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Jordan Davies

Jordan Davies attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Masters Degree in Fine Art. In 1968 he moved to New York City where he worked for a living in a bookstore while pursuing his painting career.

In 1971 he received a National Endowment for the Arts award in visual arts. He continued to work in the book business and, after buying a Vandercook proofing press, began to print and publish books of poetry. It was during the process of printing and setting type by hand that he discovered for the first time what type really is, what a type font is, whether it is metal or digital. The magical process of printing from metal type forces the printer to examine the nuances of both printing and type design.

Later he gave up painting for a long period of time (about 30 years) and devoted himself to printing and graphic design. During this time he purchased a copy of Fontographer and type design and re-creation became a passion. Many years later the fascination of type design is still with him and he continues to use Fontographer as well as TypeTool and Font Lab Studio in the creation or re-creation of type fonts.

He has recently taken up painting again. While he showed his work in galleries in Chicago and New York during the 60s and 70s it is only now that he has begun to work again. He continues to design type while also painting.

Jordan offers fonts through his foundry Wooden Type Fonts.

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

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ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

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Five or six big jet planes zoomed quickly by the tower.
Rubens Rubens
Rubens Rubens

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Fabled reader with jaded, roving eye seized by quickened impulse to expand budget.
Rubens Expanded Regular Rubens Expanded Regular

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Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.
Latin Latin
Latin Latin
Latin Latin
Latin Latin

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Gothic Medium Gothic Medium

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Barkeep! A flaming tequila swizzle and a vodka and Ajax, hold the cherry.
Number 514 Number 514

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Fred specialized in the job of making very quaint wax toys.
Gothic Nesbitt Gothic Nesbitt

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Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.
Roman X Roman X

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

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Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time in July.
Egyptian ExtraBold Condensed Egyptian ExtraBold Condensed

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Big July earthquakes confound zany experimental vow.
Venusian Bold Extended™ Venusian Bold Extended™

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How razorback-jumping frogs level six piqued gymnasts!
Grecian Grecian

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Queen Elizabeth’s Major picked five sexy wigs.
Times Gothic Times Gothic
Times Gothic Times Gothic

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Fax back Jim’s Gwyneth Paltrow video quiz.
Antique Tuscan Antique Tuscan

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Jay visited back home and gazed upon a brown fox and quail.
Bodoni Ultra Bodoni Ultra
Bodoni Ultra Bodoni Ultra
Bodoni Ultra Bodoni Ultra

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Six crazy kings vowed to abolish my quite pitiful jousts.
French Clarendon French Clarendon

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Putin backs away from Iraq zeal; Bush, vexed, jogs.
Egyptian Bold Expanded Egyptian Bold Expanded

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

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

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Verbatim reports were quickly given by Jim Fox to his amazed audience.
Gothic Leavenworth Gothic Leavenworth

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Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.
Thorowgood Wide Thorowgood Wide

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

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Jump by vow of quick, lazy strength in Oxford.

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

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

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

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Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.
Gothic Tuscan Condensed™ Gothic Tuscan Condensed™

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The vixen jumped quickly on her foes barking with zeal.
Doric Doric

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William said that everything about his jacket was in quite good condition except for the zipper.
Columbian Columbian

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TV folk buy ex-Prez John Quincy Adams’ wig.
Thorowgood Thorowgood

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

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Jack amazed a few girls by dropping the antique onyx vase!
Bevan™ Bevan™
Bevan™ Bevan™

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How quickly daft jumping zebras vex.
Tuscan Egyptian Tuscan Egyptian

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Cozy sphinx waves quart jug of bad milk.
Grecian Bold Expanded Grecian Bold Expanded

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Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky Beziers.
Number5 Reg Number5 Reg

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Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts.
Roman Wells Roman Wells

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Ebenezer unexpectedly bagged two tranquil aardvarks with his jiffy vacuum cleaner.
Gothic Narrow Gothic Narrow

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The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.
Gothic Unique™ Gothic Unique™
Gothic Unique™ Gothic Unique™

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

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Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
Antique 7™ Antique 7™

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Many-wived Jack laughs at probes of sex quiz.
Grotesque Bold Italic Grotesque Bold Italic

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Two hardy boxing kangaroos jet from Sydney to Zanzibar on quicksilver pinions.
Gothic Special Normal Italic Gothic Special Normal Italic

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Quincy Jones vowed to fix the bleak jazz program.
Blobbing Blobbing

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Seiji Ozawa quit, vexing rabid symphonic folk.
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Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.
Clarendon Jordan Clarendon Jordan

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

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Quickly Shortz dreams up a few vexing jumbles.
Antique Light Antique Light
Antique Light Antique Light
Antique Light Antique Light

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Jump by vow of quick, lazy strength in Oxford.
French Clarendon Expanded French Clarendon Expanded