fleetwilly, FlyTrapExtended, Hair Brush, HighlightsCondensed, Helga Broad, Hilda Broad, JimThorpeHigh (octagonal / mechanical), LevelFourteenDruid (medieval), LifestyleCondensed (avant garde), NotANumber, On That Shark (angular), RetroSuperSkinny (Peignotian), SatansMinions, Scrawlly, Scritchy Eye, Zerengetti (African look), ZiggyStandard. Rossi calls himself also "Loveless".
Chartwell (2011) exploits OpenType features to make fonts that create pie charts, bar charts and histograms. It was published commercially by FontShop in 2012 as FF Chartwell. He explains the tricks. Typophile discussion. Download link. FF Chartwell won an award at TDC 2013.
Mauricio Reyes is the designer of the ITC Binary family (1997), a semi-serif family that blends elements of Helvetica and Times. The type designer was born in Mexico City, trained in London, and now lives in Falls Church, VA, in the Washington, D.C., area where he operates his studio Typografik. ITC Binary was chosen as the official font for the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia and was used by Nike, Swatch, IBM, NBC and Coca-Cola. He also made the Beta pixel family.
"Visual Telemetry is a collaborative partnership between Gab Gaither and Robyn A. Harton". Based in Richmond, VA. They specialize in high-quality graphics based in part on Gabrielle's fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Philosopher, typophile and type designer, who obtained a PhD in the history and philosophy of science from the London School of Economics in 1970. He lives in Reston, VA. Berkson designed Williams Caslon Text (2010) for Font Bureau in 2010, to better capture the readability, friendliness, and authority of Caslon for modern presses and readers. Author of Fields of Force (Routledge), Learning from Error (Open Court) and the Becoming a Mentsh workshops (Mentsh.com) and the forthcoming Avot: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life. Berkson led a panel at Typecon '05 (NYC) on subway type, and gave a talk about his work reviving Caslon at Typecon '06 (Boston). He was also a speaker at TypeCon 2009 in Atlanta. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿