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Jim Parkinson

Jim Parkinson is the founder and sole employee at Parkinson Type Design.

Jim was one of the designers who worked on ITC Bodoni, along with Sumner Stone, Holly Goldsmith and Janet Prescott Fishman.

He designed Parkinson Electra for Monotype and has done a number of custom fonts for magazines and newspapers. In addition to his custom font work, Jim has designed dozens of retail fonts. Some of these designs are exclusives for Adobe, Monotype, FontShop, and The Font Bureau. The rest are released through Parkinson Type Design.

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MyFonts Creative Characters: Jim Parkinson (April 2008)

52 font families by Jim Parkinson

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Modesto

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10 fonts from $25.00
Modesto Modesto

Parkinson®

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10 fonts from $40.00
Parkinson® Parkinson®

A display family originally designed during the mid-seventies by Jim Parkinson for Roger Black at a growing Rock & Roll magazine.

Jim sees it as ‘a combination between the original logo by San Francisco poster artist Rick Griffin and ATF Jenson,’ remembering it fondly as ‘a sort of Nicholas Jenson on acid.’

Sutro Shaded™

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6 fonts from $10.00
Sutro Shaded™ Sutro Shaded™

Sutro Deluxe

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5 fonts from $10.00
Sutro Deluxe Sutro Deluxe

Modesto Open

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5 fonts from $10.00
Modesto Open Modesto Open

Dreamland™

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3 fonts from $29.00
Dreamland™ Dreamland™

Modesto Text

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6 fonts from $25.00
Modesto Text Modesto Text

The Modesto Text Family is text in name only. It’s called Text because it has a Lower Case, and also to distinguish it from the rest of the Modesto clan.

Modesto Initials

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2 fonts from $10.00
Modesto Initials Modesto Initials

Pueblo™

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2 fonts from $54.00
Pueblo™ Pueblo™

Jimbo®

by Adobe
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9 fonts from $29.00
Jimbo® Jimbo®

Cabazon

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1 font from $30.00
Cabazon Cabazon

Mojo®

by Adobe
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1 font from $29.00
Mojo® Mojo®

Amador

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1 font from $25.00
Amador Amador

Balboa

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6 fonts from $20.00
Balboa Balboa

Showcard Gothic®

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1 font from $40.00
Showcard Gothic® Showcard Gothic®

Generica Condensed

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6 fonts from $54.00
Generica Condensed Generica Condensed

Sutro™

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13 fonts from $25.00
Sutro™ Sutro™

Fresno

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1 font from $20.00
Fresno Fresno

El Grande®

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1 font from $40.00
El Grande® El Grande®

You have seen El Grande in mid-century comic books, used wherever simple, black-and-white ideas had to be driven hard, all the way home.

The design was adopted by American grocery stores, by supermarkets, by catalogues, and by all who required a winner in the presentation shouting match.

ITC Roswell™

by ITC
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9 fonts from $29.00
ITC Roswell™ ITC Roswell™

Hotel

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2 fonts from $20.00
Hotel Hotel

An inline gothic display font based in mid-twentieth century showcard and signpainting styles. All caps with some alternates in lower case keyboard positions.

Montara®

by Adobe
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5 fonts from $29.00
Montara® Montara®

Commerce Gothic™

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1 font from $54.00
Commerce Gothic™ Commerce Gothic™

Amboy

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1 font from $20.00
Amboy Amboy

Industrial Gothic™

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3 fonts from $29.00
Industrial Gothic™ Industrial Gothic™

Avebury

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2 fonts from $25.00
Avebury Avebury

An ultra black blackletter, Avebury Black and Avebury Inline were inspired by an early blackletter from the Caslon Foundry. Early blackletters from the Bruce Type Foundry are also reflected in this slightly modernized and more readable typeface. Caution. For display only.

Balboa Shaded

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2 fonts from $20.00
Balboa Shaded Balboa Shaded

Originally released as a Type 1 font, Balboa Shaded was refreshed (version2) and re-released as simple Open Type in 2013.

Balboa is a contemporary display design. It draws elements and details from 19th-century British san serifs.

Hoosier Daddy

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1 font from $20.00
Hoosier Daddy Hoosier Daddy

Parkinson Electra®

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12 fonts from $54.00
Parkinson Electra® Parkinson Electra®

Chuck

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1 font from $20.00
Chuck Chuck

Diablo

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3 fonts from $54.00
Diablo Diablo

Bonita™

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1 font from $54.00
Bonita™ Bonita™

Comrade®

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3 fonts from $40.00
Comrade® Comrade®

Comrade is based on a postcard handlettered in 1923 by Antwerp artist Josef Peeters.

Jim Parkinson liked the design and expanded it into a family offering one weight in three widths. Simulating irregularities of type made by hand, letterforms vary from style to style and by typing upper and lowercase.

Meatball

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Meatball Meatball

Meatball is a fat and happy display font based on some lettering on a mid-20th century poster for the movie Bringing Up Baby. The lettering for the names of the stars, AudryHepburn, Cary Grant and Charles Ruggles, was the basis for Meatball. The sample was all caps and as it evolved, a lower case started to appear, etc.

Fancy Stuff

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1 font from $29.00
Fancy Stuff Fancy Stuff

FF Catch Words™

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2 fonts from $55.00
FF Catch Words™ FF Catch Words™

American type designer Jim Parkinson created this display FontFont in 1996.

The family contains 2 weights and is ideally suited for advertising and packaging, film and tv, editorial and publishing as well as poster and billboards.

It comes with proportional lining and proportional oldstyle figures.

FF Matinee Gothic™

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1 font from $55.00
FF Matinee Gothic™ FF Matinee Gothic™

American type designer Jim Parkinson created this display FontFont in 1996.

The font is ideally suited for advertising and packaging, festive occasions, film and tv as well as poster and billboards.

FF Matinee Gothic provides advanced typographical support with features such as ligatures and stylistic alternates.

FF Motel Gothic™

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1 font from $55.00
FF Motel Gothic™ FF Motel Gothic™

American type designer Jim Parkinson created this display FontFont in 1996.

The font is ideally suited for advertising and packaging, festive occasions, film and tv as well as poster and billboards.

FF Motel Gothic provides advanced typographical support with features such as ligatures and stylistic alternates.

FF GoldenGate Gothic™

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1 font from $55.00
FF GoldenGate Gothic™ FF GoldenGate Gothic™

Showcard Moderne®

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1 font from $40.00
Showcard Moderne® Showcard Moderne®

Poster Black®

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1 font from $40.00
Poster Black® Poster Black®

ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two™

by ITC
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9 fonts from $29.00
ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two™ ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two™

ITC Bodoni Twelve™

by ITC
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17 fonts from $29.00
ITC Bodoni Twelve™ ITC Bodoni Twelve™

ITC Bodoni Six™

by ITC
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17 fonts from $29.00
ITC Bodoni Six™ ITC Bodoni Six™

ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two Pro™

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4 fonts from $35.00
ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two Pro™ ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two Pro™

ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two™

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11 fonts from $29.00
ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two™ ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two™

ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two Std™

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4 fonts from $29.00
ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two Std™ ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two Std™

ITC Bodoni Twelve™

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9 fonts from $35.00
ITC Bodoni Twelve™ ITC Bodoni Twelve™

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10 fonts
Benicia Benicia

Benicia is serif typeface. It reflects my ongoing fascination with the Golden Type/ATF Jenson design genre of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Designed for display, it also works well at small sizes. It is named after a historic town in northern California.

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16 fonts
Richmond Richmond

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