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Design site in Moscow. Creators of the geometric figure (Latin) stencil typeface Caribe Modular (2013), which was created as a project for the British Higher School of Art & Design. Intrnal Hybrid (2013) was also completed at the British Higher School of Art & Design in Moscow. Deriz (2013) is a high-contrast didone titling face. Intrnal Hybrid (2013) is a grungy techno Cyrillic typeface. Vintage and Coupage Font emulates various wood type and letterpress styles. [Google]
Gugum Gumpita Rahayu is a graphic designer based in Bandung, Indonesia, b. 1991. In 2013, he set up Absolut Foundry.
Creator of the rounded sans typeface Tracks Type (2013, free at Fontfabric). Yuma is a free tweetware alchemic typeface. It is based on navajo patterns. Kurve (2013) is a sans headline typeface. Biere (2013) is a modular display typeface. Mojave (2013) is an all caps sans typeface.
In 2013, he created Rocca, which is modeled after spurred wood type display styles from the Victorian era. Warenhuis de Vries is inspired by the signage on a 19th century colonial Dutch heritage building---the De Vries building, which today houses the OCBC NISP Bank---in Bandung, Indonesia. This font was renamed Oud Warenhuis (2013). Dutch colonial tropical architecture in Bandung led to the art deco typeface Bandoengsche (2013). Buy it here. Companion League (2013) is an octagonal Latin / Cyrillic signage typeface. Driekleur (2013) is pure Dutch colonial deco based on signage in a 1930s building (called De Driekleur) in Bandung built by Dutch architect A.F. Aalbers. March (2013) is a display family that includes beveled and inline styles.
Free typefaces from 2013 include Mohave (all caps sans) and Flagship Slab Rounded.
Typefaces made in 2014: Luzern (a neutral Swiss sans family---two free weights), Swarha Neue (an art deco sans named after the Swarha Islamic Building in Bandung made by Dutch architect Wolff Schoemaker from 1930-1935).
Dafont link. Behance link. Creative Market link. Old URL. [Google]
Aerotype is a foundry in Glendale, CA. It sells the creations of Stephen Miggas. Many typefaces were developed around 1998, and most were rejuvenated and updated in 2005. A list of Aerotype's faces typefaces:
- Pixel fonts: Airlock, AirlockWebDings, Fronteer One, Fronteer Two, Microtooth, Microtooth Web Dings, No Biggie One (+Bold), No Biggie Two (+Bold).
- Old typewriter fonts: Obsolete (+Bold, XBold, Light, XLight).
- Handwriting or informal scripts: Bountiful, BountifulBold, Khaki (2007, fun script), Khaki Alternate, Mission, Sanscripta (+Heavy), Siesta, Southbee, Stay True (2011, tattoo-inspired) Boundless, Chillin, Angeleno, Game Street, Jumpshot.
- Stencil faces: Expedition Stencil (+Heavy, +Thin), Hogwild (2010).
- Blackletter: Kingshead (+Alternate, Alternate Gothic, Alternate Light, Gothic, Light), Ladybat (+Alternate, Alternate Light, Light), Ravenwood One (+Bold, Condensed), Ravenwood Two (+Bold, Condensed), Wilhelmschrift, Ravenwood, Octoberfest (blackletter), Gothicus (2006, after Rudolf Koch's Maximilian), Dractura, Dracena.
- Destructionist: Dogjaw (2009), Thunderhouse (2009), Sluicebox (2008), Americanus, Conquistador Medium, Derailer (2006), Fiesta, Indigo Medium, Rebound (+Bold, Light, Super, XLight), Coldsmith, Blackstock, Boilerplate, Geoduck, Ghost train.
- Techno: Durandal (+Black, Flat, FlatBlack, FlatLight, Light, Recycle.
- Octagonal faces: Expedition (+Heavy, Thin, Super, StencilSuper), Protocol (+Alternate, Alternate Light, Alternate Bold, Bold, Light).
- Dymo label simulation faces: Recycle Alternate, Recycle Alternate Reverse, Recycle Reverse, Recycle Standard), Public Works.
- Display faces: Pacifico (2009), Rebound, Roughneck, Fiesta (Mexican style), Mediterano, Pitchfork, Serendipity.
- Western style: Buckboard (2009), Bootstrap (2010), Planchette, Protocol, Leadville (Egyptian), Saloon After, Saloon Before, Boxwood, Caboose, Copperjack (2006, Egyptian), Silverton (Egyptian).
- Pre 1999 faces that have been discontined or renamed: Clique Serif, Bevel-Broken, CliqueWedge, Vector, Corrode, Looneywood.
- Dingbats: Antique Macabre Ornaments (2007).
- Wood type: Applewood (+Alternate, 2009).
- Calligraphic faces: Meritage (2014, a contrast-rich brush face)), Keepsake (2012, also advertised as a tattoo script typeface family), Spindrift (2012).
View Stephen Miggas's typefaces. [Google]
Affolter und Gschwind AG
Werner Affolter ran a phototype and printing company in Basel, Switzerland, called Affolter und Gschwind AG, Fotosatz&Reprotechnik. In 1981, Affolter published an extensive catalog entitled Letterama that showed over one thousand alphabets. Few of those were original, so I suspect he acted as a vendor of sorts, but at least a couple seemed original, or were claimed to be original or exclusive: Guigoz, Moby Dick.
Some examples of the types shown, in alphabetical order: Antique Wood MP363 (art nouveau), Antique Wood MP 364 (oriental simulation face) [the Antique Wood series is quite extensive, and is just numbered], B+T Classic (roman), Bernhard Fett, Beton Fine Line (typewriter), Burko (avant garde family), fonts starting with G, Gaston Fett (a squarish gothic face also called Gipsy), Gaston Halbfett (also called Grassy), Gemini Computer, Germanic Sans (more avant garde and Lubalin-style glyphs), Hollandse Mediaeval, Hollywood (a 3d decorative family), typefaces starting with K, Lineamarca (slabby), Linear (avant garde, geometric monoline), Melen (experimental, geometric), Meola Bookman swash (decorative), Metro (art nouveau, after the Metroploitaine font), Moraine (squarish), the Old Foundry sub-collection [another mysterious numbered collection; examples include some uncials, and some more art nouveau faces, some Victorian ornamental faces (F260 through F262), more art nouveau (MP418 through MP420) and blackletter faces (MP421)], Pierrot (psychedelic, groovy), Phydian (one of many Western style ornamental faces0, Ronda, Roulette, Roulette Schattiert (=Rajah) (more Western fare), Ruby (shaded caps), Runic Small (condensed), Rustic (wood log look), typefaces starting with S, Spengler Gothik, St. Clair (ornamental), Zither (calligraphic script). [Google]
Agent Demonic Ladybug
FontStructor who made these typefaces in 2010: Tessa (an über fat face), Pomegranate, Archipelago Serif, QQQQQ.
In 2011, these faces were created: Barnhaus (+Lite), Not My Font (clone of zalamera eYeFS by Antonio J. Morata), Mission Design Sans, Soundproof, Naturally Blonde, Sector12 (an army stencil face), Industrial Sans Better, Elegantite, Grey Hand (texture face), Ubnshufr II Hellllp, Havoc, Havoc Thin (scratchy face), Pixels Redefined (texture face), Capitas Lite (texture face), Capitals Woodcut, Adl Capitals (handprinted), Useful Sans, Spirit (tattoo/blackletter face), Wanted 2.0, Detaile, fs Greener Grass (grotesk headline face), Bean (pixelish), Small Sans, Doundproof.
In 2012, Agent Demonic Ladybug made these typefaces: Mechans (upright connected script), Tessa Revived, Minimalist No. 2 (piano key face), Laceys (dot matrix typeface), Roundsclean, Squareup, Barnhaus 2012, Mission Design Sans, Barnhaus (+Lite, +Mono; named after Bauhaus), iFontStruct, Squishypixel, Moredetailes, Who Needs Nonconformity (heavy octagonal), Stuckinneurone Error, Stuckingranite, 220a, Boldish (piano key face), Strategy Bold. [Google]
Albatross (or: Font Deals)
Albatross is Jay Hilgert's foundry in Oklahoma City, OK, est. 2008. Before Albatross, Jay Hilgert ran Bittbox (or: BB Free Fonts), a site dedicated to free clipart and vector art.
Typefaces from 2008 include the informal outline face Tire Shop, the informal 3d shadow face Blox (2008), the 3-d wood face Baja California, the stunning four-style family called BB Petie Boy (which includes an ornamental caps style, a grunge style, a blackboard style and a sketch style), Fusty Saddle, 23rd Street (a graffiti font) and Whiteboard Modern.
In 2009, he followed up with Oil Change (3d, hand-drawn).
In 2011, he created the futuristic family Naughty Astronaut (+Cowboy), the Western face ABTS Gunsmoke, the connected retro script face ABTS Milk, ABTS Feather Pen, ABTS Oklahoma (retro deco), ABTS Aviator (2011, art deco caps face), and ABTS Day of the Dead (ornamental skulls, Mexican style), ABTS Crestwing (an inline caps face), Helios Pro.
Typefaces from 2013 include Boom (a comic book typeface family, with hand-drawn Boom Symbols).
Typefaces from 2014: Microbrew (letterpress emulation i many increasingly grungy styles, accomanied by Ornaments and Banners), Sparhawk (a 3d layered display font), Castor One (wood and letterpress style), Altus (a hand-drawn elliptical sans, +Altus Extras: ornaments).
Creative Market link. Dafont link. In 2011, he started Font Deals. [Google]
The Alembic Press has built up a collection of founts of wood letter, and has produced a variety of type specimen books and postcards featuring these faces. [Google]
Alex De la Cruz
FontStructor who made the Western wood style wanted poster font Quetzal (2012). [Google]
Alex O. Kaczun
Graphic designer in Brisbane, Australia, who created Esther Dean (2013), a chromatic layered typeface based on the Gothic Rounded wood type. Behance link. [Google]
Allied Wood Type Co.
American wood type manufacturer from the 20th century. [Google]
Alphabets Inc (or: Fontsonline.com)
Alphabets Inc was founded by type designer Peter Fraterdeus, who made AI Marlowe, AI Prospera, AI Wood (1992, interpreted from examples shown in Rob Roy Kelly's American Wood Types) and AI Quanta (1994, a multiple master face). Check here. This foundry has some of the nicest faces anywhere, including many gorgeous faces by Philip Bouwsma (example: Alexia, Juliana, BouwsmaScript, Weissenau). Other designers include Bonnie Barrett (Arbor), Brian Sooy (multiple master fonts AIVeritas and AIVeritasItalic), Ejaz Syed, Inna Gertsberg, John Pugh, Karen Ackoff (check out the Russell handwriting), Kurt Roscoe, Lester Dore, Manfred Klein, Mike Brooks, Peter Fraterdeus (Oberon, Prospera and Quanta (multiple master) families), Randall Jones (the multiple master font AIKochAntiqua), Robert McCamant, Martha Chiplis, Serge Pichii, and Steve Meek. In 2007, Peter Fraterdeus started Exquisite Letterpress for top quality printing. In 2010, he promised to release Quanta Uncial.
Dafont link [where one finds the free experimental face AI Fragment]. [Google]
American Wood Type Co.
One of two American wood type manufacturers with the same name. This one was started by Frank Gerhardt in Brooklyn, NY, in 1918. In 1922, the name was changed to American Brass and Wood Type Co. [Google]
American Wood Type Co.
One of two American wood type manufacturers with the same name. This one was started by Charles Tubbs, John Martin and George Keyes in South Windham, CT, in the factory built by Edwin Allen in 1851 and sold by John G. Cooley in 1863. The three founders had been employed previously by William Page. In 1902, the company changes name to Tubbs and Co., but Tubbs kicks the bucket in 1903, and the company moves to Luddington, MI, under the new name Tubbs Mfg Co. [Google]
American Wood Type Manufacturing Company
Wood type company that was located in Manhattan. Their catalogs include Wood Type Printers Equipment and Supplies (1938) and Printers Supplies Wood Type Metal Type (1960s). [Google]
American Wood Type Mgf Co.
American wood type manufacturer in New York City, est. 1932 by Rube Mandel. In 1936, it buys Empire Wood Type holdings. Around 1962, its name changed to American Printing Equipment and Supply Co. Its last catalog was printed in 1968, but the company lasted until 2001. [Google]
Andreas Theodorus van der Vossen
Dutch designer (1893-1963) and cutter of the squarish Houtsneeletter (Enschedé, 1927). [Google]
[Vitue84 (was: Virtue Creative)]
Andrew H. Leman
[E-phemera (was: HPLHS Prop Fonts, and earlier: Prop Fonts)]
[Hucklebuck Design Studio]
The book Wood Type of the Angelica Press (Dennis J. Grastorf, Angelica Press, 1976) includes a history of wood type, a specimen book, a group of "posters and miscellaneous," and an essay on how to print with wood type. [Google]
Anna Chaykovskaya was born in Severodvinsk in 1961. An art-critique, journalism, teacher. Since 2001 Anna Chaykovskaya is an assistant editor-in-chief of the "Kuitpohod" magazine in Moscow. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, she spoke about the end of the era of wood type. [Google]
Randy Jones, who runs AquaToad, is a free lance graphic designer who was in New York, but now lives in Santa Clara, CA, where her is a freelance graphic designer and principal of Aquatoad Design. Creator of Eason (2007, Fountain: a playful revival of Nicolas Jensons 1470 roman), Olduvai (2004, a fun old lettering face available at Umbrella Type; +Small Caps), Phaeton, Saint Nicolaus (2003, his take on Jenson, but not a revival), Chagrin (2003, serif face), AT Tenement (2003, wood type simulation), Neweue Helvetica (2003), Extra Wide Sans (2002) and the organic sans serif Cuillere (2003). New project (2003). An Eurostyle/Gothic project (2003). Working on a Sans Companion (2004). Saint Nicolaus was renamed Eason (2005) and now includes inline and titling versions. Hillbrook and Moped (upright connected fifties diner script: Sans, Script, Retrolux) were created in 2009.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Slovenian foundry which specializes in old typefaces found in old prints, books and samples. Typefaces are reproduced as they appeared in print. In order to preserve the original feel of typefaces, no additional characters were added to originals therefore most of fonts consist just of basic character set. Upper case letters, lower case letters, numerals and basic punctuation. It was set up in 2000 by Matevz Medja. Engraving style faces: Kludsky (2006), Garfield (2005), Copperplate Head (2005), Western Iron (2005), Cider (2005), French Shaded (2005), Tilt (2005). The blackletter faces: School Text (2005), Harlem Title (2005), Copperplate Text (2005), Black Title (2005), Chased Black (2005), Tinted (2005), Steeler (2005), Blackcap (2005). Calligraphic faces: Petite Script (2005), Autograph Script (2005), French Script (2005), Penman Script (2005), Magnolia Script (2005), Roundface Script (2005), Roundhand Script (2005). Other faces: American Shadow (2005), Lightface Extended (2005), Grotesque Shaded (2005), Gothic Ornate (2005), Antique Extra Condensed (2005), Antique Extended (2005), Ironlace (2005), Atlantique (2005), Mann (2005), Old Style Condensed (2005), Ribbon (2005), Salisbury Script (2005), Black Title Text (2005, blackletter), German Text (2005, blackletter), Archive Hands (2006, pointing fingers), Archive Woodchild (2006). Distressed faces: Archive Tale (2006), Archive Egipt Compressed (2006). In 2011, he published the Archive Garamond family, which is closer to the unpolished originals. The 2010 catalog has three parts:
- The Archive 40: Archive Western Iron, Archive American Shadow, Archive Antiqua Extra Cond, Archive Antique Extended, Archive Atlantique, Archive Autograph Script, Archive Black Title Text, Archive Black Title, Archive Blackcap, Archive Chased Black, Archive Cider, Archive Copperplate Head, Archive Copperplate Text, Archive Egipt Compressed, Archive French Script, Archive French Shaded, Archive Garfield (2005), Archive German Text, Archive Gothic Ornate, Archive Grotesque Shaded, Archive Harlem Title, Archive Ironlace, Archive Kludsky, Archive Lightface Extended, Archive Magno Script, Archive Mann, Archive Modern II Open, Archive Modern II, Archive Old Style Condensed, Archive Penman Script, Archive Petite Script, Archive Ribbon, Archive Roundface Script, Archive Roundhand Script, Archive Salisbury Script, Archive School Text, Archive Steeler, Archive Tale, Archive Tilt, Archive Tinted.
- Archive Americana: Archive American Shadow, Archive Steeler, Archive Tilt, Archive Grotesque Shaded, Archive Black Title, Archive Mann, Archive Autograph Script, Archive Tinted, Archive Harlem Title.
- Archive Western: Archive Egipt Compressed, Archive French Shaded, Archive Western Iron, Archive Antique Extended, Archive Copperplate Head, Archive Ribbon, Archive Gothic Ornate, Archive Oldstyle Condensed, Archive Lightface Extended, Archive Ironlace.
Creative Market link.
View Archive Type / Matevz Medja's typefaces. [Google]
Astype.de is a German foundry started in 2003 by illustrator and type designer Andreas Seidel (b. 1975). He lives in Cottbus, Germany. Home page. See also here. In 2007, he and Ingo Preuss set up The German Type Foundry. The typefaces:
- One of his first typefaces was Crayfish (originally a URW font, but withdrawn by Seidel from URW in 2002). Crayfish is a display type originally designed for an American Football club. The Crayfish faces are sold as Thunder Bold and Titan Bold.
- Check his nice weather symbols (not a font).
- He finished Ornaments Thanksgiving and the great ASTYPEOrnaments-WineGrape A (2004).
- He is working on 14th century initials (2003).
- He created Sattler (2003): Joseph Kaspar Sattler, one of the great German art nouveau artists created these nice initials in 1897 for the famous royal monumental book project Die Nibelunge for the Reichsdruckerei Berlin. Only 200 exclusive signed masterpieces were printed in four years from 1900 till 1904. Joseph Sattler was the art director, type designer and designer in one person. The Reichsdruckerei showed samples of the unfinished work in 1900 at the world exhibition in Paris to advertise the high craftsmanship of the German presses.
- He made Heraut (2003), an art nouveau lettering face based on a 1901 design of Hermann Hoffmann called Herold Reklameschrift.
- He created Sveva AS Versal (2003, art nouveau).
- About Missa Solemnis, he writes: Solemnis was designed by Günter Gerhard Lange and first cut in metal 1953 (this is the date he quotes himself, other sources mention 1950 or 1952). It seems to be one of his earliest typeface designs that he had done as a freelancer for H. Berthold AG in Berlin. [...] Missa Solemnis AS is a new, remastered and extended version of Mr Lange's typeface. The font is available in the OpenType format and comes in two styles: 1953 and 2003. The 1953 style contains all characters of the original metal type, as well as a few additions. [...] The 2003 cut is more delicate and makes extensive use of the OpenType format. It contains over 650 glyphs, covering Roman-based languages of Western and Central Europe. His Solemnis inspired Simeon AS (2003), a 650-glyph uncial style face.
- In 2004, he created Missale Incana, an interpretation of a face from Herbert Thannhaueser.
- Still in 2004, he created ASTYPE Ornaments Christmas A2 and ASTYPE Ornaments Christmas A. These were followed in 2005 by ASTYPE Ornaments Christmas B.
- He made Missale Lunea (2004, uncial). This has astroligical symbols, moon phases and medieval characters.
- In 2005, the exquisite calligraphic script face Gracia was added, consisting of Gracia No. 44, 45, 54 and 55 (graceful calligraphic script), and Gracia Solo.
- Paola is a redesigned, new interpretation of a brush typeface from Carl Rudolf Pohl.
- He made Adana (2005): The roots of Adana going back to the year 1930, to the Berlin-based German graphic designer Wilhelm Berg. His typeface can be interpreted as an answer to Lucian Bernhards Schönschrift. The Initials are nearly close to the original drawings but the Circular typeface was changed dramaticly. Excentric, unusual forms and loops were changed to fit todays needs. Due to the lack of a corresponding Roman letter form, the Regular version was designed including small caps, fitting the contrast and swinging shapes of Adana Circular. Both typefaces play well together in all kinds of adverts, as well with designs like Bodoni or Didot.
- Alea AS Initials (2005) is a floral faced based on the drawings of Maria Ballé.
- Taiko (2006).
- ASTYPE Ornaments Accolades A (2007), and ASTYPE Ornaments Accolades C (2011).
- GTF Toshna Std (2008, German Type Foundry) is a garaldic type family in three optical weights, after a 1955 family called Tschörtner-Antiqua by Hellmuth Tschörtner that was very popular in the DDR.
- Secca (2009, German Type Foundry) is a simple sans family rooted in early German grotesque type designs. See also Secca Soft (2014).
- Nepos (2010) is an experimental modular type kit consisting of ready-made typefaces and a set of special BUILD fonts to build your own letters and ornaments. These BUILD fonts can be used on layers with different colors and overprinting for special effects. The effects like Antiplex can be considered as kitchen tiles. There are also color inversions and stencil types.
- Secca Saloon (2011) is a versatile ornamental Western family.
- Popsil (2011) is a white-on-black hand-printed poster face.
- Ademo (2011) is a classic shaded layered 3d caps face, based on two typefaces designed by Carl Albert Fahrenwaldt that were published in 1931-1932 by Schriftguss AG.
- Wood Bonnet Antique No.7 (2012) is based on real vintage wood type blocks from Switzerland.
- VTG Stencil US No. 4 (2012) is based on plate US No. 4 from New York Stencil Works. This revolving stencil-plate was invented by Eugene L. Tarbox and patented in 1868. The military stencil fonts VTG Stencil US No. 51 and followed in 2014.
- VTG Stencil Germany No. 1 (2013) is a set of nicely executed didone stencil typefaces based on real models used in Germany from 1871-1918 and later. There is a Sketch style.
View Andreas Seidel's typefaces. [Google]
Australian Type Foundry (ATF)
The Australian Type Foundry was launched in January 2002 by Wayne Thompson (b. 1967), who is art director at an ad agency in Newcastle, NSW, and is located in Merewether.
Commercial fonts at this ex-signpainter's site include Arum Sans (2009, an elegant humanst sans family), Halvorsen (2006), Fuse Box (2005), Architect (handprinting, now at T-26), Axiom, ATF Bosin (2003, casual hand script, which is also sold by Umbrella Type/Veer), Barkpipe, ATF Iperion (2003), McNeilBlok (2003), Not Sassure, Spud (handprinting), Wobbly Boot (2007, boozy script), Zoobie (2007, handprinting), Virus, Otis and Otis Condensed (since 2007 at T-26), Ogre, Fresh, ATF Euron (2003).
ITC fonts by Wayne Thompson: ITC Panic (grunge), ITC Dont Panic (2000, grunge font), ITC Django (handprinting).
[T-26] fonts by him include many of the above, plus also DallasPlain (1998, handwriting).
Free font page: pick up a free font (was Spud Italic, currently is the grunge font Virus). Another free font by them is Mallee Wooden (Western typeface).
At Phat Phonts, Wayne Thompson created Jungle Bones (2005) and Ratbag (2005). Stuart Brown designed the Neutraliser family, a versatile collection of geometric-based fonts with 24 styles. Artist Paul McNeil has designed the Mcneil family of blocky display faces. He has previously produced designs for Mambo and currently works in Sydney. Another designer working for them, out of Indonesia, is Mendiola B. Wiryawan.
Custom typefaces by ATF include Django Modified, Honda Prototype (2012), OBrien Glass (2012), Travel Bats (for Sensis) and JWT Vodafone (grunge).
The retail fonts at the start of 2012: ArumSans, Halvorsen Pro, ITC Django, Grimsby Hand, Bosin, Carbon Credit, Carbon Tax, Chowdahead, Decon, Demented Avenger, ITC Don't Panic, Equaliser, Equaliser Stencil, Euron, Fresh, Fuse Box, Guttersnipe, Iperion, Barkpipe, ITC Panic, Not Sassure, Ogre, Otis Condensed, Pontoon, Ratbag, Spud, Stakeout, Tully, Virus, Wobbly Boot, Zoobie.
In 2013, Thompson created the custom sans typeface Tonsley and participated in the Canberra Centennial Typeface Competition.
Behance link. MyFonts site. Linotype link.
View Wayne Thompson's typefaces. View the typefaces made by the Australian Type Foundry. [Google]
German foundry, est. 2009 by Julius Wiescher (b. 1991), who is the youngest son of famous type designer Gert Wiescher. His font Thin Pen (2009) is based on an ancestor of the German DIN-Schrift. The font was traced with a plastic template on transparent paper, scanned and worked over carefully to keep the handmade, authentic touch. Other fonts by him: DonJulio and Donna Julia (2008, Autographis, calligraphic script fonts made with Gert), Flatpen (2008, Autographis, with Gert), Norm Pen (2011, based on an ancestor of DIN Schrift), Bold Pen (2011, bold version of Norm Pen), Groucho (2011, a high-contrast flowing script), Authentic (2011, a connected copperplate script), Oldhand (2011, shaky handwriting), Holz Caps (2011, an irregular wood type simulation face), Poing (2011, a flowing calligraphic script), Cri Cri (2011, slab serif comic book face).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Bob Alonso (b. Bronx, NY, 1946, d.2007), the founder of BA Graphics in 1994, is an American typographer who designed Damage Control (1993, grunge), Mango Gothic (1991), Pimento (1998), Shooby (1992), Pink Mouse (1992, psychedelic), Tequila (1992, a bouncy play on Didot), Alex (1996, child's hand), Chicken Soup (1993), PC Gothic (2005), Rust Bucket (1994), ITC Aftershock (1996), ITC Outback (1997), ITC Serengetti (1996), ITC Ziggy (1997), Gusto Black (2003), Vinchenso (2003), Blog (2007, 1890's style display egyptian), Nine One One BA (2007, grunge). He also designed the clean handwriting face Zipty Do, Serendipity (2006), CEO Roman (2007), Paladium Gothic (2007, a sans), Snip Tuck (1994, a headline face), Rancho Grande (1995), Radiance Brush (1997, a casual brush script), and Sahara Bodoni (1996). 33 years of experience at NewYork's Photo Lettering, and specializing to some extentv in calligraphic script faces, but not exclusively so. BA Graphics was located in Chester, NY, and later in Toms River, NJ, and now sells its fonts through MyFonts.
The complete list: ITC Aftershock, Alexandra Script (a formal script), Allure, Alons Antique, Alons Classic, Angular, Animated Gothic, Barnboard, Bedrock, Bodoni Roma (1993), Cabernet Sauvignon (2007, a take on Didot---I can't believe BA Graphics trademarked this name!), Cafe Aroma, California Sans, Calafragalistic (1992), Caslon Manuscript (1992), Champ Ultra (1995, Western billboard font), Chunky Monkey, Cookie Dough, Crackers, Crescent, Down Under, Elegante, Elephant Bells, Ellington Manor, Equate (1993), Extreme (chalk writing, 1996), Felicity Script, Flix, Freaky Friday Extreme, French Vanilla, Galactic, Geo (2000), Granny Smith, Gusto Black, Headline Gothic, High Intensity, Island Sans, Italian Didot, Kresson Black, Linear Gothic, Lorraine Script, Mardi Gras, Mega (1993, a fat mini-spurred didone), Milano, Nightmare, ITC Outback, Pecos, Ravenwood, Red Dawg, Relaxed Fit, Richmond Hill, Road Gothic (1996), Robertson, Senegal, ITC Serengetti, Shazam, Sign Gothic Bold Condensed, Slam Dunk, Sleepy Hollow, Swank Gothic, Title Gothic Light, Torino Modern, Triumph Gothic, Vinchenso Regular, Wackado, Yakety Yak (1994), Zany, ITC Ziggy, Zipty Do, Queen of Hearts (1991, script), Steel Magnolias (1995, blackletter family), Steeplechase (1992, wild West saloon font), Waimea (1992, poster font), Black Rising (2006, a black military style face), Summer Nights (1993, script), Sugar Shack (1995, curly script), Beaches and Cream (1996, a sans turned into a connected script), Jr High (1994, sports lettering).
Alonso Flair with its flared pants (2008) and Squat (2011, a stunted black wood style face) were started by Alonso, but finished after his death by John Bomparte, who wrote this obituary: Throughout his career at the legendary Photo-Lettering, Inc. (one that spanned four decades), Bob created original typefaces and tailored type by modifying, revising and filling out families, fashioning pieces of type for hand-lettered jobs, as well as being involved with the updating of a number of well-known logotypes. Bob was blessed with natural teaching abilities; and those in social and professional circles who had the good fortune to know him considered him not just a type designer but a mentor and a friend. As one such person close to him put it, he was a "graphic technician... back when computers were not even in site for graphic arts, he would take on any intricate&complex graphic project that others would shy away from and come up with a solution that achieved a masterpiece. I'll always remember someone saying 'this can't be done' and Bob saying let me see it and a short time later, there it was --done&perfect. I would like to think that attitude rubbed off on me. Along with this gift for teaching and explaining the complex, Bob exhibited a level of professionalism that was unsurpassed. A number of years ago when the need came to make the transition from the traditional to digital way of creating fonts, he rose to the challenge admirably. Towards the last few years of Photo-Lettering, Bob played a vital role in the conversion to digital, of many of the typefaces within the collection, notably those fonts that carry the prefix PL. More recently, Bob Alonso released several fonts through ITC, Adobe and his independent foundry, BA Graphics. Bob was on the cutting edge of his best work, and in the circumstance of his untimely passing, left a measure of unfinished designs. However, the spirit of his typographic talents and his fine sense of humor lives on through the many much-loved, and popular fonts he has left us: fonts such as Cookie Dough, Equate, Elephant Bells and Pink Mouse, to name a few.
The final font listing at MyFonts: ITC Aftershock, Alex, Alexandra Script, Allure, Alons Antique, Alons Classic, Alonso Flair, Angular, Animated Gothic, Bad Boy, Barnboard, Bedrock, Bodoni Roma, Brawn, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cafe Aroma, Calafragalistic, California Sans, Cedar Key, CEO Roman, Champ Ultra, Chardonnay, Chicken Feet, Chicken Soup, Chunky Monkey, Clearmont, Coffee Black, Cookie Dough, Crescent, Deco Inline, Deep Rising (2006, constructivist), Down Under, Elegante, Elephant Bells, Ellington Manor, Equate, Extreme, Fashion Didot, Felicity Script, Flix, Fraggle, Freaky Friday Extreme, French Vanilla, Galactic, Geo, Grandeur, Granny Smith, Gusto Black, Hatari, Headline Gothic, High Intensity, Island Sans, Italian Didot, Jr High, Ka Boink, Ker Pow, Key West, Klingon, Kresson Black, Linear Gothic, Lorraine Script, Malibu Heights, Manchester, Mardi Gras, Mega, Metro Gothic, Milano (2004, a didone face), Mission Hills, National Gothic, Nightmare, Oh Sweet Pea, ITC Out of the Fridge, ITC Outback, Paladium Gothic, PC Gothic, Pecos, Pink Mouse, Queen Of Hearts, Radiance Brush, Rancho Grande, Range Gothic, Ravenwood, Relaxed Fit, Road Gothic, Robertson, Rust Bucket, S&L Gothic, Sahara Bodoni, Senegal, Serendipity, ITC Serengetti, Shadow Gothic, Shangrala, Shazam, Shore Bodoni, Sign Gothic Bold Condensed, Slam Dunk, Sleepy Hollow, Sleezy, Snaggle, Snip Tuck, South Beach, Spice, Steel Magnolias, Steeplechase, Summer Nights, Swank Gothic, Tequila, Thats Amore, Title Gothic Light, Triple Condensed Gothic, Triumph Gothic, Vinchenso Regular, Wackado, Waimea, Wall Street Gothic, Wonka (1996, named after Willy Wonka), Yakety Yak, Zany, ITC Ziggy, Zipty Do.
FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View Bob Alonso's typefaces. View the BA Graphics typeface collection. [Google]
Baltimore Type Foundry (or: Baltotype)
Also known as Fielding Lucas, Jr., Lucas Bros., H.L. Pelouze&Son, and Chas. J. Cary&Co. Specimen may be found in Convenient Specimen Book of Type, Rules, Borders, and Electrotype Cuts from the Baltimore Type Foundry (Baltimore: Chas. J. Cary&Co., 1888. Banta Book of Types&Typographical Tips. Menasha: George Banta, 1961). The company existed until well into the 20th century, and published a catalog as late as 1957 called Type and Rule Catalogue 13, Baltotype.
A selected list of typefaces:
- Airport Gothic: Turista Gorda NF (2009, Nick Curtis) is based on Baltimore Type Foundry's Airport Tourist which in turn used ideas from Renner's 1932 face Futura Display. Mc McGrew on Airport Gothic: Most of this series is the first American copy of Futura, which originated in Germany in 1927, designed by Paul Renner for Bauer. One source says it was cut from original Futura drawings, smuggled out of that country, but it seems more likely that matrices were made by electrotyping the imported type. An extrabold weight, Airport Black, was cut by Baltimore about 1943; information on this cutting is scarce and contradictory- one account says it was designed by Bill Stremic or Bill Blakefield, another that it was designed by Carl Hupie (or Hooper), and cut by Herman Schnoor. There is also Airport Black Condensed Title and Airport Broad. The latter is a modification of Airport Black, cut 50 percent wider on the pantagraph by Herman Schnoor. Baltimore later cast some of its Airport series from Monotype Twentieth Century matrices, and in a few cases listed both series. Airport Relief, Baltimore 299, is English Monotype Gill Sans Cameo Ruled, while Airport Tourist, Baltimore 602, is Futura Display, cast from electrotype mats of the German foundry type.
- Baltimore Script (1955). Mac McGrew: Baltimore Script is a fancy style designed by Tommy Thompson and cut by George Battee for Baltimore Type in 1955. The lowercase follows the general style of a script letter hand-written with a broad pen, although the inclination is slight and the letters don't quite connect. Capitals are flourished. It is suitable for stationery, announcements, and greeting cards, but its range of small sizes is hardly enough for advertising use.
- Mac McGrew: Czarin and Czarin Title were produced by Baltimore Type&Composition Corporation about 1948, the name being derived from the Czarnowski family which owned the foundry. Czarin Title, issued first, is a copy of Offenbach Medium, a set of pen-drawn capitals designed by Rudolf Koch about 1935 for the Klingspor foundry in Germany. Czarin has minor changes in a few characters, but adds a lowercase, designed by Edwin W. Shaar, that is substantially different from that of Steel, the cap-and-lowercase version of Offenbach. The new lowercase harmonizes well with the capitals, and makes a handsome appearance. Compare Lydian.
- Mac McGrew: Elegante is a decorative, nearly monotone face cut by George Battee for Baltimore Type, after the German face Sensation of 1913, from Foundry Heinrich Hoffmeister. It is upright, with flourished caps and loops on some of the ascenders and descenders, and is suitable particularly for announcements and personal stationery. Compare Greeting Monotone.
- Mac McGrew: Emperor is a 1957 adaptation by Baltimore Type of Wide Latin which was cut by Stephenson Blake in England and related to nineteenth-century faces under other names. However, this Baltimore Type version has been modified and resized, and is less successful due to excess space between letters (although not as much as in the specimen shown here, which is letterspaced). Emperor was originally shown as Imperial.
- Their geometric series from 1884 became famous, and was often imitated. HiH created two font families based on it: Teutonia (2007) and Baltimore Geometric (2008). HiH writes: Roos&Junge of Offenbach am Main in Germany produced Teutonia in a "back-to-basics" effort that has seen many quite similar attempts in the field of topography. In 1883, Baltimore Type Foundry released its Geometric series. In 1910, Geza Farago in Budapest used a similar letter design on a Tungsram light bulb poster. In 1919 Theo van Doesburg, a founder with Mondrian and others of the De Stijl movement, designed an alphabet using rectangles only -- no diagonals. In 1923 Joost Schmidt at Bauhaus in Weimar took the same approach for a Constructivist exhibit poster. The 1996 Agfatype Collection catalog lists a Geometric in light, bold and italic that is very close to the old Baltimore version. Even though none of these designs took the world by storm, they all made a contribution to our understanding of letterforms and how we use them.
- Mac McGrew: Greco Bold and Italic are Spanish faces of the mid-1920s. They are very heavy, with long ascenders and small x-height, and have a hand-lettered appearance. Linotype Vulcan (q.v.) is equivalent. National Matrix&Type Co. in Baltimore, one of several independent companies which made matrices for the popular casting machines, offered Greco Bold in 1929 as its series 100; this was the source of Baltimore Type's mats, but Baltimore and some other sources cast Greco Bold and Italic as series 326-3261. These numbers have not been found in Monotype literature; perhaps another independent source also made mats. Notice the figures, which are termed hanging or old style, although they do not follow the usual form. However, taller 1, 2, and 0 are also available to convert the set to lining figurees. Compare Hess Monoblack. Greco Adornado, an ornamented version, has also been imported.
- Mac McGrew: Homewood is a recutting by Baltimore Type of Metropolis Lined, a German face of the 1930s. It was made from a large size of Metropolis Bold, with the fine white lines cut in, and differs from the original in minor details of the curves. Other sizes were cut by pantagraph and do not necessarily match original sizes.
- IBM Executive Modern, a typewriter type.
- Mac McGrew: Mademoiselle was designed by Tommy Thompson in 1953 as a display face for Mademoiselle magazine. It was cut by Herman Schnoor at Baltimore Type, which also offered fonts for general sale. It is a delicate, narrow modern roman, with long ascenders and short descenders, rather loosely fitted, and works well for display with transitional text faces such as Bulmer and Scotch Roman. Both lining and oldstyle figures are provided, along with several pointing hands as shown.
- Tourist Extra Condensed. Turista Flaca NF (2009, Nick Curtis) is based on Tourist Extra Condensed. McGrew: Tourist Extra Condensed of Baltimore Type is a copy of Phenix (q.v.) in 24- to 48-point sizes, and is Jefferson Gothic (q.v.) in larger sizes. Phenix is a 1935 ATF face by Morris Fuller Benton.
- Mac McGrew: Trend is a brush-lettered face cut by Baltimore in 1953. It is very similar to Dom Casual (q.v.), but has a slight back slant.
- Mac McGrew: Trylon as made by Baltimore Type was a 1949 copy of Stephenson Blake's Playbill (see Imports in Appendix), but Trylon Shaded and Trylon Shaded Oblique were designed and cut by George Battee of the Baltimore foundry. The solid version has lowercase in some sizes; it is somewhat similar to P. T. Barnum, with greatly exaggerated horizontal strokes and serifs at top and bottom, but is heavier and narrower. The Shaded versions are more properly outlines of the same design, with a small shadow effect at the top (which is unusual) and right of each letter, but without lowercase.
- Mac McGrew: Vernen is essentially a copy of Huxley Vertical (q.v.), but omitting the round characters AKMNWY and using the alternate pointed characters instead. In addition, the slight extensions of cross strokes to the left of stems have been omitted, and a few other characters have been redrawn. It was offered by Baltimore in 1953.
- Mc McGrew: Vista is a very wide square-serif face, cut by Baltimore Type in 1956. It is said to be a pantagraphic modification of Hellenic Wide from Bauer in Germany; actually it does not match that face in details, though it has the same general effect.
- Mac McGrew: Wide Line Gothic is a creation of Herman Schnoor for Baltimore Type, modified by pantagraph from Philadelphia Lining Gothic, increasing the width by about 50 percent. The flat sides of round letters. acceptable in the moderately condensed original, make awkward shapes in this extended version. Compare Franklin Gothic Wide, Tempo Black Extended.
- Among the wood types, we have Oak Leaf (1832, ornamental caps).
Rich Hopkins, a printing historian, acquired Baltotype ca. 1993. Based on drawings from the 1950s in the Baltotype material, Miranda Roth at P22 designed LTC Athena, a narrow art deco typeface, in 2013. [Google]
Designer of Adobe Wood Type Ornaments (1990-1991 with Joy Redick), Cottonwood (with Kim Buker Chansler and Joy Redick), Madrone (1991, a spaghetti western face---a fat face didone, Madrone was digitized from proofs of the wood type collection in the National Museum of American History in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.), Poplar (1990, after a 19th century wood type typeface by William Leavenworth). Mostly fonts with a Western theme. Poplar has another digital version: Copper Canyon WBW Demi Bold, Copper Canyon WBW, and Copper Canyon Inline WBW, all by Nick Curtis.
Linotype link. FontShop link. Typedia link. [Google]
Barnhart Bros. Spindler Type Founders: Book of Type Specimens, 1907
Trying to fit this 1000-page book into one web page, with discussion of many types. It's impossible, but I tried it. [Google]
Barnhart Brothers&Spindler (or: BB&S)
Chicago-based foundry, which grew out of The Great Western Type Foundry in 1868 when the Barnhart brothers (newspaper publishers in Iowa who came to Chicago as advertising agents) bought out the Toepfer family in 1868. They retained Herman Spindler as the foreman, since he was the only typefounder in the group. Aggressive in business, BB&S became the largest foundry in Chicago. Book of type specimens. Comprising a large variety of superior copper-mixed types, rules, borders, galleys, printing presses, electric-welded chases, paper and card cutters, wood goods, book binding machinery etc., together with valuable information to the craft. Specimen book no.9 (1907) is a 1048-page monster catalog (see also here and here and here). Some pictures from Type Barnhart Type Foundry Co. New York City: Superior Copper-Mixed Type (1908). BB&S was purchased by ATF about 1911 and it operated independently until about 1930. Typophile page on them. Text file with a list of the typefaces in their Catalog 25 (1925). Discussion of some of their typefaces and digitizations:
Wiki page. List of all BB&S faces compiled by the American Amateur Press Association in 2009. This includes a PDF file and an Excel spreadsheet.
- Engravers Upright Script, a ronde style alphabet, was revived in 2006 by Nick Curtis as Bon Mot NF.
- Hazel Script, a primary school didactic connected script, digitized in 2006 by Paul Hunt as P22 Allyson (discussed here).
- They made the (sloppy) old-look garalde face Fifteenth Century in 1897, which turned into Caslon Antique (American Type Founders). A digital version can be had at MyFonts, but who made it? MyFonts also offers Caslon Open Face (originally, 1915).
- One of their best known designers was Oswald B. Cooper who made Cooper Black (1921) and Cooper Old Style (1919-1924), with characteristically blurred rounded serifs. He also made Cooper Hilite (shaded), Cooper 570 (fat), Cooper 579 (outline), Cooper Tooled Italic (shaded) and Cooper Black Italic 571.
- Delysian NF (2004, Nick Curtis) revives their Greeting Card face from the BBS catalog of 1923.
- Lining Gothic No. 71 (1907) is a grotesque face with panache. It was digitized by Nick Curtis as Cerulean NF (2007).
- Mazurka NF (2004, Nick Curtis) is a combination of two faces from the same catalog, Swagger Capitals, designed by Carl S. Junge, for the uppercase and Gothic Novelty Title for the lowercase.
- Racine (1903) was revived by Nick Curtis as Kenosha Antique (2004).
- Archer (1905) was revived by Nick Curtis as Grand Rapids (2005).
- Umbra (1907) was revived by Nick Curtis as Shady Lady NF (2005). Monotype's Umbra is based on a later metal version by Ludlow though.
- One of their blackletter faces is Waldorf Text (1914).
- Steelplate, a monocase engraved US dollar bill-style face, ca. 1900 at BBS, was revived by Nick Curtis as Smackeroo NF (2005).
- Ernst Lauschke designed the oriental look face Dormer in 1888 at the Great Western Foundry. BB&S renamed it Pekin. HiH digitized it in 2005. Pekin also is the name of Dan Solo's revival.
- Freak (1889, The Great Western Type Foundry) was renamed Bamboo by BB&S. A digital version by Tom Wallace is also called Freak (2005).
- Parsons (1918, Will Ransom) was digitized by Jess Latham.
- Clearcut Shaded Capitals (1920s, Will Ransom). Extended to a full font by Nick Curtis in 2005 as Ransom Clearcut NF).
- The decorative wood type face French Antique, featured in the 1905 catalog, and originally due to William H. Page. Digital versions by Woodentype (Jordan Davies) and Nick Curtis (whose version of French Antique Extended is called Fran Tique NF (2008)).
Digital typefaces that descend from Barnhart / BBS. [Google]
Foundry in Wichita, KS, founded in 1999 by Nathan Williams (b. Concordia, KS, 1973), formerly from the University of Kansas Art Museum Library. Its motto: The goal of the foundry is to provide uninterpreted revivals of type samples generated through disappearing printing methods, and create new fonts for dissemination in the type community. Order through MyFonts.Com or Union Fonts or Creatie Market. FontShop link. Klingspor link.
- The Rodeo family of wood type fonts: 66 Rodeo, 57 Rodeo, 58 Rodeo (2003), Rodeo Rope, Rodeo Rope Superchunk.
- The Tuscan family: Tuscan (2003, a wild west face). To this group we can add the Tuscan face Circus KS (2006).
- Egyptians: Grit Gothic (2013), Grit Sans (2013), Heirloom Artcraft (2013), Worn Gothic (2013), Stately GG (2013), Grit Egyptienne (2005, grunge Egyptian family), Rough Egyptienne (2005).
- Grunge faces: Antimony (2005, grunge), Dryden (distressed handwritten face).
- Old typewriter fonts: Slab American Regular (old typewriter), Slab American Titling, Slab American Titling Heavy (2002). Slab American has 55 styles.
- Art nouveau faces: Old Paris Nouveau (2003).
- Pixelish faces: Base PXL7, 80s PXL Bold.
- Display Sans: Maxime (2004, having support for most European languages; Maxime Shadow is available at FontShop), Woodgrit Thin (based on 19th century American letterpress fonts), Woodgrit Medium, Woodgrit Heavy, Pippen (squarish).
- Calligraphic: Roundhand Regular.
- Victorian: Boback.
- The Grit family: Grit History (2003-2004), Grit Primer (2003), Grit Egyptienne, Grit Typesorts (2006, free).
- The Old Times American family (+Italic, +Titling).
- Pia Regular.
- Kandt: the handwriting of legendary designer and art director James Kandt; 4 styles.
- AVI Sans.
- Country Fang (2003, with Brian Miller).
- Craft Roman
- Licious Script.
- Luxe (2003, casual).
- Momentum (2002).
- George Gibson (handwriting from mid 1800s).
- Dingbats: Megaflakes 2010 (2010) and Megaflakes 2011 (2011).
- Sketchwriter (2011).
- Dusty Circus (2011) is a five-layer stacking display face designed to be infinitely morphed. It is a prototypical member of that old western circus font genre.
- Bobbi Bee (2013). A connected script.
German creator of the Tuscan font Beans (2009) and the italic signage face Garcia (2009). Dafont link. [Google]
Graphic designer in Paris, b. 1980. Teacher at the École d'Architecture de la Ville&des territoires in Marne-la-Vallée. Creator of the traffic-like sans face capitale (2009) for the signage of a concert hall. Werkman Letterpress (2009) is a font designed from letterpress woodblocks. It was inspired by the first issue of the magazine The Next Call (1923) by Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman. UnkleBenz (2009) is based on his own handwriting. [Google]
American creator of the scratchy fonts Screw This (2009) and Ink Bleed (2009), the fat finger font Lednar (2011), and the wood cut typeface Wood Is Good (2012). [Google]
Toronto-based designer of the Arts & Crafts scrapbooking style typeface Crafty Font (2013) and of the wood type Bauer Bodoni-inspired slab serif Bodoni Block Font (2013). Behance link. [Google]
Bill, Stark, and Co
In 1850, Horatio and HJeremiah Bill, who had previously worked for Edwin Allen in South Windham, CT, start a wood type manufacturing business in Lebanon, CT, and move to Willimantic, CT, the next year. A few years later, they were joined by Stark, and the company became Bill, Stark, and Co. In early 1854, it is renamed again to H. and J. Bill Co., but closes its doors later that year. Their equipment gets purchased by William Page in 1856 who will start his own successful wood type company, Page&Bassett.
Its typefaces included Bill Stark Roman Extended (a "fatface"), and Concave Tuscan Condensed (1853).
For digitizations, see, e.g., Dick Pape's AWT Bill Stark Concave Tuscan Cond (2013), AWT RIT Conc Tuscan Open Shade (2013) and AWT vandenburgh Concave Tuscan (2013: this typeface was cut by Vanderburgh Wells but is based on an 1853 design by Bill, Stark & Co). [Google]
Bill Moran at Blinc Publishing (est. 1996, St. Paul, MN) is the creator with Darrel Austin at Chank of Goshen, Gommorah, and Prospect. He also created Gideon (2001, 999USD!!!!!), Bell Martellus (2006, a Carolingian script family commissioned by the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota; codesigned with Chank Diesel), and Sodom (1999, with Chank). Hamilton Offset (2002, Chank) was based on an alphabet from the Hamilton Wood Type Printing Museum. He also made Flour Sack (2006).
He writes: As a youngster in Green Bay, Bill began his career as an apprentice in his father's print shop [Jim Moran]. He honed his graphic design skills at the University Of Wisconsin-Stout and proceeded to work for Norwest Banks, The Artist known as Prince, and 3M before starting his own business. Bill serves as the Artistic Director for the Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum.
Chank link. Blinc specializes in turn-of-the-century wood and lead type.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Books on Wood Type
Books on Wood Type, as listed by the Design Division of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin:
A sublist of specimen books held by Columbia University (CU), the Newberry Library in Chicago (NL), the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Hamilton Wood Type&Printing Museum (HAM) is quite impressive. Here we go:
- 1963 / American Wood Type. Design Quarterly, No 56. Minneapolis: Walker Arts Center.
- 1964 / American Wood Types, 1828-1900, Volume One. Limited edition folio.
- 1965 / Wood Letters in the 20th Century. Matrix 7. Rochester, NY: Office of Educational Research, Rochester Institute of Technology.
- 1969 / American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period. 1st ed. New York: Van Nostrand.
- 1977 / American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period. 1st Paperback Printing New York: Da Capo Press.
- 1977 / Wood Type Alphabets: 100 Fonts. New York: Dover Publications. Edited by Rob Roy Kelly.
- 1990 / Adobe Wood Type, Vol 1. Moutain View, California: Adobe Systems. Introduction by Rob Roy Kelly.
- 1999 / Specimen Book of Wood Type. Madison: Silver Buckle Press.
- 1828 / CU Darius Wells: Darius Wells, Letter Cutter.
- 1838 / CU George Nesbitt (Edwin Allen): First Premium Wood Types Cut by Machinery.
- 1838 / NYPL J.M. Debow (William Leavenworth): Leavenworth's Patent Wood Type.
- 1840 / CU Wells&Webb Specimens of Plain and Ornamental Wood Type.
- 1841 / CU George Nesbitt (Edwin Allen): Nesbitt's Fourth Specimen of Machinery Cut Wood Type.
- 1846 / CU L. Johnson (Wells&Webb): Specimens of Wood-Letter.
- 1849 / CU Wells&Webb: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1853 / CU Bill, Stark&Co.: Specimens of Machinery Cut Wood Type.
- 1854 / CU W.&H. Hagar (Wells&Webb): Specimens of Printing Types.
- 1854 / CU / NL Wells&Webb: Specimens of Wood Type. (NL copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1858 / NL D. Knox&Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1859 / CU / NL William H. Page&Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1859 / NL J.G. Cooley&Co.: Specimens of Wood Type. (NL copy also contains parts of two smaller undated specimens: J.G. Cooley&Co. Cooley's Wood Type and Vanderburgh, Wells&Co.)
- 1860 / NL William H. Page&Co.: Supplementary Specimens of Wood Type Rules&Borders, Etc..
- 1865 / CU William H. Page&Co.: Price List for Wood Type, Borders, Reglet, Etc.. (Affixed to 1859 Page specimen)
- 1870 / NYPL William H. Page&Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1870 / CU William H. Page&Co.: German Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1872 / CU / NL / NYPL William H. Page&Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1872 / NL Marder, Luce (Page): Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1872 / CU Dauchy&Co. (Page): Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1873 / CU William H. Page&Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1874 / CU / NL William H. Page&Co. Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, Etc.. (CU copy is gift from Rob Roy Kelly)
- 1876 / CU William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Specimens of Wood Type. (CU copy is gift from Rob Roy Kelly)
- 1876 / CU / NL William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Poster Specimens. (NL copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1877 / CU Vanderburgh Wells&Co. Specimens of Wood Type, Borders, Rules, Etc..
- 1878 / CU / NYPL William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Specimens of Wood Type. (CU copy is gift from Rob Roy Kelly, NYPL copy contains one additional page showing Aetna Extra Condensed and Egyptian)
- 1879 / NL Vanderburgh Wells&Co. Specimens of Wood Type, Borders, Rules, Etc..
- 1879 / CU William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Page's Wood Type Album, Vol 1, No 1. (CU copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1879 / CU William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Page's Wood Type Album, Vol 1, No 2. (CU copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1879 / NL William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Page's Wood Type Album, Vol 1, No 3.
- 1880 / NYPL William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1881 / CU Hamilton&Katz: Specimens of Holly Wood Type.
- 1881 / CU Morgans&Wilcox Mfg. Co.: Specimens of Wood Type, Printing Materials, Presses, Paper Cutters, Etc..
- 1882 / CU William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Specimens of Wood Type&Borders. (CU copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1883 / NL American Wood Type Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1883 / CU Shniedewend&Lee: Specimens of Page's Wood Type&Borders. (CU copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1884 / NL [microfilm] Hamilton&Katz: Specimens of Holly Wood Type.
- 1884 / CU / NL Morgans&Wilcox Mfg. Co.: Condensed Specimen Book of Wood Type. (NL copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1886 / NL [microfilm] Hamilton&Baker: Specimens of Holly Wood Type .
- 1887 / NL National Printers' Materials Co.: Specimens of Enameled Wood Type.
- 1887 / NL William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Specimens of Page's Wood Type.
- 1887 / CU Hamilton&Baker: Specimens of Holly Wood Type. (CU copy is gift from Rob Roy Kelly)
- 1888 / CU William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Specimens of Machine Cut Wood Type. (A facsimile was produced by David W. Peat in 2002)
- 1888 / CU Hamilton&Baker: Specimens of Wood Type&Borders. (CU copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1889 / CU The Hamilton Manufacturing Co.: Specimens of Wood Type&Borders. (CU copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1889 / CU The Hamilton Manufacturing Co.: Specimens of Wood Type&Borders. (CU copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1889 / CU The Hamilton Manufacturing Co.: Calendar Sets.
- 1889 / NL Vanderburgh Wells&Co.: Specimens of Wood Type, Borders, Rules, Etc..
- 1890 / CU Morgans&Wilcox Mfg. Co.: Condensed Specimen Book of Wood Type.
- 1890 / CU / NL William H. Page Wood Type Co.: Page's New Process Wood Type. (Reprinted by American Life Foundation in 1983)
- 1890 / CU Vanderburgh Wells&Co.: New Styles Wood Letter. (3-color Broadside)
- 1890 / CU Heber Wells: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1891 / NL Heber Wells: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1892 / CU Heber Wells: Specimen Book of Wood Letter.
- 1892 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: New Process Wood Type Manufactured by Page.
- 1892 / CU / NYPL The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Wood Type&Borders (Oversized). (Front matter indicates that there was an 1891 catalog)
- 1893 / NL Nelson&Chessman&Co. (Hamilton): New Process Wood Type. (NL copy is gift from Hamilton Mfg. Co.)
- 1893 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Specimens of Wood Pointers (Broadside).
- 1894 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Perpetual Calendar Sets (Broadside).
- 1895 / CU Heber Wells Specimens of Wood Type. (Front matter indicates there was an 1893 catalog)
- 1895 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: DeVinne Series Specimens.
- 1899 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Specimens of Wood Type (No 14).
- 1900 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co. Specimens of Wood Type (No 15).
- 1904 / NL Tubbs&Co.: Tubbs Wood Type.
- 1906 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Specimens of Wood Type, With Ornaments, Fewer Issues, Dashes, Silhouettes, Catchwords, Corners, Fractions, Calendars&Borders (No 16).
- 1908 / CU / NL The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Specimens of Wood Type (No 17).
- 1918 / CU / NL The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Wood Type&Borders. (Hamilton re-used existing Tubbs Mfg. Co. specimen book)
- 1927 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Unit Gothic&Hamilton's Series of Roman Borders (2 Broadsides).
- 1927 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Cheltenham Faces.
- 1927 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Specimens of Wood Type.
- 1928 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: New Gothic Faces&Wood Type.
- 1929 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Poster Cheltenham.
- 1930 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Large Wood Type.
- 1932 / CU The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Display Gothics.
- 1938 / CU / NL The Hamilton Mfg. Co.: Wood Type Catalog No 38.
- 1957 / NL American Wood Type Mfg. Co.: Interim Catalog 1957.
- 1958 / NL American Wood Type Mfg. Co.: Catalog 1958-1959.
- 1961 / NL American Wood Type Mfg. Co.: Catalog 1961-1962.
Borutta is the creative studio of Warsaw-based designer Mateusz Machalski. 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.
Machalski likes old wood types, which inspired him in 2012 to publish a wood type collection of weathered display faces: 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 (organic sans family), Vitali (sans), Korpo Serif (slab serif), Korpo Sans (elliptical family; +Greek, +Cyrillic), Korpo Sans (+Greek and Cyrillic).
Typefaces from 2014: Tupperware Pro.
Home page. Behance link. [Google]
[T-26] designer of Found (1999, wood style face), VinylDoubleOutline, VinylInline, VinylOblique, VinylOutline, VinylRegular (1998). [Google]
Paris-based designer of the calligraphic typeface Victor Hugo (2013), New Man (2013, textured and stylish), Candylicious (2013), the vintage condensed typeface Orient Express (2013), and the wood log typeface Wonder of Yosemite (2013). [Google]
Based in Kent, Ohio, Brittany Deighton founded Warehouse Design with Jesse Snyder. At Warehouse, one can buy some icon font sets from them, such as Miniglyph, Parks and Rec, and Snack Time. Together, they designed the slabby wood type typeface Ohio, and Medical Icons in 2013, while Brittany was studying in the Visual Communication Design program at Kent State University. [Google]
Menomonie, WI-based student at UW Stout, class of 2013. Creator of the fun Western look typeface Jim Jam (2013). [Google]
Sao Paulo-based designer of the Clarendon-style typeface Guanabara (2013, Oficina Tipografica da FAU-USP) and the angular display face Garabito (2013). [Google]
Letterpress company in Barcelona run by Jesus Morentin. Behance link. [Google]
Caleb B. Wills
Student at the University of North Texas in Denton. Designer of the woodprint-look font Emilee (2003), which he sketched, then scanned, using several woodcarving books (1950's) from his library at UNT as reference. He also designed the display faces Max Openace and Max Closed as well as Bunker, Engine, Ethan, and Smack. [Google]
Carl Gustav Naumann
C.G. Naumann is Carl Gustav Naumann, who ran a family printing business in Leipzig. In 1901, he published Schriftproben der Firma C.G. Naumann. Sample pages of that book are shown in the link. Poster by Naumann. [Google]
A woodtype-look font made by Harold Lohner, extrapolated from the logo of the MAD magazine. [Google]
Chandler Van De Water
Chandler Van De Water (Greenville, SC) is a designer and front-end developer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. He does freelance design, should a project intrigue him. He also makes fonts. In 2012, he designed the black wood-style typeface Cubano (free at Lost Type).
Creative Market link. [Google]
[Herbert F. Van Brink]
Prolific Woodland Hills, CA-based typophile and type designer (1937-2013) whose portfolio consisted largely of revivals and who used the alias Character for his typographic work. The Los Angeles Times posted this obituary: Herb passed away after a brief fight against esophageal cancer. He was a 42 year resident of Woodland Hills Ca. Son of the late Jean and Mary Van Brink, he was born in Manhattan, graduated from Stuyvesant High School (1952) and Queens College (1956) and always considered himself a New Yorker. He had a long career in Information Technology and retired from Arco. He loved traveling, bowling, genealogy, and was a bridge Life Master among his many interests. He was a trickster and a perfectionist. He leaves his wife, Paula, his son, David Van Brink and DIL Deb Culmer of Santa Cruz CA, his daughter Qarin Van Brink and SIL James Ray of Burien WA, grandchildren Amelia and Wilhelmina Ray Van Brink, brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Louise Van Brink of E. Northport NY and nephews Matthew and Jordan Van Brink.
- Animal dingbat fonts: AbecedarianZoo (2003, created from an alphabet in Art Explosion 200,000), Turf&surf (2005).
- Alphadings: Jennifer's train (2011), ABCPlay (2005), DiddleTheMouse (2005), Silly Set (2005), Stone Carving (2005), Snow Persons (2005), Alaskan Ice (2005), Peppermin Canes (2005), USStarsNStripes (2003, first called USFlags), XmasTree (2002), XmasTree II (2004), Xmas Alpha (2005).
- Erotic alphabets: Flotner (2002, based on a scan of the human character alphabet by Peter Flötner (1534)), SilvestreBodies (2006, based on a figurative alphabet designed by Joseph Balthazar Silvestre in 1834, with engravings made by Girault), ErotiCaps Outline (2007), ErotiCaps Solid (2007), WeygelBodies (2006, adapted from Martin Weygel's 1560 interpretation of Peter Flotner's 1534 figurative alphabet).
- Stained glass themed fonts: ModernStainedGlass (2007), ModernStainedGlass2Tone (2007).
- Capital alphabets: Cameo Antique (2011, after Cameo Antique on page 17 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces---a shadowed outline version of the typeface called NightShade, on the same page of Dan Solo's book; the only known digitized fonts of NightShade are "Shadowed Serif" by James Fordyce (1994) and NigelSadeSH, from Soft Horizons (1993)), Modern French Capitals (2010, after a set of capitals drawn by Alphonse Mucha), Mucha French Capitals (2010, similar?), Marcel Caps (2007; based on "Crossroads" by August Will (1891)), WoodLook (2007, an improvement of 101's Wooden Alpha BlockZ), 3DAlphabet (2008, based on an alphabet coloring book designed by Jean Larcher, 1978), RomantiqueInitials (2007, based on work by Aridi), Blistered, BlisteredFramed, BlisteredReverse (2005, based on Marwan Aridi's Blister from the Initial Caps Vol I), ChiseledRound, Contemporary CH (2010), CourierInitials (2005, based on an alphabet by Johan)), Eclectica (2003, party-theme), FeathersInYourCaps (2002), FlowerSketches (2002), LACETRIM (2002), LeafyStencil (2003), QuiltedStippled (2004, based on an embroidery alphabet created by DesignsInStitches), RetroCapsBW (2004), RetroCapsWB (2004), Rope5 (2004, rope font), Rustic Black Shadow (2011. He explains: In the Solotype Catalog of 4,147 typefaces, RUSTIC is shown with a black shadow. RUSTIC WHITESHADOW has a white shadow. However, the Solotype digital font named RUSTIC has no shadow. Similar no-shadow fonts are also available as Pinewood (by Rick Mueller and one by Dieter Steffmann) and as Woody (by DincType). As of October, 2011, no digitized version of Rustic Whiteshadow is known. Character has produced a font named RusticBlackShadow, which matches the font named Rustic in the Solotype Catalog. Dick Pape had created an earlier version named Pepin Press Caps FA204, based on fonts contained in the Pepin Press book Fancy Alphabets. ), THINROPE (2002), VALENTINEHEARTS (2002), Printed Circuit (2005), SportsABC (2005), Feathered Flight (2005), Joe Clement (2007, Western pixel face), Ribbon Shadow (2007).
- Fonts based on scans from Awesome Alphabets (Mike Artell, 1999, Good Year): SketchBoards, SketchBones, SketchClothes, SketchLogs (2005), SketchPencils, SketchPipes, SketchTools, all done in 2005.
- Athletic lettering: Collegiate Heavy Outline (2006), Real Madrid 2011-2012 (2011, an expansion of a font by "Adriano"), The Football League (2011), Adidas Euro 2008 (2011), Puma World Cup 2010 (2010: based on Crepello, a custom-made font by Paul Barnes for Puma, that was used on the jersey of Italy, Switzerland and Uruguay during the 2010 FIFA World Cup), Adidas Unity (2010), LINKEB+Regular (2008) uses the lettering of the Geaux font used by LSU.
- Pixel or dot matrix style fonts: Dash It All (2007, based on Cooper Black), Even Hearted (2007, an improvement of CK More Hearts), Square 9x9 (2007).
- Brush faces: Skippingbrush (2006), GraffitiPaintBrush (2008).
- Dingbats: Being Sport Pictograms (2008).
- Scanbats: PilobusSilhouettes (2010) is based upon a human alphabet photographed by John Kane.
- Techno: BultacoDual (2010), Dr Who 42 (2007), London MMXII (2008), ArrowheadLake (2009, +Shadows, +Sunlit; based on the nearly blackletter face Arrowhead from the Solotype Catalog and alphabet books).
- Historic faces: Driftwood 67 (2011, Driftwood on page 67 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), ArrowheadLake and ArrowheadLakeShadows (2011, based on Solotype Catalog p.74), Cutin (2011, a simple rounded monoline sans called Cut-in Medium on page 163 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces),Cutin (2011, a simple rounded monoline sans called Cut-in Medium on page 163 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Pepin FA288 (2011, based on Matra, or Bifur, on page 54 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces by Dan X. Solo), Varicka (2010, from "Decorative Condensed Alphabets", by Dan Solo, p. 94. It is similar to Red Rooster's Triple Gothic Condensed, but the Solo's font has different features), MaxfieldParrish140 (2007: From an incomplete (no "N") hand-drawn alphabet by Maxfield Parrish. See figure 140 of "Letters&Lettering" by Frank C. Brown, 1921. This is a different source than the P22 Parrish font family.), Ronde Antique (2009, based on page 110 of the Verlag Gerlach 1881 catalog).
- Other: Scramble Mixed (2006, scrabble face), Happy Fourth, Emperor AN (2009: this semi-art nouveau face is Emperor on page 42 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces---not the same as Dan Solo's Emperor at MyFonts), Wood Gothic Caps (2011, blackletter), WoodWud (2011), Gallia Two (2010, based on a font found on page 55 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces as Gallia No. 2), Charleston (2010, based on page 46 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Azteca Regular (2010: based on Azteca Condensed by Dan X. Solo, page 74 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Othello Fill and Solid (2011, derived from Othello on page 155 of The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces), Sharons Shadows (2010, +Bold), Masked Menace (2012, based on Bodoni Poster).
Fontspace link. Dafont link. Yet another URL. Fontspace link. And another one. See also at abfonts. Dafont link. [Google]
[American Wood Type Co.]
[Tubbs Mfg Co]
[Roger S. Nelsson]
Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.
Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look face inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.
In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style face based on a font by Levente Halmos.
Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).
Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).
Dafont. Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link.
Catalog of Nelsson's bestselling typefaces. [Google]
With just one name (the other one was lost in an accident!), Chester, the type designer, was born in Montreal in 1971, and worked at Thirstype in Chicago. In 2005, he started up the type coop Village, which is located in New York. His fonts include Syzygy, Schmelvetica (at FontShop), Psyche (unreleased), Orbit (2003, with Rob Irrgang), Rheostat (1996, a grunge dot matrix font family), HateNote, Panderella (2000-2001, ultra geometric), Eclogues (1999, an absolutely stunning romantic high-ascender-descender family), LoveHateCollection, JohnHadANightmareLastNight (2001), Alexey (2003, a stencil family, with Rick Valicenti), Apex Serif (2003, with Rick Valicenti), Exchange (dot matrix), Pizzelle Italic, Phatso (2003), Satchel Paige (2003, a wood type face made with Tracy Jenkins), Pixella (2003, pixel font), Nillennium (2000, an octagonal family), Freedumb (2004), Galaxie Polaris (2004, a sans) and Virgil, the last twelve fonts at Thirstype. At Village, he published Mavis (2005), Apex Sans (2004, with Rick Valicenti), and then Apex New (2006), which has a hairline weight, Apex Thin, and Apex Rounded (2010). In 2009, he codesigned the large x-height text family Galaxie Copernicus with Kris Sowersby at Village. In 2010, he and Jeremy Mickel made the poster type family Aero, which took inspiration from Roger Excoffon's Antique Olive. It won an award at TDC2 2011.
His custom-made faces from 2006-2007 include these: Rewards (with Kris Sowersby), Always Radio (with Markus Rakeng), 2Wice Egyptian, Apex Compact, Apex New Condensed, Baro Heavy, Baro Light, Baro Medium, Baro Super, DPA Gothic, Endzone, Galaxie Ariane, Galaxie Copernicus, LMVDR, Modernismo, Snickers. [Google]
[Exclamachine Type Foundry]
Designer in Long Beach, CA.
Typefaces from 2014 by Means include CM Pradaesque (a Trajan font).
In 2012, Christopher created CM You Got Me wet, CM Fresh Paint, CM Big Fat Paintbrush, CM Garaflora (floriated Garamond caps), CM Chipped Paint (ornamental caps), CM Sans Serif 2012 (+Aged), CM Jungle Adventure (textured typeface), CM Hot Nurse (chalky font), CM Bank Tower College (an athletic lettering font), CM Western Woodblock (+No. 2), CM Mummy Tape, CM Party Headline (textured caps), CM Shark Week, CM Tropical Script, CM Old Western, CM Cold Request CM Moving Forward (techno face), CM Old Firehouse (grungy), CM Grunge Party.
In 2011, he designed CM Tattoo Dragon, CM Bloat, CM Handwriting One (brush face) and CM Old Halftone. [Google]
Fancy metal or wood type from the second half of the 19th century. According to Ringwalt in his American Encyclopedia of Printing and Bookbinding (1871): "type made of metal or wood for color printing and so arranged that there are duplicate or triplicate copies of each letter, which, after being printed, respectively, in different colors, on a given space, blend together in a harmonious whole." [Google]
American designer in Jackson Heights, NY (b. 1965) of the free wedge serif face Grendel (2011).
Dafont link. Flickr link.
He created the tattoo fonts Maelstrom (2011) and Reign Sample (2010), the mechanical face Dans Hardware (2010), the graffiti face Stone Angel (2010), the Western face Mary's Cherry&Co (2010), the squarish face Dashboard Jesus (2010), the fat wood style face John Brown (2010), Dantone (2010), the fat roundish face Creamy (2010), Thermobaric (2011, Star trek face).
Chung-deh Tien created a few Cherokee fonts including Nikwasi San (2012), Sequoya Bold (2012), Oconosota (2012), Kanagota (2012), and Tsalagi Ameliga (2010). [Google]
Clarence Pearson Hornung
Prolific author, b. 1899. His books include the typographically magnificent Handbook of Early Advertising Art, Mainly from American Sources (Dover, 2 volumes). The typeface Lexington is attributed to him, as Mac McGraw writes: Lexington is a font of shaded and decorated letters and figures, drawn for ATF by Wadsworth A. Parker in 1926, from a design by Clarence P. Hornung. It is an ornamental form of roman letter, with curly serifs, and tendrils at the ends of light strokes. It was recast in 1954, and copied in one size by Los Angeles Type.
The book Early Advertising Alphabets, Initials and Typographic Ornaments (1956), edited by Clarence P. Hornung, led Dick Pape to creates these digital fonts in 2008: AltDeutsch, Amorette1889, ArabesqueDesign, BreiteEgyptienne (2008), BreiteverzierteClarendon, ChiswickPressGothicInitials, EarlyScrollAlphabet, EarlySignboards, EnglandInitials1880, ErhardDatdolt, FlorentineInitials, FlorentineInitialsReverse (2008), GothicChancery1880s, GothicClosedLetter (2009-2010, Lombardic), Hollandisch-Gothic (2010), JudendstilAlphabet (2009), LilyoftheValley, Papillon 1760 [First shown in Paris in 1760, and reprinted by Clarence P Hornung in Dover Pictorial Archive Series: Early Advertising Alphabets, Initials a nd Typographic Ornaments (1956, Dover Publications). Hornung's images inspired Pape's typeface], Phantasie (2009-2010), RomaineMidolline (2010), RomanPrintShaded (2010, ornamental roman caps), RusticAlphabet, SilhouetteInitials1880, TheTerrorsofNightLife, VerzierteAltGothic, VerzierteGothic, VictoriaGingerbread1890 (2007).
Download here. [Google]
Coert De Decker
Type designer from Buffalo, NY. His typefaces were mostly developed at P22. Klingspor link. A partial list of his fonts:
- In 2008, he revived and extended Cigno, a 1950s script face by Aldo Novarese, and called it P22 Cigno.
- LTC Circled Caps.
- P22 Civilité is a joint effort of Colin Kahn, Richard Kegler and Milo Kowalski.
- P22 Curwen. P22 Curwen Poster is a digitized version of a rare wood type used by the Curwen Press in England in the early 20th Century for poster work. P22 Curwen Maxima is a new hyper-stylized re-interpretation of Curwen Poster.
- The great display/comic book font Ebin (and Ebin Outline).
- In 2006, he created the P22 Gauguin font family (Regular, Alternate, Brush and Extras), a script font set based on the writings and sketches of post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin.
- Glamour (2006, P22/Lanston; also called LTC Glamour Grotesque) is based on the 1948 design by the same name done at Lanston Monotype, which in turn is based on Imre Reiner's Corvinus.
- Goudy Sans (2006, P22/Lanston, 6 styles): Goudy Sans Bold was originally designed by Frederic Goudy in 1922 as a less formal gothic and finished in 1929. The Light was designed in 1930 and the Light Italic in 1931. Colin Kahn digitized them in 2006 to make a 6-style Goudy Sans family, which includes a Goudy Sans Hairline.
- In 2008, he revisited Richard Kegler's P22 Platten, which was based on lettering found in German fountain pen practice books from the 1920s, and created the extended face P22 Platten Neu.
- Internship (2003), or St G Schrift. P22 swrites: St. G Schrift (2005, P22) is a font based on the type designs of German poet Stefan George. This sans-serif face features a few variations found in books published by George in Berlin. Includes P22 St. G Schrift One, P22 St. G Schrift Two and P22 St. G Italic (an art nouveau version of the roman, newly designed). The original font was cast in 1907 by a small foundry in Germany and was used primarily for the works of George as well as other books including a monumental edition of Dante's Divine Comedy. This may or may not contradict the fact that Marcus Behmer designed Stefan George-Schrift in 1904.
- P22 Tuscan Expanded is a digitization of the mid-19th century wood type font Antique Tuscan Expanded - Wells&Webb 1854.
- P22 Vale (2007, in Roman and Kings Fount styles) are based on types by Charles Ricketts that were used by the Vale Press (which in turn were based on Jenson). The Kings Fount is originally dated 1903.
- In 2007 still, he revived Zebra (P22), a font originally designed in 1963-1965 by Karlgeorg Hoefer.
View Colin Kahn's typefaces. [Google]
Wood engraver in Bressuire, Deux-Sèvres, France, active in the 1880s.
Revivals of his work include Audebaud (2010, Mad Type), which is a French Clarendon. Audebaud's work appeared in the 1880s in the Deux-Sèvres département of France. [Google]
Constellation is a creator and publisher of contemporary typefaces and is run by its two partners, Chester Jenkins (based in New York, born in Montreal) and Tracy Jenkins. They also feature typefaces by Magnus Rakeng, Patrick Giasson, Kris Sowersby, Rick Valicenti, and Jeremy Mickel. Constellation contains the main elements of the previous Village and Thirstype foundries. Typefaces:
- Aero (2011, Chester Jenkins and Jeremy Mickel). Based on Roger Excoffon's Antique Olive.
- Apex Sans (2003), Apex New (2005) and Apex Rounded (2010). All by Chester Jenkins. Apex Serif and Apex Sans were codesigned with Rick Valicenti.
- Arbor (2010). Arbor was originally commissioned by the New York Times magazine for use in their 2008 Hollywood special issue. The source was Rob Roy Kelly's book of woodtype samples, and the D and H from Caslon's Italian of the 1820s. An original representative of this Western genre.
- Brooklyn (2013, a brutalist typeface) and Brooklyn Stencil (2013, an octagonal stencil). The original was commissioned in 2007 by Michael Bierut for a sports complex.
- Galaxie Cassiopeia (2006). A round connected upright script. By Chester Jenkins.
- Galaxie Copernicus (2009). An interpretation of Christophe Plantin's Plantin (cut by Robert Granjon) and Frank Hinman Pierpont's Monotype revival of Plantin. By Chester Jenkins and Kris Sowersby.
- Galaxie Polaris, Galaxie Polaris Condensed (2004-2013). Two sans families by Chester Jenkins.
- Oz (1999). A round typeface family by Patrick Giasson. Designed as an homage to Oswald Cooper (whose nickname was Oz), whose Oswald Cooper inspired the fat shapes.
- Radio (1998). A retro script family by Magnus Rakeng.
Cuttlefish Fonts offers free original fonts by Cupertino, CA-based graphic designer Jason Pagura, such as Rutaban (2001), Bernur (1996, sans), Gemelli (handwriting), Gohan (fat finger comic book lettering, updated into ShinGohanSix in 2007), Bolonewt (2003), Antherton Cloister (2003, insect antenna influences! Discussed here) and Rutager (2001). He was working on Palormak (2006, futuristic).
From 2006-2010, he published Agamemnon, a large and warm transitional slab serif typeface with wood type influences that covers Latin, Cherokee, Cyrillic and Greek.
Later typefaces include Cartmeign and Posterony (2007, anthroposophic).
Dafont link. 1001fonts link. [Google]
Based in Boston, Dan Forbes is a graphic designer with a keen interest in tyography. In 2009, he created the log-themed Woody Display. [Google]
Dan X. Solo
Dan X. Solo
Daniel Hernández Sanchez
[Hernández Type (was: Estudio de diseño Calderón)]
Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy are from Warsaw, where they set up Hipopotam. Together, they created the hand-drawn 3d outline face Bubol (2011), the hand-printed Cartographer (2011), the grungy caps face Mr. Black (2011), the upright connected monoline script face Mrs White (2011), and the constructivist face Olifant (2011).
In 2012, they added Mr. Brown, Mr. Dog Dog (hilarious animal silhouette typeface), Mr. Robot (an octagonal overlay family that can have shadows), Mr. Tiger (eroded woodsy caps), and Mr. Orange (hand-printed).
Typefaces from 2013: Mr. Dodo, Mrs. Lollipop (a hand-drawn layered type system), Mr Lucky (sketched layered family), Mr. Alex, Mr. Happy (hand-drawn), Mr. Cyrk (checkered letters as seen on clowns and in a circus), Mr. Anteater, Mrs. Ant (comic book text faces).
Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Student in Moscow, who created Neowood (2012) and Aliens' Alphabet (2012). [Google]
This New York printer, was the first to produce wood type commercially, in 1827, after having invented the lateral router with David Bruce. Saxe says that the preferred woods were maple, pear, and cherry, and to a lesser extent boxwood, mahogany, and holly. Maple won out by 1850. His first specimen book (1828) now resides at Columbia University. Wells, the inventor, was born in Johnstown, NY, in 1800, and died in Paterson, NJ, in 1875. His company was first called D. Wells&Co., but becomes Wells&Webb in 1839 when Wells forms a partnership with E.R. Webb, who had earlier that year bought the company of Leavenworth and Debow from George Bruce. In 1854, Wells sells his partnership to Webb, and so we have E.R. Webb&Co. Webb dies in 1864, and the company reverts to Heber Wells, the youngest son of Darius Wells, Alexander Vanderburgh and Henry Low---it is now Vanderburgh, Wells&Co. Hever Wells buys out the others, and the company becomes just Heber Wells. This last company was absorbed by Hamilton in 1898.
Revivals of the wood types of Darius Dells include AWT Page Antique Black (2013, Dick Pape; after an 1828 typeface by Darius Wells) and AWT Wells Roman Extrabold (2013, Dick Pape; after an 1828 fat face typeface by Darius Wells). [Google]
Graphic designer in Los Angeles, where he ran/runs Bautiful Bastards. Subsequently, he is associated with Questus Inc and Big Country Labs, and is now located in Costa Mesa, CA.
His early typefaces: Mushman (2012) is a techno-sans typeface inspired by the adventurous spirit of actor Steve McQueen, who raced motorcycles under the false name "Harvey Mushman."
His second typeface, Bronson (2012, free if you ask), is a display type inspired by Danny "Tunnel King" Lewinski, Charles Bronson's character in The Great Escape.
In 2013, he created the elegant (free) futuristic typeface Astroman. [Google]
Designer from Chicago, IL, who is now in New York City. Home page. Creator of the Western face in the Italian style, called Umidità 1832 (2009), about which Darren writes: This re-interpretation of an 1832 wood cut by Caslon was created for the Spring 2009 edition of the literary-arts journal Ninth Letter.
With Will Miller, he created the structural experimental typeface Skky (2011).
Behance link. [Google]
Squid (aka Dave Cohen) is a font designer, sculptor, illustrator and musician. He has executed hundreds of prototypes for the toy, ceramics and gift industries, such as tiki mugs. Squid's fonts are published exclusively by Sideshow Foundry. You can see his other musings at SquidArt. Google Font Directory link. With Stuart Sandler, he created the wooden plank look font Bamboozle (2008, Sideshow), the whacky comic book typefaces Goofball (2008), Weird Bill (2008, with Stuart Sandler), Weirdbats (2008, with Stuart Sandler), Doinky, Doinky Inline (multiline version of Doinky) and Doinkbats (2008), Zombie Rot (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Squidtoonz (2010, a comic book face done with Stuart Sandler), Motobats (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Skritchy (2010, a sketch font done with Stuart Sandler), Kitchenbats (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Beachcomber (2009, a wooden plank style face; with Stuart Sandler), Beachbats (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Office Blogger (2010, with Stuart Sandler, handprinted), Western Dressing (2010, with Stuart Sandler), Canned Corn (2010, with Stuart Sandler).
In 2010, as Wisconsin-based Sideshow, he placed a number of free fonts at the Google Directory, all mostly hand-drawn faces: Walter Turncoat, Unkempt, Sunshiney, Slackey, Kranky (blackboard bold), Irish Growler (comic book style), Irish Grover, Chewy (bubblegum face), Rock Salt.
Faces from 2011 at Sideshow: Rancho Deluxe (with Stuart Sandler), Creepster Pro (with Stuart Sandler), Permanent Marker Pro, Rochester (a Victorian upright connected script).
In 2012, David Cohen and Stuart Sandler published these faces at Neapolitan: Irish Grover Pro (2010, a bouncy face), Satisfy Pro (2011, a connected retro script face), and Slackey Pro (2010, a paper cut out style face).
Typefaces made in 2012: Mystery Quest (a curly Victorian and/or psychedelic typeface that is free at Google Web Fonts), Seaweed Script (Google Web Fonts), Griffy (spooky face, Google Web Fonts), Skranji (Google Web Fonts).
Typefaces made in 2013: Impala Script (retro script; with Stuart Sandler), Fuzzbox (a funky typeface; with Stuart Sandler), Ramparts (funky font, with Stuart Sandler), Seaweed Script Pro, Griffy Pro, Blinky (chalky, hand-drawn).
Typefaces from 2014: Rumpus Room (with Stuart Sandler).
Klingspor link. Fontspace link for some free fonts. [Google]
During his studies at Design College Australia in Brisbane, David Harley created the layered font Chromatic No 503 (2013). It is a revival of the wood type No. 500 by William H. Page (1887).
Behance link. [Google]
David Jonathan Ross
In 1855, David Know started producing wood type in Fredericksburg, OH, together with Edwin and Thomas Ferry, John McNulty, and M.S. Richards. The latter four were on strike at the W.T. and S.D. Day Co., a competing wood type manufacturer in the same city, and left that company to start with Knox. A flood destroys the plant in 1858, and that was it. [Google]
[David Thometz Design]
David Thometz Design
David Thometz (b. Everett, WA, 1966) is a designer in South Jordan, UT (near Salt Lake City) who has produced some fonts for his own projects. In 2004, he moved to Hampton, TN. Typefaces by him include DTD Silvertone Woodtype, DTD Architrave Sans, DTD Tinhorn, DTD Venceremos Latin, DTD Hefeweizen (blackletter, beer bottle font), DTD Architrave (2001), DTD Digita (a great screen font), DTD Seriatim [+ Seriatim Gestalt, + Seriatim Uncial, 2003, + Seriatim Sans, 2003), DTW Erwin (2004, a Venetian newspaper face for the Erwin Record, a small, weekly newspaper in the town of Erwin in northeastern Tennessee, based on a cross of Plantin and Cloister), and Erwin Gothic (2007), its companion. About Erwin Gothic, he says: The design of Erwin Gothic is based on a series of German grotesque families from the early 1900s, designed originally by Johannes Wagner and distributed originally by Wagner&Schmidt as Wotan (ca. 1914?), Lessing, Reichsgrotesk and Edel Grotesque; and subsequently reworked and re-released by several foundries under these names as well as names such as Annonce Grotesque (ca. 1912?), Aurora Grotesk (ca. 1928), Neue Aurora Grotesk (1964) and Aura. Anzeigen Grotesk (ca. 1943) appears to be another offspring of these designs.
In 2004, David Thometz Design made its debut at MyFonts with Seriatim (dingbats), Silvertone Woodtype and Hefeweizen.
View David Thometz's typefaces. [Google]
David W. Shields
Shields holds a BFA from Memphis State University and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He lived in Brooklyn where he co-founded the design studio Viewers Like You, and was a design consultant in New York. He designed Goofypop and Frank Rounded. Now an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Shields researches and catalogues wood type, and organizes the extensive Rob Roy Kelly wood type collection there. Speaker at ATypI 2009 in Mexico City, and at TypeCon 2012 in Milwaukee. [Google]
Born in the UK in 1949. He trained in the UK, worked for EMI Records and Saatchi&Saatchi and later moved to Southern California, wghere he started his own illustration studio, the David Westwood Studio for lettering (brush style, wood style). Designer of Westwood (Letraset, 1991). FontShop link. [Google]
Day & Collins
Wood type foundry in Fann Street, London. Publishers of Wood Type, Printing and Bookbinding Materials (1904, London).
Revivals of their work include MPI Atlas (2013, MPress Interactive). [Google]
Creator of the DF Organics series of wood-cut style images at Letraset in 1993. Klingspor link. FontShop link. [Google]
Wood type foundry in York, England, est. 1888. Face Photosetting published Specimens of Delittle's wood type, Face book of faces, Type catalogue (1976). Robert Lee shows part of Delittle's Wood Type Specimens (1967).
Revivals of their work include MPI Delittle (2013, MPressInteractive). Matt Griifin is also planning a revival. [Google]
Born in Moscow in 1973, he emigrated to Israel in 1990 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Bezalel Jerusalem Academy of Arts, 1996. A professional designer since 1996, he designs type and is involved in typographic projects.
At Google Font Directory, we can download his Latin/Cyrillic poster font Ruslan (or Rusland) Display (2011), the freehand lettering face Marck Script (2011, based on the hand of Marck Fogel), and the angular Kelly Slab (2011).
Bolster (2011) is a unicase fat Western face.
Forum (2011) is a classical roman face.
Ruslan Display (2011) was co-designed with Vladimir Rabdu, this decorative face is in the poluustav style dating from the 16th century.
In 2011, he set up the Denis Masharov foundry at MyFonts.
Free fonts published at Google Web Fonts in 2012: Ledger (Ledger was likened to Zapf's Melior by Nick Shinn, but Masharov says that it is closer to Swift), Glass Antiqua. This is a revival of the 1913 typeface Glass Antiqua by Genzsch & Heyse (original by Franz Paul Glass, 1912). Poiret (2012, free at Google Web fonts) is a Latin / Cyrillic geometric grotesque that combines art deco with avant garde.
Bolster (2012) is a great Italian wood type face.
Tenor Sans (2012) is a Peignotian typeface (free at Google Web Fonts).
Klingspor link. Behance link. Fontsquirrel link. Google Plus link. [Google]
Prolific NY-based designer (born in East Los Angeles) who specializes in faithful revivals of old masters and logotype, in Latin and Hebrew. He made over 500 fonts including. He is also a translator and illuminator of Biblical period Hebrew and Aramaic. His clients include The Vatican (Pope John Paul II's Holocaust commemerative CD) and Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. His specialties are translations worded in the language and style of the period in which the Biblical text was composed. His translation and enumeration of kabbalistic writings, otherwise known as Hebrew Mysticism and numerology, demonstrate the mathematical base of Biblical miracles.
His typefaces: OL Siynnamin Gothic, OL Radiant Slender, OL Raleigh Gothic (A, B) Display (2013), OL Titling Deco Semi Hilight (2013), OL Gotham Gothic (2013), OL Forum Titling (2013, Trajan column lettering), OL Signpainter Titling Face (2013, copperplate-influenced titling face), OL America The Beautiful> (2013, a fashionable didone without ball terminals), OL Braggadocio (Braggadocio is a 1930 design by William A. Woolley), OL Candida Medium Condensed / Extra Condensed, OL Caslon Light / Bold, OL Chamfer Woodtype, OL Contact Bold Condensed, OL Contact Deco Caps, OL Corvinus Bold Condensed, OL Corvinus Versailles, OL Edenesque, OL Egiziano (+Comstock, 2005), OL Egmont (2005, +Medium, Medium Italic, Condensed: after Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos, 1933), OL Engraver's Roman, OL Engraver's Classic Roman (2009), OL Franklin Wide, OL Franklin Extra Bold / Extra Bold Italic, OL Franklin Triple Condensed, OL Garamond (2003), OL Gotham Gothic, OL Grecian Classic Bold Condensed / Bold Extra Condensed, OL Grecian Display, OL Grecian Modern (the Grecian series imitates wood type), OL Gothic Wide and Bold, OL Hairline Gothic (2009), OL Headline Gothic Triple Condensed, OL Heavy Metal Grecian, OL Jenson Bold Condensed / Extra Bold Condensed, OL Latin Classic Condensed, OL Lightline Gothic, OL Marksman Shot, OL Marla Bold, OL Miehle Classic (2009, +Condensed), OL Newsbytes Gothic, OL Purrrbank Gothic, OL Qumran Torah Hebraic Set, OL Racer Roman, OL Raleigh Gothic, OL Roman Compressed (2004), OL Roman Wide Deco Caps, OL Smokler (2006), OL Sharon Gothic Stoned, OL Sinead Stoned and Pointy, OL Smokler, OL Smokler Deco Caps, OL Thorne with Shadow, OL Twenty-five Deco Semicondensed, OL Windowpane Gothic, OL Woody Blocked, OL Avril Roman (2003, a flared face, after Emil Rudolf Weiss), OL Brierwood Grecian, OL Butterfly, OL Egyptian, OL Franklin, OL Garamond, OL London Black, OL Machina Black (2003, octagonal, mechanical), OL Manhattan, OL Marquee, OIL Newsbytes (2003, bold and black newsprint faces), OL Radiant, OL Round Gothic, OL Siynnamin Gothic, OL Skeleton Gothic, and HispanicHeritage (1999).
His fonts are sold through Phil's Fonts, Dsgnhaus, International Typefounders, and MyFonts. His 2001 fonts are signed Siynn bar-Diyonn, which is his Hebrew name. His Hebrew fonts published in 2007 include OL Hebrew Formal Script, OL Hebrew Neo Black, OL Hebrew Block, OL Hebrew Calligraphica, OL Hebrew Chisel, OL Hebrew Cursive, OL Hebrew Deco, OL Hebrew Handwriting, OL Hebrew Handwriting Deco, OL Hebrew Headline, OL Hebrew Prismatic, OL Hebrew With Tagin, and OL Qumran Torah.
Buy his fonts at MyFonts. Interview at the end of 2002, in which he recalls the start of his career at Rolling Stone magazine in 1979.
Showcase of Dennis Ortiz-Lopez's typefaces at MyFonts.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Dennis Y. Ichiyama
Professor Dennis Y. Ichiyama teaches in the School of Visual&Performing Arts at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. From 2000- until 2010, he researched wood type. His current research is on American wood type manufacturer Wm Page and Chromatic Wood Type. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin. He was involved in the making of the documentary about wood type simply called Typeface---for example, he designed a poster for it. [Google]
[ShyFoundry (was: ShyFonts)]
Rian Hughes studied at the LCP in London before working for an advertising agency, i-D magazine, and a series of record sleeve design companies. Under the name Device he now provides design and illustration for the advertising, entertainment, publishing, and media industries. He works from Richmond, UK, as a comic book artist, letterer and typefounder---his foundry is called Device. He creates mostly display type. List of fonts. Interview. Review by Yves Peters. Monotype Imaging page. Interview by Die Gestalten. Various (overlapping) font listings, still unorganized.
- Dingbats: Pic_Format, Mastertext Symbols, MacDings, RiansDingbats, Autofont.
- FontFont fonts: Identification (1993), Revolver, Rian's Dingbats, LustaOneSixtySans, Knobcheese, CrashBangWallop, and Outlander.
- [T-26] fonts: English Grotesque (1998), Data90 (2003; a free FontStruct face that is virtually identical to Data90 is Bitrate by Kummaeno (2010)), Flak Heavy (2003, stencil), Flak (2003, stencil), Freeman (2003), Klaxon (2003, kitchen tile font), Cordite, Substation (2003), September (2003), West Way (2003), Egret (2003), Paralucent Complete (2003), Paralucent Condensed, Paralucent Stencil (2003), Mercano Empire (2003), Iconics (2003), Cantaloupe (2003), Gravel (2003), Acton (blocky screen font, 2002), Ainsdale, Amorpheus, Anytime Now (alarm dingbats), Bingo, Blackcurrant (Blackcurrant Cameo (1997) is free), Bordello, Elektron, Haulage (U-Haul lettering, 2002), WexfordOakley, Telecast, Terrazzo, Transit, Untitled, Scrotnig, Skylab (2002), Silesia (1993), SlackCasual, Ritafurey, Reasonist-Medium, Regulator, GameOver, Novak, Quagmire, PicFormat, Jakita Wide (2000, techno font), Metropol-Noir, Motorcity, Mastertext, Mystique (2002), MacDings, Lusta, Laydeez, Sinclair, Paralucent (sans serif), Judgement, Bullroller, Zinger (a fifties font), Citrus (2002), Popgod (2003), Range (2000, a futuristic font), Hounslow, Jemima, Griffin, GranTurismo, Gargoyle, Foonky, DoomPlatoon, Darkside ("remixed" by FontStructor Kummaeno in his Ubangi (2011)), Cyberdelic, Contour, and the very original Stadia Outline family (Stadia is a kitchen tile font).
- List of all fonts by Rian Hughes, as of 2004: Acton, Ainsdale, Amorpheus, Anytime Now, Bingo, Blackcurrant, Bordello, Bull Roller, Chascarillo, Contour, Cottingley (1992), FF CrashBangWallop, Cyberdelic, Darkside, Data90, Doom Platoon (1996), Elektron, English Grotesque, Flak, Foonky, Freeman, Game Over, Gargoyle, Gran Turismo, Griffin, Haulage, Hounslow, Iconics, FF Identification, Jakita, Jemima, Judgement, FF Knobcheese, Laydeez Nite, Lusta (big family), Mac Dings, Mastertext, Men Swear, Metropol Noir, Motorcity, Mystique, Novak, FF Outlander, Paralucent, Pic Format, Platinum, Quagmire, Range, Reasonist, Register (A and B), Regulator, FF Revolver, FF Rian's Dingbats, Ritafurey, Scrotnig, September, Silesia, Sinclair, Skylab, Slack Casual, Space Cadet, Stadia, Substation, Telecast, Terrazzo, Transmat, Untitled One, Vertex, Westway, Wexford Oakley, Why Two Kay, Zinger.
- At Veer, in 2005, these Device fonts were published: Gentry, Gridlocker, Valise Montreal, Custard, Box Office (moviemaking letters), Sparrowhawk, Monitor, Moonstone, Miserichordia, Yolanda (a great playful medieval text face in three styles: Duchess, Princess, Countess), Gusto, Dauphine, Rogue, Ritafurey, Dynasty, Radiogram, Xenotype, Roadkill (grunge), Payload (stencil family comprising Regular, Outline, Spraycan, Narrow, Narrow Outline, Wide, Wide Outline), Catseye, Electrasonic, Absinthe (psychedelic style), Straker, and Chantal (brush).
- In 2006, Veer added these: Profumo, Ironbridge, Cheapside, Battery Park (grunge), Forge, Shenzhen Industrial, Hawksmoor (grunge), Coldharbour Gothic, Wormwood Gothic (grunge), Chase (grunge), Diecast, Roadkill Heavy, Tinderbox (fuzzy blackletter), Dazzle (multiline face), Nightclubber (art deco), Klickclack (comic book face), Vanilla (art deco), Wear it's at (grunge), Diecast, Drexler, Box Office (movie icon font).
- Fonts from 2007: DF Conselheiro (2007, grunge), DF Glitterati (2007), Indy Italic (script), DF Apocrypha (2006, rough outline), DF Quartertone (2007), DF Lagos (2007, rough stencil), DF Pulp Action, DF Reliquary #17 (2006, grunge didone), DF Dukane (2007, octagonal grunge), DF Strand (2007, striped stencil), DF Rocketship from Infinity (2006, futuristic), DF Appointment with Danger (2006), DF Las Perdidas (2006, grunge stencil), DF Kelly Twenty (2007, grunge stencil), DF Heretic, DF Roadkill, DF Ironbridge, DF Forge, DF Shenzhen Industrial, DF Hawksmoor, DF Cheapside, DF Battery Park, DF Saintbride, DF Profumo, DF Coldharbour Gothic, DF Wormwood Gothic, DF Tinderbox, DF Flickclack, DF Vanilla (multiline art deco face), DF Chase, DF Nighclubber (art deco jazz club face), DF Diecast, DF Dazzla, DF Zond Diktat (grunge), DF Yellow Perforated, DF Mulgrave (grunge), DF Ministry B, DF Ministry A (with a hairline weight), DF Gridlocker, DF Gentry, DF Valise Montréal (grunge), DF Custard, DF Box Office, DF Roadkill, DF Payload Wide, DF Payload Narrow, DF Catseye Narrow, DF Catseye, DF Yolanda, DF Xenotype, DF Telstar, DF Straker, DF Sparrowhawk, DF Rogue Serif, DF Rogue Sans Extended, DF Rogue Sans Condensed, DF Rogue Sans, DF Ritafurey B, DF Ritafurey A, DF Radiogram, DF Pitshanger, DF Payload (stencil), DF Outlander Nova, DF Moonstone, DF Monitor, DF Miserichordia, DF Interceptor, DF Gusto, DF Glitterati, DF Galicia (2004), DF Galaxie, DF Electrasonic, DF Dynasty B, DF Dynasty A, DF Drexler, DF Dauphine, DF Chantal, DF Absinthe, DF Register Wide B, DF Register Wide A, DF Register B, DF Register A, DF Quagmire B, DF Cordoba (2007, grunge), Mellotron (2004, stencil), Seabright Monument (2007), Charger (2007, grunge).
- T-26 releases in 2007: Klickclack, Hawksmoor (grunge), Heretic, Ironbridge (old letter simulation), Battery Park (grunge), Chase (grunge), Cheapside (grunge), Dazzle (multiline art deco), Diecast (grunge), and Forge (grunge).
- T-26 releases in 2008: Automoto (fat multiline deco face), Straker (organic). Also from 2008: Mission Sinister (grunge), Gonzalez (grunge).
- FontBros release in 2009: Filmotype Modern. Other Filmotype series fonts include Filmotype Miner (2012), Filmotype Manchester (2012), Filmotype Meredith (2012), Filmotype Marlette (2012), Filmotype Mansfield (2012), Filmotype Power (2012) and Filmotype Major (2012: this is based on a typeface used as the titling font for the popular children's book by Dr. Seuss entitled One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960). Other 2009 fonts: Degradation (grunge).
- Creations in 2010: Pod (2010, fat round stencil), Korolev (2010, a 20-style monoline sans family based on communist propaganda from 1937), DF Agent of the Uncanny (2010, brush face), DF Destination Unknown (2010, Kafkaesque brush), DF Maraschino Black (a sleek, sophisticated high-contrast swash capital font).
- Creations in 2011: DF Capitol Skyline, DF Capitol Skyline Underline and DF Capitol Skyline Capitals (a multi-weight all-caps pair that epitomizes Streamline Moderne), DF Korolev (a 20-weight sans serif family based on lettering by an anonymous Soviet graphic designer who did the propaganda displays at the Communist Red Square parade in 1937. Named in honor of Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, or Korolev, considered to be the father of practical astronomics).
- Typefaces from 2012: Ember (informal script), Kane (based on the Batman logo), Glimmer Glossy, Glimmer Mate, Galleria (avant-garde caps), Clique (flared sans).
- Typefaces from 2013: Filmotype Melon (after a 1959 original, this is an offbeat Googie era doo-wop typeface), Filmotype Melody (similar to Melon), Filmotype Mellow (also similar to Melon), Raw (worn wood type), Cadogan (a rhythmic connected script), Whiphand (brush face), Steed (heavy codensed masculine sans inspired by the titles of the Avengers TV show), State Stencil (Clean and Rough: in the style of Futura Black), Korolev Military Stencil (named after Sergei Korolev, father of Soviet astronautics, and based on signs from the Red Army parade of 1932), Armstrong (a 1950s automobile font).
- Other: Customised Foonky Starred, Altoona, DfAncestorITC, DfAttitudesPlain, HotRod (2002).
FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
DIA (Dreamers Ink aesthetics)
Creative production studio in New York City led by Mitch Paone. In 2012, they created the sans typefaces MP Margot (inspired by art deco typefaces seen in the streets of Paris), MP Monte (inspired by wood type) and MP Roger.
Behance link. [Google]
[Dick Pape: American Wood Type]
[Clarence Pearson Hornung]
[Dick Pape: ornamental typefaces]
Dick Pape: American Wood Type
In 2013 and 2014, Dick Pape digitized 108 typefaces from the Rob Roy Kelly Collection of American Wood Type. This collection is curated by the Design Division of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. The PDF catalog of this collection served as a source for the design and the font names. The typefaces:
- AWTCooleyAntTuscanXXCond, AWTCooleyGrecianXXCondensed.
- AWTGothicTuscanCondReversed, AWTHWGothicTuscanCondNo3.
- AWTHamiltonAntTuscanExt, AWTHamiltonAntiqueExt, AWTHamiltonBenFranklin, AWTHamiltonCaslon, AWTHamiltonClarendonExtended, AWTHamiltonClarendonNo2, AWTHamiltonDeVinne, AWTHamiltonGothicExtended, AWTHamiltonGothicLight, AWTHamiltonGothicSpecial, AWTHamiltonJensonOldStyle, AWTHamiltonLatinExtended, AWTHamiltonTrenton, AWTHamiltonTuscanEgyptian, AWTHamiltonUnique.
- AWTMorgans-WilcoxDoricCond, AWTMorgansCourier4.
- AWTNesbittGothic, AWTNesbittGothicBold, AWTNesbittGothicRound, AWTNesbittOctagon, AWTNesbittRomanCondensed, AWTNesbittRomanExtended, AWTNesbittRomanExtended, AWTNesbittRomanOrnamented, AWTNesbittRomanXCondensed, AWTNesbittVenetian.
- AWTPage&SetchellNo154, AWTPage-SetchellNo515, AWTPageAldine, AWTPageAldineExpanded, AWTPageAldineOrnamented, AWTPageAntTuscanCond, AWTPageAntTuscanOutlined, AWTPageAntiqueBlack, AWTPageAntiqueCond, AWTPageAntiqueNo7, AWTPageAntiqueTuscan, AWTPageAntiqueTuscanNo1, AWTPageAntiqueTuscanNo8, AWTPageAntiqueXXCond, AWTPageAntiqueXXXCond, AWTPageBelgianCond, AWTPageBeveledNo142, AWTPageCelticOrnamented, AWTPageClarendonExtended, AWTPageClarendonNo1, AWTPageClarendonXXCondensed, AWTPageColumbian, AWTPageConcaveTuscanXCond, AWTPageConcaveTuscanXCondOutline, AWTPageCorinthianNo2, AWTPageEgyptian, AWTPageEgyptianOrnamented, AWTPageFrenchAntique, AWTPageFrenchClarendonCond, AWTPageFrenchClarendonXXX, AWTPageFullFacedGrecian, AWTPageGothicLightFace, AWTPageGothicTuscanNo1, AWTPageGothicTuscanPointed, AWTPageIonic, AWTPageIonicCondensed, AWTPageNo500, AWTPageNo501, AWTPageNo506, AWTPageNo508, AWTPageNo51, AWTPageNo510, AWTPageNo515, AWTPageNorwichAldine, AWTPageOrnamentedAldine, AWTPagePeerlessAntNo129, AWTPagePeerlessCondOldStyl, AWTPagePhanitalianNo132, AWTPageRomanAetna, AWTPageRunic, AWTPageSkeletonAntique, AWTPageTeutonic, AWTPageTuscanCondNo2.
- AWTW&WAntiqueTuscan, AWTW&WAntiqueTuscanExpanded, AWTW&WGothicCondOutlined, AWTW&WGothicExtended, AWTW&WGrecianXCondensed, AWTWells&WebbGrecianCondense, AWTWells&WebbTuscanOutlined, AWTWellsAntiqueLight, AWTWellsAntiqueLtExtended, AWTWellsAntiqueXCondensed, AWTWellsGothicTuscanCond, AWTWellsGothicTuscanItalian, AWTWellsPainter'sRoman, AWTWellsRomanExtraBold.
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Dick Pape: ornamental typefaces
Ornamental typefaces made in 2008-2010 by Dick Pape: 2 Cute 4 U (+Block), Abstract Alphabet (2009), Aged Ornaments (2009), Ancient Mortises (2008), Angel Alpha (2009), Angelica Alpha (2009), Ani-Red Jello Alpha (2009), Antique Alphabet (2009), Arabesque Design (2009), Art Deco Dingbat Images (2010), Art Deco Frames (2010), AlphabetArt, AndrewHolmesArtA, AndrewHolmesArtB, AndrewHolmesArtC, AndrewHolmesArtD, AndrewHolmesArtE, AndrewHolmesArtF, Angel Alpha, Angelica Alpha, Ani Red Jello Alpha (2009), AvonInitials, BritishAirwaysNumbers, CaFaitDur, CelticDesignDark, CelticDesigns-Light, Continnental, EckenFlowerBorders, GermanGothicManuscript, KafkaFlourishes, LaxtonCommonRevival, NiceOldAlphabet, Portent, RomanoAlphabet, Weissranken-Initialen, Babylon Initials (2009), Bird Drawings Alphabet (2008), Black Buttons (2010, +Bold), Bold Cameo (2009), Bubble Gum (2010, +Condensed, +Extended), Bultaco (2010, after the motorcycle brand), Cardio Black and White (2010, ECG-inspired), Charcoal family (2010, crayon faces), Checkerboard (2010), Chinese Flowers (2008), Chiswick Press (2007), Chocolate Type (2011), ChrisGreen (2010), Calligraphia Latina (2010), Dough (2011), Electronic Alphabet (2011), Elo (2010), EstupidoEspezial1, EstupidoEspezial2 (2010, based on the Hoefler Swash variant of OCR_A), TokoFont, Clip People (2010), Clothes Pin Font, Compass Rose (2008), Coptic Letters (2010), Cubes, Cups, Cute Lolo Animals, Dark Herald (2011, Celtic caps), Dave's Glyphs, Design Images, Digital Auto Sampler, Drinking Scenes, Drinking Utensils, DunHuang Art, Eating Signs, EcoLeaf, Eduardo Recife, Eggs And Milk, Eroding Alphabet Italic (2010), Extra Initials, Extra Ornaments, Fantasy Butterflies, Fantasy Dragon FX, Fantasy Monster Skulls, Far Away Places Images, Festival Books Borders, Festival Books Initials, Festival Books Ornaments, Fire Letters, Fire Letters Cameo, Fire Letters Monospaced, Fire Letters Monospaced, Floral Initials, Florentine Initials, Florentine Initials Reverse, Flower Panels, Flower Panels Outline, Flower Vines, Fresh Fish, Funky (2010), Funny Numbers, Furore Mexican (2011), Futorisugi Face, Garden Nouveau Initials, Gill Canterbury Capitals (2011), Give me a break, Gothic Metal Initials, Goudy Initials, Graph Glyphs (2010), Halbfette Egyptienne (2008), Hat Dance Alpha, Haunted Initials (2010), Hellenic Sketch (2010), Hollandisch-Gothic (2008), Holly Alpha, Hula Ribbon, Hula Ribbon 2, Hula Ribbon1, Humanistic Alphabet 106 Italic (2011), Humanistic Alphabet 108 (2011, uncial), India Designs, Irina Batkova HRG (2010, based on Giger's paintings), Japanese Design Parts, Japanese Design Templates A, Japanese Design Templates B, Jugendstil A, Jugendstil B, Kelt Ornaments 1, Kelt Ornaments 2, Kleft Bold (2011, dot matrix face), Lichte Jonisch, Madeleine Shaded (2010), Mayan Affixes A, Mayan Affixes B, Mayan Main Signs A, Mayan Main Signs B, Mayan Profiles, Mc Call's Magazine, Metal Branches (2010), Mimbres Pottery, Moderne-Zelda (2010, after a Dan X. Solo alphabet), Moderne-Zelda Black, More Drinkings Scenes, Mostly Fish, Moto Bykes, Mythological&Fantastic I, Mythological&Fantastic II, Mythological&Fantastic III, Mythological&Fantastic IV, Mythological&Fantastic V, Mythological&Fantastic VI, Mythological&Fantastic VII, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 1, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 2, Native Designs-Mexico&Peru 3, New Music, Objects of Nature, Old English Images, Ondawall Versal (2011, Celtic), Panels&Frames, Parapam (2010), Pinto Inline (2010, +Speckled), Random Doodles, RangeMurata, Rankin-Initialen, Really Black Alphabet (2010), Robu Bold (2010), Rons Old Patterns, Rons Old Patterns Bare, Rosart Initials, Rustic Alphabet, Sacon Inititals, Saks (2010, bilined), Schmale Jonisch, Sea Shells of Nature, Shuttershock Vector Demo, Simple Alphabet, Simple China Images, Simple Doodles, Snails&Slugs, Softsquare, Some Guitars, Soviet Founders, Soviet Life Posters I, Soviet Life Posters II, Soviet Life Posters III, Soviet Life Posters IV, Soviet Propaganda Posters, Splish-Splash (2009), Strange Black Blobs, Tauba Auerbach, The Goetia, Tribal Dividers, Tribal Flames, ViaFaceDon Black, ViaFaceDon Black Hats, ViaFaceDon Outline, ViaFaceDon Speckled, Victorine (2010, Tuscan typeface), Viking Design A, Viking Design B, White Buttons Bold (2010), Wood Type Cheltenham Bold (2010), ZEart Designs, Zelek, Zelek Black, Zelek Boldline, Zelek Shadline. From 2012: French Onion.
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[Dieter Steffmann's Homepage]
Dieter Steffmann's Homepage
FontShop was the name of Dieter Steffmann's foundry in Kreuztal, Germany (not to be confused with the FontShop foundry and font vendor). He made about 600 self-proclaimed "old-fashioned" fonts, and among these many Fraktur fonts. His site became too expensive to run, and is now hosted by Typoasis. Alternate URL. Current list of fonts. See also here. New stuff. Fontspace link. A nice essay about Fraktur fonts accompanies the fonts. News. As Dieter puts it: I am not a designer but I add missing letters to public domain fonts in order to get a complete character set and I hint the fonts and create new weigths (shadow, inline etc.) His Christbaumkugeln font, and how it was made. The font families:
- Acorn Initialen, Adine Kirnberg, Albert Text, Alpine, Alte Caps, Alte Schwabacher, Ambrosia, American Text, Aneirin, Angel, Anglican Text, Angular, Ann-Stone, Antique No. 14, Arabella, ArabesqueInitialen (2002), Argos George, Aristokrat Zierbuchstaben (2002), Ariston Script, Art Nouveau Initialen, Attic Antique, Augusta.
- Baldur, Ballade Halbfett (2002, a font originally designed by Paul Renner in 1937), Barock Initialen (2002), Becker, Beckett-Kanzlei, Behrens-Schrift (2002), Belshaw, Belwe (Gotisch, Vignetten), Benjamin Franklin Antique, Berlin Squiggle Condensed, Bernhard Schmalfett, Bier und Wein Vignetten (2002, also based on drawings from the Bauersche Giesserei), Billboard, Bizzaro, Black Forest Text, Blackletter ExtraBold, Blackwood Castle, Breitkopf Fraktur, Bretagne Gaelic, Brian James Bold, Bridgnorth, Broadcast Titling, Broadway Poster, Brock Script.
- Cabaret, Campanile, Camp Fire, Canterbury Old English (blackletter), Cardiff, Cardinal Anglican, Carmen, Carrick Caps, Caslon Antique, Caslon Fette Gotisch, Cavalier, Celtic Frames, Celtic Hand, Challenge, Chelsea, Chopin Script (2000, identical to Polonaise), Christbaumkugeln, Chursächsische Fraktur, Cimbrian, Circus Ornate Caps (2001, Western), Cloister Blackletter, Coaster Black, Coelnische Current Fraktur, Colchester Black, College, Courtrai, Coventry Garden, Cruickshank.
- Davy's Dingbats, Debussy, Decorated Roman Initials (2003), Deutsch Gotisch, Deutsche Zierschrift, Devinne Swash, Digits, Direction, Dobkin Script, Domino, Dover, Driftwood Caps, Due Date, Duerer Gotisch, Duo Dunkel (+Licht), Durwent.
- Easter Bunny, Easter Egg, Eckmann-Schrift, Egyptienne Zierversalien (2002), Ehmcke-FrakturInitialen, Ehmcke-Schwabacher Initialen (2002), Eichenlaub Initialen, Eileen Caps, Eisenbahn (2002, based on train vignettes at Bauersche Giesserei), Elzevier Caps, Enge Holzschrift, English Towne, Epoque, Erbar Initialen, Estelle, Evil of Frankenstein, Express.
- Faktos, Fabliaux, Fancy Card Textura, Fat Freddie, Faustus, Fenwick Woodtype, Fette Deutsche Schrift (2002, a revival of a Rudolf Koch font from 1908), Fette Egyptienne, Fette Haenel Fraktur, Fette Trump (2002, original by Prof. Georg Trump, 1936), FetteKanzlei (2002), FetteSteinschrift (2002), Fette Thannhäuser (2001), Firecat, Flaemische Kanzleischrift, Flowers Initials, Forelle, Fraenkisch (2002), Fraktur Schmuck, Fraktur Shadowed, Frederick Text, Futura Script.
- Gabrielle, Gebetbuch Fraktur, Gebetbuch Initialen, Germania (2001, a revival of the 1903 blackletter face by Heinz König called Germania as well), Germania-Versalien, Ganz Grobe Gotisch, Gille Fils Zierinitialen (2002), GingerbreadInitials, Globus, Gloucester Initialen, Gorilla Black, Gotenburg A+B (2002), Gothenburg Fraktur, Gotische Initialen, Gotisch Schmuck (2002, Fraktur), Goudy Initialen, Goudy Medieval, Goudy Twenty, Goudy Thirty, Grange, GrenzschInitials, Grusskarten-Gotisch, Gutenberg Textura.
- Haenel Fraktur Fett, Hansa, Hansa Gotisch, Hansen, Happy Easter, Harrowgate, Hazard Signs, Headline Text, Hercules, Herkules, Hermann-Gotisch (2002; after an original by Herbert Thannhaeuser, 1934), Herold (2002), Hippy Stamp, Hoedown, Holla, Holidayfont, Holtzschue, Honey Script (2006, after a Filmotype original from the 1950s), Horror Dingbats, Houtsneeletter, Humboldt Fraktur (2002-2005; after a font by Hiero Rhode, 1938).
- Iglesia Light, Isadora Original.
- Jan Brady, Journal Dingbats, Jahreskreis (seasonal dingbats, 2002), JSL Blackletter Antique, Jugendstil Ornamente (2002).
- Kabinett Fraktur, Kaiserzeit Gotisch, Kanzlei, Kanzlei Initialen (2002), Kalenderblatt Grotesk, Kashmir, Kinder Vignetten (2002), KingsCross, Kinigstein Caps, Klarissa, Kleist Fraktur + Zierbuchstaben (2002), Koch Antiqua, Koch Antiqua Zierbuchstaben (2002), Koch Initialen, Koenigsberger Gotisch, Koenig-Type (2002; a Jugendstil Fraktur originally designed by Heinz Koenig, 1907-1910), Kohelet, Koloss, Konanur Kaps, Kramer, Krone Bold.
- La Negrita, Lautenbach, Legrand, Lemiesz, Lettres ombrées ornées (2002, based on a face by Schriftgiesserei J. Gillé, 1820), Linolschrift, Lintsec, Liturgisch + Zierbuchstaben (2002), Logger, Lohengrin Fraktur, Long Island Antiqua, Louisianne Black (bold upright connected script), Ludlow Dingbats.
- Mainzer Fette Fraktur, Marker Felt, Marketing Script, Marlboro, Maximilian (2002, Fraktur font and decorated caps based on Rudolf Koch, 1914), Mayflower Antique, Medici, Mediaeval Caps, Menuetto, Messing Lettern, Metropolitain, Middle Saxony Text, Moderne Fraktur, Monats-Vignetten (2002, based on drawings by Franz Franke for Bauersche Giesserei, 1920), Montague, Monument (2002, original by O. Menhart, 1952), Mordred, Morgan Twenty-Nine, Morris Roman Black, Morris Initialen.
- Napoli Initialen, Neptun Gotisch, NeugotischeInitialen, North Face, Nougat ExtraBold, Nouveau Drop Caps, Nubian.
- Olde English, Old English Five, Old Town, Old London.
- Packard Antique, Paganini Text, Pamela, Parsons Heavy, PaulusFranckInitialen (2002), Penelope (2000, Victorian), Peter Schlehmil (2002, based on work by Walter Tiemann, 1918-1921), Peter Schlemihl Fraktur, Picture Alphabet, Pilsen Plakatschrift, Pinewood (2003, like wooden branches), Pinocchio, Plakat-Fraktur, Plakat Antiqua, Plastisch (2002), Plum Script, Pointage, Polonaise (1999), Polo Semi, Powell Antique, Printer's Ornaments One, Prisma (2003, a four-line face inspired by Rudolf Koch's Prisma), Progressive Text, Puritan, Prince Valiant Blackletter.
- Quentin Caps.
- Rediviva, Rediviva Zierbuchstaben (2002), Reeperbahn (aka Rope), Regatta Relief, Reiner Script, Revue Decor, Reynold Art Deco, Rio Grande, Rockmaker, Roland, Rolling No. 1 ExtraBold, Roman Antique, Romantik Initialen, Romantiques (2002), Rondo, RosemaryRoman, Roslyn Contour, Rossano, Rothenburg Fraktur, Royal Initialen, Roycroft Initialen, Rudelsberg (Munich Jugendstil style, based on Otto Eckmann's Eckmann from 1901).
- Saddlebag, Saloon ExtraBold, Saltino, Salto, Sans Plate Caps, San Remo (Paris (art) nouveau style), Savings Bond, Schampel Black, Schmalfette Fraktur, Schluss-Vignetten (2002, also from Bauersche Giesserei), Schmale Anzeigenschrift + Zierbuchstaben (2002), Schwabacher, Sebaldus-Gotisch (2002), Sentinel, Sesame (2000), Shaded (2002, a take on Sans Serif Shaded by Stephenson, Blake & Co. Ltd., Sheffield), Sholom, Showboat Caps, Shrapnel, Siegfried (2001, art nouveau, based on a typeface by Wilhelm Woellmer), Simplex, Sixties, Snowtop Caps, Starburst, Steelplate Textura, Stencil Display, Subway, Supermarkt.
- Tanach (Hebrew), Tannenberg Fette Gotisch, Thannhaeuser Fette Fraktur, Thannhäuser Zier (2002; original by Herbert Thannhauser, 1937/38), Theuerdank Fraktur, Thorne Shaded (2002, a shaded didone based on a Robert Thorne design of 1810), Tierkreiszeichen (2002, Zodiac, based on drawings by Franz Franke for Bauersche Giesserei), Tintoretto (2000), Titania, Titling Roman Antique, Tobago Poster, Tone And Debs, Tonight, Topic, ToskanischeEgyptienneInitialen (2003), Transport Pictorials, Tribeca (2001, after a David Rakowski original), Trocadero Caps, Trucker Style ExtraBlack, Turtles, Typographer Caps, Typographer Fraktur (2002), Typographer Rotunda (2002), Typographer Subway (2011), Typographer Textur (2002, Fraktur), TypographerGotisch (2002, Fraktur), TypographerWoodcutInitials (2002), Typographer's Schmuck-Initialen.
- Uechi Gotisch, Uncialis Deutsche, Unger Fraktur Zierbuchstaben, Unicorn.
- Vadstena Rundgotisch, Varah Caps, Ventura Bold, Verve, VictorianInitials, Victorian Text, Viking, Vivian, Vogeler Initialen (2002), Volute.
- Walbaum Fraktur, Wallau Deutsch, Wallau Rundgotisch, Wallau Uncial and Wallau Zierbuchstaben (2002; originals by Rudolf Koch 1925-1930), Walthari Text, Washington Text, Waterloo Relief, Wave, Weiß Initialen, Weiss Lapidar (2002, revival of a face by Emil Rudolf Weiss), Werbedeutsch (2002, original by Herbert Thannhaeuser, 1934), Westminster Gotisch, Wharmby, White Bold, Wieynk Fraktur (now also in OpenType), Wieynk Vignetten, Will-Harris Caps, Woodcut.
- Yellow Submarine Font, Yonkers, Yorktown.
- Zallman Caps, Zentenar Fraktur, Zentenar Zier (2002; by F.H.E. Schneidler, 1937), Zierinitialen 1 (2002), Zierinitialen Two (2002; based on Deutsche Zierschrift by Rudolf Koch), Ziffern und Pfeile, Zither Script, Zodiac Pictorials.
A set of TeX service files for many of the decorative caps fonts was published by Maurizio Loreti from the University of Padova.
The collection is now also available in OpenType. Fontsquirrel link. Dafont link. Fontspace link. Abstract Fonts link. Home page. [Google]
[David Jonathan Ross]
DJR Type (Lowell, MA) stands for David Jonathan Ross Type.
His fonts include Lavinia and Manicotti (an ultra reversed-stress Western-look display face), an untitled French Clarendon and and untitled semi-serif. Originally from Los Angeles, he was a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied information design and typographic tradition. The fat Egyptian typeface DJR Manicotti (Western saloon style) won an award at TDC2 2007 (for a free lookalike, see Plagiacotti (2009, Saberrider)).
In 2006 he was working on this semi-serif font (2006), as well as Climax Text (2006). Climax is a text and display series that was designed for Hampshire's student newspaper.
After graduation, he joined Font Bureau as a junior designer and is currently assisting with custom projects and expanding Font Bureau's retail library. In 2009, he published Trilby (Font Bureau), based on 19th century French Clarendon of wood type fame.
His 2010 project at Font Bureau was his biggest yet--a 60-style art deco family called Condor.
Turnip (2012) is an angular and manly text face, also published at Font Bureau.
Klingspor link. Home page. [Google]
Cincinnati, OH-based designer of these typefaces in 2011: Frakked (blackletter), Spartan, Octagon, Modern Wood, Wasabi (a free Asian calligraphic simulation face; +Shogun, +Samurai, +Ninja). Behance link. [Google]
Douglas and Lloyd Morgan
Wood type collectors weho started building a collection in 1940 in Dobbs Ferry, New York. [Google]
Creator of Bracelet Victorian (Tuscan Ornate, Victorian) New&Old in 2001. He writes: Scanned from Tschichold's "Treasury of Alphabets and Lettering" (Norton) and painstakingly digitized. For another typeface based on the same alphabet, see Romantiques (2002, Dieter Steffmann).
In 2013, he reappeared at Fontspace and posted these free Victorian / Western / circus style ornamental caps typefaces: Gardenia Victorian, Radiant Antique, Caliope Victorian. All three were scanned from Dan Solo's Victorian Display Alphabets in 2001.
Fontspace link. [Google]
Eastern Brass&Wood Type
American wood type manufacturer, est. 1910 in New York City by Frederick Gerken. At some point it was in Queens, but it is unknown when it ceased operations. [Google]
[Wells & Webb]
During his studies at Staffordshire University, this Stoke-on-Trent, UK-based graphic designer created the condensed wood type titling face Maritime Museum (2013). [Google]
Edward A. Capen
[Empire Wood Type Co.]
Edwin Allen manufactured wood type for newspapers in South Windham, CT, from 1837-1840, after having invented in 1836 his own version of the router/pantograph for wood type manufacture. His wood types were sold exclusively through George Nesbitt in New York City. In 1845, two of his employees, William and Samuel Day, left to set up their own company in Ohio. Two other employees, Horatio and Jeremiah Bill, from Lebanon, CT, left in 1850 to start their own business as well. In 1852, Allen's company was purchased by John G. Cooley and production moved to New York City.
Typefaces by Edwin Allen include Antique Open Shaded (1828), Antique Rose Ornamental (1838) and Antique English Ornamental (1838). [Google]
Brazilian illustrator in Sao Carlos, b. 1974.
Dafont link. Creator of the Kafkaesque wood cut style face Eldes Cordel 1 (2011). [Google]
Elizabeth Cory Holzman
Born in Cambridge, MA, in 1970, and educated at the Rhode Island School of Design (1988-1993), Eliabeth now lives near New York City where she is Principal of Elizabeth Cory Studios. From 1993-1995 she was senior font designer at Font Bureau, and from 1996-1998, she was font manager and designer at Meta design in Berlin.
Agfa Creative Alliance designer who made the art deco all caps face Brok (1995), which first appeared in 1919 as poster letters cut in wood by Chris Lebeau for the Willem Brok Gallery in Hilversum, Holland. At Font Bureau, she designed the heavy geometric slab serif family Constructa, which is based on Morris Fuller Benton's 1934 ATF design called Tower.
Font Bureau link. Klingspor link. FontShop link. [Google]
Emma Brown Trithart
Graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Saint Paul, MN-based designer at YouWorkForThem. She created several interesting hand-drawn typefaces in 2008 such as Girlyque (curly), Faux Bois (wood type simulation), Mr. Hyde, Dodoots, and Trithart. In 2010, she added the YWFT font Trihart (hand-printed).
In 2013, he designed the custom hand-drawn typeface Caribou Coffee.
Behance link. Home page. Klingspor link. [Google]
Empire Wood Type Co.
[Edward A. Capen]
American wood type manufacturer in New York City, est. 1901 by Edward A. Capen. In 1936, the holdings were sold to American Wood Type Co., which was also in New York City.
Examples of typefaces: Bulletin Script (1870, back slanted, a simulated brush face) [Google]
Bethany Heck's blog on wood type and letterpress. I especially like her efforts to reassemble the mystery wood typeface Grecian in 2010. [Google]
Type and graphic designer born in Lerida, Spain (1908), who lived and worked mostly in Paris, where he had emigrated to during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). He died in 1987 in Noyon. All his fonts are available from Neufville. He was the founder of the movement that is known as Grafía Latina (or La Graphie Latine), which promoted the need to create a new system of typically Latin (as opposed to cold geometric nordic) typographic structures, graphics, alphabets and decorative ornaments.
As art director of the Fonderie Typographique Française, he designed these fonts:
- Champs Elysées (1956).
- Flash (1953). Digital forms include Neufville's Flash ND and the URW copy called Flashes by Ralph M. Unger (2007).
- Aragón: an art deco face. This was digitized by Nick Curtis as La Reyna Catalina NF, 2006).
- Ilerda (1945, Neufville). This typeface is also known as Champs Élysées in France, where it was published by FTF.
- Les Catalanes (1952). A Western saloon font that was never produced. It was digitized by Nick Curtis as Daliwood NF (2006), and by Harold Lohner as Cattle Annie (2006).
- Paris Light (1953), Paris Medium (1953), Paris Bold (1953): all published at Neufville.
- Fuga de Arabescos (1954, Neufville): flowing ornaments.
- Île de France (1960).
- Revivals of other typefaces by Crous-Vidal include Anomique (2014, Benjamin Woodlock).
Bibliography: Enric Crous-Vidal. Un carácter en tipografía (Andreu Balius, 2008).
View Enric Crous-Vidal's typefaces.
Klingspor link. French wikipedia link. FontShop link. [Google]
E-phemera (was: HPLHS Prop Fonts, and earlier: Prop Fonts)
[Andrew H. Leman]
Andrew Leman is a prop designer in Hollywood, CA. The type foundry HPLHS Prop Fonts (was: Ephemera, Prop Fonts) was started by Hollywood's Andrew Leman, and is now located in Pasadena, CA. Some fonts are free, most are commercial.
Dafont link. Klingspor link.
Andrew Leman's fonts:
- Cablegram (2001, old typewriter face, T-26).
- Garamold (2007, 2 styles).
- Journalistic (2007, a blackletter inspired by the nameplate of a New England newspaper from the 1920s).
- Blackburn (2006, distressed).
- RTemporal (2006, blackletter).
- Fonts in the HPLHS series, dated 2002: HeadlineTwoHPLHS, OldStyle1HPLHS, OldstyleItalicHPLHS, OldstyleSmallCapsHPLHS, Rogo, SlabSerifHPLHS, TelegramHPLHS, WW2BlackletterHPLHS, WW2BlackltrAltHPLHS, HPLHS-Lovecraft Cursive and Block (replica of H. P. Lovecraft's own handwriting), HPLHS-Autograph Lanier (replica of the 1875 handwriting of Sidney Lanier, a 19th century American poet), HPLHS-TextSerif (really Linotype Antique No. 1), HPLHS-TypoScript, HPLHS-TextSerif Oblique, HPLHS-Bulfinch, HPLHS-Colwell, HPLHS-Colwell Italic, HPLHS-Cromwell, HPLHS-National Oldstyle (after Goudy's font by that name), HPLHS-Post Monotone, HPLHS-Atlas Italic, HPLHS-Italic, HPLHS-Victoria (from the 1923 ATF book), HPLHS-Manuscript Caps, HPLHS-Tome Pi, HPLHS-TypoGothic, HPLHS-Copperplate Roman, HPLHS-Gothic520, HPLHS-Times Gothic, HPLHS-Persnickety, HPLHS-Roman Engraved, HPLHS-Mercantile, HPLHS-Mercantile Oblique, HPLHS-Mercantile Card, HPLHS-Headline Modified, HPLHS-ExtraExtra, HPLHS-Extra (wood type), HPLHS-Forsythe, HPLHS-MetroThin, HPLHS-MetroLight, HPLHS-MetroMedium, HPLHS-MetroMedium Italic, HPLHS-MetroBlack, HPLHS-Policy Gothic, HPLHS-Black Gothic, HPLHS-Gothic Compressed, HPLHS-Black Condensed, HPLHS-Black Oblique, HPLHS-Electro Gothic, HPLHS-Blackletter (an irregular hand-drawn textura font based on the lettering of French heraldic engraver Charles Demengeot).
- The E-phemera Font Collection, available from MyFonts, which includes these fonts, with a majority being retro or script faces: Policy Gothic (2012, an eroded caps face), Mooseheart (2012), Operapolitan (2012), Fishwrapper (2012), Fred (2007, inspired by a 1930s face by Fred G. Cooper), Schreibweise (2007, a pirate-flavored font inspired by a hand-lettered manuscript dating from 1492), Cablegram-Regular, Golden Ticket-Base, Cablegram-Urgent, Golden Ticket-Fill, Cablegram-Madras, Golden Ticket-Highlight, Cablegram-Ottoman, Julius Klinger (2003, based on 1925 fabric lettering by Julius Klinger), Cablegram-Zagreb, DMV Printer, Landry Gothic, Telegrafo, Toronto Gothic (2003: worn wood type or letterpress emulation, close to Condensed Titling Gothic #11), Vogue (pencil-lettered caps), Penitentiary Gothic (+Fill, +Lolite, +Hilite, +Shadow), Chicago House, Compliments (+Upright), Satisfaction (script based on 1930s cigarette ads), Vandal Broke Extra Juicy, Lanier (2004), Impersonal. The Cablegram and DMV series are typewriter fonts. Heck Italic (2010) is based on captions, labels and legends appearing on 19th-century maps and natural history engravings by Johann Georg Heck. Dai Vernon (2010) is based on the handwriting of card magician Dai Vernon.
View Andrew Leman's typefaces. View the E-phemera typeface collection. [Google]
Erich Heckel (b. 1883, Döbeln, d. 1970, Radolfzell) was a German painter and printmaker, and a founding member of the Die Brücke group which as active from 1905-1913. Heckel and the three other founding members of Die Brücke (i.e., Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rotluff and Fritz Bley) admired the work of Edvard Munch, and aimed to make a "bridge" (Brücke) between traditional neo-romantic German painting and modern expressionist painting. Primitive, esp. African, art was also an inspiration to the members of the Die Brücke.
In 1937 the Nazi Party declared Heckel's work degenerate. It forbade him to show his work in public, and more than 700 items of his art were confiscated from German museums. By 1944 all of his woodcut blocks and print plates had been destroyed. After World War II, Heckel lived at Gaienhofen near Lake Constanz, and taught at the Karlsruhe Academy until 1955. He continued painting until his death at Radolfzell in 1970.
Heckel's woodcuts and lettering inspired a few typefaces, most notably: [Google]
Designer of several sets of athletic lettering fonts, including NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. Dafont link. His web site has the athletic lettering in truetype format for these teams: MLBAngels, MLBAstros, MLBBlock, MLBBlueJaysModern, MLBBlueJaysVintage, MLBBrewers, MLBCubs, MLBDiamondbacks, MLBGiants, MLBMariners, MLBNationals, MLBNationalsBevel, MLBNationalsReverseBevel, MLBPadres, MLBPhillies, MLBPirates, MLBRedSox, MLBReds2007, MLBTuscan, MLB_Tuscan_New, MLB_Tuscan_New, Mlbdia07, NBA76ers, NBABobcats, NBABucks, NBABulls, NBACavaliers, NBACeltics, NBAClippers, NBAGrizzlies, NBAHawks, NBAHeat, NBAHornets, NBAJazz, NBAKings, NBAKingsAlternate, NBAKnicks, NBALakers, NBAMagic, NBAMavericks, NBAMavericksAlternate, NBANets, NBANuggets, NBAPacers, NBAPistons, NBARaptors, NBARockets, NBASpurs, NBASuns, NBASuperSonics, NBATimberwolves, NBATrailblazers, NBAWarriors, NBAWizards, NFLBears, NFLBearsThrowback, NFLBengals, NFLBroncos, NFLCardinals, NFLChargers2007, NFLDolphins, NFLEagles, NFLFalcons, NFLJaguars, NFLOilersVintage, NFLPatriots, NFLPatriotsThrowback, NFLRams, NFLRavens, NFLRavensVintage, NFLSteelers, NFLTexans, NFLTitans, NFLVarsityBlockA, NFLVarsityBlockB, NFLVarsityBlockC, NFLVarsityBlockD, NFLVarsityBlockE, NFLVarsityBlockF, NFLVarsityBlockG, NFLVarsityBlockH, NFLVikings, NHLANA06, NHLAnaheim, NHLAtlanta, NHLBUF06, NHLBoston, NHLBuffalo, NHLCalgary, NHLCalgaryAlternate, NHLCarolina, NHLChicago, NHLColorado, NHLColumbus, NHLDallas, NHLDetroit, NHLEAna_, NHLEAtl_, NHLEBos_, NHLEBuf_, NHLECal_, NHLECar_, NHLEChi_, NHLEClb_, NHLECol_, NHLEDal_, NHLEDet_, NHLEEdm_, NHLEFlo_, NHLELak_, NHLEMinA, NHLEMinH, NHLEMon_, NHLENJD_, NHLENYI_, NHLENYRO, NHLENYR_, NHLENasO, NHLENas_, NHLEOtt_, NHLEPhi_, NHLEPho_, NHLEPit_, NHLESJ__, NHLEStL_, NHLETBL_, NHLETor_, NHLEVan_, NHLEWas_, NHLEdmonton, NHLEdmontonAlternate, NHLFlorida, NHLLosAngeles, NHLMinnesota, NHLMinnesotaAlternate, NHLMontreal, NHLNYIslandersAlternate, NHLNYRangers, NHLNYRangersOutline, NHLNashville, NHLNewJersey, NHLOttawa, NHLOttawaAlternate, NHLPhiladelphia, NHLPhoenix, NHLPittsburgh, NHLSanJose, NHLStLouis, NHLTampaBay, NHLToronto, NHLTorontoAlternate, NHLVancouver, NHLWashington, Nflcoltt, Nflcowbt, Nhlnyi__, VarsityBlockA, VarsityBlockB, VarsityBlockC, VarsityBlockD, VarsityClassicA, VarsityClassicB, VarsityClassicC, VarsityClassicD, VarsityClassicSerifA, VarsityClassicSerifB. [Google]
Exclamachine Type Foundry
Choz Cunningham (b. 1975, Santa Cruz, CA) is a Las Vegas and more recently, Nashville, TN-based designer and artist, who set up Exclamachine in 2005. Until 2012, exclamachine published free fonts. In 2012, it went commercial via MyFonts.
Designer of Whiskey Songs (2007), Crass Roots and Crass Roots OFL (2007, stencil), Misqot (2006), The Troubles (2006), Limberjack (2006, an ornate wood titling font), this blackletter-inspired serif face (2006), Futurelic (2006, futuristic), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times Bold (2005, grunge), Sketchy Times (2005, grunge), Basket of Hammers (2005, a nice wallpainting/graffiti font). His company, also called Exclamachine Foundry, where these fonts can be downloaded: The Black Bloc (2006, blackletter-inspired), MISQOT (2006), Kutura Frontalis (2006), PaulMaul (2006), Zugzwang (2006), Sketchy Times (2006), Carlos Caffeinated (2006), Basket of Hammers (2006), Disc Inferno (2006, LED simulation), Rosda Laevigata)2007, handprinting), and this heavy metal band font (2006).
In 2012, Choz published the commercial typfaces MISQOT (scratchy) and Paul Maul XT (irregular hand-printed face).
Typefaces from 2013: FinFang (comic book style caps), Lestatic Slashed (+Condensed), Lestatic Obsidian Outline (grungy), Lestatic Lashed (Arabic simulation face), Lestatic Celerite, Lestatic Carved, Lestatic CSS, Lestatic Withered Condensed, Lestatic Withered, Lestatic Sliced.
Dafont link. Open Font Library link. Home page. Fontspace link. [Google]
Photo era foundry set up in the 1960s by John McConnell and Chris Dubber in London. I could only find Pluto Outline, the art nouveau face Desdemona (a digital version was created in 1992 by David Berlow at Font Bureau and in 1994 by Richard Beatty; Letraset showed Desdemona in its 1981 and 1986 catalogs; the original is from the late 19th century by Karl Brendler&Soehne, Vienna), Stack, and Oxford (a multiline face) on-line. Steve Jackaman worked in the studio in Newman Street and Hanway Place, and recalled El Paso (a Western/Mexican simulation face) when he created El Paso Pro (2011, Red Rooster).
According to Wes Wilson, Face Photosetting led the way by launching a number of Art Nouveau revivals which were taken from Ludwig Petzendorfer's "A Treasury of Authentic Art Nouveau Alphabets". A selection of these, which included Arnold Böcklin, Edel Gotisch and Eckmann Schrift, were made more widely available when Letraset produced them for their dry transfer product. They published a number of books and catalogs, ca. 1976-1977: Face headline catalogue [1981/82] (1977), Specimens of Delittle's wood type, Face book of faces, Type catalogue (1976). Some of the faces were Cyrillicized, such as Bullion Shadow (1970; Cyrillic version by Victor Kharyk, 1978). [Google]
Fat wood type: Stephen Coles's List
Stephen Coles points out the warmest, biggest and boldest wood types in the FontShop store. [Google]
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain-based designer (b. 1971) of the monoline sans face Depez (2011), Fabada (2011), and the free monoline geometric sans face La Chata (2011). La chatte, in French? Maybe not.
In 2011, he made the monoline organic sans face 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 face A Bebedera, the shadow face 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 face 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: La Pejina FFP (bilined), Tabaiba Wild, Gabachita (ultra-condensed rounded sans).
OFL link. Behance link. Dafont link. Devian tart link. Abstract Fonts link. Fontspace link. [Google]
Japanese foundry in Nagoya that offers these free and commercial Latin fonts made by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, who also runs Bagel & Co, Dharma Type, HolidayType and Prop-A-Ganda. Most of his work was done at Flat-It. His typefaces:
- 2013: Spoon (organic, rounded, monoline sans family), Antoinette Monogrammes (based on early 1900s embroideries by Janon Co; with frames), Clonoid (a sci-fi family that pays tribute to arcade game logos in 80s and 90s), All Round Gothic Demi (a sans based on perfect circles),Griffon (copperplate titling face), Antique Spenserian (based on Spencerian Script by Mackellar, Smiths and Jordan).
- 2012: Geom Graphic (a retro sci-fi family that can be considered as a squarish version of Eurostile), Sheepman (modular), House of Cards, Space Colony (a lovely monoline futuristic techno family), Rama Slab (an antiqued wood-style slab serif), Rama Gothic. An antiqued sans serif family that recalls the wood type era), Diamond Ring (an art deco typeface inspired by Japanese cosmetics-packaging designs and posters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries), Controller (techno meets organic in this rounded squaris sans family), Revolution Gothic (an extended version of PAG Revolucion), 2008, which was inspired by retro propaganda posters and wallpainting in Cuba from the 60s to 80s; Revolution Gothic P followed in 2014), Diamond Ring (art deco).
- 2011: Yummo (monoline organic sans), Sheepman (based on the wood type No. 506 of William Page), Onick (2011, an art deco neojaponist fat display face done for Wordshape), Shiva (2011, hairline sans), Mocha Mattari (2011, grunge), Dharma Slab (2011, inspired by 1800s-style wood type), Dharma Gothic (2011, +P), Rama Gothic (2011, also inspired by 1800s-style wood type), Dimensions (2011, squarish), Design System (2011, a large family based on 70s style techno faces), Speedometer (2011, condensed piano key face).
- 2010: Stereo Gothic (2010: an extended all caps slightly techno sans family), Behrensmeyer Vigesimals (2010, a pixel format connected script), Civilite Vigesimals (2010, pixelized Civilite), Flat10 Arts and Crafts (2010), Flat20 Hippies, Flat10 Segments (2010), Flat10 Antique (2010), Flat20 Gothic (2010), Flat20 Streamer (2009, pixelized ribbon font), Flat10 Fraktur, Flat10 holy, Flat10 Holly, Flat10 Stencil, Flat20 Headline, Flat10 Artdeco, Word From Radio (2008-2010). Cigarette (2007, Bauhaus/Peignot-style type family).
- 2009: African Elephant Trunk (2009), Concrete Script, Concrete Stencil (2009, a stencil calligraphic script), Perfect Magic (2009), HT Maison (2009, signage face), HT Farmacia (2009, connected school script), HT Espresso (2008, upright script), HT Cartoleria (2008, connected script), HT Cafe (2009), Sneaker Script (2009).
- 2007-2008: Bistro Mono (2007, an awkward monoline face), Thousands (2007), Balaghat (2008), Garash Script (2008, a Halloween face), Woodstamp (2008), Banana (2008, brush script), Rebel Train Goes (2008, a piano key font), Rouge (2007, an elegant lipstick-on-the-bathroom-mirror pair of faces), Yasashii (2007, a great geometric art deco Broadway-style family), Lily Wang (2006, calligraphic script), Nothing (2007), Garash (2007, Arabic simulation), Moon Star Soul (2007, Western saloon font), Grandes Vacances (+ Une, Deux) (2007), Pansy Bo (2006, calligraphic), Dremie (2007, an art deco headline face with Open and Fill weights), Grandes Vacances (2007, based on 19th century billboard letters), Xesy (2007, a fantastic "ronde" high-contrast upright connected script), Deluta Black (2007, a soft blackletter), Cotoris (2007, a 4-style family that takes inspiration from Koch Antiqua and the art nouveau movement).
- 2006: Daisy Lau (2006, calligraphic), Agedage Luxeuil (2006, based on a monasteric script from the 8th century), Agedage Cancellaresca, Agedage Beneventan, Agedage Simple Versal (2006, Lombardic caps simplified), Amsterdam Modern (2006, art nouveau influences), Flat10 [Holly, Holy, Stencil, Fraktur] (2006, a set of pixel faces), Machiarge (2006, a heavy connected brushed signage script), Chic Hand (2006, connected script), Double Dagger (2006, geometric stencil family), Fault (2006, an art deco striped lettering face), Killernuts (2006, headline serif face with brush stroke endings), Underconstructionism! (2006, a rectangular look family with associated dingbats), Machia (2006, decorative script), Kiwi (geometric hairline), Bagel (roundish comic book face), Jaguarundi (2006, distressed), Boycott (2006, distressed), Tokyotrail (2006, futuristic techno family), Coconut (noisy outline face), Coconut Split, Fresh Tomato (LED simulation), Dried Tomato (LED simulation), Dutch Style, Mocha Harrar (great stencil face), 103 (experimental, Bank Gothic style), Airhead, ArealBlack, Awkward, BagelNew, BagelOld, Banbino, Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Berlin89, Blackout (redesigned in 2011 as the ulta-narrow Dimensions), Boycott (grunge), Built-1970, Bunyan, Busted, Camera (2007), Canstop, Chiangmai (Thai simulation face), DBLline, Dijkstra, Dutchstyle, Fling, Graphite, Harcomaso, Hiexplosive, Hitech, Honeycomb, Junkmix, Kanatypo, KemikalHi, Machia (2006, a calligraphic family), Meegoreng, Mikrob, Natsupopy, Overwork, Palsu, Plamo, Plasitico, REC001, REC002, REC003, Resistance, SQRT, STdigi (LED font), Shandy, Superstar, Tembaga, Tenaga, Tomodachi, Tragedia, Trucker, VRdigital, VRembroidery, Welcome2M, Workaholic, Zeebraa, plot-A, plot-K, Appendix 3, Gesso (grunge), Pusab (2006, ultra round; one free weight), Sushitaro, Typewrong, Celtics Modern (2006, a Celtic family of fonts). At T-26, he published CRZ (2006), Guppy, Ohana (2006, octagonal), Picnica (2006), and Wearetrippin.
MyFonts link. Fontsquirrel link for their free fonts such as Bebas (2005, industrial sans), Boycott, Gesso, and Pusab. YWFT link. Bagel & Co. link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Dafont link.
View Ryoichi Tsunekawa's typefaces. Kernest link. [Google]
American designer who created Sample (2007) and Wood Relief (2007).
At FontStruct, Fleisch made Woodcut Resawn (2009). [Google]
Flickr: Wood type pool
Wood type picture group. [Google]
"Free fonts for free people" by Dieter Schumacher. Interesting designs: Darkskin (textured letters), Movieboard, Zacken (in sacks), Storm, Stripesstars, and Triangle. All fonts are in TrueType and PostScript formats for Windows. List of 84 fonts thus far: 309Italic, 309, AnasthesiaItalic, Anasthesia, AtoZ, BALLbold, Baumarkt, BaumarktBoldItalic, BaumarktBold, BaumarktItalic, BIGARIALUltraBold, BIGARIALLEFT, BizarreBlack, Bizarre, Brialpointed, Bulgari, Certified, CertifiedItalic, CIRCLINEcrazyjumpedBold, CIRCLINEHeavy, CIRCLINEItalic, CIRCLINE2Light, CIRCLINE, Coffeebeans, Competent, Danceclub, DarSkin, Datacut, DatacutItalic, DomoAregatoItalic (oriental simulation), DomoAregatoNormal, Energy Dimension (3d face), Eniltuo, FatmarkerItalic, Fatmarker, FontmakersChoiceItalic, FontmakersChoiceThinItalic, FontmakersChoice (octagonal), FontmakerSlash, Fracksausen, Gawain, HOLE, HOLE2cursive, HOLE3cursiveoutline, HOUSEPIPESItalic, HOUSEPIPESNormal, KingArthurSpecialNormal, LateNite, LoveParade, LoveParadeoutlineBold, LoveParadeitalian, LoveParadewidebold, Mage1999 (pixel), Magehunter, Mage, Mayday, MaydayItalic, MovieTimes, Movieboard, OneworldonefutureExtraBold, OneworldonefutureLight, OpenMindItalic, OpenMind, Palms, Parts, Perlenkette, Rave, Serifonwide, SerifonwideItalic, SerifonNormal, Shreddedforyou, SquareUniqueExtraBold, SquareUniqueNormal, SquareUniqueThin, Starbats, StormExtraBold, STRIPESSTARSNormal, TriangleNormal, University (athletic lettering), Whereistherest, WhereistherestItalic, WoodCut, WoodCutItalic, ZackenNormal, ZoltanKiss, Dornen, FM College (athletic lettering), Beach House Stars, Fontovision, 37 Kilobyte, Grave Digger, Nails and remake Of Fabulous, Milkdrops, Platsch (comic book) and Slimania. This site disappeared and was revived by CybaPee at Moorstation.
Links: Jami, FontNThings, Fontspace. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link.
[James L. Stirling]
Fontry West is located in Tulsa, OK. At MyFonts, these Fontry West fonts can be bought: Iron, Toxcons (2008, skulls), WILD1 Firstvision, WILD1 Larra, WILD1 Nobody, WILD1 Ruts, WILD1 Toxia, WILD2 Ghixm, WILD2 Keetoowah (2008). Its type designer is James L. Stirling, who cofounded the Watts, Oklahoma-based design and lettering studio The Fontry in 1992 with Michael Gene Adkins. Born in 1964 in Oklahoma, Stirling codesigned WILD1 Firstvision (1997, techno) and Ironrider and Ironhorse (2008, blackletter faces based on wood types) with Adkins. In 2000, he co-designed the fonts Modern Poster and Modern Roman, based on the lettering of Alf R. Becker, a sign painter from 1932 to 1957. These fonts were published by Agfa-Monotype. Later fonts there include Steel Narrow, Steel Moderne, Chicago Modern. At The Fontry in the early 1990s, he made Klash (comic books style), Peppermint and Peppermint Openface (Southwest influences), Marbles&Strings, and Keetowah. He also made some Greek fonts at The Fontry.
In 2009, James Stirling started a serious digitization program of the art deco fonts of Alf R. Becker (based mostly on his Signs of the Times series), and made ARB 70 Modern Poster, ARB 93 Steel Moderne, ARB 44 Chicago Modern, ARB08ExtremeRomanAUG-32CASNormal (2009; the original is from 1932), and ARB 67 Modern Roman.
The grunge face JLS OverKill Grunge (2009) is free. JLS Smiles (2010) is a family of typefaces consisting of smilies / emoticons. FHA Modernized Ideal Classic (2011, with Michael Gene Adkins) is based on a demonstraton alphabet from Frank H. Atkinson's Atkinson Sign Painting (1908).
Typefaces from 2012 include FHA Condensed French (with Michael Gene Adkins), JLS Space X1C (LED style), JLS Space X2C, JLS Space Gothic, JLS Data Gothic. In 2013, James cooperated with Michael Gene Adkins on FHA Broken Gothic, a layered chiseled type system based on Frank Atkinson's Broken Poster.
Dafont link. FontShop link.
View James Stirling's typefaces. [Google]
A site that sells typefaces reconstructed from found letterforms. The site is dedicated to typographic archeology. Started up in September 2011. Their typefaces include: [Google]
[American Wood Type Co.]
[Eastern Brass&Wood Type]
Fresh Pressed Fonts
Fresh Pressed Fonts is the foundry of Ryan Welch, who graduated from RIT in 2013. Based in New York City, he created the blackboard bold multi-textured font family Octomorf (2013), the free athletic lettering typeface Matchup (2013), Hickory (2013, a copperplate face in which all lowrcase characters are of the same size), Corduroy Slab (2013, free), Matchup Light (2013, free), Parliament (2013, spurred typeface), and Brassie (2013, free regular weight).
In 2014, he published the rounded techno sans typeface Calvaux, the vintage display typeface Privateer, the wood simulation typeface Fair Trade, the poster typeface Landscaper, and the octagonal typeface Cracker Jack.
Behance link. Creative Market link (for buying his fonts). A newer creative Market link. [Google]
Cartoonist from Recife, Brazil, b. 1966, whose sense of humor and artsistic prowess shine in his dingbat fonts. Dafont link. Fontsy link.
Creator of the experimental Almost Sanskrit (2009), Zodiac Nice (2009, astrological symbols), Xilo in Zodiac (2009), Xilo-Cordel-Literature (2009, dingbats), Cordel Circo Mambembe (2010), Inside Issue (2009), Stretched Signature Flex (2009), Action of the time (2009, grunge), the dingbat face Ugly Cars (2010), the grunge face Capitão Galdino (2008), the grunge face Saltpeter-N-Fungus (2010), Texture Road (2010, more grunge), BSB DF 50 (2010, grunge), Fine Serif (2009), and the nice dingbat face Ochent Silibrina (2008).
Fonts made in 2010: Sport 4 Ever (dingbats for Olympic Games), 60sPop (multiline face), DotSpot (dot matrix), IRON H METAL (tattoo, gothic), IngaStoneSigns (stone age glyphs), Ode2PasteUp (handprinted), WideSquare (pixelish), ActionoftheTimeNewUL, BSBDF50, Haus-Sweet-Haus, INSIGHT-ISSUE-NEW, Movie Filmstrip, SquareChalk, Action Of The Time New (grunge), CordelValentine (dingbats), IngaStoneSigns (petroglyphs), SustainableAmazon, VeryDamaged (grunge), ParkTechCG (letters as in wired circuits), kidSWritten, Iron H MetallLight, LaceNice (knitted look), Ode2PasteUp, TextureRoad (grunge).
Fonts from 2011: Booklet Cordel (sketched), Cordel Encarnado, Nuclear Accident (texture face), Noncircular (techno), Old Press (grunge), Old Typography (grunge).
Fonts made in 2012: New Press (condensed sans family, +Eroded), Sketch Wall, Comic Gibi, Own Written, Comica BD (comic book shadow font), Cartoon Relief (a 3d cartoon typeface), Riscada Doodle (scratchy hand), Sketch Nice, Needlework Good (a stitching font), Biscuit Made, Just Skinny, Crazy Style, After Cheret (hand-drawn 3d shadowed outline face), Spots in the mirror, TNT Xplosion, Escrita Toska (curly script), Cordel Movies (moviemaking dingbats), Fine N Tall, Cordel Groteska, From Street Art (free graffiti font), Sketch College (sketched athletic shirt font), Thin Press (grungy vernacular type), Sketch Serif, Relief BD, Maxxi Serif (very heavily slabbed serif face), Semi Cursive Gut, Sketch Coursive (sketch face), Salt Pet Non Eroded, Advanced Architecture, Very Fine Serif (a monoline Egyptian), Sketch Nothing, Freehand Nothing, Shark Attack (curly), Do Doodle, Maybe Pollock (dust texture face), Xilo Prosa (grunge), Thin Design, Amazon Palafita (hand-drawn 3d outline face), Snow Times, Snow Traces, USSR Army (rough army stencil with a Russian feel), Needlework US (stitch font), Old Scribe (Greek lapidary face), Nickel Bumpy, Soviet Style (stencil face), Top Modern (heavy slab serif), Lettering Set New, Carton East, Not Tuned TV (sketch font), Scar Bleed (scary font), Maxxi Dots (texture face, +Shadows), Dots Land Gotika (grungy blackletter), Stefanie Dots (textured letters), Karamuruh (textured caps), Broken Type (grunge: a glaz krak font), Touppeka (a Kafkaesque, tribal or painter's font), Old Dreams (grungy), Bad King (sketched typeface), False 3D (hand-printed 3d outline typeface), True2D, I Wrote All, Resistance Until The End.
Typefaces from 2013: Serifa Comica (comic book slab), Press Style Serif (letterpress style), Press Style Large, Triatlhon In (sic: a Greek simulation face), Go 2 Old Western (grungy wood type), Old Serif Gut, Press Style (letterpress style typeface), Dust Serif, Thing Press, Thin Grotesk Serif, Before Collapse (glaz krak face), Stencil Style New (a military stencil), Damaged Serif, Press Serif Cool, Press Feeling, Sketch Toska, Link Parties, Almost Cartoon, Cartoon Toy, Toy Toy Toon, Fine Style (didone caps), Fine Sans (Peignotian), Beyond Blackboard, Forgotten Junk (grunge).
Typoefaces from 2014: Yummy Lollipop, Hippie Movement, Rotunda Geo, Old Figaro Cursive, Cute Cartoon, Sketch Gothic School (sketched blackletter), Fine College (hatched athletic lettering face), Press Felling Eroded (letterpress emulation), School Book New (sketched), Stencil Cargo Army (military stencil), Fine Eroded, Grunge Poster, Education Is A Way, Cartoon Blocks, Cartoon Bones, Cursive Option, Odd Press (letterpress emulation), Cartoon Tunes. [Google]
French engraver located in Paris. Author of Caractères en bois pour l'impression typographique fabriqés à Paris, 58, rue de Verneuil, 58 (1865, Paris, Imprimerie de l'illustration, Aug. Marc). This 173-page book showcases wood types. [Google]
Gaston Yagmourian (b. Argentina) is an independent design director as well as an MFA instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Wonderful artsy fonts designed by Yagmourian include Daliesque, KikinCaps, KikinLow, Notgarmon, Surreal, U27fog, U26fog, and Slantalic. Some used to be shareware, some payware. In any case, Gaston has withdrawn from the font business, and that's it. Sad for such a talented person! Ooops---he came back via Behance in 2011, and showed us the custom face San Diego Zoo (2011), which was done with Chiharu Tanaka. In 2012, he published Rantifusa Bold (wood type style).
Link to Etsy shop. [Google]
George Everet Thompson
[No Bodoni Typography]
George J. Becker
Philadelphia, PA-based author of The American system of penmanship ... In ... ten numbers (1842, Uriah Hunt and Son, Philadelphia), Becker's System of Penmanship, Comprising Manual and Elementary Excercises, Business and Epistolary Writing, and Ornamental Penmanship. In Twelve Numbers. No. 10 (1856, Uriah Hunt and Son, Philadelphia), and Ornamental Penmanship Analytical and Finished Alphabets (1854, Uriah Hunt and Son), a lettering manual.
In 2013, James Puckett (Dunwich Type Founders) revived five typefaces from this manual as digital typefaces in his Becker Gothics collection. They include Egyptian, Egyptian Rounded, Stencil, Tuscan and Concave. All have Western and wood type influences. In 2009, Becker's 1854 book was used by Monogram Fonts Co in the creation of Noir Monogram (2009), which was based on Becker's Pearl type.
Downloads of his 1854 book: University of Michigan scan. For a Facsimile, see Becker's ornamental penmanship. A series of analytical and finished alphabets [FACSIMILE]. Free PDF file of the latter book.
In 1993, Dover reprinted 23 complete alphabets in Ornamental Calligraphy [With 50 Plates] (Dover Books on Lettering, Graphic Arts & Printing). Local download of his 1854 book. [Google]
American wood type designer of the 19th century. His 1838 specimen book of wood typefaces is famous in typophile circles.
Several of his creations have been digitized: Fat Face No. 20 (by Dan X. Solo, 2005; based on a didone headline from 1838), Penny (by Jordan Davies, 2007; on a didone headline from 1838), Octagon French (a 3d beveled face due to George Nesbitt, 1838, revival by Paulo W, Intellecta Design, 2010). His Antique Extended (1838) was revived as a wood type in 1900 by Tubbs & Co.
A more extensive, and free, collection is provided by Dick Pape (2013) is his AWT or American Wood Type collection. These include AWT Nesbitt Gothic (+Bold, +Round), AWT Nesbitt Octagon, AWT Nesbitt Roman (+Condensed, +XCondensed, +Extended, +Ornamented), AWT Nesbitt Venetian. [Google]
Argentinian graphic designer (b. 1982). He created Can Can de Bois (2005, wood type look) and Ayosmonika-Bold (2005).
Dafont link. Devian tart link. Ventriglia used to use the name Graveman Foundry. [Google]
Born in 1938 in Udine, Italy, Giorgio Giaiotto studied architectural design with Carlo Magnani, and then worked in newspaper typography and finally moved to cartoon design. Creator of typefaces at VGC, such as Giorgio (1966, wood type style). [Google]
Graviton is a small type foundry based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was founded by Argentinian type designer Pablo Balcells in 2013.
Balcells created these typefaces in 2012: Engranajes (bike gears), Eslava Inline, Eslava Double Line, Eslava Stencil, Eslava Solid, Eslava Outline, Solida (10-style sci-fi blocky sci-fi typeface), Pixelar, Armadura (a monoline octagonal typeface with a stencil style), Oboe (an ultra-fat blocky typeface), Cuantica (sci-fi) and Led.
In 2013, he published Gubia (a condensed elliptical techno sans), Mensura (a gaspipe sans), Mensura Slab, Mensura Titling (all caps titling typeface family that includes outlined and stencil styles), Mensura Slab Titling, Herradura (an 8-style wide wood type slab serif), and LED.
Typefaces from 2014: Tecnica, Tecnica Slab.
Fontspring link. Behance link. [Google]
Greater Albion Typefounders (or: GATF)
[Paul James Lloyd]
Paul J. Lloyd's typefoundry in Western Australia, est. 2008. Lloyd (b. UK) made over 100 free truetype fonts before that. He writes: What we will offer is new designs, replete with Edwardian Fun, Victorian distinction, or any other piece of elegance we can manage.
Edwardian creations from 2008-2010: Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Adantine, Goldbarre, Brosse, Crewekerne, Crewekerne Magna and Crewekerne Magister (arts and crafts face), Larchmont, Brissard, Brossard (slab serif), Bonavia, Bonavia Blanc, Clementhorpe, Veneribe, Chiara Script, Howlett, Svengali Roman, Bonning and Bonnington (1920's style families with ideas from University Roman), Absinette, Bamberforth, Tumbletype, Vertrina, Bromwich, Great Bromwich, Fleete, Helenium. Chipping emulates the Edwardian 1920s. In 2012, he added the Bolton Commercial family (late Edwardian, early art nouveau).
Art deco faces: Oakland (2011, multiline face gleaned from a 1930s French car ad), Zenia (2010, trilined), Plebe (Plebia, 2008: a grotesk emulating the 1930s), Whitehaven (2008, an extensive art deco family with several shadow weights), Merry Fleurons (2008, Christmas ornament dingbats), Braxia (2008), Keynsia (fifties style art deco family with Peignot influences).
Other faces: Haymer is a large sans family made in 2010. Clunic (2008) is a blackletter face. Tectura (2008) is a handwriting font. Eldridge is a slab serif family. Aliqua (2009), Chipperly (2009) and Syondola (2009) are Wild West families. Terazza Tilings (2009) and Valentine's Fleurons (2009) are dingbat faces. Additions in 2009 include Lowndes (soft blackletter), Christmas Fleurons, Merry Snowmen, Cherritt (described as a Victorian era Courier), DoodleBirds, Halloween Fleurons, ButtonFaces, Sabio (neither slab nor sans), Daub (brush graffiti font), Sabinard (a modern swash face), Cullions (futuristic blackletter), Coronard (blackletter / roman hybrid), Easter Fleurons, Chapter Initials, Paveline (19th century calligraphic script), Mellin Sans and Open, Gildersleeve (evoking the 1920s Arts and Crafts movement), Stannard (a 1920's advertising inspired small caps face), Slattery (a horizontally shaded fun face), Slatterine (2009, more retro futurism), Spillsbury (2010, Victorian family), Cirflex (2010, geometric display face based on arcs of circles), Oxonia (2010, a classic roman family) and Vectis (classic Roman elegance, another small caps face).
Creations in 2010: Windevere, Albion's White Christmas, Paragon (a great didone display family with a wood type feel), Compton (slab serif family), Mexborough, Morover (Schwabacher family), Anavio (a classical roman family), Corvone (3d-effect font), Granville (Victorian), Corton (Victorian), Wellingborough (Victorian), Worthing (Victorian), Ark Wright (traditional shop signage), Bonaventure (art nouveau), Federal Streamliner (1950s feel techno face), Deva (classical roman), Crucis Ornaments (crosses), Bronzino (a roman with Arts and Crafts roots), Bertoni (2010, a didone family), Pardon Me Boy (train dingbats), Woodruff (Open Face fonts with a wood type look), Jonquin (based on a WWI poster; +Incised), Luscombe (1920s display family; +Parva), Movella (futuristic from the 1950s), Magdalena Sans (2010: a clear monoline sans), Endymion (2010: Tuscan), Paget (a Tuscan experimental all caps face), Portello (Victorian).
Typefaces made in 2011: Admiral (art nouveau), Tuscaloosa (Tuscan face), Eccles (bombastic Victorian), Wolverhampton (pre-Victorian), Doncaster (Victorian family), Metropole (art nouveau family), Corsham (stone engraved lettering family), Leibix (casual), Albia Nova (an elegant futuristic organic face), Flapper (art nouveau face), Bertolessi (curly Victorian), Tulk's Victorian Banner (all caps banner face), Fitzgerald (Victorian all caps face), Cleveden (Victorian headline family), Spargo (an extensive set of early 20th century-look engraved faces for official documents and securities), Bettendorf (2011, based on a 1900s masthead typeface), Wolvercote (2011, similar to Bettendorf), Pittsburgh (2011, a Western-style engraved face), Chubbly (2011), Portmeirion No. 6 (2011, a Victorian / circus design), Bronzetti (2011; images: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi), Sophie J (hanprinted), Dem Bones (2011, glyphs made from bones), Stout (2011), Birmingham New Street (a Victorian family inspired by the hand lettered title on a 19th century railway map), Beckinslade (ornamental blackletter).
Production in 2012: Alfere Sans Stripes, Albion's Americana (Western stars and stripes face), Tudor Perpendicular (blackletter), Amici (rounded headline face), Amie (rounded sans), Wolverton Text (Edwardian family), Vinea (10-style display family), Par Avion (retro futuristic), AstroBats (retro sci-fi dingbats), Beeching (+Shadowed), Gondolieri (didone meets Tuscan), Penrose Slabserif (an Escher-like trompe l'oeuil 3d face), Haldane (art nouveau, Arabic look), Solidarius (chubby, fat felt-tip pen font), Bluebottle (angular display face), Merrivale (Victorian), Future Runes (runic simulation), Coliseo, Alfrere Sans (inspired by a 1950s television caption style), Tectura II (Lloyd's answer to Comic Sans), Secombe (Edwardian caps family), Milligan, London Court (Tudor-era caps family).
Typefaces from 2013: Speedblur, Belhampton (Edwardian), Merry Baubles (Christmas tree dings), Merry Bauble Letters (Christmas alphadings), Wroxeter (blackletter), Thurbrooke (+Banner, +Initials, +Black, +Reverso, all based on 19th century banner headings and engraved lettering), Bourne (a rounded type system), Henrician (a set of eight Tudor style display faces), Belle Jardin (art deco marquee face), Lavery (Edwardian), Baldione (a stylized didone), Chequers (a vintage poster face), Turvy Topsy (fat finger face), Merrivaux (faux medieval), Blout (German expressionist typeface), Easter Egg Letters, Isometrica (a banner typeface family), Valentine's Letters, Imperial Granum (roman titling face), Brollo (chunky display face).
Typefaces from 2014: Lanvier (1930s-style caps typeface family), Bonlivet (a hyper-decorative capitals alphabet from the late Victoian or early art nouveau era), Ames Text (a didone family with rounded brackets), Ames Roman (related to didones but with wedge serifs), Ames Weathered, Ames Shadow, Ames Shaded, Amersham (vintage signage family, 2013-2014).
Type announcements. Behance link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Font Squirrel link. Kernest link. Abstract Fonts link. Hellofont link.
View all typefaces by Paul Lloyd. Images of Paul Lloyd's best-selling typefaces. Greater Albion Typefounders: typeface collection./ [Google]
New Jersey-based author of The Art of Wood Type (2008), which is easily the most valuable---and beautiful---text on wood type ever written. Born in Raritan, NJ, in 1925, he served in the US Air Corps in 1943 and strudied at Michigan State College and the Aret Career School (New York City), class of 1949. He settled in Scotch Plains, NJ in 1964 and set up Gergory Ruffa Advertising.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Born in 1980 in Saarbrücken, and a recent graduate at HBK Saar. Working as a designer for the town of Saarbrücken. Somehow associated with Kiosk Type in Berlin, where she created these typefaces: Drückerei (2008, grunge), Rex Mundi (2008), Ghana Signpainters Divine Healer (2008), Wüste Fraktale (2008, a pixel blackletter), Ghana Signpainters Safari (2008), Ghana Signpainters Cocktail (2008, comic book and ad style), Black Frituur (2008, blackletter), Steelcut (2008, slab serif based on Woodcut). [Google]
Hamilton and Cooper Black
On page 170 of Greg Ruffa's The Art of Wood Type, we find a photograph of Copper Black attributed by Ruffa to the Hamilton Co., ca. 1900. But Copper Black was designed by Oswald Bruce Cooper in 1921 only and released by the barnhart Brother & Spindler foundry in Chicago in 1922. Ruffa writes: The attempt to patent the design [of Cooper Black, by Cooper] failed for its resemblance to a previous appearance of a logo. Does Ruffa imply that Copper Black took his ideas from a much earlier wood type? [Google]
Hamilton Holly Wood Type Co.
Founded by Edward J. Hamilton as the J. E. Hamilton Hollywood Type Company after the introduction in 1880 of Hollywood type. Located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, this company was the successor firm to the William H. Page Wood Type Company, Morgans and Wilcox, and Vanderburgh, Wells&Company, and thus possessed most wood type in the USA in 1906. In 1906, they published a specimen book of all the wood-type designs in their possession, and, incredibly, destroyed all the original paper designs and patterns for the individual letters. This brought a heavy blow to the wood type industry. The lithograph dealt it another blow, and wood type became obsolete soon afterwards. Samples of their specimen books are starting to appear on the web. See here and here for samples of pointing hands from the 1901 catalog, and here for fists from their 1900 catalog. About their start: Just after 1880, Max Katz finances the business, and it becomes Hamilton&Katz for a few years. Katz sells out to William Baker, and the name of the firm becomes The Hamilton Co., or Hamilton&Baker. A bit later, Hamilton buys out Baker, to form the Hamilton Manufacturing Company. And then the takeovers start in earnest: in 1891, they buy the William H. Page Wood Type Company, then in 1898 Heber Wells, in 1899 Morgans and Wilcox Mfg Co., and in 1918 Tubbs Mfg Co. Amazingly, the company lasted until 1985, and enjoyed the lion share of the wood type business in the 20th century.
Hamilton Wood Type Catalog #14 (1899) can now be viewed on-line. Ross Connard's PDF file of that same catalog. Scans from the 1899 catalog: Fist, Page 27, Page 30, Page 35, Page 36, Page 39, Page 65, Page 66, Page 68, DeVinne Condensed, Devinne Double Extra Condensed, Jenson Old Style, Bradley, The Inland, Page 106.
Additional typefaces: Ben Franklin (1895, distressed edge font---other fonts in that style include Plymouth, Pabst and Blanchard), Bradley (1900, based on an ATF typeface by Will Bradley), Old Style (1900, after William Caslon IV's Caslon, ca. 1816), Cheltenham (1891, 1900), Cheltenham Black Expanded (1900), Clarendon Condensed (1899, after the original by Bill Stark & Co., 1853), Cooper Black (ca. 1900). DeVinne Condensed (1895), French Clarendon (1890), Antique No7 (1889), Antique Tuscan (1881, after Wells&Webb, 1854), Etruscan No4 (1895).
A note on digitizations of the collection. There are two main sources, one commercial, and one free. The commercial revival project of Richard Kegler / P22 is called HWT, or Hamilton Wood Type. The free font project is by Dick Pape, who dogitized many of Hamilton's typefaces in his American Wood Type collection. Download page for Dick Pape's fonts. [Google]
Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum
Wood type museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. [Google]
Hamilton Wood Type (HWT)
Hamilton Wood Type (HWT), established in 2012, is a joint venture between P22 type foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The designs in this collection are based on printed specimens and actual wood type from the historic Hamilton Museum in Two Rivers, WI. HWT is based at P22 headquarters in Buffalo, NY. Typefaces are contributed by its founder, Richard Kegler, but also by Miranda Roth and Terry Wüdenbachs.
In 2012, they published HWT American Chromatic (Richard Kegler, Terry Wüdenbachs), a multilayered Western or circus font based on 19th Century Chromatic.
HWT Antique Tuscan No. 9 (2012) is a very condensed 19th century Tuscan style wood type design with a full character set and ligatures. This font was first shown by Wm H Page Co in 1859. It is the first digital version of this font to include a lowercase and extended European character set.
HWT Borders One (2012) contains 80 modular decorative elements that are based on the designs offered by the Hamilton Manufacturing company at the end of the 19th Century.
In 2013, Richard Kegler released the refreshing retro typeface HWT Bon Air, which is one of a series of script typefaces cut into wood by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company for the Morgan Sign Machine Co. (makers of the Line-o-Scribe showcard press) ca. 1950). He also digitized HWT Star Ornaments and HWT Republic Gothic (with Miranda Roth).
In 2013, James Todd designed the wood type revival family HWT Unit Gothic for Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. The Unit Gothic series was released by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in 1907, and comprises a flexible range of widths from compressed to very wide.
Still in 2013, William Page's Antique No. 4 is revived as HWT Slab (Antique, Columbian), one with unbracketed square serifs, and one with bracketed serifs as in Clarendons. [Google]
Hannes von Döhren
Harold Lohner was born in upstate New York in 1958. He received an MFA in printmaking from the University at Albany and is Professor of Visual Arts at Sage College of Albany. He began making fonts in 1997 and starting distributing them the next year through Harold's Fonts. He lives in Albany, NY, with his partner, Al Martino. Originally, most of his typefaces were freeware or shareware, but gradually, he started selling most on his site or via FontBros. His typefaces:
- Famous fonts: Boom Chicka (2013: a set of three cartoon fonts inspired by the poster for the Marilyn Monroe film, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), designed by Bill Gold), Auteur (2007, after the handwriting in the opening titles of Jean Cocteau's The Beauty and the Beast, 1946), 12 to the Moon (2000, runes based on the Columbia Pictures movie "12 to the Moon"), Aardvark Café (2000, extrapolated from the famous Hard Rock Café logo), BENSFOLK (2000, adapted from the work of Ben Shahn, in turn adapted from "folk or amateur" alphabets. Font originally developed for The Arts Center of the Capital Region.), BENSFOLK CONDENSED (2000), Bensgothic (1998), BensgothicLigatures (1998), CALAVERAS (2002, a take on Daisyland), Comet Negative (2000, based on the logo of Country Music Television (CMT)), Comet Positive (2000), HonestJohns (2000, based on the lettering in the classic Howard Johnson's restaurants logo), METRODF (2000, based on the Mexico City subway's lettering), Radio (2002, derived from the old NPR (National Public Radio) logo).
- Handlettering: Empress Monograms (2014), Frank the Architect (2004, +Bold, 2009: after the lettering of architect Frank Ching), National Archive (2009, calligraphic), Rough Draft (2009, sketched font), Greg's Hand (2009), Rudland Hand (2007, inspired by the work of the British artist and designer Peter Rudland), Gamera (2006), Directors Script (2006, based on a film credits script from the 1940s), National Archive (2005, based on the lettering of Timothy Matlack, who wrote the Declaration of Independence), Frank the Architect (2004, based on Frank Ching's lettering, which also gave rise to the Tekton family), Imitation (2003, inspired by the handlettered titles of the film Imitation of Life (1959), directed by Douglas Sirk and artdirected by Richard H. Riedel), Imitation Two (2004), antiestablishment (2000), Christmas Card (2000, based on the handlettered opening titles of the film "It's a Wonderful Life", Art Director: Jack Okey. This font was retired and replaced in 2006 by Testimonial), Espangle (2002, as the lettering for El Corte Ingles), Dad's Recipe (2000, based on his dad's handwriting), Greg's Hand (2001, Greg Smith's writing), Greg's Other Hand (2002), Kaela (1998, reshaped and extended in 2006), Marker Man (1999), Synch (2000, with Phil Campbell, inspired by the work of the artist Stuart Davis), Synchronous (2000, based on Syncopated Script, again made with Phil Campbell), Syncopated Script (1999).
- Blackletter: Waldorf Text (2011, after a 1914 original), Waldorf Heavy Illuminated (2011), Manucrypt (2011), Rude Goth (2007, grunge blackletter), Alsace-Lorraine, Benighted, Chinese Gothic, Christmas Card II, Kombine Regular, Kombine Kursiv (2000), Olde Chicago.
- Woodtype: Blacktops (caps, 1999), Blacktop Small Caps (1999), Blacktop Regular (2014), Cinderella (1998). The Western font Cattle Annie (2006) is an unauthorized digital interpretation of the analog font "Les Catalanes." According to ABZ: More alphabets and other signs by Rothenstein and Gooding, it was designed in 1952 by Enric Crous-Vidal (1908-1987) but was never produced.
- Stencil fonts: JJ Stencil, JJStencilLight (2000, inspired by the work of Jasper Johns), JJStencil Wet, JJStencilMedium, Sideshow (2000, based on the stencilled lettering on a vintage Ouija board), JJStencilSolid (2003), StencilFour (2001, inspired by the logo of Channel 4 (UK); reworked in 2006 into Oaktag), StencilFourReversed (2001).
- Western: Oklahoma (2006, based on the title of the film by that name), Captain Howdy (1999, 2000, Western font based on the lettering on a Ouija board).
- Fraktur fonts: Benighted (2002), AlsaceLorraine (2000), Chinese Gothic (2000), Kombine Regular (2000), Kombine Kursiv (2000).
- Revived Letraset fonts: BLOCK UP family (2000, based on the font family by the same name by Sally Ann Grover (1974) for Letraset), Good Vibes (2001, based on the analog font "Good Vibrations" by Trevor Hatchett for Letraset, 1973), GoodVibesBackbeat (2001), ObliqueTextBold (2000, based on a Letraset font called Obliq, 1984), ObliqueTextLight (2000), ObliqueTextMedium (2000), Wireframe (2000, based on the Letraset font Bombere designed by Carla Bombere (or Carla Ward)).
- Art deco fonts: Cartel (2005, simply gorgeous), based on the lettering of the 1936 movie by that name), Crazy Harold (2009), Road Jester (2009), Onion (2003), Roberta (2003, based on a font of Bob Trogman, 1962), Roberta Raised Shadow (2003), Boomerang family (1998-2000), LeFilmClassic family (2000, based on the classic Art Deco font of the same name, originally designed by Marcel Jacno and released by Deberny&Peignot, 1927), LeFilmLetters (2000), LeFilmShadow (2000), PopUps (1998, a 3-d art deco font for signboards), Tapeworm (1998, based on the work of artist Ed Ruscha), Farouk (2001, a five-line art deco font, based on an analog font of the same name, as illustrated in Paul E. Kennedy's "Modern Display Alphabets"; in fact, the original source should be Fatima, a font designed by Karl Hermann Schaefer in 1933 at Schriftguss, and a copy of it at FT Française was called Atlas (1933). Lohner renamed Fatima to Atlas at some point, and added Atlas Solid, still in 2001).
- MICR fonts: CMC7 (1998).
- Dingbats: Everyday People (2013, silhouettes), Bingo Dingo (2011, inspired by the classic Mexican game, Loteria), Essene Dingbats (2005), Chapeau (2005, inspired by the 1902 Sears Catalog), Corset (2005, inspired by the 1902 Sears Catalog), Harold's Pips (2004), Alpha Bravo (2003), Rebus, AmericanCheese (1999), Candide Dingbats (1999, a reclinming women dingbat face based on decorations designed by Rockwell Kent for "Candide," circa 1928), Maritime Flags (2000), New Year Dingbats (1999: Japanese patterns).
- Monospace fonts: Chica Mono (2000, based on Apple's Chicago; not really monospaced, by the way), Queer Theory Black, Bold, Regular and Light (1999).
- Arabic simulation faces: Alhambra (2006), Alhambra Deep (2006).
- Oriental simulation fonts: Bruce Mikita (+Solid) (after a metal font by the same name; Dan Solo calls it Lantern), Pad Thai (2006), Mystic Prophet (2002, inspired by Ouija boards), Chines Gothic, Font Shui (inspired by a style of hand-lettering illustrated in Alphabets: Ancient&Modern, compiled by J. B. Russell (Padell, 1946), Rubaiyat Shadow and Inline, Seoul (Korean font simulation), Shazi, Twelve to the moon, Chow Fun (2001, an oriental simulation face based on a sample of hand lettering identified as "Crooks' Stencil Designed Alphabet" in Alphabets: Ancient&Modern, compiled by J. B. Russell and published in 1945 by Padell Book Co), Quasi (1998).
- Cartoon fonts: Laughtrack (2009, based on the work of the cartoonist Jerry Robinson), CokerOne (2000, based on the work of cartoonist Paul Coker Jr), Coker Two (2000) (note: therse fonts were erroneously named. They were renamed to Denney because of this: "The lettering in the fonts you have was developed by Alan Denney at Hallmark in the late 1950s. He also worked for American Greetings Hi Brows from 1960 - 1966 and then returned to Hallmark.... And he later went to a different lettering style when Shoe Box cards became Hallmark's funny card line replacing Contemporary Cards. Alan retired from Hallmark in 1993 and died two years later."), ZITZ (2000, based on the hand lettering in the King Features daily strip "Zits" by Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott), Ohmigosh (2007: 12 styles of comic book lettering).
- Dot matrix fonts: Fortuna Dot (2001).
- Pixel fonts: Larcher (based on a modular font designed by Jean Larcher).
- Medieval script fonts: Sonnet Italic&Swash (2009), Galathea (2000, based on a classic analog font of the same name, "Originalerzeugnis von J. S. Schelter&Giesecke, Leipzig").
- Fonts made in 2013: OK Monograms (retro-futuristic), Splunge (based on Franklin Gothic).
- Fonts made in 2012: Humerus (Halloween font inspired by the opening credit sequence of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948), Retrospace (inspired by the hand-lettered opening credits of the film Some Came Running (1958)), Toynbee Idea (free font based on Toynbee tiles), Hymn (scanbat).
- Fonts made in 2011: Institute Stamps (grunge), Magic Carpet, Shoemaker (shoe stitch face).
- Fonts made in 2010: Salmagundi (grunge), Dynamotor (like Dynamo, which was designed by K. Sommer and first released in 1930), Poignant (inspired by the hand-lettered film titles of certain mid-1900s films from Twentieth-Century Fox, including "All About Eve", "Gentleman's Agreement" and "No Way Out."), Pharmacy MMX (unicase), Karta (3d face), Flores MMX.
- Fonts made in 2009: Wexley (revival of a VGC font called Wexford), Sonnet (based on the printed text of Shakespeare, 1609), Fashion Brush, Fashion Script, Imitation One, Two, and Three, Generation B (all at Font Bros), Gainsborough (2009, an art deco face inspired by the hand-lettered titles of an Alfred Hitchcock film, The Lady Vanishes (1938)), Comfy (FontBros: inspired by an example of "Pinselschrift" (brush lettering) by Wilhelm Dechert), Sirena (FontBros: inspired by the hand-lettered opening titles of the film I Married a Witch).
- Fonts made in 2008: Alumino (inspired by Saul Bass's design for the aluminum company Alcoa), République (four fonts inspired by Paris Metro signs---not the familiar Art Nouveau "Metropolitain" signs, but the later Art Deco design by Adolphe Dervaux), Handbill (based on rubber stamps), Flash Mob, Pen Script Monograms, Royal Wedding (commercial set at Font Bros), 2 Clover Monograms, 4 Heart Monograms, Silverliner (based on the opening titles of the 1951 Hitchcock movie Strangers on a Train), Tricot (lettering as done on a sweater, after a design by Nancy Stahl), Silverliner (based on the opening titles of the 1951 Hitchcock movie Strangers on a Train), Carbon Copy, Bracelet Mongrams.
- Fonts made in 2007: Aeolian, Pub Bites, Barril and Barril Doble (a digital interpretation of the 1970s Neufville font Barrio), Circle Monograms, XOXO (grunge), Safety Pin (inspired by the cover of the June 1946 Ladies Home Journal), Swizzle Script (a script based on Stylescript, 1940, Sol Hess: compare with Coronet and Trafton), New England (script), Madfont (after MAD magazine's logo), Quince (a brush version of Klumpp's Murray hill), Plumber's Gothic, Gamera.
- Fonts made in 2006: Humdinger (comic book lettering), Stella Dallas (a Koch Antiqua style face based on he hand-lettered titles of the film Stella Dallas), Foam Light, Mean 26 Sans, Mean 26 Serif, Gaudi, Lapis Lazuli (3 calligraphic fonts based on Dan X. Solo's Papyrus), Garden, Boston Line and Philadelphia Line (inspired by Boston Line Type, developed in the 1830s by Samuel Gridley Howe for use in raised-letter printing for the blind; the Philadelphia Line fonts were inspired by another raised-print font, this one developed by Julius Friedlander and adopted in 1837 by his Philadelphia school, now the Overbrook School for the Blind), Honeymoon (a script based on the Holiday Inn lettering), Blooper and Bloop Script (after Cooper Black and Brush Script), Roman monograms.
- Fonts made in 2005: Don Semiformal, Fabulous Prizes, Valentin (inspired by the work of Valentin Haüy, creator of the first books for the blind), Chelt Press (a grungy Cheltenham), National Debt, Pub Smooth (followed in 2007 by Pub Bites), Baronial Monograms, Vine Monograms, Thaleia (revival of Thalia), Harold's Monograms Bold, Blockograms, CarmenMonograms, Profiler, Goya, Jest, Chaser, Rebus (dingbats), Dilemma, The Birds, CVelestial Alphabet.
- Fonts made in 2004: Snowflake Monograms, Upbeat Demi, Pessima, White Birch, Artistamp, Entwined Monograms, Project, Dirty Finger, Koch Dingbats, Yard Sale, Shield Monograms, Gainsborough (inspired by the hand-lettered titles of the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Lady Vanishes", 1938), Jim Dandy (an interpretation of the 19th century face Jim Crow), Gaumont (based on the hand-lettered titles of the film The 39 Steps (1935), a Gaumont-British Picture, directed by Alfred Hitchcock), Imitation2, Sunset, Bend It, Pretz, Cantabile, Echo, Skidz, Columbia Stamp, Trudeau Sans (a companion of his architectural face Trudeau), Frank the Architect (2004, a Frank Ching-inspired face not unlike Tekton).
- Fonts made in 2003: Card Characters, Pieces, Harlequin, Hexagrams&Octograms, Popstars, Level, Peace, Collegiate Monograms, Bead Chain, Marquee.
- Fonts made in 2002: Level, Backhand Brush, Joggle, Script Monograms, Brickletter, Font Shui (oriental simulation), Heartland (for Valentine's day), Melodymaker (for music), Antiestablishment, Penmanship, RingTV, Cabaletta (now called Roosevelt), Graceful Ghost (caps based on an 18th century French design by Pouget&fils), the Ixat family (grunge fonts), PalimpsestBlack (grunge font), PalimpsestDark, PalimpsestLight, PalimpsestRegular, Pearlie, Repent (based on the work of American folk artist Jesse Howard), WillingRace (upper and lower case together).
- Fonts made in 2001: Carmen Caps, Crazy Harold (2001, based on a font of the same name, as illustrated in Paul E. Kennedy's "Modern Display Alphabets"; extended to 8 weights in 2006), Easter Parade (brush script), Famous Label (pen lettering), FLORES (based on a florist's sign in Valencia, Spain), FONT ERROR, Guadalupe (Mexican simulation face), GuadalupeDos, HMBlackDiamondThree, HMBlackDiamondTwo, HMBlackOvalThree, HMBlackOvalTwo, HMWhiteDiamondThree, HMWhiteDiamondTwo, HMWhiteOvalThree, HMWhiteOvalTwo, Handmedown, Hymn, KaffeehausNeon (based on Kaufmann), PubSmooth (a variant of the classic font Publicity Gothic), Roselyn (a script font based on a font in "Lettering and Alphabets" by John Albert Cavanagh), RubaiyatDoubleLine, RubaiyatEngraved, RubaiyatInline, RubaiyatOutline, RubaiyatShadow, RubaiyatSolid, SanitaryBoldCaps, SanitaryDemi, SanitaryRegular, Shazi, ShaziGhost, Subtext (grunge font).
- Fonts made in 2000: Arrobatherapy, Barbeque, Black Oval Monogram, Bruce Mikita (oriental simulation), Bruce Mikita2, Cantabile, CantabileAlternate, Celestial Alphabet, the Goya family (extrapolated from the logo of the GOYA food products company), King Harold (inspired by the lettering on the Bayeux Tapestry), KingXmas, KingXmasStars, KochQuadratFill, KochQuadrat, KochQuadratGuides, KochQuadratInline, KochQuadratOutlines, Koch Rivoli, Lab Rat, Law School (based on the architectural lettering at Albany Law School, Albany, NY, now named Trudeau, after a design by architect Robert Louis Trudeau), Milky Way (based on a style of hand lettering by Ross F. George included in 1930s Speedball lettering books), MilkyWayTwo (2001), Neurotoxin, Pharmacy, Punchhappy (holes in letters, influenced by Apostrophe's Toolego?), Punchhappy Shadow, Quarterround, Quarterround Tile (a kitchen tile font), RedCircle (based on the lettering on Eight O'Clock brand coffees), Ringpin, ScarletRibbons (inspired by a Speedball lettering book from the 30s by Ross F. George), Screwball (font in memory of Madeline Kahn), Solemnity (an uncial font modeled on the analog font SOLEMNIS by Günter Gerhard Lange, 1952), ThreePartySystemA, ThreePartySystemB, ThreePartySystemC, Vasarely (named in honor of Op artist Victor Vasarely; based on a modular font by Jean Larcher).
- Fonts made in 1999: BrideOfTheMonsterStencil, Bubble Gum Rock A and B (1999-2002), CheltPressDark, CheltPressDarkVariegated, CheltPressLigh, CheltPressLightVariegated, CheltPress, Esquivel, EsquivelEngraved, Fulton Artistamp, MADFONT, Smellvetica, SmellveticaOutline, Vedette Blanche (movie roll font), VedetteNoire.
- Fonts made in 1998: BrideOfTheMonster (caps and numbers are based on Rudolph Koch's Neuland), Cheapskate family, Dominican (coffee bean bag font), Landmark, OldeChicago (based on the Apple Chicago font), Ricecakes, SavingsBond extended in 2006 to National Debt, National Debt Hilite and National Debt 3D), StampAct, StampActJumbled, Thanksgiving, Virile Open, Virile Solid.
- Typefaces from 2011: Bingo Dingo (dingbats inspired by the classic Mexican board game, Lotería), ManuCrypt (blackletter), Waldorf Text (blackletter).
- Typefaces from 2012: Curator (a compact handwriting font), Seafare (circus style face), Hardline (op art prismatic style), London (inspired by London, Susan Kare's bitmap-style Olde English designed for Apple in the early 1980s. Variations include cross-stitch, harlequin (black and white diamonds), and shaded (diagonal lines)).
Link at Dafont. . Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
Defunct film type era foundry started in 1954 in New York City. Its 1959 catalog has 458 typefaces, and its 1984 catalog had blossomed to 1319 photo types. George Abrams started out at Headliners. Headliners is also famous for its release of The Morgan Press collection of wood faces. Headliners moved to the suburbs of New York City and set the trend for some years with its Neo series in 1979. ITC and Headliners were then known for their typefaces with large x-height. [Google]
Youngest son of Darius Wells, and, just like his father, a wood type manufacturer in New York. His father's company had fallen into the hands of E.R. Webb, who died in 1864. It was then that Heber Wells, together with Alexander Vanderburgh and Henry Low took over, to form Vanderburgh, Wells&Co. Heber Wells buys out the others some time later, and the company becomes just Heber Wells. It was absorbed by Hamilton in 1898.
Digital typefaces based on Heber Wells's work include Mansard ExtraBold (2005, Jordan Davies) and the following typefaces by Dick Pape: AWT Heber Well Teniers Unique (2013), AWT Page No. 851 (2013, after a fon by William H. Page from 1878, but essentially the same as Mansard by Heber Wells), AWT Page Roman Aetna (2013, after an 1870 typeface by William Pagem, which is essentially Painter's Roman by Heber Wells; see also Doric by Morgans Wilcox). [Google]
Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman
Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, who is usually referred to as H.N. Werkman, was born in 1882 in Leens, The Netherlands. He died in 1945 in bakkeveen, The Netherlands. He was a well-known Dutch artist, typographer and printer. In 1908, he founded a printing and publishing house in Groningen. It closed in 1923, but Werkman started anew with a small workshop in the attic of a warehouse. Werkman was a member of the artists' group De Ploeg, for which he printed posters, invitations and catalogues. From 1923 to 1926, he produced his own English-named avant-garde magazine The Next Call, which, like other works of the period, included collage-like experimentation with typefaces, printing blocks and other printers' materials. He also used stenciling and stamping to achieve unique effects.
Regarding his death, I cite Wikipedia: In May 1940, soon after the German invasion of the Netherlands, Werkman, together with his friend August Henkels and others, began publishing a series of Hassidic stories from the legend of the Baal Shem Tov through their clandestine publishing house De Blauwe Schuit ("The Blue Barge"). Running to forty publications, all designed and illustrated by Werkman, the series was a subtly rebellious commentary on the Nazi occupation and a call for spiritual resistance. On 13 March 1945, the Gestapo arrested Werkman, executing him by firing squad along with nine other prisoners near the village of Bakkeveen on 10 April, three days before Groningen was liberated. Many of his paintings and prints, which the Gestapo had confiscated, were lost in the fire that broke out during the battle between German and Canadian forces over the city.
Several typefaces were made that were inspired by Werkman. There are also entire web site and exhibitions dedicated to Werkman---see, e.g., the site of Bunker Type (Jesus Morentin) in Barcelona. A partial list of revival typefaces:
Groninger Museum link. [Google]
Herbert F. Van Brink
Hernández Type (was: Estudio de diseño Calderón)
[Daniel Hernández Sanchez]
Estudio de diseño Calderón in Chile had the work of two Chilean designers:
- Daniel Hernández has some free fonts at Dafont and Font Squirrel. Klingspor link. His award-winning fonts include Stgotic textura (2006), Stgotic Fracktur (pixel blackletter), and the (free) unicase piano key font Pincoya Black (2008), which was based on Spanish Civil War poster, and won an award at Tipos Latinos 2010. He calls his ultra fat Roxy (2009) tipografia desde el culo del mundo.
Behance link. His Flickr page. His lettering.
Hernandez Bold (2010, Sudtipos) has slabs, serifs, and plenty of round curves. It won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012.
Rita (2010, Sudtipos) is an ultra-slab face inspired by the fat wood types. Merced (2011) is a thin monoline sans. Sanchez (2011, Latinotype and YWFT) is a slab serif family with a free weight. In 2013, he published the beautiful sequel, Sanchez Slab, which is patterned after Rockwell.
- Javier Quintana created the smooth and delectable text family Berenjena in 2007. He also made the roundish display face Botota (2007), which is reminiscent of market signage in Santiago.
- Monroe (2010, Sudtipos) is a swashy slab family. See it in action in this I Love New York poster.
- Patagon (2011, Latinotype) is a rounded wood-inspired poster face done with Daniel Hernandez and Luciano Vergara.
- Guadalupe (+Gota, 2011, Latinotype). A hairline didone family with sufficient contrast and frilliness to satisfy the fashion mags.
- Andes (2011, Latinotype). This is a playful slightly swashy sans family. Followed by Andes Italic (2012) and Andes Condensed (2012).
- Bosque (2012) is a wood style family codesigned with Paula Nazal at Latinotype.
- Magallanes (2012, Daniel Hernandez) is a contemporary neohumanist sans serif typeface family covering Ultra Light to Black. This typeface was followed by the 8-style Magallanes Essential (2012) and by Magallanes Condensed (2013).
- Trend (2013). A layered type system done together with Paula Nazal Selaive. Followed by Trend Hand Made also in 2013.
- With Eli Hernandez, Daniel Hernandez published the unicase typeface family Grota in 2013.
- Roble (2013): A slab serif font family which Daniel places halfway between Andes and Sanchez. It is characterized by its clampy backbitten lower case c.
- Together with Miguel Hernandez at Latinotype in 2014, Daniel Hernandez designed the 1930s sans family Arquitecta, which is promoted as an alternative for Futura, Kabel and Avant Garde.
The foundry became Hernández Type at some point. The fonts there, repeated from the former foundry, include Patagon, Merced, Hernandez Bold, Monroe, Pincoya Black Pro, Rita Bold and Fat, and Pincoya Black Free. [Google]
HiH (Hand in Hand)
Tom Wallace's foundry, HiH (est. 2005), was first located in Woodbridge, CT. Subsequently, Tom Wallace (b. 1944) moved from Woodbridge to Naugatuck to Waterbury and finally in 2009 to New Britain, CT. His type designs are based on historical letterforms:
- Augsburger Initialen and Augsburger Schrift (2001), an art nouveau pair found in Ludwig Petzendorfer's Treasury of authentic art nouveau alphabets, decorative initials, monograms, frames and ornaments (1984, Dover). Augsburger Schrift is originally due to Peter Schnorr (1901, Berthold). In 2007, Wallace added Augsburger Ornamente.
- Figgins Tuscan (2005) is based on the first metal Tuscan typeface by Figgins in 1817.
- Freak, based on Bamboo (1889, The Great Western Type Foundry). HiH explains: Great Western became Barnhart Brothers & Spindler in 1868. At some point, prior to 1925, Freak was renamed Bamboo by BB&S. It was delisted when BB&S was absorbed by ATF in 1929. Compare with Dan Solo's Bamboo (2004).
- Gradl Initialen (2005): based on caps designed by Max Joseph Gradl ca. 1900 for engraving on his art nouveau jewelry in Germany. Samples are in Petzendorfer.
- Huxley Alt (2005), an alternative to the ultra-condensed Lutherian church font Huxley Vertical (or Aldous Vertical) by Walter Huxley (ATF). Huxley Amore (2006) is a major extension of this, and Huxley Cyrillic (2008) adds Russian characters.
- Künstler Grotesk (2005): a simple blackletter caps face based on a design seen in Petzendorfer's book.
- Page No. 508 (2006): Page No. 508 was designed by William H. Page in 1887 as one of a series of designs for die-cut wood types for the firm of Page & Setchell of Norwich, CT. Page & Setchell was the successor to The William H. Page Wood Type Company and was sold to the Hamilton Manufacturing Company of Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1891.
- Pekin (2005): first designed by Ernst Lauschke in 1888 at the Great Western Foundry under the name Dormer.
- Schnorr Dekorativ, Demi Bold and Initialen (2007), all due to Peter Schnorr (ca. 1900), as well as Schnorr gestreckt (2006), an art nouveau face from 1898.
- Rundgotisch (2005): based on a design by Schelter and Giesecke, ca. 1900.
- Edison (2005) is based on Edison Swirl SG, a Spiece Graphics digitization of a late 18-th century design of the Bauersche Giesserei.
- Bethlehem Star (2005) is based on the typeface Accent with the permission of URW++: HiH only added stars to the glyphs.
- Secession (2006): a sans family with art nouveau twists.
- French Plug (2007): A sign painters font based upon work of Frank H. Atkinson, a popular Art Nouveau sign painter in Chicago, who worked for Cadillac, and published Sign Painting in 1908.
- T-Hand Monoline (2007): a printed script family.
- Figgins Antique (2007): an all-caps black slab serif headline face based on Figgins, ca. 1815.
- Mulier Moderne (2007): Based on a font designed ca. 1894 by E. Mulier, a French art nouveau era artist.
- Regina Cursiv (2007): an art nouveau design.
- Edelgotisch (2007): a bold Jugendstil design (with caps), based on a design released by Schelter & Giesecke of Leipzig, Germany about 1898 and is very similar to Eckmann-Schrift released by Rudhard'schen Giesserei (later Klingspor) during the same period.
- Teutonia (2007), a revival of Teutonia by Roos & Junge, a squarish art nouveau face. HiH writes: There are many quite similar attempts in the field of topography. In 1883, Baltimore Type Foundry released its Geometric series. In 1910, Geza Farago in Budapest used a similar letter design on a Tungsram light bulb poster. In 1919 Theo van Doesburg, a founder with Mondrian and others of the De Stijl movement, designed an alphabet using rectangles only -- no diagonals. In 1923, Joost Schmidt at Bauhaus in Weimar took the same approach for a Constructivist exhibit poster. The 1996 Agfatype Collection catalog lists a Geometric in light, bold and italic that is very close to the old Baltimore version. And in 2008, HiH itself published Baltimore Geometric.
- Austin Antique, based on Richard Austin's 1827 antique typeface.
- Morris Gothic, Morris Ornaments and Morris Initials One and Two (2007): The gothic that Morris designed was first used by his Kelmscott Press for the publication of the Historyes Of Troye in 1892. It was called Troy Type and was cut at 18 points by Edward Prince. It was also used for The Tale of Beowulf. The typeface was re-cut in at 12 points and called Chaucer Type for use in The Order of Chivalry and The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Morris' objective is designing his gothic was to preserve the color and presence of his sources, but to create letters that were more readable to the English eye. ATF copied Troy and called it Satanick. Not only was the ATF version popular in the United States; but, interestingly, sold very well in Germany. There was great interest in that country in finding a middle ground between blackletter and roman styles -- one that was comfortable for a wider readership. The Morris design was considered one of the more successful solutions.
- Larisch (2007): a hand-lettered design by the Austrian calligrapher and teacher, Rudolf von Larisch. The original was used for the title page of the 1903 edition of Beispiele Kunstlerischer Schrift Examples of Artistic Writing).
- Patent Reclame (2007): an art nouveau face first cast around 1895 by Schriftgeisserei Flinch, and then by Stephenson Blake, ca. 1896.
- Jugendstil Initials (2007): a blackletter designed by Heinrich Vogeler around 1905.
- Wedding (2007): a multi-style English blackletter family, based on a Morris Fuller Benton original called Wedding Text.
- Brass (2007): two blackletter faces from the early 1500s described by Alexander Nesbitt in his Decorative Alphabets And Initials (Mineola, NY, 1959) as initials and stop ornaments from brasses in Westminster Abbey.
- Auchentaller (2007), a monoline art nouveau face inspired by a travel poster by Josef Maria Auchentaller (b. Vienna, 1865, d. Grado, 1949; studied at the Vienna Academy, professor in Munich, member of the secession from 1898, artist) in 1906.
- Phinney Jenson (2007): a Venetian by Nicolas Jenson from the 15th century, about which Wallace writes: In 1890 a leader of the Arts & Crafts movement in England named William Morris founded Kelmscott Press. He was an admirer of Jensons Roman and drew his own somewhat darker version called Golden, which he used for the hand-printing of limited editions on homemade paper, initiating the revival of fine printing in England. Morris' efforts came to the attention of Joseph Warren Phinney, manager of the Dickinson Type Foundry of Boston. Phinney requested permission to issue a commercial version, but Morris was philosophically opposed and flatly refused. So Phinney designed a commercial variation of Golden type and released it in 1893 as Jenson Oldstyle. Phinney Jenson is our version of Phinneys version of Morris' version of Nicolas Jensons Roman.
- Advertisers Gothic (2008): based on Robert Wiebking's tasteless 1917 design for Western Typefoundry. HiH writes: Advertisers Gothic is bold and brash, like the city it comes from, Chicago. It was designed by the accomplished German-American matrix engraver, Robert Wiebking, for the Western Type Foundry in 1917. As its name suggests, it was designed for commercial headliner work, much as Publicity Gothic by Sidney Gaunt for BB&S the year before. See our Publicity Headline.
- Publicity Headline (2006): an allcaps version of Sidney Gaunt's advertising typeface, Publicity Gothic (1916, Barnhart Brothers & Spindler). Its heavy weight and robust strength allows it to be used against complex backgrounds or reversed out on dark backgrounds without getting lost.
- Herold (2008): a revival of Berthold Herold Reklameschrift BQ (Hermann Hoffmann, 1901), an art nouveau advertising typeface.
- Yes Dear (2008) is a funny hyper-curly blackletter face.
- Besley Clarendon (2008) is the HiH version of the Clarendon registered by Robert Besley and the Fann Street Foundry in 1845. This condensed face was very popular in the 19th century, and was copied by most foundries of that era. It was followed by Gutta Percha (2008), a Clarendon in which the upper case letters are dropcaps.
- Waltari (2008): a revival of Walthari (1899, Heinz König for the Rudhardsche Giesserei), a Jugendstil type.
- Hispania Script (2008): revival of a pirate map script face by Schelter & Giesecke (1890).
- Cloudy Day (2008), an alphading.
- HiH stumbled on a 1902 publication by Bruno Seuchter called Die Fäche, in which he found the art nouveau face that HiH revived in 2008 as Seuchter Experimental.
- Petrarka ML (2006). HiH writes: Petrarka may be described as a Condensed, Sans-Serif, Semi-Fatface Roman. Huh? Bear with me on this. The Fatface is a name given to the popular nineteenth-century romans that where characterized by an extremity of contrast between the thick and thin stroke. The earliest example that is generally familiar is Thorowgood, believed to have been designed by Robert Thorne and released by Thorowgood Foundry in 1820 as "Five-line Pica No. 5." Copied by many foundries, it became one of the more popular advertising types of the day. Later, in the period from about 1890 to 1950, you find a number of typeface designs with the thin stroke beefed up a bit, not quite so extreme. What you might call Semi-Fatfaced Romans begin to replace the extreme Fatfaces. Serifed designs like Bauer's Bernard Roman Extra Bold and ATF's Bold Antique appear. In addition, we see the development of semi-fatface lineals or Sans-Serif Semi-Fatfaces. Examples include Britannic (Stephenson Blake), Chambord Bold (Olive), Koloss (Ludwig & Mayer), Matthews (ATF) and Radiant Heavy (Ludlow). Petrarka has much in common with this latter group, but is distinguished by two salient features: it is condensed and it shows a strong blackletter influence, as seen in the ‘H’ particularly.
- Haunted House (2008), Halloween-themed fonts.
- Gothic Tuscan One (2008) is an all-caps condensed gothic with round terminals and decorative Tuscan center spurs. It was first shown by William H. Page of Norwich, CT, among his wood type specimen pages of 1859.
- HiH Firmin Didot (2008) is a one-style didone based on an 1801 version of Didot. It led to a combined alphabet/stick people alphading called Gens de Baton (2008) after a lower case alphabet that appeared in the Almanach des Enfants pour 1886 (Paris, 1886) under the title Amusing Grammar Lessons.
- Shout (2008), a Compacta-like fat headline sans about which HiH writes: Its lineage includes the Haas Type Foundrys 19th century advertising font, Kompakte Grotesk, which Jan Tschichold (1902-1974) dryly described as extended sans serif and which graphic designer Roland Holst (1868-1938) would have disapprovingly referred to as a shout, as opposed to the quiet presentation of information that he believed was the proper function of advertising. In 1963 Letraset released what appears to be an updated variation in multiple weights designed by Frederick Lambert called Compacta. Shout draws heavily on Compacta, as well as other similar fonts of the 50s and 60s like Eurostile Bold Condensed and Permanent Headline. In weight, it falls about halfway between Compacta Bold and Compacta Black.
- The heavy art deco faces Guthschmidt and Guthschmidt Condensed (2008) are based on a 1924 KLM Royal Dutch Airline poster designed by Anthonius Guthschmidt. The poster draws on the imagery of the legend The Flying Dutchman.
- Cherub and Cherub Caps (2008) are based on Phinney Jenson. Not to be confused with the many fonts that already existed with that name, such as Cherub from House of Lime, Twopeas, Graph Edge Fonts, and Fuelfonts.
- HiH Large (2009) is a poster sans.
- Mira (2009) is an art nouveau / Victorian face patterned after a font by the Roos & Junge Foundry in Offenbach, ca. 1902.
- Thorowgood Sans (2009): A three-dimensional all-cap font for title use, Thorowgood Sans Shaded was released by the Fann Street Foundry of W. Thorowgood & Co. in 1839. Interestingly, it more closely resembles Figgins' Four-Line Emerald Sans-Serif Shaded of 1833 than Fann Street's own Grotesque Shaded of 1834 (with light and shadow reversed).
- Fantastic ML (2009): an art nouveau face originally released as "Modern Style" by Fonderie G. Peignot & Fils, Paris, France some time before 1903.
- Gundrada ML (2010): a medieval style face inspired by the lettering on the tomb of Gundrada de Warenne, who was buried at Southover Church at Lewes, Sussex, in the south of England in 1085.
- Wedge Gothic (2010). HiH writes: Wedge Gothic ML is the original name of this font released by Barnhart Bros. and Spindler of Chicago in 1893. [...] The typeface was dropped for awhile -- it does not appear in the 1907 catalog for example -- but reappeared in 1925 as Japanette. McGrew says that the new name was Japanet. It was recast by ATF in 1954.
- Norwich Aldine ML (2010) is an all caps typeface with enlarged serifs, designed and produced in wood by William H. Page of Norwich, CT in 1872.
- Rodchenko Constructed ML (2010) is constructivist (Latin and Cyrillic).
- Cruickshank ML (2012): a decorative typeface from the late Victorian period. The typeface was designed by William W. Jackson and released by MacKellar, Smiths and Jordan Type Foundry of Samson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1886.
Habana Deco ML (2013).
View Tom Wallace's fonts. View the typefaces designed by Tom Wallace. MyFonts link. [Google]
In 1850, these brothers, who had previously worked for Edwin Allen in South Windham, CT, start a wood type manufacturing business in Lebanon, CT, and move to Willimantic, CT, the next year. A few years later, they were joined by Stark, and the company was renamed Bill, Stark, and Co. In early 1854, it is renamed again to H. and J. Bill Co., but closes its doors later that year. Their equipment gets purchased by William Page in 1856 who will start his own successful wood type company, Page&Bassett. [Google]
Hucklebuck Design Studio
Andy Hayes (Hucklebuck Design Studio, springfield, OH) created Reverend Italic (2011), an architectural drawing italic as seen on Foundfont. Priest Condensed (2011) is a condensed wood type headline face. It is unclear if they also made the grotesk face Modelfont (2011). Vanity Numbers (2009) is a number font based on old Californian license plates. Model Plane Slab (2009) is a slab serif headline face with wood type influences. In 2010, they made M.C. Gothic Condensed. Grain-O (2011) is another grotesk headline face.
In 2012, Andy Hayes desgned Bad Postcard and Postal Gothic. [Google]
[Juan José Lopez]
Huy Fonts is a foundry in Madrid run by Juan José Lopez. Lopez made Choriza and Choriza Sans (2013: sausage-inspired type), Adoquin (2013), the informal sketchified family Bodoniez (2011), Chiripa (2011, handprinted), Hands Up (2011, various hands, including "thumbs up", "a OK", "the finger", and fists), Paquita Pro (2011, informal lettering), Ultramarina (2011, a quaint face based on wood type headline examples), and Pichi (2011).
Earlier, Lopez was a T-shirt designer, who also used the name Juanjo Lopez. Old page of Juanjez Nikis.
At Dafont, one could download the headline handwriting font Paquita (2006), a predecessor of Paquita Pro.
View Juanjo Lopez's typefaces. [Google]
[Hannes von Döhren]
Hannes von Döhren (b. 1979, Berlin) is a Berlin-based designer (b. 1979). His foundry is HVD Fonts. He started out with free handwriting and grunge fonts such as HVD Comic Serif Pro (2009, an alternative to Comic Sans, according to HVD), The Subway Types (2009, a graffiti family: Shik (New York), Deon (Paris) and Etan (Berlin) came together to show the typical tag styles of their respective metropolitan areas. The fonts were digitized, spaced, kerned and programmed by Hannes von Döhren).
Later he went commercial, first at T-26, and then under his own label, HVD Fonts. His typefaces: Shelton (2008, T-26), HVD Peace (2008, an army stencil font), HVD Comic Serif (2007, a serifed spoof on Comic Sans), HVD Rowdy (2007), HVDSpencils-Block (2007, stencil), HVDSpencils (2007, stencil), HVD Steinzeit (2005), HVD Edding 780, HVD Rawcut (2005), HVD Age 11 (2006), HVD Shelton (2008, T-26: wood type grunge), HVD Bodedo (2009, potato-Bodoni lettering), Quench Pro (2008, Linotype), HVD Peace (2008), and HVD Poster (2006, grunge).
Typefaces made in 2009: Grandma (great hand-printed style---move over, Comic Sans), Christmas Dingbats, ITC Chino (a soft-edged signage and sans family, done with Livius Dietzel), Klint (sans family, +Rounded), Brevia (a soft sans in seven styles), Cowboyslang (a Western slab serif family), Embryo (superblack), Embryo Open, and Opal, a classy old style text family with tall ascenders. Bumper (2009) is an ultra-black sans family in a style related to Impact.
Typefaces from 2010: FF Basic Gothic (a grotesk family done with Livius Dietzel), Reklame Script, Shelton (grunge), Blow Up is a fat balloon font. His masterpiece of 2010 and perhaps of his career thus far is the Brandon Grotesque family that relives the 20s and 30s. [A year after I wrote the previous sentence, Brandon Grotesque won an award at TDC2 2011, and all during 2011, it was the most sold face at MyFonts.] Livory (2010, with Livius Dietzel) is a rounded serif type family of four fonts influenced by the French Renaissance Antiquas from the 16th century.
Production in 2011: Brix Slab and Brix Slab Condensed (24 styles in all, done with Livius Dietzel), Pluto (16-style semi-scriptish sans family, +Italics), Cheap Pine (a wood type caps family), Supria Sans (free web font family; +Black). Together with Supria Sans Condensed, this 36-style family is a basic sans workhorse. It won an award at TDC2 2011.
Typefaces from 2012: Shelton Slab (eroded wood type look), Diamonds (geometric caps only family), Pluto Sans, Love Potion No. 10.
Typefaces from 2013: Embryo Tiny, Niveau Serif (an engravers / copperplate style typeface), Niveau Grotesk, Mikado (signage family for games, food and advertising with a lot of genetic material from Brandon Grotesque: Mikado Bold Demo is free), Brandon Text (similar to, but with a higher x-height and more rounded corners than Brandon Grotesque, it is more appropriate for long texts and small print), FF Mark (together with Christoph Koeberlin and the FontFont team: this font is marketed as Ze new Germanetric sans; one weight is free).
Typefaces from 2014: Brandon Printed (a caps-only letterpress version of Brandon Grotesque).
Dafont link. URL at T-26. Abstract Fonts link. Another URL. Behance link. Alternate URL. MyFonts link. Font Squirrel link. Fontspring link. Fontsy link. Pic.
View Hannes von Döhren's typefaces. [Google]
Commercial fonts with free demos. This company seems to have started in 2013, but there is no clue as to its location---probably UK or USA. The typefaces from 2013 include Strong Glasgow (arts and crafts typeface), Deadmobil (a grungy version of the Mobil logo font), Midnight Moon, Google Spies, Tarantino (grungy wood type), Bronx Bystreets (grunge), Hidden Archives, Stallions, Hidden Archives (grunge), Broken Detroit (grunge), Motor (2013, a lovely scratchy grunge face), New Motor (2013), Twisted Stallions (scratchy typeface), Stallions, Dust Overhaul and Grunge Overlords.
Typefaces from 2014: Polar Vortex (grungy, 3d, beveled), Crushed, Flexsteel (techno).
Dafont link. Fontspace link. [Google]
Vienna-based type designer who made the stencil type family Brilliant in 2010 at Facetype.
Still at Facetype, he cooperated with Michael Hager on Stanley Slab (2012), which is an interpretation of wood type combined with the idea of modern stencils. Stanzer (2010, a unicase typeface done with Michael Hager) is an interpretation of wood type combined with the idea of modern stencils.
Vendetta (2011) is a multilingual text type family that support Latin and Cyrillic.
Wiener is an upright italic created with a bamboo-pen.
Typo Passage is a high-contrast piano key display typeface.
In 2013, he graduated from the MATD program at the University of Reading. His graduation typeface was Salom [peace]: Salom is a type family for complex, yet lively typography, supporting Arabic, Hebrew and Latin. The purpose of this typeface is to balance all three scripts in equal harmony, keeping in mind their individual cultural heritage. Salom is designed to bridge challenging typography with the outspoken voice of the streets. The family comes in Light, Regular, Semi Bold, Bold and Black, every weight in three styles, Roman, Italic and Stencil.
Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Design company in Brazil run by Paulo W (b. 1970) from Recife. Paulo W is a gaúcho (Brazilian southerner), with interests in multiple areas, including poetry (he has published the digital opus Magical Book), graphic design and, most recently, type design.
Dafont link. MyFonts. MyFonts link. Abstract Fonts link. YWFT link. Behance link. Blog. Home page. Fonthaus. Monotype. Eshops. Facebook. Flickr. Klingspor link. Wordpress. Devian tart. T26. Linkedin. Identifont. Linotype. ITC. Faces.co. His typefaces:
- Free fonts: CornPop Three (borders), Too Good To Be True (2013, retro script), Blanchard Inland (2013), Living Together (2013), Arresto (2013, brush script), Hertziano (2013, non-connected fat script), Japanese Tourist (2013), Nouveau Never Dies Free (2013), The Beat Goes On (2012, fifties script), Stencix (2012), Figgins Brute Trash (grunge), Fontaniolo Beveled (2011, ornamental caps), Czech Gotika (2011), Random Dingbats (2011), Victorian Free Ornaments (2011), Rustic (2011), Armorial (2011), Woman Silhouettes (2011), The Nile Song (2010, hieroglyphics), Smith Typewriter (2009), Sign Flags (2010, semaphore dingbats), Senectus Morbus (2010), MesoAmerica (2010, Indian symbols), ClassicSketches (2010, dingbats), Columns (2010, dingbats of Greek and Roman columns), EasyCuneiform (2010), EasyLombardicTwo (2010), EasyOpenFace (2010, blackboard bold style), Egidia (2010), Significante (2010, dingbats with, e.g., gender symbols), WhiteDominoes (2010, domino pieces), Easy Heraldics (2010), Intellecta Heraldics (2010), Heraldic Devices (2011), KidingsFree (2010, dingbats), RoughTuscan (2010), The French (2009, Fleur de Lys dings), AprendizCaligrafico (2010), Volitiva (2006, Trajan caps and chancery lower case, all based on work by Ludovico Vicentino Arrighi), Gaivota (2006), KurrentKupferstichThin (2006), PaulKlein (2010), PaulKleinTwo (2010), PortuguesArcaicoLectura (2005), ReproxScript (2009, based on Jerry Mullen's Repro Script from 1953-1954), RickGearyHomage (2007, scanbats), WestBalaio (2006, ornamental caps), Corto Maltese (2006, scanbats), Renaissance Coiffure (2006), Renaissance Ornaments (2007), Renaissance Shoes (2012, free), TTF Tattoef (2006, tattoo-inspired dingbats), ExperiTypo5 (2006), Lower Metal (2006), Geometric Serif PW (2006), Geometric (2006), Geometric Petras PW (2006), War II Warplanes (2005), Carbono (2005), Times New Vespasian (2005), BoldBold (2005), Vengeance (2005), Doppleganger (2005), Chancelaresca (2005), Cursivo Saxonio (2005), Gotische Minuskel 1269 (2005: a Kanzlei Schrift after Dekan Hermann zu Soest, 1269) and Guto Lacaz (2005, dingbats).
- Richard Gans revival project: Gans Tipo Adorno, Gans Lath Modern, Gans Titular Adornada (2006), Gans Ibarra (2006), Gans Antigua (2006), Gans Antigua Manuscrito (2006), Gans Radio Lumina (2006), Gans Fulgor (2006), Gans Carmem Adornada (2006), Gans Italiana (2006, extensive Italian-style slab serif family), Gans Titania (2007), Gans Titania Adornada (2007), Gans Titular (2007), Gans Gotico Globo (2007: 9 styles by Iza W), Gans Royality (2007: 3 styles by Iza W), Gans Headpieces (2008), Gans Rasgos Escritura (2010: filets---followed in 2011 by Rasgos Escritura Nuevos), Gan Esquinazos (2010, frames), Gans Blasones (2010, shields), Gans Neoclassic Fleurons (2008), Gans Classical Fleurons, Gans Ding.
- Wood-inspired faces: Dead Wood Rustic (2007), Taranatiritza (5 wood type styles, after William Hamilton Page), Majestade (2007, by Iza W---two Tuscan style faces), Decorative Tuscanian (2007), Concave Tuscan (2010, wood type), Palermo (2007, by Iza W---Tuscan style family), Teatro (2009, Tuscan), Bruce Double Pica (2009, Tuscan; the Beveled weight is free), Antique Extended (2010, slab serif wood type), Dark Wood (2009, gothic), Dark Wood Beveled (2011).
- Charles Bluemlein's script revivals: Bluelmin Kisaburo (2013), Bluelmin Ralph (2012), Bluelmin Ronald (2012), Bluelmin Sandsfort (2012) and Bluelmin Benedict (2012). (2012).
- Blackletter: Salterio (2012, +Trash, +Three, +Gradient, +Shadow, +Shadow Two), Leothric (2011, bastarda), Bruce 532 Blackletter (2011, after George Bruce), Schneider Buch Deutsch (2007, +Trash, +Shadow, +Shadow Two), Schneidler halb fette Deutsch (2009, +Beveled), Schneidler Zierbuchstaben, Hostetler Fette Ultfraktur Ornamental (2007, blackletter caps), Gothic 16 CG (2007), Gothic 16 CG Decorative (2007, blackletter caps), Schneidler Grobe Gotisch (2008, Iza W, T-26), Allerlei Zierat (2008, ornament fonts based on a 1902 catalog of Schelter & Giesecke), Allerlei Zierat Capitals (2007), Psalter Gotisch (2009, a blackletter after the Benjamin Krebs blackletter face by the same name, ca. 1890), Münster-Gotische (2009, a blackletter family after a 1896 face by the same created by Schelter&Giesecke), Koberger N24 Schwabacher (2007), Student's Alphabet (2007, blackletter), Like Gutemberg Caps (2007), Nürnberg Schwabacher, Gotische Frame (2007: four framed blackletter styles by Iza W), Gotische (2007: ten ornate blackletter styles by Iza W), Gothic Garbage, Gothic Shadow, Gothic Trashed, Gothic Flourish (2009), Gotica Moderna (octagonal, blackletter), AltDeutsch (2007, four severe blackletter fonts by Iza W), Fin Fraktur, Gotische Bouffard, Heimat RGS, Gothic Handtooled Bastarda (2006), HostetlerFetteUltfrakturOrnamental (2007, blackletter caps), Gothic Handtooled Bastarda (2006).
- Historical revivals: Pantographia (2010: a digitization, as is, of several alphabets from Edmund Fry's Pantographia, 1799), Caslon2000, Caslon B, Delamotte Large Relief (2010), Figgins Brute (2007: 8 heavy Egyptian styles by Iza W based on Figgins' 1817 specimen book), Erased Figgins Brute (2007), Gras Vibert (2007, a didone family; followed by Gras Vibert Two in 2009).
- Erotic or human alphabets: American Way of Life (2011), Roman Silhouettes (2011), Silvestre Weygel (2007, named after Martin Weygel'a erotic alphabet from 1560, which in turn was based on Peter Flötner's 1534 alphabet), Gravure (caps face made of human silhouettes), Innocence (2007, dingbats of girls).
- Medieval chancery hand: Portugues Arcaico (2005, three medieval handwriting styles), Kurrent Kupfertisch (2006, a medieval hand done with Fernanda Salmona), Dovtrina Christam 1622 (authentic old manuscript face), Catania (2007, exquisite medieval caps in 3 styles by Iza W).
- Typewriter faces: Remix Typewriter (2012), Smith Trash (2012), Neo Bulletin (2010, +Trash), Remington PW (old typewriter face), Olivetti Linea (old typewriter face), Erased Typewriter 2 (2007: 4 styles by Paulo W), RIP Typewriter (2009), Shadow Typewriter (2007), Underwood Typewriter (by Iza W).
- Calligraphic: Bradstone Parker Script (after Zaner's penmanship), Jan van den Velde Script (2011, based on the penmanship of Jan van den Velde as illustrated in vna den Velde's 1605 book Spieghel der schrijfkonste; developed jointly by Paulo and Iza W), Penabico (2010, with Iza W); Penabico is a free interpretation of the copperplate script styles to be found in the Universal Penman, London, 1741, by George Bickham---it contains over 1500 calligraphic glyphs and 250 ornaments. Samples of Penabico: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix), Easy Calig, Intellecta Mixed Script (2008), Spencerian Constancia (2008), Calligraphia Latina Soft4 (2010, quilled ornaments), Intellecta Script commercial (2009), Spencerian By Product (2009), Spencerian Palmer Penmanship Pro (2010), Indenture English Penman (2010), Calligraphia Latina (2008-2010, in weights called Soft2, Dense, 3, Soft4, Mixed, Square Edition).
- Victorian, Edwardian: Engel (2007, by Iza W in 15 styles that have a 1870s look), Compendium (Victorian), Costado (2009, a Victorian / Western face).
- Ornamental caps: Doppel Mittel Lapidar Azure (2012), Musirte Antiqua (2012), The House of Usher (2012), Peterlon (2012), Dolphus Mieg Alphabet (2011, +Two), Dolphus Mieg Monograms (2011), Human Nature (2011), English Arabesque Revival 1900 (2011), Imprenta Royal Nonpareil (2011), XVI Century Shaw Woodcuts (2011), Ichweis Caps (2011), Cherubim Caps (2011), Rara Beleza (2011), Gothic 1880 Revival (2011), Angelicaps (2010), Unnamed Caps Two (2010), VertiCaps (2010) Rebimboca Caps (2010), Rebimboca Beveled (2012, free), Rebimboca Gradient (2012, free), Rebimboca Trash (2012, free), Rebimboca Outlined (2012, free), Republica Presente (2010), Speedball Metropolitan Caps (2010, after a design by Ross F. George), Nice Initials (2010), Morphelic (2010), DurerGotischCapitals (2010), Egmontian (2007, ornamental caps family), Saducismus Triumphatus (ornamental caps), Vogus (Victorian caps), Victorian Ornamental Capitals (2009) and Frompac 1889 Arabesque (2007) [both are classical arabesques published in Ludwig Petzendorfer's Schriften-Atlas. Eine Sammlung der wichtigsten Schreib- und Druckschriften aus alter und neuer Zeit nebst Initialen, Monogrammen, Mappen, Landeskarten und heraldischen Motiven fur die praktischen Zwecke des Kunstgewerbes, 1889], Lettrines Petin (+Ornée), Numa Initials (2006), Gradl Initialen, Vampirevich (2009, ornamental caps), Paulus Franck 1602 (2006, ornate caps), Geodec (2006, baroque caps), HostetlerFetteUltfrakturOrnamental (2007, blackletter caps), Cadels (2007, ornate caps by Iza W), Manuscript XIV Century (2007, by Iza W--four Lombardic caps), Merona (2007, by Iza W--ten Lombardic caps fonts), Selena (2007, by Iza W---ornate Victorian caps), Leyenda (great Victorian era ornamental caps), Mixed Capital Style (2007, caps), Lenda (2008, capitals), Kidnaped at Old Times (2008, ornamental caps, ransom note style), Mortised Capitals, Is Not ABrazilian Font (handprinted blackboard bold caps), Robur The Conqueror (2009, ornamental caps), Georgia Capitals (2009), Decadence avec Elegance (exaggerated ornamental caps).
- The American Advertise series: American Advertise No. 9 (2008), American Advertise No. 17 (2007, 19th century caps), American Advertise 018 and 019 (2008), American Advertise Square Series (2007), American Advertise 003 (2012), American Advertise 004 (2010), American Advertise 005 (2010), American Advertise 006 (2010, alphadings), American Advertise 007 (2010, ornamental caps).
- Ornaments, fleurons: Unpublished Ornaments Two (2013), Classix (2012), Cornucopia of Dingbats (2012, +Two, +Three, +Four, +Five, +Six), Cornucopia of Ornaments (2013; +Two, +Three, +Four, +Five, +Six, 2014), Cornucopia Caligrafica (2012), Vintage Hands (2012), Human Silhouettes (2012; +Free, 2013; +Two, 2013; +Human Silhouettes Three, 2013; +Four, 2013; +Five, 2014; +Six, 2014; +Seven, 2014), Easy Fleurons (2012), Floreale Two (2012), Neoclassic Fleurons Free (2011), Calligraphic Frames Soft (2011, +Two), Jugendstil Flowers Free (2011), Easy Ornaments (2011), Blasons (2011), Blasons Free (2012), Armorial (2011), Monograms Soft (2010, with Iza W), Easy Tiles (2010), Free Tiles (2010), Rough Fleurons Two (2010), Vegetable Breath (2010), Corn Pop Plus (2010), Mortised Fleurons (2010), Mortised Ornaments (2011), Mortised Ornaments Free Two (2013), Golden Times (2010), Stahlhelme und Kronen (2010), Rough Fleurons (2006), Nouveau Never Dies (2009, ornaments), GeodecBruceOrnamented6 (2006, after a sample from the Bruce Type Foundry), Grave Ornamental (2006), BlackOrnaments (2008), Hera Hedelix (2009, ornamental tiles), Mortised Ornaments (2009), Soft Fleurons (2007), Half Flower (2007), Frames 1 (2007, by Iza W), Flower Essences, Micro Fleurons (2009), Naturella (2009, leaf and grape dingbats by Iza W), Black Fleurons (2010), Easy Fleurons Two (2011), Intellecta Borders (2008, by Iza W), Intellecta Style (2007, borders).
- Fonts made before 2007: Brute Aldine (2007, Western family), Bad Situation (2007, after a design by Freeman Delamotte from 1864), Benjamin Franklin (2007), Geodec Petras Enhanced (2006), Deutsche Poster (2006), FatFontGrotesk (2006), Orchis (2006, an art deco family by Iza W), Fantis (2006), Frompac (2006, with Iza W), Geodec Fog (2006), Intellecta Modern (2006), Intellecta Modern 2 (2006), Intellecta Romana Humanistica (2006), Advantage (2006, together with Iza W), Biza (2006, together with Iza W), Elegancy (2006, together with Iza W), Estiliza (2006, a sans family together with Iza W), Experitypo 4, Stairway to Heaven, Copperplate PW, Dings PW, Roger Dean, Gliphs PW, Luxeuil, Watchtower Bible 1965, Gabinete Portugues (11 fonts), Elara (2009), Xilografuras (dingbats), Beta, Alta, Paleolitica Nacional, Shakespeare Studs, Copperplate collection (5 fonts), Wine, Ampersamp, James Poem, Leal Conselheiro, Haeckel Enygma, Iza B, Of, Lementa (2006, ornate family), Pirates (dingbats), Wire Clip (2009), Divina Proportione (2009, dingbats), Tharagaverung (2007), Correo (2009, a nice manly bold face), Titivilus (2007, Roman lettering), Pirates De Luxe (2007, dingbats), Geodec Minuskel (2006), Geodec Spyral (2006), Copperplate Decorative (2006), Feosa (2006), Francesco Decorative (2006, Iza W), Geodec Petras Enhanced (2006), Ibarra Flourished (2006), Intellecta Decorative 017 (2006), Intellecta Decorative 018 (2006), Intellecta Slab Bold (2006), Kansas Decorative (2006), Pingente (2006), Sixties Living (2006), Caractere Doublet (2007), DeutschePosterSteinschrift (2007; by Iza W), GP Casual Script (2007), Colonia Portuguesa (2007), Contouration (2007), Deco Experiment 3 (2007), Floresco (2007), Flower Jars (2007, by Iza W---a very nice idea), Frutisis (2007), Intellecta Monograms (2007: 19 monogram fonts by Paulo W), Intellecta Monograms Random Sample (2012-2013: several typefaces), Peloponeso (2007, by Iza W), Porcupine (2007, by Iza W), Southern Flight (2007, by Iza W---condensed), TTF TTTOEF 4 (2007, by Iza W---dingbats), GeodecBruceFlourished, HostetlerNormande, Victorian Ultra Parphernalia (2007), Angels (2007), Angels Free (2013), Mondrongo (2007), Oorlog (2007).
- Fonts in 2008: Das Riese (3d engraved caps, +Shadow), Economica (sans, T26), Antiqua Double 12, Bad Baltimore (+Beveled, +Typewriter), Calligraphia Latina (2008-2009, in weights called Soft2, Dense, 3, Mixed, Square Edition, Free), Fry's Alphabet, Grissom (bug dingbats, by Iza W), Latinish (by Iza W), Lettering Deco (by Iza W), Litho Romana Inland, Quadratta Serif (a slab serif by Fernando Diaz), TTF TATTOEF 7 (by Iza W).
- Fonts made in 2009: Eingraviert (engraved; scans: i, ii, iii), Eingraviert Beveled (2011), Greko Roman Oldstyle, Ortodoxa do oriente, Sans Square, Speedball (by Iza W, Victorian style), Speedball Western Letters (after Ross F. George's lettering), Elara (2009), Intellecta Roman Tall, Force Brute & Ignorance, Sunamy Caps, Starret, The Pilgrim (alphadings), Renaisperian (alphadings), Real Caps Two, Mateus Bold (4 bold styles), Intellecta Crafts (arts and crafts family), Bruce 1490, Bradley Dingies (five dingbat faces, after William H. Bradley), Allerlei Zierat Renaissance, Grave Plus, the grungy Monkey series (Victorian Monkey, Monkey Poesy, Monkey Messed Gutenberg Caps, Monkey Was Here, Monkey Insinuation, Monkey In The Middle Ages), Montezuma (dingbats), Grotesque and Arabesque, Calhambeque (old car dingbats), Eiger (2009, a 3d sketched headline face).
- Faces made in 2010: Polen, Pencraft (capitals were inspired in Swagger Capitals, an original design from Carl Stephen Junge, at Barnhart Brothers & Spindler; lowercase based Pencraft Specials, an ornamental variation of the Pencraft Oldstyle series, as displayed in the BBS catalog from 1922), Salamemingoe (children's hand), BarberPoles, Beware the neighbors (scary), BlackInitialText, CaligrafiaDivina, CornPop, CowboyHippie Pro, Grotesca3-D, Nardis, Senzacuore, Speedball Metropolitan Poster (2010, after a design by Ross F. George), TagWood, Tosca, TypographyTribute, Zooland, Bubbleboddy-Fat, bubbleboddylight-Light, Pretoria Gross (a Victorian family done with Iza W), Wood Font Five, Wood Font Four, Herr Foch (art nouveau), Rebimboca, Octagon French (a 3d beveled face due to George Nesbitt, 1838), Picuxuxo (retro futuristic, comic book style), Large Old English Riband, Ornamental Riband, Kidings (Dutch dingbats), Hostil (originally done in 2007: a headline family; followed by Hostil Shadow Two (free, 2012) and Hostil Gradient (free, 2012)), Grotesca, Heptagon French, Antiquariaat (condensed), Cortinado, Sanoxio (3d headline face), Violentia (grunge), Swirlies (spiral dings).
- Faces from 2011: Dia de los Muertos (fantastic skeletal masks), Inland Becker, Rasgos Escritura Nuevos, Jaggard (2007, a renaissance penmanship caps typeface modeled after Joachim Romann's Queen (1954-1956, Stempel)), Jaggard Two, Naive Ornaments Black, Augustus (+Beveled: roman letters), Sayonara (oriental simulation face; the Beveled style is free), Trash Barusa (inline ornamental face), Free Ribbons, Black Ornaments Three, Calligraphia Latina Soft 5, Heraldic Devices Premium, Ornate Blackboards, Benjamin Franklin Beveled, Baltimore Typewriter Beveled, Bernardo Beveled, Van den Velde Script (a free interpretation of the work of the famous master penman Jan van den Velde, found in the Spieghel der schrijfkonste, in den welcken ghesien worden veelderhande gheschrifften met hare fondementen ende onderrichtinghe (Haarlen, 1605)), Indenture English Penmanship, Penmanship Birds and Ornaments (2012), Beware The Neighboors Shadow (texture face), White Free (shadow face), Delamotte Large Relief Beveled.
- Typefaces made in 2012: Porosa, Presto, Derradeira (signage script), About Sweet Memories (brush script), Intellecta Ribbons, Irrelevante (beveled caps), Laus Sus Chris (Christian dingbats), Unpublished Ornaments, Heavy Squared Writing (brush face), Mezcla Titan, Sweet About (retro script), Publicité, Hard to read monograms, Free Medieval, Doctor Polidori (initial caps), Mixed Silhouettes, Glosilla Castellana Cursiva (inline type family), Sayonax (a textured version of the oriental simulation typeface Sayonara), Wood Stevens (free), Rockabilly (fifties script), Interdite Script (heavy calligraphic face), Prismatica (free), Cristalid (free prismatic face), Zed Leppelin (free), Neo Bulletin Outline (free), Neo Bulletin College (2012), Victorian Free Ornaments (+Two), Spanish Army Shields (+Two), Varius Multiplex, Stephens Heavy Titling.
- Typefaces from 2013: Face of Yesterday (calligraphic script), Ribbon in the sky, Dreamer (a flowing upright semi-connected script), Vorname (blackletter), Barocque Capitals, Close To You (a rabbit-eared script), Wappen (heraldic shields), Eletroz (hand-printed), Morcrepito (blackletter), Metropolitan Poster Black, Animal Solihouettes, Intellecta Pointers and Hands, The Loyalist (script), Vonnegut (a left-leaning script), Perhaps Love (left-leaning script), So Lonely (script), Exposition (upright script), Plaster of Paris (connected script), Volstead (connected script), Versitia (connected script), Porongo (heavy brush script), Fat Fantasy, Das Krieg (soldier dingbats), Corn Pop Two (ornamental corners), Corn Pop Four, Corn Pop Five, Astrodings, Vulnavia Sans (comic book face), Capitular Heraldica, Mirella Initials Ornamntals (a swashy calligraphic script; with Iza W), Carpete (retro script), Free Writer, Round Hand, Exclusivite (fifties script), Hertz Oscillations (fat retro script), Heavy Rock (fifties script), Raindrops (retro script), Ralph Walker (ronde), Exiles (retro signage script), Mr. Richmond Caps (art nouveau alphadings), Berengard Caps Two.
- Typefaces from 2014: Take a Pebble, Corn Pop Five (borders), Kidnapped at German Lands (ransom note font), Kidnapped at German Lands 2.
Illinois-based designer of a revival of Grecian Condensed (2005) from page 272 of Rob Roy Kelly's book American Wood Type: 1828-1900. [Google]
Isaac Ballesté Martorell
Catalan graphic designer who lives in Olot and/or Montblanch. He created the sans family Alfa (2012), in which he attempts to offer total neutrality by taking common legible features from all famous sans typefaces.
Black Flag (2013) is a poster typeface motivated by revolutions. Dans (2013) is a letterpress typeface. [Google]
J. Randall Harris
[Just My Type]
Jack W. Stauffacher
Hunt Roman is a type designed by Hermann Zapf in the early sixties in collaboration with Jack Stauffacher. Jack wrote a lot about typography, e.g., Janson, a Definitive Collection (The Greenwood Press, 1954), Hunt Roman: the birth of a type, (1965), and Inscriptions at the Old Public Library of San Francisco (2003, edited by Jack). Jack was at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) during the early 1960's. He started the Laboratory Press and taught the creative possibilities of letterpress. He left there about 1964. He now runs the Greenwood Press in San Francisco.
Robert Harlan describes Jack Stauffacher's involvement in Sumner Stone's "Cycles" font.
John Berry on Jack Stauffacher and his use of large wooden letters in illustrations. [Google]
James Conner's&Sons United States Type Foundry
19th century New York-based foundry, also called the United States Type Foundry, Conner&Cooke, James Conner&Son, James Conner&Sons, and James Conner's&Sons.
Only a few of its typefaces have been digitized thus far. Among those, we have AWT Connor Tuscan Italian (2013, Dick Pape), Helena Handbasket NF (2005, Nick Curtis) which was modeled after Antique Light (1888). Buffalo Bill (2007, FontMesa) revives a decorative Western style poster font from 1888. Railhead (2007, FontMesa: 4 styles) is a revival of an 1870s type style that was originally available from both Bruce's New York and James Conner's&Sons type foundries. Warp Three NF (2008, Nick Curtis) is a Bank Gothic-style font that borrows its lowercase from Square Gothic (1888, James Conner). Gunsmoke (2010) is a revival of a James Conner's Sons font that has been around the block under different names such as Extended Clarendon Shaded, Original Ornamented and Galena. Ysleta NF (2010, Nick Curtis) revives Conner's Aetna (1888), also known as Painter's Gothic. Conners Corners NF (2010, Nick Curtis) was gleaned from the 1888 specimen books of James Conner's Sons United States Type Foundry. Fists dating from 1888. [Google]
James Edward Hamilton
Aka Edward James Hamilton, born and died in Two Rivers, WI, 1852-1940. Wood type designer and producer active with the Hamilton Manufacturing Co. His innovations led to the production of high quality wood type. Hamilton Manufacturing Co dominated wood type in that era. He designed many wood typefaces, such as Trenton Condensed (1889), digitized in 2005 by Jordan Davies. [Google]
[Hamilton Holly Wood Type Co.]
James L. Stirling
James T. Edmondson
Leeds, UK-based designer. Behance link. Dribble link. In 2011, he was a student at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Old home page. Typefaces:
- 2008: at FontStruct of the blackletter face 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 face 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 codesigned with Trevor Baum.
Chicago, IL, and/or Fredonia, NY-based designer, who runs James Todd Design. His foundry, which sells via MyFonts, is located in Fredonia, NY.
Creator of the text family Garvis (2012), which was inspired by didones and the Dutch Fleischmann types.
In 2013, he designed the wood type revival family HWT Unit Gothic for Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. The Unit Gothic series was released by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in 1907, and comprises a flexible range of widths from compressed to very wide.
Behance link. Dribble link. Fontspring link. [Google]
Aldine (2011, Lost Type) is a wood-look headline face based on original proofs of a 19th Century American Wood Type alphabet, Aldine Expanded. It was created and embellished by Javier Viramontes at the University of Texas, Austin. [Google]
[Albatross (or: Font Deals)]
J.C.C. Dai Davies
Creator of Slab Four Rounded Ext (2010) at Wooden Type Fonts. [Google]
Designer in Tarbes, France, who made Gothic Light (2012) based on a wood type specimen from Hamilton, ca. 1857, called Gothic Light No. 21. Dribble link. He specializes in custom retro type and graphic design. [Google]
Prolific type designer in Florida, b. 1952. His fonts were originally free and consisted largely of dingbats. Around 2005 he went commercial, and now sells his work (over 350 fonts as of 2009) via MyFonts. He has branched out into several font styles, with a soft spot for stencil fonts, fonts for signage, and fonts for advertising. Born in New York, his family moved to Florida in 1963, where he has been ever since. An interview. Alternate URL. Yet another URL with his early free fonts.
My pages on him.
Fontsy link. Picture. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. MyFonts link. Klingspor link. [Google]
[Jeff Levine: Wood type]
Jeff Levine: Wood type
Digital renderings and simulations of wood type by Jeff Levine include Advertiser JNL (2009), Blacksmith JNL (2011, based on a brass stencil image), Brenham JNL (2011), Buckdance JNL (2005, Tuscan), Bushwick JNL (2011, caps-only sans), Cattleman JNL (2013, a condensed French Clarendon), Daily Tablet JNL (2014: based on wood type used gor newspaper headlines), DuBois Block JNL (2008), Elida JNL (2011, a didone all caps wood type family), Elk Grove JNL (2009, based on a wood type called Facade), Emporia JNL (2011), Engine Company JNL (2013), Fort Courage JNL (2014, a French Clarendon), Framingham JNL (2010, a widened version of Nostrand JNL), General Merchant JNL (2013), Hayfork JNL (2011), Ingomar (2006), Lenorah JNL (2009), Lockup JNL (2009), Normandy Isle JNL (2011), Northfork JNL (2010, based on a William H. Page wood type alphabet called Parisian, circa 1857-58), Nostrand JNL (2009, condensed wood type), Notification JNL (2011), Old Wood JNL (2013), Ornery Polecat JNL (2014: Western style), Payson (2009), Rachelle JNL (2009, Italian), Ranch Hand JNL (2013), Roman Wood Type JNL (2012, in the Clarendon Condensed style), Rustic Setting JNL (2013), Saddle Tramp JNL (2013), Sagebrush JNL (2014: modeled after French Clarendon), Sales Book JNL (2013), Shadowland JNL (2014), Shadowlawn JNL (2014), Sidewinder JNL (2013, an ultra-compressed wood type), Splinters JNL (2009, wood pieces), Stockville JNL (2012), Streamwood JNL (2014), Strongbox JNL (2009), Tamarac (2006, slab-serif wood type), Tent Show JNL (2014, based on a French Clarendon circus style), Teterboro JNL (2010; although built from scratch, this slab serif has a wood type feel), Texarkana JNL (2011, based on a classic condensed wood type from the 1800s, and embellished with stars), Topanga JNL (2010, ultra-condensed sans serif wood type), Trail Boss JNL (2011), Troubadour JNL (2011, ornamental wood type), Weekend Tabloid JNL (2009, a sans serif wood type), Westward JNL (2014: circus lettering typeface), Winnetka JNL (2009, octagonal wood type inspired by Cooley Antique Tuscan Condensed---a printer's wood type manufactured in 1859 by J.G. Cooley), Wood Condensed Grotesk (2014), Woodcraft JNL (2013), Woodhaven Initilas JNL (2014), Woodlawn JNL (2013, outlined), Woodmark JNL (2014: based on William H. Page's New Process No. 507), Wood Nouveau (2014), Wood Poster Display JNL (2014), Wood Type Bodoni JNL (2013), Wood Type Grotesk JNL (2014), Woodwork JNL (2014). [Google]
Graphic designer from Groningen, The Netherlands. He is planning digitizations of various wood types he owns. The first one is Origo Narrow (2007), a wood type sans. He also made Sixtypound (2007, an interesting rounded fatface), Rough-Cut Sans (2007) and Jelmar Sans. No downloads. [Google]
New York City-based graphic designer of the squarish typeface Corner Type (2012). [Google]
Designer in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In 2014, he published the excellent Bos Theater Type, a typeface that is reminiscent of rough wood prints and even potato printing. [Google]
Jerry L. Austin
Small wood font archive (wood in the sense of letters that look like they were made from wood). [Google]
Bitstream designer (b. 1955) who lives in Michigan City, IN. At Bitstream, he did in-house work, and had his signature on Candy Bits (1996, an M&M simulation font), Prima Sans (1998), Prima Serif (1998), Prima Sans Monospace (Bitstream, with Sue Zafarana, 1998) and Bitstream Vera (2003).
According to Lyles, Bitstream Vera is actually a detuned Bitstream Prima. Gnome asked that we modify some of the characters in the monospace, particularly for coding legibility. We added a center dot to the zero and modified the lcase l to distinquish it from the figure one. Although I designed Vera (Prima), it was actually Sue Zafarana who adapted it to a mono version, at times a very challenging task. The Vera fonts are also here.
Vera Sans is at the basis of Menlo (2009), a Snow Leopard system font, about which Apple writes: Apple's Menlo is based upon the Open Source font Bitstream Vera and the public domain font Deja Vu.
He revived some Filmotype fonts from the 1950s: Filmotype Jade (2012, based on an original connected script typeface from 1955), Filmotype Reef (2011), Filmotype MacBeth (2007), and Filmotype Austin (2009, brush face).
In 2012, he created a gracious upright script face, Stalemate, which can be downloaded from Google Web Fonts.
The upright connected script Grand Hotel (2012, Google Web Fonts, with Brian Bonislawsky for Astigmatic) finds its inspiration from the title screen of the 1937 film "Cafe Metropole" starring Tyrone Power. The free Rum Raisin was published at Astigmatic One Eye.
Stiggy & Sands is the American typefoundry of Brian Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles, est. 2013. Their first commercial typefaces, all jointly designed, are Luckiest Guy Pro (a fat comic book font based on vintage 1950s ads) and Marcellus Pro (a flared roman inscriptional typeface with both upper and lower case, originally published in 2012 by Astigmatic).
At Hamilton Wood Type, he designed HWT Roman Extended Fatface (2014), which is based on 19th century didone wood styles.
Another MyFonts link. Klingspor link. [Google]
[Stiggy & Sands]
Museum Director of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Wisconsin. He runs letterpress workshops, archives the collection and maintains the museum on a daily basis. [Google]
[Parkinson Type Design]
Buenos Aires-based graphic designer who created the Tuscan typeface Caminitos Adios in 2011 whilestudying at FADU UBA. [Google]
FontStructor who made the Western wood type look face Modern West (2010). [Google]
Wood type manufacturer in Allentown, NJ. Specimen of Leavenworth's Patent Wood Type Manufactured by J.M. Debow (1840s) is on-line at the NYPL. From that book: Italian type, Twelve Lines Gothic. [Google]
Kapitan Studio is Joanna Rzezak and Piotr Karski. Based in Warsaw, they design books, typefaces and magazines. Their typefaces include Captian Blackbeard (2012, a heavy angular condensed caps typeface based on a 19th century wooden type Grecian made by William Page).
Behance link. [Google]
Graphic design student from the Estonian Academy of Arts, whose particular interests lie in web design and typography. His free font Vibur (2010) is a script face based on handwriting.
In 2012, Johan Kallas and Mihkel Virkus designed Ewert, a slab serif wood type inspired by and loosely based on the collection of cultural infographic maps by Estonian graphic artist Olev Soans. Free at Google Web Fonts. They added Revalia later in 2012---see here.
Meie Script (2012, John Kallas and Mihkel Virkus, free at Google Web Fonts) is described as follows: Meie Script is a typeface, which is based on the original 1910 Estonian handwriting standard. It is less flamboyant then its Western European contemporaries. Estonian handwriting has been influenced greatly by German and Russian handwriting styles and Meie Script embodies a mixture of those two styles.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Celebrated American sign painter and type designer (b. Tacoma, WA, 1951), who lives in Iowa City, IA. Brief bio. MyFonts page. FontShop link. Bitstream bio. Klingspor bio. Downer's professional activities include sign painting, lettering, glass gilding, type design, typography, and logo design.
Russian piece by Ilya Ruderman on Downer's lettering. His present company is Voltage. At ATypI 2008 in St. Petersburg, he spoke about revivals, and ran a lettering workshop, something he is famous for at previous ATypI meetings as well. His abstract on font revival reads: To understand the intrinsic differences between plagiarism (normally regarded as a bad thing) and preservation (normally regarded as a good thing), we should look at various means by which newer typefaces are derived from older ones. There are indeed many approaches. Outlining them can be helpful in considering the practices surrounding revivalism in general: revivals, recuttings, reclamations - anthologies, surveys, remixes - knockoffs, clones, counterfeits - "me too", copycat - reconsiderations, reevaluations, reinterpretations - homages, tributes, paeans - encores, sequels, reprises - extensions, spinoffs, variations - caricatures, parodies, burlesques.
- Ironmonger (1991-1992), Roxy (1990), SamSans (1993) at FontBureau.
- Chicago Tribune Mag (1989, Roger Black).
- At Emigre: Triplex Italic (1985), Brothers (1999, an almost octagonal family with wood type influences), Council (1999) and Vendetta (1999). Council was based on lettering found on a candy tin box made in the early 1900s for John G. Woodward&Co. of Council Bluffs, Iowa. It has a wood type look.
- Iowan Old Style (1991, Bitstream--his first font), Iowan Old Style Titling (2002, Bitstream). These are newspaper types. He writes about them: Iowan Old Style is classified as a Venetian old style type design. It is related to earlier, 20th-century American interpretations of Italian Renaissance types cut by Nicolas Jenson and Francesco Griffo, but it is modeled also on classical inscriptional lettering and sign painting seen in certain regions of eastern Iowa.
- Gonick (1992, Larry Gonick).
- Simona (1994-1996, Design Lab, Milan, with Jane Patterson), Simona Swash Italic (1998, Design Lab). Example of its use.
- Airy (1998, Design Lab).
- Panatela (2001, compared by Downer with Jim Parkinson's Modesto).
- Paperback (2005), a family with 6, 9, 12, 24, 48 and 96 point optical sizes. Its polygonal sections of outlines are applauded by John Berry.
Mug shot. Klingspor link.
Showcase of John Downer's typefaces at MyFonts. [Google]
John G. Cooley
American wood type designer/manufacturer from the 19th century, whose company started out in 1852 by taking over Edwin Allen in South Windham, CT. In 1864, he partners with Robert Lindsay, sells the South Windham factory, and moves to New York City as John B. Cooley and Co. In 1866, he enters into a partnership with Samuel T. Dauchy to become Cooley&Dauchy. In 1869, however, that company was bought by William Page, who ironically, had been Cooley's employee in 1855-1856. He published Specimens of Wood Type.He published Specimens of Wood Type.
Examples of their wood types: Antique Tuscan No. 1 (1859).
Digital revivals: Jeff Levine's Winnetka JNL (2009) was inspired by Cooley Antique Tuscan Condensed from 1859. See also AWT Cooley Ant Tuscan XX Cond (2013) and AWT Cooley Grecian XX Condensed by Dick Pape. [Google]
John Hansen Budalsplads
John Hansen Budalsplads (1798-1874), a craftsman from Budalen, a remote mountain valley in central Norway, is well known for his production of ornamented, wooden boxes. He also had a great interest and ability in cutting letters in wood. He produced whole alphabets in blackletter and Latin (copperplate) style. On some plates the letters are cut into the wood, but he also cut letters which stand out of the wood (as punches). The latter ones were then printed on paper, to be hung up on walls on the farms. They were both educational and decorative, as the letters are well executed. The article discusses how Budalsplads can have got them printed. Torjorn Eng regards him as the first representative of Norwegian typeface design. A sample from 1820-1831. A sample from 1826.
Another link. [Google]
Sign artist in Burbank, CA who runs "L.A. Signs and Graphics" on E. Verdugo Avenue there. MyFonts link. All his fonts are commercial, and can be bought from Letterhead Fonts (LHF). He specializes in signage and retro faces. Perhaps his best-selling face is Classic Caps (2002). Other faces: Casablanca (2003), LHF Ephemera (2002, calligraphic), LHF Ballpark Script (2001, connected signage script), Goldsmith (2003), New Trajan (2002, based on Roman lettering found on buildings), Aristocrat (2002, inspired by a 1930s ad for swallow motorcycles), Big Top (2002, a circus headline font), Bulldog, Burbank (modeled after fire truck lettering), Classic Roman, Light Face Roman (2003), Fairground, Havana, Hertford, Corrie (2004, a roman titling face), The Bat (2004, inspired by lettering of Al Imelli), Pullman Train (2003), Labelle (2003, inspired by a Peace Time cigar label), Stetson (2004, an elegant all-caps display face), Brough Superior (2004), Classic Caps (2006, for Western style signs), Diploma (2006), Watrin (2006), Hamilton Ornate (2006, late 19th century ornamental style), Mackinlay (2006), Hamilton Nailhead (2006), Palms Bold (2006, wood type), Square Block (2006), Bank Note (2006, all-caps pair of faces that includes an outline), Gilmore (2006, wood type), Booth (2006, an artsy modern-serifed headline face), LHF Citizen (2007), LHF Prince (2007), LHF Vienna (2007), LHF Victoria (2007, art deco), LHF Roebuck, LHF Quaker Regular (2007, elegant and artsy), LHF Prince (2007, inspired by the old "Farmer's Deposit National Bank" stock certificates), LHF Gilmore (2007), LHF Jumbo (2007, heavy Egyptian), LHF Conservatory (2008, a tall serif face), LHF Iron Horse (2008) and Shopfront (2002). In 2014, John Studden and Dave Parr codesigned the Victorian display typeface family LHF Blackstone. Studden also finished LHF Iron Knight in 2014. [Google]
Birmingham, UK-based design and typography student. Creator of Italic Antique Clarendon (2007), a face based on old wood types. [Google]
[Wooden Type Fonts (was: American Wood Type and, Wooden Type)]
Based in Los Teques, Venezuela, graphic design student José Galeano created a wood type emulation typeface called Barberia Alegre Sans (2012). [Google]
Designer of Adobe Wood Type Ornaments (1990-1991, with Barbara Lind), Blackoak (1990, Egyptian wood face), Cottonwood, Ironwood, Juniper, Mesquite, Willow. Typedia link. Linotype link. [Google]
Juan José Lopez
Graduate from FADU, University of Buenos Aires, who created the typeface Poster Bondi (2010), a fat poster type that evokes old wood type. [Google]
Graphic designer in Moscow. Creator of the Latin/Cyrillic typefaces Cilesta (2013, curvy fat didone), Arnie Slab (2013, a wood style fat slab named after Arnold Schwarzenegger), Mr. Fox (2013, script) and Atletic (sic) (2013, octagonal). [Google]
Buenos Aires-based designer of Garufa (2012), a wood style poster typeface. [Google]
Just My Type
[J. Randall Harris]
Just My Type is a type foundry that was founded in 2012 by J. Randall (or Randy) Harris (b. 1947, Marion, IN) in Tucson, AZ. Harris is a graphic and type designer who has been making typefaces since 1997. He teaches at the Art Institute of Tucson. His typefaces from 2013: Megatropolis (a stackable deco font system), Historic Warehouse (Victorian).
Typefaces from 2012: Happenstance (a lovely retro-futuristic script), Illuminations Woodcut, Yule Love It (Christmas time dingbats), Gawain (based on the hand of Gawain Douglas), Oaxaca (a Mexican look face), Boxy Code, Channel B (a rounded monoline sans), Curves, Puzzle, Dempsey (based on the writing of Tucson film teacher, media artist and programmer, Vikki Dempsey), Chilespice, Strata, Deco Donut, Jiminy (a comic book face), Invites (a roundish upright script that intends to recreate the 1920s spirit), Hunky Chunky (an obese poster face), the hand-printed typeface Carissa, Got Milk, Cutting Corners, Astro (retro-futurustic), Dix (2012: a slabby wood style face inspired by the poster for the 1929 film Redskin, and a desire to create a black Edwardian font with an offbeat serif), and the monoline rounded stripped-down sans typeface family Laszlo (2012: the name is an homage to Laszlo Moholy-Nagy of Bauhaus fame).
Kolega (2012) is a constructivist typeface family that consists of Kolega, Kolega Tall, and Kolega Podrobska (fake comrade).
Steampipe (2012) is an ironwork, Jules Verne, wrought iron and time machine font.
Los Muertos (2012) is a Halloween font.
Typefaces from 2013: Megatropolis (a stackable deco font system).
Behance link. J Randall Harris Design link. Home page. [Google]
Chicago-based designer of an ornamental typeface in 2010.
In 2012, he created a sans face, Pelago, and added a couple of alchemic versions.
Typefaces from 2013: Here & There (poster typeface), Reynard (bejeweled typeface), Northerly (angular), Rime (ornamental display face).
Behance link. [Google]
Kapitan Studio is Joanna Rzezak and Piotr Karski. Based in Warsaw, they design books, typefaces and magazines. Their typefaces include Captian Blackbeard (2012, a heavy angular condensed caps typeface based on a 19th century wooden type Grecian made by William Page).
Behance link. [Google]
Karl Schäffer's rustic German expressionist lettering from ca. 1939 was captured by Ingo Zimmermann in 2008 in his Palmona typeface. Ingo writes: The letters present the effect of woodcarving or silhouette cuttings as they are defined exclusively with straight lines and sharp corners. Even in modern times, there is again the demand for hand carved fonts and there is hardly anyone who still wants or can write such a type him or herself. [Google]
Polish / American designer who writes: Karolina Lach is a graphic designer, web designer and typographer residing in New York. She currently works as the Senior Designer for Kiwibox Media, a social network and online magazine for teens. A graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, she has studied under Mike Essl, Emily Oberman, James Craig, Maxim Zhukov and Hannes Famira. Graduate from the type design program at the University of Reading in 2010.
She used FontStruct to create Coney Island Baby (2008: Victorian circus font), Temptation (2008, a crispy serifed face), this Tuscan wood type (2008, done outside FontStruct) and Innocent When You Dream (2008, a dotted lines face).
She She created Sora there in 4 styles, Regular, Italic, Black and Arabic. Karolina tried to give Sora a distinctive Oz Cooper / Frederic Goudy American look. Pompiere (2011, a free font at Google Font Directory, is a low contrast condensed sans serif font with tall ascenders and small x-height, which is based on lettering outside a new York firehouse. Arbutus (2011, a free spiky slab face at Google Web Fonts; see also Arbutus Slab made in 2012) is a sturdy medium contrast slab serif cactus skin font.
In 2012, she designed Amarante (art nouveau, Google Font Directory) and Courgette (signage script, Google Font Directory and Sorkin Type).
Behance link. Home page in New York City. Behance link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Kevin Allan King
Kevin Allan King is from Toronto. In 2010, he co-designed Robur and Wagner Grotesk, Slinger (an art nouveau face) and Sol Pro (a 20-style monoline sans family based on the classic Sol design by Marty Goldstein and C.B. Smith, published by VGC in 1973) with Patrick Griffin at Canada Type.
Still with Griffin at Canada Type, he revived a psychedelic / art nouveau face called Fortunata (1971, Karlo Wagner) and called it Spadina (2010). He also has a Facebook group on type crimes called TCI: Typographic Crime Investigators. Wagner Grotesk is the elaborate digital version of Edel Grotesque Bold Condensed (also known as Lessing, Reichgrotesk, and Wotan Bold Condensed) a 1914 typeface by Johannes Wagner, which was later adopted by pretty much every European type foundry, exported into the Americas, and used on war propaganda posters on either side of the Atlantic.
In 2011, he and Patrick Griffin published the refined Orpheus Pro family, which was based on the elegant Orpheus by Walter Tiemann (1926-1928, Klingspor), and its Italic which was called Euphorion (Walter Tiemann, 1936). Their enthusiastic description: The Orpheus Pro fonts started out as a straightforward revival of Tiemann's Orpheus and Euphorion. It was as simple as a work brief can be. But did we ever get carried away, and what should have been finished in a few weeks ended up consuming the best part of a year, countless jugs of coffee, and the merciless scrutiny of too many pairs of eyeballs. The great roman caps just screamed for plenty of extensions, alternates, swashes, ligatures, fusions from different times, and of course small caps. The roman lowercase wanted additional alternates and even a few ligatures. The italic needed to get the same treatment for its lowercase that Tiemann envisioned for the uppercase. So the lowercase went overboard plenty alternates and swashes and ligatures. Even the italic uppercase was augmented by maybe too many extra letters. Orpheus Pro has been a real ride. Images of Orpheus: i, ii, iii, iv, v.
In 2011, Griffin and King co-designed Walter Script, a calligraphic script that revives Troubadour (1926, Wagner&Schmidt).
Still in 2011, King and Griffin completed work on an exceptionally beautiful revival, Ratio Modern (the original by F.W. Kleukens is from 1923). This is a didone family with a refined humanistic trait. Images of Ratio Modern: i, ii, ii, iv, v, vi, vii.
Still in 2011, he and Patrick Griffin created the 18-style sans family Recta, a considerable extension of Novarese's Recta. And they also completed Kumlien Pro, a revival and expansion of a beautiful transitional typeface designed in 1943 by Akke Kumlien. King Tut (2011) is a restoration and expansion of the original Egyptian Expanded, a single bold face cut in 1850 by Miller&Richard. Libertine (done with Patrick Griffin) is an angular calligraphic script inspired by the work of Dutchman Martin Meijer (1930s): This is the rebel yell, the adrenaline of scripts.
Paganini (with Patrick Griffin) is another jewel in Canada Type's drawers: Designed in 1928 by Alessandro Butti under the direction of Raffaello Bertieri for the Nebiolo foundry, Paganini defies standard categorization. While it definitely is a classic foundry text face with obvious roots in the oldstyle of the Italian renaissance, its contrast reveals a clear underlying modern influence. i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii.
The year 2012 starts out with a bang. King and Patrick Griffin published Wonder Brush (partly based on a signage brush script called Poppl Stretto (1969) by Friedrich Poppl), Wagner Script (a revival of Troubadour (1926, Wagner&Schmidt)), Spade (a super-heavy slab face), and Louis (a faithful digital rendition and expansion of a design called Fanfare, originally drawn by Louis Oppenheim in 1927, and redrawn in 1993 by Rod McDonald as Stylus). King Wood (2012) is an octagonal flared wood type family with a set of dingbats, King Wood Extras. Monte Cristo (2012) is a grand type family with five styles and 1630 characters with many swashes and ways of connecting the calligraphic glyphs---it is the ultimate wedding font. The last joint project of King and Griffin in 2012 was Pipa, a pseudo-psychedelic groovy bellydancing font: Originally made for a health food store chain we cannot name, Pipa is the embodiment of organic display typography.
In 2013, Kevin Allan King and Patrick Griffin revived Georg Trump's transitional typeface Mauritius (1967, Weber).
Klingspor link. [Google]
Trencin, Slovakia-based graphic designer. She created Essen Sans (2012) and Wood Font (2012, based on the patterns in tree bark). [Google]
Kim Buker Chansler
A designer fascinated by Western styles and styles with a wood type look. She made Zebrawood (1994, Adobe) with Carl Crossgrove and Carol Twombly, Rosewood (1994, Adobe, also with Carl Crossgrove and Carol Twombly), Ponderosa (1990, Adobe, with Carl Crossgrove and Carol Twombly--the ultimate wanted poster face), Pepperwood (1994, Adobe, with Carl Crossgrove and Carol Twombly), Cottonwood (Adobe, with Barbara Lind and Joy Redick), and Birch (1990, Adobe, a triangularly serifed wood type style face). Identifont link. Linotype link. FontShop link. Catalog of her typefaces. [Google]
Kimmy Kirkwood (b. 1988, Seattle, WA) (Kimmy Design) studied at Chapman University, and lives in Santa Monica, Orange County.
Kimmy created a gracious curly calligraphic script face, Madeleine (2010), which is based on a logo she designed for Hotel Le Sirenuse.
At Dafont, one can download Kuppel (a hairline display sans) and Hammer Head, both done in 2010 as well.
Phase two of Kimmy's career started late in 2010 as Kimmy Design, where one now has to pay for Madeleine (2010) and Katelyn (2011). Addison (2011) is a wood type Western circus poster font in two styles, West and Circus.
In 2012, Kimmy created the counterless art deco typeface Chelsnuts, the worn wood type face Cpl Kirkwood, Elizabeth Script, and Paper Cutout Pro.
In 2013, Kimmy published Lunchbox Slab, the grungy Appareo, the condensed minimalist sans family Maxwell Sans, its companion Maxwell Slab, the scriptish face Lunch Box, and the bold headline family Station (inspired by old train station typography).
Klingspor link. Dafont link. Behance link. [Google]
Kiosk Fonts (Berlin) was founded in 2008 by Frank Griesshammer (b. 1983), a German graduate at HBKsaar, 2008. Graduate of the Masters program in type design at KABK, 2010. His graduation project in Den Haag involved the multi-pen face Quixo (2010), which seems to be have just the right flexibility for packaging and ads.
His alphabets from 2008: Fleischwurst Fett (blackletter), Drückerei (grunge by Haiko Günther), Sommerfest, Rex Mundi (by Haiko Günther), PX Barok (a stitching and needle typeface), Ghana Signpainters Divine Healer (by Haiko Günther), Pappe (randomized cut-out face), Wüste Fraktale (a pixel blackletter by Haiko Günther), A4, Ghana Signpainters Safari (by Haiko Günther), Ghana Signpainters Cocktail (comic book and ad style by Haiko Günther), Format, Black Frituur (blackletter by Haiko Günther), Monaural (geometric), Steelcut (based on Woodcut; by Haiko Günther), Coswig, Roundenau (very rounded).
In 2009, he did revivals of Memphis (original by Rudolf Wolf, 1929) and Stempel Elan (original by Hans Möhring, 1936). The latter typeface was published by Linotype.
Frank lived in Den Haag, but joined Adobe's type department in 2011.
In 2013, he made HWT Tuscan Extended (Hamilton Wood Type). Hamilton Wood Type explains: It is based on the 1872 William Page & Co. version, while also bearing a very close resemblance to the Morgans & Wilcox Tuscan Extended and No. 2106 from Tubbs Manufacturing Co. It is similar to the Heber Wells Tuscan Extended. All four manufacturers were eventually acquired by Hamilton. The Hamilton designation for this design was simply No. 303. The National Printers' Material Co. of New York also offered a similar Tuscan Extended.
FontShop published his school project font Quixo as FF Quixo in 2013.
Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam where he speaks on a renewed effort at Adobe with respect to kerning.
Klingspor link. Old URL. [Google]
Also Cyrill Tkachev and Cyrylo Tkachov, depending upon the source. Illustrator and calligrapher. A Ukrainian, Cyrill Tkachev graduated from the Lugansk Taras Shevchenko National University in 2005. He works at the Design Department at Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National Pedagogical University since 2005.
H, the experimental minimalist typeface Absurdity (2009), e made the decorative face 9months (2010) and the pixel script face Liony (2010). Tkachevica (2011) is a modular and pixel family. Legionary (2011) is an organic sans family in six styles. Bazilic is an informal decorative typeface. Murray Slab (2012) is a 4-style slabby techno family.
In 2013, he published Good Bad Ugly (Western wood type emulation), Kolyada, a roomy scriptish semi-serif.
Klingspor link. Behance link. [Google]
Kristine Bishop Massey
Savannah, GA-based designer of the 4-style wood-inspired typeface family JF Shill (2013), which was finished during her graphic design studies. [Google]
K-Type is Keith Bates' (b. 1951, Liverpool) foundry in Manchester, UK, est. 2003. Keith works as an Art&Design teacher at a Salford High School. Dafont link. Yet another URL. Fontspace link. Fontsy link. Behance link. They custom design type, and sell some of their own creations.
- Adequate (2012). A basic geometric monoline sans family.
- Adventuring (2010, comic book style)
- Alan Hand (2005, based on some blobby lettering, handwritten by printer and mail artist, Alan Brignull)
- Alex (2002-2004)
- Alright (2004, cursive script)
- Anna (2002-2007)
- Bank of England (2012, blackletter): Bank of England is loosely based on blackletter lettering from the Series F English twenty pound banknote introduced in 2007. The font also takes inspiration from German Kanzlei (Chancery) typefaces and the 17th century London calligrapher, John Ayres.
- Brush Hand New (2013): Brush Hand New is a full font based on a copy of Flash Bold called Brush Hand marketed by WSI in the 1990s and more recently distributed through free font sites. Brush Hand was an anonymous redrawing of Flash which simplified, slightly lightened, smoothed out ragged edges, and improved the legibility of the original classic created by Edwin W. Shaar in 1939.
- Building&Loan (2007, engaved face)
- Bigfoot (2005, a Western font based on the slab capitals used by Victor Moscoso in his 1960s psychedelic rock posters)
- Bolshy (2009)
- Bolton750 (2003, a mechanical face done with John Washington)
- Chock (2009)
- Circa (geometric sans)
- Collegiate (2009)
- Component (2012). A font for lost civilizations and dungeon rituals.
- Context (experimental)
- Credit Card (2010, font for simulating bank cards)
- Cyberscript (2006, connected squarish face)
- Enamela (2013). Keith writes: Enamela (rhymes with Pamela) is based on condensed sans serif lettering found on vitreous enamel signage dating from the Victorian era and widely used in Britain for road signs, Post Office signs, the plates on James Ludlow wall postboxes, railway signs, direction signs and circular Automobile Association wayfinding plaques throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The original model goes back to Victorian times, ca. 1880.
- Flip (2011), a western grotesk billboard face.
- Flyer (2009, techno)
- Frank Bellamy (2009, an all-capitals family based on the hand lettering of English artist, Frank Bellamy, most famous for his comic art for Eagle and TV21, and his Dr Who illustrations for Radio Times)
- Future Imperfect
- Gill New Antique (2003)
- Hapshash (2010): an all capitals font inspired by the 1960s psychedelic posters of British designers Hapshash and the Coloured Coat (Michael English and Nigel Waymouth), in particular their 1968 poster for the First International Pop Festival in Rome. A dripping paint font.
- Ivan Zemtsov (2009)
- Kato (2007, oriental simulation face)
- Keith's Hand
- Klee Print (2010, Klee Print is based on the handwriting of American artist Emma Klee)
- Latinate (2013). A vintage wedge serif wood style typeface, and a rough version.
- Lexia (an improved or "adult" version of Comic Sans) and Lexia Readable (2006).
- Modernist Stencil (2009).
- Mythica (2012). A slightly condensed lapidary roman with copperplate serifs.
- Modulario (2010): a contemporary sans.
- New Old English (2010, blackletter)
- Norton (2006)
- Nowa (2004, a play on Futura)
- NYC (octagonal)
- Openline (2008, an art deco pair)
- Oriel Chambers Liverpool: A Lombardic small caps font based on the masonry lettering on Peter Ellis's 1864 building, Oriel Chambers, on Water Street in Liverpool.
- Pentangle (2008, based on album lettering from 1967)
- PixL (2002-2004)
- Plasterboard (2004-2005)
- Pop Cubism (2010) is a set of four texture fonts, combining elements of cubism and pop art.
- Poster Sans (2006). A wood type family based on Ludlow 6 EC.
- Rick Griffin (2006, more psychedelic fonts inspired by a 1960s Californian artist)
- Roundel (2009, white on black)
- Runestone (2010, runic).
- Sans Culottes (2008, grunge)
- Solid State (2008, art deco blocks)
- Solus (2004, a revival of Eric Gill's 1929 face Solus which has never been digitized; read about it here)
- Stockscript (2008, down-to-earth script based on the pen lettering of the writer, Christopher Stocks)
- Susanna (2004)
- Ticketing (2011): pixelish.
- Total and Total Eclipse (2004, squarish display faces based on the four characters of Jaroslav Supek's title lettering for his 1980s mailart magazine, Total)
- Transport New (2009: a redrawing of the typeface designed for British road signs. In addition to the familiar Heavy and Medium weights, Transport New extrapolates and adds a previously unreleased Light weight font originally planned for back-lit signage but never actually applied. Originally designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert beginning in 1957, the original Transport font has subtle eccentricities which add to its distinctiveness, and drawing the New version has involved walking a tightrope between impertinently eliminating awkwardness and maintaining idiosyncrasy.)
- Union Jack (octagonal)
- Victor Moscoso (2008, psychedelic)
- Wanda (2007, art nouveau)
- Wes Wilson (2007, psychedelic, inspired by 1960s psychedelic poster artist Wes Wilson)
- Zabars (2001): a Western face.
His free fonts are here:
- Blue Plaque (2006: a distressed font based on English heritage plaques)
- Blundell Sans (2009)
- Celtica (2007) has Celtic influences
- Dalek (2005, stone/chisel face: Dalek is a full font based on the lettering used in the Dalek Book of 1964 and in the Dalek's strip in the TV21 comic, spin-offs from the UK science fiction TV show, Doctor Who. The font has overtones of Phoenician, Greek and Runic alphabets)
- Designer Block (2006)
- Flat Pack (2006)
- Future Imperfect (2006, grunge)
- Gommogravure (2005)
- Greetings (2006), Greetings Bold (2006)
- Insecurity (2005, experimental) won an award at the 2005 FUSE type competition.
- International Times (2006, inspired by the masthead of the International Times underground newspaper of the 1960s and 1970s)
- Keep Calm (2011). Related to London Underground.
- Klee Capscript (2005: based on the handwriting and capitals drawn by artist Emma Klee (USA) for her Color Museum Mail Art invitation. The upper case is based on Emma's capitals and the lower case is freely adapted from her script)
- Lexia and Lexia Bold (2004)
- MAGraphics (2004)
- Magical Mystery Tour (2005, outlined shadow face), Magical Mystery Tour Outline Shadow (2005)
- Mailart (2004), MailartRubberstamp (2004)
- Mandatory (2004, a UK number plate font based on the Charles Wright typeface used in UK vehicle registration plates)
- Provincial (2014). A Victorian set of outline fonts.
- Ray Johnson (2006-2008)
- Roadway (2005, based on New York roadside lettering).
- Savor (2011). An art nouveau family.
- Soft Sans (2010)
- Subway Ticker (2005)
- This Corrosion (2005)
Custom / corporate typefaces: With Liverpool-based art director Liz Harry, Bates created a personalized font, loosely based on Coco Sumner's handwritten capitals, for the band I Blame Coco. Medium and Semibold weights of Gill New Antique were commissioned by LPK Design Agency. Stepping Hill Hospital and Bates created Dials, a pictorial font to help hospital managers input data about improvements. A custom font was designed for Bolton Strategic Economic Partnership.
Klingspor link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link.
View Keith Bates's typefaces. [Google]
[Coert De Decker]
Kustomtype is Coert De Decker's typefoundry in Otegem, Belgium. Coert (b. 1966) created KTF Roadbrush (2014) and KTF Roadstar (2012, a retro connected script).
Coert started his career as an assistant type cutter and stone carver in 1983, and founded the Kustomtype foundry in 2011.
In 2013, he published the frame family Label Pro XL, the stencil typeface family Bomber TV and the stencil face Crate Pro. The Far West poster style and circus font styles are recalled in the 19th century wood type revivals Wood Factory, Buffalo Western (2013) and Buffalo Circus (2013).
Behance link. Fontspring link. [Google]
Graphic design student at UW Stout (b. 1985) who worked with Luis Fitch. At Chank's place, he designed the Tuscan wood type Dickens McQueen (2006). Now based in Hudson, WI, he created the experimental face Algo Right (2007). [Google]
Kyle Wayne Benson
Kyle Wayne Benson (b. 1988, Texas) describes himself as an affable graphic and type designer. He has his own commercial foundry, also called Kyle Wayne Benson, which specializes in signage type. It is located in Orem, UT. Creator in 2013 of Benson Script (with three contrast levels, from didone to monoline), the octagonal angular faces Millie and Truth, and of Clayton, Red Benny, Tide's In, Tide Sans (the surf-inspired humanist with a humorous selection of weight names ranging from Lil Bunny, to Dudette, Bunny, Mondo, Kahuna and Dude), Tide Sans Condensed, and Farmer's Co-Op (a vernacular sans with wood type influences).
Typefaces from 2014: Maritime Champion (inline typeface), National Champion (octagonal athletic lettering family).
Behance link. [Google]
Graphic designer and typographer from Copenhagen. His typefaces include Lagen (2007, fat and counterless), Darkcut (2008, like wood cut), Paten (2008, constructivist), and Antiwar (2009, military stencil). Behance link. [Google]
Chuck Davis (Palmdale, CA) is the founder of Letterhead Fonts, which is now loacted in Reno, NV. LHF was established in 1999. They specialize in sign and logo fonts, taking inspiration from wood type and late 19th century style typefaces.
Free fonts "Letterhead Tuscan" (handlettering), Quadrex (2006, 3d effect font), and Wal-Mart People (dingbats). Early display fonts include Esoteric (1999), Wall Dog, Double Gild, Convecta, Smalts, Splash, Lisa. His Atkinson collection has a few nice letterings: Heavy Sign Script, Eccentric French, Fancy Roman and Modern 1908 Classic (now called Cafe Nouveau).
Mike Stowe designed Old Blackletter in 2001. Ken McTague made the hand-lettered style typeface Boston Truckstyle. Designed by Brian Kniceley in 2000: LHF Henderson Church, LHF Ohnimus Florid, LHF Ohnimus Spiked, LHF Strong Tea House, Strong Caliope, Strong Nouveau.
Fonts made in 2000 by Chuck Davis: LHFActionMovie LHF Bulletin Plug, LHF Classic Block, LHF Condensed French, LHF Convecta (2005, beveled face), LHF Cool Blue, LHF Crouching Tiger, LHF Def Artist, LHF Def Writer, LHF Double Gild, LHF Eccentric French Lt, LHF Esoteric, LHF Heavy French Roman, LHF Heavy Sign Script, LHF Jami (2000), LHF Letterhead Tuscan, LHF Lisa, LHF Modern 1908 Classic, LHF Quantum (2001, techno family), LHF Smalts, LHF Splash,LHF Tuscan Full Block (Western style), LHF Wall Dog, LHF Letterhead Tuscan. Fonts made in 2001 by Chuck Davis: LHF Advertisers Plug ATK, LHF Argentine Solid, LHF Boston Truckstyle, LHF Esoteric New, LHF Grants Antique, LHF Mister Kooky, LHF Mister Spooky, LHF Scriptana (2003, angular calligraphic script).
The following are all by Chuck Davis: LHF Antique Shop, LHF Fat Cat (2011, a round informal face influenced by Alf Becker's rounded block letterstyle), LHF Bank Note (2007), Quadrex (2005), Menace (2004, comic book style), Michelle (2004, calligraphic script), LHF Ambrosia (2004, free), Sofia Script (2003), Stanford Script (2003), Sarah Script (2003), Fancy Full Round (2003, a Western face inspired by Al Imelli, ca. 1900), Matthews Thin (2003, tall caps face), New Modern Classic (2003), LHF Birgitta (2003, roman style typeface, inspired by an E.C. Matthews book), LHF Happy Fun Ball (2003, comic book style), CD Esoteric, OldSignFont, Robin, LHFDefWriter, LHFDefArtist, LHF Amarillo (2001, a spurred serif), LHFBeckerMonogramEnglish, LHFBeckerPosterScript, LHFBeckerRoundedBlock, LHFConclaveFLATreg, Cool Blue (2003), LHFConclaveFLATwide, LHFConclaveROUNDreg, LHFConclaveROUNDwide, LHFConclaveSHARPreg, LHFConclaveSHARPwide, LHFCrouchingTiger, LHFCrouchingTigerCONVEX, LHFEquinox, LHF Esoteric3 (2004), LHFMirageBOLD, LHFMirageITALIC, LHFMirageREG, LHFMonogram, LHFQuantumCONVEX, LHFQuantumREG, LHFRomanaClassico, LHFScriptana (great lettering font), LHFTimberlodge, Village, Kelly Ann, Outlaw, Hensler (2002, a cigar box face), Antique Half Block (2002, wood type), Spurred Egyptian, Wolverine, Ortlieb, Super Thick&Thin, Denise, Hensler, Charlotte, Antique Half Block (2002), Supabad (2003), Brianna (2003, techno), Happy Fun Ball (2003, comic book family), Naylorville (2004), LHF Grant's Antique (2004, caps only Victorian face), Michelle (2004), Cafe Corina (2006, a decorative 19th century style free font by Chuck Davis), LHF Ambrosia (2004, a purely Victorian free font by Chuck Davis), Lincoln (2006), No Fishin (2006), LHF Bell Boy (2004, a free art deco font, Chuck Davis), LHF Full Block (2003; free slab serif athletic number face by Davis), Mike's Block (free slab serif by Davis), Old Block (free athletic numbering face by Davis), Old Stock (2007, lettering from old stock market certificates), Hick Sticks (2007, letters made from sticks), LHF Fast Slant (2007, comic book style), LHF Big Daddy (2012, fat signage family).
At one point, Chuck Davis was running Blu Creative Media, where he published BLU Esoteric (1999).
Interview at MyFonts. Letterhead link. Behance link. [Google]
Beautiful letterpress type showcase site by David Wolske, who has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art and Design, Columbia College Chicago's Center for Book and Paper Arts, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. [Google]
Florian Zietz (b. Salzgitter-Bad, Germany, 1967) studied graphic design at Fachhochschule Hildesheim and participated in the German art and design school's exchange program with the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Since completing his studies in 1994, he has been working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for a variety of clients. Creator of the dingbats face FF Headz (2005), which won an award at TDC2 2006. Librito is the web outfit of Agnes von Beöczy and Florian Zietz, who are located in Hamburg, Germany. They are involved in graphic and type design, calligraphy and illustration. Besides FF Headz (dingbats), they created Just Seven (2010, a child's hand), Cutz (informal script that is way better than Comic Sans), Segmenta (2008, modular, octagonal, slightly stencilish; based on grids similar to those used in train station and airport signage), Stars (2009, dingbats), and Zansibar (a great type project concerned wit the reconstruction of an old map alphabet). Viktor (2011) is based on wood type.
In 2012, he published the Sketchimpact family (a sketched version of Impact) and the roughened antiqua face Argento.
Typefaces from 2014: Neometrix (3d, layered, outlined and hand-drawn).
FontShop link. Klingspor link. Librito link. [Google]
Liebhaber's wood type
Robert Kroetsch published "Liebhaber's wood type" (Toronto: imprimerie dromadaire, 1987). [Google]
Graphic designer who graduated in 2010 from Menomonie, WI. Behance link. She made a nice wood type poster in 2010, based on material from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. [Google]
Graphic design studio in Madrid. Creators of an elegant wood and rubber stamp set called Barquito (2012).
Behance link. [Google]
German type designer born in Frankfurt in 1973. He studied in Offenbach at the Hochschule für Gestaltung. He assisted Akira Kobayashi with some projects, and still lives in Frankfurt.
At Typeoff.de, he created the Western billboard typeface Jeans (2004), AT Stencil (2004) and the kitchen tile face Disco3000 (2004). At the Hochschule, he created Gazoline, a grotesk face. Lukas Schneider has free-lanced for companies in Frankfurt as well as for the magazine form and for Linotype. He runs his own studio in Frankfurt, called Protago Graphic, and most recently started Snider Inc, also in Frankfurt.
In 2007-2008, his masterpiece appeared in the FontFont collection: FF Utility, 15 styles of Bank Gothicalized alphabets specially made for information design. See also YB Utility Slab.
He custom designed in 2006-2007, under the supervision of Prof. Johannes Bergerhausen and Prof. Ulysses Voelker at Fachhochschule Mainz the Plus family (for the Plus supermarket). In particular, one font is called Plus Exklusiv Medium. Another custom design is DRAFTFB for Eikes Grafischer Hort, a hand-printed face that covers Latin and Cyrillic.
In 2013, he graduated from the Type and Media program at KABK in Den Haag. His graduation typeface was the delicate and quite readable text family Damien, which was created for editorial design.
Typecache link. Klingspor link. FontShop link. [Google]
M. M. (Dave) Davison
American letter designer in the phototype era. He cntributed to the Photo-Lettering library with many Spencerian designs. His typefaces include
- Western typefaces: DavisonBaroque (this Western / Tuscan typeface was revived by House Industries in 2012), Davison Variety A through J (pre 1954), Davison Carousel A though H (pre 1954).
- The spurred Egyptian wood type simulation font ATDavison Americana (1965, Monotype). The digital Photolettering revived it as PL Davison Americana.
- The fat brush face Davison Zip (1965) or Davison Swash Zip, which was digitally revived as PL Davison Zip.
- Dimensional, a 3d beveled face done in the 1970s. We had to wait until 2010 for a proper digital version, when Nick Curtis published Double D NF in Fill and Outline versions. Caps only.
- Spencerian scripts done in or before 1954: Davison Condensed Spencerian, No. 1 Davison Spencerian, No. 2 Davison Spencerian No. 3 Davison Spencerian.
- Other formal scripts done in or before 1954: Davison Victorian Script, Davison Victorian Backhand, Davison Vanity, Davison Vanity Fair.
Other Photo-Lettering typefaces, all done before 1954: Savison Airfield Medium, Davison Ebony, Davison Steno Antique, Davisn Antique Gothic, Davison Harlequin (+Black), Davison Julien Condensed.
Author of the article Notes on Designing for Photo-Lettering (Print Magazine, Volume IX, Number 1, June-July 1954).
A second MyFonts link. [Google]
MADtype (est. 1996) is Matt Desmond's place in the type world. He has had a prolific career that started out with shareware fonts while Matt was at the Minneapolis Technical and Community College. His page back then said A haven for quality shareware type for the Mac. Later, Matt started mattdesmond.com, and co-founded the Test Pilot Collective (est. 1998 with Joseph Kral and Mike Cina). Many of his early faces were experimental and/or futuristic. In late 2003, mattdesmond.com disappeared, and MADtype, commercial now, resurfaced at the MyFonts site. Currently, Matt is based in Minnetnka, MN. He has also lived in Atlanta, GA, Fayetteville, GA, Rochester, NY, Redwood City, CA, and San Francisco, CA. His fonts can also be purchased via You Work For Them. He also does commissioned type design. Some fonts are freely available at the Google Font Directory.
Retail types as of 2011:
- Abel (2011, Google Font Directory). Abel Pro was published in 2013.
- Aldrich (2011). A Bank Gothic style face, free at OFL.
- Amber (2000): kitchen tile face.
- American Gothic (1998): squarish.
- Audebaud (2010): a 19-th century style French Clarendon (wood type look). The design was inspired by the work of Constant Audebaud, an engraver of wooden type that was used for posters. Audebaud's work appeared in the 1880s in the Deux-Sèvres département of France.
- Beat (1998): rounded OCR face.
- Brauhaus (2004): Textura face.
- Cagliostro (2011). A free font at Google Web Fonts that is based on the handlettering of Ozwald Cooper.
- Curbdog (1998).
- Desmond Text (1998): a roman that has features of University Roman.
- Distill (2009): a De Stijl font that shouts 1920s.
- Dunelm (1996): emulation of 17th century printing styles.
- Dwiggins Deco (2009): This typeface was originally designed in 1930 by W.A. Dwiggins as the cover for the book "American Alphabets" by Paul Hollister. Only the 26 letters of the alphabet were included on the cover, so the rest of the numbers, punctuation, symbols, and accented characters have been crafted in a matching [art deco] style.
- Findon (2007): stencil.
- Futuristic category: ER9 (1999), KAH (2005, LCD style), Lunarmod (1997), Retron (1997; can be considered as a retro upright connected script as well), Shifty (1998).
- Grunge category: Bulletin (1997), Gothico Antiqua (1999), Rubba (1997), Stomper (1997--a rubber stamp font), Zapatista (1998-2007).
- Handwriting, handprinting category: Casino Hand (2005), Ghouliez (1996), Handegypt (2002---hand-drawn slab serif), Handy Sans (1997, hand-drawn sans), Joppa (1997), Pufficlaude BT (1998).
- Hessian (2009): Tuscan style wood type.
- Hydrochlorica (2004): organic.
- Invoice (1997).
- Ironside Crosses (2004): dingbat face.
- Marble Roman (2004-2009): angular roman all caps type.
- Matterhorn (2013). A 9-style sans family created with Michael Cina for Disney. Not to be confused with the many retail typefaces that are also called Matterhorn, such as Paratype's PT Matterhorn (1993) and Treacyfaces' TF Matterhorn (1990s).
- Pacioli or Luca Pacioli Caps (2007: emulating a mathematically constructed caps font by Pacioli (1509) published in his treatise De divina proportione.
- Pixel category: Basis (1999), Mang (1997).
- Plenti (2004): ultra plump.
- Quantico (2007): octagonal.
- Stencil category: Bandoleer (2009, +Tracer: a couple of stencil fonts with art deco and army influences), Madison (2007, slab serif stencil), Mercado (2005; has a non-stencil Mercado Sans).
- Variable (2004-2010): a sans-serif monoline face that includes ultra thin weights.
- Vexed (2005): sketched face.
- Wolfsburg (2007): blackletter stencil.
- Wooddale (1999): wood type emulation.
Free types as of 2010: Marble Roman, Environ regular, Dorkbutt, Europa, Exsect, Inthacity, Liquidy Bulbous, Lustria (2012, Google Web Fonts), Stomper.
Commissioned types: 77kids (2007, for the children's brand; the sketched faces were done with Justin Thomas Kay), AE Aerie (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Newburgh (2005-206, American Eagle Outfitters), AE Summer Fonts (2007, all for American Eagle Outfitters), EEL Futura (2006, for Enjoying Everyday Life), Nike World Cup (2006), Virgin America (2006).
Orphaned types that disappeared or were planned but never executed: BrotherMan, Caprice, Convolve, HipstersDelight, Lugubrious, ModestaSmallCaps, Serifity, Skitzoid, Sliver, ThrowupSolid, Auresh (1998, futuristic; Test Pilot Collective), Kcap6 (1998, with Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Epiphany (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Testacon (with Kral and Cina; Test Pilot Collective), Civicstylecom (1999; Test Pilot Collective), Lutix (1998; Test Pilot Collective), Xerian (1997; Test Pilot Collective), Swoon, Furtive (2004, a sans), the display face Flathead (2004), the blackletter face Bahn (2004), Mesotone BT (2006, Bitstream, a monoline sans), Practical (a monoline connec script, planned in 2007 but not published), Poliphili (planned in 2007, as a revival of an Aldus/Griffo font), Wutupdo (1996, Garage Fonts), GFDesmond (Garage Fonts), Drone, Golden Times (2014, a corporate small caps face for the University of Minnesota), Vapiano (2014: hand-printed typeface for Vapiano International).
View Matt Desmond's typefaces. [Google]
Maria Herrera Vicalvaro
Art director in Barcelona. Creator of a 3d wood alphabet (2012). [Google]
Mark Kusek sells 300dpi resolution images of faded and used wood types. [Google]
[Wood Type Impressions]
Graphic designer based in Tubbergen, The Netherlands. He made an alphabet made out of wood sticks (2011) [I do not think that this was "fonted"]. Behance link. [Google]
Mark van Wageningen
[Novo Typo (was: Atelier van Wageningen)]
Dutch type designer whose fonts may be bought from 2Rebels in Montreal. They are now generally available from T-26. Some creations: BlackMail (1996, ransom note font), Educational, EricsSome (dot matrix face), Mould Archi (1997, grunge), Tsjecho (1997, a wood type simulation face), Wire And Planks (1997, a semi-stencil).
Future URL. Klingspor link.
View Martijn Oostra's typefaces. [Google]
Match&Kerosene is Alex Sheldon's Detroit-based graphic design and typographic illustration company, est. 2008.
Klingspor link. Behance link.
Typefaces designed by Sheldon (b. Michigan, 1984) include Slab Sheriff (2009), Western, Kerosene Boxley (2009, a multiline art deco revival of a Solotype font; some say that it is based on a pair of 1972 alphabets by Marcia Loeb called Zig Zag and Rainbow), Kerosene Woodtype (2009), Kerosene Retroface, Kerosene Stereo (2009, revival of an Italian face from 1869), Kerosene Killowatt, White Wolf (2009, condensed horror movie face).
Typefaces designed in 2011: Quimby (Copperplate Gothic style titling face), Black Bear (2011, straight-edged display family), Swifty (2011), Grizzly Bear (a set of 12 constructivist titling faces), Detroit (a modular family for superpositions), Prismatic (another superimposable multi-purpose family), Duotone (2011, Duotone is a layered font system that allows one to title two-tone headlines), Volcano Gothic (+Inline), Volcano Island (jungle look family), Lightyears. [Google]
Matias Romero was born Eduardo Alves da Silva in the city of Santos. He is a Brazilian nature photographer and multimedia artist, b. 1965.
Typefaces from 2013: Neroli, Jailed Celts, Demodée (art deco).
Typefaces made in 2012: Endora (gothic), Nix, Sampa Midnight (a spurred typeface), Olho de Peixe, Peixes e subpeixes, Rita Mouse.
Creations from 2011: Gotham Lullaby (2011, a blackletter tattoo face), Lizard (2011), Glix (2011), Linea (2011, a squarish face), ClassIndicativa (2011), Atomium (2011), Maquina Pneumatica (2011), Futurafrica (2011), Amorphica (2011).
Typefaces made before 2011: Vieira (2010), Hobo Signs (2010), Knights Who Say Ni (2010), Antibios (2010, slab serif), Oleo (2010, wedge serif face), Jet Black Night (2009), King Pineapple (2009), Glove (2009, avant garde sans), Quanta (2009), Arcoverde (2009, display face), Wax (2009), Crazy Circles (2005, hand-printed) and Xylogravura (2009, inspired by crude woodcut typography printing practiced in northeastern Brazil).
Home page. Fontspace link. Creative allies link. Flickr pages. Morguefile link. Multimedia stock page. Twitter page. Klingspor link. Dafont link. [Google]
Matt Frost Type is located in Madison, WI. Matt designed some fonts at Chank's place, including Cowboy Rhumbahaut (2000), a take on a mid 19-th century ornamental face. His home page. In 2011, he set up Matt Frost Foundry.
His commercial faces include
- Escape From Budapest (2011). Art deco, based on a type specimen in the Communist Sculpture graveyard outside of Budapest.
- Baron of Arizona (2011). A Victorian ornamental face.
- Praha Nouveau (2011). Art nouveau. Praha Nouveau is based on a type specimen on the statue of Jan Hus in Prague's Old Town Square. The statue was designed in 1903 by Ladislav Saloun.
- King of Prussia (2011) is an angular Halloween face.
- Dubliners (2011) is a signage script face.
- Quijibo (2011) is a quaint handmade slab serif.
- Street of Crocodiles (2011) is inspired by the main title of the Quay Brothers film Street of Crocodiles (based on the 1934 Bruno Schultz book).
- Aegean (2012). A swashy take on roman capitals. The spurred version is Cirque (2012).
- Antler (2014). A spurred woody vintage family of typefaces.
[Wood Type Revival]
[Rare Letterpress Wood Type]
Matthew Carter (born in London in 1937, and son of Harry Carter) is one of today's most influential type designers. He trained as a punchcutter at Enschedé in 1956. In 1963 he was hired by Crosfield, a firm that pioneered the new technology of photo-typesetting, to lead their typographic program. He worked for Mergenthaler Linotype (1965-1981), and co-founded Bitstream Inc. with Mike Parker in 1981, adapting many fonts to digital technology. In January 1992, he founded Carter&Cone with Cherie Cone, and often collaborated with Font Bureau. In 1995, he won the Gold Prize at the annual Tokyo type Directors Club competition for Sophia. In 1997, he received the TDC Medal for significant contributions to the life, art, and craft of typography. In 2010, he received a MacArthur grant. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
John Berry on Carter's art (2002). Apostrophe comments on Berry's article. Write-up in US News in 2003. Interview. His fonts:
- The Microsoft screen fonts Verdana (1996: [image by Offeibea Adu-Darko]), Georgia (1996), Georgia Greek, Georgia Cyrillic, Nina and Tahoma. Georgia (in roman and italic only) is a screen version of Miller, Carter's Scotch design. Nina was designed to address the requirements on smaller screens such as phones, and was used in Windows Mobile smartphones before Microsoft switched to Segoe. The Greek and Cyrillic versions of Nina were developed by François Villebrod. Georgia Pro (2010, Ascender) was developed from Georgia with the help of Steve Matteson. For Verdana Pro (2010, Ascender), Carter was assisted by David Berlow and David Jonathan Ross.
- Apple's Skia (1993), a sans serif designed with David Berlow for Apple's QuickDraw GX technology, now called AAT. [Carter's Skia and Twombly's Lithos are genetically related.]
- Monticello (2003), based on Linotype's Monticello (1950), which in turn goes back to Binny&Ronaldson's Monticello from 1797, a face commissioned by Princeton University Press for the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. It is in the Scotch roman style.
- Miller (1997, Font Bureau), an extremely balanced family co-designed by Carter, Tobias Frere-Jones and Cyrus Highsmith. Carter explains: Miller is a Scotch Roman, a style that had its beginnings in the foundries of Alexander Wilson In Glasgow and William Miller in Edinburgh between about 1810 and 1820. It is considered that the punchcutter Richard Austin was responsible for the types of both Scottish foundries. Miller is a revival of the style, but is not based on any historical model. Now, there is also a 16-weight newspaper version, Miller Daily (2002), and an 8-weight Miller Headline (2002). This was followed by News Miller, a face designed for the Guardian. Note: Georgia (1996) is a screen version of Miller, and Monticello (2002) is a later modification. A comparison of these typefaces.
- Alisal (1995, +Bold).
- ITC Galliard (1978), a recreation of Robert Granjon's garalde letters. Note: Bringhurst recommends a Carter and Cone version of this font, called Galliard CC: it has old style figures and small caps. Further versions include Aldine 701 (Bitstream), Matthew (Softmaker), ITC Galliard Etext (2013, Carl Crossgrove, Linotype), and Gareth (Softmaker).
- The ITC Charter family (1987 for Bitstream and known as Bitstream Charter; licensed to ITC in 1993; see the Elsner&Flake version of ITC Charter). An upgraded commercial version was released by Bitstream in 2004 under the name Charter BT Pro.
- Vincent (1999), a font commissioned for use in Newsweek. It is named after Vincent Figgins, an English foundry owner and punch cutter who lived in the late 18th century.
- Walker (1994), designed for The Walker Art Center.
- Ionic Number One (1999, Carter&Cone).
- Mantinia (1993, Font Bureau), based on inscriptional forms, both painted and engraved, by the Italian renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna.
- Big Caslon (1994, Font Bureau), a display face based on the largest romans from William Caslon's foundry.
- Big Figgins (1992) and Big Figgins Open (1998, based on types shown in the specimens of Vincent Figgins of 1815 and 1817). Big Figgins was called Elephant and Elephant Italic in Microsoft's Truetype Fontpack 2.
- Sammy Roman (1996), loosely based on the 17th century romans of Jean Jannon. A beautiful face designed to accompany kanji and kana faces produced by Dynalab in Taiwan.
- Sophia (1993, Font Bureau), a mix with Greek, uncial and classical Roman influences.
- Shelley Script (1972), a family of formal scripts, split into Andante, Volante and Allegro. It is based on intricate English scripts of the 18th and 19th centuries attributed to George Shelley.
- Cochin (1977, at Linotype). MyFonts writes: In 1913 Georges Peignot produced a typeface based on Nicolas Cochin's eighteenth century engravings. In 1977, Matthew Carter expanded this historic form into a three part series.
- Bell Centennial (Bitstream, 1978), a legible family designed by Matthew Carter as a replacement of Bell Gothic at Mergenthaler. There is also a digital Linotype version.
- Cascade Script (1965-1966, Linotype, now also known as Freehand 471 BT in the Bitstream collection). Paratype's extension of Freehand 471 to Cyrillic is by Oleg Karpinsky (2011).
- New Century Schoolbook was designed from 1979-1981 in the New York Lettering office of Merganthaler Linotype based on Morris Fuller Benton's Century Schoolbook. It was the second face, after New Baskerville, that was digitized and expanded using Ikarus (digital technology). The Bitstream version [Century Schoolbook] is a virtually exact copy, only being moved from a 54 unit to a 2000 or so unit design.
- Auriol (Linotype), an art nouveau family (including Auriol Flowers 1 and 2 and Auriol Vignette Sylvie) based on the lettering of the painter and designer Georges Auriol. MyFonts explains: Auriol and Auriol Flowers were designed by Georges Auriol, born Jean Georges Huyot, in the early 20th century. Auriol was a French graphic artist whose work exemplified the art nouveau style of Paris in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1900, Georges Peignot asked Auriol to design fonts for Peignot&Sons. The resulting Auriol font was the basis for the lettering used by Hector Guimard for the entrance signs to the Paris Metro. It was re-released by Deberny&Peignot in 1979 with a new bold face, designed by Matthew Carter. These decorative fonts with a brush stroke look are well-suited to display settings. The Peignot drawing office insisted on a more normal appearance in the boldface, calling it Robur. Matthew Carter has returned to Auriol's original design for the whole series.
- Helvetica Greek (Linotype).
- Helvetica Compressed (Linotype, 1974, with Hans-Jörg Hunziker).
- Wilson Greek (1995), compatible with Miller Text, and based on a type cut by Alexander Wilson for the Glasgow Homer of 1756. See here.
- Olympian (1970, Linotype), designed for newspaper use. This is Dutch 811 in the Bitstream collection. The custom face Milne (Carter&Cone) done for the Philadelphia Inquirer is based on Olympian.
- Gando, a French "ronde" face based on the work of Nicholas Gando (mid 1700s), and designed for photo-typesetting at Mergenthaler by Carter and Hans-Jörg Hunziker in 1970. Very similar to Bitsteam's Typo Upright.
- Fenway (1998-1999, Carter&Cone), commissioned by Sports Illustrated to replace Times Roman.
- Snell Roundhand (1965-1966): a connected cursive script based on the 18th-century round hand scripts from English writing masters such as Charles Snell. Early in the digital era, Matthew published this in the Bitstream collection as Roundhand BT. A Cyrillic version by Isabella Chaeva and Vladimir Yefimov was released by ParaType in 2013.
- Auriga (1970). (Wallis dates this in 1965 at Linotype.)
- CRT Gothic (1974).
- Video (1977).
- V&A Titling (1981).
- Deface (in the FUSE 18 collection).
- Madrid (2001), done for the Spanish newspaper El País.
- Milne, done for the Philadelphia Inquirer (a revised version of Olympian). Not available.
- Durham, a sans serif family for US News&World Report.
- Century 725 (Bitstream, for the Boston Globe: after a design by Heinrich Hoffmeister).
- For Microsoft: Georgia, Verdana, Tahoma, Nina.
- New Baskerville. [Matthew Carter says that this is wrongly attributed to him. It was directed by John Quaranta.]
- Postoni [or Post-Bodoni], for the Washington Post, which is still using it. See here.
- Le Bé, a Hebrew face that was used in the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible.
- Rocky (2008, Font Bureau, with Richard Lipton), for the Herald in Scotland.
- Time Caledonia.
- Wiredbaum, for WIRED.
- Wrigley (for Sports Illustrated).
- Benton Bold Condensed (for Time Magazine).
- Foreman Light (for the Philadelphia Inquirer).
- Newsbaum (for the New York Daily News).
- Carter Latin: Matthew was commissioned in 2003 to create a new design to be cut in wood type by the Hamilton Wood Type&Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. He came up with an all-caps, chunky, Latin-serif design.
- Times Cheltenham (2003), which replaces in 2003 a series of headline faces including Latin Extra Condensed, News Gothic, and Bookman Antique.
- The Yale Typeface (2004), inspired by the late fifteenth-century Venetian typeface that first appeared in Pietro Bembo's De Aetna, published by Aldus Manutius. This extensive family is freely available to members of Yale University.
- DTL Flamande (2004, Dutch Type Library), based on a textura by Hendrik van den Keere.
- Meiryo (2004, Microsoft, with Eiichi Kono): this font is part of Microsoft's ClearType project, and includes full Latin and kanji glyph sets. Suntory corporate types (2003-2005), developed with the help of Akira Kobayashi and Linotype from Linotype originals: Suntory Syntax, Suntory Sabon, Suntory Gothic, Suntory Mincho.
- Rocky (2008, Font Bureau): A 40-style high contrast roman family that is difficult to classify (and a bit awkward). Developed with Richard Lipton.
- Carter Sans (2010, ITC), based on epigraphic letters used in inscriptions. Created for the identity of the Art Directors Club 2010 class of its Hall of Fame, one the laureates in the 2010 Hall of Fame. Codesigned by Dan Reynolds, this chiseled typeface is loosely based on Albertus.
- In 1997, he designed Postoni for the The Washington Post's headlines, a sturdy Bodoni.
- MS Sitka (2013). A typeface with six optical sizes that are chosen on the fly if an appropriate application is present. Developed at Microsoft with the help of John Hudson (Tiro Typeworks) and Kevin Larson (who carried out extensive legibility tests). German link. Typophile link.
- Van Lanen Wood Type (Hamilton Wood Type, 2002-2013). Carter started work on the wood type in 2002, but technical accuracy issues postponed the implementation. Digital versions were finally done in 2013 by P22's Hamilton Wood Type.
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam.
Linotype link. FontShop link. Favorite quote: Watching me work is like watching a refrigerator make ice. Another quote: A typeface is a beautiful collection of letters, not a collection of beautiful letters.
View Matthew Carter's typefaces. Matthew Carter's fonts. The typefaces made by Matthew Carter. See also here. Wikipedia page. [Google]
Matthew Urlwin Sears
British wood engraver of the first part of the 19th century. Author of "Specimen of stereotype ornaments, 1825". [Google]
In 2009, Californian Meredith Mandel graduated with a BFA in Communication Arts from the Otis College of Art and Design. At The League of Moveable Type she designed Chunk (2009), an ultra-bold slab serif typeface that is reminiscent of old American Western woodcuts, broadsides, and newspaper headlines. Her Chunk Five font was extended as Chunk Five Ex in 2013 by Peter Wiegel.
Links: Home page. Kernest link. Typedia link. Klingspor link. Kernest link. [Google]
Creator of the wood-style slab typeface Deering (2012). [Google]
Michael Gene Adkins
Austrian type designer. At Facetype, Igor Labudovic cooperated with Michael Hager on Stanley Slab (2012), which is an interpretation of wood type combined with the idea of modern stencils. He also codesigned Stanzer (2010), a semi-stencil typeface. [Google]
[Urban Pixel (or: UP Font Studio)]
Michelle Alise McCallister
Graduate of Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL, in 2012.
She created Pratt Slab in 2012, a slab serif with a wood style. [Google]
During her graphic design studie at the Pratt Institute, Michelle Wang (Brookyn, NY) created Synthetic (2013, a display typeface) and Cambridge (2014, a wedge serifed typeface that emulates wood type). Behance link. [Google]
Miguel Sousa is a Portuguese graphic designer with a big interest in Typography and Typeface Design. After completing his five-year degree in Technology and Graphic Arts from the Instituto Politécnico de Tomar in 2002, he worked for the children's books publisher O Bichinho de Conto for one year, as a graphic designer, typographic designer, book designer, web designer and web developer. Before going to Reading he also worked in MBV Design as a graphic designer, web designer and web programmer.
He graduated from the Master of Arts in Typeface Design programme at the University of Reading, where he developed text face named Calouste with extensive support for the Latin and Armenian scripts. Calouste (2005) won an award at TDC2 2006.
In April 2006, he joined Adobe's type development department. He had a hand in these Gerard Unger fonts in 2006, custom produced for the University of Reading: RdgSwift-Bold, RdgSwift-BoldItalic, RdgSwift-Italic, RdgSwift-Regular, RdgVesta-Bold, RdgVesta-BoldItalic, RdgVesta-Italic, RdgVesta.
In 2013, he created the beautiful typeface Gothic Round (Hamilton Wood Type): After Hamilton bought out Page, Wells and Morgan & Wilcox, they briefly offered the various cuts from their former competitors before standardizing. In settling on which version would best inform this new digitization, designer Miguel Sousa of Adobe looked at specimens from the Newberry Library in Chicago as well as visiting and printing at the WNY Book Arts Center and of course the Hamilton Wood Type Museum to get a full immersion into this font project. Ultimately it was settled upon to use exemplars from multiple cuts to create a more pleasing hybrid. The Upper case was primarily based on the Heber Wells version, while the lower case referenced the Wm. Page version. Overall some of the most jarring quirks found in various versions were left out in favor of a solid type. [Google]
In 2012, Estonian type designers Johan Kallas and Mihkel Virkus designed Ewert, a slab serif wood type inspired by and loosely based on the collection of cultural infographic maps by Estonian graphic artist Olev Soans. Free at Google Web Fonts. They added Revalia later in 2012---see here.
Meie Script (2012, John Kallas and Mihkel Virkus, free at Google Web Fonts) is described as follows: Meie Script is a typeface, which is based on the original 1910 Estonian handwriting standard. It is less flamboyant then its Western European contemporaries. Estonian handwriting has been influenced greatly by German and Russian handwriting styles and Meie Script embodies a mixture of those two styles. [Google]
An oriental simulation type. On this page, we read: The wood-type Mikado was apparently inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera of the same name. The show opened in London in March of 1885 and in New York later that same year. According to Nicolete Gray in her classic book on ornamented typefaces, the English foundry of Sir Charles Reed and Son introduced a metal type called "Japanese" also in 1885. She characterized this typeface and other oriental based typefaces as superficial in their foreign influence. Nonetheless it appears that it was later copied by several of the American Wood-type companies. The 1906 Hamilton wood-type specimen catalog shows four versions of this design; one by Hamilton and three by acquired companies. The versions by Wells, and Morgans&Wilcox are called Mikado. The Hamilton and Page versions use model numbers 204 and 156 respectively. It is difficult to determine the specific dates when this particular wood-type was introduced, but the earliest wood-type catalog I could find showing Mikado is the 1888 Page catalog. This sample is a 15 line unstamped type most similar to the Hamilton version. Another English foundry, Miller and Richard introduced a metal typeface in 1887, also named Mikado. That typeface is totally different than the one presented here. [Google]
Serbian book illustrator, graphic arts teacher and phototype, woodtype and linocut letter type designer, b. Despotovo, 1931, d. Belgrade, 1999. His sons Rastko and Vukan write about both aspects of his life. His CV: he graduated in 1954 from the Academy of Applied Arts, Belgrade and took his Masters Degree in 1959, under Professor Mihailo S. Petrov. He was professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade from 1964 until 1997. He was Head of the Graphic Department from 1974 to 1975. His publications include Graphic identification 1961-1981 (SKZ, Belgrade, 1982), Graphic communications 1954-1984 (Vajat, Belgrade, 1986), Heraldry 1 (University of Arts, Belgrade, 1983) and Coat-of-Arms of Belgrade, Heraldry 2 (Cicero, Belgrade, 1991). Most of Ćirić's types were for Cyrillic, while some have Latin alphabets as well. Many would be classified today as poster types, type to accompany illustrations. The list of his faces:
- Rastko, Latin, 1955: It is a versal typeface made in only one weight. Rastko himself thinks it was devised as light, almost linear and it was a part of his character.
- Vukan, Latin, 1960: Named after his second son, Vukan, this is a sharply cut orthogonal typeface.
- Galerija Grafiki kolektiv, Cyrillic, 1962 (Graphic Collective Gallery): A beautiful Cyrillic display face. This was the first of his typefaces transformed in a computer font.
- Triptihon, Cyrillic, 1962 (Triptych): Another cut face, but this time really taken from the sample made in linocut. The prototypical Cyrillic poster face.
- Akademija, Cyrillic, 1966 (Academy): This face was made for the University and Academy where he worked. It was designed so that it can be used equally well on the paper, metal plates, seals, plaques and everything else Academy needed. He used similar faces on book covers and charters, in solemn situations. Rastko: Although one may think it is an ordinary serif face, it contains Cira's specific typographic handwriting. The shapes are almost geometrically reduced thus providing a decorative effect, legibility and possibility to be transferred in all materials..
- Bolsko, Latin, 1966/67/68: Bol is a small place on the island Brač. This simple condensed headline face was designed for pedagogical purposes made to be used for lectures at the Faculty of Applied Arts abd in its graphic identity.
- Devojačko, Cyrillic, Latin, 1969 (Maiden): A curly affectionate face.
- Ćirićica, Cyrillic, 1970/72: This face was designed as a result of the first research on transforming Serbian handwritten Cyrillic into constructive letterforms. The raw model was the manuscript of the Fourth Gospel (John's Gospel) written at time of Despot Djurdje Barnković (1428) created then by by a Inok from Dalša. The result was a letterform of optimal proportions. The study was made on the occasion of the opening of the new building of the National Library, Republic of Serbia.
- Vojničko, Cyrillic, 1975 (Soldiers): When designing this face Ćirić consulted the book Blue Line of Life (Plava linija života) by Branko V. Radičević, a book about monuments and tombstones posted along roads. It is a sentimental ornamental headline face.
- Face VMA, Latin, 1976/77: A big project for the Military Medical Academy (abbreviated VMA) in which the letters had to be constructed on grids using rulers and compass only. The result is a Bank Gothic look.
- Bogradsko, Cyrillic, Latin, 1982: This face was used for designing the covers and title of his second book of graphic communications.
- Duklja, Cyrillic, Latin, 1984: In this case the typeface makes basis of graphic identification. As a model for designing the face of Montenegrin Lexicographic Institute was a text from leader seal of Petar, Prince of Duklja. Ira wrote that he enlarged and systematize the letters from the drawing which was made in time when the seal was in good condition and that he wanted to preserve the freshness of irregularities and that there were several weights in each letter while their height is only optically the same. It seems that save for that irregularity which inspired and provocative vagueness this model could not offer many clear stylistic characteristics. But what ira could read from those forms is the language of their linocuts and cut symbols. Thus his personal style naturally added to all that was missing to finish the face. In compromise between face with serifs and sanserifs in combination of legibility and universal applicability he saw practical solution for many tasks.
- Iva's typeface, Cyrillic and Latin, 1986: Rastko: My brother's daughter, Iva, was the first child that joined our family of applied artists. Ćirić immediately awarded himself with the title of granddad, opened the door of his studio and showed her all those games and toys from the world of the applied and other arts. Apart from the crazy games, obligatory signum and many other things Iva got many picture books which her grandpa made from time to time. The picture books contained poems, drawings, pictures and of, course letters. On one of those picture books entitled Grandpa' Stories I have found, so far, the only place where the face was used. It is a type of face imitating relief forms.
- Vukov bukvar, Cyrillic, 1987 (Vuk's Abecedary): One of the rare faces with lower case letters, this typeface is dignified and named after Vuk Kardžić.
- Sava's face, Cyrillic, 1987: A gorgeous old slavonic style face with upper and lower case.
- Epitaf, Cyrillic (Epitaph, my name, unknown year): An unpublished face found by his sons in the files. Ćirić used it to write names of births and deaths of friends and family members in a notebook. It could be seen as a prototype for tombstones.
American creator of HWT Antique Tuscan No.9 (2012, Hamilton Wood Type). The HWT explanation: A very condensed 19th century Tuscan style wood type design with a full character set with ligatures. This design was first shown by Wm H Page Co in 1859.
She also made Roman Extended Light (2012), which is a revival of No. 251 in the 1872 catalog of Page Manufacturing Company.
Typefaces from 2013: HWT Catchwords, HWT Republic Gothic (with Richard Kegler).
Rich Hopkins, a printing historian, acquired Baltotype ca. 1993. Based on drawings from the 1950s in the Baltotype material (and in particular, a 1955 font by George Battee called Athena), Miranda Roth at P22 / Lanston designed LTC Athena, a narrow art deco typeface, in 2013.
Typefaces from 2014: LTC Archive Ornaments (Richard Kegler and Miranda Roth). [Google]
[DIA (Dreamers Ink aesthetics)]
For a project at the University of Tecnology, Sydney, Mitchell Hockey designed Professor Whiskers (2013), a spurred all caps typeface that is modeled after vintage American wood types. [Google]
Morgan Press is located in High Point Road, Scarsdale, New York. They published two wood type specimen books: Morgan Press Presents A First Showing of Wood Type Specimens (1955), WOOD TYPE Specimens for Reproduction from the Morgan Press (1964). [Google]
Morgans&Wilcox Mfg Co.
[William T. Morgans]
American wood type manufacturer from the 19th century, set up in 1880 by William T. Morgans and H.K. Wilcox. The latter had taken over Young's shares at Young and Morgans Mfg Co., prompting a company name change. It was located in Middletown, NY.
On-line 1890 catalog by Robert Lee. On page 22, that 1890 catalog even shows a typeface called Belgian.
Some digitizations can be found. See, for example, HWT Geometric (2013, James Grieshaber, Hamilton Wood Type Foundry). This is a squarish wood type family based on a design by Gustave F. Schroeder from 1881, as explained by HWT: Geometric began its life as a metal typeface from the Central Type Foundry, circa 1884. Soon after, this design was officially licensed to Morgans & Wilcox and was shown in their 1890 catalog in Regular, Light and Condensed Light variations. After acquiring Morgans & Wilcox, Hamilton Manufacturing offered Geometric Light Face Condensed as their own No 3020 and the Geometric Light Face as No 3021. HWT Geometric has been expanded digitally to include a Regular Condensed version. Dick Pape designed AWT Morgans Wilcox Doric Cond in 2013. [Google]
Typefoundry set up in 2013 in Champaign, IL, by John Bonadies who has an MFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois. In 2011, he set up an iPad application in which one can move wooden letters around as in a letterpress. He says: LetterMpress will be a virtual letterpress environment---released first on the iPad---, that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints.
The typefaces are based on letterpress and/or vintage wood type, and have names that are prefixed by MPI.
In 2013, Mpress Interactive published MPI Roman Condensed (based on a typeface from Showcard Machine Company), MPI Old Style, MPI Bodoni Ultra, MPI Sardis (after Warren Chappell's Lydian from 1938, ATF), MPI Republic Gothic, MPI No. 510 (based on a design by William H. Page, 1887), MPI No. 508 (based on William H. Page, 1890), MPI No. 507 (based on William H. Page, 1890), MPI Headline Modified (also called Modified Gothic by some type manufacturers, it is based on a face by Hamilton Manufacturing Company from 1897), MPI Gothic, MPI Aldine Extended (based on a 1872 wood type by William H. Page), MPI Antique (slab serif), MPI French Clarendon (based on wood type from 1865 by William H. Page), MPI French Antique (a typical far West saloon font based on wood type by William H. Page, 1869), MPI Egyptian Ornamented (a western face based on a 1870 wood type by William H. Page), MPI Arcadian (based on a 1870 design by William H. Page), MPI Tuscan Extra Condensed (based on William H. Page wood type from 1872), MPI Norwich Aldine Reversed (from a 1872 original), MPI Nouveau, MPI Delittle (based on a wood type by DeLittle), MPI Deco (art deco caps), MPI Atlas (slightly art nouveau face based on a font by Day & Collins), MPI Circle Sans (white on black letters). [Google]
MyFonts hit list for Clarendon style typefaces, popular in the wood type era. A longer list of implementations of Clarendon. [Google]
MyFonts: French Clarendon
A list of French Clarendon (almost exclusively wood) typefaces that are available via MyFonts. [Google]
[Dan X. Solo]
Dan X. Solo's Solotype fonts are now being sold at MyFonts. These wood type/Western/ headline/ Victorian collection includes Acantha, Bindweed, Dime Museum, Egyptian Oldstyle, Excelsis, Extravaganza, Rigney, Assay, Baraboo Banner, Beijing, Brevet (after a Victorian typeface from 1887 by Ernst Lauschke), Brussels, Cathedral, Cleopatra, Cognac, Crossroads, Dainty Lady, Dangerfield, Diablo, Dutch Treat, Grecian, Lord Mayor, Malibu, Minnesota, Moulin Rouge, Penny Arcade, Trixie, Valerie, and Zorro. Alaska is based on an 1890 design of Marder, Luse and co. Arcade imitates an 1888 design of Barnhart Brothers&Spindler. Bamboo (oriental simulation face) is based on a 1889 creation of Barnhart Brothers&Spindler. Behrens Antiqua and Behrens schrift are revival of early 20th century faces by Peter Behrens. Eccentric is a digitization of a 1898 face by Kingsley/ATF. Hansard is a revival of a display type published in 1887 by MacKellar, Smiths,&Jordan. Pekin is a digitization of a face, first designed by Ernst Lauschke in 1888 and issued by Barnhart Bros.&Spindler foundry in Chicago under the name Dormer, and revived by them in 1923 under the name Pekin. Charles Henry Beeler made a condensed sans serif issued by Mackellar, Smiths&Jordan foundry in 1887: it was digitally revived as Roundhead. Monument is a revival of a 1893 face by the Boston Type Foundry, but was also cast at the Central Type Foundry. Vienna Light is a delicate early 1900s type originally created by the German foundry of Schelter&Gieseke. Other designs: Bareback, Campaign (ca. 1970), Cigar Label (1997), Estienne, Farringdon (a western face), Goodfellow (digitization of wood type from 1895 found at Hamilton and probably due to W.H. Page), Harlem Text (blackletter), Houdini (ca. 1992), Memorial, Quadrille 2 (a simplified Tuscan face), Sparticus, Vanities (a Victorian type), Whirligig. In 2005, MyFonts added Margie (formal script based on Marggraff Bold Script by the Dresden foundry vormalig Brüder Butter, 1920s), Fancy Dan, Bamberg, Fat Face No. 20, French Ionic (quite ugly--based on an 1870 Clarendon derivative by the Cincinnati Type Foundry), Hearst Italic (based on a 1904 face by Carl Schraubstadter of the Inland Type Foundry), Hearst Roman (based on a face from the Inland Type Foundry allegedly stolen from a hand lettering job done by Goudy, acccording to Goudy himself), Tally Text (early photolettering type of the comic book style), Welcome 1 (based on Van Loey-Nouri's art nouveau face from 1900).
View Dan Solo's typefaces. Another page on Solotype. [Google]
MyFonts: Wood type
The main (digital versions of) wood type at MyFonts. A longer list of wood type typefaces. [Google]
MyFonts: Woodcut typefaces
A list of commercial woodcut typefaces. [Google]
During her studies at Design College Australia in Brisbane, Nadia Raineri created the layered ornamental wood typefaces Alvaro (2013) and Maria (2013) that are based on Aetna, a wood type from 1870 by William H. Page. [Google]
During her studies in Caldas da Reinha, Portugal, Nadina Fialho created the wide woiod-inspired titling face Elisus (2014). [Google]
Nancy Neale Typecraft
According to the ad, We have the largest collection of wood type and printing memorabilia in private hands in America. Wood type sold via the web. [Google]
National Printers Materials Co.
American wood type manufacturer that existed from 1876-1895, and was set up by John Stevens and William Wood in New York City. They In 1874, they had patented a process for laminating celluloid to wood to produce celluloid wood type. Example of that: No. 20 Eureka (1888), Clarendon X Condensed (1890). [Google]
[Pixel Sagas (was: Protoform Project, and Fontshack)]
Vernon Adams (born England, 1967) is a furniture restorer, woodcarver and typeface designer. New Typography is his type design site. Vernon graduated in 2007 with an MA in type design from the University of Reading and lives in California. Fontspace link. Dafont link. Google Plus link. Fontsquirrel link. Klingspor link.
He developed Mako (2007), a type family for text and image in magazines. Earlier, he created AutoPacHousehold. Nobile (2010) is part of the Google font directory. Through the Open Font Library, one can get the source Fontforge code for this open source sans family. About Mako, he writes that he submitted the font to Fontsmith, which sat on it for a while and rejected it, only to publish a few weeks later Lurpak, which according to Vernon is too similar to his rejected design. Free fonts at Google Code by Vernon, as of the end of 2010 include Coda (a heavy elliptical face), Nobile (mentioned above), Corben (a curvy bold face in the style of Cooper Black), and Gruppo (a thin sans).
In 2011, he added Coustard (a slab serif family), Damion (connected signage script), Smythe (Victorian), Radley (display face), Oswald (a reworking of the Alternate Gothic style: see this dedicated typeface), Candal (sans), Pacifico (connected signage face), Bangers (comic book face), Anton (heavy sans), Bevan (a reworking of Beton, a traditional slab serif display typeface created by Heinrich Jost in the 1930s), Six Caps (a condensed headline face), Meddon (a display font created from the handwritten script of an Eighteenth century legal document), Rokkitt (an Egyptian), Paytone One (headline face), Holtwood One SC (wood block simulation face), Monofett (white on black), Carter One (casual face), Francois One (gothic sans), Sigmar One (think mid twentieth century pulp magazine advertising), Bigshot One, Metrophobic, Mako, Francois One, Nunito (rounded), Shanti, Sigmar, Muli (minimalist sans), Kameron (an Egyptian), Stardos Stencil, Bowlby One, Bowlby One SC (fat poster face), Tienne (serif), Monoton (a multiline face in the style of Koch's Prisma, 1931), Sancreek (emulating an ornamental wood font), Amatic SC (handprinted poster family), Sancreek (a Tuscan face), Oswald (in the old Alternate Gothic tradition of sans faces), Rammetto (based on the Stephenson Blake uppercase display font Basuto, released in 1926), and Michroma (modeled after Microgramma).
Typefaces made in 2012 include Bench Nine (Google Web Fonts: based on old Stephenson Blake typefaces), Oxygen (a sans face available from Google Web Fonts), Oxygen Mono (Google Web Fonts), Norican (free script font at Google Web Fonts based in part on Stephenson Blake's Glenmoy from the 1920s), Cutive (free at Google Web Fonts, based on the IBM typewriter faces Executive and Smith-Premier), Pontano Sans (Google Web Fonts: a light basic sans), Trocchi (Google Web Fonts: derived from Nebiolo's Egiziano, and Caslon & Co's Antique No.4 and Ionic No.2), Seymour One (Google Web Fonts: derived from Sigma One), Anaheim (sans, Google Web Fonts), Cutive and Cutive Mono (Google Web Fonts: based on the typewriter typefaces of IBM's Executive and the older Smith-Premier).
Typefaces from 2013: Mondo (sans), Oswald (grotesque and stencil), Anton (grotesque). [Google]
Teesside, UK-based graphic designer. Creator of Poster Slab (2011), Stussy Script (2013, hand-printed), Alycidon (2013, condensed wood face).
Dafont link. Aka Kitch 22. [Google]
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997, and lives since 1997 in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. From ca. 1990 onwards, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool.
Near the end of 2012, he posted this comment on his web site: Fifteen years ago, I embarked on a wonderful voyage of discovery, when I created my very first font with Fontographer 3.15. My maiden voyages were, frankly, rather clunky and amateurish, but I have been told that they showed promise. Well, sure enough, thanks to the diligent (and patient) efforts of Ilene Strizver, I polished up my craft enough to sell my humble efforts---first as a sideline business and, since 2006, as my full-time job. In total, I have produced over eleven hundred fonts---almost five hundred of them freeware fonts, which I conservatively estimate have been downloaded and enjoyed by over three million people worldwide. Unfortunately, this past year has brought a series of unanticipated setbacks, culminating in the loss of my wife's beautiful mind and soul to the scourge of alcoholism. In an effort to generate extra income to cover the expenses for her long-term care, I have proposed a number of, I believe, innovative ways to revamp the online font business; unfortunately, those efforts have fallen flat, primarily due to the professional font community's abject fear of crossing the $165 million Elephant in the Room. I even offered a special discount rate of 75% off retail price for full-time students of Typohile Forum. To date, there have been zero takers. Hell: even the webfont kit of one of my own fonts which I purchased from myfonts.com turned out to be an empty folder. Talk about a run of bad luck. Which leaves my with you, dear readers. If you or someone you know has had fun or made a buck from my humble efforts throughout the years, please donate whatever you can---even a lousy dollar would help---to help me out. I would greatly appreciate it.
Home page. Dafont link. FontShop link. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link.
View the typefaces designed by Nick Curtis. [Google]
[Nick Curtis: Wood types]
[Nick Curtis: Commercial faces]
Nick Curtis: Commercial faces
Nick Curtis (b. Chicago, 1948) lived in Texas from 1952-1997. Since 1997, he is in Gaithersburg, MD and Alexandria, MD. Since the 1990s, he has been designing fonts, first for free, and then commercially. He had a great reputation as a "revivalist" type designer, with a particular interest in retro fonts and art deco types. In 2003, his site had become too popular and too expensive to maintain, and thus he went commercial as Nick's Fonts. Interview. Free downloads at TypOasis. Complete list of names and other info, maintained by Sander de Voogt. Interview in which we learn about his fondness for Corel Draw as a type design tool. Home page. His free fonts are listed elsewhere.
On MyFonts, he says this about himself: Nick's Fonts is a modest little foundry dedicated to the preservation of our rich typographic heritage. Most of the foundry's designs are based on authentic historical sources, gleaned from the massive collections of the Library of Congress. If you are looking for a font that captures the essence of the Wild West, the Gay Nineties or the Jazz Age, look here first: if it is not in the catalog, it will be soon. [Google]
Nick Curtis: Wood types
Nick Curtis's typefaces that took inspiration from wood types. Many of these have WBW in the name, which stands for Whiz-Bang Woodtype.
- Blandford Woodland NF (2005). A light version with lower case of Neuland as seen in Pen&Brush Lettering and Practical Alphabets (Blandford Press, Ltd., London, 1929).
- CopperCanyonInlineWBW, CopperCanyonWBW, CopperCanyonWBWDemiBold.
- Falfurrias WBW (2004). Based on authentic xylographic designs from the late nineteenth century.
- Fran Tique NF (2008). The decorative wood type face French Antique Extended, featured in the 1905 BB&S catalog, and originally due to William H. Page, was revived as Fran Tique NF.
- Fredericksburg WBW (2006). Based on a wood type by Rob Roy Kelly, which is the same source Jordan Davies used for his Teutonic.
- Grand Prairie WBW (2004). Based on an ornamental wood type called Medallic.
- Indubitably NF (2011): based on Stephenson Blake's 1880s wedge serif face Latin Antique.
- Matamoros NF (2010): wood type simulation.
- Page Wood Borders NF (2011).
- Round Rock WBW (2006). A Western style font called No. 154 by Rob Roy Kelly.
- San Angelo NF. Based on a 1890 William H. Page Foundry woodtype grotesque specimen.
- Terlingua WBW (2005). A wood type called Phanitalian in Rob Roy Kelly's collection.
- TradingPostNF (2003). Based on this poster.
- Woodtype Borders NF (2010), Woodtype Borders 2 NF (2011).
- Woody Goodies 1 and 2 WBW (2004): ornaments, including fists.
- Ye Olde Block NF (2004). Lewis F. Day, in his book Alphabets Old and New, offered this typeface as an example from sixteenth-century England of lettering incised in wood.
- NF (2010). Based on James Conner's wood style face Aetna (1888), aka Painter's Gothic.
Nick Sherman (b. 1983) is from Hyannis Port and Boston, MA, and studied graphic design at MassArt in 2005. He is currently based in Brooklyn, NY, where he works with Font Bureau. His degree project there, entitled A Modern Day Specimen Book, is beautifully presented, and leads us through thoughts on type classification to the idea of type molecules, with the nodes in the molecules representing styles or descriptions or dates, and the edges representing typefaces. He is interested in wood type, and occasionally helps out the organizers of the TypeCon conferences. As a designer at MyFonts (from 2007-2010), he was in charge of the interviews, presentations, and web designs of their successful and useful pages. He lived in Brooklyn, NY, and taught typography at MassArt in Boston. In 2010, he joined Font Bureau. Flickr page. He is the founder of Woodtyper, an online journal focused on large and ornamented type and related matters. He also set up the type documentation project Type Record together with Indra Kupferschmid. His type designs:
He wrote Type from the Crypt about horror fonts. He started the Flickr group called Manicule about pointing hands (fists; see, e.g., here and here). He wrote the long essay on printing fists called Toward a History of the Manicule (2005). Check out this pic he took of Lucha Libre posters in Mexico City in 2009. He also designed the poster for the 2008 documentary on wood type called Typeface.
- Ambient (2005): a simple geometric monoline logotype for Ambient Devices.
- Sargent (2004): inspired by the lettering on the gravestones at Boston's Old Granary Burial Ground.
- Meatland (2004): a grotesk inspired by the lettering on a shop in Jamaica Plain.
- Plan 9 (2005): a squarish masculine sans face originally designed for a TV program called 3-B which would feature B-movies, including many horror flicks.
Speaker at ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik. Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam. [Google]
Type designer born in 1986 in Lviv, Ukraine. She created the Kafkaesque woodcut face Messy Linocut 2D (2011, 2D Typo).
Klingspor link. [Google]
No Bodoni Typography
[George Everet Thompson]
Chicago, IL-based foundry run by George E. Thompson (b. 1945, Chicago). Expensive but high quality families include Estiennium (quirky humanist sans), Isbellium (a sans serif version of Dick Isbell's Americana type, the last type cut in metal by American Type Founders), Nirvanium (wedge serif), ITC Oldrichium (2011, angular lettering in the style of Oldrich Menhart), Parmatype, Parisette, Marseillette, Lyonette, and Berlinette (2001). George Thompson teaches at the Art&Design Department of Columbia College Chicago (since 1986). He has a deep involvement in letterpress printing and co-founded Columbia's private press, the Calhoun Press, named for John Calhoun, the first printer in Chicago. He also founded his own Spurius Press, devoted to publishing matters of typography and named for Spurius Carvillus, the ancient Roman credited with designing the letter G. ITC Oldrichium. MyFonts is selling their fonts now: Claudium NB (2002), Crowbird Pro Bold (2012), Dog Butter (2004, script face), the eerie didone font Floridium NB (2002, based on wood type from the 1800s), Ms Kitty NB (2002, a fun face), Parma Typewriter NB (based on Bodoni), and Tinman Pro (2011).
In 2013, George published the dingbat typeface Ovoid Two Zero.
FontShop link. Klingspor link.
View the No Bodoni typeface library. [Google]
Novo Typo (was: Atelier van Wageningen)
[Mark van Wageningen]
Mark van Wageningen is a Dutch type designer. Born in 1969, Mark lives in Amsterdam. Novo Typo is the typefoundry of Atelier van Wageningen.
The display type Stavba (inspired by rodchenko's constructivist lettering) appeared in 1994 as a part of his presentation for his final examination at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and was later renamed Ärst. He continues making display types on his own account. He created the fonts Linotype Cerny (1995, caps only), Linotype Laika and Linotype Sjablony (a roughened stencil font) in 1997.
Fontshop and 2Rebels sell his Gagarin family (2000), which include Anna (constructivist and unicase), Boris, Christa, Dmitri (MICR), Eleno, Fjodor, Gregor, Hektor (stencil), Igor, Youri, Leonora (with Nele Reyniers), Magda (with Nele Reyniers), Ossip and Petrov (LED simulation). As he tells it, four Russians, Gustav Klucis, Vladimir Majakovski, Alexander Rodchenko en Gregory Rasputin each had an affair with Anna Gagarin, and out of all that came forth Boris, Christa, Dimitri, Elena, Fjodor, Gregor, Hektor, Igor, Jouri, Kurt, Leonora, Magda, Nina, Ossip, Petrov, Quirina, Rudolf and Sonia.
Atelier Van Wageningen made the curly face HC type (2010) for packaging.
Typefaces from 2012 include NT Lucien, NT Plakaty (poster font), NT Theo, the NT Gagarin family, NT Zkumavka (rough stencil based on stencils from the 1920s in Russia; first published in 1995-2002 at Two Rebels), NT Cornelia (wood type caps), NT Novo (with Novo Alla, Bila, Cela, Dada, Enno, Fika and Gigo), Louis Douze and Therese Quatorze, Caren (a soft-edged corporate face for a Dutch women's organization, Vrouwen van Nu).
Typefaces from 2013: NT Guru (a layered ornamental type system), Sjiq (with a crazy roofed lower case s), and flower photographic typefaces such as Fall, Lily and Pure. Novo Typo also made several corporate typefaces.
Behance link. Linotype link. FontShop link. Another Behance link. [Google]
Born in Pamplona, Octavio got his first degree in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. After several years working for various design studios and advertising agencies, he moved to UK where he graduated from the MA in Type Design at the University of Reading. After collaborating with the Typofonderie in Paris for several months, Octavio went back to Pamplona.
Blackwood (2011) is an ornamental all-caps face that takes its inspiration from a mixture of the woodcuts of the early 18th century and fat typefaces of today's magazines.
Other typefaces designed by Octavio: Cabriole (2011, serif text family), Terabyte (2011, a monoline corporate typeface in current development for Aspa Company), Sutturah (fat signage face, published by Rosetta Type, and awarded by TDC 2012). The Cyrillic was developed with the help of Sergei Egorov.
In 2013, he contributed to the Cyrillic of Adelle (2009, Type Together), a typeface first developed by Veronika Burian, Jose Scaglione and Alexandra Korolkova.
Behance link. [Google]
Old Towne No536
A decorative Western style face originally relaeased by Stephenson Blake (see Linotype) and ATF. Digital versions include Old Towne No536 (URW; images: i, ii), Old Town (FontSite), Osborne (Softmaker), Old Towne No536 SB (2004, Scangraphic), Old Towne Pro (2010, Ralph M. Unger---it is feasible that he also engineered the URW version). [Google]
Omtype is Oleg Macujev's Russian foundry and studio (est. 2008) located in Novokuznetsk in the Kemerovskaja region of Siberia. Graphic and type designer, calligrapher and typographer Oleg Macujev was born in Novokuznetsk in 1984. He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University (design of mass media specialization). In 2004-2007 he studied at the Alexander Tarbeev Type Design Workshop of Moscow State University of Printing. From 2004 to 2009 Oleg worked as a graphic designer in different Moscow design studios and publishing houses. In 2007-2008 he also lectured on type and calligraphy at the National Institute of Modern Design. He received the second prize for excellence in type and graphic design in a student competition organized by ParaType for his Epiphany typeface (2008). He has obtained the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at the Modern Cyrillic 2009 competition for the Epiphany and Fry typefaces. Since 2009 he has been living in Novokuznetsk and working as a freelance graphic designer. Samples of his calligraphy. Alternate URL. Behance link. His name is also written Oleg Matsuev. Klingspor link. His great collection of typefaces:
- Default (2010). A condensed monospaced sans for Latin and Cyrillic.
- Epiphany (2008). A monoline script based on Old Russian skoropis (cursive writing) of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Award winner at Paratype K2009).
- Fry (2008). A comic book style face that won an award at Paratype K2009 under the name Fray, and a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at the Modern Cyrillic 2009 competition. Fry also received Second Prize in the display typeface category at Granshan 2011. Fry Pro (Latin, Greek, Cyrillic) was released in 2013. Oleg writes about this round sans: Fry was developed in 2008 specially for the Sky-Fish company (fish and seafood dealer). This type is designed for small texts and has a friendly and a fairytale historic flavor. Fry takes the openness and dynamism of humanistic sans serif, the simple and softness of lubok’s letters (primitive style) and the fluidity of shallow marine fry.
- Mamontov (2007-2008). Wood type with large incisions for ink traps. It has 25 weights and is based on Clarendon, except that the serifs are asymmetric (missing on one side).
- Ryba Kit (Fish-whale). Designed for large headlines and display typography, and based on halfustav handwriting.
- Siberian (2013). A geometric unicase sans serif inspired by Russian avant-garde typography and old Siberian runic scripts (Orkhon-Yenisey script): The idea was to create a typeface so simple, cold and beautiful as the snow in Siberia. This typeface with its numerous stylistic sets could be used for Cyrillic simulation.
- Slovolitnaya (2008). A pixel typeface based on the old forms of Cyrillic and works of the Russian style artists like Mihail Vrubel and Ivan Bilibin, who revived these forms in their design in the beginning of the 20th century.
Pixel font specialist who created these pixel typefaces using FontStruct in 2013: fs Inspira 2 (pixel face), fs Mikibit, FS Tacticalreminds, FS Terc.butyl (slab serif), Fin Competition, Opipik's Caps, Stencil, Cond, Alter Ego, Anakin, Nonsense Remix, Simple, Fluid PX (pixelish), Fluid, Shamewriting (wide techno face), The FS Ion (stencil), Opirus Semi-Serif, Launching a similar one, F Serif Q, Opirus OPIK, Sans Tai Na, Leftleaning, FSPx Kayah D70, 1234 Font, Random Regular.
Other typefaces made in 2013 include fs Logo, fs Mansion, fs Kismet, LASO Serif, fs Ad, fs Groszak's Dreams, fs Road Sans, fs Connet (retro automotive script), fs Large, fs Mico, fs Use, fs By, fs Part, fs Strongness, fs Permutoo 1 through 7 (op-art), fs Ethstruct, fs Ais (wood type simulation), fs Eng (like fs Ais), fs 01, fs Jim Jam (sencil), fs Sor, fs Nothing (blackletter), Anakin Mono (a sci-fi face), Shaak Sans, LASO Serif, 42 Stencil, 42 Sten Grid (kitchen tile face), 42 Bold (piano key face), 42 Sten Vert, Sten Bold Vert, 42 Light Vert, 42 Bold Vert, 42 Light Grid, 42 Cond, 42 Light, 42 Black, Iont Slab (monospaced), Experiment Elongated Ears, Pixel Old English, Check It, Trifolium Stencil (like a Bauhaus stencil), Avatars New, Shaakmono, and Better Sans.
FontStruct link. [Google]
Type foundry in Amsterdam, run by Donald Roos (b. Haarlem, 1978). Also involved are Jantoon Roos (Haarlem, b. 1953) and Benz Roos. Donald Roos studied type design at KABK in Den Haag. In 2008, he started up his own studio Bureau.Donald, based in Amsterdam. He created the online typographic library Typebase and is co-founder of tech-startup Triqle. Donald has been a teacher at several academies; the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam College and Fontys College. He currently teaches type design at KABK in Den haag.
Typefaces (all by Donald Roos) include LD Spaghetti (2004), LL Bint (2004, potato stamp face), LL Gaufre (2004, an "OpenPixelType"), MagGothic (in progress). They are also involved in the digitization of wood type.
In 2009, he got involved in Vette Letters, and there he published VLNL Bint, VLNL Gaufre, VLNL Knoffel, VLNL Brak, and VLNL Spaghetti Bolognese, VLNL Woodburger, VLNL wasabi, VLNL Irish Stew, VLNL Hollandsche Nieuwe.
Typefaces by Donald Roos from 2013: VLNL Wood Burger (based on American wood type), VLN Wasabi Turbo.
Klingspor link. Behance link. Bureau Donald. [Google]
P22 sells a Woodtype CD, which has pictures (not fonts!) of four complete wood alphabets taken from the wood type collection of art director and designer John Housley. [Google]
P22 Type Foundry
Richard Kegler's fun Buffalo-based foundry, which he founded in 1995 together with his wife, Carima El-Behairy. Currently, on staff, we find type designers James Grieshaber and Christina Torre. In 2004, it acquired Lanston Type. P22 has some great unusual, often artsy, fonts.
The fonts are: Industrial Design (an industrial look font based on letters drawn by Joseph Sinel in the 1920s---this font is free!), LTC Jefferson Gothic Obliquie (2005, free), Sinel (free), P22Snowflakes (2003, free), Acropolis Now (1995, a Greek simulation face done with Michael Want), P22 Albers (1995; based on alphabets of Josef Albers made between 1920 and 1933 in the Bauhaus mold), Arts and Crafts (based on lettering of Dard Hunter, early 1900s, as it appeared in Roycroft books), Ambient, Aries (2004, based on Goudy's Aries), Arts and Crafts ornaments, Atomica, Bagaglio, Bauhaus (Bauhaus fonts based on the lettering of Herbert Bayer), Bifur (2004, Richard Kegler, after the 1929 original by Cassandre), Blackout, Cage (based on handwriting and sketches of the American experimental composer John Cage), P22 Casual Script (2011, Richard Kegler, a digitization of letters by sign painter B. Boley, shown in Sign of the Times Magazine), Cezanne (Paul Cezanne's handwriting, and some imagery; made for the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Child's Play, Child's Play Animals, Child's Play Blocks, Constructivist (Soviet style lettering emulating the work of Rodchenko and Popova), Constructivist extras, Czech Modernist (based on the design work of Czech artist Vojtech Preissig in the 20s and 30s), Daddy-o (Daddy-o Beatsville was done in 1998 with Peter Reiling), Daddy-o junkie, Da Vinci, Destijl (1995, after the Dutch DeStijl movement, 1917-1931, with Piet Mondrian inspired dingbats; weights include Extras, P22 Monet Impressionist (1999), Regular and Tall), Dinosaur, Eaglefeather, Escher (based on the lettering and artwork of M.C. Escher), FLLWExhibition, FLLW Terracotta, Folk Art (based on the work of German settlers in Pennsylvania), Il futurismo (after Italian Futurism, 1908-1943), Woodtype (two Tuscan fonts and two dingbats, 2004), P22 Woodcut (1996, Richard Kegler: based on the lettering carved out in wood by German expressionists such as Heckel and Kirchner), , Garamouche (2004, +P22 Garamouche Ornaments; all codesigned with James Grieshaber), GD&T, Hieroglyphic, P22 Infestia (1995), Insectile, Kane, Kells (1996, a totally Celtic family, based on the Book of Kells, 9th century; the P22 Kells Round was designed with David Setlik), Koch Signs (astrological, Christian, medieval and runic iconography from Rudolf Koch's The Book of Signs), P22 Koch Nueland (2000), Larkin (2005, Richard Kegler, 1900-style semi-blackletter), London Underground (Edward Johnston's 1916 typeface, produced in an exclusive arrangement with the London Transport Museum; digitized by Kegler in 1997, and extended to 21 styles in 2007 by him as P22 Underground Pro, which includes Cyrillic and Greek and hairline weights), Pan-Am, Parrish, Platten (Richard Kegler; revised in 2008 by Colin Kahn as P22 Platten Neu; based on lettering found in German fountain pen practice books from the 1920s), Preissig, Prehistoric Pals, Petroglyphs, Rodin / Michelangelo, Stanyan Eros (2003, Richard Kegler), Stanyan Autumn (2004, based on a casual hand lettering text created by Anthony Goldschmidt for the deluxe 1969 edition of the book "...and autumn came" by Rod McKuen; face by Richard Kegler), Vienna, Vienna Round, Vincent (based on the work of Vincent Van Gogh), Way out West. Now also Art Nouveau Bistro, Art Nouveau Cafe and the beautiful ornamental font Art Nouveau Extras (all three by Christina Torre, 2001), the handwriting family Hopper (Edward, Josephine, Sketches, based on the handwriting styles of quintessential American artist Edward Hopper and his wife, Josephine Nivison Hopper, and was produced in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art), Basala (by Hajime Kawakami), Cusp (by James Grieshaber), P22 Dearest (calligraphic, by Christina Torre), Dwiggins (by Richard Kegler), Dyrynk Roman and Italic (2004, Richard Kegler, after work by Czech book artist Karel Dyrynk), Gothic Gothic (by James Grieshaber), La Danse (by Gábor Kóthay;), Mucha (by Christina Torre), Preissig Lino (by Richard Kegler), P22Typewriter (2001, Richard Kegler, a free typewriter font), the William Morris set (Morris Troy, Morris Golden, Morris Ornaments, based up the type used by William Morris in his Kelmscott Press; 2002), Art Deco Extras (2002, Richard Kegler, James Grieshaber and Carima El Behairy), Art Deco Display, the Benjamin Franklin revival font Franklin's Caslon (2006), Dada (2006) and the Art Nouveau font Salon (bu Christina Torre).
In 2006, Kegler added Declaration, a font set consisting of a script (after the 1776 declaration of independence), a blackletter, and 56 signatures. Many of the fonts were designed or co-designed by Richard Kegler. International House of Fonts subpage. Lanston subpage (offerings as of 2005: Bodoni Bold, Deepdene, Flash, Fleurons Granjon, Fleurons Garamont, Garamont, Goudy Thirty, Jacobean Initials, Pabst, Spire).
Bio and photo.
In-house fonts made in 2008 include Circled Caps, the Yule family (Regular, Klein Regular, Light Flurries, Heavy, Klein heavy, Heavy Snow, Inline; all have Neuland influences). Kegler / P22 created a 25-set P22 Civilité family in 2009 based on a 1908 publication from Enshedé, the 1978 English translation by Harry Carter, and a 1926 specimen also from Enshedé.
P22 Declaration (Script, Signatures, Blackletter, 2009) is based on the lettering used in the 1776 Declaration of Independence.
At ATypI 2004 in Prague, Richard spoke about Vojtech Preissig. Speaker at ATypI 2010 in Dublin, where he presented Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century about which he writes: This film has the dual aim of documenting the almost-lost skill of creating metal fonts and of capturing the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). P22 type foundry commissioned Mr. Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font in 2008. At ATypI 2011 in Reykjavik, he showed Making Faces.
Typefaces from 2014: LTC Archive Ornaments (Richard Kegler and Miranda Roth).
View Richard Kegler's typefaces. View the IHOF / P22 typeface library. [Google]
Parkinson Type Design
Jim Parkinson's Parkinson Type Design is based in Oakland, CA. This prolific type designer was born in 1941 in Richmond, CA, and lives in Oakland, CA. Originally, he was a letterer, but he went digital in 1990. His Keester and Azuza typefaces won awards at the TDC2 Type Directors Club's Type Design Competition 2002. MyFonts on Jim Parkinson and on his Parkinson Foundry. His impressive output:
- Typefaces at the Parkinson Foundry: Fresno (2001, inline gothic), Hotel (2001, inline caps), Azuza (2001, a Latin serif family designed for newsprint; some italics were based on Dwiggins' Electra), Amboy (2001, inline like for signpainting), Chuck (2004, a display titling face), Richmond (2003, a geometric sans family in the spirit of Dwiggins' Metro, Erbar by Jakob Erbar and the Underground type of Edward Johnston), Modesto (2001, strikingly similar to John Downer's Panatela, even though both admit that this an unbelievable coincidence; Parkinson's copperplate gothic evolved from Parkinson's lettering on the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum&Bailey Circus logo), Balboa (2001, a 19th century style sans), Sutro (2003, a 19-style slab serif family), Wigwag (2003, a display family inspired by the mid-twentieth century Speedball lettering of Ross George and the work of Samuel Welo and Cecil Wade), Amador (2004, blackletter), Cabazon (2005, blackletter), Avebury (2005, blackletter based on types from the Caslon Foundry), and the lovely Benicia (2003, influenced by GoldenType).
- At ITC (now Linotype), he designed ITC Bodoni, ITC Bodoni Twelve, ITC Bodoni Seventy Two, ITC Roswell Two, ITC Roswell Four (1998) and ITC Roswell Three (1998).
- His faces at Font Bureau include Antique Condensed Two, Buster, Comrade (1998, nice poster font, after the constructivist lettering by Belgian artist Jozef Peeters), El Grande (1991, fat display face), Parkinson (1994), Poster Black (1993), Showcard Gothic (1997), Showcard Moderne.
- At the Agfa Creative Alliance, he created Showcard Moderne, Antique Condensed Two, Bonita, Commerce Gothic (1998), Diablo (1996), Dreamland (1999, retro-futuristic), Fancy Stuff (1999), Generica Condensed (1994, grotesk), Industrial Gothic (1997), Mojo (psychedelic), Pueblo (1998).
- At Adobe, one can find Montara, his striking and psychedelic Mojo, and the gorgeous Jimbo.
- At FontFont, we have the FF Moderne Gothics series [FF Motel Gothic (1996), FF Matinee Gothic (1996), FF Goldengate Gothic (1996)] and FF Catch Words (1996).
- At Chank, he created Keester (2001).
- He designed the 4-weight family Electric for the San Francisco Chronicle (it was close to Dwiggins' Electra), but the Chronicle is no longer using it.
- Parkinson Electra (also based on Dwiggins's type) was published by Linotype in 2010.
- Typefaces from 2012: Meatball (fat lettering-style typeface), Hoosier Daddy (Western font).
- The list of newspapers and magazines using his fonts: Activa, Atlanta Journal, Birkenstock, Boston, Brownsville Herald, The Daily Cardinal, Charlotte Observer, Charleston Post&Courier, Chicago Tribune, The Citizen, Journal of Comm, Cromos, Daily Californian, Dallas Morning News, Rochester D&C, Financial Morgen, Design Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Editor&Publisher, El Graphico, National Enquirer, Entrepreneur, Esquire, SF Examiner, The New Examiner, Fast Company, New Fast Company, Montreal Gazette, Hamilton Spectator, Herman Miller, Ilta=Sanomat, InStyle, Kathemerini, Las Vegas Life.
- Typefaces from 2014: Sutro Deluxe (a layered chromatic wood type emulation font family that extends his 2003 font, Sutro).
MyFonts interview. FontShop link. More FontShop material on him. Klingspor link.
View Jim Parkinson's typefaces. [Google]
Paul James Lloyd
About 100 free TrueType fonts by University of Western Australia lecturer Paul Lloyd (b. UK), many of them elaborate caps fonts: Larkin Capitals (2004), QuaNauticale Initials (2004, with Manfred Klein), Blavicke Capitals (2002), FoliarInitials (2002, Caps), Halftone (2003, blackletter), UltraBlack (2003, blackletter), Infula (2002, Caps), Strelsau (2002, Fraktur), Dampfplatz-DemiBold (2002, Fraktur), DampfplatzShadow-Black (2002, Fraktur), DampfplatzSolid-Black (2002, Fraktur), GenzschEtHeyse (2002, Fraktur), GenzschEtHeyseAlternate (2002, Fraktur), Moderna (2002, Fraktur), Lightfoot (2002), Nuffield Initials (2002), Cantebriggia (2002, Fraktur), Charterwell (2002, Fraktur), Portcullion (2002, blackletter), Portculliard Initials (2003, blackletter), Proclamate (2002, blackletter), Zenda (2002, blackletter), Teutonic (2002, blackletter), Medieval Victoriana (2002, caps), Portland Roman (2002), Wolnough (2002, caps), Landsdowne (2002, + Shadow: Victorian faces), Grimeswade (2002, caps), Orotund-Heavy, OrotundCapitals-Heavy (2002), Minster (2002, a 6-font Fraktur family), Killigrew (2002, Fraktur), Minim (2002, Fraktur), Coltaine (2002), Emporium Capitals (2002), Penshurst (2002), Cherubim Initials (2002), Pompadour Initials (2002), Casua (2002), Wadsworth's Industria (2002), Radaern Script (2002), Queen Empress (2002), Lisburne Initials (2002), Dundalk (2002), Claritty (2002, handprinting), Mysterious Voyage (2002), Arborial (2002), Deepwoods (2002), Florana (2002), Springtime (2002), Topiary (2002), Woodland (2002), Bertham, Camelot Initials, Chocolate Box (2002), Altea, Mosaic (2002, caps), Burgoyne (2002, caps), Hentzau Initials (2002), Engravier (2002, caps), Rustick Capitals (2002), Louvaine (2002), Chipperfield&Bailey (2002), Boister Black (2002, blackletter; the commercial Boister Black Pro was done in 2009 at CheapProFonts), Quill (2002), Erasmus (2002), Birmingham, Bolton, Brassett (2001), Chancera, Glastonbury, Grantham, E-Caps, CleaversJuvena, CoronationScot, Chronos, Brodgnorth, Draughtsman (2002), Duvall, Helena, Hominis (1997), Imperator, Lewisham, Newstyle, Noir-et-Blanc, Peake, Priory, Ruritania, Shrewsbury, Simplicity, Sylph, Ubiqita_Europa, Woodcut Capitals, Watson, Wrenn, Imperator, Trefoil Capitals (2002), TinplateTitling, Freame, Graphis, Dutch I, Festival, Festival Flourish, d'Spenser, Sylvan-Capitals, Helena, Bridgnorth and Paladin Caps. In his Black Jewels series (as in "blackletter"), he published Black (2002), Germanica (2002), and is working on Minim and Killigrew. Most faces come in many weights, and are carefully manicured products. Other Lloyd creations may be found here, here, here, here, or here in Russia. In 2008, he started a commercial foundry, Greater Albion Typefounders. Font Squirrel link. Behance link. [Google]
Paul James Lloyd
[Greater Albion Typefounders (or: GATF)]
Paula Nazal Selaive
Santiago de Chile-based creator of Selaive (2011, Latinotype), a geometric monoline sans with an extreme hairline weight, a bold, and several curly alternates. She also made the curly swashy script face Dulce (2011; Dulce Pro appeared in 2013 at Latinotype). Dulce has slight teardrop terminals.
In 2012, she and Daniel Hernandez created the Bosque family at Latinotype, which comes with six variants, Normal, Wood, Shadow, Wood Shadow, Dingbats and Shadow One. Julieta is a curly swashy thin monoline typeface family. Romeo (Latinotype) is a swashy curly condensed unicase typeface.
In 2013, with Daniel Hernandez, she designed the layered type system Trend, also at Latinotype.
In 2014, together with Daniel Hernandez, she created the upright good-spirited coffee shop script Showcase. It is morally supported by a set of Ornaments and a few Sans and Slab styles. [Google]
Graphic designer and typographer in Miami, FL. Behance link Creator of the beautiful Wood Cuts font (2010), which attempts to simulate something cut out of linoleum. [Google]
[Alphabets Inc (or: Fontsonline.com)]
Kosal Sen (b. 1982, Philadelphia) is a graphic and identity designer, aka Koleslaw. He used to live in Philadelphia, but is now in Anaheim, CA. He designed the graffiti face Drupal (2005), Unnamed Sans (2009), "Kosal Says Hy" (sic, 2003), Olney (2010, a basic square sans), Gravity Sans (2010, slab serif; +GravityNova, GravitySupernova), Merge (2011, a plumpish round monoline sans family), Philly Sans (2008, comic book style face) and the comic book face Arfmoochikncheez (2006). Kosal claims that Wilton's commercial font Shallow (2005) was based on Kosal Says Hi. Wilton subsequently removed it from its site. See also here.
Dafont link. Yet another URL. Behance link. Fontspring link. Alternate URL.
In 2009, he founded Philatype. At Philatype [Twitter link], he created Olney (2010; inspired by the Bank Gothic style; Olney Light is free), Ryno Slab (2009, macho), Markup (2007, a fresh hand-printed comic book style face), Gravity (2010, slab serif), Tryst (2013, transitional: free download), and Merge (free). Merge Pro Greek and Cyrillic (2012) are codesigned with Elexei Vanyashin. Creator of this heavy slab face (2006) in true Western wood type style.
Also called Typophilesal Ko, and Koleslaw. Free font link: Kosal Says Hi, Philly Sans, Arfmoochikncheez v1.0, Ryno Slab Demo.
Klingspor link. Dafont link. Behance link. [Google]
Type designer born in Boston in 1948 who created many exquisite designs such as Alexia (1992), Sallando Italic, Dorothea or Cresci Rotunda. His work shows the influence of masters such as Arthur Baker.
View Philip Bouwsma's typefaces. [Google]
- A list of faces done for Agfa (which became Monotype): Alligators, Aureus Uncial, Carmela, Connach (a Gaelic font), Corvallis, Cresci Rotunda, Dorothea, Francesca (1994), Hrabanus (1994, Monotype: Based on the lettering of Hrabanus Maurus, c. 776-856, archbishop of Mainz and author of many commentaries on the scriptures), Lexie's Animals, Ludovico, LudovicoWoodcut, Mantegna, Mariposa, Mariposa Sans, Mexican Birds, Borders&Symbols, Monmouth (1994, a Lombardic / blackletter face), Neuhengen, Ophelia Italic, Palatino Rotundo, Percival, Poggio Bookhand, Pompeii Capitals, Ramsey (1997, Lombardic face), Sallando Italic, Synthetica, Thalia Italic, Trieste, van der Hoef Capitals (Monotype, an art deco face after 1920 lettering by Dutch artist Christian van der Hoef), and Wolfdance.
- At Alphabets Inc: Alexia, Benedict Uncial, BouwsmaScript, Juliana and Weissenau.
- A complete list of all Philip Bouwsma fonts on the Creative Alliance v9.0 CD: Alligators (1994, letters made up from alligators), Aqua Life (2005), Carmela, Clemente Rotunda, Corvallis, Corvallis Oblique, Corvallis Sans, Corvallis Sans Oblique, Dorothea, Fransesca Gothic (1996, Lombardic / blackletter style), Hrabanus, Lexie's Animals, Lombardic Capitals (1994, Monotype), Ludovico Smooth, Ludovico Smooth Flourishes, Mariposa, Mariposa Bold, Mariposa Book, Mariposa BookItalic, Mariposa Black, Mariposa Medium, Mariposa Sans, Mariposa Sans Bold, Mariposa Sans Book, Mariposa Sans BookItalic, Mariposa Sans Black, Mariposa Sans Medium, Mexican Birds, Polenta Black Italic, Polenta Italic, Ter Gast, Ter Gast Alternates, Wolfdance, Schildersblad, Tresillian.
- From 2005 on, he started publishing his typefaces at Canada Type. There he published a fantastic calligraphic blackletter-inspired family, Torquemada, and Bouwsma Script (2006), an extension of his 1994 handwriting face. Still at Canada Type, he updated Alexia in 2006, and added Luminari in 2008, a Lombardic / uncial font influenced by the prolific humanist Poggio Bracciolini from the early fifteenth century (+Greek, +Cyrillic, +Celtic). The 8-style Bouwsma Text (2008, Canada Type) is a full-bodied truly "roman" family well worth visiting. The 5-style Mirabel calligraphic script family Mirabel (2008, Canada Type) is based on the handwriting of Beverly Bouwsma (Philip's mother), which she developed in the 1930s. Styx (2008, Canada Type) is a 4-font connected calligraphic script family with rough and smooth variations. But his grandest achievement is perhaps Maestro (2009), a 40 style chancery family, in 2 weights each, with 3350 characters per font, codesigned with Patrick Griffin at Canada Type. Still in 2009, he designed the 6-style calligraphic family Tupelo. In 2010, his main contribution, with Patrick Griffin, is the calligraphic uncial family Testament II. His Lorenzo family (2010, Canada Type) is has both chancery and calligraphic styles. In 2011, he published the Carolingian script family Symposium Pro, with the help of Patrick Griffin. Images: i, i, i, i, i, i.
A subsidiary/part of House Industries in Yorklyn, DE. I quote: Photo-Lettering was a mainstay of the advertising and design industry in New York City from 1936 to 1997. PLINC, as it was affectionately known to art directors, was one of the earliest and most successful type houses to utilize photo technology in the production of commercial typography and lettering. It employed such design luminaries as Ed Benguiat and sold type drawn by the likes of Herb Lubalin, Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast as well as countless other unsung lettering greats. The company is best known by most of today's graphic designers for its ubiquitous type catalogs. Physically, the collection takes up about 1500 cubic ft (42 cubic meters) of space and consists of film negatives and positives of most of the 6500 fonts produced in the company's 55 years. There are also countless patterns, cartouches, borders and dingbats, all of which have been preserved in film negative form. Each negative is approximately 28 in (71 cm) by 5 in (13 cm) high. House Industries, a Yorklyn, Delaware-based independent type foundry, purchased the entire physical assets of Photo-Lettering in April of 2003. Through a partnership with Ken Barber, Christian Schwartz and Erik van Blokland, House Industries is carefully digitizing select alphabets from the collection and plans to offer them through a modern web-based interface. The Photo-Lettering interface has allowed us to reach beyond the rigid confines of typography to offer extended features such as layering, color control and multiple master interpolation over six axes. With some of the most talented minds in display typography behind this new display lettering system, users of the system will enjoy the same refined typography as the original Photo-Lettering customers.
A snapshot of their production, as of mid 2012, in alphabetical order:
- Atrax. A Mexican simulation typeface.
- Aztec. A videogame typeface.
- Banjo Playbill. A tear drop typeface.
- PL Barclay Outline.
- BenguiatBuffalo. By Ed Benguiat.
- BenguiatCaslon, BenguiatCaslonOutline, BenguiatCaslonPlain. By Ed Benguiat.
- PL Brazilia (sans).
- PL Britannia.
- Bubblegum, Bubblegum Drop.
- Carlyle Eventide. A 3d titling face.
- CopelandMilo. A connected script by L.H. Copeland.
- CopelandTrilliumFills, CopelandTrilliumOutline. A beveled prismatic typeface by L.H. Copeland.
- DARegatta. A flared didone.
- DAmicoGothic. A casual flared typeface.
- DavisonBaroque. A Western / Tuscan typeface.
- FederalTwelveDiagonal, FederalTwelveHorizontal. These are engraved copperplate typefaces.
- PL Fiorello (squarish sans).
- Galaxy Didot (based on a didone typeface by C.E. Coryn).
- Goliath. A fat Egyptian typeface with a wood style flavor.
- HanoverBold. A nice Fraktur typeface.
- HaslerCircus. A Tuscan circus font.
- HenrionBA. A beveled face with several layers.
- HouseGothicWide. A shadowed unicase typeface.
- Housebroken. A two-layer stencil caps face.
- PL Latin.
- Mierop Inline. A bilined art deco typeface.
- Millstein Flourish. A beautiful tall-descender typeface.
- PL Modern Heavy Condensed.
- Neutra Inline, Neutra Thin. Neutra Thin is a phenomenal geometric hairline sans.
- Norton Slapstick. A wood simulation face by S.E. Norton.
- Norton Tape. A stencil paper-fold typeface by S.E. Norton.
- Quaint. After an ornamental typeface from 1938 by Paul Carlyle and Gus Oring.
- Quintet. A calligraphic connected script
- Raymund Circus (+Inline, +Outlined).
- Smidgen. A signage face.
- SuperstarScript. A bubblegum typeface.
- SwissTwoTone. A display sans with two layers.
- Tiki Palms.
- TimesSquare. A dot matrix typeface.
- Tuggle. An oil slick typeface.
- Voodoo House.
- PL Westerveldt.
- WestBarnumUltra, WestBarnumUltraDrop. A fat Egyptian typeface by Dave West.
- WestBehemoth, WestBehemothItalic. Egyptian typefaces by Dave West.
- WestEmperorScript. A fat didone by Dave West.
- WestThud. A fat signage typeface by Dave West.
- West Elephant. By Dave West.
- West Italiano. A didone by Dave West.
- West Kerpow. A comic book typeface by Dave West.
- Worthe Numerals.
Pixel Sagas (was: Protoform Project, and Fontshack)
Free original designs, often with a science fiction feel, by Neale Davidson (b. 1971). Does some custom font work. Adventure.
Neale Davidson's typefaces:
- 4E Dings (based on those used in WotC's 4E Dungeons and Dragons game).
- AdventureNormal (1998), AdventureSubtitlesNormal, Alpha Mutation (2012, based on the title logo to the 2011 version of "Gammaworld"), Algol (2013, based on the logo for R Talsorian's "Mekton Zero" role-playing game), Alternity, Amuro (2013, +Condensed: an ocragonal typeface), Anayanka (2013, Cyrillic simulation font), Ancient Thorass (2013), Angel Arms (2012, a shothole font), Anglorunic (2011), Angolmois (2013, based on the Hasbro 'Dark Energon' exclusive toy line), Armorhide (2013, sci-fi face), Arneson (2013), Artifact (2011; became Ravenwood), Aurebesh (2013, based on the WEG version of Star Wars Imperial Writing).
- Bantorain (2013, spurred), BattleBeasts (2000), Bayformance (2014), Beastformer (2011, based on the long-ago logo of Hasbro's "Battle Beasts"), Bayformance (2014), Beast Wars (2011, based on the logo of the show of the same name), Betazed (2013, for Star Trek betazoids), Bidan (2013, constructivist), Bienvenu (2011, pixel face), Blitzwing (2013, octagonal family), Blofeld (2013, a distressed font based on the title logo of Exile's cult-classic "Evil Genius"), Bloomingworth (2013), Braddington (2013, art deco), Broadmoor (2012, art deco).
- Callie Mae (2013: a rounded organic sans), Cardosan (2013, runic script), Carlton (2012), Celestial, Chapleau (2012, art deco), Chinyen (2005, oriental simulation), Clark (2013), Classic Robot (2011), Coburn (2013: miltary stencil), Colony Wars (replaced by Gallonigher), Comic Book, Constitution Class Hull, Convoy (2011, based on the logo for "Armada" and "Robots in Disguise"), Counterfire (2014, stencil), Crichton (2013, an avant-garde font based on the title logo from the "Farscape" television series), 2015 Cruiser (2013, based on the police-car lettering used in the move "Back to the Future II"), Crystal Deco (2008, based on the logo for much of the merchandising for "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull"), CuniformEnglishNormal, Cyberfall (2013, octagonal / mechanical face based on the logo of the console game "Fall of Cybertron"), Cybertron Generations (dingbats, now replaced by Transdings), Cybertron Metals, Cybertron OpCode (2014), Cyberverse (2011, futuristic).
- Daedra (2012: based on the Elder Scrolls series of games), Dai Atlas (2013, based on the original Transformers logo from Hasbro), DalelandsNormal (a Celtic face based on the lettering used in early TSR Dungeons and Dragons products), Datacron (2013: based on the Fall of Cybertron toyline), Decahedron (2012), Destronic Graffiti (2013), Dethek Stone (2011, runes), DiamondFantasyNormal, Dinobots (based on the Dinobots logo from Hasbro's Beast Machines line), Dodecahedron (2012), Downlink (2013, techno), Dragonmaster, Dunkin and Dunkin Sans (2012, based on the rounded fat letters of the Dunkin Donuts logo), Dovahkiin (2013), dPoly (2013, polyhedra and game dingbats), Duodecahedron (2012), Dwemer (2013), Dynotherm (2013, a heavy octagonal face).
- Eladrin (2011, based on the third edition version of the Elven font used in Dungeons and Dragons), Electrorocket (2012, art deco), Elminster, Emotion Engine (2012, based on the Playstation 2 logo from Sony), Empanada (2013), Emulator (based on the old Nintendo game font), Energon (2011), Equestria (2012: based on the My Little Pony Line), Erte (2013), Espruar (2011, based on the Elvish script found within TSR's "2nd Edition: Dungeons and Dragons" Forgotten Realms Elvish script), Eurocorp (2012, based on the logo and menus within the classic "Syndicate Wars" game from Bullfrog Entertainment), Exodite Distressed (2013, a custom design for LPJ's "Neo-Exodus" Pathfinder campaign world).
- Falmer (2013), Flipbash (2012, an octagonal typeface that is based on the logo of Hasbro's Bot Shots), Flynn (2011, futuristic stencil face), Fontana (2011, techno-futuristic), Fractyl (2013, used for the Predacons' speaking bubbles in the BotCon "Ground Zero" comic in 1997), Furmanite (2011).
- Gaiking (2012: Based on the logo of Mattel's Giant Robot toyline, Shogun Warriors), Galaxy Force (2011, based on Hasbro's Transformers: Cybertron logo), Gallonigher (was Colony Wars), Gamedings, Gargish (2013), Gargoyles, Garriott (2013, runic), Geddes (2011, art deco sans related to Futura), Gemcut (2013), Generation Two, Gin Rai (2011, based on the logo of Hasbro's latter-era "Generation One" Transformers series), Gold Box (2012, a pixel face based on the in-game lettering from the classic SSI "Gold Box" game collection, featuring Dungeons and Dragons: Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, and so on), Gosub (2011, a pixel face similar to the on-screen lettering of the Timex Sinclair), Gotham Nights (2011, based on the lettering used in "Batman: The Animated Series"), Green Martian (2013), Gutcruncher (2011, based on the logo from the famous Blood Bowl game), Graalen (2013: an alien-glyph typeface based on the Andorian writing found in Last Unicorn Games' Among the Clans supplement for their Star Trek: Roleplaying Game).
- Harker (2013), Harpers (runes), Hauser (octagonal, futuristic; Former "Action Force", based on the logo of GI Joe), Hellpoint (2013, based on some of the plate markings founds in IDW's "Transformers" comic series), Hetfield (2013: a spurred typeface), Hexahedron (2012: dice), Hexahedron Rounded (2013), Hyperspace (2012, thin monoline octagonal, based on the original Atari vector font from Battlezone, and on Asteroids).
- Imaki (2011, futuristic; was Cybertron Metals; based on the logo of the Japanese Beast Wars Metals series), Indiana (2012, from the titling for the Indiana Jones movies and comics), Instruction (2012, monospaced and monoline caps face for engineering applications), Invaders (2012, based on posters for the 1960s movie), Iori (2013, octagonal stencil family).
- Jedi (2012: Star Wars logo font), JediHollowNormal, JediSolidNormal, Jefferies (former Constitution Class Hull, based on the original Star Trek Enterprise lettering), Jhiaxus (2011, based on the logo of "Transformers: Generation Two"), Joystick (2011, based on the lettering used from Sears' Tele-Games cartridges), Jumpman (2012, based on the logo of the original Donkey Kong game from Nintendo).
- Kanno (a geometric sans formerly called Sharon Apple), Kentaurus (2013, Greek simulation typeface; he writes: This 'microgramma-like' font is based on the "Kentaurus" writing found within Franz Joseph's "Star Trek: Technical Manual"), Ketchum (2011, a comic book face based on the logo of the popular Pokemon franchise), Kreon (2011, a round techno face based on the logo of Hasbro's Kre-O line).
- LaBoeuf (2011, techno: based on Indiana Jones subtitles), Laser Rod (2011, based on the Transformers line), Lassiter (2012, a spurred Western typeface), Lorre (art deco).
- Mage Script (2013), Majel (2013, an avant-garde typeface), Majoram (2012, a hairline avant garde typeface), Majoram Serif (2012), Manga (2011, oriental simulation), Mara's Eye (2013, based on the lettering used on Disneyland's Indiana Jones "Forbidden Eye" ride), Marston (2013, on the title logos of numerous Spaghetti westerns), Masterforce, MasterforceHollow, MasterforceSolid, MaximalBeasts, Maximus, Mechalock (2013, based on the "Combiners" subline logo from Hasbro's "Robots in Disguise" Transformers series), Mech Tech (2013, based on Hasbro's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon's" toys' "Mech Tech" logo), Medabots (based on the Hasbro toy line), Megatron (2011, based on the logo of the live-action Transformers movies), Microgramma Extended (later replaced by Probert), Minerva (2012: based on the logos used for Shout's releases of Transformers: Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory), Mission GT-R (2013, based on Takara's "Transformers: GT-R"), Mode X (2012, based on lettering from classic "Mode X" games of the early 1990s), Modern Cybertronic (2013: an alien-dings font based on Jim Sorenson's "Ancient Autobot" script), Modern Destronic (2013: based on Jim Sorensen's "Ancient Decepticon" script), Modern Iaconic (2014: based on the 'runic' letting found in Transformers: Legacy), Montalban (2011, based on the title credits of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Moria (runes), Morse Tech, MysticEtchingsNormal.
- Nakadai (2011, a unicase techno font based on Hasbro's Transformers: Prime figures), Neo Gen (2011, based on the logo for the SD Gundam series of games), Neostar (2012, sci-fi), Neverwinter (2011, based on the logo of the popular "Neverwinter Nights" computer game from Bioware) (see also here), Night Warrior, Nippon Tech (faux oriental), Nite Club (2011, dot matrix).
- Octohedron (2012), Okuda (formerly Okudagrams; based on the LCARS characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation), Omnicron, Ophidian, Optic (2011), Optimus (2011, based on the original Transformers logo from Hasbro), Orion (2012, a techno-style font based on the "Robots in Disguise" logo from Hasbro's 2012 Transformers toyline), Overseer (2011).
- Pacmania (2013), Palisoc (2013), Phoenixians (2012: based on the logo of Centuri's Phoenix arcade game), Pixel Musketeer (2013, based on Sony's Wild Arms and Wild Arms 2 games for the Playstation), Pixel NES (2013: based on screen fonts of Colecovision, Timex Sinclar, Nintendo, SimTech's ModeX VGA, Tandy Color), Planewalker (formerly called Magic Cards. Based on the text used in older Magic: The Gathering cards), Plavsky (2013), Pokemon, Powerpuff (based on the logo of "The Powerpuff Girls" from Cartoon Network), PredaconBeasts, Probert (replaces Microgramma Extended), Protoculture (2012, based on the franchise logo of Robotech).
- Qijomi (2013), Quintanar (2011), Quantum (2013: based on the title credits of the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace").
- Rapier Zero (2013), Ravenwood (2011), Razorclaw (2013: based on the logo of the Beast Hunters Transformers line), Reconstruct (2013), Regen (2012: a science-fiction font based on the logo used on the cover of the Transformers: Regeneration One comics), Renegade (2013, techno stencil, based on FASA's "Renegade Legions" gaming line), Resavy (2012, a Broadway style art deco beauty), Rio Oro (2012, a Far West Tuscan marquee font), Robot Masters (now called Takara), Roddenberry (2011, based on the StarTrek logo), Roughknight (formerly Materia Arms. Based on the Wild Arms 5 video game logo---it simulates wood type and is Western in concept), RubCaps (2013), RunicEnglishNormal.
- SandsofFireNormal, Schnaubelt (2011, rounded technical caps face), Sierra Madre (2012: an avant-garde face based on the Sierra Madre casino's logo from Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money), Silverball Oblique (2012, LED font), Simple Runes, Sinescript (2013), SkeksisNormal, Skir, Sorenson (2013, a stencil typeface), StarcraftNormal, Starfleet (2004), Stark (2012: based on the title logo of the Iron Man and Iron Man 2 movies), Steamcog Caps (2013), Steampuff (2012), Steamwreck (2012), Sternbach (2011), Straczynski (2011, based on the opening credits for the classic television series "Babylon 5"), Suchet (2013: a nice art deco typeface inspired by the material of BBC Production's legendary "Poirot" series starring David Suchet), Symtext (2012, a faux 5x5 bitmap font based on the lettering used in early VGA games, such as Syndicate).
- Taibaijan (faux Arabic), Takara (former Robot Masters; based on the "Robot Masters" logo from Takara's Transformers), Tandysoft (2011, based on the old typeface of the MC-10 computer), Tellarite (2013: based on the canonical glyphs of the "Tellarite" language from Paramount's Star Trek franchise), Tetrahedron (2012), Thorass (runes), Thundara (the old name was Thundercats), Tirolese (2013, an alien glyph font), Tonopah (2012, western font), Toril (2011), Transdings (replaces Cybertron Generations: based on Transformers logos from Hasbro), Transformers, TransformersHollowNormal, TransformersSolidNormal, Transmaidens, Transmetals (based on Hasbro Inc's, "Beast Wars: Transmetals" logo), Trek Arrowheads (2013), Trek Arrowcaps (2013), Tsa Script (2011, based on logos used within TSR's classic "Dragon Magazine"), Turok (2011, based on the logo of the "Turok" video game), Turtles (2011, based on the popular classic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" logo), Twobit (2013, LCD font)
- Vector Sigma (2011, based on the secondary "Beast Machines" logo), Videopac (2013, a stencil face based on a Philips gamme from the 1970s), Visionaries, Visitor Script (2013), Volkoff (2013, a Russian style tencil face).
- Warlords (2011, based on the logo of the game series), Whittle (2013, octagonal), Winslett (2012, Far West face), Wreckers (2013, octagonal).
- XBall (2013, loosely based on several title logos from Electronic Arts's (EA's) sports gaming titles).
- YsgarthEnglishNormal (2011, almost blackletter).
- Zarathos (2012, based on the titles for the Ghost Rider movie series), Zebulon (2013, sci-fi face based on the title logo of TSR's classic "Star Frontiers" game series), Zentran (2013, based on the Zentraedi glyphs found in Harmony Gold's "Robotech" franchise).
Dafont link. See also here and here, here, and here. Klingspor link. Abstract Fonts link. Devian Tart link. Fontspace link. [Google]
French typographical non-profit organization, run by Guillaume-Ulrich Chifflot, but now off-line. It had sections entiteled "Font user's guide', "Anatomy of a font", "Bibliography", "Intro to wood type" (Stephen O. Saxe, 1983), "Font-making tutorial". [Google]
PRG South Signs
Signage business involved in truck lettering, truck decals, custom signs, vinyl lettering, pinstriping and font design. Located in Lee County in Florida. Their free fonts: Armament (2007), Blackchalk Down (2007), Bumrush (2007, brush face), Dispatch Black (2007), reminiscent of wood type, and Bajenna (2007, simulated brush face). At Dafont, they use the name phallicymbal. [Google]
Born in Edmonton in 1957, David Vereschagin set up Quadrat Communications in Toronto (Quadrat Communications, 18 Grenville Street, Suite 1501, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 3B3). A graphic designer by profession, he has made a number of carefully crafted font families such as Spike, Ratcaps (free keycaps sample font available), MyAuntCelia, Farquharson, Clear Prairie Ornaments (1992), Clear Prairie Dawn. A free copy of Farquhason is here.
At MyFonts, one can buy Clear Prairie Dawn (Optima-like), Clear Prairie Ornaments, Farquharson (like wood type), My Aunt Celia, Ratcaps, Ratkeys, Spike, Toronto Subway (2004: based on the lettering originally used for station identification and signage in the Toronto subway system, which first opened to the public in 1954. Developed from rubbings of the lettering on station walls and photographs of painted signage.) In 2008, he designed the cool constructivist poster family Kubrick, about the same time as Iconian Fonts' Kubrick family---I hope that they can settle the naming fight amicably. [Google]
Graphic designer in Barcelona, b. 1990, who graduated from Elisava in 2012. Designer of Fausto (2013), a heavy sans typeface that is based on late XIXth century wood grotesque typefaces. [Google]
Ralph Michael Unger
[RMU (Ralph Michael Unger Typedesign)]
Rare Letterpress Wood Type
Matt Braun and Matt Griffin (Pittsburgh, PA) are interested in digitizing some old letterpress wood types from original specimen. Their first font, Fatboy Husky (2011), is free. Matt Griffin is one of the founders of the design firm Bearded. He also teaches letterpress printing to young designers at Carnegie Mellon University. Matt Braun is a senior designer at Bearded and letterpress printer. [Google]
Red Rooster Typefoundry
Red Rooster is a Cedars, PA-based foundry run by Steve Jackaman (b. 1954, Greenwich, London). Steve started out at London's Face Photosetting. Red Rooster was founded in Philadelphia in 1990 and has about 500 fonts, mostly complete text families in the classical mould, revivals of Ludlow and other foundries, and revivals of fonts by Canadian designer Les Usherwood from the phototypesetting era. Families of fonts:
FontShop link. MyFonts link.
- Alexon (1993, by Les Usherwood), Alghera, Alphabet Soup (2007, a delicatessen signage typeface based on an 80s font he did while at Typographic House in Boston), Alys (calligraphic), Appleyard (1992, A. Pat Hickson), Aquarius (2007, based on a VGC font by that name), Argus (1992, Les Usherwood and Paul Hickson)
- Badger, Bannock Brae Gothic, Banque Gothique, Bassuto, Beckenham (1992, Les Usherwood and Paul Hickson), Bellini (an Egyptian family), BlockGothic (1996, Steve Jackaman at the Rabbit Reproductions Typefoundry), Bodoni Black Condensed (after R.H. Middleton, 1930), Bodoni Campanile (after R.H. Middleton, 1930), Byron
- Cameo, Canterbury, Canterbury OldStyle, Canterbury Sans (a tall-ascender sans family based on the 1920-1926 design by Morris Fuller Benton for ATF), Casablanca (1997, avant-garde typeface based on Carlos Winkow's Electra), Caslon Extra Condensed (based on a Ludlow face), TCCentury (1996, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman at the Rabbit Reproductions Typefoundry), Century New Style, Chamfer Gothic (after a condensed Ludlow typeface, ca. 1898), Chase, Chelsea (1993, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman), Claremont, Coliseum (1992, A. Pat Hickson and Julie Hopwood), Commander (1994, Steve Jackaman), Consort (1994, Steve Jackaman), ConranScript, Creighton (2009, a sans family), Coronet (after a 1937 face by R.H. Middleton).
- Dominus, Dundee (1993, A. Pat Hickson), Dungeon
- El Paso (2011, a Western/Mexican simulaton face based on El Paso from the Face Photosetting collection), Elston, Equestrienne, Erasmus, EuropaGrotesque, Extension
- Faust (1993: based on a 1958 face by Albert Kapr), Flexion Pro (2007, by Hal Taylor and John Langdon), Florentine Cursive (after a 1956 script by R.H. Middleton), ForumTitling, Frenchy
- Garamond RR Light (after a 1929 face by R.H. Middleton), Gargoyle, GilmoreFahrenheit, GilmoreSansExtBolExtCondTitl, Gothic Extension, Gothic Medium Condensed (after a 1939 Ludlow typeface), GoudyY38, Grand Canyon (2002, a condensed slab serif family based on wood type). GroveScript
- Hancock, Hauser Script (after a 1934 Ludlow font by Georg Hauser), Helium (1994, a mini slab serif face), Hess Old Style (1993, a revival of the garalde typeface Hess Old Style by Sol Hess for Lanston, 1920-1923), Honduras
- Inverness, Iron Maiden RR
- Jardine, Javelin, Jolly Roger (2003, a digitization of a 1970 font by Phil Martin), Jubilee
- Keyboard, Kingsley, Kingsrow
- Leighton, Lesmore, Los Alamos (2007, a condensed sans companion of Grand Canyon)
- Madrid (based on Nacional, a 1941 face by Carlos Winkow), Maximo, Mechanic Gothic DST, Megaphone, Motorcross (2008, after an art deco font from 1930 by Ludwig&Mayer)
- PallMall, Phoenix Pro (2011), Phosphate (based on Phosphor by J. Erbar, 1922-1930; contains a nice Inline; Phosphate Pro Solid and Inline was done with Ashley Muir in 2010), Pipeline, Poor Richard, Portobello (loosely based on Aldo Novarese's Pontecorvo)
- Radiant RR (after a 1938 face by R.H. Middleton), Railroad Gothic (an American caps-only grotesque based on a Ludlow original, ca. 1900), Raleigh, RRRaleighGothic, Razor Bill (based on the original typeface from Face, London, circa 1972), Ribbit, RivoliInitials
- Rocklidge Pro (2011, with Ashley Muir). Based on Jana (Richard D. Juenger, VGC, 1965).
- Roman Tyres (1997).
- SaintLouis, Salzburg, Schiller Antiqua (based on Nacional's Hispalis), Schindler, Secret Service Typewriter (2002, based on a 1905 proof of an early Remington typewriter font from the Keystone Type Foundry), Shinn, Shortwave Gothic, Silverado, Sinclair, Sphinx (1992, Steve Jackaman, based on a 1925 design by Deberny&Peignot), Stanhope, Stirling, Superba, Sycamore
- TCAdminister (1994, Les Usherwood and Steve Jackaman), Tempo, Thingbat, TitanicCondensed, Triple Condensed Gothic
- Ultraduck, Ultra Modern RR (after a 1928 art deco typeface by Douglas McMurtrie).
- Venezuela (2000, Mexican simulation face, based on Albert Auspurg's Vesta from 1926, created by Pat Hickson), Veronese
- Waverly, Willard Sniffin Script (2007, based on Willard Sniffin's 1930s ATF brush script called Keynote)
- Yeoman Gothic
- Xctasy Sans (2002, an avant-garde family influenced by the the 1960s face Design Fineline)
Alphabetic catalog of the Red Rooster typeface library [large web page warning]. [Google]
Designer of Holz-Fraktur-Schrift. [Google]
Santarem, Portugal-based designer of Clarendon Stencil (2014). [Google]
[Stamp & Prtess]
[P22 Type Foundry]
[Hamilton Wood Type (HWT)]
RMU (Ralph Michael Unger Typedesign)
[Ralph Michael Unger]
Ralph M. Unger (b. 1953, Thuringia, East Germany) says this about himself at MyFonts: Typesetter from the composing stick via Linotype setting machines to the Mac. Jobs in various Thuringian printeries. Barred further education by Communist authorities due to political reasons. Imprisoned in East Germany. Since 1988 in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, former West Germany. Jobs in several newspaper printing houses as advertisement compositor. Own office since 1995, in Aalen, Baden-Wuerttemberg. He lives in Schwaebisch Gmuend, and was a freelance type designer for Profonts and URW++, where he contributed frequently to these libraries between 2002 and 2009. In 2009, he founded RMU. MyFonts link. I split his contributions into two groups, the URW / Profonts group, and the RMU group. The prefix FontForum refers to a subseries of URW++ fonts. Unless specifically mentioned, all the following fonts are at URW++ and/or Profonts:
The list of RMU fonts:
- FontForum Admiral Script (2005): revival of Middleton's Admiral script from 1953.
- Amitié (2009): a garalde family.
- Arabella Pro (2006): after the script by Arnold Drescher from 1936, published at Joh. Wagner.
- Fontforum Atrament (2006): architectural lettering. Do not confuse with a Suitcase Type Foundry font from 2003 by the same name.
- Atze (2010): a comic book family.
- Behrensschrift D (2007): after the jugendstil face Behrens Schrift, 1902, by Peter Behrens.
- FontForum Bernhard Script (2005): after Bernhard Script from the 1920s.
- Bradley (2005): blackletter, after the original by William H. Bradley.
- Breite Kanzlei (2007).
- Breitkopf Fraktur (2003): after the original by Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, done in 1793.
- Brocken (2011) is a signage face inspired by a design of Volker Küster (1960s).
- Profonts Bureau (2010, Profonts): a minimalist rounded sans family.
- FontForum Calypso (2005): a revival of Roger Excoffon's Calypso (1958).
- Card Pro (2006): a decorative display based on lettering by Sjoerd Hendrik de Roos.
- Chaweng (2006, Profonts): an oriental all caps simulation face.
- Civilite URW (2005).
- Compliment (2004, casual script). Based on a 1965 script by Helmu Matheis for Ludwig & Mayer.
- Cranach (2007): a blackletter face modeled after Kuenstler Gotisch from the Krebs Foundry.
- Dominante (2007): a serif family based on Johannes Schweitzer's font by that name, 1959.
- Dominique (2010, profonts): an informal typeface.
- FontForum URW Ecsetiras (2005): revival of Ecsetirás (Zoltan Nagy, 1967, a brush face).
- Edda Pro (2008): an art nouveau face that revives a Heinrich Heinz Heune face from 1900.
- Energia Pro (2008, Profonts): connected monowidth script, based on Arno Drescher's Energos from 1932.
- Estro (2003, Western lettering). Seems close to Nebiolo's Estro from the 60s.
- Eurobrush Pro (2007, Profonts): handwriting.
- EuroSans (2008).
- Euroscript Pro (2006, Profonts): school script face.
- Flashes (2007): a revival of Crous-Vidal's Flash, 1953.
- Fox (2007): a brush script based on W. Rebhuhn's original from the 1950s.
- Gamundia (2010): a calligraphic copperplate script inspired by Excoffon's Diane.
- Ganz Grobe Gotisch (2006): a fat blackletter modeled after the original by F.H.E. Schneidler.
- Gmuender Elan Pro (2011) is a 1950s style script face.
- Gradl Nr 1 (2008): based on hand-drawn art nouveau upper case characters by M. J. Gradl, ca. 1900.
- Graphique Pro (2008): shadowed caps face, based on Graphique, which was originally created by Swiss designer Hermann Eidenbenz in 1945, and issued as hot metal font by Haas'sche Schriftgießerei. See also New Graphique Pro (2011).
- Handel Slab (2009): a 6-style extension of Trogram's 1980 face Handel Gothic.
- Hanseat (2010): a grotesque family done at Profonts. It was heavily inspired by Germany's official DIN 1451 Engschrift.
- Iova Nova (2007): based on Jowa Script, designed by J. Wagner in 1967.
- Profonts Impression (2008): art deco.
- Jessen Schrift (2004): after the Rudolf Koch blackletter face by that name.
- FontForum URW Konzept Pro (2005): revival of Konzept (1968, Martin Wilke's handprinting face).
- Legende (2002): a script face based on the original typeface of Friedrich Hermann Ernst Schneidler (1937).
- Leipziger Antiqua. The original Leipziger Antiqua by Alfred Kapr at Typoart dates from 1971-1973. The digital version of Leipziger Antiqua was developed by Ralph M. Unger in 2005.
- Manuskript Antiqua (2005): after Oldrich Meinhart's Manuskript Antiqua.
- The Maszynysta family of heavy industrial sans faces (2010) have a textured style (Struktura), a Shadow, and a plain Roman.
- Maxim (2003, Profonts): The heavy brush face Maxim was originally designed by Peter Schneidler in 1956 for the Bauer foundry.
- New Bayreuth (2008): after Friedrich Hermann Ernst Schneidler's Bayreuth from 1932.
- Old Borders and Lines (2010). A free font.
- Ornella (2008): Jugendstil.
- Peter Schlemihl (2008, Profonts): a revival of a blackletter by Walter Tiemann.
- Pedell (2009): a casual script.
- Polo (2002): a brush face modeled after Carl Rudolph Pohl's Polo (1960).
- In 2012, Ivana Koudelkova codesigned the grungy headline face Retroactive Pro with Ralph M. Unger at Profonts.
- Fontforum Rhapsody (2006): a revival of Ilse Schüle's rotunda face.
- Roberta (2003): art nouveau face after obert Trogman's face for FotoStar.
- FontForum Signs and Symbols (2006).
- Splendor (2009): a revival of a brush script face by Wilhelm Berg, Schriftguss, 1930.
- Sportowy (2009): an outline face.
- Stanford (2011). A sports lettering face.
- Stiletto (2006): a medieval script.
- Fontforum Stripes (2007): a multistripe op art display face based on a Letraset font from 1973 by the same name.
- Fontforum Thalia (2006): retro font.
- Tintoretto (2006): shadow display face.
- Tip Top Pro (2008): a Julius Klinkhardt art nouveau face revival.
- FontForum Unciala (2005): a revival of Oldrich Menhart's face Unciala (1953, Grafotechna).
- Unger Chancery (2005).
- Unger Script (2003): based on H. Matheis' Slogan typeface designed for Ludwig&Mayer in 1957.
- Veltro (2007): after a 1931 original by G. da Milano at Nebiolo.
- Profonts Woodpecker (2008).
- Amati Pro (2010): after Georg Trump's condensed didone face, Amati, 1951.
- Avus Pro (2012). A sans family that extends Gert Wunderlich's Maxima (1970).
- Behrens Kursiv (2013). After a 1906 original by Peter Behrens.
- Bernhard Cursive Extra Bold (2010).
- Borgis Pro (2012). A Clarendon-style text family.
- Bravura Pro (2013). After G.G. Lange's Publica.
- Bricklayers (2012). An original fat slab display face.
- Brillant (2009): art nouveau and ultra heavy.
- Butti (2011). A script family paterned after Fluidum (1951, Alessandro Butti, Nebiolo).
- Cable Condensed (2014). Based on Koch's Kabel.
- Caesar Pro (2011). A flared sans face after Caesar Schrift (1913, Georg Schiller, C.F. Rühl).
- Capitol Pro (2012). An art deco typeface based on Capitol (Karl Hermann Schaefer for Schriftguss, 1931).
- Carla Pro (2013). A broad-nibbed script modeled after Ballantines Script (Elsner & Flake, 1974; see also Ballantines Serial by SoftMaker).
- Caslon Gotisch (2009): after the original by William Caslon from 1763.
- Celebration (2009): blackletter.
- Claudius (2010): after a 1937 blackletter font at Klingspor.
- Constanze Pro (2012). A light cursive typeface based on Constanze (1954, Joachim Romann, Klingspor).
- Contact Pro (2010): after Contact, a 1963 font by Helmut Matheis.
- Diamant Pro (2012). A transitional serif face.
- Eurotech Pro (2011): a slabby techno family.
- Faulkner Pro (2011): a connected heavy signage script based on Alan Meeks's Kestrel.
- Fette Unger Fraktur (2010).
- Forelle Pro (2010): after the original Forelle script face by Erich Mollowitz, 1936.
- Frankenberg Pro (2012). An antique script face.
- Gabor Pro (2014). A connected copperplate script.
- Gmuender Gravur (2011). A 3d shadow face.
- Haenel Fraktur (2011), after Haenel Fraktur, ca. 1840 (Haenel'sche Letterfoundry in Berlin).
- Impuls (2010): a brushy face based on Paul Zimmermann's Impuls (1945).
- Initials RMU One (2012) consists of revivals of Rudhardsche Initialen (Otto Eckmann, ca. 1900) and Walthari Initials (ca. 1900, Rudhardsche Giesserei). Initials RMU Two (2012) consists of revivals of Jubilaeumsinitialen (by Bauersche) and Augsburger Initialen (by Peter Schnorr, 1901).
- Jobs Gravure (2011). It had to happen---a few days after Steve Jobs' death, Unger released the beveled engraved face Jobs Gravure, which is an extension of Trump Gravur (1954, Weber).
- Jolly Polly (2012): a curly non-connected script face.
- Kleist Fraktur (2010): after Walter Tiemann's original.
- Kompress Pro (2013). Two compressed sans typefaces.
- Leibniz Fraktur (2012) is modeled after the famous Genzsch & Heyse blackletter font.
- Liliom Pro (2012). A beautiful fat didone typeface based on an original from the Fonderie Française.
- Lipsia Pro (2011). An angular serif family.
- Literatura Pro Book (2012).
- Luxor Pro (2010): a Victorian/Western display face.
- Manutius Pro (2012).
- Meister Antiqua (2011, +Bold, +Book). A Typoart original from 1951 in the tall flared ascender serif genre, revived and extended.
- Mobil Pro (2011). A semi-script face in the fifties style of Matheis.
- Monument (2010): a 3d shadow roman caps face created after Oldrich Menhart's Monument.
- Neue Kurier (2011). Typoart's popular signage script font in a new, completely remastered version.
- Neue Muenchner Fraktur (2010).
- Neue Thannhaeuser (2011).
- Old Towne Pro (2010): a Western font.
- Parfum (2013). A low x-height script that was inspired by Howard Allen Trafton's Quick (1933, bauer).
- Parler Gotisch (2011). A blackletter face.
- Primana Pro (2012). A seductive geometric grotesk family.
- Prinzess Gravur (2010): a blackletter face modeled after Prinzeß Kupferstichschrift (1905, Berthold).
- Prisma Pro (2011). Revival and extension of Rudolf Koch's multiline face Prisma (1931).
- Reznicek Pro (2011) is a post-Victorian pre-art nouveau face named after Ferdinand von Reznicek (1868-1909), one of the leading artists and illustrators of those times.
- Ridinger Std (2012). Based on Riedingerschrift (Franz Riedinger, 1906, for Benjamin Krebs Succ.).
- Ronde Pro (2011): roundhand script.
- Schmale Anzeigenfraktur (2009): based on Koch's Schmale Deutsche Anzeigenschrift, 1923, Klingspor.
- Schmuckinitialen (2009): an ornamental caps face in the art nouveau style based on Walthari Initials [Walthari (1899, Heinz König for the Rudhard'sche Giesserei) in the upper case and Eckmann Initials (ca. 1900, by Otto Eckmann, Germany's chief art nouveau type designer) in the lower case].
- Schwabacher Book (2013).
- Staxx Pro (2013). A prismatic typeface.
- Thannhaeuser Fraktur (2013) is a redesign of Typoart's Thannhaeuser Fraktur.
- Titanschrift (2011). A yummy soft and fat display face.
- Trocadero Pro (2010): an extension and revival of Trocadero Kursiv, 1927, Albert Auspurg, Trennert.
- Troubadour Pro (2010): In Medium and Engraved styles.
- Trump Deutsch (2011): a blackletter face, after the 1935 original by Georg Trump.
- Trybuna (2013). Based on Herbert Thannhaeuser's Liberta Antiqua (1958), but completely redrawn.
- Tyton Pro (2013). A brush script after Heinz Schumann's famous 1964 Stentor.
- Typoskript Pro (2010): a revival of Hildegard Korger's Typoskript, first done at TypoArt in 1968.
- Unger Fraktur (2010): after a 1793 design by Johann Friedrich Unger; includes fett and mager.
- Walbaum Antiqua Pro (2013). A revival of Justs Erich Walbaum's didone classic.
- Zentenar Fraktur (2010): mager and halbfett; after the 1937 workhorse by Ernst Schneidler at Bauer.
- Zierfraktur (2010): after Deutsche Zierschrift, an engraved blackletter font that was cut by Rudolf Koch between 1919 and 1921 for Klingspor.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Rob Roy Kelly
Rob Roy Kelly (b. Nebraska, 1925, d. Tempe, AZ, 2004) collected wood type from local printers for use by his students at the Minneapolis College of Art&Design. He began gathering the types in the late 1950s and continued adding to the collection over the next decade. He started researching the history, manufacture, and use of the growing collection partly in response to questions that arose from working with his students. His research was first published in the 1963 issue of Design Quarterly (No. 56), and was followed in 1964 by a limited-edition folio of specimen sheets from the collection, entitled American Wood Types 1828-1900, Volume One. Kelly's research would culminate with the publishing in 1969 of American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period. Since 1993, his substantive wood type collection resides at the University of Texas. At Dover, he published 100 Wood Type Alphabets. Kelly's final work with the Collection came in the early 1990s when he was asked by Adobe Systems to participate in a project to develop digital revivals of historic wood types as part of the Adobe Originals program. As consultant to the project, Kelly helped select, from his own collected materials, the type styles that would be made into digital fonts. Kelly died in January 2004.
Obituary, which states: He studied design at the University of Nebraska and the Minneapolis School of Art and served in the Army during the Korean War. Later he did graduate work at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale, where he studied with Josef Albers, Alvin Eisenman, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter, Leo Lionni, Lester Beall and Alexey Brodovitch. He both taught and administered graphic design programs at the Minneapolis College of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Western Michigan University and, most recently, at Arizona State University. [Google]
Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection
A study collection, with extensive specimens, held by the Design Division of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. This is one of the most, if not the most, extensive web presence for wood type. The collection, as of mid 2009:
- VW&Co., 18 Dutch Street, N.Y. 1864-1867
- Vanderburgh, Wells&Co., New York 1867-1890
- J. G. Cooley, New York 1859-1868
- Page&Co., Greenville, Ct. 1857-1859
- Wm. H. Page&Co., Greenville, Ct. 1859-1870
- Page&Co., Greenville, Ct. "Patented" 1870
- Wm. H. Page&Co. 1870-1876 Page W. T. Co. 1876-1891
- Patented Dec, 20, 1887 "Page" 1887 American W. T. Co. (Tubbs) 1878-1883
- American W. T. Co. So Windham CT (Tubbs) 1883-1902
- No imprint (Hamilton confirmed manufacturer) 1881
- The Hamilton Mfg. Co., Two Rivers, Wis. 1889
- The Hamilton Mfg. Co, Chicago&Two Rivers 1889-1891
- Hamilton, Two Rivers, Wis. 1891-1950s
- American Wood Typ Co. Unconfirmed dates
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading where he teaches history of graphic communication and design practice. He obtained his PhD from that same institute. His main research interests are the design of printed ephemera, the influence of technology on design, and the history of colour printing. He edits and designs The Ephemerist, the journal of the Ephemera Society (UK) and from 2002 to 2009 was Chairman of the Friends St Bride Library.
At ATypI 2003 he spoke about Experiments in wood: early 19th Century wood-engraved lettering and wood types: A brief introduction to the work of jobbing printers Frederick Gye and Giles Balne, innovative London based jobbing printers in the first half of the nineteenth century. Gye and Balne were printers for the State Lottery and Vauxhall Gardens, the former in particular being a driving force behind developments in advertising including new display types. The focus of the talk will be on the contribution made by Gye and Balne (and some of their rivals) to developments in type design in the form of wood-engraved letterforms and wood types which influenced the metal types produced by the type founders.
Coauthor with Fiona Ross of Non-Latin Typefaces at St Bride Library, London and Department of Typography&Graphic Communication, University of Reading (2008, London: St Bride Library).
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam on wood type and lettering in the UK between 1800 and 1850. [Google]
[Web Museum of Wood Types]
Robert P. Long
Author of "Wood Type&Printing Collectibles" (1980). [Google]
[Skeldale House Treasures]
Rodrigo Araya Salas
[Rodrigo Typo (was: RAS Design)]
Rodrigo Typo (was: RAS Design)
[Rodrigo Araya Salas]
RAS Design is Rodrigo German or Rodrigo Araya Salas, a designer from Santiago, Chile, b. 1987.
Rodrigo Typo link. RAS Design link. Dafont link. Behance link. Fontspace link. Fontsy link. Abstract Fonts link. Old URL.
Creator of many hand-drawn free fonts.
His typefaces from 2008 and 2009: Super (2009, for signage), Snow (2009), Mari (2009), El Cubano (2009, dingbats of faces), Mental Freak (2009, outline), Freak Animals (2009), Brigada Ramona Parra (2009, dingbats), Happie (2009, dingbats), Santiago Icono (2009), Icono Skate Dingbat (2009), 78 Skate (2009), The Sorden (2009), Estilo Urbano (2009, stencil), Tetris (2009), Techno (2009), Kona (2009, childish hand), Parody Logoskate (2009, dingbats), Fat Love (2009), La Rata Bizarra (2008), Tabla (2008), A Mano Alza (2009), Maribel (2009, handwriting), Stencil (2009), Rayando (2008, chalky writing), Klam, Loco TV, Monos Frekis (2008, funny dingbats), Tabla (2008), Happie (2009, more funny dingbats), Funny Icons (2009), Kiltro (2008, dog dingbats), Pokemona (dingbats), Maniatico (scratchy outlined hand), Bizarro 1 (outline hand), Chile (dingbats), Freaky (2008, dingbats), Esquiso (outlined handwriting), Crazy Ras (outlined and handprinted), Skatelove (2008, dingbats), Los de Abajo (2008, dingbats), Logoskate (2008), David (2008, flowing ultra fat face), Destruccion (2008, grungy), Skateboarding (2008, ransom note face), Mike Valley (2008, skateboard dingbats), Rodney Mullen King (2009, skateboard dingbats), El Chavo del 8 (2008, scanbats), Grande Maradona (2008, scanbats), Saintfont (2009, handprinted), New Tetris (2009), September 11 Icon (2009, a powerful set of dingbats), Icono BMX (2009, bike dingbats).
Typefaces from 2010: Commando X (2010, a pixel dingbat face for computer games), Raya Irregular, Mari+David, Depressive Icon, Esquiso, Ego (2010), El Cubano (dingbats with faces), Barras Bravas (almost graffiti face), Globe Face (award winner at Tipos Latinos 2010).
Fonts done in 2011: Logo Font, Buen Dia (ransom note face), Drugstore (blackletter), Condorita (dingbats), KingKöng (a nice fat letter comic book face), Rolo (fat letter face), Logo, Comando X (a pixelized dingbat face based on video games), Catbox (2011, fat and rounded), Joia (a thin octagonal face), Plop (a "hip hop font").
Typefaces from 2012: Designio (rounded sans family), Nollie, Rocka (triangulated), Mosku (paint or blood drip face), Gigio Italia Bizarre (dingbats), Conny Rocket, Retro Hand Type (stitched), Wood (wood type simulation), Tritona, Nollie, Zdravo Maria (children's hand), Bordados (stitched typeface).
Typefaces from 2013: Mexe, Polly, Pintanina (comic book caps face), Giger Free (inspired by the paintings of H.R. Giger), Rango (fat hand-printed face), Smile (fat signage face), Pequeña (a fat finger typeface for children's books; in Latin, Greek and Cyrillic), Children One, Lollapalooza, BRP (dingbats), Koni Black, Cusco, Rorschach, Children One (poster font), Varial Hellflip, Marty (hand-drawn poster font for Latin and Cyrillic), Barricada [not to be confused with the Barricada font by Sudtipos].
Typefaces from 2014: Cucho (signage typeface), BRC (hand-printed), Konga (a chocolaty creamy signage script), Pony, Guakala, Alboroto, Loyola (cartoon script started in 2013).
Vectorlove won an award at Tipos Latinos 2012. Mona won an award at Tipos Latinos 2014. [Google]
Roger S. Nelsson
Roman Extended Fatface
Fatface refers to a ultra-black didone style, credited to Robert Thorne in England in the early 1800s. It was introduced in wood type by Darius Wells in his 1828 wood speciman catalog, Letter Cutter. Most other early wood type manufacturers mimicked this style. An extended Fatface can be found in the 1838 book by George Nesbitt, First Premium Wood Types Cut by Machinery, where the design is credited to Edwin Allen. Hamilton Wood Type gives a partial list of extended Faftface wood types:
- Heber & Wells: Roman Expanded (No. 5150) (Later Hamilton 5150), (and an even wider) Roman Extended (No. 5151) (later Hamilton 5151).
- Wm. H. Page: Roman Extended (No 239).
- Cooley: Roman Extended No.1.
- Allen: Roman Extended.
- Bill Stark & Co.: Roman Extended.
- Knox: Extended Roman.
- Morgans & Wilcox: Roman Extended.
- Tubbs: Roman Extended (No 2028).
- HWT Roman Extended Fatface (2014). By Jim Lyles at Hamilton Wood Type / P22.
- AWT Wells Roman Extrabold (2013, Dick Pape; after an 1828 fat face didone by Darius Wells).
Designer in Luzern, Switzerland, who ran Holztypenfabrik Roman Scherer. He created Bananatype (ca. 1910). One of their catalogs, ca. 1920, is entitled Schriften in Holz & Hartmetall Einfassungen Vignetten. [Google]
Bloomington, IN-based designer of Deco Alphabet (2012).
He also found and letterpress-printed a Bodoni-style typeface found in the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. [Google]
[American Wood Type Mgf Co.]
Designer in New York City. He created several typefaces such as Wilber (2012-2013, an inline face that won an award in 2014 at the Communication Arts 4th Typography Competition: 2014; digitized as part of Type@Cooper), French Ionic Revival Typeface (a revival typeface based on a metal type from the late 1800s; digitized as part of Type@Cooper in 2012-2013). Behance link. [Google]
[Fresh Pressed Fonts]
Type foundry active ca. 1890 in Melbourne. A wood type by them was published as a Brandywine Keepsake in 1985. [Google]
Antwerp-based creator (b. 1990) of some free fonts, who went commercial in 2012. He started Gravual in 2011.
Creator of the hand-printed Tuscan face Lullaby (2010), the oldtimer signage family Frizton (2011), the retro signage brush script Gasoline (2011), the crazy wood-style face Board Contest (2011).
Typefaces from 2012: The Nest (octagonal slab face), The Wolf (display sans), Bones (a stylish art deco capital set published by Gravual).
Web site. Dafont link. [Google]
Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Sasha Iudashkin graduated in 2013 from the Brithish Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. His graduation project there was Quentin (2013), a great wood style display typeface for Latin and Cyrillic designed for movie posters. Inspiration for Quentin came from Italian wood type poster letters, dressed with B-movies flavours. [Google]
Type foundry in Sheffield, UK. Its designer, Dave Rowland (b. 1982, Chesterfield) grew up in Sheffield, UK, but was based in Japan, the Philippines, Liverpool, Surat Thani, Thailand, and Koh Samui, Thailand [where he presently lives]. MyFonts Interview.
He created these fonts in 2009: Quesadilla (signage type, Mexican simulation face), Quesadilla Shadow, Schizotype Scrolls, Quiff, Toothpaste, Astroboy (connected script), Decolletage (art deco), Kazumi Sans, Acid Haus, Dr. Black, Dr. Eric, Soyo Gogo, BMX radical (brush), Team, Miami Hopper, and Tubularis (multiline face), Sickle, Klique (futuristic display face), Uncle Eric (a cartoon face), Praline Smooth (connected script in the style of Mistral), Kwaktur, (blackletter face based on the logo of Belgium's Kwak beer), Blackball (another blackletter) and Modulogue (a modular display family).
Additions in 2010: Christmas Tuscan (a modular Tuscan), Masonic Lodge, Mook (a retro, unicase, bubble font), Toothpaste 2, Gaden Sans (organic monoline face that includes a hairline weight), Sizemore (all caps slab headline face), Quickscript (signage face), New Wave.
Fonts designed in 2011: Brag Pro (like Brag, a Cooper Black alternative), Brag Stencil Pro, Chestnut (curly, hand-printed), Brag (a fat round face in Cooper Black style), Gelato Script (a connected signage face), Brag Stencil (2011), Streetscript (2011, brushy signage face).
In 2011, he created a quaint text family, Vulpa, with quirky foxtail terminals.
Typefaces from 2012: Margot (a rounded slab serif described as a lovechild of American Typewriter and Cooper Black), Range Serif (an angular typeface), Pastiche Brush (a brushy connected script inspired by the titles of the 1959 movie Imitation of Life (Wayne Fitzgerald)), Quayside (a bulbous baseball or signage script).
Typefaces from 2013: Alight Slab (hairline slab), Anultra Slab (a heavy bold slab serif), Ollie (a connected baseball or signage script), Urge Text (an extensive modern text family with ample language support and plenty of mathematical symbols, and large ball terminals).
Typefaces from 2014: Range Sans (a grotesque sans family with the quirky angular cutouts inherited from Range Serif), Samui Script (upright connected script), Streetscript Redux (signage script), Price Didone (created for setting elegant price tags).
Klingspor link. Behance link.
Showcase of Schizotype's typefaces at MyFonts. MyFonts interview. [Google]
Free screen font families Schild7 and Schild9: Schild7FS, Schild7LovelyFS, Schild7Lovely, Schild7BoldFS, Schild7Bold, Schild7HighscoreFS, Schild7Highscore, Schild7, Schild9FS, Schild9. There is also a free Schild Jubilee typeface, based on woodtype numerals. Schwarzschild is run by Stefan Frey, Karsten Müller (Karste Mueller) (and originally also by Huschang Pourian) in Wiesbaden, Germany. [Google]
Seni Olivier Monovisua
Graphic designer in Soustons, France. Creator of Lettrine 2 (2011) and the rounded Tuscan (Western) face Brooklyn Type (2011). [Google]
ShyFoundry (was: ShyFonts)
ShyFoundry (formerly ShyFonts Type Foundry), located in Elkhorn, NE, was founded in 1995 by Derek Vogelpohl (b. Phoenix, AZ, 1971), whose (often techno) fonts used to be free. His original free font site closed down in February 2001. The fonts were thereafter available at CybaPee's site. Fontspace link.
Derek briefly joined ApostrophicLabs in March 2001. His first font there is Phosphorus. In 2001, he created the beautiful Plasmatica family, PhosphorusII, Avondale (a great display family), and the large Covington text family, which is also available now for the Tex community. Dafont link.
In 2008, he took his operation to MyFonts. Each type family comes in 8 to 12 styles.
- His old free font list: AlienEncounters, ArcheryBlack, AftershockDebris, AlienEncounters, AmericanaDreams, SF DigitalReadout [1999; in 2009, a commercial version, SF Digital Readout Pro appeared], DistantGalaxy, GrooveMachine, HollywoodHills (octagonal, like wood type), MoviePoster, OuterLimits, PlanetaryOrbiter, SFAtarianSystem, SFBigWhiskey, SFCosmicAge, SFFortuneWheel, SFGothican, SF Junk Culture, SFJuggernaut, SFNewRepublic, SFOldRepublic, SFSportsNight, SFSquareHead, SFTattleTales, SFTechnodelight, SFZeroGravity, SFCollegiate, SFMoviePoster, SolarSailer, StarDust, Telegraphic, ViperSquadron, SF IronSides, SF GrooveMachine, SF TransRobotics, SF Balloons, SF Intellivised, SF Obliquities, SF Willamette, ActionMan, Arborcrest, Automaton, Buttercup, ChromeFenders, SF Espionage, SF Square Head Pro (2009, with Roger S. Nelsson at CheapProFonts), SF Square Root, EccentricOpus, GrungeSans, Intermosaic (pixel family), Intoxicated, IronGothic, Laundromatic, Quartzite, SlapstickComic (comic book font family), SynthonicPop, SF Wasabi (oriental simulation), TheraminGothic, Ferretopia, Toontime, Retroesque, Chaerilidae, Gushing Meadow (dripping blood family), Shai Fontai, Retro Splice.
- Free fonts made in 2008: SF Fourche, SF Florencesans (a huge family), SF Plasmatica, SF Slapstick Comic, SF Speedywaystar.
- Commercial fonts: SF Groove Machine Pro, SF Quartzite Pro, SF Animatron (2008, a redesign of the techno family SF TransRobotics), SF Tekamah (2008, futuristic), SF Portabello (2008, bold and edgy headline family), SF Hallucination, SF Hypocrisy (2009, simple sans), SF Pale Bottom (2009), SF Outer Limits (2009), SF Orson Casua (2009), SF Old Republic (2009), SF Obliquities (2009), SF New Republic (2009), SF Movie Poster (2009), SF Minced Meat (2009), SF Chrome Fenders (2009), SF Eccentric Opus (2009), SF Buttacup (2009), SF Chaerilidae (2009), SF Covington (2009), SF Espionage (2009), SF Deco Techno (2009), SF Baroquesque (2009), SF Ferretopia (2009), SF Chromium 24 (2009), SF Avondale (2009), SF Electrotome (2009), SF Cosmic Age (2009), SF Hallucination (2009), SF Florencesans (2009), SF Zimmerman (2009, handprinted).
Eau Claire, WI-based outfit who sell their fonts at MyFonts and Font Diner: Sideshow was developed as an offshoot boutique type foundry of the Font Diner retro display font foundry. Their first work is a collection of calligraphic borders called the Certified Series (2008, by Stuart Sandler of Font Diner and Bai Mellon from France). Other work includes Goofball (2008, retro lettering by David Cohen and Stuart Sandler), Cocktail Shaker (2008, a retro font typical for Stuart Sandler), Bamboozle (2008, wooden plank look by David Cohen and Stuart Sandler), Blackcat (brush face by Sam Gambino and Stu Sandler), Creaky Frank (2008), Creaky Solid (2008), Creaky Tiki (2008) [all wood-style faces made by Sandler and Derek Yaniger], Blackcat Fever (2008), Weird Bill (2008), Weirdbats (2008, by Cohen and Sandler) and Toylab (2008, by Molly Zakrajsek and Stuart Sandler). Sandler added Derekbats (in cooperation with Derek Yaniger), Savage Hipsters (a bebop curly display face), Weird Bill (with David Cohen), Coffee Drinker (connected script) and Coffee Service (a signage face) in 2008.
At Google Web Fonts in 2011: Creepster (Halloween font), Trade Winds (pirate font), Frijole [image], Flavors [link].
Free fonts done in 2012: Rock Salt (handdrawn).
View the Sideshow typeface library. [Google]
Silver Buckle Press
Madison, WI-based publishers of Specimen Book of Wood Type (1998), designed and printed by Rachel Davis, and of Specimen Book of Wood Type from the collection of the Silver Buckle Press. Introduction by Rob Roy Kelly. Foreword by Stephen O. Saxe (1999). In 1988, they published the calendar of ornamental material from the Silver Buckle Press (University of Wisconsin at Madison). [Google]
London-based creator of the free shaded caps font Airbag (2013), which imitates the successful genre of Trend (Latinotype). Before Breakfast (2013) is a free hand-printed typeface. Packt (2013) started out from watercolor lettering. Distractor (2013) is a tweetware grungy slab serif reminiscent of letterpress---it is partially based on Bevan. In Limbo is a free vernacular typeface. Typefaces from 2014: Dirty Slab (letterpress emulation), Enfold (hand-drawn).
Behance link. Another Behance link. [Google]
Skeldale House Treasures
This site used to have shareware dingbats by Missi (Robyn Phillips from Cascade, Montana). For a short while, it was a commercial site featuring 246 fonts on one CD for 49USD. And some time after that, it shut down altogether. However, the fonts will forever be floating around in cyberspace. Fontspace link.
The font names start with Ryp or ryp, and with that prefix omitted, we have: Abctrain, Animal, Aquatic, Bars 1, Birds 1, Buildings, Butterfly 1+2, Button 1-4, Caps Fonts (60 faces !), Cartoon Bugs, Cats 1 + 2, Children 1-3, China Art (11 faces), Christmas 1-4, Christmas Bells, Christmas Caps, Deco 1-20, Element 1+2, Evil 1, Facets 1, Fat 1, Fiesta 1+2, Floral 1-11, Frames 1+2, Geometrics, Greek Vases 1+2, Halloween 1, Hats 1+2, Hearts 1, Jewels 1-4, Keys 1+2, Kokopelli Flute, Ladies Hats 1+2, Leaves 1, Lighthouse 1, Nature 1, Nymphic, Old Wood Cuts 1-6, 10-14, Old World Art 1-4, Ornate 1-7, Pipes 1+2, Quilt 1-10, Real Bugs, Ropes 1+2, Santa 1+2, Scarey, Snowflake 1-8 (image of Snowflake 1 and of Snowflake 3), Silhouette 1-20, Thanksgiving, Transportation 1-3, Trees, Victorian 1-3.
Dafont link. [Google]
[Dan X. Solo]
Dover Press sells Oakland's Dan X. Solo's digitizations. Dan Solo (b. 1928, d. 2012) has collected over 13,000 sets of metal fonts, starting when he was 9 years old and growing up in Oakland, CA. Finally, in 2002, he stopped doing that and began converting all of his fonts to computer type. He printed 30 books on fonts (with Dover), [including The solotype catalog of 4,147 display typefaces] and created hundreds of fonts. In 2007, he retired from the font business.
Robert Trogman writes: I know Dan X. Solo personally. He ran a typographic studio in Berkeley for over 30 years. He had a large collection of film fonts, including some of my own. He created thousands of fonts and is now retired and is an avocational prestigitator. Copyrights have run out on most of his fonts. He also protected himself by creating pseudonyms on the questionable font names. Stuart Sandler confirms that many of the fonts in Solo's Dover books are in fact from the Filmotype collection, which Stuart is digitizing right now.
Gene Gable writes: Dan Solo of Solotype in Berkeley was experimenting with photo type as early as 1945 and started doing optical special effects in the early '60s. And a number of the larger display-type shops developed their own techniques. But in terms of opening up new markets for display type (and giving designers more control over type setting), Visual Graphics and Letraset lead the way. These companies were proud of, and promoted, the fact that that their products could be used by non-typesetters with little training.
MyFonts sells these faces under the name Solotype (the company is in Alameda, CA): Acantha, Assay, Baraboo Banner, Beijing, Bindweed, Brevet (after a Victorian original by Ernst Laushke, 1887), Brussels, Cathedral, Cleopatra, Cognac, Crossroads, Dainty Lady, Dangerfield, Diablo, Dime Museum, Dutch Treat, Egyptian Oldstyle, Excelsis, Extravaganza, Grecian, Lord Mayor, Malibu, Minnesota, Moulin Rouge, Penny Arcade, Rigney, Trixie, Valerie, Zorro.
He writes about himself: Dan X. Solo The Solotype Archive was begun in 1942 when I was 14. I was a kid printer for several years before that. At 16, after a quick three months of training, I dropped out of school and went to work full time as a radio actor and announcer in San Francisco. (Easy to get jobs in those days, due to the war-induced manpower shortage.) In 1949 and 1950, I created a magic show which played West Coast theatres with some success. After that, back to broadcasting. By 1962, I was completely burned out on radio, so I decided to see if I could make a living with my collection of antique types, which numbered about a thousand fonts at that time. In 1962, I sent out 4,000 catalogs showing the type to ad agencies all over the U.S. The timing was perfect (no thanks to me) because there was developing at that time a renewed interest in the old types. Business took off immediately. The Solotype collection was one of four commercial collections at the time, but I seemed to have been more aggressive in marketing than the other chaps. (Well, Morgan Press certainly knew how to market.) Two years into the business, I began to collect alphabets on paper for conversion to photo lettering, which was just becoming mainstream in the type business. We closed the shop for a month every year and went on a type hunt, mostly in Europe where there didn't seem to be much competition among collectors. Other typographers couldn't understand how we could do this, but I believe it made people appreciate the resource we offered even more. Over the years, the collection became quite large. When I closed Solotype a couple of years ago, I got rid of about half the archive (because the fonts were dull, or already digitized, or for a variety of other reasons) leaving me with about 6,000 fonts on paper or film. In 1974, I began to supply Dover Publications with mechanicals for books of 100 alphabets on a particular theme. I did 30 of these books over the years, and 30 more of printers' ornaments, borders, and so forth. Sometime in the 1990s, Dover asked me to digitize books of 24 fonts each, to be sold with a disk in the back. I did 12 of these. The Dover relationship came to an end when Haywood Cirker, the owner and my special friend, died and the company was sold to another publisher. Dover felt that they had covered the type field thoroughly. Now in my old age, my wife and I have a mindreading act that is great fun and good for the ego. Even so, when not traveling, I digitize type for relaxation and enjoyment, but have made no effort to sell it. Until now.
A list of some digitized fonts:
See also here.
- Art Deco: Advertisers Gothic Light, Alex, Beverly Hills, Boul Mich, Cabaret (2003, as in Murder She Wrote), Capone Light, Chic, Clyde, Eagle Bold, Eagle Narrow, Eden Bold, Eden Light, French Flash, Gallia, Graybar Book, Grock, Matra, Modernique (art deco), Parasol, Parisian, Phoenix American, Plaza Suite, Publicity Gothic, Salut, Stymie Obelisk, Zeppelin.
- Victorian: Anglo, Arboret, Campanile, Chorus Girl, Fancy Celtic, Ferdinand, Floral Latin, Glorietta, Grant Antique, Gutenberg, Hogarth, Jagged, Katherine Bold, Lafayette, Meisteringer, Olympian, Phidian, Ringlet (1998, a Victorian face after an 1882 original by Hermann Ihlenburg), Romanesque, Rubens, Stereopticon, Templar, Wedlock, Zinco.
- Script/Cursive: Amapola, Artists Script, Carpenters Script, Certificate Script, Commercial Script, Conway (an architectural script), Elegance, Engrossing Script, Figaro, Flare, Gloria Script, Hanover, Helvetica Cursive, Holly, Kunsteler Bold, Liberty, Manuscript, Orion Script, Pantagraph Script (+No2, +No3), Park Avenue, Romany Script, Trafton Script, Typo Upright, University Script, Virginia Antique.
- Art Nouveau: Ambrosia, Argus, Artistik, Auriol, Baldur, Bocklin, Carmen, Childs, Edda Black, Excelsior, Francomia, Giraldon, Harrington, Isadora, Metropolitan, Murillo, Oceana, Odessa, Orbit Antique, Palmetto (2005; based on a 1887 face called Palm from the A.D. Farmer Foundry), Siegfried, Skjald, Spartana, Titania.
- Gothic/Medieval: Academy Text, American Uncial, Antique Black, Becker Bold, Bradley, Castlemar, Celebration Text Fancy, Church Text, Engravers Old English, Frederick Text, Freehand, Hingham Text, Initials-Bradley and Caxton, Kanzlei Light, Lautenbach, Lautenbach Fancy Caps, Libra, Morris Black, Nicholini Broadpen, Rhapsodie Swash Caps, Scottford Uncial, Solemnis, Washington Text, Wedding Text.
- Celtic: Anglo Text, Camden Text, Chappel Text, Cimbrian, Colchester Black, Durer Gothic, Durwent, Fenwick, Genzsch Initials, Gloucester Initials, Gutenberg Gothic, Hansa Gothic, Harrowgate, Kaiser Gothic, Kings Cross, Konisburg, Malvern, Medici Text, Middlesex, Progressive Text, Tudor Text, Warwick, Westminster Gothic, Yonkers.
- Special-Effects Display Fonts: Azteca Condensed, Buddha (oriental simulation face, after a Schelter&Giesecke type), Burst, Campaign (1970), Chinatown (oriental simulation), Cigar Label (1997-2002), Colonial Dame, Contract Banner (2004, a take on Mezzotint from 1880)Direction, Fillet, Filmstar (1999), Firebug, Headhunter, Hollywood Lights, Igloo Solid, Import, Lariat, Needlepoint, Old Glory, Protest, Rustic, Scimitar (Arabic simulation face), Scoreboard, Skyline, Starburst, Sundown Shadow, Tableau, Tonight, Xerxes.
The Solotype Catalog is a file with information on Dan Solo's typefaces, annotated with remarks about name equivalences and digitizations. The original file was due to Thibaudeau, but typophiles on alt.binaries.fonts have added to it in 2010. PDF version. Excel version. Text version.
Images of other selected typefaces: Agency Gothic, Alpha Midnight, Alpha Twilight, Anita Lightface (1977), Art Deco Display Alphabets, Ashley Crawford, Ashley Inline, Astur, Bamberg, Banco, Beans, Blackline, Bobo Bold, Braggadocio, Broadway Engraved, Busorama Bold, Busorama Light, Bust, Charger, Checkmate, Colonel Hoople, Corral, Dudley P Narrow, Dynamo, Earth, Eclipse, Empire, Ewie, Fat Cat, Fatso, Festival, Futura Black, Futura Inline, Gillies Gothic Bold, Greeting Monotone, Grooviest Gothic, Hess Neobold, Hotline, Huxley Vertical, Inkwell Black, Joanna Solotype, Joyce Black, Koloss, Lampoon, Mania, Mania Contour A, Mania Contour B, Margit, Mindy Highlight, Modernistic, Monograms Stencil, Mossman, Neon, Neuland (+Inline), Phosphor, Piccadilly, Pickfair, Polly, Prismania P, Quote, Rhythm Bold, Shady Deal, Sheet Steel, Sinaloa. [Google]
Author of Von der Schrift und den Schriftarten (Reinhard Welz Vermittler Verlag, Mannheim). These have a history of type and lettering, instructions on lettering (e.g., stroke guide for Antiqua Majuskeln, Lombardische Versalien, and Gotische Majuskeln), some type specimen (mainly German, from the early part of the 20th century), some alphabets, drawn by her, information on the German school scripts, and a German type and lettering glossary: i, ii, iii, iv. It was probably published between 1956 and 1959.
In 2010-2012, Dick Pape created a number of (mostly caps-only) typefaces based on that book. These include SSWAntiquaPionsel, SSWAntiquaVersalien (a caps set based on Ludovico Vicentino, 1523), SSWCelticAntiquaOutline, SSWFederAntiqua, SSWHollowScript, SSWHolz (Lombardic caps), SSWJensonsAntiqua, SSWLeopoldAntiqua, SSWLombardischeVersalien, SSWMannheimOrnament, SSWPlakatschrift (a useful outline alphabet), SSWRoundPrinting, SSWRusticAlphabet, SSWRusticScript, SSWSchablonenschrift (Bauhaus-style stencil face), SSWUrbanAntiqua-Versal, SSWWoodcuts.
Download Pape's fonts here. [Google]
Sound of Design Foundry
Sound of Design Foundry was established in 2004 by Ty Lettau, who teaches design at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee since 2003. He sells classy faces, such as the (digital) wood types Gothic Extended, Concave Tuscan X Condensed, Latin No. 500, Aetna, Roman Extended, Grecian X Condensed, Kurilian Eureka, Teniers Unique No. 165, and the ornamental types Ornaments No. 1 and No.2. [Google]
Based in Fort Wayne, IN, Jim Spiece (b. 1946, Wabash, IN) likes to revive old type designs. FontShop link.
The typefaces made Jim Spiece:
- Adonis Old Style SG: after a little stationery and greeting card typeface developed for American Type Founders in 1930 by Willard T. Sniffin.
- Anthology SG (2005).
- Arched Gothic Condensed: another Victorian type, developed around 1885 by the James Conners&Son Foundry (New York).
- Ark Monogram SG: Ark is a combination monogram set based on the ATF Virkotype designi from the 1930s.
- Asteroid Primo SG (2009).
- Astoria Antique (2003): 19th century style ornamental face.
- Aviator SG (1995), aka Ventura Slim, based on an old 1930s lettering style popularized by Carl Holmes in his book.
- Bernhard Brushscript SG: based on an extremely heavy informal script was created in the early 1920s by Lucian Bernhard.
- Bernhard Gothic SG
- Beverly Shores Script SG (2004).
- Birdlegs SG (1991).
- Cactus Flower SG (2006): a Wild West family based on lettering by Ross F. George.
- California Poster SG (1996).
- Centric Geo SG (1996) and Centric Serif SG (1996). These are squarish slab faces.
- Concerto Rounded SG: revival of some 1920s Lucian Bernhard lettering.
- Edison Swirl: A frilly Victorian blackletter face based on a design by Hermann Ihlenburg from ca. 1900.
- El Castillo SG (2008): an old style newsprint family.
- Epicerie One&Two SG (2008): a signage family.
- Eva SG. Eva Antiqua SG is an exquisite family based on the 1922 Klingspor model by German designer Rudolf Koch (known as Koch Antiqua or Locarno). It also includes Eva Paramount SG, which is a revival of a 1928 typeface, also flared, by Morris Fuller Benton called ATF Paramount. The Castcraft incarnation is called OPTI Eve.
- Frisco Antique Display SG (2004): based on a woodtype display face from the 1880s by Bruce Type Foundry.
- Gable Antique Condensed (2002): based on a Bauer Type Foundry art nouveau face.
- Gambit Nouveau SG (2004): art nouveau.(2004): art nouveau.
- Grand Slam SG (2002): based on an old cardwriting style known as Poster Gothic.
- Headline Helpers One SG and Headline Helpers Two SG (2009).
- Hollywood Deco SG (1994): based on a Willard T. Sniffin deco-inspired original from 1932.
- ITC Blair (1997). Blair has its roots in the Inland Type Foundry, ca. 1900.
- ITC Deli Deluxe and ITC Deli Supreme (1999)
- ITC New Winchester
- Ironman SG (2002): art deco poster font.
- Kingsbury Condensed SG (1992): 1930s style art deco face.
- Kolinsky Sable SG (2004): a brush display face due to Charles P. Bluemlein, 1944.
- Little Brown Frog SG (2007).
- Melrose Modern SG (2005): art deco family.
- Memorandum SG (1992): a sans text family.
- Metropolis SG: revival of a long-legged 1932 classic design by W. Schwerdtner for the Stempel Foundry.
- Mingo Gothic SG (1991-1992).
- Narcissus SG (Open and Solid): Narcissus Open is a heavy typeface designed by Walter Tiemann in 1921 for the Klingspor Foundry in Germany.
- Newport Classic Basic SG and Newport Classic SG: based on an extra condensed art deco typeface designed by Willard T. Sniffin for American Type Founders in 1932.
- Nicolas Jenson SG: a large text family about which Spiece writes: It was the original work of fifteenth century designer Nicolas Jenson that formed the basis for this roman serif style developed by Ernst Detterer in 1923. Similar in spirit to other early twentieth century revivals such as Centaur, Cloister Old Style, and Italian Old Style, Nicolas Jenson is distinguished by its pristine and delicate nature. A gifted young apprentice to Detterer, Robert Hunter Middleton, greatly expanded the family. And by 1929, bold, italic, and open were part of the Ludlow Foundry's beautiful Nicolas Jenson Series. It was reintroduced under a new name, Eusebius, in 1941.
- Nova Script Recut One SG (2011): based on Nova Script (1937, George F. Trenholm).
- Pacific Clipper SG (1991): a mix between Koch's kabel and ATF's Novel Gothic (1929, Morris Fuller Benton and Charles H. Becker).
- Panorama SG (1995): art deco family, based on an old 1930s lettering style popularized by Carl Holmes is his wonderful book on the subject.
- Quaint Gothic: Arts&Crafts face.
- Samson Classic SG: a heavy display face based on a 1940 design by Robert Hunter Middleton for the Ludlow Foundry.
- San Remo Casual SG: a fifties style connected script.
- Sheridan Gothic SG: an art nouveayu face, ca. 1910, known as Grant Antique.
- Speedway SG (1992-1993): connected upright 1950s diner script.
- Stellar Classic SG (1997): Stellar was originally designed by by Robert Hunter Middleton in 1929 as a serifless roman well before Hermann Zapf's Optima, released in 1958.
- Stratosphere SG (1993).
- Telepod SG (2002): based on an old Speedball lettering style and has a very retro look.
- Thumbnail Text SG (2005).
- Travel Kit SG (2004): art deco.
- Tribunus SG: roman Trajanus style family, originally designed in 1939 by Warren Chappell for Stempel.
- Tweed SG (1992): handlettering.
- Ultramodern Classic SG: a marquee lettering font family in the style of Broadway. Based on a 1928 design by Douglas C. McMurtrie, Aaron Borad, and Leslie Sprunger.
- Valentina SG (1991-1992): a plump comic book style script.
- Veranda Poster SG: derived from a European art supply manufacturer's logotype done in the Vienna (Wien) Austria style, which was used by artists such as Julius Klinger and Willy Willrab in the 1920s.
- Wellsbrook Initials SG: based on the 1920s work at Bauer of the German graphic designer Emil Rudolf Weiss.
- Zinc Italian (2002): 19th century style curly ornamental face, aka Zinco in the Victorian era.
MyFonts link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Stamp & Prtess
Stamp & Press (Stamp och Press in Swedish) is a fifteenth-century type papermill, hand press printing office, hand stampcutting and hand-casting office, bookbinding and digital fonts foundry created and operated entierly by Swedish punchcutter and printmaker, Richard Årlin, b. 1945. He runs Stigbergets Stamp och Press using his own metal types, own paper and own engravings. MyFonts.com states: He cut the punches for his own typefaces, Ungut and Stanislaus. He has also made the a digital version of those designs called Moravus, which has been used for all advertising and posters for Ingmar Bergman's Maria Stuart at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre.
Also called Stigbergets Stamp och Press.
Fonts: Funkiswoodcut (1999), Moravus (1999). [Google]
Stephen O. Saxe
Letterpress specialist. Author of a fine article in 1983 on wood type. Alastair M. Johnston and Stephen O. Saxe edited the book Nineteenth Century Designers and Engravers of Type (Oak Knoll), which republishes William E. Loy's entire series of articles about America's type designers that had appeared ca. 1896-1900 in The Inland Printer. [Review by James Puckett] [Google]
Graphic design student at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Designer of Humanality (2004), a face in which all minuscules receive dots (heads). There is no upper case. He also made a face based on woodcuts (2004), and Interface (2004). [Google]
[Red Rooster Typefoundry]
Steve Mehallo was born in San Francisco in 1967. He is a freelance graphic designer, educator, illustrator and font designer specializing in brand strategies, custom font development and logos. His clients have included Monotype, Microsoft, Ascender Corp, The Unicode Consortium, Netscape, TiVo, Nike, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Learning Company and several more. He is also a past president of the Art Directors and Artists Club of Sacramento, board member of Another Poster for Peace, was the lead curator of the contemporary graphic design exhibition Spoken With Eyes at the UC Davis Design Museum and has taught design courses at UC Davis, Santa Clara University, The Art Institute of California and Sacramento-based American River College. First Redwood City, CA, and now Sacramento, CA-based. Creator of these fonts:
- The street lettering font Alta California in 1994 (Agfa): Alta California is a ransom note-style sample of wood type and other types.
- The beautiful old typewriter family Chandler 42 at Psy/Ops.
- MartiniAtJoes family (1996-1997) is available through Agfa-Monotype and PsyOps: futuristic meets the 50s.
- Niedermann Grotesk (2011). He says: It is a peculiar style of lettering - which was originally inspired by the Sachplakat (object poster) work of Lucien Bernhard - and adapted for hot metal in 1908 by Hermann Hoffmann. 100 years ago, the style became a workhorse of the German printing industry.
- Escoffier Capitaux (2008) is named for culinary legend Auguste Escoffier (1846-1835) and inspired by lettering used in vintage French advertising---including the work of commercial illustrator/fashion designer Ernst Dryden (1887-1938), with a hearty serving of 1960s ligatures influenced by the work of Herb Lubalin (1918-81) as well as a twist of Claude Garamond (1480ish-1561).
- TwentyFourNinetyOne (2008, Ascender Corp) is a reinterpretation of the alphabet of 1919 by Theo van Doesburg.
- Jeanne Moderno (2009) is an art deco take on Bodoni, in 9 styles.
Klingspor link. FontShop link. Blog. MyFonts link.
View Steve Mehallo's typefaces. [Google]
Stiggy & Sands
American typefoundry of Brian Bonislawsky and Jim Lyles, est. 2013. Their first commercial typefaces, all jointly designed, are Sante Pro (2013, a tall upright connected script), Rum Raisin (2013, inspired by the lettering from a vintage Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal box), Maiden Orange (2013), Luckiest Softie Pro (2013, a rounded comic book face that was inspired by hand-lettered vintage 1950s advertisement), Smokum Pro (2013, a Western typeface), Carioca Script Pro (2013, inspired by the lettering on the RCA Records Stereo Action Series in the 1960s), Uncial Antiqua Pro (2013), Spicy Rice Pro (2013: psychedelic or disco), Ultra Pro (2013: a Clarendon or wood style slab serif), Quintessential Pro (2013: calligraphic), Bruno Ace Pro (a techno/automoive font), Aclonica Pro (2013), Special Elite Pro (grungy typewriter), Audiowide Pro (2013: organic techno face), Peralta Pro (2013: a bouncy cartoon font), Englebert (2013: insired by the title screen of the 1930s film Der Blaue Engel starring Marlene Dietrich), McLaren Pro (2013: comic book style), Galindo (2013: a comic book typeface with square counters), Margarine Pro (2013), Righteous Pro (2013), Mouse Memoirs Pro (2013, cartoonish), Risque Pro (2013, funky style), Luckiest Guy Pro (a fat comic book font based on vintage 1950s ads), Original Surfer Pro (2013, an an offbeat sans serif font bursting at the seams with lively personality. Inspired by a vintage advertisement for the California Cliffs Caravan Park, this font exudes all of the fun of a summer vacation anytime of the year), and Marcellus Pro (a flared roman inscriptional typeface with both upper and lower case, originally published in 2012 by Astigmatic). [Google]
StockBucket was founded in May of 2004 by graphic designers David Phillips and Traci Daberko in Seattle, WA. David Phillip had earler run Radar Design (est. 1995), also in Seattle. One can purchase these creations at MyFonts: B-52 (Italic, Regular, Shadow), Bamboo, Konstruct (2002, Bold, Alternate, Outline, Regular, Shadow, square, Thin), KutOut, Massi, Princess, Sunset, RV Park (Western), Stock Stuff (dingbats). These are mostly display faces.
David Phillips made B-52 (2001, octagonal face inspired by the lettering used on the vehicles of the U.S. military; also, athletic lettering), Bamboo, Konstruct, KutOut (a cut out face, dadaist satyle), Massi, Stock Stuff, Tony's Trees (2003, after a dadaist poster style pioneered by Saul Bass).
Traci Daberko made Sunset, RV Park and Princess.
View StockBucket's typefaces. [Google]
Codesigner, with Apostrophe at Apostrophic Laboratory, of Colwell and Hadley, based on 1916 hand lettering by Ned Hadley. She also made Wood Relief (2002). [Google]
Born in southeastern Oklahoma, Talor Goad now works as a designer for Gardner Design in Wichita, KS. His typeface Alexis (2011, free at Lost Type) is a take on the Italian woodstyle. It was fontified by Nathan Williams. [Google]
Finnish creator in Helsinki of Kaiser (2011, a sans designed for print and screen), developed at the tipoRenesansa 3rd international type design workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Creator of the round signage face Winnie the Hoop (2012, inspired by Winnie the Pooh).
In 2013, he graduated from the Type & Media program in Den Haag, with a typeface family called Binky that was inspired by wood type. Before that, he graduated from the Pekka Halonen Academy in 2009 and the Lahti Institute of Design in 2012. [Google]
Terminal Design is the company of James Montalbano in Brooklyn, New York, est. 1990. He was the President of the Type Directors Club, 2002-2003. He teaches type design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Feature on him by John Berry. James designed these fonts:
- Alfon (2003, serif). Montalbano calls it a muscular text typeface. It has chamfered corners and cupped serifs.
- Badinage. A connected retro script.
- Cappella (2013) is a direct result of the work done on the Fordham Chapel custom font commission. A one weight, all caps design based on wood carved lettering from a Fordham University chapel honoring fallen alumni.
- The legible sans serif family ClearviewOne, designed for highway signs, and used for US highway signs starting in 2002. The highway sign font family is called ClearviewHwy), and is further explored here. ClearviewHwy is used for highways in the USA starting in 2004 (see the discussion here). The OpenType version of ClearviewOne is called ClearviewText (2007). ClearviewADA (2007) is a family of Clearview fonts that conform to the letterform specifications for signage outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act legislation. Free download.
- Corporate fonts for Condé Nast Publications, Warner Music, The American Medical Association, the U.S. National Park Service, Vanity Fair, Brides, Gourmet, Mademoiselle, Sassy, Details, Glamour, Jane, Self and Book.
- Consul (Text, Caption, Deck, Display): a 48-style text family. Optically sized, it emerged from a Gustave Mayeur design done by Montalbano for Mens Vogue. Consul has a hint of didone, but the brackets are rounded and the stems gently flared. In Montalbano's palette, this is one of the beauties.
- Enclave (2007): A sixteen font slab serif family.
- In an earlier life as part of Fonthaus, ca. 1994-1995, I believe that Montalbano designed fonts like DidotDisplayAntiqueTdi, DidotDisplayRegularTdi, ProgressivePsychoOneTdi (through Six) and SenzaTDI (many weights).
- Fervent (2013). A sans version of Badinage.
- The well-balanced and interesting sans-serif family Giacomo (2002). Includes Cyrillics.
- Insouciant (2011). An upright connected script family.
- At ITC: The strange experimental face ITC Orbon (1995-1996), ITC Freddo (1996), a thirties style sign font, and ITC Nora (1997).
- Kinney (2011). A type family for tables and information design. James's self-proclaimed attempt at creating a neutral serif.
- Latin 512: An 80-style didone family with triangular or wedge serifs typical of the Latin style. There are Expanded, Regular, Condensed and Compressed sub-families.
- Moraine (2009): a serif family with a wide generous feel. Stems are flexed and tapered and serifs are cupped.
- Now Playing (2007): A digital revival of the naïve plastic lettering that was used on the marquee of the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
- Rawlinson (2003, a serif family, which includes a Condensed sub-family). NPS Rawlinson Roadway is an old style serif typeface currently used for the United States National Park Service's road signs. It was created to replace Clarendon and uses James Montalbano's wife's last name. There is also Rawlinson 2.0 Condensed.
- Shenandoah: display type based on the wood letters at Shenandoah National park.
- Social (2012). A rounded sans family for on-line use.
- Tangent (2007): A geometric sans in sixteen styles.
- Trilon (2009, +Condensed, Condensed, Expanded): sans face. Montalbano calls it a 21st century gothic.
- 718 (2010): a clean 24-style sans family influenced by as many typefaces as there are immigrants in Brooklyn. Named after the non-Manhattan area code.
- VF Sans and VF Sans Condensed (2011), an avant-garde family with 32 styles. James explains its release: Back in the late 90s I designed a family of sans serif fonts for Vanity Fair magazine. I based them on various sans serif designs from the 1930s with nothing particular in mind. They have been compared to Intertype's Vogue, and I do see the connection, but it wasn't my intention of doing a Vogue revival. They have been kept out of circulation these last many years at Vanity Fair's request, but it appears that during the last few years Vanity Fair has lost interest in them. They no longer grace the front cover of the magazine, and they appear with less and less frequency inside the publication. I've also noticed several pirated uses of them as they have popped up on some book jacket designs. So with Vanity Fair's permission I felt it time to set them free.
- The Yo series (2010): Yo Lucy, Yo Andy, Yo Frankie, Yo Sophie, Yo Zelda. This is a didone family on two axes (weight, extension) with 100 members (520 were originally planned). They reach in alphabetical order from condensed (Andy) to extended (Zelda).
Klingspor link. FontShop link. Linotype link. Behance link.
View James Montalbano's typefaces. [Google]
[Terry Koppel Design]
Terry Koppel Design
Creative director in Brooklyn, NY. His wood-inspired typefaces can be bought at TK Shop. He explains the start of his type foundry: It was a period in the eighties before computers had really made inroads to publishing. During a typical call to a premiere New York typesetter---ordering some headlines in wood type---he told me "It's a good thing you called today, I was just about to throw all my wood faces away, nobody's asking for them anymore!" Before he threw them out, I asked him to make up a master photo strip of complete glyph sets of all of the faces that were more or less complete, and for a few years, we used them this way at Koppel & Scher. Later, when I moved to Esquire, I had them digitized with the flaws and irregularities intact. At the time, digitized wood fonts that actually printed like the old wooden faces were hard to find, and for decades I reserved them for personal use. Now, for the first time commercially, I am offering these unique digitized drawings of authentic wood type.
Typefaces made by him include Anderson Gothic Squeezed, ESeventeen (a condensed wood type revival), SeriWood, WoodBlock Condensed, ETen, ETwentyFive, LuxorRev, Morgan, Morgan Gothic Caps, Woodtype Gothic Extended, and Haber Squiggle.
Behance link. [Google]
Snowboarder from Liechtenstein, who designs typefaces at P22 and its descendant foundries such as HWT. The list:
- His first font was the whacky P22 Catalan (2003), which was inspired by Antonio Gaudi, Joán Miro and Salvador Dali.
- In 2004, he created BlancoNeg, Mexican Relics (100 dingbats from pre-Columbian Mexico), Sniplash (a 60s cartoon face) and Durer Caps (after Dü'rer's 1525 original).
- In 2005, he added P22 Mystic (art nouveau).
- The curly P22 Festiva and P22 Huffer Pro (comic book face) followed in 2009.
- In 2010, he designed two revivals of Nebiolo work, P22 Nebiornaments, and P22 Slogan (after the 1957 brush font by the same name by Aldo Novarese).
- In 2012, he created P22 CoDependent, a set of two art deco typefaces that revive of the Independant typeface from 1930 created by Dutch designer Johannes Nicolaas Coenraad Collette along with Jos Dufour from Belgium.
- In 2012, Terry joined forces with Richard Kegler and published the multilayered Western circus font HWT American Chromatic at Hamilton Wood Type. American Chromatic was originally created by Wm. H. Page & Co. circa 1857-59.
In 2013, he designed HWT Arabesque for Hamilton Wood Type. This art nouveau / psychedelic typeface was originally produced by the Morgans & Wilcox Co. and the Wm. Page Co. as almost identical designs. Both manufacturers were acquired by Hamilton and offered briefly by Hamilton as design #618. William Page Arabesque was first shown in 1872 and after the Page purchase by Hamilton in 1891, it was renamed to No. 618. Similarly, the Morgan & wilcox arabesque was first shown in 1884, but after morgan's purcghase by hamilton, it was renamed to No. 3189.
View Terry Wüdenbachs's typefaces. [Google]
The Beauty of Letterpress
Web site by paper manufacturer Neenah Paper (Atlanta, GA), dedicated to letterpress. [Google]
[Michael Gene Adkins]
The Fontry is a Watts, OK, based outfit, est. 1992 by Michael Gene Adkins (b. 1965, OK) and James L. Stirling (b. 1964, OK): Digital type for computer-aided signmaking, with fonts designed for signmakers by signmakers.
Since 2009, they have been producing various digitizations of alphabets designed by Alf R. Becker in the 1930s and 1940s. Gene Adkins designed (2013, didone), ARB 85 Modern Poster JAN-39 (2011, after Modern Poster Script, 1939), ARB-70 (1995), ARB-67 (1998), ARB-66 Neon (2010, +Block, +Line), ARB-44 (1995), ARB-96 Jitter Display DEC-39 (1999), SCRIPT1 ARB-85 Poster Script Normal (2000), ARB-66 Neonline Block, ARB114 Hillbilly Roman JUN-41 Normal (1999), ARB-187 Moderne Caps AUG-47 CAS family (2009, a beautiful didone display face), the ARB 08 Extreme Roman AUG-32 CAS family (2009), ARB-218 Big Blunt (2010), ARB-218 Neon Blunt.
Another product is the Wild Bunch Pak #3: Danthr Skal, Kastaka, Gas Bumps, Skrawl 613, Sharrpe Gothik, Levo Fraz, Kommerce, Stellar Spice, Infected Hurt.
Wild Bunch Pak #2 (50 USD) has Marbles&Strings, Keetoowah, Peppermint, Ghixm (2008: a retrospective of the horror comics and movie posters of the 1960s and the 1970s), Klash, all outline fonts. In Wild Bunch Pak #1, look for Toxia. Race Pak #1 contains 5 chiseled fonts, including ARB67, Brannt Chiseled, Excursions, JLS Ultra, and Race Checkers. 50 USD. There are also Greek Pak #1 (12 Greek fonts for 25 USD, including GRK Orbit, GRK Universe City, GRK Albert, and GREK Bodnaut) and Signfaces Narrow Pak #1. At Garagefonts, Wild Larra, Wild Ruts, Wild Toxia, Wild Nobody families (1999).
Adkins also designed the commercial font First Vision at GarageFonts in 1998. Review at &Type. List of the fonts on his CD.
MyFonts sells FTY Garishing Worse (2011---there is a free version at Dafont), SCRIPT1 Team (2010), SCRIPT1 Toon (2010), SCRIPT1 Voodoo Script (1999-2009, signage script), What Sound Pounds (2009), WILD3InfectedHurtNormal (2010), WILD1 Firstvision (1997), WILD1 Larra (1997, grunge), WILD1 Nobod (1997, grunge), WILD1 Ruts (1997), WILD1 Toxia (1997) and the blackletter faces Ironhorse and Ironrider (2007), revivals of classic wood type faces. FontShop link.
Some fonts are inspired by sign painter Frank H. Atkinson. These include the Broken Poster series done in 2010 and FHA Modernized Ideal Classic (2011).
In 2008, The Fontry published the Greek Font Set, Copper Penny DTP (after Copperplate Gothic, but with lower case included), Droeming (an eerie family) and Earth A.D. (more eerie stuff, metallic, and with sharp serifs). It then generated a break-away subfoundry that carries fonts solely designed by James Stirling, Fontry West. Fontry West is located in Tulsa, OK. At MyFonts, these Fontry West fonts can be bought: Iron, WILD1 Firstvision, WILD1 Larra, WILD1 Nobody, WILD1 Ruts, WILD1 Toxia, WILD2 Ghixm, Greek Font Sets 1 and 2 (not Greek, only Geek-ish, made for fraternity use), and a large Comic Fanboy set which includes glyphs painted with stars and stripes (CFB1 American Patriot, CFB1 Captain Narrow, CFB1 Shielded Avenger, all made by Adkins). The CFB1AmericanPatriot family (2009), and the SCRIPT1 Rager Hevvy family (2009) are free here. JLS Overkill (2009, Bloque, Stencil, Grunge, Champion [athletic lettering], Hammer) is a sturdy family covering everything from SUV-strength stencils to grunge stencils and macho slab serif headline faces. After Disaster (2008), FHA Eccentric French Normal (2008, wood type after an alphabet created by Frank H. Atkinson in 1908), WHATSOUNDPOUNDS?Normal (2009) are free at Dafont. Sinder (2010) is a grunge face. FTY Konkrete (2010) is constructivist, and has a beveled weight. FTY Strategycide (2010) is a similar severe headline sans family. Sinder (2010) and Demon Sker (2011) are free grunge faces. American Purpose (2011) is a grotesk family. American Purpose Casual and American Purpose Stripe (2011) are follow-ups. Garishing Worse (2011) is a casual bold face. Sharpe Gothik (2011) is hand-drawn. American Captain (2011, a manly retro squarish propaganda headline face; see also American Captain Patrius 02 FRE). Deathe Maach (2012) is a sturdy 6-style display family. Avengeance (2012) is a techno typeface. FHA Condensed French (2012, by Michael Gene Adkins and James L. Stirling) and FHA Nicholson French (2012, art nouveau) are based on Frank H. Atkinson's examples.
Typefaces from 2013: FHA Broken Gothic (a layered chiseled family done with James Stirling, based on Broken Poster by Frank H. Atkinson), FTY SKRADJHUWN (a flared family), Iron Man of War (with layering effects, +001Rivet), Iron Man of War 2 NCV, RACE1 Brannt (prismatic, beveled, art deco), FTY Skorzhen (mini-spurred), FTY Speedy Casual, FTY Skradjhuwn NCV (comic book family).
Typefaces from 2014: FTY Varoge Saro Noest.
Typefaces made by Fontry West. Typefaces by Mike Adkins.
Fontspace link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
The Silver Buckle Press Collection
Located at the University of Wisconsin, this site offers some copies of old type specimen books for viewing. There are neither PDF downloads nor high resolution scans, but one can get a feel of the contents. The list (as of early 2012) is below:
- Add "punch" to your printing with Hamilton wood type. 1951
- American line type book: borders and ornaments price list, printing machinery and material. 1906
- ATF Spartan: medium and italic.
- Automatic white space.
- Bauer types in use.
- The Blue Streak Linotypes: master models 31 & 32.
- The Blue Streak Linotypes: model fourteen.
- Hamilton printing plant equipment / manufactured by Hamilton Manufacturing Company. Hamilton Manufacturing Co. (Two Rivers, Wis.) ([1922-1932])
- Instruction on installation, care and operation of the chandler & price 10x15 and 12x18 craftsman press with rice automatic feeder 1934. Chandler & Price company (1934)
- [Letter from Ray C. Cook, sales director of Hamilton Manufacturing Company regarding Hamilton wood type catalog no. 25]. Cook, Ray C. (1951)
- La lettre d'imprimerie: origine, développement, classification & 12 notices illustrées sur les arts du livre. Thibaudeau, F (1921)
- La lettre d'imprimerie: origine, développement, classification & 12 notices illustrées sur les arts du livre. Thibaudeau, F (1921)
- Linotype news. 1963
- Nickel-alloy type: Keystone Type Foundry. 1906
- The Nubian: a new fashion in types.
- Price list of printing type and typographic material. Mackellar, Smiths & Jordan Co (1891)
- The printing arts: selected from a detailed description of all guilds. Sachs, Hans, Ammann, Jost (1968)
- Two-series modernage typography introduced by the American Type Founders Company.
- Type specimen book. Democrat Printing Co. (Madison, Wis.) ()
- Types: fancy metal rules and metal furniture too.
- Wood 2. Morgan Press ()
- Wood type. Hamilton Manufacturing Co (1938)
- Wood type. 1897
- Woodcock's printers' and lithographers' weekly gazette. 1881
- Woodtype: selective emphasis for fine typography. 1960
Thomas A. Rickner
American type designer, born in Rochester in 1966, who has worked for various foundries including Monotype. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He lives in Madison, WI, and is currently employed by Monotype, after a short period at Ascender. He co-designed a revival of W.A. Dwiggins' beautiful Eldorado family, Amanda (1996), Hamilton, the Western font Buffalo Gal (1992-1994, TTGX variations font done while he was at Apple). He worked at Monotype from 1994 onwards, where he hinted Carter's Georgia, Tahoma, Nina and Verdana fonts, for example, commissioned by Microsoft. While employed by Apple Computer, Tom oversaw the development of the first TrueType fonts to ship with Apples System 7. He worked on a freelance basis for Font Bureau for the last 12 years. He has worked on custom font solutions for companies such as Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lexmark, Lotus, Microsoft and Nokia. His custom fonts include a revival of Bodoni to serve Lexmark as their new corporate typeface. His experience with non-Latin scripts is broad, having designed fonts for the Greek, Cyrillic, Hebrew, Thai, Thaana and Cherokee scripts. Tom also played a key role in the development of fonts for Agfa Monotype's proprietary stroke font format. In his own words, However I did the bulk of the drawing for Siegel's Graphite, and I did about 1/2 of the Tekton MultipleMaster (with Jill Pichotta and Tobias Frere-Jones on the other half of the masters) while in Palo Alto. In 2004, he co-founded Ascender Corporation, where he published
Will-Harris interview. Agfa bio. Ascender Corporation bio. FontShop link. MyFonts link. Klingspor's PDF. [Google]
- Arial Mono (Ascender).
- Circus Poster Shadow (2005): based an 1890s Tuscan style wood type.
- Goudy Borders (2009) and Goudy Forum Pro (2009), a revival and expansion Frederic W. Goudy's "Forum Title" (1911, inspired by Roman inscriptions on the Trajan's column monument).
- Hamilton (Ascender). A wood type face.
- Rebekah Pro (2006): a revival of ATF's Piranesi family, the regular being designed by Willard Sniffin, and the remaining weights designed by Morris Fuller Benton. Tom Rickner first revived Benton's Italic for use in his wedding invitations for his marriage to Rebekah Zapf in 2006. He completed the character set in 2009.
Famous British wood-engraver (b. Eltringham, Northumberland, 1753, d. London, 1828), whose work was printed by his friend from childhood, William Bulmer. The punchcutter Richard Austin trained with Bewick as a wood-engraver. [Google]
Tim Martin digitized a wood typeface for Hamilton Wood Type in 2013, HWT Slab Antique and HWT Slab Columbian. These are pased on William Page's Antique No. 4. [Google]
Tom Hingston runs Tom Hingston Studio in London. Designer in the FUSE 16 collection (1997) of Condition Birth, Conception, Mutated, Pulse, and in FUSE 14 (1995) of Chaos. In 2000, he made Whappen based on an American woodcut typeface called Poster Gothic. Simon Gofton has designed the octagonal font Working (2000) at the studio for a Japanese music client. [Google]
During his studies at Portland State University in Portland OR, Tom Huteson designed woodblock-inspired typeface Cobalt (2013). [Google]
Designer (b. 1972) of Minnesota Winter (2013, blackletter), Screen Door (2013, textured typeface), White Vinegar (2013, a Tuscan wood type revival), Return To Sender (2011, sketched face), 1873 Winchester (2011), Psychotic Robots (2010, exaggerated constructivist face), Tuscan Flies (2010), Whiskey Town (2008, +Buzzed, +Sober, +Drunk, a Western family), free at Dafont. Honest Merchant (2010) is a condensed wood type face based on an early 20th century sample. Tom lives in Le Sueur, Minnesota. [Google]
[HiH (Hand in Hand)]
Toronto Type Foundry
Toronto-based foundry, located on Bay Street. It was active in the late 19th century, and published a specimen book on wood type: "Wood Type" (1897). It went out of business in 1967 and was taken over by Howard Graphic Equipment. [Google]
Designer at Thirstype of the playful outline font Dee (2003). With Chester, she made a wood type face, Satchel Paige (2003), after a wood type original spotted in the Hamilton Woodtype Museum and the architectural hairline outline face Daily (2003, Village). MyFonts link. [Google]
Brooklyn, NY-based type and graphic designer. He created the spurred typeface Haymaker (2012, free at Lost Type Co-op) and the bold display face Laika (2012). With James T. Edmondson, he codesigned the wood type-inspired sans face Mission Gothic (2013).
Home page. Dribble link. [Google]
Tricia Treacy has been running her own letterpress design studio, Pointed Press, creating custom book and print work for commercial clients, international artists, designers and writers since 2000. Using a combination of digital and analog methods, she collaborates on conceptual projects with a range of artists and designers.
She has taught graphic design, letterpress and book arts at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Tricia is currently an Assistant Professor of Design at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
Speaker at ATypI 2012 Hong Kong: Vista Sans wood type project. [Google]
Run by Dick Ronner from Houwerzijl, The Netherlands, this publisher has many books printed with wood type. [Google]
Tubbs Mfg Co
American wood type manufacturer. The company, located in Luddington, MI, started in 1903 when Charles Tubbs (of Tubbs and Co. in South Windham, CT) died. It was sold to Hamilton in 1918.
Antique Extended (1900, Tubbs) is a version of the 1838 font by George Nesbitt. Dick Pape's AWT Tubbs Modified Gothic XX Cond (2013) is a revival of a design by Tubbs. [Google]
[Sound of Design Foundry]
Graphic designer (b. 1982) at the New York studio AWP. He created the fat counterless caps faces Blackout and Blackout Midnight (2008), the fat finger font Knewave (2011), and the simple sans Ostrich Sans (2011). This face includes many weights, including a beautiful Ostrich Sans Inline and a hairline. I am not sure if he designed the wood type-inspired slab serif face Chunk Five.
Porter Sans (2013) is a large wide headline type family. It has a free inline outline weight. Elm (2013) is hand-printed. Blackout Sunrise (2013) is an outlined face. Lickety Split (2013) is a crayon or brush face. Almost (2013) is a poster face. Guilder (2011) is a free typeface family with an inline thrown in. Itthaca Sans and Guilder were made in 2013.
At Google Web Fonts, he republished Knewave (2011), a brush signage face.
Typefaces from 2014: Southpaw (nice informal hand), Chawp (crayon face).
Alternate URL, called The League of Movable Type. Typedia link. Kernest link. League of Movable Type link. Klingspor link. Dafont link. Home page. [Google]
[Alex O. Kaczun]
Alex Kaczun is the Northport, NY-based designer of Axion (2012, a futuristic, techno-looking type family; +RND, +SSF, +SER, +RX14, +STN (a stencil version)), BottleKaps (1992) at Linotype. Also at Linotype, he worked on the Fairfield family, designed in 1939 by Rudolf Ruzicka, completing the job in 1991. He also made an outlines for Bell Centennial based on Matthew Carter's bitmaps. He runs Type Innovations.
In 2000, he designed the following fonts at Galapagos: Beatnik-SmallCaps, Beatnik (1997), Android (2010, beveled techno family), Big Boy (2010, a heavy wood type), CaltexNovaSans (Galapagos), Contax (1997, Galapagos: Alex says about this family: Contax is the new Univers for the 21st century; sample, another sample, and another one, and one more), Contax Sans (2011---this face is Peignotian in its light weights, and has subtle and not-so-subtle stem variations), Eclipse (1997, shadow beveled face), Extreme SDans (1997), Innovage (1997, a new Helvetica for the 21st century, in his own words), New Renaissance (1997, a true roman face), Shockwave (1997). These fonts are on the Bitstream Type Odyssey CD. He also made Golum (Galapagos, 1997), Kaczun Oldstyle Bold (2010), Doc Holliday (2010, a Western face), Hippyfreak (2010), Mister Twiggs and Misses Twiggs (2010), Geomatrix (2010, geometric stencil face), Swordtail (Galapagos, 1997, a hip hand-printed font), New Age (Galapagos, 2002), Extreme Sans (Galapagos, 2002), Oronteus Finaeus (2010, like lettering from a map dated 1531), Piccadilly Circus (2010, a Western face), Switched On and Off (Galapagos, 1997). Racetrack (2010) is an octagonal multiline display face. Mandelia (2010) is a wedge-serif display face.
Typefaces from 2011: New Age Gothic (a kind of 21st century copperplate), Scion (wide techno logo family), Dexter (2011, an artsy grotesque), Metalica (2011, a pointy cult type family).
Typefaces from 2012: Edgar No. 9 (heavy baroque slab serif in the style of 19th century wood type), Langston (outlined and octagonal), Ekeras V2 (inline face), Mecanica, Mariamne (a spurred typeface based on Contax), Axion SER (a triangle-serifed typeface), Beatnik Barbie, Nadia (a modern stencil interpretation of Granjon Oldstyle).
Typefaces from 2013: Directors Cut Pro (this geometric antique font was a second prize winner at the Canberra Typeface Competition), Ambriel (a curly didone that mixes in Victorian frillies), Sansational (or Sensational sans: an ultra-condensed sans family), My Darling (a bastardized didone fashion mag face), Envisage (grotesk).
Typefaces from 2014: Crypton (sci-fi face).
At MyFonts he writes: Much of Alex's career was spent at the premier type foundry, Linotype-Hell, where he was the principal type designer and worked on many font projects aimed at modernizing the Linotype Library. Alex managed the development of The Adobe PostScript Font Library and created multiple master fonts for Apple Computer's QuickDraw technology. In 1980, he joined a small group of entrepreneurs and pioneered the development of the world's first digital font library at Bitstream, then located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Afterwards, Alex took a position at Bozell-Worldwide, a large international advertising company, where he was type director and managed the front desk at the CPS Group. The company is well known for their successful "Got Milk" ad campaign. At Bozell, Alex honed his skills in graphic design, desktop publishing, prepress print production and the web.
Showcase of Alex Kaczun's typefaces.
Klingspor link. [Google]
James Grieshaber earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Based first in Rochester, NY, and now in Chicago, IL, Grieshaber ran Typeco, a typographic services and solutions company established in 2002. James Grieshaber (b. Detroit, 1967) most recently was on staff of P22 Type Foundry, where he designed many type families and helped establish International House of Fonts. He has been honoured with an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic (2004, blend of blackletter and English style), and by TypeArt'05 (for Operina Cyrillic). Designer and Co-editor of the Indie Fonts book series, Grieshaber now teaches typography at RIT and runs Typeco. MyFonts sells his fonts now. YouWorkForThem sells the Super Duty family (stencil), Glyphic Neue, the Trapper families, Chunk Feeder, Gothic Gothic and Cusp. Identifont page. FontShop link. Behance link. Details on some of his faces:
- Gothic Gothic (2001), an extended blackletter codesigned with Christina Torre. In 2004, he received an award of Excellence in Type Design from Association Typographique International (ATypI) for his Gothic Gothic type design.
- The Glyphic Neue display family was inspired by the Op Art style of lettering in the United States that ran rampant in many photo type houses in the 1960's and 1970's---I like to call it the "piano key style".
- Chunkfeeder (2002) is a beautiful monospaced octagonal OCR-like family.
- Cypher (2003, an LED/LCD family) has 24 weights. Of these, Cypher7 is free.
- Duty (2002) is a sans face codesigned at T26 with Lee Fasciani.
- The stencil family Super Duty (2004) has 8 variations. There are also techno variant called Superduty Condensed, Superduty Regular, Superduty Narrow and Superduty Text.
- Cusp (2001-2005): a techno display family with 18 weights, including an LED style, art deco styles and Cusp De Stijl.
- Trapper (2004) is an 8-weight exaggerated ink trap font family which comes in Trapper Round and Trapper Sharp versions.
- Zaftig (2008, Typeco) is a super-fat face.
- P22 Operina (2003, in Romano, Corsivo and Fiore versions) is based on Vicentino Ludovico degli Arrighi's calligraphy used in his 1522 instructional lettering book La Operina da Imparare di scrivere littera Cancellarescha. This book contains what is considered to be the earliest printed examples of Chancery Cursive. P22 Operina won an award at TypeArt 05. Operina Pro contains over 1200 glyphs. In 2010, Paulo Heitlinger compared P22 Operina favorably to another digital chancery font, Poetica (by Robert Slimbach, Adobe), which, according to him [and I agree], lacks vigor and dynamism.
- P22 Posada (2003, with Richard Kegler): based on lettering of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913) that was used for some of his posters and broadsides.
- P22 Arts and Crafts Tall (1995, art nouveau), P22 Arts and Crafts Hunter (1995). Both based on alphabets by Dard Hunter, 1908-1910.
- P22 Art Deco Chic (2002), based on the Art Deco hand lettering of Samuel Welo, ca. 1930. P22 Art Deco Display (2002) is a Broadway style face.
- Churchy (2002).
- He offered (offers?) a handwriting font service for 100 USD. Free trial face Reenie Beanie (2002). Signature font service for 50 USD. Reenie Beanie (2002) is now offered (as a joke, I assume) as part of the Google open font directory (for free web fonts).
- P22 Garamouche (2004, with Richard Kegler). Comes with Garamouche Ornaments (2004).
- Segoe Print (2006, Monotype Imaging). [Isn't this Googlee's competition?] This is an informally hand-printed face co-designed with Brian Allen, Carl Crossgrove, James Grieshaber and Karl Leuthold at Ascender.
- P22 Cezanne Pro (2006). Has over 1,200 glyphs.
- P22 Yule (2005; Heavy, Inline): a stone chisel family with a hint of Neuland.
- P22 Numismatic (2005): originally offered by the Devinne Press, and based on ornaments and letters used by 15th and 16th century engravers of seals and coins; however it looks very much like Otto Hupp's Numismatisch (1900, Genzsch&Heyse).
- Black Ops One (2011) is a military stencil face, available at the Google Font Directory.
- Short Stack (2011) is Grieshaber's free contribution to the Comic Sans genre. It was published by Sorkin Type and can be downloaded from Dafont.
- Atomic Age (2011) is a free font at Google Font Directory. It was inspired by 1950s era connected scripts seen on nameplates of American cars.
- Supermercado One (2011, Google Font Directory) is a low contrast semi geometric typeface inspired by naive industrial letters. More a signage face than a web font.
- Typeco Grecian (2012, FontStruct) is loosely based on a Wells & Webb Grecian style woodtype circa 1846.
- Typeco De Stijl (2012, FontStruct) is based on Van Doesburg's De Stijl magazine's name plate in 1923. Typeco Topaz Serif Tall (2012, FontStruct) is a pixel typeface. Typeco New Wave (2012, FontStruct) is an op art party font.
- Metamorphous (2012, Sorkin Type) borrows its arches from Gothic cathedrals---it was inspired by Jonathan Barnbrook and by the free font Morpheus.
- HWT Geometric (2013, Hamilton Wood Type Foundry) is a squarish wood type family: Geometric began its life as a metal typeface from the Central Type Foundry, circa 1884. Soon after, this design was officially licensed to Morgans & Wilcox and was shown in their 1890 catalog in Regular, Light and Condensed Light variations. After acquiring Morgans & Wilcox, Hamilton Manufacturing offered Geometric Light Face Condensed as their own No 3020 and the Geometric Light Face as No 3021. HWT Geometric has been expanded digitally to include a Regular Condensed version.
Klingspor link. [Google]
Documentary made in 2008 by Justine Nagan about the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers in rural Wisconsin. Justine Nagan has produced or helped produce various films at Kartemquin Films. She has a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, 2004. Another URL. [Google]
Typetanic is the personal foundry of graphic and type designer Greg Shutters (New York City). Founded in 2013, Typetanic aims to create original designs as well as adapt historic lettering and type styles for the needs of an ever-changing design market. In addition to being the principal of Typetanic Fonts, Shutters also currently works as Communications Associate for the SS United States Conservancy, a non-profit organization interested in the preservation and redevelopment of the historic ocean liner SS United States.
In 2013, he designed Columbia Titling, a titling-caps display family based on wide Clarendon-style wood type and industrial signage design from the late-19th and early-20th Century.
Transat (2013) is an art deco sans family based on signage found in the Gare Maritime ocean liner terminals in Le Havre and Cherbourg, France, in the early 1930s. Transat Text (2013) is a more subdued, but still geometric, sibling of Transat. [Google]
Justin Knopp graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art&Design in 1994. Now, he runs a letterpress shop in Colchester, UK, and makes beautiful cards (among other things). He also has a blog. [Google]
Portuguese foundry in Guimaraes and Porto, est. 2011 by Pedro Lobo, that sells Yorker (2012, a layered athletic lettering font), Borba (2012, a beautiful inline typeface), Sahara (2012, an antique shadow caps face), Akila (2012, a fashion mag didone), Public (2012, art deco marquee face), Scape (2012), Smart (2012, inline caps face), Desk (2012, shadow caps face), Kleiner (2012), Fabrica, Wannabe (octagonal), Kodhigo (slab serif), Molesk (2011, a free slab display face), Tabbaco (connected retro script) and Jono (2011, art deco).
Typefaces from 2013: Player (a layered beveled typeface system), Porto, Woodstik (a tall gothic wood type layered sans family that plays with texture and letterpress), Darko (alchemic, designed under the motto Uppertype goes hipster), Player (a layered type system), Bonie (organic sans).
Behance link. [Google]
Urban Pixel (or: UP Font Studio)
Foundry in Montreal, est. 2008 by Michel Troy (b. 1969).
Behance link. Dafont link. Klingspor link. Their fonts: [Google]
URW Wood Type
Two fonts at URW in the URW Wood Type family. [Google]
Vanderburgh, Wells & Co.
New York-based foundry. Examples of wood types made by them: Concave Tuscan (aka Gothic Tuscan) (1867, based on an original by Bill, Stark & Co from 1853). [Google]
Dutch foundry, est. 1997 by Donald Beekman. We find commercial fonts by several designers:
- Donald Beekman and Erik van Blokland: Bint (inspired by potatoes).
- Donald Beekman: Brak (octagonal), Breakz (octagonal), Brokken (rounded octagonal), DBXLZX (2012, inspired by the ZX Spectrum home computer), Decks, Gaufre, Hollandsche Nieuwe, Irish Stew (2012), Kadetje (based on wood type), Knoffel, Spaghetti (upright connected script), Wasabi, Woodburger.
- TwoPoints: VLNL TpLlum (2012, really fat slabby letters).
- Jacques Le Bailly: Sardines (2008), VLNL Neue Sardines (2010).
- Donald Roos: VLNL Bint (2009), VLNL Brak, VLNL Spaghetti Bolognese.
Graphic designer in Paris, who created Bucky (2012, hexagonal typeface) and Le Punktem (2012, a typeface that was inspired by wood type). [Google]
Vitue84 (was: Virtue Creative)
Virtue84, and before that, Virtue Creative, is Andrew Footit's foundry in Johannesburg, South Africa. Creators of the very simple monoline geometric face Modulus (2011).
Virtue Creative is run by Johannesburg-based graphic designer Andrew Footit (b. 1984) who made the stunning art deco face Vindeco (2011).
Gigafont (2011) is a free bubblegum font.
Fonts made in 2012: FunFair (hand-printed), Virtus Sans (a clean 4-style sans family), the Western family Westro (2012, +Inline).
In 2013, Footit made the free rounded sans drafting font Struct and the four-style vintage poster face The Woods.
Behance link. Virtue Creative link. Behance link for Virtue 84. [Google]
German designer (b. 1987) in 2007 of Avant Garde Black (kitchen tile style, no downloads) and Cow.Cow (2007, ultra-black wood style Egyptian). The guts of the font have the font name Cowboys and the designer name of Dennis Ludlow, so this may be derived in some way, I guess. [Google]
German foundry established in 1800 and based in Leipzig. It became Haag-Drugulin, as ATypI explains: The Offizin Haag-Drugulin has played a significant role in publishing, printing and literary history. Its origins can be traced back to the 18th Century. 1829, when Friedrich Nies from Offenbach acquired the printing workshop, is regarded as the year of its foundation. As early as 1831, Nies had attached a type foundry to the business, which he equipped with typefaces for setting Oriental languages. Since then, the printing workshop has always been a synonym for typographic diversity and quality. At the end of the 19th Century, it was even trying to take the place of the lavishly equipped state printing works in Vienna and Paris in the field of Oriental languages. In spite of these conditions, business did not always develop smoothly. After the First World War the interest for Oriental books waned. And people no longer had any money for lavishly designed books, once a speciality of the company. In 1928 the company merged with the Haag printing house, which had moved into the area, and it has traded as Offizin Haag-Drugulin since that time. Typefaces first developed at Offizin W. Drugulin include Ehmcke Fraktur (1910, F.H. Ehmcke) and this blackletter wood type. The type division was acquired by D. Stempel in 1919. Haag-Drugulin published Anwendungsproben der schönsten Drugulin Schriften erstes heft (1932) [see here].
Hebrew typefaces in their collection include Hebraeisch II, Hebraeisch I, Maruba, Hebraeisch IV, Schreibschrift, and Rabbinische.
The story of Drugulin was told by Peter Gericke and Wolfgang Hendlmeier in 1993: I, II, III, IV. [Google]
Walden Font sells historical typefaces&clip-art by Oliver Weiss from Winchester, MA. A nice package called Civil War Press can be bought here. Free font Jugend WF (which can also be found here).
They have also a gorgeous collection of eighteen blackletter fonts, called the Gutenberg Press, which includes the great old German script font Kurrent Kupferstich and the charming Zentenar Fraktur and the elegant Peter Schlemihl.
Their pages include a brief history of blackletter, as summarized in the PDF document The Gutenberg Press: Five Centuries of German Fraktur (1997).
Their Renaissance&Handwriting font pack has 9 different handwriting fonts from 1450 to 1700. Minuteman Printshop has colonial fonts.
Blackletter font list: Alte Schwabacher, Breitkopf Fraktur, Coelnisch Current, Fette Haenel Fraktur, Ganz Grobe Gotisch, Grossvater Kurrent, Gutenberg Bibelschrift, Kurrent Kupferstich, Luthersche Fraktur, Maximilian Gotisch, Neue Schwabacher, Peter Schlemihl, Suetterlin, Theuerdank Fraktur, Unger Fraktur, W'bg. Schwabacher, Zentenar Fraktur.
There are also many wood type fonts, such as Sawtooth WF (2002) and Wild West Press (2010). Gnomos is a grungified merovingian typeface [Walden Font claims that it was found in a 16th century house]. Astaroth is claimed to an 8th century face by Walden Font, but its origins are somewhere in the 11th century.
Dafont link. [Google]
German professor who created Staehle Graffia LT in the 1960s. This vigorous handwritten face appeared in digital form in 2003, and comes in Regular and Script styles. At the Ernst Engel Privatpresse, later called the Ernst Engel Presse Walter Stähle, located in Meersburg, he designed Holzbuchstabenschrift in 1964.
FontShop link. Klingspor link. [Google]
Ward Kuypers (aka Ward Zwart) is the Belgian designer of the free fonts Pb (2012, Pb=Lead), Snacks (2011, grunge), Canard (2010, grunge, wood style), Qxi (2010, black poster lettering), Ves (2009, a 3d grunge outline face), Golden Pony (2009), Hocus Focus (2008, grunge), Cacavia01 (2009, grungy all-caps face) and RR Ruitjes (2008, textured face).
Dafont link. Fontsy link. Blogspot page. Abstract Fonts link. [Google]
The Warehouse is a collaborative effort between Brittany Deighton (Kent, Ohio) and Jesse Snyder, who is located in Ohio. One can buy some icon font sets from them, such as Miniglyph, Parks and Rec, and Snack Time. Together, they designed the slabby wood type typeface Ohio, and Medical Icons in 2013. [Google]
[Australian Type Foundry (ATF)]
Web Museum of Wood Types
This web museum is run by Robert Lee of Unicorn Graphics in Garden City, NY. It has pictures of several wood type catalogs, such as those of Hamilton (#14, from 1899, #25, and #38), Morgans and Wilcox (1890), Day and Collins (1904), Delittle's (1967), am Wm. H. Page (1870, 1872, 1878, 1890). [Google]
Wells & Webb
Ebenezer Webb was an American wood type designer/manufacturer from the 19th century. Successor of Darius Wells in 1859. Webb died in 1864 and his entire inventory of wood type was bought by Heber Wells, youngest son of Darius. The company was called Wells & Webb. Examples from their 1854 catalog: Antique Tuscan Extended.
[Affolter und Gschwind AG]
Fontstructor who made the eroded ornamental caps faces Deadwood (2011) and Final Font (2011). Student at UWE in Bristol, UK. [Google]
William H. Page Wood Type Company
[William Hamilton Page]
Norwich, CT-based company involved in wood type production. In 1856, William Page (b. Tilton, NH, 1829, d. Mystic, CT, 1906) bought out Horatio and Jeremiah Bill and founded Page and Bassett in South Windham, CT, with his partner James Bassett. In 1857, they moved to Greenville, CT. Some time later Samuel Mowry replaced Bassett as partner, and the company is Page and Co of Greenville, CT. Another name change occurs, to William H. Page&Co. In 1869, Page buys the operation of Colley&Dauchy. Mowry retires a bit later, the company moves to Norwich, CT, and becomes the William H. Page Wood Type Company. A year later, a defection of sorts---Charles Tubbs (an employee since 1860), John martin and George Keyes leave to set up the American Wood Type Co. In 1881, George Setchell joins the business, and Page and setchell patent the die-cut production method. In 1889, Setchell sells all interests to S.T. Dauchy, who becomes president, only to sell the entire company to Hamilton in 1891. During the Civil War, Page perfected his equipment and became the leading manufacturer of wood type. In 1874, the company published a specimen book of so-called chromatic (wood) type. Henry Lewis Bullen described it this way: This is the most notable of wood type specimens. Page outshone all competitors in imparting a degree of artistry in designing wood type and borders, most of which could be printed in several colors . . . . [It is] a work of unusual excellence, well worth preserving. In 1891, Page's firm was absorbed by the Hamilton Manufacturing Company of Two Rivers, WI.
Many of his wood types were digitized by Jordan Davies of Wooden Type. Page's fonts include Aetna, Antique No. 4 (revived as HWT Slab in 2013 by Hamilton Wood Type Foundry), Antique Tuscan No 9, Bindweed, Clarendon Condensed, Clarendon Condensed Bold, Clarendon Extended, Clarendon Heavy, Concave Tuscan X, EgyptianTwo, French Antique, French Clarendon (XXX Condensed No. 117), French Semi, Gilbey, Gothic Tuscan Round, Hamilton, Minnesota, Norwich Aldine ML (1872, digitized by Tom Wallace in 2010 under the same name), Number 154, Page No. 508, Peerless 131 Bold, Rigney, Skeleton Antique, Teutonic, Tuscan Italian Round, Unique Wood, William Page 500, William Page 506.
In 2013, John Bonadies (MPress Interactive) started making digital typefaces based on Page's models. They published MPI Aldine Extended (based on a 1872 wood type by William H. Page), MPI Antique (slab serif), MPI French Clarendon (based on wood type from 1865 by William H. Page), MPI French Antique (a typical far West saloon font based on wood type by William H. Page, 1869), MPI Egyptian Ornamented (a western face based on a 1870 wood type by William H. Page), MPI Arcadian (based on a 1870 design by William H. Page), MPI Tuscan Extra Condensed (based on William H. Page wood type from 1872), MPI Norwich Aldine Reversed (from a 1872 original).
Also in 2013, Dick Pape embarked on a large process of digitization of wood types at the Rob Roy Collection of the University of Texas. His digital fonts are free and are bundled under the label American Wood Type, or AWT. Revivals by Dick Pape of fonts due to William Page include AWTPage&SetchellNo154, AWTPage-SetchellNo515, AWTPageAldine, AWTPageAldineExpanded, AWTPageAldineOrnamented, AWTPageAntTuscanCond, AWTPageAntTuscanOutlined, AWTPageAntiqueBlack, AWTPageAntiqueCond, AWTPageAntiqueNo7, AWTPageAntiqueTuscan, AWTPageAntiqueTuscanNo1, AWTPageAntiqueTuscanNo8, AWTPageAntiqueXXCond, AWTPageAntiqueXXXCond, AWTPageBelgianCond, AWTPageBeveledNo142, AWTPageCelticOrnamented, AWTPageClarendonExtended, AWTPageClarendonNo1, AWTPageClarendonXXCondensed, AWTPageColumbian, AWTPageConcaveTuscanXCond, AWTPageConcaveTuscanXCondOutline, AWTPageCorinthianNo2, AWTPageEgyptian, AWTPageEgyptianOrnamented, AWTPageFrenchAntique, AWTPageFrenchClarendonCond, AWTPageFrenchClarendonXXX, AWTPageFullFacedGrecian, AWTPageGothicLightFace, AWTPageGothicTuscanNo1, AWTPageGothicTuscanPointed, AWTPageIonic, AWTPageIonicCondensed, AWTPageNo500, AWTPageNo501, AWTPageNo506, AWTPageNo508, AWTPageNo51, AWTPageNo510, AWTPageNo515, AWTPageNorwichAldine, AWTPageOrnamentedAldine, AWTPagePeerlessAntNo129, AWTPagePeerlessCondOldStyl, AWTPagePhanitalianNo132, AWTPageRomanAetna, AWTPageRunic, AWTPageSkeletonAntique, AWTPageTeutonic, AWTPageTuscanCondNo2.
Digital typefaces based on W.H. Page's work. View revivals of William Hamilton Page's typefaces. [Google]
William Hamilton Page
[William H. Page Wood Type Company]
New York-based inventor (with A.R. Gillmore) of the pantograph, which allowed fast and accurate copying of wood type, in 1834. He enters into a partnership with his father in law, J.M. Debow, to manufacture wood type commercially in Allentown, NJ. Production starts in 1836 under the supervision of E.R. Webb. George Bruce buys out Leavenworth and Debow and sells it to E.R. Webb, who promptly goes into a partnership with Darius Wells in 1839, at which time Wells&Webb was formed.
Specimen of Leavenworth's Patent Wood Type Manufactured by J.M. Debow (1840s) is on-line at the NYPL.
Digital revivals include Poplar (1990) by Barbara Lind at Adobe. [Google]
William Page: Aldine
The slabby wood type Aldine originated with William H. Page in 1870. It comes in modified, ornamented and Condensed styles. A particular light weight modification is called Norwich Aldine (1872). Norwich Aldine was also made under the same name by Heber Wells. [Google]
William T. Morgans
[Young and Morgans Mfg Co.]
William T. Morgans
[Morgans&Wilcox Mfg Co.]
Designer (aka Funk King, b. Fort Knox, KY) who lives in Orlando, FL, and/or Apopka, FL. He used FontStruct in 2008-2009 to make over 550 decorative fonts, and became one of the world's top experts on FontStruct, FontShop's on-line font editor. Most of his fonts were withdrawn in 2012. He did a few commercial typefaces at his commercial foundry, Funk King. His creations include
- A Bit Eccentric.
- Alphadings: On Hangers (2012, a commercial series that includes Pants on Hangers, etc), Dog Tag, Black Bird, Easter Egg Dots, Ser Egghead T. handlebar, Ovoidotta (now called Sniff), Play Book, BuddhaBuddha, Swizzle Sticks, Computer Backplate, Milky Way, Sprout, Football, Clapboard (for movie makers), Teed Off, Book Stack, Speaker Box, Ant Farm, Sound and Vision, Speaker Grill, Tom Tom, Caged Type, Conga Lounge, Spinal, Add Van, Frostruct, Picket Fence, Regatta, Cranestruct, Impossible Alphabet, Igloo Village, Mortar Board, Jack, Marionette, Golden Gate (+Short, +Solid), Crossed, Eff U ("the finger"!), Tall Big Top, Jackpot, Skulls&Cross Bones Redux, Crosshairs, Drama Club, Good Day Sunshine, Butterfly, Steps and Windows, Heartbroken, O Christmas Tree, Christmas Lights, Candle, Supper Time (alphadings of plates), Sands of Time (alphadings of hour glasses), Fishbones (commercial since 2012), Handy (alphading with hands), Hang Ten (feet alphadings) and High Five (hand alphadings), Armade and Ghost Ship Armada (ship alphadings), Cut Here (stitching alphadings), Schematic (electric circuit alphading), Masquerade, Mortar Board, Gear Bits, Gearswork, Hi-Lo Gears, Gears, Resistor, Gear Shift, Castle, Castle with Flags, Antique Keys, Rounded Keys, Pods, Piano Keys (+Alt, +Correct), Framework, Dixieland Jazz, Spats, and City of New Orleans (the last three are alphdings based on the same Victorian alphabet), Saturn, Piggy Bank, Voodoo Doll, Dice, Fist Bump.
- Antennas, Antennas Outline
- Arcostellati, Arcostellato, Arcangolo, Arcontorno (2011): a blackletter family.
- Architect, Ruled, Gridworks, Blueprint (Solid, Dashed), Quadular (+Serif), Isometric Modified (+Light, +Bold Outline), Isometric (a 3d gridded family: +Basic Latin, +Basic Latin Lite, +More Latin, +Bold, +Black).
- Art deco: Arc Neuvo (rounded letters), Arc Nuevo (2012, commercial), Toneelschuur (based on the letterhead created for the Theatre Toneelschuur Haarlem), Shift (bold), Eye Spy (this says Peter Sellers), Mod Squad.
- Avenue, Avenue Alphabet (white on black).
- Ball and Chain (neat), Ball Bearings
- Balls and Bats
- Banjo (2012).
- Barber Shop
- Beachwear (horizontally striped)
- Blackletter: Abbey
- Blanket Serif Caps, Blanket Sans Serif
- Block Inline Block
- Block Mosaic (great gridded letters)
- Blood Sweat&Tears
- Bolla Fratturato (2011): outlined blackletter face.
- Bolt, Bolted
- Bon Mots.
- Break, Balance Beam, After Party (2010).
- Bubble Zwrap (2010).
- Build A Bridge
- Buzz Kill
- Carp Black, Carp Blanc
- Caterpillar, Tall Caterpillar.
- Chain Gang, Krazy King
- Check Mate (checkered flag font).
- Cherry Bomb.
- Cinder Block (2010): a 3d face with texture thrown in.
- Circuit Board Solid, Circuit Board Outline, Circuit Board Outline Numbers, Circuit Board Simple, Micro Clean, Microcircuitz, Circuit Board Simple.
- Circus Maximus Outline
- Cirquela (2012). a non-FontStruct font, this is his first hand-printed typeface.
- Compass (+Plain)
- Connected scripts: Cruise, Jet Cruise (2009), Notched Script (upright, connected), Rough Script (italic, connected), square Script (pixelish, connected).
- Computer Backplate, Milky Way.
- Crimped Pincushion (2010).
- Crispy Inline (classy)
- Crooked Marker, Marker
- Crop Circles
- Curls And Twirls
- Cut Here
- Daisies (nice rounded square letters with painted daisies)
- Decoscriptic, Decoish.
- Diamonds Are Forever, Liberty (dot amtrix fonts)
- Didactic fonts: Back to School.
- Digital, Digital Whimsy (gorgeous fonts in which the meat of the glyphs is made up of 0's and 1's), Digital Italics, Digital Non-italics.
- Dingbats: Digital Biz Bitz (2012), Capitalist Pictograms (2012), Kapitalist Kit (2011), Weather System (2011), Twelve Days of Christmas (2010), Learning For Business (2010), Calder Symbols (2010), Mad Aliens (2010), FSEmoticons, Maven Pictograms, Temp (weather dings), Sports Wave, Bullet Arrows
- Dinner at 8
- Ditier Cycles (2010): a grunge version of J. Hughes's Dirt Cycles.
- Disco Ball, Disco Salvation.
- Doggie Tracks (2010).
- Dollars and Cents.
- Domestic Bliss (+Solid), Blissful Hearts (Valentine's Day alphadings).
- Domino, Dominodot
- Dot matrix fonts: Zephyrelli (2012), Yoyo (2012), Carousel (2011), Corsivo Punti (2011), Wisp (2011), Amusement (2011), Menagerie (2011), Junk (2011), Iphont (white on black dot matrix face), Lyrical (dot matrix script), Petits Pois, Elli, Industrial Magic, Wind Chime, Domestic Bliss (2010, +Serif, +Sans Serif), Ying Yang (2009)
- Double Decker
- Eau de Kerning.
- Efficiency (2010).
- Eiffel family: mechanical.
- eq Regular, eq Radio Waves, eq Tight.
- Erector Set (2010).
- Extension Cord
- Fairy Tale (curly)
- Fast Cars, Fast Lane, Fast Forward
- Fifty Famous Fairy Tales (bi-lined and bejeweled)
- Flair Ornate, Flaired Script, Flair, Flaired
- Floor Plan
- Flash (gridded face)
- Folk Art (wooden plank simulation)
- Font Troll
- Fractal, Wireframe, Hemisphere, Origami (now Mummification): experiments in glyph partitioning.
- Funk, Funky palms
- Gancio (2014). Hand-drawn.
- Gemstone (letters in a mosaic)
- Glyphs made from broken objects: Broken Combs, Broken Glasses
- GI Joe
- Grid1, Grid2, Pas De Grille Pli Isométrique (+Plombé), Grille Noir Pli Isométrique (+Plombé), Grille Intrépide Pli Isométrique (+Plombé), Grille Facile Pli Isométrique (+Plombé).
- Grunge faces: Feather (2010).
- Gummy (2010).
- Happily Ever After (2010).
- Heath Robinson (gorgeous mechanical font).
- Hexcavated (2010).
- High Anxiety.
- High Wire (dotted).
- Honeycomb Black (hexagonal).
- Horizontally Phased (like IBM logo from afar), Vertically Phased, Field Goal.
- Hot Diggity Dog (2010): a monoline rounded sans.
- Inline: Hi-Fi Deco, Track (+Filled), Crispy Inline
- Imperfect Optical Experiment.
- Ironside, Ironworks.
- Isomixed (+Inline, +Inverted, +Light, +Inline Light), Isomixerd Moire (nine textured styles).
- Jacks (2010): a stitching font.
- Jelly Bean series: I's, Wide, O's, Split
- Jolly Swash 9+Tall, +Tall Wide Tail). <