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Adrien Van Merlin
Student in Alexandria, VA, who designed the experimental handwriting typeface Natures in 2016. [Google]
Originally from the DC / Maryland / Virginia area, Akwele Vassall designed the squarish Western typeface Blackwood in 2016 during his studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York. [Google]
[The Routine Creative]
Alex Jacque (b. 1986, Virginia) is a designer and developer based in Oakland, CA (was: Baltimore, MD). He studied at the University of Michigan School of Art&Design and was located at that time in Ann Arbour, MI. He obtained an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Creator of Coop Blackletter (2016, a soft blackletter version of Cooper Black), Dequindre (2015, based on the capitals of Fette Buhe Fraktur by Walter Buhe, 1914-1915), Teip (2014, a multiline layerable all caps typeface), Pila (2014, techno stencil), 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).
Behance link. Klingspor link. MyFonts foundry link. Home page. [Google]
Leesburg, VA-based designer of the colorful stencil typeface Cut Font (2017). [Google]
Blacksburg, VA-based designer of the experimental geometric font Make Art Not War (2015). Behance link. [Google]
[NDS Fonts (or: Neurotic Dog Studios)]
Alexandria, VA-based creator of the 3d typeface Mondo Condo (2010). [Google]
Alua designed the curly typeface Verdure (2013) while studying in Fairfax, VA. [Google]
Freelance designer in Lexington, VA, who created a display typeface in 2017. [Google]
Lynchburg, VA-based designer of the handcrafted typeface Ambersans (2016). This typeface was made during her studies at Liberty University. [Google]
Ana Rodriguez (Woodbridge, VA) designed the typeface Celia (2016) during her studies. Celia is inspired by Celia Cruz's attitude and wardrobe. Behance link. [Google]
During his studies in Leesburg, VA, Andrew Haynes designed a typeface called Hayslab No. 97S (2013). Behance link. [Google]
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).
Dafont link. Home page. Fontspace link. [Google]
Lynchburg, VA-based designer of Thinny (2012). [Google]
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]
Letterer and Intertype director of typography from Richmond, VA. Credited with the typeface 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]
Lynchburg, VA-based designer of the handcrafted Axunivers (2018). [Google]
[Michael Leighton Beaman]
Here is what Beta Field is, in their own words: Beta-field is an interdisciplinary design/research office with a multimodal approach to practice. Our work includes buildings, landscapes, environments, installations, exhibitions, texts, design workshops and research projects. With backgrounds in architecture, industrial design, landscape architecture, and exhibition design, along with experience working as researchers, designers, and educators, we developed a view of design practice that operates through various modes of inquiry, development, and production. We focus not only on the built environment, but also on the effects of design on knowledge, technology and culture.
The principals are Michael Leighton Beaman and Zaneta Hong. Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master's degree in Architecture from the Harvard University. He teaches at the University of Virginia and is associated with the Rhode Island School of Design. His research covers speculative future of technology in architecture. Zaneta is a professor in landscape archirecture at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses in information-based digital practices and materials systems and technology.
One of Beta Field's projects is the decorative didone typeface Pistilli Mutatio (2017). It is a parametric digitization of John Pistilli's 1964 phototype typeface Pistilli Roman. [Google]
Print and web designer in Lynchburg, VA (b. 1986) of Obelisque (2009, handwriting font). Dafont link. [Google]
Lynchburg, VA-based designer of Edman Geometric (2015). [Google]
Foundry created in 2006 by Virginia Beach, VA-based Harry Warren (b. 1961, Cape Charles). Digitization of the typefaces was initially done 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), Future Bugler Soft (2015, digitized by John Bomparte), 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), Bauhaus Bugler (2013, digitized by John Bomparte: monoline Bauhaus style sans; compare with Qero Nite), Bauhaus Bugler Soft (2015), Fast Food (2014), Daddys Hand (based on Harry Warren's father's hand; digitized by John Bomparte), Chili Beans (2021: a Bauhaus-inspired wide grotesque with oval shoulders), and Dime Store (2007).
Showcase of Harry Warren's typefaces at MyFonts. [Google]
Richmond, VA-based designer of Databent Type (2013), an experimental set of typefaces that makes your eyes hurt. [Google]
Graphic designer in Arlington, VA, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from George Mason University. Creator of the tall school project typeface Longboard (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer Brian Bjorkman (Richmond, VA) created Conectatype (2010), a connected typeface that was influenced by pixels, mazes, Islamic calligraphy and cuneiform. Behance link. [Google]
[Tried & True Supply Co.]
Graphic designer in Woodbridge, VA. Her typeface Alice (2013) is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. [Google]
Brooke Jarman (Lynchburg, VA) created the modular typeface Boxed (2013). [Google]
Based in Ashburn, VA, Camille Hontiveros designed the lettering for a Moombahton Madness poster in 2013. [Google]
Blacksburg, VA-based designer of an inky typeface inspired by Abott Miller's Drip series (2014). This typeface was finished during her studies at Virginia Tech. Behance link. [Google]
During his studies, Carson Ford (Lynchburg, VA) created the bilined deco typeface Silhouette (2015) and the blackboard bold typeface Hindsight (2015). Home page. [Google]
During her graphic design studies in Lynchburg, VA, Cassie Vitale designed Hi Rise (2013, display sans). [Google]
Richmond, VA-based designer of the handcrafted typefaces Rosey Posey (2017), Audacious Grace (2017), Architecture Uprising (2017) and Farmhouse Dreams (2017). Her company is called Grace Kindly. Creative Market link. [Google]
Senior at VCUArts working towards a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Richmond, VA-based creator of the casual hand-printed typeface Murakami (2012). [Google]
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]
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 typeface Indicator in 2010 for Best Made. [Google]
Christian Max Hancock
[Diphthong Type Foundry]
During his studies in Lynchburg, VA, Christian Short created the free art deco caps only typeface Contact High (2014). [Google]
Graphic designer in McLean, VA. Creator of Blade (2013), a proprietary hexagonal typeface designed for AFTA shaving products. [Google]
David Rood is the Harrisonburg, VA-based designer of BluePrint in 1992, a Tekton lookalike, and Rood Caps. Alternate URL. [Google]
Norfolk, VA-based designer of New Curls (2016), a typeface inspired by Steve Matteson's MT Curlz (1995). Behance link. [Google]
Designer from Richmond, VA (aka fontcollector) on whom I bestowed the title King of octagonal typefaces. Daniel Herbert Schechner was born in 1946 in Norfolk, VA, and died in 2016 in Richmond, VA.
- He used FontStruct in 2008 to create the ultra fat octagonal typefaces ShortFatStrangerMono and TallDarkStrangerMono after his Bank Gothic-themed series called EZMonoA through EZMonoG. Other creations: MaxiFiveMono, MaxiFiveTallMono, MaxiFiveTooTallMono, CurvedFiveMono, SkinnyMinnieMono (think skinny and octagonal), KaleidoscopeMono (dingbats), NervosaMono (thin, angular and jittery). CourieresqueMono, HeavyMono, SuperHeavyMono, SkinnierMinnierMono, SkinniestMinniestMono, DiamondsMono, and LucDevroyeMono1 (based on my own Yonkaku fonts), PortraitMono (each character on an easel), PortraitText Mono, RollingStockInverseMono (characters on wheels), OctagonoMonoA, OctagonoMonoB, AmazonoMono (a macho octagonal face), BlackboardTallMono (white on black), ScoreBoardInverseMono, VarionoMono, TeflonoMono, SymmetronoMono (geometric patterns), VerticalSlatsMono, VerticalSlatsTallMono, BlackboardMono, BlackboardTallMono, SteepFifteenStretchMono, SteepFifteenSuperStretchMono, SteepFifteenMono, RockSolidMono, RockSolidStretchMono, RockSolidSuperStretchMono, YugoFiveUltraTallMono, KitchenTilesMono, PrimoMono, OctagonoMonoC (+Tall, +ExtraBold), LotsaDotsMono, OvaltinoMono, OctagonoPropC (+Tall).
- Fonts made in 2009: Bevel's Advocate Mono, Mammoth Mono, NovaMono (+Inverse), OctoMono, PortraitMono, GravitonoMono, PortraitTextSteepMono, XLMono, XLProportional, ScallopiniMonoInverse, BrickbatsMono (dingbats), IconoMono (white on black dings), KaleidoscopeMono, DiamondsMono, ShortFatStrangerMono, QuattroMono (+SC), OvaltinoMono, GargantuaMono, EdgeMono, FacetedSuperFiveStretchMono, MegaloMonoGrande, OctagonoMonoExtraBold (+SuperSteep), MegaloMono, KitchenTilesMono (#1, #2, #3), PrimoMonoTall, StereophoneMono (+Inverse), GrecoRomanoMono (+Ultimo), FacetedFiveMono, YugoFiveMono, TopsyCurvy, DiamondLinkMono, RunningOnEmpty.
- Fonts made in 2010-2011: BAP Solid (sturdy octagonal typeface), XLMonoAlt, XLProportionalAlt, Octagonico (octagonal inline face; +Dark), White Elephant 3 (2011, a 3d shadow face), White Rhino (outlined athletic lettering, Black Rhino), Albino Rhino (2011, black on white), Striped Rhino (2011), Curvilino (ultra-condensed), Rondino (2011, similar), BAPSolid (2011, octagonal).
- Fonts from 2012: BAP Outline, Big Hairline (octagonal hairline caps face).
- Fonts from 2013: Rondino Junior, Legibus Rex Mono (octagonal), Little Black Font (octagonal), Legibus Maximus (octagonal), Bevel's Advocate Proportional (prismatic typeface).
- Fonts from 2014: BAP Outline Stencil, BAP Solid Stencil, Curvilno Grande.
Blue G or Blue Gangsta is an all-caps typeface created by Daniel Redfern (Virginia) in 2012. It consists of dice assembled in the shape of letters. Behance link. [Google]
During her studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, Danielle Coates designed Modular (2017). [Google]
During her studies at Lynchburg University, Deana Hodge created a grungy caps typeface called Salvage (2013), which was based on an exhibition in Copenhagen called Skrald (Trash). [Google]
During his studies, Denzel Asiedu (Haymarket, VA) designed the poster typeface Samurai (2016). [Google]
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.
In 2013, he created the Venetian typeface Stonewall Roman. He will extend this elegant and promising typeface to a full-fledged family in 2014.
Ragehaus is the web presence of Derek and his wife Kim.
Behance link. [Google]
Design, Typography and Graphics On-line Magazine
The official publication of The Design&Publishing Center. Subscription required. Showker Graphic Arts, 15 SouthGate, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA. [Google]
[Chris E. Lozos]
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.
- Dez Petranian (2013). A warm text typeface designed for story-telling, and related to Souvenir.
- Des Squeeze Pro (2013). A great condensed display family with large x-height. The Pro version of Des Squeeze (2009).
- Dez Weimar Plakat (2013). Inspired by a 1923 Weimar Bauhaus / constructivist exhibition poster. This is a finished version of Weimar Plakat 1923 Pro (2006-2007). See also here.
- Dez Yinznat Stencil (2012). A military stencil dedicated to the industrial past of Pittsburgh.
- Dez Quo Vadis Titling (2010).
- Dez Boulder (2010).
- The bold headline typeface family Dez Squeeze (2009, +Fat). Discussions: Squeeze, Fat Squeeze.
- Leporello (2004).
- The semi-techno typeface Align Sans (2005).
- Now (2005). A geometric sans family with several novel ideas, which was followed by Now Bold (2006), Now Regular, Now Light, Now Gaunt Display (hairline) and Dez Now Sans (2018), about which he writes: A humanistic typeface family that was begun in 2005 by Chris Lozos of Dezcom. Since then, it has been nurtured, revised, and expanded to include 12 weights in both upright roman and true italics totaling 24 variations.
- The sans families Boulder Ego and Boulder Alter Ego (2006).
- Froggy (2006).
Flickr page. . [Google]
Diana Alisandra Stoen
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]
Baha Yaaqob or Taoufiq: 7631 Leesburg Pike, Suite B, Falls Church, VA 22043-2520, USA. [Google]
Diphthong Type Foundry
[Christian Max Hancock]
Max Hancock lives in the Washington D.C. area. He is the designer (b. 1972) of the lovely organic font Diphthong (2002). He worked at Diphthong in Singapore.
After Diphthong was designed, he was hired to design custom, branded font designs for the companies Dome Capital and Top News.
In 2011, Max founded the Diphthong Type Foundry in Fairfax Station, VA, where he currently works on a variety of type projects. Klingspor link. [Google]
Donald P. Goodman III
Donald P. Goodman III is a practicing attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a graduate of the William and Mary School of Law and of Christendom College with a degree in history and a minor in classical languages. He has contributed several TeX packages for setting religious texts such as catechis (for catechisms) and liturg (for Catholic liturgical texts). In that context, he has designed the DRM font package in 2014.
The DRM (Don's Revised Modern) family of fonts are in Metafont format (for use with TeX). It has many optical sizes and comes in roman, italic and small caps styles. In addition, it has many ornaments, and symbols. Although written in Metafont, the author also provides a set of 103 (!!!) Opentype fonts. The opticals include 5pt (pearl), 7pt (minion), 8pt (brevier), 9pt (bourgeois), 10pt (long primer), 12pt (pica), 14pt (english), 16pt (great primer), 20pt (paragon) and 24pt (double pica). The table below gives a fuller optical size naming picture and its relationship with traditional American and British ways of listing type sizes. There are also Greek fonts. At the publication date, September 2014, the author was still working on the kerning---expect an improved package soon. The DRM fonts are wedge-serifed, and incorporate an odd mix of style elements---some terminals are didone, but other elements are more transitional or Caslonesque. Free download of the 6MB package.
Designer of Dozenal (2008), a metafont package for typesetting documents in base twelve. It includes a macro by David Kastrup for converting positive whole numbers to dozenal from decimal (base ten). It also includes a few other macros, redefines all the standard counters to produce dozenal output, and provides Metafont characters, in Roman, italic, slanted, and boldface versions of each, for ten and eleven (the Pitman characters preferred by the Dozenal Society of Great Britain). These characters were designed to blend well with the Computer Modern fonts. [Google]
Type News site run by Freddy Showker. The Design&Publishing Center is owned by Showker Graphic Arts&Design, Harrisonburg, VA. [Google]
Dunwich Type Founders
[James Walker Puckett]
Dunwich Type Founders (or: DTF) in Boulder, CO (was: New York City) is 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:
- Armitage (2010). A grotesque sans family.
- The squarish signpainting family
[Downturn (2009). ]
- He is working on a (nice!) revival of Fry's Baskerville, which is based on a scan of types cut in 1768 by Isaac Moore.
- Lorimer (2011) is a gothic sans serif that was inspired by 19th century inscriptions in the yard of New York's St. Mark's Church. Some weights are free. In 2011, this was followed by Lorimer No. 2 and Lorimer No. 2 Condensed. In 2012, there was an announcement that Lorimer was no longer being distributed. But that was contradicted in 2015, when James placed Lorimer No. 2 Stencil (2011) at the Dafont site for free download.
- New Constructivist Beta (2007).
- Recovery (2008, TypeTrust). The grunge version of Recovery is Black Monday (2009, with Silas Dilworth): it has several glyphs for randomization.
- The 1829 specimen book of Alonzo W. Kinsley's Franklin Letter Foundry led James Puckett to develop the splendid ornamental didone fat face Sybarite (2011), which comes in many optical weights.
- The friendly superelliptical black poster typeface Gigalypse (2012).
- Becker Gothics (2013). A revival of five typefaces from Ornamental Penmanship (1854, George Becker): Egyptian, Egyptian Rounded, Stencil, Tuscan and Concave. All have Western and wood type influences.
- Ironstrike and Ironstrike Stencil (2014). Ironstrike pays homage to industrial and constructivist lettering.
- Uniblok (2015). A free blocky font.
- Rhodium Libre (2015, free at Google Fonts), designed for use on screens at small sizes and the Latin and Devanagari scripts. Historical models for Rhodium's design are Fortune (aka Volta; by Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum) and Rex (by Intertype).
- Padyakke (2015) is a libre Kannada font.
- Antarctican (2017, Dunwich Type Founders): Antarctican hybridizes ruler and compass geometry and American wood type. Some styles are monospaced.
- Barteldes (2018). A fashion mag typeface family.
- Margherita (2021). A free sturdy typeface family based on urban lettering in Italy.
Creative Market link. https://fonts.ilovetypography.com/fonts/dunwich-type-founders?rfsn=6624869.6993508">I Love Typography link. Github link. Fontsquirrel link. [Google]
Richmond, VA-based designer of the fat octagonal typeface Asthma Attack (2013). This typeface was developed during her studies at VCU in Richmond. Behance link. [Google]
Art director living in Williamsburg, VA, who studied at the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Creator of the experimental typeface Incognita (2012). [Google]
Graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Designer of the decorative caps typeface Never Amore (2020). [Google]
Erik Jay Deleon
Art director in Richmond, VA, who created the fashion mag typeface Giorgioro (2013).
Behance link. [Google]
Eva Cassetta (was: Eva Kamieniak)
Eva Kamieniak Cassetta is a graphic and web designer who studied at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She now lives in New York City (was: Pearl River, NY).
Her typefaces include
- Acoma (2010). Acoma 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.
- Lean (2010). A typeface made to illustrate a book on a fight between a whale and a squid.
Graphic designer in Virginia who runs Fevera Graphics. Creator of the techno barcode-simulation typeface Barcode (2012). [Google]
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]
Alexandria, VA-based designer of Resilience (2015). Behance link. [Google]
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 typeface Westrider 2057 (2011), which was inspired by classic West Coast graffiti letter styles.
Dafont link. [Google]
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.
Her web page. Dafont link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google]
Sign painter and gilder now located in Blue Ridge, GA. He made the Victorian signage font families Tyler (2003, inspired by a typeface by E.L. Brown from the late 1800's), Palmer, Brien (2003, inspired by the Clive Barker "Imajica" book cover by lettering artist Iskra Johnson), and Dixie at Letterhead. Tyler was inspired by E.L. Brown who taught penmanship and engrossing in the late 1800's.
At SignDNA, he published the script typeface Monika.
At Carmel Type Co in 2015, he published the decorative Victorian typefaces Calliope [not to be confused with the 2005 font MVB Calliope], Bronwyn, and Vintage Design Elements in 2015.
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."
Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google]
Graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He created a modular gridded grungy typeface called Trifecta (2010). [Google]
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]
[Jennifer L. Myers]
Goddess Expressions is the type foundry of Jennifer L. Myers in Rocky Mount, VA. She specializes in handwriting fonts: Brigantia (2012), Diana (2012), Persephone (2012). [Google]
Graphic and type designer and art director in Washington, DC, and Woodbridge, VA. He is a professor of communication design at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Before that, he taught graphic design at George Mason University and at The Art Institute of Washington.
Creator of Skatekey (2012, hexagonal: free), Atreyu (2011, a blackletter typeface that is free at Lost Type), Swarm (2010, hexagonal modular face), Blackhaus (2009), a mix between Futura and Cloister Black (Morris Fuller Benton, 1904). He also made the pixelish typeface SWARM (2009), Tercio (2010, a pastiche slab-serif of wood&metal tendencies in his own words---fresh and different), and Camisado (2010, free humanist sans).
In 2013, he published the didone typeface family Forsyth.
Typefaces from 204: Barrelroom (art deco), Demolin (wedge serif), Heretique (bold bracketed serif), Xyst (modular condensed slab serif), Highpoint (extra-condensed sans), Pergola (rounded modular modern sans-serif), Unholy (spiked semi-serif inspired by metal music), Zero (geometric sans), Quartzous (video game pixel face), Aztlan (Aztec-look typeface), Ordo (condensed sans), Barbed, Covalent (dot matrix), Eschelon, Furious (chamfered), Sagebrush (Western), Vias (circuit font), Chambray (condensed sans), Grout, Manifold, Razor&Blade.
Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
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]
At Liberty University, Hannah Underhill (Lynchburg, VA) designed the handcrafted blackboard bold typeface Provencal Mod (2017). [Google]
During her studies in Lynchburg, VA, Heidi Darling created the hand-drawn typeface Darling (2014). [Google]
Graduate of Kansas City Art Institute, class of 2004. Designer of King Street (2017), and Fairfax Solid Fishtail (2017) and Fairfax Open Fishtail (2017), named after Fairfax, VA. Aka mkraft94. Creative Market link. [Google]
Warrenton, VA and Washington, DC-based designer in 2015 of Bitcraft, Tokyo Typeface (inspired by inkan seals), Pixel Patterns, Flight (dot matrix typeface), Hand Drawn Arrows, Hype (techno), Galaxy (techno/futuristic), Fluffy, Detective (typewriter font), Funky (hand-drawn font), Hacker (a cyber typeface), Yeti (handcrafted) and Game Over (video game font).
In 2016, he designed Architect. Creative Market link. Behance link. [Google]
Irene Carballo (Carballo Design, Fairfax, VA) created the ornamental caps typeface icTwigs (2013). [Google]
Graphic designer in Alexandria, VA, who created the techno typeface X-Draft in 2014. [Google]
James Walker Puckett
[Dunwich Type Founders]
Jamie Bourne (Richmond, VA) created the tiled film font Saviors (2013). [Google]
Jasbir Singh (Maboli Systems, Inc., P.O. Box 3629, Wise, VA 24293) made the Punjabi truetype typefaces AnandpurSahib Lippi and Jhelum Lippi. [Google]
Jason Levesque (b. 1975) from Chesapeake, VA, created two free fonts: stuntcut (grunge), stuntgoth (blackletter outline). [Google]
During her studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Jen Grottle (Fairfax, VA) created the delicate serif typeface Astrid (2014). [Google]
Jennifer L. Myers
Virginia-based designer of the cblackletter typeface Germana 1875 (2016). [Google]
Freelance designer in Culpeper, VA. Author of Just Your Type (2014, Jackson Publishing, Syracuse, NY). [Google]
Warrenton, VA-based designer of the decorative typeface Mission (2016). [Google]
John (Johnny) Kunda, a photographer and graphic designer in Lynchburg, VA, created the sans typeface Nevada in 2013 and the free hipster typeface Tentmaker in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
John Mitchell Design is located in Richmond, VA and Alexandria, VA.
Creator of the stencil typeface Cut-Out (2011) and of Elephant (2012), a typeface inspired by Rudyard Kipling.
Behance link. Another Behance link. John Mitchell design link. [Google]
Midlothian, VA-based designer of the custom typeface Zephyr (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Fairfax, VA-based creator (b. 1990) of the informally hand-printed 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 (hand-printed). Schmiedehammer (bilined) followed in 2009. In 2010, he made Driehoek, a triangularly serifed font. [Google]
Based in Glen Allen, VA, Journey's End produced Grandhappy (2009, simple connected script), Leaf Filled and Leaf (2005, Cindy Thomason), an elegant hand-printed look face. Linden (2006) is a quaint countryside inn sign font. [Google]
Graphic designer in Lynchburg, VA, who published the pixelish typeface Modular Sans in 2021. [Google]
Richmond, VA-based designer of the octagonal typeface Geodesick (2013). [Google]
Kathryne Cashwell (Blacksburg, VA) holds a B.A. in Communication and a B.F.A in Graphic Design from Virginia Tech, class of 2017. In 2017, she created a modular FontStruct-like typeface. [Google]
Illustrator and art director in Arlington, VA, who hails from upstate New York and studied in Glasgow, Scotland.
Creator of three-style art deco family Baby Cakes (2012, TenDollar Fonts).
Behance link. HypeForType link. [Google]
Kelsey B. Morgan
Designer at Liberty University in central Virginia of the hand-printed Rare Blair (2012). [Google]
Arlington, VA-based designer of the handcrafted typefaces Thin Mint (2016, super-tall) and Wanderlust (2016). [Google]
Blacksburg, VA-based designer of a modular outlined typeface in 2018. [Google]
During her graphic design studies, Kristen Patuto (Roanoke, VA) created an untitled art deco typeface (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Chesapeake, VA-based creator of Just Fun (2013). [Google]
Arlington, VA-based designer of the fat display typeface Fat Panda (2015). [Google]
Graduate of Corcoran College of Art&Design, who lived in Arlington, VA. During her studies, she created the typeface Caterpillar (2011). [Google]
Richmond, VA-based designer of the typographic portrait of Hitchcock (2012), which only used letters from his film posters. [Google]
Lily Chee was born and raised in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Centreville, VA-based designer of the dot matrix typeface Alphanatomy (2016). Behance link. [Google]
During her studies, Lindsey Breeden (Fredericksburg, VA) designed the thin sans typeface Decor (2015). [Google]
During her studies in Fredericksburg, VA, Liz Withers created an ultra bold modular display typeface called Picnic (2013), the stylish tall-and-thin sans typeface Arizona (2013), the monoline sans typeface Sun (2013), and the blackboard bold typeface Manhattan (2013).
In 2014, she created tthe free bilined typeface Moka and the free display typeface Chat Noir.
In 2015, she designed the free display sans Brooklyn. [Google]
Lucas Czarnecki is a designer, educator, and marketer with a passion for type. He taught the first-ever course on Typography and Graphic Design at the University of Virginia, and works as an apprentice at the Virginia Art of the Book Center, home to the largest collection of moveable type in the state. He designed some typefaces. [Google]
Lynchburg, VA-based creator of the sci-fi typeface Android (2013). [Google]
Born in Columbus, OH, in 1970. Catalog of Marcus Burlile's typefaces:
- [T-26]: AblefontA (the Harry Potter display font; it includes Able-New (2003); Sarah McFalls made the free imitation typeface Lumos), Baluster, Cactus Patch, COLONISTA, DeadMuleCanyon, Deadbugs, DustEnna, DustGoldy, DustGutter, DustPiece, DustWesten (Dust is a Western family made in 1996), Eekers (Halloween dingbats), MillHarrow, Relatives (dingbats), Sagember, SixGunShootout, SpareParts, Thornforms (1994, dingbats), Colony, Cothral, SpareParts, SparePartsToo, Anvilregular, COLONIST, Flytrap, FlytrapBrier, Sillbat, Stelefont, StelefontBevel, Widows (1994, typefaces of widows and the weapons used to kill their spouses).
- At Raw Types in Burke, VA, he designed Astilets (dingbats), Dry Gulch (western), Millharrow, Lilyin, Autumnull.
- Garagefonts: Phantomekanix (great robot dingbats), Beartrap, Hallow, Mudhole, Ravine, Rockcrawler and Sidewinder.
- Plazm: Stelefont (1993), Widows (1994), Flytrap (1995), GhostTown (1995), Ablefont (1993), Anvil (1993), Autumnull (1995), Colony (1993), Pilgrim (1993), Reckon (1996), Sillbat (1994), Spiderust (1995), Thistlem (1995), Kitsch (1993), COLONIST.
Virginia-based designer of the nice grunge typefaces SucubusAuto and SucubusEvil (1997, both with Amanda Lewis) at GarageFonts. Klingspor link. [Google]
Chantilly, VA-based designer of the vernacular (lemonade stand) typeface Lemon (2018). [Google]
Masie Chong (Herndon, VA) drew some alphabets---undigitized as far as I can tell---in 2013: QR (pixelish) and Symbolic Alphabet. [Google]
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]
Chester, VA-based illustrator, aka Karbacca, b. 1985. He created the handwriting typeface Rusty's Handwriting (2009). Bartlett Photography and Design. [Google]
[Plastic Typefaces (or: Mediastudio)]
Megami Studios (or: Incstone design by Megami)
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).
Some time in 2009, their fonts went commercial and their address changed to Ashburn, VA.
In 2013, Megami Studios published the cartoonish family Pennywhistle, and in 2018 The Happiest Cruise In Anaheim (inspired by signage at Disney World) and Doki Doki Tokimeki (for mangas).
Typefaces from 2019: Ferrocarbon (an industrial octagonal design), Shenandoah Clarendon. Benjor (a bold unicase headline font), Odaiba Soul (a minimalist monolinear rounded sans in their Cool Japan series). [Google]
Gainesville, VA-based creator of the typeface Nadir (2015), a modular typeface designed for DMC (Diverse Masonry Contractors). Behance link. [Google]
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]
Michael Leighton Beaman
Michael Noyes is a freelance calligrapher/custom type designer in Annandale, VA. [Google]
Graphic artist in Fairfax, VA, who created the script typeface Hirschfeld (2014).
Another Behance link. [Google]
Alexandria, VA-based designer of the display typeface Pebble In The Sky (2016, FontStruct) and 3S Steel Ribbon (2016). These seem to be identical. [Google]
Virginia Beach-based designer of the fat bullet hole font Bullion (2011). [Google]
Miller Type Foundry
Richard Miller (Miller Type Foundry) was located in Annandale, VA, but now resides in Phoeniz, AZ. Born in Pacifica, CA, he is a type and graphic designer.
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 typeface 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).
In 2014, Miller published the multi-width geometric typeface Uniform. That was followed in 2015 by Uniform Rounded and Uniform Italic.
In 2016, he published the large techno typeface family Tactic Sans: Tactic Sans was created to be as versatile as a special forces operator. Tactic Round is its rounded cousin. Towards the end of 2016, he finished the geometric sans typeface family Mercenary.
Typefaces from 2017: Veronica Script and Caps, Blunt.
Typefaces from 2018: Intervogue (a revival of Vogue (1929, Stephenson Blake) and Intertype Vogue, competitors of Kabel and Futura in the 1930s), Intervogue Soft.
Typefaces from 2019: American Auto (a retro monoline script family).
Typefaces from 2020: Uniform Pro (a 42-style geometric sans).
Fontsquirrel link. Behance link. Another Behance link. [Google]
Alexandria, VA-based designer of the clean sans typeface Extraclear (2013) for a final project in a lettering and typography class taught by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals at MICA. In 2016, she designed the free sans typeface Minee Sans.
Behance link. Old Behance link. [Google]
Student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Fairfax, VA. She created the elaborate all caps typeface Clock (2010). [Google]
Myles Katherine Coleman
Myles Katherine (b. Lynchburg, VA, 1989) is a photographer and fine artist from Lynchburg, Virginia. She received her Bachelors degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography in May 2011.
Creator of the hand-printed typeface Lula (2011). [Google]
Graphic artist in Alexandria, VA, who created the typeface square Bubble in 2014. Behance link. [Google]
Student at Virginia Tech. Creator in Blacksburg, VA, of Paperclip (2011) and the piano key typeface Shima based on the Hiroshima poster (1957) by Wim Crouwel.
Behance link. Creattica link. [Google]
Illustrator and designer in Lynchburg, VA, who created the alchemic Future Viking font in 2013 while studying at Liberty University. [Google]
During her studies, Arlington, VA-based Nayasia Thomas designed the curly typeface Queen Bey (2016). [Google]
NDS Fonts (or: Neurotic Dog Studios)
Neurotic Dog Studios is a full-service design firm based outside of Richmond, Virginia, specializing in branding and identity creation. Founded in 2014 by Alice Pettey, she started retailing fonts in 2021. In 2020, she released the squarish typeface Rounded Block Display. [Google]
Arlington, VA-based designer of the futuristic modular typeface From The District (2014), which is inspired by the movie District 9. [Google]
Nick Schweich, Graphic Designer and Production Manager at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (Herndon, VA) created the custom typeface Mebrane (2012). Images can be seen here.
Behance link. [Google]
Great Falls, VA-based designer of a decorative caps typeface in 2017. Behance link. [Google]
Centreville, VA-based designer of Rocket Science Display Font (2016). [Google]
[Another Limited Rebellion]
During her studies, Lynchburg, VA-based Noelia Alvarado designed the art deco typeface Charleston (2016). [Google]
[Oliver Conte Design]
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.
Fontspace link. [Google]
Twentieth century book designer and calligrapher, b. Richmond, 1909, d. 1971. Ogg was an architecture graduate of the University of Illinois in 1931. The New York Times writes: He won recognition as one of the outstanding graphic artists of his time. His first book, Alphabet Source Book, published in 1940 by Harper, was a copy book of lettering styles. The 26 Letters, published by Crowell in 1948, a history of the alphabet from cave drawings to contemporary type fonts, was illustrated by 275 of his drawings.
For Photolettering in New York, he designed these typefaces: Ogg Folio, Ogg Irish Uncial, Ogg Roman 3 and 4, Ogg Italic 3 and 4, and Ogg Semi Uncial. Digital revivals include Ogg (2013) by Lucas Sharp. Sharp's Ogg is a fashion mag typeface loosely inspired by the hand lettering of Oscar Ogg.
Lucas Sharp's Salter Roman (2021) is based on two designs penned by Oscar Ogg in 1942. The first is his title page design for Design & Paper No.11 (Marquardt & Company, New York); the second is his design for Gates of Aulis (Gladys Schmitt, The Dial Press, New York) that same year. The former became the basis for the lowercase, while the latter informed the uppercase. [Google]
Typography blog by Chuck Green from Glen Allen, VA. [Google]
Industrial designer in Arlington, VA, who created some typefaces in 2014. [Google]
Designer based in Richmond, VA. Creator of three hairline/monoline Gill-inspired sans typefaces, Gill One, Gill two and Gill Three (2007). See here. [Google]
Peter Baker's old English page at the University of Virginia
[Peter S. Baker]
Peter S. Baker, an English professor at the University of Virginia, offers free TrueType and PostScript fonts. these include:
- Anglo-Saxon Caps.
- Beowulf-1 (1995, a pseudo-Gaelic face; BeowulfOT dates from 2018).
- Bury Caps (2014, free at OFL). This decorative typeface was inspired by the display capitals in the 12th-century Bury Bible.
- The elegant Carolingian typeface Eadui (2010), a reproduction of English Caroline Minuscule as written by Eadui Basan, a scribe at eleventh-century Christ Church, Canterbury.
- Elstob (2018-2019). A variable font for for medievalists. He writes: The Elstob font, named for Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1756), a celebrated early scholar of Old English language and literature, is based on the Double Pica commissioned by Bishop John Fell (1625-1686) for the use of the Oxford University Press. Wherever possible, it is modeled on a specimen book printed in 1925 with type cast in the 1890s from the seventeenth-century matrices; digital images from the 1693 and 1706 Fell specimen books served as backup, and also an early eighteenth-century folio in which a lengthy dedication was printed in Fell's Double Pica. The type doesn't have a great reputation: the typographer Stanley Morison thought it amateurish in comparison with the excellent Fell English. However, its angular character (especially its flat or flattish serifs with minimal or no brackets) makes it well suited to adaptation as a variable font.
- Interlace Set (2015). A dingbat font for making Hiberno-Saxon interlace patterns.
- The important and well-designed Junius family (1996, modern hybrid Gaelic). This led to 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. André G. Isaak writes: Junicode isn't the only free font for mediaevalists out there, but it's certainly one of the two most well-designed ones (the other being Andron Scriptor). I used to teach courses on the history of English and I used Junius (the predecessor of Junicode) for many of my handouts because I preferred it to all of the commercial fonts which I had looked at. In 2020, Junicode was rebuilt into JuniusX or Junicode New.
Alternate URL. Dafont link. Open Font Library link, where he is known as psb6m. Fontspace link. Link to his foundry, Thornbec Staefwyrhtan. Github link. [Google]
Peter S. Baker
[Peter Baker's old English page at the University of Virginia]
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]
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]
As a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Rachel Dugan designed the blackletter-inspired typeface Cathedral Gothic Text (2016). [Google]
Virginia Beach, VA-based designer (b. 1995) of the ultra-experimental Secret Booze Font (2015). This font was finished during her studies at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Dafont link. [Google]
While studying at James Madison University, Raechel Hurd (Harrisonburg, VA) drew some nice fists in her Macrock poster in 2012. [Google]
RAHCreative (was: ROBYNA.COM and Robyn's Fonts)
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.
Catalog of some typefaces. [Google]
Rare Book School
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 taught about the history of typography from 1450 until the present. [Google]
Lynchburg, VA-based designer of Ria's Secret (2017). [Google]
Portsmouth, VA-based creator of the ornamental typeface Fortune (2012). [Google]
Red Rocket Signs
Rodney Vicik began his career as a sign painter in 1980. He ran Beach Signs in Hampton, VA. In 2020, he set up the type foundry and lettering shop Red Rocket Signs, which specializes in Americana and nostalgia. His typefaces:
- Dietrich Deco (2020). He writes: It is based on theatre posters that advertised a 1930 Marlene Dietrich movie. Designed by a skilled sign painter, Dietrich Deco has all the nuances of real brush lettering.
- Fats Deco (2020). An art deco typeface loosely based on H.C. Martin's Modern Thick and Thin. Martin referred to his typeface as the blood cousin of Broadway.
[Miller Type Foundry]
Ringo R. Seeber
Founder of Glyph Co in Brooklyn, NY, and Arlington, VA. Designer of the free slightly flared text typeface family Petrona (2019), which has a variable style. Google Fonts link for Petrona. [Google]
[Megami Studios (or: Incstone design by Megami)]
[Red Rocket Signs]
Virginia-based artist who made JayOctober (2011, a condensed display face). [Google]
Graphic designer in Stafford, VA, who made Ajar (a tall condensed typeface), Spike Jag (a jagged typeface), Demon Seed (grunge) and Gel Line in 2012.
Behance link. [Google]
Lynchburg, VA-based designer of Circle Sans (2012), a thin typeface based on arcs of circles. [Google]
Graphic designer from Leesburg, VA, who is scheduled to graduate in 2011 from George Mason University. She created an ornamental alphabet in 2011. [Google]
Samuel R. Walton
During his studies at Ringling College of Art and Design, Samuel R. Walton (Hamilton, VA) designed the sharp-edged typeface Liquid Swords (2017). Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Leesburg, VA, who created the creamy didone typeface Omelette du (sic) Fromage (2014). Behance link. [Google]
During her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), Shari Davis created the free hand-printed typeface Short (2013) and the alphading typeface Time to Party (2013). [Google]
Creator at Liberty University (in central Virginia) of Quik marker (2010). [Google]
Graphic designer in Richmond, VA, who created the sharp-edged display typeface Malaki in 2015, and the sans typeface Aramco Letternmark Pro in 2018. [Google]
While studying in Lynchburg, VA, Sierra Clonch designed an attractive art deco typeface family called Carraway (2015). [Google]
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 typefaces 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]
Canadian designer from Kitchener (b. 1984) now located in Washington, DC, and before that, in Reston, VA. He created the irregular handwriting font Stefan Handwrite (2006) and an untitled art nouveau typeface in 2014. In 2016, he created Tuscan, based on a scan from Epreuves des Caractères et Vignettes by Charles Derriey, 1839, Paris.
In 2019, he released the Viennese Secession typeface Mendelson, and wrote: Mendelson is an art nouveau-inspired typeface which is based on a design by Paul Lang (1877-1937). Originally the typeface was named Langschrift (meaning long type) and was released by the Flinsch foundry in Frankfurt am Main in 1905. With its rigorous verticals and squarish shapes Mendelson works best as a display typeface. Low contrasts and balanced proportions make this typeface both bold and elegant. It is best used when centered in symmetrical settings.
Other URL. [Google]
Stephen French (Crosscut Media Productions) is based in Richmond, VA. He studied at VCUarts (class of 2021). Designer of these typefaces:
- Konstant Grotesk (2018). Free download. Followed in 2019 by Konstant Grotesk Neue.
- The oldstyle typeface Cologne (2017).
- Anderson Grotesk (2017). Free download. See also the free Anderson Grotesk Black (2018).
- The geometric display sans typeface Umpqua (2017).
- The free slab serif typeface Sac Prairie that was inspired by the Prairie School of Architecture in Chicago. Sac Prairie is characterized by horizontal strokes, an angular structure and overhanging eaves.
- The free monoline script typeface Lucinda (2017, +Dashed).
- The free oldstyle typeface Williwaw Book (2017).
- The Italian typeface Gunn (2018).
- Aventine (2018). An oldstyle typeface based on Louis Perrin's Lyons Capitals (1860).
- Capitoline (2021). A geometric sans.
- Quadrille (2021). A vintage sans.
- Yeoman (2021). A quirky sans serif done for How Now Studio in Richmond, VA.
Graphic designer in Norfolk, VA, who created a couple of custom typefaces in 2016. [Google]
Alexandria, VA-based designer of the ornamental caps typefaces Uncle Paul (2015) and Tripel Six (2015), and the typeface Turnstyle (2015). Steve is associated with Yellow Wine Labs. Behance link. [Google]
During his studies in Virginia Beach, VA, Steven Schmucker designed Soft Letter Font (2013), an outlined dripping blood affair. [Google]
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".
Dafont link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
The Routine Creative
Dallas, TX (was: Richmond, VA)-based designer of the sans typefaces Mint (2016), Amber (2016), Foodie (2016) and Daughter (2016), the rounded sans typeface Fox & Bower (2016), the minimalist sans typeface Avenue (2016), the handcrafted typefaces Yesterday (2016), Creative Queen (2016) and Love Note (2016), the art deco typeface Retro Deco (2016), the retro connected Avocado Script (2016), and the beveled typeface Suburbia (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: Color Block (a color font), Trailer (monoline connected script), Quirk (partially stackable sans), Big (brush font), Fighter, Pineapple Pen, Banana, Augustine, Eleven (sans), Partay, Coachella, Mentalist (hairline sans), Rice (slab serif), Honey Oak, Powhatan (inspired by native American Indian themes such as arrows).
Typefaces from 2018: Espresso (sans), Atlantic (brush), Salmon (modern all caps sans), Wild Child (handcrafted), Kangaroo, Traveler (monoline script), Valentina (a basic sans), Brother.
Typefaces from 2019: Whiskey Ranger, American Mortar (a masculine vintage display font), Original Gangster, Hula Hoop. [Google]
Alexandria, VA-based designer of Thomas Condensed Ultra Light (2018). [Google]
Centreville, VA-based graduate of Edinboro University, who was inspired by MASH when he designed the constructivist or minimalist typeface MASH Marathon (2011). [Google]
Travis Kochel is an American type designer, b. 1983, Charlottesville, VA. He is now based in Portland, OR, and is an adjunct professor at Portland State University. He set up TK Type, which was listed by MyFonts as being headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand. He founded Scribble Tone with Lizy Gershenzon and helped launch Future Fonts in 2018, and later Vectro Type.
In 2010, Travis published the contemporary curvy sans family Otari.
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.
At Vectro Type he released these typefaces:
- Analog (2013). A new take on wide industrial sans serifs.
- Kablammo (2022).
- Vctr Mono (2021). This monospaced type design is warm, slightly goofy, and tactile. Inspired by text found on the lenses and bodies of manual cameras, specifically Leicas and Nikons. Originally named ISO and designed for our project exif.co.
- Wildberry (2021, Travis Kochel). Based on the brushy lettering found on U.S. National Wilderness signage.
Interview in 2016 by David Sudweeks. [Google]
Ashburn, VA-based designer of the blackboard bold typeface Goliath (2014). Behance link. [Google]
Woodbridge, VA-based designer of the decorative caps typeface Element (2015). Behance link. [Google]
Tried & True Supply Co.
Tried & True Supply Co. is the husband and wife creative team of Brian and Marcy Brubaker. Together, they run their design and screen printing studio out of their home in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2016, they designed Herschel, a vintage Victorian typeface.
At Fort Foundry, Brian Brubaker designed these typefaces:
- Figure (2021, with Mattox Shuler). Figure is a sturdy quirkhorse sans inspired by gothic wood type of the 19th century, available as a family of 40 fonts of 5 weights across 4 widths including roman and italics.
- Alkaline (2021), by Jonathan Ball, Mattox Shuler and Brian Brubaker. This typeface family at an 18 degree slope was inspired by 1950s lettering and logos on kitchen appliances.
- Pentz (2021). A Victorian font by Mattox Shuler and Brian Brubaker. First developed for the Motown Museum in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. The album title was originally set in Tedesca (a late 19th century font), but the cover designer, Curtis McNair, took some nice liberties in adjusting the letterforms when setting the type. Pentz continues in this theme, reviving and modernizing Tedesca.
Interesting examples of headlines and bodies of text. Great examples on the choice of type and the spacing of characters. By Logic Arts Corporation's Chuck Green in Glen Allen, VA. [Google]
Michael Clark (b. 1952) set up Typerror in 2011. His calligraphy is showcased at Michael Clark Design. Richmond, VA-based Clark does book covers, CD covers and greeting cards. His typefaces:
- At Typerror: Lucilee (2011, connected script).
- At Font Bureau: Pouty (2001, calligraphic). It was reintroduced at P22 in 2017 as P22 Pouty Pro.
- At P22, where he did and does most of his work: P22 Sting (2005, a blackletter with roman capitals), Peanut (2006, a bouncy rough-edged display typeface that won an award for display type at TDC2 2007), P22 Peanut Sans, P22 Sweepy (2005, connected script which won an award at TDC2 2006), P22 Pooper Black (2003, connected script), P22 Frenzy-Marks (2003), P22 Frenzy-Regular (2003), P22 Frenzy-Sans (2003), P22 Shibumi (2003, brush face), P22 Monumental Titling (2005), P22 Sneaky (2008, the connected version of Pooper Black), P22 Lucilee (2011), P22 Lucilee Pro (2017), P22 FleurCross (2020: 76 stylized crosses).
- At Stereo Typehaus: the condensed font Paris.
- At Letraset: Katytude.
- Proprietary: Colonial Williamsburg Script (calligraphic, connected), Icons Sisters of St. Clare (crosses and religious symbols), Michael Podesta Design.
Gofundme page in 2021 to help Michael with his medical bill to treat his Parkinson's disease.
More examples of his work. MyFonts page. An old URL. Klingspor link. FontShop link. [Google]
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.
Behance link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
A hand-picked free font list by Hampton, VA-based Unblast. The list includes orphaned typefaces such as Velocity (2019), Grey (2018: a minimalist techno font), Inverse (2018: multiline), Roadster (2018: multilined), Dunna Sans (2018), and Alaska (2018). From 2019: the orphaned fonts Dreams (sci-fi), Fritch (chamfered), Boston, Cobaissi, Dovetail (stencil), Bilthers, Frizon (a space exploration font). [Google]
Donny Truong is a designer with a passion for typography and the web. He received his MA in Graphic Design from the George Mason University School of Art (in Fairfax, VA), where he taught advanced web design and usability. Currently, he is director of design and web services at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School.
He wrote the on-line text Vietnamese Typography (2016; second edition here, dated 2018) and Professional Web Typography. [Google]
"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]
Born in Richmond, VA, 1904, d. Charlottesville, VA, 1991. Typographer, illustrator, letterer, and type designer. He made two type families:
- Trajanus (1939-1940, for Stempel). McGrew on Trajanus: Trajanus was designed by Warren Chappell, New York illustrator and letterer, in 1939, and cast by Stempel in Germany. It has the basic form of classic Venetian letters, but with a nervous, pen-drawn, contemporary quality. Ascenders are fairly long but descenders are short. The narrow italic lowercase shows a calligraphic quality in particular. There is an extra little flick of the pen at the end of crossbars of f and t; caps M and N have no serifs on their apexes; and cap U is lowercase in form. Trajanus is named for the Roman emperor whose accomplishments are immortalized in classic letters on the Trajan column. The three versions are also made by German Linotype, but have not received much attention in America. For revivals, see Tribunus SG by Jim Spiece and Linotype Trajanus (probably close to the original design as Linotype absorbed Stempel).
- Lydian (1938, ATF) and Lydian Cursive (1940). McGrew writes: The Lydian series is a brilliant and popular calligraphic style designed by Warren Chappell for ATF. The lighter weight and italic were designed in 1938; bold and italic in 1939. They have the appearance of being lettered with a broad pen held at a 45-degree angle, but the ends of vertical strokes are square, improving legibility and stability. This is probably the most popular thick-and-thin serifless letter of American origin, though the concept is more popular in Europe. Oldstyle figures were made for these four Lydians, but were fonted separately and very rarely used. These four typefaces were copied by Intertype in an unusually large range of sizes for a slug machine, and from these matrices some suppliers cast fonts of type for handsetting. Lydian is named for the designer's wife, Lydia. Compare Czarin, Stellar, Radiant, Optima, Samson, Valiant. Lydian Cursive was drawn by the same designer in 1940. Although it gives the appearance of having been drawn with the same sort of pen as the regular series, it is much freer and more calligraphic, with a style unmatched by any other American script or cursive face. Lydian Bold Condensed was designed in 1946, also by Chappell, but not marketed until 1949. It has the general character of the earlier typefaces, but with much more emphasis on the vertical strokes. This gives the lowercase a suggestion of the effect of a simplified German blackletter. Digital versions:
- Lydian and Lydian Cursive by Bitstream. The early versions of Lydian and Lydian Cursive were called Granite, Lisbon, Granite Cursive and Lisbon Cursive.
- Lydian and Lydian Cursive by Tilde. These are identical to the Bitstream fonts.
- Monotype Lydian.
- Manofa (2018, Mariya Pigoulevskaya for The Northern Block). This bold family was inspired by Lydian.
- MPI Sardis (2013). By mpressinteractive. Inspired by Lydian.
- Beorcana Pro (2006, Carl Crossgrove). A distant relative of Lydian.
- Libris ADF. A free family by Arkandis.
- Lydia Bold Condensed (2013, Benjamin Critton).
- OPTI Lydian Cursive (Castcraft).
Chappell studied under Koch in 1931-1932 and worked briefly for him afterwards. This page states that he designed a font called Eichenauer (for Gustav Eichenauer, who cut the type in lead) in 1955, but it was never manufactured and released. This face, tentatively named Eichenauer, was shown in Chappell's book A Short History of the Printed Word.
Klingspor file on him (PDF). FontShop link.
View Warren Chappell's typefaces. [Google]
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. This font was used as a basis for William Caslon Small in September 2013 as a bespoke text typeface for The New Yorker, to replace Sabon.
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]
Harrisonburg, VA-based designer of the dada typeface Oberplank (2017). Creative Market link. [Google]
Alexandria, VA-based designer of the pixel font Lefty (2016), which is influenced by the old video game FamiCon. [Google]