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Nick Curtis

A graphic designer with over thirty years of experience in print, A/V, broadcast television and the Web, Nick Curtis has been passionately interested in typography ever since he discovered a type specimen book in his early teens. He credits Push Pin Studios and the Haight-Ashbury Art Nouveau revival of the 60s as other major influences. Additional fonts by Mr. Curtis include Cuppa Joe, Zinzinnati and Mister Chuckles, all published by ITC.

Nick Curtis can fix the precise moment when his love affair with typefaces began. One fateful afternoon in 1962 — the day before trash pick-up day — he was cruising the alleys in his neighborhood in East Dallas in search of tossed treasures. This particular day Curtis hit the motherlode: hundreds and hundreds of glass mosaic tiles in various shades of blue, and a big fat green binder from JCS Typographers of Dallas. Inside the binder were fonts, more than he had ever seen or knew existed. From that day on, his fate was sealed. (By the way, the tiles eventually became a tabletop.)

Curtis eventually pursued a career in graphic design: at a college, doing freelance concert poster lettering in the late 60s, at a computer company, at an audiovisual production company, at an NBC affiliate television station and at a prepress shop, along the way. All during that time, he kept his interest and fascination with fonts alive. He began his career as an electronic fontmaker in 1997 when a friend, frustrated with trying to learn Fontographer, sold Curtis his copy of the program. The first few years were a learning experience, producing a lot of fonts with admittedly “ragged edges”; but time, experience and the expert counsel of industry professionals have polished those edges. In 2000–2001, Curtis licensed several of his designs with mass-audience appeal to Agfa-Monotype, Bitstream and ITC Fonts. He is a Resident Associate of the Smithsonian Institution, a Registered Researcher with the Library of Congress, and a member of the Internet Type Designers Association.

Nick’s fonts are sold as Nick’s Fonts.

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Personal details

  • From: United States of America
  • Born: Chicago, Illinois, 1948
  • What he does: Type Design
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631 font families by Nick Curtis

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ChicaGogo NF

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ChicaGogo NF ChicaGogo NF

Route 66 NF

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Route 66 NF Route 66 NF

Saturday Morning Toast™

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Saturday Morning Toast™ Saturday Morning Toast™

Squirrely Shirley NF

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Squirrely Shirley NF Squirrely Shirley NF

Emfatick NF

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Emfatick NF Emfatick NF

Ragged Write NF

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Ragged Write NF Ragged Write NF

Eclectic Crumpany NF

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Eclectic Crumpany NF Eclectic Crumpany NF

Planscribe NF

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Planscribe NF Planscribe NF

McKenna Handletter NF

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McKenna Handletter NF McKenna Handletter NF

Joe College NF

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Joe College NF Joe College NF

Londonderry Air NF

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Londonderry Air NF Londonderry Air NF

Graphic Stylin NF

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Graphic Stylin NF Graphic Stylin NF

Seta Reta NF

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Seta Reta NF Seta Reta NF

Moonshine Script NF

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Moonshine Script NF Moonshine Script NF

Rocking the Kasbah NF

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Rocking the Kasbah NF Rocking the Kasbah NF

Schelter Grotesk NF

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Schelter Grotesk NF Schelter Grotesk NF

Aerovias Brasil NF

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Aerovias Brasil NF Aerovias Brasil NF

Boho A Gogo NF

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Boho A Gogo NF Boho A Gogo NF

Major Production NF

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Major Production NF Major Production NF

Mitchell NF

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Mitchell NF Mitchell NF

Quoi Chou NF

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Quoi Chou NF Quoi Chou NF

Woody Goodies NF

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Woody Goodies NF Woody Goodies NF

Monte Carlo Script NF

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Monte Carlo Script NF Monte Carlo Script NF

Drury Lane NF

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Drury Lane NF Drury Lane NF

Downtown Tessie NF

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Downtown Tessie NF Downtown Tessie NF

Whoa Nelly NF

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Whoa Nelly NF Whoa Nelly NF

Cinnci Card Ornaments NF

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Cinnci Card Ornaments NF Cinnci Card Ornaments NF

Smackeroo NF

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Smackeroo NF Smackeroo NF

Spaghetti Western NF™

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Spaghetti Western NF™ Spaghetti Western NF™

Gotham Rail Company NF

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Gotham Rail Company NF Gotham Rail Company NF

Legnano

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Legnano Legnano

Bindlestiff NF

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Bindlestiff NF Bindlestiff NF

Smart Frocks NF

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Smart Frocks NF Smart Frocks NF

Quadrivium NF

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Quadrivium NF Quadrivium NF

Venusian Ultra NF

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Venusian Ultra NF Venusian Ultra NF

Kartoon Kutz NF

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Kartoon Kutz NF Kartoon Kutz NF

Outer Loop NF

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Outer Loop NF Outer Loop NF

Linea Nera NF

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Linea Nera NF Linea Nera NF

Bo Diddlioni Stencil NF™

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Bo Diddlioni Stencil NF™ Bo Diddlioni Stencil NF™

Coins Coupes NF

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Coins Coupes NF Coins Coupes NF

Period Borders NF

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Period Borders NF Period Borders NF

Petty Despot NF

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Petty Despot NF Petty Despot NF

Iago NF

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Iago NF Iago NF

Decimosexto NF

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Decimosexto NF Decimosexto NF

Becker Monoline Modern NF

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Becker Monoline Modern NF Becker Monoline Modern NF

Mrs Bathhurst™

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Mrs Bathhurst™ Mrs Bathhurst™

Relampago NF

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Relampago NF Relampago NF

Joufflou NF

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Joufflou NF Joufflou NF

Sulphur Springs NF

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Sulphur Springs NF Sulphur Springs NF

Deux Chasses NF

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Deux Chasses NF Deux Chasses NF

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