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David Nalle

David Nalle is the founder of The Scriptorium and is its lead designer of original fonts and adapter of historical source material.

Dave got his start in calligraphy when he was a child, studying old manuscripts and duplicating the lettering he liked. In college he paid expenses by lettering bizarre things, including signs for fraternity parties and even pledge paddles.

His typographic education began with an apprenticeship at Applewood Books, a specialty reprint press in Boston. There he learned to set metal and wood type and took courses in Compugraphic typesetting. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, Dave pursued a career in publishing, including editing small magazines like What’s Next, Liberty and Abyss, and working in game and book design. He moved to Austin in 1982 and attended graduate school at the University of Texas, studying Medieval History, including extensive work in Paleography, Codicology and Medieval literature.

In 1991 Dave started designing fonts based on his own hand lettering from old magazine titles, hand lettered signs and maps. In 1992 he released the first of these crude but unusual designs as shareware fonts through America Online.

The enormous success of his first shareware font based on a historical typeface (Kelmscott, from Morris’ Troy font) convinced him there was a market for his typographic work, and led to the creation of the Scriptorium as a commercial outlet for his type designs. Since that time he has produced scores of completely original fonts, plus a huge selection of fonts based on historic type and unique hand lettering, creating the backbone of the Scriptorium collection.

Dave now lives in Manor, Texas, with his wife Patricia, his daughter Caroline, two dogs, a cat, a goose, and four ducks. He enjoys swimming, disc golf, and tennis and teaches the occasional college history course as well.

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455 font families by David Nalle

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Captain Kidd

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Captain Kidd Captain Kidd

Albemarle

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Albemarle Albemarle

Rossetti

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Rossetti Rossetti

Septimus

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Septimus Septimus

Stonecross

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Stonecross Stonecross

Hendrix

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Hendrix Hendrix

Scurlock

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Scurlock Scurlock

Orpheus

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Orpheus Orpheus

Hadrianus

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Hadrianus Hadrianus

Windlass

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Windlass Windlass

Dementia

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Dementia Dementia

Arrows

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Arrows Arrows

Swithin

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Swithin Swithin

Minima

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Minima Minima

Norumbega

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Norumbega Norumbega

Brandywine

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Brandywine Brandywine

Martel

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Martel Martel

Aneirin

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Aneirin Aneirin

Palmieri

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Palmieri Palmieri

Allegheny

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Allegheny Allegheny

Beaumarchais

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Beaumarchais Beaumarchais

Butterfield

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Butterfield Butterfield

Butterfield is based on poster lettering from posters for rock shows at the Fillmore in the 1960s. It is particularly influenced by the lettering of Wes Wilson, but has added features and improvements to make it more generally useful. It is one of the most effective examples of the psychedelic style.

Perdido

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Perdido Perdido

Platthand

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Platthand Platthand

Adresack

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Adresack Adresack

Gallimond

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Gallimond Gallimond

Summerisle

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Summerisle Summerisle

Caswallon

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Caswallon Caswallon

Skull & Bones

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Skull & Bones Skull & Bones

Phaeton

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Phaeton Phaeton

Mazarin

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Mazarin Mazarin

Spoonbill

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Spoonbill Spoonbill

Veve

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Veve Veve

Ligeia

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Ligeia Ligeia

Landscape-Trees

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Landscape-Trees Landscape-Trees

Caliph

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Caliph Caliph

Hesperides

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Hesperides Hesperides

Goodfellow

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Goodfellow Goodfellow

Collins Old English

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Collins Old English Collins Old English

Valdemar

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Valdemar Valdemar

Abaddon

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Abaddon Abaddon

Folkard

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Folkard Folkard

Gloriana

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Gloriana Gloriana

Gloriana is based on hand lettered titles from an old fairy tale book. The illustrator isn't credited, and we had to create and modify a lot of characters, but we preserved the interesting personality of the original lettering.

Guilford

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Guilford Guilford

Telluria

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Telluria Telluria

Marquis

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Marquis Marquis

Pantagruel

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Pantagruel Pantagruel

Futhark

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Futhark Futhark

Manegrim

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Manegrim Manegrim

Ravenna

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Ravenna Ravenna

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