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Type scene in Washington

[Headline set in Garamond No. 9, a URW++ adaptation of Italian or Simoncini Garamond]


Aaron Bell
[Saja TypeWorks]

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Aartvark Graphics
[Jim O'Bryan]

Jim O'Bryan (Aartvark Graphics, Vancouver, WA) designed CarolesChunk (1993) and Patriot (1999). Designer of Slabface. Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Abby Martinez

Pullman, WA-based designer of the slimy scary typeface Poison (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

AEP (or: An Elektrum Press)
[Ashley Evan Pond]

Now located in Seattle, WA, and before that in El Prado, NM, Pond is a freelance software specialist who did some great work at Amazon.com. Ashley Evan Pond (who also used the company names AEP and An Elektrum Press) designed the IBM logo imitation typeface Element (1996), as well as Vampire Winter, Kismet Demibold, Atrium Initials, Atrium Deco, Abraxis, Seraphim Freaky, Acrylic, Aradia Heavy, Blocks, Evil Egg (based on psychedelic lettering by Chipper Thompson), International, Zebra, Daisy, Inverno, American Light, Santa Fe, Karma, Romanette, and American.

Dafont link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alaina Johnson

Seattle, WA-based graphic designer. Creator of a beautifully lettered mural design for Killer Infographics' new office in 2013.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alden Verdan

Alden Verdan (Seattle, WA) made several experimental typefaces in 2012 and 2018. Particular typefaces by him include Blackline (a neon tube typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alejandro Cespedes

Graphic designer in Seattle, who created the blocky typeface AC Finy (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alejandro Cruz

Seattle, WA-based designer (b. 1998) of the outline font Jig Saw (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alex Jones

Alex Jones is a visual designer from Seattle who specializes in brand identity, UI design, and website design. In 2020, he released the techno typeface PDX, in which each letter is derived from a square box with very few edits.

In 2022, he released Turaco Typeface (a 6-style monolinear sans), Rocano Display (an 8-style geometric sans by Alex Jones and Shajana Shaju), Carbido Typeface (a 5-style geometric sans based on perfect arcs circles; by Alex Jones and Shajana Shaju) and Claudino Display (a wide 7-style sans for stylish displays; by Alex Jones and Shajana Shaju) at Bee Type. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alicia Yeargin

Alicia Yeargin (Redmond, WA) is a computer game designer. Devian Tart link. She created the free brush typeface Explosive Dawn (2011). Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alissa Mazzenga

Calligrapher and type designer in Seattle, WA, who is associated with Great Lakes Lettering. Feast (2014) is a calligraphic typeface designed by Alissa Mazzenga and produced by Dathan Boardman at Great Lakes Lettering. In 2015, she and Dathan Boardman published the calligraphic hairline typeface Marguerite.

In 2017, again with Dathan Boardman, she designed the calligraphic typeface Queen Anne Hill. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Amir Asgari

Iranian graphic designer who lived in Turkey and after a stint in Washington Park, WA, he is now based in Germany. He graduated from B.A Hacettepe University in Ankara in 2012, and from the Mirak Fine Art School in Tabriz, Iran, in 2005. His typefaces:

  • The pixel typeface Overpixel (2012).
  • Qewek (2021). A thin slab serif.
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Ana Sofia Mariz

Bellevue, WA-based graduate of the TDi program at the University of Reading, UK, 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrea Leksen
[Leksen Design]

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Andrea Wicklund

Illustrator in Seattle. At Dafont one can download the comic book family TF2 (2009). Her logo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrew Glass

Andrew Glass is a paleography expert who obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 2006. His links and downloadable fonts for various Indic languages include Gandhari Unicode, Devanagari Unicode, Bengali Unicode, Kharoshti Unicode, Rhino Kharoshti, and Times Gandhari CSX. The Gandhari Unicode fonts are based on an original Postscript font called "Nimbus Roman No9 L" created by URW++ Design and Development Incorporated and donated to the free software community under the GNU General Public License. The Nimbus Roman No9 L font is itself based on the design for Times New Roman by Stanley Morison. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anne Alden

Bremerton, WA-based designer of the Indic simulation typeface Aniya (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anshuman Pandey

Anshuman Pandey (University of Washington, Seattle) made a Bengali METAFONT. He also created wnri, a METAFONT set of fonts for Old English, Indic languages in transcription, and American Indian languages. The Washington Romanized (WNRI) Indic package enables texts encoded in the 8-bit Classical Sanskrit/Classical Sanskrit eXtended (CS/CSX) encoding to be typeset in \TeX{} without modification of the input scheme. Pandey also developed a LaTeX package for Gurmukhi/Punjabi, which uses a metafont he generated (with permission) from Hardip Singh Pannu's Punjabi truetype font.

Frans Velthuis (Groningen University) developed a Devanagari Metafont in 1991, which is on the CTAN archive. Later, Anshuman Pandey took over the maintenance of font. Primoz Peterlin made type 1 outlines based on this. These outline renderings (Type 1) were automatically converted from METAFONT by Peter Szabo's TeXtrace, and subsequently edited using George Williams' PfaEdit PostScript font editor by Anshuman Pandey (University of Washington). In 2003-2004, additional updates in the set of 22 Metafont files are due to Kevin Carmody, who presently maintains the package. The font names: TeX-dvng10, TeX-dvng9, TeX-dvng8. These were later changed to VelthuisDevanagari8-Regular, VelthuisDevanagari9-Regular and VelthuisDevanagari10-Regular. This font was used in the GNU freefont project for the Devanagari range (U+0900-U+097F). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anthony Neil Dart

Graphic and motion graphics designer in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he worked as Ontwerp.tv (Idea currency) Pty Ltd. He is now located in Seattle, WA.

He created several experimental alphabets, often of a geometric nature, such as Geometric Chic (2008-2009) and Beauty (2009).

The Bends (2011) is a hairline curly-yet-straight display face. SansGoma (2011) is a hairline slab poster face. Nu Gothic (2011), Nu Modern (2011) and especially Vironica (2011) are fashion mag display typefaces. Neu Nouveau (2011) is a curly art nouveau face. Numera (2011) is an organic fashion mag face. Killoton (2011) is super-fat and beautiful.

Creations in 2012: An art deco example in his Janelle 1945 work. Vorm Type, inspired by the work of Wim Crouwel, is a rounded blocky typeface that is monospaced in the x and y directions.

Typefaces from 2013: Canada (alchemic).

In 2015, he created a series of posters called Vignelliisms illustrating one-liners by Massimo Vignelli.

Typefaces from 2017: Canada (I can't believe that he has trademarked the name Canada). Home page. Behance link. Ontwerp link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Peter R. Wilson]

Peter R. Wilson's metafont code (2000-2005) for many archaic languages: Proto-Semitic (16bc), Phoenician (10bc), Greek (6bc), Greek (4bc), Etruscan (8bc), Futharc (Anglo-Saxon, 6ad), Hieroglyphics (30bc: the hieroglf provides a Metafont version of about 80 Egyptian hieroglyphs from Serge Rosmorduc's comprehensive hieroglyph package, see here for a type 1 version called Archaic-Poor-Mans-Hieroglyphs (2005)), Cypriot (9bc). Peter also developed metafont fonts for bookhands. The Archaic ollection contains fonts to represent Aramaic, Cypriot, Etruscan, Greek of the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Linear A, Linear B, Nabatean old Persian, the Phaistos disc, Phoenician, proto-Semitic, runic, South Arabian Ugaritic and Viking scripts. The bundle also includes a small font for use in phonetic transcription of the archaic writings. The bundle's own directory includes a font installation map file for the whole collection. The authors are Peter R. Wilson, Uwe Zimmermann and Apostolos Syropoulos. See here for the type 1 fonts Archaic-OandS (2005) and Archaic-OandS-Italic (2005). Here we find type 1 versions called Square-Capitals (2005) and Square-Capitals-Bold (2005). He also made the type 1 typefaces Archaic-Etruscan (2005), Archaic-Runic (2005) and Archaic-ProtoSemitic (2005). Further packages of type 1 and metafont fonts: Archaic-Aramaic (2005), South Arabian (2005, for the South Arabian script, in use for about 1000 years from roughly 600 BC; based on a metafont by Alan Stanier), Archaic-Linear-B (2005: a syllabary used in the Bronze Age (15bc) for writing Mycenaean Greek), Archaic-Nabatean (2005: the Nabatean script used in the Middle East between the fourth centuries BC and AD), Archaic-Old-Persian (2005: the Old Persian Cuneiform script in use between about 500 to 350 BC.), Archaic-Ugaritic-Cuneiform (2005: the Ugaritic Cuniform script in use about 1300 BC), Archaic-Cypriot (1999-2005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ariel Chan

Seattle, WA-based designer of the text typeface Theophilus (2018) and Arctic Animal Alphabet (2018). Both were finished during her studies at the University of Washington. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Arlinda Lalaj

Visual designer in Seattle, WA, who created Tenso Type in 2014. Tenso Type is based on a mesh design. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Art Chantry

Quoting the wikipedia entry: Arthur S.W. Chantry II (born April 9, 1954 in Seattle) is a graphic designer often associated with the posters and album covers he did for bands from the Pacific Northwest, such as Nirvana, Hole and The Sonics. He is also notable for his work in logo design. Chantry designed the cover for Some People Can't Surf, which was written by Julie Lasky. Chantry advocates a low-tech approach to design that is informed by the history of the field. His work has been exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian and the Louvre. Chantry received a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in 1978. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashleigh Darby

At Northwest College of Art and Design, Ashleigh Darby (Seattle, WA) created a heavy all caps poster typeface in 2017. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Evan Pond
[AEP (or: An Elektrum Press)]

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Ashley Hjalseth

Student in Visual Communications at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Behance link. Creator of OB Typeface (2010, geometric)----OB stands for Ocean Barefoot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ashley Jhaveri

During her studies, Ashley Jhaveri (Cheney, WA) created the circle-based Abstract Alphabet (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aure Font Design
[Aurora Isaac]

Aurora Isaac (Aure Font Design, Issaqua, WA) is a California-born type designer. She created the uncial typeface Aure Westra LP (2011) and the Victorian family Aure Zeritha LP (2011).

Typefaces from 2018: Aure Brash (an outline font that speaks with the cheeky inuendo of a sassy parrot), Aure Nox (semi-haunted; with modulated stems), Aure Teddy (art nouveau style), Aure Declare (a text typeface family accompanied by several sets of extraordinary and quite complete astrological symbols), Aure Sable (also with astrological symbols), Aure Wye, Aure Jane.

Typefaces from 2019: Aure Zeritha. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aurora Isaac
[Aure Font Design]

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Austin Dailey

Bothwell, WA-based designer, at Northwest College of Art and Design, of a condensed sans serif typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Azalea Software
[Jerry Whiting]

Makers of Bar code fonts and software utilities and keepers of the Bar Code FAQ and many interesting white papers regarding barcodes. Their software can make UPC, Code 39, Code 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN, JAN, POSTnet, PDF 417, Data Matrix, Maxicode and more. Company president is Jerry Whiting. Each barcode is implemented as a TrueType or Type 1 font. Prices start at $199.

In 2012, we find Code 39 Azalea for free at Open Font Library.

Fontspace link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ben Bauermeister
[ElseWare Corporation]

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Ben Ramer

Graphic designer in Everett, WA, who designed the octagonal typeface Mass Effect in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Harthun

Seattle-based designer of Pseudo-Black (2013) and Bebas (2013, sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benny Mamani

During his studies in seattle, Benny Mamani created the decorative typeface Nabs (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bill Duncan
[G. William Music Production]

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Bill Tchakirides
[UTF Type Foundry]

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Bobby Rice

Seattle, WA-based designer of Mobius (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Peter R. Wilson]

Renton, WA-based Peter R. Wilson's metafont code (2000-2003) for the "bookhands" series of fonts. It was his intention to provide the main examples of manuscript hands from the first century until the invention of printing. Included are the following:

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Borges Lettering (was: CBdO Fonts Foundry)
[Charles Borges de Oliveira]

The CBdO Fonts Foundry is headed by Charles Borges de Oliveira (b. New Orleans, 1971) and is located in Arlington, WA. Borges's typefaces are mostly scripts, signage typefaces and comic book style typefaces. many of them were first done at or are copublished with Letterhead Fonts.

He also sells through Font Bros and Letterhead. Klingspor link.

View the typeface library of Charles Borges. Fontspring link. Interview in 2013.

View Charles Borges's typefaces. Adobe link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Bowfin Printworks
[Mike Yanega]

Links to commercial foundries. Site done by Michael Yanega, who now lives in Washington State. Has an interesting script font identification guide. It also has a bibliography on type. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandice Baggarley

Graphic designer in Yakima, WA, who created Mosaics in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brandon Conboy

Pullman Junction, WA-based designer of the neon typeface Neon90s (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Brianna Schulz

Designer in Silverdale, WA, who created the Harmon Building typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bronson Folz-Edwards

During his studies at the University of Washington, Bronson Folz-Edwards created the squarish sans typeface Expo 22 (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruce Hale

Seattle-based typographer and calligrapher at Typeguy Font Studio. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cale Burr
[Cerebral Art Lab]

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Carlie Penning

As a student at Seattle Pacific University, Carlie Penning designed the creamy cursive typeface Glissando (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carly Allred

Pasco WA-based designer of Papaya Caps (2017), a technical writing font in the Tekton genre. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carolyn Wassmer

At Cornish College of the Arts, Carolyn Wassmer (Seattle, WA) designed the didone caps typeface Flourish (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Carolyn X. Yang

Seattle-based creator of the experimental typeface Retro Loops (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cartoon Link
[Stu Heinecke]

Foundry in Seattle, WA. was Stu Heinecke Creative Systems. Stu Heinecke is a famous cartoonist and direct marketer. The Stu Heinecke handwriting font family is credited to him. In 2011, they published the handwriting and dingbat family StuHeinecke.

Klingspor link. T [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cassidy Billie

Seattle, WA-based designer of the children's script font Cassidy Loves You (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cassie Thomsen

Cassie Thomsen (Tacoma, WA) created the wide techno sans typeface Flatten (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cerebral Art Lab
[Cale Burr]

Cale Burr (b. 1970, Longview, WA) is a graphic artist from Bellingham, WA, who runs Cerebral Art Lab there since 1994. Ten dollars a shot for mostly handwriting fonts. Stevesto is a free Mac font. Other fonts: Beloved Anne, Blackie Stan, Devin Strap, Fresh Retread, Initial Expression, Prosser Dot Com, Rough Night, Steve's World, Foam Protection, Stress Related, Zoink (comic book face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Borges de Oliveira
[Borges Lettering (was: CBdO Fonts Foundry)]

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Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey (Seattle, WA) created Folding (2012, an octagonal typeface). Charles was raised in New Orleans.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Charles Whiteside

Seattle-based creator (b. 1976) of the hand-printed UCU Charles Script (2011).

Dafont link. Portrait. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chieu Van

Student in 2010 of Jennifer Kennard at Seattle Central Community College. In her class, she designed a beautiful typographic Peacock (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Chris Ballasiotes
[Studio De Luz]

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Chymerick Digisign

Seattle-based designers of Armanic Runes (2000), a font with rune symbols used by some people that are into the occult. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Connie Scoble

Connie Scoble made ornamental dingbat typefaces in 2007, often around the theme of native Americans: ccdiv, ccdiv2, Corners, Corners2, Native Motifs, Southwest Motif (1 and 2). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Craig Watjen

Craig Watjen, the first head of the Microsoft accounting department beginning in 1981, died in Seattle in 2010 at the age of 74. He retired from the company in 1990, and used much of his stockholder fortune to become a minority owner of the Seattle Mariners. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Creative Toucan (was: Leo Supply Co)
[Leonard Posavec]

Cakovec, Croatia and Washington Park, WA-based designer (b. 1995) of preponderantly grunge typefaces. In 2013, he created Funny Classic, Lion Pro, Lover, War is in the Air (military stencil), Aussen (squarish), Ensione (outlined), Rangle, Gaon, Momgers, Escapea (athletic lettering), Campus A (athletic lettering), Zebraliner, The Alistaren, Goteros, Collegerion (athletic lettering face), Prestinia Pro (grungy serif face), Fast Ostrich, Funny Trip, Boro, Electric (grungy face), On The Left, Power Balloon, Heavy Bomb (grungy), Kid From Hell, Army Stamp (rough army stencil), Jump Party, Comic Type, Commy, Faster, Fati, Funny me, Hypnotize, Half Half, My Day, Totally Outline, First Day, Funny Kid, Waterline, Piranha, Fish (grunge face), Modern Sketch, Beboline (dymo label grunge), Metalic (sic), Moter (grungy outline face), Privjet, ShadowM (shaded typeface), Old Movie, Strong Boy, Russian Line, Long Leg, Cool Day, Jungle Tree, Funny Teca, End of Era, DeLeo, Buble Muble, Morris, Funky Monkey, Leonards (a scratchy typeface), Dead John (grunge), Square Baby (grunge), Handwriter, Outline Storm, Mejiko (grungy Western font), Bird Fly, Died, Close To (grungy dymo label font).

Typefaces from 2014: Dabre, Handeer, Bad Land, Thron, 806 Typography (wood style didone), Rypote.

Typefaces from 2015: Debeli Bridge (faded, grungy and gorgeous), Rustal, Madalen, Stiquez, Vallyns (grungy, stamped typeface), Falsthan (brush face), Areson, Summeron (brush script), Surpal Lovely (Victorian kitsch), Summer 2, Megeon (+Grunge), Dabre Grunge (textured caps).

Typefaces from 2016: Taramda, Endless Script, Riot Ton, Dabre (grungy stamped style), La Tequila (Western font), Originals (painted letters), Originals is out, Avenue Drift, Amoky (sketched), Bastielle Script, Ipsum Script, Baroquey Script, Pomah Type (brush script), Vrown Fox (dry brush), Time Machino (dry brush), The Gohe Go, My Boquet Script, The Sellen, Baley Sun, Brushed Traveler, Salone Strand, Aple Time (brush), Bert Loch (brush), Brushed Car, Last and Chaos (brush), Thin Zeus (brush), Top Light (fat brush typeface), Summer Soul Script, Summter (connected script), Summdraw, Planine Script, Samtak Script, Astel Script, Rostek Old, Megiline, Sally Script, Rolley, Naila Script, Amoky (textured letterpress emulation typeface family), Reeld (dry brush typeface), Stamped Navy (textured).

Typefaces from 2017: Musterion (brush script), Wolvos (rough brush), Xenos, Descolorido, Mushroom (an angulara children's book font), California Jackpot, Zondas, Codiac (rough brush), Gullias (signage script), California or California Jackpot (brush font), Rhinos Rocks (brushy), Quick Toy (inky brush script), Italiano (dry brush), Gode (thick brush), Ananas Lips, Kiwano Apple, Cup of Sea, Fly N Walk, Sign 45 (vintage grungy poster style), Jaoy, Gas Rock, Acids.

Typefaces from 2018: Storehouse (a vintage all caps copperplate family with small wedge serifs; by Nicolas Massi and Leonard Posavec; it includes a stencil style), San Francisco, Quick Pick (brush), Mick's, Jumper, Alask (brush), Royal Twins, Clas (brush script), Yolloy, Scolarship (sketched).

Typefaces from 2019: Planina, Athletica (letterpress style), Costa La Vista (font duo), Springs, Originals 2 (dry brush), Astana.

Typefaces from 2020: Myla (a display typeface).

Typefaces from 2021: Surfbars (a dry brush font for outdoors usage; also supports Cyrillic).

Fontspace link. Creative Market link. Old URL. Another Creative Market link. Dafont link. Fontplanet link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dana Pride

In 2018, Dana Pride (Yakima, WA) published a collaborative all caps typeface created via Adobe Live. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Held

Graphic design student at the University of Kansas, who is based in Seattle, WA. During his studies, he created Dupin Slab (2012): Dupin Slab is a display typeface created to work in tandem with Edgar Allan Poe's stories about a detective named C. Auguste Dupin.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daniella Spinat

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Yale University, 2009. Freelance designer in Seattle, from 2006 until the present. She made Folded Paper (2007, experimental) and did a revival of Dick Dooijes' 1959 Mercator, called Mercator Roman (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darren McArdel

Graphic designer who started in Los Angeles, where he ran Beautiful Bastards. Subsequently, he is associated with Questus Inc and Big Country Labs, and was located in Costa Mesa, CA and Tustin, CA. He currently works in Seattle, WA.

His early typefaces: Mushman (2012) is a techno-sans typeface inspired by the adventurous spirit of actor Steve McQueen, who raced motorcycles under the false name "Harvey Mushman."

His second typeface, Bronson (2012, free if you ask), is a display type inspired by Danny "Tunnel King" Lewinski, Charles Bronson's character in The Great Escape.

In 2013, he created the elegant (free) futuristic typeface Astroman.

In 2014, Darren designed the free hipster typeface Skandi, which was inspired by Nordic runes. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dave Howell

Seattle-based creator of Magic Medieval (1996, based on Goudy Medieval, modified by Dave Howell for use on Magic: The Gathering cards). Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David M

Creator of NES Controller (2009), a square gothic face. Resident of Washington. [Google] [More]  ⦿

David Phillips
[Radar Design]

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David Phillips
[Komet & Flicker (was: StockBucket)]

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David Siegel

Educated at Stanford (M.Sc. in digital typography in 1985 under the supervision of Donald Knuth and Charles Bigelow) and before that at the University of Colorado at Boulder (undergraduate math degree in algorithms under Hal Gabow). Type designer. Creator of these architecturally-inspired type families:

  • Eaglefeather (1999), P22). An arts and crafts font made for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which owns various manuscripts of the beautiful lettering of this American artist and designer, 1867-1959. This font family is based on the alphabet designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Eaglerock project in 1922. Extended in 2012 and 2018 to P22 Eaglefeather Pro. Codesigned with Carol Toriumi-Lawrence.
  • Tekton (1988, Adobe). Tekton was released by Adobe in 1989. Ideal for architectural writing, an OpenType family, called Tekton Pro, was released in 2000. Adobe lists Jim Wasco as a co-designer. The glyphs are based on the hand-lettering of Seattle-based architect and author Francis D.K. Ching.
  • Graphite (1991, FontBureau). Graphite (FontBureau, 1991) is a drafting letter based on the hand of San Francisco draftsman Anthony Celis LaRosa.
  • He worked with Hermann Zapf, trying to get Knuth's METAFONT program to produce beautiful typefaces. He worked again with Zapf on Zapfino.
His page has discussions on typography in general, and handwriting and architectural fonts in particular.

He heads Studio Verso, a site-design consultancy in San Francisco.

Author of The Euler project at Stanford Stanford, CA (1985, Stanford University, Department of Computer Science).

CV at FontBureau. Interview. FontShop link. Klingspor link. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

David Thometz
[David Thometz Design]

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David Thometz Design
[David Thometz]

David Thometz (b. Everett, WA, 1966) is a designer in South Jordan, UT (near Salt Lake City) who has produced some fonts for his own projects. In 2004, he moved to Hampton, TN. Typefaces by him include DTD Silvertone Woodtype, DTD Architrave Sans, DTD Tinhorn, DTD Venceremos Latin, DTD Hefeweizen (blackletter, beer bottle font), DTD Architrave (2001), DTD Digita (a great screen font), DTD Seriatim [+ Seriatim Gestalt, + Seriatim Uncial, 2003, + Seriatim Sans, 2003), DTW Erwin (2004, a Venetian newspaper typeface for the Erwin Record, a small, weekly newspaper in the town of Erwin in northeastern Tennessee, based on a cross of Plantin and Cloister), and Erwin Gothic (2007), its companion. About Erwin Gothic, he says: The design of Erwin Gothic is based on a series of German grotesque families from the early 1900s, designed originally by Johannes Wagner and distributed originally by Wagner&Schmidt as Wotan (ca. 1914?), Lessing, Reichsgrotesk and Edel Grotesque; and subsequently reworked and re-released by several foundries under these names as well as names such as Annonce Grotesque (ca. 1912?), Aurora Grotesk (ca. 1928), Neue Aurora Grotesk (1964) and Aura. Anzeigen Grotesk (ca. 1943) appears to be another offspring of these designs.

In 2004, David Thometz Design made its debut at MyFonts with Seriatim (dingbats), Silvertone Woodtype and Hefeweizen.

Klingspor link.

View David Thometz's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

DB Thai Text

Free Thai TrueType font on Glenn Slayden's Thai Language Pages. An American jazz player, Thai traveler and IT consultant, Glenn Slayden had superb pages on anything related to Thai. The pages disappeared after Glenn pleaded guilty to owning and attempting to make an LSD lab in Seattle, WA. Our thoughts are with you, Glenn. For my part, I will keep fighting to legalize all drugs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Derrick Jackson

Derrick Jackson is a graphic designer and artist from Spokane, Washington, with a BFA in visual communication design from Eastern Washington University. Creator of the free typeface Hereabous Bold (2012).

Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Devon DeLapp

Graduate of the University of Washington, b. Los Angeles. In 2005, he founded DeLapp Design. Designer of the display typeface Gaq. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Type Foundry
[James Banner]

Digital Type Foundry is James Banner's (extinct) Seattle-based foundry that produced typefaces such as Angelic, Bamberg-Initials, Bamberg, Burton, Caxton-Initials, Daggers, Enochian, FetteFraktur, Fraktur, Futhark-Gothic, Futhark, Hebrew, Hermetica, Titling-Ornaments-1 and Turkish, around 1991-1992. Some fonts can be downloaded for free at Fontspace. He wrote: I started making fonts in 1988 and still produce work, although as it became more difficult to upload my work or share it using the University of Michigan FTP server, I haven't released much. Most recently, I issued the Geoffroy Tory initial letters as a Type 1 font and separately as EPS files as Freeware. I've produced 20-30 fonts since the DTF Volume Three bundle package came out.

The foundry disappeared. The licensing today is unclear.

Fontspace link. Old URL. Defunct URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doug Fast

Designer from the state of Washington. Doug Fast started the trend of revitalizing Victorian lettering and signs. As an advertising designer, he created the K2, New Balance and Starbucks logos. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doug Keith

Illustrator and designer. Seattle-based creator of Elfabet (1981), an ornamental caps face. This typeface, consisting of elves in various positions, was digitized by "Fontfan" in 1999 and can be freely downloaded here. He has several other illustrated alphabets. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doug Penick

Washington-based graphic designer who specializes in retro styles andc revivals. His (commercial) typefaces include Pepperoni Slab (2014, it's nota typeface. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet) and Spokane Regular (2014, inspired by a very old matchbook advertising a Washington coffee shop).

Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Doug Sheets

Doug Sheets (b. 1989) lives in Seattle, WA. He created these typefaces in 2010: the Auctoritas family, Sheets Braille, Humberg, RADARbyDougSheets, Construct (counterless, mechanical), Standard Nib Handwritten (the only free font), Old Letterpress Type, Evie's Hand, and Radius.

In 2012, he created Coffee Shop.

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Dulce Flores

Poulsbo, WA-based designer of a vintage typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dustin Smith

Washington-based creator (b. 1996) of Ninjy's Handwriting (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

EFI Home Page (Educational Fontware)

Sells handwriting-fonts designed to exactly replicate many educational handwriting styles. In particular, they have these:

  • D'Nealian: DN Cursive and DN Manuscript.
  • Zaner-Bloser: ZB Manuscript, ZB Cursive, OZ Manuscript, OZ Cursive.
  • A Beka: AB Cursive and AB Manuscript, based on the style shown in workbooks developed by A Beka Book, Inc.
  • Bob Jones University: CCU Cursive and CCU Manuscript, ugly fonts based on materials copyrighted by Bob Jones University.
  • DKL Cursive and DKR Cursive, patterned after the handwriting methods in the workbooks Cursive Writing Skills (Educators Publishing Service, Inc, 31 Smith Place, Cambridge, MA), by Diana Hanbury King.
  • Frank Schaffer: FS Classic, FS Contemporary, and FS Manuscript, developed using materials copyrighted by Frank Schaffer Publishing.
  • Getty-Dubay Italic: GDI Basic, GDI Combined, and GDI Cursive, a handwriting method developed by Barbara M. Getty and Inga S. Dubay at Portland State University, Continuing Education Press. EFI worked with Getty and Dubay to develop its GDI fonts.
  • Handwriting Without Tears: HWT Cursive and HWT Manuscript, pretty upright cursives and a hairline geometric sans. Handwriting Without Tears is a registered trademarked of Jan Z. Olsen.
  • Harcourt Brace: HB Cursive and HB Manuscript.
  • Loops and Groups: LG Cursive, based on the handwriting samples in the copyrighted Instructor's Manual Loops and Other Groups---A Kinesthetic Writing System by Mary Benbow.
  • McDougal, Littell: McD Cursive and McD Manuscript, based on materials copyrighted by McDougal, Littell&Company.
  • Palmer: Palmer Manuscript (simple hairline sans), Vintage Palmer and New Palmer, which include several variations of the cursive handwriting style that constitute the Palmer Method. Vintage Palmer is based on a 1923 workbook, and New Palmer on a 1987 workbook.
  • Pentime: PT Cursive and PT Manuscript, developed for use by the Amish communities, through workbooks rather than directly with computers. The fonts were created for JKL Services, who use the fonts to produce handwriting materials for the Amish community.
  • Peterson Directed Handwriting: PM Cursive, PM Block, and PM Slant.
  • Queensland: QM Cursive and QBA Manuscript, based on samples from workbooks by Horowitz Martin Education.
  • Russian: RU Cursive and Manuscript families (9 fonts) for Cyrillic.
  • Seattle School District: SSD Cursive and SSD Printscript, based on handwriting samples and methods developed by Patricia Heller and Elaine M. Aoki for the Seattle Public Schools. samples were found in a 1993 K-5 handwriting manual called Write It Right (Seattle Public Schools).
  • Steck Vaughn: SV Cursive and SV Manuscript, developed using materials copyrighted by Steck Vaughn Company.
  • Specialty Fonts: four Ball-and-stick and Dashes fonts, Braille 24 and Braille 24 Hollow, Clocks, EFI Count Dots on Numbers, EFI Direct Instruction, EFI Music Symbols, Emo-faces, Fingerletters (for American Sign Language), Lettersound Pictures, Morse Code, Phonetics Phont, POSTNET-16.
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Einar Gylfason

Designer (b. 1967) of Thor (1997) at GarageFonts. He graduated in graphic design from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, Iceland in 1991. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ekloff Design (was: Liquid Parallax)
[Joseph Ekloff]

Ekloff Design by Joseph Ekloff (aka F. Folke) grew out of Liquid Parallax. It has free and commercial fonts created by Joey, who has a BFA in Visual Communications with a Marketing minor from the University of Arizona. He is based in Seattle.

His fonts: Times New Rhombus (2005, handwriting), Jupiter Jellypop and Jupiter Jellyrock (2005, grunge), Dinosaur Skin (2005), Abdomentality, Cactus Milk, Derivia (based on a public domain serif font called Livia Medium by S.G. Moye, 1992), Remodula (gridded, kitchen tile face, FontStruct), Electric Pencil (hand), Lower Optic Fibercase, Qualymer Beanpole, Qualymer Husky, Hopskotch (monoline sans with long swashes), Prevek, Rooty Voutee.

In 2013, he designed the commercial typeface Fervent Sans.

In 2014, he created White Label (hand-printed) and Remejug (hand-printed).

Typefaces from 2015: Hudso (handcrafted multiline typeface), Haywire, Baystyle.

Typefaces from 2016: Fullford (a warm handcrafted poster typeface family), Aweswell (handcrafted).

Dafont link. Fontspace link. Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Elchin Panahov

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Eli Heuer

Font engineer and open source software advocate located in Seattle, WA. Before that, he studied mathematics at CUNY in New York. His typefaces:

  • Epistle. An old-style typeface.
  • Toren Mono, Toren Proportional, Toren Rotalic. Use Modify link for Toren.
  • Contributed to Titillium Web VF.
  • Contributed to Orbitron VF.
  • Contributed to Staatliches (a Google font).
  • Micro Grotesk (2021). He writes: A classic sans-serif typeface as a 256-UPM variable font, designed to have a small file size.
  • GTL Naskh (2020), is a contemporary Naskh typeface for the Perso-Arabic script.
  • Isotherma (2015). A free blackletter font.
  • Rena (2021).
  • Gnu Grotesk.

Interview. Use Modify link. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eli T. Evans
[Logos Bible Software]

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ElseWare Corporation
[Ben Bauermeister]

Founded by Ben Bauermeister and Clyde McQueen in 1990, former employees of Aldus. Based in Seattle, it created for Hewlett-Packard FontSmart (a product that gives users 110 fonts and a font-management technology for HP's LaserJet 5L, 5P and 5Si printers in an innovative and compressed format). It also made FontWorks (a truetype font generation engine for Windows), Infinifont (a parametric font generation system), and PANOSE (a fonty classification system). On December 21, 1995, HP bought the company and that was the end of it. The in-house type designer was Karl Leuthold. They produced about 340 "clones" of the major typeface styles, including Albertus, AntiqueOlive, Arial, AugustaEC, BistroEC, BodoniEC, BookAntiqua, BookmanEC, BookmanOldStyle, CGOmega, CGTimes, CafeEC, CenturyGothic, CenturySchoolbook, Clarendon, CourierEC, EtnaEC, GaramondEC, GeneraEC, GillSans, Goudy-Old-Style-EW, GraphosEC, InformaEC, LetterGothic, LetterSansEC, MentorEC, MetrostyleEC, ModalEC, NewTributeEC, OperinaEC, Ozzie, SchoolbookEC, StationEC, StriderEC, StylusEC, TerasEC, TerasMonospaceEC, Univers, VillageOldstyleEC, WilmingtonEC. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emerald City Fontworks
[Steven J. Lundeen]

Run by Steven Lundeen from Seattle, ECF does customized handwriting / signature / company logo fonts, for 39 dollars per font. Shareware and freeware fonts, such as Augie, Codex, Decadence, Intimacy, Intimacy Deux, JD (1997, handwriting font), Movieola, Spanky's Bungalow (1997), Syriac, the beautiful handwriting typeface TallPaul (1997), Teen Spirit, Curtain Call, Stillframes, Birds A, Webster. ECF also makes your handwriting into a font. They offer some clipart fonts of the first quality. There are three mollusk fonts, three musical instrument fonts, three insect fonts, three reptile fonts and four mythology fonts, for example! Some of the clipart fonts are free. Handwriting fonts like j.d., Augie, Skeetch and TallPaul are well worth a try. Display freeware fonts include Crowns and Coronets (dingbats), Decadence, Intimacy, Codex and the Spanky family. Many fonts have both T1 and TT versions for both Mac and Windows. The shareware fonts are of the display type, like Moonpie, Puzzleface, Thump, Sputnyk, KingsCourt, Festus, Daddio, Chester Shag, King's Court, the Pookie family, and a knot font.

Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. Fontspace link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emilee Higgins

Portland, OR-based creator of the Victorian typeface Wishbone (2012). PDF file. Emilee is a graduate of the Art Institute of Portland with an BA in Graphic Design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Stevens
[Tower of Babel]

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Erik Kennedy

Seattle, WA-based designer of the free font family Blueberry Sans (2021), intended to provide competition for Julieta Ulanovsky's Montserrat (2011), which in turn vies with Tobias Frere-Jones's commercial juggernaut, Gotham (2000) and to some extent with Mark Simonson's Proxima Nova. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fanny Luor

Visual communication design student at the University of Washington in Seattle. During a workshop with J.-F. Porchez, Fanny Luor designed the copperplate typeface Caswell (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿


Fontdue is a simple, no_std (does not use the standard library for portability), pure Rust, TrueType (.ttf/.ttc) & OpenType (.otf) font rasterizer and layout tool. It strives to make interacting with fonts as fast as possible, and currently has the lowest end to end latency for a font rasterizer, beating Freetype, rusttype and all the others. By Seattle-based Joe C (or Mooman219). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Elchin Panahov]

Graduate of Baku State University, class of 2015. Seattle, WA-based designer of script and handcrafted typefaces. By 2021, his typefaces included: Abridge, Dynamic, Bodacious, Lemon Yoga, Fabulous, Rose, Ocean and Tine, Ancient Tulip, Factory, Anxiety, Gumption, Fugacious, Fluidity, Witness, Bulletin, Delicacy, Love and Hate, December, Cuties, Beguile, Mystery, Paisley, Billion, Brigitte, Adoration, Felicity, Dulcet, Paradox, Sublime, Languid, Lithe, Panoply, Florence, Honey, Silhouete, Risotto, Quarto, Attitude, Lyrical, Tryst, Sophia, Pristine, The signature, Absolute, Sanguine, Barrier, Youth, Wriggle, Welcome, Sunshine, Storytell, Station, Shallow, Revival, Rebela, Rainbow, Portion, Perplex, Mixture, Me Gusta, Milkyway, Kinship, Keep Calm, Junior, Genetic, DonutMania, Dapper, Balance, Avenue, Adroit, Vertical, outine, Quaint, Orenda, Vestige, Tolerant, Scintilla, Remember, Redolent, Reckless, Pursuit, Pelagic, Majestic, Lovish, Jaimps, Jealous, Harmony, Glamour, Filament, Querencia, Emotion, Distant, Digress, Demure, Darya, Cherish, Bobolink, Absense, Amelia, Tolerant, Bobolink, Cherish, Absense, Fabulous, Felicity, Adoration, Billion, Love and Hate, Majestic, Yogalemon, Ancient Tulip.

Linkedin link. Fontriver link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Company located in Washington State. Scrapbooking font style company with commercial curly handwriting and doodling fonts by Bannerwoman, Blushbutter, Carrie Stephens, Dianne Rigdon, Meredith Fenwick, Mindy Terasawa, Miss Tiina, Sara Carling, Sausan Designs, Scrappy Cats Designs, and Shabby Princess. Free Fontologie fonts: mtf_sketchie (2007, Miss Tiina), Taylor_Mackenzie (2007, Kristie Matthews), SVD_WilderThings (2007, Stephanie Victoria Designs), SVD JoyFilled (2007, Stephanie Victoria Designs), Doodle Dance (2008), Messy Bessy (2008), Free Refill (2008), Printing Primer (2008), Wiggle Worm (2008), Weathered (2008), Vintage Press (2008), Uptown Girl (2008), Textura (2008), PS I Love You (2008), Howie's Stamps (2008), Giggles and Giggles Small Caps (2008), Empty Wrapper (2008), Dippity Dots (2008), YS Frakleberry (2008), TS Traci (2008), TS Webchyk (2008), TS Wendy (2008), Antique (2008), MF Funkalicious (2008), Hallway Graffiti (2008), Journal Away (2008) and Jacki's Hand (2007, Jacki Steinkamp). All are hand-printed. Font making service: 35 dollars for a full font. All fonts sold since November 2007 at The Shabby Shoppe. These include the grunge typefaces Howie's Stamps, Wiggle Worm, Empty Wrapper and Vintage Press. Another URL. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Ian Obermuller]

Ian Obermuller's introduction to typefaces, with a visual glossary, and wonderfully instructive pages on type classification and type recognition. Ian is a 2010 graduate of the Seattle Central Creative Academy. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Sean Cavanaugh]

Online font site run by Sean Cavanaugh (b. Cape May, NJ, 1962) out of Camano Island, WA. This used to be called Title Wave Studios. Since 1996, Sean Cavanaugh is the head of FontSite. In the archives, one can/could find essays on writing style, rules of typography, and a comparison by Thomas Phinney (program manager of Latin Fonts at Adobe) of T1 and TTF. The Fontsite 500 CD (30 USD) offers 500 classical fonts with the original names, plus a few names I have not seen before, such as Bergamo (=Bembo by Francesco Griffo), Chantilly (=Gill Sans), Gareth (=Galliard), Noveo sans (=Neuzeit Grotesk), Palladio (=Palatino), Savoy (=Sabon), URWLatino, Unitus, Toxica, Publicity, Plakette, Pericles, Opus (=Optima), Melville, Function, Flanders, Cori Sans, Binner. Uli Stiehl provides proof that many of the fonts at FontSite are rip-offs (identical to) of fonts in Martin Kotulla's (SoftMaker) collection. This is perhaps best explained that Sean Cavanaugh's last real job was director of typography for SoftMaker, Inc., where he oversaw the development and release of SoftMaker's definiType typeface library and associated products [blurb taken from Digital Type Design Guide: The Page Designer's Guide to Working With Type, published in 1995 by Hayden Books].

Free fonts: Bergamo, CartoGothic (1996-2009), CombiNumerals. At MyFonts, the CombiNumerals Pro and CombiSymbols dingbat families are available since 2010. The site has a number of fonts with the acronym FS in the name, so I guess these are relatively original (but I won't swear on it): Allegro FS, Beton FS, Bodoni Display FS (+ Bold, Demibold), Bodoni No 2 FS (+ Ultra, Bodoni Recut FS (+Bold, Demibold), and so forth. His 500 Font CD has these fonts:

  • Garalde, Venetian: Bergamo, Bergamo Expert, Bergamo SC&OsF, Caslon, Caslon Expert, Gareth, Garamond, Garamond Expert, Garamond SC&OsF, Garamond Condensed, Garamond Modern, URW Palladio, URW Palladio Expert, Savoy, Savoy Expert, Savoy Small Caps&OsF, Vendôme.
  • Slab Serif: Clarendon, Glytus, Typewriter, Typewriter Condensed.
  • Script: Commercial Script, Deanna Script, Deanna Swash Caps, Hudson, Legend, Mistral, Park Avenue, Phyllis, Phyllis Swash Caps, Vivaldi.
  • Uncial: American Uncial, Rosslaire.
  • Blackletter: Fette Fraktur, Fette Gotisch, Olde English.
  • Borders and symbols: Celtic Borders, Deanna Borders, Deanna Flowers, Picto, Sean's Symbols.
  • Transitional: URW Antiqua, Baskerville, Baskerville Expert, New Baskerville.
  • Didone, modern: Bodoni, Bodoni Expert, Bodoni Small Caps&OsF, Modern 216, Walbaum.
  • Sans serif: Chantilly, Franklin Gothic, Franklin Gothic Condensed, Franklin Gothic Cnd. SC&OsF, Function, Function Small Caps&OsF, Function Condensed, Goudy Sans, Opus, Opus Small Caps&OsF, Syntax, Letter Gothic.
  • Decorative: Ad Lib, Algerian, Arnold Boecklin, Binner, Caslon Antique, Chromatic, Copperplate Gothic, Davida, Delphian Open Titling, Function Display, Glaser Stencil, Goudy Handtooled, Handel Gothic, Hobo, Honeymoon, Horndon, Mercedes, Mona Lisa, OCR-A&OCR-B, Plakette, Reflex, Salut, Stop, Toxica, VAG Rounded.
Some more fonts: Alperton, Anaconda, Arizona, Bamboo, Bellhop, Bellows Book, Bernhard Modern FS (2011), Boehland (a revival of Johannes Boehland's Balzac, 1951), Le Havre. MyFonts link. Fontspace link. His art deco fonts, as always without "source" and confusing Victorian, art nouveau, and psychedelica with art deco, include Rimini, Arnold Boecklin, Eldamar, Erbar Deco, Rangpur, Pinocchio, Azucar Gothic, Boyle, Busorama FS, Winona, Abbott Old Style, Almeria (after Richard Isbell's Americana) and Adria Deco, Bernhard Modern FS (2011). FontSpring link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fort Foundry
[Mattox Shuler]

Type foundry in Washington state, est. 2014 by Mattox Shuler. Typefaces:

  • Abolition (2014). An octagonal titling typeface.
  • Bourbon (2014), Gin (2014). These are sturdy mechanical typefaces with copperplate terminals.
  • Factoria (2014) (a squarish geometric slab).
  • Industry Inc (2014), Industry (2014). Industry Inc is a sturdy military sans family with ample layering (beveled, 3D, inline, stencil, etc.). Industry is a basic squarish sans family.
  • Prohibition (2014). Octagonal design, almost as in varsity lettering.
  • Termina (2015). A modern take on Industria, a wide sans family designed by Hermann Zehnpfundt in 1913 for Emil Gursch.
  • Rift (2016). A sci-fi all caps font family.
  • Native (2016). A great monospaced typewriter style family.
  • In 2021, Brian Brubaker and Mattox Shuler released Figure at Fort Foundry. 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.
  • Cinder (2021). A vintage expressionist typeface with elongated letters that reference the title sequences of classic animation films from the 1950s.
  • Locale (2021). A 16-style rounded geometric sans with a large x-height plugges as a national park signage or supermarket font.

Adobe link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fraction Fonts (or: Northwest Web Works)

Northwest Web Works sells HeFractions and TiFractions, which are Helvetica and Times with fractions added in. MyFonts site. Located in Vancouver, WA. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fran Berney

Graphic designer who creates custom fonts. Located in Seattle, WA. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frankie Benka

Lynnwood, WA-based designer of a truetype font, Morrissey (1997), based on Morrissey's handwriting. Alternate URL. See also here and here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Frans Velthuis

Frans Velthuis (Groningen University) developed a Devanagari Metafont in 1991, which is available from the CTAN archive. Later, Anshuman Pandey from Washington University in Seattle, took over the maintenance of font.

Primoz Peterlin made type 1 outlines based on this. These outline renderings (Type 1) were automatically converted from METAFONT by Peter Szabo's TeXtrace, and subsequently edited using George Williams' PfaEdit PostScript font editor by Anshuman Pandey (University of Washington). In 2003-2004, additional updates in the set of 22 Metafont files are due to Kevin Carmody, who presently maintains the package. The font names: TeX-dvng10, TeX-dvng9, TeX-dvng8. These were later changed to VelthuisDevanagari8-Regular, VelthuisDevanagari9-Regular and VelthuisDevanagari10-Regular. This font was used in the GNU freefont project for the Devanagari range (U+0900-U+097F).

Karel Piska's type 1 fonts in the Indic1 package include these Devanagari typefaces based on Velthuis's Metafont sources from 1991-2005: Velthuis-dvng10, Velthuis-dvng8, Velthuis-dvng9, Velthuis-dvngb10, Velthuis-dvngb8, Velthuis-dvngb9, Velthuis-dvngbi10, Velthuis-dvngbi8, Velthuis-dvngbi9, Velthuis-dvngi10, Velthuis-dvngi8, Velthuis-dvngi9, Velthuis-dvpn10, Velthuis-dvpn8, Velthuis-dvpn9, VelthuisBombay-dvnb10, VelthuisBombay-dvnb8, VelthuisBombay-dvnb9, VelthuisBombay-dvnbb10, VelthuisBombay-dvnbb8, VelthuisBombay-dvnbb9, VelthuisBombay-dvnbbi10, VelthuisBombay-dvnbbi8, VelthuisBombay-dvnbbi9, VelthuisBombay-dvnbi10, VelthuisBombay-dvnbi8, VelthuisBombay-dvnbi9, VelthuisBombay-dvpb10, VelthuisBombay-dvpb8, VelthuisBombay-dvpb9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnc10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnc8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnc9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncb10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncb8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncb9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncbi10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncbi8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvncbi9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnci10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnci8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvnci9, VelthuisCalcutta-dvpc10, VelthuisCalcutta-dvpc8, VelthuisCalcutta-dvpc9, VelthuisNepali-dvnn10, VelthuisNepali-dvnn8, VelthuisNepali-dvnn9, VelthuisNepali-dvnnb10, VelthuisNepali-dvnnb8, VelthuisNepali-dvnnb9, VelthuisNepali-dvnnbi10, VelthuisNepali-dvnnbi8, VelthuisNepali-dvnnbi9, VelthuisNepali-dvnni10, VelthuisNepali-dvnni8, VelthuisNepali-dvnni9, VelthuisNepali-dvpnn10, VelthuisNepali-dvpnn8, VelthuisNepali-dvpnn9.

A complete package for Velthuis Devanagari (Hindi) with both fonts and TeX support is at CTAN. It is maintained by Anshuman Pandey. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Free Movie Themed Fonts
[Tober Welsh]

Tober Welsh (a freelancer in Tacoma, WA) rounds up 50 free movie-themed fonts: 007 GoldenEye, 28 Days Later, Wolf's Bane (Wolverine Font), Squealer (AC DC Font, by Ray Larabie), Blade Runner Movie Font, Aurabesh (Star Wars Symbols Font), Han Solo (Star Wars Font), SF Fedora (Indiana Jones Font), Back To The Future 2002, Batman Forever, Due Date (COPS Font), CNN, Fight This (Fight Club Font), Friday13 (Friday the 13th Font), Grinched (How the Grinch Stole Christmas Font), Ringbearer (Lord of the Rings Font), Elvish Ring NFI (Lord of the Rings - Elvish), Aniron (Lord of the Rings - Alternative Font), Matrix, Nightmare Before Christmas, Planet of the Apes, The Ring, Sin City, Trek (Star Trek Font), Harry P (Harry Potter Font), Lumos (Harry Potter Book Font), SF TransRobotics (Transformers Font), Waltograph (Walt Disney Font), Final Fantasy, Halo3, Army of Darkness, Blade 2, Beynkales Demo (Corpse Bride Font), Trajan-Regular (The Movie Font), Red Right Hand (Hellboy Font), Homoarakhn (Spiderman and PS3 Font), Scream Real (Scream Font), An Unfortunate Event (Lemony Snicket's Font), Fiddums Family (Addams Family Font), Battlestar Galactica, Alien League (Alien Font), Adam Warren 0.2 (300 Font), AVP (Alien VS Predator Font), Timepiece (A Clockwork Orange Font), Metrolox (Enemy of the State Font), The Godfather, Impossible (Mission: Impossible Font), InvisibleKiller (Predator Font), Resident Evil, Terminator Real NFI (Terminator Font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

G. William Music Production
[Bill Duncan]

Bill Duncan sells music fonts she made for use with Finale. These include: BDNotes, Brackets, BracketsBold, ChordSuffix, ChordSymbol, EnclosureSans, EnclosureSerif, EngraverTime (not for sale), Hairpins, Salzedo, Loops&Squiggles, Rehearsal, RehearsalSans, RehearsalDbl, RehearsalSansDbl, Rolls, RollsBig, TempoTime, TempoTimeSans. Now located in Seattle, GWMP was founded in 1984 by Bill Duncan as a commercial music production company. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriel Moats

Digital artist in Bothell, WA. Creator of the curly display typeface Inplaco (2013) and of some experimental alphabets.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriel Santos Salvador

During his studies, Ellensburg, WA-based Gabriel Santos Salvador designed the handcrafted outline typeface Salvador (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Garrett Boge

Seattle-based type designer (b. 1951, Spokane, WA) who founded LetterPerfect Fonts in 1986. He designed many wonderful typefaces, and specializes in particular in classical roman (renaissance, Trajan) typefaces. Creator of a revival of Free Roman, designed by Ross George, or the fun handwriting font Bermuda LP (1996), the wonderful wonderful wonderful Spumoni (1990, possibly based on a Speedball example; similar to Art Department JNL made in 2011 by Jeff Levine), the original jungle family Kolo (with Paul Shaw, 1996; an Adobe face), the OldClaude family (with Paul Shaw, 1993, 1997, also at Adobe; named after Claude Garamond), ChevalierLP (great caps!), DidotLP (1995, now at Adobe), Longhand (handwriting, 1998), Spring (clean script, 1990), DeStijl (1990), Hardwood (1990), Hadrian Bold (1990), Koch (1990), Longhand (1998), Roslyn (1990), Silhouette (1990), Tomboy (1990), Visage (1990), Wendy (1990, 1997, also at Adobe), Uppsala (with Paul Shaw, 1998), Manito (1990), Florens, Pontif (a Trajan font done with Paul Shaw, 1996), Cresci (with Paul Shaw, 1996), Catacomb, Philocalus, Sabina, Stockholm (1998, with Paul Shaw), Göteborg, Kryptic, Binney, Pietra (with Paul Shaw, 1996), Donatello (with Paul Shaw, 1997), Ghiberti (with Paul Shaw, 1997), Beata (with Paul Shaw, 1997). All of these fonts are available at LetterPerfect. He has made others too, such as Creme (1990), InkjetNine, InkjetSeven (1992, for ReadersDigestInkjetFonts). Unclear if he also made NYCaslon in 1990 for Monotype. At Letterperfect, Kathy Schinhofen, Garrett Boge and Myron McVay together designed the whimsical curly connected script family Jackalope LP (2011).

After a fontmaking hiatus, he released these fonts in 2020:

  • Boge Text.
  • Bramante LP. An original all caps Trajan-style display font modeled after a fifteenth-century inscription in the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome. The name is a tribute to the pre-eminent Renaissance architect Donato Bramante, whose Tempietto (1502, San Pietro in Montorio) marked the beginning of the High Renaissance in Rome.

FontShop link. Bestselling typefaces at MyFonts. Klingspor link.

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Garrett Boge

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George Harmon

Tacoma, WA-based designer of the vintage typeface Tacoma Serif (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gilbert Van Citters

Gilbert Van Citters (Seattle, WA) an illustrator, printer and graphic designer who is curreently working in the UK. He has a BA in graphic design from Western Washington (2011). Behance link. His work includes the ball-themed geometrically constructed display typeface Nexus (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Glasshouse DF

Seattle and Tacoma, WA-based design group. Creators of some commercial typefaces that are often weathered, vernacular or emulating letterpress. Typefaces from 2015: Producer. Typefaces from 2014: Legends. Typefaces from 2013: Absolution, Zombie Gothic FS, Foreman. Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Glenn Pajarito

Born in Seattle, raised in San Diego, and working in NYC, Glenn Pajarito currently is Senior Art Director at Saatchi & Saatchi X. Creator of a corporate hand-printed typeface family for Wendy's called Wendy's Breakfast (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Shawn Hooghkirk]

Shawn Hooghkirk (Graticle, located in Longview, WA) created the handcrafted typefaces Quarterback Keeper (2015), Rough & Ready (2015), Gorilla Girl, Dog Faced Man and Alligator Man in 2015.

Typefaces from 2016: TwentyFive Hill, Dustin Acres (handcrafted), Ford City (cartoon font), Folsom Prison (comic book font), Nation (heavy octagonal propaganda typeface), Cousin Bob (hand-printed).

Typefaces from 2017: Fear Nothing (dry brush). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grey Fortress Ent
[Lesley McGrew]

Designer in Shoreline, WA, who founded Grey Fortress Ent in 2011. Creator of the spooky Gothic typeface Grotto Goth (2020). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Han-Yi Shaw
[HYS Design]

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Happy Heart Fonts

Foundry in Snohomish, WA, est. 2013. Creators of the curly hand-printed typeface Rollicking Polly (2011) and the feminine script typeface Rita Anne (2013). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Harvey Tonkin
[Harvey&Karen Tonkin]

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Harvey&Karen Tonkin
[Harvey Tonkin]

Aussies Harvey&Karen Tonkin have created Victorian cursive fonts that might also be used for primary schools. Address: 31 Deschamp Road, Noranda, WA 6062. URL that mentions their work. Fonts by Harvey Tonkin: DottedVicModCursive (1998), VicModCurJoinedNormal (1998), VicModCursiveNormal (1993). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hold Fast Foundry
[Mattox Shuler]

Hold Fast Foundry (State of Washington) was founded in 2013 by Mattox Shuler. Its typefaces:

  • The all caps vintage poster fonts Gin (2013, chamfered), Abolition (2013, a propaganda typeface with soft octagonal corners) and Bourbon (2013, which used to be called Moonshiner when it was free).
  • The sketched typeface Prohibition Lines and its octagonal solid partner, Prohibition (a WPA typeface), both published in 2013.
  • Industry (2013). A six-style squarish industrial sans typeface family. Followed by the layered all caps typeface family Industry Inc in 2014, which includes beveled, inline, outline, stencil and many other options.
  • Clt (2015) and Colt Soft (2015). A pair of wide Clarendon / woodish typefaces.

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Honnah Weber

During her graphic design studies at Seattle Pacific University in 2013, Honnah weber designed an unnamed grotesk caps typeface. [Google] [More]  ⦿

HYS Design
[Han-Yi Shaw]

Redmond, WA-based type designer whose Chinese typeface Qingyu Lishu won an award in the TDC Typeface Design competition in 2017. Award winner at 25 TDC in 2022 for these two Chinese / Japanese typefaces:

  • Shinbakusai Reisho: A modern revival typeface that is rooted in the imperial collection of enamelled porcelain (yousai in Japanese, yangcai in Chinese) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) of China. In contrast to calligraphic clerical scripts (reisho in Japanese, lishu in Chinese) found in the imperial collection, this typeface harmoniously blends yet juxtaposes soften-curves and sharpened-tips in key designated stokes. The distinguishing aesthetic attributes have also been further applied to Japanese hiragana and katakana for usage in Japan.
  • Qing Mocai Lishu: A modern revival typeface that finds its roots in the imperial collection of enamelled porcelain (yangcai) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) of China. In contrast to calligraphic clerical scripts (lishu) found in the imperial collection, this typeface harmoniously blends yet juxtaposes soften-curves and sharpened-tips in key designated stokes.
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Ian Obermuller

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[Pierre MacKay]

Pierre A. MacKay (Dept of Classics, University of Washington) has a Greek Latex package, which has metafonts that extend the Greek metafonts by Silvio Levy. It features the necessary breathing marks and accents for use with ancient Greek text. It also includes the digamma character and the numerals qoppa and sampi (the numerals appear in lowercase type only). Ibycus4 is a Greek typeface, based on Silvio Levy's realization of a classic Didot cut of Greek type from around 1800. Since 2004, this package includes type 1 fonts as well. The project is supported by Walter Schmidt and Harald Harders (who did some metafont to type 1 conversions). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Indestructible Type
[Owen Earl]

Owen Earl (Indestructible Type, Seattle, WA) takes a new look at old classics. He reinvents them from scratch, and redesigns each glyph very carefully. Some of his work is completely free, and other typefaces are commercial. His fonts:

  • Besley (2017). A redesign of Robert Besley's Clarendon. For modern times, the x-height has been increased, and a totally new italic has been added. Buy it at FontSpring. A Fatface weight was added in 2020, and the font family is now entirely free.
  • The free sans typeface Geo (2013).
  • The free sans typeface Quizzical (2015).
  • Renner (2017). A revival, from scratch, of Paul Renner's Futura. Totally free! Github link. FontSpring link. Open Font Library link. A major update, Renner 3.0, followed in 2018---it includes a variable font, a blacker Black and the thinnest Hairline ever. And due to a trademark dispute Renner became Jost in August 2018. In 2019, Cyrillic characters were added to Jost. Google Fonts link. See also the derived family Venryn Sans (2020).
  • Bodoni (2015). With Bodoni 6 and Bodoni 12 subfamilies. Includes a delicious Bodoni 6 Fatface. Extended in 2020 to amny optical sizes (6, 11, 16, 24, 36, 48, 72, 96), and a variable font. Github link. Google Fonts link for Bodoni Moda (2020; 64 styles). Bodoni Moda has optical choices in the static fonts, and is accompanied by a 2-axis (weight, italic) variable font. Github link.
  • Jones (2016).
  • Miedinger (2015). A clone of Helvetica. Only two weights were ever finished. Github link.
  • Umbra (2017). A variable Opentype font with two sliders---distance of the shadow, and time of the day.
  • Gnomon (2017). A free variable font: Gnomon is the first font ever to respond to the user's actual time. The shadow of Gnomon changes location throughout the day in relation to the time.
  • Copperplate CC (2020, at the Cowboy Collective).
  • Railroad Gothic CC (2020, at the Cowboy Collective).
  • Engraving CC (2020, at the Cowboy Collective).
  • Tiffany Gothic CC (2020, at the Cowboy Collective).
  • Drafting Mono (2021). A typewriter-like font but in which slabs are added not just to the lower case i and l as was the practice in the past. In eight styles.

Aka Ewon Rael. Github link. Another Github link. FontSpring link. Facebook page. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ireland Wheeler

Graphic designer in Forest, WA, who created the hand-drawn typeface family Absently (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Iskra Johnson

Seattle-based lettering artist who runs Iskra Design. Her lettering and handwritten alphabets are quite remarkable. She is especially talented with the brush.

Old link. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jack A. Gardner
[Jackson's Lettering]

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Jack Bloom

Seattle, WA-based designer of STFU (2019: a modern blackletter typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jackson's Lettering
[Jack A. Gardner]

Jack Gardner (b. 1938, West Seattle, WA) is a graphic and type designer. He created the signage typeface Butter Bold (2009). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jake Lunde

Puyallup, WA-based designer of the free geometric blackboard bold typeface Metria (2014).

Aka Urbanautical Creative. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

James Banner
[Digital Type Foundry]

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James Lafuente

Graphic designer in Seattle, WA (was: San Jose, CA), who created the free marker pen all caps typeface Parker (2014), Sergeant (2015, military stencil), Oak Ash (2015), and the hand-drawn Pearl District (2015).

Typefaces from 2016 include the handcrafted Kindling.

In 2017, he made 56th Street (free at Pixel Surplus).

Typefaces from 2019: Ignite (a condensed squarish all caps typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason R. Welter

Poulsbo, WA-based designer of the avant garde sans typeface Suave (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Zagreab

Illustrator and graphic designer in Gig Harbor, WA. In 2018, he published a sharp rhythmic typeface called Killing It. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jayme Yen

Jayme Yen runs Schema Design with Christian Marc Schmidt. In 2016, Schema Design and Village started cooperating on a commissioned typeface for the city of Seattle. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Davis

Aka Loudifier. In 2013, Jeff Davis (Seattle, WA) published the free typeface Comic Relief, named to displace Comic Sans. Comic Relief is designed to be metrically equivalent to the popular Comic Sans MS. Comic Relief can be used in place of Comic Sans MS without having to move, resize, or reset any part of the copy. He writes: I have put the finishing touches on Comic Relief, my metrically equivalent replacement for the barftastically popular Comic Sans MS. It takes up the exact same space as Comic Sans, but the letters have consistent height, consistent slant, and consistent stroke width. It looks like the handwriting of that girl who was the teacher's pet back in 5th grade instead of the handwriting of your arthritic grandfather.

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Jeff Woodley

Illustrator, painter and digital artist Jeffrey Allan Woodley (Bremerton, WA) designed Woodley Gothic in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jennifer Kennard

Jennifer Kennard runs the Letterology blog. She teaches book design and experimental typography at Seattle Central Community College. In 2010, Sarah Palin inspired one of her students, Ryan Ogborn, to design Going Rogue. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeremy Bowen
[seven eight]

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Jerry Whiting
[Azalea Software]

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Jesse J. Anderson

Jesse J. Anderson (b. 1980) lives Puyallup, WA. At Devian Tart, he designed BoldnBugly (2002), and AlienBud (2002). He also made Fikle Skratch (2001), Boxer-Pants (2001), Inky-News (2001). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jesse Thomas

Graphic and game designer in Spokane, WA who created the rounde square-letter typeface Bodacious in 2014. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Davis

Bothell, WA-based desigigner of the decorative caps typeface Animal Letters (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica Gordon

Graduate of the University of Washington, class of 2013. Seattle-based creator of the didone typeface Violet (2014). At the Seattle Typeface Workshop in 2012, Alison Atwell, Ryan Byarlay, Jessica Gordon and Fanny Luor created Caswell, a copperplate face. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jessica McCarty
[Rare Bird Font Foundry]

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Jim O'Bryan
[Aartvark Graphics]

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Joe Dolack

During his studies at Chapman University, Seattle, WA-based Joe Dolack designed the display typeface Replicant (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joel Decker

Californian (b. San Jose, 1970) who studied philosophy, science and literature at San Diego State University before he attended California Institute of Art where he received a B. F. A. in Graphic Design. He started his freelancing career in San Diego and worked his way up the Coast to Seattle where he has worked for an architecture firm.

He designed FF Inkling (1997, a rabbit-eared upright script).

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John D. Berry

Ex-developer of U&lc, the well-known type magazine at ITC in New York. After ITC's demise, he moved to San Francisco, and is best known nowadays for his excellent articles on typography at CreativePro.com. He is the author and designer of Dot-font: Talking About Fonts and Dot-font: Talking About Design (Mark Batty Publisher, 2006), and the editor of Language Culture Type (ATypI/Graphis, 2002), Contemporary Newspaper Design, and U&lc: influencing design&typography. He also wrote Now Read This (Microsoft, 2004), a book about Microsoft's ClearType project.

He writes and consults extensively on typography, and he has won numerous awards for his book designs. He lives in Seattle with the writer Eileen Gunn.

John Berry was on the board of the Type Directors Club from 1999 to 2003, and was President of ATypI from 2007 until 2013. In 2008, he joined Microsoft as a Program Manager in the typography team. He is the founder and director of Scripta Typography Institute.

At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the Bukvaraz type competition. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about newspaper type. John was the closing plenary speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam and at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

John Downer

Celebrated American sign painter and type designer (b. Tacoma, WA, 1951), who lives in Iowa City, IA. Downer earned a BA degree in Fine Art from Washington State University, and both an MA degree and an MFA degree in painting from the University of Iowa. John Downer has been a journeyman sign painter since 1973, and a type designer since 1983. He is known as a type critic and type historian. He teaches hand lettering and lectures widely at educational institutions and professional conferences. Downer's professional activities include sign painting, lettering, glass gilding, type design, typography, and logo design. His typefaces:

  • Ironmonger (1991-1992: an angular all-caps display alphabet inspired by lettering on buildings), Roxy (1990: a stroke-modulated sans), SamSans (1993: a humanist sans) at FontBureau.
  • Chicago Tribune Mag (1989, Roger Black).
  • At Emigre: Triplex Italic (1985; many weights were done by Zuzana Licko), Brothers (1999, a polygonal and almost octagonal family with wood type influences: Its inspiration came from a bright chromolithographed letterhead designed around the turn of the century for the Cole Brothers traveling shows, an extravaganza of acrobatic and circus acts that included trained horses with bareback riders.), Council (1999: an all caps condensed display wedge-serif) and Vendetta (1999: inspired by old-style Venetian serif fonts but with sharpened serifs). Council was based on lettering found on a candy tin box made in the early 1900s for John G. Woodward&Co. of Council Bluffs, Iowa. It has a wood type look.
  • Iowan Old Style (1990, Bitstream--his first font), Iowan Old Style Titling (2002, Bitstream). These are newspaper types. He writes about them: Iowan Old Style is classified as a Venetian old style type design. It is related to earlier, 20th-century American interpretations of Italian Renaissance types cut by Nicolas Jenson and Francesco Griffo, but it is modeled also on classical inscriptional lettering and sign painting seen in certain regions of eastern Iowa. See also Venetian 801 by Bitstream.
  • Gonnick (1992, done for cartoonist Larry Gonnick).
  • Simona (1994-1996, Design Lab, Milan, with Jane Patterson), Simona Swash Italic (1998, Design Lab). Example of its use.
  • Airy (1998, Design Lab).
  • Panatela (2001, compared by Downer with Jim Parkinson's Modesto).
  • Paperback (2005), a family with 6, 9, 12, 24, 48 and 96 point optical sizes. Its polygonal sections of outlines are applauded by John Berry.
  • Screenmax, a bitmap serif typefaces at 7 pixel x-height in Roman, Italic, Bold and Black.
Russian piece by Ilya Ruderman on Downer's lettering. His present company is Voltage. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about revivals, and ran a lettering workshop, something he is famous for at previous ATypI meetings as well. His abstract on font revival reads: To understand the intrinsic differences between plagiarism (normally regarded as a bad thing) and preservation (normally regarded as a good thing), we should look at various means by which newer typefaces are derived from older ones. There are indeed many approaches. Outlining them can be helpful in considering the practices surrounding revivalism in general: revivals, recuttings, reclamations - anthologies, surveys, remixes - knockoffs, clones, counterfeits - "me too", copycat - reconsiderations, reevaluations, reinterpretations - homages, tributes, paeans - encores, sequels, reprises - extensions, spinoffs, variations - caricatures, parodies, burlesques.

Mug shot. Klingspor link. Brief bio. MyFonts page. FontShop link. John Downer, a master water polo player (2006). Bitstream bio.

Showcase of John Downer's typefaces at MyFonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

John Merrifield
[Stiff Upper Glyph]

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Jonathan Ball

Jonathan Ball is a lettering and typographic designer based in Seattle, WA. In 2015, he founded his own commercial type foundry. His typeface Basecoat (2016) is a wonderful handcrafted geometric sans serif inspired by sign painting and influenced by modern gothics. Also in 2016, he published the market signage typeface Thrifty Numerals and the geometric sans typeface family Acre.

Typefaces from 2019: Musubi (a tiki-inspired cocktail lounge typeface).

Typefaces from 2021: Alkaline (Jonathan Ball, Mattox Shuler and Brian Brubaker at Fort Foundry: This typeface family at an 18 degree slope was inspired by 1950s lettering and logos on kitchen appliances). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jordan Kay Phillip

Designer and illustrator in Seattle, WA. She made several ornamental caps typefaces such as Softwonder and Wingrose (2010). She also drew a sketchy alphabet, and alphabets called Violettdrakt (2010) and Double Dog (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joseph Ekloff
[Ekloff Design (was: Liquid Parallax)]

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Joseph Steck

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Josh Oakley

Seattle, WA-based student. Creator of this lively sans face (2006). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Juliet Shen
[Shen Design]

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Karen Cheng

Graphic designer and professor in the visual communications program at the University of Washington, Seattle. Author of Designing Type (2005, Yale University Press). Karen Cheng is Associate Professor in the Visual Communication Design program at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches type design and typography. She was previously an instructor at the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati, where she received her Masters degree in Graphic Design. Speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton on Teaching type in the city. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Karl Leuthold

In-house type designer at ElseWare Corporation in Seattle, which existed from 1990-1995. Codesigner of the hand-printed typeface Segoe Print (2006, Ascender), part of the Segoe font family at Microsoft. The other designers are Brian Allen, Carl Crossgrove, and James Grieshaber.

In 2017, Karl Leuthold, Juan Villanueva and Carl Crossgrove co-designed the breezy script typeface Sagrantino (Monotype) in Regular, Highlight and Shadow substyles. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿


Olympia, WA-based designer of Project XV (2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kat Wang

Seattle, WA-based designer of the OM typeface (2014), which was inspired by musician Yo-yo Ma. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kelly Hobkirk

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Kendra Aldrich

Based in Bellingham, WA, Kendra Aldrich made the free handcrafted National Park signage style typeface Rainier (2015) and the free handcrafted Thick Grumpy (2015). She also made a few sets of icons, including one called MIDD (Mental Illness and Drug Dependency), which was created for King County's Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) reporting. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kerrie Carbary
[Turtle Arts Fonts]

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Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang, a graphic designer in Seattle, WA, created the Iron Horse typeface in 2012 as a logotype for the Iron Horse Brewery. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kevin Larson

Kevin Larson received his PhD in cognitive psychology in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin. His academic research was on word recognition and reading acquisition. He currently works for Microsoft's Advanced Reading Technology team in Redmond, WA, and is working on the scientific understanding of ClearType and other reading technologies.

At ATypI 2003, he spoke about the recognition of words. He provided evidence to support the following theory: "The reader recognizes each of the letters at the same time (in parallel) and assembles a word." (As opposed to sequential recognition and assembly, or word shape recognition.) Speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, his talk was entitled Don't we have enough fonts? A summary: Few can distinguish differences between typefaces beyond a serif / sans-serif difference, particularly with text typefaces. If readers can't detect these differences, then we are wasting a lot of time and effort. Many researchers now believe that that people have two evaluative systems - one that involves slow, effortful, deliberative thinking - and one that is automatic, fast, and pre-attentive. The second, called rapid cognition, allows people to make rapid judgments with relatively little information. For example, it only takes 50ms (1/20th of a second) to make a judgment about the aesthetics of a website that is similar to a judgment made after a long exposure. Our studies demonstrate that the personality of a typeface is identified with rapid cognition and that it impacts our recognition of the words written with the typeface.

At ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam, he speaks about Designing with Science (jointly with Matthew Carter). An excerpt: Matthew Carter and Kevin Larson have developed a type design process where they iteratively conduct scientific letter recognition tests and use the results from the tests to inform design decisions. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal: Typography for Children. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Khaito Gengo

Khaito Gengo (Des Moines, WA, and Seattle, WA) graduated from High School in Australia. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as a graphic designer at his father's interior design company, Gengo Space Design Institute, in Japan. After that, he graduated from Highline Community College, WA, and was mentored by Laura Worthington. Sola (2011) is a minimalist modern sans serif type typeface with rounded corners. It features a standard set of information design pictograms. Asbel (2011) is an octagonal family. Hideko (2011) is midway between sans and serif, and is rooted in Japanese calligraphy. Air Factory (2011) is a simple geometric sans work horse family, that includes a Stencil style and Air Factory Rounded (2012, by Pablo Balcells, according to MyFonts---can this be correct?).

In 2012, he published Mr and Mrs Peter, Garamono (a pattern font).

Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kim Carney

Edmonds, WA-based designer and illustrator at Miller Carney. Kim Carney's blog occasionally discusses typefaces. Home page. Flickr page. In 2010, she proposed the wiry viny typeface Tender Tendril. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kimmy Design
[Kimmy Kirkwood]

Kimmy Kirkwood (b. 1988, Seattle, WA) (Kimmy Design) studied at Chapman University, and lives in Santa Monica, Orange County. He graduated in 2018 from the University of Reading's MATD program.

Kimmy created a gracious curly calligraphic script face, Madeleine (2010), which is based on a logo she designed for Hotel Le Sirenuse.

At Dafont, one can download Kuppel (a hairline display sans) and Hammer Head, both done in 2010 as well.

Phase two of Kimmy's career started late in 2010 as Kimmy Design, where one now has to pay for Madeleine (2010) and Katelyn (2011). Addison (2011) is a wood type Western circus poster font in two styles, West and Circus.

In 2012, Kimmy created the counterless art deco typeface Chelsnuts, the worn wood type typeface Cpl Kirkwood, Elizabeth Script, and Paper Cutout Pro.

In 2013, Kimmy published Lunchbox Slab, the grungy Appareo, the condensed minimalist sans family Maxwell Sans, its companion Maxwell Slab, the scriptish typeface Lunch Box, and the bold headline family Station (inspired by old train station typography).

Typefaces from 2014: Catalina (hand-drawn typeface family with sub-styles called Anacapa, Avalon, Clemente Script, Typewriter and Extras, ideal for hand-drawn menus, table cards, chalkboards, and wall quotes), Amorie (a skinny hand-drawn family, with styles called Modella, Nova, SC and Extras).

Typefaces from 2015: Avaline Script, Baker Street (vintage hand-drawn typeface family), Burford (a 16-style vintage layered family), Burford Rustic (layered font family).

Typefaces from 2016: Bourton (a layered font for vintage yacht club or whiskey bar logos; it is the sans version of Burford; sufamilies include Drop, Lines and Outlines), Rainier (handcrafted).

Typefaces from 2017: Evanston Alehouse (octagonal, beer bottle style, slightly copperplate), Bourton Hand.

Typefaces from 2018: Clifton (his MATD graduation typeface): Clifton is a modern type family with many weights and contrast styles. It supports Latin scripts as well as Greek, Cyrillic and Arabic. Originally intended as a book typeface, it was designed so that all the weights and styles would work together as a cohesive family.

Typefaces from 2019: Refinery (an 85-style octagonal family based in early 20th century signage), Evanston Tavern (Evanston Tavern is a square typeface and the sans-serif version to Evanston Alehouse. Inspired by the years that prefaced the ratification of the American Prohibition, this typeface mimics the signage commonly seen outside of saloons, taverns and alehouses during that time.), Winslow Book (a playful modern Scotch).

Typefaces from 2020: Roadhouse (a layering typeface family that is part of the greater Evanston type collection, which is inspired by American typefaces commonly used at the turn of the century leading up to prohibition), Winslow Title (a decorative didone family), Winslow Title Script (monoline), Hawkes (Sans, Script, Variable Width Sans).

Typefaces from 2021: Madley (a 12-style soft slab serif).

Typefaces from 2022: Bourton Text (an elliptical sans in 42 styles). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kimmy Kirkwood
[Kimmy Design]

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Kitabat Arabic Calligraphy and Typography Conference

Kitabat Arabic Calligraphy and Typography Conference was the first major conference dealing solely with Arabic calligraphy and type design. Held from April 5-8, 2006, in Dubai. Speakers included Nabil Safwat (keynote speaker), Ugur Derman (Istanbul, Turkey), Mohamed Zakariya (Virginia, USA), Dr Goeffrey Roper (London, UK), Mamoun Sakkal (Seattle, USA), Johannes Bergerhausen (Germany), Adil Allawi (Diwan, UK), Kamal Mansour (Monotype, USA), Bruno Steinert (Linotype, Germany), Mounir Al-Shaarani (Cairo, Egypt), Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares (AUD, UAE / Khatt, Holland), Nadine Chahine (Linotype, Germany), Gerard Unger (Bussum, Holland), Tajelssir Hassan (Sharjah, UAE), Reza Abedini (Teheran, Iran), Tarek Atrissi (Utrecht, Holland), Ihsan Hammouri (Jordan/USA), Obeida Sidani (Dubai, UAE), Yasmine Taan (LAU, Lebanon), Aida Sakkal (Seattle, USA), Antonia Carver (Dubai, UAE), Zeina Maasri (AUB, Lebanon), Fawzi Rahal (Dubai, UAE), Nadine Touma (Beirut, Lebanon), Leland Hill (VCU, Qatar), and Petr Van Blokland (Holland). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Komet & Flicker (was: StockBucket)
[David Phillips]

StockBucket was founded in May of 2004 by graphic designers David Phillips and Traci Daberko in Bellevue / Seattle, WA. It was renamed Komet & Flicker in 2021. David Phillips had earlier run Radar Design (est. 1995), also in Seattle. One can purchase these creations at MyFonts:

  • B-52 (2001,). An octagonal typeface inspired by the lettering used on the vehicles of the U.S. military. It could also be used for athletic lettering.
  • Bamboo (2000).
  • Konstruct (2002).
  • KutOut (2002). A paper cut typeface, dadaist style.
  • Massi (2003).
  • Princess (2003). A girly script by Traci Daberko.
  • RV Park (2004). Western. By Traci Daberko and Dave Phillips.
  • Stock Stuff (2004). Dingbats.
  • Sunset (2003). By Traci Daberko.
  • Tony's Trees (2003). After a dadaist poster style pioneered by Saul Bass.
  • Catwalk (2019: brush script).
  • Hammer + Tongs (2019). Octagonal.
  • Germaine (2021). A vintage wedge-serifed all caps label typeface.
  • Summer Love (2021). A brush script, accompanied by Summer Love Icons.
  • Summer Love (2021). A bold brush font.
  • Coiffeur (squarish), Marlin (2022). A vintage wedge serif.

Klingspor link.

View StockBucket's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kyle Gonzales Leitch

Freelance designer in Seattle. Creator of the thinly serifed typeface Dalai Lama (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

La Seoha

Illustrator in Seattle, WA, who created the hipster typeface Mechanism (2015). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lacey Verhalen

Together with Natalie Siderius, Lacey Verhalen (Seattle, WA) created the didone typeface Bardot (2014). They write hat they wanted to make chic and cheeky. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson (Seattle) was winner at TDC 27 in 2006 in the logotype category with a nice piece called Bliscotti. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Expensive Tamil font set called LaserTamil, sold by Linguist's Software. Based in Edmonds, WA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Laura Worthington

Laura Worthington of Bonney Lakes, WA, is a letterer, illustrator and graphic designer. Her script typefaces became quite popular in recent years. In 2010, she set up shop at MyFonts. Catalog. Her typefaces:

  • Adorn (2014), Adorn Smooth (2015), Adorn Garland Smooth (2016, with Dai Foldes). Adorn is a hand-drawn poster font family larger than Charcuterie. It contains subfonts called Pomander, Coronet, Garland, Bouquet, Solo (monograms), Duo (monograms), Catchwords, Banners, Frames, Ornaments, Roman, Condensed Sans, Expanded Sans, Slab Serif, Serif, Copperplate, Engraved.
  • Al Fresco (2013). A breezy exuberant script loaded with opentype features.
  • Alana (2011, +Ornaments). A connected script.See also Alana Smooth (2017).
  • Alisha (2017).
  • Azalea Rough, Azalea Smooth
  • Beloved (2015)
  • Bianca (2010). A flowing calligraphic typeface.
  • Blithe (2017).
  • Boucherie (2014). In the "collection of vintage fonts" mould of Charcuterie, Boucherie captures the lively essence of 19th-century French advertising typography with a collection of original designs, rather than strict historical revivals.
  • Buckley (2012).
  • Caprizant (2016).
  • Charcuterie (2013). A large set of hand-drawn typefaces for vintage signage.
  • Congenial (2015). A legible soft unpretentious sans family originally designed for her own web site.
  • Ed's Market (2015). A grocery store and sign painting font family.
  • Elaina (2018). Script and Semi-Serif. Laura claims that Elaina Script is closest to her own handwriting.
  • Elicit Script (2018, by Laura Worthington and Jim Wasco). A hybrid (casual and formal) scrpt typeface based on pointed pen Spencerian Script handwriting.
  • Fairwater (2016). Designed together with Dai Foldes, this typeface family has Script, Sans, and Serif subfamilies, as well as several sets of ornaments. The Serif subfamily conjures up tattoo lettering, but also mathematical blackboard bold style and art deco.
  • Funkydori (2012). A fat retro signage script.
  • Ganache (2014). A packaging and logo script.
  • Gioviale (2012). A calligraphic script.
  • Greeting Cards (2010).
  • GrindelGrove (2009). A vampire font.
  • Harlean (2013). A rough-edged, powerful, and slightly sinful script face---originally named Harlowe.
  • HoneyBee (2012). An all caps pirate ship font.
  • Hummingbird (2012). A penmanship font.
  • Juicy (2015). A plump and yummy candy store font.
  • Ladybird (2010). A curly script.
  • Liam (2011). Bouncy and curly script.
  • Mandevilla (2013). Pure Americana, useful for signage.
  • Milkshake (a creamy retro script).
  • Modish (2016). A smooth brush script font.
  • Nelson (2011). A notched eroded family, almost for Mexican simulation.
  • Number Five.
  • Origins (2010). An antiqued typeface hand-lettered with a crow quill pen. Followed by Origins Smooth (2016).
  • Recherché (2010). A delicate script typeface.
  • Regina (2010). A delicate script typeface.
  • Renata (2016). A connected calligraphic script co-designed with Dai Foldes.
  • Rosarian (2011). A pointed brush connected script typeface.
  • Samantha (2011): 2700 flourished glyphs in the classical ronde upright script style and in an italic style; +Swash.
  • Sepian (2010). A pointy Textura font.
  • Sheila (2010). A connected calligraphic script.
  • Shelby (2011). A monoline, semi-connected script typeface based on hand lettering created with a Speedball B metal nib.
  • Spumante (2015).
  • Tangelo (2017).
  • Tiva (2010). A handcrafted and almost connected script.
  • Voltage (2014). A retro fat signage script.
  • Wallflowers (2011), Wallflowers II, Wallflowers III, Winter Wallflowers (2012).
  • Winsome (2016). A casual script.
  • Yana (2010). A spurred serif typeface.

Interview by MyFonts in 2010. I Love Typography link. FontBros link. Creative Market link. Klingspor link. Behance link. Fontspring link. Picture.

View Laura Worthington's typefaces. Images of her typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Laurel Fisher

Graphic designer in Seattle, WA, who created the vampire script typeface New Ledger (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leif Giering

Seattle, WA-based designer of a pixel typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Leksen Design
[Andrea Leksen]

Andrea Leksen (Leksen Design, Seattle, WA) has a Master of Design degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, Scotland, and a BA in Music Arts Administration from Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. She has been a freelance designer since 2003. She teaches at Seattle Pacific University. Her typefaces include:

  • Nordique (2015). A circle-based simple Scandinavian-style sans typeface. It is related to Nordeco (2020).
  • Bemis (2013). Based on the engraved type on the historical Bemis building in Seattle, this is a typeface with a large x-height. The peppermint-striped Christmas version is called Candy Cane Lane (2015).
  • Cristoforo Italic (2013). Done with Thomas Phinney, this is a Victorian H.P. Lovecraft typeface. In 2012, Thomas had started work on Cristoforo, a revival of Hermann Ihlenburg's Victorian typeface Columbus (1890, ATF) and its accompanying American Italic, also by Ihlenburg. Kickstarter project. Phinney notes that it is known as the typeface of Call of Cthulhu, the H.P. Lovecraft roleplaying game, and as the original logo for Cracker Jack.
  • Mr Gabe (2022). A didone display typeface.
Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Leonard Posavec
[Creative Toucan (was: Leo Supply Co)]

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Lesley McGrew
[Grey Fortress Ent]

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Leslie Badani

Leslie Badani (Washington, DC) is a graphic designer and art director with a focus on publication design, branding, and typography. She is currently an Associate Creative Director at Weber Shandwick and studying typeface design in the Type@Cooper Extended Program at The Cooper Union. At Type Cooper 2020, Leslie Badani designed the angular display typeface Phyla. [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Garrett Boge]

Established in Seattle in 1986 by Garrett Boge: Since 1986, LetterPerfect has supplied carefully-crafted, original display fonts to designers and desktop publishers. We now offer over 50 unique designs in 2 distinctive lines: Viva la Fonts&Legacy of Letters. Many fonts were inspired by Trajan roman lettering and by the great Italian renaissance artists.

Letter Perfect's typefaces include Catacomb, Philocalus, Sabina, Beata, Donatello, Ghiberti, Cresci, Pietra, Pontif, Stockholm, Göteborg, Uppsala, Didot LP, Kolo, Visage, Bermuda, Old Claude, Wendy, Tomboy, Spumoni, Spring, Silhouette, Roslyn, Longhand, Manito, Kryptic, Koch, Hardwood, Hadrian Bold, Florens, DeStijl, Chevalier Light, Binney.

View Garrett Boge's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Linguist Software

"Linguist's Software, the world's leading foreign language font foundry since 1984, produces TrueType and Type 1 fonts for over 630 languages for Windows and Macintosh computers. Our fonts may also be used, with some restrictions, in the NT, DOS, OS/2, NeXT, and UNIX operating systems. You may order directly from us. Doing so assures that you always get the latest version, automatic registration, free technical support, and upgrade notification." About 100 dollars per family. Custom fonts made at about 50 dollars per character. Run by Philip Barton Payne. Web contact: Gene Sorensen. The font licenses mention Linguist Software and Payne Loving Trust. Based in Edmonds, WA. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Linguist's Software

LaserArabic and Farsi commercial fonts. Gene Sorensen: P.O.Box 580, Edmonds, WA 98020-0580, USA. Four fonts: Lateefi, Kitabi, Nargisi, Sarmast. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lloyd M. Kelchner

American penman (1862, Light Street, PA-1948, Seattle, WA). Author of Complete Compendium of Plain Practical Penmanship (1901). He studied at G.W. Michael's Pen Art Hall in Oberlin, OH, in the early 1880s. In 1883 he met C.P. Zaner and E.W. Bloser. Bloser and Kelchner taught in Delaware, OH, and in Cleveland, OH. In 1889, Kelchner purchased a half interest in the Zanerian College of Penmanship in Columbus, OH. He sold his interest in 1892 and left for teaching positions in Dixon, IL, and later in Des Moines, IA. In 1909, he moved to Seattle to teach at Seattle Business College. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Logos Bible Software
[Eli T. Evans]

Company located in Bellingham, WA, which is involved in ancient languages. Eli Evans developed some fonts for Ugaritic, a Semitic language written in cuneiform, in use around 1300 bc in the city of Ugarit in modern Syria. The fonts, called Zebel Open, are part of a commercial Ugaritic package. Here we learn that he designed Gotisch (2003) with letters representing the Gothic alphabet, as written by Wulfila and presumably as used by the Goths (pre-uncial). This was followed by a bold version, Gothic 1. He also created the runes font Futhorc. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lost Type
[Tyler Galpin]

Lost Type Coop (est. 2011 by Tyler Galpin and Riley Cran in Seattle, WA) uses a pay-what-you-want model for their typefaces. The original pile of fonts includes

  • Highlands (Tyler Galpin). A slab-serif that draws inspiration from old National Park posters.
  • Pompadour (Andy Mangold)
  • Onramp (Michael Spitz)
  • Canaveral (Riley Cran)
  • Tightrope (Alonzo Felix)
  • Deming (Mike Fortress)
  • Liberator (Ryan Clark)
  • Nelma (Missy Austin)
  • Pigeon (Dai Foldes)
  • Ribbon (Dan Gneiding)
Tyler Galpin describes himself in this manner: Web/UI designer, entrepreneur, beef&bar aficionado. Puts pants on one leg at a time. I'm a pixel pusher at [web design studio] Galpin Industries. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lou Stone

Graduate of San Jose State University, class of 2013. Vancouver, WA-based designer of Coisla (2017), a decorative techno font named after Nikola Tesla. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lyle Zapato
[ZPi Fonts (or: Zapato Productions)]

[More]  ⦿

Madison Angus

Kirkland. WA-based designer of the free handcrafted typeface Kindle (2016) and the octopus-themed decorative typeface Sucker (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maged Abdelsalam

Kirkland, WA-based designer of the display typeface GuGu (2013).

Behance link. Open Font Library link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mamoun Sakkal
[Sakkal Design]

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Maria Reisinger

Seattle, WA-based designer of the ornamental caps typeface Veil tails (2015), which is named after the Veil Tail Goldfish. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Marisol Ortega

Designer and illustrator living in Seattle, WA, who created a linocut alphabet in 2016. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mark Popich--Dan Saimo

Seattle-based designers who came up with Olde Smokey, letters made from cigarette butts, at FUSE95. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin P. Pfeiffer
[Scooter Graphics (Fonts by Marty Pfeiffer)]

[More]  ⦿

Mattox Shuler
[Fort Foundry]

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Mattox Shuler
[Hold Fast Foundry]

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Megan Mudge

During his graphic design studies in Poulsbo, WA, Megan Mudge designed a 3d blocky headline typeface (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melinda Boyle

[MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mia Wibberley

Ellensburg, WA-based designer of the art nouveau typeface Bonzai (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Fournier

Belfair, WA-based designer of a display typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Montoure

A graduate of the University of Washington. He created the Victorian / Jules Verne look font called Difference Engine for Forever London. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Seattle-based company involved to some extent in typography. Until 2002, the fonts developed by them were free. That is no longer the case. They are major players in multilingual typeface development, type for on-screen use, and type formats such as OpenType. A listing of their typefaces:

  • Andale: a monospaced TrueType font by Microsoft developed specially for Web applications by Steve Matteson. Formerly known as Monotype.com from Monotype.
  • Impact: designed by Geoffrey Lee, based on an issue by the Sheffield foundry, Stephenson Blake.
  • Arial: a sans serif family. Functional, but ugly.
  • Times-New Roman and Courier are the bread and water.
  • Comic Sans: designed by Vincent Connare.
  • Verdana (sans serif) and Georgia (serif): font families by by Matthew Carter.
  • Trebuchet: a humanist sans serif by Vincent Connare.
  • Webdings: designed in 1997 as a collaborative work between Microsoft's Vincent Connare and top Monotype designers Sue Lightfoot, Ian Patterson and Geraldine Wade. The images are intended for web designers who wish to include live fonts as a fast way of rendering graphics.
  • Nina: the latest typeface (2000), a pixel font signed by Matthew Carter. Hinted by Tom Rickner, it is designed to show well on screen at small point sizes.
  • Calibri and Consolas (2004): a sans and a monospaced/typewriter font family by Luc(as) de Groot developed as part of the ClearType project. Calibri received a TypeArt 05 award.
  • Candara (2004): a playful sans font family by Gary Munch developed as part of the ClearType project. Candara received a TypeArt 05 award.
  • Cambria (2004): a font family by Jelle Bosma developed as part of the ClearType project.
  • Corbel (2004): a simple sans font family by Jeremy Tankard developed as part of the ClearType project.
  • Constantia (2004): a beautiful serifed text font family by John Hudson developed as part of the ClearType project. [Personal note: the name Constantia is already used for over a decade by Foster and Horton.]
  • Meiryo UI, Meiryo UI Bold, Meiryo UI Bold Italic, Meiryo UI Italic (2004). Meiryo is a modern sans serif Japanese typeface developed by Microsoft to offer an optimal on screen reading experience and exceptional quality in print, as part of the Cleartype project. The Japanese letterforms are generously open and well-proportioned; legible and clear at smaller sizes, and dynamic at larger display sizes. The beauty of Meiryo is that it sets text lines in Japanese with Roman seamlessly and harmoniously. Meiryo was designed by a team including C&G Inc., Eiichi Kono, Matthew Carter and Thomas Rickner. It won a 2007 type design prize from the Tokyo Type Directors.
Download the Microsoft core fonts in one file from a German site maintained by Dirk Burghardt. See also here and here. Consolas download. And from this Russian archive. Download the Meiryo family here or here.

The information below was written by Microsoft itself. The Typography Group at Microsoft is responsible for both fonts and the font rendering systems in Windows.

Since version 3.1 the primary font system built into Windows has been the TrueType system, licensed from Apple in a deal (with hindsight) remarkably beneficial to Microsoft. Working with Monotype, the Microsoft Typography Group produced fine TrueType versions of Arial, Times New Roman and Courier New, tuned to be extremely legible on the screen; these were all ready for the launch of Windows 3.1. Since then these core fonts have been developed to cover more and more of the world's languages.

In the mid-1990s under Robert Norton a program of truly new type designs was begun, using TrueType technology to render faithfully the bitmaps and outlines designed by Matthew Carter (Verdana, Georgia, Tahoma) and by in-house designer Vincent Connare (Trebuchet, Comic Sans). Until August 2002 these core fonts were offered freely over the Web, where they made an undoubtedly positive contribution in terms of legibility and font choice.

In 1996 the OpenType initiative with Adobe was announced; this is touted as "the end of the font wars", whereby advanced multilingual text layout becomes available, native rendering of PostScript fonts becomes part of Windows 2000, and unwieldy font formats are rationalized.

In 1998 the group announced ClearType. This is a very ingenious method to increase legibility on color LCD screens, individually targeting the 3 subpixels (red, green and blue) that make up each pixel. Such a leap forward in readability on these screens is a crucial element to the success of nascent eBook technology.

Simon Daniels at the Group's website keeps font fans and font developers up to date with most aspects of the digital typography scene, and communicates the technicalities of how fonts work in Windows.

Updating us about the current (October 2000) activity of the Group, Simon notes: 1999 saw several members of the group leave to join Microsoft's eBooks group. These included technical lead Greg Hitchcock, developers Beat Stamm and Paul Linerud as well as former Monotype hinters Michael Duggan and Geraldine Wade.

On August 12, 2002 Microsoft discontinued the free availability of the core fonts, noting that the downloads were being abused in terms of their end-user license agreements. Most commentators took this to mean the company objected to the fact that the fonts were being installed with Linux distributions.

View Microsoft's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mike Fretto

Graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle. His Auggie Sans typeface (2012) was inspired by hand-painted signage from citrus stands in St. Augustine, Florida.

Cargocollective link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mike Yanega
[Bowfin Printworks]

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Mits Katayama

Seattle-basaed illustrator and studio artist from the state of Washington, who has illustrated for corporations, advertising, design, publishing, and editorial clients doing collateral, direct mail, point of purchase, brochures, maps, billboards, bus boards, stickers, table tents, postcards, packaging, and book illustrations. Corporate clients include: Boeing, Microsoft, Heidelberg beer, Safeco, Washington Mutual, Jamba Juice, Weyerhaeuser, King County, Providence Hospital, and many nonprofit organizations. Self-portrait. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Molly Boyd

Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Molly Boyd created a proposal replacement typeface for Esso's pre-1911 logo font in 2013 while studying at the University of Washington. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Morgan Lynch

Spokane, WA-based designer of the hand-drawn poster typeface Eclipse (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nate Nielson

Cheney, WA-based designer of these typefaces: Arthuriel (medieval), Berkyspex (techno), BeviaGrowth (experimental), Brenin (unicase uncial), Brickfun (pixel), Bywater (uncial), Cheetah (fat display), Cipher (octagonal), Crown (uncial), Delivar, Drive, Drumsage, Efficient, Fanghorne (uncial), Figbead, Gaelothic (celtic), Galiden, Handshake (lego style), Havinoth (uncial), Humolion (experimental), Knowledge (indic simulation), Lancaster (indic simulation), Neoxidan, Nightime (uncial), Ockiahex (hexagonal), Paradox, Parfiche, Piecemeal, Pickel (pixel), Providian (uncial), Realight (fun experimental), Reliner (indic simulation), Rhubarb, Ribbon, Rimvet, Runestick (runes), Sageight, Skipfrog, Subrail, Toystack (pixel), Umbrella (clean geometric face), Valifas (uncial), Webgura, Westmarch. I assume that most typefaces were done in 2004-2005. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nathan Watkins

Seattle, WA-based designer of the free modular typeface Manufraktur (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nerd Fonts (or: Ryanoasis)
[Ryan L. McIntyre]

Seattle, WA-based application developer who set up Nerd Fonts. Github link. As far as i understand, Ryan patched and fixed many public domain and open source fonts and included hundreds of icons in each of them. The patched fonts as of 2019 include 3270, AnonymousPro, Arimo, AurulentSansMono, BigBlueTerminal, BitstreamVeraSansMono, Blex (a renamed version of IBM Plex), CodeNewRoman, Cousine, DejaVuSansMono, DroidSansMono, FantasqueSansMono, FiraCode, FiraMono, Go-Mono, Gohu, Hack, Hasklig, HeavyData, Hermit, Inconsolata, InconsolataGo, InconsolataLGC, Iosevka, Lekton, LiberationMono, MPlus, Meslo, Monofur, Monoid, Mononoki, Noto, OpenDyslexic, Overpass, ProFont, ProggyClean, RobotoMono, ShareTechMono (which he had to rename Shure Tech Mono Nerd), SourceCodePro, SpaceMono, Terminus, Tinos, Ubuntu, UbuntuMono.

Big Blue Terminal is a monospaced pixel font, designed for use in fixed- width textual environments (consoles/terminals, text/code/hex editors and so on) and based on the Px437 and PxPlus fonts of VileR (2015). It follows the metrics and dimensions of Windows' old Terminal font (at the 9pt/12px size), but the appearance is closer to the classic IBM PC text mode character sets. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Mann

Graphic designer from Selah, WA, who studied in Portland, OR, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.. Behance link. Creator of Nordzig (2011, a tall rectangular face). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Moore

Graduate of the College for Creative Studies, who works in Seattle, WA (and before that, in Brooklyn, NY). He created Gooder (2011), a 3d beveled headline face, and the art deco Tomboy (2017).

Behance link. Devian Tart link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nick Stewart
[Vanguard Design Co]

[More]  ⦿

Nicola Scutt

During her studies at the University of Washington (where she is in the class of 2017), Seattle, WA-based Nicola Scutt designed the quarter circle typeface Petris (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicole Eberhart

Pullman Junction, WA-based designer of the vampire script typeface Spoopy (2016). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nikala Bond

Gig Harbor, WA-based designer, at Northwest College of Art and Design, of the condensed sans serif typeface Nikalas Type in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Owen Earl
[The Cowboy Collective]

[More]  ⦿

Owen Earl
[Indestructible Type]

[More]  ⦿

Pablo Airth

Graphic design student at Western Washington University. Designer of the informal font Leonor (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Patrick Perkins

Seattle, WA-based designer of the sans typeface Pacific (2015) designed for readability. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paula Lavalle

Paula Lavalle (Seattle, WA) created Italic Capitals Bit Font (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Perdita Goodenow

Everett, WA-based designer, b. 1951, of Eremite (2018). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter R. Wilson

[More]  ⦿

Peter R. Wilson

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Philip Barton Payne

President of The Payne Loving Trust, which owns Linguist's Software (Edmonds, WA). A selection of the fonts of "Payne Loving Trust" that are floating around in cyberspace includes AradLevelVI, CityBlueprint, CountryBlueprint, EuroRoman, EuroRomanOblique, Graeca, PanRoman, Romantic, RomanticBold, RomanticItalic, SansSerif, SansSerifBold, SansSerifBoldOblique, SansSerifOblique, SuperFrench, Supergreek, TbilisiCaps, TbilisiText, TbilisiText13215, Technic, TechnicBold, TechnicLite. Apparently, Linguist's Software calls upon a battery of nameless typographers for font design. They also sell LaserIPA fonts (IPARoman, IPAKiel, IPAKielSeven and IPAExtras). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Philip Glenn

Graphic designer in Spokane, WA. Creator of How To Font (2013, alchemic style). [Google] [More]  ⦿

[Melinda Boyle]

Pictifont is the foundry (est. 2011) of Seattle, WA-based type designer Melinda Boyle, who grew up in Colorado. She created PictiFont (2011, + On The Beach), a 16-glyph set of symbols to personalize one's calendar containing a star, a snowflake, an apple, and so forth. This dingbat typeface accompanies a set of four monolined sans titling typefaces called PictiFont Thin (2011).

Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Pierre A. MacKay

Pierre A. MacKay presents some Turkish metafonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pierre MacKay

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Radar Design
[David Phillips]

Radar Design of Seattle, WA, was founded in the fall of 1995 by David Phillips. It is mainly a graphic and web design company (with a web site that does not show on my Netscape browser!). David Phillips's fonts include B52 (2001, US military and athletic lettering font), Konstruct (2000, a type family inspired by the hand-drawn typography used in posters by Russian, German and Dutch graphic designers of the 1920's and 1930's), and the quirky Kut Out (2002). More recent typefaces by Radar Design, mostly created by Jens Gehlhaar: Amoebia (organic family), Cornwall (sans), Gagamond (mini-serifed), Blindfish (almost grunge). In 2004, David Phillips and Traci Daberko went on to set up StockBucket, still in Seattle. MyFonts link for StockBucket.

In 2021, David Phillips founded Komet & Flicker. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Randy Willoughby

Senior visual communications designer at TEAGUE in Seattle, WA. He created some experimental typefaces called Propagation (2010). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Raphael Boguslav

Great handletterer (b. 1929 in Far Rockaway, Long Island of Russian parents) who grew up in New York City. He studied lettering with Paul Standard, Georg Salter and Leo Manso at The Cooper Union and graduated from The Cooper Union in 1951. He worked at the same studio as Milton Glaser for the next three years. Rahael become a designer and worked for some time for Lippincott and Margulies in New York. Raphael lived in Colorado for a long time, but is now based in Bellingham, WA.

In 1969 he patented a squarish typeface for Tyco Laboratories in Waltham, MA. In 1972, he moved to Newport, RI and resumed his career in lettering, calligraphy and graphic design.

His typeface Avia (VGC) was an expansion of a logofont he did for Abex Corporation, almost like a stencil. It is now at Font Bureau, where Jill Pichotta has added the Light and Bold in 2000. His typeface Visa (1966, VGC) won the Second Prize in the 1966 VGC National Type Face Design Competition. Others (thanks, Alexander Tochilovsky) confirm what I thought---that Visa and Avia are the same thing. Finally, Sloop Script Pro (1994, Richard Lipton, Font Bureau) is based on Boguslav's designs.

FontShop link. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Rare Bird Font Foundry
[Jessica McCarty]

Seattle, WA-based foundry, est. 2017, that is dedicated to releasing only the highest quality hand-lettered fonts on the market. The co-founders are Jessica McCarty (of Magpie Paper Works) and "Tristan and Michelle" of Besotted Co. Their typefaces are calligraphic and hand-lettered based on samples of well-known calligraphers. The list:

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Riley Cran

Graphic designer in Seattle, WA. He cofounded Lost Type Coop in 2011 with Tyler Galpin. His Canaveral (2011, Lost Type) is a squat serifed font for maximum clarity in tight spots. Governor (2011, Lost Type) is an art deco alphabet inspired by the apartment signage of Miami Beach. Muncie (2011) is an industrial / mechanical sans headline face, perfect for coal mine strikes. The condensed sans serif Fairview was created in 2013.

In 2015, he designed the muscular sans typeface Moriston (Lost Type), which builds on Miller & Richard's Grotesque #7. The typeface is named after Riley's grandfather, Glenn Morison Chronister.

In 2016, Riley Cran published the super-charged upright connected script typeface Escafina.

In 2017, Aaron James Draplin and Riley Cran co-designed the industrial typeface DDC Hardware at Lost Type. Still in 2017, Riley Cran and Neil Secretario co-designed Calafia Casual Script.

Riley Cran strted off 2018 with a phenomenal contribution, a 56-style didone typeface family, Mort Modern, which was inspired by the lettering of Mortimer Leach.

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Robert Keding
[The TypeGuy Font Studio]

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[Joseph Steck]

Bainbridge Island, WA-based designer of the free serif typeface family Klei (2015-2020). He writes: Klei began as a Valentines card for my beloved wife Alisa. I had hand drawn the letters in her name, and three years later, from those rough glyphs, this font was born. Her childhood nickname growing up was Clay, and being that this font is so influenced by the dutch masters, of course it had do be called Klei; the Dutch word for Clay. My hope is that this font will fill a very real need for well drawn and complete SIL licensed serif typeface. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ross F. George
[Ross F. George: Speedball 10 (1927)]

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Ross F. George

Inventor and patent holder (with W.H. Gordon) of the speedball pen. Lettering artist from Seattle, influenced by W.H. Gordon. W.H. Gordon and Ross F. George wrote Presenting The Speedball Pen With Alphabets, Drawings and Designs Produced With This Wizard of Lettercraft (1915, Seattle, WA; local download). George's alphabets appeared in the Speedball Lettering catalogues, published between 1935 and 1948. The Speedball Text Book series's 8th through 17th editions were published at regular intervals from 1925 until 1956, and have many of his alphabets. Some dates: 8th (1925), 10th (1927), 11th (1929), 12th (1935), 13th (1938). Link related to his art deco alphabets. Some of the alphabets in Speedball Lettering have been digitized. To name a few:

  • Toto's K22 TriLine Gothic (2011) is a free multiline font based on Ross F. George's TriLine Gothic from 1956.
  • Jim Parkinson created Wigwag (2003, a display family inspired by Ross George as well as the work of Samuel Welo and Cecil Wade).
  • Jason Walcott made Baroque Text JF (2003, a great Fraktur font based on a hand-lettered alphabet drawn by Ross George).
  • Nick Curtis added Xanthippe NF (2006, an "exuberant" blackletter face) and Big D NF (2014).
  • Garrett Boge revived Free Roman.
  • Nick Curtis designed Catty Wumpas NF (2004).
  • Nick Curtis created Gnarly Dude NF (2005).
  • Nick Curtis created Hacky Sack NF (2009), after Ross George's Stunt Roman.
  • Harold Lohner published Milky Way (2001) and MilkyWayTwo (2001).
  • Michael Stacey created the brushy typeface ITC Wisteria (1995), an almost exact reproduction of one of George's brush typefaces which appeared in many publications from 1938 until 1952 (see here).
  • Heller and Fili give him credit for Chop Suey (1935), an oriental simulation typeface which has found its way into the free font world under several guises.
  • Jim Spiece (Spiece Graphics) created the Wild West family Cactus Flower SG.
  • Paulo W created Speedball Western Letters (2009), Speedball Metropolitan Caps (2010) and Speedball Metropolitan Poster (2010). Sunamy (2007, Iza W) is a ninja font made after an example of Ross George.
  • Nick Curtis made the monoline script typeface Nellie Kay NF (2011).
  • The art deco typeface Blue Jay Way NF (2011, Nick Curtis) was also inspired by Ross F. George.
  • Big George NF (2011, Nick Curtis) is a fat comic book style typeface that revives another of George's creations from Speedball Text Book.
  • Split Caps by George was revived by Nick Curtis as Spread Out NF (2011).
  • Nick Curtis's revivals from 2014 include Trading Hoss NF (after D-nib Display) and Twinkletoes NF.
  • Dick Pape created these typefaces based on the 17th Edition: Speedball America, Speedball Architects Italic, Speedball Architects, Speedball Block, Speedball Brush Bold Italic, Speedball Built Up Style, Speedball Bulletin Dusted, Speedball Bulletin Heavy, Speedball Bulletin Plain, Speedball Bulletin Squiggley, Speedball Carnival, Speedball Carved Caps, Speedball Cond Bold Italic, Speedball Cond Poster Gothic Bold, Speedball Decorative Initials, Speedball Decorative Ransom, Speedball Draftsman's Art, Speedball Formal Roman, Speedball Free Roman, Speedball Gay Nineties A, Speedball Gay Nineties B, Speedball Line Gothic, Speedball Metropolitan Poster, Speedball Power, Speedball Roman Italic, Speedball Rough, Speedball Slant Script, Speedball Speed D Italics, Speedball Squeezed Headline, Speedball Stencil Italic, Speedball Variation. Download here.
  • In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli, Giulia Ursenna Dorati and Andrea Gaspari co-designed the 1940s vintage brush script typeface Banana Yeti, which is based on an example by Ross George shown in George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual.
  • Steve Harrison's free fonts: Doolally (2020; Ross F. George, 1938), Dawdling (2020; Ross F. George, 1935), Dawdling Snowflake (2020; Ross F. George, 1935), Bogeyed (2021), Faffinabout (2021).

Examples of his Speedball Text Book alphabets: Speedball Title Display 1 (1927), SpeedballTitle Display 2 (1927), Easter Suggestion (1935), Speedball Title 1 (1938), Speedball Title 2 (1938), untitled lettering (1941), Poster Gothic 5 (1935), Postrie Caps (1938), Roman 2 (1935), Roman 3 (1935), Roman 4 (1935), Roman 7 (1935), Roman 7 (1938), Symphony 1 (1935), Symphony 1 (1952), Symphony 2 (1938), Symphony 2 (1948), Modern 1 (1938), Modern 2 (1941), Modern 2 (1948), Line Gothic (1938), Tri-Line Gothic (1956). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ross F. George: Speedball 10 (1927)
[Ross F. George]

Ross F. George's book Speedball 10, published by C. Howard Hunt Pen Co. in Camden, NJ in 1927, was scanned in 2014 by Lee Littlewood, a signpainter in Portland, OR, who runs Lee's Better Letters [2915 NE 21st A, Portland, OR 97212]. The PDF file [59 MB] is made available with his permission. I extracted some useful images from that file. For further information on Ross F. George, see here. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ryan L. McIntyre
[Nerd Fonts (or: Ryanoasis)]

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Ryan Ogborn

Student of Jennifer Kennard at Seattle Central Community College. Gun-toting Sarah Palin inspired him to make the target practice experimental typeface Going Rogue (2010). The site has a production video to boot. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ryan Smith

Visual Communication Design student at the University of Washington, expected to graduate in the spring of 2013. In 2012, Katarina Batina, Elly Chao, Nick Simmons and Ryan Smith co-designed the didone stencil family Rille during the Seattle 12: Seattle Typeface Workshop under the supervision of Karen Cheng and Jean-François Porchez. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Saja TypeWorks
[Aaron Bell]

Aaron earned a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies, with a minor in Japanese, at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Reading in 2011, where he earned an MA in typeface design. His graduation typeface was Saja (2011), which covered Latin and Korean. In the Fall of 2011, he joined the Microsoft Typography team.

In 2015, at Microsoft, he designed the free sans typeface Selawik, which is metrically compatible with the infamous Segoe UI. Selawik now also exists as a variable font.

In 2016, het up his own type foundry in Seattle, Saja TypeWorks. At Saja TypeWorks, he published the sans-serif typeface Salish, which is inspired by the art of the Salishan tribes in the Northwest Americas: It draws heavily on the concept of the ovoid, a wide ovular shape that is flat on the bottom and top heavy, that is central to the art style known as Formline. Language support includes some 200 Latin-based languages as well as the necessary orthographies for all Salishan languages, including: Comox, Sliammon, Klahoose, Pentlach, Sechelt, Squamish, Halkomelem, Nooksack, Straights Salish (Saanich), Lushootseed, S'Klallam, Quinault, Upper Chehalis, Lower Chehalis, Cowlitz, Bella Coola, Ditidaht, Tseshaht, Nuu-chah-nulth, Ehattesaht-Nuchatlaht, Kwak'wala, Shuswap, Lillooet, Thompson River Salish, Coeur d'Alene, Columbia-Moses, Colville, Okanagan, and Montana Salish. Haida (a non-Salishan language) is also supported.

At FontStruct, he designed Syzygy.

In 2017, he published HWT Aetna at P22. Aetna is a sturdy roman wood type first see in William H. Page's 1870 specimens.

Aaron Bell digitized the free logo font Air America in 2018. He writes: This font was produced for William G. Sherman who recreated this alphabet from samples of the logo and other sources from the airline company Air America.

In 2018, he published the free DIN-based sans typeface Bahnschrift for Microsoft at Open Type Library. The font posted at Open Font Library is flawed (look at the capital A), so I wonder if that post was done by an impostor. Bahnschrift was the basis of his 2021 typeface, Grandview, which could be tipped by Microsoft to replace Calibri---in use since 2007--in its Microsoft 365 apps and Office products.

Typefaces from 2019: Industrial Spill (with Dave Savage), Tipsy Waitress (beatnik, cartoonish; with Dave Savage), Super Chill MC (with Dave Savage).

For Microsoft's Windows 10, he designed the open source monospaced font Cascadia Code. The plan is to add support for Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese, Arabic and Hebrew during 2020. TeX support for Cascadia Code.

Speaker at ATypI 2012 in Hong Kong: Seeking the Korean true italic. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Directionality in Korean type design. Fontsquirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sakkal Design
[Mamoun Sakkal]

Born in Aleppo, Syria, Mamoun Sakkal is a respected calligrapher and typeface designer. He emigrated to the United States in 1978. He is the founder and principal of Sakkal Design in Bothell, Washington. Providing graphic design solutions to major US corporations, Sakkal Design has focused on Arabic calligraphy, Arabic type design and Arabic typography since the 1990s. His Arabic fonts often cover all related scripts---Arabic, Sindhi, Kurdish, Uighur, Urdu and Persian/Farsi. Sakkal Design was commissioned to design the corporate Arabic typefaces for Burj Khalifa and Armani Hotel in Dubai, and several of his Arabic fonts are now widely used as Windows system fonts. In 2010, he obtained a PhD at the University of Washington with a thesis entitled Square Kufic Calligraphy in Modern Art, Transmission and Transformation.

He designed the beautiful Sakkal Sameh Calligraphic font family, Sakkal Shilia (Linotype: an elaborate type system created to match Univers), Sakkal Maya, Sakkal Seta, Sakkal Kufi, Al-Futtaim, Arabtek, Sakkal Majalla (2005), Hasan Alquds (2004, with Hasan Abu Afash), MS Uighur (for Microsoft), and Baseet.

Winner with Paul Nelson and John Hudson at the TDC2 2003 competition for Arabictype. He was also awarded there for the Arabic display font Sakkal Seta Pro.

In 2004, his MS Uighur (Sakkal Design&Microsoft) won an award at TDC2 2004.

In 2006, he won First Prize in the Letter Arts Review Annual International Competition: The winning artwork Rich and Poor, No. 8 is a computer-manipulated image of Square Kufi calligraphy, produced by the artist as a limited edition print in 2005. Square Kufi is a style of Arabic calligraphy that developed in the thirteenth century.

AwanZaman (2016, Type Together) by Mammoul Sakkal (Arabic part) and Juliet Shen (Latin part) grew out of the Arabic newspaper type Awan Sakkal had designed on commission for a Kuwaiti newspaper in 2007.

In 2014, Mamoun Sakkal published the Arabic typeface Bustan (done with Syrian calligrapher Jamal Bustan), which was inspired by Kairawani Kufic and cursive Sunbuli.

Calibri Arabic (by Mamoun Sakkal and Aida Sakkal) won an award at Granshan 2016. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sakkal Design

Arabic calligraphy pages by Mamoun Sakkal, an award winning architect and designer, born in Aleppo, Syria, who lectures on Islamic art and architecture at the University of Washington. Recommended visit. The site has a particularly nice description of the cursive styles like Naskh, Thuluth, Muhaqqaq, Nastaliq, and riq'a. Mamoun Sakkal's company touches on every aspect of Arab calligraphy and design. Calligraphy and font services. DecoType Professional Naskh (31 truetupe fonts, available in Word 6.0 for Windows). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Samantha Tait

Illustrator in Seattle, WA, who designed a headline typeface in 2017. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sarah Paulhus

Originally from Seattle WA, Sarah Paulhus is currently attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Sarah mixed Aspect and Neutraface Slab and created a mutation called Primavera (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Scooter Graphics (Fonts by Marty Pfeiffer)
[Martin P. Pfeiffer]

Public domain fonts designed by Marty Pfeiffer (Vancouver) include some gorgeous fonts such as the experimental font Simga or Moris Script. The full list includes Epsy Serif, Epps Evans, Nu Sans, Epsy Sans-Tight, Midnight, Pfeiffer Tall, Jubal Sans, Virtue (based on Apple's Chicago and Charcoal fonts), Especial Kay, Marty Bold, Moris Script, Nu Casual, Calypso Boy (1996, after Excoffon's Calypso, 1958), Electrode, Freak, Ground Slither, Scooter Boy, Simga, Nu Sans Monospaced, Lower, Nu Serif. Also commercial fonts such as the cash-register lookalike font Receipt 1.0.

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Sean Cavanaugh

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Sean Cavanaugh

Author (b. Cape May, USA, 1962) of Digital Type Design Guide (Hayden Books, ISBN 1-56830-190-1, 1995), which for 45 US dollars comes with a CD with 220 useful PostScript and TrueType fonts (not designed by Sean though). A second 260-font CD for 30USD. He runs The Fontsite, where you can download free versions of CombiNumerals 4.0 (circled numbers), ATF Antique (ATF Antique was first released by the Barnhardt Bros.&Spindler type foundry in 1842. It was designed for sign cutting, and saw much use throughout the latter 19th century. Its popularity led to its re-introduction by ATF in 1905 under the name Antique 1. It is the precursor to the typefaces Bookman and Rockwell.), Goudy Sans, US Flag Font, Mini 7 and Mini 7 Tight (pixel fonts). Earlier, there were also Dynamo and Rosie. Commercial typefaces of his include the CombiSymbols family. Free fonts at FontSite: Bergamo, CartoGothic, CombiNumerals. Font Squirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Setion Branko

Seattle, WA-based designer of two op-art fonts, Generative Type 1 and 2 (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

seven eight
[Jeremy Bowen]

Jeremy Bowen is a graphic designer from Seattle, WA. He set up the foundry seven eight in Renton, WA. His first typeface is the basic monoline sans Kollar Sans (2013), which comes in one style. It was originally designed for an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum featuring Japanese woodblock prints from the collection of Allan and Mary Kollar.

Gaslight (2014) is described by Jeremy as a sans-serif rich with humanist charm and lyrical curves. Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Shannon Renee

Seattle, WA-based designer of an art deco typeface in 2015. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Shaun Carson Kennedy

Kelso, WA-based type designer. He created E-Lie in 2004, and writes this: "E-Lie is based on the logo for the Portland band E-Lie. Jon Lincicum designed the logo, and then the basic shapes of the principal letters and numbers. He then gave these designs to Shaun Kennedy, who expanded the design, adding punctuation, accented letters, and math symbols."

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Shawn Hooghkirk

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Shen Design
[Juliet Shen]

Born in New York where her father was a translator for the United Nations, Juliet Shen (Shen Design) graduated from the University of Reading in 2006. Creator of Bullen (2006), named after Henry Lewis Bullen of ATF fame. It was inspired by typefaces found in the ATF catalogs. This quirky typeface was added to the Font Bureau catalog in 2011.

Juliet was a speaker at ATypI 2007 in Brighton on Searching for Morris Fuller Benton. She currently is the principal of Shen Design, a graphic design studio she founded in 1989, and has taught design and typography at School of Visual Concepts, Cornish College of the Arts and Art Institute of Seattle.

Current projects include type design for the University of Oxford Press children's division: in 2007, she made the Earlybird type family for Oxford University Press's educational division.

In 2009, she made Lushootseed School and Lushootseed Sulad fonts for the Tulalip Tribes, Washington State.

AwanZaman (2016, Type Together) by Mammoul Sakkal (Arabic part) and Juliet Shen (Latin part) grew out of the Arabic newspaper type Awan Sakkal had designed on commission for a Kuwaiti newspaper in 2007.

Speaker at TypeCon in 2007 and 2008 and at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. Her Font Bureau bio mentions that she started out as a painter and became a graphic designer later.

MyFonts link. Klingspor link. Typecache link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sienna Gray

Poulsbo, WA-based creator of the thin fashion mag sans typeface Gray Sans (2015). This typeface was developed during her studies at NCAD in Poulsbo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Simon Daniels

Lead Program Manager in Microsoft's typography group in Seattle. A graduate of the typography and graphic communication program at The University of Reading, Si is responsible for most of Microsoft's western and middle-eastern typefaces, the Microsoft typography web site, and works with Microsoft's diverse software, hardware and marketing groups on font-related issues. He has been working on web fonts, font embedding, font packaging and font redistribution issues since 1996. He spoke on the business of type, and about typography at Microsoft, such as, e.g., at ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he was on the panel of the web fonts discussion group. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stacy Kendra

Bellingham, WA-based designer (b. 1984) of the bitmap font First Fontasy (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Steven J. Lundeen
[Emerald City Fontworks]

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Stiff Upper Glyph
[John Merrifield]

Stiff Upper Glyph is John Merrifield's type foundry in Seattle, WA (and before that, Los Angeles, CA), est. 2012. Their typefaces:

  • Semidocile Bold (2012-2017). A rounded fat finger display typeface that could be useful for signage and packaging.

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Stine Hansen

Spokane, WA-based designer of the rounded sans typeface Neutrois (2017). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Stu Heinecke
[Cartoon Link]

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Studio De Luz
[Chris Ballasiotes]

Seattle, WA-based designer of the hand-drawn typeface Estadio (2015, vernacular style) and Ojos Sans Serif (2015). In 2017, he designed the soft-cornered wedge serif typeface Berbati. Creative Market link. Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Sue Lang

Sue Lang ("Zillah", "Moon in Aquarius") died on December 28, 2008. Under the alias Zillah, she made many free fonts at her now defunct Moon in Aquarius site, mostly made between 2001 and 2003: Zahstro Two, Zahstrology (handwriting; with astrological symbols), Zill O Wisp, Zill-O-Zynth, Zill Spills, ZillahModern (+Thin, Outline, Narrow, Expanded), Zillah Zoodles, Zillaroonies (runes and polyhedra), Zillgothex, Zilluncial. Her dingbat fonts were based on drawings by Last Horse (2003): Z-Most Critter, Z-Most Critter 2, Z-Most Devil, Z-Most Diva, Z-Most Eye 1, Z-Most Eye 2, Z-Most Foot, Z-Most Kachina 1, Z-Most Kachina 2, Z-Most Kachina 3, Z-Most Trickster, Z-Most Zimple. Postscriptum: I found a Sue Lang at the Zillah Library in Zillah, WA. Could that have been her? Can anyone help? Fontspace link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susan Evans

Seattle, WA-based designer of the pixelish typeface Incision (2015)/ [Google] [More]  ⦿

Susannah Brinkley

Graphic designer in Seattle, WA, who created the elegant bilined monospaced Two Pencils typeface in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tara Irene Martin-Chen

Type designer from Seattle, WA, who created an ornamental outline font in 2009. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Cowboy Collective
[Owen Earl]

The Cowboy Collective is a cowboy art initiative by Owen Earl, the Washington-based founder of Indestructible Type. Designer of these revival fonts:

  • Copperplate CC (2020). After Frederic Goudy's all caps classic, Copperplate Gothic (1902).
  • Engraving CC (2020). After Robert Wiebking's Engravers Roman (1899). It includes the money font Engraving Shaded CC.
  • Railroad Gothic CC (2020). An all caps typeface that revives ATF's 1906 font Railroad Gothic.
  • Tiffany Gothic CC (2020). After ATF's Tiffany Gothic (1901-1909), which was renamed Typo Gothic in ATF's 1923 catalog.
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The TypeGuy Font Studio
[Robert Keding]

Type studio in Seattle run by Robert Keding. Bruce Hale is the resident typographer/calligrapher. Custom font design (fonts include Kenton, Bartons Creek, Pacific First Center, Alphabet, The Bon Marché, Pyramid Ales, Hale Gothic). Font alterations (Chateau Ste Michelle is fantastic! See also Opti-Caesar, Brooks). Logos. Font kerning. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas Phinney

Font technology expert who runs his own type tech blog. Thomas Phinney (Portland, OR) has MS in printing from the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He is freelance type consultant, font detective and type designer.

Thomas Phinney was in Adobe's type group from 1997 until December 2008, mostly as Product Manager for Fonts&Global Typography, based in Seattle. At Adobe, he was involved in the technical, design, historical and business aspects of type, and worked closely with other font developers and customers. In 2008, he joined Extensis, where he was senior product manager for font solutions. In 2014, he joined the FontLab team, where he became Vice President and then CEO. In 2019, he left FontLab to become a full-time font detective.

Phinney created Geode (2004, Adobe) and Hypatia Sans (2005-2007, Adobe, an elegant geometric sans family, complete with coverage of East European languages, Greek and Cyrillic). Hypatia Sans Pro (2009) is a more complete family that was finished with the help of Paul Hunt.

In 2012, he started work on Cristoforo, a revival of Hermann Ihlenburg's Victorian typeface Columbus (1890, ATF) and its accompanying American Italic, also by Ihlenburg. Kickstarter project. Phinney notes that it is known as the typeface of Call of Cthulhu, the H.P. Lovecraft roleplaying game, and as the original logo for Cracker Jack. In 2013, Cristoforo Italic, a cooperation with Andrea Leksen, was shown at Leksen Design.

In 2019, he worked on Science Gothic, a revival and mega-extension of Bank Gothic. He writes: Science Gothic is a variable font, designed for Google Fonts. Thomas Phinney based the regular master on Morris Fuller Benton's Bank Gothic (1930-1934), created for American Type Founders. Science Gothic builds on and extends Benton's design by adding a lowercase, dramatic variation in weight and width, and a contrast (YOPQ) axis, somewhat reminiscent of Benton's Broadway (1927) and other period designs such as R. Hunter Middleton's Radiant (circa 1938-1940) for Ludlow. The design was created by a team of designers: Thomas Phinney, Vassil Kateliev and Brandon Buerkle, with a little help from Igor Freiberger early on. See also Merom Sans (2019-2020) at OFL.

At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about the demise of multiple masters, and the future of OpenType and type 1. At ATypI 2005 in Helsinki, he announced the phasing out of type 1 at Adobe. He has spoken at nearly all of the TypeTech parts of the annual ATypI meetings, and has been on the ATypI board since 2006. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about web fonts and on OpenType. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. His talk at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik was entitled TSI: Type Scene Investigations. The title of his talk at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam was Free Fonts: Threat, or Menace? Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw.

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Thomas Ridgeway

Thomas Ridgeway (d. 2005) held a Ph.D. in Asian linguistics. He was Director of the Humanities and Arts Computing Center, University of Washington, Seattle WA, where he worked until around 2002. He is the author of

  • Poorman: Free fonts (metafont/bitmap/pk) for Chinese and Japanese, developed in 1990. As Ridgeway explained: pmC and pmJ are less than ideal implementations of Chinese and Japanese for TeX. Less than ideal because they use fonts based on 24x24 dot-matrix fonts, and don't do vertical format typesetting and so forth.
  • IPBS or Indo-Persian BitStream Charter: a free font family in truetype with these fonts: IPbschtrBoldItalic, IPbschtrBold, IPbschtrItalic, IPbschtrNormal. The fonts were modified by Richard J. Cohen, from "HACC Indic" by Thomas Ridgeway (1993), which is based on Charter, a font in the public domain. Richard Cohen is with the South Asia Regional Studies Department, University of Pennsylvania.
  • WNTamil: a Tamil metafont created by Ridgeway in 1990. Hal Schiffman writes: I worked together with Tom Ridgeway to design this font, at my instigation, since I needed it for my dictionary, and he knew METAFONT. (He did not know Tamil, although he did know Hindi.) We spent many Friday mornings designing the glyphs. He would write the code and run the program, and I would then critique it, and then we would run it again until we had an acceptable glyph. But I realize he thought of himself as the sole developer, which is why he registered it in his name. Afterwards we tweaked some of the glyphs, and Vasu Renganathan worked on later versions, too, so the authors of this font should be listed as myself, Ridgeway, and Vasu Renganathan. Anshuman Pandey from the University of Washington took over the maintenance of font. Fonts can be found at CTAN and cover Tamil (U+0B80-U+0BFF). This set was used in the GNU Freefont project.
  • A phonetic typeface was designed by Thomas Ridgeway for a large subrange of American Indian languages. The first active projects using this were in Salish and Navajo. In the case of Salish, Tom's font was based on a Lushootseed alphabetic script was developed by Thomas Hess.
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Tiago Figueiredo

Seattle, WA-baseddesigner of the free beveled typeface Linego (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tim Degner

Tim Degner (Fort Myers, FL) lists his interests as fashion illustration, CAD and type design, specializing in hand-drawn alphabets (not digital fonts) such as Hipster (2010). Decopolitan (art deco face) and Tartan Cabaret (fontified by Carla Zetina-Yglesias of carlazetina.com) are at Chank's.

Behance link. He is a graphic designer now in Seattle. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tim Girvin

Principal of GIRVIN / Strategic Branding&Design, Seattle, involved in branding for the entertainment industry (e.g., the movie The Matrix). He studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Speaker at ATypI in Rome in 2002.

He designed many custom typefaces, some of which with the creative director at Girvin Seattle, Chie Sharp Masuyama. A partial list of Girvin's commissioned typefaces:

  • 1201 Third Ave. A typeface for a neo classicist skyscraper in Seattle. Done with Jon Runstad, this is a roman caps typeface for a building by Kohn Pedersen Fox.
  • 48 Hours. A titling font done for CBS.
  • Bardessono. A curvy deco typeface.
  • Castalia.
  • Girvalia. Girvin's in-house corporate font.
  • Girvenza. A font for FIFA's posters.
  • Girvpetua. An lapidary typeface based on the stone-cutting style of Eric Gill's Perpetua.
  • A custom typeface for Kettie Brand.
  • A roman display typeface for Nordstrom.
  • Projetto Italiano. One of several campaign fonts for windows, shopping bags, merchandising and print advertising at Nordstrom.
  • A custom typeface for Travel & Leisure. This was done with his long time collaborator in the early part of his career, Bob Ciano at Life Magazine.
  • A custom techno / speed typeface for Viathon.
  • Vignelli: a custom type (with Massimo Vignelli and Michael Bierut) for a building.
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Tober Welsh
[Free Movie Themed Fonts]

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Toto Ng

Toto Ng (b. 1993, Hong Kong) studied in Seattle in 2014. Pastas (2014) is a display typeface designed during Toto's studies. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tower of Babel
[Eric Stevens]

Eric Scott Stevens has a BFA in graphic design from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Eric Scott specializes in display fonts that have a unique character. He is presently based in Tacoma, WA, where he set up the type foundry tower of Babel.

Designer of the following typefaces:

Linotype link. Fontshop link.

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Tracey Coon

Tracey Coon (Noonday Design, Seattle, WA) designed the fun textured children's book font Quirkitype (2017). Creative Market link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Traci Daberko

Australian designer of Princess (curly script), RV Park, Sunset (anthropomorphic face), all made in 2003-2004 at StockBucket, a company she founded in 2004 with David Phillips. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Turtle Arts Fonts
[Kerrie Carbary]

Turtle Arts Fonts is the Seattle, WA-based foundry of Kerrie Carbary (b. 1970), est. 2000. MyFonts page. Kerrie Carbary's creations: 3 D (2002), Ballard Avenue (2006, ransom note font), Bubbles (2006), Canvas (2004, brush), Collage (2003, ransom note), Cut (2003, rubber stamp font), Deck (2003, old playing card font), Eraser (2001, grunge), Handprint (2001, grunge), Inkblock (2005, grunge), Inkie (2006, hand-drawn pen), Jessie (2001, typewriter), Journal (2000, brush family), Paint (2002, a crayon / brush family), PriceTag (2005), Redemption (2002, grunge), Scripty (2005, curly handwriting), Spirals (2005, curly letters).

MyFonts link. Klingspor link.

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Tyler Galpin
[Lost Type]

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Type Americana 2

American type history conference in Seattle, May 4, 2012, followed by workshops on May 5-6. Speakers included Paul Shaw (Oswald Cooper: Attacked by an itch to work with type), Cathleen Baker (Roycrofters to Renaissance: The progression of Dard Hunter's letterforms from arts and crafts to classical), Paul F. Gehl (Ludlow's Mutt and Jeff: Douglas McMurtrie and R. Hunter Middleton), Nancy Sharon Collins (Engraving: The curiously shy stepchild in American type genealogy), Thomas Phinney, Steve Matteson, and Richard Kegler (A second life for vintage American typefaces), and Frank Brannon (Print Your Own Language: The role of letterpress in Cherokee language revitalizationC). [Google] [More]  ⦿

TypeCon 2007

TypeCon 2007 was held in Seattle from August 1-7. The speakers are Christine Ahonen, Marian Bantjes, Ali Basit, Jared Benson, David Berlow, John D. Berry, Roger Black, Robert Bringhurst, Jorge de Buen, Veronika Burian, Emilie Burnham, Andrew Byrom, Leslie Cabarga, Matthew Carter, Nadine Chahine, Art Chantry, Karen Cheng, Nancy Sharon Collins, Leonardo Vázquez Conde, Carl Crossgrove, Simon Daniels, John Downer, Mike Duggan, Rodney Shelden Fehsenfeld, Laura Franz, Jimmy Gallagher, Tim Girvin, Shelley Gruendler, Bruce Hale, Allan Haley, Chris Han, Bill Hill, Cyrus Highsmith, Gary Hustwit, Grant Hutchinson, Mark Jamra, Richard Kegler, Akira Kobayashi, Kevin Larson, Mikhail Leonov, Karl Leuthold, Peter Lofting, Emily Luce, Pete McCracken, Karen Madsen, Sergey Malkin, Anastasios Maragiannis, Frank J. Martinez, Steve Matteson, Gabriel Martínez Meave, Jeremy Mende, Edward Mendelson, Eric Menninga, Susan Merritt, James Montalbano, Carl Montford, Paul Nini, Amy Papaelias, Jon Parker, Mike Parker, Carolyn Parsons, Joseph Pemberton, Thomas Phinney, Pamela Pfiffner, Will Powers, Robynne Raye, Amy Redmond, Jay Rutherford, Judy Safran-Aasen, Aida Sakkal, Mamoun Sakkal, Murray Sargent, Dan Shafer, Juliet Shen, Nick Sherman, Nick Shinn, Miguel Sousa, Jessica Spring, Cary Staples, Michael Strassburger, Ilene Strizver, Adam Twardoch, Jim Wasco, Jenny Wilkson, Spyros Zevelakis, and Chris Zodrow.

Photos. Discussions by Michael Kaplan, Joe Pemberton and Brian Crick. Poster by Mark Lanham. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TypeCon 2016

TypeCon 2016 took place from August 24-28, 2016 in Seattle, WA. The theme was Resound. The keynote talk was by Nadine Chahine, who courageously warned the audience about the danger of Donald Trump. The list of speakers: Pouya & Pegah Ahmadi, Azza Alameddine, Agnes Barton-Sabo, Justin Beaudry, Peter Bella, Jill Bell, Laura Bentley, Amir Berbic, John D. Berry, Berry Ann Bessemans, Scott Boggan, Yvonne Cao, Matthew Carter, Nadine Chahine, Karen Cheng, Ryan Clifford, Emily Conners, Dave Crossland, Lucas Czarnecki, Si Daniels, Meaghan Dee, Petra Docekalova, John Downer, Rachel Elnar, Thomas Eykemans, Kate Fernandez, Anna Filbert, Richard Fink, Alvaro Franca, Joseph Galbreath, Tyler Galloway, Roxane Gataud, Patrick Gosnell, Frank Grießlhammer, Sibylle Hagmann, Allan Haley, Randall M. Hasson, Norman Hathaway, Paul Herrera, Mark Jamra, Thomas Jockin, Sally Kerrigan, Joyce Ketterer, Akira Kobayashi, Olav Martin Kvern, Kvern Alice Lee, Andrea Leksen, Briar Levit, Bruno Maag, Charmaine Martinez, Lara McMormick, Paul McNeil, Jess Meoni, Lauren Meranda, Ana Monroe, Carl Montford, Aoife Mooney, Silas Munro, Jason Murdock, Toshi Omagari, Neil Patel, David Peacock, Mary Catherine Pflug, Thomas Phinney, John Pigford, JP Porter, Amy Redmond, Mamoun Sakkal, Stuart Sandler, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Hans Schellhas, Georg Seifert, Debi Sementelli, Reneé Seward, Paul Shaw, Juliet Shen, Nick Sherman, Radek Sidun, Gabriel Solomons, Michael Stinson, Nina Stössinger, Neil Summerour, Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Adrien Tétar, Douglas Thomas, Tricia Treacy, Mark van Wageningen, Wageningen Guy Villa, Jenny Wilkson, Matthew Wizinsky, Laura Worthington, Lance Wyman, Jayme Yen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

TypeCon venues

TypeCon is SOTA's conference. TypeCon Wikipedia link. TypeCon venues:

  • 1998 Westborough, MA | 2000 Westborough, MA | 2001 Rochester, NY | 2002 Toronto, ON | 2003 Minneapolis, MN | 2004 San Francisco, CA | 2005 New York, NY | 2006 Boston, MA | 2007 Seattle, WA |
  • 2008 Buffalo, NY | 2009 Atlanta, GA | 2010 Los Angeles, CA | 2011 New Orleans, LA | 2012 Milwaukee, WI | 2013 Portland, OR | 2014 Washington, DC | 2015 Denver, CO | 2016 Seattle, WA | 2017 Boston, MA
  • 2018 Portland, OR | 2019 Minneapolis, MN | 2020 Philadelphia, PA (canceled) | 2021 (virtual) |
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[Kelly Hobkirk]

Kelly Hobkirk (Typekirk, Seattle, WA) is a type and graphic designer. He created the modular typeface Ribbed and the pair of jazz-inspired fonts Coleman and Coleman Duo in 2015. In 2016, he published the contrasted all caps sans poster typeface Whim, and in 2017 Driven Unicase Extended (a 1970s squarish car ad typeface). Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Typographic Principles

CD ROM with lectures on typography, by Don Barnett and Lynda Weinman. Don Barnett is an illustrator and type designer who lives just outside the Seattle, Washington area. [Google] [More]  ⦿

UTF Type Foundry
[Bill Tchakirides]

Fonts designed by Bill Tchakirides (b. 1946) out of Shepherdstown, WV (was Hartford, CT), who writes about himself: Would you believe that this old man in West Virginia was once a Broadway Producer, or a Commercial Food Photographer, or a Justice of the Peace, or a Font Designer, or even a Director of a major non-profit Arts Program on Cape Cod? Well, he was. Now he spends most of his time posting in the blogosphere and looking for things to do (retirement is a bitch).

This company (UTF=U-Design Type Foundry) sells display and picture fonts at 45 dollars a shot (30+15 handling): Bill's Hand Chiseled, Bill's Blasting Caps, Bill's Fat Freddy Caps, Bill's Olde Foundry, Bill's 1935 Caps, Bill's Printer Pals (2003), Bill's Light Deco, Bill's DECOrations, Bill's Tropical DECOrations, Bill's Modern Diner, Bill's Barnhart Ornaments (1989), Bill's Victorian Ornaments, Bill's Broadway DECOrations, Bill's Dingbats (1988---his first font), Bill's Universal Symbols, Bill's Century Marks, Bill's Cast O Characters (2003), Bill's New Elzevir (1993), Bill's School Letters (1993), Bill's School Daze (1993), Bill's American Ornaments (1993), Bill's Bertham (after Goudy), Bill's Brushed Broadway (1993, fat art deco face), Bill's Metropolitan (1993, art nouveau), Bill's Peculiars, Bill's Real Rubber Stamps, Bill's Asterisks and Bullets (1993), Bill's FISTory (1993), Bill's Brackets, Bill's Ampersands, Bill's Box Specials. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Van Anderson

AmeriCorps volunteer math tutor from Packwood, WA, who designed Oregon (2004), a serif face. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vanguard Design Co
[Nick Stewart]

Bellingham, Washington-based designer of these typefaces in 2020: Glacier (a cold display sans), Chungus (chunky, rounded), Embark (a squarish wide sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Videogame Text
[Zach Whalen]

This site is a blog about a book proposal by Zach Whalen on the typography and types used in videogame text. It is immensely useful for type historians, and highly recommended. It is based on Zach's 2008 dissertation at the University of Washington entitled The Videogame Text: Typography and Textuality. Interesting subpages:

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Vince Connare
[Vincent Connare]

Vincent Connare (b. 1960, Boston) is an ex-painter turned type designer, who holds an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in 1999. In the late eighties/early nineties Connare worked in the Ikarus, Intellifont and TrueType teams for Agfa/Compugraphic, and was one of the first type designers to learn TrueType hinting. Then he joined Microsoft, where he designed Trebuchet (1996) and Comic Sans (1995).

At Connare.com (Seattle), he designed the transitional book text typeface Magpie in 2000. Vincent Connare joined Dalton Maag in the spring of 2001 as production manager. At Dalton Maag he was part of the team that developed Ubuntu and Nokia Pure. His own Magpie typeface was published in 2008 at Dalton Maag as Magpie Typo.

Lesser known fonts by Connare include WildStyle (done for the Agfa Creative Alliance), Fabula (a font for children's texts in Basque, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Frisian, Irish, Spanish and Welsh), Amaze (for mazes), and Vixar ASCII (1995, for Microsoft).

Connare also enjoys a reputation as an expert font hinter.

There is a movement by Isaac Stanfield to ban Comic Sans, discussed at Typographica and Typophile. Interview by Karen Huang. Piece by Emily Steel. Can Comic Sans look good in design? Check Markku Ylisirniö's Comic Sans poster. At Ampersand in 2011, he concluded "I just wanted to let it go; it just looks ridiculous" explaining why he was not involved with Ascender's Comic Sans Pro.

Video: Influencers and Innovation: Comic Sans (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vincent Connare
[Vince Connare]

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Waner Deng

Seattle, WA-based designer of the outlined comic book typeface 007 (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Weston Vierregger

Designer in Seattle who created the condensed blackletter typeface Axshaft in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yachung Peng

Seattle, WA-based designer of the octagonal origami typeface Lucent (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yahya Said

Seattle, WA-based creator of a number of experimental Kufi examples for Arabic (2015). In 2016, he designed the free vector format all caps sans typeface Rectang. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Zach Whalen
[Videogame Text]

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Zooey Ingles

Zoraida Ingles is a graphic designer and illustrator at Pandazu in Seattle, WA. Creator of the monoline script typeface Fibre (2012). Tumblr link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ZPi Fonts (or: Zapato Productions)
[Lyle Zapato]

ZPi Fonts (Zapato Productions Intradimensional) publishes the very interesting (often poster style) fonts by Seattle-based Lyle Zapato: DuarteCentenario (2005), DuarteJuramento (2005, based on hand lettering from a 1938 Dominican Republic stamp---a comic book style face), SubmarinesWhale (2005, art deco), Clean Your Neighborhood (based on the main text from a WPA poster issued in 1937 by the NYC Tenement House Dept), Slow Down Girls (based on title text used through most of 1934 in the Lincoln Star's illustrated Sunday Magazine), Greensboro, Enemy Sub (based on the text from a WWII poster), Halloween Roller (based on the title text of a WPA poster for a roller-skating carnival held in NYC's Central Park on Halloween, 1936). Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿