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Jack Yan

Jack Yan was born in Hong Kong in 1972. He founded Jack Yan & Associates in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1987, establishing it as the country’s first digital typefoundry and paving the way for other type designers from there. Since he began, he has worked tirelessly for the type community, being one of the founders of TypeRight, and the typographic columnist for Desktop magazine in Australia since 1996.

Jack’s contributions to type technology began with input into QuickDraw GX, Apple’s attempt at more complex fonts in the 1990s.

In the 21st century, Jack devoted some time to starting the print edition of Lucire, the international fashion magazine, which began online in 1997. Lucire was notable in using type from independent designers and was arguably the first New Zealand general consumer title to adopt typefaces exclusively from that country. He also worked on numerous private, international typeface commissions.

His work has tended to be traditional and restrained, though a number of his typefaces for private accounts have been decorative.

Jack’s interests are varied. They include automobile design and marketing, a fascination for international cultures, Confucianism, politics, diplomacy, intellectual property law, French impressionism, and the music of John Barry.

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Personal details

  • From: New Zealand
  • Born: Hong Kong, 1972
  • What he does: Type Design
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18 font styles from $19.00
Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner.

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

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18 font styles from $19.00
When we go back to Juarez, Mexico, do we fly over picturesque Arizona?

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2 font styles from $39.00
A good quick jab of a pen may vex Will Shortz.

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15 font styles from $19.00
New job: fix Mr. Gluck’s hazy TV, PDQ.

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6 font styles from $39.00
Baroque? Hell, just mix a dozen wacky pi fonts & you’ve got it.
Aetna JY Pro™ Aetna JY Pro™

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16 font styles from $19.00
Jump by vow of quick, lazy strength in Oxford.

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9 font styles from $39.00
New job: fix Mr. Gluck’s hazy TV, PDQ.

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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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Quip-crazy Gorbachev went and mixed flapjacks.
Pinnacle JY Pro Pinnacle JY Pro

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4 font styles from $45.00
We have just quoted on nine dozen boxes of gray lamp wicks.
Decennie JY Pro Decennie JY Pro

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6 font styles from $45.00
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.
Integrity JY Pro Integrity JY Pro

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6 font styles from $39.00
Fixing the razor, J.S. Bach vowed to primp quickly.
Tranquility JY Pro Tranquility JY Pro

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6 font styles from $45.00
Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky beziers.
Yan 333 Pro Yan 333 Pro

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6 font styles from $45.00
A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.
Decennie Express JY Pro Decennie Express JY Pro