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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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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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591 font families by Nick Curtis

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Kenotaph NF

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Kenotaph NF Kenotaph NF

Monterey Popsicle NF Pro

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Monterey Popsicle NF Pro Monterey Popsicle NF Pro

Odalisque Stencil NF

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Odalisque Stencil NF Odalisque Stencil NF

Cissarz Latein NF

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Cissarz Latein NF Cissarz Latein NF

This classically elegant typeface is based on a 1912 design by Johann Vincenz Cissarz for the Ludwig & Mayer Foundry.

To add a little more visual interest, alternate letterforms can be found in various positions throughout the font: consult the expanded character map.

Parsifal Oldestyle NF

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Parsifal Oldestyle NF Parsifal Oldestyle NF

This timeless classic is patterned after the typeface Camelot, designed by Morris Fuller Benton for American Type Founders in 1926. Its elegant lines and pleasing color make it suitable for both headline and text use.

Both versions of this font contain the Unicode 1252 (Latin) and Unicode 1250 (Central European) character sets, with localization for Romanian and Moldovan.

Gloriosus NF

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Gloriosus NF Gloriosus NF

Spread Out NF

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Spread Out NF Spread Out NF

Big George NF

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Big George NF Big George NF

Here’s another gem by Ross F. George from the Speedball Text Book.

It was originally entitled simply Bold Display (Modern Alphabets on Parade) and had a graduated spatter pattern. This version omits the pattern, but keeps the bold, brassy lines. Use it whenever you need an unusual and dynamic headline with a strong retro vibe.

Daliwood NF

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Daliwood NF Daliwood NF

This quirky charmer is based on a typeface called “Les Catalanes”, designed in 1952 by Enric Crous-Vidal for Fonderie Typographique Française. Appropriately, it is named for the king of quirky Cataláns.

La Reyna Catalina NF

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La Reyna Catalina NF La Reyna Catalina NF

Receding Hairline NF

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Receding Hairline NF Receding Hairline NF

Pentaprism NF

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Pentaprism NF Pentaprism NF

Astoria Titling™

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Astoria Titling™ Astoria Titling™

Pudgy Puss NF

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Pudgy Puss NF Pudgy Puss NF

Mikeys Roman NF

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Mikeys Roman NF Mikeys Roman NF

Tara Bulbous NF

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Tara Bulbous NF Tara Bulbous NF

This new and improved version of this chunky classic by Paul Carlyle and Gus Oring includes the lowercase letters not found in earlier versions. Use it to add a little—or a lot of—panoramic panache to your next project.

Both versions of the font include 1252 Latin and 1250 CE (with localization for Romanian and Moldovan) character sets.

Funky Rundkopf NF

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Funky Rundkopf NF Funky Rundkopf NF

Hess Gothic Round NF

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Hess Gothic Round NF Hess Gothic Round NF

The family tree of this friendly face runs deep. Its primary inspiration is Twentieth Century, designed by Saul Hess as a monoline version of Paul Renner’s Futura.

The design was reinterpreted by Herb Lubalin as Avant Garde in the 1970s.

Telenovela NF

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Telenovela NF Telenovela NF

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Korner Deli NF Korner Deli NF

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Savoy Roman NF Savoy Roman NF

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Snappy Service NF™ Snappy Service NF™

An Art Deco font based on letteringremembered from a BBQ joint in East Dallas. The freeware (TrueType) version has a limited character set. The Pro Set (Postscript) version has a complete character set (Adobe Standard for PC; Macintosh Standard for Mac), and extensive kerning.

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Ritzy Remix NF™ Ritzy Remix NF™

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Riot Squad NF™ Riot Squad NF™

A rather comical Art Deco font, reminescent of the work of Otto Heim. The freeware (TrueType) version has a limited character set. The Pro Set (Postscript) version has a complete character set (Adobe Standard for PC; Macintosh Standard for Mac), and extensive kerning.

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Popular Cafe NF™ Popular Cafe NF™

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Minstrel Poster NF™ Minstrel Poster NF™

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Milton Burlesque NF™ Milton Burlesque NF™

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Lakeshore Drive NF™ Lakeshore Drive NF™

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Hut Sut Ralston NF™ Hut Sut Ralston NF™

A rollicking fun font, based on a design in a book that introduced the world to the Speedball pen in 1915. The freeware (TrueType) version has a limited character set. The Pro Set (Postscript) version has a complete character set (Adobe Standard for PC; Macintosh Standard for Mac), and extensive kerning.

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Guinness Extra Stout NF™ Guinness Extra Stout NF™

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Fairfax Station NF™ Fairfax Station NF™

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Blue Plate Special NF™ Blue Plate Special NF™

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Aunt Bertha NF™ Aunt Bertha NF™

A rather comical font, based on an 1880s circus poster. The freeware (TrueType) version has a limited character set. The Pro Set (Postscript) version has a complete character set (Adobe Standard for PC; Macintosh Standard for Mac), and extensive kerning.

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Heavy Tripp NF™ Heavy Tripp NF™

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Big Apple NF™ Big Apple NF™

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Risky Business Square™ Risky Business Square™

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Risky Business Round™ Risky Business Round™

Move over, Archie Bell! Here’s a family of fonts designed specifically to be set big and tight. Three basic styles -- round serif, square serif and oldstyle -- with variants in weight and width. Sure to become a classic.

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Risky Business Oldstyle™ Risky Business Oldstyle™

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Proud Mary NF Proud Mary NF

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Strollin NF Strollin NF

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Conga Line NF™ Conga Line NF™

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