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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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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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Quick jigs for waltz vex bad nymph.
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About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly.

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The big plump jowls of zany Dick Nixon quiver.

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Murky haze enveloped a city as jarring quakes broke fourty-six windows.
OL Radiant Slender OL Radiant Slender

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The sex life of the woodchuck is a provocative question for most vertebrate zoology majors.

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Jimmy and Zack, the police explained, were last seen diving into a field of buttered quahogs.

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

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Fax back Jim’s Gwyneth Paltrow video quiz.

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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.

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Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.
OL Hebrew Formal Script With Tagin OL Hebrew Formal Script With Tagin

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

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Crazy Fredericka bought many very exquisite opal jewels.
OL Hebrew David OL Hebrew David

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

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The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.
OL Hebrew Qumran Torah OL Hebrew Qumran Torah

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A very bad quack might jinx zippy fowls.
OL Engravers Classic OL Engravers Classic
OL Engravers Classic OL Engravers Classic

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Watch all five questions asked by experts amaze the judge.

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

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

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Foxy but quick John Leguizamo ponders view.

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

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

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Queen Elizabeth’s proxy waved off Mick Jagger.
OL America The Beautiful OL America The Beautiful
OL America The Beautiful OL America The Beautiful
OL America The Beautiful OL America The Beautiful
OL America The Beautiful OL America The Beautiful
OL America The Beautiful OL America The Beautiful

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May Jo equals the fine record by solving six puzzles a week.
OL Hebrew David Deco Linear OL Hebrew David Deco Linear

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

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Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.

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Lawbooks forgave John Quincy Adams, sixth Prez.

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Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow.

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Beloved Groucho joked with a mix of zany quips.

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Questions of a zealous nature have become by degrees petty waxen jokes.
OL Hebrew Headline Bold OL Hebrew Headline Bold

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Wham! Volcano erupts fiery liquid death onto ex-jazzbo Kenny G.

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Sympathizing would fix Quaker objectives.

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

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

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Quip-crazy Gorbachev went and mixed flapjacks.
OL Siynnamin Gothic OL Siynnamin Gothic

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

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When we go back to Juarez, Mexico, do we fly over picturesque Arizona?

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My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK.

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Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.

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

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

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Murky haze enveloped a city as jarring quakes broke fourty-six windows.

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Wavy Jake’s fat zebra had Mexican pig liquor.

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Six quite crazy kings vowed to abolish my pitiful jousts.
OL Hebrew Prismatic OL Hebrew Prismatic

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

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