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David Nalle

David Nalle is the founder of The Scriptorium and is its lead designer of original fonts and adapter of historical source material.

Dave got his start in calligraphy when he was a child, studying old manuscripts and duplicating the lettering he liked. In college he paid expenses by lettering bizarre things, including signs for fraternity parties and even pledge paddles.

His typographic education began with an apprenticeship at Applewood Books, a specialty reprint press in Boston. There he learned to set metal and wood type and took courses in Compugraphic typesetting. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, Dave pursued a career in publishing, including editing small magazines like What’s Next, Liberty and Abyss, and working in game and book design. He moved to Austin in 1982 and attended graduate school at the University of Texas, studying Medieval History, including extensive work in Paleography, Codicology and Medieval literature.

In 1991 Dave started designing fonts based on his own hand lettering from old magazine titles, hand lettered signs and maps. In 1992 he released the first of these crude but unusual designs as shareware fonts through America Online.

The enormous success of his first shareware font based on a historical typeface (Kelmscott, from Morris’ Troy font) convinced him there was a market for his typographic work, and led to the creation of the Scriptorium as a commercial outlet for his type designs. Since that time he has produced scores of completely original fonts, plus a huge selection of fonts based on historic type and unique hand lettering, creating the backbone of the Scriptorium collection.

Dave now lives in Manor, Texas, with his wife Patricia, his daughter Caroline, two dogs, a cat, a goose, and four ducks. He enjoys swimming, disc golf, and tennis and teaches the occasional college history course as well.

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Wavy Jake’s fat zebra had Mexican pig liquor.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Major picked five sexy wigs.

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Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.

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Fixing the razor, J.S. Bach vowed to primp quickly.

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

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A good quick jab of a pen may vex Will Shortz.

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Typophiles weave dreams of quoins, kerning and juggling complex beziers.

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Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.

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William said that everything about his jacket was in quite good condition except for the zipper.

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King Alexander was just partly overcome after quizzing Diogenes in his tub.

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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.

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Back in my quaint garden jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.

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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.

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Was there a quorum of able whizzkids gravely exciting the jaded fish at ATypI?

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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.

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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.

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A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.

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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.

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Quip-crazy Gorbachev went and mixed flapjacks.

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My help squeezed back in again and joined the weavers after six.

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

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Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner.

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Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.

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The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.

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All questions asked by five watch experts amazed the judge.

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Lazy movers quit hard-packing of papier-mache jewelry boxes.

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Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

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Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time in July.

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.

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Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.

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Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.

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Fixing the razor, J.S. Bach vowed to primp quickly.