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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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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

Vidilex

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Vidilex Vidilex

Ornamental Borders

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Ornamental Borders Ornamental Borders

Tancred

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Tancred Tancred

Suchow

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Suchow Suchow

Hanes Italic

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Hanes Italic Hanes Italic

Flaubert

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Flaubert Flaubert

Phoenician

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Phoenician Phoenician

Silvus

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Silvus Silvus

Palmieri

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Palmieri Palmieri

Serendib

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Serendib Serendib

Mesoglyphs

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Mesoglyphs Mesoglyphs

Ruffian

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Ruffian Ruffian

Mazarin

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Mazarin Mazarin

Baroque

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Baroque Baroque

Del Norte

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Del Norte Del Norte

Lachesis

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Lachesis Lachesis

Disraeli

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Disraeli Disraeli

Cincinnatus

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Cincinnatus Cincinnatus

Centurion

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Centurion Centurion

Malachim

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Malachim Malachim

Alt Gothic

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Alt Gothic Alt Gothic

Sheriden

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Sheriden Sheriden

Big Iron

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Big Iron Big Iron

Rochambeau

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Rochambeau Rochambeau

Bastion

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Bastion Bastion

Holiday Borders

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Holiday Borders Holiday Borders

Mayhem

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Mayhem Mayhem

Durendal

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Durendal Durendal

Alba

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Alba Alba

Cicero

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Cicero Cicero

Corabael

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Corabael Corabael

Vafthrudnir

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Vafthrudnir Vafthrudnir

Divona

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Divona Divona

Semiramis

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Semiramis Semiramis

Onuava

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Onuava Onuava

Tuscarora

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Tuscarora Tuscarora

Butterfield

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Butterfield Butterfield

Altenburg

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Altenburg Altenburg

Indu Xtrial

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Indu Xtrial Indu Xtrial

Mariner

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Mariner Mariner

Veronique

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Veronique Veronique

Satampra

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Satampra Satampra

Boetia

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Boetia Boetia

Belgravia

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Belgravia Belgravia

Zauberer

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Zauberer Zauberer

Sylphide

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Sylphide Sylphide

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