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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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The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.

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A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

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My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.

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

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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.

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

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

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

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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.

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Jeez, by TV film Schwarzkopf expunged Iraq.

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Would you please examine both sizes of jade figures very quickly.

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

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Fax back Jim’s Gwyneth Paltrow video quiz.

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Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.

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Viewing quizzical abstracts mixed up hefty jocks.

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Suez sailor vomits jauntily abaft while waxing parquet decks.

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Big July earthquakes confound zany experimental vow.

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

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Quip-crazy Gorbachev went and mixed flapjacks.

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The five boxing wizards jump quickly.

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

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A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.

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

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Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.

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

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.

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

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.

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

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Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.

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Five wine experts jokingly quizzed chablis sample.

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Would you please examine both sizes of jade figures very quickly.

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Many big jackdaws quickly zipped over the fox pen.

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Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.

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Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.

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

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Seiji Ozawa quit, vexing rabid symphonic folk.

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West quickly gave Bert handsome prizes for six juicy plums.

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

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

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May Jo equals the fine record by solving six puzzles a week.

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

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Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.

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

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The jukebox music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.

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Suez sailor vomits jauntily abaft while waxing parquet decks.

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