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Mark Simonson

Mark Simonson has been thinking about letters and drawing letters for as long as he can remember. Not so much as building blocks of language, but for the particular and peculiar forms they take on in the physical world.

The idea of making fonts started when he was studying graphic design in college in the mid-seventies when he became aware of type design as a thing one could do. He practiced and dreamed about type design for years while working as a magazine art director or designing packaging and brochures.

Making fonts wasn’t a full-time job for Mark until he was well into in his forties. He likes to think that the years he spent as a designer using fonts gives him an appreciation for what designers look for in a font. It also taught him that fonts are tools for making things, not ends in themselves. His attitude about licensing reflects this, so you won’t find restrictions in his license for things like using his fonts in logos or on t-shirts.

Mark released his first font, Felt Tip Roman, in 1992, and began selling his fonts on MyFonts in 2001. Since then, his one-man foundry has seen great success with well-known, best-selling fonts like Proxima Nova, Mostra Nuova, and Coquette.

Mark feels lucky to be making a living doing something that was at one time only a pipe dream.

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  • Location:
    Mark Simonson Studio
    1496 Raymond Ave
    St. Paul, MN 55108
    United States of America
    phone: 1 651 649 0553
    fax: 1 651 659 0616
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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
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Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
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Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!
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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.
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TV folk buy ex-Prez John Quincy Adams’ wig.
Mostra Nuova™ Mostra Nuova™
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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.
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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
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Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.
Grad Grad

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Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.
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Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.
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The jukebox music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.
Coquette™ Coquette™
Coquette™ Coquette™
Coquette™ Coquette™
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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
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Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags w/ Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield’s ear.
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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.
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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
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Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
Lakeside Lakeside
Lakeside Lakeside
Lakeside Lakeside

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
Felt Tip Woman™ Felt Tip Woman™
Felt Tip Woman™ Felt Tip Woman™
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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.
Snicker Snicker
Snicker Snicker

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers.

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All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.
Sharktooth™ Sharktooth™
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Sharktooth™ Sharktooth™

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Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
Felt Tip Senior™ Felt Tip Senior™
Felt Tip Senior™ Felt Tip Senior™

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Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.
Anonymous Anonymous

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Fax back Jim’s Gwyneth Paltrow video quiz.