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29 Letters
[Pascal Naji Zoghbi]

Madrid (and before that, Lebanon)-based Arabic type designer who runs the Arab type news and blog site called Arabic Typography. KHTT link. An ex-student of the KABK in 2006, he currently is a part time instructor of design and typography at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon, as well as a part time instructor of typography at the American University of Beirut (AUB), both since 2007. His Arabic type foundry is called 29letters.

At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he ran a workshop on the Arabic Kufi script. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin on the topic of political resistance and expression through graffiti in Lebanon and Palestine. His contributions to type design:

  • Massira. He has embarked on a project with Martin Majoor to design some Arabic fonts that fit Majoor's designs. He writes: Massira is my graduation typeface at Type&Media postgraduate course at The Royal Academy of Arts [KABK] in The Hague. Huda AbiFares contacted me while I was finalizing Massira and presented the opportunity to collaborate with the Dutch type designer Martin Majoor to design an Arabic typeface, which is part of the Typographic Matchmaking 01 project organized by Khatt Foundation. At first I was a bit worried due to the fact that it would be my first professional type design work and that the due date was too close. However, after taking a closer look at Martins type FFSeria and analyzing its characteristics, I noticed that the treatment of the stroke and the structure of the letters shared similarities with Massira. In both fonts the use of sharp broken curves and crispy feel is present. Consequently, I grew confident in project and decided to use Massira as a starting point for the new Arabic companion of FFSeria. Echo, which is Sada in Arabic, is the repetition of a sound caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface. Accordingly, Sada is the echo of FFSeria. The modifications on Massira consisted of making Sada perform like FFSeria. It had to have the same point size, line space, color, contrast and feel as FFSeria. Concerning the details of Sada and the inclined angle of the vertical strokes, it was derived from the FFSeria Italic. So Sada has the same feel as the Roman but is inspired from the Italic. More on the Sada project. In 2009, Sada was renamed FF Seria and published by FontFont.
  • Another project of Zoghbi involves a type family being developed for newspaper headlines.
  • In 2007, he created a 3-style Phoenician type family called Fniqiya.
  • Alef Pixel Caps Type for Alef Magazine (2008). Done with Huda AbiFares. This is a Latin ornamental type family.
  • Al Rouiya Arabic Type for the Al Rouiah Newspaper in Kuwait, 2008.
  • Bukra display type for Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, 2008. This Futura-like typeface saw a variable part added in 2020. Adrien Midzic and Swiss Typefaces aided with the Latin.
  • A corporate font under the heading, Arabic for Univers (2008). Zoghbi: An Arabic corporate typeface for a global shipping and transport company. The Arabic is intended to work with the Latin type Univers. Unfortunately, I can't mention the name of the company nor the design firm I did this Arabic type work for. I was the Arabic type consultant/specialist and associate type designer alongside Leah Hoffmitz. The font will used in all Arabic publications, ads and packaging for the company.
  • Baseet (2009) is a hybrid Neo-Naskh / Modern Kufi geometric typeface. It is a mixture of straight vertical, horizontal and diagonal pen stokes incorporated in-between curved corners and edges. In 2020, Pascal Zoghbi (29LT) and Ben Wittner released the monospaced Arabic / Latin typefaces 29 LT Baseet Variable and 28 LT Zawi Variable.
  • At FontStruct, he made Arapix (2009).
  • UAE Embassy Corporate Type (2010). This is a commissioned Latin typeface based on the same concept as of an Arabic font. Each of the 26 Latin letters has Caps, Initial, Medial and Final shape enabling the letters to connect as in the Arabic script. The drawing of the letters was all done using the Arabic calligraphic bamboo stick and based on the Naskh Calligraphic Style. Opentype help from Erik van Blokland.
  • The Mathaf Corporate Arabic-Latin Font (2011). Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art opened its doors to contemporary Arab art lovers in December 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
  • Nada Debs (2010): a contemporary geometric Kufi type commissionewd by Nada Debs.
  • For Ascender, he did Droid Arabic Naskh (see OFL), Droid Persian Naskh, and Droid Arabic Kufi (2010, OFL).
  • 29LT Azer, done with Ian Party and Wael Morcos: Azer in Arabic means friendly, ready to assist and lend a hand. This multilingual typeface combines simple lines with careful detailing to create a serious but approachable look. The Arabic is a Naskh / Kufi hybrid and retains a balance between calligraphic angular cuts and unadorned construction. The Latin is a humanist sans-serif with crisp cuts based on the broad nip pen calligraphic structure and contemporary outlines. The fonts include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Latin variants. Azer won an award at TDC 2014.
  • Pascal Zoghbi revived the 1950s font system by Nasri Khattar called Unified Arabic as UA Neo B and UA Neo B.
  • LT Makina. An old typewriter font.
  • LT Kaff.
  • LT Zarid (+Sans, +Stencil, +Slab, +Serif). Pascal Zoghbi designed all Arabic components. 29LT Zarid Display won an award at 23TDC in 2020. The whole family has variable styles since 2020. Jan Fromm designed the Latin for Slab, Sans and Stencil. Regarding the Latin parts: Zarid Serif Display and Text Upright were designed by Ramiro Espinoza; Serif Upright was designed by Ramiro Espinoza and Khajag Apelian; Serif Slanted and Text Slanted were designed by Jan Fromm. The Cyrillic and Greek extensions were designed by Krista Radoeva and released in July 2020. Finally, 20 LT Zarid Sans features a variable style with a single (weight) axis.
  • LT Zeyn. A great high-contrast fashion mag style typeface.
  • Other custom types include Expo 2020 Dubai, Swatch, Noor, MIA, Noto Naskh, Shawati, Hamsa, Fdx, Emirates Headlines, AlWatan Headlines.
Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. Klingspor link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

38 Lineart Studio (or: Grayscale, or: Fontsources)
[Muhammad Ridha Agusni]

Architect and designer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, b. 1980, who set up Grayscale, then 38 Lineart, and finally Fontsources.

In 2018, he released the hexagonally-patterned color font Space, the nervous monoline display typeface Barcelona, the monoline script Brandy, the tattoo and metal band blackletter font Amstha, Twinkle (hexagonal texture), Premium Quality, Hightide (signage script), Ashley Pages, Bold Grunge (a wood style Western font), Rabbit House, Strongbold (brush style), Onthel (a rhythmic signage script), Cafeine, Seulanga (calligraphic), Sweet Bubble, Downhill, Architecture (technical writing font), Wisethink (rough brush), Emerald, Ghotic, Oakland (signage script), Parthenon (signage script), Strawberry Night (script), the formal calligraphic font Beauty Athena, the inline font Epicentrum, and the signature font Attitude in 2018.

Typefaces from 2019: Ghoust (a marker font done at Cititype), Diamant Handwriting (a signature font), Utrecht (with Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Exhibitionist (a fine rhythmic script), Holimount, Prague Metronome (a thin signature script), Allegroost (a brush typeface), Anisha (script), Kyoto Northern, ChiQuel (a Victorian display typeface that can be layered), Hillstone (a dry brush script), Malique, Ginchiest (a retro signage script), Kid Knowledge, Haghia, Khatija Calligraphy, Bernound, Graffity, Brandy Script (monoline), Downhill, Concept (sketched, blueprint font), Konya (signature script), Blacksmith, Curve Calibration (condensed sans).

Typefaces from 2020: The Pallace (a great natural inky signature script by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Chipen (inline, all caps), Jakarta (a flowing inky script by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Rhode White (a great signature script by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Bailamore (a creamy signage script), Vogie (a sporty / techno sans family of 72 fonts, plus a variable font), Rollingtime (a brush script jointly designed by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Piedmont (a heavy connected handwriting script advertized as a masculine signature font), Whiplash (an all caps dry brush font), Aceh (a 36-style geometric sans), Youthink, Sacred Letter (a vintage weathered script), Serif Sketch (by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Corinthiago, Smart Chameleon (a handcrafted typewriter font by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Hiroshima Gyoshi (a brush font inspired by Japanese calligraphy), Roughmarker (dry marker font), Brotherhood, Blugie (a fat finger font), Rome Ionic (an all caps roman typeface), Black Orchestra (a great horror or black metal font), Black Orchestra (a horror font).

Typefaces from 2021: Zouk (blackletter), Zagreb (an inky signature script by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah), Alsace (Victorian), Backbone (a black metal blackletter typeface), Roundkey (a 24-style condensed, but not round, sans), Wordwalker (a marker pen font by Muhammad Ridha Agusni and Siti Saribanon Nurjannah for Cititype), Sweet Bubble (a bubblicious font), Souljah (an elegant inky calligraphic script).

Creative Fabrica link. Another Fontbundles link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

60 Kilos

Designer of the hipsterish display typeface Belle de Mai (2020), a variable display typeface inspired in the cultural shock between high cost zones and the lowest suburbs near big metropolitans cities like Paris, and in the French culture, especially in the hood of La Belle de Mai, where it takes the name from.

Typefaces from 2021: Galipo (a Latin / Cyrillic display typeface inspired by Andalusian society and culture). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aaron Bell
[Saja TypeWorks]

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Adam Csider

During his studies at the Visual Arts Institute, of Eszterhazy Karoly University in Eger, Hungary, Adam Csider designed Sad Samurai (2019: free) and Signum (2019, an experimental variable font). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adam Fathony
[AF Studio]

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Adam Greasley
[Wearecolt]

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Adam Jagosz

Aka Iorveth Aen Seidhe. Katowice, Poland-based designer of Slowglass (2017: a stocky 30-style geometric semi-serif sans family with vast language coverage that includes Cyrillic, Greek and Vietnamese), the rune simulation font Pertho (2016) and the penis font Semi (2016). He also made several interesting calligraphic pieces.

In 2019, he designed the 62-style sci-fi typeface family Ares (+Ares VF), the condensed Latin / Greek / Cyrillic sans Rywalka, the creamy stencil typeface Aromatron and the leafy Aromatron Ornaments.

Typefaces from 2020: AJ Quadrata (a revival of Textura Qadrata).

Aka Quadratype. Devian Tart link. Creative Fabrica link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adaptype
[Beatriz Diogo]

For her Master's degree in Design and Multimedia at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Beatriz Diogo created a script---Adaptype--- that allows any font's width to respond to the window size and the development of a website. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Adobe Variable Font Prototype

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Adrian Frutiger

Famous type designer born in 1928 in Unterseen, Switzerland, who died in September 2015. He closely cooperated with Linotype-Hell AG, after having been artistic director at Deberny-Peignot in Paris since 1952. He established his own studio in 1962 with André Gürtler and Bruno Pfaftli. Art director for Editions Hermann, Paris 1957 to 1967. Frutiger lived near Bern, Switzerland, and was very interested in woodcuts. In 2009, Heidrun Osterer and Philipp Stamm coedited Adrian Frutiger Typefaces The Complete Works (Birkhäuser Verlag), a 460-page opus based on conversations with Frutiger himself and on extensive research in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland. Quote: Helvetica is the jeans, and Univers the dinner jacket. Helvetica is here to stay. He designed over 100 fonts. Here is a partial list:

  • Président (Deberny&Peignot, 1954). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Delta.
  • Phoebus (Deberny&Peignot, 1953).
  • Element-Grotesk.
  • Federduktus.
  • Ondine (Deberny&Peignot, 1953-1954). The Bitstream version of this font is Formal Script 421. Adobe, Linotype and URW++ each have digital versions called Ondine. Bitstream's Calligraphic 421 is slightly different.
  • Méridien (Deberny&Peignot, 1955-1957). Digitized by Adobe/Linotype in 1989.
  • Caractères Lumitype.
  • Univers (Deberny&Peignot, 1957). About the name, Frutiger wrote I liked the name Monde because of the simplicity of the sequence of letters. The name Europe was also discussed; but Charles Peignot had international sales plans for the typeface and had to consider the effect of the name in other languages. Monde was unsuitable for German, in which der Mond means "the moon". I suggested "Universal", whereupon Peignot decided, in all modesty, that "Univers" was the most all-embracing name!. Univers IBM Composer followed. In 2010, Linotype published Univers Next, which includes 59 Linotype Univers weights and 4 monospaced Linotype Univers Typewriter weights, and can be rented for a mere 2675 Euros. In 2018, Linotype added Univers Next Typewriter. In 2020, Linotype's Akira Kobayashi dusted off Univers Next Cyrillic and Univers Next Paneuropean.
  • Egyptienne F (1955, Fonderie Deberny&Peignot; 1960, for the Photon/Lumitype machine).
  • Opéra (1959-1961, Sofratype).
  • Alphabet Orly (1959, Aéroport d'Orly).
  • Apollo (1962-1964, Monotype): the first type designed for the new Monotype photosetting equipment.
  • Alphabet Entreprise Francis Bouygues.
  • Concorde (1959, Sofratype, with André Gürtler).
  • Serifen-Grotesk/Gespannte Grotesk.
  • Alphabet Algol.
  • Astra Frutiger. A typeface variant of Frutiger licensed under Linotype. It is the font used on the highways in Switzerland.
  • Serifa (1967-1968, Bauersche Giesserei). URW++ lists the serif family in its 2008 on-line catalog. Other names include OPTI Silver (Castcraft), Ares Serif 94, and Sierra. Bitstream published the digital typeface Serifa BT. But it is also sold by Adobe, Tilde, Linotype, URW++, Scangraphic, and Elsner & Flake. The slab serif is robust and is based on the letterforms of Univers.
  • OCR-B (1966-1968, European Computer Manufacturers Association).
  • Alphabet EDF-GDF (1959, Électricité de France, Gaz de France).
  • Katalog.
  • Devanagari (1967) and Tamil (1970), both done for Monotype Corporation.
  • Alpha BP (1965, British Petroleum&Co.).
  • Dokumenta (1969, Journal National Zeitung Suisse).
  • Alphabet Facom (1971).
  • Alphabet Roissy (1970, Aéroport de Roissy Charles de Gaulle).
  • Alphabet Brancher (1972, Brancher).
  • Iridium (1972, Stempel). A didone with slight flaring.
  • Alphabet Métro (1973, RATP): for the subway in Paris.
  • Alphabet Centre Georges Pompidou. The CGP typeface (first called Beaubourg) used in the Centre Georges Pompidou from 1976-1994 is by Hans-Jörg Hunziker and Adrian Frutiger, and was developed as part of the visual identity program of Jean Widmer. It is said that André Baldinger digitized it in 1997.
  • Frutiger (1975-1976, Stempel, with Hans-Jörg Hunziker). In 1999, Frutiger Next was published by Linotype. In 2009, that was followed by Neue Frutiger (a cooperation between Frutiger and Linotype's Akira Kobayashi). In fact, Frutiger, the typeface was made for the Charles De Gaulle Airport in 1968 for signage---it was originally called Roissy, and had to be similar to Univers. It was released publically as Frutiger in 1976. The modern Bitstream version is called Humanist 777. Frutiger Next Greek (with Eva Masoura) won an award at TDC 2006. Other digital implementations of Frutiger: M690 (SoftMaker), Quebec Serial (SoftMaker), Frutus (URW), Provencale (Autologic), Frontiere (Compugraphic), Freeborn (Scangraphic), Siegfried (Varityper). In 2018, under the aegis of Akira Kobayashi, the Monotype Design studio published the 150-language superfamily Neue Frutiger World (including coverage for Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai and Vietnamese).
  • Glypha (1979, Stempel). See Gentleman in the Scangraphic collection).
  • Icône (1980-1982, Stempel, Linotype). Digitized by Linotype in 2003.
  • Breughel (1982, Stempel; 1988, Linotype).
  • Dolmen.
  • Tiemann.
  • Versailles (1983, Stempel).
  • Linotype Centennial (1986). Based on Morris Fuller Benton's Clarendon typeface Century, Linotype Centennial was designed for Linotype's 100th birthday.
  • Avenir (1988, Linotype). In 2004, Linotype Avenir Next was published, under the supervision of Akira Kobayashi, and with the help of a few others. In 2021, the Monotype team released Avenir Next Paneuropean (56 styles, by Akira Kobayashi). Avenir Next World, released by Linotype in 2021, is an expansive family of fonts that offers support for more than 150 languages and scripts. The subfamilies include Avenir Next Hebrew, Avenir Next Thai, Avenir Next Cyrillic, Avenir Next Arabic and Avenir Next Georgian. Avenir Next World contains 10 weights, from UltraLight to Heavy.

    Contributors besides Adrian Frutiger and Akira Kobayashi: Anuthin Wongsunkakon (Thai), Yanek Iontef (Hebrew), Akaki Razmadze (Georgian), Nadine Chahine (Arabic), Toshi Omagari (Arabic) and Elena Papassissa (Greek, Armenian). Lovely poster by Ines Vital (2011).

  • Westside.
  • Vectora (1991, Linotype).
  • Linotype Didot (1991). See also Linotype Didot eText Pro (2013), which was optimized by Linotype for use on screens and small devices.
  • Herculanum (1989, Linotype): a stone age font.
  • Shiseido (1992).
  • Frutiger Capitalis (2006, Linotype): a further exploration in the style of Herculanum, Pompeijana and Rusticana. Linotype trademarked that name even though at least five fonts by the name Capitalis already exist.
  • Pompeijana (1993, Linotype).
  • Rusticana (1993, Linotype).
  • Frutiger Stones (1998, Linotype) and Frutiger Symbols.
  • Frutiger Neonscript.
  • Courier New, based on Howard Kettler's Courier, was one of Frutiger's projects he was involved in ca. 2000.
  • AstraFrutiger (2002): a new signage typeface for the Swiss roads. Erich Alb comments: With a Frutiger condensed Type and illuminated signs during night it is mutch better readable.
  • Nami (2008) is a chiseled-stone sans family, made with the help of Linotype's Akira Kobayashi.
  • Neue Frutiger (2009, with Akira Kobayashi) has twice as many weights as the original Frutiger family.
  • In 2019, the Linotype team released variable fonts for Frutiger's main typeface families, Avenir Next Variable, Neue Frutiger Variable, and Univers Next Variable.
Bio by Nicholas Fabian. Erich Alb wrote a book about his work: Adrian Frutiger Formen und Gegenformen/Forms and Counterforms (Cham, 1998). Winner of the Gutenberg Prize in 1986 and the 006 Typography Award from The Society for Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). Famous quote (from a conversation in 1990 between Frutiger and Maxim Zhukov about Hermann Zapf's URW Grotesk): Hermann ist nicht ein Groteskermann. A quote from his keynote speech at ATypI1990: If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page... When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

Frutiger's books include Type Sign Symbol and Signs and Symbols. Their Design and Meaning (1989, with Andrew Bluhm, published by Studio Editions, London; Amazon link).

Linotype link. FontShop link. Adrian Frutiger, sa carrière française (2008) is Adèle Houssin's graduation thesis at Estienne.

Klingspor link. Wikipedia link. View Adrian Frutiger's typefaces.

View some digital versions of Avenir. Vimeo movie on Frutiger by Christine Kopp and Christoph Frutiger entitled "Der Mann von Schwarz und weiss: Adrian Frutiger". More Vimeo movies. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adriana Perez Conesa

Adriana Perez Conesa is a Spanish graphic and typeface designer, currently based in Barcelona. She studied art and graphic design at the University of the Basque Country. Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2020. Her typefaces:

  • Subs and Stuff (2020). These are her graduation typefaces at Reading. Subs n Stuff. Subs uses squarish letterforms with low contrast, large x-height, generous apertures, pixel-traps and clear shapes, all to help reduce the chances of misrecognition and increase legibility. Subs contains two different styles: Micro, intended for low-resolution screen and small sizes, and Text, for high-resolution screens and bigger sizes. Text is also variable in the weight axis. Stuff is a variable subfamily that covers weight and optical size axes. Both typeface families are accompanied by an italic style and support Latin and Arabic scripts.
  • A revival of Augereau Gros Romain (2020).
  • Rockera (2018-2019). Rockera was designed during a four month Typography Design post-graduate course at EINA (University School of Design and Art of Barcelona).
  • Essone (2018). A didone.
  • Aurum Sans (2018). Her graduation project at the University of the Basque Country. Aurum Sans is a geometric typeface in which she combined rationality with humanism.
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Adrien Midzic

Fatnobrain was Adrien Midzic's design studio in Paris. Born in 1982, he co-founded Pizza Typefaces with Luc Borho in 2018. Midzic designed these typefaces or type families: Fine (lineal), Blokus (free pixel font, 2009), Cimen (strong sans, designed for Smacl Entraide), Mesquine (lineal), Blitz, Cucha, Stencil Reverse, Huit (2009, a gorgeous didone headline face), Stenha (stencil).

Fonts made in 2010: The ETH family (art deco sans).

Custom typefaces by Midzic: Aquitaine (2013, for Région Aquitaine), Nilka (2013, for his personal identity), No End (2013, a fat didone), Ethon Serif (2013, a perked up serif typeface for Penguin Books), Kasai Est (2011, for the Congo-based Kasai Est Magazine), Festival De Film Documentaire (2011), Nevenka (2011, condensed sans).

In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak co-designed the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days. Still in 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak co-designed the very humanist sans family Saya FY and Saya Semisans FY. Adrien Midzic and Joana Correia co-designed Saya Serif FY (2015).

At the free font cooperative Velvetyne, he published the sans typeface Lack (2014).

In 2015, he made the 3-style sans typeface Suber for an art fair in Paris. The roman transitional typeface Bota Serif (2015), which was inspired by Cochin (designed by Charles Peignot in 1912) is a custom font designed for Hotel des ventes de Poitiers. In 2017, it was finally released for retail.

In 2016, Adrien designed the bold titling typeface Debeo and the modern condensed Latin/Arabic typeface 29LT Adir (with Naji El Mir; at 29 Letters).

In 2017, he published the piano key typeface Mixal, which became a large experiment on variable fonts and is free for everyone.

Typefaces from 2018: Kern, Kern Office (a sans with some Futura features), Forno (sans), VTF Lack (a free single weight monoline geometric sans for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, published by Velvetyne), Metal (an all caps multi-width variable font originally designed for marché Dauphine), Orelo (a 120-style high-contrast fashion mag font family; +Orelo Hangul, 2020).

Typefaces from 2019: Ultra Solar (experimental), 1871 Mane (a custom sans typeface), Wasa (a tense sans in seven styles), Shrill, Gangster Grotesk (free), Stupid (a hacker / hipster font), Kern (geometric sans).

Typefaces from 2020: Shreck Issue (very tall and ultra-condensed), Metal (brutalist), Version ACT (a two-axis variable font), Debeo (a heavy sans), Dozza (a hybrid family named after ITC Mendoza by Jose Mendoza Almeida), XMX (experimental).

Typefaces from 2021: Pleasure (hipsterism pushed to the fringe of addiction), Model Standard (ModelStandard Mono, ModelStandard SemiMono, ModelStandard Sans).

Dafont link. Klingspor link. Behance link. Another Behance link. Hellofont link. Velvetyne link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Adtypo
[Andrej Dienes]

Andrej Dienes is a type designer in Bratislava, Slovakia. He set up the commercial type foundry Adtypo in 2013. Creator of these typefaces:

  • Akceler (2012). Advertised as a type system for sports. The text that accompanies this large typeface family: Elasticity of glyphs reflected adrenalinous shapes of latest bikeframes, skies or sportcars. Maximum open arches guaranteed good readability in very small sizes and prevented interchanges of glyphs "o, c, e" per poor reading conditions. Softness of minuscules is at capitals balanced in bottom arches, that are subtly kicked-up. Numerals are important component of sport communication, so here have expressive design, different from numerals of book typefaces. Every font have 10 kinds of numerals. Character case contains between 1000 glaphs sport icons and othes signs creating sport feeling.
  • Densit (2012). An ultra-black display family that includes a Sans and a Serif. It was designed for Reco, Senica.
  • Fazeta (2015). An angular traditional Czech typeface family in which each font has an impressive 1140 glyphs, and the family is divided into Display, Text and Caption subfamilies. He calls it a text typeface without sentiment. It was followed a bit later in 2015 by the companion font Fazeta Sans.
  • Resonay (2021, at Typemates). A layerable display typeface family that combines elegant details from stone carving with the flow of calligraphy, a sharp attitude with exuberant Bézier curves.
  • Cosan (2021). A variable sans-serif typeface with a broad range of weights and adjustable contrast.
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AF Studio
[Adam Fathony]

Adam Fathony (or Adam Fathoni Haris; AF Studio, Bandung, Indonesia) created the vintage typeface Grandesa (2014), the signage typeface Magnifika (2014) and the Victorian typeface Marema (2014).

In 2015, he published the connected swashy script typeface Octavia Script, the brush scripts Carbonera and Shallom, the hand-lettered Vanilla Daisy Script and Mightype, the watercolor script Hollycakes, and the connected Brayden Script (and Sans).

Typefaces from 2016: Drustic Daily, Karlberg Script, Ecosmith Script, Halosense Script (calligraphic), Lunar Cone (connected layered script), Clarkson Script, Salvador Script, Salvador Serif, Salvador Condensed, La Venice Script (retro signage lettering).

Typefaces from 2017: Clarkson Script (brush lettering), Bignord Vintage (with Fauzan Rafhy), Douglas Collection (12 fonts: Aaronade Script, Ancaster Script, Burlington, Calgury, Montreal Rounded, Morphic 60s, Norwood Old, Ogdensburgh, Palmeira, Rutland Extended, Wolves Sans, Wolves Serif), Almost Lover, Rhythmic Dances (rough script), Sevastian (layered font set), Rustling Trees (dry brush), Little Karla Script.

Typefaces from 2018: Figuera Variable (a late Victorian, early art nouveau typeface family; variable font format), Brignola (a calligraphic penmanship script), Eastside Brush (a brush signage script done with Angga Kristiandri), Marshfield (a retro cursive typeface by Adam Fathoni Haris and Renov Olivian), C'est La Vie (font duo), Chivels (a vintage typeface done with Angga Kristiandri at Abbassy Studio), Sevastian (a layered font family), Drustic Dialy (weathered; with Angga Kristiandri), Elli Bellie (calligraphic).

Typefaces from 2019: Scottsdale Serif (at Typeverything), Scottsdale Desert (an opentype feature-laden display serif), Norfolk (Narrow, serif), Tiverton (Sans, Serif, Script: by Adam Fathony Haris and Angga Kristiandri), Havard (a layerable athletic lettering set of 12 fonts), Gorga Grotesque.

Typefaces from 2020: Auvelle (a hairline sans), Windsore (a font trio), Howli (layerable, rounded; sans, serif and script), Genty (a creamy retro signage script typeface by Ilham Herry and Adam Fathoni Haris), Burnest (a vintage typeface by Adam Fathoni Haris and Renov Olivian), Glaw (a psychedelic font by Ilham Herry and Adam Fathoni Haris), Oliviar Sans (28 styles and a variable font), Budge (a layerable retro signage script by Ilham Herry and Adam Fathoni Haris), Stanlow, Muray House (a bold swashy bathroom towel typeface by Ilham Herry and Adam Fathoni Haris), Esteric (a playful tapered font by Ilham Herry and Adam Fathony).

Typefaces from 2021: Monvar (a layerable Cooper Black style typeface by Ilham Herry and Adam Fathoni Haris), Rische (a 6-style dis[play serif with huge counters and an enormous x-height; by Ilham Herry and Adam Fathoni Haris), Ottenthic (script and serif), Mionic (a reverse contrast slab serif by Adam Fathoni Haris and Angga Kristiandri), Matchbox Font Collections (a set of vintage fonts based on lettering on matchboxes; it includes substyles called Linea, Lettre, Deco, Scriptura, Ornato, and Graso). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Agyei Archer

Graphic designer in Trinidad, who co-founded Unqueue, a mobile app designed to improve retail experiences in the Caribbean. Past clients include Google, RISD, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean Mental Health Foundation. He designed a few, mostly custom, typefaces. These include Crispy (2020: an angular design started in 2017 that has mushroomed into an 8-axis variable font, built based on David Berlow's proposal for parametric variations, combining axes such as X-Transparency, X-Opacity, and Y-Opacity to generate masters for styles such as widths, weights, grades, and optical sizes; it is planned as a Google Font), and Ephemeral (2018: a layered color font based on the lettering style of Bruce Cayonne). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aimur Takk

Tallinn, Estonia-based designer of IDA Display (2018, a variable font that reacts to music) and Sveta Bold Condensed Display (2018, for Latin and Cyrillic), which was developed for the branding of Tallinn Music Week 2018. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akimbo Type Foundry

Type foundry specializing in experimental type. As of 2020, their typefaces included Blaque, Harveaux (Modern and Grotesk) and Caeli. Most of the fonts have variable versions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Akira Kobayashi
[Neue Frutiger]

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Alejandro Freitez

Originally from Maracay, Venezuela, Alejandro Freitez is now based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Designer of the free text font Calicanto (2015), which was published by Sudtipos in 2019. In 2013, he published the squarish inline typeface Rectil.

In 2019, Alejandro Freitez and Claire Menager, under the art directoship of Alejandro Paul, designed the multistyle wood type look / Western / Victorian / reverse stress / hyper-decorative Presley Slab.

In 2020, Freitez released Ansage at Sudtipos. Ansage is a 61-style sans family (and a variable font) that revisits the early sans types from the 19th century, rough, raw and unsophisticated. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alejandro Paul

Designer who lives in Buenos Aires and who teaches graphic design and typography at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has worked as an art director in prestigious Argentina-based studios, handling high-profile corporate brands such as Arcor, Marta Harff, Morph, SC Johnson, Danone, and Movicom. He runs Estudio Paul. Professor at Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad de Buenos Aires. Co-creator, with Apostrophe at Apostrophic Laboratory, of Usenet (2000), FontCop I through IV (2000) and the pixel font family Cayetano. Published the dot matrix font Stardust with T-26 in 2000. Designed the gorgeous font Elektora in 2000. He developed with Michael Lynch a 17-font Tennis set of grid-based pixel fonts. At Typeworx, he published Reflex (2002), a commercial 6-style unicase font family. Another web site by Alejandro. Cofounder of DAS, a design studio in Buenos Aires.

Cofounder of Sudtipos (2003), where he does custom work and creates new typefaces.

His work there includes Tierra (a titling face), Latinaires (2003-2018: originally called Latina Sans), Reflex, Downtempo (2003), Stardust and Mosaico (1999, pixel face).

Still at Sudtipos, he digitized the beautiful handwriting/calligraphic typefaces by Angel Koziupa called Alma (2005), Murga, Habano and Tiza, which together with his script typeface Argenta (2004), Oxida (2005), the medieval script typeface Mama Script (2004, designed with Alfredo Graziani), Divina (2004, with Alfredo Graziani), and the sans family Kautiva (2004) can be bought via Umbrella Type.

For children's orthography, he developed Estrada Hand, on commission for Editorial Estrada. He was working on the serif family Libertina (2004).

Herencia (2004, a handwriting typeface done with Diego Giaccone), Grover (2004, slab serif), Milk Script (2004, with Alfredo Graziani), Mama Script (2004, with Alfredo Graziani), Politica (2004, a techno typeface with a very thin Thin weight) are at Sudtipos.

The Bluemlein Scripts (2004-2005, Umbrella and Veer) are based on the calligraphic renderings of Charles Bluemlein, shown in a 1943 ink catalog: Miss Le Gatees, Mr Rafkin, Mr Keningbeck, Mr Lackboughs, Lady Dawn, Mrs Von Eckley, Mr Sheppards, Mr Dafoe, Mr Canfields, Mr Stalwart, Mr Sandsfort, Mr Leopolde, Mr DeHaviland, Mr Blaketon, Miss Stanfort, Miss Packgope, Miss Fajardose, Mrs Saint-Delafield, Mrs Blackfort, Mr Sopkin, Mr Sheffield, Miss Lankfort, Herr Von Muellerhoff, Dr Sugiyama, Dr Carbfred. (Note: Soft Horizon's Lainie Day (1993) is an earlier free font in the style of Lady Dawn and Mr Lackboughs). In 2011, that series was made available at Google Web Fonts.

Sudestada (2005, Sudtipos) is a handwriting script developed with Diego Giaccone. Cuisine (2005, Umbrella Type) is an informal bold script. Mousse Script (2005, Sudtipos) is based on Glenmoy, a 1932 Stephenson Blake typeface. Suave Script (2005) is a 4am jazz bar script. Ministry (2005) is related in style but less funky, Chocolate (2005) is for sales ads, and Cenizas (2005, with Angel Koziupa) is straight from an old manuscript.

Whomp (2006, Umbrella) was based on a partial sign-painting font by Alf Becker (1930s), and so was Buffet Script (2006, Sudtipos). Affair (2006, Umbrella) is swashy and calligraphic, while Candy Script (2007) and its italic version Sugar Pie (2011) are based on Argentina's market lettering. Galgo Script (2007) is a brush calligraphic font based on a design of Angel Koziupa.

Burgues Script (2007) is an ornate calligraphic script based on the lettering of calligraphy teacher Louis Madarasz (1859-1910) (award at TDC2 2008). Burgues Script, Adios Script (2008: it won an award at TDC2 2009), Feel Script and Sugar Pie all won awards at Tipos Latinos 2008.

Sinfonieta (2006) and Buffet Script are fifties style connected scripts. Feel Script (2007) is based on lettering that calligrapher and logo designer Rand Holub created in 1950 and that was subsequently captured in Intertype's typeface Monterey (1958). Some letterforms were redrawn from vintage American magazine ads (some by Holub himself), Cuisine (2008, food advertising script), Pronto (2008, comic book style, by Alejandro Paul and Angel Koziupa), Grover (2004, rounded sans family), Grover Slab (2004). Burgues Script, Adios Script, Feel Script and Sugar Pie all won awards at Tipos Latinos 2008. Calgary Script (2008, Umbrella) is a pure signpainting job.

Accolades from all typophiles for his calligraphic wunderkind, Compendium (2008).

The 2009 haul: Sugar Pie (signage font), Bravissima Script, Theorem (upright semi-script).

Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City.

The year 2010 starts off with a bang, five awards at Tipos Latinos 2010: a grand prize for Brownstone Sans, and four standard awards, for Semilla, Kewl Script (for food packaging and store windows), Calgary Script, and for Business Penmanship.

Typefaces from 2010 include the baseball lettering typeface Fan Script and the tattoo script face Piel Script (piel=skin), which was influenced by Burgues Script and more remotely by showcard lettering by B. Boley (1930s, Sign of the Times Magazine). Piel Script won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012.

In 2011, he and Koziupa made the fat signage typeface Aventura and Viento (a grunge version of their earlier 2004 face, Brisa).

He added one retro connected signage font to the Filmotype collection in 2012, called Filmotype Kitten (original from 1955). Filmotype Zephyr (2012) is an italic roman formal script. Filmotype Yukon (2012) is inspired by the classic Palmer style of penmanship.

Storefront (2012) is a swashy signage typeface based on an incomplete alphabet by Alf Becker.

His signage script typeface Hipster Script won an award in the TDC 2012 competition and at Tipos Latinos 2012.

Typefaces from 2013: Rolling Pen (a connected script that recalls the business penmanship genre), Bellissima Script (based on a copperplate calligraphic alphabet from Bellezas de la Caligrafía by Ramón Stirling, 1844).

In 2014, he helped Panco Sassano, a lettering artist and illustrator from Mar del Plata, who designed the wide connected semi-calligraphic handwriting typeface Horizontes Script (Horizontes subsequently won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016). Still in 2014, he published the fat packaging or signage script Bowling Script, which is based on Freely Drawn Italic, a non-font alphabet by Ernst Bentele (1953).

In 2015, Alejandro Paul, Yani Arabena and Guille Vizzari combined forces in the signage script typeface Quotes (Script+Caps) (2015, Sudtipos).

Merengue Script (2015, with Panco Sassone) is a fun creamy script, ideal for pastry shops, tea rooms or supermarkets.

Steak (2016) is a connected vintage signage script based on an Alf Becker design.

Envelove (2017) is a script typeface family consisting of Script, Icons, and Caps, designed at Sudtipos by Yani Arabena, Guille Vizzari, and Alejandro Paul. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Envelove.

Still in 2017, Guille Vizzari and Alejandro Paul co-designed the great Moleskine notebook-inspired typeface family Proprietor. Proprietor comes in Script, Icon, Deco, Wide, Open and Roman styles. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2018.

Rigatoni (2017): A skyline didone based on mid-20th century example by Eugen Nerdinger.

Bibliophile Script (2017). A pair of copperplate calligraphic typefaces.

Fixture (2018: a 72-font grotesk family published by Sudtipos).

Newbery Sans Pro (2018). A simple workhorse sans typeface family that is inspired by German industrial design and the lettering of Eugen Nerdinger.

Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Tennis Set, Bibliophile Script, French Bulldog, Envelove, La Taqueria, and Speakeasy Set (a collection of (copperplate) script, sans, modern, flare and gothic substyles).

From 2019: Hot Salsa (a retro brush script; with Ximena Jimenez), Old Letterhand, Clockmaker (arts and crafts style), Steak Script (inspired by an old alphabet by Alf Becker), Address Sans Pro (a sans family inspired by Butti and Novarese). In 2019, Alejandro Freitez and Claire Menager, under the art directoship of Alejandro Paul, designed the multistyle wood type look / Western / Victorian / reverse stress / hyper-decorative Presley Slab.

Typefaces from 2020: Apothicaire (a wonderful quaint serif family in the frivolous didone genre; three variable fonts, 16 styles in all), Inglesa (a penmanship script), Dilemma, Dilemma Serif (Dilemma is a sans/serif type system with 42 styles; it is inspired by the anonymous Polyphème, Cyclopéen and Extra Condensé designs from the early 1900s at the Peignot Fonderie; two variable fonts are included), Sporty Pro (a large sports / athletics font family).

Typefaces from 2021: Plethora (an 18-style family and two variable fonts that build on Julius Herriet's Old Style Ornamented for Bruce Type Foundry; Alejandro added various frills, ligatures, weights, exaggerating in true Victorian spirit), Magari (a fat face or Normande; Alejandro likens it to Italian classics of the 19th century though), Regional (27 styles, plus variable styles). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Alessio Laiso

Graphic designer in Lisbon, Portugal (was: Dublin, Ireland), who studied at ISIA Roma in 2013. Creator of the free 6-style slab serif typeface Aleo (2013): Aleo is a contemporary typeface designed as the slab serif companion to the Lato font by Lukasz Dziedzic. Aleo has semi-rounded details and a sleek structure, giving it a strong personality while still keeping readability high. It is also available from Open Font Library and Google Fonts (in 2018). Google Fonts mentions Kevin Conroy as co-designer. Posters by Bush Mthembu (Durban, South Africa).

In 2017, he designed the commercial typefaces Lagu Sans and Lagu Serif, which feature large x-heights and open counterforms.

Typefaces from 2020: Pani Sans (which takes inspiration from Italian rationalist and art deco genres, and includes variable types).

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Alexander Lubovenko

Talented Russian graphic and type designer who works for ParaType in Moscow. His typefaces:

  • In 2015, he and Alexandra Korolkova co-designed Circe Rounded, which is an extension of the Circe typeface (2011), both published by Paratype. Circe is named for the circular nature of many of its glyphs.
  • In 2015, Alexandra Korolkova and Alexander Lubovenko published Aphrosine at Paratype, a typeface based on pointed pen script and situated somewhere between handwriting and calligraphy. Many alternatives and smart OpenType features help Aphrosine look like real handwriting.
  • Carol Gothic (2015, Alexandra Korolkova and Alexander Lubovenko, Paratype) is a traditional blackletter face closest to Linotype's Old English.
  • Liberteen (2015) is a playful tongue-in-cheek take on 19th century slab serifs, including Clarendons. For Latin and Cyrillic, from Thin to Black. Dessert Script (2015, Paratype). A smooth-outlined advertising script for Latin and Cyrillic.
  • In 2016, Alexander Lubovenko and Manvel Shmavonyan co-designed the 30-style Latin / Cyrillic workhorse sans typeface family Mediator which was followed in 2017 by Mediator Serif. Later in 2016, Alexander Lubovenko designed the heavy slab serif family Bombarda.
  • Hypocrite (2017, Paratype).
  • He created some additional styles for Zakhar Yaschin's Mojito script font.
  • in 2018, he designed Clincher at Paratype, a set of monospaced and duospaced fonts that were specifically developed for program coding and user interface design.
  • Wak (2018). By Aleksander Lubovenko and Viktor Fitzner.
  • Journal Sans New (2018).
  • Six Hands (2018). This is a collection of six handcrafted typefaces: Black, Brush, Chalk, Marker, Condensed and Rough, by Alexandra Korolkova, Alexander Lubovenko, and the Paratype team.
  • Stapel (2020, Paratype). A 57-style Latin / Cyrillic sans family with a sci-fi look and thin stroke joints.
  • Vast (2021, Paratype). A 56-style sans family, and three variable fonts, by Manvel Shmavonyan and Alexander Lubovenko. Choices are from thin to black and regular to extra wide.
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Alexander Slobzheninov

Designer from Siberia who graduated from Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia and is now based in Prague, Czechia. Type, graphic and motion graphics designer who created these typefaces:

  • Octarine (2017). A geometric sans typeface family with two free weights).
  • Fivo Sans (2017, free) and Fivo Sans Modern (2017, free).
  • Wacom (2017). This is a simplified techno sans concept font not actually used by Wacom.
  • Objective and Subjective, two mischievous typeface families published in 2018. Objective was slightly altered and merged with Chris Simpson's Metropolis (2015) in 2020 by Cristiano Sobral in Metropolitano.
  • The 42-font sans family Agrandir (2018). Available from Pangram Pangram.
  • The 7-weight Swiss neo-grotesk Gestalte (2018) that is characterized by mathematically precise horizontal and vertical strokes and terminals.
  • The Baskerville grandchild AS Grafier (2018). A corporate typeface for the identity of Other Poets Society. There is a free beta version, and comes with a variable font option. Published by Pangram Pangram in 2019. The variable font Grafier can also be purchased from Type Tomorrow.
  • The Latin / Cyrillic Object Sans (2018), which is in the Swiss sans style. For the Cyrillic, he was helped by Sonya Yasenkova. Available from Pangram Pangram.
  • The cyrillization of Jeremy Landes's Le Murmure in 2019.
  • Relaate (2019-2020). A multi-genre typeface in which the lower case t and e try to reach for the sky.
  • Right Grotesk (2020, Pangram Pangram). Neutral, functional, slightly hipsterish. First in 51 styles, and then extended to 130 styles, and some variable fonts as well.
  • In 2021, he set out to design one typeface per day for 36 consecutive days. The typefaces explore various ideas and cover almost every imaginable type style: Casual Digital Goose, Chill Out, Damn Low Tech, Flying, Gravity Itself, Ligatureless, Ploite Green Finger, Pretty Dumb Idea, Rembrandt, Those Games, Weird, What A Feature.

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Alexey Popovtsev
[Aronetiv]

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Alexis Boscariol

Alexis Boscariol is a Paris-based freelance graphic and type designer. He completed his Masters in graphic design at ESAD Valence, before entering the Type Media program at KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands, class of 2019. His KABK graduation typeface is Picardy, a variable font designed for the web. The display version also has a variable outline axis, enabling more interactivity and animations.

In 2020, he published the rounded display typeface Caspar Condensed at Future Fonts. Caspar Github link. Future Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alfredo Marco Pradil
[Hanken Studio]

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Alja Herlah

Slovenian type designer, who co-founded Type Salon together with Krista Likar in Ljubljana in 2020. Alja's typefaces:

  • Praz Slab and Praz Italic (2014). Developed during the 2014 Tipobrda workshop mentored by Domen Fras and Lucija Bratus.
  • Alica (2015). A cursive slab serif heavily inktrapped typeface designed at TipoBrda 2015.
  • Univerza Sans (2020, Type Salon). Univerza is not a take on Frutiger---it is Slovenian for "university". Alja writes: Univerza Sans was developed to mark the hundredth anniversery of University of Ljubljana. The style is influenced by the combination of Slovenian avant-garde with some recognizable forms that are known for Slovenian typography.
  • Palsam Pro (2020, Abjad). This rounded sans typeface covers Latin and Arabic and was co-designed by Ali Almasri and Alja Herlah. Regarding the Arabic part, they write: The main highlight for Palsam was the cursive companion. For the first time, the calligraphic Ijaza style was used as a model for designing the Arabic cursive. The Ijaza is a hyper combination of Naskh and Thuluth, which makes it perfect to be a companion for the upright Naskh.
  • Spektra (2020, Type salon). A black condensed sans by Krista Likar and Alja Herlah that combines five scripts: Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew. It also has a variable type with an italic axis.
  • In 2021, Krista Likar and Alja Herlah published Plecnik, which is named after Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik. Plecnik is defined by classical elements and shapes, classic proportions, humanist stroke endings and low contast. It has a capital A with an overhang. Plecnik Display is quite different as it features flaring in every stroke.
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Alvaro Franca
[Naipe Foundry]

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Andrea Tartarelli

Graphic designer in Pietrasanta, Italy, who heads Surface Studio. His typefaces:

  • In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli, Giulia Ursenna Dorati and Andrea Gaspari co-designed the 1940s vintage brush script typeface Banana Yeti, which is based on an example by Ross George shown in George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual. The Zetafonts team extended the original design to six styles and multilingual coverage. The ExtraBold is free.
  • In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Matteo Chiti, Luca Chiti and Andrea Tartarelli co-designed the retro connected brush script font family Advertising Script, which is based on an example from Ross George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual.
  • Beatrix Antiqua (2016, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli). This humanist sans-serif typeface is part of the Beatrix family (Beatrix Nova, etc.) that takes its inspiration from the classic Roman monumental capital model. Its capitals are directly derived from the stone carvings in Florence's Santa Croce Cathedral. Beatrix keeps a subtle lapidary swelling at the terminals suggesting a glyphic serif, similar to Hermann Zapf's treatment in Optima. In 2019, Beatrix Antiqua was reworked by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini together with Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini into a 50-style type system called Monterchi that includes Text, Serif and Sans subfamilies. Monterchi is a custom font for an identity project for a famous fresco in Monterchi, developed under the art directorship of Riccardo Falcinelli. Monterchi Book is free.
  • Studio Gothic (2017, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli) is an 8-style geometric sans family based on Alessandro Butti's geometric sans classic, Semplicita.
  • In 2017, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli co-designed the sans typeface family Kabrio, which gives users four different corner treatment options.
  • Anaphora (2018). Anaphora is a contemporary serif typeface designed by Francesco Canovaro (roman), Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini (italic) and Andrea Tartarelli. It features a wedge serif design with nine weights from thin to heavy. Its wide counters and low x-height make it pleasant and readable at text sizes while the uncommon shapes make it strong and recognizable when used in display size. Anaphora covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Canovaro's Arista served as a basis for the 29-style monolinear rounded sans typeface family Aristotelica (2018) by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli. See also Aristotelica Pro (2020).
  • In 2018, he designed the italics for Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini's Domotika typeface family. Between 2018 and 2021, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli developed the 8-weight humanist sans typeface Domotika for Latin, Cyrillic and Greek, further into the 18-style Domotika Pro (2021).

    In 2018, Pancini designed Radcliffe (a Clarendon revival by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli). Radcliffe has Text and Casual subfamilies. See also Radcliffe at MyFonts.

  • Codec (2018) by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli is a geometric sans typeface family in which all terminal cuts are horiontal or vertical. See also Codec Pro (2019).
  • In 2018, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli co-designed the sharp wedge serif typeface Blacker to pay homage to the 1970s. The idea of extreme wedge serifs and reverse (Italian) stress was pushed even further in 2018 by Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli in Blackest.
  • In 2019, Blacker Sans (Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Tartarelli) and Blacker Pro (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli) were released. The 63-strong fashion mag powerhouse Blacker Sans Pro (Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Tartarelli) followed in 2020. Zetafonts writes: Blacker Pro is the revised and extended version of the original wedge serif type family designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli in 2017. Blacker was developed as a take on the style that Jeremiah Shoaf has defined as the "evil serif" genre: typefaces with high contrast, oldstyle or modern serif proportions and sharp, blade-like triangular serifs. Zetafonts writes: Blacker Pro is the revised and extended version of the original wedge serif type family designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli in 2017. Blacker was developed as a take on the style that Jeremiah Shoaf has defined as the "evil serif" genre: typefaces with high contrast, oldstyle or modern serif proportions and sharp, blade-like triangular serifs.
  • Together with Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, he designed the 64-strong typeface family Body Grotesque and Body Text in 2017-2018. It was conceived as a contemporary alternative to modernist super-families like Univers or Helvetica.
  • Sugo Pro (2018, Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Tartarelli).
  • In 2018, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli designed Holden, a very Latin cursive sans typeface with pointed brush aesthetics and fluid rhythmic lines.
  • Extenda (2018) is a thin-to-wide grotesque advertising or movie credit family with some of the DNA of Impact or Compacta. By Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli.
  • In 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli published the monolinear geometric rounded corner amputated "e" sans typeface family Cocogoose Classic, the sans family Aquawax Pro, and the condensed rounded monoline techno sans typeface family Iconic.
  • Klein (2019) is (in their words) Zetafonts' love letter to the grandmother of all geometric sans typefaces, Futura. Starting from a dialogue with Paul Renner's iconic letterforms and proportions, Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli decided to depart from its distinctive modernist shapes with slight humanist touches and grotesque solutions---with some design choices evoking the softness of humanist sans serifs like Gill Sans. The end result is a workhorse superfamily of 54 fonts with full coverage of Latin, Cyrillic and Greek. The original display-oriented family, developed in nine weights with matching italics (from the hairline thin to the sturdy black), has been paired with a text version (with slightly higher x-height, better readability and maximum legibility at small point size) and with a condensed version, to be used for space-saving display solutions in editorial and advertising formats. With a name that is both a nod to its humble functionality and an homage to French nouveau realiste artist Yves Klein, this typeface aims to become your next trusted companion in all your adventures in print, digital and motion design.
  • In 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini at Zetafonts published a slightly calligraphic Elzevir typeface, Lovelace.
  • Kitsch (2019, Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini) mixes angular medieval elements and old style letterforms.
  • Tarif (2019). Tarif is a typeface family inspired by the multicultural utopia of convivencia---the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Christians and Jews in tenth century Andalusia that played an important role in bringing to Europe the classics of Greek philosophy, together with Muslim culture and aesthetics. It is a slab serif typeface with a humanist skeleton and inverted contrast, subtly mixing Latin zest, calligraphic details, extreme inktraps, and postmodern unorthodox reinvention of traditional grotesque letter shapes. The exuberant design, perfect for titling, logo and display use, is complemented by a wide range of seven weights allowing for solid editorial use and great readability in body text. Matching italics have been designed with the help of Maria Chiara Fantini and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, while Rania Azmi has collaborated on the design of the arabic version of Tarif, where the humanist shapes and inverted contrast of the Latin letters find a natural connection with modern arabic letterforms.
  • Thicker (2020, by Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli). They write: A geometric sans typeface on steroids, it was first designed in the muscular extrablack weight with the aesthetics of high-power dynamic typefaces used in sports communication, and then developed in the lighter weights where the shapes show some vintage-inspired proportions and the slightly squared look that nods to Novarese famous Eurostile, eponymous with retro-futurism..
  • Stinger (2020, a 42-style reverse contrast family by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini).
  • As part of the free font set Quarantype (2020), Andrea Tartarelli designed Quarantype Bikeride and Quarantype Campfire.
  • Eastman (2020, by Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli with help from Solenn Bordeau) is a 178-font geometric sans workhorse family with Bauhaus genes developed for maximum versatility both in display and text use, with a wide weight range and a solid monolinear design featuring a tall x-height. It comes with a two axis variable font (weight, italic angle). It was followed by the 46-style font Eastman Grotesque (2020, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli), which comprises an interesting Eastman Grotesque Alternate subfamily with daring and in-your-face glyphs, and Eastman Condensed (2021, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli).
  • Malik (2020). An 18-style flared sans typeface with seriouus contrast in the heavier weights. It has variable fonts as well.
  • In 2020, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Mario De Libero drew the 60-style Cocogoose Pro Narrows family, which features many compressed typefaces as well as grungy letterpress versions.
  • Amazing Slab (2021). A 20-style typeface family designed by Francesco Canovaro, Mario de Libero (who did the inline versions), Sofia Bandini and Andrea Tartarelli, developed from the Amazing Grotesk family designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini. Characterized by outward-pointing top serifs, this typeface is designed for use in athletic lettering, logos and titling. Zetafonts writes: Mixing an Egyptian serif, low contrast approach with the curved endings and open shapes of humanist sans grotesques, it was developed to embody the energetic and friendly nature of the startup scene---a feeling of innovation, information and energy, with a desire for simplicity and straightforward communication. The basic design shapes for the font come from the strong personality of the extrabold letterforms drawn by Francesco Canovaro for his StartupItalia logo, that informed the display design of the four darkest weights (from medium to black).
  • Coco Sharp (2021). A 62-style sans feast, with two variable fonts with variable x-height, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli.
  • Heading Now (2021). A 160-strong titling font (+2 variable fonts) by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Mario De Libero that provides an enormous range of widths.
  • Asgard (2021). A 72-strong experimental display sans superfamily with a 3-axis (weight, width, slant) variable font, designed by Francesco Canovaro, Andrea Tartarelli ans Mario De Libero.
  • Calvino and Calvino Grande (2021). A 38-style sharp-edged text typeface named after Italian author Italo Calvino.

Andree Nguyen
[Nguyen Type]

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Andrei Robu
[Typeverything]

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Andrej Dienes
[Adtypo]

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Andres Ramirez
[Vastago Studio]

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Andrew Bellamy
[Otherwhere Collective (or: Ilott Type)]

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Andrew Footit
[Arkitype (was: Virtue Creative)]

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Andriy Dykun
[NREY]

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Andriy Konstantynov
[Mint Type (was: PDesign 6.0)]

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Anicons

Anicons (2019) is the first animated color variable icon font. Made by Wenting Zhang and Hua Shu, it combines variable font and color font technologies. Their Github page explains how to proceed in html. Anicons is free. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anita Jürgeleit

Graduate of the University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany, who was initially associated with URW++ in that city. Co-designer with Michael Hoffmann of the stamped font URW Urban (2013). She also made the strong-willed handwriting typeface Quendel (2013, URW++; extended in 2015 to include the textured Quendel Wood and the eroded Quendel Crayon) and Hangulatin (2014, URW++). Hangulatin applies the principles of Hangul to make letter combinations in Latin. See also Hangulatin EN (2016).

In 2015 she created the slim vintage / steampunk typeface Nitaah One (URW++) and the handsome super-tall 1970s cocktail lounge sans Allioideae (URW++, Latin and Cyrillic).

In 2018, she set up her own type foundry, and published Umba Sans, a 30-style family that exudes joy and is useful for display applications. It is accompanied by Umba Soft (2018) and Umba Slab (2019).

Typefaces from 2019: Cosima (a low contrast workhorse sans), Captura (a simplified geometric sans), Famosa (+the pearl-studded Famosa Diara), Diara (a colorable wedding font package including ornaments), Crossfit (an elliptical sans family), Hyper (a wonderful packaging font).

Typefaces from 2020: Orangina (a creamy supermarket typeface), Mireille (a decorative serif) , Marilka (a snappy 4-style modern text typeface characterized by the vertical terminals atop a, c, f, s and z), Lovebeat (a Valentine's Day font).

Typefaces from 2021: Headlines (a 12-style + 2 variable font headline sans), Every (a 24-style serif). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Anna Khorash

Member of the Contrast Type Foundry in Moscow.

In 2019, Maria Doreuli and Anna Khorash released the variable font CoFo Peshka at Future Fonts. Inspired by the industrial and military lettering in the Soviet era, it is named after the Pe-2 aircraft also called the Peshka. CoFo Peshka features weight and width axes.

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Anna Safitri
[Runsell Type (or: Runsell Studio, Studio Runsell)]

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Antonin Bonnet

In 2020, at The Type Department, Paul Coumoul, Clothilde Bouan and Antonin Bonnet published the display typeface Octane. It is a variable font with two axes, weight and width. Octane is a free font consisting of a total of 18 weights, but the free version consists in fact only of one variable font and it has no numbers. They explain that Octane was initially created to fit with any car designed by Pininfarina. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Antonina Zhulkova

Saint Petersburg, Russia-based designer of Celestina (2017, Piñata), a brush script typeface, Disruptors Script (2018) and Gentlemens Script (2018).

Typefaces from 2020: TT Octosquares (an octagonal superfamily by Antonina Zhulkova, Yulia Gonina and Kseniya Karataeva; TT Octosquares comes with a 3-axis variable type option), TT Runs (a 20-style sports sans by the TypeType team in cooperation with Vika Usmanova, Antonina Zhulkova and Philipp Nurullin).

In 2020, she co-designed TT Lakes Neue, a 91-style sans family by Vika Usmanova, Antonina Zhulkova and Kseniya Karataeva at TypeType. Tt is a functional sans-serif that draws inspiration from Finnish signs of the functionalism era. TT Lakes Neue is an almost monolinear sans, with ovals in the form of rounded rectangles, reminiscent of Nebiolo's Microgramma. It comprises a useful variable font.

In 2021, Antonina Zhulkova and Yulia Gonina designed TT Autonomous, a 25-style wide brutal technological sans family that includes a monospaced subfamily and a trio of variable fonts. Later in 2021, Antonina Zhulkova, Pavel Emelyanov and Yulia Gonina co-designed the 32-style geometric sans TT Fors which comes in standard, display and variable versions. In 2021, she designed TT Globs (+Variable), a 3-style Latin-only typewriter-style slab serif. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Anupap Jaichumnan
[Jipatype]

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Apple Watch Font (or: the San Francisco Font)

In September 2014, Apple announced the imminent arrival of the Apple Watch, which came with a new neo-grotesque sans-serif typeface developed in house. It has a legible, open DIN-like look, but the name of its designer was not released. The 35 fonts are grouped into subfamilies San Francisco Text and San Francisco Display, and are available to designers of Apple Watch applications here.

The reaction of the curmudgeon society, aka The Typophiles, is quite predictably negative, with opinions including Susan Kare's original San Francisco (also done for Apple) was better [note: Kare's was a ransom note font]. I really wonder why the typophiles bother---it's not their magazine or their web page---companies are free to use anything they like, including "not wasting a lot of effort on new typefaces".

Some San Francisco fonts are free from Apple's web site. These come in four groups, SF Pro Text, SF Pro Display, SF Compact Text, and SF Compact Display. Developed between 2015 and 2017, these fonts have become the Apple System fonts for basically all Apple machines. San Francisco has gradually replaced most of Apple's other typefaces on their software and hardware products and for overall branding. It was the original system typeface of watchOS and tvOS and has replaced Helvetica Neue and Lucida Grande as the system typeface of macOS and iOS since OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Apple uses it on its website and for its product wordmarks, where it replaced Myriad Pro. It is also used on the keyboard of the 2015 MacBook and on the 2016 MacBook Pro, replacing VAG Rounded. It is also used as Apple's corporate typeface. Apple restricts the usage of the typeface by others. It is licensed to registered third-party developers only for the design and development of applications for Apple's platforms.

The San Francisco typeface has four variants: "SF" (or "SF UI") for macOS, iOS, and tvOS; "SF Compact" for watchOS; "SF Mono" (based on SF Compact) for the Xcode application; and "SF Serif" for Apple Books. The main difference is that the sides of letters with round shapes, such as o, e, and s, are round in SF, whereas they are flat in SF Compact. The flat sides allow the letters to have more space between them, thereby making the text more legible at small sizes, which is particularly important for the Apple Watch. Both SF and SF Compact each have two optical sizes: "display" for large and "text" for small text. Compared to display, the letters in text have larger apertures and more generous letter-spacing. The operating system automatically chooses the display optical size for sizes of at least 20 points, and the text optical size otherwise. Additionally, included in macOS Sierra and iOS 10 is a new variant named "SF Compact Rounded". It is used in the new contact placeholder icons introduced in the OSes. The "SF Serif" variant was showcased in June 2018 when the all-new Apple Books app was introduced. This variant is exclusive to Apple Books in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, is not mentioned in Apple's Typography design guidelines, and is not publicly downloadable like other variants of the San Francisco typeface.

Open Font Library link where one can download the SF UI Text family (2015).

Postscript: The 2014 San Francisco font should not be confused with Susan Kare's ransom note bitmap font San Francisco which was created in 1984 for Apple. An official TrueType version was never made, and Kare's San Francisco was rendered obsolete with the arrival of Apple's System 7.

Wikipedia link. Apple font download site where one can find San Francisco Compact (this sans-serif typeface is the system font for watchOS, and includes a rounded variant), San Francisco Pro (this sans-serif typeface is the system font for iOS, macOS, and tvOS, and includes a rounded variant), and New York (a large transitional typeface family with optical and width sizing; 2017-2018, that won an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019). Also included is the variable font San Francisco Rounded, which includes a weight axis and a grade axis for adjusting the stroke weight without changing glyph widths. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aring Typeface
[Måns Grebäck]

Måns Grebäck (Aring Typeface, Örebro, Sweden) is a prolific Swedish designer (b. Lindesberg, Sweden, 1990), who lives in Borlänge, Sweden. Måns Grebäck has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Dalarna (2012). In 2010, he went commercial, and started selling fonts through MyFonts. In 2011 he started Mawns Design. In 2013, that was renamed to Aring Typeface. In 2011 he already had over seven million downloads of his fonts, which were featured at websites such as Dafont and Myfonts. He also does custom type work. His typefaces, both free and commercial:

View Mans Grebäck's typefaces.

Abstract Fonts link. Fontspace link. MyFonts link. Another URL. Dafont link. Klingspor link. Buy fonts directly from Måns Grebäck. Old URL. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arkitype (was: Virtue Creative)
[Andrew Footit]

Andrew Footit (b. 1984) runs his own type foundry in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also known as Arkitype. Until 2014, his type studio was called Virtue Creative and before that, Virtue84. In 2017, he set up Arkitype. His typefaces:

  • The very simple monoline rounded geometric typeface Modulus (2011). Updated to Modulus Pro in 2019.
  • The stunning art deco typeface Vindeco (2011).
  • Gigafont (2011): a free bubblegum font.
  • FunFair (2012): hand-printed.
  • Virtus Sans (2012): a clean 4-style sans family.
  • the Western family Westro (2012, +Inline).
  • The free rounded sans drafting font Struct (2013).
  • The four-style vintage poster typeface The Woods (2013).
  • The spurred letterpress typeface family Roper (2014). Roper evolved into the octagonal typeface family Hudson NY (2015) and Hudson NY Pro (2020). Hudson NY Regular, Serif and Slab are athletic lettering / octagonal typeface families.
  • Bosk Hand.
  • Roves (2016). A camping style set of fonts, including several stencil typefaces.
  • Anchor Script (2016). Inspired by classic cursive connected handwriting.
  • Navigator (2016). Inspired by the early explorers.
  • Bowline Script (2016). A vintage monoline cursive script typeface.
  • Saveur Sans (2017) and Saveur Sans Round (2017). A lovely sans typeface family that is inspired by art deco and French cafes.
  • Comply Slab (2017). All caps and octagonal, with possible applications in athletic lettering.
  • 3 Stripe Type (2017) and Adidas Nemeziz (2017). Prismatic typefaces.
  • Technol (2018).
  • Statewide (2018). An all caps squarish techno display sans family.
  • ESPN Next (2018). An octagonal inline custom typeface. ESPN Heroes (2019) is a six-lined prismatic typeface.
  • Poster Compressed (2019). A piano key typeface.
  • Neumatic Compressed (2019), Neumatic Gothic Round (2020) and Neumatic Gothic (2019).
  • Protrakt Variable (2019). Nine variable width all caps fonts, of different thicknesses.
  • Coastal (2020). A twelve-style all caps sans.
  • Compose. An 18-style minimalist sans with elliptical curves and quite open counters.
  • Storica (2021). A 9-style all caps vintage serif.

Behance link. Creative Market link. Home page. View Andrew Footit's typefaces. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Aronetiv
[Alexey Popovtsev]

Or Aleksey Popovtsev. Graphic designer in Kiev, Ukraine, who made the Latin / Cyrillic sans typefaces Nachalnaya (2016) and Rothko (2018: a sans).

Typefaces from 2019: Jheronimus (a neo-humanistic grotesque variable font), Jheronimus Contrast, Ezlo Sans.

Typefaces from 2020: Genau (a 9-style geometric sans influenced by the constructivist schools of Vkhutemas and Bauhaus; contains a variable font), Nomenclatur (2020: a sans family for information design and engineering, inspired by DIN).

Typefaces from 2021: Wolfgang (a six-style bare-bones text typeface influenced by renaissance types such as Garamond, Bembo and Jenson). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arrow Type (or: Typefloundry, or: Recursive Design)
[Stephen Nixon]

Stephen Nixon (b. South Dakota) was an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. After that, he moved to New York City to work as a product designer at IBM. There, he focused on visual design & UX for software products, then moved into brand experience design within IBM Watson. Stephen lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he operates Arrow Type, taking on freelance type design & development work. In 2018, he graduated from the TypeMedia program at KABK in Den Haag. He runs Arrow Type. His typefaces:

  • The free angular text typeface Killam (2012).
  • His KABK graduation typeface, Recursive (Mono, Sans), released in 2018. He explains its multiple uses: Recursive Mono & Sans is a variable type family inspired by casual script signpainting and designed for better code & UI. In programming, recursion is when a function calls itself, using its own output as an input. Recursive Mono was used as a tool to help build itself: it was used to write Python scripts to automate work and generate specimen images, and it was used in the HTML, CSS, and JS to create web-based proofs & prototypes. Through this active usage, Recursive Mono was refined to be not just warm, but also deeply useful for all-day work. Recursive Sans borrows characters from its parent mono but adjusts many key glyphs for comfortable readability in text. Its metrics are superplexed---glyphs take up the same horizontal space across all styles. As a 3-axis variable font, this allows for fluid transitions between weight, slant, and expression (casual to strict letterforms), all without text or layout reflow. In turn, this enables new interactive possibilities in UI and makes for a uniquely fun typesetting experience. This typeface was followed by Recurso Sans (2019; free at OFL). Github page where we learn that contributors besides Stephen Nixon include Katja Schimmel, Lisa Huang and Rafal Buchner. In 2019, these authors published Recursive as a variable font with five axes---mono, casual, weight, slant and italics. Dedicated page. Google Fonts link.
  • He contributed a variable font version to Nikita Prolopov's Fira Code.
  • Name Sans V2 was published by Future Fonts in 2020. Name Sans is a modern interpretation of the tile mosaic name tablets of the New York City subway.
  • Lang Syne (2021). A semi-slab family derived from grave carvings in the Green-Wood Cemetery of Brooklyn, NY.
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Art Grootfontein

Paris-based designer and illustrator, b. 1975 in Paris. He created Lemon Twist (2009), a filled-bowl, black geometric face. On his home page, one can find free fonts such as Grootfont1 (2009, pixel face).

In 2020, he released Balter Serif (a handcrafted layerable font inspired by sign painting, 1960s movie posters and jazz album lettering) and the all caps hand-printed typeface Jazzy Croquette.

In 2021, he released Bangel (a fat display typeface) and Flexible (a sans headline typeface in 18 styles, with a variable font thrown in; the typeface was created for animations and allow its user to play with width and height). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Arthur Reinders Folmer
[Typearture Type Foundry]

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ATypI: OpenType 1.8 announcement

The original announcement of OpenType 1.8 that covers for the first time variable or multiple-axis fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aulia Rahman
[ShowUp Type Foundry]

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Axis Praxis

Laurence Penney's test site for variable fonts. Requires Mac OS Sierra or later, or Webkit Nightly. He writes: Axis-Praxis relies on the font-variation-settings property in the draft CSS4 specification, implemented in WebKit. On the server, it uses TTX to extract the variations information from the font. Once it has this data and has delivered the font back to the browser as a @font-face webfont, the server has no further use for the font so it is deleted immediately. In the browser, the CSS font-variation-settings property of the textboxes is changed using JavaScript when you adjust the sliders or click the named instances. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Azza Alameddine

Azza Alameddine has worked as a graphic designer in Lebanon, the Netherlands and London since 2009, and is now based in Barcelona. A graduate of the Masters in Typeface Design progra of the University of Reading, she specializes in Arabic script. Her talk at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona was entitled The art of typographic matchmaking. In 2016, Azza joined TypeTogether as a type engineer and type designer.

The Latin / Arabic version of Dalton Maag's Effra was co-designed by Azza Alameddine and Alex Blattmann. It won an award at Granshan 2016.

In 2017, she finished Adelle Sans Arabic at Type Together.

In 2019, Type Together released Catalpa (Veronkia Burian, Jose Scaglione, Azza Alameddine) and wrote: Primed for headlines, Catalpa is designed to give words bulk and width and gravity itself. The Catalpa font family is José Scaglione and Veronika Burian's wood type inspired design for an overwhelming headline presence. Catalpa was followed in 2021 by Belarius, a three-axis variable family that shifts from sans to slab serif, from condensed to expanded widths, and includes every possibility in between. Published by Type Together in 2021, it was developed under the guidance of Veronika Burian and José Scaglione, with type design by Azza Alameddine and Pooja Saxena, and additional kerning and engineering help from Radek Sidun, Joancarles Casasin and Irene Vlachou. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Balazs Szemmelroth

During his studies in Szeged, Hungary, Balazs Szemmelroth designed the multistyle geometric sans typeface family Balage (2016) and the free typeface family Sometimes (2018).

In 2018, he created the 4-axis variable font Fluido at Visual Arts Institute Egere. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Baron von Fonthausen
[Jacques Le Bailly]

Jacques Le Bailly (b. Thionville, France, 1975) is the "Baron von Fonthausen", located in Den Haag, and the self-proclaimed German-French specialist in the fields of both beer and type design. From 1999 to 2003, Le Bailly lived in Berlin, working at Moniteurs graphic design studio and as an independent graphic designer. Having returned to the Netherlands in 2003, Jacques did type production work for The Enschedé Font Foundry. He is now a typographic designer at Bau Winkel's studio in The Hague. He worked for type foundries like Lineto, Monotype, House Industries, and Bold Monday, as well as on custom projects for several brand design agencies. He has been teaching at the WdKA art academy in Rotterdam and Sint Joost in Den Bosch.

He was working on commercial fonts such as TyPress, Ballpoint and B-Day.

Sardines (2008, Vette Letters) is described by Jan Middendorp as an amusing parade of heavyweight characters crammed into squares. In 2010, that monospaced family was expanded to VLNL Neue Sardines (42 styles).

Designer of the pixel font Mekka.

Macula (2010) is a trompe l'oeuil typeface that is available from Bold Monday. It was inspired by Oscar Reutersvärd's impossible perspectives and M.C. Escher's optical illusions.

In 2016, Jacques Le Bailly extended Vernon Adams's Nunito (2011) to a full set of weights, and an accompanying regular non-rounded terminal version, Nunito Sans, which is free at Google Fonts and Open Font Library.

In 2018, he designed the free family Crimson Pro (a major update of Sebastian Kosch's Crimson from 2011) and VLNL Thueringer (at Vette Letters), and wrote: Jacques got inspired by Albrecht Düer's 15th century Fraktur (blackletter) alphabet, and decided to design a contemporary rounded version of it. It's a modern techno-style blackletter with a (beer)truckload of interesting design details.

In 2019, he released the free font Livvic. Livvic is a 16-style custom corporate sans typeface designed by Jacques Le Bailly for LV (Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited), an insurance company based in the UK. The typeface is part of a brand redesign.

In 2020, Jacques Le Bailly, Cereal and Vernon Adams (posthumously) released the sans typeface family Mulish at Google Fonts. Mulish is a minimalist sans, designed for both display and text typography. It was initially drawn in 2011 by Vernon Adams and then refined until 2014. In 2017 the family was updated by Jacques Le Bailly to complete the work started by Vernon after he passed away, in collaboration with his wife Allison, an artist who holds the trademark on the typeface family name. In August 2019, it was updated with a variable font weight axis.

Behance link. Bold Monday link. %Z Liebe Petra, Die Site ist jetzt erstmal dafür gemacht, um Leuten zu zeigen was ich gerade mache. Leider sind die meisten der gezeigten Fonts noch nicht ganz fertig und werden deshalb noch nicht angeboten. neben Schriftgestaltung, mache ich auch noch Grafik-Design. Im Moment arbeite an der Font TyPress, die bei der 1. Ausgabe folgende Schnitte enthalten wird: Roman, Italic, Bold, Bold-Italic, Caps-Roman and Caps-Bold. Unsicher ist noch wo, oder von wem sie vertrieben werden. Der Font B-Day wird 1 Schnitt haben und wenn alles gut geht, wird sie ab Februar 2002 von Lineto (www.lineto.de) verkauft. Wenn Sie interessiert sind an meinen Entwürfen, oder z.B. an Custom-Type, fragen Sie bitte nach. Oder, wenn Sie gerne sehen möchten, wie meine Schriften im Druck aussehen, kann ich Ihnen ein PDF schicken. Freundlichen Grüsse, Greetings, Baron von Fonthausen, auch Jacques Le Bailly [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Baugasm
[Vasjen Katro]

Visual designer in Tirana, Albania, who specializes in technologically-inspired designs. In 2019, together with Mathieu Desjardins, he created the wonderful typeface Neue Machina, which features deep ink traps in a technical / monospaced / geometric body. Neue Machina is destined to win many major type design awards. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beatrice D'Agostino

Italian designer of Iki Mono (2020, at CAST) Iki Mono is a multifaceted monospaced typeface designed for publishing and coding. It has two variable styles. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Beatrice Lozano

Brooklyn-based Michigander, currently exploring custom type, coding, and motion design. Her typefaces include Ancho (2020), which includes a variable cut. Ancho is a wide-stanced sans with forms inspired by the Teotihuacan pyramids in Mexico. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Beatriz Diogo
[Adaptype]

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Belarius

Belarius is a three-axis variable family that shifts from sans to slab serif, from condensed to expanded widths, and includes every possibility in between. Published by Type Together in 2021, it was developed under the guidance of Veronika Burian and José Scaglione, with type design by Azza Alameddine and Pooja Saxena, and additional kerning and engineering help from Radek Sidun, Joancarles Casasin and Irene Vlachou.

Two days after the last dictator on earth, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, ordered the hijacking of a RyanAir flight in May 2021 to arrest journalist Roman Protasevich, TypeTogether celebrated this event by offering a serious discount on Belarius. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Hoepner

Designer of the variable modular typeface Stoplight (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ben Wittner

In 2018, Ben Wittner, Sascha Thoma and Timm Hartmann edited Bi-Scriptual: Typography and Graphic Design with Multiple Script Systems (Niggli). Each chapter covers a different language and is written by a graphic designer who is a native speaker of that language. The languages covered are Arabic by Lara Captan & Kristian Sarkis, Cyrillic by Eugene Yukechev, Devanagari by Vaibhav Singh, Greek by Gerry Leonaidas, Hangul (Korean) by Jeongmin Kwon, Hanzi by Keith Tam, Hebrew by Lirion Levi Turkenich & Adi Stern and Kanji/Hiragana/Katakana (Chinese and Japanese) by Mariko Takagi.

Talib (2004) is a type project of eps51, a Berlin-based graphic design studio founded in 2004 by Sascha Thoma and Ben Wittner. They developed these faux Arabic fonts: Talib Old Style (calligraphic), Talib Kulkufi, and Talib Mohandes.

In 2020, Pascal Zoghbi (29LT) and Ben Wittner released the monospaced Arabic / Latin typefaces 29 LT Baseet Variable and 28 LT Zawi Variable. [Google] [More]  ⦿

BenBenWorld (or: BB Bureau)
[Benoît Bodhuin]

Benoît Bodhuin (aka Ben Ben) lived in Tournai, Belgium, and after a brief spell in "chti" country, i.e., in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, he relocated to Nantes in France. He studied mathematics and graphic design. Freelance graphic designer since 2004. In 2011, he set up Benben World at MyFonts.

Designer of the pixel fonts Logotix (2004), Latham and 5x7 Negatie Moyenne. In 2010, he made the paperclip typeface Pipo (first published in 2011 by Die Gestalten, and in 2017 by bb-bureau). He created the commercial angular sans typeface S-L (2006) which was originally made for the University of Arts Saint-Luc in Tournai. It was published by Volcano.

Commercial typefaces include S-L Bold (2012, a hexagonal typeface based on his design at St. Luc in 2006), Zigzag (2012, Volcano Type; a font originally made for the Vivat theater), and Marianne (2012, BenBenWorld: an inline and modular typeface family).

In 2013, he published the stencil / fractured typeface Mineral.

In 2014, he designed the experimental triangle-based Bauhaus-inspired Side A typeface.

In 2016, Bodhuin designed the expressive Italian typeface family BB Book A and bb-book Contrasted. He added the wedge serif BB Book B, BB Book Mono and BB Book Text to that series in 2018.

Typefaces from 2017: Brutal, Elastik.

Typefaces from 2019: Grotesk Remix (extended to Grotesk Remix Monospace and Grotesk Remix Variable in 2020), Tme (experimental: an update of Sl drawn in 2006 for the University of Arts Saint-Luc de Tournai), Standard-bb, Pickle Standard (extravagant and thought-provoking).

Typefaces from 2020: Gikit (in Text and Title version, for a perfect gridnik feel), Ballpill (designed for printing at very small sizes).

Typefaces from 2021: Pimpit (rounded, condensed and with reverse stress), Volcano Type link. View Bodhuin's commercial typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Benjamin Blaess

Benjamin Blaess (Blah, Strasbourg, France) is a graphic designer and letterer. During a summer course called Type@Paris (2015), under the guidance of Jean Fran&ccdil;ois Porchez, Malou Verlomme and Mathieu Réguer, Benjamin Blaess created Brambly, a text typeface with calligraphic tension.

In 2019, Ilya Naumoff and Benjamin Blaess co-designed the variable font Grtsk at Black Foundry. Its three axes, weight, width and slant, combine for 126 styles, that are all captured in one variable font. Mini-site. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Benoît Bodhuin
[BenBenWorld (or: BB Bureau)]

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Bernd Volmer

Bernd Volmer is a graphic and type designer from Germany. Before attending type and media, he graduated with a BA in 2011 from the ArtEZ in Arnhem. During this time he also did an internship at Atelier Carvalho Bernau and developed his knowledge and interest in type design and typography. After graduation he started as a freelancer.

In 2013, he graduated from the Type & Media program at KABK, Den Haag. His graduation typeface, Curtis, is based on broad nib calligraphy, and manages in its palette of styles to cover the broad ground between powerful German expressionist display types and very readable text types. In my view, it is the best of the twelve typefaces of the graduation class.

In 2010, Bernd Volmer and Ateleir Carvalho Bernau published the free typeface Jean-Luc, which is named after Jean-Luc Godard. Carvalho / Bernau write: We didn't find out who originally made the lettering for these two movies. Some speculate it could have been Godard himself---Godard's interest in graphic design and typography is clear, with many of his other films employing such strong typography-only titles and intertitles. They are almost a self-sufficient entity, another character in the movie, another comment. This style of lettering is so interesting to us because it is such a clear renunciation of the pretty, classical title screens that were common in that time more conservative films. It has a more vernacular and brutishly low-brow character; this lettering comes from the street. We can not prove this at all, but we think it may be derived from the stencil letters of the Plaque Découpée Universelle (or PDU), a lettering device invented in the 1870s by a certain Joseph A. David, and first seen in France at the 1878 Exposition Universelle, where it found broad appeal and rapid adoption. We think this style of lettering was absorbed into the public domain vernacular of French lettering, and that the 2 ou 3 choses titles are derived from these quotidien lettering style, as it would seem to fit Godard's obsession with vernacular typography.

In 2019, he published the two-axis (weight and serifs) variable font Seraphs.

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Black Foundry
[Jérémie Hornus]

Type foundry in Paris, est. 2016 by Jérémie Hornus, who is the design lead. Type designers associated with Black Foundry include Alisa Nowak and Ilya Naumoff. They initially bought the font collection of FontYou. Typefaces not included in the original FontYou collection:

  • Angus (2018). A multiplexed rounded sans typeface family by Elliott Amblard that includes a variable font.
  • In 2018, Elliott Amblard and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the information design humanist sans typeface family Drive. It is accompanied by the more typewriter-styles families Drive Mono and Drive Prop, and published by Black Foundry. The fiorms in Drive Mono and Prop are great, but all fonts in Drive are too widely spaced (as are several other fonts in the Black Foundry collection).
  • Clother (Jeremie Hornus, Julie Soudanne, Ilya Naumoff, 2017). This geometric sans workhorse covers also Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic.
  • Vesterbro (Jeremie Hornus, Alisa Nowak, Ilya Naumoff, 2017). High-contrast Latin / Cyrillic typeface with a Viking feel that won an award at Granshan 2017.
  • Jeremie Hornus, Gregori Vincens, Yoann Minet, and Roxane Gataud (and possibly Riccardo Olocco) designed the free Google web font Atma for Latin (in comic book style) and Bengali. Github link.
  • In 2016, Google Fonts published the free Latin / Bengali signage font Galada (2015). It is based on Pablo Impallari's Lobster (for Latin). The Bengali was developed as a studio collaboration by Jeremie Hornus, Yoann Minet, and Juan Bruce at Black Foundry.
  • In 2016, Franck Jalleau designed the monospace sans typeface family Aubusson. Initially designed as a custom typeface by Franck Jalleau for the Cité internationale de la tapisserie d'Aubusson, the monowidth proportions are linked to pattern and tiles arrangements used in tapestry. The retail version of Aubusson offers four weights with matching italics. It was published by Black Foundry.
  • Drive (2016). A corporate sans serif family.
  • Dragon (2016). A clean sans typeface.
  • Galien (2019). By the Black Foundry team, a mix with didone elements in the roman and garalde features in the italic. There is also a variable font with a weight axis.
  • A custom sans font family for DS Automobiles (2019).
  • Finder is a multiscript typeface developed in 2020 at Black Foundry by Jérémie Hornus, Gaëtan Baehr, Changchun Ye and Zhang Miao. This neutral sans is intended for interface design, and covers Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hangul, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese.
  • Screen Sans (2020). A 14-style sans by Jérémie Hornus and Ilya Naumoff published by Indian Type Foundry.
  • Alpine Script: a variable font with four axes including boldness, humanity, and irregularity, made for the identity of the French (Renault) Alpine sports cars.
  • Maif (2020). A sans family for the corporate identity of the Mutuelle d'Assurance Automobile des Instituteurs de France.
  • In 2020, Jeremie Hornus, Theo Guillard, Morgane Pambrun, Alisa Nowak and Joachim Vu co-designed Bespoke Stencil (2020, Fontstore).
  • Egitto (2020). A huge Egyptian (slab serif) family together with a handy variable font. By Jérémie Hornus and Solenn Bordeau.
  • Rowton (2021) is a humanist sans in black, regular and hairline weights, named after Arthur Eric Rowton Gill. It is accompanied by two stencil styles.
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Blaze Type Foundry (was: Adèle Type Foundry)
[Matthieu Salvaggio]

Lyon, France-based designer founded first Adèle Type Foundry and in 2018 renamed it Blaze Type Foundry. Creator of these typefaces:

  • In 2021, Tim Vanhille, Léon Hugues and Matthieu Salvaggio co-designed the blackletter font Emeritus at Blaze Type.
  • Area (2020). Area is a variable typeface family of 88 grotesque fonts. Interestingly, all styles have an inktrapped version.
  • Inferi (2019). Inspired by garaldes.
  • Oroban (2018). A high-contrast text typeface in six styles, Oroban Masuria & Italic, Oroban Hermonthica & Italic and Oroban Elegans & Italic. The name is unrelated to Hungary's despot, Orban.
  • AT Apoc (2017-2018), short for AT Apocalypse. A text typeface that exhibits angst in the face of a bellicose American crackpot. In 2020, varialble and Cyrillic options were added.
  • AT Surt (2017). A 54-style Scandinavian sans typeface family, expanded in 2018. In Normal, Expanded and Extended widths.
  • Scriptures Memoriam (2017). A didone.
  • Scriptures Keops (2017). A didone with angular modifications inspired by blackletter type.
  • Arges (2017). A very condensed American headline sans, updated in 2019.
  • Osmose (2017). A "neoclassical grotesk". He writes that all of his licenses have been sold. Huh?
  • AT Global (2017). A sans.
  • Vuit Grotesk (2016). Not part of the Adele collection.
  • S1 (2013). A sans typeface designed during his studies at L'École européenne supérieure d'art de Bretagne (2012-2014). Not part of the Adele collection.
  • AT Inexpugnable. A free font that was promised for 2017.
  • AT Goliath. A free font that was promised for 2017.

Behance link.

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Bonnie Shaver-Troup
[The Lexend Project]

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Borutta (or: Duce Type)
[Mateusz Machalski]

Borutta (or Duce Type) is the creative studio of über-talented Warsaw-based designer Mateusz Machalski (b. 1989), a graduate of Wydziale Grafiki ASP in 2014, and of Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. His oeuvre is simply irresistible, charming and a worthy representative of the Polish poster style---witness Alergia (2016), Magiel Pro (2017) and Madiso (2017).

He is the creator of the blackletter-inspired typeface Raus (2012), which also could pass for a Cyrillic simulation font. It was possibly made with Pawel Wypych. He also made Kebab (2012, a fat caps face), Duce (2012, art deco: withdrawn from MyFonts after Charles Borges complained that it was a rip-off of his own Gloria), Fikus (2012), Woodie (2012, a condensed rough wood type face), Polon (2012), Aurora (2012, a German expressionist poster face), Musli (monoline connected script), HWDP (2012, poster font), Wieczorek Script (2012, hand-printed), Hamlet (2012, a sword and dagger typeface, renamed to Prince), Caryca (2012, Cyrillic simulation, done with Pawel Wypych), Bezerro (2012, poster face), Bitmach (2012, pixel face), Meat Script (2012, a caps only market signage brush script), Krac (2012, a tall poster font), Hermes (2012: Ten Dollar Fonts), Berg (2012, a roughened blackletter face), Buldog (2012), Dudu (2012, tall condensed face).

In 2012, Polish designer Wojciech Freudenreich and Mateusz Machalski combined forces to design the techno typeface SYN, which is based on an earlier De Stijl-genre alphabet by Freudenreich. In 2020, they released the free typeface family SYN Nova, which includes additional styles and a variable font.

Machalski likes old wood types, which inspired him in 2012 to publish a wood type collection of weathered display typefaces: Condom, Hype, Whore, Banger, Buka. Elo (2012) and Duce (2012) are fat weathered wood types.

Typefaces made in 2013: Wood Type Collection 2 (which includes Brie, Kaszti, Mader, Modi, Rena, Roast, Ursus), Zigfrid (headline face), Salute (letterpress style), Benito (a letterpress or geometric wood typeface), Bojo (heavy wood style poster face), Picadilly (heavily inktrapped open counter sans family), GIT (a manly headline sans), Lito (an eroded poster typeface), Haine (vernacular caps), Aneba (an organic sans family, renewed in 2016 as Aneba Neue), Vitali (sans), Korpo Serif (slab serif), Korpo Sans (elliptical family; +Greek, +Cyrillic).

Typefaces from 2014: Adagio Slab, Adagio Serif, Adagio Sans (a superfamily not to be confused with the 2006 typeface Adagio Pro by Profonts), Adagio Sans Script, Adagio Serif Script, Adagio Slab Script, Tupperware Pro. Tupper Pro (42 styles) was designed by Mateus Machalski and the RR Donnelley team.

Typefaces from 2015: Tupper Serif (again with RR Donnelley: a custom superfamily for pairing Latin, Cyrillic, Hebrew an Greek; for Tupperware), Vitali Neue, Legato Serif, Corpo Serif, Corpo Sans, Zigfrid, Picadilly (a great ink-trapped sans typeface family with an erect g).

Typefaces from 2016: Nocturne (just like Magiel, this free typeface was designed as part of the Warsaw Types project: this wedge serif text typeface is inspired by the lettering on stone tablets commemorating the victims of World War II, and prewar Jewish shop signage), Favela (an experimental, geometric sans, for headline and fashion magazine use), Gangrena (a weathered typeface system co-designed with Ania Wielunska), Migrena Grotesque (earlier named Enigma Grotesque but probably in view of a clash with the name Enigma used by Jeremy Tankard changed to the appropriately named Migrena Grotesque), Alergia Grotesk (a take on the classical geometric grotesque style, in 60 weights, for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic), Alergia Remix (a hipster / hacker / Futura take on Alergia Grotesque).

Typefaces from 2017: Nocturne Serif, Massimo (copperplate semi-serif influenced by New York; originally called Madison, they were frced to change the name to Massimo), Magiel Pro (a geometric display family influenced by Polish banners from the Russian occupatuon era, 1945-1989; it has a charming Black and a hairline, and covers Cyrillic too).

A particularly intriguing project in 2017 was Bona, which set out to revive and extend Andrzej Heidrich's old typeface Bona. Mateusz Machalski contacted him for advice on the revival project. The resulting typeface families were published by and are available from Capitalics. The centerpiece is the warm and wonderful text typeface Bona Nova. It is supplemented by the extreme contrast typeface family Bona Title and the inline typeface family Bona Sforza. Participants in the project also include Leszek Bielski, Ania Wielunska and Michal Jarocinski. Google Fonts link for Bona Nova. Github link for Bona Nova.

Typefaces from 2018: Bilbao (an innovative blend of sans, slab and mono genres in 18 styles), Cukier (a logo font family inspired by the vernacular typography from Zanzibar).

In 2018, Mateusz Machalski, Borys Kosmynka and Przemek Hoffer co-designed the six-style antiqua typeface family Brygada 1918, which is based on a font designed by Adam Poltawski in 1918. Free download from the Polish president's site. The digitization was made possible after Janusz Tryzno acquired the fonts from Poltawski's estate. The official presentation of the font took place in the Polish Presidential Palace, in presence of the (right wing, ultra-conservative, nationalist, law and order) President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. Calling it a national typeface, the president assured the designers that he would use Brygada 1918 in his office. It will be used for diplomas and various other official forms. In 2021, with Anna Wielunska added to the list of authors, it was added as a variable font covering Latin, Greek and Cyrillic to Google Fonts. Github link.

Typefaces from 2019: Gaultier (a sans family that is based on the styles of Claude Garamond, Robert Granjon and Eric Gill---a serifless Garamond and Gill Sans hybrid; includes a fine hairline weight), Aioli (a commissioned type system), Promo (a rounded sans family), Sigmund (the main style is inspired by the Polish road signage typeface designed in 1975 by Marek Sigmund: With the increase of weight, Sigmund turns into a geometric display in the spirit of vernacular typography from the signs of Polish streets), Podium Sharp (based on Dudu, this 234-style family is a hybrid between different old Polish modular and geometric woodtypes such as Rex, Blok and Bacarat; note that 234=2x9x13, so fonts are numbered in Univers style from 1,1 (ultra-compressed hairline) to 9,13 (ultra expanded heavy)), Harpagan (an experiment in reverse and unusual stresses).

Typefaces from 2020: Tyskie (a custom sans for Tyskie Magazine), Habibi Display (an ultra-fat display typeface inspired by bold Arabic headline typefaces), Podium Soft, Afronaut (an experimental Africa-themed font). In 2020, the team at Capitalics in Warsaw, namely Mateusz Machalski, Borys Kosmynka and Ania Wielunska, revived Adam Poltawski's Antykwa Poltawskiego (1928-1931) as Poltawski Nowy.

Typefaces from 2021: Change Serif (a 10-style Robert Granjon-genre garalde designed as a part of Mateusz Machalski's PhD project, carried out in 2015-2021; the main goal was to create a typeface allowing for the typesetting of complex humanistic texts, containing many historical letterforms; each font contains 4000 glyphs and covers Latin, Cyrillic and Greek), Engram (a soft geometric sans family in 22 styles; close to his own earlier font, Enigma, 2016).

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Borys Kosmynka

Freelance graphic and type designer in Lodz, Poland. He cooperates with the Book Art Museum (which stores the legacy of Polish typography) to revive the spirit of letterpress printing and digitize old type. Speaker at ATypI 2017 in Montreal.

In 2018, Mateusz Machalski, Borys Kosmynka and Przemek Hoffer co-designed the six-style antiqua typeface family Brygada 1918, which is based on a font designed by Adam Poltawski in 1918. Free download from the Polish president's site. The digitization was made possible after Janusz Tryzno acquired the fonts from Poltawski's estate. The official presentation of the font took place in the Polish Presidential Palace, in presence of the (right wing, ultra-conservative, nationalist, law and order) President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. Calling it a national typeface, the president assured the designers that he would use Brygada 1918 in his office. It will be used for diplomas and various other official forms. In 2021, with Anna Wielunska added to the list of authors, it was added as a variable font covering Latin, Greek and Cyrillic to Google Fonts. Github link.

Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2019. His graduation typeface, Pactio, is a multi-script typeface family, intended for printing long text passages. It was created with small to medium size printing in mind. The Pactio family consists of six weights each for Latin, Cyrillic, and Arabic.

In 2020, the team at Capitalics in Warsaw, namely Mateusz Machalski, Borys Kosmynka and Ania Wielunska, revived Adam Poltawski's Antykwa Poltawskiego (1928-1931) as Poltawski Nowy (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Box Tube Labs
[Tobias Alexandersson]

Stockholm, Sweden-based designer of the spurred typeface Empera (2017), the weathered octagonal / mechanical typeface family Areno (2017), the athletic lettering font Fanatix (2017), the spurred Godou Grande (2017), the octagonal Campione (2017: an octagonal typeface), Dahmer Slab (2017) and Bouldy (2017).

In 2018, he designed Kensmark (athletic lettering in 45 styles), Jawbreak (Sans, Serif and Slab), Infield (an athletic lettering font), Hitch Route (a sports typeface family), and Backcheck.

In 2019, he released North Block (an octagonal sports font), Campione Neue (an octagonal sports font, with two variable font styles), Le Bronn (a condensed movie credit sans), and Mavericks (an industrial strength octagonal typeface).

Typefaces from 2020: Playmaker (a varsity font), Areno (an octagonal sports font), QB One (an octagonal sports font family with square counters; 28 styles), Kensmark (octagonal), Outlast (a sports shirt font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Briefcase Type

Briefcase (Prague, Czechia) offers original Czech typefaces by designers, who may not wish to set up their own type foundry. Operating as a coop, it complements Brousil's Suitcase Type, which offers more traditional typefaces. Their participants include Tomas Brousil himself, as well as Marek Pistora, Filip Kraus, Jakub Samek, Vojtech Riha, Jan Novak, Ales Najbrt, Petra Docekalova, Radek Sidun, Jana Horackova, and Petr Babak. As of 2015, they published these typeface: BC Alphapipe, BC Dres, BC Falster Grotesk, BC Kakao, BC Liguria (2014, Jan Novak), BC Merkur, BC Mikser, BC Motel Sans, BC Motel Slab, BC Pramen Sans, BC Pramen Slab, BC Prkno, BC Rebecca, BC Reflex, BC Reformulate, BC Rezan, BC Steiner, BC Sijan, BC Thomas & Ruhller, BC Trhan, BC Vafle.

More recent fonts: BC Minim, BC Baseliner (a variable font by Simon Matejka), BC 3018 (2018: dingbats), BC Brief (2017, Matyas Machat), BC Novatica (2016, Tomas Brousil and Marek Pistora), BC Sklonar (2016, Marek Pistora and Martin Vacha). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bruno Maag
[Dalton Maag]

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BuffaloGals

Buffalo Gals is one of the first variable fonts, originally made in 1992 for an Apple TrueType GX developer CD. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bumbum Type

Taipei, Taiwan-based designer of Albra (2019), Albra Sans (2020), Albra Text (2020: a low-contrast serif), Albra Display (2020), Gaba (2019: a geometric sans; by Yang Lu) and Rae Low (2019, by Yang Lu and Raimei Lu). Most of their fonts have variable opentype styles. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

burodestruct (or: Typedifferent.com)
[Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda]

Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda's foundry in Bern, Switzerland, est. 1994, called Burodestruct and Typedifferent.com.

Free fonts include(d) the gorgeous GalaQuadra (by Angela Pestalozzi, 1999), Eject Katakana (1998), Dippex (1995, grunge font), Ticket (1995), Rocket 70 (1996), Ratterbit (1995, pixel font), Plakatbau (1995), Lodel Fizler (1996), Flossy (1995), Faxer (1995), Console Remix (1998), Cravt (1998, by "Katrin"), Stereotype (1998, by M. Brunner), Brockelmann (1995, free), Kristallo (1997, very original display face) and Billiet (1996).

Other fonts: Acidboyz (1998), Alustar (1999), BD Asciimax (1999, ascii art font), BD Billding, Bdr_mono (1999), Brick (1996, like Kalendar), Cluster (1996), Console (1997), Doomed (1998), Eject (1998), Electrobazar (1995), Elside (1995), Globus (1996), Fazer (1996), Lofi (1997), Medled (1995), Paccer (1995), Solaris (1998), Spicyfruits_brush_rmx (1998, a nice high-contrast face), Spicyfruits_rmx, Wurst (free, by Heiwid, 2000), Relaunch (2000), Relaunch Katakana (2000, free), Rainbow (2000), DeLaFrance (2000, free, by Heiwid), Electronic Plastic (2000), Colonius (2001), Cash (2001), Cashbox (2001), Bilding (2001), Meter (2001), Mustang (2001), Bankwell (2001), BD Alm (2001), Balduin (2001), Tatami (2001, oriental look font), Hexades (2001, free), Nippori (2002, techno), Jura (2002), Bonbon (2002, free), Band (2002, free), Navyseals (2002, kitchen tile font), Ritmic (2002), BDR Mono (1999, OCR-like font), Mann (2003, ultra fat stencil), Aroma (2003), Zenith (2003), Nebraska (2003), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Wakarimasu (2004, free kana face), BD Bernebeats (2004, futuristic), BD Deckard (2004), BD Spinner (2004), BD Victoria (2004), BD Designer (2004), BD Kalinka (2005, a curly ultra-fat display face), BD Equipment (2004), BD El Autobus (2004), BD Unexpected (2004), BD Varicolor (2005, stencil), BD Chantilly (2005), BD Memory (2005), BD Emerald (2005, beveled), BD Kalinka (2005, Cyrillic simulation), BD Extrwurst (2005), BD Aquatico (2005), BD Mandarin (2005), BD Polo (2005), BD Beans (2005), BD Tiny (2005, pixel face), BD Times New Digital (2006), BD Panzer (2006), BD Jupiter, BD Jupiter Stencil (2006), BD Pipe (2006), BDR Mono 2006 (2006), BD Fimo Outline (2007, free, by Nathalie Birkle), BD Bermuda (2007, experimental and geometric), BD Smoker (2007, psychedelic), BD Radiogram (2007), BD Mother (2007, exaggerated black Egyptian), BD Fimo Regular (2007, free), BD Demon (2007), BD Reithalle (2007, free), BD Halfpipe (2007, free), BD Broadband (2008, free; not to be confused with the much older fonts BroadbandICG or FLOP Design's Broadband), BD Viewmaster and BD Viewmaster Neon (2008), BD Electrobazaar (2008), BD Motra (2008, stencil), BD Virtual (2008), BD Spacy 125 (2008), BD AsciiMax, BD ElAutobus (2004), BD Equipment (2004), BD Ramen (2003), BD Retrocentric (2009), BDR A3MIK (2009, virile Latin and Cyrillic slab), BD HitBit (2009), BD Unicorse (2010, unicase and techno), BD Telegraph (2011), BD Schablone (2012, stencil face), BD Pankow (2013, stencil), BD Algebra (2014), BD Hiragana Kuro (2014), BD Qualle (2014, a fat poster typeface), BD Tribler (2015, a tribal font).

Alphabetical listing of their pre-2015 free typefaces: Algebra, Alm, Apotheke, AsciiMax, Baldrian, Band, Bankwell, Bardust, Beans, Billding, Billiet, Bonbon, Brockelmann, Burner, Cash, Cashbox, Chantilly, Circo, Console, Console Remix, Cravt, Delafrance, Designer, Destination, Dippex, Eject Katakana, ElAutobus, Elmax, Elside, Equipment, Faxer, Fazer, Fimo, Flossy, Fluke, Galaquadra, Geminis, Halfpipe, Hexades, Hiragana Kuro, Jayn Fonta, Kristallo, Lodelfizler, Lofi, Medled, Meter, Mustang, Outline, Paccer, Pipe, Plakatbau, Plankton, Polo, Ragout, Ramen, Ratterbit, Reithalle, Relaunch, Relaunch Ktna, Rocket70, Sirca, Sirca Rmx, Solaris, Spacy125, Spicyfruits, Spinner, Stella, Stencler, Stereotype, Ticket, Times New Digital, TinyFont, Tribler, Unfold, Wakarimasu.

Alphabetical listing of their pre-2015 commercial typefaces: A3mik, Acidboyz, Alustar, Aquatico, Aroma, Balduin, BDR Mono 2006, Bermuda, Bernebeats, Breakbeat, Brick, Broadband, Calamares, Central, Cluster (Corporate), Colonius, Deckard, Demon, Discount, Doomed, Edding850, Eject, Electrobazar 2008, Electronicplastic, Elk, Emerald, Endless, Extrawurst, Fontabello, Globus, Good Wood, Hell, Hitbit, Jupiter, Jura, Kalinka, Kameron, Kinski, Las Palmas, Mandarin, Mann, Memory, Mother, Motra, Naranino (2012: a children;s script), Navyseals, Nebraska, Nippori, Nokio, Orlando, Pankow, Panzer, Qualle, Radiogram, Rainbow, Retrocentric, Ritmic, Robotron, Schablone, Showlong, Smoker, St.Moritz, Stalker, Stonehenge, Sweethome, Tatami, Telegraph, Unexpected, Unicorse, Varicolor, Victoria, Viewmaster, Virtual, Wotka, Wurst, Wurst Directors Cut, Zenith.

In 2015, Gianfreda designed BD Barbeaux (a condensed typeface with the fashionable chic of the French art nouveau or film noir).

Typefaces from 2016: BD Kickrom Mono (LED emulation type).

Typefaces from 2018: BD Westwork.

Typefaces from 2020: BD Aubergin (an experimental poster font with Bauhaus elements), BD Microna (a pixelish variable font), BD Micron Robots (dingbats).

Typefaces from 2021: BD Roylac (a stylish poster font that evokes modern furniture), BDRmono 2021 (hipster style techno).

Alternate URL. Dafont link. Behance link.

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Bustami Harun
[Genesis Lab]

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Bustanul Arifin

Indonesia-based designer of the soft serif typeface Aligarh (2020: by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Aligarh Arabic (2020: by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), the comic book typeface Tufuli Arabic (2020, by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin) and the fat finger font families Childos and Childos Arabic (2020, by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin).

In 2021, Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin designed Mahameru (a 20-style display typeface), Mahameru Arabic, Meila (a plump almost-bubblegum font family in seven styles), Meila Arabic, Kidzhood (a children's book font family), Naveid (an 18-style mini-serif typeface; and two variable fonts), Naveid Arabic (a ten-style Arabic typeface), and Gestura (an upright connected typeface in 14 styles, and two variable fonts). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cahya Sofyan
[Studio Sun (or: Sun Brand Co)]

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Canada Type
[Rebecca Alaccari]

Foundry in Canada, est. 2004 by Rebecca Alaccari in Toronto, and run by her and Patrick Griffin. Interview with Rebecca. Her typefaces can be bought via MyFonts: Storyville (2015, a curly script), Centennial Script (2007, a revival of an 1874-1876 high-contrast calligraphic script by Hermann Ihlenburg), Valet (2006, superb art deco face), Freco (2006, an art deco typeface loosely based on designs and letters of Fré Cohen), Silk Script (2006, based on 1956 Helmut Matheis script called Primadonna), Dominion (2006, based on an early 1970s film type called Lampoon), Johnny (2006, an art nouveau poster typeface that revives the Harem/Margit typeface by Phil Martin, 1969), Guillotine (2007), Mayfair (2006, a calligraphic typeface based on Mayfair Cursive by Middleton, 1932), Happy Birthday (2006, script), Geronimo (2005, brush style poster font), Rostrum (2005, a revival and expansion of a type called Oleander, designed in 1938 by Julius Kirn for the Genzsch&Heyse foundry in Hamburg), Apricot (2005; based on A.R. Bosco's Romany for ATF, 1934, but a major extension with many ligatures), Heathen (2005), Cougar (2004, a digital version of Martin Wilke's 1968 handwriting typeface Konzept), Puma (2004, brush typeface based on Herbert Thannhaeuser's 1954 Kurier), Big Brush (brush), Diva (connected script), Odette (a high ascender display typeface after the Morris Fuller Benton 1918 American classic, Announcement Roman), Crucifix (2004, a severe octagonal face), Fore (2004, a bullethole face), Formula, Gamer (2004), Formula (2004), Kofi, Platoon (2004, a stencil face), Verso (2004), Secret Scrypt (2004, a handwriting face), Bluebeard (2004, blackletter by Patrick Griffin), Bolero (2004), Janice (2004, psychedelic), Jimi (2004, also psychedelic), Scroll (2004), Dominique (2004, upright script), Moxie (2004, a fat display family which includes a stencil), StockA (2004), StockB (2004, a fat stencil face), Stalker (2004, a destructionist face), Scroll (2004), Jonah (2005, a hippie typeface based on an early 1970s film type from Franklin Photolettering called Urban). MyFonts page. Phil Rutter and Patrick Griffin made Coffee Script (2004), the digital version of R. Middleton's Wave design for the Ludlow foundry, circa 1962. Phil Rutter and Rebecca Alaccari designed Almanac (2004), a script typeface based on Imre Reiner's London Script (1957) (and Rebecca did a subsequent redigitization in 2007 that led to Reiner Hand), Tiger Script (2004, based on Georg Trump's wild brush script Jaguar done in 1967 for C. E. Weber), and Ali Baba (2004), an Arabic simulation typeface originally designed by Georg Trump as Palomba (1955, C.E. Weber foundry). Patrick Griffin made Leather (2005, after Imre Reiner's 1933 blackletter face), Secret Scrypt (2005), Skullbats (2005), Slang (2004, a blood scratch face), Bluebeard (2004), Expo (2004, an octagonal family), and Dancebats (2004). Simone Wilkie designed Boyscout (2004) after the handwriting of her son. Helmut Matheis' Contact (1963, flowing script/brush) was digitized by Rebecca in 2004 as Bruschetta. Rebecca also made Steiner Special (2007, a revival of Swing, a film type by Peter Steiner, 1974), Genesis (2007, a digitization and extension of Grayda, a 1939 calligraphic script of Frank H. Riley at ATF), Evolver (2006, futuristic family), Redwood (2007, a calligraphic script based on Willard T. Sniffin's Raleigh Cursive (1929, ATF)), Orotund (2005, after the 1970s typeface Eight Ball; this was extended again in 2006 in her art nouveau typeface Huckleberry, which is a revival of the 1973 typeface of Gustav Jaeger called Mark Twain), Pendulum (2005, a fantastic flowing script based on Nebiolo's Americana, 1945), Jojo (2005, a flower child typeface after Spring, by Bernard Jacquet), Mascara (2004), Gala (2004, after Neon (1935, Giulio da Milano at Nebiolo)) and Bella Donna (2004, after a script made by Alessandro Butti in 1948, called Rondine).

Typefaces made in 2005: Jazz Gothic (Patrick Griffin), Showboat, Hunter (a revival of Imre Reiner's brush script Mustang, 1956), Quanta (stencil), Quiller (a script typeface based on J.J. Sierke's 1964 typeface Privat), Rhino (revival of Mobil, a 1960 typeface by Helmut Matheis for Ludwig&Mayer), Dominique (donated to FontAid), Secret Scrypt (donated to FontAid), Jackpot (2005, Western typeface remotely based on Cooper Playbill which in turn is related to Cooper Black, but it also has hippy 1968 influences), Sincerely (handwriting typeface based on Karlgeorg Hoefer's 1968 Elegance), Fontella (a digitization of Novarese's calligraphic script Elite), Boondock (digitization of Imre Reiner's Bazaar from 1956), Gumball (digitization of Papageno, a 1958 bubblegum font by Richard Weber for Bauer), Runway, Gamer, Dominique (OpenType handwriting face), Sterling Script (2005, by Alaccari and Griffin: a 7-weight digitization and extension of Stephenson Blake's 1952 clean copperplate script Youthline Script), Vox (2007, a 24-style monoline sans family done with Patrick Griffin), Vox Round (2013, a softer version), Swan Song (2006: a calligraphic typeface based on the hand of Alexander Nesbitt. A later document states that it is based on work by British artist Rachel Yallop from 1986), Evolver (2006, a 9-style futuristic family), Ambassador Script (2007, an Alaccari-Griffin revival of the angle-reduced calligraphic script Juliet by Nebiolo, 1955).

In 2005, Philip Bouwsma joined Canada Type, and designed a great calligraphic blackletter-inspired family, Torquemada. He designed many other typefaces for Canada Type in subsequent years.

VIP (2007, Rebeca Alaccari) is a humanist sans serif uppercase (and figures) combined with a freshly redrawn revival of the classic VGC Constanze initials originally designed by Harry Brodjian in 1970, and even further back, the Constanze Initials by Joachim Romann (1954-1956, Stempel). Chopper (2007, by Rebecca Alaccari) is a revival of Venture (a 1972 typeface for VGC by Harry Villhardt). Walter (2007, Rebecca Alaccari) is a digitization of Heritage (1952, ATF, a calligraphic script by Walter H. McKay). Celebrity (2007, Rebecca Alaccari) revives and extends the retro/techno typeface Latus (Willy Wirtz, 1971). Sympathique (2008, Alaccari) is an ultra-thin and ultra-tall typeface in the mold of Bernhard Fashion and other era poster or film typefaces (they say that it is rooted in the film typefaces Hairstreak and Mossman). Mullen Hand (2008) is a revival of Repro Script (1953, Jerry Mullen, ATF).

Filmotype Giant (2011, a condensed sans) and its italic counterpart, Filmotype Escort (2011) were both co-designed with Patrick Griffin.

In 2020, they released the variable informal sans typeface Bananas: Bananas was sourced from multiple American film era faces, all from 1950s and 1960s, when the casual sans genre was at its popular peak. Headliners' Catalina and its very similar cousin, Letter Graphics' Carmel, served as initial study points.

Catalog of its typefaces.

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Carlos Campos
[Cuchi qué tipo]

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Caroline Herr

German designer who studied communication design in 2013. In 2020, she released Lina Serif, a five-style hybrid of antiqua and didone (and a variable font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Caron Twice
[Martin Cincar]

Martin Cincar (Prague, Czechia) designed these typefaces:

  • The sans typeface Atwic (2019).
  • The large typeface family Copperplate New (2019), which is modeled after Frederic Goudy's Copperplate Gothic (1901-1904).
  • The 4-style sans typeface Susie (2021). This was inspired by Susan Kare's 1984 Apple system font Chicago.
  • Calligraphic Afera Beauty (2021). A sharp display serif; the name calligraphic refers perhaps to some terminals. Two variable fonts are available as well.
  • Little Micro Sans (2021). A sans with contrast).
  • Pixel Grid (2021). A dot matrix superfamily with 220 styles.
  • Sans Atwic Modern (2021). A 19-style sans.
  • Wild Title Sans (2021). An experimental sans in 11 styles.
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Céline Odermatt

Graduate of the Type Media program at KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands, class of 2019. Her graduation typeface, Coat, is a fashionable distinguished sans with subtle flaring. The Roman and Italic live in tetrahedron design spaces, each with four masters spanning three axes (weight, contrast and angle). The result is a variable font that offers a wide range of styles. Before Type and Media, she completed her BA in Graphic Design in Luzern. She works as a graphic designer in Switzerland, where she designs typefaces (independently, and for Lineto), magazines and identities. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Christian Gruber

Graphic designer who studied and now works in Münchberg, Germany. In 2019, he designed the sans typeface family Tabularasa, and added a variable font option. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Christian Jansky
[Kometa]

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Christoph Koeberlin
[Sportsfonts]

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C.J. Dunn
[CJ Type]

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CJ Type
[C.J. Dunn]

C.J. Dunn has a background in graphic design and typeface design, and studied under Ed Benguiat at The School of Visual Arts in New York. He worked on typefaces for Font Bureau, and continued his relationship with the Berlows at Type Network. He is a graduate of Type@Cooper, a postgraduate certificate program in typeface design, where he also assisted Sumner Stone & Sara Solskone in teaching typeface design. He started TypeNY.com to keep track of type related events in New York City. In 2016, he launched CJ Type.

In 2017, he released the stunning 2-axis variable font Dunbar and writes: Dunbar is an exuberant geometric sans with a unique structure, including Tall and Low display versions for large sizes and a Text version for smaller sizes. Inspired by Jakob Erbar's Erbar-Grotesk, it is not a strict revival but interprets the design for contemporary applications, rediscovering some of Erbar's innovative ideas of alternate letterforms and proportions. Dunbar comes in large and small x-heights, Dunbar Tall and Dunbar Low.

His other major typeface is Louvette (2017), a typeface with four optical sizes (Banner, Display, Text, Deck) and five weights. He explains: Louvette is a sharp, stylish, modern serif including a range of optical sizes from Banner to Text. The design of Louvette is optimized to maintain thin, elegant hairlines at a wide range of sizes. Ideal for publications and cultural institutions, exhibitions and fashion. The design process for Louvette started during Type at Cooper in 2010, under the guidance of Jesse Ragan, with an interest in reviving ATF Louvaine by Morris Fuller Benton for contemporary usage. After some helpful feedback from Christian Schwartz, the project soon evolved away from the source material to include a large optical size version with ultra thin hairlines, and to expand the weight into the fatface range of designs such as Ultra Bodoni, also by M. F. Benton. Further research into the italics led to sources such as Doppel Tertia Cursiv from J. F. Unger, Berlin, and the small heavy sizes drew inspiration from Compacte Romain by Enschedé, Haarlem.

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Cláudio Rocha

Cofounder of Now Type, Cláudio Rocha is an Italian Brazilian illustrator and designer (b. 1957) who was first based in sao Paulo, then in Treviso, Italy, and currently in The Netherlands. Now Type is jointly run with his son Lucas Franco (b. 2001). He edited Tupigrafia, a magazine dedicated to typography and calligraphy in Brazil. Partner of Oficina Tipografica Sao Paulo. His typefaces include:

  • ITC Gema (1998: a felt tip pen font) and ITC Underscript (1997, a grungy fat script).
  • Cashew (2000-2020). Cashew is a rounded squarish sans serif font, originally created as a logotype for Tupigrafia magazine (2000). In its 2020 iteration, done together with Lucas Franco, it is a variable font with one axis, from Regular to Extended.
  • Tenia.
  • Viela Regular (Claudio Rocha & Lucas Franco, 2008-2019). A great thick-and-thin typeface.
  • Unidin (sans display face).
  • Rock Regular (slab face). Rock Titling (1998-2019).
  • Old Future (a brush version of Futura).
  • Chacal Pixel.
  • Persplextiva (2001-2002, a bouncy hand-drawn 3d face done in the lettering style of Brazilian cartoonist Millor Fernandes).
  • Liquid Stencil (1998-2000). A brush stencil.
  • Feijoada Light.
  • Akrylicz Grotesk (2002, brush/paint face).
  • Sampa (1999-2019). An informal brush script.
  • Genova (2008-2020). A reinterpretation of Paganini typeface, lauched by Nebiolo type foundry in 1928 for hand composition and developed by Alessandro Butti under the supervision of Raffaello Bertieri.
  • Stampface (2006-2018, by Claudio Rocha and Lucas Franco). Based on a Headline Gothic metal type sample found in a reference book, which was designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1936 for American Type Founders.
  • Pieces Stencil (2016). Think piano key or Futura Stencil.
  • Antonio Maria (2017): Antonio Maria, a font by Claudio Rocha and Lucas Franco, takes its shapes from the lettering found in the cover of Afixação Proibida (Display Prohibited), a book by the Portuguese poet Antonio Maria de Lisboa (1928-1953). In fact, Antonio Maria was the leader-writer of Afixação Proibida, a collective manifesto from 1949, that initiated the surrealist movement in Portugal. It is an inverted-contrast typeface with 150 ligatures and a large character set.
  • Rudolf Antiqua and Rudolf Initials (2018). A faithful revival of Rudolf Koch's Koch Antiqua (1922). Followed by Rudolf Text (2017-2020, Lucas Franco and Claudio Rocha).
  • Mefistofele. A revival in 2018 by Claudio Rocha and Lucas Franco of the modular stencil typeface Mefistofele (1930, Reggiani foundry).
  • Rudolf Titling (Lucas Franco and Claudio Rocha), a typeface that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2018.
  • Agora Titling Extra Light (2018).
  • Pieces Stencil (2016-2019). Pieces is a piano key typeface built on a modular system with emphasis on diagonal endings.
  • Moreira Serif (2019). A slab serif version of Morris Fuller Benton's art deco typeface Broadway (1927). In the 1930s, the Portuguese graphic artist Antonio Moreira Junior added serifs to Broadway's letterforms and marketed it under a new name. Moreira Serif revives that typeface.
  • Scarpa Titling (2019, Claudio Rocha and Lucas Franco). An all caps typeface based on a nameplate found on the front door of a shoemaker in Treviso, Northern Italy.
  • Anton (2020, by Claudio Rocha and Lucas Franco). An art deco typeface modeled after a Dutch deco type seen on the Anton Antonius Kurvers's cover of Wendingen in 1927.
  • Esperanca Sans (2019). A Peignotian sans by Claudio Rocha & Lucas Franco.
  • Jaguaribe (2020). In Unicase and Serif versions, by Claudio Rocha. A squarish sans and serif pair based on the of letterforms drawn by Brazilian artist Gil Duarte.
  • Spinface (2020). An experimental turned letter font by Claudio Rocha and Lucas Franco.
  • Werner (2020-2021). A revival of A.D. Werner's famous deco inline typeface Dubbeldik (1972).
  • Densa (2020). Emulating 19th century wood types. Densa typeface was based on the Fantastic Voyage movie title in the 1966 poster
  • Tegel (2020-2021). Tegel is a layer font that emulates the ceramic tile letters found on a school façade in Delft.
  • Etna Futurist (2020, Claudio Rocha & Lucas Franco). Digital interpretation of Etna, a wood type produced by the Italian type foundry Xilografia Meneghello & Belluzzo, in the 1920s.
  • Cassiano (2020). A super-fat octagonal typeface based on letters found on a book cover by the Brazilian artist Belmonte (1896-1947).
  • Fortunato (2020). A digital interpretation of the lettering work done by the Italian Futurist genius Fortunato Depero (1892-1960) for advertising and editorial design. A pure Italian art deco typeface. The lowercases were developed from scratch.
  • Jurriaan (2021). A square block typeface.
  • Hendrik (2021, by Claudio Rocha & Lucas Franco). A revival of Simplex (Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos, 1937).
  • Martin (Swing, Straight) (2020). A beatnik typeface based on the letters found in the jazz record albuns designed by David Stone Martin (1913-1992).
  • Tesoura (2020). A paper-cut typeface.

He published the books "Projet Tipográfico" (Ed. Rosari), "Trajan e Franklin Gothic" (Ed. Rosari), and "Tipografia Comparada" (Ed. Rosari). Claudio now lives in Treviso, Italy, from where he launched the type magazine Tipoitalia in 2009.

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Clothilde Bouan

In 2020, at The Type Department, Paul Coumoul, Clothilde Bouan and Antonin Bonnet published the display typeface Octane. It is a variable font with two axes, weight and width. Octane is a free font consisting of a total of 18 weights, but the free version consists in fact only of one variable font and it has no numbers. They explain that Octane was initially created to fit with any car designed by Pininfarina. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corey Hu

Machine learning engineer who studied at UC Berkeley.

Github link. Google Fonts link. In 2021, he published the sans family Urbanist at Google Fonts. Urbanist is a low-contrast, geometric sans-serif inspired by modernist typography and design. The project was launched by Corey Hu in 2020 with nine weights and accompanying italics. It also includes two variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini

Born in Firenze in 1969. Cofounder with Francesco Canovaro and Debora Manetti of the Italian design firm in Firenze called Studio Kmzero. He co-designed some typefaces there such as Arsenale White (2009). Targa Monospace (2002) is a sans inspired by Italian vehicle registration plates. It has an handmade version (Targa Hand) that can be used for comic book lettering.

The handwriting of Lord Byron led Pancini to develop the brush script typeface Byron (2013, Zetafonts).

MyFonts credits him with the rounded avant garde sans family Antipasto (2007), but elswhere we read that this typeface is made by Matteo di Iorio, so there is some confusion. It was extended in 2017 by Pancini as Antipasto Pro.

In 2014, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro co-designed Amazing Grotesk (+Ultra). He also designed the calm bold geometric rounded sans typeface Cocogoose (2014; replaced by Cocogoose Pro in 2017) and the stylish deco font Offensive Behaviour. Cocogoose Letterpress is free. Cocogoose is part of the Coco Gothic family, a collection of twelve typefaces each inspired by the fashion mood of every decade of last century, named after fashion icon Coco Chanel. Cocogoose is Coco Gothic for the 1940s.

In 2015, Pancini published the grand family Coco Gothic. This Latin / Greek / Cyrillic typeface family features a small x-height and sligghtly rounded corners to make the avant garde and geometric sans typefaces in vogue in the 1970s come alive again, ready for 21st century fashion magazines. It comes with substyles that recreate many moods, including art nouveau and arts and crafts (Cocotte), Italian propaganda style and Italian deco (Cocosignum), hipster style (CocoBikeR), or Bauhaus (Cocomat). Coco Gothic was initially developed as a corporate font for Lucca Comics & Games Festival 2013. The rounded geometric sans family Cocomat (by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Deborah Manetti and Francesco Canovaro) was inspired by the style of the twenties and the visions of Italian futurists like Fortunato Depero, Giacomo Balla and Antonio Sant'Elia. Updated in 2019 as Cocomat Pro.

Still in 2015, Cosimo and Zetafonts published the connected creamy baseball script Bulletto, the grungy handvetica Neue, and the calligraphic wedding typeface Hello Script. In 2015, at Zetafonts, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini designed CocoBikeR (2015) to celebrate the hipster and bike cultures. CocoBikeR (for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) is part of the successful Coco Gothic typeface family. In 2017, Pancini designed the 1930s Italian art deco typeface families Cocosignum Maiuscoletto and Cocosignum Corsivo Italico.

Typefaces from 2016: Adlery (a curly brush script), Kitten (Fat, Swash, Swash Monoline, Slant, Bold: signage script family), Adlibitum (a blackletter typeface by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro), Morbodoni (a display didone by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Francesco Canovaro).

In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli, Giulia Ursenna Dorati and Andrea Gaspari co-designed the 1940s vintage brush script typeface Banana Yeti, which is based on an example by Ross George shown in George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual. The Zetafonts team extended the original design to six styles and multilingual coverage. The ExtraBold is free. Still in 2016, Pancini designed Calligraphunk, an experimental typeface that mimicks polyrythmic calligraphy, by alternating two sets of lowercase letters to emulate handwriting.

In 2016, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Matteo Chiti, Luca Chiti and Andrea Tartarelli co-designed the retro connected brush script font family Advertising Script, which is based on an example from Ross George's Speedball 1947 Textbook Manual.

Beatrix Antiqua (2016, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli). This humanist sans-serif typeface is part of the Beatrix family (Beatrix Nova, etc.) that takes its inspiration from the classic Roman monumental capital model. Its capitals are directly derived from the stone carvings in Florence's Santa Croce Cathedral. Beatrix keeps a subtle lapidary swelling at the terminals suggesting a glyphic serif, similar to Hermann Zapf's treatment in Optima.

Amazing Grotesk (2016) is based on a logo designed by Francesco Canovaro.

Studio Gothic (2017, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli) is an 8-style geometric sans family based on Alessandro Butti's geometric sans classic, Semplicita.

Hello Script and Hello Sans can be used for layering and coloring. The Christmas-themed version is Hello Christmas.

Pancini designed the 64-strong typeface family Body Grotesque and Body Text in 2017-2018, together with Andrea Tartarelli. It was conceived as a contemporary alternative to modernist super-families like Univers or Helvetica.

In 2017, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli co-designed the sans typeface family Kabrio, which gives users four different corner treatment options.

Anaphora (2018). Anaphora is a contemporary serif typeface designed by Francesco Canovaro (roman), Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini (italic) and Andrea Tartarelli. It features a wedge serif design with nine weights from thin to heavy. Its wide counters and low x-height make it pleasant and readable at text sizes while the uncommon shapes make it strong and recognizable when used in display size. Anaphora covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.

Canovaro's Arista served as a basis for the 29-style monolinear rounded sans typeface family Aristotelica (2018) by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli. See also Aristotelica Pro (2020).

In 2018, he designed the italics for Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini's Domotika typeface family. Between 2018 and 2021, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli developed the 8-weight humanist sans typeface Domotika for Latin, Cyrillic and Greek, further into the 18-style Domotika Pro (2021).

In 2018, he published Radcliffe, with Andrea Tartarelli, a Clarendon revival with Text and Casual subfamilies. Radcliffe (a Clarendon revival by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli), and added the layerable condensed Cocogoose Narrows to the Cocogoose family. Codec (2018) by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli is a geometric sans typeface family in which all terminal cuts are horiontal or vertical. See also Codec Pro (2019).

His Double Bass (2018) is a jazzy 4-style typeface family that pays tribute to Saul Bass's iconic hand lettering for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm film title sequence and other movies, Bass's vibrating, almost brutal cut-out aestethics, and the cartoonish lettering and jazzy graphics of the fifties.

In 2018, he published the sharp wedge serif typeface Blacker to pay homage to the 1970s. In 2019, that was followed by Blacker Pro (Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli, who write: Blacker Pro is the revised and extended version of the original wedge serif type family designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli in 2017. Blacker was developed as a take on the style that Jeremiah Shoaf has defined as the "evil serif" genre: typefaces with high contrast, oldstyle or modern serif proportions and sharp, blade-like triangular serifs). Still in 2018, he designed the swooping polyrhythmic calligraphic typeface Calligraphunk.

In 2018, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli designed Holden, a very Latin cursive sans typeface with pointed brush aesthetics and fluid rhythmic lines.

In 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli published the monolinear geometric rounded corner amputated "e" sans typeface family Cocogoose Classic, the sans family Aquawax Pro, and the condensed rounded monoline techno sans typeface family Iconic.

In 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini at Zetafonts published a slightly calligraphic Elzevir typeface, Lovelace.

In 2019, the lapidary typeface family Beatrix Antiqua (Francesco Canovaro) was reworked by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini together with Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini into a 50-style type system called Monterchi that includes Text, Serif and Sans subfamilies. Monterchi is a custom font for an identity project for a famous fresco in Monterchi, developed under the art directorship of Riccardo Falcinelli.

Tarif (2019) is a typeface family inspired by the multicultural utopia of convivencia---the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Christians and Jews in tenth century Andalusia that played an important role in bringing to Europe the classics of Greek philosophy, together with Muslim culture and aesthetics. It is a slab serif typeface with a humanist skeleton and inverted contrast, subtly mixing Latin zest, calligraphic details, extreme inktraps, and postmodern unorthodox reinvention of traditional grotesque letter shapes. The exuberant design, perfect for titling, logo and display use, is complemented by a wide range of seven weights allowing for solid editorial use and great readability in body text. Matching italics have been designed with the help of Maria Chiara Fantini and Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini, while Rania Azmi has collaborated on the design of the arabic version of Tarif, where the humanist shapes and inverted contrast of the Latin letters find a natural connection with modern arabic letterforms.

Late in 2019, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini released the fun typeface family Hagrid at Zetafonts, which writes: Crypto-typography---the passion for unknown, weird and unusual character shapes---is a disease commonly affecting type designers. Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini has celebrated it in this typeface family, aptly named Hagrid after the half-blood giant with a passion for cryptozoology described by R. K. Rowling in her Harry Potter books. Extreme optical corrections, calligraphic counter-spaces, inverted contrast, over-the-top overshoots: all the inventions that abound in vernacular and experimental typography have been lovingly collected in this mongrel sans serif family, carefully balancing quirky solutions and solid grotesque design.

In 2020, Pancini released Stinger (2020, a 42-style reverse contrast family by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Maria Chiara Fantini) and Boring Sans (a typeface family designed along two variable axis: weight and weirdness). As part of the free font set Quarantype (2020), Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini designed Quarantype Embrace, Quarantype Hangout, Quarantype Hopscotch, Quarantype Joyride, Quarantype Sackrace, and Quarantype Uplift (with Maria Chiara Fantini).

In 2020, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Mario De Libero revived Nebiolo's Carioli (1928) as Cairoli Classic and Cairoli Now at Italian Type / Zetafonts. They extended the original weight and width range and developing both a faithful Classic version and a Now variant. The Cairoli Classic family keeps the original low x-height range, very display-oriented, and normalizes the design while emphasizing the original peculiarities like the hook cuts in curved letters, the high-waisted uppercase R and the squared ovals of the letterforms. Cairoli Now is developed with an higher x-height, more suited for text and digital use, and adds to the original design deeper inktraps and round punctuation, while slightly correcting the curves for a more contemporary look. Cairoli Variable has a weight and width axis.

In 2020, Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Mariachiara Fantini---with the help of Solenn Bordeau---released Erotique at Zetafonts. Erotique evolved from Lovelace, an earlier Zetafonts typeface. Zetafonts describe this evil serif as follows: it challenges its romantic curves with the glitchy and fluid aestethic of transmodern neo-brutalist typography. Late in 2020, they added Erotique Sans, the sans version of Erotique, also designed by Cosimo Pancini and Maria Chiara Fantini.

Late in 2020, he co-designed the 46-style font family Eastman Grotesque together with Francesco Canovaro and Andrea Tartarelli. This monolinear sans with a tall x-height comprises an interesting Eastman Grotesque Alternate subfamily with daring and in-your-face glyphs. The typeface evolved from Zetafonts' earlier Bauhaus-inspired typeface Eastman (2020). Later fonts in this family include Eastman Condensed (2021, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli).

In 2020, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Mario De Libero drew the 60-style Cocogoose Pro Narrows family, which features many compressed typefaces as well as grungy letterpress versions.

Sunshine Pro (2020, Zetafonts) was designed by Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini and Solenn Bordeau expanding the original Sunshine design by Francesco Canovaro, part of the Quarantype collection (2020), which in turn was designed as a typeface for good vibes against Covid-19. Sunshine Pro is an experimental Clarendon-style font with variable contrast along the weight axis---contrast is reversed in light weight, minimized in the regular weight and peaks in the bold and heavy weights.

Coco Sharp (2021) is a 62-style sans feast, with two variable fonts with variable x-height, by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini and Andrea Tartarelli.

C-designer of Heading Now (2021), a 160-strong titling font (+2 variable fonts) by Francesco Canovaro, Cosimo Pancini, Andrea Tartarelli and Mario De Libero that provides an enormous range of widths. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

CoType Foundry

CoType is the London-based type foundry of Mark Bloom and Joe Leadbeater, est. 2019. Their typefaces include

  • Aeonik and Aeonik Pro (2018). A 14-weight sans typeface family by Joe Leadbeater and Mark Bloom. Aeonik supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, and is accompanied by a variable font.
  • Altform (2021). A low contrast sans family by Mark Bloom. Designed by mixing geometric and grotesque elements, it has many weights and is accompanied by a two-axis (weight, italic tilt) variable font.
  • Ambit (2019). A sans by Mark Bloom: Ambit is an eccentric and unique sans serif font inspired by early grotesques, but adapted for the 21st century. It is characterized by the misbehaving curly lower case f and r glyphs.
  • Coanda (2019). A techno typeface by Mark Bloom, who writes: Coanda: an ideology of the future, crafted from the past. Coanda honours the ambitious outlook of 20th century designers Wim Crouwel and Mimmo Castellano, and pays respect to the meticulous detail crafted by The Designers Republic.
  • Orbikular (2020). A 5-weight modern typeface by Mark Bloom.
  • RM Neue (2019). A sans by Mark Bloom. The first iteration of RM was released in 2011, followed by RM Pro in 2016. RM Neue is a completely redrawn and redesigned adaptation of RM Pro, previously available in only three weights. Bloom writes: Inspired by utilitarian neo-grotesques, RM Neue aims to be a timeless addition to each designer's font repertoire and has been designed to be clean and legible at all sizes.
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Creative Media Lab
[Kadek Adi Mahardika]

Bali, Indonesia-based designer (b. 1983) of Baruna (2018: vintage decorative font), Brotherley (2018), the hilarious Chef Characters Icons (2018), the sans typeface Drupadi (2018), the ball terminal typeface Cameo Sweet Gothic (2018), the handcrafted typefaces Miyake Signature (2018), Kiddo Handwriting (2018), Puralova Script (2018) and Children Alien (2018).

Typefaces from 2019: Jollin, Jollin Family, Popstick (an ultra-smooth popart style rounded sans), Yellost (blackletter), Chalk and Pamor, Little Pea, Tropiello (Tuscan, Victorian), Pink Shark, Molga, Othelie (swashy and medieval), Brume, Little Pea, Kuashe (monoline), Lordish (blackletter), Blue Angel, Black Cameo (spurred), Puralova, Milova (a great calligraphic typeface).

Typefaces from 2020: Zolina (a decorative sans, with a variable font added), Black Mango (a chic 10-style display sans with some flared stems; +a variable font), Mesdag, Prettywise (a decorative serif), Loubag (an elegant short-ascender vintage display typeface in ten styles), Kooka (a variable width stylish exaggerated wedge serif family), Belle Story (a high contrast display serif), Losta Masta (a decorative serif), Matterdi (a fashion mag family with an extremely large x-height), Popstone (psychedelic, with a variable font), Carpellon (a tattoo font), Dorris (a swirly psychedelic font), Losta Masta, Mavera, Rajjah Famillia (a blackletter), Allaina (a Victorian serif), Kaoly (a stylish bold serif), Cattedrale (blackletter).

Typefaces from 2021: Parka (a decorative saber-edged stencil typeface in nine styles), Missy Voya (a decorative serif), Greyst (a fashion mag display typeface), Skinny Joe (revisiting the bell bottom 1980s in a wonderful wide display family), Morgy (intestinal), Magrit (an ultra-fat high-contrast display typeface), Pretty Boy (a decorative serif family), Catavalo (a 6-style fashion mag typeface), Voire (a swirly lachrymal serif family consisting of 18 fonts), Viva Kaiva (an intestinal and perhaps psychedelic typeface), Pink Crestelle (a ten style display typeface, and a variable font), Benoa (a 7-style decorative serif), Losta Masta (a decorative serif), Mavera (a modular display font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cristi Bordeianu

Iasi, Romania-based designer of the great mischievous retro sans typeface family Brightwell (2018), co-designed with Tudor Munteanu, with whom she runs Namogo. In 2018, Tudor Munteanu and Cristi Bordeianu co-designed the all-caps sans typeface Jaques. In 2018, Cris published the grotesque sans family Kentledge.

In 2021, Cristi Bordeianu and Andrei Robu co-designed Champ, a starkly incised display typeface family ranging from fashionable ultra-heavy to a flared thin. It includes a variable font as well. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cristóbal Henestrosa
[Estudio CH]

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CSS Tricks

A great article by Ollie Williams that explains how we should use variable Opentype fonts on web sites. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cuchi qué tipo
[Carlos Campos]

Graphic and type designer based in Jaén, Andalusia. Carlos investigates street signs and traditional lettersigns in his city for a university project called Rótulos chuléricos de Jaén. His web site, Cuchi qué tipo, is both a blog on type design (in Spanish) and a showcase for his own typefaces. His type designs:

  • Berganza (2021). A text typeface that tries to revive the humanist and renaissance types in use during Spain's siglo de oro (Golden Age) from roughly 1492 until 1681.
  • Guau (2020). A 20-style angular wedge serif text typeface and a variable font with three axes (italic, weight and width).
  • Chavea (2020). A school script typeface.
  • Perra and Despeñaperra (2019). Borrowing from the fat face genre.
  • Gajorra (2019). Glyphs shaped like the gajorros dessert from Cabra.
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Dalton Maag
[Bruno Maag]

Swiss designer Bruno Maag (b. Zürich) founded Dalton Maag in 1991, and set up shop in Brixton, South London. He serves the corporate market with innovative type designs, but also has a retail font line. Ex-Monotype designer Ron Carpenter designs type for the foundry. In the past, type designers Veronika Burian worked for Dalton Maag. A graduate of the Basel School of Design, who worked at Stempel and was invitedd by Rene Kerfante to Join Monotype to start up a custom type department. After that, he set up Dalton Maag with his wife Liz Dalton. He has built the company into a 40-employee enterprise with offices in London, Boston, Brazil (where the main type designer is Fabio Luiz Haag), Vienna and Hong Kong.

The Dalton Maag team designed these commercial fonts:

  • Airbnb Cereal (2018). A sans typeface commissioned by Airbnb. Dalton Maag describes it as playful, open and simple.
  • Aktiv Grotesk (2010). Published as an alternative to Helvetica, a typeface Bruno hates with a passion. It also covers Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In 2020, it became a 3-axis (weight, width, italic) variable font.
  • Aller Typo.
  • Almaq.
  • Blenny (2014). A fat face didone by Spike Spondike.
  • Bligh (2015). A three-weight sans family.
  • Co (2007): a rounded monoline minimalist sans co-designed by Bruno Maag and Ron Carpenter.
  • Cordale: a text family.
  • Dedica (2007): a didone face.
  • Effra and Effra Italic (2007-2009): sans family by Jonas Schudel and Fabio Luiz Haag. Followed in 2013 by Effra Corp.
  • Elevon (2012). By Bruno Maag and Marconi Lima.
  • Fargo (2004): a humanist sans in 6 weights.
  • Foco. A sans family.
  • Grueber (2008): a slab serif.
  • InterFace (2007): an extensive sans family; one weight is free (2001). See also InterFace Corporate (2007).
  • Kings Caslon (2007). By Marc Weymann and Ron Carpenter.
  • Lexia (1999, Ron Carpenter and Dalton Maag): a slab serif family (Dalton Maag mentions the date as 2007). In 2019, Dalton Maag added Lexia Mono.
  • Magpie (2008). A serifed family by Vincent Connare for Dalton Maag.
  • Objektiv.
  • Oscine (2014, by Bruno Maag, Ron Carpenter, Fernando Caro and Rafael Saraiva). A rounded organic sans typeface.
  • Pan (1996). A text family at 1500 US dollars per style.
  • Plume (2004): a display typeface inspired by calligraphy, co-designed with Ron Carpenter.
  • Prometo. An organic stressed sans.
  • Royalty (1999, +Royalty Obese, 2007): a stunning art deco display family.
  • Scope One (2015). A free Google Font. It has a single light weight, whose slab serifs make it useful for headlines.
  • Setimo (2015). By Fernando Caro. A distinguished sans.
  • Soleto (2014, a simple sans by Bruno Mello, Fabio Haag, Fernando Caro, Rafael Saraiva and Ron Carpenter). Soleto won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.
  • Southampton.
  • Sparkasse Serif (2003-2005). A custom typeface.
  • Stroudley (2007): a sturdy large counter condensed sans by Bruno Maag, Ron Carpenter and Veronika Burian.
  • Tephra (2008): a collaboration with Hamish Muir. This is an experimental multi-layered LED-inspired family.
  • Tondo (2007, at Dalton Maag): a rounded information design sans family designed by Veronika Burian for Dalton Maag.
  • Tornac (2013). A casual script.
  • Ubuntu (2010): this is a team effort---a set of four styles of a free font called Ubuntu. This font supports the Indian rupee symbol. Some work for the Ubuntu Font Family was done by Rodrigo Rivas Costa in 2010. Download via Fontspace.
  • Verveine (2009). A casual script by Luce Averous.
  • Viato. A simple sans family co-designed by Bruno Maag and Ron Carpenter in 2007. This tapered terminal sans family includes Viato Corp (2007) and Viato Hebrew (2013).

Fonts sold at Fontworks, and through the Bitstream Type Odyssey CD (2001). At the ATypI in 2001 in Copenhagen, he stunned the audience by announcing that he would never again make fonts for the general public. From now on, he would just do custom fonts out of his office in London. And then he delighted us with the world premiere of two custom font families, one for BMW (BMWType, 2000, a softer version of Helvetica, with a more virile "a"; some fonts are called BMWHelvetica), and one for the BMW Mini in 2001 (called MINIType: this family comprises MINITypeRegular-Bold, MINITypeHeadline-Regular, MINITypeHeadline-Bold, MINITypeRegular-Regular).

Other custom typefaces: Tottenham Hotspur (2006), Teletext Signature (by Basten Greenhill Andrews and Dalton Maag), Skoda (Skoda Sans CE by Dalton Maag is based on Skoda Formata by Bernd Möllenstädt and MetaDesign London), UPC Digital, BT (for British Telecommunications), Coop Switzerland (for Coop Schweiz), eircom, Lambeth Council, Tesco (2002), PPP Healthcare, ThyssenKrup (Dalton Maag sold his soul to these notorious arms dealers; TK Type is the name of the house font), Co Headline (2006), Co Text (2006, now a commercial font), Telewest Broadband, Toyota Text and Display (2008), TUIType, HPSans (for Hewlett-Packard, 1997). His custom Vodafone family (sans) (2005) is based on InterFace. In 2011, Dalton Maag created Nokia Pure for Nokia's identity and cellphones, to replace Erik Spiekermann's Nokia Sans (2002). The Nokia Pure typeface has rounder letters, and is simultaneously more legible and more rhythmic.

In 2010, the Dalton Maag team consisted of Bruno Maag and David Marshall as managing and operations directors, and Vincent Connare as production manager. The type designers are Amélie Bonet, Ron Carpenter, Fabio Haag, Lukas Paltram and Malcolm Wooden.

In 2015, Kindle picked the custom serif font Bookerly by Dalton Maag for their typeface. Still in 2015, Dalton Maag custom designed the sans typeface family Amazon Ember for Amazon for use in its Kindle Oasis. Free download of both Amazon Ember and Bookerly.

Dalton Maag created the custom typeface family Facebook Sans in 2017.

ATT Aleck is a large custom typeface family designed in 2016.

Netflix Sans (2018): Netflix replaced Gotham to combat spiraling licensing costs and commissioned its own bespoke typeface: Netflix Sans under design lead Noah Nathan. Free download. The family include Netflix Sans Icon (2017). Comments by designers at The Daily Orange.

In 2018, Dalton Maag designed the custom typefaces Itau Display and Itau Text for Itau Unibanco, a large Brazilian bank.

In 2019, Dalton Maag produced a corporate typeface for Air Arabia.

Venn (2019, Bruno Maag). A 5 weight 5 width corporate branding sans typeface, with an option to get Venn Variable.

Typefaces from 2020: Dark Mode VF (a humanist sans designed specifically for digital user interfaces, offering subtle grade adjustments to counteract the effects of setting light type on a dark background, as is common with many dark mode digital reading environments; it has two axis in its variable type format---weight and dark mode), Highgate VF (a variable humanist sans inspired by traditional British stone carving), Goldman Sans (a free clean sans family that includes three variable fonts; Goldman Sachs lets you use it except to criticize the company or any other capitalist pigs).

Interview in 2012 in which he stresses that typefaces should above all be functional.

View the Dalton Maag typeface library. Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw and at ATypi 2015 in Sao Paulo, where he gave an electrifying talk on type design for dyslexics (with Alessia Nicotra). Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal and at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Jones
[Type Union]

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Daniel Perraudin

Daniel Perraudin (b. 1982) has worked with Uebele in Stuttgart, as a freelancer in Berlin, and since 2008 at the KMS team in München. Before that, he studied Information Design at Stuttgart Media University (Germany) and FH Joanneum Graz (Austria), where he graduated with distinction in 2007. He lives in Munich, Germany, and works as a designer in the areas of corporate design and typography. Founder and partner of Capitale Berlin/Vienna---a studio for branding, wayfinding systems and editorial design.

His first release, the extensive Parka family of sans typefaces, started as part of his graduation project and benefited from the support of type designers Günter Gerhard Lange and Georg Salden. The Parka family was extended to 12 styles in 2008 and 2009, and was published by Font Bureau in 2010.

Bergamo (2012) is a comprehensive angular book typeface.

He studied in the Typemedia program at KABK Den Haag, class of 2012. His graduation project there is a typeface called Dato (Sans, Serif). Dato Serif is slightly angular and reads well at small sizes.

In 2021, Fontwerk published his 18-style (+a variable font with weight and slope axes) family West, produced with the help of Andreas Frohloff and Christoph Koeberlin. Perraudin started development of the geometric sans West in 2013, and used it in the wayfinding system developed by Studio Gourdin and Capitale for dresden's Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Daniel Quisek
[NC Type (or: Netvarec Typefaces)]

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Daniel Stuhlpfarrer

Berlin-based art director at Nulleins. Designer of the free squarish typeface Wean (2017). In 2019, he published the variable width display typefaces Innschbruck (sic) and Tschick, the experimental variable font Wabla, and the variable sans typeface Melange.

At Type Departent, he published the all caps sans family Kritik (2020). The first design of Kritik was specially made for an architecture magazine and developed further over time. Type Department link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Daria Zorkina

Daria Zorkina is a calligrapher and graphic and type designer based in Moscow. She graduated from British Higher School of Art and Design in 2009 and took a type design course from Ilya Ruderman. In 2017-18 was an intern at CSTM fonts type foundry. A talented calligrapher, she published the wavy Latin / Cyrillic variable typeface Flicker in 2020 at Tomorrow Type. Flicker is ideal for advertizing diarrhea medication. At the other end of the variable font spectrum, we find a tall bold condensed movie credit sans.

In 2021, CSTM Fonts and Type Today released the 42-style sans family Loos (Latin, Cyrillic, Georgian), a typeface designed by Yury Ostromentsky, Ilya Ruderman, and Daria Zorkina. Advisers on Georgian included Alexander Sukiasov and Lasha Giorgadze. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Darkmode

Darkmode refers to white type on black background. It is generally understood that for white type on dark printed matter should be bolder (than its black on white counterpart), while white text on a black screen should be thinner as the screen spews white in the reader's direction. Dalton Maag, in its presentation of its Darkmode typeface family writes: There are well-known optical and psychological effects in design which result in text presented white-on-black being perceived as larger and bolder than the same text presented black-on-white. This presents a challenge for consistent visual hierarchy on different backgrounds, especially when designing for emissive displays.

Dalton Maag's Darkmode (2020-2021) is an adaptation of an earlier font by them, Stroudley, which was created for physical signage and wayfinding: Our [Dalton Maag's] aim for Darkmode was to translate Stroudley's fundamental characteristics of accessibility, readability, and legibility to on-screen reading, digital navigation, and electronic signage. Darkmode's open counters, tall x-height, humanist proportions, and clear and distinguishable characters all contribute to a comfortable reading experience, even at low resolutions or small sizes. The Darkmode family consists of eight static weights, ranging from Thin to Black, plus a variable font (VF) file, with both weight and darkmode [on/off] axes.

Additional references include

  • A discussion of Darkmode by Nikolay Petroussenko, type designer at Fontfabric.
  • A discussion of white-on-black typography at Typedrawers (2021). Some typophiles find the darkmode issue overrated (including Jasper de Waard and Scott-Martin Kosofsky), while others point to tools that may be readily available to automatically embolden or lighten weights (such as the Offset Curve filter in Glyphs (for designers), and CSS code snippets (for users and web site designers)). Peter Constable observes however that the weight axis does not do the exact same thing as Dalton Maag's "Darkmode" axis: weight affects advance widths; "Darkmode" does not. "Darkmode" is like what is often referred to as "grade": small adjustments in stroke weights to compensate for medium or context conditions that affect apparent weight without affecting advance widths.
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David Berlow

David Berlow (b. Boston, 1955) entered the type industry in 1978 as a letter designer for the Mergenthaler, Linotype, Stempel, and Haas typefoundries. He joined the newly formed digital type supplier, Bitstream, Inc. in 1982. After Berlow left Bitstream in 1989, he founded The Font Bureau, Inc. with Roger Black. Font Bureau has developed more than 300 new and revised type designs for The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Hewlett Packard and others, with OEM work for Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. The Font Bureau Retail Library consists mostly of original designs and now includes over 1,000 typefaces. In a video made for Mike Parker's TDC medal in 2011, Mike Parker says that David Berlow is the most talented type designer he ever met. David lives in Martha's Vineyard.

At ATypI 2004 in Prague, David spoke about Daily types. At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke on The heart of my letter, (and the online version). Since that time he has been very active and vocal on the issue of high quality web fonts. Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik and at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona.

David Berlow Type Specimens (free pdf). Another type specimen booklet. Interview by A List Apart in 2009. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. FontShop link. www.typovideo.de/david-berlow. David Berlow on web fonts. Interview by The Boston Globe. His typefaces:

  • AgencyFB.
  • Amstelvar (2017). a variable (or parametric) font at Font Bureau. Contributors include David Berlow, Santiago Orozco, Alexandre Saumier Demers, and David Jonathan Ross. Open Font Library link, where one can download the font. Github link.
  • Apres (2008, a sans with 40 styles). David Berlow and staff drew Apres as part of a series designed originally for the Palm Pre smart phone, for use both on the device and in print marketing. Simple, open letterforms and generous proportions provide a clear, comfortable, and inviting experience for navigation and readability.
  • Belizio (1987-1988), a beautiful Clarendon-style slab serif modeled after the 1958 original slab serif by Aldo Novarese called Egizio Corsiva Nero. Claudio Piccinini would have liked Font Bureau to acknowledge Aldo Novarese's Egizio as the source of this family.
  • Belucian (1990, by David Berlow and Kelly Ehrgott Milligan. Several weights exist, including Demi and Ultra.
  • Berlin Sans (1997).
  • Bureau Grotesque (1989). This 27-style family is now called Bureau Grot. Font Bureau's blurb: The current family was first developed by David Berlow in 1989 from original specimens of the grotesques released by Stephenson Blake in Sheffield. These met with immediate success at the Tribune Companies and Newsweek, who had commissioned custom versions at the behest of Roger Black. Further weights were designed by Berlow for the launches of Entertainment Weekly and the Madrid daily El Sol, bringing the total to twelve styles by 1993. Jill Pichotta, Christian Schwartz, and Richard Lipton expanded the styles further, at which point the family name was shortened to Bureau Grot.. Note: there is a custom version called M&C Saatchi Grotesque with truetype data created by dtpTypes in 1998.
  • CalifornianFB.
  • CheltenhamFB.
  • Custer RE (2014), a typeface for small on screen use. The Font Bureau blurb: In 2009, a book from 1897 in the library of the University of Wisconsin caught David Berlow’s attention. It was set in a clear text face---a predecessor of Bookman---cast by the Western Type Foundry who called it Custer. Upon noting how well the typeface worked in point sizes of 6 and 7 points, Berlow developed it into a member of the Reading Edge series specifically designed for small text onscreen. Custer RE is a broad and approachable typeface drawn large on the body with a tall x-height to maximize its apparent size when set very small. The minimal stroke contrast and the hefty serifs let it stay exceptionally clear down to a font-size of 9px. Font Bureau.
  • Decovar (2017). A variable font. Github link, where one can freely download the font family. See also Open Font Library.
  • Desdemona (1992). An art nouveau face.
  • Eagle (1889-1994). This art deco typeface Font Bureau Eagle was started in 1989 for Publish. David Berlow designed a lowercase, finished the character set, and in 1990 added Eagle Book for setting text. In 1994, Jonathan Corum added Eagle Light and Eagle Black to form a full series.
  • Eldorado.
  • Empire.
  • Esperanto (1995).
  • ITC Franklin Gothic (1991). In 2008, David Berlow added Condensed, Compressed and Extra Compressed widths to Vic Caruso's 1979 ITC Franklin interpretation (which had Light, Medium, Bold and Black), and Font Bureau sells a complete ITC Franklin now. In 2010, Berlow completed his definitive revision of ITC Franklin, a single new series of six weights in four widths for a total of 48 styles. Typeface review at Typographica.
  • Giza (an Egyptian family.
  • Hitech (1995).
  • Juliana Text (2009), a rebirth of Sem Hartz's Juliana (1958, Linotype), a popular narrow legible paperback text face.
  • Kis FB (2007): a revival of old style types by Nicholas Kis from ca. 1700.
  • Letras Oldtsyle (1998). Letras Oldstyle was commissioned by Letras Libres, the reigning literary magazine published by Enrique Krauze in Mexico City. This garalde series was inspired by the earliest typefaces cut in the Americas in the early 1600s by printer Henrico Martinez. Proofs survive in the Biblioteca Nacional. Letras Oldstyle stands as the first typeface ever cut in the Americas, the root of American type design.
  • Meyer Two (1994). Based on a 1926 type by L.B. Meyer.
  • Millenium BT Bold Extended (1989, Bitstream). Also known by insiders as Starfleet Bold Extended, this font was used on federation starship hull markings until episode ten. MyFonts link.
  • Moderno FB (1995): an exhibitionist didone in 32 styles, for Esquire Gentleman. In 1996 Berlow cut new styles with Richard Lipton for El Norte. In 1997, Roger Black ordered new weights for Tages Anzeiger. It grew further when the Baltimore Sun, with FB Ionic as text, was redesigned. The whole series was then revised for Louise Vincent, Montreal Gazette, with further styles added in 2005 for La Stampa. [It is my favorite type family at Font Bureau.]
  • Momentum (2018). An in house variable font family for use on the Type Network web site.
  • Nature (1995).
  • Numskill (1990).
  • Old Modern.
  • Online Gothic (1995).
  • Ornaments.
  • Phaistos (1990-1991). A flared angular design done with Just van Rossum, and inspired by Rudolf Koch's Locarno.
  • Poynter Agate.
  • Reforma: Based on Giza.
  • Rhode (1997).
  • Romeo.
  • Scotch Roman (1993).
  • Skia (1993, Apple). A Greek simulation sans, in the style of Twombly's Lithos, co-designed with Matthew Carter for Apple's QuickDraw GX project.
  • Skyline.
  • Titling Gothic FB (2005): Berlow spent 10 years developing FB Titling Gothic in seven weights of seven widths each for use as display and headline romans. It was inspired by the popular ATF Railroad Gothic and grew out of Berlow's own Rhode.
  • Throhand: a classic family based on metal type found at the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp.
  • Truth FB (1995).
  • Village.
  • Vonness (2007): a newspaper sans family. Font Bureau: Vonness was designed by David Berlow working closely with Neville Brody on corporate redesign for Jim Von Ehre at Macromedia. Core weights are loosely based on Bauersche Giesserei's Venus, 1907-1910. Berlow expanded the ideas behind the series to 56 fonts.
  • Yurnacular (1992, part of FUSE 4).
  • Zenobia (1995).

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David Brezina

Czech designer (b. Brno) who graduated with a Masters in Informatics at the Masaryk University in Brno in 2005, spent a term at the Denmark's Designskole in Copenhagen in 2004 and graduated with distinction from the MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading in 2007, where he wrote a thesis on his typefaces called Skolar and Surat. Skolar won an award at Paratype K2009. It was designed with scholarly and multilingual publications in mind. See, e.g., Skolar Devanagari. Later David founded Rosetta Type.

From 2004 to 2007, he ran his own design studio DAVI, with projects in graphic, web and interface design. Back in Brno, he worked with Tiro Typeworks (Canada) as an associate designer. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about multi-script typography.

His typefaces include

  • CODAN (2005): a typeface inspired by the city of Copenhagen.
  • Yunnan (2004): oriental simulation face. Discussion on typophile.
  • Skolar and Surat (2008). Skolar was designed for multilingual scientific publications and is a serifed typeface in the Menhart tradition. It was published in 2009 by Type Together, and it is also listed by Rosetta Type. Skolar Basic (2009, Type Together) is the official name of this 6-style text family. Surat is an accompanying Gujarati family. Related to that, he wrote The evolution of the Gujarati typographic script (2007, University of Reading). Rosetta writes: Skolar was originally designed for academic publications: its vast character set caters for 90+ Latin-script languages, and its Greek and Cyrillic extensions together with Latin transliterations add support for another 70+ languages. All scripts are available with small caps, superior and inferior letters, five sets of numerals and alternate character forms (see note about the versions below). A comprehensive set of arrows (easily accessed via OpenType) and bullets round off the character set to meet the needs of even the most complex editorial and academic text settings. The light and extrabold styles (upright and italics) were designed with help from Anna Giedrys and Elena Schneider. Skolar's Cyrillic harmonises well with the Latin in its careful balance of distinctive styling and solid performance. Designed in consultation with Alexandra Korolkova, it supports most Slavic languages as well as many others like Kazakh and Mongolian. Additionally, Skolar includes language-specific forms for Serbian and Bulgarian. The Greek is a modern interpretation of the classic styles found in academic works, and is characterised by lively, fluid forms and varying stress. It includes both monotonic and polytonic Greek, and was designed in consultation with Irene Vlachou and Gerry Leonidas. Complete Skolar family also supports Indic scripts Devanagari (codesigned with Vaibhav Singh) and Gujarati distributed separately. Skolar has received international praise at the 2008 ED Awards, and was also shortlisted as one of the best typefaces that year by I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY. In 2009, the Cyrillic was awarded a Special Diploma at the international type design competition Modern Cyrillic, and won the first prize in Granshan's Cyrillic text type category. In 2015, the 72-font family Skolar Sans (see also, Skolar Sans PE, 2016), codeveloped by David Brezina and Slava Jevcinova at Rosetta Type Foundry, won a silver medal at the European Design awards. Skolar PE was added in 2020.
  • Yrsa and Rasa (2015, open-source type families published by Rosetta with financial support from Google). The fonts support over 92 languages in Latin script and 2 languages in Gujarati script (Gujarati and Kachchi). The design and production are by Anna Giedrys and David Brezina. Yrsa is the name of the Latin-only type family. Rasa is the name of the Gujarati type family. They explain: Both type families are intended for continuous reading on the web (longer articles in online news, magazines, blogs). In Yrsa, a special consideration was given to Central and East European languages and proper shaping of their accents. Rasa supports a wide array of basic and compound syllables used in Gujarati. In terms of glyphs included Rasa is a superset of Yrsa, it includes the complete Latin. What makes Yrsa & Rasa project different is the design approach. It is a deliberate experiment in remixing existing typefaces to produce a new one. The Latin part is based on Merriweather by Eben Sorkin. The Gujarati is based on David Brezina's Skolar Gujarati.
  • Adobe Gujarati (2012).
  • In 2019, at Rosetta Type, together with Slava Jevcinova and William Montrose, he released the variable font Adapter (with three axes, for latin, Greek and Cyrillic).
  • In 2020, he released Handjet (started in 2018, at Rosetta Type), which is built on the principle of a dot matrix printer or handjet printer. Glyphs are made up of collections of individual modules that take 23 elemental shapes. The Handjet family covers Armenian, Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew and Latin.
  • Gridlite (2020, Rosetta Type) is a modular pixel typeface with adjustable foreground and background patterning. It also has a variable type format with three axes, Weight, Background, and Element Shape.

Blog. Myfonts link. Klingspor link. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam on the topic of multilingual type design. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

David Jonathan Ross
[DJR Type]

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David Suid

Type designer from Santiago, Chile, who created the neo-humanist sans typeface family Hartwell (2017, W Foundry). Hartwell comes in 18 weights from thin to heavy and features matching italics.

In 2018, he designed Armin Grotesk (W Foundry: it pays homage to Armin Hoffmann, one of the prominent designers in the Swiss genre).

In 2019, he released Friends at W Foundry, a 14-style modern sans characterized by a gaspipe lower case f.

Typefaces from 2020: Moncler (+Variable; a 22-style all caps modernist font family), Armin Soft.

Typefaces from 2021: Cassius (a 10 style garalde family with two additional variable fonts; it is characterized by the lower case a and s which appear to be vomiting). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

D.B. Latner: Critique on Variable Fonts

D.B. Latner writes: I am glad Multiple Master fonts was mentioned, as this is remarkably similar to that technology from the mid-90s. But I am worried that many of the same reasons that MM failed (as well as the Panose numbering system) will play out again in this century, including:

  • Too much choice can cause more frustration rather than less.
  • Hard to create consistency throughout a publication.
  • Very difficult to spec the type ("no, I told you to use Helvetica 105cba7, not Helvetica 105a9e!")
  • Hard to create a good UI, so only the hard-core font geeks get around to using it.
  • Hard to convince software companies to include a technology that only font-lovers see the value of (look how long it has taken for even some basic OpenType formatting to catch on).
  • Hard to design these fonts, so there end up not being very many of them.
I am very excited to read about this reintroduction of what is essentially MM fonts, because I LOVED that technology. But it's hard to think about without feeling a little sting of remembered pain from MM's death two decades ago. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)
[Delve Withrington]

Delve Withrington (Alameda, CA; b. 1970, Asheville, NC) studied at Savannah College of Art and Design, designed signage, print projects and web pages in addition to designing custom typefaces, worked for Fontshop, and in 2004, joined the type team at Agfa Monotype, which morphed into Monotype Imaging, Redwood City, CA. From Asheville, NC, he moved around and ended up in San Francisco. In 1996, he founded Delve Fonts in Berkeley, CA (in fact, Delve Media Arts, and later renamed Delve Fonts). He has collected a virtually complete list of books on typography. Author index. MyFonts link. Designer of these typefaces:

  • Beleren (2015). A custom typeface for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering (Hasbro).
  • Blasphemy Initials: a free (and also commercial...) spooky font.
  • Blot Test (1999): a dingbat font inspired by the work of noted German psychologist Hermann Rorschach [1885-1922].
  • Cody (1999): an informal comic book face.
  • Continuo (1996): an all caps bilined outline face.
  • Cortina (2011). A futuristic family by Joachim Müller-Lancé.
  • Delve Hand (1996-2003).
  • Eucalyptus Regular.
  • Eulipia (1997-2003): organic.
  • Helfa (2011). Delve writes: Readability is baked in with a generous x-height, fine proportions that have a medium height to width ratio, and reasonable contrast in stroke weight variation.
  • Filmotype Washington (for Font Diner). Designer unidentified.
  • Muskeg. A combination of German expressionism and brush styles.
  • Oktal Mono (2012, a rounded octagonal modular typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé and Erik Adigard of MAD studio in Sausalito).
  • Peso (1999): an octagonal family inspired by a parking sign discovered in Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Quara (2009): a techno sans.
  • Smith & Nephew (2003) and Smith & Nephew Cyrillic (2015), rounded sans typefaces in the style of VAG Rounded.
  • Tilden Sans (2004-2009): low contrast, large x-height.
  • Tome Sans (2020). A 10-weight sans superfamily, with a variable font option.
  • Uppercut Angle (2011). A signage typeface by Joachim Müller-Lancé. It was originally developed for the Krav Maga training center of San Francisco.
  • Ysobel (2009; winner of an award at TDC2 2010). Delve co-designed the newspaper type family Ysobel (Monotype) with type designers Robin Nicholas, head of type design at Monotype, and Alice Savoie (Frenchtype, Monotype). The sales pitch: According to Nicholas, the idea for the Ysobel typefaces started when he was asked to create a custom, updated version of the classic Century Schoolbook typeface, which was designed to be an extremely readable typeface - one that made its appearance in school textbooks beginning in the early 1900s. See also Ysobel eText Pro (2013).
His Art work often involves type. Bitstream's Type Odyssey 2 (2002) has Continuo, Blot Test, Peso, Peso Negative. In 2009, Steven Skaggs designed Rieven Uncial and Rieven Italic at Delve Fonts. Pic.

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Delve Withrington
[Delve Fonts (was: Delve Media Arts)]

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Deni Anggara
[Formatype Foundry]

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Denis Serebryakov
[Onetypethree Foundry (or: Dzianis Serabrakou)]

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Diego Aravena Silo
[Without Foundry (or W Foundry; was: Diego Aravena)]

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Dino dos Santos
[dstype]

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Dirtyline Studio
[Hendra Maulia]

Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based designer of the script typefaces Humblle Rought (sic) (2015), Nirmana (2015, brush type), Cecilia Script (2015), Stay High (2015, graffiti influence), Gracias Script (2015), Bowlist (2015), Miguella Script (2015), Islander Brush (2015), Zailla Script (2015), Funkiess (2015), Scarlet (2015), Amanda (2015, calligraphic), Natasya (2015, a creamy signage font), Violla Script (2015), Seulanga (2015), Cornish (2015), Butller (2015), Twice (2015), Evelyn (2015), Steelmond (2015), Humble (2015; also spelled Humblle with two l's), Swirlesque (2015) and Jeumpa (2015). Aka Dirty Line Type.

Typefaces from 2016: The script typefaces Tendencia, Bull Stander (+Slab), Black Pearl Sans, Befolk, Wild Heart, Kick Hornet (brush style), The Beard, Drama Queen Script, Valiente Brush, Beautiful Dreams, Tropical (2016, in Brush Script, Brush, Brush Caps, Sans and Monoline styles), Rising Script, Rising Brush, Be Grateful, Sweetline, Lightening Sript, Zailla Script, Adorabelle Script, The Luxury, Harbour (brush type). In addition: Mortuguais, Black Heat (Victorian), Sweetline and Neptern (a Saul Bass style font).

Typefaces from 2017: Significent, Lindsey Smith Script (signature font), Axewell, Matchstic (retro signage), The Booster (baseball script), Cursive Script, Kindness Typeface (signage brush), Conquer (dry brush), Significant, The Boundaries (signage script), Blinded (fat brush script), Maldives Script, Mind Blowing (brush), Skywalker (brush script), Reshuffle Script.

Typefaces from 2018: Specta Retro Script (2018, a signage script by Hendra Maulia and Aulia Rahman), Hype Beast (brush font), Shockwave (SVG brush font), Humblle Rought (sic), Brewery (SVG font), Shanders (brush script), Hoodson (signage script), Emberblaze (brush font).

Typefaces from 2019: Blackink (a tattoo font), Hatch (brush script), Matao Serif (a decorative didone typeface done with Aulia Rahman), Black Theory (brushed), Magnison Script (signage script), Hoodson Script, Hyperflow, Baby Boomer, Hereditary, Stereohead (dry brush), Metafora, Metafora Sans (free).

Typefaces from 2020: Dx Sitrus (a 12-style display family), DX Rigraf (a 55-font sans, with a variable typeface on the side; the i and f are slab serif glyphs though), Hedgehock (a signage script), Hatch Brush (a dry brush script), Skywalker (a brush script), Matriver (a dry brush script), Adolle Bright (a quill pen script), Emerat (a heavy script), Nagaiya (a 15-style display sans (+a variable cut) characterized by sharp spurs; by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia), Balecimo (a wild script), Scalter (a 42-style sign lettering typeface with Serif, Sans, Script and Variable options), Hazzard (script), Casta (a display serif in 55 styles; with a variable font), Cynthia Blooms (a signature script), Baby Boomer, Significent, Aliva Brush Script, Reshuffle Sans, Ancient Zurich, Rustler Barter (a display font done with Aulia Rahman), Neue Metana (a wide display sans by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia), Mabrick Serif, Mabrick Signature.

Typefaces from 2021: Magtis (a 10-style retro fashion mag serif by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia), Scalter, Harmond (a 47-style display serif family with art nouveau charm), Cigra (a decorative serif by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Displaay
[Martin Vacha]

Displaay is Martin Vacha's type foundry in Prague set up in 2014. Martin Vacha studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. His early fonts were designed during his studies at UMPRUM in Prague. His typefaces:

  • Greed (2020). A narrow sans (+variable font with a weight axis) originally commissioned by Anymade Studio for Polansky Gallery.
  • Ofform (2019). A modular folded paper font by Marek Suchanek, Kristina Jandova and Martin Vacha that started out as a custom typeface for the fashion brand Ofform 3D.
  • Dazzed (2019).
  • Gellix BMM.
  • Matter (2016-2017). A sans inspired by Akzidenz-Grotesk (1896, Berthold Type Foundry), Theinhardt (2009, François Rappo), Classic Grotesque (1926, Frank Hinman Pierpont), Neuzeit Grotesk (1928, Wilhelm Pischner), Helvetica (1957, Max Miedinger and Eduard Hoffmann), Unica (Team '77, Lineto), Plain (2013, François Rappo), Futura (1927, Paul Renner) and Avenir (1988, Adrian Frutiger). Matter Mono was added in 2021.
  • Hellix (2011). A geometric sans with hipster elements. By 2020, he completed Fellix, Gellix, Hellix and Yellix.
  • Natron (2012). A sans and its display companion, Natron Alt.
  • Reckless (2012-2017). A text typeface inspired by Plantin and Times New Roman.
  • Wallop (2013). A sans.
  • Documan (2013). A rounded typeface that is part sans, part slab serif.
  • In 2016, Marek Pistora and Martin Vacha published the technical, almost typewriter, sans typeface BC Sklonar at Briefcase Type: The Sklonar typeface was originally designed exclusively for Zdenek Sklenar's S Gallery's corporate identity, conceived by Studio Najbrt in 2011. Two years later however, the gallery, including several works of art, was destroyed in a gas explosion. During the time of its use, the typeface appeared in promotional materials, in exhibitions, and also in artistic publications. But first and foremost, it excellently complemented the clean gallery space created by architect Josef Pleskot.
  • Roobert (2017). A bespoke typeface for Moogfest 2017 designed together with Anymade Studio. Roobert PX is a pixel font.
  • Teodor (2019-2020). Martin writes: In Teodor you can find certain similarities with Romana (1892 Gustav F. Schroeder), Caslon 224 (1725 William Caslon and Edward Benguiat), Grouch (1970 Tom Carnase and Ronne Bonder) and Perpetua (1925 Eric Gill). It has a variable type option.
  • Tobias (2019-2020), a transitional typeface with elements of Times, Times New Roman and Baskerville. Plus a variable font with a weight axis.
  • Github link.
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DJR Type
[David Jonathan Ross]

DJR Type (Conway, MA, and before that, Deerfield, MA, and before that Los Angeles, CA, and before that, Lowell, MA) stands for David Jonathan Ross Type. Originally from Los Angeles, he was a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied information design and typographic tradition. In 2007, he joined Font Bureau as a junior designer and was assisting with custom projects and expanding Font Bureau's retail library. Soon after that, het set up DJR Type. In 2016, DJR Type joined Type Network and pulled all his typefaces from MyFonts. He also runs Font of the Month Club.

In 2018, he was the tenth winner of the Charles Peignot Prize. His typefaces:

  • Manicotti (2010). An ultra reversed-stress Western saloon style typeface that won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014. DJR Manicotti won an award at TDC2 2007. For a free lookalike, see Plagiacotti (2009, Saberrider).
  • Lavinia.
  • Climax Text (2006) is a text and display series that was designed for Hampshire's student newspaper.
  • Trilby (2009, Font Bureau). Trilby is based on a 19th century French Clarendon of wood type fame.
  • Condor (2010, Font Bureau). This is a 60-style art deco family. By 2020, it had a 3-axis (weight, width, italic) variable version.
  • Turnip (2012) is an angular and manly text face, also published at Font Bureau.
  • In 2013, Ross and Roger Blcak revived Nebiolo's Forma for the redesign of Hong Kong Tatler, a fashion mag, supervised and commissioned by Roger Black, who was then based in Hong Kong. Read about the whole process in this piece by Indra Kupferschmid. Page specially dedicated to DJR Forma.
  • Bungee (2013, Google Fonts) won an award at TDC 2014. This homeless typeface, which comes in Regular, Hairline, Inline, Outline and Shade versions, is free: Bungee is a font family that celebrates urban signage. It wrangles the Latin alphabet to work vertically as well as horizontally.
  • In 2014, David Jonathan Ross created the formidable 168-style programming font family Input (Font Bureau). Input is free for private use. It won an award at Modern Cyrillic 2014 and in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition.
  • Gimlet (2016). A 112-style Opentype family loosely based on Georg Trump's 1938 typeface, Schadow, and advertized as funky and functional. Ross writes: Gimlet is half Schadow, half imagination, and nothing else. And like its namesake beverage, Gimlet is a little tart, a little sweet, and can really pack a punch. Gimlet Variable Bold Condensed followed in 2019. Gimlet XRay (2020) is an An experimental colorized version of Gimlet that exposes what goes on under the hood of a variable font, visualizing control points, bounding boxes, kerning, etc. Amazingly, this variable color font has six axes, weight, width, oncurve point size, offcurve point size, glyph utline weight and point outline weight.
  • Fern and Fern Micro (2014, Font Bureau). A Venetian typeface designed for screen.
  • Output Sans.
  • Fit (2017, by David Jonathan Ross and Maria Doreuli). A tall black display family that runs from ultra-compressed to very wide. It screams Use me for the Oscars! Fit was first developed as a variable font. It won an award at Granshan 2017.
  • DJR Lab, or Lab Variable (2017), is a free pixelish variable font.
  • Under miscellaneous, we find an untitled French Clarendon and an untitled semi-serif.
  • Font of the Month Club fonts from 2017: Nickel, Roslindale (Roslindale is a text and display serif that takes its inspiration from De Vinne, a Victorian oldstyle typeface named for the nineteenth century printer and attributed to Gustav Schroeder and Nicholas Werner of the Central Type Foundry), Zenith (blackboard bold), Crayonette, Bild (a compressed headline font based on the American gothic type styles from the 20th century; a variable font followed in 2019), Pappardelle Party (spaghetti Western style), Roslindale Text, Klooster.
  • Font of the Month Club fonts from 2018: Extraordinaire, Rhody (slab serif), Map Roman (an all caps vintage mapmaker font), Output Sans Hairlines, Rumpus Extended, Roslindale Light, Merit Badge (a variable color font).
  • A tech type virtuoso, he charmed me with his art deco variable font Extraordinaire (2018) that was influenced by the diamond-shaped forms found in the center of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Typefaces from 2019: Heckendon Hairline, a condensed Clarendon.
  • Typefaces from 2020: Dattilo (a variable style revival of Aldo Novarese's slab serif Dattilo (1974)), Pomfret.
  • Typefaces from 2021: Megazoid (a chunky geometric sans).

Speaker at ATypI 2016 in Warsaw and at ATypI 2017 in Montreal. Klingspor link. Home page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dmitrij Greshnev
[Green Type]

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Dmitry Rastvortsev

Ukrainian type designer (b. 1977, Buryn) who graduated from Sumy State University in 1999. Since 2002, he creates digital fonts. He also works at Dancor advertising in Sumy, Ukraine, since 1997. Very prolific, his work includes a substantial number of commissioned typefaces for magazines and companies.

He received a TypeArt 05 award for the display family DR Galushki (and DR Galushki Hole, 2011), which was designed for children's books. Other creations: LQ Wow and LQ Anisett (2010, for women's magazine LQ), LQ Didot (2011, also for LQ), Dekapot (grunge), Gomorrah (2013), Usquaebach (2013), Kinescope (2013), Goshen (2013), Rhode Black (2014), UT Magazine (2014), Madmix (2014, for Esquire), Variety Square (2015, for the nmagazine Variety), DR Agu (comic book face), DR Agu Sans (2013), DR Agu Script (2016), DR Trafaret (army stencil face), DR Vixi, DR UkrGotika Sans, DR UkrGotika Serif, Tsar Peter, Pelican (for Esquire magazine), Fugue.

In 2014, Gayaneh Bagdasaryan and Dmitry Rastvortsev created the Latin / Cyrillic sans typeface family Brutal Type (Brownfox) that is genetically linked to DIN.

His funny DR Krokodila won an award at Paratype K2009.

In 2014, Dmitry Rastvortsev, Lukyan Turetsky, and Henadij Zarechnjuk cooperated on the design of the free Latin / Cyrillic handwriting typeface Kobzar KS, which is based on the handwriting of Taras Shnvchenko, a famous Ukrainian poet, artist and philosopher.

In 2016, he designed the op-art typeface family DR Lineart.

In 2017, he published the military stencil font DR Zhek.

In 2018, he designed DR Ukrainka, which is inspired by the lettering works of these Ukrainian artists of the 1920s: Vasyl Yermilov, Vasyl Krychevscky, Heorhiy Narbut. He also designed Sumy for the branding type for the city of Sumy, Ukraine.

Rastvortsev won an award in the kanji category at the 22nd Morisawa Type Design competition in 2019 for DR Kruk Single.

In 2019, on commission for Banda for the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Dmitry Rastvortsev designed the Cyrillic (and Latin) family Namu, which has substyles according to various eras, from 1400 until today. On commission for Vinnytsia, he designed the free typeface family Vinnytsia ((a lapidary) Serif, Sans, City). He finished 2019 with the free sans-serif-display superfamily Kyiv Type, which consists of KyivType Variable, KyivType Sans, KyivType Serif, and KyivType Titling.

Typefaces from 2020: DR Krapka Rhombus, DR Krapka Round, DR Krapka Square (a set of dot matrix typefaces).

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Dohee Lee

Dohee Lee received a BA in visual communication design from Seoul National University. Her first Korean typeface, 134340, won a New Wave award from the Korea Font Association. Since joining Sandoll---the oldest and best known type foundry in Korea---in 2016, she has developed custom typefaces for major global brands along with retail fonts.

She studied in the interdisciplinary Art Science program at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of Building Hangul like an Architect: Utilizing Variable Fonts: In order to handle 11,172 glyphs of Hangul, designers often take an architect-like approach: they carefully devise a system to maintain consistency across all glyphs. This can't be done without sophisticated technology. Focusing on Smart Components and extensions in Glyphs 2, this presentation discusses how to categorize characters and how to create a Hangul development system.

IBM Plex Sans KR (2019; by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Wujin Sim, Chorong Kim and Dohee Lee) is a free multilingual typeface at Google Fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dominic Huber

Partner in Moiré (Zürich) who designs typefaces at Grilli Type in Switzerland. His typefaces:

  • In 2012-2013, Grilli Type published Moiré's typeface family GT Pressura (with monospaced and proportional versions), which was inspired by type stamped on shipping boxes. GT Pressura was co-designed with Dominik Huber.

  • In 2014, Dominic Huber, Marc Kappeler and Noel Leu published the extensive text family GT Sectra (Grilli Type), which, in view if its breadth and angular design will prove to be one the world's major releases of 2014. Their blurb: GT Sectra was originally designed for the German-language magazine Reportagen, a bi-monthly publication specializing in literary reporting. Its long-form stories require a type- typeface that works well in text, but not at the expense of character. GT Sectra strikes that balance. GT Sectra won first prize in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition.
  • In 2020, Dominic Huber and Marc Kappeler co-designed the 112-style GT Flexa at Grilli Type. Flexa is also a variable type with width, slant and thickness axes, and has a monospaced subfamily. GT Flexa is characterized by simple shapes and penetrating ink traps.
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Donald Tarallo
[Tarallo Design]

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Doni Sukma
[Letter Omega]

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DooType
[Eduilson Wessler Coán]

Curitiba-based Brazilian digital type foundry, est. in 2008 by the successful and talented type designer Eduilson Wessler Coan (b. 1983, Curutiba). Myfonts link. Coan joined Fabio Haag Type. Their fonts:

  • Estado Serif (2006), co-designed with Ericson Straub (Straub Design) and Fabio Augusto for use in the Jornal O Estado do Paraná.
  • DooSans (2006): custom design for the magazine abcDesign.
  • Ninfa (2006-2008), an organic serif face. He calls it a modern semi-serif. Whatever. Ninfa won an award at Tipos Latinos 2008 in the non-text typeface category. Ninfa Serif followed in 2012. Ninfa Serif won an award in the typeface family category at Tipos Latinos 2012.
  • Encorpada Black (2011) is a fat didone display face. It was extended to Encorpada Pro in 2012. Encorpada Classic was published in 2013. Encorpada Classic and Encorpada Pro won awards at Tipos Latinos 2014. In 2014, he published Encorpada Essential. In 2015, Eduilson added Encorpada Classic Compressed and Encorpada Classic Condensed.
  • Fluence (2012) is a calligraphic typeface family. Fluence won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012.
  • Tres Tres Chic (2012) is a very thin geometric fashion mag headline face.
  • Maestra (2012) is a calligraphic copperplate script. Gorgeous, mouthwatering, heavenly, just about the perfect font. Future brides and grooms need look no further than this for wedding invitations.
  • Niks Sans (2012).
  • dT Delicatta (2012, revised in 2017) is a formal connected calligraphic script face, destined to win many awards.
  • Unimed Sans, Unimed Slab and Unime Serif (2013) is a bespoke typeface family done for a Brazilian health insurance company, Unimed.
  • Typefaces from 2014: Bommer Slab and Bommer Slab Rounded. Bommer Slab won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014. Accura (2014, a sans typeface created together with Thiago Bellotti).
  • In 2015, he designed the techno sans family Sica (+Expanded, +Condensed) with Volnei Antonio Matrté Coan at DooType. Sica won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.
  • Bommer Sans (2016). A Latinized (i.e., curvy) humanist sans.
  • dT Jakob (2017). This typeface started out in 2007 as a revival by Gustavo Soares in Paul van der Laan's class at KABK of Jakob Erbar's grotesk from 1927. It was refined and completed in 2017 at dooType with the help of Eduilson Wessler Coan. In 2018, Gustavo Soares and Eduilson Coan developed the variable inline and shadow font dT Jakob Variable Concept.
  • dT Ampla (2018). A sans with some warmth.
  • Salva (2021, Fabio Haag Type). A versatile workhorse sans family: Eduilson Coan was the lead designer. He was assisted by the Fabio Haag Type team of Henrique Beier, Ana Laydner and Fabio Haag himself.
  • Seiva (2021, by Henrique Beier, Eduilson Coan and Fabio Haag). A distant relative of Didot, this exotic sans family is partitioned into Text, Display and Poster subfamilies, and welcomes variable font technology.

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dstype
[Dino dos Santos]

Established in 1994, dstype used to offer free fonts but has gone commercial now. It is run by Dino dos Santos (b. 1971, Oporto) from Oporto, Portugal. He graduated in Graphic Design at ESAD, Matosinhos. He received a Masters degree in Multimedia Arts at FBAUP, Porto. MyFonts place. In 2006 he won the Creative Review Type Design Competition in the Revival/Extension Family. At ATypI 2006 in Lisbon, he spoke about Portuguese lettering since 1700. Interview in 2007. Klingspor link. Author of A Letra Portuguesa, a book about Portuguese calligraphy. Dino created these typefaces:

  • Access (1997).
  • Acta, Acta Display and Acta Poster (2011, +Poster swashes). A didone fashion mag family. First designed for Chilean newspaper La Tercera in 2010, DSType's Acta family is a clean information design type system. It includes Acta Symbols, an extensive dingbat family. Acta Var (2020) has two axes, weight and optical size.
  • Acto (2012). Acto is a type system designed as the sans serif counterpart of the previous released Acta. Both type families were designed in 2010 for the redesign of the Chilean newspaper La Tercera.
  • Andrade Pro (a modern) and Andrade Script Pro: based on the calligraphy of Andrade de Figueiredo, ca. 1722.
  • Anubis (2003): a unicase face.
  • Aparo (2013). A plumpish elegant high-contrast script face.
  • Apud and Apud Display (2010): a high-contrast serif family.
  • Aquila (2004).
  • Ardina (2016). Done with Pedro Leal, this text typeface family has three optical sizes.
  • Boldina (2004). A fat informal poster family with 18 weights and styles.
  • Braga (2011, Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal). This is a layered font design family. Dino writes: Braga is an exuberant baroque typeface, named after a portuguese city, also known as the baroque capital of Portugal. Our latest typographic extravaganza comes with a multitude of fonts designed to work like layers, allowing to insert color, lines, gradients, patterns, baroque, floral swashes, and many other graphic elements. Starting with Braga Base, you can add any of the twenty-three available styles, to create colourful typographic designs.
  • A type system from 2014: Breve News, Breve Display, Breve Slab Title, Breve Sans Title, Breve Title, Breve Slab Text, Breve Sans Text, Breve Text. The Breve system includes modern design elements in the skeleton and ball terminals, transional elements, almost wedge-serifs in the serifed styles. As with most of dos Santos's typefaces, even the sans and slab styles exhibit Latin warmth and exuberance.
  • Capsa (2008): a family that was inspired by, but is not a revival of the Claude Lamesle types Gros Romain Ordinaire and Saint Augustin Gros Oeil.
  • Ception (2001): a futuristic sans family.
  • Cimo (2017). A distinguished condensed sans.
  • Cultura, and its improved version Cultura New (2013), a text book typeface family.
  • Decline (1996).
  • Denso (2019). By Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal: a great condensed variable font with weight, serif and optical size axes.
  • Dione (2003): a sans; redone in 2009 as Dobra at TypeTrust. See also Dobra Slab (2009).
  • Enorme (2020). Ultra massive and modular 3000-glyph mastodont of a constructivist font, by Pedro Leal and Dino dos Santos.
  • Esta (2004-2005): extensive (transitional) text and newsprint family.
  • Estilo (2005): a gorgeous and simple art deco-ish geometric headline face. This was accompanied by Estilo Script (2006), Estilo Text (2007, a 6-style rounded sans family), and later, Estilo Pro (2010, +Hairline).
  • Ezzo: a sans family.
  • Factor (1997).
  • Finura (2009): this typeface has hints of University Roman.
  • Firme (2014). A geometric sans for corporate use.
  • Fragma (2003): squarish techno family.
  • Girga (+Italic, +Engraved, +Banner, +Stencil) is a strong black Egyptian family designed in 2012 together with Pedro Leal at DS Type.
  • Glosa (2008): Glosa is a meaty multi-style didone family. Glosa Text and Glosa Headline all followed a bit later in 2008, and Glosa Display in 2009.
  • Hades (2012). A yummy and free blackletter typeface.
  • Hypergrid (2002): octagonal.
  • Ines (2015). A classic 7-style text typeface.
  • Isento and Isento Slab (2017). Bothe loosely based on ATF's Times Gothic.
  • Quase (2017). Loosely based on William Caslon's Specimen of Printing Types (1785). With a larger-than-Caslon x-height and reduced descenders, it comes in Display, Text, Headline and Poster substyles.
  • Idem and idem Display (2021).
  • Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal published Jules in the summer of 2015---a fat fashion mag didone 45-style family inspired by several plates from Portuguese calligrapher Antonio Jacintho de Araujo; it comes in Big, Colossal and Epic. They followed up in 2017 with Jules Text.
  • Kartago (2005): based on Roman inscriptions from Cartago.
  • Keiss (2017). A Scotch roman with a lot of contrast.
  • Large (1999) and Large Pro (2006).
  • In 2020, Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal designed Larga, which was inspired by the typefaces shown in the specimens of the Fundiçãao Typographica Portuense from 1874. Larga is a wide all caps family and comes with a variable opentype format.
  • Leitura, Leitura Headline, Leitura News, Leitura Sans, Leitura Symbols, Leitura Display (2007): the 31 styles were all made in 2007.
  • Logica (2016). A classical text typeface.
  • Maga (2012). A text family.
  • Methodo (2005): calligraphic penman typefaces.
  • Missiva (2004).
  • Monox and Monox Serif (1998-2000): a monospaced family.
  • Ni Sans, Ni Slab, Ni Serif (2018).
  • Musee (2006): a transitional family with ornaments and borders.
  • Nerva (2004). A subdued Trajan typeface with flaring.
  • Nitida (2017). A 114-font family with five optical sizes.
  • Nyte (2012). A serifed text family.
  • Otite (1995).
  • Outside (1996): grunge.
  • Plexes (2003). See also Plexes Pro (2006).
  • Pluma (2005): a series of three exquisite calligraphic flowing scripts called PlumaPrimeyra, PlumaSegunda and PlumaTerceyra). Inspired by the typographic work of Manuel de Andrade de Figueiredo that was published in 1722: "Nova Escola para Aprender a Ler, Escrever e Contar, offerecida a Augusta Magestade do Senhor Dom Jao V, Rey de Portugal".
  • Poesis (1999).
  • Prelo (2008): A sans family for magazines, it has styles that include Hairline, Hairline Italic, Extra Light, Extra Light Italic, Light, Light Italic, Book, Book Italic, Medium, Medium Italic, Semi Bold, Semi Bold Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, Extra Bold, Extra Bold Italic, Black, Black Italic, Slab and Prelo Condensed.
  • Priva Pro (2006): a sans family that includes Greek and Cyrillic).
  • Prumo (2011-2012). A 92-font family originally created for the redesign of the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion. Released to the public in 2013, it covers low and high contrasts, and has slab serif styles as well as Scotch Roman styles. So, it is more a type system or type collection than one single typeface: Prumo Banner, Prumo Deck, Prumo Display, Prumo Poster, Prumo Slab, Prumo Text.
  • Quadricula (1998).
  • Quaestor and Quaestor Sans (2004). Roman inscriptional typefaces.
  • Recita (2019). A sturdy oldstyle text typeface family.
  • Resea (2004) and Resea Consensed: Bank Gothic style typefaces.
  • Solido (2012) is a versatile type system with five widths: Solido, Solido Constricted, Solido Condensed, Solido Compressed and Solido Compact. In total there are 35 fonts. In 2020, a variable font was added to Solido. Codesigned with Pedro Leal.
  • Synuosa (1999): an experimental typeface showing only the top half of the characters.
  • Tecla (2018). After Printype, a typeface developed in the early twentieth century for the Oliver Typewriter.
  • Terminal (1996).
  • Titan and Titan Text (2003).
  • User (2012), User Upright (2012), and User Stencil (2012). Monospace type families.
  • Velino (2010): an extensive family including Velino Text, Velino, Velino Condensed, Velino Compressed, Velino Poster, Velino Sans, Velino Sans Condensed, Velino Display (+Compressed Display, +Condensed Display). This didone superfamily is sure to win a ton of awards.
  • Ventura (2007): based on the calligraphy of Portuguese calligrapher Joaquim José Ventura da Silva, ca. 1802, who wrote Regras methodicas para se aprender a escrever os caracteres das letras Ingleza, Portugueza, Aldina, Romana, Gotica-Italica e Gotica-Germanica in 1820. It had a "Portuguese Script". Do not confuse Ventura with Dieter Steffmann's font by the same name made many years earlier. Ventura won an award at TDC2 2008).
  • Viska (2015, by Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal) is designed for small print.
  • Volupia (2005): a connected advertising face.

DS Type also has typefaces by other type designers, such as Pedro Leal. They worked with leading companies, world scale events and well-known design agencies including: Appetite, Banco CTT, Banco Economico, BBDO, CondéNast, CTT Correios de Portugal, Electronic Arts, Errea Communicacion, Erste Bank, ESPN, Expo 2020 Dubai, Fifa World Cup 2018 Russia (the Ducha typeface), Garcia Media, Gatorade, Gruner + Jahr, Hearst, Innovation, King Games, McCann-Erickson, Meredith, Palmer Watson, Pentagram, Sagres, Starbucks, The New York Times (the Nyre typeface), Vox Media and Wolff Olins.

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Dusan Jelesijevic

Serbian graphic designer located in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia. Cofounder in 2009 with Slobodan Jelesijevic, his father, of the Serbian foundry Tour de Force. Creator of these typefaces:

  • Dusan Script (2009, Ascender: a monoline informal hand-printed script).
  • Artvod (2009, slabby and octagonal at the same time).
  • Qiltray (2009, handwriting for long texts).
  • Punkerro Crust (2009, delicious scratchy type).
  • Rough the Type (2009, blackboard style).
  • Shuma (2009, handwriting).
  • Dolina Script (2010).
  • Econs (2010, ecology dingbats).
  • Sensor (2010, an ink-trap monoline face).
  • Enforcer (2010, an elliptical headline sans).
  • Epruveta (2009).
  • Passage (2010, a great art deco family, including Initials and Borders).
  • Amanet (2011). A flared display face.
  • Osmacka azbukovica (2011). A Cyrillic font made by his kids in school.
  • The clean-cut semi-humanist sans family Centim (2011).
  • The Egyptian typefaces Saxophone Soprano and Saxophone Baritone.
  • Debelly (2011), one of the best typefaces to come out of Tour de Force. They say about this elegant fat poster face: Debelly is catchy fat typeface, with lovely geometric shapes. Inspired with contrast strokes, with square joins, Debelly gives an impression of retro style combined with contemporary trends. It is designed specially for packaging, posters, logotypes or headlines, even it can be pretty handfull in smaller sizes. Contains 375 glyphs.
  • Epitet (2011). A simple monoline family built around elegant elliptical shapes.
  • Refren (2012): A monoline script face.
  • Equator (2012): An avant-garde caps headline family.
  • Brisko Sans (2013). A straightforward sans family. Extended to Brisko Display (2012).
  • A day before Serbia was crushed by the Belgian soccer team, Dusan published the organic sans typeface Publio (2013).
  • Kamenica (2013). A display sans. Followed in 2017 by the gorgeous Kamenica Texture typeface family.
  • Nervatica (2013). A children's book font.
  • Lasta (2013) is an informal serif typeface advertized as poetic.
  • Selektor (2013). A geometrical almost techno sans family. This was followed by Selektor Slab (2013).
  • Bartender (2013). A copperplate typeface.
  • Lumier (2013). An all caps geometric sans family inspired by art deco posters from the interwar period. Followed by Lumier Texture and Lumier Rounded (2018).
  • Scholle (2014). A bouncy two-style inline family with cartoonish elements.
  • Hedon and Hedon Display (2014). A hedonistic sans that exhibits the sort of contrast one finds in inscriptional types.
  • Lumberjack (2014). A bouncy fat cartoon typeface. Not to be confused with Thiago Bellotti's Lumberjack (2013, Mushroom Type), it was renamed 24 hours after its first appearance to Lumberjacky.
  • Trampoline (2014). A funky typeface.
  • Dondolare (2014). A primitive hand-drawn typeface.
  • Balcon (2014) and Balcon Round (2014, a condensed rounded sans).
  • Scripton (2015). An urban wall brush type.
  • Manzello (2015: a workhorse text typeface).
  • Pleyo (2015). Hand-crafted, perhaps for children's books.
  • Dusan Script (2015).
  • Fartitudo (2015). Just for the name alone, this typeface deserves a medal. Fartitudo is a 3-style handcrafted all caps poster family in a genre that was kickstarted by Pintassilgo in Brazil.
  • Avram Sans (2016).
  • Dambera (2016) and Dambera Retro (2016). A connected script, perhaps suitable for children's books. Crazymond (2016). Hand-crafted semi-connected script.
  • Lunatino (2016). A poster script.
  • Plonker (2016). An all caps hand-printed typeface.
  • Fine New Bonbons (2016). A quaint candy store script.
  • Napolitanka (2016). A delicate high-fashion hifgh-contrast didone.
  • Businessland (2016). A rough handcrafted poster typeface.
  • Escondida. A high-contrast connected script.
  • Alonga (2017). A serif family with considerable contrast characterized by sharp triangular serifs.
  • Nula (2017). A 22-style humanist sans typeface family.
  • Mymoon (2017: a geometric sans in 22 styles), Mymoon Stencil, Mymoon Stencil Texture.
  • Landsick (2018). An intense script.
  • Blond (2018). A sans family that tends towards the humanist side.
  • Penfriend (2018). A script typeface.
  • Modny (2018). A fashion mag Peignotian sans family with a gorgeous inline style.
  • Stropha (2018). A compact slab serif family.
  • Hlad (2018). A distinguished 5-weight incised / lapidary typeface family.
  • Masny (2019). A no-nonsense modern sans family in 22 styles.
  • Connectica (2019). A retro connected script.
  • Dietal (2019). A condensed squarish military parade slab serif. Accompanied by Dietal Sans (2019).
  • Mondish (2019). A stylish sans family, perhaps best suited for fashionable environments.
  • Edicia (2019). A charming serifed typeface family.
  • Plaisir (2020). A serifed text family that oozes style.
  • Roanne (2020). a 44-style sans family characterized by a yawning lower case a.
  • Prego (2020). A 23-style Peignotian sans.
  • Prelom (2020). A retro wedge serif family in 15 styles.
  • Hartia (2020). A 10-style serif.
  • Silqa (2020). An art deco typeface on Novichok.
  • Finoteca (2020). A beatnik font.
  • Kondes (2020). A 20-style condensed squarish sans with variable styles.
  • Lupio (2021). In 20 styles: a variable and static geometric sans family.
  • OK Moral (2021). A Western font.
  • Ragazzi (2021). A 21-style with a didone skeleton but dwarfed serifs and sharper terminals.
  • Metropola (2021). A Victorian era sans accompanied by a variable font.
  • Stray (2021). An 18-style geometric sans for Latin and Cyrillic, with pinched connections.
  • Ancress (2021). A wide geometric sans in 14 styles.
  • Klaud (2021). A 14-style slab serif of Clarendon pedigree.

Behance link. MyFonts link. His most popular typefaces showcased. Fontspring link. Klingspor link. View Dusan Jelesijevic's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Dyaharum Pungki Revitasari
[Jolicia Type]

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Eduardo Omar Rodríguez Tunni

Buenos Aires-based graphic designer and prolific type designer who runs Graphic Design Firm. Since 2005, he has been teaching typography together with Marcela Romero and Pablo Cosgaya at the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas. Behance link. Klingspor link. Fontspace link. Google Plus link. Interview by MyFonts. His typefaces, haphazardly organized:

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Eduilson Wessler Coán
[DooType]

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Edwina Lee

Edwina Lee works for the Taiwanese foundry Arphic Technologies. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam How to find or develop matched Chinese typefaces for existing Latin typefaces. She also spoke at ATypI 2017 in Montreal and at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp, where together with Jeff Wu of Arphic she pointed out the challenges of designing variable Chinese fonts. Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eko Bimantara
[Type Dish]

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Elena Schneider

Graphic designer from Dortmund, Germany, who lives in Husavik, Iceland. Her design company is called Elefont. After studying visual communication in the university of applied sciences in Dortmund, she co-founded the design studio Radau. Graduate of the University of Reading in 2011. Elena designs logos, retail and custom fonts. She is a visiting lecturer at HBK Saar and LHI Reykjavík, and a mentor at Alphabettes, a network to support and promote women in the type industry.

Creator of these typefaces: Eskorte (2011, her graduation project), Eskorte Persian (2011), Klebo (2011, mechanical / octagonal), Eskorte Armenian (2011), Paroli (2011, a bold rounded signage face, Die Gestalten), and Biec (2012).

In 2013, Eskorte was published by Rosetta Type. Eskorte supports Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and over ninety languages using the Latin script. Titus Nemeth was consulted for the Arabic portion.

Cargo Collective link.

In 2016, Elena Schneider and Miles Newlyn co-designed the almost reverse contrast typeface family New Herman.

In 2019, she published the experimental techno typefaces Halunke and Konsole at Future Fonts. She writes about Konsole: Konsole is a clean sans serif typeface with a touch of technology. Inspired by audio equipment, it gives off robotic energy. A variable font was added in 2019.

Still in 2019, she released the German expressionist typeface Birra Bruin at Darden Studio.

At Tomorrow Type, she released the Cyrillic version of Halunke (2020). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Eli Heuer

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

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

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

Ellen Luff
[Ellen Luff Type Foundry (was: Miss)]

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Ellen Luff

Started by creative duo Tom Watkins & Ellen Luff in 2021, Peregrin Studio is exploring new font technology such as SVG and variable fonts. Based in the UK but working worldwide, their clients included Apple, NASA, Sony and Netflix. In 2021, Ellen Luff published Denton, a 14-style expressive sans, with two variable fonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ellen Luff Type Foundry (was: Miss)
[Ellen Luff]

London, UK-based designer (b. 1992) of these typefaces:

  • The partially free condensed sans typeface family August (2017).
  • The free bilined titling typeface Leyron (2017).
  • Lucy Rose (2017). Co-designed by Tom Anders Watkins and Ellen Luff.
  • Kiona (2017). A stylish 4-family all caps fashion sans typeface. Free regular weight.
  • Bison (2018). A sans family by Tom Anders Watkins and Ellen Luff. Bison Bold is free.
  • The Peignotian fashion mag typeface Athena (2018), which was published in 2019 as Athens. Athena Regular is free.
  • Kiona (2019). A modern all caps family by Ellen Luff and Tom Anders Watkins.
  • The paint emulation font Hackney SVG (2019).
  • The geometric sans family Aventa (2020), which comes with a variable style.
  • The condensed sans typeface August (2020).
  • Ardela Edge (2020). A 66-font all caps family with a tech feel. It includes two variable fonts.
  • Larken (2020). A flared sharp-edged display serif family.
  • Jeko (2020). A 20-style (+variable) geometric sans with a large x-height.
  • Brixton SVG (2020). A letterpress emualation font.
  • Denton (2021). A 14-style expressive sans, with two variable fonts.
  • Peckham Press (2021). A letterpress emulation font.
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Elliott Amblard

Elliott graduated in graphic design at EPSAA (Ecole Professionnelle Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques et d'Architecture de la ville de Paris, France) in 2012.

Together, Elliott Amblard (France) and Gia Tran created the bold signage / retro baseball script typeface Paname FY at FontYou in 2014. At Long Type, he created Oradour: Inspired by french vernacular lettering, it is also a very contemporary re-interpretation of Eurostyle typeface (Aldo Novarese) by stripping it from this dated aesthetic. FontYou link.

In the TypeMedia program at KABK in Den Haag, he designed Emil for his graduation in 2015. Emil is situated between a text typeface and a slab serif typeface. It is characterized by convex stems and low contrast and includes a Hairline weight.

In 2016, he published Yuzu at Indian Type Foundry. It is a simple yet effective straight rounded sans typeface family. Guide (2016), also published by Indian Type Foundry, is a wayfinding and traffic sign sans typeface family.

In 2017, Elliott Amblard and Théo Guillard designed Read Greek Condensed, which won an award at TDC Typeface Design 2018.

In 2018, Elliott Amblard and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the information design humanist sans typeface family Drive. It is accompanied by the more typewriter-styles families Drive Mono and Drive Prop, and published by Black Foundry. Angus (2018) is a multiplexed rounded sans typeface family by Elliott Amblard that includes a variable font. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Emma Marichal
[Minitype]

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Erhan Kaplan

At Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, erhan Kaplan designed these typefaces: Zek (2019: a variable graffiti font) and Perihan No. 29 (2019: a variable Peignotian typeface). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eric Olson
[Process Type Foundry]

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Erik Van Blokland
[Skateboard for RoboFont]

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Erik van Blokland
[LettError]

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Estudio CH
[Cristóbal Henestrosa]

Cristóbal Henestrosa (Estudio CH, Tlalpan, Mexico) is the Mexican designer (b. 1979, Mexico City) who co-founded Círculo de Tipógrafos in Mexico. He is professor at four universities in Mexico and an award-winning type designer [read on for details]. Henestrosa has a bachelor's degree in graphic communications from the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where his student project in 2003 was Espinosa, and a Master's degree in typographic design from the Center for Gestalt Studies, Veracruz, August 2009, where his thesis was entitled Fondo. La familia del Fondo de Cultura Económica. He is professor of typography and type design at UNAM. He has also taught at the National Fine Arts Institute's School of Design. In 2012, Cristobal Henestrosa, Laura Meseguer and José Scaglione coauthored Como Crear Tipografias (Brizzolis S.A., Madrid, Spain). He lives in Heroes de Padierna, Mexico.

Designer of Espinosa, mentioned here.

Author of Espinosa. Rescate de una tipografía novohispana (México, Designio, 2005), a book about Antonio de Espinosa, a 16th century Mexican typographer, who in all likelihood cut the Espinosa type.

The commissioned text family Fondo (2007) won an award in the TDC2 2008 competition and at Tipos Latinos 2008 (for extensive type family).

Creator of the angry hand-printed typeface Prejidenjia (2008, with Luis Novoa).

Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, where he introduced the work of 16th century printer Antonio de Espinosa to the world. Espinosa Nova (2009) won an award at TDC2 2010 and a grand prize at Tipos Latinos 2010.

Guaca Rock (2009) is a stone chisel typeface based on the logotype of the rock band Botellita de Jerez.

Gandhi (jointly designed with Raul Plancarte) won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012.

Soberana Sans (Raúl Plancarte and Cristóbal Henestrosa), made for the Mexican Government in 2012-2013, won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.

Ayotzinapa (2015, by Raul Plancarte and Cristobal Henestrosa) won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.

His titling typeface Royal Charter won an award at Tipos Latinos 2018. This is a digital revival by Cristobal Henestrosa based on an experimental typeface named Charter, designed yet never fully finished by William Addison Dwiggins. It is an upright italic, unconnected script typeface, whose main features are a pronounced contrast, condensed forms and exaggerated ascenders. While Dwiggins worked on this project from 1937 to 1955, he only completed the lowercase and a few other characters. However, it was used to set a specimen in 1942 and a short novel in 1946. The sources that Cristobal used for Royal Charter (and later, Mon Nicolette) were the original sketches by WAD as well as printing trails kept at the Boston Public Library, and a copy of the 1946 edition of The Song-Story of Aucassin and Nicolette. This gorgeous typeface can be used successfully in headlines, subheads and short passages of text from 12 points onwards. It was published in 2020 as Mon Nicolette at Sudtipos, where the help of Oscar Yanez was acknowledged.

Fontsy link. Mon Nicolette also comes in a variable format with weight and optical size axes. Dafont link. Klingspor link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

ETC Type
[Mateo Broillet]

Geneva, Switzerland-based graphic and type designer, b. 1990, who studied at ECAL in Lausanne. Designer of the Trajan column-inspired display serif typeface Nero Alto (2019, published by Typeverything).

Mateo also designed the free fonts Seymaz (2020; a variable condensed octagonal sans family inspired by the Grecian wood type style from the 19th century) and Sabir Mono (2018; a monospaced programming font with support for Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew developed as a student project). Fontesk link to his free typefaces. Github link for ETC Type, where one can also download some of his typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Etcetera Type Company (or: ETC; was: Finck Font Co)
[Tyler Finck]

Graphic designer and musician (b. 1982) at the New York studio AWP who grew up in Maine and is currently based in Ithaca, NY. In 2018, he founded Etcetera Type Company, which is based in Spencer, NY.

His typefaces:

  • The fat counterless caps typefaces Blackout and Blackout Midnight (2008). Blackout Sunrise (2013) is an outlined face and Blackout 2am is a reversed font. Blackout Noon followed in 2014. Free download of Blackout at the League of Movable Type.
  • Ostrich Sans (2011). This typeface comes in many weights, including a beautiful Ostrich Sans Inline and a hairline. In 2016, this was followed by the layered monoline sans typeface family Ostrich Proper (+Inline).
  • Knewave (2011, Google Web Fonts). A brush signage face. League of Movable Type link.
  • Porter Sans (2013). A large wide headline type family. It has a free inline outline weight. Later additions include Porter Sans Ink (2014) and Porter Rough (2016). Porter FT, which includes new rounded styles, was added in 2017.
  • Elm (2013). Hand-printed.
  • Lickety Split (2013). A crayon or brush face.
  • Almost (2013). A poster typeface.
  • Guilder (2011-2013). A free typeface family with an inline thrown in.
  • Ithaca Sans (2013).
  • Fartlek Sans (2014). A handcrafted poster typeface.
  • Katahdin (2014). A free font.
  • Upstater (2014). A a classical American gothic with shaded and layered styles.
  • Grandstander (2014). A comic book face. Grandstander Classic (2017). In 2020, Grandstander became a free Google font---and a two-axis variable font was added for the occasion.
  • Boo City (2014). A pixel face.
  • Didactic Display (2014). A grungy typeface.
  • Upstater Ink (2014). A grungy typeface.
  • Finck32A (2014).
  • Saturnight (2014). A heavy brush typeface.
  • Typocopia (2014). A letterpress emulation typeface.
  • Taurus Mono (2014). An outline font.
  • Southpaw (2014). A nice informal hand.
  • Chawp (2014). A crayon face.
  • Mr. Brunch (2014). A brush face.
  • Gluten FT (2014).
  • Flabbergast (2015). A didone.
  • Korsque (2015). A layered typeface.
  • Bico (2015). A rounded condensed organic typeface.
  • Ichabod (2016). An antiqued serif typeface.
  • Altitude Condensed (2016).
  • Imbue (2016). A condensed didone poster typeface (also called a skyline typeface) at Google Fonts. See also Imbue FT (2017). ETC Imbue (2019) is a variable font version of Imbue with a variation in optical size from Text to Display.
  • Retrograde (2016). A monoline and monospaced organic sans.
  • Plainview (2016). A squarish and fat typeface.
  • Nonesuch (2016). A condensed sans.
  • Juju (2016). An octagonal layered typeface family.
  • Atiga (2017).
  • Mr Brunch FT (2017). A children's book font.
  • League Mono (2017). A free font.
  • ETC Gluten (2018). An organic font family.
  • ETC Epilogue (2018). A variable sans font. Github link. Google Fonts link. Prologue (2020) is a reworking of ETC Epilogue.
  • ETC Anybody (2018). A 72-style variable font with weight, width and slant axes.
  • Furrow (2018). A grungy sans.
  • Cease (2018). A squarish techno typeface.
  • ETC Trispace (2019). A variable font with weight and width axes, based on League Mono.
  • ETC Tourney (2019). A variable octagonal font, playing on the theme of outline versus inline. Free Google Fonts download (2020-2021). Github link.
  • Struthio (2019). A rounded sans.
  • Birdo (2020). An inline typeface.

Alternate URL, called The League of Movable Type. Typedia link. Kernest link. League of Movable Type link. Creative Market link, Klingspor link. Dafont link. Home page. Creative Market link. Abstract Fonts link. Google Plus link. YWFT link. Old home page. Behance link. Github link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ethan Nakache

French type and graphic designer who graduated has a Bachelor's degree in graphic and type design from ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels (2019). Designer of Sprat (2020), an 18-style variable font with two axes (width and weight) that was inspired by Eric Gill. It features long sharp serifs and high contrast between thin and thick. Free download.

Other typefaces from 2019 and 2020 include the architecturally inspired Structa and the decorative text typeface Talona, which is rooted in Didot. Github link. Type Department link. Fontsquirrel link. Use Modify link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Eugenio Pancaldi

During his studied, Bologna, Italy-based Eugenio Pancaldi designed Pelerin (2020), a revival of a dadaist sans typeface found inside of the French church's Almanach du Pélerin (1955). In 2019, he published Hot Tiles, which is a variable font designed at a workshop with ABCDinamo Studio at ISIA Urbino. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fabian Harb

Dinamo is a Swiss type foundry established by Johannes Breyer and Fabian Harb after graduation from schools in Zurich, Basel and Amsterdam. Johannes and Fabian are visiting teachers at the Estonian Academy of the Arts, Tallinn and regularly teach at UDK Berlin and University of Applied Sciences, St. Gallen. Their typefaces:

  • Favorit (2014). A basic sans family.
  • Grow (2013). An experimental collaborative font family. Many of the members are multilined and even prismatic.
  • The heavy sans typeface Heureka (2009-2013).
  • Pareto (2016). Western style typefaces.
  • In 2019, Johannes Breyer, Fabian Harb and Erkin Karamemet released Whyte and Whyte Inktrap at Dinamo.
  • ABC Maxi (2020, Dinamo). An experimental hipster-inspired gemetric sans family designed by Dinamo (Johannes Breyer and Fabian Harb) and Andree Paat).
  • In 2020, Fabian Harb and Seb McLauchlan co-designed the extensive grotesque family Marfa at Dinamo. Marfa contains a monospaced subfamily, and comes with two variable fonts.
  • Custom typefaces for Kunsthalle Zurich (CH), Warp Records (UK), Elton John (US), Yale Architecture (US), Manifesta 11 (CH), Harvard Graduate School of Design (US), Universal Music (GER), IBA Thüringen (GER), Festival B:om (KR), Gagosian Gallery (US), Planet Mu/Knives (GER/UK), LayTheme (GER) or the German, Estonian and Cyprus Pavillions at the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale.

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Fabio Haag Type (was: ByType, and: Foco Design)
[Fabio Luiz Haag]

Fabio Haag Type is Fabio Haag's type foundry in Brazil. Earlier, he ran ByType, the type subdivision of Foco Design, and worke for Dalton Maag's Brazilian division. Fabio Luiz Haag (b. 1981, Taquara, Rio Grande do Sul) is located in Sapiranga, Rio Grande do Sul.

Fabio Haag designed FH After (2006, futuristic display typeface to which After Text and After Headline were added in 2007), FH Foco (2003) (a large x-height sans), this futuristic typeface (2003), and Minas Headline, a custom family made for the government of Minas Gerais. He was working on this display font (2005).

In 2006, Foco became a Dalton Maag Ltd font family, and Fabio Haag became the new Creative Director of the Brazilian wing of Dalton Maag in 2008. MyFonts sells Foco and Foco Corp (2007).

Designer (with Jonas Schudel) of a grotesque sans at Dalton Maag, 2007-2009, called Effra, which was inspired by a 1816 design from the Caslon font foundry. Discussion at Typophile. Followed in 2013 by Effra Corp (Dalton Maag) which also supports Greek and Cyrillic.

In 2007, he created the organic sans typeface IronThree.

Cordale (2008) is a workhorse serif typeface jointly done with Lukas Paltram at Dalton Maag. Cordale Corp, the corporate edition, includes Latin Extended A, Greek and Cyrillic characters sets. Cordale Arabic was published in 2013.

In 2009, Foco Italics was published.

At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke about Dalton Maag and about the elements necessary to make it in the type business today.

In 2012, the Dalton Maag Brazil team designed the font for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games The 5448-character connected script font Rio2016 was developed by Dalton Maag Brazil, and involved a team that includes Fabio Haag, Fernando Caro and Gustavo Soares. Beth Lula is the Branding Director of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. Passages of the press release: Each letter expresses a characteristic of Rio 2016 Games, its people and city. The letters are written with a single continuous linework, with a fast and fluid movement, suggesting the movements of the athletes in action. The variety of curves in the letters has a unique informality, inspired by the joyfulness of the Brazilian people. Fabio Haag: As a Brazilian typophile, designing the Rio 2016 font was a dream job. This is a milestone for the design scene in Brazil---it's a great example of how type designers can collaborate with graphic designers, sharing their expertise to strengthen an identity.

In 2013, Fabio designed Almaq, a pair of sans display typefaces in cuts called Refined and Rough.

Codesigner with Bruno Mello, Fernando Caro, Rafael Saraiva and Ron Carpenter of Soleto (2014, Dalton Maag), a sans typeface that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.

Setimo (2015) was co-designed by Fernando Caro, Ken Gitschier, Fabio Haag and Lukas Paltram at Dalton Maag, and won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.

In 2016, Fabio Haag published Lembra (a sans that was created specifically for branding, characterized by tapered terminals) at his new type foundry, Fabio Haag Type, set up after he left Dalton Maag after eight years. Fabio Haag Type grew in 2020 to a team of four, now also including Ana Laydner, Henrique Beier and Eduilson Coan. In 2019, a variable font option was added top Lembra.

In 2017, he designed the 28-unit legible humanist sans variable font family Margem (Fabio Haag Type), which includes a yummy Rounded subfamily. Still in 2017, he developed the sans typeface Sua, which as a variable option.

In 2018, he published pictograms for SporTV, a forceful constructivist font for the World Cup 2018 also for SporTV and Furacão (for Atletico Paranaense).

Typefaces from 2019: Suzano Sans (a commissioned rounded branding typeface done for Suzano).

Typefaces from 2020: Margem (a fine 7-style rounded sans family by Henrique Beier, Ana Laydner and Eduilson Coan).

Typefaces from 2021: Seiva (by Henrique Beier, Eduilson Coan and Fabio Haag: a distant relative of Didot, this exotic sans family is partitioned into Text, Display and Poster subfamilies, and welcomes variable font technology), Salva (2021, Fabio Haag Type). A versatile workhorse sans family: Eduilson Coan was the lead designer. He was assisted by the Fabio Haag Type team of Henrique Beier, Ana Laydner and Fabio Haag himself.

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Fabio Luiz Haag
[Fabio Haag Type (was: ByType, and: Foco Design)]

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Fabrizio Schiavi
[Fabrizio Schiavi Design (or: FSD)]

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Fabrizio Schiavi Design (or: FSD)
[Fabrizio Schiavi]

Fabrizio Schiavi was born in Ponte dell'Olio in the Piacenza province in 1971. FSD Fabrizio Schiavi Design in Piacenza was opened in 1998. With Alessio Leonardi, he co-founded Fontology. He also co-launched the experimental graphics magazine Climax in 1994.

Bio at FontFont where he made FF Mode 01, FF 0069, FF GeabOil, FF9600, FF Trade 01, FF Steel Mix, FF Steel Ring, FF Steel Jones.

[T-26] designer of D44 (1994), Lithium (1994, dingbats), Moore895 (1994), Moore899 (1994), Sidewalker (1994), Exit (1988). Many of his typefaces are grungy such as Washed (1994). Some are minimalist, such as Monica Due (1999), Monica (1999), and Eco (2001, developed from a logo in the 70s for Ageco). The latter three fonts are very geometric in nature.

Other fonts: Washed (1994), Parakalein, Aurora Nintendo (1995), Aurora CW (1995), Mode01 (1995), GeabOil (1995), 9600/0069 (1995), Fontology (1995), CP Company (2000: a corporate sans), FSDItems (2001), FSDforMantraVibes (2001), Pragmata (2001, monospace, designed for programs), PragmataFlash (2002, a pixel font), Pragmata Pro (2011, still monospaced), Sys (2002), SysFlash (2002, a pixel font), Sys 2.0 (2012, a condensed sans designed for very small print), Virna (2003, a multiline typeface for Italian MTV, discussed here). The Pragmata and Sys series were optimized for screen usage. In addition, Sys has many ink traps, so it prints well at small sizes, and is more legible than Verdana.

He does some custom typeface design, such as the innovative sans serif family called CP Company (2000). Other clients include Al Hamra Complex Kuwait, Nike, MTV, YU, Beretta, Abitare magazine, Ferrari and Philip Morris.

In 2007, he produced a stencil and signage font, Siruca (see also here), for the Al Hamra Complex, one of highest skyscrapers in the world, located in Kuwait. Siruca Pictograms (2008) is free. In 2015, he followed that up by a non-stencil rounded sans called Sirucanorm: Designed using golden ratio formulas, it's inspired to DIN and Isonorm typeface.

In 2013, he published Sys Falso, Abitare Sans (30 weights, originally commissioned by the group Rizzoli Corriere della Sera. Abitare is an Italian magazine).

Typefaces from 2014: Nove (a German expressionist typeface inspired by B movie typography: Nove freshly reworks exploitation film era movie poster lettering, refitting the genre to a contemporary audience. The expressive typeface was done for a Nike Italy spoof campaign featuring 1970s cult film director Enzo Castellari and a recently found film reel from his archives, featuring several current Italian athletes and American basketball star Kobe Bryant).

The rounded sans typeface Widiba Bank (2015) was co-designed with Jekyll & Hyde in 2015 for the brand identity of the new bank of Gruppo Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

In 2016, he designed the custom corporate typeface R&M in art nouveau style.

In 2020, he released the (variable) retail version of CP Company called oook.

In 2021, he released Nure (a 54-style sans font family that includes a three-axis (weight, optical, width) variable font).

At ATypI in Rome in 2002, he spoke about the need for more fonts.

Hellofont link. FontShop link. Font Squirrel link.

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Feliciano Type Foundry
[Mário Feliciano]

Feliciano Type was established in 2001 by Mario Feliciano. The foundry's main design studio in Lisbon, Portugal, with two additional offices, in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal, and in The Hague, Netherlands. Mário Feliciano (b. 1969, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal). Feliciano studied graphic design at IADE, Lisbon, and began working as a graphic designer at Surf Portugal magazine in 1993, where he stayed as art director until 2000. In 1994 he founded the design studio Secretonix in Lisbon. He has been heavily involved in type design since. In 2005, he joined the type coop Village. John Berry reviews Mario's oeuvre. His gorgeous creations include the following:

  • Escrita ([T-26], a great calligraphic font), Gazz (1997, in Regular, Paint and Stencil styles), MexSans (1997, [T-26]), Aurea Ultra (1997, [T-26]), Bronz (1997, [T-26]), Cepo, Tpac family (1996, [T-26], under the name Mariachi Fontexperience), Strumpf (1994, comic book font family at Adobe), Caligrafia Debula (1997, PsyOps).
  • Geronimo (2010, Enschedé; not to be confused with an earlier 2005 font at Canada Type called Geronimo) was started in 1997. He says: Geronimo is a historical revival, a digital interpretation of the types cut by Geronimo Gil in Spain in the eighteenth century. In fact it is not only the first digital version, but as far as I can tell it is also the first typeface family ever designed using Gil's types as a model. Working in Madrid, Geronimo Gil produced an enormous collection of very interesting and idiosyncratic types that can be found in Muestras de los Nuevos Punzones y Matrices para la Letra de Imprenta executados por Orden de S.M. y de su Caudal destinado a la Dotacion de su Real Biblioteca, a specimen from 1787. It shows titling and text typefaces both in italic and roman styles. His typefaces are not only very Spanish but they are also very sophisticated when compared to the ones of contemporaries such as Eudald Pradell and Antonio Espinosa. Geronimo's typefaces have a sense of modernism but they are not modern in a Bodoni or Didot kind of way. Yet they are actually very old style---particularly the lowercase letters--but with reduced contrast and a generous x-height. Even in the bigger cuts, ascenders and descenders are not long but appear to be even shorter than in text sizes. This creates a kind of rolling effect while reading.
  • He is working on Espinosa, and Eudaldo (a typeface in the style of and apparently predating the successful Pradell by Andreu Balius Planelles).
  • MyFonts sells BsLandscope, BsMonofaked (octagonal), BsKombat (1998), BsLooper (stencil), BsArchae, BsRetchnov (constructivist), BsMandrax (octagonal).
  • Stella (2001, a humanist sans family with 26 weights). FTF Stella 2 is a 2005 upgrade of this family.
  • The 14-weight Rongel serif family (1998-2004, updated in 2005 as FTF Rongel V2) is his best work. Feliciano states: an interpretation of the types showed in eighteenth century's Spanish catalogue: "Muestras de los Punzones y Matrices de Letra que se funde en el Obrador de la Imprenta Real, Madrid, Ano de 1799", and titled with the name Rongel, whom I suppose, cut them. Another example of these types can be found in "Las Eroticas, y Traduccion de Boecio" by Villegas and printed by António de Sancha in Madrid, 1774.
  • Atanasia. Based on a 1771 example by Antinio Espinosa. That same semi-calligraphic example was also used by Carlos Winkow in his famous Elzeviriano Ibarra at Richard Gans's foundry.
  • Salustiana. Based on a 1772 type by Antonio Espinosa. Ibarra used that typeface to print Salustio in 1772.
  • Monteros (1998-). Based on a 1799 type at Imprenta Real in Madrid.
  • In 2003, he won an award for the extensive FTF Morgan family at the TDC2 2003 competition (subfamilies have suffixes Avec, Sans, Sans Condensed, Big, Poster, Poster Avec and Tower). Morgan Sans was originally developed in 2001 with 44 weights. Each version of Morgan has multiple weights as well---for example, Morgan Big (2001) is a 12-weight titling family. Avec denotes Slab Serif.
  • FTF Grotzec Headline Condensed (1998, created for Surf Portugal magazine), Grotzec More.
  • FTF Merlo (1998-2009): an interpretation of the 18th century Spanish types cut by Ismal Merlo.
  • FTF Flama (2002, a neutral sans in 50 styles). Flama is used, along with Greta Text and Sunday Times Modern, by the Sunday Times.
  • FTF Garda Titling (1998-2005): an exceptional caps only family with both serifed and sans inscriptional (Trajan) letters.
  • Eudald News (1998-2009, Vllg).
  • Sueca (2009): a new typeface for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, which writes: Sueca is a family of serif, slab, sans serif, text typeface and typeface for listing. The idea behind Sueca is to be able to talk with the same clear voice but be able to change the tone of voice in different section. During the work with developing Sueca, SvD had help from the design consultants Palmer Watson from Edinburgh, Scotland as the second opinion.
  • Villeneuve (2010-2017).
  • Marcin Antique and Marcin Typewriter (2017, Vllg). A slightly modulated contrasted, almost Peignotian, pair of typefaces, based on types shown in Gustave Mayeurs's 1894 and 1912 catalogs.
  • Mazagan (2019, Vllg). Mazagan gets its inspiration from Marocaines, a novelty type reproduced in the Fonderie Mayeur Type Specimen (Paris, 1912). The face is also featured in other specimen books of the same period, including the FTF (Fonderie Typographique Française) specimens that show a narrower version.
  • Crisol (2019). An art deco stencil influenced by Futura Black (1929) and Braggadocio (1930).
  • Parnaso (2019), classified as neo-Elzevir.
  • Optional (2020-2021). A contemporary elliptical high contrast sans serif available in five weights.
  • Hiper Sans (2021). A wide sans in four styles.
  • Korrodi (2020). A monolinear version of Otto Weisert's art nouveau typeface Arnold Böcklin (1904), named after Portuguese (Swiss-born) architect Ernesto Korrodi (1870-1944).
  • Miletus Grotesk (2021). A contemporary grotesque inspired by Standard Gothic (Keystone Foundry, circa 1906).
  • Parafina (2021). An art deco sans remotely inspired by a hand-lettered display-sized alphabet dating back to the mid-20th century by Spanish letterer Miguel Pedraza.
  • Penina (2021). A single weight elegant and delicate serifed typeface that is based on some of the work of William Hugh Gordon (1860s-1920). Penina comes in three contrast grades: Small, Medium and High Contrast, plus a variable font.
  • Rotep (2020; in Alvor and Bornes versions). A ten-style collection of all-caps typefaces inspired by the lettering used through the ROTEP (Roteiro Turistico e Economico de Portugal) map collection, a mid-century Portuguese map collection of almost 300 maps published for almost two decades.
  • Grosa and Grosa Mono (2020-2021). A 12-style modernist sans serif designed originally as the main typeface for Feliciano's website.
  • Sebenta (2020-2021). A take on bthe Clarendon genre.

Feliciano designed custom typefaces for the Portuguese weekly newspaper Expresso [a font called Expresso], for the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet [a font called Sueca], for the Spanish newspaper El Pais [a font called Majrit] and for Banco Espirito Santo [a font called BesSans].

Klingspor link. FontShop link. MyFonts interview.

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Felipe Casaprima

Brazilian graphic and type designer, who co-founded Naipe Foundry with Alvaro Franca in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. A graduate of ESDI Cartapaccio, Felipe has interned at Coppers & Brasses in Montreal. He is also associated with Rodrigo Saiani's type foundry Plau. In 2021, he was located in Perth, Australia.

In 2020, Naipe released Pacaembu. Advertized as a tropical art deco sans, this seven-style sans serif typeface by Alvaro Franca and Felipe Casaprima finds its roots in Brazilian soccer. In particular, it took inspiration from the stone lettering found in the 1940 art deco style Sao Paulo Municipal Stadium, also known as Estadio Pacaembu. A variable style is included.

Carlos Mignot and Felipe Casaprima designed the corporate family iN Serif and iN Sans (+Mono) for iN Consultoria de Marcas in 2021.

Naipe published Discordia in 2021. Discordia is an experimental type family with various styles of contrast; by Felipe Casaprima and Alvaro Franca; and a Hebrew extension thanks to Ben Nathan.

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Fernando Haro

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Ampuero and Laredo, Spain-based designer (b. 1971) who set up deFharo. Creator of the monoline sans typeface Depez (2011), Fabada (2011), and the free monoline geometric sans typeface La Chata (2011). La chatte, in French? Maybe not.

In 2011, he made the monoline organic sans typeface Lerótica (free at OFL).

In 2012, he created Nabatea (stone chisel typeface), V de Vacia (a grungy outline face), Sabática (organic), the straight-edged data style typeface Gabardina, the grotesk typeface A Bebedera, the shadow typeface B de Bonita, D Puntillas, and the deconstructed Qebrada.

In 2013, he designed Yacarena Ultra, H.H. Agallas, Nacimiento (a dymo label font), J Airplane Swash (a psychedelic typeface named after Jefferson Airplane), CA Garrutas (grunge), CA Gatintas (grunge), I Am Telefono (the largest phone dingbat and scanbat typeface on earth), Wach Op-Art (kaleidoscopic icons), K.O. Activista, I Am Hueca, X Template (stencil), H.H.Samuel (rounded sans), U2 Metalona (a beautiful white-on-black display face), M F Plexus Italic, J.M. Nexus Grotesque (an "thin inline" fat grotesque), Wachinanga, Tabaquera, Pabellona (grunge), El Pececito (video game font), the poster typeface Hobby of Night (OFL), H2O Shadow (outline version of Fabada), Zabatana Poster (a didone-inspired poster font), Oaxaquena Tall, Yacimiento (wood style wedge serif), and Rabanera.

Typefaces from 2014: Babalusa Cut, A Cuchillada, Sabandija (a plump round display typeface), F2 Tecnocratica, F1 Secuencia Quad (pixel face), La Pejina FFP (bilined), Tabaiba Wild, Gabachita (ultra-condensed rounded sans).

Typefaces from 2015: Tabarra Pro (Swiss style sans family for Latin, Cyrillic and Greek), A Sogra Ruth (ultra-condensed art deco), Gaban (an outline version of Tabardo), Tabardo (a heavy blocky font), Wacamoler Caps (a Tuscan typeface inspired opening credits of the Western movie Winchester '73 directed by Anthony Mann in 1950), Ubicada (condensed geometric sans), Rabiosa (neurotic font), Zacatecas (condensed shaded sans), F3 Secuencia Round, La Babaca (a powerful black condensed sans in the style of Impact), Obcecada Sans + Serif (condensed with almost disappearing descenders), Eacologica Round Slab (a nice commercial font with an incomplete set of numerals), Palim Script (curly), Vacaciones (signage face), de La Cruz.

Typefaces from 2016: Yugoslavia (calligraphic), Love Box (stencil), Cienfuegos (connected retro script named after the Cuban her Camilo Cienfuegos), Gaitera Ball (round fat script), The Black Box (a retro banner font), Durum Kebab (shadow sans), Jolgoria In Town (script), Yerbaluisa (signage script), Escobeta One (brush script), Posteratus Rex, Bastardilla (a cursive font), Rotulona Hand, The Juke Box (retro juke box lettering), Angelique Rose (connected monoline script), Promenades, Bucanera (a swashbuckle font), Lucemita, Panama Road (a casual calligraphic font), Deslucida, Disoluta, Sucesion Slab, Tabarra Pro Round, Qebab Pro Shadow, Monserga (white on black), Indulta SemiSerif.

Typefaces from 2017: Partizano Serif (a retro poster font; free demo), Jack Stanislav (a great condensed movie poster font), Fontanero (rounded fat sans), Yonky (fat slab serif), Zigzageo, Libertatus (manual serif fonts based on a Czech poster from 1935), Libertatus Duas (slab serif), Flamante Sans, Flamante Serif, Flamante (Round, SemiSlab, Stencil, Seca, Cairo, Roma), Seisdedos Dead (rough stencil fonts), Neo Latina (stencil), Carta Magna (blackletter), La Sonnambula (signature script), Bola Ocho (an eightball font), Clandestina (textured, layered), Acratica (signage script), Penitencia Inline, Autarquica (outlined vernacular style), Caminata One (shaded signage typeface), Sin Razon (wedge serif), Glotona Black and White (a layered tattoo style font duo), Glotona Dots (the textured versions of Glotona), 6th Aniversario, Tribal Box (squarish sans, with tattoo ornaments and a great environment for borders), Candy Pop (bubblegum font), Sargento Gorila (army stencil font), Libertinas + co (a curly calligraphic script; the free version has no numerals).

Typefaces from 2018: Gudariak (a free color SVG font: Vicente Ballester Marco (Valencia 1887-1980) was a graphic designer and Valencian poster artist affiliated with the CNT (Confederacion Nacional del Trabajo) who created political propaganda posters of clear modernist and post-cubist influence during the Spanish Civil War. The Gudariak typeface is inspired mainly by one of the posters he made for the Government of Euskadi and also in others where the author continues to explore this particular typographic style. ), Farisea Fraktur, Octuple Max (techno), Ordeal Eroded, Panfleta Stencil, Secuela (free), Fragua Pro (condensed sans family), Getho (a geometric semi-sans), Cowboya Tuscan (a curly Tuscan circus font), Txuleta Deco (a striped art deco typeface), Coltan Gea (slab serif), Getho Semi Sans, Cowboys (a Tuscan typeface), Drystick Geo Grotesk, Diezma, Grifa Slab, Coltan Gea (slab serif family), Paloseco (geometric and grotesk), Stoica (a color SVG font), Letrera Caps (a rounded square style layered and color font that pays homage to the sans serif inline genre), Enagol Math (a condensed rounded slab serif based on carefully applied mathematical ratios), Heptal, Velocista, Octagen Condensed, Octagen Black, Sextan Serif, Sextan Cyrillic, Quickat (signage script), Octagen (condensed sand with short descenders), Wolframia Script (flowing handwriting), Pentay Slab, Pentay Sans, Pentay Book, Cuatra, Judera (Flat and Ring: monospaced, unicase and totally sqaurish), Quotus (slab serif), Tripleta Grotesk (a 16-style geometric sans family).

Typefaces from 2019: Pervitina Dex (sci-fi), Megalito Slab, Obesum Caps, Jane Roe (sans), Icons Opentype, Felona (stencil: a variable font), Neo Fobia, Bocartes Fritos (food icons), Red Thinker (a squarish monoline sans), Pena Caldaria (blackletter).

Typefaces from 2020: Anoxic (a squarish monoline sans).

Typefaces from 2021: Humato (a sturdy font for weightlifters), Probeta Sans (a squarish techno sans family), Speeday (a speed emulation sans).

Creative Market link. OFL link. Behance link. Dafont link. Devian tart link. Abstract Fonts link. Fontspace link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Flavia Zimbardi
[Zimbardi (was: Zimbardi Calomino)]

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Flavia Zimbardi

Flavia Zimbardi is a type designer and visual artist from Rio de Janeiro, based in Berlin. From 2005 to 2013 she worked for some of the leading magazines in Brazil. Flavia is a graduate of the Type@Cooper Extended Program at the Cooper Union, class of 2017. In 2018, she started Zimbardi Calomino together with Caetano Calomino, and in 2020 she co-founded Undercase Type with Phaedra Charles in Brooklyn, NY. Her typefaces:

  • Her graduation project, Lygia. It was awarded by the Type Directors Club and at Tipos Latinos 2018. Released in 2019 by Future Fonts, she writes: Lygia explores the duality of sharp and round forms with stylish cues and historical references from 16th-century masterpieces by Robert Granjon to the geometric approach of W.A. Dwiggins. An homage to Brazilian neo-concrete artist Lygia Clark, originally designed in 2017 as Flavia Zimbardi's degree project for the Type@Cooper extended program in New York. Lygia is a variable font with a weight axis. After Type@Cooper, Flavia settled in Berlin, Germany. In 2021, she released the companion typeface family Lygia Sans.
  • The piano key typeface Joschmi Regular (2018). An Adobe Originals font designed as part of an effort to revive Bauhaus treasures, and named after Joost Schmidt.
  • In 2018, using a speed stroke technique, Caetano Calomino developed the signpainter font ZC Casual together with Flavia. It was re-released at Undercase in 2020.
  • In 2020, Phaedra Charles and Flavia Zimbardi co-designed the free decorative text typeface Fraunces at Undercase Type. Google Fonts link for Fraunces.
  • At Lost Type and Undercase Type, Phaedra Charles, Kelly Thorn, and Flavia Zimbardi published the chunky art nouveau typeface Regina Black (2020).

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Florian Karsten

Designer of exclusive high quality typefaces:

  • Space Text or Space grotesk (2016), based on Colophon's space Mono. A free variable font at Google Fonts in 2020. Github link.
  • FK Roman VF (2019). A variable font with a weight and optical size axis.
  • The retail typefaces FK Display, FK Grotesk (2019), FK Raster Grotesk, FK Screamer (2018: a condensed sans), and FK Roman (2019).

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Font Kitchen
[Matt Bailey]

Bay City, MI-based designer of Spartan MB (2017), a free seven-style font family that extends the single-weight League Spartan (2014, The League of Movable Type). An open-source typeface based on early 20th century American geometric sans serifs. Built out of necessity. Originally designed by Matt Bailey. In 2020, Mirko Velimirovic converted Spartan MB to a variable font. See Google Fonts and Github. In 2020, we find two derived fonts, Corey Sans, and Lucymar Sans (by Cristiano Sobral) on Open Font Library.

In 2019, he released the rounded geometric sans typeface Pastrami.

Typefaces from 2020: Latte (a vintage serif family in 16 styles and a variable font). Fontsquirrel link. Open Font Library link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fontfabric
[Svetoslav Simov]

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic. Picture. Typegoodness link. YWFT link.

  • Typefaces from 2008: Cubic (3d face), Clou (cloud-like letters), Colo (double-lined and geometric), Snail, Blou (very thick and counterless letters).
  • Typefaces from 2009: Uni Sans (first called United Sans), Kare (psychedelic), File (fat face), Zag (7-style monoline sans with tear drop terminals; it include Zag Drps and Zag Deco), Clou (cloudy letters), Facet (Black and Ultra: paper fold typefaces), Noveu (psychedelic, art nouveau), Pastel (brush face), Rolka (round ultra-fat and curly lettering), Val (rounded fat), Kvant (severe and octagonal), Duplex (fat techno), Avatar (ultra fat black), Dovde (bubbly, co-designed by Maria Karkova), LOT (fat art deco), MOD (ultra-fat), Oval (rounded sans), Quad (octagonal outline), Portal Strips and Portal Black (hyper-experimental geometric typefaces), Prisma (more ultra-fat experimentation) and Wigan (Wigan Thin and Bold of this paperclip typeface appeared in 2014).
  • Creations in 2010: Hero (free sans family), Null (ultra fat, free), Aston (a modern high-contrast rounded display face), DAN (free piano key font; Dan Pro is not free though), Solomon (headline sans family) [Images of Solomon: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii], Dox (ultra fat geometric poster face), Sudoku (a geometric display family with several biline and triline styles, done with Fontan2), VAL Stencil (a stencil in which repeating letters makes them tilt the other way; free), Code (2010, a fantastic monoline sans family; images: i, ii, iii, iv, v), Dekar (techno), Clipdings Web, Clipdings Travel, Clipdings Graphic Arts, Babydings, Artdings, Reader (Light, Bold: avant garde sans), SAF2010 (comic book/signage: well, Jan Erasms, the designer in 2006 of Menyaka for FIFA WC 2010 is not happy, calling SAF a blatant imitation), Age Free (free fat organic face), GOTA (a free fat finger sans face).
  • Typefaces from 2011: Gabriel Sans (grotesk family), La Boheme (signage face), Qero Mite (an organic monoline sans), Code Pro (caps only clean sans headline family), Solomon Sans (a headline monoline sans family).
  • Typefaces made in 2012: Nexa (a geometric sans in 16 styles), Nexa, Rex (free octagonal family for Latin and Cyrillic), Hagin (free), Intro (26-style superfamily in the Futura style) and Intro Inline (free Futura-style family for Latin and Cyrillic). Intro Condensed was created in 2014.
  • Typefaces from 2013: Nexa Slab, Nexa Slab XBold, Nexa Slab Bold, Nexa Slab Book, Nexa Slab Light. [Recognize the typeface by the a and the g (an 8 with a small piece missing).
  • Typefaces from 2014: Nexa Rust (a weathered letterpress emulation family of 83 typefaces by Radomir Tinkov, Ani Petrova, Svetoslav Simov and Vasil Stanev).
  • Typefaces from 2015: Bronn Rust, Bronn Script and Bronn Rust Extras is a handcrafted collection of 22 typefaces created on the coat tails of the hugely popular Nexa Rust and other typefaces in the grungy worn letterpress and layering vogue. The roundish tightly set broad-ranged sans typeface family Panton is sure to make waves for years to come---it is the typeface for mobile devices. Sensa (2015, Radomir Tinkov and Svetoslav Simov) is a handcrafted 21-style family divided into the subfamilies Sensa Brush, Sensa Pen, Sensa Wild, Sensa Sans, Sensa Serif and Sensa Goodies.

View Fontfabric's typefaces. In 2015, Ani Petrova, Svetoslav Simov and Radomir Tinkov co-designed the 214-style mammoth font system Intro Rust, a rough version of Fontfabric's Intro. The fonts are partitioned over Intro Rust, Intro Script, Intro Head and Intro Goodies. Still in 2015, we find Nexa Script.

In 2017, Plamen Motev and Svetoslav Simov co-designed Uni Neue, a total remake of Fontfabric's earler typeface Uni Sans (2009). Svetoslav Simov, Plamen Motev and the Fontfabric team (Vladislav Jordanov, Stan Partalev, Mirela Belova, Jacklina Jekova, Nikolay Petroussenko) produced Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in the same year: it consists of 521 handmade typefaces.

In 2018, Mirela Belova and Svetoslav Simov co-designed the 20-style geometric sans typeface family Mont. Svet Simov and Svetlin Balezdrov co-designed the humanist sans family Squad, and Simov published the free all caps flared terminal font Colus in 2018. Gilam was designed in 2018 by Ivan Petrov, Plamen Motev and Svetoslav Simov---it is based on DIN, but is more geometric and has obliquely cut terminals.

In 2019, Svet Simov, Radomir Tinkov and Stan Partalev designed the 72-strong Noah family of geometric sans typefaces, which is partitioned into four groups by x-height from small (Noah Grotesque) to medium (Noah and Noah Text) to large (Noah Head). Codesigner of Mozer (2019, by Svetoslav Simov, Ani Petrova, Mirela Belova and Nikolay Petrousenko: a condensed headline sans family that covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic; Mozer SemiBold is free).

In 2021, Svetoslav Simov and Vika Usmanova dusted off the 18-style update of Mont called Mont Blanc. It has very short descenders and medium-sized ascenders, two variable styles, and some redesigned glyphs. Its biggest problem will be the name---surely, the famous Swiss pen maker Mont Blanc will complain sooner or later about its trademark. I am puzzled about MyFonts, which did not catch this problem when they announced the typeface. In 2021, Simov also co-designed Code Next (a 20-style geometric sans by Svetoslav Simov, Mirela Belova and Stan Partalev; it includes two variable fonts). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

FontLab

A major font editor originally marketed by Pyrus, which also published TypeTool, BitFonter, AsiaFont Studio, TransType, FONmaker, ScanFont, FontFlasher, SigMaker, and CompoCompiler. It acquired Fontographer. This popular commercial font editor can be used for designing and editing glyps, drawing type, kerning, spacing, and hinting. FontLab VI was released in December 2017. It covers multi-color and variable fonts on both Mac and Windows. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fontpeople
[Jason Harcombe]

Graduate of the TDi program in 2018 at the University of Reading. In 2017, he was appointed UK Sales Director by URW. After URW was absorbed by Monotype, he set up Fontpeople, a foundry that sells typefaces made by Designed by John Beltran, Jason Harcombe, Max Saille, Jörn Oelsner and Iachawr Telyncombe. Jason's typefaces:

  • In 2020, Jason Harcombe and Max Saille published the 18-style variable sans font family Mazin and the 20-style geometric sans typeface family Cadiz at Fontpeople. Over at MyFonts, credit for Mazin and Cadiz only goes to Jason Harcombe.
  • One of the custom fonts shown on their website is Ryman Eco, which was designed by Dan Rhatigan and Gunnar Vilhjalmsson.
  • In 2020, Harcombe released FP Typewriter, the 20-style soft corner geometric sans typeface Zabal and the 12-style humanist sans Billie.
  • Cooper Black (2021). A serif and stencil font family that revives Cooper Black.
  • Chewie (2021). A plump serif in the style of Cooper Black and Windsor. Unknown designer at Fontpeople.
  • Leyendo (2021). A 20-style text family by Jason Harcombe and Max Saille.

Discussion at Typedrawers regarding the legality and morality of Fontpeople's relicensing practices. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Fontsmith
[Jason Smith]

Jason Smith is the British corporate typeface designer who founded Fontsmith in 1997, where he retailed his own designs from his office in London. He has created a typographic identity for the Post Office in the UK. Phil Garnham was one of the in-house type designers. In January 2020, Fontsmith was acquired by Monotype.

Smith's custom typefaces include Casey, Seat, Tractebel, PPP Healthcare, Powergen, Allied Irish Bank, UUnet, Channel 4, and Saudi Aramco, Champions (2009: for the UEAFA Champions League), Colgate Ready (2014: for Colgate, covering Latin, Cyrillic, Eastern European, Devanagari and Thai), More4 (2005, for the Channel 4 Adult Entertainment channel), ITV (2006, for the ITV network), BBC ONE (2006, for the BBC), Post Office Sans (2003), Severstal (2009), and Moto GP (2020: a custom techno / sports font).

Vernon Adams and Fontsmith got into a quarrel about Vernon's Mako, which was submitted and rejected by Fontsmith, which published its own similar typeface Lurpak a few weeks later.

Most of Jason Smith's typefaces are now at MyFonts, after Monotype's take-over in 2020:

  • FS Albert (2002). A soft-edged sans family by Jason Smith, Mitja Miklavcic and Phil Garnham. Followed by Emanuela Conidi's FS Albert Arabic. In 2007, Jason Smith designed the custom typeface Xerox Sans (+Condensed) as a modification of his FS Albert, to which Greek and Cyrillic alphabets were added as well.
  • FS Aldrin (2016). A rounded sans by Phil Garnham.
  • FS Alvar (2007, Jason Smith and Phil Garnham). A modernist utilitarian headline font family inspired by the work of Alvar Aalto.
  • FS Benjamin (2018). A flared sans serif by Stuart De Rozario.
  • FS Blake (Emanuela Conidi). A sans with some inherent tension.
  • FS Brabo (2015, Fernando Mello). Named after Brabo in Antwerp, FS Brabo was inspired by the Plantin Moretus museum and the garalde styles (Bembo, Garamond, Plantin). FS Brabo won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.
  • FS Clerkenwell (2004, Jason Smith and Phil Garnham). A slab serif.
  • FS Conrad (2009). A multiline display face by Phil Garnham.
  • FS Dillon. Influenced by the Bauhaus quest for simplicity.
  • FS Elliot (2012). By Nick Job.
  • FS Emeric (2013, Phil Garnham). A large humanist slightly angular sans family. Dedicated web site.
  • FS Hackney. An assertive sans typeface family by Nick Job.
  • FS Industrie (2018). A 70-style techno / mechanical sans family by Fernando Mello and Phil Garnham.
  • FS Ingrid. A humanist sans family by Jason Smith.
  • FS Irwin (2017). An incised typeface inspired by New York, FS Irwin is a sans serif with calligraphic roots.
  • FS Jack (2009, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello). A confident sans family that was awarded at Tipos Latinos 2010.
  • FS Joey (2009, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello). An organic sans typeface family.
  • FS Kim (2018). A joyful display typeface family by Krista Radoeva.
  • FS Kitty (2007, Jason Smith and Phil Garnham). In the Japanese kawaii style.
  • FS Koopman (2018). A sans family designed by Andy Lethbridge and Stuart De Rozario. A hybrid sans workhorse that takes inspiration from Swiss grotesks, American gothics and early British grotesques
  • FS Lola (2006). Originally designed for Wechsler Ross&Portet by Phil Garnham, it is advertised by Fontsmith as a transgender type.
  • Lost + Foundry (2018, Pedro Arilla and Stuart de Rozario). The Lost & Foundry family of seven fonts includes FS Berwick, FS Cattle, FS Century, FS Charity, FS Marlborough, FS Portland and FS St James. The campaign was developed by Fontsmith, M&C Saatchi London and Line Form Colour. The crumbling typefaces of Soho were recovered to be sold online as a collection of display fonts, to fund the House of St Barnabas's work with London's homeless. Fontsmith's designers Stuart de Rozario and Pedro Arilla worked with M&C Saatchi London to develop the fonts.
  • FS Lucas (2016). A geometric sans by Stuart de Rozario.
  • FS Maja. A curvy display typeface.
  • FS Matthew. A sans family.
  • FS Me. Mencap, a British company that works with people with a learning disability, asked Smith to design a font, FS Mencap (also known as FS Me), for the learning disabled---easy to read, yet elegant. Codesigned by Jason Smith, Mitja Miklavcic and Phil Garnham.
  • FS Meridian (by Kristina Jandova). A rhythmic geometric sans family with circular forms.
  • FS Millbank (2015). A wayfinding typeface family by Stuart de Rozario.
  • FS Neruda (2018, by Pedro Arilla). A transitional storytelling text family named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
  • FS Olivia (2012). An angular poetic text typeface family by Eleni Beveratou.
  • FS Ostro (2018, Alessia Mazzarella). A modern typeface family in text and display versions. It brings warmth and fresh air to the cold Italian didones. Its more subdued and less contrasted text version was influenced by Scotch romans. There are also genetic elements of Spanish display types.
  • FS Pele (2007). An ultra fat typeface by Jason Smith and Phil Garnham.
  • FS Pimlico (2011, Fernando Mello). A humanist display sans.
  • FS Rigsby (2005). A sans.
  • FS Rome (Mitja Miklavcic and Emanuela Conidi). An all caps Trajan typeface.
  • FS Rufus (2009). A slab serif by Mitja Miklavcic, Jason Smith and Emanuela Conidi. Described by them as benevolent, quirky, peculiar, offbeat, jelly beans and ice cream, a retro eco warrior.
  • FS Sally (Jason Smith and Phil Garnham). FS Sally Pro won an award at Granshan 2016.
  • FS Sammy (Satwinder Sehmi, Jason Smith). A script typeface.
  • FS Shepton (2015). A calligraphic brush script by Andy Lethbridge.
  • FS Siena (2016). A luxurious fashion mag typeface given a new life in 2016 by Krista Radoeva. Jason Smith had started drawing Siena 25 years earlier. It is delicate, oozes style, and shows touches of Peignot in its contrast.
  • FS Silas Sans (2008, Jason Smith, Bela Frank, Fernando Mello and Phil Garnham).
  • FS Silas Slab (2015, Bela Frank).
  • FS Sinclair (2007-2008). A rounded octagonal typeface by Jason Smith and Phil Garnham.
  • FS Sophie (2004). A feminine sans typeface.
  • FS Split Sans and FS Split Serif (2019, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello). Has a variable type option.
  • FS Truman (2012, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello). A sans family.
  • FS Untitled (2016, Jason Smith and Fernando Mello). Developed for screens.
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Formatpunktotf (or: Format.otf; was: t-1, type-eins)
[Maximilian Müsgens]

Formatpunktotf, and before that t-1 (type eins), is Maximilian Müsgens's type foundry, est. 2019. It is part of the design studio Format.tif, which is based in Aachen, Germany. Its fonts were free for students. Typefaces include Bandeins Sans and Bandeins Strange, both designed as variable fonts in 2019. The latter has two axes, width and "strange width". Strangeness somehow relates to Renner's hookish experiments.

In 2020, Müsgens released the hipster typeface family Garconne Display. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Formatype Foundry
[Deni Anggara]

Berlin, Germany and/or Medan, Indonesia and/or Bandung, Indonesia, and/or New Zealand-based designer who set uo first Degarism Studio and, in 2017, Formatype Foundry. At Formatype Foundry, he published these typefaces:

  • The 11-style sans family Epillox (2020), which, by virtue of its sloped terminlas and hipster features is characterized by the designer as emotional. Epillox has a variable style as well.
  • Biofolio Ultimate (2020). A 22-style geometric grotesk.
  • Afical (2021). A 35-style sans with sub-families Afical Std, Afical Neue and Afical Stencil.
  • Fixga (2021). A 17-style rounded monolinear geometric sans family.
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Forme Type
[Jeremy Johnson]

London-based graphic and type designer (b. 1975) who studied at The Royal College of Art, The University of Brighton, and was taught at the Royal College of Art by Margaret Calvert, Malcolm Kennard and Alan Kitching. Creator of the sans typeface family Forme One (2014) and the related typefaces Forme Signage (2015, for wayfinding), Forme Furniture (2015, pixelized), Forme Type Block (2015), Forme Type Ornaments and Geometric Patterns (2015), Forme Pixel Type (2015) and Forme Stencil (2015), a layered typeface family that was carefully crafted based on compass and ruler. Jeremy writes: This typeface derived from a three dimensional stencil with two characters, made from wood manually rotated to create letter shapes.

In 2017, he designed the 3d pixel font Furniture Type.

In 2018, he created TextFace Type.

Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2020. His graduation typeface was called Forme Grotesque. It comes with a three-axis variable font (weight, slant, optical size). Forme Grotesque performs remarkably well both on screen and in print, and shines at very small sizes. It also covers Arabic. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Francesco Mistico Canovaro
[Zetafonts (or: Studio Kmzero, or: ZeroFont)]

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Franziska Weitgruber

Based in Vienna, Austria, and/or Latsch, Italy, Franziska Weitgruber received her Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design with a focus on type from the New Design University (NDU) Sankt Pölten, Austria in 2014. She also studied in the Typemedia program at KABK in The Hague, class of 2016. She publishes her work mostly via Future Fonts and Fontwerk.

Franziska created the text typeface Porta Serif and the science journal text typeface Sphera in 2014. Her graduation typeface at KABK in 2016 is the expressionist Kaligari. It comes in six styles---in its genre, it is the best digital German expressionist typeface published to date.

In 2018, Michael Hochleitner, Christoph Schütz, Simon Liesinger and Franziska Weitgruber co-designed Gretel Script at Typejockeys. This optically sized three-style typeface is based on the hand of calligrapher Natascha Safarik.

Still in 2018, she published Gig at Future Fonts. Gig is monolinear retro felt pen script in the style of Roger Excoffon's Banco.

Typefaces from 2019: Antonia (a crisp variable headline text typeface by Franziska Weitgruber and Michael Hochleitner at Typejockeys; a 64-style font family with optical sizing from headline H1, H2, and H3 to Text, with a variable font added to the mix), Roba (a typeface family in which Franziska experiments with stress and counter-stress, form and counter-form), Nikolai (an elegant display family released at Fontwerk). Nikolai started out as a revival of Nebiolo's Jenson but became a sharp-edged hyper-modernized version of that Venetian type.

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Fredrick R. Brennan
[How to create a variable OpenType font using only open-source tools]

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Frida Medrano

During her studies in Monterrey, Mexico, Nueva Leon-based Frida Medrano created the creamy didone display typeface Kalnia (2014). In 2017, she designed the free "variable font" Fraktur typeface Jabin.

Recipient of The Society of Typographic Aficionados Catalyst Award in 2018. She now cooperates in type design projects at TypeMade. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Friedrich Althausen

Potsdam, Germany-based designer (b. 1981) who studied Media Systems (Informatics) and Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University Weimar and is working as a freelance designer since 2008. Creator of the free fonts Vollkorn-Brotschrift (2006, text face), Elise Meincke logotype (didone), and Halbstark (2006, a fancy display face). Vollkorn microsite for the most recent downloads. Vollkorn supports many scripts, including Latin and Cyrillic. In 2014, Vollkorn 3.0 was published. Open Font Library link. Site dedicated to Vollkorn.

In 2014, he published the thin but striking fashion mag and all caps titling typeface Uberschrift at FDI.

In 2020, he released the variable font CoronaFaceImpact, which has three axes, Effects from wearing a face mask, Change of look due to closed hairdressers, and Results of home schooling.

Behance link. Kernest link. Old URL. Interview with Friedrich Althausen. Google Plus link. Github link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Frostype
[Harrison Marshall]

Graduate of UCA Farnham. Leicester, UK-based designer who specializes in producing visual identities through branding, editorial and art direction. Creator of the modular multiline typeface Luminous (2015). During his studies at UCA in 2016, he created the sans typefaces Typic, Deep and Camber.

In 2017, he designed Wolfgang Sans and Passo (a custom sans for the new Italian restaurant Passo).

In 2018, Harrison founded Frostype. His typefaces at Frostype: FT Switch (2018), FT Polar (2018: sans), North (2018: sans), Frigid (2018, a variable font).

In 2019, he released FT Base (a sans family) and FT Made (a transitional typeface). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gabriel Richter
[Nice to Type]

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Geen Bitter
[Thom Janssen]

Geen Bitter (Den Haag, The Netherlands) consists of Thom Janssen (b. 1984, Maastricht), Jorn Henkes and Rogier van der Sluis. All three are graduates of the Graphic Design course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. Thom Janssen is a graduate of the TypeMedia program at the KABK in The Hague in 2017. The work of Geen Bitter has a strong typographical influence and covers designing typefaces, books, websites and identities, all with a typographic approach. Late in 2014, Geen Bitter disbanded. Thom currently works as a freelance type designer and as a researcher at PXL, Hasselt University, Belgium.

In 2013, they published Gewone letters Gerrit's early models. The blurb: A couple of years back, while cleaning the letterpress workshop at the KABK in The Hague, we had an amazing find. A package that hasn't been opened for some time. We opened it and found eighteen printing plates in mint condition. The printing plates, we soon found out, were made by Gerrit Noordzij and date back to the late 1960s. They contain a brief lesson about writing with the broad nib and, once familiar with this basis, writing and drawing some different techniques. Since it seemed the plates are never published before, we decided to do so and made a book containing prints from the plates. Next to the plates we asked former students if they still had old work and sketches with comments by Gerrit Noordzij. The result is a collection of sketches and material, together with five writings about the plates, Gerrit Noordzij and his contribution to the field of type and typography. The text has contributions by Albert-Jan Pool, Frank E. Blokland, Aad van Dommelen, Huug Schipper, and Petr van Blokland. It was published in 2013 by Uitgeverij De Buitenkant, Amsterdam.

Thom's graduation typeface in 2017 at KABK was Rikhard. He wrote: A variable font project with letter shapes inspired by English letter forms from around the 1780s, mainly Richard Austin, hence the name. With a weight axis for hierarchy in texts and an optical size axis in order to make small and larger text sizes look good. This project is an exploration in variable fonts. The goal was to learn about it, build workflow solutions, and have fun. This project is meant for typography on the screen. Browsers can take advantage of variable fonts, optical size can be automated and with CSS and JavaScript all the styles of the variable font can be accessed. One font, many styles: the future.

Their commercial typefaces:

  • Bex (2013). This sans typeface family is based on Thom Janssen's graduation project.
  • Cramp (2012). A casual hand-printed typeface by Rogier van der Sluis.
  • Herman (2013, Rogier van der Sluis). An elliptical monospaced signage typeface family with possibilities of layering and shadow effects. It is quite attractive and one of the finest typefaces in its genre.
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Gen Ramirez
[Tapatipo]

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Genesis Lab
[Bustami Harun]

Banda Aceh, Indonesia-based creator of the cursive retro script typeface Archimedes (2015) and the calligraphic typefaces Dealova Script (2015), Austtria Script (sic) (2015), Paullina (2015), Wonder She (2015), Bebby Script (2015), Bebby Washington (2015), Bonterra (2015), Wallpalace Script (2015), Cherry Blossom (2015) and Cattleya Script (2015). They also made Kansas Brush (2015).

Typefaces from 2016: Jonitha, Salmela Script (free brush script), Micheline, Damita, Holliston, Bostone (rough brush script), Salma (script), Karmela (a vintage font family that includes the money font Karmela Layer), Sparkle Brush, Charlotte (calligraphic script), Camica (a brush script), Nobita Script, Magenta Script, Latosha Script, Callove Script, Malisia Script, Sarinah, Salamanta (a great calligraphic script), Lovelia Script, Leontin (connected script), Fanatic, Madona (connected calligraphic script), Armstrong.

Typefaces from 2017: Planton Script, Bambia (calligraphic), Madinah, Maylad, Marline, Micheline, Malibu Script, Cabelita Script, Sahara Script.

Typefaces from 2020: Binggo Wood Display (a decorative serif).

Typefaces from 2021: Pradock Sans (an 18-style geometric sans, with a variable font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gestu
[Thiago Bellotti]

Brazilian type foundry, est. 2016 by Thiago Bellotti. The first typeface by Bellotti at Gestu is the calligraphic pointed brush script Acerola (2016).

In 2020, he released Closeby (ultra-condensed, rounded, italic) and Tocco (which is based on chunks of wood type; it includes a variable style) at Papanapa. Thiago also created the custom typeface Bib Sans (2021) at Papanapa. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Gilang Senzana
[Senzana (was: Inksun Aksara, or: Inksun Mildertype)]

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Giuseppe Salerno
[Resistenza]

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Gluk Fonts
[Grzegorz Luksza]

Aka Grzegorz Luk and just Gluk, Grzegorz Luksza is a Polish type designer (b. 1973) who specializes in ultra-decorative and experimental typefaces.

Creator of the free artsy font Wanta (2008), of Resagnicto (2010), of Rawengulk (2010), of Rawengulk Sans (2011), of Reswysokr (2011), of the bold slab serif typeface Zantroke (2011), and of the free calligraphic typefaces Odstemplik (2009), promocyja (2008) and Konstytucyja (2008).

He published the elegant serif family Foglihten (2010), which includes the inline typefaces Foglihten No. 1 (2011), Foglihten Fr02 (2011), Foglihten No. 3 (2011) and Foglihten No. 4 (2012). The latter is inspired by the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. Foglihten Petite Caps Black (2012) and Foglihten Black PCS (2012) are high-contrast fat didone typefaces, minus the ball terminals. The series continues with Foglihten No. 6 (2012) and Foglihten No. 7 (2013).

Qumpellka No 12 (2011) is a flowing italic. Opattfram01 (2011) is a dingbat typeface with onamental patterns. The Okolaks family (2008) has a bit of an art deco feel. It covers East-European languages as well as Cyrillic. Sportrop (2008) is a neat multiline face. Gputeks (2008) is a delicate decorative face. Szlichta07 (2008) on the other hand is an experimental typeface based on tilting the horizontal edges about ten degrees up. Kawoszeh (2008) is a curly Victorian pre-art nouveau face. Spinwerad (2009) and Itsadzoke S01 (2010) and Itsadzoke S02 are display didones. Znikomit (2011) is an impressive lachrymal hairline slab face. See also Znikomit No. 25 (2012) and Znikomit No. 24 (2012; image by Benjamin Frazzetto).

Creations from 2012: Charakterny, Garineldo, Mikodacs (an Impact-like black display sans), Yokawerad (a didone headline face), Resagokr, Nikodecs, Garineldo SC.

Typefaces from 2013: Etharnig, Namskin, Namskout (a layered heavy display face), Prida 65 (spurred antique face), Ketosag, Prida 61, Gatometrix, Glametrix, Gallberik.

Typefaces from 2014: VECfont FogV4, EtharnigV (a bi-colored font), Risaltyp, Wabroye, Kleymissky, Sortefax (an outline font with engraved versions as on dollar bills), Dragerotypos (blackboard bold), Resamitz.

Typefaces from 2015: Prida 36, Sudegnak No. 3 (script), Vecfont Sudegnak (cartoonish), PridaEn (a vector font for color), Prida S4, Prida01, Prida02 Calt.

Typefaces from 2016: BroshN, Tofimpelik (+Candy), Prosh3, Digitalt, Agreloy (a lovely curly Victorian typeface), Gluk Mixer (ransom note font), Fogtwo No 5.

Typefaces from 2017: Prosh 4B (a variable color font), BroshK2 (an origami style color font, in OpenType SVG format), Fuetargio (a multiline bejeweled typeface).

Typefaces from 2018: BroshK, Rostef (all caps titling typeface), Fogthree.

Typefaces from 2019: ResotE, ResotE-Pastels (a color font), ResotYc (a decorative unicase font), Resot Yg, Liserif (a kinetic SVG font).

Typefaces from 2020: Digico M (a color font), Resotho (a wide all caps geometric sans).

Dafont link. Digart link. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Scribus Stuff link. Fontspace link. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Behance link. Font Squirrel link. Klingspor link. Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Green Type
[Dmitrij Greshnev]

Green Type is the foundry of creative Russian type designer Dmitrij Greshnev (b. 1975, Lengingrad). Still based in Leningrad, Dmitrij received a TypeArt 05 award for the display family Multicross (2003-2004), which can be bought at ParaType. He will win many more awards.

His typefaces include Stopwatch (2010, LED face), Sokol (Old Slavonic Latin simulation face), Slavica (2010), Reliant (2010, with Iza W at Intellecta Design), Reliant Beveled (2012, free), Logistica (2010, army stencil), Danger (2010, another army stencil), Dusk Thin (2010), and Multicross (2003-2004, stitching font).

Typefaces from 2011: Zoo300 (techno sans; +Shadow, +yrillic). Behance link.

In 2012, he created Patriciana (a Peignotian typeface for Latin and Cyrillic) and Directo.

Typefaces from 2013: Finch, Hypermarket (dirty typewriter).

Typefaces from 2014-2015: Trali-Vali (a children's book or party font family), Moveo Sans (with Condensed and Extended subfamilies, 80 fonts in all covering Latin, Greek and Cyrillic), Artica Pro (a flared all-caps typeface family for Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic that is based on classical roman (Trajan) letterforms) and Artica Rough Pro (2015).

Typefaces from 2016: Festa (a brush typeface for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic).

Typefaces from 2017: Festa Classica (a happy all caps hand0crafted typeface family), Normative Pro (a neutral techno sans with glyphs tending towards the rectangular), Normative Lt.

Typefaces from 2018: Streetline.

Typefaces from 2019: Hubba (a modular squarish typeface family; has a variable font).

Typefaces from 2020: Danger Neue (a military stencil).

Behance link. Creative Market link. Hellofont link. MyFonts link. Klingspor link.

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Grzegorz Luksza
[Gluk Fonts]

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Guillermo Lizarzuay
[Nois (was: Makenois)]

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Gustavo Soares

Graduate of the KABK in Den Haag in 2008 (Masters in Type and Media), and from the University of Reading in 2007 (Masters in Information Design). He joined dooType in 2016. Originally from Sao Paulo but now based in Rio de Janeiro, he created these typefaces:

  • The text family Pocket (2008). His graduation project at KABK.
  • In 2012, the Dalton Maag Brazil team designed the font for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 5448-character connected script font Rio2016 was developed by Dalton Maag Brazil, and involved a team that includes Fabio Haag, Fernando Caro and Gustavo Soares. Beth Lula is the Branding Director of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. Passages of the press release: Each letter expresses a characteristic of Rio 2016 Games, its people and city. The letters are written with a single continuous linework, with a fast and fluid movement, suggesting the movements of the athletes in action. The variety of curves in the letters has a unique informality, inspired by the joyfulness of the Brazilian people. Fabio Haag, Creative Director at Dalton Maag: As a Brazilian typophile, designing the Rio 2016 font was a dream job. This is a milestone for the design scene in Brazil---it's a great example of how type designers can collaborate with graphic designers, sharing their expertise to strengthen an identity.
  • Veja Serif (2013). This is the new typeface for Veja, Brazil's leading weekly news magazine. This project originated from a specific demand to improve the publication's reading experience on screen, while keeping the type visually close to Times Roman. The team consisted of Gustavo Soares (creative direction), Eduilson Coan (type design), Fernando Mello (consultant) and Paratype (hinting). Veja Serif replaces VJ Times.
  • dT Jakob (2017). This typeface started out in 2007 as a revival of Jakob Erbar's grotesk from 1927 in Paul van der Laan's class at KABK. It was refined and completed in 2017 at dooType with the help of Eduilson Wessler Coan. In 2018, Gustavo Soares and Eduilson Coan developed the variable inline and shadow font dT Jakob Variable Concept.

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Hanken Studio
[Alfredo Marco Pradil]

Graduate of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Batangas State University, The Philippines, who has been working as a graphic designer since 2005. He is currently located in Dubai, UAE and is a prolific type designer. His typefaces:

  • Pianono (2021). A curly typeface named after a Filipino dessert.
  • Nuova Volte (2021). A carefully designed sans family.
  • Compound Sans (2021). In 45 styles, plus a variable font.
  • Trinkle Sans (2020).
  • HK Requisite (a 9-style low contrast sans) (2020).
  • Terminal Guise (2020). An 8-style monolinear geometric sans with open counters (except on the lower case o).
  • Luckybones (2020).
  • Action Sans (2020). A free almost monolinear sans.
  • Open Sauce Sans, Open Sauce One and Open Sauce Two (2020). He writes about these three large free sans families: Open Sauce is a font superfamily that I developed for Creative Sauce's internal type system. It is a compact typeface that is optimised for better viewing small text on screen and print. Open Sauce (Sans, One and Two) is under the SIL Open Font License and is going to be actively developed, improved and tested. One small modification is Cristiano Sobral's Criativa Sans (2020).
  • Yelena (2020). A brush script.
  • Keiner (2020). A rigid monolinear sans typeface family.
  • Cosmic Octo (2020). A blocky display/poster typeface for an experimental ice cream recipe venture.
  • Snah (2020). A playful free all caps typeface.
  • Belina Script (2020).
  • Itzkarl (2020). An all caps typeface with flared terminals.
  • Anahaw (2020). A foliate typeface modeled after palm leaves.
  • Batangas (2020). Free.
  • Lumi Sans (2019).
  • Device (2019). A sans that supports orange-dyed fascists, oil industry buffoons and climate change deniers.
  • Stenzel (2019). a stencil typeface.
  • Nourd (2019).
  • Suprapower SE (a display sans) (2019). Heavy and wide, for posters, packaging, headline and titles.
  • Sauce Grotesk (2019). Sauce Grotesk is a sans serif typeface that James Birch and Alfredo Marco Pradil developed for Creative Sauce's internal type system.
  • TEG (2019).
  • Enreal (2019).
  • Arca Sentora (2019). A geometric sans.
  • Serif 420 (2019).
  • Guise (2019). A Swiss style sans family.
  • Grantipo (2019), A sans family inspired by Cerebri Sans, Helvetica and Akzidenz Grotesk. .
  • HK Sentiments (2018). A neutral / geometric sans.
  • Natrix Sans (2018). A free grotesque family without italics.
  • Reminisce (2018). A Peignotian sans typeface family.
  • Aeon Hexa (2018). Alfredo explains that he tried to amalgamate the features of Helvetica and Cerebri Sans.
  • Acari Sans (2018). A free typeface by Alfredo Marco Pradil (Latin part) and Stefan Peev (Cyrillic portion). Based on HK Grotesk (2015).
  • HK Kontrast (2018). An angular wedge serif typeface.
  • HK Yavimayan (2018). A text typeface with flaring.
  • HK Focus (2017).
  • HK Gothic (2017). Twelve styles.
  • HK Compression (2017). A bold compressed all caps sans.
  • HK Carta (2017). A text typeface with didone elements.
  • HK Spec (2017).
  • HK Zercon (2017). A free sans.
  • HK Concentrate (2017). A sans typeface family.
  • Arlene (2017). A didone typeface family.
  • Barter Exchange (2017).
  • HK Blocker (2017), a heavy rounded sans.
  • Zwizz (2017). A Swiss typeface family.
  • Cerebri Sans (2017). Free download.
  • HK Nova (2017). A geometric sans family inspired by Century Gothic and Futura. The Medium weight is tweetware. See also HK Nova Narrow and HK Nova Rounded.
  • Illuma (2017). A free headline sans typeface.
  • Number 23 (2017). A text typeface family.
  • HK Caslon (2017).
  • Polarity (2017).
  • Placid Amor (2016). Copperplate style.
  • Ludema (2016). An informal sans typeface, made by Joao Symington..
  • Alienware (2016). A custom typeface for Dell's Alienware computers.
  • Extremis Compakt (2016). A custom typeface for Extremis.
  • Number 23 (2016). A Caslon-style text family.
  • El Enra Rounded (2016). A condensed headline sans.
  • Faldore (2015-2016). A simple sans typeface family.
  • Hans Grotesque (2016). A sans designed for long texts.
  • Decalotype (2016). A free sans typeface.
  • HK Compakt (2016). Inspired by Akzindenz Grotesk.
  • HK Serif (2016).
  • Jellee (2016). A very soft heavy rounded sans typeface. Download.
  • El Enra (2016). A free bold condensed sans.
  • Type 36 (2016). A clean geometric sans.
  • Arco Perpetuo (2016). A free subtly rounded sans family.
  • Industri (2016). A tweetware sans.
  • Okomito (2016). A sans with large open counters. Okomito Medium is free. Okomito Next was released in 2020.
  • Comprehension Semibold (2016).
  • Radnika (2016). Announced as a workhorse sans. Followed in 2017 by Neue Radnika Schriftart, or Radnika Next.
  • Hanken Sans (2016).
  • ADA Hybrid Display (2016).
  • The free geometric sans typeface Orkney (2016, with Samuel Oakes).
  • Caslon OS (2015, Open Font Library).
  • The basic sans typefaces Now (2015, Open Font Library: geometric), Now Alt (2015), Einstellung Schrift (2015, geometric sans), Neue Einstellung (2015), Elenar (2015; and the free Elenar Love), Amicale (2015), HK Explorer (2015), HK Explorer Soft (2015), HK Explorer Sharp (2015), HK Grotesk (2015: free; extended to HK Grotesk Pro in 2016, and HK Grotesk Light in 2017, HK Grotesk Wide in 2020, and Uacari Legacy by Cristobal Sobral in 2020), Industri (2015, caps only headline face), Monoist (2015, monospaced), Glacial Indifference (2015, Bauhaus-inspired), Malakas (2015), Genome (2015) and Gen Light (2014, OFL).
  • Arca Majora (2014) and Arca Majora 2 (2016). A free heavy geometric sans face.
  • SAG Block (2014).
  • Ahamono and Ahamono Monospaced (2012-2015). Originally, this was a free rounded monospace typeface with typewriter features.
  • Neue Hans (2014), Hanken Round (2014, a free rounded sans), Neutrage (2014, a neutral signage sans).
  • Hard Edge (2014). An octagonal typeface.
  • Teknik (2014). A technical sans typeface.
  • Bullet (2014).
  • The grotesk typefaces Primary Hans (2014) and Hans Kendrick (2014) and Neue Hans Kendrick (2016). Both have elements of Avenir and Futura, and are characterized by a relatively small x-height. Followed by the art deco sans-inspired Neo Hans in 2019.

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Hansje van Halem

Dutch graphic designer, b. 1978. Graduate of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, who started her own studio in Amsterdam in 2003. She creates alphabets, textures and patterns, both digitally and manually, that she applies to designs for posters, illustrations and public space art works such as gates and floors. In 2017, she developed an experimental typeface called Wind at Typotheque. Technically produced by Peter Bilak, there is variable font version by Thom Janssen. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Harbor Type
[Henrique Beier]

Henrique Beier (Harbor Type, Porto Alegre, Brazil) is the designer of the excellent angular semi-calligraphic text typeface Garibaldi Regular, which won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014. In 2015 it was extended to a great 7-style typeface family. He writes: Garibaldi is a text typeface based on humanist calligraphy. It started with a desire to learn more about the origin of the strokes on humanist typefaces. It features a 20 degree axis, medium contrast based on translation and expansion, asymmetric serifs, and terminals related to the broad nib stroke.

In 2014, he created the free font Densia Sans, which is condensed and has a tall x-height and some contrast. Graviola (2014) is a soft sans family, with possible applications in information design and wayfinding. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016.

In 2016, he published Graviola Soft, an even softer version. He also published the fresh corporate sans typeface family Malva, which can be recognized by the typically Latin American curvy tail on the lower case a and l. Malva was a winner at Tipos Latinos 2018. A variable font option was added in 2019.

In 2017, Henrique Beier published Rocher, a wonderful layered stone emulation font, Flintstone style. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2018. He has a free variable color version with bevel and shadow axes, Rocher Color (2018).

In 2019, Henrique Beier and Ana Leydner, assisted by Luisa Leitenperger, co-designed Kiperman at Harbor Type. This sturdy 4-style text typeface family pays homage to Brazil's publishing icon Henrique Leao Kiperman (d. 2017). Harbor Type also released the branding and packaging sans typeface family Dona in 2019.

In 2020, Henrique Beier joined Fabio Haag Type, where he promptly published the circular sans family Igual.

In 2021, he assisted with the engineering and design of Salva (Fabio Haag Type), a versatile workhorse sans family: Eduilson Coan was the lead designer. He was supported by the Fabio Haag Type team of Henrique Beier, Ana Laydner and Fabio Haag himself.

Seiva (2021). Designed by Henrique Beier, Eduilson Coan and Fabio Haag, this distant relative of Didot is an exotic sans family. Partitioned into Text, Display and Poster subfamilies, it also welcomes variable font technology. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Harrison Marshall
[Frostype]

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Héctor Gatti
[Omnibus Type]

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Hendra Maulia
[Dirtyline Studio]

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Henrique Beier
[Harbor Type]

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Herzberg Design
[Matthijs Herzberg]

Aka BaronHerzberg. Illustrator, letterer and type designer, who was born in the Netherlands, moved to New Orleans in 2013, and set up Herzberg Design, a commercial type foundry, in 2019. His typefaces include:

  • Libido (2021). A funky unicase psychedelic typeface based upon Wes Wilson's style. It has a traditional smooth or curvy style, and a ragged style with only straight edges, and is designed in variable format with a width axis and an optical size axis.
  • Bonkus (2020). A six-style geometric sans-serif typeface with a funky touch that was inspired by similar wide open organic typefaces from the 1970s such as Blippo and Ronda.
  • Wanchy (2020). A psychedelic typeface.
  • Yardbird (2020). A stencil typeface.
  • Cloisterfuch (2019). A blocky modern blackletter.
  • Psychblock (2020). A variable art nouveau font with two axes (width and optical size), inspired by the psychedelia of Wes Wilson. For Latin and Cyrillic.
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Hot Type
[Marko Hrastovec]

Ex-student of Nikola Djurek at the School of design in Zagreb, class of 2014. At Typonine, Nikola Djurek and Marko Hrastovec co-designed the several-hundred-style rich Audree type system in 2013. They write: Applying different parameters to same basic shapes isn't new, but Typonine.com's online application allows you to access each possible permutation and create your own version of Audree. The value isn't only aesthetic, but also didactic---by experimenting with serifs, construction and contrasts, one can learn how these variables affect the shape of the letter. Audree's many different, striking combinations make it a perfect fit for display purposes such as magazine headlines, logotypes or entire visual identity systems. One can choose along many axes: 145 serif styles, expansion or not, two choices of contrast, and for styles (normal, inline, stencil, stencil-inline). Discussion by the typophiles.

In 2016, he designed Zico and Zico Display at Rosetta Type. Earlier, in the TypeMedia program at KABK in Den Haag, he designed Bolid Slab for his graduation in 2015. That typeface was at the basis of Zico. Zico won an award at TDC 2016TDC 2016.

His Punta Display won an award at the Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2019.

In 2021, he set up Hot Type and designed the playful serif typeface Nyck, a fun display family inspired by the equally playful work of Josef Tyfa (Tyfove Antikva) and William Addison Dwiggins. Nyck features two variable fonts as well. Tumblr link. Twitter link. Future Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

How to create a variable OpenType font using only open-source tools
[Fredrick R. Brennan]

A Youtube tutorial by Fredrick R. Brennan, who shows how to make a variable font using FontForge, AFDKO and fontmake. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hugues Gentile

Graduate of ESAD in Amiens, France. His graduation typeface there is the Latin / Bengali typeface Kumar (2016). He writes: Kumar is a multi-script (Latin & Bengali) typeface family, especially crafted for editorial work. It has a classical feeling without being too historical. Kumar Book is a sober yet generous "bookish" typeface. Its design is inspired by various references: the steady structure is borrowed from late 20th century Dutch type design while the proportions are reminiscent of early William Caslon work. Baroque influences nourished the design with subtle features that give Kumar Book its personality and avoid arid shapes. Its bold version is a useful addition for documents with a more complex hierarchy.

Kumar Bengali is driven by the same principles as the Latin, seeking for a coherent combination between the two scripts to optimize legibility. Significant early references have been used such as the Figgins Bengali from 1826 for its fluidity, yet updated with contemporary proportions. Kumar Book italic originates from an interpretation of several italics of Robert Granjon, adapted to work with the roman weight.

Marcel (2016) is based on lettering drawn by Marcel Jacno for Caractère in 1949.

During his studies in Paris, Hugues Gentile created Ignacius (2014: an angular calligraphic typeface) and drew a blackletter alphabet (2014).

In 2019, a senior type designer Production Type, he designed the custom typeface Ormaie for a new Parisian perfume brand founded by Marie-Lise Jonak.

In 2020, Hugues Gentile, under the art direction of Jean-Baptiste Levée, designed the extensive text family Newsreader, which is primarily intended for continuous on-screen reading in content-rich environments. It features various optical sizes and comes with variable typefaces. Github link. Google Fonts link (for free download). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hurufatfont Type Foundry
[Oguzhan Cengiz]

Istanbul-based art director. Designer of Elen Sans (2002-2020: started in 2002 as a student, and finally finished in 2020, this 18-style display sans was influenced by Friz Quadrata and Eras) and the Latin / Cyrillic text typeface Milas (2018). In 2019, he published Kontras (a fashionable typeface), Apron (a 42-font sans family with the vertical roundness of airplane windows), ApronSoft, and Grosen (a 14-style grotesk).

Typefaces from 2020: Masifa (a neutral condensed grotesque in 90 styles), Masifa Rounded (another 90 styles), Masif (dead link; a neutral sans with little contrast; 90 styles; renamed Masifa most likely after a complaint from Monotype which markets a Steve Matteson font called Massif), Kanyon (a 54-style low contrast geometric sans), Salda (a 40-style sans family), Gevher (a 48-style grotesque family with deep ink traps), Tonus (an 84-style superfamily with Sans, Slab, Text, Display and Contrast subfamilies), Salin (a 20-style semi-geometric sans), Nema (sans), Kaunos (by Mustafa Eren).

Typefaces from 2021: Mazot (a 19-style sans with almost no contrast, and vertical or horizontal terminal endings; includes a variable font), Berina (a 6-style display family), Mersin (a 20 style sans and a two-axis variable font), Bahar (an 18-style sans inspired by Souvenir and Cooper Black), Stadiona (a heavy condensed organic sans that was inspired by Bauhaus), Ancyra (a 48-style sharp-edged and thorny-serifed serif family), Salda Soft (a 20-style rounded sans family). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Hyber Type
[Pascal Huber]

Graduate of Hochschule Trier (Germany), class of 2019. During his Masters studies at Hochschule Trier, Germany, Pascal Huber designed the variable font family Ludwig (2020), a typeface inspired by Ludwig Sütterlin's script and American gothic fonts. This typeface was released in 2020 as Ludwig Sans. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

I Can Variable Font

Tips for making variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ian Party
[Newglyph]

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IBM Plex
[Mike Abbink]

A large free font family created by Mike Abbink and Bold Monday (Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen) for IBM's new corporate identity in 2017. It includes the IBM Plex Sans, IBM Plex Serif, IBM Plex Sans Variable, and IBM Plex Mono subfamilies. Aneliza (2018) is a fork that has a single storey g in the italics.

A later modification / fork is Perplexed by Peter Hull in 2018.

Github link. IBM link. Direct download at Github. CTAN link. Local download. IBM Plex Mono at Google Fonts. IBM Plex Sans at Google Fonts. IBM Plex Sans Condensed at Google Fonts. IBM Plex Serif at Google Fonts. CTAN link for TeX support.

IBM Plex won an award at TDC Typeface Design 2018.

In 2021, Google Fonts added various multilingual versions of IBM PLex: IBM Plex Sans Devanagari (by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Erin McLaughlin), IBM Plex Sans Arabic (by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Wael Morcos, Khajak Apelian), IBM Plex Sans Hebrew (by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Yanek Iontef), IBM Plex Sans KR (by Mike Abbink; Paul van der Laan; Pieter van Rosmalen; Wujin Sim; Chorong Kim; Dohee Lee), IBM Plex Sans Thai (by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Ben Mitchell, Mark Frömberg), IBM Plex Sans Thai Looped (by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen, Ben Mitchell, Mark Frömberg).

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Identitype

Typefoundery, est. 2016 located in Aceh, Indonesia. Publisher of the signage typeface Specta Retro Script (2018, by Hendra Maulia and Aulia Rahman).

In 2019, they released the decorative didone typeface Matao Serif, which was designed by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia.

Typefaces from 2020: Nagaiya (a 15-style display sans (+a variable cut) characterized by sharp spurs; by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia).

Typefaces from 2021: Magtis (a 10-style retro fashion mag serif by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia), Cigra (a decorative serif by Aulia Rahman and Hendra Maulia). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Ilya Bazhanov

Artist and type and graphic designer. His fascination with street art has led him to typography and visual arts. Ilya received a diploma in graphic design from the Russian-British Institute of Management (Chelyabinsk, Russia). He graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Design at UJEP (Usti nad Labem, Czechia). He also studied at the HSD University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany, and at the Graduate School of Applied Arts in Prague, UMPRUM. His typefaces cover Latin and Cyrillic:

  • Thaw. Awarded by Modern Cyrillic 2019.
  • At Type Tomorrow, he published the variable dot matrix typeface Dusseldot (2020) together with Maks Barbulovic.
  • FUD Grotesk (2020, Type Tomorrow). Described as Closed (sometimes completely closed) narrow brutalist sans serif with wild ligatures.
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Ilya Naumoff

Also Ilya Naumov, b. Russia. Paris-based graphic and type designer, whose typefaces are fabulous. His typefaces:

  • During a summer course called Type@Paris (2015), Ilya Naumov designed a contemporary redesign of Caslon called Belka (+Stencil,+Italic).
  • Kawai is a modern serif typeface started by Ilya at the University of Reading in 2014 under the supervision of Gerry Leonidas and Gerard Unger.
  • Vesterbro (Jeremie Hornus, Alisa Nowak, Ilya Naumoff, Black Foundry, 2017) is a high-contrast Latin / Cyrillic typeface with a Viking feel that won an award at Granshan 2017.
  • Troy (2017), Troy Sans (2017). A pair of inscriptional all caps roman typefaces published in 2019 by Indian Type Foundry.
  • Clother (Jeremie Hornus, Julie Soudanne, Ilya Naumoff, 2017, at Black Foundry). This geometric sans workhorse covers also Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic.
  • Ekster (2018). A geometric sans typeface family.
  • Ulm Grotesk (2018, Indian Type Foundry). A simplified almost futuristic geometric sans typeface family. Ilya explains the name Ulm: In the 1950s and 1960s, The Ulm School of Design was hailed as a successor to the Bauhaus, and it set important impulses for international graphic and product design. These Ulm aftershocks were felt for the next several decades.
  • In 2019, Ilya Naumoff and Benjamin Blaess co-designed the variable font Grtsk at Black Foundry. Its three axes, weight, width and slant, combine for 126 styles, that are all captured in one variable font. Mini-site.
  • Screen Sans (2020). A 14-style sans by Jérémie Hornus and Ilya Naumoff published by Indian Type Foundry.
  • Stravinsky (2020). This is an experiment in fashionable contrast. Ilya writes: The typeface fuses the 18th century Didot vertical contrast and squarish counters with the contemporary sans-serif Grotesk form.
  • Factor A (2020). A variable geometric sans typeface at Type Tomorrow.

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Indestructible Type
[Owen Earl]

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

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

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

Insigne Type Design Studio (was: Dooley Type)
[Jeremy Dooley]

Insigne Type Design Studio (est. 2006) is run by Jeremy Dooley, b. Columbia, SC, 1981, who received a masters in graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005. He lived in Atlanta, GA, and is now in Knoxville, TN. From 2004 until 2006, he ran Dooley Type in Greenville, SC. Behance link. Klingspor link. Font squirrel link. Creative Market link. MyFonts interview. His fonts:

  • 44th President (2009, based on Obama's handwriting).
  • Aberlyth (2006). An informal script face.
  • Ainslie (2014), Ainslie Slab (2014), Ainslie Sans (2014) and Ainslie Contrast (2020: a 42-style sans).
  • Antigen (2007) is futuristic.
  • Arendahl (2007) is a connected but irregular handwriting font.
  • Ashemore (2012). Production assistance for Ashemore was provided by Lucas Azevedo and Marcelo Magalhaes. Followed by Ashemore Softened (2012).
  • Avaloc (2006) is an expanded sans.
  • The Aviano superfamily. Aviano Wedge (2012), Aviano Slab (2007), Aviano Serif (2008), 2009 Aviano Didone (2009), Aviano Flare (2010), Aviano Sans (2010), Aviano Future (2011), Aviano Contrast (2012), Aviano Gothic (2013), Aviano Sans Layers (2013), Aviano Copper (2018), Aviano Didone (2019). Aviano Titling (2007) is inspired by Trajan. Aviano Silk (2015) is a bilined decorative titling typeface. Aviano Royale followed in 2016.
  • Barcis (2013). An organic sans family.
  • Beastias (2006). An informal script face.
  • Belda (2017). An elegant serif family of fonts that grew from the ancient roman capital. Followed by the 54-style Belda Didone (2020). A 54-style didone family without ball terminals.
  • Biortec (2004).
  • Biscuit Boodle (2008) is a fun and crazy script from Portland Studios illustrator Justin Gerard. Biscuit Boodle Ornaments (2009, dingbats).
  • Blue Goblet (2005) is a Treefrog-style script developed for the pending illustrated childrens book from Portland Studios, The Blue Goblet. It was co-designed by Cory Godbey of Portland Studios and Jeremy Dooley. In 2011, Cory Godbey added Blue Goblet Christmas Ornaments.
  • Boncaire Titling (2012) was iInspired by the type elements of 17th century map of Curacao made by Dutch cartographer Gerard Van Keulen.
  • Brigette (2007) is an ink-splattered calligraphic script.
  • Cabrito (2013). A typeface for children's books. Followed by Cabrito Inverto (2014) for reversed stroke stress---some of its heavier styles have a Western appearance. In 2014, Cabrito Sans was added to the set. Cabrito Semi followed in 2015, the playful Cabrito Didone in 2016, Cabrito Contrast in 2018, and Cabrito Flare and Cabrito Serif in 2019.
  • Caridade.
  • Carta Marina is a family of medieval map text typefaces and dingbats (2007).
  • Cartes (2020). A charming 54-style family with chancery ascenders, and a roaring twenties handcrafted appeal.
  • Cavole Slab (2011).
  • Celari Titling (2014).
  • Chatype is a geometric slab serif typeface family designed in 2012 for the city of Chattanooga, TN, by Robbie de Villiers and Jeremy Dooley.
  • Chennai and Chennai Rounded (2007) are playful display sans typefaces. Chennai Slab (2009).
  • Chypre (2017). A techno sans family.
  • Civane (2017). A flared inscriptional typeface family.
  • Coegit (2012). A sans family that offers Compressed, Compact and Condensed subsets.
  • Cohort (2010, elliptical sans).
  • Coupe (2003).
  • Dever (2015) is a 107-style family of rough and weathered letterpress typefaces with industrial octagonal skeletons.
  • Dienstag (2008, 8 styles).
  • Daito (2018). A welcoming soft slab serif typeface family.
  • Donnerstag (2010, extended slab serif).
  • Dulcian (2017). A bright open sans family.
  • Eigerdals (2010, rounded sans family).
  • Enocenta (2013). A penmanship typeface family done with Cecilia Marina Pezoa.
  • Enzia (2009, an elegant sans family).
  • Evalfey (2021). Formal calligraphic.
  • Fizgiger (2006). An informal script face.
  • Florencia (2007) is a vintage script.
  • Foverdis (2010, a calligraphic family that includes a hairline).
  • Gineso (2016). A set of 48 slightly condensded and squarish headline typefaces. Followed by Gineso Titling (2016) and Gineso Soft (2018).
  • Grayfel (2015). A 42-style sans typeface family characterized by flush horizontal or vertical terminal endings.
  • Grenale (2013). A flashy in-your-face didone family from Thin to Heavy. Grenale #2 (2013) is a curvy sans that is almost a monoline. In 2015, Dooley launched Grenale Slab.
  • Haboro (2016). A 54-font strong didone family with wedge serifs replacing the standard rectangular ones. It has no ball terminals. Followed by Haboro Slab (2016), Haboro Soft (2016), Haboro Serif (2016), Haboro Sans (2016), Haboro Contrast (2017), and Haboro Slab Soft (2020).
  • Honeydrop (2017). A brush script.
  • Insigne Abstractions (2007) and Insigne Fleurons (2008) are dingbats.
  • Jon Cary (2004, the handwriting of John Kerry).
  • Kairengu (2007) is a comic book family.
  • Kasuga (2008) and Kasuga Brush (2009) are fresh new scripts with oriental undertones.
  • Kidela (2007) is a sassy scrapbook family. Kidela Sketch (2009).
  • Kochi (2015). A 54-font rounded organic sans typeface family.
  • Le Havre (2008) is a gorgeous 8-style geometric art deco sans with tall ascenders. In 2010, the Le Havre Sketch family was added. We also have Le Havre Rough (2014, a bit of letterpress feel thrown in), Le Havre Rounded (2009), Le Havre Titling (2012), Le Havre Layers, Le Havre Hand (2015) and Le Havre Width (2017).
  • Look (2015). In Sans, Script, and Serif subfamilies, this super-collection blends a bit of vernacular signage with weathered letterpress.
  • Lorelei (2007, Insigne) is a bouncy script family.
  • Lourdes (2007) is an informal script.
  • Madeleine (2007) is a basic handwriting face.
  • Madurai (2012). A simple monoline sans superfamily. Madurai Slab (2013) has 54 styles.
  • Mahalia (2008) is a retro script.
  • Majidah and Majidah Potens (2006) are medieval scripts.
  • Mandrel (2017). A typeface with sharp serifs.
  • Marintas (2012).
  • Maris (2015). A curly script.
  • Massif (2008) is an aggressive sans family.
  • Metairie (2018). A connected high-contrast script.
  • Mirantz (2019). A 54-style text typeface family.
  • Mittwoch (2009, organic serif).
  • Montag (2007) is a casual rounded sans family in six styles.
  • Mr Darcy (2015). A Tuscan all-caps typeface.
  • Mynaruse Flare (2018). An update of Mynaruse (2010), which is a roman inscriptional titling family---it is characterized by skinny flared serifs.
  • Nanumunga (2007) is a comic book style face.
  • Natalya (2007) is a connected calligraphic script. Natalya Monoline (2007). Natalya Swashes (2009, calligraphic).
  • Newcomen (2008) is a 4-style roman titling face.
  • Obline (2004, sans).
  • Oita (2014). An octagonal typeface family.
  • Olidia (2008) is calligraphic.
  • Orewelia (2004, grunge face).
  • Pauline Didone (2011, a curly didone family). Pauline Script (2008) is a monolinear retro script.
  • Pershal (2021). A 54-style family, described as an oddball sans.
  • Plathorn (2014). Inspired by the Wild West, this generous typeface family uses flaring in a thousand ways to recreate the feel of that era.
  • Promethian (2005, futuristic).
  • Quarca (2013). A 36-font sans family with a sturdy rounded square look.
  • Quatie (2013). A curvaceous family: Quatie draws much of its inspiration from the industrial brawn of the railroad and the unique characteristics of Cherokee letterforms, giving it an atypical form not usually found in an industrial slab (accring to Dooley).
  • Questal (2007) is a unicase serif face.
  • Qurillian (2006, legible sans).
  • Radona (2021). A 54-style geometric sans described as the typeface version of Synthwave.
  • Ranelte (2016). A condensed sans series with techno or DIN appeal. The textured versions are collected in Ranelte Deco (2017).
  • RendtPhysic (2006).
  • Ript Cure (2005).
  • Sabler Titling (2016). An all caps typeface family with tapered flared strokes.
  • Sancoale (2011, an organic sans family, from Thin to Black). Sancoale Narrow (2011). Sancoale Softened (2012). Sancoale Slab (2012). Sancoale Slab Soft (2013). Sangli (2015). A 54-style rounded organic sans typeface family.
  • Savigny (2011). Images: Savigny Black Extened, Savigny Regular Condensed.
  • Savory Paste (2007). Grunge.
  • Schorel (2019). A 54-style Scotch roman.
  • Senlot (2018). A 54-strong sans family. In 2019, Senlot Sans and Senlot Serif (2019) were added. Senlot Didone followed in 2021.
  • Serofina (2010, a calligraphic face).
  • Shrike2003 (2003).
  • Sildetas (2010, a high-contrast script typeface with tear drop terminals).
  • Solitas (2015). A rounded 42-style geometric sans family. Followed by Solitas Slab (2015), Solitas Serif (2017) and Solitas Contrast (2021; a 42-style display sans family described as sensual by Jeremy Dooley).
  • The sans family Sommet (2008; see also Sommet Rounded (2008), Sommet Slab, 2010, and Sommet Serif (2011, a wedge serif family)) is futuristic. Sommet Slab Rounded (2011).
  • Soprani (2020). A 54-font set with considerable flaring and thorny serifs, based on a vintage plaque from the 1920s.
  • Sovba (2009, upright italic).
  • Steagal (2013). A geometric sans with a 1930s American feel.
  • Steam Court (2015). A combination of steam punk and blackletter.
  • Stefania (2007) has two calligraphic/chancery styles. Its aged version is called Stefania Antique (2008).
  • Stratham (2007) is a medium to black family of legible sans typefaces.
  • Terfens (2007) is an informal and quite rounded sans serif with inspiration from chancery scripts like Stefania. Terfens Contrast (2021) is an 48-style sans with calligraphic traits.
  • Torcao (2013). An elliptical anthroposophic typeface family.
  • Ultine (2016), an utilitarian sans family.
  • Valeson (2020). A vintage display typeface with a kneeling art nouveau lower case n.
  • Valfieris (2006). Valfieris Aged (2007) imitates medieval printing.
  • Varidox (2019). A variable font with a roundish slab serif design.
  • Verao (2018) and Verao Ornaments. A calligraphic script.
  • Vergils (2021). A 54-style sans that tries to instill the spirit of the eighties and electronic music genres like Synthview.
  • Waialua (2019). A script typeface with a variable font option.
  • Waimea (2019). A variable script font produced with the help of Lucas Azevedo.
  • Winsel (2019). A flared typeface influenced by British nostalgia, vintage signage and typographic ancestors like Edward Johnston and Eric Gill. Perfect for typesetting speeches by Winston Churchill.
  • Wreath (2016). A script typeface family.
  • Xalapa (2008) is a grunge family.
  • Yevida and Yevida Potens (2006, scripts).
  • Yorkten (2015): 54-style monoline sans family. See also Yorkten Slab (2017).
  • Youngblood (2008, +Youngblood Antique, 2010) is non-connected.

Catalog of their typefaces. View Jeremy Dooley's font library. View Jeremy Dooley's typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

InstaVar

A plug-in for Glyphs that allows you to add variable font axes to glyphs or points. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Intelligent Design (was: Intelligent Foundry)
[Kostas Bartsokas]

Kostas Barstokas is a designer and illustrator in Thessaloniki, Greece, and in Leeds, UK. He set up Intelligent Foundry and later Intelligent Design in Leeds. He graduated from the MATD program in Type Design at the University of Reading in 2016. He worked as a senior typeface designer at URW in Hamburg and offered consultation in Greek script design for other foundries too. In 2021, Kostas Bartsokas, Mohamad Dakak and Pria Ravichandran set up Foundry 5 Limited.

In 2011, he used FontStruct to make the counterless typeface UglyKost.

In 2012, he created Kafalan Serif, a square-serifed typeface, and the accompanying Kafalan Sans, which are both available from Ten Dollar Fonts.

Typefaces from 2013: Zona Black (a Latin-Greek geometric sans-serif black display typeface that was inspired by posters from the late 1920s), Zona Black Slab.

In 2014, still in the same style, we find Zona Pro in weights from Hairline to Black. Ridewell (2014) is a wood type inspired 1800-glyph typeface with many opentype features including foremost interlocking pairs of characters. It comes with Ridewell Print, which emulates the degradation of letterpress.

In 2015, he designed the geometric sans typeface family Averta and Averta Standard. Averta CY won an award at Granshan 2017 in the Cyrillic category.

He writes about his University of Reading graduation typeface, Eqil (2016): Eqil is a multiscript type family for extensive texts. It is conceived as a typographic system wise enough to respond to complex publishing challenges. It consists of a range of styles and its quiet personality transforms and gets louder as the intended sizes increase. Eqil identifies as an elegant contemporary take on transitional types. It does not intend to be a showstopper, instead it aspires to be the lever that silently elevates the content. The combination of straights and curves creates a dynamic yet fluid character and the relatively low contrast gives it a slightly dark and warm texture on the page. The four scripts, Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic, and Greek, were designed to work harmoniously together without compromising each scripts historical and individual characteristics. Eqil won an award at Granshan 2016 in the Latin / Cyrillic category.

His super-fat free typeface Oi (2017) is described as a Clarendonesque on steroids. Commercial version of Oi!. Oi won an award at TDC Typeface Design 2018. In 2021, it became a free Google font. Github link.

His big project in 2019 is the free 4-axis (weight, slant, flair, volume) variable font Commissioner. Google Fonts link. He writes: Commissioner is a low-contrast humanist sans-serif with almost classical proportions, conceived as a variable family. The family consists of three voices. The default style is a grotesque with straight stems. As the flair axis grows the straight grotesque terminals develop a swelling and become almost glyphic serifs and the joints become more idiosyncratic. The volume axis transforms the glyphic serifs to wedge-like ones. It supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. For an extension, see Heraclito (2020).

Buy at Ten Dollar Fonts, Hellofont, Creative Market, or MyFonts.

Behance link. The Designers Foundry link. Github link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Irene Vlachou
[Irene Vlachou Type]

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Irene Vlachou Type
[Irene Vlachou]

Or Eirini Vlachou, b. 1981. Graduate of of Vakalo School of Art & Design in Athens and the University of Reading, where she earned the nickname Miss Fontlab before graduating there with a Masters in 2004. Type designer who used to be at POPtype in Athens, and now works in both Bristol, UK and Athens. From 2013 to 2019 she was senior designer and variable font expert at Type-Together. From January 2020 she is back to full time freelancing Greek and variable fonts. Her typefaces:

  • Prisma (2004). A typeface that covers both Latin and Greek.
  • Colvert Greek (2012, Typographies.fr). Colvert is a joint effort of Irene Vlachou, Jonathan Fabreguettes (Perez), Kristyan Sarkis and Natalia Chuvatin.
  • At Cannibal Fonts, she created the corporate typeface Ballisage Greek (2007), a Hellenization of Ballisage. With Panos Haratzopoulos of Cannibal, she also made the corporate typefaces Esquire Greek and Crank Greek (2004, for Esquire), and Amplitude and Franklin Antiqua Greek (2007, for Autobild).
  • Designer of Parmigiano Greek (2012-2014), as part of the larger Parmigiano Typographic System of Riccardo Olocco and Jonathan Pierini.
  • In 2017, in collaboration with Laurenz Brunner, she worked on the Greek counterpart of the Documentata exhibition identity font, Bradford Greek.
  • Since 2017 she has been participating in the Google Summer of Code on behalf of the Greek Open Source Community, as a mentor on the Greek expansion of the libre fonts Arima Madurai, Cantarell and Eczar.
  • In 2018, she published Stratos Greek at Production Type to complement Yoann Minet's Stratos from 2016.
  • In 2018 together with Emilios Theofanous and Frank Grießhammer she reworked the Greek set of Source Serif Pro.
  • At Type-Together she has engineered three variable fonts: Protipo, Portada and Bree.
  • In early 2019, her Unica77 Greek was released by Lineto, a design in progress for almost two years in collaboration with Christian Mengelt from Team'77, Unica's original designers.
  • In June 2019, together with Laurence Penney, she initiated the experimental project FauxFoundry, a webfont service offering fallback fonts, such that multiple scripts can be presented with reasonable fidelity to the web designer's intent, even when the primary font does not support those scripts. Currently working for Greek, thus providing Greek fallback fonts for fonts that do not contain Greek. The system takes measurements from Latin fonts that correspond with the set of parametric axes developed by Type Network.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of Parametric Fallback Fonts for the Web. Klingspor link. Cannibal Fonts link. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Irin Kim

Graduate of the TDi program in 2018 at the University of Reading. Kim Irin is a visual designer in the Google Fonts team, based in New York City. She has focused on developing design systems and visual identities, and has contributed to UX/UI projects such as the Material Design guidelines, the SPAN design and technology conference, and surfacing variable fonts in Google Fonts. She recently led a project to add more Korean fonts to the Google Fonts library.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo, on the topic of variable fonts in Google Fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Irpan Maulana
[Sabrtype (or: Sabr Creative)]

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Ivan Castro

Codesigner with Jordi Embodas of Bubble Witch Saga (2013), a font that is used in some Android video games. It can be downloaded here.

In 2019, Ivan Castro and the Omnibus team designed the interlocking vernacular sans typeface family Truculenta. Truculenta Dirty comes with 40 original pictograms drawn by Eva Sanz. Github link. In 2021, Truculenta was added to Google Fonts as a variable font with optical size, weight and width axes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

J Foundry (was: Greyscale Type)
[Jason Vandenberg]

Jason Vandenberg (Greyscale Type, Toronto) created the 8-style Grey Sans family in 2013. Gia Tran and Jason Vandenberg created the decorative typeface Ella FY (2013, Fontyou). The slender display typeface Sérafine FY (2013) was co-designed by Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus and Alisa Nowak. At the end of 2013, Jason Vandenberg and Jérémie Hornus co-designed the groovy poster typeface Jack FY.

In 2014, Adrien Midzic, Jason Vandenberg, Jérémie Hornus, Julien Priez and Alisa Nowak co-designed the creamy script Vanilla FY. It was renamed Vanille FY after a few days.

Minuit FY (2014, by Jason Vandenberg and Gia Tran) is a beautiful angular angry calligraphic display typeface. Still in 2014, he published the Peignotian fashion mag typeface families Bodoni Sans, Bodoni Sans Display, and Bodoni Sans Text.

Typefaces from 2015: Abrade (a 12-style geometric sans with medium x-height and perfect rhythm covering Hairline to Ultra).

Typefaces from 2016: Fourth (a baseball or roundhand script family), Town (a huge art deco and lettering typeface family).

Typefaces from 2017: Colby (a workhorse hand-drawn sans family).

Typefaces from 2018: Stash (signage script).

Typefaces from 2019: Marsden (114 styles: a bold, no-nonsense Grotesque. It was designed for display, branding, advertising, packaging or anywhere a strong voice is needed. Marsden is built on a geometric foundation, with just enough warmth to keep the style confident and lively).

Typefaces from 2020: Mello (an informal grotesque).

Typefaces from 2021: Cutmark (a 60-style octagonal industrial typeface family that features common 45 degree chamfered corners, flattened ink traps and wide apex forms; Cutmark Variable contains the full family of styles in a single file with width, weight and slant axes).

Fontspring link. Behance link. Monotype link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jack Halten Fahnestock

American designer currently (i.e., 2019) studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. Creator of the free variable font Tiny (2019, Velvetyne), a monospaced dot-matrix typeface based on the smallest type size of five dots on the HandJet EBS-250 hand-held printer. The sizes of the dots make up the variable axis. He writes: The TINY font family was originally created at over the summer of 2018 as the visual identity for an experimental retail pop-up shop in Chinatown, New York City called Today in New York, or TINY for short. The shop was the result of an intern project at Verdes, a creative agency, between Jack Halten Fahnestock and Theia Flynn. There they sold T-shirts and tote bags customized on the spot with a fancy (and stupid expensive) handheld inkjet printer called a HandJet EBS-250.

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Jacques Le Bailly
[Baron von Fonthausen]

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James T. Edmondson
[Oh No Type]

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Jan Burchiellaro Falinski

Senior brand designer in Milan, Italy. His typefaces:

  • Ygro Sans (2021). A free grotesque typeface with inktraps.
  • A logotype for the city of Istanbul (2020).
  • An experimental variable font with two axes, geometry and tone of voice (2019).
  • An icon font for the real estate company Dovevivo (2018).
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Jan Estrada-Osmycki

Jan Estrada-Osmycki is a Polish-Mexican designer, visual artist and musician, and member of the Zbiorowy art group. He composes and produces music under the Bass Jan Other moniker.

Warsaw-based creator of the high-contrast bespoke typeface Edit2010 (2010). At Three Dots Type, he designed Sudety (2018). In 2019, he published Telecom, a fiercefully avant garde experimental space age typeface.

At The Designers Foundry, he published the text typeface family Wulkan Display (2019).

Halisa (2021, The Designers Foundry) is a 60-style collection of semi-constructed grotesque typefaces with an industrial origin and mechanical character. Featuring super-elliptical curves, its designer is not identified on the web site. Halisa also features some variable format typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jan Falinski

Milan-based designer of a variable typeface in 2019 with geometric and tone of voice axes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jan Sindler

While living in Karlovy Vary, Czechia, Jan Sindler designed Rodak (2014, a rounded sans typeface) and Maturia (2014, an ink-trapped school project typeface family that was influenced by Rathousky's Metron).

Recently, he joined Lucasfonts in Berlin. At Futurefonts, he published Rotor (2019), a monospaced typeface with an axis for rotating glyphs on the X axis, as if in three-dimensional space.

Graduate of the TypeMedia program at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in Den Haag, The Netherlands, class of 2020. His graduation typeface there was Gabion, a text and display family.

Between 2018 and 2020, he developed the script typeface Afrikola.

Typefaces from 2021: Rotor (experimental; static and variable).

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Jan Weidemüller
[Ultra Kühl]

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Jason Harcombe
[Fontpeople]

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Jason Pamental

Jason Pamental (Rumford, RI) is Senior Director of Design and Technical Strategy at Isovera, where he heads the design and development team, leads workshops, and works with clients establishing their digital strategy. Jason specializes in typography for the web.

Author of Responsive Typography (O'Reilly). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jason Smith
[Fontsmith]

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Jason Tselentis
[Monotype on The History and Future of Variable Fonts]

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Jason Vandenberg
[J Foundry (was: Greyscale Type)]

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Jérémie Hornus
[Black Foundry]

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Jérémy Landes
[Studio Triple]

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Jean Wojciechowski
[Massimo Studio]

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Jean-Baptiste Morizot
[Phantom Foundry]

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Jeff Wu

Jeff Wu is the General Manager of Arphic Technology. He has led Arphic R&D Division for more than 20 years. His specialties are development of font technology and products. Also, he is familiar with font design and application in versatile devices. He worked as a Software Engineer and Manager of Software department in Mitac Internationl Corp. before Arphic. He received his B.S and M.S degrees in computer science from National Chiao-Tung University of Taiwan. Speaker at ATypI 2018 in Antwerp on Chinese font design: There are about twenty-eight thousand Chinese characters that need to be designed. The average number of strokes in a Chinese character is 12. In Arphic JingXi Hei, for example, the average number of control points for each stroke is about 100. Therefore, there are about 33,600,000 control points to deal with when developing a Chinese typeface. When creating a Variable Font, the control points of every pole of every axis need to correspond, so it is a huge work to design, test the transfer to a Variable Font, and fix the design and control points. In this talk Jeff Wu shares the problems he met in developing Chinese Variable Fonts and how he overcame them: 1) The traps that must be avoided when designing strokes. 2) How many axes are proper for Chinese typefaces? 3) When transfering to Variable Fonts, how to set up the parameters of each table. 4) How to avoid different results when setting up the same parameter on different platforms (OS, browser, applications).. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jenny Fox

Brisbane, Australia-based student-designer (at Griffith University) of the fun (loud, reverse contrast) display typeface Bakko (2019), which comes in variable opentype format. In 2017, she published the free ghouly dry brush font Mr. Grieves. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jens Kutilek

Jens Kutilek studied Communication Design in Braunschweig. After graduating he founded the web design agency Netzallee. He works at the font technology department at the Berlin office of FSI (FontShop International) since 2007. Jens Kutilek had a small typology page proving that Arial is not Helvetica, Courier is not Courier New, and Times-Roman is not Times-New Roman. That page disappeared. His typefaces:

  • Azuro (2011). Designed by Georg Seifert and fine-tuned by Jens Kutilek, and published by FontShop.
  • Bulette Bold (2008). A fat octagonal / mechanical design.
  • The free font Comic Jens (2007-2009), a free alternative to Comic Sans: see here. See also the update Comic Jens UI (2014).
  • Conta: A coding font. Monospaced and proportional variants, italics.
  • The sturdy 6-style typeface family FF Hertz (2015) that was influenced by German cartographic alphabets.
  • FF Uberhand. An 11 style marker pen font family---casual and informal---that could serve as a replacement and improvement of Comic Sans.
  • Grotesk 812: A condensed grotesque typeface.
  • Helvers (2011). A blend of Univers and Helvetica.
  • Homecomputer (2019). Two-axis variable interpretations of monospaced pixel fonts for the Commodore 64 and Amiga home computer systems from the 1980s, with adjustable effects to simulate artifacts of old CRT displays. Github link for the open source fonts. Particular fonts include Workbench and Sixtyfour.
  • Malerblock: A signpainter's typeface.
  • Mergenthaler Antiqua (2012). A digitization of a forgotten typeface by Hermann Zapf.
  • Pathos: A monumental sans-serif with classical proportions.
  • Selectric Century: A digitization of the Century typeface from IBM's Selectric Composer.
  • Soccer Sans: A constructivist sans with extra low legibility. Ideal for soccer kits.
  • Stecker: A typeface made of round elements.
  • Sudo (2009-2013). A programming font family developed from Experimental 710.
  • Topography: A version of the classic German cartography typeface.

Github page with many of his unfnished typefaces. Github page with free programming and system fonts such as Arimo, Clear, Cousine, Droid, Fira, Material Icons, Noto, Open, Roboto, Source, Special Elite, Tinos, and WinJS Symbols. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jeremy Dooley
[Insigne Type Design Studio (was: Dooley Type)]

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Jeremy Johnson
[Forme Type]

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Jeremy Mickel
[MCKL (was: Mickel Design)]

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Jetsmax (was: Riljs, or: Typograph Pro)
[Khairil Anwar Husain]

Khairil Anwar Hussein (or Ril Anwar, b. 1996) is the Makassar, Indonesia-based founder of Jetsmax in 2018. Designer of these typefaces in 2020:

  • Carefour (2020). A signature script.
  • Celebes Signature (2020).
  • Desolator (2020). A free variable sans typeface.
  • The upright script Fillpattern (2020).
  • Halgonak (2020). A handcrafted typeface by Novia Lorenza.
  • The handcrafted typefaces Halo Emak (2020) and Qawber Pro (2020).
  • Hiromaru Script (2020).
  • Hundred Wars (2020). An octagonal stencil cybertech typeface.
  • Huntsville (2020).
  • The display sans Massedi (2020).
  • The squarish Meja Block (2020).
  • Nekofie (2020). A 2-style sans.
  • Ryujin Attack (2021). A dry brush typeface.
  • Sirukota (2020). A free rounded sans typeface.
  • The stretchable futuristic typeface Stretch Pro (2020).

Typefaces as of 2021: Alternative Rock, Amulman, Balmonde Script, Carefour Signature, Cinematica, City Series, Coojertown, Craftsman Work, Creative Designer, Delmano Morelli, Erangel Field, Gellato, Halgonak, Hundred Wars, Hunian, Huntsville, Hynole, Javanesia (psychedelic), Just Bubble (a bubblegum typeface), Jx Tabe (a chamfered techno font in 54 styles), Kaidomaru, Kingdom Storia, Lylac, Malino Candy, Marcondensed, Markisa, Melt Fuji, My Leaf, Nimora, Nordille, Obstacle, Pixelated Display, Priska, Ryujin Attack, Sirukota, Stretch Pro, Studio Grotesk (a 5-style techno font), Summer Vacation, Taki, Veztro, Wanderism, Wedding Song.

Creative Fabrica link. Jetsmax home. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jipatype
[Anupap Jaichumnan]

Bangkok, Thailand-based designer (b. 1996) of the free Latin / Thai italic text typeface ADC Somros (2017). In 2019, he designed the sans typefaces Ananatason, Boriboon, Serithai and Jipatha (for Latin and Thai), the variable typeface Adirek, the elliptical sans Petchlamoon, the techno typeface Pattanakarn, the rounded sans typefaces Opun Mai, Longdoosi and Monkhang, the slab serif Kulachat and its companion Kulachat Serif, the squarish typefaces Gamlangdee and Honor, the contrast-rich text typeface Priyati (for Latin and Thai), and the roundish typeface Thanmon, the informal typeface Laedoomai and the chancery script Chanceri.

Typefacesfrom 2020: Asangha (90 styles), Luktao (rounded and elliptical, for Latin and Thai). Uturna Round, Banburi (a creamy display typeface), Namasakarn (a soft serif), Monradok (a rounded sans for Latin and Thai), Dumondi (a rounded casual sans), Prachason (a Latin/Thai sans family), Prachamati.

Typefaces from 2021: Athachantr (a Latin/Thai didone family), Kitchakan (a condensed sans), Mommi (a soft bold sans), Yodnam (a teardrop-themed font), Cakerolli, Jella (a supermarket font), Biski (a rounded supermarket sans). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joe Leadbeater

Londoner who studied in Leeds, UK. Designer of the text typeface Madison (2014) and the vintage typeface Clothworker (2015).

In 2018, Joe Leadbeater and Mark Bloom co-designed the 14-weight sans typeface family Aeonik, which supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, and is accompanied by a variable font.

At some point before 2019, Joe Leadbeater and Mark Bloom founded CoType Foundry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Hudson: Introducing OpenType Variable Fonts

John Hudson's informative introduction to OpenType variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

John Misael Villanueva

Trece Martires, Philippines-based lettering artist and type designer, known for the official typeface of the American industrial tools maker Stanley Black & Decker. In 2019, he designed these typefaces: the colorful decorative caps typefaces Pinas, Habi and Habi Pinas, Florida, Military Industrial, the free vernacular typeface BBT Martires, the script typeface Cute Bouncy, the modular typeface Arturo, the corporate font Stanley Black&Decker and the variable sans typeface Dinamika.

Typefaces from 2020: Nilad Pro (a display serif inspired by the flourishing bud of the yamstick mangrove or nilad), Leandro (inspired by the brutalist architecture of Filipino architect Leandro Locsin). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

John Roshell
[Swell Type]

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John Roshell

Designer (b. 1970, Mountain View, CA) of many (most) fonts at Comicraft, a comic book font outfit in Los Angeles, CA, a company he cofounded with Richard Starkings in 1992.

Some fonts: Altogether OOky, Addams-AltogetherOoky, Addams-Capitals, Addams-Regular, CCBithead-Bark, CCBithead-Byte, CC Bryan Talbot (2008, created for Bryan Talbot's Alice in Sunderland), CCHooky-Open, CCHooky-Solid, CCAlchemite, CCChills, CCDigitalDelivery, CCDivineRight-Regular, CCDoubleBack-Future, CCDoubleBack-Past, CCElsewhere-Regular, CCFlameOn, CCFrostbite, CCGrimlyFiendish-Regular, CCJimLee, CCJoeMadInt, CCLosVampiros, CCMeanwhile, CCMeltdown, CCMonsterMash, CCSpills, CCSplashdown, CCStormtrooper (1997), CCTheStorySoFar-Regular, CCThrills, CCToBeContinued, WildAndCrazySFX. With Richard Starkings, he designed Achtung Baby (2001), Adamantium and DoubleBack in 2001 for Agfa/Monotype. Other designs: Dave Gibbons (2006), UpUpAndAway (2005), Forked Tongue (2005), Paranoid Android (2005), Snowmany Snowmen (2005), Gibbous (2006), Astronauts in Trouble, Chatterbox, Red Star, Tough Talk, Sean Phillips, Atomic Wedgie, Pass The Port, Divine Right, Shoutout, Battle Scarred, Danger Girl, Primal Scream, PhaseSonStun, Yeah Baby, Nuff Said (2005), Trick Or Treat, MonsterMash, CarryOnScreaming, Chills, Goosebumps, CreepyCrawly, GrimlyFiendish, IncyWincySpider, Spookytooth, Meltdown and TrickOrTreat dingbats, BiffBamBoom, Spellcaster, Cheese And Crackers, FaceFont, Hedge, Meanwhile, Wildwords International, Comicrazy, Storyline (2006), Happy Holidays (2007), Foom (2007).

MyFonts sells these fonts by him: Adamantium, Alchemite, Altogether Ooky (vampire script), Area51, Aztech, Battle Cry, Bithead, Chills, Dave Gibbons, Dead Mans, Destroyer, Digital Delivery, Divine Right, Drop Case, Elsewhere, Euphoria, CC Fairy Tale (2007), Face Front, Fighting Words, Flame On, Foom, Frostbite, Gibbons Gazette (2009, Gobbledygook, Golem (2002), Grimly Fiendish, Happy Holidays, Hellshock, Hip Flask, Holier Than Thou, Hooky, Hyperdrive, Joe Kubert, Meanwhile, CCMild Mannered (2007), Monologous, Near Myth, Overbyte, Phat Boi, PhilYeh, Rough Tongue, Sanctum Sanctorum, Scott McCloud, Smash, Speeding Bullet, Spills, Splashdown, Spookytooth, Stonehenge Runes, Stormtrooper, Storyline, Thats All Folks, The Story So Far, Thingamajig, Thrills, Tim Sale, Tim Sale Brush, Timelord, Treacherous, Treasure Trove (2007), Up Up And Away, Wild And Crazy, Zzzap, Deadline (2007), Kickback (2007, with David Lloyd), Sticky Fingers (2007, scary).

Typefaces made in 2008: Ratatatat (2008), CC Mad Scientist (2008), HammerHorror (2008), EnemyLines (2008, based on WWII lettering used by the nazis), Cutthroat Lower (2008), Philyeh (2008), Doohickey Lower (2008), CC Sign Language (2008, fruit vendor lettering).

Typefaces made in 2009: SpillProof (2009), Slaphappy (2009), Hooky (2009, spraycan style), Long Underwear (2009), Digital Delivery (2009), Grande Guignol (2003, art nouveau), Bronto Burger (2009), Elsewhere (2009, art nouveau), Exterminate (2009, stone carving face), You Blockhead (2009), CC Rugged Rock (2009),

Creations in 2010: Wild Words Lower (2010), Back Beat (2010), Rick Veitch (2010, based on the lettering of comic book artist Rick Veitch), Credit Extension (2010), Shiver (2010, with Richard Starkings), Shake (2010, with Richard Starkings), Elephantmen (2008-2010, squarish family).

Contributions from 2011: Knobbly Knees, Ed McGuinness (comic book script family), Big Top, Clean Cut Kid, Dash Decent (a very round almost-bubblegum family), Fancy Pants (connected script), Goth Chic (blackletter).

Fonts from 2012: Lunar Modular, Lunar Orbiter, Lunar Rover, Geek Speak, Ancient Astronaut, Totally Awesome (comic book caps face).

Fonts from 2013: Samaritan and Samaritan Tall (with Richard Starkings), Ghost Town (a family of seven gold rush era typefaces), Colleen Doran (a comic book family: A Distant Soil is a classic bold and beautiful science fiction/fantasy comic book series by creator, writer, artist and letterer Colleen Doran. A Distant Soil is being remastered and re-released by those awfully nice chaps at Image Comics and Colleen commissioned Comicraft to create the definitive bold and beautiful Colleen Doran font, based on her original pen lettering), Mega City (an elliptical in-your-face advertising signage typeface family), Soliloquous (fat rounded hand-printed comic book family), Excalibur Stone, Excalibur Sword, Legendary Legerdemain (+Leggy), Cool Beans (beatnik font).

Fonts from 2014: Shaky Kane (based on the comic books by that name), Resistance Is Lowered (techno), Hero Sandwich Ingedients, Hero Sandwich Combos (a layered set of informal typefaces combined in many ways), Monstrosity (a ghoulish typeface), HighJinks, Onomatopedia, Killzone, Killswitch, Killjoy.

Fonts from 2014: Mike Kunkel (based on the hand of comic book artist Mike Kunkel).

In 2015, John Roshell (Comicraft) created the comic book typeface family The Sculptor based on Scott McCloud's lettering. Other fonts from 2015 include AB Flock Poster, Hypnotique, Samaritan Lower (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Graveyard Smash, Maladroit, Extra Extra (pen-lettered newspaper headline font family), Merry Melody, Temporal Shift and Temporal Gap (computer emulation typeface), Temporal Shift and Temporal Gap Expanded, Temporal Shift and Temporal Gap Compressed, Danger Girl Hex (with Jeffery Scott Campbell), J. Scott Campbell Lower (with Jeffery Scott Campbell).

Typefaces from 2016: Victory Speech Lower, Man Of Tomorrow, Thrills, Holy Grail, A Likely Story, Victory Speech, Questionable Things (with Richard Starkings), The Story Begins + Ends, Pixel Arcade (video game font), Schadenfreude (octagonal style), Vengeance Is Mine.

Typefaces from 2017: Right In The Kisser, Music To My Eyes">, True Believer.

Typefaces from 2018: Metcon (+a stencil version, Metcon Rx), Summer Fling, Samaritan Tall Lower (by Starkings and Roshell), Blah Blah Upper (by John Roshell and Richard Starkings), Ultimatum, Wuxtry Wuxtry (art nouveau), Single Bound (a sans), Evil Doings (by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Prince of Darkness (a gothic layered font family), Empire State Gothic, Empire State Deco.

Typefaces from 2019 by John Roshell: Whatchamacallit (a variable cartoon sans with weight, width and italic axes), Ask For Mercy, Excelsius, Space Race, When Suddenly.

Typefaces from 2020: FX Machina (squarish, octagonal), Origin Story, Cybervox, CCQuigglesmith (a beatnik font), Ripped Bam Boom, Dynamic Duo, If This Be Doomsday, Elektrakution (a Greek simulation font family by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Whatchamacallit, CCMighty Mouth, This Man This Monster (by John Roshell and Richard Starkings), Simply Marvelous, Meanwhile Uncial, Transylvanian (a jungle font), Shark Snack, Letterhack Sans, Letterhack Serif.

Typefaces from 2021: Ultimatum MFV (a 21-style chamfered military typeface family including several stencil fonts), Grim N Gritty, Richard Starkings Brush (a comic book typeface by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Scoundrel (a comic book face by Richard Starkings and John Roshell), Tall Tales (a fat finger font).

Klingspor link. FontShop link.

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Jolicia Type
[Dyaharum Pungki Revitasari]

Yogyakarta, Indonesia-based designer (b. 1992) of the all caps display typeface family Jello Chlour (2020) and the script typeface Butterfly (2020).

In 2021, she released Thamepalms (a dashing rabbit ear script), Molex Shoora (a 14-style decorative typeface with elephant feet), Gretha (a 14-style hipster serif accompanied by a variable font; by Laire Banyu and Dyaharum Pungki Revitasari), Louis Felligri (a 15-style display typeface, with variable font support, by Laire Banyu and Dyaharum Pungki Revitasari), Le Baffec (an 18-style decorative serif by Laire Banyu and Dyaharum Pungki Revitasari), Le Buffec (similar to Le Baffec), Colibre Bristole Pro (a stylish serif typeface family in nine styles by Laire Banyu and Dyaharum Pungki Revitasari), Floe (a compressed font for hardliners), and an attractive museum style serif typeface, Algeron. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Jonas Pelzer

Jonas Pelzer holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design from Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. He currently works as a designer in Berlin. Creator of the octagonal typeface Scope (2020), a variable, monolinear typeface designed to enable typographic interactions. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Joona Louhi

Joona Louhi is a freelance type designer currently based in Helsinki. Graduate of the Type Media program at KABK in Den Haag, The Netherlands, class of 2019. His graduation typeface, Maneuver, is a joyful and masterful experiment in display type, a genre made fashionable by David Jonathan Ross that characterizes the second decade of the 21st century. Maneuver is a three-axis variable font. Before Type and Media, he earned a bachelor's degree in Packaging and Brand Design from Lahti Institute of Design and worked for several years as a graphic designer with a focus in branding. At Future Fonts, he showcases an outgrowth of his Type Media project, now renamed Louche.

Typefaces from 2021: Dolph (a faux monospaced monolinear rounded sans).

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Jorge Gutierrez Marco

As a student at ESNE in Madrid, Spain, Jorge Gutierrez Marco designed the free monoline variable sans typeface Devanesa (2020), with a "1" that looks like a "J". [Google] [More]  ⦿

José Scaglione

José Scaglione (b. Rosario, Argentina, 1974) is a graduate of the MA program of the University of Reading, 2005. He was co-founder and art director of Vision Media Design Studio in Argentina and Multiplicity Advertising in USA; and he was a part-time lecturer for four years at the Visual Comunications Institute of Rosario, teaching design for the internet. He lectured on typography at post-graduate level at the National University of Rosario and presently teaches at the at the University of Buenos Aires. He runs his own design studio, specializing in editorial design and branding. In 2006, he started Type Together with Veronika Burian. In 2013, he became President of ATypI.

His books include Cómo crear tipografías. Del boceto a la pantalla, and Introducción al estudio de la tipografía (in collaboration with Jorge de Buen Unna). His fonts:

  • Abril (2010) is a didone font family engineered mainly for newspapers and magazines that features friendly and elegant styles for headlines and robust and economic styles for text. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012. Abril Fatface is free at Google Font Directory. Abril Titling was published in 2013.
  • Fabula (2005), about which he writes: Based on a series of drawings by Sue Walker and originally digitized by Vinnie Connaire, Fabula is the new display typeface for the cover of Collins Children Dictionaries. Its basic monolinear structure and stroke economy are the foundation for this typeface.
  • OUP Math&Pi: This Math and Pi font was designed to match the typefaces used by Paul Luna and Nadja Guggi in the new design of the Oxford University Press Dictionaries: Argo and Swift, designed by Gerard Unger.
  • With Veronika Burian, he designed the text typeface TT Carmina (2006). This morphed into Karmina Serif (2007), a complete text family, and later Karmina Sans (released in 2009, 12 styles). Karmina was selected in the text typography category at the Letras Latinas exhibition 2006 and won a merit in the European-wide ED-Awards competition 2007, and at Tipos Latinos 2010. Karmina, Bree and Ronnia were selected as part of the travelling exhibition Tipos Latinos 2008.
  • Athelas (2006), an outgrowth of his studies at Reading. It now ships with Apple's Mavericks OS.
  • Ronnia (2007), designed with Veronika Burian at Type Together: a humanist sans family.
  • Bree (2008, with Veronika Burian): a 5-style display sans with a cursive a and e.
  • Adelle (2009, with Veronika Burian): a 12-style slab serif engineered for intensive editorial use. Adelle Mono was added in 2020.
  • The Google web font Jockey One (2011, with Veronika Burian).
  • Tablet Gothic (2012). A joint design of Veronika Burian and José Scaglione, it is a grotesque meant for titling.
  • In 2015, Veronika Burian and José Scaglione finally published the 18-style editorial sans typeface family Ebony.
  • In 2016, Veronika Burian and José Scaglione co-designed Portada, a sturdy serif typeface family for use on screen and small devices. It comes with an extensive free set of icons. Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Portdada.
  • Protipo (2018) is a large information design sans family designed by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione.
  • In 2019, Type Together released Catalpa (Veronkia Burian, Jose Scaglione, Azza Alameddine) and wrote: Primed for headlines, Catalpa is designed to give words bulk and width and gravity itself. The Catalpa font family is José Scaglione and Veronika Burian's wood type inspired design for an overwhelming headline presence.
  • In 2021, Veronika Burian and José Scaglione designed Belarius, a three-axis variable family that shifts from sans to slab serif, from condensed to expanded widths, and includes every possibility in between. Published by Type Together in 2021, it was developed under the guidance of Veronika Burian and José Scaglione, with type design by Azza Alameddine and Pooja Saxena, and additional kerning and engineering help from Radek Sidun, Joancarles Casasin and Irene Vlachou.

Karmina, Bree and Ronnia, all co-designed with Veronika Burian, won awards for extensive text families at Tipos Latinos 2008. Karmina won an ED Award in 2007 and Athelas won a first prize in the Gransham competition 2008. Bree won a bronze award in the 2009 edition of the ED Awards competition. Bree Serif (2009) won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014. Abril wan gold at the ED Awards.

Coauthor of these books:

Speaker at ATypi 2006 in Lisbon, the Third International Conference on Typography and Graphic Communication in Thessaloniki 2007, 3CIT in Valencia, and ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, where his talk was entitled From laser printer to offset press. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, where his talk (with Andreu Balius) is entitled A sign to convey sound. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal.

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Jovana Jocic

Jovana Jocic is a type and graphic designer from Belgrade, Serbia. After obtaining both a BA and MA in Graphic Design at the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Jovana joined TypeMedia program at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in Den Haag, The Netherlands, class of 2020. For her graduation project, she designed the Cyrillic / Latin wayfinding font Petria: Petria is a signage typeface inspired by old Art Nouveu signs and overall art movement present ion the Balkans in the early 20th century. Its Roman and Italic were born out of the idea of designing a type family that would be used for street signage and way-finding for the city of Belgrade, Serbia.

In 2020, Jovana joined Neil Summerour's Positype Flourish.

In 2021, Jovana Jocic drew Forma DJR Cyrillic, adapting David Jonathan Ross's and Roger Black's Forma, which in turn was a revival of Nebiolo's famous sans typeface, Forma. Forma DJR Cyrillic is currently available in Extra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, and Bold weights, including all size-specific variants as well as variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Just in Type (was: Tipomovel)
[Tony de Marco]

Just in Type (ex-Tipomovel) is a Brazilian foundry run by Tony de Marco (b. 1963) and his brother Caio de Marco in Sao Paulo since 2005. They were joined later by Diego Maldonado. Tony de Marco was an illustrator for Folha de S. Paulo, 1987-1994. He co-edits Tupigrafia with Claudio Rocha Franco.

As a type designer, he created over 50 typefaces for the newspaper Noticias Populares, for America Online, and the magazines Moderna, Saraiva, FTD and Atica. Free fonts at the Tipomovel site included Ariana, Beabá, Bloco, CyberComix, Cyber Rounded, Cyber-Zinha, Digital Typewriter, Egly (my favorite--a Bodoni with curly serifs), Futura Vítima, Futura Vítima Bold, Futura Vítima Extra Bold, Games, Genoveva, Helvetica Backlight, Illinoise, Macmania Bold, Neurastenic, Notícias Populares, Oficina Bold, Pin ups, Pixel, Pravda, Sequestro, Simbolo, Splash, Stalin, Sumô, Super Braille (created for the Dorina Nowill Foundation), Times Change, Tipografia, Toxic Bodoni, Web Power, Zine. Samba LT (2003, Linotype, designed with Carlo de Marco; this art deco typeface was inspired by the lettering art of J. Carlos, a Brazilian illustrator during the early 20th century) won an award at the Linotype International Type Design Contest 2003.

Just in Type typefaces include HallowHell Dingbats (2006, Halloween dingbats), Drop It (2005, dot matrix), Illinoise (2005, techno-grunge, by Tony and Caio de Marco), Kindergarten (a school font), Pixel Zoo (2008, dingbats), Inferno Dingbats (2008), Brazil Pixo Retro (2007, rune simulation), Fractal (2010), Concreta (2011, a stencil typeface in the style of Josef Albers, done with Niko Fernandez).

In 2012, Tony de Marco and Diego Maldonado co-designed Garoa (a black rounded sans). Influenced by Herb Lubalin, it was derived from the free font Garoa Hacker Clube (done with Diego Maldonado).

In 2014, Bernardo Faria and Tony de Marco created the masculine typeface family Terrorista, and wrote this blurb: Terrorista is a homage to everyone who fought against the Millitary Regime in Brazil from 1964 to 1985. The Terrorista Marighella features generous inktraps, fits perfect for small sizes. Terrorista Dilma has the same design as the Marighella, but without inktraps, made for display. The last typeface from the package is Terrorista Lamarca, stencil version. This is the font for the political propaganda machine.

Completely in line with Tony's exuberant and delightfully mischievous views, he published Represent (2017), a typeface with sexual orientation symbols that can be compared with Luc Devroye's own Sekushii font from 2002.

In 2019, Tony de Marco and Monica Rizzolli released the free octagonal typeface family Tomorrow at Just in Type. Github link. Open Font Library link.

Typefaces from 2020: Letrix1 (a programmed experimental variable font).

Typefaces from 2021: Just Pixo (a seven-weight pixacao font by Tony de Marco and Monica Rizzolli designed for monumental type sizes and vertical alignments, and released by Latinotype; +a variable font).

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

Kadek Adi Mahardika
[Creative Media Lab]

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Katja Schimmel

Type designer (b. 1992) based in Essen (and before that, Berlin), Germany. Graduate of Bauhaus University Weimar, and later the TypeMedia program at KABK, class of 2018. Her graduation typeface, Tweak, was released by Future Fonts in 2018. Tweak comes in two groups of styles, Tweak Text and Tweak Display.

After graduation, she became a font engineer at Alphabet-Type in Berlin, and wrked briefly with Grilli Type.

Contributor in 2019 to the variable programming font Recursive Sans+Mono, the brainchild of Stephen Nixon. Github page where we learn that contributors besides Stephen Nixon include Katja Schimmel, Lisa Huang and Rafal Buchner. In 2019, these authors published Recursive as a variable font with five axes: mono, casual, weight, slant and italics. Dedicated page. It will be added to Google Fonts at some point.

Co-designer with Loris Olivier and Noheul Lee of McQueen Superfamily (2020, at Fontwerk), a 20-style sans family. Fontwerk link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ken Lunde

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]  ⦿

Keya Vadgama

Keya Vadgama (Pickering, Ontario) is a British born Gujarati-Canadian UX designer turned typeface designer. She previously attended Type@Cooper and has taught type and design at Sheridan College in Toronto. Keya is currently freelancing as a type designer at Black Foundry. Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2020. Her typefaces:

  • The child-friendly Gujarati font Ojara Sans (2014).
  • Mango (2020). Her graduation typeface at Reading. Mango is a multi-script variable type family intended for short and long passages of text, ideal for documents employing interrupted and/or continuous reading using the Latin and Gujarati scripts.
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Khairil Anwar Husain
[Jetsmax (was: Riljs, or: Typograph Pro)]

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Kia Tasbihgou
[Op. Cit. Ibid. (or: OCI)]

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Kimya Gandhi

Kimya Gandhi from Mumbai, India, holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bombay (NIFT). She further went on to pursue specialization in the form of a post-graduate degree in Visual Communication at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay. Kimya interned with Linotype GmbH, Germany, in their font design department in 2010. Over the next several years she worked as a freelance designer for numerous type foundries catering to their multi-script requirements. She graduated from the TDi program at the University of Reading in 2012. Since 2015 she is a partner at Mota Italic in Berlin focusing on Indic and Latin designs for retail and custom corporate projects. Kimya teaches typography and type design at design institutes like Symbiosis Institute of Design and NIFT, and is currently designing and researching Indian script typefaces.

In 2014, Kimya Gandhi and Rob Keller published the free Latin / Devanagari font family Vesper Devanagari Libre. An extension of Rob Keller's Vesper (2006), the Vesper Devanagari character set was completed in 2014. Vesper Devanagari Libre is a special web version that has been optimized for online use. Tiny details have been simplified and the character set is reduced for the perfect balance of beautiful web typography with fast page loading.is a special web version that has been optimized for online use. Tiny details have been simplified and the character set is reduced for the perfect balance of beautiful web typography with fast page loading.

In 2015, she designed the Devanagari handwriting font Sharad 75, which was subsequently published in 2016 by Mota Italic. She writes: Rugwed Deshpande, of Setu Advertising wanted to commission the design of a typeface based on the handwriting of his father, Mr. Sharad Deshpande who has been a prolific copywriter for 50 years years and has been an intrinsic part of Setu. Rugwed explained how handwriting has been an important aspect of his copy-writing career. Her own handwriting was turned into a font in 2017, Maku.

In 2019, she released the Devanagari / Gurmukhi / Latin stone-cut variable typeface Chikki at Mota Italic. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kobuzan
[Maksym Kobuzan]

Kyiv, Ukraine-based designer of these typefaces:

  • The tall condensed typeface family Segment B Type (2021), which is inspired by the first condensed European grotesques of the 19th-century. See also Segment A Type (2021; a technical extra-condensed sans family).
  • The 15-style humanistic sans typeface family Prostir Sans for Latin and Cyrillic.
  • Varp (2021). Varp is a rather narrow 2-axis variable geometric typeface with slight reverse contrast inspired by utilitarian and technical design. The letterforms are based in part on the shapes of DIN fonts, with the deliberate addition of contrasting connections, sharp spurs and massive ink traps for sharpness. The variable axes control width and slant (forward and backward).
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Kometa
[Christian Jansky]

Kometa is Christian Jansky's type foundry located in Brno, Czechia. His typefaces: Attila Sans (a contemporary sans with an attitude, 2019), Labil Grotesk and Stabil Grotesk (2018, based on his Masters thesis), Victor Serif (2019, a transitional typeface famiy named after Victor Lardent who designed Times New Roman; it has a variable option with a weight axis). Home page. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koray Özbey
[Koray Özbey]

Turkish designer of Mezitha (2019: an alchemic or hipster font, +Ornaments), Spaco Stencil SC (2019: a futuristic stencil typeface) and the 36-style Sadi (or Sadi Slab) (2019), which has enough sturdiness to make it shine in small print. In 2020, he added Sadi Sans (+Variable) to that family.

In 2020, he published the squarish typefaces Ankara and Ankara Texture. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Koray Özbey
[Koray Özbey]

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Kostas Bartsokas
[Intelligent Design (was: Intelligent Foundry)]

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Kousuke Nagai

Aka Kyosuke Nagai. Japanese designer of the free Japanese hand-printed Mincho style Google font New Tegomin (2021) and the free (variable) Latin penmanship font Kapakana (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Krista Likar

During her studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia-based Krista Likar created the exaggerated serif typeface Serifnik (2015) and the gorgeous sans display typeface Kros (2015).

In 2016, she designed the slab serif typeface Josephine.

In 2020, she released Sopran through Type Salon, an independent type design studio based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, founded by Alja Herlah and Krista Likar. Sopran is an attractive didone display style in which the traditional ball terminals have been replaced by vertical hairline serifs.

Co-designer with Alja Herlah of Spektra (2020, Type salon), a black condensed sans that combines five scripts: Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew. It also has a variable typeface with an italic axis.

In 2021, Krista Likar and Alja Herlah published Plecnik, which is named after Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik. Plecnik is defined by classical elements and shapes, classic proportions, humanist stroke endings and low contast. It has a capital A with an overhang. Plecnik Display is quite different as it features flaring in every stroke. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kseniya Karataeva

Russian type designer associated with TypeType in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She is originally from Rostov-on-Don. In 2020, Antonina Zhulkova, Yulia Gonina and Kseniya Karataeva co-designed the octagonal typeface superfamily TT Octosquares at TypeType. TT Octosquares comes with a 3-axis variable type option.

Author of the monospace subfamily and the icon research for TypeType's superfamily TT Interphases (2019).

In 2020, she co-designed TT Lakes Neue, a 91-style sans family by Vika Usmanova, Antonina Zhulkova and Kseniya Karataeva at TypeTypType. Tt is a functional sans-serif that draws inspiration from Finnish signs of the functionalism era. TT Lakes Neue is an almost monolinear sans, with ovals in the form of rounded rectangles, reminiscent of Nebiolo's Microgramma. It comprises a useful variable font.

In 2020, she was part of the Type Type team that designed TT Ramillas, a 20-style high contrast transitional serif by Pavel Emelyanov, Marina Khodak, Yulia Gonina and Kseniya Karataeva. TT Ramillas also contains variable styles.

In 2021, Kseniya Karataeva and the TRypeType team released the 21-style TT Travels Next, which is intended as a trendy and radical counterpart of TypeType's earlier font, TT Travels (2017).

Still in 2021, she designed TT Ricordi Greto, a non-contrasting Florentine caps-only sans-serif with dynamic proportions and a hint on what would be serifs, that was inspired by a floor plaque dating from 1423 found in the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence. TT Ricordi Greto also has a variable format. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kyle Wayne Benson
[Very Cool Studio]

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Laire Banyu
[The Ocean Studio]

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Laurence Penney

Laurence Penney (born Isleworth, London, 1969, based in Bristol, UK) is a digital type specialist and dynamic (or variable) font technology expert, who has his own blog. His work has had a major impact on the type technology world we know today.

At university (B.Sc. Computer Science) he created a prototype parametric font system, and wrote that it was a weird and unusable font production system, proving to himself that over-automation of type design is a Bad Thing.

He was involved in Type Chimerique: Type Chimirique (formerly Kendrick Digital Typography) is a small organization dedicated to digital fontology. In other words, we specialize in everything to do with digital type. We design, hint and customize type to your requirements---avoiding automatic systems whenever there's a suspicion of inferior quality, writing our own tools where existing ones aren't enough. We're particularly into TrueType, and take commissions for writing custom TrueType (and OpenType) editing tools---for glyph outlines and other parts of the font file. We also design, adapt and hint and Type 1 fonts. From 1993 onwards, he went freelance and (in his own words) divined the black art of TrueType hinting, tweaking fonts for Microsoft, Linotype and indie designers.

In 1999 he was hired as a founder member of MyFonts, at the time only an idea within Bitstream (Cambridge, MA). He enlarged the team and helped the company to become market leader by a wide margin. In particular, he helped create the site's unique balance between newbie appeal and an extensive typographic resource. He developed MyFonts.com's in-house software, contributed editorial content, and co-managed the distributor's contacts with foundries and designers.

At ATypI 2004 in Prague, Penney spoke about EULAs.

From 2016 he has been a consultant in variable fonts. He presents aspects of the technology at conferences and universities, and wrote the open source Fit-to-Width library. His Axis-Praxis website (2016-present) is the first place that anyone can play with variable fonts.

Laurence also lectures on font technology at typographic conferences and is visiting lecturer at Reading University.

Speaker at ATypI 2019 in Tokyo on the topic of Parametric Fallback Fonts for the Web. Related to that talk, he set up FauxFoundry with Irene Vlachou in 2019. FauxFoundry provides tools for providing Greek fonts that match a Latin counterpart. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Leo Philp

MyFonts lists him as Leo Philip, but it should be Leo Philp, without an i. Scottish student-designer at the University of Reading of Makar (2014), a Latin / Gurmukhi / Cyrillic / Greek typeface family whose angular forms confirm Philp's description of Makar---an opinionated typeface for opinionated texts.

In 2020, he released the (variable) text typeface Fulmar at CAST, and wrote: Named after a practical seabird, Fulmar is a modern Scotch intended for extended reading. More European than American, it draws on a range of influences from around the North Sea, from Fife's Alexander Wilson to 17th-century French experiments in modulation and 18th-century Belgian flash, and combines them with contemporary structure and proportions.. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Letter Omega
[Doni Sukma]

Jakarta, Indonesia-based type foundry that surfaced in 2016. Its typefaces include Neufile Grotesk (2018, a neo-grotesk by Doni Sukma) and Gelion (2018, by Doni Sukma: inspired by Avenir and Avant Garde).

Typefaces from 2019: Upton (a condensed grotesk with hipster features (such as the vertical-eared g) that was inspired by Bauhaus and Wim Crouwel's Hiroshima), Poligon (a geometric sans family inspired by Avant Garde and Futura), Rifton (an all caps truck stop headline sans).

Typefaces from 2020: Bauziet (a 25-style grotesk with exaggerated inktraps: +a variable font), Gimbo (a fun super-fat poster or logo typeface family), Mono Spec (an all caps monospaced family with regular and stencil styles and a variable OTF option).

Typefaces from 2021: Grafical (a 20-style geometric sans). You Work For Them link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

LettError
[Erik van Blokland]

LettError is a foundry in Den Haag, founded by the interesting duo, Just Van Rossum (b. 1966) and Erik van Blokland (b. Gouda, 1967). Many of their fonts can be found in the FontFont library.

Erik van Blokland is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK), class of 1989. He develops niche tools for type design and font production and has been involved with Tal Leming in the development of the UFO (for font sources) and WOFF (for font binaries) formats. Since 1999, he is a senior lecturer at the TypeMedia master at the Royal Academy of Arts in Den Haag. Erik developed many type software tools such as the acclaimed type interpolation tools MutatorMath and Superpolator, and the teaching tool TypeCooker.

Their typefaces:

  • At FUSE 11, Erik designed FF Beowolf (1989-1990, a randomized font, sometimes still called Beowulf; with Just van Rossum), FF Erikrighthand, FF Kosmik (1993), FF Trixie (based on an old typewriter: Trixie was taken from a typed sample from a typewriter owned by a friend in Berlin, Beatrix Günther, or Trixie for short.) and FF Zapata.
  • Erik created LTR ThePrintedWord and LTR TheWrittenWord (2001), both free fonts designed to be unreadable.
  • LTR Salmiak (2001).
  • Critter (2001) and New Critter.
  • Bodoni Bleifrei.
  • LTR BitPull.
  • Federal: great dollar bill lettering font family, which earned him an award at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002.
  • What You See/What You Get (with Just Van Rossum).
  • At FUSE 2, Erik published Niwida.
  • FFAdvert.
  • Schulschrift.
  • FFHands.
  • FFBrokenscript.
  • LTR Monsta.
  • In 2005, Erik and his brother Petr made the Künstlerbrüder-Schriftfamilie of 30 fonts (10 widths, 3 weights) based on 3 width masters for each of two weights. It is a quirky and refreshing family made for banners for the Münchener Haus der Kunst in 2005.
  • Jointly with Erik Spiekermann and Ralph du Carrois, Erik developed Axel (2009), a legible system font.
  • His masterpiece, in my view, is the 2009 family Eames Century Modern, finished at House Industries, a take on Clarendon. It won an award at TDC2 2011. A special extra award was given at that competition for Eames Poster Numerals. For another complete modern Clarendon family, see Canada Type's Clarendon Text.
  • In 2016, he published Action Condensed at Commercial Type. Action Condensed was designed for the screen. Each of the family's four weights has three grades of the same width, allowing text to change weight on rollover without disrupting the layout. In 2020, he added Action Text in 16 styles, with Bright and Dark options. And variable styles.

Erik speaks often about his work. At ATypI 2004 in Prague, LettEror spoke about education in type design, and the RoboFab toolkit. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam and at ATypI 2014 in Barcelona [on interpolations with Superpolator3].

Klingspor link. FontShop link. Wired interview. Shop. FontFont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lewis McGuffie

British graphic designer and sign painter who was at some point in Tallinn, Estonia. Graduate of the MATD program at the University of Reading, class of 2019.

Old German Baltic maps gave him the inspiration for the signage family Livo Display (2014). Other typefaces, all done in 2015: Imperija Roman (2015, an impressive Trajan typeface for posters and editorial use; Lewis explains: The original letters were drawn from a memorial engraving in Ljubljana, Slovenia), Trout Beer (display type), Andra Roman (a humanist sans based on a letter sample dated around 1920 found in the Estonian History Museum), Cream (an Italian western type based on an original wood type), Gauss (a pointy stencil type), Heath Egyptian (based on Caslon's Two-Line Egyptian: a custom type for London-based craftsman Daniel Heath), Poison, Titanik Tuleva, Hebden (a grotesque and incised pair inspired by the original signs at Hebden Bridge train station in Yorkshire).

Typefaces from 2016: Fleischer Display, Bobik (a sans / slab / wedge serif triplet of fonts initially developed based on basic principles described in Jean Alessandrini's Codex 80), Cindie Mono (four monospaced fonts of widely varying widths), Cenotaph Titling (a free engraved titling typeface influenced by Eric Gill's inscriptions).

Typefaces from 2017: Osselian Demi (lapidary), Borough Grotesk (free; updated to Pro in 2018), Tusker Grotesk (a headline grotesk in the tradition of Haettenschweiler, Impact and Helvetica Inserat; influences include Inland Type's Title Gothic No.8 and Stephenson Blake Elongated Sans No.1), Gardner Sans.

Typefaces from 2018: Chicken Shop Gothic (a condensed grotesk published by Typeverything: partly inspired by Benguiat's 1968 sample book Psychedelitype and part-nod to the stretched tacky stick-on-vinyl lettering on the windows of late-night takeaways, Chicken Shop is a variable font with a super-size height axis), Zierde Grotesk (a take on early advertising, small-copy grotesks of the late 19th/early 20th century, and is largely inspired by Miller & Richard's own range of grotesques. The ornaments were inspired by J.G Schelter & Giesecke's 1913 type specimen book Die Zierde). Sortie Super (Italian stress Western font). During his studies at Ecole Estienne (Paris), Manuel de Lignières (Montpellier, France) published Waba (2018) with Lewis McGuffie. Inspired by woodblock types and art nouveau, Waba is a bit of love letter to Estonia, the Baltics and the visual history of Eastern Europe. The free variable font Waba Border (2018) was added by Lewis McGuffie. Find Waba at Typeverything.

Typefaces from 2019: Cham (heavy, octagonal, based on fascia lettering from 1875 in Liverpool; released by Typeverything), Chicken Shop Gothic (a condensed poster sans, with a variable type option), Columba (a variable font done for his graduation at MATDi with Latin, Greek, Cyrillic & Hebrew coverage and optical size and weight axes; Grand Prize winner at Granshan 2019).

Typefaces from 2020: Salford Sans (an 8-weight headline sans family; a collaboration between Lewis McGuffie (Latin, Greek, Cyrillic), Dave Williams of Manchester Type (Latin, Arabic) and Elsa Baussier (symbols)), Jooks Script (in the style of Kurrent and Sütterlin; reviving Walter Höhnisch's Werbeschrift), Auroc (a flared incised petite-serif), Cindie 2 (an extension of Cindie Mono, this family has 26 monospaced widths).

Typefaces from 2021: Tekst (a Latin / Greek / Cyrillic font family based on Literaturnaya---a book type popular in the Soviet Union).

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Lián Types
[Maximiliano Sproviero]

Argentinian foundry located in Buenos Aires, est. in 2008 by Maximiliano Sproviero (b. 1987, Buenos Aires). It specializes mainly in gothic, uncial, script and handwriting typefaces. Sproviero graduated from FADU, University of Buenos Aires in 2008 with a script thesis typeface called Colofon.

His fonts from 2008 include Devil Kalligraphy, Pumba (great futuristic rounded look), Tobogan (retro), Kiwi Sans Serif, School Rainbow, Suave Calligraphy, Tonika (handwriting), Goddess (handwriting), Cursivessca (calligraphic; 4 styles), Friendship (6 styles), Chechelo Lawyer (modern italic condensed), Quijote Italic (calligraphic with tall ascenders and descenders), Miscelanea (arabesques), Lunga (a condensed hairline family consisting of Real Ligada, Exacta, Versalita and Extras), Mabela (a rounded fat display font), Red Wagon (ultra-condensed), Valeria Script (swashy), Kalligrand (2008, a tall calligraphic face), Intima Script One, Two and Three (described by him as a sensual calligraphic script family), and Paradise Script (96 styles, all calligraphic).

Creations from 2009: Kaligrafia, Galana, Mon Amour Script (hyper-calligraphic), Oh Lara (also hyper-calligraphic), and Quijot sauvage (a 7-style calligraphic feat).

In 2010 he made these typefaces: Parfait Script (a high-contrast calligraphic script), Kanikama, Breathe Pro (calligraphic with didone serifs), Boston Script.

Creations from 2011: Reina (a curvaceous didone family, +Engraved). He updated this in 2021 to the 45-style Reina Neue.

At Tipos Latinos 2012, Maximiliano Sproviero won awards in the display type category for Aire (2012, a thin curly didone family), Breathe Pro, and Reina. At TDC 2013, he won an award for the copperplate script Erotica. Erotica also won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014.

Typefaces from 2013: String (a hairline Spencerian script), Brand (a signage script family), Agile Pro (a hairline swashy calligraphic family), Bird Script (which an award at Tipos Latinos 2014), Live Pro.

Typefaces from 2014: Selfie (connected monoline signage script), Heroe (a script that takes Lubalin and Caslon to the extreme), Dream Script (a chancery script that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016), Dream Caps (Trajan capitals), Beatle (a Spencerian script with psychedelic touches).

Typefaces from 2015: Seventies (a funkadelic typeface), Indie (a signage script family that won an award at Tipos Latinos 2016), Model (a hairline fashion mag calligraphic script family).

Typefaces from 2016: Lubaline (decorative caps inspired by Herb Lubalin), Skill (signage type: winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award).

Typefaces from 2017: Posh (a fat didone), Fluire and Fluire Caps (a greeting card font pair), Preta (almost psychedelic script), Vinyle (a remarkable monoline decal script).

Winner at Tipos Latinos 2018 of a type design award for Lubaline, Posh and Preta.

Typefaces from 2018: Burger (a fast food slab serif bonanza), Fleur (inspired by some lettering in Palais Garnier in Paris---Sproviero calls this the Napoleonic style), Pantera (a lively pointed brush calligraphic typeface family), Girasol (based on sketches by Susana Maurette), Rafaella (all caps---described by Sproviero as coquette).

Typefaces from 2019: Hot Script (monoline), Elipses (a Peignotian sans family in 7 styles), Fabulous Script, Breathe Neue.

Typefaces from 2021: Selfie Neue Rounded (40 styles), Selfie Neue Sharp (39 styles), Ballet VF (Maximiliano Sproviero: a variable Spencerian penmanship font with optical sizing from 16pt to 72pt---a technical feat accomplished with the help of Eduardo Tunni and the Omnibus team; free at Google fonts; Github link),

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Liebermann Kiepe Reddemann

Hamburg-based studio, est. 2014 by David Liebermann and Maximilian Kiepe. Jana Reddemann joined in 2019. They released two free fonts:

  • Times New Arial (Elias Hanzer, 2019). A variable font which interpolates between Times and Arial. It has two axes: Times/Arial and Left/Right slant. Inspection of the font file indicates that the Arial master's outlines are copied directly from the Microsoft system font.
  • Cursor or Cursor Apple (2020). This is an OpenType color SVG font which is designed to look like the Mac OS cursor set.
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Lillan Team
[Oscar Cobo]

During his studies in Barcelona, Oscar Cobo created the modular Tuscan typeface family Batto (2015, free) and Atzur (2015, free). In 2016, he published the commercial version, Atzur Pro.

In 2017, he designed the free modular display typeface Golem.

Typefaces from 2018: Haki (a free squarish variable font), Carbono (an octagonal family in 42 styles, and a 3-axis variable font), UT Morph (with Wete; a piano key variable opentype font that was inspired by Wim Crouwel's Nagasaki poster).

Typefaces from 2019: Concasse (a sans typeface family, +a variable font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Limo Studio
[Vitaliy Tsygankov]

Russian codesigner, with Jovanny Lemonad, of the free rounded sans typeface Matias (2016, TypeType). In 2019, he designed the rounded sans typeface Koryaka and the sans family TS Maka. In 2020, he released TS Kirt (with a variable style; a condensed sans family). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Lisa Huang
[Polyform]

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Literata

Literata is a typeface designed in 2014 and 2015 by Type Together for use in Google Play Books on many different kinds of devices. As of 2015, it replaces Droid Serif (2006-2007, Steve Matteson). The project was headed by Veronika Burian and José Scaglione. The final Literata family featured two weights and matching italics including more than 1100 characters per font with Pan-European language support. It coversedPolytonic Greek (designed by Irene Vlachou, advised by Gerry Leonidas) and Cyrillic (designed by Vera Evstafieva, advised by Kiril Zlatkov).

In 2020, Literata 3, entirely free and a totally new re-design, was released. This 48-style family comes with a variable style. The designers in 2020 were Veronika Burian (Latin), José Scaglione (Latin), Vera Evstafieva (Cyrillic), Elena Novoselova (Cyrillic) and Irene Vlachou (Greek).

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Lizy Gershenzon
[Scribble Tone]

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Lorenz Lopetz Gianfreda
[burodestruct (or: Typedifferent.com)]

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Lucas Gini

Type and graphic designer in Sao Paulo. His typefaces include Arcadum (2018: pixel-based) and Ficus (2017), a typeface family whose shapes are like those of the Figueira Mata-Pau tree in the Brazilian Pantanal.

In 2020, he co-designed the vernacular script typeface Cada Dia Sadia with Crystian Cruz for a refrigerated food company in Brazil. Other typefaces from 2020 include the vernacular Chef Aprendiz and the free variable rectangular cutout typeface Unbox. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luis R.H. Rapp

Luis Richtiger Horst Rapp is the Stuttgart, Germany-based designer of the free display typeface Inter Norse (2020), the free painted typeface Crooked (2020), the free variable squarish techno family Faber (2020), the free font Ikarus (2020), the free variable techno family Obarne X (2020), the free pixel typeface Invader (2020), the free grunge typefaces Brutalism (2020: dry brush style) and Riot (2020), the free tuxedoed typeface Grotesque (2020).

Typefaces from 2021: Karpaten (a free squarish blcky display type). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Lukas Ulonska

Recklinghausen, Germany-based student-designer of these typefaces in 2019: Polymorph (Sans, Serif, Mono: a multi-axis variable font with seven variable design axes ranging from sans, serif, mono and an abstract pattern font to weight, width, contrast and slant.), Opuls (a modular typeface based on architectural elements of the faculty of design of the Fachhochschule Dortmund is located on the Max Ophüls Platz). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Luke Lee

Graphic designer in Beijing. Creator of the free twisted and glitch variable font family LL Detechno (2021). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mário Feliciano
[Feliciano Type Foundry]

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Maddy Angstreich

During her studies at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Maddy Angstreich designed the text typeface Galileo (2019: a didone with altered angular terminals) and the free variable typeface Jailbird (2019), in which the size of dominos changes.. She also designed the pixel typeface Dot Dot Dot (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mage Type
[Setiadi Karya Pertiwi]

Indonesian designer of these typefaces:

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Making variable color fonts

References for making variable color fonts:

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Maks Barbulovic

Maks Barbulovic studied communication design at the Hochschule Düsseldorf (Germany), and participated in an internship program at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art et de Design in Nancy (France). At Type Tomorrow, he published the dot matrix typeface Dusseldot (2020) together with Ilya Bazhanov. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maksym Kobuzan
[Kobuzan]

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Malou Verlomme

French type designer who graduated from l'Ecole Duperré in Paris and the University of Reading (2005). He cofounded the type foundry LongType in 2012. Since 2016 he works for Monotype UK. His typeface Ficus (2005) won an award in the Creative Review Type Competition 2005.

He wrote Technological Shifts in Type Design and Production (2006).

His typefaces: Respublika (2013, a humanist sans done with Gregori Vincens, Fontyou), Camille (2010-2011, for Camille Muller), ECAM (2009-2010, for the ECAM theater), Dijon (2011, for the identity of Dijon's Opera house), Arbre (2010, for the identity of the coffee brand L'Arbre de Cafe), Totem, Ficus (2005-2006), Syneas (2009, for Syneas), Digitaline (2007, a Futura-like family done for Agence Digitaline), Vingt-huit (2007), Sabasi (2008), Gem (2007, art nouveau), Oops (2006).

Marion Andrews, Malou Verlomme and Laurence Bedoin collaborated on the school fonts Écriture A and Écriture B which are presented in Modèles d'écriture scolaire (2013), a document issued by the French Ministry of Education. These fonts are available from Eduscol.

Verlomme set up Long Type in 2012 with Mathieu Chévara, Mathieu Reguer and Thomas L'Excellent.

In 2016, for Monotype, on commission for the Transport For London company, he redesigned / tweaked New Johnston, called Johnston100. It will be used in TfL's trains and station signage including for London's new Crossrail Elizabeth line that is scheduled to open in 2018.

In 2018, he published the geometric sans typeface family Madera and the revival typeface Placard Next (based on an old Monotype condensed poster typeface) at Monotype.

In 2019, he released the 12-style high-contrast Ariata (Text, Display, Stencil) at Monotype.

In 2020, he published the superfamily Macklin (Sans, Display, Text, Slab) at Monotype. Influenced by early 19th century designs in Europe, and especially by the work of Vincent Figgins, it is intended for use in headlines and short blocks of text. Variable fonts are also available.

Co-designer, with Clement Charbonnier Bouet, of Ionic No 5 (2021), a ten-style Clarendon that revives and refreshes a classic Linotype Clarendon-style serif for Monotype. Noteworthy is that the designers replaced Clarendon's ball terminals by 21st century serifs, even including the hipsterish coathanger f. The ball terminals are relegated to the "alternates".

In 2021, he took part in the development of Helvetica Now Variable (Monotype). Helvetica Now Variable was designed by Max Miedinger, Charles Nix, Monotype Studio, Friedrich Althausen, Malou Verlomme, Jan Hendrik Weber and Emilios Theofanous and published by Monotype. Monotype writes: Helvetica Now Variable gives you over a million new Helvetica styles in one state-of-the-art font file (over two-and-a-half million with italics!). Use it as an extension of the Helvetica Now family or make custom-blends from its weights (Hairline to ExtraBlack), optical sizes (four point to infinity), and new Compressed and Condensed widths. It contains 144 static styles.

Typecache link. Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Manvel Shmavonyan

Moscow-based Armenian type designer (b. 1960, Artashat, Armenia) and graphic artist. In 1984 graduated from the Moscow Poligraphic Institute, department of Polygraphic Product Design. He worked for the Type Department of Committee of Print in Yerevan, and for the publishing houses Ayastan, Luys and Sovetakan Grokh. At Microsoft's request, in 1999, he was consulted for the Armenian section of the Sylfaen project.

Creator of PT Margarit Armenian and Asmik (1997, Armenian, based on PT Petersburg, 1992, by Vladimir Yefimov), available from ParaType, where he is an active type designer. These fonts won awards from the Type Directors Club in 1999.

At ParaType, he also published Propisi Cyrillic + western (1997, a school script family), PT Henman Pictograms (2001, based on Armenian ornaments revived by Henrik Mnatsakanyan), Cooper BT (2000, a Cyrillic version of the Bistream family by the same name), Henman Western, Karolla Western (2002, art nouveau face, based on an alphabet of Lucian Bernhard, 1912), Zagolovochnaya Western (2002, based on a Caslon model from 1725), Haverj Western (2004, flared mini-serifed typeface with an f and a j ready for the paralympics), PT Margarit (1997, based on PT Bodoni by A. Tarbeev), Bardi (2004, Paratype, an extra compressed decorative stenciled typeface based on the lettering created in 1970s by the Armenian type designer Henrik Mnatsakanyan (1923-2001)), Haverj (2004, Paratype, also based on Mnatsakanyan's work), and PT Noah (1997, to accompany Tagir Safayev's PT FreeSet, 1992).

Asmik, and Humanist 531 Cyrillic (the latter co-designed with Isay Slutsker) won awards at Bukvaraz 2001.

In 2007, he designed the text and display family Susan (Paratype; award winner at Paratype K2009), which was named after his wife. Award winner at Granshan 2008.

In 2010, he designed the Ripe Apricot humanist sans family (ParaType). Narevik (2011, Paratype) is a dynamic low contrast design with slightly rounded triangle serifs.

In 2011, he created the free Google Web Font Marmelad, meant for headlines.

Jacques Francois and Jacques Francois Shadow (2012, Cyreal) were co-designed with Alexei Vanyashin. They are revivals of the Enschedé no. 811 type specimen (ca. 1760) by Jacques François Rosart (1714-1774), made for Enschedé Printing House. Free at Google Web Fonts.

Typefaces from 2013: Vaccine (a slab serif family, ParaType). This was followed in 2014 by the humanist Vaccine Sans (2014, with the help of Alexandra Korolkova and Gayaneh Bagdasaryan).

In 2015, he made Levnam (ParaType), a sans with wide proportions for small text.

In 2016, Alexander Lubovenko and Manvel Shmavonyan co-designed the 30-style Latin / Cyrillic workhorse sans typeface family Mediator, which was followed in 2017 by Mediator Serif.

In 2018, Alexandra Korolkova and Manvel Shmavonyan designed Fact at Paratype. Fact is based on Frutiger. The fact type system contains 48 upright styles with variations in width and weight and eight italics of normal width.

Vast (2021, Paratype) is a 56-style sans family, with three variable fonts, by Manvel Shmavonyan and Alexander Lubovenko. Choices are from thin to black and regular to extra wide.

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

Marc Kappeler
[Moiré]

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Marina Khodak

As a student at TypeType Education, Marina Khodak designed the rounded slab serif typeface Splash (2016-2017). She joined TypeType after these studies. In 2018, Ivan Gladkikh, Alexander Kirillov, Philipp Nurullin, Vika Usmanova, Marina Khodak, and Nadyr Rakhimov published TT Severs. Still in 2018, Nadezhda Polomoshnova and Marina Khodak co-designed the forceful display typeface TT Phobos, which features striling stencil and inline styles. Continuing in 2018, Sergey Kotelnikov, Philipp Nurullin, Nadezhda Polomoshnova, Marina Khodak and the TypeType Team designed the not-quite-geometric 18-style typeface family TT Smalls, which is characterized by a small x-height and modulated joins. Co-designer of TT Barrels (2018: a Scotch modern typeface by Inessa Mitrozor, Vika Usmanova, Marina Khodak, Nadezhda Polomoshnova and the TypeType Team). At the end of 2018, TypeType published TT Supermolot Neue (Roman Ershov, Marina Khodak, Nadezhda Polomoshnova, Ivan Gladkikh and the TypeType Team).

In 2019, TypeType published TT Tsars, a 20-style font family with five subfamilies. It is a collection of serif display titling fonts that are stylized to resemble the fonts of the beginning, the middle and the end of the XVIII century and seen on book title pages in Russia. A reference for the development was Abram Shchitsgal's book Russian Civil Type. The fonts were designed by Marina Khodak, Inessa Mitrozor, Nadezhda Polomoshnova and the TypeType Team.

In 2020, Marina Khodak and Anna Tikhonova co-designed TT Marxiana (TypeType). It is an attempt to reconstruct a set of pre-revolutionary fonts that were used in the layout of the Niva magazine, published by the St. Petersburg publishing house A.F. Marx, and includes antiqua, grotesque and elzevir styles.

In 2020, she was part of the Type Type team that designed TT Ramillas, a 20-style high contrast transitional serif by Pavel Emelyanov, Marina Khodak, Yulia Gonina and Kseniya Karataeva. TT Ramillas also contains variable styles.

In 2021, she designed the thin roman capital lettering typeface TT Ricordi Fulmini which was inspired by an inscription on the altar in the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia. Still in 2021, she co-designed TT Commons Classic (a 24-style geometric sans by Ivan Gladkikh, the TypeType Team, Pavel Emelyanov and Marina Khodak; it includes two variable fonts). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Måns Grebäck
[Aring Typeface]

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Mario de Libero

Italian type designer whose typefaces include:

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Mark Bloom
[Mash Creative]

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Mark Simonson
[Mark Simonson Studio]

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Mark Simonson Studio
[Mark Simonson]

Mark Simonson Studio is located in StPaul, MN. Mark founded Mark Simonson Studio around 2000, and describes himself as a freelance graphic designer and type designer. From his CV: Early in my career I worked mainly as an art director on a number of magazines and other publications including Metropolis (a Minneapolis weekly, 1977), TWA Ambassador (an inflight magazine, 1979-81), Machete (a Minneapolis broadsheet, 1978-80), Minnesota Monthly (Minnesota Public Radio's regional magazine, 1979-85), and the Utne Reader (1984-88). I was head designer and art director for Minnesota Public Radio (1981-85) and an art director for its sister company, Rivertown Trading Company (1992-2000). During that time, I designed over 200 audio packages, including most of Garrison Keillor's, along with several hundred products (t-shirts, mugs, rugs, watches, etc.) for the Wireless, Signals, and other mail order catalogs. I have frequently done lettering as part of design projects I'm working on. This has always been my favorite part, so in 2000 I opened my own shop specializing in lettering, typography and identity design. I've also been interested in type design since my college days. I started licensing fonts to FontHaus in 1992, and since starting my new business, stepped up my efforts in developing original typefaces. I now have more than 70 fonts on the market with many more to come. This is increasingly becoming the focus of my activities. His fonts:

  • Coquette (2001). He says: Coquette could be the result of a happy marriage of Kabel and French Script.
  • Anonymice Powerline (2009-2010). This is probably a hack by some people based on Anonymous. It is available in some Github directories.
  • Kandal: a 1994 wedge serif, now also at MyFonts).
  • Proxima Sans (1994, a geometric sans, rereleased in 2004), followed in 2005 by his massively successful Proxima Nova in 42 styles/weights. Followed by Proxima Nova Soft (2011). The rounded version of Proxima Nova is Proxima Soft (2017). For a variable font that captures all styles, see Proxima Vara (2021).
  • Mostra (2001): based on a style of lettering often seen on Italian Art Deco posters and advertising of the 1930s. Look at the Light and Black versions, and drool...... The 2009 update is called Mostra Nuova. Selected styles: Mostra Nuovo Bold, Mostra One Light, Mostra Three Bold, Mostra Two Heavy.
  • In 2001, he made the Mac font Anonymous. Its updated version is Anonymous Pro (2009-2010), a TrueType version of Anonymous 9, which was a freeware bitmap font developed in the mid-90s by Susan Lesch and David Lamkins. It was designed as a more legible alternative to Monaco, the mono-spaced Macintosh system font.
  • In 1998 and 2001, he produced the (free) 3-style Atari Classic family.
  • In 2003, he released Blakely Bold and Heavy (an art deco font first done for the Signals mail order catalog). The original Blakely is from 2000.
  • Goldenbook Light, Regular, and Heavy, based on the logotype of the 1920s literary mag called "The Golden Book Magazine".
  • Metallophile Sp 8 Light and Light Italic (2008): a "faithful facsimile of an 8-point sans as set on a 1940s-vintage hot metal typesetting machine".
  • Refrigerator Light and Heavy, Refrigerator and its extension Refrigerator Deluxe (2009) (geometric sans).
  • Changeling Light, Regular, Bold, Stencil, and Inline (2003): a redesign and expansion of China, a VGC photo-typositor typeface from 1975 by M. Mitchell, which includes unicase typefaces; see also Changeling Neo, 2009.
  • Sanctuary Regular and Bold: a computerish typeface based on lettering in the 1976 movie Logan's run--later withdrawn from the market.
  • Sharktooth (+Bold, +Heavy).
  • Felt Tip Roman, Woman and Senior (based on his own handwriting). Felt Tip Senior (2000) is based on the hand of Mark's father. Felt Tip Woman Regular and Bold are based on the handwriting of designer Patricia Thompson.
  • Filmotype Gay (2011).
  • Filmotype Honey (2010): fifties brush lettering face. For a free alternative, see Honey Script (2000) by Dieter Steffmann.
  • Raster Gothic Condensed Regular and Bold (12 fonts total), and Raster Bank (a pixelized version of Bank Gothic).
  • Other free bitmap fonts for the Mac [the PC version was made by CybaPee]. MyFonts page.
  • He digitized Phil Martin's family, Grad (2004, inspired by Century Schoolbook, and originally done by Martin in 1990).
  • His 2006 production includes three script typefaces: Kinescope is a connected script based on title lettering in Fleischer Studios' animated Superman films from the 1940s. Snicker is a cartoony block letter type. Both were published at Font Bros. And Launderette is a connected very slanted script based closely on lettering used in the titles of the 1944 Otto Preminger film, Laura.
  • In 2007, he revived and extended Filmotype Glenlake (2007, sold at Font Bros).
  • Lakeside (2008) is a flowing 1940s-style brush script. It was inspired by hand-lettered titles in the classic 1944 film noir movie Laura.
  • In 2008, he revived Filmotype Zanzibar, about which he writes: That Zanzibar is nearly an anagram of bizarre seems fitting. The surviving people from Filmotype (later Alphatype) have not been able to tell us who designed this gem, so we have no record of the designers intentions. Released in the early 1950s, it seems somewhat inspired by the work of Lucian Bernhard (Bernhard Tango, 1934) and Imre Reiner (Stradivarius, 1945). At first, it appears to be a formal script, but there are no connecting strokes. It would be better described as a stylized italic, similar to Bodoni Condensed Italic or Onyx Italic, with swash capitals.
  • Filmotype Vanity (2008) is an outline typeface based on a 1955 design by Filmotype. It was derived from Filmotype Ginger.
  • Filmotype Alice (2008) is casual handwriting. However, MyFonts now credits Patrick Griffin with the digitization.
  • Filmotype MacBeth (2008) is a freestyle face.
  • Filmotype Ginger (2008) is a heavy display typeface with an aftertaste of Futura.
  • Boxy2 (2008) and Boxy1 (2008) are severely octagonal typefaces made to test out FontStruct. See also bubblewrap.
  • In 2008, Mark Solsburg and Mark Simonson cooperated on the digital revival of the calligraphic Diane Script, originally designed in 1956 by Roger Excoffon.
  • In 2009, Mark worked on SketchFlow Print, a font for Microsoft. It will be bundled with the next version of Christian Schormann's Expression Blend, part of Microsoft's Expression Studio suite. The fonts, based upon the handwriting of architect Michaela Mahady of SALA Architects, Inc., give that well-known architectural printing look (like Tekton).
  • Filmotype Gem (2011). A sans headline typeface that was first drawn by Filmotype in the 1950s.
  • Bookmania (2011) is a revival of Bookman Oldstyle (1901) and the Bookmans of the 1960s, but with all the features you would expect in a modern digital font family. Especially, Simonson's Bookmania story is worth reading.
  • In 2018, he published the 25-style Acme Gothic at Fontspring. He explains: Acme Gothic (2018) is based on the thick and thin gothic lettering style popular in the U.S. in the first half of the twentieth century. There have been typefaces in this genre before, but they were either too quirky (Globe Gothic), too English (Britannic), too Art Deco (Koloss), too modern (Radiant), or too Art Nouveau (Panache). None captures the plain, workman-like style of Acme Gothic.
  • Parkside (2018) is a script typeface inspired by typefaces and lettering of the 1930s and 1940s. Parkside uses OpenType magic to automatically select letter variations that seamlessly connect to the letters coming before and after.
  • In 2018, he emulated wood type in his HWT Konop at P22. Named for Don Konop, a retired Hamilton Manufacturing employee, who worked from 1959 to 2003, this typeface is monospaced in both x and y directions so that letters can be stacked vertically and horizontally. All proceeds go to the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum.
  • Etna (2020). A 30-style text and display family that started out from William H. Page's Victorian wood type Aetna (1874), and was remolded by Simonson into a useful typeface family though still distinctly linked to its ancestor. Etna includes three different condensed widths in all six weights (intended for display use), four different figure styles, alternate characters, true small caps, and a selection of dingbats, including arrows, stars, asterisks, and manicules.

Links to his typefaces, in decreasing order of popularity: Proxima Nova, Bookmania, Mostra Nuova, Proxima Nova Soft, Coquette, Refrigerator Deluxe, Felt Tip Roman, Grad, Changeling Neo, Goldenbook, Lakeside, Kinescope, Metallophile Sp8, Blakely, Felt Tip Woman, Snicker, Felt Tip Senior, Kandal, Sharktooth, Anonymous, Raster Bank, Raster Gothic.

FontShop link. Fontspace link. MyFonts interview. View all typefaces designed by Mark Simonson. Fontspring link. Google Plus link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Kernest link. Font Squirrel link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Marko Hrastovec
[Hot Type]

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Marlene Arnold

Marlene Arnold's Masters Thesis entitled Dir Rolle der Typografie im Internet der Dinge (HS Mainz, 2017) covers variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Martin Cincar
[Caron Twice]

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Martin Lorenz
[TwoPoints.net]

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Martin Vacha
[Displaay]

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Martype Co (was: Tyfrography)
[Umar Farouq]

Umar Farouq or Umar Al-Farouq or Mohammed Bendoel Kazar. Yogyakarta or Sleman, Indonesia-based designer (b. 1998) of these typefaces:

  • In 2021: Pop Krinks (a 7-style text family that includes a variable font and a coathanger lower case f), Bropella (a meaty display typeface with with a coathanger lower case f), Callgest (a sharp-edged display serif with a trendy coathanger lower case f), Thick Thinks (a plump display typeface), Huntsville (a monoline script), Moftein Sough (+Dingbats; a tall condensed serif with hipster traits such as a coathanger lower case f), Glofters (a German expressionist blackletter typeface), Behover (octagonal), Robuck (a condensed all caps sans), Gafiton (a reverse contrast display sans), Wonkids (a chunky retro font with a bit of psychedelia), Garyford (a vintage serif typeface with a Basque capital A).
  • In 2020: Stanley (a signage script), Grandmaid, Micaroline (all caps, art deco), Parginer, Labroses, Melburch, Sondote.
  • In 2019: Brewisten.
  • In 2018: Houstoner Script (a formal monoline script), Bearbone Sans, Chillvornia (font duo), Fresh Meat (vernacular), Courager, Calderock, Stanley (signage script), Routen Lightning and Routen Inky (monoline script) and Barthon.
  • In 2017: Montharo (sans), The Dodger and Blockers.
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Mash Creative
[Mark Bloom]

Mash Creative is the East London / Exxex-based design studio of Mark Bloom, who graduated from Middlesex University in 1998. Its first typeface is the basic sans RM Regular (2011). RM Regular was updated in 2016 to RM Pro (which can be bought at The Designers Foundry).

At some point before 2019, Joe Leadbeater and Mark Bloom founded CoType Foundry. Bloom released these typefaces at CoType:

  • Aeonik and Aeonik Pro (2018). A 14-weight sans typeface family by Joe Leadbeater and Mark Bloom. Aeonik supports Latin, Greek and Cyrillic, and is accompanied by a variable font.
  • Altform (2021). A low contrast sans family by Mark Bloom. Designed by mixing geometric and grotesque elements, it has many weights and is accompanied by a two-axis (weight, italic tilt) variable font.
  • Ambit (2019). A sans by Mark Bloom: Ambit is an eccentric and unique sans serif font inspired by early grotesques, but adapted for the 21st century. It is characterized by the misbehaving curly lower case f and r glyphs.
  • Coanda (2019). A techno typeface by Mark Bloom, who writes: Coanda: an ideology of the future, crafted from the past. Coanda honours the ambitious outlook of 20th century designers Wim Crouwel and Mimmo Castellano, and pays respect to the meticulous detail crafted by The Designers Republic.
  • Orbikular (2020). A 5-weight modern typeface by Mark Bloom.
  • RM Neue (2019). A sans by Mark Bloom. The first iteration of RM was released in 2011, followed by RM Pro in 2016. RM Neue is a completely redrawn and redesigned adaptation of RM Pro, previously available in only three weights. Bloom writes: Inspired by utilitarian neo-grotesques, RM Neue aims to be a timeless addition to each designer's font repertoire and has been designed to be clean and legible at all sizes.
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Massimo Studio
[Jean Wojciechowski]

Studio in Curitiba, Brazil. In 2018, it designed the bespoke wide sans typeface family Massimo. It is unclear who designed this great typeface---Behance associates it with Jean Wojciechowski, Marcelo de Costa, and Erick Donate. Still in 2018, Jean Wojciechowski designed the free variable font typeface Soulcraft. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mateo Broillet
[ETC Type]

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Mateusz Machalski
[Borutta (or: Duce Type)]

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Mathieu Desjardins
[Pangram Pangram Foundry]

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Matt Bailey
[Font Kitchen]

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Matthew Messiha

Canadian designer who is part of the cooperative type foundry Type Juice, est. 2019. In 2021, he released Unison Pro (an 8-style all caps superelliptical sans), the 32-style wide display sans Joyride and designed Merchanto (an 8-style all caps display sans) and Presta (a 12-style variable width family). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Matthieu Cortat
[Nonpareille (was: Chastellun.net)]

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Matthieu Salvaggio
[Blaze Type Foundry (was: Adèle Type Foundry)]

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Matthijs Herzberg
[Herzberg Design]

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Matyas Barton

Graduate of the Type Design and Typography program at UMPRUM, Prague, Czechia. Designer of the high-contrast tuxedoed sans typeface Ponzastura (2018). He explains: Ponzastura typeface was inspired by Aldo Novarese's Eurostile, but in this case, monolinear strokes took on contrast and stress. The classical appearance of Ponzastura, whose name is inspired by the Italian city Pontestura where Novarese was born, is more of a reaction and interplay.

In 2019, he published the variable font BC Minim Variable at Brieface Type Foundry. It was designed for extreme small size print, and offers weight and ink trap axes. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Max Saille

Max is a Dutch graphic and type designer, now based in New York. His first commercial release, Fran (2016), is sold exclusively by The Designers Foundry. In 2020, Jason Harcombe and Max Saille published the 18-style variable sans font family Mazin the sans typeface family at Fontpeople. In 2021, Jason Harcombe and Max Saille released the 20-style text family Leyendo at Fontpeople. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maximilian Müsgens
[Formatpunktotf (or: Format.otf; was: t-1, type-eins)]

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Maximiliano Sproviero
[Lián Types]

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MCKL (was: Mickel Design)
[Jeremy Mickel]

Jeremy Mickel runs a design studio in Brooklyn, New York, but lives in Providence, RI. Originally called Mickel Design, the studio and foundry was renamed MCKL in 2012. Mickel has taught at RISD and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

He is working on this VAR-Rounded sans serif style face (2007) that was based on plastic cut letters seen in New York's subway. See also here and here. Mickel's typefaces:

  • Router (2008, Jeremy Mickel): a rounded sans family.
  • Baro (2010, Chester Jenkins and Jeremy Mickel): Baro is inspired by memories of Antique Olive Nord, Roger Excoffon's landmark design originally commissioned for Air France in 1956. Nord, the heaviest weight of Antique Olive, was the starting point, but Baro shares DNA with other Village designs, including Apex New and Mavis.
  • Eventide (2009, Jeremy Mickel): octagonal and 3d family based on ideas by Paul Carlyle in the early 1940s. That Carlyle typeface had also made it into the PhotoLettering collection in 1971. Eventide was developed into a family at House Industries under the art direction of Ken Barber and Christian Schwartz, and won an award at TDC2 2011.
  • Superior (2010, Jeremy Mickel): a high-contrast transitional "nearly didone" face. Superior Title (2013) is described as a high-contrast missing link between Times and Bodoni. It was designed for fashion publications.
  • Shift (2010, Jeremy Mickel): a slab serif family that won an award at TDC2 2011.
  • Gonesh (2009, Jeremy Mickel): a great new sans family.
  • Aero (2010, Village Type) was developed in cooperation with Chester Jenkins. This poster family, inspired by Excoffon's Antique Olive, was awarded at TDC2 2011.
  • Letterboxes (2008). A stencil typeface that was part of a collaborative project with John Caserta at the Design Office.
  • Union (2011). A basic sans family, ideal for corporate design.
  • Jeremy Mickel created a digital version L.Harl Copeland's (prismatic, beveled, roman caps) Trillium typeface [originally done at Photolettering] in 2011 at the new digital Photolettering / House Industries.
  • Fort is a sans family published in 2012 by Village.
  • Playoff Sans and Playoff Serif (2015).
  • Adidas has partnered with MCKL to create an innovative suite of variable fonts. These fonts are being used across a wide spectrum of applications, including Creative Direction, Product Design, Graphics, Communications, Digital Experiences, and the brand campaign for the upcoming World Cup. In 2015, Mickel expansed the Adineue Pro family. In 2017 they started the first Adidas Variable Font, Adineue CHOP Variable, an octagonal athletic sans in a wide range of weights from hairline to black, and widths from extra-condensed to extra-wide. In 2018, Mickel embarked on Adineue Pro Variable.
  • Rosa Sans (2019: by Jeremy Mickel and Pentagram). A free geometric grotesk (in their own words) sans family.
  • Trust (2020). A flared typeface first used for the identity of the Commission on Presidential Debates (Trump versus Biden).
  • Logic Monospace and Logic Monoscript (2020). Mickel writes: Logic Monospace takes inspiration from midcentury typewriter fonts, including IBM Selectric's Advocate and the ubiquitous Courier, with additional references in slab serifs like Stephenson Blake's Scarab. While there are many great script typewriter fonts, including Olympia and Aristocrat, Logic Monoscript is a novel creation, with few examples of true connecting monospace scripts in existence.
  • Uber (2020). A custom job for Uber.

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Meat Studio
[Stew Deane]

Stew Deane's type foundry in London is called Meat Studio. In 2014, Stew designed the semi-serif typeface Bardot, which has a hairline style. In 2014, he added the monoline poster typeface Organico.

Typefaces from 2015: Fortima (octagonal typeface), Nevo (a modern sans family in 14 styles--simple, organic and slightly techno).

In 2018, he designed Rigrok, which he advertizes as oh so bold, brash and ballsy.

Typefaces from 2020: Cantilever (a 26-style variable techno font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Micah Rich

Brooklyn, NY-based contributor and administrator of The League of Moveable Type. Home page. In 2020, League Spartan Variable was released, thanks to Micah Rich and Tyler Finck. League Spartan was an early free font of The League of Moveable Type. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Michael Cina
[You Work For Them (or YWFT; formerly Cinahaus or TrueIsTrue)]

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Michael Gent
[Michael Sharanda]

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Michael Hochleitner
[Typejockeys]

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Michael Rafailyk

Michael Rafailyk is a brand designer, illustrator, type designer and composer from Sumy, Ukraine. In 2003 he earned a Bachelors in music composition and conductor of orchestra at Bortnianski Art & Music College. In 2007 he earned a Bachelors degree in graphic design at the Open International University of Human Development. Until 2021 worked in a branding agency as an illustrator and graphic designer. Designer of these typefaces:

  • Sumy. For the brand of the city of Sumy.
  • Sidore. A typeface for the brand of Ukrainian alcoholic drinks Sidorenko.
  • The counterless fat handcrafted typeface Spilled Ink (2021), which was designed to complement illustrations.
  • Sealt (2021). An angular, almost Hitchcockian, display sans; six styles and a variable version.
  • Forestory (2021). A 5-style national park font that evokes trees and forests. It includes a variable style.
  • Wild Loops (2021). A very tall monolinear script.
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Michael Sharanda
[Michael Gent]

Design director at Huawei in Shenzhen, China. Creator of the free semi-condensed Latin / Cyrillic semi-condensed sans serif typeface Vladivostok (2017) and the free Latin / Cyrillic sans typeface Manrope (2018; +a variable font). Cristiano Sobral altered Manrope in his free font Russisch Sans (2020).

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Mike Abbink
[IBM Plex]

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Minitype
[Emma Marichal]

Emma Marichal (Lyon, France) is one of four designers at the French foundry Minitype (est. 2020). Her fonts can be bought at Type Department. These include the thorny serif typeface Gallique Light (2020), which was designed while she was still a student at ESAD Amiens.

Graduate of the postgraduate type design program at ESAD Amiens, France, class of 2021. Her graduation typeface there was Ploquine, whixh was designed under the supervision of Sebastien Morlighem. Ploquine is a typographic family inspired by wooden typefaces and is intended for editorial use. The family consists of a variable display and 5 styles for text. The drawings for the text are directly inspired by the French specimens of E. Ploquin or the French Typographic Foundry. She writes: With generous serifs and mechanical shapes, this contrasting but solid typeface is perfectly adapted for long texts in exhibition catalogs.

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Mint Type (was: PDesign 6.0)
[Andriy Konstantynov]

Ukrainian Andrey Konstantinov (b. 1981, Moscow, lives in Kiev) graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine in 2002. He lived for some time in Tallinn, Estonia. He ran PDesign 6.0, and later established the commercial foundry Mint Type.

His typefaces generally cover Latin and Cyrillic: Tecco (techno), Radix, Aera Sans, Aera Serif, Careless Hand Script (2005), Guarda Sans (2012), Vitra Sans (2005), Terra Sans (2005), Terra Semi Slab (2005), Terra Slab (2005), Radix (2004), Cyntho Pro (2012, a geometric sans), Cytia Pro (2012, a geometric sans with built-in contrast), Cytia Slab Pro (2013), Lytiga Pro (2012, a 48-font techy sans family, starting with hairline weights).

Typefaces from 2013: Pancetta Pro (elliptical sans), Pancetta Serif Pro, Clinica Pro (a clean non-geometric sans), Cyntho Slab Pro, Cytia Slab Pro, Espuma Pro (a soft humanist sans family with lots of curviness), Ristretto Pro (a narrow display sans), Ristretto Slab Pro.

During the riots and revolution in Ukraine in 2014, Andrey designed Anglecia Pro, a text typeface in Text, Display and Title subfamilies. Just before the 2014 elections in Ukraine, he designed the geometric partially humanist sans typeface Proba Pro, which has wide spacing and small x-height---the regular and italic styles are free.

Synerga Pro (2014) is a humanist slab serif with rounded terminals.

In 2015, he published the newspaper typeface Diaria Pro, which started out during a course at EINA in Barcelona. Diaria Sans Pro and Quiza Pro (a geometric display sans) were published in 2016.

In 2016, Oleh Lishchuk and Andriy Konstantynov co-designed the rounded scientific or technical paper font Midpoint Pro.

Typefaces from 2017: Skema Pro (a 84-style serif text family with Livro, Text, Omni, News, Title and Display subfamilies), Excentra Pro (a sans family with stroke variation and inclined axis), Opinion Pro (by Oleh Lishchuk), Orchidea Pro.

Typefaces from 2019: Ponzu (a stencil-style display sans), Greenwich (a modern-looking humanized sans-serif typeface with open aperture inspired by Gill and Johnson; +Cyrillic), Closer Text (a sans with overclosed apertures), Cyntho Next Slab, Cyntho Next (advertized as Swiss and Dutch).

Typefaces from 2020: Ki (a monospaced display typeface inspired by older VCR / camcorder OSD (on-screen display) fonts), Fiorina (a 72-style didone family in four optical sizes).

Typefaces from 2021: Accia Forte (a 16-style serif with large x-height), Accia Variable, Accia Moderato (a 16-style serif with large x-height), Accia Piano (a 16-style serif with large x-height), Accia Sans (a 16-style humanist sans), Accia Flare (also in 16 styles), Extatica (a 16-style eclectic (or: hipster) sans), Inerta (an 18-style geometric/neo-grotesk hybrid for Latin and Cyrillic).

Klingspor link.

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Miquel Cendros

Graduate of CIC Elisava. Barcelona-based designer of a variable font in 2019. Still in 2019, he drew Gothic Alphabet. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mirela Belova

Type designer in Sofia, Bulgaria, who first studied mathematics and then graphic design (at New Bulgarian University). During her studies, Mirela Belova created the Latin / Cyrillic blackboard bold typeface Cheque (2017), which is free at Fontfabric. She was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017.

In 2018, Mirela Belova and Svetoslav Simov co-designed the 20-style geometric sans typeface family Mont.

Codesigner of Mozer (2019, by Svetoslav Simov, Ani Petrova, Mirela Belova and Nikolay Petrousenko: a condensed headline sans family that covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic; Mozer SemiBold is free).

In 2020, Stan Partalev and Mirela Belova set up Spacetype.

In 2020, Mirela Belova and Stan Partalev co-designed the 22-style (+variable) geometric sans family Gogh at Spacetype.

Typefaces from 2021: Steam (a 13-style layerable Western family that emulates wood type; with Stan Partalev), Code Next (a 20-style geometric sans by Svetoslav Simov, Mirela Belova and Stan Partalev; it includes two variable fonts).

Garet (2021) is a 22-style (+variable) geometric sans family by Mirela Belova and Stan Partalev. Dedicated page. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mirko Velimirovic

Spartan is Matt Bailey's open-source typeface based on early 20th century American geometric sans serifs. In 2020, Mirko Velimirovic converted Spartan MB to a variable font downloadable at Google Fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MIUI Design

The Dynamic Font System of Beijing-based MIUI---the operating system that powers Xiaomi's mobile phones---enables the users to finely adjust the weight and size of the system fonts to the most suitable state. Their variable MIUI 11 Dynamic Font, Mi Lan Pro (2016-2019) for Latin and Chinese, was developed by a team that includes Flynn Lee (China), Jonathan Lu (Beijing, China) and Gary Chen (Beijing, China). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Moiré
[Marc Kappeler]

Zurich-based graphic design studio that often work for art and architecture clients. It is run by Marc Kappeler, Markus Reichenbach and Ruth Amstutz. Font subpage. Regina (2008) is a custom rounded typeface in Latin and Cyrillic for Regina Gallery in London and Moscow. Balkankaravan (2008) is a layered typeface custom-designed for Balkankaravan. In 2010, they made an ornamental caps typeface consisting of building demolitions.

In 2012-2013, Grilli Type published their typeface family GT Pressura (with monospaced and proportional versions), which was inspired by type stamped on shipping boxes. GT Pressura was co-designed by Ruth Amstutz and Dominik Huber.

In 2014, Dominic Huber, Marc Kappeler and Noel Leu published the extensive text family GT Sectra (Grilli Type), which, in view if its breadth and angular design will prove to be one the world's major releases of 2014. GT Sectra won first prize in the TDC 2015 Type Design competition. Their blurb: GT Sectra was originally designed for the German-language magazine Reportagen, a bi-monthly publication specializing in literary reporting. Its long-form stories require a typeface that works well in text, but not at the expense of character. GT Sectra strikes that balance.

In 2020, Dominic Huber and Marc Kappeler co-designed the 112-style GT Flexa at Grilli Type. Flexa is also a variable type with width, slant and thickness axes, and has a monospaced subfamily. GT Flexa is characterized by simple shapes and penetrating ink traps. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monica Rizzolli

Brazilian artist located in Sao Paulo. In 2019, Monica Rizzolli and Tony de Marco (Just in Type) published the octagonal typeface family Tomorrow, which can be downloaded from Google Fonts. Github link. In 2019, Tony de Marco and Monica Rizzolli released Tomorrow at Just in Type. Github link. Open Font Library link.

Typefaces from 2021: Just Pixo (a seven-weight pixacao font by Tony de Marco and Monica Rizzolli designed for monumental type sizes and vertical alignments, and released by Latinotype; +a variable font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Monotype on The History and Future of Variable Fonts

An article by Jason Tselentis in February 2017 on variable fonts through the eyes of Monotype's Tom Rickner. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype on The History and Future of Variable Fonts
[Jason Tselentis]

An article written in 2017 by Jason Tselentis, a designer, writer, and educator based in North Carolina. As Associate Professor at Winthrop University, he teaches visual communication design, brand strategy and development, web design, and typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Monotype Variable Font Demo

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Morula Type (or: Type01 Foundry, or: T1 Foundry)
[Valerio Monopoli]

Barcelona-based designer of these typefaces:

  • Gatwick or MRL Gatwick (2019, Pangram Pangram). He writes: Gatwick is a wide incise sans that grows in funkiness as it gains weight. Vaguely vintage and fiercely syncopated, it is the perfect choice when it comes to displaying names of kung fu movie stars, pretentious yachts and sci-fi convention speakers.
  • MRL Curata.
  • MRL Giro (2019). A seriously ink-trapped typeface with some tapering of the stems.
  • Skeleton.
  • MRL Migra (2019). A sharp-serifed text typeface. Published at Pangram Pamgram as Migra Serif (2020), now a 16-style spiky serif typeface inspired by the features in migratory birds.
  • Plotwist Serif (2019). A transitional (Times-Roman-like) typeface.
  • Arcuata.
  • Pillow (2019). A geometric sans.
  • Quasar Grotesk (2019).
  • T1 Korium (2021). A soft condensed (variable) display typeface and sharp, even angry, counters. And variable fonts.
  • Pangram Sans V2 (2021). With Mathieu Desjardins of Pangram Pangram. This font has 144 styles, and a 3-axis variable font version. Followed by Pangram Sans Rounded (2021).

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Muhammad Iqbal Firdaus
[Tegami Type]

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Muhammad Ridha Agusni
[38 Lineart Studio (or: Grayscale, or: Fontsources)]

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Muhittin Günes

Istanbul, Turkey-based designer of the free stencil typeface family Temiz (2017) and the free monospaced regular and stencil typeface pair Muar Mono (2018).

In 2018, Fatih Hardal and Muhittin Gunes set up Bold Type Istanbul. Both graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. They co-designed the sans typeface families Bold Type Modern (2018) and Bold Type Grotesk (2018).

In 2019, Muhittin Günes released the ink-trapped variable font OR Ranua, the fashion mag typeface Zermatt, the art deco sans typeface MT Maeve Deco, and the 14-style Muana Grotesque.

Typefaces from 2021: Olten (a didone-based display serif), Gronland (a sans serif typeface designed in 2018-2021 and inspired by Swiss public transport signage, NYC wayfinding systems and Greenland), Tofua (a hybrid between a didone and a gothic cathedral). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Myles Maxfield: Variable Fonts on the Web

Myles Maxfield explains variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MyType Foundry

Digital type foundry based in Manchester, UK. Designer at Type Department of the sans typefaces Quench Variable (2020: ultra-compressed), Labour Grotesk (2020) and Metrik (2020), and the decorative stencil serif typeface Celine (2020).

Typefaces from 2021: Merchant (a 4 weight sans serif that goesback to the 20th century British typefaces, particularly those by Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, and Margaret Calvert).

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Naipe Foundry
[Alvaro Franca]

Naipe Foundry is the type design, lettering & font production company set up in 2018 by Alvaro Franca and Felipe Casaprima (and before that, Leandro Assis as well). Alvaro Franca is a graphic designer from Rio de Janeiro who studied at ESDI in Rio and EINA in Barcelona. He teaches at Domestika and ELISAVA in Barcelona. He created Aladdin Sans (2011) when he was studying at ESDI in Rio. Other early typefaces by him include the wedge serif text typeface Selsdon (2015) and the didone numerals typeface Baleia Heavy (2015), which was influenced by Herb Lubalin's style.

In 2016, he created the 9-width titling or poster typeface family Bonde and wrote: It is the result of a year long research project on the hand painted lettering used in Rio de Janeiro tramways between 1868 and 1966. The carioca engineers who lettered the original signs used compression and expansion of letters so that station names of all sizes would occupy the same horizontal space. Because they didn't have lettering training or a model to follow, they had to come up with their own unique solutions for the problem of width variation in letterforms. Bonde applies these quirky and ingenious designs to a multi width type family, but adapts letterforms for contemporary use in their original function: signage and wayfinding.

In 2016, he designed the informal typeface Noturna. In 2017-2018, he participated in the Type Expert program at the Plantin-Moretus Institute in Antwerp.

He won an award at Tipos Latinos 2018 for Discordia (Naipe Foundry and Future Fonts): Developed originally for use in magazines, the goal was to create a concise text family that blurred the lines of type classification, mixing things that normally don't go together but which could be persuaded to play nice this one time. In 2020, Hebrew support was added thanks to Ben Nathan. In 2021, MyFonts published Discordia and credited Felipe Casaprima and Alvaro Franca.

In 2020, Naipe released Pacaembu. Advertized as a tropical art deco sans, this seven-style sans serif typeface by Alvaro Franca and Felipe Casaprima finds its roots in Brazilian soccer. In particular, it took inspiration from the stone lettering found in the 1940 art deco style Sao Paulo Municipal Stadium, also known as Estadio Pacaembu. A variable style is included.

Future Fonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Namela (or: Syamsi Namela)
[Nur Syamsi]

Magelang, Indonesia-based designer of Resalatyn(an inky script), Balise (a rounded display sans; +a variable font; by Nur Syamsi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan), Manche (2020: a 56-style geometric sans by Nur Syamsi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan), the soft serif typeface Aligarh (2020: by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Aligarh Arabic (2020: by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), the fat finger font families Childos Arabic and Childos (2020, by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), the modular sans typeface Gumela (2019, by Nur Symasi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan), Tasmik (2020: for Arabic), Khayma (2020: for Arabic), Tufuli (2020), Tufuli Arabic (2020, by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Counte (2020, a slab serif typeface family by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), the 20-style geometric sans family Madani (2020, by Nur Symasi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan), Madani Arabic (2020: a geometric sans / kufi in ten styles; includes a variable font), and Gumela Arabic (2020, by Nur Symasi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan).

Typefaces from 2021: Mahameru (a 20-style display typeface by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Mahameru Arabic, Meila (a plump almost-bubblegum font family in seven styles; by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Meila Arabic, Bandy (a 16-style slab serif by Panca Hasan and Nur Syamsi), Kidzhood (a children's book font family by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Gestura (an upright connected typeface in 14 styles, and two variable fonts; by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Naveid (an 18-style mini-serif typeface; and two variable fonts; by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Naveid Arabic (a ten-style Arabic typeface by Nur Syamsi and Bustanul Arifin), Resalaty Arabic (a handwriting style by Nur Syamsi). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nathanael Dorange
[Par Défaut]

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Naum Type
[Pyotr Bushuev]

Peter or Pyotr Bushuev is the Pskov, Russia-based designer of the geometric typeface families Umbero (2016, retro deco) and Kontora (2016, for Latin and Cyrillic). He also designed the brush typeface Burelom (2015).

Typefaces from 2017: Juxta (Sans, Sans Mono, Script), Juxta Sans Mono, Ravensara Antiqua Stencil, Ravensara Sans, Ravensara Serif (a high contrast fashion mag font derived from didones; in Sans and Serif styles).

Typefaces from 2019: Base + Bloom (experimental).

Typefaces from 2020: Strikt (a viariable pixelish font on a 3x3 grid with two axes, weight and animation), Cascadeur (Pyotr writes: Cascadeur is a variable modular sans with 3 axes, a modernistic hommage to space-age typography).

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Nav Raw
[Rajesh Rajput]

Rajesh Rajput (since 2014 with Cognizant Technologies, Gurgaon / Delhi, India) designed the free 5-style stencil typeface family Break in 2015. Interestingly, a guy called Steven Han calls it his font in 2016. He worked for four months on an elaborate decorative set of 26 capitals under the project name Type Soul (2015).

Now based in New Delhi, he created Hagna (2017; although inside the font we find another name, Webvilla), the free variable condensed sans display family Thunder (2017) and Gorgeous (2017, a free tall fashion mag typeface family).

Typefaces from 2018: Morganite (a free condensed movie credit sans in 18 styles),

Typefaces from 2019: Emberly (a free 54-style didone, with a variable option).

Typefaces from 2021: Moniqa (a free 162-style (+variable font) family of art deco typefaces for Latin and Cyrillic).

Behance link. Behance link for Nav Raw. [Google] [More]  ⦿

NC Type (or: Netvarec Typefaces)
[Daniel Quisek]

Prague-based type foundry offering typefaces by Daniel Quisek and Lukass Chladek, who gained their experience type during their MA studies in The Netherlands. Their fonts include NC Burrata (2020: a geometric sans; +a variable style), NC Fontina (2020: a grotesk sans that celebrates Mille Miglia, a Thousand Miles open-road race established in 1927 in Italy.) and NC Kobyla (2020: a workhorse text typeface family; +a variable font).

Daniel Quisek is the co-designer with Martin Vacha of the free Google Fonts typeface Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neue Frutiger
[Akira Kobayashi]

Neue Frutiger was developed by Akira Kobayashi and the Monotype (ex-Linotype) Design Team, in 2018. An outgrowth of Adrian Frutiger's successful Frutiger font, this wayfinding family was split by Monotype into several packages:

  • Neue Frutiger World. Neue Frutiger World supports more than 150 languages and scripts including Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Thai and Vietnamese. The Neue Frutiger World fonts can be paired with Monotype's CJK fonts: M XiangHe Hei TC (Chinese), Tazugane Gothic (Japanese) and Seol Sans (Korean).
  • Neue Frutiger Tamil. Neue Frutiger Tamil was created by Pria Ravichandran and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi.
  • Neue Frutiger Georgian. Neue Frutiger Georgian was created by Akaki Razmadze and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi.
  • Neue Frutiger Arabic. Neue Frutiger Arabic was created by Nadine Chahine and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi.
  • Neue Frutiger Vietnamese.
  • Neue Frutiger Hebrew. Neue Frutiger Hebrew was created by Yanek Iontev and a team of designers and font engineers from the Monotype Studio, under the direction of Monotype type director Akira Kobayashi.

In 2019, the Linotype team developed and released the single variable font Neue Frutiger Variable. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Neutype Foundry
[Samuel Powell]

Graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, class of 2018. In 2018, Samuel Powell set up Neutype Foundry, and designed the geo-grotesque monolinear sans Kontur, and the monolinear sans New Highway. Designer in 2019 of Arbeit, a simple sans with a two axes (weight, italic) variable font option. You Work for Them link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Newglyph
[Ian Party]

Swiss type foundry set up by Ian Party in Lausanne in 2020, with a focus on variable font technology. All newglyph typefaces are variable fonts with three axes of variation: weight, width and contrast. Their initial typefaces in 2020:

  • Atacama. A 90-style garalde.
  • Antarctica. A 132-style neo-grotesque.
  • Amazonia. A 90-style neo-classic didone.
  • Alaska. A 110-style geometric sans.
  • Alpaga. A variable sans font family with two axes, boldness and width.
  • Aloha
  • Africa
  • Armada
  • Azaka

The team:

  • Ian Party (founder, CEO, design director).
  • Daniela Retana (founder, custom fonts director).
  • Dennis Moya Razafimandimby (founder, creative director).
  • David Massara (graphic and type designer).
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Nguyen Type
[Andree Nguyen]

Nguyen Type is a small type foundry founded by Andree Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 2019, Andree released the display typeface family Iconique Sans, the cross-cultural Latin typeface House of Nguyen (2019) and the fantastic decorated caps typeface Khong Gian Am (2019: inspired by negative things and sins). In 2020, Andree designed Iconique Serif and the experimental typefaces Froot Mono and Seed Mono. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nice to Type
[Gabriel Richter]

Gabriel Richter studied communication design at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences from 2010 till 2015, and attended a workshop by Jakob Runge and Max Kostopoulos. After working on experimental type projects, Richter did an internship at FontShop International in 2013. His Bachelor's project was the grotesque Richter Grotesk (now called FF Infra, published by FontFont). In 2017, he became independent and founded Übertype with Andreas Uebele. Richter teaches type design at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. Übertype later morphed into Nice To Type. His typefaces:

  • FF Infra (2019, FontFont, and by inclusion, Monotype). A sturdy sans typeface family.
  • Massimo Grafia (2017, by Gabriel Richter and Andreas Uebele). Massimo Grafia is a vast experimental linear-grotesque typeface in four weights, with an option for more kink.
  • Crack Grotesk (2018, Gabriel Richter). A geometric sans. With a variable style added in.
  • Blow, and Krasz, two typefaces announced on the Nice to Type site, but not available for study or purchase.

Interview. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nick Job

Macclesfield, UK-based type designer who has a degree in graphic design from Nottingham Trent University. David Brezina introduces Nick as follows: Nick Job saw my baby steps as a type designer on the Typophile forum and kindly offered advice and new sources of inspiration. That's how I learned about his enthusiasm for British Rail and modernist design in general. He is a sans-serif specialist by heart, exploring mechanical influences (FS Hackney) as well as Englishness in design (FS Elliot).

His typefaces:

  • Energy (2007). A sans family.
  • The extensive sans family Camphor (2010, Monotype).
  • FS Elliot (2012, Fontsmith).
  • The custom font FS Webb Ellis Cup, which was done for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
  • The assertive sans typeface family FS Hackney (2020, Fontsmith).
  • Adelphi (2019, Rosetta Type Foundry). Adelphi is an extensive Bauhaus-inspired geometric typeface family (with variable styles) that covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. One of the variable axes explores terminal angles.
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Nick Sherman
[v-fonts]

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Nick Sherman: Variable Fonts for Responsive Design

Nick Sherman writes about variable fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nicolas Massi
[Tomo Fonts (was: We Are Tomo)]

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Nois (was: Makenois)
[Guillermo Lizarzuay]

Barcolona-based designer who set up Makenois and then Nois, a studio engaged in branding, web design and digital campaigns. Creator of Mirtha Display (2020), Britti Sans (2020: a 14-style brutalist sans), Lalo Grotesk (2020) and Beni (2020: a condensed headline sans).

Typefaces from 2021: Jessi Neue (a soft serif in four styles, and a variable font). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nonpareille (was: Chastellun.net)
[Matthieu Cortat]

Matthieu Cortat was born in Délémont (Switzerland) in 1982, and became a French citizen later. After a degree in graphic design in 2005, at the University of Art&Design Lausanne (Ecal), he obtained a Masters at the Atelier National de Recherche Typographie in Nancy (France). Cortat heads the Master Type design program at the École d'art de Lausanne (ECAL). He lives in Lyon where he is advisor to the collections of the museum of Printing and Graphic communication. He created the French typographical corpus, which brings together the typefaces in France between 1850 and today. He set up Nonpareille. Most of his typefaces can be bought at 205 Corp.

His typefaces:

  • Bentham (transitional).
  • Bonesana (2009, Gestalten, an elegant text family straight out of the 18th century).
  • Brett (2004). A rounded pixel face.
  • Chastelmail (a modification of ITC Officina).
  • Goupil (2008, by Regis Tosetti).
  • Ecstrat (2009, ornamental 18th century type in the style of Fournier or Rosart).
  • Fairplay (transitional newspaper face).
  • Glovis (2007, a monospaced typewriter typeface with ball terminals; with Régis Tosetti).
  • Liberté.
  • Tartan.
  • Monolith.
  • Stockmar (2007, Optimo: a 12-style baroque family inspired by by Johann Rudolf Genath II (1679-1740)).
  • Stuart Pro and Stuart Standard (Nonpareille, 2008). These almost Venetian low-contrast text type families come in 18 styles each, and have three optical choices for the ranges below 8pt, 8-12 pt and above 12pt.
  • Ecstrat.
  • Glovis.
  • Louize (2013). This is a contemporary revival of the Augustaux designed by Louis Perrin between 1846 and 1855. It mixes roman square capitals with a set of transitional / old style / incised lower case. In 2021, he added Louize Display Condensed. He explians: In 1846, Lyonnese printer, Louis Perrin commissioned founder Francisque Rey to cut a series of capitals inspired by monumental roman inscriptions. They have been used to compose "Les Inscriptions antiques de Lyon", a book by Alphonse de Boissieu. In 1855, the typeface was completed by a series of lowercase, some coming from the printshop of Rey, others designed by Perrin himself. His Augustaux, one of the first revivals in the history of typography, became rapidly successful, launching the Renouveau Elzévirien" movement. With the Louize Family, Matthieu Cortat provides a contemporary reinterpretation of the Augustaux. It retains a wise and serene tone, a clear grey of text, the soft roundness of the curves. Louize is discreet, calm, harmonious.
  • Chrysaora (2013). An all caps art deco typeface family based on the engraved letters on the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris.
  • Ebnor (2013). A digital version of the Écriture Bâton Normalisée (standardized sans serif) presented by M. Brun in a self-published booklet of 1959. The shape of letters respects the standard E-04-105 of the French Association for Standardization (AFNOR) which sets norms for industry, engineering and architecture. All letters are monolined and warmly rounded.
  • Svafa (2013). This is a rune simulation typeface that revives lettering designed by Eugène Grasset in 1893, on a poster for Richard Wagner's opera, Valkyrie.
  • Petit Serif (2013): Petit Serif is a caps typeface with copperplate endings, described as an interpretation (with Latin, Greek and Cyrillic versions) based on the lettering done at 55 Broadway, S.W.1, London, by Percy J. Delf Smith. It is a sans serif presenting the classic proportions of the Roman Square Capitals, yet it does show tiny serifs due to the use of a brush.
  • Mecano Sans and Mecano Serif (2013). A revival of a condensed geometric Nebiolo family.
  • Henry (2013). They write: Henry is a personal reinterpretation of the Garamond cut for the Deberny & Peignot type foundry between 1914 and 1926 by Henri Parmentier, under the management of Georges Peignot, who owned the foundry. Their purpose was to recreate the gracefulness of Claude Garamont's type typeface while allowing for the development of modern paper making, with its wood pulp paper, as opposed to 16th century rag paper. This elegant and smooth text family has its own mind: Henry is based on the text sizes (9 to 14) of the Garamond Peignot. It is a light and fluid Garald, rather skinny and narrow, with a slender grace. There is an art nouveau spirit in its z leaning on the left, its serpentine a and J, the roundish lower bowl of its t, the wide tail of its Q.
  • Hans (2013). A dark Koch-style textura blackletter.
  • Battling (2013). This is quite an interesting sans family, in the geometric style of 1930s Europe. The original rough model was a typeface family called Universelles by the Dutreix foundry in Limoges, first produced in the 1930s. The heavier weights are characterized by small cactus spurs.
  • Anacharsis (2012). An experimental geometric sans family.
  • Basetica Pro (2013). Even though only offered in two styles, the announcement says that Basetica aims to be the Helvetica for 2013.
  • Helvetius (2016). A reinterpretation of a Fournier-style font used in a 1178 edition of De L'Homme by French philosopher Claude-Adrien Helvetius.
  • Cosimo (2017, Bureau 205). A humanist sans.
  • Yorick (2018). Yorick is based on a monospace typewriter font (model 3402U) found in the Campionario caratteri e fregi tipografici of the Nebiolo type foundry, dated 1920, but the font might probably be older. The source is a slab serif form very common in typewriter fonts (Pica, according to Olivetti naming system) with a little touch of classical flavour from the Imperial style (i.e. with thick and thin contrasts).
  • Molitor (2019, 205TF). A great art deco-inspired sans typeface that looks great even for text on a screen.
  • Muoto (2021), a variable sans serif font designed by Matthieu Cortat, Anthony Franklin and Sander Vermeulen (Base Design). They write: Muoto is the synthesis of a sensitive and human approach to modernist design. This font combines full curves and solid stems, showing that functionalism can actually be warm and softly effective. With its robust structure and subdued proportions, it evokes organic forms dear to Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who in 1957 wrote: "We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street".

Speaker at ATypI 2017 Montreal.

Klingspor link.

View Matthieu Cortat's typefaces. View Nonpareille's font library. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

NREY
[Andriy Dykun]

Makeevka, Donetsk, Ukraine-based designer of these typefaces in 2017: Vector Waves, Quasimodo (a free spurred and curvy decorative display typeface), Courtney (monoline script), Lumberjack (blackletter; see also Lumberjack Zombie in 2019), Marvin (a 10-font Marvin Heemeyer-inspired bulldozer and wrench font family with a free heavy slab serif), Awakening (signage script), Bang Bang, Round Compound, Rot Shield (blackletter), Rust (spurred), Furious, Dry Brush, Balalaika (Cyrillic emulation typeface), Moustache, Barbara (script), Arigato, The Pontifice (blackletter), Amsterdam, Megapolis (inline), Megapolis Black Bold (free, for Latin and Cyrillic), Phoenix Gothic, Brush Pen, Nround (rounded sans), DieCunst (free connected script).

Typefaces from 2018: Fontuna (+stencil), Sansterdam (a geometric condensed grotesk with a few deco styles), Ethna (a fashion mag sans typeface family), Voguer Sans (a free Latin / Cyrillic display typeface with fashion applications in mind), Ravenholm (an expressionist blackletter), Jorick (vintage, Latin and Cyrillic), Ultravog and Ultravog Glitch Black (extreme contrast stencil styles: free), Walpurgis Night, Voguer (a high-contrast fashion mag font), Voguer II (didone-inspired, accompanied by a script typeface).

Typefaces from 2019: Anicon Sans, Anicon Slab, Thephir (a variable cursive typeface), Oblique Rain (monoline script), Skiff (a quaint almost painted sans), Cadency (a monoline script), Waymar (Serif and Script font duo; include the textured caps typeface Waymar Ornate and the blackboard bold style Waymar Outline), Phagoth (blackletter), Gunhill (a vintage font family that includes blackboard bold styles), Heartland (Script & Sans), Marvin Slab.

Typefaces from 2020: Calmius, Calmius Sans. Calmius Sans has Oppo (reverse contrast), Low and High (Peignotian) subfamilies, all experiments on contrast.

Typefaces from 2021: Asterlight (a steampunk font), Barosa (2021: inspired by the slavonic style, all glyphs in this typeface have the same height).

Graphicriver link. Behance link. Newest Behance link. Dafont link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Nur Syamsi
[Namela (or: Syamsi Namela)]

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Official Designs

Designer of the monolinear square-spaced neon light font family Night Variable Display (2020). [Google] [More]  ⦿

OGJ Type Design
[Oliver Jeschke]

Aka OGJ, Oliver Jeschke is based in Berlin. With Oliver Mayer (Tatin, Basel), he created the avant garde linear grotesk typeface family Version 1 International (2013). The typeface family, characterized by upward diagonal strokes in the f, h, m, n and u, was published by Volcano. Volcano writes: The Version 1 font family is a mannered geometric linear-grotesque, hand-drawn and developed by Oliver Jeschke and Oliver Mayer at Tatin Design Enterprises in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany. It was created in a three-month training and was further developed in the later stages as OpenType font.

In 2015, influenced by the work of Swiss master designer Max Bill, Oliver Jeschke created the Greek simulation typeface family Bill Display, the sans typeface Bill Corporate, and Bill Corporate Narrow. See aso Bill Corporate Mx (2016) and Bill Display Lowercase.

Spectators Headline (2016) is a breezy semi-informal notebook sans family.

Typefaces from 2017 include Sequel Sans and Sequel Rounded. Calling it a "post-Max Bill design", Sequel Sans was developed in collaboration with the Max Bill Georges Vantongerloo Foundation. In 2018, Sequel 100 Wide and Sequel 100 Black were added to that collection.

Typefaces from 2018: Shapiro (a 32-style grotesk in which horizontal and vertical strokes are nearly identical in width), Temper Wide (slab serif).

Typefaces from 2019: Shapiro Pro (138 styles), Shapiro Base (sans), Darbee Legend (a sans family with cuts named after famous racehorses).

Typefaces from 2020: Sequel Sans VF (the variable font version of Sequel Sans), JT Energy (a great addition to the geometric sans genre featuring optically consistent line thickness; it comes with two condensed styles called JT Energy Placard, and with JT Energy Variable).

Typefaces from 2021: JT Collect (a 14-style grotesk used by Nike). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Oguzhan Cengiz
[Hurufatfont Type Foundry]

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Oh No Type
[James T. Edmondson]

Oakland, CA-based designer, whose company is called Oh No Type. In 2011, he was a student at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Graduate of the Type & Media program at KABK in Den Haag in 2014. Before that, he was based in Leeds, UK. James teaches Type at Cooper West. In 2018, James co-founded Future Fonts, a platform for distributing fonts in-progress. Typefaces:

  • 2008: at FontStruct of the blackletter typeface Eclyptico and of Mopper.
  • 2010: Edmondson, Dode (script).
  • 2011: Edmond Serif (in progress) is being designed in Rod Cavasos Type Design class at CCA. Edmond Sans (2011) is a headline all caps sans face. Duke (Lost Type) is a beveled typeface based on the signage for the Cup and Saucer Luncheonette in New York. Wisdom Script (Lost Type) was originally designed for Woods of Wisdom, a 50 part poster series on bad advice. Working on a roman caps version in Ed Interlock style. Lavanderia (2011, free at Lost Type) is a signage script family inspired by fancy laundromat lettering in San Francisco's Mission District.
  • 2012: Edmond Sans (Lost Type).
  • Mission Script (2012) is a connected signage script, also inspired by lettering in San Francisco's Mission District.
  • 2013: Mission Gothic. Influenced by wood types, this sans was co-designed with Trevor Baum.
  • 2014: Covik, his graduation typeface at KABK. He writes: Covik was designed with the goal of creating a small text family with complimentary display typefaces which work together to create a rich typographic palette. How divergent could a style be while remaining kindred? In what ways could weight, width, proportion, and construction be played with in order to create a varied family? See also Covik Sans Mono.
  • 2015: Hobeaux (a take on Morris Fuller Benton's art nouveau typeface Hobo), Viktor Script (a retro script done with Erik Marinovich). Accompanied by Hobeaux Rococeaux (2016).
  • 2016: Vulf Mono (Vulf Mono is the official typeface of Vulfpeck, a funky four-piece rhythm section from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The typeface draws main inspiration from 12 point Light Italic, a font for the IBM Selectric typewriter.)
  • Year unknown: Bordeaux Script.
  • 2018: Obviously, Eckmann Psych (a psychedelic take on Otto Eckmann's art nouveau type), Ohno Blazeface, Cheee (a variable font).
  • 2019: Nonplus (counterless script), Primarily Script (a children's book font), Coniferous (based on signage at American National Forests).
  • 2020: Degular (sans, variable with three axes), Compadre (an all caps sans typeface), Ohno Fatface (in the true didone fat face tradition, with delicious conniving outlines; and a 2-axis variable font along width and optical size), Swear (an experimental serif with rotated pen angle; +a variable style).
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Oliver Jeschke
[OGJ Type Design]

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Olli Meier

German designer of Vary (2021, Monotype). Vary is an 10-style geometric sans serif typeface (+a variable font) inspired by Bulgarian Cyrillic. Its weights range from Hairline to ExtraBlack. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Omnibus Type
[Héctor Gatti]

Hector Gatti, aka Pocho Gatt, is an Argentinian who runs Gatti Studio and Omnibus Type, and who co-designed the sans typeface Patagonia (1994) with Pablo Cosgaya. Omnibus (est. 2011) is a coop that focuses on web typography and high quality web fonts. All typefaces can be found at the Google Font Directory. All designers are from Argentina and Mexico. Their typeface library:

Another URL. Google Plus link. Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link. Behance link. Klingspor link. Open Font Library link.

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Onetypethree Foundry (or: Dzianis Serabrakou)
[Denis Serebryakov]

Denis Serebryakov's Design studio in Minsk, Belarus creates logotypes and identity based on original lettering and own production fonts. Appetite (2011) is a black upright script family. It was followed by Appetite Contrast (2012) and the italic version, Appetite New (2012), the sketched version, Appetite Sketch (2013), and Appetite Rounded (2014). In 2016, it was updated to Appetite Pro. In 2017, it was extended to Appetite Pro Rounded.

Myster (2012) is a random font in which each glyph has three alternatives. General (2012) is an elegant casual sans family. Germes (2012) is a grotesk family with some contrast and with some reverse serifs added sparingly. Germes Sans (2012) is the sans version.

Statut (2012) is an elegant thin typeface that is based on calligraphic work by Belarusian artist Pavel Semchenko.

Oldsman No. 1 (2012) is a fashion mag typeface.

Displace (2013, +Displace Cut, +Displace 2.0 in 2019, +Displace Serif in 2019) is a sans typeface drawn with a tilted nib. Ultratype (2013) is an angular typeface designed for Ultralab.

Typefaces from 2014: Bouquet (a fat brushy script, with Cyrillic).

Typefaces from 2015: Ultratype Beta.

Typefaces from 2016: Nature Product.

Typefaces from 2017: Canapa (humanistic sans), Rozza (a curvy decorative stencil typeface).

Typefaces from 2018: Epos.

Typefaces from 2019: AMDG (a sans commissioned by Artox Media design Group).

Typefaces from 2020: Nekst (a 7-style geometric sans with a reference to bent metal tubing; +a variable style).

Typefaces from 2021: Taler (a 7-style avant-garde slab serif featuring plastic stiffness).

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Op. Cit. Ibid. (or: OCI)
[Kia Tasbihgou]

London-based type designer. Creator of these retail typefaces:

  • Beatrice (2018). A sans, with Lucas Sharp and Connor Davenport, for Sharp Type.
  • OCI Taper (2016).
  • Jeder Grotesque (2016-2018). Originally done for Vanity Fair.
  • Propos (2018). A variable font influenced by Roger Excoffon's Antique Olive.
  • Peace (2016). A sans.

She also does custom design, including a titling typeface for Christie's Magazine, commissioned by B.A.M. in 2018.

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Opentype Font Variations: David Berlow

David Berlow explains OpenType Font Variations. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oscar Cobo
[Lillan Team]

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Oscar Yáñez

Oscar Yáñez has a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Communication Design from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) and a Master's degree in Typographic Design from the Centro de Estudios Gestalt.

Designer of Fabrica Texto (Italica, Versalita, Bold, 2008) and Lucrecia Texto (Itálica, Versalita, Bold), both winners in the Tipos Latinos 2008 competition for best text family. Grand prize winner at Tipos Latinos 2010 for his titling type family Carlota. Other typefaces by him include Aion, Moneda, and Condesa.

Viga (2011, free at Google Web Fonts) is a heavy angry macho sans.

In 2012, he created Amate, a type that was designed for a newspaper in Cuernavaca. Calavera (2012, Cocijotype) is an ornamental display typeface that is based on the Mexican Tuscan letter style and on the work by Mexican engraver Manuel Manilla. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014. Dorotea (2012) is a Latin / Greek / Cyrillic typeface family created for text in books and periodicals. The name is in honor to Dorothy Abbe, typographer, puppeter and close friend of William Addison Dwiggins.

At ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, he spoke eloquently about Boudewijn Ietswaart and the development of the Balduino typeface (by the Círculo de Tipógrafos).

In 2014, he created the curly ronde script typeface Bistro for Gastronomie Magazine.

He lives in Mexico City and is Design Editor at GEE. Founding member of Círculo de Tipógrafos in Mexico.

In 2010, Cristobal Henestrosa strated work on Charter, which is based on an experimental typeface named Charter, designed yet never fully finished by William Addison Dwiggins. It is an upright italic, unconnected script typeface, whose main features are a pronounced contrast, condensed forms and exaggerated ascenders. While Dwiggins worked on this project from 1937 to 1955, he only completed the lowercase and a few other characters. However, it was used to set a specimen in 1942 and a short novel in 1946. The sources that Cristobal used for Royal Charter (and later, Mon Nicolette) were the original sketches by WAD as well as printing trails kept at the Boston Public Library, and a copy of the 1946 edition of The Song-Story of Aucassin and Nicolette. This gorgeous typeface can be used successfully in headlines, subheads and short passages of text from 12 points onwards. It was published in 2020 as Mon Nicolette at Sudtipos, where the help of Oscar Yanez was acknowledged. Mon Nicolette also comes in a variable format with weight and optical size axes. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Otherwhere Collective (or: Ilott Type)
[Andrew Bellamy]

British born designer Andrew Bellamy worked for agencies in London, Oslo, and Miami, and is currently developing various global brands as Design Director at JKR in New York City. He started Ilott Type and then Otherwhere Collective.

Andrew Bellamy designed 64-SRC (2017), a rare condensed monospace font inspired by IBM's Selectric type from the 1960s.

His 57 Nao (2016) is a revival of a Japanese typewriter font from the 1950s called Messenjaa. They explain: Designed in 1950s Japan by Okanao & Kushiro, the perfect partnership until artistic temperaments drove them apart. The duo spent years crafting the font with the working title Messenjaa, Okanao bringing technical expertise to craft letterforms, while Kushiro made it his life, obsessively working late into the night to check pages for errors. For him the project was never about making money, it was an artistic endeavor to reprint the great Western works of literature. When he found out Okanao had secretly sold the rights of the font for use as a logo for a major Japanese manufacturer, Kushiro burned all evidence of the designs in a fit of passionate fury. The two reportedly never spoke again. Messenjaa was thought lost forever until a type specimen was discovered in a vintage typewriter box bought on eBay. Now redrawn and available as 57-nao, a faithful and beautifully crafted monospace characterized by what is considered Okanao's defining moment, the angular loop on the lowercase a.

52-Kfx (2017) is an extra tall sans typeface.

35-FTR (2017) was custom drawn specifically for the book Analogue Photography which required the timeless elegance of Futura and the compact utilitarian typesetting of Helvetica.

In 2018, he designed the fashion mag typefaces 19Pra and Coutura Sans.

In 2019, Bellamy published OC Bartok (a wedge serif), OC Pajaro (a sans family between Futura and Akzidenz Grotesk), OC Format Sans (a geometric grotesk sans serif that fuses the style of Futura with the rhythm and proportions of Akzidenz), OC Rey.

Typefaces from 2020: OC Format Stencil (a variable font design inspired by the work of Bruno Munari, Paul Rand, and Max Huber), OC Format Collage, OC Format Shards. A special mention for the masking tape font OC Revolt, a variable display font made for the protest graphics of the NYC-based Trump Brexit era Non-Complicit project who initially made guerrilla type with masking tape applied directly in situ or to silk screens. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Owen Earl
[Indestructible Type]

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Pablo Gámez Navarro

Graduate of the TypeMedia program at the KABK in The Hague in 2017, who first worked at some design studios in Spain and now develops typefaces at Bold Monday. His typefaces include:

  • Driver (2017), his graduation work at KABK. This is a variable font, Driver Small, and a fashionable typeface family, Driver Big. Pablo explains: Inspired by the world of motorsports and hypercars, Driver is a modern interpretation of the squarish styles from the sixties and the aesthetics of car races. The smaller version is a four axis variable font that adapts to a responsive interface, enabling the designer to link visual parameters of the typeface to conditions like luminosity, size and background color. The bigger version is a typeface intended for branding and editorial environments, inspired by racing banners. It includes six sets of decorated figures.
  • Trump Mediaeval: an etched typeface revival.
  • Mango. A text typeface.
  • Modena.
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Paco Gonzalez

Codesigner with Giuseppe Salerno of Superb (2014, Resistenza: a creamy signage script) and the calligraphic brush script Modern Love (2015).

Italian codesigner, with Giuseppe Salerno and Andrea Tardivo, of the chocolate box script typeface family Gianduja (2016, Resistenza).

In 2018, he co-designed Contigo and Contigo Vintage with Giuseppe Salerno.

In 2019, Paco Gonzalez and Giuseppe Salerno co-designed the brush typefaces SmoothyPro, Pando Script and Parkour, Auster Rounded, the Tuscan family Royale, the chalk font Dolce Caffe Chalk, the layered handcrafted sans typeface Dolcissimo, the dry brush script typeface Blue Jeans, the brush script Batticuore and Turquoise Inline.

Typefaces from 2020, all with Giuseppe Salerno: Big Mamma (a hand-printed slab serif), Suerte (a reverse contrast display type, inspired by Aldo Novarese's Estro), Norman (a fashion mag typeface), Royale Italic (Tuscan), Auster Variable, Hello Fresh, Nostalgia and Nostalgia Flowers, Tresor (a romantic flared sans), Pesto Fresco Italic. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Panca Ahmadi Hasan

Magelang, Indonesia-based designer of the modular sans typeface Gumela (2019, by Nur Syamsi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan) and Gumela Arabic (2020, by Nur Syamsi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan).

In 2020, Nur Syamsi and Panca Ahmadi Hasan co-designed Balise (a rounded display sans; +a variable font), the slab serif typeface family Counte, the 20-style geometric sans family Madani and Manche (2020, a 56-style geometric sans).

Typefaces from 2021: Bandy (a 16-style slab serif by Panca Hasan and Nur Syamsi). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Pangram Pangram Foundry
[Mathieu Desjardins]

Mathieu Desjardins (Pangrampangram) is a senior art director in Montreal, who created the free geometric sans typefaces Charlevoix Bold, and Pier Sans (2015), and the condensed sans typeface Stellar in 2015. However, at Graphicriver, we learn that he is selling Charlevoix Bold (2015), Stellar (2015) and Pier Sans (2015).

In 2016, he designed Supply Mono (which could be used for programming), the (free for personal use) 7-weight geometric sans font family Pangram and the (free for personal use) Fuji Sans.

In 2017, he published Chronos Serif, which is also free for personal use.

In 2018, he designed the grotesque typefaces Formula Condensed, Neue Montreal (together with Sebastien Tremblay; advertized as a great replacement of Helvetica) and Radio Grotesk, the warm and fluid text typeface Woodland, the wide display sans Monument Extended (version 2 appearing in 2020), Casa Stencil and Gosha Sans (influenced by Futura and Russian constructivism; contains Cyrillic as well).

Typefaces from 2019: Hatton (a collaboration with London-based design studio Two Times Elliott, Hatton is a homage to the history of the London diamond trade district, Hatton Garden), Editorial New (a partly free editorial text font family), Neue Machina (inspired by the aesthetics of robotics and machines, this powerful variable opentype typeface family is characterized by monospace/geometric features and deep ink traps; designed by Mathieu Desjardins and Vasjen Katro / Baugasm). It is inspired by the aesthetics of robotics and machines).

Typefaces from 2020: Neue World (an 48-style and variable cut modern serif with roots in vintage display type).

Typefaces from 2021: Pangram Sans V2 (with Valerio Monopoli: 144 styles, and a 3-axis variable font; Pangram Sans was originally published in 2015; followed by Pangram Sans Rounded (2021)), Editorial New Version 2.0.

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Panos Vassiliou
[Parachute]

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Par Défaut
[Nathanael Dorange]

French designer of these typefaces:

  • New Odyssey (2020). An 14-style informal sans.
  • Basique Black (2020). A heavy geometric sans typeface for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Basique Pro (2020). A 5-style geometric sans typeface for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Block S (2021). A squarish blocky family in 98 styles.
  • Stallman (2021). A squarish font family with 100 styles, +a variable font. Stallman Round (98 styles) followed layter in 2021. It is unknown whether these typefaces are named after the Free Software guru Richard Stallman.
  • Decart (2021). A retro display font.
  • Rouge Gorge (2021). A warm and fuzzy serif family in 42 styles, with two variable fonts.
  • Rollman (2021). A squarish typeface family.
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Parachute
[Panos Vassiliou]

London, UK, and Athens and Kifissia, Greece-based type foundry started in 2001 by Panos Vassiliou. It specializes in fine multilingual (usually Latin, Greek and Cyrillic) typeface families. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada with a major in Applied Science and Engineering. Following his University of Toronto graduation, he studied Graphic Communications at Ryerson University. Panos Vassiliou has conducted numerous seminars for Canadian companies such as Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank and Sony Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto/Canada, where he studied Applied Science and Engineering. He has been Creative Director for the Canadian design firm AdHaus, former Publisher of the monthly magazine DNA (Greece) and Secretary-General for the Hellenic Canadian Congress (Ontario, Canada). He has been designing typefaces since 1993, including commercial fonts as well as commissions from Vodafone, Nestlé, Ikea and National Geographic. He started Parachute in 2001 setting the base for a typeface library that reflected the works of some of the best contemporary Greek designers, as well as creatives around the world obsessed with type. Apart from its commercial line of typefaces, Parachute offers bespoke branding services for corporate typefaces and lettering. Customers include Bank of America, the European Commission, UEFA, Samsung, IKEA, Interbrand, National Geographic, Financial Times, National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and many others.

Myfonts link. Behance link.

Other type designers at Parachute include Kanella Arapoglou, Alexandros Papalexis, Dimitris Foussekis, Aggeliki Skandalelli, Helen Gabara, Babis Touglis, Vangelis Karageorgos, George Toumbalis, Eva Karapidaki, Charis Tsevis, Pavlos Levendellis, Panos Vassiliou, and George Lygas.

At Granshan 2010, Vassiliou won Second Prize in the Greek text typeface category for PF Encore Sans POro, and First and Second Prizes in the display typeface category for PF Regal Pro and PF Champion Script Pro, respectively. Typefaces:

  • Adamant
  • PFAgora Pro: Agora Sans, AgoraSerif, AgoraSlab.
  • Amateur
  • PF Archive Pro (2004). He received a design award for his typeface Archive at the E AWARDS 2004. It has special typographic features and multilingual support for all European languages including Greek and Cyrillic.
  • Armonia
  • Astrobats
  • Bague Universal and Bague Sans (2014). A geometric grotesk that dares to be different. Accompanied by Bague Slab Pro (2014), PF Bague Inline Pro (2014), and PF Bague Round Pro (2014).
  • Baseline
  • Beatnick
  • Beau Sans (2011). Inspired by Bernhard Gothic.
  • A custom didone font for Greece's Benaki Museum (2020-2021).
  • PF Benchmark Pro (2014).
  • Bodoni Script (2009).
  • PF Brummell (2016). A sans characterized by sharp angled terminals and a diamond dot on the i.
  • Bulletin Sans (2000-2005)
  • Centro (Centro Sans, Centro Serif, Centro Slab) a typeface originally developed for the redesign of the Financial Times Deutschland. PF Centro Pro family (Sans, Serif, Slab, a trillion styles) won an European Design Award in May 2008 in Stockholm and at Paratype K2009. It was completed by PF Centro Serif Compressed, PF Centro Sans Condensed and PF Centro Sans Compressed in 2015. In 2016, he published PF Centro Slab Press.
  • PFChampion Script Pro (2004-2008). A much lauded connected calligraphic script that is based on a calligraphic script by Joseph Champion, 1709-1765. Winner at Paratype K2009 and Granshan 2010. Images: i, ii iii, iv, v. The 4245-glyph family comprises Cyrillic, Latin and Greek subfamilies.
  • Cosmonut (sic) (2002). A retro futuristoc typeface made by Dimitris Foussekis.
  • PF Das Grotesk Pro (2014). Panos writes: Das Grotesk was inspired by earlier nineteenth-century grotesques, but it is much more related to American gothic designs such as those by M.F. Benton.
  • DaVinciScript (2001-2006). A Treefrog-style script typeface by Vassiliou and Dimitris Foussekis.
  • PF Dekka (2014). This solid elliptical sans family was influenced by Monaco's outline version called MPW. It includes PF Dekka Mono.
  • PF DIN (2010): PF DIN Display (2002-2005), PF DIN Mono, PF DIN Serif (2016; this great serif version of DIN---a first---contains a wealth of goodies: just look at the great weather icons; it won an award at Granshan 2016), PF DIN Stencil Pro (2010), PF DIN Stencil, PF DIN Stencil B (2016), PF DIN Text Pro, PF DIN Text Condensed, PF DIN Text Compressed, PF DIN Text Arabic, and PF DIN Text Universal. With Latin, Cyrillic and Greek coverage, each font has about 1300 glyphs. The designs go back to the lettering of the Prussian railways around 1900. In 2013, PF Din Text Pro was published. In 2021, the three-axis (weight, width, italic) variable type system PF DIN Max saw the light.
  • Eco Park. A 3d outline face.
  • PF Encore Sans (2009). A rich and versatile sans family supporting Greek, Latin and Cyrillic.
  • PF Fuel Pro
  • PF Fusion Sans (1996-2006)
  • PF Garamond Classic.
  • PF Goudy Intials and PF Goudy Ornaments. A winner at Paratype K2009.
  • PF Grand Gothik (2019). A large grotesque typeface family with three subfamilies and a variable font option. He writes: Grand Gothik is a postmodern, multiscript, multifaceted and variable type system which shines at its heavier extended versions with its hip, expressive, almost brutal energy. Grand Gothik's design space includes 3 axes for weight, width and one for italics. It is available as a variable font or as five separate opentype families---compressed, condensed, normal, wide and extended. Each family comes with 9 weights spanning from Extra Thin to Black plus italics.
  • PF Handbook (2005-2007, sans family)
  • HausSquare
  • HellenicaSerif. Chiseled look, Greek simulation face.
  • PF Highway Sans (2001-2015). Highway Sans Pro is based on the standard typefaces used for highway signs and other byways open to public travel in the United States. These standards were established by the US Federal Highway Administration in 1966 following several studies which were conducted at the California Department of Transportation in the 1940s. It covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • House Square. A Bank Gothic lookalike.
  • PF Isotext (2005). Meant for technical documentation, it is modeled after Isonorm.
  • Kids, KidsStuff
  • Libera
  • Lindemann and PF Lindemann Sans (2012).
  • PF Marlet (2019). A sharp-edged humanist sans family fit for fashion mags: Marlet Titling, Marlet Finesse, Marlet Swash, Marlet Display, Marlet Text. PF Marlet, collected three awards one after the other, a year after appearing on Luc's best-of-2019 list. First, the coveted TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence 2020 (at 23RDC), followed by another one from European Design Awards, a third distinction from Tokyo TDC and a fourth crown, Red Dot Award 2020, all in 2020.
  • Mechanica A and B, 2002-2006. Octagonal families.
  • PF Mellon (2019). A modernist variable grotesque influenced by nineteenth and early twentieth century condensed sans serif typefaces such as Stephenson Blake's Grotesque No.77 and ATF's Alternate Gothic.
  • PF Monumenta (2002-2006). A majestic lapidary roman family.
  • Muse
  • Online (One, Two and Three). Pixelish family.
  • PF Ornamental Treasures (2008). Byzantine ornaments and borders.
  • PF Pixelscript
  • Playskool
  • Psychedelia (2003, Dimitris Foussekis). A psychedelic typeface.
  • Regal Pro and Regal Finesse Pro: Award-winning high fashion display didone families, 2010-2012, originally designed for the Grazia magazine. Awards include Red Dot Awrd 2012, Communication Arts Annual Competition 2012, Creative Review Type Annual 2011, European Design awards 2011, EBGE awards 2011, Granshan Awards 2010. See also PF Regal Swash and PF Regal Stencil.
  • PF Reminder Pro (2003). A hand-printed typeface.
  • Scandal
  • PF Spekk (2020). A simple versatile geometric sans for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic.
  • PF Square Sans Pro, PF Square Sans Condensed Pro (2013).
  • PF Stamps (2002-2006). A grungy stencil typeface by Panos Vassiliou and George Lygas.
  • PF Synch Pro (2006). An industrial strength slab-serif typeface.
  • PF UEFA Super Cup (2013).
  • PF Uniform
  • PF Venue (2017). Semi art deco, and free-spirited, a great poster typeface family.
  • VideoText
  • PF Wonderbats (2003). Funky and strange animals.
  • Wonderland (2006). By Dimitris Foussekis.

Their type blog is called Upscale typography.

Catalog. View all typefaces designed by Parachute.

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Pascal Huber
[Hyber Type]

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Pascal Naji Zoghbi
[29 Letters]

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Patrick Griffin on variable fonts and the future of type

Reflecting on the future of type in 2021, straight from Patrick Griffin's desk: The Future Of Fonts (Maybe). ...whereby the (Maybe) in the highfaluting title being the necessary contextual hand-washing, since what we're really talking about here is a tech slugger's third at-bat, and the count is 0-2. Of course the grand allusion here is to variable fonts (or variation fonts, or font variations), a technology that has been around in one form or another for almost three decades. [...] Font interpolation. The condensed version of digital font interpolation history is this: In the early 1990s, both Apple and Adobe introduced their own interpolative font technologies, respectively called GX Variations and Multiple Master. Quite a few fonts were made in both formats in the 90s, but for various reasons they never really took off with layout artists. So type designers stopped releasing interpolative fonts, though they kept using the technology in the background to build large font families. Most individual fonts in large families in use now come from some kind of interpolation under the hood. In the fall of 2016, the Open Type specification added support for variations, and since then that has been the go-to subject of presentations in pretty much every type design conference out there. Support for the stuff was duly added to both major font-building apps, and here were are now, entertain us. The 0-2 count. GX Variations failed mostly because Apple insisted the technology would only work on the Mac, which turned off the major layout design software manufacturers (Adobe, Corel, Quark) who were heavily vested in Windows at the time. The Multiple Master tech failed mostly because most layout artists were confused by it, and whatever application support was there for it proved to be spotty at best. So attempts at using interpolative fonts in the mainstream pretty much altogether stopped in the late 90s. Some, perhaps even most, font makers held on to the Multiple Master technology as an internal process to produce families, because it helped speed things up, allowed for extreme precision and more impressive output and, well, nerds like us just like to play with such tools. The third at-bat. The GX and MM technologies failed during an ancient time, when the only beast roaming the planet was the Printosaur---a time when everything was judged by its potential for print, long before the interwebs was a thing. About a dozen years after the public burial of both technologies, people got their ducks in a row about using fonts on the web. At some point a few years later, a few young webheads thought, Hey, what if web fonts can be interpolated!? And that is how you make a snowball and roll it down a hill. With this latest at-bat now, the major difference is that we are almost positive that web-driven technologies (as opposed to print-driven ones) have a much better shot at survival, even better odds at flourishing and going mainstream. Case in point: Variable fonts can now be used in Adobe Illustrator CC, and Adobe Photoshop CC. And they work quite well, within an impressively simple and efficient interface implementation. [...] So here's to the future of fonts. Maybe. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paul Christ

During his studies in München, Germany, Paul Christ designed the angular typeface Oh No (2017) and the wavy typeface Crooked (2017). In 2018, he designed the variable font typeface Herbivore. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paul Coumoul

In 2020, at The Type Department, Paul Coumoul, Clothilde Bouan and Antonin Bonnet published the display typeface Octane. It is a variable font with two axes, weight and width. Octane is a free font consisting of a total of 18 weights, but the free version consists in fact only of one variable font and it has no numbers. They explain that Octane was initially created to fit with any car designed by Pininfarina. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Paulo Goode

English designer in West Cork, Ireland. In 2014, he designed the classical roman caps typeface Carrig---not Trajan, but still influenced by stone carving. He also created the similar typefaces Carrig Roman (2015), Carrig Italic (2015), Carrig Refined (2015), Carrig Rough (2016), Carrigeen (2014), and Carrig Pro (2017). Woodford Bourne (2015, 8 weights for 16 fonts in all, from Hairline to Black) is a 19th century grotesque typeface that pays homage to the historic stone cast type in the building façades of the former Woodford, Bourne & Co. in Cork City, Ireland. It was imprioved and extended in 2016 as Woodford Bourne Pro. Arundel (2015) is a beveled medieval typeface.

Typefaces from 2016: Didonesque (didone headline typeface characterized by a large x-height and slightly curved v, w and y), Fnord (a serif family designed with a mischievous streak), Fnord Display (in Engraved, Inline and Woodcut styles), Eponymous (an experiment with chunky serifs), Pseudonym (a subtly falred sans with interlocking and unicase features).

Typefaces from 2017: Didonesque Ghost (a stylish very contrasted didone typeface family), Banjax (humanist sans, followed in 2018 by Banjax Notched), Faded Grandeur (inspired by stone engravings that have withered and decayed over time), Torus (a rounded monoline organic sans; see also Torus Variations (2018): Torus Notched, Torus Inline, Torus Outline and Torus Biline), Meccanica (an intoxicating nuts and bolts-style engineering typeface).

Typefaces from 2018: Eurocine (this is in the wide elliptical sans genre: This typeface attempts to capture the mood of movie credits from European Cinema in the 1970s, with a focus on Giallo films in particular. In terms of style, Eurocine sits somewhere between Walter Baum and Konrad Friedrich Bauer's Folio, and Aldo Novarese's Eurostile), Polyphonic (a 60-font slab serif family), Majesty (flared, incised), Verbatim (a 60-font sans family that was inspired by the best (and worst) of 1970s science fiction TV shows and movies, and aims to extract the essence of futuristic type from that era).

Typefaces from 2019: Didonesque Script, Modica (an 18-style geometric sans that came from Technica), Technica (a more conservative rounded geometric sans / techno family than his earlier Meccanica), Rhetoric (a semi-cursive typeface), Quorthon (blackletter, in Black, Dark and Grey substyles), Yolk (a sans family based on the shape of an egg yolk), Transcend (an all caps titling typeface), Ergonomique (a humanist sans in 18 styles), Eloquence (a renaissance font family), Didonesque Stencil.

Typefaces from 2020: Rodia (an 18-style oddball (sic) geometric typeface inspired by the iconic RADIO signage that was once in place at 5041, Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles in 1985), Arise (an 18-style text typeface family characterized by hooked terminals), Slabber (a slab serif inspired by 19th century wood type), Audacious (a 20-style decorative serif), Cream (a warm text family, with the heavier weights leaning towards Cooper Black), Sqwared, Logik (sci-fi).

Typefaces from 2021: Sienna (14 styles and two variable fonts; a warm soft serif with some angular design elements that make it a great choice as a text typeface), Torus Pro, Harmonique (a 32-style incised serif).

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Pavel Emelyanov

Pavel Emelyanov (b. 1982, Kandalaksha, Russia) is a graphic designer, art director and web designer based in Murmansk. He is part of Ivan Gladkikh's typeType team.

With Ivan Gladkikh, he designed the free font Prosto (2012), which covers Latin, Cyrillic and all East-European languages [see also Google Web Fonts].

In 2018, Ivan Gladkikh and Pavel Emelyanov, with the technical assistance of Marina Khodak, Vika Usmanova and Nadyr Rakhimov, designed TT Commons. TT Commons is a universal sans family originally created for the branding and in-house use of TypeType, but it was finally released due to many requests. Pavel also helped with the design of TT Norms in 2018.

In 2019, Pavel Emelyanov and Ivan Gladkikh released the 20-style geometric sans typeface TT Hoves, which is intended for use in architecture, design, industry, science, astronomy, drawing, high tech, research, space and statistics.

Co-designer of TT Norms Std Condensed (2020: an 18-font family by Pavel Emelyanov, Yulia Gonina and the TypeType Team).

In 2020, he was part of the Type Type team that designed TT Ramillas, a 20-style high contrast transitional serif by Pavel Emelyanov, Marina Khodak, Yulia Gonina and Kseniya Karataeva. TT Ramillas also contains variable styles.

In 2021, Antonina Zhulkova, Pavel Emelyanov and Yulia Gonina co-designed the 32-style geometric sans TT Fors which comes in standard, display and variable versions. Still in 2021, she co-designed TT Commons Classic (a 24-style geometric sans by Ivan Gladkikh, the TypeType Team, Pavel Emelyanov and Marina Khodak; it includes two variable fonts). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Pedro Alexandre Teixeira
[Pedro Teixeira Foundry]

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Pedro Leal

Pedro Leal graduated in graphic design and advertising from the ESEIG-Escola Superior de Estudos Industriais e de Engenharia in Vila do Conde, Portugal, and lives in Porto. In 2010 he obtained a degree in type design at ESAD (Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Matosinhos) and started working at DSType. MyFonts link. Behance link.

He used FontStruct in 2008 to create the pixel typeface Minimal 8pt (514 glyphs!). In 2010, he created the text family Mafra at DSType. This was followed a bit later by Mafra Display (2010; +Medium, +Black). Apud and Apud Display (2010, DSType) are high-contrast typefaces.

Penna (2011) is a calligraphic type system. Braga (2011, Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal, DS Type) is a layered font design family. Dino writes: Braga is an exuberant baroque typeface, named after a Portuguese city, also known as the baroque capital of Portugal. Our latest typographic extravaganza comes with a multitude of fonts designed to work like layers, allowing to insert color, lines, gradients, patterns, baroque, floral swashes, and many other graphic elements. Starting with Braga Base, you can add any of the twenty-three available styles, to create colourful typographic designs.

In 2012, he designed User, User Stencil and User Upright>/a>, a monospaced type family with 30 styles, from Hairline to Bold. This too will many awards. Girga (+Italic, +Engraved, +Banner, +Stencil) is a strong black Egyptian family designed together with Dino dos Santos at DS Type. Solido (2012, with Dino dos Santos, DS Type) is a versatile type system with five widths: Solido, Solido Constricted, Solido Condensed, Solido Compressed and Solido Compact. In total there are 35 fonts. In 2020, a variable font was added to Solido.

In 2012, he created the sans family Global, with its own dedicated web site, The Global Font. In 2013, he followed that up with the Global Stencil typeface family.

In 2013, Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal published Diversa, a set of nine very different fonts that are jointly kerned so that letters can be swapped out and replaced at will. Diversa Std (2014) extends this to include Stencil, Inline and other decorative styles. Pedro Leal's main typeface of 2013 is Aparo, a script that is calligraphic, yet keeps the characteristics of penmanship scripts, and the pizzazz of a good fashion font.

In 2014, he published Ocre and Ocre Poster in sans and slab serif substyles inspired by W.A. Dwiggins, Torio, a penmanship script based on a style used in Arte de Escribir por Reglas y con Muestras (1798, by Spanish penman Torcuato Torío de la Riva y Herrer). Torio received the Communication Arts Type Award of Excellence in 2014.

In 2015, he created the large Rudo and Rude Slab typeface families that exhibit many humanist traits: Rude ExtraWide, Rude Icons, Rude SemiCondensed, Rude SemiWide, Rude Wide, Rude, Rude Condensed, Rude ExtraCondensed, Rude Slab, Rude Slab Condensed, Rude Slab ExtraCondensed, Rude Slab ExtraWide, Rude Slab SemiCondensed, Rude Slab SemiWide, Rude Slab Wide, Rude Slab, Rude Slab Condensed, Rude Slab ExtraCondensed, Rude Slab ExtraWide, Rude Slab SemiCondensed, Rude Slab SemiWide, Rude Slab Wide. Early in 2015, he also did a custom typeface family for the Jornal de Notícias, including sans, serif and micro sub-styles. Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal published Jules and Jules Text in the summer of 2015---a fat fashion mag didone 45-style family inspired by several plates from Portuguese calligrapher Antonio Jacintho de Araujo; it comes in Big, Colossal and Epic. Ecra is a workhorse slab serif, also done in 2015. Viska (2015, by Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal) is designed for small print. Finally, TCF Zellige (2015, TypeCult) is a modular typeface inspired by the tiles that can be found in Southern Europe and North Africa.

Typefaces from 2016: Oposta (Italian, Western style pushed to the esthetic extreme; received the Communication Arts Type Award of Excellence in 2017), Ardina (with Dino dos Santos: a text typeface family with three optical sizes).

Typefaces from 2017: Scrittore (a heavy dark Italian bastarda influenced by the connected hand of Giovanniantonio Tagliente and Robert Granjon's Civilité; at DS Type), Zart (a voluptuous ebullient black didone, or fat face). Fusta (a gorgeous wood-type inspired poster typeface), Ordem (a low-contrast contemporary Capitalis Monumentalis).

Typefaces from 2018: Glitched (an experimental variable spacing font), Striver (a crisp contrasted curvy display typeface), Certo Slab and Certo Sans, Foreday (a forward-looking typeface family with associated variable font, covering sans, serif, semi-sans and semi-serif), Perfil (an inline and swashy high end script).

Typefaces from 2019: Akut (a purely angular typeface with some rounded corners), Denso (by Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal: a great condensed variable font with weight, serif and optical size axes), Jornada (a multistyle family with a Fraktur, a chancery, a bookish style called Libro, a news text serif, a clean sans, a slab serif, a monospace, and a penmanship script, all in one family dubbed hygienic post-punk by Leal).

In 2020, Dino dos Santos and Pedro Leal designed Larga, which was inspired by the typefaces shown in the specimens of the Fundiçãao Typographica Portuense from 1874. Larga is a wide all caps family and comes with a variable opentype format. Pedro also designed Effigy (a text typeface with slightly ballooning stems), Haste (a typeface that flirts with reverse contrast), Mescla and Enorme (an ultra massive and modular 3000-glyph mastodont of a font, together with Dino dos Santos; based on constructivist principles) in 2020.

Typefaces from 2021: Orla (a straightforward interpretation of the Skeleton Antique No2 from the Stephenson, Blake & Co. foundry; for the sans, the serifs were removed), Elaine (+Ombre, +Fleurer; a complete baroque / Elzevir family influenced by Jacques-François Rosart in its ornamental styles). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Pedro Pereira

During his Masters studies, Braga, Portugal-based Pedro Pereira, together with Rafael Pereira and Francisco Pires (Braga; b. 1996), designed the free squarish variable typeface Pure (2021), which was inspired by New York City. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Pedro Teixeira Foundry
[Pedro Alexandre Teixeira]

Pedro Alexandre Vilas Boas Teixeira is a Porto, Portugal-based type designer. Creator of the monoline gemetric organic sans typeface Constantine (2012). In 2016, he designed the comic book typeface Crazy Cartoon, the brush script Forever Brush Script, the sans typeface Rabelo, Westkreep (a wide wood type typeface), the tall cigarette typeface Long Tall Palito and the rounded sans typeface Sogu.

Typefaces from 2017: Signaturistar, Toxic Marker (dry brush), Scratched Brush Script, Serene Textured (script), Feris Script, Boemia, Savage Adventure (brush script), Casual Mark Script, Rough Beauty Script, Cartoon US Presidents.

Typefaces from 2018: Constancia Script (a thin refined calligraphic script), Bow Tie (script), Black Fox (upright script).

Typefaces from 2019: Aleante Sans (+a variable font option, Lets Get Crazy (script+sans), Stylish Marker.

Typefaces from 2020: Ungap Blocks Variable, Cursive Signa Script Variable (a signature script), Zinekiss.

Typefaces from 2021: Xanas Wedding (a thin calligraphic signature font in 22 styles), Haeock (an 8-style slab serif).

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Peter Baker's old English page at the University of Virginia
[Peter S. Baker]

Peter S. Baker, an English professor at the University of Virginia, offers free TrueType and PostScript fonts. these include:

  • Anglo-Saxon Caps.
  • Beowulf-1 (1995, a pseudo-Gaelic face; BeowulfOT dates from 2018).
  • Bury Caps (2014, free at OFL). This decorative typeface was inspired by the display capitals in the 12th-century Bury Bible.
  • The elegant Carolingian typeface Eadui (2010), a reproduction of English Caroline Minuscule as written by Eadui Basan, a scribe at eleventh-century Christ Church, Canterbury.
  • Elstob (2018-2019). A variable font for for medievalists. He writes: The Elstob font, named for Elizabeth Elstob (1683-1756), a celebrated early scholar of Old English language and literature, is based on the Double Pica commissioned by Bishop John Fell (1625-1686) for the use of the Oxford University Press. Wherever possible, it is modeled on a specimen book printed in 1925 with type cast in the 1890s from the seventeenth-century matrices; digital images from the 1693 and 1706 Fell specimen books served as backup, and also an early eighteenth-century folio in which a lengthy dedication was printed in Fell's Double Pica. The type doesn't have a great reputation: the typographer Stanley Morison thought it amateurish in comparison with the excellent Fell English. However, its angular character (especially its flat or flattish serifs with minimal or no brackets) makes it well suited to adaptation as a variable font.
  • Interlace Set (2015). A dingbat font for making Hiberno-Saxon interlace patterns.
  • The important and well-designed Junius family (1996, modern hybrid Gaelic). This led to Junicode, the working name of a Unicode font for medievalists. The fonts in the latter project are Junicode-Bold, JunicodeItalic, Junicode (2002), and are by Peter S. Baker and Briery Creek Software. André G. Isaak writes: Junicode isn't the only free font for mediaevalists out there, but it's certainly one of the two most well-designed ones (the other being Andron Scriptor). I used to teach courses on the history of English and I used Junius (the predecessor of Junicode) for many of my handouts because I preferred it to all of the commercial fonts which I had looked at. In 2020, Junicode was rebuilt into JuniusX or Junicode New.

Alternate URL. Dafont link. Open Font Library link, where he is known as psb6m. Fontspace link. Link to his foundry, Thornbec Staefwyrhtan. Github link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Peter Bilak
[Typotheque]

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Peter S. Baker
[Peter Baker's old English page at the University of Virginia]

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Phaedra Charles
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Phantom Foundry
[Jean-Baptiste Morizot]

Type designer at the open source type foundry Velvetyne in Paris. His creations there include Trickster (2017: blackletter), Bluu Next (2014, a free wedge serif typeface) and Steps Mono (with Raphael Bastide).

In 2015, he switched to the commmercial camp, and cooperated with the Fontyou team in the production of the didone typeface family