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Another *$#@!*& collection of fonts, offered by Manay Software. Their web page is tricky: first fill out some form, giving away all your private details, because the CD is "free". Then click "continue" and learn that it is not so free after all. Only, too late--you have already given away your information. This scam should be prosecuted in some country. Luckily, some time between 2005 and 2012, Manay's link disappeared. [Google] [More] ⦿
Type outfit in Dallas, TX, with some free fonts, some commercial fonts (BOSS fonts: 4000 fonts for 30 USD), and some typography essays on anti-aliasing. There seems to be a connection withComputer Support Corporation. It released at one point in 1996 a big CD of fonts called Arts&Letters, which I believe is related to Bay Animation. These were renamed fonts from elsewhere. About 100 fonts were at this site. A sampling of the free fonts: Amos-Normal, ArcherNormal, Asia-Extended-Bold, Banco-Normal, Barrett-Condensed-BoldItalic, CallimarkerItalic, Cane-StripedNormal, Cane-Hollow, CoffeeSackExtendedItalic, CraneNormal, Dominon-Normal, Enview-Bold, Glaze-Normal, Gorgio-Normal, Leo-Normal, Orient2Normal (oriental simulation), PennantNormal, Plank-ExtendedNormal, RoninNormal, ShalomNormal (Hebrew simulation), Tangiers-Normal, ThreeDeeNormal, WampumNormal. The list of about 2000 fonts I am aware of, all made between 1995 and 2001, is here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company based in Sussex, UK, active ca. 2001: AtomicType is a distributor of the International TypeFounders library and CD-ROMs. Founded in 1995, ITF's goal is to provide a unique opportunity for the world's best independent small type foundries and typeface designers to display and distribute their fonts. Over 10,000 typefaces are available. Also some custom design work. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bay Fonts (or: Bay Soft, or: Bay Animation, Inc.)
BaySoft or BayFonts (was: Bay Animation Inc) is a font vendor from Annapolis, MD. Charles Biddle established Bay Animation Inc there in 1994. They claim to have 8000 fonts, but clearly, these are mostly renamed fonts. I can not believe that they till operate. Interestingly, according to Ulrich Stiehl, Charles Biddle built up his collection with the help of Hans Fremuth, who had a similar collection marketed in Germany, called Profi-Schriften Business (Kelly Media). Still according to Stiehl, the majority of the Bay Animation fonts are doctored copies of Bitstream fonts (which in turn were knock-offs of Linotype fonts). The italics are merely awful computer-generated slants of romans, and thus, the collection is sub-par. [Google] [More] ⦿
Wilhelm Welsch's Cologne-based outfit that sells all the standard fonts, many under new names. Typically about 1DM per font (in packs of 500). Goes also under the name Quick Brown Fox (QBF), and is related to (identical to?) Softmaker. In the seventies, they made some original fonts at Brendel Type Studio such as Diamante and Dragon, but what is the relationship between Brendel Type Studio and Brendel Informatik? Their collection grew and included many semi-clones from major foundries (example: Equipe is like Emigre's Mason, and so forth). In 2000, FontShop sued them for placing 17 of their fonts on their CD, and Brendel lost and had to cough up a lot of money. Mark Johannson explains: "The B+P fonts seem to be the earliest and now float freely between Brendel Informatik and Softmaker 's, sometimes renamed, sometimes not. Brendel also did fonts for Serif software (Page Plus, Draw Plus etc.) using the SF suffix. It is not unusual, if you open the SF/Softmaker/Brendel/BP fonts up with a font editor, that you'll find one of the other company's names for it still buried in there in either the TT or T1 ID field!! I'm guessing Softmaker (in Nuremberg) was a software publisher who acquired some type of rights along the lines. They still make software (Softmaker Office is their biggie) and still sell fonts. Brendel still operates out of Cologne and still sells fonts under the "Quick Brown Fox" foundry name. The catalogs between them are pretty identical even down to most font names."
A shady company that sold a 10,000+ truetype font CD, ClickArt Fonts 2, for 20 USD, in the late 1990s, early 2000s. Most of these fonts are shamelessly renamed fonts from elsewhere. Some have made it to the free site Dafont: Varsity Regular (1996, athletic lettering), Continuum (monoline squarish sans), Tabitha (script), Stars&Stripes. [Google] [More] ⦿
Castcraft [3649 W Chase Ave Skokie, IL 60026], showed off a comprehensive library of fonts, all with extended character sets for multi-language typography. OptiFont is a trademark filed in 1990 by Fredric J. Kreiter of Castcraft. Castcraft sold a CD-ROM Type Library Volume 1 at 200 USD. Its entire font collection was sold for 1000 USD. It also made some custom fonts. Most post-1990 fonts have the prefix OPTI. For example, OPTI-Peking is an oriental simulation font. OPTI-Favrile is a copy of Tom Carnase's Favrile (WTC).
A visitor warned me that there is absolutely zero security when you order from this outfit, so you are warned--this is a dangerous site! It seems that Manny Kreiter (d. 2005) was the last President&CEO, and that his family (Abe, Harry and Ned Kreiter) have been at it since the days of metal type (1936) starting as Type Founders of Chicago. I found this on their pages: Castcraft has licensing [sic] the entire 20,000 TypeFaces from "Type Films of Chicago" and the entire "Solotype Alphabets" collection. Mike Yanega claims that most of their fonts are clearly not original any more than most of Bitstream's are original, and like them they re-name many of their fonts to avoid copyright issues. Their fonts all appear to be a 'dead collection' of copies of relatively old designs that have already appeared in many other collections from the likes of WSI and SSi.
In 2010, John Brandt reports: Castcraft, aka Type Founders of Chicago, moved decades ago from Hubbard St in Chicago to a close-in suburb (Skokie? Niles?) and was still operating within the past few years when I happened to drive by. I failed to find any current incarnation, but they used several names even years ago as a prominent pirate. Besides pirated fonts (Typositor to later, generally poor digital), they were a big metal vendor (I have a partial metal set of Helvetica gifted as they left downtown in the 1970s), and also had a guy (whose name escapes me) who did fabulous high-end signage, from sand-blasted glass to the created-on-building inscribed metal logo for a well-known Michigan Ave mall. Longtime owner Manny Kreiter died in 2005, but whether Boomie or any of the others who may still be around kept it going is unknown. Aside from simply having ANY version of their many offerings, most would consider their collection worthless. Anyone who has a digital "OPTIfont" and a font editor can readily view the problems, including usually several times too many Bezier points within any character. I counted 78 control points on a minimal character, for instance, that should have had less than a dozen.
Listing of Castcraft fonts (compiled by myself). The 802 fonts listed here are all dated between 1990 and 1994. I know there are at least 1,000 digital fonts made by them, so my list is incomplete.
This link maintained by alt.binaries.fonts regulars contains most OPTI fonts for free download. It contains in particular some scans of one-line listings (i, ii, iii), and lists of name equivalences (i, ii).
Picture of Ned, Abe, Harry and Manny Kreiter.
Download and archive site created by a number of font enthusiasts at alt.binaries.fonts.
Font name equivalences (by Philippededa, 2012). Footnote: Most of the images on this page are borrowed from The OPTI fonts archive, where one can download most of the collection. List of equivalences of Castcraft names. List of Castcraft typefaces as of July 2014. [Google] [More] ⦿
ClickArt is a trademark that was acquired by Broderbund Software. ClickArt was the name used on many cheap font CDs sold during the mid nineties, such as ClickArt Personality Fonts (a handwriting font collection). See also here for the ClickArt Fonts 2 CD with over 10,000 truetype fonts for 20 USD. [Google] [More] ⦿
I was floored last week when I saw the New York Times (February 28, 2005) list of top five Windows software products sold in January 2005. In fifth position, after various versions of Office, was COSMI's "1000 Best Fonts" CD, which retails for 8 or 9 US dollars. I refuse to pay any money to this company, so I would appreciate any help from readers about the contents of this CD so that I can make an informed opinion. About themselves, COSMI writes: "COSMI Corporation is a privately held leading developer and publisher of software for the home and office. With corporate headquarters in Carson, CA, COSMI is the #1 publisher in productivity software as tracked by NPD Techworld, an independent research company. Since 1982, COSMI has been committed to delivering quality products and customer service for a value price. With products covering all major categories including: productivity, business, utilities, education, entertainment and PDA software, COSMI has proven itself to be a formidable player in the market. Building upon its relationships with customers and its distribution strengths, COSMI is poised for continued growth in all consumer software categories. With the evolution of new technologies and the resulting consumer needs, COSMI will continue to provide products that meet and exceed their needs." Check their font 66 (1994, blackletter). [Google] [More] ⦿
Font and graphic design product vendor. Newest fonts. Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. Cofounded in 2012 by Aaron Epstein (New York City), Darius Monsef (Waimea, HI), and Chris Williams (Portland, OR). Part of the business consists in selling typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
British font service company located in London. They have barcodes, a handwriting and signature font service, and sell all famous font families. As an example, from 1992 until 1994, they made Garamond-No-100-Bold, Garamond-No-100-Italic, Garamond-No-100, Garamond-No-49-Bold-Italic, Garamond-No-49-Bold, Garamond-No-49-Italic, Garamond-No-49. One source claims that this Garamond family was made by Compugraphic and that Datascan merely changed the name in the font information field. Maybe that is the way its collection grew so mysteriously and quickly to thousands of fonts. And here is the beauty: each font is priced at 320 US dollars for a single user. There are 30,000 fonts listed. Their collection, on paper, can be had for 9.6 million US dollars. For five users, cost doubles. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font Shop font outlet man in Toronto. Used to be at 401 Wellington St W, Toronto, Ont M5V 1E8 Canada, and is very knowledgeable about fonts in general---Toronto is very lucky! He runs Swipe Books there. He will do custom font design work.
Now, David was the man in Toronto. Let me just replay this sweet testimony of Nick Shinn which explains how he got into type design: I too had a John Bull set. And played with Letraset. But there are many things "I started to become interested in" that didn't end up as my career(s). With type, I would say in retrospect that an accumulation of influences and circumstances made me an art director and subsequently a type designer. Had I been a better art director, I would no doubt have worked at an agency doing broadcast ads rather than B2B type-heavy print, directed commercials, and eventually become a movie director like Ridley Scott. Rather than a serial accumulation of prods in this direction, there may well have been a turning point when two or more influences coincided. I can certainly attribute my career as a (successful) type designer to one person. In the mid 1980s I gave up on type design, having had a couple of faces published a lot of work and precious little remuneration. Then in 1993 David Michaelides, the manager of the FontShop store in Toronto, organized a type event with Carter and Brody speaking; he then suggested I present some type concept ideas to FontFont, which I did, and they published Fontesque, which became very popular. Had it not been, I would probably not have pursued type design any further. A lot of turning points, serendipity, personal inspiration, opportunities opened up by new technology, and so on. [Google] [More] ⦿
It is difficult to avoid the confusing jibberish that companies keep throwing at us. Ascender Corporation is especially good at this. In this extraterrestrial-sounding 2007 announcement of the Droid type family, there are many beauties.
DTC (Digital Typeface Company, est. 1999, closed in 2004) was a Hungarian outfit founded and run by printer-typographer Attila Derecskei that developed and sells OpenType, truetype and Type 1 fonts on CDs or via downloads for just about every platform. One of their products was called ProFonts Library. An earlier name of the company was ScanDer Ltd, established by Derecskei in 1993. Other typographers at ScanDer included Leslie Egerer and Cathy Saufert. They said: "2500 TrueType&PostScript font for Windows 3.1x / 95 / 98 / Me / NT / 2000 / XP / OS2 / Linux / MacOs with Unicode. Some fonts with Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew characters. Special pack is the PixelFonts Library for Flash. Developed by Digital Typeface Co. USA. Managed by Jon Stern." MyFonts link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Electronic Font Foundry
The Electronic Font Foundry (EFF) in Ascot, Berkshire, UK, sold most classical fonts at about 15 dollars per weight, and made custom fonts. Established in 1984, the foundry had 1300 fonts by 2012.
The font designer and owner was Edward Detyna, who died in March 2014. People are reporting to me that the fonts are in limbo, and that Detyna's family is not replying to requests for information.
On July 4, 2002, Apostrophe wrote this: I'm currently having a difficult time trying to predict the past of EFF LondonA, EFF Liz, EFF Eric and EFF Formal, to name a few. I have a feeling that these folks just happen to be twins with entities that are currently across the Atlantic from them, namely Adobe Garamond, Cooper Black, Gill Sans and Copperplate Gothic. A friend of Detyna's writes this: When I met him at least twenty years ago, Edward and his associates had a font design studio based in Ascot, near London. He is a mathematician/statistician turned typographer, and was really on top of type design at the time. There are academic articles published on mathematical subjects on the internet. He's an old man now, but still a very smart guy. When he started, with fonts for Acorn RISC-OS (now defunct, but leading-edge British computer of mid-eighties to -nineties), he had very advanced and sophisticated algorithms for anti-aliasing and hinting, and his hand-hinting is still better than almost any other fonts I have used for screen work. He still sells fonts and adapts to user requirements promptly. I recently asked him to adjust the hinting on a font and he turns it around in a day.
Closed captioning fonts for TV, made according to the EIA 708-B specifications, include EFF Sans Serif CC, EFF Serif CC, EFF Sans Serif Mono CC, EFF Serif Mono CC, EFF Casual CC, EFF Script CC, EFF Small Caps CC.
EFF also has fonts for Vietnamese, Greek, Hebrew, and Cyrillic.
EFF Primary is a large family of educational fonts.
German type foundry in Hamburg established in 1986 by Veronika Elsner and Günther Flake. They offer original fonts as well as improved versions of classical fonts. There are many non-Latin fonts as well. In-house designers include Jessica Hoppe (Carpediem), Verena Gerlach (Aranea), Petra Beisse (PetrasScript), Uwe Melichar, Manuela Frahm (Fritz Dittert), Ralf Borowiak, Lisa von Paczkowski, and Achaz Reuss.
Additions in 2005 include the dingbat faces Beautilities EF Alpha, Ornamental Rules EF, Diavolo Rules EF, Squares EF (Alpha, Beta and Gamma), Topographicals EF Alpha, Typoflorals EF Alpha, Typographicals EF Alpha, Typomix EF Alpha, Typosigns EF Alpha, Typospecs EF Alpha and Beta (which have several fists), Typostuff EF Alpha, Diavolo EF, Schablone EF, Gigant EF, Maloni EF, OCRA EF, EF Unovis (a 16-weight family inspired by Quadrat).
In the hand-printed category, let us mention Filzerhand.
Their blackletter collection includes some bastardas (Alte Schwabacher, Lucida Blackletter), some frakturs (Fraktur, Fette Fraktur EF, Justus Fraktur, NeueLutherscheFraktur, Walbaum-Fraktur), some rotundas (Weiss-Rundgotisch), and some texturas (Gotisch, Old English).
Commissioned fonts include Castrol Sans (2007).
Selected additional typefaces: Gillies Gothic EF (after William S. Gillies's 1935 original), EF Medieva, Bank Sans Caps EF, Metropolitain (1985) (after a 1905 art nouveau typeface by Fonderie Berthier).
Clip art and brush script fonts at this Beaverton, OR-based outfit run by Fritz Richard. From the web page: The ImageFonts UltraPak (CD) features over 600 one-of-a-kind typefaces for Windows and Macintosh. ImageFonts come in four flavors, Mac TrueType, Mac Postscript, Windows TrueType and PC Postscript. Some claim that the fonts are rehashed public domain fonts. The enStep font collection found mostly on archives (such as here) is dated 1997. It is largely worthless, though. As an exercise, see if you can recognize which original fonts are were used to obtain these enStep fonts: Casmira, Ellis, Excess, Justice.
Slovak IT company, est. 1990. It is a vendor for Monotype fonts, among other things. It also sells Central and Eastern European fonts developed under license from Bitstream. Some of their typefaces are sold on a CD called Fontotéka. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sells a 2000 font (TT and T1) CD called Fantastic Fonts for 13USD. Plus 300 truetype handwriting fonts for 13USD. And 300 funky fonts for 13USD. Font Magician (13USD) lets you create special effects. Kid's Fonts (300 truetype fonts) for 13USD. Based in Rockland, DE. Footnote: Expert Software is one of the world's largest font cloners. I doubt that they ever made an original font. For example, under the label Ly's Media, they renamed all the WSI "Hand-Plain" series LEHN001 through LEHN283, and sold them once again. It is a real mess. Download that collection here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Formerly Image Club Graphics. Was Adobe Studios until late 1998. Calgary-based foundry and font vendor. Free fonts Pacifica Condensed and Mini Pics Digidings. In February 2003, Eyewire was acquired by Agfa/Monotype: big fish eats small fish. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sells lots and lots of fonts for other foundries and designers. Some of the fonts are shareware at other places, so please do some comparison-shopping. Great presentation. Designers clearly identified. Vendor for Brian Sooy&Co., Carpenter Type, Jack Yan&Associates, Scriptorium, Francesco Griffo, Giovanantonio Tagliente, Paulo Roberto Purim, Michael Scarpitti, Brian Sooy, and Jack Yan. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font vendor and foundry set up in 2006 in Minneapolis by Stuart Sandler (of Font Diner fame) and his partner, Mike Ibach. Companies selling through Font Bros include Font Diner, Astigmatic One Eye, ByAndreas, Chank, Mark Simonson Studio, Alphabet Soup, Fonthead Design, Wilton Type, CBdO, Sideshow, Blue Vinyl, Font-O-Ville, Outside-The-Line, Sparkytype, Typadelic, and Fontalicious. New 2007 fonts: Bamboozle (letters made out of pieces of wood), Silverstein and Seasoned Hostess (scripts by Crystal Kluge of the Tart Workshop), Woody (wood plank font) and Sweetheart Script (Ronna Penner). [Google] [More] ⦿
A web site set up in 2007 by Ray Larabie. It contains three things:
A font market place launched in 2014 by Joe Chau (Hong Kong). It sells full rights (at a few thousand dollars a pop) to unique typefaces. The first typeface is Queenamor by Joe Chau (2014). [Google] [More] ⦿
FontHaus, or DsgnHaus, was located in East Fairfield, CT, and is now in Westport, CT. It offers a 1200-font collection of original fonts. They also sell fonts from the libraries of Adobe, Agfa, Berthold, Bitstream, FontFont, ITC, Linotype, Monotype, [T-26] and many others.
On their DsgnHaus Exclusives CD, we find fonts by the following individuals or foundries: Al Brantner, Frank Heine (UORG), Munich Type, Altemus, Franta Storm, Patricking, Ampersand, Galapagos Design, Pepper Tharp, Andrew Smith, Gary Munch, Robert Knopf, Andy Stock, Graphics by Gallo, Robert Petrick, Ann Pomeroy, Haig Bedrosian, Rodrigo Cavazos, Apply Design, Holly Goldsmith, Self Build, Bill Fletcher, Jack Tom, Spiece Graphics, Blue Sky Graphics, Jason Sutton, Swordfish Design, Casey Cheeseman, Jens Gelhlaar, Terminal Design, Christian Scwartz, Joe VanDerBos, Tintin Timen, Circus Design, John Alfonso, Wolfer Type, DsgnHaus, Kayde Fonts, Wolfgang Wagner, Kurt Roscoe, Woodrow Phoenix, Emma Smith, Mark Jamra, Faruk Ulay, Mondrey (Castcraft).
FontHaus (was: DsgnHaus)
Vendor that started off as FontHaus in 1990, est. by Mark Solsburg. Ir briefly became DsgnHaus, then ForDesigners.Com, and then went back to FontHaus. It sells for 2 Rebels, FontHaus, Intellecta, Adobe, FontShop, Alphabets, ITC/Fonttek, Berthold-Adobe, Linotype, Berthold, Lunchbox, Bitstream, Scangraphic, Carter&Cone, T-26, Dennis Ortiz-Lopez, Font Bureau, Elsner&Flake, and so forth. At the end of 2010, it was offering over 75,000 fonts.
Todd Adkins' fonts: Shatterfont, Chaotix, AortalHard, CaniptionFit (1996, alternative for Treefrog), LeprocyFace (1996), Mercurial and SuessFont (1996) are free. Mac and PC. They also sell font packages in all formats. [Google] [More] ⦿
Established in 1989 in Berlin by Erik Spiekermann, Joan Spiekermann and Neville Brody. Also offices in San Francisco, Australia, Austria and Norway. It has a formidable collection of fonts, better known as the FontFont collection. It is a major source of new type, and organizes a Conference in Berlin each year, called TYPO Berlin. In 2015, FontShop was sold to Monotype.
Online font site run by Sean Cavanaugh (b. Cape May, NJ, 1962) out of Camano Island, WA. This used to be called Title Wave Studios. In the archives, find essays on writing style, rules of typography, and a comparison by Thomas Phinney (program manager of Latin Fonts at Adobe) of T1 and TTF. The Fontsite 500 CD (30 USD) offers 500 classical fonts with the original names, plus a few names I have not seen before, such as Bergamo (=Bembo by Francesco Griffo), Chantilly (=Gill Sans), Gareth (=Galliard), Palladio (=Palatino, Savoy (=Sabon), URWLatino, Unitus, Toxica, Publicity, Plakette, Pericles, Opus (=Optima), Melville, Function, Flanders, Cori Sans, Binner. Uli Stiehl provides proof that many of the fonts at FontSite are rip-offs (identical to) of fonts in Martin Kotulla's collection. Free fonts: Bergamo, CartoGothic (1996-2009), CombiNumerals. At MyFonts, the CombiNumerals Pro and CombiSymbols dingbat families are available since 2010. The site has a number of fonts with the acronym FS in the name, so I guess these are relatively original (but I won't swear on it): Allegro FS, Beton FS, Bodoni Display FS (+ Bold, Demibold), Bodoni No 2 FS (+ Ultra, Bodoni Recut FS (+Bold, Demibold), and so forth. His 500 Font CD has these fonts:
David Jones (Pasco, WA) proposes a font service based on purchasing individual glyphs---comparing the model with that of Apple's iTunes model in which music tracks are purchased. I am a bit worred about announcements like that one week before April 1. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company located in Fareham, Hampshire, UK, and (possibly) run by David Gibbins. 150 truetype-font collection: go here, here, here, here, here, and here. The 150 fonts have no copyright information other than the date, 2001. Here are the names of this collection: Aston-Italic, Aston, AstonPoster, Barker, Bentine, Brancusi-Italic, Brancusi, Burns, ButlerCaps, Cambridge-Bold, Cambridge-BoldItalic, Cambridge-Italic, Cambridge, CambridgeOpen, Chaplin, Charterhouse-Bold, Charterhouse, Cleese, Constable, Cooke, Corbett, CorpusChristi-Bold, CorpusChristi-Italic, CorpusChristi, Crosby, DaVinci, Dali, Degas, Dodd, Donnatello, Durham-Bold, Durham-Italic, Durham, DurhamPoster-Bold, DurhamPoster-Italic, Edinburgh-Bold, Edinburgh-BoldItalic, Edinburgh-Italic, Edinburgh, Epstein, EpsteinFat, Eton-Italic, Eton, Exeter-Bold, Exeter-Italic, Exeter, Formby, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Gilbert, Gordonstoun-Bold, Gordonstoun-Italic, Gordonstoun, Hancock, Hardy, Harrow-Bold, Harrow-BoldItalic, Harrow-Italic, Harrow, Harvard-Bold, Harvard, Hepworth-Bold, Hepworth, Hope, Keaton, KebleBlack, KebleBoldOutline, KebleCondensed, KebleCondensedBlack, KebleCondensedLight, Keele-Bold, Keele, KingsCollege-Bold, KingsCollege-Italic, KingsCollege, Laurel, Leighton, LeightonCondensed, LeightonExtended, Lloyd, Manet, Marceau, Marlborough-Bold, Marlborough, Matisse, Michaelangelo, Miller, Millfield, Milligan-Bold, Milligan-BoldItalic, Milligan-Italic, Milligan, Miro, Monet, Moore, Morecambe, Peterhouse-Bold, Peterhouse-BoldItalic, Peterhouse-Italic, Peterhouse, Picasso, PicassoLite, Pollock, Pryor, QueensCollege-Bold, QueensCollege-BoldItalic, QueensCollege-Italic, QueensCollege, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rodin, Roedean-Bold, Roedean, Rubens, Secombe, Sellers, Seurat, Sorbonne-Bold, Sorbonne-BoldItalic, Sorbonne-Italic, Sorbonne, StAnnes-Italic, StAnnes, StPauls-Bold, StPauls, Stowe, Sykes, ToulouseLautrec, Turner, Upminster-Bold, Upminster, VanGogh, Verrochio, Warhol, WarholHeavy, WarholLight, Warwick-Bold, Warwick-BoldItalic, Warwick-Italic, Warwick, Wellington, WellingtonHeavy, Winchester-Bold, Winchester-Italic, Winchester, Wisdom, Wise, Yale-Bold, Yale-Italic, Yale. This free font collection may or may not be produced in agreement with Qualitype. Commercial font services, including barcode solutions (about 500 USD for Barcode2000, which includes 3 of 9, Code 93, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN/UPC, MSI/Plessey, Code 128, Codabar, MICR/E13B, CMC-7&USPS Barcode, and OCR A, OCR B, Letter Gothic, Line Draw&the Euro Currency Symbol) and TrueType logo and signature fonts (200 USD per font in 6 weights). Sells Barcode Assistant. Free barcode demo fonts. Free copy of Fontaware (Windows 3.1 font management). Free font recognition service. Font vendor for Bitstream. Barcodes sold:
Older font vendor and occasional font developer. From their 2008 web page: type.co.uk is the online arm of Fontworks UK Ltd, part of the Creative Publishing Solutions (CPS) Group who own the Fontshop brand in the UK. With an online presence since 1994 we represent over 100 foundries worldwide, offering a huge range from industry favourites (Adobe, Linotype, Monotype, Berthold, ITC, Bitstream), leading independents (Emigre, Font Bureau, T-26) and cutting edge collections such as Virus, Alias, ACMEFONTS, ShinnType, G-Type, and Device. We are a leading provider of custom fonts and type design services to the corporate, advertising and design sectors. Their foundries. [Google] [More] ⦿
Sells fonts by Chank Diesel, Joseph Coniglio, Joseph Essex, Rodney Sheldon Fehsenfeld, Peter Girardi, Gary Hustwit, Nancy Mazzei, Adam Roe, Brian Kelly, Carlos Segura, Susan Townsend, Mark Thomas, Rick Valenti, and Mouli Marur. [Google] [More] ⦿
German publisher of the Windows XP Profischriften 2003 CD, which since 2004 has been entitled 1.800 Schriften für Windows (20 Euro at Amazon). Ulrich Stiehl studied this company, and offers a list of name analogies with commercial fonts here. This CD contains most fonts of the "Berthold Types" collection and also fonts by Adobe, Monotype, Linotype and other foundries. Stiehl writes that "the Franzis CD includes many fonts not contained in the MegaFont CD" [by Softmaker]. Stiehl's analyis shows that the 1774 font CD contains (i) Classic Fonts (copyright ClassicFontCorporation, USA RWE, typefaces of the former H. Berthold AG), and (ii) Modern Fonts and Display Fonts (copyright Christine Mauerkirchner and Rainer Grunert RWE, typefaces of Adobe, Agfa/Monotype, Linotype, Bitstream, Compugraphic and others). Stiehl says: Franzis Verlag GmbH was formerly a reputable independent technical book publishing house in Munich. It is located today in Poing, and publishes this above fonts CD which has fonts by "PrimaFonts alias ClassicFontCorporation alias Christine Mauerkirchner alias Rainer Grunert". [Google] [More] ⦿
Jerrett Taylor's archive containing about 200 TrueType fonts. Simple presentation, easy downloads. Equivalent address. Sells a 6000-font CD with fonts obtained from the web/net at 15USD a pop. Is he sending that money to the type designers, most of whom allow the distribution but not the sale of their fonts. If there is any font on this CD you like, let me know, and I will tell you where to find it for free. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font vendor in the UK. Initial designers in 2013 include Emily Mahon herself (second in command at FreshComFonts), but also Vanessa Bays, Alex Tomlinson, Ray Meadows, Jack Fisher, Nermin Kahrimanovic, Spider Rays Fonts, William Suckling, Andrew McCluskey and Cat Neligan.
5USD for about 120 display and decorative fonts. My problem with this site is that these fonts are standard shareware and freeware fonts, and that Gini Schmitz is profiting from other people's sweat and tears. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font vendor. Custom font design in most languages. MS Arabic Windows distributor in US: additional fonts for $79. P.O. Box 134, Andover, MA 01810, USA. Also sells Hebrew fonts. Seels for Agfa, Alagha Associates, Arthur Baker Designs, ITC, Maverick Designs, Boutros International, and Sakkal Designs. Headed by Steve Reef. For 89USD, get 16 beautiful Arabic fonts: ITC Boutros Rokaa, Koufi, Ousbough, Arabic Borders, Diwani, Architect, ITC Boutros Modern Kufic, AGA Andalus (some of these in multiple weights). For 72USD, get 13 Hebrew fonts (some in multiple weights): Khadeysh, Ktav, Rashi, and Mesorati. The latter fonts, plus Diwani and Architect, are original fonts by Glyph Systems. [Google] [More] ⦿
Defunct. Bertrand Morel's type site had fonts and information of a commercial nature. Good categorization of over 30,000 commercial fonts. Comparison with MyFonts: Graphic Obsession is slower, requires more clicks to navigate, and offers fewer specimen graphics. Until about 2006, they were known as FontShop-France, but after they lost that contract, things went sour, and Graphic Obsession ceased operations in December 2008. [Google] [More] ⦿
Lisa Johns from Orlando, FL, runs Graphx Edge Fonts, a foundry in Altamonte Springs, FL, offering "high quality pictorial fonts". Their 250-odd collection is surely not made from scratch, especially not their body, script and display fonts. One used to be able to find four great free dingbats here: GE Nautica, GE Zoom, GE Zodiac, GE Holiday Sampler. In the Font Services section, they will make custom pictorial, signature (10USD), or logo (20USD) truetype fonts. For 20 USD, get also packages of 20 fonts such as Absolute Fun Fonts, Absolute Dingbats (60 dingbats, 129USD) or Absolute Script Fonts. Now also called ScriptFonts.Com. Alternate site. Deco fonts, a collection of 4 dingbat fonts for 30 USD. Alternate URL. At this archive, you can find the following fonts: GEBanners, GEClipz, GEComedy, GECurviture, GEElegantScript, GEFiestaMarquee, GEFleet, GEFreeForm, GEFrills, GEGlob, GEHandyScript, GEMontage, GENervousTwitch, GERomanesse, GESheerScript. Partial list of dingbats: GEAngels (I to III), GECarouselHorses, GECelticArt, GEChineseArt, GEChristmasJoy, GEComicalChristmas, GECurviture, GEEdibles, GEEgyptianArt, GEElementsofNature (I and II), GEFloralStencils, GEHolidaySampler, GEIttyBittys, GEJapaneseArt, GEMerryChristmas, GENativeAmericanArt, GENautica, GEOutToSea, GEPennsylvaniaDutch (I and II), GESheerScript, GESnowmen, GESpringtime, GEStorybookTales, GEWhimsicalAnimals (I to IV), GEWildKingdom, GEZodiac, GEZoom. Another alias: Megadownloads. At Joz's Smallwares, you may find Fleet, Romanesse, Frills, Free Form and Comedy, Curviture, Elegant Script, Handy Script, Montage and Sheer Script, Fiesta Marquee, Nervous Twitch, Banners, Clipz and Glob. The list of fonts is long:
All right, 15 dollars a shot for renamed fonts. If you are going for this stuff, you are much better off with the Bitstream collection or the SSi collection (1 cent per font, or 150 times cheaper). If you buy from this outfit, you are a double loser. [Google] [More] ⦿
Company incorporated in Delaware. Markets fonts from Garagefonts, Letter-Perfect, Polytype, Maverick Designs, Christian Schwartz Design, Phil's Fonts, TypeArt, Font Bureau, T-26, Red Rooster, Fontek, NIMX, Font Boy, Lanston, Page Studio Graphics, Arthur Baker Designs, P22, RT: Russian Typefoundry, Castle Systems, Type Revivals, Galapagos. "International TypeFounders Inc., is a coalition of over 50 unique, small independent foundries featuring the work of dozens of designers who bring over 3,000 of their typefaces together from one central source." Alternate URL. Contact: Steve Jackaman. [Google] [More] ⦿
Russian company which sells CDs with ornaments (not in font format though) designed by Dubina Nikolay. There is also a free font archive. All fonts designed or codesigned by Dubina Nikolay, and most are Cyrillizations of well-known Latin fonts. A partial list: AirportCyr, Anarchy-Normal, BMspiralCapCyr, BMstampCyr-Normal, CranberryCyr, DPix_8pt, DS-Diploma-Bold, DS-Diploma, DSArabic, DSArmyCyr, DSAyaks-Normal, DSBroadBrush, DSBrushes-Normal, DSCenturyCapitals, DSComedyCyrBold, DSCoptic, DSCrystal, DSCyrillic, DSDiploma-Bold-Outline-DBL, DSDiplomaArt-Bold, DSDots-Medium, DSDownCyr, DSEraser2, DSEraserCyr, DSFlashSerif, DSGoose, DSGreece, DSHiline, DSIzmir-Normal, DSJapanCyr--Normal, DSJugendSCDemo, DSKolovrat, DSKork, DSMechanicalBold, DSMoster, DSMotionDemo-Italic, DSMotterStyle, DSNarrow-Extra-condensedMedium, DSNote, DSNova-Black, DSOlymPix, DSPoddCyrLight, DSPoster, DSPosterPen, DSProgress-SemiBold, DSQuadro-Black, DSRabbit-Medium, DSRada, DSRada_Double, DSReckoningCyr, DSRussiaDemo, DSSharper, DSSholom-Medium, DSShowBill, DSSofachrome-Italic, DSSonOf-Black, DSStain, DSStampCyr, DSStamper, DSStandartCyr, DSSupervixenCyr, DSThompson, DSUncialFunnyHand-Medium, DSUstavHand, DSVTCoronaCyr, DSVanish-Medium, DSYermak_D, DSZombieCyr, DS_Cosmo-Semi-expandedSemiBold, DefWriter|BASECyr, DisneyPark, Eh_cyr, Etude, Frant-Bold, InavelTetkaCyr, Matrix_vs_Miltown, MicroTech, MisirlouCyr, Nadejda-Bold, NewDeli, PixelCyr-Normal, QuakeCyr, Runic, RunicAlt, RunicAltNo, Scrawl, SeedsCyr-Medium, StillTimeCyr, Stylo-Bold, ZrnicCyr-Normal, hooge05_55Cyr2, supercarcyr. [Google] [More] ⦿
A German company in Ellerbek which in 2007 released a DVD containing 31,006 TrueType fonts. The contents, listed by Ulrich Stiehl, is here and here. It sells for 13.79 Euros on Ebay. The contents consists of fonts from nearly every known foundry and type designer in the world, including freeware, shareware and commercial fonts. Yet another crooked company exposed by Stiehl. [Google] [More] ⦿
This vendor in Omaha, NE, describes itself this way: MacAppware is a division of 128bit Technologies and a dedicated Mac software developer currently offering disk utility applications, graphic design apps, Mac bundles and unique commercial use fonts. For 30 USD (in 2015), one can buy their 1800-font Premium Fonts collection. [Google] [More] ⦿
Masterfont (or: Studio Rosenberg)
Zvika Rosenberg (b. 1949, a graduate from Bezalel Academy of Design in Jerusalem) designs the Hebrew fonts at Tel-Aviv's Masterfont (est. 1986; was: Studio Rosenberg, est. 1975, his own design studio). Commercial Hebrew, Arab, Latin and barcode fonts for Mac and PC. The font design is managed bvy Zvika Rosenberg, while the marketing department is headed by Psika Rosenberg. Included in the 1300+ font library are Akvarel (oriental simulation), Evyatar, Eventov, Elizov, Aspeset, Nisha, Rahav, Ego, Edgar, Muly, Adam, Aharony, Autograph, Hugo, Alexandra, Grafity, Hafgana, Ura, Rahat, Oron, Iguana, Eyal, Junior, Ayalon, Internet, Interes, Litam, Stempa, Copyfax, Ishit, Panda, Arava, Dror, Algom, Elegant, Erela, Aristo, Eshkol, Golda, Pola, Azmaout, Diploma, Gnuzot, Midbar, Mizrahi, Margaliot, Azmaout, Partom, Papaya (Bukvaraz 2001 award), Universe, Mekorot, Koren, Shmuel, Frankruhl, Gilboa, David, Narkis, Ada, Abetka, Hadassa, Yarden, Meteor, Miriam, Naama, Skitza, Petite, Cola, Yalon, Rosenberg, Tamrurim, Agada, Efrat, Arbel, Arsenal, Beresheet, Bruto, Bat Sheva, Greifer, Hut, Hatzvi, Zorea, Hermon, Architekt, Junior, Klilit, Rubin, Chocolade, Handwriting, Marhaba, Poster, Inbal, Media, KtivaTama, Jeep, Asam, Ecology, Dalia, Johnni Lasso, Hiroshima, Harakiri, Lahmaniot, Sapir, Haim. A signature font at 45 USD. Logo font service as well. Vendor of the Boutros Arabic fonts.
MyFonts page. Designers at Masterfont include Zvi Narkiss, Yaakov Agam, Asher Oron, Pini Hemo, Asher Gat, Yigal Feurstein, Ada Yardeni and many others. Zvika Rosenberg himself designed these faces: Abirim MF, Agada MF, Agudal MF, Aharoni Polished MF, Alilon MF (2009, hand-printed), Almenat MF (2008), Balonim MF (2005), Etzada MF (2005), Ribuim MF (2009), Selihot MF, Tachsheet MF (2008), Aluma MF, Autograph, Ayalon, Azmaout, Balora MF, Banim MF, Bat Sheva MF, Braun MF, Broadway, Brosh MF, Brutto MF, Butterfly MF, Capital MF, Chilli MF, Chips, Circle Numbers MF, Comics MF (1997), Copy Fax, Darbuka MF, David MF, Dimdumim, Emda MF, Enzoagada MF, Esheet MF, Eyal, Fantazia MF (a house font---I am not sure Rosenberg did this himself), Finish MF, Garinim Shehorim MF, Graffiti (1993), Greifer MF, Hafgana, Haim Arukeem MF, Haim MF, Havazelet MF, Interes MF, Jeans, Katava MF, Kilshon MF, Klaf, Klemantina MF, Ktiva MF, LeBe MF, Linoleum MF, Lippa MF, Litam MF, Lueeza MF, Magazine MF, Marhaba, Marker, Mechola, Melach Haaretz MF, Mishpatim, Molecule MF, Ovech MF, Panda MF, Papaya MF, Parmezan MF, Pergula MF, Petit MF, Pigama MF, Pitka MF, Poema MF, Portal MF, Pronto MF, Protocol MF, MF Ramot (1993), Remington, Rimon, Rosenberg, Rosenberg Naot Square MF, Rosenberg Promo MF, Rosenberg Ski MF, Rosenberg Solo MF, Rosenberg-Naot MF, Rosenberg Textile MF (2010), Shablona, Shanti MF, Shavit MF, Shiboota MF, Shmulik Yael MF (2010, hand-printed), Shmulik Three Egozim MF (2010), Shmulik Kibutz MF (2010), Shmulik Katz MF (2010), Shmulik Hasamba MF (2010, painted letters), Shmulik Dorit MF (2010, signage face), Shmulik Diralehaskir MF (2010), Shooma, Shopping MF, Skitsa, Square Numbers MF, Stempa MF, Sucariot, Sweeta MF, Tapuz MF, Tambour MF (2010), Taxi MF, Terminal MF, Tiltan MF, Turmus MF, Unplugged MF, Zeebra MF, Zlafim, Zoola MF. PDF file showing these 2009 fonts: MFTVilna-Bold, Vilna MF (2003, Zvika Rosenberg), MFTDavid-Bold, MFTDavid, MFTNarkisClassic-Bold, MFTNarkisClassic, MFTNarkisClassicLight, MFTNarkisClassicMedium, MFTNewLivorno-Bold, MFTNewLivorno. These fonts feature Nikud, justification alternates and cantillation marks (in Hebrew, Teamim or Teamey Hamiqra), which are used with Biblical texts as notes for reading the text in public.
Tim McGuinness runs McGuinnessDesigns.com. He published several cheap font CDs such as Expresiv Art Fonts (1995), Expresiv Brush Script Fonts (1995), Expresiv Classic Fonts (1994), Expresiv Ornamental Fonts (1994), and Expresiv PhotoLettering Fonts (1994). Typophile has a discussion in which these collections are called cheap knock-offs. [Google] [More] ⦿
Based in Coon Rapids, MN, and run by Peter Ward, this outfit sells hundreds of fonts that seem nothing but (tweaked and) renamed (all names start with MC) fonts--check here, and tell me if Microgetics designed these fonts! Sleazy slogans such as "Everyone should have these fonts" complete the picture. On the newsgroups, Peter Ward states that he found font XXX (fill in any name you like) at the Microgetics site---well, a bit dishonest isn't it? Ward runs the site! There are free downloads, but even those are done in a questionable manner--they make you feel like you are getting something for free by giving your coordinates, but in fact, remember that the font design was not theirs in the first place. Only positive note: the company seems to have made an effort improving the outlines of the fonts (those on MCAngelBrush improve over its "parent", BrushScriptMT, for example), but the fonts are inferior in other respects (MCAngelBrush has no kerning pairs, for example). Partial list: MC57, MCAlbany, MCAngelBrush, MCBuzz, MCCEO, MCCanfieldBold, MCCanfieldBoldItalic, MCCanfieldItalic, MCCanfield, MCCaponeCondensed, MCCaponeExtended, MCCaponeOutline, MCCapone, MCCargoCompressed, MCCargoItalic, MCCargo, MCCave, MCChancellorLightItalic, MCChancellorLight, MCChancellorMediumItalic, MCChancellorMedium, MCCheers, MCCookieCutter, MCCould, MCCowPoke, MCCrateOutline, MCCrate, MCCudaCondensed, MCCudaOutline, MCCuda, MCDoggieOutline, MCDoggie, MCDoodads, MCDotOutline, MCDotShadow, MCDot, MCEATShadow, MCEAT, MCEclectic, MCEuro, MCEyeChart, MCFatBrush, MCFinesse, MCFreeloader, MCFruitBasket, MCGadget, MCGilbert, MCGrooveEOutline, MCGrooveE, MCHAL, MCHeadStone, MCHobbesBold, MCHobbesOutline, MCHobbes, MCHouseBandOutline, MCHouseBand, MCImpressBold, MCImpress, MCIvy, MCJack, MCJoeFuture, MCKirkHall, MCKlaus, MCKoko, MCLCD, MCLappleBold, MCLappleDemi, MCLappleLight, MCLappleMedium, MCLateen, MCLetterSweater, MCLetterbook, MCLohengrin, MCLongbranch, MCLullaby, MCMahall, MCMars, MCMax, MCMershia, MCMist, MCModa, MCMonoManBold, MCMonoManBoldItalic, MCMonoManItalic, MCMonoMan, MCNixBold, MCNixCondensedBold, MCNixCondensedBoldItalic, MCNixCondensedItalic, MCNixCondensed, MCNix, MCOktoberfest, MCOpalBold, MCOpalBoldItalic, MCOpalItalic, MCOpal, MCOrchidBold, MCOrchidLight, MCOrchidMedium, MCPartridge, MCPearl, MCPeeWeeOutline, MCPeeWee, MCPerspective, MCPorkie, MCPriceTag, MCPuffy, MCQuill, MCRSVP, MCRagtop, MCRegulaSansItalic, MCRegulaSans, MCRobinhood, MCSchoolhouseInline, MCSchoolhouse, MCSiagon, MCSitcom, MCSlimJim, MCSquaredOutline, MCSquared, MCSterling, MCStratford, MCTape, MCTassel, MCTechnobop, MCTight, MCToothpaste, MC-Twinkle-Star, MCUnisyms, MCValentinePlush, MCValentine, MCWhatsits, MCWhimsy, MCWizz, MCWrightItalic, MCWright, MCYikesShadow, MCYikes, MCZamboni, MCZyphanyBold, MCZyphanyBoldItalic, MCZyphanyItalic, MCZyphany. [Google] [More] ⦿
Frank Hainze (Emeryville, CA) used to sell typefaces such as Adorable, Artisan, Celebrity, Crescent, Duchess, Elegance, Formal, Heather, Imperial, ImperialBold, ImperialBoldItalic, ImperialItalic, Legend, MajesticBold, MasonBook, MasonBookOblique, MasonDemi, MasonDemiOblique, Opera, Salsa, Samurai, Victorian (blackletter, 1994), Wedding.
No longer in business. The fonts are still out there, however. For example, check Samurai here.
Ulrich Stiehl documents all forged fonts on the PrintMaster CD and reports that the quality is remarkably good. Examples: Advantage = ITC Avant Garde Gothic, Architect = Adobe Tekton, Editor = ITC American Typewriter, Enchanted = ITC Korinna, Fantasy = ITC Tiffany, Gallery = ITC Galliard, Geneva = Linotype Helvetica, Gourmand = ITC Garamond, Imperial = ITC New Baskerville, Manuscript = Linotype Palatino, Mason = ITC Lubalin Graph, Mirage = ITC Benguiat, Optimum = Linotype Optima, Tiempo = Monotype Times. [Google] [More] ⦿
Until June 2002, distributors for many foundries, such as 2rebels (Montréal, Québec); 3 Island Press (Rockland, Maine); Daggar Design (Brooklyn, New York); Lagartija Desino Grafico (Puerto Rico); Radiateurfontes (Lille, France), Synfonts (Omaha, Nebraska); Union Type Supply - now "AboutType" (Houston, Texas). In June 2002, it closed its doors. Jeff Gillen himself, the principal, designed these fonts: BLIND FAITH, BLUELINE, BLUEPRINT, BUREAUCRACY FAMILY, CLOUD9, FAITH, GREED, GROOVY FAMILY, HERSCHEL KRUSTOFSKY, HYMAN KRUSTOFSKY, JOBLESS, JOKER, MELTDOWN, MARTIAN HOLIDAY FAMILY, MISSING LINK, NUCLEUS, RAYGUNS, REPUBLICRAT, RIDDLER, ROLLOVER FAMILY, SIBLEY POTATO FAMILY, SLACKER BOOKSTORE&TRIBAL MASKS. [Google] [More] ⦿
Foundry and font vendor in Austin, Texas, created in 1995. As a vendor, it offers an outlet for twelve formerly autonomous font makers: 2 Rebels, 3 Island Press, Abouttype, Brainreactor, Emboss, Mindcandy, Lagartija, Lunchbox, Plazm, Radiateur, Synfonts and Verge. One of the designers is Jeff Gillen. List of Mindcandy's own fonts: Blind Faith, Blueline, Blueprint, Bureaucracy+Municipal, Bureaucracy+State, Bureaucracy+Federal, Cloud 9, Delirious, Delirium, Faith, Groovy, Groovy+Oultine, Herschel Krustofsky, Hyman Krustofsky, Invacuo+Bones, Invacuo+Cloak, Invacuo+Valid, Jobless, Joker, Meltdown, Missing Link, Contamination (borders), Phace, Smacky, Bureaucracy+Electoral, MartianHoliday, Nokius (pixel font family), Nucleus, Rayguns, Riddler, Rollover, Rollover+Outline, Sibley Potato+AuGratin, Sibley Potato+Baked, Sibley Potato+Fried, Sibley Potato+Mashed, Sibley Potato+Salad (Mayo), Sibley Potato+Salad (Mustard), Slacker+Bookstore, Tribal Masks. Simon Daniels at Microsoft writes: "Despite using a Flash font viewer and having posted a claim that they 'embrace the latest technologies to deliver your message in virtually any medium', Mindcandy restricts others from embedding their fonts within Web pages. This is particularly strange given the fact that their free fonts are set to 'installable embedding'." TypoViewer is nice. Mindcandy, the vendor decided in June 2002 to sell the fonts in their collection at 1 USD a shot, but I wonder if that does not violate the agreements with the designers. They also state that they are ready to get out of the font business altogether. And at the end of June 2002, the doors are closing on Mindcandy. [Google] [More] ⦿
Chisel fonts (five fonts at 20 USD a shot), Serials type collection (1000 fonts) on as CD, EuroFonter (software to place the Euro symbol in truetype fonts), FontExpert 2.0 (type recognition software). The Serials CD looks very much like Brendel/Softmaker: 175 USD worth of mostly renamed fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
MyFonts is a division of Bitstream Inc., located in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Its mission is to make it simple for everyone to find and buy fonts. In pursuit of this mission, MyFonts has pioneered new ways to search for fonts when one does not have an exact font in mind. The concept of MyFonts was born in 1999 when Charles Ying, Bitstream's Chairman of the Board, wanted to find a font for a particular project. He was horrified to discover that the only way to find fonts on the web was to know the name of the font you were looking for, or browse a flat alphabetical list. Why can't I just search for wedding fonts, he asked. This should be as easy as shopping for shoes! I should be able to point at a font in a magazine and say, Show me fonts like this. Charles reasoned that making it hard to find and buy fonts for the average computer user meant turning away 99.9% of the potential market for fonts. He called for an open marketplace, where fonts from many vendors could compete side-by-side. Charles personally hired the initial team and commissioned a site design from (now defunct) Calgary-based Fusion Media Group. MyFonts began selling the Bitstream library on March 20, 2000 through the MyFonts.com website. It now has over 60,000 fonts from about 800 foundries. It includes WhatTheFont (was Identafont) (send scanned images to the site for automatic recognition), "Show me more like this", TypeXplorer (font space browser), type designer and foundry info. The project manager is Laurence Penney. List of designers.
Font seller and typographical services in Detroit. This page lists all PostScript fonts available at this bureau. They coincide roughly with the Adobe list. Beebe's list of their 2065 fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
Original designs, and a great general site on typography. Sells over 65,000 fonts from over 55 foundries. Font families (typically 4 faces) in the 100USD to 300USD range. Makes custom fonts as well. Run by Ralph Smith. Browse by foundry or by designer. [Google] [More] ⦿
Platz Wien (or: adfontes)
New concept for the pricing and distribution of fonts suggested by Platz Wien, a graphic design group from Vienna. Email contact: Martin Tiefenthaler from Atelier Tiefenthaler. Martin Tiefenthaler teaches typography and semiotics at die Graphische in Vienna, Austria, and has been running his studio ID IID IIIDesign for 25 years, is co-founder of the Typographic Society Austria (tga), and currently works on his PhD on the implications of capitalization in the Latin writing system on European thinking. [Google] [More] ⦿
Font vendor active from 1994 until 2004, when it closed. It was located at 47 Mall Drive, Commack, NY 11725, USA, and distributed the fonts of hundreds of designers. Michel Bujardet from Match Software whose fonts are partially sold by them complained that no sales were reported to him. His posting on a type list: "since TypeCon 98, the word was in the type design community that they never seemed to report any sales to the authors." Contact: Brenda Newman.
This site reports the following in May 2006: Protocall Technologies Incorporated (OTCBB: PCLI) http://www.protocall.com/ today announced that Bruce Newman, the company founder and a member of the board of directors, has assumed the post of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Newman succeeds former Chief Executive Officer Donald J. Hoffmann, who will continue in an advisory capacity with Protocall. [...] Protocall to Focus on Developing Opportunities in Entertainment DVD Market. [...] During Mr. Newman's earlier tenure at Protocall, he assembled the company's management, product development, operations and sales teams; managed equity financings; and secured first-time ever licensing agreements from Symantec, Intuit, Corel, Atari, Vivendi Universal and many other software companies to reproduce their products at point-of-sale locations. Additionally, Mr. Newman structured first-time electronic distribution deals with CompUSA and other major resellers. Prior to Protocall, Mr. Newman founded a software distribution company that became one of the world's largest niche distributors of high-end font software products to the book publishing and professional design industries. Mr. Newman is an inventor of record on two U.S. patents in the area of electronic product delivery and co-author of a book on computer typeface software for professional users. [Google] [More] ⦿
Three CDs with 5000 fonts from Adobe/Linotype, Agfa Type, Agfa Logos, Alphabets Inc., Andersen, Bear Rock, Bitstream, Carter&Cone, Diehl Volk, EmDash, FontBureau, TheFontCompany, FranklinTypeFound, Galapagos, HandcraftedFonts, Harris Design, Headliners Int., Intecsas, Int.Typeface Cor., Isis Imaging, Jack Yan&Ass., Key Borders, Lanston Type, Letraset, Letter Perfect, Monotype, NewYorkDesign, NIMX Graphics Page Studio, PolyType, Red Rooster, Russian Type, Christian Schwartz, Stone Type, Torah, Treacyfaces, [T-26], URW, Vanguard Media, ABC Design, Adagio, Addict Inc., Aerotype, Arthur Baker, Castle Systems, Coniglio, Design Lab, DS Design, Justified Type, Lunchbox Design, Maverick Design, mindCANDY, P22, Plazm Media, Psy/Ops Type, Richard Beatty, Synstelien Design. The book "Precision Type Font Reference Guide" by Jeff Level, Bruce Newman and Brenda Newman shows more than 13,000 typefaces. [Google] [More] ⦿
International TypeFounders, Inc's shop front. Type vendor, est. 2004, which sells type for Letraset, Red Rooster, ITF/URW++, Arthur Baker, Exploding Type Co, Font Boy, Maverick Designs, Type Revivals, Synfonts, Mecanorma and Prime Graphics. [Google] [More] ⦿
Commercial Khmer font producer. Salika Ltd is located in Tokyo. Their Khmer fonts are named Khm-1 through Khm-4. They also have fonts for Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Latin, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Nepali, Cyrillic, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese. [Google] [More] ⦿
Schriftenpaket Osteuropa is a CD of 245 fonts sold mainly in Germany. Each font is a renamed Adobe Font Folio font. The fonts were "made" by the Hemming company, that is, the copyright notices were all changed to Mon Ami 1994, and the fonts were renamed in a predictable manner: Arial became Adorea, Courier is Cora, Futura is Fulv, Eurostile became Europa, Gill Sans is Gisela, and so forth. Thirdly, Hemming insured that all diacritics for East-European languages were available. Ulrich Stiehl, the consummate font detective, collected all Adobe name equivalences in this PDF file. The "Firma Hemming" (later renamed Hemming AG) was founded in 1989 by Olaf Hemming in Landau (Pfalz, Germany). The Schriftenpaket Osteuropa CD went to market in 1994. Olaf Hemming (b. 1967 or 1968) was murdered in May 2001. His body was found near Andenne in Belgium. His Audi was found on highway A27 in Polleur, Belgium. Hans-Joachim Ulrich and Ralf Wetzel took over the company. In 2002, his company went bankrupt and was officially liquidated in 2003. The public prosecutor in Landau may have placed copyright charges against the two men (but the internet source for this is not 100% reliable). In 2003, the murder trial of Olaf Hemming took place. We learned that he was killed by a 22-year old German woman who was born in Madagascar. She had been influenced by a 48-year old sectarian (Indian/Islamic) partner who forced her into drugs and prostitution. She also murdered someone else and was accused of two attempted murders as well. The following stores (and probably others too) still sell the CD: Pearl, Multi-Media-Schnäppchen (owned by Daniel Grigat, 51588 Nuembrecht), and Schütz Neue Medien GmbH. [Google] [More] ⦿
Seong Ah Choi
Japanese font distributor. Both Japanese and roman fonts. Carries fonts from Extra Designs, Hideki Inaba, G2System, Waap Designs, Hyperion Graphics (who made Capsule3), GEI, Maniackers Design, and Fontage / Kivart, and Fontstudio. Mac and PC. [Google] [More] ⦿
SkyFonts is Monotype's font rental service, launched in beta form on September 18, 2012. From the web site: The SkyFonts service is a cloud-based font rental solution that lets you experiment with type like never before. Browse a selection of over 1,500 professional, quality fonts. Try fonts for 5 minutes for free. Rent fonts for a day or for a month. [Google] [More] ⦿
SoftMaker Software GmBH (now: freefont.de)
SoftMaker, Martin Kotulla's German foundry in Nürnberg, is selling the 10,000-TrueType font Megafont XXL CD (50 USD, www.megafont.de). Every month, a different font or font family (TT and T1) is given away for free. The MegaFont XXL has most standard Monotype/Adobe/Linotype families (up to 1995/1996). They say that most fonts are licensed from URW++ and Brendel Informatik (Cologne). Contents of MegaFont XXL's predecessor, MegaFont Profi CD, here. Since early 2001, you can download one font family from the CD MegaFont XXL here. Martin Kotulla also started infiniType, a collection of 5050 fonts at a good price (Mac and PC). The XXL series has character sets for Western and Central European languages, Turkish, and Celtic, and comes with many expert sets. For historical accuracy: older packages by Softmaker include the 3333-font (TT and T1) MegaFont Profi CD-2.0 (99DM), the 5000-font MegaFont Euro (50 Euro), the Truepack Profi-CD and the 500-font TypeMaker 5.0 Profi-Pack (10DM).
Their early fonts were renamed and had the attribute Serial in the name. Samples of some of these fonts/families: Adelon Serial (1996, after Albertus MT), Melbourne Serial, Nashville Serial (+Heavy), Nevada Serial, On Stage Serial, Ornitons Serial, Penthouse Serial, Plakette Serial, Priamos Serial, Quadrat Serial, Quebec Serial, Riccione Serial, Rochester Serial, Salzburg Serial, Stafford Serial, Sunset Serial, Sydney Serial, Thames Serial, Toledo Serial, Valencia Serial (Heavy), Valencia Serial (Xlight), Verona Serial, Volkswagen Serial, Wichita Serial.
In 2008, SoftMaker started selling fonts on MyFonts: fonts there include the 28-style Suetterlin family (2008), based on the handwriting taught in German schools in the first half of the 20th century, Harald Handwriting (2009), Agilo Handwriting (2009), Wally Handwriting (2009), Vittorio Handwriting (2009), Turandot Handwriting (2009), Tommi Handwriting (2009), Veneto Handwriting (2009), Tolomeo Handwriting (2009), Sarx Handwriting (2009), Salew Handwriting (2009), Roxana Handwriting (2009), Renate Handwriting (2009), PizPaz Handwriting (2009, Mexican style), Schneid Handwriting (2009), Pietro Handwriting, Phil Handwriting, Nadine Handwriting, Kuno Handwriting, Larissa Handwriting, Lizzy Handwriting, Juri Handwriting, Jeff Handwriting (2009), Josh Handwriting (2009), Jelena Handwriting (2009), Jaro Handwriting (2009), Jacques Handwriting (2009), Hilly Handwriting (2009), Harico Handwriting (2009), Hakon Handwriting (2009), Stone Handwriting (2009), Federico Handwriting (2009), Fabio Handwriting (2009), Emmi Handwriting (2009), Davio Handwriting (2009), Alec Handwriting (2009), Brian Handwriting (2009), Armand Handwriting (2009), Claude Handwriting (2010), Cathy Handwriting (2010), Clay Handwriting (2010), Danielle Handwriting (2010), Feliks Handwriting (2010), Foster Handwriting (2010), Giorgio Handwriting (2010), Giovanna Handwriting (2010), Guga Handwriting (2010), Giuliano Hanriting (2010), Carlo Handwriting (2009), Brouet Handwriting (2010), Bjarne Handwriting (2009), Agnieszka Handwriting (2009) and Thery Handwriting (2009).
Additions in 2010: Tabasco (a geometric based on the phototype font by John Schaedler), Tabasco Twin (a bilined typeface after John Schaedler's Paprika), Advertisers Gothic (a revival of a 1917 typeface by Robert Wiebking), Ad Lib (a revival of a quirky 1961 typeface by Freeman Craw for ATF), Accent (brush face), Flagstaff (oblique techno face), Cornered (with angular pieces), Abilene (Western; caps only), Comix, Cathedral Open (nice open face), Boa Script (2010), Bryce (2010, brush script), Brush Script (2010, after the original ATF font by Robert E. Smith from 1942), Bernhard Fashion (2010), Abbott Old Style (2010, after a 1901 semi-Victorian font by Joseph W. Phinney), Artistic (2010, after Ariston, a 1933 typeface by Martin Wilke), Elegant Script (2010, a revival of Berthold's Englische Schreibschrift), Garamond Serial (2011), the Suetterlin family.
The typefaces remastered in 2012 include Chandler Pro (this is Rofer Excoffon's 1955 brush typeface Choc; see also Staccato 555 by Bitstream and Chalk by Corel), Cheltenham Pro, Cleargothic Pro (after Morris Fuller Benton's flared version of Clearface, Clearface Gothic, 1907), Cooper Black Pro (+Stencil), Tioga Script Pro (after Georg Trump's 1956 script by that name, but aka Time Script).
Free download: Huntington-Bold [-> Handel Gothic], Huntington-Light, ImperialStd-Bold [-> URW Imperial] ImperialStd-BoldItalic, ImperialStd-Heavy, ImperialStd-HeavyItalic, ImperialStd-Italic, ImperialStd-Medium, ImperialStd-MediumItalic, ImperialStd-Regular, ImperialStd-Xbold, ImperialStd-XboldItalic, KremlinScript-Bold [-> Kuenstler Script], RaleighSerial-Bold, RaleighSerial-Heavy, RaleighSerial-Regular, Scott [-> Stop], TiogaScript-Bold [-> Time Script], TiogaScript-Light, TiogaScript-Medium.
Handwring fionts shown at MyFonts in 2013: Allan Handwriting, Andrew Handwriting, Eleanor Handwriting, Enrico Handwriting, Estelle Handwriting, Jay Handwriting, Jaz Handwriting, Jesco Handwriting, Justine Handwriting, Kris Handwriting, Laszlo Handwriting, Lennart Handwriting, Luitpold Handwriting, Manolo Handwriting, Marbo Handwriting, Marcello Handwriting, Murielle Handwriting, Pablo Handwriting, Paolo Handwriting, Pascal Handwriting, Picto Handwriting, Rainer Handwriting, Reyno Handwriting, Ronaldo Handwriting, Teje Handwriting, Theo Handwriting, Valerian Handwriting, Vincent Handwriting, Vogel Handwriting, Volker Handwriting, Wilma Handwriting.
Booooooohh!!! I am trying to find out who/where Duane Nason's Solotech is, but I know this for sure: some of their fonts (if not all) are exact unaltered copies of other people's fonts. For example, LovelyHand is identical to Brian Wilson's 3IP font Treefrog. And, to top it off, the copyright line reads: Copyright \251 1995 Solotech Design. All Rights Reserved. Read Don Synstelien's account of what can be found on the Solotech 299USD CD, where many freeware or shareware fonts are misrepresented as being original. And Duane Nason is making money off them! This company is at the bottom of the barrel. Chris MacGregor's opinion of Solotech: watch out though--if you email Solotech, a copy of that email goes to Chris. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ulrich Stiehl writes about this company: "The shady company "Solus GmbH" in Iserlohn (Germany), also known as "New Media Agency GmbH" in Menden, is selling a font collection CD which is the worst collection I have ever seen. The files on this Herlitz CD have been ripped off from private BBS and from the CDs of commercial font companies." Included are Stone Sans, Aachen Bold, AvantGarde, City, Eurostile and many others. Do not buy this CD (4000 fonts for 20 Euro). [Google] [More] ⦿
Sprint Software (Niall Ginsbourg, Australia) used to sell a rip-off CD under the name Super Oz Shareware Fonts from 1994-1996. It ceased to exist then, but Niall Ginsbourg continued with other companies and products. It had about 3000 truetype fonts, from Linotype, Agfa, Monotype, URW and so forth, often using original names, and it also contained many shareware fonts by artists such as David Rakowski. Ulrich Stiehl's font by font analysis. [Google] [More] ⦿
According to Phil Martin, Storch Fonts [Leonard Storch Soft Fonts, 15403 East Alondra Blvd. (HP/IBM) La Mirada, CA 90638 (714) 739-2478] sells pirated fonts. Still according to Phil, Storch placed an ad for their pirate font CD in "The Typographer", a mag for which Phil Martin wrote editorial articles, and from which he promptly resigned. [Google] [More] ⦿
British font service house: can sell you most of the commercial fonts. Sells also fonts for Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Farsi, Greek, Gujurati, Hindi, Hungarian, Japanese (Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Welsh. Has barcode fonts, and is a special distributor of the Royal Mail Barcode font. [Google] [More] ⦿
Over 6000 fonts from freeware font makers for 5 USD. Haven't seen the collection, but I can imagine what is going on here. This collection is identical to that offered by The Font Foundry. [Google] [More] ⦿
The Quick Brown Fox GmbH
Run by Willi Welsch out of Köln, Germany, this foundry sells the SERIALS type library, consisting of 2,000 professional typefaces on the CD-ROMs Typecollection, DesignerCollection, CreativeTypeCollection (500 Brendel Informatik fonts for 499DM), and the new StyleCollection. Their program FontExpert automatically identifies typefaces from a scanned document out of a database of 25,000 typefaces. A quick check reveals however that many fonts are just renamed designs.
The TypeShop Collection is also owned by them. MyFonts writes: The originator of the big TypeShop Collection was Walter Florenz Brendel (1930-1992). As far back as 1972, he had the idea of an electronic and digital system for typeface plotting and cutting, as well as automatic modification and reproduction. Before 1972, when type users demanded their type color to be a little lighter or little darker, Brendel, as the owner of over 28 type shops across Europe employing about six hundred people, could not meet their demands with the existing typefaces. Consequently Brendel developed a method to satisfy their needs. Brendel was the originator of the concept, and contributor and partner in the development, of IKARUS by Dr. Peter Karow. He cut typefaces based on mathematical increments that would allow type weights to be graduated in equal steps. Thanks to his perfectionism, type users can have the luxury of choosing a specific type weight out of seven from as many as 65 font families in the TypeShop Collection. Mr. Brendel was an accomplished professional type designer. Lingwood, Montreal, Volkswagen, Derringer, and Casablanca and many more were his creations. He was a design collaborator of Congress, Litera, Worchester and others. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
The fonts on the TigerWorks CD of 1994: AlteSchD, DomCasualD, EnglischeSchT, URWAntiquaT series, URWBaskerT series, URWBodoniT series, URWClarendonT series, URWEgyptienneT series, URWGaramondT series, URWGroteskT series, URWImperialT series, URWLinearT series, URWTypewriterT series. [Google] [More] ⦿
Swiss vendor of Berthold, Bitstream, Galla, Ingram and Jack Yan fonts. Includes a logo/signature service, and font conversion consulting. Swiss type pages by Peter H. Singer, the Berthold man in Zürich. Commercial links, mainly to Berthold. They provide some corporate identity font services as well as font conversions with Fontmonger (??). They also sell a 300 handwriting font collection. Alternate URL. List of type designers. [Google] [More] ⦿
Vendor of Adobe, Alias, Red Rooster, Shinn Type, Letraset Fontek and Device fonts. Shinn Type's Morphica exclusively here.
In October 2003, Veer acquired Jason Walcott's Jukebox Type Foundry, and adds it to the Test Pilot Collective Foundry whose faces it also sells exclusively. One of the founding members is Calgary-based type designer Grant Hutchinson. One of the sub-collections is called Umbrella. In 2004, they added a few faces from Fountain and Font Bureau. New type announcements.
In 2007, Veer was bought by Corbis, a Bill Gates company. Typographers predicted that Veer would disappear soon after that, but this did not happen.
This outfit sells fonts after preview. From the looks of things, they are asking money for renamed shareware and freeware fonts, and even some other fonts. Selling so-called EFF fonts as well. When on Nov 27 1998, Mick Robinson wrote to advertise EFF LondonA, Tiro Typeworks' John Hudson blew his top and replied on alt.binaries.fonts: "EFF LondonA my arse! That's Adobe Garamond, complete and unadulterated. Thanks for the tip, I'm sure Adobe UK's lawyers will be contacting you. Don't you people read copyright laws?" List of names of fonts. [Google] [More] ⦿
At the Corporate Font Center of Xerox, you can buy just about any commercial font from the big foundries. Plus specialty fonts, such as, e.g., a bunch of UPCA barcode fonts at 150USD a family. Bitmap and scalable fonts. PCL fonts at 100USD a shot and standard fonts (from other sources, it seems) at varying prices. Seems to act as a vendor. Unclear if any fonts were made by Xerox itself. But there are five free fonts now by Xerox: Sigttf, Xerox logo, Bubbly, Glass-a-Breakin', and ModernGradate. [Google] [More] ⦿
For about 15 dollars, become a member of the YMUG library, and download over 1000 fonts. "The YMUG library is collected from on-line services, other users' groups, other universities' archives via the Internet, and our own members. All items are freely distributable and are one of the following: public domain, freeware, shareware, teaseware." [Google] [More] ⦿
Yoon Design Institute
Maker of (almost 300) Korean typefaces. Seoul's Seong Ah Choi is the Senior Developer. Check also the on-line Korean typeface magazine of the Yoon Design Institute. For a taste of their fonts, see YDICuckB-KSCpc-EUC-H, YDICuckM-KSCpc-EUC-H and YDIYheadL-KSCpc-EUC-H here. Other fonts include YDIWebDotum (2001), found here. Fonts include CheersB10, CheersB20, CheersB30, CheersM10, CheersM20, CheersM30, FreeB10, FreeB20, FreeB30, FreeL10, FreeL20, FreeL30, FreeM10, FreeM20, FreeM30, GroundB10, GroundB20, GroundB30, GroundL10, GroundL20, GroundL30, GroundM10, GroundM20, GroundM30, TaebekB10, TaebekB20, TaebekB30, TaebekCB10, TaebekCB20, TaebekCB30, TeensB10, TeensB20, TeensB30, TeensM10, TeensM20, TeensM30. [Google] [More] ⦿