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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
Astronaut Quincy B. Zack defies gravity with six jet fuel pumps.

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

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Gorbachev’s quixotic plan fazed jumpy hawks.

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

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Cozy lummox gives smart squid who asks for job pen.
Decennie JY Pro Decennie JY Pro

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

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Brawny gods just flocked up to quiz and vex him.
Aetna JY Pro™ Aetna JY Pro™

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Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.
Pinnacle JY Pro Pinnacle JY Pro

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The exodus of jazzy pigeons is craved by squeamish walkers.
Yan 333 Pro Yan 333 Pro

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Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.
Decennie Express JY Pro Decennie Express JY Pro

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2 font styles from $39.00
Blowzy night-frumps vex’d Jack Q.

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13 font styles from $29.00
Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.

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9 font styles from $39.00
A large fawn jumped quickly over white zinc boxes.

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

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Forsaking monastic tradition, twelve jovial friars gave up their vocation for a questionable existence on the flying trapeze.