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Mark Simonson

Mark Simonson has been thinking about letters and drawing letters for as long as he can remember. Not so much as building blocks of language, but for the particular and peculiar forms they take on in the physical world.

The idea of making fonts started when he was studying graphic design in college in the mid-seventies when he became aware of type design as a thing one could do. He practiced and dreamed about type design for years while working as a magazine art director or designing packaging and brochures.

Making fonts wasn’t a full-time job for Mark until he was well into in his forties. He likes to think that the years he spent as a designer using fonts gives him an appreciation for what designers look for in a font. It also taught him that fonts are tools for making things, not ends in themselves. His attitude about licensing reflects this, so you won’t find restrictions in his license for things like using his fonts in logos or on t-shirts.

Mark released his first font, Felt Tip Roman, in 1992, and began selling his fonts on MyFonts in 2001. Since then, his one-man foundry has seen great success with well-known, best-selling fonts like Proxima Nova, Mostra Nuova, and Coquette.

Mark feels lucky to be making a living doing something that was at one time only a pipe dream.

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  • Location:
    Mark Simonson Studio
    1496 Raymond Ave
    St. Paul, MN 55108
    United States of America
    phone: 1 651 649 0553
    fax: 1 651 659 0616
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48 font styles from $29.00
Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.
Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
Proxima Nova Proxima Nova
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Lazy movers quit hard-packing of papier-mache jewelry boxes.
Proxima Soft Proxima Soft

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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
Bookmania™ Bookmania™

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Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?
Goldenbook™ Goldenbook™

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TV folk buy ex-Prez John Quincy Adams’ wig.
Mostra Nuova™ Mostra Nuova™

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Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
Grad Grad

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Just work for improved basic techniques to maximize your typing skill.
Refrigerator Deluxe Refrigerator Deluxe

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Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk.
Acme Gothic™ Acme Gothic™

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Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.
Felt Tip Roman™ Felt Tip Roman™
Felt Tip Roman™ Felt Tip Roman™
Felt Tip Roman™ Felt Tip Roman™

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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
Metallophile Sp8™ Metallophile Sp8™
Metallophile Sp8™ Metallophile Sp8™
Metallophile Sp8™ Metallophile Sp8™
Metallophile Sp8™ Metallophile Sp8™
Metallophile Sp8™ Metallophile Sp8™

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The vixen jumped quickly on her foes barking with zeal.
Etna Etna
Etna Etna
Etna Etna
Etna Etna

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Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
Parkside™ Parkside™

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Blakely™ Blakely™
Blakely™ Blakely™

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Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.
Lakeside Lakeside
Lakeside Lakeside
Lakeside Lakeside

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Queen Elizabeth’s Major picked five sexy wigs.
Coquette™ Coquette™
Coquette™ Coquette™
Coquette™ Coquette™
Coquette™ Coquette™

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.
Kandal™ Kandal™
Kandal™ Kandal™
Kandal™ Kandal™

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Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
Changeling Neo Changeling Neo
Changeling Neo Changeling Neo
Changeling Neo Changeling Neo
Changeling Neo Changeling Neo

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Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.
Snicker Snicker
Snicker Snicker

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Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.
Kinescope Kinescope
Kinescope Kinescope
Kinescope Kinescope
Kinescope Kinescope

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Verbatim reports were quickly given by Jim Fox to his amazed audience.
Felt Tip Woman™ Felt Tip Woman™
Felt Tip Woman™ Felt Tip Woman™
Felt Tip Woman™ Felt Tip Woman™

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Wavy Jake’s fat zebra had Mexican pig liquor.
Felt Tip Senior™ Felt Tip Senior™
Felt Tip Senior™ Felt Tip Senior™

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A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Sharktooth™ Sharktooth™
Sharktooth™ Sharktooth™
Sharktooth™ Sharktooth™

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Whacky pangram quiz flummoxed Steve Jobs.

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Playing jazz vibe chords quickly excites my wife.
Anonymous Anonymous

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Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.

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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.
Proxima Vara Proxima Vara
Proxima Vara Proxima Vara
Proxima Vara Proxima Vara
Proxima Vara Proxima Vara
Proxima Vara Proxima Vara