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“Just do it, don’t think about what will work [in the marketplace] or what other people have done,” Nick Shinn said in his Creative Characters interview. “I just work with the tools, with the ideas that currently happen to be floating around in my head, and see what comes out.”

Born in London, England, Nick launched Shinntype in 1998 in Toronto. He started his career as an advertising art director. “After I’d moved to Canada,” he said, “I got into advertising. I thought that if you wanted to understand the modern world, you had to understand advertising, and the only way to understand it was to get inside it and become involved in doing it in a practical sense.”

Shinntype was one of the first online foundries in 1999, and continues to be a leading Canadian-owned foundry, publishing only original typefaces, all of which are designed by Nick. Dozens of font families in a wide variety of styles are offered; bestselling typefaces include Bodoni Egyptian, Brown, and Pratt Nova.

“Type design can last a long time,” Nick said. “People are still using typefaces that were designed centuries ago, or fifty years ago — they have longevity. You don’t have to make it faddish to make it useful and functional. As long as you design something that is unique and original, because the global market for fonts is so huge, and people in different countries are so different, you never know how people are going to use fonts.”

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19 font styles from $39.00
Brown Pro™ Brown Pro™
Brown Pro™ Brown Pro™
Brown Pro™ Brown Pro™
Brown Pro™ Brown Pro™
Brown Pro™ Brown Pro™

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14 font styles from $39.00
Bodoni Egyptian Pro® Bodoni Egyptian Pro®

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40 font styles from $39.00
Beaufort® Beaufort®

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Handsome™ Handsome™

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Sense® Sense®

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Duffy Script™ Duffy Script™
Duffy Script™ Duffy Script™
Duffy Script™ Duffy Script™
Duffy Script™ Duffy Script™

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Pratt Nova™ Pratt Nova™
Pratt Nova™ Pratt Nova™
Pratt Nova™ Pratt Nova™
Pratt Nova™ Pratt Nova™
Pratt Nova™ Pratt Nova™

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Nicholas™ Nicholas™

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Richler™ Richler™

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Sensibility Sensibility

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Goodchild™ Goodchild™

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Neology™ Neology™
Neology™ Neology™
Neology™ Neology™
Neology™ Neology™

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Scotch Modern™ Scotch Modern™
Scotch Modern™ Scotch Modern™
Scotch Modern™ Scotch Modern™
Scotch Modern™ Scotch Modern™
Scotch Modern™ Scotch Modern™

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Paradigm Paradigm

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Figgins Sans™ Figgins Sans™
Figgins Sans™ Figgins Sans™
Figgins Sans™ Figgins Sans™
Figgins Sans™ Figgins Sans™
Figgins Sans™ Figgins Sans™

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Worldwide™ Worldwide™

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Parity™ Parity™
Parity™ Parity™
Parity™ Parity™
Parity™ Parity™
Parity™ Parity™

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Artefact™ Artefact™

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Panoptica™ Panoptica™
Panoptica™ Panoptica™
Panoptica™ Panoptica™
Panoptica™ Panoptica™
Panoptica™ Panoptica™

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Preface™ Preface™

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Eunoia™ Eunoia™

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Walburn™ Walburn™

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Checker™ Checker™
Checker™ Checker™
Checker™ Checker™
Checker™ Checker™
Checker™ Checker™

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Paradigm Pro Paradigm Pro

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Alphaville™ Alphaville™
Alphaville™ Alphaville™
Alphaville™ Alphaville™
Alphaville™ Alphaville™
Alphaville™ Alphaville™

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Morphica™ Morphica™

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Softmachine Softmachine

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Naiad Naiad
Naiad Naiad
Naiad Naiad
Naiad Naiad
Naiad Naiad