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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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Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.

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Questions of a zealous nature have become by degrees petty waxen jokes.

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Questions of a zealous nature have become by degrees petty waxen jokes.

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A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.

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Viewing quizzical abstracts mixed up hefty jocks.

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Six big juicy steaks sizzled in a pan as five workmen left the quarry.

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.

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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.

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Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.

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Sexy diva Jennifer Lopez wasn’t baking me quiche.

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Back in June we delivered oxygen equipment of the same size.

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A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

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

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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.

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Watch “Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game.

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Foxy but quick John Leguizamo ponders view.

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The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.

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About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.

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

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Packing five dozen waxy liquor jugs? Must be a typophile.

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Perhaps President Clinton’s amazing sax skills will be judged quite favorably.

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Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.

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We have just quoted on nine dozen boxes of gray lamp wicks.

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How razorback-jumping frogs level six piqued gymnasts!

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

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The big plump jowls of zany Dick Nixon quiver.

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Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

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

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

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Then a cop quizzed Mick Jagger’s ex-wives briefly.

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Foxy but quick John Leguizamo ponders view.

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The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers.

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Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk.

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Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.

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New job: fix Mr. Gluck’s hazy TV, PDQ.

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

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Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.

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

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Turgid saxophones blew over Mick’s jazzy quiff.

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

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.

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

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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.

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Jeb quickly drove a few extra miles on the glazed pavement.

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About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.

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