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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.

In-depth interview

MyFonts Creative Characters: NIck Curtis (May 2008)

Personal details

  • From: United States of America
  • Born: Chicago, Illinois, 1948
  • What he does: Type Design
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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.

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Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.

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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.

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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.

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Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.

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Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.

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Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.
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The jukebox music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.

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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.

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Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags w/ Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield’s ear.

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.

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All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.

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Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.

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Freight to me sixty dozen quart jars and twelve black pans.

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Fax back Jim’s Gwyneth Paltrow video quiz.

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Jump by vow of quick, lazy strength in Oxford.

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Lawbooks forgave John Quincy Adams, sixth Prez.

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.
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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.

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Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

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John Quincy Adams grew vexed by talk of puzzles.

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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.

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Astronaut Quincy B. Zack defies gravity with six jet fuel pumps.

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Perhaps President Clinton’s amazing sax skills will be judged quite favorably.
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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.

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How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.

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Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.

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Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.

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How razorback-jumping frogs level six piqued gymnasts!
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Packing five dozen waxy liquor jugs? Must be a typophile.

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We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
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A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.

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Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.