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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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615 font families by Nick Curtis

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Velveteen Round NF

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Cartella NF

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Holofernes NF

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Rivanna NF Pro

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Garmisch Rund NF

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Sil Vous Plait NF

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Boogie Nights NF Pro

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Packard Patrician NF

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By George Titling NF

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Tinseltown NF

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Ashkelon NF

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Ashkelon NF Ashkelon NF

Bric-a-Braque NF™

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Kenotaph NF

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Monterey Popsicle NF Pro

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La Reyna Catalina NF

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Erehwon Roman NF

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Big D NF

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National Oldstyle NF

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Bravado NF

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Standing Room Only NF

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Big Bag NF

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Nellie Kay NF

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Ozzi Modo NF

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Odalisque Stencil NF

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Wooden Nickel NF Pro

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Wooden Nickel NF Pro Wooden Nickel NF Pro

Blue Jay Way NF

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Hacky Sack NF

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Franciscan Caps NF

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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

Cissarz Latein NF

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Tickety Boo NF

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Daliwood NF

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Daliwood NF Daliwood NF

Parsifal Oldestyle NF

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Pentaprism NF

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Receding Hairline NF

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Receding Hairline NF Receding Hairline NF

Astoria Titling™

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Pudgy Puss NF

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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

Funky Rundkopf NF

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Hess Gothic Round NF

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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™

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Ritzy Remix NF™ Ritzy Remix NF™

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Popular Cafe NF™ Popular Cafe NF™

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Riot Squad NF™ Riot Squad NF™

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Minstrel Poster NF™ Minstrel Poster NF™

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