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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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Pantagruel

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Pantagruel Pantagruel

Beynkales

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Beynkales Beynkales

Fontcraft Courier

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Fontcraft Courier Fontcraft Courier

Joyeuse

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Joyeuse Joyeuse

Perdido

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Perdido Perdido

Asrafel

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Asrafel Asrafel

Ulalume

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Ulalume Ulalume

Ligeia

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Ligeia Ligeia

Alcalde

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Alcalde Alcalde

Castiglione

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Castiglione Castiglione

Maginot

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Maginot Maginot

Blackthorn

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Blackthorn Blackthorn

Dromon

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Dromon Dromon

Bilibin

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Bilibin Bilibin

Potsdam

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Potsdam Potsdam

Dahaut

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Dahaut Dahaut

Cadmus

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Cadmus Cadmus

Butterfield

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Butterfield Butterfield

Tuscarora

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Tuscarora Tuscarora

Samedi

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Samedi Samedi

Fortress

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Fortress Fortress

Cincinnatus

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Cincinnatus Cincinnatus

Bilitis

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Bilitis Bilitis

Bentham

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Bentham Bentham

Academy

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Academy Academy

Hesperides

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Hesperides Hesperides

Morris Initials

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Morris Initials Morris Initials

Rheingold

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Rheingold Rheingold

Vafthrudnir

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Vafthrudnir Vafthrudnir

Delaguerra

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Delaguerra Delaguerra

Vaquero

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Vaquero Vaquero

Quetzal

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Quetzal Quetzal

Norumbega

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Norumbega Norumbega

Riudoso

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Riudoso Riudoso

Portia

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Portia Portia

Franconian

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Franconian Franconian

Circuit

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Circuit Circuit

Centurion

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Centurion Centurion

Asphodel

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Asphodel Asphodel

Queensland

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Queensland Queensland

Nomarch

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Nomarch Nomarch

Abdiel

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Abdiel Abdiel

Ganelon

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Ganelon Ganelon

Yngling

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Yngling Yngling

Yoshitoshi

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Yoshitoshi Yoshitoshi

Brandegoris

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Brandegoris Brandegoris

Jugend

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Jugend Jugend

Vasilisa

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Vasilisa Vasilisa

Fraticelli

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Fraticelli Fraticelli

Sualtim

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Sualtim Sualtim

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