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Type scene in Wisconsin
Graphic designer and photographer in Milwaukee, WI. Behance link. He gridified / pixelized Adobe Myriad Pro and called it Aluminum Life Semibold (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Aboutype (est. 1991) is Joffre LeFevre's small Boston-based foundry and custom font bureau. LeFevre (b. 1945, Muskegon, WI, d. 2022, Proctorsville, VT) has been making typefaces since about 1970. He studied Fine Arts (illustration) at Kendall College of Art and Design and Fine Arts (graphic design) at Grand Valley State University. He also received an honorary Masters in Fine Arts from Babson College. For twenty years serving as principal type designer and type product designer for Compugraphic/Agfa Corporation before founding Aboutype Associates, Inc., a type design studio and custom digitizing service in 1989. He retired to Vermont in 2009. Joffre LeFevre's 1997 Volkswagen font series is floating around in web space however. As he says, The Volkswagen fonts were hand-drawn by me to a specification based on a long neglected display version of Futura that was developed by a photo composition type foundry in the early seventies. Similar to the type used in the introduction of the first VW Beetle.
LeFevre's fonts include Antique Central (shop sign font), Bitters, Boot Stitch, Capital, Crombury (2006, elegant high-ascendered display family), Cullens Shoes, Downtown, Elongated Roman, Erasurehead, Everett Mill, Free Zone (2001, geometric sans), Granger (2007), Hemmings, Hunter (2001, a slab serif family in the style of Beton), Hunter Poster, Mac Sans Outline Poster, Max Stitch, Merchant, Minernil (2006, slab serif family), Mulsanne (race car font), New Horizon (inscriptional, Trajan), New Horizon Titling, New Prairie (2001, transitional family), Pemberton, Pitch Pipe (2001, modern, bold), Putney (shop sign font), Ravenna, Rays Cafe, Redeye (2001, a religiously condensed and quite unreadable face), Redeye Sans, Revenue, Saloon, Sparrow (2007), Vanquish (2001, geometric sans), Wade Vernacular, Whitingham, and Zone.
Some fonts now sold through MyFonts: Antique Central, Bitters, Boot Stitch, Capital, Crombury, Cullens Shoes, Downtown, Elongated Roman, Erasurehead, Everett Mill, Free Zone, Hemmings, Hunter, Hunter Poster, Max Stitch, Merchant, Mulsanne, New Horizon, New Prairie, Pemberton, Pitch Pipe, Putney, Ravenna, Rays Cafe, Redeye, Redeye Sans, Redeye Serif, Revenue, Saloon, Vanquish, Wade Vernacular, Zone, Sydney, Charles, Merrimac, Willem, Float, Proceed, Salonika.
View Aboutype's typefaces. Obituary. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
C.C. Marshall (b. 1985, Richland Center, WI) is a type designer in Madison, WI. He graduated from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and founded the multimedia shop and font foundry Active Depth in 2000. Designer of Catenary (2010, an organic sans family). This family includes a Stencil style and a grungy Guerrilla style. At Dafont, one can download the grungy Catenary Stamp (2011).
In 2018, he designed Blackscript. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer of the Arabic simulation (or "faux Arabic") font Imperialist (2003), a protest against the American approach in the Middle East. Adam C. King is based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hudson, WI-based designer, with Ryan Hood, of the experimental typeface Melatonin (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based creator of a plant-inspired caps alphabet (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Alex Perez is a designer in Madison, WI. Behance link. He created an unnamed typeface in 2010. [Google] [More] ⦿
Green Bay, WI-based web producer who is working on a hand-printed version of Bodoni/Didot: see here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Neenah, WI-based designer of the thin circular typeface Arches (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer from wisconsin who created the free hand-printed typefaces Olive's Messy Signature (2012), Olive's Loose (2012) and Olive's Stitched Font (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based graphic designer, who obtained a BFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She created the futuristic typeface Moonboots (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukeem, who will get a Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 2012. Creator of the angular straight-line typeface Cosmos (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Milwaukee, WI. Behance link. Creator of the experimental typeface Tik (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the display font In the Name of Disco (2003). Angie Stumpf is based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sgaon or Sonar Gaon is a Bangla font designed by Anisur Rahman from Milwaukee, WI, in the early 1990s. From the designer: "The Bangla font sgaon is a HP Laserjet softfont. In this implementation, the softfonts are converted to PostScript and the groff fonts are also generated from the Adobe Font Metrics, encoding, and map files." [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI-based Anna Horst designed a retro telephone book typeface (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Dallas, TX, who graduated in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin (B.Arts) in Madison, WI. Creator of the free display typefaces Diminuendo, Wedged, and Crossed Wires Condensed in 2012.
Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fond Du Lac, WI-based designer of the free hand-printed typeface Tommy Lee (2016). Behane link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer (b. 1992) of the mysterious typeface Unown (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer and UW-Stout student Ashley Hohnstein (Oconomowoc, WI) created the multilayered typeface family Foofaraw (2012), combining curlicues with a tall condensed sans.
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Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of Handscrift (2004), a typeface that took inspiration from old medieval manuscripts. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his graphic design studies at Washtenaw Community College, Austin Holland (Brighton, MI) created the sci-fi poster typeface Alphenia (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
East Troy, WI-based designer (b. 1990). She designed the simple handwriting font Believe (2008). [Google] [More] ⦿
Ben Orozco is an artist, designer, and illustrator based in Madison, WI. He uses traditional neon techniques to illustrate imagined spaces and explore effects of visual perception. A recipient of the 2018 Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Visionary Scholarship Award, Orozco seeks to combine his formal design training with a historic glass material. He is currently studying Neon and Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin Madison for his Bachelors of Fine Arts. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ben Orozco designed the geometric sans typeface family Raviolo (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based typefounder active in the latter part of the 19th century. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee-based foundry, also called Benton, Gove&Co., Benton, Waldo&Co., and the Northwestern Type Foundry. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of the grunge typeface Remnant (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer, educator and artist who studied at the University of Wisconsin. She created Lady Killer (custom typeface and logo designed for Lilly Red Studio, Wedding Photography and Invitation Design, Chicago), Stylo Neuf (2009, a contrasted sans done in laser-cut letterpress), and Foundry Type (2008). [Google] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based designer of Frederick Sans (2020), an all caps typeface for sports applications. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at UW Stout in Menomonie, WI, Blake Spiegel designed the free slab serif typeface Handbook Editor (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Blank is The New Black
Graphic design studio located in Chicago, IL, which was founded in 2011 by graphic designer Thomas Johnson Quinn (b. 1980, Two Rivers, WI), a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (2003).
In 2009, he created the 4-style pixel/dot matrix family Versteeg. Along the same theme, he made Niemi (2010), Toews (2010) and Huet (2010).
In 2012, he created the extreme contrast didone typeface Volterra.
In 2016, he made Pocketknife (sharp-edged and influenced by constructivism).
Klingspor link. Behance link. Newer Behance link. Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Bill Moran is Artistic Director of Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He also teaches typography and printing history at the University of Minnesota. Together with his brother Jim, Museum director, they are third generation letterpress printers, presiding over the largest collection of printing equipment and wood type in the U.S.
At Blinc Publishing (est. 1996, St. Paul, MN) he released Goshen, Gommorah, and Prospect, typefaces that were done together with Darrel Austin at Chank. He also created Gideon (2001, 999USD!!!!!), Bell Martellus (2006, a Carolingian script family commissioned by the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota; co-designed with Chank Diesel), and Sodom (1999, with Chank). Hamilton Offset (2002, Chank) was based on an alphabet from the Hamilton Wood Type Printing Museum. He also made Flour Sack (2006).
He writes: As a youngster in Green Bay, Bill began his career as an apprentice in his father's print shop [Jim Moran]. He honed his graphic design skills at the University Of Wisconsin-Stout and proceeded to work for Norwest Banks, The Artist known as Prince, and 3M before starting his own business. Bill serves as the Artistic Director for the Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum.
Chank link. Blinc specializes in turn-of-the-century wood and lead type. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student in Hudson, WI, who created the striped video game typeface Press Start in 2016. [Google] [More] ⦿
Boris Pelcer is a Bosnian-born artist and designer based in Milwaukee, WI. He has a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and an MFA from the University of Idaho's College of Art and Architecture, Moscow, ID. In 2013, he created a gothic calligraphic typeface called Allure (Ten Dollar Fonts).
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the Trondheim runes font, which can be downloaded here. Harold Sauer, an MD at Michigan State University writes: Bradley Poulson, M.D. was a dear friend and medical classmate of mine. He was also an avid Macintosh user, buying his first Mac on the first day the computer was available in January of 1984. He was an internist in Manitowoc/Two Rivers, Wisconsin, U.S.A. who also liked to design fonts, like Trondheim. Bradley (1953-1990) met an untimely end in a car accident in his adopted Wisconsin on a snowy and icy day in December of 1990. [Google] [More] ⦿
Student from Delavan, WI, who designed Euroclip (2012, a sans). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer from Milwaukee, WI, who created the flared sans display typeface Sophia (2011). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic artist in Racine, WI. Her Nouveau Font (2013) is a school project---its name suggests art nouveau, but it is actually an avant-garde font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hudson, WI-based designer of Vortex Sharp (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Brew City Type
Daniel Nisbet (Brew City Type, Milwaukee, WI) designed the wood style slab serif titling typeface Porter in 2016. In 2018, he designed Harvest Stout (an all caps grotesk). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kraimer worked at Ascender Corporation since 2004 until it was sold to Monotype. He has worked at the Chicago Tribune, and at Monotype Typography and Agfa Monotype, where until 2004, he was Vice President, responsible for managing the Worldwide Font Development Team. Today, he works at the Accounts Office of Monotype from Elk Grove Village, IL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who created the minimalist experimental font Broken Arrow (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, Brittany Lischka (Kewaunee, WI) created a spurred modular typeface called Wild Rose (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Menomonie, WI-based student at UW Stout, class of 2013. Creator of the fun Western look typeface Jim Jam (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Brittany Sweney (Minnesota) graduated from UW-Stout with a BFA in Graphic Design. In 2011, she created a beautiful ornamental caps alphabet for a mock Sokol Blosser Vineyard annual report. Other typefaces include Havana (2012), Dr. Beezy's (2013, hand-drawn).
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Kenosha, WI-based designer of the thin display typeface Sprightly (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Saint Paul, MN-based Caitlin Hottinger designed the architectural font Cahedral (2016). Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer of the Pacman-inspired typeface Arcade (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kenosha, WI-based designer of the display typeface Longevity (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of Synapses (2004), an all caps typeface in which letters are made up of axons, dendrites and synapses. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Milwaukee, WI. Creator of hand-rendered 3d alphabet in 2013. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI, class of 2017. In 2017, she designed the poster typeface Readymade. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Menomonie, WI-based designer of the pixel typeface Gravity (2015). This typeface was created for a course at University of Wisconsin-Stout. [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Canby, MN, Chad Lindemann graduated from Augustana College and Kansas State University. At Kansas State University, he taught figure drawing. At Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska, he taught art. Today, he is Associate Professor of Art at Wisconsin Lutheran College (in Milwaukee, WI) teaching primarily printmaking and media design.
He created one typeface, PF Lindemann Sans (2011, Parachute). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graduate of MIAD. Milwaukee, WI-based designer of Video Game Type (2014) and Rep Type (2015). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic artist, b. 1930, Chicago, IL, d. 2017, Edina, MN. Hughes moved to Minnesota in 2002, but he spent most of his career as a lettering artist in Chicago and Milwaukee. He worked briefly for ATF in 1948. Hughes designed ads for the yellow pages in Milwaukee and worked for ten years as a letter designer at the Milwaukee Journal. At age 30 he became a freelancer, drawing letters for international ad agencies and design studios such as J. Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett. Hughes gained a reputation for his versatility as a lettering artist. He designed fonts for several food products, including Raisin Bran, DiGiorno Pizza and Quaker Oat Bran, and developed an entire alphabet for Marlboro. He once was given the job of designing the catchphrase for Tony the Tiger, the cartoon mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes.
His retail typefaces include Indy Italic (1990, Letraset), an informal script, and Century Nova (American Typefounders, 1966, one of the last metal typefaces), the latter as a variation on Century Expanded.
During his graphic design studies, Chase Patt (Milwaukee, WI) created the hipster typeface Tokyo Streetlights (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
At UW-Stout, Chelsea Bunkelman (Menomonie, WI) designed Neon Lights Typeface (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based creator of the knitted look type family Knit & Purl (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Self-proclaimed dark artist from Montello, WI, b. 1988. Designer of the grunge typeface Untitled Slop (2006). Alternate URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
At the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Chris Wiemer designed the modular typeface Analex (2019). [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer of the multilined typeface Stitch Regular (2015), which was completed for a school project at UW Madison. She also created the modular typeface Vagus (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI Ciara Rouze (Mammoth Lakes, CA) designed the handcrafted silhouette alphabet font Bad Cabbage (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based creator of the curvy and spiky typeface Luna (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
As a student in Madison, WI, Claire Larkins designed a set of lifestyle icons and the modular typeface Slice in 2016. Behance link [Google] [More] ⦿
During her graphic design studies at NWTC in Green Bay, WI, Clara Bonikowske (Waupaca, WI) created the poster typeface Take Note (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based designer (b. 1987) of Love You Long Time, BLINGladash, Clare's-Special-Sauce, Could-Be-Infected, Got-Ballz, Retro-Stylee, Scrapbooking-Special, Sooper-Cool and stellar-handwriting, all handwriting fonts made in 2007. She also made the western look font WANTED-Dead-Or-Alive! (2007) and the script font Love You Long Time (2007). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kenosha, WI-based creator of the counterless hand-printed typeface Steamroller (2011). She also designed some beautiful ornamental caps in her Earth Day Poster (2011). Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jim Moran (Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Wisconsin) classifies initial caps using these designations:
Cory Harleben (Monomonie, WI) created the all-caps display typeface Hambone Notch in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at UW Stout in Menomonie, WI, Cody Petts created Pine (2013), a sturdy arrow-tailed sans display face.
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During his studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Collin Konetzke designed the textured typeface Golden Brown (2017) and Bright Cellars Icons (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Co-designer (from Milwaukee, WI?) with Stu Sandler of the comic book / beatnik typeface Taylors (1998, Font Diner), who describes this typeface as follows: Meet like-minded hipsters for martinis and chit-chat to a rhumba beat!. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee-based painter and illustrator, who created a mob-themed alphabet, Mob War (2010), with all glyphs based on Redford BV. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kenosha, Wisconsin-based designer, b. 1982, of the modular typeface Swamp Dog (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies, Danielle Hagye (Muskegon, WI) created the typeface Zebra Print (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Chippewa Falls, WI, who created the inline typeface Neon in 2016. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic and web designer in St. Paul, MN, who studied at UW-Stout. He created Black eagle, a logotype, in 2007. [Google] [More] ⦿
Squid (aka Dave Cohen) is a font designer, sculptor, illustrator and musician. He has executed hundreds of prototypes for the toy, ceramics and gift industries, such as tiki mugs. Squid's fonts are published exclusively by Sideshow Foundry. You can see his other musings at SquidArt. Google Font Directory link. With Stuart Sandler, he created the wooden plank look font Bamboozle (2008, Sideshow), the whacky comic book typefaces Goofball (2008), Weird Bill (2008, with Stuart Sandler), Weirdbats (2008, with Stuart Sandler), Doinky, Doinky Inline (multiline version of Doinky) and Doinkbats (2008), Zombie Rot (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Squidtoonz (2010, a comic book typeface done with Stuart Sandler), Motobats (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Skritchy (2010, a sketch font done with Stuart Sandler), Kitchenbats (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Beachcomber (2009, a wooden plank style face; with Stuart Sandler), Beachbats (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Office Blogger (2010, with Stuart Sandler, hand-printed), Western Dressing (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Canned Corn (2010, with Stuart Sandler).
In 2010, as Wisconsin-based Sideshow, he placed a number of free fonts at the Google Directory, all mostly hand-drawn typefaces: Walter Turncoat, Unkempt, Sunshiney, Slackey, Kranky (blackboard bold), Irish Growler (comic book style), Irish Grover, Chewy (bubblegum face), Rock Salt.
Faces from 2011 at Sideshow: Rancho Deluxe (with Stuart Sandler), Creepster Pro (with Stuart Sandler), Permanent Marker Pro, Rochester (a Victorian upright connected script).
In 2012, David Cohen and Stuart Sandler published these typefaces at Neapolitan: Irish Grover Pro (2010, a bouncy face), Satisfy Pro (2011, a connected retro script face), and Slackey Pro (2010, a paper cut out style face).
Typefaces made in 2012: Mystery Quest (a curly Victorian and/or psychedelic typeface that is free at Google Web Fonts), Seaweed Script (Google Web Fonts), Griffy (spooky face, Google Web Fonts), Skranji (Google Web Fonts).
Typefaces made in 2013: Impala Script (retro script; with Stuart Sandler), Fuzzbox (a funky typeface; with Stuart Sandler), Ramparts (funky font, with Stuart Sandler), Seaweed Script Pro, Griffy Pro, Blinky (chalky, hand-drawn).
Typefaces from 2014: Tradewinds Pro (with Stuart Sandler), Flavors Pro (with Stuart Sandler), Flavors Pro Spicy (with Stuart Sandler), Oyster Shore, Rumpus Room Filled (with Stuart Sandler), Rumpus Room (with Stuart Sandler).
Typefaces from 2015: Mystery Quest Pro (wacky, wobbly, funky, offbeat and groovy), Frijoles (with Stuart Sandler, at Neapolitan), Snackbar (an 18-style fifties diner script family by David Cohen and Stuart Sandler).
Typefaces from 2019: Grannys Greenhouse (a beatnik font by David Cohen and Dathan Boardman).
Klingspor link. Fontspace link for some free fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Inventor of the optical reader, b. Milwaukee, 1923, d. San Diego, 2007. Shepard majored in electrical engineering at Cornell and earned a masters degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan. Obituary in the New York Times, from which I quote: Mr. Shepard sketched out the familiar boxy numbers on credit cards, called the Farrington B numeric font, on a cocktail napkin at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, his wife said. The shapes were meant to be as simple and open as possible because gasoline station pump islands were among the earliest places optical character recognition was used; the shapes were meant to minimize the effects of smearing with grease, oil and other substances. The font with a 7 that looks like two sides of a rectangle has persisted even as the numbers have faded from use: the magnetic strip on the cards back now carries the necessary information. [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based art director, who created the splended sprinkled deco typeface Springtype (2015) and an equally impressive prismatic art deco typeface, also in 2015. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kenosha, WI-based designer of the display typeface All Nighter (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Located in Menomonie, WI, Dena Hoewisch created the cool typographic composition NY Color (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kaukauna, WI-based designer of the spurred typeface Trinity (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based graphic designer. He used geometric patterns to create the futuristic typeface Orion (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based designer (b. 1998) of the handcrafted typeface Kaleidoscope (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based creator of the hand-printed poster typeface Overly Obnoxious (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Born in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, 1888, Ernst Frederic Detterer worked as a designer, instructor and calligrapher, and in particulat at the Ludlow Typograph Company in Chicago. He died in Chicago in 1947. The main typeface he designed was Nicolas Jenson (1923). The type was renamed Eusebius in 1941. Nicolas Jenson was based on the original work of fifteenth century designer Nicolas Jenson.
Jim Spiece's Nicolas Jenson SG is based on Eusebius and on extensions of Eusebius by Detterer's student, Robert Hunter Middleton.
McGrew writes about Eusebius: Eusebius is Ludlow's distinctive adaptation of the types of Nicolas Jenson, which were first used about 1470 and have served as inspiration for many of the best roman typefaces ever since. This typeface was designed by Ernst Detterer in 1923, and issued as the Nicolas Jenson series. Robert H. Middleton, who had been an art school student of Detterer's, was first hired by Ludlow for the temporary assignment of seeing this typeface through production. By 1929 he had designed matching bold, italics, and open. Slight modifications were later made to the Nicolas Jenson series by Middleton (who remained at Ludlow for a distinguished career, designing scores of typefaces over forty-seven years), and it was reintroduced in 1941 under the series name of Eusebius. This name comes from the 1470 book in which Jenson's original type was first used. In the specimen of Eusebius, the J and f shown separately at the end are the original Detterer design of the letters most obviously redesigned; other changes were minor. In addition to the characters shown in the specimens here, with the usual ligatures for all fonts, oldstyle figures were available for Eusebius and Italic and Open, while QU and Qu combinations with long tails and f combinations with overhangs were made for regular, Bold, and Open. Compare Centaur, Cloister, Italian Old Style.
He created the Newberry Library Bindery Type ca. 1935. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Communication design student in Milwaukee, WI, who made Embodiment (2011), a typeface for genies. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Diner (or: Stu's Font Diner)
Stuart Sandler (Minneapolis) runs six foundries: Font Diner (est. 1996), Sideshow, Breaking The Norm, the Tart Workshop, Font Bros (est. 2006), and Filmotype (est. 2006). He runs a handful of other companies and web shops as well, including Mister Retro (est. 2004). He is passionate about retro type. DaFont link for their free fonts. Fontspace link. Interview.
Catalog of the best selling Font Diner fonts. Images of Stuart Sandler's best-selling fonts.
Free fonts: Rickles (2007, script), AirConditioner (2002, fifties style upright script), BahamaSlim (2004), BlackNight (2002, blackletter), BlackWidow, BubbleMan, ChannelTuning, Corrupter, CreakyFrank, DecayingKuntry, FeaturedItem, FontOnAGrain, FontOnAStick, Fontdinerdotcom (one of the earlist beatnik style digital typefaces), FontdinerdotcomHuggable, FontdinerdotcomLoungy, FontdinerdotcomSparkly, Fontdinerdotcom Jazz Dark, Fontdinerdotcom Jazz Light, Hothead, KeeponTruckinFW, Leftovers (2002), MaverickBE (stencil face), Musicals, PickAx, Rickles (2009; upright script), RocketScript (2002, retro script), Schnookums, SinsofRhonda, Spacearella (2002), StencilGothicBE, ThatsSuper, Turnpike (2009), Witless, XerkerFW.
Commercial fonts: Continental Railway (1998, retro connected script), Anastasia, Chatty Cocktails (1998, art deco), El Nino, Guest Check, Hamburger Sandwitch (1998), Jumping Bean (1998, comic book style), Lionel Classic (1998, an art deco all caps face), Milwaukee, Motor Oil, and the greatest of them all, Coffee Shop (1998, exaggerated ascenders), a must! Other typefaces: Permanent Waves (1998, + Expanded: retro connected script), Yarn Sale (curlies), Fat Sam (not bad!), Etiquette, Taylors (1998, another great display font; co-designed with Dan Taylor), Kentucky Fried (1998, comic book / signage style), Beer Wip, Seuss, Jack Bisio and FinerDiner, Shivering, Dry Cleaners (2002), Singlesville Script (2002), Dripping Blood, Bowlorama, Action Is, Automatic, Chicken King (2002), CocktailShaker (2002, at Chank), Concurso Italian and Concurso Moderne (2003), DoggieBagScript, Johnny Lunchpail (2000, comic book style), Kitchenette (connected retro script), Lil Tipsy (2003), Milwaukee Neon (1998), Milwaukee Neon Shadow (1998), Motorcar Atlas (2000), Regulator, Stovetop (2002), Swinger (2002), WARNING (2002, rough stencil), BEBlob, BECROSS, DecayingAlternate, Decaying, EvilBrew, TheBlob, Insane Asylum, Creepy Crawly, Crossover, Fire Baaaad!, Rotten Teeth, Candy Good, EvilOfFrankenstein, HMan, HManPt2, PlasmaRain, Chicken Basket (2004), Chowderhead (2004), Cocktail Script (2004, upright), Country Store (2004, Western style), Dairyland (2004), Emblem Chief (2004, fifties diner script), Motel King (2004), Queen Rosie (2004), Sweet Rosie (2004, blackboard bold), Secret Recipe (2004), Square Meal (+Hearty) (2004), Bahama Slim (2004), Space Immortalizer, Matchbook and BE Streetwalker. Many font have a cool retro/fifties look. The InFlight Meal font set (2001) includes Al's Motor Inn, American Highway, Kiddie Cocktails, Lionel Text, Mosquito Fiesta, New York to Las Vegas, Pink Flamingo, Refreshment Stand, Starlight Hotel, Volcano King. The LasVegas font set: El Ranchero (2002), Hamburger Menu, Hamburger Menu Marquee, Holiday Ranch, International Palms, Lamplighter Marquee, Lamplighter Script, Las Vegas to Rome (stone chisel face), Leisure Script, Leisure Script Marquee, Mirage Bazaar (2002), Mirage Zanzibar (Arabic theme face), Mister Television, StarburstLanes, Starburst Lanes Twinkle, Vegas Caravan. At ITC, he published ITC Kiddie Cocktail (2003), ITC Mosquito Fiesta (2003), ITC Volcano King (2003).
In 2006, Font Diner acquired the Filmotype collection and its trademark, Filmotype. Sandler writes: Filmotype initially manufactured a simple manual phototype machine utilizing display typeface designs on 2-inch filmstrips. Additional films were sold to start-up typesetting companies in order to increase their product selection. Font Diner will create new digital versions of the Filmotype collection, recreating it to meet todays graphic design standards. [...] We intend to release the Filmotype library in OpenType format so the original designs can be fully realized with a dynamic feature set including alternate glyph forms and automatic substitutive ligatures.
In 2007, Font Diner started publishing digitizations of the collection: Glenlake (condensed Bank Gothic, by Mark Simonson), MacBeth (script), Alice (casual script), Zanzibar (calligraphic), La Salle (brush writing originally by Ray Baker in the 1950s, named after Chicago's LaSalle Street), Ginger (Mark Simonson; masculine headline typeface genetically linked to Futura), Austin (paintbrush), Brooklyn (hand-printed), Honey (handlettered script), Jessy (handwriting), Modern, Vanity, Filmotype Ford.
In 2010, Stuart Sandler published a book entitled Filmotype by the Letter, in which he details the company's history.
Free fonts on the Google Directory, dated 2010: Fontdiner, Swanky, Cherry Cream Soda, Permanent Marker, Homemade Apple, Schoolbell.
In 2012, David Cohen and Stuart Sandler published these typefaces at Neapolitan: Irish Grover Pro (2010, a bouncy face), Satisfy Pro (2011, a connected retro script face), and Slackey Pro (2010, a paper cut out style face). At the same place, he also published Crafty Girls Pro (2010, co-designed with Crystal Kluge). With Crystal Kluge, he also co-designed the flowing connected script typeface Aya Script (2012).
At Sideshow, he published the pen-drawn connected script Mister Brown (2013) and the retro signage script typeface Cocktail Sauce (2014).
View Stuart Sandler's typefaces.
Jolly Lodger (2012, Google Web Fonts) is an informal retro script.
Typefaces from 2018: Cherry Soda, Deviliette, Fat Sam, Doggie Bag Script, Cherry Soda, Deviliette, Fat Sam, Doggie Bag Script, Black Night (an eerie blackletter), American Cheese (retro display style).
Typefaces from 2019: Madelinette Grande (by Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge: created by hand with traditional pointed pen, it includes calligraphic penmanship and rustic styles).
Typefaces from 2021: Bon Marche (a curly vernaculat script by Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge), Los Angelino (a script by Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge), La Bohemienne deLuxe (a calligraphic script by Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge), Epicursive Pro (a script by Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Font Seed is based in Eau Claire, WI. Dathan Boardman and Stuart Sandler co-designed the display sans typeface Discount in 2018. They also published Aaron James Draplin's DDC Hardware in 2018. [Google] [More] ⦿
Fontwala (was: Hindi Rinny)
Hindi Rinny is a great Indian type blog and news place run by Erin McLaughlin (b. 1985), a graphic designer in Wichita, KS (and before that, Minneapolis, MN). After graduation from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010, she joined Hoefler&Frere-Jones in New York. Erin has worked with independent foundries Frere-Jones Type, Universal Thirst, TypeTogether, as well as Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, and Google.
She designed Katari for her thesis.
Originally from Milwaukee, she received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design before her MA at Reading. Erin created an angular typeface---à la Oldrich Menhart---, and added a matching Devanagari style---the harmonious ensemble is called Katari. This typeface earned her the 2011 SoTA Catalyst award.
In 2015, she published the free Google Web Font typeface Khula for Latin and Devanagari. The Latin is based on Steve Matteson's Open Sans. GitHub link. Still in 2015, she published the useful free Devanagari typeface family Yantramanav at Google Web Fonts, to accompany Christian Robertson's Roboto. Adobe Kannada was also designed in 2015---the Latin part of that font was by Robert Slimbach.
Typefaces from 2016 include Hubballi (a free monolinear typeface for Kannada; Google Fonts link).
In 2019, she aided with the Devanagari part of the free Google Fonts typeface IBM Plex Sans Devanagari (by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Erin McLaughlin).
In 2021, Erin McLaughlin and Wei Huang developed the traditional workhorse sans serif typeface Tenorite for Microsoft for use as one of the default fonts in Office apps and Microsoft 365 products. Elements such as large dots, accents, and punctuation make Tenorite comfortable to read at small sizes on screen.
In 2020, she published BhuTuka Expanded One at Google Fonts. BhuTuka Expanded One, originally designed in 2017, is a Gurmukhi companion to Aoife Mooney's BioRhyme Expanded Light typeface.
Home page. Github link. Personal home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
American architect, artist and designer, b. Richland Center, WI, 1867, d. Phoenix, AZ, 1959. He was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. His lettering inspired many to create typefaces based on them. The Frank Lloyd Wright museum is near the University of Chicago. He lived in Oak Park, IL, two blocks away from Luc Devroye's daughter. A partial list of fonts related to FLW:
Racine, WI-based designer of the free modular typeface Gala (201), which was made with FontStruct. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gene Gable on the history of typewriters. I cite: Typewriter patents date back to 1713 or older, according to many sources, but nearly everyone ascribes the invention of the modern typewriter to Americans Christopher Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel Soule, in 1873. The three Milwaukee businessmen soon sold their patents to the Remington arms company, who went on to popularize the typewriter. [Google] [More] ⦿
Engraving machine company in Racine, WI. They created several typefaces including Gorton Normal, Gorton Extended, Gorton Moderne, Gorton Stamp Series, and Gorton Script. Digital versions of these types include Gordon (URW++: caps only, and not really a good approximation) and the rounded sans typeface Gorton (Josh Krämer). [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based creator of this sans face (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her graphic design studies in Madison, WI, Grace meurer created the monoline display typeface family Purl (2015), which has one textured style with a knitted look. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Great Lakes Lettering
Great Lakes Lettering in Eau Claire, WI, showcases the type designs of Dathan Boardman and (Detroit, Michigan-based) Molly Jacques (formerly Molly Jacques Erickson). They jointly designed the illustrative handwriting font Frosted in 2012.
In 2013, they designed the script typefaces Asterism (Asterism Clean, Asterism Clean Bold and Asterism Monoline in 2015), Kailey Force (signage script in three styles, The Bold, The Brave, The Beautiful), Icing and Saint Agnes.
Typefaces from 2014: Brushy Mini, Helsing (a quirky serif inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) and Edward Gorey's rendition of that story), Icing Blizzard, Frosted Blizzard.
Typefaces from 2015: Backlash (Molly Jacques Erickson, Dathan Boardman: the next step in gonzo splatter lettering scripts).
Typefaces from 2016: Kota Mini (brush), Butterskotch, Mon Voir (by Dathan Boardman, based on the calligraphic script of illustrator Jenna Rainey).
Typefaces from 2017: Tarot (beatnik style), Calla Script (with Dathan Boardman), Raindrop (a flirty handcrafted typeface family for editorial illustration).
Typefaces from 2018: Bon Voyage (based on the handwriting of Taryn Sutherland of Twinkle and Toast).
Creative Market link. Newest Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Ground Control (was: Penny Font Foundry, or: Pennyzine)
As part of the (ex-) Chank Army, Jason Ramirez (b. 1978, Wisconsin) offers free and commercial fonts. He started out as Pennyzine or Penny Fonts, or Penny Font Foundry, with free fonts that were typically made with the Data Becker software program. Later, his fonts became commercial, and the new site changed its name to Ground Control.
The list of their free fonts, which are mostly in the grunge style that was in vogue ca. 2000: Locals Only (2011), Cocaine Nosejob (2008), Made (2004, grunge blackletter), Strip Club Motion Sickness (2003), One Fell Swoop (2003, scratchy calligraphic), Fear of a Punk Planet (2005), Futon Revolutionist (2002), Bill Hicks (2002, grungy blackletter), Elliot Swonger (2002), Elliots Bad Day (grunge), Don Giovonni (2006, grungy typewriter), Don Giovonni Makin Enemies (2006), Gumuski (2002), DUMMY (1999), Acid Reflux Baby (2002), Avenge Me (2004, multiline, octagonal), Times-New-Omen (1999), punk rock rummage sale (2001), Thatluvinfeelin1 (2001, a sexual positions font), cut-n-paste (1999), Maydogg (1999-2002, handwriting), My-wife-sucks (1999), Stamped-out (1999), Stank (1999), StankII (1999), uncle-tom (1999), uno (1999), Coopdeville (2002), Dirtysocks, FourMoreYears (2003), Punkrockrummagesale (2001), Theregoestheneighborhood (2003), Thiskettle (2002, handwriting), Mr. Rogers (2003), Regime Change (2004), Hotel Coral Essex (2006, grunge), Limp Noodle (2006).
Commercial fonts: Sparkle House (2011), Chompsky Fancy (2011), Redneck Superstar (2002, Chank's).
Dafont link. Yet another URL. Fontspace link. Abstract Fonts link. Alternate URL. Direct downloads. Alternate direct download path. Ground Control web site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Gudrun Buhnemann's page on transliteration fonts for Sanskrit. You can download John Smith's CSX+ fonts (Courier, Helvetica, New Century Schoolbook, Palatino, Times), and the Times-Norman fonts designed by Professor K. R. Norman of the University of Cambridge for use in printing Indian language material in Roman script. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hamilton Holly Wood Type Co. (or: Hamilton Manufacturing Company)
Founded by Edward J. Hamilton as the J. E. Hamilton Hollywood Type Company after the introduction in 1880 of Hollywood type. Located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, this company was the successor firm to the William H. Page Wood Type Company, Morgans and Wilcox, and Vanderburgh, Wells&Company, and thus possessed most wood type in the USA in 1906. In 1906, they published a specimen book of all the wood-type designs in their possession, and, incredibly, destroyed all the original paper designs and patterns for the individual letters. This brought a heavy blow to the wood type industry. The lithograph dealt it another blow, and wood type became obsolete soon afterwards. Samples of their specimen books are starting to appear on the web. See here and here for samples of pointing hands from the 1901 catalog, and here for fists from their 1900 catalog. About their start: Just after 1880, Max Katz finances the business, and it becomes Hamilton&Katz for a few years. Katz sells out to William Baker, and the name of the firm becomes The Hamilton Co., or Hamilton&Baker. A bit later, Hamilton buys out Baker, to form the Hamilton Manufacturing Company. And then the takeovers start in earnest: in 1891, they buy the William H. Page Wood Type Company, then in 1898 Heber Wells, in 1899 Morgans and Wilcox Mfg Co., and in 1918 Tubbs Mfg Co. Amazingly, the company lasted until 1985, and enjoyed the lion share of the wood type business in the 20th century.
Hamilton Wood Type Catalog #14 (1899) can now be viewed on-line. Ross Connard's PDF file of that same catalog. Scans from the 1899 catalog: Fist, Page 27, Page 30, Page 35, Page 36, Page 39, Page 65, Page 66, Page 68, DeVinne Condensed, Devinne Double Extra Condensed, Jenson Old Style, Bradley, The Inland, Page 106.
Additional typefaces: Ben Franklin (1895, distressed edge font---other fonts in that style include Plymouth, Pabst and Blanchard), Bradley (1900, based on an ATF typeface by Will Bradley), Old Style (1900, after William Caslon IV's Caslon, ca. 1816), Cheltenham (1891, 1900), Cheltenham Black Expanded (1900), Clarendon Condensed (1899, after the original by Bill Stark & Co., 1853), Cooper Black (ca. 1900). DeVinne Condensed (1895), French Clarendon (1890), Antique No7 (1889), Antique Tuscan (1881, after Wells&Webb, 1854), Etruscan No4 (1895).
A note on digitizations of the collection. There are two main sources, one commercial, and one free. The commercial revival project of Richard Kegler / P22 is called HWT, or Hamilton Wood Type. The free font project is by Dick Pape, who digitized many of Hamilton's typefaces in his American Wood Type collection. Download page for Dick Pape's fonts.
Jeff Levine addded a few revivals of his own. These include Wood Clarendon JNL (2020: after Hamilton Clarendon Condensed, 1899), Wood Sans Narrow JNL (2017), West Fork JNL (2020: after Hamilton's Latin Extended from 1999) and County Clerk JNL (2020: after Gothic Special).
References: Wood Type (Hamilton Manufacturing Co., Two Rivers, WI, 1938). [Google] [More] ⦿
Wood type museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hamilton Wood Type (HWT)
Hamilton Wood Type (HWT), established in 2012, is a joint venture between P22 type foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The designs in this collection are based on printed specimens and actual wood type from the historic Hamilton Museum in Two Rivers, WI. HWT is based at P22 headquarters in Buffalo, NY. Typefaces are contributed by its founder, Richard Kegler, but also by Miranda Roth and Terry Wüdenbachs.
In 2012, they published HWT American Chromatic (Richard Kegler, Terry Wüdenbachs), a multilayered Western or circus font based on 19th Century Chromatic.
HWT Antique Tuscan No. 9 (2012) is a very condensed 19th century Tuscan style wood type design with a full character set and ligatures. This font was first shown by Wm H Page Co in 1859. It is the first digital version of this font to include a lowercase and extended European character set.
HWT Borders One (2012) contains 80 modular decorative elements that are based on the designs offered by the Hamilton Manufacturing company at the end of the 19th Century.
In 2013, Richard Kegler released the refreshing retro typeface HWT Bon Air, which is one of a series of script typefaces cut into wood by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company for the Morgan Sign Machine Co. (makers of the Line-o-Scribe showcard press) ca. 1950). He also digitized HWT Star Ornaments and HWT Republic Gothic (with Miranda Roth).
In 2013, James Todd designed the wood type revival family HWT Unit Gothic for Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. The Unit Gothic series was released by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in 1907, and comprises a flexible range of widths from compressed to very wide.
Still in 2013, William Page's Antique No. 4 is revived as HWT Slab (Antique, Columbian), one with unbracketed square serifs, and one with bracketed serifs as in Clarendons.
In 2020, they added HWT Showcard Script (Terry Wüdenbachs) [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Student at UW Stout, who created a typographic emu in 2011. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Menomonie, WI< who created Anchor Script in 2014 (I think). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who resides in Victoria, WI. Designer of Gestation (2004), a typeface in which the letters develop differently. [Google] [More] ⦿
Green bay, WI-based designer of the wedge-serif typeface Diamante (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Dead link. A fontmaking workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI in April 1997 resulted in this font, in which each participant drew one character. These were: by chank diesel, darryl austin, eric sorensen, kyle hames, ejaz saifullah, tom michlig, kari muellner, becki zaglifa, eric burke, amy fries, chank foo, paula sorter, andrew ciske, stefan peters, jason wittwer, jon bon jovi, stacy smoczyk, jessica yach, britt lundberg, sabine panse, jason gilmour, eric kattner, chank, and justin p. [Google] [More] ⦿
HiH (Hand in Hand)
Tom Wallace's foundry, HiH (est. 2005), was first located in Woodbridge, CT. Subsequently, Tom Wallace (b. 1944) moved from Woodbridge to Naugatuck to Waterbury and finally in 2009 to New Britain, CT. His type designs are based on historical letterforms:
View Tom Wallace's fonts. View the typefaces designed by Tom Wallace. MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Monroe, WI-based company which offers HyperFont (1993), a free monosapaced slashed zero font designed for showing computer code. [Google] [More] ⦿
Walter Bernard "Ben" Hunt (b. 1888, Greenfield, WI, d. 1970) was an American artist, outdoor educator and author. His books covered native American arts, woodworking, scouting, pioneering, jewelry making, metalworking, and calligraphy. Quoting wikipedia: Hunt was born in Greenfield, Wisconsin and grew up in a log cabin. He attended Milwaukee's South Division High School, but did not graduate, dropping out to become lithographic engraver at the Bruce Publishing Company. Hunt moved to Hales Corners, Wisconsin with his wife, Laura, in 1920. In 1924, Hunt, along with his father-in-law and his brother, Edwin C. Hunt, built a log cabin behind his home. The cabin, a 16x28-foot structure, made of tamarack logs, was the subject of Hunt's first article, How We Built Our Log Cabin. During the late 1930s, Hunt began to study the work of Native American artists. As part of his research, Hunt met with artists and leaders such as Nick Black Elk, Frank Smart (or Chief Gogeoweosh), and James F. "Buck" Burshears. Hunt shared his knowledge of "Indian lore" with Milwaukee's boy scout leaders and, in 1942, Hunt started writing articles for Boy's Life. He became a regular member of its staff, ultimately writing over 1,000 articles. Hunt's work for Boy's Life, led him to serve on the staff of the National Boy Scout Jamboree in 1950, 1953, 1957, and 1960.
Edwin and Ben Hunt published Fifty Alphabets (1931), Lettering of Today (1935, revised in 1941), 60 Alphabets (1935, Bruce Publishing), and 101 Alphabets (1954, 1958). Several digital typefaces resulted from those publications. Grouped by type designer:
Download some typefaces based on the latter publication. Flickr site sith images of 101 Alphabets, courtesy of Diane Zerr. Local download of 101 Alphabets. Download link for Pape's typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry based in Madison, WI, that sells most of its fonts, such as IMXSdes1, IMXSbuildings, IMXSdoors. Free fonts include IMXSarrows (1999), IMXStypew (1999, typewriter font), IMXSsym1 (1999), IMXSflares (1999). Logo truetype font service (20 USD). [Google] [More] ⦿
Type designer from Eau Claire, WI. Creator of the children's handwriting typeface Schoolbell Pro (2012, Neapolitan) when he was in Second Grade. I suspect that Jackson is Stuart Sandler's son. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based creator of the pixelized typeface Metropolis (2014), which was finished during his studies at the University of Wisconsin. He also designed the distressed typeface family Underwood (2014-2015), which is not related to the typewriter. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies in Kiel, WI, Jake Thielmann designed the arc-based experimental typeface Eclipse (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka Edward James Hamilton, born and died in Two Rivers, WI, 1852-1940. Wood type designer and producer active with the Hamilton Manufacturing Co. His innovations led to the production of high quality wood type. Hamilton Manufacturing Co dominated wood type in that era. He designed many wood typefaces, such as Trenton Condensed (1889), digitized in 2005 by Jordan Davies. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer of the monolinear modular typeface Exosphere (2020). [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Madison, WI, Jason designed the beautiful free Christmas flakes font Spunkflakes (2002) at Chank's place, together with Jeff Johnson and Jack Wilcox. Jason is affiliated with Spunknation.com in Minneapolis. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI, Jay Miles designed the tall ultra-condensed typeface 02x30 (2013, FontStruct). [Google] [More] ⦿
Green Bay, WI-based designer of the script typeface Bonjour Mon Amour (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Menomonie, WI-based designer of a stencil font (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Jennifer Ann (Coral Antler Creative, Sturgeon Bay, WI) designed the handcrafted typeface Hippie Shack (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: Magnolia Blues, New Foundland. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who designed the display font Nostalgia (2003), as well as the handwriting typeface Intimacy (2003) and Urgency (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who created the caps font Kidsplay (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies in Whitewater, WI, Jill Hilliger created an octagonal typeface (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Jim Moran received his apprenticeship from Moran's Quality Print Shop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, while serving as printer's devil, pressman, partner, and owner for 29 years. He became the Director of Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2009, where he maintains the collection of wood type, runs and repairs the museum's presses, teaches workshops, archives and restores the museum's collection of 20th-century decorative and advertising plates, and oversees museum operations. Speaker at ATypI 2017 in Montreal and at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. In Antwerp, his talk, Old Beer New Type, presented together with Fred Smeijers, is concerned with the typographic revival of one of the Plantin Moretus' oldest (17th century) posters, promoting beer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer of the retro highway font Jandus Road (2019). [Google] [More] ⦿
Joel Carter (Carter Design, Milwaukee, WI) created the typeface Linked (2012).
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer of the modular typeface Font 2.0 (2019). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer (as a student based in Oconomowoc, WI) of the great Opentype SVG-format floral caps typeface Posy (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who lives in Chaska. He made the pixel typefaces Insidior (2004) and Afton (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator and designer in Portland, OR, Mosinee, WI, and/or Marshfield, WI, who created the blocky poster typeface Attack (2015), the squarish inline typeface Thin White Line (2010) and the slab serif typeface Slumbo (2013).
Behance link. Home page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Oak Creek, WI-based designer of a dot matrix typeface in 2015. [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer (b. 1980) of the experimental stencil font RAMI (2003). Kari Elizabeth Stevenson is based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Karissa Cable (now in Elk River, MN) created Bitsans (2015). In 2016, she designed Double Type. [Google] [More] ⦿
As a student at University of Wisconsin Stout, Kat Manor (Menomonie, WI) created the display typeface Skeleparts (2015) which is based on parts of the human skeleton. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Menomonie, WI-based FontStructor aka katerz1118 who made these typefaces in 2012: Odd Future, Line-o-Type (vertically striped), Double Vision (texture face), Distraction (sci-fi face), Infamous (2012), Sasquatch Hunting (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer of the dot matrix typeface Ohio Star (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at UW Stout, Kathleen Klinger (Menomonie, WI) created the thin experimental typeface Interstice (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies at the University of Wisconsin Stout, Kayla Smith (Hudson, WI) designed the script typeface Skinny Latte (2016) and Italian Icons (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer and illustrator who created the Treefrog-style ink spill typeface Encre in 2015. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kelsey grew up in Detroit and Minneapolis. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Graduate of the TDi program at the University of Reading, UK, 2017. He is on the faculty at VCU. Elder is the sole owner of a small type foundry called Lowered Case, which he uses as a platform to publish typefaces that investigate how de-skilled landscapes attribute to (and define) senses of community identity. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dr. Ken Lunde is Manager of CJKV Type Development at Adobe Systems Incorporated, San Jose, CA. He holds a Ph.D. (1994) in Linguistics from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wrote Understanding Japanese Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1993), and CJKV Information Processing (O'Reilly&Associates, 1999). He also wrote CJKV Information Processing: Chinese, Japanese, Korean&Vietnamese Computing (O'Reilly). In 2010, Adobe will release the first genuinely proportional Japanese font, Kazuraki (by Japanese type designer Ryoko Nishizuka), which was developed at Adobe in 2009 under his management.
Ken managed the Source Han Sans project---these are open source fonts released in 2014 by Adobe and Google for Japanese, Chinese and Korean. He also headed the development of Source Han Serif.
In 2018, Ken Lunde and Masataka Hattori co-designed Soukou Mincho (free at Fontsquirrel).
In 2019, he created the experimental variable font Width at Adobe. Github link.
Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of The History of Japan's Era Name Square Ligatures, and in particular, the two-kanji square ligatures for the five most recent eras, Reiwa (2019), Heisei (1989), Shouwa, Taishou and Meiji. [Google] [More] ⦿
At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kirsten Engen designed the decorative caps Alphabet Stretch (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Kiwi Media (Eric Oehler)
Fonts by Eric Oehler from Middleton, WI:
Dafont link. Klingspor link. Fontspace link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kristen Goffard from Menomonie, WI, created the minimalist octagonal typeface Trap Doors (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Madison, WI. Creator of the Helen Highwater typeface family (2013, a subtle slab serif). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who created the wooden plank font Treehouse (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of Inkblot (2004), a typeface that inverses the terminals on Keedy Sans (round becomes square and square becomes round). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW Stout (b. 1985) who worked with Luis Fitch. At Chank's place, he designed the Tuscan wood type Dickens McQueen (2006). Now based in Hudson, WI, he created the experimental typeface Algo Right (2007). [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer of Nectar (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of Female Font (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her photography studies at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Laura Kelly (Milwaukee, WI) created the textured clored didone caps typeface Moths (2016). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
This small foundry in Madison, WI, was selling these fonts: Beavis (handwriting), VeryRoman, Broken and FreakShow. [Google] [More] ⦿
During his studies in Madison, WI, Leb Weisnicht designed the techno typeface Replicant (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based designer (b. 1991) of the hand-printed Evil Spork Girl (2010).
Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Florian Zietz (b. Salzgitter-Bad, Germany, 1967) studied graphic design at Fachhochschule Hildesheim and participated in the German art and design school's exchange program with the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Since completing his studies in 1994, he has been working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for a variety of clients. Creator of the dingbats typeface FF Headz (2005), which won an award at TDC2 2006. Librito is the web outfit of Agnes von Beöczy and Florian Zietz, who are located in Hamburg, Germany. They are involved in graphic and type design, calligraphy and illustration. Besides FF Headz (dingbats), they created Just Seven (2010, a child's hand), Cutz (informal script that is way better than Comic Sans), Segmenta (2008, modular, octagonal, slightly stencilish; based on grids similar to those used in train station and airport signage), Stars (2009, dingbats), and Zansibar (a great type project concerned wit the reconstruction of an old map alphabet). Viktor (2011) is based on wood type.
In 2012, he published the Sketchimpact family (a sketched version of Impact) and the roughened antiqua typeface Argento.
Typefaces from 2014: Ahoy (based on cruise line posters), Neometrix (3d, layered, outlined and hand-drawn).
Typefaces from 2015: Fatone (a high contrast semi-didone caps family, with wood type ancestry).
FontShop link. Klingspor link. Librito link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Originally from Minnesota, Lindsay Gergen is a graphic design student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She created the modular typeface Kink (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer who graduated in 2010 from Menomonie, WI. Behance link. She made a nice wood type poster in 2010, based on material from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. [Google] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer of the prismatic typeface Umbrella & Lantern (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who made a caps typeface in which all letters are based on Celtic knots (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
Student at UW-Milwaukee, who made the display typeface Primitive Type (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
De Pere, WI-based creator of the sans typeface Ludovico (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her graphic design studies in Milwaukee, WI, Maria Bhatti created the delicate script typeface Peacock (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Oshkosh, WI. Behance link. He created the hairline condensed typeface Rossen (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Mark Thoams (Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI) designed Pig calligram in 2017. [Google] [More] ⦿
Matt Erickson (Matt Erickson Design, Menomonie, WI) created the squarish Cloak typeface in 2014. He studied at UW Stout. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Matt Frost Type is located in Madison, WI. Matt designed some fonts at Chank's place, including Cowboy Rhumbahaut (2000), a take on a mid 19-th century ornamental face. His home page. In 2011, he set up Matt Frost Foundry.
His commercial typefaces include
Student in Milwaukee who created Native Arrowhead (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
Green Bay, WI-based designer of Hand-Drawn Display Font (2012, an octagonal typeface). [Google] [More] ⦿
Matthew Carter (born in London in 1937, and son of Harry Carter) is one of today's most influential type designers. He trained as a punchcutter at Enschedé in 1956. In 1963 he was hired by Crosfield, a firm that pioneered the new technology of photo-typesetting, to lead their typographic program. He worked for Mergenthaler Linotype (1965-1981), and co-founded Bitstream Inc. with Mike Parker in 1981, adapting many fonts to digital technology. In January 1992, he founded Carter&Cone with Cherie Cone, and often collaborated with Font Bureau. In 1995, he won the Gold Prize at the annual Tokyo Type Directors Club competition for Sophia. In 1997, he received the TDC Medal for significant contributions to the life, art, and craft of typography. In 2010, he received a MacArthur grant. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
John Berry on Carter's art (2002). Apostrophe comments on Berry's article. Interview. His fonts:
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of Expressing Vocal Tones through Typography.
Linotype link. FontShop link. Favorite quote: Watching me work is like watching a refrigerator make ice. Another quote: A typeface is a beautiful collection of letters, not a collection of beautiful letters.
View Matthew Carter's typefaces. Matthew Carter's fonts. The typefaces made by Matthew Carter. See also here. Wikipedia page. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Designer based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who created the experimental font Virus (2003) and a handwriting font (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Company in Milwaukee, WI, that published Penman's Leisure Hour (1894). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Wisconsin, who made the art deco display typeface Obscura (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies, Kenosha, WI-based Melanie Jenner created the handcrafted typeface Mutiny (2017). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer of Font Meow (2013). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based designer of the grungy Serif In Distress (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Metal Arts was established seventy-five years ago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a small two-story foundry and finishing factory. In the beginning casting aluminum letters and seals for the United States Postal Service, that soon expanded to bronze plaques and letters for business, government and organizations. Metal Arts had become a successful business in Milwaukee, employing fifteen skilled craftsmen and artisans. Their 2009 Metal font catalog led Abdul to create these fonts and post them on alt.binaries.fonts in 2011: Metalarts101Futura, Metalarts10420thCentury, Metalarts105CDGothic, Metalarts107Block, Metalarts204FlatFaceRoman, Metalarts302CDDPModernRibbon. [Google] [More] ⦿
Duluth, MN-based designer (b. La Crosse, WI, 1977) of Ekkehard (2020: inspired by multiple blackletter typefaces that appeared in an 1862 printing of "The Doctrine of the Simple and the Power of the Powerless" by Hans Nielsen Hauge), Gladstone Street (2019), Jayce (2018, +Fleurons), Dulcyna Hand (2018), Bombastic (2010, grunge), Jeyran (2010, a blotchy hand-printed typeface done with Elnara Browers), Gladstone (2009, a readable blackletter), Diegeometrische (2008, a stencil for Latin and Cyrillic), Menim Elim (2007, cursive hand), Ellaroza (2007, gorgeous fleurons), Konscript (2007, old typewriter face), Geistig (2006, classical caps), Sophiazoya (2006, Victorian era ornaments), Dovshan (2007, more Victorian era ornaments), Loza (2006, curly antique face), Disjecta (2006, a shaken serif face), Formasi (2006, grunge face), Mehriban (2007, grunge), Mehriban Outline (2008), Squarefill (2008, grungy stencil), Squarefix (2008, grungy stencil), Wingbrush (2008), Somatica (2006, grunge) and Isoglyphics (2005, dingbats).
MyFonts page. Alternate URL at MyFonts. View Michael Jason Browers's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Student in Menomonie, WI, who created the textured typeface Virgo (2012, FontStruct). [Google] [More] ⦿
West Allis, WI-based designer of the deco typeface Chillin (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the display font Bleed Black (2003). Mitchell Wagner is based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Molly Jacques Erickson
Prolific American type designer (b. 1872, Milwaukee, d. 1948, Morristown, NJ), who published over 200 alphabets at ATF. He managed the ATF type design program from 1892 until 1937. Son of Linn Boyd Benton. MyFonts page on him. Nicholas Fabian's page. Linotype's page. Klingspor page. Unos tipos duros page. His fonts include:
Typefaces alphabetic order:
View Morris Fuller Benton's typefaces. A longer list. A listing of various digital versions of News Gothic. More News Gothic-like typefaces. Even more News Gothic-like typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Madison, WI-based designer of the circle-themed typeface Circuit (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Nate Eul was born and raised in Faribault, MN, and is currently studying graphic design at the University of Wisconsin Stout in Menomonie. Behance link.
Creator of the art deco typeface Hoodwink (2012), which is supposed to be used on a slant. Good for slogans. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer of Mugglebrush (2016), the children's script font Jonas in the Fifth (2016), the handcrafted Timberhavn (2016), the brsush script Mountain Man (2016) and Shock Block Display Font (2016). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graduate of MIAD, class of 2018. Milwaukee, WI-based designer of the colored decorative all caps typeface Roman Archi-Type (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Menomonie, WI-based designer of the neon sign or paperclip font Liqud Fire (2016), which was published during his studies at the University of Wisconsin Stout. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Milwaukee, WI. He created the free geometric typeface Circles (2010). Behance link.
Dafont link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Senior designer at Font Bureau since 1997, after graduating that year from the Rhode Island School of Design. Born in Milwaukee, WI, he now is a faculty member at RISD, where he teaches typography in the department of Graphic Design. He regularly offers a summer course on Digital Type Design, Summer Institute of Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design. His sketchbooks are now on line. In 2016, he set up Occupant Fonts as part of the Type Network.
In September 2017, Morisawa announced the establishment of "Morisawa Providence Drawing Office" in Providence, RI, as its new base for developing Latin fonts. Cyrus Highsmith, who had served as a designer for Font Bureau for many years, and who started Occupant Fonts in 2015, has been appointed as its creative director. By this move, Morisawa acquired Occupant Fonts.
Author of Inside Paragraphs, written for a foundational typography course. Matthew Carter writes: Cyrus Highsmith takes the lid off a paragraph of type and shows its inner workings. There is nothing you need to understand about using type that's not in this book. Cyrus explains the correct terms for the typographic components of form and space that make a letter, a word, a line, a paragraph, and he does it with clear drawings, simple language, and a legible typeface for the text.
Cyrus created wonderful typefaces such as Loupot (1997, with Laurie Rosenwald, based on the lettering on Charles Loupot's St. Raphael poster from 1948), Eggwhite (2000-2018, for comics), Relay (2002, a somewhat art deco sans serif family that will be in vogue for years to come!), Benton Sans (1995-2003, with Tobias Frere-Jones, a revival of Benton's 1903 family, News Gothic; see also Benton Sans Wide, 2013), Occupant Gothic (2000-2018, angular), Prensa (2003, a simple 24-style serif family), Prensa Display (2012), Dispatch (1999-2000), Halo (2003), the 12-weight Stainless family (2001), and Daleys Gothic (1998). The Wall Street Journal uses his D4ScotchD4Scotch family (2001). He made a modified Palatino for the newspaper El Mercurio, and designed Zocalo or El Universal for the newspaper El Universal. He won Bukvaraz 2001 awards for Prensa and Relay.
His Amira (Font Bureau) and (Spanish-feeling) Zocalo (Font Bureau) won awards at TDC2 2004.
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, he spoke about the wealth of typefaces. In 2006, Escrow (Font Bureau) was published, an out-of-this-world 44-style subdued Scotch family that is used by The Wall Street Journal. In 2007, still at Font Bureau, he created Antenna, a 56-style sans family, as well as Biscotti, a delicate connected (wedding) script commissioned in 2004 by Gretchen Smelter and Donna Agajanian for Brides magazine.
His calligraphic copperplate script Novia (2007, Font Bureau) was commissioned to grace the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings.
Still in 2007, he won an award for his newspaper type family Quiosco (Font Bureau). Font Bureau writes: With Quiosco, Cyrus Highsmith continues an examination of themes and possibilities which he first explored in Prensa, inspired by the work of W. A. Dwiggins---specifically a dynamic tension between inner and outer contours. However, the crackling, electrical energy of Prensa here gives way to a more fluid, mercurial muscularity in Quiosco. See also Quiosco Display.
In 2006, he designed Scout for Geraldine Hessler's redesign of Entertainment Weekly, under the influence of DIN, Venus and Cairoli. Scout is a utilitarian sans serif series that was followed in 2013 with Scout RE---four styles optimized for screen text and small sizes in print. In 2016, he added Scout Text.
In 2010, at Font Bureau, he published the extensive families Ibis Text and Ibis Display, which he says were influenced by Walbaum (1919) and Melior (1952). The Webtype version IbisRE is poorly kerned / displayed in my browser though. From 2007 until 2010, he developed Salvo Sans and Salvo Serif (Font Bureau), which were originally called Boomer Sans and Serif. They were released in 2011.
In 2012, he published Serge (an angular script family in three styles: a frisky, acrobatic typeface that dashes off decorative blurbs, signs, and headlines with a lively, angular zest), Heron Sans and Heron Serif at Font Bureau, which writes: Heron Serif and Sans are born of hard iron and steel, but galvanized with Cyrus Highsmith's warmth and energy.
In 2013, he published Icebox at Font Bureau---a font that is based on a set of magnetic letters found at a variety store.
Typefaces from 2014: Tick and Tock, two stencil styles.
Typefaces from 2015: Antenna Serif.
Typefaces from 2016: Gasket, Gasket Unicase, Gasket Uncial.
Typefaces from 2017: Allium.
Typefaces from 2018: Allium Text.
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam: Don't design web fonts Its theme is: The successful type series of the future will be the ones that can move between media. He says that new typefaces should be smarter than the devices that use them.
In 2015, he received the coveted Gerrit Noordzij Prijs. His illustrations were the subject of an exhibition and a book, both called Products Of A Thinking Hand (Typotheque / KABK, 2018).
View Cyrus Highsmith's typefaces.
Klingspor link. FontShop link. MyFonts interview. Old Font Bureau link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Charles Gibbons (b. 1967, Lynn, MA) received an MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Gibbons spent much of the nineties as a designer for the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and later as assistant professor of Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin / Stout where he taught typography and publication design. In 2001, he joined the Library of Congress as the chief designer for the United States Copyright Office. Chuck has partnered with various typefoundries such as Bitstream, Filmotype, Sideshow, Tart Workshop, Device, and Cultivated Mind. The Ciao Bella ornaments he designed with Cultivated Mind's Cindy Kinash represent the first commercially available auto-chromatic fonts: each font can be set in two colors. Working with Stuart Sandler and Crystal Kluge at Tart Workshop, he developed the method by which their Aya Script delivers its characteristic curlicue ribbons. His types grace book covers, greeting cards, film titles, museum façades, and the seal of the United States Copyright Office. At present, he teaches typography and type design at Tufts University in Boston. In 2015, he set up Oddsorts. His typefaces, in more or less chronological order:
FontShop link. Oddsorts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graduate of Clarke University (class of 2016), who is based in Madison, WI. In 2016, she designed the sharp-edged display typeface Rock Candy. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Dathan Boardman (Open Window) is an American type designer who lives in Eau Claire, WI, and was born in 1979. He went to UW Stout to get his BFA in Graphic Design.
Fontspace link. Klingspor link. Fontsquirrel link. Google Plus link.
Great Lakes Lettering in Eau Claire, WI, showcases the type designs of Dathan Boardman and Molly Jacques Erickson. They jointly designed the illustrative handwriting font Frosted in 2012. In 2013, they co-designed the hand-drawn typefaces Saint Agnes and Icing, and the script typeface Kailey (2013).
View Dathan Boardman's typefaces. Dafont link. Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Outside The Line Fonts
Outside The Line Fonts was founded by Rae Kaiser (b. 1951, Marshfield, WI), and is based in Eau Claire, WI, on the shores of Lake Monona. Rae's fonts include
See also here. Agfa/Monotype sells Architectural Lettering, Cross Stitch, CurlyQ, Doodles, DoodlesTheAlphabet, Food Doodles, Holiday Doodles, Office Doodles, Plz Print, Plz Print Brush, Plz Print Bold Condensed, Plz Script, the hand-printed series (Best Regardz, Dearest John, Yourz Truly and Sincerely Yourz, 2009) and Tall Skinny Condensed (1999).
MyFonts link. Font Bros link. MyFonts interview. Klingspor link. Creative Market link.
In the Phonology Project at the University of Wisconsin, the free Pepper Font family was developed: each font contains 43 regular and bold phonetic symbols for all of the American English consonants, vowels, and diphthongs, and 45 diacritic symbols and special characters. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design and sociology student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She created Modified Helvetica (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW Milwaukee. He created the fat geometric typeface Night Fowl (2010). [Google] [More] ⦿
Mike Rohde (Roh Design, Milwaukee, WI) writes on sketching, drawing, technology, travel cycling and books. Author of The Sketchnote Handbook, the illustrated guide to visual note taking (2013, The Peachpit Press). For this book, he created a hand-printed typeface family, Sketchnote (2013, +Text, +Square), which can be bought from Delve Fonts. He also created Sketchnote Dingbats (2014). Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based designer (b. 1982) of Crow Graffiti (2004, based on the letters used in The Crow: City of Angels). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer of the monoline organic sans typeface Groove (2012).
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Hudson, WI-based designer, with Adam Lehl, of the experimental typeface Melatonin (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at the University of Wisconsin-Stoutr. Based in Menomonie, WI, he created the typeface Reticulum (2012), which is entirely composed of straight sticks.
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
New Richmond, WI-based designer of the arts-and-crafts typeface Fearless (2018). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based designer of the caps typeface Paper Cuts (2011). In 2012, she made the hand-printed poster typeface Summer Camp. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies in Milwaukee, WI, Sarah Nagorski created the counterless geometric headline typeface Barklep (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer of the Thai simulation font Jesticulate (2003). Sarah Osborn is based at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Chippewa Falls, WI, who created the display typeface Dark Maiden (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
American artist (b. 1905, Peoria, IL, d. 2006, Milwaukee, WI) in Wisconsin, known for paintings of ballerinas and dairy cows and his regionalist murals. He married fellow-artist Ruth Grotenrath in 1934, and both became involved in the Federal Works Progress Administration's (WPA) art programs, Treasury Relief Art Project (TRAP) and the Public Works Art Project (PWAP). He created the stick figure Ballerina Alphabet as a serigraph in 1990. [Google] [More] ⦿
Aka Shanna Rose. Graphic designer in Wisconsin who created the modular typefaces Tight Squeeze, Brick by Brick, and Rush in 2012. These are FontStruct fonts.
FontStruct link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Eau Claire, WI-based outfit who sell their fonts at MyFonts and Font Diner: Sideshow was developed as an offshoot boutique type foundry of the Font Diner retro display font foundry. Their first work is a collection of calligraphic borders called the Certified Series (2008, by Stuart Sandler of Font Diner and Bai Mellon from France). Other work includes Goofball (2008, retro lettering by David Cohen and Stuart Sandler), Cocktail Shaker (2008, a retro font typical for Stuart Sandler), Bamboozle (2008, wooden plank look by David Cohen and Stuart Sandler), Blackcat (brush typeface by Sam Gambino and Stu Sandler), Creaky Frank (2008), Creaky Solid (2008), Creaky Tiki (2008) [all wood-style typefaces made by Sandler and Derek Yaniger], Blackcat Fever (2008), Weird Bill (2008), Weirdbats (2008, by Cohen and Sandler) and Toylab (2008, by Molly Zakrajsek and Stuart Sandler). Sandler added Derekbats (in cooperation with Derek Yaniger), Savage Hipsters (a bebop curly display face), Weird Bill (with David Cohen), Coffee Drinker (connected script) and Coffee Service (a signage face) in 2008.
At Google Web Fonts in 2011: Creepster (Halloween font), Trade Winds (pirate font), Frijole [image], Flavors [link].
Free fonts done in 2012: Rock Salt (hand-drawn).
View the Sideshow typeface library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Company whose fonts can be bought via Stuart Sandler's Font Bros. They include mostly playful display typefaces: Bamboozle, Blackcat Chopper, Blackcat Fever, Cocktail Shaker, Creaky Wiggling Fingers, Creaky Frank Wiggling, Creaky Tiki Wiggling, Snoiplash Bold, Sniplash Quacker, Toylab Mechanical, Derekbats, Doinkbats. At Google Font Directory, we learn that the designer is Dave Cohen. A free font there is the brush script typeface Satisfy (2011). He also posted Creepster Caps (2011) at Google Web Fonts just in time for Halloween.
Typefaces made in 2012: Grilled Chicken (angular hand-printed typeface), Mystery Quest (a curly Victorian and/or psychedelic typeface that is free at Google Web Fonts), Seaweed Script (Google Web Fonts).
In 2015, they published Jazznik (a sixties beatnik typeface family with accompanying dingbat fonts Jazznik Rhythms and Jazznik Riffs).
Madison, WI-based publishers of Specimen Book of Wood Type (1998), designed and printed by Rachel Davis, and of Specimen Book of Wood Type from the collection of the Silver Buckle Press. Introduction by Rob Roy Kelly. Foreword by Stephen O. Saxe (1999). In 1988, they published the calendar of ornamental material from the Silver Buckle Press (University of Wisconsin at Madison). [Google] [More] ⦿
Sound of Design Foundry
Sound of Design Foundry was established in 2004 by Ty Lettau, who teaches design at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee since 2003. He sells classy typefaces, such as the (digital) wood types Gothic Extended, Concave Tuscan X Condensed, Latin No. 500, Aetna, Roman Extended, Grecian X Condensed, Kurilian Eureka, Teniers Unique No. 165, and the ornamental types Ornaments No. 1 and No.2. [Google] [More] ⦿
Wisconsin-based designer of the free athletic lettering stencil font NFL Packers (2015). [Google] [More] ⦿
Square One Communications will take anyone's signature and convert it into a Windows TrueType Font. A demo font is available by FTP. From Muskegon, Wisconsin. [Google] [More] ⦿
The STA is a professional association for designers in Chicago, originally established in 1927 as the Society of Typographic Arts. Recent past events: April 2, 2002: "New typography requires new typefaces", a presentation by Chester at Chicago's Columbia College, Center for Book and Paper Arts. April 13-14, 2002: A drive up to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI, and a visit of the Paul Rand retrospective exhibition at the William F. Eisner Museum in Milwaukee. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI-based designer of a geometric octagonal typeface (2011). [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of Humanality (2004), a typeface in which all minuscules receive dots (heads). There is no upper case. He also made a typeface based on woodcuts (2004), and Interface (2004). [Google] [More] ⦿
Randy Szarzynski (Szar Design) is a type designer from Maple Plain, MN, who was born in 1952 in Beloit, WI. Typefaces: Zar Brush (2011, +GothicM), Zar Bold Serif (2011), Zar Casual (2011), TILT (2011, cartoon face), Zar 2 Script (2011, fat signage script), Zar 2 Casual (2011), Zar Condensed (2012).
Images of the typefaces by Szar Design. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
During her graphic design studies in Menomonie, WI, Tami Severinsen created the modular display typeface (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
The Dingbatcave (was: Ann-S-Thesia)
The Dingbatcave offers many dingbat fonts by Ann Stretton from Racine, WI. Ann Crawlers (crawlers!) is free. Borders, spiders, ringbats, ornaments, annaments. The spirals (5 fonts) are absolutely wonderful! Fonts include EyeEyeMate, Characters, Wreck Tangles, WebBats, BrideofWebbats, Victorian Frames, VictorianTriplets, Scrollbars, Decobands, GuestStars, Shaped Spheres, Satellite, Frets, RolyPoly (great circles), Wreck Tile, Ornaborder, Butterfly Scrolls, Annuals MorningGlories, Pansies, Petunias, Poppies and Zinnias, Wingnuts, Kaleidoblocks, Gothblocks Tetrascopes, Spinafores, Pinaforms, Patchquirks and Interlochs, Mandalarama Florascopes, Cross Scrolls, Triangles, HexaGlyphs, DecoGlyphs. Seconds One and Two were free at some point. Stan Starbuck's Stan Nipple family of ornamental circles is great (Pallas, Plato's Laws, Timaeus). Nearly all fonts are commercial now. Alternate URL to Ann-S-Thesia.
At the now defunct OmegaFrog site she published some fonts that may have disappeared or improved, so I will list them for the historical record only: Annaments, Basketweave, Borders, DecoFrieze, DecoGlyphs, DingBatik, Florascopes, Frieze, GothicFrieze, HexaGlyphs, Kaleidoblocks, Ringbats, Roundabouts, Scrolls, Speyerals (one of the greatest spiral fonts on earth!), Spinwheels, Spirals, Woodblocks. A quote from that site: Her art is abstract, geometric, embellished, decadent and fun. She's the webmistress behind The S.S.Studio, also known as Ann-S-Thesia's Gallery of Digital Delights. At Garagefonts, check Baroquoco (borders).
Finally, several fonts can be bought at MyFonts, such as the great gender symbol and astrological font family Ann's Astro. One also finds Speyerals, Dividers, EyeEye Mate (eyes), Decorative Bands, GothBlocks, WreckTile, Deco Glyphs, Spirals, Ann's Valentines, Satellite, Victorian Franmes, Shaded Spheres, Butterfly Scrolls, Guest Stars (scanbats), Bijous, Quadtiles, Stellars, Florascopes, FriezeFrame, Scrolls, Savvy Navvy, Characters, Modules, Annaments, Gingerbread Borders, Victorian triplets, Borders, OctOs, Cross Scrolls, Crop Circuits, Scrollbars, Web Bats, Framemaker, WreckTangle, TimePieces, NatureSwirls, Primotifs, Breakfast at TifAnnie's, Annuals, Bride of WebBats, Whirligigs, Basketweave, Dingbatik, Wingnuts, Frets, Ornaborder. Gone are Anns Butterfly, Breakfast Muffins, Stan Bugs, and Wingnut5.
Dafont link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Darry Rehr on the history of typewriters. I cite: ... "It was called the "Sholes&Glidden Type Writer," and it was produced by the gunmakers E. Remington&Sons in Ilion, NY from 1874-1878." ... "The idea began at Kleinsteuber's Machine Shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the year 1868. A local publisher-politician-philosopher named Christopher Latham Sholes spent hours at Kleinstuber's with fellow tinkerers." ... "Sholes proceeded to construct a machine to do the whole alphabet. The prototype was eventually sent to Washington as the required Patent Model. The original still exists, locked up in a vault at the Smithsonian." ... "Sholes lacked the patience required to penetrate the marketplace, and sold all of his rights to Densmore, whose belief in the machine kept the enterprise afloat. Remington agreed to produce the device beginning in 1873. The "Glidden" part of the name came from Carlos Glidden, one of the Kleinstuber Machine Shop gang, who had been something of a help to Sholes." [Google] [More] ⦿
The Good Type
The Good Type is Josiah Werning's foundry in Milwaukee, WI. Josiah Werning (b. 1984, Brookfield, WI) created Forestry (2010) and White Rose (2012). He writes about White Rose: White Rose is an original hand-drawn typeface that was made for the White Rose Catholic Worker house in Chicago. White Rose (the Catholic Worker house) follows a long tradition of providing hospitality, being active and involved in the community and living a sustainable lifestyle. In the same way, White Rose (the typeface) follows a long tradition of typefaces, mimicking Old Style and Transitional forms while retaining an element of style.
Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Located at the University of Wisconsin, this site offers some copies of old type specimen books for viewing. There are neither PDF downloads nor high resolution scans, but one can get a feel of the contents. The list (as of early 2012) is below:
Madison, WI-based designer of the paperclip typeface Tubing (2018), which was developed during her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. [Google] [More] ⦿
American type designer, born in Rochester in 1966, who has worked for various foundries including Monotype. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He lives in Madison, WI, and is currently employed by Monotype, after a short period at Ascender. He co-designed a revival of W.A. Dwiggins' beautiful Eldorado family, Amanda (1996), Hamilton, the Western font Buffalo Gal (1992-1994, TTGX variations font done while he was at Apple). He worked at Monotype from 1994 onwards, where he hinted Carter's Georgia, Tahoma, Nina and Verdana fonts, for example, commissioned by Microsoft. While employed by Apple Computer, Tom oversaw the development of the first TrueType fonts to ship with Apples System 7. He worked on a freelance basis for Font Bureau for the last 12 years. He has worked on custom font solutions for companies such as Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lexmark, Lotus, Microsoft and Nokia. His custom fonts include a revival of Bodoni to serve Lexmark as their new corporate typeface. His experience with non-Latin scripts is broad, having designed fonts for the Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Thai, Thaana and Cherokee scripts. Tom also played a key role in the development of fonts for Agfa Monotype's proprietary stroke font format. In his own words, However I did the bulk of the drawing for Siegel's Graphite, and I did about 1/2 of the Tekton MultipleMaster (with Jill Pichotta and Tobias Frere-Jones on the other half of the masters) while in Palo Alto. In 2004, he co-founded Ascender Corporation, where he published
Designer at BBS of Adstyle Borders (1908), who lived in Appleton, WI, at the time. Mac McGrew: Although these are primarily decorative border units rather than type fonts, they had considerable popularity for expressing names and slogans in the borders of ads and otherwise. Designed by T. C. Robinson in 1908, the letters are a plain gothic style, somewhat thick and thin, similar to nineteenth-century designs. There are seven series: No.1: negative characters in rimmed circle. No.2: positive characters in circle. No.3: negative characters in plain circle. No.4: positive characters in square. No.5: negative characters in square. No.6: positive characters in diamond. No.7: negative characters in diamond. Monotype Special Reversed Figures No. 132S are very similar to Adstyle Border No.5, and in the 12-point size they include X, period, and comma, and single and double figures to 20. [Google] [More] ⦿
Thomas Johnson Quinn
Tim Rolands Digital Studio (was: TR Typographic Services, Phont Typographics, Stylus Digital Typography, Studio Renaissance)
Tim Rolands (b. St.Louis, MO, 1970, based in Kirksville, MO and London, UK, but also in Stevens Point, WI) is an independent digital type developer, producing TrueType and Postscript typeface families for MacOS and Windows. He founded Tim Rolands Digital Design in 2001. Other names for his company include TR Typographic Services, Phont Typographics, Stylus Digital Typography, Studio Renaissance. His fonts can be bought at MyFonts.
Tim's creations include Orlando (free), Anvil (also available in OpenType), Valor (2006, an experimental modern typeface that combines geometry and mediaeval Lombardic ideas), Miranda (an Aldine, roman caps family: Pro version appeared in 2012), Aegis, Prospero (1997, inspired by the early Romans of Nicolas Jenson; see Prospero Pro (1997-2008)), Illiad, Kimberly, Timotheus, Envoy (2001, garalde family), Odyssey (2001, classical Roman caps; see Odyssey Pro in 2017), Alexander, Runik Futhark (based on the earliest Germanic-Norse runes, known as the Elder Futhark).
Toni Hall (Menomonie, WI) created the multilayered art deco typeface Foxy Boxy (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee, WI and now Chicago, IL-based creator of these typefaces in 2012-2013: Yeti (squarish), Paris 1889, Abakka (futuristic, octagonal), Neue School (octagonal, athletic lettering), Runaway, Bastard.
In 2014, he designed Fruit Stand (vernacular signage face), the modular sans typefaces Maceland and Lynial, and the stylish Centurion.
Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
TypeCon 2012 took place at the Inercontinental Milwaukee, from July 31 until August 5, 2012. There was a close cooperation with the Hamilton Wood Type&Printing Museum in nearby Two Rivers, WI.
The speakers: Bethany Armstrong, Jo De Baerdemaeker, Steve Bardolph, Nathan Adam Beadel, Roger Black, Scott Boms, Antonio Cavedoni, Nancy Sharon Collins, Rafael Diaz, John Downer, Nathalie Dumont, Craig Eliason, James Fritz, Patrick Giasson, Emily Gordon, The Heads of State, Cyrus Highsmith, Mark Jamra, Akira Kobayashi, Craig Kroeger, Indra Kupferschmid, Gerry Leonidas, Jean-Baptiste Levee, Ian Lynam, Kamal Mansour, Ricardo Martins, Steve Matteson, Erin McLaughlin, Kathleen Meaney, Ketty Miranda, Vince Mitchell, Gillian Mothersill, Bill Moran, Jim Moran, Sharon Oiga, Amy Papaelias, Matthew Peterson, Thomas Phinney, Ashley John Pigford, Dan Reynolds, Daniel Rhatigan, Steve Ross, Jay Rutherford, Yvette Rutledge, Stuart Sandler, Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer, Amie Segal, David Shields, Julie Spivey, Sumner Stone, Neil Summerour, Jason Cranford Teague, Tricia Treacy, Guy Villa, Erik Vorhes, Carey Watters. [Google] [More] ⦿
Documentary made in 2008 by Justine Nagan about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers in rural Wisconsin. Justine Nagan has produced or helped produce various films at Kartemquin Films. She has a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, 2004. Another URL. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Milwaukee, WI, who created a Caslon poster in 2010. Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
During her studies in Madison, WI, Vatsalaa Jha created the pixelish typeface Mehndi (2013), the dot matrix typeface Bubbles (2013), and the square typeface Qbert (2013). [Google] [More] ⦿
Versa Type is Jim Ford's foundry. Jim graduated in graphic design from Columbia College in Chicago. He received his BFA in Graphic Design in 2005. Jim lives in Delavan, Wisconsin. He joined Ascender Corp in 2005, and Monotype in 2013.
At Ascender, he co-designed Ayita (2006), a decorative sans family, with Steve Matteson. Pokerface (2009, Ascender) is an industrious mixed-case display font devised on the theme of playing cards. Captain Quill (2008, Ascender Corp) is calligraphic. Moire (2008, Microsoft) is a sans face. Jimmy Crack Corn (2009, Ascender) is an ordinary handwriting font. Ford's Folly (2010, Ascender) is a felt tip pen face. He also made Artcraft Pro (Ascender). Dempster (2010, Ascender) is a geometric sans with angular terminals; it was reissued in 2016 and Steve Matteson's name was adeed to the list of designers. He also designed the Segoe Chess Font (2006, Ascender, with Steve Matteson). He co-designed Segoe Mono in 2012 with Steve Matteson at Ascender.
In 2013, Jim joined Monotype as a type designer. The Halloween font Wolfsblood was designed in 2013. In 2014, he created Quire Sans (a humanist sans) at Monotype.
In 2015, he designed Esca (Monotype). Richie (2016, Monotype) is a brush script typeface inspired by the work of Czech type designer Oldrich Menhart, who liked angular calligraphic outlines.
Posterama (2016, Monotype) is a 63-font set that pays homage to the 20th century. Its base set is Posterama Text (Latin, Greek, Cyrillic). Additional subfamilies include Posterama 1901 (art nouveau), Posterama 1913 (abstract art, as seen at the Armory Show, or 1913 Exhibition of Modern Art), Posterama 1919 (Bauhaus), Posterama 1927 (related to Metropolis, The Jazz Singer and Paul Renner's Futura), Posterama 1933 (art deco), Posterama 1945 (constructivism and Russian propaganda), Posterama 1984 (sc-fi and video game era, with a bit of George Orwell thrown in), and Posterama 2001 (inspired by Stanley Kubrick's science fiction movie).
Still in 2016, he designed Ernie, a funky animated typeface, intended as a complimentary serif design to Freeman Craw's fun retro hit, Ad Lib.
Typefaces from 2017: Beefcakes (butcher shop type), Masqualero, a display typeface family with a luxurious look and a sparkly smooth finish: Like the legendary jazz song of the same name, Masqualero is haunting and sophisticated. Drawn as a tribute to Miles Davis, its letterforms are as beautiful as his Masqualero composition. I approached drawing the letters as if they were marble sculptures.
Typefaces from 2018: Hideout (a sturdy typeface family inspired by the flared serif lettering of antique tobacco tins), Alfie (a casual script).
Typefaces from 2021: Guzzo (an informal, humble and naive sans family with 18 styles that takes its name from American artist Jeremy Pinc, aka the painter Guzzo Pinc; Guzzo channels the quirky, funny and poignant qualities of his paintings).
View Jim Ford's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of the display font Stressless (2003). [Google] [More] ⦿
Walter Bernard "Ben" Hunt
Design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, who made Stereotype (2003, a display font). [Google] [More] ⦿
Designer in Menomonie, WI, who is working on Trainyard (20040. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bill Krupinski is a designer at SignDNA who made mostly shopping center sign typefaces and comic book typefaces: Bill's Holiday (a children's playground face), Cube a Rama, Toon Copy, Panel Jam, squoil, Snap, Swine, Toon Copy, Med Ved, Toon Block. His bio at SignDNA: Born in Milwaukee, signpainter, artist and cartoonist Bill Kripinski now brings his unique perspective to the outside world from small town-rural Wisconsin. Although he claims his ideas come from "living in my head while going out of my mind," he draws from a deep inner wellspring clarified by his experience as a self-made artist. Early influences were Dr. Seuss, Disney and Mad Magazine and later included Zap Comix author, Edward Abbey and activist, Walt Bresette. "Walt always urged us to put our words into action." And it's those actions that Bill feels make his pictures worth (at least) 1000 words. Sign DNA link. Klingspor link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Yellow Design Studio
Yellow Design Studio is a fine art, graphic design and typography studio based in Sanibel, FL, and before that, in Madison, Wisconsin. The font designer is Ryan Martinson (b. 1972), who is from Chetek, WI. Rena Martinson is the other partner in the venture.
Via MyFonts, they sell fonts such as Cardium (2021: an almost geometric font family in 54 styles), Draft Natural (2019), Draft (2018: a 144-style sans superfamily, followed by Draft B later in 2018), Lullabies (2016, watercolor brush script), Kiln (2016, an eroded caps only letterpress typeface), Canvas Acrylic Megafamily (2016, by Ryan and Rena Martinson), Sucrose (2015, a letterpress emulation family with eight levels of textured distress), Sant Elia Script (2015), Lulo (2014, a stackable chromatic typeface family), Lulo Clean (2014), Thirsty Soft (2014, a vintage signage script family), Eveleth (2014, a detailed vintage letterpress emulation family), Gist (2014, an inline slab serif; one weight is free), Gist Rough (2014, rough letterpress), Verb (2012, a very open sans family; +Verb Condensed, 2013, +Verb Compressed, 2013 +Verb Extra Condensed, 2013), Thirsty Script (2012, a retro connected signage script, which by his own admission, is based on Jack Edmondson's Wisdom Script, a fact he did not originally mention in the typeface description), Thirsty Script Shadow (2012), Thirsty Rough (2012), Thirst Script Extrabold (2014), Anodyne (2012, grungy caps), Veneer (2012, letterpress style), Veneer Clean (2016), and Veneer Extras (2012, dingbats), Melany Lane (2011, a connected school script), Skitch (2011, sketch / blackboard bold face); +Skitch Shaded, Magesta Script (2010, a grungy calligraphic script), and Wausau (2010, an all caps grunge face).
Klingspor link. Creative Market link, Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Shareware Yoruba language fonts developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Yoruba program by Antonia Schleicher. Truetype for Mac and PC. 20USD for the full font, free for lower case letts only. [Google] [More] ⦿
Milwaukee-based graphic designer who made a Didot Typography poster in 2010. [Google] [More] ⦿