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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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Tintern Abbey NF

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Tintern Abbey NF Tintern Abbey NF

Koralle NF

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Koralle NF Koralle NF

Camp Granada NF

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Camp Granada NF Camp Granada NF

Ingvaeonic Oldestyle NF

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Ingvaeonic Oldestyle NF Ingvaeonic Oldestyle NF

Duffy’s Tavern NF

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Duffy’s Tavern NF Duffy’s Tavern NF

De Roos Mediaeval NF

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De Roos Mediaeval NF De Roos Mediaeval NF

Herkimer Bunrab NF

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Herkimer Bunrab NF Herkimer Bunrab NF

Walrus Gumbo NF

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Walrus Gumbo NF Walrus Gumbo NF

Blitzkrieg NF

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Blitzkrieg NF Blitzkrieg NF

East India Company NF

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East India Company NF East India Company NF

Turista Flaca NF

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Turista Flaca NF Turista Flaca NF

Morning Glory NF

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Morning Glory NF Morning Glory NF

Wacky Duck NF

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Wacky Duck NF Wacky Duck NF

Bon Mot NF

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Bon Mot NF Bon Mot NF

Boo Meringue NF

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Boo Meringue NF Boo Meringue NF

Fordor Incised NF

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Fordor Incised NF Fordor Incised NF

Shishka Bob NF

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Shishka Bob NF Shishka Bob NF

Chemin De Fer NF

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Chemin De Fer NF Chemin De Fer NF

Toonerville NF

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Toonerville NF Toonerville NF

Day Tripper NF

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Day Tripper NF Day Tripper NF

Washington Square NF

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Washington Square NF Washington Square NF

Ouachita Way NF™

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Ouachita Way NF™ Ouachita Way NF™

Grieshaber Monos NF

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Grieshaber Monos NF Grieshaber Monos NF

Suffiya NF

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Suffiya NF Suffiya NF

Turtellini NF

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Turtellini NF Turtellini NF

Vuvuzela NF

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Vuvuzela NF Vuvuzela NF

Millrich Reading NF

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Millrich Reading NF Millrich Reading NF

Liguria NF

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Liguria NF Liguria NF

Roundabout NF

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Roundabout NF Roundabout NF

Radio Days NF

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Radio Days NF Radio Days NF

Slugfest NF

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Slugfest NF Slugfest NF

Tiny Bubbles NF

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Tiny Bubbles NF Tiny Bubbles NF

Tall Scrawl NF

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Tall Scrawl NF Tall Scrawl NF

Twitty Bird NF

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Twitty Bird NF Twitty Bird NF

Rimshot NF

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Rimshot NF Rimshot NF

Lesser Arcana NF

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Lesser Arcana NF Lesser Arcana NF

American Pi NF

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American Pi NF American Pi NF

Loading Dock NF

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Loading Dock NF Loading Dock NF

Posh Soiree NF

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Posh Soiree NF Posh Soiree NF

ITC Atelier Sans™

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ITC Atelier Sans™ ITC Atelier Sans™

Ballyhaunis NF

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Ballyhaunis NF Ballyhaunis NF

Woodley Park™

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Woodley Park™ Woodley Park™

Grand Rapids NF

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Grand Rapids NF Grand Rapids NF

Boston Blackie NF

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Boston Blackie NF Boston Blackie NF

Beanie Kopter NF

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Beanie Kopter NF Beanie Kopter NF

Anacostia NF

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Anacostia NF Anacostia NF

Snoodle Toons NF

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Snoodle Toons NF Snoodle Toons NF

Pearson Stencil NF

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Pearson Stencil NF Pearson Stencil NF

Hardy Har Har NF

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Hardy Har Har NF Hardy Har Har NF

Picture Postcard NF

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Picture Postcard NF Picture Postcard NF

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