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Dennis Ortiz-Lopez

Dennis Ortiz-Lopez is an East Los Angeles born Graphic Designer who began his career from a Compton, California home base in 1967 creating typographic posters and alphabets. Typography came easily thanks to the excellent mechanical drawing classes offered by Compton Junior College and the typographic tutelage of George Turnbull and James Van Eimeren at California State University at Long Beach.

Shortly after marrying, the Ortiz-Lopez / Tartt-Lopez team moved to New York City and attempted to reignite their design career with only partial success. Dennis Ortiz-Lopez was destined to be a Typographer, it was what he excelled at, and Typography was the most rewarding. He began with elaborate revivals; fonts with ornamentation such as shadows and outlines created photomechanically from pen and ink originals usually rendered at a cap height of 24 – 36 picas. This became the foundation of his 2" Film Font Phototypositor™ Library.

His typographic library blossomed again when he was hired by Rolling Stone Magazine as their staff Typographer. His ability to create a complete font practically overnight enabled The Rolling Stone Design Staff to resurrect any Typestyle they desired — the Secret behind their Award Winning Typographic Resources. This was a Partnership that began in 1979 and ended in 1996 during which dozens of Fonts were created, first in pen and ink and then, in 1990, in digital form. The acquisition of a Macintosh™ II combined with Altsys Fontographer™, Adobe Illustrator™ and Adobe Photoshop™ gave him the power to increase his production and the number of his Fonts. After Rolling Stone Magazine, Mr. Ortiz-Lopez went on to teach at the School of Visual Arts for 3-1/2 years and at the same time serving as a production artist and Letterer beside Master Graphic Designer Paula Scher at CBS Records. Paula has since achieved her own level of Typographic Excellence as one of the Partners at Pentagram Design. Here is what Ms Scher has to say about Dennis Ortiz-Lopez:

“Dennis Ortiz-Lopez has designed absolutely beautiful faces for me. I have worked with him for many years and he is an excellent Fontographer. Give him a try!”

Dennis Ortiz-Lopez is a recipient of various awards, including awards from the Type Director’s Club, the Art Director’s Club and the Society of Publication Designers as well as having taught Hand Lettering at The School of Visual Arts, Montclair State University and New Jersey City University. One of his most controversial assignments came in December 8 – 9, 1980, when John Lennon was murdered. Annie Leibovitz was the last to see him alive and had taken the last photos of John with the intent of using the photos not only for the feature pages but at John’s insistence, the Cover as well. John had insisted that the pictures would only run if the now famous nude would run on the Cover. Rolling Stone Owner and Editor, Jann Wenner would have it no other way and made certain that nothing commercial appeared in the Classified ads and the ads that did were replaced with Dedications and Statements of Love and Emotional Memories. It was a fitting and Loving Farewell to an Old Friend.

In addition to his typographic skills, Mr. Ortiz-Lopez is fluent in English and Castilian Spanish as well as being a translator of Biblical Period Hebrew and Aramaic. One of his favorite skills is involved in the rendering of Hebraic religious artwork in digital form.

Currently the Foundry has over one hundred Latin Fonts in Serif and Sans Serif formats available, as well as 40 or so Hebraic Fonts all of which are either formal or decorative styles, available in OTF and TTF encoding.

His entire Commercial Font Collection is available for sale from MyFonts.com™ in OTF and TTF encoding for his Hebrew and Latin type styles.

Personal details

  • From: United States of America
  • Born: Los Angeles
  • What he does: Type Design
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Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!

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

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Sex prof gives back no quiz with mild joy.

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.

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Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.
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Watch “Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game.

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Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.

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We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.

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Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time in July.

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.
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The jukebox music puzzled a gentle visitor from a quaint valley town.
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About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.
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A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.
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Hark! Toxic jungle water vipers quietly drop on zebras for meals!
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It’s unquestionably one of Judy G. Schwartzkopf’s exotic missives.
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Just work for improved basic techniques to maximize your typing skill.

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A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.
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Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.

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Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.
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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.
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John Quincy Adams grew vexed by talk of puzzles.
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Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.

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Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.

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Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk.

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The job of waxing linoleum frequently peeves chintzy kids.

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.

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A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.
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Beloved Groucho joked with a mix of zany quips.

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Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.

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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.

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

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My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.

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Sexy diva Jennifer Lopez wasn’t baking me quiche.

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

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Prized waxy jonquils choke big farm vats.
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Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack.
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Will Major Douglas be expected to take this true-false quiz very soon?

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The vixen jumped quickly on her foes barking with zeal.

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The big plump jowls of zany Dick Nixon quiver.

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

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A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

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Gen. Schwarzkopf’s job quietly vexed him.

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The big plump jowls of zany Dick Nixon quiver.

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How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.

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

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Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.

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New farmhand proves strong but lazy, picking just six quinces.

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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.