FontMesa of Naperville, Illinois, USA was founded in 2000 by photographer and type designer Michael Hagemann. FontMesa specializes in the heart-warming styles of the old west and fonts for sign lettering. Some fonts are classic Italian (Tuscan) and French revivals while others were created from a small sample of letters found on old documents never intended to be a complete font.
We really like that Michael has added lower-case letters in many cases, even when the original font had none, such as Rodeo Clown. Many others offer multiple fonts intended to be used in colored layers, like the wonderful Maverick’s Luck. FontMesa continues to research and find long-lost type from the 1800s, then revive them painstakingly (no automatic scans) into the digital world where they will never be forgotten.
This is a splendid collection of 73 styles grouped into 28 families, several of which have been racing up our best-seller lists. With fonts starting at $12, it’s easy to see why!
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LetterBe of Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia is the foundry of Rustam Gabbasov. Booster, a characterful sans for text setting, was developed taking into account the special features of the Cyrillic characters. It includes Latin letters too for mixed settings. Attention was paid to two simple things: letterspace and ascenders. Since the Cyrillic alphabet has few ascenders, it’s possible to boost the x-height considerably during the design thus allowing the Cyrillic to be more legible. Furthermore, Cyrillic benefits from generous letterspacing so the font family (regular and bold) exists in generous and tight letterspace versions. LetterBe also offers a wide stencil font, Truefaret. Priced from $17.
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Behaviour is from Bangkok, Thailand, a typography-infused design studio founded in 1996 by Anuthin Wongsunkakon and Nirut Krusuansombat. It is one of the country’s leading studios. Many of Anuthin’s fonts are with the T-26 and Psy-Ops foundries. The foundry has been recognized for excellence in typography by the Type Directors Club of New York.
Special collection available only at MyFonts: Labelo Varsity is a chunky, outlined geometric font: just horizontals, verticals and 45-degree diagonals; Board Deluxe is inspired by LCD lettering, but its italic shows real flair. Prices from $19.
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Wooden Type Fonts showcases the designs of Jordan Davies. Based in South Hero, Vermont, Jordan is a graphic designer who just loves the history of type design. His focus is American wood type, with revivals of the 19th century work of one of the masters, William Hamilton Page. In “real” printing, wood type was reserved for the very biggest, poster-size type, and that’s where we’d recommend use of these fonts today. We love the lack of restraint shown in Antique Six (did someone say there’s a limit on boldness?) and the compact, angular Rubens. The 18 styles start at just $10.
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Quiet Designs Inc. is Ron Dunant’s studio in Grass Valley, California, started in 1992. Ron is also a computer engineer, but when he had an architectural drawing project he lacked an appropriate font. So Architect Small Block was born, intended for architect, blueprint and drawing use. “The font resembles a cross between Comic Sans and VAG,” he says, so it works casually too. Price $20.
Simeon out West, from Englewood, Colorado, USA, is the label under which Brett T. Johnson releases his fonts. The 26 styles (in 9 families) are almost all inspired by the calligraphy in medieval Eastern Orthodox manuscripts. These fonts show a very distinctive aesthetic. “I hope they bring you as much pleasure as they do me,” says Brett.
We thought Pravoslavnie (“the prize of the collection”) and Alexandria (inspired by a brush script from Egypt’s Hellenic period) were especially worthy of note. Fonts $20 each.
Simeon out West fonts are 30% off for 4 weeks!
is run by Mick Sylvestre from New Westminster, BC, Canada. His two families are Cardinal and Scriptura. Fonts from $20.
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newlyn.com is the title for Miles Newlyn’s studio projects. Miles lives and works in London, creating typographic identities for the world’s most forward thinking
organizations. You may also have heard of Miles from his avant-garde typeface designs for Emigre and David Carson.
Now appearing under his own name, he brings us three families of type, experiments too tasty for those conservative corporates. With Ferox, a sensous, voluptuous blackletter, he continues a mission to re-assess the cultural potential of this style – read the interview by Claudio Piccinini for an in-depth look. Luvbug is “fused, flattened, outlined and individualized, then inflated and turbo pimped, a flagship for happiness and optimism”. Becker replicates the style of text on the techno gadgets found in our homes and cars.
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Just in Type is the foundry of the energetic de Marco brothers Tony and Caio from Sao Paulo, Brazil. They are recent winners of Linotype’s design contest. Their typefaces “have movement of the samba, the Carnival’s sensuality and soccer’s precision.”
Their initial font with us is Drop_it, by the brothers and Marcelo De Nadai. It is a redesign of letters originally intended to be recognized by computers using OCR (optical character recognition). Strangely, human beings fell in love with the stylistic inconsistencies of these fonts made for machines. The accompanying dingbats font follows the the same theme and can be used side by side. Besides some standard symbols, it presents some images from rave culture. The fonts are $18 each.
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Fontmill Foundry is part of Studio Liddell Graphic Design which is based in Manchester, England, and offers the fonts of David Lawless. The studio has produced other interesting design work, including the stadium signage Manchester United Football Club (despite David being a lifelong Liverpool fan!).
Suredog is a narrow sans, designed with an appealing economy of line. Train is based on the LCD lettering on the front of trains. ABC and Loop would be ideal for techno posters and album covers. 22 fonts, starting at just $10.
Fontmill fonts are 50% off for 4 weeks!
Characters is the foundry of René Verkaart, based in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He’s been making his own typefaces since 1995, and co-founded Stoere Binken Design, a graphic design studio. “Characters gives people the means by which they can express themselves. Whether they are happy or sad, angry or in love,” he says. People now express their state of mind, their intentions, by font choice instead of handwriting.
Need to express power, dynamism, the future? Then one new font from Characters storms ahead of all others: Accelerator. Need to design with a stark, no-nonsense aesthetic? Then try out Shell Shock, which, René tells us, “was inspired by stencil typefaces used on military tanks and ammunition boxes.” The fonts are $35 each. More fonts are on their way very soon!
Characters fonts are 30% off for 4 weeks!
Apply Interactive of Hamburg, Germany specializes in software engineering for fonts. The company has much experience in font modification, optimization of fonts for the screen, expert conversions from one format to another, recently moving to production of the new cross-platform OpenType fonts.
Now the Apply Interactive team of Uwe Führmann and Sigrid Claessens are working with Elsner+Flake to offer some interesting stencil and rough-edged fonts. We particularly like Arston Stencil and La Pina Stencil. A total of 40 fonts, starting at $30.
DNC (D-Net Communications) of Hommersaak, Norway is the foundry of Oladele Olawole. The main focus, he says, is “to concentrate on the development of rare and technical fonts”. He offers a font of yuletide images, Christmas, and a handy font for the handyman: Tech Tools. Fonts from $22.
Shaun C. Kennedy of E-Lie Kelso, WA, USA offers us a single font by Shaun himself and Jon Lincicum. E-Lie, $14.99, is based on the logo of a Portland band.
Shaun C. Kennedy fonts are 30% off for 4 weeks!