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Font Bureau

Font Bureau was founded in 1989 by type designer David Berlow and media strategist Roger Black. Headquartered in Boston, MA, the small foundry employs a staff of full-time designers and its library has been contributed to by the likes of Tobias Frere-Jones, Matthew Carter, Jim Parkinson, John Downer, Leslie Cabarga, Cyrus Highsmith, Berlow himself, and others. “In a big way, all the designers whose work is published through Font Bureau are my latest teachers,” Berlow, a recipient of the SoTA Award, says in his Creative Characters interview. “From them I learn how to look at things related to type today from a variety of stylistic and entrepreneurial perspectives.”

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Quiosco

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Quiosco Quiosco

Quiosco (Spanish for Kiosk) is a text family designed by Cyrus Highsmith (after Prensa) that follows W.A. Dwiggins in deliberately contrasting character outline with the counter shape.

Empire®

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Empire® Empire®

In 1937, Morris Fuller Benton designed Empire, titling capitals that became the headline style for Vogue.

Saber®

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Saber® Saber®

Saber began with a “lowercase,” a series of blackletter, uncial and celtic forms that appeared to Leslie Cabarga in a designer’s dream.

From these illusory nocturnal images, a wide awake Cabarga dreamed up extravagant orgies of capitals, highly original forms hinting at past Victorian frenzies, establishing beyond any shadow of doubt that “nothing exceeds like excess.”

Hip Hop®

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Hip Hop® Hip Hop®

Jill Pichotta captures the driving rhythms of hip hop music in the gesticulating forms of this dancing pair of typefaces, HipHop Demi and its syncopated twin, HipHop Inline.

SamSans®

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SamSans® SamSans®

John Downer designed SamSans in 1993 in reaction to Sam Berlow’s request for a casual, condensed sans.

The series, replete with alternate characters in every style, is executed in informal Downer style, vivid with the energy of the showcard vernacular.

Ornaments®

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Ornaments® Ornaments®

Village, Town and City Ornaments provide experienced users with modular sets of designs intended for use in building type flowers, ornaments, and connecting borders.

Alhambra®

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Alhambra® Alhambra®

In Alhambra, Richard Lipton attacks the static repetition normally found in lines of typographic capitals by offering the inventive typographer a lavish choice of alternative letterforms. They are particularly useful when doubles occur.

Shimano®

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Shimano® Shimano®

This sharp-edged, industrial design from the hand of Richard Lipton was initially inspired by the logotype of the Shimano bicycle company.

Shimano Square and Shimano Round are each drawn in four styles, light & black for wide & narrow widths.

Productus®

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Productus® Productus®

At the turn of the millennium, Petr van Blokland conceived Productus as the humanist sanserif companion to his prizewinning oldstyle Proforma.

Petr has shaped the pair as an ideal vehicle for distinguished corporate design, capable of styling all conceivable corporate documents. Small sizes of text read outstandingly well in either type.

Asphalt®

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Asphalt® Asphalt®

Who hasn't admired the energy of Antique Olive Nord?

All other ultrabolds seem sluggish in comparison. Nord exudes Excoffon's animation and Gallic impatience with the rules.

Turnip

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Turnip Turnip

Where classic serif faces are urbane and well-mannered, Turnip is coarse and down-to-earth — the kind of type that feels completely at home with salty language. David Jonathan Ross crafted an energetic tension between Turnip’s inner and outer shapes to give it vigor, while strong strokes and sturdy serifs yield dense paragraphs with a horizontal emphasis.

Hoffmann®

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Hoffmann® Hoffmann®

Richard Lipton designed the Hoffmann family from letters drawn and then cut out of paper as free-standing forms by contemporary Michigan lettering artist Lothar Hoffmann.

Spira®

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Spira® Spira®

Calligraphers of the Italian Renaissance adapted ancient models to create “italic” and “roman”, a consciously dramatic departure from standard Church Gothic.

Punchcutters followed calligraphy until the French court adopted the formality of Aldus & Griffo’s Aldine Bembo model.

Rocket®

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Rocket® Rocket®

At last, an ultra-atomic connected script for the new millennium, brought to us from the fifties by Leslie Cabarga.

He based this cool font on logos from the second wave of the all-American diner, bands of stainless steel and glass spreading across the land at war’s end.

Poster Black®

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Poster Black® Poster Black®

Poster Black revives the vivacity and freedom of the lettering artists of the thirties and forties. Their cheerful irreverence survives in photos from the period, the occasional surviving poster, and in manuals like the Speedball Text Books, guides for the letterer published by the Hunt Pen Company.

Elmhurst®

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Elmhurst® Elmhurst®

In 1994, Christopher Slye decided to design Elmhurst as the best way to learn something about type.“I thought that a typeface intended for continuous text would be the most challenging to design,” he recalls, “I assumed it would offer the best learning experience.”

Alix FB

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Alix FB Alix FB

With a vintage Selectric typewriter as his muse, Matthew Butterick set out to make a monospaced font that preserved the liveliness and comfortable readability of a proportional design. FB Alix was inspired by IBM’s Prestige, a ’50s stalwart, but features true cursive italics, not sloped variants.

Cheltenham FB®

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Cheltenham FB® Cheltenham FB®

The design of Cheltenham, believed to be the first original type contracted to Linotype, began in Boston in 1900. Ingalls Kimball sketched the basic weight while architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue completed drawings in 1901.

Morris Fuller Benton finished the ATF version in 1902, beating Mergenthaler by two years.

Citadel®

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Citadel® Citadel®

Weak ovals replace powerful circular forms in the condensed form of most geometric slab serifs.

BadTyp®

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BadTyp® BadTyp®

Lettering artist and graphic designer Leslie Cabarga has been charmed all his life with the eccentricities in amateur lettering, especially those found in logos and sign painting.

Zócalo Text™

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Zócalo Text™ Zócalo Text™

Eduardo Danilo’s dramatic redesign of El Universal, a leading Mexico City daily, introduced Cyrus Highsmith’s Zócalo.

The original text, and display series was tuned for distinct character frequency and repetition when set in Spanish.

Zócalo Display™

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Zócalo Display™ Zócalo Display™

Eduardo Danilo’s dramatic redesign of El Universal, a leading Mexico City daily, introduced Cyrus Highsmith’s Zócalo.

The original text, and display series was tuned for distinct character frequency and repetition when set in Spanish.

Munich®

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Munich® Munich®

After preparing the Bremen font family in three weights of cap and small cap combinations, Richard Lipton found himself fascinated by the richness of the implications in Ludwig Holwein’s original letterforms, themselves among the most vital of 1922 designs.

Kniff®

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Kniff® Kniff®

Kniff was designed and digitized by Emo Risaliti, distinguished Italian graphic designer, as a Font Bureau commission. He drew on extreme geometric styles of the nineteen-thirties to produce an Art Deco triumph, an ultimate in compact slabserif display.

Shogun®

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Shogun® Shogun®

Richard Lipton designed Shogun as a six-part headline series, three weights in regular and extended widths.

He began with a few almost oriental characters from a striking contemporary logotype designed by Los Angeles graphic designer, Margo Chase.

Minah®

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Minah® Minah®

Jacqueline Sakwa displays a taste for adventurous combinations. She introduces calligraphic variation on conventional forms and combines them with professional finesse. The exceptional clarity of Minah’s broad letterforms and small x-height open new opportunities.

Comrade®

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Comrade® Comrade®

Comrade is based on a postcard handlettered in 1923 by Antwerp artist Josef Peeters.

Jim Parkinson liked the design and expanded it into a family offering one weight in three widths. Simulating irregularities of type made by hand, letterforms vary from style to style and by typing upper and lowercase.

Meyer Two®

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Meyer Two® Meyer Two®

Meyer Two captures the early Hollywood flavor and nostalgia of silent film intertitles.

Numskill®

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Numskill® Numskill®

The oriental principles of this distinctive display face were originated by David Berlow in a simple western sanserif designed to harmonize with Kanji letterforms in Japan and the Far East.

Berlow stressed the more unorthodox strokes to produce a font that brings Eastern design and flavor to the Western world.

Herald Gothic®

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Herald Gothic® Herald Gothic®

The incisive appearance of the economical Herald Gothic headline is given by the bevelled corners to the characters, a practice common in the eighteen-seventies for news heads.

This font family is based upon a single condensed ATF sanserif from the period.

Brok®

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Brok® Brok®

Brok appeared in 1925 as powerful characters in a magnificent portrait poster cut in wood by Chris Lebeau for the Willem Brok Gallery in Hilversum, Holland.

Brok works its figure-ground magic when negative leading reduces the white stripes that separate lines to the slender size of those that separate letters, bringing out the dark and blocky shapes.

Aardvark®

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Aardvark® Aardvark®

Aardvark: Africaans, “earthpork” or “groundpig,” anteater.

In 1991, John Benson designed Aardvark “as an eye-catching letter to evoke the look of African tribal designwork, Franklin Gothic Condensed, perhaps, seen through the eyes of a Nigerian weaver.”

Epitaph®

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Epitaph® Epitaph®

Drawn at the close of the nineteenth century at the Boston branch of American Type Founders, Epitaph was modeled on a graceful Art Nouveau letterform that was bringing a new vitality to gravestone inscriptions at the time.

Caslon FB®

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Caslon FB® Caslon FB®

Our familiar Caslon Bold headletters were invented around the turn of the twentieth century in the United States and were only loosely based on William Caslon’s romans.

Skyline™

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Skyline™ Skyline™

Skyline was commissioned from Font Bureau by Condé Nast specifically as headletter for Traveler magazine. This strongly personal work of Imre Reiner from 1929 and 1934 was known in Europe as Corvinus.

Parkinson®

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Parkinson® Parkinson®

A display family originally designed during the mid-seventies by Jim Parkinson for Roger Black at a growing Rock & Roll magazine.

Jim sees it as ‘a combination between the original logo by San Francisco poster artist Rick Griffin and ATF Jenson,’ remembering it fondly as ‘a sort of Nicholas Jenson on acid.’

Narcissus®

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Narcissus® Narcissus®

In 1921, Walter Tiemann designed Narcissus for Klingspor after a suave set of ornamental inline capitals first cut by Simon Pierre Fournier about 1745.

In 1925, Mergenthaler Linotype reproduced Tiemann’s type, calling it Narciss. The elegance of Fournier’s Louis XVI design created a vogue in late eighteenth-century Paris; Narciss and Narcissus sparked a revival in the twenties.

Bodoni FB®

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Bodoni FB® Bodoni FB®

Working at American Type Founders from a Bruce Foundry recutting, Morris Fuller Benton worked out the dramatics of the English Fat Face, and in 1928 produced Ultra Bodoni, a headline spectacular.

Interstate Pi®

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Interstate Pi® Interstate Pi®

These four pi fonts contain the basic set of highway signs, with their symbols, to properly support literal use of the Interstate family. Auxiliary solid forms allow for rendering in color, as well as black and white.

Serge

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Serge Serge

Cyrus Highsmith is known for his all-around workhorse families like Antenna, Benton Sans, and Salvo Serif and Salvo Sans, but sometimes he lets loose the reins and raises a show pony. Serge is just that: a frisky, acrobatic face that dashes off decorative blurbs, signs, and headlines with a lively, angular zest.

Showcard Moderne®

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Showcard Moderne® Showcard Moderne®

Early in the 20th century, American commercial lettering took on a new vitality, paralleling the formalities of typography while embellishing and sometimes mocking them.

The bible of this trade is probably William Hugh Gordon's Lettering for Commercial Purposes, Cincinnati, 1918.

Mesa®

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Mesa® Mesa®

Warm & casual, Mesa exudes a youthful energy through the varied and informal rhythms found only among the best of informal scripts.

Barcode®

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Barcode® Barcode®

The five-part Barcode series offers an ultra condensed design where successive styles are all the same weight, an experiment for the type designer and user in character interaction as the form of the typeface is varied by style and/or size.

Nutcracker®

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Nutcracker® Nutcracker®

A typeface for ornate and festive display, Nutcracker, Font Bureau’s Christmas typeface, is based on a fanciful calligraphic titling designed by lettering artist Richard Lipton for the adventurous Boston publisher David Godine, who used it to highlight the cover of a Christmas cut-out book on the ballet.

Reactor FB®

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Reactor FB® Reactor FB®

First drawn in 1993 by Tobias Frere-Jones for Neville Brody’s Fuse magazine, FB Reactor combines abraded forms with Tesla’s theory of destruction through accumulating rhythmic points of noise.

Savanna Script

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Savanna Script Savanna Script

Richard Lipton is a master of the calligraphic script, transforming the elegance of pen-on-paper into beautiful, functional fonts.

For Savanna Script, he channeled Friedrich Neugebauer and Martin Wilke, modern calligraphers whose square-edged pen updated 16th-century styles.

Prensa Display®

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Prensa Display® Prensa Display®

Cyrus Highsmith designed Prensa Display to accompany his popular Prensa. The family shares a distinctive tension within the forms, achieved through a process of wrapping outside curves around the inside, a technique inspired by the work of W. A. Dwiggins. Expanded to include additional widths, Prensa Display features refined details and more compact proportions for really packing in powerful headlines.

Bremen®

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Bremen® Bremen®

In the nineteen-twenties and early thirties, all forms of display typography flourished in Europe, and nowhere more than in Germany and Austria.

German poster design set a high creative standard, stimulating design of a marvelous group of sinuous and sparkling display letterforms.

Fobia®

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Fobia® Fobia®

Fonts that ‘break all the rules’ can be used for all manner of lively display.

Daryl Roske drew this single style, his first typeface, for Font Bureau by hand and, with the complexity of his letterforms, challenged outline font technology. In Roske’s words:

Reiner Script®

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Reiner Script® Reiner Script®

Loose and angular, this typeface was originally designed by Imre Reiner for the Amsterdam Typefoundry in 1951.

Attracted by its free-form structure and unique texture, Tobias Frere-Jones revived the original design from handset proofs in 1993 and designed a new boldface to accompany it.

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