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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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Funky Tut NF

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Bully Pulpit NF

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Bully Pulpit NF Bully Pulpit NF

Stony Island NF

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Stony Island NF Stony Island NF

Picaro NF

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Picaro NF Picaro NF

Peanut Gallery NF

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Peanut Gallery NF Peanut Gallery NF

Fredericksburg

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Fredericksburg Fredericksburg

Materhorn NF™

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Materhorn NF™ Materhorn NF™

Melina™

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Melina™ Melina™

Linndale Square NF

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Linndale Square NF Linndale Square NF

Nord Express NF

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Nord Express NF Nord Express NF

La Moda NF

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La Moda NF La Moda NF

Jefferson Pilot NF™

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Jefferson Pilot NF™ Jefferson Pilot NF™

Chiselle NF

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Chiselle NF Chiselle NF

Miss Dottie NF

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Miss Dottie NF Miss Dottie NF

Boston Breton NF

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Boston Breton NF Boston Breton NF

Great Sage NF

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Great Sage NF Great Sage NF

Slapsie Maxi NF

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Slapsie Maxi NF Slapsie Maxi NF

Lyric Stencil NF

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Lyric Stencil NF Lyric Stencil NF

Balder Dash NF

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Balder Dash NF Balder Dash NF

Shadow Lands NF

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Shadow Lands NF Shadow Lands NF

La Coupole NF

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La Coupole NF La Coupole NF

Picayune Intelligence™

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Picayune Intelligence™ Picayune Intelligence™

Soda Jerk NF

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Soda Jerk NF Soda Jerk NF

Laguna Madre NF

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Laguna Madre NF Laguna Madre NF

East Coast Frolics NF

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East Coast Frolics NF East Coast Frolics NF

Olbrich Display NF

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Olbrich Display NF Olbrich Display NF

Foo Bar Inline NF™

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Foo Bar Inline NF™ Foo Bar Inline NF™

Whoopee Cushion NF™

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Whoopee Cushion NF™ Whoopee Cushion NF™

Best Gals

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Best Gals Best Gals

Under London NF

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Under London NF Under London NF

Funky Chunk NF

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Funky Chunk NF Funky Chunk NF

Bewick Roman NF

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Bewick Roman NF Bewick Roman NF

Abbey Road NF

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Abbey Road NF Abbey Road NF

Magic Twanger NF

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Magic Twanger NF Magic Twanger NF

Curly Shuffle NF

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Curly Shuffle NF Curly Shuffle NF

Falfurrias NF

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Falfurrias NF Falfurrias NF

Iso Metrix NF

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Iso Metrix NF Iso Metrix NF

Anna Nicole NF

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Anna Nicole NF Anna Nicole NF

Blandford Woodland NF

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Blandford Woodland NF Blandford Woodland NF

Boogaloo Avenue NF

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Boogaloo Avenue NF Boogaloo Avenue NF

Shady Grove NF

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Shady Grove NF Shady Grove NF

Maple Leaf Rag NF

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Maple Leaf Rag NF Maple Leaf Rag NF

Hoodoo U NF

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Hoodoo U NF Hoodoo U NF

Woodtype Borders 2 NF

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Woodtype Borders 2 NF Woodtype Borders 2 NF

Pilot Point NF™

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Pilot Point NF™ Pilot Point NF™

Genever NF

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Genever NF Genever NF

Lodewijk Gothic NF

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Lodewijk Gothic NF Lodewijk Gothic NF

Half Full NF

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Half Full NF Half Full NF

Chantilly Lace NF

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Chantilly Lace NF Chantilly Lace NF

Junge Holiday Cuts NF

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Junge Holiday Cuts NF Junge Holiday Cuts NF

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