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Neil Summerour

Neil Summerour is a type designer, lettering artist, calligrapher and designer based in Georgia, USA with one foot in Takamatsu, Japan. After graduating from The University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art with a BFA in Graphic Design, he soon found himself opening his own studio to deal with the flow of freelance work. This evolved into a 10-year dance in the design, web and advertising world allowing him to work with clients large and small—each time producing and developing unique creative solutions. His desire to not do the 'same-old, same-old' continues today. During this time, Neil opened his personal type foundry, Positype, in 2000 to feed his ever-growing desire for type design (something of which, oddly, he considered a hobby to keep him busy late at night). He later co-founded TypeTrust (2002) with Silas Dilworth as his addiction to type and lettering grew. All the while, Neil has continued his commitment to education and fostering young talent as an adjunct art professor at The University of Georgia in graphic design and teaching graphic design at the Governor’s School for the Arts. His work spans across media types and centers on problem solving and communicating graphically (with an obvious emphasis on type and lettering)—and it’s this balance of educator, designer, and entrepreneur that allows him to bring a unique and practical insight to solving a client’s communication needs, regardless of the medium.

Neil finally realized a long-standing dream by finally admitting his addiction to type and lettering design, ‘broke the surly bonds of earth’, by admitting that type design was not a hobby. As a result, he has begun to commit fully his time and creative energies to type design, calligraphy and the lettering arts—while enjoying being a dad and a husband.

As a typeface designer, he has published over 60 typeface families (that’s over 500 fonts) and produced numerous custom typefaces for clients worldwide. You cannot watch TV, go online, or shop in your local grocery store without possibly seeing one of his fonts being used. Neil’s fonts are released through such well-known distributors like TypeTrust, MyFonts, Veer, Fontshop, T26, and YouWorkForThem.

He has won the Type Directors Club Certificate of Excellence in Type Design in 2010 and 2011 for Fugu and Nori, respectively.

In-depth interview

MyFonts Creative Characters: Neil Summerour (January 2010)

Personal details

  • From: United States of America
  • Born: Azores, Terciera, Portugal, 1972
  • What he does: Type Design

72 font families by Neil Summerour

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Kurosawa Hand

by T-26
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12 fonts from $119.00
Kurosawa Hand Kurosawa Hand

Kurosawa Serif

by T-26
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12 fonts from $119.00
Kurosawa Serif Kurosawa Serif

Halogen Slab™

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14 fonts from $29.00
Halogen Slab™ Halogen Slab™

When I released Halogen, I asked ‘Who doesn't want or need an expansive contemporary extended sans that has a sense of style and swagger… what if it had a lowercase, small caps and various numeral options… how could you say no?’ Go, click on the Halogen link and read on, if you're interested. Halogen was well-received, so I decided to take it further with Halogen Slab (the name kinda tips you off as to what kind of typeface it is, don't ya think?). As always, I prefer not to take short cuts and provide an anemic offering of glyphs — a modern typeface offered today must provide more than just the basics and this one does — lowercase, smallcaps, old style numerals, tabular forms, stylistic and titling alternates, fractions, case-sensitive features, and even an alternate uppercase ordinal set is included. Now go make cool print and digital things with it, and share them with me.

Halogen Flare™

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14 fonts from $29.00
Halogen Flare™ Halogen Flare™

When I released Halogen, I asked ‘Who doesn't want or need an expansive contemporary extended sans that has a sense of style and swagger… what if it had a lowercase, small caps and various numeral options… how could you say no?’ Go, click on the Halogen link and read on, if you're interested. Halogen was well-received, so I decided to take it further with Halogen Flare (the name kinda tips you off as to what kind of typeface it is, don't ya think?). As always, I prefer not to take short cuts and provide an anemic offering of glyphs — a modern typeface offered today must provide more than just the basics and this one does — lowercase, smallcaps, old style numerals, tabular forms, stylistic and titling alternates, fractions, case-sensitive features, and even an alternate uppercase ordinal set is included. Now, go make cool print and digital things with it.

Filmotype Dancer™

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1 font from $29.00
Filmotype Dancer™ Filmotype Dancer™

Claustrum

by T-26
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5 fonts from $59.00
Claustrum Claustrum

Anarcharsis

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7 fonts from $20.00
Anarcharsis Anarcharsis

Ether Connected

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4 fonts from $25.00
Ether Connected Ether Connected

Ether

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4 fonts from $25.00
Ether Ether

Kurosawa Japanese

by T-26
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4 fonts from $119.00
Kurosawa Japanese Kurosawa Japanese

Iru 2

by T-26
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5 fonts from $59.00
Iru 2 Iru 2

Kurosawa Bastard

by T-26
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1 font from $19.00
Kurosawa Bastard Kurosawa Bastard

Kurosawa Sans

by T-26
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12 fonts from $119.00
Kurosawa Sans Kurosawa Sans

Altar

by T-26
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8 fonts from $69.00
Altar Altar

Delphi

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4 fonts from $22.00
Delphi Delphi

Friendly™

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2 fonts from $29.00
Friendly™ Friendly™

Friendly is an homage to Morris Fuller Benton’s adorable Announcement typeface. It is not a strict interpretation, digital revival or reverent reproduction of the original letterforms… but I would be remiss and shady to not acknowledge the letterforms that inspired this typeface. If you are looking for a more accurate ‘scanned revival’ I would recommend searching “Announcement” on MyFonts. As stated earlier, it is an homage to the original letterforms of the typeface but takes a great bit of freedom tightening the construction up in order to loosen up the movement of the variant letterforms to allow a great deal of usable personality. I enjoy stating this dichotomy… “loosen up to tighten up the forms” and vice versa. It seems counterintuitive or silly but by allowing the letterforms to normalize, I felt more comfortable going back and adding rather indulgent personality. Infused with stylistic alternates, swashes, titling, many many contextual alternates, 9 stylistic sets and 2 stylistic sets with wordmarks, the typeface became far more ‘friendly’ for me… how could it not? With so many loops, swashes and typographic indulgences, it was bound to be fun.

Dumpling™

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Dumpling™ Dumpling™

To get right to the point, Dumpling was drawn, digitized and mastered by an 18-year old over a semester-long Senior Concentration in Graphic Design at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. Seriously, think about that! What were you doing when you were a senior in high school? I watched this unfold as her teacher, guiding where I needed to, encouraging when necessary, but ultimately putting her through a ridiculously tedious, painful and compressed process. She did not falter, she did not complain, she worked.

REM Tourfont™

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REM Tourfont™ REM Tourfont™

Michael Stipe and Chris Bilheimer have been creating all of the art and design for R.E.M. together for 15 years. Their work together has garnered 3 Grammy nominations for Best Package Design and sold more than 15 million copies world-wide. Both attended the fine arts program at the University of Georgia. Michael Stipe, singer and lyricist, formed R.E.M. in 1980. Bilheimer began working with the band in 1994. While continuing to sing with R.E.M., Stipe is also an avid photographer and film producer. Bilheimer continues to work in the music industry, art directing bands such as Green Day and Weezer.

REM Accelerate™

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REM Accelerate™ REM Accelerate™

REM Orange™

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1 font from $15.00
REM Orange™ REM Orange™

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Truss Truss

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Kryptk Flash Kryptk Flash

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