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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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Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk.

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

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How razorback-jumping frogs level six piqued gymnasts!
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Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.

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Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux.

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Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim.

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Hark! Toxic jungle water vipers quietly drop on zebras for meals!

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

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Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.

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Jim just quit and packed extra heavy bags for Liz Owen.

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Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.

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What deaf banjo player gives Max Planck quartz?

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A quick movement of the enemy will jeopardize six gunboats.
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Back in my quaint garden jaunty zinnias vie with flaunting phlox.
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My help squeezed back in again and joined the weavers after six.
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Jail zesty vixen who grabbed pay from quack.
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Wham! Volcano erupts fiery liquid death onto ex-jazzbo Kenny G.

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Alfredo just must bring very exciting news to the plaza quickly.
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Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.
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Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.

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Turgid saxophones blew over Mick’s jazzy quiff.

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Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
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Many big jackdaws quickly zipped over the fox pen.

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

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

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The July sun caused a fragment of pine wax to ooze on the black velvet quilt.
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My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.
OL Hebrew David Deco Linear OL Hebrew David Deco Linear

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My grandfather picks up quartz and valuable onyx jewels.
OL Hebrew Cursive OL Hebrew Cursive

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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.

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

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My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.

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Wavy Jake’s fat zebra had Mexican pig liquor.

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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
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Wavy Jake’s fat zebra had Mexican pig liquor.

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Sixty zippers were quickly picked from the woven jute bag.

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

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Now is the time for all quick brown dogs to jump over the lazy lynx.

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Hark! Toxic jungle water vipers quietly drop on zebras for meals!
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Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim.

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

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

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How vexing a fumble to drop a jolly zucchini in the quicksand.

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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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My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.

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We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.

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

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A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.
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Whacky pangram quiz flummoxed Steve Jobs.

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Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward.