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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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Platthand

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Platthand Platthand

Elphinstone

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Elphinstone Elphinstone

Swithin

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Swithin Swithin

Decoration

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Decoration Decoration

Del Norte

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Del Norte Del Norte

Brandegoris

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Brandegoris Brandegoris

Bentham

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Bentham Bentham

Arakne

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Arakne Arakne

Ulianov

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Ulianov Ulianov

Carissimi

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Carissimi Carissimi

Holiday Borders

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Holiday Borders Holiday Borders

Talleyrand

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Talleyrand Talleyrand

Procopius

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Procopius Procopius

Perdido

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Perdido Perdido

Cymbeline

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Cymbeline Cymbeline

Morris Black Letter

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Morris Black Letter Morris Black Letter

Rousseau

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Rousseau Rousseau

Roughwork

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Roughwork Roughwork

Aneirin

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Aneirin Aneirin

Yngling

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Yngling Yngling

Evadare

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Evadare Evadare

Albrecht Durer Gothic

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Albrecht Durer Gothic Albrecht Durer Gothic

Gaheris

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Gaheris Gaheris

Allencon

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Allencon Allencon

Pullman

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Pullman Pullman

Stuttgart Gothic

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Stuttgart Gothic Stuttgart Gothic

Corabael

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Corabael Corabael

Ardenwood

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Ardenwood Ardenwood

Paleos

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Paleos Paleos

Knotwork

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Knotwork Knotwork

Halloweenies

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Halloweenies Halloweenies

Surtur

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Surtur Surtur

Bestiary

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Bestiary Bestiary

Futhark

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Futhark Futhark

Zothique

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Zothique Zothique

Textura Quadrata

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Textura Quadrata Textura Quadrata

Bucephalus

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Bucephalus Bucephalus

Hadrianus

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Hadrianus Hadrianus

Nosegrind

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Nosegrind Nosegrind

Teyrnon

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Teyrnon Teyrnon

Okrana

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Okrana Okrana

Novgorod

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Novgorod Novgorod

Sprite

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Sprite Sprite

Pyle Initials I

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Pyle Initials I Pyle Initials I

Lindisfarne

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Lindisfarne Lindisfarne

Irzuley

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Irzuley Irzuley

Publius

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Publius Publius

Cadmus

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Cadmus Cadmus

Burghers

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Burghers Burghers

Goblins

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Goblins Goblins

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